2013 News Archive


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MELODICROCK RECORDS SIGN AUSTRALIA'S THE RADIO SUN:
MelodicRockRecords is excited to announce the signing of our very first Aussie homegrown act - The Radio Sun!
The band's debut album Wrong Things Right will be released in April/May 2014!

Australia's The Radio Sun have been very busy since they formed in 2012. With past members from the excellent Square One and some of Melbourne's best local musos, The Radio Sun are about catchy rocking songs with an emphasis on layered vocal harmonies somewhere in between Rick Springfield, Nelson, Firehouse and The Marvelous 3.
After locking in Paul Laine (solo, Danger Danger, Shugaazer) to mix the band's debut album in 2013, The Radio Sun impressed so much that Paul Laine asked the guys to be his backing band on his recent tour downunder. The Radio Sun will also do double duty at next year's MelodicRockFest 4 by again being a part of the Paul Laine band and then performing the very next day in their own showcase set. Things are definitely looking up for the boys from downunder with their debut album Wrong Things Right to be released through MelodicRockRecords in April/May 2014.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/theradiosun / www.melodicrockrecords.com.


Click here for a free download of the title track from the upcoming album - Wrong Things Right: www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/250959801.


A reminder now of what else is coming up on MelodicRock Records in the first quarter of 2014. There has been a few changes and updates to the schedule:

Loud Lion worldwide in March/April 2014.
Ferreira V March
Airless Best Of + Rarities 1999 - 2014 January 27
The Radio Sun Wrong Things Right April/May

MELODICROCK FEST 4 UPDATE:
Just a reminder that MelodicRockFest 4 tickets will go on sale January 15 (exact time to be announced closer to the date). Full show details and a rundown of all VIP levels are at: www.melodicrockfest.com.
I am excited to add one extra perk for ALL VIPs (including Blue level) - an Exclusive Invite to MRF4 VIP Function, including an acoustic performance from Adriangale, set for Friday Lunch (full details to be confirmed).
Please help spread the word by sharing MRF4 details posted at the site and at: www.facebook.com/melodicrockfest.


NEW STEVE OVERLAND EPIC DUE IN FEBRUARY:
Escape Music announced the anticipated release of the new Overland album Epic - due out in Europe February 21.
The lineup features: Steve Overland - Lead & Background Vocals; Christian Wolff - Lead guitars, Rhythm guitars, Acoustic guitars, Keyboards; Mike Slamer - Additional Guitars, Bass, Keyboards; Larry Antonino - Bass; Jay Schellen - Drums.
Guests: Billy Greer (Kansas/Seventh Key) - Background Vocals; Billy Trudel - Background Vocals; Fredrik Bergh, Additional Keys on "Liberate My Heart" and "Down Comes The Night".
Produced and arranged by Mike Slamer, co-produced by: Christian Wolff at CW MusicStudios Sweden. Mixed and mastered by Mike Slamer at Shattered Studios, Valencia CA. Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music ltd.

Track Listing: 1-Radio Radio 2- If Looks Could kill 3- Stranded 4- Rags To Riches 5- Liberate My Heart 6-Down Comes The Night 7- If Your Heart's Not In It 8- Rock Me 9- So This Is Love 10- Wild 11- The End Of The Road 12- Time For Letting Go.

Steve Overland is back!! A legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name? He has a history that goes way back into the late seventies, his first major recording was with the band "Wildlife" in 1980. After the demise of "Wildlife" Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band "FM", a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties and more recently in 2013. Their popularity has always been at the forefront of British Hard Rock.
Steve originally teamed up with Escape Music to provide lead vocals for the Boston Tribute album (ESM 081), singing 'Amanda', one of the album highlights. Steve also teamed up with Steve Morris of "Heartland" fame to record the much acclaimed "Shadowman" albums "Land of the Living" (ESM 099) "Different Angles" (ESM127) "Ghost in the Mirror" (ESM179) Watching Over you (ESM224).
Steve has also fronted two releases by "The Ladder", which is a dream come true for all fans of FM as the band is an extension of the great FM themselves. "Future Miracles" (ESM109) was welcome by fans old and new and it was hailed by many as the best album of 2004. More recently "Sacred" (ESM149) is an album that hones the identity of "The Ladder".

Steve's first solo album "Break Away" (ESM170) had fans divided as it was so much different from his work with FM, but many grew to love it as it was something different from the norm. Steve gave us a more classic approach to melodic rock with "Diamond Dealer" (ESM198), with great songs that have feeling and depth. It's now time for one of the finest starts to 2014 you could possible want to wish for, the album "Epic" which is the brand new release from this famous vocalist. With Mike Slamer and Billy Greer of Kansas involved in the proceedings then we are in for a big big album. "Radio Radio" is one of the most radio-friendly tracks you could ever wish to hear and so easy on the ears. Rockers abound with "If Looks Could Kill", "Rags to Riches" and the awesome "Down comes the night". It's the quality of the songs and musicianship on this album that makes it so special and credit to Christian Wolff (Rob Moratti) who has also made this album so remarkable with his great guitar playing and song writing.
This is a perfect album from Steve, if you have a penchant for perfect harmonies, big guitars and soaring keyboards topped off with a top-notch production then look no further than this. A Classic – already!
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


LYNAM NEW EP "HALFWAY TO HELL" OUT NOW:
December 17th, 2013 - The new EP from Birmingham, AL rock band Lynam entitled Halfway To Hell is now today via New Ocean Media. The album was produced by the band and longtime producer Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Terrible Things). The EP features six songs. A lyric video for the title track can be viewed at this link: youtu.be/PtXWtQEFokg.
Lynam consists of Jacob Bunton (lead vocals, guitar), David Lynam (drums), Mark Dzier (bass), and Lonny Paul (guitar).
Halfway To Hell track listing: 01. Rise Up 02. Halfway To Hell 03. Dead Man's Parade 04. Cold 05. Store Bought Halo 06. Wrong Side Of The Grave.

In 2006, Lynam signed a deal with DRT/Universal and released the critically acclaimed album "Slave To The Machine". The follow-up CD, "Tragic City Symphony", was released in 2008 on Megaforce/Mascot Records and featured the radio singles "Save My Soul", "Lindsay Says" and "Porn Star". All three singles reached the Top 10 on the Active Rock independent chart, with "Save My Soul" reaching Top 5. A live album entitled "Thank You Goodnight!" was released November 2010 through Island Def Jam/New Ocean Media. Shortly after the release of "Thank You Goodnight!", frontman Jacob Bunton joined up with former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler to form the band Adler and bassist Mark Dzier filmed the movie Rock Of Ages as part of the fictitious band Arsenal led by Tom Cruise.
For more information, check out the band's website: www.lynammusic.com / www.facebook.com/lynammusic.


ARMOURY RECORDS TO RE-ISSUE FIVE OF DEREK SHERINIAN'S SOLO ALBUMS:
On February 11, 2014, Eagle Rock's rock label Armoury Records is delighted to be reissuing five of Derek Sherinian's solo albums. [MSRP $13.98 each] As one of the most talented, respected and in-demand keyboard players in rock, he is known for attacking, confident and instantly recognizable style. A former member of Dream Theater and Black Country Communion, he has also played with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen and Black Label Society. He is also a member of the supergroup Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian (PSMS).
The first of Armoury's reissue series is Inertia, which was Derek Sherinian's second solo album, originally released in 2001. It marks the start of his long-term collaboration with Toto drummer Simon Phillips and includes contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather and Tony Franklin. Black Utopia was the third solo album, originally released in 2003. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Billy Sheehan, Yngwie Malmsteen and Al Di Meola. The track Axis Of Evil features a stunning guitar duel between metal icons Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Fourth came Mythology, originally released in 2004. It features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Stevens and a rare guest appearance by John Sykes. Blood Of The Snake was Derek Sherinian's fifth solo album, originally released in 2006. It features contributions from Billy Idol, Slash, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Simon Phillips, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Lukather among others. Molecular Heinosity was Derek Sherinian's sixth solo album, originally released in 2009. This album features contributions from Zakk Wylde, Virgil Donati, Brian Tichy and Tony Franklin.
Armoury's reissue of these five Derek Sherinian solo albums represents their release at mid-price for the first time and is the perfect way to enjoy this incredible talent, described by Guitar World as the "King Of Keys".
Additionally, a direct-to-consumer store will be available with all 5 CD's and an exclusive shirt bundle. Click here to view link: www.theomegaorder.com/DerekSherinian

JOHN CORABI ON THE GEEK PODCAST:
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with John Corabi. Recently John played back to back Toronto shows and took some time to sit down with Decibel Geek writer Wally Norton for an in depth interview. John discussed how he feels about his time in Motley Crue, having his son join his band in the new year and his wishes for Mick Mars to record a solo blues guitar album. Also included in the interview, John's thoughts on Union, the Brides of Destruction and the time he spent his Birthday dinner out with Alice Cooper and Ronnie James Dio. Direct link to the interview: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2013/12/no-regrets-john-corabi-interview-and.html.

NEW BILL LEVERTY:
From the Bill Leverty eNewsletter: "My wife, Kris, and I were sitting on the beach this past summer and came up with an idea for a song. The song is called "For Better Or Forget It". The idea is that the preacher said "For better or for worse", but the wife heard "For better or forget it!" If rock and country were to have a baby, it might sound something like this. This song is sure to put a smile on your face. If you'd like to own it before it hits iTunes, please just go to my website and donate at least a dollar and I'll email you the MP3, lyrics, and artwork. So many of you got my last song, "The Bloom Is Off The Rose", and I can't thank you enough. I hope that 2014 is your best year yet! Thanks so much for your support... Bill." www.Leverty.com.

CORNERSTONE CHART WITH SINGLE:
News from Cornerstone; "It's official now: "Smalltown Boy", which was recorded in aid for the Nottingham Hospital, hits the Austrian Charts and is meanwhile on #50, a nice Christmas gift. The band didn't expect to be that successful: "With our promotion work, we actually concentrated more on the UK, because basically we recorded the song for an English charity project. So we are very surprised, that the Single is now successful in Austria, but we're happy about that, of course!", said guitar player Steve Wachelhofer. In Great Britain, the Single was represented by more than 40 radio stations and does now appear on many playlists. So things are shaping up well for Cornerstone and they might hit the Charts in the UK as well, pretty soon..."
Link to the official Austrian Charts: www.austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Cornerstone&titel=Smalltown+Boy. Link Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Ax597OZMM.

MELODICROCK UPDATES:
I would like to wish all melodicrock.com readers and musicians a very merry Christmas, a great new year and all-round safe holidays. May Santa fill your stockings with melodic musical goodies.

MelodicRock.com will now take a break also - back to business on Monday January 6.


Any CD orders placed during the break will continue to be mailed out ASAP. Recent Ebay auctions will also be sent out in this time.

I'll be back January 6 with a wrap up of the most important CD reviews left behind from 2013. There are still come great titles I need to review such as Revolution Road, Fate, Angelica and Royal Hunt.

MRX - During the break I'll try and add one more year of Billboard Top 40 Rock Hits to the already featured years. Those will be removed come January, so get them while you can!

One last CD Showcase has been added before the break - Berggren Kerslake Band (BKB) - The Sun Has Gone Hazy. Check it out.


Monday, December 23, 2013

TALISMAN REUNITE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MARCEL:
Jeff Scott Soto has announced an exclusive Talisman reunion to pay tribute to Marcel Jacob: "I am proud to announce FINALLY, the long awaited Talisman Official reunion show and Marcel Jacob tribute show! We have been invited by the legendary Sweden Rock Festival to have this event and I for one am beyond thrilled to be a part of it! Sadly Fredrik Akesson cannot make it due to his demanding schedules with Opeth but we are happy to bring back Pontus Norgren on guitar, who was in the band for the 'Truth' album and mixed as well as played on our final outing '7'.
And we are proud to introduce Johann Niemann (Eevergrey, ex-Therion) to fill in the very demanding shoes on bass...he was an obvious choice for us and will be a welcome addition this day! The show will include some Talisman alumni and special guests we are currently working on, thank you to SRF for giving us your platform to finally pay tribute to Marcel and his/our legacy. In January, he would have been 50 years old and also next year is the 5 year mark since we lost him so it will be a very special event indeed!"

JSS further updated the news overnight with this comment: "Ever since the news about the Talisman reunion dropped, I've been bombarded with other offers and suggestions for more shows...people, please read the poster, it states 'exclusive' as this is a one-time event, a celebration that we won't be able to take on the road or do past this. It's something we've worked for a while now very closely with the folks at Sweden Rock to do on their platform as it makes the most sense for a Swedish band and one of the premier events of the year.
I am not ruling out possible shows in the future for Talisman but everyone involved are very busy and committed to other aspects of their lives and careers at the moment so this show is strictly meant for the intent of celebration...for Marcel and our legacy!"



FIREWORKS 61 OUT NOW:
Another great year for rock music draws to a close - so it's only fitting that Fireworks last edition of 2013 is packed to the rafters with great stuff! Fireworks #61 sees the return of multi-platinum legends Boston. We have a double page spread featuring a fascinating interview with the enigmatic and elusive mastermind Tom Scholz. Meanwhile, Europe celebrate the release of their new live DVD and an excited Joey Tempest talks about that and the upcoming tour with Foreigner and FM. Michael Schenker returns with a brand new album, as do a surpassingly hard rocking Starship. With able support from Nightwish, REO Speedwagon, Benedictum, Stryper, The Flower Kings and more, there's a host of great features for you to feast on!
The last issue of the year also features our round up of the Best releases of 2013, along with the most comprehensive reviews section we've ever put out. 160 brand new albums reviewed, along with reissues, books and a wonderful look back at Firefest X. All that, and as Christmas is a time for giving, there's a FREE CD containing over 50 songs in mp3 format for you. Go on, treat yourself!
Available from - Participating WHSmith and McColls Group stores - the Fireworks Magazine Mini Shop (no registration required) - From the Rocktopia Download Store: A digital PDF copy for your mobile device or eBook reader sells for only £3. Each issue can be downloaded immediately and comes with the full cover CD in MP3 format. (PLEASE NOTE: Not all issues of Fireworks come with a free bonus disc)- Direct from Fireworks HQ by emailing fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com, paying via Paypal. Send £6 (inc P&P) for UK, £8.50 (inc P&P) Europe, and £9.50 (inc P&P) for USA/Rest of World.


FM 2014 EUROPEAN SHOWS:
FM have announced a series of European headline shows for Spring 2014. The band - who are heading into the New Year with the news that BBC Radio 2 are playlisting "Better Late Than Never" (from this year's Rockville album) from 26 December - will be returning to Holland, Germany, Spain and Portugal right after their stint touring with Foreigner and Europe in March and April next year. FM drummer Pete Jupp comments - "We have some great memories of our 2011 shows in Europe. Playing at Sweden Rock, Graspop and Rock The Nation and our first ever Spanish show in Madrid was so special... we can't wait to get back over there to see everyone!"

A message from FM: "It doesn't seem like a year ago that we were feverishly getting Rockville II finished but here we are again at this festive time of year. 2013 has been another great year for the band - Rockville and Rockville II both received rave reviews from every quarter with our live shows receiving the same fantastic response. Looking forward, 2014 might just be our best year ever... we are already writing and recording for our next album and we have the Foreigner tour and our own headline shows to look forward to in the Spring! There are lots more fantastic opportunities in the pipeline and they will be announced early in 2014.
As always, wholehearted thanks to you all for your brilliant support over the past year - to the finest fans a band could ever wish for and to all the radio stations, magazines and webzines who have encouraged us, cheered us along and been behind us all the way. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year."


FM Live 2014

Foreigner / FM
Mar 31 - Dublin - Olympia Theatre
Apr 01 - Belfast - Waterfront

Foreigner / Europe / FM
Apr 03 - Manchester O2 Apollo
Apr 04 - Newcastle - City Hall
Apr 05 - Glasgow - Clyde Auditorium
Apr 07 - Nottingham - Royal Centre
Apr 08 - Sheffield City Hall
Apr 09 - Portsmouth - Guildhall
Apr 11 - Bristol - Colston Hall
Apr 13 - London - Hammersmith Apollo
Apr 15 - Wolverhampton - Civic Hall

Foreigner / FM
Apr 17 - Antwerp - Musiekcentrum TRIX
Apr 18 - Paris - Bataclan

FM Headline Shows
Apr 20 - Uden - De Pul
Apr 21 - Hamburg - Logo
Apr 22 - Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
Apr 23 - Munich - Strom
Apr 25 - Barcelona - Bikini
Apr 26 - Madrid - Shoko
Apr 27 - Lisbon - Music Box
Booking info may be found on the FM Live page at www.fmofficial.com.

JOE HOLMES' FARMIKOS ANNOUNCE DEBUT EP RELEASE; IN-STUDIO VIDEO TEASERS POSTED:
December 20, 2013 - Farmikos, the new L.A. band featuring former Ozzy Osbourne and David Lee Roth guitarist Joe Holmes and vocalist Robbie Locke (ex-Laidlaw), have announced a tentative February 2014 release for their eponymous digital debut EP. New in-studio video teasers for the songs "Scapegoat" and "Spoon and Sun" have been posted on the band's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/FarmikosOfficial.
Recorded at the Mouse House in Pasadena, CA with engineer/mixer Rich Mouser (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Vast), the EP also features guest contributions from Holmes' former Ozzy Osbourne bandmate, bassist Robert Trujillo, and drummer Brooks Wackerman. States Holmes: "We've got these 5 songs to kick things off and will be finishing another five when Robbie comes back to L.A. in January to lay down vocals for another EP we're planning for summer 2014."
The EP's track listing reads as follows: 1. Scapegoat 2. Kings of Dust 3. Sound of My Gun 4. Exit Stencils 5. Spoon and Sun.
In addition to "Scapegoat" and "Spoon and Sun", footage of Holmes tracking guitar for the song "Exit Stencils" can be viewed at this location www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UKpQmkC6uk.
FARMIKOS online: www.farmikos.com / www.facebook.com/farmikos.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH BENEDICTUM, TAD MOROSE AND KEN HENSLEY:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Benedictum vocalist Victoria Freeman, Tad Morose guitarist Christer Andersson, and former Uriah Heep keyboard maestro Ken Hensley, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-benedictum-tad-morose-and-ken-hensley-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Benedictum vocalist Veronica Freeman discusses the writing and recording of the band's new album "Obey", and selects two songs from the new release. Veronica also talks about the band's recent line-up changes, and their desire to tour in support of "Obey".
Also in the first hour, Tad Morose guitarist and founder member Christer Andersson talks about the band's first new studio album in 10 years, "Revenant", chooses a pair of tracks from the record, and discusses the frustrations which have kept the band from releasing new material in the last decade.
In part 2, former Uriah Heep keyboardist / slide guitarist Ken Hensley talks about the two albums released this year by his current band Live Fire, the in-concert set "Live", and studio album "Trouble", and chooses a selection of live Heep classics and new songs from Live Fire.
Plus classic tracks and killer new cuts from Y&T, Anthrax, Touchstone, The Ramones, Thin Lizzy and Operadyse. You can also listen on Sunday 22nd December 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 25 December 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com.


Friday, December 20, 2013

MR.com COUNTER HITS 60,000,000:
I just want to take this opportunity to thank my loyal readers, friends and musicans for helping MelodicRock.com pass 60 million front page views.
I'm humbled to see so many enjoy the site that I started as a little fun thing some 16 years ago.
Thank you one and all.

URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE-OFF SHOW AT KOKO, IN LONDON:
Uriah Heep is delighted to announce a very special one-off show at KOKO, in Camden, London on 4 March 2014. All Uriah Heep fans are urged not to miss out on the filming. Tickets are already on sale priced at £24 from www.eventim.co.uk.
This show will be filmed and released as a live DVD on Frontiers Records in later 2014/early 2015. As well as a host of Heep classics, the set will also include some new songs that will be taken from the material that the band is writing for the forthcoming 2014 album, following 2011's "Into the Wild" which was the band's highest charting album since the 1970s in worldwide territories!
Fans attending the show will be in with a chance of being filmed themselves, not only as part of the audience, but also for some special bonus features to be included on the DVD! The band is inviting their fans from around the world to be a part of this experience; this is a chance to be part of Heep history.
Mick Box said, "After playing in 54 countries around the world promoting Into the Wild it's great to be coming back to London where it all began!"

2014 is set to be yet another big one for Mick Box and the band as they work on the new material, and of course keep on touring; Heep has been round the world several times in the last 24 months visiting South Africa, Australia, Asia, North America, South America and East & West Russia. The band headlined the first ever Planet Rock Stock in December. Heep will play the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival in the Summer [after their storming Download show in 2013].
With classic songs like "Lady In Black", "Gypsy", "Easy Livin'' and "Look at Yourself'', and a magnificent 44 year catalogue full of ambition, sophisticated writing, memorable tunes and, of course, the vocals - the 5 part harmonies were a clear influence on the operatics of Queen - Uriah Heep has headlined at stadia worldwide: truly the band has ensured its place at Rock's top table. Uriah Heep is acknowledged as one of the world's great live acts.
The KOKO show will follow a set of intimate UK February dates and another headliner at the Giants of Rock Festival on Feb 9.

WHITE WIDDOW PRESS RELEASE - R.I.P. GEORGE KRISTY:
It's with heavy hearts we are very sorry to let you all know of the passing of our beloved friend and drummer George Kristy.
We are still all in shock and trying to process the loss of such an amazing person who brought great energy and life to not only White Widdow's music but to all of our lives. George chose to take his own life and we hope that he has finally found the peace he was looking for.
He will be remembered for his big heart, his hyper personality, his ability to have in depth discussions with complete strangers and his amazing talent as a drummer. Our deepest condolences go out to his girlfriend Voula and his family at this difficult time. He was always the life of the party and the center of the laughter, you will be missed by so many. We are sure he's already having a vodka with Jani Lane, Robin Crosby and Eric Carr, making them laugh so hard that they're crying, like he did to us so many times. We are honored to have had George as a part of White Widdow and as a part of lives. We love you and we miss you. Rest In Peace. - Jules, Enzo, Trent & Xavier.
White Widdow - www.whitewiddow.com.au / www.facebook.com/whitewiddowaor.

R.I.P. George :(

REDRUM VIDEO PREMIERE:
Redrum anticipated release of their second Official Videoclip "You Can't Buy No Hero" from their second album "Victims Of Our Circumstances" released on RMB Records is here!
"You Can't Buy No Hero" was their first single released as an exclusive mix in the compilation of MelodicRock.com Vol. 11
After the big support of their first clip "Dust In Your Eyes" which has reached their promised goal, Redrum feel pleased and proud to present you their second official videoclip right on your screens!
"We wanna say a HUGE THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all our fans worldwide for all the love and support you gave us and we also wanna wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you on the road in 2014! Enjoy!!!" www.redrum-rocks.com.


MEMBERS OF PAGAN'S MIND, THEOCRACY, DARKWATER AND END OF SEPTEMBER CONTRIBUTE TO CHARITY TRACK:
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of "Collide & Spark", an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to The Bridge Bunch, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population of Nashville, TN, in the United States.
The song, which is almost seven minutes in length, is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy vocalist and songwriter Matt Smith. It features vocals by Nils K. Rue [Pagan's Mind], Henrik Båth [Darkwater], Elin Redin [End of September] and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Markus Sigfridsson [Darkwater, Harmony].
The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire] and designed by Markus Sigfridsson.

"This is such a cool opportunity to help make a difference in a small way", says Smith. "Ninety-nine cents can go a long way toward giving someone a hot meal or a sleeping bag, especially now, in the heart of winter. Everyone associated with The Bridge Bunch works nonstop to serve the large number of people struggling in the Nashville area, and every penny of this goes to that very worthy cause. And the caliber of talent on this track makes it something truly special indeed!"
Check out a teaser of "Collide & Spark" at YouTube here: youtu.be/vcRE27HDRAE.

"Collide & Spark" can be purchased here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/collide-spark-single/id780798820 / www.amazon.com/Collide-Spark/dp/B00H9YYQDM / open.spotify.com/track/0mjJtxE7hSdAlWIV4O2dri / ulteriumrecords.bandcamp.com/track/collide-spark.

HEAVEN & EARTH TAKE HOME "BEST IN ROCK" CATEGORY AT 2013 HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS:
Heaven & Earth--guitarist Stuart Smith, singer Joe Retta, bassist Tony Franklin, drummer Richie Onori and keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum--are ending 2013 on a high note after taking home the award for "Best In Rock" at the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards ceremony at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 21 and now working with Affliction Clothing.
On band taking home HMMA Award and working with Affliction, Stuart noted, "It was a great honor to be nominated for this award and we're very proud to have won it considering the resumes of the other nominees. Heaven & Earth are very proud to have been offered this opportunity to work with Affliction. I, myself have worn their jackets and shirts for years and love the style and quality they bring to the table." Clif Chason, a founder of Affliction Clothing, adds, "Affliction is happy to be working with such a talented band as Heaven & Earth."
Heaven & Earth (L-R: Arlan Schierbaum, Stuart Smith, Joe Retta, Tony Franklin and Richie Onori) at the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards ceremony at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on 11/21/13.


INTERVIEW BRIEFS:
Red Dragon Cartel's Darren Smith (Dec 19th 2013 interview) - video interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGvD6liXXhs
Jake E. Lee is back with Red Dragon Cartel. On Dec 19th 2013, Mitch Lafon had a chance to talk with singer Darren Smith about the band, the new album and getting the gig with Jake. The two also discussed the band's infamous debut live show (Dec 12th 2013) at West Hollywood's WHISKY A GO GO. Darren takes critics head on and looks to a bright future with the band.

A new, 25-minute audio interview online at The Musician's Voice (themusiciansvoice.blogspot.com) with vocalist Veronica Freeman of Benedictum and Jeff Pilson together, talking about the new Benedictum album Obey now.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with another round of Billboard Rock Top 40 songs - this time 200+ tracks spanning the entire year of 1988! Go get them!
MRX Membership Details.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

VIVA! DEF LEPPARD IN 2014:
Def Leppard is planning a "Viva Pyromania" residency in Las Vegas in 2014 while also preparing to record an album of new material in Dublin. "The Vegas thing was amazing," guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard, referencing their "Viva Hysteria" residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "We're also going to be doing Viva Pyromania at some point at the end of next year."
"Pyromania," the 1983 release certified 10 times platinum in 2004, was the Sheffield, England hard rock band's breakthrough album, predating "Hysteria" by four years. Def Leppard gave 11 "Hysteria" concerts in Las Vegas in March and April before heading to Europe where they played "Hysteria" in full at Hellfest in France and continued to have revelations about the album that contained "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Love Bites" and "Armageddon It."
"When we were rehearsing we realized how much went into that," Collen said on the red carpet after the finale of "The Voice." "It's a rich and expensive sounding record. It doesn't sound like it now, but it was very experimental. Guitar parts that you only did once, you had to revisit. And you have to get into it." Adds drummer Rick Allen: "So much time went into recording that record. It is so deep and complex. Every time we play it, there's a new way to do it."

The specter of their '80s heyday looms over Def Leppard any time they venture back into a studio, the last time being 2008 for "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge." Collen and guitarist Vivian Campbell agree they have a unique balance to be mindful of whenever they do new material.
On one hand, they hope to record a fair amount of the record live as they did with 1996's "Slang," an album under appreciated at the time of its release. It has only sold 367,000 copies, according to Soundscan. "You paint yourself into a corner with a certain writing style when you have a huge album," Collen says. "'Slang' is very raw -- us playing live -- and everyone hated it. You learn from that. You don't want to cop out too much."
Campbell says the band can overthink the situation at times. "I think sometimes you just got to let it happen. The other side of the equation is the band is successful for a certain sound. It's a brand like Coca-Cola and you've got to give the people what they expect. At the same time you have to move on."
From the perspective of Collen, Campbell and Clark, the emphasis is on big vocal beds, loads of guitar and lyrics that singer Joe Elliott can get behind. As they've aged, they have been able to explore tragedy on a personal level and get beyond anthems for strip clubs and frat houses.
"In a way, the real craft to me is being ambiguous," Campbell says. "Joe is the best person to keep the balance. I remember we were writing lyrics once on the 'X' album. I can't remember what the word was, but I (gave him lyrics) Joe looked at it and said 'I'm not singing that word. That's not rock 'n' roll. Sting would sing that word.' Its gotta be a blue collar working class vernacular. (Otherwise) it's not rock n roll. You're Bob Dylan or Bono or something."
Def Leppard's appearance on "The Voice" was in part to promote the broadcast TV debut of "Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria" on AXS TV on Dec. 29.
WebLinks: www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/touring/5840343/def-leppard-plotting-pyromania-residency-in-las-vegas-new-album.

GIUNTINI - SHADOW OF THE STONE VIDEO DEBUT:
Giuntini - Shadow of the Stone - (Feat. Tony Martin) - Official Clip.


TAINTED NATION VIDEO DEBUT:
UK rock outfit Tainted Nation are pleased and proud to announce the release of their video clip 'Dare You', exclusively with Classic Rock Magazine. This is the second release from their debut album 'F.E.A.R.' released on Massacre Records. The video can be viewed below: youtu.be/hC29V_G0Vu8.
Tainted Nation consists of ex-Helloween and Firewind Drummer – Mark Cross, Pontus Egberg – bass player of Scandinavian superstars 'The Poodles', Pete Newdeck – vocals (Pete is also known as the drummer of Eden's Curse), Ian Nash – former Lionsheart Guitarist and Joel Peters – former Fury Guitarist.
Tainted Nation have spent a good deal of 2013 playing on the live circuit , with UK dates, a successful Tour of Spain and European festivals, where they have attracted some positive attention and good reviews, in support of their acclaimed debut F.E.A.R.
Says Pete: 'We are delighted to release this video exclusively with Classic Rock and are hoping to continue the momentum we are building up. It's been a fantastic year for this band and we are looking positively forward to the future it's a pleasure being able to work with such talented and like minded people and believing in what you have to offer is a major hurdle that was easy to climb'."
Dare You has been directed by Ryan Priddey of Independent Element www.independentelement.co.uk.
Tainted Nation are already working on their follow album (as yet untitled) and will be touring the UK in February/March 2014. Along with this, they are looking to book festivals in the UK and Europe.
For more information visit: www.taintednation.co.uk / www.facebook.com/officialtaintednation.

JULIAN'S BEAST READY TO KICK DOWN DOORS IN JANUARY:
Julian Angel's Beautiful Beast - Kick Down The Barricades, to be released via Platinum Blonde on January 24.
Once again Julian Angel's Beautiful Beast has taken a ride on the time machine back to 1989. Their third album 'Kick Down The Barricades' sounds as old fashioned as any hair metal fan would expect it to be. Just the way they did on predecessors 'Adult Oriented Candy' (2011) and 'California Suntan' (2012) Beautiful Beast have refused to add any modern elements to their songs and thereby manifest their reputation of being Hair Metal traditionalists – or retards as other people may have it.
'Kick Down The Barricades' sounds rawer and edgier than the band's previous records and left room for spontaneity and improvisation even in an all so sterile studio environment. The album was recorded at Julian Angel's studio The Vegas Room and mastered by Rolf Munkes (Tony Martin Band, Empire, Razorback) at Empire Studios, Germany.
Two months prior to the official album release Beautiful Beast have published the music video for the album's opening track 'Bad Boys Never Dance' for which they could win legendary glam journalist Kelv Hellrazer to star as the VJ. The sound, the style, the same old stories – you have heard it all before and you will hear it again. Julian Angel and Beautiful Beast don't reinvent the wheel. They simply keep it turning when others have run out of gasoline.
Beautiful Beast mastermind Julian Angel is a German rock musician with, by now, five albums to his record as well as a German Rock Award nomination for 'Best Guitarist' in 2000. Julian has scored a #8 chart album in Austria as songwriter for rockabilly group The Monroes in 2013. He is also the sole producer of MusicBiz Madness, a music business conference for unsigned musicians, which regularly features renowned keynote speakers from the German music industry.


ORIANTHI LAUNCHES "BeMyBand" ON TALENTHOUSE:
Multi-award-winning platinum recording rock artist--singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Orianthi--is using artist collaboration platform Talenthouse to find four aspiring musicians­a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer­to literally "Be My Band" and perform with her for one night at a Valentine's Day concert held at major venue in Los Angeles in 2014. The concert will be taped and aired on TV (details TBA).
"I'm definitely looking forward to meeting four ace musicians who can rock my world," says the acclaimed Orianthi, who's internationally known for her guitar work with such artists as Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Alice Cooper and Carrie Underwood. Orianthi discusses her "BeMyBand" competition here: po.st/Dp3Sn9
This chance for aspiring musicians to use Talenthouse to turn their dream into a reality onstage marks the launch of "BeMyBand," a first-of-its-kind performance opportunity created by the esteemed singer, songwriter and guitarist (and Eurythmics co-founder) Dave Stewart. Musicians from around the world can audition through TalentHouse.com to be selected for an opportunity to collaborate and support their favorite artists live onstage in a high-profile show. First Artist Bank, a global community bank for creatives to be launched in 2014 and also founded by Stewart, has stepped up to sponsor the inaugural BeMyBand campaign. po.st/BeMyBand
Dave Stewart says, "I always think about all those great players out there in various towns and cities who would love to play alongside a major artist and go through the whole experience of rehearsing and then perform a big show. There are so many singing competitions; this one is about the players in the band. The guys and girls who help create that magic. First Artist Bank is happy to create opportunities to help artists of all kinds take one step towards making a living from their art and Talenthouse makes this happen on a daily basis--that's why we are partners."
BeMyBand is produced by Stewart's multi-faceted Weapons of Mass Entertainment, in collaboration with TalentHouse, and will be launched once every quarter with a different, marquee artist headlining the campaign. First Artist Bank is thrilled to have Orianthi on board as the first headlining artist of BeMyBand. The concert will be taped and aired on TV as part of the BeMyBand series.
If you are a drummer, bassist, guitarist, or keyboard player, submit a video of you playing your instrument at your best. Up to 10 finalists for each instrument will be asked to play original tracks from Orianthi herself. Of those finalists, four selected artists will have the incredible opportunity to perform live on stage with Orianthi as her band for a night. She will select the four musicians who will have their submission and performance from the night featured on Orianthi's social media channels. Travel and six nights' accommodation for each selected artist will be provided. This opportunity is open globally to musicians 21 years of age and older.
Musicians can begin submitting their work effective immediately and must submit no later than January 24, 2014 (all phases close at 10AM PST). The voting period runs from January 25 through January 31, with the winner to be announced on February 5.
For this competition, one additional artist as selected by the community and the host, Orianthi, will receive*:
A signed Orianthi PRS signature guitar
A signed copy of Orianthi's new album, Heaven in This Hell
A mention on the BeMyBand social media channels
* The host will select from the top 10% of the highest voted submissions.
For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/Orianthi.

LAWLESS VIDEO DEBUT:
British hard rockers Lawless are proud to announce the release of their first official video clip "Heavy Metal Heaven" taken from their debut album "Rock Savage" released from Escape Music Ltd. "This is an early Christmas present, the first ever Lawless video "Heavy Metal Heaven" from the album "Rock Savage", features live footage from one of our shows and on location filming ,enjoy!" youtu.be/IvnLtzYDjV8 / www.lawlessofficial.com.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SWEDISH/AMERICAN SUPERGROUP W.E.T. TO RELEASE THEIR ANTICIPATED LIVE CD/DVD:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of W.E.T. anticipated 2CD/DVD "One Live – In Stockholm" on February 21 in Europe and February 24 in North America.
On January 17th, 2013, W.E.T. played an exclusive show at the Debaser Club in Stockholm, Sweden to celebrate the release of their sophomore album, "Rise Up". The show was promoted almost exclusively through a viral web campaign, so that night the faithful and energized crowd's fever for the band, featuring Robert Säll (the "W" from Work of Art), Erik Mårtensson (the "E" from Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (the "T" from Talisman) was incredibly high (despite the cold Swedish winter being in full force). Fans flew in from all over the world and the venue was packed to the rafters when the band hit the stage with their driving number "Walk Away".

W.E.T showcased songs from the then forthcoming album "Rise Up" as well as from the critically acclaimed self-titled 2009 debut album. A truly exquisite performance, where the band played many fan favorites including two Talisman songs, as well as one song each from Eclipse and Work of Art. The Eclipse song was "Bleed & Scream" which was sung by Erik Mårtensson and the Work Of Art song was "The Great Fall" where the band were joined by Lars Säfsund, lead singer of W.O.A.
Jeff Scott Soto recalls: "For us, it was a magical night as much as a nervous one... We all have the experience of performing live to multitudes of people, the wisdom on how to take the show from A-Z but none of these items together as a new band. With that, you're witnessing something I know in 10-20 years time, we will all reflect upon as something special captured on film and recording as a moment in time we'll never forget".

The show was filmed and recorded for a live CD / DVD release, which also includes two unreleased bonus tracks, studio cuts taken from the "Rise Up" sessions. The resulting album "One Live - In Stockholm" captures a stunning performance and celebrates the birth of W.E.T. as a kick-ass live unit.
Enjoy a YouTube trailer following this link: youtu.be/1HmquTvaszk.

Tracklisting: CD1: Walk Away; Learn To Live Again; Invincible; I'll Be There; Love Heals; Rise Up; Bleed & Scream; Bad Boy; Still Unbroken; Broken Wings; I'll Be Waiting.
CD2: If I Fall; Shot; Comes Down Like Rain; The Great Fall; What You Want; Brothers In Arms; Mysterious; One Love; Poison (Numbing The Pain) (Bonus Studio Track); Bigger Than Both Of Us (Bonus Studio Track).

DVD: Walk Away; Learn To Live Again; Invincible; I'll Be There; Love Heals; Rise Up; Bleed & Scream; Bad Boy; Still Unbroken; Broken Wings; I'll Be Waiting; If I Fall; Shot; Comes Down Like Rain; The Great Fall; What You Want; Brothers In Arms; Mysterious; One Love. Love Heals (Bonus videoclip); Learn to Live Again (Bonus videoclip).

W.E.T. is: Jeff Scott Soto - Lead Vocals & Keyboards; Erik Martensson - Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Backing & Lead Vocals; Robert Säll - Keyboards, Guitar & Backing Vocals; Magnus Henriksson - Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals; Robban Bäck - Drums; Andreas Passmark - Bass.

xx

JAKE E LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL UK LIVE DATES:
Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel UK live dates:

June-6-14 - London, England (02 Academy, Islington)
June-7-14 - Nottingham, England (Rescue Rooms)
June-8-14 - Wolverhampton, England (Slade Rooms)
June-10-14 - Glasgow, Scotland (The Classic Grand)
June-15-14 - Donnington, England (Download Festival)

SIN CITY FOR CHRISTMAS JOY:
Las Vegas' "Hardest Working Rock Band" The Sin City Sinners are proud to announce that all sales of their new song "Christmas in Vegas" will go to "Toys for Tots" to make sure a less fortunate child receives a present on Christmas. "Christmas in Vegas" can be found on Sin City Sinners newest CD "A Sinners Christmas 2" available at thesincitysinners.com, iTunes, amazon and wherever downloads are sold. "A Sinners Christmas 2" includes guest performances by Tiffany, Mark Kendall (Great White), Oz Fox (Stryper), Frank Dimino (Angel), & Paul Taylor (Winger).
Christmas in Vegas was written by Zach Throne & Jason Green and features Zach Throne (lead vocals, guitars) Brent Muscat (Guitars) Dr. Michael Ellis (bass) & Rob Cournoyer (drums) with additional instrumentation and vocals by Eric Skodis.
PurchaseLink: itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-in-vegas-single/id738654653 / youtu.be/ckoa5UVHeIo / Facebook.com/sincitysinners.

ERIC MARTIN SOLO ACOUSTIC DATES:
Eric Martin, the voice of Mr. Big, along with special guest, Scotty Dunbar, to kick off East Coast tour in January 2014.
Eric Martin, lead vocalist of the multi-platinum rock group, Mr. Big, will be hitting the road on a five city intimate acoustic tour in January 2014 with direct support from national recording artist, Scotty Dunbar. The tour will kick off in Acton, Maine on January 10, 2014.

Here is a list of the confirmed shows:
1/10/14 – Willy's – Acton, Maine
1/11/14 - 1150 Oak Bar & Grill – Cranston, Rhode Island
1/12/14 – Palace Theater - Stafford Springs, Connecticut
1/16/14 - Tobacco Road - New York City
1/17/14 – Dingbatz - Clifton, New Jersey
For booking inquiries, contact lanesixentertainment@live.com. For additional information, please visit www.ericmartin.com and www.facebook.com/scottdunbar.


TONY HARNELL: TELLING TALES AND THE TNT REUNION:
Tony Harnell recently announced he is reuniting with his brothers in TNT, and he checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about the reunion, why the timing was right, the upcoming tour, his favorite TNT moments, and what the future will bring.
Here's an excerpt from the interview: HRH: Let's address the news many fans are excited about—the TNT reunion! Was it a difficult decision, and why do youu feel now the right time? Are any shows planned yet?
Harnell: It was one of the most difficult decisions ever, but finally I decided that I spent 22 years of my life working extremely hard building a brand that most musicians would kill for, and I thought the fans deserved it, and I thought I deserved to have that brand back on my bio and take the "formerly of"¯ or "ex" ¯ singer B.S. away. Shows are booked and more are planned.
HRH: Looking back, what are some highlights of the mid-1980s TNT era for you? Do any particular accomplishments, shows or albums stand out?
Harnell: Winning a Norwegian Grammy, #1 albums and singles overseas, our huge success in Japan from '89 through '92. Of course, the wonderful Stryper tour in 1987; all the success of Tell No Tales in America … I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot! Much of it was a blur! LOL.
For the complete interview, head to: hardrockhaven.net/online/2013/12/tony-harnell-telling-tales-and-the-tnt-reunion-interview/.

BILLY IDOL REVEALS AMERICAN ROOTS 'INTHESTUDIO':
Dallas, TX - December 17, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands explores the unlikely evolution of late Seventies London punk rocker William Broad into million-selling '80s hard rocker Billy Idol on the 30th anniversary of his mega hit album Rebel Yell.
Billy Idol may have broken into the music business in the waning days of the British punk rock scene with his band Generation X, but he cut his teeth on early American Rock'n'Roll. In the late '50s, William Broad's (aka Billy Idol's) family moved to and lived for a period of time on Long Island, New York where he found himself exposed to the first generation of American rock and rollers Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Gene Vincent. It was this music that moved Billy, even inspiring him to cover Tommy James and the Shondells' classic "Mony Mony" on his debut EP Don't Stop. Billy's music career got a major boost when he moved back to New York in the early '80s just in time for the launch of MTV. The success of club, radio and video hits "Dancing with Myself" and "White Wedding" catapulted Billy's career into the mainstream and the subsequent November 1983 Rebel Yell album "Eyes Without a Face" Top Five single certified it with over two million copies sold. Billy shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his unlikely punk rock fairytale.

"I liked the Velvet Underground, Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop, the New York Dolls. That's a lot of what punk rock in England was based on, that whole New York scene. So I loved all that sort of stuff. In fact,(co-writer/guitarist) Steve Stevens always says that it's really funny. There I was listening to tons of American music, and there he was in America listening to loads of English music. It's crazy!"
The Billy Idol 'Rebel Yell' / InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/billy-idol-rebel-yell-30th-anniversary-2/

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MELODIC ROCK FEST 4 - OCTOBER 2014


No three year wait this time around! Fresh from a successful event this past September, we're doing it all over again October 2014 at Chicago's H.O.M.E. Bar (www.homebarchicago.com) from Friday October 3 – Sunday October 5, 2014.

MelodicRockFest 4 (www.melodicrockfest.com) is taking everything that made show #3 great and ramping it up even further. More cult bands, more old favourites and even more Swedes!

MRF4 will be North American fans' first ever chance to see some of the most in demand European rock bands, including AOR stars Work Of Art; hard rock heroes The Poodles and Europe's most popular melodic rock band – H.E.A.T!

Joining them for the 3-Day rock extravaganza are some of the USA's most respected and admired melodic rock artists for a series of 'greatest hits, full band sets' – Stan Bush, Mitch Malloy, Johnny Lima and Paul Laine.
And there's still more as classic hard rockers Heaven's Edge bring their acclaimed reunited lineup to MRF as do Christian rockers Guardian, playing a rare live show with their classic formation.

Additional MRF first- timers include classic rock superstars Shooting Star, and a trio of Sweden's acclaimed melodic rock scene artists - House of Shakira, Degreed and Grand Design. Norway's Faith Circus will ensure it isn't an all-Swedish affair!

Returning to the party from MRF3 are Adriangale, Tango Down, Bombay Black, Crossing Rubicon and Maxx Explosion, who will deliver a longer set after their very late night MRF3 cameo.

Very popular new comers The Radio Sun from Australia will also return in a duel role – performing songs from their debut album in their own set and also reprising their role as Paul Laine's backing band for Paul's first ever foray down under. Featured in Paul's best of set will be tracks from his cult classic Stick It In Your Ear album as well as songs from his time in Danger Danger and the Shugaazer project.

Also returning is the ever popular Mecca, who will once again be joined by a popular special guest – Mr. Jimi Jamison! Together the guys will again dig deep into the catalogue for some fan surprises. There's also the chance of a second very special guest…

MRF4 will also mark the very special live debut of 2 brand new projects!

L.R.S. is killer new project featuring vocalist Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), Josh Ramos (The Storm, Two Fires), Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden's Curse, Revolution Road, Edge of Forever). The band will make their debut live performance at MRF, performing songs from their debut album as well as fan favourites from 21 Guns, Von Groove & The Storm!
Preview the debut LRS single! LRS - Living 4 A Dream

Lost Angeles is the other new project, this one featuring Paul Sabu, Dennis Dries and Eric Ragno. Each member paid their dues on the Sunset Strip, which took them far beyond! Their appearance at Melodic Rock Fest 4 will feature songs from their upcoming debut CD, along with classic tracks from Only Child, White Sister, Tattoo Rodeo and Paul's solo work! Eric says, "We're all great friends. Dennis & I have been swapping demos over lunches for awhile now, and I found an incredible chemistry with Paul Sabu in the records we did over the last two years. Dennis & Paul are both great singers, and their new songs have with a powerful honesty that really moves me. And I wanted the world to hear that. We've been looking for a reason to come together and see where our strengths might take us, and Andrew gave us that with MRF4. We respect each other's talents, we laugh a LOT and we're recording at our own pace. We're still rounding out the lineup – an LA lineup!- We're having a real blast as we learn how to drive this thing. It's great to be part of a street gang again."
Paul comments, "Playin' the show with such monstas as Eric Ragno and Dennis Dries. How cool is that...I guess really cool... So now we're already into a new killer album that we'll be kickin' off at the Festival...Glad to be back in the McNiece family again!"
Dennis adds, "I have to thank Eric and Paul for dragging me out from under the rock I'd been hiding under for the last couple of years. I feel reborn, and that I now have some brothers to carry the spirit that got me into music in the first place. Paul and I connected right away, and it feels like only a few months have passed since the Tattoo Rodeo days ( I can still hear him singing background vocals so high dogs would come running). Eric is a true rock dog, and I can't thank him enough for being involved in the last White Sister show ever in 2009. His keyboard work speaks for itself, and we're creating some exciting material together. I'm looking forward to hitting the stage with my bruthas and cranking out some familiar songs, and some new stuff to rattle your ears!"
Here's a snippet of a rough mix from the upcoming album. More info at www.lostangelesmusic.com - Lost Angeles - Home (Rough Mix, Edit)


Cult rock project Loud Lion will be MRF special guests for a mini-acoustic set featuring some of the songs from their long lost (now found) one-off album. The band's driving force of Bleu McAuley and Taylor Locke will hang around to mingle with fans over the weekend.

Rounding out the MRF4 lineup is hard rockers Talon, who will debut tracks from their new studio album and perform alongside Stan Bush as his backing band, the very task they handled brilliantly back in 2002 at the UK Gods Festival.

Mark Giovi (Far Cry) returns in his new band Romeo Riot and 7th Heaven will come up with something special and close out Friday night with one of their regular late nite shows, with low cost entry after 11pm for their local fan base.


All the expected highlights and plans for MelodicRockFest 4 are impossible to summarize in one press release, so expect further updates and details to come over the coming weeks and months. Tickets for MRF4 will go on sale Wednesday January 15 at a precise time to be announced soon.

Various VIP options are available for the festival as well as standard General Admission tickets for each day.

An exclusive pre-show acoustic set from Sweden's H.E.A.T. is planned at the event hotel for the Thursday night (October 2). Further details of this even will be announced soon, but it is restricted to Green, Gold & Platinum VIP ticket holders ONLY.


Work Of Art: "We're super excited to play MRF4. I had a blast playing MRF3 with WET so I'm delighted to be able to come back and play with Work Of Art this time. Hope to see you all there!!" – Robert Sall.

Talon: "Talon is very proud and honored to be playing at MelodicRockFest 4 - with our original lineup back together and a new CD released before the show it will be a truly amazing weekend. The entire band - Michael O'Mara, Kory Voxen, Jim Kee, Eric Ragno, Phil Keller and John Parker – are looking forward to tearing it up in Chicago by playing some of our classic songs along with a few new ones that will debut at MRF4! We are also honored to be the backing band again for our friend Stan Bush - it was a memorable experience playing with him 10 years ago and it will be a joy to play his classic songs for everyone again. A huge thank you to Andrew McNeice for the opportunity, and John Kivel for the support of all the bands and fans that will make this an amazing weekend! We want to see everyone there for every band as this lineup just kills! See you all in October my friends!" – John Parker

Adriangale: "It's an honor and privilege to have once again been asked to participate in MelodicRock Fest with Adriangale, especially after we had such a tremendous experience at MRF3 with our comeback show.  We're looking forward to seeing old friends, making even more new ones, and putting on the best show possible for the most amazing fans you could ask for.  See you all at MRF4!" – Vic Rivera.

Grand Design: "Finally, finally, finally!! Grand Design on MRF 4!! We are sooooo thrilled to get the chance to rawk iddup! Grand Design on U.S soil - yesssssssssssssss!"

Faith Circus: "Greetings from under the big top! Well...we've just pulled the caravan over to the side of this dusty old Highway and were thinking "what better time to check in with all the circus freaks out there"?! We are extremely honored & excited to be part of MelodicRock Festival 4! And most of all we're proud of our main man Andrew (McNeice) for his relentless work to make this festival a reality once again! A big man, with a big heart (& set of balls!)!! As indicated we have been given the second slot on Friday (03.10.14), being the "newcomers" that we are! Never the less...we see this as a win/win situation!... First of all it's FRIDAY and people are revved up for the weekend and ready to ROCK (+ no one's hung-over...yet!)! Second...this gives us plenty of time to check out all the other great acts on the bill, hang with you guys ... as well as working on our own hangover...for both Saturday & Sunday!! So keep spreading the word about FAITH CIRCUS and we look forward to seeing old & new fans in Chicago come October!!"


MRF3 TICKET PRICES:

Friday $65.00
Saturday $65.00
Sunday $65.00

WEEKEND TICKET - $175

BLUE VIP - $240 (LIMITED TICKETS)

GREEN VIP - $495 (VERY LIMITED TICKETS)

GOLD VIP - $950 (VERY LIMITED TICKETS)

PLATINUM VIP - $1495 (VERY LIMITED TICKETS)


TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 15 at: www.melodicrockfest.com (PayPal sales) or via TicketWeb/H.O.M.E. Bar.

SEE YOU THERE!



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NIGHT BY NIGHT TO SUPPORT EUROPE IN 2014:
Swedish Rock Legends are Joined by Up-and-Coming UK Melodic Rockers
UK rockers Night By Night announced today that they are special guests on Europe's tour of Sweden, which kicks-off in Stockholm on March 3. "This is excellent," enthuses Night by Night guitarist Ben Christo, "if you'd have told us when we started this band that we'd support Europe, we'd have probably said, 'Wow. That's it. We make it!'"
It's been a steady rise for NxN over the last year, having toured the UK with Jettblack and Y&T respectively; the latter jaunt sporting the best shows the band has played to date. "The Y&T crowd really welcomed us and we feel we made a lot of new fans," recalls Christo. "Y&T were so easy-going; not only did they help with gear-share and logistics, vocalist Dave regularly gave us a shout-out during their sets, saying how great it was to see a new band who didn't use backing-tracks, but actually sung and played everything live. That's something that we pride ourselves on, so to have someone whom we greatly respect notice it was really important. What's more, playing venues that size has really prepared us to step onto the bigger stages of the Europe tour."
The Europe dates are tied-in with Night by Night's signing to Sunhill, a Swedish label who work with Michael Schenker, Talisman, Nubian Rose and Europe to name a few. Sunhill are set to launch the NxN debut album in spring 2014.

3/3/14: Stockholm Waterfront
5/3/14: Umeå, Idun Folkets Hus
7/3/14: Luleå, Kulturens Hus
8/3/14: Sundvall, Tonhallen
WebLinks: nxnofficial.com / facebook.com/nightbynight.


*DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST RELEASES EPISODE 115 - 1978 YEAR IN REVIEW PART 2:
After getting through the whirlwind that was the first half of the year, Aaron and Chris return to tell the second half of the story in this week's 1978 Year in Review Part 2. This week, Aaron and Chris discuss the people, places, events, and music of the rest of the year. Stories include the over-saturation of Kiss-mania, the poorly received Sgt. Pepper movie, and the Texxas Jam. Tracks from bands including Boston, Ramones, Black Sabbath, KISS, Gillan, Rush, and Rose Tattoo among others. We also include some interesting television commercials and promos from the year that was 1978.
*Episode Now Available for Download/Streaming.
The Decibel Geek Podcast was launched in June of 2011 by Chris Czynszak, a former rock journalist and webmaster. With co-host Aaron Camaro, the Decibel Geek Podcast is quickly earning a reputation as one of the go-to music commentary podcasts on the internet. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, as well as the official Decibel Geek Podcast website.
Direct Link to Episode: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2013/12/episode-115-1978-year-in-review-part-2.html. To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.decibelgeek.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
US Metallers Anvil recently released their new Video for 'Badass Rock n Roll' in the states. Now the brand-new clip is available on SPV's YouTube channel for all European Metal fans - enjoy! youtu.be/xeGmo_0gsSg.

German Hard Rockers Mad Max release a brand new trailer for the song "Godzilla" today. The clip can be found here: youtu.be/XJnyAgOpRCg. Godzilla was written in Tokyo while MAD MAX singer Michael Voss was on tour in Japan singing for Michael Schenker! Michael Voss: "Walking through the streets of Tokyo brought back memories of those old Godzilla movies. So everybody get ready for some heavy guitar riffing while Godzilla is destroying your town!"

The Andrzej Citowicz Experience - international music project just announced that an excellent vocalist has signed up for the upcoming release: "Mr. Oliver Monsieur has joined us from Germany. Demos (work in progress) with our new vocalist is streaming here: soundcloud.com/andrzejcitowicz/the-one-demo-work-in-progress." More info: www.facebook.com/andrzejcitowicz www.facebook.com/Jean7Monsieur www.facebook.com/AncientDreamland.

Michael Sweet from Stryper interview: metalshrineblogg.blogspot.se/2013/12/intervju-med-michael-sweet-i-stryper.html.

Something Else reviews take a look back at some favorites from Jefferson Starship and Starship, with comments from Mickey Thomas and Craig Chaquico: somethingelsereviews.com/2013/12/13/one-track-mind-mickey-thomas-and-craig-chaquico-on-jefferson-starshipstarship/

Episode 3 of the Focus On Metal Dio special has been posted. Vinny discusses all aspects of the album and tour from his perspective, his relationship with Ronnie, the recent run of Last In Line shows, the new Kill Devil Hill album Revolution Rise and more. www.focusonmetal.net.

FURYON TO BE CONFIRMED FOR HUNGARY'S METALWAR FESTIVAL 2014:
British rockers Furyon to be confirmed for Hungary's MetalWar Festival 2014, which takes place September 5th – 7th in Budapest. Other band confirmed include: Vexillum, Twister, more to be announced soon. This year, on 5-6-7 of September 2014, will be held for the second time a unique FREE ENTRY Metal Festival in Budapest, Hungary call "MetalWar Fest 2014". This event in the heart of Budapest, will be held at the Népliget Park, on 5, 6 and 7 of September 2014. The previous, first "MetalWar Fest" in 2013 was attended by 22.000 people in three days.
Furyon is expected to make a number of additional festival (PPM Festival, Belgium) appearances in 2014. Furyon currently writing 2nd album after the success of their debut 'Gravitas'.
Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock. Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/MetalWarFest / www.metalwarfest.hu / www.facebook.com/FuryonUK / www.furyon.net.

MELODIC ROCK FEST - VIP NOTICE:
All Green & Gold VIP pass holders from MRF3 should have received an email by now regarding their MRF4 VIP pre-sale opportunity. If I have missed anyone, please get in touch now.

Blue VIP holders will be emailed shortly with their chance at pre-sales and upgrading to other levels if so desired. All levels of VIP will have numbers available for the January 15 on sale date.


Monday, December 16, 2013

VANDEN PLAS TO RELEASE THEIR STAGE OPERA WRITTEN IN COLLABORATION WITH WOLFGANG HOHLBEIN - OUT IN FEBRUARY ON FRONTIERS:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Vanden Plas new concept album entitled Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld (Path 1) on February 21 in Europe and February 24 in North America.
With "Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld," the German Progressive Metal combo continues the pattern of development from album to album that their fans have grown accustomed to. This time the progress is quite substantial, since the input for this new release came from Wolfgang Hohlbein, who with 43 million books sold worldwide is not only Germany's biggest selling author but also a fan of Vanden Plas. He suggested a creative collaboration: a rock opera for the stage based on his series "The Chronicle of the Immortals." The result was "Bloodnight" ("Blutnacht"). The libretto was written by Vanden Plas singer Andy Kuntz, together with Hohlbein and his manager Dieter Winkler, himself a respected author. The Vanden Plas team of Stephan Lill/ Günter Werno/Andy Kuntz composed 19 songs for the stage theater production.

"Bloodnight," with Kuntz in the leading role and the Vanden Plas musicians in the orchestra pit, celebrated a stunning premiere on the stage of the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern in 2012. 25 sold-out performances in the 2012 and 2013 seasons with standing ovations that never seemed to end speak for themselves. Overwhelmed by this success, Hohlbein responded by writing another novel: the story of "Bloodnight."
The next step for the band was to turn the successful theatre piece into an equally successful Vanden Plas album. "Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld" has 10 tracks comprising the first act of "Bloodnight." "Path 2," the second half of the album, is scheduled to bring the story to a conclusion in early 2015. Kuntz, in agreement with Hohlbein, adapted the stage version to fit an album format. On it he appears as the storyteller, so that unlike the stage production he is not only the main character Andrej Delany, but also embodies the roles of the other protagonists. In this way the storyline is richer and more easily understood by the listener for whom the powerful visions from the stage production are not available.

The music of "Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld" is pure Vanden Plas. The songs are noticeably heavier than the stage version and several amendments to the live arrangements can be heard with certain scenes that were rewritten from scratch. Some large chorus scenes from the stage production reappear with stark intimacy on the album, while in other sections a lush orchestral accompaniment replaces the piano line that had led the action in the stage version. At the same time, all the elements come into play that have long been distinctive to Vanden Plas. Kuntz's incisive lyrics are interwoven with Lill's defining riffs and Werno's diverse keyboard parts. A solid base is provided by bass player Torsten Reichert and drummer Andreas Lill, whose collaboration has produced an atmosphere that seems more homogenous and transparent than ever.

It is the attention paid to details that make this album different from any other earlier Vanden Plas recording. It is evident that this album recounts the story from a newly staged theatre production, which makes the Vanden Plas music to "Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld" even more diversified and vivid. Vanden Plas fans will immediately feel at home with this album. Hohlbein was also thrilled from the first time he heard the music. He said: "Great album. I loved it! I'm happy that fans of "The Chronicles of the Immortals" can re-experience the story through the rock opera 'Bloodnight'."
You can enjoy a trailer of the album following this link on Youtube: youtu.be/OtPxTvF-NsM.

Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld will include the following tracks: Vision 1ne (Music: A. Kuntz, S. Lill, G. Werno / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 2wo * The Black Knight * (Music: S. Lill / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 3hree * Godmaker * (Music: S. Lill / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 4our * Misery Affection Prelude * (Music: G. Werno / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 5ive * A Ghosts Requiem * (Music: G. Werno / Lyrics: Anonymus, G. Werno), Vision 6ix * New Vampyre * (Music: S. Lill, A. Kuntz / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 7even * The King and the Children of Lost World * (Music: S. Lill / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 8ight * Misery Affection * (Music: G. Werno / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 9ine * Soul Alliance * (Music: G. Werno / Lyrics: A. Kuntz), Vision 10n * Inside * (Music: A. Kuntz, S. Lill / Lyrics: A. Kuntz).
The Band: Andy Kuntz (Vocals), Stephan Lill (Guitar), Günter Werno (Keyboard), Torsten Reichert (Bass), Andreas Lill (Drums).
WebLinks: www.vandenplas.de / www.facebook.com/VandenPlasOfficial.

xx

MELODIC ROCK FEST 4 - ARTIST SAMPLING:
If you want to get a better idea of some of the artists lined up for Melodic Rock Fest 4, Steve Price held a special MRF4 Show on ARfm this weekend. You can stream the entire 3hr show now via: www.mixcloud.com/arfm/steve-price-rock-show-mrf4-special-dec-14/
The track listing, which can be accessed per track via the MixCloud playback. Tracks played include songs by every artist lined up to play, such as H.E.A.T., The Poodles, Johnny Lima, Work Of Art, Mitch Malloy, Stan Bush, Shooting Star, Degreed, Faith Circus, Mecca and more...
The show also features interviews with H.E.A.T., Adriangale, Lost Angeles and also John Kivel, stepping in at the last minute in my absence. Thanks John!

And if you missed the exclusive preview on the splash page, L.R.S. (Tommy La Verdi, Josh Ramos, Michael Shotton, Alessandro Del Vecchio) can be heard here: Preview the debut LRS single! LRS - Living 4 A Dream

Lost Angeles featuring Paul Sabu, Dennis Dries and Eric Ragno can be previewed with this rough mix: Lost Angeles - Home (Rough Mix, Edit)

Paul Laine has just emailed in his thoughts on MRF4: "Can't wait to Rock the House at MR4! Gonna to play all your favourites from Gildersleeves, Four The Hard Way, Cockroach, Stick It In Your Ear and more. Get ready to turn it up to 11 Chicago!!"


RED DRAGON CARTEL RESPONDS TO CRITICS:
Jake E Lee and his Red Dragon Cartel have hit the road for their first set of live dates, but have hit some turbulence with heavily critical comments flooding in for singer Darren Smith (also Harem Scarem's drummer). The band posted this comment on Facebook yesterday:

"You fly thousands of miles, have 40 possible songs to create a set with, pick and refine 14 of those, rehearse till 4 in the morning for only 4 days with jet jag and strep throat. Then have a reasonably good sound check only to return to the stage to find one of the monitors is out and the teleprompter is set up wrong (Yes I said it TELEPROMPTER Its seems to work fine for Obama and Steven Tyler, Elton John) plus It's said it will be gone within a couple of weeks, mix in some American prescription cough syrup (Thanks Nassad) and 1 to many pre-jitter shots. Result a sub-standard performance from a great singer. I have stood in a room while they played together and Darren sings his ass off! Yes your right there will never be another Ray Gillen, R.I.P. But the Red Dragon Cartel is about to show the world that they can be great band and that Darren James Smith is a great singer! Reserve your judgment until you watch the videos from tomorrow night's San Diego gig and Fridays show at Vamp'd in Las Vegas. In the meantime go over to I-Tunes and check out "Deceived" from the Red Dragon Cartel album. Jake E Lee is back, playing better than ever with a great Band, Album and Live Show. Wait till they come through your town sometime in the next year and decide for yourself. You won't be disappointed. Peace out!
-- Keep Rockin."


And Darren himself has posted online also: "I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW I AM LEARNING WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE LEAD VOCALIST FOR JAKE E LEES RED DRAGON CARTEL. I TRULY APPRECIATE ALL THE KIND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND LOVE. IM GOING TO NAIL THIS TONIGHT AND PULL IT BACK A BIT, I GUESS IM NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE. DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME. THE ONE THING ABOUT THIS BUSINESS IS…….YOU GROW THICK SKIN . IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF OZZY.."I LOVE YOU ALL"

Good Luck to Darrem for the next two shows.

RUBICON CROSS SIGN DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL SUDSIDERY:
Guitarist Simon Farmery has posted on his Facebook page about his band Rubicon Cross (also featuring CJ Snare from FireHouse): "CONTRACTS SIGNED!!!! I can now let you all know that Rubicon Cross have signed with 'INgrooves' here in the US and will be working closely alongside Universal music group for an early 2014 release. It's been a long road to get here and release dates have come and gone due to us trying to time a good PR & Radio campaign with the label. It's not an easy process and ALL the band appreciate your patience. 2014 will be seeing the band getting out LIVE across the US, an updated website which will finally have Rubicon merchandise for you all and the album itself will be a worldwide digital release and physical release in US via shops like Best Buy. We've negotiated hard to keep the price down for all the fans too.
In the next 4-6 weeks we should see the debut single release for Bleed With Me, to which a video will accompany that we shot last summer. It's a great video and we can't wait for you all to see it in rotation on your screens. So thanks once again for all your support, we do understand it's frustrating when you have to wait so long for a release, fingers crossed people, we're finally there. As soon as we know more, you'll be the 1st to know. Thanks again."

FORMER MEMBERS OF 24-7 SPYZ / CAGE / TOURNIQUET UNVEIL NEW BAND: SEVENTRAIN:
The San Diego, CA locals want to bring back that big rock sound with their hard-hitting, blues-based metal band Seventrain which features former Cage guitarist Eric Horton, drummer Joel Maitoza (24-7 Spyz, Shockhead), guitarist Jef Poremba (6ONE9, Coffi Baker…yes, Ginger Baker's son), vocalist Jon Campos (Dive Bomber), and bassist Greg Rupp who appeared on the album, but was recently replaced by Steve (Dino) Andino (Tourniquet).
The band has been in the recording studio over the past several months with engineer Don Lithgow (Blink 182, Finch, New Found Glory) and is getting ready to release their self-titled debut album in the US and Europe in early 2014. Drummer/Producer, Joel Maitoza, who is best known for his work with the New York based Heavy Metal Soul group 24-7 Spyz states, "It was a blast to just get back into the studio again with a bunch of old friends and bash out some tunes that replicates the music we all grew up on during the 80s and 90s. Just raw, stripped down, in your face, hard rock lovingly tracked in analog on 2 inch tape."
Seventrain is currently lining up print, radio and podcast interviews to promote the CD prior to hitting the road. The first single Change by Seventrain is available for streaming here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KOzAtTonTM.
Follow Seventrain on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Seventrain/324939974620.

ROCK TO THE RESCUE RAISES $400k:
Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (December 12, 2013) – Styx and REO Speedwagon, along with Richard Marx, Ted Nugent, Larry The Cable Guy, Survivor, Head East and Brushville are thrilled to announce that the December 4 benefit concert. Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, raised $400,783. This completely sold-out show, at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, raised funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. Rock To The Rescue has announced that distributed funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations will benefit the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Community Bank in care of City of Washington Tornado Relief Fund.
Tommy Shaw said, "Rock To The Rescue has continued to serve smaller grassroots non-profits around the country wherever we perform and help larger causes whenever we see the need. Because of the support of so many friends in the music community, we were able to respond literally within hours of the reports of the November 17 tornadoes in Illinois, the place where Styx and REO originated. We felt compelled to give back to the people who have given us so much for so long, so we started calling other friends. Everyone who was available immediately said yes! We enjoyed a fantastic concert and raised over $400,000 to help in the effort to move forward, but what was most moving was seeing and feeling the power of music bring us together and lift our spirits once again as the ongoing soundtrack to our lives."
Kevin Cronin said, "On the morning of our recent 'Rock To The Rescue' benefit concert we visited the Washington, Illinois site where the killer tornadoes did the lion's share of their damage. It was a chilling experience. The depth of destruction was hard to describe. We didn't need to be reminded that the effects of this storm and the need for help would go on for years to come. We promised ourselves, and the many new friends we made that day, that our work in the area would be ongoing. We plan on continuing our fundraising efforts as we return for four concerts in Illinois and Indiana in early 2014. It feels good to use the power of rock 'n' roll to lend support to people without whose support we would surely not be rocking to this day."

NIGHT BY NIGHT HEAD TO SWEDEN:
Good news for Night x Night, sending out this message overnight: "We're touring with Europe! You get to hear it first - as we don't we announce officially on Facebook, Twitter or our site 'til 15:00 GMT tomorrow (16/12) - we are special guests to Europe on their Swedish dates in March. Please help us spread the word once we announce tomorrow by Facebook sharing and retweeting this ace news! We are absolutely thrilled. This ties in with developments regarding album release - more news on this very soon. Looks like 2014 will be another year of progress for us! Have a great Christmas ~ Ben, Hen, Jon, Tom and Damien."



Friday, December 13, 2013

HEART LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM CD AND DVD TO BE RELEASED ON FRONTIERS IN FEBRUARY:
Heart's Classic Hits Including 'Barracuda," "Crazy On You," "These Dreams, "Alone" And "What About Love" Are Featured Along With Songs From Their Most Recent "Fanatic" CD

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Heart 's Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum in North America as CD and DVD deluxe edition, Blu Ray and DVD standalone on February 21 in Europe and February 25 in North America.
The history behind this recording began in 2012, which was a year of major achievements for Heart. In addition to Ann and Nancy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and news that they had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the year was filed with musical accomplishments. Ann and Nancy Wilson combed their archives for a definitive four CD box set release in the early part of the year, and in the fall of 2012, released their "Fanatic" album to strong critical and fan acclaim. To support the release of "Fanatic," the band embarked upon a major North American headline tour, which ended with a magnificent performance at Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario, which was filmed by AXS-TV. Heart will be performing shows in February, March and April, 2014 as a continuation of the "Fanatic" tour.

"Heart is one of my personal favorites," said Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, "and it is more than a pleasure to have them joining the Frontiers family. We look forward to a great partnership together!"
Heart has long been associated with Canada having broken out in Vancouver in 1976 with the release of "Dreamboat Annie" and their return to Canada for the "Fanatic" tour was greeted with the kind of enthusiasm the Canadians save for their own.  Ben Mink, who produced the "Fanatic" CD and is another great Canadian musician, joined Ann and Nancy on stage at Windsor, playing fiddle and leading a string ensemble.
In addition to songs from the "Fanatic" album which were performed for the first time for the television viewing audience, "Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum" also showcases many of Heart's classic hits including "Barracuda," "Crazy on You," "These Dreams," "Alone," "What About Love," and many more.

Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum will be released in Deluxe edition CD/DVD (housed in a glossy Digipak) and Blu Ray and DVD standalone editions which can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com here www.smarturl.it/Heart_CDDVDAmazon (CD/DVD), here www.smarturl.it/Heart_DVDAmazon (DVD) and here www.smarturl.it/Heart_BLURAYAmazon (Blu-Ray). A digital download is also available via iTunes and includes an instant download of a new rendition of the Heart classic "Dog And Butterfly".

CD, DVD/Blu Ray audio track listing will include: Fanatic, Heartless, What About Love, Mashallah!, Even It Up, 59 Crunch, Straight On, Dog And Butterfly, Walking Good, These Dreams, Alone, Dear Old America, Crazy On You, Barracuda.
You can preview the release and enjoy a personal Ann Wilson presentation by clicking on the link below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbYRbRAwMeU.
WebLinks: www.heart-music.com / www.facebook.com/heart / twitter.com/officialheart.

xxxx

NIGHT RANGER'S JACK BLADES CREDITS BIG "SISTER":
InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands goes out on patrol with the best of '80s video stars Night Ranger.
In the Fall of 1982 MTV launched in America, a gamechanger for the commercial music business. Overnight powerful bands of decades past found themselves in career jeopardy while a whole new video-friendly crop of emerging bands powered to the forefront. Night Ranger was one of the first American acts to dominate MTV, and with great success. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" from their debut album Dawn Patrol gained wide attention as both a video and on radio, firmly establishing the band even in spite of the bankruptcy of their indie label Boardwalk Records. Night Ranger's second album Midnight Madness would produce the quintessential power ballad and video "Sister Christian", becoming the high school graduating Class of 1984's unofficial anthem, single handedly making Night Ranger a multi-million seller practically overnight. Bassist/singer/songwriter Jack Blades remembers with InTheStudio host Redbeard the moment he realized what the video age had done to his band's career.
"We walked into a town in Iowa... We were like TV stars, everybody recognized us. It was the constant pounding of that MTV. It launched us immediately."
STREAM the Night Ranger/ Jack Blades program this month as part of InTheStudio's Medium Rare "online-only" rockumentary series: www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/night-ranger-best-of-jack-blades/"


Thursday, December 12, 2013

BOSTON RELEASES CHRISTMAS DIGITAL SINGLE:
Multi-platinum band Boston is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen. This festive song, produced by Boston mastermind Tom Scholz, is available today on iTunes at smarturl.it/BostonGodRestYe and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocal, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums. Fans can visit the band's Facebook page, facebook.com/bandboston, for more information and how to listen to a stream of the track.
Scholz said about the song, "This was my chance to Boston-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more."

Boston is currently conquering the airwaves as Heaven On Earth, the lead single from the newly released Life, Love & Hope, climbs Mediabase's Classic Rock chart. Written and produced by Scholz, "Heaven On Earth" features David Victor on vocals with special guest Louis St. August.
More than a decade in the making, the highly anticipated new album Life, Love & Hope was released worldwide last week and is available now for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The collection of brand new tracks, recorded at Scholz's very own Hideaway Studio II, was produced, arranged, and engineered by Scholz and is Boston's first release since 2002's Corporate America. In addition to Brad Delp and Victor, current Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme and Scholz himself, contribute vocals on the new album. Diverse yet cohesive, the long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll's great acts.
WebLinks: www.bandboston.com / www.facebook.com/bandboston / www.facebook.com/frontiersrecordsofficial.


TNT TOUR DATES FOR SCANDINAVIA ANNOUNCED:
The first TNT dates from singer Tony Harnell are in. From Tony's newsletter: "So far the TNT shows in Scandinavia look like this, many more will be added around Europe, Japan looks likely and hopefully the U.S.! Gigs confirmed so far in 2014. More gigs will be added."
- January 17th : Gregers Live - Hamar (Norway)
- January 18th : Rockefeller Oslo (Norway)
- April 26th : Telenor Arena - We Love the 80's - Oslo (Norway)
- April 30th : Idun Folkets Hus - Umeå (Sweden)
- May 2nd : Kulturens Hus - Luleå (Sweden)
- May 3rd : Waterfront - Stockholm (Sweden)
- June 6th : Sweden Rock Festival - Sųlvesborg (Sweden)
- June 20th : Tons Of Rock - Halden (Norway)
- June 21th : Hųnefoss Rock Festival - Hųnefoss (Norway)
- July 19th : Väsby Rock Festval - Väsby (Sweden)

Tony also adds: "Secondly we have a new DVD which has just been released in Japan and is coming out in other territories very soon. It's a beautifully shot video of the 30th anniversary show I did with TNT last year with a full symphony orchestra:) In Feb, look for me on the Prog Nation Cruise with Bumblefoot and in March I'll be opening for The Winery Dogs at BB Kings in NYC and hopefully some American touring with the acoustic show."

FREE ULTERIUM RECORDS SAMPLER AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Ulterium Records just released the "Ulterium Records Label Sampler 2013" digitally, for free. The sampler contains tracks from Theocracy, Darkwater, Sinbreed and Harmony to name a few.
Download the sampler at Bandcamp: ulteriumrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ulterium-records-label-sampler-2013 / Listen to the sampler at Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/2AwHBHaqyfIX1f08kMXBbY.

Track listing: 01. Theocracy - Hide In The Fairytale 02. Sinbreed - Newborn Tomorrow 03. Harmony - End Of My Road (Radio edit) 04. Signum Regis - The Promised Land 05. Darkwater - Why I Bleed 06. Sleeping Romance - The Promise Inside 07. Innerwish - Full Of Lust 08. Theocracy - On Eagles' Wings 09. End of September - Fallen 10. Incrave - Shattered 11. Darkwater - The play I 12. Harmony - Dreaming Awake 13. Theocracy - Theocracy 14. Audiovision - Keep The Fire Burning 15. Grand Lux - Rainbow's End.
For more information: www.ulterium-records.com / www.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords.

THE WORLD FAMOUS WHISKY A GO GO CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ROCK & ROLL:
West Hollywood, CA (Monday December 9, 2013)- The world famous Whisky a Go Go nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California turns 50 years old on Thursday, January 16, 2014. The venue will ring in this historic evening with a show by legendary Doors guitarist, Robbie Krieger, and his Jam Kitchen band. Mayor John Heilman will be there to present a proclamation to the venue for its 50 years in service. Doors open at 8pm; press and media are invited to attend this red carpet event.
The Whisky has been a home to every genre of music ranging from the surf & psychedelic rock in the 60's, the punk explosion in the 70's, and the heavy metal in the 80's. The 50th Anniversary with include a month long celebration with bands from all eras and many special guests. "It's an honor to join the Whisky's 50 year celebration; so much history."¯ said Robert Trujillo, bass player for Metallica & Infectious Grooves. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance for these all-ages events at www.TicketWeb.com.

The 50th Anniversary shows schedule includes:
January 3rd- The Untouchables
January 9th- Lita Ford
January 10th- Stephen Pearcy Of Ratt
January 11th- Fear
January 12th- Dramarama
January 15th- X
January 16th- Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen
January 17th- Buckcherry
January 18th- Fear Factory
January 19th- Martha Davis & The Motels
January 23rd- Uli Jon Roth & Bumblefoot Of Gnr
January 24th- Jack Russell's Great White
January 25th- Faster Pussycat & Jetboy
January 26th- The Bangles
January 31st- Infectious Grooves

Founded in 1964, the Whisky A Go Go has been an anchor in the music scene on the Sunset Strip hosting rock & roll legends like The Doors, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen. The Whisky is recognized as a historic music landmark and is the only surviving music venue to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more information on events please visit www.WhiskyAGoGo.com or call (310) 360-1110.

MRF4 - LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT:
MelodicRockFest 4 lineup announcement right here - Friday 13th - starting 11am local Australian time! (Thursday 12th, 6pm Chicago / 7pm NYC / 4pm LA / Midnight Thursday UK time)...
1 band for each of the 3 days announced every 5 minutes until the headliners announced one by one at MelodicRock.com then right here on the MR Facebook page ready for you to share!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A NEW LEGACY FOR MOTHERS ARMY MEMBERS:
Three quarters of 90s supergroup Mother's Army have regrouped under the name Legacy X for a new deal with Frontiers Records. Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Jeff Watson (guitars) and Carmine Appice (drums) are joined by master bassist Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, The Firm, Lana Lane). The Legacy X debut album is expected Spring 2014.

LOVER UNDER COVER GO INTO THE NIGHT IN JANUARY:
Escape Music announce the release of the second Lover Under Cover album Into The Night on January 24.

Track listing: 1. A Fight / 2. Into The Shadows / 3. Miracle / 4. Toy Soldier / 5. Crushing Stones / 6. Life Is Easy / 7. Playboy No 7 / 8. The Game Is On / 9. Fantasy Man / 10. Closer To The Truth / 11. No Place Like Home.
Mikael Erlandsson: (Last Autumn's Dream / Salute) - Vocals, Keyboards; Mikael Carlsson: Bass, Guitars, Keyboards and Vocals; Martin Kronlund: (Gypsy Rose, Phenomena, Salute) - Guitars; Perra Johnsson: (Coldspell) - Drums.

Lover Under Cover are back with a brand new album, hailing from Sweden this quartes combine elements of Coldspell, Last Autumns Dream, Treat and many more great Scandinavian Rock bands. The band was formed by Mikael Carlsson and they have already shaken the very foundations of melodic hard rock with their debut outing "Set the Night on Fire" (ESM246). Soaring harmonies, slick guitar solos and plenty of keyboards feature in their sound and with a knack of producing infectious melodies they will have you begging for more.
This is their brand new album and these boys are ready to start 2014 with a bang. With a tight production from Martin Kronlund you can be sure of a very polished performance all round. Songs like "Into the Shadows", "Miracle" and "Crushing Stones" are all fantastic slabs of melodic hard rock, in fact there are no fillers to be found, just well-structured melodic hard rock. This is a fine follow up to their 2012 debut. Lover Under Cover are a band to look out for in 2014 and if well-crafted melodic rock of the highest order is what you crave for then this is an essential purchase.
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


THE RETURN OF GUARDIAN:
Guardian returns with the first single from the upcoming album Almost Home...

Veteran rock band Guardian will release The Real Me, the first single from their upcoming album Almost Home, on iTunes and other digital outlets on Friday, December 13.
"The Real Me" was written by Guardian members Jamie Rowe, Jamey Perrenot, and David Bach. Produced by Perrenot and mixed by Tony Palacios, the song is an uptempo/anthemic rocker featuring the sonic and performance quality that Guardian fans demand from the band.. The album was made possible by Guardian's die-hard fans through a Kickstarter campaign and will be delivered to those backers before the end of the month. Currently discussing label options, "Almost Home" will see a global release in the first quarter of 2014.
You can view the lyric video for "The Real Me" now at: houseofguardian.com/VideoPreview/


TALON RETURNS WITH ORIGINAL LINEUP AND FINALIZES TRACKS FOR THEIR NEXT RELEASE:
Los Angeles melodic hard rock band Talon is proud to announce the return of vocalist Michael O'Mara! Michael was the original vocalist on their Frontiers Self-Titled debut release and subsequent live shows. Currently, the band is finishing demos for their 4th release and is aiming for tracking to commence in February, with the CD tentatively scheduled for a late Spring release. The yet-to-be-titled release will be produced by their long-time producer Ty Sims and the band is truly excited about the new songs and cannot wait to have them recorded and released!
With live shows and special events currently being lined up for 2014, The Talon original lineup – Michael O'Mara, Kory Voxen, Jim Kee, Phil Keller and John Parker – along with Eric Ragno - is getting primed and ready!


Look for sneak peaks, special announcements and other updates very soon – all the latest is always available at the Talon Official Facebook page. In addition, you can also get the latest news, videos, photos, songs and more. Also, the Talon Store is open and items available include the Blu-Ray/DVD Talon – Live in Chicago release and CD reissues that include their original S/T CD. To order, go to the "Talon Official" Facebook page and click on the "Talon Store" tab.
WebLink: band.to/talonofficial / www.reverbnation.com/talonofficial.


VIDEO PREVIEWS FROM KIVEL RECORDS:
Please click the link below and enjoy the new Maxx Explosion video Famous from their debut Kivel Release Forever. Perfect timing as we are happy to announce Maxx Explosion will be occupying the opening support for House of Lords on the 2nd leg of their European tour. Dates TBA.
Also hit the band's new revamped website for all the latest goings on, news, announcements and shows: www.maxxexplosion.com.
You can purchase Maxx Explosion at www.kivelrecords.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.nehrecords.com and iTunes.


So... 2013 is winding down from the beating we gave it. Holidays in full effect, New Year approaching. What else could we possibly throw at you? How about a lil Lullaby? Take Lynch Mob, Badlands and a pissed off Tesla and you end up with a soothing Lullaby for any monster hard rock fan. Kivel Records are proud to announce and welcome to the Kivel family, California's very own Madman's Lullaby. Check out the track What If off their Unhinged release due on Kivel Records January 21.


WINTER IN NEW ENGLAND FOR A GOOD CAUSE:
Guitarists Eddie LaValle (LaValle) and Rich Antonelli (Bon Jersey, $kyHigh) have teamed up with Italian keyboard wizard Alessandro DelVecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever, Silent Force) to bring you an original song "Winter in New England". This song captures the feelings of family, friends, joy, and wonder that surround the holiday season, while also maintaining a rock edge. All net proceeds from the sale of Winter in New England will be donated to the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence Rhode Island (USA). Everyone involved in this project donated their time and talents free of charge. This is truly a worthy cause and the guys humbly request that you purchase the song and spread the word to as many people as possible. Your donations and efforts will be appreciated more than you could ever know.
Purchase "Winter in New England" here for only $1.00 - richardantonelli.com/store. For more awesome music or to get in touch with the guys check out: www.lavallerocks.com / www.richardantonelli.com / www.alessandrodelvecchio.net.

SILENCER PREMIERES NEW VIDEO, "I AM THUNDER!" ON GUITARWORLD.COM:
(10 December 2013 - New York, NY) Denver metal veterans Silencer have just released their new video for the track I Am Thunder!, premiering it via guitarworld.com. The video can be viewed here: bit.ly/1cngx4e. Produced by AE Films and pulled from the band's new album, The Great Bear, the video, "was filmed at a special in-store appearance at the famous Ernie November record store in Cheyenne WY. Celebrating our love for all things brick & mortar record store and heavy metal, we saw the opportunity to film the video in this unique setting," says Silencer frontman, Keith Spargo.
In other Silencer news, the quartet will play a 15th Anniversary Show on 11 January 2014 at Herman's Hideaway in Denver, CO alongside their friends Arise in Chaos, Cellador and others. The band is currently heating up the Loud Rock charts on CMJ with "I Am Thunder!" getting spins across the country on stations such as KGAR in Lemoore, CA, KFSR in Fresno, CA,WFCS in New Britain, CT, WXCI in Danbury, CT, WARC in Meadville, PA, WCAL in California, PA, KIWR in Council Bluffs, IA, KXCI in Tucson, AZ, KAOS in Olympia, WA, KFAI in Minneapolis, MN, WRBC in Auburn, ME, WRSU in New Brunswick, NJ, KMSA in Grand Junction, CO and the mighty WSOU in South Orange, NJ, amongst others.
The Great Bear is out now worldwide via Vanity Music Group.
WebLinks: www.silencer.cc / www.facebook.com/Silencermetal / www.twitter.com/silencermetal.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HOUSE OF LORDS' NEW ALBUM BRINGS BACK THE MAGIC OF THE BAND'S CLASSIC SOUND!:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated House Of Lords brand new studio album entitled Precious Metal on February 21 in Europe and February 25 in North America.
"Precious Metal" is House Of Lords' ninth studio album, following up the critically acclaimed "Big Money". This brand new release, recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind James Christian, again has a stellar sound, with solid and baroque songwriting mixed with unique melodic sensibilities and amazing musical skills.
Musically "Precious Metal" shows a return to the roots of the band's sound. James Christian as usual sings his heart out and he sounds better than ever on these new songs. Guitarist Jimi Bell shines with heavy, but melodic riffs throughout the album, with Chris McCarville and BJ Zampa bringing a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to the House of Lords sound.

In James Christian's words: "When we started to write this record, we knew after the 1st song that we were on to something special. The energy level was off the charts for all of us. Jimi Bell came out swinging and BJ and Chris were just crushing it. Recording this album was very easy as the songs already had arrangements that were complete. Precious Metal is a testament to years of being a band that loves what they do and has so much more to offer in the years to come."

House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of the self-titled album, a monumental Arena Hard Rock release which showcased the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans. After another 2 albums released until 2002, House of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing of the controversial "Power and the Myth" an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with 70's rock influences.
After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark Arena Rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up. Since 2006 the band has a stable line-up featuring Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass which has been delivering impressive shows and fine releases such as "World Upside Down, "Come to My Kingdom", "Cartesian Dreams" and the recent "Big Money".

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House Of Lords have already confirmed the following tour dates in Europe (more are in the works):
March 8 – Oslo, Norway – Untouchables
March 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Venue TBA
March 13 – Barcelona, Spain – Luz De Gas
March 14 – Madrid, Spain - Venue TBA
March 15 – Irun, Spain – Sala Tunk
March 17 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
March 19 – Blyth, UK – The Blyth & Tyne
March 20 – London, UK – The Garage
March 21 – HRHAOR2 Festival – Wales, UK
March 22 – Bradford, UK – The Gaswork
March 23 - York, UK - Fibbers
March 24 - Bliston, UK – The Robin 2
July 19 - Vasby Rock Festival, Sweden
Watch out for more dates on www.jameschristianmusic.com and www.frontiers.it.
House of Lords: James Christian – Lead Vocals; Jimi Bell - Guitars; Chris McCarvill – Bass; BJ Zampa - Drums.

Precious Metal tracklisting includes the following tracks: Battle; I'm Breakin' Free; Epic; Live Every Day (Like It's The Last); Permission To Die; Precious Metal; Swimmin' With The Sharks; Raw; Enemy Mine; Action; Turn Back The Tide; You Might Just Save My Life.
It is possible to enjoy an EPK presentation of "Precious Metal" below:


FLOOR JANSEN IS THE MAIN VOCALIST ON AVALON II, ALBUM AND TOUR PLANNED FOR MAY 2014:
The Nightwish/ReVamp singer Floor Jansen will appear in the leading role on the next album of Timo Tolkki's Avalon Metal Opera. Jansen is the main vocalist on the album and sings lead vocals on the first single and promotional video. The release date for both single and the video is planned for March. The recordings are currently taking place in East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Jansen joins the cast that already includes Epica singer Simone Simons and the reunion of the early Stratovarius. Lineup: Tuomo Lassila on drums (the founder of Stratovarius) and Antti Ikonen on keyboards (the original keyboard player of Stratovarius).
A European Tour is also planned for May 2014, to coincide with the release of the album. More details on the live lineup and dates will be revealed later.
Timo Tolkki comments straight from the studio: "I am right now recording probably the best vocalist I have worked with in my whole career. This has been a jaw dropping experience and I thought I have already seen it all. Floor has proven me wrong. For example in the 10 minute title track of the album, she delivers in my opinion the best vocals of her career so far. This song is probably the biggest sounding of my whole career and Floor simply makes it an astonishing, almost breathtaking experience! We are both surprised of how amazing this has turned out to be and both very happy to hear how amazing it sounds."


Frontiers Records December 2013 Releases Spot (Official) - featuring Boston, Reo Speedwagon, Royal Hunt, Angelica and Benedictum.


2014 LINING UP TO BE BIG FOR KIVEL RECORDS:
A couple of very big news items from Kivel Records for 2014 releases:

Romeo Riot: "A few months ago, we announced the return of original Farcry frontman and vocalist Mark Giovi with the promise of new music, a new album, and new band with him leading the charge. Well, the time is now to shed a little more light on things to come in the new year. Please welcome to the Kivel family (and in a way a welcome home of sorts) Mark Giovi, Ty Sims, Erik Johnson, Rob McCauley and Justin Velte. Together, this powerhouse team make up Romeo Riot!! Look for their release on Kivel Records sometime in the Spring of 2014.


Adriangale: "To celebrate years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, on February 1st, 2014 Adriangale will release something that has been a long time coming: Final Piece – The Best of Adriangale!¯, which will encompass the band's entire back catalog and their new album with a collection of fan favorites, bonus tracks and a few other surprises!
Having said that, this compilation is far from a final bow for the band; it will instead serve to fondly send-off the past before embracing new beginnings. Over the course of their career - from the debut album Feel the Fire right through Suckerpunch! - Adriangale have introduced themselves unto a genre, defined themselves and redefined themselves through their music - their way! They will not be pigeon-holed, classified or shackled by the ideals, trends or perceptions of what modern society deems good music should be. With Final Piece, Adriangale will solider on yet again, reasserting themselves through perseverance and dedication, but most of all - through DEFIANCE!!
NEW Adriangale D E F I A N C E Fall of 2014 on Kivel Records.

Upcoming release Schedule:
1. Adriangale "Final Piece - The Best of + " Feb 1st
2. Tango Down "Charming Devil" March 25th
3. Romeo Riot Spring of 2014...
4. Maxx Explosion "TBA" Oct 1st
5. Adriangale "D E F I A N C E" Sept 27th

Also coming in 2014!! Livesay "Frozen Hell" and new No Love Lost.

FREEDOM CALL - NEW STUDIO ALBUM BEYOND OUT ON FEBRUARY 24:
The German melodic metal band Freedom Call are scheduled to release their latest studio album, Beyond, on February 24 (Germany: 21 February 2014; USA: 4 March 2014). The album will be released as a limited box set version incl. bonus CD, book and poster, as a 2LP gatefold coloured vinyl version incl. bonus tracks, a digi version and download.
Tracklisting: - Limited Box set Edition - CD Digi: 1. Union Of The Strong 5:02 2. Knights Of Taragon 4:44 3. Heart Of A Warrior 3:13 4. Come On Home 4:03 5. Beyond 7:49 6. Among The Shadows 3:45 7. Edge Of The Ocean 3:37 8. Journey Into Wonderland 3:59 9. In The Rhythm Of Light 4:03 10. Dance Off The Devil 3:45 11. Paladin 4:09 12. Follow Your Heart 3:51 13. Colours Of Freedom 4:15 14. Beyond Eternity 3:03.
Bonus CD in cardboard sleeve: Freedom Call - Live in the Black Forest 1. Back into the Land of Light - Live 05:42 2. Hero on Video – Live 03:55 3. Rockstars – Live 05:03 4. Farewell – Live 05:25 5. Mr. Evil - Special Version Live 05:13 6. Power & Glory – Live 03:32.
Freedom Call - Unplugged & Masqueraded 7. Freedom Call – unplugged 05:39 8. The Quest – unplugged 08:25 9. Warriors – unplugged 04:30 10. Power & Glory – unplugged 03:41 11. Farewell- unplugged 04:51 12. Mr.Evil - Reggae - live 04:17 13. Rockin' Radio - Killerbilly -live 04:27.


Beyond was recorded by the current line-up featuring Chris Bay, Lars Rettkowitz (guitar), Ilker Ersin (bass) and Ramy Ali (drums) at the Separate Sound Studio in Nuremberg and Freedom Call's own studio. The album was produced by Chris Bay and Stephan Ernst.
WebLinks: www.freedom-call.net / www.spv.de.

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NEWS FROM MASS:
Press from Mass: "Hey, did you hear that Louis St. August, the longtime front-man for rockers MASS was invited into Tom Scholz of Boston studio to sing on the new single Heaven on Earth that hit #3 on the Classic Rock Charts last week. St. August, a long time front-man for the band Mass said, "I was thrilled to be asked to sing a song on Boston's first studio album in 11 years, Life Love & Hope" St. August contributes his signature polished metal voice on back-up harmonies on the Scholz penned and produced single.
WBCN radio personality Mark Parenteau, who conducted the very first on-the-air radio interview with St August listened to Heaven on Earth last night and commented exclusively to the Boston Globe Names column, "Wow instantly comfortable! Like a new visit from an old friend. Indeed the song lives up to it's name!!"
While the band Mass is gearing up for the recording studio and live shows in 2014, St. August is once again raising funds for Toys For Tots as he has annually since 2011. His heartfelt rendition of the David Foster classic, "Grown Up Christmas List" that appears on Mass "A Very Merry X-MASS" 2 song EP available exclusively on iTunes. All proceeds go to the "Toys For Tots" organization. "No child should go without a gift on Christmas Morning," said St. August.
Mass "Grown Up Christmas List " YouTube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5LNOCeyfnM / "A Very Merry Christmas" iTune link: itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-very-merry-x-mass-single/id447840454.

PODCAST BRIEFS:
Jon Oliva of Savatage / TSO fame will be a very special guest on this week's episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) broadcasting this Friday 1-3PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) Jon talks candidly and in-depth about the past, present and future. A show not to be missed! Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com where you can also find additional air-times and affiliates.

Decibel Geek Podcast Releases Episode 114 - 1978 Year In Review Part 1 - We're going back in time this week to an era of disco, bellbottoms, and great rock n' roll as we present the first installment of our 1978 Year in Review. Aaron and Chris had a lot of great music to choose from for this episode and you'll hear it along with all the pop culture discussion you've come to expect from these audio time capsules. January through July of 1978 was a busy time for hard rock and early metal acts and Aaron and Chris present plenty of song clips and discussion of artists such as Judas Priest, Rainbow, Kiss, AC/DC, Journey, Angel, Starz, Cheap Trick, and much, much more!
Direct Link to Episode: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2013/12/episode-114-1978-year-in-review-part-1.html. To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.decibelgeek.com.


Monday, December 09, 2013

MELODICROCKFEST 4 ANNOUNCEMENT WEEK:
Hi folks. Well, it's MelodicRockFest 4 announcement week.
Before I get to that later in the week I just wanted to thank everyone that supported MRF3 in any way - from a 3-day VIP to a single day general admission. It all contributed to making the event a success.

MelodicRockFest 4 is taking it one step further. It's bringing you the bands you want to see. But at the same time, it's a monster investment both financially and mentally and time wise also.

MRF4 will be the biggest project I've attempted yet and the most expensive. Everything is improved I think and there are extra VIP options too.
My hope is that everyone that was at this year's show will want to return and the positive word of mouth and buzz from this year's show - along with an even more impressive line-up - will encourage others to come along for the party. And it will be one hell of a party!

Bottom line - I need everyone's support on this to help spread the word, encourage attendance and most if all - buy those tickets when they go on sale in January!

LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT:
Friday 13th - starting 11am local Australian time! (Thursday 6pm Chicago / 7pm NYC / 4pm LA / Midnight Thursday UK time)...
1 band for each of the 3 days announced every 5 minutes until the headliners announced one by one at MelodicRock.com then right here on the MR Facebook page ready for you to share!


FM LATEST VIDEO FROM ROCKVILLE TODAY WAKE UP THE WORLD:
FM released their latest video from Rockville today Wake Up The World¯. The video was filmed some months ago and features Nelson Mandela along with other notable figures. It was not planned for release till the beginning of next year but in light of yesterday's very sad news that Nelson Mandela has died...The video is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7VNkRh9oU4 or below. FM state: "We shot this video for Wake Up The World¯ several months ago and planned to release it in January 2014. Upon hearing the sad news we decided to post the video in tribute to the great man. Nelson Mandela RIP."

Speaking of which - RIP to Nelson Mandela, a truly inspiring human being.


AXEL RUDI PELL RELEASES SECOND SNIPPET FROM THE NEW ALBUM "INTO THE STORM":
Axel Rudi Pell has released a second snippet from the new album Into The Storm - Burning Chains: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/axel-rudi-pell-burning-chains
The new album "Into The Storm" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in 2014 on January 17th in Germany, January 20 in Europe and on January 21 in the USA/Canada.
Configurations: limited edition digipak incl. 2 tracks + poster, double gatefold LP, standard version and download. Watch Out for the deluxe edition incl. 2 LPs, digipak edition, pick, metalpin, poster, postcard, sticker, flag and patch!

LEATHERWOLF LIVE UNLEASHED:
Southern California heavy metal Triple Axe Attack, Leatherwolf, have set a December 15 release date for their new album, Unchained Live.
Engineered by Michael "Kramarica" Kramer, mixed by producer extraordinaire, Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura, Halford), and mastered by Tom Baker (Queensryche, Judas Priest, Sebastian Bach), the album contains several of the band's biggest classics culled from their highly acclaimed first three albums, including the MTV video singles "The Calling" and "Hideaway", as well as fan favorite "Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)" from their most recent studio release, "New World Asylum."
As an additional bonus, the band has re-cut their 1989 instrumental standout, "Black Knight", which originally appeared on the "Street Ready" record.
The "Unchained" packaging features striking artwork by noted conceptual designer Martin Deschaumbault ("Assassin's Creed") as well as Marc Sasso (Dio, Manowar, Rob Rock).

"Unchained" track listing: 01. Spiter 02. Kill and Kill Again 03. The Calling 04. Rise or Fall 05. Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.) 06. Wicked Ways 07. Hideaway 08. Street Ready 09. Thunder 10. Black Knight (studio bonus).

"Unchained" is the first Leatherwolf album to feature the lead guitar duo of Rob Math and Greg Erba who are joined by original members, vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri and drummer Dean Roberts, and long-time bassist Patrick Guyton.
A free mp3 of "Rise or Fall" from "Unchained" can be downloaded from the official band website at: tinyurl.com/k3y5t6k.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH MICHAEL SWEET, ZP THEART AND RORY GALLAGHER SPECIAL:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet, former Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart (I Am I) and Donald Gallagher, brother of the late guitar hero Rory Gallagher, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-stryper-and-zp-theart-interviews-and-rory-gallagher-special/
In the first hour of the show, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet discusses the writing and recording of the band's new album "No More Hell To Pay". Sweet also discussed the band's touring plans, and the upcoming 30th anniversary of the release of their first album "Soldiers Under Command", and selects two songs from "No More Hell To Pay".
Also in the first hour, former Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart talks about the impact made in the last year by his new band I Am I. ZP talks about their touring and festival appearances, their imminent plans to record a new album, and their new single "See You Again".
In part 2 Donal Gallagher, brother and manager of the late guitar legend Rory Gallagher, discusses the final three reissues in the ongoing series of remastered editions of Rory's entire back catalogue, "Stagetruck", "Defender", and "Fresh Evidence", and chooses 2 tracks from each album.
Plus classic tracks and killer new cuts from Black Sabbath, Sinner, The Ramones, Mad Max, Spiralarms and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. You can also listen on Sunday 8th December 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 11th December 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com.


Friday, December 06, 2013

GATHER TO SUPPORT FERGIE FREDERIKSEN:
As many of you know, Fergie Frederiksen is embroiled in a day to day struggle with cancer...his friends, Alex Ligertwood, Jimi Jamison, Eric Ragno, Randall Hall, Fran Cosmo, Bobby Kimball, Tommy Denander and Kevin Chalfant wanted to perform for him and celebrate his life...Special Opening performance by GB Leighton. Tickets are now available...Click the Link below.
If you have appreciated Fergie's life and music, you are invited to join in what will be a moving, magical evening. Reserved seating and discounted advance tickets.
TicketLink: ticketriver.com/event/9148-friends-for-fergie-celebration.


JORDAN RUDESS RELEASES SOLO PIANO ALBUM "ALL THAT IS NOW":
Jordan Rudess, best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy-nominated prog rock band, Dream Theater, has released his latest solo piano recording, All That Is Now. The album contains 13 pieces, composed and performed by Jordan on his favorite instrument, a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano. The album was created as part of a PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign in which almost 1,000 fans pledged between $10 to $5,000 in exchange for updates on his recording process and a battery of prizes ranging from private lessons to backstage passes. The PledgeMusic campaign also raised money for Rudess' upcoming orchestral album which will be released early in 2014.
Says Rudess, "This album is very close to my heart. For years, I searched until I found the instrument of my dreams that would be the perfect extension of my musical thought, playing literally every piano I could find all over the world. I found my concert grand seven years ago and, ever since, my deepest musical connection occurs when I play my Steinway. It is my lifetime goal to purely translate the music in my mind, to my hands and then onto the keyboard. This album captures the magic of that connection. The recording was done simply in the piano room of my house using just my Steinway D and Earthworks microphones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it."

In addition to his solo piano CD, All That Is Now, Rudess has also released a Wizdom Music interactive iOS app, "Jordan Rudess Explores," which enables an interactive aural and visual experience with the music from the CD. Jordan Rudess Explores was created by Jordan with developer Joe Zobkiw to explore the intersection between the traditional and electronic world we all live in.
In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Rudess, voted "Best Keyboardist of All Time" by Music Radar Magazine, is the President of a successful music App development company Wizdom Music (www.wizdommusic.com), creators of award-winning apps such as MorphWiz, SampleWiz, and Geo Synthesizer. Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including LMR, his newest side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, David Bowie, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Williams, Jan Hammer and the Paul Winter Consort. Dream Theater's newest self-titled album was released this fall on Roadrunner Records. The band will begin a whirlwind 14-month world tour in January, 2014. Their full-length concert DVD, Live at Luna Park, released last month went immediately to #1 on the Music DVD charts.

Purchase All That Is Now here: allthatisnow.jordanrudess.com / cdbaby.com/cd/jordanrudess13 / tiny.cc/xh2i7w.
Learn more about Jordan's PledgeMusic campaign and pledge here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jordanrudess.

ALL THAT IS NOW Track List 50:18 - 1. Flash of Hope 04:33 2. Pacific Waves 03:38 3. Spectral Haze 04:23 4. A Last Goodbye 03:43 5. State of Being 03:01 6. Flying into Blue 03:30 7. A Thousand Years 03:20 8. Uncovered 03:35 9. The Telling 04:37 10. Altitude High 04:06 11. The Untouchable Truth 04:35 12. Looking Beyond 02:57 13. Eye Wonder 04:18.


SABBATH ON DVD:
Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses (Vertigo/Republic) is released November 26. The DVD was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass) kicked off their world tour in support of their 13 album, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).
BLU-RAY and DVD track listing is as follows: 1. War Pigs 2. Into The Void 3. Loner 4. Snowblind 5. Black Sabbath 6. Behind The Wall Of Sleep 7. N.I.B. 8. Methademic 9. Fairies Wear Boots 10. Symptom Of The Universe 11. Iron Man 12. End Of The Beginning 13. Children Of The Grave 14. God Is Dead? 15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid.
CD track listing is as follows: 1. War Pigs 2. Loner 3. Black Sabbath 4. Methademic 5. N.I.B 6. Iron Man 7. End Of The Beginning 8. Fairies Wear Boots 9. God Is Dead? 10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)/Paranoid.


CHANDLER MOGUL UPDATES:
Happy Holidays! Chandler's new band Khaųs who have released the EP "Rising" last year to critical acclaim have just finished putting the final touches on their debut album which is slated to be released early next year. In the meantime they are in the running to play Sweden Rock next summer! But they need your help to make it! Please click on the link below and scroll down the page to vote for Khaųs….and you can cast up to two votes per day from each computer or mobile device so please feel free to vote as much as you can! www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=82.
Additionally, Chandler has a special holiday surprise for you…..a new Christmas rock song/ video entitled "She Wants the D for Christmas"! Chandler provided the vocals for this catchy new novelty song, which has been described as Motley Crue meets Sesame Street, and was written and produced by Nitram Studios in conjunction with Room 368 Productions. A few laughs for the holiday season….and the "D" is not what you think…..so feel free to let your kids watch too! Click below to watch the video and enjoy! www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ8dqgpv0qM.

HICKS WINS EUROPEAN ACT OF THE YEAR AT THE LONDON BCMA'S:
Sunday November 24 saw Sweden's country star Hicks (aka Miqael Persson) rounding of the year of major events in London, England by winning the Best European Country Music Act with tough competition from the best in Ireland, Norway, France and Germany.
Collecting the Award at the sell-out Awards show in London was a great honour for him and for once he was nearly speechless, but he managed to thank many people who have helped with his journey. Hicks has been releasing singles to Europe, with all of them charting, building up his European profile. His current single and video 'Unreachable Dream' is Top 10 and the video being shown on various TV channels.
There were many British Awards and International winners who included Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and for services to promote Country Music World-Wide was won by Scott Borchetta head of Big Machine Records. All the winners www.bcmawards.co.uk.
Already this June he has represented Sweden at the Global Show in Nashville as part of CMA Fest, performed at many venues around the town, radio and TV appearances and his song 'Cuts Like A Diamond' was picked up by The Little River Band' as their lead track and name of their album. Hicks has also topped the bill on various festivals throughout the summer A very good year.
WebLink: www.hickscountry.com / www.facebook.com/hickscountry.

MRX UPDATE:
MRX has been updated with a great blast from the past live show - Jackson Browne - Essen Rockpalast 1986 and brand new Video Clips from:
Place Vendome - Talk to Me, Jimmy Martin - Love Don't Live Here Anymore, I Am I - See You Again, Romeo's Daughter - Alive, Shakra - Save You From Yourself.
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Thursday, December 05, 2013

LET IT RAWK, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO THE SUNSET STRIP GLORY DAYS:
The Vegas strip had nothing on the Sunset Strip when it came to rock n roll, and a new multi-media show is bringing that experience to the stage in a special sneak preview. Let It Rawk will debut in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18 at 9pm PST.
Let It Rawk is a loud, colorful, energetic and interactive experience of the hair metal era on LAs Sunset Strip. The showroom and stage will be infused with the sights and energy of a legendary rock club. Performed by guys who were there, shaping the scene, the shows playlist includes the greatest hits from the 80s and early 90s. From Warrant to Motley Crue the best anthems will be performed in all the glory of the day. And hits from the Let It Rawk bands careers are highlights.
The Let It Rawk band is the real deal. Its fronted by Black N Blue and ex-Warrant vocalist Jaime St. James. Guitarist Oz Fox is in the platinum-selling Christian glam rock band, Stryper. Dokken's Sean McNabb has played bass for other Kings of The Sunset Strip including Great White and Quiet Riot. Drummer Brent Fitz from Slash And The Conspirators will be slamming the skins. Brent has also played for Vince Neil and Alice Cooper. The band will also feature floating members, such as Eddie Ojeda from Twisted Sister and Bullet Boys original drummer Jimmy DAnda. The anchor of the band is Let It Rawk's creator and producer, Stacey Blades.

Stacey's ten years with L.A. Guns cemented him as a must-watch guitar player, and his final record with the band, Hollywood Forever, earned him critical acclaim for his exceptional fretwork. He left the band last year to pursue his other projects, including Let It Rawk. "I have been diligently working on this project since last March, and am super stoked to be sharing the stage with such awesome guys and talented musicians. The show will be playing a few times a month here in Vegas and then be doing casino shows nationally, Let It Rawk! See you out there!"
Let It Rawk debuts in the Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station and Casino, 4949 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, on Saturday, January 18 at 9pm PST. General admission tickets are $21. VIP meet-and-greet upgrades will be available soon. Tickets are available at: www.ticketmaster.com/event/17004B798ED17265.

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NEW VIVIAN CAMPBELL AND DEF LEPPARD MATERIAL COMING:
Vivian Campbell has updated fans via his Facebook: "A few peeps have asked questions about my upcoming recordings, so here are some of the facts: I'm making a rock record (lots of guitar). I intend to sing, however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages. I'm also writing for Def Leppard (we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it's a busy time creatively."

WORLDVIEW SIGNS WITH ULTERIUM RECORDS:
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the US melodic metal band Worldview to the label. Their debut album "The Chosen Few" will be released during spring 2014. More details will be announced during the coming months.
Formed in Los Angeles and comprised of ex-members from bands like Deliverance, Recon, Sacred Warrior and Vengeance, Worldview members are: Rey Parra – Lead Vocals; George Rene Ochoa – Guitars, BGV, Keyboards; Johnny Gonzales – Drums; Todd Libby – Bass guitar, Keyboards; Ray Vidal – Guitars, BGV.
The band--mates had always talked about at some point joining forces as they criss-crossed the country on tour with their earlier bands and finally the time has come and Worldview is ready to bring their unique blend of top-notch modern melodic metal with a message to the masses. Mildly technical, highly melodic, vocally harmonized, engaging, head pounding and fist pumping.
For more information: www.facebook.com/worldviewmetal / www.ulterium-records.com.


ROGER WATERS PLANS SOLO ROCK RECORD:
News Release: "In an interview with Rolling Stone, Roger Waters revealed he's recording a new album, not long after wrapping up his The Wall tour last September, telling the magazine he had "finished a demo of it," and that the current version is "55 minutes long." Already, the work is sounding like a concept album of sorts. According to Waters, the unfinished product is "couched as a radio play," about "an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they're killing the children."
The former Pink Floyd bassist/singer last released a new album in 2005, with the opera Ēa Ira. The upcoming album would be his fifth solo release and fourth in the rock genre. Amused to Death, his last rock release, came out in September 1992, peaking at No. 21 on the Billboard 200. Waters is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Billboard Touring Conference, happening Nov. 13-14 in New York."

ANDROMEDA: VINYL EDITIONS FOR "II = I" AND "CHIMERA" ANNOUNCED:
Inner Wound Recordings will release limited 12" double gatefold vinyl editions of the classic Andromeda albums "II = I" and "Chimera". The release date is set to December 20. Both albums are remastered and contain album commentary by Johan Reinholdz and Martin Hedin.
The vinyl editions can be pre-ordered at the Inner Wound Store: www.innerwound.bigcartel.com.
"II = I" track listing: A: Encyclopedia 07:35 Mirages 05:42 Reaching Deep Within 04:50 B: Two Is One 10:09 Morphing Into Nothing 07:34 Castaway 06:16 C: Parasite 06:54 One In My Head 08:02 This Fragile Surface 08:04 D: Bonus: Album commentary by Johan & Martin 22:54.
"Chimera" track listing: A: Periscope 06:11 In the End 04:58 The Hidden Riddle 05:51 B: Going Under 06:27 The Cage of Me 07:08 No Guidelines 06:23 C: Inner Circle 07:03 Iskenderun 05:30 Blink of an Eye 09:29 D: Bonus: Album commentary by Johan & Martin 24:59.
For more information on Andromeda: www.andromedaonline.com / www.facebook.com/andromedaband.

ROBERT PLANT DOCUMENTS SOLO CAREER WITH NINE LIVES SET INTHESTUDIO:
Dallas, TX December 4, 2013. - Quite coincidentally, no less than three of Robert Plant's solo albums are marking significant anniversaries, so no better time than now to examine all three as North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands invites Plant to look at his extensive post-Zeppelin solo career.
Robert's second solo album, 1983's The Principle of Moments, provided proof of a viable and sustainable solo career with angular extended songs In the Mood and the cryptic Big Log, both of which became rock radio staples in the States, followed by Little by Little from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.
Not until 1988's Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Led Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song Tall Cool One, brilliantly sampling the thunder of the gods¯ iconic licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the mindset behind Tall Cool One: "Necessity really is the mother of invention. I really wanted to do something real bright, breezy and cheerful, and Tall Cool One¯ was really Real Wild Child¯ by Iggy Pop mixed with a bit of Billy Idol mixed with Rock And Roll¯ by Led Zeppelin… with a sense of humor."
Robert Plant Nine Lives/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/robert-plant-nine-lives.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
A new in-depth, career-spanning interview with Tony Gaynor, the original and long-time narrator of Trans-Siberian Orchestra is online now. Among the topics discussed was his acting background, his introduction into TSO for their television special, founding the narrator role and his rapport and camaraderie with the other performers on stage, the evolution of TSO and how he worked with TSO producers Taro Meyer and Paul ONeill. He talks extensively about his recording, filming, and touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the details of his ultimate dismissal from the group. And finally, the interview also digs into his new group, The Kings of Christmas and their current winter tour with The Wizards of Winter.
Direct link to the interview: musicandartinterviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/tony-gaynor.html.

Focus On Metal just posted a new episode featuring interviews with Veronica Freeman and Pete Wells from Benedictum discussing their new album Obey: www.focusonmetal.net and www.castironring.com.

Bloody Heels are "glam/pop-metal band" from Northern Europe "fueled with the rock n' roll from the 80s... Playing loud, giving a great show and having a good time!" The band's first videoclip, for the song Hungry For Your Love is now on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuz7sadeziw.


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

BERGGREN KERSLAKE BAND (BKB) – THE SUN HAS GONE HAZY COMING IN JANUARY:
Label: AOR Heaven, release: January 24 / Swedish singer, guitarist & keyboard player Stefan Berggren (M3-Classic Whitesnake, The Company of Snakes, Razorback, Snakes In Paradise & Revolution Road) met legendary UK drummer Lee Kerslake (Ozzy, Uriah Heep) for the first time 2005 in Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany when Berggren performed with M3 and Kerslake with Uriah Heep. A couple of years later they ended up in Zürich (Switzerland) and did some more shows. This time together in the same band, but not under the flag BKB yet. In 2011 Kerslake phoned Berggren up and asked if he could do to do an acoustic show with him in Helsinki (Finland). Both musicians at the time were looking for a new challenge and Berggren Kerslake Band was born. Tomas Thorberg, a Snakes In Paradise/Michael Schenker/John Norum gunslinger, was asked to take over the bass guitar. Berggren also brought in another long-time friend called Joakim Svalberg (Opeth,Yngwie Malmsteen) as guest who played some fantastic organ & Moog solos.
Drums, bass, some guitars and rough vocals were recorded live at Boo studio. The rest of the recordings took place at Berggren's studios Stockholm. Lennart Östlund (ABBA, Led Zeppelin) handled the final mixes and mastering of the album at the PolarStudio except the song "Walk Tall" which was mixed by Berggren and mastered by Pete Lyman (Rival Sons).
Tracklist: 1. Walk Tall 2. Super Sonic Dream 3. My My 4. The Sun Has Gone Hazy 5. Free 6. Fools Asleep 7. As Time Goes By 8. Rock´n´Roll Gangsta 9. Back On The Road Again 10. Born Again.

Soundfiles in advance: Super Sonic Dream / Sun Has Gone Hazy / Walk Tall.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/pages/BKB-Berggren-Kerslake-Band/172767819542504?fref=ts / aorheaven.com.

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VIXEN NAME RETURNS - OFFICIALLY:
JSRG are now back to officially being called Vixen. From: www.facebook.com/Vixen.

The Vixen Legacy Lives On in 2014... To Honor Its Founder and Guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Miami, FL (Dec 3, 2013) - Singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross (Pedersen) announce they are honoring their friend and band mate, guitarist and founder of Vixen, Jan Kuehnemund by performing as Vixen in 2014. The band was committed to reunite in 2012 but Kuehnemund's cancer diagnosis caused what was thought of at the time as a delay. Sadly however after a fierce battle Kuehnemund succumbed to her illness in October 2013, thus the reunion was not meant to be.
After discussing the idea with friends and family as well as lead vocalist from most recent lineup, Jenna Sanz-Agero, it was agreed that it was the right decision for the three surviving definitive members to carry on as Vixen. Singer Janet Gardner commented, "We've been hearing the fans ask for this and while it will never be the same without Jan, we believe in our hearts it's what she would have wanted." Hits like "Edge of a Broken Heart", "Cryin'", "How Much Love" and "Love Is A Killer" helped establish the group as one of premiere rock acts of their genre and the only all-female platinum selling 80's rock act ever.
Joining forces with their JSRG bandmate, guitarist Gina Stile, Vixen will be performing at select festivals and showcase dates in 2014. We are honored and proud to announce that the first official Vixen performances will take place on the Monsters of Rock Cruise departing from Miami, FL on March 29.
WebLink: www.VixenOfficial.com / www.Facebook.com/Vixen.


RICHIE SAMBORA IN THE STUDIO WITH HEAVEN & EARTH:
A rare behind the scenes look into the recording of the Heaven & Earth song "Man & Machine" with Richie Sambora and his infamous Talk Box for the album Dig. www.heavenandearthband.com.


ROBIN BECK + HOUSE OF LORDS MARCH UK TOUR:
Robin Beck + House of Lords March UK Tour dates:
Thu March 20 - London Garage.
Fri or Sat March - HRH AOR.
Sun March 23 - York Fibbers.
Mon March 24 - Bilston Robin 2.
Wed March 26 - Bristol Bierkeller.

GARY SCHUTT TACKLES BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY:
News from Gary Schutt: "Why take on the greatest rock composition of all time? "I've loved the song my whole life and over the years have learned various parts of it, the guitar part when I was young, the piano part I picked out by ear sometime in the late 1990's, but I knew the biggest challenge was going to be all the vocal harmonies in the middle opera breakdown."
"My cover band Category Three has been experimenting with re-makes of 80's pop tunes and when I decided to modernize, or punk-ify/double time Bohemian Rhapsody, I was curious if people would hate me for it. I searched it on YouTube and found a ton of covers of it note for note, some great some not so much, even another one-man-band guy like myself, but no one had double timed it. So I recorded it over the period of about three days. Then my cover band started playing it out live on the weekends and to my happiness people really dug what we did to this old classic! I was very relieved that they didn't throw their beers at us in disgust. The response was quite the opposite, thankfully! I want to share it with the world and hope more people dig it too."
WebLink: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RhkIQ476bM.

RAY GILLEN TRIBUTE:
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ray Gillen's death. RIP Ray! The official video for the song "Stop!" from the Swedish rock band Egonaut and singer Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind, ex-Evil Masquerade) can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0GJgQdIErg.
The video is a tribute to Ray Gillen, who died on December 3 1993 of AIDS-related complications (20 years ago today) and was originally made by Phenomena on their second album "Dream Runner" 1987.
Egonaut released their second studio album "Mount Egonaut", on February 27 via Transubstans Records. The follow-up to 2011's debut album "Electric" was engineered and produced by Egonaut & Tobias Walka, mixed by Tobias Walka & Egonaut and Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. .

DRUMMER GLEN SOBEL TALKS:
December 3, 2013 - Marko Syrjala of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with Alice Cooper sticksman Glen Sobel (Impellitteri, Orianthi, Beautiful Creatures, Paul Gilbert). In the interview, Sobel discusses how he came to tour and record with the legendary shock rocker, working with producer Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction), and the many other records and bands he has been a part of over the years. The Q&A is posted at this location: www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/11/24/glen-sobel/
Sobel finished drum tracks for the forthcoming Alice Cooper covers record in August. Due out in 2014, the collection of classic tunes will feature a variety of special guests. Alice Cooper and band have just wrapped up the 2013 "Raise The Dead" tour with several dates on the West Coast, with the final show taking place at Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on November 27. Afterwards, Sobel, along with Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, and Tommy Henriksen, joined local all-stars Sin City Sinners at The Lounge at the Palms to perform several songs, including "20th Century Boy" by T-Rex and "Sedated" by The Ramones, among others. Video of the jam can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQkLhFdnGcs
Alice Cooper will resume touring next year with several worldwide dates yet to be announced. Cooper is set to headline Sweden Rock Festival on June 5, 2014.
Sobel will join L.A. guitarist Jeff Kollman (Bombastic Meatbats, Cosmosquad, Glenn Hughes) and his band this Thursday, December 5 at the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA.
Glen Sobel online: www.glensobel.com.

ROCK TO THE RESCUE EXTENDS A HAND TO THOSE IN NEED:
Los Angeles, CA & Bloomington, IL (December 3, 2013) – Styx and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the complete sell out of tickets to Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need. On Wed., Dec. 4, this benefit concert at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois will raise funds for central Illinois communities that were affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and winds. Scheduled to perform at Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need are REO Speedwagon, Styx, Richard Marx, Ted Nugent, Larry The Cable Guy, Survivor, Head East and Brushville.
Although tickets are no longer available to attend this concert, artists and organizers urge the public to bid on exciting rock & roll auction items, such as signed instruments, memorabilia and experiences at ebay.com/usr/rocktotherescue, as well as to directly donate to Rock To The Rescue at rocktotherescue.net. Rock To The Rescue will distribute funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and donations to the Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Tazwood Community Services, Toys for Tots and the Washington Rotary Club. Additional charities may be announced following the event.

Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. The Midwest Food Bank gathers large food donations from nationwide corporations and distributes them to social service organizations, as well as at national disaster sites. The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity is a Community Action Agency and leadership organization that promotes self-sufficiency and economic security. Tazwood Community Services was organized for the purpose of reducing the causes and alleviating the effects of poverty in Tazwood and Woodford Counties. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate – a Toys for Tots toy drive will be held onsite at Rock To The Rescue. The Washington Rotary Club is a service organization located in Washington, IL and an affiliate of Rotary International.
Rock To The Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of Styx's Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of "Volunteers For America" concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City. On the bands' last tour together, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Rock To The Rescue not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which went directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Hannah Shaw, daughter of Tommy Shaw, is Executive Director of Rock To The Rescue. For more information visit: rocktotherescue.net and facebook.com/rocktotherescue.

CORNERSTONE CHARITY SINGLE UPDATE:
The already announced Cornerstone charity-single is now officially released. Since 11/11, you can download "Smalltown Boy" at I-Tunes, 7Digital, Rhapsody and other download-portals on the internet, but also as physical Single at amazon.com. $0.99 for the song will be used for the research and treatment of an immunodeficiency illness called mucoviscidosis ('cystic fibrosis'). Actually, Cornerstone supports the construction of a new unit for the Nottingham City Hospital- no coincidence, because the band has been touring the UK for a couple of times, to play at festivals, club-shows and radio-shows and therefore the single is presented by a lot of radio-stations at the moment ­ for example BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 ... So: Participate ­ download ­ help!
WebLinks: itunes.apple.com/us/album/smalltown-boy-single/id770495524 / www.cornerstone.co.at/content.php?id=1.

CLASSIC ROCKERS FOGHAT TO UNLEASH NEW DVD, 'LIVE IN ST. PETE ON DECEMBER 10:
Fans will soon be able to experience the high energy of a Foghat concert from the comfort of their living room, with the DVD release of their performance at Jannus Landing, Live In St. Pete.¯ While most classic rock bands have made it due to monster selling studio albums, Foghat has always been an exception to that rule with their 1977 Foghat Live¯ album being their biggest seller! (Double Platinum). And this holds true to this day as Foghat still tours relentlessly with their thunderous blend of blues, boogie and rock n roll. They hit the stage with all cylinders firing and still remain one of the best live bands today with not only as much energy but with 40+ years of additional experience.
One concert review stated: "There is so much talent in this band it is ridiculous."
The man who we have to thank for keeping Foghat going and never stopping is founding member Roger Earl who treats the fans to a wicked drum solo. Incredible bassist Craig Macgregor has been a Foghat member since 1975 and played on some of their most successful albums in the 70s including Foghat Live,¯ Night Shift,¯ and Stone Blue.¯ Lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett an alumni of both Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet, while vocalist/guit arist Charlie Huhn played with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore and Humble Pie. All of Foghat's classics are included in this DVD - "Fool for the City," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Stone Blue," Drivin Wheel,¯ My Babe,¯ and of course, "Slow Ride, among many others.
A stellar review of this show states: We were in the front row which proved to be a dangerous situation as we were directly in Bassetts shred zone¯ and our faces were completely melted off. He played a cherrywood Gibson SG and was a Jedi Slide Master. Overall, the concert was exactly what you would expect from Foghat. Lengthy guitar solos, mostly the hit songs that they are known for, playing to the crowd and a 15 minute Slow Ride encore!¯
Perhaps the editor of the popular Classic Rock Revisited website, Jeb Wright, sums it up best in the DVD's liner notes - "Brilliant Simplicity is the term I use to describe the music of Foghat. As a band, they do not try to dazzle you with their virtuosity, or baffle you with their bullshit. Instead, as this DVD proves, they simply rock you to your core and put a smile on your face. "

Live In St. Pete Tracklisting: 1. Road Fever 2. Take Me To The River 3. My Babe 4. Drivin' Wheel 5. Stone Blue 6. Rollin' and Tumblin' / You Need Love 7. Terraplane Blues 8. Fool For The City 9. I Just Want To Make Love To You 10. Slow Ride.
For more information, visit: www.foghat.net / www.facebook.com/foghat.


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

PRIMAL FEAR'S NEW SINGLE / VIDEO WHEN DEATH COMES KNOCKING:
Primal Fear is premiering their anticipated new videoclip When Death Comes Knocking¯ today via this YouTube link: youtu.be/qv3WvK6Amg4.
When Death Comes Knocking¯ is the first single taken from Primal Fear's forthcoming album Delivering The Black which will be released on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America in regular cd configuration and deluxe edition in Digipak, including 3 audio bonus tracks and a bonus DVD featuring a 20 mins "making of the album" documentary and 2 bonus video for When Death Comes Knocking and King for a Day.
The album will also be available in limited vinyl edition and a super-deluxe edition strictly limited to 666 copies including an eagle sculpture (15x16x14.5cm) made of synthetic resin and of course the CD/DVD edition in cooperation with Soulfood Music.
With nine studio albums released, two live products and a Best-Of, Primal Fear are certainly one of nowadays most beloved and respected worldwide Heavy Metal bands. Their last studio album Unbreakable¯ became their highest chart entry in Germany on Pos. 31 and charted in 7 more countries. The forthcoming new album combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. Singer Ralf Scheepers says: "We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production, that we were working on something very special this time! And now the result is just an amazing Metal album, I'm extremely proud of!"
Producer/bassist Mat Sinner adds: "The songs, the production, the sound... this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe) was fantastic choice to mix the album!"
Buy Primal Fear "When Death Comes Knocking" single on: Amazon: www.smarturl.it/primalfeaerwhendeath / iTunes: www.smarturl.it/pfwhendeathitunes.
Order now the forthcoming album on Amazon: www.smarturl.it/pfdelivering.
WebLinks: www.primalfear.de / www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial.

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NEW VAN HALEN...EVENTUALLY:
News Article: "Van Halen's next album is underway – but won't see the light of day for at least 18 months, says frontman David Lee Roth. And he insists there's a good reason the follow-up to 2012 comeback release A Different Kind Of Truth will take so long.
Roth tells Ozzy's Boneyard (via Hennemusic): "I was up at Edward's house three days ago, and we're starting to put music together. We're writing; I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed's place."
The long run-in time isn't caused by the music itself, says the singer, but by the fact the band remain so hands-on about every aspect of their output. "We really do generate all the artwork," he explains. "We don't hire out and have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose. We start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise: if you buy a t-shirt that was designed, literally, in my living room. Stage design, lighting rig, putting the show together – it takes about a year and a half. Any idea you have is 85 phone calls. Anybody can go, 'I got an idea: it's a stage shaped like a square on top of a circle.' My question never was, 'Were you able to dream up a stage design?' My question is, 'Are you prepared to do the 87 phone calls that are about to follow to make sure it came out the way we decided?' Then there's another 80 phone calls because we have to figure out how to take the fucking thing apart and put it in the trucks. And, and, and…So if you really want to generate the ideas from scratch and bring them all the way to the finish, you're gonna have to learn a few other languages, and you're gonna have to speak those over a lot of extra phone calls. And that's usually the break point for most artists."
WebLink: www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/van-halen-album-at-least-18-months-away.

Positive news there...but don't hold your breath folks!

THE BABYS ROCK CALIFORNIA:
From Gerry G - MelodicRock.com Los Angeles correspondent:
San Diego, Calif., USA -- In America, among the biggest stories in music is the reformation of legendary classic-rock band The Babys, who tore the roof off the place on Saturday, Nov. 30 with a terrific concert performance at the Ramona Mainstage before a near-capacity crowd thirsty for all the old hits. Originals Wally Stocker (guitar) and Tony Brock (drums) are in place, and even after all these years the Brits still play the hell out of their instruments. Stocker was at his best on "Midnight Rendez-Vous" and "Back on My Feet Again," and Brock was bashing away for all his worth on "Isn't It Time" and "Head First."
The band has played a handful of shows since reforming during the summer, and singer John Bisaha gets more confident with every show. The Californian has a big job filling in for John Waite, and Bisaha proved in fine form. He doesn't sound exactly like Waite, but it's close enough, and he plays bass just like the records.
Bisaha is also a charismatic band leader with a good feel for the material. There is a new song called "Not Ready To Say Goodbye" -- it's available on iTunes – and Bisaha really stepped up his game on this one; the song stands tall with the Babys' biggest hits, sounding very much like a combination of "Isn't it Time," "Everytime I Think of You" and "Back on My Feet Again."
Guitarist Joey Sykes gives The Babys a second guitarist – something they did not have back in the day – and there is also a keyboardist and two sexy backup singers who add a lot both sonically and visually. This was a band that could have used a big break in the 1970s to keep pace with Styx, Journey and Cheap Trick – all of whom were touring partners – and it's heartwarming to see The Babys give it one more shot.
The band has more dates scheduled in Seattle, Portland and a few other cities, and it's more than worth it to check it out. Check the group's website at thebabysofficial.com.

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LITA FORD REUNITES WITH CHERIE CURRIE FOR CHRISTMAS DUET:
Available as Digital Single Tomorrow December 3 on Steamhammer/SPV
Two of the most influential women in Rock and Roll have reunited for a special holiday song. Lita Ford has partnered up with her former Runaways band mate Cherie Currie for what is sure to be a new Christmas Classic. The song "Rock This Christmas Down" is the first time Lita and Cherie have recorded new music together since 1977. USA Today is hosting an exclusive premiere of "Rock This Christmas Down" as well as an interview with the LITA and Cherie here: www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/12/02/runaways-lita-ford-cherie-currie-rock-this-christmas-down/3799107/
The digital single is available for pre-order and will be released worldwide tomorrow December 3. Tired of the same old Christmas songs Lita was ready for something new:
"I thought the world could use a new Christmas song. The song was Written by Mitch Perry, my guitarist and Michael Dan Ehmig, my lyricist, along with Marty O'Brien on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. We so rocked it! What I didn't know is that I'd be singing it as a duet with my long lost sister, Cherie Currie. I am blessed to have her back in my life, and what an appropriate time and song to rehash an old friendship. Christmas!!! Cherie hopped a plane from Chicago to L.A., and drove straight to the studio and threw down her vocal track on this rocking song! Needless to say, it was magic and history in the making. We were left with such a smoking track for everyone to hear, every Christmas, every year! Let's Rock This Christmas Down!!!"

Cherie was equally as excited to reunite and work with Lita again: "I have dreamed, literally, of seeing Lita again for over three decades. Even after all that time I still thought of her often. The Runaways was something that was always left unfinished to me. Especially when it came to Lita, but I only knew her as a child. What floored me more then the unbelievable gift of working with her again was the woman she had become. She is the bravest, kindest, strongest, most loving human being I have met. Lita asking me to be a part of this amazing song and a part of her astonishing life has filled that void, that hole I had in my heart that maybe we both shared. It is now filled with love, support and admiration for a dear and wonderful friend whom I am so proud to say is Lita Ford. "Rock This Christmas Down" has the flare of our Runaways legacy but its pure Lita. It rocks like only she can. We took a dim, negative and unfinished past and turned it into a positive future. It doesn't get any better then that. I know this will be the best Christmas I have had in decades. Thank you sister!"
What does "Rock This Christmas Down" signify? Possibly more collaborations between the former Runaway members in the future…only time will tell.
WebLinks: litafordonline.com / www.facebook.com/litaofficial / www.cheriecurrie.com / www.spv.de.

The great Brian Howe has recorded a new song - Christmas. The 99c download can be found now via iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-single/id405625209.

"DANCING WITH THE MOONLIGHT" - SCORPIONS MTV UNPLUGGED PREVIEW:
To coincide with the Scorpions new MTV Unplugged release today on Dec 2nd, Vimeo has premiered "Dancing With The Moonlight" from the performance. MTV Unplugged recorded live in Athens and featuring 24 songs is released on 2CD, DVD & Blu-ray on SonyMusic.
On 11th and 12th September 2013 and as part of their massive 38 date Farewell World Tour, Klaus Meine (vocals, guitars), Rudolf Schenker (guitars, vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums) played two fantastic acoustic sets in the Lycabettus Theatre, Athens and made history in the process; it is the first ever open-air show in the history of MTV Unplugged.
Throughout its two-and-a-half hours, the show features an impressive range of brand new songs and classic tracks. As vocalist Klaus Meine recalls; "We played here many years ago. It is a beautiful place. I can remember that even back then the fans climbed onto the surrounding rocks. Of course we played some of the greatest classics this time, but we also performed a few new songs as well as material that we had never played live up to then. Those are songs which are very popular with the fans but which somehow never made it onto the set lists."
The Scorpions evidently enjoyed this musical rollercoaster ride through their own history. It is equally obvious that both rock songs and power ballads display their class and style even when rendered as acoustic versions. The melodies maintain their timeless compositional appeal and the quality of the performance showcases the band at their very best.

The show opens with 'Sting In The Tail', arranged in a Cajun style. This song, taken from the eponymous album of 2010, bears witness to how deeply the Scorpions are rooted in rock'n'roll and blues. The same applies to the set of classics that follow, such as 'Pictured Life', 'Speedy's Coming' or the hymnal 'Born To Touch Your Feelings' There are even more nuggets from the sheer endless stock of hits such as 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' 'Still Loving You' 'Big City Nights', 'No One Like You' 'When The Smoke Is Going Down' and 'Wind Of Change'­ as well as a few welcome surprises to dazzle the connoisseur. 'When You Came Into My Life', where Rudolf Schenker plays a sitar, is one of those tracks which the Scorpions had never before played live, as are 'Where The River Flows' and 'Passion Rules The Game'. They also perform 'Love Is The Answer' a ballad for which Rudolf Schenker took over as lead vocalist ­ a feat that does not happen very often. And immediately after this, Klaus Meine surprises us with the world premiere of 'Follow Your Heart' in this exceptional set of two dozen songs.
'MTV Unplugged' by the Scorpions is released on 2ND December 2013, available as double CD, DVD, Blu-ray and in various other digital and physical configurations.
WebLinks: www.the-scorpions.com / www.facebook.com/Scorpions.


A NOTE FROM TEN:
Ten and Gary Hughes are once again proud to announce their inclusion in the acclaimed Japanese publication "The Melodious Hard Rock Disc Guide". This publication is widely recognised as 'the Bible of Melodic Rock'.
The new 2013-2014 edition sees Ten's album 'Name of the Rose' win the top album spot (on page 2 of the publication) as the most recommended album of the Melodic hard rock genre. Gary Hughes manages to also claim a number of other credits. Including an entry in the USA section for his production on the acclaimed HUGO album. In a very 'Ten influenced' UK section not only was Gary awarded for his self-titled 'Gary Hughes' album but also for the Bob Catley album 'The Tower' which he penned and subsequently produced.
The esteemed writer Masao Fujiki (Burrn! Magazine) also contributed in the book, where on pages 115-116 he goes on to explain how Ten changed the game in this genre during the mid-90s.
The book was compiled by one of Japan's 'Elite music journalists' Mr Toshio Kuroda. Mr Kuroda also runs the biggest melodic rock website Melodic Frontier. Ten and Gary Hughes thank all those involved in this prestigious publication. They are humbled by so many inclusions and graciously accept any and all accolades on behalf of their legion of loyal and dedicated fans.

JETHRO TULL ON 'IN THE STUDIO':
(Dallas, TX)- InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates Jethro Tull and the recently released 1970 Jethro Tull album Benefit which is the under-appreciated missing link between the eclectic folksy Stand Up and the breakthrough million sellers Aqualung and Thick as a Brick. Jethro Tull's frontman Ian Anderson helps us with the back story as we feature highlights from Benefit, as well as Living in the Past, War Child, Minstrel in the Gallery, Songs From the Wood, and the delightful 2002 CD/DVD Living With the Past.
Ian Anderson shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his personal reflections on the durability of rock music for the ages. "Like a lot of people back then, I just assumed this was just a kind of short lived phenomena and Rock music would evolve into something completely different, but I now believe that's not the case. I think we actually have absolute values in this genre that are not going to fundamentally change."
On a final note, Jethro Tull are still one of the glaring omissions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stream the Jethro Tull Living with the Past program this month as part of InTheStudio's Medium Rare "online-only" rockumentary series: www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/jethro-tull-living-past-ian-anderson/"


Monday, December 02, 2013

NEW FROM ROCK CANDY:
The following six new Rock Candy titles are available from Monday 2nd December from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on December 16.

REO Speedwagon 'Good Trouble' CANDY208 / What do you give the band that has achieved their dreams and more? Answer: More time in the studio. REO's thirteen year overnight success had propelled the band to the moon and beyond. 'Hi Infidelity', their previous album, achieved platinum status ten times over, hogging the #1 spot on the US album charts for an incredible fifteen weeks, whilst the hit single 'Keep On Lovin' You' became a mainstay of American radio play. From their hometown of Champaign, Illinois to drinking Champagne from crystal glasses, the band suddenly became the most talked about act in the country. Following up 'Hi Infidelity' was never going to be easy, a fact not helped by pressure from their label to deliver another album with super human speed. Internally all was not wine and roses either, front man and prominent songwriter Kevin Cronin was dealing with a bout of writers block and a growing feeling of uncertainty about the band's new found pop star notoriety. Fortunately help was on hand from the rest of the band, including guitarist Gary Richrath and bassist Bruce Hall, stepping up to the plate and providing enough material to put the project back on the straight and narrow. Issued in 1982, 'Good Trouble' is yet another fine slice of American Midwest hard rock. 'Keep The Fire Burnin', 'I'll Follow You', 'Stillness Of The Night' and the title track easily pick up were the band had left off, kicking and punching their way back to the top of the charts and our hearts. A firm foundation for even more success next time around.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Kevin Cronin.
Track Listing: 1. Keep The Fire Burnin' 2. Sweet Time 3. Girl With The Heart Of Gold 4. Every Now And Then 5. I'll Follow You 6. The Key 7. Back In My Heart Again 8. Let's Be-Bop 9. Stillness Of The Night 10. Good Trouble.

REO Speedwagon 'Wheels Are Turnin' CANDY209 / REO Speedwagon formed in 1967 and recorded eight studio albums before hitting pay dirt with 1980's ten million selling 'Hi Infidelity'; a record containing the all-conquering number one single 'Keep On Loving You'; but the follow up album 'Good Trouble', stalled at a meagre two million copies and failed to produce a big hit, exposing the band to talk of being a spent force. Nothing, however, could have been further from the truth. There is an old adage – never write off a band until the fat lady sings. And for REO Speedwagon, historically always the underdogs, fuelled only by unswerving optimism, this was to be their finest hour. Faced with possible extinction if they were unable to come up with the goods for album eleven, they hunkered down, refocused and constructed a record every bit as accessible as 'Hi Infidelity'. Armed with better songs and a do or die attitude the results were spectacular. 'Wheels Are Turning', originally issued in 1984, was an unqualified success, going platinum several times over and producing two bonafide hit singles in 'One Lonely Knight' and the blockbusting number one, 'Can't Fight This Feeling'. It was also a record that truly married the band's historical hard rock sensibilities with their penchant for writing catchy melodic pop rock propelled by Kevin Cronin's unique vocals and Gary Richrath's searing lead guitar playing. A truly satisfying record of both power and passion.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Kevin Cronin.
Track Listing: 1. I Do' Wanna Know 2. One Lonely Night 3. Thru The Window 4. Rock 'N Roll Star 5. Live Every Moment 6. Can't Fight This Feeling 7. Gotta Feel More 8. Break His Spell 9. Wheels Are Turnin'

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Lou Gramm 'Long Hard Look' CANDY225 / As the voice of Foreigner, Lou Gramm sung on a succession of hit singles, helping to position the band as one of the most important hard rock acts of the 1970s and 80s. Of course, it was the twin ballads 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' and 'I Want To Know What Love Is' which instantly elevated Gramm's voice to worldwide recognition; a voice that was not only rich in vintage soul but also in emotion. From those hits on he was regarded as one of the world's greatest vocalists and one likely to strike out on his own. Lou's first solo album 'Ready Or Not' was a commendable affair and commercially successful enough to warrant a second release, in1989, with 'Long Hard Look'. This time around, however, the record company looked to slightly contemporise his sound by bringing in producer Peter Wolf, who had worked with both cutting edge pop acts (Wang Chung) and traditional melodic rock bands (Heart, Starship). The results were spectacular, Gramm crafting an album of concise and precise melodic rock that took as much from Foreigner as it did from traditional blues based singers. Mostly surrounding himself with expected names, including former Black Sheep bassist Bruce Turgon, guitarist Nils Lofgren and his brother Ben Gramm on drums, the surprising addition was former Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell whom, alongside Gramm and Turgon, would later go on to form the highly regarded Shadow King.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Lou Gramm.
Track Listing: 1. Angel With A Dirty Face 2. Just Between You And Me 3. Broken Dreams 4. True Blue Love 5. I'll Come Running 6. Hangin' On My Hip 7. Warmest Rising Sun 8. Day One 9. I'll Know When It's Over 10. Tin Soldier.

Frehley's Comet 'Second Sighting' CANDY216 / He was the man with the rocket firing guitar. Dubbed the Space Ace and the coolest member of 70s rock gods Kiss, a man who attracted a legion of fan followers of his own, for reasons both good and bad. Ace's devilishly potent guitar playing lent Kiss a sense of purpose and ambition that elevated them from amusing comic book crusaders to seriously dangerous heavy metal heroes. As with most things in life it couldn't last. Down but not out, Ace left Kiss in 1982 to pursue a solo career, one that was eagerly anticipated by legions of fans keen to sample his distinctive razor sharp riffs and quirky song writing in a brand new setting. With two successful albums recorded under the banner of Frehley's Comet, Ace retired the band moniker in favour of a solo profile for album #3, the amusingly titled 'Trouble Walkin'. Issued in late 1989, the album reunited Ace with veteran Kiss Producer Eddie Kramer, helping to craft a record of high grade hard rock with all the accoutrements that you might reasonably expect from such a maverick character with an exploding guitar in hand and a point to make. With titles such as 'Shot Full Of Rock', 'Five Card Stud', 'Hide Your Heart', '2 Young 2 Die' and a brilliantly creative cover of ELO's 'Do Ya', Ace unloads salvo upon salvo of lighting fast licks and twisted riffs, proving that his talent was as explosive as ever.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Insane 2. Time Ain't Runnin' Out 3. Dancin' With Danger 4. It's Over Now 5. Loser In A Fight 6. Juvenile Delinquent 7. Fallen Angel 8. Separate 9. New Kind Of Lover 10. The Acorn Is Spinning.

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Shakin' Street 'S/T' CANDY219 / As the hostest with the mostest, Shakin' Street's Fabienne Shine's rock credentials were impeccable. During much of the early 70s she was the consort of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, travelling with and directly immersed in all their sweeping grandeur. It was this baptism by fire and, later, the encouragement of both Page and Robert Plant to write songs that fuelled her creative aspirations, setting in motion the path to forming her own band, namely Shakin' Street. Of Tunisian-French origin, Fabienne's musical aspirations were further enhanced by guitarist Eric Levi who was piecing together a band in Paris. Eric had first thought about inviting the then unknown Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde to front his band before meeting Fabienne. Named after an MC5 song from the album 'Back In The USA', they scored a regional record deal with CBS in France and cut their debut album 'Vampire Rock', released in 1978. Sensing that the band needed an international boost Fabienne engineered a meeting with Blue Öyster Cult svengali Sandy Pearlman. Pearlman took the band under his wing, renegotiated their CBS deal in the USA, enlisted former Dictators guitarist Ross The Boss into the line-up and produced their self-titled second album. Recorded in San Francisco and issued in 1980, the album is a blistering example of red-hot guitar driven hard rock with roots in the kind of devil may care shoulder shrugging of reprobates such as the New York Dolls, the Ramones, MC5 and Blue Öyster Cult. Hard Rock for sure, with plenty of attitude and guitars set-to-stun.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview with Fabienne Shine.
Track Listing: 1. No Compromise 2. Solid As A Rock 3. No Time To Lose 4. Soul Dealer 5. Susie Wong 6. Every Man, Every Woman Is A Star 7. Generation X 8. So Fine 9. I Want To Box You.

Dirty Looks 'Cool From The Wire' CANDY230 / There's no denying the power of great rock music to evoke the exact time and place when it was first heard. Indeed, such was the power of 'Cool From The Wire' that virtually everyone that knows this record will almost certainly testify to that theory. It is a record that made people sit up and take notice right from the opening salvo to its closing chimes, capturing the essence of a work that still resonates to this very day. Formed in San Francisco in the early 80s, the band, led by Danish born front man, guitarist and song writer Henrik Ostergaard, resettled in Pennsylvania and recorded a string of independently released albums before being spotted and signed by the powerful Atlantic Records label. With commitment and belief the label teamed the band with seasoned British producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, Coney Hatch) who crafted an exceptionally potent record focussing on catchy hooks, killer riffs, deadly rhythm and Ostergaard's melodically inclined vocals. Issued in 1988, the album contained a number of stunning tracks including 'It's Not The Way You Rock', 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', 'Oh Ruby', 'Put A Spell On You' and the earth shattering title track. With comparisons to early AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and Kix the album is regarded as one of the most impressive hard rock releases of the late 80s and, deservedly, continues to make its mark.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Cool From The Wire 2. It's Not The Way You Rock 3. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You 4. Oh Ruby 5. Tokyo 6. Wastin' My Time 7. Put A Spell On You 8. No Brains Child 9. Get It Right 10. It's A Bitch 11. Get Off.

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NEW TIME TRAVELLING MARCUS JIDELL ALBUM:
Lion Music is pleased to unveil a video for the track "Huldra" taken from "Pictures From A Time Traveller"; the incredible debut instrumental album from guitar-master Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, ex Evergrey, ex Royal Hunt). View the video now at: youtu.be/b9f-oDns1Yc.
Marcus wanted something a little different to the thousands of "mimed" guitar videos and with the help of video producers Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg came up with a video which both manages to deliver the feel of this particular track but also give fans something new. Marcus Jidell has the following to say about the video:
"To catch a different vibe I brought a mobile studio and a Marshall stack to the country side one early morning in November where we recorded and filmed a one take of "Huldra". I didn't want the regular "mimed" video thing so I just played it once again, I wanted it to be raw and honest and to show how I improvise around themes when playing guitar live. I think that we captured the spirit of the song both playing wise and with the way it was filmed and I hope people who see this will think the same."
Lion Music and Marcus would like to say a big thank you Steff Granström and Andreas Hillerborg for making this video and would also want to thank Martin "E-type" Eriksson for providing the location and Sigge Viking for assistance.
"Pictures From A Time Traveller" is out now on Lion Music with full album info (plus online ordering links) at lionmusic.com/cd/timetraveller.htm.

NERGARD JOINS WITH PAGAN'S MIND VOCALIST:
Norwegian Melodic Metalact Nergard announces Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) as the next singer in the line-up for the follow-up album to "Memorial for a Wish" which was released in April of 2013 as the first part of a two-act metal opera. The new album, which ends the tragic story about the unfortunate man Peter O'Donnell, is scheduled for release in late 2014 and will feature a string of well-known names. So far Tony Mills (ex TNT, ex Shy) and Andi Kravljaca (Aeon Zen) have been confirmed + the up and coming Ben Rodgers (Tellus Requiem) and Thomas Lųseth (Tempo).
Follow Nergard on Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com/nergardmusic / Follow Nergard on twitter for updates: twitter.com/NergardMusic.
Musicvideo "A Question of God" feat Tony Mills: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TqV1A4OrnI.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Royal Hunt have released an official lyric video for a title track from their new studio album (release dates: Europe on November 29 and in USA on December 3 by Frontiers): www.youtube.com/watch?v=97KICGmPzmI.

Italian rockers Eyes 'N' Lips inked a deal with Street Symphonies Records to release their debut album "Pornstar For President", whose recording session took place at Atomic Stuff Studio (Isorella, Brescia, Italy) under Oscar Burato's supervision. The album, influenced by the 80's main hair bands (Guns 'N' Roses, Mötley Crüe) and the classic AC/DC-style hard rock, will be published in 2014. www.facebook.com/pages/EYES-N-LIPS/221389967880460.

Denied, the Swedish metal band featuring vocalist Johan Fahlberg (Jaded Heart) and bassist Fredrik Isaksson (formerly of Therion and Grave), has on Friday 29th of November 2013 released the video of the song "Garden of stone" from the album, "Let Them Burn" via Sliptrick Records. The video was produced by Atomic Movie Lab and directed by Fylo. youtu.be/NOvQ5K5W0Oc.
The CD "Let Them Burn" was recorded with producer Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed) and mastered at Dugout Productions by Richard Sporrong. Artwork made by Alexander Lifbom.

REVIEWS UPDATED:
A full indepth review of the new Boston album is online today. Check it out here.


Friday, November 29, 2013

MR MERCH UPDATE:
Faith Circus CDs are finally back in stock after going missing for more than a week. Orders have been processed and are being sent out now. I have extended the MRCD deal to purchase any of the 3 recent MelodicRock titles in light of this delay.
House of Shakira - Pay To Play
Faith Circus - Turn Up The Band (2CD Edition)
MRCD11 - This One Goes To Eleven (Limited to 500 pressed, not a lot left).

Audio samples and full details to all 3 releases - plus PayPal purchase links here: MRR - 2013 New Releases.

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All MRF3 USB orders have been filled and the few remaining units are also being sent out now. The good news is that there are just 4 units left over if anyone missed out previously! Order via this PayPal link (which will automatically expire once sold out).


For those that expressed interest in buying a MelodicRock.com T-shirt, there is a very limited number available via PayPal right now. Also available are a few MRF3 T-shirts and a few remaining copies of the MRF3 Event Book. The MelodicRock.com shirts are a new design featuring the brand new logo.
I do not have any of the main event t-shirt left at all sorry to say. The prices listed include shipping worldwide airmail: www.melodicrock.com/tshirts-2013.html.

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ASIA BREAK OUT NEW ALBUM EARLY 2014:
Classic rock band ASIA announces its new album GRAVITAS for release Spring 2014 via Frontiers Records.


HEAVEN & EARTH PICK UP HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD:
Heaven & Earth perform their hit song "No Money, No Love" at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards ceremony at the Fonda Theatre on Nov. 21, 2013. The band won the HMMA Best Rock category.
Stuart Smith - Guitars, Joe Retta - Vocals, Arlan Schierbaum - Keyboards, Richie Onori - Drums, & Tony Franklin (aka "The Fretless Monster") - Bass.
Their new album Dig is available on 180 Gram Double Vinyl: bit.ly/digLP & MP3: bit.ly/DIGcd. Also you can buy signed LP's, CD's and other cool merch on the Heaven & Earth store at: heavenandearthband.com.
For more Heaven & Earth: heavenandearthband.com / www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth / www.youtube.com/user/HeavenandEarthBand.


PAVIC ASKS IS WAR THE ANSWER?:
Founded by guitarist Marko Pavic, together with Aleks Ferrara on bass and Lorenzo Antonelli on keyboards, Pavic released their debut record "Taste Some Liberty" in late 2005. The album, was distributed throughout Europe and achieved critical acclaim in their home country Italy as well as in Germany and various other European countries. The reviewers spoke in high terms of the artist's songwriting and Marko's skills to play the guitar in an exciting way awaking the listeners interest in the band's songs, while staying away from boring technical gimmickry.
The debut was enriched by the guest appearances of outstanding musicians such as Kee Marcello (Europe, guitar), Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, Whitesnake, bass), Vitalij Kuprij (Ring Of Fire, keyboards) and Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye, drums).
In 2008, Pavic returned with "Unconditioned", the band's second release. The record was mixed by producer Tobias Lindell at Bohus Sound Studio, Sweden (Abba, Status Quo, Europe) and mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic (Evergrey, Meshuggah, In Flames, Göran Edman). Guitarist Kee Marcello was invited once again to play on the track "Just Go On". Pavic explored new musical directions with this album as it offered a mix between Classic and Modern Rock and Metal.
When the band parted ways with vocalist Chris Catena in 2010, the search for a new singer led to a temporary break during which the band members got involved in different studio and live projects. Still the band continued to develop their sound further, moving into a more contemporary direction.
In late 2012 the line-up of Pavic was eventually revived by the arrival of new lead singer Joe Calabro, the perfect fit for the songs the band was recently working on and Antonio Aronne on drums.
The fresh and modern sound of the brand new album "Is War The Answer?" required a different sonic approach, so the renowned American producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy, Ingram Hill) was brought in to mix the songs. Rick's work on the ten tracks, which include a cover version of the Duran Duran hit single "Notorious", lived up to his reputation as a whiz behind the mixing desk. By bringing in writer and comic book author Roberto Recchioni (Dylan Dog) to write the story for the video of the song "In Your Eyes", the bands is underlining its professional way of working. The video is one of three professionally shot clips, that will be presented to the public in the coming months.
Meanwhile Pavic, who have opened for acts such as Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger, Dokken) and John Corabi (Mötley Crüe) during the last year, are preparing a series of concerts for 2014 to introduce their latest effort "Is War The Answer?" to the audience.
WebLinks: www.pavictheband.com / www.facebook.com/pavictheband.

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MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with a final instalment of the 1986 Billboard Top 40 Rock Chart series. Another stack of great classic rock songs! Get them while you can. Join MRX now.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the securing of a long awaited album release from cult melodic rock outfit Loud Lion!

Loud Lion created a huge buzz several years back, but their album never appeared....until now! Loud Lion is the brain child of pop/rock icon Bleu who put together the project to pay homage to Mutt Lange and Def Leppard. The album includes 9 original songs "in the style of" classic Def Leppard and features Bleu along with Taylor Locke (Bleu's co-creator & main partner in LoudLion, most widely known as the lead guitarist for Rooney), Adam Ross (Rihanna's touring guitarist), Allison Robertson (The Donnas lead guitarist), Maclaine Diemer (Bang Camaro - keyboards, guitar), John Fields (uber producer), and Dylan Halacy (Bang Camaro - drums). All songs produced by Bleu.


Bleu comments on the Loud Lion CD: "Def Leppard hasn't put anything as good as Loud Lion out in at least a decade! If you like Pyromania and Hysteria (and f**k you if you don't) then you'll love this record - and that's not even taking into account the brain-liquidating shred-fests. An homage has never (ever) sounded so majestic!"

The tracks are currently being mastered in LA by JK Northrup for release by MelodicRock Records worldwide in March/April 2014.
Song titles (in no order): The Hills Have Eyes, Love Will Break Your Heart, Sunset Slip, Lion Eyes, None More Fast, Loud Lion Theme Song, Lion's Den, Dawn Of The Dead and Die Tuff.

You can check out some of the Loud Lion songs on YouTube - please note that the audio is from previous unmastered source and fresh previews of the new upgraded sound will come soon!

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MelodicRock Records have previously announced the signing of Ferreira for the release of the band's fifth studio album V. Well, the album is now complete, mastered and ready for pressing and will feature the following songs:
1) Hit The Door 2) Heaven Is Her Name 3) No Friend Of Mine 4) Night To Remember 5) Midnight Romeo 6) Don't Let Go 7) Leaving Town 8) That's The Way It Is 9) Superstitions 10) Sometimes Love's Not Enough 11) In The End.

I seriously think this is the best record that Marco Ferreira has put together yet. the album will be released worldwide January 27. Pre-orders will be available early January.
Check out the track Night To Remember, which was also part of the recent MRCD11 Compilation.


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Spanish progressive melodic rockers Airless have signed to MelodicRock Records for the physical CD release of their upcoming anniversary release Best Of + Rarities 1999 - 2014 - a 2CD set put together to celebrate the band's 15th Anniversary.
Airless was formed in January 2002 and soon signed with Vinny Records Company. The self-titled debut album was released in June 2002, produced by Carlos Creator, worldwide distributed and specially released for Japan by Mellow Music. "The Truth", one of the songs of this first Airless album, was included in "Singing To The World", a 2CD special release by Frontiers Records in memory of World Trade Center's tragedy victims. That album included also songs from Jason Becker, Tesla, Bonnie Tyler, Doro, Paul Gilbert, Paul Nelson, Kane Roberts, Jimmy Hendrix, etc, and was released worldwide. Airless second album, titled "2nd Round", was also produced by Carlos Creator and released by the Finnish Company Lion Music, with the Japanese edition again by Mellow Music. Airless toured and shared stage with bands like Tyketto, Dare or Riot.
"Fight" is the title of their 3rd album that was released in December 2008, again by Lion Music. During the promotion of "Fight", Airless played on several Hard Rock-AOR Fests, and shared stage with bands like Vega, Serpentine, Houston and Reckless Love. February 2013 sees the band return with their most accomplished album to date, "Changes". Released by Lion Music once again, cover artwork by Felipe Machado, and the special collaboration of Danny Vaughn (Tyketto). As a part of "Changes" promotion, Airless toured with Jeff Scott Soto opening shows on his Spanish Tour.

MRR will release Best Of + Rarities 1999 - 2014 2CD on January 27. The CD is a limited to 500 units only!
Airless: Ińaki Lazcano (vocals), Miguel Manjon (bass), Pako Martinez (drums), Robert Rodrigo (guitar).

Airless Statement: "We are very proud and excited about the idea of being part of the Melodic Rock Records family. After almost 15 years, we are sure that this will be a great opportunity to take the band to another level. Thanks Andrew for your confidence in our music."

Full track listing for the set is:
Best Of (CD1): 01-Autumn Leaves (Airless - 2001) 02-The Truth (Airless -2001) 03-Holding On (Airless- 2001) 04-It's Up To You (2nd Round- 2004) 05-2nd Round (2nd Round- 2004) 06-Now Or Never (Fight -2008) 07-Don't Give Up (Fight-2008) 08-Time To Say Goodbye (Fight -2008) 09-Crying For Your Love (Fight -2008) 10-Startr Again (Changes-2013) 11-I Don't Care (Changes-2013) 12-Upstream (Changes-2013) 13-Till The End Of Time (Changes-2013).
Rarities (CD2) 01-Matter Of Time (Demo- 1999) 02-Soul For Hire (Demo -1999) 03-Anger (RRR -2000) 04-When I Look Into Your Eyes (RRR 2000) 05-Runaway (Airless-2001 Japanese Bonus Track) 06-No Tomorrow (Airless-2001 Japanese Bonus Track) 07-Far Way (Unreleased From Fight-2008) 08-2nd Chance (Embrace The Sun Complilation-2011) 09-The Reason (Unreleased Track From Changes-2013) 10-Otra Oportunidad (Start Again Spanish Version-2013).

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MELODICROCK FEST UPDATES:
RockEyez have completed their wrap up of MelodicRockFest 3 with the uploading of their take on Day 3. Check out photos here: www.flickr.com/photos/rockeyezphotos/sets/72157636284384225 and their show review here: www.rockeyez.com/live_reviews/2013-mrf-day-3/livrev-2013-9-28-mrf3-day-3.html.

Details of the MelodicRockFest 4 lineup will be announced Friday 13th December.


PRETTY MAIDS RECAPTURE THE PAST:
Pretty Maids have announced they will release the album Louder Than Ever, which will be a mix of new material, as well as newly re-recorded hits from the band's 30 year back catalog and a special DVD - due in the Spring of 2014 via Frontiers Records.

ROB ROCK: "RAGE OF CREATION" LIMITED VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED:
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the classic ROB ROCK album "Rage of Creation". The edition includes an insert with lyrics as well as brand new liner notes and album history written by Rob Rock. The edition is strictly limited to 300 copies and features new artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Theocracy]. The release date is set to December 20th. "Rage of Creation" is available for pre-ordering at the Ulterium Records Store; www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.
Track listing: Side A: 01. In The Beginning 02. The Sun Will Rise Again 03. One Way Out 04. Judgment Day 05. Streets Of Madness 06. Media Machine Side B: 01. Eagle 02. All I Need 03. In The Night 04. Never Too Late 05. Forever.
For more information: www.robrock.com / www.ulterium-records.com.


SILENT VOICES: NEW TRACK POSTED ONLINE:
The progressive metal band Silent Voices have uploaded the track "No Turning Back" to YouTube. The track comes off their up-coming album "Reveal The Change" that will be released on November 29th in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings. "No Turning Back" features vocals from Mats Levén [ex. Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen]. Check out the track at YouTube here: youtu.be/nvIhAU5APP0.
Silent Voices feat. Sonata Arctica members Henrik Klingenberg and Pasi Kauppinen. "Reveal the Change" feat. guest vocals by Mats Levén [ex. Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen], Tony Kakko [Sonata Arctica], Mike Vescera [Obsession, ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen] and Mike DiMeo [ex. Masterplan, Riot]. The album is mastered by Ted Jensen [Bon Jovi, Dream Theater, Megadeth].
Silent Voices about the new album: "The entire band and all the people we are working with are very excited about this new album. We cannot wait for everyone to hear the new songs and to be back on tour again."
Silent Voices online: www.facebook.com/silentvoicesofficial / www.silentvoices.net.

A NEW GEORGE LYNCH ALBUM IN THE WORKS? THERE JUST MIGHT BE!:
Press Release / So here's what we have folks. Tyler Mane, the towering and menacing giant that donned the Michael Myers mask in Rob Zombie's Halloween 1 & 2, dropped a Senator from a Cliffside and into the ocean as Sabretooth in the X-Men films and even lit himself on fire for the success of Joe Dirt has something horrifying in the works, and it's got everything to do with George Lynch Fanatics!
In March of 2014, Mane Productions begins filming "Penance Lane," simply for the sole purpose of scaring the shit out of your girlfriend at the theater, or at least to continue Tyler's growing legacy in Horror related films. "Penance Lane" is hands down, looking to be a unique and terrifying story you'll want to watch over and over! Want to know what it's all about? Stay put for a second and I'll give you the link.
Now, the George Lynch part! Here's where I'm hoping you pro-editors will take to the page and give us a hand with this one – we could all use some new Lynch, but more-so …. this is George Lynch working together with Black Label Society and Megadeth bass Player – yeah, that guy I keep sending press about – James LoMenzo! Recording and creating at LoMenzo's "Monster House" Studio, the duo are putting pen to page and cooking up a soundtrack filled with the rock and roll styling that you're begging for; along with scoring the related sound works for the films music sequences.
You might remember that Mr. Scary himself (George Lynch) and his Dokken band mates took over MTV for a few months run back in 1987 when their song "Dream Warriors" topped the charts while it hit the screens with Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors. It was simply awe-spiring! Imagine that magic, but for an entire new Lynch album and a fan funded feature film!
You see where I'm going with this, right? Now, here's where I implore your assistance, Lords of the Content Driven Online and On-Air World!

Okay, the movie is earning its budget from fans, and there's an Indie GoGo funding for it. Here's the dire news in capital letters – THERE'S 12 DAYS LEFT! Imagine a world where we could all reach out to the masses and just get 4000 people to spend $20 and we get a new Lynch and LoMenzo album. Call it – LyMencho, or Lynch-Menzo! Whatever you call it – it ain't gonna happen if we don't get the funding!
So here's the Indie GoGo link: www.indiegogo.com/projects/penance-lane.

There are some great and entertaining videos on the page, as well as a good look in to the new face of what's going to keep you awake at night – I mean, really scare the shit out of you! Photos, videos and complete information for the film are on the link I have provided. Standard press releases will follow, right now I'm giving you the news to run free with! Now, for you insiders who always treat my news so kindly – here's what is not on the page.
Do you want an Interview with Tyler Mane, the radiant Renae Geerlings or hey – even James LoMenzo? Shoot me back and email with your direct contact info and we will put it together for your mag, radio show, podcast or whatever keeps your listeners focused YOU!
It's that time of year when we say thanks to the Men and Women who pillaged the land here in the US so we could build the Hollywood Strip and put In & Out Burger all over the landscape! I'd rather give thanks to everyone who supports these news updates from JoeDolanPR and let you all know, whatever I can do to help bring YOU to the world – just ask. I'm here to help!
Happy Holidays folks – more great news on the way – please help shine a light on this Indie GoGo link – we've got 12 days left and we need the help to get it all together!

NEW AUSSIE HARD ROCK RADIO SPECIAL DUE:
Tahir Bise emailed to advise he is doing another Hard Rock Special with Simon Lukic an Triple R 102.7 on the 2nd December playing some great hard rock tracks from bands such as .. "King Cobra, ColdSpell, The Winery Dogs, Eden's Curse, Heaven & Earth, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, The Answer and many more. We will be playing a track from the upcoming The Radio Sun CD and interviewing Steve Janevski and featuring the show from Paul Laine the following night and playing some tracks from Danger Danger/Paul Laine. The show is Monday at midnight 2nd December and can be heard via live streaming as well. www.rrr.org.au / www.rrr.org.au/program/musically-incorrect/


FIREFEST 2014






FIREFEST 2014 – THE FINAL FLING

Okay, so if you have heard the announcement or read the poster, or indeed been pointed in our direction by people with impeccable taste in music, then you might need to know what's going on with FIREFEST 2014 – THE FINAL FLING.

Firstly the show takes place over 3 days, October 24 – 26, 2014, and at this point – without a band being announced – is 30% SOLD across all three days. The venue is the home of Firefest for the last 10 years Rock City, Nottingham, England.

EARLY BIRD OFFERS: we have 2 separate acoustic evenings, Friday October 24th – immediately after the main show – we will advise you of the venue very shortly as we are awaiting a 100% confirmation on that – but there are just 250 tickets available for this show – and entry will be FREE for the next 250 people purchasing full weekend tickets from Sunday Nov 24 – i.e. during or after the announcement show. Tickets for this event cannot be purchased – this is a thank you from us to you for supporting us by buying your show tickets early. Appearing on Friday night will be the one and only Mr Nathan James armed and ready with a bunch of solo tunes and also a couple of classics. However there is also a second act – a motley crew of Norwegians masquerading as The Magnificent – we say masquerading only because they ALL won't be there – but most of them will, where they will treat you to songs by the Magnificent and just about anything else you shout at them...okay, maybe not, but the set list is impressive and the guys just love Mr Big, Whitesnake, Toto and Survivor – plus you would never know who might jump up on stage with them! How good were the Magnificent at FF 2013? Amazing! So no one will want to miss this.

The second acoustic evening taking place on Saturday October 25th will be a very special evening with the one and only Mr Gary Hughes (TEN). What can you expect to hear? Well Gary has promised a few from his excellent solo albums Strength of Heart and Precious Ones, something from Once and Future King as well as some songs from the Bob Catley solo albums which Gary wrote, and we imagine the odd Ten track might make an appearance. However this night is ALREADY FULL. If you have bought tickets before the show was announced (and are in the first 250 to do so), if you are a sponsor or a VIP – then you will be receiving tickets to THIS show. Why? Because it was originally the ONLY one planned before Nathan, Mike and the gang were co-opted into playing Friday. Again this is a FREE event as a thank you to all of you that support us and tickets cannot be purchased for this show either. Venue will also be advised for this night as soon as we have 100% confirmation.

Tickets for the weekend can be purchased by going directly to our web site www.firefestofficial.com and following the instructions – wire transfer, postal order, personal cheque, cash (at senders own risk) – wire transfer details, postal address is all available - just click on the SHOP link and then TICKETS, and take it from there.

The Final Fling is exactly that – the FINAL FIREFEST. If you have been to a Firefest previously then you know exactly what to expect, if you haven't then this is your last chance to experience exactly why Firefest has gained the reputation for being the most amazing family anywhere in the world. Have to travel solo? No problem, by the time you leave you will have 1500 new best friends as well as seeing some of the coolest bands on the planet (well in our world anyway!)

THANK YOU for your support for the last 10 years and now if we could ask you to support us ONE MORE TIME and help us to SELL OUT THE FINAL FLING – it would be the perfect way to bow out in front of a sold out crowd and 21 of the coolest bands on the planet – some of whom you will NOT have the opportunity to see again!

www.firefestofficial.com
Facebook: Firefest Official
Twitter: @thefirefest

We don't mind where you follow us, as long as you follow us to Rock City in October ~ The Crew.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

STAN BUSH CD RELEASE UPDATE:
It is with great regret that I must retract the press release posted yesterday announcing a deal between Stan Bush and MelodicRock Records for the release of his recently completed album The Ultimate for Europe.

Unfortunately, it was not until after the announcement was made that the artist and myself were informed of a contractual issue with the artists' previous record label Frontiers Records. I will leave that in the hands of Stan himself to deal with but have assured Stan that I will be here to help promote the new album in whatever capacity I can assist.

I'm sure Stan will update fans on the release as soon as possible and I'll be sure to post that update when ready.

On a brighter note - tomorrow MelodicRock Records will announce the revised details of January's planned releases and news of long awaited release due in March.

JACK BLADES CHECKS IN:
Jack Blades sent me a couple of pictures this afternoon - first of all, Jack and Night Ranger's Brad Gillis in the studio cutting guitar solos for the new NR album earlier today and secondly - Jack and son Colin with Alice Cooper. Jack joined Alice on stage sang "Schools Out" with Alice and his band...

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CINDERELLA'S TOM KEIFER, 'THE FLOWER SONG': EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE:
Video comes from the singer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes"
Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer just released his first ever solo album and Billboard has an exclusive premiere of the music video for "The Flower Song." Keifer says the song was inspired by his wife Savannah, who also wrote and co-produced "The Way Life Goes," out now on Merovee Records. "Women are God's greatest gift to our world, truly beautiful inside and out," he says. "'The Flower Song' is about recognizing your one true love in a world filled with so many amazing women. It can be dizzying. But then, you see the one. A miracle! I thank God every day for my miracle, inspiration and one true love, Savannah."
Read more at www.billboard.com/articles/news/5800813/tom-keifer-flower-song-video-premiere-cinderella-watch#sjFQE2pjpyz7ARlM.99.

MASSIVE, CAREER-SPANNING JOHN MELLENCAMP BOXED SET OUT THIS FALL:
John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012, a uniquely comprehensive boxed set collection covering the legendary singer/songwriter's principal studio albums, will be released by Universal Music Enterprises on December 10. Pre-orders now at www.amazon.com ensure holiday delivery. The collection consists of a total of 19 CDs originally released over a recording career that spans 35 years.
John Mellencamp 1978- 2012, for the first time, combines in one package, albums Mellencamp recorded as John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp and John Mellencamp for Polygram, Universal, Sony and Concord-affiliated labels. The set contains a total of 223 tracks and includes such mythic album titles as American Fool, Lonesome Jubilee, Scarecrow, Cuttin' Heads and the more recent Life, Death Love and Freedom and No Better Than This. Thirteen of the albums in the collection were RIAA-certified as Gold, Platinum or Multiplatinum winners while ten of the albums achieved Top Ten status on Billboard's Top 100 Album Chart. Of special note is the fact that the collection includes the long out-of-print original soundtrack album to Falling From Grace, the Mellencamp-directed film that was a collaboration with noted author Larry McMurty. That disc includes tracks by Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam, Nanci Griffith, Joe Ely, James McMurtry and John Prine.
John Mellencamp 1978- 2012 includes every one of Mellencamp's thirty Billboard Top 100 singles, from "I Need A Lover" and "Jack & Diane" to "Pink Houses" and "Rain On The Scarecrow," as well as such classics as "Paper in Fire," "Hurts So Good," "Crumblin' Down," "Jackie Brown," "Small Town," "Wild Night," "R.O.C.K In The U.S.A.," "Our Country" and, quite literally, all the rest. There are bonus tracks concluding twelve of the albums, sourced from the 2005 re-mastered versions of Mellencamp's Mercury releases.
Mellencamp, who continues to reside in his native Indiana, has been especially active of late. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, his collaboration with bestselling author Stephen King and musical director T Bone Burnett, has manifested itself as a touring theatrical entity with dates throughout the Midwest this fall. An accomplished painter, Mellencamp has had numerous gallery exhibitions of his work; the latest, his first museum exhibition, is set to open next month at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
In recent years Mellencamp was the recipient of Billboard's Century Award, the Woody Guthrie Award, The ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award, The John Steinbeck Award as well as induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This past week it was announced that John Mellencamp is a candidate for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Mellencamp holds the record for the most tracks (7) by a solo artist to hit the top position on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart, all of which are, of course, included in John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012.
Never content to rest on his many laurels, Mellencamp has been writing new songs for an album he plans to record early this coming year, once more with T Bone Burnett slated to produce.

Unboxing Video: youtu.be/Sgbzh8gakFs / Pre-Order 1978-2012: smarturl.it/JMellencamp5albums.


SWISS HEAVY METAL RECORD FAIR IN NOVEMBER:
Swiss only Metal/Hardrock record and CD fair "Metalbörse 2013" is coming up Saturday November 30, 2013. The details are as follows as provided from the organizers:
"It is an event for lovers and fans of metal and rock music only (no pop, no jazz, no commercial stuff). Our approach is to give the rock fans in Switzerland a possibility to find rare items, merchandise or gems of their favorite bands."
Event: Record and CD fair / Location: Grosser Stadtsaal Zofingen, Switzerland / Date: Saturday 30 Nov 2013 / Opening time: 10 am to 4 pm.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON ENTERS STUDIO AND ADDS ORIGINAL STRATOVARIUS KEYBOARD PLAYER:
Finnish composer/producer and guitar player Timo Tolkki will enter East Sound Studios in Helsinki, Finland on the 25th of November to start the recording for the follow up album to the highly acclaimed debut "The Land Of New Hope".
His former Stratovarius bandmate Tuomo Lassila is going to join him on drums and together with the two guys, the early Stratovarius line up reunion will be rounded up by keyboard player Antti Ikonen, who played on such classic albums as "Fright Night", "Twilight Time" and "Dreamspace", who has been added to the Avalon line up of musicians and singers.
The new Timo Tolkki's Avalon album will feature 11 tracks with a release slated during 2014 on Frontiers Records.
Timo Tolkki states: "It is incredibly refreshing to create and play new music with his old friends and that the spirit and the atmosphere has been absolutely great and positive!"
You can follow the recordings almost in real time at: www.avalonopera.com.


'70S HARD ROCK HIT MAKERS THE BABYS REUNITE, RECORD NEW SINGLE, PLAN NEW ALBUM:
Isn't it time to reconnect with The Babys again?

New York, NY (November 25, 2013)­Turn on any classic rock radio station across America and you'll invariably hear their timeless music. Best known for the smash hits "Isn't It Time", "Every Time I Think of You", "Head First", and "Back on My Feet Again", '70s hard rock hit makers, The Babys have reformed after a thirty-three year absence from the music scene (and inked a new record deal with SkyRocket Entertainment, a division of Rocket Science Ventures.)
"We've had numerous offers through the years for the Babys to reform," said Wally Stocker. "The whole premise of this band is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it."

The 2013 lineup of The Babys features original members, lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock along with new recruits: lead vocalist/bassist John Bisaha and Joey Sykes on rhythm guitar. Of the new members, Brock raves: "John Bisaha is an incredible singer. When I was holding auditions, we had singers lined up around the block to join the band and John was better than anybody." Adds Stocker about his new six-string comrade in arms: "Joey Sykes adds a whole new dimension to the band and has a style that works well in tandem with me."
"Not Ready to Say Goodbye", the band's first new recording in over three decades, will be available exclusively on iTunes on November 26. The track evokes the spirit of past Babys hits "Isn't It Time" and "Every Time I Think of You". "When releasing our first single we discussed that it had to have the flavor of what we were known for some thirty-odd years ago," observes Stocker. Adds Brock: "It was just magical putting the new song together. By the time I finished putting brass and strings on it, I knew we had the goods." Concurrent with the single release, the band is presently shooting a new video for the track which will premiere the same day on the band's own YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, also on November 26th, The Babys will initiate a direct to fan pre-sale campaign for the new album via pledgemusic.com. Loyal followers of the band can pre-order the album and also become active participants following the progress of the new record in tandem with the group itself.

In November and December, The Babys will embark on a string of shows in Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. Currently hard at work penning new material, look for the first new Babys album in the first quarter of 2014 with an extensive slate of tour dates to follow.
Formed in London in 1974, The Babys were signed to Chrysalis Records on the basis of a four-song video, which predated the MTV video phenomenon by several years. Combining the muscular musical grit of Free/Humble Pie with a winning commercial sensibility, The Babys released five albums between 1977-1980 (The Babys, Broken Heart, Head First, Union Jacks and On the Edge) which yielded such hits as "Isn't it Time", "Every Time I Think of You," "Head First", "Back on My Feet Again", "Midnight Rendezvous" and "Turn and Walk Away". During that time, the group toured with the likes of Journey, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick and built a loyal following based on their spectacular songs and explosive live performances. The group disbanded in December of 1980.
Now armed with a new single, forthcoming new album and accompanying national tour dates, The Babys are proving that they're not ready to say goodbye.

2013 Tour Dates:
11/23- Vamp'd, Las Vegas, NV
11/30- Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA
12/12-Studio 7, Seattle, WA
12/13-Tonic Lounge, Portland, OR

Follow The Babys at: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Babys/496421990415013# / www.theBabysOfficial.com / YouTube / www.pledgemusic.com/thebabys.


MELODICROCK.COM & ROCK SOLDIERS PRESENTS PAUL LAINE DOWNUNDER IN DECEMBER:
With all the great Danger Danger news going 'round.....Australia will host Mr. Paul Laine with two live shows NEXT WEEK 'Downunder in December':
*Tuesday 3rd December 2013 @ Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane Melbourne
*Thursday 5th December 2013 @ Valve @ Agincourt, 871 George St. Sydney
Tix can be bought at the door for only $20.
Support on both nights comes from The Radio Sun & Kill Shott (Melbourne only) & White Stallion (Sydney only).

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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TEN MANAGEMENT:
Ten are proud to announce that they will be performing on Firefest 2014. The band will take the stage on Friday night in a "Very Special Guest" capacity. Arrangements surrounding the performance are very much in the planning stages right now, but I can confirm that all being well the band intend to use this opportunity to film their first ever Live DVD.
While speaking with Gary yesterday, it was obvious to me that he and the band are extremely fired up for this performance: "This is a landmark performance for myself and the boys. We plan to play several shows in preparation to it and we aim to tear Rock City apart next year." So, with these words in mind, keep checking back with the TEN Official sites for further updates on this and other live date announcements.
WebLink: www.tenofficial.com.

AXEL RUDI PELL PREVIEWS NEW ALBUM TRACK:
There aren't many artists around whose career has already lasted a quarter of a century. But then, there are even fewer who have experienced no setbacks whatsoever in 25 years. And there are only a few guitarists in the world of rock music who have created their own brand just with their name, causing over 1.3 million people to buy their music. Axel Rudi Pell is one of those rare exceptions. And so it doesn't come as a surprise that his latest offering "Into The Storm" is also one of his best; after all, anniversaries are always special.
Although this is the fifteenth studio album (featuring his own material) in Pell's career to date, he didn't approach it any different than its predecessors. "There hasn't been one day in my life when I haven't been pushed by Ronnie James Dio's spirit to write something mystical," the 53-year-old explains his motivation. Even though ARP has nothing against efficiency and discipline, creativity doesn't come at the flick of a switch. "I couldn't sit down with it and compose from nine to five, that doesn't work for me." As inspiration doesn't comply with office hours, Pell praises the technological achievements of recent years. "My cell phone is almost like a mobile recording studio, it's always busy. And this time things worked particularly well."

Despite the fact that the omens weren't so good: in July of 2013 he unfortunately had to part ways with drummer Mike Terrana because their schedules didn't match. After 15 years together, this wasn't an easy step for either of them, but there was no slander or dirty linen washed in public – in contrast to most line-up changes, there wasn't any of the usual background noise that seems to have become the rule in this industry. A fact Pell has every right to be proud of: "We're all professionals and we behave like professionals."
So what to do? As Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult etc.) has always been one of his favorite drummers, he was on the top of Pell's list. And now Rondinelli has joined the band, as simple as that. No miracle, but the result of Axel's excellent reputation within the hard rock and metal community. "Bobby had heard a lot about me and immediately joined."
And this is the point where Pell has come full circle, because the Brooklyn-born drummer is not only the first of his musicians to have played in one of his favorite groups (guess who that might be?), but Rondinelli has also brought fresh blood into the band: "Bobby fell in love with the new songs head over heels, I didn't have to tell him what to do, he did everything right the first time." The other American in the band, singer Johnny Gioeli, is also raving about the new material: "I think 'Into The Storm' is one the best ARP albums ever." Why?

Well, the compositions are catchier, more elaborate. Melodic rockers like "Long Way To Go" and "High Above" alternate with up-tempo songs like "Tower Of Lies" and "Burning Chains". Of one Axel's most beautiful ballads to date, "When Truth Hurts", is almost as heartrending as the touching Neil Young cover "Hey Hey My My". Epic masterpieces such as "Touching Heaven" and the ten-minute-plus title track still have that 70s touch we all love. There are also two extra tracks for the Digipak: the glorious instrumental "White Cats (Opus #6 Scivolare)" is likely to see "guitar hero" fanatics go nuts and the Blackmore's Night cover "Way To Mandalay" could easily have been borrowed from a Rainbow album now. ARP is on the next level now and it wouldn't be a great surprise if he cracked the German Top 10 this time, seeing that his 2012 release "Circle Of The Oath" already went to no. 16! He's certainly earned it. If someone has delivered the goods for 25 years, there's got to be a reward. Note: anniversaries are always special. BTW: There will be a special 3-hours-plus show at Germany's "Bang Your Head festival" in 2014, including a Steeler reunion and lots of surprise guests. You're more than welcome to join.

Long Way To Go - first snippet of new album released! soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/axel-rudi-pell-long-way-to-go.

"Into The Storm" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in 2014 on January 17th in Germany, January 20th in Europe and on January 21st in the USA/Canada, followed by the first european leg of the tour.


DOOGIE LAYS DOWN LEAD VOCALS:
Doogie White is currently in a studio in Szczecin, Poland recording his parts for the new exciting project WAMI. The project, scheduled for release in early Spring, will give a new meaning to hard'n'heavy music! The names associated with it are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals - Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums - Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass - Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.
In the current issue of Polish edition of Metal Hammer magazine, Vinny Appice discusses the project: "The music is quite heavy but not as dark as for example Black Sabbath or Kill Devil Hill. It's melodic music, very well performed. I would label it as high-quality heavy rock." He adds: "When I first heard that music, I really liked it. Later on, I was informed that the guitarist is only 16 years old! I thought – wow, what an incredible instrumentalist. And then I learnt that Marco Mendoza will be involved in this project and that made me even more interested in this idea. The demo versions of the tracks sounded very promising so I can't wait for the final results."
The idea to record an album together was born after Thin Lizzy's concert in Poland. The bassist Marco Mendoza, delighted with the young guitarist Iggy, who supported Thin Lizzy with his band Anti Tank Nun, suggested that they record some music together. This first idea, which was maturing for the next dozen-odd months, eventually evolved into the project involving legendary musicians, who are currently recording a brand new album together with Iggy. The drummer Vinny Appice, renowned for playing in some of the best heavy metal bands of worldwide fame, as also the bassist Marco Mendoza have already finished recording bass and drum tracks in Los Angeles. Near the end of November, Doogie White will confront his vocal talent with Iggy's guitar technique during their recording sessions. Hard rock fans can well expect the results of these sessions to be truly outstanding! The album is to be mixed by the end of the year and will be released already in the early Spring!
Full details to be announced soon!
You can see gallery of Doogie White's recording session here: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152015981496069.1073741832.71063596068&type=1.


LIKE A ROCKSTAR - NEW FATAL SMILE SINGLE RELEASED:
Sweden's finest freaks Fatal Smile have released their brand new single Like A Rockstar digitally today. The song is taken from their 5th upcoming album White Trash Heroes due to be released in April 2014. "We really think this is going to be our best album so far..."¯ - the band commented. Expect the hardest "in your face" Fatal Smile album yet recorded with huge balls & heavy sound from hell!!!¯
So once again it's time to lock up your daughters...

Fatal Smile on tour:
27.11.2013- The Garage (Upstairs), London, UK
28.11.2013 - Yardbirds Rock Club. Grimsby, UK
29.11.2013 - Gasworks, Bradford, UK
30.11.2013 - Hard Rock Hell, Wales, UK
01.12.2013 - The Blyth & Tyne, Blyth, UK
14.12.2013 - Rockklassiker Live @ Goransson Arena, Sandviken, Sweden
02.01.2014 - Freakshow, Essen, Germany
03.01.2014 - Kneipe K3, Nameln, Germany
04.01.2014 - Ice-Rock Festival, Wasen I.E. Switzerland
05.01.2014 - Star Club, Uster, Switzerland
26.04.2014 - Rockbaten M/S Harmony. Helsingborg, Sweden
10.05.2014 - Hammersmith Visby, Visby, Sweden
23.05.2014 - Hawk Club, Fredrikstad, Norway
24.05.2014 - Olsen Pa Bryn, Oslo, Norway
20.06.2014 - SkullFest, Wervik, Belgium
01.08.2014 - Rock Out Wild, Sorsele, Sweden
02.08.2014 - Skogsrajet, Rejmyre, Sweden
More info: www.fatalsmile.com.


NEW ALBUM OFFICIAL: THE BOSS ANNOUNCES HIGH HOPES:
They couldn't go back to Australia without a new album, right? Right. On January 14, less than two weeks before Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band set out for South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, Springsteen will release his 18th studio album, High Hopes.
The title track is one with a history in Springsteen's repertoire, a Tim Scott/Havalinas cut that Bruce first tackled with the E Street Band in '95, then revisited live in Australia early this year. In the album's liner notes, Springsteen describes the cover ­ resurrected at Tom Morello's suggestion ­ as a catalyst for this new album. Bruce states that he was already "working on a record of some of our best unreleased material from the past decade," but then "Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level."
So this is not Tracks 2. Still, "High Hopes" isn't the only song fans have heard before; as Springsteen writes, "Some of these songs... you'll be familiar with from our live versions. I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording." A full half of the album's 12 songs have been performed live, also including "American Skin (41 Shots)," "The Wall," "The Ghost of Tom Joad," Saints cover "Just Like Fire Would," and Suicide cover "Dream Baby Dream." Only one of them, however, "The Ghost of Tom Joad," had been released in a studio version already, and that, of course, in a dramatically different form.
Enter Tom Morello. As the High Hopes "muse," Morello is all over this record, dueting on "Joad" and playing on "High Hopes," "Harry's Place" (a title known from Springsteen's Rising-era notebook), "American Skin," "Just Like Fire Would," "Heaven's Wall," "Hunter of Invisible Game," and "Dream Baby Dream."
The remaining tracks on the record are all Springsteen originals: "Down in the Hole," "Frankie Fell in Love," and "This Is Your Sword."
In addition to the Sydney studio sessions Springsteen had previously spoke about, the album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City, with production credit going to Brendan O'Brien, Ron Aniello, and Springsteen. The various locales and production credits reflect material dating back to sessions for The Rising.As the press release states, "Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, and Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, also appear on several songs."

Details of songs: Songwriter / Producer / Played live / Previous availability
1. High HopesTim Scott McConnell RA, BS yes studio, 1995
2. Harry's Place Bruce Springsteen B'OB no, only title known none
3. American Skin (41 Shots) Bruce Springsteen RA, BS yes live, 2000
4. Just Like Fire Would Chris J. Bailey (The Saints) RA, BS yes none
5. Down in the Hole Bruce Springsteen BO'B no none
6. Heaven's Wall Bruce Springsteen B'OB, RA, BS no none
7. Frankie Fell in Love Bruce Springsteen RA, BS no none
8. This Is Your Sword Bruce Springsteen RA, BS no none
9. Hunter of Invisible Game Bruce Springsteen B'OB no none
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad Bruce Springsteen RA, BS yes studio, 1995; live, 2008
11. The Wall Bruce Springsteen (inspired by Joe Grushecky) RA, BS yes none
12. Dream Baby Dream Martin Rev and Alan Vega (Suicide) RA, BS yes live, 2005

High Hopes can be pre-ordered now. The album will be available digitally from iTunes, with tracks "High Hopes" and "Dream Baby Dream" available now as mp3s.
In the U.S., Amazon.com will carry an exclusive, limited version with a bonus live DVD: Springsteen and the E Street Band performing Born in the U.S.A. in its entirety at the 2013 Hard Rock Calling show, June 30 at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. TheAmazon Bonus Limited Edition is available now for pre-order.
The video for the title track, directed by Thom Zimny, is a collage featuring photos from Danny Clinch, Australian tour footage shot by Chris Hilson and featuring Tom Morello.

Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes Liner Notes:
I was working on a record of some of our best unreleased material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve during the Australian leg of our tour) suggested we ought to add "High Hopes" to our live set. I had cut "High Hopes," a song by Tim Scott McConnell of the LA based Havalinas, in the '90s. We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it. We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney along with "Just Like Fire Would," a song from one of my favorite early Australian punk bands, The Saints (check out "I'm Stranded"). Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom.

Some of these songs, "American Skin" and "Ghost of Tom Joad," you'll be familiar with from our live versions. I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording. "The Wall" is something I'd played on stage a few times and remains very close to my heart. The title and idea were Joe Grushecky's, then the song appeared after Patti and I made a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. It was inspired by my memories of Walter Cichon. Walter was one of the great early Jersey Shore rockers, who along with his brother Ray (one of my early guitar mentors) led the "Motifs". The Motifs were a local rock band who were always a head above everybody else. Raw, sexy and rebellious, they were the heroes you aspired to be. But these were heroes you could touch, speak to, and go to with your musical inquiries. Cool, but always accessible, they were an inspiration to me, and many young working musicians in 1960's central New Jersey. Though my character in "The Wall" is a Marine, Walter was actually in the Army, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry. He was the first person I ever stood in the presence of who was filled with the mystique of the true rock star. Walter went missing in action in Vietnam in March 1968. He still performs somewhat regularly in my mind, the way he stood, dressed, held the tambourine, the casual cool, the freeness. The man who by his attitude, his walk said "you can defy all this, all of what's here, all of what you've been taught, taught to fear, to love and you'll still be alright." His was a terrible loss to us, his loved ones and the local music scene. I still miss him.

This is music I always felt needed to be released. From the gangsters of "Harry's Place," the ill-prepared roomies on "Frankie Fell In Love" (shades of Steve and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment) the travelers in the wasteland of "Hunter Of Invisible Game," to the soldier and his visiting friend in "The Wall", I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing. Hope you enjoy it. ­Bruce Springsteen



Monday, November 25, 2013

A BIG MELODIC 2014 COMING YOUR WAY:
Here are a few updates on some anticipated new albums due early in the new 2014 year. It is shaping up to be a massive melodic rock year (and a bit):

As everyone is now aware, Toto have commenced writing their next studio album finally! The lineup is that of the current live band, which includes Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Phillips and vocalist Joseph Williams. The band has signed to Frontiers Records for the release of the album, to be recorded in the second half of next year and released early 2015. From Frontiers: "Toto will be releasing a brand new album on Frontiers Records in early 2015! Expect some great NEW music from these Rock legends!"
I asked Steve Lukather to comment further, so I can now add this exclusive update from the man himself: "We have started writing it and are DEAD serious about the writing. I have a some stuff.. and Dave has a few great things further along. There will be serious new group writing sessions when I return from Ringo end of Nov. The point being made is that we ARE doing a new record and writing has started. It will be an early 2015 release as we have a full year still touring being the 35th anniversary in Japan and USA and elsewhere in the world we have not yet been. It's gonna have to be great before it comes out. We know people that like our music have high expectations, as do we.
Just let people know we are serious and we are gonna try our best to make the best classic Toto record we can. Joe, Dave and myself will be on lead vocals with most focus on Joe as he is on fire right now."


Brother Firetribe - "After many, MANY late nights of listening, wondering, raging, laughing, crying (well not crying really) etc......the album is ready. Our brothers at Studio Audio, thanks for all the hard work, professionalism and most of all patience...Torsti Spoof and Jari Mikkola; one hell of a job guys. We all need a drink."
The band is now shopping the album to labels for a deal and once completed will master the album for release in the first half of 2014 (hopefully in the first quarter).

A fourth Allen / Lande album is now being written for release in 2014 - but the mastermind behind the original trilogy of releases - Magnus Karlsson - has passed on the baton to Timo Tolki to write and produce the next album.

H.E.A.T. - the new studio album is done and expected to be released in February! A new video will be released soon.

Jimi Jamison recently posted this on Facebook: "Getting ready to start a new Survivor CD." Of course we have heard this news before and there was no additional comment from Frankie Sullivan when asked, so we'll wait and see...

Winger's new studio album was described to me by Kip Winger as "...maybe my favourite album we've done." You can expect a release in April via Frontiers Records.

Night Ranger's highly anticipated new studio album is still being recorded and will be released Summer 2014 with the band vowing to top their might effort on Somewhere In California. Frontiers will release. Some of the song titles lined up: The Mountain Song, Hang On, Don't Stop, St. Bartholomew, Rollin' On.

The new House Of Lords album is also done and is called Precious Metal. Guitarist Jimi Bell had this to say about the album: "I got to hear the Mixed and Mastered tracks for the new House Of Lords CD Precious Metal! The CD is outstanding and to me, James Christian has never sounded better!!! The power, the range, the intense harmonies are all there!! And as far as songs go, this is by far my personal favorite since I joined the band in 2005. And James let me tear it up ALOT more solo wise on this CD. It's our Heaviest, but still very Melodic CD that the band has put out!!!! Bottom Line!! YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT!!!!"

MelodicRock Records has a few new titles to announce and updates also - stay tuned for that in the next couple of days.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: NORDIC ROCK GIANTS FORM NEW BAND - NORDIC BEAST!:
Mikkey Dee (Motörhead), John Norum (Europe), Åge Sten Nilsen (Wigwam), Hal Patino (King Diamond) and Mic Michaeli (Europe) in the same band? To Hardrock fans all over the world it may seem like an unrealistic dream. But have we got new for you. All parties have now confirmed the new collaboration, and the dream team has already made their first ever concert announcement. January 31, 2014 Nordic Beast will be unleashed at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway.
Nordic Beast insists that their newly formed band will not interfere with their main bands activities. But doesn't rule out that Nordic Beast will write original material at some point. Until then the band will offer a kick ass live set containing the very best from their individual careers with Motörhead, Europe, Wig Wam, Dokken, John Norum Solo, King Diamond and a lot more.
Nordic Beast are: Mikkey Dee (Motörhead) - Drums, John Norum (Europe) - Guitars, Hal Patino (King Diamond) - Bass, Åge Sten Nilsen (Wig Wam) - Vocals, Mic Michaeli (Europe) - Keyboards.


EUROPE LINEUP CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY:
On Sunday December 15, 2013 one of Sweden's most successful rock groups of all time, Europe, will celebrate their 30th Anniversary with an exclusive auction of ten customised guitars based on ten of their albums. Proceeds from the sale of the Final Countdown guitar will help charity in the Philippines.
Stockholms Auktionsverk has been accorded the honour of auctioning off ten uniquely airbrushed Gibson/Epiphone guitars personally autographed by all band members, including previous Europe band members Kee Marcello (guitar) and Tony Reno (drums).
Viewing on premises in Magasin 5 (Palermogatan 21-23) Stockholm, as well as online - 28 November – 15 December 2013. Open Monday-Friday 1-5 pm (CET) and Saturday 11am-4pm (CET). Auction online: Sunday 15th December 2013. Catalogue and bidding: www.stadsauktion.se.


The guitars have been airbrushed by Lazy Joe, and include exclusive adaptations of the artwork from Europe's following albums – Europe (1983), Wings Of Tomorrow (1984), The Final Countdown (1986), Out Of This World (1988), Prisoners In Paradise (1991), Start From The Dark (2004), Secret Society (2006), Almost Unplugged (2008), Last Look At Eden (2009), and Bag of Bones (2012).
Only ten guitars have been especially customized for this once-in-a-lifetime auction to celebrate Europe's 30 Anniversary in the music business. "We wanted to create something really special to mark our 30th anniversary," says Europe's drummer, Ian Haugland.
The proceeds from the sale of the Final Countdown guitar will go to the charity Medicins Sans Frontiers / Läkare utan gränser. "We think they are doing very important and inspiring work giving medical aid in emergency areas around the world, including the charity work in the Philippines," says Europe's bass guitarist John Leven.
In 2013, Europe has toured extensively throughout Germany, Spain, Turkey, Japan and Mexico. They conclude their world tour on 14th December in Sandviken, Sweden. "We believe this is something a Europe fan, a lover of guitars and art would appreciate," says lead singer, Joey Tempest.


GUITAR LEGEND MICHAEL SCHENKER RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW ALBUM & UNITES WITH OLD FRIENDS:
It's universally agreed that Michael Schenker is one of the greatest heavy metal/hard rock guitarists of all-time, as the amount of renowned guitarists that list him as a prime influence is off the charts. And on his newest release, Bridge the Gap, this German guitar great has united with his old rhythm section from the Scorpions days - bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell - as well as enlisting ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White, plus guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay. And if that wasn't enough metallic star power, none other than Don Dokken lends his vocals to an exclusive track ("Faith") only available on the album's "deluxe edition."
Produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss (and engineered by Voss), 'Bridge the Gap' will be released in the US via the inakustik label on January 7, 2014 (and credited to Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock), with the traditional thirteen-track release features such fierce rockers as "Where the Wild Winds Blow" and "Horizons."
'Bridge the Gap' will be released in 3 configurations:
* CD
* Deluxe Edition - * media book packaging, plus o-card with high relief and partial gloss coating of the Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock logo, * extended booklet with signatures of all band members, * bonus track, "Faith," sung by Don Dokken.
* 180 gram LP
Check out a trailer for the album here: www.in-akustik.com/PR-Portal/MadiaKit.asp?bid=1266631039&lang=en#Video.

Michael Schenker will kick off the first round of 2014 dates with a US trek, which will feature a line-up comprised of Schenker, White, and Findlay, as well as bassist Rev Jones and drummer Pete Holmes, before the "album line-up" will take over for a World Tour starting in Japan in March.

And now, a word from Schenker himself: "Hello America - I am very much looking forward to touring the States in Jan/Feb, and to introducing my new singer, Doogie White, and material from our brand new album, 'Bridge the Gap.' Doogie, Wayne Findlay and myself will be promoting our new album in the States before teaming up with the album line-up for a World Tour starting in March in Japan. We are all looking forward to rock you. 'Til then, keep on rocking."

Michael Schenker Bridge The Gap US Tour 2014:
Jan-09 Las Vegas, Nv Lvcs Jan-10 Corona, Ca M -15 Concert Theatre Jan-11 Ramona, Ca Ramona Main Stage Theatre Jan-14 Denver, Co Ecks Saloon Jan-16 Libertyville, Il Austins Jan-17 Libertyville, Il Austins Jan-18 Toronto, Canada Rockpile West Jan-19 Toronto, Canada Rockpile East Jan-20 Englewood, Nj Bergan Performing Arts Center Jan-21 Londonberry, Nh Tuepelo Music Hall Jan-22 New York, Ny Bb Kings Concert Hall Jan-24 Sayreville, Nj Starland Ballroom Jan-25 Poughkeepsie, Ny Chance Theatre Jan-27 Sellersville, Pa Sellersville Theatre Jan-28 Cleveland, Oh Agora Ballroom Jan-30 Oaklahoma City, Ok Chameleon Ballroom Jan-31 Houston, Tx Concert Pub North Feb-01 San Antonio, Tx Backstage Live Feb-06 San Francisco, Ca Yoshi's Feb-07 Orangevale, Ca Boardwalk Feb-08 Portland, Or Tba Feb-09 Seattle, Wa El Corazon Feb-12 Hollywood, Ca House Of Blues Feb-15 San Juan, Capistrano, Ca The Coach House Feb-16 Hermosa Beach, Ca St Rocke

Tracklisting: 1. Where The Wild Winds Blow 2. Horizons 3. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely 4. Rock n Roll Symphony 5. To Live For The King 6. Land Of Thunder 7. Temple Of The Holy 8. Shine On 9. Bridges We Have Burned 10. Because You Lied 11. Black Moon Rising 12. Dance For The Piper 13. Faith (Bonus Track ­ Deluxe Edition only)
For more information, visit: www.michaelschenkerhimself.com / www.bridge-the-gap-album.com/home.

The album is out now in Europe and Japan.


CHECK OUT HEAVEN & EARTH LP ON YOUTUBE:
For those that haven't yet checked out the great new Heaven & Earth album Dig, you can check out "Side A" and "Sibe B" from LP1 of the album's vinyl release, uploaded in 2 parts to YouTube.
Dig, available now on 180 Gram Double Vinyl: bit.ly/digLP & MP3: bit.ly/DIGcd. Find Heaven & Earth online: www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth / www.twitter.com/heavenearthband / www.heavenandearthband.com.

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PLEASE SUPPORT PETITION FOR MEDICATION FOR DAVID LAUSER'S WIFE:
Classic Metal Show's Chris Aiken sent in this important news item: "I did an interview with 30 year Sammy Hagar drummer David Lauser this week. His wife Liza has inoperable brain cancer on her brain stem. There's a medicine out there that has shown to work in about 30% of people, but they are being denied it because she didn't get diagnosed in time for their time trials. In short, they are telling her to die instead of giving her a chance with the meds. Anyway, they need to get people to sign a petition so the FDA will allow her the meds. It's free to sign up at: www.change.org/petitions/fda-give-liza-cozad-access-to-the-cancer-drug-that-could-save-her-life."
The link to the interview with David: www.spreaker.com/user/cmsrocks/interview-with-drummer-david-lauser.

JIZZY PEARL TO FRONT QUIET RIOT IN 2014:
A surprise statement over the weekend from Quiet Riot: "Quiet Riot is pleased to announce the addition of Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl, who will perform his debut Quiet Riot show on New Year's Eve December 31 in Flagstaff, Arizona. We are thrilled with the new addition and welcome Jizzy to the Quiet Riot family. The band is currently in the recording studio with Jizzy in preparation for the release of a new Quiet Riot CD in early 2014. Quiet Riot and Scott Vokoun have parted company amicably and thank Scott for his past dedication and wish him much continued success."

NIGHT RANGER STILL BIG IN JAPAN AND NEW INTERVIEW:
Night Ranger's Rock In Japan '97 has been re-issued yet again - this time under the title Big In japan. If you don't already have it - the US release is certainly cheaper and well worth owning for the great set list:
CD1: 01 – Neverland 02 – Touch Of Madness 03 – My Elusive Mind 04 – Sing Me Away 05 – Someday I Will 06 – Brad Gillis Solo 07 – Rumors In The Air 08 – Jeff Watson Solo 09 – Eddie's Coming Out Tonight 10 – Sentimental Street 11 – Goodbye
CD2: 01 – Forever All Over Again 02 – Slap Like Being Born 03 – When You Close Your Eyes 04 – New York Time 05 – Don't Tell Me You Love Me 06 – Sister Christian 07 – (You Can Still) Rock America 08 – Interview With Brad Gillis And Kelly Keagy (New Bonus).


Speaking of Night Ranger - a brand new interview talking about the last and next album is online now at: popdose.com/night-ranger-2013-interview.


HAREM SCAREM PODCAST:
focusonmetal.net have added a special extra episode this week featuring Harry Hess from Harem Scarem. "What do you do when you have so much audio that you can't put it all out in time. In our case you decide to start doing extra shows. That's the case this week as we bring our talk with Harry Hess about the new Harem Scarem release Mood Swings II. So enjoy this special shorter format episode of FoM."

NEWS FROM JOHN WAITE:
News from Wouter @ John Waite NL: "Its been a long time but I think its good to share some news with you all on the John Waite websites:
Many new interviews, with many insights on John Waite's personal life, The Babys, and the recording of the new Album All Access. But also statements about The reuniting of The Babys with former members Tony Brock and Wally Stocker and a new singer, but not with John Waite. John declined.
Furthermore the full Video of John Waite's single The Hard Way and never seen before and a fabulous live performance of Suicide Life (Live at Lisbon) and more at: www.johnwaitethesinger.com/blog and johnwaite.nl/pages/177245/NEWS_2013.html.

PREVIEW NEW HUMAN FORTRESS:
Human Fortress - Wasted Years (2013) official clip / AFM Records - taken from the album "Raided Land", released on November 29th, 2013, mixed and mastered by Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann (Orden Ogan).


UK ROCKERS FAHRAN UPLOAD NEW VIDEO:
"Derbyshire rockers Fahran have teamed up with ex-Serpentine front-man Matt Black to work on their second album due to be released early 2014. The band formed in 2012 and within 18 months released their debut album, performed at Download Festival and Bloodstock Festival and have supported various bands such Heaven's Basement, I AM I and more!
Now the band aim to go for a heavier, more mature sound with new lead vocalist Matt and have recently released a video to their new single 'Take This City Alive'. The band are represented by Jailbreak Agency so expect to see a new album, more music videos, various festival and tour announcements for next year".
WebLinks: www.fahran.com / www.facebook.com/fahranmusic / www.twitter.com/fahranmusic.


INTERVIEWS WITH PETE WAY, MICHAEL KISKE, COLIN HAY, AND RORY GALLAGHER:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with legendary former UFO bassist Pete Way, Unisonic / Place Vendome vocalist Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), Donal Gallagher, brother of the late guitar hero Rory Gallagher, Colin Hay (ex-Men At Work), and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-pete-way-donal-gallagher-michael-kiske-colin-hay-interviews/

In the first hour of the show, Pete Way discusses his new role as an ambassador for the charity Prostate Cancer UK (www.prostatecanceruk.org ), which specialises in raising awareness of the illness, funding research into it, and supporting those diagnosed with it (as Pete recently was). Pete also talks about the recent UFO live album "Hot N Live – The Chrysalis Anthology 1974-1983", and chooses tracks from the release.
Also in the first hour, former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske talks about the new album from his Place Vendome project, "Thunder In The Distance", with two tracks from the record. Michael also talks about Unisonic's current plans for a new album and live dates in 2014.
In part 2 Donal Gallagher, brother and manager of the late guitar legend Rory Gallagher, discusses the new crime-noir themed box set "Kickback City", which features a crime-themed compilation of Rory's music, along with "The Lie Factory", a new novella by author Ian Rankin, illustrated by graphic novel artist Timothy Truman, both of whom are long-time fans of Rory.
And finally, former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay talks about his current solo acoustic tour of the UK.


Friday, November 22, 2013

PLACE VENDOME "TALK TO ME" LYRIC VIDEO (FEAT. MICHEAL KISKE):
Place Vendome Talk To Me, from the new studio album Thunder in the Distance. Order here: Amazon smarturl.it/placevendome-titd - iTunes: www.smarturl.it/placevendome-itunes.


UNITED ROCKERS FOR YOU: GEORGE TUTKO:
Dear friends, and fellow musicians... This is Terry Ilous of the band Great White. Recently our friend, and music producer George Tutko has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer, and he needs our help and support. As many of you might know, George is a very proud man, and has been determined to do this all on his own. But with limited insurance, and mounting bills from medicine, hospital visits & chemo; the life he had been working for all these years is being quickly ripped away from him.
I know many of us have been touched by cancer in some way. Whether it was a friend, fellow musician, a family member, or a spouse, we can all understand the feeling of loss & helplessness he feels at this time.
I have set up a fund at www.youcaring.com/Georgetutko (YouTube video) that I am posting around the web, and I am writing to you, his friends in the industry, and asking if you can please help me in giving back to this man, who has done so much, for so many of our careers.
I am asking for any monetary donation you can make; and also for donations of any merchandise or memorabilia you may have that we can auction off at a later date. Please help me get the word out by posting the video message & link out on your Twitter, Facebook, web-sites, and to fellow musicians.
- Your time and support is very much appreciated. Please help me show George that he has not alone in this fight.

GARY SCHUTT RELEASES 10TH SOLO ALBUM "MOVING PARTS":
Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and longtime Jeff Scott Solo collaborator Gary Schutt just released his 10th solo album Moving Parts on Palisade Records. After giving fans a teaser of some of the tracks at Melodic Rock Fest 3, Gary decided to put the album out a little earlier than anticipated due to fan response. The album boats 12 brand new tracks that are very melodic and guitar driven, with three of them being guitar heavy instrumentals. Four videos from the album can be seen on Gary's YouTube channel with more to come. Here's one: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qP0Gzb­Ps.
Album purchase links are at: www.garyschutt.com.


NEW DEGREED VIDEO - DEBUT ALBUM ON SALE:
Check out the brand new Degreed song and video What If - from their current album We Don't Belong below. A review for the new album is online now. And a limited number of copies remain for the band's also awesome MRR debut Life, Love, Loss for the sale price of $10 + shipping - purchase direct here: www.melodicrockdirect.com:


GEOFF DOWNES AND ANNE-MARIE HELDER RELEASE THEIR COLLABORATIVE ALBUM:
The new album, Electronica, is a collaboration between Geoff Downes and Anne-Marie Helder and has been released by NDO Records, via Cherry Red, on both CD and Download.
The album had previously only been available on a direct to consumer basis and now receives its first distribution and digital release in time for Christmas 2013. The direct to consumer version, which featured the same 12 tracks, received tremendous critical acclaim and was for sale on the 2012 and 2013 Yes World Tours.
The album's unique mix of dance and pop along with Helder's award winning melodic vocals, gives listeners a unique blend on genres not easily pre-judged or ignored. The album has the potential to appeal to all age ranges and music tastes, yet does not confine itself to any one taste, feel or genre nametag.
Geoff Downes commented "The concept of the New Dance Orchestra is to create entirely 'virtual' orchestrations, utilising a variety of musical instruments made up from computerised technology and other various audio resources. Electronica is the result of a collection of carefully crafted songs using these orchestral treatments on each individual track in different ways."
Geoff Downes is a member of The Buggles, Yes and ASIA. Downes co-wrote and played on the hits Video Killed The Radio Star and Heat Of The Moment.
Anne-Marie Helder is a member of Panic Room and Mostly Autumn. Helder won Prog Magazine's Best Female Vocalist Award in both 2010 and 2011.
The album is available from all good record stores, a dedicated micro-site, Cherry Red and digital retailers including iTunes.
Available to buy from: www.newdanceorchestra.com / www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4415 / itunes.apple.com/gb/album/electronica/id744843828.

THE FROM OUT OF NOWHERE PODCAST:
The From Out Of Nowhere Podcast has posted a new audio interview with Fin Muir. The former Waysted frontman was recently in the United States appearing live with American Dog to promote the recently released Fin Muir/American Dog CD Dogatized. While in the studio recording new material with Columbus, Ohio based band Snowblynd, Fin spoke about the formation of Waysted, working with Pete Way and recording "Handbags and Gladrags" for the original UK version of The Office.
The Fin/American Dog release Dogatized can be ordered at: capitalcitymusicfactory.com / The interview can be heard at: fromoutofnowheremedia.tumblr.com/post/67555966778/episode-84-fin-muir-this-week-rob-and-eric.

NEW VOCALIST FOR RIOT:
Riot news from: www.facebook.com/riotrockcity: "RIOT would like to thank all of our fans for their undying patience, love and support as we go through a difficult transitional period for the band.
As all of you know, we lost our inspirational leader, founder and brother Mark Reale last year after a long battle with Crohn's disease. In Mark's honor and with the blessing of his father, Tony Reale, we have decided to continue to carry the torch for our fallen comrade.
There has been a lot of speculation and opinions concerning what the band should do next. We understand the apprehensions held by many, but out of respect for Mark and our legion of fans we have decided to continue to bring you the Riot music you've come to know, love and appreciate throughout the years. We promise to continue on in this same great tradition. We couldn't move forward without your support.
We also would like to thank the many singers who tried-out to be a vocalist with Riot as we worked to replace the great Tony Moore, who has decided to step away from the music business. He has settled down with his wife, Ann and a great job. We thank Tony for joining us on a reunion record and a few dates for our fans and we wish him and his wife nothing but the best; Never Surrender Tony!

Thank you vocalist extraordinaires Tony Harnell, Bryan Harrington, Sean Peck, Daniel Heiman, Joey Belladonna, Chandler Mogel and a host of others for believing, singing and chatting with us and helping us out. We would like to introduce an amazing vocalist and human being who will help us rebuild this metal juggernaut and step in and fill some big shoes while sharing the same vision as the rest of us. He has the experience to take over the reins and front one of metal's pioneering bands with an amazing vocal range and stage presence. He is a great songwriter to boot! Please put your hands together and welcome to the stage … Todd Michael Hall. You might know Todd from Jack Starr's Burning Starr and Reverence. If you do know him you know this guy can sing! We went through many talented vocal submissions, but in the end, metal aficionado and guru Bart Gabriel, who happens to work with the great Burning Starr knew what we were looking for and bestowed upon us this great gift in a vocalist.
Todd is the fifth in series of great RIOT frontmen. Phase One: Guy Speranza; Phase Two: Rhett Forrester; Phase Three: Tony Moore, Phase Four: Mike DiMeo and now Phase Five: Todd Michael Hall!
With a few European Riot V (Mark Reale Tribute) dates being booked for early 2014 and a new album in the works for a summer 2014 release, Riot V is inspired as never before and still at the top of its game. The new CD promises to be a true successor to the legacy of "Thundersteel," "Privilege of Power" and "Immortal Soul."
Mark Reale and the Riot legacy will forever shine on and as long as the people demand it we will keep coming back with great music for years to come. Thank you and lots of love for your faith and undying support throughout the years and for your future support. Please welcome Todd Michael Hall to Riot V.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with Part 3 of the Billboard Rock Top 40 track list for 1986 - another 70 songs! Join MRX Now.

REVIEWS UPDATE:
A nice big Reviews update online today, with new reviews for: Place Vendome, Stryper, Def Leppard, Degreed, Ted Nugent, Adriangale, Maxx Explosion, Jesse Damon, Brett Walker, The Theander Experience, Sparklands, Kick, LaValle, Reece, Lost Weekend, Sideburn, Farraday and Niva. Read The Reviews.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

RED DRAGON CARTEL TO RELEASE THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS:
New Album by Band Comprised of Former Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands Guitar Legend Jake E. Lee, Bassist Ronnie Mancuso, Vocalist D.J. Smith and Drummer Jonas Fairley Set for Release in January

The newest band ready to take aim at the creative void in the hard rock world, Red Dragon Cartel, are set to release their debut album via Frontiers Records. The self-titled debut by the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley is set for release on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America.
Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums. Red Dragon Cartel also features various guest appearances from some of music's most notable faces including legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Slash's Conspirators Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).

From the opening riff of "Deceived" to final sustained piano chord of "Exquisite Tenderness," it is clear Red Dragon Cartel has created an album that stands amongst some of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Infectious songs such as "Shout It Out," "Wasted" and "Slave" showcase the band's ability to write memorable hooks and vocal melodies. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick lends his voice to the track "Feeder" and a lyric video for the song can be seen at tinyurl.com/FeederLyricVideo. Maria Brink of In This Moment lends her unique vocals to the track "Big Mouth." Paul Di'Anno and Sass Jordan also lend their talents to the band's debut. Jake E. Lee's trademark playing style instantly shines through and picks up right where he left off. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon.com at amzn.to/1aYjMng or digitally on iTunes at smarturl.it/reddragoncartel that comes with an instant download of "Deceived."

The track listing for Red Dragon Cartel is: 1. Deceived 2. Shout It Out 3. Feeder with Robin Zander 4. Fall From The Sky (Seagull) 5. Wasted with Paul Di'Anno 6. Slave 7. Big Mouth with Maria Brink 8. War Machine 9. Redeem Me with Sass Jordan 10. Exquisite Tenderness.

The band will be bringing these new powerhouse songs on the road playing a handful of dates in the US before embarking on a full tour in 2014. Tickets are currently on-sale and all information can be found on the band's website.
December 12th – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
December 14th – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater (Support of Queensryche)
December 15th – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
December 20th – Las Vegas, NV – Count's Vamp'd
WebLinks: reddragoncartel.com / www.facebook.com/reddragoncartel / twitter.com/reddragoncartel.

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FIREFEST – THE FINAL FLING 2014 - SHOW LAUNCH NOVEMBER 24:
"The line-up announcement for the final Firefest will take place on Sunday November 24th on ARFM Radio (www.arfm.co.uk) on the Steve Price Rock Show starting at 6pm GMT (7pm CET/1pm EST/10am West Coast). Running for a massive 4 hours plus, listen in as the line-up is revealed band by band with guest interviews from all of the bands playing the show as well as, of course, plenty of music. As this is the final Firefest, the interest level in the show has been nothing short of phenomenal so far. All VIP packages and VIP tickets are SOLD OUT and with 400 weekend tickets already sold without a single band being announced, there will be less than 1000 tickets for each day available to purchase.

Tickets can be purchased in a number of ways and full ticketing details are available on the Firefest web site www.firefestofficial.com. We are not going to give away any clues at this point, only we fell it is one of the strongest line ups Firefest has ever assembled and there IS something for every fan that calls themselves a fan of hard rock, melodic hard rock and of course AOR. There is absolutely no doubt that this show will sell out well in advance and it is advisable that if you intend to come along to get your tickets to the show as soon as possible.
There will be a little added extra for all those that have bought tickets through blind faith – the first 250 of that bought tickets (including sponsors and VIPs) will all be attending a very special acoustic evening on Saturday October 25th – something which no-one will want to miss as it will be a very special performance by … well, we are not saying until Sunday. And for the first 250 people that purchase tickets after the line-up is announced we again have something a little special in store for you on Friday October 24th – another (different) acoustic show … well, two actually, by … well, again we're keeping that under wraps until Sunday! Fancy a sing-along – then this is right up your street, we guarantee it.
Drop by our Facebook page Firefest Official Group – the natives are a real nice bunch – and of course remember, this coming Saturday Nov 23rd on the Steve Price Rock Show will be the final 3 unsigned bands all vying to open Firefest 2014 – every vote counts and you can vote on our Facebook page. After all, the winners will be playing for YOU."

HINDER VOCALS DEPARTURE CONFIRMED:
Hinder have officially parted ways with their lead singer, Austin Winkler. A statement from drummer Cody Hanson reads: "I'm really proud of what we accomplished over the years. We hold no animosity towards Austin, and wish him the best. Although it was a difficult decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on. This summer/fall tour was a tough one. We want to thank the fans for all their overwhelming support. We couldn't have made it through everything without you. We are very excited about the future of Hinder and can't wait to share the next chapter with all of you!"

PERSUADER: "THE FICTION MAZE" DETAILS REVEALED:
The fourth Persuader album The Fiction Maze will be released in Europe on January 17th and in North America on January 21st through Inner Wound Recordings. Avalon/Marquee will release the album in Japan on December 25th.
¯The Fiction Maze¯ is another step forward for Persuader as they constantly continue to develop their sound, song-writing skills and performance. Persuader describes the sound on the album: A lot of hard work was put into creating the perfect mix of everything we've done so far. We've expanded on the Persuader sound while keeping true to the core that is the band; heavy riffing, strong melodies, pounding rhythms and soaring vocals.
The mixing and mastering was handled by Ronnie Bjornstrom [Aeon, Apostasy, Bone Gnawer] and the production fits the album really well, giving lots of space to the more aggressive side of the Persuader sound, but without losing the melodic parts in the process.
The Fiction Maze¯ is the proof that Persuader is still one of the most exciting Swedish bands, and also one of the best power metal bands there is. The performance, song-writing and production is outstanding and with vocalist Jens Carlsson [who made his best vocal contribution so far on this album] they truly stand out in the scene and The Fiction Maze¯ will for sure be a big hit and a classic in the scene.
Check out an album teaser at YouTube here: youtu.be/lvJAbt3Zbsw.

"The Fiction Maze" track listing: 01. One Lifetime 02. War 03. The Fiction Maze 04. Deep in the Dark 05. InSect 06. Son of Sodom 07. Sent to the Grave 08. Heathen 09. Dagon Rising 10. Worlds Collide 11. Falling Faster.
"The Fiction Maze" can be pre-ordered at the Inner Wound Store [CD, vinyl, t-shirt bundles available] at innerwound.bigcartel.com.
A limited 12" double gatefold edition of "The Fiction Maze" will be released on February 7th.
Persuader is: Jens Carlsson - Vocals, Fredrik Hedstrom - Bass, Emil Norberg - Guitars, Daniel Sundbom - Guitars, Efraim Juntunen - Drums.

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PODCAST BRIEFS:
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Cherie Currie, lead vocalist of the legendary Runaways. Conducted just before leaving on tour, Cherie caught up with Decibel Geek writer Wally Norton to tell us about her new tour and recording a new solo album. Also included in the interview, Cherie discusses her Christmas duet with Lita Ford, her relationship with former manager Kim Fowley, creating art with a chainsaw, the possibility of a Runaways reunion and her views on current popular music.
Direct link to the interview: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2013/11/ch-ch-cherie-bomb-hits-hamiltontalks-to.html. To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.com.

The new episode of Focus On Metal is up. Tracy G discusses how he joined Dio, writing and recording the album, his relationship with Ronnie, the fans criticism towards him and tons more. www.focusonmetal.net.

Paul The Rog¯ Rogne conducts a 2-part interview with Tracy G (Dio, WWIII) about his new band Pain Savior, how Tracy recorded the drums for this record with Ray Luzier (Korn, DLR Band, Amy of Anyone) and writing music for and with Ronnie James Dio. Rog also talks with singer Elvin Rodriguez about his history and how he teamed up with Tracy G. metalkast.com/metalkast/latest-news/metalkast-episode-147-with-tacy-g-dio-wwiii-and-elvin-rodriguez-of-pain-savior/


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

PHENOMENA 30TH ANNIVERSARY 2014:
New 2014 Studio Album - Reissue of Entire Back Catalogue - Remix of Phenomena 1984 - Live DVD - Merchandising
2014 European Festival Dates - International Tour Dates - Arena Stage Show 2015/16

Phenomena celebrates its 30th Anniversary by performing live in 2014 for the first time EVER! since the critically acclaimed debut album Phenomena was released in 1984! 1.2 Million Albums Sold Internationally / Top 10 Album Chart Success / No 1 Single Chart Success / Internationally Acclaimed Rock Musicians / Rock Opera Stage Production in Development for 2015/16 / New Studio Album In Production For 2014 Back Catalogue Reissued on Limited Edition Vinyl, CD & Download on ITunes & Amazon / Remix of Phenomena 1984.
The Phenomena Project is a music concept, which has its original music roots within the rock genre accumulating album sales of over 1.2 million Worldwide. Music and performance contributions are from musicians such as; Mel Galley (Trapeze & Whitesnake), Brian May (Queen), Glenn Hughes (Trapeze & Deep Purple), Richard Bailey (Magnum), Cozy Powell (Whitesnake), Rick Saunders (Fairport Convention), Don Airey (Deep Purple), John Wetton (UK & Asia), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Ray Gillan (Black Sabbath), Neil Murray (Whitesnake & Black Sabbath), Leif Johansen (21 Guns), Michael Sturgis (Wishbone Ash) Keith Murrell (Mamas Boys) and many others.
To date there are three studio albums Phenomena, Phenomena II (Dream Runner) & Phenomena III (Inner Vision), with a new studio album currently in production with producer Simon Hanhart. We are currently developing Phenomena as a major Rock Opera spectacular for the European Arena market in 2015 (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavia). Music samples: www.phenomenaproject.co.uk/music.php Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz9UNyEKBjg.
WebLink: www.phenomenaproject.co.uk

JOURNEY ALONG WITH STEVE MILLER AND TOWER OF POWER:
Journey and Steve Miller Band will kick off a 2014 summer tour on May 15 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California with special guest Tower of Power. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will bring two of the iconic groups that helped define the "San Francisco Sound" - Journey and Steve Miller Band - to more than 30 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit.
"We are all so looking forward to playing again for you in 2014 with the great company of the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power," said the members of Journey. "It's going to be a San Francisco musical delight from the past and present, moving full speed ahead into the future!"
"I can't think of a better way for the Joker to celebrate his 40th and the Steve Miller Band to enjoy next summer than playing all our hits for all of our fans as we tour the entire USA with our brother San Francisco bands, Journey and the Tower Of Power," says Steve Miller. "This is going to be a not to be missed trifecta of the best of soul, greatest hits and arena rock by three of the greatest bands to come out of San Francisco, clearly a once in a life time event. We can't wait to get started!"
Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Friday, November 22 at www.livenation.com. Fans will have an opportunity to make a donation to benefit those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan at time of ticket purchase.

Journey VIP Packages will be available through VIP Nation including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information, please visit www.VIPNation.com.
Diamond-certified album holder Journey has sold 80 million albums worldwide and has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco. The prestigious "Legend of Live Award" was presented to Journey at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards to honor the band's contributions to live music and the touring business and to acknowledge their commitment to fans and the art of performing live. The band's 2011 World Tour was one of the band's most successful tours ever, drawing nearly a million fans and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year. 2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal anthem, "Don't Stop Believin'," the biggest selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. In 2013, Journey toured four continents and performed to more than half a million fans.
One of rock music's all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound has made him one of the defining artists of classic rock radio. The 2013 touring season by the Steve Miller Band follows four of the most busy, productive years in the long, illustrious career of Steve Miller. He has released two albums in the past few years including the number one blues album, Bingo, and its successor, Let Your Hair Down - the first new Steve Miller Band in eighteen years. In 2010, Miller went back to Europe for the first time in 25 years for a hugely successful round of dates culminating in a sold-out Royal Albert Hall concert in London that opened the door for the band to tour Europe twice in the past three years. In demand around the world as well, they also launched a tour of Australia and New Zealand in Spring 2013.

ROCKERS FOR ST JUDE VIDEO UPDATE:
A follow-up from last week's Rockers for St. Jude story, the video has now been corrected and is now back online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHIgQkmXaWg.
"To all our Rockers for St. Jude: Here's the Official Video for "If I Had The Time (I Could Change The World.)" Please share the love. And after you watch, please download the song to support St. Jude!! Download on iTunes and CDBaby.com"
Thanks for supporting this fine cause.


ADRIAN VANDENBERG RETURNS:
Mascot Label Group proudly welcomes Vandenberg's MoonKings. The Dutch rock group will join, amongst others, Joe Bonamassa, Volbeat, Gov't Mule, Beth Hart, Zakk Wylde / Black Label Society and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the Rotterdam, Holland based record company's roster.
Adrian Vandenberg rose to worldwide prominence with Vandenberg, the melodic rock band that hit internationally with the powerfull ballad 'Burning Heart'. ADrian solidified his status as one of the most talented rock guitarists around when he joined Whitesnake/David Coverdale in the hard rock super group Whitesnake, co-writing many of its Billboard Hot 100-hits, like 'The Deeper The Love' and 'Now You're Gone', and supplying the legendary guitar solo to 'Here I Go Again'. After leaving Whitesnake, Adrian concentrated on his successful career as an artist, exhibiting his paintings in prestigious galleries all over Europe. Music however was always prevalent on his mind, so as soon as he had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented young musicians, he started creating new music.
Vandenberg's MoonKings are Adrian Vandenberg (guitar), Jan Hoving (vocals), Sem Christoffel (bass) and Mart Nijen Es (drums).
The band is currently in the studio recording their debut album.
"We are proud to have joined the Mascot family. It's a great company with fantastic people that love the music they work with", Adrian Vandenberg enthuses. "The band is raring to go and prove itself to the world, so we're anxious to finish the album and get it out there and I'm very happy that Ed van Zijl is giving us the opportunity to do so".
Vandenberg's MoonKings' debut album will be released on 24 February, 2014, after which the band will tour extensively throughout Europe....and beyond.


THE ANGELS READY TO TALK THE TALK:
Proving that Australian rock bands really are the hardest working outfits on the international music scene, touring legends The Angels are hitting the road again in 2014 to showcase their next new studio album, "Talk The Talk".
Today, ahead of next year's tour, comes the release of the first single, which is the album's own title track "Talk The Talk". Drummer Nick Norton says the band are extremely proud of the finished result. "The guitar sounds, the drum sounds you'll hear on this record are the essence of what a rock band searches for" he says. Penned and refined over seven months while the band was on tour in 2013, the album started to take shape in hotel rooms, in the back of a Tarago and during sound check at venues around Australia. "Talk The Talk" is the epitome of a touring band's album. It's a tight recording, one that is only this way because the band has spent the majority of the last year on the road together.
Formative to the new songs are the now legendary Brewster-Driven-Riffs which have continued to place The Angels right at the centre of a popular local culture that is known historically as Aussie Pub Rock. Also, when making this album the band decided not to set themselves any deadlines or timeframes, instead working tirelessly to ensure that the finished product was exactly what they wanted. The end result is the kind of record that fans of The Angels expect.

"Talk The Talk is a great album," says lead singer Dave Gleeson. "I feel like I can say that because in some ways, I still get to have an outsider's perspective… but from the inside. To be involved with the process of writing and recording the album with both John and Rick is just such a great experience in itself – then to be able to bring something to that process was even more awesome"
Gleeson goes on to say "….to see the Brewster Brothers produce and arrange the final product has been nothing short of watching magic happen. I can't wait to be delivering the next stage of The Angels' brand of rock and showing off a great new selection of rock songs. Bring on 2014!"
The title track is available as a download starting today. The full album is due for release on 17th January 2014.


VOTE FOR NIGHT X NIGHT:
Night X Night are in the finals to play Firefest 2014, would love some extra fan support if you feel so inclined! Vote for them at: bit.ly/1aTWajy.

JOHN MELLENCAMP ON 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1983 MEGA-SELLER UH-HUH:
Dallas, TX - November 19, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands travels to small town America to visit with singer- songwriter John Mellencamp about his 1983 mega-hit album Uh-Huh on its 30th anniversary. "Johnny Cougar", as he was originally promoted, had started his career with a minor hit "I Need A Lover" off his second album only to find himself struggling commercially. It wasn't until 1982's American Fool album that John would see his first real success with the ditties "Jack And Diane" and "Hurt So Good". Armed with a # 1 single under his belt, John incorporated his real name Mellencamp into his professional identity and launched himself into Rock superstardom with Uh-Huh and the Top 10 hits "Pink Houses", "Crumblin' Down" and "The Authority Song". John tells InTheStudio host Redbeard that the album was an important turning point for him creatively.
"I think Uh-Huh was a lot better record than American Fool, simply because it was the beginning of me becoming focused on what I think I now do. That was really the beginning of me as a songwriter. All the rest of the records were me trying to figure out what the hell was going on. It took me a long time didn't it? (chuckles). Took like five albums."
John Mellencamp Uh-Huh interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/john-mellencamp-uh-huh-30th-anniversary.

CD SHOWCASE UPDATE:
Plenty of new music to check out today with new CD Showcases now online for:
- Royal Hunt, Angelica, REO Speedwagon & Benedictum (Frontiers Records, November 29 release).
- Sleeping Romance, Theocracy, Signum Regis (Ulterium Records, all out now) and Silent Voices (Inner Wound Records, out now).
- Starfire - The Way I Am (Independent Release)
Check them all out now.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DEF LEPPARD "VIVA! HYSTERIA" - NEW VIDEO ALBUM SAMPLER RELEASED & VIDEO CHART ENTRIES:
Def Leppard have recently released a new "VIVA! Hysteria" Album Sampler on YouTube which can be enjoyed following this link: youtu.be/PJ2VPQDvhzA
Def Leppard's "Viva! Hysteria" video package entered the top 5 national music video charts in 7 countries (U.S.A., Canada, UK, France, Australia, Sweden and Finland) and was Top 15 in another 3 countries (Germany, Switzerland and Japan) in the week of release. The album version also charted in the Top 30 national charts in the USA and Germany, with Top 100 entries in other territories, including the UK.
"Viva! Hysteria" was released last October 18 in Europe and 22 in North America on Frontiers Records and includes a stunning HD live recording of Def Leppard's eleven-show residency which started on March 22, 2013 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas in which the band played for the first time ever their hit album "Hysteria" from start to finish, along with a selection of their other greatest hits and hidden gems from their catalogue.
Available on Frontiers Records in Blu-Ray, DVD, 2CD+DVD, digital download and a limited edition 2CD+Blu Ray, with "Viva! Hysteria" Def Leppard bring their over the top production to your house.

ANGELICA "BREAKING MY HEART" - (OFFICIAL VIDEO):
Angelica Breaking My Heart is taken from the album Thrive Out on Frontiers Records on November 29 in Europe and December 4 in North America.


SCORPIONS - MTV UNPLUGGED:
The Scorpions release their recent MTV Unplugged performances on December 2nd on 2CD, DVD & Blu-ray on SonyMusic.
On 11th and 12th September 2013 and as part of their massive 38 date Farewell World Tour, Klaus Meine (vocals, guitars), Rudolf Schenker (guitars, vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums) played two fantastic acoustic sets in the Lycabettus Theatre, Athens and made history in the process; it is the first ever open-air show in the history of MTV Unplugged.
Check out the trailer for the Scorpions "MTV Unplugged": www.youtube.com/results?search_query=THE+SCOPRIONS+UNPLUGGED&sm=12
Throughout its two-and-a-half hours, the show features an impressive range of brand new songs and classic tracks. As vocalist Klaus Meine recalls; "We played here many years ago. It is a beautiful place. I can remember that even back then the fans climbed onto the surrounding rocks. Of course we played some of the greatest classics this time, but we also performed a few new songs as well as material that we had never played live up to then. Those are songs which are very popular with the fans but which somehow never made it onto the set lists."

The Scorpions evidently enjoyed this musical rollercoaster ride through their own history. It is equally obvious that both rock songs and power ballads display their class and style even when rendered as acoustic versions. The melodies maintain their timeless compositional appeal and the quality of the performance showcases the band at their very best.
The show opens with 'Sting In The Tail', arranged in a Cajun style. This song, taken from the eponymous album of 2010, bears witness to how deeply the Scorpions are rooted in rock'n'roll and blues. The same applies to the set of classics that follow, such as 'Pictured Life', 'Speedy's Coming' or the hymnal 'Born To Touch Your Feelings' There are even more nuggets from the sheer endless stock of hits such as 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' 'Still Loving You' 'Big City Nights', 'No One Like You' 'When The Smoke Is Going Down' and 'Wind Of Change'­ as well as a few welcome surprises to dazzle the connoisseur. 'When You Came Into My Life', where Rudolf Schenker plays a sitar, is one of those tracks which the Scorpions had never before played live, as are 'Where The River Flows' and 'Passion Rules The Game'. They also perform 'Love Is The Answer' a ballad for which Rudolf Schenker took over as lead vocalist ­ a feat that does not happen very often. And immediately after this, Klaus Meine surprises us with the world premiere of 'Follow Your Heart' in this exceptional set of two dozen songs.
'MTV Unplugged' by the Scorpions is released on 2ND December 2013, available as double CD, DVD, Blu-ray and in various other digital and physical configurations.
To pre order each format of 'MTV Unplugged' please clink on the following links: DVD: smarturl.it/Scorpions_DVD?IQid=LR.PR / BLU-RAY: smarturl.it/Scorpions_BluRay?IQid=LR.PR / CD: smarturl.it/Scorpions_Amz?IQid=LR.PR.

Track listing: 1. Sting in the Tail 2. Can't Live Without You 3. Pictured Life 4. Speedy's Coming 5. Born to Touch Your Feelings 6. The Best Is yet to Come 7. Dancing with the Moonlight (MTV Unplugged) 8. In Trance - Scorpions with CÄTHE 9. When You Came into My Life 10. Delicate Dance (Matthias Solo) 11. Love Is the Answer (Rudolf Solo) 12. Follow Your Heart (Klaus Solo) Disc: 2 1. Send Me an Angel 2. Where the River Flows (MTV Unplugged) 3. Passion Rules the Game 4. Rock You Like a Hurricane (MTV Unplugged) - Scorpions with Johannes Strate 5. Hit Between the Eyes 6. Rock 'n' Roll Band 7. Blackout 8. Still Loving You 9. Big City Nights 10. Wind of Change - Scorpions with Morten Harket 11. No One Like You 12. When the Smoke Is Going Down.


NEW MICHAEL MONROE VIDEO PREMIERE:
Michael Monroe, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and iconic rock 'n' roll legend, has premiered the new video for "Stained Glass Heart" on GUITARWORLD.com "Stained Glass Heart" marks the third single from his new studio album Horns And Halos, out now on Spinefarm Records. "I'm feeling quite excited about our new 'Stained Glass Heart' video," explains Michael Monroe. "It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day which made it look more like an 'abusement park.' The video turned out very cool and classy." Watch the clip on GUITARWORLD.com here: tinyurl.com/ll5r4mx.

SPRINGSTEEN - "HIGH HOPES" SINGLE COMING NEXT WEEK:
Press Release: "Just a date and an image posted on the official site lets us know that a new Bruce Springsteen single is due to drop a week from today: "High Hopes" is coming November 25 as a digital download. A song that's already been a part of the Springsteen catalog for the better part of 20 years, "High Hopes" was written by Tim Scott McConnell. McConnell ­ also known as just Tim Scott, and these days going by Ledfoot ­ first recorded it in 1987 on his album The High Lonesome Sound, and then cut it again with his band The Havalinas in 1990:
Springsteen first tackled the song in 1995 with the E Street Band, releasing a studio recording in conjunction with the Blood Brothers documentary in 1996. An outtake from the Greatest Hits album, you only got this CD EP if you bought the special edition VHS:
Fast forward some 17 years... and Bruce unearthed the song again with Tom Morello, performing it live numerous times on the Wrecking Ball tour in Australia.
Given that Springsteen, Morello, and the E Street Band did some recording while Down Under, it seems a good bet that this single is a new studio recording from March 2013 (though that's yet to be confirmed). Stay tuned for more about the "High Hopes" single, and the forthcoming album from which it's taken, as soon as we know it." - November 18, 2013


BEAUTIFUL BEAST VIDEO DEBUT:
In support of their new album 'Kick Down The Barricades' which will hit the shelves on January 24, 2014 German Hair Metal band Julian Angel's Beautiful Beast have just released their new music video "Bad Boys Never Dance". Besides featuring the opening track of the new record the video also presents a pretty clichéd, stereotyped and most of all predictable storyline that any fan of 80s hard rock and hair metal will love. Is it 80s enough for you? Just try for yourself...
WebLink: www.beautifulbeastrock.com.



Monday, November 18, 2013

STRYPER'S LATEST RELEASE NO MORE HELL TO PAY STORMS THE US CHARTS!:
Band's Critically Acclaimed Album Lands At #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums, #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums, #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums, #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums, #6 on the Top Current Rock Albums, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200
Live CD/DVD Recording at the Legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on November 16 is SOLD OUT.

Stryper have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the debut of their recent Frontiers Records release, No More Hell To Pay. The band have stormed the charts landing at #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums and Top Hard Music Albums charts, #6 on the Top Current Rock Album charts, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 9500 copies the first week. Stryper also regained their dominance on the Christian charts landing at #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums and #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums. No More Hell To Pay also reached #1 on the iTunes Top Rock Album Charts and #8 on the iTunes Top Album Charts when it was released on November 5th. The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. No More Hell To Pay was produced by Michael Sweet.
"We're humbled to be charting alongside some of the biggest and best in music today! We've worked hard to deliver the best Stryper record to date and we couldn't be more proud of "No More Hell To Pay"! The Yellow & Black Attack is back (well, we never really left). Here's to 30 more years and we'll see you on the road in 2014," exclaims front man, guitarist and producer Michael Sweet.
Stryper, who have become known for their trademark yellow and black outfits and incredible live shows, will be recording a live CD/DVD this month in Los Angeles. The sold-out concert, taking place at the famous Whisky a Go Go on November 16th, will be the band's first show since the release of No More Hell To Pay and will be documented for a future release from the band known for hits such as "Calling On You," "Free" and the Top 40 hit "Honestly."
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously with their hits "Free" and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide.

JOURNEY DONATES $350,000 TO HELP THE PHILIPPINES IN AFTERMATH OF SUPER TYPHOON:
Filipino Lead Singer Arnel Pineda to Support Relief Effort from His Homeland
Donation Will Provide More than 1.4 Million Meals to Those in Need

Manila – Manila native and Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda announced today that he, Journey and their team - promoter Live Nation Entertainment; Creative Artists Agency (CAA); and Manager John Baruck - are donating more than $350,000 USD to provide emergency food relief to people impacted by the recent super typhoon in the Philippines. These initial funds will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provide Filipinos in urgent need of food assistance with more than 1.4 million meals.
"Don't stop believing, help is on the way for the people of the Philippines," said Arnel Pineda, who is leading the efforts to mobilize the coalition of partners. Pineda, based in Manila, plans to meet with World Food Programme's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin Saturday at WFP's Philippines headquarters in Manila to announce the donation.
The largest storm to ever make landfall, Super Typhoon Haiyan caused catastrophic damage, with more than 615,000 people displaced. When disaster strikes and hours can mean the difference between life and death, the UN World Food Programme is among the first on the ground to provide life-saving assistance.
Journey is calling on fans to join them and make urgent donations to support life-saving food relief for millions of Filipinos. Donations can be made at www.wfpusa.org/journey or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
WFP's efforts will ensure that 2.5 million people receive food, logistics and emergency telecommunications over the next six months. More than 170,000 people have received WFP rice rations to date, as part of family food packs from WFP handed out by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Aid is also beginning to reach more remote locations, with distributions of High Energy Biscuits made in 20 communities on Friday. Life-saving HEBs are used in emergencies because they are nutritious, light to transport and need no cooking.
"We're honored to have Journey's support and Arnel Pineda's leadership on this incredible donation for WFP's emergency relief in the Philippines," said Hunter Biden, Board Chair of World Food Program USA. "Their support is going to make a real difference for so many Filipino children and families in need."
WFP crosses the world's toughest terrain to get food to the people who need it most, no matter what it takes. As the largest humanitarian organization in the world, WFP feeds more than 97 million people in 80 countries last year. Funded entirely by voluntary donations, WFP counts on ongoing support to be able to provide food where and when it is needed most.
World Food Program USA (WFP USA) works to solve global hunger, building a world where everyone has the food and nutrition needed to lead healthy, productive lives. WFP USA raises support for these efforts in the United States by engaging individuals, organizations and businesses, shaping public policy and generating resources for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Check: www.journeymusic.com for more information.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Motley Crue Frontman Vince Neil Celebrates Grand Opening of New Rock 'n Roll - full press release including photos and video from the event, visit: www.toppresskits.com/vinceneilpress.

Gegers from Scorpions' Official French Fan Club - Crazyscorps recently conducted an interview with German guitar legend Michael Schenker, to talk about his new album Bridge The Gap, family relations and first times. The video is on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Dcgeh3Sqg.

UK website Give The Drummer Some! has posted a brand new audio interview with acclaimed drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Halford). Among other topics, Jarzombek talks about his early influences, being a self-taught drummer, working with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Sebastian Bach, and, for the first time ever, about his turning down the Dream Theater drummer audition in 2010. The podcast can be accessed at this location: gtdspod.wordpress.com.

Michael Kiske Audio interview by RockEyez: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nybVfgcZQTc.

THE HEAVIEST ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SWEDISH HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL EVER! :
The title may be cocky, but this is the biggest and most comprehensive book about Swedish hard rock and heavy metal ever made. An almost 4 kilos (8.5 pounds) heavy metal bible featuring over 3,600 Swedish recording hard rock bands, from the fluffiest AOR to the blackest metal, with detailed descriptions on 912 full colour pages. Biographies, members' information, hometowns, description of the bands' sounds and styles, detailed discographies with various pressings and formats, depicted artworks and also a price indication guide. Besides a geographical index, the book also contains a name index with over 11,700 Swedish hard rock and metal musicians. All this topped by cool never before published photos.
Exclusive bonus CD! Featuring previously unreleased recordings by bands featuring members that are or have been in bands like The Poodles, HammerFall, 220 Volt, Heavy Load, F.K.Ü, Candlemass, Therion, Talisman etc.

Janne Stark started his musical career in the mid-seventies, made his recording debut with the band Paradize in 1980 and formed one of the first classic heavy metal bands in Sweden, Overdrive, the same year, with whom he still plays. In the mid-eighties he started writing reviews for local publications and in 1990 he became a staff writer for Backstage Magazine. Janne has since written for publications such as Hard Roxx, Sweden Rock Magazine, Metal Zone, Kool Kat Magazine and FUZZ Guitar magazine, whom he still writes for. In 1996 Janne's first encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia Of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal 1970-1996, was released. It featured around 1 000 bands. It was also released in special Japanese edition. 2002 saw the release of the follow-up, Volume 2, where another 600 bands were added. Janne has since continuously compiled material for the third edition, which has now been released. The new book features all bands from the first two book, plus another 1 000 new or forgotten bands. Other musical projects have also taken up Janne's time during the years, where he has released recordings with bands like Constancia, Mountain Of Power, Locomotive Breath, Zello, Planet Alliance, Overdrive, Grand Design and BALLS. He has also made guest appearances on albums by Narnia, Thalamus, Blinded Colony, M.O.B, Faith, Chris Catena and Spearfish.

912 pages, format 220 x 280 mm ISBN 978-91-89136-56-4 Release date: Nov 8, 2013 Premium Publishing, Stockholm www.premiumpublishing.com.

UFO BOOK UNCOVERS THE BIZZARE:
'Your new bass player is lying on the floor completely out of it on drink and drugs; he'll fit in really well!' (UFO manager telephoning Phil Mogg)
Life in UFO has never been dull, that's for sure. The group has a reputation for partying as hard as it rocks, and controversy has never been too far away. Numerous line-up changes, splits, reunions and in-fighting have been par for the course but, 45 years after their formation, the band is still going from strength to strength and, arguably, producing the best music of their career.
Top metal writer Neil Daniels' new book on UFO inevitably covers some of the 'Spinal Tap' moments in the band's history (and there have been plenty), but also unashamedly puts the music centre stage.
Why not too? This band has been an enormous influence on so many of today's top rockers: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and Slash from Guns N' Roses, amongst others, are all admirers. The list of former members is impressive: Michael Schenker, Pete Way, Larry Wallis, Bernie Marsden, Paul Chapman, Billy Sheehan, Jason Bonham, Aynsley Dunbar, Tommy McClendon and more.
High Stakes & Dangerous Men includes a foreword by the American broadcaster and author Eddie Trunk, and an afterword by British rock journalist Peter Makowski. The book contains some rare and previously unseen photos. Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. Visit neildanielsbooks.tumblr.com and neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com
For more information, please contact Phil Godsell at Soundcheck Books: www.soundcheckbooks.co.uk.


Friday, November 15, 2013

PLACE VENDOME "THUNDER IN THE DISTANCE" - EPK:
Place Vendome "Thunder in the Distance" - EPK (Official / New Album 2013 / Feat. Michael Kiske) Available Now!


INTRODUCING ZOMBIE UNION:
Marc Farrano, the voice of Faith Circus, proudly announced, 12.12.12, the official launch of his solo project Zombie:Union featuring former and current members of bands such as Guns n' Roses, Kiss, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Dio, Queensr˙che, Union, and many others!!… NOW!...a double YouTube teaser has found it's way onto the world wide web!
"So...what is Zombie:Union? Well...it sure as shit ain't got anything to do with dead people walking, WWZ, or video games guaranteed to rot your brain (Hey! We're over 25! We don't get it! Aiit?!). No, it's just another description for a gathering of freaks, social outcasts, shadow creatures...ROCK MUSICIANS!! People famousely known for sleeping all day and roaming around at night...
Although keeping Faith Circus as the main occupation, it's great and extremely healthy to have a creative outlet unbound by outside interference, expectations, or a time frame!
At the moment two separate albums are being worked on! The "Faith Circus like" (or as Quiet Riot/ex-House Of Lords bass player Chuck Wright called it "Van Halen w/Hagar meets AC/DC!"), "Bum In The Sun" featuring Ken Mary (drums) & Chuck Wright (bass), and the slightly darker/heavier "Make The Myths" with none other than living legends Tommy Aldridge (drums) & Rudy Sarzo (bass)!
An assortment of world-class guitarists as well as some up and coming axe men are bringing their A-game to both albums.
Songs for "B.I.T.S" & "M.T.M" have been written/compiled by Marc Farrano over the course of many, many years (some tunes even going back to 1996!)...either written for a special project, or deemed "unfit" for what became Faith Circus! So let the two YouTube teasers wet your appetite for the time being...the albums will be released...when finished!...hopefully sometime in 2014! Z:U"
Follow Zombie:Union on www.facebook.com/zunion. Sample the new music at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOnTQlt8w8M / www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieX8sWesByQ.

ROYAL HUNT SINGLE OUT NOW:
One Minute Left to Live¯, the new digital single from Royal Hunt can be purchased on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/jp/album/one-minute-left-to-live-single/id747157563 The track comes off the band's new album A Life To Die For¯ which will be made available on November 29th in Europe and December 3rd in USA via Frontiers Records.


STEVE PERRY AUCTIONS MORE GOODIES:
There is a second Steve Perry auction up now - for an autographed guitar and vinyl albums and again benefiting City of Hope: www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/389407.
"For the ultimate Journey fan - take home a Red Gretsch Rancher Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar and 2 vinyl albums signed by Steve Perry! Steve will personalize the guitar and albums with the name of the winning bidder or with a name the winner chooses!
If only one singer could be selected as the most identifiable with '80s arena rock, it would have to be Steve Perry. Best known as the former lead vocalist of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and 1995 to 1998, Perry also had a successful solo career between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. In addition to his previous work with Journey and as a solo artist, Perry has lent his vocal talents to recordings by such other artists as Sammy Hagar, Jan Hammer, and Kenny Loggins.
Donated By: Steve Perry."

STONELAKE TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE:
Available now on worldwide digital download - "Swedish Prog and Power Metal band StoneLake have a new single and a new line up, they love you and want you to hold on. You are not alone!
Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts please contact your local Samaritans or other helpline. But first, listen to Deliverance by StoneLake! Available for high quality digital download December 13 2013 through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Metal fan-sites worldwide and Facebook, the soaring power-ballad Deliverance is the band's first release following this year's critically acclaimed 6th studio album Monolith and introduces a change to the StoneLake line up, welcoming back drummer Jens Westberg to re-join founder members Peter Grundström (vocals) and Jan Åkesson (guitars and keyboards), and long-time member Lasse Johansson (bass).
Deliverance was recorded at UMP Unlimited Music Production studios in Furulund, Sweden, produced, mixed and mastered by Jan Åkesson, providing StoneLake's trademark hard hitting sound and rock solid production values, and as with Monolith, StoneLake once again brought in British writer Adam Bard to pen the lyric.
Deliverance, written by J. Åkesson & A. BardFeaturing; Mike Andersson – Backing Vocals. Produced by Jan Åkesson for UMP Unlimited Music Production: www.facebook.com/stonelaketheband.

Song Sample: Deliverance - edit.

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ROCKERS COME TOGETHER: A SONG FOR THE CHILDREN OF ST JUDE:
An all-star band of rockers from across the pantheon of rock n roll have gathered together to record, If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World),¯ donating their time and creative hearts to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Legendary lead guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner, The Maestro of Rock,¯ (Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, KISS, and more) was inspired to gather together a group of rockers at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles in an historic recording session to benefit the children of St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Proceeds from downloads of the song will benefit St. Jude.
"There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away. This song is about giving a small part of that endless supply in your heart."¯ - Dick Wagner

Donating their time to record the song for St. Jude are celebrity musicians Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Lee Sklar (James Taylor), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Trini Lopez (Lemon Tree), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart Group), Merilee Rush (Angel of the Morning), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Jean Beauvoir (The Plasmatics), Laurie Beebe Lewis (The New Mamas and the Papas), Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas), The Angels (My Boyfriend's Back), Dick and Dee Dee (Mountain High), Chris Sanders (Knight Fury), Fred Mandel (Elton John), Ray Colcord (Lou Reed), Eric Ragno, Nadir D Priest (London), David Shankle (Manowar), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Chris Holmes (Wasp), Billy Hinsche (Beach Boys), Black Oak Arkansas, Raymond Calhoun (Gap Band), Micki Free (Shalamar), the Artimus Pyle Band, Tim Bogert (Beck, Bogert and Appice), Prescott Niles (The Knack), Richie Onori (The Sweet), John Claude Gummoe (Rhythm of the Rain), Michael Angelo Batio (#1 Guitar World Magazine Best Shredder), Sal Valentino (Beau Brummels), Ross the Boss Friedman (Manowar), Chris Holmes (WASP), Bob Kulick (KISS), Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons), Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), and more.
Check out the heartwarming video of this special recording at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLvEUI5pBLg. Buy the song on iTunes today and support this worthy cause. itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-i-had-time-i-could-change/id744968422.
Visit: www.rockersforstjude.com to learn more.

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DOCKER'S GUILD RETURN:
Docker's Guild is back! After 6 months on hiatus, I have decided to carry on and see the project to its conclusion. Here's what's new so far:
- The Official Website is finally up: www.dockersguild.com. If you sign in to the mailing list each fan will get a previously unreleased high quality demo track from the first album. The store is also finally up so you can purchase all kinds of products to support the project.
- The second album is underway. "The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A" will be a collection of 20th century sci-fi movies and TV series soundtracks reworked in the Docker's Guild style. The cool thing is that it's not a disconnected covers filler album. Instead it will be an introduction and a journey of discovery in the past of Dr. Jack Heisenberg, the main character of The Mystic Technocracy.
- The cast: so far we have Fiamma Cardani (Shooting Stars) and Roxy Petrucci (Vixen) on drums, Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen, Hardline) on bass, Mio Jäger (Frantic Amber) and Roberta Raschellą (Shooting Stars) on guitars, Douglas R. Docker on keyboards and vocals, Amanda Somerville (Avantasia) Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) on vocals. This shoulc make it the first all-female metal opera around, though I could be wrong. More guests to be announced soon.
- A crowdfunding effort will be announced soon. We're working with PledgeMusic to make it happen.
Keep in touch, we need you fans to make this happen!

CELEBRATING MOTT THE HOOPLE:
(Dallas, TX)- InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrate the 'Best of' Mott the Hoople with original ring leader and frontman Ian Hunter as the band reunites this week to play five long-anticipated gigs in the UK.
In the early 1970s there was a very British rock scene that owed little to various styles which had immediately preceded it, such as psychedelia, protest music or Woodstock. Christened "Glam Rock", it featured bands with a fondness for the three chord simplicity of rock'n'roll's American originators, but a fashion sense that was modern, outrageous, and often androgynous.
The Holy Trinity of Glam rock included Ziggy-era David Bowie, T Rex's Marc Bolan and a loose lovable quintet named Mott the Hoople which in its prime was fronted by Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, plus Overend Watts, Verden Allen and Dale "Buffin" Griffin. All of Mott's many hits came, interestingly, after they had broken up with four albums out but no money coming in, including "All the Young Dudes", "Roll Away the Stone", "All the Way from Memphis", "The Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll", and "Drivin' Sister".
Ian Hunter shares with InTheStudio.NET host Redbeard how Mott's association with Glam king David Bowie provided them their biggest hit after the band had folded. "David (Bowie) offered us "Suffragette City" to get back together. I said it wasn't good enough, because it wasn't... So then he came back with "All the Young Dudes"."
STREAM the Ian Hunter/ Mott the Hoople program this month as part of InTheStudio's Medium Rare "online-only" rockumentary series: www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/mott-hoople-best-of-ian-hunter.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated - The MR server has been hammered to within an inch of its life. So I'm giving it a rest this week and my server company has warned me about excess bandwidth, so just one file this week...but a sweet one! JSS' legendary solo set from his first show in Australia - soundboard recording - thanks to JSS! Jeff Scott Soto - Live In Sydney 2004 - Full Soundboard Show.
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NEW SHOWCASES:
Two new CD Showcases online now - both for AOR Heaven (released November 29) - The return of Dogface and new AOR! Check them out now.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

LIMITED QUANTITY MR.com T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE:
For those that expressed interest in buying a MelodicRock.com T-shirt, there is a very limited number available via PayPal right now. Also available are a few MRF3 T-shirts and a few remaining copies of the MRF3 Event Book. The MelodicRock.com shirts are a new design featuring the brand new logo.
I do not have any of the main event t-shirt left at all sorry to say. The prices listed include shipping worldwide airmail (unreasonably high due to ridiculous price rises here), but please do check out here: www.melodicrock.com/tshirts-2013.html.


FRONTIERS RECORDS LATEST PROMO SPOT:
Titles out now - Place Vendome, Stryper, Seventh Key, Ted Nugent.


CARMINE APPICE'S NEW LABEL, ROCKER RECORDS, IS SET TO LAUNCH:
Revered by legions of high-profile musicians, including Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, as one of the most innovative and powerful drummers that rock and roll has ever seen, the legendary Carmine Appice needs no introduction. Now, the man whose soulful pounding powered the uniquely heavy psychedelia of Vanilla Fudge's mesmerizing late-1960s remake of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" up the charts and later co-wrote Rod Stewart's smash hits "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks" is launching an exciting new record label, Rocker Records.
The first four releases are due out Nov. 19 as digital offerings, and they include Bogert/Appice & Friends, TNA (featuring Appice and guitar master Pat Travers), Live in Europe, and two concert recordings from his highly influential post-Vanilla Fudge group Cactus, Live in Japan and Live in the USA. Expect a bonanza of Appice-related material to flow from this new pipeline.
Information regarding these and other upcoming releases can be found at www.rocker-records.com and www.facebook.com/carminerockerrecords.

It was a meeting with Mike Cusanelli, from the record label and management company World Sound, that provided the impetus for the new venture. Wondering out loud, Cusanelli suggested an idea to Appice that sounded very appealing.
"Mike, being a records kind of guy, says, 'You know, if you have product laying around, you should probably start a record label that would be able to get your product out, and then you could sell other people's product ­ from friends of yours who have product that maybe want to release it," explained Appice. "So I said, 'Really, that's interesting.' So then he had a talk with the head of eOne, which is our distributor, and he was totally into the idea. So I thought, 'Okay, let's give it a try.' And these first releases are things that I've had basically in the can, with really nothing to do to them. They're from my personal collection. So he says, 'Let's get it out to the fans!"
That's just what Appice and Rocker Records plan on doing.

"It's going to be a lot of digital stuff," said Appice. "So maybe we'll have a digital online store, but there are enough of those already. We have a web site now, rocker-records.com, which will keep news of what's coming out and what's available and all that, and maybe provide some links to things you can buy from iTunes or something. We may do that, but we're too new. We're really taking it as it comes."


MIKE TRAMP BACK IN AUSTRALIA MARCH 2014:
Following hugely successful shows in February 2013, Mike Tramp returns to the stage in Australia for more solo concerts. A one man show telling the stories behind 30 years of music from his platinum days as lead singer of White Lion through his time in Freak of Nature and as a solo artist, when Mike Tramp takes the stage, you are welcomed into his world for one of the most personal live experiences imaginable.
Tramp has just completed touring the US and Europe following the release of his latest album, Cobblestone Streets and is now bringing his story teller-styled show to Melbourne at Revolver Upstairs and in Sydney at The Vanguard. With the shows clocking in at around 2 and a half hours, Mike will take his fans on a musical journey on his Endless Highway Tour.
From The Road To Valhalla & Lady Of The Valley To Rescue Me & What Am I, And Finally To Mr. Death, All Of My Life & When She Cries.  The stories behind the songs, the era, the world of the 80s, 90s and now through Mikes eyes will be laid bare and performed in their rawest form - just as Mike wrote them originally on acoustic guitar.  This show is Mike's most personal performance ever, joyous for the singer and insightful for his fans.
Tickets On Sale and Performance Dates:
Sydney – The Vanguard 14 March, 2014 www.thevanguard.com.au
Melbourne – Toff In Town 15 March, 2014
WebLink: www.miketramp.dk / www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Tramp-Official/130186350354989.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
A reformed Madam X (including all original members Roxy Petrucci (Vixen) Maxine Petrucci, Chris (Godzilla) Doliber and Bret Kaiser) are in the studio working on new material.
In addition to that, the band is working on a Live Album recorded by Westwood One in 1988 as well as many lost demo's, some including Sebastian Bach.
More information will be released soon.

American Beauty is a project featuring Madison Cain (daughter of Jonathan) and Miles Schon (son of Neal). Their self-titled EP has just been released via iTunes, featuring the songs: 1 Tap Out 2 Reckless Heart 3 Start of the End 4 Fallen 5 Wild Ride.

10TH ANNUAL CHOP SHOP TSO SPECIAL:
For the 10th year in a row, Envision Radio Networks The Chop Shop Guitar Show is bringing back one of radio's favorite holiday traditions: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Special! This FREE two-hour special is the perfect radio supplement for any TSO concert with two hours of music and behind the scenes details from the largest seasonal tour in the world!
Host Steve Black was granted rare backstage access to this year's TSO tour, which is the band's biggest stage and light show to date. TSO creator Paul O'Neil explains, "Trans-Siberian Orchestra is well known in the recording studio/touring world for their extremely closed door sessions, and Steve Black was one of the very few for which that rule does not apply."
During these exclusive backstage interviews, O'Neil and the band's four guitarists discuss the all-new staging, expanded video content, and their plans for the future. The band members also share funny stories about the early days of the group, the albums they received as Christmas gifts, and why TSO resonates with people of all ages.
The Chop Shop and The Chop Shop Classic feature weekly updates on bands and tours, web exclusive content, and special guests all while playing 10 songs an hour. Both versions are two hours in length and feature weekly interviews as well as the exclusive Chop Shop Hall of Fame feature, where such guests as Ted Nugent, Brian May, Leslie West, and hundreds of others pay tribute to guitar legends Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Slash and more.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

COFFEE WITH STEVE PERRY?:
Steve Perry has donated "himself" as a prize in a charity auction to benefit City Of Hope. Check out at: www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/389405
"Bid now on the chance to have coffee in LA with Steve Perry, former lead singer of Journey and vocalist of timeless classics like "Open Arms," "Faithfully" and "Don't Stop Believin"!
If only one singer could be selected as the most identifiable with '80s arena rock, it would have to be Steve Perry. Best known as the former lead vocalist of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and 1995 to 1998, Perry also had a successful solo career between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. In addition to his previous work with Journey and as a solo artist, Perry has lent his vocal talents to recordings by such other artists as Sammy Hagar, Jan Hammer, and Kenny Loggins. Donated By: Steve Perry."

TOMMY DENANDER REVEALS LATEST PROJECT:
Exclusive news just in from Tommy Denander: "Finally the day I've been dreaming about is here...when I'm able to tell you about the best album I've worked on in my whole career! After having worked on more than 2400 albums with an endless list of big stars it's an amazing feeling to be this excited about a new album. I never thought I would be so lucky that I would get to work with who I consider to be the greatest producer of all time....Mutt Lange!!!
But i ended up getting to know him and to play the guitars on all songs for this album and I've never had more fun...or worked so hard…haha.
Rachele Royale is one of the most incredible new stars I've heard and seen, the world is most likely in for a seriously fun ride with her and this album. Mutt and his absolutely amazing protégé Tony Nilsson spent 2 years writing and producing this album to the level of perfection only Mutt is known for.
The first single "Shush" was released on iTunes in USA yesterday and is already getting heavy rotation on Sirius XM radio.
A lot of people including myself have missed a Mutt Lange album to follow the last Shania Twain album he did....this is not only the natural follow up but so much more, very much thanks to the brilliant work of Tony Nilsson also.
The concept of Rachele's album was to bring back the huge drums and guitars of Def Leppard and combine it with pop and a few country flavors close to what Shania did...It's a wet dream for any Mutt Lange fan and his signature backing vocals are all over every song."
WebLink: www.racheleroyale.com.


THE WHO'S PETE TOWNSHEND ADMITS "TOMMY WAS A DESPERATE ACT" INTHESTUDIO REVEALS STORY:
Dallas, TX - November 12, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands gets the last word with The Who's Pete Townshend in a special two-part program documenting the first successful rock opera, The Who's Tommy.
Like peeling back layer after layer of an onion, the many stages of The Who's Tommy conception, gestation, and birth are further revealed, it seems, every time Tommy composer Pete Townshend cleans out a storage closet. In this week's rock sonogram, additional demos and even a complete 1969 concert performance of the prenatal Tommy have now resurfaced on the new deluxe and super deluxe editions.
In May 1969 the rapidly expanding audience for the rock counterculture already thought that they had seen it all. The Beatles had followed their ground breaking Sgt. Pepper's… album with the prolific double White Album in 1968. The Jimi Hendrix Experience had obliterated any boundaries of the electric guitar by Electric Ladyland. The Doors' Jim Morrison challenged the sensors singing 'Couldn't get much higher" on live U.S. television on the top-rated Ed Sullivan show and The Rolling Stones were cultivating a notorious bad boy, anti-Beatle alternative image that would, a year later, manifest itself as witness to murder at Altamont. But in May 1969 The Who's release Tommy would roll rock into a realm never before imagined: the rock opera.
Until then, The Who was known as a singles band with "I Can't Explain", "My Generation" and "Substitute". Ironically, Pete Townshend tells InTheStudio host Redbeard that the failure of The Who's 1968 single "I Can See for Miles" to reach the top of the charts was a huge blow to his confidence, setting the stage for a new direction and unorthodox composition.
"When I got to Tommy, I thought, 'Well, this isn't working anymore'. I had done "I Can See for Miles", it didn't hit in the UK, it hit quite well in the States. I always thought it was going to be my kind of global # 1. And it wasn't, it was just another song which was obviously charting our slow decline... What are we going to do?... We decided to do an opera. It felt not only a dangerous thing to do, but it did actually feel like an exception to the rule. I actually felt like I was stepping outside my job. I was abandoning my rock'n'roll legion. I was leaving my boys behind."
The Who 'Tommy'/ InTheStudio program is available now to Stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/who-tommy-deluxe-pt-1-pete-townshend / www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/who-tommy-deluxe-edition-pt-2-pete-townshend.

The Deluxe and limited edition Super Deluxe versions of 'Tommy' by The Who, are available today! 'Tommy' is the definitive breakthrough concept album about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, these remastered versions of the album come with a wealth of previously unheard material in the form of 20 demos from Pete Townshend's archive and also a full, live performance of "Tommy" from 1969 taken from tapes that infamously Townshend asked the band's sound engineer to burn.
Don't forget to play the memory game from The Who and unlock an Exclusive Live Track from 'Tommy'. Play the game here: thewhogame.com / www.amazon.com/dp/B00DWVOPHI?tag=ilovethatsong-20.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Greek web magazine Rockpages.gr have uploaded a concert review of Eric Martin's performance in Athens, Greece which contains a full HD pro shot video of the song 'Superfantastic'. You can check it out here: rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=9319&type=3&lang=en.

Adrian Galyash's new album Tone Poet is now available for pre-order at iTunes. Order now, and get the song "When You Fall" immediately... the rest of the album will automatically download on December 3. itunes.apple.com/us/album/tone-poet/id740692065.

Adam Law has a new instrumental rock CD Thinking Out Loud II out now. You can stream/download it from here: adamlaw.bandcamp.com.

Gold Water is a Dutch pop/rock band from Volendam (Holland) which released its first single "Driving in the Dark" last Friday on November 1. The band has already played at a few local bars over the last months and it has also played its first own-written songs on a Dutch Radio Channel, called 'Radio 3FM'. Line-up: Frank Schilder (Lead vocals) – Sonny Kwakman (Guitar) – Kerim Kes (Guitar) – Koen de Boer (Keys) – Thoom Veerman (Bass) – Gerard Schilder (Drums).
For more information about the band, visit their website: www.gold-water.nl. Their own song "Driving in the Dark" can be downloaded here.

BABY ANIMALS ARE BACK WITH A BRAND NEW NATIONAL TOUR IN 2014:
Hot off the success of their first studio album release in 20 years, This Is Not The End, and its Top 20 ARIA Album Chart debut, iconic Aussie rockers Baby Animals are thrilled to announce a string of new Australian tour dates in 2014 – a continuation of this year's national capital city tour.
Presented by Social Family Records, The Harbour Agency and MAX, "Feed The Birds Part II" will kick off with two "A Day On The Green" shows with Jimmy Barnes in Clare Valley, South Australia and Yarra Valley, Victoria; followed by headline dates in Merimbula, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Laurieton, North Brisbane, Gold Coast, Albury, Batemans Bay, Rooty Hill, Revesby, Ipswich, East Brisbane, Dee Why and Belmont. Tickets are now on sale today from www.thebabyanimals.com and via the links listed below.
"Feed the Birds" is a landmark event for the Baby Animals. Their sold out show at The Metro Theatre in Sydney was filmed for the band's first ever live DVD, Feed the Birds (Live). Fans can purchase a signed copy of the DVD, or grab a limited release bundle that includes a ticket to a private cinema screening of the concert in Melbourne, also available from www.thebabyanimals.com.
Fronted by Suzie DeMarchi, Baby Animals strike a familiar pose with guitarist Dave Leslie returning for action, Dario Bortolin on bass and Mick Skelton on drums. The "Feed The Birds" tour named after the infamous Baby Animals tradition of pouring red wine into the mouth of fans in the front row - from Suzie's own!
"Feeding the birds? It's just us giving something back!" says Suzie DeMarchi. "We had so much fun on part one of this tour, so we cannot wait to bring to show to our fans who live outside the big cities," says Suzie.
Since exploding onto the scene in 1991 with the release of their first single, Early Warning, Baby Animals have become one of Australia's most successful rock outfits. Their eponymous album spent six weeks at No. 1 in Australia, going eight times platinum and becoming the highest-selling debut Australian rock album until the release of Jet's album 12 years later. The band toured internationally and struck up friendships with music legends Van Halen, Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, and Bryan Adams.
This Is Not The End, the band's first full-length release since 1993, marked a return to the charts. It made its debut at number 19 on the ARIA Album Chart and number three on the Australian Album Chart when released last month.
Tickets for the "Feed The Birds – PART II" tour, exclusive fan bundles and copies of This Is Not The End and Feed the Birds (Live) DVD are available from www.thebabyanimals.com.
This Is Not The End is also available now from iTunes.

Baby Animals "Feed The Birds – Part Ii" Tour
A Day On The Green Shows w/ Jimmy Barnes:
Sat 8th Feb - Annie's Lane Winery, Clare Valley, SA - http://bit.ly/BAsDayOnTheGreen
Sat 15th Feb - Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC - http://bit.ly/BAsDayOnTheGreen

Headline Shows:
Fri, 28th Feb - Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsClubSapphire
Sat 1st Mar - Waves Nightclub, Wollongong, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsWaves
Fri 7th Mar - Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsPlantation
Sat 8th Mar - United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsLaurieton
Fri 14th Mar - Eaton Hills Hotel, Nth Brisbane, QLD - http://bit.ly/BAsEatonHills
Sat 15th Mar - Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD - http://bit.ly/BAsCoolangatta
Fri 21st Mar - Kinross Woolshed, Albury, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsKinrossWoolshed
Sat 22nd Mar - Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsBatemansBay
Fri 28th Mar - Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsRootyHill
Sat 29th Mar - Revesby Workers Club, Revesby, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsRevesby
Fri 4th Apr - Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD - http://bit.ly/BAsRacehorseHotel
Sat 5th Apr - Alexandra Hills Hotel, East Brisbane, QLD - http://bit.ly/BAsAlexandra
Fri 11th Apr - Dee Why RSL, Dee Why, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsDeeWhy
Sat 12th Apr - Belmont 16s, Belmont, NSW - http://bit.ly/BAsBelmont

HARDLINE ON AIR INTERVIEW:
Never say never in the rock world...Hardline are doing live shows again for the first time since 2002 and this year took the stage at Sweden Rock and Firefest! Coming up this Saturday, November 16th we will be interviewing Johnny Gioeli and Alessandro DelVecchio - we'll be talking about the new album 'Fever Dreams', the 2013 shows and of course plans for the future. Purrfect Timing Radio Show airs Live on Megarock Radio and heard throughout the week on affiliate stations as well as podcast. To hear our interview with Hardline, tune in Saturday November 16th between 3-5pm Eastern time.
WebLinks: www.megarockradio.net / www.purrfecttiming.com / www.hardlinerocks.com / purrfect-timing.podomatic.com.

HICKS STAR CONTINUES TO RISE:
I just recieved an update from Miqael Persson about all things Hicks:
"This year's been really crazy for me. First I won "Favorite Country Group" at IMN Country Music Awards in Nashville. Got two nominations on ICoMA Country Music Awards also in Nashville. And then I was invited to represent Sweden at CMA Fest (world's biggest country music festival) that was also in Nashville. Headlined Scandinavian Country Music Festival...Done tons of radio interviews on country radio all over the world....And now I'm nominated for "Europe's Best Country Act" at British CMA held in London on the 24:th of Nov. That's HUUUUUUGE...
Check out my new video Unreachable Dream written by Miqael Persson Tony V Merz and Sharon Vaughn - Produced by Erik Martensson youtu.be/r_uqatSltPM.
WebLinks: www.hickscountry.com / www.facebook.com/hickscountry / www.reverbnation.com/hickscountry.


INTRODUCING 'THE TOI':
The Toi formed in February of 2011 when childhood friends decided it was time to invigorate a stagnant music scene, which for too long had been overdosing on melancholic non-melody and uninspired performers. Through an incessant schedule of rehearsing, writing and gigging, they are fast becoming the most talked-about live band on the Glasgow scene.
The Toi break the mould with their anthemic sing-a-long choruses, grooving bass, thunderous drums and a hunger to entertain their audience - be it in front of 50 or 5000 they give their all in each gig - much to the delight of their ever growing fan base. The aim of the band is simple, in a world of fear and negativity they aim to shine a light on people's souls and remind them how to have a good time. In an incredibly short amount of time this supercharged three piece have brought their anthemic live sound to every notable venue in Glasgow, as well as hotspots all the way to Germany. To date the boys have supported Hip Parade, Royal Republic, River 68's and American blues virtuoso Steve Schuffert. They've played to an increasing fan base which includes Tom Russel, DJ Ted and Jim Gelatly. As Richard Flynn testified in The Journal - "Their showmanship and talent is evident; it's an impressive performance considering the band has only existed since the beginning of this year (2011)".
The trio consists of Pol Healy on vocals/lead guitar, Andy Carr on bass and the bombastic Stevie "Dog" McLay on drums. They are indeed a rare breed these days - a live band in the truest sense! No , no backing tracks, no effects....just straight up live music, played with authentic soul and spirit. The band are bold and uncompromising about their major influences - they aspire to be up there emulating some of the truly legendary bands and that's why they cite The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses "and everything in between" as their heroes. Yet the tracks stand firm in their unique, elevated and powerful authentic sound.
The boys have been hard at work recording their debut album. So impressed was their Producer Nick Brine (whose previous clients include Oasis, Teenage Fanclub, Bruce Springsteen and The Darkness) that he's enlisted the assistance of Dan Hawkins - Ivor Novello, multi-platinum guitarist of "The Darkness" to coproduce the album.
Mastering at one of the top mastering houses in the UK will be taken care of by acclaimed engineer Pete Maher (U2, Rolling Stones, NiN, Snow Patrol, The killers, Linkin Park, Katy Perry and Pink to name just a few!) Their debut single "Get On It" is due to be released in October 2013 with an album launch party in Glasgow on November 23rd with the album released on the 25th November. "Get On It" is receiving rave reviews and generating some good airplay.
Lots of new and exciting things going on.......the best band you've never heard...until now!
WebLink: www.facebook.com/TheToiOfficial.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

VIRTUOSO SUPERGROUP RING OF FIRE RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM IN JANUARY 2014:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the return of Neoclassic Power Metal Super Group Ring Of Fire with the release of the band's brand new album Battle of Leningrad on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America.
Ring Of Fire is a band comprised of some incredible musicians including former Yngwie Malmsteen and Royal Hunt singer Mark Boals, classically-trained Artension keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij and none other than Tony MacAlpine on guitars.
Combining Melodic metal songs with fantasy-based lyrics, topped off with virtuoso performances from the line-up, the resulting Ring Of Fire albums proved to be exactly what many neoclassical-metal fans had waited for, creating a solid fan base for the band all over the world.
"Battle of Leningrad" is the band's fourth studio album, coming after a 9 years hiatus – a period which has seen the band members getting involved in other projects, most notably with singer Mark Boals becoming singer for Royal Hunt and Kuprij and MacAlpine touring with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Steve Vai respectively.
RING OF FIRE reconvened with Boals, MacAlpine and Kuprij during 2012, when they agreed to work on their unfinished business and develop a new album from the true story of the siege of Leningrad during the WWII.

Mark Boals explains: "It is a true story of the strength and resilience of the Russian people throughout history and particularly in this instance of 900 days of being surrounded on all sides with no food and no hope of rescue, under siege of the Nazi army. The magnificent city of Leningrad with millions of people trapped, found a way to withstand the daily attacks of rockets and bombs, the lack of food, water, and fuel for heat. Although more than 1 million starved to death, most survived, and the Nazis were never able to overtake the city completely. They were finally forced to retreat by the Russian army. Not widely known by most, this was an amazing story and one of World War II's finest examples of heroism in the worst circumstances imaginable".

Musically the album is all the fans have been waiting for. True "Neoclassic" Power Metal with technical and exciting musical passages which promise to reignite the Ring Of Fire flame among the fans! Former Stratovarius, Timo Tolkki played bass and mixed the album to perfection, while the other finnish musician Jami Huovinen (Sentiment) played drums on the album.
Battle of Leningrad will include the following songs: Mother Russia; They're Calling Your Name; Empire; Land Of Frozen Tears; Firewind; Where Angels Play; Battle Of Leningrad; No Way Out; Our World; Rain.
Samples of the songs can be enjoyed via this link: youtu.be/ik-yHZ-8QgI.

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THE STORY BEHIND THE NEW HYDROGYN TRACK:
Rock Me; the latest song from Hard Rockers Hydrogyn is the lead single and video from the forth coming release Break The Chains. Rock Me was recorded at Wireworld Studio in Nashville TN by heavy weight Producer Michael Wagener along with Julie and Jeff Westlake. The band also recorded another track as well that will be on the upcoming release. Rock Me was mixed by both Wagener and Westlake to show different sides of the song. "Michael had done the original mix which is big and very Michael Wagener. Julie and I also went into Ridgeline Studio's and did a mix for the video which has a modern twist to it. Both versions will be available" stated band founder and guitarist Jeff Westlake.
"This release is going to be the first of alot of frequent releases that may or may not be a full album. The price will reflect what it is but we have decided that we want to keep releasing new material so we have decided to probably make this an EP format and probably keep new stuff coming out every 6 to 8 months in this fashion" says Julie.
The video also features Angel of Angels Revenge from Huntsville Alabama that Jeff and Julie are currently working with in the studio for their debut release. The band has stated that there will be 3 video's for this effort and more to come from it as well.
More than ever Julie, Jeff, Chris & John thank fans, music lovers and media partners for supporting the band so far. Hydrogyn is back to Rock U all!
WebLinks: www.hydrogyn.com / www.youtube.com/user/POWGYtv.

I AM I LAUNCH NEW SINGLE:
The formidable driving force behind I Am I is singer ZP Theart. A founding member of the renowned UK metal act Dragonforce, he made four studio albums and a live record with the band and toured the world for a decade, eventually performing to audiences of up to 85,000 people. His time with the group also saw him nominated for a Grammy in 2009.
After his departure from Dragonforce in 2010, ZP worked tirelessly to put together his own group and, after carefully handpicking a set of expert musicians, the result was one of the most exciting new rock bands of 2012, I Am I. A promotional single entitled 'Silent Genocide' in the summer was followed by the release of a debut album, 'Event Horizon', in September 2012. Written and produced by ZP and Polish born guitarist Jacob Ziemba and mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (Helloween/Masterplan), its stunning blend of melody filled metal and riff based rock topped off by ZP's soaring vocal performances completed a package that was acclaimed worldwide by critics and audiences alike. A plethora of excellent UK reviews included:
"Superb debut built around stratospheric vocals, gravity-defying hooks and guitar-based drama." Kerrang!
"A promising debut. ZP Theart's voice remains as commanding and melodic as ever." Metal Hammer
"Soaring, majestic, triumphant, inspiring and uplifting." Powerplay
Released shortly after their first festival performance at Bloodstock Open Air, I Am I supported the album with a set of UK dates. Tours with Ugly Kid Joe and Skid Row ensued, while the band also performed electric and acoustic sets at both Hard Rock Hell 2012 and Download 2013. Generating positive reactions wherever they have played, the band are an absolute must see live, while ZP performs honestly and effortlessly, epitomising everything a real rock front man should be.

Having issued a cover version of John Farnham's classic 'You're The Voice' as a single in late 2012, I Am I are now set to unveil a brand new song entitled 'See You Again'. Explains ZP: "'See You Again' is our take on something that's been missing from the Rock scene for some considerable time now - a proper Rock ballad. Releasing a ballad as a single is probably not what most people would expect from us, but that's exactly why we have gone ahead and done it!" As for its subject matter: "Since the dawn of mankind we have longed for a lost loved one once they left this consciousness, knowing after life we will all meet up again in some way. The intent of this song is to take the edge off the waiting game. You may be gone, but while I'm here I'll remember you, and when it's time, I will see you again."
With live dates currently being arranged for the autumn of 2013, fans will soon have an opportunity to witness a reconfigured line-up of I Am I, which has recently seen the former Power Qwest duo of guitarist Andy Midgley and drummer Rich Smith join band mainstays ZP, guitarist Jacob Ziemba and bassist Neil Salmon to complete a formidable quintet.
'See You Again' is released on 11th November 2013. Distribution is via PlasticHead. iamiofficial.com.

MIKE TRAMP RELEASES AN ATYPICAL CHRISTMAS SONG:
The year 2013 has been an eventful one for Mike Tramp, the former White Lion and Freak Of Nature frontman. Since the release of his semi-acoustic solo album Cobblestone Street in April, Tramp has been touring constantly in Europe, Australia and in the States.
This year alone he has played over 100 shows. To wrap up 2013 Tramp will be releasing the Christmas single "The Way It Was Before" which is rather more serious than many other festive songs.
Tramp explains: "The Way It Was Before is actually a song that I have kept for many years. The song would never have been written if it hadn't been for the events in New York City on September 11th 2001, although it doesn't mention what happened that day. I experienced the tragedy from my home in Tasmania at the time and remember the emptiness and feeling of helplessness that I got. New York City had meant everything to me. It was where I went to live out my dream and where my American history began.
New York City was the place that I had called my home for many, many years. I even won a New York City Music Award as best rock singer. September 11th changed everything. Suddenly we all had to give up part of our freedom and learn to live with the chaos and the restrictions that came with it. At Christmas time that year I sat with my guitar, and it was there that the song came to me. A longing to return to the way that things used to be."

The Way It Was Before will be released in Europe via Target Records on November 11.

SIGNUM REGIS: NEW TRACK POSTED ONLINE:
The melodic metal band Signum Regis have uploaded the track "The Promised Land" to YouTube. The track comes off their up-coming album Exodus that will be released on November 15th in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Ulterium Records.
Check out the track at YouTube here: youtu.be/1b8vm1kVZR8.
"Exodus" feat. guest vocals by Lance King [ex. Pyramaze, Balance of Power], Michael Vescera [Obsession, Animetal USA], Matt Smith [Theocracy], DaĆ­sa Munhoz [Vandroya, Soulspell], Eli Prinsen [Sacred Warrior, The Sacrificed], Samuel Nyman [Manimal], Thomas L. Winkler [Gloryhammer, Emerald], Goran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum] and Mayo Petranin [Castaway]. The album was mastered by Tommy Hansen [Helloween, Jorn, Circus Maximus] and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire].
"Exodus" is a historical concept album about the Israelites who were enslaved in ancient Egypt. Check out an album teaser at YouTube: youtu.be/99bIAAvAhPg.
"Exodus" track listing: 01 - On The Nile 02 - Enslaved 03 - The Promised Land 04 - Let Us Go! 05 - Wrath Of Pharaoh 06 - The Ten Plagues 07 - Last Days In Egypt 08 - Exodus 09 - Song Of Deliverance 10 - Sole Survivor 11 – Mountain of God [CD bonus track]
"Exodus" can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store at www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.


SABBATH TO SWEDEN ROCK:
Rumours about this have run rampant the last few days, but now it is finally 100% confirmed: one of the biggest hard rock bands ever, and without question the most influential one, has been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival - Black Sabbath!
Few are the subgenres of hard rock that don't derive from Black Sabbath. The Birmingham behemoths changed the map of hard music for ever. Tony Iommi's detuned, ultra-heavy riffs, Geezer Butler's distorted, pulsating basslines, Bill Ward's explosive drumming, Ozzy Osbourne's unique, wailing vocals... The combination was totally unprecedented. In 1970-78 this lineup released eight albums, filled with dark and at times controversial classics. "Black sabbath", "Paranoid", "Iron man", "Children of the grave" and many more.
After the original band broke up, Black Sabbath still kept creating stellar music, fronted by such legendary singers as Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes and Tony Martin. Still, the fans were obviously excited beyond belief when the classic line-up eventually reunited. And finally, in 2013, their comeback album "13" was released. The success actually surpassed everybody's expectations - and at this point in time, we announce Black Sabbath as one of the main attractions of SRF 2014. Which will also be the only Swedish appearance that year for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos.
Sweden Rock Festival will be held in Sölvesborg, southern Sweden, June 4-7 2014. Among the other acts announced so far are Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, W.A.S.P, Emperor, Magnum, Uriah Heep, Arch Enemy, Transatlantic & Monster Magnet. In total, 84 bands will be performing on 5 stages over 4 days.
Tickets and more info can be found at www.swedenrock.com.


Monday, November 11, 2013

MELODICROCK FEST 4 - 2014:
MelodicRockFest 4 - Friday October 3 - Sunday October 5, 2014 @ Home Bar Chicago in Arlington Heights, IL

Line-up is almost in place folks! And I'm thrilled with the response from artists about performing and who will be in the final line-up. Unfortunately there are way more bands wanting to play then there are slots available, so some hard decisions need to be made.
exact timing of the line-up announcement is yet to be determined, but it will be before the end of the year and tickets and packages will be on sale in January!
MRF3 VIPs will get first chance pre-sale at this year's VIP tickets, and those packages will be expanded further. Hotel partner deals will again be on offer and announced in due course.
More information soon!

Questions, comments, thoughts, vendor or sponsor enquiries to: ajm@melodicrock.com.


WITHIN TEMPTATION PREPARE HYDRA FOR JANUARY:
Dutch melodic, symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation have announced details of their new highly anticipated new studio album Hydra, due out January 21, 2014. Full details at: www.within-temptation.com.
The album will be available in several luxury formats. The Hydra, a mythological serpent creature from ancient Greece, couldn't be killed. When one of its many heads was cut off, two more grew in its place… "It's like us – undefinable!" laughs Robert. "What's more, 'Hydra' is a perfect title for our new album, because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music."
Within Temptation collaborated with several special guests on 'Hydra': Tarja Turunen, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and metalcore hero Howard Jones, formerly of Killswitch Engage as well as US hip-hop icon Xzibit.
Robert: "Xzibit is amazing. 'And We Run' song is about how you've got to live your life now. He's rapping at full force on this song, it's really heavy." Sharon adds: "Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we've never had before! It's a new cross-over and we love it!" As for the mighty Tarja, Sharon recalls: "The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations."
One of the album's heaviest tracks, 'Dangerous' was recorded with the former Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, whose epic vocals are a perfect fit for Sharon's. "I always loved Howard's voice," she says. "He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we've ever written. It has the most bass drums we've ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It's not a typical synthesizer, though – it's distorted like a guitar, and it's very aggressive."
'Hydra' goes from strength to strength with 'Whole World Is Watching', featuring Soul Asylum's singer Dave Pirner. "When we wrote 'Whole World Is Watching', Dave was at the very top of our list. He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be."
Regular album Tracklist: 1. Let Us Burn 2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones 3. And We Run feat. Xzibit 4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja 5. Edge Of The World 6. Silver Moonlight 7. Covered By Roses 8. Dog Days 9. Tell Me Why 10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner.


NEW FROM AOR BLVD RECORDS:
Shea Roxi1988 - Taking a trip in our time machine back to 1988 when the airwaves were crammed with great melodic rock sounds, big hair was cool, and Grunge was years away, we find San Francisco based outfit Shea Roxi in the studio making a set of two demo tapes. Somewhat miraculously these demos make their way across the US, over the Atlantic and into the hand of Mr Kelv Hellrazer (at that time writing for Metal Forces) who commits to paper a glorious review of the music he heard on these tapes. This review singlehandedly gives birth to a cult following for Shea Roxi that stretches around the world, built on the foundations of tape trading a cult following that continues right to this very day. Returning to 2013, AOR Blvd Records have along with Shea Roxi main man Adam Moliner ensured the release of this long lost but much praised collection, seeing that it finally and officially sees the light of day. With liner notes by Rob Evans, this collection of prime time, guitar heavy, keyboard drenched and harmony laden AOR is sure to evoke memories of the heady days of the late 80s. Catchy hooks, addictive riffs, and soaring vocals are all on display here on what is sure to be one of the most sought after and appreciated releases of 2013. Strictly limited edition – only 500 copies will be pressed. Released 20th November 2013.

David A SaylorKiss of Judas - Since the release of his debut CD City of Angels¯ in 2012, David A Saylor has maintained a high profile providing guest lead vocals for Greek AOR Band Wild Rose on their highly regarded sophomore CD Dangerous¯ - released earlier this year. Returning to solo work, Kiss of Judas¯ sees Mr. Saylor explore a mixture of melodic rock styles from full blown AOR to that breezy West Coast style reminiscent of great bands of the 80s. Each song showcases great vocals, accompanied by catchy melodies and hook laden choruses. The keyboard sound of last year's debut remains in place with arrangements augmented by a beefed up guitar sound provided by both Huey Lucas (Phenomena) and David Mark Pearce (AOR/Chasing Violets). David's fellow Push UK band mate Paul Pryor is on bass duties and backing vocals really are a family affair, aptly handled by Georgina and Romany Saylor. David's voice has never sounded so good and the quality of his song writing seems to get better with each release. This CD is sure to please all lovers of AOR/Melodic Rock and is destined to be one of the best releases of 2013! The press is strictly limited to 500 copies ensuring this becomes a much sought after collectors piece for years to come! Release Date - out now.
WebLink: www.facebook.com/pages/AorBlvdRecords/257668050915497

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INTRODUCING DION BAYMAN:
Australian musician Dion Bayman is getting rave reviews in the melodic rock world for his new album 'Smoke And Mirrors'. With these reviews containing lines such as "...a masterpiece of modern AOR at its finest..." (woodysrockreviews.co.uk), "...pure melodic pop/rock bliss..." (myglobalmind.com) and "...will leave you hungry for more..." (heavyparadise.blogspot.com), Dion Bayman's future in the melodic rock/pop genre certainly looks bright.
From the age of six Dion began classical piano lessons with the Australian Music Examinations Board and continued these lessons for the next eleven years becoming an accomplished pianist. As a teenager, Dion began writing and recording his own original songs, many of which heavily requested and played on local radio stations. Dion was also becoming known as a singer and performer fronting several popular local rock bands. These bands included 'Backlash', 'Cavalry' and most recently 'Spiral'. His entertaining live shows and extensive touring has garnered a large and loyal following. Due to the excellent musicianship and increasing popularity of his respective bands, Dion has supported many chart topping acts including The Choirboys and Ian Moss.
Dion's musical tastes are wide ranging. However, his song writing influences include acts such as Matchbox Twenty, Bon Jovi, Richard Marx and Bryan Adams to name just a few. These influences are evident in Dion's music which he then blends with his own unique style. If you like songs that are infectious and hook-ridden, containing multilayered harmonies and anthemic choruses combined with lyrics from the heart, then Dion's new album 'Smoke And Mirrors' is sure to please.
Track listing: 01. Here I Am 02. All That I Am 03. Over To You 04. The Only One 05. Gone 06. Someday 07. Change 08. Everything 09. All My Life 10. Turn Back Time.
Album info: All vocals, instruments and programming by Dion Bayman. Album written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Dion Bayman.
WebLink: www.dionbayman.com.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Rockpages.gr have uploaded a video interview with Jeff Scott Soto, where he talks about...his tour, his next solo album, Gus G, Danger Angel, his biography, Queen, a forgotten project he did with Misfits members, and lots of more! rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=9816&type=1&lang=en.

Norwegian band Slaves To Fashion has just published a brand new song called "Breath Play" on YouTube. The song is showcasing new lead singer THOR ANDREAS SJŲEN's diversity as a metal singer and is written by guitarist Torfinn Sirnes, Sjųen and Geir Egil Thorstensen (Spirits of the Dead). Slaves To Fashion recently did the first live shows with Sjųen and the band is currently writing and recording another full-length album. www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVn159JsSG8.

INTERVIEWS WITH JOEY TEMPEST (EUROPE), RUNNING WILD, JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR AND BLACK WATER RISING:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Joey Tempest (Europe), Rolf Kasparek (Running Wild), Joanne Shaw Taylor, and rising US metal crew Black Water Rising, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-europe-running-wild-joanne-shaw-taylor-black-water-rising-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Europe frontman Joey Tempest discusses the band's new live CD/DVD/Blu Ray package "Live At Sweden Rock – 30th Anniversary Show". Joey selects four songs from the album, including Europe's covers of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" (featuring Scott Gorham) and UFO's "Light Out" (featuring Michael Schenker). Joey also talks about the band's plans to record and release a new album in 2014.
Also in the first hour, Running Wild mainman Rolf Kasparek gives the low down on the writing and recording of the band's new album "Resilient", and chooses two tracks. In part 2, Blues Rock guitar heroine Joanne Shaw Taylor drops in to talk about her new live album and DVD "Songs From The Road". The interview also features a pair of live songs from the new release.
The second hour also features a chat with Rob Traynor, frontman with rising US Metal crew Black Water Rising (currently on an American tour with Kill Devil Hill) , which looks at the band's new album "Pissed and Driven".
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from Alice Cooper, Michael Schenker, ZZ Top, Lita Ford, Flying Colors, The Ozark Montain Daredevils and Wretched Soul.
You can also listen on Sunday 10th November 15:00-17:00 GMT, repeated Wednesday 13th November 22:00-00:00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com.


Friday, November 08, 2013

MRR / MRCD UPDATE:
There was a considerable screw up in regards to the House of Shakira and Faith Circus pre-order CDs being sent out in the past weeks due to them arriving late here and there remains about 10-15 orders that have not yet been sent due to running out of Faith Circus CDs. I'm happy to report new stock arrives Monday, so all remaining pre-orders and any new orders placed will be sent out next Tuesday.

I'd like to invite anone that has yet to purchase any of the 3 recent MelodicRock titles to consider doing so now - the discounted package rate (with bonus tracks) will only be available for 1 more week.
House of Shakira - Pay To Play
Faith Circus - Turn Up The Band (2CD Edition)
MRCD11 - This One Goes To Eleven (Limited to 500 pressed, not a lot left).

Audio samples and full details to all 3 releases - plus PayPal purchase links here: MRR - 2013 New Releases.

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REUBEN ARCHER BECOMES TV JUNKIE:
REUBEN ARCHER, vocalist with hard rockers STAMPEDE and former vocalist of LAUTREC, WILD HORSES and LIONHEART has released the second single from new solo album Personal Sin.
The track, entitled TV JUNKIE is the follow up to debut single 'Play My Rock 'n' Roll' released this summer, and is available now via iTunes / Amazon.
View the new video here: youtu.be/nc8fNZjyYC4.
Personal Sin features 13 tracks produced by Reuben and Rob Wolverson and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Steve Harris). The album features guest appearances from Dave Meniketti (Y&T), John 'Rhino' Edwards (Status Quo), Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Snakecharmer), Harry James (Magnum, Thunder, Snakecharmer), Luke Morley (The Union, Thunder), Paul Quinn (Saxon), Paul Raymond (UFO, PRP), Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band), Rocky Newton (Lionheart, MSG), Kevin Riddles (Angel Witch, Tytan) and more.
The album is available now: www.amazon.co.uk/Reuben-Archers-Personal-Sin/dp/B00DSZCA4I / itunes.apple.com/gb/album/personal-sin/id672251245.
Reuben, who reformed melodic hard rockers and NWOBHM stalwarts Stampede in 2009 and is currently fronting the live line up of the Paul Raymond Project, took the decision to team up with young hot-shot Stampede guitarist and multi-talented music virtuoso Rob Wolverson to make a solo record last year after celebrating a landmark birthday.
Live tour dates are in the pipeline for March 2014, to be announced soon.

Reuben Archer's Personal Sin Track listing: 1. Bulletproof 2. Play My Rock 'n' Roll (ft. Rocky Newton) 3. Personal Sin (ft. Dave Meniketti, Harry James & John 'Rhino' Edwards) 4. Lately (ft. Harry James & Kevin Riddles) 5. Time On My Hands (ft. Derek Holt & Steve Holbrook) 6. Desperation Train (ft. Luke Morley, Derek Holt & Steve Holbrook) 7. TV Junkie 8. Ace Café (ft. Paul Quinn, Harry James, John 'Rhino Edwards', Steve Holbrook) 9. Spanish Nights (ft. Steve Holbrook) 10. Reuben's Blues (ft. Paul Quinn, Neil Murray, Paul Raymond) 11. Shakin' All Over 12. Like A Clown 13. Sooner Or Later.
For further information head to: www.reubenarcher.com / www.toxicarrowrecords.com.

MORE DOGGY NOISE:
Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs will be the special interview on this week's episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) broadcasting this Friday 1-3PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) Billy reveals some fascinating stories about the early days of the DLR Band and the awkward dance around the original Van Halen break-up! Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com where you can also find additional air-times and affiliates.

JACK STARR ARCHIVE RELEASE OUT NOW:
Out Of The Darkness, the awesome album of JACK STARR featuring RHETT FORRESTER from 1984, will be re-released via Limb Music on November 8.
For more than three decades now, the New York based musician JACK STARR is a highly acclaimed guitarist within the Metal scene. His brand marks are thumping great guitar riffs and high class Power Metal hymns, as they can be heard also on his latest BURNING STARR output in 2011, "Land Of The Dead".
"Out Of The Darkness" was the first solo album of JACK STARR after leaving VIRGIN STEELE and was originally released in 1984. Ex-RIOT frontman RHETT FORRESTER was hired as the singer for this album, because his bluesy voice was a perfect match for JACK STARR's musical concept. The songs on "Out Of The Darkness" are stamped by power riffs, thundering drums and a superb mixture of melody and power. Today, almost 30 years after the first release, the album is still capable of making its mark. Therefore, Limb Music has taken it upon itself to re-release this valuable part of Heavy Metal history and to enhance it with bonus material.
Besides the regular songs, "Out Of The Darkness", newly mastered by R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil's Train) contains additional material from different creative periods of JACK STARR, the previously unreleased track "Blue Tears Falling" and five instrumental songs from STARR's 1990 album release "A Minor Disturbance".

MRX COUNTDOWN CONTINUES!:
MRX has been updated once again and yes, we're continuing on with that awesome Billboard Rock Top 40 Chart history theme...
This week we have the first 80+ songs from the 1986 Rock Chart featured. Next week the rest of 1986 will be posted for a total off 200 classic rock songs. 1987 and 1985 are still available, but for a short time only! Think we'll do 1988 next...
Help support MelodicRock.com and Join MRX Now.


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Thursday, November 07, 2013

PLACE VENDOME "TALK TO ME" (OFFICIAL VIDEO / NEW ALBUM 2013):
Place Vendome Talk To Me, is taken from the new studio album Thunder in the Distance. Available NOW!
LINE UP: Michael Kiske -- Lead Vocals; Dennis Ward -- Bass, vocals, rhythm guitars; Dirk Bruineberg-- Drums; Gunter Werno -- Keyboards; Uwe Reitenauer -- Lead guitars.
Mixed and produced by Dennis Ward.


INTRODUCING WAMI:
In the early Spring of the coming year, a project that will give new meaning to hard'n'heavy music will see the light of day ! The names associated with it are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals - Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums - Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Dio), on the bass - Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 15-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.

The idea to record an album together was born after Thin Lizzy's concert in Poland. The bassist Marco Mendoza, delighted with the young guitarist Iggy, who supported Thin Lizzy with his band Anti Tank Nun, suggested that they record some music together. This first idea, which was maturing for the next dozen-odd months, eventually evolved into the project involving legendary musicians, who are currently recording a brand new album together with Iggy. The drummer Vinny Appice, renowned for playing in some of the best heavy metal bands of worldwide fame, as also the bassist Marco Mendoza have already finished recording bass and drum tracks in Los Angeles. Near the end of November, Doogie White will confront his vocal talent with Iggy's guitar technique during their recording sessions. Hard rock fans can well expect the results of these sessions to be truly outstanding! The album is to be mixed by the end of the year and will be released already in the early Spring!
Full details to be announced soon!


HYDROGYN READY TO ROCK YOU:
A brand new Hydrogyn single Rock Me has just been released, with the video viewable below:


Q5 TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL:
Three Seattle bands debuted with heavy metal masterpieces in the early 80s. Queensr˙che, Metal Church - and Q5. The latter band's "Steel the light" (1984) became an instant classic. The album is a stunning melting pot of uptempo metal riffs European style (Accept in particular), relentless AC/DC grooving and tints of evil glam, reminiscent of Quiet Riot and Helix. Sadly, Q5's sophomore effort "When the mirror cracks" (1986) failed to build on the momentum, marking a shift to synthesizer-based AOR. After their demise, Q5 have gained cult status for generations of headbangers. To them, this reunion, especially for SRF and marking the band's first concert in Sweden ever, is a dream come true.
More info at www.swedenrock.com.

SHREDGUY RECORDS AND SUMTHINFIERCE RECORDS COLLABORATE ON NEW TOBY KNAPP RELEASE:
Shredguy Records and Sumthinfierce Records have joined forces to bring fans of heavy metal guitar, Toby Knapp - Archives Of Magick.
This special two hour double disc compilation reaches far back into Knapp's history from 1988 to the present. Unreleased neo-classical instrumentals, never before heard Onward tracks and serious explorations into extreme musical genres. This limited pressing is autographed by Knapp, who has had a very prolific year with the release of the critically acclaimed Static Warfare and the upcoming reissues of his band Onwards first two albums.

Michael McDowell of Shredguy Records says about the project, "It has been great working with Curtis Wray and Sumthinfierce Records. Curtis Wray has a passion for music that is unrivaled in this business. We are both based in Ohio(USA) and have been releasing music for the past few years, but never had a joint release. There have been projects we tried to get going with some local yokels in Ohio that ultimately failed, so it was great working with a professional and internationally known guitar player like Toby Knapp who has toured the world and is known throughout the guitar community as a great player."
This limited edition cd can be purchased at www.sumthinfierce.com and www.tobyknapp.bigcartel.com.


FOCUS ON METAL TALK DIO:
From the guys at Focus On Metal on their in-depth look at Dio's Strange Highways - Episode 1: "We have seven interviews in total and nearly 7 hours of audio. From the band bassist Jeff Pilson, guitarist Tracy G, drummer Vinny Appice, keyboardist Scott Warren. Also discussions with producer Mike Fraser, Jerry Best who played bass with Freak of Nature on the European leg of the Strange Highways tour, Frank Hart and Jonathan Marshall from Atomic Opera who played on the U.S leg of the tour. The project took us 5 months to complete and we have just posted the first episode featuring Jeff Pilson, here's the links: www.focusonmetal.net / www.castironring.com / and iTunes."

DAVID Z IN FOCUS:
And from Music & Interviews: "I just posted a new career-spanning interview with David Z, current bassist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra and ZO2. In it, Dave discusses the songwriting process and some of the concert highlights of ZO2, as well as the recent announcement of the band's retirement. He also talks about his time with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, from how he landed the gig, the energy he brings to the stage, and working with Al Pitrelli in the studio. He also talks about the growing success of his 80s tribute band, Rubix Kube.
Direct Link to the interview: musicandartinterviews.blogspot.com/2013/11/david-z.html."

ROCK BITES BY NEIL DANIELS PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE:
Rock Bites features dozens of reviews, articles and interviews that prolific rock and metal author Neil Daniels has written over the past decade. From books on rock 'n' roll to music DVDs, features on AC/DC, interviews with the Backyard Babies and obituaries on legendary musicians, Rock Bites is another hefty collection for die-hard rockers. Daniels covers the full breadth of the genre from Judas Priest to Iron Maiden via Meat Loaf, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, amongst lots of other high-profile artists. Visit neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com for further info.
286 pages; ISBN: 978-1492906773 Buy from:
Amazon UK
(paperback): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels/dp/1492906778/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383814033&sr=1-1&keywords=rock+bites
(eBook): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00GHILH1A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383814263&sr=8-1&keywords=B00GHILH1A
Amazon US:
(paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels/dp/1492906778/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383814178&sr=1-2&keywords=rock+bites
(eBook): http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Bites-Neil-Daniels-ebook/dp/B00GHILH1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383814457&sr=1-1&keywords=B00GHILH1A
Blog: neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com / www.facebook.com/people/Neil-Daniels/698935273.



Wednesday, November 06, 2013

MITCH MALLOY: VAN HALEN'S LOST BOY:
Mitch Malloy is the subject of a documentary currently being edited for completion. But one interesting aspect of Mitch's career is covered by one chapter of the doco which has been pre-released today:

"The legacy of Van Halen has never had a shortage of drama or die-hard fans...and rocker Mitch Malloy has a unique place within the still-unfolding drama. Following the ousting of Sammy Hagar from the band Malloy was tapped as the lead singer replacement, but subsequently declined this rock royalty position. For years Mitch Malloy's story was touched on but never fully revealed, mostly by Malloy to avoid conflict with his current musical pursuits. After the publication of "Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga," which mentions Malloy, fans and media continually asked about his Van Halen experience. This is Mitch's story. Mitch Malloy: Van Halen's Lost Boy."
View the documenary pre-release chapter at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxF4WRORQ9s&feature=youtu.be.


NEW TOTO ALBUM FINALLY UNDERWAY:
It's been way too long, but a new Toto studio album is finally a reality, with principle members Steve Lukather and David Paich both commenting this week that writing sessions had commenced.
David Paich: "GOOD MORNING! What's everyone doing today? What's that you ask? Oh, you want to know what I'm doing? I'll just be here in my studio writing for the new Toto album!!"
Steve Lukather: "Also cant wait to get home and start writing with all the guys for the NEW Toto studio record! There are already some killers brewing... Yes its gonna happen! Hope everyone is having a great day." and "Also comin up with new ideas in my room for Toto. We are gonna dig DEEP for this one!"

I can reveal that the rough timeline is to write and record during 2014, mix late in the year for an early 2015 release.


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

PRIMAL FEAR TO START THE METALLIC NEW YEAR WITH A BANG!:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Primal Fear new album Delivering the Black on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America.
On the heels of the general consensus met by the previous studio album "Unbreakable" which was the band's highest chart entry in Germany at Position #31, charting in 7 other countries, Primal Fear are only getting better with time and metal fans around the world are acknowledging this.
After some very intense songwriting sessions and pre-production schedule, the band started to record the new album, "Delivering The Black" in summer 2013 at the House of Music studios in Germany, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Koehler. The idea was to create the most powerful Primal Fear album ever! The band then moved to Denmark in September to finish the album with acclaimed producer/engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe) handling the mix.

"Delivering The Black" combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. The centerpiece of the album is the two epic tracks "When Death Comes Knocking" and the 10 minute opus "One Night In December", spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.
Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like the title track, the album opener "King For A Day" or the groove monsters "Alive And On Fire" and "Road To Asylum" hit the bulls-eye just like the untamed speed killer "Rebel Faction". The outstanding ballad "Born With A Broken Heart" shows a new side of Primal Fear with an acoustic guitar vibe and the addition of Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes) on backing vocals.

Singer Ralf Scheepers says: "We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production, that we were working on something very special this time! And now the result is just an amazing Metal album, I'm extremely proud of!" Producer/bassist Mat Sinner adds: "The songs, the production, the sound – this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob was fantastic choice to mix the album!"

The release of "Delivering the Black" will be anticipated by the release of the digital only single / video "When Death Comes Knocking" on December 2nd – a song which sets the pace for the outstanding quality of production and songwriting displayed on the full album. You can enjoy a sample of the track following this link: youtu.be/TK7BEWgEkQE.
Delivering The Black will be available in regular cd edition, deluxe edition with 2 bonus tracks and – in cooperation with Soulfood Music - vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a Super-de-luxe version including a metallic eagle!


"Delivering The Black" tracklisting includes: King For a Day; Rebel Faction; When Death Comes Knocking; Alive & On Fire; Delivering the Black; Road to Asylum; One Night In December; Never Pray for Justice; Born with a Broken Heart; Innocent Man (*); Inseminoid; Man Without Shadow (*);When Death Comes Knocking (Single Edit) (*) Only available on Deluxe edition.
DVD (Only available with Deluxe edition) – When Death Comes Knocking (video), King For A Day (video), Making of the Album (video).

Don't miss the German Metal Commando on their worldwide tour in 2014!

Rock Hard presents: Eagles & Lions Tour 2014 - Primal Fear, Bullet & Special Guest
24.01.14 D-Regensburg - Airport Obertraubling
25.01.14 D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
26.01.14 D-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
28.01.14 D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
29.01.14 CH-Pratteln - Z 7
31.01.14 ES-Madrid - Penelope
01.02.14 ES-Bilbao - Santana 27
02.02.14 ES-Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
06.02.14 D-Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
07.02.14 BEL-Vosselaar - Biebob
08.02.14 D-Bochum - Matrix
11.02.14 D-Berlin - K 17
14.02.14 SL-Bratislava - Majestic
15.02.14 CZ-Zlin - MOR Cafe
16.02.14 SL-Kosice - Collosseum
…… more shows will be added soon!

Primal Fear on tour with Rock Meets Classic feat. Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep & more!
09.03.14 BERLIN - Tempodrom
11.03.14 FRANKFURT - Jahrhunderthalle
12.03.14 NEU-ULM - Ratiopharm Arena
13.03.14 NÜRNBERG - Arena
14.03.14 WÜRZBURG - S.Oliver Arena
16.03.14 PASSAU - Dreiländerhalle
18.03.14 MANNHEIM - SAP Arena
19.03.14 KEMPTEN - Big BOX Allgäu
20.03.14 MÜNCHEN - Olympiahalle
22.03.14 REGENSBURG - Donau-Arena
23.03.14 CH - ZUERICH - Hallenstadion
25.03.14 F - STRASBOURG – Zenith
26.03.14 AT - INNSBRUCK - Olympiahalle
27.03.14 INGOLSTADT - Saturn Arena
29.03.14 HALLE - Gerry Weber Stadion
30.03.14 LEIPZIG - Arena
01.04.14 HAMBURG - O2 World
02.04.14 ESSEN - Grugahalle
04.04.14 STUTTGART - Porsche-Arena
05.04.14 DRESDEN - Messehalle 1

BW&BK - Bravewords.com presents: Primal Fear - North America 2014
29.04.14 USA Baltimore - Soundstage
30.04.14 USA New York - Stage 48
01.05.14 CAN Quebec - Le Cercle
02.05.14 CAN Montreal - Petit Campus
03.05.14 CAN Toronto - MOD Club
04.05.14 USA Cleveland - Agora Theater
06.05.14 USA Joliet, Illinois - Mojoes
07.05.14 USA Lawrence, Kansas - Granada Theater
08.05.14 USA Denver - Bluebird Theater
10.05.14 USA Seattle - El Corazon
11.05.14 CAN Vancouver - The Venue
12.05.14 USA Portland - Hawthorne Theater
14.05.14 USA San Francisco - DNA Lounge
15.05.14 USA Anaheim California - The Grove
16.05.14 USA Tempe, Arizona - Club Red
18.05.14 USA Dallas, Texas - Trees
19.05.14 USA Houston, Texas - Scout Bar
21.05.14 USA Atlanta - The Masquerade
22.05.14 USA Louisville - Diamond Pub
23.05.14 USA Pittsburgh - Altar Bar
24.05.14 USA Rochester - Montage Music Hall
…… forthcoming South & Central America & Australia.

Primal Fear: Ralf Scheepers – Vocals; Alex Beyrodt – Guitars; Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards; Randy Black – Drums; Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals.
WebLinks: www.primalfear.de / www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial.


MELODICROCK.COM & ROCK SOLDIERS PRESENT - PAUL LAINE DOWNUNDER IN DECEMBER:
Paul Laine will be heading to Australia in December 2013 and will be playing two live shows backed by Aussie melodic rockers The Radio Sun.
This will be Paul's first ever live dates in Australia and he will be playing a selection of songs from his solo work, Danger Danger and Shugaazer catalogue.
Paul Laine, The Radio Sun & Kill Shott will play in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday 3rd of December 2013 at the Cherry Bar and in Sydney, Australia on Thursday 5th of December 2013 at Valve@Agincourt – with support from The Radio Sun and Sydney's White Stallion) *note : Valve's new address : 871 George St. Sydney).
A night not to be missed by fans of AOR/heavy rock! Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased from Radical Records and Realm Of Kaos in Melbourne and at Utopia in Sydney or at the door of both venues. In related news, Paul Laine is currently putting the finishing touches on The Radio Sun debut album titled 'Wrong Things Right' due for release in 2014.

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FIST BITE FROM JAKE E LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL DUE:
The debut album from Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel is set to appear in japan December 18. A European release will be announced shortly.


FIREFEST 2014 LATEST … UNSIGNED OPENING BAND COMPETITION:
As the last Firefest beckons, we have looked back over the years with a huge sense of pride and achievement. We were wondering what we could do just to make that last Firefest a little bit special considering we had to sadly refuse a LOT of bands the opportunity to play the show due to the fact that we simply could not fit everybody in. During a discussion with some of the bands, we were remembering the "good old days" – touring the toilets of the world and of course the good old "buy on" – basically where bands pay to be part of a particular tour – just to get the opportunity to play in front of a decent crowd, a practice that Firefest has never agreed with.
Bearing that in mind, Firefest is going to make the dream come true for One Unsigned UK melodic hard rock/AOR band by offering them the chance to OPEN the Firefest 2014 show. This is our way of helping out the up and coming bands that are struggling to get out there and play live in front of a dedicated audience. The criteria?

1. The band must be un signed to any record company
2. The band must be available to play on October 24, 2014
3. Musically the band MUST fit the melodic hard rock/AOR format of Firefest
4. The band must be UK based

So how does it work? We want you to send us your EPKs or demos, including a full band biography, before Thursday November 14. The Firefest team will listen to everything we receive and we will select 6 bands to be considered. Having selected the final 6 bands, each band will be featured on the Steve Price Rock Show on www.arfm.co.uk broadcasting on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6pm to 9pm GMT. The first three bands will be featured on Saturday November 16 and the second three bands will be featured on Sunday November 17.
This will be a public vote – bands of course are free to garner as much support as they can – details of how and where to vote will follow shortly – please check on www.firefestofficial.com and Firefest Official Group on Facebook for the details.

Once all 6 bands have been featured, the top three bands with the most votes will go forward to the final vote .The remaining three bands will be featured on the Steve Price rock show on Saturday November 23 and bands can once again garner all the support they wish – but final voting closes on Monday November 25 – after which the band with the most votes will open the Firefest 2014 show in front of, hopefully, a full house at Rock City.
We would encourage EVERYONE to vote, especially Firefest patrons, as essentially the winner will be playing in front of YOU. We hope this opportunity to open the Final Firefest will help an unsigned band to establish a foothold, however small, in the live arena and most of all an opportunity to rock in front of a dedicated melodic hard rock audience.
Please submit all Electronic Press Kits/mp3s to firefest@hotmail.com with "UNSIGNED" CLEARLY MARKED IN THE HEADING – otherwise it will not be read.
Good luck to all the unsigned bands out there, we look forward to welcoming one of you to Firefest 2104 as an artist.

VASBY ROCK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INITIAL BANDS:
Väsby Rock Festival Crew wants to proudly inform that a new Väsby Rock Festival will take place in Upplands Väsby (Vilundaparken) July 18-19th 2014. One of many news is that the festival will be rocking over two days and there will be a camp-area nearby Vilundaparken.
The festival will host 25 different bands in total and we can now proudly present the first six of them:
-TNT- reunion with Tony Harnell -At Vance -Coldspell -Devil´s Train -House Of Shakira -Degreed.

None of the bands above is a headliner band. The two headliners will be presented in the future although one of the forthcoming headliner bands is already signed. The rest of the bands including the two headliners will be released every now and then at vasbyrockfestival.se.
Tickets will be released at Tickster.se 1/11 2013. There will be a 2-day ticket and a 2-day VIP-ticket for sale. The camping tickets will also be on sale at Tickster.se
All additional info will be posted at vasbyrockfestival.se and the first 6 bands (as above) will be released Friday 1/11 at 19.00.

SILENT FORCE RISING FROM ASHES WILL BE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 13:
After an almost 7-year break, Melodic Metal masters Silent Force, the band founded and led by guitar player Alex Beyrodt, finally returns with a new studio album. And its title (Rising From Ashes) couldn't be more appropriate, as many thought that the highly-acclaimed group had disbanded and would be gone forever, especially after Beyrodt's success with his classic hard rock band Voodoo Circle and joining the line-up of both Primal Fear and Sinner.
But now Silent Force are finally back – with 'fulll force'¯.
The band's new vocalist is no other than Michael Bormann – in his case it could be said "old/new" because he already sang on the first (and only) album of the Silent Force predecessor The Sygnet (1998). Mat Sinner (bass), Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboards) and drummer Andre Hilgers (who is a part of Silent Force and even The Sygnet from the beginning on) are completing the new line-up.
Right after putting finishing touches on the new album, Silent Force were filming a video clip for the first single Circle Of Trust¯. Melodic metal fans will receive a true highlight release late in the year with Rising From Ashes - an album that has all tyypical Silent Force trademarks and continues right where the band left off years ago.
Alex Beyrodt comments: "For me "Rising From Ashes" is not just another new Silent Force record. The long break was necessary to rebuild the band and get rid of all false ascendancy. The new line-up speaks for itself, so does Rising From Ashes."

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GLAM ROCK ICON MICHAEL DES BARRES RELEASES NEW LIVE ALBUM HOT 'N STICKY:
Los Angeles, CA – Riding the wave of critical acclaim from critics and peers such as Stevie Van Zandt for his album Carnaby Street, Michael Des Barres is releasing a live album recently recorded at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood. Hot 'n Sticky is just as the title describes, delivering the songs from Carnaby Street and other personal favorites the way this music is meant to be enjoyed. It's down-n-dirty, straight-up rock 'n roll played by a great band, and Michael Des Barres is here to bring it back with Hot 'n Sticky.
"I had no plans to record a live album that night. I record everything so I have something to dance to, but this happened to be one of those hot and sticky nights when the music plays itself, and we became like a primal, blusey, electric machine. Of course it helps that we've played every club, dive bar and juke joint that would have us. That's where rock 'n roll lives --- no video screens, no lasers, dancers or lip synching, just raw incantations from the Olympian heights of rock 'n roll heaven." - Michael Des Barres.

Hot 'n Sticky will be officially released by MDBimmedia on November 5, 2013 and will be available in both digital and physical formats via all major outlets including iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and directly from the artist at michaeldesbarres.bandcamp.com. To preview Hot 'n Sticky in its entirety, go to soundcloud.com/michael-des-barres/sets/hot-n-sticky.
"Rock ain't near dead, and if you need any convincing on this point listen no further than Michael Des Barres' fiery new live set, Hot 'n Sticky. This disc will cure what ails you with ample doses of rhythm, blues, and a pure love of rock 'n' roll. The set moves, grooves, and shakes you down with a top-flight band of LA aces and a frontman who melts all those before him. Rock's royalty has made it through the darkness that eclipsed the breed and their art throughout the '80s and '90s. The real rockers such as Ian Hunter, Glenn Hughes, and Michael Des Barres have all saved up and not spent it all. They're alive, well and proving on a regular basis that rock may not be on the radio, but it's doing just fine as an art form." - Tony Conley, Rock Guitar Daily

Michael Des Barres has been on the rock n' roll scene for more than four decades. A European Marquis, Michael was raised in England and now lives in Los Angeles. His enduring love of Delta blues and the rock and soul of the mid-60s beat boom, carries forth from his days as the front man for such seminal 1970s bands as Silverhead and Detective, a band personally signed by Jimmy Page to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song records in 1975.
Michael Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song "Obsession", which later became a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion; the track has been featured in numerous movies throughout the years. His album Carnaby Street garnered a first-round Grammy nomination and two SiriusXM "Songs of the Week" last year.
Today, Michael Des Barres sets the bar for a new breed of healthy rock stars, pushing boundaries as multi-media force of nature. In addition to two weekly syndicated radio shows, Roots & Branches and The Michael Des Barres Show, he has appeared in feature films and countless hit television shows such as NCIS, Nip/Tuck, The Finder, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver. Michael has also been featured in music videos for Maroon 5 and Rihanna and co-stars with Robert Carlyle in the just-released film California Solo. Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa's legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen… and now it's back on the road, coming to a dive bar or stadium near you!
For more information: www.mdbimmedia.com.


DEATH DEALER WOULD ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF DRUMMER STEVE BOLOGNESE TO IT'S RANKS:
As previous drummer for Into Eternity and a Berklee College of Music instructor, Steve Bolognese is often spoken of as the Drummer's "Drummer" having received mentoring from drum prodigy Mike Mangini (Dream Theater). www.berklee.edu/people/stephen-bolognese
Steve: - "I'm happy to announce I have joined Death Dealer. It's been awhile since I've played such triumphant metal but it feels great to be back at it. It's amazing to be in a band with such talented musicians. I'm Really looking forward to working on this new epic material and hitting the road with it for all to see."
Vocalist Sean Peck - "When we discovered Steve was interested in joining the band, I called him up and found out he is a true road warrior. We have a lot of tour plans coming up and he has been on some great ones. He knows the game and how to bend it to his will, no matter what the circumstances may be. Besides being a technical thrash master from hell, he is a funny dude and fun to hang out with which will make him a welcome addition to Death Dealer as we get ready to really blast off with a packed 2014 schedule! I couldn't be happier!"
Guitarist Stu Marshall - "While Steve has some amazing technical credentials, he has a strong foundation as a fan in traditional and true metal, he's a total monster behind that kit." Steve joins Death Dealer residing on the west coast of the United states, close to Mike Davis (Bass) and Sean Peck (Vocals)."
Bassist Mike Davis - "Steve and I have been jamming the Death Dealer set for a few months now here in Hollywood and it has just been ferocious! He was our targeted first choice when we knew Rhino needed to be replaced. We are just glad he was available and now it is time to throw down the gauntlet! Now that three of us in the band are located here in Southern California, it makes it everything we are planning and doing that much easier."
Death Dealer would like to wish Kenny (Rhino) Earl all the best as he departs the unit to spend more time with his family and concentrate on a career outside of music. He will always be our brother.
2014 brings the second "yet to be titled" Death Dealer album and the band is now writing the material for this release. Wide scale touring is currently being planned with announcements to be made very soon.
WebLink: www.deathdealer.co.

VENICE PREVIEW NEW ALBUM ON YOUTUBE:
Venice has released a cleverly made preview of their forthcoming double CD, "What Summer Brings," featuring snippets of all of the album's 20 tracks. It can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pveQyCLMiCU.
Be sure and watch until the end, so you don't miss the surprise. The album releases in Europe this week, and in America mid-December. American fans can pre-order the CD directly from the band at their official webpage, www.venicecentral.com. Outside of America, to save on postage fees, the album can be purchased from www.aanspreekpunt.nl.

ON THE TUBE:
Mitch Malloy has released a new single - a cover of the Bruno Mars song When I was your man. You can purchase via: itunes.apple.com/us/album/when-i-was-your-man-single/id737913413 and view a video now at YouTube:


Myland debut a new video from the album Tales From The Inner Planet - She's Gonna Runaway:


LITA FORD ALBUM STREAMING FROM TODAY:
The Bitch is Back...Live is a brand new live album from the queen of Hard Rock and Metal Lita Ford. The album will be released in North America tomorrow via Steamhammer/SPV. Today Yahoo Music is streaming the album in its entirety HERE. Check it out and be sure to order a copy on Amazon or iTunes.
Following the release of her TRUE comeback album "Living Like a Runaway", LITA took to the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California in early October of 2012 to showcase the new material as well as Lita Ford classics. This killer show was recorded for the live album The Bitch is Back...Live. Where does the title come from? Lita opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track "The Bitch is Back", which was previously released as a bonus track on "Living Like a Runaway". It may be a strong proclamation, but it is true...the bitch is back and bringing it live. Now fans have a chance to be a part of this memorable evening and performance.

VINCE NEIL PARTNERS WITH VEGAS RESTAURATEURS TO BRING HIS TATUADO BRAND TO CIRCUS CIRCUS:
New Rock 'n' Roll Hotspot Debuts Saturday, Nov. 9
In an effort to bring the rock 'n' roll vibe of the Sunset Strip to Las Vegas, longtime restaurant aficionados and owners of Kahunaville at Treasure Island, David Tuttleman and Mark Green, have partnered with Mötley Crüe front man Vince Neil to re-brand their 14,000 square foot Circus Circus venue, Rock 'n Rita's.
The new venues, Vince Neil's Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party! and Vince Neil's Party Bus Bar, which open to the public Saturday Nov. 9, showcase the combination of Neil's affinity for tattoos and tequila with Tuttleman and Green's emphasis on a fun and exciting party-like environment. The mouth-watering menu offers up Neil's signature Tatuado burgers, burritos and more to tantalize guests' taste buds. The dining room bar allows guests to pair their meal with a cold beer, lavish cocktail or one of the rocker's very own premium brands. "I have wanted to expand the Tatuado brand and bring it to The Strip for a while," said Vince Neil. "Teaming with David and Mark to recreate Rock & Rita's into my own spot will create a true home for the brand. People can come have a great time and enjoy my signature line of spirits while they party."


Pictured (left to right): Mark Weiss, Vince Neil and David Tuttleman
Owner of Rock 'n Rita's David Tuttleman said, "When we launched Rock & Rita's, I wanted to create a rock 'n' roll party vibe where our guests could experience a true Vegas party. Teaming up with Vince is going to take that concept to the next level, creating an authentic atmosphere with an edgy tattooed feel, different from others you find here in town. I really want to submerge guests into the true lifestyle and party atmosphere of a rock star. I have been friends with rock 'n roll photographer Mark Weiss for many years, so when it came time to design the new space, it was a no-brainer to utilize his creativity." The three are combining their creative talents for the new Vince Neil's Eat Drink Party! at Circus Circus which will bring the Sunset Strip to Las Vegas.
Photographer Mark Weiss, who was an integral part of the creative vision for the restaurant and bar areas, added, "In 1982, after shooting Mötley Crüe for their first national magazine spread, Vince took me to the infamous Rainbow on the Sunset Strip. We ate, we drank and we definitely partied. When I walked into Rock & Rita's to be a part of the creative design team on this project, I was immediately taken back to those days at the Rainbow and was inspired to help create the feel and passion of the Sunset Strip." -Mark Weiss

The main space, branded as Vince Neil's Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party!, is the ultimate definition of Neil's Tatuado brand and outrageous lifestyle. Throughout the dining room, the ambiance of the venue embraces Tatuado, meaning tattoo, artwork and imagery, along with the iconic rocker's most prized possessions, including gold and platinum records from his enormous success with Mötley Crüe. Guests will be immersed in an ambiance reminiscent of the legendary Sunset Strip rock clubs where Neil and his pals launched their paths to stardom. Two large video walls, projection screens and 22 HD flat screens, located throughout the restaurant and satellite bars, will entertain guests with rock-infused music videos and candid behind-the-scenes video of the rocker enjoying Las Vegas. True Vince Neil fans can feel at home as they party to Mötley Crüe hits and more, streamed through the premium sound system. Just upstairs from the restaurant, visitors can enjoy Vince Neil's Party Bus Bar, appropriately nicknamed "Bus Bar." The well-known full-size bus features flair bartenders and party girls offering up shots and creative to-go drinks. Party-goers will feel as if they have been swept into a post-concert-like tailgate party.
Additionally, sports fans can take a break from their rock star-style partying to gamble and grab a drink in the existing Rock & Rita's Sports Bar. Retaining the original branding, the sports bar embodies the All-American party for which Tuttleman and Green have become known. Avid gamblers can enjoy access to the adjoining Circus Circus Race and Sports Book, as well as counter-top video gaming machines. For more information on Vince Neil's Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party!, Vince Neil's Party Bus Bar and the Rock & Rita's Sports Bar at Circus Circus, visit www.VinceNeilsParty.com.

FOGHAT ROCKS THE HOLIDAYS WITH "WINTER WONDERLAND":
Foghat is ready to spread some holiday cheer with their amps cranked to ten for their instrumental Rockin version of Winter Wonderland.Only the second instrumental ever recorded by Foghat (2010s "495 Boogie" being the first), the band - comprised of drummer Roger Earl, bassist Craig MacGregor, lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett, and singer/guitarist Charlie Huhn - had a lot of fun recording the track down at their home/studio, Boogie Motel South,¯ in Florida, where they simply picked up their instruments, and started jammin. The tune started to rock and some surprising extras were added to lend to the holiday spirit.
Foghat's presence has remained steady on rock radio for decades, due to such all-time rock anthems as "Slow Ride" and "Fool for the City." And the band continues not only to tour, but to churn out more-than-worthy new tracks to add to their vast catalog of gems, such as this rockin' take on the holiday classic. The all-instrumental tune is in digital-only format, and will be released on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, via Foghat Records.
As Earl explains, "I wasn't so sure about doing a stinkin Christmas song. Bah Humbug! But once the band got together it turned out to be a lot of fun. Towards the end, we had a few glasses of wine and everything was fine. Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas everybody!¯"
Bassett, who does some amazing slide playing on this track, also pointed out that he pays tribute to a legendary guitarist on the tune - "We decided to do a fun interpretation of a holiday classic and for my part I wanted to give a nod to one of my favorite guitarists, Lowell George of Little Feat."
In addition to the new instrumental version of Winter Wonderland¯ (written by Felix Bernard & Richard B Smith), Foghat has gotten into the holiday spirit several times before, with such earlier tunes as "Run, Run Rudolph" (1978), "All I Want for Christmas is You¯ (1981), and "Going Home for Christmas" (a 1986 MTV Video) .
"We're still not sure where the inspiration for this came from. It probably involved wine!¯ adds MacGregor. "Hope you all enjoy it, but don't play it loud next to your tree...everything falls off! Happy Holidays!!!"
Listen to the song on YouTube: tinyurl.com/FoghatWinterWonderland.
For more information, visit: www.foghat.net.

NWOBHM LEGENDS TOUR TOGETHER:
New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends Raven are embarking on a European tour in November / December together with Girlschool in support of their recently released Documentary DVD entitled Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey

Raven + Girlschool British Classic Double Headliner Tour 2013
26.11. GB-Manchester - Sound Control
27.11. GB-Glasgow - King Tuts
28.11. GB-Newcastle - The Blyth & Tyne
29.11. GB-Birmingham - Rock Zombie
30.11. GB-London - Garage (35th Anniversary show for Girlschool with special guests)
01.12. GB-Bristol - Bierkeller
03.12. D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
04.12. I-Milan - Legend Club
05.12. F-Colmar - Le Grillen
06.12. D-Essen - Turock
07.12. NL-Helmond - Lakei
08.12. NL-Almelo - NAXT Stage
The DVD documents Raven's almost 40 year career and highlights their high energy approach and influence on the development of Heavy and Thrash Metal. The DVD was released in June/July via Steamhammer/SPV. A Trailer for the DVD can be seen here: youtu.be/7nPRoQ1eRY8.
WebLinks: www.ravenlunatics.com / www.spv.de.

TODAY ANUBIS GATE GIVES 22 MINUTES OF NEW MUSIC AWAY....FOR FREE!:
Anubis Gate on the free downloadable EP called "Sheep" Download can be found on the front page at Nightmare Records www.NightmareRecords.com: "Hi everybody. As most of you know we have been working on our next effort called Horizons for the last two years. But, as some of you also know, we are insane perfectionists, so we didn't quite meet the deadline for a 2013 release, which was our plan otherwise. When we recorded Horizons we had these three tracks that we didn't quite know what to do with. A slightly different version of Destined To Remember (the other version will be on the Horizons album), A cover of the epic Pink Floyd track Sheep (from their magnificent Animals album) and a cover of Broken Wings originally by Mr. Mister. Broken Wings was actually a fan request, which we thought "oh, that's a great idea". So while you are all waiting patiently until early 2014 for the Horizons album to be released, this is a little present from us to you. We hope you enjoy it."

ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF ARTISTS FOR FEBRUARY OF 2015:
You and a few thousand of your fellow rock fanatics get on board one of the biggest, fastest and most luxurious cruise ships in existence to spend three full days and four nights listening to your favorite classic rock bands performing their greatest hits for hours on end. Yes, it's back and better than ever!
Welcome to Rock Legends Cruise III, the spectacular classic rock music festival at sea that will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas on February 19, 2015.
Eat. Sleep. Rock! If you've done this before, you know what to expect.
If not, you have no idea... other than the fact that it promises to be one of the best times of your life. "It's everything you could imagine along with some things you could probably never imagine," quips Pam Myers of the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA), the charitable organization that hosts, and benefits from, the Cruise. "An experience like no other, it's simply the classic rock cruise of a lifetime."

The forthcoming Rock Legends Cruise III will feature The Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Edgar Winter, Pat Travers Band and The Blue Lords along with other artists that have yet to be announced. Call it the initial "Top Ten."
It's a unique opportunity to see your favorite band not once, but twice... maybe even three times!

You can expect the typical day to be as follows... get up by the crack of noon, get some food, find a reclining lounge chair on the pool deck and listen to such rock classics as "Black Water," "Hold On Loosely," "Can't You See," "Ramblin' Man" and "Easy Livin'." Think about it... where else can you possibly hear "Godzilla" and "Frankenstein" on the same day?
And that's just the beginning as additional artists will be announced in the upcoming months...Listen to the music with The Doobies and go rockin' into the night with the Wild-Eyed Southern Boys! More than 50 concert performances expected in all! This is the cruise you want to be on!

Rock Legends Cruise III will depart Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida early Thursday evening (February 19, 2015), then dock in Nassau, Bahamas the following Saturday (2/21/15) before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Monday morning, February 23, 2015. Only three "vacation" or "sick" days are necessary!
In between the concerts, meet & greets, Q&A forums, and everything else "Rock Legends," passengers will be able to enjoy such on board activities as surfing (thanks to the ship's FlowRider surf simulator), basketball (full-sized court), boxing (full-sized ring), golf (mini course), rock-climbing (wall), cantilevered whirlpools and a variety of gourmet restaurants and casual dining.
Have you ever seen Dickey Betts surf? Me, neither. But you will get to see him play guitar and that, alone, is worth the price of admission. This is truly something to look forward to and a vacation you will definitely remember. Cabins are moving quickly with a significant number already sold to those that have sailed the Rock Legends "journey" before... this was prior to announcing any artists... they know just how great an experience it really is!
So book your cabins soon before they're gone! Think "Christmas!" Most levels are still available including Interior, Ocean View, Deluxe and Superior Ocean View with Balcony and a variety of suites, with pricing beginning at $1099.00 per person (double occupancy).
Notice the money back guarantee if you're not happy with the line-up by January 20, 2014! For further information including specific details, ticket/cabin purchase, what's included and answers to FAQ's, please go to www.rocklegendscruise.com or call 888-666-1499.
For information on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, please see: www.royalcaribbean.com/liberty / Liberty of the Seas Photo Gallery at: www.google.com/.

Rock Legends III Initial Line-Up*
Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Edgar Winter, Pat Travers Band, The Blue Lords.
*More artists to be announced! Stay tuned.

About The Native American Heritage Association: The Native American Heritage Association is celebrating its 20th year working on reservations in South Dakota and has been a 4-star charity with www.charitynavigator.org for a total of nine years. Native American Heritage Association tractor trailers are on the road daily with supplies to the various far flung communities and 94% of the organization's total revenue goes towards program services which provide basic life necessities, including fuel assistance and medical transportation to 90,000 people. Many of these residents face an 80% rate of unemployment; 70% don't have transportation and many of those who do, don't have the means to purchase gas. These Lakota Sioux live in abandoned school buses, shacks or government housing with no insulation, some live without indoor plumbing, in homes with dirt floors, no beds or furniture. More information can be found at: www.naha-inc.org.


Monday, November 04, 2013

JOIN JOHNNY LIMA'S REVOLUTION:
Melodic Rocker Johnny Lima has started a crowd funding campaign to help finance his brand new album "My Revolution".
Johnny's never been the type of person that expects something for nothing, so those that help fund the new album, will not only get the album before anyone else, they'll also get more songs than the official release, plus a lot of other perks depending on which package you choose to fund.
The Limited Edition CD which will only be available through this campaign, and will include 15 songs (16 if there's room) including songs "My Revolution", "Blame It On Love", "Happily Ever After You" and the killer new ballad "I Can't Love You Any More". So for those that are interested in joining the "Revolution" head on over to: igg.me/at/johnnylima/x/4944946 and make a pledge today. There's only 15 days left on the campaign!!


FIREWORKS #60 OUT NOW:
The latest Fireworks Magazine (Issue 60) is out now:
It get's harder and harder to find a way to raise the bar from the last issue of Fireworks… that said, we've managed it with Fireworks Issue 60! If the fact that the 96 glossy colour pages are absolutely packed with quality artists, interviews and reviews isn't enough to justify the price tag, how about the fact that the FREE CD contains Sixty Eight Free Songs in mp3 format for you to check out - an increase of Sixteen Tracks from last issue! The CD also contains a FREE PDF telling you all about each artist on the disk so you know who to look for if you hear something you like.
The magazine itself continues the fine tradition of bringing you interviews with the great and the good. Def Leppard talk 'Viva Hysteria', guitar hero Joe Bonamassa speaks about his 'Tour De Force', Alter Bridge chat about their new album 'Fortress' and Dream Theater are back with us too. We've not even mentioned Ted Nugent, John Waite, Devin Townsend, Chris Norman, Adler, Terry Reid, Gov't Mule, Fergie Frederiksen, Lars Eric Mattsson… 32 interviews in total!

Fireworks #60 also hosts the most in depth reviews section on the market, as we review over one hundred new albums, alongside live reviews, reissues, DVDs, books and EPs. If you want to stay in the loop, Fireworks #60 is the way to do it!
Copies/subscriptions can be ordered direct by emailing fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com, paying via Paypal. Send £6 (Inc P&P) for UK, £8.95 (inc P&P) for Europe, and £10.95 (inc P&P) for USA/Rest of World.
Digital copies available via www.rocktopia.co.uk for £3. Read FREE interviews with Alter Bridge, Amanda Palmer, Devin Townsend, Reuben Archer and Wolfpakk in the Fireworks Magazine section on Rocktopia!


MASS UPCOMING SHOW:
Don't miss the last Mass show of 2013! Saturday, November 16: "Mass @ Maddy's" Saugus, Massachusetts. Maddy's Ticket Info 781-1185.

Louis St. August makes a Special Guest Appearance on the New BOSTON Album out on December 3. "Honored to have been asked by Rock Icon Tom Scholz to appear on the new Boston Album! Although a small part from 1:56 -2:16 Very Grateful just the same." ~ Louis St August.
More at: www.massrocks.com.


NEW DOWNLOAD FOR CONQUEST OF STEEL:
True Metallers Conquest of Steel release their download only single 'All Men Must Die' this Monday, the 4th November. The track will be available for download from all major download stores - iTunes, amazon and many more. All Men Must Die is the precursor to Conquest of Steel's 4th album 'Of Fire and Steel' - a barnstormer of a Heavy Metal album - think Maiden, Manowar and Wasp and you'll be getting close. Of Fire and Steel will be released via No Face Records on the 2nd December and will be available on CD, LP, MC and digital download. For more information: www.conquestofsteel.co.uk.

INTRODUCING REDS'COOL - BAD STORY:
Be prepared for the next sensation from Russia! Reds'cool are Gorky Park's worthy successors, mixed and mastered by legendary Michael Wagener.
Tracklist: 1. Bite 2. Hey You 3. Confession 4. Love And Pain 5. Feel You 6. Upside Down 7. You Must Go 8. Fooling Myself 9. Bad Bad Story.
Sharing the stage with such mega stars as Gotthard, Joe Lynn Turner, Whitesnake, W.A.S.P, Alcatrazz, Gorky Park, Doro Pesch, Royal Hunt, Kingdom Come, Lordi, Grave Digger, and Lake of Tears, Reds'cool proved to be a potential new hard rock act from Russia.
Their debut album "Attraction" was released in 2011 and included ten tracks which reflected the band's high professionalism and technique. The album was recorded at band's own studio Spacex, mastering was done in Helsinki at Finnvox Studios by legendary Mika Jussila who is known by working with such outstanding bands like HIM, Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Lordi, Children of Bodom. Before the album went on sale the song "One night" was repeatedly aired on Radio Rocks and stayed on top of the charts for weeks overtaking legendary Whitesnake's single.
In summer 2011 Reds'cool played at Tavastia club in Helsinki and performed a solo gig at House of Rock in Kouvola. The band amazed the sophisticated audiences at the "Harley Davidson" and "Wervolves" bike festivals.
In 2012 the band supported Glenn Huges, Royal Hunt, UDO, played the Narva Bike Fest, Tartu Rock Fest (AmmeRock), and Liuthanian Bike Fest, among others. The year 2013 is marked by the release of a new album. Michael Wagener (Dokken, Accept, Motley Crue, Great White, Metallica, Alice Cooper, W.A.S.P., Poison, Stryper, White Lion, etc.) mixed and mastered the album.
Reds'cool supported UFO in June 2013 and will hit the European stages again in fall together with Black Star Riders (Ex-Thin Lizzy). Michael Wagener: "It was great working with Redscool. Their music is a fresh approach to melodic Rock, great songs, great musicianship, great sound."
Youtube links: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGGoyAJDf9k / www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCaNxOOJchw.
More at: www.musicbuymail.eu.


Friday, November 01, 2013

THE LATEST FROM ROCK CANDY:
The following five new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on November 17.
There has been a manufacturing delay with Frehley's Comet 'Second Sighting' which was set for release with the other titles. That will be on sale in the next two weeks once the fault has been rectified.

Ace Frehley 'Trouble Walkin' CANDY217 / He was the man with the rocket firing guitar. Dubbed the Space Ace, the coolest member of 70s rock gods Kiss and a man who attracted a legion of fan followers of his own for reasons both good and bad. Ace's devilishly potent guitar playing lent Kiss a sense of purpose and ambition that elevated them from amusing comic book crusaders to seriously dangerous heavy metal heroes. As with most things in life it couldn't last. Down but not out, Ace left Kiss in 1982 to pursue a solo career, one that was eagerly anticipated by legions of fans keen to sample his razor sharp riffs and quirky song writing in a brand new setting. With two successful albums recorded under the banner of Frehley's Comet, Ace retired the band moniker in favour of a solo outing for album #3, the amusingly titled 'Trouble Walkin'. Issued in late 1989, the album reunited Ace with veteran Kiss Producer Eddie Kramer helping to craft a record of high grade hard rock with all the accoutrements that you might reasonably expect from such a maverick character. With titles such as 'Shot Full Of Rock', 'Five Card Stud', 'Hide Your Heart', '2 Young To Die' and a brilliantly creative cover of ELO's 'Do Ya', Ace unloads salvo upon salvo of lighting fast licks and twisted riffs proving that his talent was as explosive as ever.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Shot Full Of Rock 2. Do Ya 3. Five Card Stud 4. Hide Your Heart 5. Lost In Limbo 6. Trouble Walkin' 7. 2 Young 2 Die 8. Back To School 9. Remember Me 10. Fractured III.

Gamma '3' CANDY178 / There are few guitarists as influential as Ronnie Montrose. As the founder of Montrose he crafted one of the greatest albums of all time. A record that set standards for years to come and one that cemented Ronnie and singer Sammy Hagar's standing as the founding fathers of hard rock. Sure, Ronnie's penchant for change and innovation ensured that Montrose would ultimately be retired with plans laid for another project of significant impact, namely Gamma. Based in San Francisco and managed by renowned impresario Bill Graham, the band was focussed around Ronnie's fiery guitar work and the power of Scottish born vocalist Davey Pattison, a man recommended by none other than Robin Trower band member and fellow Scot Jimmy Dewer. Having cut two albums, both of which were universally acclaimed, Ronnie turned his attention to the band's third album. But, in a characteristically chameleon-like move, Ronnie made significant changes to the band's line-up and its musical style. Retaining bassist Glen Letsch and drummer Denny Carmassi, he recruited keyboard player Mitchell Froom, a man noted for his penchant for experimental composition. Eschewing the hard rock attack of 'Gamma 2', Ronnie now imbibed progressive and electronic influences. He also refused to write with Pattison preferring instead to collaborate with Froom alone. The results, as might be expected, were somewhat controversial but entirely necessary, displaying another part of Ronnie's significant musical scope.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interviews with the band, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. What's Gone Is Gone 2. Right The First Time 3. Moving Violation 4. Mobile Devotion 5. Stranger 6. Condition Yellow 7. Modern Girl 8. No Way Out 9. Third Degree Bonus Track: 10. Right The First Time (Single Edit).

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Honeymoon Suite 'S/T' CANDY188 / If you like you're hard rock with copious amounts of energy, melody and a quirky, almost power pop, vibe then Honeymoon Suite are standard bearers for this kind of sound. It's also helpful to remember that the band are from Canada, home of the super-efficient clean cut style of AOR brandished by similar sounding acts such as Loverboy, Harlequin and Streetheart. And, unlike many other Canadian groups, they scored successfully in the USA, an accomplishment that shouldn't be overlooked. Formed in Ontario during the early 80s, Honeymoon Suite's path to fame (and, presumably, fortune) was quick and well defined. Formed around the duo of vocalist Johnnie Dee and guitarist Derry Grehan, they composed hard hitting songs with powerful riffs and big hooks. Hooks big enough to drive their message into the hearts and charts of melodic rock fans from Niagara Falls to New Mexico and all points in between. Released in 1984, the debut Honeymoon Suite album was produced by fellow Canadian Tom Treumuth (Helix, the Spoons) and recorded in Toronto's prestigious Phase One Studios. It contains a startling collection of songs including the infectious pop rock of 'New Girl Now', the anthemic 'Turn My Head', the quirky yet catchy 'Stay The Night' and the albums centre piece 'Burning In Love', one of the most dynamic and consequently greatest AOR tracks of the era.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interviews with the band, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. New Girl Now 2. Burning In Love 3. Wave Babies 4. Stay In The Light 5. Now That You Got Me 6. Funny Business 7. Heart On Fire 8. Turn My Head 9. It's Your Heart 10. Face To Face Bonus Tracks: 11. Stay In The Light (Remix) 12. We Got The Night (Live) 13. New Girl Now (Live) 14. Stay In The Light (Extended Version) 15. Wave Babies (Edited Version).

Honeymoon Suite 'The Big Prize' CANDY214 / The initial success of Honeymoon Suite in their domestic Canadian marketplace took everyone by surprise not least of all the band and their record company. Recorded on a shoe-string budget and released into an indifferent market the record garnered heavy radio exposure whilst extensive road work helped to forge a solid bond with an audience discovering the excitement of melodic hard rock by acts such as Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Loverboy. Excited by the band's further potential, their label rolled out the red carpet and gave them a budget fit for a king, allowing them to secure one of the hottest record production teams in the business, that's Bruce Fairbairn (Bon Jovi, Aerosmtith, AC/DC) and engineer (later producer) Bob Rock (Mötley Crüe, The CULT, Metallica), utilising studios in both Canada and the US with mixing undertaken in the UK. It was belief that paid handsome dividends with the album scoring impressive sales (Triple Platinum in Canada) and saturation video exposure on MTV. Musically, the record is a rip-roaring example of perfect pop rock, boasting remarkable melodies and killer hooks; heavy and forceful yet perfectly conceived. Check out tracks such as 'Feel It Again', 'What Does It Take' and, their pičce de résistance, 'Bad Attitude', one of the greatest melodic hard rock tracks of all time.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interviews with the band, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Bad Attitude 2. Feel It Again 3. Lost And Found 4. What Does It Take 5. One By One 6. Wounded 7. Words In The Wind 8. All Along You Knew 9. Once The Feeling 10. Take My Hand.

Honeymoon Suite 'Racing After Midnight' CANDY215 / When talking about Canadian hard rock Honeymoon Suite definitely rank in the top ten, if not the top five acts from the land of the Maple Leaf. Their brand of concise and memorable melodic rock went right to the very heart of the charts, heralding a period of intense activity that cumulated in multi-Platinum success and punishing international touring schedules that seemed to have no beginning and no end. 'Racing After Midnight' was the band's third album for the Canadian WEA label and signalled a marked maturity. Produced by legendary studio wizard Ted Templeman (Van Halen, Montrose and the Doobie Brothers) and recorded in Los Angeles, the album projects a decidedly sophisticated sound but never once compromises the raw power of earlier recordings. With razor-sharp guitar playing from Derry Grehan and anthemic vocal delivery from front man Johnnie Dee, the record is a definitive example of streamlined pop-rock. Originally issued in 1988, the album contains an explosive collection of tracks including 'Love Changes Everything', 'The Other Side Of Midnight' and 'Cold Look', a track written by kings of AOR Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. Above all, though, it's the dynamic and creative foil of Grehan and Dee that elevate the tracks to another stratosphere, one where no limitations are the rule. Highly recommended.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interviews with the band, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Lookin' Out For Number One 2. Long Way Back 3. Cold Look 4. Love Fever 5. Other Side Of Midnight 6. Love Changes Everything 7. It's Over Now 8. Fast Company 9. Tears On The Page.

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TEN SIGN WITH ROCKTOPIA RECORDS FOR MULTI-ALBUM DEAL:
Ten are very pleased to announce that after lengthy and careful negotiation they have now signed a multi-album deal with the brand new European based label Rocktopia Records. Rocktopia Records is the brainchild of Bruce Mee and Kieran Dargan, the team who bring you the globally renowned Firefest Festivals in the UK.
Ten's new album will be the label's debut album release and sees Ten continue from strength to strength onto what will be their 11th studio album.
In a press release Ten lead singer and founder member Gary Hughes stated - "I am very pleased indeed to sign Ten to such a pro-active multi-album situation. The label directors and myself are extremely like-minded over direction and together we intend to raise the bar for the music genre as a whole."
Gary Hughes's music has already been historically synonymous with launching two legendary labels. His solo albums and the first Ten albums were the first iconic releases for Now And Then Records, and Ten's double live opus Never Say Goodbye was the first ever release for Frontiers Records (FRCD 001).
The new contract offers Gary the opportunity to work closely and for the first time outside the live arena with Kieran Dargan. It also offers him the opportunity to renew his association with label director Bruce Mee, the one-time co-owner of Now And Then Records.
A very happy Gary Hughes added "The artistic and creative freedom afforded to me by the Rocktopia guys is exhilarating to say the least. In return I hope that our music can be responsible for launching a third influential label into the genre. I look forward to beginning the new album imminently. We will keep the fans posted on all such things as they develop. This is an exciting time for Ten and our fans alike."


ANOTHER LIVE RUSH RELEASE DUE:
Canadian prog rockers Rush are set to release Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour on the 15th of November! The digital version of the record is available for pre-order now. Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour was recorded last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, during Rush's highly successful Clockwork Angels Tour.


LOVERBOY SPECIAL LIVE HALLOWEEN TODAY SHOW PERFORMANCE:
Los Angeles, Oct. 31, 2013—Never mind your yellow Walter White Breaking Bad hazmat suits, Honey Boo-Boo outfits or Miley Cyrus bear costume and flesh-colored "Wrecking Ball" tights. Everyone knows the hip way to celebrate this Halloween is to dust off your red leather pants and bandanas to get down with legendary Canadian rockers Loverboy, who performed two of their classic hits on NBC's popular The Today Show Thursday morning, "Working for the Weekend" and "Lovin' Every Minute of It": www.today.com/toyotaconcertseries/vanilla-ice-loverboy-rock-ultimate-throwback-thursday-today-8C11504006.
For more than 30 years, Loverboy has been delighting audiences around the world since forming in back in 1979 when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar hot shot Paul Dean, both veterans of several bands on the local Calgary scene, at that city's Refinery Night Club. The band includes original members keyboardist Doug Johnson and drummer Matt Frenette, as well as bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve.
"Always a thrill to play live TV, but especially The Today Show, as mom is a huge fan," said Reno. "I was just looking forward to meeting Al Roker."

The band recently announced a partnership with Rock the Caribbean for an exclusive four-day excursion to take place at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort on the outskirts of Montego Bay, Jamaica, May 9-13, 2014, which is already filling up fast. Fans will enjoy the all-inclusive amenities of a world-class luxury resort, which includes free admission to Sugar Mill Falls, the largest water park in Jamaica, and a beautiful main pool. At night, they will "Get Lucky" by getting a chance to catch Loverboy on a stage built steps from the beach for one of three special concerts the band will perform exclusively for participants, with a guest total capped at 600. For event details, go to: www.rockthecaribbean.com/Loverboy.
Not just Canada's greatest rock export, Loverboy made its mark south of the border, with four multi-platinum albums including, the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "When It's Over," "Heaven In Your Eyes" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."

DARYL BRAITHWAITE 'FOREVER THE TOURIST' OUT NOW:
More than two decades on from the partnership that produced the multi-platinum albums Edge (1988) and Rise (1990), Sony Music Australia is ecstatic to announce it has re-signed the legendary Daryl Braithwaite and is set to release his brilliant new mini-album, Forever The Tourist. The centrepiece of this new chapter is the anthemic and sparkling first single, "Not Too Late".
"It seems quite appropriate," says Daryl (when talking about his new single 'Not Too Late'). "Even though it's loosely about a relationship or talking to a girl, it's sort of saying that maybe it's not too late to try anything, whether it be music or anything else."

This is the next chapter in one of the of the most extraordinary stories in Australian recording history. Forever The Tourist features 8 original new tracks. It will include the first single 'Not Too Late'. Since the 70s and the success of Sherbet and more than two decades on from the partnership that produced the multi-platinum albums Edge (1988) and Rise (1990) Daryl has continued to write, record and tour extensively. Daryl is very proud and honoured to be back at his former label home, Sony Music and relishing the opportunity to release new music.
"Having been fortunate to have achieved musical success a couple of times in my life, it is so very, very exciting to have the opportunity to do something that even in my wildest dreams, back in 1970, would be almost unimaginable. To think that in 2013 I would be getting another shot to do something that I love is humbling and inspiring," said Daryl.
WebLink: www.darylbraithwaite.com.au.


THE EAGLES ADD TO THEIR HISTORY:
The Eagles have added concerts to their "History of the Eagles" tour in 2014, kicking off with a six-night celebration in January, re-opening the historic Forum in Inglewood, California. The Eagles – Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit - will perform classics spanning their career, including some that have never been performed live, as well as songs featured in History of the Eagles, the band's acclaimed, top-selling documentary.
Tickets go on sale to the general public for the newly added dates beginning Saturday, November 9 at 10 AM local time through Ticketmaster. Advanced tickets will go on sale to American Express® Card Members beginning Monday, November 4 at 10 AM through Friday, November 8 at 10 PM.
Previously announced concerts include January 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25 at the Forum in Inglewood, California; Tuesday, January 28 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California; and Wednesday, January 29 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
New shows include two nights in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16; a third Dallas concert at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday, February 19; Houston, Texas as the Toyota Center on Friday, February 21; New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, February 23; Atlanta, Georgia at Phillips Arena on Monday, February 24; Raleigh, North Carolina at the PNC Arena on February 28; Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center on March 1; Cincinnati, Ohio at the US Bank Arena on Monday, March 3; and Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, March 5.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, History of the Eagles is a meticulous creation featuring rare archival material, concert footage, and never-before seen home movies that explore the evolution and enduring popularity of one of the world's biggest-selling and culturally significant American bands. Available through the usual retail outlets, online at Amazon.com and www.eaglesband.com, the package can be purchased through Ticketmaster when ordering concert tickets. History of the Eagles has already become the year's best-selling music video.

SIN CITY SINNERS RELEASE 4TH CD "DIVEBAR DAYS REVISITED":
The Sin City Sinners have earned the title "hardest working band in Vegas" and with the upcoming release of their fourth CD they are showing no signs of slowing down. The Sinners latest effort "Divebar Days Revisited" will be released Nov 1st and features guest performances by: Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Chris Holmes (WASP), Danny "The Count" Koker (Counting Cars), Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses), Frank Dimino (Angel), George Lynch (Dokken), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses), Michael Lardie (Great White), Phil Lewis (LA Guns) Robert Mason (Warrant), Ron Keel , Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) & Todd Kerns.
The first 1000 CD's include a Sin City Sinners Temporary Tattoo and will be available at all Sinners live shows beginning Nov 2nd, a limited amount of autographed copies will be available at thesincitysinners.com. Divebar Days Revisited will also be available on iTunes.
About Sin City Sinners: The Sinners are more than just a band, it's an experience... What began in 2007 led by Faster Pussycat's Brent Muscat, as a weekly "just for fun" jam at a local dive bar, quickly evolved into standing room only shows featuring appearances by some of rocks hottest musicians and celebrities. As the bands reputation grew so did the need for larger venues and the band quickly became one of Vegas' top headliners. Sin City Sinners have released three original CDs, the critically acclaimed 'Exile on Fremont Street', the all-acoustic "Broken Record"¯ and the future Holiday favorite "A Sinners Christmas" The Sinners local charitable efforts have raised well over $150,000 for various causes in the community including The St Baldrick's Foundation to fight Cancer & The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
For more visit thesincitysinners.com or Facebook.com/sincitysinners.


XANDER DEMOS RELEASES NEW TRACK:
Metal shred guitarist, Xander Demos releases the title track to his sophomore album, Dancing Through Daggers. The track was mixed by former XYZ/King Kobra guitarist, JK Northrup. "Dancing" is slated to appear on the upcoming Guitar Wizards compilation being released by Versailles Records. Get a preview of the track at: www.reverbnation.com/xanderdemos/song/19047961-dancing-through-daggers-preview.
Performance credits for the track include: Guitars: Xander Demos; Keyboards: Adam Heusey; Bass: Benjamin Chiarini; Drums: Jeff Anzelone; Vocals: Mario Brescia, Xander Demos, Michael Stover.
The full-length album is expected to be completed in early 2014. Xander and band will be performing at Rock Harvest II in White Marsh, MD on November 9th, along with White Trash, Spread Eagle, Michael Angelo Batio and other notable metal acts.
Xander Demos has recorded and/or performed with James Rivera/Sabbath Judas Sabbath, Modern Superstar, Liberty N Justice, Neil Turbin, Derek Buddemeyer and Ged Rylands' Rage of Angels. His endorsements include Suhr, Conklin and McNaught Guitars - who produces the XD (Xander Demos) signature model guitars; Intex Cables; Matrix Amplification; Fractal Audio Systems; Rock N Roll Gangstar Apparel; Mission Pedals; Lampifier Microphones; JH Audio In-ear monitors; EMG Pickups; FU Tone; and V-Picks. www.xanderdemos.com

TRAUMA "SCRATCH AND SCREAM" ALBUM OUT NOW ON SHARPNEL RECORDS:
Trauma was founded in the Bay Area in 1980 as one of the first of the New Wave Of Bay Area Metal Bands. The original line-up included Michael Overton - guitar, George Lady - guitar, Dennis Shafer - drums, the iconic Cliff Burton (Metallica) - bass guitar, and Donny Hillier - vocals. The band quickly became well-known throughout the California Bay Area and beyond, playing legendary venues like The Stone, Bill Graham's Wolfgang's, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, and The Troubadour. The first track Trauma ever recorded, "Such a Shame", was included on Metal Blade Records, Metal Massacre II album in 1982.
After Cliff Burton's departure to join Metallica, the band changed personnel and musicians Kris Gustofson - drums, Ross Alexander Merson - guitar, and Lucas Advincula - bass guitar joined Michael Overton and Donny Hillier in their new line-up. In 1984, Trauma recorded the Scratch And Scream album for Shrapnel Records. The album received many excellent reviews from primarily American and European Heavy Metal magazines, such as Kerrang, Circus, and Metal Forces, to name a few.
The Scratch and Scream album, unavailable before on a legitimate CD issue, has long been considered a hard to obtain, classic Heavy Metal record. Earlier this year, the album received a Retro Recommendation by About.com/Metal in January 2013.
After a lengthy hiatus, Trauma has recently reformed. Donny Hillier, Kris Gustofson, and Lucas Advincula have been joined by guitarist Kurt Fry, a veteran songwriter and recording/touring artist. Trauma has played recent shows in San Francisco and Oakland and is planning to tour. The band is currently in the studio, putting the finishing touches on their new album. The sound is unmistakably hard and heavy.
WebLink: shrapnelrecords.com/trauma/scratch-and-scream.

NEW REVIEWS:
New Reviews has been added to the site today for: Harem Scarem, Sammy Hagar, Seventh Key, Coney Hatch, Impera, The Winery Dogs and Eden's Curse. Check them out now! More to come next week.

MELODICROCK-XTRA UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with the final parts of the Billboard Rock Top 40 charting songs from 1985 - that's about another 150 tracks added folks! Get the full Top 40 from 1987 and now 1985 while they are available. Amazing trip down memory lane...
Also added are the following new Video Clips: Devil's Locomotive - Maxx Explosion, Eden's Curse - Evil & Divine, Seventh Key - I Will Survive, Stryper - No More Hell to Pay, Burning Kingdom - Watching As It Burns.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

READMAN'S RE-ISSUE:
David Readman's Debut solo album "David Readman" will be re-released as an extended edition on November 1. This 2013 re-release features all new artwork, new running order, and previously unreleased Bonus Material. The original album came out in 2007 and featured the single "Don't Let It Slip Away" with special guests, Dirk Bruinenberg on Drums, Paul Logue on Bass and Alex Beyrodt (Voodoo Circle) on Guitars. Track nine is a new song from the original demo session in 2007. The other tracks are demos, and the Japanese bonus track "Take These Tears" is also included in this 2013 release.
Tracklisting: 1. Don't Let It Slip Away 2. Evil Combination 3. Take These Tears 4. Don't Let It Slip Away 5. No Peace For The Wicked 6. Long Way To Heaven 7. Wild In The City 8. Gentle Touch 9. Deadman's Mile (New Unreleased Track) 10. Prisoner Of Shame 11. New Messiah 12. Over The Ocean 13. Love In Vain 14. Without You (2007 Original Demo Version) 15.Take These Tears (Japanese Bonus Piano Version).
WebLink: www.davidreadman.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Little Caesar added the long lost EP "Name Your Poison" and the collection "This Time It's Different" to their website shop. The four track EP was originally released on Metal Blade Records before the band's major debut. "This Time It's Different" is a collection of demo, unreleased and live tracks. Originally it was distributed by their former guitar player Earl Slick, but has been unavailable in recent times. www.littlecaesar.net/store.

Kamelot will be touring Europe starting this Sunday in Cologne in support of their recent album Silverthorn. You can see the teaser for the European Tour here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=liKRSOAXbsk.

Italian melodic metallers Secret Sphere and Brazilian metallers Almah, led by ex-Angra singer Edu Falaschi will join forces for a co-headlining European tour this November. The official video trailer can be viewed: youtu.be/bNE5tq32K8s.

HAREM SCAREM FEATURED IN NEW THE RIGHT TO ROCK PODCAST:
TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #162), featuring Harem Scarem's Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance. The boys took time out of their busy schedule to discuss his band's reunion record, Mood Swings II. Each guy gives his take on the new album as well as what the future looks like for the Harem Scarem. Each interview lasts approx. 30 min.
What is the best way to come out of retirement? Like many great athletes, musicians like to get out of the game, when they are on top. Well it may be a little different than that, but some guys like to take a break to explore other opportunities, and then come back fresh, to rock our collective asses off. If a band hangs it up, then gets back together, there is usually a driving force behind it. Well, in the case of Harem Scarem, they got back together, because Mood Swings, just had a big birthday. To celebrate this glorious occasion, hard rockers Harem Scarem re-grouped to re-record their classic disk. Join the lads in their latest An Evening With... series as they welcome members from Harem Scarem: Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance. Both members weigh in on their new record and give their thoughts on the future of the band, as well as some of the other things they're up to.

SLEEPING ROMANCE: EPK FOR "ENLIGHTEN" POSTED ONLINE:
The symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance have uploaded an EPK for their up-coming debut album Enlighten to YouTube. "Enlighten" will be released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Ulterium Records. Check it out here: youtu.be/W6zQvb2BFus.
Fronted by the emotional vocals of Federica Lanna and the epic songwriting from guitar player Federico Truzzi, Sleeping Romance creates something really exciting together that should appeal to fans in the scene. Sleeping Romance will tour Europe together with Theocracy in November. These are the confirmed dates:

November 2nd: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
November 5th: Blue Rose Saloon - Bresso/Milan, Italy
November 6th: Borderline - Modena, Italy
November 8th: Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
November 9th: Blast of Eternity - Neckarsulm, Germany
November 11th: Call for Eternity - Collosseum, Kosice, Slovakia
November 12th: Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
November 13th: Club Hoodoo - Prague, Czech Republic
Sleeping Romance online: Facebook: www.facebook.com/sleepingromanceofficial.


THEOCRACY: "THEOCRACY" POSTED ONLINE:
The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy have uploaded the track "Theocracy" to YouTube. The track comes off their self-titled debut album re-issue that will be released on November 15th in Europe and November 19th in North America through Ulterium Records. Listen to "Theocracy" here: youtu.be/bR4z4Wg-2_c.
The vinyl can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store at: www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.

"Theocracy" 12" double gatefold vinyl track listing:
Side A: 01. Prelude [01:35] 02. Ichthus [04:40] 03. The Serpents Kiss [11:56]
Side B: 01: Mountain [04:48] 02. Theocracy [06:01] 03. The Healing Hand [11:35]
Side C: 01. Sinner [06:08] 02. New Jerusalem [05:10]
Side D: 01. The Victory Dance [05:02] 02. Twist of Fate [11:31].


Theocracy drummer Shawn Benson recorded drums on all tracks, while nothing else was re-recorded. Matt Smith completely re-mixed the album, with the mastering handled by Mika Jussila [Stratovarius, Nightwish, Edguy]. The Theocracy debut album was originally released through MetalAges Records in 2003, and is currently very rare and hard to find.
Check out an album teaser at YouTube: youtu.be/ffoULa9OfCU.
For more information on Theocracy; www.theocracymusic.com / www.facebook.com/theocracyband / www.ulterium-records.com.



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MAD MAX NEW ALBUM INTERCEPTOR OUT NOW:
German hard rock outfit Mad Max release a new teaser for the new album Interceptor, which is out now in Germany and Europe and will be released in US/Canada on November 5. You can watch the teaser here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtYdAyV29mM.
The four musicians, Michael Voss (vocals, lead guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Roland Bergmann (bass) and Axel Kruse (drums), promise "full throttle from start to finish" and sum up the direction of their new record in just two words: "It rocks!"
Tracklisting: 01.Save Me 02.Godzilla 03.Sons Of Anarchy 04.Rock All Your Life 05.Five Minute Warning 06.Bring On The Night 07.Streets Of Tokyo 08.Show No Mercy 09.Revolution 10.Turn It Down.
The November tour with Vengeance is unfortunately cancelled for now because the guitar player of Mad Max Jürgen Breforth has to undergo an eye surgery. New dates will be released as soon as possible!
WebLinks: www.madmaxofficial.de / www.spv.de.


FURYON TO POWER, PROG & METAL FEST:
British rockers Furyon are the latest band to be confirmed for Belgium's Power, Prog & Metal Festival 2014, which takes place April 18th – 20th in Mons. Other bands confirmed include: Therion, Pain, In Extremo, Rage, Equilibrium, Grenouer, Sunburst, Borealis, Fireforce, Monument, Persefone. A video trailer can be viewed below: youtu.be/_XmI1D_U2Ds.
The band is expected to make a number of additional festival appearances in 2014. Furyon recently toured this September in Spain and currently writing 2nd album after the success of their debut 'Gravitas'.
Furyon are: Matt Mitchell – Vocals, Chris Green – Guitars, Alex "Nickel" Bowen – Bass, Lee Farmery – Drums.
Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock. Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.
WebLinks: www.youtube.com/user/FuryonMusic / www.facebook.com/FuryonUK / www.ppmfest.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Metal Sludge exposes Rock Harvest AGAIN with second in depth article right here: www.metalsludge.tv/?p=39488.

After releasing the single "5 Minutes Of Fame" this summer Norway's finest Stage Dolls have released another single recently. The track is called "Highway Of Life" and available for download on usual digital platforms. No word on the release date for the new studio album. www.stagedolls.com.

INTRODUCING OLD MAN'S CELLAR:
Valery Records is proud to announce the release of the album "Damaged Pearls" by Old Man's Cellar.
Active since 2009, Old Man's Cellar is a true Melodic Hard Rock band and proposes a classy and straight music style considered nowadays a niche phenomenon by many, destined to those choosy fans with a taste for the perfect design of sound and arrangements execution. In fact, while keeping intact the undisputed band's capability to cast vocal melodies as a foreground and the use of keyboards typical of the AOR groups of the 80 's, Old Man's Cellar is a fresh band, powerful and above all very actual and contemporary, and it won't take long for them to make their way in the Italian and international Melodic Hard Rock scene. The line-up is: Ricky DC on vocals, Freddy Veratti on guitar, Angelo Scollo on bass, and Max Fedrezzoni and Andrea Boni on keyboards and drums.
Damaged Pearls", this is the title of their first full length, is now coming to light after a long and meticulous study. The album was produced and recorded by the band and mixed at Studio 73 under the supervision of producer Riccardo Pasini. After a transition period due to previous contractual problems and label change that have postponed the release, "Damaged Pearls" is now finally ready to be released next 4th November in Italy and worldwide.
Tracklist: 1.Damaged Pearls, 2.Amber Lights, 3.Hyperlove, 4.Don't care what's next, 5.The years we challenge. 6.Rain talk, 7.Is this the highest wave, 8.Knees on the straw, 9.Soul exercise, 10.Still at heart, 11.Summer of the white tiger, 12.Undress me fast.
The album will be released on CD and digital by Valery Records and will be distributed worldwide.
WebLink: www.oldmanscellar.com.

SHOWCASES UPDATED:
3 new CD Showcases online today - all for Avenue Of Allies Music and their new releases due out November 22 - Revolution Road, Fate & Roadfever. Check them out now.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BOSTON "HEAVEN ON EARTH" (OFFICIAL / 2013 NEW STUDIO ALBUM) STREAMING SINGLE:
Boston "Heaven On Earth" is taken from the new studio album "Life, Love & Hope". Coming December 3rd, 2013 in North America and December 6th in Europe on Frontiers Records.


STRATOVARIUS FOUNDING MEMBER TO PLAY DRUMS ON TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON SECOND ALBUM:
Tuomo Lassila, the founder of the legendary Finnish Power Metal band Stratovarius, will join his old bandmate Timo Tolkki for the recording of the drums and percussion parts on the second album of Tolkki's Avalon Metal Opera, due for release on Frontiers Records in 2014.
Lassila founded Stratovarius and came up with the name of the band in 1984, so next year marks the band's 30th Anniversary. Tuomo Lassila's drumming style is world famous from the first Stratovarius albums like "Dreamspace" and "Fourth Dimension" and his versatility as a drummer will bring to the record a great flavor of world class drumming. Lassila currently plays percussion in the Symphony Orchestra of the city of Lohja in Finland.
Timo Tolkki said: "I am extremely happy to have Tuomo on board for this album and look forward to the contributions he will give to the music".


KINGS OF CHAOS TO PERFORM SPECIAL CONCERT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT AVALON HOLLYWOOD:
Kings Of Chaos--the new touring project featuring former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan, along with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion/Deep Purple), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)--will perform a special concert on Monday, November 18 at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. They'll play a two-hour set spanning the greatest hits from all of its superstar members and additional special guest performers for the night include: Juliette Lewis, Les Stroud and Gary Dourdan.
The one-night-only benefit concert event, billed as "Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin," will be the group's only North American performance in 2013. Proceeds from "Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin," will go directly to Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, an international organization dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation. Los Angeles is the first and only, North American stop.

"This is a rehearsal for the BIG one. We plan on taking 'Tokyo Celebrates the Dolphin' to Japan," says Ric O'Barry, whose life and work was featured in the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. "We'll add a few Japanese friends to our lineup and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn't a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands," added O'Barry. "Dolphins are respected and protected in this part of Japan. It's the opposite of Taiji, but very few people know about it. 'Tokyo Celebrates the Dolphin' will hopefully change this by bringing positive, international media attention to what is right about Japan."
"I'm thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans," adds Matt Sorum, who has also played with Velvet Revolver. "The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved."

Kings Of Chaos made its Australian live debut on April 20 at the Stone Music Festival at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. KINGS OF CHAOS toured South and Central America last year under the name ROCK 'N' ROLL ALLSTARS. The band will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.
For tickets to "Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin," visit: www.dolphinproject.brownpapertickets.com.
For more information on Dolphin Project and KINGS OF CHAOS, visit: dolphinproject.org / www.kingsofchaosband.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Vinnie Moore of UFO will be a special guest on this week's episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) broadcasting this Friday 1-3PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) Vinnie talks about his early days, the next UFO album, the status of Pete Way and more! Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com where you can also find additional air-times and affiliates as well as a brand new UFO photo gallery from NYC.

News from Phil Soussan: "My last gig at Lucy's went so well that I have been asked back again. We will be doing a show this Friday Nov 1st starting at 9 pm 10149 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 818.763.5200. The band will feature Howie Simon on guitar, David Filice on bass and Steve Stephens on drums. We will start with an unplugged set and continue later at full blast. Please come and see us if you are in the area - there is no charge and plenty of parking. The food is awesome too - you can make a reservation online or call at lucys51.com. As always we will have some special guests dropping in."

R.I.P.:
R.I.P from yesterday to the iconic Lou Reed. Certainly not a regular on this site (apart from that unfortunate project we won't speak of), but his influence over the music industry is unquestioned and his passing at 71 is again a case of gone too soon.


Monday, October 28, 2013

MORE MELODIC ROCK FEST:
More feedback from MelodicRockFest 3, from RockEyez:
RockEyez Day 2 coverage of MelodicRockFest 3 includes (Review, Live sound clips and tons of photos): rockeyez.com/live_reviews/2013-mrf-3-day-2/livrev-2013-9-87-mrf3-day-2.html.

INSIDE METAL: THE LA METAL SCENE EXPLODES! 1982 -1986 - OFFICIAL TRAILER:
Here is the trailer for the second title of the Inside La Metal trilogy and the follow-up to the Pioneers of L.A. Rock & Metal documentary titled The L.A. Metal Scene Explodes! 1982-1986.
No release date yet for the movie, with producers projecting a Spring/Summer 2014 release: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4slJdl5t-IE&feature=youtu.be.

SWEDEN ROCK UPDATE:
Y&T's first concert in Sweden, at SRF 2003, remains one of the most lauded in the festival's history. So what could be more appropriate than Y&T coming to SRF 2014 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations? It was in 1974 that the band was formed by, among others, singer/guitarist Dave Meniketti. Their original moniker Yesterday & Today was abbreviated before the release of their third album "Earthshaker" (1981). This was in turn a milestone in hard rock, combining power and melody in equal measures. Efforts like "Black tiger" (1982), "Mean streak" (1983) and "In rock we trust" (1984) confirmed the band's stature. In the 90s Y&T folded twice, and returned permanently in 2001. Sadly, bassist Phil Kennemore succumbed to cancer in 2011, but Dave Meniketti and cohorts found the strength to move on even after this devastating blow.
More info at www.swedenrock.com.


BIGGEST COMEBACK ALBUM OF THE '80S RECALLED BY MEMBERS OF YES:
Dallas, TX - October 15, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands crunches the numbers behind arguably the biggest comeback album of the '80s, Yes 90125. Along with Pink Floyd having been the two most popular progressive rock bands in the Seventies, Yes were a big target in the post-punk rock Eighties and abruptly dismissed, disbanding in 1981 assumedly for good. It would be the unexpected collaboration of Yes members Chris Squire, Tony Kaye, and Alan White with South African guitarist Trevor Rabin under the working band title Cinema that would soon spawn the 1983 Yes and deliver the band its only # 1 single "Owner of a Lonely Heart". But in order for 90125 to eventually sell eight million copies worldwide, one more key event had to happen, quite by chance. Yes drummer Alan White tells InTheStudio host Redbeard how it all went down.
"Chris (Squire) met Jon (Anderson) in a pub somewhere and Jon said, 'I heard you're doing some really good work, maybe I could sing on a track'. So Jon came down and tried singing on a track. It sounded so much like Yes (that) you couldn't call it anything else. So we really had to think about reverting back the other way and saying, 'It sounds like a new Yes."
Yes '90125'/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/yes-90125-30th-anniversary-jon-andersontrevor-rabinalan-whitetony-kaye/"

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH CHUCK BILLY, GREG T WALKER AND UGLY KID JOE:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews Testament frontman Chuck Billy, Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe and former Blackfoot bassist and founder member Greg T. Walker, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-testament-blackfoot-and-ugly-kid-joe-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Testament frontman Chuck Billy discusses the band's new 2 CD/DVD live package, "The Dark Roots of Thrash". Chuck selects four live songs, and also spills the beans on the band's plans for a new album in 2014.
Also in the first hour, Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane talks about the band's comeback, and the re-released expanded edition of their "Stairway To Hell" EP. Crane also discusses the band's recent tours (including their current UK trek with Skid Row) and festival performances and confirms that they are currently writing a new album for release next year.
Part 2 features an hour-long Southern Rock Special, in which former Blackfoot bassist and founding member Greg T. Walker charts the band's history through the period which saw the release of the classic albums "Strikes", "Tomcattin'", "Marauder" and "Highway Song Live", all of which have been newly re-released in remastered form through Rock Candy records (www.rockcandyrecords.com). Greg selects two songs from each of the albums, and recalls the highlights of the band's peak years.
The show also features classic tracks from Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath.
You can also listen on Sunday 27th October 17:00-19:00 GMT, repeated Monday 28th October 14:00-16:00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com.


Friday, October 25, 2013

CONCERT TRIBUTE FOR ROCK GUITAR LEGEND RONNIE MONTROSE HEADING TO DVD:
When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's all-time legendary - and influential - guitarists. The result was some of music's most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening - which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.'
Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits.

Additionally, Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.
The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.
A trailer can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgM02u1EM6M.

The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock - an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song Wild Nights¯. In the Edgar Winter group he left even a bigger Mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like Free Ride¯ and Frankensteie¯. But it would be his self-titled release, Montrose that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock. This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as "Rock the Nation¯, "Bad Motor Scooter," and "Space Station #5." It laid the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians. His musical Journey lead him to the creation of Gamma where he crafted songs like "Voyager", "Thunder And Lighting" and "Ready For Action". Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both "Open Fire" and his masterpiece version of "Town Without Pity".

And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Ronnie once again, with the new DVD, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.'

Songs: 1. Overture 2. Open Fire 3. Town Without Pity 4. I Don't Want It 5. Little Suzi 6. One Thing On My Mind 7. Free Ride 8. Frankenstein 9. Thunder And Lightning 10. Razor King 11. No Tears 12. Ready For Action 13. Fight To The Finish 14. Voyager 15. Lighthouse 16. One And A Half 17. Good Rockin' Tonight 18. Rock The Nation 19. Make It Last 20. Bad Motor Scooter 21. Rock Candy 22. Space Station No. 5 23. Connection.
Bonus Songs: 1. Good Rockin' Tonight 2. Rock Candy 3. Oh No You Don't 4. Paper Money 5. Wild Night.

For more information, visit: www.ronniemontrose.com.


STEPHEN CHESNEY PROJECT FEATURING ROBERT MASON IN MIXING STAGE:
Los Angeles, CA; Guitarist/Songwriter Stephen Chesney has entered into the mixing stage of his new solo EP with Guns N' Roses/Buckethead/Santana engineer Rob Beaton.
The recording project featuring Vocalist Robert Mason (Warrant/Cry of Love/Lynch Mob) Drummer Scot Coogan (Ace Frehley/Brides of Destruction) Bassist Koko Powell (Edgar Winter Group) and Keyboardist Rob Bloise will initially be a 4 song EP release to preview the work and give everyone an idea of what is going on behind closed doors in the studio.

The CD also features a number of guests from across the musical board lending their talents to the recording, Most notably; Additional Guitars from Sharon Aguilar (Cee-Lo Green/2ne1) and a Horns section featuring Mitch Manker (Glenn Frey/Glen Hughes) and Jim Wheeler (Slash/Loggins & Messina).
Stephen tells us he'll probably put the music into the public domain in January of 2014. Updates will be made at www.StephenChesney.com as the project progresses and you can find him on Facebook for further information on the day to day work going into the release. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.


A YES TO MICHAEL LEE FIRKINS "YEP":
Michael Lee Firkins' new record, "Yep", is an authentic mixture of ballsy blues, sh*#-kickin' rock, Cajun boogie, and country twang, featuring Gov't Mule drummer Matt Abts, bassist Andy Hess (Steve Kimock, Gov't Mule, The Black Crowes), and blues-rock piano and organ man extraordinaire Chuck Leavell (The Allman Brothers Band, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton).
"What you hear is exactly how they played it," says Firkins. "They didn't punch in and do weird overdubs. It's just those three guys playing together from beginning to end, together live."
No BS. "Yep" is just straight up roots fusion served by an undisputed maestro of musical ceremonies, who sacrificed aspects of himself to deliver a hard-won message. It's that simple, that gut wrenching, that deep. And, yep, the album is that damn good.


ROGER DALTRY PAYS TRIBUTE TO WINNY:
Washington, DC - Multi-platinum recording artist Roger Daltrey, CBE, founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who, will perform next week at a U.S. Capitol ceremony honoring Winston Churchill. On Wednesday, October 30, congressional leaders and Secretary of State John Kerry will gather in National Statuary Hall to dedicate a bust of the former British prime minister. The ceremony ­ which will air live on Speaker.gov ­ gets underway at 11:00 am ET.
"What better way to celebrate Winston Churchill's friendship to the United States than to have one of Britain's most legendary recording artists perform in the halls of the Capitol," Speaker Boehner said. "Roger's performance is sure to guarantee that the Churchill bust receives the first-class welcome it deserves."
"I am pleased to be part of the celebration of Winston Churchill and the longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States,"¯ Roger Daltrey, CBE, said. "I am honoured to be able to show my appreciation to this great man who, as our Prime Minister, fought for and secured freedom for Britain, America and the citizens of the world."

About Roger Daltrey, CBE. Roger Daltrey, CBE is founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who, which has sold some 100 million albums worldwide and is widely considered to be one of the biggest touring rock bands in history. In addition to their many gold and platinum albums, Mr. Daltrey has won the two most prestigious British music awards -- the Brit and Ivor Novello ­ both for special achievement in popular music. He was also awarded the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef from the national music charity that serves vulnerable children. In the U.S., Mr. Daltrey is a Kennedy Center Honoree and has been inducted into The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. He is actively involved in charitable work both as a solo artist and jointly with other members of The Who. Daltrey was instrumental in starting the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series in London in 2000 -- with The Who performing on four occasions in an effort to raise the funds to build dedicated hospital wards for teenagers with cancer. More recently, he founded Teen Cancer America, which aims to bring the charity's work to the USA.

RUDESS MORGENSTEIN PROJECT LIVE:
In November, keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and drummer extraordinaire Rod Morgenstein (Winger), will bring their acclaimed Rudess Morgenstein Project back to the stage. A select few dates will feature the electrifying progressive rock duo showcasing their talents, performing songs from their self-titled studio album for audiences in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. Be among the first to score tickets for the Rudess Morgenstein Project and secure your seat at one of this year's most musically engaging and fulfilling events. Don't miss this opportunity to see Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess, and Winger's Rod Morgenstein live on stage in this intimate duo performance.
Tickets are available from the following venues:
Nov. 19 Washington, DC - U Street
Nov. 20 Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
Nov. 21 Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
Nov. 22 Bay Shore, NY - Boulton Center

TUNE IN...:
On this Saturday's Rockposer's Roulette Radio Show Dan Mann will be chatting to David Saylor about his new album 'Kiss Of Judas' out on AOR Blvd Records and also Joey Tempest from Europe about the new Europe Live At Sweden Rock 30th Anniversary Show. Tune in this Saturday at 1pm UK time only on Firebrand Rock Radio: www.firebrandrr.com.

The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Anders L.A. Ronnblom, founder, songwriter and bassist for the Swedish/Canadian band Killer Bee. Decibel Geek writer Rich (The Meister) Dillon caught up with Anders via skype and got the inside scoop on the past, present and future plans for the band.
Included in the interview is discussion on the new Killer Bee album, Evolutionary Children released on October 14th, 2013 as well as past albums, origins of the band, their 15 year hiatus and why they're back now. There's even mention of their support of porn star Ron Jeremy's own brand of rum called Ron de Jeremy and his love of their music. Included in the article is also a brief biography of the band as well as a review of the latest release. Direct link to the interview: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2013/10/stung-by-killer-bee-chat-with-anders-la.html.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with another bumper crop of classic 80s rock songs from the Billboard Rock Top 40 Song Chart. This time it's Part A & B of the 1985 song list - about 100 songs there with another 150 more to come with the following parts!
Also added is a feature album for rock band Lynn Allen - Petrified Ice Cream (1995).
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

ULTRA LIVE TED OUT NOW:
Multiplatinum guitar icon Ted Nugent has returned this week with a new live 2 CD + DVD set, Ultralive Ballisticrock, out now on Frontiers Records. The electrifying live footage was captured and recorded by 7 cameras in 5.1 audio mix on the "I Still Believe Tour" at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA on August 14, 2011 and features Nugent's arsenal of classic rock hits including "Stranglehold," "Cat Scratch Fever," "Wango Tango," and many more (full track list below). The lineup on the CD/DVD consists of the legendary-and-still-raging Nugent on guitar and vocals, Derek St. Holmes (rhythm guitarist and the voice on "Stranglehold") on guitar and vocals, Greg Smith (Rainbow) on bass and Mick Brown (Dokken) on drums. The collection is available in three formats--2 CD+DVD deluxe edition digipak, DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.
UltimateClassicRock.com and Loudwire.com exclusively premiered live videos for "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever" this week. UltimateClassicRock.com raved, "'Stranglehold' is an eight-minute epic that kicks off with what very well might be the best opening guitar lick in rock history. It doesn't let up from there ­ in fact, we have it listed as one of the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs of all time ­ and this dynamic 2011 performance from Penn's Peak demonstrates why pretty clearly…it's Uncle Ted's energy, charisma and guitar playing that dominate the proceedings, particularly during the song's famous extended solo section." (21/10/13)

"Stranglehold" can be enjoyed now following this link: youtu.be/pM5_8QUX1L8
"Cat Scratch Fever" can be enjoyed following this other link: youtu.be/VQI9Df546l8

Additionally, Loudwire.com touted, "Ted Nugent remains one of rock's standout live performers…The 'Nuge' is in top form here, riffing through the classic licks backed more than ably by guitarist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Greg Smith and drummer Mick Brown, Nugent and his band deliver a memorable version of this fan favorite." (22/10/13)
In other news, Nugent will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn tonight (10/23) at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Nugent toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information on how to listen online go to RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the evening after the broadcast.

More praise for Ultralive Ballisticrock here:
"…a hard-rocking romp.." --Jeff Karoub, Associated Press, October 8, 2013
"Nugent's new live CD/DVD Ultralive Ballisticrock isn't just a souvenir of a kick-ass rock concert. It's an experience­a spiritual revival, sermon, history class and rally for America rolled into one." --James Wood, guitarworld.com, September 6, 2013
"…'Uncle Ted' is rocking harder than ever." --Howard Whitman, technologytell.com, September 9, 2013
"The passion, guts and glory that Ted Nugent puts into his guitar playing has always been something that speaks to me. It's layered in the past…the blues…Motown…early rock and roll…but it is pure; it is honest. It is Ted Nugent's musical voice and it is loud. Time has not changed that…Ted Nugent is still one of the original loudest guitar slingers on planet Earth. And his new album will remind everyone of that." --Jeb Wright, classicrockrevisted.com, October 8, 2013
"Nugent is in classic 'Uncle Ted' form on this release. This man has a Rock 'n' Roll soul like no other, pure Detroit dynamite, infused with a bit of Motown & blues." --Robert Cavuoto, myglobalmind.com, September 5, 2013
"Ultralive Ballisticrock is super high energy from beginning to end, but the set ends on an especially strong note with the hits 'Cat Scratch Fever' and 'Stranglehold' along with a take on 'Great White Buffalo'..." --Kevin Wierzbicki, Campus Circle, September 6, 2013

deserve me!"
Tracklisting for the show: Disc1 1. Free For All 2. Stormtroopin' 3. Wango Tango 4. Just What the Doctor Ordered 5. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang 6. Need You Bad 7. Turn It Up 8. Raw Dogs & War Hogs 9. Dog Eat Dog / Disc 2 10. Hey Baby 11. Fred Bear 12. I Still Believe* 13. Motorcity Madhouse 14. Cat Scratch Fever 15. Stranglehold 16. Great White Buffalo.
*First time available on an album (previously only available as a digital download)
DVD/Blu-Ray Bonus Footage: "Spirit of the Wild", "The Making of Ultralive Ballisticrock".

To purchase Ultralive Ballisticrock visit: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E5N8DX4 / www.amazon.es/dp/B00E5N8DX4 / www.amazon.it/dp/B00E5N8DX4 / www.amazon.fr/dp/B00E5N8DX4 / www.amazon.de/dp/B00E5N8DX4.
For the latest on Ted Nugent, including tour dates, visit: www.tednugent.com / www.facebook.com/tednugent.

xx

FORMER HEADEAST BASS PLAYER JOINS STRIKEFORCE:
Former Headeast bass player James Murphy has joined Midwest hard rockers Strikeforce. The new and improved Strikeforce lineup Includes: James Murphy - Bass, Vocals (Headeast, Gretchen Wilson); Daryn Steel - Vocals (Delta 9); Jimi Burdette - Drums (Von, Strikeforce); Duke Jackson - Lead Guitar (HZG, Strikeforce).
Strikeforce has been busy opening for Styx, Kansas, Headeast, Foghat, April Wine and other National acts at State Fairs, Rock festivals, Cityfests and Clubs. Strikeforce will be recording a new CD Jan 2014 with producer Jason Mcentire (The Urge, Uriah Heep, Ken Hensley, Story of the Year) at Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis, Mo.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Is "Rock Harvest" Another Great Big Music Festival or A Great Big Scam? You Decide: www.metalsludge.tv/?p=39444.

New Ted Nugent interview: metalshrineblogg.blogspot.se/2013/10/intervju-med-ted-nugent.html#links.

BATTLEAXE - NWOBHM CULT ALBUM "BURN THIS TOWN" RE-RELEASE:
SPV / Steamhammer will release one of NWoBHM cult albums on November 25th (Germany November 22nd, USA January 21st) - Battleaxe "Burn This Town" will come in a high class Digipak incl. bonus tracks and a new extended booklet incl. liner notes, history special, track by track commentary and a completely new artwork. This is a must for every fan of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal!
Tracklisting: 1. Ready To Deliver 03:02 2. Her Mama Told Her 03:44 3. Burn This Town 03:31 4. Dirty Rocker 03:28 5. Overdrive 04:23 6. Runnin` Outta Time 03:29 7. Battleaxe 03:40 8. Starmaker 02:55 9. Thor-Thunder Angel 03:44 10. Hands Off 04:36 Bonus Tracks BBC Radio 1 Session 1983 11. Ready To Deliver 03:18 12. Shout It Out 04:19 13. Mean Machine 04:29 14. Running Out Of Time 03:48.
The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul Atkinson (drums) - see new photo attached.
The new album Heavy Metal Sanctuary which was mastered by Fred Purser (ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang) will be released in February 2014.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/battleaxemetal / www.spv.de.


SHOWCASE UPDATED:
One new Showcase added today - the new Kick album Memoirs. Check out here: Memoirs


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

JOE LYNN TURNER-STATEMENT ABOUT CANCELED SHOWS IN CHILE:
Joe Lynn Turner had agreed to schedule (3) three concert appearances in Chile for late October. These shows were recently cancelled by the promoters. The decision to cancel these shows was not Turner's fault. He has issued this statement which outlines the facts surrounding these cancellations:

JLT: "I have decided to post this information out of respect to my fans who deserve the truth.

The promoter for these Chilean shows gave me only (8) eight days notice that he was canceling these concert dates. My flights to South America were paid for in advance. It is also standard business procedure for an artist to keep a deposit paid to the artist if a promoter cancels through no fault of the artist. These agreements are all contracted for in advance. I hope the fans are able to get their tickets refunded. Refund policies are out of my control.
Additionally, I want the South American fans to know that I gave up a major show booking in Russia, that would have paid me more than all (3) three of these shows, because I wanted to play for the Chilean fans. The musicians scheduled to play these shows in Chile also lost money and time. The promoter apparently never researched the events taking place in Chile which conflicted with these shows. Had he done the research, perhaps we could have settled on more suitable dates that would have resulted in more success for all parties concerned.

I hope to schedule concerts in Chile and other South American countries in the future. However, the rumors about shows in April are not true on my end. The promoter just assumed I was available in April but my management is in discussions with other promoters regarding possible April shows in other countries. Confirmed shows will be posted on my official websites.
I was looking forward to performing in Chile and South American fans are some of my most loyal fans in the entire world. I knew that some were traveling from other countries, such as Argentina and Brazil. I was looking forward to these shows. These cancellations were a huge disappointment for me."

INTHESTUDIO.NET 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF MONTROSE:
(Dallas, TX)- InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of the self-titled debut from seminal California hard rock pioneers Montrose.
Ronnie Montrose, a session player on Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey and the lead guitarist on the Edgar Winter Group's 1973 #1 hit instrumental rock classic "Frankenstein", then formed Montrose the band, quickly assembling Denny Carmassi on drums, Bill Church on bass, and a then-unknown Bay area singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar. Montrose was, for all practical purposes, the beginning of the California Hard Rock scene, their influence found in Van Halen's 1978 debut and Def Leppard's Pyromania a decade later. "Rock the Nation", "Bad Motor Scooter", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Rock Candy" and "Make It Last" all resonated with a new breed of soon-to-be hard rock icons. Original Montrose singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar remembers his first meeting with Ronnie Montrose and how quickly the first album, Montrose, came together.
"I actually knocked on the door (to his house) and said, 'Hey you looking for a singer?' and he said, 'yeah, you got any songs?' I said, 'yeah'... He said, 'You know a good drummer?', I said, 'yeah' we got Denny (Carmassi) and he had Bill Church and we had a band. And had a record out in four months and went on tour."
Stream the Montrose program this month as part of InTheStudio's Medium Rare "online-only" rockumentary series: www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/montrose-r-i-p-ronnie-montrose"

DANIELE LIVERANI ENTERS FANTASIA:
The Italian multi-instrumentist Daniele Liverani is a cornerstone in Italian metal. His upcoming album, entitled "Fantasia", will be published by SG Records in early 2014. Daniele Liverani carved his reputation not just as a solo artist but as member of the bands Empty Tremor, Khymera, Twinspirits, Cosmics, Prime Suspect and mentor behind the Genius Rock Opera. His first solo album was recorded at 56 Studios in Santa Monica and features the talents from Armored Saint and Fates Warning.
Fantasia is his last work, an eclectic and mature instrumental concept guitar album, to achieve which Daniele strongly desired excellent musicians. In addition to Marco Zago (keyboards) and Nicolņ Vese (bass), on drums there is a total revelation: Simon Ciccotti.
Track list: 1 Unbreakable 2 Joke 3 Peacefully 4 Apocalypse 5 Daylight 6 Gigantic 7 Black Horse 8 Outstanding 9 Guilty 10 Heaven 11 Rage.
Preproductions advance videos available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9qO3oeEOfs / www.youtube.com/watch?v=kluxXb-2DkM.
WebLinks: www.sgrecords.it.


SHANE GAALAAS ASCENDS TO NEW DIGITAL RELEASE:
October 17, 2013 - L.A.-based Canadian drummer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Shane Gaalaas (Cosmosquad, Diesel Machine, Glenn Hughes, MSG) has announced the worldwide digital release of his third solo album, "Ascend", which was issued June 12 in Japan on Zain Records. The record contains six originals along with an English language re-interpretation of the song "Brotherhood" by Japanese rock superstars B'z, with whom Gaalaas has been touring and recording for the past decade.
"Ascend" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Gaalaas' Crumb West Studios in Simi Valley, CA and features Gaalaas on vocals, guitars, bass, drums and keyboards, in addition to handling engineering and production duties. A teaser for the album is streaming at www.shanegaalaas.com. Fellow Canadian musician Cory Churko, brother of Ozzy Osbourne producer/collaborator Kevin Churko, co-wrote and played guitar on "Wish You Well" and contributed lead guitar on "Brotherhood."
The "Ascend" track listing reads as follows: 1. Ascend 2. Rat Stew 3. Wish You Well 4. Million Miles 5. Brotherhood 6. Wonderful Midori. 7. Alive.
"Ascend" has already garnered Gaalaas major media coverage in Japan, where he is currently on a stadium tour with B'z, including Billboard magazine and a cover feature in the October issue of Japan's drum bible, Rhythm & Drums.
Shane Gaalaas online: www.shanegaalaas.com.



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BOSTON'S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM RELEASED ON FRONTIERS IN DECEMBER:
Band's First Studio Album in 10-Plus Years to Be Released Worldwide on Frontiers Records

Boston's latest studio album, Life, Love & Hope will be released on Frontiers Records in USA December 3 and Europe December 6. More than a decade in the making, Life, Love & Hope features 11 tracks replete with the classic and beloved Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of Tom Scholz' musical artistry. Diverse yet cohesive, this long-awaited album has something for everyone and will fulfill the expectations of existing fans, while exposing a new generation to one of rock and roll's great acts. Scholz says, "These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston's harshest critic, me. They have all been meticulously recorded to analogue tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston's hits for the past 35 years."

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Boston burst onto the music scene with their eponymous best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back.  With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Smokin'," rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today.  Their second effort, Don't Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda." With over 31 million albums sold to date, Boston's music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live Boston audiences that spans generations.

Life, Love & Hope includes lead vocals from Brad Delp and prodigy Tommy DeCarlo, as well as Kimberley Dahme, David Victor, and songwriter Scholz himself. This release features tracks that have the characteristic Boston trademark guitars, harmonies, and immaculately-crafted sound.  "I intentionally stayed close to the early Boston style on some of the songs, even using the same amps and instruments; on others I let my imagination run wild," says Scholz.
A beautiful full-color booklet with notes from Scholz and detailed song credits accompanies Life, Love & Hope, available now for pre-order on Amazon national shops in UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy and all other fine retailers across Europe.

Life, Love & Hope tracklisting includes: Heaven on Earth; Didn't Mean to Fall in Love; Last Day of School; Sail Away; Life, Love & Hope; If You Were in Love; Someday; Love Got Away; Someone (2.0); You Gave Up on Love (2.0); The Way You Look Tonight.


AXEL RUDI PELL RIDES INTO THE STORM:
Axel Rudi Pell's new studio album Into The Storm will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in 2014 on January 17 in Germany, January 20 in Europe and on January 21 in the USA/Canada, followed by the first European leg of the tour (dates below).
Singer Johnny Gioeli, new drummer Bobby Rondinelli, keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg, bass player Volker Krawczak and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell finished the recordings of the new studio album "Into The Storm" with engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind.
Tracklisting: 1) The Inquisitorial Procedure 1:48 2) Tower Of Lies 4:26 3) Long Way To Go 5:32 4) Burning Chains 5:23 5) When Truth Hurts 6:46 6) Changing Times 6:05 7) Touching Heaven 7:02 8) High Above 4:49 9) Hey Hey My My 5:02 10) Into The Storm 10:35. Digipak Bonustracks: 11) White Cats (Opus #6 Scivolare) 4:54 12) Way To Mandalay 7:52.

Configurations: limited edition digipak incl. 2 tracks + poster, double gatefold LP with coloured vinyl, standard version and download. Watch Out for the deluxe edition incl. digipak edition, plec, metalpin, poster, postcard, sticker and much more!


"Into The Storm"-Tour 2014 Axel Rudi Pell special guests: Rebellious Spirit
07.02. D-Hannover - Capitol
08.02. NL-Weert - De Bosuil
09.02. GB-London - The Garage
11.02. D-Nürnberg - Löwensaal
12.02. CH-Pratteln - Z7
14.02. D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
15.02. D-Erfurt - HsD
16.02. D-Hamburg - Markthalle
18.02. D-Langen - Neue Stadthalle
19.02. D-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
20.02. D-Bochum - Zeche
21.02. D-Bochum - Zeche (sold out)


THE LATEST FROM ROCK CANDY:
The following new releases are available now from Rock Candy Records: www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk.

Zebra 'S/T' CANDY166 / A classic power trio, Zebra were formed during the mid 70s in New Orleans, later shifting their power base to Long Island, New York where they attracted the attention of powerful local radio station WBAB FM who included them on a new talent compilation album. It wasn't long before Atlantic Records, based on their instantly identifiable sound and impressive fan following, signed them. Issued in 1983 and produced by Jack 'Aerosmith' Douglas, this impressive debut LP, perfectly balances scorching hard rock with adventurous progressive rock influences. Indeed, such was the advance interest in the band the record became the fastest selling debut album in Atlantic's long and illustrious history, firmly establishing Zebra as one of the most exciting acts of the time. Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay including interview with Randy Jackson, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Tell Me What You Want 2. One More Chance 3. Slow Down 4. As I Said Before 5. Who's Behind The Door 6. When You Get There 7. Take Your Fingers From My Hair 8. Don't Walk Away 9. The La La Song.

Zebra 'No Tellin' Lies' CANDY167 / Formed in New Orleans, Zebra expanded their appeal by relocating to Long Island in New York, helping to cement a dedicated fan base in two regions which gained them a record deal. The resultant debut LP rapidly achieved Gold status and set the scene for their follow up album promptly recorded and issued in 1984. Produced, once again, to exacting standards, by Jack 'Aerosmith' Douglas, the band took up the challenge by showcasing a concise collection of tracks that easily outgunned their previous work. Refining their powerful sound, the songs are both muscular and melodic, helping to craft a style that was influenced in equal parts by Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, with an additional adventurous lyrical content that set them apart from the competition. Standout tracks include 'Wait Until The Summer's Gone', 'I Don't Like It', 'I Don't Care' and the powerful yet heart-rendering 'Bears'. Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay including interview with Randy Jackson, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Wait Until The Summer's Gone 2. I Don't Like It 3. Bears 4. I Don't Care 5. Lullaby 6. No Tellin' Lies 7. Takin' A Stance 8. But No More 9. Little Things 10. Drive Me Crazy.

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New England 'Explorer Suite' CANDY205 / Formed in the late seventies, and handled by Kiss manager Bill Aucoin, this four piece unit issued one of the finest debut albums of all time, on the ultimately ill-fated Infinity label before switching allegiance to Elektra Records for this, their second album. Produced by Mike Stone (Journey, Queen, Asia) and originally issued in 1980, 'Explorer Suite' undoubtedly takes its starting point from the Beatles, but thoughtfully fuel-injects a heavy, melodic rock element comparable to the greatest pomp rock acts of the era. Reference points include Styx, Electric Light Orchestra, The Cars, Cheap Trick and, as previously mentioned, the Beatles. Crammed full of incredibly energetic songs such as 'Livin In The Eighties', 'Honey Money', 'Searchin' and 'Hey You're On The Run', New England's penchant for melody was obviously second to none. Truly one of the most talented groups of their time. Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay including interview with John Fannon, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Honey Money 2. Livin' In The Eighties 3. Conversation 4. It's Never Too Late 5. Explorer Suite 6. Seal It With A Kiss 7. Hey You're On The Run 8. No Place To Go 9. Searchin' 10. Hope 11. You'll Be Born Again.

Charlie 'Good Morning America' CANDY178 / 'Good Morning America', originally issued in 1981, was Charlie's sixth album and crafted with a two new members; drummer Bob Henrit and guitarist/vocalist John Verity, both formerly of Argent and fresh from former CBS great white hopes Phoenix. Released on RCA Records and produced by band leader Terry Thomas (who would go on to craft a hugely successful career in this field later) with John Verity by his side , the intent was to craft an album that would scale the heights of the US charts and push Charlie into the musical super league, alongside Toto, Queen and Styx. Sadly, due to record company shenanigans, it was not to be. The failure to secure commercial gain was obviously not down to the music, far from it. With tracks such as 'I Can't Get Over You', 'Heading For Home', 'Roll The Dice' and the anthemic title track, they delivered one of the greatest yet, at the time overlooked, albums of their career and certainly a milestone in the AOR pantheon.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay including interview with Terry Thomas, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Good Morning America 2. I Can't Get Over You 3. Roll The Dice 4. Heading For Home 5. Saturday Night 6. All My Life 7. Look For Your Love 8. My Perfect Lover 9. I'm Angry For You 10. Just One More Chance 11. The Girl Won't Dance With Me.

Stepson 'S/T' HRCANDY002 / Formed in 1971, this crushing quartet was put together by veterans of the LA scene looking to combine the MC5's wildcard attack with the blues power of Humble Pie. Bizarrely guitarist Joey Newman had been a member of the Osmonds - he contributed to their hard rock showstopper 'Crazy Horses' - before surrendering his soul to Stepson with enough their fire cracker riffage to level a small town. Issued in 1974, on ABC Records, the album, despite being guided by Leslie West and Mountain's management, sank without trace. With no marketing and limited live shows outside of Los Angeles it was easy to see why the record fell short of expectations. Despite the disappointment, Stepson remains a bonafide hard rock nugget, and one of the most impressive obscurities of the era. We recommend you listen with a well charged defibrillator and a paramedic close at hand. Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay including interview with Bruce Hauser, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Rule In The Book 2. Lil' Bit 3. Rude Attitude 4. It's My Life 5. I Apologize 6. Suffer 7. Back To 'Bama 8. Man I'm A Fool 9. Turnpike 10. Burnin' Hurt.

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EDEN'S CURSE ARE UNBREAKABLE:
Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden's Curse have released the song "Unbreakable", from their fourth studio album "Symphony Of Sin", and made it available to stream for free below: soundcloud.com/edenscurse/unbreakable.
"It's a song that holds a special place in my heart and I think it really has some cross over potential" stated bassist Paul Logue when asked about the song.
He went onto add "Unbreakable began as a musical idea from Thorsten Koehne (Guitars) which we rearranged and worked on lyrics and melodies alongside Pete Newdeck (Drums). It's a song that really comes from the heart and speaks of the brotherly bond that exists between the three of us. It really is a song of positivity and about rising above the negativity and adversity you face and keeping your spirits high and vision strong to focus on the better day that will eventually come".
"The song has some amazingly soulful and passionate vocals from Nikola Mijic and has a great driving beat led by the band. It features some wonderful synth and atmospheric keys from Steve Williams (Keys) and Thorsten just slays on this" produly quipped Logue.


EDWARD BOX'S MOTION CONTROL:
Lion Music is pleased to announce the release of "Motion Control" from UK guitarist Edward Box on November 24. This exciting 21 track digital only release sees Box's previous solo albums - 2002's "Plectrumhead" and 2005's "Moonfudge" - packaged together and get a 2013 makeover. With the advent of time and better technology "Motion Control" sees Edward going back to the masters and making improvements where he felt necessary. These improvements range from better overall sound to new rhythm guitar tracks on a number of songs and even new lead breaks on others! "Motion Control" sees Box delivers a multitude of rock styles, from all out rock to tender melodic ballads. All of which are strong backdrops to Box's melodic lead breaks. Edward is also renowned for having superb phrasing all topped off with a very soulful vibrato that make him stand out from the pack and fans of first class guitar work will find plenty to enjoy on 'Motion Control'.
Listen to samples of all 21 tracks and pre-order now @ itunes.apple.com/album/motion-control/id701205830 / Full information on one of the hottest guitar releases of 2013 at lionmusic.com/cd/motioncontrol.htm.

DELUX EDITION SCORPIONS OUT NOW:
On October 14 The Scorpions have their classic Crazy World reissued as a 2CD deluxe version on Universal Music. 'Crazy World' the bands 11th studio album was originally released in 1990 and contains the worldwide hit "Wind of Change". The package includes 12 live tracks from their 'Live Crazy' world tour along with Crazy World's 4 promotional videos. It was the Scorpions' first album in a decade and a half to not be produced by Dieter Dierks and is widely considered to be the last "classic" Scorpions album. In the UK, it remains the only Scorpions album to attain certified Silver.
Formed in 1965 The Scorpions are a band who have enjoyed a rich and varied history and in the process selling in excess of 150 million records worldwide. From the psychedelic leanings of debut album 'Lonesome Crow' in 1972 through the almost progressive era with guitarist Ulrich Roth for much of the 1970s and onto their most successful period as a more streamlined melodic hard rock band, beginning with the 1979 album 'Lovedrive'. They strode through the 1980s as one of the biggest and most alluring of all the bands in this genre.
These Germanic gargantuawatt gladiators had three Top 10 albums in the States, beginning with 'Blackout' in 1982, continuing on through 'Love At First Sting' two years later and followed by 'Savage Amusement' in 1988. All three were also Top 20 albums in the UK. The only other album from that period was 1980's 'Animal Magnetism', which continued a commercial climb for the band that had begun with the breakthrough 'Lovedrive'.
The final album in this remarkable run of success was 1990's 'Crazy World', again one of the great hard rock records of the era and 'Crazy World' was the last album to feature bassist Francis Buchholz, and by that extent, the last to feature the band's classic lineup.
On January 24, 2010, after 45 years of performing, the band announced that they would be retiring after touring in support of their new album 'Sting in the Tail', although this decision was eventually retracted and a relief to their may fans worldwide.

Disc 1: Crazy World - Tease Me Please Me (04:43) 2. Don't Believe Her (4:55) 3. To Be With You In Heaven (04:48) 4. Wind Of Change (05:12) 5. Restless Nights (05:44) 6. Lust Or Love (04:22) 7. Kicks After Six (03:49) 8. Money And Fame (05:06) 9. Hit Between The Eyes (04:33) 10.Crazy World (05:08) 11.Send Me An Angel (04:33) 12.Wind Of Change (Edit) (03:42). 13.Big City Nights (Live At The Moscow Peace Festival) (04:55) 14.Wind Of Change (Russian Version) (03:42) 15.Wind Of Change (Spanish Version) (05:07) 16.Holiday (Live Version) (03:12) 17.Hit Between The Eyes (04:26) 18.The Zoo (10.00).
Disc 2: Live Crazy World Tour - 1. Bad Boys Running Wild (04:02) 2. Hit Between The Eyes (04:14) 3. I Can't Explain (03:27) 4. The Zoo (06:33) 5. Rhythm Of Love (03:51) 6. Crazy World (05:26) 7. Can't Live Without You (04:49) 8. Blackout (03:49) 9. Dynamite (04:06) 10.Lust Or Love (04:20) 11.Big City Nights (05:24) 12.Rock You Like A Hurricane (05:08).
Music Videos: 13. Tease Me Please Me (05:07) Directed by Jeff Richter; 14. Don't Believe Her (04:42) Directed by Wayne Isham; 15. Send Me An Angel (04:26) Directed by Meiert Avis; Wind Of Change (04:42) Directed by Wayne Isham.



Y&T's A&M BOX:
On October 14th Y&T releases a 4CD set The A&M Years 1981-85, which features 6 studio albums, with B sides, and a rare Friday Rock Show album featuring their appearances at Reading and Monsters of Rock.

There was a time in the late 1970s/early 1980s when America was seemingly overrun with great hard rock bands. They all had power, individuality and a the sheer audacity to ignore trends and go with their instincts. And in this company of lycanthropic lotharios there were none better than Y&T.
The San Francisco based Heavy Metal act burst on the scene when they were known as Yesterday and Today and recorded two albums for the London label.They were snapped up by A&M and recorded a number of albums for the label including, what is regarded as one of the finest metal albums of all time in, 'Earthshaker' . All of their output for the label is featured on this multipack that also has albums such as Black Tiger and Out for the Count, available in Europe legally for the first time in a number of years.
In 1981 Y&T released the sensational 'Earthshaker' album and exploded on the scene with the sort of thoroughbred command that had more in common with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal than the smoother and more mainstream attitudes starting to invade and pervade in the States.
When you listen the flood of riffs which are the hallmark of this album, it's just irresistible. From the opening shards of 'Hungry For Rock; through the titanic 'Rescue me', and onwards to the stormy 'Hurricane' and finally to the climactic, epic 'I Believe In You', this was an album that had not one weakness. Each track combined a spontaneity with lively, well crafted ideas. And these were musicians who could live with anyone on the planet. Moreover, topping it all off were the soaraway vocals of Meniketti. One of the great hard rock singers, his voice can both crack concrete, and yet also drips with honeyed nectar. It is capable of sounding innocent and vulnerable, yet quickly turn on its heels and become a roaring savage.
While 'Earthshaker' set a benchmark for 1980s American hard rock that few were able to emulate, then 'Black Tiger', released the following year, was the proof that it was far from being a one-off. The songs on Black Tiger were of the highest order. 'Open Fire', 'Hell Or High Water', 'Forever', 'Black Tiger' and 'My Way Or The Highway' were straight out of the top drawer, and it was no surprise when the album became the first from Y&T to chart in the UK, as it reached number 53.
If 'Black Tiger' was the natural successor to 'Earthshaker', then 'Mean Streak' in 1983 proved to be equally invaluable. Produced by Chris Tsangarides, a lot of the songs on this album have become staples of the band's live set down the years. These include the title track, 'Midnight In Tokyo', 'Hang 'Em High' and 'Down And Dirty'. Mean Streak' made it to number 35 in the UK.
But this sniff of success was only the appetiser for what was about to happen. Now, Y&T took a massive leap forward in sales terms, as they elected to go for a more commercial style.The result in 1984 was their biggest album to date, namely 'In Rock We Trust'. Now working with producer Tom Allom, they sold close to half-a-million copies in America, and reached number 33 in the UK. 'In Rock We Trust' features 'Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World'. 'Masters And Slaves', 'Lipstick And Leather' and (Your Love Is) Drivin' Me Crazy' real stompers kissed by the stamp of class.
Things got even more accessible in 1985, when 'Down For The Count' hit. Produced by Kevin Beamish, now they finally got a successful single in America, as 'Summertime Girls' made it to number 55. Bright, breezy and breathtaking, it showed how Y&T were able to embrace the MTV generation, yet also come up with an anthem to appeal to their diehards. Using keyboards for the first, they also had a battery of other top quality songs to back up 'Summertime Girls'. These featured such moments as 'Looks Like Trouble', 'Hands Of Time', 'Don't Tell me What To Wear', plus an exquisite cover of Loggins And Messina's 'Your Mama Don't Dance'.
While they were hauling themselves up to a new level of success during this period of time, the band were still a formidable presence live. They show this on the 1984 live album 'Open Fire', which more than lived up to its title, as it brought together a manic montage of their finest songs, all lifted by the added cachet of their stage presence. And they proved equally adept when captured live for the BBC's 'Friday Rock Show', which represents a cross section of the band's finest accomplishments.
By 1986, Haze had gone and three years later Stef Burns took over from Alves. By 1991, it was all over, and the band split up. Yes, they did return in 1995, and continue to this day in various guises (only Meniketti now remains from the halcyon days). But when you want to hear Y&T in their prime. When you wish to get a taste of why they were once regarded as one of the world's greatest hard rock bands...well, the music on these four CDs is all you need. It represents the glory age for a glorious band.

'The A&M Years 1981-85' - Track listing - CD 1 1. Hungry For Rock - 03:47 2. Dirty Girl - 05:06 3. Shake It Loose - 02:54 4. Squeeze - 04:04 5. Rescue Me - 04:43 6. Young And Tough - 03:47 7. Hurricane - 03:23 8. Let Me Go - 03:11 Knock You Out - 02:58 I Believe In You - 07:16 11. From The Moon - 00:42 12. Open Fire - 04:10 13. Don't Wanna Lose - 04:09 14. Hell Or High Water - 03:44 15. Forever - 05:48 16. Black Tiger - 04:17 17. Barroom Boogie - 04:19 18. My Way Or The Highway - 04:43 19. Winds Of Change - 06:19

CD 2 Mean Streak - 04:06 Straight Thru The Heart - 04:14 22. Lonely Side Of Town - 04:48 23. Midnight In Tokyo - 05:40 24. Breaking Away - 04:42 25. Hang 'Em High - 05:33 26. Take You To The Limit - 04:53 27. Sentimental Fool - 03:11 28. Down And Dirty - 03:54 29. Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World - 04:41 30. Life, Life, Life - 04:38 31. Masters And Slaves - 04:01 32. I'll Keep On Believin' (Do You Know) - 03:50 33. Break Out Tonight - 04:23 34. Lipstick And Leather - 03:26 35. Don't Stop Runnin' - 04:22 36. (Your Love Is) Drivin Me Crazy - 04:56

CD 3 37. She's A Liar - Album Version - 03:35 38. This Time - Album Version - 05:40 39. Open Fire - Live - 04:25 40. Go For The Throat - Live - 04:52 41. 25 Hours A Day - Live Edit - 04:21 42. Rescue Me - Live - 05:54 43. Summertime Girls - Studio Version - 03:29 Forever - Live - 05:54 45. Barroom Boogie - Live - 04:34 46. I Believe In You - Live - 08:03 47. In The Name Of Rock - 05:30 48. All American Boy - 02:22 49. Anytime At All - 04:30 50. Anything For Money - 03:22 51. Face Like An Angel - 04:31

CD 4 52. Summertime Girls - Studio Version - 03:28 53. Looks Like Trouble - Album Version - 04:06 Your Mama Don't Dance - 02:48 Don't Tell Me What To Wear - 04:00 56. Hands Of Time - 06:12 57. Hungry For Rock - Live At The Reading Festival/ 1984 - 04:00 58. Black Tiger - Live At The Reading Festival/ 1984 - 04:18 59. I Believe In You - Live At The Reading Festival/ 1984 - 08:29 60. Open Fire - Live At The Reading Festival/ 1984 - 03:55 61. Forever - Live At The Reading Festival/ 1984 - 05:33 62. Rescue Me - Live At The Reading Festival/ 1984 - 05:11 63. Mean Streak - Live At Donington/ 1984 - 04:20 64. Barroom Boogie - Live At Donington/ 1984 - 04:05 65. Lipstick And Leather - Live At Donington/ 1984 - 03:15 66. Rescue Me - Live At Donington/ 1984 (CD 4) - 05:05 67. Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World - Live At Donington/ 1984 - 05:21 68. Masters And Slaves - Live At Donington/ 1984 - 05:07



FLOOR JOINS TARJA:
MetalSymphony.com has posted some photos of the unique and special moment at Metal Female Voices Fest this last weekend in Wieze (Belgium), when Tarja Turunen invited Floor Jansen on stage to sing a duet, the classic song by Gary Moore, Over the Hills and Far Away.Check them out at this location: www.metalsymphony.com/?p=14537.
Tarja's setlist included: Anteroom of Death, Die Alive, In for a Kill, Never Enough, I walk Alone, Mystic Voyage, Until my last breath, Wish I had an Angel and the already mentioned Over the Hills and far Away with Floor Jansen.

TALE OF A ROCK N ROLL SURVIVOR:
Los Angeles -- He has survived in rock world that applauds you one minute, then turns its back on you the next. One moment, Tony West is running through the streets of Hollywood, young but so alive and just looking for a shot without starving to death or becoming another casualty who heads to L.A. for fortune and fame. The next moment, West and his band Blacklist Union are on top of the world, the next Guns N' Roses according to the critics who always love a good "Rocky" story.
Of course, this happens over and over again, enough to drive you crazy, but West, with the strength of 10 men, keeps on going. With three solid CDs under their belt and a good amount of exposure and hype, Blacklist Union is on the very cusp, one break away from being the biggest band in the world. And West has the scars to prove it.
Now living in North Hollywood, West has been beaten and abused, battered and jailed, ostracized and ousted, addicted and recovered and addicted and recovered again -- and the music is West's salvation. Songs likes "Alabama Slammer" and " 'Til Death Do Us Part" have kept West alive and turbo-charged the fervor of a growing legion. "I ran away from home because of Guns N' Roses. I was a kid from the Bronx with a really abusive father, and Axl was the reason I ran away," West said, being as brutally honest as you can possibly be. "I had grown up in the punk rock scene because my uncle used to hang out with Circus of Power and Warrior Soul and D-Generation." At just 13 years old, West broke free. With a guitar on his back and $20 in his jeans, he hitchhiked to the Hollywood sign.

"I didn't want to be just a street kid, so I hustled," West said. "I'd play and write songs all night, and during the day I would do telemarketing or whatever I could, even got arrested for selling fake IDs. I definitely did drugs, but I didn't get lost in drugs." West was doing whatever he could to keep himself alive when a local band called Daux Haus Mob eventually took him in. And that's where he learned about the two things that fuel the Hollywood rock underworld – great music and great parties, a torrid combination if you can handle and big trouble if you can't.
"I lived with the Daux Haus Mob guys on Hollywood Boulevard, and after the clubs closed, we would literally take the whole club to our apartment," West said. "Everyone was there, from members of Guns N' Roses to Dogs D'Amour to all these random people. Bam from Dogs D'Amour is the one who told me about singing in pitch. I didn't even know what he was talking about."
West's first band was a Ramones tribute outfit. Then he formed Blacklist Union and caught the attention of top producer Chris Johnson (Goldfinger, Buckcherry, Hilary Duff). Together they've done three albums -- "After The Mourning," "Breakin' Bread With The Devil," and "'Til Death Do Us Part."
West has toured the country with Blacklist Union, opened for big stars, and he has sold a lot of CDs – and in-between he did a tour as an emergency replacement in L.A. Guns. "Tracii Guns taught me a lot," West said. "He had sold millions of records but was traveling around the country in a cramped van. And he was humble about it, not crying like a baby about it. I was impressed. He told me if you don't have haters, you're nothing, and that really motivated me."
Blacklist Union has been featured in such magazines as Revolver, Metal Edge, Metal Hammer and others, and the band is an underground favorite that's popular on YouTube and other independent outlets. But just about everyone agrees the band is on the rise, and West's best days appear to be ahead.
Deep inside, West always knew he had stories to tell with Blacklist Union, words that still had to get out and reach the masses. Rock is West's calling, and he screams for vengeance. "Tracii told me the world needs a band like Blacklist Union," West said.
West is putting finishing touches on a new Blacklist Union CD, and this is the one that is going to push the Tommy Lee-look-alike over the top. You can either come along for the ride, or watch him go.


THE WINERY DOGS UNLEASHED AT THE MET ON HALLOWEEN:
The Winery Dogs, the new power trio featuring Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), will showcase their extraordinary music talents at The Met in Pawtucket, R.I., on October 31, 2013. The Atlanta-based alternative rock trio The Sixxis will open the show.
While it would be easy to call The Winery Dogs a supergroup, they are so much more than that. Supergroups are usually short-lived entities composed of gifted players that jam out for a little while and then quickly record with the hopes of catching lightning in a bottle. Moreover, they're often the sum of their collective parts. That's certainly not the case with The Winery Dogs, a cohesive, well-rounded classic-sounding trio with blazing songs that defy expectation. The group's self-titled debut, which debuted at No 27 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, is filled with straightforward rock and roll inspired by some of their favorite bands, and their music transcends any of the styles they're best known for.
Of The Winery Dogs, Portnoy commented: "I am so excited about The Winery Dogs and am proud and honored to be working with two of the greatest musicians on the planet! Richie Kotzen is such an unbelievable talent, as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. I think The Winery Dogs will finally get him the attention and recognition that he so richly deserves. And what can be said of Billy Sheehan that hasn't been said already? He is one the true pioneers of the instrument and a legend."
In a review of their sold out concert at Reggies in Chicago, Illinois, on August 8, Mark Koeng, of Rock World Magazine, wrote "The Winery Dogs prove masterful. The music is untarnished and skillfully conducted. There's a chemistry, and professional admiration between Kotzen, Sheehan and Portnoy. It shows in their smiles and sweat. It shows in their songwriting. And let's hope it shows through longevity."
The Met is located at 1005 Main Street in  Pawtucket, R.I. Tickets are priced at $35 in advance and $37 day of show. They can be purchased through the venue's website at www.themetri.com or the Lupo's box office.
For more information about The Winery Dogs, visit www.winerydogs.com.



Monday, October 21, 2013

MELODIC ROCK FEST:
Time to reflect back a little further on MelodicRockFest 3 that took place at the H.OM.E. Bar Chicago September 27-29.
Basically the event was a great success as far all the artists gathered bringing their A-Game and fan feedback from the weekend has been nothing short of phenomenal.

It was a true pleasure for me to meet as many people as I did over the weekend and also have the opportunity to see live some of my own melodic rock heroes live for the first time such as Glen Burtnik, Eclipse, W.E.T. Adriangale, Heaven & Earth, ColdSpell and House Of Lords.
Plus some of my old favourites like Mecca, Harem Scarem, 7th heaven, Eric Martin and Ted Poley.
I was thrilled to be able to give some young guns a chance and I think The Radio Sun, Loveblast, Bonrud, Evolution Eden and Crossing Rubicon proved their worth and more…and won over some new fans on the day.

The goal (as was with the case with MRF2) was to outdo the previous event and feedback suggests we did. The venue was superb and I'd like to again roll call those responsible for making MRF3 everything that it was:
John Kivel for his support of the event and tireless work towards making it a success in 2013; Ty Sims and Kevin Grosse for making the event sound and look amazing and run like clockwork; Joe Vana for helping immensely behind the scenes and finding me a last minute driver, who was the coolest cat (thank you Maurice); Richie Hofherr for bringing me and the venue together; Erik Johnson for his awesome artwork and audio promotions; Tony and the HOME Bar crew for making us all feel welcomed and providing a killer venue for the weekend; Bert and Jim at the Holiday Inn; and my merch booth crew for their hard work over the weekend; Sheron Hope and the Brett Walker Band for doing a great job in tough circumstances; and...of course my wife Cath for her work behind the scenes over the last several months.

Lastly – to every single person that turned up over the weekend to make the place rock. But on top of that – to all the VIP ticket holders for the weekend – it was your additional and valued support that made the show viable and for that I and the artists thank you immeasurably.
I'd welcome any further feedback from anyone at the event.

A note on merch – for anyone that bough the popular MRF3 USB drive – I'll add more content for you folks to download shortly, but please email me for a link to grab that from.
And to anyone who needs the bonus tracks for the MRCD11 & House of Shakira purchases, please also contact me now.

To talk about each individual performance within the show would take me a week, so much could be said. I think it better if others gave their overview of the vent. There are some very comprehensive reviews of the show appearing online now:

mediahound.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/melodicrockfest-3-day-1.html - Day 1
mediahound.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/melodicrockfest-3-day-2.html - Day 2

www.rockeyez.com/live_reviews/2013-mrf-3-day-1/livrev-2013-9-27-mrf3-day-1.html - Day 1

getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2013/10/gig-review-melodic-rock-fest-3-chicago-usa-27-29-september-2013/ - Full Event

Set Lists from the event: www.setlist.fm/festival/2013/melodic-rock-fest-2013-73d6fe55.html

You can read more thoughts from fans in general in these places: www.facebook.com/events/489521794439037 / www.facebook.com/MelodicRockAU / www.facebook.com/groups/167212593289776/

I'll share a few photos I took from the weekend below, but to be honest, I was running around most of the weekend, with little time to stop and think about capturing the event! I'll come up with some of the pro-shot photos from Marty Moffat shortly.

The artists that I picked to perform at MRF are all people I knew I could rely on and would give their time to hang out and talk with fans, sign stuff and just enjoy the event. It was great to see them doing just that over the weekend.
It was all a bit of a blur for me personally, but thanks to an awesome setup within the venue, all the merch areas where inside so I was able to hear the whole weekend, if not see it all.

I'm sure some will be disappointed to hear there are no tales of debauchery or rioting within the hotel afterwards, but almost everyone was on their absolutely best behavior.
I'm told the worst incident of the entire week was a broken mirror! Dear me!

There were a couple of issues that came to my attention over the weekend and after the fact that were the result of operational issues that crop up when holding an event at a venue for the first time. The unfortunate aspect of holding each of the MRF events 3 years apart has been the need to change venues and start all over again each time. So you'll always get these little things that you think you could have done better or fix next time.

So with that said…next time?

Yes, there is a next time. And I'm not sitting around waiting 3 years either!

See you at MRF4, October 2014 at the H.O.M.E. Bar Chicago!


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KING KOBRA FEATURED IN NEW THE RIGHT TO ROCK PODCAST:
TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #161), featuring King Kobra's Carmine Appice, David Michael Phillips and Paul Shortino. The boys took time out of their busy schedule to discuss his band's second record, since the reunion, II. Each guy gives his take on the new album as well as what the future looks like for the Kobra. Each interview lasts approx. 30 min.
What do you do if you're a classic hard rock band and you want to re-unite but your lead singer ain't down? Well, if the drive is strong enough and you're convinced you can move on without him/her you find a new guy that can hold his own and get out there and rock. Which is exactly what hard rockers King Kobra recently did for their 2nd record, II - though, to be honest, they've been re-united since 2010. Join the lads in their latest An Evening With... series as they welcome legendary members from the Kobra: Carmine Appice, David Michael Phillips and Paul Shortino. All members weigh in on their new record and give their thoughts on the future of the band, as well as some of the other things they're up to.

TUBE BRIEFS:
It's been a year since WakeUpCall released their first album Batteries Are Not Included and after 2 video/singles and 30 shows through Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland, Latvia and Lithuania, WakeUpCall just released the 3rd video/single from the album. "Let You Go" video is an ironic joke about all the Talent Shows that have invaded our televisions and changed music business....who's gonna win the WFACTOR? www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftGXPicnAMo.

Swedish melodic hard rockers Casablanca have debut their new track via YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjmqGCrXM6U.

Laura sent in a link of some Winery Dogs show footage from the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, Colorado on Monday, 10/14/13. Check out htis grat band at: www.youtube.com/laurarocksdenver.

UTOPIA RECORDS SYDNEY CELEBRATES 35 YEARS IN BUSINESS!:
The Home Of Metal, Utopia Records in Sydney Australia turns 35 years old this month. A very impressive milestone for a retail store in general, let alone one that specializes in selling Heavy Metal! They have survived a flood, the death of glam metal via the birth of grunge, the wane in popularity of heavy music in general in the early 2000's and are still standing today during heavy music's resurgence to the mainstream.
With music moving into the digital world, Utopia still stands strong due to metal fans' total devotion to their genre. It's not just about the music (files or otherwise), its the lifestyle, the camaraderie and the sense of community that Utopia stands for that has kept customers coming back. It's literally home base for anyone into the stuff your mum warned you about. The shop looks exactly like the 15 year old customers bedroom at home! Posters of metal heroes line the walls, memorabilia is everywhere, the music's up loud and the hair is flying on the store TV's. Utopia is such an integral part of metal folklore that it is renown the world over. If you're old enough to remember any one of the 7 locations its had around the city you may remember stories about Lars and James sitting on the floor going through a mountain of records deciding what to buy during their first trip here on the Justice tour.
Who could forget the countless in-stores that always ended in Slayer or Sepultura or some other major band signing a skull for the Utopia Trophy Case? The yellow and black shopping bags were also a sign of status once you walked out of the shop. Those who recognised them knew where you had been and gave an approving nod. Utopia remains one of the only places outside a gig you can meet your metal heroes too with in stores still being a regular occurrence. Next up, German groove kings, Kadavar will be playing a set in store on Nov 27!

Utopia's current location on Kent Street, opposite Town Hall has been their home for the last three years and with the latest and greatest in heavy stuff on offer, it looks set to remain a Sydney institution for another 35 years!
To celebrate Utopia's 35th Anniversary, they are having a huge sale both in store and online with everything being heavily discounted. There will be a special WALL OF HISTORY display that will take you for a trip down Metal Lane with photos of the old stores, signings, events and other awesome stuff. To further enhance their history they'll be playing a broad range of music from the last 35 years too! One lucky person will also WIN a Mountain Of Metal which includes over 100 items including signed albums, CD's DVD's, LP's, T-Shirts, Motorheadphones, Limited Edition Art and a heap more!
Utopia Records 35th Birthday & Mega-Sale!! Everything is Heavily Discounted both instore AND online / Sale Starts Saturday, Oct 26 @ 10am till Sunday, Nov 3 @ 11pm
WIN a MOUNTAIN OF METAL - Over 100 items!!
For more information check out: www.utopia.com.au or www.facebook.com/UtopiaRecordsOfficial.

ROCK NATION RADIO NETWORK IS BACK:
After a two year hiatus breakout internet radio station, Rock Nation Radio Network (www.rocknationradio.com) is back On-Air. Rock Nation Radio Network has gone from strength to strength since it's inception in 2006 up until early 2010 when circumstances forced the station owner (Andy 'Droid' DeBroux) to stop broadcasting. "The desire & drive to get back On-Air burned within me every day" said Droid, "I love providing Classic Rock / Hard Rock tracks by bands that we grew up on but, not just the hits. I play deep tracks & offer all of them for request on site."
With the re-launch of RNR1 (Classic Rock / Hard Rock) also brings new technology to the mix. Free Mobile Apps (www.rocknationradio.com/RNR1/mobile.html) for Android, iPhone & Blackberry to provide mobile users who love our station to take it with them. Twitter @RNRNetwork & Facebook play a large roll in keeping followers up to date on the station as well as displaying the "Now Playing" info in almost real time.
For now only RNR1 is back On-Air but, plans are to have RNR2 (All Metal) back in the near future. We sincerely hope that our loyal listeners as well as the new will frequently tune into RNR1 to satisfy all their rock needs.


Friday, October 18, 2013

INTRODUCING REVOLUTION ROAD:
I'm pleased to reveal the artist behind this week's mystery download - vocalist Stefan Berggren and his new project with Alessandro Del Vecchio - Revolution Road!
The self-titled debut album will be released November 22 via Avenue Of Allies Music.

The journey down Revolution Road began when producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and Avenue Of Allies label owner Gregor Klee sat together on the riverside of the Ticino in Northern Italy in the spring of 2011 and talked about some of their favourite singers who didn't release new material during the last couple of years.
One of the names that came up during the conversation of the two Classic Rock fans was Stefan Berggren. The distinctive sound of the voice of the former lead singer of Snakes In Paradise and Company Of Snakes was missed by both of them and surely quite a few more followers of the Swedish vocalist and the bands he sang in.

Shortly after the exchange of some ideas for the new project Alessandro contacted Stefan, who immediately expressed interest in a cooperation. During the fall and winter of 2011 / 2012 an album began to take shape with Stefan submitting some of his own compositions to the pool of 20 songs for the record, that also included song contributions from Alessandro and his writing partners Paul Logue (Eden's Curse), Carmine Martone and Francesco Marras.

The final song selection, made by executive producer Gregor Klee, sets great store in delivering a track list of the highest order for all lovers of Classic Hard Rock with a touch of Melodic Rock and AOR. With Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Hardline, Lionville, Fergie Frederiksen) in the producer's seat all of the songwriters also took part in the recording sessions performing as a band on each tune of the record. Carmine Martone and Francesco Marras delivered some smokin' hot guitar work with amazing solos, Paul Logue provided the bass tracks and Francesco Jovino (U.D.O., Sapphire Eyes, Hardline, Skill In Veins) layed down the solid drum groove. Alessandro, who was of course also responsible for the keyboards and some mean Hammond B3 playing, also invited Voodoo Circle main man Alex Beyrodt (Sinner, Primal Fear) to bring the marvelous "Ain't Gonna Give My Heart Away", a particular highlight of the album, to another level. As guests on guitar Stefan brought in his former Snakes In Paradise colleagues, Stefan Jonsson and Thomas Jakobsson as well as Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt, Dougie White, Alfonzetti).

The recording debut of Revolution Road with its magnificent production of a terrific variety of songs and the more than solid musical performances by seasoned players is the very welcome return of Stefan Berggren, a high class Rock shouter, who is finally back with an album that will convince any Rock fan.

Track Details: 01) Wings Of Hope 4:15 (Music & lyrics : Alessandro Del Vecchio) 2) Shooting Star 4:34 (Music: Stefan Berggren, lyrics: Stefan Berggren / Thomas Jakobsson) 3) Revolution Road 5:18 (Music: Carmine Martone / Alessandro Del Vecchio, lyrics: Alessandro Del Vecchio) 4) Hold On 4:20 (Music: Francesco Marras / Alessandro Del Vecchio, lyrics: Alessandro Del Vecchio) 5) Ain't Gonna Give My Heart Away 6:09 (Music & lyrics: Alessandro Del Vecchio) 6) Love's Got A Hold On Me 4:07 (Music: Stefan Berggren / Markus Jidell, lyrics: Stefan Berggren) 7) Losing You 4:37 (Music: Carmine Martone / Alessandro Del Vecchio, lyrics: Alessandro Del Vecchio) 8) Take Your Love To Town 5:25 (Music: Paul Logue / Alessandro Del Vecchio, lyrics: Alessandro Del Vecchio) 9) Pretending Hearts 3:54 (Music & lyrics: Stefan Berggren / Thomas Jakobsson) 10) Balloon 5:18 (Music: Stefan Berggren, lyrics: Stefan Berggren / Thomas Jakobsson) Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio at Ivorytears Music Works, Italy. Additional recordings at Grandjam Production, Sweden, Screaming Shadows Studio, Italy, Masquerade Ball Studio, Scotland, GuitarSlinger Studio, Germany. Executive producer: Gregor Klee.

Revolution Road musicians: Stefan Berggren: Lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar on "Shooting Star", "Pretending Hearts" and "Balloon"; Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards, Hammond and backing vocals; Francesco Marras: Lead and rhythm guitars; Carmine Martone: Lead and rhythm guitars; Paul Logue: Bass; Francesco Jovino: Drums.
Guest musicians: Alex Beyrodt: Guitar solo on "Ain't Gonna Give My Heart Away"; Thomas Jakobsson: Additional rhythm guitars on "Pretending Hearts"; Marcus Jidell: Lead guitar solo and additional rhythm guitars on "Love's Got A Hold On Me"; Stefan Jonsson: Lead guitar solo & additional rhythm guitars on "Shooting Star", lead guitar and rhythm guitar solo on "Pretending Hearts".

Soundclips: 01) Wings Of Hope 5) Ain't Gonna Give My Heart Away 7) Losing You 9) Pretending Hearts.

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AOR HEAVEN ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER TITLES:
Dogface are back at long last! The killer Swedish melodic hard rock act featuring Martin Kronlund and Mats Levin will release their new album Back In The Street via AOR Heaven on November 29.

"Mats Levén and Martin Kronlund released the first Dogface album "Unleashed" back in 2000, an album featuring a special guest appearance from former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson. The massive success of 'Unleashed' was followed in 2002 with the album "In control".
Mats Levén has been a busy man and worked with bands such as Krux, At Vance, Therion, Swedish Erotica and Candlemass. Martin Kronlund has taken on the role of producer for artists like Joe Lynn Turner and Tom Galleys Phenomena, but also released albums with Gypsy Rose and more recently with Lover Under Cover. Now it's 2013 and it's time to reveal the next chapter in the story of Dogface.
Once again Mats and Martin have brought together a stunning collection of infectious songs with amazing choruses, strong melodies, screaming hammonds and blistering guitars. Songs like the heavy "Footsteps on the moon", the up-tempo rocker "Can´t face tomorrow" and the completely mad "Freaking out" are highlights on this record. Joining them on this album is drummer are Perra Johansson (Coldspell, Phenomena) and Mikael Carlsson (Lover Under Cover, Rage of Angels) on bass."

Tracklist: 1. Footsteps On The Moon 2. Can't Face Tomorrow 3. Higher 4. The Fall 5. Back On The Streets 6. Fired 7. Get Up 8. Start A Fire 9. Crazy Horses 10. Freaking Out.

Sound clips in advance: Back On The Streets / Can't Face Tomorrow / Footsteps On The Moon.
WebLink: www.dogfacetheband.com.

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AOR was formed in 2000 by guitarist/ keyboardist Frédéric Slama always using the cream of U.S & European session players. In 2000, the first album L.A Concession was released and gave Frédéric a big respect in the Westcoast / AOR music scene. During the following years, AOR released eleven albums with a similar concept feat. some of the greatest talents from the genre including all Toto members, Tommy Denander, Göran Edman, Michael Landau, Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Ruff, Bruce Gaitsch, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Steve Overland (FM), Bruce Gaitsch, Brandon Fields, David Roberts, Dane Donohue, Fergie Frederiksen, Philip Bardowell, Jerry Hludzik (Dakota), Joe Pasquale, Steve Newman, David Foster, Randy Goodrum and many more.
Now in 2013 Frédéric Slama' s AOR project is back for round number 12 with an great album called The Secrets Of L.A, featuring an impressive list of guests such as Tommy Denander (Radioactive, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper), Fergie Frederiksen (Toto), Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman), Bill Champlin (Chicago), Jim Jidhed & Ken Sandin (Alien), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream), Bob Harris (Axe), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Robin Beck, Tamara Champlin, Dane Donohue, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Lionville, Hardline) & many more.
For this new AOR album, the sound is much heavier than ever before, far away from the Westcoast style of the 6 first AOR cd's. Fans of Survivor, Journey, Giant & Foreigner won't be disappointed by fantastic melodies, incredible vocals & fabulous guitar solos and a first class production by Frédéric Slama & Tommy Denander. The Secrets Of L.A is by far AOR's finest release so far.

Songs & Singers: 1) Deep Whirlpool: Fergie Frederiksen 2) Stage Struck: Jeff Scott Soto 3) Secrets In The Shadows Jim Jidhed 4) Back To San Francisco: Bill Champlin 5) Out Of The Past: Bob Harris 6) The Name Of The Game: Robin Beck 7) Web Of Lies: Göran Edman 8) Hollow Triumph: Mikael Erlandsson 9) The Main Attraction: Bob Harris 10) Voices In The Wind: Tamara Champlin.

Sound clips in advance: Deep Whirlpool / Secrets in the Shadows / Stage Struck.

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NEW MAD MAX SONG SAMPLE:
With "Bring On The Night" the German hard rock outfit Mad Max release the second snippet from the new album Interceptor: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/mad-max-bring-on-the-night.

One of Germany's most prominent and consistent hard rock bands have just announced their next major coup: on October 28 (Germany: 25 October 2013, USA/Canada: 5 November 2013) Mad Max will be releasing their new album Interceptor, not just its title but also its cover artwork, created by Thomas Ewerhard, alluding to Mel Gibson's legendary desert car in the movie classic Mad Max. The four musicians, Michael Voss (vocals, lead guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Roland Bergmann (bass) and Axel Kruse (drums), promise "full throttle from start to finish" and sum up the direction of their new record in just two words: "It rocks!"

METAL ON ICE NOW AN EP:
The Metal On Ice EP coming out October 22 via Coalition Records/Warner Music Canada is a companion EP to Sean Kelly's book Metal On Ice. Sean co-produced and played all the guitars on the EP, which features new recordings of classic Canadian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal tracks with some of Canada's greatest vocalists. It also features the brand new song Metal On Ice featuring the vocalists on the EP. Metal On Ice was mastered by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem).
The track listing is: 1) Heavy Metal Love - feat Brian Vollmer (Helix); 2) Metal Queen - feat Lee Aaron; 3) On The Road To Rock - feat Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) w/ Victor Langen + Ray Harvey (Kick Axe); 4) Hey Operator - feat Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch); 5) Don't It Make Ya Feel - feat Darby Mills (Headpins); 6) Keep The Spirit Alive - feat Russ Dwarf (KIller Dwarfs); 7) Metal On Ice - feat B. Vollmer, L. Aaron, N. Walsh, C. Dixon, D. Mills (new track written by S. Kelly and N. Walsh).
WebLinks: www.metalonice.com / www.facebook.com/MetalOnIce.

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RECORD ALBUM ARTIST IOANNIS LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:
Record Album Artist Ioannis Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Create A Unique Fine Art Calendar Featuring His Work For Legendary Rock Band Uriah Heep And Raise Money For Charity.
In 2005 record album artist Ioannis ((Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult and King Crimson) was contacted by legendary Uriah Heep guitarist, and founding member, Mick Box asking him to create the art for their first album in over a decade. Now after over 8 years of collaborations Ioannis has decided to combine his desire to share all the amazing artwork, some never seen before, that he's produced for the band as a unique fine art limited edition calendar.
Each signed and numbered "Traveler In Time Ioannis 2014 Calendar" is a whopping 14"X17" with full color printing on 100lb gloss paper with a laminated cardstock cover. Each image is printed on it's own page and can be easily detached and framed like a print so the calendar can last you a lifetime.
In addition to the calendar Ioannis is also offering Kickstarter rewards that include postcards, limited signed prints and even original Uriah Heep artwork. And every calendar will be available before the new year and in time for holiday giving.
To View Ioanniss's art and for more information view the Kickstarter campaign: bit.ly/heepcal.


HELP VHLINKS:
Van Halen fans will be well aware of their BEST site online for all things VH - that is VH Links/VH Forums. Sadly the site is in danger of closing due to high running costs. There is a last minute call out to fans of the site to help it survive.
For the complete story - check out: www.vhlinks.com/vbforums/save-vhlinks-com-t58048.html.

From the site: "Brett and the staff are confident the Links can become a member-supported site for the foreseeable future. What this will require is an annual donation drive, around this time of year, which will cover all operational costs of the site. To make this happen, and we believe it can, we need at least 134 members to contribute at least $30 before the end of October. So, for everyone who committed to at least $20 in the poll, it's going to require an extra ten bucks on the year, and I hope you'll be on board.
A slew of members publicly pledged more than that amount, of course. When you donate, you will have three options: $30, $51.50 or $100. It's your call, and we appreciate every single donation of any of those amounts. Just remember, we need 134 basement-level ($30) donations to keep the lights on, assuming everyone chooses that option.
To be very clear, for this community to flourish and be successful, it's going to take an annual commitment from the membership. No other way around it. Your donation right now will secure the forum for another 12 months. Next fall, we're going to ask for your support again (albeit in less dramatic fashion). Think of VHLinks.com as a (very) small cable bill. If you want the service to exist, you've got to support it in some capacity year-round."

Good luck Brett!

CD SHOWCASES UPDATED:
Some hot new Showcases online today - Place Vendome, Stryper & Seventh Key (Frontiers Records, due November 1); Reece & Sideburn (AOR Heaven, due October 25), Jesse Damon (AOR Heaven out now) and an indie showcase for the new Myland album (out now). Check them out now.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX is back to business as normal. Today I complete the feature partially uploaded from last month - the complete song list from the Billboard 1987 Rock Chart in MP3 (BIG BIG download files!).
Also added is another cult release from the 80s:
- Vice - Hot...Just Lookin' At You (1987)
MRX Membership Info.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

VIVA! HYSTERIA LIVE DOUBLE ALBUM AND DVD OUT SOON ON FRONTIERS RECORDS:
Limited Edition of VIVA! Hysteria Sold Exclusively Via Best Buy in the USA, HMV in the UK and in selected outlets in Germany

Def Leppard's anticipated live double album and DVD - VIVA! Hysteria - will be released on October 18 in Europe and October 22 in North America on Frontiers Records.  In addition to the previously announced 2CD/DVD, DVD, Blu-Ray digital editions, the band has recently revealed that a limited edition of VIVA! Hysteria will be available via Best Buy in the USA that includes the live double album and concert on Blu-Ray. Fans wishing to pre-order this edition can do so at bestbuy.com. The item will also be available exclusively via HMV in the UK and via selected outlets such as Amazon.de in Germany.

The VIVA! Hysteria concert was filmed over eleven nights in early 2013 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas's intimate music venue – The Joint. The concert features the band performing their classic, 12x platinum album Hysteria in its entirety, plus many of the band's greatest hits.
Earlier this month, the concert was shown in theaters. Thousands of fans experienced the concert as special theatrical event, taking them on nostalgic ride of the band's high energy performance and showcasing their elaborate set design created only for the Las Vegas residency.  Guitarist Phil Collen told the Associated Press, "It was fun, actually, and a totally different way of doing it." He continues to say, "It was a different dynamic doing the album in full, and it was much more theatrical."

PRESS HERE to read the exclusive story and watch the trailer for Viva! Hysteria concert on Billboard.com

Praise for VIVA! Hysteria concert:
"Def Leppard were one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, dominating radio with their polished arena-rock. But as they demonstrated earlier this year with their Viva Hysteria! concert series (at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas), the band's diehard fans remain loyal and rabid." – RollingStone.com
"I appreciate how tightly and powerfully it's played, and also the interesting echoes of Queen." – The Guardian
Def Leppard brought Hysteria cuts like "Animal," "Love Bites," and "Run Riot" to life again with precision and a sonic clarity that would make the album's producer (and infamous studio perfectionist) Robert "Mutt" Lange gleam with pride.  - Noisecreep

The full track listing for Viva! Hysteria: CD1 "Women;" "Rocket;" "Animal;" "Love Bites;" "Pour Some Sugar on Me;" "Armageddon It;" "Gods of War;" "Don't Shoot Shotgun;" "Run Riot;" "Hysteria;" "Excitable;" "Love and Affection;" "Rock of Ages*;" "Photograph*." *extra non Hysteria tracks
CD2 Ded Flatbird - night 1 "Good Morning Freedom;" "Wasted;" "Stagefright;" "Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes);" "Action Not Words;" "Rock Brigade;" "Undefeated;" "Promises Ded Flatbird - night 2;" "On Through The Night;" "Slang;" "Let It Go;" "Another Hit And Run;" "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night);" "Bringin' On The Heartbreak;" "Switch 625."
The VD tracklisting is as above but also includes bonus content of the acoustic medley: "Where does love go when it dies"/"Now"/"When Love & Hate Collide"/"Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"/"Two Steps Behind."

Blue-Ray: - Viva Hysteria - Ded Flatbird Night 1 - Ded Flatbird Night 2 - Acoustic Set - Photo Montage
WebLinks: www.vivahysteria.comwww.defleppard.com.


NO SURPRISE - HARNELL RETURNS TO TNT:
From vocalist Tony Harnell earlier today: "After much discussion and lots of soul searching I'm happy to officially announce that I'll be back behind the microphone with TNT. I'm very proud of all we accomplished over the years and proud to have written and recorded all those great songs with my brother from another mother, Ronni Le Tekro. Sometimes it's just time to give the fans what they're asking for. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the successful Intuition album and we thought it would be a good time to get out and re-launch this little machine for you guys! Can't wait to see you all on tour! ~ TH."

More TNT news to follow soon!

MRR / MRCD / USB UPDATE:
To everyone that ordered MRCD11, House Of Shakira and Faith Circus CDs last month – all orders have been shipped with the exception of a few Faith Circus CD orders as stock has sold through here and I await delivery of extra copies. Links to download the album while waiting have been emailed to all those that pre-ordered.

MRCD11 and House of Shakira are in stock and are shipping now for those interested in purchasing. Place orders here: New MRR Titles.

The MRF3 16G USB Drive has been ordered and will be delivered in the next 10 days to MR, ready for formatting and shipping a week after that. A number of pre-orders have been placed and there are only about 30 units left to secure. There is unlikely to be another run done of this particular drive and it's contents.
The USB drives are priced at US$50, including airmail shipping worldwide. Delivery time will be approx 3 weeks. The USB is packaged in a tin can display case for safe shipping and storage.

Contents of the drive can be viewed here: MRF3 USB Drive.

To pre-order a USB Drive, click on the PayPal link below.



LUKATHER TO LEFSETZ ON THE MODERN DAY MUSIC BIZ:
Steve Lukather is a man known as a straight shooter and one not to mince words, which is one of the things I love about dealing with him and also listening to him when he talks business. He recently sent a reply to industry commentator Bob Lefsetz in realtion to discussion about streaming service Spotify.
His comments on that and life in general are well worth reading, so here they are in full:

"I just want to know something. ALL this pontificating about how Spotify and the like are the ' answer ' and how ' the artists get paid' etc. How much? Really? WHO keeps tabs and accounting? Maybe I just don't know. I don't see any money and have A LOT of stuff out there over 35 years of making records.
Have you done the breakdown on what an artist get PER tune on iTunes? Pitiful. Now IF you are with a label its even worse cause they take a huge share of that. The breakdown after all is said and done for most it's pennies. TOO many people can make records. Period. No catalog artists are made these days. One hit wonders galore. Sad really.

Now rec. co's don't give budgets like the old days when the great records were made cause they cost MONEY!! They want to make money for nothing and own you for life and a piece of EVERYTHING an artist does. You can sell a million and still OWE them! My 25 year old son has buddies who have platinum records living in a one room studio apt! Broke.
Of course back 'then' rec. companies cared about MUSIC and nurturing artists for a LONG term career and long term money. Sure they got the Lions share but then they invested, believed and promoted it so there was SOME justification.

Now its ' Beats' and how many facebook hits or Youtube hits you get .. ALL which either make NO money or short term dog-shit money with no real way to account for it and truly suck for the most part. What the fuck ? People want to be famous NOT good!

It is TOO easy to play 'pretend pop star' now. With all the fakery and auto tune-time correction -cut and paste etc.. fuck most young people don't know how to play a song from top to bottom in a studio in tune and in time and with feeling?? Rare. I am in the studios all the time and hear the stories from the producers and engineers.. and yet NO ONE cares that ' so and so' who sold a shit load of records (how much IS that these days?) cant sing or play. They make 'McRecords' for people who don't even really listen. It's background music for people to either find a mate or shake their heads while texting or skyping or doing other things. Environmental noise for the multi-tasker.

Gone are the days of loving , dissecting, discussing the inner workings of 'AN ALBUM"… sitting in silence while it plays.. looking at the liner notes and the few photo's IN the studio .. imagining what a magic place it music be to make such music…Gone. You need a fucking jewelers eye to read the credits IF one even cares. Most don't.

So if you keep blaming the 'old antiquated artists' who are the only REAL ones left.. who MAY make a great record once in awhile but may be overlooked cause the media chooses to care more about who is super gluing meat to their bodies and other ridiculous HYPE and bullshit to get attention rather than LISTENING hard to the music being made we might be in a different place. When we were kids ( yes I will be 108 this year) there were only a handful or artists and they WERE great cause they HAD to be. You could choose not to like some but outside the teenage fodder most deserved their success and NO ONE sounded alike ! No one!

We live in a McWorld that moves way too fast and now even the drugs suck. I mean when I was young and got high I never got naked foaming at the mouth and tried to eat someone's face off.

Time to put on Dark Side of the Moon and chill. Have a nice day and may real music come back and fill our ears. (there IS some great stuff but you know what I mean ..) REAL music played by REAL musicians. They ARE out there. They just don't get a lot of press anymore, or at all." ~ Luke.

SLEEPING ROMANCE: NEW TRACK POSTED ONLINE:
The symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance have uploaded the track "The Promise Inside" to YouTube. The track comes off their up-coming debut album "Enlighten" that will be released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Ulterium Records. Check out the track at YouTube here: youtu.be/kzRk3xECugo.
Fronted by the emotional vocals of Federica Lanna and the epic songwriting from guitar player Federico Truzzi, Sleeping Romance creates something really exciting together that should appeal to fans in the scene. Sleeping Romance will tour Europe together with Theocracy in November. These are the confirmed dates:

November 2nd: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
November 5th: Blue Rose Saloon - Bresso/Milan, Italy
November 6th: Borderline - Modena, Italy
November 8th: Rock City - Uster, Switzerland
November 9th: Blast of Eternity - Neckarsulm, Germany
November 11th: Call for Eternity - Collosseum, Kosice, Slovakia
November 12th: Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
November 13th: Club Hoodoo - Prague, Czech Republic
Sleeping Romance online: Facebook: www.facebook.com/sleepingromanceofficial.


VENGEANCE BACK TO SQUARE ONE:
Dutch rock band VENGEANCE release the first video for the new song "Back To Square One" from the new album "Piece Of Cake".
The video was filmed at the L!ve Piano Bar in Tilburg (Netherlands) and produced, directed and edited by Beeldhouwers (beeldhouwers.cc) in association with Tillywood Magazine (tillywoodmagazine.nl), lighting by Tim Vermeulen, casting by John Smid, styling by Dorinda van Laarhoven-Smid, leading lady: Sanne Uljee.
The video can be seen here: youtu.be/dVQBD5viKHU.

KILLER RE-ISSUES FROM METAL MIND:
Metal Mind Productions is proud to present exclusive re-releases of three albums by the heavy metal band Killers, led by Iron Maiden's ex-vocalist – Paul Di'Anno. Coming together in 1991, Killers was one of the first metal super groups to exist! Featuring members of Iron Maiden, Tank, Raven, and Battlezone, they were hailed by the press as the "Natural successor to Judas Priest". "South American Assault", "Murder One" and "Menace To Society" will be available in new digipak remastered editions with bonus tracks! The release date is set to November, 11 in Europe and December, 3rd in USA!

In the summer of 1991 Paul Di'Anno, Cliff Evans and Steve Hopgood were talking about forming a new metal super group that would bring back the classic style of British metal that seemed to be disappearing from the music scene. Being former members of such metal legends as Iron Maiden, Tank and Battlezone, the guys knew they had the credentials to put together a great band that could do justice to the music they worshipped. To complete the line-up, John Gallagher of Raven was brought in to supply the bass and the only American member Ray Detone, formerly of successful AOR band Drive She Said, was introduced to the line-up on second guitar. With a wealth of experience between them the band quickly gelled together on stage and injected new life into classic Iron Maiden anthems and a selection of other metal favourites. The final result was released on a live album "South American Accault". Di'Anno delivers here a spine chilling performance which makes this live album an essential listening for any rock fan.
Originally released in 1994, until now this album has been difficult for metal fans to find! Soon after the release of the live album, Gallagher returned to front his own band Raven and Detone decided to move on. Killers replaced them with Gavin Cooper (bass) and Nick Burr (guitar). Arne Goodman, their US' manager, arranged showcases for all the major record labels and after a bidding war Killers signed a $250,000 deal with BMG. Producer Rob Fraboni was brought in to help make their debut studio album and the band moved into The Powerstation Studios in New York to start recording. The result was "Murder One". Acclaimed by the press worldwide, the album became a classic for lovers of British metal. For the following 18 months Killers toured extensively taking in Japan, Europe and coast to coast across the U.S.A. After the great response to the album and constant touring, the band returned to the UK to start working on the follow up studio album. Unfortunately, Di'Anno had decided to stay in Los Angeles for a short break. While there, he managed to get himself arrested for drugs and firearms offense and was sentenced to 3 months in Los Angeles county jail. Not to be deterred by this, the band continued to write new material and sent cassette tapes to jail so Paul could work on lyrics. When released from prison, he was deported back to the UK and the band entered the studio to record the sophomore studio album "Menace to Society". The songs were much more aggressive than before and were clearly influenced by his time behind bars. The album was awarded 'Best New Album' in German Metal Hammer magazine.

These 3 re-releases contain some of the finest British metal with spine chilling vocal performances by a true legend who still commands great respect from metal fans, young and old, around the world.

South American Assault (remastered + bonus tracks) Tracklist: 1. Overloaded 2. Murders in the Rue Morgue 3. Wrathchild 4. Remember Tomorrow 5. Children of Madness 6. Phantom of the Opera 7. Metal Tears 8. Strange World 9. Sanctuary 10. Running Free 11. The Promise 12. We Will Rock You/Smoke on the Water Bonus tracks: 13. Wrathchild (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 14. Remember Tomorrow (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 15. Murders in the Rue Morgue (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 16. Wrathchild (Acoustic version) 17. Remember Tomorrow (Acoustic version)

Murder One (remastered + bonus tracks) Tracklist: 1. Impaler 2. The Beast Arises 3. Children Of The Revolution 4. S & M 5. Takin' No Prisoners 6. Marshall Lokjaw 7. Protector 8. Dream Keeper 9. Awakening 10. Remember Tomorrow Bonus tracks: 11. Imapaler (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 12. The Beast Arises (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 13. Marshall Lokjaw (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 14. Children of the Revolution (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 15. Dream Keeper (Acoustic version)

Menace To Society (remastered + bonus tracks) Tracklist: 1. Advance And Be Recognized 2. Die By The Gun 3. Menace To Society 4. ? 5. Think Brutal 6. Past Due 7. Faith Healer 8. Chemical Imbalance 9. A Song For You 10. Three Words 11. Conscience 12. City Of Fools Bonus tracks: 13. Die by the Gun (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 14. Faith Healer (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 15. A Song for You (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 16. Chemical Imbalance (Live Rehearsal Recordings) 17. Three Words (Live Rehearsal Recordings)
WebLinks: www.metalmind.com.pl.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BOSTON REVEAL ALBUM TRACK LIST:
Boston have announced the track listing for the album Life, Love & Hope, due December 3.
Track Listing: 1. Heaven on Earth 2. Didn't Mean to Fall in Love (remastered version from Corporate America) 3. Last Day of School (Instrumental) 4. Sail Away 5. Life Love and Hope 6. If You Were in Love 7. Someday 8. Love Got Away 9. Someone (2.0)(rerecorded/rearrangement) 10. You Gave Up on Love (2.0)(rerecorded/rearrangement) 11. The Way You Look Tonight.


ROADFEVER'S WOLF PACK ON AVENUE OF ALLIES:
Powerful Classic Hard Rock with great melodies, served with a healthy dose of Southern Rock, is what you hear when the songs of Roadfever's second album Wolf Pack are blasting out of your speakers. The female fronted Power Rock band from Switzerland takes you back to the sound of the 80s and successfully manages to raise the already high quality level of their debut "Wheels On Fire" (2009) by presenting a record with a superb state-of-the-art sound of kick-ass Rock songs.
Formed back in 2005 the Swiss four-piece fronted by Stevie "Manou" Pike has established its reputation as an act with an energetic live show. Over the years Roadfever has been opening for bands and sharing the same festival stages with bands such as: Blackfoot, Scorpions, Trust, Uli Jon Roth, Pretty Maids, Rhino Bucket, Eric Singer Project, Little Caesar and more.
David Pariat on guitars, Jessie Be on bass and Pascal Bavaud on drums complete the line-up, whose vital performance and stage presence was documented on the band's DVD "Live in Geneva" (2010).
While Stevie is responsible for the lyrics and vocal melodies, David Pariat, former lead guitar player of fellow Swiss Hard Rockers Sideburn, composes and arranges the songs and takes care of the album production, with Phil Risch and Stephan Montinaro as recording engineers. For the mix and mastering of "Wolf Pack" the band could win German sound wizard Achim Köhler (Sinner, Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle), who put the finishing touches to the songs in his Indiscreet Audio Studio.
With Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle), who sings a duet with Stevie on "Magic Sun" and Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann, Avantasia) supporting her on the anthemic choirs of several tunes, additional assistance for the Swiss neighbours comes from the higher ranks of the German Rock scene.
Together with Roadfever's cracking new album "Wolf Pack", the band's previous CD and DVD releases "Wheels On Fire" and "Live in Geneva" respectively, will be available on a wider scale. Roadfever is looking forward to present their new songs together with the older favourites in the set of their forthcoming concerts which will commence this winter and with many more shows to follow in 2014 and beyond.

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Roadfever are: Stevie "Manou" Pike: Lead vocals; David Pariat: Guitars, vocals; Jessie Be: Bass; Pascal Bavaud: Drums.
Guest musicians: Mat Sinner: lead vocal duet on "Magic Sun"; Oliver Hartmann : choirs on "The Dice Will Roll", "Wings Of An Eagle", "On The Other Side", "Ride The Ocean" and "Brother".

Trck Listing: 01) Wolf Pack 02) The Dice Will Roll 03) Wings Of An Eagle 04) Black Moon Breeze 05) Magic Sun 06) Warning Shot 07) Drain Your Mind 08) On The Other Side 09) Ride The Ocean 10) Brother 11) Red Horse.

Preview Audio: 01) Wolf Pack / 02) The Dice Will Roll / 6) Warning Shot / 10) Brother.

Roadfever Discography: Wheels On Fire (CD, 2009 / independently released by the band); Live in Geneva (limited edition DVD, 2010 / independently released by the band); Wolf Pack (CD, 2013 / Avenue Of Allies).
Roadfever on the web: www.roadfever.ch / www.avenue-of-allies.com.


A NEW QUEEN ALBUM?:
Posted earlier today at Brian May's Web site: "Talking to USA Today, Queen's Brian May tells the paper that "A new Queen album is also on the table, after uncovering some of the band's old forgotten tapes (which include collaborations between Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury, the band's lead singer who died in 1991). "The music is there and it's great, and I think people will really enjoy it," May says of the album, which is aiming for a summer 2014 release. "We keep finding more and more tapes, so we'll certainly be working on stuff that sounds like new Queen tracks in the next few months. It's exciting."

MORE TRIBUTE ALBUMS FROM VERSAILLES:
On November 6th, 2013, Versailles Records will return to retail with 'Down at the Whiskey: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits - 1981 - 2013.'
Featuring cover art by famed poster artist Matthew Laznicka (www.mlaznicka.com), the double-CD boasts the most definitive and rounded Mötley Crüe Tribute, including performances by current/former members of hard rock and heavy metal legends including Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper Band, Dio, Poison, Skid Row, Cinderella, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Lillian Axe, Exodus, Jetboy, as well as appearances by Richard Kendrick, Charlie Bonnett III of Moccasin Creek, Leaving Eden, Straitjacket Smile, Edge of Paradise, Mystic-Force, Sister Whiskey, Modern Echo, American Heartbreak, Arctic Flame, Savage Amusement, Willow Wisp, Damn Glad, Shout at the Devil, Monkeysoop, Loaded Dice, Wicked Sins, Eden Burning, Chris Heaven, Meeks, Dead Man's Wake, Last Pharoh, and Crawl 2 Chaos.

On October 1st, the label released its long-in-the-works 2-CD 'Still of the Night: A Millennium Tribute to Whitesnake,' whose track listing covered Whitesnake's entire catalog, featuring a star-studded roster including appearances from Kelly Keeling (Trans-Sibberian Orchestra/Blue Murder), Derrick LeFevre & Near Life Experience (Featuring Steve Blaze of Lillian Axe), Eric Singer (Kiss, ESP, Badlands, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper) / Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords) / Micky Moody (Whitesnake) / Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), James Christian (House of Lords), Doug Bossi (David Coverdale Band), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), Richard Kendrick, Charlie Bonnett III of Moccasin Creek, and metal bands from around the world including Loaded Gun, The Rekkening (Canada), D.O.A., Dark Arena, Quatermoc (Spain), Wicked Sins, Leaving Eden, Chris Catena (Italy), Chris Heaven (Italy), RANFA (Italy), React (Brazil), Electric Earth (Sweden), Marko Pukkula (Finland), Vena Cava, Miss Willis, A.J. Caruso, and Sonny Kane.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FATE RETURN WITH DEVILISH NEW ALBUM:
The legendary Danish Melodic Hard Rockers FATE are back with their brand new album, If Not For The Devil, which will be released worldwide on November 22 through Avenue Of Allies.
Following two years after their impressive 2011 comeback "Ghosts From The Past", which was very well received by reviewers and fans alike, the band's latest effort was recorded with the same line-up as their previous record featuring Dagfinn Joensen on lead vocals, Torben Enevoldsen on guitar, Mikkel Henderson on keyboards, Peter Steincke on bass and Jens Berglid on drums and once again Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids, Volbeat, Amaranthe) did a killer job, mixing and mastering the songs.

FATE started their career back in 1984 when they managed to secure a record deal with the major label EMI only a few months after they started rehearsing and recording. During the past 30 years the band has released seven successful albums including the "Best Of Fate - 25 Years" collection and toured all over the world as a headlining act as well as support act, sharing the stage with bands like TNT, Pretty Maids, Mr. Big, Saga, Marillion, Cinderella and Yngwie Malmsteen.
The current line-up of the band got together in 2011, since then the activities of the band have picked up speed with the guys touring Europe continuously in support of "Ghosts From The Past", an album that marked the start of a new era for the Scandinavians. The tracks on "If Not For the Devil" once again originate from collaborative song writing efforts of all band members and they successfully combine the melodic and catchy elements from the AOR and Melodic Rock days of FATE with the more powerful and energetic Hard Rock and Melodic Metal side of the band.
With "If Not For the Devil" FATE write the next chapter in the history of a long-standing Scandinavian Rock institution and it looks like a promising future is lying ahead of them.

If Not For The Devil track listing: 01. Reaping 02. If Not For The Devil 03. Bridges Are Burning 04. Feel Like Making Love 05. Gambler 06. Hard To Say Goodbye 07. Made Of Stone 08. Man Against The Wall 09. My World 10. Turn Back Time 11. Taught To Kill 12. Gimme All Your Love.

Audio Samples - 03. Bridges Are Burning / 06. Hard To Say Goodbye / 08. Man Against The Wall / 10. Turn Back Time.

All songs written and produced by Fate. Mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios.
Fate are: Dagfinn Joensen: Vocals; Torben Enevoldsen: Guitars and backing vocals on "Feel Like Making Love" and "Taught To Kill"; Mikkel Henderson: Keyboards; Peter Steincke: Bass; Jens Berglid: Drums.
Guitars and vocals recorded at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Keyboards recorded at Fat Cat Studio by Mikkel Henderson. Drums recorded at Hansen Studios by Martin Wolff.
Visit Fate online at:www.fatetheband.com / www.facebook.com/fatetheband / www.reverbnation.com/fatetheband / www.avenue-of-allies.com.

Fate Discography: Fate (1985 / EMI)A Matter Of Attitude (1986 / EMI)Cruisin' For A Bruisin' (1988 / EMI)Scratch 'N' Sniff (1990 / EMI)V (2006 / MTM / Replica Records)Best Of Fate - 25 Years (2010 / EMI)Ghosts From The Past (2011 / AOR Heaven / Rubicon Music) If Not For The Devil (2013 / Avenue Of Allies)

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WHO WANTS A MYSTERY TRACK?:
Mystery Track time! It's been too long....so try this little gem on for size. Details revealed this week...sometime!

Download: Mystery Track Sample.


FIRST NEW STRYPER VIDEO IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS "NO MORE HELL TO PAY":
Stryper fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new video for "No More Hell To Pay" on Loudwire today. The song is the title track of their forthcoming studio album No More Hell To Pay and is the band's first new video in more than 20 years. No More Hell To Pay will be released on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records and will be available in two formats – standard CD and deluxe Digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by frontman/guitarist Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of Stryper's strongest and heaviest material ever.


Seventh Key is premiering their brand new videoclip "I Will Survive" today via YouTube.
"I Will Survive" is the title track and first single taken from the forthcoming album which will be released on November 1st in Europe and November 5th in North America. The single is now available for download via iTunes, Amazon and all other fine download and streaming web-shops.
Seventh Key is the band project formed by Kansas bass player Billy Greer, together with his formers Streets bandmate Mike Slamer on Guitar. Seventh Key released two highly rated studio albums (the self-titled debut in 2001 and the follow up "The Raging Fire" in 2004) and morphed into a real band when they performed live in studio for the "Live in Atlanta" CD / DVD release in 2005. Seventh Key also played live in Germany at the United Forces of Rock in the same year.
"I Will Survive" marks the long awaited follow up to the albums and brings back Billy and Mike in top form. The songwriting and instrumental arrangements for this album, plus the caliber of the production and performances by all on board brings the fans another total masterpiece of Melodic Hard Rock.
WebLinks: www.billygreer.com / www.frontiers.it.


A FEW WORDS FROM MAGNUM:
As the headline states...from the mouths of Magnum: "OK so we have been locked away at M2 studio working on what we think is one hell of an album. We literally have just finished mixing the tracks and they are sounding fantastic, even if we say so ourselves.
Al says, "I have just spent the last few hours listening to the album and it has to be one of the most powerful albums I have had the pleasure of being part of. Every track has a killer chorus and the production is just top notch. I got goosebumps ! Everyone has put so much of themselves into this album. The tracks have everything I think a Magnum fan will ever want to hear. Energy, power & passion. The lyrics take you to all sorts of places painting images as the music pushes along with so much force".
Tony says, "I had a feeling of freedom when coming to write the lyrics for this album and I am very happy with how it has turned out."
Bob says: "I can't wait for everyone to hear this, it's going to blow them away. I say it with every album, this is our best, but I really have to say it again, this not just the best - it's beyond that!"
So all that needs to be done now is wait for March to roll around. We wished it was sooner, and we can't wait to get out on the road to play some of these new tracks and some classic Magnum songs for you all. We're very excited to be sharing the stage with Saga on the German/Swiss part of the 2014 tour.
By now you will have seen the new artwork. Once again Rodney has gone beyond the call with this cover. We can't wait for you all to see the full double gatefold version. Already we have seen so much positive feedback about artwork and photos so far. Everything about this new album is a step up and the we believe we have taken it to another level.
We know you're going to love this new album. See you all soon." ~ Tony, Bob, Mark, Al & Harry.


ALCATRAZZ RE-ISSUES DUE NOVEMBER:
Metal Mind Productions is proud to present the exclusive re-issue of four albums by the American heavy metal band Alcatrazz on November 11 - No Parole From Rock'n Roll (1983), Live Sentence – No Parole From Rock'N'Roll (1984), Disturbing The Peace (1985) and Dangerous Games (1986).

Alcatrazz was formed in 1983 in Los Angeles, California by the legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet. He was a veteran of both Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Michael Schenker Group. Using Rainbow and MSG as templates, Bonnet enlisted Swedish guitar sensation Yngwie Malmsteen. The remaining band members were ex-Alice Cooper drummer Jan Uvena, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo and bassist Gary Shea - both of 70's AOR underdog New England. The group's debut album 'No Parole From Rock'N'Roll', included a hit single "Island in the Sun" often played by MTV. Alcatrazz then released "Live Sentence - No Parole From Rock'N'Roll", live alum recorded during the band's tour in Japan. By the time Alcatrazz returned to the studio for its sophomore album, guitarist Malmsteen felt he had outgrown the group. He was let go to embark on a solo career, and the band hired ex-Frank Zappa guitarist - Steve Vai. Second studio album "Disturbing the Peace" redefined the band's vision. Lead single "God Blessed Video" was fresh, innovative and featured in high rotation on both MTV and USA's Night Flight. However, soon after release Steve Vai left in order to join David Lee Roth's solo band. He was replaced by guitarist Danny Johnson (ex-Axis and Rod Stewart), who recorded what would become Alcatrazz's final studio album. They released "Dangerous Games" in 1986 but after a short tour, Alcatrazz called it a day, and its members went on to other projects.
Bonnet went on to record with guitarist Chris Impellitteri, before resuming his solo career. 1998 saw the release of "The Best of Alcatrazz", which compiled tracks from all eras of the band, and was intended to be the final word. In 2003, bassist Tim Luce introduced Graham Bonnet to guitarist Howie Simon. At the time, Simon was working with vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Talisman). Bonnet, Simon and Luce invited drummer Glen Sobel to sit in with them at a few low-key LA concerts. The group discovered they had a unique and exciting chemistry, and in 2007 the band was invited to co-headline a sold-out Japanese tour with Joe Lynn Turner. The band rang in the 2008 New Year with Bay Area legends Y&T, and in January of 2008 Alcatrazz was a featured performer at the Fender Guitars Custom Shop's annual 'Fret Fest' at NAMM. In July the band headlined the 2008 BerkRock Festival in Berkovitsa, Bulgaria. 2009 saw the band hit Mexico for the first time ever. This was followed by a successful winter tour of Europe. In 2010, Alcatrazz finally conquered Russia with a series of shows. In October of 2010, Alcatrazz headlined the "Voices Of Rainbow" tour, which covered various cities in Japan. This tour also featured ex-Rainbow vocalists Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Cornerstone, Tank). The highlight of the tour was all three vocalists sharing the stage together for the first time ever on Rainbow classics. Currently, the band is writing material for a new album…
Today, Alcatrazz albums - "No Parole From Rock 'n Roll", "Live Sentence – No Parole From Rock'N'Roll", "Disturbing The Peace" and "Dangerous Games", will be re-released in a new digipak edition, each one enriched with bonus tracks. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for November, 11th (Europe ex. UK).

"No Parole From Rock'n Roll" (re-release + bonus tracks) Tracklist: 1. Island In The Sun 2. General Hospital 3. Jet To Jet 4. Hiroshima Mon Amour 5. Kree Nakoorie 6. Incubus 7. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live 8. Big Foot 9. Starcarr Lane 10. Suffer Me Bonus tracks: 11. Since You've Been Gone (Live at The Country Club, Reseda), 12. Desert Song (Live In Tokyo), 13. Guitar Crash (Live In Tokyo).
"Live Sentence – No Parole From Rock'N'Roll" (re-release + bonus tracks) Tracklist: 1. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live 2. Hiroshima Mon Amour 3. Night Games 4. Island In The Sun 5. Kree Nakoorie 6. Coming Bach (Instrumental) 7. Since You've Been Gone 8. Evil Eye (Instrumental) 9. All Night Long Bonus tracks: 10. Jet To Jet (Live at The Country Club, Reseda); 11. Big Foot (Live In Tokyo); 12. Suffer Me (Live In Tokyo).
"Disturbing The Peace" (re-release + bonus tracks) Tracklist: 1. God Blessed Video 2. Mercy 3. Will You Be Home Tonight 4. Wire And Wood 5. Desert Diamond 6. Stripper 7. Painted Lover 8. Lighter Shade Of Green (Instrumental) 9. Sons And Lovers 10. Skyfyre 11. Breaking The Heart Of The City Bonus tracks: 12. General Hospital (Live at The Country Club, Reseda) 13. Kree Nakoorie (Live at The Country Club, Reseda) 14. Koujou No Tsuki (Live In Tokyo).
"Dangerous Games" (re-release + bonus tracks) Tracklist: 1. It's My Life 2. Undercover 3. That Ain't Nothin 4. No Imagination 5. Ohayo Tokyo 6. Dangerous Games 7. Blue Boar 8. Only One Woman 9. Witchwood 10. Double Man 11. Night Of The Shooting Star Bonus tracks: 12. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Live at The Country Club, Reseda) 13. Suffer Me (Live at The Country Club, Reseda) 14. Somethin' Else (Live In Tokyo).
WebLink: www.metalmind.com.pl.

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TUBE BRIEFS:
Royal Hunt: Part 3 of the Studio Report has been posted (video): www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH1nfGJjZf0&feature=youtu.be.

Guitarist Joe Matera's new single 'Shining Star' (released this week) features Pete Lincoln (The Sweet) playing bass. Here's the clip: youtu.be/TJIhOoqf1n8.

After the success of the DVD "Live In Concert" that was the best selling DVD in Sweden and spent over a month at the Top 20 list the trio Champlin/Williams/Friestedt is giving out this extra bonus track as a gift to all of the fans!! Enjoy!! Stop Loving You - www.youtube.com/watch?v=10VPyp5Bl-M.


US rockers and MRF alumni Bonrud have debut their new video We Collide on youtube - check it out below:


STARSHIP FEATURING MICKEY THOMAS SIGN WITH LOUD & PROUD RECORDS:
Classic rockers Starship featuring Mickey Thomas have signed to Loud & Proud Records; the band's first new studio album in more than 20 years, Loveless Fascination, will be released worldwide on September 17.
Of the signing, Loud & Proud President Tom Lipsky commented, "Mickey Thomas is one of the most gifted singers in rock music history. His voice is pure, and without boundaries. Loveless Fascination stands with pride next to the most impressive work of Mickey's entire career."
Frontman Mickey Thomas added, "It's been a long time coming. With each passing year, the bar was raised higher and higher for this album. I'd be lying if I didn't tell you the expectations caused me a few sleepless nights. Finally I just said – let's play it like we used to play it but play it like it's today! Then everything fell into place. The right management came along, the right songs appeared, the perfect producer and finally the label I hoped for. Now the wait is over. Please PLAY IT LOUD!!"

Produced by musician/producer Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner, Dio), Loveless Fascination finds Starship featuring Mickey Thomas in reinvigorated form with their classic arena rock sound enhanced by modern elements and a harder edge. Starship will play select tour dates around the world in advance of the album's release; please see below for the itinerary. Starship featuring Mickey Thomas is one of the most iconic rock bands from the '80s, with several platinum- and gold-certified albums to their name, recording several of the decade's biggest anthems, including "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," "Sara" and "We Built This City." "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and "Sara" each reached #1 on the singles chart and were also each nominated for Grammy Awards; additionally, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" also received an Oscar nomination. "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" were more recently featured prominently in the smash hit musical and film, Rock Of Ages, introducing the band to a whole new generation of fans. While the band's history goes back to the '60s, this incarnation of the band was started in 1979 when Mickey Thomas joined Paul Kanter to resurrect Jefferson Starship. To date, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas has sold millions of albums worldwide and continues to tour the globe, taking their powerful live rock show to the masses. Starship featuring Mickey Thomas is Mickey Thomas (vocals), John Roth (guitar, background vocals), Jeff Adams (bass, background vocals), Darrell Verdusco (drums), Stephanie Calvert (vocals) and Phil Bennett (keyboards, background vocals).

Loud & Proud Records was founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky, and is currently in an exclusive distribution, marketing and label services agreement with RED Distribution, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The label's mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label. Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary) have been among the market leaders in the veteran artist space, delivering Gold and Platinum albums and DVDs for Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Iron Maiden, Styx, Megadeth, Bad Company, REO Speedwagon and more. In a previous joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, Loud & Proud was responsible for new albums by Rush, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Lenny Kravitz, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Steve Miller Band, Collective Soul, Meat Loaf and Ratt. Loud & Proud's current roster includes critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs and Seattle's artistic envelope-pushers Walking Papers. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
Track Listing: 1. It's Not The Same As Love 2. How Do You Sleep 3. Loveless Fascination 4. What Did I Ever Do 5. Technicolor Black And White 6. Where Did We Go Wrong 7. Nothing Can Keep Me From You 8. How Will I Get By 9. You Never Know 10. You Deny Me.

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AOR'S 12TH ALBUM THE SECRETS OF L.A SET FOR RELEASE:
Frédéric Slama' s AOR project is back for round number 12 with an even greater album called The Secrets Of L.A, featuring an impressive list of guests such as Tommy Denander (Radioactive, Paul Stanley), Fergie Frederiksen (Toto), Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman), Bill Champlin (Chicago), Jim Jidhed & Ken Sandin (Alien), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream), Bob Harris (Axe), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteem), Robin Beck, Tamara Champlin, Dane Donohue, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Lionville, Hardline) & many more.
For this new AOR album, the sound is much heavier than ever before, far away from the Westcoast style of the 6 first AOR cd's. Fans of Survivor, Journey, Giant & Foreigner won't be disappointed by fantastic melodies, incredible vocals & fabulous guitar solos.
The cd will be available in Europe on AOR Heaven early November and is out now in Japan via Rubicon Music.
More info at: www.slama101.fr.

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MELODIC BRIEFS:
MetalSymphony.com has uploaded some photos from The Winery Dogs concert September 21, 2013 at Sala Apolo in Barcelona, Spain. Also available are pictures of support act The Sixxis. Check them out at this location: www.metalsymphony.com/?p=14448#pg.
The Winery Dogs's setlist was as follows: Elevate, Criminal, We Are One, One More Time, Time Machine, Damaged, Six Feet Deeper, Drum Solo (Mike Portnoy), The Other Side, Bass Solo (Billy Sheehan), You Saved Me, Not Hopeless, Stand (Poison cover), You Can't Save Me (Richie Kotzen song), Shine (Mr. Big cover), I'm No Angel, The Dying, Regret; Fooled Around And Fell In Love (Elvin Bishop cover); Desire.

Noize In The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com) caught up with James Christian at a resent House Of Lords gig, where he talked about Melodic Rock Fest, his new CD, and lets the cat out of the bag about the next House Of Lords album! You can listen to the free podcast here (the interview starts at the 70 minute mark) noizeintheattic.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-14T07_16_55-07_00.

Tommy Farese discusses his time singing lead for various bands in the 1970s and 80s on Long Island and recording the Place Called Rage record with guitarist Al Pitrelli. He talks extensively about his recording, filming, and touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the details of his ultimate dismissal from the group. And finally, the interview also digs into his new group, The Kings of Christmas and their upcoming winter tour with The Wizards of Winter. musicandartinterviews.blogspot.com/2013/09/tommy-farese.html

Norwegian vocalist Bente Smaavik (Blonde on Blonde / Perfect Crime) is releasing a new single, working together with Victor Borge (TNT). Check it out at: www.bentesmaavik.com.

White Trash Presidents are fresh out of the studio with their first single, "One Fuse Left", due to be released on November 1. To recap: White Trash Presidents are a brand new rock band out of SweDenmark with members from Star*Rats, Crazy Lixx and Franklin Zoo, with a common love for solid, well written, good ol' rock 'n' roll. One Fuse Left is a hard hitting, high octane, rock-track with fast and aggressive riffs and lyrics. Recorded by White Trash Presidents, and mixed by Emil Buus Sauer at Grapehouse Studios.


A CD Release Party will be held for Jesse Damon at Rock & Brews Restaurant in October. A fitting location for this celebration at an establishment that's owned by rock legends! The event in Los Angeles will celebrate the release of Jesse's anticipated new solo album, Temptation in the Garden of Eve, out September 27 via AOR Heaven, and he's invited his family, friends and band mates to mark the occasion of his new solo release!


EXTREME'S BADGER STRIKES OUT ON SOLO PROJECT:
News from Extreme's Pat Badger: "I've been collaborating with my good buddy Bleu for over 6 months on material! He is one of my favorite artists, songwriters and he is also producing the album. Some of you may also know Joe Pessia (Hurtsmile, Tantric, and Dramagods) who is playing guitars along with Bleu on the album. Kevin Figueiredo, my favorite drummer in the universe (and the other half of Extreme's rhythm section) is also playing on this record. Things are really coming together and I've never been so excited about making an album in my life!!!
It's been a while since the last Extreme album and tour and as much as I love being around family, animals and the peaceful farm life when I'm home… I have really missed being inn the studio creating new music.
And of course taking on the role of lead singer, I'm really spreading my wings on this one! I have also had a few rough years on a personal note and it has really inspired me to write some lyrics and let it all out. Not all of the songs are autobiographical but I'm ready to get on the microphone and purge! (and the studio is cheaper by the hour than a therapist)
With the music biz having changed so drastically since Extreme's heyday, I knew that this album was going to be different. That's why I decided to team up with Pledge Music and bring you all in on the experience of making it and putting it out! I've always REALLY appreciated YOU (our fans) and promise that this is gonna be a blast… and a ride that we'll never forget!"
Check out the project details at: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/badger.

DANTE FOX RE-RELEASE ALBUM UNDER THE SEVEN SKIES:
Dante Fox have re-issued their highly acclaimed Third album 'Under The Seven Skies' (originally released by Frontiers Records in 2007) The artwork is the original stunning booklet by Carl Andre Beckston of Monowasp and production and mastering by Mark V Stuart at M2 Studio's (Magnum).
To purchase the album please the band's shop visit: www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Seven-Skies-Dante-Fox.
Track listing: The Last Goodbye, Firing Guns, Hold out Your Hand, Breaking Me Down, Goodbye to Yesterday, Walking the Line, Love Tried To Find You, Save Me, Lucky One's (Born tonight under the setting sun), Under The Seven Skies.

The band have just finished a very successful UK tour with Romeo's Daughter and have recently added to the prestigous UK festival HRH-AOR which also features Graham Bonnett, Robin Beck, Bonfire, House Of lords etc) The band currently preparing songs for their next release in due out in Spring 2014. The band will also be playing PlanetRockStock Festival (Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, FM, Snakecharmer etc ) for Planet Rock radio on Saturday December 7 at the Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth. Please visit www.planetrock.com for ticket information.
Check the bands Facebook page for up to date news - www.facebook.com/pages/Dante-Fox-Fan-Page/329436135492?ref=hl.


INTRODUCING HALF PAST MY SIN:
Half Past My Sin (HPMS) is a Massachusetts-based modern hard rock band with a strong melodic presence and driving beats like that of Sevendust, Disturbed, and Shinedown to name a few. The band recently released their first single, "My Demand" off of their forthcoming sophomore album "4.44". The new album features a powerhouse ensemble of talent with Jason M Arigoni (Sinn) on vocals, Dan Zavadil on bass, Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall on drums, and Ben Carroll of RA on guitar. Clint Lowery of Sevendust also appears as a special guest co-songwriter.
The album "4.44" is being co-produced and mixed by Joey Z of Life of Agony and mastered by Jay Frigoletto of Mastersuite. Joey Z says, "Sinn is one of those musicians you'd be lucky to have a chance to work with. His raw talent really bleeds all over whatever he is doing, and his personality just makes him such an easy guy to collaborate with."
Jason M Arigoni, lead vocalist and lyricist, formed HPMS in 2008, which included original member and co-songwriter Dan Zavadil. Jason, also the owner of Mohawk Recording Group, produced HPMS's self-titled debut album as well as "4:44". Jason majored in Vocal Performance at Music Tech in Minneapolis, MN, now known as McNally Smith College of Music. While at Music Tech, he studied jazz, music theory, songwriting, and music business. Jason was also a member of the Studio Master Class taught by renowned jazz guitarist, the late Mike Elliot.
Half Past My Sin went on a US tour in 2008 supporting The Dreaming featuring Stabbing Westward singer, Chris Hall, to which Chris says, "Half Past My Sin combines thunderous driving riffs and soaring melodic vocals. Always professional on and off the stage and it was a pleasure to tour with them."
Half Past My Sin has performed and shared the stage with Alice Cooper, Heaven and Hell, Queensr˙che, Godhead, Alice in Chains, Days of The New, Shadows Fall, RA, Evans Blue, Black Stone Cherry, Powerman 5000, Wicked Wisdom, Bumble Foot, Buckcherry, Social Burn, and Sevenwiser.
"My Demand" is now available on iTunes and look for the release of "4:44" to drop at the end of 2013. Half Past My Sin is in the midst of planning their next tour with special guest performers bringing the Sin to fans worldwide.

NEW "CHAMELEON" BY MIKE CAMPESE:
Mike Campese is back with a new solo release, titled "Chameleon". This is Mike's 8th solo CD, it contains 12 new tracks and it is a little over 60 minutes. This Cd really packs a punch, If you heard Mike's previous Cd's you will realize that he has really honed his writing and musicianship. The first track "To the 9's" is slamming, it is a blistering tune with incredible melody and alone it is worth the price of the Cd. Not only is Mike a guitar virtuoso, but he does sing on a few tracks on this disc as well. The titled track "Chameleon" has some real nice haunting melodies and some nice lush vocal harmonies. There is some serious shredding on this Cd and plenty of melody as well. With the blistering guitar and the Paganini inspired section in the tune "Raise the Bow" and the multiple meter changes in the song "Pasta and Bananas" that progressive rock fans will love.
Mike returns with his blues roots on the tune "She Burnt the House Down", which has some incredible soaring leads that are in your face and some real nice vocal melodies. Campese gets funky on this Cd as well, the tunes "Funky Monkey Man" and "Firefly in a Bottle", feature some pretty awesome funk grooves and some nice vocal lines. If you have been following Mike's music and career, you will know that Mike is known for his great sense of melody and melodic shredding on the guitar. A perfect example of this is the tune "Flashback", this beautiful ballad was inspired when Mike was living in Hollywood and attending Mi. "Vegas" (playing the slots) is probably one of the most unique tunes on the Cd. When you are listening to this song, you will think you are in Vegas playing a slot machine. Now let's cross the pacific ocean, the Hawaiian volcano inspired tune "Kilauea" erupts with some incredible guitar lines with some in your face guitars.
For the first time on any Mike Campese Cd, Mike has a very special guest, his friend and guitar legend, Vernon Reid of Living Colour. Mike and Vernon are trading off with some crazy solos at the end of the jazzy tune "Do it for the Cats" Mike is a very versatile guitarist and on each Cd he incorporates a little jazz and other styles in his music, which makes him known as a musical Chameleon. The last tune "Meant to Be" is another jazzy tune with a great groove and some very catchy melodies. Mike Campese fans are going to love this Cd and it is the one they have been waiting for.
WebLink: www.mikecampese.com.

LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE ADDS NEW SEASON:
Live from Daryl's House, Daryl Hall's critically acclaimed, award-winning performance series has renewed its agreement with Viacom Media Networks' high-definition music channel Palladia, and will immediately commence producing new episodes, adding to the more than 60 already in the archives. Those shows will start debuting in early 2014 and will continue to premiere on www.lfdh.com, where previous installments will be archived.
"I'm thrilled to be able to start producing these new shows for our ever-widening audience, after renewing our relationship with Palladia," says Daryl. "A day doesn't go by that I don't hear from fans about how much they love the show, and everyone knows how much I enjoy doing it. Believe me when I tell you, the best is yet to come."
The show is a joint venture between Hall's Good Cop Bad Cop Productions and Palladia. Executive producers for the show include Hall along with Daryl Hall and John Oates manager, Jonathan Wolfson. New guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
"We are very pleased to continue this association with our Live from Daryl's House partners at Palladia," said Wolfson. "This has proven to be a successful combination and we look forward to furthering our alliance, while expanding the brand."

"For Palladia, 'Live From Daryl's House' represents the perfect match of programming and television network," said Rick Krim, Executive Vice President, Talent and Music Programming. "Our viewers' response has been overwhelmingly positive to Daryl and the series which captures the unexpected magic that can happen when talented artists relax and create music together. We're proud to be a part of this show."
The deal was brokered by Wolfson and Ben Zurier, Executive Vice President, Programming Strategy, VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia.
The past seven years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl's House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony before garnering an O Music Award from MTV. A live version of Live from Daryl's House, featuring Hall and previous show guests Sharon Jones and Allen Stone, launched a successful national tour.
The 62 previous episodes of Live From Daryl's House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Jason Mraz, The Voice's Cee Lo Green, Shelby Lynne, Joe Walsh, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Nick Waterhouse, Rumer, Chiddy Bang, Allen Stone, Nikki Jean, The Dirty Heads, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T's, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster.

JOHN TAGLIERI SIGNS DEAL WITH VANITY MUSIC GROUP ENTERTAINS US TROOPS ONCE AGAIN:
(9 October 2013 - Hanson, MA) Leap Dog Music is proud to announce that veteran indie pop rock artist, John Taglieri, has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Vanity Music Group. John's latest Ep, Southern Paradise will now be available in physical and online retail outlets worldwide. Produced and mixed by the team of Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn in Nashville, and mastered by five time Grammy winning engineer Richard Dodd, Southern Paradise is a six-song affair of upbeat anthems that reflect the time Taglieri spends in his adopted home of Key West, Florida. On the new record, Taglieri takes a page from Jimmy Buffet's approach to life - a beer in one hand and a guitar in the other just hanging out on the beach. "It was such a natural progression for me. I came to Key West four years ago and fell in love with it. The vibe here is so happy and upbeat and the songs on this Ep reflect that." The infectious title track has found it's way onto a plethora of country and pop radio stations and the accompanying video which can found at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK093ROaab8 has already been viewed nearly 5,000 times.
"The song "Southern Paradise" was written by my producers Sean & Mark." says Taglieri. "When they played it for me it just hit home for where my life is right now. I connected with the song immediately! I co-wrote "When I Think About" with my good friend Bobby James from Nashville. It's a really fun, upbeat song with a cool groove and a sing-a-long chorus about all those things in a relationship that turn into everyday life examples and how things can remind you of your favourite moments. "Turn Around" was written by myself and Brad Whitley. It's a cool song in that the whole song is a conversation that takes place in your head in one second when an old friend turns up unexpectedly…¦great vibe and feel and one of my favorites to sing."

John has also just returned from his third international tour for Navy Entertainment and MWR. This time he went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as three stateside bases, along with celebrities from SPIKE TV, The Food Network, UFC and more to entertain the troops and bring a little bit of home to them. "It's truly one of the greatest things I ever get to do with my career. Letting those guys and girls know that we are there for them and want to bring some home style fun to them is an honor and something I will always do whenever asked. They put their lives on the line for us all everyday and that deserves respect. For my small part, bringing them a show that allows them to have them smile, sing and have fun is an honor in every way."
Southern Paradise is available at iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers, and now worldwide through Vanity Music Group.
WebLinks: vanitymusicgroup.com / JohnTaglieri.com.

ADRIAN GALYSH REVEALS NEW ALBUM, TONE POET, ARTWORK, DETAILS, & TRACK LIST:
Melodic instrumental rock guitarist Adrian Galysh will release Tone Poet, on December 3rd, 2013. The album includes 12 tracks featuring vocal rock songs, instrumentals with world music influences, and sweeping orchestral works. While epic in scope, the album is tied together by Galysh's tasteful guitar work and compositional style which is complemented by vocalist Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt, Uli Jon Roth), bassist Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Ring of Fire), and grooves by world-class drummer, Todd Sucherman (STYX).
Galysh confesses, "Tone Poet is my most mature album. I've written a very melodic, musical, collection of tunes, that includes my progressive hard rock influences, classical, and world-music influences. Mark Boals' powerful voice, Philip Bynoe's feel, and Todd Sucherman's tasteful drum playing are right in sync with where I am at, musically."
Tone Poet album artwork was illustrated and designed by Kristina Maloney.
Tone Poet track-listing: 1. Resurrectis (2:28) 2. Brick By Brick (5:42) 3. When You Fall (5:17) 4. Flying (5:17) 5. Movie in My Mind (4:25) 6. Luminae (3:42) 7. La Dolce Vita (4:47) 8. Tone Poet (3:44) 9. Epoch (3:05) 10. Echoes of El Greco (3:53) 11. Ur of the Chaldees (6:12) 12. Spring (The Return) (5:22).
Adrian Galysh: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, and Programming; Charlie Waymire: Drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5; Philip Bynoe: Bass on tracks 4, 5, 8; Todd Sucherman: Drums on tracks 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.
For more information, visit: www.adriangalysh.com.


H.EA.T. TALKS NEW ALBUM:
Eric Rivers from Melodic Hard Rock supergroup H.E.A.T talks exclusively to BeRock Radio for the release of their latest album, and about the band's melodic plans.
George: What can we expect from your new album? Has anything about Heat changed? Are there any new elements in your music since Dave left?
Eric: Well, I think with each album the sound and the band change a bit. A lot happens during the two years or so you spend writing and making an album and you always (hopefully) evolve as a songwriter and band during that time.
Full Interview Link: minizine.berock-radio.com/html/interviews/pages013/heat13/heat.html?tag=result;title;0#.Ukh3_VNmOVY.

INTRODUCING OPERADYSE:
Operadyse - the new french symphonic power metal band from Montpellier in Southern France - are releasing a trailer for their first album "Pandemonium": www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS71lSUrGvs.

The band's origin goes back to 2006 when guitarist Damien Marco, the mastermind behind Operadyse, formed this six-member unit with the help of his friends Bastien Sable (keyboards) and Jennifer Lassalle (vocalist) and three more members.
Their first EP Hope Era Dies was released in 2009 after the band successfully proved it's talent by winning the Rock Competion „Duels Rock". After some membership changes the band found it's current line-up shortly after the EP release with Emmanuel Colombier (Drums) and Stephane Lambert (Bass) .Singer Franck Garcia, who is also involved in french band Spheric Universe Experience, finally joined in after the original female vocalist Jennifer left the band, for personal reasons.
Strongly influenced by European Metal in the tradition of Iron Maiden, Helloween and Rhapsody, the band added their own blend of melodic Powermetal .The debut album Pandemonium was recorded in late 2012 at Draudenhaus Studio in Nantes/France and shows a strong atmospheric touch wrapped around a pounding rythm, driving guitars , oszillating keyboards with the clear and very powerful voice of Franck Garcia giving the band's style it's typical expression.

Line-Up: Damien Marco: Guitars; Bastien Sable: Drums; Emmanuel Colombier: Drums; Stephane Lambert: Bass; Franck Garcia: Vocals.
The band's debut album Pandemonium is scheduled for release through the joint-venture Sonic Attack/SPV in Europe on November 25th 2013 (Germany November 22nd, USA / Canada January 21st)
Tracklisting: 1.Rise 1:41 2.Celestial Sword 4:57 3.Unfold Legend 4:02 4.Keeper of the Flame 3:36 5.The Path 5:51 6.Fairies Secret Garden 5:06 7.Arkanya 4:54 8.Pandemonium 6:21 9.Nevermore 6:04 10.Frozen 2:57.
WebLinks: de-de.facebook.com/pages/Operadyse/57937371089 / www.sonicattackrecords.com / www.spv.de.



Monday, October 14, 2013

BREAKING NEWS FROM TOM SCHOLZ' BASEMENT:
More than 10 years in the making, Boston's new studio album, Life, Love & Hope is ready for release!
Finally emerging from his Hideaway Studio II, Tom Scholz says, "These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston's harshest critic, me. They have all been meticulously recorded to analogue tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston's hits for the past 35 years."

Available on December 3 on Frontiers Records, this album includes lead vocals from Brad Delp, Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme, David Victor, and Tom Scholz, and features tracks with the classic Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of Scholz' musical artistry.
"I intentionally stayed close to the early Boston style on some of the songs, even using the same amps and instruments; on others I let my imagination run wild," says Tom.
All the tracks have the characteristic Boston trademark guitars, harmonies, and immaculately-crafted sound. Tom worked very hard to fulfill the expectations of BOSTON fans new and old, and has created a diverse yet cohesive album that truly has something for everyone.


SEBASTIAN BACH JOINS FORCES WITH DUFF McKAGAN, JOHN 5, STEVE STEVENS FOR NEW ALBUM:
Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach is currently hard at work in the studio under the direction of producer Bob Marlette (Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Shinedown etc) to record the anticipated follow up album to the acclaimed "Kicking & Screaming". The new effort will be released via label home Frontiers Records and is tentatively scheduled for spring 2014.
Of his forthcoming new album, Sebastian Bach commented, "I am happy to say we have completed the drums and most of the bass guitar for the new record. It is a pleasure to write songs with Duff, Steve, Bob, and Devin. The album will be mastered by Tom Baker who has mastered my last three albums. This CD will be balls out in-your-face high-energy rock 'n roll which just so happens to be my favorite style of music. I look forward to releasing the record & playing these songs live for you all in 2014!"

Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns n' Roses), and not one but two top class guitar players: John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums. Duff and Sebastian have previously collaborated on Duff's solo album Believe In Me.

In the meantime Sebastian has made available a new live video clip of "Big Guns" taken from the recent Live DVD/CD package "ABachalypse Now" released last March on Frontiers. This is the 3rd video from "ABachalypse Now" and is now available at Sebastian Bach's Official YouTube Page.
"ABachalypse Now" can now be found in DVD/CD/LP. The LP is in a 180 gram Coloured Double Vinyl Gatefold Sleeve Format. The DVD/CD set includes Bach's recent explosive performances from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles (originally broadcasted on AXS TV in North America), Hellfest in France, Graspop in Belgium and more. Follow this link to enjoy: www.sebastianbach.com.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW's hit series "Gilmore Girls", starring roles on Broadway ("Jekyll & Hyde", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") and national touring companies ("Jesus Christ Superstar"), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
Bach on the web: www.sebastianbach.com / www.facebook.com/sebastianbach / www.twitter.com/sebastianbach / www.frontiers.it.


Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 58th release of the label's successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mail-order and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. Here are the previews of the two Melodic Rock Fanzine covers:


This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Def Leppard, Coney Hatch, Ted Nugent, Sideburn, Hartmann, Sabaton, Eden's Curse, Impera, Reece, Harem Scarem, Sammy Hagar ... and more!
Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site and here.

The new Frontiers Records promo spot for their new September releases can be viewed below:


COMING UP FROM ESCAPE MUSIC:
Diesel have started recording their debut album in Tremolo Studios, Cheshire, UK.
Diesel is: Robert Hart: vocals (ex Bad Company, Manfred Man Earth Band and John Gangs); Jim Kirkpatrick: Guitars (FM); Jimmy Copley: Drums (Paul Rogers, and Manfred Man Earth Band), Pat Davey: (Seven).
Release is planned for early 2014.


Here are Escape Music's forthcoming releases for 2014 as follows:
Lover Under Cover (Mikael Erlandson on vocals) - January.
Overland - Epic - February
Edge - March
Saracen - April

Plus:
Ozone (Steve Overland, Chris Ousey, and Mike Slamer)
Shadowman
Final Frontier
Chris Ousey
- new solo album once again in collaboration with Tommy Denander.

AOR BAND SPARKLANDS PRESENTS THEIR FIRST VIDEO:
The Dutch AOR band Sparklands releases the opening track "The Game" from their debut album "Tomocyclus" as their first video. The clip shows a powerful performance of the catchy uptempo AOR tune and was recorded live at the Mailmen Studio (Utrecht, The Netherlands).


Sparklands' "Tomocyclus" delivers a tasteful collection of AOR and Melodic Rock songs, bringing back the glory days of bands like Boulevard, Saga, Mr. Mister, Bad English and Giant. The album was officially released on September 20 on Avenue Of Allies and is available as CD and Digital Download.
WebLinks: www.sparklands.com / www.avenue-of-allies.com.


R.I.P. JAN KUEHNEMUND:
From: www.facebook.com/Vixen: "It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally.
Jan was very courageous. Never complained. Never gave up. The cancer beat her body but it NEVER broke her spirit at any point.
Up until the actual moment that she died, she really believed she was going back home.
Jan... you will be missed.. but never forgotten."
R.I.P. Jan.


THEOCRACY: "THEOCRACY" RE-ISSUE VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED:
The self-titled debut album from the Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will be re-released through Ulterium Records on November 15th in Europe and November 19th in North America. Ulterium Records will release a 12" double gatefold vinyl edition of the album, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.
The vinyl can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store at: www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.

"Theocracy" 12" double gatefold vinyl track listing:
Side A: 01. Prelude [01:35] 02. Ichthus [04:40] 03. The Serpents Kiss [11:56]
Side B: 01: Mountain [04:48] 02. Theocracy [06:01] 03. The Healing Hand [11:35]
Side C: 01. Sinner [06:08] 02. New Jerusalem [05:10]
Side D: 01. The Victory Dance [05:02] 02. Twist of Fate [11:31].


Theocracy drummer Shawn Benson recorded drums on all tracks, while nothing else was re-recorded. Matt Smith completely re-mixed the album, with the mastering handled by Mika Jussila [Stratovarius, Nightwish, Edguy]. The Theocracy debut album was originally released through MetalAges Records in 2003, and is currently very rare and hard to find.
Check out an album teaser at YouTube: youtu.be/ffoULa9OfCU.
For more information on Theocracy; www.theocracymusic.com / www.facebook.com/theocracyband / www.ulterium-records.com.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Messiahs Fall, a brand new song featuring Mats Leven, Carsten Kaiser, Michael Bormann & Robin Beck on lead vocals, from German prog metallers Assignment is available for streaming. The track comes off the band's third album, "Inside Of The Machine", recently released via Mausoleum Records. The new song can be streamed here: youtu.be/Dty9RUCIySA.

Good news from Niclas Olsson: "I have started the recordings for a second release with Sapphire Eyes. About 20+ songs are written and 12 of them will make it to the pressing. It´s the same formula as the debut and there will be a lot of great musicianship. A release in 2014 is realistic! More info will follow as the recordings continue."

After a seven year recording hiatus, during which time three of the band's vocalists toured stadiums and arenas as Roger Waters' backup singers on his "Pink Floyd's The Wall" world tour, Southern California rockers Venice returns with a brand new double album, "What Summer Brings." This 19 song release will hit stores in November, but in the meantime, they've just released the CD's first single, "What's Done is Done," as a lyric video. Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ4DFWYgYCA.


MICHAEL SCHENKER'S BRIDGING THE GAP:
Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will release a brand new studio album entitled Bridge The Gap in the UK on Monday December 2nd. Released by in-akustik, the album features Schenker's band Temple of Rock which consists of ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), plus ex-Rainbow's Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
The new album features 13 hard-hitting, adrenalin fuelled melodic rock'n'roll songs that showcase Schenker's distinctive and explosive guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, marking the first time Schenker, Rarebell and Buchholz appeared on the same album together since the Scorpions' 1979 Lovedrive.
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his enthusiastic personality with every note and phrase. Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.
Bridge the Gap is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians.

The album was recorded from January to March 2013 at Kidroom Studios, Germany and was produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss, and engineered by Voss.
"Michael and I had talked about recording an album together after the tour of 2012," says Doogie White. "We never spoke about it again until January 2013 when he sent me seven ideas he had been working on." "Last October I started writing the music for the new album," adds Schenker. "I sent material to Doogie in the New Year and he started writing melodies and lyrics. I laid down some arrangements at Michael Voss's studio. There was a lot of energy flying about during the recording process. I had the same drive making this album as I had when I was 16. I wanted it fast, heavy and melodic. It felt like bridging the gap from my teenage and Lovedrive years to what I am doing now. I'm back to where I was a long time ago and I love it."

"Never having really written with Michael before, apart from When the Devil Knows You're Dead (from 2011's Temple of Rock album), I didn't know how flexible he would be writing wise," recalls Doogie. "I laid down some vocal tracks as ideas and when Michael heard them we were off and running. Within two weeks we were in the studio laying down tracks."
Schenker admits that when he wrote this album, he tried to get a balance between songs that are heavy, fast and melodic, complimented by his signature guitar solos.
"I wanted to combine the old with the new," says Schenker. "That's why the album's called Bridge The Gap. With Wayne playing 7-string guitar we created some low, heavy modern sounds. Since I play and experiment on a regular basis, I always have some new, fresh sparks to share when I record a new album. I am inspired from within. It's infinite like a kaleidoscope."
"As former members of the Scorpions, Herman, Francis and I have been out of the loop of rock'n'roll for quite a while. Getting together for the first time since the Lovedrive album is an incredible jump. We're connecting the past with the present. We're bridging the gap."

Schenker remains philosophical about the name of the new album. He believes the name reflects what is going on in the fast-moving world around him.
"Everything that is currently going on in this world is showing that people are desperate for change. We need to bridge the gap of poverty. There are too many innocent people getting killed in terrorist attacks. We need to leave all of this chaos behind us. We have to be strong. We have to continue moving forward, working together in a balanced way."
Schenker is amazed how melodic the new album turned out, but he still insists the songs still feature a bit of darkness as well.
"I came up with the name of the album, before I even started writing. When Doogie started writing the lyrics to the new songs he had something to go by. I guess Bridges Burned is a new song that is something of a word play on Bridge The Gap. I love this song. Doogie's singing is excellent on this."

"Horizons is a really powerful and exciting track from the new album," says Schenker. "I love the energy and Doogie's great vocal lines." "Neptune Rising is a song I wrote in the studio. It's about Wayne Findlay. He reminds me of a Neptune with his crazy hair and beard. One day I had this vision of seeing him with the Trident coming out of the ocean. Wayne loves water and the undersea world. So, I suggested that we design a guitar that looks like a Trident. The guitar is almost completed and will be called Trident and will be seen on our next tour."
"Because You Lied is completely of the wall. I love everything about it. I had a real blast playing the guitar solo. In general, on the new album I have injected each song with a new wave of lead guitar playing. It had a lot of fun making the entire album. Francis and Herman - the original Scorpions rhythm section of Rock You Like A Hurricane seriously rock on the new album."

"Bridge The Gap" - Track Listing: 1. Neptune Rising 2. Where The Wild Winds Blow 3. Horizons 4. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely 5. Rock'n'roll Symphony 6. To Live For The King 7. Land Of Thunder 8. Temple Of The Holy 9. Shine On 10. Bridges We Have Burned 11. Because You Lied 12. Black Moon Rising 13. Dance For The Piper 14. Faith (Vocals: Don Dokken) (Bonus Track).

All songs produced by: Michael Schenker and Michael Voss; All songs are written by: Music - Michael Schenker, Lyrics - Doogie White; Except: 'Neptune Rising' (Michael Schenker), Bonus track "Faith" appears on the Special Edition, featuring Don Dokken (vocals).


PHIL SOUSSAN LIVE IN LA:
Phil Soussan, the bass player and songwriter that brought Ozzy's "Ultimate Sin," Vince Neil's "Exposed" and Steve Lukather's "Luke" announces a one night only show at the famed Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake, CA.
Lucy's 51 has become the hotspot for hard rock artists with the James LoMenzo Jam that has taken place for the past four months' worth of Monday Nights. On stage performances have included members of Guns n' Roses, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne's band, Quiet Riot, Boston, Whitesnake, Anthrax, Dokken, the Dennis DeYoung Band, Megadeth, Bulletboys, Vince Neil, White Lion, Richie Kotzen and even Billy Ray Cyrus has got on stage a couple times. That just starts to scratch the surface of regular attendees and gives a good impression of why you want to be there.
On Saturday, October 19, Phil Soussan is bringing a blend of his original music as featured on his two CDs (No Protection and Vibrate) along with songs made famous from the list of rock bands he has written and performed with. This scheduled show may be the first of many that will highlight a rotation of friends that bring their unique talents to the stage. Soussan has mentioned, "There will be friends joining us on stage throughout the night, you don't know who will show up; but that's the surprise of it."
On stage performing with Soussan will be Howie Simon on guitar (Alcatrazz), Dave Filice on bass (Bono & The Edge) and virtuoso drummer Andy Sanesi (Zappa) with Soussan playing guitar and singing. Special guests have not been publically announced (I'm sworn to secrecy, but I can assure you it's going to be great!)
Showtime starts around 9:00 PM. The doors for Lucy's 51 are open all day, but for those who want to enjoy dinner during the show, call and reserve a table. Lucy's 51 can be reached at 818-763-5200, or find details online at www.lucys51.com. The venue features a full dinner menu and bar.
Hear songs from Soussan's solo CDs and find other information regarding his work online at www.philsoussan.com. Phil will be signing copies of his CDs at the show; both will be available for fans to purchase. Bring a camera and get ready for the kind of performance that makes Los Angeles the place to be for hard rock! I'll see you there.

FLOOR JANSEN SIGNS ON TO NIGHTWISH FULLTIME:
Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish has made the following announcement:
"Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper. Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of Nightwish. Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys."

Commented vocalist Floor Jansen: "Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!"
Vocalist & pipe player Troy Donockley adds: "'Imaginaerum World Tour' was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is Nightwish has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy!"

PRODUCERS LP SUBJECT TO YESTERROCK RE-ISSUE:
The newcomer from Atlanta, Georgia, was ranged at that time somewhere between the genres Rock, Pop and New Wave. 1981 their first single 'What She Does To Me' has been released. Originally the later Producers did arise from the coverband 'Cartoon', their specialty was the repertoire from the Beatles. On the long run it did not satisfy their musical claims though, so they began to compose own songs and performed them in numerous clubs in the metropolitan area of Atlanta.
Their appearances have been in great demand and were steadily gaining popularity by the audience. With this success, they signed a record deal at Portrait Records (CBS) under the direction of producer Tom Werman, who has also worked with Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and Mothers Finest.
In 1981 the first album of the 'Producers' was released. The single 'What She Does To Me' went to number 61 of the Billboard Charts. The second album 'You Make The Heat' was published 1982. The single 'She Sheila' made it again to the charts. Many live concerts followed, among others the "producers were support act for Cheap Trick and The Motels.
Despite the success, Portrait Records resigned the contract after 2 albums only. The Producers next work 'Run For Your Life' was released through a small independent record label in Atlanta and was published in vinyl only. At that point the Producers were working together with the band Kansas. The title 'Can´t Cry Anymore' can be found on the album 'Run For Your Life' as well as on 'Power' the 1986 album from Kansas.
For the first time ever the lost treasure is now published on CD by the label Yesterrock. Many AOR Fans from all over the world have been frequently asking for this album. Their burning desire is heard and finally comes to fulfillment. All tracks have been effortful remastered at MSM Studios in Munich.
WebLink: www.yesterrock.com.


TYR, JAMES CHRISTIAN, REUBEN ARCHER AND JONNY LANG ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Tyr, House of Lords frontman James Christian, Reuben Archer (Stampede, Lautrec, Wild Horses, Lionheart) and Blues Rock maestro Jonny Lang, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-tyr-james-christian-reuben-archer-and-jonny-lang-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Tyr frontman Heri Joensen discusses the band's new album "Valkyryja", which features lyrics and melodies which can be traced back through the folkore of their native Faroe Islands to the era of the Vikings. Heri cosses songs from the album, and talks about working with Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine on the track "The Lay Of Our Love"
Also in the first hour, House of Lords frontman James Christian drops in to talk about his new solo album "Lay It On Me"

In part 2, Stampede frontman Reuben Archer (ex-Lautrec, Wild Horses, Lionheart) discusses the writing and recording of his new solo album "Personal Sin", which features guest appearances from members of Saxon, Y&T and Thunder.
And finally, Blues Rock maestro Jonny Lang talks about his first album in six years, "Fight For My Soul", and picks tracks from the new release.
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from Sammy Hagar, Tarja, Blackfoot, ZZ Top, Eden's Curse, and Thin Lizzy.
You can also listen on Sunday 13th October 17:00-19:00 GMT, repeated Monday 14th October 14:00-16:00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

TIMO TOLKKI COMMENCES WORK ON METAL OPERA:
After the success of Timo Tolkki's Avalon debut album "The Land of New Hope" which entered the top 100 album charts in 7 European countries (including a glowing Top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country Finland), Timo Tolkki has started working on a sequel to his first Metal Opera, slated for a 2014 release on Frontiers Records.
Fans can follow the progress of the making of the album, including writing and recording sessions and special cameos from the musicians and singers involved, from the new website www.avalonopera.com.
The entire cast of musicians will be revealed one by one in separate video blogs. Fans will be able to interact and take part to different phases of the production through the website and in the social media pages.
The confirmed cast of musicians/singers is once again full of internationally acclaimed artists, with some interesting twists and surprises. It will surely guarantee another masterpiece from one of the forefathers of Symphonic Melodic Power Metal.
The first singer from the cast is Simone Simons of Epica. Please click her picture for more info. She is one of the leading ladies in the Female Voices category in the World, however she is not singing the main role on AVALON II, which is a working title for the album. The final name will be revealed later.
To date, Timo Tolkki has sold over 2 million records in his career, has won a Finnish Grammy and has been chosen by the readers of the American Guitar World magazine to TOP 100 as "the Fastest Guitar Player in the World" and "the Most influential Metal Guitar Player in the World". He has released 20 albums in his career and toured the world for over 3000 shows in 52 countries.

BENEDICTUM TO UNLEASH THEIR FOURTH ALBUM ON FRONTIERS IN DECEMBER:
Heavy Metal gets a needed shot in the arm with the long awaited and much anticipated new album fromBenedictum Obey due out for release on Frontiers Records on November 29 in Europe and December 3 in North America . With a sound that nods to the legends of metal such as early Rainbow, the stylings of Savatage, Warrior, Rough Cutt, and Pyschotic Waltz along with shades of Black Sabbath; Benedictum unleashes Obey that will surely bring pleasure to the Gods of Heavy Metal and their legions of fans around the world!
Led by the sultry and powerful vocal gymnastics of lead singer Veronica Freeman whose voice has been praised on the television show That Metal Show on VH1 among others; Benedictum displays a plethora of aggressive riffs, fierce rhythms, and powerful melodies full of delicate textures that grow spikes with shredding leads to converge at the crossroads of tradition and innovation.

The rise of Benedictum began when the band caught the ear and attention of DIO guitarist Craig Goldy who in turn had his friend Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner) check them out. With the groups raw power and pure potential just beginning to surface, Pilson then produced and recorded Benedictum's debut album Uncreation in 2005. The band garnered rave reviews and won over enthusiastic fist-pumping fans rapidly. Their second album Seasons Of Tragedy released in 2008 to more undeniable metal love from around the world. All of this led to Benedictum being signed to a contract with Frontiers Records and further upping the ante in the studio. The band and Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, NOFX) joined forces for 2011's Dominion and Benedictum had arrived. The band jumped onto the world stage playing such events as Wacken Open Air Festival, Doro's Warrior Soul Tour, HeadBangers Open Air and more. The CD was also a pick of the week by Don Jamison on That Metal Show.
Benedictum went through some personnel changes and challenges, but have landed on the soles of The V's high-heeled boots to record their highly anticipated fourth album 'OBEY'. Joining founding members Veronica Freeman and Pete Wells are Rikard Stjernquist (Jag Panzer) on drums and Aric Avina (Tynator) on bass. There is an unmistakable swell of excitement building in chat rooms and fan pages online not only for the album, but to also have Benedictum perform at a venue near them soon.

Obey tracklisting includes: Dream Of The Banshee; Fractured; Obey; Fighting For My Life; Scream; Evil That We Do; Crossing Over; Cry; Thornz; Die To Love You; Apex Nation; Retrograde.
Enjoy the album EPK following this link: youtu.be/BX42khzh41A. To the world, Benedictum merely says: bow and Obey!
WebLink: www.benedictum.net.

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MAGNUM ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN IN MARCH 2014:
Hugely influential British melodic hard rock group Magnum have confirmed the release in 2014 of their upcoming nineteenth studio album, Escape From The Shadow Garden on Steamhammer / SPV on March 19th in Scandinavia, March 21st in Germany, March 24th in Europe and March 25th in the US/Canada.
'Escape From The Shadow Garden' will be available as a limited digipak edition with bonus material, as a double coloured vinyl LP, standard jewel case CD and download. The cover is once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy).
'Escape From The Shadow Garden' follows the success of 'On The 13th Day', which charted at #28 in Germany, #36 in Sweden, #43 in the UK national album charts, #57 in Switzerland, and at #3 in the UK rock charts and #5 in the UK Indie Charts at the beginning of October 2012.
Three weeks after the release of 'Escape From The Shadow Garden" Magnum set off on a huge European Tour.

Magnum live 2014:
07.04. FI-Helsinki - Tavastia
09.04. DK-Copenhagen - Amager Bio
10.04. SE-Gotheburg - Sticky Fingers
11.04. SE-Borlange - Liljan
12.04. SE-Sandviken - Backstage Rockclun
07.05. B-Vosselaar - Biebob

Magnum live 2014 (Double Headline Tour with Saga):
08.05. D-Dortmund - FZW
09.05. D-Cologne - E-Werk
10.05. D-Emden - Nordseehalle
12.05. D-Hamburg - Docks
13.05. D-Berlin - Huxley`s Neue Welt
15.05. D-Saarbrücken - Garage
16.05. D-Filderstadt - FILharmonie
17.05. D-Offenbach - Capitol
19.05. D-Regensburg - Airport Obertraubling
20.05. D-Nürnberg - Rockfabrik
22.05. D-Munich - Circus Krone
23.05. CH-Pratteln - Z7
24.05. D-Ravensburg - Club-Oberschwabenhalle

Magnum live 2014 (Festival):
04.-07.06. SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
More Magnum live dates will be announced soon.

Line Up: Tony Clarkin - guitars; Bob Catley - vocals; Mark Stanway - keyboards; Al Barrow - bass; Harry James - drums.
WebLinks: www.magnumonline.co.uk / www.spv.de.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

MRF3, MELODICROCK.COM UPDATES:
MelodicRockFest 3 is over and done and I have made it home to set about getting back to business as normal here at MelodicRock.com!

Thanks to everyone for hanging in during the down time. I am adding a number of important press releases to the site today, but normal daily updates won't re-commence until next Monday. I simply need the extra time to recover from what has been an intense few months and spend a bit of time with the family.

I'm pleased to say MRF3 was a complete success – both critically, if the fan reactions and feedback are anything to go by...and financially – which means that MRF4 is a definite possibility.
What I will do is sit down and look at the whole event and look at what worked, what could use a little improvement, the overall crowd numbers and what possibilities lay ahead.

I'll talk more about the MRF3 event next week. But for now I'd like to give a huge thank you to each and every person that took time out of their lives to attend. Thank you also to those that invested in VIP packages, which in reality, made the entire show possible.
I'd like to thank a few very important people besides the fans in attendance –

First - a HUGE thank you to all the artists involved for all bringing their A-game and general enthusiasm for the event!
John Kivel for his support of the event and tireless work towards making it a success in 2013;
Ty Sims and Kevin Grosse for making the event sound and look amazing and run like clockwork;
Erik Johnson for his awesome artwork and audio promotions;
Tony and the HOME Bar crew for making us all feel welcomed and providing a killer venue for the weekend;
Bert and Jim at the Holiday Inn;
To my merch booth crew for their hard work over the weekend;
And...of course my wife Cath for her work behind the scenes over the last several months.

There will be some left over MRF T-shirts and posters and some new regular MelodicRock.com T-shirts available for sale in the weeks ahead – I just have to get those shipped back to Australia first. Stay tuned.

To everyone that ordered MRCD11, House Of Shakira and Faith Circus CDs last month – all orders will have been processed and shipped by the end of this week.
The HoS and FC CDs unfortunately did not arrive here in time to be shipped prior to my leaving for MRF, so I apologize for that delay. There was an issue with shipping from the UK which has now been addressed. The CDs are here right now, ready to be packaged this week.
Orders for these titles can still be placed here: www.melodicrock.com/mrr-preorders.html.

The MRF USB drive was a great success at the show and due to demand, I am making another very limited run of the 16G drives.
To pre-order a USB Drive, click on the PayPal link below.


There will be only 100 available, priced at US$50, including airmail shipping worldwide. Delivery time will be approx 4 weeks. The USB is packaged in a tin can display case for safe shipping.
Contents of the drive can be viewed here: www.melodicrockfest.com.


That's it for me…thank again to everyone for the support for MRF3. Now….to the news!

FRONTIERS RECORDS TO RELEASE REO SPEEDWAGON'S LIVE AT MOONDANCE JAM:
Frontiers Records and REO Speedwagon are proud to announce the release of Live at Moondance Jam - the band's hit-filled performance from the country's premier classic rock festival, Moondance Jam. Recorded at the Walker, Minnesota festival in high-definition, Live at Moondance Jam, puts the band's brilliant showmanship on display as the veteran rockers blast through 13 of their best-loved songs. Available in both Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) formats, Live At Moondance Jam will be released on November 19 in North America and November 29 in Europe.
Broadcast on Palladia, Direct TV and VH1 Classic in the US in early 2013, Live at Moondance Jam features a baker's dozen classic REO Speedwagon tunes, including the hits, "Keep on Loving You," "Take It on the Run," and "Can't Fight This Feeling," along with the first ever live versions of "In Your Letter," "Golden Country," and "Like You Do." The packages also feature "Don't Let Him Go," "Keep Pushin'," "Time for Me to Fly, "Back on the Road Again," "Roll with the Changes, "Ridin' the Storm Out," and "157 Riverside Avenue." Additionally, both the CD+DVD and Blu-ray packages contain a bonus interview with REO's iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin. Click here to see a sample from Live at Moondance Jam.


"I can't really explain it, but we feel like our band is actually still getting better," said REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin. "This Moondance show captures the essence of this exciting new chapter in the continuing story of REO. I can look you in the eye and say that this performance is us playing our best, totally live, and having an absolute blast."

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. The group's nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot. Thirty–plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are currently electrifying concert audiences on headlining tour dates and festival shows through the spring of 2014.

On the band's last tour, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express, Styx and REO Speedwagon's Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Recently, REO's Kevin Cronin unveiled the band's "Great Chicago Fire Hydrant" as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project which will feature oversized replicas of Chicago's iconic fire hydrants. There will be 101 fire hydrants to represent each firehouse, and later in December, these will be auctioned, with proceeds benefitting 100 Club Chicago. Finally, a rerecording of "Roll with the Changes" is currently featured in the movie Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher.
WebLinks: www.speedwagon.com / www.facebook.com/frontiersrecordsofficial / www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon.

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ANGELICA'S DEBUT ALBUM "THRIVE: A MELODIC ROCK BLAST:
Frontiers Records is excited to present the world the talents of Swedish singer Angelica with the release of her debut album Thrive on November 29 in Europe and December 3 in North America.
Best known for being the singer in The Murder of My Sweet, Angelica Rylin finally decided to pursue her childhood dream and to walk in the footsteps of such amazing singers such as Ann Wilson of Heart, Leigh Matty of Romeo's Daughter or Robin Beck and record her debut solo album in a true Melodic Rock style.

Some Melodic Rock songwriting luminaries answered the call in order to create the magic harmonies and music displayed on Angelica's debut album. "Harry Hess, Daniel Flores, Robert Sall, Alessandro Del Vecchio and Anders Wigelius all contributed", says Angelica and some excellent guitarists such as Jesper Stromblad (In Flames), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Per Berquist (Smash Into Pieces) also appear on the album. There is also a very special performance by keyboardist Matt Guillory (James LaBrie). Still Angelica wrote or co-wrote several songs on her record, showing another side of her abilities.

"I got the chance to step out of my comfort zone and just focus on being a great singer. I also got to do a couple of amazing co-writes, for instance with Harry Hess of Harem Scarem" continues Angelica "but what I'm most happy about is that I got to include a couple of my own songs too. It's a great mix of classic but modern AOR love songs".

Helped by producer, drummer and songwriting partner Daniel Flores (Find Me, Seventh Wonder; The Murder Of My Sweet), Angelica managed to create a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likeable hook lines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. "After releasing two albums with The Murder of My Sweet I get an opportunity to show my fans a slightly different side of me and at the same time have fun and explore another side of rock music that I grew up with and truly love" tells Angelica. "I have pushed my boundaries vocally on this album and grown as a singer, which is very important for me on a more personal level. I guess this is every singer's dream!"

"Thrive" final track listing includes: Breaking My Heart; I Am Strong; To Your Rescue; Can't Stop Love; Nothing Else You Can Break; Riding Out The Storm; Rain On My Parade; Losers In Paradise; You Will Never Win; This Kiss Is Just For You; I'm Not Waiting; Take Me To Your Heart. Breaking My Heart (bonus videoclip).
Enjoy the YouTube trailer presentation: youtu.be/1EZ2pOL5yFk and listen to the streaming of the single "Breaking My Heart" on the Frontiers Records webradio: www.frontiers.it/webradio.
Weblinks: www.facebook.com/angelica.rylin / www.frontiers.it.

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ROYAL HUNT'S TO RELEASE THEIR SYMPHONIC MASTERPIECE "A LIFE TO DIE FOR" ON FRONTIERS:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release on Royal Hunt's brand new studio album A Life to Die For on November 29 in Europe and December 3 in North America.
A Life to Die For - Royal Hunt's 12th studio release - is a concept album not in the lyrical sense but musically, which sees the band expand their musical boundaries and bring their symphonic and grandiose musical element to the max employing a large number of classical/orchestra players in the studio as well as a large choir!
Once again the US singer DC Cooper sees his trademark vocals shine throughout the songs penned by keyboard maestro Andre Andersen. The song writing and performances are absolutely top notch and this is Royal Hunt at their Symphonic best ! In short "A Life to Die For" is another trademark release from Royal Hunt and truly an essential addition to any fan of Progressive Metal.

Andre Andersen said: "This album is all that any fan of this kind of music might dream about: strong songs with huge choruses, infectious riffs, technical yet memorable instrumental parts, stellar production this time mighty reinforced by classical instruments and – of course - instantly recognizable style."
"A Life to Die For" will be released in a lavish digipak edition including an exclusive bonus DVD shot during the band's last tour.

The album tracklisting includes: Hell Comes Down From Heaven; A Bullet's Tale; Running Out of Tears; One Minute Left to Live; Sign of Yesterday; Won't Trust, Won't Fear, Won't Beg; A Life to Die For.

Follow the band in the studio via the links below: Studio diary #1: youtu.be/iM6GZfHKDJo / Studio diary #2: youtu.be/svEygcKHDDI.

Royal Hunt: Andre Andersen - Keyboards; DC Cooper – Lead Vocals; Allan Sorensen – Drums; Andreas Passmark – Bass Guitar; Jonas Larsen – Lead Guitars. Produced and mixed by Andre Andersen.
Guest musicians: Kenny Lubcke, Alexandra Popova – backing vocals; Jacob Kjęr – guitar solo on "Running Out of Tears"; Soma Allpass, Christina Lund, Patricia Skovgaard, Christina Larsen - strings; Erik Rosenqvist, Mads Kofoed - brass/woodwinds; CV Company – choir.

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SAMMY HAGAR SCORES HIS 11TH TOP 25 ALBUM WITH "SAMMY HAGAR & FRIENDS":
The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar scored the 11th Billboard Top 25 album of his career this week when his new album Sammy Hagar & Friends debuted at #23 on the US Billboard 200. The album marks the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's highest charting solo album in 18 years, since 1997's Marching To Mars. The album also scored the #7 Rock Album and #5 Independent Album release for Frontiers Records this week.
Sammy Hagar & Friends is Hagar's first ever collaborations album, featuring many of his legendary friends and band mates past and present including Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson, Neal Schon, Mickey Hart, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, Taj Mahal, Bill Church, Denny Carmassi, The Wabos and more. In the 40 years since his debut album Montrose was released, Hagar's charted 25 albums in Billboard's Top 200 and amassed 25 Platinum albums as a solo artist and member of seminal bands including Montrose, Van Halen and, most recently, the supergroup Chickenfoot.
The album also landed at the 48th place of the Canadian Top 200 Album charts and sales results in the European countries are expected for next week.

"Servicing such an Artist as Sammy Hagar is not only an honor, but a true pleasure," said Serafino Perugino, of President Frontiers Records. "The team work we put together in this album was rewarded by the fans, which can enjoy a true musical celebration from one of the real Rock giants, enjoy!"
For Hagar, the party's just starting… Next week, he's heading to Cabo to celebrate his 66th birthday during his annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash taking place October 7-13 at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Following Cabo, Sammy's heading back on tour - bringing his critically-heralded "Four Decades of Rock" tour to Shawnee, OK on 10/19; Red Bank, New Jersey on 10/22; Port Chester, NY on 10/23 and Bethlehem, PA on 10/26. Fans not in Cabo will have reason to celebrate on October 27 when AXS TV airs Hagar's Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash TV special. Sammy will wrap the east coast leg of his tour with a visit to The Howard Stern Show at Sirius XM on 10/28.
Visit RedRocker.com for more information.


Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Sammy Hagar, has lined up a series of special events to celebrate the release of his highly-anticipated first ever rock collaborations album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, out September 24 via Frontiers Records, and he's inviting all of his Redhead fans to join the party. Sammy Hagar & Friends marks the Red Rocker's first solo release in more than five years.
Sammy Hagar & Friends release week kicked off, September 23, with the premiere of Sammy's island-inspired new song, "All We Need Is an Island" on USA Today at: usat.ly/1faxC8t. The song features two of Hagar's legendary pals, Nancy Wilson of Heart on background vocals and Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead on drums. Said Hagar, ""All We Need Is An Island" is a love song, so I thought of Nancy Wilson who I've known forever, and she killed it and then I called Mickey Hart, and he added a cool groove, makin' it one of my favorite tracks on the new album."

Sammy's given AXS TV an all-access VIP pass to his Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash taking place October 7-13 at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Set to air October 27, the TV special will transport fans into the Red Rocker's legendary celebration and include performances by Sammy and the Wabos and special guests on his 66th birthday. Visit www.redrocker.com and axs.tv for updates.
Following his Birthday Bash in Cabo, Sammy's heading back on tour – bringing his critically-heralded "Four Decades of Rock" tour to Shawnee, OK on 10/19, Red Bank, New Jersey on 10/22, Port Chester, NY on 10/23, Lowell, MA on 10/25 and Bethlehem, PA on 10/26. While on the east coast, Sammy will also swing by The Howard Stern Show at Sirius XM for an interview on 10/28. Visit www.redrocker.com for tour dates and ticketing information.

Sammy Hagar & Friends is Hagar's first ever collaborations album, comprised of an array of his friends and band mates past and present: Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson, Mickey Hart, Neal Schon, Chad Smith, Taj Mahal, Bill Church, Denny Carmassi and The Wabos. Each special guest brings something unique to the party, featuring a collection of unexpected original tracks and inspired covers. Fans can order the Deluxe and Standard versions of "Sammy Hagar and Friends" beginning today via www.sammyandfriends.com; iTunes: smarturl.it/ixkqlp; Amazon.com (Standard): amzn.to/16e1mJ1 and Amazon.com (Deluxe): amzn.to/16e1pVf.
In addition to the 10-track Standard Edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a Deluxe Edition of Sammy Hagar and Friends, packaged in a high-gloss Digipak. The Deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, "Space Station #5," featuring the reunion of the original first Montrose album lineup with very special guest, Joe Satriani. In addition, the Deluxe Edition includes a 1-hour DVD that includes a "Making of" album documentary, the music video for "Knockdown Dragout," and other exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
WebLinks: www.redrocker.com / www.facebook.com/sammyhagar / www.sammysbeachbarrum.com.

NEW STRYPER TRACK "LEGACY" HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON NOISECREEP:
Stryper fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the audio track "Legacy" on Noisecreep today. The track is taken from their forthcoming studio album No More Hell To Pay; No More Hell To Pay will be released on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records and will be available in two formats – standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by frontman/guitarist Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of Stryper's strongest and heaviest material ever. To pre-order a digital copy of No More Hell To Pay, click here; all iTunes pre-orders include an instant download of the album's title track. Physical copies of the album are available for pre-order via Amazon.com – the standard CD can be pre-ordered here, while the deluxe digipack version may be pre-ordered here.

In other Stryper news, the band will play a very special show in Los Angeles at the Whisky A Go Go on Saturday, November 16; the evening will be recorded for an upcoming live CD/DVD package to be released in 2014. The set will feature new material from No More Hell To Pay as well as classic hits. To purchase tickets, click here.

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil, In God We Trust and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously.
For more information, please visit: www.stryper.com / www.frontiers.it.


NEW YOUTUBE VIDEOS TO CHECK OUT:
The Poodles "Shut Up!" (Official Videoclip) - New official video from The Poodles - Shut Up! Song taken from the album "Tour De Force" Available now!


Place Vendome "Power of Music" Official Lyric Video: Place Vendome "Power of Music" is taken from the forthcoming album "Thunder in the Distance" - Out on November 1st in Europe and November 5th in North America.


ESCAPE MUSIC ANNOUNCE CD RELEASE OF KICK ALBUM:
Escape Music is pleased to announce the physical release of Kick Memoirs on November 16.
Track Listing: 1. Doesn't Take Much 2. Thrill Seeking Junkie 3. Radio 4. Come Back 5. Urban Refugee 6. Round & Round 7. Words Of Advice 8. Highway To The Sun 9. The Futures Ours 10. Never Lost That Feeling 11. Nothing More To Say 12. Fallen Angel (Bonus Track 1996) 13. The End Of Time (Bonus track from Light Of Day' 2006).

Kick from the United Kingdom have released their brand new explosive album, 'Memoirs'. In 2010, Mikey Jones set about creating another solo album. It was clear that Nick Workman was busy finding success with Vega and so a decision was made to release this album under the Kick banner with Mikey on lead vocals. The songs were crafted at Mikey's home studio and remastered by Chris. Outstanding tracks include, 'Memoirs, 'Radio' and 'Urban Refugee.'

Here we have 11 songs (+ bonus), all of which were written and produced by principle songwriter, Mikey Jones. The songs are true to the tradition of Kick and each carries the hallmark of British the power-melody combination. Mikey told us, "This is an interesting bunch of songs - I worked harder on the sound and I'm happy that they are out there for public consumption. Check out Thrill Seeking Junkie, and Urban Refugee for starters - this album truly rocks!" 
Kick's last album, 'New Horizon' was released in 2004 and their tours with Thunder and Magnum brought them much acclaim as a live band. Mikey's first solo album, 'The Light Of Day', released in 2006, has been re-mixed and mastered too. Mikey told us, 'I got great reviews for that album, but the main criticism was that the vocals were too low in the mix - all rectified now!'
Mikey and his brother, Chris, Kick and various other projects they have worked on during the past two decades are also up for grabs on iTunes - a veritable body of work that features all of the XL tracks from the 1992 sessions, Freefall, WildKard and even the original demos of the Kick albums, including acoustic sets.
Kick 'Memoirs' - get it now!!!

Introduction: Chris and Mikey Jones are brothers and have played together in various incarnations since the early 80s, when they were still at school. Chris took up lead guitar and Mikey the bass and vocals. Mikey was the predominant songwriter, but Chris has written some great tunes too, which are also featured here.
If you're into melodic, memorable 80s hard rock with a modern twist, then you have ended up at the right place. Influenced by early Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Dokken and similar 80s bands, and more recently by Foo Fighters and Feeder, the Jones boys developed a new sound and no longer considered derivative. The following are the albums which were recorded since 1992.



Friday, September 20, 2013

MAXX EXPLOSION VIDEO DEBUT:
News from Kivel Records: "So there has been a bunch of chit chat as of late with new releases, shows surprise performances etc. So how about we tie all of this together. How you ask? How about this.....Below is a link to view the new single/Video for Maxx Explosion "Devil's Locomotive". What makes this better is, the bands new album "Forever" (Kivel Records) is now in stock and ready to ship to all customers. So head on over to www.kivelrecords.com and get aboard the Devil's Locomotive with Maxx Explosion.


JIMMY MARTIN RETURNS AT LAST:
Jimmy Martin (of Kids Of The Rocking Nation fame) releases his new album Wild At Heart on September 27 - included on the album is his cover of the Rick Springfield hit Love Somebody (featuring guest Rick) and Robin Beck also.
Track List: Live Your Dream, Break Free, Love Don't Live Here Anymore, I Wish You Here Tonight (Duet With Robin Beck), Born To Run, Love Somebody (Feat. Rick Springfield), Different, Love Is The Answer, When Your Smile Fades Away, Life Without Love, My Sharona, Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Video).
AudioBytes: jimmymartin.believeband.com. More info: www.jimmymartin.com.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Focus On Metal weekly radio show features on their new episode a discussion with producer Beau Hill. Discussions include his work with Ratt, Winger, Warrant, Unruly Child, Europe and others. Download at: www.focusonmetal.net.

The Decibel Geek Podcast has released a review of Four, the return of Canadian rockers Coney Hatch. The seeds of a reunion were planted while Carl Dixon was in an induced coma down in Australia and now they are back and swinging on the Monkey Bars with this amazing new record, soon to be released. Direct link to the review: dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2013/09/blown-away-by-four-coney-hatch.html.

DARK TRANQUILITY DOWN UNDER:
Sweden's metal wonders Dark Tranquility are returning to tour Australia for the first time since 2006. They will be here performing tracks off their very recent brilliant and thought provoking release 'Construct', more importantly, they will be performing all their fan favourite tracks across their discography.
Tuesday 25th March ­ Capitol, Perth (18+) W/ Orpheus Omega
Thursday 27th March ­ Billboard The Venue, Melbourne (18+) (Early Doors: 6.15pm, DT Onstage 8pm) W/ Orpheus Omega
Friday 28th March ­ The Hifi, Brisbane (18+) W/ Be'lakor + Orpheus Omega Saturday 29th March ­ The Hifi, Sydney (All Ages) W/ Be'lakor + Orpheus Omega
Show Tickets & VIP Meet & Greet Fan Packs + Passes On Sale Monday 16th September.
Early bird via www.metalmassacre.com.au & Ticketing outlets from Monday 8th October.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with a very special collection of songs to spark your memory banks - every single song that appeared on the USA Rock Top 40 chart in 1987! That's 271 songs in 3 Zip files. Thanks to Kurt for that one - more to come.
Also added are 2 Feature Albums:
- Ballard - Standing In the Shadows (1989)
- Phil & the Noise - Foolin' Around (1991)
MRX Membership Details.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

NEW REVIEWS ONLINE:
Four new Reviews added to the site - Little River Band, Find Me, Arc Angel and ColdSpell. LOTS more to come...but will have to wait until MRF3 is over. Read New Reviews.

SIGNUM REGIS: "EXODUS" DETAILS REVEALED:
The third Signum Regis album entitled Exodus will be released on November 15th in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Ulterium Records.
"Exodus" feat. guest vocals by Lance King [ex. Pyramaze, Balance of Power], Michael Vescera [Obsession, Animetal USA], Matt Smith [Theocracy], Dao­sa Munhoz [Vandroya, Soulspell], Eli Prinsen [Sacred Warrior, The Sacrificed], Samuel Nyman [Manimal], Thomas L. Winkler [Gloryhammer, Emerald], Goran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum] and Mayo Petranin [Castaway]. The album was mastered by Tommy Hansen [Helloween, Jorn, Circus Maximus] and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire].
"Exodus" is a historical concept album about the Israelites who were enslaved in ancient Egypt.
Check out an album teaser at YouTube: youtu.be/99bIAAvAhPg.

"Exodus" track listing: 01 - On The Nile 02 - Enslaved 03 - The Promised Land 04 - Let Us Go! 05 - Wrath Of Pharaoh 06 - The Ten Plagues 07 - Last Days In Egypt 08 - Exodus 09 - Song Of Deliverance 10 - Sole Survivor 11 – Mountain of God [CD bonus track]
"Exodus" can be ppre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store at: www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.
For more information: www.signum-regis.com / www.facebook.com/signum.regis / www.ulterium-records.com.

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CORNERSTONE: CHARITY-SINGLE RELEASE IN NOTTINGHAM (UK) :
Now, the time has come: Cornerstone will finally release their new Single on 09/20. The Launch Party will take place in the Social Club of the City Hospital in Nottingham. All the proceeds of the Single will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Fund, which is building a new unit in the Nottingham City Hospital for the research and treatment of this immunodeficiency illness at the moment, and is also for the benefit of the ROOM FOR BREATH-campaign. By the way, the song is a cover version of an Eighties Synthesizer-Hit called "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat (Jimmy Sumerville) - to hear this in the rocking style of Cornerstone might be quite exciting. Special Guests at the Single-Launch Party are the Giles River Band (UK), X- factor participant Jaymac (UK) and the former Songcontest participants and party legends Black Lace (UK). The event will be featured by the Nottingham Post (around 1,2 million readers per day), GEM 106 RADIO and a couple of other local press partners. Tickets for this event are still available!
WebLink: www.cornerstone.co.at.


BAND OF THE MONTH?:
Interested in a little competition? Why not see if your band has what it takes to be November's BAND OF THE MONTH. We're taking entries until September 24th, so hurry up and get over to: fbrr2010.com/beta/band-of-the-month/ and enter your band today!



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NIGHTWISH: DETAILS OF NEW LIVE DVD 'SHOWTIME, STORYTIME' REVEALED:
Finish Symphonic Metal legends Nightwish have revealed the cover artwork and more details of their upcoming new live DVD. Showtime, Storytime contains the entire Nightwish headliner show, played at this years' legendary Wacken Open Air – the world's biggest heavy metal festival. The live show in the front of 85 000 screaming metalheads was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total duration of 85 minutes.
The second disc consists of 120-minute tour documentary 'Please Learn The Setlist in 48 Hours' – also directed by Ville Lipiäinen - with no short of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute Nightwish Table Hockey Tournament, filmed on tour. On top of this there are two music clips: 'I Want My Tears Back' (Live at Hartwall Arena) and 'Ghost Love Score' (Live in Buenos Aires).
The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of the band's `Imaginaerum World Tour´ 2013, which saw the Norsemen and their Dutch amazon Floor Jansen (Revamp) playing of 104 concerts in 34 different countries with total audience of over 1,5 million fans around the globe. Mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen states: "Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in Nightwish on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film! "

The setlist reads as follows (DVD1): 01. Dark Chest Of Wonders 02. Wish I Had An Angel 03. She Is My Sin 04. Ghost River 05. Ever Dream 06. Storytime 07. I Want My Tears Back 08. Nemo 09. Last Of The Wilds 10. Bless The Child 11. Romanticide 12. Amaranth 13. Ghost Love Score 14. Song Of Myself 15. Last Ride Of The Day 16. Outro (Imaginaerum).
'Showtime, Storytime' will be released on November 29th as a "Ltd. 2Blu-ray + 2CD DIGI", "Ltd. 2DVD + 2CD DIGI", "Ltd. 2CD DIGI", "2LP (coloured) in gatefold''


NEW FIREWORKS ISSUE - PRESS RELEASE:
Every time you think we can't do any more for you at Fireworks, we come up with something else. We went from 56 pages of mostly black and white to 96 pages of full colour.
We added cover CDs with great free music on them. We built this amazing website called Rocktopia where you can get up to date news, search reviews from previous issues and watch full performances from Firefest. What else could we do?
How about putting out another stunning full colour 96 page issue, complete with FREE CD… containing more than FIFTY songs? That's right, FIFTY. Five-Oh. Pop the CD in your PC or Mac and iTunes will jump with delight at the mp3's it will discover on there.
Some names will be instantly recognisable, like Robin Beck and Reckless Love. For the bands that might well be new to you, the CD also contains a FREE sixteen page PDF telling you everything you need to know about the artists on the disk. We haven't put the price up, it's the same as always. We've not scrimped on the content of the magazine either.
Legendary Red Rocker Sammy Hagar is in there, talking about his star studded new collaborations album. Supergroup, power trio, call them what you will, but the Winery Dogs are in there too. We take a look back at Black Sabbath during their comeback period with their second longest serving vocalist Tony Martin. Jon Oliva talks solo work and Trans Siberian Orchestra, while Michael Monroe waxes lyricals about his new solo album. The lovely Tarja is in stunning form, and that's before we've even mentioned Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, The Quireboys, Newman, John Elefante, Heaven And Earth, Edenbridge… 32 interviews in total!
You can get a taster of them at Rocktopia.
As well as the usual mass of albums reviewed (over 100 new releases reviewed, along with reissues, DVDs and books) we have festival reports and live reviews.
Fireworks #59 - easily the best value issue we've ever put out.
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THE MOODY BLUES ANNOUNCE FINAL LINE-UP FOR THEIR SECOND FAN CRUISE:
One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Moody Blues, have announced the final line-up for their second fan cruise experience--The Moody Blues Cruise II--departing from Miami, FL. on April 2, 2014 for five days and nights, visiting tropical ports including Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos and Nassau, Bahamas on the spectacular cruise ship, MSC Divina. This year's cruise theme is Return To The Isle of Wight, based on 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, considered to be one of the greatest rock festivals in history and which featured an unforgettable set by The Moody Blues. The band is very pleased to announce that they will be reunited on the same bill--for first time since Isle of Wight--with lead singer, rock icon and friend Roger Daltrey of The Who.
Daltrey will be performing select material of The Who plus some of his own favorites. With him will be his touring band--featuring Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Devours (drums), Jamie Hunting (bass), Loren Gold (keyboard) and Simon Townshend (guitar)--in this rare North American appearance. The Moody Blues have also announced the addition of Isle of Wight Festival alums Carl Palmer of ELP, Lighthouse and Shawn Phillips, in addition to several notable artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s including The Zombies, The Orchestra starring ELO, Starship and Little River Band.
Other classic rock performers confirmed include: Strawbs, Joe Williams of TOTO, Glass Hammer, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins, Jimi Hendrix Tribute featuring Randy Hansen, Eagles Tribute featuring Danny Vaughn, The Prog Rock Orchestra, Heavy Mellow and Mellow Yellow, who will treat fans to special performances at multiple venues aboard the MSC Divina.
Fans will have access to private concerts, Q&A sessions, Karaoke Bar, special events and activities, while interacting with musical guests that influenced the music of the 70s and beyond. This is not just a "concert cruise." It is a fan experience celebrating the years of incredible music since The Moody Blues' legendary set at Isle of Wight Festival. The Moody Blues Cruise II provides a playground for the serious fan where music and luxury cruising hook up for a vacation of a lifetime. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be available at www.MoodiesCruise.com.

TOP 5 BON SCOTT ERA AC/DC SONGS EPISODE NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD/STREAMING:
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released Episode 102 – Top 5 Bon Scott Era AC/DC Songs for downloading/streaming. Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott, born in Scotland in 1946, moved to Western Australia at the age of 10 and spent the coming years as a "problem child;" having numerous run-ins with the law. Showing an aptitude for music and lyric writing, Scott's fortunes would change for the better when a former band mate introduced him to the members of AC/DC in 1974. The next six years would provide a meteoric rise for Scott and company as AC/DC built a legendary reputation first in Australia, with the debut of High Voltage in 1975, and then on to superstardom by the time of 1979's Highway to Hell.
This week on the Decibel Geek Podcast, hosts Aaron and Chris share the story of Bon Scott and spin some of their favorite early-era AC/DC tracks. Numerous facts about the six Bon Scott era albums are shared along with some anecdotes from the band's early years. It's an audio tribute to a rising rock star that was gone too soon.
The Decibel Geek Podcast was launched in June of 2011 by Chris Czynszak, a former rock journalist and webmaster. With co-host Aaron Camaro, the Decibel Geek Podcast has built a solid reputation for high quality audio, entertaining and humorous conversation, and exposure to songs you aren't getting through corporate rock radio. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, as well as the official Decibel Geek Podcast website at www.decibelgeek.com.

CONGRATULATIONS STEVE PRICE!!:
ARfm and Chilton Broadcast are pleased to congratulate Steve Price on hosting 30 years of rock radio shows.
Back in 1983 Steve joined an Essex based FM station as an assistant and, following the "on the spot" dismissal of another presenter, found himself thrown into the hot seat with instructions to finish the show. Describing that as "the worst hour of my life" it was obviously good enough for the management as he found himself with a regular spot from that moment on.
Within 2 years Steve had established himself as one of the UK's top presenters, making the Kerrang! Readers' Poll Top 10 on a number of occasions in the esteemed company of the likes of (the late great) Tommy Vance and Alan Freeman, and hosting shows worldwide (including some top USA stations).
In 2004, when Chilton Broadcast decided to set up ARfm, Steve was a natural choice when it came to finding the right person with the right pedigree to run the station and in just 6 weeks he put together at top team of presenters and producers from which ARfm has not looked back.
Steve Price will be hosting a special retrospective on Sunday 15 September 2013 at 6pm. Listen in at www.arfm.co.uk.

U2 RATTLE AND HUM REFLECTIONS BY BONO, EDGE, ADAM & LARRY INTHESTUDIO:
Dallas, TX - September 17, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands goes Hollywood this week with U2 on the 25th anniversary of their concert film and soundtrack Rattle And Hum. Having dazzled critics and fans alike with the release of their 1987 Grammy Award winning 'Album of the Year' The Joshua Tree, the band's career was at an all-time high. U2 found out first hand the slippery slope this kind of success brings with the release of Rattle And Hum. As big gets bigger, a naive attempt to capture the band's concert on film quickly morphed into a Hollywood thing. Rattle And Hum the film would find U2 under fire with some critics, while the soundtrack would contain some fan favorites including two #1 rock tracks "Angel Of Harlem" and "Desire". Singer and lyricist Bono openly admits that the band signed up for all of it, and goes on to tell InTheStudio host Redbeard the band's motivation.
"We are always going to be that band that over-reaches and wants all of these things, and we will take the hit for it, and it doesn't matter. But that is the reason we make music. We want it to count. We want to make a difference."
U2 'Rattle And Hum'/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/u2-rattle-hum-25th-anniversary-bonothe-edge-adam-clayton/


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MICKEY JONES RESURRECTS UK ROCK BAND KICK:
Gem Music in association with Escape Music Limited are proud to announce the release of the 4th Kick album to be titled Memoirs on September 20. Memoirs is available now exclusively on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/album/memoirs/id662893281.
Track Listing: 1. Doesn't Take Much 2. Thrill Seeking Junkie 3. Radio 4. Come Back 5. Urban Refugee 6. Round & Round 7. Words Of Advice 8. Highway To The Sun 9. The Futures Ours 10. Never Lost That Feeling 11. Nothing More To Say 12. The Miracle (Bonus Track) 13. Devoted (Bonus Track) 14. From This Day On (Bonus Track).

Kick from the United Kingdom have released their brand new explosive album, 'Memoirs' on iTunes. In 2010, Mikey Jones set about creating another solo album. It was clear that Nick Workman was busy finding success with Vega and so a decision was made to release this album under the Kick banner with Mikey on lead vocals. The songs were crafted at Mikey's home studio and remastered by Chris. Outstanding tracks include, 'Memoirs, 'Radio' and 'Urban Refugee.'

Here we have 11 songs (+3 bonus), all of which were written and produced by principle songwriter, Mikey Jones. The songs are true to the tradition of Kick and each carries the hallmark of British the power-melody combination. Mikey told us, 'This is an interesting bunch of songs - I worked harder on the sound and I'm happy that they are out there for public consumption. Check out Thrill Seeking Junkie, and Urban Refugee for starters - this album truly rocks! 
Kick's last album, 'New Horizon' was released in 2004 and their tours with Thunder and Magnum brought them much acclaim as a live band. Mikey's first solo album, 'The Light Of Day', released in 2006, has been re-mixed and mastered too. Mikey told us, 'I got great reviews for that album, but the main criticism was that the vocals were too low in the mix - all rectified now!'
Mikey and his brother, Chris, Kick and various other projects they have worked on during the past two decades are also up for grabs on iTunes - a veritable body of work that features all of the XL tracks from the 1992 sessions, Freefall, WildKard and even the original demos of the Kick albums, including acoustic sets.
Kick 'Memoirs' - get it now!!!

Introduction: Chris and Mikey Jones are brothers and have played together in various incarnations since the early 80s, when they were still at school. Chris took up lead guitar and Mikey the bass and vocals. Mikey was the predominant songwriter, but Chris has written some great tunes too, which are also featured here.
If you're into melodic, memorable 80s hard rock with a modern twist, then you have ended up at the right place. Influenced by early Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Dokken and similar 80s bands, and more recently by Foo Fighters and Feeder, the Jones boys developed a new sound and no longer considered derivative. The following are the albums which were recorded since 1992.

XL (1992-93) - Catalogue No: GEM2013011 : Brothers, Chris and Mikey Jones went to the USA in an attempt to get a record deal with this Def Leppard 1980s rock sound. It was well-received, but the tide was changing and the grunge era was emerging fast. However, the 6-track EP, 'Rock All Over You' developed cult status and eventually sold on eBay for over £100.00 per CD.  But this is the collection, released in its entirety for the first time here on iTunes. 
Freefall 'Rebel Hard' (1996) - Catalogue No: GEM2013012 : The Jones Boys needed a new and modern sound, and this was the result, 'Rebel Hard' and their Freefall project. The album was shipped into Japan and to further great reviews, heralding tracks such as 'Breathless' and 'Keep The Fire Burning.'  
Kick 'Consider This....Demos' (1997-98) - Catalogue No: GEM2013013 : This album was the first time that Nick Workman (Eden, Vega) came to the fore, with his vast range and vocal ability. It was released by Sanctuary PLC on Iron Maiden's, Steve Harris' Beast Records in 1999. But these were the original demos that helped attract the attention of the record company with 'Streets Of Shame' which appeared on a magazine compilation picked up by Sanctuary's A&R man.
Kick 'Consider This…' (1999) - Catalogue No: GEM2013014 : This remixed version was released by Beast Records and took KICK to a new level. They played tours with Hard Rain, Magnum and Thunder, and took a trip to Germany to support Bonfire. 'Blue' was released in video format to Japan, but can be found on YouTube.com. The songs are extremely melodic and instant. It has a bright, powerful sound, which will grab your attention immediately. Olli Cunningham (keyboards) and Adam Schunker (drums) joined the band in 1998.
Kick 'Sweet Lick Of Fire' (Demos 1999) - Catalogue No: GEM2013015 : Kick looked for a darker. moodier sound on this album. 'Kaleidoscopic Eyes,' 'Behind Closed Doors' and 'Time' were the pick of a great bunch of songs. The tracks here were demo'd between tours in 1999 and the following year they were recorded at Surrey Sound with producer, Andy Reilly. Benjy Reid III replaced Adam Schunker in the line-up.
Kick 'Sweet Lick of Fire' (2001) - Catalogue No: GEM2013016 : This is the finished album and showed the direction and promise which should have launched Kick into the big time. However, the band was affected heavily by disruptions in the business side of things, and they parted company with Sanctuary records, but you cannot disregard the quality of these songs and their execution. 
Wildkard (2007) - Catalogue No: GEM2013017: This album was written by Chris Jones and Nick Workman, and featured Mikey Jones on bass. It was actually recorded in 1997 but remixed 10 years later, so it is pre-Kick. The songs are anthemic, and suited Nick Workman's vocals well. Nicks' recent work with Vega is of a similar nature - just great AOR! 
Kick 'New Horizon' (1994) - Catalogue No: GEM2013018 : Nick, Chris and Mikey stayed together and came up with this follow-up after all the distractions. There are some huge moments on this album, with songs such as 'Electric Storm,' 'New Horizon' and the epic, 'Watch Me Fly'.
Mikey Jones 'The Light Of Day' (2006) - Catalogue No: GEM2013019 : This was Mikey's first solo album and achieved 85/100 at melodicrock.com. It was released on CD, but this version was remixed. The lead vocals are a lot clearer than the original version, which was the main criticism. Mikey was invited onto Malcolm Dome's Totalrock radio show and he championed the album, which also achieved cult status. The album has an array of differing styles, but never veers far from the strong melodies which are indicative of Mikey's songwriting.
Kick 'Memoirs' (2013) - Catalogue No: GEM2013020 : In 2010, Mikey set about creating another solo album. It was clear that Nick Workman was busy finding success with Vega and so a decision was made to release this album under the Kick banner with Mikey on lead vocals. The songs were crafted at Mikey's home studio and remastered by Chris. Outstanding tracks include, 'Memoirs, 'Radio' and 'Urban Refugee.'

Kick re-issued catalogue available on iTunes at: itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/kick/id3221929.


A FISHY UK TOUR:
Fish, the critically acclaimed progressive rock singer/songwriter, and former lead singer of Marillion, will embark on an extensive 13-date UK tour in May 2014. Billed as "The Moveable Feast Tour" the UK trek is named after his new album "A Feast Of Consequences", which is exclusively available for pre-order from the official Fish website: fishheadsclub.com. Tickets, priced £22.50, go on sale from Monday 16th September, and can be booked via www.thegigcartel.com, fishheadsclub.com, or the 24 Hour hotline: 0844 478 0898.
Fish will perform songs from the new album, as well as his solo album tracks, including early Marillion classics.

The Moveable Feast Uk Tour – May 2014
Sheffield City Hall (May 2)
Liverpool o2 Academy (May 3)
Durham Gala Theatre (May 4)
Wolverhampton Robin (May 6)
Norwich Waterfront (May 8)
London Islington Assembly Hall (May 9)
Cardiff Globe (May 10)
Bristol Fleece (May 11)
Brighton Concorde (May 13)
Exeter Phoenix (May 15)
Northampton Roadmender (May 16)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (May 17)
Glasgow o2 ABC (May 18)

THE "LOST UK JEWELS" COLLECTOR'S SERIES:
There was a time when UK AOR & Melodic Rock was a much revered genre that was loved by many and played by skilled musicians across the land. Some bands got to live the dream, getting their fifteen minutes of fame, whilst others never had the chance to let the world listen to their - often spectacular - sound.
The "Lost UK Jewels" Collector's Series will endeavour to bring you these "hidden treasures" via Limited Edition (500 copies pressed of each CD) Collector's Volumes. Under the supervision of Classic Rock AOR / Powerplay / AOR Underground journalist Rob Evans, bands like Strutz, Peroux, Graffiti, Geneva, Torino, Voyager UK, Tokyo and many more will deliver some of the strongest, never officially released material that the UK has ever seen. It'll make the average AORster openly weep, praying to the altar of all things melodic...
All the Volumes will be available in standard CD format, featuring re-mastered sound and full color booklets, including unseen pictures, memorabilia and magazine articles. Each release will come with extensive liner notes.

The first two Volumes will be available October 11, 2013 and they'll feature the following:

Vol.1: Strutz"Through The Ages" Containing all of the band's incredible material, starting with their never officially released album dating back to 1988 + their first 1985 single + some unreleased demos. "Their sound reflects the emergence of acts like FM and BON JOVI combined with fantastic keyboards and superb guitar-playing".
Vol.2: Peroux"Wheels Keep Turnin'" Containing their classic 4 track EP from 1988 + one unreleased track + their first demo. "Full of surging, stabbing keyboards, theirs was a sound that was built on the foundations laid by the likes of FM and Magnum".
Justice will finally be done. This is the hour of the underdog.
More info: info@metal-force.com / sales@adrenaline.it.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Mitch Malloy channels his inner Robert Plant: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skt8BIQEOQw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUlYaN_PnqCXQKzInUHFW-xg.

Oz Osukaru, Fredrik Werner and newfound bass player Fredrik Svensson, all three featured in the Swedish AOR / Melodic Rock band Osukaru, teams up with singer/songwriter Emelie "Aska" Blidmark to form the Country Rock band Aska. The debut single "Can't Stop You From Falling" will be released by the end of September and it will feature 3 songs.
"The idea of Aska goes all the way back to 2006 when me and my best friend Emelie started to jam some of her songs under a different name" Oz says. "But it didn't get serious until earlier this year when Emelie told me she wanted to put together a band and take her songs to the next level. So, I asked my boys in Osukaru (including drummer Ryan Coyle who's playing the drums on the single) to join and they gladly approved. Emelie is an amazing artist and since I grew up listening to country music, I didn't need to think twice before jumping onboard."
For more information on Aska, visit www.facebook.com/askaofficial.
A rough master of the title track can be heard here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9pLdFtEV-0.

Fatal Smile are confirmed to kick major ass at "Rockklassiker Live" at Göransson Arena, Sandviken, Sweden on December 14. Together with legendary Twisted Sister and Europe! For more info & tickets: www.radioplay.se/rockklassiker / www.fatalsmile.com.


ON SALE TOMORROW - NEW CLASSIC ROCK: AOR:
Cover Story: Heart - How AOR's barracudas held their own against industry sharks, ex-boyfriends and the 1980s. In-depth story spanning the years 1974-1985 and featuring exclusive all-new interviews with Ann and Nancy Wilson.
PLUS! FREE CD: Supersonic – 15 soaraway melodic rock songs with Sammy Hagar, Reckless Love, Houston, Robin Beck, Newman, Harem Scarem, Degreed, Screaming Eagles and more.

Key features in this issue:
Sammy Hagar – The Tequila man on Van Halen, Ronnie Montrose… and how he gets by with a little help from his (famous) friends.
The Babys – Over three decades after their split, The Babys are back, without original singer John Waite – but with his blessing.
Obscure UK AOR – They're the also-rans and coulda-beens of Britain's Adult Oriented Rock scene, the Top 30 great groups the world at large never heard about– until now. With Midnight Blue, Moritz, She, Torino, Monro, Geneva, Kooga, LaRoche, AOK, Arena and many more. Come meet your new favourite old bands…
Patty Smyth – The Scandal-ous story of how Patty made it big, how she almost joined Van Halen, and how she's coming back.
Robin Beck – With her new LP, Underneath, the girl from the Coke ad proves she's the real thing alright.
Reggie Knighton – The strange-but-true story of the AOR singer-songwriter who penned songs about Elvis, love and UFOs, before disappearing into the computer world.
Graham Bonnet – The veteran frontman talks Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz… and flashing his bits in West End restaurants.
Santa Cruz – The unfeasibly young Scandi-rockers grew up listening to Eminem and Limp Bizkit. But they're (more than) alright now.
Chasing Violets – French sisters are doing it for themselves – with a little help from Frédéric Slama of AOR (the band).
Steve Overland – "I've sung on some weird things, like Kit-E-Kat advertisements," purrs the FM man.
Lost Weekend – It's a long, twisting tale of record label frustrations, of cutting albums in less-than-ideal situations, of chasing a dream against all odds and with little in the way of tangible reward. But one listen to this band's finely honed AOR will prove it was all worth it…
Arc Angel – Thirty years on, Arc Angel have risen again. Jeff Cannata talks us through his journey from the proggy majesty of his Cannata project, back to Arc Angel's effortlessly melodic rock.
Live reviews – Sweden Rock, Steve Lukather, The Val, Vega, Steelhouse Festival, Bryan Adams, Heaven's Basement, Rick Springfield, Richie Kotzen…
Album reviews – New releases from Reckless Love, Newman, Robin Beck, Houston, Santa Cruz, King Kobra, Sammy Hagar, Michael Monroe; reissues from REO Speedwagon, Nick Gilder, Warrant, Derringer…
Order now via: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/music-bookazines/classic-rock-presents-aor-9-heart/


SHOWCASE UPDATED:
2 new CD Showcases online today for: Impera (Escape Music, October 18 release) and Oliver Hartmann - Out In The Cold re-issue (Avenue Of Allies, out now). Check them out.


Monday, September 16, 2013

MRCD11 / HOUSE OF SHAKIRA / FAITH CIRCUS NEWS:
MRCD11 has arrived at MR.com HQ today and will be shipped out later in the week for those that pre-order. Last day to pre-order is THIS WEDNESDAY. Orders after that point will not be shipped until after October 14.
This One Goes To Eleven looks fantastic and the songs are, as always, some of the best new and unreleased tunes the genre has to offer. In fact, check out this absolute gem from the awesome Degreed. This track is exclusively recorded for MRCD11!




The same pre-order conditions apply to the fantastic new House of Shakira album Pay To Play. Stock will arrive here late this week, just in time to be shipped out (I hope!!). Here is some feedback on the album from early reviews for the album:

"There is a call to action feeling of each track. Most of the songs are upbeat and fun, and that makes you want to bang your head and tap your foot. "Draw the Line" has very good riffs and such an anthem-like sound with the combination of the members singing the lyrics. "Dog Eat Dog" is another amazing track that makes you instantly want to sing along. The riff catches your attention, and then, the song continues to build to keep your appeal. The "hey, hey, hey, hey" within the lyrics keep the buoyant sound alive by making you want to thrust a fist into the air as you sing along. "Talk of the Town" starts out with a higher pitch of voices singing, and there is an initial riff that gets more and more intense as the song plays on. The voices lose the higher pitch and the attitude of the song sets in. It continues to give the album the attraction that has been expected by this expert band. Overall, each song does the album justice. There is not a song that doesn't disappoint the classic rock roots or the new sounds you hear today. There is something enjoyable on this album for everyone. The sound is right, the instruments provide the right amount of balance, and the lyrics are amusing and fit well in combination. This is definitely a recommended album." 8/10 ~ Jenn Carbaugh, Hard Rock Haven: hardrockhaven.net/online/2013/09/house-of-shakira-pay-to-play-cd-review/

"House of Shakira are part of the Melodic Rock scene since 1997. Their albums "Lint" and "III" were some of the best Scandinavian Melodic Rock albums released in the late 1990's. Due to some label- and line-up problems the band got out of step in the last years, but with the new album the band finally picks up some courage. "Pay To Play" can't keep up with the aforementioned albums, but with good songs like "Bending The Law", "Dog Eat Dog" or "Talk Of The Town" the band is back on track again! Give HOS a second chance and give "Pay To Play" a try… " ~ Marco Spath, AOR Heaven Newsletter.

"The recruitment of ex-Mind's Eye singer Andreas Novak has been an inspired move for these Swedes. Pay To Pay is the group's seventh album in total, their second with Novak. With songs that mock industry injustice, peer plagiarism and the usual relationship issues, it's a spirited, playful and irresistible romp." 8/10 ~ Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine.


Check out another great track from the album - Bending The Law! Pre-order here.


Lastly, the brand new Faith Circus CD will arrive with House Of Shakira, hopefully later this week. Turn Up The Band is a 2CD set, featuring a brand new remix of the band's debut album. Two fantastic slabs of melodic hard rock for the one price there. Here again, is a couple of early reviews:

Faith Circus describe their sound as a hybrid of Kiss, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and Journey. As comparisons go, those aren't too shabby. You'll hear lots of cool melodies, some really good hooks, plenty of six-string sizzle, pounding rhythms, and the mandatory inclusion of smooth, layered harmonies. The production is slick and polished—perhaps just a touch TOO polished—so if you're looking for grit, go buy some sandpaper. Faith Circus is all about melody, not metal. Not a criticism, merely an observation. Passion is an oft-ignored component in today's rock 'n' roll climate, but you can hear it loud and clear in the music of Faith Circus. The band loves what they are doing and are having loads of fun doing it and that permeates their songs for the listener to experience. When a band is obviously having this much fun, you just naturally want to go along for the ride. Which is easy to do, thanks to some instantly-catchy sing-along tracks. Faith Circus have experienced break ups, member changes, and the usual assortment of bad luck than can befall a band along the way. But rather than lay in the dust and moan like a kicked puppy, they have used the pressure to forge a fresh start. The band now calls MelodicRock Records home and Turn Up the Band should find its way into your home. Don't waver, don't hesitate – just have faith that you need this album." 8/10 ~ Mark Allen, Hard Rock Haven: hardrockhaven.net/online/2013/09/faith-circus-turn-up-the-band-cd-review/.

"Seven years have passed since the Faith Circus debut, now the band is finally back with album #2. One more time the band delivers a full does of Arena Hard Rock in the vein of Firehouse and Damn Yankees. Guitar-driven and stormy rockers like "Restless Heart", "Turn Up The Band" or "Born With The Power" catapult your right back to the 1980's when a ballad like "Tears You've Never Cried" would have been a sure hit! If you are still a friend of the 1980's Melodic Rock sound, then I highly recommend you to check out Faith Circus' new effort!" ~ Marco Spath, AOR Heaven Newsletter.

Here's the first PR track from the album to check out - the track Inside The Circus. Pre-order now here: www.melodicrock.com/mrr-preorders.html




HOUSE OF SHAKIRA SIGN TO BOOKING/MGMT COMPANY DOT MUSIC:
Booking and management company DOT Music in Sweden are proud to announce their co-operation with Melodic Rock / AOR masters House of Shakira.
In their own words: "House of Shakira are a hardworking band for many years and know exactly how to deliver a sparkling rock show! Journey, AC/DC, Kiss, Van Halen, Queen, Genesis, Eagles and Led Zeppelin are musical sources where they get their musical inspiration, but they have built their own platform. House Of Shakira have a sparkling rock show where frontman and vocalist Andreas Novak (Novak Ex Mind´s Eye, Solo) rock the houses in a marvelous way and he has the audience in his hands.
House of Shakira have a long history doing live shows and have done own tours and also touring together with big established names. Following countries have been visited so far Sweden, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain, but this time we want to see and meet more fans in different countries. Played twice at established Sweden Rock Festival 2001and 2005 where over 30,000 people attend to the festival.
The band have a great discography since the highly praised debut album "Lint" from 1997. They release their 7th studio album "Pay To Play" September 23, 2013 on Melodic Rock Records / Cargo Records.
Right now we are looking for tour dates for 2014 and we want to visit your festival / rock club. House of Shakira give your audience full value all the way!
Besides their own great material they know all the melodic rock classics so you never know what will happen during a House of Shakira show. All we know is that you will go way from a House Of Shakira show with a big smile and you ask for more! Looking forward to hear from you soon so we can find a good date together for House Of Shakira!
Enquiries and bookings to: christian@dotmusic.se. For more information about House of Shakira: www.houseofshakira.com / www.facebook.com/HouseofShakira.

EUROPE LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK CD/DVD DUE:
earMUSIC is excited to announce the UK release of Europe's "Live At Sweden Rock – 30th Anniversary Show" (2CD, DVD and Blu-ray) on Monday 21st October 2013. To celebrate the news, the band has premiered a stunning video clip of The Final Countdown – Live. Click HERE to see the video performance of this classic song in its entirety.
On 7th June 2013, Europe took the stage in their home country Sweden for a special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 fans at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival. Europe performed 28 songs, selecting their personal favourite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums including Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones; plus songs performed for the very first time.
Described as a greatest hits extravaganza, Europe's headline festival performance also displayed it's more soulful moments, especially when the band sat down to perform an emotional acoustic set. This segment of the concert gave the massive festival atmosphere an intimate club feeling before Europe returned to perform the hard rock anthems their fans have grown to love and cherish.
To pay tribute to some of their biggest rock heroes, Europe invited two very special guests to perform with them - Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) for an electrifying version of Jailbreak and Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO and Scorpions) for their tribute to UFO's classic Lights Out.
The set list is full of treasures and surprises. Europe were determined to celebrate and enjoy their long record of hit singles including Carrie, Rock The Night, Superstitious, Open Your Heart, Last Look At Eden, Prisoners in Paradise, New Love In Town and, of course, the ever-present and always electrifying iconic rock anthem The Final Countdown.
Clocking in over 2 hours, 40 minutes of footage, and filmed with state-of-the-art hi def cameras, the concert features behind-the-scenes material, plus an exclusive interview with the band, making "Live At Sweden Rock – 30th Anniversary Show" the definitive Europe live experience!

Track Listing: 1. Intro / Riches To Rags 2. Firebox 3. Not Supposed To Sing The Blues 4. Scream Of Anger 5. Superstitious 6. No Stone Unturned 7. New Love In Town 8. In The Future To Come 9. Paradize Bay 10. Girl From Lebanon 11. Prisoners In Paradise 12. Always The Pretenders 13. Drink And A Smile 14. Open Your Heart 15. Love Is Not The Enemy 16. Sign Of The Times 17. Start From The Dark 18. Wings Of Tomorrow 19. Carrie 20. Jailbreak (featuring Scott Gorham) 21. Seven Doors Hotel 22. Drum Solo 23. The Beast 24. Let The Good Times Rock 25. Lights Out (featuring Michael Schenker) 26. Rock The Night 27. Last Look At Eden 28. The Final Countdown.
DVD/Blu-ray - Bonus Features 1. Behind The Scenes Material.


AUSTRALIAN GUITAR HERO JOE MATERA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN NOVEMBER:
Following on from his critically acclaimed 2012 album, 'Creature Of Habit', Australian guitar hero, Joe Matera, releases a new set, 'Terra Firma', via W.A.R Productions, in Europe this November. The new album features nine new songs built from a tumultuous year for Joe, in which he has enjoyed tremendous international success with 'Creature Of Habit', the accompanying single, 'Fallen Angel' and his first European Tour in September, 2012 as well as having to face a double family tragedy. The roots of 'Terra Firma' stretch from this highly emotional period and the resultant song-writing display greater depth, maturity and emotive resonance than his previous work.
Joe – whose reputation is principally as a creator of guitar driven instrumentals – has also responded to calls from his fans to add more vocals in the wake of 'Fallen Angel' and two new songs on the collection, 'Shining Star' and 'Tell Me Why' feature his voice and new lyrical twists.
'Shining Star' will be the lead-off single and two versions of the song are found on the album. The 'single' version is a no-holds-barred full band rock attack that features a guest appearance from The Sweet's Pete Lincoln, on bass. In addition, there is a relaxed 'acoustic' version also featuring Lincoln alongside another of Joe's great friends, Smokie's Martin Bullard on keyboards. Joe will be heavily promoting the album in May 2014 during a 'European Terra Firma tour' which will include shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.
Official website: www.joematera.com.

CHICAGO RELEASE A NEW eSINGLE:
Chicago's newest single, America is now available to Chicago Premium Access subscribers at a member discount in the "Add-Ons" section. The download includes a choice of high-quality formats, artwork, lyrics, and extensive liner notes about the recording process and more from Lee Loughnane: "I know there are many people, from all political perspectives, that feel the way I do about the future of America. Perhaps in some way, the message found in this song will remind people to think about how much more we can all do, especially in what we demand from OUR government. America can and should be an even better place. We have a wonderful history of rising to seemingly insurmountable challenges. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must do the hard work to minimize such profound divisions within the fabric of our country. We must find new ways to work together to preserve this remarkable pursuit of happiness. To preserve a life of freedom for generations to come, we can't fail. I hope in some way the music found here conveys this universal feeling in a way words simply can't. I do know Chicago is proud to add its voice. We hope you all enjoy listening to "America" as much as we enjoyed recording it!"


HOUSE OF LORDS FEATURED ON CAFFINE BOMB RADIO:
Guitarist Jimi Bell and drummer BJ Zampa from House Of Lords will guest on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, September 16, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, also streaming at whus.org/listen-live and on your smartphone using the myUConn app. Caffeine Bomb is hosted by Roger Lotring, an author and freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the pages of Metal Hammer, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Prog, Revolver, Shock Wave, Zero and Burn magazines, and at ESPN.com and CMJ.com.
Roger is the co-author of "Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics". He is also the author of various CD liner notes, including the Motley Crue box set, "Music to Crash Your Car To, Volume 2."
91.7 WHUS is a commercial-free college and community-based radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CaffeineBomb.radio or WHUS.org.

NEH RECORDS AFFECTED BY COLORADO FLOODING:
Important Message from NEH Records from flood affected Colorado: "NEH Records LLC is located just north of Boulder, Colorado, USA in an area that was devastated by floods over the last few days. Although no structural damage or direct property losses occurred at NEH Records we are somewhat isolated at the moment as roads are impassable and no deliveries can come in or out. Electrical power, phones and internet access were cut off for a couple of days but all has been restored now. Some shipments that would normally have departed here Thursday, Sept 12 through today have not left our facility due to this natural disaster but we will be shipping all delayed orders on Monday, September 16 and our supply chain deliveries should be restored by then also. We apologize for the delay in service and we appreciate our customer's patience." ~ Mike McPherson / NEH Records LLC.

DOOLITTLE GROUP SINGS BENESSER:
Doolittle Group are proud to announce the new video Where Silence Prevails with the new Swedish Progressive Rock Band Benesser: www.youtube.com/watch?v=awFqA0F17Vw.
Their debut album "The Start Of Something New" will be available worldwide September 25. Benesser make way and develop new progressive rock with wonderful colors and sound in the same spirit as Muse, Rush, Radiohead, Rival Sons and Black Country Communion. Benesser is now available for bookings worldwide at DOT Music AB, Sweden. Please contact: info@dotmusic.se.
The Benesser Line-Up: Robert Olsson - Lead Vocals and bass; Henric Hermansson - Guitars; David Olsson - Drums.
For more info about the band. Please visit: www.facebook.com/benessermusic / www.benesser.se.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

MELODIC ROCK FEST UPDATE:
MRF3 final update and details will be posted tomorrow. Sorry folks...a few last minute details needed ironing out before the posting of the final and definite details. Stay tuned! Get tickets now at: www.melodicrockfest.com. Only 2 weeks to go!!

SLEEPING ROMANCE SIGNS WITH ULTERIUM RECORDS:
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance to the label. Their debut album "Enlighten" will be released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America. Fronted by the emotional vocals of Federica Lanna and the epic songwriting from guitar player Federico Truzzi, Sleeping Romance creates something really exciting together that should appeal to fans in the scene.
"Enlighten" was mastered by Roberto Priori [Los Angeles, Danger Zone, Vision Divine] and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth]. Check out an album teaser for "Enlighten" at YouTube: youtu.be/Ce8KtJa8iZo.

"Enlighten" track listing; 01. Hybrid Overture 02. Enlighten 03. The Promise Inside 04. Soul Reborn 05. Free Me 06. December Flower 07. Finding My Way 08. Passion Lost 09. Devil's Cave 10. Aeternum.
"Enlighten" can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store: www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.

Sleeping Romance will tour Europe together with Theocracy in November. These are the confirmed dates so far:
November 2nd: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, Netherlands
November 9th: Blast of Eternity - Neckarsulm, Germany
November 11th: Call for Eternity - Collosseum, Kosice, Slovakia
November 12th: Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic
November 13th: Club Hoodoo - Prague, Czech Republic
Sleeping Romance online: www.facebook.com/sleepingromanceofficial.

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PERSUADER SIGNS WITH INNER WOUND:
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Swedish power metal band Persuader to the label. Their up-coming album The Fiction Maze will be released late 2013/early 2014. Release dates, track listing and more will be announced during the coming months.
Persuader was formed in Umeå, Sweden 1997, and have since then released three albums: "The Hunter" [2000], "Evolution Purgatory" [2004] and "When Eden Burns" [2006], all highly acclaimed in the metal scene.
Persuader is: Jens Carlsson - Vocals; Fredrik Hedström - Bass; Emil Norberg - Guitars; Daniel Sundbom - Guitars; Efraim Juntunen - Drums.

Persuader about the new album: "So finally, we're back! A journey that began some five years ago has finally come to the end of the line and we're extremely proud to uncover the new Persuader album entitled "The Fiction Maze". A lot of hard work was put into creating the perfect mix of everything we've done so far, expanded on the Persuader sound while keeping the core that is the band; heavy riffing, strong melodies, pounding rhythms and soaring vocals. Combined with a crushing production courtesy of mixer extraordinaire Ronnie Björnström [Aeon, Apostasy, Bone Gnawer] this turned out to be quite a beast of an album, the true pinnacle of our career so far. The time has come, now join us through the fiction maze!"
Persuader online: www.facebook.com/pages/Persuader/50270729045.

WATCH DARE, LIVE THE GODS, 2000:
Before Firefest, there was The Gods, the inaugural AOR/Melodic Rock festival run by Now & Then Records and featuring many of the most well-loved AOR names ever to grace the stage. The debut Gods shows were in 1993 … that's exactly TWENTY years ago today, an special anniversary all of its own. As well as bringing you the best shows from Firefest over the past 10 festivals, Rocktopia will also be cherry-picking some of those momentous Gods performances. Of course, most of these weren't shot in digital format, but the quality is still good enough to deliver a loving memory of festivals long past. Our first Gods show isn't quite from as far back as that though, as we look to the year 2000 and the last Gods festival to be held at Maximes in Wigan. Alongside the likes of Two Fires and Ten, legendary UK AOR band Dare gave us a wonderfully evocative and emotive performance which is finally shown here for the first time. 2013 also sees the 25th anniversary of Dare's wonderful debut, 'Out of the Silence', so join Darren and the lads for another exciting Rocktopia exclusive…

Dare at the Gods is simply the latest example of great footage at Rocktopia. Sign up to watch shows from Firefest and The Gods exclusively on www.Rocktopia.net. Already there are full concert performances from W.E.T, Unruly Child, Robin Beck, House Of Lords, Gotthard and Danger Danger - a new show will be added EVERY WEEK! www.rocktopia.net.

SOMEBODY UP THERE RE-ISSUES MICHAEL DES BARRES:
Michael Des Barres'Somebody Up There Likes Me' due for re-issue of Yesterrock/Universal September 20.
Rising to prominence firstly in the 60s as a budding young TV and theatre actor before becoming the frontman with proto-Glam rock troupe Silverhead, Michael Des Barres, of course, subsequently formed the Led Zeppelin approved Detective before re-emerging as a solo artist in the 80s with a Mike Chapman produced album entitled 'I'm Only Human'. He then enjoyed stints with Chequered Past and The Power Station before making a complete 360 degree turn and returned to the world of acting by appearing in highly rated US TV shows such as 'MacGyver', 'Melrose Place' and 'Roseanne', having already made in-roads into TV work with roles in various episodes of 'Miami Vice', 'Hart To Hart', Cagney & Lacey' and 'St. Elsewhere' in the early 80s.
Originally released by MCA/Gold Mountain Records in 1986, 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' was a record made during a very happy period in Michael's life, the great man having the stability both financially and professionally to make the album he wanted to make. Produced and arranged by Bob Rose (Todd Rundgren, The Beach Boys), Des Barres was backed-up by an outstanding band including high profiled session drummer Jim Keltner, guitar players Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) and bass player Phil Chen (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart). Munich based re-issue specialist Yesterrock in co-operation with Universal Music Germany is now releasing this sought after release in a remastered version for the first time ever on CD.


NEW ALBUM REVIEWS & INTERVIEW LINKS FOR KINGS OF THE SUN RETURN:
Aussie rock legends Kings Of The Sun are back...again...sort of... The facts are that drummer Cliff Hoad has put together his new vision for the band - Clifford Hoad's Kings Of The Sun. The guys have found themselves a cool vocalist and have a brand new studio album out now - written entirely by Cliff in the tradition of the band's classic sound. Here is some recent press on the release:

Heavy Rock Heaven by Pete Wright - www.kingsofthesunband.com/images/news/Heavy_rock_heaven.pdf
Rock guru Neil Rogers from Melbourne Radio 3RRR FM stated on record that Clifford Hoad's Kings Of The Sun new album "Rock Til Ya Die" is the best hard rock album to come out of Australia in the last 25 years: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVnsSgVMBxU.
Rockbrat Review - Cliff has managed to pull it off – leaving egg on the face of any doubters. 'Rock Til You Die' is the new CD from Clifford Hoad's King Of The Sun' and it is as good as anything in the KOTS back catalogue: rockbrat.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/whats-the-rockbrat-listening-to-today-clifford-hoads-kings-of-the-sun-rock-till-ya-die-2013/
NI Rocks recommends "Rock Til Ya Die" by Kings Of The Sun - Clifford Hoad has done an excellent job taking over on lead vocals as well as retaining the drummer's seat. The band promised to deliver "high voltage Aussie rock" and that is exactly what they've done. The album has a real classic, gutsy, no-nonsense rock n roll vibe: www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/1291-ni-rocks-recommends-qrock-til-ya-dieq-by-kings-of-the-sun.html
SWITCHBLADE KNIFE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVnsSgVMBxU.


SEROSIA PUT NEW SPIN ON MELODIC HARD ROCK WITH 'VARIABLES':
Press Release / To some, "melody" used to be a bad word when discussing hard rock. But the emergence of the fast-rising Serosia proves this assumption to be a thing of the past, as their latest release, Variables, challenges the listener, delivering a hard rock punch with expert melodicism. Stand out tracks such as "Friendly Fire," "The Architect," and "Superposition," are evidence of Serosia's powerful yet eloquent style.
"The best way to describe our sound is expressive and meaningful," explains the group's singer, Lucas D'Agata. "We are not a love song band, nor do we care about how hard you can party or how many chicks you think you can score. Musically, we are aggressive yet delicate, with a strong sense of detail and vision."
In addition to D'Agata, Serosia is comprised of members Derek Troxell - guitars, Joseph Kuban - bass, and Anthony D'Agata - drums, and hail from Dallas, Texas. And as far as the band's uncommon name, D'Agata explains it as "We were looking to create a word, rather than use something already in existence. It seemed to fit the original and organic feel of the music better that way. After a bit of brainstorming, Derek concocted Serosia."
And the quartet succeeds in translating their far-reaching sound from the studio to the stage, as D'Agata promises "An actual show! Not just four dudes standing around playing meaningless repeated choruses, wearing all the newest fashion crazes. The end result/payoff of all of our efforts is the live show. We are intense and REAL. No choreographed stage moves, just us letting the music speak through our bodies. If there was a single word that could describe a Serosia show it would be, ENERGY."
Lastly, upcoming dates with Sevendust are sure to expand Serosia's fanbase even further. "We are honored for the opportunity to tour with not only such a well-established national act. Sevendust is a band that we all genuinely enjoy and admire," says the band. "For us, this tour is a stepping stone for Serosia to be exposed to a much broader audience and to display our vision of the future of rock music. We are looking forward to connecting with all the fans along the way."

Tour dates with Sevendust:
Wed/Sep-18 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Live
Thu/Sep-19 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Fri/Sep-20 Billings, MT Babcock Theatre
Mon/Sep-23 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
Tue/Sep-24 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Wed/Sep-25 Cheyenne, WY Atlas Theatre
Tue/Oct-01 Kokomo, IN Center Stage
Wed/Oct-02 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
Wed/Oct-09 Knoxville, TNClub NV
Thu/Oct-10 Wilmington, NC Ziggy's By The Sea
For more information, visit: www.serosiaband.com / www.facebook.com/serosiaband.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

FERGIE FREDERKSEN - "ANGEL DON'T CRY":
Fergie Frederiksen "Angel Don't Cry" is taken from the new album "Any Given Moment" - Out now!
Players on the album include: Fergie Frederiksen -- lead vocals; Alessandro Del Vecchio -- keyboards, background vocals; Nik Mazzucconi -- bass, fretless bass; Herman Furin -- drums; Robert Sall, Bruce Gaitsch, Walter Caliaro, Peter Friestedt, Alessio Berlaffa, Sven Larsson, David Coyle - Lead and rhythm guitars; Roberto Tiranti -- background vocals; Issa -- duet vocals on "Not Alone". Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio.


IT'S MY LIFE - A FICTIONAL MEMOIR:
This fictional rock 'n' roll memoir by acclaimed rock writer Neil Daniels tells the story of Johnny Cannon; an Alice Cooper tribute singer who used to front a band called The Druids, one of the most exciting and distinctive bands of the '80s hair metal era. They released two albums ('The Flight Of The Druids' and 'Kingdome Come') and toured the UK, Europe, America and Japan before calling it a day.
Vividly recalled and entertainingly written, this mock rock memoir is filled with hilarious anecdotes, candid diary entries and tales of unrelenting honesty. It is also a moving tribute to a bygone era. Hair metal was big business in the '80s until grunge exploded and it consequently became universally derided and hair metal bands became relics of the past. Many bands lost their record deals, folded or suffered constant line-up changes and were reduced to playing in tiny clubs or going back to the real world and working for someone else. They got real jobs. Johnny Cannon was there and he can tell you everything.
Johnny Cannon narrates the history of The Druids and the hair metal genre from the early '80s to 1991 when everything changed. 'It's My Life' is filled with stories of excess by a former '80s rock star turned tribute singer and is Britain's alternative to Mötley Crüe's hugely successful band autobiography The Dirt.
NEIL DANIELS has written about classic rock and heavy metal for a wide range of magazines, fanzines and websites. He is the author of numerous rock biographies, including titles on Journey, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Metallica and Iron Maiden. He has also written three previous Createspace titles (AOR Chronicles, Rock & Metal Chronicles and Hard Rock Rebels - Talking With Rock Stars).
Visit: neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com/createspace-books/

SERGEANT STEEL ON A MISSION:
Sergeant Steel - New album "Men On A Mission" - Artwork and tracklist now online. New Sergeant Steel record "Men On A Mission" will be released on Sept., 6th via Boyz Tyme Records! Austria's hard rock band no. 1 presents tracklist and artwork for the new album: 1. Gods Of Love 2. Mama Horny 3. Sweet 16 4. Don't Give It Up 5. Man On A Mission 6. Cry Out Your Heart, Baby! 7. Born To Lose (Live To Win) 8. Wannabe- Outlaw 9. Some Girls Are Ladies 10. Taker Of My Heart 11. Give Me A Call.
Mix and mastering for "Men On A Mission" are done by legendary top-producer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Janet Jackson, Skid Row, Dokken, Extreme, White Lion, Alice Cooper, Warrant, etc.).
The band also did a video for the first single "Cry Out Your Heart, Baby", which is featured on Youtube: youtu.be/-xslcxMgnW0



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ONE MORE FOR MELODIC ROCK FEST:
MelodicRockFest is set to squeeze in just one more band to the Friday night line-up for September 27 at H.O.M.E. Bar Chicago. MRF is pleased to add Ferreira to the mix of acts that will appear on the Friday night, including acoustic performances from Eric Martin, Kelly Keeling, Glen Burtnik and Robert Tepper. Gary Schutt and Bonrud are set to plug their guitars in as will Ferreira, who will deliver a set of new songs and old favourites.
Ferreira line-up: Marco Ferreira: Voc, guitar; Alex Ferreira: Drums, Backing; Dario Seixas: Bass, Backing; Gus Monsanto: Guitar, Backing.
Tickets and full show details at: www.melodicrockfest.com.

NOTE 1: This is the last 24hrs to order tickets for delivery prior to the show. Any tickets purchased after Wednesday will be available for pickup at the venue on the day.

NOTE 2: Any VIP ticket holders (Gold, Green and Blue) that have not yet contacted me with their preferred Tshirt size, please do so NOW! ajm@melodicrock.com.


LOVERBOY INVITES FANS TO PARTICIPATE IN FOUR-DAY "JAMAICAN FOR THE WEEKEND":
It's a long way from Calgary to the beaches of the Caribbean, but that's the trip being made by legendary multi-platinum rockers Loverboy, when the band hosts a very special "Jamaican for the Weekend" event. Fans of the group will be "lovin' every minute of it," when Loverboy—lead singer Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve, partner with Rock the Caribbean for an exclusive, four-day excursion to take place between May 9-13, 2014 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort on the outskirts of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
For more than 30 years, Loverboy has been "Working for the Weekend," delighting audiences around the world since forming in back in 1979 when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar hot shot Paul Dean, both veterans of several bands on the local Calgary scene, at that city's Refinery Night Club.
Not just Canada's greatest rock export, Loverboy made its mark south of the border, with four multi-platinum albums including, the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "When It's Over," "Heaven In Your Eyes" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."
For this first-ever "Jamaican for the Weekend" event, fans will enjoy the all-inclusive amenities of a world-class luxury resort, which includes free admission to Sugar Mill Falls, the largest water park in Jamaica, and a beautiful main pool. At night, they will "Get Lucky" by getting a chance to catch Loverboy on a stage built steps from the beach for one of three special concerts the band will perform exclusively for participants, with a guest total capped at 600.

"This is an incredible opportunity for our fans to get up close and personal with the band in a stunning, resort environment, where we can all let our hair down and have fun," said Reno about the event. "You could say, it's 'Almost Paradise.' And I get to work on my golf game, too." Fans will get a chance to play a round or two with avid golfer Reno, while other activities that the Canadian rock legends will participate in will be announced closer to the event.
The weekend will kick off with a 90-minute welcome cocktail reception, followed by a special "unplugged," acoustic Loverboy performance, one of three concerts by the group during the four-day event. There will also be plenty of autograph sessions and hanging out, where fans can socialize with the band, concluding with a farewell buffet.

The single price includes four-night accommodations; three meals daily; all beverages (house brand liquor, draft beer, wine by the glass, frozen cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks); non-motorized water sports equipment (ocean kayaking, snorkeling, sunfish sailing); unlimited access to the fitness center; basketball, beach volleyball, daytime tennis, horseshoes and croquet facilities; nature hikes and power walks; complementary shuttle service to historic Rose Hall Plantation House; Kids Club and Teen Zone activities and roundtrip transfers to and from the Montego Bay International Airport. Additional resort services include an 18-hole golf course, Wi-Fi and in-room Internet access, spa services and treatment, in-room dining, motorized water sports and equipment rental and on-demand movies.
The legendary rockers recently headlined a Sept. 2 show at the PNE Arena in Vancouver, BC, as well as performing concerts with Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Ratt and Creedence Clearwater Revisited on the heels of their critically acclaimed tour last year with Journey and Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo.
For event details, go to: www.rockthecaribbean.com/Loverboy.

RICK SPRINGFIELD TO PUBLISH DEBUT NOVEL WITH TOUCHSTONE:
New York, May 28, 2013—Grammy award-winning musician, actor, and New York Times bestselling author Rick Springfield will publish his debut novel with Touchstone. Titled Magnificent Vibration and scheduled for publication in May 2014, the novel portrays a hero who has hit a dead end in his life, but who serendipitously receives a 1-800 phone connection to God via an inscription in a mysterious self-help book that may just give him a shot at saving the planet. Magnificent Vibration is a potent tour de force that is by turns hilarious, poignant, spiritual, over-the-top, and deeply meaningful. The announcement was made today by Stacy Creamer, Vice President and Publisher of Touchstone, who will also edit the book.
"The only good grades I ever got in school before I was kicked out were for creative writing," said Rick Springfield"I thought that fiction might be in my future but then my career took a different path once the Beatles showed me what a blast being in a band could be.  Writing my memoir Late, Late at Night reminded me how much I love the craft.  So I decided to give fiction a shot again. Magnificent Vibration is the result.  I'm still not quite sure where it came from, but once I got going, it practically wrote itself.  I've heard writers I admire speak of that phenomenon, so maybe I'm on the right track."
"I knew that Rick is a brilliant, natural-born writer from working with him on his memoir," said Stacy Creamer. "He wrote it himself without the benefit of a ghost. But even that didn't prepare me for this dazzling, daring, wholly unexpected, utterly amazing first novel of his."

Rick Springfield is best known for 17 Top 40 hits including the classic #1 song, "Jessie's Girl," and his role on ABC's hit daytime drama "General Hospital" as Dr. Noah Drake. He has sold more than 25 million records to date. His 2010 memoir, Late, Late at Night, also published by Touchstone, was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the 25 best rock memoirs of all time by Rolling Stone. Recently, Springfield starred in Dave Grohl's 2013 "Sound City" documentary and on its soundtrack "Sound City: Real to Reel" with his hit single "The Man That Never Was." Springfield also recently appeared on the third season of Showtimes's "Californication" series and in CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" series.  His official website, www.rickspringfield.com, is the online home for Springfield's enthusiastic and active fan base.
Stacy Creamer concluded the deal for North American and audio rights with literary agent David Patterson at Foundry Literary + Media acting on behalf of Dana Borowitz and United Talent Agency.
Touchstone is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats.  Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom.  For more information visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.


ROCK AND ROLL AUTOGRAPH SHOW THIS WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES:
News just in from Eric Ragno: "I'm very proud to be participating in the Rock and Roll Autograph Show this weekend in Los Angeles. Numerous artists will be appearing including Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Keith Olsen, Orleans, Neil Turbin of Anthrax & many more! I will be performing at the event with the legendary LA band London, in addition to an all-star performance with luminaries like Elliot Easton (The Cars), Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Black Oak Arkansas, guitarists Micki Free and Jean Beauvoir, Prescott Niles of the Knack, Lee Sklar and others! During the weekend we will also be recording a special track to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. This is being done "We Are The World"-style, with the legendary Dick Wagner of Alice Cooper and Aerosmith fame at the helm. I got my call sheet in the mail this week, and I'm really proud to be working with Dick Wagner and these legendary artists for such a worthwhile cause."

Dick Wagner will also be appearing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles on Tuesday September 10 to sign his new memoir, "Not Only Women Bleed". Come down and hear the stories from the man himself. And check out the Rock & Roll Autograph Show in Los Angeles this weekend! For more info: therocknrollautographshow.com.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Midnite Sun have announced plans to go on hiatus. In an online posting the band wrote: "After 13 years and two albums published, we decided to stop. We are very proud of our journey, we are aware of our values and even more of our mistakes. We don't know if it's gonna be an ultimate farewell, but right now there's no reason to go on. We want to thank all the people we've been working with and who supported us throughout the years, you will always have a special place in our memory! However, we don't want to take leave with these few words, we want to turn up the volume and make your ears bleed once again! Give us the chance to do it. Don't miss the Jack Daniel's Night at Black Rose (Acquafredda, Brescia, Italy) on September 21st, 2013! Forever Sweat, Sound & Blood!"

On September 17th, the debut album of Australian melodic powermetal act Damnations Day will see the light of day, released Worldwide through Nightmare Records. The album is called "Invisible, The Dead", and it is a tour de force through majestic song lines, powerful rhythms, fantastic choirs and beautiful melodies. The official video from the album can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrdheDSdAsQ.

Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann, and Jordan Rudess sit down with Chris Epting for a live Q&A. Archived at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqqXlhs8y14.

A PIECE OF CAKE FOR VENGEANCE:
Brimming with confidence and justifiable pride Dutch rock band Vengeance have announced the release of their latest album Piece Of Cake: "People can expect what to my ears is the best Vengeance album to date," declares guitarist Timo Somers, "the songs are a nice blend of old school Vengeance (think Arabia) and some more modern sounding songs. This time the instrumental side of the band is really outspoken, it features a lot of nice intros, solos and instrumental pieces. And to top it off, Leon sounds better than ever."
The band released a snippet of the new song "World Arena" - you can listen to it here: snd.sc/1cXFqWF.

"Piece Of Cake" Tracklisting: 1. World Arena 04:39 2. Tears From The Moon 03:40 3. Raintime Preload 00:36 4. Raintime 03:31 5. Sandman 05:08 6. Back To Square One 04:54 7. Headquake 03:44 8. Train 05:07 9. Mirrors 03:15 10. Piece Of Cake 03:27 11. Goodbye Mother Sky 06:30.
Piece Of Cake will be released on 28 October 2013 (Germany: 25 October 2013, USA/Canada: 5 November 2013), before Vengeance embark on their European tour with label mates Mad Max: "This is a double tour together with Mad Max to celebrate our new albums being released on the same day. I'm pretty sure we'll be on tour in spring 2014 as well – we're working on that at the moment." Here are the dates for autumn 2014:

Vengeance & Mad Max Tour 2013
06.11. D-Hamburg – Ballroom/R`n`R Warehouse
07.11. D-Osnabrück – Bastard Club
08.11. CH-Pratteln – Rock Power Festival
09.11. NL-Tilburg – Cafe Extase
10.11. D-Frankfurt – Zoom
11.11. D-Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
12.11. D-Augsburg – Spectrum Club
13.11. D-Essen – Turock
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/pages/VENGEANCE/129946840408570?fref=ts / www.spv.de.


MORE COVERS FROM HALESTORM:
Halestorm will release a new covers EP, 'ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP' on October 15. Track list includes:
1. "Dissident Aggressor" (Judas Priest)
2. "Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
3. "Shoot to Thrill" (AC/DC)
4. "Hell is for Children" (Pat Benatar)
5. "Gold Dust Women" (Fleetwood Mac)
6. "1996?

WebLink: www.halestormrocks.com.


Monday, September 09, 2013

READY FOR A SUCKERPUNCH?:
Adriangale news from John Kivel himself:

"OK folks.....im sitting here cranking the completed FINAL Master of Adriangale's Suckerpunch! Now I threw it out there when the album was being made, that this will be the best AG album to date. Now after a few spins around the block with it (literally) I can reaffirm that statement, AND represent it as a PROMISE! Vic, Jamie and Co. have surpassed themselves to a level that even I didn't foresee.
"thok!" That's the sound of it being hit out of the park! If you are a fan of AG you WILL love this disk. If you are unfamiliar with AG, then you are in for a treat, as this will be one helluva introduction album for new comers. With that said, what better time and place to unleash it, than at MRF3, right?!? Andrew and MR.COM have been a longtime supporter of AG since day 01. So both band and label couldn't be happier to have our coming out party at the premier melodicrock festival this year. AG promises not to disappoint in 3 weeks, I can assure you.


Ty Sims - Bombay Black had this to say about working on Suckerpunch! - "I love this album!! You guys are about to release the Melodicrock album of the year."

I have to tip my hat to everyone that was involved in helping create this album. I could not have asked for a better team folks. This is a great time to be a fan of Melodicrock. A lot of great stuff happening , from festivals to shows, new albums etc. From Kivel to Frontiers and everyone in between. MRF3, Wolf Fest and everyone out there cranking it up on a stage for the fans and faithful. So lets savor the moment. Get out, support and spread the word of this genre. Most of all, ENJOY IT people!
Sept 27th Get in the Ring, as Suckerpunch drops at MRF3!!
Web: www.melodicrockfest.com for tickets... www.kivelrecords.com to order AG Suckerpunch! Buy any two titles get the 3rd half price. Never been a better time to take advantage of this package offer! (Also on sale - LaValle, No Love Lost, Maxx Explosion)

Now with all of that said.....hear the album's title track right here!


FRONTIERS RECORDS AUGUST 2013 RELEASES SPOT:
Featuring Little River Band, Arc Angel, Find Me and Fergie Frederiksen.


FERGIE FREDERISKEN AND VOICES OF ROCK FIREFEST UPDATE:
Press Release: "Due to the tragic return of his cancer our very dear brother Fergie Frederiksen is forced to cancel all his upcoming shows with us in Legends: Voices Of Rock. Fergie was booked to do the 2 shows in Lycksele, Sweden (Oct 18-19) and our headline show at Firefest, England (Oct 20th) as well as the big 23 date tour of Sweden in October and November. We are replacing Fergie with the only logical choice, Bobby Kimball…one great Toto singer for another great Toto singer.
Bobby and Fergie go back a long time together as friends and Bobby is equally sad to be asked to fill in for a friend who is suffering from such a unfair and horrible disease. We are doing all of these shows in honor of our dear friend and will also donate portions of the shows to Fergie and his family. We ask you all to pray for Fergie and to go to this link and donate any small or big amount of money you can to help out: www.gofundme.com/3ydgpo.
With love, Tommy and Sayit (Legends)."

In addition to this change, we have been informed by Legends that Joe Lynn Turner is unavailable due to circumstances beyond their control and will be replaced by Graham Bonnett. Graham was lead vocalist with Rainbow at the first Monsters of Rock at Donnington, racking up 2 UK top ten singles with the band (Since You've been Gone and All Night Long, both from the classic Down to Earth album ) as well as claiming chart success as a solo artist (Night Games from the album Line Up hitting number 6 in the UK top ten). Joining M.S.G. for their Assault Attack album which hit the top 20 in the UK, Bonnet then founded Alcatrazz featuring a young Swedish hotshot guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and went on to have further chart success in the U.S.A. where all three albums, No Parole from Rock and Roll, Live Sentence and Disturbing the Peace all cracked the US Billboard charts. Graham Bonnet is a true legend and we very much look forward to seeing Graham on stage with Legends on Sunday October 20th.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH DAVE MENIKETTI (Y&T), KING KOBRA, NEWMAN AND TRIGGERFINGER:
Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, David Michael Phillips of King Kobra, melodic hard rockers Newman, and Belgian power trio Triggerfinger, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-dave-meniketti-yt-king-kobra-newman-triggerfinger-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti discusses the band's forthcoming tour of the UK and Europe, and touches on the their 40th anniversary plans for 2014. Dave also talks about playing with the surviving members of Montrose at Sammy Hagar's 40th anniversary shows, and selects classic tracks from both Y&T and Montrose.
Also in the first hour, Steve Newman, vocalist/guitarist with enduring UK melodic hard rockers Newman discusses the band's new album "Siren", and chooses two tracks from the record.
In part 2, David Michael Phillips, guitarist with King Kobra, talks about the band's new release "II", which mixes classic rock influences with the band's trademark hard rock sound. David also picks songs from "II". And finally, drummer Marco Goossemans of Belgian power trio Triggerfinger discusses the band's recent surprise hit single (with an acoustic cover version of a Dutch pop song, recorded for a radio show!), live shows and plans for a new album.
The show also features classic tracks from Blackfoot, ZZ Top, Gary Moore, Blue Oyster Cult and Molly Hatchet.
You can also listen on Sunday 8th September 17:00-19:00 GMT, repeated Monday 9th September 14:00-16:00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com.

JAY PEPPER'S CUSTOM 1984 KRAMER GUITAR WORTH OVER £1,000+:
A Tigertailz competition for the die-hards. Press Release: "As Jay says: "This Kramer is the real deal.. I have a few of these and I love them.. and I get them customised to suit what we do. They're not fake copies or off-the-shelf guitars anyone can buy. This is truly a one-off guitar.. It comes with original Floyd Rose trem, Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck pick-up and is custom painted with the Tailz Bastard & skull image - which was done by my tattoo guy Chis Hatton from Physical Graffiti in Cardiff. The Tailz fans have been truly great over the last few years so I wanted to give them something special back for all the support. And this is as good as it gets… Thanks again and good luck to everyone who enters!!"

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize.. You need to show you are the biggest Tailz Maniac out there!!!!
So how do you do this? Well you have to do as much as you can to spread the Tailz name, Shoe Collector Video, Knives EP, Tour, and this competition to the masses!!! We want to see you:
• Liking the Tailz page on FB
• Sharing the Tailz comp and commenting on it!
• Following the @TailzOfficial on Twitter
• Re-Tweeting the Tailz comp
• Watching the new Tailz Shoe Collector video - lots.. and commenting on it on YouTube
• Sharing the Shoe Collector vid!
• Embedding the new video
• Requesting Tailz tracks on radio stations
• Buying the Knives EP
• Buying tickets for the Knives Out Tour..
• Posting up your best Tailz pics of us on FB and Twitter for us to see..
• Posting up Tailz pics of you wearing a Tailz t shirt on our FB and Twitter..
• Posting up your Tailz tattoos pics on our FB and Twwitter
• Starting threads on festival forums asking for the Taiilz to play!
• Mailing us on Tailzcomp@tigertailz.co.uk with your email address for our mailing list and also with your proof of purchases of your EP/Ticket/Merch sale..
• Even send us your craziest Tailz memories and we'll post 'em up!
• And anything else you can think of.. It will ALL count towards your entry to this comp!!!
We will be keeping a very CLOSE eye on your efforts indeed.. and keep a league table of the highest placed in the comp.. And on Sunday December 1st we will announce the absolute winner!! Good luck everyone and only serious Tailz Maniacz need apply!!!


MELODIC BRIEFS:
On Friday night in Atlantic City, NJ at the House of Blues during the WMGM 2nd Birthday bash, Lizzy from Halestorm invited Tom Keifer who opened the show with his band on stage to perform a Cinderella classic "Nobody's Fool". Here's fan foot shootage: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUUfGOpAibw.

Redrum are proud to announce our new arrival... The brand spanking new Redrum Official Website!!! Fast and easy to use and packed full of good times. Feel welcome to check it out! Special Thanx To Marco Grasshoff! www.redrum-rocks.com

Sergeant Steel release new video clip "Mama Horny". It might remind rock fans on humorous 80ies clips like "Round And Round" (Ratt) and "I Want To Break Free" (Queen). The song is taken from the album "Men On A Mission" (Release date: Sept., 6th), which contains 11 new songs. It's mixed and mastered by legendary producer Michael Wagener. Wagener is well-known for his work with Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Dokken, Janet Jackson, etc. "Mama Horny" on Youtube: youtu.be/wxTQFNEMCJY.

Royal Hunt: Part 1 of the Studio Report has been posted (video) www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM6GZfHKDJo.


MASS ON CAFFEINE BOMB AND WITH LA GUNS LIVE:
Mass singer Louis St. August will guest on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, September 9th, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, also streaming at whus.org/listen-live and on your smartphone using the myUConn app. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CaffeineBomb.radio or WHUS.org.

Also... LA Guns & Mass Set To Rock "Rain" Thursday September 12 - for more show and MASS info visit www.massrocks.com.



Friday, September 06, 2013

MELODIC ROCK FEST - 3 WEEKS TO GO:
Just 3 weeks to go now until the massive MelodicRock Fest 3 event in Arlington Heights, Chicago, IL. There will be a full show update early next week with all the latest news for the event, show running times, raffle details and lots more! Stay tuned….but meanwhile, get your tickets now! FRONTIERS RECORDS - ARTIST UPDATE:
Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria is coming!
Released on October 18 in Europe and October 22 in North America - 2CD+DVD; DVD, Blu-Ray 2CD+Blu-Ray (from selected retailers).


Billboard's website posted an exclusive premiere streaming of Sammy Hagar's "Bad on Fords and Chevrolets" (duet with Ronnie Dunn) - a song taken from Sammy's forthcoming album Sammy Hagar & Friends out on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe.
See the article: www.billboard.com/articles/news/5680067/sammy-hagar-bad-on-fords-and-chevrolets-feat-ronnie-dunn-exclusive-song.


AOR HEAVEN LINES UP DAVID REECE AND SIDEBURN FOR OCTOBER:
AOR Heaven's upcoming October label releases from David Reece and Sideburn are due out October 25. The details are as follows:

American singer David Reece, though brought up on a diet of Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette, has been sharing his bluesy rock voice with the world since the late 1980s. His most notable early releases were Accept's 1989 album "Eat The Heat" and Bangalore Choir's 1992 classic "On Target", closely followed by LPs with Sircle Of Silence and Stream. Disillusioned with a floundering rock scene, David took a hiatus from music in the mid 1990s to follow other pursuits and dreams.
Returning in 2008 with the critically acclaimed Gypsy Rose album "Another World", David's debut solo album "Universal Language" surfaced in 2009. The culmination of many years writing and performing, the album featured musicians including Andy Susemihl (U.D.O.), and fine songs such as the bombastic 'Rescue Me', the huge 'We Were Alive', the soaring ballad 'Queen Of My Dreams' and the distinctly leftfield 'Yellow'; a definite song for fans of Colonel Mustard.

The album "Cadence" in 2010 saw the first brand new Bangalore Choir material in 18 years. 2011 marked David's return to working with Gypsy Rose founder Martin Kronlund, this time under the moniker Reece Kronlund releasing an album simply called "Solid". The album also marked David's first ventures with lyricist Jon Wilde, who has since co-written on the 3rd Bangalore Choir album "Metaphor" released in 2012 and now on this; David's second solo album "Compromise" – an apt title given the amount of compromise we all face in our lives, be it working in the music industry or going about our daily grind.
With vocals recorded at KMan studios in Blaine Minnesota and produced by Kelly Peterson, the album features a big name cast including bassist Ronnie Parkes (7 Witches), guitarist Jack Frost (7 Witches, Savatage, Metalium), keyboardist Paul Morris (Rainbow, Doro, Jurgen Blackmore), and special guests Christian Tolle and Andy Susemihl. The mix was handled by Joey Vera (Armoured Saint) and Martin Kronlund, with Martin also performing full mastering duties.
The result is a peach of an album with a wide range of songs from sublime ballads 'Someone Beautiful' (with music by renowned writers Tom and James Martin) to metal masterpieces 'End Of It All', stomping rockers 'Where My Heart Belongs' and more. David, with influences as diverse as Ian Gillan, Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell, loves tackling a variety of styles and one listen will tell you he has the voice to pull it off. And with musicians the calibre of those here, and lyrics boasting a darn sight more intelligence than your standard clichéd rock fair, he has the firepower to back him up all the way into classic album territory.

Line-Up: Vocals: David Reece, Bass: Ronnie Parkes, Guitars: Jack Frost, Guitars: Kelly Peterson, Keys: Paul Morris; Guests on guitars: Andy Susemihl & Christian Tolle.

Track list: 1. Disaster, 2. End Of It All, 3. Fortunate Son, 4. Someone Beautiful, 5. Along For The Ride, 6. Coast To Coast, 7. All Roads Lead To War, 8. Where My Heart Belongs, 9. Everything To Everyone, 10. Evil Never Dies, 11. Treasure Hunter.
Sound clips in advance: Disaster / Where My Heart Belongs / End Of It All.

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Swiss rockers Sideburn are back! With the arrival of three young and talented new members in January 2012 and the first shows played in February of the same year: Lawrence Lina & Mike Riffart on guitar & the imported Aussie bass player Nick Thornton, who left his luggage in the country while he was touring with the band Maeder (Nick Maeder's previous band), have gained energy and freshness to compose the new album: "Electrify".
August 2012 saw the band to be chosen by Adidas to be the band of the evening during the Adidas Rockstar event that happened on August 11, 2012 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Sideburn performed during the whole final, playing over 150 minutes of rock'n'roll, and they even wrote and recorded a special theme song with climbing lyrics. The song "Rockstar" was mixed by Beau Hill and is featured as a bonus track on the CD version of "Electrify".
After having their song "Knockin' at the wrong door" used in 2012 on the Red band trailer of the movie "Hit & run", the song "Six feet under" (taken from the album "Cherry red") has been chosen by 20th Century Fox to be used on the sound track of the blockbuster of the summer: "The Wolverine".

The band says: "This new album has been composed in about two months, which is really quick, but the result is really fresh and punchy. The new members did an amazing job to keep the Sideburn spirit and you will certainly notice it while you'll be listening to Electrify. For the mix, we've decided to work again with Beau Hill, cause he knows exactly what we are looking for and we couldn't take the risk to have a album that didn't sound as good as Jail. Once that you have a certain level of production, it's really hard to pull backward ..."
The CD version of this release includes the bonus tracks "Lazy Daisy Live", "Never kill the chicken Live" &"Rockstar", the download version only features the 11 original songs and the vinyl version which is only available in Switzerland includes only "Lazy Daisy Live" as bonus track.

Line-up: Roland Pierrehumbert : Lead Vocal, Harmonica; Lawrence Lina : Rhythm & Lead Guitar; Mike Riffart : Rhythm & Lead Guitar; Nick Thornton : Bass; Lionel Blanc : Drums

Track list: Tracklist: 1. Bite the bullet, 2. Devil may care, 3. Bad boys, bad girls, rock'n'roll, 4. Black Powder, 5. Frontline, 6. Never get down, 7. Mr. Clean, 8. Shady Katy, 9. Travellin' man, 10. Bad reputation, 11. Destination nowhere / Bonus Tracks (only available on the CD version): 12. Lazy Daisy Live, 13. Never kill the chicken Live, 14. Rockstar.
Here is Pt.1 of a track by track video from Sideburn: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGdDeGwGqBo.
Sound clips in advance: Bite The Bullet / Devil May Care / Frontline.

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DREAM THEATER LIVE AT LUNA PARK - NOVEMBER 5:
New York, NY (September 5, 2013)-- On November 5, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Dream Theater Live At Luna Park on 2DVD, Blu-ray, Visual Digital Formats and a Deluxe Edition. The deluxe edition is an 11.5" square 60 page hardback photobook containing the Blu-ray, 2 DVDs and 3 CDs presenting all the key physical formats in one release; the CDs are only available in this Deluxe Edition. [Pre-book Order Date October 11, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $17.98 2DVD, $44.98 2DVD/3CD, $49.98 Blu-ray/3CD, $109.98 Blu-ray, 2DVD, 3CD].
These releases boast the 160 minute main show - accompanied by a wealth of bonus material – and feature many of the band's classic tracks including: "Metropolis Pt. 1," "The Silent Man," "Pull Me Under," "The Root Of All Evil," "The Test That Stumped Them All," "The Spirit Carries On," and the recent "On The Backs Of Angels."
Dream Theater began their mammoth "A Dramatic Tour Of Events" world trek in July 2011 with the final leg in South America taking place in August 2012. It was here at the Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that they decided to film the two nights that make up this DVD release.

The Live At Luna Park band line-up for this show is James LaBrie (vocals); John Petrucci (guitar); Jordan Rudess (keyboards); John Myung (bass); and Mike Mangini (drums) – this was Dream Theater's first tour and album with their new drummer and all the tracks from that album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, are included in either the main show or the bonus performances.
The bonus features offer live versions of six great tracks: "These Walls"; "Build Me Up, Break Me Down"; "Caught In A Web"; "Wait For Sleep"; "Far From Heaven"; and "Pull Me Under". Also on Live At Luna Park is a documentary, the trailer for the cinema release of the film, a "Behind The Scenes" feature and the cartoon intro that ran on big screens prior to the band taking to the stage in Buenos Aires. The Blu-ray additionally features 6 multi angle options on "Outcry."

Dream Theater has carved a legacy as rock's supreme virtuosos, having gained awards and worldwide fame for their epic anthems and musical dexterity. Here in concert, they bring all the power and drama of their music to life with breathtaking performances of classic tracks from across their career.

Track Listing: 1) Bridges In The Sky 2) 6:00 3) The Dark Eternal Night 4) This Is The Life 5) The Root Of All Evil 6) Lost Not Forgotten 7) Drum Solo 8) A Fortune In Lies 9) The Silent Man 10) Beneath The Surface 11) Outcry 12) Piano Solo 13) Surrounded 14) On The Backs Of Angels 15) War Inside My Head 16) The Test That Stumped Them All 17) Guitar Solo 18) The Spirit Carries On 19) Breaking All Illusions 20) Metropolis Pt. 1.


ROCK N ROLL SINNERS – VOLUME II ~ BY NEIL DANIELS:
"In this book, Neil Daniels turns the tables and asks us some searching questions for once. Not because we are failed rock stars, but because we are successful rock journalists. So is the pen actually mightier than the guitar? Possibly not." - Mick Wall from his foreword.

Rock 'N' Roll Sinners is the second chapter in a trilogy of books featuring insightful and highly entertaining interviews with some of the world's most successful and respected rock and metal scribes. Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection of interviews, seasoned rock author Neil Daniels has interviewed 68 rock and metal journalists from around the world. With a foreword by the revered British author and journalist Mick Wall, Rock 'N' Roll Sinners – Volume II is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference guide for the aspiring rock and metal writer.
This hefty collection, which was previously published as the critically acclaimed All Pens Blazing - Volume II, makes essential reading for rock and metal heads the world over. Volume II features interviews with Phil Alexander, Mick Wall, Dave Thompson, Jaan Uhelszki and Bernard Doe et al. Volume I features interviews with Dave Ling, Malcolme Dome, Dave Reynolds, Derek Oliver, Mark Day, Geoff Barton and Dave Dickson et al. This book is 632 pages and available from Amazon. Volume II will be the final book in the series and feature previously unpublished interviews thus completing the trilogy with almost 200 interviews in total.
WebLinks: www.neildaniels.com/Index.html / neildanielsbooks.wordpress.com.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with one new Feature Album:
- Mark Shaw - Almost (1991)
And the following new Video Clips: Coney Hatch - Blown Away, Fuzz Drivers - Carved Time, Crashdiet - Circus, Geoff Tyson - Amsterdam, Wolfpakk - Dark Revelation.
Join MRX Now.

REVIEWS UPDATED:
New Reviews online today for: Fergie Frederiksen, King Kobra, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Newman, Lawless, Until Rain and Robin Beck. Check them out now.


Thursday, September 05, 2013

SEVENTH KEY OPENS THE DOOR WITH FIRST NEW CD IN 8 YEARS:
Long Time Kansas member Billy Greer re-joins forces with Mike Slamer for blistering new release on Frontiers Records

Fans of melodic, progressive hard rock have been waiting a long time for this: I Will Survive, the new album by Seventh Key, and the first new CD of studio recordings since 2004's The Raging Fire. Spearheaded by long time Kansas bassist / vocalist Billy Greer and guitarist / keyboardist Mike Slamer (ex-City Boy, Streets, Steelhouse Lande), they are joined by drummer Chet Wynd and a slew of special guests.
"I think the new CD is maybe a little bit more hard-edged and a little more progressive," says Greer, who remains an active member of Kansas. "I was also able to enlist my Kansas bandmate and friend, David Ragsdale, to play on four tracks. That, in itself, added a whole new element to the album."

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Formed in 2001 as a side- project for Greer and Slamer (the two had played together in the early 1980s in Streets with Kansas's vocalist Steve Walsh), Seventh Key released an acclaimed self-titled debut but then went dormant again due to the member's previous commitments. The group resurfaced in 2004, with the compelling album, The Raging Fire, and a live CD/DVD the following year.

I Will Survive, with its prophetic title, re-establishes Greer and Slamer's commitment to the band, Seventh Key. "I wanted to do more music with Mike," said Greer. "We have a great friendship and we have a strong work ethic. When we get in the studio, things seem to always click."
Part of Seventh Key's musical magic comes in its ability to effectively blend both melodic hard rock and intricate progressive music. They deliver powerful songs and production values that always include big sonic landscapes.
I Will Survive is scheduled for release on Frontiers Records on November 1 2013 in Europe and November 5 in North America and will include the following songs: I Will Survive; Lay In On The Line; I See You There; It's Just A State Of Mind; Sea Of Dreams; Time And Time Again; When Love Sets You Free; Down; The Only One; What Love's Supposed To Be; I Want It All.

Seventh Key is: Billy Greer : Bass, Lead Vocals; Mike Slamer: Guitars, Keyboards, Programming; Chet Wynd: Drums.
Special Guests: David Ragsdale: Violin; Billy Trudel, Terry Brock, Bobby Capps, Barry "The Blade" Johnson: Background vocals; David Manion: Keyboards.
Produced and mixed by Mike Slamer.
For All Things Seventh Key , please visit: www.billygreer.com.

View the Seventh Key "I Will Survive" Electronic Press Kit:


THE BITCH IS BACK IN OCTOBER:
The Bitch is Back…Live is a brand new live album from the queen of Hard Rock and Metal Lita Ford. Hot on the heels of her TRUE comeback album "Living Like a Runaway", Lita took to the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California in early October of 2012 to showcase the new material as well as Lita Ford classics. This killer show was recorded for the live album The Bitch is Back…Live.
Where does the title come from? Lita opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track "The Bitch is Back", which was previously released as a bonus track on "Living Like a Runaway". It may be a strong proclamation, but it is true…the bitch is back and bringing it live. Now fans have a chance to be a part of this memorable evening and performance.
The album will be released as a Digipak with a special booklet including fan photos. Release dates are USA/Canada on October 22, Germany on October 25 and Europe on October 28 through SPV/Steamhammer.

Tracklisting: 1. The Bitch Is Back 2. Hungry 3. Relentless 4. Living Like a Runaway 5. Devil in My Head 6. Back to the Cave 7. Can't Catch Me 8. Out For Blood 9. Dancing On The Edge 10. Hate 11. Close My Eyes Forever 12. Kiss Me Deadly.
Current Line Up: Lita Ford – vocals, guitar; Mitch Perry – guitar; Bobby Rock – drums; Marty O´Brien - bass. Drums on "The Bitch Is Back...Live" by Scot Coogan.
WebLinks: www.litafordonline.com / www.spv.de.


CHANDLER MOGEL NEWS UPDATE:
Chandler Mogel News Update - "Chandler and the Iron Bridge Band announce new album release! Chandler's New Jersey-based outfit, the Iron Bridge Band, have completed their first full length album titled "Road Not Taken" and set the release date for September 27th, 2013 through their own label, Messej Media, on CD and digitally worldwide. This album breaks new ground for fans of Chandler, where it of course contains his signature vocals throughout, but musically it draws influence from the 70's greats such as Credence, The Eagles, Little River Band, and more. For more info check out the band's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ironbridgeband and keep checking the band's official site for updates: www.ironbridgeband.com.

Chandler Now Accepting Vocal Students! Do you want to sing like a rock star? Perform like one and act like one? Or perhaps you already sing and just want to take what you already know to the next level? Chandler is now accepting students, 18 years and up, of all experience levels. Lessons can be done internationally via Skype or in person in the New York City area. He can be reached for more details by replying to this newsletter or through the Contact section on his website, www.chandlermogel.com. Serious inquiries only please!

CD SHOWCASE UPDATED:
3 new Showcases online today - all from Avenue Of Allies Records - Sparklands, The Theander Expression and a best of Hartmann. Check them out now!


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

RON KEEL LAUNCHES COWBOY PLEDGE CAMPAIGN:
Ron Keel has announced details about the release of his new solo album, Metal Cowboy, launching a 60 day PledgeMusic campaign that gives fans access to downloads, updates, and exclusive music/merchandise/memorabilia packages: pledgemusic.com/projects/ronkeelmetalcowboy.
"The music sounds just like the title – Metal Cowboy," Ron declares, "hard & heavy with a southern side. Kind of like if AC/DC made a Skynyrd album – gritty screaming vocals, powerful rock riffs, but with some classic southern rock elements like Frank Hannon's slide guitar." All drum tracks were performed by Y&T's Mike Vanderhule; other special guests include Oz Fox (Stryper), Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat), Geno Arce & Bryan Jay from KEEL, Stacey Blades from L.A. Guns, and a "live in-studio" recording with the Sin City Sinners.
The album, available as a digital download and Deluxe Edition CD with bonus tracks, will be released January 28, simultaneously with his long-awaited autobiography "Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll." The CD, book, and other merchandise and fan exclusives (including rare memorabilia, Master Class voice lessons via Skype, and even House Concerts) are available in various bundles via the PledgeMusic campaign.
"PledgeMusic gives me a total state-of-the-art marketing and distribution platform to share everything with the fans. It's an online store, it's a social network where we can exchange comments and messages, there's a music player where people can listen to audio clips from the album, plus my weekly radio show. I want people to really feel like they are a part of this with me."
Once the goal of financing the project is complete, 10% of all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project charity. Go to ronkeel.com to get your Metal Cowboy on.

TRACK LISTING: The Last Ride, Wild Forever, What Would Skynyrd Do, Singers Hookers & Thieves, Long Gone Bad, Just Like Tennessee, The Cowboy Road, When Love Goes Down, Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty, 3 Chord Drinkin' Song, My Bad. Bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition CD: American Thunder, Just Like Tennessee (unplugged), Singers, Hookers & Thieves (solo acoustic).


RICK SPRINGFIELD TO STRIP IT BACK FOR SELECT DATES:
Rick Springfield will be treating fans to a special series of intimate solo performances with storytelling! You do not want to miss your chance to see Rick perform 'Stripped Down' and get up close and personal with the man and his music! We've selected some amazing venues for this limited engagement! Rick Invites You To 'Stripped Down':
Nov 24 Chicago, IL – City Winery – On Sale 9/6 4pm
Nov 25 New York, NY – City Winery – On Sale 9/6 4pm
Nov 26 New York, NY – City Winery – On Sale 9/6 4pm
Dec 3 Eau Claire, WI – State Theatre – On Sale 9/9 10am
Dec 4 Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre – On Sale 9/9 12pm
Dec 5 Detroit, MI – MotoCity Casino Hotel – On Sale 9/6 10am
Dec 11 Annapolis, MD – Rams Head – On Sale 9/10 at 12pm
Dec 12 Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere – On Sale 9/6 at 12pm
Dec 13 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre – On Sale 9/6 at 12pm


BEROCK RADIO PROMOTING MRR:
News from BeRock Radio: "We airplayed for the first time on one of the Live shows of "Melodic Lane" (August 25) songs from the upcoming releases of MelodicRock Records: Faith CircusTurn Up The Band & House Of ShakiraPay To Play. The Rockers simply loved the Tunes! The stuff of Melodic Rock Records are excellent and that's confirmed from the reactions of our listeners from around the world during the Show! Below is the MixCloud Link for whoever wants to listen to the show!" www.mixcloud.com/snakiberock/25th-august-2013-melodic-lane-hosted-by-gk-snaki/

To pre-order Pay To Play and Turn Up The Band, check out MRR Pre-Order Page. CDs will be shipped out prior to the September 23 release date. Pre-orders for HoS also receive the non-album Bonus Track Shell Shock.


JOURNEY'S NEAL SCHON CONTEMPLATES NEXT STUDIO MOVE:
Neal Schon reflects on Journey's next studio move: www.urbantulsa.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A63187.

""Right now, were talking about it," Schon shared, "and once we begin, it usually goes pretty quick." Schon admitted, however, that he'd like to change the approach and get back to the band's old approach when starting a new album. "We've talked about going at it a different way this time," he explained. "We're all spread out now, but in the '80s, we were all in the San Francisco area, so we'd all meet at our clubhouse, which was my rehearsal space, and we'd all just jam and work stuff out.
"There's a different thing that happens when you're all in the same room together versus writing your parts and sending ideas back and forth,"
he continued. "I'm looking forward to going old school, with everyone back in the same room together. We need to get that unity and chemistry back." Journey continues to move forward with Schon eyeing a new album and a full touring schedule. When asked if the band had considered playing any of its classic albums in full, as a few artists like Bruce Springsteen have recently done, he admitted that it's on the table.
"I love the idea of doing extensive rehearsals to learn all the material and being able to change it up," he said. "It would take a lot of work and pre-production, but I think we could do it."

NIGHT RANGER AND LOVERBOY LINEUP 2014 STUDIO RELEASES:
This was posted over the weekend just passed at Billboard.com:
"A pair of the 80s most successful mainstream rock acts, Night Ranger and Loverboy, are planning to add to their legacies with new material in the coming year. Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades tells Billboard that his band is "about 12 songs into a new album," which will follow 2011's "Somewhere in California." But, he adds, "We don't feel we're there yet. We were going to release a record in the fall but we pushed it off to the spring of next year so get back in (to the studio) and write about seven or eight more songs and get what we feel is the best mix." Night Ranger is working with Anthony Focx, who was also part of the "Somewhere in California" team, as well as old friend Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne). The new material, Blades says, is "pretty rockin'. There's a lot of slamming stuff."
And, he adds, Night Ranger is open to working with other writers on its next batch of songs. "We haven't sat down with anybody else at this point," he says, "but we're always open to anything. We don't care where it comes from, just as long as we can make it sound like Night Ranger."

Loverboy frontman Mike Reno, meanwhile, tells Billboard the group has accumulated 16 songs so far -- some of which come from previously unreleased material the Canadian band found in its vaults. "The last couple of years we took all of our two-inch tapes, from the very beginning, and loaded them to the digital format," Reno explains. "We're listening to this stuff and Paul (Dean, Loverboy's guitarist) and we realized we're sitting on all these beautiful songs. Half of them are already recorded, maybe semi-mixed; they got lost in the shuffle back then or had to be cut, and you move on and forget about it. But we're really excited. It's the kind of stuff that, if you like 'Workin' For the Weekend' and 'Turn Me Loose,' you're gonna love some of this shit. We took a bunch of those songs and started to mix them and make them sound nice, so that's a big chunk of (the album)."
On top of that Reno says Loverboy has six brand new songs. "Between all that it's like this really fun package of retro-sounding stuff with kind of a twist, 'cause we're mixing it now rather than like we did in the old days, and then there's the new stuff," he says. "It's this really cool package, which is exciting." But Reno says Loverboy hasn't determined how it's going to put the new material out yet.
"To be honest, we don't know what to do with it anymore," he says. "Do you give it away? Put it on the web site for free? Offer it on iTunes. There's no big deals anymore. In the old days we'd put a record out and people would buy it. Not anymore. You say to yourself 'What's the point?,' but as artists and musicians we like to do stuff that's fresh and new, whether people buy it or not. We're doing it for ourselves, which is always basically the way we do everything, but I think people will really like this stuff if they get a chance to hear it."

COLOR THREE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM "PAINT BY NUMBER":
Gary Pihl, Kimberley Dahme and Jeff Neal met as members of the band Boston and the three of them were asked to perform at a charity benefit. Color Three was born from that opportunity to help others, and to write, record and perform for charitable causes.
This album of 13 songs sounds more like early Pretenders with Kimberley's rich contralto on most of the lead vocals rather than a Boston album. Sparse and raw with just one guitar, bass and drums, Paint By Number tells stories of hope and deliverance as told by those who have been there and back. There are no guitar solos on this record, it's just as the band performs, three instruments and three part vocal harmonies.
"We've all suffered through some bad times but at this point in our lives, we feel that the positive outweighs the negative. If our songs can help to lift someone else's spirits, then we've done our job. Besides the songs we've written with the three of us, we had the good fortune to write with some platinum selling songwriters on this CD. As noted on the back of the CD, we wrote a couple of songs each with Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), David Lauser and Robert Berry (Sammy Hagar Band) and alternative country artist Anthony Smith," explains Color Three.
Paint By Number has received praise from:
"... these guys set out to write some great songs that mean something to them and to share them with the rest of us. Mission accomplished. LOVE "Dance All Night" and "Rain Came Down" the best." Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited
"an upbeat, powerful, positive, rock musical journey" ... Nancy Lombardo, Blog Talk Radio
"I can't wait to hear you guys live in Miami" ... Kiko Rodriguez
WebLink: www.colorthree.com.


OSUKARU KEEP MOMENTUM GOING WITH NEW EP PLANNED:
Shortly after the release of the new album "Triumphant", Swedish/US melodic rockers Osukaru announce that they're working on a new, yet untitled EP with release in early 2014. As it might seem a bit early to start working on a new record so soon, founder and leader Oz explains:
"With 'Triumphant' we kind of re-invented Osukaru and with that we got a lot of new ideas. After releasing the album and seeing the reactions, we found out where we stand and where to go from here. On this new EP we will re-visit the more AOR oriented sound and the songwriting style from our previous work, yet with our new twist to it. Having said that, I strongly believe this EP will please our fans!"
Osukaru have a history of rotating band members and this EP will be the first follow-up release to include the same line-up as the previous one.
"Unlike our previous stuff, 'Triumphant' didn't introduce a project but a full existing band" says Oz. "...and as a band, we're still exploring new grounds and who we are. So, with this upcoming release, we sure know what to do and how to move forward."
"Triumphant" is out now on City of Lights Records. For more information. visit www.osukarumusic.com, www.blindfoldead.org and www.rockitup.org.


SIGNUM REGIS: MORE VOCALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR "EXODUS":
The melodic metal band Signum Regis will release their third album "Exodus" later this fall through Ulterium Records. "Exodus" is an epic concept album that will feature different vocalists on each track.
Already announced vocalists are Matt Smith [Theocracy], Michael Vescera [Obsession, Animetal USA, ex. Yngwie Malmsteen], Thomas Winkler [Gloryhammer, Emerald] and Göran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum]. To that list we're now proud to add Lance King [ex. Pyramaze, Balance of Power] and Daķsa Munhoz [Vandroya, Soulspell].
More guests will be announced soon, as well as release dates, artwork etc.
For more information: www.signum-regis.com / www.ulterium-records.com.

WHO IS ROCK BAND CRUZH:
On March 14th this year rock band Cruzh launched in various different forums and online media. The only thing that was shown was an image showing the silhouette of the three band members, the debut song "In a blink of an eye," information that the band was Swedish and the exciting text "Get ready for the Cruzh". The song quickly spread on the internet and both Swedish and international websites and radio stations played it and speculated around the identities of the band members. In May came the sequel "Stay" which continued in the same melodic rock spirit. Cruzh promised to show ourselves on the single cover, which we did, but only in the shape of our eyes. Meanwhile, the band spread various clues on their Facebook page, regarding our whereabouts.
We chose to keep ourselves hidden during the launch mainly because we wanted the audience to focus on the music instead of us, but of course also to create a hype and interest in the band, which we managed to do both in Sweden and internationally. Now, however, we have reached a point where we have chosen to show us to take it all to the next level and reach out to a larger mass.
Cruzh is: Tony Andersson - keyboards, vocals (also active in Dawn of Oblivion); Anton Joensson - guitar, background vocals (also active in Eye and previously in TrashQueen); Dennis Butabi Borg - bass, background vocals (formerly in TrashQueen).

How did we end up here? 2010 - 2012 Anton and Butabi played together in Swedish sleaze/glam band TrashQueen, a band which during its lifetime reaped great success, with several major festival and club gigs. This paid off when the band was crowned the country's second-best unsigned metal band in Sweden's biggest rock contest Released & Unsigned. With the debut album at 99% completed, however, the air went out of the band for various reasons and the members decided to try new projects.
Anton and Butabi shared love of melodic rock, AOR and joined forces with Tony Andersson (from Dawn of Oblivion, one of the largest and most important goth metal bands in Europe) who previously worked as a studio musician on the TrashQueen record. All three operate as songwriters in Cruzh and among the influences are Def Leppard, Toto, FM, Winger, Firehouse and Bryan Adams. The next song, "Hard to get" a real party song, will be released in September. A limited edition maxi single will then be produced with all the 3 songs recorded so far.

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TRIPLE LAYERED PROG TOUR FOR EUROPE:
Swedish Melodic progger's Andromeda, and Danish prog metaller's Boil are headed out on a double-headliner tour in Europe in November. Alongside, they will bring the new symphonic progband Until Rain as support band. The tour will be running through as many countries as possible in Europe. The schedule looks like this, as of now:
15/11: DK - Copenhagen, High Voltage
16/11: DK - Esbjerg, Konfus
19/11: UK - London, The Underworld Camden
20/11: DE - Essen, Turock
21/11: NL - Uden, De Pul
24/11: F - Paris, Le Divan Du Monde
26/11: ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz3
27/11: F - Nice, Altherax
28/11: ITA - Milano, Bloom
29/11: AUT - Wien, Replugged
01/12: CZ - Prague, Nova Chmelnice
....with more shows to be announced…

Tickets will be on sale very soon, and venue pages will be updated asap, with links, pictures, etc.

Andromeda - Sweden / www.andromedaonline.com / Swedish progressive melodic metal band with 6 albums under their belt. Andromeda has previously toured Europe and have played on lots of major festivals in all of Europe + in the US. The band is incredibly technical, yet powerful and melodic in their approach to their music. Very experienced band indeed!

Boil – Denmark / www.facebook.com/boilmusic / Boil is the new gem on the Danish progressive scene. They recently released their 3rd album "Axiom", which has been rated with almost super-human reviews. A tour-de-force into the dark corners of the minds of the insane, "Axiom" is a concept album about mental patients. Boil – a great mixture btw. Tool, Katatonia and Leprous is a very experienced live band as well.

Until Rain – UK/Greece / www.untilrain.com / This incredible UK/Greek band, released their 2nd album /Escape Music) on August 23 and will be on everyone's lips in a not so distant future. The perfect blend of Symphony X, Royal Hunt and Circus Maximus. Until Rain will be the support band on this tour.


MELODIC TUBE:
The German/Italian Metal connection Love.Might.Kill featuring Gamma Ray-drummer Michael Ehré (ex-Firewind, Uli Jon Roth, Metalium) released their brand-new video "Too Big To Fail" on Sunday, September 1. Watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAudlPMKLVM&feature=youtu.be.

Eat The Gun will release their first single "Loner" on October 4th. The song is taken from the new album "Stripped To The Bone" which will be released on November 25th. The musicians Hendrik Wippermann (vocals, guitar), Gereon Homann (drums) and new addition Peter Bergmüller (bass) are releasing a snippet of the new single today. You can listen to it here: snd.sc/1a0dFvk.

New single and video from Shotgun Revolution: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWFSZXHE9vU.

BILLY JOEL TAKES A STROLL DOWN 52ND STREET ON ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY INTHESTUDIO:
Dallas, TX - September 3, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands goes 'one on one' with legendary singer, songwriter, piano player Billy Joel for the 35th anniversary of his Grammy Award-winning 'Album of the Year' 52nd Street. Having tested the patience of his record label for six long years, Billy Joel scored his first major hit album in 1977 with his seven million seller The Stranger. In less than a year the former welterweight boxer would deliver his second combination punch with the 1978 52nd Street album containing three Top 40 singles, "Big Shot", "Honesty", and "My Life", notching two Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Male Vocal performance. Billy Joel has gone on to become the second biggest-selling artist in U.S. history behind only Elvis Presley. Billy reveals to InTheStudio program host Redbeard what Billy's concept is of his albums are.
"It would be easier if people would stop thinking about my work as isolated pop songs that are kinda shoved together on a record, but to think of each album as almost like a musical or a movie or a Broadway show."
Billy Joel '52nd Street'/ InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/billy-joel-52nd-street-35th-anniversary/


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

MICHAEL KISKE RETURNS TO PLACE VENDOME WITH ANOTHER MELODIC ROCK MASTERPIECE:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the much anticipated third album from Place Vendome entitled Thunder in the Distance on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America.
Place Vendome is the Melodic Rock project featuring Unisonic and former Helloween singer Michael Kiske on all lead vocals and production from Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69).
Place Vendome started in 2004 when Kiske, following a self-imposed exile from the rock and metal scene which lasted a few years after his departure from Helloween and solo career, accepted in 2004 to be part of a Melodic Rock oriented concept put together by Frontiers Records' President Serafino Perugino.

The resulting Place Vendome debut album brought Kiske back to a more straight ahead and Rock sound, still very accessible and melodic and far from the Heavy Metal stereotypes of blood, violence and hate which Kiske never had anything to do with. He collaborated for the first time with Pink Cream 69's Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou and Uwe Reitenauer with Gunther Werno (Vandenplas) on keyboards. In a quite ironic twist of fate Michael found himself to work with members of Pink Cream 69, when the band's original singer Andy Deris took his place in Helloween when he left.
The very favorable acceptance of the first Place Vendome album planted the seeds for a second recording entitled "Streets of Fire", which was produced during 2008. The concept was slightly changed, with some outside writers such as Robert Säll (Work of Art), Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and Torsti Spoof (Leverage) handling the bulk of the songwriting, with Dennis Ward still handling the recording and production sessions.
Following his stint with the band Unisonic, Kiske decided to go back once again to the Place Vendome concept with more melodic rock oriented songs which - once again - have been selected by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino from outside writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), and Brett Jones.

"I am having a very open mind in terms of music anyway, and the Place Vendome vibe is a pretty different approach than Unisonic" says Kiske. "I like many tracks off the Place Vendome albums, but especially Guardian Angel, Streets Of Fire, I Will Be Waiting, Set Me Free from the previous albums or now Maybe Tomorrow. For me the vocals are the most important part of a song of course".

Dennis Ward once again produced and mixed the whole affair with such musicians as Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project), Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) and Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) completing the lineup. Another total masterpiece from Kiske and Place Vendome is about to hit the market. A true must for all Melodic Rock fans!
Tracklisting includes: Talk To Me; Power of Music; Broken Wings; Lost in Paradise; It Can't Rain Forever; Fragile Ground; Hold Your Love; Never Too Late; Heaven Lost; My Heart is Dying; Breakout; Maybe Tomorrow; Thunder in the Distance.
Samples of some of the album songs can be listened following this link: youtu.be/s-Bfyv6LXZc.

Place Vendome: Michael Kiske – Lead Vocals; Dennis Ward – Bass, vocals, rhythm guitars; Dirk Bruineberg– Drums; Gunter Werno – Keyboards; Uwe Reitenauer – Lead guitars.
Mixed and produced by Dennis Ward.

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SONG BY SONG BREAK DOWN BY MAXX EXPLOSION'S CHRIS MCCARVILL:
The new Kivel Records release Maxx Explosion and their album Forever - Produced by Chris McCarvill and Don Dokken will be premiered at MelodicRockFest 3. To give everyone a taste of what is to come...check out Falling Away by Maxx Explosion, featuring members of (House of Lords / Breakwall) Available @ www.kivelrecords.com Sept 27. Pre-order it now. (Buy any two Kivel releases get the 3rd half Price)

Download Full Track - Maxx Explosion - Falling Away

Now in the words of Chris McCarvill: "Basic MX primer: "We started MX originally as a cover band so we could keep our chops up and make some extra $ in the time between tours. The covers didn't last two seconds. We're all animals when it comes to music. I think we started writing songs the day we were supposed to start going over the covers. Things kept sounding good, so we kept at it and decided to go the route of making a record...and here we are..."


Devil's Locomotive: There's two ways to take this one...one way is the visual. When I first heard the music for this (Jimi and Bj had made an instrumental demo of the whole song - which got me really psyched), I immediately pictured this crazy, demonic train barrelling through mountain passes, angrily storming and clanking through the night, stunning everyone who sees it like some kind of forgotten ghost story. It seemed like I just had to describe what I was picturing from listening to it. I also looked up a ton of railroad slang and terms which dictated a lot of the words I chose. For example, a "Black Snake" is slang for a train that carries coal, etc. Then of course, there's the "below the belt" way of interpreting the lyrics, where it's about...well...think about it. Hahaha.
Falling Away: Musically, this one came from me. I wanted a song where we all sing harmony vocals for the entire chorus. For the subject; we all have people in our lives that we're concerned about. Falling Away is about a few specific people in my life, who really do make me worry sometimes. Maybe it's a way of addressing how helpless it feels to see loved ones/friends who are on the edge of wiping themselves out. I'm sure some people may feel this way about me sometimes too...nobody's perfect. (except Jimi Bell. He told me he's perfect.)
Cross Your Heart: Another Jimi / Bj music piece. Bj and I rearranged it about seven thousand times, then I re-wrote the chorus about eight thousand. Just one of those songs that never sounded exactly like what we originally envisioned, though I'm very happy with where we decided to let it be. The lyrics were inspired by Jimi's intro guitar riff, which reminded me of being lost in a shadowy Brothers Grimm-type forest or like Little Red Riding hood. There's some strong sexual overtones to that story, so I wanted to see if I could make Cross Your Heart have a more adult and darker feel of a fairy tale story without being totally cliche.
I Don't Wanna Break: Bj wrote all the music for this one. It's all his fault. Haha. I should mention that Bj and I both are multi-instrumentalists and we both have recording studios, so we're both capable of writing and recording finished songs. This one shows Bj's musical depth. I've ended up being the lyrics guy, so I tried to dig in and figure out what he was saying with his music. What I came up with is the thoughts that go through the mind of someone trying to figure out if the grass is really greener elsewhere and knowing themselves enough to say "maybe not". Don Dokken stepped in and helped me sort out the lyrics and hipped me to start reading poetry. I have been. Appreciate the tip.
Love is a Nightmare: Ever been in a relationship where the other person doesn't turn out to be who they seem at first? Thought so. I took that concept and ran with it, letting Jimi's angry guitar riffs direct the style of the lyrics. It seems that most of the riffs that Jimi writes inspire the darker side of things. Gosh. How could that be?
Rise: This one's about overcoming hardship. I may not have major problems in my life, but sometimes things still get to me and it can be hard to pick myself up and carry on. Jimi & Bj originally had given me a demo of the music, and though it was really cool, it ended up on the back burner while we worked on other songs. One night I tried fooling around with some keyboard parts on it and it seemed to really make a difference. I think I came up with most of the lyrics that same night. Just shows there's really no formula for songwriting.
End of the Line: We wrote this all together in the rehearsal room. Jimi had the initial riff and verse, I came up with the pre chorus, Bj wrote the chorus. I sang nonsense while we were playing. Then I realized I was singing a word or two here and there. We recorded what we had that day and eventually I figured out I was singing about the adventure of leaving home.
Demon Wheel: Because I can.
Can't Stop Falling in Love: This one is about the one sided breakup, when you're not ready for it. It's also another song that Bj wrote all the music to. He also pushed me to sing it in a lot of different ways, especially the "Can't Stop Falling in Love" line before the big chorus backup vocals. I added the Rhodes keyboard almost offhandedly at first but then got attached. Bj suggested the Hammond organ in the chorus and Jimi added his dark and heavy fingerprint to the guitars which hopefully all adds up to a dynamic listen.
Beat Around the Bush: This one happened pretty quick. I think I had most of the music parts written originally. Jimi came over and we went through it making it cooler. I almost see the storyline of this like to 50's cartoon. I didn't go for fine literature on this one, it's a silly, tongue in cheek rocker that's just for fun. Live, this one proves pretty difficult to play since there's a lot of musical craziness. This is one of the songs that Don Dokken had a hand in. He took a demo that we made and sang the chorus back to me over the phone how he thought it should go. We tried it in rehearsal and man, world of difference. Thanks Don!
Famous: Do you see a pattern yet? Jimi writes a LOT of guitar riffs. I mean like hundreds. This one is a classic Bell riff. I think we wrote the chorus together but I really don't remember. I do remember that the lyrics were somewhat inspired by "the Running Man" book by Stephen King. It's my own take on the fugitive theme. I put myself in the place of someone in a dead end who can't make ends meet but still wants to provide. How far would you go?
Suicide Door: As soon as Jimi played me his riff for this, I immediately pictured an old Ford V8 racing dirt roads, cops in pursuit and Tommy guns blasting. Obviously Bonnie and Clyde came to mind. I rented a show on those two and read up a lot about them. Fascinating, but not easy to make a rock song out of. It took a lot of lyric editing, and the guys didn't really like how many words I had to cram in there to tell the story, but I think it just needs it all to make sense. It's totally exhausting to sing and play this live, and I told Jimi I wanted some kind of guitar/bass synchronized crazy solo part which he wrote. Love that!
Forever: This one took FOREVER! It's my baby, we all worked really hard on it for a long time. One of my favorite movies is the original Lost Boys. After watching it one really late night, I picked up my acoustic and the verse riff and vocal melody just came out. For lyrics, I put myself in the place of a vampire in love with a girl, wrestling with his conscience about turning her into a vampire or not. However, I tried to not say "Vampire" at all, so hopefully people will come away from it with their own interpretation. I had some vocal coaching help from my longtime friend Craig Polivka who wrote the line "lonely hearts for wheels", which is my favorite.
I thought Forever was arranged, but one day Bj said "It's missing a great big chorus"...so back to the drawing board. It took many many more arrangements to make the new chorus work in the song. Our good friend Chuck Beckman played a real sitar on it. I didn't know I would be playing sleigh bells on it, but they're on the outro behind Bj's intense drum solo. The other kind of funny thing about recording Forever was the huge long note I sang. I have a big window in the control room that looks out over my backyard. I found I could hold the note longer if I held my arms out, so there I am, back to the window, in the zone, feeling it, arms outstretched, it's such a long note that I was shaking by the end of it. I press stop, turn around and there's my 11 year old son and a bunch of his friends looking in the window like "What's wrong with your dad?"

Anyone who pre orders the new album by Sept Fri the 13 will receive this limited run printing of the "Maxx Explosion - Devils Locomotive" poster, signed by the band!
Buy: www.kivelrecords.com / buy any two Kivel titles, get the third half price (Also, on Sale NOW LaValle, Adriangale, No Love Lost).


LARS ERIC MATTSSON - EPICENTRE SEES DIGITAL RELEASE VIA LION MUSIC SEPTEMBER 20:
Marking the 23rd album of his career, Lars Eric Mattsson returns with 18 new compositions on his most personal album to date entitled 'Epicentre' and due for release on 20 September 2013 via Lion Music.
MP3 Sampler: soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/lars-eric-mattsson-epicentre.

'Epicentre' shows where Lars Eric Mattsson is in 2013. With a vast repertoire of music under his belt, whether under his own name, Mattsson, Book Of Reflections, Vision, Condition Red or Astral Groove, this new release sees Lars handle almost every aspect himself with the exception of drums by Christer Jansson.

On the new material Lars comments, "There are 18 tracks on this album, a few more than one might expect but I felt like it could not have been any shorter. Musically the album would not have been complete with fewer tracks as I wanted to paint a full picture of who I am and where I am today. I am also singing myself rather than working with someone else. During the writing process I think I came to find my own voice and felt that it was time for me to develop this to its fullest and here I am, a reborn veteran! It took about a year to finish this album and if this will be my last recording ever I would be happy with that. I have put all of my heart and soul into this album which I believe should be seen as an entity, just choosing one song is not going to be very representative as they are all different, yet all have what I guess is now considered a signature sound".

Contained within are songs that long-term Mattsson fans will be used to such, as the driving intricate time signatures of opener "Wait for the Sunrise" or the instrumental "Freedom Fighters" which Mattsson describes as "Perhaps the most intense track. I really don't expect to ever hear this one performed by a cover band (laughs) A full 7/8 time prog metal attack with some cool bass/guitar tapping interplay", yet new textures are served in the likes of the driven "Cinnamon" which fuses acoustic guitar with electric sitar and "Andalucķa" which mixes acoustic guitar and violin in a jazz fusion setting.
More traditional metal waters are visited (with the expected Mattsson twists) for "A New Devil" and "No More War" whilst "No One Else" harks back to Mattsson 1980's works (albeit updated with 7 string guitar) and 70's hard rock is the influence behind "No Way, No Surrender".
Yet perhaps one of the biggest aspects of change between this and preview releases is Mattsson's decision to take on lead vocal duties as well, "I tried singing on a few rare spots in the past but to be honest I didn't really find my voice until I was halfway through this album, which made me start all over once I got the hang of things".
Another notable change is more streamlined songs "I decided early on that I should try to make shorter songs and cut out as much as I could and see how that would come across. I think this makes the tracks more direct and perhaps easier to listen to than some of my past ultra-intensive tracks".

Track Listing: 01. Wait for the Sunrise 02. A New Devil 03. Cinnamon 04. Land of Dreams 05. Melting Down 06. No One Else 07. South of the Border (Instrumental) 08. No Way, No Surrender 09. Mirror 10. So Far Away 11. Freedom Fighters (Instrumental) 12. Too Late 13. I Don't Know 14. Cold Inside 15. Andalucķa (Instrumental) 16. No More War 17. Scratch My Back 18. Clouding My Eyes.
Lars Eric Mattsson - Epicentre Sees Digital Release Via Lion Music On September 20.
Pre-Order Now: itunes.apple.com/album/epicentre/id688168772 / www.amazon.com/Epicentre/dp/B00EKN8CAS/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377215583 / www.amazon.co.uk/Epicentre/dp/B00EKPPM6S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377215540.



Monday, September 02, 2013

IMPERA'S PIECES OF EDEN DUE OCTOBER:
Escape Music is proud to announce the release of the second Impera album Pieces of Eden, due for release in Europe October 18.
Track List: 1 Beast Within 2 These Chains 3 All Alone 4 Smalltown Blues 5 Since You´ve Been Gone 6 Goodbye 7 Easy Come 8 You And I 9 This Is War 10 Fire And The Flame.

Impera is: Matti Alfonzetti – vocals (Jagged Edge, Scott Gorham, Skintrade, Road To Ruin, Red White & Blues) / Tommy Denander – guitar (Radioactive, Houston, Voices Of Rock), J.K. Impera – drums (Bruce Kulick, Graham Bonnet, Vinnie Vincent, John Corabi, Brian Robertson) / Mats Vassfjord - bass (Vinnie Vincent, John Corabi, Scaar, Grand Design).
Produced by: John "Impera" Kihlberg / Mixed and co-produced by: Lars Chriss / Mastered by: Mike Lind.

After an explosive 2012 Album "Legacy of Life" Impera are back with an even stronger album than before! Impera are a melodic rock "supergroup" that consists of a guitar player who, seemingly effortlessly, delivers stunning solos and riffs of that classic, timeless grit you thought were killed off by grunge coupled with a pounding bass that will put you through the wall. Add blistering drumming that's as solid as it is technically challenging and on top of all that, add a vocalist that sings circles around the competition. There's no keyboard player, no nonsense, no fuzz - just rock and roll!
To twist things around even further, the band is the brainchild of drummer J.K Impera who acts as the commander in chief in this state of rock. "I started the band four years ago, and originally ex-Mötley Crüe vocalist John Corabi was on board to handle vocal duties", J.K. says. "However, our schedules couldn't be matched, so I opted for a good friend of mine, who also happens to be one of Sweden's best rock vocalists ever, Matti Alfonzetti".

The whole band consists of solid musicians who have earned their wings through hard work with an impressive number of world-class stars over the years. Their combined CV reads as a who's who in today's rock. In various constellations they have played with Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick from Kiss, Brian Robertson from Thin Lizzy, John Levén from Europe and many more. Guitarist Tommy Denander alone has played with almost everyone. He recently toured Japan and Europe with Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow/Malmsteen fame, Toto's Bobby Kimball and Chicago's Bill Champlin. He is considered one of the world's best session players and has contributed his axe work on an unsurpassed 2000+ albums. He is honoured with his own signature VGS guitar which features the innovative Ever tune bridge system and True Temperament frets.
"We all started to play because of Kiss", J.K states. "We're huge Kiss-fans and collectors and even good friends with them. Kiss is the reason we discovered how great rock and roll is. And following their tradition, you can count on a stage show that will take your breath away, complete with fireworks, smoke, fire and all hell's breaking loose! The amount of powder used in a single show would put the defence of a small European country to shame."
When "Legacy of Life" hit the streets back in October 2012 everyone was so excited with this fresh sound these four guys had injected into the melodic rock industry, well just wait till you her "Pieces of Eden", this is an album that will blow your mind.
The song Goodbye is a cover originally featured on KISS Paul Stanley 1978. Lars Chriss from Lion's Share plays guest guitar on the song, as does Bob Kulick (all solos on the track).


GARY SCHUTT READIES HIS MOVING PARTS:
Cool news from Gary Schutt: "I've been hard at work on may projects. But priority one is done, kinda... my new album! Twelve brand new songs! And this one is different and yet the same! This one still has heavy rock riffs, catchy hooks and guitars galore, as it always will be. But the subjects for the songs are what is different. We all know that my past two major releases were heartbreak laden, relationship songs. As proud as I am of those works, I wanted to change it up. This album has many different subjects and stories, but I won't tell because I want you to listen for the first time with fresh ears. So, right now I'm going to announce the album title and track listing.... here we go!
My TENTH solo album is called Moving Parts!
Track Listing: 1 A Million Miles An Hour 4:10, 2 Half A World Away 3:04, 3 Gonna Die Trying 6:13, 4 The Precipice :54, 5 Until I See You Again 4:29, 6 Fuel To The Fire 5:45, 7 Commodore 64 4:08, 8 Pornipulation 3:14, 9 Invisible 4:06, 10 Lucky Penny 3:10, 11 Weapons Hot 6:42, 12 Moving Parts 5:51.
Here's the bad news, I'm not setting a release date yet. I want to shop this album for a decent record deal, someone to help with advertising and touring because in this wonder age of internet and digital distribution doesnt guarantee sales without adversiting and touring, and I can't do any more by myself. So, my great fans, please be patient. In the meantime I will be doing music videos and other stuff because I want the physical CD to be accompanied with a DVD. That I might release, if done, by December. More updates soon. Rock on! GS."


THE BABYS RETURN TO THE SUNSET STRIP:
Three decades later, legendary classic-rock band The Babys return for a show on the Sunset Strip, the British group's adopted home when they burst upon the scene after signing with Chrysalis in the 1970s. Having reformed this summer with original guitarist Wally Stocker and original drummer Tony Brock, The Babys headline the Roxy Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 19.
"It's going to be great to get back there. It will feel like home," Stocker said. "I remember playing the Whisky for the last time on New Year's Eve in 1979, and there were so many people packed in that you couldn't even move. That was the last time we played the Sunset Strip."
In the 1970s and early 80s, The Babys sold more than 15 million records and toured with Journey, Styx, Cheap Trick and others including a show before 80,000 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Former members John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips have all gone on stardom. Waite had No. 1 singles with "Missing You" and again in Bad English with "When I See You Smile." Cain joined Journey and penned a string of hit singles including "Don't Stop Believing," the most downloaded song in history. Phillips is a longtime bass player for Styx.
In a remarkable comeback story, The Babys performed a benefit show to rave reviews in July before a capacity crowd at Canyon Club, about an hour north of Los Angeles – the group's first show in more than 30 years – and the band figures to be much stronger now that they've gotten their feet wet and been able to rehearse more.
The new members are John Bisaha, who sounds like John Waite and even looks a bit like him, along with ex-Buddy Miles guitarist J.P. Cervoni, roundly considered the No. 1 studio player in Los Angeles. The Babys have five hit singles that are still played on the radio every day – "Isn't it Time," "Head First," "Midnight Rendez-Vous,""Everytime I Think of You" and the irresistible "Back on My Feet Again" – and every one them is in the concert set.
The Babys have released one new song, "Not Ready to Say Goodbye," which sounds exactly like a mix of several of their hits. Tickets for the Roxy performance are available through ticketfly for $22. For VIP packages, visit thebabysofficial.com. In concert, The Babys feature a side keyboardist and two female backup singers.

Here is a capsule look at each member of The Babys:
Wally Stocker, guitarist – A key force throughout The Babys' original rise to stardom, Stocker first left home in London at 15 with just a couple of pounds in his pocket and a guitar strapped to his back in pursuit of his rock and roll dreams, and he has never turned back. A favorite among Babys fans for his spell-binding guitar riffs that always played the spaces as well as the notes, Stocker went on to join Rod Stewart's band, then Air Supply, then Humble Pie.
Tony Brock, drummer – Strongly considered one of the best drummers in the world, Brock plays with a rare combination of feel and timing, combined with a preference to hit the drums just about as hard as possible. Post-Babys, Brock was a long-time member of Rod Stewart's band in addition to playing with Jeff Beck, Bernie Taupin and others. Eventually, Brock founded Sliver Dreams Studios (silverdreamsstudios.com) near Los Angeles, where he produced platinum records for Jimmy Barnes and a string of others.
John Bisaha, vocals/bass – Blessed with terrific rock voice that sounds about as close to one-of-a-kind Waite as you can get, relative unknown Bisaha proved an instant star at The Babys' first comeback performance in July. The first song was "Looking For Love," and it took about 30 seconds for Bisaha to have the capacity crowd in the palm of his hand. He sings and looks great – a key development for the new Babys to succeed – and through the years Bisaha has made his mark in theatre and studio work. A natural born star.
J.P.Cervoni, guitar – Best known for his work with Buddy Miles (ex-Hendrix), Cervoni plays the guitar upside down just like Jimi. In fact, on stage he uses the same exact guitar head that used to belong to Mr. Hendrix himself. A guitar virtuoso in all things rock, Cervoni is the go-to guy in Los Angeles if you want something to sound perfect in the studio, and he also has extensive touring experience. Italian-born before finding his way to Los Angeles, Cervoni is a legend in the studio.


ROCK 'N' ROLL SINNERS - VOLUME I: ROCK SCRIBES ON THE ROCK PRESS, ROCK MUSIC & ROCK STARS PAPERBACK:
"Neil's got folks who can put the brushstroke hither and thither, talking up regional stuff, the ins and outs of the Internet, mag publishing, book publishing… all useful and interesting for those who want to partake of this world." Martin Popoff from his foreword.

Rock 'N' Roll Sinners is the first chapter in a trilogy of books featuring insightful and highly entertaining interviews with some of the world's most successful and respected rock and metal scribes. Ever wondered what it takes to be a rock journalist? In this extensive collection of interviews, seasoned rock author Neil Daniels has interviewed 65 rock and metal journalists from around the world. With a foreword by the revered Canadian metal author and journalist Martin Popoff, Rock 'N' Roll Sinners is a worthy historical document for the serious enthusiast and can be used as a handy reference guide for the aspiring rock and metal writer. This hefty collection, which was previously published as the critically acclaimed All Pens Blazing - Volume I, makes essential reading for rock and metal heads the world over.
PurchaseLink: www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Sinners-Scribes-Press/dp/1492163341/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377959719&sr=1-1&keywords=rock+n+roll+sinners.


Friday, August 30, 2013

TIME TO CHECK OUT WHAT A MAXX EXPLOSION SOUNDS LIKE:
Yesterday Kivel Records dropped the news about Maxx Explosion and their album Forever - Produced by Chris McCarvill and Don Dokken. The album will drop in less than a month - the album will be premiered at MelodicRockFest 3. To give everyone a taste of what is to come...check out Falling Away by Maxx Explosion, featuring members of (House of Lords / Breakwall) Available @ www.kivelrecords.com Sept 27. Pre-order it now. (Buy any two Kivel releases get the 3rd half Price)

Download Full Track - Maxx Explosion - Falling Away


DIAMOND DAWN TO LAUNCH THE NEW SINGLE OFF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM "OVERDRIVE":
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of the second single from Diamond Dawn's debut album Overdrive entitled Standing As One. This rocking new song is accompanied by a videoclip that was shot by the band during the summer and that is possible to watch on YouTube clicking below:


The single can be downloaded now from every fine shop such as iTunes or Amazon and streamed legally via Spotify and Deezer. Diamond Dawn's debut album was released last February in Europe and North America and gathered excellent reviews such as:
"Diamond Dawn's Overdrive is easily recommended to fans of classic AOR melodic hard rock" - Dangerdog.com
"Without a doubt a fun album" - Bringthenoiseuk.com
"..At their best they put a new flavour to their brand of AOR" - Rockunited
"Diamond Dawn delivers for all fans of AOR / melodic rock" - Planetaor
"The dawn of their overdriven sound is a true diamond in the rough" - Metal Temple
"Diamond Dawn is a very promising band" - Grande Rock
"This could quite easily be one of the albums of the year" - Rocktopia
"A promising start to a hopefully long career" - Getreadytorock
"Fluffy but fun would be my concise report" - Sea of Tranquility
"Ear-pleasing and well-crafted melodic rock/hard-rock with enough shine to light up anyone's soundtrack" - Hardrocknights.com
"A "must-buy" tick for fans of everything that comes from Sweden" - Melodicrock.com
"This is something you don't want to miss" - Rockzone.co.uk
"A promising debut" - Sleazenation
"Overdrive is the Hellgoat's third perfect 10 in 2013" - Popdose.com


MELODIC TUBE:
Richie Sambora has appeared on Japanese TV this week - but not in a musical way - rather on a shopping program promoting his clothing business. Check it out at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1E2sl2g4r4.

Carlos Santana and Greg Rolie joined Journey on stage this week - view here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bveacz5wrdA.

Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams & Peter Friestedt Live In Concert is the best-selling DVD in Sweden this Week. Congrats guys - www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlwSdhDPqek.

EUROPE RELEASES LIVE DVD OCTOBER 16:
Europe are planning a new DVD live release. This concert which was captured at Sweden Rock Festival 7th of June 2013 is not only a massive greatest hits show in front of 30,000 people, it also marks the 30th anniversary of the bands existence. They celebrate this by playing 28 songs spanning their whole career including songs never before performed. Between the heavy rock songs they also sit down for an emotional acoustic set which brings a unique intimate feel to this otherwise massive arena show. To pay tribute to their own heroes they invite legendary guests artists Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) and Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG) to join them on stage.
The band has made nothing short of a remarkable return since they started up again in 2004. Their latest album Bag Of Bones was awarded the 16th best rock album in the world by the prestigious Classic Rock Magazine in 2012.
Together with the four latest CD releases to come out this side of the millennium and the five albums they produced in the eighties and nineties. They sit on an enormous song treasure.
The DVD Includes songs like: Seven doors hotel, Open Tour heart, Rock The Night, Carrie, Superstitious, Prisoners in Paradise. Always the pretenders, Last look at Eden, New love in town, Not supposed to sing the blues, Firebox, Lights out (with Michael Schenker), Jailbreak (with Scott Gorham) and many more.
Over two hours and forty minutes of concert footage, behind the scenes material and an exclusive interview with the band, makes this the definitive Europe Live DVD. Also released as Blu-Ray and live CD.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with 3 great sounding live shows from the glory days - they are:
- Jimmy Page - Emerald Eyes (Live 1988)
- Brian May - Out Of His Own (Live 1993)
- Twisted Sister - Live 1984
Join MRX now.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

NEWRELEASETUESDAY.COM PREMIERES STRYPER'S "REVELATION" LYRIC VIDEO:
Legendary rock band Stryper has partnered with NewReleaseTuesday.com for the exclusive premiere of a new lyric video for the track Revelation, from their upcoming album No More Hell To Pay. Starting at 12:00PM, EST today, the video will be available for viewing exclusively at NewReleaseTuesday.com.
Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, the all-new studio album features some of Stryper's strongest and heaviest material to date. No More Hell To Pay will be available in North America on November 5th via Frontiers Records, and is now available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD and deluxe Digipak featuring exclusive video content. Within 24 hours of becoming available for pre-order at Amazon on August 22nd, No More Hell To Pay shot to #10 in the Rock Music category, and #20 in Music, thanks to word of mouth from Stryper fans.

Multi-platinum rock outfit Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (lead vocals/guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), Stryper has been going strong since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil, In God We Trust and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free" and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously.
For more information, please visit: www.stryper.com / www.frontiers.it.

KIVEL RECORDS - ARTIST UPDATES:
Kivel Records has always prided itself with eye popping visuals and clever concepts for its album covers. This year has been no different. First we bought you the album art of LaValle "Dear Sanity". Then we unveiled the new Adriangale artwork. Both of which we were very proud of. Also let's not forget Tango Down's "Identity Crisis". So keeping with this tradition and not allowing ourselves to paint ourselves into a corner. We met the challenge yet again to bring creative and eye catching art concepts for our releases. Designed by renowned graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard, we give you No Love Lost! We hope you like. Pre-order it now at www.kivelrecords.com along with Adriangale "Suckerpunch!" and LaValle "Dear Sanity". Buy any two titles get the third half price automatically. What better time to buy!! Don't miss No Love Lost at MelodicRockFest this Sept in Arlington, IL (www.melodicrockfest.com)


So what else do we have in store for the community and the people attending MRF this Sept? How about a BRAND NEW Artist to Kivel Records? YEP. We are very pleased to announce Maxx Explosion featuring (House of Lords Alum) Jimi Bell - Guitars, BJ Zampa - Drums and Chris McCarvil - Bass/ Lead Vocals! This Terror Trio will debut their album, Forever at MRF3 as a exclusive street date release, only at MRF! Before it hits the stores. Produced By Chris McCarvil and Don Dokken, this a must have album for any fan of fast paced intense guitar driven Rock. Pre-order it now at www.kivelrecords.com.


Lastly here is a song by song breakdown from AdrianGale's Vic Rivera in regards to the upcoming Suckerpunch!

Suckerpunch! - We've been away for a while, pursuing other endeavors and navigating the often slippery slope that is real life, but we've always been in close contact. John approached Jamie at the right time, and we all felt we were ready to reconvene and get this all started again. Thing is, we approached our return REAL quiet-like, agreeing not to go public with our impending comeback until all the pieces were in place...and so it went. This song encapsulates that feeling, that ideal - surprise! Jamie did a killer job with running with the majority of the lyrics on this one, once I sang to him the chorus I had already written. That's what I love about working with him, he's just so good ! Some fun dual solo work from Eddie and I here as well.
The Black and Blue - Fact: human nature isn't always pretty. Too often friendship and loyalty are treated as cheap afterthoughts. Worst part is people who do so don't realize the incredible and lasting damage done to others. This is about being strong, secure and accomplished, in spite of disingenuous people. Accordingly, picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and declaring you are determined to move forward is the gist of the lyrics here. This is dedicated to all those who need to rediscover themselves after such ordeals.
Give Me A Sign - It's all over the place: accounts of politicians, teachers, assorted role models, even "friends" - talking out of both sides of their mouths, employing double standards, and doing a million other shady things at the expense of other people. So here's is a nice, friendly little ode to those folks expecting blind faith while we get taken for a ride...
What Will You Do - A song about confronting a person so self-righteous about themselves or a particular situation and ideal that it is destroying their relationship with you. Posing the hypothetical to your adversary can't guarantee results but every so often, they might pause for a moment to think.
The World We Knew - A bleak yet hopeful testimony to someone you love...when the world is falling down, when all noble deeds and righteous causes aren't making a difference any longer, you're there with them no matter what, and you want them to be there with you as well.
All About The Money - Some folks are singularly focused on the accumulation of wealth, or on making money off the backs of others. They discard all notion of friendship or decency and shoot themselves in the foot time and time again. It's a miserable, self-perpetuating road to ruin that you can only step back and watch happen (if you care to) when such people eventually have nothing. This is another one where Jamie's talent as an incredible songwriter himself allowed him to build on the chorus I presented to him. All bow down to Stratosphere...
Believe - We've all been there - with a friend, a lover, a family member - when it seems nothing you can do is going to salvage or repair your relationship, yet somehow there still exists deep-rooted traces of the good things that once existed between you, and hope once again promises to find its mark. Written for the ARFM fundraiser CD put together in 2009, this was one too good not to re-record and include on a proper release. Some great trading of solos between Eddie and I once again on this one.
Temporis Intermisso - Latin for "a brief pause", and very apropos for this instrumental interlude on the album...really let Eddie and myself stretch out a little on this one to show some chops. Well, going toe to toe with the King Kong guitarist that is Eddie Campbell is an exercise in futility. So I decided to play the more melodic foil to his pyrotechnics. This one's for the guitar aficionados in our fan base for sure!
When I Said You'd Be The One - The last song written for this album and one I actually couldn't wrap myself around for a bit - at least until I wrote the chorus. I let Jamie take command of the rest of the song's lyrics and he did a bang-up job of capturing the message, another one saying "I never saw you capable of turning on me like you have but you did - oh well." John Kivel INSTANTLY fell in love with this and declared it the teaser single for the new album. His instincts proved very sound - the fans ate it up!
Could Have Been Me - Ever give so much of yourself to someone that you just can't stomach the fact that you shouldered the burden of such a negative soul-sucker in the first place? Yep - I thought so. On rare occasion the offending party MIGHT have a moment of clarity and try to get back into your good graces, but there's nothing more satisfying than being able to say "sorry, too late!"
You - Jamie's undying and intense love for his wife Heather inspired him to write some of the most beautiful and heartfelt lyrics you could ever hope for. I felt Jamie would best be able to come up with something really special for the music I wrote for this song and did he ever make a statement that will stand with our best ballads prior...I'd get a real kick out of it if this was used as someone's wedding song one of these days!

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Pre-order Adriangale now via Kivel Records/MR.com and automatically be entered in the Suckerpunch Raffle!! What's that? Well how's this for Fan appreciation folks!! TWO of these nifty gloves, that were used for the new Adriangale album cover Suckerpunch! have been signed by the band, and will be raffled off at MRF3 in Sept! Anyone that pre-orders the CD will receive 1 raffle ticket. Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the MRF booth that weekend. Again only 2 gloves will be raffled off! A right hook and a southpaw jab! So first come first serve! Also, all pre-orders will be signed by the band. The raffle is limited to MR in cooperation with Kivel Records. Street date is at MRF3!!!
MRF3 - www.melodicrockfest.com.

US/Canada Sales: $12 + $5 shipping.
International Sales: $12 + $7 Shipping.

RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT ANNOUNCES VOCALIST LOU GRAMM AS NEXT SINGER IN ICON SERIES:
Raiding The Rock Vault--the ultimate classic rock concert experience--has announced Lou Gramm, best known as the founding vocalist of the rock band Foreigner, as the next singer in its Icon Series. Gramm will perform in five shows from Oct. 18-22. One of the best-selling bands of all time, with worldwide sales of nearly 80 million albums, Foreigner has created generation-spanning hits, including "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice," "Urgent," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Juke Box Hero," and "Waiting for a Girl Like You," most of which were co-written by Gramm.
"Lou Gramm is one of my favorite vocalists of all time," said creator, director and producer John Payne. "We pay tribute to the legend that is Foreigner in our show every night, and to have him here as part of the experience is beyond exciting." Gramm's guest appearance will follow Yes's Jon Anderson, who takes the stage Sept. 20-24 with Raiding The Rock Vault.
The story of classic rock comes to life with Raiding The Rock Vault. Boasting the ultimate set list, the show takes audiences on a magical musical journey, traversing the genre's history from the '60s through the '80s.
Raiding The Rock Vault features classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Journey, Free, Bryan Adams, Supertramp, Toto, Deep Purple, and more, truly boasting "The Greatest Set List Ever."
The show's all-star lineup includes Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), Tracii Guns [Guitar] (LA Guns, Guns n' Roses), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline).
Ticket prices for Raiding The Rock Vault range from $49 to $125 (plus fees) for a special Rock Star Package (which includes tickets in first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, album, meet-and-greet and VIP pass). Special discount tickets for $39 are available for locals. For an up-to-date schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the LVH box office or log onto thelvh.com, vegas.com, or ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CONEY HATCH TO LAUNCH THE FIRST SINGLE OFF THE NEW ALBUM "FOUR":
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of the first single from Coney Hatch new album "Four" entitled "Blown Away". The cover art is pictured below. This rocking new song is accompanied by a video clip that was shot by the band during the summer and that is possible to watch on YouTube clicking below:


The single can be downloaded now from every fine shop such as iTunes or Amazon and streamed legally via Spotify and Deezer. It is also possible to enjoy a samples of some songs from the forthcoming album, following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaX7gLnhuFY.
Coney Hatch new album "Four" will be released on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe and marks the first record of new material in over two decades. "FOUR" is chalked full of the unique brand of melodic riff-rock that first brought the band to the attention of critics and rock fans all over the world.

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MRCD/MRR PRE-ORDERS:
To pre-order the new MRCD11 compilation, or the upcoming MelodicRock Records releases House of Shakira and Faith Circus - please check out the MR Pre-Order Page (Released September 23 and at MelodicRockFest).
Please be advised that if you have already pre-ordered and are awaiting email notification of the bonus track downloads - that's coming tomorrow! I've had a couple of days off sick this week and am a bit behind. Thanks for supporting these great titles!

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NEW LYNAM EP DUE OCTOBER:
Birmingham, AL rock band Lynam, will release it's new EP entitled "Halfway To Hell" October 15th via New Ocean Media. The band has made the song 'Wrong Side Of The Grave' available for streaming via SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com/lynam/wrong-side-of-the-grave) and a free download via their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lynammusic).
"Halfway To Hell" was produced by the band and longtime producer Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Terrible Things). The song 'Wrong Side Of The Grave' was produced and co-written with Bruno Agra.
Lynam will be supporting Pop Evil on a string of dates in September in addition to headlining shows:
9/11Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theater
9/12 Montgomery, AL Rock Bottom
9/13 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
9/20 Hattiesburg, MS Brewsky's
9/21 Daphne, AL Top Of The Bay
9/27 Lawrenceville, GA Sportsline
9/28 Elkton, MD Mid Atlantic Rock Fest
Lynam consists of Jacob Bunton (lead vocals, guitar), David Lynam (drums, vocals), Cody Elliott (Bass, Vocals), and Lonny Paul (guitar, vocals).

In 2006, Lynam signed a deal with DRT/Universal Records and released the critically acclaimed album "Slave To The Machine". This album peaked at #21 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and #19 on the Heat- seekers chart. The first single 'Tanis' went to #1 on both the active rock independent and main-stream rock independent charts. The band's 2008 album "Tragic City Symphony" was released on Megaforce / Mascot Records and featured the radio singles 'Save My Soul', 'Lindsay Says', and 'Porn Star'. All three singles reached the top 10 on the active rock independent chart with 'Save My Soul' reaching top 5