BJ Laneby


MAJOR INSTINCT - Roots & Wings (Showcase)

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Roots & Wings
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Magnus Mild, Victor Olsson, Martin Kronlund
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Melodic Hard Rock
The new Swedish classic hard rock band MAJOR INSTINCT is the brainchild of M.ILL.ION founder, main songwriter and bass guitarist B.J Laneby. After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums with six figures sales and international touring, he decided to put M.ILL.ION to rest and start something new. This decision came after B.J became very ill and actually nearly died at the end of their last UK-tour (June/July 2014). Several months of intensive care both in the UK and in Sweden followed and once conscious and recovering, he had a lot of time to think. Said and done, the best musicians and the coolest guys available in Sweden were picked and in late December 2014 MAJOR INSTINCT was formed in Gothenburg. A BAND, not a project! The line-up soon was completed with Stefano Marchesini (lead vocals, ex HUMAN RACE),  Magnus Mild (guitars), Johan Häll (drums, ex- M.ILL.ION)  and 22-year old newcomer Gabriel Glamheden (Hammond & keys).
The songwriting took place in the first part of 2015 and carries on the vibe of bands like Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, KISS and Deep Purple. The major part of the lyrics, all written by B.J Laneby, reflects on the rollercoaster ride called life.  A couple of rough recordings were sent out to some contacts in the business and very soon there were offers on the table. In May 2015, the band decided to go with Metal Heaven and MAJOR INSTINCT signed a deal with them for Europe.
With a deal and a budget in place, July 2015 was spent in the Rabbit Hole Studios in Gothenburg Sweden. Guitarist Magnus Mild was the engineer, Victor Olsson took care of the mix and Martin Kronlund of JM Studio mastered the album.
High Five”, a straight catchy rock´n roll song with a positive message was chosen as the first single and a video clip: "We can do it together!" Be it the team, the band or the couple. The release date for both was on September 30, 2015. The video for this track was directed by the video producer & photographer, the talented Mr Alex Kristoffersson.
“Roots & Wings” is the name of the album which finally will see the light of day on AOR Heaven on November 27, 2015. On the same day the band will make their first live appearance at the launch party/release at Musikens Hus, in Gothenburg Sweden.

Introducing INSTINCT Featuring BJ Laneby

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
M.ILL.ION main man beats death and forms new band!
B.J LANEBY Bass guitar
After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums, charting and international touring, M.ILL.ION founder and bass guitarist B.J Laneby decided to put the band to rest. Now he´s back with a strong new band from Sweden and he´s very excited about it. B.J: “ At the end of our [M.ILL.ION] UK tour with Heaven & Earth last summer, I became very ill and actually nearly died. I literally had one foot in the grave. After spending several months in intensive care both in England and in Sweden and once conscious and recovering, let´s say I had a lot of time to think… A situation like that makes one get a new perspective on life, believe me!  Musicwise... I needed new energy and found myself curious about the prospect of playing with other musicians. The M.ILL.ION members were of course great and I´m really proud of what the different lineups of that band have created through the years. It´s been a tremendous ride that took me to the international stages, worldclass studios, and made me a colleague of several of my former teenage idols! However, it became evident that now is the time for me to move on and turn the page. Time to leave the comfort zone and collaborate with a new team. And, I am grateful to have found some super-talented guys!  To alleviate any possible confusion, let me clarify...INSTINCT is a BAND, not a project!”
BJ: Ever since I heard him sing in a Rainbow tribute-band and then coproduced the debut of his former band Human Race back in the 90`s, I always had this guy in mind. Fantastic voice and a nice guy. No wonder he´s been compared to “Dio and Jeff Scott Soto on a good day” by critics. I´d like to add that he knows his Coverdale and Paul Stanley as well.
MAGNUS MILD Lead guitar
BJ: He was recommended to me by Stefano and what a monster he is! A true guitar hero nailing everything from blues and rock´n roll to really advanced progressive music. Has a very melodic feeling as well, something I really appreciate. Came to the audition wearing a vintage KISS Cobo Hall t-shirt, which of course didn´t close any doors ;-)
BJ: I brought him from M.ILL.ION´s last line up. He was never on any of our records, but has sure proved himself on tours. He´s great to play with and has that Ian Paice - swing. Cool overall musician as well, not that common for drummers. Looking forward to finally record with him and adding to that I´m afraid there might be some laughs on tour…
TBA:  Keyboards
BJ: A keyboardist/organist is required as well, but, as of this writing, the right player hasn´t showed up yet. Until this happens, sessionplayers will be used. Style of music: Well, let´s just say the auditions included songs from Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy as well as M.ILL.ION material that B.J wrote or co-wrote. This should give you an idea of the musical direction...however, everybody involved will bring something to the look forward to high quality classic hard rock with melodies and some twists. Expect the band´s debut single and video to be released in the spring of 2015 followed by a full album. Stay tuned for more news soon!

M.ILL.ION Call It A Day After 25 Years

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

M.ILL.ION calling it at a day after 25 years - Thank You and on to the future!
After seven highly critically acclaimed international albums and a career that includes headlining tours, sharing the big stages with major names, charting and being named' the perfect mix of classic rock, melodic metal and rock' n roll', M.ILL.ION is no more
Bassguitarist B.J Laneby comments:
"As the bands founder and owner of the name I recently decided to put the band to rest. As some of You know I became very ill on the last UK tour and was fighting death for quite some time. Had to spend two and half months at hospitals in both England and Sweden and while recovering I had a lot of time to think. Get perspective on things. One of the conclusions that grew stronger and stronger was: I need changes and new energy. I'm certainly not quitting music and I have good hopes to present a new band in the near future, who knows: You might even recognize some of the names in it ;-)' But more on that later.
For now I want to thank my buddies and the great musicians in the last line up of M.ILL.ION: Andreas Gr'vle, Angelo Modafferi and Johan H'll for all the good times and creativity together. I especially want to thank our singer Ulrich Carlsson who has been with me in M.ILL.ION for 15 year, well done mate! I'm sure all those great guys will continue with music one way or the other and I look forward to have a beer or two when we meet as the friends we are. Thanks of course also to all former members of the band, without You this crazy ride wouldn't have been possible. We all want to send out a huge thank you to the great crews that have carried our gear and blown up places (especially Kent, Niclas and Janne), all the great bands we have toured and played with, including Magnum, Michael Schenker Group, Heaven & Earth, Nazareth, O/D Saxon, TNT, Pretty Maids, Tony Martin, Gary Barden & Statetrooper) all the business- and media people who have believed in us and last but certainly not least: A big collective hug to all the wonderful fans worldwide that have supported the band. There ARE truelly some GREAT PEOPLE in this world!

Thank You so much for 25 years and hope to see all You pretty soon. Rocking? You bet!

On behalf of M.ILL.ION ( x1989- +2014):
I raise my glass
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