Jean Beauvoir

Thu
06
Jul

One Riff Merchandising Launches New Exclusive Merch Portal

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Offering unique, official band merchandise that stands out from the crowd
 
On July 1, One Riff Merchandising launched its web store offering unique, official band merchandise to fans. Featuring Multi instrumentalist/Producer/Song writer Jean Beauvoir (ex Plasmatics, co-writer KISS/The Ramones), One Riff Merchandising also added to their roster Jean’s other band projects in Voodoo X and Crown of Thorns.
The online retailer offers official merchandise fully endorsed by the artists including T-shirts, posters, and guitar pick sets.
 
One Riff Merchandising is the brainchild of Tasmanian brothers Darren and Todd Dewis, who saw a niche in the industry and wanted to bridge the gap between band and fan.
“Official band merchandise has always been in our blood. Our first taste of band memorabilia came in 1980 when KISS toured Australia for the first time. The amount of merchandise was overload. The band was larger than life and their merchandise reflected that. It gave us our first taste, and we wanted everything.” – Darren (co-founder)
 
The brothers decided to bridge the gap that would allow bands to offer unique, official merchandise to their fans.
“Over the years we noticed a lot of bands overseas didn’t offer this type of merchandise on their websites. For fans living outside the U.S or Europe it was hard to get to shows, so you couldn’t even get a basic tour t-shirt. We are all about giving those fans an opportunity to own some cool products.” – Todd (co-founder)
 
One Riff Merchandising didn’t want to just offer basic band tees to the fans. They wanted to take things to another level. The two brothers came up with the art conception, and then enlisted the help of a design team in Europe to bring their ideas to life. They wanted the designs to be more works of art, just the way old LP covers used to be, offering fans something unique that would stand out from the crowd. They have also included in their merchandise range collectables not offered by artists like Jean Beauvoir before, including signed hand written lyrics, and a 12 track custom logo USB stick with track by track commentary by the artist.
 
For more information, and to check out the range of official band merchandise at One Riff Merchandising, please head to www.oneriffmerchandising.com and www.facebook.com/oneriffmerchandising
 
 
Fri
17
Jun

ROCKINGHAM 2016 On Sale Now

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STANDING ON TOP OF THE ROCK-INGHAM
 
Press Release: "Hey we're back, I heard you missed us? A different venue, less bands but no dip in quality is what Rockingham is offering this year. After last year’s successful weekend, plans were put in motion to deliver more of the same AOR goodness as organizer, Dave Herron, explains, “Following on from the incredible feedback from our 2015 event we have decided to make Rockingham a more permanent part of the UK festival scene.”
 
It’s all set to take place over the weekend of the 21st to 23rd of October, at Nottingham’s Trent University – a mere stones throw from last year’s venue.
With the likes of Trixter, Steelheart and Kevin Chalfant headlining over the three days, a stellar line up has been added to augment an already impressive top of the bill. 
At least five of these acts have never played in the UK before, with the likes of Lionheart and Lee Aaron having never set foot on a UK stage since the eighties. 
With the new blood being ably represented by the likes of Art Nation, Blood Red Saints, Angels Or Kings and Stone Broken, Rockingham is covering all the bases. 
This promises to be a wonderful weekend of AOR
 
LINE UP FOR THE WEEKEND
 
Kevin Chalfant
So where do you start with Mr. Chalfant? That he should have got the job in Journey, possibly. Or that he recorded one of the finest AOR albums of the nineties with the Storm, maybe. Perhaps we should just say that he possesses one of the finest AOR voices to ever grace the genre, so you can expect a set stuffed to the brim with quality moments from a distinguished career.
 
Jean Beauvoir
Now here's a man that could possibly be one of the coolest to ever strap on a guitar. His tenure with Crown Of Thorns is legendary, their debut being one of the finest albums he's appeared on. Having worked with Kiss, The Plasmatics and Little Steven amongst many others, he's guaranteed to get everybody on their feet. Are you ready?
 
Blood Red Saints
Having delivered one of the finest debuts of last year, Blood Red Saints will need no introduction. Gigs with the likes of Romeo's Daughter and Hand Of Dimes have shown them to be capable of delivering live what they put down in the studio. With a collective pool of talent that has seen them appear with the likes of Sam Thunder, Angels Or Kings, Gary Hughes, In Faith , The Shock, Lost Weekend and Newman, the Saints are the pride of the U.K.
 
The Poodles
Canine capers from Jakob Samuel and company is always a good way to spend your afternoon. Over the years they've produced several quality moments, garnering plaudits from far and wide. This is Scandinavian AOR at its most bombastic and fierce, so bring a muzzle as this dog bites.
 
Art Nation
Formed from the ashes of Diamond Dawn, Art Nation released one of the finest albums from last year, which saw critics liken them to a junior version of H.E.A.T. It's not gone unnoticed as Music giants Gain have recently snapped them up for a lucrative deal. So expect a highly charged set of fist pumping, anthemic AOR.
 
Lionheart
This was a shock addition to the bill, but a very welcome one. Having dispensed one of the finest UK pomp rock albums of the eighties, Lionheart toured with the likes of Def Leppard to rave reviews. Their brand of AOR is laced with luscious harmonies, biting guitars and surging keyboards. With ex Iron Maiden alumni, Derek Stratton, at the helm, the results should be breathtaking.
 
The Defiants
Let's cut to the chase here, the Defiants have made one of the best albums of this year pure and simple. Then again what did you expect from people that have plied their trade in Danger Danger, a band that are not shy of a hook or three. Between them, Bruno Ravel, Rob Marcello and Paul Laine have knocked it out of the park. Their recent performance in Milan is spoken of in hushed, revered tones, a true 'I was there moment'. Theirs is the sound of the eighties, amplified and cranked to eleven. Party on, dudes.
 
Trixter
Next to the Defiants, Trixter are another band born out of the eighties hair metal boom. Their brace of albums were lauded from far and wide, giving them gold records and stateside tours with the likes of Stryper and Kiss. Having reunited in 2008, they've since released two new albums, playing several prestigious gigs along the way. Another band that tore Milan apart, they're guaranteed to give it to you good.
 
Crazy Lixx
Bringing the Glam to Rockingham, Crazy Lixx will be riding into town on the back of several well received albums. This year’s live album is the perfect starting point to help you understand what the Lixx are all about. They'll push the button marked instant party, so get ready for these Revlon rebels to bring the mascara mayhem.
 
Stone Broken
A hot hard rock band from Walsall, surely some mistake? Nope, Stone Broken has gifted the world a hard hitting debut that has seen the plaudits arriving their way by the truckload. For most they'll be an unknown quantity, but after this weekend they've the potential to be everybody's favourite new band.
 
From The Fire
After a fabulous sophomore album, albeit twenty years later, and a wonderful debut UK performance in the same year, From The Fire were once again the band on all AORsters lips. Led by the core trio of J.D. Kelly, Tommy Lafferty and Michael Sciotto, From The Fire are an old school AOR fans wet dream. They were a little ring rusty last time out in the UK, this time they'll return like champion prize fighters.
 
Lee Aaron
The Metal Queen back in the UK for the first time since the eighties is enough to make you dust of those old red spandex pants in honour of the fact. The Canadian chanteuse will stir the loins of every red blooded male, and female, with a rollicking dose of maple leaf mayhem. An award winning artist, Aaron is another coup for Rockingham.
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio Band
The little man with the big voice, Alessandro Del Vecchio should be no stranger to AOR fans the world over. He's appeared with the likes of Jim Peterik, Mitch Malloy and Axe amongst many others. With Nigel Bailey helping out, this could be one of the surprise packages of the weekend.
 
Angels Or Kings
Born in the eighties, this critically acclaimed UK AOR band were resurrected in the new millennium, releasing an album that generated rave reviews the world over. Currently preparing their sophomore release, the Kings will be one of the most eagerly anticipated bands of the weekend.
 
Steelheart
Fronted by Miljenko Matijevic, Steelheart were MTV darlings, an admittedly brief tenure with the media giant, before Grunge swept all before it. Releasing a brace of albums at the peak of their popularity, they were a chart bothering behemoth whose candle was snuffed out all too early. Sporadic activity over the years has seen Matjevic as the sole remaining member. These boys have set the excitement factor to eleven, so get ready to stand up and shout.
 
Fortune
A bucket list moment for an awful lot of AORsters, this promises to be an unmissable set. With Richard Fortune, Larry Greene and Mick Fortune on board, you can expect their debut album to be played in almost its entirety. Don't be surprised if the roof is lifted when the likes of "Dearborn Station" and "Thrill Of It All" are played, this promises to be a keyboard fans dream gig.
 
Martina Edoff
Returning to the UK for the second time this year, Martina Edoff's brand of highly energized hard rock will set the afternoon alight. With a band that includes members of Skintrade, Last Autumn’s Dream and H.E.A.T, they've the pedigree to make sure a blistering set of hard rock is on the menu.
 
Valentine
Returning after his show stealing performance at the inaugural Rockingham festival, Robby Valentine is sure to be one of the most grandiose sets of the entire weekend. The pomp factor will be high and the keyboard quota off the scale, making this a symphonic delight for all in attendance.
 
I think you’ll all agree that Rockingham Festivals AOR credentials have been fully endorsed by having such an array of talent on show. Fans and ticket buyers would also be wise to watch out for announcements of official pre and after shows in the coming months via the festivals Facebook page. 
 
TICKETING DETAILS AREAVAILABLE FROM: www.rockinghamlive.com
 
 
Fri
19
Jun

BEAUVOIR FREE - American Trash (Review)

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Angels Cry
Shotgun To The Heart
Never Give Up
It’s Never Too Late
There’s No Starting Over
Just Breathe
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Beauvoir Free
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2015
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Worldwide
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Melodic Hard Rock
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Frontiers
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2015
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The architects of the great, no classic, Crown Of Thorns self-titled masterpiece are back together again to create the next chapter in their partnership.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Jean Beauvoir teams with guitarist/songwriter Micki Free to record this album as a duo, with the mission of picking up where the million dollar (literally) CoT debut left off.
 
After living with this for a while, I say the guys have an album split down the middle between hitting their target with a bullseye, and missing the mark.
Where it works is where the material best resembles the expected Crown Of Thorns sound. The voice of Beauvoir, the fine melodies and groove laden guitar work from Free are a true joy to hear in such well-produced songs such as the opening crunch of Angels Cry; the rolling melodic rock of Shotgun To The Heart (this could have been straight off the debut); the semi-acoustic Never Give Up and the glorious AOR anthem that is It’s Never Too Late. If only every track was as wonderful as this one. The closing There’s No Starting Over is also terrific old-school melodic rock.
The guys deliver a knockout ballad too, well worthy of the Crown Of Thorns name, Just Breathe is the big sentimental, harmony filled power ballad.
 
Where the guys miss the target for me is when they go off course to explore some bluesier, heavier sounds. Morning After didn’t grab me at all to start, but is saved by the melodic chorus; the garage rock of American Trash is something that doesn’t suit the album and I’m not too hot on Whiplash either, which is more AC/DC than CoT.
Add in a couple of ok tracks and the album seems split between classic and tracks dependent upon a listener’s mood.

In the end it’s great to hear these guys together again and this is going to make a lot of Crown Of Thorns fans happy. There’s a little of the debut here, some Lost Cathedral (their second best opus) and a little of the experimentation that slipped into latter day CoT albums.
All in all – a solid album, but not the classic I was anticipating.
 
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83
 
Thu
04
Jun

BEAUVOIR FREE - "Just Breathe" (Official Audio)


BEAUVOIR FREE "American Trash" out on June 5th in Europe and June 9 In North America.
Order NOW on Amazon http://radi.al/BeauvoirFreeAmazon
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Fri
08
May

BEAUVOIR FREE - Angels Cry (Official Video)

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Friday, May 8, 2015
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The first single and music video from the upcoming Beauvoir-Free album, AMERICAN TRASH has arrived! Hit the play button on the YouTube video below and enjoy "Angels Cry"!
 
If you pre-order AMERICAN TRASH on iTunes, then "Angels Cry" will download instantly: http://radi.al/BeauvoirFreeiTunes
 
AMERICAN TRASH is the debut album from Beauvoir-Free, which sees Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free reunited for the first time since their days in Crown of Thorns.
 
Preorder BEAUVOIR FREE "American Trash" NOW on iTunes: http://radi.al/BeauvoirFreeiTunes  // On Amazon: http://radi.al/BeauvoirFreeAmazon  // General link: http://radi.al/BeauvoirFree
 
Tue
14
Apr

BEAUVOIR FREE Debut 'American Trash' Out on Frontiers June 5

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of American Trash the anticipated new album featuring Rock & Roll veterans Jean BEAUVOIR and Micki FREE on June 5 in Europe and June 9 in North America.
 
Best known as the driving force behind the legendary Crown of Thorns self-titled debut album in 1994, Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free’s collective credits read like a “who’s-who” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with a list of collaborations that includes the likes of the Ramones, KISS, Debbie Harry, The Pretenders, John Waite, Lionel Richie, N'Sync, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Bill Wyman, Carlos Santana and Prince to name but a few.
 
The duo both coincidentally moved back to LA in 2003 and re-connected. They discussed joining forces again for a new project and after a few shows in Europe in 2013, a deal with Frontiers was inked for a brand new album to be recorded in 2014.
 
The result is American Trash, an album that shaped up as “the continuation of the BEAUVOIR FREE sound as the writing team for the Crown of Thorns debut,” explains Jean Beauvoir. “When we write together there really is this magic. We know we want killer guitar riffs and major melodic chorus... and this is what turns out in our songs, in Beauvoir Free style.”
 
All the new songs came out like "rocking-babies" in the BEAUVOIR FREE fold. “…And all represent the sound only Jean and I create together. The "inimitable" sound of BEAUVOIR FREE,” tells Micki Free.
 
Joining forces once again, Jean and Micki can truly unleash the magic that they can only create when they write together, of that there is no doubt!
 
“We both feel this CD is some of the best work we have done, right up their next to the Crown of Thorns debut” concludes Jean. “We want to get out on the road and bring it to the fans. We receive a lot of enquires of when are you guys coming back out on tour and people telling us they can't wait to hear the new material. Frankly we can’t wait for our fans to hear American Trash as well!”
 
Enjoy an EPK trailer of the album here:
 

The American Trash track list includes: Angels Cry; Morning After; American Trash; Whiplash; Just Breathe; Shotgun To The Heart;  Never Give Up; Cold Dark December; It’s Never Too Late; She’s A K.O.; There’s No Starting Over.
 
BEAUVOIR FREE
JEAN BEAUVOIR – Lead Vocals and Background Vocals, Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Drums, Keyboards and Orchestration
MICKI FREE - Lead Guitars, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
 
Produced by Jean Beauvoir

 

 
Tue
20
May

ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON - JEAN BEAUVOIR

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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In episode 13 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Mitch sits down one-time Plasmatics and Crown Of Thorns bassist, Jean Beauvoir. The pair discuss Jean's formative years as a musician and how it lead to a falling out with his father. Jean also talks about his days in The Plasmatics, Crowns Of Thorns and assess the differences between being a writer, performer, producer and adapting to work with artists from different ilks such as The Ramones, Little Steven, Glenn Hughes, 'NSynch, John Waite and more. The discussion inevitably turns to the minutiae of working with KISS' on the band's Animalize and Asylum albums plus collaborations with Paul Stanley that remain unreleased to this day. Jean and Mitch also talk about Beauvoir's upcoming Beauvoir/Free project with Micki Free set for release at a later date. WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-13.

 
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