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Sat
22
Oct

THE ROCK PACK Feat. Fee Waybill, Gregg Rolie, Lou Gramm, Robin Zander, Steve Augeri & John Payne

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The Rock Pack Feat. Fee Waybill, Gregg Rolie, Lou Gramm, Robin Zander, Steve Augeri & John Payne

Rock legends unite!!! Some of the most iconic performers of our time have come together to form The Rock Pack!

The incredible lineup features:


Fee Waybill lead singer of THE TUBES
Gregg Rollie
original lead singer of SANTANA
Lou Gramm the original voice of FOREIGNER
Robin Zander
lead singer of CHEAP TRICK
Steve Augeri
former lead vocalist of JOURNEY
John Payne
former lead vocalist of ASIA

"I decided to create a unique concert concept that was start to finish full of monster hits by iconic vocalists," explains John Payne, The Rock Pack creator.

Huge screens adorn the stage and the set contains an area where each singer briefly talks about their career before launching into some of their most revered songs. Classics such as I Wanna Know What Love Is (with a gospel choir), I Want You to Want Me, Don't Stop Believing, Heat of the Moment, She's A Beauty, Black Magic Woman and many more will be performed.

Payne continues, "I wanted the Classic Rock fans of Phoenix to enjoy the hit songs of some of our most iconic bands and if you like Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick, Asia, Santana and The Tubes then COMERICA THEATRE on Friday 16th of December is the place to be."

The Rock Pack Concert
at Comerica Theatre Phoenix
Friday the 16th of December 2016

On Friday December 16th The Rock Pack hits town. Prepare for an extraordinary unprecedented concert at Phoenix's beautiful Comerica Theatre. Iconic Singers will perform Iconic Songs in a two hour hit laden Classic Rock extravaganza.

All ages show starts at 8pm with doors at 7pm

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com and Comerica Theatre Box Office 1-800-745-3000
Direct link at http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=the+rock+pack&q=the+rock+pack

The Rock Pack: www.therockpack.com

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Mon
05
Oct

INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT 3 Releases 'Touching The Divine'


All Eyes and Ears On Intelligent Music Project III TOUCHING THE DIIVINE Feat. John Payne, Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams, Nathan East and Tim Pierce

Bulgaria - TOUCHING THE DIVINE is the third studio album from Intelligent Music Project and the second all-star line-up, creating a remarkable infusion by its author and producer's musically erudite and unconventional style, and the full creative input of the legendary musicians. The production features session aces Simon Phillips (drums and percussion), Nathan East (bass) & Tim Pierce (guitars), and the remarkable voices of John Payne (ex-Asia) and Toto`s Joseph Williams, who bring their own flavor to all 14 equally outstanding pieces in the album.

Intelligent Music Project III is showcasing the chemistry and versatile style that went into IMP II - rich and layered, guitar-centric, melodic-progressive sound. Catchy tunes, and dynamic riffs melt flawlessly with Payne's and Williams’ trademark vocals while the immaculate Phillips – Pierce East stamp their blueprint on the recorrd all the way through.

The band's overall musicianship blends impressively with the complexity of musical arrangements, including unforgettable symphonic expansions. Matching the classic rock energy and instrumental charge with his lyrical patterns, rapt and diverse music theme development is the signature style that propels this all-star project of Milen Vrabevski, author and producer of TOUCHING THE DIVINE.

Watch THE MAKING (EPK of Touching the Divine) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLk5iDhgHCQ

Stand out tracks:
Bursting out with track 1. “Opening (Cool inside)” - sounds like introductory rhapsody, seamlessly blending the exceptionally tasteful instrumental part into Joseph Williams' illustrative singing.

The pilot single “Sky” is a melodic, hard rocking piece, propelled by powerful guitar riffs and Joseph Williams' gently hitting vocals, scored by uncompromising guitar virtuosity.

“Escape” feat. John Payne's evocative timbre is a timeless rock ballad immediately reaching to the charts.

From the soul retriever “We Can” sung by John, through Joe's passion “Life” and the duet “Stay Up” (John & Joe) to the key tracks “Simply Feels Good” (featuring lead and backing vocals by John Payne, Joseph Williams and Carl Sentence, recently appointed as Nazareth's lead singer) and “Mind Projection” Intelligent Music Project III marks its producer s determination to make one solid addition to the AOR classics of all times.

Says Simon Phillips, “It's really interesting to do a second project with Milen. In this new project 'Touching the Divine', musically the composition has developed, it's developed from the first record... and that's good to see.”

Says Tim Pierce, “This project is great, because it's very, very challenging and musical, in a way like Queen is musical... and it's got all of these layers and colors. Musically it's very fun, because it travels a lot of different places.”

Says Joseph Williams, “It's wonderful to explore working with Milen. The project has a wonderful message, accompanied with some beautiful music and some great rock 'n' roll the musicians in this projject are top 'noch.”

Says Nathan East, “This project is very special to me, because of the nature of the message of the project. I was very inspired and happy with the idea, because the message has value and meaning and I am about that. The word 'inspirational' is what I use to describe this project.”

Says Carl Sentence “There is a lot of music and a sense of depth in Milen's songs. They are not ordinary. They are very beautiful andd the way these songs are composed is very, very good.”

Says John Payne, “It's incredible opportunity to work with such great people Nathan East, Tim Pierce Wonderful songs – my favorite so far is 'Mind Projection', but there are a lot of great songs, a lot of great melodies and some great playing. You've got some world class players Simon, Tim, Nathan Eastand Jo Joseph Williams singin', I mean he is amazing!”

Says Milen Vrabevski, “This is a super band, which every producer would be happy to work with, and it gave a very good finish to our Intelligent Music Project, in this case number III. I was enormouslyy fortunate to be the author and producer of the whole project. The idea we want to share with the audience through this album is simple – we must find the Divine within ourselves in order to become the successful individual we want to be. We try to show how to do that.”

Intelligent Music Project III - TOUCHING THE DIVINE
Author and producer - Milen Vrabevski, MD

Featuring:
Simon Phillips - drums and percussion
Nathan East (appears courtesy of Yamaha Entertainment Group) - bass
John Payne - lead & backing vocals
Joseph Williams - lead & backing vocals
Carl Sentance - backing vocals & ad-libs, lead vocal part on track 7.
Tim Pierce - guitars
All: Invaluable full creative input!

Release date: October 2, 2015

Previous albums by the same author, featuring Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams & John Lawton are IMP I & II, respectively titled “The Power of Mind” & “My Kind O' Lovin'”

To purchase Intelligent Music Project III - TOUCHING THE DIVINE CD:
Amazon: http://geni.us/2pOa
iTunes: http://geni.us/dXQ

Videos:
Intelligent Music Project III feat. Joseph Williams - SKY
https://youtu.be/C5l8ByxoRho

Intelligent Music Project III feat. John Payne - MIND PROJECTION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnoMT7oZaG0

For more information: www.touchingthedivine.info

 
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Thu
02
Jul

INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT 3 Issues New Digital Single feat. JOHN PAYNE


Intelligent Music Project III Releases New Single & Video MIND PROJECTION feat. John Payne & Drum Legend Simon Phillips From Forthcoming Touching the Divine Album

Sofia, Bulgaria - A year after releasing the all-star project My Kind O' Lovin' producer and composer Milen Vrabevski returns to fulfill, as earlier claimed, his promise and ambition with Intelligent Music Project III - Touching the Divine. The new album features session legends Simon Phillips and Tim Pierce, and Nathan East courtesy of YEG. Тhe production concept relies again on two project launchers - guest stars John Payne (ex-Asia) and Toto's Joseph Williams. Says Joseph, It's wonderful to explore working with Milen. The project has a wonderful message, accompanied with some beautiful music and some great rock 'n' roll the musicians in this projecct are top-noch.

Musically Touching the Divine delivers a thrilling example of straightforward songwriting combined with rich and layered sound and gently executed dynamic spins. The first single MIND PROJECTION is a melodic and energetic slice of AOR, scored with John Payne's powerful vocal arrangement and virtuoso instrumental charge, that lets you in deeper to the magic ingredient of this sophisticated project. Bass great Nathan East and fabulous Simon Phillips stamp their own authority in this piece, as well on the record throughout.

Watch the video:

Full creative input by all guest stars in the project. Recording sessions took place at Simon Phillips' Phantom recordings (Williams, Pierce, Phillips and East) and at Intelligent Music Studios in Sofia (Payne, Pierce and vocals from Carl Sentance, recently appointed as Nazareth's lead singer). Says Simon, Music is an universal language. It's really a blessing to have the opportunity to work with musicians from around the world.

MIND PROJECTION brings together once again the positive idea of the producer and composer Milen Vrabevski, that following the true excitement of our hearts and souls will give us the key to living a conscious live and to spiritual satisfaction, we often call happiness. Says Nathan, This project is very special to me, because of the nature of the message of the project. I was very inspired and happy with the idea, because the message has value and meaning and I am about that. The word 'inspirational' is what I use to describe this project.

John Payne, who continues his 14 year legacy as ASIA Featuring John Payne says, Doing this project with Milen - it has been great, really - these songs have a lot of structure and melody. It's a very mature project, it's a very intelligent project for the mind.

Says Milen Vrabevski, I believe we managed to deliver an astonishing sound once again and it will delight the ears and sound systems of hardcore rockers all around the world. Bearing in mind the top-noch level of our guest stars, I allowed myself mainly to record the acoustic guitar of the first single MIND PROJECTION. The video was shot in Bulgaria by Vasil Stefanov, a very prolific and talented video director. The explicit idea was to show the level of collaboration and collective effort of all featuring musicians, which I believe, would be one of the most intriguing aspects for the music fans.

Says Tim Pierce, "My DNA is 'a rock player'. Musically, this project is fun, because it travels a lot of different places."

"I really enjoyed working with Milen in his studio. There is a great sense of depth in his songs. We tried to get the best of my voice." (Carl Sentance)

Intelligent Music Project III - Touching the Divine is coming out in late September 2015.

 
The coming album is to bring us to the subject of the essence of life. It directs to searching for this special place within our souls that brings the spiritual satisfaction we often call happiness. It is our source of love and creation, balance and harmony. This place is the Divine in us all (Milen Vrabevski, MD)
 
Intelligent Music Project III - Touching the Divine
Author and producer - Milen Vrabevski, MD
Featuring:
Simon Phillips - drums and percussion
Nathan East (appears courtesy of Yamaha Entertainment Group) - bass 
John Payne - lead & backing vocals 
Joseph Williams - lead & backing vocals 
Carl Sentance - backing vocals & ad-lib, lead vocal part on 7
Tim Pierce - guitars
All: Invaluable full creative input!

Previous albums by the same author, featuring Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams & John Lawton are IMP I & II, respectively titled  The Power of Mind   &  My Kind O'Lovin' 

For more information:  http://intelligent-music.com/productions/touchingthedivine/

 
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Thu
24
Jul

JOHN PAYNE, Fired Las Vegas Musical Director Sues Casino

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John Payne claims his creative contributions were copyrighted and that his rights assignment was executed under duress.
 
After being fired from the Las Vegas musical "Raiding the Rock Vault," co-director John Payne has fired off an expansive lawsuit that claims breach of contract, copyright violations and slander.
 
Payne was a lead singer in the British prog rock group Asia from 1992 to 2006. Along with Grammy-award winning record producer David Kershenbaum, Payne helped develop the format behind "Raiding the Rock Vault," which plays at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and takes audiences on a musical journey from 1948 to 1989. The show features members of some well-known bands and songs from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin and other acts.
 
In May, Payne was suspended and the following month, he was terminated. Now in a lawsuit against Rock Vault Tours, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and its new owner Westgate Resorts that's somewhat reminiscent of Julie Taymor's suit after being let go from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, he's asserting that the show can't simply go on without properly compensating him for his contributions.
 
According to the suit, which has now been removed to Nevada federal court, Payne and Rock Vault Tours entered into an agreement that provided the plaintiff, as co-writer, with 2.5 percent of net box office receipts until costs were recouped and then 3.5 percent thereafter. Payne also got royalties as a co-director: 2 percent of net profits until recoupment and then bumped up to 3 percent.
 
Payne's challenge in the lawsuit might be overcoming an agreement assigning his ownership interest and royalties.
 
He says he was told last May that he assign rights or be fired. He signed "under duress," he says. "Accordingly, the agreement was not supported by adequate consideration."
 
He's now alleging that the defendants breached a performance agreement to pay him $1,000 for each Raiding the Rock Vault show (besides being co-writer and co-director, Payne was a bassist and a vocalist in the show) and breached the royalties agreement.
 
He's asserting copyright infringement, pointing to the show's format being registered with the Copyright Office as "Dramatic Work and Music; or Choreography."
 
He's also suing for slander for unspecified public comments made about his suspension by the defendants.
 
And he's suing for an alleged violation of his publicity rights. Allegedly, the defendants used him to advertise the show even after he was suspended.
 
Here's the complaint.
 
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