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THE DARKNESS Announce 2015 Australian Tour

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THE DARKNESS "BLAST OF OUR KIND Tour’’ Australia November 2015
THE DARKNESS, multi award winning, multi-million selling megaband formed in 2000 by The Brothers Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and (now departed) Ed Graham have had good years and bad. And some years where they didn't actually do anything. This year is a good'un, because THE DARKNESS are back with their brand new fourth album Last of Our Kind, released in June 2015 and a new drummer Rufus Taylor (son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor), now they are back for an Australian Tour!
THE DARKNESS came to prominence with the release of their debut album, Permission to Land, in 2003. Backed by the singles "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", "Growing on Me", "Get Your Hands off My Woman", and "Love is Only a Feeling", the album was certified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom. In 2004 the band won three Brit Awards: Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Album.
‘’No straight-up rock band does riffs this dirty, choruses this massive and shows this ridiculously flamboyant. Excuse the faint whiff of cheese and the sound of someone retching in the background, but The Darkness truly are the last of their kind.’ ~ STEREOBOARD.COM
Forward to December 2013: After completing a gruelling world tour to promote third album Hot Cakes, THE DARKNESS delighted and beguiled the Classic Rock Awards by accepting the prestigious Showman prize. Job done - time to stop for a moment and prepare to pen a new set of hard rock anthems to satiate the baying hordes.... January came and went. The band nestled in their respective partners' bosoms and waited for the touring scars to fade... With defacto bandleader Dan Hawkins at the controls, relishing his new role of guitarist-producer, recording commenced. Recording continued. Then the recording stopped and the mixing began. Frankie, Justin and Emily downed tools and retreated to umpire charity tennis matches, give up smoking and deliver percussion master classes, respectively. The Druidical magic of Valentia Island flowed through the mixing process, and as the last chords echoed across the Celtic valleys, Dan rose up and declared that the album was complete.

’Last of Our Kind is a collection of 10 magnificent songs that THE DARKNESS are extremely proud of. It is the best rock album you will hear this year. It is the best rock album you will hear until next time THE DARKNESS makes an album. I should know. I'm the singer. Justin Hawkins’’
‘’The Darkness blew the crowd away, giving them a night to remember. They seemed to recreate the magic of 70's hard rock with a sound driven by Les Pauls/Marshalls and a stage presence driven by adrenaline and testosterone.’’ ~ Ultimate Guitar

Check out Open Fire (Official Video)

The Darkness November Tour Dates:

Friday 6th HQ Adelaide
Saturday 7th Metropolis Fremantle
Wednesday 11th Forum Melbourne / 136 100
Thursday 12th Tivoli Brisbane / 136 100
Friday 13th Enmore Sydney / 132 849

Tickets on sale: 9:00am Thursday 6th August


Another RATT Hits The Road

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Los Angeles / Juan Croucier (RATT), Pete Holmes (Black N’ Blue), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman have formed a new group.  They will be performing as, RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER.  The band will be playing songs from the RATT catalog, exclusively.
Having solidified the core of the band (lead vocals, bass and drums), Juan and Pete set out to find the right guitar players for the group.  After extensive auditions resulting from hundreds of submissions, they found two very talented guitar players in Mike Moore and Toni Aleman.  Sharing the same passion, commitment and vision, they have been diligently rehearsing a set of over eighteen songs.
“We have left no stone unturned.  We’ve been working long and hard.  It’s all about the live show.  We take this very seriously.  Mike and Toni are simply killing it!  There is a unique chemistry between the members of this band that is often so illusive.  Our attention to detail has culminated in a fresh, energetic and modern twist on Ratt’s classic catalog of songs.  I believe that anyone who loves Ratt will really enjoy this band too.  I can’t wait to get out there and bring it to the people, after all they are the ultimate judges of our art,” says Croucier.
The band will begin performing in September and is currently booking additional shows.
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STRYPER Return With New Track 'Fallen'

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Physical And Digital Pre-Orders Currently Available

Stryper are back to reclaim their throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the latest song from their upcoming 9th studio album, Fallen. The title track 'Fallen' can be heard via YouTube at the following link:

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. From the opening choral refrains of  'Yahweh' to the signature vocal scream at the end of 'King Of Kings,' it is apparent that Stryper is back with their heaviest and most inspired work to date that is scheduled for release on October 16th via Frontiers Music SRL. Fallen is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered via iTunes at and via AmazonMP3 at  It is also available in various physical configurations at Fallen was produced by Michael Sweet.
'Fallen is about Lucifer before he became Satan. It's the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over,' describes Michael Sweet. 'The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being.'
The latest song comes on the heels of the album teaser track, 'Yahweh,' that was released last month and has been listened to over 135K times since it went live. 'Yahweh' was a musical writing collaboration between Michael Sweet and Sevendust's Clint Lowery. Tracks like 'Pride,' 'Big Screen Lies' and 'Til I Get What I Need' show that Stryper is back and better than ever. Stryper offer their unique interpretation of the Black Sabbath classic 'After Forever.' The band flexes their softer side on the instantly memorable 'All Over Again' which continues the journey Stryper fans began almost 30 years ago when 'Honestly' was released to mainstream success.
The track listing for Fallen is:                                                    
1)      Yahweh
2)      Fallen
3)      Pride
4)      Big Screen Lies
5)      Heaven
6)      Love You Like I Do
7)      All Over Again
8)      After Forever
9)      Till I Get What I Need
10)   Let There Be Light
11)   The Calling
12)   King Of Kings
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. Their last studio album No More Hell To Pay debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Top 200 landing at #35.


Deluxe TALISMAN 'Live In Stockholm' CD/DVD Set Out Now

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Swedish hard rockers TALISMAN just released a double Live CD/DVD "Live In Stockholm" (Deluxe Edition) in digipack packaging via Sun Hill Production. Talisman recorded this show in 2003, August 4th in Stockholm, Sweden. Parts of this show was previously released in the Talisman DVD "The best Kept Secret” and audio CD "Five Men Live”. This release Includes both the CD and DVD complete show with bonus audio and visual material. With new linear notes from JSS, new picture edit, pics and more.

Track Listing:

1.    Break Your Chanis
2.    Colour My XTC
3.    Fabricated War
4.    Mysterious (This Time It’s Serious)
5.    Skin On Skin
6.    Tears In The Sky
7.    Crazy (Complete bonus version)
8.    Here 2Day, Gone 2Day (Complete bonus version)
9.    In Make Believe
10.    Scream Of Anger
11.    If You Would Only Be My Friend
12.    Break It Down Again
13.    I’ll Be Waiting
14.    NJBBWD - Bass Solo (Complete bonus version)
15.    Outta My Way
16.    Fredrik Åkesson Solo
17.    Standin’ On Fire
18.    I Don’t Know (Previously unreleased on DVD)

Recorded live in Stockholm featuring Marcel Jacob, Jeff Scott Soto, Fredrik Akesson, Jamie Borger and Howie Simon. The DVD (PAL region free) running time is 84 minutes. The album captures and electrifying show from one of the finest Hard Rock bands of recent years and features the expected outstanding musicianship and Jeff Scott Soto's incredible vocals. The album was recorded at Club Mondo in Stockholm.

STELLAR REVIVAL's Lost Debut To Be Released on Lion's Pride Music

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Stellar Revival’s debut album, Love, Lust & Bad Company, set for release in Europe through Lions Pride Music.
The band were set to release their major label debut album, Love, Lust & Bad Company, a couple of years ago, but due to unforseen changes at the label the album got shelved and the band short after called it quit.
2015 and ex. Member Daniel Uricoli, (bassist), optained the rights for the album and it got released on Itunes etc. But only in mp3 format.
After some brief talks forth and back Lions Pride Music has gotten the unique opportunity to release the album in Europe and for the very first time ever onto CD.
The album is produced by none other than Brian Howes, who’s also famous for working with bands and aritsts like Nickelback, Hinder, Daughtry, David Cook, Skillet, among others. And Mastered By Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.
The album brings a blend of modern rock along with plenty of guitar solos and some great killer ballads.
The Album is set for release later on in the year.
And do visit Daniel Uricoli’s new band Southern Gentlemen at that hails from the ashes of Stellar Revival.
And watch the lyric video, (below),  for the song, Watch You Walk Away, by Stellar Revival.

One On One With Mitch Lafon - STEVE BROWN (Trixter, Def Leppard)

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In episode 129 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, TRIXTER's Steve Brown joins Mitch to discuss the band's latest album Human Era, Def Leppard, his Mojo Vegas studio, the KISS Revenge tour, Trixter's history and more.

Producer Adam Hamilton (former L.A. Guns & The C.C. DeVille Experiment) co-hosts this episode.

Quotes from the interview:

1) On Trixter's days with MCA records: "They wanted us to sound like a garage band. They didn't want us to sound like Def Leppard or Mötley Crüe."

2) "KISS is the band that made me want to do this."

3) On Def Leppard: "It's very bittersweet."

For more about STEVE BROWN & TRIXTER visit:

For more Adam Hamilton visit: and follow him on Twitter:@AdamHamilton1

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, EXTREME, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:

Double Stop Podcast - BERNARD FOWLER

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This week on The Double Stop is vocalist Bernard Fowler, how has been a backup singer for The Rolling Stones for 27 years.

Bernard Fowler discusses his life and career. From singing on the street corner at 16 to his 27 years working with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones (as well as solo albums by Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts). He discusses his early projects with The Peech Boys and Herbie Hancock, to Nickelbag (who changed their name to The IMFs because of Nickelback) with Stevie Salas, and his new solo record The Bura. Bernard has lots of great stories from his amazing career.

Quote: On having to audition for Mick Jagger after already working with him on She's The Boss (and leading to a 27 year working relationship: "I walk out of the rehearsal room and ran right into Mick. I looked at him. He looked at me. And I said 'Hey Mick - how you doin'?' And he kinda looked at me and just kept walking. I went back into my room and I said 'I just ran into Jagger in the hallway and he acted like he didn't know who I was!' So 5 minutes later some girl walks into our rehearsal room and asks if there is a Bernard Fowler here. She said Mick Jagger was gonna do a solo tour and he was looking for a male vocalist, and we'd like to know if you'd like to audition. And I was highly insulted. She left the room and I said 'I'm not fuckin' auditioning. I've already worked with him. Why do I need to audition?' At that point Carmine Rojas grabbed me by the arm and took me to the corner and said to me 'whether you take this gig or not, go do the audition anyway!'

BON JOVI'S Contractual Obligation Album

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The August 21 release of BON JOVI's "fan album" Burning Bridges is in Jon Bon Jovi's words, a "contractual obligation album" and will put to a close the history of the band up until this point.
1. A Teardrop To The Sea
2. We Don't Run
3. Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning
4. We All Fall Down
5. Blind Love
6. Who Would You Die For
7. Fingerprints
8. Life Is Beautiful
9. I'm Your Man
10. Burning Bridges
11. Take Back The Night (Japan Bonus Track)
And this from a long time friend and source - JBJ addressed fans at a recent Fan Club VIP outing - "Tonight Jon said the Burning Bridges album is for the true fans and was a contractual obligation. It ends and era and 'when you hear it that will make sense'. But not to read into anything otherwise. He is excited about the new album that is expected out in April or May 2016."
So there you go folks, make of that what you will!

Nalle Påhlsson's ROYAL MESS To Debut September 25 on MRR

Friday, September 25, 2015
Its time to announce a second release scheduled for September on MelodicRock Records.
This one is designed to kick some ass – a little Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys meets Kiss, meets Swedish melodic rock class.
I’m talking about Nalle Påhlsson's ROYAL MESS.
Nalle’s name should be very familiar to fans of Scandinavian rock – just check the credits for such great acts as Treat, Last Autumn's Dream, Vindictiv and Therion.
After so many years helping others sound great, MRR is proud to bring Nalle’s debut album to fans.
The self-titled Nalle Påhlsson's ROYAL MESS album will be released September 25 in two configurations – regular and a direct pre-order limited Special Edition that will feature one bonus track.
Right now you can enjoy two teaser videos previewing several tracks from the album.
More information soon!
For more than three decades, Nalle Påhlsson has been one of Sweden's leading rock bassists, providing reliable backing vocals along the way. September sees the release of Nalle Påhlsson's Royal Mess. An album where Nalle finally steps out as a lead singer, songwriter and versatile musician (providing rhythm guitars and keyboards, as well as bass).
Inspired by his oldest brother's record collection, Nalle started playing guitar at an early age. At 10, he joined his first band, switching to bass guitar the following year.
"Playing the bass reflects my personality. If I was a housebuilder I'd be into cement, working on the foundation. I feel just as at home playing the rhythm guitar, which has a similar role", Nalle smiles.
His early influences – Deep Purple, Kiss, The Sweet, Kansas – instilled the rock'n'roll dream, and the success of the band Europe proved that it was possible for Swedes his own age to make it.
Soon, Nalle was a sought-after bass player, touring and/or recording with some of Scandinavia's biggest names (Mikael Rickfors, Mats Ronander, Pugh Rogefeldt, Sanne Salomonsen, Easy Action and many others). He also formed what may have been Sweden's first tribute band, AB/CD. Not only did they play impeccable AC/DC covers; Nalle (who, being the rhythm guitarist, naturally called himself Nalcolm) also wrote new material in the style of the Australian rockers. AB/CD released one EP and two albums. The first album shifted 30,000 units, outselling some of Sweden's most hyped rock bands in the process.
Nalle continued to work as a freelance musician, as well as being a member of bands like Treat, Last Autumn's Dream, Vindictiv and Therion.
"I always tried to create bass lines that added something to the music, and made it more interesting and varied".
His efforts did not go unnoticed: in 2010, he was voted Bass Player of the Year on
But there was always a sense of unfinished business. He had his own album to make. And now it's finally here.
Royal Mess reflects a big part of Nalle's musical tastes. Crunchy riffs, high energy playing, and catchy melodies. Timeless and melodic hard rock/AOR, as opposed to metal. Elements of prog can be detected, too, but he has chosen to save most of that side for another time.
It would be hard to pick out specific highlights from such a strong collection of quality songs. Most of them convey a life-affirming feeling. Nalle has had his share of bad relationships and self-destructive behaviour. Four years sober, he has used his time well, playing sessions and touring the world as Therion's bass player, while making this album.
"I have spent a lot of time being drunk or hungover in my day. The drinking increased around 2008, and one day I had just had enough. I realized that not only did I hurt myself, but also the ones I care about the most: my kids, my mother, my brothers and my friends. I decided to look for help. Ever since then, my whole life has become more enjoyable".
Most of the album's lyrics describe this journey.
"I hope that the songs inspire others who find themselves in similar situations to make a change, and take control of their own destiny. It's never too late."
The album was produced and arranged by Nalle himself, and mixed by renowned producer/musician/songwriter/artist, Chris Laney, who provided the already big and bold material with his trademark "in your face" attitude, and a slightly more modern twist.
The list of musicians credited on the album reads like a who's who of the Swedish hard rock community. How about Kee Marcello (Easy Action/Europe), Love Magnusson (Dynazty), Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), Micke Hujanen (AB/CD), Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv), Henrik Bergqvist (The Poodles), and Kristian Niemann (Therion) – and that's just the solo guitarists. It seems that everyone who knows Nalle wanted to help put him in the spotlight by lending their talents to the album. However, it's Nalle's vocals, rhythm guitar, bass and songwriting that is the core of the album's sound and style. The question remains: Why on earth hasn't he sung lead before?
"A lot of people who have heard the album have wondered why I have waited so long to do it. I guess it's a question of self confidence. People also seem to find it refreshing that I have made a classic hard rock album that reminds them of the Seventies and Eighties. But this is quite simply the kind of music I grew up listening to. I guess the only target group I had in mind was me!" Nalle laughs.
Nalle Påhlsson's Royal Mess is a personal and musical victory. 
Put it on, crank it up, and you will soon know why.

THE RADIO SUN Debut First Track From 'Heaven Or Heartbreak' Album

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Friday, September 25, 2015
MelodicRock Records is super excited and very proud to announce the next chapter for melodic rock band THE RADIO SUN.
The acclaimed Aussie band will release their sophomore record Heaven Or Heartbreak via MRR September 25.
It's time to deliver the first single from the album - 'Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak'.
Check it out now and please share! PRE-ORDERS available next week!
While we are at it - how about the full track list for the album? The regular edition sees 11 finely crafted, harmony driven melodic rock tracks, while the limited Special Edition will add 3 exclusive Bonus Tracks!
01. Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak (04:28)
02. Tell Me What You Want (03:35)
03. Dying Without Your Love (03:49)
04. Science Fiction Make Believe (04:22)
05. Hanging By A Thread (04:22)
06. Do You Remember Me? (03:41)
07. Walk Away (03:12)
08. Maybe (03:45)
09. You're The One (03:48)
10. Madness In The World (03.47)
11. One In A Million (05:07)
Special Edition Bonus Tracks:
12. I Might Lie (Andy Taylor cover)(Taylor, Jones) (4:25)
13. After The Rain (Nelson cover)(M. & G. Nelson, Tanner, Wilson) (3:54)
14. Caught Between Heaven & A Heartbreak (Acoustic Version) (4.21)
The Radio Sun:
Jason Old - Vocals & Guitars
Stevie Janevski - Guitars & Vocals
Robbie Erdmanis - Bass & Vocals
Ben Wignall - Drums & Keyboards
Additional Musicians:
Paul Laine - Additional Backing Vocals & Keyboards
*Guitars On: "Dying Without Your Love"
Dual Lead Vocal On: "Science Fiction Make Believe".
Zakk Zedras - Guitar Solo On: "Hanging By A Thread"

Once again, THE RADIO SUN have teamed with the great Paul Laine, who mixed the new album as well as co-writing three tracks and adding a special guest lead vocal on a song ‘Science Fiction Make Believe’.

Guitarist Stevie Janevski states enthusiastically; “The Heaven Or Heartbreak album title stands for our belief in melodic heavy rock. It’s our ‘heaven!’ We’ve grown as a band – and it would be our ‘heartbreak’ if this new album doesn’t extend our fanbase. All of us spent a lot of time on writing the songs and really believe it’s a good album with no fillers. We’re all really looking forward to getting out there and touring the album in as many parts of the world as possible”.
The Radio Sun debut album ‘Wrong Things Right’ was a top seller for MelodicRock Records and was well received by the press & public worldwide with favourable reviews in major scribes such as Classic Rock, Powerplay, Fireworks and Burrn! amongst others.
Two appearances at MelodicRockFest 3 & 4 in Chicago U.S.A. helped showcase The Radio Sun’s live experience with notable first class four part vocal harmonies (a standout on the new album) which impressed so much that Paul Laine asked the band to be his backing band for live shows in America and in Australia.
Heaven Or Heartbreak will be released in September in conjunction with Cargo Records UK and will also be available as a limited Special Edition direct from
The Special Edition bonus to include the band covering a few very special and much loved AOR classics!



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