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07
May

BRIAN HOWE R.I.P

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BRIAN HOWE – RIP
 
Died from a heart attack yesterday at home.
 
This one hurts. Brian was an outspoken and sometimes controversial character, but a good heart with a great fondness for dogs and promoting dog adoption homes, which in my book is a truly great thing.
 
He was also one hell of a singer. And I don't give a flying fukarri if you want to argue the fact, but the Bad Company albums Brian was a part of were the BEST Bad Company albums. Dangerous Age, Holy Water and Here Comes Trouble were Terry Thomas produced perfection!
 
Brian's own solo release Circus Bar and the Emotions EP are also absolutely essential for all fans of this genre.
 
I saw Brian live a few years ago - all the power and swagger of a man half his age. His death at just 66, after past heart problems, is both tragic and untimely.
 
RIP Brian, you will be missed.
 
 
 
Tue
28
Apr

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Releases 'Live In Milan' Digital Live Album

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Jeff Scott Soto has released a new live album, “Live At Frontiers Rock Festival 2019” on all digital platforms. 
Today marks the one year anniversary of the performance captured in Milan, Italy on April 27, 2019 at the Frontiers Rock Festival. 
 
Stream or download it HERE: https://orcd.co/loudlivemilan  Listen to a performance of 'Eyes Of Love'
 
 
The performance will be released later this year in physical format as a bonus disc on Jeff's upcoming solo album, “ Wide Awake (In My Dreamland), which he has co-written and co-produced with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio.
On April 27, 2019, the one and only Jeff Scott Soto performed a one-off live performance at Frontiers Rock Festival VI in Milan, Italy. Over the course of 60 minutes, he presented a fantastic review of his solo career. Jeff's live shows are always pure energy and fun and this one was no exception! At the end of the set, there is a nice little treat as Jeff called fellow singer and labelmate Dino Jelusick (Animal Drive, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) up from the audience (literally) to get him on stage to perform a fabulous unrehearsed and spontaneous duet of the classic 'Stand Up' (which many may recognize from the hit cult movie, Rock Star).
 
One of the first artists who partnered up with Frontiers Music Srl back in the day, Jeff Scott Soto has become part of the label's family. Not only has he recorded albums for the label for nearly 2 decades, but has brought, and continues to bring, up-and-coming musical talent to the label's roster.
 
Jeff's musical career spans over 35 years and is showing no signs of slowing down. Jeff burst onto the scene as the vocalist for guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen’s iconic first two solo albums, before going on to front acclaimed hard rock band Talisman. Later, he would spend a period of time fronting one of the most famous melodic rock/AOR bands in the world, Journey. Currently, while maintaining his solo career, he is now busy singing for the wildly popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the awesome melodic hard rock band W.E.T., his own metal project SOTO, and the prog metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo.
 
Jeff will release his next solo album on Frontiers in the second half of 2020.
 
 
 
Tue
28
Apr

The Latest From Rock Candy: ZON, SABU, MOLLY HATCHET, ORPHAN

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NOW AVAILABLE FROM www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
MOLLY HATCHET ‘S/T’ CANDY412
 
BY THE MID 1970s the southern rock sound had been well and truly established by the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, the Outlaws and, most prominently, Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was a style that seemed resistant to change but with the release of Molly Hatchet’s debut album in 1978, that tradition was challenged by a bigger, louder and harder sound that introduced elements of contemporary hard rock into the mix. Indeed, Hatchet’s debut album signalled a new, supercharged, approach to old school blues and country music.
Formed in Jacksonville, Florida, 1971, and led by guitarist Dave Hlubek, Molly Hatchet finally settled on their classic line-up in 1977 and signed to Epic Records by A&R man and in house record producer Tom Werman. Skynyrd leader Ronnie Van Zant heard and liked the band early on and was originally scheduled to produce their debut but his tragic death in the infamous plane crash scuppered that idea. With Danny Joe Brown on vocals and two further guitarists to beef up the sound, the band relied on the more than capable Werman to assume the producer’s role.
Released in 1978, the album single-handedly reset the southern rock template, introducing a raw and aggressive edge to the scene which won them immediate support and unexpectedly large sales. Check out tracks such as ‘Bounty Hunter’, ‘Gator Country’ and ‘The Creeper’ for unequivocal proof that southern rock had entered in a new era. There was, however, a nod to the past with a fine cover of the Allman Brothers anthem ‘Dreams’ retitled ‘Dreams I’ll Never See’. Oh, and let’s not forget the stunning album cover art by Frank Frazetta, a man that supplied the band with his distinctive artwork for the next two albums.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Southern rock classic album, 5 previously unreleased bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. BOUNTY HUNTER 2. GATOR COUNTRY 3. BIG APPLE  4. THE CREEPER 5. THE PRICE YOU PAY 6. DREAMS I’LL NEVER SEE  7. I’LL BE RUNNING 8. CHEATIN’ WOMAN 9. TRUST YOUR OLD FRIEND. **BONUS TRACKS** MOLLY HATCHET LIVE 1978: 10. BOUNTY HUNTER 11. GATOR COUNTRY 12. BIG APPLE 13. DREAMS I’LL NEVER SEE 14. TRUST YOUR OLD FRIEND
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Southern rock classic album, 5 previously unreleased bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interview.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1.BOUNTY HUNTER 2.GATOR COUNTRY 3.BIG APPLE 4.THE CREEPER 5.THE PRICE YOU PAY 6.DREAMS I’LL NEVER SEE 7.I’LL BE RUNNING 8.CHEATIN’ WOMAN 9.TRUST YOUR OLD FRIEND. BONUS TRACKS: LIVE 1978: 10.BOUNTY HUNTER 11.GATOR COUNTRY 12.BIG APPLE 13.DREAMS I’LL NEVER SEE 14.TRUST YOUR OLD FRIEND
 
  
 
SABU ‘S/T’ CANDY386
 
THE NAME PAUL Sabu is held in incredibly high esteem amongst rock fans. His musical output has consistently attracted praise - the quality of songwriting, singing and performance securing him a star in the AOR/melodic rock scene that continues to burn brightly. However, his first foray into the music business actually commenced in the late ‘70s, producing a succession of successful disco records for a number of artists. He was quickly offered a solo deal and released a self-titled, but band-orientated, rock/disco hybrid under the Sabu handle, which had little commercial impact.
After going back to the drawing board he was the offered an album deal with the giant MCA label, who were backing his plans to record a rock record. The result was another full band project issued, once again, with the album title ‘Sabu’, but this time the music was full-on melodic hard rock. MCA objected to a number of recorded songs and stripped a few tracks off the final release – making it a six song record of just 30 minutes duration. Clearly this was a blow for Paul, but the quality of the remaining songs was undeniable.
Produced by Paul himself, the results are spectacular. Opening track ‘Rock Me Slowly’ has the feel and swagger of an all-time classic rock track, with sweeping chords and terrific vocals that wouldn’t be out of place on a Bad Company or Sammy Hagar record. And it only gets better. ‘Tracks such as ‘Wet And Wild’, ‘Turn Back’ and ‘Streetheart’ pack a massive punch. But it’s the addition of several blistering bonus tracks to this re-issue, original lost material, that will excite his followers most.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, First time on CD! Features 5 previously unreleased tracks, Contains ‘Rock Me Slowly’, Wet And Wild’ and ‘Streetheart’, 16 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1.ROCK ME SLOWLY 2.WET AND WILD 3.TURN BACK 4.SHAKIN’ LOOSE 5.STREETHEART 6.FOR LOVERS ONLY. BONUS TRACKS: 7.SKINTIGHT 8.SIX STRING GUN 9.SHE’S NOT THERE 10.NOWHERE TO RUN 11.BAD MOON
 
KIDD GLOVE ‘S/T’CANDY388
 
PAUL SABU - already with a superb rock album under his belt - had become an early ‘80s a name to watch. His superlative voice and penchant for crafting solid yet melodic rock made him a desirable commodity, something that didn’t escape the notice of a new record label called Morocco, a spin-off from Motown. It might have sounded like a strange coupling but the revered soul and pop label was keen to penetrate the burgeoning rock market and what better way to start than to sign Paul Sabu.
However, in a strange and circuitous route, the label initially hired two renowned songwriters to write songs for an album and started the search for a frontman. Paul was recruited and the project was bestowed with the name Kidd Glove. Recording commenced at Motown’s famous Hitsville studio in Hollywood, but not without some curious manoeuvres by the label and the studio. Musicians were recruited from a proven roster of Motown session players and the producer was aghast when Paul wanted to use his Marshall amplification, equipment that had rarely been used at the studio before!
Issued in 1984, the album initially looked like it was going to connect with the public, but for some inexplicable reason the label suddenly got cold feet and cooled their publicity efforts. That was a shame as the record contained a fine selection of tough yet melodic hard rock, with tracks such as ‘Hellzarockin’, ‘Killer Instinct’ and ‘Spirit Of The Night’ emphasising Paul’s distinctive vocals and superb guitar work. For Sabu it was a bitter pill to swallow but it didn’t diminish his desire or ability to continue on with his rock ‘n’ roll quest.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, features 4 bonus tracks, contains ‘Hellzarockin’, ‘Killer Instinct’ and ‘Sprit Of The Night’, 12 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay and enhanced artwork
 
TRACK LISTING: 1.GOOD CLEAN FUN 2 KILLER INSTINCT 3.STREET ANGEL 4.SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT 5.FADE TO BLACK 6.HELLZAROCKIN’ 7.SOMEWHERE IN A SONG 8.SECRETS 9.SUSIE WANTS TO BE A STAR. BONUS TRACKS: 10.BROTHERS FOREVER 11.ROCK YOUR WORLD 12.ROCK DON’T RUN 13.VIKING BOY
 
  
 
ZON 'ASTRAL PROJECTOR' CANDY424 (FOUR BONUS TRACKS)
 
BY THE TIME of the late 70s, rock music had coalesced into various styles and genres. One branch moving towards perfection and, by contrast, experimentation was accurately labelled pomp rock. It was a finely-honed amalgam of early seventies progressive rock, art rock and hard rock, bound together by a developed sense of melody and a keen feel for songwriting. The music world was on fire with such magnificent purveyors as Styx, Kansas, Starcastle, Saga and Trillion. These were acts that took their craft seriously, making sure that musicality and melody were at the very forefront of every move.
Zon were no exception to the ensuing flood of young pomp rock hopefuls. Originating from Toronto, they garnered the attention of Epic records, who signed them hoping to score big with the band’s unique brand of quirky, yet superbly crafted, rock that sounded not unlike a young Styx. Their debut album, ‘Astral Projector’, made quite a splash, hooking fans and critics with its punchy content and adventurous arrangements. Vocalist Denton Young leading the band through a knock-out selection of tracks that were determined to impress.
Boasting a full complement of streamlined tracks, such as opener ‘Put On The Show’, and the fascinating ‘Man In The Mirror’, their glorious mash-up of Styx/Kansas and Genesis is electrifying. There’s even pop rock on offer, such as ‘Talkin’ About’ and ‘Melody’, but the undoubtedly brilliant title track is the cream of the crop. Also look out for four previously unreleased bonus tracks, including ‘The Battle’, an eight minute pomp rock masterclass.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Canadian pomp rock classic album, 4 bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. PUT ON THE SHOW 2. TIME FOR YOUR LOVE 3. POINT OF VIEW / WHERE TO SPEND MY DOLLAR? 4. MAN IN THE MIRROR 5. TALKIN’ ABOUT 6. MELODY 7. ON THE ROAD 8. ASTRAL PROJECTOR 9. HOLLYWOOD BONUS TRACKS:10. ASTRAL PROJECTOR (Alt Take) 11. THE BATTLE (Unreleased) 12. HOLLYWOOD (Full version) 13. ON THE ROAD (Alt Take)
 
ORPHAN 'SALUTE' CANDY336
 
ORPHAN WERE FORMED in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the early 80s, initially going under the handle of The Pumps. They released a moderately successful album titled ‘Gotta Move’ in 1983 but a planned follow up album was inexplicably shelved, forcing the band to re-evaluate their future. Undeterred, they regrouped, switched their name to Orphan
and scored a coveted contract with label giant Portrait Records. Under this guise they recorded the, now highly praised, album ‘Lonely At Night’ (also available on Rock Candy) produced in New York by Tony Bongiovi and Lance Quinn - the same production team that nurtured Bon Jovi’s early records.
‘Salute’, the band’s highly anticipated follow up album, was a more mature and sophisticated record. Produced by the same British team who worked on The Pumps album (Jon Astley and Phil Chapman) and recorded in Long Island, New York, the record oozes quality and class. Blessed with a polished sheen and a rich tapestry of songs the sound is highly reminiscent of equally impressive Canadian acts such as Red Rider, Honeymoon Suite and Streetheart. But don’t go running away with any idea that they had mellowed out, there’s enough pulsating hard rock to satisfy the most discerning heavy-leaning ear.
Check out tracks such as ‘Stand Up’, ‘Lyin’ To Me’ and ‘Uncle Sam Wants You’ for proof positive of a new found sophistication, whilst the luxuriant, widescreen, vibe of ‘The Way It Should Be’ displays them as more than just a one Dimensional rock outfit. We can’t recommend this album highly enough.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Classy Canadian's second highly rated AOR album, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and new interviews
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. OPEN UP THE SKIES 2. LYIN’ TO ME 3. WOMAN IN LOVE 4. CRAZY FOR THE NIGHT 5. STAND UP 6. A LITTLE HEART AND SOUL 7. OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW 8. UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU 9. STEEL & IRON 10. THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

 

 
Thu
16
Apr

JOURNEY Saga Continues With VALORY & SMITH Launching Counter Suit

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It looks like the now infamous JOURNEY (Nightmare Productions) board meeting wasn't a coup to overthrow NEAL SCHON and JONATHAN CAIN, but rather a move to stop Neal from registering the name JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, which the participants argued would devalue the JOURNEY name. Cain and Schon then declined to follwo through on a band movie deal, to which Arnel refused to sing on the then upcoming tour unless it went ahead!
 
 
"Balaban & Spielberger, LLP, attorneys representing Ross Valory, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and bass player for the iconic rock band Journey, filed a Cross-Complaint in Contra Costa County Superior Court on April 6, 2020, against fellow band members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain. The Cross-Complaint attaches evidence that refutes the Schon and Cain allegations and sets forth multiple causes of action for monetary damages against Schon and Cain for the ramifications of their conduct in trying to wrongfully excise Valory from the band.
Journey’s lead guitarist, Neal Schon, and keyboardist, Jonathan Cain filed a lawsuit on March 3, 2020, claiming Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith attempted to launch a “coup” to take over Nightmare Productions, Inc. (the corporate entity that controls the band’s name and trademark) in order to effectuate some amorphous retirement plan that is not described in the Complaint. An Answer filed by counsel defending Mr. Valory (Richard Charnley of Charnley Rian) against the Complaint’s allegations and the Cross-Complaint (filed by Andrew Spielberger of Balaban & Spielberger LLP) disputes and refutes these allegations.
Over the last four decades, Journey has reigned as one of America’s most successful rock bands producing ten platinum albums, eighteen Top 40 singles, and selling more than 75 million albums worldwide. Journey formed in 1973 the same year it created Nightmare Productions Inc., which holds the rights to the band’s trademark and other intellectual properties.
According to Valory’s attorney, Andrew Spielberger, “Ross is shocked and devastated by the conduct of his lifelong bandmates (Schon and Cain) and is disappointed that there was never any attempt to sit down and discuss what is most likely a misunderstanding and something that easily could have been worked out.”
So SMITH and VALLOY have launched a counter-suit for the following:
 
CROSS-COMPLAINT FOR:
1. INDUCING BREACH OF CONTRACT
2. INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH CONTRACTUAL RELATIONS
3. INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC RELATIONS
4. NEGLIGENT INTERFERENCE WITH PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC RELATIONS
5. INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
6. BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY
7. FALSE LIGHT
8. BREACH OF COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING
9. ACCOUNTING
10. DECLARATORY RELIEF DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
 
From within the filing:
 
"Revenue data from past live Tour and Corporate Show performances from 2017 and 2018 in conjunction with anticipated revenues for a 2020 tour demonstrate that revenues approximate one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000.)"
 
"Following the legitimate Notice of a Special Shareholders Meeting, upon information and belief, Neal Schon’s agent(s) then informed members of the JOURNEY band as well as Shareholders in Nightmare Productions, Inc. that Neal Schon would not sign off on a (separate) movie deal with Warner Bros. Pictures as long as the Shareholders of Nightmare Productions, Inc. insisted on going forward with the noticed Special Shareholders Meeting set for 2/13/20.   Upon information and belief, Cross-Defendant Neal Schon, and Cross-Defendant Jonathan Cain indicated their refusal to sign off on the Warner Bros. Pictures movie deal regarding the band JOURNEY (having an adverse effect on Arnel Pineda), unless the 2/13/20 scheduled Shareholders and Directors Meeting was canceled. Subsequently, upon information and belief, since the 2/13/20 meeting was not being canceled, a purported discussion between both Cross-Defendants and Arnel Pineda took place informing Arnel Pineda of Cross-Defendants’ decision to cancel the movie deal.  Ultimately, upon information and belief, Mr. Pineda refused to sing with Journey if the movie deal did not go forward.  The Cross-Defendants relented and allowed the movie deal to proceed."
 
More to come...
 
 

 

 
Thu
05
Mar

Escape Music Sign COMPASS For The Album 'Our Time On Earth'

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Escape Music is delighted and thrilled to announce the new signing of the band Compass and the title of the album "Our Time On Earth". This concept album written and produced by the multi talented musician Steve Newman !!
 
COMPASS - OUR TIME ON EARTH
 
Release Date: 24th April 2020
Catalogue no: ESM342
 
The Band is:
Ben Green - Vocals
Steve Newman - Guitar, Keyboards
Dave Bartlett - Bass
Toni Lakush - Drums
 
1. Skies OF Fire  8:44
2. Our Time On Earth Pt I  9:23
3. Caught In A Frame  5:26
4. Neon   7:19
5. The Preacher And The Pigeon Feeder  6:12
6. Another Life Suicide  5:38
7. A Warning from History  10:38
8. Our Time On Earth Pt II  4:13
 
Produced by: Steve Newman
Recorded and Mixed at Chrome Dome Studios, London, England 
 
THE CONCEPTION
The Compass story began back in December 2017 when singer songwriter Steve Newman decided to write a few songs that musically would step
outside the barriers imposed by many years writing for his own band Newman. This was to be something very different, liberating, both musically
and lyrically, from anything he had created before, with the freedom to move across genres and not be pigeon holed within any particular musical style.
 
THE BAND
Part of this removal from Steve’s previous work would involve looking for a singer to bring these ideas to life. After a few auditions and a few
calls in the latter part of 2018 Steve started talking with singer Ben Green about the songs and through these conversations the nucleus of the band
started to take shape.
Ben “When Steve called to ask if I wanted be part of this band, I had to pinch myself. Learning from such an accomplished and talented musician
and vocalist has been such a joy. I had such a great time putting these vocals down and feel privileged to be a part of this immense catalogue of songs.
I think we have created something very special with this band and songs and I can't wait to get it out there!”
Steve “There is something very unique about Ben’s voice and I knew after hearing him sing for the first time he could convey the sentiment behind
these songs and carry these ideas forward to a different level. I have always been inspired by great singers with the ability to communicate in a very
honest and believable way and to reach out to the listener, Ben has been born with this gift”
David Bartlett joined the band in early 2019 and was a very natural choice, Dave being a member of the Newman touring band for the passed 9 years.
with the addition of Toni Lakush filling the drum position most of the recordings were then completed between January and April in London UK.
 
THE MUSIC
A very eclectic mix pulling in influences from Dream Theater, Rush, Saga, through It Bites, and Pink Floyd.
We hope that “Our Time On Earth” will take the listener on a musical and lyrical journey through emotions and the highs and lows of what essentially
this collection of songs is about. Our lives, and the path that each individual takes and how their actions affect themselves and people around them
“From our first breath to our death, this is our time on earth”.
 
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Wed
08
Jan

ROBERT HART Delivers 'Pure' New Album Feb 20

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Escape Music is delighted to announce the release of a brand new Robert Hart title “Pure” (Manfred Man Earth Band, The Jones Gang, x Bad Company and x The Distance with Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edward, Tony Thompson).
 
ROBERT HART - PURE
Release Date: 21 February 2020
 
Robert Hart: Lead Vocals / Backing Vocals
Tommy Denander: All Guitars / Keyboards (Alice Cooper / Steve Walsh / Jimi Jamison)
Brian Anthony: Bass / Percussion (Steve Walsh / Lonerider / Overland)
Michael Lange: Drums
Steve Overland: Backing Vocals (FM / Lonerider / Shadowman)
 
Produced by: Steve Overland / Tommy Denander
Mixed and Mastered by: Brian J Anthony
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Artwork by: Eric Phillipe
 
Track List: 
1- Making Magic (3.15) / 2-Little Miracle (4:18) / 3- Sensational (3:36) / 4- Go Crazy (3:28) / 5- This is the Night (3:45) / 6- Different People (4:06) / 7-Double Trouble (2:56) / 8- Chemistry (3:26) / 9- Mysterious (4:10) / 10- Don’t Make promises (3:30) / 11- Scene of the crime (3:41) / 12- Colour of Love (3:40)
 
Robert Hart is a British Rock Vocalist and songwriter. His career has seen him play with the likes of The Distance, Company of Snakes and Bad Company, as well as the Jones gang and more recently Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. His recording styles have varied and he can range from Pop to West Coast to Blues Rock to Hard Rock, such is his ability.
 
In 1989 Robert recorded a solo album “Cries and Whispers” which can be described as prime time AOR and has been a highly sought after recording ever since. The album was originally released on Atlantic Records with Stewart Levine at the production desk.
 
Three years later Robert was the first recording artist to be signed by Hollywood Records which was owned by Disney and had the pleasure of working with the great Russ Ballard. The resulting album “Robert Hart” charted in more than 18 countries and it was a great AOR Rock Album that got him noticed By Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs who then asked him to front Bad Company following the departures of Paul Rodgers and Brian Howe. In 1995 Robert Co-wrote the album “Company of Strangers” and he has since become a household name in Rock Circles.
 
The two solo albums “Robert Hart” & “Cries and Whispers” were re-released together in digipack form by Escape Music in 2013 and this package reminded fans just how good Robert is. Robert also worked with Jim Kirkpatrick (FM guitarist) on the DIESEL album “into the fire” in the same year and this has further cemented Roberts reputation as a top notch vocalist.
 
Fast forward to 2020 and Robert is back with a brand new album called “Pure” and this is something else as Robert has given us 12 fresh sounding songs that have a unique pop rock sound. Names like Robert Plant and Go West come to mind, these are really catchy songs and are instantly remembered after just one listen.
 
Robert Hart will be touring Rock Meets Classic with Alice Cooper, Thunder and Mother Finest March 2020!
 
One to watch out for in 2020!.
 
 

 

 
Fri
13
Dec

Introducing the Melodic Hard Rock of SHAD

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SHAD are:
Kevin Figueiredo - Drums
Ryan Bruder - Bass & Vocals
Saxon Kennedy - Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Shad - Lead Guitar & Vocals
 

Following the success of his last single, 'Keep Holding On', Matthew Shad has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Bob St. John.

Best known for his work with Extreme, Collective Soul & Duran Duran, St. John has also been behind the mixing console for Sir Elton John, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Journey's Steve Perry.

Shad & St. John hit the studio this past summer to begin recording songs for a new SHAD album featuring Extreme's Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Completing the quartet is bassist Ryan Bruder and guitarist Saxon Kennedy.

'Matthew is a brilliant artist and I am SO looking forward to working on this project with him and being a part of his lifelong dream. These are amazing melodic rock songs... timelless and unforgettable. Great things will be coming from us soon!' - Bob St. John


SHAD - Fool - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14

SHAD Belittle - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14


Two SHAD songs, 'Fool' and 'Belittle' are now complete and have been mastered by the amazing Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville! Ted's incredible body of work includes "Hotel California" by The Eagles, "The Stranger by Billy Joel, "Some Girls" by the The Rolling Stones, "Ghost In The Machine" by The Police, "Madonna" by Madonna, "Back In The High Life" by Steve Winwood, "Far Beyond Driven" by Pantera, "Under The Table And Dreaming" by Dave Matthews Band, "Supernatural" by Carlos Santana, "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, "Black Gives Way To Blue" by Alice In Chains, "American Idiot" by Green Day, "California" by blink-182, "Walls" by Kings of Leon, "Crooked Teeth" by Papa Roach, "Outsider" by Three Days Grace, "When Legends Rise" by Godsmack, "Vicious" by Halestorm, "Victorious" by Skillet, "Living The Dream" by Slash & Myles Kennedy, "Evolution" by Disturbed, "Young & Dangerous" by The Struts, "Order In Decline" by Sum 41 and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses.

"Fool" & "Belittle" are now available to stream or download on all major platforms. A limited edition Vinyl 7" will be released this December.


iTunes: Fool - Single by Shad // Belittle - Single by Shad

Amazon: "Fool" // "Belittle"

Stay up to date on all things SHAD at the links below!

www.instagram.com/Shad.Band/
twitter.com/Shad_Band
www.facebook.com/ShadBandPage

 
Wed
11
Dec

DENNIS DEYOUNG Returns With '26 East: Volume 1' in Spring 2020

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Dennis DeYoung Announces 2020 Tour and New Album Featuring a Duet with Julian Lennon
Chicago, IL - Dennis DeYoung's new album "26 East: Volume 1,” will be released Spring 2020 via Frontiers Records and will feature the duet "The Good Old Days" with Julian Lennon.

DeYoung has previously announced this will be his last album but has added an update. 

"This was supposed to be my final album but there were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one,” DeYoung states. “So be it. This is Volume 1, which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so hey kids, there are two of them; this is Volume 1."

It all started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song demo to Dennis.

"If not for Jim Peterik’s encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music", said DeYoung. "He once told me that the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly and at this time we have written 9 songs together of which five will be on Volume 1. Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best, making music and having a laugh.

The collaboration with Julian Lennon came about when DeYoung wrote a verse and chorus of a song with Lennon in mind. Lennon heard the demo and said he would be honored to participate. Lennon's vocals were recorded in October at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY.

DeYoung shares, "The moment we sang together in the studio it felt magical. I wrote the song specifically for our two voices. I had never met Julian previously but I have been an admirer since Valotte."

The album title "26 East" represents the birthplace of Styx. 26 E 101st Place was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, on the south side of Chicago. Across the street at 39 E 101st Place lived the Panozzo twins, Chuck and John, whom would go on to form Trade Winds in 1962, which a decade later would become the core of Styx. The cover artwork of “26 East” features three locomotives, representing the three original members of Styx leaving the Chicago train yard dreaming of bigger and better things.

In support of the release of “26 East,” DeYoung will tour heavily throughout 2020. To kick-off the release of the album, DeYoung will appear at the House of Blues Chicago on April 3rd, with a live concert and sneak preview of the album. A CD of “26 East” is included with the price of admission. In addition, the album will be played in its entirety on the house PA, followed by a Q&A session with DeYoung and Jim Peterik to discuss the new music. It will be followed by the live performance of The Music of Styx. Attendees can expect to hear a few songs from the new album, also performed live.
DENNIS DEYOUNG ON TOUR:
Feb. 14th: River City Casino: St Louis, MO
Feb. 15th: River City Casino: St Louis, MO
Feb. 20th: Capital City Amphitheater: Tallahassee, FL
Feb. 21st: Saenger Theatre: Pensacola, FL
Feb. 23rd: Sea World Bayside Stadium: Orlando, FL
Feb. 28th: Ameristar Casino Star Pavilion: Kansas City, MO
Feb. 29th: Rhythm City Casino Event Cente: Davenport, IA
Mar. 6th: Golden Nugget Casino: Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 7th: Magnolia Performing Arts Center: El Cajon, CA
Mar. 13th: MGM Park Center Stage: Northfield, OH
Mar. 14th: The Midland Theatre: Newark, OH
Mar. 20th: Revolution Hall: Portland, OR
Mar. 21st: Admiral Theatre: Bremerton, WA
Apr. 3rd: House of Blues: Chicago, IL (**)
Apr. 4th: The Clyde Theatre: Fort Wayne, IN
Apr. 17th: The Paramount: Huntington, NY (*)
Apr. 18th: Mayo Performing Arts Center: Morristown, NJ (*)
Apr. 24th: Resorts Superstar Theater: Atlantic City, NJ
Apr. 25th: The Wind Creek Event Center: Bethlehem, PA (*)
May 1st: Le Grand Theatre: Quebec City, Canada (*)
May 2nd: Theatre St. Denis: Montreal, Canada (*)
May 8th: Island Casino Showroom: Harris, MI
May 9th: Island Casino Showroom: Harris, MI
Jun. 4th: Paramount Arts Center: Ashland, KY
Jun. 5th: Belterra Casino CenterStage: Florence, IN
July 10th: Verizon Theatre: Grand Prairie, TX
July 11th: Austin City Limits Live Moody Theatre: Austin, TX
 
(*) = CD included in ticket purchase
(**) = CD included in ticket purchase + sneak preview of the new album and Q&A with Dennis DeYoung and Jim Peterik
For the complete updated tour schedule and ticket info visit www.dennisdeyoung.com/tour
 
Wed
11
Dec

BLACK SWAN Project Launches Debut Album 'Shake The World' Feb 14

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Friday, February 14, 2020
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BLACK SWAN ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM, "SHAKE THE WORLD” OUT FEBRUARY 14, 2020
GROUP FEATURES ROBIN McAULEY, REB BEACH, JEFF PILSON & MATT STARR
FIRST SINGLE & VIDEO, TITLE TRACK OF DEBUT, OUT TODAY 
 
Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have joined forces in BLACK SWAN, a new band project signed to Frontiers Music Srl. Their debut album, “Shake The World,” an aptly titled album if ever there was one, is a delightful romp of powerful hard rock that is not simply the sum of its parts, but a powerful rock ‘n roll machine. It will be released on February 14, 2020 on CD, LP, & Digital formats. 
 
Watch the first single and video, for the title track, NOW!
 
The genesis of Black Swan was sparked by a conversation between Jeff Pilson and Frontiers' President & Head of A&R, Serafino Perugino, who wanted a project that would not only showcase McAuley's vocal prowess, but have a mighty musical backbone to stand skyscraper tall behind him. Thus, the initial seeds were planted and Pilson ran with it from there. "Shake The World" was tracked at Pilson’s home studio in Los Angeles and is a showcase of both the musical talents of the instrumental players in the band as well as McAuley’s powerful voice. The four members got Black Swan off the ground by exchanging ideas back and forth and then bringing all the songs together. The final result is something fresh, very heavy, but still intensely melodic and it’s certainly not Dokken, nor Winger, nor MSG, or some combination thereof, but it’s own unique animal. As an example, one of the songs was written by Jeff Pilson right after seeing the Queen movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. "I came home and I sat down at the grand piano and pretty much wrote exactly the chorus that we have, just coming straight [from] the movie. It is a bit Queen-like."

 

Continues Pilson, "It's amazing, incredible music. Wait until you hear everybody's playing and singing. It's beyond - way beyond."
 
Adds Robin McAuley, "This is really exciting for me to read: Black Swan announces the release of “Shake the World," the first offering from the band on the Frontiers' label." I’ve known Jeff for some thirty years and we have a history of performing together on MSG Unplugged, in addition to being great friends, musically and socially. When he asked me to do this and collaborate with Reb, I didn’t have to think too long with my response. Initially he wasn’t going to play bass on this, but Reb and myself soon changed his mind, lol!!! Bringing Matt into the mix was a great decision. His powerful energy and style is unmistakable on this album. Overall, it is a very powerful blend of styles and writing. Reb is truly an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Jeff captured my vocals the way I like to sound. Probably the best vocal sound I’ve had... ever!!!! Such a great and creative studio experience for me. This is kick ass, powerful music on an album full of great songs. If you love strong melodies and BIG choruses, BLACK SWAN won’t disappoint!! It’s time...”SHAKE THE WORLD!!!"
 
Guitarist Reb Beach says, "When Jeff approached me to do this, I was so excited because I loved writing “Erase the Slate” with him for Dokken. I also played in the band with Jeff for four years, and we worked so well together, writing and live too. He is as good as it gets when it comes to a rock musician, a great songwriter and an absolute joy to work with. I came in with riffs, Jeff arranged them into a song by adding his own parts, and then Robin wrote the lyrics, and knocked it out of the park with the vocals. I am pretty particular about singers, and Robin’s voice is so slammin' that I wouldn’t want anyone else. Matt came in with his huge drum sound, and we had a great sounding band. Very exciting stuff!!"
 
"Shooting the video was a blast," says drummer Matt Starr. "Shot in Los Angeles over the course of two days, it was similar to recording the record, everything was very organic and comfortable. That’s the advantage of working with guys who have so much experience. There’s not too much discussion going on. Everybody knows what to do, we just get to work and do it. That leaves more time for hanging out, chatting and smoking cigars!"
Black Swan's “Shake the World” is a killer slice of melodic hard rock and heavy metal from seasoned players who have gelled musically. Whether you are a fan from “back in the day” or brand new to the scene and just diving in, this album is essential listening!

 

Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSwanRockNRoll

 

Tracklisting:
1.  Shake The World
2.  Big Disaster
3.  Johnny Came Marching
4.  Immortal Souls
5.  Make It There
6.  She's On To Us
7.  The Rock That Rolled Away
8.  Long Road To Nowhere
9.  Sacred Place
10. Unless We Change
11. Divided/United

 

Black Swan:
- Robin McAuley - Lead Vocals and Background Vocals
- Reb Beach - Guitars and Background Vocals
- Jeff Pilson - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Keys and Background Vocals
- Matt Starr - Drums and Percussion
 
Thu
05
Dec

AOR HEAVEN Jan 31 Titles - AUTUMN'S CHILD, EASY ACTION & THE RAGGED SAINTS

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Mikael Erlandsson from Gothenburg is one of the best singers/songwriters in Sweden today. Between 2006-2018 he was the frontman in the Swedish super group Secret Service.
He has recorded five successful solo albums and together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning he thought of putting a band together. Ian Haugland (d), Mic Michaeli (keys) and John Leven (b) of Europe-fame were asked if they were interested to join - which they did, and the band LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM was born in 2003. The self-titled debut album was produced by Claes Andreasson and was a great success.
 
Then the band went on releasing another 14 albums with different line-ups with great musicians like Jamie Borger (d, Treat), Marcel Jacob (b, Talisman) and they all had an impact of the band’s development. They toured Japan, England and Germany but decided to take a break in 2018.
 
Then Mikael formed this new group: AUTUMN’S CHILD. The line-up apart from Mikael Erlandsson: Jona Tee on Keyboard from Swedish melodic sensation H.E.A.T.Robban Bäck, former drummer of  Eclipse and currently with Swedish rock band Mustasch, Claes Andreasson from Swedish Westcoast/AOR band Heartbreak Radio. He also produced the first LAD album and “Winter in Paradise“ and “Saturn Skyline“ for LAD as well and finally on guitar: the amazing Pontus Åkesson from the prog rock band Moon Safari.
 
 
   
 
After few years hiatus Finnish hard rockers The Ragged Saints are coming back with an old school 80’s hard rock influenced record. The album titled ”Sonic Playground Revisited” contains 10 new songs, and will delight not only The Ragged Saints fans, but also fans of bands like Whitesnake, Def Leppard and Ratt to mention a few.
 
Stylewise, the band continues its path without compromises. They didn’t feel the need to change too much. There’s a bit more keyboards and orchestration on some of the songs and little synth bass here and there, but it’s the same songwriting team so the style and sound are pretty much the same as before. Once again the studio was their sandpit, their own sonic playground.
Band has been working on the album on and off for number of years. It has been a working process since 2013 when the first demos came into being. But the start of recordings took another year due to personal issues and other projects, giving the band opportunity to distance themselves a bit and resume another perspective on the song material.
 
The Ragged Saints was formed in 2011 by guitarists Tomi Julkunen and Toni Bite. After writing bunch of songs they recruited like-minded singer Markku Kuikka, bassist Jukka Hoffrén and drummer Miikki Kunttu ”not to reinvent the wheel but to play melodic hard rock music we all have loved since the day one”. Shortly after forming they began working on their first record. Band’s well received and critically acclaimed debut album ”The Sound Of Breaking Free” was released in 2013.
 
New album ”Sonic Playground Revisited” will be released world-wide on January 31, 2020 on AOR Heaven.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Rarely has there been such a drastic change of musical style than that made by the Swedish hard rock band Easy Action when it came to the recording of their second album ‘That Makes One’ in 1985. While the band’s debut LP (1983) was an ahead of its time glam classic, Easy Action had morphed into a slickly melodic AOR group on the follow up record.
 
Kee Marcello, who later on joined Europe, was approached by Peo Thyrén (b) from the pop punk band Noice which were considerably successful at the time to sing but eventually ended up as their producer. Not willing to live the destructive lifestyle of the band, Kee and Peo founded their own band: Easy Action. The name refers to Marc Bolan who is considered the biggest rock star by Marcello. The band recorded a mini-album and got themselves a multi-million dollar deal with Sire Records. Joining Peo and Kee in this early version of Easy Action were Zinny J. Zan (v), Fredrik Von Gerber (d, ex Noice) and Danny Wilde (g).
 
The band sounded like a blueprint for Mötley Crüe, Poison and the like and consequently wanted to go in a different direction with the follow-up. Several line-up changes came, most notably Peo eventually making way for Björn ‘Nalle’ Påhlsson and Tommy Nilsson being recruited to fill the vacant lead singer role after Zinny left. The journey together ended when Marcello was offered to join Europe - an offer to good to turn down.
 
Upon release in 1986 ‘That Makes One’ certainly gained its many admirers, but any success was short-lived due to Kee taking up that aforementioned offer from Europe to replace John Norum in November the same year to go on to record the ‘Out Of This World’ and ‘Prisoners In Paradise’ albums with the group. When that version of Europe went their separate ways, Marcello began a solo career in 1993 that continues to this day, alongside a lot of production for other artists.
 
The “glam rock variant“ of Easy Action reunited. Kee and Zinny J. Zan having recruited a first class team of players that included Simon Roxx (g), Micael Grimm (b) and ‘Grizzly’ Höglund (d) and played Sweden Rock in 2006. But the passing of Grimm in 2011 who was the driving force at the time ended the band activities, although some songs were written.
Yet in 2019 the “melodic rock version“ of the band got back together! Kee and Tommy, alongside Chris Lind (g), Björn ’Nalle’ Påhlsson, Björn ‘Grizzly’ Höglund and the band’s long-time live keyboard player Jörgen Ingeström reformed again earlier this year when Kee received another offer to play Sweden Rock. The band recorded a live DVD and presented themselves in excellent shape, for instance using no backing tapes and stuff.
 
This re-release is remastered by Chris Lyne and limited to 1000 copies. As a bonus there are rare b-sides “Eye For An Eye“ from the “In The Middle Of Nowhere“ single and “There Is A River“ from the “Talk Of The Town“ single. Liner notes and texts by Dave Reynolds.
 
Available only via www.aorheaven.com and ginza.se
 
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Wed
04
Dec

MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND Release Live CD/DVD, "High Times - Live In Italy" on January 24

Friday, January 24, 2020
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Michael Thompson Band will release the live CD/DVD, "High Times - Live In Italy" on January 24.
 
 
Michael Thompson Band's first, and so far only live show in Europe, happened on a magic night on Saturday, April 28, 2018, when in front of an awed crowed, Michael Thompson, together with Larry King on vocals, Larry Antonino and Guy Allison (Unruly Child) on bass and keyboards respectively, and Sergio Gonzalez on drums, performed a set which created a special kind of AOR magic at the LIVE MUSIC CLUB in Milan, IT.
 
Cherry picking the best songs from their now legendary debut album “How Long” and offering some previews from the, at the time, upcoming album “Love and Beyond”, MTB offered a magnificent hour long set which delighted all the fans in attendance. This is a one of a kind magic performance and if you were not there, well, now you can see what you missed!
 
Tracklist:
1. Can’t Miss
2. Secret Information
3. Love & Beyond
4. Give Love A Chance
5. High Times
6. Save Yourself
7. Starting Over
8. Wasteland
9. More Than A Feeling
 
Line-up:
Michael Thompson - guitars
Larry King - vocals
Larry Antonino - bass and vocals
Guy Allison - keys
Sergio Gonzalez - drums
 
 
Tue
03
Dec

RIP GREEDY SMITH (Mental As Anything)

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The Australian music community has been rocked by the second high profile passing of a local legend in 2 days. Mental As Anything's songwriter/vocalist/keyboardist GREEDY SMITH last night passed away after suffering a heart attack.
 
 
RIP Greedy :(
 


 
Mon
02
Dec

STORM FORCE Usher in 'Age Of Fear' Jan 25

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Storm Force: Age Of Fear
Release Date: 25th January 2020
 
STORM FORCE is:
Lead Vocals: Patrick Gagliardi
Lead Guitar & Vocals: Greg Fraser (Brighton Rock)
Drums & Vocals: Brian Hamilton (Panik)
Bass & Vocals: Mike Beradelli
 
Storm Force is the explosive new band that fans of classic hard melodic rock have all been waiting for.
 
Led by Canadian rock legends Brighton Rock founder and lead guitarist Greg Fraser and featuring one of today’s most powerful and versatile lead vocalists in Patrick Gagliardi (formerly of Surface Tension), their debut record produced by Darius Szczepaniak (Black Crowes, Sum 41, Big Sugar) combines colossal, crushing melodic rock with hook-laden ballads and massive choruses reminiscent of vintage Cinderella, balanced by classic rock sensibilities of acts like The Who and Van Halen.
 
The group hails from Niagara Falls, Canada and is rounded out by the blistering one-two punch rhythm section of ex-Panik and Step Echo drummer Brian Hamilton and sought-after session musician and touring bassist Mike Beradelli.
 
Storm Force’s groundbreaking new record is the result of a rich blend of rock influences spanning Triumph, UFO, Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, and so many more, and will be available on Escape Music worldwide.
 
TrackList
1. BECAUSE OF YOU  4:42
2. AGE OF FEAR    4:08
3. BREATHE    4:48
4. EMBER RAIN   4:03
5. RIDE LIKE HELL   4:09
6. DIRTY VEGAS  3:35
7. MORE THAN YOU KNOW 4:06
8. MARSHALL LAW  3:53
9. DIFFERENT ROADS  4:20
10. RINGSIDE   4:56
 
Produced and Mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (Black Crowes)
Recording Engineer Brian Hamilton
Recorded at : Hamster Cage Studios - St.Catharines
Mixed at: Phase One Studios - Toronto
Edits - Brian Hamilton
Guest Keyboards - Rein Knol
Guest vocals on 'Breathe' & 'Age Of Fear' - Serena Pryne
String arrangement on 'Different Roads' - Darius Szczepaniak
 
Artwork by: Richard Jones at webspaghetti design
 
 
Mon
02
Dec

RIP Guitarist STUART FRASER (Noiseworks, John Farnham)

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RIP Stuart Fraser - one of Australia’s best guitarists ever. And a tone that could not be replicated. Stuart was simply brilliant and leaves a great legacy. My favourite Noiseworks song and that guitar tone in action:
 
 
 
From Paul Cashmere @ Noise 11: "Australian guitarist Stuart Fraser has passed away. Stuart, a founding member of Noiseworks and longtime guitarist for the John Farnham band, announced he had lung cancer in 2017 after being diagnosed the previous year.
Stuart (known as Chet to his mates) met Jon Stevens on Melbourne Cup Day in 1982. In 1986 Stuart and Jon together with Steve Balbi, Justin Stanley, Kevin Nicol formed Noiseworks.
Stuart joined the John Farnham Band in 1994 and performed with Farnham through to 2018. He has also worked with Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs, Kylie Minogue, Joe Camilleri, Tommy Emmanuel, Tina Arena, Olivia Newton-John, Nick Barker, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and David Hirschfelder. Noiseworks’ three studio albums and Greatest Hits all went Top 10 in Australia. ‘Love Verses Money’ (1991) was a number one record.
Stuart’s guitar work is credited on Kylie Minogue ‘Kylie Christmas’, Kate Ceberano ‘Merry Christmas’, Anthony Callea ‘This Is Christmas’, David Campbell ‘Good Lovin’, The Black Sorrows ‘Roaring Town’, John Farnham’s ’33 1/3’, ‘Jack’, ‘The Last Time’, ‘Anthology’, ‘Then Again’, Jimmy Barnes ‘Hindsight’, Ross Wilson ‘Tributary’ and Mark Vincent ‘Compass’.
Stuart also worked with Chong Lim for the Sydney Olympic Games and was a member of the Dancing With The Stars band from the show’s first season."
 
Sun
01
Dec

Introducing the Melodic Hard Rock of SHAD

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SHAD are:
Kevin Figueiredo - Drums
Ryan Bruder - Bass & Vocals
Saxon Kennedy - Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Shad - Lead Guitar & Vocals
 

Following the success of his last single, 'Keep Holding On', Matthew Shad has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Bob St. John.

Best known for his work with Extreme, Collective Soul & Duran Duran, St. John has also been behind the mixing console for Sir Elton John, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Journey's Steve Perry.

Shad & St. John hit the studio this past summer to begin recording songs for a new SHAD album featuring Extreme's Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Completing the quartet is bassist Ryan Bruder and guitarist Saxon Kennedy.

'Matthew is a brilliant artist and I am SO looking forward to working on this project with him and being a part of his lifelong dream. These are amazing melodic rock songs... timelless and unforgettable. Great things will be coming from us soon!' - Bob St. John


SHAD - Fool - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14

SHAD Belittle - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14


Two SHAD songs, 'Fool' and 'Belittle' are now complete and have been mastered by the amazing Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville! Ted's incredible body of work includes "Hotel California" by The Eagles, "The Stranger by Billy Joel, "Some Girls" by the The Rolling Stones, "Ghost In The Machine" by The Police, "Madonna" by Madonna, "Back In The High Life" by Steve Winwood, "Far Beyond Driven" by Pantera, "Under The Table And Dreaming" by Dave Matthews Band, "Supernatural" by Carlos Santana, "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, "Black Gives Way To Blue" by Alice In Chains, "American Idiot" by Green Day, "California" by blink-182, "Walls" by Kings of Leon, "Crooked Teeth" by Papa Roach, "Outsider" by Three Days Grace, "When Legends Rise" by Godsmack, "Vicious" by Halestorm, "Victorious" by Skillet, "Living The Dream" by Slash & Myles Kennedy, "Evolution" by Disturbed, "Young & Dangerous" by The Struts, "Order In Decline" by Sum 41 and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses.

"Fool" & "Belittle" are now available to stream or download on all major platforms. A limited edition Vinyl 7" will be released this December.


iTunes: Fool - Single by Shad // Belittle - Single by Shad

Amazon: "Fool" // "Belittle"

Stay up to date on all things SHAD at the links below!

www.instagram.com/Shad.Band/
twitter.com/Shad_Band
www.facebook.com/ShadBandPage

 
Wed
27
Nov

HEAT 'II' Out February 21

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Friday, February 21, 2020
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NEW STUDIO ALBUM “H.E.A.T II”
RELEASED ON 21ST FEBRUARY 2020

PRE-ORDER FROM FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
H.E.A.T II” is the first album by Swedish hard rock sensation H.E.A.T to be produced entirely by the band - with Jona Tee and Dave Dalone as producers. This album goes back to the band’s beginnings, redefining the raw H.E.A.T sound – a sound that oozes classic rock coolness paired with the snotty confidence of one of rock and roll’s most talented bands today. “This is what we would sound like if we made a debut album 2019, hence the title.” “H.E.A.T II” will be released on February 21, 2020 via earMUSIC.
“H.E.A.T II” will be available as CD DigipakVinyl and Digital on 21st February 2020 via earMUSIC. The album will be ready to pre-order from Friday 29th November 2019 HERE.

Photo Credit: © Steven Christie
The first single “One By One” (released September 27th) gave a first glance into what is to come for the new album and was followed by the second single “Rise”.
Earlier in 2019 the band recently released their live album “Live At Sweden Rock Festival”.  Their second ever live recording – and for the first time on video – includes all of the band’s remarkable hymns such as “Living On The Run”, “A Shot At Redemption” or “Bastard Of Society”. Every song from this setlist is as lively and intoxicating as the next, making this a memorable show that every rock music fan will enjoy.
In 2009, H.E.A.T had a huge hit in Scandinavia with the song “1000 Miles”. That same year the band’s second album “Freedom Rock” was nominated as one of the Top 50 albums in 2010 by Classic Rock magazine UK. Since then, they’ve toured all over the world, blowing audiences away with their outstanding live concerts.
In a time when artists like Foreigner, Journey and Whitesnake are enjoying a resurgence, teenagers are re-discovering the melodic approach to hard rock. The kids are suddenly wearing their classic rock band logos on t-shirts. H.E.A.T is the beacon of light that many say will carry this tradition into the future. They’re young, ambitious and full of energy and ideas.
H.E.A.T don’t hide their love for their classic rock heroes, but don’t try to copy it, either. They just do it and they want to be the best at it. And they are one of the best - drawing both young and old to their mesmerising, freshly sounding, energetic classic rock and bombastic melodies.
The band will play three exclusive shows in the UK in May 2020 with British rock band VEGA, award winning band Mason Hill and 4-piece Collateral. The four bands will play Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill (May 28), the London Garage (May 29) and Swansea Patti Pavilion (May 30). Tickets available via – www.planetrocktickets.co.uk & https://myticket.co.uk/artists/heat.
H.E.A.T is:
Erik Grönwall - Vocals
Dave Dalone - Guitar
Jimmy Jay - Bass
Jona Tee - Keyboards
Don Crash - Drums
MAY 2020 UK TOUR
PLUS GUESTS VEGA, MASON HILL & COLLATERAL
48-HOUR PLANET ROCK PRE-SALE FROM 9AM - WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
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WWW.PLANETROCKTICKETS.CO.UK
TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE FROM 9AM - FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
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Tue
26
Nov

MRF5 USB Last Call SALE PRICE

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UPDATED PAYPAL LINK WITH CORRECT PRICE! JUST A FEW UNITS LEFT
 
MRF5 USB
Custom Wombat Design / 64G / $79 SALE / VERY LIMITED STOCK
 
 
 
 
MRF5 USB4 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VERSION
64G OF FILES / $50 SALE / DOWNLOAD NOW
 
 

CONTENTS:
 
Acoustic Sets:
Jaded Past
The Radio Sun
Cassidy Paris
Boulevard
 
Friday:
Station
Jaded Past
Warp Drive
Fierce Heart
 
Saturday:
Gary Moon & Friends
Adriangale
Dave Friday Band
SJ Sindicate
Madman’s Lullaby
Far Cry
 
Sunday:
Boulevard
Shotgun Symphony
Maxx Explosion
Gary Brandon
Lynn Allen
 
 
Mon
25
Nov

HEARTS ON FIRE Ltd Longbox Edition SALE PRICE

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LONGBOX EDITION - VERY LIMITED STOCK - SALE PRICE - THIS WEEK ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST
 
 
The preorder bonus material is of course no longer available, but there are a handful of longbox cases spare that I can offer first come first serve. The price will remain the same out of fairness to preorder customers and the high cost of the packaging and shipping. There is only a handful available, so order now. Regular edition available for shipping now - link below.
 
$22 (Incl Shipping)
 
 
 
HEARTS ON FIRE ARE:
Jean Funes - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar (Sound Of Eternity)
Richard Andermyr - Vocals, Guitars (Rian)
Joel Mejia – Drums (Codigo Eterno)
Dennis Ward - Bass and Keyboards
 
 
Mon
25
Nov

TONY MITCHELL 'Beggars Gold' Special Edition SALE

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Friday, September 14, 2018
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7 UNITS ONLY AT THIS PRICE!
 
MelodicRock Records is very excited to announce the signing of TONY MITCHELL – the voice of British hard rock band Kiss Of The Gypsy.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ was be released via MRR in two formats - regular jewel case CD and a limited Special Edition.
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ SPECIAL EDITION (2CD, Slipcase)(500 only) $20 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
Wed
20
Nov

REVOLUTION SAINTS Prepare To 'Rise' January 24

Friday, January 24, 2020
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Revolution Saints are returning with their third album "Rise" on January 24, 2020 on CD/LP/Digital!
Featuring none other than Deen Castronovo (The Dead Daisies, ex-Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, Burning Rain, ex-Whitesnake, DIO), and Jack Blades (Night Ranger, ex- Damn Yankees), Revolution Saints have now completed their incredible third album, “Rise”. As with the first two well-received albums, Rev Saints (as the fans like to call them) are bringing back the classic melodic rock style that thrilled and delighted legions of fans in the ‘80s and ‘90s and still does today! Inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies, and musicianship to die for is what you get in spades here. Simply put, it is completely badass. 
Stream the first single, 'When The Heartache Has Gone’ and preorder the album (including t-shirt bundles) here: https://radi.al/Rise
Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is the one and only Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English, and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are once again receiving a well-deserved spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich lends his fiery guitar attack to round out this dream-come-true melodic rock band. Doug, who left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010’s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected rock guitarists.
You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS is not going to be your average rock 'n roll band. The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino. 
With production overseen by more and more in demand in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio, the recording process took place in Milan and in Doug and Jack’s own studios in California and Seattle. Songwriting was handled by Del Vecchio, Aldrich, and Blades with contributions from fellow Frontiers recording artist Dan Rossall (of UK newcomers PASSION). Of special note, the poignant ballad “Eyes Of A Child” was penned by Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw.
REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart, soul, and spirit that shines through in the music. These songs highlight the passion and enthusiasm of three of the best all-around rock ‘n roll musicians in the game today. 
Truly, lovers of melodic rock have a new favorite album on their hands. 
The band’s last album, “Light In The Dark” (2017) entered the U.S. Billboard Charts in the Top 100 Current Albums, Top 30 Current Rock Albums, and Top 20 Independent Albums charts.
Tracklist:
1. When The Heartache Has Gone
2. Price To Pay
3. Rise
4. Coming Home
5. Closer
6. Higher
7. Talk To Me
8. It's Not The End (It's Just The Beginning)
9. Million Miles
10. Win Or Lose
11. Eyes Of A Child
Line-up:
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals 
Doug Aldrich: guitars
Featuring:
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals,
Lunakaire: guest vocals on “Talk to Me"
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio
 
 
 
Mon
18
Nov

Rock Candy Latest - KEEL & FASTWAY

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3 new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 

KEEL 'THE FINAL FRONTIER' CANDY410

THERE WAS NO denying that Keel where being positioned as a band to watch. Their previous album ‘The Right To Rock’ had been well-received amongst the metal cognoscenti, and extensive touring had given them enough momentum to hold people’s attention as they prepared their third album. They were certainly coming to the table from a position of strength at a time when polished hard rock was being hailed as the next big thing. Produced once again by mentor and Kiss bassist, Gene Simmons, ‘The Final Frontier’ didn’t disappoint. Switching labels to Polygram, the band was given full support in all areas, crafting an album that fully underscored their potential. Recorded mainly in New York, at the famed Electric Lady studios and finished in their home town of Los Angeles, the record boasted ten razor-sharp hard rock nuggets, cementing a musical reputation that fully justified their new found stature. Issued in April 1986, the album climbed to #53 on the, all important, Billboard chart, setting in motion a worldwide tour that covered 14 countries including a well-received and prestigious UK run supporting Dio. Song wise the record boasted a lean and mean selection of tracks, including ‘Tears Of Fire’, ‘Rock And Roll Animal’ and a captivating cover of the Bruce Springsteen/Patti Smith penned ‘Because The Night’. Wrapped up in one of the most compelling sleeves of the era, the album stands proud as a highpoint in a career that accelerated this fine band into the hearts and minds of rock fans across the globe.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION: Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Gene Simmons, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Malcolm Dome, enhanced artworK, previously unplublished photos and new band interview.

TRACK LISTING: 1. THE FINAL FRONTIER 2. ROCK AND ROLL ANIMAL 3. BECAUSE THE NIGHT 4. HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW 5. ARM AND A LEG 6. RAISED ON ROCK 7. JUST ANOTHER GIRL 8. TEARS OF FIRE 9. NIGHTFALL 10. NO PAIN NO GAIN

KEEL 'S/T' CANDY411

OPERATING FROM Los Angeles during the early to mid 80s, Keel looked as if they could well be the next in line to follow hot on the heels of neighbourhood bands such as Mötley Crüe, Dokken and Quiet Riot. They had it all; a charismatic frontman in Ron Keel, two smoking-hot guitarists and solid industry support. Kiss man Gene Simmons had produced their last two albums, helping to establish them as the next big thing. When it came time to record this, their fourth, album, they had done their homework and prepared a clutch of world beating anthems, all injected with the energy and enthusiasm of men expecting big results. Recruiting super producer Michael Wagener (Mötley Crüe, Ozzy and Accept) the band wasted little time in laying down the law at a Los Angeles studio, creating a sound that combined all the exciting elements of hard rock at the time. Wagener’s crystal clean production paid handsome dividends whilst one or two of the songs benefitted by choice co-writes from Jack Ponti (Bon Jovi co writer) and Dio’s Jimmy Bain. Check out ‘Calm Before The Storm’, ‘Cherry Lane’, the cheeky ‘I Said The Wrong Thing To The Right Girl’ and the album’s first single ‘Somebody’s Waiting’. Released in June 1987, via the MCA label, the album received a very positive reception but inexplicably failed to commercially realise its potential. And that was a shame as the album is a fine and near perfect example of red hot rock from an era that embraced the style and sound that Keel perfectly embodied.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION: Fully Remastered Audio, produced by Michael Wagener, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Malcolm Dome, enhanced artworK, previously unplublished photos and new band interview.

TRACK LISTING: 1. UNITED NATIONS 2. SOMEBODY’S WAITING 3. CHERRY LANE 4. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 5. KING OF ROCK 6. IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE 7. I SAID THE WRONG THING TO THE RIGHT GIRL 8. DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME 9. IF LOVE IS A CRIME (I WANNA BE CONVICTED)10. 4TH OF JULY

FASTWAY 'TRICK OR TREAT' CANDY394

FASTWAY ROARED OUT of the starting block in 1983 with all cylinders firing. Their self-titled debut album made a huge splash, particularly in North America where the record achieved gold status in a matter of months and signalled their arrival as major contenders in the hard rock sphere. It was a particularly rewarding experience for their founding member, guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, who had recently left Motorhead under aggravated circumstances. But, even Fastway’s formative steps proved fractious when former UFO bassist Pete Way jumped ship before a note was even recorded. Despite the band’s fast acceptance and good fortune with their debut album, subsequent albums failed to capitalise on that success, leaving the band to commercially flounder, despite providing a slew of captivating tracks, solid songwriting and a sound and swagger crafted from the very best of British blues rock. ‘Trick Or Treat’ was the band’s fourth album and in some ways their swansong. It was an unusual creation, being effectively the soundtrack to a fairly successful heavy metal horror film, issued November 1986, one month after the film’s commercial release. Amazingly, the album contains a brace of raw recordings that hark back to the praised debut and 2nd albums. It was an approach that had been somewhat shelved with their previous, more melodic, record, but throwing caution to the wind their thick raunchy sound is firmly back on track, allowing ‘Fast’ Eddie to rip it up in fine form, and Dave King’s vocals to take centre stage. Songs such as ‘Get Tough’, ‘Stand Up’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Fight’ are high water marks in a career that should have seen them rise to super stardom.

SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION: Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Features Fast Eddie Clarke (Motorhead) and vocalist Dave King, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and quotes from Fast Eddie Clarke

TRACK LISTING:1. TRICK OR TREAT 2. AFTER MIDNIGHT 3. DON’T STOP THE FIGHT 4. STAND UP 5. TEAR DOWN THE WALLS 6. GET TOUGH 7. HOLD ON TO THE NIGHT 8. HEFT 9. IF YOU COULD SEE

 
Sat
16
Nov

ANDY TAYLOR 'Love Or Liberation' First New Solo Music In 20 Years Available Now

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SPECIAL ONE-OFF SHOW THE 100 CLUB 27th NOVEMBER 2019 *SOLD OUT*
 
To celebrate his forthcoming sold out 100 Club show, Andy Taylor, the songwriter, guitarist and singer behind hits from Duran Duran, The Power Station, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, Thunder, The Ting Tings and many more is releasing his first solo track in 20 years ‘Love Or Liberation’.
 
Written by Andy and Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy and The Almighty who Andy produced in the ’90s) Love Or Liberation features the lead vocal talent of Reef’s Gary Stringer as well as having Arya Goggin from Welsh top 40 rock group Skindred on Drums and Paul Turner from Jamiroquai's band on bass.
 
Of the track, Andy says 'I wanted to get some new music out ahead of this month’s upcoming live shows - Love Or Liberation is a perfect statement of intent. I’m a rocker, a guitar child of the 70’s so I wanted to put out a track from my forthcoming album that’s fundamentally about who I am’
 
Love Or Liberation was produced by Andy and mixed by Mike Fraser who is best known for his work with AC/DC, Aerosmith & The Power Station.
 
The now sold out 100 Club will be Andy’s first solo show in the capital for thirty years and will showcase tracks from his forthcoming album on BMG, his first since 1990. 
 
Both the show and album feature Gary Stringer as well as a great supporting cast of musicians and with so much great material to dig into Andy will be performing select songs from his previous solo work as well as revisiting the ballsier side of Duran. He’ll be diving into The Power Station & Robert Palmer material and reworking some of the tunes he wrote/played on/or produced for the likes of Rod Stewart, Thunder, The Almighty, Paul Rodgers & of course the odd Reef tune.
 
'LOVE OR LIBERATION’ IS AVAILABLE NOW ON BMG.
 
 
Fri
15
Nov

WAITING FOR MONDAY Debut Out Feb 14

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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Waiting For Monday is a new melodic rock band formed by vocalist Rudy Cardenas and guitarist/singer August Zadra. The band hails from Los Angeles and was brought to the attention of Frontiers by Jeff Scott Soto, with the label moving quickly to sign them based on their outstanding talents. Musically, you can expect classic chart topping melodies ala Journey, Styx, and Foreigner, but with a decidedly modern approach. And if you are looking for sunny, meaningless lyrics, then you probably best look elsewhere as the band has stories to tell, and not all of them happy.
 
Originally from Venezuela, Rudy Cardenas is an incredible vocal talent. His pipes carried him to the finals on Season 6 of American Idol and he has been heard on TV and movies ranging from Family Guy to Real Steel. For five years, Rudy was the power alto for the multi-award winning vocal group, M-pact, who was named Vocal Group of the Year at the 2005 L.A. Music Awards. More recently, Rudy was the featured vocalist for the Gold-selling Hungarian rock album by Mr. Zsolt.
 
August Zadra is best known for handling lead guitar and vocal duties in iconic singer Dennis DeYoung's solo band since 2010. Since the age of 15, guitar playing has been a passion that carried August from Fairbanks, Alaska to Hollywood, California, where he attended and graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology. He has been a regular feature in the Los Angeles music scene for the past 20 years, playing with a variety of bands, and is often sought out as a guitarist/vocalist collaborator for writing and recording projects.
 
Completing the lineup are Joe Travers (drums), Walter Ino (guitar and keyboards), and Eric Baines (bass).
 
Their exciting debut record is now ready to be shared with the world.
 
 
Tracklist:
1. Until The Dawn
2. End Of A Dream
3. Shattered Lives
4. Found You Now
5. Right In Front Of You
6. Must Have Been
7. Pick Your Lies
8. Inside Your Head
9. Make It Better
10. Love You Forever
11. One More Round
 
Line-up:
Rudy Cardenas/August Zadra/Walter Ino - Vocals
August Zadra - Guitars
August Zadra/Walter Ino - Lead guitars
Joe Travers - Drums
Eric Baines - Bass
Walter Ino - Keys
 

 

 
Fri
15
Nov

JORN 'Heavy Rock Radio 2' Out January 24

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Friday, January 24, 2020
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JORN "Heavy Rock Radio II - Executing The Classics" is out January 24, 2020.
 
Simply one of the greatest rock singers of our time, Jorn Lande returns with a second installment of covers of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him and helped forge this talented man's own unique style.
 
Through Jorn's extensive career, which includes more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has recorded great versions of several rock classics from classic bands such as DIO, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Deep Purple, and many more.
 
Every song JORN covers is treated with the utmost respect and "Jorn-ized" accordingly, just like the first "Heavy Rock Radio" album showed with amazing cover versions of evergreen songs such as "I know There's Something Going On", "Hotel California", "You're The Voice," "Running Up That Hill," and several others. Fans showed a lot of enthusiasm and interest for those versions, so a follow-up covers album seemed a no-brainer.
 
This second album, "Heavy Rock Radio II – Executing The Classics", is not an ordinary album of cover songs, it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured - among others - are great versions of Pages’ "I Do Believe in You," Foreigner's "Night Life", Don Henley's "New York Minute," Deep Purple's "Bad Attitude," a stunning metal version of Peter Gabriel's "The Rhythm of the Heat," and of course an unmissable Dio cover, "Mystery".
 
More "jukebox" type of covers include "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" originally recorded by Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams' "Lonely Night", Jackie DeShannon "Needles And Pins", and a very personal choice from the man himself, a Russ Ballard song, “Winning”.
 
Jorn says: "The most important thing was to treat these songs with respect towards the original versions, my goal was always to think that the original artist would be honoured and find my version relevant. At the same time my intention was never to try to compete with the original song and artist, but make it a strong alternative version to enjoy."
 
Jorn's catalogue is getting too long to include in brief press statements, and his innovative and creative skills have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide and being a frequent entry on sales charts around the world, including Billboard. Worth a mention is his years with German based Masterplan, whom he recorded three albums with. Jorn continues his rock crusade, and there are no signs of him slowing down yet.
 
 
Tracklist:
1. Lonely Nights
2. Winning
3. New York Minute
4. Needles And Pins
5. Love
6. I Do Believe In You
7. Nightlife
8. Bad Attitude
9. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
10. Mystery
11. The Rhythm Of The Heat
12. Hotel California (Remastered - Bonus Track)
13. The Final Frontier (Radio Edit - Bonus Track)
14. Die Young (Radio Edit - Bonus Track)
15. Naked City (Radio Edit - Bonus Track)
16. Ride LIke The Wind (Remastered - Bonus Track)
 
Line-up:
Jorn Lande - vocals
Jgor Gianola - guitars
Trond Holter - guitars
Tore Moren - guitars
Luca Princiotta - guitars
Andrea Seveso - guitars
Sid Ringsby - bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards
Francesco Jovino - drums
 
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Thu
14
Nov

KING OF HEARTS New Album Preorder Now Open

Friday, November 22, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the first signing in the next phase of the label’s history. On November 22, MRR will bring the brand-new self-titled KING OF HEARTS album to fans of exquisitely produced and performed melodic rock.
MRR will handle the CD release for the world except for North & South America and Japan. The band will handle those territories via their own distribution.
 
The band recently released the first single from the all-new studio record, a masterpiece of mature AOR with performances only studio veterans of this calibre could deliver. The first single, “Don’t Wait,” is a poignant reminder to reach out to those we love today for tomorrow might be too late.
 
Today we launch the pre-orders for the album and also another full length preview track.
 
PRE-ORDER KING OF HEARTS - KING OF HEARTS (OUT NOV. 22) $15.00 + $5 SHIPPING WORLDWIDE
 
 
 
 
 
 
KING OF HEARTS is:
Lead Vocalist TOMMY FUNDERBURK
Founding Member and Lead Guitarist BRUCE GAITSCH
Producer/Engineer/Keyboardist CJ VANSTON
Bassist JOHN PATITUCCI
Drummer KEITH CARLOCK
 
 
“We were so excited about this new music and can’t wait to share it with everyone!” says King Of Hearts founding member Tommy Funderburk.  The group’s lead vocalist has good reason to be elated. King Of Hearts has recorded their fabulous new album at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville and Tree House Studios in LA with a band comprised of a who’s who of writers and players and one of the most recorded voices in music.
 
“The sound of the record is “modern classic rock.”  Funderburk explains “If you mix the sound of the Eagles, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby with Toto and Def Leppard with a splash of Keith Emerson and Coldplay, what would that sound like?” It sounds awesome! We started referring to it as Modern Classic Rock because of all the different elements and textures to the music we were creating.”
 
KING OF HEARTS ‘King Of Hearts’ will be released worldwide November 22.
 
Please enjoy a preview of the album with this EPK:
 
 
 

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