News 2006

 

2006 News Archive

 

 

Friday, December 29, 2006

TALISMAN EUROPEAN TOUR POSTPONED AGAIN:
Jeff Scott Soto comments: "Hello everyone, I speak for myself & the rest of Talisman regarding the recent tour dates announced.

I regret to inform you that the planned Farewell Tour for Talisman has had to be postponed. The team had done everything they could to ensure that the whole band be 100% available and, having waited for the various announcements we pressed the send button. However some of the dates were awaiting full confirmation and there were still one or two pending questions whether the timing worked alongside myself and one other band member. If we're to do this tour, it is imperative to us & you the fans to get the lineup you're expecting on a farewell tour, it wouldn't make sense to bring in a former member or even new player in closing this chapter of one of the most important entities of my career & life.

I hope you do realize it's nothing further than simple timing preventing us moving forward with the existing dates, I do hope & plan to readdress this whole thing, possibly adding more dates than were posted, later this year when some of us are freed up of prior commitments. My apologies to all our fans & friends alike, we are all disappointed now but know this is for the better so we can do it properly later... & potentially longer!
JSS /Talisman."

 

 

 

Friday, December 22, 2006

FRONTIERS ANNOUNCE WINGER RELEASE + NEWS ROUND-UP:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Winger Demo Anthology on March 23, 2007.
Comprising of all the demos recorded by Winger during the 80s and early 90s, in preparation of their multi million selling albums Winger, In The Heart of The Young and Pull, the Demo Anthology will be a very special 2CD release that includes the following track listing:
CD1 - Madalaine; Hungry; Seventeen, State Of Emergency; Time To Surrender; Hangin On; Headed For A Heartbreak; Only Love (*); Can t Get Enough; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go; Rainbow In The Rose; In The Day We ll Never See; Under One Condition; Little Dirty Blonde; Star Tripper (*); You Are The Saint I Am The Sinner; In The Heart of The Young.

CD2 - All I Ever Wanted (*); Skin Tight (*); Never (*); Someday Someway (*); Blind Revolution Mad; Down Incognito; Spell I m Under; Hour Of Need; Junkyard Dog; The Lucky One; In For The Kill; No Man s Land; Like A Ritual; Who s The One; Written In The Wind (*); Until There Was You (*); Without Warning (*); Give Me More (*).
(*) denotes a song which is unavailable on album.

 

The Pull line-up (1993)

"I think this is a very interesting release from a fan s perspective" says Kip Winger, "it shows how much the songs progressed from the early stages and also gives the fans the possibility to discover some hidden gems never released on any album, but that I thought was time to somehow release officially."

Winger have in the meanwhile announced the US tour dates in support of the recently released IV album.
Dec 31 2006 - Station Square Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Feb 1 2007 - Mulcahy's Long Island, New York
Feb 2 2007 - Harper's Ferry Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 3 2007 - Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
Feb 5 2007 - Webster Theatre Hartford, Connecticut
Feb 7 2007 - Amos' Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
Feb 10 2007 - The Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Feb 11 2007 - State Theater St. Petersburg, Florida
Feb 12 2007 - Mojo Room Port St. Lucie, Florida
Feb 15 2007 - House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio
Feb 16 2007 - Alrosa Villa Columbus, Ohio
Feb 17 2007 - Harpo's Detroit, Michigan
Feb 18 2007 - House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Feb 22 2007 - The Yukon Loveland, Colorado
Feb 23 2007 - Jake's Tavern Gilette, Wyoming
Feb 24 2007 - Hubba's House of Rock & Roll Denver, Colorado
Feb 25 2007 - Mesa Theater Grand Junction, Colorado
Mar 2 2007 - Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, California
Mar 3 2007 - Galaxy Anaheim, California
Mar 5 2007 - Metal Skool @ Key Club Los Angeles, California
Mar 8 2007 - The Palladium Dallas, Texas
Mar 9 2007 - Scout Bar Houston, Texas
More dates will be added soon with possible spring concerts in Europe as well.

 

Frontiers Records is happy to introduce one of the most exciting new signings ever! Places Of Power is a new moniker behind which two familiar faces are hiding the beginning of their newest collaboration.
Bruce Turgon (ex-Foreigner, Shadow King, Lou Gramm, Atomic Playboys) and Philip Bardowell (ex-Unruly Child, Magdalen) have started working together on a blistering set of new songs and have christened this new partnership as Places Of Power a name which, according to Turgon, "is very strong and meaningful to this project".

 
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"Philip and I have a great working relationship and we have both a personal and shared inner vision" comments Turgon about this new venture, adding "we've spoken a lot about the kind of record we wanted to make and we found out we were exactly on the same page musically".
The fans can expect a magnificent melodic Hard Rock release, set to blend the best elements of Turgon's songwriting and musicianship together with the acclaimed powerful vocals from Bardowell, in order to create a real musical milestone akin to the best Foreigner and Shadow King albums. Something to get very excited about and that is planned to be released at the end of the Summer 07.
Both Philip Bardowell and Bruce Turgon are Frontiers Records recording artists. Bardowell released his album In The Cut in September 2005 while Turgon debuted as a solo artist with Outside Looking In in the November of the same year. Both albums gathered rave reviews from the press, including"
So many albums are released and reviewed, yet this one stands out as something a little different and something a little special. 2005 has been a year for the lesser known names and the surprise releases. Add Bruce Turgon to that list - Melodicrock.com
The music on Turgon's classy solo album reminds a lot of the albums he's been involved in the past so all fans of Foreigner will have a feast for sure. High quality AOR at your service! - Melodic.net
Bruce has crafted one of the best AOR/melodic hard rock albums of the year! Especially the fans of Foreigner will be pleased by this release! - Rock Report
Philip Bardowell released a mighty fine album filled with glorious AOR that will appeal to both fans of the old-school traditional sound of this genre and fans of more current releases - Melodicrock.com
I consider Philip Bardowell a true asset in these rather meager times for our beloved AOR/melodic rock genre - Rock Report

Thunder announced the European tour dates for their 2007 Spring tour in support of the newly released album Robert Johnson's Tombstone. Those are:
Thursday 1 March - SPAIN, Madrid, Heneken
Friday 2 March - SPAIN, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
Saturday 3 March - SPAIN, Bergara, Sala Jam
Monday 5 March - FRANCE, Paris, La Boule Noire
Tuesday 6 March - BELGIUM, Vosselar, Biebob
Wednesday 7 March - HOLLAND, Zoetemeer, Boerderij
Friday 9 March - DENMARK, Copenhagen, The Rock
Saturday 10 March - DENMARK, Frederikshavn, Det Musiske Hus
Sunday 11 March - NORWAY, Oslo, Rockefeller
Tuesday 13 March - FINLAND, Tampere, Pakkahoune
Friday 16 March - POLAND, Warsaw, TBA
Saturday 17 March CZECH REP., Prague, Retro Music Hall
Sunday 18 march - AUSTRIA, Vienna, Szene Wien
Tuesday 20 March - AUSTRIA, Salzburg, Rockhouse
Wednesday 21 March - GERMANY, Munich, Metropolis
Thursday 22 March - GERMANY, Hannover, Capitol
Saturday 24 March - GERMANY, Bochum, Matrix
Sunday 25 March - GERMANY, Stuttgart, LKA
Tuesday 27 March - ITALY, Milan, Rainbow
Wednesday 28 March - SWITZERLAND, Pratteln, Z7
It is also now possible to enjoy Thunder's brand new video The Devil Made Me Do It on Youtube.com following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z9fb98jgDc.

Kingdom Come launched the video for the title track of their brand new album Ain't Crying For The Moon on Youtube.com. You can watch it following any of these links: www.youtube.com/user/KingdomCome2006 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRxx6sTpDU4.

Frontiers Records wishes to extend to everyone artists, music fans, journalists, customers and their families their heartfelt best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year 2007 and a relaxing and joyful Christmas. The office will be closed until the 8th of January so all communications will be resumed from that date onwards.
As a special Christmas present, Frontiers decided to allow the fans the possibility to stream previews of not one but four upcoming releases from exciting newcomers on its new myspace page www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords.
Fans will be able to discover Indigo Dying, Two Of A Kind, Los Angeles and one track from the upcoming Dante Fox new album.

The new Indigo Dying album, due in April/May 2007 was produced, recorded and mixed by Fabrizio Grossi at Noize Factor in Canyon Country, California with additional recording at The Studio in Huntington, New York by Don Chaffin. The lineup is formed by Gisa Vatcky (vocals), Mordechai "Mordy" Hauser (guitar), Fabrizio Grossi (bass, orchestrations, programming) of Glenn Hughes / Starbreaker fame, John Macaluso (drums) ex-Yngwie Malmsteen / Riot / TNT, Jamie Teramo (keyboards, piano) with special appearances of Michael Kiske and Mark Boals (ex Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire) who will both appear singing duets with the female singer.

 

Two Of A Kind is a new Melodic Rock combo masterminded by Terra Nova's Fred Hendrix together with not one, but two female singers Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr. After a few writing sessions, Fred submitted the plan for his new band with a great melodic rock edge in Boston meets Heart style to Frontiers Records, who immediately loved the material and signed the band! The self-titled debut album will be released in March 2007. Lookout for live dates in the summertime!
 

Dante Fox are coming back after a 7-years hiatus with their third studio album entitled Under The Seven Skies. Together with founding members Sue Willetts (vocals) and Tim Manford (guitars), we have now three new faces onboard Mick Hales on drums (a veteran of the midlands rock scene), bass player Mike Dagnall and keyboard player / guitarist Roman Wieckowski. Recorded at the Mad Hat Studios (used by Magnum), the band has considerably gained maturity with their songwriting and offers a blazing new release which will please the existing fans and will gather new ones. The first track recorded Breakin Me Down has already had heavy rotation on Steve Price's show on ARFM, with great reaction and support. Dante Fox are looking forward to the release of the album scheduled for March 2007.
 

Los Angeles presents the shining talents of Michele Luppi an Italian amazing singer that cut his teeth in Los Angeles with Robin Randall (co-writer of hits for FM, Mark Free, James Christian etc) as his musical coach. Upon his return to Italy, he gathered considerable experience playing live with his band Mr Pig and later joining Prog Metal heroes Vision Divine. Los Angeles is Luppi's personal tribute to the AOR greats that shaped his singing and songwriting abilities and also features Fabrizio Grossi, Tommy Denander and Frankie De Grasso. While Luppi's astounding vocals can be described as Mark Free meets Eric Martin, Los Angeles is a true AOR beauty not to be missed when it will be released in the Spring 07!
 

ESCAPE MUSIC ANNOUNCE A NEW ATTRACTION AND 2007 LINE-UP:
Escape Music are pleased to announce the signing of Swedish melodic rock outfit Union Mac for their debut album Lost In Attraction.
This new Melodic Rock outfit is centered around Mikael Klevengård and Kristoffer Lagerström who will be familiar to some from their work with bands such as Spin Gallery, Radioactive, Prisioner & Sayit. The album is due for release February 19.
Line-Up: Kristoffer Lagerstrom – Lead and Backing vocals, Keyboards; Mikael Klevengard – Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards; With Imre Daue (Drums). Mixed by Martin Kronlund at JM Recording Studio.
Track List: Bring Me In / A Live / Lost In Attraction / I Am / Fake / Left To Need / I Can't Believe / Marias Grace / Fading / Pain / Make Pretend / Outside / The Whale.
Here is an exclusive track full download Bring Me In for melodicrock.com! Download: Union Mac - Bring Me In (.wma file)

The label bio for the band states: "This is truly a wonderful album and the unusual thing is it sounds more American / Canadian than it does Swedish. Those eighties influences have definitely made an indelible mark with these two talented guys as they have made an album which is very much worth talking about. Strong melodies, catchy riffs and a plethora of keyboards. Just check out "Bring me in" the album opener, a classic start with haunting vocals, strutting guitars and a grand wall of keyboards. The chorus is instant and crescendo's into a majestic masterpiece. The title track itself smacks of Journey mixed with Survivor and there are many other eighties vibes along the way. Can't Believe is worthy of special mention, with its huge choruses and melodic guitars."
Union Mac are simply a breath of fresh air and they hit you hard with their own style of melodic rock, certainly a band to watch for in 2007.

 

More titles to follow for Escape Music in 2007!
Code The Enemy Within Jan 2007; Stormzone Caught In The Act Jan 2007; Last Autumn's Dream Saturn Skyline Feb 2007; Union Mac Lost In Attraction 2007; The Ladder new album title Sacred Mar 2007; Neverland Schizophrenia Mar 2007.

Coming soon - Heartland new album, White Wolf new album, Day Dreamer, Jet Trail, Pleasure Dome with Ted Poley and Shotgun Symphony boys, Mass, WildKard, Cloven Hoof - Dominator and A Sultans Ransom, plus bonus tracks re-issue in a double CD digipak....and more!
Escape Music would like to wish everyone A Wonderful Christmas and A very Happy New year!
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.

TALISMAN HITS THE ROAD FOR ONE FINAL TIME:
Swedish based melodic rock band Talisman is taking to the road across Europe for one last time to give the many fans who bought 7 the opportunity to hear the band live. This classic line-up represents one of the best hard rock bands in the business and it will, most likely, be the last opportunity for fans to see a live Talisman show before the final curtain descends.
Originally slated for October 2006, the tour was postponed due to Jeff Scott Soto being drafted in to cover for Steve Augeri on Journey's recent US tour and April 2007 will follow on from the Journey dates recently released for the UK and mainland Europe.
All in all Talisman will hit eight countries on a whirlwind tour comprising 14 dates plus a couple of 'warm-up' gigs in Sweden.
The final schedule is still awaiting detailed confirmation of all the venues but looks like this:
Sunday 8 April UK Sheffield The Corporation
Monday 9 April UK London Camden Underworld
Wednesday 11 April Belgium Vosselar Biebob
Friday 13 April Greece Athens Oxygono
Saturday 14 April Greece Thessaloniki Ksilourgeio Club
Monday 16 April Holland Zootermeer De Boerderij
Tuesday 17 April Germany Munich Elser Halle
Thursday 19 April Spain Barcelona (2) Apolo
Friday 20 April Spain Madrid Heineken
Saturday 21 April Spain Barcelona Cafe Antzokia
Tuesday 24 April Spain Las Palmas (GC) TBA
Thursday 26 April Italy Milan TBA
Friday 27 April Italy Turin TBA
Sunday 29 April Italy Bologna TBA
Dates and Venues maybe subject to change - please check websites for details.
For Press Information, Booking Details, Press, Photo Passes and Interviews please contact Frank Tunney at Hillock Productions hillockprod@clara.co.uk Tel +44 (0) 7860 917446.
For further information - finalised venue details will be posted on: www.melodicrock.com, www.talismanworld.com, www.jeffscottsoto.com and www.hillockproductions.com.
As soon as ticketing details are available they will be posted on the above sites.

JSS commenting on the tour on www.melodicrock.com: "The latest T-man album was discussed as our last before the Journey gig came about. Even when I was there as a 'fill- in', Talisman has basically run it's course as most of us are pursuing other areas. It's not to say we'll never address this band again or that my working relationship is done with Marcel, but as we speak today, '7' is our swan song as are the tour dates being booked through Europe after the short Journey run in the Spring."
Audio samples of Talisman's latest album 7 can be found at: www.jeffscottsoto.com.

In related (sort of..) news - Press Release / American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will reign as the Krewe of Endymion's grand marshal for the 2007 Carnival season. The gray-haired, 30-year-old soul singer from Birmingham, Ala., won over audiences this year with his vocal performances and curious dancing style on the hit reality TV show.
Al Green and the musical groups Journey and Styx will also ride in the parade. Hicks was in New Orleans for a wedding just before Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005. With his flight out of town canceled, he took a cab to West Monroe and turned his free plane ticket into an Idol audition trip to Las Vegas.
Before ousting fellow Idol finalist Katherine McPhee in May, Hicks was a struggling musician unknown outside the small Southern clubs where he performed. His first single "Do I Make You Proud" sold more than 190,000 copies in the first week of release, according to Billboard magazine.

SINNER & VENGEANCE ON TOUR:
Just like the headline says - the dates for Sinner & Vengeance are:
07.03.07 Hamburg - Markthalle
08.03.07 Bochum - Matrix
09.03.07 NL-Helmond - Plato
10.03.07 Merchweiler - Sport- & Kulturhalle
14.03.07 Ingolstadt - Ohrakel
15.03.07 Augsburg - Spectrum
16.03.07 Muenchen - Elser Halle
17.03.07 CH-Chur - Palazzo
18.03.07 Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
Kontakt M&S Promotion: www.mspromo.de.
The tour is presented by Rock Hard, Musix, Rock It, MusicBuyMail.eu
MTM Music wishes merry Christmas and a happy new year to everybody out in the world! Enjoy your holidays and see you next year!

S.I.N. - MERRY X-MAS - FREE DOWNLOAD:
Update from German rockers S.I.N.: "Now 2006 is almost gone and quite some things happened. We had to guide our ship through some rough waters, but we finally succeeded. Searching for a new singer soon became a real challenge, but ending up with Patrick Simonsen (Hush) fronting S.I.N. was probably one of the best things to become reality.
The recordings of our new album are growing step by step, and we are pretty happy with the things WE hear so far. We hope you're feeling the same when you get to hear the new one ;)
We want to thank everyone who supported us the last years with a little X-Mas present from us to you. Visit us online on www.sin-band.com to download the song So Blind. The song is dedicated to T.K. (r.i.p.) and a special webpage-feature you won't here on the upcoming record... Leave some footprints in our guestbook to tell us what you think.
We wish you and your families a merry x-mas and all the best for 2007!"
pOwEr To ThE mUsIc! ALex, Deddy, Jan, Pat, Wolfgang / www.sin-band.com.

DESTINY DRUMMER TO PLAY ON MAGNUS ROSÉN'S (HAMMERFALL) NEW SOLO ALBUM:
Starting on December 20th and finishing on the 22nd, Birger Löfman is laying down the drums on eleven tracks together with Magnus Rosén for Magnus´ forthcoming solo album (his fifth). The recordings take place in Los Angered Recording studio, Gothenburg, Sweden, and is engineered by the great Andy La Rocque. The music will be Funky / Rocky in straight and odd time signatures. Birger´s job during the rehearsals has been to come up with interesting rhythms to fit Magnus´ bass pieces. The dynamic duo will have some interesting musicians guesting on the record, so look out for it! It's planned to be released in late spring 2007.
WebLink: www.destinymetal.com.

SITE UPDATES:
Reviews have been updated with a host of In Brief Reviews for albums by: Saidian, Biss, Dawn Of Silence, Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Billy Idol, John Farnham, My Chemical Romance, Royal Hunt, Hotwire, Suzi Rawn, BLS, Bombay Black, Tribe Of Gypsies, MSG, Anarion, December Radio, Bob Seger and Donnie Iris. Read the Reviews In Brief.

One last CD Showcase update for the year! Added today are: Norway Rising Up From The Ashes, Sinner Mask Of Sanity (both MTM Music, due January 19); Harem Scarem Human Nature (Vespa Music, out now); Phenomena The Complete Works (Escape Music, out now) and Code The Enemy Within (Escape Music, January 21). Check them out now.

MR-X has been updated - online today is something cool. It's traded all over e-bay, but right now it's here - the original Fire Makes Steel Demos from Survivor and a new Feature Album - Icon Right Between The Eyes.
And the following new Video Clips are featured: Aerosmith - Hole In My Soul and Jaded; Hall & Oates - One On One and Kiss On My List; Icehouse - Electric Blue; Duran Duran - Notorious and Power Station - Bang A Gong.
MR-X Membership Details.

MERRY CHRISTMAS - IT'S HOLIDAY TIME!:
I'd like to use the occasion of my last update for 2006 (unless someone does something really crazy, then I'll think about it!!) to wish every single reader – regular and occasional visitor – a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
Please take things as easy as possible during the festive holiday and I hope that I'll see you all back here Tuesday, January 2 for resumption of regular service.

It has been an interesting year – the most challenging to date in some ways and the most rewarding to date in other areas.
My 2006 MelRock Awards will cover all that in due course, but I would like to say thank you for all the warm and welcomed support of the site from all – including everyday readers, MR-X Members, sponsors, labels and artists that help make the site what it is.

Anyway, I hope that Santa stuff's all your stockings with appropriately melodic goodies and once again, Merry Christmas to all!

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 20, 2006
 
JOURNEY PRESS RELEASE

Jeff Scott Soto has been formally announced as the new vocalist for Journey and Steve Augeri has stepped down after 8 years fronting the band. Here is the long awaited official press release from band management:

 
JOURNEY NAMES JEFF SCOTT SOTO OFFICIAL NEW LEAD SINGER


December 19, 2006 -- Jeff Scott Soto has been officially named the new lead singer of Journey. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the U.S. tour with Def Leppard shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness.

"We are so grateful to Steve for all the years he dedicated to Journey," says Journey in a joint statement. "We thank Steve for all his hard work and we wish him only the best in his future endeavors. Over the past few months, we've come to realize that Jeff has proven himself above and beyond that he can sing the hell out of our songs and we're happy to officially welcome him as part of the family. We're excited to start a new chapter with Jeff and we're excited about what the future may bring."

Steve Augeri states: "Singing for Journey these last eight years have been the most challenging and the most rewarding of my career. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the band, and especially the fans, for the privilege of being part of a musical legacy that has touched so many hearts and souls. I wish my fellow bandmates success and happiness as they continue to make great music in the future, as I will strive to do the same myself."

Jeff Soto also adds, "With delight & pleasure, I am accepting the offer to continue my tenure with Journey now as their permanent vocalist after the amazing past months we've spent together on tour. I also pay high respect to Steve Augeri for coming in and helping Journey continue their legacy for nearly the last decade and to Steve Perry for co-creating this legacy. I hope to now add and help drive Journey into the next stage of this band's future."

Since Soto's first appearance with Journey on July 7 in Bristow, VA, his performances have been garnering rave reviews. To wit:

"Right off the bat, Journey's new lead singer is fantastic. Jeff Scott Soto is a supremely talented vocalist who handled with ease the many sky-high notes and the mile-long range in Journey's repertoire. Steve Perry fans have never gotten over the original lead singer's departure from the band, but I'm here to tell you this guy rocks the role. And yes, if you close your eyes he sounds just like Perry, but -- dare I say it? -- maybe even more passionate and full of verve. Hits such as 'I'll Be Alright Without You' and 'Wheel in the Sky' showcased his mighty voice." --Lorilee Craker, Grand Rapids Press

"The one-time Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist channeled (Steve) Perry flawlessly, nailing all the high notes and then some…Soto's got it going on." --Christopher John Treacy, Boston Herald

"Could Soto cut it? Yes. And then some. His vocals and stage presence were impressive." --Dave Ferman, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

"Soto is a really strong vocalist, so instead of struggling to emulate (Steve) Perry's laser-beam vibrato, he can get away with a style that mixes grainy power with effortless key changes." --Johnny Loftus, Metro Times Detroit

Steve Augeri is currently recording his debut solo album, In The Moment, due out the summer of 2007. He's also putting the finishing touches on the much-anticipated follow-up to the AOR classic Tall Stories album, launching early next year. For more info, visit www.steveaugeri.com.

Journey--Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Jeff Scott Soto (vocals)—are currently mapping out plans for 2007.
WebLink: www.journeymusic.com.

 
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Jeff Scott Soto commenced his role with the band on July 7 in Bristow, VA. Following the July 6 announcement, I posted a detailed statement summing up the situation and introducing JSS to Journey fans. He has since done that himself, in person and in impressive fashion over this long US tour, but for a recap of my comments, click to: Journey - JSS Flies In.

The feature on my trip to Los Angeles in October to see the band live and interview the new line-up has been held up pending this announcement as the contents of the feature and the interviews within all contained details of what the band plans to do from here as well as various references to those plans in my diary. I'm sorry folks had to wait so long to read this and it is my hope that it was worth the wait!
The link to read the feature is below - take some time to read through everything and do let me know what you think!

 
 
 
 
Journey Live In Los Angeles 2006 Special Feature - online now!

Journey - Highlights from the LA Feature:

- A brand new Journey album featuring Jeff Scott Soto is planned for writing/recording in 2007, with a release due by early 2008, but in the words of Neal Schon - 'earlier if possible'.

- Journey will concentrating on UK/Europe for 2007, playing the announced dates and returning in the summer to play select festivals. US dates in 2007 will be limited at this stage to a few special shows and/or benefits.

- A major tour is planned for the USA 2008 to support a new studio album.

- The band wants to do live video clips and live TV appearances.

- Azoff Management are very much behind the band's new line-up.

- Guitarist Neal Schon writing "very melodic stuff" for Jeff "something to sing on" for the new album.

- Jonathan Cain describes Jeff Scott Soto as "fearless".

- A biography is currently being written on Neal Schon's life and career.

- Neal Schon will release a new solo album in 2007 featuring a more experimental sound.

- There are no plans for the Journey 30th Anniversary Concert (filmed in 2005) to be released to DVD at this stage.

- There is also no ETA for the Soul SirkUS Fillmore DVD at this stage. JSS comments: "So far, no plans. We bring it up regularly & someday we will address this DVD, 1st we must gather the data, go through the footage & the recordings as everything must be mixed properly 1st. 2nd, because last we discussed anything SS was ages ago, we were still in the red financially...if that has changed enough & there is interest to someday release it, we will go into it."

- Talisman's current album 7 looks like being their last, as will be the tour dates to be announced soon. JSS comments: "The latest T-man album was discussed as our last before the Journey gig came about. Even when I was there as a 'fill-in', Talisman has basically run it's course as most of us are pursuing other arenas. It's not to say we'll never address this band again or that my working relationship is done with Marcel, but as we speak today, 7 is our swan song as are the tour dates being booked through Europe after the short Journey run in the Spring."


 
Read the full feature: Journey Live In Los Angeles 2006

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

CINDERELLA / NAKED BEGGARS BASSIST SUFFERS MILD HEART ATTACK:
Eric Brittingham suffered a mild heart attack last week. He is apparently recovering well, as the rest of the Naked Beggars work on their third album. As a result they also had to cancel there show on New Years Eve.
This from James LeBar: "He's fine! He's just relaxing upstairs while the rest of us write in his & Inga's house. Since he is also our producer, he hears everything that's going on. So, when he rejoins us to work, he'll probably already know what arrangement changes he wants to make. It won't be long, hell he threw a Christmas party last night & by the looks of it, he must have been in the kitchen all day (Inga worked & Eric's a great cook) 'cause he loves to cook."

NEW AVRIL LAVIGNE ALBUM DUE IN APRIL:
Some modern rock news from Billboard: Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. / Avril Lavigne's third studio album has been christened The Best Dam Thing and will be released in April via RCA. First single Girlfriend will hit U.S. radio outlets in February. "I promise you guys will LOVE this record -- it is my favorite one," she writes on her MySpace.com site. "And I can't wait! It is really fast, fun, young, bratty, aggressive, confident [and] cocky in a playful way ... all the good stuff."
Lavigne says she was inspired to make a more up-tempo album after spending "so much of my time playing live shows. I wanted to make sure the songs were fun -- fun for the fans and myself. I will only have like three slow songs on the record."
The Best Dam Thing will be the follow-up to 2004's Under My Skin, which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and launched the Hot 100 hits My Happy Ending (No. 9) and Don't Tell Me (No. 22). The album has sold 2.93 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Lavigne also contributed the new song Keep Holding On to the RCA soundtrack for "Eragon," which just opened in U.S. theaters.

GODYVA INTERVIEWED:
Razar Ice recording artist Godyva checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about their new CD, In Good and Evil; the shooting of their first video; future tour plans; the message their lyrics really convey; and a whole lot more.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
HRH - Is it fair to say that the Godyva sound is somewhat similar to bands like Evanescence and Lacuna Coil?
Godyva - I think that people have the power! I say this because many reviews and other persons speak about our similarities with Lacuna and Evanescence. I'm glad for this, but we are sure our sound is different. First off, for the voice. (Yes, I'm a woman, I know, but I don't like to sing every song with the same interpretation). And then, for the way of composing music. Every musician has a personal way to play and compose music; no one artist feels the need to live and create simulating others. The artist feels only the need to live a unique life and to create a unique opera!
To read the interview in its entirety, go here: www.hardrockhaven.net/interviews2006/godyva06.php.

POP/ROCK MUSICIAN ED JAMES WELCOMES YOU TO THE 21ST CENTURY:
Press Release / What do you get you mix 70's rock influences (like Styx, Toto, Kansas, Journey and Rush) with pop music's greatest bands (like Cheap Trick, The Beatles, Fountains Of Wayne, XTC and Jellyfish)? The answer is - pop/rock singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ed James. Michigan-based label Jam Recordings, in association with Jealousy Records and Ed James Music, has just released Ed's latest record, entitled ...In The 21st Century, featuring thirteen brand-new melodic, harmony-drenched tunes. The new CD, which is Ed's fourth, is already being called the strongest of his career.
...In The 21st Century can be previewed and purchased at the following locations: cdbaby.com/jamesed3 / jamrecordings.com / www.koolkatmusik.com.
Mr. James began his music career at the age of two, beating the crap out of pots and pans on his parents' kitchen floor. He became the drummer of his first rock band when he was in the fifth grade. Fast forward to the present...and somewhere along the way, Ed earned degree in music, performed with several other rock bands, released four solo records, and has been featured on more than two dozen compilation and tribute CDs. You may have also recently heard Ed's songs on NBC, VH1, and MTV.
For further information, contact Ed James at meetedjames@yahoo.com or visit: myspace.com/meetedjames and edjames.net.

 

TALKING METAL UPDATE:
TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 116 of their Talking Metal podcast. In this episode, host Mark Strigl interviews Swashbuckle, a Pirate Metal band discovered by Guns N Roses guitarist, Bumblefoot. Also interviewed is Q*Ball, president of Swashbuckle's label, Bald Freak Records, and Bumblefoot's musical collaborator. Additional topics covered by co-host John Ostronomy and Strigl include Martin Popoff, Johnny Goldman, and Talking Metal's new streaming radio show on Live365.com's Bionic Radio. Photos as well as the 30-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location (www.talkingmetal.com). iTunes users can also subscribe to Talking Metal for free at this location (phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=78833595).

 

 

 

Monday, December 18, 2006

NEW RUSH IN 2007:
A new Rush album - and before mid-2007! Great news for fans, with drummer Neal Peart talking at great length about his year in a new update posted to his website. Towards the end of the update Neal writes:
"The important thing is that all of that energy, excitement, and activity have sped the project along, and now it looks as though the recording will be finished by the end of the year—far ahead of schedule. We are planning on doing the final mixing early in the New Year, but have made no commitments beyond that. No doubt our manager, Ray, has plans of his own, but we simply haven't gotten to that yet. We all know by now that you can't take anything for granted, or be truly sure what's going to happen—in news, weather, or sports."
Like I said - great news - and perhaps the band can deliver a killer album with a killer production this time around and set straight the mixed response Vapor Trails recieved.
WebLink & Full Story: www.neilpeart.net/news/index.html.

NEW WHITESNAKE IN 2007:
From DeepPurple.net: www.deep-purple.net/related-news/david-coverdale.htm
"David Coverdale says there will be a special twentieth anniversary release to mark the mega-selling album 1987. Due in the new year (provisionally April), and titled Live 1987, this will be a dual CD / DVD release. The album, which finally broke Whitesnake big-time in America will be remastered along with a host of bonus material (details to follow) and the live DVD."
David Coverdale is saying that a new Whitesnake studio album, tentatively titled Good To Be Bad, is planned for next June time. It will appear on SPV."

JLT AND KARL KOCHRAN ON NEW YORK ROCKS TV SHOW:
Press Release / Hey New York City area Joe Lynn Turner fans! Joe and "usual suspect" Karl Cochran recently taped the New York Rocks TV show. It's a popular entertainment scene variety cable show based in Staten Island but shown all over the New York City area. You will have to check local listings to find out exactly when the show will air on your cable system and on what channel. It also streams on the internet via Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Check out these websites for more information: MNN and NY Rocks TV.

MASTERPLAN PREVIEW ONLINE:
The first taste of the new MASTERPLAN line-up, featuringnew vocalist Mike DiMeo (Riot) has been posted on the band's record label website. AFM Records' Masterplan page now hosts the song entitled Lost And Gone. Check it out at: www.afm-records.de/de/bands/bands-Masterplan.html

GUNS N ROSES MANAGER MERCK SPEAKS:
Round 2 in the latest Guns N Roses great type-off. This time just fired manager Merck Mercuriadis responds to Axl Rose's letter from Friday:
"An Open Letter To Guns N' Roses Fans From Merck Mercuriadis
Along with all of the other Guns N' Roses fans around the world I read "An Open Letter To The Fans From Axl" this evening with much interest. About half way through it occurred to me that I had read much of this before. In fact, I had written the blueprint for it in an email for Axl's attention two days ago which I have copied below.
The reality is all of this year's touring was planned and agreed between Axl and myself, with a view to the album being in the stores before the 31st of December '06. This was confirmed by Axl in numerous interviews - most famously at the MTV Video Music Awards. We planned the tour in February, just after Axl's birthday and we were supposed to finish the album in May, before it started. We sent our engineers to New York, where we all waited, for over a month, for the muse to come but she never arrived. We then scheduled sessions in London in August and had our engineers meet us there at the end of the English tour. August came and went and once again the muse did not show. We postponed our proposed radio date of Labour Day for the first single and we came back to LA and tried to finish before the San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles shows but yet again she eluded us. Axl then asked me to postpone the North American tour which was due to start on 24th of September by a month and finally, early in that period after the euphoria of Inland Invasion, Axl made a break through and got two or three very productive days under his belt.
At this point we were very excited as Axl's feeling was that we had two or three days of work left to tidy things up and we still had three weeks before the tour started, so we were in good shape. Unfortunately the muse disappeared just as fast as she came and the tour started with no single at radio to support it and the album still needing two or three days of work. Despite this, it was a break through period as Robin, Bumblefoot and Frank had all made important contributions to the album that made it even stronger. By the way none of the above is meant as a criticism of Axl. It is the reality of trying to create something special under incredible pressure from the public - that wants and DEMANDS the record - and the record industry - that NEEDS it. The creative process is not something you can dictate and Axl is a true artist.
At this time I seriously considered postponing the start of the tour, again, as the album was of paramount importance but the reality was that our historic track record left us with very little good will with you, the fans, and we needed the money to be able to complete the album and keep the band alive. We scheduled sessions in New York and once again sent the engineers there for the first two weeks of November while the tour was based there - but the hectic touring schedule meant nothing got done. The record company refused to conclude the renegotiation until we were ready to hand over the finished album and refused to prepare a marketing campaign or commission video treatments until they had it in their hands. This is still their position as of this week.
At this point despite the success of many of the dates on the tour the pressure on all of us became unbearable. While some of Axl's letter is disappointing - As John Lennon once asked Paul McCartney "How Do You Sleep?" - until you have walked a mile in his shoes you cannot begin to comprehend the pressure he is under. I know I sleep well at night in the knowledge that when Chinese Democracy hits the streets in March that it is in large part down to my efforts over the last almost 5 years. I found the money and the motivation to keep Axl and the band alive and get the record made when everyone else had given up and walked away. We worked as a team united to make Chinese Democracy a reality. In the end the album will speak for itself but our relationship could not survive the pressure.
I have no regrets. I believe Chinese Democracy is one of the best albums ever made, Axl Rose is one of the greatest vocalists and front men and the new Guns N' Roses (which kicks the shit out of the old) is one of the greatest bands. What we accomplished in 2006 only hints at what is to come.
I believe in Axl Rose. I am the artist's manager and it is my responsibility and job to take the heat. I promise you Chinese Democracy is worth it and you should keep the faith. I will walk away knowing I have done my best and that next year will see Axl recognized not only as a great singer and rock icon but as one of the greatest artists of all time.
Merry Christmas and all the best to you for 2007!
Merck Mercuriadis
PS I apologize to all the fans irked by my facetious comments regarding the release date to Rolling Stone magazine. They were meant to poke fun at a magazine that had announced a definitive release date, causing us all lots of grief, when none had been set. Unfortunately many of you took them to heart and for that I am sorry.

HUGE MP3 UPDATE:
A big CD Showcase update is online tonight, with new showcase previews of the following upcoming albums: Jorn - Unlocking The Past & The Gathering (special double showcase), Hartmann - Home, Kelly Keagy - I'm Alive, House Of Lords - Live In The UK (all Frontiers Records, due January 26); Stormzone - Caught In The Act (Escape Music, due January 21); Patrik Carlsson - Melodic Travel, Satyrian - The Dark Gift EP (Lion Music, out now).
Check out CD Showcases now.

An even bigger MiniBytes MP3 preview update, featuring the following artists: Fair Ground, Helix, 7th dB, Starz, Jesse Damon, Steelheart, Outworld, Battle Brat II, Kingcrow, Chris Francis, Accomplice, Dirty Rhythm, Sweet Teaze, Daniel MacMaster, Wild Turkey, Angra, Dollhouse, Joseph Lee Wood, Radio Radio, Crow 7, Backwash, 3 Legged Dogg, Blindman, Baltimoore and Soulcage! Check them all out!

 

 

 

Friday, December 15, 2006

CULT ART - NEW RELEASES:
In association with Ross Halfin, Top UK artist George Ioannou releases, exclusively to Cult Art, his painting of the legendary guitarist Keith Richards 'The Human Riff'. Part of his 'Rock Idols and Icons Collection'. Limited to only 295 world wide. Also, brand new, is a Classic photograph of Jimmy Page 'The Lord Of the Strings!!' and our incredible collection of Jimi Hendrix photographs 'Live At Monterey' by Bruce Fleming. the man who shot the front cover of 'Are You Experienced'.
All our art and photography is available as box frame canvas prints, in various sizes. These Special limited editions are numbered and accompanied with a signed certificate of authenticity. All our products are printed by members of the Fine Art Trade Guild and are ready to hang. We ship world wide via Fed Ex and can take your details over the phone or by e-mail. See the full range of fantastic art and photography at www.cultart.com / e-mail: info@cultart.com / Tel 0044 (0) 20 8 406 5870.
Special deals for all www.melodicrock.com customers!

 

MORE ON THE VAN HALEN RE-UNION FROM ROSS HALFIN:
This just in from photographer Ross Halfin's website diary: www.rosshalfin.co.uk/diary/december-2006/diary-december-2006.php.
"Head off to meet up (for photo shoot) with Edward Van Halen. It is hot today and I'm in black which doesn't help my thumping head. I feel like I'm being cooked in the sun - tortured...
Edward is in a great mood, he's easy to work with. And I'm not saying who or what I shot, but I will tell you Edward played a couple of cds which I thought were from 1978 (it was from two days ago) of Van Halen rehearsing with Wolfgang Van Halen on bass. It was jaw-droppingly amazing. They played On Fire, I'm The One, Atomic Punk. I'm not listing the rest, but I will tell you the band sounded untouchable. On Jamie's Crying they did a long bass-lead jam on the intro - the band rocked. I don't like that word (too American) but the band rock - really rock. It was as exciting as the first time I saw them. They will come back and destroy the world. One of the tightest, freshest sounding groups ever. I want to go and play the first album as soon as I get home. Had a blast listening to them, it made me remember why I liked music in the first place. Having Edward's son on bass has rejuvenated them.
They were rehearsing later that afternoon. I was invited - I wish I was staying...Got to LAX and got moved to the front of the plane. I was going to shoot the night sky, but couldn't get motivated. I'm still feeling ill - I should have stayed and watched Van Halen."
Interesting!

THE GUNS N ROSES SAGA CONTINUES:
As the headline states - the Guns N Roses saga continues with this message just posted to the GNR fansite message board by the site administrator: www.heretodaygonetohell.com/board/index.php?topic=41209.0.

Thursday, December 14th 2006
An open letter to our fans:
Guns N' Roses regrets to announce that the following concert tour dates have been cancelled:
January 10th Sacramento
January 11th Bakersfield
January 13th Reno
January 16th San Diego
Due to the schedule of these particular shows valuable time needed by the band and record company for the proper setup and release of the album Chinese Democracy would be lost. Rather than delay the album yet again all involved have decided to remove these shows from GNR's schedule. We sincerely hope our fans understand and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone. Tickets may be refunded at local point of purchase.
To say the making of this album has been an unbearably long and incomprehensible journey would be an understatement. Overcoming the endless and seemingly insanity of the obstacles faced by all involved, not withstanding the emotional challenges endured by everyone: the fans, the band, our road crew and business team has at many times seemed for all like a bad dream where one wakes up only to find they are still in the nightmare and unfortunately this time it has been played out for over a decade in real life.
The true ongoing behind-the-scenes triumphs and casualties are much more complicated than any negative speculation that media or otherwise has managed to hit upon. For much of the time some form or another of legalities have been taking place that really the best way to deal with publicly was to keep our mouths shut in an attempt to ensure the best outcome and especially one that wouldn't jeopardize the band or the album. One can easily point to how others have done things or how they themselves feel that they would were they in the same situations but without full knowledge of the various dynamics and circumstances involved, again these types of comments or commentary are uninformed, outside, generally useless and often hindering speculation.
When I agreed to do our recent North American tour I agreed with the understanding that I and my manager Merck Mercuriadis were in full agreement as to our strategy, touring plans and most importantly that any and all things needed to release the album at the latest by Dec. 26th were to be in place. Unfortunately this turned out not to be the case and not only do I regret to say that again the album will not be released by the end of the year but that though many things went extremely well and were very exciting there were in our opinion unnecessary and avoidable complications on our tour having to do with the tour routing, scheduling and album and video plans that played hell on all involved especially our crew. This was compounded by an overall sense of a lack of respect by management for the band and crew and each individual's particular expertise that has resulted unfortunately in the end of both Guns and my relationship in having a management or sense of band involvement with Merck Mercuriadis.
In regard to a release date for the album itself certain minor and by that I do mean minor things and or additions as well as contract negotiations need to be completed and barring any unforeseen complications these things have now been adequately scheduled. Both the band and I along with our record company feel that this record deserves the proper setup and promotion not the "13 Tuesdays left" and "it may just appear in your record store" approach offered by management. We believe this strategy may have been used in order for management to sell this latest tour to the various promoters. We feel that if this was so, this was obviously unfair to them. The stress of dealing with this situation has been considerable for everyone as well as to the band themselves as a whole but that this was more importantly in our opinion something utterly insane to do to our fans. Our apologies and please know we have been laboring over this with management for the entire North American tour.
It takes approximately 8 weeks for an album to hit the shelves once it has been turned in to the record company. For whatever reasons it appears it may have been mistakenly inferred by management that this could be condensed to three. That being said this is not a promise, a lie or a guarantee but we do wish to announce a tentative release date of March 6th. This is the first time we have done this publicly for this album. Any and all other dates have been made up by others for their own reasons. We would like to assure the fans that though tentative everything in our power will be done to meet this date. Once it is finalized and official you will be notified. If we are delayed for unseen reasons you will also be notified as soon as possible in regard to a new date and the album will be released as shortly thereafter as is possible. We thank you for your patience.
In the end it's just an album and one that I, the band, our record company and all involved believe and feel is a true Guns N' Roses album. Ultimately the public will decide and regardless of the outcome our hearts, lives and our passion has been put into this project every step of the way. If for no other reason we feel those elements alone merit your consideration. We do hope you can hold on just a bit longer and if not we hope you would please feel free to take a break and we'll be more than glad (if you so choose) to see you again later.
Once again, our sincere apologies and our deepest thanks, Guns N' Roses would also like to thank all the fans who attended the 70 concerts in 21 different countries for their support in 2006. All the best to each and every one of you over this holiday season, thank-you and God bless.
Sincerely, Axl Rose.

MEATLOAF GOES 3 TIMES BATTY:
Grammy® Award winner and one of the top-selling artists of all time, Meat Loaf, brings his wildly successful performances from Broadway and Royal Albert Hall in London to the locals with his critically acclaimed live concert featuring songs from all three Bat Out of Hell albums with dates beginning early 2007. Thirteen years in the making, Bat Out of Hell III The Monster is Loose unleashed to a hungry public on October 31st with a debut at #8 on the Billboard charts and a top 5 debut in more than 10 countries. Meat Loaf is now ready to take the epic trilogy on tour beginning Friday, February 23 in Pala, California.
The three act performance includes smash hits from each of the Bat Out Of Hell installments, including Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, and the show-stopping Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. Act II features more favorites you know by heart including the classic international chart-topper I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won t Do That), which earned Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance. Finally, Act III brings the franchise full circle with the powerful, It s All Coming Back to Me Now, Blind as a Bat and a finale spanning the entire Bat series.
"[Meat Loaf] didn't stray from the Bat flight path once during this two-hour performance during which he offered up all of the bombast, affectation and unreconstructed lung power he s come to embody over the years." - Daily Variety (New York Broadway Performance).
It's All Coming Back to Me Now - video
Preferred ticket purchase link: www.ticketmaster.com/artist/735624.
Official Site: www.meatloaf.net and www.myspace.com/meatloaf.
Tickets On Sale Saturday, December 16 / Bat Out Of Hell III Tour Dates
February
FRI 23 Pala, CA Pala Casino
WED 28 Victoria, BC Save-On Food Centre
March
FRI 2 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
SUN 4 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
TUE 6 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
THU 8 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
SUN 11 Winnipeg, AB MTS Centre
WED 14 Toronto, ONT Hummingbird Centre
FRI 16 Ottowa, ONT Scotiabank Place
SUN 18 London, ONT John Labatt Centre
TUE 20 Hamilton, ONT Copps Coliseum
THU 22 Syracuse, NY On Center
SAT 24 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theater
MON 26 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid Hudson Civic Ctr.
WED 28 Binghamton, NY Broome County Arena
FRI 30 Hershey, PA Giant Center
April
SUN 1 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
TUE 3 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
THU 5 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Amphitheater
SAT 7 Orlando, FL Hard Rock
TUE 10 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
THU 12 New York, NY Theater @ MSG

MR-X UPDATED:
MR-X has been updated. Online today is a few general updates: a new full live concert - Impellitteri Live In Japan 1994, an assortment of various Journey related rarities from Neal Schon (live w/Paul Rodgers) and even a few old duets from Steve Perry; another assortment of live tracks from Whitesnake, plus 2 archive audio interviews with David Coverdale.
Also online is some quality melodic rock to help you celebrate Christmas! A Melodic Rock-ing Christmas CD is a 19 track collection of rocked up carols, Christmas covers and originals by the likes of Danger Danger, Bon Jovi, Jimi Jamison, Ted Poley, Warrant, Icon, Brighton Rock and more.
Also online are the following new Video Clips: Bryan Adams - Run To You and Cuts Like A Knife, Glass Tiger - Someday, Loverboy - Lucky Ones, Toto - Pamela and a Whitesnake 3-Play - The Deeper The Love, Now You're Gone, Slide It In (Live Donnington 1990).
MR-X Membership Details.

SITE HOLIDAY UPDATE:
Friday again - where the hell does time go? I hope everyone is starting to ease into holiday mode. By the noticeable decrease in news and press releases about, it seems the industry is definitely winding down.
Me, I still have a stack of things to do. Next week - a big CD Showcase update, a bigger Mini-Bytes update and we still have the issue of that certain other special feature that needs to be dealt with once and for all.
I will also add a stack of Reviews - In Brief next week. I realise that each and every release deserves as much time spent on it as any other, but that isn't always possible - there are only so many hours in each day/week. In order to get through as many titles still needing review as possible, the In Brief format has to come into play.

Speaking of holidays, next week will be the final update for the year, as I take a few days off. I really need a break from the site and from business for a few days so from Friday December 22 until Tuesday January 2, there will be no site updates.
I will watch my main e-mail account for any breaking news or issues and if such happens, there will be an appropriate update.

On my return it will be full on into getting the 2006 MelRock Awards and Year End Recap written and ready to get online towards the end of next month.
I might also add that while I launched a very small website in October 1996, it was January 5, 1997 when this site went officially live, meaning MelodicRock.com and it's various early incarnations is about to celebrate 10 years of operation. Not too shabby!
Once the 2006 MelRock Awards feature is complete, I will start work on a feature to commemorate the 10 years online with a Decade Of MelodicRock feature, pretty much doing what I do with the Annual Awards page, except based over my 10 years online thus far. That might take a year to write tough...stay tuned!
Thanks as always for al the support and continued e-mails and messages...

 

 

 

Thursday, December 14, 2006
 
Feature Interview: Tim Pierce
Another exclusive interview with an industry great! Legendary session guitarist Tim Pierce talks about his life as a session guitarist for hire as well as many insights into the music industry from his perspective and his time as Rick Springfield's guitarist in the 80s.

Tim Pierce on Springfield's classic Living In Oz record and it's hard edge sound: "Well it was probably the first time I actually got to… that I knew I had gotten to do what I was capable of doing as a soloist and that it was going to be without compromise. Something I was going to be very proud of. [The label] probably felt like they had gotten enough out of him at that point (laughing). He was going to go platinum anyway and he wanted to do his own thing, and it was a different time. You could actually, kind of; you could take those kind of risks a little more in the record business at that time."
Tim on today's labels: "I think that independent music companies will be justifiable as the record companies that we've known all our lives. That's the great thing. And I think that bands who sell their own records, it's a much more level playing field in some ways. In other ways, because there is so much less money being spent, it has weeded out a lot of the people who are in it for the wrong reasons. So people who are in music these days are in it because they really love music. Or, they're the other side of the record business is where they just get an actor. Apparently Disney was this way in the '50s where you sold records by recording people who were already famous."
Tim on pop music today: "I don't know that pop music was meant to last this long. I don't know that it was meant to be good in 2006. I don't know how many times you can redo something that was absolutely amazing in 1969.
So you have to be a little bit forgiving about the actual domain. It's an amazing thing but who says it's supposed to be good in 2006? That being said, what you have to do, I believe, is you have to work hard to listen to a hundred things to find one thing that you love. And maybe it was easier 30 years ago."

And Tim Pierce on working on Michael Jackson's Black & White single: "They wanted to promote Slash as the guitar player on that song. So what they did is, they had him do an intro to the song that appears before the song on the record and it is in the video before the song actually starts so they could actually tie his name to the song. So that's probably the best story I have, and a good one, where, because Eddie Van Halen had been the rock star guitar player on the previous record, they needed a new rock star guitar player and that was Slash because he was the biggest name around at that time. And he was not on the song, so they actually created a little intro piece of music that allowed them to market him as the kind of guitar player on the song."

All that and more... Read the full interview now!

EDDIE VAN HALEN IN GUITAR WORLD:
Eddie Van Halen will be featured in both the March (out Jan. 26) and April issues of Guitar World Magazine. I know folks are looking for further Van Halen updates beyond the various rumors posted to VH/Roth message boards - I'll post any updates when they come to hand. Safe to say that the 2007 tour plans (with Roth and also Wolfgang, but without Michael Anthony) are coming along ok.

CRAZY BUCKCHERRY GRAMMY NOMINATION:
Press Release / Buckcherry's smash hit single Crazy Bitch has earned a Grammy nomination from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the category of Best Hard Rock Performance. The lead single from the gold certified release, 15 (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records), Crazy Bitch is currently the most played song at Rock radio along with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dani California.
15 is the band's first studio album in four years released in the U.S. in April 2006 with a debut at #2 on the Independent Album Chart. The out-of-the-box success of 15 gained the attention of Atlantic Records who immediately brought them up in the ranks adding them to the roster.
Buckcherry lead singer and co-founder Josh Todd reacted to the news: "Who would have thought you could record an album in fifteen days, release it independently, have it go gold and get nominated for a Grammy in less than a year? When we started this project, no one believed in it except us and our management company. It's exciting and shows that if you're passionate and work hard anything can happen."
Buckcherry just announced a national co-headlining tour with 3 Days Grace kicking off in January. Details available at www.buckcherry.com.

PETE'S HAREM SCAREM PODCAST:
A new Podcast interview with Pete Lesperance from Harem Scarem has been posted at: www.therighttorock.com. From the website: "Join Genghis and Ragman while they explore their past to find the ultimate concert venue. Then stay tuned for an in depth interview with Harem Scarem guitar God, Pete Lesperance. Pete takes the boys on a ride and discusses all that is Harem Scarem and beyond. The bad impressions on this Podcast were not meant to hurt or offend, just laugh if off."

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Those who wish to buy the ultimate Christmas present for all their friends and family should immediately place your orders for MelodicRock.com CD 3. Yes, if you want the amazing gift of MRCD3 to arrive in time, it must be shipped this week (ie. tomorrow!). Order Now!

Twisted Sister recently hit Toronto and their performance has been covered by: www.glammetal.com.

Lucas Aykroyd has posted an online consumer shopping guide to 80s metal, which is a good read located at: www.productsifter.com/Products/EightiesHeavyMetalLPs/review.aspx.

The Eagles have repackaged their Farewell tour DVD with a bonus CD of three new songs (No More Cloudy Days, Fast Company and Do Something) - available in Wal-Mart only: www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5367809.

More Firefest 3 reviews at: www.metalsymphony.com/index.php?name=News&catid=14.

Eric Bazilian recently stated on air that they [the band] wanted to get the new Hooter's CD released by March 10. Cool news...

BLACK MAJESTY INTO THE CZECH REPUBLIC:
Australian melodic power metal band Black Majesty have been added to the 2007 Masters of Rock Czech Republic Open Air Festival. Other already confirmed bands on the bill include Motorhead, Rage, Stratovarius, Die Happy, Pink Cream 69, After Forever, Epica, The Tommys, Divokej Bill and Silent Stream of Godless Elegy. The festival is set to take place 13 ­ 15th July 2007. Black Majesty is currently working on the follow up to their 2005 Silent Company album which was released through their German label Limb Music Products. The new album is slated for a mid-2007 release. Black Majesty are also confirmed for next years 2007 Wacken Open Air festival. www.blackmajesty.com.

50 FREE RATS EP'S ON OFFER:
New UK band The Vaseline Rats are giving away 50 copies of their new EP as a thank you to fans. The EP features Vince O'Regan (Eden, Alibi, Bob Catley) on All The Ones. It was recorded at Magnums UK studios and paves the way for The V-Rats first album.
There is a return to Los Angeles in January with Pete MZ Emms conducting Bass Guitar workshops for Spector Bass Guitars at the industries prestigious NAMM show. The V-Rats more recently picked up sponsorship deal with Moser Custom Shop Guitars in California. For more information on the V-Rats visit: www.thevaselinerats.com.

MIKEY JONES CD SPECIAL:
Press Release / As it is the festive month, E-Z Sounds and www.mikey-jones.co.uk are offering copies of Mikey's solo debut album for £6 (incl. P&P). This offer is open until Friday 15th December and both parties will honour the exclusive deal for any purchase across the Globe. So if you've yet to purchase a copy, now is an ideal time.
To order, just log onto www.paypal.co.uk and make a payment of 6GBP to "shop@mikey-jones.co.uk". If you don't have a paypal account please email us at shop@mikey-jones.co.uk with the subject "Xmas Offer" and we will forward on details for orders via cheque, etc. All orders will be shipped before Saturday 16th December so that you should have you CD before Christmas (depending on The Royal Mail).
Don't forget you can hear 3 complete songs from The Light Of Day at www.myspace.com/ezsoundsartist, which also includes the free downloadable single - Swear Blind.
We would like to thank all who have supported Mikey and E-Z Sounds in 2006. It is has been a great year for us and we look forward to an exciting New Year.
E-Z Sounds and www.mikey-jones.co.uk will be taking a well deserved break from Monday 18th December and will return to action on Monday 8th January 2007.
Also check out the Reviews section on the site for new reviews added...Merry Christmas & A Happy New, from Mikey & All At E-Z Sounds.
WebLinks: www.myspace.com/ezsoundsuk and www.punchlinepromotions.co.uk.

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

FIREFEST 3 - REPORT ONLINE:
My Firefest 3 Report is now online. Firefest 3 took place on the last weekend of October in Nottingham, UK. Appearing at the festival were: Alibi, Bad Habit, Bombay Black, Newman, Nexx, Treat, Wig Wam, Fair Warning, Bonfire, Gotthard and Winger. Read The Report Now.

 

GENIUS ROCK OPERA REACHES IT'S CONCLUSION:
After two long years the wait is over. The third and final episode of the Genius Rock Opera, written and performed by the Italian multitalented musician Daniele Liverani, is now ready to be unleashed to its devoted fans on February 16.
This last chapter of the trilogy entitled The Final Surprise will reveal what happened to Genius and his guide Twinspirits 32 at the end of their long journey into dreams' world.
We left the two main characters on the threshold of the Asian fantasies warehouse, in front of a dark underworld. They were aware that the little prince was there, hidden in one of those warehouses, but they soon realised they were in front of a huge maze, full of an infinite number of fantasy warehouses.
Now...which one was the toy warehouse where the prince was hidden? Running through almost 80 minutes of various music styles, the listener will be led by the storyteller (Philip Bynoe) through the final events of the saga and discover what happened to Genius once he woke up to go back to reality world.
You will finally learn if the little prince will be saved, and if the dreams world will be safe forever. Lots of titanic vocal duels are featured in this episode including the amazing duet performed by characters Twinspirits 32 (Daniel Gildenlow of Pain Of Salvation) and Apikor (Jorn Lande, ex Masterplan) and between Twinspirits 32 (Daniel Gildenlow) and Genius (this time performed by a majestic DC Cooper of Silent Force).
Other great singers give their interpretation of the characters in this final episode Eric Martin as Mr. Niko, Toby Hitchcock (of Pride Of Lions) as Senator Jeramus and Andrea Dätwyler (of Lunatica) as Kokeshi Doll. This breathtaking episode of Genius' is the final act and an amazing mind trip into the unknown parallel dimension where dreams are created. The dream is over but don t miss the surprises this Opera still has in store!
Drum tracks for the album were laid as usual by Dario Ciccioni, while Oliver Hartmann took care of the monster chorus vocal work.
Tracklisting of the album includes the following songs: Toy Warehouse; No More Chances; Save Me From My Destiny; Alive and Safe; Jump Off This Train; Let Me Live; Inside These Memories; I Die; Back To Life Again; Dream In Liberty; The Final Surprise.
Release date of the album has been set on February 16 on Frontiers Records, with a release in Japan scheduled on King Records.

 
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ANOTHER AWARD NOMINATION FOR TOUR PACKAGE:
Touring web-portal Pollstar have announced nominees for their 18th Annual Concert Industry Awards. In the running for Most Creative Tour Package is the Journey / Def Leppard double-bill that just finished their acclaimed US tour.
The full list of nominees in this category: Aerosmith / Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi / Nickelback, Def Leppard / Journey, Fall Out Boy / All American Rejects, Sheryl Crow / John Mayer and Tim McGraw / Faith Hill.
The awards ceremony will be held February 8 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles. For more information about the awards show, including details on how to get tickets, please go to Pollstar Online.

RICK SPRINGFIELD REFLECTS ON BENEFIT GIG:
Rick Springfield comments on the recent benefit concert for Sahara Aldridge: "Everyone goes to Heaven! Everyone goes to Heaven! To all of you who were at the Sahara Benefit this past week in body or in spirit, my love to you and the deep thanks from Miss S's family too. She was a champ herself, staying up way past her bedtime to have photos taken with you and meet as many people as she could. What an amazing show for all of us too. The feeling in the arena was unique to say the least: kind of like a family gathering for several thousand. And to everyone who stepped up bigtime at the auction and spoke with your hard earned money: XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXXOXOX! I know a lot of you who were there and I saw who you were that night.
I think all together we all will raise about $70,000 from that night, maybe more.
Right now, if you read her blog you know that they are back in Houston, this time at Dr. Bryzinski's Clinic and will start alternative treatment there soon.
Keep the faith, prayers, meditations coming. Again, from me, thank you so much and my love to you all."

View some footage of Rick and Sahara onstage at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jpIEO_HUmI and www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0aFOuuHRuM.

ROB ROCK TO BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM:
Update from Rob Rock's website: "In January 2007, Rob Rock will begin new studio production for his fourth solo album! No album title has been decided yet but we are definitely planning a 2007 worldwide release. The song writing process is well underway already and the album promises to be another scorcher! Again, Rob is collaborating with songmaster Roy Z and mixmaster Jacob Hansen so be prepared for a strong follow-up to the Holy Hell album."

NEWS FROM AFM RECORDS:
News from AFM Records on two fronts:
Press Release / When musicians of the quality of Angra, Nightwish, Kamelot and Stratovarius bring their united talents to the table, something great is ensured, but you'll be in for a real treat on March 2nd when you get your hands on the debut album from Almah, the new band from Angra singer Edu Falaschi, Nightwish and Brother Firetribe guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, Lauri Porra (bassist of Stratovarius) and drummer Casey Grillo (Kamelot). The limited edition digi-pak will include two bonus tracks!

The new Silent Force album Walk The Earth (their first for AFM) will be available from February 16th.
This record is exactly how melodic Power Metal should sound in 2007! Honest, down to earth, powerful, cleverly arranged but not completely melodic. Silent Force once again utilised the services of producer Dennis Ward, so prepare for February. The Gods of Power Metal will "Walk The Earth" once again…!

 

A SECOND GIG FOR OZ FOX:
The following update appears on Christian metal outfit Bloodgood's website: "The following mind-blowing announcement comes from Michael Bloodgood: "Oz Fox has just agreed to be in Bloodgood along with Paul Jackson!! It's something I've been thinking and praying about for years (ever since Oz and I were in England together back in 2000). Of course, he has not left Stryper and Stryper will always be the priority, but, be that as it may, he is excited about becoming a member of our band. And it gets better: We're going to be doing shows with Stryper in April '07 in Seattle, Portland and Boise — right before GMA."

DUE IN JAPAN:
Ian Gillan & David Coverdale are part of a DVD release due in Japan February 2. It is of course a DVD release of the famous In The Butterfly Ball Live 1975 concert, described as: "First ever DVD release of live footage from Deep Purple members Ian Gillan and David Coverdale performing at a special performance on October 16, 1975. Also features Roger Glover and John Lord."

Also coming out in Japan, this time in January 24 is Lordi - The Arockalypse Special Edition [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]: "Japanese release of the new album from Finish hard rock/heavy metal band Lordi featuring guest vocals from Dee Snyder and JJ French! This special edition also includes a bonus DVD with live footage recorded at the Helsinki Market Square of the songs Who's Your Daddy, Hard Rock Hallelujah, Wood You Love a Monster Man? and Hello Athena plus behind the scenes footage of the Eurovision Song Contest."

MISS CRAZY INTERVIEWED:
Miss Crazy's Markus Allen Christopher and Kim Racer checked in with Hardrock Haven to catch us up on all the … crazy stuff happening with the band. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
Hardrock Haven - Alright, Miss Crazy has recently re-released your debut self titled CD, and added on three bonus tracks. Why did you decide to re-release this CD now instead of waiting until you had a full, new CD ready to go?
Markus - The reason is that the band's popularity didn't happen right out of the gate. We were with Metal Mayhem then, and we now own the masters outright. It's basically ours now, so we have a whole new beginning. People, you know, after people started catching on to it, we had 70,000 MySpace fans and a lot of fans hitting our Web site, we realized we had a pretty big underground following. The recognition the band is getting is more substantial than before, so we decided to let everyone feel the band for the first time. So, we remastered the 10 songs and we recorded the three new songs to let the people who had it already that they could get something a little bit different.
Hardrock Haven - I know Miss Crazy is really exploding right now. Why don't you tell us about the role Miss Crazy is playing in the cartoon Rock Dogs.
Kim - Miss Crazy's music will be the music the cartoon characters play. Basically when you see the Rock Dogs do their thing, you are going to hear Miss Crazy music.
Markus - We are negotiating with Fox right now, and they might be picking up this project. You know, Rudy Sarzo from Whitesnake, it was his whole idea. There was a big meeting with a bunch of big-wigs, like 12 guys sitting around a table, and one of them stood up and said, "Hey, everything sounds good, but who is going to be the band. Who are we going to get?" Before he was even finished talking, Rudy stood up and said, "Miss Crazy is going to be the band." And he looked over at the guy who is helping us behind the scenes, Robbie Robfogel, really behind the band. Robbie asked if he was serious, and Rudy and said, "You call Markus and tell him Miss Crazy is the band. I love those guys, I've been listening to them a lot, they are one of my favorite bands of the year." So, it's pretty much etched in stone — we got that gig.
To check out the interview in its entirety, head to: www.hardrockhaven.net/interviews2006/misscrazy_06.php.

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

STAN BUSH SUBMITS TRACK FOR NEW TRANSFORMERS FILM:
Stan Bush has just completed work on his new solo album, which will be released through Frontiers Records in April. I had the privilege of hearing one track so far, which I thought was outstanding and classic Stan Bush. Stan dropped me a line to update fans on this and on another project of his.
Over to Stan: "I'm recording a new album for Frontiers which will be released in April '07. Also I've just completed recording and mixing a track to present for the new Transformers movie. The song sounds amazing, with over 70 tracks and is perfect for the film. You might remember I had two tracks in original film (Transformers The Movie), including the end-title track, The Touch, which was also in Boogie Nights.
We began a major internet campaign to announce the fact that I'll be submitting a track for consideration for the new Transformers movie. I got the lead story on seibertron.com, which is the most important of the Transformers websites, and did an interview with them. Plus I did an interview with tformers.com, also one of the top Transformers websites."
To read these interviews, check out: www.seibertron.com/people/interviews/view.php?interview_id=29 and tformers.com/Interview-Stan-Bush-Rocking-Transformers-Again/6697/news.html.
Melodicrock readers can show their support for a new Transformers themed Stan Bush song on the message boards at the following websites:
www.donmurphy.net (one of the producer's website) and www.transformersmovie.com (official Paramount website).

QUIET RIOT LIVE ON ROCKLINE:
Press Release / Quiet Riot will perform live in the studio on the Wednesday, January 10, 2007 edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline". The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-Rock (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.
Quiet Riot's latest album Rehab, is receiving high praise and phenomenal feedback worldwide. Rehab is available nationwide via the independent label Chavis Records.
Visit www.chavisrecords.net, www.frankie-banali.com or www.kevindubrow.com for more information.

New Jersey rockers American Angel stopped in to The Tour Bus show Saturday night and talked with Ralph & Stacey X about their up coming new release Vanity. The Tour Bus also aired the new Christmas All The Time tunes and the new title track Vanity. Vanity will be released worldwide through the independent label Chavis Records in early 2007.
Tune into The Tour Bus at: www.stickman-radio.com.
For a limited time only you can still pick up the American Angel Christmas All The Time maxi-single for just $5.00. All proceeds are being donated to help Christine Pawelcyzk-Dowd with her medical expenses.
Visit www.chavisrecords.net for more information.

TRACK LIST REVEALED FOR CHINESE HYPOCRISY:
Press Release / As the world waits with baited breath for the long awaited follow-up to 1993's The Spaghetti Incident?, TributeAlbums.com delivers a lethal dose of Guns N' Roses. Chinese Hypocrisy - N' International Tribute to Guns N' Roses is slated for release on December 16th, 2006.
Chinese Hypocrisy Track List - Get in the Ring - Dust N' Bones, November Rain - Alex Grossi, Zoli Teglas, Marko Pukkila, Sweet Child O' Mine - Hollywood Rose (Italy), You Could Be Mine - Dust N' Bones, Don't Cry - Hollywood Rose (Hungary), Welcome to the Jungle - Emerald Monkey, Estranged - Dust N' Bones, Move to the City - Emerald Monkey, Mr. Brownstone - Hollywood Rose (Hungary), Paradise City - Dust N' Bones, Night Train (live) - Hollywood Rose (Canada).
WebLink: www.tributealbums.com.

FIREFEST 3:
Full Firefest 3 report and pictures will be online tomorrow.

 

 

 

Monday, December 11, 2006

ESCAPE MUSIC ANNOUNCE LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM EUROPEAN RELEASE:
Escape Music are so delighted to announce the release date for Last Autumns Dream brand new album Saturn Skyline on February 19.
Last Autumns Dream are Mikael Erlandsson on Lead Vocals, Andy Malecek (Fair Warning) on Guitars, Marcel Jacob (Talisman) on bass, and Jamie Borger (Talisman) on drums.
Track listening: 1. For The Young & The Wild, 2. After Tomorrows Gone, 3. Pages, 4. Rock´n Roll Is Saving My Soul, 5. I Know A Lot About Love, 6. Critical, 7. Supersonic, 8. Frozen Heart, 9. American Girl, 10. Domino 11. Still On The Run, 12. Rocket Of Love (European bonus).
And here is an exclusive full track download to melodicrock.com - After Tomorrows Gone.
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.

 
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And from the Mass website, with more details coming shortly, is the following update: Mass is pleased to announce the signing of a five-year, three-album record contract with European Label, Escape Music of England. The first album is scheduled for a 2007 release which will consist of earlier demos that will be re-mixed and produced by Markus Teske in Germany. The albums will primarily be released in all European territories along with Japan and South Asia. More information to follow.

STEVE PERRY TALKS TO JOE BENSON:
Steve Perry has appeared on the Uncle Joe Benson radio show, talking about the recent re-issues and solo album re-masters. Unfortunately for his ever patient fans, there was no real insight as to when or if we might hear from Steve again, or if he is working on any new music.
Steve did say that in relation to music, he was "rediscovering" [the love for] things he thought "he had let go of..." and also that he misses performing terribly.
There were the usual hints that he would like to sing again and Joe did ask when Steve would be auditioning band members. Steve's reply - "soon", but he followed that up with a chuckle.
So aside from that - not much to go on. The future plans of Steve Perry remain as much a mystery as ever!

MIKE TRAMP CANCELS UK WHITE LION GIGS:
With great regret, Mike Tramp must announce that all UK White Lion shows have been cancelled. Mike and the band extend their apologies but quite simply he has lost his voice. All shows will be re-arranged.
I'm waiting to hear from Mike, but as expect I am told that he is "gutted". His voice went 8 songs into the band's Belgium appearance late last week.
Stay tuned...

RIK EMMETT TALKS TRIUMPH HALL OF FAME INDUCTION:
News of Triumph being inducted into the Canadian Hall Of Fame certainly turned some heads last month, even more so that estranged guitarist Rik Emmett would accept the award on stage with the band.
Following that news, several questions from fans have been answered by Rik on his message board, the details reprinted in his latest newsletter. Here are those Q&A's:

Question: Will this induction be open to the public?
Rik's reply: I don't know. I think people buy tickets to different events during CMW I think you can buy different levels of passes that qualify you for different events during CMW. I think the luncheon is an industry kind of event, but I don't know if they sell some luncheon passes to the public.
Question: Will you be attending the event?
Rik's reply: Yes. That's the whole idea. The invitation was predicated on me being a part of it, along with my former partners.
Question: Can you share any of the events leading up to this recognition and how it was bestowed upon you and your former band members?
Rik's reply I don't know for sure what led to the invitation. The guy who owns & runs the Canadian Music Week franchise, Neill Dixon, is a guy who used to manage T. for a while in its development days [early Canadian success and the inking of the RCA deal]. And he used to manage me for a while back when I was in Act III, before I even joined T. So I think it's fair to say that he's a supporter, and it was his idea. He also acted as the diplomat that brokered the 'peace' talks [and he also has his own interests at heart, obviously. It gives him a legit kind of p.r. headliner for his event, I think it's fair to say.]
The honour hasn't been "bestowed" yet. That officially happens on March 10.
Question: Does this mean you can associate your name with the name "Triumph" again?
Rik's reply: As part of the reconciliation, I am now legally clear to associate myself with the name. I now have the freedom to refer to myself as a former member of Triumph, and as "formerly of Triumph", in association with my own promotional activities. It doesn't necessarily mean that I want to go hog-wild about it, but at least a dark cloud has been lifted.
Question: Have you or will you be talking to your former partners before the event?
Rik's reply: I went to a meeting earlier today (November 20th), yes. There was paperwork that got signed and exchanged last week, including official apologies. But that was the first face to face, which cleared the way for me to go public with you people here first, then with the general public in the "What's New" feature on the homepage.
I'm not sure that another meeting is even necessary, but I guess it could happen. We are on speaking terms, and we shook hands at the beginning and the end of today's meeting.
Question: I know you said it will not lead to a reunion, but will you finally be able to use the T name and benefit from all that is attached to the name?
Rik's reply: As I said above - yes. I have entered into an agreement whereby I am making myself available to my former partners, to help them promote their Triumph brand and products, for a 24 month window of potential industry awards. I'm not sure what you mean by "benefit from all that is attached to the name" I am deriving benefit, yes, but I think my answer "benefit from all that is attached" would have to be no. I am not in a position where I benefit from everything. I did not seek to be reinstated as a partner, and that's not what's happened.
I've agreed to go to an award luncheon. If some other awards and recognition for the past history of the band arise in the next two years, I'm obligated. Other than that, the only other result is that I am free to associate myself for the rest of my life as a guy who was formerly in T. Officially, there are no plans for any reunion gigs, and I have no interest in that.

FIREFEST GUITAR WINNERS:
Press Release / ARfm, in conjunction with GuitarStoreUK.com are pleased to announce the winners of the Shine Guitar and Bass for attendees at the recent Firefest IV gig at Nottingham Rock City. The draw took place today (Saturday December 9) in front of independent witnesses.
The Guitar has been won by Christian White from York.
The Bass has been won by Martin Howse from Ruislip.
Both items will be dispatched on Monday December 11 by courier and should be delivered with 48 hours. ARfm and GSUK would like to thank everyone who entered and we look forward to the next Firefest when we can give some more goodies away.
Steve Price, ARfm.

KOLLMAN'S GUITAR SCREAMS ON NEW SOLO RELEASE:
Press Release / Fresh off his inaugural European tour with the 'Voice of Rock', Glenn Hughes guitarist Jeff Kollman has just released his latest solo outing, Guitar Screams Live, on Marmaduke Records.
Guitar Screams Live contains 9 songs from Kollman's vast solo, JKB and Cosmosquad catalog as well renditions of Clap Hands ($Ign Of $4, Tom Waits), Jerusalem (Mogg/Way), and Fool For Your Stockings (ZZ Top).
The full tracklist reads as follows: Epapo Funk . Shedding Skin . 3 AM . Clap Hands . Jerusalem . Creepy Spider Part II . Out 'O Tune Bruez . Fool For Your Stockings . Jam For Jason . By Myself . Slowburn . Creepy Spider.
In other news, Jeff has just signed on to endorse Fender Guitars and Amps and will be performing at the 2007 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA January 18, 19 and 20th with his trio and help unveil Fender's "new secret weapon", which will be introduced at the show. Additional Southern California December Kollman live appearances are set for:
Dec. 13 - Forty Deuce, Hollywood CA
Dec. 15 - Spaghettini, Seal Beach CA
Dec. 30 - The Baked Potato, Universal City, CA
Part 2 of Glenn Hughes Music For The Divine tour, featuring Jeff Kollman on guitar, Anders Olinder on keyboards, and the drummer Mark Mondesir, is set to convene February 20 in Russia and will continue throughout April all across Europe. Exact dates will be announced before the end of the year.
For more info visit: www.jeffkollman.com.

 

 

 

Friday, December 08, 2006

THE ROARING NEW PRIDE OF LIONS RELEASE:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Pride Of Lions brand new studio album entitled The Roaring of Dreams on February 16.
"With this album", says guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Jim Peterik "we strove to emphasize all the elements that we are best noted for: big hooks, soaring melodies, clever modulations, inspiring messages, the rock-solid Pride Of Lions band and of course Toby Hitchcock's amazing vocal range and talent".
And indeed Toby seems to have hit his stride this time out. With vocal tour de forces such as the classic style power ballad Faithful Heart and the all-stops-out rocker Heaven On Earth, his development can be clearly heard.
"We knew this was a make or break album for Pride of Lions. We put it all out there on the Live Album/DVD: the past and the present. This album is what our future is all about", Peterik adds: "When we sat down with Serafino (President of Frontiers Records) last year, he suggested that Pride of Lions return to the more commercial and hook-oriented music of our first album and the Vital Signs album. I must say I was ready to do just that!"
You will hear the fruits of that conversation on melodic nuggets such as the City Boy inspired Let Me Let You Go and the non-stop drive of Defying Gravity. Another standout is Language Of The Heart: "I must admit I was thinking of the song we used as our opener in my Survivor years, Feels Like Love when I wrote this one. It has the same energy and drive" says Jim.
In this and every other track, the power of Ed Breckenfeld on drums, Klem Hayes on bass, Mike Aquino on guitar and Christian Cullen on keyboards is stronger than ever. Also, the production team of Jim Peterik and Larry Millas is back in force and the sound is clearer than ever.
The themes that Jim's songs are noted for are all present and accounted for. The title track, The Roaring of Dreams traces the lives of two frustrated people whose only escape from their humdrum lives is the dreams that they hold sacred in their hearts - the hope for a better future. Book of Life challenges us to be all that we can be, "Are you just a footnote, or will you rise to fill it's pages, you were born to rock the ages, write a brand new chapter in the Book Of Life".
And to find the definitive song on a man dealing with infidelity, you need to look no farther than the album's closing track, Turnaround featuring a cameo vocal by Tori Hitchcock, Toby's gifted 21 year old sister. The song plays out like a mini operetta complete with vocal counterpoint and soaring guitar leads shared by Mike Aquino and Jim Peterik.
With The Roaring of Dreams, this band is finally destined to outrun their individual pasts and take their place as a force to be reckoned with on their own terms. Their terms are great Melodic Rock and their name is Pride Of Lions!
Final tracklisting of The Roaring of Dreams includes the following songs (click on the song title to hear an MP3 sample): Heaven of Earth; Book Of Life; Love's Eternal Flame; Language of The Heart; Let Me You Go; Faithful Heart; Defying Gravity; Secret of The Way; Astonish You; Tall Ships; Turnaround; The Roaring of Dreams.
Release is scheduled on February 16 on Frontiers Records in Europe, with King Records handling Japan.

WebLinks: www.frontiers.it, www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords, www.aprideoflions.com.

 
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CRYSTAL BALL FINDS A NEW HOME WITH MTM MUSIC:
MTM MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Swiss hardrock band Crystal Ball!
Swiss like to rock! With acts like Gotthard, Krokus and Crystal Ball, the Swiss scene is among the finest and healthiest around.
Crystal Ball started as a cover band but soon began to create their own sound by performing more than one hundred concerts in their first two years as a unit. CRYSTAL BALL have been rising to fame amongst the fans of hard and melodic sounds with their trademark mixture of melodic Hard Rock and Power Metal.
After recording 4 studio albums and touring through Europe as support of well known bands like Gotthard, Krokus, Dokken, Doro, U.D.O., Pretty Maids, Bonfire, Pink Cream 69 and others with 450 shows almost in a row, they now come back with a dynamic and melodic hard rock album of finest quality.
TimeWalker was their last release, the fifth full length in the band's still brief yet intense history. The album was a concept album with a journey through different historical events and was produced by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept, U.D.O.).
Now Crystal Ball is back and already entered the studio for a brand new studio album. The line-up is as strong and tight as ever with long-time singer Mark Sweeney, guitar player Scott Leach and Marcel Sardella on drums.
The album is scheduled for spring 2007 and the band have already announced some festivals, while a proper tour will follow later the year.
Mark Sweeney: "We are ready to rock and you can a expect a great piece of Swiss Hardrock!"
The release is scheduled for April / May 2007. More details coming soon!
WebLink: www.mtm-music.com.

 
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CULT ART - CLASSIC GUITAR LEGENDS BY ROSS HALFIN:
Cult Art are proud to announce a collection of 'Classic Rock Guitar Legends' by Rock Photographer Ross Halfin. Featuring Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Angus Young, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Clark and Michael Schenker.
Available as a box frame canvas print, three sizes up to 40''x30'' (101cm x 76cm). Limited to only 195 of each worldwide. Numbered and accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. All our products are printed by members of the Fine Art Trade Guild and are ready to hang. We ship world wide via Fed Ex and can take your details over the phone or by e-mail.
See the full range of fantastic art and photography at: www.cultart.com / e-mail. info@cultart.com / Tel: 0044 (0) 20 8 406 5870.

 

MR-X AND SITE UPDATES:
MR-X has been updated as usual. Online this week is yet another Feature DVD - this time it's Journey's Raised On Radio Documentary that was broadcast on TV back in 1986/7. Also online is a new Feature Live recording - a radio broadcast of Icehouse Live In NYC 1986.
And the following new Video Clips are online: Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield (Live, Craig Kilborn Unplugged 1992), Nexx - Critical and Like A Poet; a Journey 3-Play - Any Way You Want It, Chain Reaction and Wheel In The Sky; and a Goo Goo Dolls 3-Play - Long Way Down, Here Is Gone (Live, Leno 1992) and Only One.
MR-X Membership Details.

A quick not for all those that joined MR-X on the very first week that it was launched. This coming week is original subscription renewal time, so the fee will be deducted from Paypal accounts this week! To ensure uninterrupted use of MR-X, please check your Paypal account balances.
And of course, a huge thank you to all that support the site via their membership. This is an essential part of keeping this site going and without it I would have no way to survive - especially when major sponsors go awol (no mentioning names at this point!).

Speaking of next week - due to the Reviews update taking longer than expected, the Firefest 3 report and review will now be online next week, as will another major feature I have been working on!

 

 

 

Thursday, December 07, 2006

SITE UPDATES - YOUR REVIEWS & 2006 BEST OF:
Updated today is the Best Of 2006 (So Far) list - one of the last updates before the end of the year. Check it out.

Also updated is Feature Reviews. You have read my reviews, now add your's! Add reviews now for the following albums: Harem Scarem / Human Nature, Zion / Zion, Cosmo / Alien, Tom Cochrane / No Stranger, Paul Stanley / Live To Win, RockStar Supernova / Supernova, Rain / Stronger, Final Frontier / Freelight, Richie Kotzen / Into The Black, GPS / Window To The Soul, Zeno / Runway To The Gods. Add Your Reviews Now.

RICK SPRINGFIELD TALKS BENEFIT CONCERT:
A recent Rick Springfield interview (talking about Rick's benefit concert raise money for Sahara Aldridge and her treatment for brain stem cancer) was posted online at: www.semissourian.com/story/1179511.html.
I like this one question and especially the answer given by Rick:
Q: Were you ever a classic sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll type of guy?
A: "I was very much into that in my 20s and early 30s. I lived in Hollywood, you know, and it was parties every night. On the road, of course, especially when you get some success, it's pretty easy to fall into that muddle. So you know, as a young guy, that was my focus. When I had kids that changed my focus completely, and you know, once you get older your focus just keeps changing. If you're evolving it does.
I know some guys my age who are still stuck in the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and I think there's a time for that and there's a time for other things. Right now, I've been taking, taking, taking all my life, and it's about time I try and give something back. So this is, doing this thing for Sahara is kind of part of that."

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Paul Stanley looks like booking a solo tour for Australia for early-mid 2007. Stay tuned...

John Waite is set to release 3 new songs on i-Tunes. Details to follow. But, my question - why? When he is just about to release the Downtown - Jouney Of A Heart album in the USA next month, why not add those tracks to that release? Make it something special....

Norway have created a press & media page at their website for breaking news, photos, press releases etc. to be posted. See it at: www.norwayrocks.com/press.htm.

Check out a video from progressive melodic rockers Cryptic Vison at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSgWmzSw5io.

HEART PROFILED IN NEW BOOK:
Press Release / Continuing with its 'In the Studio' series, Rock n' Roll Books will release Heart - In the Studio in June, 2007. Featuring a chapter-by-chapter account of the recording of the entire Heart catalog, including the making of hits like 'Magic Man', 'Crazy On You', 'Barracuda', 'These Dreams', 'Alone', 'All I Wanna Do (Is Make Love To You)', and others Ann and Nancy Wilson made famous over their 25+ year career, the book will feature exclusive interviews with all of the band's producers, including Mike Flicker, Keith Olsen, Ron Nevison, Ritchie Zito, Duane Baron, and others, as well as interviews with band members chronicling the recording of the band's catalog of multi-platinum albums. Authored by biographer Jake Brown, the publishing house will also release 'Rick Rubin In the Studio' in June, 2007."

FREE METAL ALBUM FOR DOWNLOAD:
On December 1st, Stormental has officially released their debut album. After a successful European tour they are finally releasing it in an unusual way, entirely FREE. That's right, all the songs, front cover, booklet and videos, can be downloaded from their official website.
Singer and producer Alexei Leão explains the attitude taken: ''It was the best way found in order to satisfy the greatest number of fans that we have conquered throughout this year. What the band is doing is not novelty; it is only the acceptance of the World Wide Web as the greatest tool to expand the advertisement of the band's great work.''
Download it now at: www.stormental.com.

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

CULT ART - GET READY TO ROCK THE ART WORLD:
Cult Art Limited (www.cultart.com) is brand new company with some of the most exciting art and photography the Rock and Movie world has ever seen.
It has taken over 12 months to gather together the world best artists and photographers to launch collections for you. This is your 'one stop shop' for the best licensed art and photography and will be fast growing to cater for all fans of any genre.
Kicking off with the George Ioannou 'Rock Idols and Icons' collection featuring 'Wanted - Jon Bon Jovi', 'Dude - Steven Tyler' and 'Hey Jimi - Hendrix'. All these paintings were commissioned with the full approval from the original photographers.
Where so many have copied him, George Ioannou was the original pioneer of this style. He is one of the most collectable artists in the UK and was voted into the Top 10 best selling artists in 2005/2006. His celebrity collectors say it all, movie stars, rock stars, professional footballers, prolific business men, all have his work up on their walls.
All our products are printed by members of the Fine Art Trade Guild and are available as a box framed canvas, ready to hang. We ship world wide via Fed Ex and can take your details over the phone or by e-mail.
Cult Art is fully LOADED so check it out!
See the full range of fantastic art and photography at: www.cultart.com / e-mail: info@cultart.com / Tel 0044 (0) 20 8 406 5870
And this is just the beginning.......

 

LION MUSIC ANNOUNCE DECEMBER RELEASES:
Lion Music have announced the details of their two Decmeber releases - both due out on the 15th. The details of which are as follows:
Satyrian - The Dark Gift EP - The release of the internationally acclaimed Eternitas album saw Satyrian gain a solid fan base. Now to round out the year the band have put together a special EP entitled "The Dark Gift" which shows a different side to the classy Gothic metal exploits of the debut, with The Dark Gift presenting another face of the band.
"The Dark Gift" EP gives an alternative look for the fans to the music of Satyrian and also breaks musical borders with its remixes made by TmV from the Finnish gothic and Electro band "Shade Factory" and by Roman Schoensee of The Dreamside, as well as Satyrian's own Jan Yrlund during the last six months. Satyrian guitarist Jan Yrlund describes the EP as "an add on to the Eternitas album" which will delight gothic fans with its new remixes.
The Dark Gift is presented as a limited edition digi-pack package with stunning artwork.
Track Listing: 1. Invictus (Master of Fate ReMix) Remix by The Dreamside, 2. The Dark Gift (The Lygophilia ReMix) Remix by The Dreamside, 3. Eternitas (Infinite Synthesis) Remix by TmV (The Shade Factory), 4. Fall From Grace (The Fallen Remix) Remix by Örkki (SinMasters), 5. The Dark Gift (TimV Fused Radio Edit) Remix by TmV (The Shade Factory), 6. No Tears, No Embrace (The Satyr's Cave Club Remix) Remix by Örkki (SinMasters), 7. Ewigkeit (Ikuisuus Chill Out ReMix) Remix by Örkki (SinMasters) + The Dark Gift Album version.

Patrik Carlsson - Melodic Travel - Patrik Carlsson is one of a hot new generation of exciting instrumental guitarists to have come out of Sweden in the new millennium. His debut release Phraseology (LMC107) was released in 2004 on Lion Music and now his follow up Melodic Travel sees Patrik take a turn into more traditional music waters to produce a very visual and melodic instrumental release that combines Patrik's guitar flash with some folk and jazz inflections.
On the new music's nature Patrik comments, "This was first meant to be a folk/jazz-inspired trip to the heart of Swedish traditional music. But then I change my mind and started to explore various sidetracks and musical solutions. The final result was a lot of different alternatives and in the search for the melodic treasures new discoveries were made". "The melodic travel begins in the deep forests of the northern mountains. You will hear the sound of ancient workers with their tools and the melody once created with the violins celebrating their lifestyle. Having passed through different environments and landscapes the adventure will end up in a red cottage on a small island far away from modern civilisation, where the water and the winds are quiet and the sunset soon will pass into darkness."
Each song on Melodic Travel has its own story, and to accompany the release Patrik's official website (www.figstamper.com) will have illustrations to visualise each song's story and mood.
Track Listing: 1. Settler's Pleasure, 2. Battlefield, 3. Kristiina's Song, 4. Caribbean Uptempo, 5. Gate to Heaven, 6. Liberty City, 7. Luxian Minor, 8. Archipelago Blues, 9. Night Vision, 10. the Great A, 11. Hip `n Melodic, 12. Desederia, 13. Happy Quarter, 14. Naboo, 15. Spanish Vaganza, 16. Silence.

Upcoming releases in January 2007 -
Engine Of Pain - I Am Your Enemy - A very heavy release in the vein of Testament, Pantera and The Haunted. Engine of Pain are one of the hottest metal bands to have hailed from the Netherlands in the last few years and with their debut full length debut "I Am Your Enemy" the band have produced an album that is a non compromising sonic statement from start to finish.
Massimo Izzizzari - Unstable Balance - Great guitar instrumental with great songs.
WebLink: www.lionmusic.com.

 
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BILL WARD SPEAKS ABOUT HEAVEN & HELL RUMOR:
Webmaster for Black-Sabbath.com Joe Siegler has posted a response from drummer Bill Ward in regards to a statement regarding the Heaven & Hell project that is circulating attributed to him. I won't bother to print the original statement, but Bill's response reads:
"It's Bill. I have been expecting negative letters, rumors, and general gossip mongering over my not participating in the "Heaven & Hell" project. It's not unusual, as yet I've made only one brief statement to confirm that I would not be involved.
It has been brought to our attention that there is a posting on a few web sites which discloses a supposed statement I made to a Clear Channel personnel. THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE. Every piece of verbiage therein that posting - supposedly quoting me - is FALSE also.
OK. I'm off to get on with my life. Hopefully there won't be too many shite letters floating around, as I don't think anyone out there - myself included - wants to waste anymore time on complete falsehoods.
Sincerely, Bill Ward."


THE POODLES SIGN DEAL WITH AFM RECORDS:
Great news for Poodles fans! Their classic hard rock album from earlier this year is getting a wider release. This press release just in from AFM Records:
The Poodles, the band around some of Sweden's most experienced metal musicians signed a contract with AFM Records. The musicians worked in different contexts with international celebrities like Motörhead, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy and Swedish colleagues like Europe and Candlemass. The album features songs by some of the most well known songwriters in the world such as Holly Knight (Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Kiss etc) and others. The album Metal Will Stand Tall was already released in Sweden & Finland in May 2006 and it will be released through AFM Records in all the other European countries. The release date will be January 19.
Metal Will Stand Tall has already topped the Swedish sales-charts. Until now the record already reached gold status in their home country. The debut single Night Of Passion went gold in Sweden after just three weeks and has now sold platinum!
From January 18, the band will go on tour with Hammerfall and Krokus to bring their metal also to your town!

TINDRUM BOOTLEG'S ON EBAY:
TNT drummer Diesel Dahl dropped me a line regarding the unfortunate bootlegging of the out of print Tindrum album on E-Bay. Here's Diesel's message:
"There is a bootleg re-release of Drums of War with my former band Tindrum - Available on E-bay thru VegasCDs, imported from Rock It Records, Italy. (Link).
This is not accepted! This is a copy of a copy and this must be stopped. The official version will must likely be released on MTM early 2007. Please warn people about these companies who have no rights to release my album."

Consider that done Diesel.
At the same time, I could not help but ask about the TNT album recording progress. Diesel's reply: "Done 6 tracks on new album - next session late January, early February. I think people will be surprised!"

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Tom Cochrane and his band will be touring Canada in support of the new album No Stranger in early 2007. Tour dates will be announced on his web site shortly.

The Rasmus performed a secret gig last week in NYC and Piercing Metal was there to cover it. Check it out at: www.piercingmetal.com/concert_rasmus_112106.htm. Incidentally, producer/songwriter Desmond Child is interested in working with the band on their next album.

Glen Burtnik is pleased to announce the grand opening of his brand new Audio Gallery! Downloads and details at: www.glenburtnik.com.

Rockpages Web Magazine has an exclusive interview with Desmond Child online at: www.rockpages.gr/interviews/desmondchild2006-en.htm) and also Joey Tempest of Europe (who comments on the band's commitment to carry on with their contemporary new sound): www.rockpages.gr/interviews/europe2006-en.htm.

MICHAEL ANTHONY UPDATES HIS BLOG:
Bassist Michael Anthony has posted an update to his personal Blog, which reads: "Happy holidays to everybody!!
Well, the holidays are already here and it seems like the year just flew by!! First of all I would like to say..."Thank-You" to everyone who came out and supported us on tour this past summer!! You guys are the reason I still love to go on tour, and as long as you want to hear the songs, I'll be out there bashing away and having a great time...
I don't know exactly what the new year will bring, but whatever happens, I 'll keep all of you posted as to what is going on in my world. Have a safe and rockin' holiday season, and don't "BASH IT UP" too hard!! I'll definitely see you all in 2007!!......Michael."


MORE GUFF FROM STEVE PERRY:
American modern rocker outfit Guff recently had a chance meeting with former Journey vocalist Steve Perry. It lead to them covering Journey's Trial By Fire Japanese bonus track I Can See It In Your Eyes.
Here's what the band had to say about it on their MySpace page: "While we were in LA, we had the chance to meet Steve Perry from Journey! He happened to drop by the studio while we were recording and dug the groove! And if that isn't cool enough, he asked us to cover a previously unreleased Journey song!! [Not quite correct that bit...] So, expect a new kick-ass Rock 'n' Roll cover song to be on the new record as well. (and the best part is what Steve Perry served up for the track himself...) Steve is great guy, and we love the cover. Thanks Steve! It may be getting the first bit of radio exposure of the record, so more on that when it develops."
And this is what Steve himself had to say about it in his recent Fan Asylum Q&A: "I just co-produced, along with their Producer Noha Shain, one track for a punk band named Guff. They're from Athens Georgia and a very cool band. They re-cut an old Journey track called I Can See It In Your Eyes. They rocked it seriously. I also enjoyed doing some backing vocals with their lead singer Ash. What fun we had. In two days it was done. Joe Benson from "Off the Record" fame loves it so much he wants to play it on his interview show I recently did."
The Joe Benson radio show broadcast date is this Sunday (US PST 9pm).
WebLinks: myspace.com/guff and www.unclejoebenson.com.

DESTINY PARTS WAYS WITH SINGER, SEEKS REPLACEMENT:
Kristoffer joined Destiny in 2001 and has recorded two albums (Future Of The Past and Beyond All Sense) with the band. For some time it has been clear that Kristoffer wanted to leave the band. The last gig he played with Destiny was at the Gothenburg Metal Festival last spring. The split is amicable and Destiny wishes Kristoffer good luck with his future projects.
This will, of course, delay the completion of the new Destiny album Cold Fire, but hopefully not for long. Any one that is interested in the position as lead singer for DESTINY should contact the band via info@destinymetal.com.
2007 will be the 25th anniversary for Destiny and apart from the release of the new album, Cold Fire, there will be re mastered and re-recorded double album releases of Nothing Left To Fear and Atomic Winter. Both double albums will feature never-before-released bonus tracks.
WebLink: www.myspace.com/destinymetal.

A TRIBUTE TO JIM CAPALDI:
Billboard Reports: "Steve Winwood, Pete Townshend, Paul Weller and Bill Wyman are among those taking part in an all-star celebration of the late Jim Capaldi, a former member of Traffic.
The show will take place January 21, close to the second anniversary of his death, at London's Roundhouse. Tickets go on sale December 18.
The Dear Mr. Fantasy concert, named for one of Traffic's best-known albums, will celebrate the life and work of Capaldi, who died of cancer January 28, 2005, at the age of 60. The event will raise funds for the Jubilee Action Street Children Appeal, a charity in which Capaldi and his wife Anina were active.
Also confirmed to appear are Joe Walsh, former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Gary Moore, Simon Kirke, Dennis Locorriere, the Storys, Andy Newmark, Ray Cooper and keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens."

BEST BOX KISS BOX SET FIX:
A Universal rep e-mailed bud Mitch Lafon about the Best Buy Kiss Box set bonus tracks cock-up. The response was: "Here's the solution that weve come up with to remedy the KISS Alive! box set issue - We are manufacturing replacement disks for Best Buy for customers that purchased the set without the bonus tracks. All they will need to do is bring their receipt in to Best Buy for the free replacement CD. If they bought it on bestbuy.com there will be instructions there as well. Some stores will have discs on 12/7, some on 12/8, etc., depending on the UPS ground transit times."

WINGER US DATES ANNOUNCED:
An update at Reb Beach's website was posted late last week. It reads: "Reb was overseas with Winger playing Firefest (among other venues), but now he's back!! Winger is getting set to take the show on the road here in the US. Below are a few dates and locations:
Dec 31 2006 8:00P Station square Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Feb 1 2007 8:00P Mulcahy's Long Island, New York
Feb 2 2007 8:00P Harper"s Ferry Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 7 2007 8:00P Amos' Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
Be sure to check out www.myspace.com/kipwingermusic and www.myspace.com/rebbeach (for more info).

REVIEWS UPDATED:
A big Reviews update today. More still to come, but onlien today is full reviews of albums from: Harem Scarem, Zion, Riot, Cosmo, Paul Stanley, Final Frontier, RockStar Supernova, Tom Cochrane, Richie Kotzen, GPS, Andersson Mills Project, Zeno, Big Cock, Billy Falcon, Fraze Gang, Fatal Smile, Ruffians, Kevin Lee and Martin Briley.
Read The Reviews now and tune in tomorrow to add your own views when Feature Reviews will be updated.

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

FRONTIERS ANNOUNCE SIGNING NIGHT RANGER + JOURNEY TOUR DATES:
Frontiers Records is immensely proud to officially announce the signing of Night Ranger for the release of their brand new studio album Hole in the Sun!
Like no other band formed in the 80s, Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the sound and style of that decade. Since original members Jack Blades, Jeff Watson, Kelly Keagy and Brad Gillis reunited in 1996, they have brought their guitar-crunching, melodic brand of hard rock into the 21st century with unparalleled talent, energy and creativity.
Night Ranger left an indelible mark with a string of best-selling albums that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. The band's popularity was fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, including Sister Christian, (You Can Still) Rock In America, When You Close Your Eyes, Sentimental Street, Goodbye and Don't Tell Me You Love Me. Harnessing the frenetic drive of heavy metal to hook-laden rockers, a stunning twin lead guitar team, and melodious, radio-friendly power ballads, Night Ranger inspired new descriptive phrases such as melodic metal and metal power pop, and became the standard-bearer of a new sound.
Following a seven-year absence, Night Ranger reunited in 1996 for a World tour. The overwhelming response proved the continued love for the music and the band. That year also garnered the Ron Nevison produced album Neverland, featuring the radio friendly single Forever All Over Again.
In 1997, the three-time Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights spotlighted Sister Christian as one of the songs that defined the previous decade. Also that year, the band released Seven, a studio album that helped set the standard for the 80s rock revival.
Since then Night Ranger members have been busy individually in several solo projects, while the band kept active touring across the USA and Japan. Writing and recording sessions for a brand new studio album started at the end of 2005, with progresses in between the busy schedules of the band members. "I can't believe it is almost 2007!" admits bass player and singer Jack Blades. "Most of the songs were written at the end of 2005 and recording happened at my Barn Studio (The Cock and Bottle studio) and Jeff's studio (Camp Watson)."
"I think you just keep making records and writing the songs that are in your heart", continues Blades. "As long as we continue to write and record with passion and integrity, (which we have done) I believe the fans will enjoy the ride. I personally am very proud of all the records Night Ranger has made over the 20 plus years of our career. This record reflects the years of touring so it rocks pretty hard. It also speaks to where the band is musically in 2006. Lots of split vocals and dual guitars."

With song titles as There Is Life, Tell your Vision, Drama Queen, Rock Star, White Knuckle Ride and Whatever Happened, Night Ranger music and attitude has now come full circle. Great melodies, blazing guitars and fun crazy rocking live shows..."it is all we know how to do", admits Blades.
We know we all can look forward to the release of Hole in the Sun during the spring of 2007!

 
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Journey have recently confirmed the addition of a new tour date in Europe after the UK shows. The updated list for the confirmed spring 07 includes now the following shows:
Thu 01-march Sheffield, UK - Sheffield City Hall
Fri 02-march Newcastle, UK - Newcastle City Hall
Sat 03-march Glasgow, Scotland - Clyde Auditorium
Mon 05-march Nottingham, UK - Royal Centre
Tue 06-march Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo
Wed 07-march Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo
Fri 09-march Cardiff, UK - Cardiff International Centre
Sat 10-march Bournemouth, UK - Bournemouth International Centre
Tue 13-march Birmingham, UK - National Indoor Arena
Wed 14-march London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
Thu 15-march Newcastle, UK - Newcastle City Hall
Sat 17- march Karlsruhe, Germany Europahalle
Mon 19- march Cologne, Germany E-work
Tue 20- march Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
Thu 22- march Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
Sat 24- march Madrid, Spain La Riviera

HAREM SCAREM'S HUMAN NATURE SET TO DROP THIS SIDE OF CHRISTMAS:
Harem Scarem's new album Human Nature may have an official European release date of January 12, 2007, but it is about to hit stores any day now.
The CD will be available to buy online at the following locations: AOR Heaven, Music Buy Mail, NEH Distribution, Wishing Well Entertainment, CD Baby.com and haremscarem.net, with additional retail distributors: NL Distribution, Cargo Records, Bullseye Records, Magada International helping the band reach record stores.
This development, coupled with the fact that the Japanese release is already in stores means that Human Nature will be added to the list of albums set to be included in the 2006 MelRock Awards.

 

JIZZY DEPARTS RATT:
Jizzy Pearl has announced his departure from Ratt. Via his message board Jizzy posted: "Its time to go. Thanks to all the Ratt fans for all the good times and good luck to the guys for the future."
So, does that make way for the planned re-union (Stephen Pearcy, Juan Croucier, Warren DeMartini & Bobby Blotzer), which has been in development since mid-year? Likely, as it was planned for June/July 2007, but don't count on anything until you are lined up outside the concert venue. Strange world this rock n roll universe...

GLENN HUGHES THANKS EUROPEAN FANS:
Glenn Hughes posted the following message on his website following his return from Europe: "Just got back last night to LA. I am really looking forward to the Christmas holiday. In my opinion this tour was an extremely vibrant experience. Mark, Anders and Jeff were all complete revelations to me. It has been such a long time since I felt such emotion singing with my band. The Groove, the Funk... the Soul... all extremely passionate and I love my new band both on and off stage. I will have great memories from this tour. For those of you were there, I hope you felt the vibe. The band really inspired me to new heights. The musicianship on stage deeply spoke to me, and I look forward to the next leg of the tour in February."

DEMON LIVE IN EUROPE:
Demon have 3 live shows coming up, which are:
December 6th The Limelight, Crewe, UK
December 14th, The Queens Hall, Nuneaton, UK / With Tygers Of Pan Tang And The Handsome Beasts.
December 30th, Metal Forever Festival, Boblingen, Germany, A Charity Event For Children In Need In Germany.
WebLink: www.the-demon.com.

THE FIRST 21 BANDS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2007:
Press Release / We can now proudly present the first 21 bands confirmed to play Sweden Rock Festival in June 2007. We have, after this, another 50 bands to present before the final line-up is ready. We look forward to our most impressive line-up ever!
We are of course very proud to present Heaven & Hell as one of our headliners at the 2007 festival. The band that should have been called Black Sabbath but for some reasons don't. The band contains all four members from the albums Mob Rules, Dehumanizer and Live Evil and three of the members (Bill Ward was still the drummer back then) were also involved in the album Heaven & Hell. So we look forward to see Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice at Sweden Rock Festival 2007!
Line-Up: Heaven & Hell, Blind Guardian, Motörhead, Reo Speedwagon, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Trouble, Kreator, Udo, Suzi Quatro, Gov't Mule, Hardcore Superstar, Black Oak Arkansas, Thunder, The Answer, Axel Rudi Pell, Circus Maximus, Randy Piper's Animal, Tokyo Dragons, Eldritch, Lion's Share, Falconer.
WebLink: www.swedenrock.com.

TALKING METAL UPDATE:
TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 114 of their Talking Metal podcast. In this special episode, titled "Guns N' Roses Summit Countdown to Chinese Democracy Part VI," hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy discuss such topics as Axl Rose, Heaven and Hell, Jeff Scott Soto's Talisman, and Overloaded. Podcast features include an interview with Sebastian Bach Band members Metal Mike Chlasciak, Bobby Jarzombek, and Johnny Chromatic as well as new music from Halford. Multiple listeners can win a copy of Children of Bodom's new DVD Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live. The 60-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location ( http//www.talkingmetal.com ). iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location (phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=78833595). The Talking Metal hosts will also take their show to Live365.com s Bionic Radio channel on Tuesday, December 4 at 8 PM. More information can be found at this location (www.live365.com/stations/bionictv).

LIBERTY & JUSTICE ANNOUNCE LATEST SINGERS:
Liberty N' Justice is proud to announce at this time two more singers for there 2007 release Independence Day. Now added is Kelly Keeling of Baton Rouge/Michael Schenker Group fame singing the title track (which BTW is a remake of a White Heart song and features Tommy Denander on guitar) and Mark and Shannon Hovland of Hovland. As always we love to hear your input and for a limited time you can check the songs out at: www.myspace.com/libertynjustice2 and post your comments at our web-site www.libertynjustice.net.

 

 

 

Monday, December 04, 2006

DOUBLE JOY FOR NIGHT RANGER FANS:
Details are still developing, but the track details for the 2 new 2007 Night Ranger releases have been announced.
The band recently completed work on their new studio album, their first since 1998's Seven release. It looks like the album will be titled Hole In The Sun and will feature the following tracks: Tell Your Vision . Drama Queen . Whatever Happened . There is Life . Rock Star . You're Gonna Hear From Me . Fool in Me . White Knuckle Ride . Revelation 4am . Hole In The Sun . Being . Wrap it Up.
In addition to that release, there is the Live In Japan 2003 release lined up, which will feature the following tracks: Don't Tell Me You Love Me . Four In The Morning . Goodbye . Rumours In The Air . Sentimental Street . Seven Wishes . Sing Me Away . Sister Christian . When You Close Your Eyes . You Can Still Rock In America.
More news and hopefully some comments from the guys soon!

REO SPEEDWAGON DELIVER NEW ALBUM PREVIEW:
REO Speedwagon have delivered an early Christmas present for fans in the form of previews of 3 new songs from the band's upcoming album. The previews are of: Smilin' In The End (a stadium rocker), Find Your Way Home (a mid-tempo melodic rock song) and I Needed To Fall (a mid-tempo ballad).
Check out these songs and a free Christmas download I Believe In Santa Claus at: www.speedwagon.com.

STEVE PERRY RESPONDS TO FAN QUESTIONS:
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has once again answered the call of fans and has posted replies to questions submitted to him via the web-portal Fan Asylum. Steve preempts his answers with the following message:
"I want to thank all the fans who so quickly sent in over 2000 questions in two days. I tried to get to as many as possible. I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year. All the very best to you and yours, Steve Perry."

I'm certainly glad to hear from Steve on any occasion and he answers a lot of questions, which will no doubt give fans plenty to be happy about. Unfortunately the big questions about new material and any possible return to singing are again deflected. The responses are best left for fans to read through themselves, as there are no major announcements or statements within. Check out the Q&A at: fanasylum.com/steveperry.

MTM MUSIC NEWS - SINNER AND NORWAY:
News from MTM Music: Three Norway pre-listening samples are available now. Check them out - Save Me, Anything At All and Only One I Need.

Sinner is confirmed for the following festivals:
30.12.2006 Metal Forever Festival / Böblingen, Germany
14.07.2007 Headbangers Open Air / Hamburg, Germany
01.09.2007 Bloodstock Festival / UK
A European tour is scheduled for March / April 2006. Press comments about the forthcoming album Mask Of Sanity:
"The best Sinner album since the royal 80´s!" (Metal Hammer)
"No matter if you are a Saint or a Sinner put on this "Mask Of Sanity" and prepare to get completely addicted and blown away by a full force metal sound!!!!! And you'll certainly beg for more...." (Rock Hard Italy)
"Sinner back to the roots! The first hardrock-highlight in 2007!" (Rock It!)
"With this album Sinner rediscover their roots and strengths. 'Mask Of Sanity' is purest Sinner." (Heavy)

MORE ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA FIGURES:
Some more RockStar Supernova sales information has come to light. In Canada the album made a healthier debut than in the USA - buoyed by the fact singer Lukas Rossi hails from Toronto. The album made it's debut at #4 with close to 20,000 units sold. I might mention that the album in Canada has officially been deemed Gold, as it shipped 50,000 units.
A less rosy picture here in Australia - where the TV show actually broke new records for PayTV (cable) viewers. The album will debut at #87 with a very poor 981 units sold across the entire country.
There is now some cloud over the band's March 2007 Australian tour plans, although interest remains stronger than the actual record as support for the tour is from local boy and finalist Toby Rand's band Juke Kartel.

HALFORD RADIO SHOW BROADCAST:
The Classic Metal Show, heard live weekly on Saturdays from 9p-3a EST at www.theclassicmetalshow.com, has posted their interview with legendary Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford. Halford called into the show to discuss the reissues of Resurrection and Crucible, as well as Fight K5 War Of Words Demos on ITunes. The entire 26 minute interview is available for streaming at THE Classic Metal Show's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/theclassicmetalshow, or for free download via iTunes at phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=175951893.

WIN A TRIP TO METALLICA'S STUDIO:
Metallica release their DVD on Warner Bros. Records, December 5th. To celebrate the release, one lucky fan and a friend will get to hang out with Metallica at their HQ in San Francisco. You will win 2 nights hotel and airfare to San Francisco, a special tour of Metallica HQ, and get to meet the band. 10 other lucky fans will win copies of the new DVD. The collection — which includes all 21 of Metallica's videos, plus bonus features — spans the years from 1989's ….And Justice For All to 2003's St. Anger, and features pioneering videos such as the muted color toned, film noir-classic One, Metallica's ground-breaking first foray in music video.
Enter now (sorry, US residents only for this one...not my choice folks...): www.totalassault.com/contests/?contest=00777.

 

 

 

Friday, December 01, 2006

ALL-STAR EVENT AT WALNUT CREEK:
Press Release / Rock away the night at ARF Rocks! on Friday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California. Join Tony La Russa along with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain from Journey with friends Jeff Scott Soto & Marco Mendoza, guitarist Ronnie Montrose and Marty Casey (Rock Star Inxs) & Lovehammers. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this memorable evening! Tickets, priced at $100, $50 and $35 will go on sale Tuesday, December 5, 2006 and will be available by calling 925-943-SHOW.

NEW SIGNINGS FOR PERRIS RECORDS:
Sequel is proud to announce that they have recently signed with Texas based Perris Records. Their new CD, entitled Back, is scheduled for release in January of 2007 and will enjoy a worldwide release and distribution.
Back, the third full length album from Sequel, is hard rock n'& radio friendly. Packed with melody and guitars, the CD showcases the shared lead vocals of bassist Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Steve Perry, Paul Rodgers, Neal Schon, Hardline) and guitarist/songwriter Greg Georgeson (Tommy TuTone). Additional original members include David Wall (guitar) and Grant Roholt (drums).

Perris signs Sweden's own Blind Alley - Destination Destiny for 2007 worldwide release!
Blind Alley had managed to gather the best pieces from the melodic field and also some of the best written songs to come out of Sweden in a long time. Some of you might be familiar with these boys from before, they have released one album in 2003 called Infinity Ends. Destination Destiny is for fans of Giant, Journey and Survivor.

WHITE LION UK DATES:
A final update/reminder for the upcoming UK White Lion shows. All shows feature support from Crimes Of Passion.
December 2006
Sun 10th - JB's Dudley
Mon 11th - Camden Underworld
Tue 12th - Sheffield Corporation
Wed 13th - Barfly Liverpool
White Lion plays 2 hours of all the classics.

TESLA TALK COVERS ALBUM AND UPCOMING BOX SET:
Airing December 4, Tesla's 8th "3 Guys Pickin" episode features all 5 members, including new guitarist Dave Rude, and they sit down with the 3 Guys to discuss their upcoming covers album & box set, the funny story behind Free For All, departed guitarist Tommy Skeoch, how Dave Rude joined and who the other candidates were.
Live performance clips from their Beloit, Wisconsin, show include:
Modern Day Cowboy, Cumin Atcha Live, Into The Now, Time, Free For All (Nugent), I Just Want To Make Love To You (Foghat), While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles).
The deleted scenes episode will air February 4th, and it features an original music video for Look @ Me (taken from Tesla's live show), and Tyler playing guitar onstage with the Frank Hannon Band, performing Signs and The Way It Is.
Upcoming new interviews include Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate, Zakk Wylde, Black Stone Cherry, "All My Children" star Walt Willey, comedian Wendy Liebman, Hank Williams III, the Avett Brothers, Anthony Gomes & the Larkin Brothers.
"3 Guys Pickin", the most electrifying cable access show IN Chicago (& also the world), features Tyler, Brodie & Dave the Extra waxing philosophical about today's pop culture, with celeb interviews, skits, live music & lots of bravado.
"3 Guys Pickin" Mondays, 10:30pm Cable channel 19 / Chicago city limits only / www.myspace.com/3guyspickin.

TNT MAKE IT HALF WAY:
The legendary Norwegian hard rockers TNT are currently in the studio working on their new studio album, number ten in the row and the first to feature the new singer, ex-Shy vocalist Tony Mills.
In an interview with TV2 Ronni and Diesel said they are about halfway in the recording process. The yet untitled album is planned for a May 2007 release.

HINDER & EDDIE MONEY TO JOIN FORCES:
Billboard reports: Upstart rockers Hinder will be giving new life to an Eddie Money hit -- and helping the veteran singer with a hoped-for comeback in 2007.
The Oklahoma City quintet is planning to record a version of Money's Take Me Home Tonight, a No. 4 pop hit in 1986 that Hinder has been performing in its live shows. Money's management says the group has also invited him to appear on its version of the song.
"We all love it," guitarist Joe "Blower" Garvey says of "Take Me Home Tonight," whose original version features Ronnie Spector. "I think we kinda put our own little touch on it."
There's no word yet on where or when Hinder's version of the song will appear, but Money is planning to perform it with the group on Dec. 18 at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
Money, meanwhile, has set a March 13 release date for Wanna Go Back, a collection of '60s covers that features Ray Charles' You Don't Know Me as the first single and also includes renditions of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' "Jenny Take a Ride," the Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'," Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1000 Dances," the Soul Survivors' "Expressway (To Your Heart)," the Foundation's "Build Me Up Buttercup," Inex Foxx's "Mockingbird" and the Motown staple "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," on which he duets with his daughter, Jesse.
Wanna Go Back -- Money's first set of fresh studio recordings since Ready Eddie in 1999 -- was produced by Randy Forrester, who plays keyboards in Money's band the Grapes of Wrath. It will be released by Big Deal Productions/Warrior Records and distributed by the Universal Music Group.
WebLink: billboard.com/bbcom/news.

ARTCH TO PLAY IN GREECE:
During Wig Wam's pause Bernt grabbed the opportunity to do a mini-tour with his old band Artch.
As reported on www.wigwam.no, Wig Wam recently ended their Wig Wamania Tour in Norway and have now taken a pause from the glam rock life to create new material for their third studio album. Inspiration can also be found outside the world of Wig Wam, and the band members are using different methods to get new inspiration.
Bass player Flash (his real name is Bernt), grabs the opportunity to play a little with his previous band Artch. In January Artch is heading for Greece to play in the Athens (Jan 20) and Thessaloniki (jan 21). This will be Artch's first foreign performance since 2002 when they played in the USA.
"The background for this tour is because of Wig Wam's visit to Greece in May", Bernt says, who, along with the rest of the Wig Wam guys was overwhelmed by the response they got in Greece and the fact that the Greeks knew their musical past.
"The Greeks knew everything about our background and because of that Artch got an inquiry on this early this summer" says Bern, who never believed this tour would happen. But the Artch-guys took the challenge and said yes to do these concerts. "I'm really looking forward to get back as Wig Wam had a really great time there in May".
WebLink: www.wigwam.no.

MR-X UPDATE & ONLINE NEXT WEEK:
MR-X has been updated. Online today is a new Feature Album - Bystander Stranger Things Have Happened and a new Feature DVD - a Japanese TV broadcast of Mr. Big Live In Japan 1999, in support of their Get Over It release.
Also online is a collection of 20 various Poison demos and a few new Video Clips: Henry Lee Summer - Hands On The Radio, Twisted Sister - O Come All Ye Faithful (good grief!) and Iron Maiden - Different World.
MR-X Membership Details.

Next week - Reviews! I have been preoccupied with writng reviews all week and am up to 15 so far! There are a few more to write before I start editing, formatting and finalizing for upload by mid-next week.
Also online next week - my Review and Feature on Firefest 3.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 30, 2006

FRONTIERS RECORDS ANNOUNCES NEW DANNY VAUGHN ALBUM:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Danny Vaughn's new album Traveller on February 16, 2007.
"Traveller is the best album of my career", proudly states Danny Vaughn. And that's quite a challenge if you consider the high caliber of his musical output over the years.
Coming out of nowhere, he became the lead singer of Waysted in 1986 and released the band's most highly acclaimed album, Save Your Prayers. He learned his trade by opening up for Iron Maiden in stadiums and arenas around the world. From there, Danny formed the now legendary group, Tyketto, in 1990 and released Don't Come Easy, still regarded today as a benchmark in the Melodic Rock genre. Moving from strength to Strength In Numbers was a powerful follow up, but even with 150,000 albums sold, 3 videos and countless tours under his belt, the disappointing changes in the music industry in the mid 90's soon led Danny to, unhappily, leave the band.
In 1999 Danny reunited with former Tyketto companions Michael Clayton Arbeeny and Jaimie Scott, to release two very well received albums, Soldiers And Sailors On Riverside and Fearless, under the band name Vaughn. These were Danny's songs, done in his own style and he was writing better than ever.
In 2003, Danny was approached by Frontiers Records with the idea of releasing a project-record more in the classic Melodic Rock vein, using songs from other writers as well as some of his own. Produced by Fabrizio Grossi, the album From The Inside was heralded as a major triumph and a return to the style for which Danny is best known.
So, with all of that, and more to his credit, how could he be so confident in the new album, Traveller?

Best to hear it from the man himself: "After several meetings with Frontiers, we all agreed that my next album had to be not only a classic melodic sound, but also a step forward, and it had to be very special. By this time, I had done a couple of years of touring with an all English band, which featured a twin guitar attack, and much heavier sound than I had been known for before. This was well received by audiences all over the UK and Europe, so I had the task of working on songs that reflected that new, live attitude. The band, Tony Marshall (Contagious) and Pat Heath (Brave New World) on guitars, Steve McKenna (Ten) on bass and Lee Morris (Paradise Lost) on drums, took up the challenge of not only recreating our on stage fire, but recording an album with a very layered and full production. So many of these songs allowed me, as singer, writer and producer to try a lot of ideas that I always had in mind and the result is a monster! While all the elements of my usual song writing style are there, there is much less of a reliance on acoustic instruments than on previous albums. Yes, there are still a couple of acoustic songs (it wouldn't be me without them) but, the number of fast paced rockers is much higher than I have done before. I can't wait to play these songs live as they are born to be performed on stage! Clocking in at an hour long, it has a little bit of everything that has come before, and some brand new ideas all in one package. It takes you from place to place, from mood to mood, seamlessly, and we are all extremely excited to have our fans hear it."

Traveller is set for release on February 16 on Frontiers Records with a Japanese release to happen on King Records.
Final track listing of the album will include the following songs: Miracle Days; Badlands Rain; Traveller; Restless Blood; That s What She Says; The Touch of Your Hand; Lifted; The Warrior s Way; The Measure of a Man; Think of Me In The Fall; Death of The Tiger; Better By Far.
Under the new name, Danny Vaughn, the new line-up recently played a storming performance at the United Forces Of Rock Festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany in October 2006 and introduced 3 of the new songs to a wildly receptive audience. Judging by the crowd's reaction, and the reaction of the 30 or so journalists that got a 5 song sneak preview before the show, this album is going to be on a lot of people's "Best of" list for 2007. Watch out for Danny Vaughn live, to come crashing into a town near you!

 
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Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 17th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mail orders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.
This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Pretty Maids, Thunder, Richie Kotzen, Styx, Royal Hunt, Final Frontier, Biss, Zion, Cosmo, Wetton / Downes... and more!!! Downloadable version of the magazine can be found here MRF 17.
Here are the previews of the two Melodic Rock Fanzine covers:

 

A few recent Frontiers releases are now available through the major on line digital shops such as iTunes, eMusic, Napster, MusicNet, iMusic, 24/7, Virgin France etc.
The list includes: Winger IV , Talisman 7, Pretty Maids Wake Up to the Real World, Slamer Nowhere Land, Sunstorm and Avalon - The Richie Zito Project.
So far 94 releases of the Frontiers Records catalogue have been made available through online digital shops!

It is now possible to purchase Frontiers Records items with just one click on the official www.frontiers.it website! Just go to the product information for each record and click on the add to cart button at the bottom of the text. We also remind everyone that it is possible to subscribe to the Frontiers Records website and get our newsletters in real time in your mailbox! Special sales will be made available shortly exclusively to the newsletter subscribers. Stay tuned!

TOMMY DENANDER WALKS TOWARDS MECCA:
This just in from Mecca frontman Joe Vana:
"Tommy Denander is one of the most hired and sought after writers, producers and guitar players today, and has turned down many offers from known bands to join them. Even though he will keep making Radioactive albums, they are only a project and Mecca is a band, and as Tommy puts it "Not just any band!"
Tommy has accepted becoming a full member of the Mecca family. His track record of more than 1,000 albums and working almost every known name in rock speaks for itself, but as Tommy says "In some ways it's also what's required to become a member of Mecca, anything less just won't cut it, I take pride in the task of creating another dimension to my work together with Joe and the guys in Mecca."
Alongside of the great Bobby Kimball and Joe Vana on Lead Vocals, the Mecca line-up consists of Shannon Forrest (Drums), David Hungate (Bass), Gordon Mote (Keys) and Christian Wolff (guitar) with Steve Lukather and Steve Farris making an appearance as guest players on the album. The line-up is complete and stronger than ever.
That is not to diminish the great contribution that Fergie Frederiksen and Jim Peterik gave to Mecca 1 - Joe Vana adds "I can never repay those guys enough for their talent and contribution to making my dream a reality with Mecca 1. Sitting around Jim's piano writing songs for Mecca was a dream realized....I will never forget it."
"As far as the new album Catharsis goes, the writing synergy between Tommy and I so far has been amazing, we think so much alike in terms of melody and space but sounds very different melodically than what we both have done separately, so it truly is a union of ideas.....this album will be a mix between Peter Gabriel and Mecca....I am going to push the Hell out of myself and Tommy to play and sing better than we ever have. Plus, I have the one of my closest friends Bobby singing next to me....not to mention that he is the single greatest Rock singer ever IMO.
There is no 'almost good enough' for this album. We have four tunes that Richard Page gave us to record and 8 that we wrote...I waited three years to assemble the needed material to do this album....Every song had to be good enough to be on Mecca 1 or better, or it didn't make it...Bobby will push me vocally to the edge, I'm not playing it safe this time."

Bobby Kimball comments about the songs: "I'm not going to be nice about it, because that's not how great songs get written. We mortals have to put aside our feelings and go for what's best for the song....". Enough said.
Visit www.myspace.com/meccaofmusic to hear samples of the first two created by this new writing duo. Mecca will be completed first quarter of 2007 and released on Frontiers Records.

 
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SUPER FLOP:
The RockStar Supernova album made its US debut at #101, with a mere 16,679 units sold across the country. I'm waiting to hear back about Canadian figures for those interested.

CRYSTAL BALL SIGN TO MTM MUSIC:
Press Release from Crystal Ball: "We're proud to announce that Crystal Ball has signed a new contract with the well know Label MTM Music from Munich. www.mtm-music.com. Therefore Crystal Ball is ready to take off in 2007 with their 6th record.
When and from whom the new CD will be produced is going to be published on this page soon. The songwriting team Scott Leach and Mark Sweeney is already at work. For sure they will come up with something special also this time - stay tuned."

MORE 707 NEWS:
More updates from 707's Kevin Russell: "Well sorry to report that the "Let It Rock" project must go on hold for now (for me anyway...) I've gotten some offers to do some other projects and so I am not able to join the guys at this time.
707 has a new record The Fourth Decade out worldwide next week! I have been asked to oversee a Best Of 707 record for a spring release. I am remixing & re mastering songs from the bands 5 CDs and some very cool "live" stuff from the famed Starwood, Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy and The Greek Theater ( all L.A. Shows).
Also coming in December is my new rockin' guitar instrumental CD titled Run For Your Life. It's the follow up to Invasion Of Privacy… it rocks!
We are going over touring plans for this coming spring & summer for 707 as special guest to a few different headline acts. We are currently talking to our record label Renaissance Records and a couple of interested booking agencies.
For any further scoop visit: www.myspace.com/707theoriginal.

SPREAD EAGLE GUITARIST ROB DeLUCA ISSUES UPDATE:
Rob De Luca (Sebastian Bach Band/Spread Eagle) reporting in from the Gn'R/Bach Tour: "The crowd responses have been amazing! The show in Quebec City was beyond my wildest dreams. The audience was deafening for the entire hour. There's far too many great shows to list. Both bands are sharp and consistently delivering powerful sets! We're now making our way to the West coast. On Guns' off nights, Baz headlines the local theatre/club. On those shows we open for ourselves... Metal Mike Chlasciak (Bach, Halford), Bobby Jarzombek (Bach, Halford) and myself do an extreme metal set of PainmuseuM and Halford tunes. It's so much fun doing two sets."
This year Spread Eagle's Debut Album was recently reissued by Lovember Records: www.lovemberrecords.com.

EX-HELIX GUITARIST RELEASES NEW CD:
Brent Doerner was the guitarist in Canadian Hard Rock Legends Helix for many years. After leaving the music scene in the early 90's to pursue another careear he has finally made a recording comeback. This debut release finds Brent and band in fine form and ready to take on the world. This Blue Collar Rock is music for the people made for the love of music. Brent Doerner's Decibel is available now!!
WebLink: www.bdecibel.com.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

NEW ARCHIVE SIGNINGS FOR SUNCITY RECORDS:
An update from Suncity Records as forwarded to me by the label. Edited update below and posted on their website in full:

"Finally we have got the update that you have all been waiting for. It's taken a while, I know, but as they say "better late than never".
First off the following three CD's are officially available for purchase - Daniel MacMaster, Sweet Teaze and Dirty Rhythm.
Next up, the news only gets better with two more A-grade signings. We have been lucky enough to secure Canada's finest two hard rock bands Slash Puppet and Ana Black and we are all so excited that these great bands have joined the Suncity family in the pursuit of keeping the flame alight.
Starting first with Slash Puppet.
Most people know Slash Puppet for their stunning 1993 self-titled release but what a lot of people don't know is that they had an awesome debut album they released in 1989 as a cassette only issue. Suncity Records will be presenting their classic debut with all the typical Suncity perks.
After well over a year trying to hunt down the masters, with many leads from many people, we have finally got lucky big time!! These classic recordings will be presented in their full glory and believe me, they sound better than ever. Better news yet, this CD will be released early 2007.
Make sure to check out lead vocalist, Mif's awesome My Space site at - www.myspace.com/mifmaster.
Check out the track Evil Woman off the upcoming Self Titled album for a great idea of how good these guys really are.

The other signing we have for you is wait for it….the signing of my favorite Canadian band ever in the excellent Hollywood legends, Ana Black.
Just when you thought the hard rock heights of Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood would never be matched again, well every hard rock fan will be overwhelmed with how good this band are. To me, they are Canada's answer to Motley.
Ana Black had a massive following in the late 80's, early 90's not only in their hometown of Kingston, Ottawa, Canada but they were one of the biggest hits on the world famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. So much so they attracted interest from Sony/Epic Records. On the back of the major international success of Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood, Sony thought these guys may just be the next big thing and therefore they were signed. Gearing up to push the album Who Killed Hollywood? with all the money and backing Sony could throw at them, it was only 21 days before the dream was over.
Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Sprit hit the charts and the rest is history. The music scene was changed forever. Sony then did what every other record label did in the change over period and dropped Ana Black like a ton of bricks.
When I got in contact with Dizzy from Ana Black, he told me that they had a bunch of un-released material, probably around 50-60 tracks. I than had him send them to me thinking I would pick through them to get out 1 or 2 CD's worth of material but there wasn't a dud track to be heard. I then said to him "stuff it, lets release them all".
At this stage we just don't know exactly how many tracks are in the vault but we are thinking from 4-6 Ana Black CD's!! Now that's exciting.
I have never been more excited about the signing a band in Suncity Records's brief history, I say that with the true belief that Ana Black is the epitome of what the late 80's, early 90's sleaze/hard rock was and is all about.
We have flown the original masters for Ana Black's debut album, She's A Tease from Canada over to Los Angeles to have the entire album re-mixed and e-mastered. She's A Tease sounds 100 times better than the original LP released in 1987.
This is pure sleazed up attitude driven hard rock executed to perfection. These guys truly should have been huge!! Ana Black's first album with Suncity Records will be the Who Killed Hollywood album that Sony had ready to go, this should be in every hard rock collector's collection right next to Dr. Feelgood, Black In Black, Slippery When Wet, Hysteria, etc…
Dizzy and Dave are still heavily locked in the music industry, owning their very own studio out of Los Angeles and currently ripping it up in their new modern rock band, Nero Zero. This time Dizzy has put down the sticks and picked up the guitar and mic. I strongly recommend everyone who likes to dabble in hard rock with a modern twist to check out their My Space site at - www.myspace.com/nerozeromusic.

We will be announcing the signings of another 2 stunning bands in a couple of weeks. The next 2 bands to be announced have a more AOR flavor to them, this should keep everybody happy going into the new year.
WebLink for samples and purchases: www.suncityrecords.com.

 
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TWO TALES OF A NEW RECORD FROM CORNERSTONE:
Cornerstone are completing work on their new studio album, titled Two Tales Of One Tomorrow. Featuring ex-Rainbow and current Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Doogie White and ex-Royal Hunt bass player Steen Morgensen, the album will be released in Europe February 23 via Massacre Records for Europe and Fono for Russia, CIS and the Baltic States.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Another Journey European date - this time German fans get lucky - Karlsruhe, Germany March 17.

Congratulations to American Idol finaist Chirs Daughtry for his Daughtry release making it's US Billboard debut at #2 with 301,089 units sold. Commiserations to RockStar Supernova for failing to make the Top 50. I'll get the exact number sold overnight.

Pete Lesperance's 'other' band Fair Ground have their debut album Down In It now available at iTunes worldwide.

Meanwhile, 3 promotional clips of Harem Scarem in support of the upcoming Human Nature release are available now on YouTube:
Caught Up In Your World - www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2O5N04VlEg
Human Nature - www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8r4nhBDVF0
Going Under - www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8HbqPb9gnY

LOST WEEKEND TO HEADLINE SHOW IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Lost Weekend have been asked to headline a show at The Burgess Hall in Cambridgeshire. The bill will also include DRYAD plus one other, doors will be open from 7:30pm and the event will close at 12am. Tickets are priced at 8GBP and can be purchased from St. Ivo Leisure Centre, Terrys Heel Bar, Foundry Walk, St.Ives, Cambs.
Simply Music, Chequers Court, Huntingdon, Cambs. or Tel 01480 493768. The whole event is Promoted by Liquid Metal Promotions with backing from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
More dates will be added for next year, so keep checking out the 'shows' section of www.lostweekend.org.uk for more information!
Current Dates are:
2nd December 2006 - Turkey & Tinsel Xmas Show @ The Sportman's Hotel, Halifax
3rd February 2007 - Mexborough Civic, nr Sheffield
10th February 2007 - Gasworks Bar, Bradford
16th February 2007 - The Burgess Hall, Cambridgeshire
27th May 2007 - ZRock '07, Maximes, Wigan

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

LIFE AS NORMAL IN THE DOKKEN CAMP:
There's been a little conjecture surrounding Dokken this week. The annual 'George Lynch is about to re-join' rumor popped up again, but there appears little substance to substantiate this once again, especially in light of this update posted at the Dokken site by guitarist Jon Levin just this week:
"I know it's been a while since I have posted so I thought I would wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and give you the latest.
We have signed with Rhino Records for the US and Frontier Records for Europe. Don and I have been working hard writing for Lightening Strikes Again and all I can say is that you are gonna f'n freak! We have a long way to go still but I believe that this is and will be the vintage Dokken album you have all been waiting for.
I will try and check in from time to time. In the meantime, Rock on you SMF's!"

And bassist Barry Sparks weighed in also: "...Mick [Brown] and I worked together today...killer stuff! Don is working really close with Jon on new album..."

MORE GUNS N ROSES FOR THOSE THAT NEED TO KNOW:
An unauthorized portrait of the history of Guns N Roses is coming to DVD in the USA January 30. The 2DVD Guns N Roses Collectors Box "tells the complete and extraordinary story of Guns N Roses using never-before-seen performance and interview footage, interviews with close friends, fellow band mates, family members, music biz colleagues, and close collaborators who know them best. It features numerous location shoots, unpublished photographs and a whole host of other features. Extras include digital interactive discography, interactive quiz and did you know section. Guns N Roses created a unique sound and image that nobody has matched since. Contains Axl Rose - The Prettiest Star & Guns N Roses - Sex N' Drugs N' Rock N' Roll."

A little more on that December 19 release date for Chinese Democracy. An update from my original source: "...GNR mgmt is wavering on that date and that they (Universal) don't even know if it's solid anymore...they told me they don't expect it anymore in 2006..."
Ok, see you back here in May for the next GNR album update!

MELODIC BRIEFS:
There is still a day's worth of figure to be counted, but at this stage, it looks as if RockStar Supernova's debut album released last week won't even crack the Billboard Top 50 for it's debut in the USA. Stay tuned...

The Way is a great trio who may not have come to the attention of all that should know about them. The modern melodic rock band features Russell Arcara, Stephen DeAcutis and Charlie Calv and their debut album is now available digitally via iTunes and other outlets. Details at: www.the-way.biz.

Singer/songwriter Russ Ballard has a new studio album available via his website: www.russ-ballard.com.
Book Of Love features the following tracks: It's My Life (Stand In My Shoes) . Crazy World . In The Dark . When You Sleep . Love Works In Strange Ways . Like Father Like Son . Is There Anybody Out There . I'm Just Not Made For This World . Just Like Me . On To The Next . This Is Not A Love Song . The Road Has No Turning . In My Darkest Hour . Book Of Love . In To The Light . Wonderful World.

SWEDISH DRUMMER MAGNUS ULFSTEDT LEAVES ECLIPSE:
Press Release / "After five years behind the drums in melodic hard rock band Eclipse I have decided to leave the band. Musically it's been a pleasure playing with Eclipse. The guys are all very good musicians and I love the music we created together. I am proud of my contributions on the album Second To None but the time has come for me to move on.
I wish all of the guys in and around the Eclipse-camp the best of good luck for the future. The fans I've met during my time in Eclipse have always been marvellous and loyal. I hope to see you in the future as well.
I will continue to co-operate with manager Andreas Nyström and his Nyström Management. Check out my own webpage on www.magnusulfstedt.com for regular updates on my future projects."
Best regards, Magnus Ulfstedt.

INXS FRONTMAN PENS NEW ALBUM:
Found this interesting piece over at Canadian entertanmet portal Jam! Posted in part here and the rest of the article linked below:
By Karen Bliss -- For JAM! Music
Canadian Inxs frontman J.D. Fortune, who only got three co-writes on the band's 2005's album, Switch, because of time constraints, has been busy writing the follow-up after he had a dream about going to Hell.
"It sparked an entire concept record and I wrote 11 songs about this journey that I took to Hell and back," says Fortune, laughing. Fortune says the first song is called Angel Skin about a man descending to the depths of hell with another man and telling him what brought him there.
"It turns out it's actually the Devil that he's telling the story to," says Fortune. "The Devil is so moved by how the guy ended up going to Hell that he says, 'You don't really belong here,' and sends him to Heaven." Fortune then recites a lyric: "Underneath this burning suit, you're made of angel skin."
It's going to be pretty intense. It's going to make Pretty Vegas look like a walk in a park,"
says Fortune, referring to the first single from "Switch," which he co-wrote on the "Rock Star: Inxs" TV talent show, seeking a replacement for the Australian band's original singer Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997.
Fortune says another one of his new songs is called Death Of An Elephant about how your heroes can fall, but they're still the same people. "Sometimes meeting your heroes isn't all it's cracked up to be or sometimes you're more impressed (by them)," says Fortune.
"But it's not just heroes," he adds. "It's the guy or girl that acts selflessly and does not expect to be rewarded. Heroes never know that they are; they just are. It's that dichotomy between good and evil within all of us. We are all God and we are all the Devil."
Other songs are untitled or have working titles such as Lullaby, Everybody Says Goodbye and Product Of The System.
Fortune says these songs are for a new Inxs album and not for a solo album.
He wrote them on acoustic guitar and then played them into a small recorder and "kind of beatbox the beats that I hear with it and hum the bass lines," he explains.
Because of the nature of the subject matter, he's asked if he envisions that the music will go from dark to light, ending with some kind of glorious gospel number? "Kind of (my) 'Hallelujah?' Definitely - and then I plan on dying," he jokes.
Fortune has already played the rough demos to his Inxs bandmates - guitarist/saxophonist Kirk Pengilly, guitarist/keyboardist Andrew Farriss, guitarist Tim Farris, drummer Jon Farriss, and bassist Garry Beers. "They're loving it, absolutely loving it," says Fortune.
Fortune doesn't know when the band will get in the studio and this entire concept might change by then.
Inxs is touring right through to next summer, including Europe and the U.K. in June ("I think we're playing Wembley in London") and a big concert in Australia in August. "So right now, it's still full-on," Fortune says, although he does get a break in January and February.
Fortune has also auditioned for a part in "The Dirt," based on Mötley Crüe's self-penned book, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band." The film will be directed by Larry Charles ("Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"), and is due out in 2008.
"I'm up for a role of a heroin addict, which could be interesting for me considering I don't really party anymore. A needle has never touched my arms I'm glad to say, so it will be acting," says Fortune.

Fortune also sees it as a good thing that Inxs is no longer signed to Burnett/Epic. The band can work on getting a more attractive deal, since Burnett Productions - which owns the Rock Star reality television property - does get a significant piece of the pie, which lessons the financial appeal for Epic and worldwide distributor Sony BMG Music.
"There's something to be said for sticking to your artists and believing in them, and right now, we're taking Europe and Asian by storm, and we've had offers to go back to India and play to like a hundred thousand people.
"We're working with some really great people right now and we're just in the middle of doing our own label with a company out of the U.K., so that's going to be really huge for us,"
says Fortune, not able to name the company just yet.

"By the way, Sony BMG Canada has been our biggest champion. Love them to death. It has nothing to do with Sony worldwide and Sony in Australia, Denis (Handlin), the president there, I'm his biggest fan."
Switch has scanned just under 170,000 units in Canada, according to Nielsen SoundScan Canada. Worldwide sales are under one million.
Inxs has played some great gigs the past year, including to 70,000 people in India, according to Fortune, but there's one gig that will top them all, if it goes through - in space.
Virgin Group entrepreneur Sir Richard has formed Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company, which aims to send civilian passengers into suborbital space by late 2007 (for $200,000 U.S. a seat), and Branson wants some live music onboard.
"He's looking to put a band up in space to do a 45-minute set, going around the world doing six orbits around the planet and then coming back down, but, man, I'm afraid to fly," says Fortune. "I'd be on so much Xanax, I don't even think I'd be able to speak (laughs)."
WebLink: jam.canoe.ca/Music/Lowdown/2006/11/27/2516748-ca.html.

RELEASE DATES UPDATED:
A big overhaul of the Release Dates page has taken place - so check out the updated and newly added listings right now - CD Release Dates.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

MORE WIGWAMANIA SET FOR 2007:
Glam rockers Wig Wam have posted an update on their website about 2007 plans. Highlights from the update read:
"One of the biggest concert organizers in Japan CreativeMan have signed up with ArtistPartner (the Norwegian Wig Wam Management) and King Records.
So far Wig Wam will do three headline shows in Japan:
Feb. 26 Tokyo – O-East
Feb. 28 Nagoya – Nagoya Club Quattro
Mar. 1 Osaka – Big Cat
The release of Hard To Be A Rock'n'Roller...in Tokyo and Wig Wamania have been warmed welcomed in Japan and the sales number are good according to King Records. The first week Wig Wamania was available in the record shops, the album reached no. 24 on the list of most selling foreign artists in Japan (No. 69 of the most selling albums in total).
King Records see a bright future for Wig Wam in the East and they are very pleased with the beginning of the Japanese Wig Wam adventure.
King Records have further focus on Wig Wam and are now releasing a Japanese version of the Wig Wam DVD Rock'n'Roll Revolution 2005.

After ending the Norwegian part of the Wig Wamania Tour, the band members are now having a break from the glam rock life. Writing songs for the next studio album is now the first priority for Wig Wam, but a tour in England is also in the planning. This will most probably happen after the Japan Tour.
Wig Wam gave the audience a great & memorable concert at the FireFest III festival in Nottingham last month and the response woke up the concert organizers in England. The FireFest organizers saw people coming over from different European countries and even from Brazil to see Wig Wam live on stage.
A DVD from the concert in Nottingham will probably be released early next year with the title Wig Wam – Live In Nottingham Rock City.
WebLink: www.wigwam.no.

GUNS N ROSES - THE QUESTIONS REMAIN:
I have had a lot of enquires on how solid the December 19 release date for Guns N Roses' Chinese Democracy might be. Answer - who the hell knows! It is only as good as the other 27 release dates that have come to pass thus far. One rumor suggests that the release is now planned for June or July 2007, while HMV Canada also lists the December 19 date.
Where did I get that date from? A long time source informed me he saw it printed on an internal memo while visiting a Universal Records office a week or two back. But even that doesn't mean much in the world of Axl Rose. Believe it has been released only when you are holding the CD in your hands.

Speaking of Guns N Roses, a good buddy was at a recent GNR show to cover the event, but was told by organisers to: "...take no pictures, to not look at him or not talk to him because he'd cancel the show..."

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Michael Schenker failed to appear for the last show of his Asian tour - after severely screwing up during a couple of other appearances. Seriously - who is giving this guy money to play live? He needs to check into a clinic and get healthy first and foremost. Read updates and recent reviews at: www.rbaraki.com/notice2-e.htm.

It looks like Bill Ward has bailed from the Heaven & Hell tour and recording sessions. A replacement? Vinny Appice.

David Ragsdale has just reissued his solo CD, David & Goliath, which needed all new artwork to conform with copyright licensing. The CDs are in stock now. Details at: www.davidragsdale.com.

Just who was singing the American National Anthem last week in Nashville (at the Nashville Predators hockey game)? The new trio of Mark Slaughter, Kelly Keagy and Gunnar Nelson - who have been playing select shows together around the area.

LOST WEEKEND UPDATE:
Updates from the newsletter of British rockers Lost Weekend:
Celebrate Christmas in style and join Lost Weekend at the Sportmans Hotel in Halifax on Saturday 2nd December. Entry is free and the band are due on stage at 9pm.

Lost Weekend have also been added to the bill for ZRock 2007, which is to be headlined by House Of Lords. The show is set to take place on Sunday 27th May at Maximes in Wigan.
Also there is additional dates for February with more to be announced. See the SHOWS section at www.lostweekend.org.uk for more information.
Check out the band's one and only official myspace account, www.myspace.com/lostweekenduk to hear some songs from the band's forthcoming fourth CD - Forever Moving On.

SWEDENS CLOUDSCAPE OFFER UP VIDEO CLIP:
Swedish melodic metallers Cloudscape have completed a brand new promotional video for the song Demon Tears which is taken from their latest album (Crimson Skies) that was released in June, 2006 through German label Metal Heaven. You can watch the video by entering: vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1479396384.
The Demon Tears video is filmed, edited and directed by Rainer Holmgren who previously has worked with "Clark, Swedish Erotica, Pain Of Salvation, John Norum etc etc etc."

ANOTHER NOTCH IN BRAD GILLIS' BELT:
From: Mix Online: "Brad Gillis has joined Slate Run Productions, a post-production facility in Oakland, Calif., as a composer. Gillis' original music compositions—which vary in style from heavy metal to hip hop—have been featured in television and feature film productions.
Gillis has been composing and recording original music for more than 30 years, contributing to 20 Gold and Platinum albums. Gillis has also written and produced original music for ESPN, Fox Sports, Fuse.tv music channel and Electronic Arts (Tiger Woods PGA Tour games for PlayStation), and has written and produced songs for several up and coming artists.
Gillis is a veteran guitarist who is a member of Night Ranger and has recorded and toured with Ozzy Osbourne.
For more information, visit: www.slaterunpro.com and www.bradgillis.com.

CHRISTMAS GUITAR TABS ON OFFER:
The MJS Christmas Guitar and Vocal Carol Book is being offered as a free download for a limited time. The press release reads: "This book is very unique because it is written specifically for guitar. It features traditional notation, TAB, chord charts, and lyrics of 13 Christmas classics.
This free download will be available online from November 10th through January 10th. As a big added bonus, recorded versions of each song are also available for download. Each recording accompanies the book, and also doubles as an "all guitar" Christmas Album.
The book is in PDF and can be printed. The Audio files can be burned to CD and played on any MP3 player."
To order a hard copy of the audio CD please use the link: mjspublications.com/low_band/page.php?table=products&page_id=20.

PHIL LEWIS CONTINUES TO SCOFF AT THE OTHER LA GUNS:
L.A. Guns vocalist Phil Lewis recently spoke with The Hairball John Radio Show about their latest release Loud and Dangerous, and his excitement about the future of L.A. Guns which includes a new studio album in 2007. Lewis also expressed his opinion on the controversy of two different versions of L.A. Guns touring at the same time and the confusion and frustration that it creates.
Phil Lewis: "You know my opinion of it is that it's terrible. I've heard and seen some tapes on Youtube of some the shows they have done and the saddest thing about it is that Tracii Guns, as good as he is, has had to pretty much lower himself to playing with these guys that if they were going to do anything they would have done it in the past twenty years, but they have done nothing. And it's a good opportunity for these guys to leach onto Tracii and convince them that they have a band. And it's an annoyance, a temporary annoyance, it won't last long, I can't see him putting up with it for too long."
The entire 14 minute conversation with Phil Lewis is available in full streaming audio at the home site of The Hairball John Radio Show: www.hairballjohn.com.

 

 

 

Friday, November 24, 2006

TOMMY SHAW AND JACK BLADES EXTEND THEIR INFLUENCE TO EUROPE:
Frontiers Records have signed Shaw/Blades and their new covers album Influence for release in Europe.
What happens with two of today's most successful classic rockers join forces to create an album of songs that have been a source of inspiration for their respective multi-Platinum careers?
The result is Influence, the sophomore album by Shaw Blades, led by Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger/Damn Yankees bassist/vocalist Jack Blades, which is set for release February 20, 2007 on VH1 Classic Records.
The self-produced album was mixed by Noel Golden (Matchbox Twenty, Willie Nelson) and Great White keyboardist/guitarist Michael Lardie. The first single, Your Move, will be serviced to radio in January.
Influence is the duo's first album since their recently re-released 1995 debut, Hallucination. Like the debut--and unlike their history-carving decades as icons in the more hard-rock minded Styx, Night Ranger and Damn Yankees--the latest release is rooted in acoustic guitar and organic production, harvesting a decade of musical influences into 11 tracks (on which Blades and Shaw played all the music except for drums and the occasional keyboards). With classics from the '60s and '70s including the Mamas and the Papas' 'California Dreamin',' Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth' and Steely Dan's 'Dirty Work,' Influence offers a track-by-track chronology of the musical era that helped define modern rock. Whether the songs are delivered in faithful tribute, as is the case with Simon & Garfunkel's epic masterpiece 'Sounds of Silence,' or given a modern rock transfusion, as in the duo's 1966 folk anthem 'I Am a Rock,' the results are the same, sparkling like a beacon illuminating the mainstream roots of rock and roll's formative years.
"I cringe at the thought of Paul Simon hearing our stuff," laughs Blades, only half-jokingly. "I honor his spirit so much, and I'm such a huge fan. As far as I'm concerned, they invented the word genius to go along with him, and we just wanted to make sure that we did their songs justice. Tommy and I have that special symbiotic relationship that doesn't come along a lot. Simon & Garfunkel also had it, we have a reverence to it, and it was something that we just wanted to dig into."
"As writers, we're like two old friends who finish each other's sentences," adds Shaw. "We became best friends as a result of the music and the experiences we've had because of it."
But Influence isn't about the experiences of Shaw Blades, it's about the inspiration that helped create the experiences. "This album has been years in the making," continues the Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist. "The recording process didn't take years, but the concept had been looming in our conversations for a long time. We'd always sit around with a couple of guitars and play songs we both knew from or younger days, spontaneous harmonizing and all that, and we slowly eased into the idea of making this record".
One of the most prolific duos in the history of hard rock, Shaw and Blades have sold more than 50 million albums amongst their three bands, scored 12 Top 10 singles on the Billboard 'Hot 100' chart, debuted 16 albums in the Billboard 'Top 200' albums chart, and share joint songwriting credits for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Cher and Alice Cooper.
Even so, Influence offered the pair an invigorating musical freedom. "With Shaw Blades," offers Blades, "we're able to take liberties that our respective bands couldn't do. We need to be Styx-sounding, we need to fit in that Night Ranger world, and we even need to think about Damn Yankees, so that's what's fun about Shaw Blades--we get to be our alter-egos when we want to be, yet we can truly be ourselves. We grew up singing harmonies and songs with massive vocals, so it's a wonderful thing to have that freedom here. This was a complete labor of love."
In touring news, a U.S. trek is currently in the works and Shaw Blades hope to bring their music to their fans closer to the album release date. "You can always tell a brilliant song, whether it was written 30 years ago or yesterday," says Blades. "Every song we picked is identifiable in its own right, and they're all immediately recognizable. What does that tell you? That the songs are the stars. That's what we wanted to do on this record; we wanted the songs to be the stars. I think that's what we accomplished."
The complete track listing is as follows: Summer Breeze . Time of the Season . Your Move . I Am A Rock . Lucky Man . Sounds of Silence . California Dreamin' . On a Carousel . Dirty Work . For What It's Worth . Dance With Me.
Shaw/Blades Influence will be released in Europe on February 16.

 
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MAGNUM ANNOUNCE ALBUM TRACK LIST:
The new Magnum album Princess Alice & The Broken Arrow will be released in Europe on March 26, 2007. Magnum's website has been updated with news and pictures from the band's meeting with artist Rodney Matthews for the album artwork.
The song titles from the album have also been announced. They are: Out Of The Shadows . When We Were Younger . You'll Never Sleep . Eyes Wide Open . Desperate Times . Your Lies . The Gates Of Hell . Be Strong . Inside Your Head . Thank You For The Day . Dragons Are Real . Like Brothers We Stand.
WebLink: www.magnumonline.co.uk.

TALKING METAL UPDATE:
TakingMetal.com has posted episode 110 of their Talking Metal podcast. This special episode reports on Queensryche's VH1 Save The Music Benefit Concert at the New York City Hard Rock Café this September. Features include an interview with guitarist Jack Frost (Seven Witches, Bronx Casket Company) and the rebroadcast of an interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted earlier this year with Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate. Additional podcast topics include a Gene Simmons vs. Ronnie James Dio devil-horns-origin debate, Martin Popoff, and Paul Shortino. A photo gallery as well as the 60-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location (www.talkingmetal.com). iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location (phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=78833595).

MR-X AND SITE UPDATES:
MR-X has been updated. Online today is a 7 track FM broadcast of Toto Live March 1988; 10 assorted old Winger/Kip Winger demos; Telsa Blinded By Science - Live Milwaukee USA June 27, 1987 and the following new Video Clips:
Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You, Hall & Oates - Say It Isn't So, Huey Lewis & The News - Power Of Love, Jefferson Starship - Find Your Way Back and a Chicago 4-Play - Along Comes A Woman, Hard Habit To Break, Stay The Night and You're The Inspiration.
MR-X Membership Details.

Time to add even more of your own reviews. Feature Reviews online today include: Wetton Downes / Icon 2 - Rubicon, Thunder / Robert Johnson's Tombstone, Pretty Maids / Wake Up To The Real World, Michael Bormann / Conspiracy, Styx & The CYO / One With Everything, Iron Maiden / A Matter Of Life And Death and importantly MelodicRock.com CD Volume 3 / V3 - realy looking forward to the feedback on this one!
Add Your Reviews Now.

A new e-Interview with Slamer's very own Mike Slamer is online now. Read the Interview.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 23, 2006

70 SHOWS LATER - HOME TIME:
The cast and crew of Journey have headed home for a well deserved rest after completing their mammoth US tour with Def Leppard. Some 70 shows to the bands name (and 67 for singer Jeff Scott Soto) saw the guys play to an audience new and old and receive some of the best reviews and critical acclaim in 20 years.
Singer Soto posted a short message to the official website forum which read: "Thank you for the many votes of confidence & acceptance to what I brought to the table this summer. It has been a hell of a ride & I am still high on the experience along with meeting the many new people I have along the way. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving & send my love out to each & everyone of you who supported not me but all of Journey this summer."
Journey have just added 3 more dates to their March 2007 jaunt to the UK and Europe. They are:
3/17/07 Europahalle Karlsruhe, Germany
3/20/07 Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3/24/07 La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Expect more dates to be added shortly.

VELVET REVOLVER UPDATE FROM DRUMMER SORUM:
Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum has updated his website with the following message for fans:
"Hello all, very good news to report. Have officially started pre-production with Producer Brendan O'Brien. Who has produced many hit records - Incubus, STP , Pearl Jam and The Boss Bruce Springsteen.
Things are moving quick now. And we are all very excited. Rome was not built in a day so I believe everyone will be very happy when its finished."

A release is expect by mid-2007.

CHAVIS RECORDS ARTIST UPDATE:
Chavis Records / Da Records were informed on Tuesday 11/21/06 by Billboard, that Hydrogyn's Bombshell has begun to chart in the U.S. Billboard could not comment as to what position Bombshell sits at because information has not yet been made public, but congratulated the label and the band on our success. Bombshell is currently charting in the TOP 200 on the Top Heatseekers, Top Heatseekers (Northeast), and Internet just missing the Independent chart.
A quick call to Hydrogyn to share the great news...Jeff Westlake: "Totally amazing...We are very excited and surprised! Thank you to all of our fans and radio for your support."
Hydrogyn - Bombshell was released in April 2006 and was produced by the legendary Michael Wagener. Bombshell continues to attract new fans around the globe and is receiving positive feedback worldwide. Hydrogyn successfully executed a U.S. tour in support of Bombshell and will be heading to the U.K. in February 2007 and then to France in March.
In other Chavis news:

Quiet Riot's new release Rehab continues to do very well and is creating quite a stir for fans old and new. Rehab continues to receive high praise for being some of the best work since Metal Health. Quiet Riot is currently planning a tour in 2007 in support of Rehab. Rehab is in stores in time for the holiday season and continues to get picked up by radio.

American Angel is finishing up their new release entitled Vanity for an early 2007 release. The new album was recorded at Sound Spa in New Jersey by Stevie D. We're just wrapping up the final mixes, mastering and package design. Track listing: Pantomind, Vanity, On The Hunt, Seven, Warm Inside, Don't Wait Up, Breath, In Perfection, End Of The Night, Another Day, Turns To Grey, Permanent Pause.

A new signing for 2007 - Snake Eyes Seven from Canada. Snake Eyes Seven features Victor Langen (Kick Axe), Daniel Nargang (ex-Into Eternity), Cole Stevens and Johnny Bland. Snake Eyes Seven delivers some of the most brutal heavy metal available today. Snake Eyes Seven has just wrapped up in the studio. Packaging will be handled by Orphan X Graphics. Track listing: Comin' Down, Hell Or High Water, Love For A Moment, Bitter Pill, Be Leaving, Bullets & Booze, Breakdown, Devil With A Rosary, You're To Blame, Photos Of The Dead ** Bonus Track - David & Goliath.

2007 is setting up to be a great year for hard rock and heavy metal and Chavis Records is gearing up to deliver the goods. Look for new additional music from Vanity Blvd, Triggersoul, Vindex, and Wycked Synn. Look for tours from Quiet Riot, American Angel, Snake Eyes Seven and Hydrogyn.
Checkout www.chavisrecords.net for more information and details.
Happy Holidays from Chavis Records!

NEW STEVIE SALAS ALBUM IS WHAT IT IS:
The new Stevie Salas CD, Be What It Is is now available from R&C Ltd (Japan). Visit Stevie's Site for details, and to check out some samples. While there, don't forget to check out the store where some rarities featuring the likes of Glenn Hughes, Richie Kotzen, Bernard Fowler and more are available for only 99 cents apiece.
The usual cast of characters played on Be What It Is, including Richie Kotzen, Brian Tichy, Matt Sorum, Jara Slapbak, Dorean Heartsong, Dave Abbruzzese, Gina Gershon (yes, the actress!@#?) and Carmine Rojas, among others.
I'm told that the vibe of this new album is: "a classic power trio thing...though the funk is still present, it's also got somewhat of a raw straight forward rock sound for Stevie, which is a little different from his last few records."
The track list: 1) What It Was To Be What It Is, 2) Get Out Alive, 3) Head On Collision, 4) Two Souls War'n In A Bag Of Skin, 5) Bring It Easy, 6) Long Way To Roll, 7) Are The Gods Smiling On Me (Or Are They Laughing), 8) My Girl Is Gone, 9) To Surf With The Angels, 10) Cherokee Girl, 11) To Begin Again, 12) Worn Out Rooster (Japan Only Bonus Track).
WebLink: www.steviesalas.com.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO AMERICAN READERS:
As some tune in to read today's update, they will be celebrating Thanksgiving. No such holiday here in Australia and in some other parts of the world, but lucky for some! I do want to take this opportunity to reach out to my American friends and readers and wish everyone a great Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

TRIUMPH TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME:
This Triumph news in today - quoted from two sources:
1 - Canadian hard-rock trio Triumph will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame during Rogers Wireless Canadian Music Week. Music veterans Gil Moore (drums/vocals), Mike Levine (bass/keyboards) and Rik Emmett (guitar/vocals) will accept the honour Saturday, March 10th during the Canadian Radio Music Awards at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

2 - Arrangements have been finalized to have Rik Emmett participate along with his former partners in Triumph as the band is inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame at a luncheon on March 10, 2007, during CMW, Canadian Music Week.
"This is about honouring good memories of the past, and respecting the spirit of fans and industry friends", Rik says.
There are no plans for a reunion, and the former members will not perform together at the event. A video montage retrospective will cover highlights of Rik's 13 years in the band, from 1975 to 1988.
A good first step I think!

STEELHEART ON DVD:
Steelheart have released their first ever DVD - Still Hard (2 DVD set). The contents of the DVDs are as follows:
DVD 1 - Japan Tour '90 - 1 - Love Ain't Easy, 2 - Like Never Before, 3- Gimme Gimme, 4 - Girl Gone Crazy, 5 - I'll Never Let You Go, 6 - Can't Stop Me Lovin' You, 7 - Drum / Guitar Solo, 8 - Rock N Roll (I Just Wanna).
Videos - 1 - I'll Never Let You Go, 2 - Can't Stop Me Lovin' You, 3 - She's Gone, 4 - Everybody Loves Eileen, 5 - Sticky Side Up, 6 - Wait.
Acoustic Show (From Hong Kong) - 1 - She's Gone, 2 - Sheila, 3 - Mama Don't You Cry, 4 - Electric Chair, 5 - Shangrila.
DVD 2 - Bootleg Concert - Toad's Place '91 - 1 - Backstage, 2 - Like Never Before, 3- Everybody Loves Eileen, 4 - Instrumental Jam, 5 - Sheila, 6- I'll Never Let You Go, 7- She's Gone, 8 - Down 'N Dirty.
Extras - 1 - I'll Never Let You Go (TV), 2- She's Gone (TV), 3 - The Making Of Everybody Loves Eileen, 4 - She's Gone (Alt. Version), 5 - Beore Steelheart There Was 'Red Alert', 6 - Photo Gallery, 7 - Interview London 90, 8. Int. New Haven 91, 9. Int. Hollywood 92, 10 - The Making Of Tangled In Reins, 11. Soundcheck, 12. The Accident In Denver.
DVD Is In 4.3 NTSC / All Regions / Dolby Digital 2.0, total 222 minutes.
Now available at: www.steelheart.com.

 
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GET SOME NEW HELIX:
Canadian Rock legends Helix return to the public's eye with a disc of 6 hard driving brand new originals as well as a bonus of a newly re-recorded cover of their 1983 classic Heavy Metal Love. The re-recording coincides perfectly with the new Trailer Park Boys movie that prominently features the original version of the song in one of its key scenes.
With over 30 years in the business Brian Vollmer shows no sign of slowing down. Like a fine wine Brian's vocals get stronger and stronger as time goes on. His classically trained voice creates a unique rock and roll package. The combination of the classical singing applied to heavy rock and roll is truly original and unmatched. This release brings Brian together with Gord Prior (Blu Bones) as a co-writer and producer as well as Steve Georgakopoulos as co-writer and guitarist. The cd credits are rounded out with Helix's Jeff "Stan" Fountain on bass and Rob MacEachern (Blu Bones) on drums. Together they have made an amazing new product for public consumption.
The Helix live band consists of Brian Vollmer (vocals), Jeff "Stan" Fountain (bass), Jim Lawson (guitar), Rick Van Dyke (guitar) and Brent "Ned" Niemi (drums). These talented and experienced musician's are sure to please any crowd with their energetic live show. They create a good time party atmosphere weather they are in front of 30 people or 30,000. They deliver the ultimate rock and roll show.
WebLink: www.planethelix.com and www.myspace.com/helixonmyspace.

 

MARTIE PETERS ONLINE DEBUT OF NEW TRACK:
The new single from The Martie Peters Group, Shallow is now available exclusively through the band's MySpace page - www.myspace.com/martiepetersgroup and is a perfect testimonial to the band's new direction and sound…Hard rock with a modern twist.
A new Martie Peters Group CD, Road To Salvation is scheduled for release in 2007. Produced by Martie Peters and mixed by veteran producer Tommy Hansen.
Influences include but are not limited to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, Donnie Vie/Chip Z´Nuff, John Waite, Kip Winger, Mike Tramp and Rod Stewart.
WebLink: www.myspace.com/martiepetersgroup.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
A little more information on the Andy Taylor re-issue mentioned Monday. It seems it is only available via E-Bay and is NOT an official Japanese retail release. It is being credited to the Duran Duran Japanese Fan Club, so who knows where the legalities lay there. Either way, it is still a pro-manufactured CD and is a pretty fine looking package and gathers up all Andy's solo and soundtrack material of the era surrounding the Thunder album.

Air Raid vocalist Arthur Offen's web site open with a detailed insight to the history of Air Raid and links to buy the band's debut album on CD. WebLink: www.arthuroffen.com and cdbaby.com/cd/airraid.

I was sent this statement yesterday that comes from Femme Fatale's Lorraine Lewis. Don't hold your breath for that unreleased 2nd Femme Fatale album anytime soon. She says: "Z Records is a JOKE! There are no plans to re release with them....also Bill D' Angelo passed away last November so it hasn't been on the fore front of my mind to release the Femme music, but I have been approached by another company so we will see if we can get things off the ground..."
Right now Lorraine is working with Roxy Petrucci (Vixen) and can be found at - www.myspace.com/roktopuss.

GRAND ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
News from Grand Entertainment in California: "Check out our new website and look forward to our new record company on-line in early 2007. www.grandentertainment.info.
Steve Fister Band (Lita Ford, Pat Travers) will play Lavelee in Studio City CA. on Thursday Dec 7th. Also playing with Steve will be Phil Bynoe (Steve Vai) and Sandro Feliciano (P-funk). This is a Holiday Xmas concert with lots of special guests. More information is at www.laveleejazzclub.com. Also Marco Mendoza will be on tour with Thin Lizzy in December. Check out www.marcomendoza.com."

THE CHANCE TO SEE SRF EVENT LIVE ON THE INTERNET:
What about the opportunity to see bands and artists like David Coverdale, Udo Dirkschneider, Hardcore Superstar, Wolf, Harms Way etc etc. 6 hours live on the internet and be one of the first to know the first 20 bands confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2007!
In order to sign up for an electronic ticket for the Kick Off broadcast from Nalen in Stockholm the 2nd of December 2006 you need to follow the instructions below. The cost for the ticket will only be one SMS.
The broadcast will start at 17.45 and end at midnight CET. Fill in the form on our homepage. It is important that you supply us with your real e-mail address and phone number!! First come first served. We only have 5 000 tickets.
During the broadcast there will be an SMS-forum. A SMS to the forum will cost 5 SEK + your standard operators fee. Once you have filled in the form, press register, then you will receive an activation code and a phone number. Send the code as an SMS to the phone number stated on the screen. This will generate a response-SMS that will provide you with a ticket number that you need to log in to the broadcast.
The ticket number is unique, so do not share it with anyone. A link to the broadcast will be posted on our homepage on the 2nd of December.
In order to be able to see our broadcast you need to have Windows Media Player installed on your computer and at least an ADSL connection with a minimum of 0.5 Mbit.
Welcome to Sweden Rock Kick Off 2006! www.swedenrock.com.

MP3 UPDATES ONLINE TODAY:
MiniBytes have been updated with new MP3 previews of albums from: Harem Scarem, Suzi Rawn (featuring Harem Scarem), Tara's Secret, Bombay Black, Bang Tango, Shiva, Tribe Of Gypsies and Gary Schutt's Palisade. Check them out now.

CD Showcase has been updated with new feature previews of: Zion Zion (featuring Freddy Curci)(Frontiers Records, due December 8); Kevin Lee Flip The Switch (Indie, out now) and Wizards' Hymn Hymnal (Majestic Rock Records, out now). Check them out.

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

FRONTIERS RECORDS ARTIST UPDATE:
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing Pink Cream 69 to its roster of artists!
Pink Cream 69 are a legendary German Melodic Hard Rock outfit who released nine studio albums from 1989. Consisting of David Readman (vocals), Alfred Koffler (guitar), Dennis Ward (bass), Kosta Zafiriou (drums), the band recently added to the line-up a new guitarist, Uwe Reitenauer, who was already part of the band's live shows since 2003. His unique style and the possibilities of dual lead and rhythm guitars will enrich the songwriting and recordings as much as they did the live shows in the last 3 years.
The band is currently working on the follow up of the successful 2004 release Thunderdome. The record has the working title of In10sity with reference to the fact that this is PC 69's tenth regular studio album.
"The new song material is definitely more powerful with the two guitars attack, but still keeping the trademark of catchy melodies and strong choruses", says drummer Kosta Zafiriou. "Fans of melodic Hard Rock can expect a mixture of the strongest elements in the PC69 style, combined with a state-of-the-art production by Dennis Ward."
The new album is scheduled to be released in March 2007. Stay tuned for more details!

 

Former Deep Purple and Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner is busy writing and recording the up and coming studio album. The direction will be again in the Melodic Hard Rock vein that characterized the latest studio effort The Usual Suspects. Release date is not yet scheduled but Frontiers Records hopes to release it before the summer 2007.

Fair Warning have recently completed their first Japanese tour in 6 years with successful concerts in Hiroshima, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo. The band was overwhelmed with the warm acceptance from the cheerful fans. Fair Warning also performed on their return to Europe a cool show at the Firefest in Notthingham on October 28. This was the band s first ever performance in the UK and was greeted with a great success. The band is also currently planning more shows for early 2007 and is looking for promoters in European countries. Anyone interested can email info@show-tops.de or info@frontiers.it.
Fair Warning's successful come-back album Brother's Keeper, released on August 25 is gathering excellent responses from critics and fans and is now also downloadable via i-Tunes and Napster European shops, E-Music UK, Musicload and Virgin France.

 
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The amazing AOR singer Robin Beck has recently revealed her plans for the upcoming start of the work for her new solo album. Here's her message for the fans:
"For the last few months I've been flying around Europe enjoying my renewed success. My lucky stars that so many loyal fans of Melodic Rock have stood by me through the years! I am totally committed to giving them the strongest and most passionate album of my life. I have received so many requests over the years for me to do more of my own songwriting and that is exactly what I'm doing.
Now, I am back home and putting together my next CD. It will be produced by James Christian and myself. All you House of Lords fans will be happy to learn that I will be benefiting from the great musicians from the House Of Lords for this CD. I am a Lucky Girl. What luck to be married to lead singer of the greatest band on earth! James, Jimi Bell, Chris Pelcer and I have been busy busy writing and I must say we are coming up with what will amount to be a great record. Get ready to Rock& Get ready to shiver through my eyes and through my heart!"


Josh Ramos (Hardline, The Storm) is busy writing and recording his forthcoming album, following the successful release of his debut Living In The Light. Here is a picture that shows him together with drummer-maestro John Macaluso (TNT, Riot, Strabreaker), who, together with Don Chaffin on vocals and Eric Ragno on keyboards completes the recording lineup. Release date is foreseen for Spring 07.

 

TONY MILLS AND TNT STORMING INTO 2007:
TNT will be back in 2007 with a new studio album, their first to feature British vocalist Tony Mills (Shy). Who better to get an update from that Tony himself. The following is what he had to say about the upcoming album:
"The new album is pretty much half finished with the producer H.P.Gundersen from Bergen. It's quite a commercial product with all the arty leanings of Mr. Le Tekro and it's a very special album. Probably the most exciting product I've been involved in throughout my career. As I see it, it's the future of melodic rock music from Europe. I don't say that lightly.
In fact, I think it's the perfect crossover for all the people that have been looking for the hook and the balls of the rock fraternity. It's a lot of work, but every minute will be a savoured memory, even if -28 has been forecast in Oslo for the completion of the recording."


When asked for further comment on working with the guys from TNT and how he is enjoying it, Tony was kind enough to add this:
"The TNT machine really is a Scandinavian monster and it's opened my eyes to another world to get outside the stigma of the UK. Playing to audiences of 2000 - 20,000 on a regular basis makes you wonder what the hell you've been doing all your life!
Everywhere you look in this country, rock is a prevalent entity and I'm just so sad that it doesn't happen to this extent in the British isles. Bands are being exported out of Norway and Sweden like there's no tomorrow and maybe that's why I got sucked in to such a remarkable outfit as TNT. With press and live TV at such a premium in the UK and yet it's so readily available in Norway, it's hardly surprising that great rock acts get the exposure they deserve in this country.
After 23 years, TNT still exude the hunger that you would expect from much younger bands and if they didn't, then I wouldn't be spending my life skipping through Copenhagen airport. Mind you, I only stop there because the band have to pay four times the price for the scotch whisky at the government shop in Oslo and they all have their tongues hangin' out when I land at Gardemoen!
I don't think there's any doubt that TNT are an awesome band to contend with; I really never felt this with Shy and maybe that's just because we're a different mixture of people.
Excited about the new album? 'Frantic' would probably be a better description ! Written in Spain, recorded in Norway, probably mixed in Denmark and ultimately toured in Europe and more than likely Japan, it's a project that really is undeniable and could well be the pinnacle of my vocal career. There aint much else to say."

Thanks Tony!

TOTO WILL BE ROCKING THE CITY OF DUBAI
The legendary rock group, Toto, have confirmed their participation in the 5th edition of the Dubai International Jazz Festival 2007 on March 9. This leg is the band's first gig in any Arab world.
A band like Toto, has become a worldwide household name, with at least a disc or two on every music rack that includes songs dating back to the late 70s, songs we grew up listening to, songs we've heard on every radio station, hits that lived on and on and no matter how much we think that music evolved, we keep coming back and humming Toto's songs unwillingly.
Toto is one of the rare gems of rock music, a band with its front man guitar player, Steve Lukather who have influenced generations of rock stars and other inspiring artists just like Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix did.
But the band doesn't fall short of a legendary line up besides Lukather, stars whom each have also their own independent work and have played with other legendary artists, the likes of Simon Philips on drums, Mike Porcaro on Bass, Bobby Kimball on Vocals, Greg Phillinganes on keyboards and vocals and David Paich on Keyboards and vocals too.
Anthony Younes, Managing Director Of Chillout Productions, the founders and Organizers of the Dubai International Jazz Festival, said: "I am so excited to have arranged this leg for the Dubai International Jazz Festival 2007. I have a clear vision of the audience watching Toto live, yes I can see endless waves of fans stoned immaculate while witnessing how Steve Lukather and Toto are continuing to hone their chops and progress musically, up to perfection."
And by the time Toto reach Dubai, they will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with songs that defy taste or musical back ground, hits such as Rosana, Stop Loving you, Hold the Line and Africa to name a few.
And with the release of their new album, Falling In Between, nothing short of excellence and genius, Toto will not only be playing their classical repertoire but also some new and fresh material that includes Toto's most innovative sounds, songs in which Toto have upped and revamped their musical tastes and ideas and retooled them for a new generation.
Yes after 7 years of original studio inactivity one of the world's most favorite bands returns with a dynamic illustration of why this group of 6 can be considered the most talented rock group ever assembled and lucky Dubai will be the eye witness to why Toto won 4 Grammy Awards and why each member has played on most of our best songs ever recorded.
"If anything, the band is stronger and vital than ever and they're flying to Dubai to show a definite resurgence in their live musical powers. Toto live at the Dubai International Jazz Festival is already a divine memory written down in the chapters of history before their arrival here. And who knows maybe next year we'll be resurrecting Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison." Said Anthony laughing.
In almost 30 years, with some of the most skillful, interesting, and great music ever recorded, Toto who have already received their own star on Vienna's Walk Of Stars at the Gasometer on August 17th 2006, is not to be missed live at The Dubai International Jazz Festival 2007.

 

MELODIC BRIEFS:
German bass player Martin Motnik has finished his solo CD Bass Invader with Gregg Bissonette on drums and guests Mattias Eklundh (guitar). Details: www.martinmotnik.com/englishsite.html.

The Right To Rock website features a new podcast interview with Kevin Dubrow from Quiet Riot. They have also posted a new written interview with Frankie Banali. Log on at: www.therighttorock.com.

Dennis Ward's website has been updated with news from him on completed works and samples from the new Angra, Krokus, Sunstorm and House of Lords albums! Log On: www.dennis-ward.com.

UPDATE FROM NL DISTRIBUTION:
A little artist press from European distributor NL Distribution:
January 12, 2007 the wait is over Harem Scarem Human Nature hits the stores around the world. This record really takes us back to what Harem Scarem was all about in the beginning, big vocals and lots of melodic songs. Early reviews of Human Nature have confirmed the bands claims that this is one the best Harem Scarem records ever. After selling over 1 million records worldwide there seems to be no end in sight for Harem Scarem.

Miss Behaviour was originally formed in 2003 just to be a fun weekend project. But when the band launched their first demo Give Us The World on their website in 2004, they received such great reviews that they decided to get a lot more serious and recorded a full length album. The result is Heart Of Midwinter. The all trough melodic rock/metal/AOR album took the band 8 months to complete in the studio.
The main influences of the music come from 80s rock acts like Journey, Magnum and Europe, which the production surely never makes any big secret of. The concept of Heart of Midwinter tells the story of one man's faith in a cold and unpleasant society, the society of Midwinter.
Heart of Midwinter was recorded in Realtime Recording Studio in Norrkaping, Sweden 2005 and mastered in the Cutting Room, Stockholm 2006. It was produced by Henrik Sproge and Erik Heikne and mixed and engineered by Daniel Dante Gese.

CHEAP TRICK & THIN LIZZY IN OZ - CANCELLED:
Press Release / It's with much disappointment we announce that your next dose of Double Trouble featuring Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy has been cancelled. Both Cheap Trick & AMP apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to announcing a new tour by Cheap Trick in the not too distant future. Please stay tuned for news of a future tour in 2007.
For shows scheduled as follows please refer to point of purchase for a full ticket refund.

SITE NEWS AND UPDATES:
I simply cannot believe it's getting into late November. Where the hell did the last 3 months go? I'm still catching up with October and soon I have to face the prospect or tackling another Year End Review and the annual MelRock Awards. Bloody hell!
Any...a small update. I *think* I am up to date with e-mail. Only took 3 weeks. If you have not heard back from me now, then I have either screwed up, lost your mail or simply convinced myself I had already replied :)
If you have not heard from me, but needed to - please drop me a line ASAP and I will get back to you straight away!

I have a big backlog of News to post - that can be done now that I have trawled through my in-box for all the updates sent recently. Watch for that this week.

I'm also working through a ton of Reviews - expect some full feature reviews and also a bunch of in-brief reviews as I get through all the titles I need to over the next 3 weeks so I can move onto those 2006 MelRock Awards.
And I still have to add some CD Showcases and a stack of Mini-Bytes for albums released over the last 4-6 weeks that are still vying for your hard earnt dollar.
So expect lots of updates to come, including a Release Dates update plus an e-Interview with Mike Slamer and a Feature Interview with Tim Pierce and two very special features - Firefest 3 and Journey Live In Los Angeles 2006.

One other thing - all the artists that contributed to MRCD3 will have their CDs mailed out to them this week. Anyone interested in participating in MRCD4 - drop me a line.

 

 

 

Monday, November 20, 2006

DOMAIN WITH NEW LINE-UP:
Press Release / New line-up and new drive at the Domain base. The band around guitarist and producer Axel Ritt announces the exit of bass player Jochen Mayer and singer Carsten Schulz by their own request, shortly after the release of the new album Stardawn (LMP / SPV). Domain wish Jochen and Carsten all the best for their future projects.
Without hesitation, the band is raring to go for the next round. Domain proudly presents Chity Somapala (Ex-Firewind, Avalon, Faro) on vocals and Steven Wussow (Shylock) on bass-guitar as the new line-up. For the first time, the new band will perform Dec. 30th at the End Of Dayz - Festival in Pratteln / Switzerland. Some of the new songs of the Stardawn album will be played as well.
Additionally, the tour plans for spring 2007 commenced to advance the well started sales of the new album. In the run-up, an extraordinary meeting has been arranged. Original composer Chris de Burgh and his management were that enthused about the cover version of Don't Pay The Ferryman (contained at the album Stardawn) that they invited the band for a personal meeting / photo shoot at the Festhalle Frankfurt show November 24.
The Domain – cover version of the hit in 1982, which has been commended by fans and critics, turned the pop title into a hard driving rock hymn and has been placed on many turntables at miscellaneous rock clubs and radio stations.
For more information about Domain's current activities check: www.domainband.net.

THUNDER RETURNS FOR ANDY TAYLOR:
There has been talk on and off about a re-issue of Andy Taylor's classic Thunder album. It seems that talk is back on, with a Japanese re-issue planned. I have yet to find a Japanese listing or release date for the title, but I can confirm the track listing. The set features the album's original 9 tracks (no word of whether this is remastered) and adds 8 bonus tracks - featuring re-mixes and Andy's various soundtrack appearances.
Unfortunately there are no unreleased studio tracks, something Andy spoke of as available when I interviewed him in 2004. The track listing details are as follows:
I Might Lie . Don't Let Me Die Young . Life Goes On . Thunder . Night Train . Tremblin' . Bringin' Me Down . Broken Window . French Guitar. Bonus Tracks: Take It Easy . Wings Of Love . Angel Eyes (All from American Anthem soundtrack) . When The Rain Comes Down (From Miami Vice II) . Dead On The Money (From Tequila Sunrise) . Take It Easy (Vocal / Rock Mix) . When The Rain Comes Down (Long Version) . Take It Easy (Extended Dance Version).

 

UNOFFICIAL NEW BABYS RELEASE:
A new archive release from The Babys is due. Titled The Official Unofficial Album and due out from UK re-issue label Cherry Red, the details are as follows:
"This is the collection of Manager and Producer Adrian Millar's recordings made with an evolving line up of the 70's power rockers The Babys, from the time he put them together around original leader Michael Corby to their first record label deal. Before The Babys signed their legendary seven figure deal with Chrysalis, and released their first album in 1977, Millar had been working up original material, honing their looks and preparing for an assault on the music industry. Touting these early recordings and an early promo video film got Millar the deal, but the recordings were left on the shelf as a new producer and eventually new management ousted Millar from the picture. An edited version of the tracks escaped, unbeknownst to Millar, in the early 1980's but since then they've disappeared. That is until the inevitable no.1 Babys fan emerged and persuaded Millar to dig up the original tapes for a chance to release the unedited takes of the recordings. Thus we present those unedited tapes enhanced through careful remastering, in a package with contributions from Millar and a cache of previously unpublished photos from those early days. The Babys were a massive act in the US during the late 70's, and spawned the solo career of bassist and vocalist John Waite who's 1984 no.1 chart hit Missing You remains an AOR staple on US and international radio playlists. New digital remaster from producers unedited tapes. Coordination from original manager and producer Adrian Millar. Previously unpublished photos. First recordings of US solo star John Waite.
Track Listing: Bitch Or Angel / I Wear Your Ring / I'm Falling / Time On My Hands / You'll Get Yours / Do It Nice / Step In Line / Rainy Day / Jack The Lad / If You Could See Me Fly.
WebLink: www.cherryred.co.uk/rpm/new_releases.php.

KROKUS INTERVIEWS ONLINE:
News from the Krokus camp: Mark Carras interviews Marc Storace for the US web-zine RockMyMonkey. His knowledge about Marc's extra-curricular activities outside of Krokus musically and artistically is incredible and took Marc by surprise. You also may click the MP3 version of the interview and listen to Mark and Marc. Our web master Tom will list this interview as well under "NEWS" in the next couple of days. www.RockMyMonkey.com.
And lead guitarist Mandy Meyer is interviewed by web-zine www.metal-rules.com and as with Marc the interviewer gets into detail about Mandy's musical past: www.metal-rules.com/zine/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=693.

REO SPEEDWAGON UPDATE:
More REO Speedwagon updates - this time from the webmaster of Kevincronin.com: "I received a little note from kC this afternoon. He told me that there were rumors going around and he wanted to make sure everybody heard them. Yes folks, kC is spreading rumors.... I'll let his note explain...
"Rumor has it that something special will be coming to Speedwagon.com soon after Thanksgiving. Let's just say that the three opening songs from the new CD are in the can...final mixes completed. And with the Holidays at hand, we feel like our loyal peeps deserve some treats. Stay tuned.
Rumor number two is that we finally named this bad boy, as well...the official announcement is coming very soon. Plenty of good things happening here in our camp...I have to wear shades. KC "


MELODIC BRIEFS:
Press Release / Rock cover artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Fates Warning, Biohazard, King Crimson, Blue Oyster Cult) has just entered into a multiyear world wide merchandise deal that will bring his art in the form of t-shirts, posters, calendars, cell phone images and much more internationally. To coincide he created a limited edition series of postcards, T-Shirts and 2007 calendars some only limited to sets of 300 with his signature featuring some of his most well known images that are available only through his newly launched merch store: www.cafepress.com/dangerousage.

Big Cock has secured national retail distribution in the U.S. and Canada with Oarfin/Navarre. The second, self-titled CD Big Cock will be released Tuesday, November 21 followed by the re-release of Year of the Cock on January 9, 2007. Year of the Cock contains a new 8-page insert and a bonus track Rock 'n Roll Aholic in standard jewel-case packaging (instead of the cardboard sleeve).

Bret Michaels DVD news: "Dec. 02 Pottsville PA - Goodfellas - Five camera DVD shoot taking place at Goodfellas in Pottsville on December 2nd. Come be part of this exciting event and part of Bret Michaels history. DVD will be released at a later date with more information to follow soon."

GREG KIHN: ROCKER, RADIO PERSONALITY, NOVELIST AND AN INDUSTRY UNTO HIMSELF:
Press Release / Greg Kihn, the inimitable Beserkley Records recording artist of the 1980's, is known for his chart-topping songs and MTV videos, Jeopardy, and The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em Like That), from his records featuring titles based on inane puns of his name, such as Next of Kihn, Kihnspiracy, Citizen Kihn, Kihntinued, and Unkihntrollable. In the years since his last hit record, Greg has reigned supreme as San Jose's leading morning man on Clear Channel's KFOX 98.5 FM Classic Rock radio, with a daily listening audience that includes greater San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley.
Greg Kihn has turned out to be much more than just the hit-making songster he started out to be. In fact, Greg can easily be called the hardest working man in Northern California Show Business.
While Greg feeds his creative passions as radio personality, a prolific award-nominated author of six novels, spoken-word artist, screenwriter, fundraiser, investor and most of all, husband and father, he's soon to launch a new nationally syndicated radio program at the end of 2006. His new program, Greg Kihn's Big Rock Beat, is best described as the riveting Rock history of VH1's Behind the Music meets Spinal Tap's comical take on the music industry's real-world absurdities. Greg states, "It's an amalgamation of rollicking interviews, never-heard stories, and jam sessions with iconic Rock and Roll personalities. The listener not only gets to be a fly-on-the-wall, but also a participant in conversations with legendary rockers in a loose, non-scripted setting, as if we were all at the bar reminiscing."
Greg also recently released a new live musical performance CD, entitled Greg Kihn Featuring Ry Kihn, part of the Sony/BMG Extended Versions series (Sony/BMG, A688915), which is now available at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Best Buy, and other big-box stores around the country. Greg's son, Ry, following in the family tradition with a music career of his own, handles all of the lead guitar parts on the ten blistering tracks.
Greg also performs in a Rock and Roll all-star band with friends Eddie Money and John Waite, also featuring Ry on lead guitar. Aptly named Money Kihn Waite and Friends, the band performs select upscale engagements with other leading rockers joining Greg and company on-stage, such as lead vocalist Mike Reno of Loverboy and Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night, to name only a few.
In October, Greg was a special presenter at the Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards, also taking place in San Francisco. Considered the Academy Awards of the professional recording industry, the TEC Awards honors the best record producers and engineers in the world.
Hollywood has taken a liking to Greg not just for his music, but for his writing skills, as well. In 2007, Greg's novel "Horror Show," (Tor Books, ISBN: 0312860455), which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, is in the process of being optioned to a Hollywood production company. Additionally, his short story "Olivia in the Graveyard with Pablo," published in Hot Blood X, which is part of the Hot Blood Series of short erotic horror stories, (Kensington Publishing Corporation, ISBN: 0786016515), soon goes into pre-production in Hollywood.
What else is on the horizon for Greg Kihn? "I think I have my work cut out for me… at least for the time being," he quips. "But should another interesting idea materialize with the potential of it developing into a project, I have a feeling I'll find the time to make it happen."

WHITESNAKE PICK UP 2 AWARDS IN LONDON:
Last night at the prestigious Classic Rock Awards in London, Whitesnake won two awards. Voted for Best Band Of The Year and Best DVD Of The Year.
David Coverdale in person picked up the two awards and thanked everybody in his speech. One remarkable point was that the award for band of the year was given by Glenn Hughes with whom Coverdale was in Deep Purple.
The new Whitesnake Double Live Album Live.....In The Shadow Of The Blues (incl. 4 new studio tracks) will be released in Germany on November 24th and in Europe on November 27th. A promo tour will happen directly to the release date.
David Coverdale and Doug Aldrich will do acoustic-sets and signing sessions in Germany:
Friday, November 24th - Saturn Cologne, Hansaring 97, 05.00 pm
Saturday, November 25th - Saturn Munich, Schwanthaler Strasse 115, 04.00 pm
Both will also appear at the Sweden Rock Festival Kick off Party in Stockholm on December 2nd.
The new studio song Ready To Rock can be heard as a stream here: www.spv.de/eng/whitesnake.

THE COUNTDOWN SPECTACULAR LIVE IN YOUR LOUNGEROOM:
This press release is for Aussie fans or truly die hard fans of classic Oz Rock!
Press Release / Earlier this year 156 performers and crew hit the road on a tour that was five years in the making and saw some of Australia's favourite rock 'n roll outfits reform and play to almost 100,000 people nationally. That tour was The Frontier Touring Countdown Spectacular Live and comprised a 3½ hour show jam packed with 70 classic Australian songs from the soundtrack of so many of our lives.
It was 19 years ago that Countdown first became "must see TV" for a generation and introduced us to bands like Sherbet, Hush, Mondo Rock, Pseudo Echo, The Choirboys, Models, Kids in the Kitchen and Uncanny X-Men to name a few. It also introduced a nation to the man in the hat, Molly Meldrum, who was the, umm, glue who kept it all together.
Now its time to relive all those moments on The Countdown Spectacular Live CD and DVD being released on Liberation Music / ABC Music on Saturday, 25 November. The 3 disc CD set and 2 disc DVD set features the classic live performances as well as behind the scenes interviews and never before seen footage (DVD only).
Michael Gudinski, CEO of Liberation Music and The Countdown Spectacular's Producer points out that, notwithstanding the logistical nightmare of putting a production like this on the road, "... it all went smoothly! No one slapped Molly, we got to see Sherbet, Hush, Mondo Rock & lots more and we played to almost 100,000 people all across the country."
Added Molly Meldrum, "The Countdown years at our home, Studio 31, ABC Studios, Melbourne, was a fantastic ride. The Countdown Spectacular with all those artists coming together for the show and becoming one big happy family, and I might add who just delivered hit after hit and laugh after laugh, was an absolute hoot."
Leo Sayer, the Countdown Spectacular's only international performer said "I was a thrilled to be invited to take part in the tour. Countdown played a major part in my success in Australia in the 70's, so it was great to be reminding people of those wonderful times again. Everyone turned out to be so talented and friendly on the tour, so I had a ball. If I didn't know that much about the music scene here when I started the tour, I guess I'm an expert on Aussie Rock now!"
On a local level, John Paul Young summed it up by saying "We had a ball!! It was great to meet up & tour with old friends, meet some new ones & have the time to get to know them really well & some a little too well … I even managed to get in another practical joke on Molly! Can't wait to do it all again - We won't lie down."
Countdown was broadcast on ABC TV from 1974 to 1987, and to its huge family audience it was more than a TV Show. On Saturday, 2 December, 2006, at 8.30pm, ABC TV will screen a 1½ hour special concert screening featuring highlights from the DVD.
The Countdown Spectacular CD and The Countdown Spectacular DVD are released on Saturday, 25 November, 2006, on Liberation Music / ABC Music thru Warner Music Australia.
WebLink: www.countdown.com.au.

REVIEWS UPDATED:
New Reviews online today - just a few to get the ball rolling again. More underway. Online today are new reviews for: Wetton/Downes, Pretty Maids, Thunder, Styx, Iron Maiden, Love Child and Michael Bormann. Read The Reviews.

 

 

 

Friday, November 17, 2006

MTM ANNOUNCE SINNER & NORWAY RELEASES:
MTM Music can reveal the cover artwork and final details for the forthcoming Sinner album Mask Of Sanity.
Since the mid-80s, the band Sinner belongs to the big names of hard & heavy scene. Sinner went back to their roots and will satisfy fans of all their creative periods. Compared to the Execution album, Mask Of Sanity is more melodic and features dozens of guitar harmonies in the tradition of handmade and honest rock!
In the glory 80s and with classics such as Touch Of Sin, Comin Out Fighting, Bottom Line and Judgement Day, Sinner became one German's leading rock bands alongside Accept and Helloween and toured with Mr. Big, Savatage, Dio and Deep Purple. The albums The Nature Of Evil and The End of Sanctuary even hit the German charts!
On the new album Mask Of Sanity, produced by Mat Sinner himself and engineered by Achim Köhler, the band presents itself with guitarist Tom Naumann and keyboard player Frank Rössler. Former Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperling, who has already joined Sinner on tours and festivals, is now a fixed member of the line up accompanied by Traceelords guitarist Christof Leim. In addition, the album features guest appearances by Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Martin Grimm (Mystic Prophecy).
The new album impresses by Tom Naumann's fantastic guitar work and Mat Sinner's pounding bass and his expressive voice.
The first pressing will appear in a ltd.ed. with two bonus tracks a video clip was shot for the song Diary Of Evil written by Mat Sinner together with Roy Z and the Thin Lizzy cover version Baby Please Don't Go.
Final tracklist: 01. The Other Side (MP3 on MySpace) . 02. Diary Of Evil . 03. Badlands . 04. Black . 05. Thunder Roar . 06. The Sign (MP3) . 07. Revenge . 08. Under The Gun . 09. Cant Stand The Heat . 10. No Return . 11. Last Man Standing . 12. Baby Please Don't Go (Bonus Track) . 13. Diary Of Evil (Bonus Video Track).
The release date is scheduled for January 19, 2007.

 

MTM are also happy to announce the signing of US AOR band Norway.
Norway, a rock band from New Jersey, was formed in 1986 by four local club musicians. Night Dreams, the band's first output, became a surprise smash hit in the European and Japanese AOR and Melodic Hard Rock scene. It was a top "CD of the Year" by rock magazines worldwide.
Because of the variety of musical influences and the band members experience in cover bands, Night Dreams show-cased a diverse style that drew comparisons to bands such as Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Journey, Bonfire, Scorpions, Night Ranger and many more, while instilling an own signature songwriting style and sound on each song.
Due to the success of Night Dreams the band recorded their label debut Arrival, which was released in March 2000.
On the new album Rising Up From The Ashes, classic rock songs like American Girl, the amazing ballad Only One I Need and stunning new stuff such as Anything At All and Save Me portend great things to come for the band. The record never lets up and features songs in the vein of Rainbow, Journey and Firehouse plus a 7 ½ minute Def Leppard / Led Zeppelin-esque rock epic called Haunted.
Appropriately titled Rising Up From The Ashes - Norway has finally risen again.
Final tracklist: 01. Save Me . 02. Anything At All . 03. Only One I Need . 04. American Girl . 05. The Power of Gold . 06. Since You've Been Gone . 07. Tell Me (is that the way that it is) . 08. Won't Let You Down . 09. Haunted.
The release date is scheduled for January 19, 2007.

 
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MTM Music on myspace.com - MTM Music is now part of the big MySpace family! Check out the site www.myspace.com/mtmmusicmunich.
Listen to one more Sinner Song on Myspace! We would like to thank our MySpace webmaster Yücel who is supporting rock and metal in his local area! Baden Metal.
WebLink: www.mtm-music.com.

AS THE VAN HALEN WORLD TURNS:
A bunch of little tidbits from the Van Halen family of artists today. First up - a report from today's Boston Globe on the Van Halen 2007 tour:

"Right now Van Halen is contemplating going on tour in 2007.
And in an interesting twist it is neither Sammy Hagar nor David Lee Roth that's got fans buzzing about the potential outing but Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son Wolfgang.
It seems that Michael Anthony is out on bass and Wolfgang is in, according to VH's spokesperson. The band is also reportedly passing on Sammy, Dave, and presumably homeboy Gary Cherone, and considering using another family member, a nephew, in the lead vocal spot. (It's unclear if the nephew is drummer Alex Van Halen's son, but if he is, then it would truly be Van Halen, no?)
One way or another the original VH will undoubtedly be back in the news soon when the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are announced. The seminal Cali metallers should be shoo-in.

What do I think of this? Baloney really. Sure, something like this might be contemplated, but I can absolutely confirm without any doubt whatsoever that a Van Halen 2007 tour continues to be pitched to promoters and that tour includes frontman David Lee Roth.
The asking price per show is not something that anyone is going to pay if it ain't Roth up front. There are already issues getting around that fact that it is not a true re-union of the original band now that Michael Anthony is confirmed as a non-starter. If EVH wants to do a club tour sometime, then the above idea might fly.
Where are things currently in regards to this 2007 tour with Roth? Still early days...

Something else was sent to me today - posted over at the Roth Army forums. It was a reply from Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame president Terry Stewart in regards to who was under consideration for inclusion in the Van Halen listing, should they receive enough votes from members. It reads: "Sammy [Hagar] is included in the list of band members to be inducted if they are successful in getting enough votes. Gary [Cherone] is not."
Fair or not fair? Tough call that and my guess is that opinions will be divided. But in all seriousness, is the RNR Hall Of Fame at all credible in this day and age? Does anyone still care?
The process of getting listed then inducted is so political and has proven unjust in the past. Kiss still not nominated? The original Santana inducted, except for guitarist Neal Schon? And no sign of Journey while speaking of Neal - after selling 40 million albums for Columbia? That's just a couple of examples that don't make sense.

And lastly - some Sammy Hagar concert news:
From Sammy's redrocker.com website - "Be looking for the latest 5.1 sound mix which is a 2 hour show & 2 hour DVD with a bonus!! Coming in February! It's awesome! It may be the best concert footage I've ever seen. The St. Louis fans were unbelievable!!! Let's talk about seeing Red in the audience! Sammy & the Wabo's Livin It Up St. Louis, featuring special guests, Michael Anthony and the Other Half. (Don't you love the long titles). And if you aren't having any fun yet you certainly will when you see this!! We'll give you more information as we get it...Sammy."

And this from updated TV listings - see it before it arrives on DVD: "Sun, Dec 3 - 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT Sammy Hagar And The Wabos - Livin' It Up Live! - Premiere
Caught live in St Louis on their sold out 2006 US tour, Sammy And The Wabos bring down the house with songs from their new album, Livin' It Up as well as some of Sammy's famed solo work. Joined on stage for the second half of the show by legendary Van Halen bassist, Michael Anthony, the band rips through some of rock radio's classic tunes. From "I Can't Drive 55" and "Mas Tequila" to "Finish What You Started" and "Right Now", it's one big Cabo party with the "Red Rocker"!"

JEFF NORTHRUP'S MASTERFUL UPDATE:
Guitarist/songwriter/producer Jeff Northrup did a fantastic job mastering my recent compilation V3 and I thought it high time I got an update from the man himself on what he is working on. Over to Jeff:
"There are so many great things happening right now. I've been recording and producing many different and diverse bands and artists through my production company "Alien Productions" www.alien1111.com. I am also getting close to finally finishing my new CD, JK Northrup Wired In My Skin! I began recording it almost a year ago, but there was an accident resulting in the loss of many of the tracks I had nearly finished. At least I had some great mixes of some of the best tracks that I was able to work with. One of which is on V3 called So Long with Terry Ilous on vocal.
After the loss of all the work put into something I felt so good about (not to mention the blood, sweat and beers), I had to simply stop and walk away from it for a few months. In the meantime, I have been so slammed with the other studio biz that it worked out just fine.
Now I'm back to it and it actually worked out for the best that I put things off until now! After mastering Melodicrock V3, I have met up with a more few awesome singers and other artists. The result is that Ted Poley (Danger Danger) and I got together and wrote a couple of new songs for my CD with Ted singing that are awesome. Terry Ilous has sang on 4 songs. Kelly Keeling will be on one song (if our schedules allow), and there will be a reunion that I am extremely excited about! Johnny Edwards (Foreigner, JK Northrup, Royal Jelly) is singing the title track. All I can say is this CD will be by far the best I've ever done. All of the singers and other artists are amazing on it.
The scheduled release is realistically February 2007. At this time, I am planning to release it through new Label, Alien Records. However, things may change between now and then).
I have too many other great things coming up and won't bore you or anyone else further (until next time). If anyone is looking for mastering, production. mixing etc., I can be contacted through the www.alien1111.com website, or at www.jknorthrup.com. Peace, JK."

 

ROBIN McAULEY TALKS SURVIVOR:
New Survivor vocalist Robin McAuley has posted a note at the official Survivor website. It reads:
"With some dozen or so shows behind me I'm beginning to get a feel for all that is Survivor and having a great time doing it. I have met some awesome people on these shows who completely opened their arms to me and let me be myself. I'm amazed at the response to these songs and the more we perform the more I feel that they become my own. From Woodstock in Canada, to DeKalb in the Chicago area, to the Epcot Centre in Florida, no pun intended but it was all magical. Six shows in two days at Epcot really put us through our paces as a band and if you were in the crowd on either of those days you know how much fun we had with you. To the wonderful lady up-front who brought a real tear to my eye, this was as real as it gets. My heartful wishes to the two guys from Argentina who were so crazy on both days, your spirit and support was so uplifting to me and the band.
Speaking of the band, what an awesome bunch of guys they are. I'm honored to be on stage with them and they treat me like I've been there forever. Thank you Denise Martin for the gallery of photo's on the site from Epcot. Thank you all for taking me in and allowing me to express myself in these songs.
Frankie and I have already been in the studio cutting some tracks which was a blast. My first time behind the glass with him since the Business As Usual CD. It brought back great memories and once again goes to show that what is meant to be will be.
That's it my friends. I promise to be more in the front line and would like to have names next time so I can mention you on here if that's ok? I met Denise already and she has about 80 shows under her belt. She keeps me on my toes as she knows every word and every syllable of every song, it's like having a monitor right in front of me. Thanks for the acceptance.
I luv you guys and we promise a great 2007. It's a whole new beginning, please come along for the ride.
We'll see you soon "Somewhere In America".

 

SCHULZ AND MAYER QUIT DOMAIN:
Due to personal differences and differences of opinion on many business related issues singer Carsten Lizard Schulz and bass player Jochen Mayer have jointly left German band Domain.

MR-X MEMBERSHIP DETAILS:
MR-X has been updated with some classic old demos rolled out for good measure. Online today is 7 demos from Cobra (featuring Jimi Jamison); 10 demos from a project featuring Harry Parress and Curt Cuomo and finally no less than 19 tracks from the demos for the unreleased second Joe Lynn Turner solo album from the 80s.
No new Video Clips this week - they'll return next week. Last chance for recent updates also, as everything must be cleaned out for fresh content.
MR-X Membership Details.

Next week - a few Reviews up Monday, Mike Slamer interview, maybe my interview with guitarist/session great Tim Pierce towards the end of the week and plenty more...
BTW - I am still seriously behind with e-mails...all replies will hopefully get done next week too.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 16, 2006

JOURNEY LIVE IN THE UK PRESS UPDATE:
Press Release / Journey, the legendary San Francisco rock band, has just announced 11 UK concerts, kicking off at the Sheffield City Hall on 1st March and ending at Newcastle City Hall on 15th March.
Tickets are now on sale from the following box office telephone number - 0870 444 5556 and 0870 735 5000. Online booking can be accessed from www.ticketlinenews.co.uk or www.seetickets.com.
With a career spanning over 30 years and album sales in excess of 75 million worldwide, Journey is the twenty-ninth best selling music group of all time! Journey is just finishing up a six month tour of North America with Def Leppard. The tour was hugely successful.
The band is now poised to take the UK by storm. The 2007 tour sees founding members, Neal Schon (Guitar) and Ross Valory (Bass) performing with long time member Jonathan Cain (Keyboards), Deen Castronovo (Drums) and Jeff Scott Soto (lead vocals).
The 2007 Tour will include the band's signature hits as well as tracks from Journey's latest studio release, Generations.
The new album Generations is available now on Frontiers Records.

Journey March 2007 UK Tour Dates:
1st March Sheffield City Hall
2nd March Newcastle City Hall
3rd March Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
5th March Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
6th March Manchester Carling Apollo
7th March Manchester Carling Apollo
9th March Cardiff International Arena
10th March Bournemouth International Centre
13th March Birmingham Nia Academy
14th March London Hammersmith Apollo
15th March Newcastle City Hall
Download Tour Flyer.

 
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Jeff Scott Soto fans can now add another DVD to their collection - Yngwie Malmsteen Far Beyond The Sun, which will be released by Universal Music next week. The newly mastered DVD features original concerts from Japan 1985 (featuring JSS) and Leningrad 1989 (featuring Joe Lynn Turner), plus video clips and a new 2006 interview. Details at: www.universalmusiconline.com/yngwie-malmsteen/far-beyond-the-sun.

DECEMBER FOR GUNS N ROSES?:
Watch this date - Tuesday December 19. That is the new/current supposed release date for the Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy album. I'm told that the plan is still to try and surprise fans with the release, but the November 21 date for this has been scrapped. The guys are definitely running out of time for that 2006 release date. Advance warning or not, the release of this album will surprise many!

IAN GILLAN DOWNUNDER IN JANUARY:
DeepPurple frontman Ian Gillan will hit Australian shores in January for the following solo tour dates:
Jan. 19 Melbourne, The Palace
Jan. 20 Sydney, Salinas
Jan. 21 Sydney, Revesby Workers
Jan. 23 Newcastle, Panthers
Jan. 25 Wollongong, Shelly's
Jan. 26 Brisbane, The Arena
Jan. 27 Tweed Heads, Twin Towns Services
Jan. 28 Penrith, Evan Theater

MELODIC BRIEFS:
The Herning, Denmark date for the Genesis Turn It On Again Tour sold out 30,000 tickets in just 42 minutes last night local time. Impressive.

Rudy Sarzo has just released an in depth book of his time with The Ozzy Osbourne Band titled Off The Rails. It is now available at Amazon.com.

The new Funny Money release is titled Stick It. Featuring Kix frontman Steve Whiteman, details can be found at: www.funnymoneyband.com or www.myspace.com/funnymoneyband.

Updating a previous news item - LA Guns, Bullet Boys, Bombay Black and Sharpe Dunaway & The Blue Meanies will play at The Hall Of Industry in Little Rock, AR on Sunday, November 26...not the 25th as previously mentioned.

Artwork for Australian artist Ofsoski upcoming album Later Than Never is complete. The album is expected to be released independently via Verbal Cannon in December. The music is described as diverse in style with classical, Progressive, Goth and rock elements fused together with a varying heavy metal backbone creating a unique style. To hear some of the tracks visit: www.myspace.com/ofsoski.

Kip Winger has given exclusive rights to selling the Day and Night Soldier art versions of the Winger IV CD artwork to Slippingintofiction.net. The guys will be giving a percentage of sales to a charity for Military families. If you dig the album artwork, check out: slippingintofiction.net.

Blind Guardian will play two shows in Australia in February 2007. They will both be at The Forum in Melbourne. Friday 16th February 2007 and Saturday 17th February 2007.

METALLICA TO RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE DVD DECEMBER 5:
Press Release / Multi-platinum hard rock band and seven-time Grammy-winning artists Metallica will release The Videos 1989-2004 the first-ever music video retrospective DVD on Warner Bros. Records, December 5.
The collection which includes all 21 of Metallica's videos, plus bonus features spans the years from 1989's And Justice For All to 2003's St. Anger, and features pioneering videos such as the muted color toned, film noir-classic One, Metallica's ground-breaking first foray in music video.
With the 1991 release of Metallica (The Black Album) came the Wayne Isham-directed clips Enter Sandman, which peppered performance clips alongside a nightmarish dreamscape, Wherever I May Roam, featuring clips from a 1992 San Diego performance, and Sad But True. Metallica went on to sell 14 million copies in the US.
The Videos 1989-2004 also features additional esteemed directors who have contributed to Metallica's video legacy such as Anton Corbijn, Jonas Akerlund, Samuel Bayer and The Malloys. Both Enter Sandman and Until It Sleeps won MTV Video Music Awards for Best Metal Video.
The DVD also includes the 1989 release of the home video 2 of One, (previously only available on VHS), "Mama Said," which never aired in North America, and several extras such as the 11+ minute Theatrical Version of "The Unforgiven" and the film trailer for Metallica s critically acclaimed 2004 documentary Some Kind Of Monster. All audio on the DVD has been re-mixed in 5.1 surround sound.
The Videos 1989-2004 showcases what made Metallica hard rock s most highly influential and celebrated band. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide, they are one of the most commercially successful rock bands in history, and are currently ranked 18th on the RIAA's list of top-selling acts in the U.S.
Summer of 2006 saw Metallica performing sold-out shows across Europe, and making their first-ever appearance in South Africa. The band is currently at their Northern California home-base writing material for their upcoming Warner Bros. release due in 2007.
The full track-listing for The Videos 1989-2004 is as follows: One . Enter Sandman . The Unforgiven . Nothing Else Matters . Wherever I May Roam . Sad But True . Until It Sleeps . Hero of the Day . Mama Said . King Nothing . The Memory Remains . The Unforgiven II . Fuel . Turn The Page . Whiskey in the Jar . No Leaf Clover . I Disappear . St. Anger . Frantic . The Unnamed Feeling . Some Kind of Monster. Bonus - 2 of One [Intro, One (Jammin Version)] . The Unforgiven (Theatrical Version) . Metallica Some Kind of Monster (Film Trailer).
WebLink: www.metallica.com.

 

CHINESE HYPOCRISY - N' INTERNATIONAL TRIBUTE TO GUNS N' ROSES:
Press Release / As the world waits with baited breath for the long awaited follow-up to 1993's The Spaghetti Incident?, TributeAlbums.com delivers a lethal dose of Guns N' Roses. Chinese Hypocrisy - N' International Tribute to Guns N' Roses is slated for release on December 16.
Much like it's official GN'R counterpart, Chinese Hypocrisy features very few members of the original Guns N' Roses...No Slash. No Duff. No Izzy. No Sleepy, Dopey, or Doc. Not even Axl! Instead, it's lineup consists of a host of GN'R junkies from around the world, including members of Quiet Riot (USA), Ignite (USA), Altaria (Finland), Dust N' Bones (Hungary), Hollywood Rose (Italy), Peanut M (Canada), Emerald Monkey (USA), and more!
Chinese Hypocrisy - N' International Tribute to Guns N' Roses is available for pre-order exclusively at TributeAlbums.com! All advance orders will include a free surprise gift!! Advance orders will ship on or before the official release date of Dec. 16th to insure delivery for the holidays!! For more information on Chinese Hypocrisy, please visit TributeAlbums.com!
WebLink: www.tributealbums.com.

STYX ONE WITH EVERYTHING DVD SET TO RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 21:
Press Release / Eagle Rock Entertainment, through its wholly-owned Eagle Vision subsidiary, will release One With Everything on DVD by Styx with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra on November 21. The accompanying CD, is now available on New Door Records/A&M/UMe and was released on November 7, 2006. [via Frontiers Records in Europe]
All musicians in the Orchestra are between 13 and 19 years of age, 115 musicians plus 56 voices in the chorus, under the direction of Liza Grossman. This magic night was taped in Cleveland on May 26, 2006 and included many of the band s well-worn and most beloved material such as Too Much Time On My Hands, Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) and Renegade as well as newly written originals as well with Just Be and Everything, All The Time.
One With Everything is the first all-new Styx concert video in over five years. Its release will be timed with an HD-Net broadcast on Nov. 19 at 900 pm and a full-scale stateside tour. Thirty minutes of extras include drummer Todd Sucherman s Quake Cam, two new Styx Christmas songs filmed at the same concert (All I Want and Ring The Bells ), an interview with the band, and a photo gallery. The 140-minute show is in 5.1 Dolby Stereo.
The 2006 Styx lineup consists of singer/songwriter guitarists Tommy Shaw/James Young, drummer Todd Sucherman, singer/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, bassist/guitarist Ricky Phillips and for this special concert, a guest appearance by founding member/bassist Chuck Panozzo.
Track Listing: 1) Blue Collar Man . 2) Lorelei . 3) One With Everything . 4) It Don t Make Sense (You Can t Make Peace) . 5) I Am The Walrus . 6) Just Be . 7) Everything All The Time . 8) Crystal Ball . 9) Miss America . 10) Criminal Mind . 11) Too Much Time On My Hands . 12) Boat On The River . 13) I Don t Need No Doctor . 14) CYO Medley . 15) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) . 16) Renegade.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

LION MUSIC'S NOVEMBER RELEASES:
Lion Music have announced details of their two November releases - both due out November 24. Those details are:

Michael Harris - Orchestrate. "Orchestrate" sees world acclaimed guitarist Michael Harris back with the most ambitious album of his career. With a style best described as "Neo Orchestral Metal" the album is a modern day masterpiece. One listen reveals the unique combination of electric guitar playing a very "classical meets metal" style with an orchestra and metal drumming complete with stunning guitar virtuosity.
On the album Michael comments: "My original vision was to go back to my "Defense Mechanizms" roots, yet to focus on one style, neo classical metal. As the record developed, I realized "Orchestral" was a better term, so I consider the record to be my one & only neo-orchestral record. My previous instrumental records have had some "classical meets metal" compositions, but this record is focused exclusively on that style. I recorded all the backing strings, etc on my keyboard, and rather than playing chords, most of the time I treated it like scoring an orchestra, recording one "voice" at a time. There is still plenty of guitar of course, and drummer Matt Thompson did an outstanding job. My focus compositionally was to create strong themes first and foremost, before the musicianship & full arrangements came into play".

Book Of Reflections - Chapter II : Unfold The Future. Book Of Reflections – Chapter II: Unfold The Future is a potent musically accomplished mix of progressive metal and classic hard rock, showcasing strong melodic sensibilities. Lyrically the album is varied focusing on topics from distrust in the political world to a celebration of life along with a couple of sad love songs.
The album is home to a number of top class musicians from the Lion Music roster such as vocalists Bjorn Jansson (Tears Of Anger) and Martin LeMar (Tomorrow's Eve) who handle 3 songs each. In addition to Lars Eric Mattsson's fiery fretwork is the guitar talent of Anand Mahangoe (Sphere Of Souls, Solo). Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson) contributes keyboard solos on 4 tracks whilst long time Mattsson collaborator Eddie Sledgehammer plays drums. Mattsson himself handles all other guitars, bass, keyboards and additional vocals.

Checkout saples from both album's in today's CD Showcase update.

 
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NORWAY RISE FROM THE ASHES:
Popular melodic rockers Norway are finally set to release their new album Rising Up From The Ashes. A European release via MTM Music will be announced shortly, but the Japanese date has been set at December 20.
The track listing for Japan is: Save Me . Anything At All . Only One I Need . American Girl . The Power Of Gold . Since You've Been Gone . Tell Me (Is That The Way That It Is?) . Won't Let You Down . Haunted . Bridge Of Faith (Bonus Track).

 

BLACK SABBATH ART HISTORY EXPO:
Press Release / The true history, art and commerce of the legendary heavy metal band, Black Sabbath will finally be disclosed at the premiere of Black Sabbath Resurrection, a dark post-Apocalyptic world sparked by the music of the legendary band.
Opening Friday, November 17, 2006 at 181 N. Martel, Los Angeles, Black Sabbath Resurrection is a highly unique collaboration of music, storytelling, and fashion inspired by a singular event in the history of Black Sabbath.
The opening night reception promises to bring together a mix of VIPs and celebrities and invited guests. Beginning Monday, November 19th, the Black Sabbath Resurrection showcase will be open to the public from Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is the true story..... On January 24th, 1972 -- Black Sabbath were performing in their hometown, at the Birmingham Town Hall venue -- unknowingly on the brink of an earth-scorching fracture in space-time. At 0 hours, 29 minutes, 43 seconds into the show, as they ripped into the opening bars of Iron Man , it happened... And with it, all recorded history of that night was cut off.
Black Sabbath Resurrection is a mind-blowing chronicle of that event and the mystery that has continued to surround it, birthed from the music of Black Sabbath.
That story will finally be told through video montage on display at 181 Martel. Through early 2007 181 Martell will be transformed into Black Sabbath Resurrection surrounded by the music of Black Sabbath and renowned graffiti artist Axis. Simultaneously, a band retrospective at the connected Naked Gallery/Boutique will showcase vintage posters and other archival band items (with limited run reproductions of photographs available for purchase).
The BSR exhibit will also offer other an eclectic mix of limited edition for-sale items including the BSR jewelry collection (Instruments of Death), athletic shoes (Chuck Taylors from Converse), high-tech sunglasses (Dita) and denim jeans (Anachronorm), plus the showcasing of a unique leather jacket collection designed by Maya Yogev. In addition, the locale s Lone Ones shop will exhibit its limited edition for-sale high-end Black Sabbath Resurrection jewelry line. Most of the items are seen in or have been inspired by the Black Sabbath Resurrection story.
"Black Sabbath is the defining force and catalyst for heavy metal. Through BSR the Band's stamp now encompass' the world of fashion, art and media " says Dell Furano CEO of Signatures Network.
Black Sabbath Resurrection was created by Black Sabbath in collaboration with Romanberg Heritage Collections (Darren Romanelli and John Stalberg) in partnership with Signatures Network. We wanted to pay tribute to one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, says Romanelli, and also create products that capture the authenticity and impact of the band that will attract both a new generation and long-time fans.
Signatures Network has enjoyed a decades-long relationship with the Black Sabbath. For Black Sabbath Resurrection, Signatures and Romanberg worked closely with Black Sabbath in gathering stories, relics, and ideas for the project.
Visit the event's Web site, www.blacksabbathresurrection.com and www.signaturesnetwork.com.

QUEENSRYCHE CONQUERS THE PAVEMENT FOR THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION:
Press Release / In a ride that traveled throughout twelve states and saw speeds of up to 135 miles per hour, Queensryche singer Geoff Tate and guitarist Mike Stone rode over 2000 miles on their custom Buell Ulysses bikes for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The Rock and Ride Across America occurred at various locations during their current tour with thousands of fans joining Tate and Stone along the way. Those who donated to the cause got a chance to ride with the pack. After the performances in their hometown of Seattle, Queensryche auctioned off both custom Buell motorcycles to the highest bidders. Sure, they squashed a few bugs along the way but the donation was true "road kill" as the band and their fans raised over $80,000 for the Foundation. According to Geoff Tate, "Everyone in the band got their musical start from school music programs. If we hadn't had those opportunities, we wouldn't be where we are today. I felt really lucky to be involved in such a fun set of events for such a worthy cause." "We are so thankful to Queensryche for their support and generosity," said Paul Cothran, Executive Director, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "Their support will ensure that hundreds of public school students receive the benefits of music education."
Queensryche will be on the road -- in support of Operation Mindcrime II on Rhino Records -- until early December.
WebSites: www.queensryche.com and www.vh1savethemusic.com.
Since it was established in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has donated $34 million worth of new musical instruments to 1,400 public schools in 80 cities, improving the lives of more than 800,000 children.

MANILA THRILLS MATERIAL RE-ISSUED:
Press Release from Retrospect Records / "We are excited to announce the much-awaited re-issue of Manila Thrills Tomorrow's Waiting. Originally released in 1990 on cassette only, this melodic hard rock collector's edition has been digitally re-mastered for cd and beefed up with an addition of four previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Manila Thrills features a powerful vocal performance, stunning razor-sharp axework, and hi-octane hooks that signify the pinnacle of 80s Hair Metal / Hard Rock. Here's what people are saying...
TC Record Review - "This is a guitar band that rocks with the attitude of early Sammy Hagar. The track "Just Gotta Go" deserves regular rotation on any station. If you only have time for one song, skip to this cut immediately. I guarantee you will play this song again."
City Limits - "All the natural ingredients for hook & line are apparent. The opening off the wall guitar arpeggio takes you by surprise with curiosity of what lies ahead. A very solid release indeed."
The Note - "Vocal, guitar driven & overall very mid-western stylistically with elements of Queensryche, Warrant & even the same things that made Reo Speedwagon a household name."
Go to www.retrospectrecords.com today, listen to sound clips, and be one of the first to own a copy of this melodic hard rock treasure!"

CD SHOWCASE UPDATED:
The CD Showcase has been updated again. Today there are new previews of the following: Cosmo - Alien, Richie Kotzen - Into The Black and Royal Hunt - 2006 Live (all Frontiers Records, December 8 release); Michael Harris Orchestrate and Book Of Reflections - Chapter II Unfold The Future (both Lion Music, November 24 release). Check them out now.

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

SOUL DOCTOR SIGN MULTI-ALBUM DEAL WITH METAL HEAVEN:
Berlin based hard rock band Soul Doctor has inked a long-term record deal with Munich based label Metal Heaven. The band is currently in the studio working on their yet untitled upcoming album which will see the light of day around Summer next year. Until then, don't miss them live at the following dates:
09.12.2006 (I) Bologna, Der Kindergarten
10.12.2006 (I) Rome, Stazione della Birra
25.12.2006 (D) Berlin, JWD
01.02.2007 (D) Aschaffenburg, Colossaal - with Oliver Hartmann.
Soul Doctor have released three successful studio albums since 2001 and gained themselves a massive fan base both in Europe & Japan due to their astonishing live performances with Dio, Kingdom Come, Axel Rudi Pell, Alice Cooper & Bob Catley and at various festivals such as Wacken Open Air and own headlining shows.
The band is: Tommy Heart (vocals), Chris Lyne (guitars), Jogy Rautenberg (bass), Michael Wolpers (drums).
For more info, please check out www.souldoctorrocks.com.

LAST AUTUMNS DREAM BACK FOR ROUND 4:
Swedish AOR band Last Autums Dream hit back on December 20 with their 4th album, due out in Japan on Avalon/Marquee. Saturn Skyline will feature the following tracks: For The Young And The Wild . After Tomorrow's' Gone . Pages . Rock 'N Roll Is Saving My Soul . I Know A Lot About Love . Critical . Supersonic . Frozen Heart . American Girl . Domino . Still On The Run . Skyscraper (Bonus Track).

 

POWER QUEST ANNOUNCES FIRST SHOWS IN EUROPE FOR 2007:
Power Quest are proud to announce that they will be special guests of Brazilian Metal Masters Angra on the first leg of their upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates for France are as follows, more countries to be confirmed soon:
Angra - Tour 2007, Special Guests: Firewind, Power Quest
• 16.02.07 Fri Nancy / Pagney - Chez Paulette
• 17.02.07 Sat Strasbourg - La Laiterie
• 18.02.07 Sun Reims - La Cartonnerie
• 22.02.07 Thu Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
• 23.02.07 Fri Paris - Elysee Montmartre
• 24.02.07 Sat Bordeaux - Barbey Theatre
• 25.02.07 Sun Toulouse - Havana Café
Watch out for more exciting news coming from the Power Quest camp soon. Check out: www.myspace.com/powerquest or www.power-quest.co.uk.

MORE SALIVA:
Saliva is back with Blood Stained Love Story set to hit stores on January 23. Ladies and Gentlemen is the first single and has taken no time in burning up the radio airwaves. If two straight weeks of the #1 most added track at Active Rock Radio is an indication of what the rest of the album is like, we will see a lot of Saliva in 2007. If that is not enough, you will soon hear the track on TV running during spots for CBS s #1 police drama, CSI. Saliva hits the road this week headlining a tour starting in Rockford, IL, 11/16.
Check out the stream of Ladies and Gentlemen here: Windows Media.

 

MELODIC BRIEFS:
A new interview with keyboardist Michael T Ross (Terry Illous, Hardline, Angel, Accomplice) is online at: www.rock-is-life.com/2006interviews/michaeltross.htm.

Winger IV will be released in the USA November 21 via Shrapnel Records - www.shrapnelrecords.com.

Vinnie Moore's new solo album is due out in early 2007, details at the Official Web Site: www.vinniemoore.com.

Never rely on Russian concert promoters! Case in point this example involving rockers Nazareth: dmme.net.

More Paul Stanley live in NYC at: www.piercingmetal.com/concert_paulstanley_102806.htm.

A monthly AOR radio show Podcast by Marshall Rees can be downloaded here: www.mininova.org/tor/475436.

News from Kevin Russell: "The New 707 The Fourth Decade will be released November 28, 2006 on Renaissance Records. Founding member Kevin Russell has an all new lineup. Denny Carmassi (drums) plays on about half of the record. Billy Lee Lewis plays drums on the rest. Many of the songs are classic 707. Tour plans are in the works for 2007. Stay tuned for 707 in 07!" www.kevinrussell.com.

FIREFEST GUITAR PRIZE DRAWS:
As advertised, ARfm in conjunction with GuitarStoreUK.com (GSUK) had 2 draws at Firefest for a Guitar and a Bass.
Regrettably, neither prize was claimed, although we since understand that there may have been a small problem with some of the tickets not being numbered correctly.
ARfm and GSUK really want to give these Guitars (with Hardcases) away and we want to ensure that they go to people who paid for and supported Firefest. With this in mind we want to offer all Firefest fans a second chance to win.
So, if you want to win a free Guitar or Bass then here's your chance.
Send your Name & Address along with your Firefest Ticket, or a copy of your Firefest Ticket (photocopy / jpeg / scan) or any proof of purchase of a Firefest ticket to ARfm and you will be entered into a free draw to win. We will close the entries on 30th November 2006 to give you enough time to get your entries in. (Only one entry per person allowed) Just think you could win a nice Xmas Pressie!
Post your entries to: GSUK Draw, ARfm, P O Box 200, Hailsham, BN27 9AX, United Kingdom E-Mail : studio@arfm.co.uk putting GSUK Draw in the Subject line.

ANOTHER VAN HALEN TRIBUTE ALBUM:
On November 21st, 2006, Versailles Records will release Panama - A Millennium Tribute to Van Halen, featuring current/former members of Hanoi Rocks, Skid Row, Lillian Axe, Dio, Saigon Kick, Aerosmith, Rough Cutt, Zebra, Riot, The Ace Frehley Band, Rat Race Choir, Dangerous Toys, Lillian Axe, Derringer, Axis, Black Sabbath, Near Life Experience, and World War III among others, as well as Richard Kendrick, Brad Stemple, Hot for Teacher, 5150, Jet Black Joy, Marko Pukkila, The Slashtones, Randy Cantor, American Dog, Reckless Fortune, and Chris Heaven.

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS:
"Never Not Funny" is a party conversation with one of the funniest men on the planet comedian and TV personality Jimmy Pardo ("The Tonight Show," "That '70s Show," "The Surreal Life"). Every week, he sits down with comic Mike Schmidt, producer Matt Belknap and the occasional guest to shoot the breeze, share stories and laugh at life. The free-flowing discussion can lead anywhere, but whether Jimmy's talking about growing up in the '70s and '80s, his unbridled love of classic rock or facing the trials of modern life, it's bound to strike a chord with listeners of all ages, and it's guaranteed to make you laugh.
Download via: phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZstore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=142348028 or www.pardcast.com.

LIBERTY N' JUSTICE ANNOUNCE 2 MORE SINGERS:
LNJ's upcoming 2007 release, Independence Day will feature 15 guest vocalists on 14 songs .They have already announced Jamie Rowe of Guardian as one of the singers on the new CD and at this time they are proud to announce 2 more singers and songs.
Monkey Dance will feature none other than Jack Russell of Great White on vocals and Snake Eat Snake will feature vocals by David Raymond Reeves and guitarist Don Webster, both of Neon Cross.
The CD will be an acoustic rock project and on Sunday Nov 12. They will post both songs and unveil the front cover artwork for a limited time at there myspace page (www.myspace.com/libertynjustice2). Make sure to check them out and post your comments and suggestions at our message board (www.libertynjustice.net).
If songs are not working go to: www.soundclick.com/libertynjustice.

 

 

 

Monday, November 13, 2006

ESCAPE MUSIC PREVIEW THE ENEMY WITHIN FROM CODE:
Escape Music are pleased to announce Code's much anticipated album title The Enemy Within. Code featuring the multi talented musician and producer Anders Rydholm on bass, guitars, and keyboards (ex-Grand Illusion); on lead vocals Sherwood Ball (Jay Graydon, Gumbo, Guitar god tours/gigs with Albert Lee, Steve Morse,Steve Lukather & Edward Van Halen) ; guitars Ola af Trampe (ex-Grand Illusion), with very special guest on the drums, none other than Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Toto, Gino Vannelli, Counting Crows).
The album release date will be January 21, 2007.
And here is an exclusive track to melodicrock.com - Download: Sign Up For Love.
Track Listing: The Enemy Within . Sign Up For Love . Home Away From Home . In The Shadows . How Do We Stay In Love . My Time . Lucky Town . Alive . Uninvited Guest . Change The World . Flying High . Sworn To Silence.
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.

 

TRAVELLER NEWS FROM VAUGHN:
A little update from Danny Vaughn, sent through over the weekend:
"Hi everyone. It's official! We have the release date for our new Vaughn album, Traveller set for February 16, 2007. We were very happy to hear the positive reactions from those of you that heard some of the new songs at UFOR2 and Firefest.
I really think that this is my best recording yet. The saintly Chris Galler is going to be revamping our web site in time for the release with lots of new photos, info, and formal introductions to the blokes in the band.
It's time to put the past behind us and head into the future like a horde of Norse invaders cutting through the ice in one of those, well, Viking boat thingies. (apologies to all of my Nordic friends).
I will be putting some snippets from the CD onto the web site and onto the myspace site around about Christmas time, because you've all been so very good this year. Keep your eyes on this site, as there will be lots more to come. Thanks for all of your patience and your support for our latest effort. It means a lot to all of us.
Cheers, Danny Vaughn."

I have been fortunate enough to be checking out a preview of the album right now in the form of 5 tracks. Miracle Days is a crunchy riff drive song with a Celtic influence; Badlands Rain is one of the harder rocking tunes I have heard from Danny since the Tyketto debut; Traveller features some killer lead vocals and melodies and a classic Tyketto style chorus; Restless Blood is catchy Tyketto-esque commercial rocker; and Lifted is another catchy, feel good mid-tempo rocker with some cool piano passages.
More Vaughn news shortly!

TOTO BACK IN THE UK:
Toto, who shaped the sound of eighties rock with the classics Hold The Line, Rosanna and Africa, have just announced three rare UK concerts in March 2007:
* Bristol Colston Hall - March 12th
* Newcastle City Hall - March 13th
* Manchester Carling Apollo - March 14th.
Credit Card Hotline 0870 444 5556, Book Online www.ticketlinenews.co.uk.
Full Details and Venue links: www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/kennedy_street/toto.htm.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
The Sammy Hagar & the Wabos Livin It Up tour stop in St. Louis on July 22 was filmed by HDNet and is scheduled for broadcast on December 3rd.

Bassist Chuck Wright has been replaced by Robbie Crane in the line-up of Saints Of The Underground, the band featuring Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper) on guitar, Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on drums and Jani Lane on vocals.
The band's debut was recently mixed by Andy Johns. No release date as yet.

Steve Newman has updated his website with some pictures from Firefest 3. Details: www.newmansound.com.

Steelheart are booked to play the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany next June and are looking to confirm more festival appearances over the coming months.

Bassist Johnny Colt, who was with the Black Crowes in their early days, will reportedly be filling in for Voivod/Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted on Rock Star Supernova's upcoming North American tour, which kicks off New Year's Eve.

ESP LIVE ON DVD:
The ESP Live At The Marquee (from Sydney , Australia) DVD will be release in time for Christmas. The track listing is as follows:
Do You Own Thing . Watchin' You . Unholy . Love (I Don't Need It Anymore) . Four Day Creep . Jungle . Nothin' To Lose . War Machine . Jump The Shark . Born To Raise Hell . Free Ride . Power To The Music . Black Diamond (Eric Singer on vocals) . We're An American Band . I Love It Loud . Domino . Smokin' In The Boys Room.
For more information visit: www.ericsingerproject.com.

LEATHERWOLF LOOKING FOR NEW VOCALIST:
Press Release / Orange County metal stalwarts Leatherwolf are currently looking for a new vocalist following the departure Wade Black who fronted the band on their critically acclaimed comeback album, World Asylum, released last June on N.I.L.8 Records.
"We would like to thank Wade for his contributions to Leatherwolf and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," commented the group on the split. "There are no hard feelings between both parties. Unfortunately, certain economic realities and the geographical distance between Wade and the rest of the band turned out to be an obstacle too hard to overcome and made working as a unit that much more difficult."
"We are now looking for someone closer to home, preferably based right here in Southern California. Potential candidates must be able to sing both the Michael Olivieri and Wade Black era songs (guitar abilities a huge plus!), have a valid passport, and be able to go on the road as we have a European tour in the works for spring 2007."
WebLinks: www.leatherwolfmusic.com and www.myspace.com/leatherwolfmusic.

GARY SCHUTT "LOVE ME FOR ME" MUSIC VIDEO IS NOW ON FUSE TV:
More news from Gary Schutt: "Steven's Untitled Rock Show is having an unsigned band competition. Many bands have uploaded videos to the site. PLEASE go to: fuse.tv/videos/index.php?p=category5, then click on "SURS Unsigned Band Search".
Click on my video, rate, refresh, vote, comment!! Help keep it on the first page!! (wait for the ad to play first). The more hits, the higher the rating, the better chance I have at winning this thing!"

 

 

 

Friday, November 10, 2006

HOUSE OF LORDS LIVE IN THE UK:
The fans asked for it and they are getting it! House Of Lords last ever live recording with the original line-up, mirroring the show held at Firefest in Nottingham, England on November 26, 2005 will be released worldwide on Frontiers Records on January 26, 2006.
House Of Lords is a legendary arena-rock band born on the ashes of Giuffria. With three studio albums recorded between 1989 and 1992, this group became a milestone in Melodic Hard Rock music. Mixing influences from Journey, Whitesnake and Van Halen, House Of Lords music has become a staple in Rock fans collections and playlists.
House Of Lords reunited in the year 2000, after a seven years hiatus, with the classic line-up featuring James Christian, Gregg Giuffria, Chuck Wright, Lanny Cordola and Ken Mary with Giuffria who opted out of the recording at the last minute. Following the release of the come back album The Power & The Myth, House Of Lords decided on a reunion tour that took the band to England & Greece for two outstanding shows in the fall of 2005.
The release of Live in the UK reflects the entire show held at Firefest in Nottingham, by the line-up featuring Christian, Wright, Cordola and Mary. A testament to a glorious line-up before House Of Lords decided to move forward with new members with their successful new record World Upside Down.
A special studio track, Havana (written by Christian and Giuffria together with Tim Pierce and Mark Spiro originally the Japan-only bonus track of The Power & The Myth album) has been added as a special gift to the fans. Enjoy!
Live In The UK includes the following tracks: Sahara; Chains Of Love; Love Don't Lie; Pleasure Palace; Talkin Bout Love; The Edge Of Your Life; Mind Trip; All Is Gone; The Rapture; I Wanna Be Loved; Can t Find My Way Home; Slip Of The Tongue; Havana (studio bonus track).

 
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MORE ON THE VAN HALEN 2007 TOUR:
This in over night from Billboard.com, adding to the recent Van Halen news:
November 09, 2006, Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
"Eddie Van Halen has tapped his 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, as the replacement for Michael Anthony in Van Halen, a spokesperson confirms to Billboard.com. Father and son, along with Eddie's drummer brother Alex, have been rehearsing for a 2007 tour, but it is unknown who will serve as the band's vocalist.
Rumors continue to swirl that David Lee Roth will be back in the fold for the first time in more than 20 years. Roth told Billboard.com in May that he hadn't seen Eddie Van Halen in "a couple of years" but that he was up for reuniting with his old mate.
"I see it absolutely as an inevitability," said Roth. "To me, it's not rocket surgery. It's very simple to put together. And as far as hurt feelings and water under the dam, like what's-her-name says to what's-her-name at the end of the movie 'Chicago' -- 'So what? It's showbiz!' So I definitely see it happening."
No details have been provided about Anthony's departure, although Van Halen knocked the bassist for aligning himself with Sammy Hagar during a September appearance on "The Howard Stern Show."
"I got no problem with these guys, but they're billing themselves as the other half of Van Halen," he said. "My brother is the other half of Van Halen. They're out there selling hot sauce and tequila and playing all my songs. It doesn't bother me. It just makes them a cover band."
As for the musical acumen of Wolfgang, he enthused, "If I excel at the speed of sound, he excels at the speed of light. This kid is just a natural."
As previously reported, Van Halen is one of nine acts on the ballot for the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

There is also talk of Van Halen playing the 2007 UK Monsters Of Rock festival, but I'm no so sure about that. Early days...but it does look like Dio and the Sabbath boys will perform at the MOR festival as their new Heaven & Hell project.

LANCE KING EXITS PYRAMAZE:
Due to irreconcilable differences, Lance King will no longer be singing with Pyramaze.
Quote from Lance: "I would like to thank the Pyramaze guys for many wonderful memories, I'm very proud of the music we created together! I wish each and every member of the band success in their careers and personal lives, as well as their search for a new vocalist. I look forward to hearing their new music."

MEATLOAF'S HEALTHY CHART DEBUT:
Press Release / Culminating thirteen years of pent-up demand, Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell III The Monster is Loose, crashed into the Billboard Top 200 national album sales chart at No. 8. The album was released last week in the U.S. and Canada by Virgin Records America. The album was the highest charting debut in Canada this week at #3.
The album, the epic third installment of rock's greatest franchise, was also released throughout Europe last week, racking up a trail of chart-busting sales statistics it entered national charts as the No. 2-selling album in Germany and holds it s position this week, No. 3 in the UK, No. 3 in Canada, No. 4 in Switzerland, No. 5 in Austria, No. 5 in Denmark, No. 6 in Norway, No. 8 in Holland, No. 9 in Australia, No. 10 in Sweden and No. 5 in New Zealand. The album is to be released in Southern Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan early next year.
Predicting the fan and critical mania that greeted the release of the album and his recent trans-Atlantic theatrical presentation of his Bat Out of Hell trilogy, Meat Loaf said recently "The Bat just has a life of its own, so you can't say you're gonna top it or you're gonna beat it, you just have to try to do something special."
The album's release was preceded by a lavish, evocative video clip of It's All Coming Back to Me Now, co-starring Marion Raven, who is featured with Meat Loaf on the album track, written originally by Jim Steinman for him at the time of the first Bat Out of Hell album.
U.S. critics agreed universally that Meat delivered an album fully worthy of the three-album, three-decade Bat franchise. Raves in the trade and consumer press included &Meat Loaf delivers his most impassioned vocals since the original Bat in 1977. (Entertainment Weekly, 11/3/06, Chris Willman); Thirty years after the original "Bat" made Loaf a star, he returns with Bat III, a disc that recalls the original's theatrical bombast, anthemic melodies and guitar shred. (New York Post, 10/29/06, Dan Aquillante); and Loaf delivers an album that fans are going to love. (Billboard, 11/4/06)
Coinciding with the album's release, Meat Loaf starred in a series of sold-out one-night shows staged at London's Royal Albert Hall, New York s Palace Theater and Toronto s Elgin Theatre. Two additional shows are now scheduled, at Estes Theater in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Connecticut. Each of the show's three acts is devoted to the songs of the albums, in sequence, with the third act debuting the new songs of Bat Out Of Hell III The Monster is Loose.
When Meat Loaf rocked London in October, two national British newspapers, The Independent and The Guardian, awarded the show 4 stars out of 4, observing that Bat out of Hell is as close as rock music has got to a Hollywood Blockbuster (The Independent), and that ...parents are now bringing their children along to gigs, the Bat franchise shows no sign of abating. Metro praised the show s grandiose...imposing splendor, adding that Meat Loaf's lungs remain mighty enough to raise the roof.

MR-X UPDATE:
MR-X has been updated after a couple of weeks off due to my travelling around. Back to normal as of today, with a new Feature Album (Silent Rage - Don't Touch Me There, produced by Paul Sabu) an new Live Feature (Ten - Live In Japan Spellbound Tour, good audience recording), a new Feature DVD (Skid Row - Live At Wembley UK 1991) and a new Special Feature (Y Kant Tori Read - the first ever album from Tori Amos, except this is high-tech 80s AOR).
And the usual update of new Video Clips, featuring: Valensia - Gaia, Icon - On Your Feet, Joe Walsh - In My Car, Molly Hatchet - Satisfied Man, Pete Townshend - Second Hand Love.

CD SHOWCASE UPDATE:
One more CD Showcase to close out the week - check out samples of the new Styx & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra live album One With Everything. Online now.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 09, 2006
 
Feature Interview: Richie Zito

Legendary record producer and session guitarist Richie Zito on Bad English: "I got in early so as we made that record I went through the growing pains and the band went through growing pains of becoming a band. It's sort of like growing up on TV as it were. So they were becoming that band. Even though some of them had those previous relationships, 3 of them having been in The Babys, and Jon and Neal being in Journey together. It was very difficult working out the sociological aspects of that relationship because they're all very strong guys, very talented, came from… it's almost like they were all in situations where they had a degree of autonomy and now they were… having to sort of compromise, not compromise artistically by any means, compromise wasn't the best word, a better word is, finding a way to work together in that particular environment. It was a challenging record. Everyone was on their toes the entire time."
Richie on the Grunge era: "You can't get mad at anything post 1990. The tide had already changed. Even the Poison record I made, there were times where we felt that we were going to be the ones that showed that bands that came out in the '80s were still viable in the public's eyes. That was one of the biggest disappointments. There were a couple of songs on there that I could have probably maybe showed a more mature Poison and a growth with Richie Kotzen involved. So again, some of those records like Poison's Native Tongue, good, bad, or indifferent, or Tyketto or White Lion's record that I made, again, the dye was already cast.."

Richie on his Avalon record: "It's something that's very special to me, very close to my heart. Most of the stuff that I've done that people would know about through your web site and Serafino's company and lots of other things out there, pretty much is me producing other artists and at the time I produced a lot of those records, those bands contained very talented musicians so I was pretty much, my role was my role. This record, I got a chance to play guitar, I played bass on everything, the keyboards, so it was a very good time for me as a musician."
Read the full interview now!

SITE UPDATES - FEATURE REVIEWS AND NEW STREET TALK INTERVIEW:
There is also a new e-Interview online with Street Talk and Bloodbound founding member Frederik Bergh. Frederik talks about the current StreetTalk classic V and the upcoming second Bloodbound record. Read The Interview.

After a fair break, Feature Reviews have been updated so readers can add their own reviews and comments on a whole range of new and recently released melodic rock records.
There are a lot of titles here, so get ready to type and add all your reviews. This is an important feature to the site - with your reviews you can support the artist if desired, or perhaps send them a message in regards to what you think could have been done a little better.
Right now you can follow the Feature Reviews link and add your reviews for the following titles:
Talisman / 7, Winger / 4, Meatloaf / Bat Out Of Hell 3, Europe / Secret Society, Skid Row / Revolutions Per Minute, Nexx / Another Dawn, Kingdom Come / Ain't Cryin' For The Moon, Leverage / Tides, TNT / Live In Madrid, UFO / The Monkey Puzzle, Eden / Open Minds, Planet Alliance / Planet Alliance, Moonstone Project / Time To Take A Stand, Slamer / Nowhere Land, Sunstorm / Sunstorm, Avalon / Avalon, Taz Taylor Band / Welcome To America, Sammy Hagar / Living It Up, Ten / The Twilight Chronicles, Fair Warning / Brother's Keeper, Axel Rudi Pell / Mystica, Lunatica / Edge Of Infinity and Saracen / Vox In Excelso.
Add Your Reviews Now.

RICHIE ZITO LAUNCHES NEW RECORD LABEL:
He may be the new Feature Interview, but Richie Zito is also in the news for another reason - the launch of a new record label he is a partner in.
Press Release / Music Industry Vet Larry Lee and Former Producer of the Year Richie Zito to Helm with Backing from $12 Billion WMC Mortgage President and CEO Amy Brandt.
Burbank, Calif.--(Business Wire)--A newly formed west-coast based label, Your Music America has opened its doors for business with industry veteran Larry Lee and former Producer of the Year and creator of 40 chart hits, Richie Zito at the helm. YMA will seek out and sign fresh, new talent and develop a rock oriented roster backed with the extensive marketing promotion, production resources enjoyed by major labels.
For funding, Lee and Zito have partnered with the President and CEO of a $12 Billion company, WMC Mortgage topper, Amy Brandt, one of the top female executives in the business world. In 2004, after building WMC into a $12 Billion Mortgage Originator, Brandt, along with her partners, a well-known New York based investment fund, sold WMC to affiliates of General Electric. Under her leadership WMC's monthly production volume soared from $12 million to over $1 billion a month in 2004 and to $3 billion a month in 2006.
The company simultaneously announced its distribution duties will be handled by ADA via Adrenaline (Kevin Day, Fred Croshal and Bob Divney). In other news, a joint venture with Andrew McMahon has also been inked. Lee and Zito are pleased to announce the formation of Airport Tapes and Records ("ATR"). Headed by Andrew McMahon (Something Corporate, Jacks Mannequin) and Your Music America.
Legal matters will be handled by Scott Bradford, who represents a variety of music clients such as Panic! At the Disco, The Shins, and Plain White T's. Your Music America's first artist signing is the band Kessler, a diverse, upbeat group from Dallas who have already delivered a hit track, "Outside Your Window." Selling out clubs from Texas to Louisiana, YMA's Kessler will be produced by Jim Wirt whose credits include Incubus, Hoobastank, Fiona Apple, Live, Something Corporate, and many more. The Kessler album is slated for a February 2007 release.
WebLink: www.yourmusicamerica.com.

Richie had this to say to me about the company: "I'm very proud of the fact that we're starting this new company Your Music America, YMA, and again it's going to be primarily young developing artists but those are the ones that need a place to be creative.
Someone to help them because the bigger companies more or less say, "Look guys, we'd love to help you," it's not that they don't want to help, it's not economically feasible until they get to a certain level. So we're there to pick up the slack. And it's happening. A lot of the new rock bands that are selling a million records, either got their start or quite frankly more than their start are more than happy being with independent record companies. I think that could be a very and already positive thing for rock."


FAIR GROUND AND HAREM SCAREM NEWS:
News from haremscarem.net on both the new Harem Scarem album and guitarist Pete Lesperance's Fair Ground release:
"Fair Ground debut album Down In It is out now and available at CD Baby! Go ahead and order your copy! The brand new Fair Ground website will be up very soon!
Don't forget about Free digital single download of the [Harem Scarem] Human Nature title track, which will be available for the Gold Fan Club members! It's scheduled for December 6th and, last but not least, Harem Scarem website is getting a new look on that day as well.
The song called Be The One that Pete co-wrote with his brother Jason has found its way into a movie called Simple Things. You can hear the track on the movie soundtrack MySpace page, further info is available at MySpace page for the movie itself and you can also download the poster or the movie press release."

Coincidently, Pete dropped me a line yesterday regarding the Fair Ground release. In his own words: "Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know that the Fair Ground record is finally available on cdbaby.com. Also we will be doing a short radio/promo tour in western Canada the week of the 19th...I'll have more info on the cities and dates soon."

 

TOMMY SHAW AND JACK BLADES SPREAD THEIR INFLUENCE:
Press Release / What happens with two of today's most successful classic rockers join forces to create an album of songs that have been a source of inspiration for their respective multi-Platinum careers?
The result is Influence, the sophomore album by Shaw Blades, led by Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger/Damn Yankees bassist/vocalist Jack Blades, which is set for release February 20, 2007 on VH1 Classic Records.
The self-produced album was mixed by Noel Golden (Matchbox Twenty, Willie Nelson) and Great White keyboardist/guitarist Michael Lardie. The first single, Your Move, will be serviced to radio in January.
Influence is the duo's first album since their recently re-released 1995 debut, Hallucination. Like the debut--and unlike their history-carving decades as icons in the more hard-rock minded Styx, Night Ranger and Damn Yankees--the latest release is rooted in acoustic guitar and organic production, harvesting a decade of musical influences into 11 tracks (on which Blades and Shaw played all the music except for drums and the occasional keyboards). With classics from the '60s and '70s including the Mamas and the Papas' 'California Dreamin',' Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth' and Steely Dan's 'Dirty Work,' Influence offers a track-by-track chronology of the musical era that helped define modern rock. Whether the songs are delivered in faithful tribute, as is the case with Simon & Garfunkel's epic masterpiece 'Sounds of Silence,' or given a modern rock transfusion, as in the duo's 1966 folk anthem 'I Am a Rock,' the results are the same, sparkling like a beacon illuminating the mainstream roots of rock and roll's formative years.
"I cringe at the thought of Paul Simon hearing our stuff," laughs Blades, only half-jokingly. "I honor his spirit so much, and I'm such a huge fan. As far as I'm concerned, they invented the word genius to go along with him, and we just wanted to make sure that we did their songs justice. Tommy and I have that special symbiotic relationship that doesn't come along a lot. Simon & Garfunkel also had it, we have a reverence to it, and it was something that we just wanted to dig into."
"As writers, we're like two old friends who finish each other's sentences," adds Shaw. "We became best friends as a result of the music and the experiences we've had because of it."
But Influence isn't about the experiences of Shaw Blades, it's about the inspiration that helped create the experiences. "This album has been years in the making," continues the Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist. "The recording process didn't take years, but the concept had been looming in our conversations for a long time. We'd always sit around with a couple of guitars and play songs we both knew from or younger days, spontaneous harmonizing and all that, and we slowly eased into the idea of making this record".
One of the most prolific duos in the history of hard rock, Shaw and Blades have sold more than 50 million albums amongst their three bands, scored 12 Top 10 singles on the Billboard 'Hot 100' chart, debuted 16 albums in the Billboard 'Top 200' albums chart, and share joint songwriting credits for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Cher and Alice Cooper.
Even so, Influence offered the pair an invigorating musical freedom. "With Shaw Blades," offers Blades, "we're able to take liberties that our respective bands couldn't do. We need to be Styx-sounding, we need to fit in that Night Ranger world, and we even need to think about Damn Yankees, so that's what's fun about Shaw Blades--we get to be our alter-egos when we want to be, yet we can truly be ourselves. We grew up singing harmonies and songs with massive vocals, so it's a wonderful thing to have that freedom here. This was a complete labor of love."
In touring news, a U.S. trek is currently in the works and Shaw Blades hope to bring their music to their fans closer to the album release date. "You can always tell a brilliant song, whether it was written 30 years ago or yesterday," says Blades. "Every song we picked is identifiable in its own right, and they're all immediately recognizable. What does that tell you? That the songs are the stars. That's what we wanted to do on this record; we wanted the songs to be the stars. I think that's what we accomplished."
The complete track listing is as follows: Summer Breeze . Time of the Season . Your Move . I Am A Rock . Lucky Man . Sounds of Silence . California Dreamin' . On a Carousel . Dirty Work . For What It's Worth . Dance With Me.
WebLink: www.shawblades.com.

Classics record label to include new recordings, By Phil Gallo.
VH1 Classic is betting that the artistic well has not run dry for the 1970s and '80s artists that fill the channel's video rotation The MTV Network is expanding its VH1 Classics record label to include new recordings.
The first disc of all-new material will come from Shaw/Blades, a band led by Tommy Shaw of Styx and Jack Blades of Night Ranger. Release is slated for the first quarter.
Prior to that release, label will issue a Twisted Sister holiday album with indie imprint Razor & Tie. Today, VH1 Classics is releasing on DVD Kissology, featuring TV appearances in 1974 and 1975 and concert footage from 1976 and '77. Second and third volumes will be released next year.
All VH1 Classic releases will be distributed by Universal Music's Fontana arm. Their deal commences with the Kiss set.
"We're not necessarily saying we're getting in the record business. It's that a lot of artists tell us 'look, we've got a finished album sitting on the shelf and we'd like to get it released'," VH1 general manager Tom Calderone told Daily Variety. "We're already in business with them and they do so much work for us, hosting shows or doing performances, that this is an extension of that relationship. Nobody says 'you have to sell X amount.' This is a goodwill gesture."
MTV Networks has also struck a deal with Wal-Mart to have branded sections in the stores' CD departments. The VH1 Classic area will promote albums on the label, catalog recordings and new albums from so-called "heritage" artists.
Eric Sherman, senior VP and general manager of VH1 Classic, said the label came together after studying the health of catalog sales and after talking to managers about artists such as Shaw and Blade who were still touring regularly. VH1 Classic was already a steady presence in tour sponsorship.
"We have the marketing ability and really have no limits when it comes to marketing an artist or an album," Sherman said.
For the Twisted Sister and Shaw/Blades releases, hourlong specials have already been shot, they have done "Hanging With" specials and their videos will be added to the "Classic Current" program. The acts' songs will be featured on VH1classics.com. Acts are also part of the channel's "Hear Music First" program.
VH1 Classic will continue to release its "Decades Live" shows as CD/DVD packages on the label. Heart is up next; a show featuring the Pretenders and guests is in negotiations. Bonnie Raitt's "Decades Live" album was released jointly by VH1 Classic and her label, Capitol.
Read the full article at: www.variety.com/article/VR1117952949.html.

RONNIE DIO UPDATES FANS:
Ronnie James Dio has posted a brief update to his website, as follows: "Ronnie has been hard at work with Tony Iommi creating new tracks for the forthcoming box set due tentatively in February 2007. The Tenacious D movie "The Pick of Destiny", which marks Ronnie James Dio's acting debut, hits theatres November 22, and Ronnie recently attended the London premiere, followed by a stop at the Classic Rock Awards in London, where Ronnie was awarded the 2006 Metal Guru Award. Finally, Dio ends the year on a high note (go Ronnie!) as the band brings in the new year with a show at Kavarna City Center in Bulgaria."

UPDATE FROM KIVEL RECORDS:
It's been a while since we've had a Kivel Records artist update. Here's the latest:
"So far 2006 has been a blast for us. Now that the fall is upon us we are gearing up for a new onslaught of rockin releases. What better way to start off the fall then with possibly one of the BEST unsung bands of the IL area....Smash Alley!!
We are ecstatic over the addition of Smash Alley to the Kivel line up. The bands long overdue release Too Late To Say No will satisfy fans of good time fun hard rock. The bands album picks up right where the band left off during their IL club days, with such fan faves as Too Late To Say No, Bedroom Window and Died a Thousand Times.
The CD is due to be in stock Nov 13. We have uploaded two sample MP3 at www.myspace.com/kivelrecords. We are now taking pre-orders.

Also in other label news....Bombay Black just kicked ass in the UK at this years Firefest 3 pre-show. The crowd response was great. Look out for the bands Junk Food release also due Nov 13. Take advantage of our buy two get the third half off automatically offer when buying CDs! So here's a chance to catch up on some past release you may have missed from us! Soon after the rest of the bands shows, and the upcoming holidays, Bombay Black will head into the studio to work on studio album three! Not before cleaning out the vaults though. Everyone felt it would be good to go into album three with a clean slate. So a lil "Junk Food" to hold everyone over til the bands next offering is what we have here! 15 blistering Bombay tracks!
Including unreleased material from both albums and live recordings from the bands recent tour through Spain and Arkansas!

Nov 25 BB will be playing with LA Guns and The Bullet Boys. Check the bands site for more details at www.bombayblackmusic.com.
WebLinks: www.kivelrecords.com and www.myspace.com/kivelrecords.

RON KEEL TALKS RE-ISSUES AND LIVE APPEARANCES:
Here is a couple of updates for Ron Keel, taken from Ron's message board:
"I met with Mike Varney (the president of Shrapnel Records, and the man behind the Steeler album and Keel's Lay Down The Law) this evening - actually, we got up on stage together and jammed at a club here in Vegas called the Tailspin. Sang some ZZ Top & Zeppelin...had a great time hanging together.
We finalized our plans to release the digitally re-mastered CD of Lay Down The Law - a state-of-the-art digi-pak with rare photos, the story behind the band and the album, and enhanced video concert footage from Keel's debut performance at The Country Club in Reseda/L.A. from May 27 1984.
We have worked for years to make this happen, and I think it's safe to say that there's a light at the end of the tunnel - no confirmed release date yet, but I'd bet we're looking at early '07.

I am excited to be back in Hollywood this Saturday night, November 11, when I return there for the first time in almost 15 years to participate in an incredible night of Rock N Roll.
I will bring the solo acoustic "Alone At Last" show with me as I open up for Exile Social Club, a new all star LA Supergroup consisting of Chuck Wright, Pat Torpey, Jason Hook, and David Victor - all current or former members of Quiet Riot, Mr. Big, the Vince Neil band, Alice Cooper, Montrose, and many others.
The evening will be hosted by ex-Skid Row drummer-turned-stand up comic Phil Varone, and feature many special guests from the rock and metal circle, concluding with an all-star jam.
For tickets and other info visit: theexilesocialclub.com and www.vinestreetlounge.com.

STEVE HACKETT COMMENTS ON GENESIS REUNION:
Original Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett commented about the forthcoming Genesis reunion tour:
"First of all I would like to congratulate Tony, Mike and Phil for flying the flag once again. Good luck to them and I really hope they have a very successful tour.
I was originally approached to discuss the possibility of a five piece which would have included Peter Gabriel and yours truly but since Peter's schedule precludes this, it makes sense for the other three to celebrate the band in their 'own special way' as it were ...."

Steve's new solo record is titled Wild Orchids.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Tom Cochrane's new album No Stranger made its debut on the Canadian Album Chart at No. 25 this week.

VH1 have started work on Metal Mania Stripped Vol III for release early next year.

According to April Wine singer Myles G. the new album Roughly Speaking will be out November 15.

GlamMetal.com just posted an interview with Nikki Sixx, an Alice Cooper Halloween review and also a review of Paul Stanley's NYC solo tour performance. Check it all out at www.glammetal.com.

Rockpages web magazine have posted 2 new interviews - one with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band members Clarence Clemons & Little Steven and the other with Twisted Sister - Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Mark Mendoza and Eddie Ojeda. The respective links are: Twisted Sister and E Street Band.

UPDATING GUSN N ROSES IN PORTLAND:
Some adverse publicity following Guns N Roses' Portland concert cancellaton have seen Axl Rose and his manager both comment publicly.
First - this from: news.mainetoday.com/updates/007865.html.
"Axl Rose took the brunt of the criticism for the decision, but said his management team cancelled the show because it was concerned about fire inspectors' decision to enforce alcohol regulations.
The band and fire inspectors had a dispute over alcohol regulations hours before the show was scheduled to begin. The band's tour producer felt the band was targeted for stricter alcohol rules than other acts and was worried the dispute would escalate to a level that fans would be affected.
A state fire marshal denied that claim, saying state regulations that prohibit entertainers and their support crews from drinking alcohol during performances is applied across-the-board.
In an e-mail sent to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram early Wednesday, Rose mentioned concert cancelations and disputes that triggered riots in the past.
"The professionals around me felt that Portland was a potentially explosive situation that could have had a somewhat similar result," Rose said.
The manager, Merck Mercuriadis, added in the e-mail the decision cost the band approximately $200,000."

The band's manager had this to say on the fan site Here Today & Gone To Hell:
"I [Merck] normally do not respond on [Here Today & Gone To Hell!] but a number of your posts have been brought to my attention today and I feel it is right to take the time to dispel the negative speculation through a statement of facts.
1. The show in Portland was cancelled last night because the fire marshall made it impossible for us to believe we could do our show without putting at risk the safety of the fans and the band. They made it clear that they intended to harrass our fans, crew and the band through enforcing rules and regulations that are 200 years old to an extent that has not been applied to other artists and that we believed would make the gig a potential time bomb that would explode. Our production manager Chris Gratton is a seasoned pro who has worked with everyone from Korn to R Kelly and has terrific relationships with fire marshalls and authorities all over the world. This is the first time he has ever come to us and said this is a dangerous situation and these people intend to use their authority in a negative way against our fans, our band and our crew and I need you to do something about it.
"The cancellation had nothing to do with pyro or ticket sales. Putting our fans, band and crew first cost $200,000 [Monday] night so we did not make the decision without great thought and care and it was made in consultation with our agents and our promoter both of whom lost money as a result and both of whom supported our decision 100% as they too could see that the authorities were more than overzealous in their approach. For all of you to be speculating without any knowledge or credible information that the responsibility for this is Axl's or the band's is nonsense. This band has performed more than 50 shows this year without incident and had every intention of performing last night. They did not perform because we the professionals around the band stopped them as we did not feel it was safe for them or for the fans. We take our responsibility to the band seriously and we take our responsibility to the fans seriously. Now if you want to vent your spleens about this do it to the people responsible i.e. the fire marshalls. We named them for a reason. They are the reason why the Cumberland County Civic Center did not rock [Monday] night.
2. I see a number of people flaming [online site] moderators for removing posts at our request. I understand that you feel that we are using our influence to censor you. We are not. If someone wants to express their opinion or critique the band and its performances, recordings, actions etc. that does not bother us but when you spread lies and disinformation about everything from ticket sales to release dates to how Pollstar calculate their chart we will use our relationship with Jarmo [moderator] to shut you down because you cause chaos and confusion and you try to take something good and turn it into something ugly. When GN'R gets on stage every night for two and a half hours, it is a positive force. The thousands of fans who are there every night lose themselves and have a great time. That is what rock 'n' roll is all about but unfortunately the 300 of you that aren t even at the gigs spread a negativity that does not reflect the reality at all as evidenced by the original thread on the Meadowlands show. We were there. We saw 11,000 fans having a great time. We had a great time. For the people in the room it was a great night but it wasn't to be for those of you at home sitting around your computers.
3. Ticket sales. Guns N' Roses have sold almost 200,000 tickets already for this run and we still have 7 weeks to go. We have sold almost 50,000 tickets in the New York area alone this year between Hammerstein Ballroom, the Meadowlands and Madison Square Garden on the back of one interview with Ed Trunk and before the album has come out. Most bands do not go to Portland, Maine because it is what the music business calls a 'soft market' but we had a lot of letters from fans in the area and we were determined to play there regardless of whether it was 'only' 3500 people. We are doing something positive in a negative world. If you are with us fantastic. If you want to live your live in an adverse way stay at home.
4. This is from Axl: "I would like to apologise to all of the fans in Maine for the show not happening last night. It was important for us to play there and it is a shame that what should have been a great night for all of us was not possible due to the actions of two people. I agree with and ultimately take responsibility for the end decision not to jeopardise the safety of the fans, the crews, the bands and myself as a result of the methods of these particularly draconian authorities. We are not trying to get away or get out of anything or pull a fast one by combining ticket sales as has been speculated. There are reasons that I have not spoken more about Montreal and Philadelphia that have been extremely complicated and are not legally resolved behind the scenes to this day and could have possibly jeopardized the future of Guns N' Roses.
"We have chosen to take the public heat for these events in order to have another shot at the future today with a new album. The professionals around me felt that Portland was a potentially explosive situation that could have had a somewhat similar result based on the behaviour of the two aforementioned fire marshals (it's not my 1st barbeque!) had the fans been given entry to the building and the show started. In respect of these opinions, our fans, the people of Portland, and the bands scheduled to play with us that night, unfortunately the only sensible decision was not to take that chance. We hope to find another way to play for you in the future. Thanks for even trying to see us. It sincerely is much more than appreciated."

Now, that said and posted, I also have word from someone working on this show that: "It was really more that once the band found out they couldn't have open beer bottles on stage (a safety issue an town ordinance), they then pulled out of the show."

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

KELLY KEAGY DECLARES THAT HE IS ALIVE:
Frontiers Records is excited to launch the release of the forthcoming Kelly Keagy new solo album entitled I'm Alive on January 26, 2007.
Kelly Keagy is better known as drummer / singer with the US Melodic Rock heroes Night Ranger. Night Ranger's first album Dawn Patrol (1982), reached number 38 on the U.S. charts, yet it was 1983's Midnight Madness that established the band as a commercial force. Featuring the hits (You Can Still) Rock in America and Sister Christian, the record peaked at number 15 and sold over 1 million copies. 1985's 7 Wishes was even more successful, reaching number 10 on the charts. The band reformed in the mid-90s and have since released 4 more albums.
In 2001, Kelly took a turn down the solo album trail. Time Passes saw Kelly handling drums and vocals and collaborating with such artists as Jim Peterik, Kevin Chalfant, Brian Bart with obvious features from his band mates Brad Gillis, Jack Blades and Jeff Watson.
To date, Kelly and Night Ranger are busy working on a new studio album. But in the meanwhile he found the time and the inspiration to finish his second solo work entitled I'm Alive. The new record was written and produced by Keagy in cooperation with Jim Peterik (Pride Of Lions, ex-Survivor) and also features contributions from Kelly's The Mob band mate Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), Mike Aquino (Pride Of Lions, Mecca), Brian Bart, Bruce Gaitsch, Tommy Denander on guitar and Michael Lardie (Great White, Night Ranger) on keyboards among others.
The new album sees Keagy exploring a slightly rougher edge compared to his debut album with a more live feel in the mix. "I look forward to playing these songs live, as they were written to be played live", says Kelly and the joyful ride that this record offers, proves just that!
Final tracklisting of I'm Alive is as follows: I'm Alive; Stolen; Blink of an Eye; When Nobody's Looking; Back of Your Mind; Life Worth Remembering; Re-Imagine; World Before and After; Where Are We Now; Where the Road Ends; Everything I Need in a Woman; Call In Another Day; Half a World Away.
Release is scheduled on Frontiers Records in Europe on January 26, 2007 and in Japan on King Records.

 
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GENESIS ANNOUNCE THEIR 'TURN IT ON AGAIN' TOUR:
Press Release / Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford of the iconic band Genesis unveiled the dates for their first tour in 15 years. Turn It On Again - the tour, will see the band play a series of stadium concerts in Europe in the summer of 2007. Kicking off in the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki on 11 June, the tour will hit twelve different European countries, ending in Rome on 14 July. At a Pan-European press conference staged today at London's exclusive Mayfair hotel and hosted by comedian and lifelong Genesis fan, David Baddiel, the band took questions from international media about their reasons for reforming and thoughts on the tour.
European tour promoter, John Giddings, commented: "It is a privilege to work with one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and to see their musical talent together again onstage will be incredible. The live shows are as famous as their music."
The "Turn It On Again" tour will be travelling to all the biggest stadiums as it treks across Europe in 2007 through Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, Holland, UK, Monte Carlo and Italy.
Tickets will be on sale for UK dates on 24 November and for dates in Germany on 10 November. Other on-sale dates to be announced.
Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford will be joined on stage by long time Genesis sidemen, Chester Thompson on drums and Daryl Steurmer on guitar. Two of the world's greatest show technicians, award-winning lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe and acclaimed set designer Mark Fisher are working on plans for the 2007 Genesis tour.
To coincide with the Genesis tour, EMI Records will be re-issuing 14 Genesis studio albums in three stages during 2007. All the releases will be SACD/DVD double disc sets featuring newly re-mastered 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes. The release schedule is as follows:
March 2007: A Trick Of The Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1977), …And Then There Were Three…(1978), Duke (1980) Abacab (1981)
June/July 2007: Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986), We Can't Dance (1991), Calling All Stations(1997)
Late 2007/Early 2008: Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972 ), Selling England By The Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974).
From the Genesis Website: www.genesis-music.com.

CATCH MORE SPRINGFIELD 70s TUNES:
Rick Springfield is the subject of yet another archive compilation, this one concentrating on material from his 70's recordings. Catch Me If You Can (horrid artwork below) features the following tracks:
We're Gonna Have A Good Time . It's Driving Me Crazy . Free And Easy . You Can Really Do It (If You Try) . On The Other Side . You Can't Judge A Book . Love Is The Key . You'd Better Think Twice . Welcome To The Rodeo . I Want You . Just Gotta Sing . If We Help One Another . Starlight, Starbright . Catch Me If You Can . I Know That It's Magic . Theme From Mission Magic . Speak To The Sky.
Recording Line-Up: Rick Springfield (vocals, guitar, banjo, electric piano, organ, synthesizer, percussion); Lee Sklar, Barry Sullivan, Carol Kaye (bass guitar); Jim Keltner, Russ Kunkel, Barry Morgan (drums). Recording information: Armstrong's Studio, Melbourne, Australia (1973 - 1974); Crystal Studios, Hollywood, California (1973 - 1974).

 

GUNS N ROSES UP TO OLD TRICKS:
What happens when you mix an unreliable artist with fan apathy? Guns N Roses on tour, that's what. The band have cancelled one of their shows already, it seems not because of any cobbled together excuse, but really because the venue was less than half sold for the show.
This from the Portland Press Herald:
"The rock band Guns N' Roses, which helped define an era with songs like "Welcome to the Jungle,"   canceled its concert at the Cumberland County Civic Center Monday, 2 1/2 hours before the event was scheduled to begin.
The unexplained cancellation angered fans, many of whom pinned the decision on Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose, who has a reputation for calling off shows. "I got all dressed up; I went all out for this concert,"   said 17-year-old Misty McAuliffe of Rockland, standing across the street from the civic center in a tight black outfit and a Guns N' Roses belt buckle.
Fans like McAuliffe turned a section of Free Street behind the civic center into ground zero for Rose-bashing Monday night.
While fans griped outside, a crew of dozens worked inside the civic center to take apart the stage, which was show-ready - lighting, amplifiers and all - by 5:30 p.m., when Guns N' Roses' promoter told the venue's manager the show was off.
Steve Crane, the civic center's general manager, said the band's promoter, AEG Live, did not give a reason for the decision.
Crane, who has worked at the venue for 29 years, said he could remember only one or two other times when a show was called off so close to the scheduled starting time."
Full Story: pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/local/061107gnr.html.

In related news, rumor has November 21 as the long delayed release date for the band's Chinese Democracy album.

CD SHOWCASE UPDATED:
The CD Showcase has been updated today with the following new titles: Final Frontier Freelight and Lovechild Soul Collector (both Escape Music); Biss X-Tension and Dawn Of Silence Moment Of Weakness (both Metal Heaven) and Da Vinci Back In Business and AOR LA Concession (both MTM Classix).
Check them all out now.

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

WOLFGANG JOINS HIS DAD IN VAN HALEN:
A lot of speculation and a lot of new updates are now appearing in relation to the Van Halen alive again in 2007 news started here a couple of weeks back.
Late last week celeb gossip site TMZ.com posted news of the band and who would play bass. Today G4TV ran a quote from band publicist Janie Liszewski confirming that news.
I called Liszewski for a confirmation of these comments. She happily obliged, stating that yes, Wolfgang Van Halen was the band's new bassist, suggesting that this wasn't news, as it was stated as such on Howard Stern by Eddie Van Halen in September.
She also confirmed that the Van Halen trio - Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang were 'busy in the studio, rehearsing and writing'. The rehearsing of course is for the aforementioned 2007 tour that the band's management are currently shopping to prospective promoters.
No confirmation as yet of the vocalist for next year's Van Halen tour - but as stated in my original report, David Lee Roth is the singer that is being included in the package offered to concert promoters. I'm told Roth has not yet visited the Van Halen's in the studio.

GENESIS TO ANNOUNCE 2007 TOUR LATER TODAY:
Genesis make their anticipated press conference today (overnight local time) and are expected to announce a 2007 tour. This from Billboard.com today:
Mega-selling pop trio Genesis is reuniting with Phil Collins for its first tour with him since the summer of 1992. An official announcement will be made Monday (Nov. 7) in London. Genesis hasn't toured since 1998, during which Ray Wilson replaced Collins on lead vocals alongside principal members Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.
Former frontman Peter Gabriel will not be participating in the reunion with the group he exited in 1975. "Tony, Mike and Phil are rehearsing now," he said in a recent video message on his Web site. "I'm not involved in this round or this year. I haven't ruled out the possibility of doing something in the future, but right now I'm going to focus on my own work."
Also apparently not involved is guitarist Steve Hackett, who played with the band in the Gabriel era but left in 1977.
Full story: www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003352302.

AN IDOL ROCKER MAKES HIS DEBUT:
Popular modern rocker Chris Daughtry of American Idol fame has launched his website and announced details of his debut album, to be released in the USA November 21.
The track listing will be: 1. It's Not Over, 2. Used To, 3. Home, 4. Over You, 5. Crashed, 6. Feels Like Tonight, 7. What I Want, 8. Breakdown, 9. Gone, 10. There And Back Again, 11. All These Lives, 12. What About Now.
More information, artwork and soundclips are available at: www.daughtryofficial.com/index.php.

SITE UPDATES:
Just an update on some pending updates. I am well into work on the Journey in LA 2006 Feature, which will be complete this week. It will be online shortly, just waiting for a couple of things to fall into place before launching it.
I am also working on the Firefest 3 Feature and full review, plus some pictures from the concert last week. Online soon...
MR-X will return this week with normal updates each and every Friday back as normal.
Reviews need updating, but they need writing firstly, so that has to be done as well as new CD Showcases, MiniBytes, Release Dates updates and the need for me to reply to about 1000 e-mails. Lots of work to do, lots of things to catch up with, but all of it underway. Thanks for your patience.
Additionally, those that ordered MRCD3 over the last 10 days will see their CDs shipped tomorrow. All future orders will be shipped without delay as I am back to my usual duties now the 2 overseas trips are behind me.

 

 

 

Monday, November 06, 2006

ESCAPE MUSIC STORMING INTO THE ZONE:
Escape Music are pleased to announce the latest signing of Stormzone from Northern Ireland, the album title Caught In The Act, Featuring on the lead vocals the much loved vocalist John Harv Harbinson, former lead singer Sweet Savage, Emerald, No Sweat and Den Of Thieves.
And here is an exclusive track Spellbound for melodicrock.com readers: Stormzone - Spellbound (.wma file).
Release Date: January 21, 2007.
Track Listing: Spellbound . Hold Onto Her Love . Stranger Things Have Happened . Nervous Breakdown . Crying In The Rain . Call Of The Wild . Beating Of A Heart . New World . Tuggin' At My Heartstrings . Sky High . Rock On Through The Night.
Stormzone are: John Harv Harbinson - Lead Vocals; Keith Harris - Guitars; Stephen Prosser - Keyboards; Peter Rondo Macken - Bass; Julian Watson - Drums. Album recorded in Homestead Studios Northern Ireland June / July 2006.
Produced by Mudd Wallace (who has also produced albums for Therapy, Van Morrison And Mamas Boys amongst many other Irish artists). Album cover art and interior design Rodney Matthews (Magnum, Allen/Lande, Diamond Head, Thin Lizzy, Asia, Praying Mantis).

Stormzone are a five piece rock band who play powerful melodic rock very reminiscent of classic bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy. The band comes from Belfast in Ireland and the five members have all played in various Irish rock bands, vocalist John Harv Harbinson having played in Sweet Savage, Emerald, No Sweat and Den Of Thieves before forming Stormzone in 2004 with other musicians who shared his love of hard-hitting melodic rock. The main aim of the band was to keep heavy rock alive and kicking, and all the five members of Stormzone have a shared belief in the music of the following artists Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Dio, Journey and Queensryche.
Having toured with Danger Danger, Danny Vaughn and Jeff Scott Soto amongst many others over the last couple of years they have developed a lasting relationship with rock audiences which has culminated in the release of the debut album from the Irish rockers. With the new recording, Stormzone aim to pay homage to their great influences by maintaining the classic rock sounds of the Eighties and NWOBHM whilst delivering their songs with modern high class recording studio sound and power.
WebLink: www.escape-music.com.

 

NEWS FROM MTM MUSIC:
Sinner just finished the recordings of forthcoming album Mask Of Sanity and the mixing session is in full swing. Achim Koehler is mixing the tracks of "Mask Of Sanity" and first sound clips will be online very soon!
We can also announce, that Christof Leim of The Traceelords officially joined the new Sinner line up as the bands second guitarist! Welcome Christof, we're proud to have you on board and let's have some metal & fun in the future!

Lars Forseth and Michael Bormann about Rain - Lars Forseth "We started the recordings for this album in February 2005. Michael had a bunch of suggestions ready by the time we arrived, and we kicked some stuff around for a while and then went for it. It came together pretty easily and we made more or less all the songs in the studio. In two weeks time we had 12 Songs recorded.
We all think the songs are "stronger" than the first album, as they are a little bit more edgy. We put some more balls and attitude into all the sessions, and we think it came across pretty good. The mixture of groovy & modern elements in songs like "Do You Like It" & "Get Over It", pop rock songs like "Deserve It" , "Crazy", "Flesh & Blood", "Love Is By Your Side" heavy rockers like "Insobriety" & "Let Me Be Your Favorite" and great ballads like "Id Die For You", "The Other Side" & "Lovesong", make "Stronger" such a great album.
We had a blast during the making of Stronger and we hope, that everybody else will dig it as much as we do! It's only Rock & Roll!"

Michael Bormann: "Well, at the time, when Jaded Heart and me went separate ways, I was of course disappointed and shocked. Life teaches you again and again, that nothing is really predictable. Anyway, this little slap in the face couldn't hold me back from what I was born for. Music!
Right now it might look like, that I am dancing on 4 different weddings, which is more or less a matter of a bad timing. All three records (Zeno, Rain & Redrum) were done, way before I started with my solo record "conspiracy". By the time, that I'd set a release date for it, I still had no clue about all the other release dates. As I was already for too long out of the scene, I couldn't wait any longer. After setting my release date, everybody else followed. As we see, almost at the same time ;-). Weather good or not, it is like it is. So, I hope the best for each record. I will try now to let you be part of my impressions to each project. Let's start with Rain:
Rain -
It was a very side project, or better a studio job for me in the very beginning. It turned out to become a real band. Nobody knew this back then. We just connected in all ways. As this came clear, I didn't want to be just a hired singer. We all decided to bring me in as a songwriter. That was the time, that we also decided to produce a record like a band. That means TOGETHER! So we all took 2 weeks of to meet in my studio to write and record songs. The first record was nothing else than 5 or 6 sessions in different studios, where we recorded about 3 to 4 songs.
So, finally we grew as a band and the result you can hear. We had so much fun making it! Musically we also had no limits, so that we were able to use even modern elements. That´s great, as it opens a wider range in the songwriting. Fantastic Album!
Zeno -
Well, I can't really tell you so much. Zeno, no it was Naoko, called me up after listening to the song samples on my homepage. We talked a couple of times and I also thought, that his music fits my voice. It was funny, as he didn't know nothing about me and the other way around ;-), ha ha.. He first wanted me to sing only 5 songs on "runway to the gods", as he still planned to also have Tommy or Michael on the record. Both rejected then during my vocal session, as they were too busy. So it turned out to be just me! I really like the songs and basically Zeno´s songwriting. He is a great musician. I didn't really like, that I couldn't bring myself into his songs. I sang 100% the way, he wanted me to. No matter what. It is a great album!
Redrum -
It was pretty much the same story like with Zeno. First I received an e-mail, asking if I would sing in a project and the rest then via telephone. The only difference was, that these guys knew me from Jaded Heart. They sent me some songs later, basically unfinished. So, here I had the chance to co-write, as some songs already had vocal-lines, some didn't. I worked on most of the stuff in my studio and sent the files back to Thessaloniki, where I also sang 3 songs. That's, when I had to find out, that these guys are just great and totally on my wave ;-). We also played a couple of shows last year, but due to some line up changes, we rerecorded some stuff, that I will mix now in my studio. By the end of 2006 it will be finally finished. A release date could be February/March 2007. Great stuff, great guys ;-). Great Country!
Conspiracy -
What to say about my own music. Here goes my baby ;-). I have all the freedom to do whatever I want, which is the greatest thing. As people know me, I always needed a good mixture of rock songs and ballads. You know, I never wanted to sing, or write, just for one direction. My songs are made for everybody. For young and old, for Woman and man. I want them all. Some say too many slow songs. Yeah, that's fine with me. Others say Oh, these ballads are sooo fantastic. Please more.. Tastes are different and this is great. I write for what ever people like.
Everybody picks, what he likes. I do the same, when I buy me a record. And believe me. Not so many records are filled with only great songs... Anyway. Make a long story short. I think, if I like/love my music, a lotta people do also. I stand for what I am. Great songs with great lyrics and I think, that I can also sing a little bit ;-)... Michael
WebLink: www.mtm-music.com.

METAL HEAVEN PRESS RELEASE:
January releases revealed - The year 2007 on Metal Heaven will be kicked off with the release of the astonishing album Accelerator by US Hard Rockers Faith And Fire feat. none other than Riot guitarist Mike Flyntz and former Riot singer Tony Moore on top of the gang.
Completed by Danny Miranda (current touring bassist with Queen) and drummer John Miceli (Blackmore's Rainbow, Meat Loaf), the release date of this CD - a musically essential album for all Riot fans out there: www.faith-and-fire.com.
Finnish Heavy Metal band Burning Point's new release Burned Down The Enemy will hit the stores in January as well. This third release of the band was recorded at Helgate Studios in their hometown of Oulu, Finland and undoubtfully will please any fan of Melodic, slighty Progressive Metal. www.brnpoint.com.
Both albums will be released on January 19, 2007.

Metal Heaven Records has inked a deal with Road To Ruin, the Swedish band consisting of Matti Alfonzetti (vocals; Jagged Edge, The Poodles, Skintrade), Lars Chriss (guitar; Lion's Share); Sampo Axelsson (bass and keyboards; Glenn Hughes, Lion's Share), and Thomas Broman (drums; Great King Rat, John Norum, Glenn Hughes).
Road To Ruin was founded in the year 2005 when guitarist Chriss and Axelsson started to write some material which didn't fit their melodic metal band Lion's Share. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on its self-titled debut album, which will follow a classic '70s and '80s hard rock vein (ala Whitesnake, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy). The recordings were produced by Chriss, Axelsson and Alfonzetti and will be released in the spring.
Official site www.roadtoruin.org.

It's Metal time! Goddess Shiva will unleash their debut album in February 2007. Originally founded in Spring 1977 (!) under the banner of Shiva, this trio feat. original members Armin Sabol (g., v., ex Rage) and Mat Sinner (b., v., Primal Fear & Sinner) plus new drummer Martin Schmidt (ex Leaves Eyes, ex Atrocity) in the line-up, delivers a high class Hard Rock/ Metal album which partly was inspired by classic hard rocker's Thin Lizzy and other bands from this era - Shiva have been an opening act for both Colosseum II (feat. Gary Moore) and Whitesnake during the late 70's.
Goddess Shiva will be out in February 16th, 2007 and marks the first ever release of recordings by this German pioneer band from Stuttgart.

US Metal band Ruffians are ready for their 2006 European tour. Here comes a reminder on the dates:
16.11.2006 (D) Lübeck, Sounds
17.11.2006 (D) Hamburg, Headbanger s Ballroom
18.11.2006 (NL) Leuwaarden, Gloppe
19.11.2006 (NL) Tilburg, Bat Cave
20.11.2006 (B) Aalst, Negasonic 22.11.2006 (CH) Zürich, Rock City 23.11.2006 (D) Heidelberg, Schwimmbad
24.11.2006 (D) Frankfurt, Die Halle 25.11.2006 (D) Metal Forces Festival X - Sak- Altes Wasserwerk, Lörrach
Current album Desert Of Tears out now via Metal Heaven.
WebLink: www.ruffians.org. For more info www.metalheaven.net.

LIGHTSPEED MAKE WAVES WITH MAJESTIC ROCK:
Toronto, Canada's Lightspeed belatedly release their third album Waves internationally through Majestic Rock Records on November 13th. The original release Date was unavoidably pushed back due to art work issues but, with these issues resolved, Lightspeed's hybrid brand of classic North American pomp rock will be readily available in a store near you soon. Track lasting for Waves is as follows:
1. Peak Fires . 2. Things To Come . 3. Young At Heart . 4-7 Waves Of Emotion: a. Waves b. Breathe Away c. One Last Time d. Innocence Of Life . 8. Bridges . 9. Let Me In . 10. Razor's Edge . 11. Fly Away.
For lovers of Classic Styx, Zon, Roadmaster and the like, this band is essential listening. The pomp revival begins here! Form an orderly queue...
WebLinks: www.lightspeedmusic.com and www.majesticrock.com.

 

GLENN HUGHES LIVE AT BASEMENT ON CD & DVD:
Early 2006 Glenn Hughes gave a phenomenal show in Sydney, Australia with JJ Marsh on guitar and Lachlan Doley on keys. The performance was captured and will be released on CD and DVD in 2007. Both will be for sale through the e-store button above. The setlist (full of gems): Coast to Coast / I Found a Woman / This Time Around / Nights in White Satin / Last Mistake / This House / Frail / The Divine / This is How I Feel / Whiter Shade of Pale / Mistreated / Soulmover / Gettin' Tighter / You Keep on Moving.

TALKING METAL UPDATE:
TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 107 of their Talking Metal podcast. This special episode features red carpet interviews host John Ostronomy conducted at the Motley Crue/Hard Rock Cafe 35th Anniversary Party in New York City. Guests include Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, and Joey Kramer, Anthrax members Scott Ian and Frankie Bello, Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielson, Evan Seinfeld and Tera Patrick, Vinnie Paul, Paul Crook, Pearl Aday, Jim Breuer, Jean Beauvoir, The Bravery, and Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC. Motley Crue's Tommy Lee also makes a quick appearance. In addition, co-host Mark Strigl and Ostronomy also discuss topics including Lonn Friend, Chris Cornell, and the new KISS DVD, "KISSology Vol. 1 1974-1977." Photos as well as the 40-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location (www.talkingmetal.com). iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location (phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=78833595).

ROY Z & TRIBE OF GYPSIES UPDATE:
Press Release / Guitarist/producer Roy Z (Tribe Of Gypsies, Bruce Dickinson, Halford) has scheduled a special clinic-meets-show workshow this coming Sunday, November 5 at Manifesto Bar, Rua Iguatemi N° 36 in São Paulo, Brazil. The event is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. and price of admission is R$20.00. Visit www.manifestobar.com.br for more info.
Z is currently in Brazil mixing the forthcoming Tribuzy live DVD, recorded at Credicard Hall in São Paulo in November 2005 and featuring special guest appearances by Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Roland Grapow (Masterplan), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), and Chris Dale (Bruce Dickinson).
Z will be back in Los Angeles for the Tribe Of Gypsies' November 18 headline show at Paladino's, 6101 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana in support of their latest album, Dweller On The Threshold, which is now available domestically via the band's website.
For more info visit www.tribeofgypsies.com.

Y&T DVD UPDATE:
News from the Y&T newsletter: "A huge thanks to everyone who braved the extreme heat of the venue and had their faces melted for the DVD shoot on October 8 in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. People came from all over Europe, the UK (and even the States!) to be a part of the first-ever Y&T DVD! Thank you for making it a Fantastic show!
The DVD will be released in late spring/early summer 2007. Check the web site often for "sneak preview" clips of the upcoming DVD. And be sure to check out the Discussion Forum from time to time for updated DVD information posted by Dave Meniketti.

BON JOVI INTO THE UK HALL OF FAME:
Dave Stewart and Kara DioGuardi of Platinum Weird will be in London week commencing Monday 13th November to present Bon Jovi an award at this year's UK Music Hall of Fame Awards, held at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday November 14th (aired on Channel 4 on 16th November). Other inductees include James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield and Sir George Martin.
UK Music Hall of Fame Awards: www.channel4.com/music/features/U/ukmhof.html.

STERLING WHITAKER'S STYX BOOK:
Press Release / Nashville-based music journalist Sterling Whitaker has announced the upcoming release of his second book, The Grand Delusion - The Unauthorized True Story of Styx. The self-published book is set for publication December 12, 2006 and will be available through Amazon.com, as well as the books own website at www.thegranddelusion.com. It is the first-ever biography of the superstar rock group Styx. "This is one of the most beloved groups of its generation", Whitaker said. "It's about time the story is told properly."
Culled from the authors exclusive interviews with many of the principal players in the career of Styx, including guitarist/bassist/vocalist Glen Burtnik, guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, and drummer Todd Sucherman, as well as management, record company executives, crew members and fans, The Grand Delusion is the definitive portrait of the Chicago-based rock ensemble that has sold more than thirty-five million records in a career spanning three decades. Beginning with 1977's The Grand Illusion, followed by Pieces Of Eight in 1978, Cornerstone in 1979 and Paradise Theatre in 1980, Styx was the first rock group ever to earn four Triple Platinum albums in a row, selling three million copies each. The groups #1 hit Babe was Song of the Year at the 1980 Peoples Choice Awards, and the 1979 Gallup poll named the group the most popular in America. Styx other hits include Lady, Come Sail Away, Renegade, Blue Collar Man, The Best Of Times, Too Much Times On My Hands, and, of course, the ubiquitous pop culture reference Mr. Roboto.
The Grand Delusion is more than just another sleazy biography about the excesses of rock stars, Whitaker maintains. "It's about hard work and sacrifice, success and failure, fame and fortune, love and hatred, friendship and betrayal, and hopefully redemption. Its the true story of how a group of people who have very little in common outside of music struggled to overcome their differences and their limitations to create a body of work that is beloved by millions of people. Its also about the business side of the bands career, the behind-the-scenes work that greased the rails for the band to succeed. Its not so much a story about rich rock stars. The story of Styx is a very human story, good and bad."
Fans who purchase the book through Amazon.com or through www.thegranddelusion.com between December 12th and December 25th will receive a free download of the authors first book Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar, featuring Whitakers exclusive interviews with rock guitarists such as Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), Howard Leese (Heart) and Richard Williams (Kansas), as well as a free download of Behind The Grand Delusion, comprised of the authors project notes and his exclusive interviews with some of the principal players in Styx career which form the backbone of the project.
Styx will release a live album, One With Everything, on November 7th accompanied by a DVD. The band will tour abroad with Deep Purple in early 2007. Former Styx singer Dennis DeYoung is working on a new studio record, the follow-up to Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx Live With Symphony Orchestra, which has been certified Triple Platinum in Canada.
WebLink: www.thegranddelusion.com.

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

HARTMANN COMING HOME IN JANUARY:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details surrounding the release of the highly anticipated new album from Hartmann - Home on January 26, 2007.
Oliver Hartmann is one of the blossoming talents of the New Wave of Reborn Melodic Rock coming from Europe. Former singer of the Metal band At Vance, his stunning debut album Out In The Cold made a strong impact on the fans during 2005 and he was awarded as #4 Best Album and #1 Song of The Year on the popular website www.melodicrock.com. His new album entitled Home, offers again an irresistible mix of melodies, emotion and powerful rock, with exquisite arrangements and a voice that will stand in the years to come.
Produced once again by Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Angra etc.) and Oliver Hartmann, Home was recorded from January through to August 2006. "I'm very satisfied with the new album Home cause for me it's one step forward concerning the songwriting and production", says Oliver. "Due to the fact that the main part of the album was recorded with the same line up touring this summer with Toto, everything has developed more and more into a band's sound, which is a little rougher than Out in the Cold."
The band's line up featured on the album is as follows Oliver Hartmann (vocals& guitar), Mario Reck (guitar), Armin Donderer (bass), Juergen Wuest (keys), Dario Ciccioni (drums).
Final tracklisting of Home is: Coming Home To You; The Sun's Still Rising; My Everything is You; Somewhere Someday; Just For You; I Don't Want To Know; Higher Than Me; Why Do I; Millionaire; Crying; Lay All Your Love On Me.
Release in Japan is scheduled on King Records.

 
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INTO THE VOID WITH JOHN MACALUSO:
Press Release / The Void is in preproduction for their upcoming debut to be released in the spring of 2007. Tracking will begin in November at DCity Studios in Long Island with John Macaluso, formerly of Yngwie Malmsteen and Ark on drums.
John recently completed basic tracks there for his first solo CD featuring James Labrie, Tony Harnell and Mike DiMeo on vocals and many other guests that he has worked with over the years.
The Void features members from the Chris Caffery Band, Zandelle and October Thorns. Their sound has been described as aggressive prog-metal with a focus on stripped down song-writing.
One exception will be an epic, classically inspired piece that borrows from the traditions of symphonic music while incorporating modern instruments and recording techniques. David Z from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and ZO2 will be providing a 2 handed 6 string bass section with Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and Vitalij Kuprij (Artension) under consideration for their own separate contributions.
Demo tracks are available at myspace.com/seekthevoid. The Void's first live performance will be opening for Zero Hour at the Hook in Brooklyn on November 12th.

SPOCK'S BEARD AND GUILTY PLEASURES:
Press Release / Join Spock's Beard band members Alan Morse, Ryo Okumoto, Dave Meros, and Nick D'Virgilio as they appear Live on Guilty Pleasures with Gruno to World Premiere their latest CD. All members will be live in-studio to answer questions and chat live with fans and listeners. As an added bonus, Spock's Beard will be giving a special in-studio performance. Other surprise musicians and guests are scheduled to appear. All members will be present in the interactive chat room, so make sure to log in during the broadcast. There will also be ways to win unique autographed prizes from Spock's Beard by being present in the chat room. This is definitely a musical journey you will not want to miss.
Spock's Beard on "Guilty Pleasures with Gruno" / 7pm (PST) Monday, November 6, 2006 / www.StudioGruno.com.
Listening/Chat instructions You can listen to "Guilty Pleasures with Gruno" on any computer via an internet connection. Go to www.StudioGruno.com, then click on "Guilty". Join the audio stream during any broadcast by clicking "Listen." Join the interactive chat by clicking "Chat," then "Chat Now" from the "Guilty" page.

BUCKCHERRY'S "15" STRIKES GOLD:
Press Release / (Los Angeles, CA) - Making this the rock come back story of the year, Los Angeles' Buckcherry's latest album, 15 (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records), has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales exceeding 500,000 copies. The band's first studio effort in four years was released in the U.S. in April 2006 with an explosive debut at #2 on the Independent Album Chart, #9 on Top Alternative Albums, as well as #48 on the Billboard 200. The out-of-the-box success of15 gained the attention of Atlantic Records who immediately added them to the roster.
Fifteen's sizzling first single, Crazy Bitch, bulleted to the top of the rock charts and remains one of the most played rock songs of the year. "Crazy Bitch" is the #1 most downloaded rock ring tone (and has been for more than a month according to Billboard). The current single, "Next 2 You," is now climbing the active rock charts and the fan inspired video directed by P.R. Brown has just been added at VH1.
For more information visit www.buckcherry.com.

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

FRONTIERS RECORDS ARTIST UPDATE:
Frontiers Records is very proud to announce the signing of Dokken for the release of a brand new studio album in 2007!
Dokken is a legendary US metal band formed originally in 1977. With such albums as Tooth And Nail, Under Lock And Key, Back For the Attack and later Dysfunctional and Erase The Slate they have characterized a musical style made of technical guitars and soaring melodic vocals backed by a heavy thumping bass.
Currently the band consists of Don Dokken on vocals, Jon Levin on guitar, Barry Sparks on bass, and Mick Brown on drums.
"The new record will be a classic Dokken style release, something that all the fans have been asking for", says Don Dokken. "We hope to be done with the production of the record within January 07, so that we can plan a full European tour for the summer time!"

 

Toto have announced a new stream of tour dates during the spring 2007.
12 March 2007 Colston Hall , Bristol (United Kingdom)
13 March 2007 City Hall , Newcastle (United Kingdom)
14 March 2007 Apollo , Manchester (United Kingdom)
17 March 2007 Porsche Arena , Stuttgart (Germany)
18 March 2007 Philipshalle , Düsseldorf (Germany)
19 March 2007 Heineken Music Hall , Amsterdam (Holland)
21 March 2007 Olympiahalle , Munich (Germany)
22 March 2007 Olympia Halla , Innsbruck (Austria)
24 March 2007 Galaxie , Metz (France)
26 March 2007 Zenith , Paris (France)
27 March 2007 Zenith , Dijon (France)
28 March 2007 Zenith , Nantes (France)
30 March 2007 Palaruffini , Turin (Italy)
01 April 2007 Palabam , Mantova (Italy)

Josh Ramos (Hardline, The Storm) has started to write songs for the follow-up release to the acclaimed Living In The Light album. The music style will be once again "straight-ahead melodic rock with great uptempos, ballads and melodies" says Josh. He also confirmed that the extraordinary new talent Don Chaffin will handle all lead vocals. Frontiers hopes to release the album before the summer 07.

Stan Bush is putting finishing touches to the recording of his brand new studio album. According to Stan the mix will start next week and the album will be delivered sometime in November 06. "This is definitely my best album ever!" says Stan and judging from the demos he's been working on we can believe him!

Popular singer Michael Kiske has confirmed his desire to work on a new recording of old Helloween hits in acoustic / unplugged mode. All in all around 11 songs will be re-arranged but also one brand new song will find its way on this album. In the meanwhile Michael will also appear as a guest singing a duet with Gisa Vatcky, the female singer of the band Indigo Dying for the song Breathe In Water. The coming winter will be very busy for Michael!

Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchock are busy putting finishing touches to the recording of the third Pride Of Lions album entitled The Roaring of Dreams. According to Peterik, "It is a return to the more commercial and hooky sounds of the first album and actually takes much of its inspiration from the Vital Signs album by Survivor. Keep in mind though that it is pure Pride Of Lions and adds the drama of Toby's voice and the counterpoint vocals of yours truly."
"The songs are mostly shorter form and more to the point"
, continues Peterik, "there are still some grand messages though the title track is about the massive sound that we hear in our head when a dream is taking shape - even when you are working a 9 to 5 shift or even if you are an unhappy house wife - you still can hear the dream in your head. There is a song about the The Book of Life we are all writing - "are you just a footnote - or will you rise to fill it's pages - you were born to rock the ages - just take your pen and write the book of life" - you can shape your own destiny if you really try.
Toby has a field day with the Hagar-esque rocker Heaven on Earth, inspired on the night my wife's brother Andy passed away - "I'm not gonna wait till I'm six feet under - we can find heaven on earth". There's a classic pop song called Language of the Heart that really rocks, there something for everyone and I am sure this will please all."

Once again the band's line-up in the recording features Ed Breckenfeld on drums, Klem Hayes on bass, Mike Aquino on guitar and Christian Cullen on keyboards apart from Jim Peterik (keyboards, guitar and vocals) and Toby Hitchcock on lead vocals. Frontiers Records plans to release the album in early 2007.

Following the successful release of the Slamer debut album Nowhere Land, the official Slamer website was launched ! Go to mikeslamer.ke0.eu and enjoy everything about british guitarist Mike Slamer!

Former Toto singer Fergie Fredriksen is putting his finishing touches to the recording of the long awaited Fredriksen / Denander project. There will be 12 songs included on the album and according to guitar player Tommy Denander "This stuff is killer!" Frontiers hopes to receive the finished master within the end of 06 in order to schedule the release for the first half of 2007.

The third album of the Khymera project (featuring Daniele Liverani on keyboards, Dario Ciccioni on drums, Tommy Ermolli on guitar and Dennis Ward of Pink Cream 69 on vocals) has started to take shape. This time the songwriting has been completely handled by the British brothers Tom & James Martin (who did also heavily contribute to the second record and penned the beautiful Ghost of Time on the latest House Of Lords album World Upside Down). The recording will start in early 2007 and the label plans a release after the summer.

Unfortunately the planned John Waite UK / European tour got cancelled. No other details are available at the moment, but it is hoped that John will be able to play in Europe during the spring 07.

Guitarist/Singer Richie Kotzen was kind enough to send his personal comments on the tracks that will appear on his forthcoming album Into The Black to be released in Europe on Frontiers Records on December 8! Enjoy the read!
1. You Can't Save Me - This is the first song I recorded for the CD... the first 3 songs were this one, "Fear" and "The Shadow"... "You Can t Save Me" sets the tone for the entire record... I m not sure where the inspiration came from, but obviously I was a bit pissed at something... It was one of those songs that really wrote itself... I started with the riff and then just began to sing...
2. Misunderstood - This was the 4th song I wrote for the CD... it is really about the effects substances have on your mind... When you're high, you tend to talk about things and say things you would never say... You begin to believe in things that to a sober mind would have no bearing whatsoever ...
3. Fear - This song is about running out of options... Losing site of goals and surrendering to defeat... It's sort of a sad song lyrically but it's a place that I'm sure many people come to in life if even only for a moment.
4. The Shadow - This song is about inner voices... Also about feeling alone... Living in a bit of a fantasy world and feeling misunderstood on all levels...
5. Doin' What The Devil Says To Do - This song is about mistakes... Also about knowing what the right choice is but for whatever reason you keep on making the same mistake over and over again even though you know your doing it...
6. Till You Put Me Down - This is a break up song... basically says that I m going to stay with you even though I know it's bad... Saying I won't leave until you leave me sort of thing.
7. Sacred Ground - This song is about being lost whenever you are without the one you love... I suppose it's a bit of a love song even though it sounds sort of creepy.
8. Your Lies - This song is another sort of desperate love song... More or less saying that you surrender to whatever the other person gives you.
9. Living In Bliss - I wrote this song a long time ago... There were several different versions of this song until I settled on the version on the CD... It is another break up song... Basically talking about how bad the relationship was and how much better off you are without.
10. My Angel - This is one of those dysfunctional love songs where you are admitting fault in how you are, but also admitting you can't change.

 

PREVIEWING VAUGHN AND JORN:
Halfway home...this update comes from Singapore's Changi International Airport - one of the best airports there is I reckon...anyway, on the flight here I took some time to check out 5 brand new tracks from the new Vaughn album Traveller, due out via Frontiers Records in February 2007.
From what I can tell, it looks like Danny Vaughn is on a real winner with this album. The earthy tones of previous Vaughn albums is still there, but these tunes step back towards the classic Tyketto sound, which I know will excite fans. I'll comment individually on the 5 tracks when I get back to business next week.

Also getting a spin is the 2 new Jorn albums - the all covers affair Unlocking the Past and the Best Of The Gathering. Both albums feature new recordings and remixed tracks from past releases. And both will be essential for Jorn fans. I'm totally sold on Jorn Lande as one of the greatest rock vocalists in the business. The 16 track retrospective is a perfect starting point for those yet to be introduced to this 'metal David Coverdale' and the covers album looks like being a rare commodity - a credible and enjoyable salute to some classic rock songs from the likes of Deep Purple, Bad Company and Black Sabbath. More detailed comments to follow. Both Jorn albums are released on Frontiers in January.

NEW STORM FROM MICK CERVINO:
Violent Storm, the new band formed by ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Blackmore's Night bassist Mick Cervino, has posted the song War No More, featuring K.K. Downing of Judas Priest on lead guitar, at www.violentstorm.net. The track comes off the group's new album, Storm Warning, which was released October 23 in Europe. The CD, which was released in Japan in June, was produced by K.K. Downing (his first production credit outside of Judas Priest), and features guest appearances by Downing, Yngwie Malmsteen and Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson).

HUGHESTHRALL.COM & MYSPACE ONLINE NOW!:
Just ahead of the November release (via Rock Candy Records) of the newly re-mastered edition of the classic Hughes/Thrall album, both Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall have debuted their brand new accompanying website - www.hughesthrall.com - and also their new space over at MySpace.com - www.myspace.com/hughesthrall.
Be sure and check'em both out!
The remaster is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com (www.amazon.com) worldwide, NEH Records (www.nehrecords.com) in the USA, Play.com (www.play.com) in the UK and HMV (www.hmv.co.jp) in Japan.

MORE ESSENTIAL SCHUTT:
Get a taste of the brand new Gary Schutt CD due out in 2007!! See the video for the song Love Me For Me by clicking: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxUQAaqr3MA.
Also the other 2 CD's Gary's has been working on this year (Palisade Lost In Paradise and Gary Schutt Loss 4 Words) are due for release in December. The Palisade CD is a collection of songs Gary wrote back in his High School and College days. If you are a fan of Journey, Styx, Van Halen and anything 80's pop rock, you will love this album. The Loss 4 Words album is Gary's first guitar instrumental release, and the first to have guest appearances from other people since his debut with Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen).

MANDRAKE TO SUPPORT CHEAP TRICK/THIN LIZZY & IAN GILLAN IN OZ:
Premier Aussie power trio Mandrake (www.mandrake.com.au) will join Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy on their upcoming Sydney dates Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December. They will also be joining Ian Gillan on the New South Wales leg of his much anticipated Gillan's Inn solo tour kicking off on the 20th January 2007.
This coming Saturday (4th November) will also see Mandrake play a one-off Sydney show at The Pine Inn (Concord) in support of their newly released, self-titled EP. $10 admission also scores you a free copy of the EP as well as the chance to see the band stretch out with a spectacular 2.5+ hour show.
Mandrake have enjoyed a blaze of success since their Deep Purple/Status Quo tour last April, winning the praises of many Top Shelf promoters who find them the perfect choice as openers for the growing number of Classic Rock acts coming to tour in Australia.
Said Bassist George Passas: "It takes a rare breed of band to be able to say it all in the mere 30-40 minutes you re given on stage as support act to world renowned artists with a cult-like following of very devoted fans AND consistently walk off stage at the end of your set to incredible applause, AND on top of all this sell dozens of CD's and T-shirts after your show when an hour ago you were unknowns. This band is chuffed at the interest we ve generated in such a short time, and blessed to be awarded such top line gigs. We're having a ball and it must be showing!"
Mandrake are also finalists in Tony Iommi's Black Sunday Radio Show unsigned band competition featured on Planet Rock.
Mandrake sound clips as well as CD and merchandise purchases available at www.mandrake.com.au.

SUNCITY RECORDS OFFERS NEW CD PREVIEWS:
More news from Australia - retro hard rock label Suncity Records has this update for you:
"Just a quick update to keep everybody posted on how things are coming along with our next few releases. Below are the upcoming CD's to be released before the end of the year. To preview a track off each album, click on the link below.
Dirty Rhythm, Daniel MacMaster and Sweet Teaze will be released on the 31/10/06. Kidd Havok, Blackboard Jungle and Pretty Vacant won't be too much longer, we are just tweaking a few things in order to get the production spot on. Enjoy."
A preview of each album mentioned there (via a full length MP3 download) and all album artwork is available at: www.suncityrecords.com.

METAL MIND GOES TO ROADRUNNER:
Metal Mind Productions is very proud to announce a multi-record licensing deal signed with Roadrunner Records for their fantastic back-catalogue.
MMP will re-issue over 25 albums from the late 80 s/early 90 s, taken from the wide Roadrunner Records archives. The selection of bands includes Solitude Aeturnus, Crimson Glory, Atrophy, Heaten, Realm, Xentrix, Disincarnate, Pestilence, Last Crack, Znowhite, Sadus, Toxik, Bulldozer & Gorguts. This is a must-have offer for fans of good music - re-issues of classic material in new digipack editions, each title limited to 2000 copies, digitally re-mastered using 24-Bit process with bonus features like audio or video material, biography, liner notes from Artists and more.
Tomasz Dziubinski, President of Metal Mind Productions: "It took us over 2 years to finalize this fantastic deal. When we first started to work with Roadrunner Records back in 1990 we were selling vinyl copies of those titles. Albums unavailable for over 15 years were sold in places like Ebay for 100s of dollars! This is a wonderful occasion to refresh those classic albums and present them to fans of good metal music in a new, improved version. We worked very hard with Roadrunner Records and the Artists on achieving the best possible results."
First batch of those titles is scheduled for 13th November.

KEITH SEMPLE JOINS 7TH HEAVEN:
Press Release / Keith was born and raised in Northern Ireland and was voted "Best Male Singer" on the hit TV show PopStars (the predecessor to our American Idol) in the UK by over 6 million viewers. After that, he joined the band One True Voice (Jive Records) and promptly sold over 400,000 CD's, which earned him a Gold Record for the song Sacred Trust - written by the Bee-Gees. MTV-UK still plays One True Voice videos today.
During this time Keith also worked with Pete Waterman (of Stock Aitken Waterman) - who wrote over 200 top 40 UK hits. Keith still works with Pete today. After "One True Voice" Keith went back to Northern Ireland to play with his rock band Alibi, where he got rave reviews and was considered as "someone to watch" & "the next Robbie Williams" by the UK press. During this time Keith was invited to play some shows in the UK to packed 10,000 - 20,000 seat arenas. Keith found out 7th Heaven was looking for a singer and contacted the band about the job. After realizing the perfect fit, plans were set in place to get Keith to Chicago (his first time ever). So after waiting patiently, Keith is now in Chicago and in 7th Heaven. Dan, Mark and I know you will be amazed with his voice and talents, just as we are. We are happy to welcome him to the 7th Heaven family. Check out the promo video of Keith on our website (www.7thheavenband.com).
Yes, we have alot of new products in the works. We have about 150 songs to work with for our next CD and we'll be recording them over the next few months - so look for a new 7th Heaven CD coming early 2007. We also will be finishing the Pop Medley CD that many of you have been asking for. We will also be releasing an Unplugged acoustic CD of our unplugged set.

 

 

 

Sunday, October 29, 2006

GREETINGS FROM THE UK:
Greetings from London, UK. I'm awaiting my flight home after a killer weekend in Nottingham at Firefest 3. I must apologise for the lack of site updates. Firstly I over-estimated the availability of easy online access, so I have hardly been online at all. Secondly, I really needed the time to just enjoy the weekend. I don't get out and about too often, so forgive this indulgence.
I fly home tomorrow morning, but the flight back takes 30 hours and then I can't wait to spend some time with the family.
So - business as usual from Monday November 6.
That said - here's an update below and I hope to present a review of the Firefest 3 show shortly, plus more news and updates from my in-box.
To state briefly - Firefest 3 was another fabulous weekend for all. This event goes beyond the music...it's a great atmosphere of friendly, like-minded people, just hanging out and enjoying the experience, the company, the alcohol (!!) and yes...of course, the bands.
Nottingham Rock City was packed with some 1200 melodic rock hungry fans and judging by the merch sales - all went away happy and content with the events of the weekend.
Firefest 3 saw a solid line-up deliver some highly enjoyable and very professional sets. I'll expand on my comments with the full show review, but I think all bands delivered good strong performances.
There were some technical difficulties throughout the day - something these festivals are prone too, as the bands don't get time to soundcheck as they would regularly do. Talking to the many gathered during and after the show, all bands scored votes as favourites for the day but there was a clear majority for 3 bands - Gotthard, Wig Wam and Treat.
My call - I think Wig Wam delivered the most high energy and crowd pleasing set of the day and clearly had the whole audience involved in their highly entertaining set. And Gotthard were consummate professionals and did their thing perfectly to the crowd's delight.
Nexx got the day off to a perfect start and I think their set (filmed for DVD release) got the crowd warmed up nicely. Treat had a great sound and friendly crown behind them. Wig Wam were simply outstanding - just great fun to watch, high energy at all times and completely over the top old-school glam rock. The crowd ate them up and at a later signing session, the band sold out of all merch brought along for the show.
Fair Warning had a big job of following Wig Wam and like Gotthard, delivered a professional and tight set. Same for Bonfire, who also filmed their set for a DVD release.
I imagine there will be some differing opinions on Winger - call it the curse of the Festival Headliner. Besieged with technical difficulties that hindered their own enjoyment of the show and not to mention having to cut their set list a little due to the event running a little behind - I for one think they showed those attending what phenomenal musicians they all are and Kip Winger providing lead vocals, bass, keyboards and acoustic guitar parts was something pretty amazing to watch.

Most of all I'd just like to give a big thank you to everyone that I met this weekend, old faces and new. That was a highlight of the trip for me. The good time, the conversation and the awesome comments from all will last me the next 12 months. It really is great to get out and meet users of the site and great to hear that the site is appreciated and going in the right direction.
Cheers!
Firefest 3 report online soon.

PS. Talk of Firefest was of course all things Journey! I have never seen so many Journey T-Shirts in one place (aside from the actual Journey gigs!). I just want to mention that work continues on the Journey 2006 Feature and I'm on track for it all being online sometime during the week commencing November 6.

PHENOMENA ARTWORK REVEALED:
Escape Music have released the cover art for the Phenomena release The Complete Works. The limited edition triple CD digipak contains all the three albums - Phenomena, Dream Runner and Innervision. All digitally re-mastered, with a new front cover plus 6 bonus tracks, and the booklet shall feature the full story of Phenomena!
Release date November 20.

 

TOM COCHRANE NO LONGER A STRANGER AS OF THIS WEEK:
Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane finally returns to active duty on Tuesday with his new album No Stranger. The track listing is as follows:
The Party's Not Over . Glide . While You Are Young . White Horse . Didn't Mean . Rough And Tumble . Out Of My Head . Deep Breath . Northern Star . Since You Left Me . Colour Blue . Spirit In The Sky.
Some details of the album have been released by Universal Music:
"Self-produced and recorded at Toronto's Metalworks as well as Cochrane's own Layastone studio on Georgian Bay, No Stranger features a mix of passionate anthems and stirring ballads from an artist still clearly in his prime. Cochrane kicks things off with "The Party's Not Over," a driving rocker full of hope and faith that recalls the joyfulness of his mega-hit "Life is a Highway." The robust, inspirational "Rough and Tumble," meanwhile, pays tribute to both the courage of Canadian hockey heroes and small-town soldiers fighting overseas. There are also bluesy numbers like "Since You Left Me" and a fuzzed-out psych cover of Norman Greenbaum's 1969 gospel-rock gem "Spirit in the Sky." But the album also contains gentler moments like "Deep Breath" and "Out of My Head," which rank among the most intimate and mellifluous songs that Cochrane has ever recorded.
The album heralds a new chapter in Cochrane's acclaimed career: it's his first for Universal Music Canada, after releasing all of his previous recordings through EMI. "It was time for a change," he says simply, "and change is always good." Indeed, Cochrane sounds positively revitalized throughout the album, summoning a youthful vigor on the soaring choruses to "Glide" and "White Horse" and a fresh urgency on "Didn't Mean." But No Stranger also represents a return to familiar partnerships. After years of what Cochrane calls "estrangement," he and guitarist Ken Greer, his longtime comrade from Red Rider days, reunited to rework their studio magic. Greer's signature slide guitar sound can be heard most prominently on the first single, "Didn't Mean" and "Out of My Head." "It's great to be playing with Kenny again," says Cochrane. "He understands music's cinematic potential and weaves wonderful colors that always enhance the lyrics."
In producing the new album himself, Cochrane ignored commercial considerations and eschewed polish in favor of a more stripped-down sound. "A big part of this record was deciding how much to leave raw," he says. "For one thing, we didn't AutoTune the tracks to death." The result is that his falsetto vocals on "Deep Breath" track sound fittingly fragile and honest. Asked why it took him so long to release a follow up 1998's XRay Sierra album, Cochrane says candidly, "I could've put out a record every year after that, but if they're no good and not from your heart, what's the point. Sometimes it just takes a while to get there."

 

DOM STANDS IN FOR ANDY IN DURAN DURAN:
Duran Duran have announced that Dom Brown will play guitar on the upcoming American shows which are slated to run from October 26 to November 11, 2006. After these dates, the band will return to the studio to continue recording.

ONE FINAL BILOXI RELEASE FOR THE FANS:
Mark Allen Lanoue, guitarist of Biloxi sent in a cool update for fans of the band. Mark says: "I just wanted to let you know that the remaining members of Biloxi are plan on finishing Biloxi III. We will begin work on the final pieces, mixing etc in the coming weeks. This will be our final honor to Clyde. Rob Gronkoski, Dave Melton, Stephen Prescott and myself will be putting on the finishing touches. If you would like a preview of a couple of the Lead Solos that will be on Biloxi III, you can check them out on my myspace page: myspace.com/markallenlanoue."
Also check out: www.markallenlanoue.com and www.biloximusic.com.

ROB HALFORD TO DEBUT FIRST NEW 'HALFORD' TRACK IN FOUR YEARS:
Press Release / This November will see a flurry of release from one of heavy metal's all-time great voices, Judas Priest's Rob Halford. Rob's solo band Halford make an unforgettable and exclusive return to Apple's iTunes Music Store this fall. On November 21, 2006 Halford will debut its first new track in more than four years 'Forgotten Generation' exclusively @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword Halford.
One week later - on November 28, 2006 - three (3) full-length Halford albums 'Resurrection' with bonus material (2000/2006), 'Live Insurrection' (2001/2006), and 'Crucible' with bonus material (2002/2006) will re-release after being re-acquired earlier this year. 'Resurrection' signaled Halford's glorious metallic return, and featured a duet with Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, 'The One You Love To Hate.' The ensuing tour was faithfully documented on 'Live Insurrection,' which combined new Halford and Fight tracks with such Priest classics as 'Stained Class,' 'Genocide,' and 'Breaking the Law.' Halford's sophomore studio set, 'Crucible,' showed the group continuing to gel as one of metal's fiercest outfits, before the singer returned to front the classic Judas Priest line-up once more. All titles are available exclusively @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword Halford.
The new 'Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1' (2006) release features fifteen (15) outstanding tracks from Rob's early solo days right up to the inclusion of two new Halford tracks from the current 'Halford IV' writing sessions 'Forgotten Generation' and 'Drop Out.'
The first Halford Expanded Singles EP 'Silent Screams' (2006) is the fifth Halford title to release on November 28, 2006. Rob Halford's original 1999 demonstration recording of 'Silent Screams;' is bundled with three additional Halford versions. Bonus 'Silent Screams' film footage previewing next year's 'Halford - Live at Rock In Rio III (2001/2007) film release is included with your full-EP digital download purchase. Exclusively available @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword Halford.
MGE's sixth release is a very rare, full-length 'Fight' demonstration recording 'K5 The War Of Words Demos' (1992/2006). K5 features The Metal God's first written material and recorded performances as a solo artist (1992); PLUS, five (5) previously unreleased Rob Halford songs; reflecting Rob's original vision of his first solo effort. Available exclusively @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword Fight.
Each Halford and Fight K5 iTunes full album and EP digital pack features mastered audio, new & enhanced art, expanded liner notes and exclusive media @ RobHalford.com with your iTunes order number, PLUS exclusive, bonus film footage of The Metal God & band is packaged with your full-album and EP iTunes digital download purchase.
Halford's new video 'Forgotten Generation' debuts November 28, 2006 @ Apple.com/iTunes/store - keyword Halford.
Save on your own early purchase and gift Halford and Fight to your family and friends; 'The Halford and Fight iTunes pre-sale' begins November 21, 2006 - November 27, 2006.
Halford are Rob Halford - vox, Metal Mike Chlasciak and Roy Z. - Guitars, Bobby Jarzombek - Drums, and Mike Davis - Bass.
Tracklisting for 'Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1' includes:
1) Resurrection (Resurrection 2000/2006), 2) Made In Hell (Resurrection 2000/2006), 3) Screaming In The Dark (Live Insurrection 2001/2006), 4) Golgotha (Crucible 2002/2006), 5) Silent Screams 1999 Demo (1999/2006), 6) Crystal (Crucible 2002/2006), 7) Into The Pit (New K5 - 1992/2006), 8) Nailed To The Gun (New K5 - 1992/2006), 9) Slow Down (Resurrection 2000/2006), 10) Forgotten Generation (New - 2006), 11) Drop Out (New - 2006), 12) Locked and Loaded (Resurrection 2000/2006), 13) War Of Words (New K5 - 1992/2006), 14) Sun (Crucible 2002/2006), 15) Trail Of Tears (Crucible 2002/2006).
Additional details available at www.RobHalford.com.

US DOMESTIC RELEASE FOR NEW TRIBE OF GYPSIES:
Press Release / A rare, never released promotional video of the Tribe Of Gypsies' epic We All Bleed Red has been posted at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dFG6raqWwQ. It was filmed in London, England in the fall of 1993 as the band were in town to record the 'Balls to Picasso' album with Bruce Dickinson and features the same line-up assembled for the TRIBE's eponymous 1996 debut, guitarist Roy Z, vocalist Dean Ortega (ex-Neverland), bassist Eddie Casillas, drummer David Ingraham, and percussionists Doug Van Booven and Mario Aguilar.
A domestic version of the Tribe Of Gypsies' latest album, Dweller On The Threshold, which was released July 20 on JVC/Victor in Japan and September 26 on Seoul Records in Korea, can currently be obtained through the band's website www.tribeofgypsies.com/news/index.html. Co-produced by Roy Z and L.A. studio legend Richard Podolor, it is the Tribe's first album to feature the group's current live line-up consisting of Z on lead guitar, former Jason Bonham Band vocalist Chas West, keyboardist Ray Rodriguez, percussionist Elvis Balladares, drummer David Moreno (Bruce Dickinson, Earshot), bassist Juan Perez (Bruce Dickinson, Zach De La Rocha), and second guitarist Christian Byrne. Several "Dweller..." tracks are available in streaming audio on the band's MySpace page.
Tribe Of Gypsies have also announced another L.A. area show and will be making a headline appearance Saturday, November 18 at Paladino's, 6101 Reseda Blvd. in Tarzana CA 91335. Visit www.jimmydproductions.com for more info.
Tribe of Gypsies online: www.tribeofgypsies.com.

 

 

 

Thursday, October 26, 2006 :pm update

VAN HALEN AND ROTH - FINALLY IN 2007:
No more teasing. Never tease where Van Halen is concerned...I have information from a highly placed source that Van Halen will likely tour in 2007 with David Lee Roth as frontman.

Negotiations are currently underway to re-unite Van Halen with their original frontman for a tour in 2007 that will take in Amercia and possibly other territories. While nothing in the world of Van Halen is set until the band walk out on stage, I can confirm that negotiations between all parties have been underway for some time, trying to put together a big 2007 re-union tour.

One would presume the tour will feature classic VH era songs only. What I do not yet know is whether this plan includes exiled bass player Michael Anthony. Perhaps Wolfgang will play bass? I'm told these questions will be answered shortly.
Van Halen last toured in 2004 with Sammy Hagar, but the tour ended on a sour note and Hagar has not talked to Eddie Van Halen since.
What I also know is that there will be no new Van Halen release to go with the tour, such as The Best Of Both World's in 2004. There is no plans for a new compilation or a new studio album - just the tour.
More details when available.

UNLOCKING TWO NEW ALBUMS FROM VOCAL GOD JORN LANDE:
Frontiers Records is very pleased to announce the release of two separate Jorn records entitled Unlocking The Past and The Gathering on January 27, 2007.
The concept behind this dual release is to encounter the fans request for more material and to make some of Jorn's earlier work more available.
With The Gathering, Jorn says, "I'm removing dust from some of my earlier recordings because I believe some of these songs deserve a second chance in history . Some tracks have been rerecorded from scratch, simply because I felt they would sound better with new arrangements and approach continues the Norwegian singer, adding Others have been remixed and have this way been given a face lift due to the fact that the original recordings didn t sound that great productionwise. All songs have been digitally mastered by my good friend Tommy Hansen and I hope that this album will please my old as well as my newer fans."

Unlocking the Past includes some previously unreleased cover songs that were originally considered to be leftovers or additional bonus tracks for previous Jorn albums. Many of them were never included on any official release. Some brand new covers were also recorded specifically for this release. Dust has been brushed from these recordings; the remix of Burn, The day the earth caught fire (which originally appeared on Jorn's solo debut album Starfire), and the remastered version of On and On (which was supposed to appear on a Millennium covers album a few years back), complete the tracklisting of the album.
"I'm very excited about releasing these songs from the treasure chest" Jorn says and surely this is nothing less than a nice present for the numerous fans of one of the greatest Rock singers today.

 
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The tracklisting on the two albums will be as follows:
Unlocking the Past - On And On (originally recorded by MSG); Fool For Your Loving (originally recorded by Whitesnake); Cold Sweat (originally recorded by Thin Lizzy); Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (originally recorded by Black Sabbath); Burn (originally recorded by Deep Purple); Feel Like Making Love (originally recorded by Bad Company); Kill The King (originally recorded by Rainbow); Perfect Strangers (originally recorded by Deep Purple); Naked City (originally recorded by KISS); The Day The Earth Caught Fire (originally recorded by City Boy).
The Gathering - Something Real; Gonna Find The Sun; Bridges Will Burn; Young Forever; Tungur Knivur; One Day We Will Put Out The Sun; Sunset Station; Hourglass; Gate Of Tears; House Of Cards; My Own Way; Worldchanger; Abyss Of Evil; Where The Winds Blow; Christine; Big.
Release date for both records will be January 26, 2007 in Europe, with Japanese release on Marquee/Avalon. Watch out for JORN touring Europe in a city near you during Spring 07!

 
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GENESIS - OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 7TH NOVEMBER 2006:
News from Genesis - "An official announcement about the band's plans for 2007 will be made on Tuesday, 7th November. Full details will be made available first on this site at a time to be confirmed.
No further information will be supplied until that date and we respectfully ask that people desist from sending emails, letters and making phone calls for advance information - this will NOT be provided until the official date. Thank you for your patience until then"
WebLink: www.genesis-music.com.
What they are referring to is of course the news that the popular band will tour in 2007 (Collins, Banks & Rutherford), but without Peter Gabriel (at this stage).

BLACK SABBATH MEMBERS REUNITE WITHOUT OZZY:
Press Story / By Dean Goodman, Los Angeles (Reuters) - Ozzy Osbourne's bandmates in British heavy metal group Black Sabbath have reunited without the singer for a planned tour early near year, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
The threesome have joined forces with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who sang in the band during two stints in the 1980s and 1990s after Osbourne was ousted for his prodigious drug abuse, but will bill themselves as Heaven and Hell.
Lest anyone think that Osbourne has been ostracized again, representatives for the so-called "Prince of Darkness" issued a separate statement, announcing "there is only one Black Sabbath," and that he would join forces with his old Birmingham buddies for a tour and new album late next year.
Original Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Dio "are working on a project together which has nothing to do with Black Sabbath," the statement said. "However, Ozzy wishes Tony and Ronnie much success in their project together."
The members of Heaven and Hell -- Dio, Iommi, bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward -- were not available for comment. The group's spokeswoman said Dio and Iommi were in England writing songs together.
The combo takes its name from the first album Dio recorded with Black Sabbath in 1980. This lineup recorded another studio album in 1981 and a live album in 1982, after which Dio quit. He reportedly complained there were not enough photos of him in the live album artwork, while Iommi reportedly referred to the diminutive head-banger as a "little Hitler."
After a stint at the helm of a successful 1980s metal band bearing his last name, Dio briefly rejoined Black Sabbath a decade later, by which time Iommi was the only original member left and the group had lost most of its fans.
The founding foursome, famed for such jarring metal anthems as "Paranoid" and "War Pigs," buried their various hatchets in the mid-1990s for a successful series of tours, although plans for a new album never came to fruition. After years of being snubbed, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Osbourne concurrently found mainstream notoriety as a reality TV star, thanks to his role as the perpetually confused paterfamilias in MTV's "The Osbournes."

TAYLOR STEALS DURAN'S THUNDER:
Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor has once again left the band, leaving the original line-up without a guitarist while trying to record their new studio album. This statement comes from the band:
"To Our Fans
We know that there has been a tremendous amount of speculation over the past few weeks regarding Andy Taylor's continued involvement with the band and we are sorry that we've been unable to provide you with more information until now. The past five years have been an incredible journey for us all - and having the original five back together was something that we had wanted to see happen for some time. As of last weekend, however, the four of us have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy, as we have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together. Although obviously disappointed and saddened about this, we are excited about the next chapter of the Duran Duran story and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Simon, John, Nick and Roger."
Where Andy goes from here is anyone's guess. He recorded two popular solo albums before becoming an acclaimed producer. There were plans for a re-issue of his classic Thunder album, with an antire album of unreleased material as a bonus disc. Hopefully he might consider getting that plan going again - at least for starters.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

FIREWORKS MAGAZINE & MELODICROCK.COM PROMOTIONAL TIE-UP:
For several years now, Fireworks Magazine has been featuring the best in new melodic hard rock on its free CD, and now the perfect method of promoting your band has just got even better as Fireworks teams up with melodicrock.com to offer the absolute best value for promotion yet!
The price for a song on our Fireworks CD remains constant at £75 ($135) but now all bands paying for themselves will also get a promotional blurb published on a dedicated Fireworks Magazine page within melodicrock.com. Plus for an optional further mere £50 ($90) melodicrock.com will feature TWO MP3 tracks to accompany this feature. This represents amazing value for money and gives the opportunity to reach thousands of dedicated melodic hard rock fans.
The next issue of Fireworks will be out in December, with cut-off date for CD tracks being mid-November. Anyone interested should contact Bruce Mee at fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com.
The newest issue of Fireworks Magazine, issue 25, is out this week and contains interviews with Meat Loaf, Tony Mills on TNT, Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Hanoi Rocks, Roger Glover, Richie Kotzen, Steve Hacket, Souper Groupies and much, much more packed into an amazing 88 pages!! Also comes with free CD featuring the following tracks:
1. Taz Taylor Band (with Graham Bonnet) – Radio Luxembourg From the album 'Welcome to America'; 2. Planet Alliance – Remember Me From the album 'Planet Alliance'; 3. Wet Desert – Without You From the album 'Kiss the Past Goodbye'; 4. Star of David – Seventh Wonder From the album 'Waiting in the Wings'; 5. Nexx – Like the Poet From the album 'Another Dawn'; 6. Felony – Say Goodbye From the album 'First Works'; 7. GPS – Take Dreams From the album 'Window to the Soul'; 8. Sora – Highway to Nowhere From the album 'Demented Honour'; 9. Saracen – The Power and the Glory From the album 'Vox in Excelso'; 10. Smash Alley – Died a Thousand Times From the album 'Too Late to Say No'; 11. Alibi – No Reason From the album 'Misdemeanours'; 12. Sphere of Souls – Room 9 From the album 'From the Ashes'; 13. Walk the Sky – Lay it on the Line From the album 'Walk the Sky'; 14. Cryptic Vision – I am the Energy From the album 'In a World'; 15. Tomorrow's Eve – Irreversible From the album 'Mirror of Creation 2 – Genesis II'; 16. Hammers of Misfortune – We Are the Widows From the album 'The Locust Years'; 17. Love Child – Perfect Day From the album 'Soul Protector'.
Magazine is available directly for £4 plus £1 P&P (£1.50 Europe, £2.50 rest of world) by Paypal to fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com or check/PO payable to 'Bruce Mee' and sent to: Fireworks Magazine, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD.

THE DEATH OF ROCKER ADAM RANDALL:
It is with considerable sadness that I must report the untimely death of a melodicrock regular, Adam Randall of US modern rockers Sixty-10. Adam was an enthusiastic and engaging guy, who regularly posted on the site Noticeboard, relentless in his passion for the band he fronted. Adam and I have swapped e-mails over a number of years and he was on every occasion, a sweet, polite and sincere guy. My person best wishes go out to his family and friends and I trust all will join in remembering Adam as someone who shared our love of this great music. R.I.P. Adam.
This in overnight Monday from his record label:
"Dear brothers and sisters,
It is with great and deep sadness that 34 West Records announces the loss of one of our own. Adam Randall from the Ft. Lauderdale based band Sixty-10 was killed on Saturday.
Adam was my friend and brother. We fought like brothers, we laughed like brothers and most of all we loved each other like brothers.
Sixty-10 were kind enough to lend one of their songs to the Ricky Parent Cancer Benefit CD.
Our most heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and bandmates. Please say a prayer and know that Adam is where it's "all golden" as he would say.
God bless and may peace that passes understanding be yours. I love you and I'll miss you my brother, my friend.
Sincerely, Aaron Wayne-Duke / 34 West Records."

DOUBLE TORUBLE FOR AUSSIE ROCK FANS - CHEAP TRICK AND THIN LIZZY LIVE:
Press Release / The fashion police have decreed its okay for us all to rock again, so what better time than this to celebrate the careers of two of the best rock bands to ever stalk the stage?
That's right Double Trouble is returning and bringing the incomparable talent of two of rock's true legends – Thin Lizzy and Cheap Trick – to a stage near you in December.
It is said that when it came to creating timeless, melodic, hard rock, Thin Lizzy certainly knew how to mind the store. They carved out a unique niche all their own and during the 70's saw chart topping success among the heavy metal crown of the day. From their formation in Dublin in the late 60's right through to 1983, Thin Lizzy released some of the finest rock albums of their era including the acclaimed Jailbreak in 1976, and what has been called the one of the greatest live albums ever made – Live and Dangerous. Their signature style of anthemic lyrical songwriting married to a twin-lead guitar attack is immediately recognisable and was the backbone of such great singles as The Boys Are Back In Town, Don't Believe A Word and Dancin' In The Moonlight.
Thin Lizzy are joining forces on stage with a band who are arguably one of the first ever and finest pop-punk bands - Cheap Trick. No group of musicians more perfectly bridged British Invasion pop and American punk than Cheap Trick. For more than 30 years Cheap Trick – Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, Tom Peterson and Robin Zander – have been the defacto heroes of American rock'n'roll. They have released 15 albums since their debut in 1977, and are spoken about in revered tones by both fans of melodic pop and heavy rock. Their albums include masterpiece classics such as In Colour, Heaven Tonight, Live In Budokan (credited as one of the most famous live albums of all time), Dream Police and All Shook Up (produced by George Martin). Nielsen's breathtaking songwriting has led to chart success with Surrender, Dream Police, I Want You To Want Me and Voices.
The unique sound of Cheap Trick has provided a blueprint for both power pop and arena rock; it also had a surprisingly long-lived effect on both alternative and heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s, who also relied on the combination of loud riffs and catchy melodies. If you have never seen Cheap Trick live, you must. Though these guys have been at it for three decades, they attack the stage like a bunch of fired, up but consummately professional, youngsters.
Together with the godfathers of tough, driving hard rock Thin Lizzy, promise to deliver a dose of Double Trouble II you won't want to miss!
Double Trouble 2 – hitting a stage near you December – perfect!
December 2 Brisbane River Stage www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
December 4 Newcastle Entertainment Centre www.ticketek.com.au 4921 2121
December 6 Wollongong Entertainment Centre www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
December 8 Capitol Theatre, Sydney www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
December 12 Palais, Melbourne Tix from box office 03 9537 2444 or www.ticketmaster.com.au 136 100
December 15 Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide www.venuetix.com.au 08 8225 8888
WebLink: www.ampresents.com.

EUROPE ANNOUNCE 2007 EUROPEAN DATES:
Europe in Europe 2007 - the dates are:
16 January 2007 SPAIN, Granada, Plaza de Toros de Atarfe
17 January 2007 SPA, Madrid, La Riviera
19 January 2007 SPA, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
20 January 2007 SPA, Bilbao, Rock Star
22 January 2007 SWI, Zurich, Volkshaus
23 January 2007 ITA, Milan, Alcatraz
24 January 2007 ITA, Rome, Tendastrice
26 January 2007 ITA, Modena, Vox
27 January 2007 AUSTRIA, Innsbruck, Hafen
29 January 2007 AUSTRIA, Graz, Orpheum
30 January 2007 AUSTRIA, Vienna, Arena
2 February 2007 GER, Stuttgart, Longhorn KLA
3 February 2007 GER, Munich, Backstage Werk
4 February 2007 GER, Nuremberg, Hirsch
6 February 2007 GER, Hamburg, Fabrik
7 February 2007 GER, Bochum, Matrix
10 February 2007 UK, Newcastle, Academy
11 February 2007 UK, Glasgow, Academy
13 February 2007 UK, Bristol, Academy
14 February 2007 UK, London, Shepherds Bush Empire
15 February 2007 UK, Birmingham, Academy

TOON IT UP - WHERE'S TOMMY?!:
This is what might happen if we found that workaholic Tommy Denander didn't make an appearance on a melodic rock CD. Of course, we all know that such a thing isn't possible so this is for humour value only! Check out this comic and more Tuesdays and Fridays at www.toon-it-up.com.

 

GLENN HUGHES LONDON SHOW RESCHEDULED:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Classic Rock sponsored Glenn Hughes Shepherd Bush Empire show will now take place in March 2007.
Information for the rescheduled date will follow as soon as the available date is confirmed within the next 24 hours. Original tickets will be valid for the new date. More information as it comes in.
Bugger it! I was finally going to see Glenn live and look what happens!

MORE FROM DORO:
Press Release / On November, 17, 2006 a spectacular release is approaching: the Doro Warrior Soul Winter Edition (20 Years A Warrior Soul) offers, in three different configurations, a view over the career of one of the strongest and most interesting artists of all times.
The regular Winter Edition of Warrior Soul includes, next to already established hits such as You `re My Family, Strangers Yesterday or Haunted Heart, an extra bonus CD with live tracks and a brand new, so far unreleased track.
The 20 Years A Warrior Soul - Special Edition contains, next to bonus CD, a high quality double DVD as well. The DVD is produced in the currently best and technically most developed DVD9-format. On the first DVD you get to see a 90 minutes documentation about the anniversary show, including all guests such as, for example, Lemmy/Motörhead, Biff/Saxon, Zak/Circle II Circle or Udo Dirkschneider/U.D.O.. It also contains a revolutionary road movie about the Warrior Soul-tour. Like a real movie this road movie leads the watcher through different tour stations in Germany, Spain and Russia, as well as through big festival events (Sweden Rock) and allows several private insights in the daily touring life. The second DVD offers the anniversary show from Düsseldorf in full length. Roughly 180 minutes of that show that Doro will, as well as her fans, never ever forget.
For all collectors and true fans there will also be the exclusive, limited to 1000 pieces, spectacular Fan Box with the bonus CD, the double DVD, special shirt, sticker, autograph card as well as a Warrior Soul-snow globe. The Fan Box will be released at November, 24th. Next to the winter tour of German rock queen Doro this will be the perfect Christmas gift for sure.

EN ROUTE TO THE UK:
I'm now en route to the UK and thanks to an airline with technology, am updating the site from 30,000 feet. This now done, as long as the laptop battery lasts, I can hopefully get to reply to some long overdue e-mails.
Now, back to that very cool rumor I spoke of last week. Any guesses?

 

 

 

Monday, October 23, 2006

PHENOMENAL NEWS FROM ESCAPE MUSIC:
Escape Music are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of a triple CD Digipack which combines the first three Phenomena albums, these three classic recordings include an all star cast of musicians that include Glenn Hughes, Brian May, Ray Gillen, Scott Gorham and Don Airey plus many others. All three albums are of the highest quality, and the re-mastered package will include 6 bonus tracks, 3 brand new songs and 3 re-recordings.
The full recording line-up on Phenomena:
Phenomena I - Vocals Glenn Hughes Guitar Mel Galley Base Neil Murray Drums Cozy Powell Keyboards Don Airey, Richard Bailey Producer Tom Galley Production and concept consultant Wilfried F. Rimensberger.
Phenomena II Dream Runner - Vocals Ray Gillan, Glenn Hughes, John Wetton, Max Bacon GuitarKyoji Yamomoto, Mel Galley, Scott Gorham, John Thomas Bass Neil Murray, John Wetton Drums Michael Sturgis, Toshihiro Miimi Keyboards Leif Johansen, Richard Bailey Producer Tom Galley Project Director/Co-Producer Wilfried F. Rimensberger.
Phenomena III Inner Vision - Vocals Keith Murrell Guitar Brian May, Mel Galley, Scott Gorham Drums; Michael Strugis Keyboards Leif Johansen Producer Tom Galley Project Director/Co Producer Wilfried F. Rimensberger Co-Producer Leif Johansen.
Release Date December 7.

 
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RICK SPRINGFIELD CONTINUES TO SUPPORT CANCER PATIENT:
Press Story / Rick Springfield will perform a concert in southeast Missouri to help raise money for a 12-year-old girl's fight against brain-stem cancer.
The pop singer, whose string of hits in the 1980s included Jessie's Girl, will perform Dec. 8 at the Show Me Center, center officials and Springfield's management firm, Doyle-Kos Entertainment, said Thursday.
Proceeds will benefit Sahara Aldridge of Cape Girardeau, who was diagnosed with the disease this summer. Springfield is a longtime friend of Sahara's family. When he learned of her cancer, Springfield began using his Web site to encourage fans to support the Aldridge family spiritually and financially. "He is one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet," Sahara's mother, Amy, said. "He considers Sahara the daughter he never had."
Since her diagnosis, Sahara has spent most of her time receiving treatment at the Children's Hospital at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Amy Aldridge said Sahara has shown steady progress. The tumor's growth has been stopped, and Sahara has regained some of the motor skills the tumor interfered with.
Last week, Sahara came home for the first time in months and attended two benefit events that raised more than $20,000 to pay for travel and medical expenses.
WebLink: music.yahoo.com/read/news/26558384.

LIBERTY N' JUSTICE UPDATE:
Press Release / You emailed. You asked. You pondered on what the new LNJ CD Independence Day would sound like. What does "A Full Production Acoustic Record" mean??? Well here you go! Between Saturday Oct 21-06 and Oct 29-06, we give you a glimpse of the new CD by posting a complete song and announcing the first singer.
Liberty N' Justice's 2007 release Independence Day will be the 7th LNJ CD and the third all-star project (2004 Welcome To The Revolution and 2006 Soundtrack Of A Soul). The first singer we will announce has been on both of the past CD's and it's Jamie Rowe of Guardian, and he is featured on the track Fade. The song was written by Mike Layne, Justin Murr and Greg Featherston and recorded at Mike Layne's studio in Pekin, IL (The Noisegate). The artwork for the CD is being done by Rex Zachary (www.rexorcist.com) and you can find out more info and hear the song by going to www.myspace.com/libertynjustice2 and post your comments about it at www.libertynjustice.net.
LNJ is all so featured on a new compilation CD being put out by The Christian Metal Realm entitled The Narrow Path and preorders are being taken now at: p087.ezboard.com/bthechristianmetalrealm.

ANOTHER PODCAST TO CHECK OUT:
AlienRockPodcast.com has posted episode 6 of their Alien Rock podcast. In this episode, hosts Captain T and John Ostronomy are joined by Bald Freak Music recording artist, Q*Ball, and Guns N' Roses guitarist, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. Podcast topics include Q*Ball's music and history with Bumblefoot, Black Pig, Swashbuckel, Pirate Metal, and Seth Kushner. The 30-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location (www.alienrockpodcast.com). iTunes users can also subscribe to "Alien Rock" for free at this location (phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=79973818&s=143441).

R.I.P. RUNAWAYS DRUMMER SANDY WEST:
Press Story / Monday's Joan Jett show at First Avenue took on added significance when Jett's former Runaways bandmate Sandy West died Saturday after a long battle with lung cancer. The Runaways made their debut Twin Cities appearance in 1976 at the State Theatre, sandwiched between the Suicide Commandos and The Ramones.
Wrote Christy Lindsay for the Runaways website:
"(Sandy) left an indelible mark on rock music as a founding member of The Runaways, which featured fellow rockers Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, and as a leading inspiration for a number of notable musicians, both male and female. Many young musicians can trace their inspiration directly to the first time they heard 'Cherry Bomb.'
"The Runaways toured the world several times, often headlining with opening acts like Tom Petty and Cheap Trick. Their discography includes over 60 albums, singles, bootlegs and compilations. Their music has been included in dozens of rock and punk collections, has appeared in several feature films including Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and Detroit Rock City, and has been covered by numerous bands, from The Street Walkin' Cheetahs to Guns 'N' Roses. They were nominated for the Hollywood Rock Walk, and bootlegs of Runaways performances are still highly prized amongst rock and roll collectors around the world.
"After the band broke up, Ms. West continued to perform as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist with The Sandy West Band. As a solo artist she recorded a highly collectible EP CD and numerous videos, and continued to enjoy the adoration of a dedicated cult following.
"She will be remembered by more than one generation of fans as a strong part of their musical landscape, but her impact was felt far outside of the music industry as a loyal friend, loving confidante and strong defender of those she loved most. Her strength as a player, passion as a person, and dedication as a friend will be remembered always by friends, fans and fellow musicians alike.
"Runaways vocalist and life-long friend, Cherie Currie had this to say: 'Sandy West was by far, the greatest female drummer in the history of rock and roll. No one could compete or even come close to her, but the most important was her heart. Sandy West loved her fans, her friends and family almost to a fault. She would do absolutely anything for the people she loved. It will never be the same for me again to step on a stage, because Sandy West was the best and I will miss her forever.'"
WebLink + Pictures: blogs.citypages.com/ctg/2006/10/rip_runaways_dr.asp.

SITE UPDATES AND NEWS:
The CD Showcase has been updated with some important new releases - Thunder - Robert Johnson's Tombstone, Wetton Downes/Icon 2 - Rubicon, Pretty Maids - Wake Up To The Real World (all Frontiers Records, November 10 release); Rain - Stronger (MTM Music, November 10 release); Speaking To Stones - Speaking To Stones, Alex Masi - Late Nights At Desert Nimrock (both Lion Music, October 27 release).
Check these CD Showcases out now.

MR-X has been updated. Online today is a Feature Album Double Header - 2 very cool AOR albums - the self titled releases from David Cassidy (1990) and Robin Zander (1993).
Also online are these new Video Clips: Asia - Don't Cry (Acoustic) and The Smile Has Left our Eyes (Acoustic), Eddie Ojeda (Feat. Dee Snider) - Eleanor Rigby, Neal Schon - Star Spangled Banner, TNT - Tonight I'm Falling, Waltham - So Lonely and Yes - On The Silent Wings Of Freedom.
MR-X Membership Details.

Still catching up here and trying to get through a mountain of work, but updates should be more regular for the next week or so. Plus I'm also trying to fix a problem that is seeing some incoming and outgoing e-mails delayed considerably. So please excuse ongoing e-mail delays. Lots of news still to print, will get that caught up this week.

Wednesday I'm on my way to the UK for Firefest 3 (www.thefirefest.com). Really looking forward to meeting as many site readers as possible, and as many old faces from past Firefest and Gods shows. I will bring plenty of copies of MelodicRock CD 3 with me in hope that there are some folks looking to purchase that! Speaking of MRCD3, today is another cut-off day for ordering if you want it sent out before a week long delay in shipping due to being away at Firefest. Initial feedback suggests that V3 is the best collection to date - which is awesome news. I'll open up a feedback forum for the compilation tomorrow. CD Details.

 

 

 

Friday, October 20, 2006

ROCK CANDY'S OCTOBER RELEASES:
Rock Candy Records have announced the details of their October releases - all due out on the 23rd. The details are as follows:
Diving For Pearls - Diving For Pearls - The late eighties produced a plethora of melodic rock acts from North America, none more special and impressive than Diving For Pearls. Led by supremely talented front man Danny Malone, this NYC based five piece forged one of the finest records of the era at a time when the likes of Bon Jovi, Winger, White Lion and Whitesnake were notching up platinum albums as a matter of course.
Fêted by the critics and embraced by American radio programmers, the Diving For Pearls album made an immediate impact and looked set to rocket the band to the top of the AOR/melodic rock mountain. Sadly however, despite healthy interest internationally and over the counter sales of nearly a quarter of a million in the US, a serious of promotional hiccups and marketing blunders left the project floundering forcing the band to abandon aspirations of joining the upper echelons of the melodic rock premier division.
The ensuing years have been kind to DFP. Their legacy continues to expand exponentially with many revaluating this fine album as quite possibly one of the most underrated and overlooked works of a time when great hooks, savage guitars, enthralling melody and expressive vocals ruled the world. Another Rock Candy classic unearthed, dusted down and fully restored.
Track Listing: Gimme Your Good Lovin' . Have You Forgotten? . I Close My Eyes . New Moon . Never On Monday . You're All I Know . Mystery To Me . I Don't Want To Cry . Keep Your Love Alive . The Girls Can't Stop It.
Bonus Tracks: Dear Prudence (non LP) . Close My Eyes (live) . Gimme Your Good Lovin' (live) . The Girl Can't Stop It (live) . She Sells Sanctuary (live).


Storm - Storm II - Time to batten down the hatches one more time…The hard rock highway is littered with those that should have/could have made it if only lady luck was smiling in their direction. None more so than Orange County four piece Storm, who first whipped up the proverbial gale in 1979 with a self titled album for MCA that fell unceremoniously by the wayside while others shot to fame and fortune. Down but not out, the band retrenched and re-shuffled their line up (still helmed by Jeanette Chase and Lear Stevens) making way for a second assault this time four years later on a different label (Capitol) and with a more powerful, full throated roar that suggested victory would be within easy reach. During this intervening period the bands sound had mutated from its quirky pop rock origins to a bigger, beefier sound fusing a love of Queen and the Sweet with hard hitters like Led Zeppelin and Van Halen.
Storm II, originally released in 1983, although failing to propel the band to worldwide success, earned impressive critical appraisal amongst the hard rock cognoscenti (hailed by Kerrang! Magazine as an overlooked work of brilliance) subsequently becoming a collectors favourite and a yardstick by which many a similar record has been measured. Truly, a bonafide cult classic.
Track Listing: Settle Down . Runnin' From You . Come Home . Hand In Hand . Anything For Your Love . Play With Me . Pez . Take Me Away . So Long. Bonus Tracks: Dangerous (non LP demo) . Take Me (Live) . Play With Me (demo) . Hand In Hand (demo) . Cold Cold Heart (non LP demo) . American People (non LP demo).

The Van Zant Band - No More Dirty Deals - When it comes to southern rock a man can have no better credentials than being a member of the Van Zant family. Of course the most noted member of the clan was and will always be Ronnie, erstwhile front man with market leaders Lynyrd Skynyrd, and, encouraged by their big bro's uncompromising talent, younger siblings Donnie and Johnny were soon to hitch their wagon to the burgeoning southern music scene; the former as frontman with .38 Special and Johnny with his own unit called simply the Johnny Van Zant Band. Signed to Polydor Records in 1980 Johnny was quick to team up with legendary producer and original Skynyrd A&R man Al Kooper to cut this blistering debut album. Drawing from his southern roots and Skynyrd's fiery guitar fuelled legacy the music is a hot burrito of fuel injected riffing (aided and abetted by twin lead guitarists Robbie Gay and Eric Lundgren) and the kind of down home back porch rocking that brings to mind the best work of Skynyrd, .38 Special, Marshall Tucker and the Allman Brothers Band.
Look out for 'Standing In The Darkness' a poignant and touching tribute originally written as a poem for late brother Ronnie, surely one of the finest closing tracks on any southern rock album.
Track Listing: No More Dirty Deals . Coming Home . 634-5789 . Put My Trust In You . Only The Strong Survive . Hard Luck Story . Stand Your Ground . Never Too Late . Keep On Rollin' . Standing In The Darkness.

In additional news - the Rock Candy website is now up and running and looking for contributions to the Forum page. Coming up in November - Preview, Hughes/Thrall & Balance!

 
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HAREM SCAREM'S HUMAN NATURE PUSHED TO JANUARY:
Another small update from Harem Scarem frontman Harry Hess: "Hi Everyone, We have hired Oliver Hausler / Artistworxx to do promotion for the new HS release Human Nature for all of Europe.
After discussing the promotional strategies/options we have decided to postpone the release to Jan 12, 2007.
As we all know Dec. would be an extremely difficult time to get the attention this release deserves. We will be offering the single Human Nature digitally as of Dec. 6 as originally planned. Early reviews from Japan and Europe have been calling the record "The Moodswings of 06".
The entire record will be played at FF3 in between bands by our good friend Kieran Dargan! (if he's not to drunk).
More to come. Harry."

TOTO RETURN TO UK AND EUROPE:
Toto will return to Europe once again for the continuation of their Falling In Between Tour in 2007 for the following dates:
12 March 2007 Colston Hall , Bristol (United Kingdom)
13 March 2007 City hall , Newcastle (United Kingdom)
14 March 2007 Apollo , Manchester (United Kingdom)
17 March 2007 Porsche Arena , Stuttgart (Germany)
18 March 2007 Philipshalle , Düsseldorf (Germany)
19 March 2007 Heineken Music Hall , Amsterdam (Holland)
21 March 2007 Olympiahalle , Munich (Germany)
22 March 2007 Olympia Halla , Innsbruck (Austria)
24 March 2007 Galaxie , Metz (France)
26 March 2007 Zenith , Paris (France)
27 March 2007 Zenith , Dijon (France)
28 March 2007 Zenith , Nantes (France)
30 March 2007 Palaruffini , Turin (Italy)
01 April 2007 Palabam , Mantova (Italy)
More information at: www.stevelukather.net.

RONNIE JAMES DIO MAKES FILM DEBUT IN TENACIOUS D IN 'THE PICK OF DESTINY':
Press Release / Hard rock legend Ronnie James Dio, voice of the multi-Platinum-selling band Dio and former lead singer for Black Sabbath and Rainbow, makes his acting debut playing himself in the New Line Cinema film release, "Tenacious D in 'The Pick of Destiny.'" The film, set for nationwide release on November 17, stars writing partners Jack Black (JB) and Kyle Gass (KG) as two friends who form the band Tenacious D and pursue their quest to become the world's greatest band.
Playing himself, Ronnie James Dio gives the young JB some sage advice about finding fame that influences his musical future by way of a song called "Kickapoo." "Kickapoo," written by Black and Gass, will appear on the film's soundtrack. Dio first met Black and Gass when they were invited three years ago to appear as Tenacious D in Dio's video for the song "Push" from the "Killing the Dragon" CD. "They turned out to be big fans," Dio explains. "Jack is a fan of the version of Black Sabbath that I was in, and he has a great font of knowledge about rock 'n roll. We got to know each other through that experience, and he invited me to appear in the film."
Dio isn't sure that the future holds more acting roles for him. "Playing myself wasn't really acting for me," says Dio, who enjoyed the novelty of his thespian debut. "I think acting is something people work very hard to become good at and to get to the point of success, so I think I'll be sticking with the craft I know best. One great perk though: I got my SAG card!"
Dio, the band, has recently completed concert dates in Europe, Russia and Central and South America. Upcoming concerts are scheduled for October 15 and 16 in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, followed in December by the band's first ever shows in India. "We've been to a lot of unusual places lately," Dio explains. "For example, we were in Russia for about a month. The world has opened up a lot more, and we have been able to perform in places where you never thought that hard rock would be appreciated."
Ronnie James Dio plans to attend Classic Rock Magazine's Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards presentation in London and the U.K. premiere of "Tenacious D in 'The Pick of Destiny'" in early November, returning to Los Angeles in time to walk the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere of the film.
Dio plans to write new material through the end of the year and record a new album for release next spring. Black SabbathThe Dio Years will be released by Rhino in February, and Holy Diver—Live, a classic Dio concert recorded in London in 1995, was released earlier this year on both CD and DVD by Eagle Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment.

SITE UPDATE:
No MR-X update as such today - stay tuned for that on Monday. But, for those that have not yet joined, I have moved all the old files from the last several months to a holding folder before they are deleted once and for all. So if you have been thinking of joining, get in now and catch up on all the current and recent downloads before they are gone for good.
MR-X Membership Details.

More regular updates again from Monday - please forgive the delay in replying to all e-mails. I have more to reply to right now than I could imagine...but I will get to them next week for sure. Coming up on Monday - new CD Showcases, a bigger news update and whatever else I can get done.

Happy Birthday Nicholas! My oldest was 4 today. Amazing...I can remember posting his baby picture. And Zackary, now just on 10 months took his first step on his own. A great week for sure.

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

JOURNEY BACK FROM LA:
I'm heading home from LA! I am typing this update from the plane, but due to the airline's 1970's technology, will have to wait until I get on the ground to upload.
It feels like I have been gone weeks, but a mere 5 days only. I guess I have been kept busy with the Journey guys and I really must say that I have a stack of information to work with. I have completed feature interviews with Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, Jeff Scott Soto and Deen Castronovo in the can and will work on transcribing those soon.
I also have several days worth of conversations with all the guys, plus some of the road crew, the odd musician weighing in and a ton of photos - all to somehow get online and presented, plus a tour diary of my daily musings.
Without saying too much right now - if these interviews and reports don't answer all the questions you might have about Journey, then nothing will. Stay tuned!

Not all my time was devoted to all things Journey - I got to talk to a few others like Doug Aldrich (about upcoming Whitesnake plans) and others like Keith St John, Howie Simon and Stuart Smith. Updates from those guys in coming days.

I also had my ear to the ground and came up with this is an interesting rumor - I am hearing reports of a tour package being put together for US fans in 2007 - Boston and REO Speedwagon together! Boston to close the show...
REO will be looking to tour in support of their upcoming new studio album, while Boston will be looking to play a wider range of dates than they originally did to promote the last album Corporate America.

I might add that I have one other very interesting rumor on hand. But I'll wait until next week to let that one drop!

And I guess I had better answer the question in regards to Def Leppard. What happened? Well...nothing. I already posted an update on the Message Boards, but in case you had not read that, I'll repeat my comments here.
There were a couple of mutual friends of both bands present at both shows and it was made very clear to me – crystal clear – that no one in Def Leppard would be having anything to do with me and there would be no 'burying the hatchet' or other such attempt to move on. I wasn't about to get in anyone's face without prior warning, so I did introduce myself to the band's road manager Malvin who was suitably unimpressed. I did suggest to him that I would like to shake Joe Elliott's hand, but his reply was "I don't think so."
Backstage is big enough that you can keep out of people's way if need be and once I learnt that, it was the way I kept it. I thought of this trip as an excellent opportunity, but it is what it is and so be it…
I am done, done and done with this saga! I had an absolute blast with the Journey guys and that is something I will always remember.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Several news items have been missed due to being in LA, so here's a catch up:

Swedish AOR star Jim Jidhed has completed work on a new solo album - his first since the quite superb Full Circle. However, on this occasion he has reverted back to his native language. Tommy Denander guests and describes the album as "more radio pop..."

Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy (drums & vocals) will release his new solo album I'm Alive through Frontiers Records on January 26. The album was co-written with Jim Peterik among others and features several guests. The new Night Ranger album won't be too far behind! More details soon...

Cheap Trick & Thin Lizzy in Australia? Bizzare, but it seems so...check local guides, but one show in December has just been announced. Screaming Jets will support.

Glenn Hughes will feature a new touring line-up for his European dates. It is: Mark Mondesir (Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, etc) Drums; Anders Olinder (Peter Gabriel, Tony Kofi), Keyboards; and guitarist Jeff Kollman (Sign Of 4).

The Scorpions started recording their new CD with Desmond Child as producer on Monday October 9 in Los Angeles. The band took time off to see the Journey / Def Leppard Hollywood Bowl show on the 13th.

BALTIMOORE ANNOUNCE X ALBUM DETAILS:
Scandie Hard Rockers Baltimoore have just finalised their 10th album entitled X. The album will be released on October 29 on BLP Music just six months after the release of the acclaimed Kaleidoscope.
Pre-orders are being accepted now at the official website www.baltimoore.net.
Release Party / Tour Details / Live DVD:
To celebrate the release of the X, Baltimoore will be playing a special gig on October 29th 2006 at the Hard Rock Café, Stockholm
Nov 18 Växjö Metal Festival II, Växjöparken Växjö
Nov 24 Central Corner Gävle
Nov 25 Lingon & Blåbär Västerås
The gig at Hard Rock Cafe on the 29th of October will be filmed and released as a DVD.

MONTERREY METAL FEST FINALIZED:
The 2006 Monterrey Metal Fest has finalized it's line-up for this year's festival to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Main Stage: Blind Guardian (Headliner); U.D.O. (Co-Headliner); Cathedral, Edguy, Obituary, Deicide, Leaves Eyes, SaduS.
2nd Stage: Joe Stump's Reign Of Terror, Bludgeon, Hydrogyn, Vainglory, Maligno, Dimension, Souls On Fire, Solitude, Muluc Pax, Pentagram, Mutum.
The official festival pre-party will be held on Friday, November 17, 2006 at the Cafe Iguana with mini-sets from bands that will be performing on the festival's main stage and second stage.
To view the official festival poster, visit the official festival websites: www.mmf.com.mx and www.myspace.com/monterreymetalfest.

SEE RED DEBUT EP AVAILABLE:
Up and coming Metal band See Red have their debut EP, Scars Across Your Soul, available for purchase online through leading UK Metal portal: www.metal4life.co.uk.
Purchase Link: ww3.aitsafe.com
Released on the independent Sinister Chimp label, the EP has received positive reviews from well known Metal magazines and websites (including "Powerplay" magazine and Hard Rock Haven website), with the band's hard hitting melodic Metal drawing comparisons with Thin Lizzy, Armored Saint, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. The bands songs have also been greeted with an enthusiastic response from headbangers around the world through their myspace page at: www.myspace.com/seeredmetal.

Y&T ROCK HOLLAND FOR LIVE DVD:
Definitely late with thsi one - site regular Wim Rueter mailed in this report from the Y&T DVD shoot: "Just wanted to let you in on what went on during the Y&T dvd shoot in Zoetermeer, Holland on October 8.
The band was in glowing form playing all the classics they are known for. Some of the songs I Believe In You, Rescue Me, Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World, I'll Cry.
Things were really heating up making this one of the hottest gigs i've ever attended. Dave Meniketti even had to change clothes as he was soaking from all of the sweat. The crowd was really good. If the camera crew caught the atmosphere at this show, then all Y&T and rock lovers will be in for a treat when this one comes out!"

CACTUS FEATURE INTERVIEW:
In a brand new exclusive interview conducted by Rock N Roll Universe (www.rocknrolluniverse.com) with the surviving three members of the original lineup of legendary hard rock band Cactus, drummer Carmine Appice, bassist Tim Bogert and guitarist Jim McCarty discuss the recently released Cactus V album, the band's first new studio offering in 34 years. The band, sometimes referred to as "The American Led Zeppelin," have been an influence on numerous notable metal and hard rock musicians throughout the years from Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Billy Sheehan, David Coverdale, King's X, Monster Magnet, Steve Morse and Kid Rock among others, are currently in preparations for tour dates in Europe and the U.S. in support of the album. Topics also mentioned include the possibilities of a Beck, Bogert & Appice reunion and the upcoming Vanilla Fudge Led Zeppelin tribute album, due to be released in February, 2007.
You can access the interview at this location: www.rocknrolluniverse.com/rocknrolluniverse_421.htm.

 

 

 

Sunday, October 15, 2006

JOURNEY DELIVER A CLASSIC FOR SAN BERNARDINO:
It is nights like these that I know exactly why I do what I do.
I thought I saw a good show last night in Hollywood. Sure, it was awesome, but tonight's Journey show in San Bernardino eclipsed that in every way and then some. The guys nailed it tonight. Totally nailed it.
The entire band had the near capacity 20,000+ fans assembled eating out of the palms of their hands.
No exaggeration, but the whole crowd was jumping from the get go and to turn around and watch all those hands waving in the air, especially when conducted by JSS during Lights, was simply amazing. But it wasn't just that song, they were waving, singing and jumping as soon as Stone In Love kicked in after Neal's inspired solo intro.
I turned around and watched the crowd a lot – they were really into this and why wouldn't you be? Journey come out swinging and it's not until mid-way through the set that anyone gets to take a breath. Their energy is infectious and the tempo of the setlist makes for an 80 minute attack of the senses that gets the night off to ridiculously amazing start. This band raises the bar impossibly high.

Tonight's show was made even better thanks to the weather which held out until just after the end of Journey's set. Then it really started to rain. But a dry stage and a pumped up band made the identical set list from the night before seem fresh and new.
What I saw tonight was a band that seems to be getting better and better and tighter and tighter.
Talking to the guys before the show I could see real a team spirit present and ever growing confidence – who wouldn't be confident when some of the reviews from the American press this summer have been their best in many years.
The on stage energy was even more infectious than the night before. Once again a dry stage gave everyone the confidence to resume their roaming ways, with Jeff Scott Soto covering every inch of the stage plus both side-ramp walkways.
Neal Schon and Ross Valory roamed freely, but the biggest surprise for me was watching Jonathan Cain when acting as second guitarist. He spent a lot of the time center stage, frequently hamming it up and during Chain Reaction, followed JSS' invite to the far side of the stage for some crowd pleasing jamming.
Soto again put in an amazing vocal performance, further adding his own stamp to the Journey classics.
One of the band's bus drivers Roy said before the show – "watch the girls during I'll Be Alright Without You…the song has soul. They love it" he said… "swinging, dancing and clicking their fingers." Yep…Roy was right – that song looks set to stay.

Jeff's very proud mom was in the audience again tonight, this time with an equally proud step-dad and brother Joey too.
Earlier in the day the band got their desired full Soundcheck, featuring I'll Be Alright Without You, La Raza Del Sol, Rubicon, Still They Ride (sung perfectly by Deen) and a rocked up Message Of Love.
Full report on the day's activities in the upcoming Journey tour feature.
Before the show I spent time with all the guys doing some formal interviews to go with whatever else has been talked about this weekend. I look forward to bringing all this to you soon.
After the show I bid farewell to Jeff and the guys as they set out for an all-night trek to New Mexico for the next show.

Set List: Star Spangled Banner, Stone In Love, Ask The Lonely, Wheel In The Sky, Keep On Running, Edge Of The Blade, I'll Be Alright Without You, Chain Reaction, Lights, Cain Solo – Open Arms, Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin', Escape, Dead Or Alive, Faithfully, Don't Stop Believing, Anyway You Want It; Encore – Separate Ways.

This truly is a great rock band that I consider myself very fortunate to have seen. I talked to some fans at the shows too – they feel the same way.
Journey are going out there kicking serious ass, without any effects or the use of extra lighting effects – just a good old high energy rock n roll show. Can't wait to share the rest of the weekend's events and news, not to mention all the photo's.

 

Deen sings his heart out on Faithfully.


JSS hanging out with Deen.


Neal in full flight.


Jamming stage right. Hard to get these guys to stay still for a clear shot.

TRAMP'S WHITE LION TOUR UPDATE:
Mike Tramp has e-mailed in an updated tour schedule for his Tramp's White Lion tour. More information can be found on miketramp.com. Mike also had a message for fans: "The new album will be a monster! Also we got a kick ass live set for the fans. The band is back."
11/11 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark
11/12 Amplifier Oslo, Norway
11/13 Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, Sweden
11/14 Klubben Stockholm, Sweden
11/15 Heineken (formerly Arena) Madrid, Spain
11/17 Apollo 2 Barcelona, Spain
11/18 Kindergarten Club Bologna, Italy
11/19 Teatro Verdi (Muggia) Trieste, Italy
11/21 Spectrum Augsburg, Germany
11/23 Underworld Club Athens, Greece
11/25 Jolly Joker Pub Antalya, Turkey
11/27 222 Park Eskisehir, Turkey
11/28 Fuar 1 Numarali Hol Ismir, Turkey
12/01 Yeni Melek Show Theatre Istanbul/Taksim, Turkey
12/02 Saklikent Ankara, Turkey
12/04 Hirsch Nurnberg, Germany
12/05 Colosaal Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/06 Matrix Bochum, Germany
12/07 Weert Bosuil, Netherlands
12/08 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
12/09 Festhalle Durlach Karlsruhe, Germany
12/10 JB's Dudley, UK
12/11 The Underworld London, UK
12/12 Coporation Sheffield, UK
12/13 Barfly Liverpool, UK

NEW EXCESS ROGER GLOVER SIGNATURE BASS:
Roger Glover and Vigier Guitars are proud to announce the release of the Excess Roger Glover signature bass.
With over a 100 million albums sold with Deep Purple or as a producer of bands like Status Quo, Rainbow, Whitesnake etc… , Roger Glover is undoubtedly one of the most successful bass players of the hard rock scene and also the first and only bass player in the world to own a Vigier signature bass.
This bass features an Excess alder body with a maple top, phosphorescent dots on the fingerboard (available in rosewood or maple), phosphorescent contours around the knobs and a brand new 3-band EQ electronic designed by Glockenklang amplifiers.
Vigier has been building guitars and basses since 1980 and was founded by Patrice Vigier. Vigier is recognized for its pioneer use of advanced carbon fibre technology, innovations and high quality products. Vigier guitars and basses are entirely hand made in France.
A high resolution picture of the Excess Roger Glover is available on the web at the following address: www.vigierguitars.com/PR/index.htm.

 

 

 

Saturday, October 14, 2006

JOURNEY TO THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL:
Journey last night played a killer show in trying conditions last night at the Hollywood Bowl. I'll have a full review and extra comments and news from throughout the day and after the show in my Tour Diary and show review, but wanted to post a little something today.

The typically over dramatic LA news broadcasts were on storm watch, as were the cast and crew of Journey at the famous Hollywood Bowl.
About an hour before the band hit the stage at 7.45 sharp, the skies opened up and gave the early arriving fans an unwanted bonus.
Unfortunately the rain didn't stop entirely until more than half way through Journey's set. It had eased up by the time they went on, with a wet and slippery stage seeing Neal and Ross firmly planted in one spot. But the ever energetic Jeff Scott Soto wasn't going to be held up by anything and proceeded to use every inch of the stage as he always does. That was until mid-way through the second song when he went down flat on his back. Undeterred, he sat up with a big grin on his face, playing it up to an appreciative audience. A more hesitant JSS took things a little easier after that, but he didn't let that fall break his groove at all. Looking for a solution to the slippery stage, Jeff peeled off his shoes 2 songs later during Keep On Running and found better traction wearing only his socks. Never seen something like that before…but in the true spirit of a band environment, Jeff held up his shoes to Deen, trying to crack the guy up at what he had been forced to do.
This is such an energized band, the guys are all visibly buzzing on stage and even the normally reserved Jonathan Cain has his fists pumping in the air and is all smiles throughout the set.
Ross never stops grinning and I love seeing JSS and Deen trade smiles and acknowledgements during the show. Even better Jeff jumps up behind Deen's drum riser and stands behind him while singing, then sharing the mike with him for a little of Dead Or Alive before jumping down and running over to Jonathan's riser.
Yes, Jeff has his own style, but I think more and more he is adapting to Journey and I witnessed a whole new groove from the guy I have seen fronting Talisman and his own solo band.
And last night I witnessed some stunning lead vocals…some totally Perry-esque moments, especially on Keep On Running, I'll Be Alright Without You, Lights and the song everybody seems to be talking about – Separate Ways, which Jeff has made his own already.
Speaking of Lights, Jeff introduced the song with a little speech about how growing up, that he would aspire to one day play the Bowl and one could tell there was an emotional moment as Jeff acknowledged he finally was doing so with his mom watching proudly in the crowd.
Deen Castronovo got his time in the spotlight with the amazing ballads Faithfully and Open Arms sung with such passion and belief, not to mention being a drumming machine.
Neal commented backstage, he is getting and reading comments from friends and fans that they haven't heard a few of these songs sung so well – even during the Perry era. And from talking to a lot of folks - this band is making waves.
Full review to come...
Set List: Star Spangled Banner, Stone In Love, Ask The Lonely, Wheel In The Sky, Keep On Running, Edge Of The Blade, I'll Be Alright Without You, Chain Reaction, Lights, Cain Solo – Open Arms, Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin', Escape, Dead Or Alive, Faithfully, Don't Stop Believing, Anyway You Want It; Encore – Separate Ways.

Guests mingling backstage included Warren DeMartini, Doug Aldrich, The Scorpions, Keith St. John and Howie Simon.
Jeff's mom and family were all there; Neal's step-dad Les and mom had flown in from San Francisco - I chatted to both, Les thoroughly impressed with the show and how things are going for the band, stating that he hadn't seen such energy from the guys since the 80s.

 

JSS survey's the Bowl under sunny skies.


Soundcheck during I'll Be Alright Without You.


Rocking the socks off ya.

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

REVIEWS UPDATED:
Huge Reviews update today - lots of upcoming titles featured and sadly, not all of them winners. But such is life - not everything is going to be a classic. Stay tuned for an equally large Feature Reviews update so you can add your own reviews of these titles and more.
But for right now - check out these news reviews of albums by: Talisman, Winger, Kingdom Come, Skid Row, Wetton/Downes, Nexx, Meatloaf, Europe, Dacia + WMD, Tourist and Beggar's Bride. Read the reviews.

COLUMBIA/UNIVERSAL ROLLS OUT THE VERY BEST OF AEROSMITH (AGAIN):
Press Release / Definitive Career-Spanning Greatest Hits Package From America's Greatest Rock & Roll Band Showcases Key Cuts From Columbia Records & Universal Music Enterprise Catalogs + Two Brand New Songs!
Columbia/Universal will release Devil's Got A New Disguise - The Very Best Of Aerosmith on Tuesday, October 17.
A definitive career-spanning collection of absolute high points from America's Greatest Rock & Roll Band, Devil's Got A New Disguise The Very Best Of Aerosmith is the first-ever single disc Aerosmith collection to include signature songs from the group's Columbia Records and Universal Music Enterprise catalogs.
As an added bonus for Aerosmith fans, Devil's Got A New Disguise includes two brand-new never-before-heard future Aerosmith classics--Sedona Sunrise and Devil's Got A New Disguise--and the Pop Mix of I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, the band's power-anthem from the 1998 blockbuster film Armageddon.
Expect to hear scorching live performances of songs from Devil's Got A New Disguise The Very Best Of Aerosmith on Aerosmith's "Route Of All Evil Tour" with Mötley Crüe (see itinerary following).
Devil's Got A New Disguise The Very Best Of Aerosmith / Official Tracklisting: 1. Dream On, 2. Mama Kin, 3. Sweet Emotion, 4. Back In The Saddle, 5. Last Child, 6. Walk This Way, 7. Dude (Looks Like A Lady), 8. Rag Doll, 9. Love In An Elevator, 10. Janie's Got A Gun, 11. What It Takes, 12. Crazy, 13. Livin' On The Edge, 14. Cryin', 15. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Pop Mix, 16. Jaded, 17. Sedona Sunrise, 18. Devil's Got A New Disguise.
Aerosmith "Route Of All Evil Tour" with Mötley Crüe:
Mon 10/9 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Ctr
Wed 10/11 Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
Fri 10/13 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amp
Sun 10/15 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
Tue 10/17 Bonner Springs, KS Verizon Wireless Amp
Thu 10/19 Nashville, TN Starwood Amp
*Sat 10/21 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless
Mon 10/23 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion
Thu 11/2 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amp
Sat 11/4 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Arena
Tue 11/7 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
Thu 11/9 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
Sat 11/11 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion
Mon 11/13 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Wed 11/15 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Ctr
Fri 11/17 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amp
Sun 11/19 Houston, TX CW Mitchell Pavilion
Wed 11/22 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Fri 11/24 W. Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amp

 
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INTRODUCING THE MAJESTIC ROCK ARCHIVE SERIES:
Majestic Rock launch their Archive series of rare live and studio releases with the limited edition, internet only release of a previously unreleased live recording from NWOBHM heavy weights Jaguar. Holland '82 was recorded at the Siesta Club, Hengelo, Holland on December 17th 1982 and is a superb soundboard recording capturing the band at the height of its powers. Strictly limited to 1000 copies and containing sleeve notes from Jaguar guitarist Garry Pepperd, 'Holland '82' is available for pre-order now. www.majesticrock.com
Watch for forthcoming releases in this ongoing series soon.

There`s a very nice interview with Eden vocalist Nick Workman and an excellent review of the Open Minds album at this location, so check it out: www.auxportesdumetal.com/interviews/eden-uk.html.

EDENBRIDGE TO PLAY THE UK AND ASIA!:
Edenbridge play the UK in Novemeber! Bradford Rio 13th November, Cox's Yard (Stratford Upon Avon) 14th November and Mr Kyps (Poole) 15th November, and will feature Robert Schoenleitner who will be second guitar player for live shows from now on, support for the UK dates comes from the excellent Adastreia. Tickets are a mere £6.00! and are available through the venues or www.ticketweb.co.uk www.ticketline.co.uk and www.click2rock.net for more information go to www.edenbridge.org.
Aisa dates are Dec 29 Taiwan Taipei, Dec 31 Hong Kong Kowloon, Jan 2 China Dongguan, Jan 4 China Shanghai, Jan 6 China Beijing, these dates are a co-headline with Visions Of Atlantis who feature new vocalist Melissa.

CLOCK'S THROUGH TIME AVAILABLE ON CD :
Good news from DL.com: "After almost 2 years of silence from the band and even more years of waiting, there is finally some good news from Clock, one of Vivian Campbell's many side projects. For the first time since it's initial release in 1998, Clock's 11-track CD is available for purchase again. The album, now titled Through Time, can be ordered through CDBaby.com for $15. Vivian is not the only connection between Clock and Def Leppard one of the songs on this album, To Be Alive, was also recorded by Def Leppard for their 1999 Euphoria release."
The full tracklisting of Through Time: 1. Just Like You, 2. Underdog, 3. Fine Mess, 4. To Be Alive, 5. No Matter, 6. Infamy, 7. Don't Waste My Time, 8. Lifeless, 9. What's Wrong With You, 10. Forget, 11. Tough Luck.

 

 

 

Monday, October 09, 2006

FIREFEST PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 9:
More updates from Firefest, now that we are only a couple of weeks out from the event. Hope to see as many of you within travelling distance there on the night:
Pre-Show - The pre-show is now totally SOLD OUT!! Thanks a million to all those coming along to support the show. Whilst on the subject of the pre-show, we have just been advised by Bad Habit that they have run into an unforeseen problem. Hal Marabel (Bad Habit's guitarist) sent in the following update:
"Due to reasons beyond our control, Bad Habit will not be able to perform with the full band at the pre-show. Jaime Salazar, the drummer cannot make the show and a suitable replacement can not been found in time for the gig. Rather than cancel the performance, it has been decided that the band will perform a special un-plugged version of the songs featuring Hal Marabel, Bax Fehling and Sven Cirnski.
The band is hoping for the understanding from the fans and apologise for the change of plan. Kind regards, Hal."

A little background on this is Bad Habit have approached Ten, yes Ten different drummers in the hope of finding a suitable replacement, but no one was available to do the show. Don't know what it is with Swedish drummers but it seems that they are certainly in demand!! So with Bad Habit now playing an 'unplugged' set, it means you won't have to sing as loud!
Due to the Bad Habit situation, we are now forced to change the running order a little with Bad Habit now playing second and Newman moving to the headline slot. The revised running order for October 27th can be seen listed below:
Doors Open 6.45 pm
Alibi 7.00 - 7.30
Bad Habit 7.50 - 8.35
Bombay Black 8.50- 9.40
Newman 10.00 - 11.00

A brief word on Newman, Steve and his merry men are delighted to step up to the plate and after his initial shock Steve is very much looking forward to the show. In fact, if there's a Newman song you want to hear, why not drop Steve a line at info@newmansound.com and let him know!
Merchandise - The Firefest web site has also been updated and you can now log on to www.thefirefest.com and order your festival shirts right now. Just click on the merchandise button on the main page. All shirt orders will be shipped on receipt of your payment, so you can wear your shirt on the day instead of carrying it around with you all day. Remember there were only 100 shirts available and once they are gone, they are gone, in fact with over twenty shirts sold already, there are only 76 still available, so get yours before they are gone.
Firefest Oct 28 - With tickets literally flying out the door, this will be the busiest show to date. In saying that there are still tickets available for the main day so if you haven't got yours yet, you can still order through any of the official ticketing outlets as listed on www.thefirefest.com or directly from Firefest using paypal. Payments via paypal should be made to: fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com.
E-Mail And Reserve - This method has once again proved very popular with lots of people taking advantage of this facility. The E-Mail and reserve option is only available until Friday October 20th , reservations cannot made AFTER this date.
Ticketing - Ticket sales through Loud 1, ST Records, Z-Roxx and Destiny Records will cease on October 14th and thereafter tickets can only be purchased directly from Firefest or from Rock City. Please make a note of the date if you intend to pick up tickets from one of your on line melodic rock retailers.
Thanks for your support so far, hope to see you all in Nottingham on Oct 27 and 28.
Kieran , Bruce and Daren / www.thefirefest.com.
And just to add once again, MRCD Vol. 3 will accompany me on the trip and will be available on the night for those interested!

MR.COM AT #35 IN BT TOP 200:
A huge thank you to all that voted for this site on the British Telecom Digital Music Awards 2006. Of the 1000's of sites involved, the final 200 sites from the People's Choice Award were just listed on the official website. MelodicRock made it in at #35, one of the few rock sites on the entire list (along with my mates from Thunder Online, plus sites from John 5 and Duran Duran).
Thanks for voting! Back next year in my quest to make the Top 10!
Read thru the Top 200 at: www.btyahoo.com/dma06/top200sites.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
As promised, Don Dokken has added a few previews of his upcoming solo album Solitary to his website: www.dondokken.com/main.html.
Log on now to check out samples of the tracks - Someday, Sarah, Never Forget, Meadows, Ship of Fools and Everything.

Simply stated on the band's website, Masterplan have announced their new lineup following the departure of singer Jorn Lande and drummer Uli Kusch. Say the band: "The Masterplan just started recordings for their third album with the new MK II line up: Mike DiMeo Vocals; Roland Grapow Guitar; Mike Terrana Drums; Jan S. Eckert Bass; Axel Mackenrott Keyboards. More detailed news to follow soon."

Promoting their upcoming release, Europe played 3 tracks (2 new and The Final Countdown) live and acoustic for French radio. Streaming audio here: www.the-europemania-community.be/spip/article.php3?id_article=193.

Rockpages web magazine has a new exclusive interview with the early 80's AOR band Balance (with both Peppy Castro & Doug Katsaros) which is online now: www.rockpages.gr/interviews/Balance2006-eng.htm.

EUROPE TO RELEASE SECRET SOCIETY IN USA IN NOVEMBER:
Few songs in the history of hard rock can whip up a concert frenzy like The Final Countdown. And Europe, the composers of that anthemic classic, are back for more with a brand new album, Secret Society, out November 7th, via Sanctuary Records.
With their original lineup - singer Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist John Leven, keyboardist Mic Michaeli, and drummer Ian Haugland - back in place, Europe reunited in the early 21st century, before issuing their first studio album in thirteen years, Start from the Dark, in 2004.
As evidenced by such standout tracks as the Led Zeppelin-esque album opening title track and the lead-off single, Always the Pretenders, Secret Society is undeniably edgier than previous releases. Says Joey Tempest "It feels like we have finally arrived. Together we have written some of our best lyrics and songs. We can't wait to play the material live".
The reunion has proven to not be a mere one-off, as the group opted to entirely self-produce Secret Society themselves, while the album was mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation) and mastered by George Marino (Velvet Revolver, U2).
Also featured is the unmistakable album cover art of Storm Thorgerson. As a member of the design studio Hipgnosis, Storm worked on all the classic album covers by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Peter Gabriel, to name just a few. Guitarist John Norum reminisces "Growing up, my favorite covers were done by this guy."
Storm has recently created the CD artwork for not only Europe but bands such as The Mars Volta and Muse. You can view the cover art for Secret Society by pasting the following URL in your web browser. www.europetheband.com/discography/album/SSbig.jpg.
Europe has also committed to giving the album a major push via worldwide touring. Promises Norum, "We will tour Scandinavia before Christmas and the rest of Europe in the beginning of the New Year. After that, we are aiming to do some dates in the U.K. US and Asia and play the summer festivals all over Europe next summer."
WebLinks: www.europetheband.com / www.sanctuaryrecords.com.

ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA TO HEAD DOWN UNDER IN MARCH 2007:
It was one of the highest rating TV series in Foxtel's history, and now the all-star band Rock Star Supernova is on their way to Australia!
Promoter Andrew McManus has secured Australian dates for the all-star band featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and new lead vocalist, Toronto native Lukas Rossi.
The new quartet, who are currently in the studio finishing off their highly anticipated debut album with producer Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Pink, Bowling For Soup) will play shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand in March 2007.
But we figured it wouldn't be Rock Star Supernova without the Aussie who came oh-so-close to winning, so we've invited Toby Rand and his band Juke Kartel to be the tour's very special guests.
Rock Star Supernova amassed huge ratings during its 11 weeks for Australian broadcaster Fox 8, becoming the highest rating general entertainment series ever on subscription television. The two-hour finale reached almost 600,000 viewers according to official OzTAM results.
Lukas Rossi, who joins the group after an exhaustive search spanning 25,000 entrants, 22 cities and six continents, describes his win as "the gig of a lifetime". "That I'll be singing in a band with Tommy, Gilby and Jason - guys that I've always respected - is just surreal. Can't wait to get started."
"Lukas is the real deal," says Tommy Lee, who himself can't wait to get back to Australia where he has been a regular visitor in recent years. "Lukas proved that he's got the voice and swagger to front this band. He's gonna tear it up in the studio and then we're taking the show on the road. Wear a cup, kids."
The band's album is scheduled for release on November 18, with the first two singles It's All Love and Be Yourself & 5 Other Cliches, both available for purchase now at Yahoo! Music Unlimited (www.music.yahoo.com).
Rock Star Supernova hit the road with two shows in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day kicking off a 27-city trek through the US until February 27, before kicking off in Melbourne on March 15.
Special guest support Juke Kartel with Toby Rand is sure to have a huge fan base of their own on this tour. The five-piece band, who have been cutting their teeth around the Melbourne scene for the past 18 months, featured on the Coke Live 05 compilation album, scored the support to Nickelback's Rod Laver Arena show in April and were about to record their first EP when Toby landed in the Finalists for Rock Star Supernova.
The Melbourne boys high-tailed it to LA after Toby's almost-win in the series, and played shows at LA's Viper Room last week. There is strong interest in the US, and a major deal is tipped in the months ahead.
Due to Rock Star Supernova's touring commitments, we've only been able to schedule three dates in Australia and three in New Zealand, so get in fast!
Tour Dates Are:
Thursday March 15 Melbourne Vodafone Arena ticketek.com.au & 132 849
Friday March 16 Sydney Hordern Pavilion ticketek.com.au & 132 849
Saturday March 17 Brisbane River Stage ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100
Tickets On Sale Tuesday October 24.
Official website: www.intothesupernova.com / www.jukekartel.com / www.ampresents.com.

 

 

 

Friday, October 06, 2006

MRCD3 PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED & SITE UPDATE:
All pre-orders for MelodicRock.com CD Volume 3 have been shipped! Yes, the buggers are all on their way after several days of packing, stuffing, stamping and addressing. Normally these would take 4 to 7 working days to arrive at their various destinations, so watch out for them next week.
Thank you to everyone that ordered a copy, I look forward to getting some feedback and hearing what everyone thinks of V3.

MRCD3 is now officially in stock and given that the official release date was revised to Monday October 9, that gives anyone holding back this weekend to order and receive the additional bonus tracks.
All orders placed this weekend will be shipped Monday, but beyond that, there might be a few interruptions due to travel plans.

 

Speaking of travel and the site - next Thursday morning I will depart for Los Angeles to see both Journey/Def Leppard LA area shows and hang with Jeff and the guys for a full report, which should be utterly sensational. I only have 4 days in LA plus all that bloody flying time, but it will be well worth it.
I'm travelling with my laptop, so will be in contact via e-mail and will update the site where and when possible. And of course I will post immediate updates of the trip on the message boards.
I am then back at home for one week before leaving for the pre-arranged trip to Firefest 3 in the UK, which again is only for a week and again, I'll be updating when possible via my laptop.
I am working on a few updates for Monday, which includes a huge Reviews update, but after that it will be manly news updates for the rest of the month and obviously there will be a few days without any updates here and there while I travel and recover/spend some time with the family.
All this and a stack of great music around right now - what a month!

MORE FROM THE GATHERING:
David Henzerling from Big Cock hangs with Eddie Van Halen at Eddie's private party:
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David has this to say about The Gathering: "The party was full of spectacle porn stars, circus performers, a live band, and a private concert from Eddie himself all in his own back yard. It was quite a thrill to watch Eddie play Eruption and Cathedral from only 3 feet away. An interesting thing to note is that over the course of the evening my wife was propositioned a number of times by more than a few very young (and quite beautiful) adult-film actresses. What am I, chopped liver? They must not have seen me standing next to her or realized I was the guitarist in a band called Big Cock. Geez!"

Van Halen Newsdesk features 155 photos from the shindig including a full write up about the event. Check that out also at: www.vhnd.com/articles/061003-01.shtml.

TONY MILLS INTERVIEWED:
Tony Mills, the new singer for TNT, checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about how he joined the band; what it's like replacing a talent like Tony Harnell; how the recent live gigs have gone; writing new music with Ronni Le Tekro; and a whole lot more. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Hardrock Haven: TNT's former singer, Tony Harnell, is flat out an impressive talent. Of course, anyone who's heard your voice would say the same thing. Did you have any qualms about joining a band with such a dedicated following, and also, did you have any hesitation about tackling TNT's music vocally?
Mills: "I think the fan base have been suitably apprehensive over anyone taking Tony's place, as you rightly say, he is an awesome talent. I don't think I really have taken away much from Tony's performance in recent years, I just approach it differently. I feel that the live show takes precedent over accurate CD performances of the songs and it works for me. I wouldn't attempt to sing studio versions of songs on stage every night, quite the contrary, the feel of the live show can steer a performance from any musician and make you sing and play different things every night. Each concert is special and can have it's own characteristics with different audiences. I usually let the experience carry me. I'm pretty confident with TNT vocally, in fact I feel more confident, with every show we do."
To check out the interview in its entirety, go here: www.hardrockhaven.net/interviews2006/tonymills06.php.

NEXX DEBUT NEW VIDEO CLIP:
Nexx has released the video-clip of Critical, the first single of their brand new album Another Dawn (Angel Milk Records, 2006). Directed by the Spanish director Mario Ruiz and recorded in the Monegros desert and Madrid (Spain), Critical shows the hard rock side of this Nexx´s Another Dawn.
To watch the video-clip: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3645562388224102959 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyIj2H5G7ck.
This month Nexx is going to play live:
Madrid (Spain) - Oct 8, Heineken venue
Barcelona (Spain) - Oct 14, Apolo 2 venue
Nottingham (UK) Firefest III - Oct 28, Rock City venue
More info: www.webnexx.com.

MR-X UPDATED:
MR-X has been updated. Online today is a new Feature Album from German hard rockers Letter X - Born Into Darkness. Also online are the following new Video Clips: Bob Seger - American Storm, Eddie Money - Club Michelle, Iron Maiden - The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg, REO Speedwagon - Live It Up, Roger Daltrey - Take Me Home and Russ Ballard - Voices.
MR-X Membership Details.

 

 

 

Thursday, October 05, 2006

MTM ROCKING INTO NOVEMBER:
MTM Music have announced the details of their November releases, which are as follows:
Rain Stronger - Rain was founded in 1997 as a result of a project started by Lars Forseth and Sonny Crow from the band Bankok Babes. They were soon joined by the Bangkok Babes drummer Per-Helge Peppa Bruvoll, guitarist Tore Moren from Jorn and Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart, Bonfire, J.R. Blackmore, Zeno).
The recordings for their second album took place in Michael Bormann's studio in Duisburg, Germany in 2005. The album is now being released by MTM Music for the territory of Europe and in Japan by JVC/Victor. Stronger is a pure AOR Hardrock album and Michael Bormann continues with this great band where he stopped after the Jaded Heart IV album.
The release of Stronger is scheduled on MTM Music in November 10.
Final tracklist as follows: 01. Do You Like It . 02. Insobriety . 03. Get Over It . 04. Crazy . 05. Die For You . 06. Flesh And Blood . 07. Let Me Be Your Favorite . 08. The Other Side . 09. Deserve . 10. Right By Your Side . 11. Lovesong.

AOR L.A. Concession - After having recorded a couple of solo albums and having produced some French and American artists, Frederic decided to start a "one man band". This marked the birth of his project AOR, always using the cream of US session players. In 2000, the first album L.A Concession was released and gave Frederic big respect in the Westcoast / AOR music scene. The second album Next Stop L.A was released one year later. It was in 2002 that Frederic Slama released his third album L.A. Reflection, which was considered to be the best Westcoast CD of the year by many journalists and fans. In 2003, Frederic Slama returned with Dreaming Of L.A and in 2004, Frederic released Nothing But The Best, a compilation album featuring the best songs from his previous CD's with unreleased tracks. AOR was back again in 2006 on MTM with a new cd called L.A Attraction featuring as always the cream of L.A session players such as Steve Lukather, Philip Bardowell, Tommy Denander, Michael Landau and many more. The current album L.A Concession was actually released in 2000 as a strictly limited "private pressing" on CD-R only. when this album appeared on eBay, prices usually ranged around 150.00. Finally, this extraordinary production finds its way into the record stores and mail orders as an official release. The CD now includes 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks, a new full colour booklet with lyrics which make this great fully remastered album even more attractive for all AOR / Westcoast and melodic rock fans!
The release of L.A. Concession is scheduled on MTM Music in November 10.
Line-Up - Lead Vocals, Guitars David Chamberlin; Lead Vocals Doug St John, John Fluker, Kristoffer Lagerstram; Guitars, Keyboards Frederic Slama, Tommy Denander, Peter Hume; Guitars Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Peter Friestedt, Michael Thompson; Keyboards David Diggs; Bass Tony Franklin, Hussain Jiffry; Drums Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Porcaro, Carlos Vega, Gregg Bissonette; Percussion Lenny Castro; Saxophone Tom Saviano, Dan Higgins; Backing Vocals Richard Page, Steve George.
Final tracklist as follows: 01. Never Gonna Let Her Go . 02. On Dangerous Ground . 03. Caught Inside Your Heart . 04. Worlds Away . 05. In My Crystal Ball . 06. The Way Of The Night . 07. Leave Her To Heaven . 08. Only In My Dreams . 09. From L.A To Tokyo . 10. Lost In Your Eyes . 11. Don't Let Her Go . 12. Love Has Found Its Way . 13. Can One Of Your Kiss Do All This? (Bonus Track) . 14. Secrets In Her Heart (Bonus Track) . 15. The Spark Of My Soul (Bonus Track) . 16. Never Gonna Let Her Go (Bonus Track).

Da Vinci Back In Business - In 1987, five young men from Oslo, Norway were signed by Polygram and joined forces to record an album of finest Scandinavian AOR and Melodic Rock Da Vinci's self-titled debut. In the tradition of other Scandinavian rock bands of the mid-80s such as Treat, Europe or Dalton, Da Vinci delivered well-produced songs full of hooks, driven by guitars and stunning keyboards. The success of the critically acclaimed debut immediately resulted in a second effort, Back In Business from 1989, which is also considered to be a real gem among melodic rock aficionados worldwide. Bass player Bjorn Boge later joined Street Legal and played with ex-Europe lead guitarist John Norum & Wild Willy Bendickson from Bad Habit among others. Today, Da Vinci's albums are sought-after collectors gem, selling for an average of $70 if you're lucky enough to find a copy. Thus, MTM Classix is proud release this rare diamond digitally remastered with an exclusive bonus track. Imagine the best of 80s Europe, add a touch of Treat plus blazing guitars and tons of well-placed keyboards. Everyone who is into AOR and Melodic Rock, simply cant go wrong here!
The release of Back In Business is scheduled on MTM Music in November 10.
Final tracklist as follows: 01. Touchdown . 02. Call Me A Liar . 03. Young Hearts . 04. 9 And 10 . 05. Turn Down The Lights . 06. Millions Like Us . 07. Pink Champagne . 08. Circus Maximus . 09. Hold Back The Tears . 10. Last Time . 11. Blame It On The Radio (Bonus Track).
LabelLink: www.mtm-music.com.

 
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DON DOKKEN UPDATES FANS:
Don Dokken has been very quiet of late, but he has broken his silence with a website update that I have been asked to pass on. So over to Don:
"Hi everyone its me, That singer guy who seemed to drop off the Planet for the last 6 months, I figured its about time to write and let everyone know what's up in Dokken land which isn't easy when you type with one finger. As you might know Mick and Barry just finished a grueling tour with everyone's favorite hunter "Uncle" Ted Nugent. I saw them at the house of blues and they rocked, it was interesting to watch my bro.'s play from the audience. I have to say that Ted is one of the coolest guys you'll ever meet, I first met him 20 years ago at Cal Jam. A lot of people in this business change as time goes on, some for the better some not. He's still the same straight-ahead tell it as he sees it, endless amount of energy guy I first met. After the show I thought I'd give them some space to chill but Mick and Barry dragged Jon and I into the dressing room right away for a hug since we hadn't seen each other in months. They had just played a 2 hour show and had about 5 minutes to cool off before the dressing room filled up with friends and the usual amount of Celebs, which always seems to be the case in Hollyweird.
Ted took the time to say hi to everyone before he even had a chance to chill out. He really is a gracious guy. After Jon and I watched the show it made me miss playing with the guys even more. I had decided for us not to tour this summer since I had 4 CD's to finish, yes 4.
First, my way over due solo CD which I'm happy to say is finally done, you'll be able to hear samples of the songs at Dokken.net, DonDokken.com and Dokken MySpace in a few days. I've just finished mixing Dokken Live 81, which was recorded before BTC came out in the U S. There are 3 unreleased tracks on it that are pretty cool.
I'm playing guitar and doing some solo harmonies with George, now that's a trip! Jon and I have been working on a new studio album called Lightening Strikes Again and to top it all off we recorded a new greatest hits with Mick and Barry when they had time off from Ted which wasn't much so it took some time. As if all this didn't keep me busy enough I bought an old house in the Santa Monica Mountains which kept my hammer busy all summer. I've always wanted a place where you can walk out your door and pick apples peaches or plums for breakfast. So now I have Gene Simmons for a neighbor. The only difference between his house and mine is that his garage is bigger than my entire house lol.
As some of you might know we did a few shows in Virginia a few weeks ago. It was great to be on stage with my partners in crime again. Now the boys are home were finishing up our music and going on tour starting Dec 1 until a few days before Christmas. After that were planning on doing a US tour and Europe starting around May, we just don't know where we'll start first, but as soon as I know you will. So there it is, I do read your posts and if I ever learn how to type I'll try and write back more often. The good news is there's going to be a lot of new Dokken music out they're soon and I hope you all enjoy it. We should have our December dates posted in about a week. I hope to see you at the shows. Keep Rokken, D D."

JAPAN BECKONS:
Japan has always been a land of mystery and some fascination for rock artists. Since the halcyon days of Made In Japan and Cheap Trick At Budokan, it has been the Holy Grail for all rock bands and musicians, though relatively few ever actually get to release product or eventually play there. With the change in the market in recent years, this situation hasn't improved. Couple this with the language barrier, and getting your music heard and ultimately sold in Japan isn't an easy thing to achieve.
Now, Kitamico can help bands and labels access the Japanese market place, whether it is getting signed to a label, arranging for distribution in Japan or getting press in the relevant Japanese magazines. With the added advantage of being native English speakers, its the easy way to get your music into Japan. To see what Kitamico can do for you, e-mail us at kitamico@hotmail.com and well tailor something to your needs.

UFOR FESTIVAL SAYS THANK YOU:
The UFOR team would like to thank all involved bands, the crew, the Rockfabrik venue and especially the fans who made this year's show something special. The club was completely sold out and the show ended up in being a big Melodic Rock party again.
Negotiations for an event in 2007 already have started - see you all again next year! WebLink: www.united-forces-of-rock.de.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

FRONTIERS RECORDS UPDATES COSMO DETAILS:
Frontiers Records is honoured to welcome in its roster of artists the band Cosmo, a band formed by current Boston members Anthony & Fran Cosmo (also ex-Orion The Hunter) together with Mick Brooks (guitar), Pat Orlowski (drums) and Bill Carman (bass).
Formed back in the mid 80s, Cosmo have finally the chance to release their debut album to be entitled Alien on Frontiers Records on December 8.
Following the Boston tour of 2004, the prolific Anthony Cosmo had amassed an extensive library of great songs. With the resurgence of rock-n-roll that was occurring, Fran and Antonio couldn't pass up the opportunity to attempt the biggest evolutionary leap yet. Cosmo, once sidelined by a major power in music, was now in the forefront with full force!
Alien was recorded during the summer 2006 and includes eleven original tracks dealing with the issues of today's society. Main composer and guitarist Anthony Cosmo says: "Hurt, despair, love, hate, happiness, the loss of someone you really loved. Also the social anxieties that we all face one time or another in our life. There are many ways people express their feelings. My feelings, thoughts and perceptions of the world are channelled through music. The words and music reflect personal experiences I have had throughout my life as an artist as well as a person. We are all living and breathing air expression is what God gave us as a gift. "Alien" is what we are when we can't express it. The band is now ready to show the world the new face of rock-n-roll!"
Alien will be released with the following track listing: Communication; Don't Tell Me Your Lies; No Surprise; Gravity; Redemption; Helicopter; Alien; When I Close My Eyes; Woman; Can't Run Away; Creep; Don t Tell Me Your Lies (acoustic)(Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe)
Release date is set for December 8 on Frontiers Records in Europe, while release in Japan will happen on King Records.
Weblinks: www.frontiers.it / www.myspace.com/cosmotheband.

 
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Slamer's new CD Nowhere Land landed at place #98 on the National Swedish Sales Charts last week! This is the first time ever that a newcomer name enters in a Top 100 chart in the Frontiers Records history! Congratulations to distributors, promoters and the artist. Also the album is at #6 at the Hardrock Charts at Ginza, Sweden's biggest on-line seller.

UNITED FORCES OF ROCK WEEKEND COMPLETE:
The second United Forces Of Rock festival was held this weekend in Germany. A couple of the performing artists were kind enough to send in their thoughts for me to print.

Message From James Christian (House Of Lords):
"Hi everyone, I wanted to use this forum to say thank you to the many people who attended the United Forces Of Rock Show in Germany. The venue was completely sold out. The audience was completely amazing. They are the force behind any of these shows. As a performer there, I can tell you that there was a lot of heat in the room. It just reminded me of why I continue to do this. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing the response we received that evening. It seemed that every song was familiar to the audience. Fans were singing along and sometimes knew the words better than I did. I got a chance to hear some of the bands and they all sounded great. Frontiers had a lot of their groups there and also were largely responsible for the co-ordination of the show. Great Job Guys!
I would also like to thank the to fans in Spain. We never performed in that county ever. Yet we were met with a royal welcome at all three shows. There is an audience out there that hungers for Melodic Rock. I am so grateful for the opportunity to play for them. We are now on our way to Holland for 4 shows. Take a look on my website for the dates and venue names - www.jameschristianmusic.com.
The new guys are having a blast out here. Talk about a Hunger to play? They would play for three hours if we were allowed to. Jimi, Chris & BJ all send their best to all of you. As for me? You know how I feel. Cheers, James Christian."

Message from Danny Vaughn (Vaughn):
"I thought you might like a first hand account from the UFOR2 show in Germany on Sunday.
One can only call a day like that a great success! The club was sold out, the bands were all in great form and the crowd was simply fantastic!
I wish I could say that I got to see everyone but we were also kept very busy with some press interviews as well as a listening party for our new album Traveller, which will be released early in 2007. It was a huge thrill for all of us in the band to hear the finished master, (well, five songs of it anyway) , for the first time through a nice loud p.a. system and to watch the reactions of about 30 or 40 journalists all around us as it happened. I felt a little like a goldfish in a bowl for a few minutes, but it was a lot of fun. Talking to people afterwards, I am very happy with the initial reactions. One of the many things that was said to me was, "The Tyketto fans are going to love this". I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
As I said, I didn't get a chance to see most of the bands that were playing on the day, but the reactions from people I talked to were all very positive. So congratulations to all of the labels and promotional people involved for putting it on so well.
I made a point of rushing down to see Gary John Barden and he was great. Putting on a great show with a well rehearsed German band, and giving us fans so many of the great, classic songs of his that we crave. I also saw the Pretty Maids and they were excellent. Great, huge sound on stage. Great lead singer, and Ken is still a tremendous guitarist. The whole band rocked!
Thanks to all of the people that came out, took pictures, met us at the signing booth, and had so many kind words to say. It was a pleasure to finally play in Germany again and I know we are going to make sure we come back again very soon! All the best, Danny."

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM SOLO CD IN STORES NOW:
Press Release / The new Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) album Under the Skin hits stores and online retailers today.
As the musical architect behind Fleetwood Mac, one of the most popular bands of all time, Lindsey Buckingham has played the key role in stoking the hit-making machinery, yet he is also a seeker and a chance taker who is willing to shake up the status quo for the sake of new ideas.
Co-produced by Buckingham himself alongside legendary producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), Under the Skin is his first solo album in 14 years and is a work of unprecedented maturity, both virtuosic and intimate. This is arguably his most natural and most inspired work yet.
Audio Samples: Show You How and Under The Skin.

GUITAR GREATS ON JEFF BECK:
US journalist Bob Lefsetz recently commented on a live LA show by guitar legend Jeff Beck. He gained a few responses via his newsletter that I thought I would pass on here:

Vivian Campbell: "Howya Bob. I was there, too. I've seen him several times now, and I must say that I agree with your assessment Jeff Beck is the greatest exponent of the electric guitar the world has ever seen. However, perhaps if he hadn't seen Jimi Hendrix rip London a new one way back then he might still be a few years behind from where he is now in terms of torturing his instrument the way he so sweetly does. That said, it truly was an inspiration to see the guitar playing equivalent of Miles Davis or John Coltrane. As a guitar player I understand that the tone comes solely from his hands, and watching him I can understand what it is he does and how it is that he does it. However, his true genius is what goes on in his head - how in the hell does he come up with this shit? Beck is SO far ahead of the curve in terms of how the rest of us guitar playing plebs think, and he always has been. Priceless!"

Steve Lukather: "It doesn't get any better than Jeff! The hum of his amp blows most away! I have had the honor of playing with him live and in the studio and seeing what he does up close. Even at close range he manages the impossible cause he doesn't think like a mortal. I missed this LA show due to my own work but haven't missed too many. After Jeff you walk away shaking your head in disbelief. Why he isn't the MEGA MEGA star he deserves to be is beyond me! He shits on the rest. hahaha I am with Viv on this. I know what he is doing but even trying to mimic it is a silly exercise as it's all HIM. He is God's guitar player!"

Dick Wagner: "In the 1970's I had the pleasure and the privilege to be the opening act on a Beck, Bogert and Appice tour with my group, Ursa Major. It was my first national tour, and aside from that particular thrill, I got to listen to Jeff Beck up close and personal every night. He still sounds and plays absolutely amazing. In my opinion he is the best rock guitarist amongst many great players. Hendrix was a magician and revolutionized the way guitar music sounded. Beck carries on the magic of Hendrix and is even more melodic and out there at times. He makes every one else sound tame. Long live Jeff Beck!!"
All replies lifted from Bob's newsletter: lefsetz.com/wordpress

MELODIC BRIEFS:
A great new interview with Toto drummer and session great Simon Phillips over at his official website: www.simon-phillips.com.

Kim Mitchell has posted on his official website forum the following update about his new record: "its done...mixed and mastered and sitting on the runway until spring ... (march) ... i cant tour it until the summer (july and aug) so there is no point in putting it out now and only able to play on Saturdays .... sorry about this to all of you who have waited ... hope you understand ... kim"

Waltham have sent a small update to fans via their newsletter, stating: "After month's of shacking up at The Doghouse (our new demo studio)...We've got a whole bunch of new tunes ready to record for our next album. So come out and see us play a handful of them live...Saturday 10/7, The Middle East, Downstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA."

GLENN HUGHES EXTENDS HIS STAY IN EUROPE:
Glenn Hughes has updated his European tour schedule as follows:
Oct 28 JB's, Dudley, England
Oct 29 Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Oct 31 Roadmender, Northampton, England
Nov 02 Salle Kursaal, Dolhain - Limbourg, Belgium
Nov 03 Metropool, Hengelo, Netherlands
Nov 04 De Kade, Zaandam, Netherlands
Nov 05 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
Nov 07 Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia
Nov 09 Ice Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
Nov 10 Virgin Oil Company, Helsinki, Finland
Nov 11 Big Sports Arena, Moscow, Russia
Nov 13 Smuget, Oslo, Norway
Nov 14 Kino, Karlskrona, Sweden
Nov 15 Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 17 Retro Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
Nov 18 A38, Budapest, Hungary
Nov 19 Club Tatra, Nitra, Slovakia
Nov 21 Vebue TBC, Zagreb, Croatia
Nov 22 Venue TBC, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nov 24 Black Horse, Cermenate (Como), Italy
Nov 25 Sonar, Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena), Italy
Nov 26 Rohstofflager, Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 27 Metropolis, Munich, Germany
Nov 29 Stollwerk, Koln, Germany
Nov 30 Zeche, Bochum, Germany
Dec 01 Venue TBC, Paris, France

HEAVEN & HELL UPDATE:
The webmaster for Black-Sabbath.com has updated curious fans on the whole Heaven & Hell project rumors. Here's what has been printed on the site's news page:
Known facts:
There will be a Black Sabbath: The Dio Years box set. Said box set will contain at least two newly recorded tracks. Tony & Ronnie collaborated on the newly recorded tracks.
Rumours/Speculation:
Geezer Butler & Bill Ward will comprise the rhythm section on the new tracks.
Iommi/Butler/Ward/Dio will tour in 2007 as "Heaven & Hell".
The Dio Years set may include the video mentioned by Dio on the Live Evil recordings.
Update Sep 28: "I've since gotten email from an official source that wishes to remain anonymous that I was 100% correct on the legal situation with Tony Iommi and the name "Black Sabbath". It's still his sandbox, so there's no legal reason that would stop them from going out under the name Black Sabbath should they choose to. Should this all come off, and the name "Heaven & Hell" is used, it's my belief that it was some artistic choice, and not a legal one."

U2 COMPILATON DUE NOVEMBER:
From the official U2 website - yes, compilation season is officially upon us:
"Sixteen of U2's best known songs and two new tracks are on a single 'Best of" CD released next month. No word on a title for the album yet nor what the track-listing is but the release date is set for November 20th.
Along with 16 of the band's best known songs (start predicting them now!) one of the two new tracks is the band's collaboration with Green Day while the other is a brand new song.
Both were recorded during sessions at London's Abbey Road last month and are produced by Rick Rubin.
Ahead of the new collection, the U2/Green Day version of The Skids' track The Saints Are Coming will be released as a digital download on 30th October and as a CD single on 6th November."

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

INSIDE EDDIE VAN HALEN'S GATHERING:
You have to hand it to the man, when Eddie Van Halen throws a party, he throws a party! Not sure what to make of any of this...but here's a couple of posts from those at the private party and for more, check out the VHLinks as always.
From: www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/TheFeed/post/649973/Eddie_Van_Halens_Sacred_Sin_Gathering.html.
"On Saturday night, Sept. 30, I went to the greatest party of my entire life. And I have been to some pretty wild parties in my day, people. But this one took the cake. The event, dubbed "The Gathering," was a release party for the Michael Ninn-directed adult film Sacred Sin, which features two brand new instrumental songs by the great Eddie Van Halen. The party was thrown at Eddie's house (!!!) and was an extravagant, decadent affair unlike anything I have ever been to. Yes, you read that right, the porn party was at Eddie-friggin'-Van-Halen's house!!!
How awesome was this soirée, you wonder? Well, there were scantily clad and/or naked chicks everywhere, there were half-naked Cirque du Soleil-type performers doing acrobatics in and outside the house (see photo), there were guys on stilts walking around, there were rock stars and porn stars galore, there was an open bar, tons of great food and hor's d'oeuvres, plus Eddie played a set of Van Halen songs with an all-star backing band, and later entertained a small room with a piano recital!

And this from "venom thrust" on VHLinks:
"Alright guys. I'm back and my head hurts. Let me describe the evening for you....naked porn chicks in Eddie's pool followed by naked porn chicks licking each other in and out of the pool. Acrobats hanging from the ceiling (kind of a cirque de soleil show) and drinks everywhere. For starters, Billy Idol was a no show. The rumor has it he didn't want to be associated with the porn industry. Direct quote from Eddie, "I never missed a fucking gig in my life!" Billy showed up for the rehearsal Friday but didn't want to make the show Saturday. They gave out goodie bags with choice watches, g-string, mini alcohol bottle & copy of the new DVD. I hung out with Brian from Mark & Brian radio show. What a dweeb. He and his buddy were trying to pick up women all night. Just don't think it worked.
Eddie played with a band called "The Star Fuckers." They were really hot. I asked the lead singer if he was gonna be singer #4 for Van Halen (tongue in cheek) and he said, "If that were the case I'd be licking your balls right now." Eddie played all the VH hits and was in pretty good form. Out of everyone at the party he was the only one that looked like he didn't belong in the house. He sat around the living room tuning his guitar half the night and he had his trademark ripped boots with the toe showing. He walked around with a bottle of wine all evening. I talked to his publicist Janie and asked three questions. "Will Eddie continue to work with Michael Ninn in the future?" She said that was up in the air right now. Depending on how sales go with the DVD release. I asked her about the project he wanted to do with Alex and Wolfie and she said that is definitely in the works. And hopes to have something out by summer. And I asked the big question. "Will Eddie work with David Lee Roth again?" And she said that Eddie has no problem working with Roth if they can put something together. I was unable to talk directly with Eddie because he was either playing on stage or mingling with the guests. Alex Van Halen was a no show."

HAREM'S HUMAN NATURE AND HARRY TALKS UPDATES:
The track listing for Harem Scarem's new studio album can be confirmed as: Human Nature . Next Time Around . Caught Up In Your World . Reality . Hanging On . Don't Throw It Away . Give Love / Get Love . 21 . Starlight . Going Under . Tomorrow May Be Gone.
Yes, it is a far more melodic and traditional Harem Scarem sounding album than the darker Overboard, while featuring the sonic trademark of the last few albums. I think long time fans are gonna love it!
The album will be released in Japan November 21 through Avalon/Marquee and on December 6 via outlets to be announced for the rest of the world and online.
The Japanese bonus track is an acoustic version of the song Higher.

Harem frontman Harry Hess e-mailed this further update in over the weekend:
Vespa Music Group has signed a distribution deal in Canada with Sony/BMG starting with the signing of two Canadian Idol contestants Aaron Walpole and Suzi Rawn (produced by Harry and Pete).
Music mogul Steven Stone (J.Lo, Madonna, The Fugees) has decided to use 4 Harem Scarem songs in his upcoming reality TV show 30 Days Until I'm Famous.
The song Higher will be in the new Kate Beckinsale movie "Snow Angels" due for release late 2006 or early 2007.
Mustang Jeans is using songs from the Hess solo record for its European add campaign.
Harry co-writes Love Is Just A War with multi-platinum selling artists Vanilla Ninja for Universal Music Publishing in Germany.
Nice to see some of the rest of the world finally realizing what the rest of us discerning music listeners already know!

 

SOMETHING SWEET FOR HONEYMOON SUITE FANS:
Honeymoon Suite - Feel It Again (An Anthology) is a brand new Canadian release that features some 39 tracks from the band - digitally remastered tracks culled from the band's first four studio albums plus three rare tracks (including the sought after soundtrack classic Those Were The Days plus 7 unreleased tracks and full packaging with new track by track comments.
From Amazon Canada is this synopsis: "Two CD anthology of the Canadian Hard Rock band's astonishing career compiled with input and support from lead singer Johnnie Dee and guitarist Derry Grehan. Containing 39 amazing songs including 'Lethal Weapon', 'New Girl Now', and 'Feel It Again' plus three rare tracks and seven unreleased songs from the band's private archive. Includes a stunning 20 page color booklet with an extensive band history, many rare unseen photographs and track by track commentary written by Mott The Hoople biographer Campbell Devine."

 

MELODIC BRIEFS:
A small Night Ranger update - there is confirmation that the band has signed to Sony/BMG Japan for a release of their Live In Japan 2003 album. Also - the all new studio album should be released in Japan first quarter of 2007 with a European release via Frontiers Records to follow.

Looks like Michael Schenker has got over whatever was on his mind and will tour afterall: michaelschenkerhimself.com/index2.html.

Guns N Roses management seem to think Chinese Democracy will appear still in 2006. A statement from them read: "there are 13 Tuesdays left between now and the end of the year".

New Thunder sound samples from the forthcoming album Robert Johson's Tombstone have been added to the downloads page of: www.thunderonline.com.

A note from the good people at The Rock venue in Denmark regarding John Waite: "I have noticed that you have announced a live tour date for John Waite at The Rock November 25. This is not confirmed - in fact, I don't think we heard of the gig at all? Could you please remove it, we have another orchestra playing that day!"
Perhaps whoever planned and then announced these shows should do some more leg work?!

Starz currently has an autographed guitar up on eBay. The guitar is autographed by all 7 band members, and all proceeds go to benefit New York City charity City Harvest. Link: cgi.ebay.com/Starz-signed-rare-guitar-by-7-ranno-smith-dube.

Rockpages Web Magazine in Greece recently conducted an interview with Bruce Kulick: www.rockpages.gr/interviews/kulickbruce2006-en.htm.

www.rockeyez.com has a new interview online with with Mark King of Hinder.

Artwork for Whitesnake's upcoming November live relrease (with 4 new stduio tracks) has been revealed. See below.

 

NEW RASPBERRIES WEBSITE ONLINE:
Raspberries (Eric Carmen, Jim Bonfanti, Dave Smalley & Wally Bryson) has launched a new official website. On the heels of their successful and critically acclaimed reunion tour, the original four Raspberries are also now readying the released of their first new recording in over 30 years, and explosive Live CD/DVD recorded in October 2005 in Los Angeles. There is also, a great video clip for Go All The Way, recorded in Chicago, 2005 up on the site.
Check it out folks! www.raspberriesonline.com.

A NEW FRONTMAN FOR IRON HORSE:
Charlie Wayne has recently taken over the job as front man for IronHorse from his friend Ron Keel. Ron apparently wanted to devote more time to his solo projects and recommended to the band that Charlie take over in his place. The band decided to go in that direction.
IronHorse is currently finishing up production of their third album titled Change My Religion that is scheduled to be released sometime right before Christmas.
There are clips of 3 of the new songs on Charlie's & IronHorse's sites: www.myspace.com/charliewayne and www.myspace.com/ironhorsetheband.

ROYAL HUNT LIVE CD DUE NOVEMBER:
Royal Hunt gives their fans a chance to listen to a couple of songs (go to www.royalhunt.com) from their new double live album Royal Hunt 2006 which is due to release on November 22.
The 2 hour show was recorded (and filmed – more info on DVD will follow) in St. Petersburg´s Music Hall during their tour last year. All mixing duties were handled by André Andersen at NorthPoint Productions while mastering – once again – by Jan Eliasson at Audio Planet.

GREAT WHITE LOOKS BACK BUT MOVES FORWARD 3 YEARS AFTER CLUB FIRE:
A little Great White article from the pages of The Boston Globe:
By Solvej Schou, Associated Press Writer | October 1, 2006 / Los Angeles --For more than three years, anger, grief and haunting memories have swirled around the band Great White since its pyrotechnic display ignited the Rhode Island nightclub fire that left 100 dead and injured many more. The fire "was a full-blown American tragedy," lead guitarist Mark Kendall told The Associated Press in a recent rare interview. "I was sad to be a witness to it. It was just a nightmare."
The February 2003 conflagration, sparked by stage explosives that ignited foam meant to soundproof the stage at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killed the hard-rock group's guitarist Ty Longley.
Amid escalating legal troubles, Great White has now reunited after a year off the road and is preparing to record an album and go back on tour.
Full Story Link: www.boston.com.

TALKING METAL TALKS GUNS N ROSES:
TalkingMetal.com has posted the 100th episode of their Talking Metal podcast. In this special titled Guns N Roses Summit Countdown to Chinese Democracy, hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy are joined by former Guns N Roses members Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver) and Teddy Zig Zag Andreadis as well as Sebastian Bach/Halford guitarist, Metal Mike Chlasciak. Topics include Axl Rose, Chinese Democracy, Ron Bumblefoot Thal, and the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. Additional podcast topics include Velvet Revolver, Painmuseum, the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, Battlestar Galactica, and Paul Stanley. New photos, a video clip of Axl Rose and John Ostronomy at the MTV Video Music Awards, and the 90-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location (www.talkingmetal.com). iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location (phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=78833595).

STYXFEST 2007 PLANNED FOR CASINO RAMA, ONTARIO, CANADA:
Press Release / The fan gathering Styxfest will hold its next get-together on May 25–26 at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Styx will be playing the casino on three consecutive nights, May 24, 25, and 26.
This year's Styxfest will surpass previous events with two days of activities. All attendees will receive a gift bag of souvenir items and a laminated pass for all Styxfest events.
Also planned is another popular auction of band-related items. In 2004, band members donated articles of stage clothing and autographed various items, and the auction raised $6,000 for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The 2007 charity has not yet been chosen.
More activities will be announced as they are scheduled.
Between 100 and 150 people from across the United States and Canada are expected to attend. Styxfest has previously been held in Oregon, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York City and Las Vegas.
Those interested in attending can sign up to receive updates at styxfest-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visit the official website at www.styxfest.com.
Styxfest is run by Geaux Crazy Productions and a team of volunteers.
For more information, contact Tanya Oaks-Brooks at Geaux Crazy Productions: GeauxCrazy@aol.com and www.Styxfest.com.

MRCD3 HAS ARRIVED:
Pre-orders of MRCD3 will be shipped this week. Sorry for the production delay, but the CD is now here and ready to roll. All that is required, is a bunch of packing and address label printing to be done. Stay tuned...

 

 

 

Friday, September 29, 2006

FIREFEST PRESS RELEASE:
Press Release / Right-o folks, with the big day approaching fast, we have an added little treat for all those attending Firefest 3. We can now confirm a worldwide exclusive playback of the brand new Harem Scarem album Human Nature on October 28.
You will be able to hear EVERY track on the album in between sets at Firefest 3. With a copy of Human Nature sitting right here on the Firefest desk all we can say is WOW!!!
Wait until you hear this. This is the album Scarem fans have been waiting for. This will certainly whet the appetite for the album European release on December 6. It's nothing short of amazing. This may be the biggest listening party for any Harem Scarem album release...ok we know it will be, but with the line up of Winger, Gotthard, Bonfire, Fair Warning, Wig Wam, Treat and Nexx as well as a free raffle for a guitar including hard case and the playback of Human Nature, Firefest will be the melodic rock event of the year. Hope to see you all there.
Kieran, Bruce and Daren / www.thefirefest.com.

Stay tuned for some advance thoughts on the new Harem Scarem next week....the album is very melodic and up to the band's usual high standards. A couple of song titles include - Don't Throw It Away, Give Love Get Love and 21.

 

 

 

Thursday, September 28, 2006

FRONTIERS RECORDS UPDATE:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the long awaited Zion album on December 8!
Zion is Freddy Curci's brand new project/band set to bring back his magical voice on an all new material that could resemble the best production of his ALIAS and Sheriff days.
Freddy Curci is arguably one of the best vocalists in Rock History. He's got the combination of vocal talents that all singers strive for. He can sing a ballad with a beautiful, smooth voice like Steve Perry of Journey or Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon and then turn around and belt out rocker with a rough edge on his voice like Brad Delp of Boston.
He started his career in Sheriff recording a classic album in 1979 and (four years later!) having a number one song in the USA charts, called When I'm With You. That song put Freddy into the World Record Book for holding a note for almost 30 seconds!
Hot on the heels of the chart success, Freddy and former Sheriff bandmate Steve DeMarchi on guitar fromed legendary band Alias together with ex-Heart members Steve Fossen, Mike Derosier and Roger Fisher. Alias released one album in 1989 for EMI worldwide. That record had two U.S. top ten hits More Than Words Can Say and Waiting For Love, which was penned by famed songwriters Brett Walker and Jeff Paris.
In 1994 Freddy Curci debuted as a solo artist with a CD called Dreamer's Road achieving good success in Canada. Six years later a compilation featuring some unreleased songs was unleashed on the market, marking the start of his cooperation with Frontiers Records who released that album in Italy.
Freddy then started his new Zion project which almost took four years to make it to completion. "I got really sick for a long time and I couldn't sing for over a year... But I'm glad to say things are much better now and I am very excited to come back after such a long time! I could not even realize so much time passed. I guess In my mind I never left.. It was the journey I took that that brought me here now. To quote Paul McCartney, It was a long and winding road...." says Freddy. He continues: "Zion is one of those things that if there's enough demand, I'll ask the guys if they want to go on the road and tour this record! This would be a fun record to tour & it really rocks!"
Featured on Zion are professional musicians such as Jason Hook (ex-Bullet Boys) and Joey Scoleri on guitars, Paul Marangoni (Kim Mitchell, The Works, Coney Hatch) and Joey Greco on drums, Ken Malandrino on bass and Ross Greene on keyboards with the collaboration of Fabrizio Grossi on bass as well. He gathered the best songs from his repertoire written with Steve DeMarchi (Curci's Alias and Sheriff songwriting partner), Jeff Paris, Marc Ribler and Bob Marlette, among others.
The resulting record simply entitled Zion is everything the Alias fans would have wanted to hear from Freddy and more!
Final tracklisting: Only Takes A Minute; How Much Longer Is Forever; One Man Alone; Dangerous; I Am Running Home; Everybody's Watching; No Surprise; Sky Is Falling; Devil's Dance; Who Do You Think You Are; Crash The Mirror.
Don't miss the return of this AOR legend on December 8. Release in Japan was settled on King Records.

 
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John Waite has announced the first tour dates for his upcoming European tour in support of the release of his Downtown - Journey of a Heart album. The confirmed dates so far are:
Thursday 11.16. UK / London The Underworld
Friday 11.17. UK / Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 11.18. UK / Dudley JB's
Sunday 11.19. UK / Bradford Bradford Rio
Saturday 11.25. Denmark / Copenhagen The Rock
More dates in Europe will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tramp's White Lion have announced a full European tour for the upcoming fall. Dates are:
10/14 Handpicked Festival Riverland SA, Australia
11/11 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark
11/12 Amplifier Oslo, Norway
11/16 Heineken (formerly Arena) Madrid, Spain
11/17 Apollo 2 Barcelona, Spain
11/18 Kindergarten Club Bologna, Italy
11/19 Teatro Verdi Trieste, Italy
11/21 Spectrum Augsburg, Germany
11/24 TBA Athens, Greece
11/25 Jolly Joker Pub Antalya, Turkey
11/27 222 Park Eskisehir, Turkey
11/29 TBA Ismir, Turkey
12/01 Yeni Melek Show Theatre Istanbul/Taksim, Turkey
12/02 Saklikent Ankara, Turkey
12/04 Hirsch Nurnberg, Germany
12/05 Colosaal Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/06 Matrix Bochum, Germany
12/07 Weert Bosuil, Netherlands
12/08 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
12/09 Schwarzwaldhalle/FestHalle Karlsruhe, Germany
12/10 JB's Dudley, UK
12/11 The Underworld London, UK
12/12 Coporation Sheffield, UK
12/13 The Broadway Club Liverpool, UK
Further info: miketramp.com.

Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 16th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mail-orders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.
The new issue is combined with the Melodic Rock CD Vol. 1, a sample disc with 1.30 minutes excerpts all the most important songs of the upcoming releases!
Here is the tracklist:
01. Winger - Right Up Ahead (Taken from the album IV , out on October the 20th 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
02. Pretty Maids Wake up To The Real World (Taken from the album Wake Up To The Real World , out on Novermber the 10th 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
03. Wetton / Downes Icon 2 - Finger On The Trigger (Taken from the album Rubicon , out on November the 10th 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
04. Slamer - Nowhere Land (Taken from the album Nowhere Land , out on September the 22nd 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
05. Richie Kotzen - You Can t Save Me (Taken from the album Into The Black , out on November the 10th 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
06. Talisman - Nowhere fast (Taken from the album 7 , out on October the 20th 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
07. Avalon - Blue Collar (Taken from the album Avalon , out on September the 22nd 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
08. Sunstorm - Fame And Fortune (Taken from the album Sunstorm , out on September the 22nd 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
09. Kingdom Come - Friends In Spirit (Taken from the album Ain t Crying For The Moon , out on October the 20th 2006) ~ Frontiers Records
10. Riot - Knockin' At My Door (Taken from the album Army Of One , out on October the 27th 2006) ~ Metal Heaven
11. Felony Tonite (Taken from the album First Felony , out on September the 29th 2006) ~ Escape Music
12. Alibi - Masquerade (Taken from the album Misdemeanours , out in September the 29th 2006) ~ Escape Music
13. Planet Alliance - The Real You (Taken from the album Planet Alliance, out on September the 15th 2006) ~ Metal Heaven
14. Ruffians - I Believe (Taken from the album Desert Of Tears, out on October the 20th 2006) ~ Metal Heaven
Here are the previews of the two Melodic Rock Fanzine covers + the CD cover:

 
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This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Winger, Talisman, Kingdom Come, Avalon, Riot, Rob Lamothe, Mad Max, Slamer, Sunstorm, Planet Alliance... and more!
Copies of MRF will be available for free at the upcoming United Forces Of Rock in Ludwigsburg next Sunday October 1st 2006.
[Please note that MR Fanzine and MelodicRock CD Vol. 1 are both products from Frontiers Records]

HEAVEN & HELL - BLISS FOR BLACK SABBATH FANS IN 2007:
Spainish website www.rafabasa.com has posted news of a Black Sabbath re-union of sorts - under a different name - Heaven & Hell.
The line-up will apparently be comprised of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ronnie James Dio. The website reports that a tour is planned by the group starting mid-2007.
How accurate is this information? Pretty damned good from what I have heard. In fact, I heard something to this effect back in June. While there is still nothing official being said, I can add a little more information:
- Ronnie James Dio was apparently approached by another individual this year for a possible new collaboration, but turned them down due to a prior commitment to this project.
- The project formed after Tony Iommi and Dio met to work on a couple of new tracks for a planned Black Sabbath box set The Dio Years.
- The whole deal has been kept quiet to avoid any unpleasantries during this year's Ozzfest tour.
I'm sure we will be hearing more about this! Stay tuned...

HAREM SCAREM TO FINISH YEAR ON A HIGH:
News in today from Harem Scarem: "Harem Scarem's new record Human Nature will be released November 21st in Asia through Avalon/Marquee and available December 6th to the rest of the world through various online retailers and traditional record shops throughout Europe, more details to come."
WebLink: www.haremscarem.net.
[Note: Harem fans will not be disappointed!!! :)]

MR-X UPDATE & SITE NEWS:
MR-X has been updated. Online today is a new Feature Live performance, REO Speedwagon and a Westwood One radio show recorded at Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1990.
Also online Logan - One Step Closer, a rare 6-Track indie EP from the American rockers and the following new video clips: Audioslave - Original Fire and a Screaming Jets 4-Play - C'Mon, Better, Tunnel and Living In England.
I might also add that most of the recent updates from the past 6 weeks or so are still online for just a few more days, so get in now before they are deleted for fresh updates.
MR-X Membership Details.

Just a reminder - there is no site update tomorrow thru Monday. Business as normal Tuesday....having a self-appointed long weekend with the family.
A quick thanks for more great feedback following what was posted yesterday. The positive vibes go a long way, great to hear that I'm doing things right in the eyes of those that read the site.
And speaking of readers, I checked site stats for the first time in a few weeks today to see that the numbers are still climbing, which means more people are discovering that good music ain't dead yet. Last week I hit an all-time one day high of 21,186 visitors with the daily average now between 15,000 and 20,000 each and every day. Thanks to all that stop by...

MINIBYTES UPDATED:
There has been a huge update the MiniBytes section, with new MP3 previews from the following artists: Domain, ACT, Ty Tabor, Luca Turilli, Dysinformation, One Bad Son, Emotional Asylum, December Radio, Billy Falcon, Tricky Woo, Thunderbolt, Trente, Metal Church, Blissed, Xoch, Michael Bormann, Pamela Moore, Edenbridge, JJ Marsh and Black Label Society. Check them all out.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A SURPRISE JOURNEY TO LOS ANGELES:
By now, most readers of this site will be aware that Jeff Scott Soto is one artist I have championed since the outset.
An enormously talented singer and performer, Jeff has worked harder than any other individual I know, striving for the acclaim he deserves.
Ever since the release of his second solo album Prism, and the career defining appearance at The Gods 2002 and subsequent live DVD/CD release Live At The Gods, Jeff has toured constantly, recording all the while and winning over fans with each tour and every performance.
Jeff is also one of my best mates in this business. The two weeks I spent on the road with him here in Australia in 2004 will be something I never forget.
He is one of the all-round good guys and if you take a look through the message boards here, you will see the respect he shows and receives from his various posts.

Right now he is having the time of his life fronting Journey, on tour in the USA.
It was I who gave Jeff's phone number to Journey guitarist Neal Schon back when he was looking for a singer after the demise of Planet US. The rest is now history.
I have been due to catch up with Jeff for a lengthy interview. There's a lot going on the musical world of JSS, not least of which is Journey.
There is the brand spanking new Talisman album 7 – which I rate their best album to date; Jeff's new solo material that he has been working on over the past year; and more.

It has been with some envy that I have spent the last few months reading all the fantastic reports of Jeff and Journey on tour this American summer – it sounds like everyone has been having a ball!
Jeff obviously picked up on this and to my surprise an e-mail arrived a few weeks back asking if I would like to come out to the US and see a show and do this planed interview in person. He wanted to help me get to a show, to make sure I got to see this acclaimed show for myself and after talking with me, took the idea to the band.
So, between Jeff and the rest of the guys from Journey, I am now booked and confirmed for a quick trip to Los Angeles to see the band's Hollywood Bowl and San Bernadino shows on October 13 and 14!
This is the quickest of trips, but I know it's going to be worth it! I'll stay with Jeff at his home in LA for the weekend and head back home Monday after seeing the shows on Friday and Saturday.
So not only will I do my interview with Jeff, but now I'll also cover the two shows with a detailed report of Journey on and off the stage and will interview the rest of the guys in the band as well.
So once in a while, something really special happens and I wanted to share this with everyone. Plus, I have to explain my absence somehow!
I cannot wait to see this show!

That all said…this quickly arranged trip brings up another issue altogether. Journey is of course not the only band on the bill this tour. Closing the show each night is Def Leppard. Yes, Def Leppard…the band I grew up worshipping and the band fronted by singer Joe Elliott. As most know, Joe and I were engaged in a public war of words surrounding my very early advance comments on the band's recent covers album Yeah.

Sometimes life presents you with an unexpected twist and this trip gave me pause to once again think back over the whole Def Leppard incident.
This trip presents a unique opportunity to try and mend some fences where such a possibility wouldn't normally be there and I for one want to take this opportunity to do just that.
Some 2 years back now I commented in detail on an advance copy of the Yeah album which I had every reason to believe was the final release, but as it turned out, was yet to be mixed and mastered.
And following this, the release would continue to be pushed way back to a point were it came out some 18 months after my initial comments.
In hindsight my initial comments were ill-timed. One can see now that clearly it was too early to pass on my judgment of the album and for that I am sorry.
Mine and Joe's comments are all on public record, there's no changing those. There is also no changing my view of the Yeah record. My official review and final thoughts on that record is on record right here.
But I do believe that the official review when the album was released should have been the place to make my points as I normally do with all such album reviews.

I did speak out when I did not out of malice, but believe it or not, out of passion for the band. They had after all, previously released X, an album I described as their best release since Hysteria. I hope these comments are met by Joe and the band in the spirit that they are intended.

The reality is that on October 12 I am very fortunate to be heading to LA to see two great bands in action and while I am there as a guest of Journey and Jeff Scott Soto…if I do run into the guys from Def Leppard, it would be nice to think that I could perhaps shake hands with Joe and reiterate my thoughts here in person.

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA TO TOUR ITALY NOVEMBER 2006:
As posted yesterday, here is an updated press release with the full tour dates:
Swedish melodic hard rockers House Of Shakira are set to rock Italian fans with a six live gigs over six days in November. The band signed to Lion Music have won worldwide acclaim with albums such as Lint and First Class and for their live performances at "Firefest 2005" (captured on the live DVD Live At Firefest 05) and 2006's "Sweden Rock Festival" have taken a break from the writing and recording of their forthcoming studio album to perform to their Italian fans.
House Of Shakira vocalist Andreas Eklund comments, "When this opportunity came up it was too good to turn down. The chance to play live in Italy to fans that haven't seen us before and have some fun on the road will help fire us up even more with the new material when we get back in the studio".
The confirmed dates and venues are:
Thu 2 November Bergamo (Keller)
Fri 3 November Porto D'ascoli (Titty Twister)
Sat 4 November Roma (Venue To Be Announced)
Sun 5 November Bologna (Derkindergarten)
Mon 6 November Milano (Transilvania Live)
Tue 7 November Padova (Banale)

ROCKSTAR RUNNER UP TOBY RAND CALLS BAND TO LA:
Two news items here from Australian based news/industry website Undercover.com.au:
After the success of Australian Toby Rand on Rock Star: Supernova, his Melbourne band Juke Kartel hit LA.
Many expected Toby Rand to win the search to find a frontman/woman for supergroup Supernova (now dubbed Rock Star Supernova due to legal wrangling with another band of the same name), consisting of ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, ex-Guns n' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and the ever-present Motley Crue drum monkey Tommy Lee.
Although Canadian Lukas Rossi scored the gig, Rand was enormously popular with fans (particularly the ladies), and his instantly catchy original composition Throw It Away gained plaudits from the rocker judges as well as the studio audience.
His Melbourne band Juke Kartel had taken part in the 2005 Taste Of Chaos tour, as well as supporting Nickelback through Australia in April of 2006, but now have gone to LA to join their singer. They left for LA on September 20 with two shows at the notorious Viper Room already scheduled for September 28 and 29. On September 22 they went into the studio to record some tracks, including 'Throw It Away'.
So even though he didn't win Rock Star Supernova, Rand and band set to storm the US regardless.
WebLink: www.undercover.com.au/news/2006/sep06/20060926_tobyrand.html

70's Aussie pop band Sherbet have released their first new single in more than two decades.
The songs Hearts Are Insane and Red Dress were recorded earlier this year as the band rehearsed for their reformation shows on the Countdown tour.
Sherbet's Garth Porter says in his liner notes that 'Hearts Are Insane' was actually written and demoed 20 years ago. "It was strange but invigorating going back to the old song idea, and updating the style. I was surprised at the optimism of the song," he says.
Both songs also feature on the new Sherbet best of Superhits.
Full Story: www.undercover.com.au/news/2006/sep06/20060927_sherbet.html.

STATETROOPER UK GIG ANNOUNCED:
It would be great if you could mention a Statetrooper gig on the 14th October in Cirencester, UK. As you know, Statetrooper feature Gary Barden, former vocalist with MSG.
The event is titled Live and Aloud and happens at the Cornhall, Cirencester on October 14th.
Full line up: Statetrooper, Athufaena's Puzzle, Alibi Thieves, Nations Decay, Salakin.
Tickets can be bought online for £5 from www.dinism.co.uk (£10 on door)

GENE AUCTIONS HIS BASS:
Gene Simmons is auctioning off a signed axe bass on e-Bay via A&E and his Family Jewels reality show. Dig deep though folks, so far the bids have passed $76,500!! cgi.ebay.com.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

JOURNEY HEAD BACK TO THE UK IN 2007:
Journey have announced return tour dates for the UK starting in March 2007. The show will be a full headlining tour for the band. The dates are:
3/01/07 Sheffield City Hall Sheffield, UK
3/02/07 Newcastle City Hall Newcastle, UK
3/03/07 Clyde Auditorium Glasgow, Scotland
3/05/07 Nottingham Royal Centre Nottingham, UK
3/06/07 Apollo Manchester, UK
3/09/07 Cardiff Int Centre Cardiff, Wales
3/10/07 Bournemouth Int Centre Bournemouth, UK
3/13/07 Birmingham NIA Birmingham, UK
3/14/07 Hammersmith Apollo London, UK

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA TO TOUR ITALY NOVEMBER 2006:
Swedish melodic hard rockers House Of Shakira are set to rock Italian fans with a six live gigs over six days in November. The band signed to Lion Music have won worldwide acclaim with albums such as Lint and First Class and for their live performances at Firefest 2005 (captured on the live DVD Live At Firefest 05) and 2006's Sweden Rock Festival have taken a break from the writing and recording of their forthcoming studio album to perform to their Italian fans.
Two confirmed dates so far:
Sat 4 November Roma (Venue to be announced)
Sun 5 November Bologna (Derkindergarten)
WebLinks: www.house-of-shakira.nu and www.lionmusic.com.

 

GLENN HUGHES COMMENTS:
Glenn Hughes has posted a new message to his website: www.glennhughes.com:
"I have been hard at work writing for 2 Australian artists: Jimmy Barnes and Vanessa Amorosi. I really have found I love writing for other artists. it is something that I have grown to love. Tickets are now on sale in the UK and Holland. The tour will be finalized this week. It is a busy time for me. I am in great health and looking forward to playing in Madrid next weekend! Looking forward to seeing you there."

ANOTHER COMPILATION TO CHECK OUT:
The brand new Melodic Rock compilation from Germany's No.1 Rock radio in the web - Munich's Hardest Hits - is out now.
16 hot and catchy AOR, Melodic Rock and Hard rock tracks featuring amongst others, a rare track with Saga singer Michael Sadler (with the band Sheela), previously unreleased song from Hit The Ground Runnin', brand new Swedish melodic killers from Blind Alley and Alyson Avenue, Westcoast/AOR sensation Rod McInnes.
Complete track list as follows:
Roger Lapointe - Tie You Up, Rod McInnes - Piece Of Your Heart, Mariah - Knocked Down, Hit The Ground Runnin' - Feels Good (prev. unreleased), Atello - Hold On, My Land - Love In Chains, Blind Alley - Voices, Rox Diamond - Joann, Mirko Hirsch - SOS (prev. unreleased), 7th Heaven - Ghost Of Me, Sam Alex - Back In Love, Sheela (feat. Michael Sadler) - Feed Your Heart, Felony - Justice, Alyson Avenue - I Am (Your Pleasuremaker) (prev. unreleased), Scream Silence - Creed, Halifax - Should I Believe.
For more information please check out www.munichshardesthits.com. Available over order@munichshardesthits.com.

 

CD SHOWCASE UPDATED:
Plenty of new MP3s to check out today with a big update to the CD Showcase. Online today are previews of new albums by: Zeno - Runway To The Gods and Martin Briley - It Comes In Waves (MTM Music, due October 20); Riot - Army Of One (Metal Heaven, due October 27); Ruffians - Desert Of Tears (Metal Heaven, due October 20); Mad Max - In White and Saidian - Phoenix (Metal Heaven, due September 29) and Nexx - Another Dawn (Angel Milk Records, due October 9).
Check them all out.

 

 

 

Monday, September 25, 2006

FIREFEST 3 UPDATE - 4 WEEKS OUT:
With October 28 fast approaching, it looks as if FF3 will be the busiest show to date. Tickets have been flying out the door (quite literally to places such as Chile, Brazil, South Korea and wait for this one…China!!).
The pre show party is now as good as sold out!! Thank you. For the main day, we have finally managed to come up with a suitable running order which we're sure will appeal to everybody. Less bands, more stage time seemed to be the order of the day from the huge number of e-mails we received, so bearing this in mind, here's the running order and stage times for Firefest 3, October 28:
Doors Open 12.15
Nexx 1.00 - 1.45
Treat 2.05 - 3.00
Wig Wam 3.20 - 4.20
Fair Warning 4.40 - 5.40
Bonfire 6.00 -7.00
Gotthard 7.25 - 8.35
Winger 9.00 - 10.30
Finish

Please note due to a music curfew at Rock City all stage times will be strictly adhered to so please be sure to make a note of what time your favourite band hits the stage.
At the end of the show on Saturday night, if you feel like continuing the party a little longer ALL fans attending the Firefest show can enter The Rig downstairs and party away until 2.00am to the sounds of more quality melodic hard rock. As you leave the main room, make your way downstairs and into The Rig by taking the door to the right at the bottom of the stairs. Admission to The Rig is FREE as long as you do not leave the building and re-enter.

Merchandise - All bands appearing at the show will have a selection of merchandise available - CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts etc. These can only be purchased from the official merchandise desk located at the rear of the venue. You can also pick up your Firefest 3 event t-shirts there. On the subject of t-shirts, they will be available for pre-order on www.thefirefest.com very shortly.
We did have a small glitch with the shirts but they are due back from the manufacturers any day now. There will be 2 styles available, plain black short sleeve and two colour baseball style. Make sure to grab yours a.s.a.p. as there is a strictly limited run of 100 only shirts.

As you may know we are giving away a guitar (signed by all the bands appearing at FF3) in a free raffle on the day. Now, not only is the guitar a sweet piece of axe but courtesy of our good friends over at www.guitarstore.co.uk they have agreed to supply a top quality hard case to carry it home in. Now that's one hell of a prize!!!

Cameras - Rock City have asked us to once again point out that the use of camcorders and/or MP3 recorders/mini discs is strictly prohibited on the day, and people found using them will have the item confiscated and be ejected from the venue. You are however encouraged to bring along your camera to capture your favourite artists.
And for those of you who cannot make the show in person on the day ARFM led by the legend he is, Steve Price will be doing an outside broadcast from Rock City on the day with lots of music, interviews and news. Be sure to tune in to ARFM on the web at www.arfm.co.uk to catch it as it happens.

The Pre-Show - With the event now almost sold out the running order for the pre show is as follows:
Doors Open 6.45 pm
Alibi 7.00 - 7.30
Newman 7.50 - 8.35
Bombay Black 8.50- 9.40
Bad Habit 10.00 - 11.00
FINISH.

As soon as the live portion of the show is finished anybody who has attended the gig can remain in The Rig until 2.00am to party the night away to the very best in AOR/melodic rock, but the best bit is (aside from Dave Reynolds being the quizmaster and a stack of great spot prizes, including yet another class guitar from those great people at www.guitarstore.co.uk - which also includes a hard case), is the fact that we are having a promo night in the alcohol department.
No! I hear you cry, but sadly yes...all draught larger will cost only £1.50 All Night and a double JD & Coke a princely £2 a shot!! Value for money or what!!
Now as is the case with every pre-show, the various members of bands playing the following day will be at the pre-show and more than happy to say hello or pose for a photo. So far Bonfire, Treat, Nexx and Fair Warning will be in attendance so make sure you do say hello and extend a big Firefest welcome to them.
We would like to thank everybody who has supported the show thus far. It genuinely does look as if it will be very, very busy. For all the latest updates please log on to: www.thefirefest.com where the message board is waiting for your comments - good, bad or indifferent. We hope to see everybody in Nottingham on Oct 27th and 28th.
By the way….maybe it's time to bring back the 'loud shirt' competition and the 'wet beer belly' competition as well….now maybe that's an idea???? Let us know.
Contact us at firefest@hotmail.com.
Cheers Kieran, Bruce and Daren.

Just a small addition to the Firefest Press Release - I just thought I'd confirm that my flights are booked and ready to roll for my journey over to the UK. Can't wait get out from behind this computer and say G'Day to a bunch of old friends and hopefully some new faces also.
I'll be there all day and at he pre-show, so be sure to introduce yourself. No, not putting my mug shot up here (far too unpleasant...haha), but any of the merch stand folk will point me out and I'll be around that area hocking the new MelodicRock.com compilaton.
Yes, fresh from the pressing plant, I'll bring along the new MRCD3 Compilaton for sale on the day, not to mention if anyone wants to join MR-X without going through Paypal - see me on the day.
4 weeks to go! See you there.

ESCAPE MUSIC SIGN FINAL FRONTIER:
Escape Music are pleased to announce the latest signing of Final Frontier, the album title Freelight, featuring on the lead vocals the well loved vocalist Rob Moratti; on Guitars / Bass / Keyboards the multi talented Mladen (Von Grove); Lawrence Falconer on Lead Guitars, and Special Guest Appearance on the Drums Kevin Howley.
Their music is very similar to previous Final Frontier albums and much stronger! The album release date is November 17.
Track Listing: Freelight . Dynamo . Foolish Pride . Only The Lonely . I Hope You Don't Mind . Someone's Watching You . All The Way . Nothing Is Easy . Lion's Den . The Witches Mask. Plus two bonus tracks: Half Way Home . Delia. The bonus tracks* will be limited editions only with the pressing!

Thanks to Escape Music, sample one full length download from the album right now. Download: Final Frontier - Foolish Pride.

 
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EUROPE ARTWORK REVEALED:
Artwork for the new Europe album (Secret Society) and single (Always The Pretenders) is now available online. See below.

 

JON BON JOVI OUT AND ABOUT IN NASHVILLE:
Jon Bon Jovi has wasted no time in making his arrival in Nashville known to all! Jon has already popped up in a few places, sometimes solo, sometimes with Richie Sambora.
Billy Falcon reports: Hello Falcon Fans, On September 19th, Jon Bon Jovi performed with Billy at his album release party for Made Man in Nashville!
Check out the details here: www.billyfalcon.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=954.

And from: www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006609210393.
"Absolutely positively one of the most charming things about our city is the whopping amount of "surprise" appearances by megastars in sometimes unlikely places. Tuesday night it seemed as though Jon Bon Jovi was making a habit out of popping up unexpectedly.
First, he showed up at The Ryman, along with sidekick Richie Sambora and country star Keith Urban, for hit songwriter Craig Wiseman's Stars For Second Harvest benefit.
Then, later in the evening he stopped by 12th & Porter for Billy Block's Western Beat, where his old pal Billy Falcon was set to take stage.
Jon patiently waited upstairs in the cramped band green room strumming his guitar as hordes of fans swarmed the outer corridor, hoping to catch a glimpse. When he finally emerged a few songs into Billy's set, the poor guy had to fight off a jungle of paparazzi monkeys, who looked as though they were trying to climb him like an oak tree. Geez!
With the microphone in one hand and some crumpled paper with scribbled lyrics in the other, he joined Billy Falcon on stage and told tales of the two of them hanging at 12th & Porter back in the day when megastardom didn't yet get in the way of just having a beer.
"Sometimes we stumbled in and sometimes we stumbled out, but we had a lot of good times here. I hope you don't take places like this for granted," Jon said.

Interestingly Billy Falcon's band includes Bryan Hall and Mike Spears - formerly of Blue Tears and now with Mayday Ground.

Also interesting to see the guys hanging again with Keith Urban. As you may be aware, Keith was the original participant in the country duet version of Who Says You Can't Go Home, before being replaced in favor or Jennifer Nettles of country pop outfit Sugarland.

GLENN HUGHES LIVE IN EUROPE:
Glenn Hughes has announced the first tour dates for his upcoming European tour. The dates so far are:
Oct 28 JB's, Dudley, England
Oct 29 Shepherd's Bush, London, England
Nov 02 Salle Kursaal, Limbourg, Belgium
Nov 03 Plato, Helmond, Netherlands
Nov 04 De Kade, Zaandam, Netherlands
More to follow soon!

PLACE A VOTE FOR GOOD MUSIC NOW!:
I kinda forgot about this one! Voting for the BT Digital Music Awards 2006 is in full swing, apparently over 250,000 votes have been cast so far!
Voting ends on September 30th and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on October 3, so time is running out to get your votes in.
PLEASE VOTE NOW FOR MELODICROCK.COM!
The last 3 or 4 years that I have done this have yielded some fantastic results. Not too many rock sites or rock bands in the final Top 200, so every vote makes a statement that good music is not dead yet and manufactured pop is evil :)
Well, not quite, but you know what I mean. Please take a very short moment to click the link below and throw your name and e-mail address in the box and hit vote! I will add that submitting your e-mail address does not result in you being included in any dreaded spamworthy mailing lists. Just click NO to the "would like to receive information from selected DMA partners" option that is included on the page. Thanks to all for voting! BTW - You can vote multiple times...just once per day though.

 
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NEWS FROM SPV - WASP & HELLOWEEN:
Two press releases just in from SPV Music:
Steamhammer/SPV are proud to announce the signing of the American cult band W.A.S.P. On November 10th in Germany, November 13th in Europe and November 21st in USA their new offering Dominator arrives in the shops, their first studio album since 2004. With nine releases to date, Blackie Lawless & Co. not only count among the most charismatic hard rock bands of our time, but also among the most dynamic and rich in ideas. Legendary are the albums The Crimson Idol and The Headless Children, cult above all the hit singles I Wanna Be Somebody, Blind In Texas and in particular Animal Fuck Like A Beast, for which W.A.S.P. got a good public scolding in their somewhat prudish home country of America. But Lawless and his colleagues remain undaunted and continue to rub salt into open wounds in 2006.
With Dominator, Blackie Lawless & Co are to release a further masterpiece that simply bristles with phenomenal riffs and catchy arrangements. Besides numerous quality compositions of their own, such as Mercy, Take Me Up or Heaven`s Hung In Black bearing the band's typical trademarks, Dominator also offers with Burn (Deep Purple) and Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival) two cover versions that stay true to the W.A.S.P. tradition of The Real Me and I Don't Need No Doctor.
The band are renowned for their dynamic and energetic live shows. Beginning of September they embarked on their extensive European tour that will take W.A.S.P. through Germany, Norway, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Russia, Spain and Portugal, among others. This means that the fans in many countries can see their idols in the flesh before the release of the new album and can almost certainly look forward to a particularly interesting set list. All in all, three full months of performances in Europe will make this the longest tour in the band's history.
For more information, check out: www.waspnation.com and www.spv.de.

Helloween are a very special phenomenon on the metal scene whenever the press have tried to stir up rumours of internal crises and the fans seemed to fall for it briefly, Weikath, Deris & Co. have risen like a phoenix from the flames. Their current album Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy, released in 2005, is already regarded a classic, the band's concerts are full to bursting, their enthusiasm is downright sensational. On November 13, 2006 (November 10 in Germany) Helloween are to release their latest single Light The Universe, on which they present a spectacular collaboration with Candice Night, partner of Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and singer in his current formation Blackmore's Night. A duet between Andi Deris and Candice Night, this deeply melodic Helloween anthem with its addictive refrain develops a flair of its own, carried by two of the most charismatic rock voices of our time.
In addition to the single version of Light The Universe, this 4-track Single offers bonus material in the form of an excellent video of said single, directed by Alexander Diezinger (Negative, Lame Immortelle, Exilia) at Veldenstein Castle in southern Germany. Plus the track Revolution, penned by bassist Markus Grokopf, recorded for Japan and previously unreleased in Europe, not to mention an appetizer for the coming live album, a stage version of If I Could Fly, recorded in Sao Paulo in March 2006.
The long shadow cast by the fantastic song, If I Could Fly, hints at more great things to come soon Helloween have announced the release in February 2007 of a double live DVD and a double live album available in two versions (standard and limited edition), with tracks recorded in Sofia, Tokyo and Sao Paulo, among others. The furious world tour will reach its finale in Russia and Ukraine in October 2006, with the band concentrating in the new year on preparations for the successor to Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy.
For more news, check out: www.helloween.org and www.spv.de.
Tracks: Light The Universe (Featuring Candice Night) * If I Could Fly (Live From Sao Paulo) * Revolution (previously unreleased in Europe) * Light The Universe (Video Clip).

 
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MELODIC BRIEFS:
New Eric Carr (KISS) shot glasses and 2007 calendars are now available at www.ericcarr.com.

R.I.P former King Crimson / Bad Company bassist Boz Burrell, who has died aged 60.

Dennis Dunaway, the co-founder and past bassist of the original Alice Cooper Band has a new band, the Dennis Dunaway Project and a brand new CD entitled Bones From The Yard. More information available at: www.dennisdunawayproject.com and www.dennisdunaway.com.

GARY SCHUTT READIES NEW SOLO CDS:
News just in from Gary Schutt: "Yes it's been a while. The cover band is gigging so much, it's keeping me from working on my projects at the pace that I'm used to. But I do have some things to report. The Palisade CD is done. A link to the CD page will be posted soon. Also my Instrumental CD finally has some new progress. Howie Simon guests on one song and drummer Jeff Thal will appear on 2 songs. Jeff is the brother of guitarist "Bumblefoot" Ron Thal who is currently on tour with Guns N Roses. My bass player Chaz Dykes will appear on one song. This will be the first CD of mine with other players on it since my debut CD with Jeff Scott Soto. I'm planning on releasing both new CD's at the same time. Also, a music video for a brand new GS song, Love Me For Me, is in the editing process."
WebLink: www.garyschutt.com.

S.I.N. PICK UP HUSH VOCALIST FOR DOUBLE DUTIES:
News from European rockers S.I.N. - "We are very happy to announce that the long, struggling search is finally over. From now on singer Patrick Simonsen, who most of you will know from his fabulous work with Norwegian Melodic-Rockers Hush, will also front S.I.N.
We are very honored to have him in the boat and we can now start to work on our new record. To give you an impression of how he will sound with S.I.N. we recorded a short bit of our song Nail It To The Wall in a very rough version.
Please visit our page www.sin-band.com to take a listen to the song and please visit our guestbook and tell us your feelings.
Thanks for your support, Alex.

 

 

 

Friday, September 22, 2006

UPDATED STYX SYMPHONY NEWS:
Frontiers Records is particularly excited to announce the release of Styx & the Contemporary Youth Orchestra album One With Everything on the European markets on November 10!
Styx and CYO cooperation started last year when the band was asked to join the Orchestra for a concert. Having in the past worked with solo artists, including Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Ray Manzarek, Graham Nash and Jon Anderson, it was not the first time for them to be involved with Rock music, but was definitely their premiere with a full scaled band!
Styx has performed only one other time with a symphony and "while it was a wonderful experience, we had not been inclined to revisit it until we heard that the members of this particular orchestra were all between the ages of thirteen and nineteen," says Styx singer and guitar player Tommy Shaw, adding "From the very beginning, the enthusiasm has been extraordinary. Their grasp of our music, their flexibility and willingness to go far beyond what any of us imagined, has been incredible. Director Liza Grossman is to be hailed as the heroine extraordinaire tonight, for her steady guidance and the unflinching belief in the members of CYO."
On May 25, 2006 then Styx took the stage in Cleveland for a new venture accompanied by the 115 piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra and a 60 member chorus. With a setlist that combined the band s classics, new songs and cover versions, this was a truly unique event.
This very special album will include the following 14 songs (not final order): Blue Collar Man; One With Everything; Don't Make Sense (If You Can't Make Peace); Everything, All The Time (NEW SONG); I Am The Walrus; Just Be (Studio Version, NEW SONG); Fooling Yourself; Boat On The River; I Don't Need No Doctor; Crystal Ball; Too Much Time On My Hands A Criminal Mind; Miss America; Renegade.
Updated - The Frontiers version will have a different track listing compared to the US version. Both releases will have the same length in terms of music, but Frontiers will have 3 songs which will not appear on the US version. The US version will have the 'medley of hits' track.

 
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In additional Frontiers news just to hand - Fair Warning are pleased to announce a warm up gig before their highly anticipated headlining gig at the forthcoming United Forces Of Rock Festival in Ludwigsburg on Oct. 1.
The show will happen at the Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium on September 28. Be there if you can!

RICK SPRINGFIELD'S NEW LIVE DVD ANNOUNCED:
People have been waiting a good while for this information, so without further delay - the just released details of Rick Springfield's Live In Rockford DVD, due in stores October 24.
DVD Bio: "Over the past 4 years, Rick Springfield has played hundreds of shows, on 3 Continents, and isn't stopping now! His unmatched talent is captured forever on this Live DVD release. Filmed as part of an HDNET concert series, this DVD, shot at the beautiful Coronado Theatre in Rockford, IL. shows off Rick's charisma and energy like no CD could ever do! With a 17 song set list plus bonus material, this DVD pumps out all of his greatest hits as well as new classics. Over his 30 year career, Rick has sold over 19 million records, while charting a whopping 17 top 40 hits!
Track Listing: I'll Make You Happy . Will I . Affair Of The Heart . I've Done Everything For You . Rock Of Life . Red House . Don't Talk To Strangers . I Get Excited . Baker Street . Broken Wings . Beautiful . Living In Oz . Love Somebody . Jesus Saves . Kristina . Human Touch . Jessie's Girl.
Bonus Material: Bonus Songs Including: Waiting For A Girl Like You, Perfect, Wasted, Love Is All Right Tonight, & My Fathers Chair.
Also Included: Interviews With Rick; Approx 110 minutes in length.
Rick's Merch is offering a $9.95 price point for all pre-sales at: Rick's Merch.

 

MORE FROM BON JOVI IN NASHVILLE:
A small update on the previously reported Bon Jovi writing sessions, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are in Nashville right now, writing new material with 3 unknown writers and a 4th that may be a little more familiar to fans - Billy Falcon.
Billy's debut album was produced by JBJ and released on the Jovi frontman's Jambco label and the pair have keep in contact and occasionally written together ever since.

MAJESTIC AND MAGNIFICENT LIGHTSPEED MAKE WAVES:
Majestic Rock Records is pleased and very proud to announce the signing of Canada's Lightspeed for the international release of their current album Waves and the reissue next year of their first two recordings So Exactly Where Are We? and On Second Thought.
Operating in the same musical neck of the woods as North American classic rock acts like Styx, Zon, Roadmaster and Starcastle, Lightspeed are a breath of fresh and exceedingly melodic air in a scene far too preoccupied with it's own self importance to notice that the fun has slowly drained from this thing once called Rock.
Says Majestic Rock A&R man Geoff Gillespie about the signing: "If you don't get Lightspeed, you really don't get what it is that's great about rock! The inspirational nature of what the band does struck me immediately. It's music for the body and soul . . . just the way great rock music should be!" The band has this to add: "We are thrilled to be invited in as the newest member of the Majestic Rock family. We look forward to a fantastic and long-term relationship that will allow our music to thrive and reach the world. We know you'll enjoy experiencing our music as much as we enjoyed making it all come to life."
The journey is about to begin...Strap yourself in for the ride!
Track Listing: Peak Fires . Things To Come . Young At Heart . Waves . Breath Away . One Last Time . Innocence . Bridges . Let Me In . Razorsà Edge . Fly Away.
Lightspeed are: John Persichini - Vocals; Rod Chappell - Bass, Guitar, Vocals; Gene Murray - Guitar, Vocals; Terry Crawford - Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals; Gary Chappell - Keyboards, Vocals.
Waves available October 30.
WebLinks: www.MajesticRock.com and www.LightspeedMusic.com.

 

NEW RAIN TO FALL IN NOVEMBER:
Rain, the fabulous band featuring guitarist Lars Forseth and vocalist Michael Bormann will release their new studio album Stronger in Europe through MTM Music in November.
The album has just been released in Japan and features a heavier more straight ahead hard rock sound. It is however, equally as impressive as their debut and you will see soundbytes and a full review shortly.
Track Listing: Do You Like It . Insobriety . Get Over It . Crazy . I'd Die For You . Flesh & Blood . Let Me Be Your Favorite . The Other Side . Deserve It . Love Is By Your Side . Lovesong.
New WebLink: www.rain-web.de.

 

REO'S HAPPY ENDING CLOSER:
An excerpt from REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin's website update: "Then back to Blue Moon Studio to join up with the Maestro, (Joe Vanelli), for the final mixing of Happy Ending...which is quickly making the transition from working title, to actual title of the new album. To our surprise, Mark and Brian did a little bit, and announced the title, on their morning radio show on KLOS in LA. To those of you who are reading far too much into this title I say: relax, the name is a simple reference to the fact that the new album has one...a happy ending I mean."
Read more at: www.kevincronin.com/newsletter.htm.

LOST WEEKEND MOVING ON FROM NEXT WEEK:
Lost Weekend's forthcoming album Forever Moving On is released September 29 in ltd edition format [1000 units] with extra bonus track. It is hoped that we will have the album ready for sale at Z Rock 06 to coincide with their appearance.
track listing of ltd edition version: 1, Don't Go 2, Eternally 3, Forever Moving On 4, Seize The Day 5, Save The Best Till Last 6, High N Low! 7, Is This Our Limit 8, Beautiful Mind 9, Higher Life 10, It Doesn't Have To Be This Way 11, Message From Your Heart 12, Time To Leave (What A Relief) 13, I Will Be Here For You 14, See The Light (Bonus Track).

 

NEW DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR CHAVIS/DA RECORDS:
Chavis Records / DA Records are happy to announce that they have entered into a US distribution deal with BCDmg Distribution. BCDmg is well known in the major music industry for distribution of gold and platinum Rap and R&B artists. BCDmg has created a new branch for the Hard Rock / Heavy Metal genre leveling the playing field for Chavis Records / DA Records. BCDmg has the industry power to deliver our releases to the many retail chains and mom & pop shops across the nation at the major industry level. Additionally, all current releases will be put into the major digital download avenues over the next few weeks as we integrate our products into the BCDmg catalog.
CEO Bill Chavis says, "Solid distribution has been the wall we've been trying to climb. We have had success with several other companies but with what we have in place with BCDmg, it is a whole new level of presence in the market. It's a completely new and different approach to selling music. This will open many doors for us across the board."
First up to hit the streets in October will be the brand new release Quiet Riot - Rehab and the current release by Hydrogyn - Bombshell. Coming later this year will be the new high octane release by Triggersoul - Restoration plus a few other surprises.
Visit www.chavisrecords.net or www.darecordsonline.com for more information.

KEVIN DuBROW EXCLUSIVELY TALKS ABOUT REHAB:
Speaking of Quiet Riot - lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow has delivered an exclusive Track X Track commentary of the songs from the new album Rehab. Kevin's comments read as follows:
Free - We wanted to make this album as 70's ish as possible but strangely enough opened with our most modern sounding song. We want people to know this is a new Quiet Riot. This was the first song Alex Grossi brought to the band. I added what I thought were Beatles/Traffic vocal ideas and with Frankie's drums the heaviest thing we have done to date.
Blind Faith - Frankie played me the demo on last years Rock Never stops tour and I came up with the chorus melody right away. The verse however was more problematic. The music reminded me of Hughes/Thrall so who better to enlist but Glenn Hughes! Might as well go to the source. Glenn heard it and 5 minutes later had written the lyric melody and we recorded the demo. What a talent.
South Of Heaven - Very bluesy written with Frankie's drum sound and his special groove in mind. A tip of the hat to gods of thunder.
Black Reign - I Wrote this a long time ago and did not intend on using it. After Frankie Quadropheized the drums I changed my mind. Then to top it off Tony Franklin just blew the frets off and there you are.
Old Habits Die Hard - My favorite track on the album. Frankie played me the demo and said it wasn't written for us. I said like hell its not!! We are both Faces/Humble Pie fans and have always wanted to do a blues with girl singers and Hammond organ. Neil played a great solo on this one and think we got it right.
Strange Daze - Another song Alex brought to us, closer to Ozzy era Randy than anything else.
In Harms Way - We are both huge fans of the band FREE and this is straight from that sort of songwriting with a little Bad Co. thrown in for good measure. Again Glenn lends lyrical and melodic assistance.
Beggars And Thieves - I m a big fan of Sheryl Crow and love how she reinterprets her love for the Stones. I wanted to see if I could do the same. Michael Lardie and I wrote this at his house a couple of years ago and I think Neil and Frankie helped reinterpret the demo nicely.
Don't Think - Written about a real nasty piece of work (We all have one) The music is down and dirty.
It Sucks To Be You - The only 80's style song on the whole album. Frankie felt we need to have a link to the past so here it is.
Evil Woman - The Spooky Tooth classic. Doing a duet with Glenn Hughes is not something I would recommend to everyone. He blows the roof off the place and your left with, well whatever you can come up with! I did my best but for god sakes it is Glenn Hughes! Glenn also plays some great Bass on this one with a great solo from Neil. At 8:49 this is not for beginners!

 

FERGIE F'S BENEFIT SHOW:
I think most fans are aware that former Toto and Trillion vocalist Fergie Frederiksen has not been in the best of health, fighting the ill effects of Hepetitus C.
Fergie's been campaigning for the disease and a new benefit concert has been planned for this Sunday, September 24. Details:
Fergie's Rock 2006 - Benefiting the American Liver Foundation to Create Awareness for Hepatitis C
Featuring...Fergie Frederiksen (formerly of Toto), Alex Ligertwood (formerly of Santana), John Cafferty (Beaver Brown Band), Michael Antunes "Tunes" (Beaver Brown Band), John "Sib" Hashian (formerly of Boston), Barry Goudreau (formerly of Boston), Pat Travers (Pat Travers Band), Jim Peterik (founding member; Ides of March), Jimi Jamison (formerly of Survivor), Randall Hall (formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd).
With Special Guests... G.B. Leighton and Pamela McNeill 21+ Event
3090 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood, MN, 55109 - www.mythnightclub.com.

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Bob Seger's new studio album Face The Promise has made it's debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 with over 150,000 units sold.

Black Label Society's new album Shot To Hell makes its debut at 21 with nearly 32,000 units sold.

The Japanese edition of Aerosmith's new compilation Devil's Got A New Disguise features a unique track list from releases in other countries and the Limited edition features Japan-only bonus DVD with four music videos.

The Metal Symphony website has published an interview with Pamela Moore about her new album Stories from a Blue Room and the Queensryche tour. Read it here: www.metalsymphony.com.

From the SR-71 Newsletter: SR-71, featuring Mitch Allan, is playing Thanksgiving Weekend Friday! Tix onsale today Wed 9/20/06. But if ya can't wait until then catch John Allen and Pat DeMent next Tuesday at Recher Theatre with Powerman 5000!
John & Pat's new project Forty Acres new CD, Broken Promise, is now available at all Record and Tape Trader Locations in MD and DE!!! It includes 11 tracks and the video for Burn Baby Burn.

The Oliver Wakeman Band have a new show next week. View the flyer here.

GLASS TIGER ARCHIVE LIVE PERFORMANCE RELEASED:
Last week I printed details of an archive DVD release from current Styx keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan. The same company responsible for that (Linus Entertainment) released an archive Glass Tiger Live In Concert DVD the same day. The details are:
"This DVD taken from the MuchMusic archives from one of four sell-out performances at the Ontario Place Forum June 19, 1986 at the beginning and highest point of their career, includes a bonus interview taped in 2006 with the band members. The Glass Tiger story continues today as the band remains together and continues to perform to sell out crowds across Canada, with a new album coming in out 2007. World Cup fans probably caught singer Allan Frew's half time segment that aired earlier in the summer."
Tracklisting: 1. Ancient Evenings 2. I Will Be There 3. Closer To You 4. Thin Red Line 5. Someday 6. Vanishing Tribe 7. After The Dance 8. Ecstasy 9. You're What I Look For 10. Looking At A Picture 11. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) / Bonus Features: - 1996 Interview - 2006 Interview / Total Running Time: 78 Mins. Dolby 5.1 / Stereo.

THE STATION CLUB OWNERS PLEAD NO CONTEST:
The tragic fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island is a story I have been covering since the very night it happened. This week a new development, with the owners of the club pleading no contest to the charges laid upon them.
The Providence Journal reports the following:
PROVIDENCE -- Michael and Jeffrey Derderian have agreed to plead no contest to the 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter that each faced in The Station fire trial.
The brothers were co-owners of the West Warwick nightclub, which was destroyed by fire on Feb. 20, 2003, killing 100 people and injuring more than 200.
Michael Derderian's trial was scheduled to begin next month, and lawyers had already begun the process of jury selection.
News of the plea bargain was contained in a letter dated today from state Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch to families of fire victims, which also contained his objections to the terms of the plea.
According to Lynch's letter, Michael Derderian will be sentenced to 15 years in prison, with four years to serve, followed by three years probation. Jeffrey Derderian will be sentenced to 10 years in prison, all suspended, with three years probation, and 500 hours of community service.
The two are due to enter their plea in Superior Court on Sept. 29 before Superior Court Judge Francis J. Darigan, who Lynch said had advised his office of the plea arrangement.
Lynch said he understood that Darigan was advising victims' families personally, but felt that it was important for them to hear from him as well.
"Most importantly, I want each of you to understand that as Attorney General, I have not agreed to this disposition and I will continue to strongly voice my objection," he said.
He continued, "Despite [the Derderians'] desire to admit the charges against them, I was unwilling to recommend or agree to the sentences that I have been advised the court will impose.
"Subsequently, Judge Darigan decided that, in light of the defendants' willingness to plead to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, he would accept those pleas without the agreement of my office … Judge Darigan has stated that he has taken into consideration what he anticipates would be the untold emotional impact and pain that two trials, each of which could last upwards of four months, would inevitably cause."

Lynch spokesman Michael Healey said this evening that Lynch was "calling as many victims as he possibly can personally to break the news to them."
A third defendant, Daniel Biechele, had previously pleaded guilty to the same charges. He was sentenced to 15 years, with four to serve -- the same as Michael Derderian is due to receive. Biechele was the band manager for Great White, who touched off the pyrotechnics that started the blaze. The worst fire in state history, it reverberated around the country, spurring reviews of and changes in fire codes.
People affected by the fire had mixed reactions to the announcement of the deal.
Cara Ann and Lisa Ann Del Sesto are twin sisters who were regulars at The Station. After escaping the fire, they tried unsuccessfully to pull Erin Pucino from a pile of people stuck in the front door.
"I lost people in that fire. I lost friends in that fire. It's not going to bring them back," Cara Del Sesto said. "People are going to be [upset]. They wanted to see them hung from the nearest tree -- myself included. I'm glad I don't have to testify...I'm just happy it's over. It's over. I don't have to relive it anymore."
Lisa Del Sesto said she hopes Jeffrey Derderian "spends the 500 hours community service helping the people whose lives he changed."
"I can finally put a period at the end of that chapter of my life. It's over. It's officially over," she said. "We can all breathe again and live again."
Others were furious.
"I can't believe the attorney general is just going to stand by and say OK to this," said Diane Mattera, whose 29-year-old, Tammy Mattera-Housa, died in the fire. "I mean, we got shafted with Biechele and now the same stuff basically is being pulled."
Robert Bruyere, whose stepdaughter, Bonnie Hamelin, died in the fire, said he and his wife, Claire, learned about the plea on the news and had not yet heard from the attorney general. "He better hope I don't see him person, because I'll be in jail," he said.
Meanwhile, the scene at the former West Warwick nightclub, now marked by informal memorials, was quiet at about 8 p.m. There were no mourners or protesters at the site -- only members of the press.

THE 4TH ANNUAL UK KISS EXPO IS HERE!:
The 4th Annual UK Kiss expo will be held on Saturday October 7th 2006 at Nottingham Rock City (in the Main Hall ) with very special guest 'Original Kiss Manager' Bill Aucoin.
This is the guy that first brought you Kiss, former TV director Bill Aucoin, who had seen the group at a handful of showcase concerts in the summer of 1973, offered to become the band's manager. KISS agreed, with the condition that Aucoin get them a recording contract within one month. He did it...and the rest is Kisstory.
Bill Aucoin was virtually the fifth member of KISS, taking them through the dizzy heights of their career, including the many albums, world tours, TV appearances, merchandise, just about everything they did he was instrumental in.
Now this is your chance to meet and greet the man behind the band, ask questions about Kiss that you may never have been able to before.

Dressed to Kill and Parasite have now both been added and confirmed to appear at this years expo.
Dressed to Kill have always done a fantastic job of closing the show, and we hope this year will be no exception, although I hear there may be a few surprises in the set!?
To open the show this year (don't be late!) Parasite return to the public domain, gone is the make up, costumes and stack heels. Parasite have opted for the power, magnitude and full on, in your face attitude of the Revenge/Alive III era. Encompassing the huge back catalogue of Kiss material with songs from the non make up 80's and early 90's. Oh yes, and there will be a Kiss Karaoke organised for this years expo too!

MR-X UPDATE:
It's Friday, so here's your MR-X update! Today a new Feature Album has been uploaded - the independent self-titled 1992 release from American rockers Kidd Wikkid. Last seen on E-Bat at over $500 (WTF?!). Also online is the audio portion of the Journey Raised On Radio Tour Documentary, which included 4 live tracks from 1987 and something very very special for fans of The Babys!
New Video Clips are online for: Ratt - You're In Love, Billy Idol - Mony Mony, Skid Row - 18 & Life, Warrant - Heaven, Yngwie Malmsteen - Heaven Tonight, Toto - Goodbye Elenore, Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock and Tesla - Call It What You Want.
MR-X Membership Details.

SITE UPDATES:
For whatever reason - too much other stuff to deal with basically - I never started a Best Of 2006 page this year. Well, I have now...better get it happening before the year is over I guess! My Best Of 2006 So Far list has been uploaded and will be updated each time new reviews are added, culminating in the 2006 MelRock Awards sometime after the new year. Check it out.

Time once again got away from me this week, so early next week expect that MiniBytes and CD Showcase update. Also working on some new interviews. Please note that there will be no update next Friday or Monday (MR-X update Thursday) - I seriously need a few days off, so that time is now a self-appointed long weekend :)

 

 

 

Thursday, September 21, 2006

FRONTIERS NEWS - STYX & SLAMER:
Frontiers Records is particularly excited to announce the release of Styx & the Contemporary Youth Orchestra album One With Everything on the European markets on November 10!
Styx and CYO cooperation started last year when the band was asked to join the Orchestra for a concert. Having in the past worked with solo artists, including Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Ray Manzarek, Graham Nash and Jon Anderson, it was not the first time for them to be involved with Rock music, but was definitely their premiere with a full scaled band!
Styx has performed only one other time with a symphony and "while it was a wonderful experience, we had not been inclined to revisit it until we heard that the members of this particular orchestra were all between the ages of thirteen and nineteen," says Styx singer and guitar player Tommy Shaw, adding "From the very beginning, the enthusiasm has been extraordinary. Their grasp of our music, their flexibility and willingness to go far beyond what any of us imagined, has been incredible. Director Liza Grossman is to be hailed as the heroine extraordinaire tonight, for her steady guidance and the unflinching belief in the members of CYO."
On May 25, 2006 then Styx took the stage in Cleveland for a new venture accompanied by the 115 piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra and a 60 member chorus. With a setlist that combined the band s classics, new songs and cover versions, this was a truly unique event.
This very special album will include the following 14 songs (not final order): Blue Collar Man; One With Everything; Don't Make Sense (If You Can't Make Peace); Everything, All The Time (NEW SONG); I Am The Walrus; 6. Just Be (Studio Version, NEW SONG); Fooling Yourself; Boat On The River; I Don't Need No Doctor; Crystal Ball; Too Much Time On My Hands A Criminal Mind; Miss America; Renegade.

 
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Mike Slamer, the mainman behind the wonderful brand new slamer Nowhere Land album released in Europe September 22 - sent his track by track comments for the songs included on the album. Enjoy the read and click on the songs titles to enjoy samples!
Nowhere Land - This was the first track written for the album. The first minute or so is a gradual atmospheric build into the song. Sets the stage for the album with a combination of powerful and subtle riffs. The lyrics are an observation on the increasing loss of identity, individuality and privacy.
Strength To Carry On - This was the first track that Billy Greer of KANSAS and SEVENTH KEY co-wrote with me for the album. Great melody and lyric reflecting on getting through life with the help of a special person. A great mid tempo melodic rock track.
Not In Love - Powerful instrumental intro releases into a strong almost funky guitar riff. Big smooth chorus. A little Mutt Lange-ish. The sort of track you'd expect from me.
Come To Me - This track turned out awesome. Based on a piece of music I wrote for a well known TV show. I always wanted to re visit this track and develop into a song. Billy did a great job writing the melody and lyric. Original title was Love s Fantasy (I hated that) and wanted to change it. I happened to see a movie called Dragonfly one night and that influenced the lyric change.
Higher Ground - I like the changes in this track and Terry Brock's vocal has such great attitude. A hint of City Boy in the pre-chorus but heavier. The lyrics were inspired by a TV show I saw about a group of young marines, some going to and some already in, Iraq.
Jaded - I think this is also the sort of track people expect from me. Soft subtle opening building into a big powerful melodic chorus. Terry wrote the lyric and most of the melody and topped it of with a fabulous vocal performance.
Beyond The Pale - The second track based on an existing piece of music. A dark musical landscape sets up a very special lyric based on similar personal experiences that Terry and I had. Again, great writing and vocals from Terry.
Runaway - Probably the most 80's influenced track. Big grinding melodic rock.
Audio Illusion - More up beat melodic rock with a hint of City Boy. Pretty straight ahead until the middle. Lyrics comment on the state of pop music.
Perfect Circle - A positive track with a strong uplifting feel. This was going to be a bonus track but Frontiers wanted it on the album.
Superstar - This song has so many influences in it I don't know where to start. It's a musical journey with some of the softest and heaviest parts on the album. The lyric is about the demise of a Hollywood star. For me, this track absolutely completes the album.

A full sample of the album's title track can also be listened by surfing on the brand new Frontiers Records page on My Space www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords.
Sample all the songs in the Slamer Showcase.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

FIREHOUSE STATEMENT ON Z ROCK SHOW:
The ruckus surrounding FireHouse's decision not to play this weekend's Z Rock show continues, but I hope the following statements will lay the matter to rest once and for all. I have tried to remain neutral while umpiring the lengthy debate on the site Noticeboard, so in keeping with that, I present a new, exclusive and final statement sent directly to me from FireHouse management, as well as a short statement from Midas Entertainment, responsible for putting on this show.

ARM Statement:
With regard to the FireHouse performance in Dudley, UK on September 24, 2006, ARM and FireHouse feel that it's very unprofessional to air grievances in a public forum, however, in this situation, the promoter, Midas Entertainment, and his actions have forced us to defend ourselves.
Midas Entertainment was notified of the official cancellation, and ARM instructed him to remove FireHouse from all marketing and advertisements. He has yet to do so. We suspect the reason for this is to sell more tickets and mislead FireHouse fans into thinking FireHouse is still performing. This is unacceptable.
The simple fact is that Firehouse has NOT been paid, as the Western Union Money Gram that was supposedly sent after the September 13th 6 PM deadline for payment was declined by Western Union.
The agreement from the very first discussions in May of 2006 was that FireHouse was to be paid in full at least 30 days prior to the event. The Western Union receipt is dated September 14, 2006. Incidentally, this Western Union wire was sent AFTER the official cancellation deadline of the close of business day on September 13, 2006.
The Promoters did not meet the contract requirements and missed several time sensitive deadlines to comply with the balance of payments due Firehouse. We had provided many "courtesy" extensions to the deadlines past the original contractual deadline to try to make this work. After all of those extensions, we sent Midas an email saying that if the balance wasn't in by end of business day the following day, FireHouse would be cancelling. We finally sent notification of official cancellation the following day, and he had the opportunity to cancel all flights. Our feeling is that Midas never took us seriously, ignoring our repeated requests and not following the guidelines of the contract.
The contract passed along to many fans and business associates via email/on line was altered and edited to support the promoters position. The time sensitivity was deleted to show the band in a bad light unjustly.
There were multiple requests for a bank wire confirmation number, which, to this day, has still not been produced by Midas Entertainment.
All flights were booked incorrectly for band and crew. Several items of equipment that the band required were replaced with sub-standard gear. Hotel reservations were booked incorrectly, with no confirmation of any correction.
ARM and FireHouse have given Midas Entertainment more than enough chances to get it right, but he has failed everyone on numerous occasions.
Firehouse finds the whole experience troubling and realizes at the end of the day the fans and the band both get the short end of the deal.
The end result is that the promoters are in material breach of the performance contract. Regrettably, Firehouse was forced to cancel the scheduled September 24th performance.
Every other time FireHouse has performed in The U.K., and/or Europe, everything has gone according to plan. Firehouse will be making another trip to the UK in 07 and hopefully, you the fans, will find it in your rock and roll hearts to support the band and the new promoters involved.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused any of the fans and supporters of the band.
Sincerely, FireHouse Management.

Midas Response To ARM's Statement:
In relation to ARM's comments, we instructed our Lawyers on Tuesday to collect all monies paid to ARM concerning Firehouse. We retracted the Western Union funds 24 hours ago after we where advised by ARM formally on Monday September 18th that Firehouse would not be attending. All flights where booked and are still open, as of last night one member failed to catch his flight making it impossible for the band to attend.
Midas will provide documented proof to ticket holders on the day of the event to prove the above allegations are false.

JANNE STARK UNLEASHES A MOUNTAIN OF POWER:
Swedish guitarist Janne Stark (Overdrive, Locomotive Breath) has released information about his Mountain Of Power project, featuring guest appearances by members of Hammerfall, Lizzy Borden, Andromeda, Baltimoore and Treat, among many others.
Janne: "The project is basically me with a lot of guests. It was initiated by Joe Romagnola at Grooveyard Records who liked the cover we (Locomotive Breath) did of Target's Can't Fake It.
To make a long story short we came up with a concept that is basically me covering stuff I grew up with and still love, bands and songs that influenced me AND that have never or at least rarely been covered before. I don't think the world needs the 987th version of 'Purple Haze'...
It was great to be able to pay homage to bands that have influenced me, unsung heroes like Wireless, Marcus, Goddo and Neon Rose, for instance."

The album was mixed by producer/engineer Pelle Saether (A.C.T, Nightingale, Zonata), at Studio Underground in Västerås and will be released by Grooveyard Records on November 24 (Janne's birthday). A web site will THEN also be launched at www.mountainofpower.com. In the meantime, you can hear four song samples at the project's official MySpace page. The complete list of songs and musicians involved in Mountain Power is as follows:
Songs: Out Of The Darkness (Moxy), Black Train (Montrose), Love Rock (Neon Rose), In For The Kill (Budgie), One Of A Kind (Wireless), Crazy (Stray Dog), Uncle Ned (Point Blank), Let That Lizard Loose (Goddo), Tomorrow Or Yesterday (Samson), Dreams Of Milk & Honey (Mountain), Fantasy (Captain Beyond), Black Magic (Marcus), Sitting By The Pool (Derringer), Mountain Of Power (Original Instrumental).
Musicians: Janne Stark - Lead/Rhythm Guitars And Bass (On All But 5 Tracks)
Guests Singers: Björn Lodin (Baltimoore), David Fremberg (Andromeda, Space Odyssey), Roger Holegård (Neon Rose), Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Nightingale), Pelle Saether (Zeelion, Zello), Mattias Osbäck (Locomotive Breath), Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Planet Alliance), Chris Catena (Teenage Rampage, Solo), Micke "Nord" Andersson (Nord, Roxette).
Guest Bassists: Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson (Treat, Zan Clan), Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, George Lynch, Legacy), Björn Englén (Bleed, Quiet Riot, Alannah Myles).
Guest Guitarists: Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain, Jhb), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Thomas Larsson (Glenn Hughes, Yeah Bop Station, Solo), Sven Cirnski (Bad Habit, Pete Sandberg), Micke "Nord" Andersson (Nord, Roxette), Lori Linstruth (Stream Of Passion, Warbride), Emil Fredholm (Plankton, Fortune), Christian Neppenström (Plankton), Jocke Sandberg (Aces High), Joe Romagnola (Character).
Guest Drummers: Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, Yngwie Malmsteen), Peter Svensson (Faith, Mercy).

DEICIDE GUITARIST RALPH SANTOLLA LAYS IT DOWN:
With the departure of the Hoffman brothers, whom had been with Deicide since its inception, Deicide took careful measures to find viable replacements for the dual guitar team. The dream team they assembled consists of none other than guitar virtuoso Ralph Santolla (ex-Death, Iced Earth, Millenium) and power shredder Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) - each possessing tremendous quality and musical skill. The December issue of Guitar World features Ralph Santolla in their Betcha Can't Play This section, as well as in the complimentary supporting CD-ROM. Ralph presents a sweeping guitar piece that is both complex and melodically pleasing, stamping the signature Ralph Santolla sound and reaffirming his and Jack Owen's positive impact on Deicide's latest disasterpiece, The Stench of Redemption. The Stench of Redemption has been noted as a strong guitar album and has yielded many positive reviews affirming that Deicide is back and stronger than ever! Pick up the December issue of Guitar World at a store near you and check out Ralph's musical challenge to see if you CAN play it!

YOU TUBE SHAKE-UP:
Industry Focus / Here are a couple of articles on the ever popular YouTube website. It seems the site, which is more or less the steaming video equivalent to what Napster was, could go the same route as the infamous file sharing program.

From: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5357390.stm
Video-sharing site YouTube has signed a deal with media giant Warner Music to allow its material to be used legally. It means interviews and videos by Warner's artists can be used in return for a slice of advertising revenue.
The agreement also covers the use of material in homemade videos, which form a large part of YouTube's content. Both companies hailed it as a landmark agreement, coming days after Universal Music said it was considering legal action over sites such as YouTube.
A royalty-tracking system has been developed by YouTube to detect when videos on the site are using copyrighted material and work out how much Warner is owed in advertising revenue.
The technology would also enable Warner to review homemade videos and decide whether to approve or reject them.
Chad Hurley, who helped set up YouTube in a Californian garage just 19 months ago, said "We are very excited. This is a real landmark for our company."
Warner Music Group, the world's fourth largest record company, includes artists such as Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day, as well as vintage names like Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Ray Charles.
Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman said "Consumer-empowering destinations like YouTube have created a two-way dialogue that will transform entertainment and media forever."

Microsoft to launch YouTube rival [Wow, there's a surprise!]
Microsoft is aiming to capitalise on the user-generated video phenomenon by launching an online service to compete with YouTube, Google and Yahoo. Soapbox starts testing on Tuesday and will launch within six months as part of current service, MSN Video.
"It's really early days in online video; this is still act one," said MSN's Rob Bennett. YouTube had 34 million visitors last month, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, while MSN Video attracts about 12m.
"We're definitely not blind to the fact that YouTube has a big lead right now," said Mr Bennett, general manager of MSN's entertainment and video services. The video-sharing market has proved increasingly popular with users in the last 12 months with services such as YouTube crossing over into mainstream success.
MSN Video was once the most popular video site until fans of user-generated content propelled YouTube, MySpace and Google past Microsoft. MySpace video receives 17.9 million visitors a month and Google Video attracts 13.5 million each month, according to Nielsen.
"Microsoft is jumping on this bandwagon with some uncertainty with where it's going, but the company believes it needs to be on board," Joe Wilcox, an analyst at Jupiter Research, told Reuters news agency.
The testing period is by invitation only although users are encouraged to apply for invitation on the website. However, the site was hit by a technical problem on Tuesday which told users: "Oops. It's not anything you did - it's us. Our site's down. Please try again later."
Microsoft has said it will take down any copyrighted material uploaded by users without permission once it is alerted by the rights holder.
The firm said the service would work with users of computers running both Windows and Apple operating systems and would support browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
Soapbox will also support a number of video file formats and delivery methods, according to Microsoft. An early review of the Soapbox beta by website Cnet said it was "disappointing".
"It's a slightly better sharing service than YouTube in some small technical ways," wrote Cnet's Rafe Needleman.

REVIEWS UPDATE:
Reviews updated! Lots of reviews added today, with plenty more still needing to be written. Online today at least is new reviews for: Leverage, TNT, Alibi, Eden, Mikey Jones, Rekuiem, Moonstone Project, Planet Alliance, Felony and UFO. Check them out.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

AOR HEAVEN RELEASE ROUND-UP:
AOR/Metal Heaven proudly presents the third round of their free promotion sampler series Listen Up. Every customer which orders at least for an amount of minimum 50 Euros gets a free copy of the promo sampler Listen Up Vol. 3, containing brand new and unreleased tracks from Riot, Biss, Soul Doctor, Mad Max, Ruffians, Dawn Of Silence, Bloodbound and Lechery (on a strictly first come, first serve basis). This compilation is exclusively for AOR Heaven customers only.
The track list goes as follows:
Riot Knockin At My Door (Taken From The Forthcoming Album Army Of One); Biss V Card (Taken From The Forthcoming Album X-Tension); Planet Alliance A Taste Of Paradise (Taken From The Album Planet Alliance); Soul Doctor For A Fistful Of Dollars (Unreleased Track); Mad Max Shine On You (Unreleased Track); Ruffians Day Of The Champion (Taken From The Forthcoming Album Desert Of Tears); Saidian Ride Of The Phoenix (Taken From The Album Phoenix); Dawn Of Silence Hands Of Fate (Taken From The Forthcoming Album Moment Of Weakness); Bloodbound Desdemonamelia (Recorded Live At Em Festen In Gothenborg 2006); Human Zoo Hold The Line (Taken From The Album Precious Time); Lechery Rise With Me (Demo 2006); Kajiyama / Turner Forever Changed (Taken From The Album Fire Without Flame); Empire Changing World (Taken From The Album The Raven Ride); Legs Diamond Loneliness (Taken From The Album Diamonds Are Forever).
Website: www.aorheaven.com.

Biss, the band centered around singer Marc Storace (KROKUS) and guitarist Ralf Heyne will release their 4th album Xtension on November 17 via AOR Heaven. Completed by bassist Lars Wilke and drummer Carsten Witte, the four-piece powerhouse outfit from Münster, Germany once again delivers a high class album for any fan of Krokus, Accept and 80's Melodic Hard Rock in general. Highlights on the CD include a breathtaking metal version of the old Heart classic Barracuda and the song Blood On Sand which was co-written by Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear).
Xtension was produced by Michael Voss (Silver, Mad Max).
Track list: 1. Run for your life 2. V Card 3. Always 4. Shout it out 5. Barracuda, 6. Eagle 7. Born to ride 8. Blood on sand 9. Train of thoughts 10. Catch 22.
WebLink: www.b-i-s-s.com.

Mad Max members Michael Voss and Jürgen Breforth are currently writing songs for the upcoming full-length studio album of the band. The band also now has it's spot on myspace.com which you can check out here: myspace.com/madmaxmusic.
Mad Max live
01.10.2006 United Forces Of Rock Festival, D-Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
09.12.2006 I-Roma, Rock On The Rock Christmas Festival
WebLink: www.madmaxmusic.de. New EP In White (out 29.09.2006).

German hard rockers Human Zoo are one of the two latest additions to the AOR Heaven roster. The guys around guitarist Tommy Strobel and singer Tommy Seeburger most recently received over-whelming feedback to their splendid debut album Precious Time. Their first release for AOR Heaven, the next studio album, will supposedly released in Autumn 2007.
WebLink: www.humanzoo-music.de.

Razorback, the band around Empire and ex-Majesty guitarist Rolf Munkes and singer Stefan Berggren (Company Of Snakes) also signed their record deal with Munich based label AOR Heaven. Their new, third album is scheduled for February 2007 and will mark this group's return to the style of their debut album pure Melodic Rock!
WebLink: www.razorback-online.com.
Next week, we will update you with news about the latest signings from the Metal dept. of the label Metal Heaven.

KROKUS GO GOLD:
A good update from the Krokus Newsletter: "Hellraiser has taken off!!! Switzerland & Germany released Krokus's 15th studio album last Friday and a day later during the band's concert in Rheinfelden/Switzerland they proudly announced that record sales reached "gold award" status already in their home country of Switzerland!
This is in great part due to the support of their loyal fan base and on behalf of Krokus we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your loyalty. Let's help the band reach "platinum" status in due time! Tell your friends about the incredible new album.
And if you're around Ludwigsburg/Germany, come see them at the Rockfabrik at around 900 PM for a short acoustic set and a little "meet & greet" with the band.
Or come and see them in Lyssach/Switzerland at the "Mediamarkt" for a short acoustic set, autographs and a good time! And for tour updates visit www.krokusonline.com and click on "tour" or www.pollstar.com under Krokus."

YES, STILL MORE ROCKSTAR!:
It's official! From Kissonline.com: Paul Stanley's backing band for the Live To Win Tour will be the House Band from the CBS TV Show, Rock Star. The band appeared on the first season of the show - Rock Star Inxs, as well as this year's Rock Star Supernova. Comprised of Paul Mirkovich (Keyboards), Jim McGorman (Guitar), Rafael Moreira (Lead Guitar), Nate Morton (Drums) and Sasha Krivstov (Bass), the House Band is an eclectic, skilled group of professionals who know rock and roll.
Earlier today Paul enthusiastically spoke about bringing the House Band on the road with him. "From the first time I saw them perform, I knew they were the band that could help deliver the songs for my solo tour with lethal force. Trust me; this is going to be awesome!" Paul told KOL.
Visit rockstar.msn.com/gallery/houseband to view more photos of the guys.

I'm really trying to wrap up this RockStar coverage, but still it continues! Rumored for weeks - it is now confirmed news that Inxs have been dropped by SonyBMG for North America - quite a slap in the face for the band that have been touring successfully and who have also sold more than a reasonable number of records on the back of their 2005 RockStar: Inxs show. The band will still be alligned with Sony/BMG in Australia and I am yet to hear of any news out of Europe.
From: billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003123856
"The reconstituted Inxs has parted ways with Epic Records in North America, a source confirms to Billboard.com. The group roared back onto the charts last year with the album Switch, which featured new frontman JD Fortune. The artist was selected to replace the late Michael Hutchence on the first season of the CBS reality series "Rock Star."
Switch has sold a respectable 375,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single Pretty Vegas opened at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest debut of the band's career.
Inxs remains signed to Sony BMG in its home country of Australia, where Switch was a massive hit. The group is presently on tour in Australia and has dates scheduled worldwide through Nov. 21 in Orlando, Fla. A handful of European shows have been postponed to allow guitarist Tim Farriss to undergo surgery for torn knee ligaments."

Why would any label drop a band that just sold 375,000 units for them??? That's insane! I also know for a fact the record sold 150,000 units in Canada. What else is going on?? Something smells folks...

Back to this year's show, the following singers have CDs out or on their way:
Dilana - Wonder Fool - available overseas already, but being issued domestically inside the USA October 17.
Ryan Star - Dark Horse - Featuring songs performed on the TV series, including the cool original Back Of Your Car. Star's all original release Songs From The Eye Of An Elephant can be purchased at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/rstar.
Patrice Pike has 3 CDs in release (and a guest spot on Rob Lamothe's current studio release) and will release her new album Unraveling, also on October 17.

Also - following yesterday's post-wrap up news item, yet more feedback...so here's a few more comments!

Andrew, Orlando USA: "I too totally agree with your viewpoints. Having been in music many years ago I knew that this collection of 15 was not the best that's out there, no way. In fact by the end only one person I felt had improved and would have been the better singer and that was Toby. As for Lukas having been pre-chosen, it felt so obvious. And frankly as a vocalist or performer he leaves a lot to be desired. I guess even these three guys chose image over quality. Hard to believe that they would have so little clout in opening their mouths and driving the show more to their direction, or at least their backgrounds. Strikes me as so odd as to why no hard rock songs from their era were even attempted. I watched Rockstar Supernova as a fan to see how these singers would handle doing hard rock, but saw nothing."

Nick, USA: "I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your site and was with you the entire way with Rock Star Supernova. I looked forward to your review each week. That was a bunch of crap and fixed form the beginning. They will not get one cent from me. I do hope to hear from Toby and Ryan in the future. I felt they had the best talent."

Dave, USA: "Just a personal comment here - I think it would be a hoot if Dilana's new CD came out about the same time as the new band's and her CD outsold theirs. I thought Dilana or Toby should have won, so I'll do my part to make sure either of their albums sells more than Superwhatever's album."

Tracii, USA: "I know that all the Supernova talk is over, but I have to make one comment...Just went to the myspace site and checked out the 2 "Original" tunes. Bull&$#*. Do NOT try to tell me Lucas (or any other member of Supernova) had any part in writing those. They are both Butch Walker, not a doubt in my mind. In fact, I would NOT be surprised to learn that Butch actually recorded the tunes with the band himself, and has just replaced his vocals with those of Lukas. The phrasing, melodies, and just little nuances are identical to Butch. That said, I'm in a bit of a quandary - I don't want to support this farce, but when I hear those two songs I'm so sold on "This is new Butch" than I forget it's not him and want to go out and buy it!"

Steve, New Jersey, USA: "I read some of the responses you got and I felt compelled to e-mail my opinion. I enjoyed your comments on Supernova. I love coming to this site every day, and I personally appreciate the care you put into it."

There were also a couple of anti-Nirvana e-mails, not happy with comments sent to me from Jeff, USA...but we've covered that enough I think! People know my views there. Again, thanks everyone for the awesome feedback.

Z ROCK 06 PRESS RELEASE:
Press Release / It is with regret that we must announce that Firehouse have advised us that they will not be boarding the flights booked to bring them to the UK, yet again we must stress that said flights are in place and are non refundable. In addition the band have received their fee in full. We have made every effort to ensure Firehouse would have made the trip.
Obviously the show must go on and the 8 acts still partaking are very enthusiastic and have extended their sets where required. the bands have also made the following statements in relation to Z Rock 06 to stop the rumour merchants...
Tony Mills (TNT): "In the light of the current Firehouse situation (maybe it will change - hopefully so) and having seen the comments regarding TNT possibly pulling the Z show this week, I thought it only right to drop this a note on the situation. As far as TNT are concerned, we are booked to play the Z show and have contractually agreed to do so. Some matters remain to be cleared up, though not sufficient to prevent TNT's appearance. Following Scandinavian commitments this week, TNT will land in the UK on the day of the show as contracted."
Toby Jepson: "I'm really looking forward to playing Z-Rock 06 and intend to have a lot of fun. The band are all fired up for this, and the opportunity to play Z-Rock, coming so soon after the Thunder tour, was the catalyst we needed to get back out on the road in our own right. We'll be 6 shows in by the time we get to JB's, so I'm sure we'll be firing on all cylinders. See you there."
AJ Federico (Snakeryder): "I have my flight ticket and will land in the UK on Wednesday, see you all at Z Rock 06."
Bob Catley: "As far as we are concerned there has never been any doubt that we will be playing our 3 piece acoustic set at Z Rock on Sunday. Vince, Gavin and myself are looking forward to it very much, we will definitely be there, we've even been paid up front! See you all in Dudley! Cheers, Bob Catley."
Paul Uttley (Lost Weekend): "As far as we are concerned everything is go, we are busy rehearsing our set, also there will be a limited amount of the new album available so it all getting quite exciting."
Tim Manford (Dante Fox): "Z Rock takes place on the 24th September and we will be there with every other band on the bill. We're really looking forward to the day showcasing our new band members and our new material. Hope to see you on the day."
The guys from Eden and Furyon where not available to make comment but will be at the show!!!
To try and make up for the disappointment we have come up with the following, whilst we are not legally obliged to do anything we feel that we should do something to try and ease the disappointment that the valued supporters of our show will have. Z Rock 07 will be announced on Sunday and we will give everyone who keeps there tickets stub a 10% discount on next years show, details will be given out via flyers.
The re jigged running times for Sunday are now:
12:30pm - 1:05pm Furyon
Featuring ex members of Pride, Furyon are guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away with their powerful yet melodic material. Signing Session Dante Fox.
1:25 pm - 2:10pm - Eden
Having just released their debut album Eden will be out to impress, featuring Nick of Kick and Vince of Bob Catley the band are no strangers to the Melodic scene. Signing Session Furyon & Eden.
2:35pm - 3:35pm - Dante Fox
Currently working on their new album which will now be released during early 2007 Dante Fox are regulars at many festivals. The band will be playing alot of their new material which will be the first time fans will have a chance to hear tracks from the forthcoming album. Signing Session Bob Catley.
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Lost Weekend
Recently signed to Z Records , Lost Weeekend's latest release "Forever Moving On" which will hopefully be available on the day is set for release on September 29th and is their strongest album to date. Do not miss their set as their new material will blow you away! Signing Session - TNT
5:25pm - 6:25pm - Snakeryder
AJ Finally makes it to the UK's shores after the disappointment earlier this year. Snakeryders new album will be aired over the PA but is not due for release until Late October. Be prepared for the loud man of New Jersey! Signing Session Toby Jepson.
6:45 - 7:45 - Bob Catley
What else can we say, good old uncle Bob.You know what to expect and you know he will deliver! Signing Session Lost Weekend.
8:10 - 9:40 - Toby Jepson
Toby nearly appeared back in April but we decided to hold off until September. Toby's set will include classic Little Angels along with some of his superb solo material. Toby is a class frontman so expect a performance to be remembered. Signing Session Snakeryder.
10:05 - 11:35 - TNT [Exclusive UK Appearance]
The debut of Tony Mills on a UK stage with TNT, judging by the reports coming out of Norway [they have been playing festivals there] fans can expect a blinding set that will not disappoint them. Tony's Andersson / Mills project release Crank It Up will also be available on the day!
Venue JB's, Dudley, UK / tickets £30 advance / £40 on day
Credit card hotlines: Tel 01782 522370 open until 5pm Friday, Tel 01489 603549 open until 5pm Friday, tickets also on sale at X Records Bolton, ST Records Dudley and JB's Dudley NOW! Hotels details etc can be found at www.myspace.com/zrockfest.
WebLink: www.myspace.com/zrecordsrocks.

TEXAS ROCKERS ZZ TOP SPLIT WITH MANAGER, LABEL:
From the Los Angeles Times / By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Texas rock trio ZZ Top has parted ways with the manager who helped form the band in 1969, according to a statement issued on Sunday. In addition to splitting with Bill Ham, the band has also ended its tenure at RCA Records, 14 years after signing a five-album contract reportedly worth $30 million.
ZZ Top's most recent album, Mescalero, spent just three weeks on the Billboard 200 in 2003. Its stint at RCA, beginning with 1994's Antenna, failed to match its run at Warner Bros. Records, where it recorded the biggest hit of its career, 1983's Eliminator.
ZZ Top -- comprised of singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, singer/bass player Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- last toured in 2005, ending a trek dominated by casinos and state fairs at New York's Beacon Theater in November.
"Upcoming plans for the band will be announced in the near future," the statement said. The band is due to receive an honor from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in November, a spokesman said.
Ham, the president of Austin, Texas-based Lone Wolf Management, first partnered with Gibbons in the late 1960s. The former record promoter helped Gibbons put together ZZ Top, which settled on its current lineup in late 1969.
According to former roadie David Blayney's 1994 memoir "Sharp Dressed Men," Ham "coupled a Col. Tom Parker managerial savvy with a Rambo approach to life and a Marquis de Sade style of doing business, which would soon make him famous in the music industry."
Specializing in Texas blues boogie, the band issued its debut release, "ZZ Top's First Album," in 1970. Amid constant touring, it broke through with 1973's "Tres Hombres," featuring the classic-rock radio staple "La Grange."
Pop success beckoned with Eliminator, which sold millions and propelled the band to stadium status, thanks to slick videos for tunes like Gimme All Your Lovin' and Legs, featuring pretty women and souped-up cars.
"For nearly four decades we have made music history together," Ham said in a statement. "Lone Wolf will always be grateful for the overwhelming loyalty and support from fans around the world, the labels, the promoters, the agencies, the vendors, the media, and so many others who helped make this possible. We wish the band all the best for continued success."

MICHAEL SCHENKER QUITS PLAYING?:
There has been some talk about Michael Schenker in recent weeks. Most of it centering around his 'colourful' website posts and questions about his mental state. That speculation heightened last week when the content of Michael's website was removed, leaving only an upside-down MSG logo on display.
UK journo Dave Ling posted this update to his website diary, which I thought was worth passing on here - www.daveling.co.uk/diary.htm:
"The living soap opera that is Michael Schenker once again excels himself. Last week Michael announced that MSG's US tour was cancelled due to (and I'm quoting the statement directly) "serious familiar problems of MSG singer Jari Tiura". Over the past weekend the band's UK booking agent emailed me with the news that the band's British shows were also being pulled. Now via Michael's all-too-intimate website we learn that the fracas with Tiura has become the straw to break the camel's back, apparently forcing Herr Schenker to "quit playing" for good. "I'm tired of changing musicians and singers," writes Michael in a response to an email from his latest ex-employee. "MSG is finished and I am not inspired [to play music] anymore". As we all know, Schenker is a Jedi Master when it comes to crying wolf, and I'm pretty sure that's what he's doing again here. Let's hope so anyway..."

HENRY LEE SUMMER ARRESTED FOR DUI:
Oh Henry! From: Fox 59 News
"Residents of Country Wood Estates Mobile Home Park had quite a bit of excitement when a man driving a silver Ford Explorer drove recklessly through their neighborhood. "As soon as he pulled in he was sideways in here. Then he turned around and took off, hitting all the cars."
Witnesses say the man struck six vehicles. But the excitement didn't end there. The driver ran into this mobile home where neighbors trapped him so he wouldn't leave before sheriff deputies arrived. At that point, Amanda Johnson realized the man standing on her porch was in serious trouble, who also happens to be Henry Lee Summer.
"He's a singer that used to be platinum three years in a row. How do you know him? He's my cousin. That's probably why he was coming here. He was probably coming to lay down or something like that."
Henry Lee Summer of Brazil, Indiana is a rock and roll singer who released most of his albums during the eighties. His first single was Sweet Love. But now you can say he's hit a bad note, facing several charges including DUI, failure to stop at a property damage, and resisting arrest.
Major Larry Jahnke, Marion Co. Sheriff Dept. "He did fight actively with the officer and he was tazed during the incident." Officers are now waiting on blood work to determine Summer's alcohol level. They will also find out if he had been using drugs.

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT RECORDS SOME CAROLS:
News from AFM Records: AFM Records will release Blackmore`s Night winter album!
"Candice and Ritchie have always loved the winter: the brisk clean air on a frosty eve when you can feel all your senses alive with the season - smell the wood fires burning, see your breath linger in the frosty air, feel the snowflakes fall upon your face. It evokes festivities and bright candlelight, and music that was sung and performed for hundreds of years by minstrels of the Middle Ages – many of these songs still emerge today during the winter season. This is their interpretation of many favourite carols, shared, performed and enjoyed for the past 400 years.
Candice: "The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace, togetherness. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music."
Ritchie: "The origin of the word carol means 'dance' back in the mid 1500s. Most of the Christmas Carols are from the 1400s, 1500s, 1600s. They are brilliant melodies. I am naturally attracted to these melodies – as a kid of 10, 11, 12, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. Now, as an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money."

 

LIGHTSPEED SIGN TO MAJESTIC ROCK:
Canada's Pomp Rock overlords Lightspeed have signed to Majestic Rock for the international release of their current album Waves at the end of October and the reissue of their previous two studio albums in early 2007. Expect an official announcement in the next few days. In the meantime, visit the band at their official web site at: www.lightspeed-rocks.net.

BON JOVI, OPRAH WINFREY & WHAT BECOMES OF A $1 MILLION DONATION?!:
From BonJovi.com: "Last September 2005, Jon Bon Jovi was the featured guest for a full hour of The Oprah Winfrey Show. The appearance included performances by Bon Jovi and a huge jaw dropping surprise when Jon Bon Jovi handed over a check for One Million Dollars on behalf of himself and the band. He asked that Oprah steward the money and make sure it went where it was needed to help those devastated by Hurricane Katrina in the gulf region.
Fast forward to one year later and as part of Oprah's new season, you're gonna find out what became of the $1 Million donation. Jon Bon Jovi and Oprah's cameras headed down to Houma, Louisiana and next Wednesday, September 20th, you'll be able to see what was done with Bon Jovi's donation to Oprah's Angel Network. We can't tell you all about the show but we can promise you this -- you'll definitely want to tune in and/or set your VCRs and TiVos!!! You'll be proud to be a Bon Jovi fan. Check your local listings for times/stations that The Oprah Winfrey Show will air (it's a syndicated program so it will vary city by city.)"

MORE SOCIETY NEWS FROM EUROPE:
Two updates from the pages of Europe's official website if you have not already seen them:
"Hello everyone, We hope you like our new music. We can see that you have some different opinions about the artwork etc. Don't worry; it will all make sense in the end. It's good to see that you have some spirit in your beliefs, we like that.
However we will always follow our hearts and minds when we do a new CD and sometimes it can take a little time to get used to our new ideas.
We are currently doing promotion for Secret Society around Europe and will start rehearsals for the tour very soon. We now have 7 albums to choose songs from so it's very exiting planning everything as we want to give you guys a good show.
We will tour Scandinavia before Christmas and the rest of Europe in the beginning of the New Year, after that. We are aiming to do some dates in the UK and hopefully the US. Asia off course. and after that we will be playing festivals all over Europe through the summer of 2007.
More news soon...."

The first single Always The Pretenders will be released the 11th of October. You will find it in almost every download store so please buy it there if you can't find it in your local record store.
Track list: 1. Always The Pretenders (Radio Edit), 2. Always The Pretenders (Album Version), 3. Flames (Live@BBKings N.Y.), 4. Superstitious (Live@BBKings N.Y.).

ROCK CANDY RECORDS UNVEIL WEBSITE & UPDATES:
British re-issue label Rock Candy Records have unveiled their long awaited website. Check it out at: www.rockcandyrecords.com.
From the news update on the site comes this update: September 2006 will see three more releases as follows:
Johnny Van Zant Band No More Dirty Deals - 1st time on CD for this southern rock classic.
Diving For Pearls S/T - Hotly anticipated cult AOR classic from 1989 produced by David Prater and featuring 5 bonus tracks [Dear Prudence (bonus track demo) Close My Eyes (bonus track live) Gimme Your Good Lovin' (bonus track live) The Girl Can't Stop It (bonus track live) She Sells Sanctuary (bonus track live)]
Storm II Eagerly awaited companion to their debut album already issued by Rock Candy (CANDY0014). 1st time on CD with 5 bonus tracks!
October releases will include the debut and only album from AOR gods Preview (1st time on CD!), the sensational Hughes/Thrall album from 1982 (plus 2 bonus tracks) and In For The Count by Balance, a veritable AOR supergroup led by guitarist Bob Kulick.
Also on deck….a revamped version of Romeo's Daughter's classic debut album, southern rockers Doc Holliday's debut album, Mother's Finest's self titled second album, Sea Hags self titled debut, The Throbs debut, Zodiac Mindwarp's debut, Aldo Nova's hugely over looked Subject [Indeed!!], the debut Raging Slab album, NWOBHM nearly men Money, glamsters Britny Fox, pomp pioneers Axe, Roadmaster…and many many more.

TRAMP'S WHITE LION TOUR UPDATE:
Due to the extension of the European tour Tramp's White Lion (with support from Crimes of Passion) have had to move 1 of the UK shows. The new UK dates are as follows (with full European dates to be announced shortly):
December 2006
Sun 10th JB's Dudley
Mon 11th London Camden Underworld
Tues 12th Sheffield Corporation
Weds 13th The Broadway Club Liverpool

ZEPPELIN FLIES AGAIN (SORT OF):
Presented by Crown by arrangement with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Featuring The Zep Boys and Orchestra Victoria, Conducted by Dominic Harvey. Arrangements by Jamie Messenger and Bruce Stewart.
Led Zeppelin is the definitive rock and roll band.
By the mid '70s, they had not only become the highest-grossing band in the world, but had created a new music genre called heavy metal that was the catalyst for a new generation of bands whose influence continues to be heard in today's current crop of rock and rollers. To this day their catalogue forms the backbone of classic rock radio. Their epic, Stairway to Heaven, is the most popular song of the rock generation.
On October 17 and 18 at The Palms at Crown, Orchestra Victoria and The Zep Boys will come together to recreate the first ever orchestral Led Zeppelin tribute concert, Zeppelin Flies Again had its world-wide debut in Adelaide at two massive sell out performances in 2005.
The Zep Boys themselves are a part of Australian music history as Australia's finest tribute band formed in 1986 and continue to be one of the most respected and sought after tribute bands in the country. They have not performed in Melbourne in nearly 7 years.
2006 sees The Zep Boys celebrating their 20th anniversary. They single-handedly invented the tribute band genre and their collaboration with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2005 also broke new ground.
"I don't think it had been done anywhere else in the world" Vince Contarino, lead vocalist of The Zep Boys said. "The London Symphony Orchestra has done Symphonic Zeppelin. With Zeppelin Flies Again, you get the rock band complete with the orchestra doing all those beautiful lines! The arrangers had the time of their lives and produced something truly unique and respectful of the original music." he said.
The sensational 61 piece Orchestra Victoria is proud to partner in this spectacular concert where every instrument will be mic'd and amplified to go toe to toe with the roar of the guitars.
They say if you can remember the '70s you weren't really there. This is your chance to re-live the Zeppelin legend!
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek Ph 132 849, outlets and www.ticketek.com.au.
This event is just one of the sensational Rocktober concerts brought to you by Crown and Gold 104.3FM.

 

 

 

Monday, September 18, 2006

ONE LAST ROCKSTAR UPDATE!:
The weekend is over and the dust has settled on the whole Superwhatever finale. I printed my final write-up on Friday, but there remains a few more left over issues to talk about and even an update from the band to print. BTW - the band is now RockStar: Supernova. Read on:
From AOL.com's Entertainment pages: news.aol.com/entertainment.
Tommy Lee's 'Supernova' Takes New Name By Steve Gorman / Reuters
Los Angeles (Reuters) - Forced by court order to change its name, a made-for-TV rock band featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee made its commercial music debut Thursday as Rock Star: Supernova -- the title of the CBS show that spawned it.
The new group, which also includes former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and onetime Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, originally had planned to call itself simply Supernova.
But a lesser-known band that has claimed that name for 17 years filed a trademark infringement suit last month, and a federal judge in San Diego this week ordered Lee's band to find another name pending the outcome of the case.
Thus, a day after Toronto native Lukas Rossi was plucked from obscurity and crowned the band's lead singer on the finale of "Rock Star: Supernova," the quartet issued its first two singles under its lengthier, somewhat awkward, new moniker.
"It's going to be Rock Star: Supernova. That's their actual name," said Natalie Geday-Sorem, a spokeswoman for the group's label, Epic Records.
The first two songs -- It's All Love and Be Yourself & 5 Other Cliches -- were made available for digital download from the online music store Yahoo! Music Unlimited (www.music.yahoo.com).
Epic Records plans to release the group's debut album on Nov. 21, with the foursome slated to launch a 28-city North American tour in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.
Geday-Sorem added that the label, a unit of Sony BMG Entertainment, was counting on more than just one album and tour from the band.
"It's a permanent thing," she told Reuters. "Once they get off their tour, they're going to go right back into the studio and start to write more material."

Now - firstly, I do not believe that the band will work beyond this debut album and tour, and looking around no one else does either. So they have a lot of people to prove wrong. Time will tell.
Secondly - here's a little more inside information from a long time highly trusted source: I'm told that the band's record label Epic were sitting on the two RockStar: Supernova singles (mentioned above) for over two weeks before the show ended - both songs of course featuring Lukas on vocals. The first song goes to radio this week.

I must also thank everyone for the great feedback following Friday's series summary. Here are a few highlights from the assorted comments sent in.
All e-mails were appreciated, but not all of it was in agreement with me (I didn't expect it would be)...but the absolute majority was...all but a few e-mails. Those comments are also included below:

Nick - Pennsylvania, USA - "I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your site and was with you the entire way with Rock Star Supernova. I looked forward to your review each week. That was a bunch of crap and fixed form the beginning. They will not get one cent from me. I do hope to hear from Toby and Ryan in the future. I felt they had the best talent."

Kelly, USA: "I have to say I've been coming to your website for about 2 years at least once a day. I really enjoyed Rockstar Supernova (except all the grunge crap). I just thought your reviews were getting a bit much. Reporting the news is one thing, but you don't see famous newscasters bashing things they don't believe in."
Reply - I criticized the show because I did believe in it...I truly believed in the concept behind the show, but I felt I had points to make on how it could and should have been done better. I note that you share my feelings towards "all the grunge crap". That was a huge portion on the show, hence my comments.

Orm, Iceland: "The reason I write is just to say that I find your analysis of the Supernova circus very accurate and to the point. It's a shame to see that what is basically a very cool idea executed so badly. It's a shame and disgrace to have the winner chosen before hand and actually nothing less than an insult to all the viewers."

Jeff, USA: "What's your beef with Nirvana dude? I happen to like the band. They were a billion times better than the fucking lame bands you write about. Journey? Firehouse for God sake? Jeezus those bands blow ass and so does your site!"
Reply - Perhaps you are on the wrong site to stat with Jeff! Don't expect too much love for Nirvana around here. Do expect plenty of love for Journey and Firehouse and the like...that and everything else featured here is what I call great music!

Bill, USA: "Speaking of imports from down under, I am still confused about Toby losing to the mumbling, incoherent singer Lukas. In my opinion Toby has everything you want in a lead singer. Great vox that cuts through the mix. Toby possesses a huge range and I was on the golf course yesterday and his original tune was banging in my head the entire day. For me that means the song has the capability of being a hit. As for the winner Lukas, he cannot sing and he suffers from what all hack singers suffer from...obviousness...He doesn't have style, he wears a costume. My last thought on the decision to have Lukas front Supernowhere....The reasoning may be found in the fact that Toby would out-shine the entire band...which is why you get a great lead singer...and they couldn't handle the prospect because of their Fragile Eggshell EGOS. EVS!!!!!!!!!!!"

Jack, USA: "I liked your rockstar write up. You mentioned Toby and Magni have the better deal since they don't have to sing with the band. What about Ryan or Patrice? I think they should do pretty well too. Especially Ryan."
Reply - With this write up I was only commenting on the finalists, but I agree...Ryan and Patrice should both do ok!

Robby, USA: "I just read your latest (and presumably last) post on "Supernova". I thought I'd share an interesting incident with you on that subject. Last night at the Butch Walker show in Hollywood (outstanding show by the way - Butch rocks!), Dilana, Magni and Lukas were present. I talked with Both Dilana and Magni - both posed for pictures with my 15 year old son. Lukas was cocky, wasted, and disappeared shortly after my son got his autograph. He mumbled something to my son about "this has always been his life, I was born for this, blah-blah-blah".
Although I agree with everything you have said regarding this season's show (especially in the case of Dave Navarro), I will miss it if only for watching the final few's personalities develop (except of course in Lukas' case - what was to develop?). My only regret last night was that Toby wasn't there as well. I felt his last performance was one of his strongest, I would have liked to tell him so."


Lee, USA: "Man do I ever agree with you about the Rockstar outcome. I liked Lucas the first show in fact I even predicted him and Dilana as the final two. However I grew to hate Lucas. Dilana should have won and actually did by not having to front this thrown together band. My six year old twins boys wanted Magni or Dilana to win. They even hated Lucas. I can't wait to pick up the albums from Toby, Dilana, Magnia and even Strom but nothing with Lucas on it. Great job on your recaps of the show because you were dead on!"

Kevin, Canada: "I do disagree with your take on the Supernova show. My wife and I totally digged it, but we also totally enjoy American Idol (lol). We liked this Rockstar Supernova the most though. In addition, we immediately thought Lucas Rossi was amazing. If you go to this link www.myspace.com/supernova and listen to the songs he sounds amazing. Do I think he has the best vocals ever...no, but David Lee Roth didn't either, but original Van Halen was off the hook great!"

Emerson, USA: "I just finished reading your daily news updates most eagerly anticipating you posting your Rockstar review and I must say Andrew, YOU DA MAN! Much of what you stated in your intelligent and insightful review was similar to what my wife and I were screaming at the t.v. screen this entire season of Rockstar or more like Grungestar based on all the music that was "performed" (I used that word loosely). Though tickets for Superwhatever went on sale weeks ago, because of the rumours of who would eventually be most likely to win Rockstar, there was no way in hell we were going to part with our hard earned $$$ on that freakish upstart fronting the band. It's a shame because as the complete live concert line-up was confirmed, my wife and I were both much more interested in seeing the Rockstar house band and even Navarro's The Panic Channel perform than the actual headliners though based on the bands the members come from, you think us being forever hardrock fans, we'd be very much into seeing a "superband" composed of members of Crue, Metallica and GNR.
Also as much a shame was the fact that Rockstar looked to be the prime time "reality" or more accurately talent show that I was able to get behind because I was hoping that by and large most of the music would finally be mainstream (or classic is it called?) rock and melodic metal making a much deserved foray back to commercial t.v. which was ultimately not the case. For my money, there was actually more mainstream rock performed by this year's American Idols Live Concert (which my wife dragged me to kicking and screaming mind you but was honestly more enjoyable than I expected) than on a show called "Rockstar" no less!"

Reply - That House Band really does kick ass, check them out with Paul Stanley instead!

Roger, USA: "Your analysis of Rockstar Super"whatever" was spot on. There wasn't one point that I would disagree with you on. What got to me every week was Tommy, Gilby, and Jason's comments after each song. There wasn't any! Except- "That was cool", or "I liked it, good job", or Tommy Lee never having anything worth listening to except "hmm, ahhh, huh huh". I was amused at the end when Gilby offered his services to Dalani. Other than be the second guitarist in GnR, what the heck has he done? At least with Inxs they had constructive things to tell the singers.
I was at the Butch Walker show in Hollywood last night, and the final four were there. You wouldn't believe how many people went up to Toby, and told him he should of won. Dalani looks the same as on television, except she is about 3 feet tall.
Speaking of Butch Walker- you got to find a way to give the guy more support/props on your sight. He is amazing live! I do not really care for his new CD, but his live performance is one of the best I've ever seen, and I go all the way back to when Motley Crue played the Starwood. He keeps the spirit of RnR alive!"

Reply - Butch Walker He does what he likes and follows no one...and although he is extremely diverse with his solo records, I would definitely call him a songwriting genius. How's that for extra props?!!

Greg, USA: "All reality TV sucks. The Damnocracy thing was mildly amusing. INXS got a fairly good lead singer but the show sucked...all of the shows suck in my opinion."

Dave, USA: "Hey Andrew, your comments, not only today, but through out the process, were bang on. Every single thought you stated, I was 100% in agreement with. I hope those linked to the show do get to read your comments and bring forth some changes."

And that folks is RockStar: Supernova. Any upcoming news and album details will of course continue to be posted. Thanks for the feedback all throughout the series. Let the speculation for RockStar 2007 commence!

LION MUSIC'S OCTOBER RELEASES:
Lion Music have released details of their two October releases - both due October 27 in Europe.

Alex Masi - Late Nights At Desert Rimrock - Alex Masi continues his rich musical journey with a Late Night At Desert Rimrock. The album also features his MCM band mate and former Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark drummer John Macaluso. Late Night At Desert Rimrock resulted from some informal raw jams between Masi and Macaluso. These jams saw Masi start on bass guitar playing to grooves laid down by Macaluso with no preconceived ideas, plans or melody with spontaneity being the main motivator.
Late Night At Desert Rimrock is not meant to satisfy any one SPECIFIC fetish but MANY fetishes combined...listen to it as if your government would not want you to do it!
Musicians: Alex Masi – Guitars, Bass, Tabla, Bells, Loops; John Macaluso - Drums.

Speaking To Stones - Speaking To Stones - Incorporating influences as diverse as Progressive to R&B, Speaking To Stones musical style encompasses many different styles and genres. Bands such as Rush, Dream Theater and King's X may be obvious at first listen but numerous plays of the CD also reveals touches of Marillion, Soundgarden and Peter Gabriel just to name a few. Though the CD has its fair share of chops-laden technicality, there is also strong attention given to making progressive music that grooves and has strong melodic sensibilities. One does not need to be a fan of only progressive music per se to enjoy the broad musical styles that ruminate throughout the CD.
Musicians: Tony Vinci guitar, guitar synth, keyboard, drum programming, synth programming; Dave Callari bass, harmony vocals, drum programming; Rich Dellapietra keyboard; Richard Fink IV lead and harmony vocals.
Track Listing: 01. Still Life, 02. Rescue Me, 03. Waiting for...., 04. Down, 05. My Final Sin, 06. Close to the Sky, 07. Shallow, 08. Nothing.

 
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TALKING METAL AT THE RNR FANTASY CAMP:
TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 98 of their Talking Metal podcast. This first installment of their Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp coverage features an interview co-host John Ostronomy a.k.a John Ostrosky conducted with former Kiss and current Grand Funk Railroad lead guitarist, Bruce Kulick. Topics include Kiss, the Eric Singer Project, Joe Satriani, and Blackjack. Hosts Mark Strigl and Ostronomy also cover topics including Howard Stern, Paul Stanley, listener letters, and Music123.com as well as premiere the new live track, Living Dead Beat, from Children of Bodom's upcoming release, Chaos Ridden Years Stockholm Knockout Live. Photos as well as the 50-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location (www.talkingmetal.com). iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location (phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=78833595)

DENNIS WARD NOW ONLINE:
The official website of Pink Cream 69's bassist and top Rock / Metal Producer Dennis Ward is now online at: www.dennis-ward.com.
This is the first stop to check what records Dennis has just completed, or is in the middle of making or just starting. We have an up to date and extensive discography section, which is growing by the week and Dennis shares some advice on the production techniques that made him Melodicrock.com's "Producer of the Year 2005" and answers all those frequently asked questions. There is also an MP3 player to listen to some samples of his favoured works.

SHY LOCK IN AND OLD FACE:
From the forums at the official Shy website: "Shy are delighted to announce that we are currently in rehearsal with ex-Sweet, Praying Mantis and Onslaught singer Tony O'Hora. He put in a great performance today and we are looking forward to another rehearsal next week. No final decision has been made by either party as to the long term future at this point but I will keep you posted! Check out Tony's website www.tonyohora.com for more details and sound samples."
WebLink: www.shyonline.co.uk.

UPDATE ON THAT CARS DVD:
You Might Think you know The Cars, but it's time to say Hello Again. On October 17, Docurama will release The Cars Unlocked, the definitive live document of one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. Unlocked includes a live DVD with over twenty never before seen performances, interspersed with intimate interview footage, backstage antics, soundcheck rehearsals and more. Unlocked also includes a bonus CD, the multi-platinum group s first-ever live album, with fourteen additional, direct-from-the-soundboard songs. The Cars Unlocked is produced by the group s lead singer/songwriter Ric Ocasek.
The Cars Unlocked comes packaged in a gorgeous, embossed case and includes a 28-page, hardbound booklet, designed by Ocasek, with dozens of newly unearthed photos. This is the most comprehensive look at The Cars ever released on any format, says Ocasek. I've been sifting through our video and audio archives for a long time, and think I ve put together a really personal, inside look at the group.
From their kinetic, groundbreaking late 1970s club shows to epoch-defining arena tours in the 1980s, The Cars were at the center of the American popular consciousness for over a decade. They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and charted some twenty Top 40 singles. Though the group disbanded in 1988, their unmistakable imprint is echoed in contemporary bands like Franz Ferdinand, Weezer, and The Killers. Post-Cars, Ocasek has worked on both sides of the studio glass, releasing several critically acclaimed solo albums and producing recordings for No Doubt, Weezer, Guided By Voices, Hole, Bad Religion, Jonathan Richman, Le Tigre, The Pink Spiders and others.
Classic Cars songs include My Best Friend's Girl, Lets Go, Gimme Some Slack, Up And Down, Just What I Needed, Don't Cha Stop, Moving In Stereo, Candy O, You Might Think, Drive, Tonight She Comes, Magic, Shake It Up, Good Times Roll and More!
My Best Friend's Girl LIVE audio stream: Windows Media.
Shake It Up LIVE video stream: Windows Media.
DVD Trailer: Windows Media.

GRAMMY NOMINATED BONNIE TYLER TO PERFORM IN AUSTRALIA:
Crown and Gold 104.3FM are proud to announce the first ever performances on Australian soil by Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler on 27 and 28 October.
Ironically despite having had number one singles and top 5 albums in Australia since 1978 starting with It's A Heartache, Bonnie has never performed in this country!
Her two concerts at The Palms at Crown are also the only shows that she will be performing in Australia and are the centrepiece for Gold 104.3FM and Crown's Rocktober promotion.
Bonnie promises that her entire career will be represented in the show with her full band and fans will hear classics such as the 5 million plus seller Total Eclipse of The Heart, Holding Out for a Hero, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Straight From The Heart and Lost In France amongst many others.
For decades Bonnie's distinctive throaty voice combined with the dramatics and theatricality of writer/producer Jim Steinman have produced enduring pop/rock classics that have been covered by artists such as Cher, Tina Turner and the recent chart topping re-working of Total Eclipse of The Heart by Nicki French.
These two exclusive shows at The Palms at Crown are on sale through Ticketek outlets now and are sure to sell fast. Ph 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au.

 

 

 

Friday, September 15, 2006

FIREHOUSE WILL NOT APPEAR AT Z ROCK 06 SHOW:
Firehouse have issued the following statement regarding their appearance at Z Rock 06 a week from Sunday:
"FireHouse regrets that due to a material breach in the contract with the promoter of the Dudley, UK show, the FireHouse performance portion of the event has been cancelled. The band hopes to come back to the UK for more gigs as soon as possible."
Z Records, the label putting on the show, are adamant that details have been delt with and that the band should appear, but guitarist Bill Leverty has just updated me further...confirming to me that Firehouse would definitely NOT be playing the show.
He added that a further statement will be issued to me from the band's agent. I'll post that as soon as it arrives.

FRONTIERS ANNOUNCE NEW THUNDER ALBUM & KINGDOM COME TRACK X TRACK:
Frontiers Records is very proud to announce the European release (minus the UK) of the brand new Thunder album entitled Robert Johnson's Tombstone on November 10.
Following the release of both Shooting At The Sun (2003) and The Magnificent Seventh (2005) on the Italian label, the new album is Thunder's third with Frontiers.
"I think this new LP represents a natural continuation of the last record, it carries on where the last one finished", said Thunder singer Danny Bowes. "It was written and recorded in the same way as the last one, with Luke doing the majority of the writing and producing. The only real difference is that it was partly recorded in Spain this time, we locked ourselves away in a house in the hills overlooking the sea, just far enough away from the local nightlife to avoid getting into too much trouble too often. The continuing freedom from outside influences on us and our label means that we're still completely free to make music we like. We feel a bit like we're re-defining the sound and style of the band, and it happens a bit more with each record we release."
When asked to describe the sound that makes up the new record, Bowes said "It's rootsy and blues based, sexy and dirty, and sad and melancholy in places too. I'm sure Thunder fans will love it, whether they're young or old (and for some strange reason we seem to be attracting lots of new young fans)."
European fans shall however have to wait a bit to experience a new stream of the riveting Thunder shows. "There'll be no more European shows this year, as we're already committed to lots of great stuff in the UK up until Christmas" explains Bowes, adding "I'm looking towards a European tour in early 2007, it'll be great to get out and play the new songs live, they're really going to work."
Tracklisting of the new album is as follows: Robert Johnson's Tombstone; Dirty Dream; A Million Faces; Don't Wanna Talk About Love; The Devil Made Me Do It; Last Man Standing; My Hour of Darkness; Andy Warhol Said; What a Beautiful Day; It's All About You; Stubborn Kinda Love.
Don't miss the meeting with the premiere Rock band from the UK on November 10!
Weblinks: www.frontiers.it / www.thunderonline.com

 
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Just a little less than 3 weeks to go until United Forces Of Rock II Festival!! Tickets sales are still going strong and already indicate that we will this year even top the success of last year's event. So, secure your ticket early enough in advance, not to miss our event.
It is still possible to purchase tickets for the event through Frontiers Records directly. Please email your request to mailorder@frontiers.it - Cost for each ticket is 37,00 Euro plus shipment (free shipment via priority mail for customers based in Italy only!) to be paid via pay-pal exclusively.
Here come the details about the show again:
Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart), Germany / Sunday October 1.
Doors open 13.00 CET; first band 14.00 CET.
Line-Up: Fair Warning, Pretty Maids, House Of Lords, Mad Max, Danny Vaughn, Kip Winger (Acoustic), Gary Barden, Bloodbound, Lovechild.
United Forces Of Rock is presented by Rock It!, Frontiers Records, AOR Heaven, Escape Music, Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Hard Beat Media Service and GerMusica Promotion.
Weblink: www.united-forces-of-rock.de.

Straight from singer Lenny Wolf here comes a track by track presentation of the forthcoming Kingdom Come studio album Ain't Crying For The Moon to be released in Europe on Frontiers Records on October 20. Enjoy the read!
Sample each of the album's tracks on the Kingdom Come Showcase.
"After having done a lot of experimenting with Perpetual, I thought it's time to take out the axe again and rock the house. The new CD will be one of my heavier recordings. I was trying to build walls of guitars in combination with that typical KC moody and spacey approach. It does not have the typical blues factor anymore, which many of you may remember from KC s first records. I have transported my roots into the year 2006. But when we will come to your towns, we will definitely play songs from our early days as well.
I'm a sucker for moody but heavy output. Combining the two extremes like hammering the wall with Two Legged Sheep, but then allowing a typical very floating and spacey breakdown to take the listener to a different planet is something I really enjoy.
The heavy section of Ain't Crying For The Moon for example, has an indefinable wall of guitars, in which you cannot detect the real playing method of that riff. It's rather a condition than something clear to define. Even I, who is going to show the band how exactly I did it, must re-listen to the solo track of the guitars, to find out, what the hell I did there! So you can see, I m into building and surprising myself more, than to just write the expected same things over and over again. Hendrik played the piano and will do it live as well. It s going to be fun to watch Hendrik play the piano, and then see him running as fast as he can to continue the heavy section where he has to play drums!
Don't need to be your friend is a song I wrote with our live concerts in mind. I think that song will sound even better live, or should I say more exciting, than on CD.
Same Old Stars came out of me wanting to write a song with a more loose and up-tempo drum. I think I have accomplished the mission?!? Me being from the waterfront town Hamburg, talking about a lighthouse experience came in handy.
Perfect Citizen on the other hand is one of my favorite songs. It has that heavy monotone guitar riff beating along, while the floating cleaner sounding guitar underneath is guiding the harmony changes. And when you think you ve heard it all, something else is coming your way with the outro section, which still leads to the basic pattern of the song. The Icing To Me is the climaxing guitar solo played by Eric towards the end of the song. It s wonderful to see how songs can intensify your spirit and emotions, without knowing how and why. But then again, who cares, as long as it works. That s the magic about music!
This Is My Life says it all in the lyrics. Still getting up every day to do what I m here for to do. Whether poor or rich! Rocking the house and moving people s hearts. Connected through music! That seems to be my mission. A fun song to play live.
Bon Scott again says it all by itself through the words. An outstanding singer who gave me a lot of energy during my reckless driving days while growing up!! I love him. Just a Thank you Bon song, in which I added all the typical styles and sounds (as close as possible) which I love about AC/DC.
Removed The Sting is a piece I wrote while I was once again waiting for the boys to finish smoking. I just played along and realized oohh, that's cool. Another light cruiser with words who reflect an experience I recently had.
Friends In Spirit came about a techno sound I was playing around with. Now that sound has more of a trumpet sound to it. I wanted to build a combination of a leading trumpet-horn-techno- figure with hammering guitars supporting them. But then again a verse, which has a mellow acoustic feel to it. Again trying to combine different elements. Talking about friendship being the foundation to all good and lasting relationships. Even love needs a foundation based on friendship for it to last. Not to forget, respect for each other!!
Darkroom became one of my brother's favorite songs. Maybe because he's got so many darkrooms in his head?!?! ;-)
Look At You is a song I wrote right after I got myself a Fender Telecaster guitar. You can hear that typical Tele-sound in the intro and verses. Something kind of funky I was looking for, but then again followed by a wall of guitars in the chorus, in which I also added a sterile monotone sound to give it a sick and scratchy undertone. You can detect it when you listen carefully.
Across The Universe has been one of my favorite songs from the Beatles. I remember imagining that song with a simple Ringo Starr like drum underneath. So here I did it. And of course, I had to bring in the guitar crunch in the choruses as well. Just couldn't resist.
That's all for now I have to say about my new adventure called Ain't Crying For The Moon. Now I can only hope that many of you may like it! Hope to see ya all on tour!!"

 

MTM MUSIC IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF MARTIN BRILEY IT COMES IN WAVES!:
Martin Briley is a singer / songwriter / guitarist who worked for renowned artists such as Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Jeff Healey, Bonnie Tyler, Meatloaf, Tom Jones among others and is releasing his new solo album It Comes In Waves on MTM Music.
He was then signed Mercury Records as a solo artist, winning critical acclaim for his three self-penned albums. Probably, Martin is best known for his top 40 and MTV hit single "Salt in My Tears". Since this success, Martin has become one of the most prominent writers in America, has received or-chestral commissions and has written songs for artists such as Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Dream, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Jessica Andrews, 5-Star, Jeff Healey, Rebecca St. James, Nana Mouskouri, Willy Nile, Gregg Allman and Barry Manilow, just to name a few.
As an instrumentalist he has recorded and / or per-formed with Julian Lennon, Bonnie Tyler, Engelbert Humperdinck, Mick Jones, Donna Summer, Dann Huff, Cliff Richards, Olivia Newton-John, the Hollies, Meat Loaf, Tom Jones, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Andy Williams, Jim Steinman and many others. As a back-up vocalist he can be heard almost everywhere - from recordings by Celine Dion and Mark Anthony to the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.
The release of It Comes In Waves is scheduled on MTM Music on October 20.
Final track list as follows: 01. It Comes in Waves . 02. Church of Disney . 03. Big Sun . 04. I Don't Think She Misses Me At All . 05. Me and My Invisible Friend . 06. The Massage . 07. In the Dim Light of a Brand New Day . 08. Invisible . 09. Pray For Rain . 10. That Song . 11. Fake Horizon.

 

MTM Music announce a new compilation 10th Anniversary
On the occasion of MTM´s 10th anniversary we will continue the yearly tradition to produce a MTM compilation by releasing a special double-CD.
Part 1 exclusively features new titles or titles not released yet of artists like Aina, Fate, Laos, Silver, Deacon Street, AOR (feat. Fergie Frederikson), Vengeance and more.
The second CD is a bonus CD contains a selection of songs of MTM-artists, which have been particularly successful within the last years. The double CD is a ltd.ed. ­ as long as stock remains. The release of "10th Anniversary" is scheduled on MTM Music in October 13.
Final Tracklist As Follows:
CD 1: 01. Zeno "Stand Of Illusion" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "Runway To The Gods"); 02. Alannah Myles / Jeff Healey "I Can't Stand The Rain" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "Tribute To Tina Turner"); 03. Fate "Sweet Angel" (Unreleased - Recent Album "V"); 04. Dan Lucas "Love Hurts" (Unreleased); 05. Vengeance "Down Down Down" Unreleased - Recent Album "Back In The Ring"); 06. AOR "Desperate Dreams" (Unreleased - Recent Album "L.A. Attraction"); 07. Shiva "The Cameleon" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "The Curse Of The Gift"); 08. Brett Walker "Give Me Back Tomorrow" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "Spirit Junky"); 09. Relapsed "Hardest Part Of Goodbye" (Unreleased - Current Album "Into A Former State") 10. Martin Briley "I Don't Think She Misses Me At All" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "It Comes In Waves"); 11. Jani Lane "Lay Your Hands On Me" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "Tribute To Bon Jovi"); 12. Shades Of Grey "If You Say" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "Century"); 13. Aina "No Pleasure Without The Pain" (Unreleased - Recent Album "Living In A Boy's World"); 14. Rain "Insobriety" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "Stronger"); 15. Robert Louden "Temptation" (Unreleased - Forthcoming Album "Robert Louden"); 16. Silver "Prescious" (Unreleased - Recent Album "Gold").
CD 2: Additional Bonus CD Best Of MTM Music
01. Tower City "Talking To Sarah" (Taken From The Album A Little Bit Of Fire"); 02. Cita "Silent Soldiers" (Taken From The Album "Relapse Of Reason"); 03. Dare "Some Day" (Taken From The Album "Calm Before The Storm"); 04. Sahara Snow / Rick Springfield "Heaven" (Taken From The Album "Sahara Snow"); 05. Axe "Life In The Furnace" (Taken From The Album Album "Axe Five"); 06. Danger Danger "Goin' Goin' Gone" Taken From The Album "Four The Hard Way"); 07. Harlan Cage "Dearborn Station" (Taken From The Album "Double Medication Tuesday"); 08. Steelhouse Lane "Son Of A Loaded Gun" (Taken From The Album Slaves Of The New World"); 09. Hughes Turner Project "You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll" (Taken From The Album "HTP"); 10. TNT "Give Me A Sign" (Taken From The Album "My Religion"); 11. Jaded Heart "Live And Let Die" (Taken From The Album "Jaded Heart - Iv"); 12. Tony Martin "Surely Love Is Dead" (Taken From The Album "Scream"); 13. Vengeance "Back In The Ring" (Taken From The Album "Back In The Ring"); 14. Fate "Everything About You" (Taken From The Album "Fate V"); 15. Warrant "Dirty Jack" (Taken From The Album "Born Again").

 

TALKING ROCKSTAR - THE FINAL VERDICT:
So that was RockStar for 2006. Whew…I'm glad it's over.
Spoilers below for those in countries where the finale is yet to air, so skip over if you don't want to know the outcome.
A judge ruled the day of the finale that the band could not use the Supernova name for now, until a full hearing could take place.
The naming rights issue sums up the whole show - a poor copy of last year. Supernova couldn't even get through their finale with their name intact. Host Brooke Burke kept referring to 'this supergroup'…Yes, 12 weeks of national prime time TV exposure and additional PR right out the window.

RockStar: Supernova did not work. Sure it worked well enough to get through an entire season, but how much damage was done along the way?
RockStar: Inxs set up a concept that was a franchise in waiting. But after this year's cobbled together series, the show is on life support.
Rather than develop the concept further, producers instead got lazy. The whole show was a carbon copy of last year's – even down to the songs sung, "characters" cast and the order in which they were sent home.
Things were so utterly predictable that you could pick the order in which the singers would be sent home – I picked the last 7 in order!
Only last week did I hesitate and suggest that Toby had done enough to be in the top 2 (he definitely should have been!), but no…the show went to its predictable script.

The music was largely the same and when it was different, it didn't suit the performers or the show itself.
The singers were largely forgettable - far from the "best unsigned rockers on the planet", as we were constantly told. Please!
I know of three name singers that auditioned for the show that would have out-sung those clowns if they were only given the phonebook to form melodies from.
Two of these singers are among the strongest rock voices I know, so don't give me this crap about a huge search for monster talent!
Even the few good ones were made to look bad…I think these singers were hand picked so only a few would shine and make it easy for the public to choose the right singer for the band – or at least the singer Supernova wanted – or, if you believe the industry scuttlebutt, the singer that was pre-chosen as the winner and planted into the show.
And they all shouted way too much. Far too much over-singing and general shouting going on.

The band – whatever they will end up being called – I'll call them Superwhatever – is dead in the water before they even get started. They have a frontman that is being ridiculed from one end of the Internet to the other, they have high profile managers passing on the option of guiding them (yes, I have first hand information to confirm that) and they are adding more guest stars to their tour by the week!
Not even the band's record producer (Butch Walker) chose to appear on more than the 1 show after originally signing on for the season.

Let's face it – the whole show was thrown together this year. It was ill-conceived and it was rushed. The producers couldn't get the band they originally wanted (that's a fact! And no, it wasn't Van Halen), so they pitched the idea to Tommy Lee, who we all know isn't a shy lad.
Tommy gets a couple of mates to come along for the ride and they instantly have to form some kind of bond that an established group would have naturally through years of playing and touring together. But it didn't happen.
Sure between the three guys – Gilby, Tommy and Jason – they came up with a few memorable lines, but this wasn't a group of musicians acting like their livelihoods depended on the outcome of the show – that is, picking the right vocalist.
They were far too casual about the process and really didn't offer too many comments of merit through the season.
These guys will release their album, do their RockStar tour, say goodbye and return to their day jobs.
Dilana, Toby and Magni are probably the big winners in all this…they are the ones that aren't bound to the band and a pre-written set of songs that when previewed on the show didn't ignite any real interest anywhere.
These 'runners-up' can do what they like with the benefits of a higher public profile now with them.
Hell, you saw what some of the contestants did this year – 3 or 4 all went out playing original material doing what they wanted to, as they had no hope, nor any desire to win this competition. They were smart….

What about the songs? The show was mostly a repeat of last year's Nirvana love-fest, not to mention the rest of the modern rock brigade.
The vast majority of all the songs came from the grunge era, plus a few more recent tunes such as those from Radiohead, Coldplay and The Killers to name a few.
I was not expecting a huge number of tracks from the 80s or from mainstream hard rock acts, but seeing as all three members of Supernova made all their cash from that era, one might have expected to hear some songs from that era represented. Not so…I can count the number of those tracks used on one hand.
Even more amazingly, aside from a couple of tunes covered by Guns N Roses, there was not one original Metallica, Guns N Roses or even Motley Cue song used. NOT ONE!
Will fans going along to Superwhatever shows expect a song or two from the bands that made these guys famous? Should therefore the singer be road tested on this material? Just what are Superwhatever going to play during their live set?

 

I have said all along that this show was badly put together. The continual repeating of songs, the lack of participation by the principle of the show (Tommy Lee), the pull-out of Butch Walker
But surely the guys could put together a fitting finale? Think again…

The final performance show was more of the same – literally! The first hour was nothing but a season recap. We didn't enjoy it the first time around guys, cut to the chase and just announce Lukas as the winner already!
So yes, they did get to that point finally…and I sat there with my wife watching the show…in amazement…did they really screw it up that badly? Yes.
When announcing the bottom ranked singers from the previous night's performance show host Brooke stated: "at some stage the following were in the bottom 2"…, three were asked to stand. Only Dilana did not have to.
So one could deduct that Dilana gained the most votes from the night before?
Not according to Tommy Lee. He went on to state when announcing the winner, that this person had received the most votes before announcing Lukas as the winner.
Dilana looked miffed…and man, I don't think I have EVER seen less emotion shown on the face of anyone winning any competition before. Lukas knew the result…as did the rest of us. Lame!
No Tommy, you didn't listen to your fans as you stated. Toby's early departure as met with boos from the audience and the RockStar message boards are absolutely filled with posts and threads against the decision taken.

And I must thank some US viewers for e-mailing about the promo aired mid-show for the returning series of Survivor. The clip aired featured background music of Lukas singing his original song Headspin. Haha…at least they could have waited to air that promo until after the show!
So the guys gathered for their big stage performance, only to see Lukas again lipping to an overdubbed studio vocal. Can't have mistakes or bum notes shown on primetime TV could we? How rock n roll guys!

Lukas Rossi was a poor choice for frontman. Yes, we saw it coming, but we all hoped it wouldn't be as predictable as it was. Lukas is a guy who swaggers around the stage as if possessed…he mumbles and slurs his lyrics and has a limited vocal range.
But he is a show pony with attitude and that's what Superwhatever wanted in their frontman.

Back next year what for another round of Nirvana tunes? Not without a major rethink.
As much as I would champion the return of live rock n roll to prime time TV, the show producers need to do a lot of work first. Here's what they need to do:
- Sign a real band up for the show. Not something that was thrown together a month before deadline.
- Do not rig the show.
- Do a proper search for REAL talent.
- Allow the BEST of those that auditioned through – not just those that might make for some goofy TV moments.
- Throw out the song list and get an entirely new set of songs licensed for use.
- Absolutely no Nirvana.
- Absolutely no music from artists that have nothing to do with the genre of music being promoted.
- No shouting whatsoever!
- Say goodbye to Dave Navarro. The guy is far more entertaining on his website updates. If he was as honest and as forthright on the show, he'd be easier to watch.
- If Dave returns for Season 3 – he must be banned from stating "dope" and "that was the bomb dude…awesome" and he must wear a shirt at all times.

I will end on one positive note. The RockStar House Band kick serious ass. Now those guys are stars…and if you ask me, they are all better musicians than this new band we just welcomed into the world.

SEBASTIAN BACH MAKES HIS MARK ON SYDNEY:
Sebastian Bach kicked off his Australian tour in fine style last night in Sydney, as witnessed by site regular Ante. Here's what he mailed in:
"Sebastian cut the show short because some fools continued throwing drinks at him.
About half way through the show someone threw some water at Sebastian he was upset by it and asked who it was and to kick that person out. People pointed at the person and security moved for him but then Sebastian backed down and said OK leave him but if it happens again they will walk off stage.
Then just as he announced the last song of the show to be Youth Gone Wild he was hit by what appeared to be a can of beer. He flew into a tirade and security grabbed the guy to kick him out after Sebastian asked who was that. He walked off but came back on and the band started playing Youth Gone Wild but then again he was struck by a drink and walked off. The band played up to half way through the first verse and saw he was serious this time and walked off. We thought a riot would ensue and people started singing in unison Youth Gone Soft, Youth Gone Soft but the house lights and music came on and the gear immediately stared to be unplugged.
It was a huge shame as for 70 minutes it was a great show largely made up of Skid Row classics from the first two albums and peppered by some new tunes. Luckily I Remember You, 18 and Life, Slave To The Grind, Wasted Time, Piece Of Me, Big Guns, Monkey Business were all heard before he walked off.
Great show from a great frontman and singer. Shame a small piece of the crowd spoiled it for everyone else. Hope Melbourne see the full show tonight."

STEELHEART SEEKS BAND MEMBERS:
Miljenko Matijevic / Steelheart is looking for a rhythm Guitar slinger and a Bass Player with vocal abilities. Chris Risola from the original first two albums will be joining him on the tour as the Lead guitar player. Miljenko has just completed his new album and is getting ready to go back out and rock. The shows will start in Orlando Florida on November 3, 2006. This will be a small tour to get the train rolling. We will be performing some old SteelHeart, some songs from the movie Rock Star and new material. The new music is nothing like the old SteelHeart. The best way to describe the sound is a heavy futuristic Led Zeppelin. We are looking to go into the future not the past, so no 80's rockers. As much as we respect those days we have naturally evolved. Please send an email to steelheart@steelheart.com with links to your website or you may send a package to:
SteelHeart Records LLC. ATT: Miljenko Matijevic, 1112 East Market Street Suite 23-C, Charlottesville VA 22902.

WILD FRONTIER PRESS RELEASE:
The beginning of 2007 will see the return of German hard rockers Wild Frontier with a brand new album. The CD is called Bite The Bullet and includes the first recordings with the new line-up consisting of Jens Walkenhorst (Lead Vocals/ Guitar), Mario Erdmann (Bass/Vocals), Thomas Ellenberger (Keyboards/Vocals) and Sebastian Gröning (Drums).
Wild Frontier will be celebrating their fifteenth band anniversary with releasing their fourth record. More info about Bite The Bullet will be available soon.
WebLink: www.wildfrontier.de.

 

MR-X UPDATED:
MR-X has been updated. Online today - some cool demos: 19 tracks from Lillian Axe (Stiff Demos x 12 and J Vines Demos x 7); and Blue Murder 8 demos from the time of the debut album.
Also online, a 2004 Jack Blades radio show from WDHA, a great interview promoting his solo album and also featuring several exclusive acoustic tracks.
By popular demand, another 2006 Journey show - Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA August 27.
And - new Videos, but some different things this week - Meatloaf - Rove Live Oz TV Interview; RockStar - Toby Rand - Throw It Away (Original Performance); Rick Springfield - Where Are They Now - Oz TV Interview; Bobby from Australian Idol 2006 (thank God they found some talent for this year) - When The War Is Over (classic Cold Chisel song...great version) and a Donnie Iris 2-Play - That's The Way Love Oughta Be and Sweet Merilee.
MR-X Membership Details.

MRCD3 UPDATE:
With regret, I must announce a delay in the release of MRCD3. It was due to arrive here this week, but delays in shipping only saw the master disc arrive back here with me this week and for whatever reason, it did not arrive with the manufacturer today as planned either. That means it will be 2 weeks from Monday until the CD rolls off the production line....then a few days to get to me here and from there, a day or two to get shipped to you good patient folk.
The bottom line - the release date has been unfortunately altered to Monday October 9.

All pre-orders will be shipped prior to the official date as originally announced. I apologize for this delay, which is disappointing for me; I want to get this baby out now! If anyone has a problem with this change, please e-mail me.
Updating the pre-order details - the 12 bonus tracks will remain valid for all pre-orders placed before September 30. Pre-orders end that date no exception and the CD will be officially released October 9.

 

 

 

Thursday, September 14, 2006

FRONTIERS ROCK YOUR BONES ONCE AGAIN:
Frontiers Records have announced details of a new compilation for their label - Rock The Bones Volume 4, due October 20. The track listing is as follows:
CD 1: Survivor Reach; Toto King Of The World; House Of Lords: These Are The Times; Glenn Hughes This Is How I Feel; Ten: The Chronicles; Fair Warning: Don't Keep Me Waiting; Lunatica: Who You Are; Bob Catley: Blinded By A Lie; Jim Peterik: Burning With A Reason; Vertigo: In The Blink Of An Eye; John Waite: Missing You; Jeff Scott Soto: If This Is The End; Michael Kiske: Painted; Pride Of Lions: Sound Of Home (Live); Shark Island: Go West; Shooting Star: I'm A Survivor.
CD 2: Winger: Right Up Ahead; Pretty Maids: Wake Up To The Real World; Slamer: Audio Illusion; Talisman: Rhyme Of Reason; Wetton / Downes Icon: Finger On The Trigger; Cosmo: Don't Tell Me Your Lies; Jorn: Fool For Your Loving; Sunstorm: Fame And Fortune; Kingdom Come: Friends In Spirit; Kelly Keagy: I'm Alive; Avalon (A Richie Zito Project): Avalon; Vaughn: Traveller; Richie Kotzen: You Can't Save Me; Hartmann: Coming Home To You; Zion: Dangerous.

Most tracks will be familiar to those reading these pages, but there is mention of a few songs from upcoming releases. To summarize those:

Cosmo / Don't Tell Me Your Lies - In 1983, a young rock vocalist named Fran Cosmo joined forces with Barry Goudreau, guitarist from Boston and debuted on the Orion The Hunter record. Fran later worked with Michael Schenker, before founding with his father Antonio, the band Cosmo. Fate wanted Fran to later join Boston on the band's fourth album Walk On. Antonio did also join Boston's line-up on the latest opus Corporate America, but after the last tour, Cosmo finally focused on the recording of the band's debut. The album sees the light of day almost 20 years after the band's foundation. Cosmo sound is dramatically heavy and melodic and immediately puts the band on the focus of Hard and Heavy Rock fans.

Jorn / Fool For Your Loving - Acclaimed by many as the best Metal singer of the past years, Jorn Lande, from Norway has now left Masterplan to concentrate on his solo career. His first step after he quit his band is the simultaneous release on two separate albums. One is called The Gathering and is a collection of his rare and early solo stuff, and the second – which is previewed here – is called Unlocking The Past and is an all-covers affair, which to some may sound disappointing. But just listen to his interpretation of this Whitesnake classic tune and make up your mind!

Kelly Keagy / I'm Alive - Kelly Keagy is best known as drummer and lead singer for Melodic Rock veterans Night Ranger. Keagy also helped write many of the band's hits, among others their most classic track „Sister Christian". Most recently he also became part of the all-star band The Mob featuring Reb Beach, Doug Pinnick and Timothy Drury. Kelly Keagy's solo debut, Time Passes, was one of the best Melodic Rock albums in 2001, but the new record is set to top it! The razor-sharp I'm Alive, for one, presents even better songwriting, production and lead vocals. Definitely an album to look forward to!

Vaughn / Traveller - Danny Vaughn is a well know name for the Melodic Rock fans. His past records with Tyketto and Waysted earned him an immortal fame among the fans. Vaughn has recently recorded his third solo album. With a more guitar-oriented sound and a heavier approach, Danny offers a record which can be considered among his best works ever.

Hartmann / Coming Home To You - Oliver Hartmann is one of the blossoming talents of the "New Wave of Reborn Melodic Rock" coming from Europe. His stunning debut album Out In The Cold made a strong impact on the fans during 2005 and he was awarded as #4 Best Album and # 1 Song of The Year on the popular website www.melodicrock.com. His new album offers again an irresistible mix of melodies, emotion and powerful rock, with exquisite arrangements and a voice that will stand in the years to come. Coming Home To You is the new album opener and a perfect example of what is to come!

Zion (Featuring Freddy Curci) / Dangerous - Canadian Freddy Curci is one of the most esteemed singers in Melodic Rock. His work as a solo artist, frontman of Sheriff, and in particularly Alias, gained him excellent reputation. His new project Zion features songs written in cooperation with Jeff Paris, Bob Marlette, Brett Walker, and his former Alias band mate, Steve DeMarchi. Dangerous is a highly melodic AOR rocker that takes you on a trip back in time to the unforgettable moments when the self-titled Alias debut hit the scene!

 

IRON MAIDEN MAKES FIRST TOP 10 US CHART DEBUT:
Press Release / With close to 56,000 copies sold last week, Iron Maiden's highly anticipated A Matter Of Life And Death dominates this week's Billboard charts:
# 9 Top 200 Albums
# 1 Top Independent Albums
# 2 Hard Music
# 3 Internet
Released last Tuesday on Sanctuary Records, A Matter Of Life And Death is Iron Maiden s fourteenth studio album in their three decade-plus career and the band s first Top 10 US Chart debut.
Iron Maiden kicks off their nearly sold-out A Matter of Life and Death World Tour next month in the States. These North American arena dates will be the only dates to support A Matter Of Life And Death and mark the first time in years Iron Maiden begins a tour in the USA. Accompanying Iron Maiden on the tour (excluding Hartford and Los Angeles) is new UK metal sensation, Bullet for My Valentine.
Reviews thus far: "Precision-tooled riffs, hi-def solos and dive-bombing vocals." - Village Voice, September 6th 2006
"Charging guitar runs, thrilling hooks, burning solos..." - Billboard, September 9th 2006
"crackles with the confidence and exuberance of experienced musicians who still love what they do and have produced their most inspired album in twenty years." - Revolver, October, 2006.

American Journalist Bob Lefsetz comments on the chart position:
9. Iron Maiden "Matter Of Life And Death" - Sales this week 55,722 / Debut.
"Imagine how many more copies would have been sold if there were an audio/video outlet that still FOCUSED on this kind of music. Maiden can sell a boatload of tickets, but no one wants to take a chance on spinning their music.
Then again, not that many stations spun their music twenty years ago! Ozzy has single-handedly put a dent in the longevity of metal music, with his ridiculous MTV show. Metal used to be dangerous, an outsiders' cult. Now it's a cartoon. TV ultimately impacts everything featured negatively, via overexposure. Meanwhile, this album is HUGE overseas."


MELODIC BRIEFS:
The Eddie Van Halen / Howard Stern interview cane be found in full via MP3 here.

New signings to Majestic Rock Wizards` Hymn played at Kichijoji Club Crescendo, Tokyo on Saturday evening, September 2nd. Playing material from their debut album Hymnal - due in stores in Europe from September 18th - the band kicked up a storm in front of a partisan and very happy audience. Sophisticated and fun, the band's relatively unique take on melodic power metal - topped off as it is with the angelic tones of vocalist Kimiko Shirao - is destined to find favour in Europe. www.wizards-hymn.com

A second Melbourne show has been added to the G3 Australian Tour schedule - on Sunday, 03 December at the Regent Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 15 September.

WHERE JONATHAN CAIN LIVES:
Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain has released his latest solo album Where I Live. The CD is available exclusively at FYE stores.
Track listing: Where I Live . Can She Say . Sometimes She Breaks . Fragile World . Shine On Chicago . Pride of the Family . Half Full . Letting Me Down . Before Brando . Man's Best Friend . Faithfully (a duet with Mica Roberts).

 

YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE WITH SASS JORDAN:
From ChartAttack.com: "We all thought that Sass Jordan's career change to Canadian Idol judge meant that she had nothing better to do, but apparently the one-time diva (if such a thing existed in Canadian music in 1988) has been busy recording a new disc.
Get What You Give, Jordan's first full-length since 2000's Hot Gossip, will be released on September 19 by the newly minted MapleCore imprint, Horizon Records. The album was partly recorded in Nashville with blues/roots expert Colin Linden (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn) in the role of collaborator, player and producer.
"This is an exploration of the past 20 years of my musical life, mining all the influences more directly and yet more sideways than ever, because I'm working with Colin Linden, who comes at the music from an incredibly fresh and new perspective for me," says Jordan.
Jordan is joined on the disc by a number of guests, including bassist Garry Tallent (E Street Band), drummers Ken Koomer (Wilco) and Bryan Owings (Shelby Lynn), guitarist Audley Freed (The Black Crowes) and keyboardist Richard Bell (The Band). Jordan is managed by another Canadian Idol judge, Jake Gold. She doesn't currently have a tour planned to showcase her new songs, but it's likely that she'll hit the road at some point in the near future. Here are the tracks on Get What You Give:
"What You Gonna Do" "Shuffle" "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" "How Do I Get It Right" "I Want More" "Terminally Yours" "Torn In Two" "Love's Like Rain" "The Feeling's Gone" "Trouble" "Natural Disaster" "Even"

ROB ROCK GOES SOUTH:
Rob Rock has announced tour dates for South America for November. Rock is planning a concert tour with Narnia, Mortification and Exousia to do shows in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Costa Rica.
November 18, Mexico City, Mexico
November 19, Guatemala City, Guatemala
November 22, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
November 25, Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 26, Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 1, Bogota, Columbia
December 2, San Jose, Costa Rica

MORE ON TRIGGERSOUL:
Chavis Records along with DA Records 'pull the trigger' on their latest find....Triggersoul.
Hailing from Ohio, Triggersoul unleash their style of metal to the masses with their debut release Restoration. The project was recorded and produced by Jeff Westlake (Hydrogyn) and mixed by the legenday Michael Wagener (Alice Cooper, Metallica, Skid Row).
Fans of Pantera, Black Label Society, Godsmack and Seether will be pleased. Restoration is laced with grinding riffs, sonic vocals and great hooks that embrace you. Look for Triggersoul in stores in early November.
Check out the new single Restoration - Click here.

RELEASE DATES UPDATED:
Overdue as usual....but updated nevertheless. The Release Dates page is updated now with plenty of new and updated listings. Check it out.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

ESCAPE MUSIC ANNOUNCE & PREVIEW NEW PRAYER:
Escape Music have announced details of their next release - Prayer's new studio album Get What We Came For, available as a Limited Edition First Pressing featuring one bonus track.
Released October 27, the track listing is: Rose In The Dark / Stranger In Your House / I Remember / Crazy Joe And The Handsome Stranger / Don´t Want You Now / Get What I Came For / Need The Night / Nobody Loves You / What Do You Want From Me / I Wish You Well.
Prayer is: Markku Keski-Mäenpää - Lead Guitar & Background vocals; Mikko "Frank" Kuusiniemi - Lead Guitar & Background vocals; Jari Huvila – Keyboards; Eki Ekfors – Drums; Jaakko Pohjola - Bass; Tapani Tikkanen - Lead Vocals & Guitar.
Prayer are a Melodic Rock/AOR band hailing from Oulu, Northern Finland. With songs like Stranger in your house and Need the night, Prayer will rock you well into the night. The band has great keyboard and guitar interplay, this has always been one of their strong-points and every now and again they remind you of Stage Dolls and Pretty Maids, which ain't no bad thing. There are just no weak songs on the album, and there is a lot to offer from these guys. The sound they create is always very interesting and will appeal to a wide audience, fans of pop rock will like its commercial approach while some of the band's technical moments will please prog metal fans. Whichever way you look at it there is something for everyone here!
Finland is perhaps better known for power and gothic metal, and so it is refreshing for the rock fan to know that there are bands still out there who are still proudly flying the flag for Scandinavian melodic rock music.
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.
Preview the album now with a full length download: Prayer - Rose In The Dark (.wma file).

 

Z ROCK 06 14 DAYS AND COUNTING:
Z Rock 06 is now just 14 days away, it has already broken sales records at most ticket outlets for presales for any Z Rock show! The run down and signing session times are below with details of each band:
12:30pm – 1:00pm Furyon
Featuring ex members of Pride, Furyon are guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away with their powerful yet melodic material.
Signing Session Dante Fox.
1:20 pm - 2:00pm - Eden
Having just released their debut album Eden will be out to impress, featuring Nick of Kick and Vince of Bob Catley the band are no strangers to the Melodic scene.
Signing Session Furyon & Eden
2:20pm - 3:10pm - Dante Fox
Currently working on their new album which will now be released during early 2007 Dante Fox are regulars at many festivals. The band will be playing a lot of their new material which will be the first time fans will have a chance to hear tracks from the forthcoming album.
Signing Session Tony Mills
3:30pm - 4:20pm - Lost Weekend
Recently signed to Z Records, Lost Weeekend's latest release Forever Moving On which will hopefully be available on the day is set for release on September 29th and is their strongest album to date. Do not miss their set as their new material will blow you away!
Signing Session -
4:40pm - 5:15 - Snakeryder
AJ Finally makes it to the UK's shores after the disappointment earlier this year. Snakeryder's new album will be aired over the PA but is not due for release until Late October. Be prepared for the loud man of New Jersey!
Signing Session Toby Jepson
5:35 - 6:20 - Bob Catley
What else can we say, good old uncle Bob.You know what to expect and you know he will deliver!
Signing Session Lost Weekend
6:40 - 7:55 - Toby Jepson
Toby nearly appeared back in April but we decided to hold off until September. Toby's set will include classic Little Angels along with some of his superb solo material. Toby is a class frontman so expect a performance to be remembered.
Signing Session Snakeryder
8:15 - 9:45 - TNT [Exclusive UK Appearance]
The debut of Tony Mills on a UK stage with TNT, judging by the reports coming out of Norway [they have been playing festivals there] fans can expect a blinding set that will not disappoint them. Tony's Andersson / Mills project release Crank it up will also be available on the day!
Signing Session Bob Catley
Last Day For Mail-Order Ticket Orders Sept 15TH
We can still deal with payments via cheque or Paypal [midas.ent@btinternet.com] for tickets up to and including the delivery here on September 15th. All credit card hotlines will remain open until close of business on September 20th. The only remaining Outlets after the 20th will be ST Records and JB's Dudley until close of business on Saturday September 23rd. If tickets are remaining entry on the day will be £40 a post will be made concerning ticket availability on the 22nd and 23rd at www.myspace.com/zrockfest.
Z Stall will be present on the day with special offers etc. Venue JB's, Dudley, UK / Tickets £30 advance / £40 on day.
Credit card hotlines: Tel 01782 522370, Tel 01323 833049, Tel 01489 603549. For postal applications e-mail zrock06@zrecords.net for details.
Tickets also on sale at X Records Bolton, ST Records Dudley and JB's Dudley Now!
Hotels details etc can be found at www.myspace.com/zrockfest.

 

RUSH DRUMMER NEIL PERT TALKS TO BILLBOARD:
From Billboard.com: "Rush has penned eight songs for its next studio album, which should be out in early 2007, according to drummer Neil Peart. The artist tells Billboard.com his lyrics for the as-yet-untitled set were greatly influenced by his motorcycle journeys throughout the United States, chronicled in the new book Roadshow: Landscape With Drums.
Peart says he was struck by the ubiquity of religious billboards that have sprung up on America's highways, which got him thinking about some weighty topics. "Just seeing the power of evangelical Christianity and contrasting that with the power of fundamentalist religion all over the world in its different forms had a big effect on me," he says.
"You try to put your own way of seeing the world into some kind of congruence with other peoples, and that's difficult for me," he admits. "I mean, I see the world in what I think to be a perfectly obvious and rational way, but when you go out into it and see the way other people think and behave, and express themselves on church signs, you realize, 'Well, I'm not really part of this club.'"
"I looked for the good side of faith," Peart says. "To me it ought to be your armor, something to protect you and something to console you in dark times. But it's more often being turned into a sword, and that's one big theme I'm messing with."
Musically, the new album is continuing in much the same vein as 2002's Vapor Trails, which returned Rush to a more guitar/bass/drums-driven sound. But Peart is quick to add that the music is "remarkably organic in a way that I haven't heard [from Rush] before. We spent a month together in May working on those songs and developing our individual instrument parts for them. It's early to characterize it, but it's definitely fresh and different and that's certainly satisfying."
Peart, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson will regroup next month to finish pre-production and will begin recording in November. However, as Peart writes at the conclusion of "Roadshow," he is ambivalent about putting himself through yet another massive world tour.
"It is true that in 1989 I announced that I wasn't going to tour anymore, and have said that every time since and have gone back and decided [to do it] for all good reasons," he says. "One of the main ones to me is that a band plays live, so if I want to consider our band as a living, working thing then that's the case. I haven't in my own mind committed to [another tour] yet, but of course I haven't ruled it out, either."
WebLink: www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003120134.

QUEENSRYCHE'S Q2K EXPANDED:
Rhino Entertainment has just reissued Queensryche's Q2K. The release also contains previously unreleased tracks. Lookout for the iTunes version of the album will also feature an interactive booklet with the exclusive video for The Right Side Of My Mind.
E-Card - www.rhino.com/flashcards/Queensryche/q2k / Listening Party - streamos.rhino.com/wmedia/rhino/listeningparties/74076/74076_album_100.wax / Buy Link - www.rhino.com/store/ProductDetail.lasso?Number=74076.
Track Listing: Falling Down . Sacred Ground . One Life . When The Rain Comes... . How Could I? . Beside You . Liquid Sky . Breakdown . Burning Man . Wot Kinda Man . The Right Side Of My Mind . Until There Was You * . Howl * . Sacred Ground - Live * . Breakdown - Radio edit . The Right Side Of Mind - video**
* Previously unreleased / ** iTunes exclusive.
US Readers Only: Text Queensryche to 74466 for official Queensryche ringtones* (*Requires compatible handset and service thru participating carriers. Standard text messaging rates apply. See your contract for details. Available content subject to change anytime).

 
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DVD BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT ROCK ROYALTY:
Press Release / New York, N.Y (September 5, 2006) -- Hard Rock International is considered to be the original curator of over 70,000 priceless pieces of the greatest collection of music memorabilia in the world, including rare vintage guitars, distinctive drum kits, handwritten lyrics, and one-of-a kind elaborate stage costumes. Hard Rock International is proud to announce that Hard Rock Treasures - a DVD documentary featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of these prized possessions and the stories behind them - is set for release on MPI Home Video on October 31, 2006. Hard Rock Treasures will be available at various local retail outlets, Hard Rock's Rock Shops worldwide and online at www.hardrock.com for $24.98.
More than three years in the making, Hard Rock Treasures documents the journey of Hard Rock's own "Indiana Jones of Rock 'n' Roll" Don Bernstine, as he acquires these rare collectibles and meets with some of rock's most celebrated artists in their own element and private settings. From Christie's auction house in London, to Elvis Presley's Graceland, to backstage with Kiss, to Aerosmith's personal warehouse, to a secret recording studio with Jimmy Page at an undisclosed location, to the historic Sun Recording Studios, and a pilgrimage to Norman's Rare Guitars (the renowned L.A. vintage guitar shop that boasts an A-list clientele) with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Hard Rock Treasures, highlights loads of other extraordinary moments with rock 'n roll royalty, as they share their personal stories and donate these prized possessions to take their rightful place among Hard Rock's prestigious collection, often referred to as " The Smithsonian of Rock 'n' Roll."
Another remarkable highlight on the DVD includes never-before-released footage of the late Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott (Pantera/Damageplan) and brother Vinnie Paul, at their private home on the eve of the launch of Damageplan's debut CD release, as well as a poignant look back at that historic interview with Vinnie Paul, on the first anniversary of "Dimebag's" tragic death.
In addition, the definitive DVD features a rare first-hand look at Hard Rock's command center (based in Orlando, FL), which records, houses and distributes these priceless pieces of the world's greatest music memorabilia collection, to the numerous Hard Rock's cafés, hotel and casinos around the globe.
Hard Rock Treasures will be available October 31, 2006 through local retailers. Customers can also order directly from MPI by calling 800-323-0442 (9am to 5pm, CST, Monday through Friday) or purchasing online at www.mpihomevideo.com.

 

CHAVIS RECORDS UPDATE:
Press Release / Chavis Records is happy to announce some new signings to our roster!
Triggersoul - Triggersoul deliver a classic metal sound with today's drive. If you like Pantera + BLS mixed with a bit of Godsmack + Seether then Restoration is for you. Produced by Jeff Westlake and mixed by the legendary Michael Wagener.
Vindex - Vindex is back better than ever with No Middle Ground. Pure power with twin neo classical style guitars forged with vocals that will rip through you. Look for new samples and upated artist page. The Power Forge release will press in late November for release.
Updated 'Release Schedule':
October 3, 2006 - Quiet Riot - Rehab - US Release; October 31, 2006 - Triggersoul - Restoration; November 15, 2006 - Vindex - No Middle Ground.
2007 - February - New artist TBA - Find out join the new e-CLUB; March - New artist TBA - Find out join the new e-CLUB.
We are pleased to announce that Underclass in France will distribute Bombshell by Hydrogyn in throughout France. European fans can now find our releases much easier! We have signed a deal with Cargo UK to distribute our releases throughout Europe.
We have released our new and improved website. Please visit www.chavisrecords.net. Checkout the new online audio player it's loaded with new tracks from up coming releases. We will be adding a whole lot more content and music in the coming weeks. Keeping checking back.
We have also renovated our MySpace site. Look for special things to appear there in the coming weeks. www.myspace.com/chavisrecords.

LEGENDARY SCORPIONS DRUMMER, HERMAN RAREBELL, RETURNS:
After a decade, legendary Scorpions drummer/songwriter, Herman Rarebell, has returned to the scene. Rarebell, who recently reunited with the Scorpions at the Wacken Festival in Germany this summer, is currently completing a new album under the moniker Herman Rarebell And Band. The album, which is titled I'm Back, is sure to please Rarebell's longtime fans as it features a broad scope of catchy new rock songs, as well as a new version of the classic Scorpions hit, Rock You Like a Hurricane, a song that Rarebell co-wrote with fellow Scorpions Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker. The album will see a 2007 release through a label which is yet to be determined.
Rarebell will tour the US, Europe, and Japan throughout 2007 with his new band which also features his wife, Claudia Raab (saxophone), James "Duke" Jackson (guitars, also in Strikeforce), and lead vocalist, Stefan Erz.
In addition to the new album and tour, Rarebell is also completing an autobiography which will see a release in 2007. Titled "My Life as a Scorpion", the book will shed light on Rarebell's life in the Scorpions, as well as feature photos from his personal collection.
To coincide with his return, Rarebell has signed a worldwide management agreement with Jeff Keller Management LLC (American Heartbreak, Omen). Of the signing and his return to the scene, Rarebell says, "It is my pleasure to be managed by Jeff Keller and his company. I can't wait to get back on the road and on tour and to "Rock You Like a Hurricane" again!"

AC/DC BOOK DUE NEXT MONTH:
Undercover.com.au reports: "Rock journalist Susan Masino has written the definitive AC/DC book Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC. Masino, a journo of 29 years, first met the band in 1977 and has remained friends ever since. The book traces the start of the band in Sydney, Australia and the tragic death of Bon Scott in 1980. It continues with the resurrection of the band under Brian Johnson with the Back In Black album and brings fans up to date with the Acca Dacca story in the 21st Century.
Masino's previous works include 'Famous Wisconsin Musicians' and 'Rock and Roll Fantasy: My Life and Times with AC/DC, Van Halen and Kiss'. She also appeared in the 2003 DVD Van Halen The Early Years. The book will be released next month through Omnibus Press."
WebLink: www.undercover.com.au/news/2006/sep06/20060912_acdc.html.

TOON IT UP - NOW TWICE A WEEK!:
Due to an overwhelming response, the brand-new rock webcomic Toon It Up will now posting new strips on Tuesdays as well as Fridays. Here's a teaser for today's strip which can found in its entirety at: www.toon-it-up.com.

 

DOMAIN GIVE OUT STARDAWN DETAILS:
Press Release / Because Domain got it´s 20th anniversary, a special edition of the new album Stardawn will be released at Nov. 7th in the United States Of America, Asia and Europe (Release Europe Oct. 13th!).
It´ll be a 4000 copies worldwide limited edition with a double-CD plus additional DVD, containing in addition to the new studio album various special features, for example:
- 9 brandnew tracks incl. the 25 min. epic Shadowhall
- 35min. live-cut of the international Busan-festival-show 2005 in Korea
- 15min. live-show at the Korean TV
- 40min. tour-documentation with band-interview
- diashow
- a 16 songs best-of collection of all Domain-albums which had been released between 1987 - 2005
- a re-release of the hits Lost In The City, I Don't Wanna Die and Hard Road To Midnight in remastered versions.
- a re-release of the tracks Stormbringer and Over The Hills And Far Away, which had only appeared on 2 rare samplers.
- all in all a 5-piece DigiPak with 3 booklets, over 240 min. playtime, you can't get more value for money! You can pre-listen to 2 new album tracks (Crystal Stone Island and Temple Of The Earth) at: www.myspace.com/axelritt.
For more information about Domain's current activities check: www.domainband.net.

 

KAMELOT DOUBLE LIVE DVD AND DOUBLE LIVE CD DUE:
Kamelot are one of the most successful and charismatic metal acts of the past few years. Now the group surrounding vocalist Roy Khan and guitarist Thomas Youngblood are about to release on Steamhammer/SPV a top-value package (including poster), consisting of two DVDs and two CDs with recordings from Oslo, Norway. One Cold Winter's Night is scheduled to arrive at the stores on October 30 (Germany October 27; America October 24). The show features numerous illustrious guests, such as guitarist Sascha Paeth on Moonlight, Simone Simons (Epica) on The Haunting, Mari Youngblood on Center of the Universe, Abandoned and Elizabeth Parts I, II & III. Elisabeth Kjærnes appears on Nights of Arabia, and together with Snowy Shaw (Dream Evil, King Diamond) on March of Mephisto. The concert set new visual and musical standards and was rounded off visually by pyros and an impressive light show. An absolute must for the bands fans and aficionados of the melodic metal genre!
One Cold Winters Night was recorded on February 11, 2006, at Oslos legendary Rockefeller Music Hall. To film this mega-event, the band enlisted the renowned movie and video director, Patric Ullaeus (Lacuna Coil, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Within Temptation), who recorded the special atmosphere of the concert and preserved sound and images for posterity. Together with Ullaeus, a crew of professional cameramen arrived from Gothenburg, Sweden, using 18 (!) cameras to record the events on, in front of and behind the stage. The DVDs title is based on the song of the same name and had been decided on long before the recordings were made. Ironically, the past winter was one of the longest and coldest in the countrys history, bringing heavy snows and blizzards, which caused a lot of chaos. So the band were all the more grateful to their fans who waited patiently for the doors to open in the freezing cold in front of the sold-out Music Hall. To make up for the extreme weather conditions, Kamelot delivered an awesome performance to heat up their faithful followers.
DVD 1 - The Concert Intro Un Assasino Molto Silenzioso * The Black Halo * Soul Society * The Edge of Paradise * Center of the Universe * Nights of Arabia * Abandoned * Forever * Keyboard Solo * The Haunting * Moonlight * When The Lights Are Down * Elizabeth (Part I, II & III) * March of Mephisto * Karma * Drum Solo * Farewell * Curtain Call/Outro
DVD 2 - Bonus Journey Within HaloVision with Khan * Up Close with Thomas Youngblood at home * Casey Grillo at ddrum * Up Close Interview with Casey Grillo at home * Up Close with Oliver Palotai * Interview with Simone Simons from the band Epica.
Videos - The Haunting * March of Mephisto * March of Mephisto (uncensored) * Serenade * March of Mephisto (Live at Sweden Rock 2006) * Making of The Haunting.
Miscellaneous Photo Gallery including 2 slide shows of concert photos and bands private photos * Band Member Biographies and Top 5s * Discography.
CD 1 - Intro Un Assassino Molto Silenzioso * The Black Halo * Soul Society * The Edge of Paradise * Center of the Universe * Nights of Arabia * Abandoned * Forever * Keyboard Solo* The Haunting * Moonlight.
CD 2 - When The Lights Are Down * Elizabeth (Part I, II & III) * March of Mephisto * Karma * Drum-Solo * Farewell * Outro.
WebLinks: www.kamelot.com and www.spv.de.

RA REVISITED:
Just revisiting the Ra news posted yesterday. That info came from a brief news update from the Press agent for this release. What the press release did not clarify was that the album Raw is in fact a live album, with only one new studio track. Handy information one would think! Consider yourself updated!

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

FRONTIERS RECORDS UPDATE - WETTON / DOWNES, WINGER & AVALON:
Frontiers Records is pleased to unveil all details of the highly anticipated brand new studio album from John Wetton & Geoffrey Downes - Icon entitled Rubicon due for European release on November 10.
John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music) and Geoffrey Downes (Buggles, Yes) came together for the first time in 1981 when they both joined the supergroup Asia. Their eponymous release was the best selling album in the world in 1982, number 1 in the USA for 9 weeks, turning gold and platinum on every continent. The second and third Asia albums were also big sellers worldwide and enjoyed several hit singles. Unfortunately, messers Wetton and Downes went their separate ways in 1985 and since then Asia has been through several incarnations.
Wetton and Downes paths crossed again when they graced the same stage together during 2002's John Wetton fan convention in Philadelphia. Geoff consequently contributed to the writing and playing on Wetton's 2003 solo album, Rock of Faith and it became clear that the two had some unfinished business.
During 2004 they finally entered the studio with ideas and energy, sat round the same piano upon which they had written the 1980s anthems and emerged with the first album of their renewed partnership christened Icon.
The recording was easily their best artistic product for many years and immediately became very popular among the fans. John and Geoff have therefore decided to pursue this collaboration, giving birth to a brand new album which follows a very busy year made up of one EP, one acoustic album/DVD and one live album Never In A Million Years - recorded during a series of successful European dates from October 2005 to spring 2006 and due for release on October 20.
During summer 2006 the two artists followed their new spark of inspiration. In Geoff Downes words: "John and I had to face and cross our individual Rubicons during critical moments in our lives when circumstances and fate entangled, obliging us to face defining moments of truth. Both of us realized that having examined our choices, it resolved to there being no choice at all. These experiences reminded us of an analogous set of historical circumstances faced by Julius Caesar in 49BC, similar in scope if not in scale, similar in style if not in substance. Inevitably our creative antennae were tweaked. The follow up to Icon should reflect autobiographical experience set against historical scenery."
With the help of longtime John Wetton collaborators Steve Christey (Jadis) on drums and John Mitchell (Arena, Kino) on guitars and Hugh McDowell (ELO), along with the special appearance of Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) - who duets on To Catch a Thief and Tears of Joy and violin 15-years old prodigy Katie Jacoby, John and Geoff cut the new album, Rubicon in the south England countryside.
The new record will include the following tracks: The Die is Cast; Finger on the Trigger; Reflections (Of My Life); To Catch a Thief; Tears of Joy; Shannon; The Hanging Tree; The Glory of Winning; Whirlpool; Rubicon.
A new stream of magical music is about to hit the fans on November 10. Don't miss it!

 
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European tour dates for Winger have been officially announced and are available on the Frontiers Records and Winger members official websites (www.kipwinger.com, www.rebbeach.com, www.rodmorgenstein.com, www.johnroth.com, www.cenkeroglu.com) 10.12.06 Germany TBA
10.13.06 Sweden TBA
10.14.06 Sala, Sweden Rockland
10.15.06 Helsinki, Finland Elmu Ry
10.18.06 Zurich, Switzerland Alpenrock
10.19.06 Athens, Greece Gagarin
10.20.06 Thessaloniki, Greece Ksilourgeio Club
10.21.06 Switzerland TBA
10.22.06 Bologna, Italy Estragon
10.25.06 Barcelona, Spain Mephisto
10.26.06 Madrid, Spain Copernico
10.27.06 Bilbao, Spain Azkena
10.28.06 Nottingham, UK Firefest
Kip Winger will also have a special acoustic appearance at the forthcoming United Forces Of Rock Festival in Ludwigsburg (Stuttgart), on October 1.

Famed producer Richie Zito (Bad English, Heart, Cheap Trick and countless others) has posted a Track X Track comment about the up and coming new album Avalon, a record which represents the culmination of his melodic rock career. Enjoy the read and click on the song title to enjoy a sample of the track.
1. Blue Collar - Great opening track for Avalon. I love the instrumental sections, especially the drum performance. Hugo's vocal is very believable!
2. Is He Better Than Me - This song has always been one of my favorite songs. Joe Lynn Turner's vocal is perfect! P.S...I m proud of my guitar playing on this one...especially the ending!
3. Nightmare - I'm really happy that Eddie Money agreed that this song was perfect for him to sing on Avalon!
4. Oh Samantha - My favorite track on the CD ! I wrote it for my daughter (it's the only track I wrote myself alone). From the first time I heard Joseph Williams sing, Can You Feel The Love Tonight in The Lion King, I always heard him singing Oh Samantha. I can't tell you how happy I am that he agreed to sing it on this CD!
5. Avalon - Danny Vaughn and I just clicked on this song...it was one of the first songs selected for this CD...and so important to the project, that I decided to call the project Avalon, The Richie Zito Project!
6. Life Got In The Way - One of my favorite lyrics on Avalon. One of the first songs written for the album. I'm proud of this one!
7. Forever I Will - I love Richie Kotzen's Vocal on this track. He's known primarily as a guitar virtuoso. I thought it would be cool if he sang on Avalon. He's one of my favorite R&B Singers!
8. I Can't Forget You - This was a song started by Philip Bardowell and I had a vision for how I thought it should be arranged/produced to be appropriate for Avalon. Philip gave me a free hand and here is the result!
9. I Put My Life In Your Hands - When I told Eddie Money that I was going to make a Record, he played me I Put My Life in Your Hands. When I heard it, I knew it would be perfect for Avalon!
10. Good Things Take Time - Philip Bardowell was the person who started Serafino and I thinking about me making a record in the first place. The result Avalon...so it was a pleasure collaborating with him on this song!
11. I Don't Want To Want You - This was one of the first songs chosen for Avalon... Eric Martin, as always, delivers an incredible vocal performance on this track!
12. Blue Monday - I asked my good friend and Mentor, Giorgio Moroder to be involved in my CD, the result is Blue Monday - a song written by Giorgio and Keith Forsey...with a classic Giorgio Moroder synthesizer arrangement!

Sample theese songs via the Avalon CD Showcase.

 

Frontiers Records opened an account on My Space! Follow this link www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords and come to say hi ! The webpage is going to be updated every once in a while and shall feature info and sound links to up and coming Frontiers Records releases. At the moment the following bands/artists are being spun:
Avalon I Can't Forget You (vocals by Philip Bardowell); Winger Right Up Ahead (taken from IV); Sunstorm Fame and Fortune (featuring Joe Lynn Turner); Slamer Audio Illusion.
A big thanks for all the friends and fans who have already joined us! Cheers!

SWEDE KRISTIAN ANDRÉN JOINS BLOODBOUND:
Official statement from Bloodbound: "We're proud to announce that one of Sweden's finest metal vocalists, Kristian Andrén, has joined the band. He is previously known from Memento Mori (featuring members from King Diamond, Mercyful Fate and Dream Evil) where he replaced Candlemass singer Messiah. He was also the original voice in Wuthering Heights and Tad Morose. Kristian is an extraordinary singer and front man with an incredible voice and we're very exited to have him onboard!
We are also happy to announce that Tomas' younger brother Henrik Olsson is our new rhythm guitar player. Henrik is an experienced and highly educated musician with a background in jazz and can handle most musical styles. A new bass player will be announced shortly.
At the moment the band is working hard on the writing and recording of the forthcoming second album, which will be released in January 2007. Some of the new titles includes Book of the Dead, Vampires, Into Eternity, Turn To Stone and The Tempter.
The new Bloodbound line-up (Kristian Andrén - Vocals, Tomas Olsson - Guitars, Fredrik Bergh - Keyboards, Henrik Olsson - Guitars, Pelle Åkerlind - Drums) is stronger than ever and you will see bloodbound live on stage all over Europe early next year. Tour dates will be announced on www.bloodbound.se shortly.
As you all probably know Urban, Markus and Jörgen are no longer in the band due to musical and personal differences. We want to thank them for their time in the band and wish them the best of luck in the future."
Check out Bloodbound live at United Forces Of Rock on Oct. 1st, 2006 in Ludwigsburg, Germany!
WebLinks: www.bloodbound.se, www.metalheaven.net, www.united-forces-of-rock.de.

KROKUS REVEAL HELLISH TOUR PLANS:
From the latest Krokus Newsletter: "As already mentioned in a previous newsletter, as part of their "pre-release parties" all over Germany, AFM Records cordially invites you especially to the one taking place on September 23rd, 2006 at the "Rockfabrik" in Ludwigsburg. It is simply a showcase to celebrate the release of the new album with band presence. It's your chance to meet the band. And as a special treat, for the first time in Europe, they will play a short "acoustic set" of 4-6 songs, similar to what they did in Denver at the "Lewis & Floorwax" radio show last October during their USA tour (go to our web site www.krokusonline.com and click on "backstage"). Except this time the entire band will perform the acoustic set.
And one week later, on September 30th, 2006 they will visit the "Mediamarkt" in Lyssach/Switzerland with an "acoustic set" of 4-6 songs, followed by signing autographs and the new CD Hellraiser. Do your Christmas shopping early and give some good 'ole rock to someone you love, Krokus style.
Starting October, Krokus will embark on their "Hellraiser" world tour, starting out in Scandinavia and Continental Europe, continuing in the first half of 2007 with the Americas. And make some noise, fans from "down under". Maybe this time we come and visit you in Australia & New Zealand as well. A special treat for fans and Krokus alike will be a concert in late November in Malta, Marc's original home country. Last time Marc toured Malta with a band was with TEA in the seventies and Malta is getting ready for a special "welcome" of Krokus and their native son!
Rather than waiting for the complete tour schedule (some dates still have to be confirmed), we decided to give you the dates that are definitely confirmed. And as new dates are added on, we will keep you posted accordingly. You can also check our web site www.krokusonline.com and click on "tour" or www.pollstar.com under Krokus."

REO SPEEDWAGON ALBUM RECORDING COMPLETED:
Kevin Cronin spoke out about the new REO Speedwagon CD in his "Newsletter". Check them out here: www.kevincronin.com/newsletter.htm.
From the latest newsletter: "I have been hanging out with Ruth McCartney lately, drinking fine wines and brainstorming about ways to get the REO site prepared for the arrival of "Happy Ending"...yes you heard right, the working title of the new album is indeed Happy Ending. All is well here at the studio, in fact, as of this moment we are finished with the recording!!!!
I am serious, we are done, it is in the can, no more overdubs. I am not insane after all. We should be ready to turn in the masters in time for Thanksgiving. Yay! Everyone loves a Happy Ending...right?"


GIGANTOUR DVD ANNOUNCED AND PREVIEWED:
Press Release / Image Entertainment announce the release of a two-DVD and two-CD set of Gigantour 2005. The popular tour which was headlined by Megadeath also includes Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex. The fast and furious traveling festival was hailed last year by Revolver magazine as the mother of all shred fests. The CD set was released on August 22, and the DVD set hit stores on September 5 which coincides with the beginning of this year's tour.
How about some Video preview streams:
Megadeth She Wolf; Dream Theater Glass Prison.
WebLinks: www.gigantour.com / www.megadeth.com / www.myspace.com/gigantour2006.

PAUL STANLEY SOLO TOUR DATES:
Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has announced his first set of solo tour dates supporting his upcoming solo album Live to Win:
Oct. 21 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Oct. 23 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Oct. 24 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Oct. 26 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Oct. 27 - Atlantic City, NJ - Houseof Blues
Oct. 28 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Nov. 01 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palace Theatre
Nov. 03 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave
Nov. 05 - Detroit, MI - Emerald Theatre
Nov. 06 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Nov. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - Qwest
Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Nov. 11 - Portland, OR - Aladdin
Nov. 13 - San Francisco, CA - Filmore
Nov. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
WebLink: www.pollstar.com

HOUSE OF LORDS UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
House of Lords will be starting another run of Europe starting in Spain. Prior to leaving for Europe, The band has been booked to perform in James Christian's hometown. This will be quite an event and is already generating a buzz in his home State.
With the huge success of the World Upside Down CD, HOL has been in great demand to perform live shows. They are having an incredible time on the road and really loved the UK shows back in August. Jimi Bell, BJ Zampa and Chris McCarvill are absolutely smoking onstage providing James Christian with top-notch musicianship.
All the 2006 T-Shirts have been sold out. New T-shirts will be available for the new tour, but if you can't make it to the shows, you can purchase the new shirts at James Christian website at www.jameschristianmusic.com.
There will be two shirts offered, One is the original Logo T-Shirt and the other is a full color World Upside Down Shirt. Available in all sizes.
Stay tuned at for upcoming dates for Italy, Germany, Russia, Holland, USA, & Japan.
20/09/2006 Milford CT - Daniel Street Club USA
28/09/2006 Durango - Plateruena* Spain
9/09/2006 Madrid - Copernico Spain
30/09/2006 Barcelona - BeCool Spain
01/10/2006 Stuttgart - United Forces of Rock-Festival- Germany
05/10/2006 Zoetermeer - De Boerderij Holland
06/10/2006 Weert - DeBosuil Holland
07/10/2006 Vosselaar - Biebob Belgium
08/10/2006 Alphen a/d Rijn - Het Kasteel Holland

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Modern rockers Ra are back in business October 24 with the release of a live album titled Raw. The band are touring with Cement Shoes Records label mates Godhead and Ill Nino on the Congress of Corruption tour.
To preview the single Don't Turn Away and new tour dates, check out the Ra e-card: cementshoesrecords.com/ra/ra_e_card.htm.

Bassist Rob De Luca (Spread Eagle, George Lynch, Joan Jett) is currently touring in Sebastian Bach's band. Sebastian recently performed in China at the Beijing Pop Festival and remaining tour dates are September 14 in Sydney Australia and September 15 in Melbourne Australia.

Melbourne Kiss tribute band Dynissty has been reformed with some old and some new players, all new costumes, and everything! They launch again with a show at The Palace St Kilda on Friday October 20th. Cathouse DJs Arthur and George are in for the show and supported by Steve Simmons original band. A currently under construction website is online at: www.dynissty.com.

Styx will soon begin to work on their new studio album, the first to feature new bassist Ricky Phillips. A release is expected in the first half of 2007. Three song titles have so far been released - Just Be, Everything All The Time and Hello Mr. Johnson.

Rockpages Web Magazine in Greece recently had the honour of conducting an interview with David Coverdale: www.rockpages.gr/interviews/whitesnake2006-en.htm.

VAINGLORY SIGN NEW MANAGEMENT DEAL:
American power metal band Vainglory fronted by the sensational vocalist Kate French (Chastain - Sick Society; In Dementia; In An Outrage) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King have signed a management deal with Desert Rock USA who handles the management for Cage.
Vainglory is currently shopping around their newly finished CD to labels worldwide for release in 2007.
Samples of 3 brand new songs Burdened, My Living Hell and Walking Dead from the upcoming cd can be heard at the new official Vanglory website (www.vainglorymusic.com).
Full samples of the same 3 songs can be heard at their official MySpace website (www.myspace.com/vainglorymetal).

 

 

 

Monday, September 11, 2006

EDDIE VAN HALEN SPEAKS TO HOWARD STERN:
A busy weekend as far as rock n roll news. The biggest news I guess is a rare radio appearance by Eddie Van Halen, phoning into the Howard Stern show to update listeners on everything Eddie.
I haven't heard the interview myself, but if I get audio of it, I'll post here. The champs at VHLinks.com have a detailed conversation thread going about the interview here: www.vhlinks.com/vbforums/showthread.php?t=33732.
It seems Ed was his usual entertaining self on the phone - his comments definitely giving fans an indication on where Van Halen goes from here (if anywhere). Highlights of the interview incude:
- Eddie calling Sammy and Mike's Other Half a 'cover band'.
- Stating that Van Halen is now himself, Alex and son Wolfgang. Anthony can 'do whatever he wants...'
- Stating that he was open to working / touring with David Lee Roth but any involvement with Michael Anthony seems all but impossible.
- Talked about his music in the adult film calling it a 'struggle between good and evil'.
- Smoking didn't cause him cancer, it was the use of metal picks, which he always had in his mouth.
- Next release will be a solo album or project with Alex and Wolfgang.
- Called Hagar 'Little Red Rocker' and 'Little Red Worm') and Michael Anthony 'Hot Sauce Sobileski'.
- Also talked of investing in a cancer center (something management told me in 2004...a substantial amount of money from all reports).

EUROPE PREVIEW THEIR SECRET SOCIETY:
Europe's new album Secret Society has leaked and I have been playing all day. Very interesting. It is certainly the next step on from Start From The Dark and features a more consistent sound style than the last album, which straddled the past and future at the same time.
This is a more modern and aggressive record, but features a ton of guitar and some good melodies. Once again, some are going to hate it for the style chosen by the band and some will love it even more than Start From The Dark I think.
A full review in due course! You can sample two short clips now at Europe's website: www.europetheband.com.

BILOXI'S CLYDE HOLLY DIES:
Fans of melodic rockers Biloxi will be distressed to learn that bassist/lead vocalist/founder Clyde Holly has died in his sleep. This from the band's website:
"It is with utter shock, disbelief, and sadness that I must report that my friend Clyde Holly passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of September 10, 2006. It is unknown at this time the exact cause of his death. Clyde leaves behind his wife Rachel, two step sons Peter and Jacob, his sister Denise, his band mates Rob, Mark, Dave, and Stefan, and an untold number of friends and fans. For those who wish to express their condolences, you may do so through this email inmemoryofclyde@biloximusic.com."
Another tragic loss for the melodic rock world. My personal condolences to Clyde's family, friends and band mates. R.I.P Clyde.

DOUBLE SHOT OF HAREM SCAREM NEWS:
Another cool update from Harem Scarem's website: "The upcoming, eleventh, Scarem album is tentatively called Human Nature. We are also very proud to announce Tony Harnell's (the former voice of TNT) special guest appearance on the record. He did some great vocals for it!
iMovie festival again! Brand new video is available for download on Pete Lesperance's website. This time it's piano version of Boy Without A Clue (track from the upcoming Fair Ground album). "Slightly" different from the original, but very cool!" Check out the site for links.

In related news - female rocker Suzi Rawn (placed 4th on last summer's edition of Canadian Idol - Season 3) has her first CD coming out next month. The album was produced by Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance of Harem Scarem. Check out the first single now at: www.myspace.com/suzirawninfo.

A FADE TO FLAMES MEMBERS OF FIFTH ANGEL RECALL THE BAND'S CHAOTIC DOWNFALL:
Freelance journalist and Seattle metal historian Brian Heaton recently conducted interviews with Fifth Angel bassist John Macko and guitarist Kendall Bechtel. The duo discussed the band's breakup, Time Will Tell recording sessions, and the possibility of a Fifth Angel reunion.
To read the article, visit: www.fifthangel.net/interview-9-06.html.
Formed in late 1983 by ex-guitarist James Byrd, vocalist Ted Pilot, and drummer Ken Mary, Fifth Angel released its self-titled debut on Shrapnel Records in 1986. Quickly gaining a loyal underground following, the Seattle-based group signed with Epic Records, re-released Fifth Angel's debut, and recorded and released the follow-up record, Time Will Tell in 1989. The single Midnight Love served as the theme song to radio shock jock Howard Stern's late-night TV show in the early 1990s.
For more information on the band, visit: www.fifthangel.net.

LAWRENCE GOWN RELEASES ARCHIVE DVD FOOTAGE:
Styx keyboardist and acclaimed solo artist Lawrence Gowan will release a live DVD September 19 via Linus/Universal. The intimate live concert was filmed for Canada's MuchMusic channel in 1990 and features the following tracks: Lost Brotherhood . Moonlight Desires . Fire It Up . Call It A Mission . Guerilla Soldier . Dragon . All The Lovers In The World . Criminal Mind . You're A Strange Animal . Love Makes You Believe.
Further details: "This DVD from the MuchMusic archives was shot in 1990 at Spectrum in Montreal and captures Gowan at the peak of his career as a solo artist. Bonus features include an interview with Much Music alumni Denise Donlon, a bootleg clip of fan favorite Victory and a live video cut of City Of The Angels."

HARLOW VOCALIST BACK FOR MORE:
Mickey Kravitz, Lead Vocalist from the 80's glam band Harlow is back in the studio recording demos. The Harlow single Rock the Box was re-released last year on the Cleopatra box set Hollywood Rocks and is being released on the sound track for the movie "Fancy Pony" do out by years end.
Mickey said in a radio interview recently: "He was a little surprised about all the sudden interest in the Harlow stuff but better late then never, right.. My new stuff is a bit different it's kind of T-Rex, White Strips, it's old but new sounding, ya know."
A couple of samples can be heard at: www.myspace.com/mickeykravitz and a couple of more at www.rocknrollstation.com.

THE LONG-AWAITED CD FROM JJ MARSH IS NOW AVAILABLE:
Music From Planet Marsh, which also features Thomas Broman (Drums), Kjell Haraldsson (Organ) and Tomas Bodin (Organ, Fender Rhoads, Mellotron, Moog Synthesizer, Strings, and yes, Cowbell!) was recently made available on i-tunes, but is now available in CD format directly from JJ's website. JJ, songwriting partner and guitarist for Glenn Hughes, will be touring the UK and Europe with Glenn's band in October/November this year.

BOYSVOICE NO LONGER:
Mani Gruber, Jochen Mayer, Peter Diezel and Alex Hoetzinger have mutually agreed to close the chapter Boysvoice. Bassplayer Jochen Mayer: "We will still be workin' together (in one or the other way), but not as the band Boysvoice anymore. We think that it's time to focus on new musical challenges. Thanks to all our fans and friends who made it possible for us to release our last album Serenity. The band's website www.boysvoice.de will remain online."

FOO FIGHTERS TRIBUTE DETAILS:
Versailles Records' roster for its forthcoming release, Times Like These - A Millennium Tribute to the Foo Fighters so far is shaping up to feature players from a diverse variety of rock and metal acts, including current/former members of The Killers, Exodus, Lillian Axe, Jet Boy, Skin Lab, and Hanoi Rocks among others, as well as Versailles artists Richard Kendrick, and One Bad Son among other up and coming acts including American Heartbreak, Now That We're Famous, Marko Pukkila, Chris Catena, Monkey Wrench, Joetown, ReIgnition, and others. Look out for a late spring, 2007 release.

5 YEARS ON:
It is not something that is easily put into words, so I won't try, but 5 years on from the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA and the world is indeed a different place. I just wanted to let my American friends and all those affected by that tragic day know that I am thinking of them.

 

 

 

Friday, September 08, 2006

STEVE PERRY'S LIFE JOURNEY DETAILED IN NEW BOOK:
Press Release / Laura Monica Cucu is the author of the first book about one of the best singer of all times: Steve Perry, former lead singer of the group Journey. The biography, called Steve Perry - A singer's journey is a detailed story of Steve Perry's career throughout three decades, both as the lead singer of Journey and as a solo artist.
Steve Perry - A singer's journey takes a close look on Steve Perry's evolution as a singer and reveals an amazing story about rock music, hard work, talent, inspiration, fame and commitment.
The book also contains a picture section with original Mike Hausmann photos and a special chapter with real stories written by the fans who attended Journey or Steve Perry live shows throughout the years.
Laura Monica Cucu wrote Steve Perry - A singer's journey after two years of researching and studying Steve Perry's public activity and work.
"The first time I heard Steve Perry singing I immediately knew he was a different kind of an artist.", said Laura Monica Cucu. "The quality and uniqueness of his voice, the feelings and the sincerity conveyed in his performance, not to mention his first-class vocal style were absolutely fascinating. I was looking at a one-of-a-kind artist."
For anyone who wants to understand how could the gift of absolute talent be a blessing and a torture at the same time, for anyone who wants to comprehend that real success comes with sweat, blood and tears, this is a book that will reveal all that.

About Author - Laura Monica Cucu is a Romanian native, born in 1970 in the beautiful land of Transylvania in Europe.
Starting 1990 she began working in the mass-media as a producer, hosting several Radio and TV shows. By mid '90s she started writing editorial columns in various magazines covering a large category of subjects from music reviews to political editorials and satirical articles. She is a member of a professional journalists association from Western Romania and currently she is enriching her education by attending the History and Philosophy College.
Laura Monica Cucu published her first book in the year of 2000 - a collection of short novels and poems which was greatly received by the Romanian readers. The present book is her first English language work.
Steve Perry - A singer's journey can be purchased through Lulu.com's On-line Bookstore at: www.lulu.com/content/369518.
Further info: www.lulu.com/StevePerry.

 

JOE ELLIOTT TALKS JOURNEY AND DEF LEPPARD:
A nice little Def Leppard print article can be found at: www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/entertainment/music/15458498.htm.
Highlights from the interview with Joe Elliott are as follows:
Q: Does the band have plans for another album and, if so, when and what will the theme be?
A: We are already doing new material -- writing on the road. We're hoping to get a record done for next year. It will be a good, classy Def Leppard record.
Q: Did you tour with Journey in the past? How's it going this time?
A: We never have. It's a shame because it's working so well this time. We met them a bunch of times. I went to see them in Lexington (Kentucky) in 1983. It's a joy -- an absolute pleasure. My kind of tour.
Q: What's your favorite Journey tune?
A: Chain Reaction. I begged them to start playing it live. They're doing it now.
Q: What can we expect to hear at the Blossom concert -- songs from the new album, classics or a combination?
A: Bands like us can't take for granted that people want to be indulged by a bunch of songs they've never heard. There will be new material with classics.... . . We are always going to play (Pour Some Sugar On Me) and certain other songs. We like to change things up.
Q: Will you be wearing your slashed up jeans at this concert? If so, I may try to make my own again. (Don't tell my mother.)
A: No, I haven't worn them since 1988. There are certain things you have to know when to give up.... . . You can wear yours though.
I thought about this for a few seconds.
"No,'' I told him. "You're right. There are certain things you have to know when to give up.''
Favorite Leppard Songs - Joe's Picks: 1. Pour Some Sugar on Me, 2. Gods of War, 3. Back in Your Face, 4. Slang, 5. Die Hard the Hunter.

ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA FINALLY DELIVERS A QUALITY SHOW:
With only one week to go, RockStar finally delivered a show worthy of carrying its name.
And why? Two reasons – with only 5 singers in the competition, you had better get some quality and secondly, this week's show took the smart step of allowing each of the performers to showcase an original song each.
I didn't necessarily like every song, but I did enjoy each song, as there is nothing better than hearing fresh new rock n roll on TV.
For the first time this season, all 5 singers could get out from behind the lame and confusing song choices thrown at them each week.
I think all 5 did a great job, I thought Lukas' mumbling original was ok (as opposed to his hideous Bon Jovi cover) - but for me – Toby once again kicked royal ass and positioned himself as the guy that deserves the job and is the one that should be crowned the Rock Star.
But he won't…the band were somewhat muted in their praise of Toby, while heaping far more praise on Lukas. Why? Cause Lukas will take this show out…either because he was pre-picked as the guy to do it, or because he has the biggest 'tosser' attitude and a 'look' that the band can use in the media to try and hawk this band upon the public.
Magni continues to prove very popular, but is never going to win – he is just too plain as far as his image and on stage persona.
Now, don't misunderstand me there, I think Magni is cool but fronting the band miming to another new song on last night's elimination show just wasn't that exciting.
Watch Supernova do their utmost to play up the bad boy image of Lukas to try and sell themselves as a 'dangerous' rock n roll band. Not sure who'd gonna buy that tough…they seem pretty tame to me.
Toby is a larrikin, but he is a good guy and I'm not sure he is what the band wants. Mind you, of all the singers on that show – he is the best there and his song with Supernova was their best performance too.
Maybe my daft conspiracy thoughts and show theories will prove to be BS and maybe Toby will win. I do hope so.
But either way – regardless of who wins – I give this band one small tour, one album and they'll be done.
Storm being eliminated was as predictable as it gets…just as I thought last week!
The order of dismissal on next week's finale will be Magni and then Dilana for Toby and Lukas in the final two. I always said it would be Dilana and Lukas in the final two….but she is dropping fast....either way, Toby, Lukas and Dilana final 3.

VAIN HEADING BACK TO EUROPE:
Vain are heading back to Europe for a series of live dates. The UK details are as follows:
November 2006
18th Wildside Festival, @ MG Ballroom, Nottingham (also featuring, Tigertailz, Kid Ego, Red Star Rebels, Sweet Seduction and more)
20th Cathouse, Glasgow
21st Underworld, London
22nd JBs, Dudley
24th Adelphi, Hull
25th Boardwalk, Sheffield
Support on all dates will be Red Star Rebels and New Generation Superstars.

RANDI SCOTT CHECKS IN:
Randi Scott (Soul Shock Remedy, Supermint, Delta 32) dropped me a line - he's lined up to play drums for Enuff Znuff next week during their UK tour. The dates are:
9/14/06 - Woughton Centre - Milton Keynes UK
9/15/06 - Corporation - Sheffield UK
9/16/06 - Bradford Rio - Bradford West Yorkshire UK
9/17/06 - Renfrew Ferry - Glasgow Scotland UK
9/18/06 - The Underworld - London UK
9/20/06 - JB's - Dudley West Midlands UK
9/22/06 - Rock City - Nottingham UK
Randi added that he will also be touring with Christian artists Michael Sweet, Kevin Max (DC Talk) and Randy Stonehill later this year as well as recording his new project w/Ken Mary.

VENGEANCE 'BACK IN THE RING' EUROPEAN TOUR '06:
Vengeance 2006 European tour da