Fri
20
Jan

New Band BRIGADE Features Veteran Performers McAuley, Leese & Kottak

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Los Angeles, CA – Prominent musicians Howard Leese, guitar (Heart, BadCo, Rock Vault, Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee), Robin McAuley, vocalist (MSG, Survivor, Rock Vault), James Kottak, drums (The Scorpions, Kingdom Come, Montrose) and Jason Boyleston, bass (Paul Rodgers band, Starship w/Mickey Thomas, guitar, Rock Vault, guitar) announced the formation of Brigade, a new Los Angeles based rock band.
 
Brigade is scheduled to perform their first gig at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert on Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7pm, Yost Theater, Santa Ana, CA. This tribute show, organized by former Montrose frontman Keith St. John, is part of the weekend of live entertainment during the annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim, CA.
 
"We are all excited about this new venture, our mutual love of Rock-n-Roll and our first appearance as a band at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Show at NAMM,” said the Brigade members in a joint statement. Brigade will be recording live in-studio later this year. "We all love the live in-studio style of recording music, where everything is raw, honest and hopefully one-take," said the band.
 
Additional information including Brigade show dates and appearances will be announced shortly. Band member endorsements include: Paul Reed Smith (Leese), Aquarian Drumheads, Ahead, Big Bang Distribution, CymPad, DW Drums and Zildjian (Kottak).
 
Follow the band on Twitter @Jkottak, @robin_mcauley, @JasonBoyleston, or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Brigaderockband - See more at: https://www.onlineprnews.com/news/815152-1484700434-marquee-musicians-fo...
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Fri
20
Jan

Pre-Order SHOTGUN SYMPHONY 'The Last Symphony'

 
MelodicRock Records is pleased to announce a partnership with the fantastic East Coast melodic rock favourites SHOTGUN SYMPHONY for a complete overhaul of their discography in one special, limited edition package released March 1.
 
SHOTGUN SYMPHONYThe Last Symphony is a 4-Disc set housed in two double jewel cases, with each one individually sealed, with a special slipcase that both discs go into. It was designed especially for this occasion.
 
Featured on the discs will be the albums Shotgun Symphony, On the Line of Fire and Sea of Desire all re-mastered from the original tapes!
 
On the 4th disc is a collection of the band’s rarities over the years - b-sides, bonus tracks, song demos, live recordings + a newly recorded version of Carousel of Broken Dreams with the band’s original line up and producer from the debut CD.
 
This is the first time the original line-up (including Ron) have been in the studio since 1999 and the first time working with Alan Douches (producer of the debut) in 25 years.
 
The 4-Disc set will retail for $50 (including shipping) and is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
PRE-ORDER NOW! RELEASED MARCH 1
 
 
 
 
DISC ONE: SHOTGUN SYMPHONY
 
01.   Highway to Tomorrow   
02.   What Happens to Love   
03.   Way Back Home   
04.   Turn Around   
05.   Broken Promises   
06.   Lost Child   
07.   She's in Love   
08.   Running   
09.   Bitter Sweet Poison   
10.   Goodbye to the Night
 
DISC TWO: ON THE LINE OF FIRE
 
01.   Generation Clash
02.   Tell Me Why
03.   On the Line of Fire
04.   Hard to Hold Onto
05.   Thaw
06.   Solitary Zone
07.   Into the Vibe
08.   What It's Like
09.   Salvation
10.   This I Know
11.   Big Mistake
12.   Still The Same
 
DISC THREE: SEA OF DESIRE
 
01.   Sea of Desire
02.   Believe in Me
03.   Dancing on Fire
04.   S.O.S.
05.   Heart of Glass
06.   What I Wouldn't Give
07.   The Way That You Feel
08.   Phases
09.   Inside Out
10.   Between the Eyes (Eyes of Anger Part II)
 
DISC FOUR: THE BONUS TRACKS
 
01. Carousel Of Broken Dreams (New 2017)*
02. Highway To Tomorrow (Live 2010)+
03. Lost Child (Live 2010)+
04. Look Away (Unreleased 1993)†
05. What Happens To Love (Unedited Version 1993)†
06. Running (Song Demo 1992)
07. Turn Around (Live Acoustic 1994)•
08. Broken Promises (Live Acoustic 1994)•
09. Goodbye To The Night (Live Acoustic 1994)•
10. The One (Song Demo 2010)
11. A New Beginning (Song Demo 2010)
 
*Produced by Alan Douches & Shotgun Symphony
+Taken from the “Live from Firefest” CD courtesy of www.rocktopiarecords.com
†Taken from the debut CD recording sessions
•Recorded live at the FNAC Paris
 
 
 
 
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Fri
20
Jan

R.I.P HOWARD KAUFMAN (Manager to Def Leppard/Chicago/Aerosmith)

 
From Billboard.com:
 
The H.K. Management roster included Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz and Def Leppard.
Howard Kaufman, a frequent collaborator of Irving Azoff's and an influential artist manager whose clients have included some of the biggest names in rock n' roll, has died, Billboard has confirmed. He was 79. The cause of death is as yet unknown.
Kaufman's longtime management company, H.K. Management, had an artist roster that included Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz and Def Leppard.
In 1974, Kaufman teamed with Azoff to form Front Line Management, which notably guided the careers of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and Buffett, among others. The company disbanded in the early 1980s, around the time the Eagles began their long hiatus, but was resurrected by the pair in early 2005. The revamped Front Line experienced rapid growth and in 2008 was acquired by Ticketmaster, which named Azoff CEO.
 
 
From Bob Lefsetz:
 
He famously told a household name band he'd make them more money in two years than they had in the previous twenty.
 
And then he did.
 
Most people don't know who he was. Because unlike those that followed him into the business, Howard was not about fame, he was about protecting the interests of his artists, and money.
 
And everybody cares about the money. Knock around this business long enough and you'll hear the famous cliche... "It's not about the money, it's about the money."
 
And Howard started off as an accountant. He worked with James William Guercio. And then he went on to partner with Irving Azoff and steer the careers of Jimmy Buffett and Stevie Nicks and Aerosmith and Def Leppard and... You want someone in your corner, and that was Howard. He could be funny and he could be stern, but one thing's for sure, you could not pull the wool over his eyes.
 
The first time I met him was on a plane down to Chula Vista, to see Jimmy Buffett, and he told me Fleetwood Mac was gonna reform and I asked him about new material and he told me he'd be happy if they never made another record. This was 2003, he already knew where the bucks were buried, on the road. You see old does not mean dumb, does not mean over the hill, oftentimes it means wisdom and foresight and Howard had it.
 
And now he's dead.
 
I won't say he died before his time, prematurely, that he was cut down in his prime, he was 79, but yesterday he was in the office, manning the phones, working, he had time left on his clock.
 
Only it turned out he didn't.
 
Huh.
 
This has been a very strange year. Although the press has gone on about the passing of legends, from Bowie to Frey to Prince to George Michael to lesser luminaries like Dan Hicks, even Leonard Cohen, the story has been about the individuals and their work.
 
But really, it's about the passing of an era.
 
This music business didn't sprout in its present incarnation overnight. There were a lot of twists and turns, it was invented along the way. Bill Graham may have institutionalized rock concerts, but it was Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant who flipped the script, who had Jimmy and the boys getting ninety percent of the money, because after all, everybody knew the show was gonna sell out.
 
And in the twenty first century, Jimmy Buffett was getting over a hundred percent of the gross. How can that be, you ask. Because even if you give him all the ticket revenue you're gonna make bank on parking and merch and food and beverage. Hell, if you're a guaranteed sell out there's enough money for everybody.
 
And there was plenty of money in the seventies. There were no billionaires. Rock stars were as rich as anybody in America. The only difference was, they were beholden to nobody. If they acted out, the manager just peeled off enough hundreds to make it right. It was the wild west, no wonder the Eagles made a concept album entitled "Desperado."
 
And we've had a couple of revolutions in this century. We had Napster and the changing of distribution to all you can eat streaming. And, of course, the internet has also fostered the social media revolution, and tech has made it so the cost of production has sunk.
 
But the era of the one of a kind musician, riding through town defining the game as he played it? That's through. Most of the business has become institutionalized.
 
So, it's not as simple as David Bowie's body of work, it's also about hearing of an act that's not on the radio and buying the album and becoming infatuated and going to see the act at a club or a theatre where they blow you away and you tell everybody you know and you drag them to the next show and eventually they get a song on the radio and everybody knows and you tell them you were there first but all the time you're foraging for new acts.
 
And the acts neither sounded the same nor used the same producers. And their skills were paramount, how they looked was secondary. If you couldn't sing, write and play, you couldn't make it.
 
And if you didn't have the right team, your career was a nonstarter.
 
You ended up with Howard. After you'd been ripped off by others, because Howard knew the landscape, he knew where every dollar was buried. In a world where concert promoters show you books that say they lost money, how do you figure out the real numbers? The kickback from the hall, the advertising shenanigans...only through experience.
 
There was a plethora of people who learned this way. There were no school programs, there were no books, because it was being invented along the way.
 
And now they're passing too.
 
You can read about some thirty year old wanker getting a promotion at the label but that person... It's like working on the assembly line making cars in Mexico. You're filling a role, but it's very different and with a lot less excitement than it was working at Ford a hundred years ago, never mind being Ford.
 
But the baby boomers remember. Right time, right place. The Beatles were on TV and it all blew up. But that was more than fifty years ago. Some of the music survives, but most of the story does not. How we got from there to here. From terrible sound systems with no production to great sound systems with hi-def projection. From tickets sold for $3 at record stores to clicking to buy on your mobile phone from StubHub for over a hundred.
 
I'll let others who knew Howard better tell his story. But I was always intrigued by both his intensity and his laughter, and his dedication to the job.
 
Because it's about the work.
 
Whether you're slinging burgers at McDonald's or pushing paper at Goldman Sachs, you spend a lot of time there and you've got to enjoy it. And, if you dislike where you are, you have to find a way to something better. To the point where the day before you die, despite having enough cash for your whole neighborhood to retire, you go to work, because you love it.
 
Howard Kaufman loved his job.
 
And those he represented loved him.
 
And in a world where we're all ultimately forgotten, that's all you can ask for.
 
From Irving Azoff:
 
Howard was a giant among men. He never sought the spotlight, but was the best in the business.
We worked together for more than 45 years. He was a great influence on me and taught me a lot.
Despite his major health issues, he always wanted to work till the end and I’m glad he got his wish.
It’s a tragic loss for our industry. He will be missed by me as well as scores of others he touched.

 

 

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Thu
19
Jan
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QUIREBOYS, FM & GUN Join Forces For Castell Roc

 
Wed
18
Jan

BLOODBOUND Launch 'War Of Dragons' February 24

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It’s been an impressive journey for BLOODBOUND: The Swedish power metal commando has become more and more popular in recent years. All this falls back on talent and hard work: Since 2005 BLOODBOUND have not only released six studio albums and a Live DVD/CD, they’ve also toured with giants such as Sabaton, HammerFall and U.D.O. - in the process winning over a very devoted and loyal fanbase of metalheads.
 
So it doesn’t come as a surprise that BLOODBOUND’s next career move would be a headlining tour now – armed with their brand new studio album, titled ‘War Of Dragons’. It’s basically a continuation of the successful ‘Stormborn’ (2014), but offering more fast-paced tracks, without lacking the anthemic feel the band is known for. BLOODBOUND are masters in combining melody with power and ‘War Of Dragons’ perfectly displays the evolution that the band has gone through since their debut ‘Nosferatu’.
 
BLOODBOUND was founded in summer 2004 by Tomas Olsson and Fredrik Bergh. Soon they recorded a demo and received contract offers for Europe and Asia instantly. The debut ‘Nosferatu’ was released in 2006 and yielded best critiques. Consequently they played shows with bands like Sabaton, Arch Enemy, Pretty Maids and Evergrey. But 2006 also brought line-up changes which didn’t pass unnoticed, particularly as singer Urban Breed left BLOODBOUND after the tour.
 
But soon Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart) was found to fill the gap and so the second album ‘Book Of The Dead’ was recorded and released in 2007. It became the band’s first album entering the album chart in Sweden. But shortly after the release of ‘Book Of The Dead’ it was quite obvious - Michael´s other obligations did not allow enough time for BLOODBOUND. To play the already booked shows they could convince Urban Breed to return to the band. And it became more than some gigs. Urban stayed for another tour (supporting HammerFall) and recorded the next album ‘Tabula Rasa’ with the band on which more modern and progressive elements have been added to BLOODBOUND’s sound. Numerous festival shows as well as another tour with HammerFall followed.
But in 2010 the band parted ways with Urban Breed again. On their search for a new vocalist they found the man to finally give BLOODBOUND continuity: Patrik J Selleby, who was not only a great vocalist and frontman, but a friend.
 
A much noticed return in shape of 2011’s ‘Unholy Cross’ album showed BLOODBOUND return to their old sound, just one and a half years later ‘In The Name Of Metal’ continued in this vein and especially with 2014’s ‘Stormborn’, BLOODBOUND made a whole lot of new fans. The band has toured with Sabaton and U.D.O. in recent years, released a Live DVD/CD (‘One Night Of Blood’) in February 2016 and simply can’t wait to unleash what they’ve been working on for a while now: ‘War Of Dragons’. This new release will see BLOODBOUND tour as headliners in March/April (special guest being their label mates Crystal Viper). So, it looks like one of Sweden’s premier metal acts is keeping it busy – more than ever!
 
LINE-UP
 Patrik J Selleby - vocals
 Tomas Olsson - guitars
 Henrik Olsson - guitars
 Anders Broman - bass
 Fredrik Bergh - keyboards
 (currently vacant) - drums
 
 
TRACKLIST
1. A New Era Begins
2. Battle In The Sky
3. Tears Of A Dragonheart
4. War Of Dragons
5. Silver Wings
6. Stand And Fight
7. King Of Swords
8. Fallen Heroes
9. Guardians At Heaven’s Gate
10. Symphony Satana 11. Starfall
12. Dragons Are Forever
 
Available as CD, 2CD Digipak, ltd. colored Vinyl & ltd. Box Set
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Wed
18
Jan
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ROSS THE BOSS On Tour

 
Wed
18
Jan

MRR Teams With JOHNNY LIMA To Re-Issue Two Classics

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MelodicRock Records is pleased to announce another blast from the past, partnering with the one and only JOHNNY LIMA to reissue his long out of print self-titled debut (1996) album and the similarly out of print Made In California (2003).
 
The albums will be issued on a double disc jewel case with deluxe slipcover limited edition package.
 
And yes, of course there are bonus tracks!
 
Full details of the package and pre-order links will be detailed this week.
 
The 2-Disc set will retail for $25 (including shipping) and is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
 
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Tue
17
Jan

She Rocks, Vol.1 - Featuring Some Of The Best Female Guitarists Today

 
FEATURING SOME OF THE BEST FEMALE GUITARISTS TODAY - Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, Jennifer Batten and Many More Contribute Tracks
 
Released on Friday, January 20, 2017 via Steve Vais Favored Nations Label
 
(Los Angeles January 16, 22017) Favored Nations Entertainment will release the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol.1. digitally on January 20th with the physical CD available on February 4th.  The compilation will be celebrated at the 2017 She Rocks Awards, taking place this Friday in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.  
 
This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfields jazzy riffin, to Orianthis melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection. 
 
She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation is released on Vais own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Womens International Music Network (theWiMN.com), hosts of the famed She Rocks Awards.  
 
The She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation showcases the amazing talents of Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph Paynes, Nili Brosh, Gretchen Menn, and Yvette Young and will be released on January 20, 2017.  Find out more at http://www.favorednations.com/artists/sherocksvol1/
 
She Rocks, Vol. 1 Track List:
1.            Orianthi Transmogrify
2.            Yasi Hofer Cosmic Stars
3.            Kat Dyson U Know What I Like
4.            Sarah Longfield The Taxi Time Travel Task Force
5.            Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin The Lemon Song
6.            Jennifer Batten In the Aftermath
7.            Nita Strauss Pandemonium
8.            Steph Paynes The Sun at Her Eastern Gate
9.            Nili Brosh A Matter of Perception
10.          Gretchen Menn Scrap Metal 
11.          Yvette Young Hydra
 

 

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Mon
16
Jan

LIV SIN Releases New Single, "Let Me Out" Today

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The current Queen of Metal, SISTER SIN veteran LIV SIN has released her first solo single, "Let Me Out," which can be previewed here

Throughout their thirteen year history Swedish sensations SISTER SIN sold thousands of albums and toured the world on high-profile tours supporting the likes of SLAYER and KING DIAMOND on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, as well as being a part of the Revolver magazine "Hottest Chicks In Metal" tour. SISTER SIN toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.

When SISTER SIN called it a day at the end of 2015, Liv Jagrell knew that she had much more to offer the world and her fans. From this, LIV SIN was born. The new music shows the power and attitude that Liv is known for. She says: "For me, it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss SISTER SIN, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because that's who I am!"

"Let Me Out" comes from from the highly anticipated full length Follow Me  (co-produced by longtime ACCEPT and U.D.O. member Stefan Kaufmann and U.D.O. bassist Fitty Wienhold.) album due to be released on 28 April. 2017. Liv says of the track, “The song is about what a person is willing to do and sacrifice to take themselves out of a destructive situation, sometimes with fatal consequences. We see it every day, the desperation in the world is spreading and gets people to behave irrationally. It feels incredibly good to release this single and finally show what we've been working on. I've found a really good gang of new band members and we can’t wait for the world to hear our songs and to come out and play live."

Pre-orders for Follow Me are being taken here

 
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Mon
16
Jan
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New Website For PARIS

 
MRR band PARIS is launching a website: www.paristheband.com
 
Arnaud Leger (the band's friend and artwork designer on both albums) worked together with Sebastien to create the new website that includes infos, soundbites, videos, photos, merchandising... It's a great looking site.
 
Earlier this year PARIS released their second sensational album The World Outside, featuring production by Steve Newman. It can be sampled and purchased here: http://melodicrock.com/articles/melodicrock-records/2016/06/03/paris-wor...
 
 

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