TEN OLD STORIES FINDS WAY TO CD: Jef Scott's 'Ten Stories' is a collection of ten songs in a rich singer-songwriter AOR vein. Produced by Bill Pfordresher (Ambrosia) this album is now, finally, afforded a CD release and to be re-discovered nearly thirty years on from its appearance on vinyl back in 1986. Jef Scott's musical education began in the bars and clubs of San Diego during the late 70s before he moved to Los Angeles in 1979 where he joined Hard Rock band Geisha which also featured former Detective and Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye in the line-up. With Kaye by this time having rejoined Yes, Scott's big break came in 1984, when he was signed as a solo artist by Epic Records. The fruits of that relationship finally emerged two years later as the aptly titled 'Ten Stories' in 1986.
Scott handled the majority of the instrumentation on the record, with only synth player Jeff Forehan and drummers Jay Schellen and Bryan Hitt (the latter then with Life By Night, now in REO Speedwagon) noted as the other contributing musicians in the album's credits. Jef Scott's 'Ten Stories' now will be released for the first time on vinyl and was remastered by MSM Studios in Munich, Germany.
Musicians: Jef Scott – vocals, guitars, bass; Jeff Forehan – keyboards; Jay Schellen – drums; Bryan Hitt - drums.
Tracklist: 1. One By One, 2. I Watch My City Sleep, 3. Mega-Millionaire, 4. You Are The Only One, 5. Relative To You, 6. Graceland, 7. Only You, 8. I'm Only Sleeping, 9. New Found Pounder, 10. It's Not Funny Anymore.
PHENOMENA FOR SWEDEN ROCK 2014:
The much acclaimed Phenomena project is being re-assembled to make an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival 2014. Here's the lineup as it currently stands: Glenn Hughes - Vocals, Neil Murry - Bass, Bernie Marsden - Guitar, Martin Kronlund - Guitar, Perra Johansson - Drums, Ian Haugland - Drums. More guests will be announced shortly!
JIMI BELL TALKS ON AIR AND ONLINE: Jimi Bell (House Of Lords / Breakwall) will be the special guest on this week's Rockposer's Roulette. Broadcast this Saturday at 1pm UK time on Firebrand Rock Radio then available on Firebrand's Mixcloud page.
Jimi meanwhile has been going through a rough patch fighting off a cancer scare. From Jimi's Facebok page comes this note - we all wish Jimi the very best for a speedy recovery:
"Today marks the half way point of my radiation treatments. What I thought was encouraging news was not at all. I thought my PSA went down from a .6 to a .1 but in fact it's increased to 1.1. I'm also told that the treatments might not take effect for months after I'm done. So I asked, what if there's more cancer in me. They mentioned hormone shots which I will absolutely NOT DO!!!. IT IS NOT AN OPTION!! Even worse side effects than I'm already having. I've decided that whatever the BIG MAN upstairs has planned for me is the way it's goin' down!! I will just continue to live my life and use the gift that God has given me until I can't physically ( or mentally ) LOL, play anymore. I'm SURE the mentally will come first!!! OH WELL, Off for my walk!!!!! Have a great day my friends!!"
CLASSIC CANADIAN ARTISTS GET THE DIGITAL TREATMENT AS WARNER MUSIC CANADA OPENS THE VAULTS: Warner Music Canada opens its vaults today with the first of a series of digital releases from classic Canadian artists ranging from Honeymoon Suite to Streetheart to Harem Scarem. The label has gone back to the original master tapes of albums that have not been in circulation in over a decade in order to make them available through all Digital Service Providers. A full list of titles is posted below.
Commenting on the announcement, Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane states: “In today's increasingly active and robust digital marketplace, we wanted to undertake an aggressive campaign to make sure many of Canada's important heritage artists are available in high digital quality. Warner Music Canada is proud of our contributions to the Canadian music scene over the past 45 years and these records are a part of that rich history.” Arnold Lanni, founding member of Frozen Ghost, says: “I just got word that Warner Music is making my Frozen Ghost catalogue available digitally and I can't tell you how happy that makes me feel! I'm happy for the thousands of fans who supported me and the Frozen Ghost project that will now be able to enjoy these songs on their favorite device.” Gerry McGhee, frontman of Brighton Rock, says: “Seems a little like déjŕ vu to finally have Take A Deep Breath for the first time ever available in its true completed form with all the songs from the sessions. And to be working on a new album 24 years later, I guess what's old is new again.”
More titles will be released from the Warner Music Canada vaults later in the year.
Titles to be made available:
Brighton Rock Take A Deep Breath; Frozen Ghost Frozen Ghost; Frozen Ghost Shake Your Spirit; George Fox With All My Might; Glen Stace Road To Damascus; Glen Stace Buddha Hotel; Harem Scarem Voice Of Reason; Honeymoon Suite Racing After Midnight; Honeymoon Suite Monsters Under The Bed; Messenjah Sessions; Moxy Fruvous You Will Go To The Moon; One Ton Abnormal Pleasures; The Skydiggers Road Radio; Wide Mouth Mason Stew; Wide Mouth Mason Wide Mouth Mason; Streetheart Meanwhile Back In Paris; Streetheart Under Heaven Over Hell; Streetheart Action: The Best Of Streetheart; Rheostatics Whale Music; Rheostatics Music From The Motion Picture Whale Music; Rheostatics Introducing Happiness; Eddie Schwartz Public Life.
NEW FROM VOCALIST JAMES RIVERA:
Press Release / "Friday, June 28th will mark a proud historical moment in my music career. I am honored and privileged to announce that on this date, I have been confirmed as the headliner for the sixth edition of Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air, in Pataskala, Ohio, replacing Meliah Rage after the band's unfortunate cancellation. What makes this occasion special is that it will be the debut performance to launch my new musical endeavor, 'James Rivera'. This long overdue project will now become my other main act aside from Official Helstar Page, and will not only feature live appearances and touring, but also a studio album forthcoming via SPV/Steamhammer. More details on the artists involved and music planned for recording to be released soon.
Last year I had the pleasure of experiencing the excellence of WOM for the first time when Helstar was invited as a headliner. I am truly obliged the organizers have chosen to have me back with my new incarnation! For this momentous show, joining me onstage will be guitarist extraordinaire from another fricking planet, Xander Demos of the Xander Demos band and my Pennsylvania Chapter of Sabbath Judas Sabbath Official. My rhythm section will be composed of powerhouse duo Dennis Hayes on bass and Jeff Curenton on drums, both infamous for being apart of the 'Year of the Witch' lineup of Seven Witches, and Ripper Owens' early career days in the bands Winter's Bane and British Steel. Fans attending WOM can expect a good handful of classic Seven Witches songs, in addition to other tunes from my catalog, plus some surprises!
So for now this is just a mini update on what I've got in store for the near future. Helstar fans, do not worry... the new album will be coming at you full steam ahead in 2014! European fans, I will see you this summer with Sabbath Judas Sabbath! And to those who will be present on June 28th for the premier show of James Rivera at the swiftly rising U.S. metal festival Warriors Of Metal Open Air, get ready to raise your fists in the air! Get those neck muscles in shape for some serious headbanging and a night enjoying the only kind of metal I have ever known to deliver, and always will. Intense, true and powerful metal!!!!"
WebLinks: www.warriorsofmetalfest.com / www.facebook.com/warriorsofmetal.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD PRONOUNCE THEMSELVES INTHESTUDIO:
Gary Rossington and Original Member Ed King With Story Of Debut Album On Eve Of 40th Anniversary Tour
Dallas, TX - JUNE 18, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands head south to Jacksonville Florida, the birthplace of one of America's finest rock bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Far from the music business hubs of New York, LA and Nashville, a band of high school buddies would transform themselves into Southern Rock royalty. Their 1973 debut album Pronounced... would garner significant attention from Rock critics who heard something special lyrically weaved between their musical guitar assault. Founding member Gary Rossington shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard what he believes was the secret behind Ronnie Van Zant's lyrical songwriting. ”All these are true stories. Ronnie always had a great gift of writing stories that meant something or were true, or were about his life or somebody's life, and every one he ever wrote was like that.There are so many classic songs off Lynyrd Skynyrd's debut album: “Tuesdays Gone”, “Simple Man”, “Gimme Three Steps” and of course the eternal “Free Bird”" . Original member Ed King adds, “I remember we were recording “Free Bird” with these people walking into the studio, the owner of the studio walking in and going, 'Wow, that tune is destined to become a classic.' History was being made, and none of us really believed it.”
Be sure to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd & Bad Company this summer as both bands tour together to celebrate their 40th anniversaries. Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Pronounced...' /InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/lynyrd-skynyrd-pronounced-40th-anniversary-gary-rossingtoned-king/”
ATTENTION HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL BANDS:
A personal note from publicist Steve Brownlee: "Attention Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands!! I am taking on both new and established acts for promotion. I have a 30 plus year track record of successes and hits having worked with bands such as Great White, Ratt, Queensryche, Poison, Slayer, Stryper .... well hundreds of bands over the past three decades. Please contact me if you want more exposure to your music and want to generate more sales. I have excellent referrals and my fees are affordable. "Stephen has a wonderful energy and a consistent enthusiasm ... a joy to work with." - Alan Niven (former Guns n Roses / Great White manager and current owner of Tru-B-Dor Records) "I worked with Stephen twice in his career and both times he added greatly to the success of the organizations and the artists that he promoted. He works well with talent, delivers corporate objectives, and is popular with co-workers." - Wesley Hein (former President of Enigma Records)
WebLinks: www.linkedin.com/in/stevebrownlee / www.facebook.com/stevebrownleemusic.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
REUBEN ARCHER TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM AUGUST 19, TOXIC ARROW RECORDS: Reuben Archer, vocalist with hard rockers Stampede and former vocalist of Lautrec, Wild Horses and Lionheart, is set to release his debut solo album 'Personal Sin' this summer, featuring guest appearances from members of Y&T, Thunder, Whitesnake, Magnum, UFO, Status Quo, Saxon, MSG and more.
Personal Sin features 13 tracks produced by Reuben and Rob Wolverson and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Steve Harris). Set for an August 19 release, it will signal the debut release on the newly launched Toxic Arrow Records, a joint venture between Reuben Archer and Archer Williams Management distributed via Cargo Records.
The album features guest appearances from Dave Meniketti (Y&T), John 'Rhino' Edwards (Status Quo), Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Snakecharmer), Harry James (Magnum, Thunder, Snakecharmer), Luke Morley (The Union, Thunder), Paul Quinn (Saxon), Paul Raymond (UFO, PRP), Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band), Rocky Newton (Lionheart, MSG), Kevin Riddles (Angel Witch, Tytan) and more.
The album will be preceded by the release of double A-side digital single 'Play My Rock 'N' Roll' / 'Lately' ft. Harry James and Kevin Riddles on July 22.
Reuben, who reformed melodic hard rockers and NWOBHM stalwarts Stampede in 2009 and is currently fronting the live line up of the Paul Raymond Project, took the decision to team up with young hot-shot Stampede guitarist and multi-talented music virtuoso Rob Wolverson to make a solo record last year after celebrating a landmark birthday. “I had some ideas and material knocking around which I'd wanted to explore for ages, which involved bigger production and more instrumentation than I've usually had with my other bands. I wanted a big melodic sound, and around the time of my 70th celebrations last year I thought that there was no time like the present to make it happen, especially since developing a great songwriting partnership with Rob”, explains Reuben. “The idea was always to invite fellow musicians to participate on the thirteen tracks, and I have been honoured to have so many eminent musician friends that I've made over the years who have lent their valuable talent and time to achieve the end result. Together with a core of great musician friends from around the Midlands, the project began to grow.”
On the subject of the title 'Personal Sin', Reuben comments: “Once you're involved with rock 'n' roll it never leaves you; even in my case with a lengthy sabbatical I am still as passionate about it as I was back in '74 when I started. Rock 'n' roll gave me excitement pleasure and heartache too. Good times, bad times and at times personal grief. I know for a fact it's never going to leave me; it is an integral part of my life.”
Reuben Archer Personal Sin Track listing:
1. Bulletproof 2. Play My Rock 'n' Roll (ft. Rocky Newton) 3. Personal Sin (ft. Dave Meniketti, Harry James & John 'Rhino' Edwards) 4. Lately (ft. Harry James & Kevin Riddles) 5. Time On My Hands (ft. Derek Holt & Steve Holbrook) 6. Desperation Train (ft. Luke Morley, Derek Holt & Steve Holbrook) 7. TV Junkie 8. Ace Café (ft. Paul Quinn, Harry James, John 'Rhino Edwards', Steve Holbrook) 9. Spanish Nights (ft. Steve Holbrook) 10. Reuben's Blues (ft. Paul Quinn, Neil Murray, Paul Raymond) 11. Shakin' All Over 12. Like A Clown 13. Sooner Or Later.
For further information head to: www.reubenarcher.com / www.toxicarrowrecords.com.
MELODIC BRIEFS: Firehouse guitarist Bill Leverty has recorded and released a new single digitally titled Ace Bandage. The cool blues rocker can be downloaded via subscription to Bill's mailing list, or checkout out via YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfWXBtubHcU.
Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge release a trailer for the new studio album The Bonding. The trailer can be seen here: youtu.be/M4qMCnYeQbg.
The first episode of "The Rocker Dad Podcast" is now live on iTunes and also the website of host Rich Antonelli. He describes the Podcast as "a work in progress...but the plan is to talk about my experiences as a dad who plays in bands, writes music and dealing with my daughter's Crohn's disease. I'll eventually be having guests to interview...some known, some not so known, I'll talk about being in a tribute band after many years in an original band ($kyhigh) and pretty much anything that is on my mind at the time." You can catch the podcast at: www.richardantonelli.com or direct iTunes link: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rocker-dad-podcast/id662280369.
Purrfect Timing Radio Show airs Live on Megarock Radio and heard throughout the week on affiliate stations as well as podcast. To hear our interview with Hardline, tune in Saturday June 22nd between 1-3pm Eastern time. Never say never in the rock world...Hardline are doing live shows again for the first time since 2002 and will be headlining Firefest this October! Coming up this JUNE 22 we will be interviewing Johnny Gioeli and Alessandro DelVecchio - we'll be talking about the new album 'Fever Dreams', their recent appearance at Sweden Rock and of course, Firefest. Links: www.megarockradio.net / www.purrfecttiming.com / www.hardlinerocks.com.
HOOBASTANK TO ROCK SHILLONG FOR TNT MAGAZINE'S 6TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
Alternative rock band Hoobastank is to perform in Shillong to mark the 6th anniversary celebration of city-based magazine TNT-The Northeast Today, which primarily covers current affairs, politics, lifestyle and music. The magazine was founded by the scion of the Tripura royal family, Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Burman in 2007. The American alternative rockers will be seen playing at the 5th Field, Polo Ground in the city on the 29th of June. The band, best known for its hit single "The Reason" which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts 2004 and No. 1 on the US and World Modern Rock charts, will be on their maiden Indian visit with their current line-up consisting of vocalist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin, drummer Chris Hesse and bassist Josh Moreau. The band is reaching India on June 27.
Announcing the news via their social networking pages, Event Head, Sumita Jana has notified that the tickets are being priced at 500 INR. Editor-in-chief Pradyot Bikram Manikya says, "We have always maintained that music and Rock and Roll remains a strong aspect in our magazine and day to day lives, hence, this is the best way to celebrate our 6th anniversary." He further added that certain proceeds of the show will go to the Maichang School project for the underprivileged.
Tickets to the show will be available at select outlets in the entire North-eastern region of India. Apart from that, free tickets can also be won every day by answering to the daily questions posted on the magazine's Facebook page. Tickets will also be available at select Aircel outlets all over the region.
The event is being managed by TNT Events, a subsidiary of TNT magazine, in association with Footloose Events. For more information please visit: www.tntmagazine.in / www.facebook.com/thenortheasttoday / www.footlooseasia.com.
UK TRIPLE BILL ACOUSTIC TOUR: Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) / Tony Wright (Terrovision) / Mark Curran (Curran) Acoustic Tour:
Thu 11 July – Exeter @ Cavern Club
Fri 12 July – Southampton @ The Cellar
Sat 13 July - Rugby @ The Vault
Sun 14 July – Bristol @ The Fleece
Tue 16 July – Sheffield @ Corporation
Wed 17 July – Manchester @ Academy 3
Thu 18 July – Glasgow @ Classic Grand
Fri 19 July – Aberdeen @ Moorings
Sat 20 July – Newcastle @ Cluny
Sun 21 July – Leeds @ Brundell
Wed 24 July – Brighton @ Komedia
Thu 25 July – London @ Underworld
Fri 26 July – Wolverhampton @ Slade Rooms
Sat 27 July – Nottingham @ Rock City
Sun 28 july - Grimsby The Yardbirds
Monday, June 17, 2013
JOHN WAITE REVEALS NEW LIVE RELEASE: John Waite has launched his new live album Live: All Access via iTunes and on CD shortly from his website: www.johnwaitethesinger.com. It is also available from all John Waite live shows.
The press release states: "It's a sparkling collection of live recordings of songs from the Rough and Tumble album, from the solo albums Ignition, No Brakes and a song from the Babys era like Head First. John Waite's vocals are crystal clear and still hitting every high note, and the production is outstanding. The No Brakes band with Keri Kelli on Guitars, and Tim Hogan on bass, and Rhondo on drums, deliver their masterpiece."
In John's words: "It was a great time. Kerri had been working his way into the songs. The energy was worth recording. I took a shot at capturing the energy. We were having a blast and it shows in the performance. I think it was a golden time. It cost a small fortune to record and some of the shows were just so good it was worth going after. The band has come a long way and I would like to continue to put something out every 8 months. It's a great record..... Raw, no overdubs or bullshit. It's the truth!!!"
Unfortunately the album is comprised of a mere 8 tracks (34 minutes), which is less than half the live set John is currently playing. There's no word on why this decision was made.
IMPERA CLOSING IN ON SECOND RELEASE:
Coming soon from Escape Music - Impera - the second album....
SAFFIRE: "PARALYZED" LIVE BOOTLEG VIDEO POSTED ONLINE:
The Swedish melodic metal band Saffire have uploaded a live bootleg video for "Paralyzed" on YouTube. The video was recorded at the bands release party at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 1st.
Link to the video on YouTube; youtu.be/GTdcdzKbwYU.
Saffire are inspired by the 70's and 80's rock and metal bands like Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake, Van Halen and Black Sabbath. The sound of Saffire can be described as a mix of those bands with a progressive twist, something that makes them stand out in the scene. The debut album from Saffire entitled "From Ashes To Fire" was released in Europe and North America on May 17th through Inner Wound Recordings.
"From Ashes To Fire" was mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom & Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall] and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios [Symphony X, Opeth, Kreator]. Needles to say, the production on From Ashes To Fireť is excellent. The artwork for the album was created by Anders Fastader at A Trailermade Production [H.E.A.T., Hardcore Superstar, The Poodles].
Victor Olssons intelligent songwriting and impressive guitar playing together with the bands excellent musicianship and the powerful and emotional vocals from Tobias Jansson, Saffire is a dangerous five piece with an exciting future ahead of them.
Saffire online: www.facebook.com/saffiresweden / www.saffire.se.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW: Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Sunday 16th June 15:00-17:00 GMT, repeated Monday 17th June 02:00-04:00 GMT on www.bloodstockradio.com) features exclusive interviews with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval, Fair Warning bassist Ule W. Ritgen, and former Wild Horses drummer Clive Edwards (UFO, Pat Travers, Uli Jon Roth, X UFO) and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-pod-fair-warning-wild-horses-interviews/
In the first hour, P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval talks about the band's latest album "Murdered Love" and their UK tour dates, including a slot at the Download Festival. Also in the first hour, Fair Warning bassist Ule W. Ritgen discusses the writing and recording of new album "Sundancer", and chooses tracks from the new release to play on the show.
In the second hour, X-UFO drummer Clive Edwards (Pat Travers, Uli Jon Roth, UFO) talks about his stint behind the kit with Wild Horses, and recollects his recording and touring experiences alongside band mates Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy, Motorhead) and Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio).
Part 2 also features a chat with John Shearer, editor and publisher of long-running Rose Tattoo fanzine "Scarred For Life", which has kept the Tatts flag flying since 1993. John talks about his experiences following the band since 1976 and also "Rock N Roll Outlaw", a forthcoming documentary about the band. Plus three killer Rose Tattoo tracks!
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult, Vindictiv, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Masterplan, Lacrimas Profundere and Metallica.
TOBY KNAPP-STATIC WARFARE RELEASES JULY 2:
Guitarist Toby Knapp is back with an onslaught of haunting, dark, virtuosic instrumental tracks on his new release Static Warfare. The cd which marks the 18th for Shredguy Records releases July 2. 9 tracks were created from this former guitarist of the legendary classic metal band onward...and are now ready to be unleashed on the public. This CD will appeal to heavy metal fans and guitar fanatics alike.
Special pre-orders will begin on June 18 at the Shredguy Records online store: www.shredguyrecords.bigcartel.com.
DANISH SYMPHONIC PROG ROCK/METAL BAND MYTHERY READY THEIR DEBUT ALBUM:
The Danish symphonic prog rock/metal band Mythery are ready with their debut album, which will be released August 12th via Mighty Music/Target. In the past two years, mastermind Nikolaj Holger has worked intensively on writing “The Awakening of the Beast” – a grandiose symphonic masterpiece, meant to contribute with a fresh musical perspective to the genres of progressive rock and heavy metal! Mythery can hardly be labelled as a ”typical metal band”, as the band members have very different musical backgrounds. Drummer, composer and lyricist Nikolaj Holger had by the end of 2010 recruited a bunch of very talented musicians to take part in what would become a very ambitious musical project. Nikolaj Holger met Laurits Emanuel (vocals), Simon Rabenhřj (guitars), Tobias Dall (bass) and Mikkel Rosenbeck (keyboards) while studying at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, and violinist Michala Hřj was added to the line-up in late 2010. The vision was to create a distinctive, trademark sound that could be traced back to the roots of symphonic and melodic metal and, at the same time, push the boundaries of these genres. The result of their collaboration - “The Awakening of the Beast” - draws inspiration from the progressive and melodic elements of Dream Theater and the symphonic elements of Nightwish.
Tobias Dall and Mikkel Rosenbeck are primarily jazz musicians, Michala Hřj has a successful career as a classical musician behind her and vocalist Laurits Emanuel's voice brings a touch of indie rock to the music. None the less, each member, and their individual qualities, contributes to the characteristic sound of Mythery and the bands musical vision is undeniable.
The nine track album consists of four single tracks and the 30-minute epic title track of the album ”The Awakening of the Beast”, which is split up into five separate parts. Check out the cool snippet for “The Crusade” on YouTube here.
The Awakening of the Beast - Release: August 12 - Track list: 01 - Another Universe 02 - Epoch of Destruction 03 - The Crusade 04 - Godforsaken; The Awakening of the Beast - 05 - Overture 06 - A Dark Epiphany 07 - Awoken by the Fire 08 - Through Shadow Eyes 09 - The Words of Salvation.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/mytheryofficial / www.mightymusic.dk.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Work on MelodicRock Fest 3 has been travelling along extremely well, with flights now booked for several of the bands and set lists and rehearsals already underway with some of the guys.
Prepare for the Brett Walker Band to kick your asses and just wait until you witness the 90 minute set planned by Mecca (with special guests Jimi Jamison and Fergie Frederiksen). House Of Lords will have a special guest with them on stage and someone is planning to join Eric Martin for a song or two on the night too. Lots of little things coming together for those attending! Tickets are currently available for just $55 (Friday) and $65 (for each day, Saturday & Sunday) via www.melodicrockfest.com and www.homebarchicago.com.
The very last of the tickets purchased to date have been sent out today, so everybody that ordered tickets should have them in hand next week. Please note that VIP pass holders will use their passes as tickets for the weekend.
Below is a couple of news items on merch set to be available at the show. Additionally, I'm putting the final touches on a deal to have a very cool exclusive limited edition CD release from one of the participating artists available exclusively that weekend. Details later!
MRF3 is now taking pre-orders for the Official MRF Event Book. This will be a high quality event book, similar to the classic Concert Tour Books we all love and know, but with much more! Some of which includes interviews, photos, reviews, along with a center-page spread designed for the sole purpose of having the artists over the weekend sign your book.
As a bonus - the first 100 pre-orders for the MRF3 Event book ($20) will receive a FREE Official MRF3 Dog Tag! All orders can be picked up the day of show at the MR.com Merch booth.
The MRF3 Dog tags provided by MRF3 Sponsor and Vendor Laser-on Engraving! Check them out in Sept at MRF3 for some of the most outrageous rock and roll merchandise around!
Pre-order now via the below Paypal link. NOTE: The Event Books are not available for shipping at this stage Pick up at MRF3 only:
The other item in development is something else I haven't tried before - a MRF USB. The metal guitar shaped 16G USB drive will be packed to capacity with highlights from the first two MRF events in 2007 and 2010 including extensive high-res photo galleries; band-shot backstage footage; some "bootleg" video set footage; a 1 hour pro-shot "documentary" style video of MRF1 and more goodies yet to be dusted off! This USB Drive will be ready before the event and available for sale here shortly and also over the weekend at MRF3 in September.
Stay tuned for full details!
BREAKWALL ANNOUNCES THEIR MISSION STATEMENT:
News from Kivel Records / Breakwall is coming folks!! Comprised of members of House of Lords - Jimi Bell, Chris McCarvill and BJ Zampa. They are joined by Joined Forces frontman/mad man Livio Singer. So what's the plan? Simple!! Breakwall is going to record an album that we promise is going to satisfy all and disappoint none. The band and labels mission is very clear. Bring back the excitement! The energy! The madness that made Hard Rock / Arena Metal a force that dominated the 80s and early 90s. We want to bring back that feeling, of when buying an album use to be an "experience", and sometimes even magical. Sadly, something that is all gone and sterilized by the powers that be of the cooperate industry, that has become the music of now. All processed for the mindless consumption. Get ready to end 2013 with Breakwall, and their brand of no apology over the top Guitar driven Arena Rock.
The band will be giving away a free track off their upcoming release at this Sept's MRF3 in Arlington IL. Courtesy of MelodicRock.com and Kivel Records. Friend Breakwall on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/break.wall.7.
[I heard a first take demo of a new track House Of Dreams today and can say that I think the band is onto a winning sound here. Definitely a HOL feel to it, but with a fresh twist.]
Do not miss Jimi, Chris and BJ performing as House of Lords at MRF3!!
BRET MICHAELS ROLLS OUT THE CLASSICS....AGAIN: Bret Michaels has managed to come up with yet another concept to rehash and re-record his old material yet again and he includes a few covers for good measure. This time he's doing it with friends. Bret Michaels Jammin' With Friends is released June 25 and features the following tracks:
1. Nothin' But A Good Time (Written By: Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, Rikki Rockett - Cyanide Publishing, Administered By Universal Music – Z Songs (Bmi)
2. Sweet Home Alabama (Written By: Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant - Songs Of Universal, Inc., On Behalf Of Itself And Emi/Longitude Music (Bmi) O/B/O Ronnie Van Zant And Gary Rossington; Universal Music Corp./Full Keel Music Co. (Ascap) O/B/O Edward King)
3. Talk Dirty To Me (Written By: Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, Rikki Rockett)
4. Get Your Rock On (Written By: Bret Michaels, Pete Evick)
5. Unskinny Bop (Written By: Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, Rikki Rockett)
6. The App Song (Written By: Bret Michaels, Pete Evick)
7. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Written By: Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, Rikki Rockett)
8. Raine (Written By: Bret Michaels)
9. Driven [Rock Mix] (Written By: Bret Michaels)
10. Nothing To Lose (Written By: Bret Michaels, Pete Evick)
11. What I Got (Written By: Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson, Floyd Gaugh, Lindon Roberts - Publishing: Universal Music-Careers Obo Halfpint Music/Universal Music-Careers/Songs Of Universal, Inc/ Songs Of Universal Inc Obo Gasoline Alley Music/Songs Of Universal Inc Obo Lou Dog Publishing)
12. Go That Far [Hybrid Mix] (Written By: Bret Michaels, Pete Evick)
13. Fallen (Written By: Bret Michaels, Jimmy Mcgorman)
14. Party Rock Band (Written By: Bret Michaels)
15. You Know You Want It (Written By: Bret Michaels)
16. Margaritaville [Recorded Live In Detroit] (Written By: Jimmy Buffett - Coral Reefer Music)
Bonus Tracks -
17. Every Rose Has Its Thorn [Country Verson] (Written By: Bret Michaels, C.C. Deville, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett)
18. Something To Believe In (Written By: Bret Michaels, C.C. Deville, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett)
19. Nothin' But A Good Time [Classic Rock Version] (Written By: Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, Rikki Rockett - Cyanide Publishing, Administered By Universal Music – Z Songs (Bmi)
20. Get Your Ride On (Written By: Bret Michaels, Pete Evick)
Guests include: Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, Van Halen) - Bass, Vocals (1, 19)
Ace Frehley (Frehley's Comet, Kiss)- Lead Guitar (1, 19)
Lil Jon - Vocals (1)
The Sheilds Brothers (The Voice) - Background Vocals (1, 5, 19)
Phil Collen (Def Leppard, Manraze) - Guitar, Vocals (4, 20)
Sal Costa (My Darkest Days) - Guitar (4, 20)
Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington Collins Band) - Guitar (2)
Rickey Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot) - Guitar (2)
Bobby Capps (38 Special, Evanscapps) - Keyboards (2, 5, 6, 7)
Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynrd, George Clinton/P-Funk) - Piano, Programming (2, 15)
Brian Nutter (Keith Urban) - Guitar (6)
Mark Mcgrath (Sugar Ray) - Vocals (3)
Jimmy Buffett - Vocals, Guitar (16) Background Vocals (6)
Coral Reefer Band (16)
Loretta Lynn - Vocals (7)
Joe Perry (Aerosmith) - Slide Guitar (7)
Hugh Mcdonald (Bon Jovi) - Bass (7)
Frank Hannon (Tesla) - Lead And Slide Guitar, Banjo (5)
Robert Mason (Warrant, Lynch Mob) - Background Vocals (5)
Scot Coogan (Lita Ford, Brides Of Destruction, Pete Yorn)- Backing Vocals, Percussion (3)
Miley Cyrus - Vocals (10)
Edwin Mccain - Additional Vocals (8)
Leslie West (Mountain) - Guitar (9)
Jeffrey Steele - Background Vocals (9)
Eric Brittingham (Cinderella) - Bass (9)
Jimmy Mcgorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Shakira)- Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals (13)
Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup) - Vocals (11)
Jason Miller (Godhead) - Additional Mixing (12)
C.C. Deville (Poison) - Guitar (14)
Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue) - Drums (14)
Mark Wills - Additional Vocals (17)
Chris Cagle - Additional Vocals (17)
Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down) - Additional Vocals (17)
Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down)- Additional Protools Engineering (2)
MRX UDPATED: MRX is on Richard Marx overload this week, with an absolute stack of rare, live, unreleased and acoustic songs, all set into their own individual categories. In fact, there's so much material that no one else gets a look in this week. Join MRX now.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
FERGIE FREDERIKSEN ENJOYS ANY GIVEN MOMENT: HIS NEW SOLO ALBUM OUT IN AUGUST: Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Fergie Frederiksen new solo album Any Given Moment on August 23 in Europe and August 27 in North America.
The excellent reviews surrounding the release of his latest album Happiness Is The Road in 2011 (with UK's leading AOR magazine Fireworks calling it “Quite stunning!”) rebuilt Fergie's trust in himself and therefore pretty soon another new album was in the works.
This time, Fergie collaborated with Italian producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and with the help of his songwriting, along with contributions from other world class musicians as Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx) and Robert Sall (Work of Art, W.E.T.) on guitars among others, Fergie put his mark on another true Melodic Rock gem of an album! “This CD was a pleasure to record. Ale and his talents as an engineer and producer shine” says Fergie. “It is always great when you make "life long friends" doing what we love to do. He's become a dear friend and a great artist. I look forward to working with him again”.
Some special surprises are also included such as the superb duet with Issa on “Not Alone” and a brand new version of Toto's classic song “Angel Don't Cry” originally included on the “Isolation” album. In Fergie's words, the new album title is particularly important because in life “You never know what will happen. But if you have love, faith, family and friends it always makes the trials and struggles in life more doable. Thank God I am blessed with all that and more”.
This new album really rocks though and songs like “The Price For Loving You” and the first single “Last Battle of My War” are there to show the world that Fergie's vocal abilities are still amazing and second to none “The songs on this album are truly all awesome. I had a chance to stretch and let it fly. “Not Alone”, which I sang a duet with Issa, is pretty special. Our voices blend together and I was so happy she agreed to do it. PO Nilsson really wrote a killer song. Then again there are many more I feel strongly about. Hope you all like them.”
A very special twist during the recording process… “was the trip to visit Frontiers Records in Naples” recalls Fergie. “What fantastic hosts they are. And the food was to die for. I also learned more about Naples in one day than I ever thought possible. What a great day meeting everyone at Frontiers and spending the day in their beautiful and historical city. Blew my mind. All in all it was a great experience and I believe Ale captured my best. Thank you Serafino and Mario for hooking me up with Ale. Great fun and I hope everyone likes the new CD”. Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen is mostly known for being the former vocalist of Toto (on the “Isolation” album, released in 1984), he has been involved in a lot of other outstanding musical projects too. Trillion, LeRoux, Frederiksen/Philips, Mecca, Frederiksen/Denander and David London (solo album, under pseudonym) are simply a few worthy of mention. In 1999 he debuted as a solo artist with “Equilibrium”, an album which garnered great reviews in Europe and Japan and since then he has been offering quality Melodic Rock music to his legion of fans.
Any Given Moment includes the following songs: Last Battle Of My War; Let Go; Price For Loving You; I'll Be The One; Time Will Change; How Many Roads; Candles In The Dark; Any Given Moment; Not Alone (Feat. Issa); When The Battle Is Over; Angel Don't Cry.
Enjoy the videoclip of the first single “Last Battle of My War”:
Musicians on “Any Given Moment” include: Fergie Frederiksen – lead vocals; Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards, background vocals; Nik Mazzucconi – bass, fretless bass; Herman Furin – drums; Robert Sall, Bruce Gaitsch, Walter Caliaro, Peter Friestedt, Alessio Berlaffa, Sven Larsson, David Coyle - Lead and rhythm guitars; Roberto Tiranti – background vocals; Issa – duet vocals on “Not Alone”. Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio.
AOR HEAVEN PRESENT JULY RELEASES: AOR Heaven's July releases will be released on the 19th of that month. Yesterday Newman was announced. Today I'm adding three individual soundbytes to check out - Arcadia / Had Enough / Scar Of Love.
Also released July 17 is Farraday - Shade Of Love / Farraday is a new melodic rock project which was born in Athens, Greece in January 2012. The masterminds behind Farraday are Roy Da Vis, who is the composer, singer, guitarist & keyboard player and Stathis Spiliotopoulos, who is the producer of the project and also plays drums, bass and also supports with backing vocals. Roy Da Vis started playing at the age of 16 and performed with local bands like Mirror Lies, Heaven'Spirits and with a Hard Rock/AOR band called Bad Medicine, where Stathis Spiliotopoulos also was the man behind the desk of their sound. Bad Medicine self-released an EP called “Breakin' Down” including the two songs “Breakin Down” and “Shade Of Love” but it never came out as an official release.
After many years of music collaborations with bands, projects & live performances, Roy & Stathis are trying to deliver their passion for Melodic Rock music and now are making their dreams come true! Farraday "Shade Of Love" is the first album with which they try to express their feelings and give to the people who share the same music tastes: their unique point of view of Melodic Rock music. 10 Melodic Rock tracks have been engineered, recorded, mixed, produced and mastered between August 2012 till February 2013 at Deep Bass Studios Athens, Greece and are now ready to rock you with the 80's melodic rock sound!
Track list: 01. One Way Ticket To Hollywood, 02. Rock U (The Old Fashion Way), 03. Shade Of Love, 04. Can't Get Enough, 05. Breakin' Down, 06. Tonight, 07. Can't Wait On Love, 08. Out Of Nowhere, 09. There For You, 10. When Passion Burns.
Farraday Official Fb: www.facebook.com/FarradayProject.
Soundfiles in advance: I Can't Get Enough / One Way Ticket To Hollywood / Shade Of Love.
The Spoons, a Canadian 80's pop-rock-synth band known for their hits such as "Romantic Traffic", "Nova Heart" and "Old Emotions" are set to release their 1981 debut album "Stick Figure Neighborhood" on CD for the first time. The long out of print LP has been remastered and is being promoted through a PledgeMusic drive found here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thespoons. More information on the band's history and current pledge found here: www.thespoons.ca.
MetalSymphony.com has uploaded some photos from MSG concert June 2, 2013 at Sala Arena, Madrid. Also available are pictures of support act Radioz. Check them out at this location: www.metalsymphony.com/?p=13385#gp.
Setlist: Lovedrive (Scorpions), Another piece of Meat (Scorpions), Assault Attack, Armed and Ready, Into the Arena, Rock my nights Away, Attack of the mad Axeman, Horizons, Before the devil knows you're Dead, Coast to Coast (Scorpions), Shoot Shoot (UFO), Only you can rock Me (UFO), Let It Roll (UFO), Too hot to Handle (UFO), Lights Out (UFO) — Holiday (Scorpions), Rock Bottom (UFO), Rock you like a Hurricane (Scorpions) — Blackout (Scorpions), Doctor Doctor (UFO).
ANVIL OVER EUROPE:
Canadian Metal icons Anvil announce their European 2013 summer tour in support of the brand new album Hope In Hell:
27.07. GB-Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – Steelhouse Festival
28.07. GB-Glasgow - Cathouse
29.07. GB-Manchester - Academy 3
30.07. GB-London - Garage
01.08. D-Cologne - Underground
02.08. D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
03.08. NL-Haarlem - Patronaat
04.08. B-Lokeren - Lokeren Feesten
06.08. CH-Zurich - Plaza
07.08. D-Lichtenfels - Paunchy Cats
08.08. D-Saarbrücken - Garage
10.08. SE-Gävle - Getaway Rock Festival
The new studio album Hope In Hell is out now in Germany and Europe through SPV / Steamhammer in four different formats: as a limited-edition Digipak including 2 bonus tracks (see photo attached) , as a jewel case CD, double gatefold colored vinyl including 2 bonus tracks (see photo attached) and as download. A new podcast teaser/interview from Lips and Robb can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6-pNVETm4w.
ZZ TOP EXPLORE THE BEST OF THE BOX INTHESTUDIO:
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands dresses out Lone Star legends ZZ Top's The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990) Box Set. ZZ Top batted ten for twenty over those first two decades of their career, a hall of fame average in any league, all the while retaining the same personnel which continues to this day, a record unsurpassed by any working band. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard discuss InTheStudio why Dusty thinks that being a trio contributes to ZZ Top's longevity; what Billy saw as the challenges of superstardom after the Eliminator album; and why Frank Beard is the only member without one! This program digs deep, revisiting songs from the very earliest of ZZ Top albums. Billy Gibbons shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his thoughts on their now 40+ year legacy. ”There's a lot of luck, to start with. Some of these things you would like to prophesy, to plan this going a certain way. And yet it it's always unpredictable, always probably exactly opposite what you think you're going to do”.
Dusty Hill adds, “As much as music changed (over those twenty years), hopefully we changed with it. But we only know how to play one way. I don't know that we know how to play any other way.”
ZZ Top 'The Complete Studio Albums' /InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/zz-top-complete-albums-1970-1990-wbilly-gibbonsdusty-hillfrank-beard/”
Two new CD Showcases today for two great albums - both independently released, so please support the artists! First the awesome new Robin Beck album (due August 12) and secondly, the groovy Kevin Lee & The Kings release. Check them out.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
VIVIAN CAMPBEL AND STEVE PERRY BOTH DEALING WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS:
Two very important updates from yesterday that I neglected to post, but will now. I would like to extended my personal best wishes to both Vivian Campbell and to Steve Perry and I'm sure all readers of MelodicRock.com feel the same. A speedy recovery to both!
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell has cancer but will still tour this summer. From: www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/11/def-leppard-vivian-campbell-cancer
Guitarist intends to perform with both Dio and Def Leppard, despite undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has been diagnosed with cancer. Nevertheless, he still plans to tour with the band this summer, even though he will be receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. "If you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have," the 50-year-old guitarist joked in a statement. "[It] has an over-80% cure rate." Campbell is already one-third of the way through a six-month chemotherapy scheme and said he is "feeling rather spiffy, all things considered".
Luckily for Campbell, his doctors found the cancer early. A persistent cough sent an "alarm call", leading to x-rays and CT scans. "[These] revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling manoeuvres on my windpipe," Campbell said. "I underwent a surgical biopsy on 11 March, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn't make it to rehearsal that day, but it's OK; I know the songs by now."
Although chemotherapy means Campbell has lost his hair – he refers to it as his "new, aerodynamic hairstyle" – the guitarist plans to join his bandmates when they launch their tour on 21 June. He will also be performing with the original members of Dio for four shows in August. A member of Def Leppard since 1992 – when he was drafted in to replace Steve Clark, who died the previous year – Campbell was Dio's founding guitarist, as well as having played with Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Riverdogs.
Steve Perry has posted a very personal update to his little place on the Internet at: fanasylum.com/steveperry. It seems the singer has had his own brush with cancer, as well as some true heartbreak in his personal life. I thank Steve for being so open to fans with his words. The full post reads:
"June 6, 2013 As I said in my last birthday message January 2013, "There's so much more I'd like to share with you but that will have to come at another time"........ Well, I guess the time is now!.......In May of 2011, I was with Patty Jenkins in an editing room as she was putting the final editing touches on what was to be the closing segment of a Lifetime Channel breast cancer special called "Five." As the opening scenes camera panned across an outside hospital patio, a narrator's voice commented on their lives and their types of cancer. The camera came across this girl sitting there laughing….. I saw her smile. When the scene was over I said to Patty, "Can you roll to the top of that opening scene for me?" Patty asked, "Is something wrong?" I said, "No. I want to see something." As the camera again crossed Kellie's smile I asked her to freeze right there.……. I asked Patty who that was. She said, "That's Kellie Nash, a PHD Psychologist who was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy and she's doing a cameo appearance." I asked if Patty had her email, She said, "Yes" but looked at me strange because she knows I don't do that. I asked if she would send Kellie an email that your friend Steve would love to take her to coffee or lunch sometime.
Patty agreed to do so but said, "Before I do that I think there's something I should tell you first. After a 3 year battle she was in remission for 8 months then it came back in her lungs and bones and now she's Stage 4 fighting for her life." I was frozen……. I didn't know what to do…….. I had lost my mom, dad, grandparents that raised me and I was an only child so my first thought was to maybe not send the email; then my heart said, Maybe we could be friends or maybe she could be my shrink. So I said, "Please send it." Well Kellie returned an email to me via Patty and we talked on the phone for the first time 2 years ago this May. It was so great to hear her voice. It felt like I knew her all along. She said that her girlfriends had bought her a ticket to Mexico for her birthday and when she got back we'd grab a bite. I was soooo excited..... I was a little boy who finally found his girl. I waited and 2 weeks later we went to our first dinner ....... Well we started at 6pm and the next thing I know she said "Oh My God! What time is it?" I said, "11:30." She said, "I have patients starting at 8 tomorrow" ....... So we left. I never felt like this before....... I had finally found her. She's real and she's right in front of me. We started seeing each other and Yes, we both knew that we were meant to be together.
My life was forever changed in ways I will explain at another time but it was all because of my Kellie. She continued chemo from May into December when headaches started and we discovered the cancer had gone to her brain. She started brain radiation and the chemo continued also. I've never seen courage like this before. One night as we were talking she told me she just couldn't do it anymore and would I be angry If she stopped everything. I was scared for what could happen but I told her that never, to my very last breath would I ever be angry with her and that I loved her and that her choices were torture at best. She stopped everything. January and February were rough on her then one day she said she wanted to try one last treatment that was not chemo but it was in New York. I said, "Let's move to New York"....... so we lived there for 9 months and the drug kept her alive with a quality of life. We had the most Magical summer of our lives together. She was doing really well till August. She said, "Something's wrong." We later found that her cancer was returning like wild fire. Kellie tried chemo in New York for 2 months but it was useless.
We came back to California in November and I lost my precious Kellie December 14th 2012. She was so strong, so courageous and we really loved each other so very much. I've been trying to grieve and not run from this loss so for the last 5 months that's what I've been doing along with recalling everything being in Love with Kellie taught me. She helped me in so many ways. I Love and miss her terribly. Three weeks ago a routine mole was taken off my face and the lab report came back Melanoma skin cancer. I've had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I've been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required. On Sunday I was a bit depressed because Kellie's birthday was coming up so I went for a drive and ran into Martha Quinn at a street fair. It was so great to see her and in a few short moments I told her most of this story.
She asked if I'd take a picture with her and I said, "If you don't mind my face scar." She said, "Not at all." I joked about me and Pirates of the Caribbean and we both laughed. It was so great seeing Martha........ I was a bit emotionally lost that day and seeing Martha got me grounded again. Thanks Martha!!
Well Fans.......... there's so much more to this story than you know and soon you will know more about it. Though Kellie and I were only together for 1 and 1/2 years, it was a lifetime of love packed into every moment. God bless my precious Kellie. I loved you before I met you- I love you now- and I always will! Love, Steve."
NEWMAN REVEAL OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE AND ARTWORK FOR "SIREN":
One of the UK's top melodic rock bands will release their new album Siren through AOR Heaven on July 19. Since 1998 melodic rock artist Newman have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. Now, after a break of 2 years, following a studio upgrade and relocation, Newman return with their 10th Studio album and once again the collaboration with AOR Heaven continues.
Siren is a rock album through and through, taking influences from the whole of Newman's career to date. Powerful song writing backed by a powerful production. Driving guitars feature with the strength of hooks and chorus's that this artist is renowned for. This time around, as with the last few studio albums, Steve is joined by the highly talented session drummer Rob McEwen, but has also brought in a few familiar guests to enhance the sound and songwriting process. From the Newman live band, guitarist Shaun Bessant guests on "When It Comes To Love" and guitarist Robert Säll (Work Of Art, W.E.T.) guests on "Feel Her Again". In the songwriting department, Steve has joined forces with Pete Newdeck (Eden's Curse, Tainted Nation) for the songs "Some Kind Of Wonderful" and "Waiting For The Day". Steve's long time friend, who also appeared on 1999's "One Step Closer" album, Nick Workman (Vega, Kick) co-writes on the uplifting "When It Comes To Love". Both Pete and Nick also contribute backing vocals.
Full track listing: 1. Scar Of Love 2. Had Enough 3. Arcadia 4. Another Bitch Of A Night 5. Feel Her Again 6. Some Kind Of Wonderful 7. Siren 8. When It Comes To Love 9. Crossfire 10. Waiting For The Day 11. The Foolish One 12. Don't Know Why.
Preview the first samples from the new album here:
"Newman gets better with each release….Siren is an out and out rocker, it's in your face" .... Steve Price - ARfm "For me, Siren takes the best part of classic AOR styled Newman albums with the more recent, harder hitting sound and mixes both together in a powerful mix which is both refreshing and invigorating. This is going to blow Newman fans away!" ....Andrew McNeice - MelodicRock.com "Newman have done it again! Yes, another great album, this time less ballads, more up tempo tunes with those big choruses, great hooks and great delivery, oh yes, Newman are back with a bang!".... Alun Williams - Chambers of Rock.
The new album will be available for pre-order soon from www.newmansound.com and www.aorheaven.com and all usual online retailers.
Newman Live 2013
You can also catch Newman live at in the USA at MelodicRockFest 3 Festival, Arlington Heights, Chicago, September 27-29 - www.melodicrockfest.com
And now also confirmed two acoustic shows in the UK at Firefest 10th Anniversary, Rock City, Nottingham, October 18 & 19 www.firefestofficial.com
7TH HEAVEN REACHES SYNERGY WITH NEW LEAD SINGER AND ALBUM:
Coming off two #1 CD's, 7th heaven is on track to hit #1 again with the release of this 12-song Rock/Pop CD Synergy. Established in Pop-Rock, 7th heaven is from a 5-member Chicago act. 7th heaven plays over 250 shows a year, has sold tens of thousands of CDs, has a Worldwide fan base and will play to over one million people over the course of 2013. In 2011, 7th heaven charted three products on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for four straight weeks. In 2012, 7th heaven charted again on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for seven straight weeks. 7th heaven has been able to develop their own unique brand of rock music that proves that the fundamentals of great pop rock song still ring true with their new release Synergy.
Track Listing: 1. We Live Life Young 2. Pages 3. Never Gonna Bring Me Down 4. Counting The Days 5. Rhianna 6. Power Of Love 7. Take My Heart (Do It All Again) 8. Live On 9. Light Up The World 10. I Begin Again 11. I'll Be Waiting 12. Why Ya Gotta Be Like That.
Band: Anthony Fedorov - Lead Vocals; Richard Hofherr - Lead Guitar, Keys, Vocals; Nick Cox - Guitar, Vocals; Mark Kennetz - Bass, Vocals; Michael Mooshey - Drums.
Buy A Copy Here: www.7thheavenband.com/store/synergy.html (Worldwide) * iTunes * Amazon.com (U.S.).
Hear the entire CD via Soundcloud. Check out 7th heaven at - 7thheavenband.com.
BRITISH ROCK BAND SIGN WORLDWIDE (ex-UK) WITH STEAMHAMMER/SPV:
Even if music fans on the other side of the Atlantic may beg to differ: the best and most authentic rock bands still come from the UK. The country with its long tradition of legendary groups such as The Who, Free, Mott The Hoople, The Faces and Led Zeppelin continues to be an ideal breeding ground for promising acts in 2013. So it comes as no surprise that The Jokers also hail from the UK. The four-piece consisting of brothers Paul (guitar) and Simon (bass) Hurst and their two colleagues Wane Parry (vocals) and Chris Poole (drums) has succeeded in successfully transporting classic rock music into the present without denying the illustrious past of this musical direction or lacking a contemporary and topical approach. 2 September 2013 (Germany: 30 August 2013; US/Canada: 10 September 2013) is the scheduled release date of their second album Rock'n'Roll Is Alive on Steamhammer/SPV and a red-letter day for all fans of classic rock music. The Jokers first came to public attention in summer 2009 when their debut album The Big Rock'n'Roll Show was released independently, achieving remarkable sales within a few months. Countless shows in seedy clubs and shady joints followed, the four musicians having only one target: to make The Jokers popular and to grow as artists. “We're a hard-working band. We like to play as often as we can and keep learning all the time,”Paul Hurst explains. "Everything about The Jokers is honest and authentic; our sole aim is to be successful and make people happy.”
Over almost two years, The Jokers spent a total of five months working on Rock'n'Roll Is Alive with producer Andy Macpherson (Eric Clapton, The Who, Barclay James Harvest, The Buzzcocks). The result is bound to delight all rock music fans. Hurst: “We have grown perceptibly in the past 24 months and are now ready to present an album which bears its title with justification. Rock'n'Roll is an attitude; it stands for freedom, tolerance and self-fulfilment. Rock'n'Roll Is Alive reflects all these aspects perfectly.”
SPV/Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn states: “The Jokers have the right feeling for melodies and together with their dry but punchy hard rock sound it`s a combination not to miss. I'm really happy that the band decided to join the SPV family!”
WebLinks: www.thejokers.com / www.spv.de.
THE ROLLING STONES CROSSFIRE HURRICANE ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL VIDEO: Eagle Rock Entertainment releases The Rolling Stones' Crossfire Hurricane on DVD and Blu-ray. Crossfire Hurricane is the kaleidoscopic new film that documents the key periods of the Rolling Stones' career and their incredible journey.
Directed by Brett Morgen, Crossfire Hurricane provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones' unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60's to rock royalty. It's all here in panoramic candor, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas. With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will delight, shock and amaze longtime devotees, as well as a new generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone. Crossfire Hurricane places the viewer right on the frontline of the band's most legendary escapades.
As befits the first rock band to reach the 50-year milestone with their global stature now greater than ever, the film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archives give the production a truly kinetic aura and no-holds-barred approach.
Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-Ray include previously unreleased concert footage - “Live in Germany '65”, NME Poll Winners concert footage from 1964 and 1965, a new interview with director Brett Morgen, “The Sound and Music of Crossfire Hurricane”, footage from The Arthur Haynes Show (1964), and the theatrical trailer.
Crossfire Hurricane received its worldwide premiere at the London Film Festival in October, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood all hit the red carpet to the delight of fans and media from all around the world. The film received a similar premiere in the U.S. the following month, hosted by HBO at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
Asked in a formative interview in the film what it is that sets them apart from other groups, Jagger says with quiet understatement: “A chemical reaction seems to have happened.” Keith Richards added, “You can't really stop the Rolling Stones, you know when that sort of avalanche is facing you, you just get out of the way.” It's been happening ever since, and the life and times of the Rolling Stones have never been as electrifyingly portrayed as they are in Crossfire Hurricane. The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane Trailer: youtu.be/YtgK7kTWUu4.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
HEAVEN & EARTH RELEASE ELECTRIC LIVE PERFORMANCE OF "HOUSE OF BLUES" FROM THEIR FONDA SHOWCASE ON APRIL 10: Heaven & Earth premiered a live performance of their song House of Blues on Aol's Noisecreep.com yesterday, June 6. The electric performance was shot at the band's memorable record release show at the Fonda in Hollywood to celebrate the release of their new album, Dig (available on iTunes and Amazon). Watch "House of Blues" live here: www.noisecreep.com/2013/06/06/heaven-and-earth-house-of-blues-live-exclusive-video-premiere/
House of Blues features some blistering guitar work by Stuart Smith, but gets its bluesy rock vibe from the powerhouse vocal delivery of front man Joe Retta and a wicked keyboard solo from Ed Roth midway into the performance. Add in some solid low-end work from drummer Richie Onori and bassist Chuck Wright and “House of Blues” comes off as a timeless bluesy rocker that must be heard by all rock purists and classic rock fans.
The band will be unveiling a music video for the song I Don't Know What Love Is in the coming weeks. To stay current with all things Heaven & Earth be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
WebLinks: heavenandearthband.com / www.facebook.com/Heaven-and-Earth-Band / twitter.com/heavenearthband.
VEGA DEBUT WHAT THE HELL: Vega release new single 'What The Hell!' on June 9th available on iTunes featuring an unreleased track 'Skin Deep'. The guys also made a video to accompany the single and in the spirit of "what the hell" decided to all get tattoo's!
You can catch Vega live:
July 4th Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
July 5th London Barfly
July 6th Nottingham Rock City
Vega Have Also Been Added To Planet Rock's Steelhouse Festival on July 28th along with legends Michael Schenker, Saxon, FM, Magnum and Anvil.
MELODIC BRIEFS: ARfm are pleased to announce a guest show hosted by Jeff Scott Soto. Jeff is going to pick some of his favourite songs, tell some tales and include a retrospective of his career. The show will be broadcast Weds Jun 12 at 9pm UK (1pm Pacific / 4pm EST). Join Jeff at www.arfm.co.uk.
Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) catches up with Tom Keifer of Cinderella on this Friday's episode airing 2-4PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com.
I Am I have now been confirmed for an Acoustic performance at 2.40pm on Sunday on the Jagermeister Acoustic stage at Download, as well as their electric show at 19.55pm later that evening on the Red Bull stage.
Raise The Curtain, the first ever solo album of Savatage/Jon Oliva's Pain/Trans-Siberian Orchestra mastermind Jon Oliva, will be released on June 21st (USA: July 2nd). A lyric video for the song Father Time is available now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ewjuNgRYU8.
From now on, Keep Your Dream Alive, the new single of Melodic Metal giants Masterplan, is available as video clip and digital single (exclusively in AFM's MP3 Store). Keep Your Dream Alive is taken from Masterplan's upcoming album Novum Initium, which will be released on June 14: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ4BlRwKMRo.
New Alice In Chains album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here has entered Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart at #2 and the ARIA Album chart at #10 – their second highest chart position in Australia since Jar Of Flies/ Sap which hit #2 in 1995. It is also currently the iTunes Rock Album Chart at No. 1 in the USA.
Blue Palm Touring is proud to present for the first time ever as a solo musician in acoustic mode Gilby Clarke in Australia. Dates:
July 6th 2013: Hermann's Bar Sydney w/Devine Electric - www.hermannsbar.com
July 7th 2013: Northcote Social Club Melbourne w/Dead Star Renegade - northcotesocialclub.com