Tue
05
May

Double Stop Podcast - KEN MARY

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This week on The Double Stop Podcast....
 
Ken Mary (House of Lords, Alice Cooper, Impellitteri, Kip Winger) walks us through his career, starting with his early days, his first band (Fifth Angel), his time with Alice Cooper in the 80's, recording early demos with Kip Winger and Paul Taylor, the formation of House of Lords (and why he left after the Sahara tour), his first solo project - Soul Shock Remedy and the House of Lords reunion album The Power and the Myth. He also reveals the terrible back pain that prevented him from playing drums for most of the last 15 years, and how he was able to recover and commence drumming again.
 
 
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Tue
05
May

CORNERSTONE European Tour Update

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CORNERSTONE ON TOUR WITH GARY HOWARD (FLYING PICKETS, ALAN PARSONS)
 
As part of their European tour, the band will attend several concerts in Austria with former world star Gary Howard! In addition to the top-hit "Only You" (# 1 in several countries with the British a cappella group THE FLYING PICKETS) and some tunes from legendary ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, which Howard was a part of, Cornerstone will present their own material and afterwards will accompany Howard as backup players through his greatest successes. The first performance will take place on 6/19 in BRUNO in Brunn am Gebirge. Special guest at this event is Austria's speediest cartoonist, Reini "Buhaha" Buchacher. Here are the complete Tour-Dates for the moment:

22.05. AT- Leopoldsdorf im Marchfelde, Shamrock
23.05. AT- Vienna, Saloon
30.05. AT- Baden, Milchstraße (Open Air)
31.05. AT- Vienna, Lions-Day 2015 (Open Air)
05.06. AT- Salzburg, Shakespeare
06.06. AT- Linz, Musikpavillion (Open Air)
19.06. AT- Brunn am Gebirge, Bruno (with GARY HOWARD)
20.06. AT- Gaenserndorf, Dakig
28.06. AT- Donauinselfest (Open Air)
02.07. UK- Northampton, King Billy
03.07. UK- Boston, The Axe & Cleaver (with KAMIKAZE HOTSHOT/ UK)
04.07. UK- Hull, Salthouse Tavern
05.07. UK- Newark- on-Trent, The Flying Circus
07.07. UK- Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club
08.07. UK- Sheffield, Colley WMC
09.07. UK- Bolton, The Railway
10.07. UK- Nottingham, The Salutation Inn
11.07. UK- East Grinstead, Sussex Arms
15.08. AT- Hausleiten, Monsters of Rock X (Open Air)
04.09. DE- Ohlsbach, Brandeck-Lindle (Open Air)
05.09. DE- Schriesheim, Street Fest Kakadu Bar Open Air
12.09. AT- Vienna, Cafe Falk (with GARY HOWARD)
18.09. AT- Schwaz, Galerie (with GARY HOWARD)
19.09. AT- Goetzis, Flax (with GARY HOWARD )
20.09. AT- Rankweil, Marktplatz (with GARY HOWARD)
25.09. AT- Amstetten, Rockbar
03.10. AT- Vienna Saloon

 
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Tue
05
May

First Official Release for DEEP PURPLE's 'Long Beach 1971' Set Due

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Over 70 minutes of music – remastered in 2014
 
Welcome to Long Beach 1971, the latest album in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple reissue series that, over the last two years, has seen the release of rare live material from the band, including “Paris 1975”, “Copenhagen 1972”, Stockholm 1970” and “Graz 1975”. Spanning over 70 minutes of music, “Long Beach 1971” has been remastered in 2014 and is going to be released on February 27th, 2015 on earMUSIC.
 
Recorded at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, on July 30, 1971, it was broadcast on radio (KUSC 91.5 FM), a showcase for a support performance to Rod Stewart and The Faces.

An official release for a concert that has long been considered a landmark for the band, the set featured tracks (“Speed King” and “Child In Time”) from their fourth studio album, June 1970’s “In Rock”. This was a transitional release for the Mk II version of the band -  guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, organ/keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice –, being their first hard rock affair as well as their commercial breakthrough as the third leading über-rock band of the day along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Completing the set that day were a considerably extended version of “Mandrake Root” from their July 1968 debut album “Shades Of Deep Purple”, and “Strange Kind Of Woman”.
 
Opening with an 11-minute long “Speed King”, the show actually starts off like a climax, with a frenzy of organ and batter of guitar and drums, before segueing into a fast and furious riff and some classic caterwauls from Ian Gillan. Next up is “Strange Kind Of Woman”. The piledriving central motif is a classic combination of rhythm and riff, the band hitting a bluesy, even funky, groove. Following is an impressive version of the Deep Purple classic “Child in Time”: it is 20 minutes of heavy action from Blackmore.

If you’re not too exhausted by that, there is time for one more, and it’s a good - not to mention long - one: “Mandrake Root”, a 27-minute extrapolation of the debut album track and concert standby.

All in all, the frenzy, powerful show is leaving the audience staggered, and not a little dazed, as they head towards the exit, into the warm California night, wondering what the hell just happened.

Deep Purple live just happened.


Tracklist
1. Speed King
2. Strange Kind Of Woman
3. Child In Time
4. Mandrake Root
 
All songs remastered in 2014
 
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Tue
05
May

CONQUEST to Release New Metal Gods Tribute 'Under The Influence'

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Dark Star Records Artist CONQUEST is pleased to announce that they will be releasing a new Metal Gods Tribute Album called UNDER THE INFLUENCE. The new full length album will feature all new versions of some the greatest classic metal songs of all time like FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by METALLICA, COWBOYS FROM HELL by PANTERA, METAL GODS by JUDAS PRIEST and Many More! All the songs are Preformed by Conquest and Produced by Conquest and Adam Long. Look for the New Album UNDER THE INFLUENCE by CONQUEST to be available later this Summer via Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music Entertainment.
 
Complete Track List:
Metallica * For Whom The Bell Tolls
Iron Maiden * Wrath Child
Judas Priest * The Ripper & Metal Gods
Motley Crue * Red Hot
Bon Jovi * Wanted Dead Or Alive
Motorhead * Ace Of Spades
Ufo * Lights Out
Anthrax * Anti-Social
Black Sabbath * Children Of The Grave
Pantera * Cowboys From Hell
 
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Tue
05
May

Lions Pride Music Signs Brazilian Acts Marenna and Horyzon

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Lions Pride Music is going double up for Brazil with the signing of Marenna and Horyzon

Lions Pride Music is happy & pleased with the signing of the much talented Brazilian melodic rocker, Marenna, for the up and coming EP release, My Unconditional Faith, which will contain 6 additional tracks along with 3 music videos. The EP will be released in Europe sometime in June. For now listen to the official lyric video for the track, You Need To Believe.


Next up is the promising band, Horyzon, who will be releasing their 3 track EP through Lions Pride Music as well in June. The AOR band Horyzon was conceived by Daniel Vargas (Lead Singer) and Ari Gomes (Bass). The band has influences from renowned bands such as Journey, Kansas, Asia, FM, Toto, Survivor as well as from more recent bands like Work of Art, Pride of Lions, H.E.A.T and Hardline.

The band is currently formed by Daniel Vargas (Lead Singer); Ari Gomes (Bass); Leandro Freitas (Keyboards); Wagner Alexandre (Guitar); and Rod Marcus (Drums and Backing Vocals).


 
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Fri
01
May

NELSON - Peace Out (Showcase)

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Peace Out
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Nelson
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57
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May 15
Released: 
Worldwide
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Melodic Rock

Their music has stood the test of time. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, revered for unforgettable past hits, explore fresh creative territory in the present with their new project, 'Peace Out'. Magical melodic songwriting and soaring sibling harmonies continue to ensure that this dynamic duo is still a vital part of the music scene's future.

'After the Rain' was the debut multi-platinum album by NELSON, the band led by twins Matthew and Gunnar in the early 1990s. They zoomed to number one with their hit song, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection,' which made history landing America's iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew & Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ONLY family in Entertainment with 3 successive generations of #1 hitmakers. NELSON's 'After the Rain' record and tour became a phenomenon just prior to the rise of grunge.  The last major success of the good time rock'n'roll era, NELSON has had (1) Number One, (4) Top Ten, and (5) Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, plus (5) #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!

Every magazine from Rolling Stone to People did cover stories, and NELSON performed on television shows like "Late Night With David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live."

Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar follow Ozzie Nelson's vision of embracing connecting with people and audiences through all forms of media. They have been doing television-hosting work for VH1 and E!Plus, Gunnar co-hosted LIFETIME Radio's nationally syndicated morning show.

Matthew and Gunnar have rare insights into what it takes to earn longevity in the entertainment world. They continue the inspiring story of a most remarkable show business family. Their grandparents, Ozzie and Harriet, achieved immortality with "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," the longest-running live action sitcom in television history. Earlier, the couple had enjoyed big band success and had scored a number one hit in 1934.   Long before MTV made twins Matthew & Gunnar pop-rock icons, Ozzie Nelson is credited with creating the first conceptual music video for Ricky Nelson's 'Travelin' Man'.

Perhaps the most televised rock star in history, the twins legendary father Ricky Nelson emerged from the TV series' popularity to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists of the '50s and '60s with over 200 million career record sales.  Rick Nelson is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame credited with founding the country rock music genre.  

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Fri
01
May

CAIN'S OFFERING - Stormcrow (Showcase)

Stormcrow
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Jani Liimatainen
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57
Release Date: 
May 15
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Worldwide
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Progressive Melodic Metal
 
CAIN'S OFFERING is the brainchild of Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen (founding member of one of Finland's biggest music exports Sonata Arctica).

Drawing its musical influence from both the classic Hard Rock scene, the fast-paced European Power Metal and a very modern Heavy Metal sound, Cain's Offering is, just as expected, another perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene.

Joining Jani on the band's sophomore release, coming after 2009's excellent debut 'Gather the Faithful', are STRATOVARIUS members vocalist Timo Kotipelto and Jens Johansson, plus Jonas Kuhlberg on bass and Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno) on drums.

Yes, this is a tour-de-force of who's-who in the Finnish heavy metal scene, and yes, this does sound like a wet dream come through for all fans of melodic Heavy Metal. And guess what - the product exceeds all expectations!

Lookout for Cain's Offering!

CAIN'S OFFERING:
Timo Kotipelto: Lead Vocals
Jani Liimatainen: Guitars
Jonas Kuhlberg: Bass
Jani Hurula: Drums
Jens Johansson: Keyboards

 
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Fri
01
May

One On One With Mitch Lafon - ISSA


In this special YouTube only edition of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by singer ISSA. We discuss her new album CROSSFIRE as well as the controversy created by the criticism aimed at Swedish band, H.E.A.T.

Find ISSA online: http://www.facebook.com/issasite

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

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Fri
01
May

69 Minutes With Aussie Rockers HANSEL

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Australian hard rockers HANSEL will release their new album, “69 Minutes … with Hansel!” on June 15, 2015 via Prime EON Media on CD. HANSEL‘s “69 minutes … with Hansel” is a culmination of the album “Never Say Die” &their 2 hard to find EPs, “Mission To Rock” & “Fluorescent Blue Lights” that collects all the 20 roaring tracks that the band has recorded up to this point from way back when it all started back in 2008, somewhere down under.
 
HANSEL are five dudes bound by an oath of Rock ‘n’ Roll. They roam the wastelands of standard, boring, paper dry, modern Brit pop bands, leaving them in their wake with their big hair, big anthem, hard hitting, glam rock style.
Track listing:
01. Murder 101
02. Mission To Rock
03. Shot Down For Love
04. Wildcat
05. I Don’t Need Saving (All I Need Is Rock ‘n’ Roll)
06. Eruption
07. Rock City
08. On The Run
09. Wild Tonight
10. Rocket-ship Of Love
11. Between A Rock And A Hard Place
12. Vampire
13. Murder 101
14. 1-800-Pleasure-town
15. The Whole Nine Yards
16. Hansel Says It’s Time To Rock
17. Fluorescent Blue Lights
18. Running On Adrenaline
19. Stop
20. Sweet Desperation
 
HANSEL BRINGS THE GLORY DAYS OF 80′S GLAM ROCK AND METAL FORWARD TO A NEW CENTURY.” – CRAIG HARTRANFT, DANGERDOG.COM
“THE MUSIC SPEAKS FOR ITSELF … GLAM-TASTIC” – SKID, SLEAZEROXX.COM
HANSEL are:
Snake – Drums
Thruster Jones – Rhythm Guitar, Harmonies
Jett Jones – Vocals
Ezi Fingers – Bass
Grind – Lead Guitar
Mindlessly pouring propane onto the flame, HANSEL reignites the fire of rock inside. Hair and metal are combined in a blaze of arena rock glory as the snakeskin clad Novacastrian dudes hit the stage. Like love children of the gods of rock they toy with the sound of a golden age and set it loose upon the world again. Now with a modern edge that’s as sharp as Orion’s sword HANSEL return to bring hair metal back to it’s rightful place your soul.
Glowing like a beacon in the cold dark night. HANSEL is just so hot rite now.

 

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Fri
01
May

CAIN'S OFFERING - The Best of Times (Official Audio)

  
'The Best of Times' is taken from 'Stormcrow', the new album from Cain's Offering. Pre-order 'Stormcrow' to get 'Stormcrow', 'I Will Build You a Rome' & 'The Best of Time's' INSTANTLY:
iTunes - http://radi.al/COStormcrowiTunes
Amazon - http://radi.al/COStormcrowAmazon
 
Watch 'I Will Build You a Rome' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VECI3keYKug
Watch 'Stormcrow' - https://youtu.be/Aixp4ENDtUc
 
Thu
30
Apr
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MRR RELEASE SCHEDULE

 
A likely (possible), probable, rough, semi-confirmed MRR release schedule (subject to change)...
 
May 22 - Room Experience & SAY
July 10 - 2 heavier releases, both artists from Sweden. 
 
August - 
- Some Swedish reissues with bonus tracks :)
- MRCD13 Compilation
- MR.com USB2!
 
September -
- Something else interesting. Maybe Swedish. Maybe not...
 
 
Thu
30
Apr

Introducing German All-Star Project SUPREMACY

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MELODIC HARD ROCK IS BACK TO GERMANY - WELCOME SUPREMACY!
 
Do you remember when German bands cranked out true, classic Melodic Rock / Hard Rock albums regularly? When, right after masterpieces by the likes of  the SCORPIONS, releases like BONFIRE's "Point Blank" or "Fireworks", FRONTLINE's "Heroes", CASANOVA and JADED HEART's debut albums used to be played all the time on your stereo? Well....now is the time for the Classic German Hard Rock sound, comprised of steel guitar riffs and super melodic hooks, to make a major come back. The new band's name says it all....SUPREMACY. This band marks the return of the amazing alliance between singer Claus Lessmann (ex-BONFIRE) with Michael Voss (CASANOVA, MAD MAX) plus Robby Boebel (ex FRONTLINE, EVIDENCE ONE) on guitar, Axel Kruse (ex-JADED HEART) on drums and former SCORPIONS bass player Francis Buchholz.

The guys are currently working on some extremely promising demo material and have inked a recording contract with Frontiers Music Srl for a release of their debut album in late 2015 / early 2016.

Michael Voss says: "It's a honor to work with all these gifted musicians on a full length album! After 25 years, to join forces with the fantastic Claus Lessmann takes me back into the 80's heyday times playing in Bonfire. We'll keep that spirit alive and moreover revive it. Thanks to Serafino and Frontiers for believing!"

Claus Lessmann adds: "I am really looking forward to writing, recording and rocking with all the guys of Supremacy. We all have so much to give and it really means a lot to me to work together with those talented musicians. It will also bring back the good old days of Rock'n'Roll when my good old friend Michael Voss was on my side all across Europe back at the "Point Blank" days. A big Grazie to Serafino, Mario and all at Frontiers for their belief and for givin' us one more reason to rock! Every little note of our songs will be a piece of our heart."

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Thu
30
Apr

NEAL SCHON Debuts New Solo Track & Talks To Billboard

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From Billboard.com today - you can hear a new NEAL SCHON solo track from his upcoming solo album Vortex.
 
He's touring with Journey, finishing up a Santana reunion project and has a new solo album coming out. Look up "busy" in the dictionary and you'll likely find a photo of Neal Schon.
"I'm really busting ass this next year and this year," Schon tells Billboard. "I'm so busy I don't have a free day. I barely have a day off 'cause I bit off so much. But now that I'm in it, I'm not willing to go, 'Y'know what, man? I'm tired.' I'm a little fried, but everybody goes, 'You look great.' I'm feeling good and health-wise I'm really good, so I'm just gonna do it." The two-disc Vortex, whose title comes from a recent nickname for Schon bestowed by Carlos Santana, reunites Schon with early '80s collaborator Jan Hammer, after the keyboardist dropped in on 2011's The Calling. "I had sent Jan a couple tracks to play on for (The Calling) and I hadn't worked with him since the '80s, so we rekindled our friendship and renewed everything," Schon says. "For this album I went to him ahead of time and said, 'I'd love for you top-lay on this record but I'd love you to stretch out more and I'm gonna leave some open space,' and he said, 'Great.' He worked on it in his own studio and just killed it, man."
and on JOURNEY....
Schon plans to give Vortex a live airing during the Les Paul 100th birthday tribute concert on June 9 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. He has designs to do a solo tour as well but will have to fit those between his other endeavors. Journey begins its nine-show residency on Wednesday night (April 29) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which Schon predicts will be "really great. We're gonna be mixing up the set, so we won't be playing the same thing every show. We've rehearsed a lot of stuff that we didn't play in our tour last year, but we'll have time to rehearse even more." All nine shows will be recorded and filmed, according to Schon, and he also hopes that during downtime Journey will start working on new material. "I've been trying to get things going," Schon reports. "I have a few ideas, just everybody's been in different places and we haven't gotten together yet. But we could probably put together a couple songs while we're rehearsing in Vegas, maybe get 'em in movies or play some new stuff live. That'd be fun."

Vortex is out June 23 via Mascot Records.

CD1
01. Miles Beyond
02. Awakening
03. Cuban Fly Zone
04. El Matador
05. Eternal Love
06. In a Cloud
07. Irish Cream
08. Lady M (Our love Remains)
09. NS Vortex
 
CD2
01. Tortured Souls
02. Schon & Hammer Now
03. Airliner NS910
04. Unspoken Faith
05. Twilight - Spellbound
06. Triumph of Love
07. Mom
08. Talk to Me
09. White Light

 

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