Tue
28
Jul

VOODOO HILL Feat. GLENN HUGHES & DARIO MOLLO Returns With 'Waterfall'

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After more than a decade, VOODOO HILL, the alliance between Dario Mollo and Glenn Hughes returns with a new album.
Out in October via Frontiers.
 
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the eagerly anticipated new album from VOODOO HILL entitled “Waterfall” on October 16th in Europe and North America.
 
The new VOODOO HILL album – the third release from the musical alliance between Italian axeman and producer Dario Mollo and legendary former Deep Purple singer / bassist Glenn Hughes – is the culmination of a 30+ year career for Mollo as a musician, songwriter and producer. Dario Mollo’s career started in 1981 with the heavy metal band Crossbones, he continued to develop his abilities with musical giants like Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG), Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy, Deep Purple) and several others. The Voodoo Hill albums with Glenn Hughes has always marked a special milestone in Dario’s career though.
 
With the acclaimed first Voodoo Hill album in 2000, Dario, for the first time, had the chance to have a proper international release, while the follow up album “Wild Seed of Mother Earth” is probably the heaviest and strongest release ever from Dario. Both releases came out via the Italian label Frontiers with whom Dario has built a strong relationship during the years.
 
The new record came about as a result “of the most prolific and creative period I had in my entire career” tells Dario. “I wrote and recorded more than 35 song ideas in a very limited amount of time, leveraging from all the experiences I gathered as a guitar player, writer and producer. This creative phase had a further development when Dario Patti (keyboardist, bass player and orchestra arranger) came into the picture. He brought the songs a new palette of sounds and some superb arrangements. I also wanted the songs to sound as fresh as possible, trying my best to preserve the feeling of the overall performances, so I used very old school recording methods, including recording acoustic drums in rooms with natural reverb.
 
It was right in the middle of this creative spring that Serafino of Frontiers called me to see whether I wanted to finally work on a third Voodoo Hill album after all these years,” continues Mollo. “He said Glenn Hughes was available in principle, so the next thing I did was to choose the 11 songs which I thought suited the project the best. In comparison to the previous albums, I wanted to have Glenn more involved in the artistic decisions, so I sent him the songs before the final mixes in order to have his advices on the final result. That was a precious process that brought substantial changes, for instance on “Last Door”, where I literally changed the entire guitar riff to make it work better with the vocal melodies. In the end the song was basically rewritten and dramatically improved. It was a fabulous creative process, which I am truly confident will last more than a bunch of listening sessions and will offer a lot of enjoyment to all those will want to follow Voodoo Hill in this exciting musical venture”.
 
“Waterfall” is a strong and straightforward hard and heavy rock album which is equally split between aggressive and heavy moments and beautiful melodies. A stunning release which all fans of hard rock and heavy metal truly won't want to miss!
 
Waterfall” tracklisting includes: All That Remains; The Well; Rattle Shake Bone; Underneath And Down Below; Waterfall; Karma Go; Evil Thing; Eldorado; White Feather; Sunflower; Last Door.
 
Enjoy an album trailer:
 

 
VOODOO HILL
Dario Mollo - Guitars
Glenn Hughes – Vocals
 
with
Dario Patti - Bass, Keys
Riccardo Vruna – Drums
Andrea Maiellano - Additional Bass on 3, 4, 6
Vladimir Ruzicic Kebac - Drums on 7, 9, 11
 
Produced by Dario Mollo
 
 
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Tue
28
Jul

Forest Field - 'Angels' (Official EPK)

 
The official presentation of a number of tracks from the upcoming release 'Angels' by Forest Field. Melodic progressive rock at its finest! Order at http://www.rockcompany.nl and visit the band at http://www.forestfield.nl
 
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Tue
28
Jul

R.I.P 'Visionary' Drum Stick Makes VIC FIRTH

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From the VIC FIRTH Facebook Page: "To our dear friends around the world: We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away. Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made. Vic’s spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words."
 
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Mon
27
Jul

ROOM EXPERIENCE - Room Experience (Special Edition) (Showcase)

Room Experience
Produced By: 
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri & Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti
Running Time: 
64.27
Release Date: 
May 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock / AOR
 
OUT NOW!
ROOM EXPERIENCE
 
 
Yes, the limited edition version of the debut Room Experience​ album is all gone.
Thanks for the fantastic support from everyone that ordered this (last orders going out tomorrow), and to Gianluca Firmo Quello Vero​ for showing faith in a small label like mine.
 
Copies of the regular version are easily found at the likes of www.aorheaven.com / www.nehrecords.com and other fabulous melodic retailers.
Distribution via Cargo Records for wholesale orders.

 

REGULAR EDITION - LIMITED STOCK AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM MELODICROCK:
 

 
 
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE’s self-titled debut is truly going to be an experience for fans of high-class European AOR and melodic rock!
This is perhaps the most star-studded MRR release yet.
 
REGULAR EDITION TRACK LISTING:
 
01. Shock Me
02. Tomorrow Came
03. Run To You
04. Queen Of Every Heart
05. Another Day Without You
06. One Way Out
07. The Only Truth
08. Not Time Yet For A Lullaby
09. Rainbow In The Rain
10. No Sign Of Summer
11. Only Goodnight (Gianluca Lead Vocal)
 
 
The opening track from the album "Shock Me" - please check out below.
 
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE is:
 
David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle) - Lead & Backing Vocals
Gianluca Firmo - Keyboards, Backing Vocals & Lead Vocals on "Only Goodnight"
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) - Keyboards, Acoustic & Electric Piano, Acoustic & Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) - Drums & Percussion
Amos Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) - Bass
Steve De Biasi (Gunshy, Charming Grace) - Guitars
 
 
But that’s not all… Making special guest appearances are:
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, L.R.S, Three Lions, Shining Line) - Hammond on “Rainbow In The Rain"
Ivan Gonzalez (Secret, 91 Suite) - Guitars on "Another Day Without You", "No Sign of Summer" & "Tomorrow’s Came"
Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Fergie Frederiksen, Lionville, Charming Grace) - Guitars on "The Only Truth"
Stefano Zeni (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) - Guitars on "Queen Of Every Heart"
Boris Matakovic (Human Zoo, Charming Grace) - Sax on "Tomorrows Came"
Elena Aurë (Charming Grace) - Backing Vocals on "Rainbow in the Rain" & "Tomorrows Came"
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE will release their debut album “Room Experience” via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Distribution on May 22.
 
For those fans of Lionville, Shining Line, David Readman (solo), Charming Grace and Street Talk comes the debut AOR masterpiece ROOM EXPERIENCE!
 
Check out a full track from the album: “Tomorrow Came”
 

 
On May 22 Room Experience will be finally released worldwide through Melodic Rock Records, with artwork and graphics provided by Antonella Astori (Charming Grace).
The key is in the hole and turning... the doors are about to unlock: are you ready for the "Room Experience"?
 
 
 
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Mon
27
Jul

MRF4 Live - Official Bootleg USB Pre-order Available - Limited Edition

 
PRE-ORDERS OPEN - JUST 5 UNITS LEFT!
 
NO MORE TO BE MADE!
 
MAXX EXPLOSION adding 4 tracks from their set also.  
 
The MRF4 USB is here!
 
To commemorate the last MRF, held in Chicago @ The Home Bar October 2014, amateur filming of the entire event was undertaken by a few select dedicated rockers.
 
The footage was then edited over the last couple of months. The entire event (including the acoustic sets) was filmed – a couple of sets with a single camera, but mostly with 4, 5 and 6 camera angles, beautifully compiled to present a brilliant presentation that is simply too good to leave in the vaults.
 
So with the generous cooperation of the artists involved over the weekend, I am very excited to present the second MRF USB, featuring many of the awesome performances – many as full sets and some others as highlights.
There were a couple of sets where audio or video wasn’t up to scratch so unfortunately, they are not available.
 
What is on this drive adds up to nearly 15 hours of MRF Live Footage!
 
And because of the large volume of material and delivering the live sets in the best audio and video quality possible, we are jumping to a huge 64G drive. Yes, 64 Gig of MRF footage and bonus material.
 
The USB can be pre-ordered as of now via the PayPal links below.
 
Each custom designed USB drive comes housed in a special tin can as was the original MRF3 USB.
 
 
MRF4-USB is priced at $79 (including airmail shipping worldwide)
 
 
MRF4-USB CONTENTS & DETAILS:
 
Friday
7th Heaven – FULL set! 2hrs / 6 Camera Mix
Stan Bush – FULL set! 60 mins / 5 Camera Mix
Adriangale – FULL set! 65 mins / 6 Camera Mix
Johnny Lima – FULL set! 45 mins / 5 Camera Mix
Grand Design – 3 Tracks / 5 Camera Mix
Maxx Explosion – 4 Tracks
Madman's Lullaby – FULL set! 44 mins / Single Camera Shoot
The Radio Sun – FULL set! 42 mins / Single Camera Shoot
 
Saturday
Heat – 2 Tracks (Point Of No Return & Living On The Run) 6 Camera Mix
Heaven’s Edge – FULL set! 65 mins / 4 Camera Mix
Guardian – FULL set! 64 mins / Single Camera Shoot
Tango Down – 5 Tracks / 6 Camera Mix
Paul Laine – FULL set! 78 mins / 6 Camera Mix
Bombay Black – FULL set! 43 mins / 5 Camera Mix
House Of Shakira – 3 Tracks / 4 Camera Mix
Talon – 5 Tracks / 5 Camera Mix
 
Acoustic
Jim Peterik – FULL set! 35 mins
Talon – 5 Tracks
Gary Moon – FULL set! 32 mins
 
 
Sample a little of the footage via YouTube now!
 
https://youtu.be/5p0rNQGQEdU - Guardian – Lead The Way
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_N5EMX4us4 Adriangale – Over Said And Done
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCEM3zkfw0A Paul Laine – One Step Over The Line
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY2CVaJHylo Johnny Lima – Hate To Love You
 
https://youtu.be/qXmYU9k0z0I H.E.A.T – Point Of No Return
 
 
 
BUT WAIT! There’s more!
 
As well as all this fine video footage, you will also get the following:
 
- MP3 versions of the 2 MRF VIP Compilations – 1) Digital Download Pre-Show Comp and 2) Show Day CD Sampler.
 
- Glen Burtnik – Live at MRF3 – AUDIO - Full set, soundboard recording.
 
- Additional Photos, Graphics and promotional material from the event.
 
- Audio of the entire 86 Happiness set.
 
 
MRF4-USB is a strictly LIMITED EDITION once only deal.
There will be 150 custom units manufactured and once all gone, they are gone for good!  No future additional units!
 
Shipping out of the USBs is expected to be in the first week of September.
 
To purchase:
 
 
 
BUT WAIT!
 
Anyone that pre-orders the USB can also pre-order the next MelodicRock compilation, MRCD13, for the discounted price of just $15 and FREE shipping (Regular price $17+5 shipping).
 
MRCD13 is set to be a double CD featuring another 150 minutes of unreleased, rare and exclusive material!
 
Artists lined up to appear include: Jim Peterik & Marc Scherer, White Widdow, Danny Danzi, In Faith, Erik Martensson, Pride Of Lions, Lee Small, Stephen Chesney, Amaze Me and many more.
 
To pre-order the USB and MRCD13 for the combined price of $94, use this PayPal link:
 
 
 

 

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Mon
27
Jul

2015 Debut of UK Based AOR Event 'ROCKINGHAM Festival'

 
ROCKINGHAM PRESS RELEASE ~ THERE’S A NEW AOR SHERIFF IN TOWN….
 
A major new festival is about to land in the UK this autumn. This new endeavour is all set to deliver twenty-two bands in total, including a band that hasn’t played a gig since ’83, six that have never played in the UK, nine that have never played the proposed venue and a further three that haven't been to the UK in over a decade.
 
Rockingham is all set to take place at Nottingham’s Rock City over the weekend of the 24th to 26th October. Alongside Rock City, Dave Herron has booked and assembled a stellar line up of melodic rock goodness that should guarantee a healthy turnout.
Having been a fan of the genre for many years, Herron is no stranger to the world of Melodic Rock; utilising his vast experience and contacts to put together a bold and exciting line up, but that’s not all as Dave Herron explains, “you can expect a few surprise guest appearances throughout the weekend.”
 
\With its roots in the past, but its eyes firmly on the future, Rockingham is primed to become a permanent fixture on the UK festival circuit for the foreseeable future.
           
LINE UP:
                                   
FRIDAY 23rd
 
TOM KEIFER
As part of Cinderella, Keifer should be familiar to any self-respecting rock fan. This is his first visit to the UK as a solo artist and anticipation is high. Expect a mix of Cinderella classics and solo material.  
 
ECLIPSE
Alongside HEAT, Eclipse is riding high as part of the new breed of AOR. If you caught them in the UK recently, then you’ll know what to expect: High-octane hard rock, delivered by a frontman who knows how to handle an audience.
 
ROBIN BECK
Robin’s been no stranger to these shores in recent years, bringing a series of stunning shows to the UK last year. Robin’s last album was her finest since her debut and she’s currently at the pinnacle of her career.
 
ROBERT TEPPER
From Rocky to Cobra and beyond. The king of soundtracks will be among many acts making their UK debut at Rockingham. With Tepper, Bush and Peterik in attendance it really will be 80’s soundtrack heaven.
 
ROMEO’S DAUGHTER
They are the finest female fronted AOR act the UK has ever produced. As a live act they never fail to deliver and are sure to set the bar high.
 
SERPENTINE
A new singer and a bold new sound, Serpentine are out to prove that this is their definitive line up. Their “Circle Of Knives” album sees them producing the goods in the studio, so expect nothing else from their live performance.
 
SANTA CRUZ
Loud and proud, these Finnish riff masters will be the perfect festival openers. If Skid Row and the Gunners are your kinda bands, then make sure you’re down the front for these bad boys.
 
SATURDAY 24th
 
GOTTHARD
Despite the tragic event that saw the enigmatic Steve Lee lose his life, Gotthard have kept his memory alive by doing what they do best, tearing it up live. There are a few select bands from the last few years that garner such high praise from the AOR cognoscenti, Gotthard are one of them.
 
DAN REED NETWORK
If ever a band deserved to be lauded from high then Portland’s finest are that act. They’ve toured with Bon Jovi and The Stones and their recent Download performance was magical. In another world they would have been huge, so get ready to mix it up some twenty-two years after they last appeared at Rock City. 
 
JIM PETERIK
Grammy award winner Jim Peterik will be accompanied by a full live band so expect a heavily laiden Survivor set with classic songs also thrown in from JP’s 40+ year writing career , Ides Of March, 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon to name but a few.
 
ELECTRIC BOYS
Roll out the Funk ‘o’ metal carpet and get ready to ride it all the way back to the late eighties as Sweden’s finest exponents of the genre take to the stage. They could be the festivals silent assassins, so take nothing for granted and miss them at your peril.
 
LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM
They maybe a vehicle for Michael Erlandsson these days, but take nothing away from LAD as they’ve an impressive back catalogue to draw from.
 
VEGA
Always a popular attraction, Vega is the great white hope of the AOR world. With three CDs worth of quality material to choose from, the only problem will be picking the right set.
 
CARE OF NIGHT
Swedish soft rock newcomers, Care Of Night, delivered a fine debut earlier in the year, the kind that the Westcoast genre was built on. If you’ve had a heavy night after the previous evening’s entertainment, then these boys will be the perfect openers.
 
SUNDAY 25th
 
DOKKEN
Back in ‘85/6 Dokken were riding the crest of a wave over in America. Their first four albums are rightly regarded as some of the finest of the era. They’ll be the perfect end to a fabulous weekend.
 
DAVID GLEN ISLEY, ALAN KRIGGER and CRAIG GOLDY OF GUIFFRIA
A Guiffria less, Guiffria? Well it’s done House Of Lords no harm for the last ten years. With David Glen Isley, Alan Krigger and Craig Goldy in attendance, they’ll be sure to do you right.
 
VALENTINE
Ex Zinatra keyboard player Robbie Valentine makes his UK debut as a solo artist and his brand of flamboyance is sure to light up the evening. 
 
STAN BUSH
Backed by the rock band, Bailey, Stan Bush makes a welcome return to the UK for his first visit in over a decade. You can expect a jam packed set list, one that will cover all the bases.
 
ROYAL HUNT
The last time Royal Hunt appeared at a UK festival they damn near stole the weekend. A pompous, bombastic approach will have them appealing to many. With DC Cooper at the helm, a good time is almost guaranteed.
 
AMMUNITION
Having just stolen the show at the recent Vasby Rock festival, this collaboration between Age Sten Nillsen (Wig Wam) and Erik Martensson (Eclipse) is sure to be a must watch occasion. Their new album is one of this year’s highlights, after this performance you’ll understand why.
 
ISSA
AORs most popular pin up girl has just released what is arguably her best album. Her recent live performances have seen her in good form; this performance should be no exception.
 
NO HOT ASHES
An exclusive for the Melodicrock.com readers and that’s the addition of Irelands finest to the bill. Fresh from supporting FM on their recent UK tour, No Hot Ashes will deliver a pleasant set of jaunty AOR.
 
I think you’ll all agree that Rockingham Festivals AOR credentials have been fully endorsed by having such an array of talent on show. Fans and ticket buyers would also be wise to watch out for announcements of official pre and after shows in the coming months via the festivals Facebook page.  
Dave Herron sums up the impending weekend perfectly, “It’s gonna be one hell of a party, with plans for 2016 already taking shape.”
 
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Mon
27
Jul

Focus On Metal - TONY FRANKLIN

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This week on Focus On Metal comes the fourth installment in our Little Mountain Sound Studio series. Our guest this week is none other than bassist and all around cool guy, Tony Franklin. Tony has played with an impressive list of artists including Gary Hoey, Marty Freidman, Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, and Whitesnake. Did I mention the guy has also played with Jimmy Page in The Firm? Jimmy Freaking Page! Of course he was also a big part of Blue Murder with John Sykes and Carmine Appice. So yeah, I think this guy knows his way around a studio so he's a perfect guy to talk about his time at LMS. These days when he's not enjoying his Ninja blender Tony is playing with Rated X and Heart of Storm with Doug Aldrich.
www.focusonmetal.net and iTunes under "focus on metal".
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2015
 
Fri
24
Jul

BON JOVI'S Contractual Obligation Album

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The August 21 release of BON JOVI's "fan album" Burning Bridges is in Jon Bon Jovi's words, a "contractual obligation album" and will put to a close the history of the band up until this point.
 
Here are the tracks apparently to be featured - with the name of the album the unreleased tracks were originally recorded for posted beside the titles.
 
 
 
And this from a long time friend and source - JBJ addressed fans at a recent Fan Club VIP outing - "Tonight Jon said the Burning Bridges album is for the true fans and was a contractual obligation. It ends and era and 'when you hear it that will make sense'. But not to read into anything otherwise. He is excited about the new album that is expected out in April or May 2016."
 
So there you go folks, make of that what you will!
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Thu
23
Jul

HEART OF STORM Discuss The Sonic And Visual Fusion Of A Rock Concert

 
HEART OF STORM's
DEREK SHERINIAN (DREAM THEATER)
GREGG BISSONETTE (RINGO STARR, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA), DOUG ALDRICH (WHITESNAKE, DIO) AND TONY FRANKLIN (THE FIRM, JIMMY PAGE, PAUL RODGERS)
DISCUSS HOW  THE SONIC AND VISUAL FUSION OF A ROCK CONCERT AND RUSSIAN BALLET CAME ABOUT, ITS EVOLUTION AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THEIR U.S. DEBUT IN LOS ANGELES
THIS FRIDAY, JULY 24 AND SATURDAY, JULY 25
AT 8PM IN THE ORPHEUM THEATRE

 
 
Photo from HEART OF STORM rehearsal in Los Angeles.
 
HEART OF STORM--the internationally acclaimed one-of-a-kind live rock concert and Russian ballet experience--will make its premiere in Los Angeles on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at the Orpheum Theatre, 8pm (842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014).
 
In celebration of its U.S. debut, HEART OF STORM is offering fans the chance to view these shows with complimentary tickets, only on July 24 and July 25. For complimentary tickets email: tickets@redrockballet.com
 
In this in-depth interview below, HEART OF STORM's Derek Sherinian [keyboardist]and Gregg Bissonette [drummer], Doug Aldrich [lead guitar] and Tony Franklin [The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers] discuss how the show was born, its evolution from premiering in Europe last year in Mayto kicking off its U.S. debut this Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles and what fans can expect when they come to see this one-of-a-kind rock concert and ballet experience. View the sizzle reel for HEART OF STORM here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqWoMKefKOM.
 
HEART OF STORM is played live and loud by an all-star band including renowned keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, Electric Light Orchestra), lead guitar Doug Aldrich(Whitesnake, Dio, Revolution Saints), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) and rhythm guitarist Brent Woods(Warrant, Sebastian Bach) and alto saxophonist  Brandon Fields(Tower Of Power, George Benson). The music that was created needed a strong visual, so the group teamed with the young and talented Russian-Korean choreographer Stas Tsoy.The music, performance, and visuals come together to tell this unforgettable tale of a young Major named Storm as he travels to the depths of the labyrinth of Life, Death and Love.
 
This hybrid rock concert fused with stunning, young Russian ballet talent--spanning the Bolshoi Theatre, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker--inherits the tradition of classical ballet, while charting new territory into live, emotional theater. HEART OF STORM is an explosive and theatrical rock ballet extravaganza.
 
Get an in-depth look into HEART OF STORM here:
 
Q: When did this whole idea for HEART OF STORM evolve from? What sparked it for you?
 
Derek Sherinian: The creator Alex Semenov approached me in late 2013 to produce and play on a rock instrumental record. Alex decided to have choreographed ballet performing live along with a rock band, he found Stas Tsoy a talented Russian-Korean choreographer and this sounded like an exciting, unique opportunity to me.
 
Q: What was your vision for this artistically? What message do you guys want to get across? What should people walk away with?
 
Doug Aldrich: Artistically, I thought this was a cool fusion of arts and I wanted an opportunity to push myself in some new directions after Whitesnake. This was really something interesting and obviously with a great bunch of friends that also happen to be at the top level as musicians. I hope to have people walk away feeling happy to see and hear something fresh that is a new idea.
 
Derek Sherinian: Heart Of Storm is Alex Semenov's vision. My job is to help him see his vision through on the musical end.
 
Tony Franklin: Heart Of Storm is part rock show, part Russian ballet--with a killer band, featuring top name rock musicians--and world class Russian ballet. 'Storm' is the main character, and the storyline follows his tumultuous journey of love, anger, jealousy and death. But this is not just a dance show with accompanying rock music. Both the band and ballet are interwoven into a unique, powerful and emotional performance. I've never seen anything like it.
 
Q: How did the idea of fusing the music with ballet come about? How did you create the songs to fit with the ballet choreography?
 
Derek Sherinian: The music was written first, and then the dancing was choreographed afterwards.
 
Doug Aldrich: Music has always been in ballet I guess, but this is a fresh approach that the composer felt would be more intense and fit well with the choreography. It could possibly reach a new audience that might otherwise skip ballet. I myself have never been to a ballet, but now I'm interested. The Red Rock Ballet is made up of very talented young dancers from Russia.
 
Q: What is the story of HEART OF STORM? Tell us about the production and look of the show.
 
Tony Franklin: The Orpheum Theater is the perfect setting. In the Broadway Theater District of Los Angeles, it has a long history dating back to the 1920's. The list of artists who've performed here is remarkable, including Judy Garland, the Marx Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder--the list goes on. American Idol and America's Got Talent are also filmed here. The Orpheum stage has been transformed to accommodate the unique Heart Of Storm production. The lights, the setting, the sound and performances are all fine-tuned to express the broad array of emotions of the storyline. I'm really excited to be part of Heart Of Storm.
 
Doug Aldrich: I was so immersed in learning the material that I didn't really know much about the story at first. But once we started to run the show together, it all made sense... The look seems to be heavy....very edgy, but with classic Ballet feel in spots. In other places it probably pushes the limit a bit.
 
Q: Can you elaborate on the band's chemistry? What's the dynamic like?
 
Derek Sherinian: Everyone in this band is not only incredible musicians, but incredible people as well. Tony Franklin and Gregg Bissonette are hands down the nicest rhythm section in rock! I am truly blessed to be working with such a great team of people across the board.
 
Doug Aldrich: Derek is our fearless leader and has put together a very diverse bunch of people to perform the music. I know Derek had been working on this for some time. Then I happened to be in Moscow for a day and I got a phone call from Brent Woods saying that he and Derek were out at a party in town and asked if I wanted to join. Haha. I was asleep and jetlagged so I didn't go, but a few months later Derek started to think about this production and called me to play. I have to say, it's been a huge amount of work for me to get up to speed, but we had so much fun that time has flown by. We are all very different people so it feels unlike any project I've been in. Gregg and Brent secretly coordinated wardrobe the entire time showing up with the same shit and shoes or whatever... Tony is truly one of the nicest people you could ever meet. His playing is just astounding... so giant. Like all the guys I reckon. Brandon has just blown me away...with horns and flutes!!! He has been very patient with us as he has not had to deal with a band this loud. But he seriously shreds if that can be deemed a compliment from me. Derek is that bad boy dude with chops that will back it up. Derek and Brent are serious gearheads which of course I can relate to. Derek has more gear than just about anyone I know.... I get it. There is always more room for something new. Brent plays so awesome. I'm really glad to work with him. He is playing solos as well, but also doing acoustic work which is very important with a ballet. Gregg is joking around all the time... always, but he just an insanely talented player. He like all these guys has played with the best of the best cause they are that good.
 
Gregg Bissonette: The band chemistry is awesome. I've been a fan of all of these musicians for many years and have played with everyone before except Brent Woods, but now he's my new best friend :). The first day I showed up for rehearsal, I was wearing a red Foo Fighters shirt and black jeans and Brent was wearing a red shirt and black jeans. Everyone commented on it, so each morning we decided to mess with the others by calling ahead of time and wearing the same colors. It took them a while to figure it out and they thought we were on the same wave length, but they quickly caught on :).We all really take the music seriously, as a drummer in the band you have two man jobs: the tempo, and controlling the dynamics... bringing it way down and way up when you need to. Brandon is one of the world's greatest sax players and I've played with him at the Baked Potato Jazz club in L.A., on his solo albums, and we were in the house band for the Latin Grammys a few years ago. I was in a band with Derek called Jughead which my brother Matt Bissonette (Elton John's bassist) and Ty Tabor (Kings X) were also in. Derek and I also played in Italy with Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, that's where I played with Doug Aldrich as well. Tony Franklin and I have played a ton together over the years and have been great pals for 20 years. We played years ago on a movie called Endless Summer 2. It was a surf movie. We've done a million albums together and toured all over the world. Derek is the glue that brought us all together. He is a great guy, a fantastic musician, and a wonderful producer and band leader. The music we are playing with Heart of Storm is written so well that it lends itself to having a lot of dynamics, (playing at different musical volume levels). It's very passionate music and when everyone sees the dancers and storyline, they will love it and see that it's all brilliantly connected.
 
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HEART OF STORM
FRIDAY, JULY 24 and SATURDAY, JULY 25
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LOS ANGELES, CA  90014
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TEN Announce ‘The Dragon And Saint George’ EP

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On the back of such well received albums 'Abion' and 'Isla De Muerta', released a mere 6 months apart like their debut and follow up back in 1996, the UK's highly-rated melodic hard rock band Ten release their first EP for many years.

Featuring exclusive artwork from Gaetano Di Falco, the EP also boast three previously unreleased tracks. These are no mere cast-off, but potential bone-fide classic, with 'Muskateers: Soldiers of the King' being right up their with the best historical Ten epics, while 'The Prodigal Saviour' and 'Is There Anyone With Sense' returns to the more melodic AOR of the debut. The EP also includes the European bonus track 'We Can Be As One', so for Japan and the Far East, there are 4 unreleased tracks.

The booklet also contains written note by Gary Hughes on every song on 'Isla De Muerta' as well as the unreleased tracks found here, making for a totally indispensable package for all fans of wonderful melodic hard rock.

Release date Sept 4. Pre-order from www.rocktopiarecords.com
 
  
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