AVANTASIA Announce Cast For May 2019 Australian Tour
As it was announced late last year that the world’s biggest Metal opera was finally coming to Australia. 20 years after the release of the original Metal Operas, Musical mastermind Tobias Sammet decided to bring the full AVANTASIA stage show to Australia!
As the AVANTASIA dates, inch closer and closer to Australia, set for impact this May, the cast of this once-in-a-lifetime event has been announced! Amidst sheer praise and admiration for 'Moonglow' (Which hit #1 in the German album charts), Tobias Sammet has out-done himself with a world-class roster of singers and musicians that will be making the trek down under this May:
TOBIAS SAMMET - Lead vocals (Edguy, Avantasia)
BOB CATLEY - Lead vocals (Magnum)
ERIC MARTIN - Lead vocals (Mr. Big)
GEOFF TATE - Lead vocals (ex-Queensryche, Operation: Mindcrime)
JORN LANDE - Lead vocals (ex-Masterplan, JORN)
RONNIE ATKINS - Lead vocals (Pretty Maids)
HERBIE LANGHANS - Backing vocals / Lead vocals (Sinbreed)
ADRIENNE COWAN - Backing vocals / Lead vocals (Seven Spires, Winds of Plague)
SASCHA PAETH - Guitars (Producer for Avantasia, Edguy, Angra, Shaaman, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot, After Forever and Epica)
OLLI HARTMANN - Guitars / Backing vocals (At Vance, Hartmann)
MIRO RODENBERG - Keyboards (Producer for Angra, Shaaman, Luca Turilli, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot and Heavens Gate)
ANDRE NEYGENFIND - Bass (Avantasia)
FELIX BOHNKE - Drums (Edguy)
Having blown crowds away with headline sets at both Wacken Open Air in Germany and Barcelona Rockfest while touring their previous album Ghostlights, AVANTASIAproved they are one of the biggest names in operatic and symphonic heavy music. Sammet is a masterful storyteller, creating epic fantasy worlds that can barely be contained within his sprawling concept albums. They can barely be contained on stage either with AVANTASIA shows typically lasting for up to three hours!
WATCH The Tour Trailer:

AVANTASIA’s eighth studio album, ‘Moonglow’ was released via Nuclear Blast in February and boasts an incredible list of performers including Jorn Lande, Eric Martin (Mr Big), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Michael Kiske (Helloween), Bob Catley (Magnum), Amanda Somerville, Candice Night, Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) & Mille Petrozza (Kreator)
It can absolutely be said that Australia has never seen a tour like this. From the depth of storytelling, to the range of the cast, to the sheer musical brilliance – this is a once in a lifetime tour! Do not miss this!
RSVP & Ticket Links:

May 12th - Sydney, Metro Theatre

May 14th - Melbourne, The Forum (SELLING FAST!)

Presented by Overdrive Touring


On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. New Interviews with rock legend Alice Cooper, music executive Tom Zutaut, LA GUNS' Tracii Guns and Paul McCartney's Brian Ray. Alan Niven co-hosts. 
In our first interview, legendary musician Alice Cooper discusses his upcoming tour with Halestorm, fostering new bands, the Hollywood Vampires, his three upcoming albums including a new Bob Ezrin produced 'Alice Cooper' one, Johnny Depp, what is an Alice Cooper album & touches upon Brutal Planet & Dragontown, touring 'bare bones', the physicality of touring at his age, did Detroit's car industry give birth to the revered Detroit Rock scene, writing new songs with Mark Farner, more reunion shows and more. 
Our second interview is with music executive Tom Zutaut. We discuss Mötley Crüe at length including signing the band, John Corabi, Vince's car crash and the aftermath, Doc McGhee, who ran off with the band's money, copying of KISS on their Shout At The Devil artwork, the Sunset Strip scene, Nikki Sixx, producer Tom Werman, is The Dirt realistic, and more.
We continue the episode with Tracii Guns. He talks about L.A. Guns new album The Devil You Know, Nikki Sixx & Bobby Dall and using backing tracks (approx. 1hr 42 minutes), why bother making new music, his guitar playing moving forward, using KISS' Creatures Of The Night producer Michael James Jackson on their Hollywood Vampires album, Eddie Kramer & Rick Rubin getting fired as producers, working with producer Tom Werman, the magic of early albums including Van Halen, fabulous singer Phil Lewis and recruiting him from Girl/Tormé, and much more. 
We end the episode talking with Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray. We discuss his new music (featuring Smokey Robinson), his career and working with 'the best of the best' including Etta James, Steve Van Zandt, what has he learned from Paul McCartney and more. Please visit 



CANNONBALLZ Debut Feat. Robbie LaBlanc, Vince Dicola, Jonathan Mover, Alan Friedman & Doug Wimbish

Friday, May 10, 2019
Who are CANNONBALZ? Check this lineup for some of the best musicians on the planet!
Vocals - Robbie LaBlanc (Fury, Blanc Faces, Find Me, Solo)
Guitars - Alan Friedman (The Accounting Crows, Sessions, Solo)
Bass - Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Tackhead, Mick Jagger)
Keyboards - Vince DiCola (Transformers, Storming Heaven, Rocky IV, Staying Alive)
Drums & Percussion - Jonathan Mover (Marillion, The Tubes, GTR, Joe Satriani)
So what are this band of musicial icons doing together?
Only making one of the best AOR/rock/midwestern/pop records you’ll ever hear, that’s what!
There’s not one note out of place on this monster album - an eclectic mix of classic rock influences, with a level of musicianship completely off the scale.
MRR A&R Andrew McNeice: "I'm so proud and thrilled to have these guys and this amazing album on MRR. The crisp, sharp production allows all the many layers to breathe and showcase the extraordinary talents these guys have. This is one of the finest albums for musicianship that I have heard in years!"
After recording a few records with various well-known musicians, guitarist/songwriter Alan Friedman wanted to form a band with his favorite drummer, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist. His choices were easy, as he enlisted drummer Jonathan Mover (Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani), bassist Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Jeff Beck, TackHead), keyboardist Vince DiCola (film score composer of ‘Rocky IV’ & ‘The Transformers: The Movie’), and killer AOR vocalist Robbie LaBlanc (Find Me, Fury).
Together, they spent three days in L.A. studio “The Steakhouse” and wrote this entire record from scratch, including a complete rearrangement of the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.” One of Jonathan’s many girlfriends (and there have been many) always called Alan “Kannenballs” because the name of Alan’s CPA firm is “Friedman, Kannenberg & Company.” And as they say, the rest is history.
MelodicRock Records is honoured to be in the presence of such company and proudly releases the album ‘8Ballz2Many’ worldwide officially May 10.
There is however, an exclusive offer available right now for direct pre-orders. A Limitd Edition (500 only) ‘8Ballz2many’ Special Edition offers the following:
- Exclusive Slip Case
- Exclusive Digital Bonus Track - ‘When I Think Of You’ (Extended) 6.54
- Exclusive Early Release Date - April 26
- Digital Delivery of the album - April 5
- Digital Delivery of two tracks right now
This SE release is only available via MRR and you can purchase right now.
CANNONBALLZ - 8Ballz2Many (MRR Limited Special Edition CD) $20 (+$5 worldwide shipping)
Track Listing:
01. Sari 5:24
02. Never Giving Up 4:18
03. When I Think Of You 4:24
04. Justin Thyme 6:41
05. Heart Without A Soul 6:34
06. Sammy On The Wall 4:20
07. I’ll Take The Pain 5:02
08. Lost In Time 5:09
09. URanus? MYanus! 6:22
10. Tomorrow Never Knows (Lennon/McCartney) 6:40
Produced by Jonathan Mover
Mixed by Fran Flannery
More about the CANNONBALLZ:
Tucked in somewhere between the end of Blanc Faces and the start of Find Me was a project that Robbie thoroughly enjoyed called Cannonbalz. It was the dream of Robbie’s dear friend Alan Friedman that they lockout Steakhouse Studios in LA and write and record a CD of material with Vince Dicola on Keys and Jonathon Mover on drums. Doug Wimbish would add bass later on in the final process.
With everyone’s hectic schedule and “lifestuff” happening, the CD took 8 years to get out. Robbie lost his dad and “When I Think Of You” was written. (The song was written but it wasn’t until Robbie’s dad passed the song could be written lyrically).
Vince had some great song ideas as well and Alan brought in some ideas. They were all finished melodically and structurally during our three-day studio lockout. Jonathon then produced the rest of the CD and oversaw Fran Flannery’s mixing.
So, here it is, 8 years later and the songs are holding up well!
Alan Friedman: “The initial working title for the record was ‘Ballz To The Wall’. That being said, even though all of the songs were written and demoed back in August 2011 (that’s right, almost eight years ago!), life events beyond the band’s control (such as work, health and family challenges) caused this project to drag on for far too long.
Needless to say, the album stalled several times for various reasons, which brought me to the point of asking/enlisting Jonathan to step in as producer, take the reins, put all the pieces together and see it through to final mixes. As the album was finally nearing completion in 2018, I said to Jonathan, “I can’t believe this record is finally done,” to which Jonathan flippantly replied, “It would have been done a long time ago if there weren’t eight ballz too many. Which, by the way, is now the name of the record”, referring to the anatomical excess of four of the five musicians in the band. Never wanting to pass up a great self-deprecating joke, the new title stuck.”
A little about The Ballz:
Vince DiCola exploded into the film arena in 1983 as co-writer on 7 songs for the movie Staying Alive (directed and written by Sylvester Stallone and starring John Travolta). The song "Far From Over" (performed by Frank Stallone) from this movie made it into the top 10 on the Billboard charts. Vince also scored such movies as Rocky IV and Transformers: The Movie. Solo albums, original bands, live performances, session work... With each new project Vince DiCola continues to demonstrate his powerful and creative force and versatility in the music world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Robbie LaBlanc started singing at the age of three years old all because his dad brought in the new Trini Lopez record named “Live At PJ’s”. The record really got to him and then the Beatles came shortly thereafter. His brother Brian was right behind him and the duo started harmonizing immediately. After forming Fury, the band was on “Star Search” in 1984 (on the same show as Joseph Williams, Toto’s lead singer currently).
Fury then called it a day until Blanc Faces was formed on the direction of Brian’s wife Rosanne and Serafino Perugino, head of Frontiers records. Their two CD’s were widely accepted and brought Robbie the Find Me project, which is currently getting great reviews with their third release, ‘Angels in Blue’.
At first glance, guitarist and songwriter Alan Friedman is probably the last person you’d expect to be playing guitar on a stellar record of well-known accomplished musicians. That’s because his day gig is that of a CPA and Partner in a CPA firm that services the music industry (
But when you dig into his background, you’ll find Alan has been playing guitar and writing & recording original music for almost 50 years.  He’s released five solo records (the latest one entitled ‘5th Piece of the Puzzle’) and has played in several rock bands throughout his music career. Most noteworthy are the accomplished musicians who’ve played on his records, including friends & clients Steve Lukather, Bobby Kimball, Pat Thrall, Corey Glover, Greg Phillinganes, Will Calhoun, Bernard Fowler, Jorgen Carlsson, Jeff Pevar, Josh Eagan, Joey Brasler, Dave Stoltz and Jimmy Biggins, in addition to Cannonballz members Jonathan Mover, Doug Wimbish, Vince DiCola and Robbie LaBlanc.
Yes, Alan was the magnet that attracted these great players to get together to form Cannonballz.


MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Currently Recording 2nd Album + Announce New Drummer

US Tour Kicks Off On April 15th At The Whisky A Go Go
Following the release of their successful first album Resurrection, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST is currently recording their second album, co-produced by Michael Schenker & Michael Voss, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in August.
The news is bittersweet as the band recently mourned the passing of beloved MSF drummer Ted Mckenna.
Michael comments, "We are totally heartbroken to hear about Ted McKenna - our amazing drummer and dearest friend - passing away. It’s a massive shock and a huge loss to lose Ted so suddenly. He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most sincerely genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. One of the great rock drummers, he always played from the heart and his heart was music.  Rest in peace Ted, we will miss you x.”
The band also announced they will be welcoming back Simon Philipps and Bodo Schopf - who each played drums in MSG - to the Michael Schenker Fest line-up.  Simon who played on the MSG debut album will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second album. Due to his schedule, he is unable to be the live drummer for the upcoming US tour. This role will be completed by Bodo Schopf, who played on Perfect Timing and Save Yourself. With the sudden passing of Ted Mckenna, Bodo will be featured on the upcoming record but in a smaller role as he had the important job of preparing for the US tour.
Michael states, "We are very grateful to Bodo for being a team player and working out with Simon what needs to be done in order for us to continue as smooth as possible and also to Simon for helping us to make it all possible. Bodo is the perfect choice to continue as the permanent drummer for Michael Schenker Fest. It is a perfect balance between the musicians from the past. It includes everything as a family to continue Michael Schenker Fest."
Bodo comments, "I am very sorry that Ted had to leave us under these tragic circumstances, and I'm proud to rock for him and all the Michael Schenker fans. RIP Ted.”
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will kick off their US tour on April 15th at the Whisky A GO GO.  The trek will include performances in Vancouver, Chicago, and New York before concluding on May 18th in Austin. TX!
Before this kicks off, the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST family is going to tour North America:
4/15/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/16/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/17/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/19/2019 Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
4/20/2019 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
4/21/2019 Revolution Hall - Portland, OR
4/22/2019 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
4/24/2019 The Palace (formerly Flames Central) - Calgary, AB CANNADA
4/27/2019 Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO
4/28/2019 The Truman - Kansas City, MO
4/30/2019 Bourbon Hall - Louisville, KY
5/03/2019 The Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
5/04/2019 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/05/2019 Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
5/07/2019 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
5/09/2019 The Egg - Albany, NY
5/10/2019 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
5/11/2019 Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
5/12/2019 The Space at Westbury - Westbury, NY
5/14/2019 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
5/15/2019 The National - Richmond, VA
5/16/2019 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
5/18/2019 Empire Garage - Austin, TX
More on Michael Schenker:



ZFG Launches New Single "Special"; Announce Tour Dates This Spring

Introducing ZFG – the next generation of rock stars…
"Special" landed among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground. The word could also be used well in describing the inception of the band ZFG. Within its ranks you’ll find seasoned songwriters and performers of which you may be familiar, but sometimes the sum of the parts is beyond expectations and lends itself to being genre defining.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, ZFG consists of Jules Galli on vocals, Trev Lukather on guitar, Sam Porcaro on bass and Josh Devine on drums. The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. "Zero Fucks Given" is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.
As serendipitous as the making of the band may have been, ZFG runs with a different mindset when approaching the music they write by not restricting themselves to purely rock-style songs. ZFG’s music is infused in alternative, pop, R&B and a hybrid of other styles. ZFG's radio campaign recently launched for their single "Special" and landed #2 MOST ADDED spot on the Billboard (BDS) Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and grabbed the coveted #1 MOST ADDED spot on the Foundations (SMR) Chart. "Special" lands among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
The band will embark on their first tour Spring 2019 with Adelitas Way and The Winery Dogs (dates below). Fans can get a taste of their upcoming EP with the release of a lyric video for their single, "Special"
ZFG's new EP is tentatively set for an April 2019 release and the band will hit the road in full
support worldwide.
ZFG playing “Special” for Gene Simmons:
ZFG w/ Adeltias Way "What it Takes" Tour Dates:
4/17 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/19 Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
4/20 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
4/24 Heath, OH @ Muddy Creek Saloon
4/26 Tucson, AZ @ Pima County Fair
4/27 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
4/28 Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
5/1 Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
5/2 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
5/3 Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
5/4 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
5/5 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
5/8 Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddys
5/9 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
5/10 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
5/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis
5/12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
ZFG w/ The Winery Dogs "Who Let The Dogs Out" Tour:
5/25 Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d
5/28 Sacramento, CA - Crest Theater
5/29 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater
5/30 Anaheim, CA - The Grove
5/31 Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre



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