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18
Mar

ROBIN TROWER Launches First-Ever Music Video

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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ROBIN TROWER LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER MUSIC VIDEO
FOR THE TITLE TRACK OF HIS NEW ALBUM 'SOMETHING'S ABOUT TO CHANGE'
UK TOUR STARTS MARCH 26 WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
 
Robin Trower has launched his first-ever music video for the title track of his new album 'Something's About To Change'. Click here to view/embed the music video - http://bit.ly/1BtAGkW.
 
Something's About To Change was released by Manhaton/V12 Records on March 9th 2015 - the same day as Robin's 70th birthday.  It marks Trower's first album since 2013's critically acclaimed 'Roots And Branches', and dovetails his 17-date UK tour with special guest Joanne Shaw Taylor starting March 26.  Album info and downloadable photos: http://bit.ly/1z7PMO9.  UK tour press release: http://bit.ly/1kv6TBk

March/April 2015 UK Tour

Lincoln Drill Hall                                                   Thursday March 26
Bury St. Edmunds, Apex                                     Friday March 27
Birmingham Town Hall                                       Saturday March 28
Salford Lowry                                                       Sunday March 29
Chester Live Rooms                                            Thursday April 2
Gateshead Sage                                                   Friday April 3
Glasgow Arches                                                    Saturday April 4
Aberdeen Lemon Tree                                       Sunday April 5
Stockton Arc                                                         Tuesday April 7
York Barbican                                                       Wednesday April 8
Sheffield City Hall Ballroom                               Thursday April 9
Holmfirth Picturedrome                                    Friday April 10
London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire               Saturday April 11
Crawley Hawth                                                    Tuesday April 14
Exeter Corn Exchange                                         Wednesday April 15
Salisbury City Hall                                                Thursday April 16
Milton Keynes Stables                                        Friday April 17 

 
 

 
Wed
18
Mar

RIP Free's ANDY FRASER

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Another day, another tragic loss for the music world. Free's bass player/songwriter ANDY FRASER has died at the age of just 62. 
 
 
In the years between, that song became the gift-that-keeps-on-giving (All Right Now), generating millions of dollars for its authors. It was a No. 1 hit in over 20 countries and was recognized by ASCAP in 1990 for over 1 million radio plays in the U.S. alone. By Oct. of 2006, it passed the 3 million mark in plays in the U.K.
 
In 2005, the musician put out an extremely personal solo album, “Naked and Finally Free.” He came out as a gay man in an interview I conducted with him for the national gay and lesbian magazine The Advocate that year.
In more recent years, politics became more important to Fraser. He wrote a song to support the election of Barack Obama and donated proceeds from various songs to progressive and humanitarian causes. He also mentored young artists, like the guitar prodigy Tobi Earnshaw, producing albums for him and playing in his band.
 
At the time of his death, Fraser had talked about going on tour with Frankie Miller, another classic singer in the ‘60s British blues-rock mold.
The musician is survived by two daughters, Hannah and Jasmine Fraser.
For fans, Fraser will be remembered as a key player in rock’s golden age, a star who could use any instrument to create melodies and rhythms you couldn’t get out of your head. 
 
 
And a nice read on the background of writing All Right Nowhttp://www.songwritingmagazine.co.uk/interviews/how-i-wrote-all-right-no...
 
 
Tue
17
Mar

RIP Drummer BRUCE CRUMP (China Sky, Molly Hatchet)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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More bad news from the rock community - the death of drummer BRUCE CRUMP.
 
His China Sky bandmates posted this earlier today:
 
"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the passing of our brother, Bruce Crump.
 
This sudden tragedy is like a kick to the gut. We could not have lost a more truly decent human being than Bruce. Our hearts go out to his wife Kristen, his mom, children, and family.
 
Not only was Bruce a genuinely nice person, but his talent was even bigger than his heart. When he agreed to join us in China Sky, we were humbled that THE Bruce Crump deemed us worthy of his time and talent, and boy, were we ever better off for it. We could not be more proud of the work he did on "China Sky II" and we are forever grateful to him.
 
I think we can all take just a bit of solace in the fact that he left us with so much of his talent on record over his 35 plus year career. I know his rock solid grooves, and the music he helped create, will be gracing many turntables, tape machines, ipods, smartphones, and whatever technology music comes out of tonight, tomorrow, and for many years to come."
 
 
Tue
17
Mar

Aussie Rock Fans Double Header - THE RADIO SUN & BLACK MAJESTY

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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HEAVEN MEETS HELL - Saturday 6th June will host two hard and heavy genres of music with melodic rockers The Radio Sun & melodic metallers Black Majesty @ Musicland, Fawkner, Vic. Australia....definitely one to lock in the diary for the month of June.
 
 
 
Tue
17
Mar

UK Cult Classic Rock Group SAD CAFE Documentary DVD

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Monday, March 23, 2015
 
At home on stage and in the studio, seven-piece Sad Cafe followed 10cc out of Manchester and into the charts.

This hour-long TV showcase from the Rockstage series, filmed by Central Television, Nottingham, in 1980, majors on the hit album 'Facades', and includes the hits 'Strange Little Girl', 'Every Day Hurts' and 'My Oh My'.

Fronted by charismatic singer Paul Young, who went on to find success with Genesis spin-off, Mike + The Mechanics, and who sadly passed away in 2000, Sad Caf' were at their peak in 1980 coming off of the success of their top 5 hit, 'Every Day Hurts' from the top 10 album 'Facades' 

Paul's wife Pat Young, drummer Dave Irving and guitarist Ashley Mulford have supplied their memories of a night that caught Sad Cafe at the height of their performing powers.

They were arguably a band out of time in the new-wave era, but their musicianship and showmanship has stood the test of time.

This set, released in the UK on March 23rd, features a full DVD of the performance and a bonus CD of the entire show. Find Sad Caf' on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SadCafeTourDatesAndNews

To purchase the album from Amazon, click here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Access-All-Areas-Sad-Caf%C3%A9/dp/B00T2T9CXQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1425386151&sr=1-1&keywords=5014797891982

 
 
Tue
17
Mar

JOE MATERA Continues Guitar Legacy with 'Louder Than Words'

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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LOUDER THAN WORDS - JOE MATERA
 
Press Release: For Australian rocker Joe Matera, 'Louder Than Words', makes it clear from the outset that he has moved on both musically and lyrically. Words have now gathered and drifted in top position on half of the songs, now carrying darker, headier themes that seem fittingly in sync with the times we find ourselves living through.
Take Joe's brief and precocious opener, 'Intro 1 V'. Just a morsel, really, but one that offers hints of Nine Inch Nails and elements of Germanic angst. Not a strain that has featured too heavily in Joe's previous outings. The darkness floods through the preceding single and title song.
 
Thumping slowly through a rhythmic, a song of self-analysis, ironically suggesting that images, symbols and, I guess, sounds can speak louder to the soul that words. Within the context of this album, with its array of lyrical themes, a lovely juxtaposition. Throughout the nine tracks, there remains one constant. I refer to my opening statement. Today's Joe Matera sound is a gargantuan, grey, rolling tank, softened beautifully by the cushion of production. On top of this gentle darkness sit both lyrics and melodies that, in place, evoke the most unlikely genres. Take 'Movin' On', slotting neatly in place here is a most unexpected hint of '80s pop ... that bright, brash, courageously unpretentious glare that gave us such glorious lightness. A song that, indeed, flits between the black and the white.
 
And that is the key to the entire album, really. A truly unexpected place where eclecticism marries traditional tendencies. In an age when simplistic genre template artists remain depressingly in place, here is an album of the guitar, the voice and other machines. Louder Than Words is officially released via W.A.R. Productions/Mercury Fire Music on April 28, 2015. 
 
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Tue
17
Mar

Double Stop Podcast - JOEY ALLEN (Warrant)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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This week on The Double Stop Podcast: Joey Allen (Warrant) gives us a full overview of his career. He discusses the early days of Warrant, and their heyday in the late 80’s. He also shares why he left the band after Dog Eat Dog, what he did in the years before his return, reflects on Jani Lane, and looks forward to the next CD, and when that will be recorded.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-51-joey-allen-warrant
http://thedoublestop.com/ep-51-joey-allen-warrant/

 
Tue
17
Mar

Introducing INSTINCT Featuring BJ Laneby

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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M.ILL.ION main man beats death and forms new band!
 
B.J LANEBY Bass guitar
 
After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums, charting and international touring, M.ILL.ION founder and bass guitarist B.J Laneby decided to put the band to rest. Now he´s back with a strong new band from Sweden and he´s very excited about it. B.J: “ At the end of our [M.ILL.ION] UK tour with Heaven & Earth last summer, I became very ill and actually nearly died. I literally had one foot in the grave. After spending several months in intensive care both in England and in Sweden and once conscious and recovering, let´s say I had a lot of time to think… A situation like that makes one get a new perspective on life, believe me!  Musicwise... I needed new energy and found myself curious about the prospect of playing with other musicians. The M.ILL.ION members were of course great and I´m really proud of what the different lineups of that band have created through the years. It´s been a tremendous ride that took me to the international stages, worldclass studios, and made me a colleague of several of my former teenage idols! However, it became evident that now is the time for me to move on and turn the page. Time to leave the comfort zone and collaborate with a new team. And, I am grateful to have found some super-talented guys!  To alleviate any possible confusion, let me clarify...INSTINCT is a BAND, not a project!”
 
STEFANO MARCHESINI Lead vocals
 
BJ: Ever since I heard him sing in a Rainbow tribute-band and then coproduced the debut of his former band Human Race back in the 90`s, I always had this guy in mind. Fantastic voice and a nice guy. No wonder he´s been compared to “Dio and Jeff Scott Soto on a good day” by critics. I´d like to add that he knows his Coverdale and Paul Stanley as well.
 
MAGNUS MILD Lead guitar
 
BJ: He was recommended to me by Stefano and what a monster he is! A true guitar hero nailing everything from blues and rock´n roll to really advanced progressive music. Has a very melodic feeling as well, something I really appreciate. Came to the audition wearing a vintage KISS Cobo Hall t-shirt, which of course didn´t close any doors ;-)
 
JOHAN HÄLL Drums
 
BJ: I brought him from M.ILL.ION´s last line up. He was never on any of our records, but has sure proved himself on tours. He´s great to play with and has that Ian Paice - swing. Cool overall musician as well, not that common for drummers. Looking forward to finally record with him and adding to that I´m afraid there might be some laughs on tour…
 
TBA:  Keyboards
 
BJ: A keyboardist/organist is required as well, but, as of this writing, the right player hasn´t showed up yet. Until this happens, sessionplayers will be used. Style of music: Well, let´s just say the auditions included songs from Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy as well as M.ILL.ION material that B.J wrote or co-wrote. This should give you an idea of the musical direction...however, everybody involved will bring something to the table...so look forward to high quality classic hard rock with melodies and some twists. Expect the band´s debut single and video to be released in the spring of 2015 followed by a full album. Stay tuned for more news soon!
 
 
 
Tue
17
Mar

CLAY HOWARD To Release First Solo Album April 17

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Friday, April 17, 2015
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NC Musician, Clay Howard, to release first solo album on April 17 via Rocksteady Records

Long Time North Carolina musician and author, Clay Howard will release his first full-length solo album on April 17, 2015 via rocksteady records.

The 10 song collection was produced and recorded with Minneapolis producer/musician, Brynn Arens. Mr. Arens is the lead singer and guitarist for The Oddfathers, and former lead singer of 90's favorites, Flipp.

"After the demise of my long-time band, stratocruiser, I wanted to put something out that reflected more of my own musical vision. With stratocruiser I was chiefly a lyricist, and wanted to release songs that were my own from conception to recording." said Clay. "I reached out to Brynn on a lark, and to my great surprise he said "yes! The resulting album is a nice 10 song slice of genuine rock and roll."

The album, entitled, Who the Hell is Clay Howard, will be available at all the usual online retailers and digital outlets, as well as via one of Clay's websites: www.clayhoward.com or www.thesilveralerts.com.

A lyrics video has been released in advance of the album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=05hGTTrWfzo

 
About Clay Howard: Clay is a 25+ year veteran of the NC music scene, having released 10 albums of original material in various bands. He currently resides in Kernersville, NC with his wife and three of his four children, their dogs, Scout and Atticus, and one fat cat- Calpurrnia.
 

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