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12
Sep

ALCATRAZZ Have 'Parole Denied' For 2017 Live Document

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Friday, December 7, 2018
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As part of the Graham Bonnet Band​'s 2017 "The Book" tour in Japan, a three-night special engagement and reunion of Alcatrazz​ was presented much to the delight of the Japanese hard rock faithful! On December 7, 2018, Frontiers Music srl will release "Parole Denied - Tokyo 2017", a special documentation of these special shows on 2CD/DVD and Digital formats.
 
Founding Alcatrazz members, Graham Bonnet (vocals), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards) and Gary Shea (bass), reunited after 33 years for a unique series of shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Japan in March 2017. For the special occasion, the band was rounded out by Mark Benquechea (drums) and Conrado Pesinato (guitars), both from the Graham Bonnet Band.
 
In addition to this unique farewell performance captured via audio and video, Alcatrazz raided the archives and added some unreleased bonus tracks taken from the original sessions recorded in 1985, including one song, “Emotion”, with a young Steve Vai on guitar.
 
Additionally, the Graham Bonnet Band has announced a U.S. tour where they will be performing the first Alcatrazz album "No Parole From Rock N Roll" from front to back along with the other hits from their and Graham's catalog.
 
GBB U.S. TOUR DATES:
28th Sept. Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA
29th Sept. Malones, Santa Ana, CA
3rd Oct. El Corazon, Seattle, WA
4th Oct. Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
5th Oct. Hilltop Tavern, Apple Valley, CA
6th Oct. Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
11th Oct. Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
12th Oct. Bigs Bar, Sioux Falls, SD
13th Oct. Red Herring Lounge, Duluth, MN
14th Oct. Red Carpet, St Cloud, MN
16th Oct, Eddies, Granite City, IL
 
Alcatrazz was formed in 1983 by former Rainbow​ and Michael Schenker​ vocalist Graham Bonnet along with Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea and they would go on to make three studio albums in the 1980s. The band’s debut album included a young Swedish guitarist, Yngwie Malmsteen and their second album featured guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Alcatrazz split up in 1987 after the release of their third album, “Dangerous Games.”
 
TRACKLISTING:
CD1
1.      Night Of The Shooting Star
2.      Ohayo Tokyo
3.      Too Young To Die...Too Drunk To Live
4.      Suffer Me
5.      God Blessed Video
6.      Will You Be Home Tonight
7.      Jet To Jet
8.      Witchwood
9.      Skyfire
10.   Hiroshima Mon Amour
11.   Island In The Sun
 
CD2
1.      Emotion (Studio Demo)  
2.      No Imagination (Studio Demo)
3.      Losing You Is Winning (Studio Demo)
4.      Please Call Me (Studio Demo)
5.      Blue Boar (Studio Demo)
6.      Ohayo Tokyo (Studio Demo)
7.      Set Me Free (Rehearsal / Studio Demo)
8.      Rider (Rehearsal / Studio Demo)
 
DVD
1.      Night Of The Shooting Star
2.      Ohayo Tokyo
3.      Too Young To Die...Too Drunk To Live
4.      Suffer Me
5.      God Blessed Video
6.      Will You Be Home Tonight
7.      Jet To Jet
8.      Witchwood
9.      Skyfire
10.   Hiroshima Mon Amour
11.   Island In The Sun
12.   Hiroshima Mon Amour (Soundcheck)
 
PRODUCED BY: Jimmy Waldo & Giles Lavery
Live Tracks recorded in Tokyo March 2017
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Jimmy Waldo - Keys
Gary Shea - Bass
 
With:
Conrado Pesinato - Guitars
Mark Benquechea – Drums
 
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Wed
12
Sep

DEVIL'S HAND Guides Mike Slamer & Andrew Freeman To New Collaboration

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Friday, December 7, 2018
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Devil’s Hand is an exciting new project featuring the amazing talents of two outstanding musicians: famed producer/guitarist/songwriter Mike Slamer and the equally amazing singer Andrew Freeman of Last In Line fame.
 
Mike Slamer has been behind some of the most amazing melodic hard rock releases of the past two decades. The list includes, but is not limited to, Steelhouse Lane, Seventh Key, Slamer, and Terry Brock. And let's not forget his past work in the '80s with Streets (featuring Kansas singer Steve Walsh) and in the '70s with City Boy. The quality of his songwriting and production work is unsurpassed as the records he has produced and been involved in have more than stood the test of time.
 
Mike says, “This new record has some great stuff. I don't want to make direct comparisons because Steelhouse Lane, Seventh Key, my solo album, and the new one all have great singers, but different styles, qualities, and levels of collaboration."
 
Andrew Freeman is simply one of the most gifted singers of the current hard rock scene. With his performance on Last In Line's debut album (and their forthcoming 2019 release), he made heads turn with the power of his vocals. His unbelievable set of pipes adds an undeniable fire to the Devil's Hand album.
 
Andrew adds that his "approach on singing the songs was the same as all the recordings I’ve done. I try to bring the same amount of passion and conviction in everything I write and perform. This group of songs that Mike and I wrote are a bit more commercial, but they have the same amount of intensity and anthemic spirit as the Last In Line record. Lots of big sing along choruses and screaming guitars! I think the title track “Devil’s Hand” encompasses the entire vibe of the record. It has elements of all the greatest rock 'n roll songs I’ve ever heard. “Heartbeat Away” will give you the feels. It’s pensive, dramatic, and optimistic. All of the emotion that encompasses life. It’s just a really well rounded record."
 
Devil’s Hand is going to be an highlight of the melodic hard rock season. Just another unbelievable record from Mr. Slamer and a testament to the abilities of Andrew Freeman, one of the greatest rock singers around. Don’t miss this!
 
Tracklisting:
1. We Come Alive
2. Falling In
3. One More Time
4. Another Way To Fly
5. Drive Away
6. Justified
7. Rise Above It All
8. Devil's Hand
9. Unified
10. Heartbeat Away
11. Push Comes To Shove
 
PRODUCED BY: Mike Slamer
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Andrew Freeman - Lead Vocals
Mike Slamer - Guitars, bass, keyboards, drums
 
 
Wed
12
Sep

HEARTS ON FIRE Launch Debut Album 'Call Of Destiny' Oct 19

Friday, October 19, 2018
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HEARTS ON FIRE - CALL OF DESTINY
The stunning AOR Debut
 
The advance publicity and fan excitement surrounding HEARTS ON FIRE has been immensely satisfying for the band and label. The amazing feedback from those that have received several tracks via the MRR Premium Preorder for this title, gives us great confidence that the melodic rock community as a whole will embrace this new, pure lighters-in-the-air, classic AOR/melodic rock band.
 
Today MRR is pleased to announce the worldwide release of HEARTS ON FIRE ‘Call Of Destiny’ for October 19 (CD & Digital).
 
And to celebrate this announcement, we are excited to launch the first video from the album and the premiere of the song ‘Holding On’, as well as a regular preorder link.
 
 
HEARTS ON FIRE are:
Jean Funes - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar (Sound Of Eternity)
Richard Andermyr - Vocals, Guitars (Rian)
Joel Mejia – Drums (Codigo Eterno)
 
With:
Dennis Ward - Bass and Keyboards
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
Mixed and Mastered by Dennis Ward
 
Hearts On Fire is about passion for life. All the songs are born from a place of true inspiration.
We believe that music is the perfect way to express deep emotions like Love, Pain, Regret, sadness etc. and the album ‘Call Of Destiny’ is about that.
 
HEARTS OF FIRE are a long-term project for MRR and the guys, this is definitely going to be one of those debut albums you look back upon as a classic.
 
Stay tuned for more and PREORDER NOW
 
 
 
Formed in 2017, by Jean Funes, guitarist of Sound Of Eternity. He had the vision to create an AOR / Melodic Hard Rock band in the style of his lifetime heroes; Def Leppard, Journey, Whitesnake, Scorpions, Europe, and called his former bandmate in Codigo Eterno, drummer Joel Mejia, who shares this passion and vision of creating new music, and together HEARTS ON FIRE was started.
 
The searching for vocalist begun and Richard Andermyr of Rian was contacted after listening to the great Rian debut album and was introduced by Andrew McNeice. Richard proved to be a perfect fit for the band, not only with his voice but because of his chemistry with the rest of the band. First single was created and recorded as the first song of the project, “Hearts On Fire”, an uplifting mid-tempo song with great hooks and melodies, being the perfect example of what the band have in their hearts to create.
 
Nello Dell’omo created the great logo and the artwork for the debut album titled “Call Of Destiny”, “We chose this name because we believe that it’s our fate to create music and deliver a message from the heart to the listener. Everything happens for a reason and we are together doing this, even with the fact that we are separated by an ocean, so far from each other.” says Jean Funes.
 
“This is the album I always wanted to make” says Jean Funes. “Sound of Eternity had that modern rock touch all over it and I’m proud of the album we made. But Hearts On Fire - Call Of Destiny have all the elements that I’ve always loved from Melodic Rock music and it comes natural for me to create songs in this style, because I grew up listening to all these great bands from the 80’s and early 90’s.”
 
The debut single and lyric video for HEARTS ON FIRE’s ‘Hearts On Fire’:
 

 
 
 
Wed
12
Sep

KROKUS Ready To Say Goodbye

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Krokus shows have always been special and should stay that way. That's why we decided to stop when it's still really good. That's how the fans should remember us. Unlike other bands that are on their eternal "farewell tour", we will keep our word and pull the plug at the end of 2019, handing over the 'Rock Magic Wand' to the youngsters.
Marc Storace: "We look forward to a grandiose 2019 Adios Amigos World Tour with the final highlight in Switzerland."
Fernando von Arb: "We have signed reciprocally contracts with each other that it really is over. We will stick to that. Every party has to end eventually."
Chris von Rohr: "It was an unparalleled journey with all the ups and downs rock life has to offer. Now we are looking forward to the final lap of honor and will give it our all once more. We owe that to ourselves and our fans. The 7th of December, 2019 will be unforgettable as it was on the 27th of March 1982. "
The legendary English journalist Malcom Dome (Kerrang Magazine) justifiably says: "Considering the long-term work of this band, Krokus are clearly one of the best hard rock bands of the last 40 years."
Krokus will be looking forward to prove this again in 2019.

 

 
Tue
11
Sep

AOR Heaven Announces October Titles: MIDNITE CITY & WHITE WIDDOW

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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Following on from their explosive self-titled debut album last year, MIDNITE CITY return all guns blazing on 19th of October 2018 via AOR Heaven with their sophomore release 'THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHHOOD' - eleven tracks of fist pumping, high energy, feel-good, hair metal of the highest order!
 

The lush melodies, huge choruses and gargantuan hooks found on their debut album are all here in abundance alongside some true modern day glam anthems, fun commercial party rock, moody mid-paced hard rockers and heart wrenching power ballads big enough to light up an entire arena.
As with the first album, the winning formula has remained - all songs have been written by Rob Wylde, whilst Pete Newdeck has once again taken control of production, engineering and mixing duties.  With ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ the band has literally stepped everything up several notches to unbridled, head splitting proportions. The guitars are big, the drums are huge, there are walls and walls of harmonies and more synths than you’d find this side of a classic Bon Jovi album. In a nutshell, this album has everything but the kitchen sink!

With shows all over the UK and Europe in 2017/ 2018, MIDNITE CITY's sound is tighter than ever before.
 
So if you long for a band that still look, sound and perform like those long lost million selling forgotten bands of the late 80's/ early 90's, MIDNITE CITY and 'THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD' is the album for you.
 
Don’t forget to catch MIDNITE CITY tearing it up live all over the UK, Europe and beyond in their own inimitable, arena rock style in 2018/ 2019.
 
Check out the video for “Give Me Love” on Youtube via this link: https://youtu.be/awJRuLagNDw
Soundfiles in advance:
 
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White Widdow formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and ARE centered around the Millis brothers Jules (Vocals - ex Tigertailz) & Xavier (Keyboards - 2 x Aria Nominee) and guitar virtuoso Enzo Almanzi. Raised on a healthy diet of 80’s Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as Survivor, Foreigner, Journey, Night Ranger, Starship, Dokken and Australia's own Rick Springfield. In 2010 White Widdow signed with the AOR Heaven label and stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self-titled debut album throughout Europe. After four successful studio albums and numerous live appearances, the Australians now return with their 5th record which is entitled “Victory”.
 

2018 has seen White Widdow re-enter the studio, celebrating ten years since the band began and an album cover that throws back to the style of their debut. "Victory" incorporates a strong Pomp element in the songs along with White Widdow's traditional classic 80's AOR sound, the band allowing their influence of bands like Giuffria and White Sister to really come through. Featuring over the top pompus keyboards, stacked harmony vocals from the Millis brothers and Enzo Almanzi's tasty solos throughout. White Widdow are set to perform at Rockingham in the UK in support of the new album, followed by a tour through Spain, Greece and their native Australia.
 
White Widdow are: Lead Vocals - Jules Millis; Keyboards & Vocals - Xavier Millis; Guitars - Enzo Almanzi; Bass - Ben Webster; Drums - Gavin Hill
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
 
Tue
11
Sep

LA Guns Frontman PHIL LEWIS; "Trust Us!"

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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LA GUNS singer Phil Lewis says fans should trust him and guitarist Tracii Guns to employ “the best players available” as the number of musicians who’ve been in various iterations of the band approaches the half-century.
Guitarist Michael Grant was sacked from the Sunset Strip outfit this year and replaced by Johnny Monaco, who only lasted 12 shows. Some estimates had Monaco as member 49.
Adam Hamilton, a former bass player with LA Guns, has now returned as guitarist.
“I think it’s pretty much accepted now that if it’s me and Tracii playing together, then that’s LA Guns,” Lewis, 61, tells the latest episode of White Line Fever (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/white-line-fever/id494213902?mt=2).
“That’s the nucleus and ‘trust us, we’ll get the best players available’.”
Lewis has never explained the reasons behind Grant’s sacking earlier this year but admits it’s preferable not to keep chopping and changing.
 He says: “Of course - but there are situations, you know, that are beyond our control. If something comes up and somebody can’t stay and they’ve got to move on, you’ve got to replace them.
“So, you know, it has to be fluid.
“I think a lot of of people are curious why we didn’t get MIck (Cripps) and Kelly (Nickels) back in the reunion, the originally bass player and guitar player. The fact is that we asked them and they either didn’t want to or they couldn’t. Mick couldn’t because he’s got family, he’s got the whole business and everything. 
“And Kelly didn’t want to so we just sort of forged ahead with the players that we had.”
Monaco, formerly of Enuff z’nuff, left because he didn’t feel the band was “a good fit”.
“There are somewhere near the 50 mark of people out there that can say at one time they were a member of LA Guns,” Lewis says. “That’s pretty funny if you ask me.
“That’s what happens when there are two versions of the same band touring at the same time. It happens. It’s just one of those things. It’s disastrous. It’s terrible for fans, terrible for the two bands involved in it but it was just the reality that we were dealt. It was just something we had to deal with professionally.
“And when you’ve got two touring bands going through various players frequently, as you do in touring situations, it doesn’t take long for the numbers to go up.
“To be fair, the people that I played with, there’s been about 10 people in my life, in my experience of LA Guns. There’s been around 10 different players, which isn’t very much, certainly not much when you think I’ve been doing it since ’87. 
“There was a band when I wasn’t in the band for years. You know, I left. I left the music business. They had all kinds of members. The guy Ralph (Saenz), Steel Panther, he was the singer in LA Guns. He did a pretty good job. Jizzy Pearl of course. Chuck (Garrick), the bass player from Alice Cooper’s band, was in LA Guns for a time. Unfortunately I wasn’t in the band. I’d love to have been in a band with him.
“But ... this is LA Guns. You never know, he might be in it next week.”

 

 
Tue
11
Sep

New Memoir from K.K. Downing of JUDAS PRIEST

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Da Capo Press are pleased to announce the publication of Heavy Duty by K.K. Downing, a memoir by the cofounder and former lead guitarist of heavy metal giant Judas Priest. This sharp, resonant, and revealing book gives fans a glimpse at the inner workings of the archetypal heavy metal band of the 1980s.
 
As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround this heavy metal institution. Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, K.K. doesn't hold back: internal struggles between band members, Downing's early life, the band's intense rivalry with Iron Maiden. . . everything is explored in Heavy Duty.
 
Also included in this first tell-all by a member of Judas Priest are rare and never-before-seen photos from Downing's personal collection.
 
"K.K. Downing gives us an incisive look into the machinations of one of the greatest innovators in Heavy Metal." ~ Scott Ian, Anthrax guitarist, author of ‘I'm the Man’ and ‘Access All Areas’.
 
We would love to partner with you to help spread the word about this explosive memoir. If you would like to review it on your blog or website, promote it on your social media or email newsletter, or host a giveaway, we would be more than happy to send you an advance reading copy. Limited quantities of finished books are also available should you wish to host a giveaway.
 
Ken "K.K." Downing is a guitarist and founding member of heavy metal band Judas Priest. He formed the band at the age of sixteen after getting kicked out of his home by his abusive father and the band eventually found success during the New Wave of British heavy metal in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. K.K. retired from the band in 2011 and lives in Shropshire, England.
 
Mark Eglinton is a frequent cowriter whose previous collaborations include Official Truth, 101 Proof with Rex Brown of Pantera and Confessions of a Heretic with Behemoth's Adam "Nergal" Darski, along with the solo project So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica's James Hetfield. Eglinton divides his time between Scotland and the Pacific Northwest.
 
 

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