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Thu
19
Sep

A Tribute To TONY MILLS - RIP

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Anthony Paul Mills
07.07.1962 - 18.09.2019
 
“It is with a shattered heart that I announce the passing of my loving husband and best friend Tony Mills. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in April of this year and lived his life to the fullest until he exhaled for the last time in my arms. He wanted to live, but wasn't afraid of death.
 
Most will know him through his incredible contribution to the music world as a singer in bands like Shy and TNT as well as a solo artist and session vocalist. He leaves behind him a legacy that will live on for many lifetimes.
 
Those people closest to him will also know him as a gentle and kind soul, a dedicated husband with a love for the quiet life, his animals and his motorbikes. His sense of humour was always on point. His last summer was the happiest in his life, at the end of each day he exclaimed "It's been another fantastic day!" He spent a lot of time in his workshop fixing up his dirtbike so he could ride it later this autumn. The evening before he passed, he managed to whisper:
 
"I've had a good life. I've had a GOOD life. I'm just a bit pissed about the bike."
 
Linda Mills
 
 
We all knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to accept.
 
I would like to pay tribute to the one and only TONY MILLS – singer, songwriter, frontman, philosopher, comedian…and realist. Friend.
 
Tony and I swapped countless emails over the last decade, he was always that guy to replied to everything, almost immediately. He was always upbeat, even in the face of something he knew he couldn’t beat.
 
Cancer is a bastard, but through Tony’s courageous decision to be as open and honest about his treatment, we got to learn a little more about it and perhaps understand the emotional impact this had on both Tony personally and his family and friends. And by reading the many many comments posted under every update, we also got to learn a little about how his fans lived with the news too.
 
Tony Mills was one of the good guys. And you won’t ever hear anyone say differently. He will be missed.
 
His openness continued in his private correspondence with me. I’m sure many others received similar emails. I’m going to share one of the very last messages he sent me, as I know he wouldn’t mind. He sounded at total peace. I can’t overstate my admiration for his state of mind.
 
“I'm actually not sure now, if I have days or just a few months left. Either is definite.
I am enjoying a smoke, spending all my savings, forwarding advanced pocket money for the kids and paying for other artists to record their songs, that just can't afford it themselves.
I'm not listening to bible bashers or cannabis oil salesmen, just doing sessions, drinking good beer and dying naturally. I'll be remembered for that, thank you.
Oh and picking your own grave place, is a weird one, trust me.”
 
To close on a brighter note, which I know Tony would want – I asked him to send me some of his famous ‘tales from the road’ that I was at the time considering compiling and putting into book form. Who knows, I might still do…
 
He sent me some cracking tales, but its this one that has me smiling right now:
 
“SHY - somewhere in Europe. 1987
 
Parties with fans on tour buses are notorious. Most of the time, it ended up as a smoke filled, bottle strewn mess filled with laughter and sci-fi films on the video and 50 buck bets on who is willing to swallow the contents of an ashtray. I remember Chubby Brown being our host on the stereo for weeks and of course, some Monty Python and Black Adder. When it gets late, and everyone retires to their bunk bed, at whatever hour, then you know it's over.
However, not so, for a group of fans, who were informed in no uncertain terms, that they had to leave the bus at this point, (which was in the middle of a Belgian forest) at 0400 in the morning, because of checkpoint and passport control. We had driven for hours before that. I wondered how the hell those people ever found out where they were and how they got home, for years. Be careful, which bus you catch!!
It was fortuitous; the curtains of my bed, were parted by a machine gun at the border, with the words, 'Out!! - Drugs check !!'
The bizarre end to this tale, is that as we were signed to RCA at the time, we had some of their stock on the bus. The guards really only wanted our Coca Cola, so after they confiscated all the Coke, we signed a few copies of, 'Huey Lewis and The News' albums and they let us pass through the border, as we sang, 'The Way It Is'.”
 
That’s the way it is….
 
TONY MILLS RIP.
 

 

 
Wed
18
Sep

UFO Guitar Legend Vinnie Moore To Release New Album 'Soul Shifter'

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NYC - The follow up to Vinnie’s critically acclaimed 2015 “AERIAL VISIONS” album will be released on October 9, on his label Mind's Eye Music. Titled “Soul Shifter”, Vinnie's 9th solo album features guest appearances by legendary artists Rudy Sarzo and Jordan Rudess, with Richie Monica on drums, Michael Bean (bassist from Vinnie’s TIME ODYSSEY album), John Cassidy (Keyboards), and John Pessoni (Drums).

Vinnie is considered one of the originators of shred guitar, and has released eight influential solo albums, and six albums and a LIVE DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO. He’s made countless album guest appearances, and has even recorded the soundtrack for a PEPSI TV commercial. He’s been a member of Alice Cooper’s band and was opening act for RUSH on their ROLL THE BONES tour with his own band. His solo and UFO recordings as well as LIVE performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, catapulting  him into guitar icon distinction! He has been an inspiration for fans and guitarists worldwide.

Say’s Vinnie, “I have been touring all over the world extensively with UFO and my solo band for the past 16 years. I started this album a couple years back and have been working on it religiously between tours. It’s quite different than any of my others. It has elements of things I’ve done in the past, but has gone much deeper into certain areas. There is an overall sort of contrast between energetic upbeat songs, versus ballad-like soulful ones which has always been a big part of my style. There are some Jam elements in places too. This is likely the most emotional and soulful thing I have ever done. Very moody, with lots of feel”. “I wrote a song as a tribute to Carlos Santana, called BROTHER CARLOS, and another called GAINESVILLE STATION which is a tip of the hat to Steve Gaines. Both players were huge influences on me when I was learning to play, and continue to be now”.

“He’s hands down the greatest Moore since Demi, Roger, Dudley and Mary Tyler”, and the greatest Vinnie since Vinnie Barbarino.” - Johnny JizzleJam, Planet Guitar Godss Magazine

“When something moves me, what I am feeling flows directly into music. That’s how I deal with reality. I woke up one morning to the news that Chris Cornell had passed and it really hit me hard. I went into my studio, picked up a guitar and immediately wrote and recorded MYSTIFIED. Without intending to do so, and because of what was going on around me at the time, this album in a way became a tribute to people who meant something to me. The Allman Brothers were always one of my favorite bands and I was working on a song called SOUL RIDER that was inspired by them. While writing it, unfortunately Greg Allman left us. A lot of heart went into recording that song. Also, I wrote a song called HEARD YOU WERE GONE for my friend and band mate Elliott (Dean Guitars) who left us unexpectedly a couple years back.

“There are definitely some downhearted cathartic moments on this album, but they’re balanced out with songs like KUNG FU GRIP and FUNK BONE JAM that represent the opposite side of my personality, which is my constant joking and goofball sense of humor”.

Vinnie has done hundreds of shows all over the planet, including Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Brazil, USA, as well as India, S. Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, and Canada. The UFO “Last Orders” tour began in England in March, and will continue in the USA on October 9.

“Ancient astronaut theorists suggest that Vinnie may have been spawned from alien DNA! Or at least his left index finger anyway” - Giorgio Thessaloniki, Ancient Aliens

“Solo records are a great vehicle because the canvas is totally open and I can paint whatever and wherever I want. There’s total freedom in not having boundaries. All of my influences are on the canvas, from Rock to Blues to Be-Bop to Funk, even R&B and beyond. I have always felt music deeply even before I played guitar. After I began playing, it became my vehicle to express and release what I feel inside. I love channeling my soul into melodies and songs.”

To pre-order:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1479017115?ls=1&app=itunes

Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1479017115

Find Vinnie Online: 
www.vinniemoore.com
https://www.facebook.com/Vinnie.Moore.Official
https://www.facebook.com/vinniemooreofficialfanpage/
https://www.instagram.com/vinnie_moore_guitarist/
https://twitter.com/Vinnie_Moore
http://ufo-music.info/
 
Tue
17
Sep

Rock Candy Latest - FASTWAY, ANGEL & WIGGY BITS

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5 new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 
ANGEL 'LIVE WITHOUT A NET' CANDY418
 
IN THE 1970s double live albums were often the calling card of an act that had either made its mark or were about to explode to international fame. They were a marker of confidence by both the record label and the artist. Angel was no exception as all eyes had been on the band for some considerable time in preparation for an anointment to the premier league. Because label mates KISS had exploded with their epoch-making ‘Alive!’ double album it seemed as though Angel could have the same success. Sadly, however, that success was not to be.
 
With five studio albums behind them there was no shortage of material from which to compile this album.
Recording two concerts in California during 1978, the band had a red hot selection of tracks that incorporated such nuggets as ‘Tower’ and ‘Feelin’ Right’ (complete with a Jeff Beck tribute) from their very earliest, prog-influenced, days to the pop metal of ‘Ain’t Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore’, ‘Got Love If You Want It’ and ‘White Lightning’. They also found room to include some surprises, such as a fine rendition of the Mott The Hoople standard ‘All The Young Dudes’ and a brand studio track, ‘20th Century Foxes’, recorded for the 1980 ‘Foxes’ film soundtrack.
 
Despite the album’s explosive content and no-holds-barred performance, the record failed to connect in the way that everyone had hoped for. In addition, Casablanca Records were fast losing traction as a company and facing massive destabilising forces, which left the band pretty much rudderless. They had in many respects reached the end of the line but at least they went out with a bang!
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Angel expert Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. TOWER 2. CAN YOU FEEL IT 3. DON’T LEAVE ME LONELY 4. TELEPHONE EXCHANGE 5. I AIN’T GONNA EAT OUT MY HEART ANYMORE 6. OVER AND OVER 7. ANYWAY YOU WANT IT 8. ON THE ROCKS 9. WILD & HOT 10. ALL THE YOUNG DUDES 11. ROCK & ROLLERS 12. WHITE LIGHTNING 13. HOLD ME, SQUEEZE ME 14. GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT 15. FEELIN’ RIGHT 16. 20TH CENTURY FOXES
 
 
ANGEL 'WHITE HOT' CANDY416 (2 BONUS TRACKS)
 
THE STORY OF Angel is quite remarkable. Launched as the diametrical opposite of KISS (who shared the same label) the band was supposed to reflect the less intimidating qualities of their great adversaries. It was a polar position reinforced by progressive musical attributes and an image that featured angelic all white costumes. KISS was being sold as bad boys but Angel, like the name suggests, were knights in white satin. Their complex, prog-infused, pomp rock suggested that they were superior musicians cut from a very British-influenced musical heritage, with shades of Yes, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum and Genesis underscoring their style.
 
‘White Hot’ was the band’s fourth album, following three highly praised but commercially disappointing previous records. This time around, they decided to take stock and plan a different musical strategy. One that saw them refining their style, drawing on hard hitting pop rock rather than overt prog touches. In addition, they brought in a new producer, Eddie Leonetti, a man who had been building a healthy and respectable reputation as the hard rock producer de jour. His previous work with fellow LA rockers Legs Diamond helping to cement the decision to use him.
 
Originally released in 1978, and housed in a beautifully illustrated album sleeve, the record boasted ten tracks of lean and mean rock, with the emphasis on hard hitting hooks and hip kicking riffs. Tracks such as ‘Don’t Leave Me Lonely’, ‘Ain’t Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore’ (previously recorded by the Young Rascals), ‘Hold Me, Squeeze Me’ and ‘Over And Over’ underscored the band’s intention perfectly. Look out to for the, bonus, rare Canadian only single B-side ‘Better Days’.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 2 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Angel expert Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DON’T LEAVE ME LONELY 2. AIN’T GONNA EAT OUT MY HEART ANYMORE 3. HOLD ME, SQUEEZE ME 4. OVER AND OVER 5. UNDER SUSPICION 6. GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT 7. STICK LIKE GLUE 8. FLYING WITH BROKEN WINGS (WITHOUT YOU) 9. YOU COULD LOSE ME 10. THE WINTER SONG BONUS TRACKS: 11. BETTER DAYS (single B-side) 12. THE CHRISTMAS SONG (single)
 
 
ANGEL 'SINFUL' CANDY417 (2 BONUS TRACKS)
 
AFTER FOUR ALBUMS there was a strong feeling that Angel were building towards some sort of creative crescendo. Of course, they had already moved through a fledgling progressive rock stage, working towards a more accessible style, perfectly framed by their previous album, ‘White Hot’. The focus was now on pure pop metal, the band crafting exquisite melodic hard rock with riffs and hooks to die for. They were also defining their image, as the ‘Sinful’ the album sleeve showcased the band with perfectly coiffed hair and in stunning all white superhero style outfits. It was an angelic sight to behold.
 
Issued in 1978, recorded in Los Angeles and produced once again by Eddie Leonetti (Legs Diamond, Moxy, Rex) the record packs an impressive sonic punch, easily outpacing their previous works and positioning the band as potential superstars. In a bizarre move, the record was originally titled ‘Bad Publicity’ and had a suitably debauched album sleeve that was in complete contrast to their previous image. At the 11th hour after an intervention from the label boss at Casablanca this sleeve was abandoned, although several thousand copies were printed and ready to ship to stores. That sleeve has been included in this re-issue.
 
Musically, the album contained some of the band’s most identifiable tracks, songs such as ‘Don’t Take Your Love’, ‘Waited A Long Time’ and ‘L.A. Lady’. Sadly the big breakthrough failed to materialise, leaving both band and label mystified as to their lack of progress. Musically however it was a triumph of enormous significance and is often hailed as the pinnacle of their creative achievements.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 2 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Angel expert Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE 2. L.A. LADY 3. JUST CAN’T TAKE IT 4. YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE 5. BAD TIME 6. WAITED A LONG TIME 7. I’LL BRING THE WHOLE WORLD TO YOUR DOOR 8. I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN 9. WILD AND HOT 10. LOVERS LIVE ON BONUS TRACKS 11. VIRGINIA (Foxes Soundtrack) 12. WALK AWAY RENEE
 
 
FASTWAY 'ALL FIRED UP' CANDY391
 
WHEN GUITARIST ‘FAST’ Eddie Clarke left Motorhead in 1982, few would have expected him to go on to eclipse the success of his former band. Motörhead, although hugely successful as a live act and feverishly lauded in the UK media, had not enjoyed significant record sales in North America; not unsurprising considering the raw ferocity of their sound. For Clarke this was an opportunity to take stock and build a musical outfit that could break into that market with a far more wide screen approach. It was a smart move as Fastway’s debut album struck gold in the USA, elevating their profile far beyond Motörhead’s niche appeal.
 
Surrounding himself with a mixture of well respected band members, including former Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, ex-Taste bassist Charlie McCracken and, sparkling new discovery, Irish vocalist Dave King, the band immersed themselves in blues rock but with a contemporary edge. It was a sound that won much respect and fitted in nicely with the emerging commercial interest in hard rock. Continuing their progress they recorded ‘All Fired Up’, a record that stylistically mirrored the band’s debut album and was produced once again by industry legend Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Hendrix, Humble Pie) who had so successfully guided the previous record.
Issued in July 1984, ‘All Fired Up’ was positively received, getting off to a good start and attracting rave reviews. The album boasts a selection of tough, no-nonsense tracks, including such gems as ‘Steal The Show’, ‘Tell Me’, ‘If You Could See’ and the title track. It was a record that further enhanced Fastway’s reputation as one of the best band’s of the 80s.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Malcolm Dome and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. ALL FIRED UP 2. MISUNDERSTOOD 3. STEAL THE SHOW 4. STATION 5. NON STOP LOVE 6. HURTIN’ ME 7. TELL ME 8. HUNG UP ON LOVE 9. THE STRANGER 10. TELEPHONE 11. IF YOU COULD SEE
 
 
WIGGY BITS 'S/T' CANDY415
 
THE RATHER ODDLY named Wiggy Bits were formed from a long line of well known New York East Coast musicians during the early seventies. The various members had seen active duty in bands ranging from the Blues Magoos & Balance (vocalist Peppy Castro), Barnaby Bye & Aviator (drummer Mike Ricciardella) to psych rockers the Illusion (guitarists Ritchie Cerniglia and Mike Maniscalo together with Mike Ricciardella). With their various individual projects falling apart, Wiggy Bits were than formed as a rather effective hard rock band and handled by, none other than, Hall And Oates manager Tommy Motolla, a man who would eventually become the CEO of SONY music.
 
Recording at the Record Plant in NYC, the band’s lone album is a fine example of strong yet melodic mid seventies hard rock with the emphasis on edgy dynamics, powerful riffs and the soaring vocals of Peppy Castro. Signed to Polydor, their album was produced mainly by the band (engineered by future superproducer Jimmy Iovine) was issued in 1976, and despite its quality received little fan fare outside of a handful of critics and fans from their previous groups.
 
The album, building on a ground swell of solid hard rock tracks such as ‘Free To Ride The Wind’, ‘Oh Captain’, ‘I’ll Write You Off’ and ‘Place In The Sun’, showcase a band with an ambitious mandate, employing lots of solid lead guitar and impressive arrangements. Sadly the project faltered but several other better known successful splinter projects emerged from the ashes, including Network, Balance and Aviator.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. FREE TO RIDE THE WIND 2. OH CAPTAIN 3. LIES 4. ELLIE 5. PLACE IN THE SUN 6. WIGGY 7. LOVE TRACKS 8. ALONE AGAIN 9. BAD SITUATION 10. I’LL WRITE YOU OFF
 
 
Mon
16
Sep

A Tribute To EDDIE MONEY & RIC OCASEK (RIP)

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The Cars founder Ric Ocasek has been found dead in his NYC home, dying unexpectedly, but apparently of natural causes.
 
This comes just a day or so after the tragic passing of Eddie Money.
 
I was a huge fan of both, The Cars provided some of the defining classics of a generation and Eddie Money proved persistence, honesty and an unbridled determination could make dreams come true.
 
Ric Ocasek was responsible for the bulk of songwriting for The Cars. And just look at all the cuts you know by heart. It is another example of the talent that many of these 70s and 80s musical icons possessed. Some call it ‘old school’, I call it class.
His contributions to pop culture via The Cars, his solo records, his critically acclaimed production work and his keen eye for fostering new talent are nothing short of incredible.
 
His spirit will live on, such as Benjamin Orr’s has all these years.
 
I have a small Eddie Money story I like and there’s something very personal about Eddie that I haven’t shared before.
 
Eddie Money was the very first interview I did as a journalist back in 1996.
Of course, I was a huge fanboy, so I was nervous, excited and had a list of questions 5 pages long.
 
It was an interview to remember, lengthy, hilarious and Eddie made me feel as if he was telling these stories for the very first time. You can imagine my immense dismay when I turned off my recording Walkman Only to find it had chewed the tape from the get go - totally screwed up and I lost it all.
 
I raced to my day job at the time and went to work recalling the interview and attempting to transcribe it from memory. I still regret not having that audio, but to this day, his quotes were that memorable, it wasn’t hard to recall the conversation and piece together an article.
 
Step back a few years before this and I had just started my first real full-time job working in a record store. The manager was cute and intelligent, and I was pretty intimidated by her, but talking music was an obvious ice breaker.
We had a few favourites in common, but I felt the need to draw on a more out of left field example to see if she really had good taste. “Do you know Eddie Money” I asked? Yeah, she did and she had his records. That said everything I needed to know right there. We’ve now been together 25+ years and have three sons (none of which are named Eddie though!).
 
I’m looking forward to hearing Eddie’s completed new record. It will be mixed emotions of course, but I know he’ll have something memorable to say.
 
 
 
Fri
13
Sep

MICHAEL BORMANN's JADED HARD Debut Album 'Feels Like Yesterday' Oct 24

Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Time flies by.
 
Nearly three decades have passed since the foundation of JADED HEART. The paths separated in 2004 after fourteen crazy years.
 
Due to requests, Michael started touring Europe in 2017 with a selection of JADED HEART´S best songs between 1990 and 2004.
 
Never say never!
 
The phenomenal response led Michael to the decision to go one step further. He wrote dozens of songs for 'MBJH'. Twelve of them made it to FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY.
 
The typical AOR / MELODIC ROCK alternates with acoustic songs, powerful up-tempo numbers and beautiful ballads.
 
FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY is a continuation of the style of the albums until 2004.
 
F.L.Y. was produced again in the RMB STUDIOS, Duisburg.
The album will be released on October 25th, 2019 on RMB Records.
 
A small European tour starts at the same time as the release.
 
Tracklist:
1. Feel Like I´m Living
2. It Feels Like Yesterday
3. Won´t Surrender
4. Bring Me Higher Love
5. We´d Still Make It
6. Mr. Mysterious
7. Good Times
8. Just One More Step Away
9. Don´t You Ever Leave
10. I´m A Son Of A Gun
11. Shout It All Out
12. Everybody Is A Rockstar
 
 
Line up:
Michael Bormann – Leadvox & Git
Chris 'Hexe' Ivo – Keyboards & Vox
Michael 'Maikel' Müller – Drums
Christoph 'Baumi' Baumeister – Bass & Vox
Thommy Dahlem – Git & Vox
 
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Tourdates: 25.10.2019
GER  Hechingen Rock Cafe Kiss 26.10.2019
BEL Bree Rangnarock Live Bar 28.10.2019
GER Kiel Medusa 29.10.2019
GER Nürnberg Der Cult 30.10.2019
GER Karlsruhe Soundcheck One 31.10.2019
CH Trübbach Johnny´s Lion Cage 29.11.2019
GER Duisburg Parkhaus Meiderich 31.01.2020
GER Olching Legends Lounge 01.02.2020
GER Mörlenbach Live Music Hall 18.04.2020
GER Landshut LA ROCK Festival 24.04.2020
GER Zirndorf ASV Zirndorf 25.04.2020
GER Marktwald ROCK & LOC Festival
 
Wed
11
Sep

WORK OF ART 'Exibits' Arrives Nov 9; Debut Video Launched

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Saturday, November 9, 2019
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“Exhibits” has been in the works for more than a year and a half, but will finally get unleashed to the legions of hungry melodic rock fans that this band has enraptured with their first three albums. "It’s been a long time indeed, five years!” says guitarist and producer Robert Sall. "Funny enough, it didn’t seem that way. Everyone in the band was busy doing their own thing and it wasn’t until mid-2017 when Serafino [Perugino, President Frontiers Records] asked us about our plans for a new album and it hit us that, it REALLY was about time. So we spent the better part of 2018 writing and recording it and here we are!"
 
Work Of Art debuted in February 2008 with the release of their album “Artwork”. Coming out of nowhere, the album immediately struck a chord with melodic rock aficionados around the world. With a sound inspired by genre greats like Toto, Giant, and Journey, Work Of Art quickly established themselves as one of the most promising newcomers in the genre. Soon after their debut, WOA guitarist and main composer Robert Sall joined W.E.T, the project featuring Jeff Scott Soto and Erik Martensson from Eclipse, thus immediately cementing his status as a star in the genre!
 
Expectations for the follow-up album, “In Progress” were sky high. Work of Art lived up to the hype, entering the Swedish album charts at number 30 upon release of the album. The next step for the band was to start performing live, which they did for the first time in Madrid, Spain in January 2012 and followed that performance with several other shows in various European countries. Third album “Framework” followed in 2014 and kept the momentum going for the band which, simply put, became the top new AOR band from Europe.
 
“Exhibits” is therefore the logical next step for WOA, an album which encompasses all that they have managed to create until now. Offering another bunch of unforgettable songs with soaring melodies (courtesy of singer Lars Säfsund) and amazing instrumental prowess (offered by Robert and Herman), "Exhibits" will thrill fans of the band and of the genre as a whole. "Like always, when Herman, Lars and I get together, it sounds like us, it sounds like Work of Art,” tells Sall. "However, with this record I tried to bring out more ”old school AOR” influences and get rid of some of the West Coast influences that were on our previous albums. I wanted it to be an AOR album, not a melodic rock album, not a West Coast album, just a classic AOR sounding album, start to finish!"
 
Overall this is certainly Work of Art’s most up-tempo and straight ahead album thus far, but – as it should be – some unbelievable softer moments are there as well. One notable highlight, legendary keyboard player Vince DiCola (author of the immortal “Training Montage” piece on the Rocky IV soundtrack) is a special guest on “This Isn’t Love.”
 
If you are an AOR fan this is a record you simply cannot miss!
 
 
Tracklist:
1. Misguided Love
2. Be The Believer
3. Another Night
4. This Isn’t Love Feat. Vince DiCola
5. Gotta Get Out
6. Come Home
7. If I Could Fly
8. Destined To Survive
9. Scars To Prove It
10. What You Want From Me
11. Let Me Dream
 
Line-up:
Lars Säfsund - Vocals
Robert Säll - Guitars
Herman Furin - Drums
 
PRODUCED BY: Work of Art
 
Programming and Keyboards: Robert Säll & Lars Säfsund
Keyboards on tracks 2, 7 & 10: Jonas Gröning
Keyboards on tracks 5, 6, 8 & 9: Jonas Öijvall
Keyboards on track 4: Marcus Möller
Keyboard solo on track 6: Robert Elovsson
Keyboard solo on track 4: Vince DiCola
Keyboard solo on 10: Jonas Gröning
 
Bass on tracks 2 & 4: Shem von Schroeck
Bass on tracks 3, 6, 7, 8 & 10: Andreas Passmark
Bass on tracks 5 & 9: Nalle Påhlsson
Bass on track 1: Henrik Linder
Bass on track 11: Figge Boström

Percussion on tracks 1-4, 6-11: Mikael Emsing

 
Thu
05
Sep

THE DARK ELEMENT Return Nov 11 With 'Songs The Night Sings'

Friday, November 8, 2019
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The Dark Element featuring Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen Announce Second Album "Songs The Night Sings" Out November 8th via Frontiers Music Srl! Video For Title Track Out Now!
 
THE DARK ELEMENT is a musical project featuring vocalist Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish) and Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen (Insomnium, Cain's Offering). November 8th will see the release of their second album, entitled "Songs The Night Sings". Today, the band presents a video for the album's title track, which you can see below.
 
 
“Songs The Night Sings” takes off where the self-titled debut left off, with immaculate vocals from Anette and fabulous anthems written by Jani.
 
"It’s a thrill that we’re releasing yet another album and for me it’s been even easier to record this one since me and Jani now know each other really well. For me, this album is bigger and better and I believe the ones who liked the first one will really like this one too. All I can say is that I already long to do another album. Hep hep!" says Anette.
 
Jani adds, "I think the album is very heavy, but still hyper melodic, and this time we are even exploring new musical territories we didn't on the previous album. Now that me and Anette have one album together under our belts, we have found the style we want to pursue and also the ideal way of working together. Given all this, I think it's safe to say that with this album you'll get even more of what made the first album so good, only it's gonna be bigger, better and bolder!"
 
THE DARK ELEMENT made their live debut in June 2018 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. They also completed a short Japanese tour and performed at the Frontiers Rock Sweden festival in October at Fryshuset Klubben in Stockholm. More tour dates are planned for this upcoming album, so expect to see the band on stage again soon.
 
Since word of this project initially got out, fans were frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the fabulous voice on the hit albums from Nightwish, “Dark Passion Play” and “Imaginareum”. Jani has recently been busy in Insomnium as well as Cain's Offering alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all Power Metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica.
 
The resulting debut album released in November 2017 took no time to prove that the resume of the individuals involved did indeed add up to the musical output.
 
Tracklisting:
1. Not Your Monster
2. Songs The Night Sings
3. When It All Comes Down
4. Silence Between The Words
5. Pills On My Pillow
6. To Whatever End
7. The Pallbearer Walks Alone
8. Get Out Of My Head
9. If I Had A Heart
10. You Will Learn
11. I Have To Go
 
Line-up:
Anette Olzon - Vocals
Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, keyboards, programming
Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass
Rolf Pilve - Drums
 
Produced by Jani Liimatainen
 
 
Wed
28
Aug

VANDEN PLAS Release ‘The Ghost Xperiment – Awakening’ on October 11

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Friday, October 11, 2019
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German progressive metal masters Vanden Plas Official will release "The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening” on October 11

Watch the music video for 'The Ghost Xperiment’ NOW
 
 
The album is part one of a two part concept album, with the second album to be released in 2020.
 
The quintet's ninth regular studio production, “The Ghost Xperiment - AwakenIng” continues to underscore the high artistic level of musicianship and lyrical creativity that the band have sustained for so long. Based on an actual documented paranormal experiment, the main character in the story, created by frontman Andy Kuntz, is Gideon Grace, a man who has to fight constantly for his life against the relentless shadows of the “House of Rain” as he wanders through France. Burdened with a heavy weight of sorrow following the agonizing death of his beloved Ivy, Gideon's pain is also his driving force in the war with his demons. He expands his knowledge with books he finds in the library of a German school of metaphysics. It is here that he reads about secret teachers and parapsychological experiments, which become an important foundation from which he can fight against the creatures of darkness. When it comes to the first showdown with said creatures, rather than finding peace, Gideon's battle tears open a hole deep into the abyss of Hell.'
 
Musically, Vanden Plas once again offers a perfect combination of heavy and melodic, while the orchestral arrangements here are more in the background compared to the last studio album. At the same time, the quintet comes closer to its original roots, such as “The God Thing” or “Far Off Grace”: more progressive elements in the songs, similar to what one knows from those earlier releases. The six, mostly long, pieces achieve their impressive and fascinating effect through a very band-oriented arrangement, so that the clear and intensive urgency of the songs shines through naturally. The listener is captivated from the start, first by songs that each deserve to be called epic and second through the story told through the lyrics.
 
This recording is once again a product of the band's trusted collaborations with sound engineer Markus Teske at Bazement Studios.
 
“The Ghost Xperiment - AwakenIng”, a phenomenal long player, once again proves why Vanden Plas are among prog metal's elite class.
 
Tracklisting:
1. Cold December Night
2. The Phantoms Of Prends-Toi-Gardes
3. Three Ghosts
4. Devils´ Poetry
5. Fall From The Skies
6. The Ghost Xperiment
 
Line-up:
Andy Kuntz - Vocals
Stephan Lill - Guitar
Günter Werno - Keyboards
Andreas Lill - Drums
Torsten Reichert - Bass
 
 
Fri
23
Aug

Preview The Entire ECLIPSE 'Paradigm' Album + Full Audio Of 'Viva La Victoria'

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PREVIEW THE ENTIRE ECLIPSE ALBUM 'PARADIGM' NOW via Amazon Japan. And here's the full audio of the opening track Viva La Victoria!
 
 
 
 
Fri
16
Aug

MICK DEVINE Solo Debut 'Hear Now' Out October 18

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Friday, October 18, 2019
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After two successful 7 albums self titled and Shattered. Escape Music is pleased to announce the return of talented Mick Devine with brand new solo album title Hear Now.
 
Mick Devine - Hear Now
Release Date: 18th October 2019
 
Track Listening:
1.  Strange Voices   3:39
2.  Live Forever  3:38
3.  Home  4:53
4.  So Much Better Now  4:27
5.  Hope Rising   4:38
6.  Standing In The Middle   4:04
7.  Life Goes On   4:02
8.  Another Way  3:57
9.  Life Is An Open Road  3:44
10.Game Over  3:55
 
Musicians:
Mick Devine - All vocals (7)
Steve Morris - All Guitars and Keyboards (Lonerider / Heartland / Ian Gillan Band / Shadowman)
Brian J Anthony - Drums , Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Mandelion, Keyboards (Steve Walsh / Overland / Jerome Mazza)
Backing Vocals: Stefanie Johnson and Brian J Anthony
 
Produced by Brian J Anthony
Co Produced by Steve Morris and Mick Devine
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Brian J Anthony
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Back in the year that President Kennedy was assassinated and the Beatles first song entered the UK charts, Mick Devine was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.
Music was always an important part of the Devine family life with his Dad a semi-professional drummer and frequent late night band rehearsals in the home, proved a source of inspiration to the impressionable Mick.
He always had a good singing voice and from a young age was singled out to perform, with impromptu solo school performances through a number of choirs and school bands, the desire to be a professional musician was growing.
 
Roll on through the teenage years and Mick has moved from the now Zimbabwe to start a new life in Johannesburg South Africa. He was playing in a local band UC27 as a drummer / singer when he met Keith McFarlane from the award winning South African pop group Face to Face who at the time were planning a move to the UK to further their music careers. Mick was invited to join the band as a drummer and Seven was born.
 
In the UK as the band developed, it was agreed that Mick was a much better singer than drummer and he needed to come out from behind the drums to be the lead singer.
Mick’s first performance as a frontman was at a showcase for CBS Records in London in front of the A&R guru Muff Winwood. Unfortunately no record deal followed.
 
Shortly afterwards the band secured a support slot on their first nationwide tour with 90’s pop group Brother Beyond where valuable live experience, and a sizeable fan base were earned. It attracted the attention of Phillip Schofield who at the time was a Radio 1 DJ, and started to play their demo’s on his show.
Whilst on this tour, the wife of the head of Polydor Records came to one of the shows and the story goes that she went home and told her husband that he needed to sign the band. Whether true or not a record deal was offered and signed.
 
This would prove to be the undoing of Seven, as for many years they had been crafting their sound very much in an AOR rock vein and had a number of really credible recordings and tracks. This was around the time when Soul to Soul burst on the scene and the AOR sound was becoming a little out of fashion in the UK. The band had a real ‘Boy Band’ image and their management and record label pushed them in that direction with the hope that it would break them into a larger market.
 
John Parr was secured to produce the bands two single EP’s, both of which achieved top 75-chart status and further tours supporting The Monkey’s, Jason Donavan and Richard Marx followed. But as with so many bands without major chart success, the record label dropped them before an album was recorded.
 
Fast forward through 25 years of bringing up a family and earning a living, to a chance conversation between Khalil Turk (Escape Records) and Pat Davey, the original Seven bass player which led to an offer to finally record the Seven album that should have been released in the 90’s.
Sevens first album ’7’ was released to critical acclaim and was followed two years later with a second album ‘Shattered’, an album of newly written original tracks that was equally well received.
 
During this period Khalil introduced Mick to Steve Morris (Lonerider / Heartland / Ian Gillan Band) and a song writing partnership developed. Over a number of years they wrote numerous songs in a number of musical styles but all tied together with memorable melodies, lyric’s and killer guitar licks.
 
Once agin Khalil introduced the awesome American producer & musician Brian J Anthony (Lonerider / Steve Walsh /Overland) into this partnership and the result is the first solo album for Mick Devine called ‘Hear Now’ which is due for release on the 18th October 2019 on the Escape Music label.
 
 
Fri
16
Aug

DOWN 'N' OUTZ Announce Album 'This Is How We Roll' October 11

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Friday, October 11, 2019
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- DOWN 'N' OUTZ, the project headed up by Def Leppard frontman and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Elliott, are set to release their third studio album, This Is How We Roll, on October 11, 2019 (UMe).
 
The band, featuring The Quireboys' Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Share Ross (Bass, ex Vixen) and Phil Martini (drums, Wayward Sons), takes a different approach on This Is How We Roll to their previous album. This new album only features one cover version (The Tubes "White Punks On Dope) - alongside eleven original Joe Elliott penned tracks.
 
Guitarist Guy Griffin says, "(This Is How We Roll) is absolutely fantastic, probably one of the best records I've worked on. It doesn't sound like Leppard or the first two Down n Outz records. It's kind of all the stuff Joe grew up with, a lot of piano type stuff, a bit Elton John, one track a bit 10cc, a couple of good rockers… a real mix of stuff. Joe's voice sounds amazing and it's great fun to do."
 
Joe Elliott says, "Boy, has this has been a long time coming?! Recorded in infrequent bursts of activity over a 5-year period whenever our respective motherships allowed, I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved with this album. I'm blessed to have worked with such a superb bunch of musicians on this collection of songs. To a man, and woman (!), they completely got my vision of what I wanted us to convey on this record & as usual, working with a world class producer/engineer in Ronan McHugh has guaranteed the sound of the record to be top notch! I couldn't be more proud."
 
Along with the announcement of the new studio album, Down 'n' Outz also release the rock out of title track and lead single "This Is How We Roll", available to listen to HERE.
 
From breathless opener "Another Man's War" to the lush "Last Man Standing", to the epic six minute "Let It Shine", this is an album that draws on all the influences that have shaped both Joe Elliott and the previous Down 'n' Outz albums to create a stunning collection of original songs. This Is How We Roll was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. The album was recorded at Joe Elliott's own studio Joe's Garage.
 
The album will be available on CD, LP, digitally and also on limited edition 12" Picture Disc LP. This Is How We Roll is now available to pre-order via: https://DownNOutz.lnk.to/ThisIsHowWeRoll
 
The Down 'n' Outz project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople reformed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott to get involved. Joe formed the Down 'n' Outz with Paul, Guy, Keith and Phil. Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience.
 
In 2009 Down 'n' Outz supported Mott The Hoople at one of the band's five Hammersmith Apollo shows. The fan interest eventually led to the band looking to put together an album and 2011 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut My Re-Generation through Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges). My Re-Generation included the singles "England Rocks" and "Overnight Angels," that reached No. 4 and No. 1 respectively on the U.S. Media Base Rock chart -keeping Eric Clapton's new single off the top of the chart for 2 weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called Live at Hammersmith Apollo. A second studio album The Further Adventures of… was released in 2014 and featured the single "Rock and Roll Queen". New bassist Share Ross (Vixen) debuted on 2017's live album and DVD The Further Live Adventures Of…
 
A stunning live act - having toured with the likes of Paul Rogers across the UK (Including The Royal Albert Hall) and festival performances including High Voltage and Planet Rockstock, Down 'n' Outz are planning live dates to support This Is How We Roll.
 
This Is How We Roll track-listing is as follows
 
CD
Another Man's War
This Is How We Roll
Goodnight Mr. Jones
Creatures
Last Man Standing
Music Box
Boys Don't Cry
Walking to Babylon
Let It Shine
Music Box Reprise/Griff's Lament
White Punks on Dope
The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3
 
LP / Picture Disc
 
Side One
Another Man's War
This Is How We Roll
Goodnight Mr. Jones
Creatures
Last Man Standing
 
Side Two
Music Box
Boys Don't Cry
Walking to Babylon
Let It Shine
Music Box Reprise/Griff's Lament*
White Punks on Dope
The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3
 
 
 
Fri
16
Aug

WHITESNAKE Slip Of The Tongue 30th Anniversary Edition

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Friday, October 4, 2019
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6CD/DVD Collection Includes A Newly Remastered Version Of The Top 10 Album, Expanded With Unreleased Studio Recordings, The Band’s 1990 Headlining Set At Castle Donington, Music Videos And A New Interview With David Coverdale
 
Four Different Versions Will Be Available From Rhino On October 4
 
LOS ANGELES – Whitesnake scored the band’s third consecutive platinum record with its eighth studio album, Slip of the Tongue. Originally released in November 1989, it peaked at number 10 on the U.K. and U.S. album charts thanks largely to its two Top 40 hits – “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love.” The fan favorite turns 30 this year and Rhino is celebrating with several new versions, including a colossal seven-disc boxed set.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on October 4 for $74.98. The 6CD/DVD collection includes a newly remastered version of the album, plus unreleased studio recordings, audio and video of the band’s performance at the 1990 Monsters of Rock festival, and a new interview with Whitesnake founder and lead singer, David Coverdale. It comes in a 60-page hardbound book filled with rare memorabilia from the era.  For a limited time, Rhino.com will offer the Super Deluxe edition paired with a lithograph signed by David Coverdale for $84.98.
 
Other versions of Slip of the Tongue will also be available the same day, including double-CD Deluxe Edition, which includes the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks ($24.98) and a double-LP Deluxe Edition, which features the newly remastered album along with a selection of unique bonus tracks ($31.98).  A single-disc version ($9.98) includes the newly remastered album, along with single B-Sides plus alternate recordings. The music will be available digitally as well.
 
Following the 8x platinum success of their eponymous album in 1987, Whitesnake returned two years later with Slip of the Tongue. At the time, the band included Coverdale, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge, and guitarists Adrian Vandenberg and Steve Vai. Vandenberg and Coverdale co-wrote all but one song on the album, but Vandenberg couldn’t record them in the studio at the time due to a hand injury. To fill the void, Vai joined the band for the album and tour.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION features unreleased versions of every album track, as well as monitor mixes for the album recorded in 1989. In addition, the collection includes nearly two dozen previously unreleased tracks taken from the session tapes that highlight working versions of album tracks and more. The set also includes the CD debut of Slip of the Tongue: The Wagging Tongue Edition. Released exclusively on vinyl in 1989, it features Coverdale being interviewed about each track followed by the song.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION finishes big with Whitesnake’s 1990 headlining performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington on CD and DVD. The DVD also includes three music videos, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time ever. A new promo video for the track “Sweet Lady Luck”, made exclusively for this set, a behind the scenes look at the making of the album, plus a newly recorded interview with Coverdale and Vandenberg rounds out the DVD.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30thANNIVERSARY EDITION
Track Listing:
 
Disc One: Original 1989 Album (2019 Remaster)
 
“Slip Of The Tongue”
“Kittens Got Claws”
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
“Now You’re Gone”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Judgment Day”
“Sailing Ships”
“Wings Of The Storm”
“Slow Poke Music”
“Fool For Your Loving”
 
Bonus Tracks: B-Sides and Alternate Mixes
 
“Sweet Lady Luck” (Single B-Side)
“Now You’re Gone” (Chris Lord-Alge Single Remix)
“Fool For Your Loving” (Vai Voltage Mix)
“Slip Of The Tongue” (Alternate Intro & Breakdown)
“Cheap An’ Nasty” (Alternate Solo & End)
“Judgment Day” (Alternate & Extended Solos)
“Fool For Your Loving” (Alternate AOR mix with CHR intro)
 
Disc Two: The Wagging Tongue Edition (CD Debut)
 
Interviewer: Phil Eastman
Spoken Word: “Slip Of The Tongue” Interview
“Slip Of The Tongue”
Spoken Word: “Cheap An’ Nasty” Interview
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
Spoken Word: “Fool For Your Loving” Interview
“Fool For Your Loving”
Spoken Word: “Now You’re Gone” Interview
“Now You’re Gone”
Spoken Word: “Kittens Got Claws” Interview
“Kittens Got Claws”
Spoken Word: “Wings Of The Storm” Interview
“Wings Of The Storm”
Spoken Word: The Deeper The Love Interview
“The Deeper The Love”
Spoken Word: “Judgment Day” Interview
“Judgment Day”
Spoken Word: “Slow Poke Music” Interview
“Slow Poke Music”
Spoken Word: “Sailing Ships” Interview
“Sailing Ships”
Spoken Word: Closing Interview
 
Disc Three: Evolutions: Demos/Remixes/Re-records
 
“Slip Of The Tongue” *
“Cheap An’ Nasty” *
“Now You’re Gone” *
“Judgment Day” *
“Sailing Ships” *
“Kittens Got Claws” *
“The Deeper The Love” *
“Wings Of The Storm” *
“Slow Poke Music” *
“Fool For Your Loving” *
“Kill For The Cut” *
“Parking Ticket” *
“Sweet Lady Luck” (Instrumental) *
 
Disc Four: Monitor Mixes, April 1989
 
“Kittens Got Claws” *
“Cheap An’ Nasty” *
“The Deeper The Love” *
“Judgment Day” *
“Slow Poke Music” *
“Now You’re Gone” *
“Slip Of The Tongue” *
“Fool For Your Loving” *
“Wings Of The Storm” *
“Sailing Ships” *
“Sweet Lady Luck” *
“Parking Ticket” *
“Kill For The Cut (In Desperate Search Of A Melody)” *
“Burning Heart” *
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” (Instrumental) *
“We Wish You Well” *
Disc Five: A Trip To Granny’s House:
 
Session Tapes, Wheezy Interludes & Jams
 
“Slow Poke Music” *
“Slip of The Tongue” *
“Judgment Day” *
“Now You’re Gone” *
“Wings Of The Storm” *
“Sailing Ships” *
“Liquor And Poker” *
“Parking Ticket” *
“Kill For The Cut” *
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” *
“We Wish You Well” *
“We Wish You Well” (Instrumental) *
“Wheezy & Sometimes Very Naughty Interludes (Be Warned!)” *
“Now You’re Gone” (Revisited) *
“Death Disco” *
“Whitesnake Boogie” *
“Mike Clink’s Shoes Blues” *
“Snake Shuffle” (Instrumental) *
“Doodles” *
“Dementia Polka” *
“Kill For The Cut Blues” *
“Cuban Heel Blues” *
“Adje’s Blues” *
 
Disc Six: Live at Donington 1990
 
“Slip Of The Tongue”
“Slide It In”
“Judgment Day”
“Slow An’ Easy”
“Kittens Got Claws”
“Is This Love”
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
“Crying In The Rain”
“Fool For Your Loving”
“Here I Go Again”
“Bad Boys”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Still Of The Night”
Disc Seven: DVD-Video
 
Live at Donington 1990
 
“Slip Of The Tongue”
“Slide It In”
“Judgment Day”
“Slow An’ Easy”
“Kittens Got Claws”
“Adagio For Strato”
“Flying Dutchman Boogie”
“Is This Love”
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
“Crying In The Rain” (featuring Tommy Aldridge Drum solo)
“Fool For Your Loving”
“For The Love Of God”
“The Audience Is Listening”
“Here I Go Again”
“Bad Boys”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Still Of The Night”
End Credits: “We Wish You Well”
Promo Videos
 
“Fool For Your Loving” – Music Video
“Now You’re Gone” – Music Video
“The Deeper The Love” – Music Video
Bonus Features
 
“Sweet Lady Luck” – Purplesnake Video
Behind the Scenes: The Making of Slip Of The Tongue
A Look Back: Whitesnake Chronicles with DC & Adrian Vandenberg
* previously unreleased

 
Thu
15
Aug

FLYING COLORS Deliver 'Third Degree' October 4

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Friday, October 4, 2019
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FLYING COLORS AND MUSIC THEORY RECORDINGS / MASCOT LABEL GROUP
ANNOUNCE GLOBAL RELEASE OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 
THIRD DEGREE ON OCTOBER 4, 2019
 
View Lead Video “More” Here: https://youtu.be/gNEW042p0CM
Pre-Order Live Here: https://smarturl.it/Flying-Colors
 
BAND WILL TOUR IN SUPPORT OF UPCOMING RELEASE WITH 
APPEARANCES PLANNED IN BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE
 
New York, NY --- Music Theory Recordings / Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced the global release of the band’s third studio album THIRD DEGREE on October 4. The band’s self-titled debut launched a career that has had fans across The World anticipating the magic that emanates from the studio each and every time the five members reconvene. That title was released on March 26, 2012 and was celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic with a Top Ten debut on the Billboard Hard Rock chart, alongside an entry at #11 on the BBC’s Rock Album chart.  SECOND NATURE followed in September, 2014 and was celebrated worldwide. Third Degree will be available as a CD Digipack, limited edition 2LP 180 gram blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve (w/ download card), a 2LP 180 gram black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve (w/ download card), and a limited edition box set featuring CD, 40 page photobook, two coasters, and a bonus disc with six tracks.
 
In chemistry, when certain galvanizing elements come together, they become quite explosive. In music, when certain galvanizing artists come together, they become Flying Colors. In fact, whenever the five gentlemen who encompass Flying Colors — guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, ex-Kansas), drummer Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater, Transatlantic), keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, ex-Spock’s Beard, and a prolific solo artist in his own right), bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, ex-Joe Satriani), and powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, The Sea Within) — are able to conjoin their collective talents, the result is a sweet sonic bouillabaisse that reflects where their inherent mastery of melody intersects with top-shelf progressive musicianship.
 
And now, Flying Colors soar to even loftier heights with Third Degree, their third studio album in a decade.  Third Degreebuilds upon the genre-bending momentum of 2012’s self-titled Flying Colorsand the aural-template ascension of 2014’s Second Nature. From the skittery psychedelic/classical turnaround of the lead single “More” to the Beach Boys-meet-Asia vibe of “Love Letter” to the deep emotionality of the album-ending, prog-leaning epic “Crawl,” the nine tracks that comprise Third Degreesignify just how much Flying Colors are willing to explore new frontiers. “There’s a lot of ear candy sprinkled throughout every song,” observes Mike Portnoy, “and each one takes you on a little journey. As albums go, Third Degreeis a complete piece that I don’t think ever overstays its welcome. I think it’s an enjoyable ride from start to finish.”
 
Third Degreecontinues to build upon the deep-rooted musical connection the members of Flying Colors established on their first two boundary-stretching albums. “There’s a real special chemistry between the five of us,” Portnoy confirms. “We keep getting better and better as we get more comfortable and more familiar with each other, and the music itself keeps getting more and more mature.” Adds Steve Morse, “This one, dare I say it, explores new ground for the band. One of my favorites, ‘Geronimo,’ has an upbeat, jazzy, heavy, melodic feel all at once. We just do what makes us smile and sounds good, instead of wondering how critics or program directors will like it. It makes for the best music!”
 
Casey McPherson concurs with his fellow bandmates by noting, “What Third Degreereally proves to me is that we have our own sound. There are no egos in this band, and we all want the best parts to come out, which is such a joy for me to participate in. I think that really allows people’s uniqueness to show through.” In other words, when five individual musical elements become one, good things inevitably happen. Clarifies Portnoy, “When prog guys like Neal and me join instrumental guys like Steve and Dave, with Casey being the glue in the middle, we’re able to write music that is not only incredibly musical, but also incredibly accessible and melodic.” 
 
That said, Third Degreedid not come effortlessly, nor too quickly. “It took time — but that’s the thing with Flying Colors,” Portnoy admits. “It’s very hard to get the five of us in the same room at the same time. But once we do, it flows so easily.” The first sessions for Third Degreetook place at Steve Morse’s studio in Florida in December 2016, wherein seven songs were written. From there, the bandmembers had to scatter back to their other personal and professional obligations, eventually reconvening two full years later in December 2018, when three more tracks were added to the overall Third Degreemix. (The tenth track, “Waiting for the Sun,” will be made available in forthcoming special editions.)
 
At this point, Portnoy deployed to Neal Morse’s Nashville studio to cut his drum tracks, while Neal and Casey often got together on Skype, as they’ve done in the past, to hone the lyrics. “Casey and Neal bring incredible levels of humanity and emotion to the lyrics,” admires Portnoy. For his part, McPherson marvels at Neal’s harmonic talents: “That’s really Neal’s brilliance — his ability to stylistically approach harmonies in so many different ways. It just blows my mind every time. It’s like Christmas for me whenever I get Neal’s harmony tracks!” Not only that, but the three-part harmonies between Casey, Neal, and Mike — a hallmark of many a Flying Colors track — again shine through on Third Degree. “It’s an important element of what we do,” agrees Portnoy. “Casey is usually the lead vocalist with Neal and me behind him, though we sometimes switch it up. Either way, the three-part vocals are definitelya key part of the Flying Colors sound.”
 
As a songwriter, McPherson is never afraid to confront his feelings head-on, whether it’s the nostalgic bent of “Last Train Home” or the raw, relatable universality of “You Are Not Alone.” In short, Third Degreeis a very human record to its core. “For me, music is a platform to sort through the things I’m going through, and it gives the listener the opportunity to do that too,” McPherson believes. “I try to be acutely honest, metaphorically, so that other people can find their own story in our songs — like I hope they will with ‘Crawl.’ Sometimes, we have to be reminded that life is about the overall ebb and flow.” Portnoy agrees that “Crawl” is his personal favorite track on the album. “The minute we finished writing it, I knewit was the album closer, hands down. I knew it right there and then,” he emphatically reports. “It’s the one new song of ours I most look forward to playing live.” 
 
To that end, Flying Colors have booked nine live dates on their calendar, mostly split evenly between the U.S. and Europe — in essence, to perform as many shows for their fans as they can possibly fit in between their many other band and touring commitments. “There’s an evolution happening within our sound on this record, and I’m excited to explore that onstage,” McPherson notes. “We’ve seen that evolution start with this record, and we’re going to see it happen even more so on the fourth record, in terms of capturing all our beautiful differences.”
 
Another progression has been the band’s use of technology to provide industry-leading sound. Third Degreewas engineered with the award-winning Harmonic Phrase Analysis and Restoration (HPAR) technology. Developed by the band’s resident mad scientist, Bill Evans (also rumored to have approached the fantastic five about forming the band), he created HPAR based on the group’s performance styles — resulting in unprecedented fidelity. Flying Colors regular producer Rich Mouser (The Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic) then crafted a sumptuous mix in his inimitable style.
 
Portnoy agrees the future of Flying Colors looks quite bright indeed. “Our mission statement when we came together is still the same now,” he affirms. “It’s the same five guys with extremely different musical personalities and backgrounds coming together into a giant melting pot where it all comes out on the other end with music that’s accessible, melodic, deep, and colorful. That’s always been the goal of this band, and so far, I think we’re three for three.”
With Third Degree, Flying Colors continue to fire on all cylinders — and, in the process, they also handily prove the third time’s an unquestionable sonic charm.
 
Tracklist limited CD boxset:
The Loss Inside
More
Cadence
Guardian
Last Train Home
Geronimo
You Are Not Alone
Love Letter
Crawl
 
Deluxe CD Bonus disc:
1. Waiting For The Sun (Unreleased Bonus Studio Track)
2. Geronimo (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
3. You Are Not Alone (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
4. Love Letter (Alternate Acoustic Arrangement/Mix)
5. Last Train Home (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
6. Crawl (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
 
Flying Colors will make the following appearances in 2019:
8/30     Cross Plains, TN                                                         MorseFest 2019
9/05     Ventura, CA                                                               Ventura Theater
10/07   New York, NY                                                           Sony Hall
10/11   Glenside, PA                                                              Keswick Theater
10/17   St. Charles, IL                                                             Arcada Theater
12/11   Pratteln, Switzerland                                                   Z7
12/12   Cologne, Germany                                                      Essigfabrik
12/13   Tilburg, Netherlands                                                   013
12/14   London, England                                                         Shepherd’s Bush Empire
 
 
Wed
14
Aug

HANOVER FIST Debut Given Remaster Treatment via Escape Music

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Monday, November 18, 2019
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Escape Music is pleased to announce the release date for Hanover Fist, remastered by the legendary mastering engineer Alan Douches and extensive liner notes by Melodic Rock Hard Rock Guru Dave Reynolds…. with 2 bonus tracks and the CD will have both front covers.
 
Hanover Fist - Hanover Fist
Release Date: 18th October 2019
 
Track Listening:
1 The Maze 3:40
2 Metal Of The Night 5:52
3 Hungry Eyes 3:35
4 Don't Let It Stop 3:46
5 Standing Six 4:10
6 Fear No Evil 4:47
7 Rock Bottom 4:29
8 High Speed Roller 4:18
9 Looking For Love 4:05
10 Should Be Rockin’  4:11
11 Fits Ya Good  4:02
 
Musicians:
Lead Vocal: Frank Zirone
Guitars: George Bernhardt, B. Bartoletti
S. Heydon, K.W.Geer**** and D. Aplin
Background vocals: D. Baynham, S. Heydon, J. Victor
Drums: Kim Hunt, D. Bilan***, P. Armstrong*
Bass: Chris Brockway, D. Woodhead*
 
Additional Engineers:
J. Primeau, T. Phillips, T. Ballant, R. Brouwers, G. Richardson, E. Stone, N. Golden, H. Cooper
 
Produced and Engineered by: Stacy Heydon (For P.P.I)
Recorded at Phase One and Metalworks
Mixed at Eel Pie Studio
Remastered by Alan Douches  October 2019
 
Executive Producer: John Victor
Art direction & Design: Martin Soldat
Photography: Dimo Safari
 
Hanover Fist’s self-titled debut album might just be one of the greatest ‘80s heavy metal albums you’ll ever hear. If you’ve never heard it before then prepare to have your head re-arranged by its truly explosive power. Escape Music now proudly re-issues the original Canadian issued version on CD for the first time, correctly reinstating that version’s running order with the added bonus of liner notes by Dave Reynolds and the full involvement of vocalist Frank Zirone. 
 
The album first appeared in 1985 and became a top selling import in the UK. The Toronto based outfit should’ve gone on to greater heights, but sadly the band’s story is an all too familiar one of outstanding ability and a bright future being all too quickly blighted and ultimately cut short by baffling record label and managerial decisions.
 
Hanover Fist’s debut LP was released in Canada in early 1985 and featured one of the most imaginative pieces of artwork ever to grace an album sleeve. Take a closer look and you’ll see a vinyl album under construction! It was all the work of Dean Motter (who could count LP covers for Zon, Loverboy, Anvil, Sheriff, Chilliwack, The Nylons, Triumph, Toronto, Lee Aaron and The Arrows on his CV up to that point).
 
Sadly, Motter’s impressive work wasn’t around long enough to be admired by as many as it should. There were some strange goings on behind the scenes and the album was no longer available for sale domestically after a mere two months. Upon the advice of MCA in the States, Frank signed with a US based management company and the album was released in America a few months after the original Canadian version had disappeared from view; albeit with some pretty sweeping changes being made to it before it hit retail; not least the album’s artwork being changed from Dean Motter’s engineering masterpiece to a depiction of a snarling black panther. Not only was the album re-titled ‘Hungry Eyes’ (so named after one of the songs on the original release) and the running order overhauled with two songs removed and a cover of Bryan Adams’ ‘Fits Ya Good’ added as the revised album’s opening track, but the band name was shortened to Hanover!
 
“The manager we hooked up with had something of a political conscience,” Frank diplomatically notes. “This was around the time when the PMRC were making noises in the States, so that’s why the cover got changed and we lost the ‘Fist’ part of the band name.”
 
Dates with Autograph, Heaven, a three month stint with Saxon and selective shows on their own, including gigs in Missouri and Arkansas followed, but the band would ultimately run out of steam. “The original vision had been compromised with the name of the band being shortened, the album cover being changed and especially the running order of the record being vastly different to the original version,” Frank explains. “There was not much drive to continue as the whole thing had been manipulated into something completely different from what we had originally created.”
 
Yet now the Hanover Fist album can be enjoyed in its original form once more. “It was interrupted mid-stream the first time just as we were on a major trajectory, but we’re back and the re-mastering on this Escape Music reissue is just fantastic!” Zirone enthuses. “It’s so very close to how the original studio sessions were in sound.”
 
Give in to the Metal of the night!
 
 
 
Wed
14
Aug

STRYPER Front Man MICHAEL SWEET To Release Tenth Solo Album This Fall

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Friday, October 11, 2019
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Building upon the success of his 2016 release One Sided War, Stryper front man Michael Sweet returns with his tenth solo studio release aptly titled, “Ten.”
 
The new album is scheduled for release in North America on October 11th via Rat Pak Records and will also be available in Europe via Frontiers Music SRL. Ten features an all-star guest lineup that includes appearances by Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy, Todd La Torre of Queensrÿche, Andy James, Tracii Guns of LA Guns, Rich Ward of Fozzy, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Gus G of Firewind, Howie Simon, Ethan Brosh, Marzi Montazeri, Will Hunt of Evanescence , John O’Boyle, Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa of Firstbourne and more.
 
On the subject of guest musicians Michael comments: “There is a different player appearing on every song. It started out where I was just going to have a couple of guest appearances on it, then I decided that it would be really interesting to bring in different players for every song. I started putting names out there and reaching out to people, and they started agreeing to do it. And then I had guys reaching out to me."
 
Ten is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records www.ratpakrecords.com/michaelsweet in various bundle configurations including translucent green and black splatter vinyl, cassette and hand autographed CD packages. The album also has 2 bonus tracks that appear on all configurations. Produced by Michael Sweet, Ten was recorded and mixed by Danny Bernini at the Spirithouse Recording Studio in North Hampton and was mastered by Alex Saltz.
 
Regarding the musical direction of the album Michael states: “I’m very excited about this release, there are old-school, straight-ahead metal ideas in the vein of Judas Priest, Dio and Iron Maiden, all the stuff I love listening to!”
 
As for the "Ten" album title, Sweet recently stated, "It's called 'Ten' cause it's my tenth album, and because there is a title track on there about the Ten Commandments - a really powerful song. There's real heavy stuff... It starts kind of smacking you in the face and it ends kicking you in the gut."
 
The track listing for Ten is:
1) Better Part of Me (featuring Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy)
2) Lay It Down (featuring Marzi Montazeri)
3) Forget, Forgive (featuring Howie Simon)
4) Now Or Never (featuring Gus G of Firewind)
5) Ten featuring (Rich Ward of Fozzy)
6) Shine (featuring Ethan Brosh)
7) Let It Be Love
8) Never Alone (featuring Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake)
9) When Love Is Hated (featuring Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake)
10) Ricochet (featuring Tracii Guns of LA Guns)
 
Bonus Tracks:
11) With You Till The End (featuring Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa from Firstbourne)
12) Son Of Man (featuring Todd La Torre of Queensryche and Andy James)
 
 
Thu
08
Aug

Rock Candy Latest - EUROPE, SHY & OZZ

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These new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 

EUROPE 'THE FINAL COUNTDOWN' CANDY401

THE ENORMOUS SUCCESS of ‘The Final Countdown’ single and album, undoubtedly took the world by surprise. Who among us would have imagined that an, up until then, obscure Swedish hard rock band would have the reach and good fortune to elevate their profile to international superstar status so easily. It was a turn of events that reinforces the notion that anything can be possible as long as the stars are in alignment and the songs are undeniable.

Europe was formed during the late 70s, initially under the name of Force, before they scored a record deal with CBS and switched their name to Europe. They had recorded, as Europe, two well received albums in their native Sweden but were then taken under the wing of CBS in New York who encouraged the band to pull out all the stops for their third album. It was, in effect, a Cinderella story (albeit a seven year overnight success) and they grasped the opportunity to craft one of the greatest melodic hard rock albums of the ‘80s. On release the record faced slow progress but gradually the title track started to gain traction across the globe, hitting the top spot in several territories, selling over three million copies of the album in the USA alone.

Produced by Kevin Elson (Journey, Mr Big) and issued in March 1986, the album contains a concise and extremely well written selection of tracks, including the rousing ‘Rock The Night’, ‘Cherokee’, ‘On The Loose’, and the glorious ballad ‘Carrie’. Of course, it’s the indelible mark left by the title track that the album will be best remembered for. Look out too for some searing guitar work from John Norum.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 6 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork

TRACK LISTING: 1. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 2. ROCK THE NIGHT 3. CARRIE 4. DANGER ON THE TRACK 5. NINJA 6. CHEROKEE 7. TIME HAS COME  8. HEART OF STONE 9. ON THE LOOSE  10. LOVE CHASER BONUS TRACKS: 11. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (LIVE) 12. DANGER ON THE TRACK (LIVE) 13. CARRIE (LIVE) 14. SEVEN DOORS HOTEL (1986 VERSION) 15. ROCK THE NIGHT (B-SIDE REMIX) 16. ON BROKEN WINGS (B-SIDE)

SHY ‘BRAVE THE STORM’ CANDY413

THERE WAS AN interesting development in British rock during the mid 80s. Having moved through the traditional NWOBHM style for a while, a number of artists were developing a taste for the sound of America. Artists such as RATT, Dokken and White Lion had consistently influenced the more melodic aspects of the genre. Some British bands seemed to be enthralled by that sound so it was no wonder then that UK record labels caught on and looked to feed their American counterparts with similar acts. Stand up Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Lionheart, Strangeways and…Shy. There was no sign that Shy were in any way inferior to the American AOR groups of the day.

They had the sound, the look and the desire to take their music all the way to the top of the charts. With the emphasis on songs and melodic hooks it seemed, for a short while at least, that they could do no wrong. Singer Tony Mills possessed one of the most striking voices of the scene, a powerful mid-range which soared to a high falsetto, providing the band with a unique calling card and an identity that singled them out as a band who would go the distance if all the pieces fell into place.

Issued in 1985 and produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC, Krokus, Gary Moore), the album is a vessel for some of the best British melodic hard rock of the era. Tracks such as ‘Hold On (To Your Love)’, ‘Keep The Fires Burning’ and the brilliant ballad ‘Reflections’ are fabulous examples of just how superior the band were and how well they compared with all the other musical competition.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 6 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork.

TRACK LISTING: 1. HOLD ON (TO YOUR LOVE) 2. MY APOLLO 3. REFLECTIONS 4. KEEP THE FIRES BURNING 5. THE HUNTER 6. BRAVE THE STORM 7. WILD WILD WOMAN 8. CAUGHT IN THE ACT 9. WAS I WRONG? BONUS TRACKS : 10. HOLD ON (TO YOUR LOVE) (Extended Version) 11. STRANGERS IN TOWN 12. DEEP WATER (Once Bitten Mix) 13. GIVE ME A CHANCE (Twice Shy Mix) 14. TWO HEARTS (Live) 15. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (Live)

SHY ‘EXCESS ALL AREAS’ CANDY414

DURING THE MID-eighties Shy were perceived as one of the best hopes to ignite the British homegrown hard rock scene. They were tipped to follow in the footsteps of similar leaning melodic rock bands such as Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, who were enjoying huge success appealing to both poprock and traditional hard rock fans. With this, their third album, the band refined their sound and made a concerted attempt to square up to the challenge before them.

Evidence of their new-found focus was the selection of a world-renowned and highly respected producer; Neil Kernon, a man who had overseen many successful records, including Autograph, Dokken, Kansas and Queensrÿche. The band also seriously immersed themselves into writing and refining their material, often co-writing with the likes of Michael Bolton, Don Dokken and Bob Kulick. The result was a masterful album that certainly caused heads to turn and platitudes to spill forth.

Originally issued in January 1987, the album boasts several important tracks, and is blessed with superb production touches that made the record, at the time, extremely competitive with songs such as ‘Emergency’, ‘Young Heart’, ‘Break Down The Walls’ and the plaintive ballad ‘When The Love Is Over’. Although it’s infused with massive harmonies, precision musicianship and superb arrangements, the record is most noticeably propelled and driven by Tony Mill’s extraordinary lead vocals. It’s fair to say that this album is a perfect slice of eighties melodic hard rock, one that remains a benchmark for a style that actually still sounds fresh and relevant.

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TRACK LISTING:1. EMERGENCY 2. CAN’T FIGHT THE NIGHTS 3. YOUNG HEART 4. JUST LOVE ME 5. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS 6. UNDER FIRE 7. DEVIL WOMAN 8. TALK TO ME 9. WHEN THE LOVE IS OVER 10. TELEPHONE  BONUS TRACKS: 11. RUN FOR COVER (single version) 12. ONLY YOU (single version) 13. DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE (single version) 14. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS (concrete mix) 15. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS (7” single edit)

OZZ ‘NO PRISONERS’ CANDY385

WHEN IT COMES to tough no-nonsense hard rock then you’d have to look long and hard to find an album better than ‘No Prisoners’ by Ozz. Stuffed full of top riffs, killer songs and impressive vocals it certainly made its mark on the hard rock cognoscenti despite a lack of sales and relative obscurity. Even now, the album is given appreciative nods and familiar knowing smiles from those who have heard it. Indeed, the lack of mainstream attention seems to have given it almost mythical status in a world where praise is heaped upon even the most inconsequential records currently in circulation.

Ozz was initiated by two hugely talented individuals: Chicago born guitarist Gregg Parker and vocalist Minnesota raised Alexis T. Angel. Parker had established something of a reputation for himself backing a number of musicians and leading a recording band by the name of The Infernal Blues Machine who released an album on the London label in 1976. Despite his high profile and musical ability it wasn’t until he met Angel a few years later that sparks really began to fly. The two decided to form Ozz as a vehicle that would crystallise their desire to harness the rampant energy of Led Zeppein and Aerosmith.

Issued in 1980 on the Epic label and produced by British whiz-kid Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Free, Hughes Thrall) the album is a blistering collection of red-hot hard rock leaning heavily on the Plant/Page and Tyler/Perry call and response axis. Songs such ‘Sail On’, ‘Hungry Love’ and ‘Given’ Up On Love’ lead the way but there is not one weak track on this record which in itself is a major victory. Why the album failed to attract even a modicum of commercial recognition at the time is a major mystery.

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TRACK LISTING: 1. Sail On 2. Ain’t No Money 3. Givin’ Up On Love 4. Sister Madness 5. Checkin’ It Out (Baby Don’t You Cry) 6. Hungry Love 7. Dreams 8. Lonely Rider 9. Just Got Back

IF ONLY 'NO BED OF ROSES' CANDY427

IF YOU THOUGHT the making of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ was fraught with difficulty then spare a thought for British melodic rockers If Only. Their trials and tribulations may not have been on the same widescreen international scale as the Mac, but the amount of frustration, angst and disappointment was probably even more crushing. Here was a band with all the promise of a bright career ahead of them that was continuously derailed, mostly through no fault of their own, unable to capitalise on their rising star status.

Formed in 1988 and driven by guitarist and talented songwriter Greg Hart (who later went on to form Cats In Space), the band was fronted by singer Jackie Bodimead who had built up a solid reputation as a member of both Girlschool and Rock Goddess, two of the most successful and well known of the all female British hard rock bands. Jackie’s voice lent the material a world class sheen that quickly attracted industry attention, led by former Yes and then Asia keyboard player Geoff Downes who signed them to his boutique label and set about producing their debut album. However, nearing completion, Jackie decided to leave the band.

Fortunately a saviour was at hand in the form of Tina Egan who stepped into Jackie’s shoes, recording new vocals and giving the project fresh life. Sadly however, the musical times had changed by then, with the likes of Nirvana forging a rough and raw sound, leaving the melodic delicacies of If Only stranded and killing all hope of scoring a meaningful release. Time, however, has done nothing but enhance the band’s music and here we present tracks from both vocalists, confirming that this record, with either singer, is indeed a buried treasure.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and unpublished artwork

TRACK LISTING: 1.LOADED GUN 2. TUMBLIN’ DICE 3. IF LOVE COULD LAST FOREVER 4. I’M NO ANGEL 5. NO BED OF ROSES 6. EASY LAY 7. ROCK AND A HARD PLACE 8. RED HOT HEAVEN 9. GHOST OF YOU  10. FOREVER MY LOVE 11. LONG WAY FROM HOME 12. MAN AGAINST THE WORLD 13. ALL OVER 14. STAND LIKE A STONE 15. DON’T LET GO 16. SHOTDOWN 17. TIGHT JEANS

 
Tue
06
Aug

NARNIA 'From Darkness to Light' The 8th Studio Album Out Now

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Swedish metal band Narnia releases their 8th studio-album, From Darkness to Light. The album is released worldwide today, just over a month before touring begins in South America, along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.
 
 
Narnia’s new album, From Darkness to Light, is the band’s 8 studio album, and a natural sequel to the previous, self-titled album, from the band’s return and 20th anniversary in 2016.
The spark that Narnia lit on last year’s live album, We Still Believe - Made in Brazil, has followed the band into the studio, where this energy has been channeled and structured into a long parade of nine songs.
 
With musical roots remaining deep in melodic metal, the band has both expanded into modern metal territory, where the guitars still dominate, while allowing for 70/80’s analog synthesizers to exist in the soundscape.
 
The lyrics are extremely important to the band, and in true Narnia spirit, this heritage has been well managed and further refined.
 
From Darkness To Light has received positive response from reviewers all around the world, and recently received 1st position in Sweden Rock Magazine’s “The Jury” (4 reviewers on 9 international releases), along with a review (8 of 10) and a full page interview with the band’s singer Christian Liljegren. A great start for this new major venture for Narnia, which involves a tour that begins in South America along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.
 
Today, From Darkness To Light is available on all digital platforms, CD, and vinyl (in different colors) in collaboration with record label Sound Pollution (Europe, USA, Australia). The album is also being distributed by King Records (Asia), and by Voice Music/MusiK Records, Icarus Music and The Dove’s Voice Records (Latin America).
The album was produced by Narnia’s guitarist CJ Grimmark, mixed by the band’s sound engineer Viktor Stenquist, and mastered by Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios (Sepultura, Symphony X, James LaBrie [Dream Theater], and more).
 
Links:
Website  narniatheband.com
EPK - epk.narniatheband.com
Facebook #narniatheband
Instagram  #narniatheband

 

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Mon
05
Aug

MRR Premium Preorder 3; Introducing SILENT TIGER

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Premium Preorder will be used on select projects, to give the artists involved the extra resources needed to complete them. These will be carefully selected releases signed to MRR, that will allow the fans to get closer to the artists involved and get exclusive insights into the progress of the album and also be the first to receive the completed product.
 
MRR Premium Preorder will available to anyone interested in the projects, but only for a select period of time once announced.
 
MelodicRock Records has delivered two quality albums via the Premium Preorder platform - HEARTS ON FIRE and FICTION SYXX. Now it is time for the next round.
 
 
SILENT TIGER is the next exciting chapter in the musical journey for MRR’s own Jean Funes, founding member and guitarist of Sound Of Eternity and Hearts On Fire.
With HOF vocalist Richard Andermyr working on new RIAN material this year, Jean asked to be put to work and who better to work with than another stalwart of MRR, vocalist David Cagle.
 
Together, along with master drummer Joel Mejia (Hearts On Fire), the trio forms SILENT TIGER.
 
SILENT TIGER are:
Jean Funes - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar (Sound Of Eternity)
David Cagle - Vocals (Northrup Cagle, LastWorld)
Joel Mejia - Drums (Hearts On Fire, Codigo Eterno)
 
With:
Andreas Passmark - Bass
Dennis Ward - Keyboards
Jonas Oijvall - Keyboards
 
JOIN THE SILENT TIGER PREMIUM PREORDER!
 
 
 
Jean Funes comments: “It has been a pleasure working with David on this album. He adds that amazing and powerful soulful voice and takes every song to another level. We’ve been working for months on the songs and its wonderful how the songs have developed naturally and have taken life on their own.  This album is going to have the right edge to it, but at the same time plenty of melody and uplifting songs. You will hear elements of Def Leppard, Van Halen, Dokken, Motley Crue, Europe and more, because every one of these bands are a big influence to us, but I think Silent Tiger is very original with its approach to rock music.”
 
Nello Dell’omo continued the family affair by once again creating band’s great logo and the cover artwork, which will be revealed shortly.
 
It is MRR and Silent Tiger’s pleasure to debut their first ever song, one which sets up the sound of the coming album. Please enjoy ‘Chasing The Wind’ in its entirety:
 
 
Those familiar with the HEARTS ON FIRE premium preorder will know what to expect by joining the SILENT TIGER campaign.
 
Pre-order now and you will get the debut single sent to you along with two additional raw writers’ demos. Then in the coming weeks you will be first to hear more new demos as well as the debut lyric video for the single as well as every other song at the various stages of completing that they go through.
MRR/FS2 Premium Preorder is available today for just $30
 
Standard inclusions in the PP Packs include the following:
 
- Exclusive Special Edition Packaging (TBA)
- WAV file of debut track
- Weekly updates
- Exclusive Advance Release Date, receiving the CD weeks ahead of an official release
- Names included in the CD booklet
- Additional demos and completed tracks sampled along the way
- Digital Download of completed release ahead of shipping of CD
- Airmail shipping cost included
 
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Fri
02
Aug

AGE OF REFLECTION To Release New Album 'A New Dawn' Sept 27

Friday, September 27, 2019
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AGE OF REFLECTION return on September 27th, 2019 with “A New Dawn”
 
In early 2013 Carl Berglund and his old bandmate Jan Skärming decided to fulfil their musical dream, writing songs reduced to its very core by 80’s rock giants. These were songs with emotional harmonies from pure British AOR, with the power of American hard rock, sprinkled with hooks from the new era of Swedish melodic rock. Joining them in the songwriting came Lars Nygren in spring 2014 (vocals), a friend of Carls since high school. When equipped with a ton of hard hitting melodic rock songs written, the missing pieces of the puzzle joined forces. They turned out to be Jonas Nordquist (lead guitar), drummer Michael Sjöö (replaced by Peppe Vikman in August 2018) and Jens Rüttgeroth on keyboards (member since October 2017). In May 2016 they picked four songs and put them onto Spotify, iTunes, and a few other places with amazing reviews and response. In August 2016, the band signed a deal with AOR Heaven for a February 2017 release, and also later with Rubicon Music Japan. “In The Heat Of The Night” was recorded at Studio Thinner, the band's own studio in Vasteras, Sweden, in the spring of 2016. It was produced by AGE OF REFLECTION but the mixing and mastering was done by Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T. a.o).
 
 
After the summer 2018, AoR started writing new music for their next album. AGE OF REFLECTIONS tried one of the new songs live at Rockingham festival, and the response was great! They went back into the studio and have now finished all the recordings. Again Erik Mårtensson has been doing the final magic on the album. “A New Dawn” will be released on September 27th, 2019 on AOR Heaven.
 
In November, AoR is going on a headlining tour in England supported by both A’priori and Atlas UK. After that there is H.E.A.T Festival in Germany. One of highlights in 2020, so far, is the HRH AOR festival in Wales in March.
AGE OF REFLECTION: Carl Berglund: Guitars, Backing Vocals; Lars Nygren: Lead Vocals; Jan Skärming: Bass, Backing Vocals; Jens Rüttgeroth: Keyboards; Jonas Nordqvist: Lead guitar, Backing Vocals; Peppe Vikman: Drums, Backing Vocals
 
 
 
Fri
02
Aug

ROBERT TEPPER To Release New Album 'Better Than The Rest' Sept 27

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Friday, September 27, 2019
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Robert Tepper, hailing from Bayonne, New Jersey, came up in the late 60’s playing in garage bands down on the Jersey shore. It wasn’t until a bit later that Tepper started to get recognition as a song writer with his first top 40 hit recorded by Paul Anka, This Is Love. The song went on to earn an ASCAP award for its popularity that year and broke the top 40.

      
After moving to New York City, he teamed up with fellow singer Benny Mardones to help with his hit album Never Run, Never Hide. On that record was the iconic song Into The Night. In 2010 Usher released his own version of the song with a new dynamic arrangement.
It was in 1985 when Robert landed his first record deal with Scotti Brothers Records - a subsidiary of CBS. In the studio Tepper was very fortunate to have hired the expertise of grammy awarded producer Joe Chiccarelli who is known for his work with U2, Beck, Elton John and many more. In 1985 Tepper also moved to Los Angeles. It was about this time that actor and director Sylvester Stallone was taken by the song Tepper had written called No Easy Way Out. Prominently featured in the film franchise Rocky the song climbed the charts into the American top 40. Stallone, now a Tepper fan, used his song Angel of the City in his classic movie Cobra giving Tepper the title of the soundtrack kid. Also, Pat Benatar’s recording of La Bel Age off of Seven The Hard Way was another Tepper Marshall composition.
 
In 1996 the album No Rest For The Wounded Heart was released by MTM Music exclusively for Europe. More recently he released an album that was categorized as an acoustic record with an electric tinge in the early 2000’s called New Life Story. After a long lay off of live performances it was soon after the release of New Life Story that Tepper started doing shows in Europe. It was there that he met guitarist extraordinaire Pablo Padilla. Padilla, who is one of the premier guitarists in Spain, was soon to continue his musical journey in Los Angeles. Here he became Tepper’s music supervisor for all of his shows.
 
The new Robert Tepper album Better Than The Rest is a true collaboration between Tepper and Padilla. The writing and recording and mixing of this record took approximately a year. Tepper’s music has appeared in such hit films and TV shows such as South Park, Breaking Bad, Cobra, Rocky 4, and Get Hard.

 

 
Thu
01
Aug

THE FERRYMEN Bring 'A New Evil' on October 11

Artist: 
Friday, October 11, 2019
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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of The Ferrymen's sophomore album entitled “A New Evil” on October 11, 2019 - 
The band, featuring Ronnie Romero (vocals), Magnus Karlsson (guitar) and Mike Terrana (drums), have also released a music video for the title track. 
 
 
The Ferrymen released their debut album in June 2017 and took fans of the European melodic metal sound by surprise as they seemingly came out of nowhere. With songwriting and fretwork handled by ace Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall), the awesome vocals of singer Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, CoreLeoni), and drummer Mike Terrana (Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja, Rage) bringing the heavy metal thunder, the band quickly found their home in the hearts of fans of the classic DIO sound combined with heavier, updated songwriting textures and arrangements.
 
Musically, fans can expect in "A New Evil" a very heavy, melodic metal album fusing the songwriting and epic structures of the widely praised ALLEN/LANDE records (guitarist Magnus Karlsson was the main architect of the first three critically acclaimed releases) with the powerful vocal approach of Romero (let's not forget that Romero was hand-picked by legendary Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to be the lead vocalist for Rainbow's recent reunion shows). True heavy metal fans are of course quite familiar with the well regarded Terrana and what his drumming skill set brings to the table on a heavy metal album of this nature. And what metal album would be complete without some stunning artwork? Renowned artist Stan W. Decker's album cover rounds out this colossal heavy metal offering.
 
""A New Evil" is a bit heavier and more progressive,” says Magnus Karlsson. "I’m always learning and try to improve my songs and productions each time out. Working with Ronnie and Mike is a such a great experience. I can concentrate on the writing and whatever I will come up with I know they will nail it! This time Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids, Volbeat, etc.) did the mix and it works really well with the heavy style.”
 
“I think it's a great album and people are gonna love it as they did with the first one,” adds Romero. “Everybody knows Magnus' skills to write great music, so it’s really easy to like every song on the album. This time was maybe even easier to work together because is the second album and we know each other better, he knew how to get my best performances, so I’m very proud about my work and grateful to have Magnus working side by side with me.”
 
"I have a few favorites like 'Don’t Stand In My Way', 'Bring Me Home', and 'A New Evil'. But a very special song for me is 'No Matter How Hard We Fall'. When you hear Ronnie in that chorus you will get goosebumps,” continues Magnus. Ronnie’s favorite is “'Bring Me Home', but I’m really looking forward to when people can hear the whole album because I'm sure they are gonna love every second of music on it!”
 
"A New Evil" will be a shot of adrenaline for all lovers of melodic metal, so mark you calendars for October 11, 2019!
 
Tracklist:
Don’t Stand In My Way
Bring Me Home
A New Evil
The Night People Rise
Save Your Prayers
Heartbeat
Your Own Hero
No Matter How Hard We Fall
My Dearest Fear
You Against The World
All We Got
 
Line-up:
Ronnie Romero - Vocals 
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars, Bass & Keyboards
Mike Terrana - Drums
 
 
 
Wed
31
Jul

TOM KIEFER BAND 'Rise' With New Album Sept 13

Friday, September 13, 2019
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July 30, 2019 -- Timing, as the saying goes, is everything. And when you’re a career artist like TOM KEIFER, you know exactly what it takes to get to the pinnacle and just how precarious it can be once you reach the top. After years of touring and growing with his solo band, KEIFER feels the timing is right for a new record with #keiferband.
 
KEIFER with #keiferband--Savannah Keifer, Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Kendra Chantelle, Jarred Pope, Kory Myers—are ready to RISE to yet another peak in their ongoing music journey with the September 13 release of his second solo album on Cleopatra Records.
 
Pre-orders of the album are available today at www.TomKeifer.com
 
Preorder on all formats, including CD (digipak), vinyl (in your choice of red, blue, or green) and digital, which will include an instant download of the first single, “The Death Of Me.”
 
A video for “The Death Of Me”—written by KEIFER and his wife Savannah, and directed by Vicente Cordero--was released today. Though TOM KEIFER has faced many ups and downs all throughout his storied career, his unyielding resilience can be found well within the grooves and lyrics of the song. “We created ‘The Death of Me’ to inspire people not to give in to or be defeated by the seemingly insurmountable lows that we all sometimes face, but rather to Rise and overcome them,” he says.
 
 
His creative renaissance is fully on display via the eleven tough ’n’ tender tracks that comprise RISE.
Produced by TOM KEIFER, Savannah Keifer, and Kyle O’Connor, RISE scales renewed sonic heights. From the tasty slide work that stamps “Touching the Divine,” the nontraditionally arranged, heavy, dark jam of “Untitled,” the breakneck thrust of “All Amped Up” to the tender coda of “You Believe in Me,” RISE signifies the ongoing evolution of the former Cinderella frontman as a person, songwriter, and bandleader. It’s the aural portrait of an artist who, to borrow a phrase, is still climbing
 
“When this band came together, we all felt a bit like broken souls, each with our own unique story,” he explains. “If you ask anyone in the band, they would all say this band came along at just the right time. Every human who walks this planet faces challenges and extreme adversity they have to overcome. As a band, we feel fortunate to be able to face those things together. There is a piece of every band member in the ‘The Death of Me’ as well as throughout the entire RISE album.”
 
The common thread to each song on RISE is the intuitive interplay between each member of #keiferband, a tight but loose collective that’s spent the last six-plus years on the road honing their live craft together in support of KEIFER’s critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut, THE WAY LIFE GOES. RISE is the studio-bred equivalent of a band just now realizing the full scope of its powers. “We were trying to capture the feeling of what people have witnessed live with this band,” KEIFER explains. “There’s an off-the-rails, real live feel to RISE — and that’s what we were going for. It shows a real kind of angst and reckless abandon that we tried not to polish too much. And when we pull it back on the ballads, it’s more about the emotion, the soul, and making people feel something in a different way.”
 
“To me, the perfect rock and roll record is perfectly fucked up,” KEIFER says with a hearty laugh. “You try to make each record interesting and different. I don’t ever want to make the same record twice, even though there’s a common thread between them. Everything doesn’t have to be perfectly in place, but there is a balance you try to strike. Sometimes there may be something about it that’s technically not ‘right,’ but there’s a vibe, an energy and an attitude to it that I always try to preserve.”
 
THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION was released October 20, 2017 on Cleopatra Records, which is an expanded compilation of his debut album chocked full of special artwork and bonus content, including the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
 
Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:
 
“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.”
-- Rolling Stone
 
“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”
-- Vintage Guitar
 
“...the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest.  They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic.  Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice.  And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.”    
-- Guitar Player
 
In touring news, TOM KEIFER and #keiferband have been on a vigorous trek ever since the 2013 album release, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Their next batch of headlining dates start July 30 in their hometown, Nashville, TN today at The Cowan. Dates are already confirmed through the end of 2019, with more to be added in the coming weeks, and are already being planned for 2020.
 
Here’s the complete track listing for RISE:
 
1. Touching The Divine
2. The Death Of Me
3. Waiting On The Demons
4. Hype
5. Untitled                                                              
6. Rise
7. All Amped Up
8. Breaking Down
9. Taste For The Pain
10. Life Was Here
11. You Believe In Me
 
 
Check out TOM KEIFER and #keiferband at any of the following tour stops:
 
DATE               CITY                                         VENUE
 
Tues 7/30          Nashville, TN                             The Cowan
Fri 8/2               Glenside, PA                             Keswick Theatre
Sat 8/3              Derry, NH                                  Tupelo Music Hall
Mon 8/5            Englewood, NJ                         Bergen PAC
Thu 8/8             Hopewell, VA                            The Beacon Theater Hopewell
Fri 8/9               Greenville, SC                           The Firmament
Sat 8/10            Winder, GA                               Innovation Amphitheater
Thu 8/15            New Orleans, LA                        House of Blues
Fri 8/16             Dallas, TX                                 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Sat 8/17            Houston, TX                              Warehouse Live Ballroom
Wed 8/21          Scottsdale, AZ                          BLK Live
Fri 8/23             Montclair, CA                            The Canyon
Sat 8/24            Ojai, CA                                    Ojai Libbey Bowl
Sun 8/25           Pasadena, CA                           The Canyon at The Rose
Tue 8/27            Sacramento, CA                        Crest Theatre
Thu 8/29            Las Vegas, NV                          Count’s Vamp’d
Fri 8/30             San Juan Capistrano, CA           The Coach House
Sat 8/31            Big Bear Lake, CA                     The Cave
Fri 9/6               Leesburg, VA                            Tally Ho Theatre
Sat 9/7              Cherokee, NC                            Cherokee Blue Ridge Run
Fri 10/11           Knoxville, TN                             Cotton Eyed Joe
Sat 10/12          Versailles, OH                           BMI Indoor Speedway
Tue 10/15          Flint, MI                                                The Machine Shop
Thu 10/17          Warrendale, PA                         Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Fri 10/18           Niagara Falls, NY                      Seneca Niagara Event Center
Sat 10/19          Akron, OH                                 Goodyear Theater
Thu 10/24          Green Bay, WI                           Green Bay Distillery
Thu 10/31          Milwaukee, WI                           Potowatami Bingo Casino
Fri 11/1             Medina, MN                              Medina Entertainment Center
Sat 11/2            St. Charles, IL                           The Arcada Theatre
 

 

 
Wed
31
Jul

LOU DIBELLO Continues To Shred On ‘American Hard Rock’

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Friday, August 2, 2019
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Guitarist LOU DIBELLO certainly showed the world he is most talented on the six-string with his previous album, ‘Heat Wave’ (which contained the rocking highlight, “Full Throttle”).
 
On August 2, 2019, he will prove that its predecessor was no fluke, with the release of ‘American Hard Rock,’ which can be purchased here: loudibello.hearnow.com.
 
“I am excited to release the new album ‘American Hard Rock’! This record is both a logical progression, and a big step up from my last album ‘Heat Wave’,” explains DiBello. “Some of the highlights for me are the instrumental ‘Driving Force,’ with some of my hottest playing to date, and ‘Beast Mode: Engage featuring guest vocalist Carsten Schulz, and with bassist Mike LePond on both tunes. Other highlights are ‘The Nighttime Is The Right Time,’ ‘Walk Through The Fire,’ the bluesy ‘Love Is Blind,’ and my cover of Edgar Winter's ‘Frankenstein’ which I have been playing at live shows for years now.”
 
And it turns out that DiBello has been fine-tuning these new tracks on the concert stage. “Besides me singing lead on 5 of the 6 vocal tunes on ‘American Hard Rock,’ another big difference from ‘Heat Wave’ is that I have been performing almost all of these songs at live shows, and going into the recording process I had a much more complete idea of how the end product was going to be completed. From the final mix and master by Rolf Munkes in Germany, to the cover art and packaging which was a coordinated effort between myself, a graphic artist in NYC, and a local photographer and illustrator, I knew before I even began every step that would transpire. I even beat myself set deadline for completion by a week!”
 
DiBello is also an honors graduate from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California, and has been a part of the Central Illinois music scene since the late ‘80s. He has also played over 2,500 paid performances (with 600 coming in last 5 years alone), as well as sharing the bill with the likes of .38 Special, Slaughter, LA Guns, Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Quiet Riot, Survivor, Black Crowes, Blue Oyster Cult, etc. And as a guitar teacher, DiBello has given over 25,000 private lessons, and started one of the first streaming guitar lesson websites.
 
DiBello is set to be performing locally from now until mid-September (a complete list of dates are on his website), so get prepared to experience the impressive guitar skills of Lou DiBello - with the arrival of ‘American Hard Rock’!
 
‘American Hard Rock’ Tracklisting:
1) Driving Force
2) Jack & Coke
3) Walk Through The Fire
4) Love Is Blind
5) Flying High
6) Beast Mode: Engage
7) The Nighttime Is The Right Time
8) I Love You
9) Frankenstein (E. Winter)*
 
Lou DiBello - Lead, rhythm guitars, bass, lead and backing vvocals
Ron Phelps - Drums
Stacey Krecji - Bass (4,9), keyboards (4,8,9)
Also appearing:
Carsten Lizard Schulz - Lead and backing vocals on (6)
Bobby Whiles - Drums (1,5,6)
Mike LePond - Bass guitar on (1,6)
 
 
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Thu
25
Jul

THE DEAD DAISIES Release 'Locked & Loaded' Covers Compilation August 23

Friday, August 23, 2019
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THE DEAD DAISIES ARE LOCKED, LOADED AND READY TO FIRE!!
SPITFIRE MUSIC/SPV RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 23
 
The Dead Daisies pride themselves on being an ass-kicking Rock band very much of today who love to celebrate the history of amazing music. In short, the band are fans of Rock and always will be.
 
Every one of the bands albums to date has had at least one cover song on it drawn from great songs from all eras, from the early blues greats to the classic rockers and heavy-hitters of later times. So many terrific players, so many immortal words, so many larger-than-life riffs
 
"This is a ‘tip of the hat’ to our heroes, bands that influenced us when we use to buy their records as teenagers. Now we’ve put them all on one album and it seriously rocks!! You may think of us as ‘Rock Stars’ but at the end of the day we’re just huge music fans!" - John Corabi
 
This collection of covers comes together from a long list of some of our favourite tunes, some bona fide classics - or simply songs that made us all smile, sweat and scream, band and audience alike.
 
These are done Daisies style, with big guitars, big vocals and always a bit of dirt under our collective fingernails, just the way we like it which is why we always love to mix up the setlist and throw them into our live shows.
 
"Playing these songs live is a total adrenaline rush for all of us.  Our audiences go nuts with our Daisified versions of these songs that come from an incredible time in music.  It’s our way of paying homage to the ‘greats’ of rock."  - Doug Aldrich
 
So crank them up as they work better with generous amounts of volume and a huge smile on your face. After all, a great song is a great song.  Rock is Indeed alive and well ..
 
Released on August 23rd, 2019, it comes in a suite of formats including DigiPak CD, Colored Vinyl with CD in paper sleeve, digital download and streaming.
All tracks are remastered for this project with “Rockin’ In The Free World (Live)” and “Highway Star (Live)” being released for the first time ever.
 
Track Listing:
 
1          Midnight Moses
2          Evil
3          Fortunate Son
4          Join Together
5          Helter Skelter
6          Bitch
7          American Band (Live)
8          Revolution
9          Rockin’ In The Free World (Live)
10       Highway Star (Live)
 
The players:
A lot of great musicians have been part of The Dead Daisies over the years. The following musicians can be heard on this album:
Doug Aldrich, Jackie Barnes, Deen Castronovo, John Corabi, Richard Fortus, David Lowy, Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Reed, Jon Stevens  and Brian Tichy.
 
Wed
24
Jul

CORE LEONI Set For New Album 'II' Out Sept 27 on AFM Records

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Friday, September 27, 2019
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He is one of the truest and most passionate Rock musicians of the last decades. And though time stood never still for Gotthard founding member and guitarist Leo Leoni.
 
CoreLeoni - he named his passion for big, timeless Classic Rock, for pure music nostalgy, added with a modern sound. On September 27th their second album ‘CoreLeoni II’ will be released.
 
Next to Gotthard songs from the early stage as well as two brand new tracks the album contains a cover of John Lee Hooker’s ‘Boom Boom Boom’.
 
Since the release of the first record that has simply been called ‘The Greatest Hits Part 1’, CoreLeoni has appeared as a transmitter between analog electric guitar and modern studio production. But CoreLeoni not only represent the music spirit of the early 90es, they also live the feeling that has been alive on, behind and in front of stage in these times: CoreLeoni is a high class band ensemble consisting of close friends and long-term colleagues that are next to Leo Leoni pioneering for that period and share a lot of memories with him.
 
Together with Rainbow-singer and Lords Of The Black founding member and ex-singer Ronnie Romero, Hena Habegger (drums, Gotthard), Jgor Gianola (guitar, ex-Gotthard/U.D.O./Jorn Lande) as well as Mila Merker (bass, Soulline) Leoni shows, that Classic Rock doesn ´t need to be old fashioned. Songs from the early Gotthard days are coming along in a completely new sound outfit.
 
On the second album coming out end of September, Leoni once more pays tribute to his passion for high class Rock music and brings back some good old Gotthard tracks to life.
 
With the exception of two songs as well as the John Lee Hooker cover it’s all Gotthard hits from the early days being translated to 2019.
 
‘Queen Of Hearts and ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ are the titles of the brand new tracks on the album, fitting perfectly into the other big Rock hymns.
 
Leoni had the idea to found CoreLeoni when Gotthard were celebrating their 25th anniversary. ‘When we play shows, we nowadays have to leave out a lot of the old songs as there are so many new ones that have to find their place in the setlist’, Leo explains. ‘But especially a lot of the old songs really mean a lot to me and will always be a big part of me. That’s why I decided to record them again and bring them back into the current times, also sound-wise.’
 
How good that works, CoreLeoni could prove during a tour last year. Press and fans have equally been enthusiastic about it. And also among the musicians it quickly became obvious: CoreLeoni needs to be continued.
 
‘So many beautiful memories and the really special feeling that we also had during the days back then have been awaking.’
 
The musician from Swiss part Tessin belongs to the best international Rock guitarists and is part of the most successful Swiss band Gotthard. Every studio album after the debut reached number 1 in the national charts, all albums have been rewarded with several platinum awards. Gotthard are also holding a rare diamond award for selling more than 1 million records in Switzerland only.
 
Guitarist Jgor Gianola has been part of Gotthard during the early days as well before he decided to move on to U.D.O., the current band of music legend and ex-Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider, as well as Norwegian Rockers Jorn Lande. Also drummer Hena Habegger is a founding member of Gotthard. Last year he fulfilled a big dream and opened a drum school in Tessin.
 
Singer Ronnie Romero has been born in Chile and has been the singer oft Spanish Rock band Lords Of The Black. Since 2016 he is part of Rainbow, the band of legendary Richie Blackmore. With this big step in his career a long-term dream has been fulfilled for him. Just some months ago he has been touring big stadiums with Rainbow and can look back to several admirable festival shows as well, such as Monsters Of Rock.
 
Bass player Mila Merker has been born in Swiss Bellinzona and is a long-term friend of Leo and Jgor. His own band is called Soulline, being well-known for playing a technical challenging form of Melodic Death Metal.
 
The Travellin´ Men Tour 2019-2020
27.11.19 D-Augsburg – Spectrum
28.11.19 D-Siegburg – Kubana
29.11.19 D-Tuttlingen - Stadthalle
30.11.19 CH-Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
01.12.19 CH-Solthurn – Kofmehl
03.12.19 CH-Rubigen – Muehle Hunziken
04.12.19 CH-Pratteln – Z7
05.12.19 CH-Arborn – Presswerk
06.12.19 CH-Lyss – KuFa
07.12.19 CH-Lausanne – Salle Metropole
08.12.19 ITA-Bergamo – Druso
10.12.19 SK-Bratislava - Randal
11.12.19 HU-Budapest – Duerer Kert
13.12.19 D-Burgrieden – Riffelhof
14.12.19 AUT-Ehrwald – Zugspitzsaal
15.12.19 D-Ludwigsburg – Rofa
16.12.19 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
17.12.19 D-Deggendorf - Stadthalle
18.12.19 D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
20.12.19 ES-Pamplona – Totem
21.12.19 ES-Madrid – Shoko
22.12.19 ES-Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
 

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