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LIVE Return With New Album 'The Turn'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014




Multi-platinum alternative rock band +LIVE+ will return this fall with THE TURN, their first album of all-new material following a long hiatus.  Set for release October 28 on Think Loud Recordings, the 11-track album features original members Chad Taylor (Guitar & Backing Vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (Bass and Percussion), Chad Gracey (Drums and Percussion), who are joined by Chris Shinn (Lead Vocals & Guitar).  The album was co-produced by Jerry Harrison and +LIVE+; Harrison also produced three of the band’s previous albums:  1991's Mental Jewelry, 1995's Throwing Copper and 1999's The Distance to Here.

To kick off the album’s release, the band are launching a Pledge Music ( campaign today (8-28-14) with a portion of the proceeds going to Musicians On Call.  PledgeMusic is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan music community, offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience whilst interacting with PledgeMusic's global community of music fans.  Details of the album’s first single and video, along with U.S. and international tour dates will be released thru Pledge and +LIVE’s+ social media platforms over the next few weeks.

In describing the simple process of Shinn joining the group, Chad Taylor said we knew we needed, “a veteran artist that brought a new dimension of musical skill and credibility to the table.  The only name suggested by all three of us was Chris Shinn.  There was no audition process.  We simply called our friend and asked if he wanted to make +LIVE+ music.”

The release of the album will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the group’s eight-million selling Throwing Copper.  That album produced the band’s biggest single, “Lightning Crashes,” which was #1 at Modern Rock radio for 10 consecutive weeks.  With two #1 albums already under their belt and more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, +LIVE+ are ready to enter the next chapter of their career.

Additional details re the band’s upcoming world tour will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The track listing for THE TURN is as follows:

1.    Sirens Call
2.    Don't Run to Wait
3.    Natural Born Killers
4.    6310 Rodgerton Dr.
5.    By Design
6.    The Way Around is Through
7.    Need Tonight
8.    The Strength to Hold On
9.    We Open The Door
10.   He Could Teach the Devil Tricks
11.   Till You Came Around 

Above: album art for THE TURN


DREAM THEATER Announce Special Berklee Live DVD/CD Release

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


AUGUST 21, 2014 - DREAM THEATER--Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans--have announced the release of BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE), a live Blu-Ray / DVD set of the band’s one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014. Produced by the band’s own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) is over 2 hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir. BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) arrives September 30TH.
The collection will be available in multiple configurations including Blu-Ray, a 2 DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-Ray/3 CD set with poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Records webstore. Furthermore, Dream Theater have premiered a video of “The Looking Glass” (LIVE) taken from BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL (LIVE FROM THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE) which can be streamed on the band’s official YouTube Channel. All pre-orders for the webstore exclusive will receive an instant download “The Looking Glass” (LIVE).
Dream Theater’s John Petrucci commented on the special event saying, “In many ways, this was a huge homecoming for the band given the history of Dream Theater’s origins and ties with Berklee. With John and I both being alumni and Mike having been a professor at the college for 10 years, we saw the opportunity to perform together with the students of Berklee as a tremendous thrill and honor. We are extremely grateful for everyone's hard work in making this special event a reality and to all who participated.” He continued, “All of the Berklee College instrumentalists and vocalists did an outstanding job that night and it was awesome to have one of its students, Eren Başbuğ orchestrate and conduct them live at the Opera House after having been a part of our latest studio release in the same capacity. Dream Theater has always had a great connection to the city of Boston and we knew that against the backdrop of the beautiful Opera House, this would end up being a historic stop on our 'Along For The Ride' world tour and an evening most definitely worth capturing on video. Beautifully filmed and directed by Pierre Lamoureux and brilliantly mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, this is in my opinion, a major highlight in our nearly 30 year career as a band. We are eagerly anticipating its release this fall and really hope that everyone enjoys it!”
This past year DREAM THEATER earned a second Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” for the single “The Enemy Inside” from their current self-titled worldwide smash album (released September 24, 2013 on Roadrunner Records). “DREAM THEATER” made a spectacular debut this past fall, topping Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. The extraordinary chart position marked the group’s third consecutive top 10 debut, and also saw "DREAM THEATER" making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway, with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia. The band recently announced new tour dates which will see them bring their spectacular live show to South America, Asia and Australia later this fall.
For up-to-the-minute news, tour dates and ticket information, please visit
With total sales exceeding 10 million albums and DVDs worldwide, Dream Theater have long stood tall within the upper echelons of hard rock. Albums such as 1992’s RIAA gold-certified classic Images & Words (featuring the breakthrough top 10 single, “Pull Me Under”) have earned the band countless accolades for their visionary synthesis of melodic power and virtuosic experimentation, including being named as one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 “Best Prog Rock Bands Of All Time.”
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Inside Metal: Pioneers Of LA Metal & Hard Rock DVD Campaign Launched

Thursday, August 28, 2014


The early '80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as M'tley Cr'e, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, 'Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal,' chronicles the entire scene.

Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, 'Inside Metal' features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this killer documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up at WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM - which will help strengthen the film's distribution, marketing and promotion.

This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).

'Inside Metal' is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories.
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Early feedback has been exceptional, including renowned video director Jonas 'kerlund (who has worked with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy) raving, "This film captures an era that catapulted metal into the spotlight and takes the audience on a wild ride down memory lane. After watching it I wanted to get in my time machine and experience those days for the first time. You're hit with a potent nostalgia, a time I thought we couldn't get back, not until I saw this film. I can't get enough of this shit, what an amazing film to watch over and over again, well done!"

Metalrock Films ask - and want - real and serious metal fans to be a part of this historic documentary and spread the word that this was the scene where it all began, ground zero.  "Our Fanbacked campaign will raise the direly needed financial support to bring this film to one and all in the US and Internationally in order to pay for the marketing and promotion to get it noticed by the general public. We want to bring this film to your theatre, town, bar, club and living room! Unite and support us. We have created some one of a kind opportunities for our friends and fans to participate with us in birth of this film. Get your name on the screen and let the world know that you support metal and the bands that create it. Help us tell the story of the music you love and let the world know you love it. Join in the festivities of our, and your, accomplishments by being at the premiere of the movie and interact with the artist that participated in its creation. Commemorate your participation with a plaque, t-shirt, poster or other limited edition merchandise items that says 'Metal Rules.' Keep checking back as we add more tasty premiums."

And thanks to you and your donation, 'Inside Metal' will finally get the true story of the scene heard - worldwide!

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Frontiers To Release DENNIS DeYOUNG 'And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles'

Friday, October 17, 2014
Deluxe CD/ DVD combination will feature the greatest
songs DeYoung originally recorded with STYX.
Powerful. Majestic. Compelling.
These are some of the words that have described the unforgettable live performances given by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung. Now in 2014, the nearly five decade musical legacy of DeYoung has come full circle. Frontiers Music Srl will release on October 17th in Europe and 21st in North America Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, encompassing the greatest hits of STYX sung once again by the voice who made them famous.
Recorded and filmed for this special CD/DVD release and for an October US TV live concert special, these classic STYX songs were captured before an enthusiastic audience at the intimate El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 18th,
2014. The 2CD/DVD version is now available for pre-order on below. Preorders
of the Blu-Ray and digital versions will be made available soon.

“If you are a STYX fan this DVD CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience,” says deYoung, who wrote and sang nearly all of that legendary band’s radio hits, as well as a number of solo hits. “The intimate setting
of the historic El Rey theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin’ these tunes.”
Captured with 8 cameras in Hi Def, the show features DeYoung performing the band’s catalog of classic rock hits
that became a staple on radio during the 1970s and 80s. Among them: “Lady,”“Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Show Me The Way,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Babe,” “Best Of Times ,” “Come Sail Away” and many others. DeYoung, who began playing with the members of STYX in the early 1960s as a band called The Tradewinds, changed its name, wrote and sang the band’s breakthrough single, “Lady” in 1972. The group would go on to have over a dozen gold and platinum albums over the next twenty years. DeYoung left STYX in 1999. In addition to his success with STYX, DeYoung wrote and recorded several solo projects and did an album of Broadway standards, after touring as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
 “To have this band and these songs on a Blu-Ray, DVD and two CD set is a dream come true,” says DeYoung. “I have to thank AXS Tv in the US and Frontiers in Italy for this special opportunity.”
Track listing:
CD1: The Message / Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands. CD2: Rockin The Paradise/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Foolin Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
DVD: Grand Illusion/ Lady/ Lorelei/ Blue Collar Man/ Show Me The Way/ Mr. Roboto/ Desert Moon/ Don’t Let It End/ Too Much Time On My Hands/ Crystal Ball/ Babe/ Fooling Yourself/ Suite Madame Blue/ Best Of Times/ Renegade/ Come Sail Away.
View the Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of STYX- Live In Los Angeles trailer:

Preorder the 2CD/DVD version of Dennis DeYoung And The Music of STYX Live In Los Angeles at:
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MR. BIG Announce Touring Drummer & Revised Album Release Date

Monday, September 29, 2014
Mr Big today announced today that drummer Pat Torpey's fill-in for the band's upcoming World Tour will be Matt Starr. Matt is currently Ace Frehley's drummer and will sit in for Torpey (who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease) throughout MR BIG's tour in support of their latest album, "...The Stories We Could Tell".
The release for Mr. Big's highly anticipated new album, ...The Stories We Could Tell, has been moved from September 22nd to September 29th in the UK, and from September 23rd to September 30th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.
"The new album rocks,' says Paul Gilbert. 'I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I'm proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional."
The original line-up comprised of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums), are back with some of their most powerful material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release 'What If,' that marked the band's return to their signature hard rock sound.
The new album is available for pre-order via Amazon. Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London's Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website for full 2014 tour dates.



NEWMAN To Release Re-Recorded Debut Album

Monday, September 8, 2014


Since the first album was released in 1997, Newman have established themselves as one of the leading UK melodic rock artists over the last 17 years. Signing to Escape Music in 1998, they subsequently released albums "One Step Closer", "Dance In The Fire", "Sign of The Modern Times" and "Heaven Knows" to great acclaim. Moving from Escape Music in 2007 Steve Newman created his own label Chrome Dome and produced another 3 albums, "Primitive Soul", "Decade", and in 2010, the well-received "The Art Of Balance". After successfully rejuvenating the live band and playing shows in the UK including Cambridge Rock and the Firefest Festival, the album "Under Southern Skies" was released through AOR Heaven in 2011. Further live dates ensued both in the UK, Europe, and the US. In 2013 "Siren" was released to a great response, many stating this as one of the best Newman albums to date.

So, here we are today, 2014, and the completion of an idea that has been driven by you, the fans, because of all your support and belief in Newman over the years. The re-recording of the first Newman album offers the chance, not only to complete that collection, but to listen to these songs re-recorded, mastered with new technology, and added bonus tracks that were written at the time of the original sessions.

Newman 2014 will be available strictly as a limited edition release exclusively from and all Newman live shows in 2014

As well as the 10 original tracks, the album also features 4 bonus tracks:

1. If It's Love

2. A Million Men

3. Say You Believe

4. What Does It Take

5. Faith

6. Let Your Heart Rule

7. When I Wake Up

8. That Kind Of Girl

9. I Know You

10. Tears Are Not Enough

11. Backdoor Man (originally bonus track for Japan)

12. Crush On You (unreleased)

13. Love By Design (unreleased)

14. Stand Up (unreleased)

The album will be available to pre-order from 8th September 2014 at

"I've been extremely lucky to have had the chance to release so many albums over the years, and work with some great artists, little did I know it would come to this when I was recording the first album. I actually said to myself at the time, if this is the only album I record then I will be proud of my achievement. So I can look back now, 11 albums later, and be truly humbled by all the fans I have around the world that support and believe in my music. Over the years I have had so many requests to re-release or re-record the first album, so finally, here it is !!."

"I certainly had great fun recording this again, as I did the first time, and it brought back so many memories of those times up at Universal Sound in London. I hope that if you were fortunate enough to purchase the original album then this is a good trip down memory lane or , if you are listening to these songs for the first time, they will create some great future memories. In any respect, thank you for listening, sharing, and being a part of this journey." Steve Newman

Catch Newman live with Vega across the UK in November:

1st November - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

25 Goldsmith Street Nottingham NG1 5LB -- 0845 413 4444

6th November - Bolton, UK - Railway Venue

37 Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, Lancs. UK BL7 9LY 01204 306450

7th November - Swansea, UK - Static

63 The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5HN 01792 467998

8th November - London, UK - The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD 0207 6196721


Fireworks Issue 65 - MR. BIG Cover Story

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FIREWORKS #65 arrives a little earlier than expected with an exclusive cover story on the new Mr Big album and a few stories they could tell us. Elsewhere Accept tell us about their wonderfully melodic new album 'Blind Rage', Extreme chat to us on their recent UK tour performing Pornograffitti in full, Ted Nugent tells it like only Ted can, Work of Art put us in the frame with their new album ' and so much more, with Skid Row, Threshold, Theory of a Deadman, Bernie Marsden, Hammerfall, Mike Tramp, Unisonic, AOR, Kix, Paul Gilbert, Helix and many up and coming new bands in the scene.

Also our usual in-depth CD reviews across 14 pages and a live section that this issue covers Sweden Rock and Download up close and personal.

100 pages of the best melodic hard rock you can find, all for the amazingly low price of '4.99.  Now also available all across Canada (see the Fireworks Facebook page for details


QUEENSRYCHE Starring Geoff Tate To Auction Off Queensryche Stage Backdrop

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


On opening day of the baseball season in 2011, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium by two individuals, who are currently serving a sentence for their actions.
Stow, a proud father of two and a paramedic, sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed into a medically-induced coma after the incident.
It would be months before he would go outside and, ultimately, more than two years before he would go home.
Shortly after the occurrance, while Stow was in the hospital, Queensryche became aware that he was one of their biggest fans, sporting a sizeable tattoo of the Queensryche logo on his left arm.
At the request of a friend, the band made a surprise visit to Bryan in the hospital that September, which ended up being an experience that both will never forget.
"We were incredibly inspired by his love for life, his love for his family and his love for our music," states original Queensryche lead singer, Geoff Tate.
With a week remaining in their Farewell tour, Geoff's version of Queensryche (which will continue on as Operation: Mindcrime after the tour ends) will be auctioning off the Queensryche stage backdrop that has been featured on several tours. "It's truly a special part of our musical history and we'd like to raise some much-needed funds for Bryan so he can continue his progress."
The auction will begin at 3:00pm PDT on Sunday, August 31, the day after the very last performance of Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour, and will end at 3:00pm PDT the following Sunday, September 7, 2014. "We're honored and thankful to have fans like Bryan in our life and would like to present him with a check just prior to Thanksgiving. Every little bit helps at this point and we hope to continue our efforts for Bryan and his family down the road."
Come Sunday, fans desiring to bid can enter "Queenryche Stage Backdrop" on eBay or go to the direct link at
In addition to the money raised from the auction of the backdrop, Geoff will, personally, be donating his proceeds from a song titled, "Facing My Demons," that he sings with The Voodoos, who are currently out on tour with him. The song can be downloaded at
Earlier this month, Bryan came out for the Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate performance in Morgan Hill, California and, more recently, made a clubhouse visit with his son to the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Sunday, August 17, where he was guided by longtime third base coach Tim Flannery and Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.
Flannery, a musician himself, has performed a series of Northern California concerts over the past three years to raise money for Bryan, and plans to continue his efforts as well.
To all music fans... to all sports fans... to all those who just want to do some good...
Get out there and bid!
For more information, please see or contact Jeff Albright at The Albright Entertainment Group -
For specific information about Bryan and his progress, please see

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Photo by Ron Lyon


DANGER ANGEL Adds SOTO Band Member As New Vocalist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Danger Angel are absolutely excited to announce that Brazilian powerhouse vocalist BJ is the new singer of the band. BJ comes as a perfect fit in the band’s evolution plan and we are all thrilled to welcome him to the family!
Moreover, Danger Angel release an all new song and video to introduce BJ to the fans and let the world take a first look at the band’s new lineup.
This new song, titled “Will You Follow”, was been prepared along with the rest of the new album’s songs but was expedited to be ready in time for BJ’s official presentation.
Danger Angel are in the process of recording the songs for a new album to be completed later in the year and BJ has already started recording vocal parts for the album, details of which will be let known in the weeks to follow.
Danger Angel Official Web page:
BJ Official Fan page:
BJ is the new singer of DANGER ANGEL but his career includes so much more. He is the singer for the Brazilian hard rock band Tempestt with whom he has recorded an album and has toured extensively, he is a constant member for the Jeff Scott Soto band, acting as guitarist, keyboardist and back vocalist and also a member of the new Jeff Scott Soto project, SOTO. He is an active member of the Brazilian musical scene, touring and performing with several projects while he is also a vocal teacher and he is hosting vocal, guitar and bass workshops all over Brazil.
BJ started his musical career at the age of 17 singing for local bands like Henceforth and Skyscraper. He recorded his first album with the band The Pills at 18 and had his debut appearance on Brazilian MTV. In 2008, he released “Bring ‘Em On with Tempestt followed by a world tour. He recorded and released his first solo album “Acoustic Heroes” in 2013, as a tribute to his influences. In 2014 he performed in the Sweden Rock Festival as a member of the Talisman band (reunion), playing the keyboards and singing backing vocals. He has been highlighted by media such as and as “The great promise of Hard Rock”.
He draws influence from artists like Glenn Hughes, Steve Perry, David Coverdale, Kip Winger, Jeff Scott Soto, Jimi Jamison, Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Lee, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, George Benson, Sting, Brian Adams among others.
He has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Jeff Scott Soto, Billy Sherwood, Jimi Jamison, Eric Martin, Marcel Jacob, Kip Winger, Joe Lynn Turner, Tim Ripper Owens, Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse.
It was 2009 when Danger Angel grabbed the hard rock scene by the balls and didn’t let go ever since! Released their first, self-titled, album in 2010, receiving great reviews followed by the critics favorite and Jeff Scott Soto produced, “Revolutia” in 2013 followed by a highly popular European Tour. “Revolutia” also gave birth to two official videos, “When I’m Gone” and “Not An Angel”.
Danger Angel are now recording their 3rd album along with their new, exciting singer BJ.

BILLY IDOL will release Kings & Queens Of The Underground October 21

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND, his first new album in almost a decade, on October 21. The album will be released on IDOL's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. The track list for the new album is listed below.
KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as a producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, “Can’t Break Me Down.”  The single is now streaming at the new and will be delivered instantly to fans that pre-order the new album beginning today on iTunes.  The iTunes edition of the album will also exclusively include “Hollywood Promises,” a new song recorded during the album sessions. Fans can also pre-order the CD on beginning today.
The artwork for KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND (seen above) was designed by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey.
The album will arrive close to the release of BILLY IDOL’s highly anticipated self-written autobiography, DANCING WITH MYSELF, which as previously announced will be released worldwide the week of October 7.
IDOL and his band, including longtime collaborator and guitarist Steve Stevens, will launch a European Tour in November, the first of several legs of a World Tour that will continue into 2015.
Link to iTunes Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album:
Link to Amazon Pre-order of BILLY IDOL’s new album:
  1. Bitter Pill
  2. Can’t Break Me Down (listen at
  3. Save Me Now
  4. One Breath Away
  5. Postcards From The Past
  6. Kings & Queens Of The Underground
  7. Eyes Wide Shut
  8. Ghosts In My Guitar
  9. Nothing To Fear
  10. Love And Glory
  11. Whiskey And Pills
BILLY IDOL 2014 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES (more to be announced)
Nov 05            
Birmingham, UK
O2 Academy
Nov 09            
London, UK
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Nov 10           
Manchester, UK
O2 Apollo
Nov 12           
Stuttgart, DE
Porsche Arena
Nov 13           
Frankfurt, DE
Nov 16         
Amsterdam, NL
Heineken Music Hall
Nov 18           
Dusseldorf, DE
Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov 19           
Brussels, BE
Royal Circus
Nov 21           
Nuremberg, DE
Nov 22           
Lucerne, CH
Messe Lucerne
Nov 23         
Milan, IT
From punk pioneer to global superstar, William Michael Albert Broad, aka BILLY IDOL, has left an indelible mark in popular music and remained a household name for over three decades.  His style, music, and attitude have transcended time and trend.  Born in 1955 in Stanmore, North London, IDOL spent several formative years living on Long Island, NY as a child before returning to the UK and emerging as a central figure of the British punk movement.  As part of the infamous Bromley Contingent and a fan of the Sex Pistols, IDOL was inspired to front the pioneering British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band’s split in 1981. Determined to break through in America, IDOL hooked up with guitar genius Steve Stevens and a crucial musical partnership was forged. IDOL created some of rock’s most enduring anthems including “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” “Hot In the City,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Rebel Yell,” and “Cradle of Love,” among others.  BILLY IDOL is the original punk rocker who found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime.


IN FAITH - There's A Storm Coming (Pre-View)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
There’s a newcomer to the British melodic rock scene that shows so much promise that the new band might just find themselves featured on many Best Of 2014 lists.
IN FAITH will release their debut album via Rocktopia Records at Firefest in October of course!
The band features guitarist Tony Marshall (Contagious, Vaughn), drummer Pete Newdeck (Tainted Nation, Eden’s Curse) and vocalist Pete Godfrey.
The sound? Think classic Harem Scarem (the debut especially), throw in some Tyketto, H.E.A.T and some more Harem Scarem and you’ll get a good idea of what’s going on here.
I’m had a few listens to the whole album and there’s a few tracks there that are definitely going to figure in the 2014 MelRock Awards.
Does It Feel Like Love and If That’s What Love Means are two sure fire monster AOR tracks and then there’s also Million Ways, Addicted and In Flames.
There are rockers too of course – the high energy Danger Danger style of Church Of Rock N Roll and wonderfully moody Bitter End.
It’s a big traditional old-school British AOR albums folks…mark it down on your calendars for October.

Band Bio - In Faith
Back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, when Rock was King, Pete Godfrey and Tony Marshall were both involved in various Manchester Rock Bands. It was inevitable that one way or another, their paths would at some point cross.  Tony Marshall’s name was mentioned when Pete was attempting to put together a Rock band around 1991; they met up in a rehearsal room somewhere in Eccles, threw a few ideas around but nothing permanent came of this first meeting.
About six years late, Pete was playing lead guitar in a local band and needed to bow out. Tony was the obvious choice so they met up with the intention of working through twenty songs, the truth being  Tony listened to about three and said he would be fine with the rest (and he was!).
Fast forward through various bands including Contagious, Vaughn and more, Tony Marshall was now married with a young child and apart from being heavily involved with the annual Firefest shows, had pretty much retired from the “Rock Scene”. Pete Godfrey had been writing pop tracks for a couple of years after 15 years away from the industry, enjoying a little success but it wasn’t satisfying from an artistic point of view. He decided to spend a few months writing what he “felt” instead of what he “thought” and came up with 6 or 7 demos that were definitely rock-based. Pete approached Tony who listened to the tracks but to be honest, wasn't massively impressed with the style. The two decided to meet up to see if they could write together. The ideas flowed but it took time to get up to speed with the advances in recording capabilities.
However, it became apparent pretty early on that the material was strong and what was originally intended to be a song-writing partnership  quickly gathered momentum and a direction which was crying out for a band situation. To improve the tracks, Tony asked Pete Newdeck — who at the time was still the drummer with Edens Curse as well as fronting his own band Tainted Nation — to help with the drum programming.  As an unexpected bonus, Pete Newdeck was also mixing songs in his own studio for his and other artists’ material,  so,  obviously the honourable thing to do was to ask him to mix a few of Tony and Petes’ songs, as it would have been rude not to!
Pete loved the songs and pretty quickly was drafted in as the third member of the as yet unnamed outfit.
In August 2013, during a conversation with Firefest’s Kieran Dargan, the suggestion was made that Tony and the two Petes write a track for use as the Anthem for Firefest X. ‘Church of Rock an’ Roll’ was that track and it was about this time that the boys decided to name the band IN FAITH
Over the next several months, songs were written, rewritten, tweaked and improved until they were deemed ready to be presented as demos to a select group of trusted friends now known as “the Jury”. The comments were pretty much phenomenal across the board, with some very positive critique offered which was taken onboard.
Once the decision was made to give “the project” a name, the push was on to complete an album. Favours were called in from several friends including  Chris Green of Rubicon Cross plays a solo on ‘Addicted’,
Furyons Pat Heath adds his considerable talents to ‘Radio’ and ‘Learn to Fly’, and Brooke St James of Tyketto contributed a guitar solo to the track ‘Where I Wanna Be’.
In Faith’s debut album ‘There’s A Storm Coming’ was engineered and mixed by Pete Newdeck and co-produced by Pete Newdeck and Tony Marshall.  Described by the UK’s FIREWORKS magazine as being “the best British melodic rock debut in almost twenty years”, we believe the album has been well worth all the hard work over the past two years.
And we’re sure you will agree!

SWEET/LYNCH - A 4-Track Preview Of Debut Album

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Vocalist Michael Sweet (Stryper) and guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) have teamed up for SWEET/LYNCH, an album designed by Frontiers Records CEO Serafino, which is due for release early in 2015.
I’ve been fortunate enough to preview 4 tracks from the upcoming album and can’t speak highly enough of the tracks!
Both Lynch and Sweet impress the hell out of me on these tracks and the backing band of James Lomenzo (Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., Whitesnake) means that if these four tracks are anything to go by, all the songs written for this album are going to be hammered home by this ultra-powerful rhythm section.
Sweet just sounds extraordinarily good on these songs. And Lynch is shredding and riffing like a man possessed. This is something big to look forward to.
Briefly – the four tracks I have heard are:
The Wish – A brilliant, rousing hard rocker with a thumping beat and an instant guitar riff, and a melodic vocal driven chorus that isn’t huge, but is immediately stored in the memory bank for endless repeating in your head later. And Lynch gets to display the best of his guitar work during a decent length solo.
Like A Dying Rose – An even better chorus on this one. The beat isn’t as intense or as fast as The Wish, but the chorus is huge and delivers a sound mix of everything that made Dokken and Stryper Platinum sellers. A big big vocal!
Love Stays – A slow, groove orientated ballad with a direct, impactful chorus and some classy guitar playing throughout.
Time Will Tell – Less intense than the other tracks, but more uptempo, adding good variety to the 4 tracks previewed. Another strong, harmony filled chorus and some choppy riffing.
A 90-second preview of another track Divine can be heard here:
And you can hear just how awesome the track Time Will Tell sounds right here:
Stay tuned for more preview samples and updates on SWEET/LYNCH.

RIP RALPH MORMAN (Joe Perry Project) 1948 - 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

RIP Ralph Morman 1948 - 2014

Singer Ralph Morman died peacefully Sunday, August 17th, following an extended illness in Ashland, Kentucky.

He is best known as lead vocalist for the Joe Perry Project from 1979 through 1980. The Project was formed shortly before Joe Perry left Aerosmith. They immediately signed a record deal with CBS Records and released their debut album "Let The Music Do The Talking", produced by legendary producer Jack Douglas. The group toured extensively in the USA and the album peaked at #47 on Billboard selling over 250,000 copies.
After the Joe Perry Project, joined the English Blues Rock band Savoy Brown featuring guitarist Kim Simmonds. He recorded two albums with them. The first was 1981's "Rock 'N Roll Warriors" which included the single "Run To Me" and became the band's highest-charting single in the USA.
The band performed several major arena shows in the USA alongside Judas Priest. The second album was "Greatest Hits-Live In Concert" released in 1982. Between 1972-1974 Ralph was in the band BUX which included future ANGEL members Punky Meadows and Mickie Jones as well as drummer Rocky Isaac (ex-Jimi Hendrix). Their album "We Come To Play" was released in 1976 (two years after they disbanded) on Capitol Records and was produced by Jack Douglas. His first "professional band" was The Outcasts who released the single "Loving You Sometimes" on Plato Records. Ralph Morman went on hiatus from the music industry for almost 25 years, but announced he was working on a solo project in 2011. Some recordings were made and may be released in the future.
He leaves behind his wife, 4 sons, 1 daughter, and 5 grand-children.



AOR Heaven Announces BULLETRAIN & ANGELS OR KINGS For October

Friday, October 24, 2014
AOR Heaven’s October 24 releases from BULLETRAIN and ANGELS OR KINGS have been announced, with the details as follows:
If ever there was an eighties group of totally obscure proportions, then A.O.K fitted that bill perfectly. Founded in Manchester, England in 1988, they were made up of ex members of Sam Thunder, Circus and Strutz, to name a few, and tore it up on Oxford Road - Manchester’s answer to Sunset Strip – playing the Banshee and Rockworld and as opener in larger venues for Dare and Danger Danger. Their history is well documented in Tony Bell’s excellent book “Life In The Bus Lane”.
In the late eighties, early nineties they stood shoulder to shoulder with a plethora of unsigned acts, ultimately doomed to a life of obscurity.
A slew of promising demos quickly followed. Setting up camp in Shabby Road studios, the journey towards their debut album began in earnest. With the basics intact, and with original Drummer, Andy Chemmey, along for the ride, they moved to Mad Hat studios (Magnum) and under the guidance of Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart, they put the finishing touches to “The Kings Of Nowhere”.
They are the people’s band – winning a fan voted appearance at this year’s final Firefest proved that – and they deserve your utmost attention. They were stripped down to a final 10 who were then played on the Steve Price radio show. A final three made it through to a final. A.O.K. won, achieving over 3,500 votes. They have also just been added to Hard Rock Hell festival in March 2015 which is being headlined by Night Ranger.
It’s a little over twenty years since they called it a day, but these kings of nowhere are here to stay this time. They’ve loved and lost along the way but that’s just put some grit under their fingernails, enabling them to provide an album that is both honest and real. This is British songwriting at its absolute best!
Line-up: Rob Naylor – bass, Steve Kenny – guitars, keyboards, Baz Jackson – vocals, Tony Bell – guitars
Sound clips in advance:

Bulletrain was founded back in 2006 by guitarist Mattias Persson and drummer Jonas Tillheden in the suburbs of Helsingborg, Sweden. Led by their dreams they found like-minded people with singer Robert Lindell, bassist Tim Svalö and guitarist Adam Börvall who later was replaced by the guitarist Robin Bengtsson. Bulletrain released their first EP "Johnny Gonebad" on their own in 2007. The record was produced by Klas Ideberg, the guitarist of the Swedish thrash metal band Darkane. "Johnny Gonebad" was well received and the band expanded its fan base by playing along with bands such as Crashdïet, Bullet and Crazy Lixx.
Dedicated to achieve their dreams Bulletrain entered the studio again to record their second EP;  this time again with Klas Ideberg behind the mixing board. "Turn It Up!" was the result and the album was released in the early autumn of 2009. "Turn It Up!" gave the group plenty of speed and gigs followed one another. Influential webzine gave the album a big thumb up. In 2010, having made it through their first real setback due to Tim Svalö’s departure with the replacement by Emil Lundberg Bulletrain, the year began with playing at the Rest In Sleaze festival in Stockholm. A one-day festival in memory of the late singer of CrashDïet, Dave Lepard. This was a great honor for the group since Dave Lepard was a great inspiration to everyone in the band.
That show gave many ripples including a tour in Italy in the autumn of the same year and a very encouraging email by the "godfather" of Swedish sleaze, Chris Laney. Chris had heard of the group and as he is a Helsingborg native, he wanted to take the band under his wings and offered to produce their debut single. Of course the band accepted his offer and they recorded the single "Even with my eyes closed" with the b-side "Take me to the sun" in "Polar Studios" in Stockholm, July 2010.
Bass player on the recordings was Nalle Påhlsson from the Swedish band Therion since Emil Lundberg sadly chose  to leave the group the day before departure to Stockholm. The single "Even with my eyes closed" caught the interest of Georg Siegl at the record company AOR Heaven who offered to sign the group and release its debut album which also was supposed to be produced by Chris Laney. Several years out of hard work finally started to pay off. Just when the band was about to sign the record contract and have had a dream to come true,  singer Robet Lindell chose to leave the band. There and then they tumbled at the finish line. The record deal was lost and the album recording never happened. A few tough years came for the group and for a short time, they had the talented Mike Palace from Stockholm as frontman. Unfortunately, the distance that they had, had them to end the collaboration.
Bulletrain began to work with their debut album which they decided to produce themselves. Meanwhile they recorded they were looking for a singer and finally found him in the Växjö native Sebastian Sundberg.  In June 2013, the band played their first gig in over a year which also was the debut gig with Sebastian. The venue was The Tivoli in Helsingborg which the group sees like home. That night Niklas Månsson did his first show as the new bass player in Bulletrain.
In December 2013 the band went to Stockholm to record the voclas for their debut with the producer duo RamPac, who have produced CrashDïets "Generation Wild" and worked with Mötley Crüe's Mick Mars among others. The result was better than what they hoped for and was also a start for a collaboration. The album was ready to be mixed by Buster Odeholm from the extreme metal band "Humanity's Last Breath". In the summer of 2014 Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven decided to give the group a second chance and offered to release their debut album, "Start Talking".
Line-up: Sebastian Sundberg (vocals), Mattias Persson (lead guitars), Robin Bengtsson (rh. guitars), Jonas Tillheden (drums), Niklas Månsson (bass)
Sound clips in advance:

MelodicRock Records Announces New Signing XTASY

Monday, October 13, 2014
MelodicRock Records is excited to unveil yet another great new talent from the melodic rock friendly territory of Spain!
The female fronted melodic rock band Xtasy will release their debut album “Revolution” via MRR worldwide (CD and digital) on October 20. 
Xtasy was born in 2011 as a Studio Project between Jorge (guitar) and Silvia (vocals). Both started to work together on several songs which were recorded between Dec 2011 and Dec 2013 in R81 Studios in Noain-Pamplona.
Some additional friends participated in the recording sessions as guests:
Jon Huarte (Dreamwalker) and Josu Alzu (Six Miles Wide) on drums; Manolo Arias (Atlas, Niágara), Robert Rodrigo (Airless), Willy Gascón (Steelhorse), David Morales (Zinc), Roberto Martínez (Blackbeltz, Taxikarlo) and Ángel García (Meridiam) as lead guitar.
In late December of 2013 Xtasy becomes a real band, leaving the studio project behind. The band is rounded out with Ángel (guitar), David (bass), Tutumba (drums) and Jakin (keyboards).
During January and February of 2014 the songs of their forthcoming album are mixed and mastered in Stockholm by Erik Martensson (W.E.T, Eclipse) at “Blowout Studios”.
Track listing: 01. Stronger 02. Revolution 03. Million Miles Away 04. All For One 05. Scream 06. It Is You 07. Rebel Rider 08. Many Years 09. Rocking The World 10. Bye Bye
You can preview two full tracks from the album now!
The video for the lead single “Stronger” and a Soundcloud stream of the album cut “All For One”:


WIZARDS OF WINTER Adds Vocalist Joe Cerisano

Monday, August 25, 2014
Veteran Rock vocalist Joe Cerisano joins prog-rockers The Wizards of Winter for upcoming tour.
The Wizards of Winter are excited to announce that acclaimed singer Joe Cerisano will be joining the group as a special guest vocalist for their upcoming tour. Cerisano, a former vocalist with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, joins fellow TSO alum Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor as the group's special guests in concert.
Joe Cerisano is often referred to as "The most famous anonymous singer in America" because of his many years as a successful session vocalist and working in television and radio commercials.  In addition to those countless sessions, Cerisano sang lead on two Billboard hits from the 1980s: The 1986 theme for the mega-event "Hands Across America" and the Top 40 smash "You Could Take My Heart Away" by his band with guitarist Earl Slick, Silver Condor.  Over the years, Cerisano has also sung lead for Blue Oyster Cult and back-up for artists as diverse as Michael Bolton and Korn. In 2000, as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra began their second year of live concerts by splitting into two touring companies, Joe got the call to be one of their featured lead vocalists, performing on their first four tours and recording "Dream Child" for their "Christmas Attic" album.
Says Cerisano, “I am thrilled to be heading out on tour with The Wizards of Winter this fall. I enjoyed my years of touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and I am happy to be singing some of the songs I did with them originally. Performing with TSO was a wonderful experience but it got to the point where I missed being home during the holidays with my wife and our two little boys. To leave was a decision that I've never regretted. So here we are a decade later and I have the chance to go out and sing again but be close to home too. It's the perfect combination for me to sing the songs I love and still be home during the holidays. I've always loved Christmas and truly believe it is a magical time of the year and there's no better way for me to share it with all my friends. The Wizards are a great band and wonderful people as well.  Though they include some of TSO’s classics in their concerts, their original material stands on its own and their whole experience takes me back to the more intimate days of touring with TSO in packed theaters.
The Wizards of Winter, led by musical director and keyboardist Scott Kelly, will be touring eastern United States this fall in support of their forthcoming new studio album. The self-titled album features artwork by legendary cover artist Ioannis and includes the first single from this album, the instrumental hit "March Of The Metal Soldiers", which was released in May. Says Kelly, “The Wizards are very excited that Joe accepted our offer to tour this year. He brings an enormous breadth of experience to the role. In addition to being an all around nice guy, his performance of the music is both powerful and uplifting. Personally, I can't wait to share the stage with him.

TNT To Release Anniversary Live DVD & Album in September

Friday, August 29, 2014
Norwegian/American Hard Rock band TNT is finally unleashing this unique document of their 3 decade career to their world-wide audience! This is a band that inspired and spawned the entire Norwegian heavy metal scene, and are the legends behind songs like “Seven Seas”, “Intuition” and “10.000 Lovers (In One)”.
Backed by Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and with appearance by legends like Hank Von Helvete, Dee Snider, Dag Ingebrigtsen and Tony Mills. This is truly a must have for any rock fan who like to know their rock history!
30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert will be out September 8th in Norway September 29th in EU and October 3rd in GAS.
Track list:
01. Fanfare For The Common Man.
02. Invisible Noise.
03. Substitute.
04. Refugee.
05. As Far As The Eye Can See.
06. Downhill Racer.
07. Intuition.
08. Northern Lights.
09. Tekrø solo.
10. Magica Lanterna.
11. Sabre Dance
12. Harley Davidson.
13. USA.
14. Eddie.
15. June.
16. My Religion.
17. Everyone’s A Star.
18. 10.000 Lovers (In One).
19. Seven Seas
*DVD version includes a documentary 

Rock Candy Records New Releases - KROKUS & SCANDAL

Friday, August 22, 2014

The following three new Rock Candy titles are all available now from for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 7th September.
'AT THIS POINT in their career Krokus were riding high, selling impressive quantities of records and playing numerous live gigs all over the world. With their profile higher than ever, the band were quickly ushered back into the studio to tape their seventh album, a record that would be their most successful to date and provide them with not only a gold record but their highest chart placing in the US. 'Headhunter', then, is generally regarded as their most significant record.
Originally issued in 1983 and recorded in Orlando, Florida the project was overseen by renowned British producer 'Colonel' Tom Allom (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Def Leppard) and it also introduced new drummer Steve Pace. There are also some surprising guest appearances on hand by Judas Priest front man Rob Halford and Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison. 
Meticulously assembled, the album focuses on their core sound, carefully avoiding any clich'd elements that may have permeated previous recordings, giving rise to a new streamlined sound fit for the times and throbbing with energy and excitement. Songs such as 'Eat The Rich', 'Screaming In The night' and the title track stand out from the pack benefitting from a clear cut sense of purpose. Oh, look out for a hell-raising cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's classic 'Stayed Awake All Night'.'
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.

'RIDING HIGH ON a wave of creative and commercial success, Swiss rockers Krokus had the world at their feet. In just four short years the band had risen from obscurity in Europe to become major players on the world's stages, particularly in the USA, where their previous album 'Headhunter' sold a million copies and lodged itself at number twenty five on the album chart.
So at this point in their career all eyes were on the band, expecting them to continue their upward trajectory but internally all was not as it should've been. The band's constant touring and recording cycle was proving too much for founding member and bassist Chris von Rohr who opted to leave the band, forcing line up changes with guitarist Mark Kohler switching to bass and the recruitment of new drummer Jeff Klaven (ex Cobra).
The importance of the band's high ranking status was underscored by the appointment of producer Bruce Fairbairn (flanked by engineers Bob Rock and Mike Fraser) a man who had guided the recording career of Canadian rockers Loverboy to platinum heights, and who would later find huge success with Bon Jovi and AC/DC. Fairbairn's ear for commerciality took the band in a new streamline, but still hard rock direction, one highlighted by electrifying tracks such as 'Midnite Maniac', 'Boys Night Out' (written by Bryan Adams) and a  tub thumping  cover of the Sweet's 'Ballroom Blitz'.'
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.

'THIS IS THE story of a very successful chart storming band, but it's also the tale of a band in disarray. Scandal's debut album won massive acceptance from the American mainstream quickly elevating them to pop star status, a position enhanced by the allure of vocalist Patty Smyth and her smokey voice. Behind the scenes however the pressure was enormous, with record company interference; inter-band discourse and creative tensions aplenty.
Based in New York, the band was a well honed combo of respected players all with a story to tell and a point to make. Guitarist Zack Smith was the perfect foil for Patty, lending a winning call and response buff to the tracks and helping to drive the album to platinum sales and beyond. Lead off track and first single, 'The Warrior' (written by Nick Gilder and Holy Knight) was a top ten hit, helping to define the band's style and potential reach.
Despite the behind the scenes difficulties 'Warrior' triumphed as a resolutely consummate work, neatly honing in on the radio-friendly melodic hard rock style that was gaining traction at radio and MTV. Brilliantly produced by Mike Chapman, a man famed for working with such talent as the Sweet, Blondie and Lita Ford, the record bristles with energy and excitement. Oh, listen out to 'Only The Young' a rare track written and recorded, but unreleased at the time, by Journey for their 'Frontiers' album.'
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, contains 5 bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.

NIGHT RANGER Guitarist Joel Hoekstra Departs To Join WHITESNAKE

Friday, August 22, 2014
NIGHT RANGER guitarist Joel Hoekstra is leaving the band to join WHITESNAKE.
Night Ranger will be playing one of their last shows with Joel tonight as they take the stage in Boston with 38 Special.
The band released this brief statement:
Joel Hoekstra has just announced he will be departing the band to pursue other creative opportunities. We couldn't be happier for Joel. The last 8+ years have been a blast and we wish him nothing but the best.
Night Ranger will be announcing Joel's replacement shortly. We are looking forward to the next chapter of Night Ranger, and traveling to Japan, Hawaii and venues across the United States, Europe and the UK in support of our new album HIGH ROAD.”
David Coverdale likewise released a statement:
"Ladies & Gentlemen...Boys & Girls...Your Attention, Please...:)
One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band, was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona.
Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also, his very agreeable personality & he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug’s replacement in Whitesnake.
We jammed together & were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014.
Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with Night Ranger.
We sincerely thank you all for your patience & understanding...& so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new Snake Brother...
JOEL HOEKSTRA...Guitarist Extraordinaire"
So Night Ranger has started talks with potential candidates to replace Joel. A decision is expected to be made in the next couple of weeks.
Whitesnake are in the process of writing and recording a new studio album for release in 2015 - the band will undertake a worldtour throughout 2015.

SHADES & PETERS Reunited On Debut Album

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Shades & Peters reunited on new album
They have been friends since childhood and started their first band together before they ventured out on different musical routes - now they have reunited on a new album.
The Danish Rock-pop Duo SHADES & PETERS are inspired by Classic Rock Acts like Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart but they also have a certain influence from the Nashville scene such as Keith Urban, Sugarland and Rascal Flatts who has left a lasting impression which shines through in their music.

Rene Shades and Martie Peters have been friends since childhood and started their first band together before they ventured out on different musical routes.
Martie has been lead singer of the Danish hard rock band Push and René is bass player in Pretty Maids and has been musical partner to Mike Tramp for several years. 
But now they have teamed up for the first time in many years and ended right back where they started.
"It was the right thing to do at the right time", Peters says: "This Band is who we are and what we grew up on. It's probably the most honest record we could make at this time in our lives".

The debut album features a gathering of the duo's musical heroes:

Jim Cregan (guitar), Kevin Savigar (Keyboards), Jimmy Z (saxophone and harmonica), Tony Brock (Drums) - all from Rod Stewart's legendary band from the 70s and 80s.
Mickey Curry (drums) and Keith Scott (guitar) Bryan Adams' band.
Paul Bushnell (bass) from Sugarland, Faith Hill, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, etc. Paul Robinson (Drums) has played with Nina Simone, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison

Their first single and music video "Comin 'Around" is out in September and their album "Let The Record Spin" hits the streets in 22 countries in October.
Read more about SHADES & PETERS:, and

Let The Record Spin
13 October 2014
01. Comin' Around
02. We Drove All Night Long
03. What's It Gonna Be
04. The Flame
05. Let The Record Spin
06. Remember
07. The Balcony
08. Strength Of Me
09. Back To Me
10. Belfast Boy
11. The World
12. All The Time
13. Young Turks


FLYING COLORS Debut First New Video

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Flying Colors have released their new video for the song Mask Machine. View it here:

Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band'sSECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.
The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy(Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass playerDave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.

EVERGREY Storm Back With 'Hymns For The Broken' Sept. 26

Friday, September 26, 2014
Yes it's true, one of the most original metal bands to come out of Sweden, EVERGREY, almost called it quits. It wasn't a decision vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund had spent hours or weeks brooding over, but as time passed following the band's ‘Glorious Collision’ album from 2011 he felt less and less inspired to continue. Perhaps it was the splintering of the band line-up in 2010 - which saw Henrik Danhage (guitars), Jonas Ekdahl (drums), and Jari Kainulainen (bass) leave on friendly terms - or maybe it was the business side of the music that had worn him down, but Englund had seriously considered throwing in the towel. Fate had other plans, however, and he found himself working alongside his former bandmates due to circumstances beyond his control. The end result of that unplanned collaboration, which was meant to be temporary, resulted in a re-energized Evergrey creating ‘Hymns For The Broken’, arguably the strongest album in the band's 16 year career.
"We needed a stand-in drummer for a few shows that had already been booked," Englund explains, "because Hannes (Van Dahl) had been offered the chance to join Sabaton, so I naturally called Jonas to see if he was available. We also needed a second guitarist, so I asked Henrik and he was fine with it. While we were doing those shows we realized that we were having a lot of fun with the music again."
"I'd say that the guys coming back saved Evergrey because I wasn't 100% set on doing an album," Englund admits. "And I'm amazed. The band sounds hungry, the album sounds awesome, and I can say there's not a weak song on it. I like it a lot, which is strange because usually I'm so tired of the music after working on an album for such a long time. Honestly, I've never felt I've been as close to the music as I am with ‘Hymns For The Broken’ because all the bits and pieces are in there. It's exactly what my vision for the album was. Usually you get about 80% of it right, but this is 100% what we wanted."
Evergrey treads familiar musical territory on ‘Hymns For The Broken’, but they most certainly haven't rehashed any of their previous eight albums. Their trademark elements of dark and light, rage and melancholy, and Englund's signature vocals are all intact, but there's a raw energy in Evergrey's new music that hasn't been heard in years, if ever.
"I think you can hear that the album is full of energy, full of life," says Englund. "It's definitely hungry, and it sounds different from any of the other releases we have. I'm not bashing our other albums at all; ‘Hymns For The Broken’ is just a different approach. I sang pretty much everything in writing mode, so the initial ideas were there from the beginning. We didn't try to go back and polish things up. Also, bass and drums were recorded together live in the studio, and we didn't stop until we had the take we wanted. We were after the spontaneity and I think you can hear it."
Producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear) mixed ‘Hymns For The Broken’, whom Englund considers the best man for the job. According to him, Hansen knew instinctively what the band wanted to do with the new music. Working from the original demos, "he made the songs sound 100 times better."
Taking the cover art and song titles on ‘Hyms For The Broken’ at face value, it seems the thread woven through the album is tied to the concept of battle, war and revolution. Evergrey isn't making a political statement, however. Nothing could be further from the truth. ‘Hymns For The Broken’ is about the human struggle that has been so present on all of Evergrey's albums.
"For the last six years I've gone through a major transition, which has pushed me into corners where I've discovered things about myself that I didn't know existed," Englund reveals. "It's an album about finding out you're not the person you thought you were, which is something that can be scary and terrifying and rewarding. It's been one hell of a journey. I'm not saying that my journey has ended or that I have the answers to anything. I'm confident enough to stand here and do this again. I think we’ve used our music as a forum for people who feel the same way we do about things, to make people feel less alone in some way."
01. The Awakening
02. King Of Errors
03. A New Dawn
04. Wake A Change
05. Archaic Rage
06. Barricades
07. Black Undertow
08. The Fire
09. Hymns For The Broken
10. Missing You
11. The Grand Collapse
12. The Aftermath
Bonus CD includes piano versions of ‘Barricades’, ‘Hymns For The Broken’ and ‘These Scars’
- Tom S. Englund (vocals, guitars)
- Rikard Zander (keys, backing vocals)
- Johan Nieman (bass, backing vocals) - Henrik Danhage (guitars, backing vocals) - Jonas Ekdahl (drums)

FREAK KITCHEN Announce 'Cooking With Pagans' For Release Sept. 16

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Swedish trio Freak Kitchen are back with Cooking with Pagans, their eight and most frantic album to date. The band has always been a tremendously respected live act and for the first time the energetic live vibe of Freak Kitchen has been captured in the studio. With influences stretching from AC/DC to classical South Indian music the three norsemen, lead by guitar virtuoso Mattias IA Eklundh, truly have a sound of their own.
Cooking with Pagans offer eleven intense original songs plus a sophisticated punk pop version of the 1936 hit Goody Goody like you never heard it before. Solid, inspired song writing (not to say playing) from start to finish.
Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $150,000, a very ambitious animated video, directed by legendary artist (and author of Blacksad) Juanjo Guarnido to the track Freak of the Week is in pain staking production by a world class team of animators. The video will premiere at Comic Con in New York in October.

Freak Kitchen will tour the world from November and the better part of 2015 to support their new release.

The band:
Mattias IA Eklundh, vocals, guitar
Christer Ortefors, bass, vocals
Bjorn Fryklund, drums


JACKSON BROWNE Announces New Studio Album for October 7

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne announces fall tour dates in the U.S and U.K to support his new studio album, Standing In The Breach, scheduled for release on October 6 (international) and 7 (U.S.). The fall shows with Jackson and his band begin on September 14 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and end on November 24, at London’s Royal Albert Hall. new studio album can be pre-ordered with each purchased concert ticket, and is also available for pre-order now thru Amazon at:
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Accompanying Jackson on the road this fall are longtime band mates Val McCallum (guitar), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Jeff Young (keyboards) and Bob Glaub (bass), with the addition of acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel). Standing In The Breach, Jackson's fourteenth studio album, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.
“This is my ideal band, with some of my favorite players, all of whom appear on the new CD, and whose combined gifts provide the musical foundation and emotional underpinnings of my new songs,” says Jackson. “The interplay between Val McCallum and Greg Leisz on this album - the effortlessness of their chemistry is a gift really, that just dropped into my lap. I feel fortunate to have them out on the road for this tour.”
Currently, Jackson Browne is on a solo tour thru August 23rd, with two (2) band shows on August 4 and 5, in a co-bill with John Fogerty at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) and Jones Beach (Wantagh, NY).
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Solo Acoustic

July 15 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
July 16 - Overture Center for the Art -Madison, WI
July 18 - State Theater - Minneapolis, MN
July 19 - Paramount Theatre Cedar -Rapids, IA
July 21 - Orpheum - Wichita, KS
Full Band shows
August 4 - PNC Bank Arts Ctr (with John Fogerty) - Holmdel, NJ
August 5 - Nikon At Jones Beach (with John Fogerty) - Wantagh, NY

Solo Acoustic
August 9 - State Theatre Center for the Arts - Easton, PA
August 11 - Artpark - Lewistown, NY
August 13 - The Landmark Theatre - Syracuse, NY
August 14 - The Palace Theatre - Albany, NY
August 16 - Boston Opera House - Boston, MA
August 17 - Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME
August 19 - Capitol Center - Concord, NH
August 20 - Providence PAC - Providence, RI
August 22 - Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT
August 23 - Hippodrome Theatre - Baltimore, MD

Full Band

September - 14 Kennedy Center - Washington, DC
September - 27 Newport Folk Fest Presents Way Over Yonder - Santa Monica, CA
October 4 - Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center -York, PA
October 7 - Beacon Theatre -New York, NY
October 10 - Academy of Music- Philadelphia, PA
October 12 - Benedum Center - Pittsburgh, PA
October 14 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
October 15 - E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall- Akron, OH
October 17 - Palace Theatre - Columbus, OH
October 18 - Murat Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
Full Band

November 17 - Symphony Hall - Birmingham, UK
November 18 - Bridgewater Hall - Manchester, UK
November 20 - The Sage - Gateshead, UK
November 21 - Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, UK
November 24 - Royal Albert Hall - London, UK

LILLIAN AXE Bassist Announces Departure From Band

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A message from Steve and Eric:

Hello everyone. Unfortunately in life there are moments where changes occur in people's lives that we all wish never occurred, but they do and we have to understand them and move on. I regret to inform everyone that Eric Morris is resigning from Lillian Axe. Below is his message to all of us. Eric is my brother first and a band mate second. He has been with me for many years and is one of the sweetest souls I have ever met. His journey in life is taking a different turn, and it is not allowing him to devote the time and energy needed to remain in Lillian Axe. He has handled this decision with the utmost of consideration and class, even though this was no easy task for him or us. He will still be involved behind the scenes with the organization, and I am sure he will have a lot of input as we move forward. Eric will be present at the Tippitina's show Saturday night and will play a few songs with us, as we welcome new bassist Chris Brown from Jackson, Ms. to the family. Chris has been a longtime fan and is an amazing talent in his own right. It will be bittersweet, but the beauty is that we are all still working together to continue to offer our music to the world in hopes of brightening the lives of those who listen. Thanks to you, Eric, for being my close friend and a vital part in the past and future of Lillian Axe. Here's to you. See you all on Saturday.

Steve Blaze
To all of my friends, family and ultimately the fans of Lillian Axe,

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce my resignation as the bass player of Lillian Axe. I had such a great time and will always cherish the experiences I was able to be a part of from touring with Alice Cooper to actually getting on that plane to Europe and everything in between. I have met so many amazing people and have made some great new friendships over the years; I will always be proud to have met and talked with each and every one of you. It was your energy, cheers, and fists pumping in the night (and even sometimes in the day) that fueled me to put on the best show I could.

This was a very difficult decision for me to come to. I’ve recently had some life changing events that have made me rethink some of my personal priorities and responsibilities over this last year. Unfortunately, this meant that I had to get my own house in order before I could continue to expand my musical aspirations and I felt it wouldn’t be fair to limit the growth and further success of Lillian Axe due to my restricted availability.

Ken, Sam, Brian, Steve, Charlie, Alan, and everyone else who is or has been a part of this great organization knows I love them all and wish nothing but massive success. The professionalism and musicianship has been unparalleled and of course the friendship that we’ve developed over the years will never be broken. As much as I will miss sharing the stage with these guys, I will equally miss our time off the stage – bullshittin’ on the bus, shootin’ a game of pool with Sam (I’m horribly losing that tournament by the way), throwin’ back a few drinks, watchin’ Ken’s “antics” and wondering if he’ll “succeed”, listening to Steve and Brian go back and forth (you have to see it to really understand its entertainment value), and finally everyone just making this whole experience an enjoyable one. I’ve heard and personally witnessed the drama that goes on with other bands and I’m continuously grateful we’ve never had any real problems within our group.

Although I will not be on stage anymore, I will continue to work with Lillian Axe in some capacity behind the scenes and will support them in all of their endeavors. If I’m around, I’m sure I’ll join them on stage for a tune or two. I also plan in some way to be active musically in and around the New Orleans area, although very limited for the moment.

I will truly miss this experience, the stage, and of course the greatest, most loyal fans in the land! As saddened as I am, I know in my heart that this is something I have to do and is the right decision for me.

Cheers to you all,
Eric Morris



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