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RUBICON CROSS HITS THE CHARTS WITH SELF-TITLED DEBUT

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Sunday, June 1, 2014
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RUBICON CROSS HITS THE CHARTS WITH SELF-TITLED DEBUT

There is an unmistakable buzz surrounding the hard-hitting self-titled debut from Rubicon Cross. And now, the chart numbers are backing up the buzz, as it has been announced that the album has debuted at #23 on the Heatseeker Chart, #42 on the Hard Music Albums Chart, and #123 on the Independent Albums Chart. Additionally, the album hit the Top 40 at Best Buy, where the album's deluxe edition (which comes with a poster and bonus tracks) is available for purchase:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/rubicon-cross-deluxe-only--best-buy-with-bonus-tracks-poster-cd/6017091.p;jsessionid=BC53FF54CE4B87FD626ED54D28C05B91.bbolsp-app01-145?id=3220147&skuId=6017091&st=rubicon

Comprised of CJ Snare/vocals, Chris Green/lead guitars, Jeff Lerman/second guitar, Simon Farmery/bass, and Robert Behnke/drums, the lush melodic core of Rubicon Cross' songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost on this record.

From the first single, 'Bleed With Me' that starts just as propulsive as it ends to 'Kill Or Be Killed' that has a relentless metal drive, RUBICON CROSS is a collection of contemporary heavy music that sits just as comfortably next to hard rock classics as it does modern rock upstarts. 'Locked and Loaded' is featured in the Xbox360 and PS3 game 'Dirt Showdown' along side of new rock heavy-hitters Rise Against, Rival Sons and The Parlor Mob. 

Check out the video for 'Bleed With Me' here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFneEfoJbn8&feature=youtu.be

Check out the 'Bleed With Me' song here: 

https://soundcloud.com/rubicon-cross-official/bleed-with-me/s-b4fB0

Album Track List:
 

  1. Locked And Loaded 
  2. Next Worse Enemy 
  3. Bleed With Me 
  4. Save Me Within 
  5. You Will Remember Me 
  6. Moving On 
  7. R U Angry 
  8. Shine 
  9. Kill Or Be Killed 
  10. All The Little Things  

FOR MORE INFO, VISIT:
 

rubiconcross.net

facebook.com/rubiconcrossband

 
Thu
29
May

JORN LANDE FEATURED IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADING GAMES

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
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JORN LANDE FEATURED IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADING GAMES "LEAGUE OF LEGENDS"

Norwegian Rock Icon, Jorn Lande appears as lead vocalist on the song "Lightbringer", launched on May 27th by Riot Games, Inc.

Jorn comments: "I have been working closely with music producer Christian Linke of Riot Games in LA, on a project called "Pentakill", which is basically a heavy rock band within the League of Legends concept.
"Pentakill" is the Valoran continents' most famous (and possibly only) rock band. Its members consist of champions from the game. It's very exciting to be a part of this new development in the gaming industry
and a fabulous opportunity to be able to reach out to millions of people worldwide in just a blink of an eye. It has been a great experience working with the productive and dedicated people of Riot
Games, and I am truly proud to be a part of this!"

Hear the song now via Youtube: http://youtu.be/oUiOylPbfV0

The music video is also showcased on Pentakill's website - > pentakillmusic.com - which is owned and operated by Riot Games, Inc.

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Thu
29
May

NIGHT RANGER: "HIGH ROAD" LIMITED 12" VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

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Friday, July 18, 2014
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NIGHT RANGER: "HIGH ROAD" LIMITED 12" VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the NIGHT RANGER album "High Road". A deal was inked with Frontiers Records, and the release dates are set to July 18th for Europe and August 5th for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics.

"High Road" is available for pre-ordering at the Inner Wound Store: http://www.innerwound.bigcartel.com

Track listing;

Side A
01. High Road
02. Knock Knock Never Stop
03. Rollin' On
04. Don't Live Here Anymore
05. I'm Coming Home

Side B
01. X Generation
02. Only For You Only
03. Hang On
04. St Bartholomew
05. Brothers

For more information:
http://www.innerwound.com

 
Thu
29
May

HAMMERFALL BEING THEIR (R)EVOLUTION AUGUST 29

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Friday, August 29, 2014
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HAMMERFALL: '(r)Evolution' is near!
 

 
After taking a creative break last year, Swedish Heavy Metal pioneers HAMMERFALL are fully recharged and back with a vengeance. Entering a new chapter of the HAMMERFALL success story, '(r)Evolution' will be out on August 29th via Nuclear Blast.
 
With, '(r)Evolution' the band takes things back to the roots in many ways, as they once again worked with producer Fredrik Nordstr'm, who helmed their two milestone releases 'Glory To The Brave' and 'Legacy Of Kings' during the band's early years and thus has taken a major part in the development of HAMMERFALL. The music was recorded in guitarist Oscar Dronjak's Castle Black Studios in March and April. Then singer Joacim Cans went to the United States for vocal recordings, once again working with James Michael (the SCORPIONS, MOTLEY CRUE etc.), who also did a great job on the predecessor 'Infected'. The album was mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstr'm and Henrik Udd in Studio Fredman.
 
Another reunion of sorts takes place with cover artist Andreas Marschall, the 'father' of HAMMERFALL's mascot Hector, who has been with the band since the very first album and is once again included on the front cover of '(r)Evolution'. The beautiful artwork features all the traits that made the Andreas Marschall HAMMERFALL covers so beautiful and special.
 
On July 18, 2014 the hymn-like 'Bushido'will be released as the first single track ' digitally as well as on vinyl. The song sums up the band and its history perfectly, as in Japanese bushido means 'the way of the warrior'.
 
Last Saturday, countless international journalists, TV stations and local press, got together in the bands hometown G'teborg for the album's baptism. Isabelle Le Maguet of French Metallian Magazine commented: 'With (r)Evolution, HammerFall are back to their roots but show they can offer varied songs at the same time. Full of metal hymns, catchy tunes/choruses, nice choirs, interesting/dynamic rhythm variations, good soli and melodic vocal lines, this new album will definitely please the fans"
J'rgen Will from German Rock It magazine even predicts the CD to have ''the potential to become a classic'.
 
The track listing of '(r)Evolution' will be like this:
 
1.         Hector's Hymn
2.         (r)Evolution
3.         Bushido
4.         Live Life Loud
5.         Ex Inferis
6.         We Won't Back Down
7.         Winter Is Coming
8.         Origins
9.         Tainted Metal
10.       Evil Incarnate
11.       Wildfire
 
 
 

 

 

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Thu
29
May

SOMETHINGELSE INTERVIEWS TOTO'S STEVE LUKATHER

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Something Else Reviews talks with Steve Lukather on the deep cuts from Toto's new live DVD...

http://somethingelsereviews.com/2014/05/28/deep-cuts-steve-lukather-on-totos-goin-home-st-george-and-the-dragon-others/

 
Wed
28
May

ALL-STAR CONCEPT ALBUM FEATURING TOTO MEMBERS

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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All-Star Concept Album Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips, Toto's Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep's John Lawton Now Available!

Asheville, NC - Possibly the most anticipated new release of 2014, My Kind O' Lovin' featuring drum legend Simon Phillips, Toto's Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep/Lucifer's Friend's John Lawton, is now available! Released on the heels of 2012's hit album The Power Of Mind, featuring John Lawton, My Kind O' Lovin' is another innovative new CD, conceived, written and produced by the CGI member, and as of very recently European Citizen of the Year (2013) Dr. Milen Vrabevski. This next charity project of his is dedicated to young talents in EU.

Says Milen, 'I allowed myself to play acoustic guitar in just the title song this time. Nothing else. The team was just too good for my level. Happy they liked the pieces. Many thanks to the guys I started this project with, and worked on the arrangements: Ivo Stefanov and Svurry, and to the whole all star band for their devotion.'

Pulling up a chair at Classic Rock Revisited's Best Releases 2012 with Intelligent Music Project I, The Power of Mind producer Milen Vrabevski is setting a high standard of expectations with his Intelligent Music Project II, My Kind O' Lovin'. The producer's next charity project goes to support education programs for talented kids. Milen was awarded European Citizen of the Year 2013 (by the EU Parliament), and a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

My Kind O' Lovin' features a colorful, multifarious and formidable listening experience with hints of melodic hard rock and early prog, featuring the fabulous Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Protocol II etc.) on drums & percussion - brilliantly bringing out the chemistry of this unpredictable format of vintage vocals from John Lawton (ex-Uriah Heep) and Joseph Williams (Toto). Strong melodies and acoustic patterns with impressive vocals of undiminished power - this hefty emotional pool comes across in a very melodic way featuring great lead guitar and spacious orchestral flourishes.

The author translates to the audience his own experience & vision about everyday life topics in an easy manner, focusing on essential values ' solid ground to step on to having a meaningful life.

Says Milen, 'The message of the album is what I, as an author, would prefer to raise my kids with. Frustration, constant criticism, and judging people leads to nowhere. Therefore, we present essential things about love, friendship, our own environment we should invest in, getting into substantial initiatives, knowing happiness through serving the others, not limiting our minds with prejudice while seeking togetherness, understanding our life is in our hands, finishing off with the principle that it's good to wake up knowing what follows is a great day, in which fame does not matter, and ego's domination is retrograde, and you enjoy to live for the others, doing things not because of the result, but because you love to be that way.'

Watch the official My Kind O' Lovin' promotional video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwavFSqjV7w&feature=youtu.be

Stand out tracks:

'Get Into Real' - if there is a song from this side act that connects the dots with some of William's Toto-related cuts, this is it, but with hints of Led Zep to Asia nuances.

'Happiness'- a track so cool it deserves a trip around the world. You can take a magic trip through the positive messages of the album via Simple Game, Things We Can't Do, Love Song to the rockin' No One Can Deny It, Time To Move Along and other pieces on this hit collection.

'Conclusion' - a 6-minute summary of the composer's key approaches throughout the album and presents the audience with the magnificent culmination of the super group Phillips-Lawton-Williams, the front-men format of Intelligent Music Project II.

Recording sessions for drums (Simon Phillips) and vocals (Joseph Williams) took place at Simon Phillips' Phantom Recordings studio. Producer and composer Vrabevski was provided full creative input by Simon Philips in developing the course of compositions and musical ideas. Says Milen, 'We recorded all drums and percussion, and Joe's vocal parts at Simon's recording studio in LA. Simon devotedly played the role of our music co-producer there too. Now he's been kind enough to take part in finalizing all mixes of MKL tracks.'

Simon Phillips is an iconic English drummer and producer. He is also a prolific session drummer, and has played with such well known music artists as The Who, Judas Priest, Jeff Beck, Tears for Fears, Mike Oldfield, Pete Townshend, the late Gary Moore and many others.

'Working on this project with Milen Vrabevski was so much fun and I find his enthusiasm for music is so uplifting.' - Simon Phillips

Joseph Williams was part of four Toto albums ' Fahrenheit (1986), The Seventh One (1988), Toto XX (1988) and Falling in Between (2006). He has since re-joined the touring edition of Toto for a series of shows across Europe and Japan.

'Milen was such a joy to work with .. Truly a warm and bright gentleman. It's rare thing these days to work with such happy, enthusiastic talented people ... I had a ball!!' - Joseph Williams

John Lawton, who split with Uriah Heep in 1979, was featured on the albums Innocent Victim (1977), Firefly (1977), Fallen Angel (1978) and Live '79 and is considered the best singer around the British heavy progressive rock institution. After recording the conceptual album The Power Of Mind, Intelligent Music Project I, he joins the super group with Phillips and Williams in the second project of Bulgarian producer and composer Milen Vrabevski ' My Kind O' Lovin'.

'My Kind O' Lovin'....Intelligent Music Project II....was for me an absolute pleasure to sing, the melodies flowing out of Milen Vrabevski's head seem to be endless. The album differs a lot from The Power Of Mind, not only in that there are guest artist's in the caliber of Joseph Williams and Simon Phillips both of Toto fame but some searing guitar work from a little known Bulgarian axe man known only to me as Sverri. I spent 2 weeks laying down lead & backing vocals in Intelligent Music's new studio in Sofia / Bulgaria and believe me it wasn't hard work, not when the music is this good.' - John Lawton

To purchase My Kind O' Lovin':
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kind-Lovin-Intelligent-Music-Project/dp/B00JAD115Q...
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-kind-o-lovin-feat.-joseph/id880550938

For more information: www.mykindoflovin.com 

 
Wed
28
May

SLASH TO UNLEASH WORLD ON FIRE IN SEPTEMBER

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
ANNOUNCE
‘WORLD ON FIRE’
NEW ALBUM AND SECOND WITH CURRENT LINE-UP TO BE RELEASED
SEPTEMBER 16

TITLE TRACK WILL ARRIVE AT RADIO FRIDAY, JUNE 13TH

COVER ARTWORK DESIGNED BY RON ENGLISH 

GROUP ANNOUNCE HEADLINING SUMMER 2014 TOUR DATES
ALONGSIDE “LET ROCK RULE” TOUR WITH AEROSMITH
TOUR STARTS JULY 10 IN NEW YORK

SLASH AND MYLES KENNEDY TALK ABOUT
WORLD ON FIRE
IN Q&A

 


Link for WORLD ON FIRE cover artwork painted by American contemporary artist Ron English: http://msopr.com/files/world_on_fire_cover_art_med_res.jpg

 

SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE on September 16 via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Caroline. The group revealed the cover artwork for WORLD ON FIRE designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single—arriving at radio Friday, June 13th—the disc marks SLASH’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). **See a Q&A with SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY below.

For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and his band tapped Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental--a powerful new turn for the band. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits--his first-ever solo--with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

Following are song titles for WORLD ON FIRE:

“World on Fire”
“Shadow Life”
“Automatic Overdrive”
“Wicked Stone”
“30 Years to Life”
“Bent to Fly”
“Stone Blind”
“Too Far Gone”
“Beneath the Savage Sun”
“Withered Delilah”
“Battleground”
“Dirty Girl”
“Iris of the Storm”
“Avalon”
“The Dissident”
“Safari Inn”
“The Unholy”

 

SLASH and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have announced additional solo dates in between their summer tour with Aerosmith. The group will preview new songs for fans on the trek which kicks off Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see the full itinerary below).  Special ticket packages include: amazing seats (Level 1 tickets), an exclusive autographed SLASH lithograph, a Digital Download of the new SLASH album WORLD ON FIRE and a merchandise voucher worth $50, redeemable in the SLASH Exclusive Online Store. For all packages, visit: http://slashonline.com/tour.

Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary SLASH’s “Real To Reel” at: www.slashonline.com. The innovative online series documented the entire in-studio recording process from the first day of recording to the last; the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series follows Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record WORLD ON FIRE from start to finish.

 

SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY talk about the album and the forthcoming tour dates in this Q&A:

WORLD ON FIRE marks your second album with your band MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). How do you feel the dynamic between the four of you has evolved?

SLASH:  We had a natural chemistry from the very beginning. The longer we have been together the more it has blossomed. And because of all the touring and the different situations we have been thrown into as a band and as players, we have all subconsciously learned from that. It shows up when we’re writing and when we’re recording. It’s sort of an unsaid thing, but I can sense it. It’s a natural evolution for a bunch of musicians in a band together.

MYLES: Over the last four years we have definitely evolved into a band. Utilizing Todd's vocal prowess and Brent's ability as a multi-instrumentalist definitely highlights what the Conspirators are capable of. I feel like it adds to what Slash and I do as songwriters. Not to mention they are both a big part of the arrangement process. Todd even brought in a cool progression that we used for the verses in “Shadow Life” and he added an great intro to “The Dissident” which is really fun.

What are the biggest differences between the last album Apocalyptic Love and the new album WORLD ON FIRE?

SLASH: The biggest difference is that the band has also has naturally evolved with so much touring and all of these different things. There’s a difference in musicianship that shows on this record and the songwriting skills especially.

The other difference is the fact that we recorded both albums live, but we kept the first one (Apocalyptic Love) just live.  That was it. There was no over-dubs or layering or any kind of studio techniques.  With WORLD ON FIRE I wanted to do guitar harmonies and double up parts and just create sounds. It’s a little more produced record in that sense.

MYLES: We didn't spend as much time fine-tuning arrangements as a unit during the Apocalyptic sessions.  I think that’s part of the reason this record sounds as cohesive as it does. Slash spent a lot of time with Todd and Brent working on arrangements while I was on tour with Alter Bridge late last year. When I got off the road, I met up with them in LA so they could get a feel for how the songs felt with vocals.

Another difference is that Slash played all the guitars on WORLD ON FIRE. During the Apocalyptic sessions I sang and played guitar which was fun, but it definitely cut into the amount of time I had to focus on lyrics, etc. Not playing guitar on WORLD ON FIRE gave me additional time to fine-tune lyrics and melodies which improved the songs in the end. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

For WORLD ON FIRE you teamed up with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus). What do you feel he brought to the table?

SLASH: Elvis is very conscious about guitar and guitar tones as well as drums, bass and vocals. For me, it is important to work with somebody who is very dialed-into guitar sounds. In this particular day and age it’s a rarity to find someone who really understands guitar sounds.  Elvis is an extremely hard-worker. I consider myself a hard worker as well as Myles. He was somebody that, over the course of making the record, gave me an even more of an extra push in some moments. So he brought out the best in me as well as Myles and the drums and everything. He was a pleasure to work with.

MYLES: Elvis is brilliant. It's the fifth record I have had the pleasure of recording with him. His ability to get the best out of a rock band is pretty special. He always seems to be aware of what the fans want to hear from an artist. He did a great job documenting Slash's tone and sound. I remember the first time I heard the solo for “Battleground”--I was blown away. Elvis captured the sonic hallmarks that made Slash's playing resonate with me 25 years ago.

Elvis is hands-on with every element of the recording process. From the arrangements to the final mix, he is relentless at making sure that the record is everything it should be and more.

Did you guys experiment with any new sounds with the production?

SLASH:  Yes and no. The whole record sounds new compared to the last album. Yes we did do a lot of tonal and EQ and guitars. I can’t say we were looking to break ground with new technology, because we did this to tape. But from a tonal and equalization point of view, we definitely broke a lot of new ground.

MYLES: That would be a question for Elvis or Slash. I can definitely hear some new approaches that I haven't heard on the last two records.

What makes “World on Fire” the perfect single choice?

SLASH:  I think there’s a lot of singles on the record, but it’s a good kick-off song. It’s up-tempo, aggressive, it’s a fun song. I love the whole world on fire, larger-than-life kind of vibe that the title and lyrics have.

MYLES: It's got a certain intensity and drive that made it a compelling choice for the lead-off track.

In what ways are we all suffering from a World on Fire?

SLASH: To be literal about it, we have the global warming thing. But that’s not the catalyst for the title. “World on Fire” is more of a tongue-in-cheek, positive, fun thing-- it has a lot of sexual connotations in the actual song itself. It’s a euphemism for going a little bit crazy and pulling out all the stops.

MYLES: “World On Fire” isn't necessarily a profound statement about where we are as a planet. It's about living life to the fullest....carpe diem. Some might perceive the track as carnal in nature, but the idea of seizing the moment and doing what makes you happy is the overall theme. Then again, it's not up to me to dictate what a song will mean to everyone. All I can do is tell you what was going through my head as the lyrics were being written.

What are a couple of other songs that you feel are highlights for you right now?

SLASH:  When doing a record I hate to identify with any one particular song or two particular songs. It’s not like the record is written with one great song and the rest are filler. They all mean as much as the others. There are a few songs that are very different than what we did on the last record. There’s a song called “The Unholy” which was influenced by my work in film. There’s another song called “Thirty Years to Life” which is a little bit of a departure. There’s another song that sticks out in my mind called “The Dissident” that’s a little bit unpredictable compared to stuff that people would expect from us.

You’re touring with Aerosmith this summer for the “Let Rock Rule” tour. It feels like true rock is needed more than ever in a very pop-driven landscape. How do you guys feel about this?

SLASH:  I am a Rock n’ Roll guy. The music business has become a pop-oriented sort of thing and all of the different music genres have become pop. I love the fact that I am doing Rock n’ Roll and have always done the same thing from a very heartfelt place. Aerosmith has represented that to me ever since I was kid. The two of us going out there and doing this big tour and holding that banner and doing it as sincerely as it can be done is something that I can be proud of.

MYLES: Though rock is not the force that it once was in America, it still has a loyal fan base that always seems to continue regardless of what popular culture deems as the "cool thing." It's great because you go to a rock show and you know folks aren't there because they are following trends, they aren't fair weather fans, they’re following their heart and listening to music that they love. People have been saying rock is dead for years but the reality is that it just falls out of favor with pop culture from time to time. The rock fans are still out there and that's why a tour like this is so important.

 

 


SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: http://msopr.com/files/2014_tour_photo.jpg

 

 

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators tour dates are as follows:

 

DATE

 

CITY

VENUE

*

Wed

9-Jul

Hampton Beach, NH

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

 

Thu

10-Jul

Wantagh, NY

Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre

 

Fri

11-Jul

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Ottawa Bluesfest (non-headlining)

 

Sun

13-Jul

Kitchener, ON, Canada

McLennan Park

 

Wed

16-Jul

Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center

*

Sun

20-Jul

Northfield, OH

Hard Rock Live

 

Tue

22-Jul

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

 

Fri

25-Jul

Tinley Park, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

*

Sat

26-Jul

N. Kansas City, MO

Harrah's N. Kansas City - Voodoo Lounge

 

Wed

30-Jul

Inglewood, CA

The Forum

*

Fri

1-Aug

Scottsdale, AZ

Talking Stick Resort & Casino - Ballroom

 

Sat

2-Aug

Las Vegas, NV

MGM Grand Garden Arena

 

Fri

8-Aug

Stateline, NV

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harvey’s

 

Wed

13-Aug

Concord, CA

Sleep Train Pavilion

*

Fri

15-Aug

Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver

 

Sat

16-Aug

George, WA

The Gorge Amphitheatre

 

Tue

19-Aug

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

 

Fri

22-Aug

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

 

Mon

25-Aug

The Woodlands, TX

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

 

Thu

28-Aug

Atlanta, GA

Phillips Arena

*

Fri

29-Aug

Hollywood, FL

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

 

Sun

31-Aug

Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall

 

Wed

3-Sep

Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

 

Sat

6-Sep

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

 

Tue

9-Sep

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

 

Fri

12-Sep

Sydney, NS, Canada

Open Hearth Park

* Indicates Headlining Shows.

 

About SLASH:
SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver.  SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16 2014www.slashonline.com.

 

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators: 

http://slashonline.com
https://twitter.com/#!/slash
https://www.facebook.com/Slash
http://www.youtube.com/slash 

 
Wed
28
May

ALESTORM SUNSET ON THE GOLDEN AGE

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Friday, August 1, 2014
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ALESTORM Release their brand new album

'Sunset On The Golden Age' ' August 1st 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water'

Alestorm are hitting the seven seas again!

 

ALESTORM are back with their outstanding new album 'Sunset On The Golden Age'.

Join the band as they cross the ocean on a vessel packed to the gunwales with their trademark catchy songs, fuelled by the bands on going love of the piratical life on the seven seas (with an abundance of wooden legs, parrots and eye patches thrown in for good measure!).

Captain Christopher Bowes and his crazy crew are sailing through `Bacon Powered Pirate Core' with sleek keyboard riffs influenced by folk metal and classic power metal.

The winner of the `Best New Pirate Metal Band' Grammy Award, have once again triumphed in the studio and 'Sunset On The Golden Age' is full of brilliant performances and songs like 'Drink!',  'Walk The Plank', 'Magnetic North' and '1741 (The Battle For Cartagena)', that once heard will not be forgotten in a hurry!

 

A real treasure trove for pirates and rum-loving landlubbers!

 

Don't miss Alestorm at Sonisphere July 5th 2014!

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23
May

TED NUGENT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM ‘SHUTUP&JAM!’

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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MULTI-PLATINUM GUITAR ICON
TED NUGENT
RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM
‘SHUTUP&JAM!’
DUE OUT JULY 8 ON FRONTIERS RECORDS

 

FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM THE MOTOR CITY MADMAN IN SEVEN YEARS
 

NATIONAL HEADLINING TOUR ANNOUNCED

Multi-platinum guitar icon TED NUGENT returns with a new full-length album SHUTUP&JAM!, due out Tuesday, July 8 on Frontiers Records. This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. NUGENT leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to “She’s Gone.” SHUTUP&JAM! is available now for pre-order at Amazon.
 

SHUTUP&JAM! 2014…the unstoppable firestorm of Ted Nugent, all American MotorCity, high energy R&B&R&R soulmusic erupts once again with what many gungho music lovers are raving to be the best songs and best music and highest energy rockout of my insanely wonderful musical American Dream,” NUGENT exclaims. “Sammy Hagar sings his balls off on ‘She’s Gone’ and Derek St. Holmes proves once again that the MotorCity produces not just the greatest guitar grind masterlicks ever but one of the most powerful soul voices of all time on ‘Everything Matters!’ Unleashing early July 2014. Read em & weep! SHUTUP&JAM! you know who I am, you know where I stand, so SHUTUP&JAM! I am!”
 

“When I first heard Ted's demo of this song, I immediately responded with ‘I'm in,’” HAGAR shares of his involvement on the track “She’s Gone.” “Ted's ripping the guitar like the days of old…very inspiring to sing to a track like that—old-school blues riff, hard edged rock 'n roll on fire!!!”
 

To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!, TED has announced that he’s packing up and hitting the road. On Saturday, June 7 he will join Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Volbeat and other rock titans at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. He’ll then prepare for his national headlining tour, kicking off July 3 in Wichita Falls, TX. Ticket info for all shows is available at https://tour.tednugent.com.
 

NUGENT has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.
 

Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, NUGENT’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).
 

NUGENT was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, TED delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A TED NUGENT show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!
 

Check out TED NUGENT’s “SHUTUP&JAM! TOUR” in the following cities:
 

DATE

 

CITY

VENUE

Sat

6/7

Norje (Sölvesborg), Sweden

Sweden Rock Festival

Thu

7/3

Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium

Fri

7/4

Santa Fe, NM

CamelRock Casino

Sat

7/5

Oklahoma City, OK

Starlight Amphitheater at Frontier City

Sun

7/6

New Braunfels, TX

River Road Ice House

Tue

7/8

Phoenix, AZ

Celebrity Theatre

Wed

7/9

Ramona, CA

Ramona Mainstage

Thu

7/10

Prescott Valley, AZ

Tim's Toyota Center

Fri

7/11

The Canyon Club

Agoura Hills, CA

Sat

7/12

Las Vegas, NV

Orleans Hotel & Casino

Mon

7/14

Anaheim, CA

City National Grove of Anaheim

*Thu

7/17

Council Bluffs, IA

Mid-America Center

Fri

7/18

Merrillville, IN

Star Plaza Theatre

Sat

7/19

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Mon

7/21

Huntington, NY

The Paramount

Tue

7/22

Montclair, NJ

The Wellmont Theater

Wed

7/23

Jim Thorpe, PA

Penn's Peak

Thu

7/24

Columbus, OH

Newport Music Hall

Fri

7/25

Morgantown, WV

MountainFest at Mylan Park

Sat

7/26

Oshkosh, WI

Leach Amphitheater at Riverside Park

Sun

7/27

Medina, MN

Medina Entertainment Center

Tue

7/29

Kansas City, MO

Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Wed

7/30

Englewood, CO

Gothic Theatre

Thu

7/31

Salt Lake City, UT

The Depot

Fri

8/1

Sheridan, WY

Trails End Concert Park

Sat

8/2

Tacoma, WA

Emerald Queen Casino

Sun

8/3

Tacoma, WA

Emerald Queen Casino

Wed

8/6

Sturgis, SD

Full Throttle Saloon

Fri

8/8

Maumee, OH

NW Ohio Rib-Off at Lucas County Fairgrounds

Sat

8/9

Oxford, OH

Indian Creek Amphitheatre

Mon

8/11

North Myrtle Beach, SC

House of Blues

Tue

8/12

Lake Buena Vista, FL

House of Blues

Thu

8/14

Houston, TX

House of Blues

Fri

8/15

Biloxi, MS

Hard Rock Live

Sat

8/16

Fort Worth, TX

Billy Bob's Texas

*denotes opening for Hank Williams Jr.
 


L-R: Ted Nugent, Derek St. Holmes, Mick Brown, and Greg Smith
Photo credit: James & Maryln Brown

 

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Thu
22
May

SHAKRA SEARCH FOR NEW VOCALIST

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Swiss rockers Shakra are without a vocalist. Tis from the band: John leaves Shakra! We are saddened by the fact that John has decided to leave us. We are losing an incredibly great singer and band member. With his loveable, quiet character, he has given us much pleasure during the past four years. We unfortunately have to accept his decision, and wish him well for his future! Now, we're forced to search for a new singer… You singers out there, get in touch with us if you wanna commence a new era! Thom, Thomas, Roger, Dominik.

Statement by John: "After many sleepless nights, I realized that SHAKRA is no longer priority No.1 in my life. With mixed feelings I remain today. I'm gonna miss my band members and the whole crew a lot, but I'm also looking forward to what's coming after my time as a Rock singer. If and how I'm gonna make music in the future has not yet been dediced."
WebLink: www.shakra.ch/en/news.html.

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Thu
22
May

AXEL RUDI PELL CELEBRATES 30 YEARS AT BANG YOUR HEAD

Friday, July 11, 2014
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July 11, 2014 will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the prestigious Bang Your Head Festival, in Balingen, Germany.
Today Axel reveals all the secrets:

"This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of my solo career, my first solo album Wild Obsession came out in 1989. Therefore, we will play a very special and unique Show at the Bang Your Head!!! Festival in Balingen, Germany, on July 11th to celebrate this and we will headline the festival on that day!
This will be no regular show by far! Of course we will play a lot of songs with the recent AXEL RUDI PELL line-up featuring Johnny Gioeli, Bobby Rondinelli, Ferdy Doernberg, Volker Krawczak and myself, but this will only be 1/3 of the complete show approx... As this year also sees the 30th Recording Anniversary of my former band Steeler (the first record was released in 1984), we will reunite in the original Line-Ups (Peter Burtz, Tom Eder, Jan Yildiral and both Bassplayers Roland Hag and Volker Krawczak) to perform a couple of songs for you. The reunion will only happen on that day and it will be an exclusive one-off!
Furthermore we will have a few ARP vintage members there and we're proud to announce that both Vocalists Rob Rock and Jeff Scott Soto among original Drummer Joerg Michael will enter the stage too to play a few older ARP tracks!
As this ain't enough … Lol…, I invited some other musical guests and friends to play a few cover tracks together and I'm really proud to announce the following guests in no particular order:

Graham Bonnet (ex- Rainbow, -MSG, -Alcatrazz), Joe Lynn Turner (ex- Rainbow, -Deep Purple, -Yngwie Malmsteen) Doogie White (ex- Rainbow, -Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock) John Lawton (ex- Uriah Heep, -Lucifers Friend), Tony Carey (ex- Rainbow), Vinny Appice (ex- Black Sabbath, -Heaven & Hell, -DIO).
Be there at this very very special Show, which will be a lifetime event and will last for more than 3 hours. Have fun!"

Axel Rudi Pell released a new video for the song "Long Way To Go", taken from the latest chart album "Into The Storm". The video was directed by Tim Assmann: youtu.be/3tLsZa7wk6Q.
WebLinks: www.axel-rudi-pell.de / www.spv.de.

 
Thu
22
May

HOUSTON REVEAL UPDATED LINEUP

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Houston is back with exciting changes to the line-up! Earlier this year, Mr. Freddie Allen, co-founder and drummer of Houston, decided to leave the band to pursue other walks of life. He will be deeply missed.

With Freddies departure, the bands frontman Hank Erix, together with fellow band member/producer Ricky Delin have recruited an all new fantastic band line-up that will now represent the new era of Houston. "We are now a six-piece band and will perform as such in writing songs, recording and playing live gigs. Our gratitude goes out to the superb session players associated with Houston, who were vital parts of bringing us this far. Thank you!"

The Houston band: Hank Erix (Lead vocals), Ricky Delin (Keyboards/Backing vocals), Soufian Ma'Aoui (Bass), Calle Hammar (Guitars/Backing vocals), Victor Lundberg (Keyboards/Backing vocals ), Oscar Lundström (Drums).
The band will shortly announce their first live shows. Be sure to catch us. Stay tuned! The journey has just begun...

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Thu
22
May

BON JOVI ‘NEW JERSEY’ IN REMASTERED, DELUXE, AND SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Bon Jovi Celebrate Three Decades in a Career That Gets Bigger & Bigger

Extensive Island/UMe Catalog Campaign Launching July 1 With ‘New Jersey’ in Remastered, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe Editions

 

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

 

For three decades, the iconic, world renowned BON JOVI has steadfastly earned and maintained a stellar reputation as ambassadors of American rock ‘n’ roll, performing for more than 37.5 million fans, selling more than 130 million albums and racking up 96 No. 1 chart debuts around the globe. On the heels of yet another record-breaking year in 2013, which included another No. 1 record and the No. 1 worldwide tour, Bon Jovi announces plans for an extensive 30th Anniversary catalog campaign with Island/UMe. The initiative will launch with the July 1 release of the seminal album New Jersey in a remastered 1-CD and digital edition, a 2-CD and digital Deluxe Edition, and a 3-disc (2-CD/1-DVD) Super Deluxe Edition. More 30th Anniversary commemorative titles, including newly-compiled collections of studio and live recordings, are scheduled for release this year.

Released in September 1988, New Jersey spent four straight weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. and spawned five Top 10 singles (“Bad Medicine;” “Born To Be My Baby;” “I’ll Be There For You;” “Living In Sin;” and “Lay Your Hands On Me” – the only rock album ever with that many Top 10 hits. The album is multi-platinum in the U.S. and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Bon Jovi originally envisioned the New Jersey project as a double-LP, using the working title Sons Of Beaches. But in the end, Mercury Records released the album as a 12-track single LP and the band renamed it simply New Jersey, in honor of their home state. With the new Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions, the New Jersey originally imagined by Bon Jovi can finally be shared with fans.

The 2-CD Deluxe Edition, which will also be available digitally, includes the remastered original album, plus three bonus tracks which were originally released as B-sides or CD-single bonus tracks. The Deluxe Edition’s second CD features the 13 Sons Of Beaches demos: more than an hour of previously unreleased demos from the New Jersey recording sessions, remixed exclusively for this project. Also included is a 32-page booklet with rare images of the band from the New Jersey era, including never-before-seen photos from the making of the album; images and memorabilia from the mammoth 16-month, 26-country, 267-show New Jersey world tour; insider commentary on the bonus tracks and much more.

The 3-disc (2-CD/1-DVD) Super Deluxe Edition also features the remastered original album and all of the bonus audio tracks included on the Deluxe version, plus a DVD with the behind-the-scenes documentary ‘ACCESS ALL AREAS: A ROCK & ROLL ODYSSEY.’ Groundbreaking, highly-acclaimed director Wayne Isham, who also directed the music videos for Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and New Jersey singles, followed the band around the globe with a documentary film crew to chronicle the entire New Jersey tour, including Bon Jovi’s Homecoming concert at Giants Stadium, the band’s history-making concert at Lenin Stadium in Moscow, and their visits to iconic landmarks and historic concert venues around the world. The extensive footage was edited for 88-minute film released in 1990 on VHS, but never before available on DVD in North America. Also included on the set’s DVD are the seven official music videos commissioned from Isham for the New Jersey album. The Super Deluxe Edition will be housed in a special DVD-sized digipak with a 60-page softcover book including rare photos and memorabilia.

Beginning with their 1986 breakthrough album Slippery When Wet and back-to-back No. 1 songs “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer,” Bon Jovi’s unique blend of straight up rock ‘n’ roll and universal, everyman lyrics that speak directly to fans’ lives have made the band a mainstay on the charts worldwide. A phenomenon during the mid-to-late-eighties, Bon Jovi bucked labels and defied the ever-fickle music industry to not only survive but thrive during the ‘90s, emerging again in 2000 with the massive hit single “It’s My Life,” which ushered in an era of unprecedented popularity and success in the band’s career, including a GRAMMY® Award for their 2005 No. 1 hit single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

Led by charismatic front man and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the band has cultivated a devoted fan base captivated by Bon Jovi’s legendary live performances. Part jukebox-come-to-life, part rock ‘n’ roll tent revival, a Bon Jovi concert is a marathon performance of songs which have permeated the pop culture zeitgeist. For three decades, Bon Jovi has consistently released new music and toured the globe, establishing themselves as one of the most beloved and enduring bands in rock ‘n’ roll history.

Last year, Bon Jovi released What About Now, their 12th studio album and the third in a row to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The band’s “Because We Can – The Tour” was 2013’s No. 1 tour, filling arenas and stadiums worldwide, proving that Bon Jovi is still the world’s number one band.

For more information on Bon Jovi, please visit the official website: www.bonjovi.com.

BON JOVI: New Jersey [CD, digital]
1. Lay Your Hands On Me
2. Bad Medicine
3. Born To Be My Baby
4. Living In Sin
5. Blood On Blood
6. Homebound Train
7. Wild Is The Wind
8. Ride Cowboy Ride
9. Stick To Your Guns
10. I’ll Be There For You
11. 99 In The Shade
12. Love For Sale

BON JOVI: New Jersey (Deluxe Edition) [2CD, digital]
DISC 1: NEW JERSEY (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks
1. Lay Your Hands On Me
2. Bad Medicine
3. Born To Be My Baby
4. Living In Sin
5. Blood On Blood
6. Homebound Train
7. Wild Is The Wind
8. Ride Cowboy Ride
9. Stick To Your Guns
10. I’ll Be There For You
11. 99 In The Shade
12. Love For Sale
Bonus Tracks:
13. The Boys Are Back In Town (Cover of the Thin Lizzy classic; previously released on Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell compilation; released in the U.K. as a 12” single B-side)
14. Love Is War (B-side from Living In Sin single)
15. Born To Be My Baby (Acoustic Version; previously released as a B-side in Japan)

DISC 2: The ‘SONS OF BEACHES’ Demos
(** All tracks on DISC 2 are previously unreleased)
1. Homebound Train
2. Judgment Day
3. Full Moon High
4. Growin’ Up The Hard Way
5. Let’s Make It Baby
6. Love Hurts
7. Backdoor To Heaven
8. Now And Forever
9. Wild Is The Wind
10. Stick To Your Guns
11. House Of Fire
12. Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?
13. Diamond Ring

BON JOVI: New Jersey (Super Deluxe Edition) [boxed 2CD/DVD]
DISC 1: NEW JERSEY (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks
DISC 2: The ‘SONS OF BEACHES’ Demos (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
DISC 3 (DVD):

1. ‘ACCESS ALL AREAS: A ROCK & ROLL ODYSSEY’
Directed by Wayne Isham.
The original 1990 88-minute documentary of the band’s epic 16-month world tour in support of the NEW JERSEY album; includes rare backstage, on-the-road, and live concert footage.
First time released in the U.S. on DVD format

2. MUSIC VIDEOS From the NEW JERSEY album
All directed by Wayne Isham
-- Bad Medicine (1st Version)
-- Born To Be My Baby
-- I’ll Be There For You
-- Lay Your Hands On Me
-- Living In Sin
-- Blood On Blood
-- Bad Medicine (2nd Version)

Original audio produced by Bruce Fairbairn; engineered and mixed by Bob Rock

 

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Wed
21
May

CALIFORNIA BREED LAUNCH VIDEO FOR "THE WAY"

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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CALIFORNIA BREED
NEW VIDEO
“THE WAY”
PREMIERES ON BILLBOARD.COM
ALONG WITH Q&A FROM LEAD SINGER/BASSIST GLENN HUGHES
 
CALIFORNIA BREED
SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW ON FRONTIERS RECORDS
 
 
CALIFORNIA BREED: http://tinyurl.com/k6rrmgc.
 
CALIFORNIA BREED, one of most exciting new bands of 2014 featuring legendary vocalist-bassist GLENN HUGHES, drummer extraordinaire JASON BONHAM and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter ANDREW WATT, have premiered their new video “The Way” via BILLBOARD.COM. Check out the clip and read the Q&A with GLENN HUGHES on BILLBOARD.COM, here: http://tinyurl.com/o7e5rnu
 
In other video news, GUITAR WORLD.com has posted the final installment of the band’s “making of” the album series. Watch all five episodes, here: http://tinyurl.com/osmsfyc.
 
CALIFORNIA BREED’s self titled debut album was just released in on Frontiers Records and is already #2 on the US iTunes Rock albums chart and currently climbing national charts in Europe.
 
Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the album was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), and was recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup.
 
CALIFORNIA BREED will perform their first-ever U.S. show on Wednesday, May 28 at the Whisky A GO GO and their first New York City show will be Saturday, May 31 at Gramercy Theatre. The band will announce their U.K., European and U.S. tours soon.
 
CALIFORNIA BREED is available now as a CD, digital download and Deluxe Edition CD + DVD featuring the bonus song “Solo,” two video clips and a documentary. Links are as follows: iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaBreed Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/CB_AmzCD and Deluxe Edition CD + DVD: http://smarturl.it/CB_AmzCDDVD.
CALIFORNIA BREED’s self-titled debut is garnering solid early reviews. Check out a sampling of the critical reaction here:
 
“California Breed eclipses anything Black Country Communion mustered in their short existence. ‘The Way’ and ‘Chemical Rain’ pack bombastic, swaggering Led Zep-meets-Audioslave riffs, ‘Spit You Out’ is straight-up good time rock ‘n’ roll and ‘All Falls Down’ is a decent stab at the token power-charged ballad. Watt’s undoubted spark has pulled these two seasoned vets out of a rut…”
 
--Rich Chamberlain, TOTAL GUITAR, May 2014
 
“California Breed is a raw, fiery rock cocktail that marries belligerent attitude with heartfelt emotion, delicate touch with super confident strut. First single ‘Sweet Tea’ is irresistible, hard hitting rock swagger, while closing number ‘Breathe’ is an uplifting, soulful hymn of understated groove that highlights Glenn’s evergreen vocal talents.”
 
--Chris Kee, POWERPLAY MAGAZINE, May 2014
 
“California Breed are another supergroup of sorts, but this time they’re a power trio, with new guitar sensation 23-year old Andrew Watt threatening to become the most talked about axe slinger since Charlie Sexton burst onto the scene. Like Sexton, Watt is a Bowie-phile. In fact he came to Hugh’s attention via a hair-raising stint at a New York City ‘Bowie Ball.’ Hughes’s monstrous pipes and super funk bass thwack are a given, as is Jason Bonham’s percussive assault, yet even these seasoned campaigners must be rubbing their eyes in disbelief at what the prodigy achieves.”
 
--Max Bell, CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE, May 2014
 
“California Breed's debut highlights the best of all three virtuosos without overstating the obvious. Because in the end, it really is all about the groove.”
 
--James Wood, GUITAR WORLD, May 2014
 
“…muscular yet funky riffage….this debut album gets the fist pumping and the heart righteously racing.”
 
--GUITAR & BASS, May 2014
 
 
Cover art for CALIFORNIA BREED’s self-titled debut album: http://tinyurl.com/lv3mcgp.
For more information on CALIFORNIA BREED, visit: 
#CaliforniaBreed
CALIFORNIA BREED bio and assets here: http://tinyurl.com/ny6tm6b.
 
About CALIFORNIA BREED:
Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They're only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality.  Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was ‘Chemical Rain’ and the other was ‘Solo’, both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.” Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn. At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking.
 
 
Tue
20
May

ACE FREHLEY REUNITES WITH KEN KELLY FOR 'SPACE INVADER' COVER ART

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Monday, July 7, 2014
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ACE FREHLEY REUNITES WITH KEN KELLY FOR 'SPACE INVADER' COVER ART
 

Founding KISS guitarist and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ace Frehley has tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album cover for his upcoming LP SPACE INVADER, due out July 7th. Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS's best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977), says,  "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace."

 

Ken Kelly is also widely known for his paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy sub genres, most notably for the Conan the Barbarian novels. He continues, "I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened."

Ace Frehley himself comments, 'I've been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD Cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn't be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!'

With nearly 35 years between projects, KISS fans will surely be excited about this long-time duo working together again. Kelly concludes, "I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace's continuing successful career!"

 

ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE INVADER, his first new solo album in five years, via SPV/Steamhammer in Europe on July 7th, 2014. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's 'The Joker.' 

Widely known as the original 'Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member.  In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley's self titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, 'New York Groove,' from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13).   The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS' second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as 'I Was Made For Lovin' You,' 'Beth' and 'Calling Dr. Love' even after 36 years.
 
Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics. "'Anomaly' shows why many rock and metal guitarists list 'Space Ace' as a prime six-string influence," said Rolling Stone.

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www.acefrehley.com
www.spv.de

 
Tue
20
May

JUDAS PRIEST SET "MARCH OF THE DAMNED" AS LEADOFF SINGLE

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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JUDAS PRIEST SET "MARCH OF THE DAMNED" AS LEADOFF SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM, 'REDEEMER OF SOULS'

For the past few weeks, metalheads worldwide have undoubtedly been enjoying the "sneak peak" title track from Judas Priest's forthcoming 'Redeemer of Souls' album. And on Monday, May 19th, the official leadoff single from the album, "March of the Damned," will be released to rock and metal radio, and will be available for purchase via all digital sales providers. Additionally, on the same day, preorders for the full album will be made available through iTunes: http://smarturl.it/redeemerofsouls-albm

As the band themselves said about "March of the Damned," "Our passion for heavy metal has never diminished, and this track sounds off with real conviction!" Listen to the new song here: http://youtu.be/HJhm2vZFj2k.

'Redeemer of Souls' will be made available from Epic Records on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, as both a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks. When asked what fans can expect from Priest's 17th album overall, guitarist Glenn Tipton replied, "Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically - so we have listened!! From start to finish 'Redeemer of Souls' is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!"

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time classic songs ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming," etc.) and albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Painkiller,' etc.

And soon, fans will discover that Priest has assembled another metal classic, with the "March of the Damned" single and 'Redeemer of Souls' full-length.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT:
www.judaspriest.com

 
Tue
20
May

BLUE COW KENT ANNOUNCE DEBUT

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Swedish AOR/hard rock band Blue Cow Kent release their debut album Phantom Cathedral, including the singles Alias Lincoln Bravo and In case of emergency. Their debut EP from 2013, featured the AOR smash "Ready To Bite" that was included on the compilation CD of Classic Rock AOR Magazine´s Issue 10. The new concept album Phantom Cathedral takes the band back to their roots of 70´s hard rock but still with elements of AOR and even progressive rock.
Tracklisting : 1.Phantom Cathedral 2.Clown Eraser A.D 3.Thunder Is Coming 4.Alias Lincoln Bravo 5.The Die Is Cast 6.Torah Of Efva 7.In Case Of Emergency 8.Orange Air 9.Ancient Continents 10.No Condolences For Uncle Ben 11.Last Hurrah.
Artwork designed by Caio Caldas at CadiesArt.com. Download the new single In case of emergency here: bluecowkent.bandcamp.com.

 
Wed
07
May

FRAMING HANLEY DEBUT OUT NOW

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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FRAMING HANLEY NEW ALBUM "THE SUM OF WHO WE ARE" OUT TODAY
 
 
 
 
April 29th, 2014  - Framing Hanley will release its new album The Sum Of Who We Are today April 29th via Imagen Records. The band worked with multiple producers on the album to hone in and achieve a new bigger sound. The music is a perfect blend of aggressive, yet melodic alternative rock, infused with the driving hooks of pop. The Sum Of Who We Are was funded entirely by the band's loyal fanbase by donating money via a Kickstarter campaign. "First and foremost, our incredible fans are the reason it's even possible" states frontman Nixon. "They funded the entire thing on Kickstarter. That is still unbelievable to us. This record from start to finish is everything that we have in us."
 
 
iTunes link: iTunes
Amazon link: Amazon
 
Framing Hanley is comprised of front man Nixon, guitarist Brandon Wootten, drummer Chris Vest, and guitarist Ryan Belcher.
 
The Sum Of Who We Are is the bands boldest artistic statement to date capturing the essence of innocence and hope, light and darkness, struggle and determination. 
 
"There was definitely a dark period during the 2 years we spent recording this" states Nixon. "That's not to say this album is some dark and brooding album.  There are definitely some light-hearted tunes on here as well; some that are fun. This album is the past 2 years of our lives and is every part of our beings…that's what the title means. This allbum really is the sum of who we are. The thing that I love most is, I think when the listener puts on those headphones, or puts the cd in the car, he or she is gonna listen and come to find out, hey, me and this guy have got some things in common!"
 
"The Sum Of Who We Are" track listing:
 
01 Criminal - 3:39
02 Twisted Halos - 3:29
03 Collide - 3:59
04 Crooked Smiles - 3:04
05 Simple Life - 2:58
06 Rollercoaster - 3:07
07 No Saving Me - 3:45
08 Unbreakable - 3:49
09 Science - 4:23
10 Streetlights and Silhouettes - 3:43
11 Crash & Burn - 3:10
12 Forever Till the End - 3:37
13 Castaway - 3:21
 
The band will be hitting the road this summer in support of the effort. Confirmed itinerary follows:
 
4-30-14 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA (w/Devour The Day)
5-01-14 at Capone's in Johnson City, TN (w/Devour The Day)
5-02-14 at Hard Times in Fredericksburg, VA (headline)
5-03-14 at Blue Fox Billiards in Winchester, VA (headline)
5-05-14 at The Studio @ Webster Hall in NYC, NY (w/Devour The Day)
5-07-14 at Upstate Music Hall in Clifton Park, NY (w/Devour The Day)
5-08-14 at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY (w/Devour The Day)
5-09-14 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY (w/Devour The Day)
5-11-14 at Claddagh Pub in Lawrence, MA (w/Devour The Day)
5-12-14 at Simon's 677 at Providence, RI (w/Devour The Day)
5-13-14 at Pearl St Pub in Northampton, MA (w/Devour The Day)
5-15-14 at Exhibition Hall in Watertown, NY (w/Devour The Day)
5-16-14 at Planet Rock in Battle Creek, MI (w/Devour The Day)
5-19-14 at Cheers Pub in South Bend, IN (w/Devour The Day)
5-20-14 at Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI (headline)
5-22-14 at Take 20 in Cherry Valley, IL (w/Devour The Day)
5-23-14 at Mojoes in Joliet, MO (headline)
5-24-14 at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI (headline)
 
 
 
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Wed
07
May

THE WHO CELEBRATE THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF QUADROPHENIA

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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THE WHO CELEBRATE THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF QUADROPHENIA

WITH THE RELEASE OF

'QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON' DVD ON JUNE 10, 2014

Filmed At Wembley Arena On July 8, 2013
 

 

In 2012/2013, The Who embarked on the Quadrophenia and More Tour, performing their landmark rock opera in its entirety, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1973 release of this double-album masterpiece. The critically acclaimed and highly successful tour closed at London's Wembley Arena, with the cameras rolling, to record the closing night of this historic anniversary tour.

 

Filmed on July 8, 2013, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band's dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of 'The Real Me,' 'The Punk And The Godfather,' 'Doctor Jimmy' and a powerful performance of 'Love Reign O'er Me.' With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today's advanced technology in sound, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON reunites The Who with bandmates John Entwistle, for '5:15,' and Keith Moon for his signature song 'Bell Boy.' In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as 'Pinball Wizard,' 'Who Are You,' 'You Better You Bet,' 'Baba O'Riley,' 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Tea & Theatre,' from their 2006 release Endless Wire,' with the intensity and power only The Who can conjure.

 

QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON will be available in various configurations including an expanded 5-Disc Limited Collector's Edition Metal Box which includes the High Definition Blu-Ray' and standard DVD of the concert film, both in 5.1 Surround Sound audio; a two-CD soundtrack of the show; and for the first time, a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the entire 1973 album release of Quadrophenia on a Blu-Ray Audio'.  Extras include a 6' Mod Headlight sticker, a Mod Headlight button, and a 32-page book with liner notes and photos, all housed in a 10' metal container embossed with the movie-inspired, iconic, Mod bullseye logo painted on a Vespa SG scooter headlight.

 

QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON will also be made available separately on High Definition Blu-Ray', standard DVD, and a downloadable Digital Concert Video, with the complete audio from the concert film being released as a two-CD soundtrack and a downloadable Digital Album. The 5.1 remix of the original Quadrophenia (1973) will be released as a single-disc Blu-Ray Audio'.

 

Based around the story of Jimmy ' double-album masterpiece Quadrophenia tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The project was intended to reflect the four characters of The Who and features some of Townshend's most inspired, personal song-writing - way ahead of its time in scope and purpose and is one of the most widely recognized albums of The Who's career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances.  Newly envisioned by Roger Daltrey, the concert film combines archival footage of The Who and images of historical events that have rocked Jimmy's world over the past 40 years giving this magnum opus an enlightened modern twist.

 

Track List - All Formats Except 1973 Version
 

  1. I Am The Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  4. Cut My Hair
  5. The Punk And The Godfather
  6. I'm One
  7. The Dirty Jobs
  8. Helpless Dancer
  9. Is It In My Head?
  10. I've Had Enough
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea And Sand
  13. Drowned
  14. Bell Boy
  15. Doctor Jimmy
  16. The Rock
  17. Love Reign O'er Me

 

Bonus Performances

  1. Who Are You
  2. You Better You Bet
  3. Pinball Wizard
  4. Baba O'Riley
  5. Won't Get Fooled Again
  6. Tea & Theatre

 

Track List - Blu-Ray Audio Disc' Quadrophenia (1973) Album 5.1 Mix
 

  1. I Am The Sea
  2. The Real Me
  3. Quadrophenia
  4. Cut My Hair
  5. The Punk And The Godfather
  6. I'm One
  7. The Dirty Jobs
  8. Helpless Dancer
  9. Is It In My Head?
  10. I've Had Enough
  11. 5:15
  12. Sea And Sand
  13. Drowned
  14. Bell Boy
  15. Doctor Jimmy
  16. The Rock
  17. Love Reign O'er Me

 

5-DISC LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION METAL BOX

    -       10' Round Metal Mod Headlight Container

-       1 Blu-Ray Disc': Concert Film

-       1 Standard DVD: Concert Film

-       1 Blu-ray Audio' Format: Quadrophenia (1973) 5.1 Album Mix ' First Time Ever

-       2-CD Soundtrack: Concert Audio

-       Mod Headlight Button

-       6' Mod Headlight Sticker

-       XX Page Booklet with photo and liner notes

SINGLE-DISC HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY DISC'

-       Quadrophenia: Live In London ' Concert Film

 SINGLE-DISC STANDARD DVD

-       Quadrophenia: Live In London ' Concert Film

  SINGLE-DISC BLU-RAY AUDIO'

-              First time ever 5.1 mix of the entire album Quadrophenia (1973)

 

DIGITAL VIDEO DOWNLOAD

-       Quadrophenia: Live In London ' Concert Film

2-CD SOUNDTRACK

-       Quadrophenia: Live In London ' Concert Audio

 DIGITAL ALBUM DOWNLOAD

-       Quadrophenia: Live In London ' Concert Audio

  

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Wed
07
May

DOCKER'S GUILD UPDATE

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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1. 2014 FEMALE GUITARIST COMPETITION RESULTS AND WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

2. Special guest Valentina Procopio announces her participation on the new "Heisenberg Diaries" album

3. Here are some snippets of the recording sessions

4. More special guests announcements, in case you missed them last month: special guests Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen), Roberta Raschell (Shooting Stars), Fiamma Cardani (Shooting Stars) and Mio Jäger (Frantic Amber).

5. The album goes up from 10 original tracks to 14, plus 2 bonus tracks for the crowdfunding participants.

 
Wed
07
May

CALIFORNIA BREED GET READY FOR DEBUT GIG

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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CALIFORNIA BREED
ROCK TRIO
FEATURES LEGENDARY VOCALIST-BASSIST GLENN HUGHES, DRUMMER EXTRAORDINAIRE JASON BONHAM
AND 23-YEAR-OLD NEWCOMER GUITARIST-SINGER-SONGWRITER
ANDREW WATT

 U.S. PERFORMANCE DEBUT SET FOR
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 AT THE WHISKY A GO GO (8pm)


 

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WHO:            

The powerful new rock trio CALIFORNIA BREED which features legendary vocalist-bassist GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), drummer extraordinaire JASON BONHAM (Led Zeppelin) and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter ANDREW WATT will have their first-ever U.S. performance in Los Angeles on WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 at the Whisky A Go Go.

Their self-titled debut album, due out May 20 on Frontiers Records was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. The album features 23-year-old guitarist ANDREW WATT, who was originally introduced to GLENN HUGHES by Julian Lennon at a party in Los Angeles in 2013.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio's first single 'Sweet Tea' is a Top 10 hit on the Classic Rock chart. The video for the explosive track premiered on USA TODAY: http://tinyurl.com/mmp7mxq. Recently, the group debuted an animated lyric video for the new song 'Midnight Oil' on Classic Rock. The video was created by Nev Todorovi who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. Check out the clip here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF_pm7mLqXs.

Watch 'making of the album' clips airing on GUITARWORLD.com, here: http://tinyurl.com/mh5uycb and expect CALIFORNIA BREED to announce a U.K., European and U.S. tour soon.

          

WHEN:          

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
THE WHISKY A GO GO
(8:00 pm)
Show on-sale now.

 

  

 
Wed
07
May

SCREAM MAKER TO DEBUT ON PERRIS RECORDS

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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Perris Records is proud to announce the CD release of their first band from Poland Scream Maker. The "Livin' In The Past" CD cover was designed by Roslaw Szaybo, world-renowned designer of Judas Priest, Elton John, Santana and Bob Marley.The band just finished a tour in Poland with Paul Di'Anno and sharing the stage with Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden). Scream Maker will also be on 9 city tour through China including the Mordensky Festival festival in Beijing.
WebLink: www.perrisrecords.com.

 
Tue
06
May

WIZARDS OF WINTER ART BY IOANNIS

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Legendary record cover artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Weir, Allman Brothers Band, Dream Theater) will be joining forces with The Wizards of Winter to produce cover artwork for their upcoming album to be released later this year. Ioannis will also design merchandise and the tour art for their upcoming 2014 schedule.
Says Ioannis, "I think The Wizards of Winter is an incredibly talented group of individuals and it will be cool to work on their holiday project, so I am really looking forward to doing this."  Plans are also in discussion for additional ventures to be announced later this year.

The Wizards of Winter, the prog-metal-meets-classical rock band that has been hard at work recording their second release, are excited to be working with this iconic artist for the design of their album cover artwork. Ioannis has created the covers of over 170 albums, with his art firmly rooted in fantasy and surrealism. The currently untitled album, produced by Tommy Farese of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame, promises to continue the band's style of integrating elements of hard rock and classical influences into a distinctive blend of original compositions. "We are honored to have the privilege to work with a creative master like Ioannis,” said Scott Kelly, leader of The Wizards of Winter. “His art work has graced the album covers of so many of the music industry's legendary performers that he too, truly is a legend. When Ioannis contacted us and told us that he really liked our material and wanted to work together, we were really quite surprised given where the band is in its development. It is just another proof point that the Wizards are really beginning to gain some broad recognition. After speaking with Ioannis, Steve Ratchen, one of the other co-founders of the band, and I both found that besides being a very nice and approachable guy, his artistic concepts and marketing directions appear to be exactly what we need at this time to assist us in moving to the next level. We are humbly grateful that he has chosen to work with us and greatly look forward to working with him."
For more info visit: thewizardsofwinter.com / www.dangerousage.com / www.facebook.com/DANGEROUSAGEART?ref=hl.

 
Tue
06
May

LOVERBOY KEYBOARDIST DOUG JOHNSON'S NOTES TO SELF

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Indie release available on iTunes, CDBaby and his own website is an homage to Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel featuring pieces he composed and arranged himself.

Los Angeles, April 30, 2014-The distance from "Working for the Weekend" to classical composers like Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel might seem like a long way, but Loverboy keyboardist Doug Johnson has proven there is a connection on his new CD, Notes to Self. Recorded in Vancouver with classical musicians from the Vancouver Opera Symphony, the CBC Radio Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the album is available digitally on iTunes and CDBaby as well as in physical form on his own website (www.dougjohnsonmusic.com/CD.html) via PayPal.
"If you listen, the keyboard parts for many of Loverboy's songs were very much informed by my classical training," says Johnson, who started taking piano lessons at four years old, then received his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T) degree when he was 18, with a silver medal. "This has been a lifelong passion for me."
Recorded in Vancouver on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano with a variety of classical musicians-most prominently violinist Mark Ferris, who helped with the arrangements, and flautist Lorna McGhee-Notes to Self was inspired by "my physical and emotional connections to the places and people in my life."
The album ranges from solo pieces like the playful "Sucrose," a number that reflects the deleterious effects of a birthday cake-induced sugar rush on his visiting granddaughters to a quintet featuring violin, viola, cello, flute and his own keyboards on the opening four-part "The Crescent Suite," a grand vision of four seasons as seen from running on the beach near his Surrey home in West Canada.

"It goes from the fall, when the storms start coming in ('Con Brio') through all four seasons, ending with the summer ('Maestoso'), when all the tourists arrive and life is more laid-back," says Johnson, who also captures the brooding, overcast nature of the area's weather in "Waltz of the Grey Days," a duet with piano and cello.
"Zoe" and "Emily" are dedicated to his nieces, the former "beautiful, capricious and brave," the latter "a methodical, persistent problem-solver," both painting vivid pictures by capturing those personalities in sound. "Two Versions of a Visit" is another piano/cello duet that reflects the very different personalities of his two grandsons. "Warsaw" is his tribute to Chopin, whom Johnson considers "the best composer of piano music who ever lived... I've always had a special place in my heart for him."
Johnson, an outspoken believer in music education, hopes that Notes to Self will simply make people feel good. "I'm hoping it will energize them, and allow them to reflect," he says. "Music is inspired by the things around us and our experiences, our interactions with others," adds Johnson. "I wanted to let people in on that process, how this album came about."

And while he has already performed some of this music recently in a live setting, Johnson isn't about to ignore his "day" job, playing with Loverboy, who for three decades have entertained several generations of fans with hits like "Working for the Weekend," "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "When It's Over," "The Kid is Hot Tonite" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."
"Playing with Loverboy is just a great deal of fun," he says. "We're like brothers. We get to stand up before thousands of fans, and when you look out into the crowd, you see them smiling, laughing, dancing and having a great time. Our songs seem to have stood the test of time. They're not only relatable to our old fans, but their kids."
Catch Loverboy on tour this summer: www.loverboyband.com/tours.html.
 

 
Tue
06
May

A NEW SOLO SIGNAL FROM ERIK SCOTT

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
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"A rocking bassist takes trips down unconventional musical roads, with apparently no rules or signposts. Medieval gypsy violin, Celtic melodies, steel guitars….. surprises."

San Francisco, CA - Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, bassist/composer Erik Scott will be releasing his sophomore CD 'And The Earth Bleeds' on May 8, 2014. Best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Sonia Dada, and Flo & Eddie, Erik's newest release takes the listener on an aural voyage through ethereal and otherworldly musical landscapes. 'And The Earth Bleeds' adds some vocals, gypsy violins, Celtic melodies, a dash of steel guitar, a wisp of French horns and other surprises to the soulful and mystic brew of his first 'solo' album, 'Other Planets'. And Erik continues to stretch convention with his melodic playing and bass-generated SFX.

Says Erik, "There are people who carefully plan out the direction of their music...smart. Then there's me. I pretty much have no idea at the start. I get in the music room and start messing around on something; bass guitar, chord changes on the keyboard, or a beat on the beat programmer. If I like something, it just starts to build. The lyrics on the five songs with lyrics on this CD...well, they happened later, when it seemed that the music alone wasn't saying all that I wanted."
Among the eclectic mix, there is a definite Scottish influence in the music – especially on the tracks "Free", "The Battle For Neverland" and "Run". Erik explains, "I went to the Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh last August 2013. I had completely written and recorded 'Free' as an instrumental, when I was reminded of the price some people have paid for their freedom, in this case William Wallace of Scotland. It seemed that I needed to say a few words...not a lot...just a few. After returning from the Highlands, I found the trip had helped me complete the Scottish inspired pieces. The melody, originally played on bass, took on such a haunting beauty when played on the veille (medieval violin) by Shira Kammen, that I decided it was the music to which I should write the lyrics that became 'Free'."

"Free" is inspired by, and dedicated to William Wallace. "The Battle For Neverland" is inspired by J.M. Barrie, the Scottish creator of 'Peter Pan', and "Run" is decidedly influenced by traditional Celtic melodies. Also the bridge to "Battle" is inspired by a traditional Scottish melody "The Haughs of Cromdale". Watch the promotional video for "Free": www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjAUnayIb8.
Erik Scott's first real break in the music business came in mid-1974 when he was hired to play bass for former Turtles/Frank Zappa's Mothers members Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan). Erik recalls, "We toured and recorded constantly for about three years, making the 'Illegal, Immoral and Fattening' and 'Moving Targets' records. Flo and Eddie shows were known for alot of great hit songs from their career as 'The Turtles', cool stuff from the Flo & Eddie albums, some stuff from the Zappa years, and their usually profane and hysterical tirades about the excesses of pop stars and the music business in general. That's how I first met Alice, onstage with Keith Moon at the Troubadour in LA singing 'Happy Together' (Turtles Hit) and 'Wooly Bully'. We went out in '75 with Jefferson Starship, whose 'Red Octopus' album went to #1 five different times, and in '76 we were out with the Doobie Brothers, whose 'Takin' It to The Streets' was also #1. In between we did a tour with Steven Stills, and gigs with Fleetwood Mac, among others. These tours, and the albums with Flo & Eddie, still stick in my memory."

In 1980, Erik began working with the legendary Alice Cooper after a short stint with drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Erik Scott, first hired as bass player on the 'Flush The Fashion' tour, later became a co-writer on 'Special Forces' and co-producer as well on 'Zipper Catches Skin', touring extensively behind the 'Special Forces' album.
After Alice, Erik spent some years as a session player in LA, with artists as diverse as Kim Carnes, Peter McIan, Franne Golde, Tonio K, and others. He also found time to co-write and play on the title song from Pops Staples' 'Father Father' album, which won the Grammy as Best Contemporary Blues album in 1994. He also played on the title song from Mavis Staples' album 'Have A Little Faith", which was recognized by the WC Foundation in the Gospel-Blues category for the year 2004.

In 1989, Erik formed the rock band Signal and released the album 'Loud and Clear' on EMI Records. The album was largely lost in a regime change at EMI USA, but gathered acclaim as an AOR melodic rock hit internationally…a bbit of a classic actually. Three commemorative packages were released overseas: Japan, France (Axe-Killer Records), and South Korea. 'Loud and Clear' made many 1989 year end Top Ten and Top Twenty charts for AOR and melodic rock.
In the early 90's Scott became an original member of the band Sonia Dada. The group featured eight members: three African-American soul singers and five European-American players with backgrounds ranging from rock, folk, jam, psychedelic, jazz and R&B, all of which brewed up quite a genre-busting stew. Erik spent 15 years, and recorded 6 albums with the ensemble, "where a diversity and collision of styles awakened all kinds of possibilities in me, probably helping to inspire the unconventionality of my solo work".
Although Erik is originally known for his work in the rock field, he has recently pursued a path in 'world' music. In 2009, he released the critically acclaimed solo album 'Other Planets'. John Diliberto, producer/host of the radio show 'Echoes', is quoted: "To say that his solo debut 'Other Planets' is a bass guitar album is to miss what a powerful, cinematic release he's created. It's an album that is more Pink Floyd than Jaco Pastorius."

And now, Erik has taken his enchanting and mystical music a step further with the release of 'And The Earth Bleeds'. He explains, "Again, no plan... I premeditated nothing. The melodic nature of it, any chilled out nature of much of it, came mostly from the fact that the music was birthed in my studio with just me. Rock music generally happens when you have more than one person...a gang...a rock gang. These solo projects come more from a melodic and chilled-out rhythmic place, and a desire to experiment with the potential of the electric bass as a major melodic voice, in combination with violin, steel guitar, and other less-expected partners."
In closing Erik has this to impart to his fans and listeners, "I guess I hope that listeners appreciate the soulfulness, nuanced performances, and spacey honesty that probably leaks all over the stuff."
For more information: erikscottbass.com.
To purchase Erik Scott's And The World Bleeds CD: www.cdbaby.com/cd/erikscott3.
 

 

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