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THE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA INTERVIEWS: PAUL O'NEILL

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Interviews: Paul O'Neill by Brad Parmerter
 
As the Trans-Siberian Orchestra European tour was winding down earlier this year, TSO creator and producer Paul O'Neill was back in Florida working in the studio on one of a number of potential projects. I hadn't caught up with O'Neill since May of 2012 and thought it would be a good time to find out his thoughts on the whirlwind eighteen months he and the band had just experienced and to see what might lay ahead for the near future.

The Lost Christmas Eve, the final installment of TSO's Christmas Trilogy, had recently finished its encore presentation as the featured story on the winter tour and that leaves an opportunity open for what might come in 2014. However, to start off the new year, a massive show in Berlin rang in the 2014 with a bang and led directly into a tour of England and mainland Europe which saw TSO performing, for the first time, a more traditional rock concert, sans a rock opera centerpiece. It was on the final day of that tour that Paul and I started our quick catch-up; three hours later we concluded.

We dove head first into the variations between the first and second tours of The Lost Christmas Eve, upcoming ideas for 2014's winter tour, the New Year's Eve show in front of millions live and on TV, what happened to the missing reels of Savatage's Streets recordings, the importance of a good support team and crew, Daryl Pediford, the long-awaited Romanov project, his proudest moment with TSO, if we could ever see a live video release of Savatage, the five-year plan for TSO, what advice he received from John Lennon, and much more.

 
On the importance of putting on an amazing show:
So I explain to them that we don't have the right to take a family's money from a mother, father and two kids without giving them the very best that we can. Especially kids because they're so young. I'm sure you know that great Mark Twain quote, "I don't know why, but my father became so much smarter when I became thirty." To make kids appreciate that just because we're here doesn't mean we're entitled to keep it. I always use round numbers, I say, just pretend that we did one year exactly one million tickets and just say the show is two-and-a-half hours long and everybody lives from their doorstep to the building to their seat, forty-five minutes there and forty-five minutes back, including parking, traffic jams; which adds up to four hours, which isn't possible, but we're doing it very conservatively. So you're averaging four hours per person. We don't have the right to waste four million human hours without giving them something that is really, truly great. When you look in their eyes you can see the sparks going off. When you talk about money you get that blank look, but when you talk about four million human hours, that's a lot and it makes them appreciate
 
 
 
Wed
02
Jul

CHICAGO CELEBRATE FOURTH OF JULY WITH LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “AMERICA”

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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CHICAGO
 
TO CELEBRATE FOURTH OF JULY WITH
LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “AMERICA”
 
NEW ALBUM “NOW: CHICAGO XXXVI” OUT IN JULY
 
 
While on tour in Europe, iconic rock band CHICAGO will celebrate the Fourth of July, national US holiday with the release of a lyric video for their new song “America” this week.  Check out the clip here:  http://youtu.be/lFQgadhVxlo  Their forthcoming album NOW: CHICAGO XXXVI is set for release on July 4th in Europe and July 8 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records. 
 
After the band--founding members ROBERT LAMM (keyboard, guitars, vocals), LEE LOUGHNANE (trumpet, guitar, percussion, vocals), JAMES PANKOW (trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals), WALTER PARAZAIDER (woodwinds, backing vocals) along with JASON SCHEFF (bass, vocals), TRIS IMBODEN (drums, percussion), KEITH HOWLAND (guitars, vocals), LOU PARDINI (keyboards, vocals) and WALFREDO REYES, Jr., (percussion)--wrap up their European tour July 18, they’ll return to the U.S. for a busy summer of touring with REO Speedwagon, followed by more headlining dates of their own. 
 
LOUGHNANE says, “Hey everybody! We're touring in Europe for the next few weeks and we're going to miss being able to celebrate the 4th of July at home with our families. We hope you all enjoy the new album, NOW-Chicago XXXVl. Check out the ‘America’ video and watch for us in a town near you in August. We'll be touring with REO Speedwagon. Happy 4th!!”
 
“America,” "Now" and "Love Lives On" are available as instant grats with the iTunes pre-order (for those who don't know, this means the song will automatically download to their iTunes once they complete the pre-order purchase).
 
Featuring 11 brand-new, original songs from the group known for their groundbreaking rock-with-horns sound, “NOW” CHICAGO XXXVI was written and recorded on the road during the band’s rigorous, never-ending tour schedule, playing for fans who have supported them since they formed in 1967.
 
After Europe, they return to the U.S for a tour with R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON including an August 1 date at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, an August 9 show in Chicago as well as New York-area shows August 16 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and August 17 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY.  Tour dates can be found here: http://www.chicagotheband.com/tour.html
 
Pre-orders for “NOW” CHICAGO XXXVI are available on the band's website  here: http://chicago-now.com/ as well as via Amazon here http://smarturl.it/CGO_Amz_Preorder and iTunes: http://georiot.co/chicagonow
 
Check out the album’s EPK here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOH5g4s_V7k
 
Originally formed as the CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY in 1967, the band found almost immediate success and have become a bona fide institution of American music.  Their signature sound of solid rock songs augmented by the best horns in the business has endeared them to several generations of music fans.  Hit singles include “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Beginnings,” “I’m A Man,” “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,” “(I’ve Been) Searching So Long,” “Look Away,” “Just You And Me” and “Old Days,” among others.  The band has accumulated a total of 47 gold and platinum records awards and their Chicago Transit Authority album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.  Chicago, the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades, came in at #13 in Billboard magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, the highest-charting American band. 
 
 
Here’s the “NOW” CHICAGO XXXVI track listing:
 
--Now
--More Will Be Revealed
--America
--Crazy Happy
--Free At Last
--Love Lives On
--Something’s Coming, I Know
--Watching All The Colors
--Nice Girl
--Naked In The Garden of Allah
--Another Trippy Day
 
 
 
 
Date:                        City:                                                                        Venue:
Thur 6/26
Paris, France
Olympia
Sat 6/28
Padova, Italy
Grand Teatro Geox
Tue 7/1
Barcelona, Spain
L’Auditori
Wed 7/2
Madrid, Spain
Mad Garden Festival
Thur 7/3
Fuengirola, Spain
Sohail Castle
Sun 7/6
Bonn, Germany
Kunstrasen
Mon 7/7
Frankfurt, Germany
Jahrjunderthalle
Thu 7/10
Berlin, Germany
Admiralspalast
Fri 7/11
Leipzig, Germany
Parbuhne
Sat 7/12
Wisen, Austria
Lovely Days Festival
Mon 7/14
Munich, Germany
Tollwood
Tue 7/15
Stuttgart, Germany
Beethovensaal
Fri 7/18
Langesund, Norway
Wrightegarden
 
 
 
 
With REO SPEEDWAGON:
Thur 7/31
Concord, CA
Concord Pavilion
Fri 8/1
Los Angeles, CA
Greek Theatre
Sat 8/2
Phoenix, AZ
Comerica Theater
Mon 8/4
Denver, CO
Red Rock Amphitheatre
Thur 8/7
Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre
Fri 8/8
St. Louis, MO
Verizon Wireless Amph.
Sat 8/9
Chicago, IL
First Merit Bank Pavilion
Sun 8/10
Indianapolis, IN
Klipsch Music Center
Tue 8/12
Detroit, MI
DTE Energy Music Th.
Wed 8/13
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center
Fri 8/15
Hartford, CT
XFINITY Theatre
Sat 8/16
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun 8/17
Wantagh, NJ
Nikon @ Jones Beach
Tue 8/19
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga PAC
Wed 8/20
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Fri 8/22
Atlantic City, NJ
Borgata Events Center
Sat 8/23
Raleigh, NC
Walnut Creek Amp.
Sun 8/24
Atlanta, GA
Chastain Park Amp.
Tue 8/26
Durant, OK
Choctaw Events Center
Wed 8/27
Cedar Park, TX
Cedar Park Center
Fri 8/29
Houston, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat 8/30
Oklahoma City, OK
Downtown Airpark
Sun 8/31
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Tue 9/9
Puyallup, WA
Washington State Fair
 
Headlining dates:
 
Thur 9/11
Saratoga, CA
The Mountain Winery
Fri 9/12
San Diego, CA
Humphrey’s
Sat 9/13
Modesto, CA
Gallo Center For The Arts
Sun 9/14
Paso Robles, CA
Villa Robles Amphitheatre
 
 
 
Wed
02
Jul

PUBLISHING IN AUGUST - THE BIG BOOK OF HAIR METAL BY MARTIN POPOFF

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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PUBLISHING IN AUGUST - THE BIG BOOK OF HAIR METAL By Martin Popoff
 
 
In this ultimate guide, acclaimed heavy-metal journalist Martin Popoff examines hair metal in an all-encompassing oral history jacked up by a kaleidoscope of outrageous and previously unpublished quotes, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia. The Big Book of Hair Metal features the observations of dozens of musicians, producers, promoters, label execs, and hanger-ons in examining hair metal's rise and fall as well as all the bands that kept Aqua Net in business through the Reagan recession: Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Ratt, Warrant, Great White, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Vixen, Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses, and dozens more. In crafting a narrative of hair metal, Popoff also examines the factors that contributed to the movement's rise, the bands that inspired it (the Sweet, New York Dolls, Alice Cooper, and KISS, for a start); and the scenes that nurtured it (the Sunset Strip, anyone?). The ride finally ended circa 1991, when hair metal was replaced by grunge, but what a ride it was.
 
ISBN: 9780760345467
$30.00
224 pages, 528 color & 52 b/w photos
Hard Cover/Laminated
 

www.quartous.com
 
Tue
01
Jul

PLATENS SIGN TO MELODICROCK RECORDS FOR NEW ALBUM AUGUST 22

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Friday, August 22, 2014
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the extension of our working relationship with Violet Sun mastermind Dario Grillo with the signing to the label of his brand new album with melodic progressive rockers Platens.
Platens is a melodic rock project brainchild of Dario Grillo, the Italian multi-instrumentalist.
 
After 10 years from the Platens’ debut album, Dario is coming back with a brand new album titled “Out Of The World” and a renewed line up:  Dario Grillo – vocals, guitars, keyboards; Riccardo Barbiera – drums; Domiziano Mendolia – bass; Gabriels - Hammond & synth.
“Out Of The World” continues to showcase Dario’s impressive writing skills and knack of working melody and mood into the most complex musical arrangements.
 
The 11 track, 54 minute album features inspired vocals, top class production and mix, outstanding individual performances from all and some complex, yet easily accessible powerful hard rock music.
 
The album mixes elements of progressive and symphonic rock, AOR and  melodic rock and will be released by MelodicRock Records August 22.
 
Track listing:
01. Running
02. Time Will Tell
03. You Won’t Bring Me Down
04. Ask Yourself
05. I Still Search For You
06. Sometimes I Miss You
07. The Last Time
08. Don’t Leave Me Alone
09. Deep In My Heart
10. No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper Cover)
11. Save Me
 
Soundbytes: 
 
Full Track:
 

 
Dario was born in Palermo, Italy in 1979. He learned to play guitar at the age of 6 years studying classical guitar and music theory at "Vincenzo Bellini" conservatory in Palermo. During the high school years he formed, with his brothers Max and Alex, his first hard rock band called Dragon’s Breath. In 1997, Dario joined some great bands as Cherry Bombz, Squeezy Boyz and Empty Roads.
 
At the same time, he began to study singing, improving his skills thanks to some stages with Elizabeth Sabine [singing-master of Axl Rose, Dave Mustaine, Ron Keel etc.]. In 1998 he joined the well-known power metal band Thy Majestie as lead singer, adapting his voice to the heavier sound of the band.
The original and clear voice of Dario gave to the music of Thy Majestie a melodic feeling melted with the power of heavy metal.  After two albums ["The Lasting Power" and "Hastings 1066"] and one EP ["Echoes of War"], Dario left the band in October 2003 in order to dedicate all his energies to his new project Platens where he played all the instruments.
 
This new musical adventure saw the light of day on Frontiers Records whose president and A&R director, Serafino Perugino, heard the first demos and was enthusiast with what he heard. The debut album “Between Two Horizons” was released in 2004 and featured a driving melodic hard rock approach very close to the sound of such bands as Fair Warning, Terra Nova and Grand Illusion
Between 2005 and 2014 Dario has been very busy in his activity as producer, composer and songwriter. He worked with many Italian talented singers and musicians like Katia Miceli (X-Factor 2009 and winner of “Cantagiro 2008”, one of the most important Italian festival), Gianni Bella, Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Lorencè Brahem, Pio Fanale, Riccardo Favara and he took part to some international musical projects (Charming Grace, Caravellus).

At the same time he started the work on his new band called Violet Sun with his brother Alex on drum and the talented singer Alessandra Amata. Together they recorded and produced the debut album “Loneliness In Supremacy “was released in 2010 on Melodic Rock Records.
 

 

 
Tue
01
Jul

DREAM THEATER UNVEILS CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET; “THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1992-2011”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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DREAM THEATER UNVEILS CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET;
“THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1992-2011” COLLECTS 10 CLASSIC WORKS
FROM GRAMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED ROCK ICONS;
 
11-DISC SET INCLUDES SUCH PROGRESSIVE METAL LANDMARKS AS
1992’s RIAA GOLD-CERTIFIED DEBUT, “IMAGES AND WORDS”
AND 2009’s CHART-SMASHING “BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS”;
“THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1992-2011” ARRIVES ON JUNE 30
 
Roadrunner Records has announced the release of an epic box set from the legendary Dream Theater. “THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1992-2011” arrives in stores everywhere on June 30.
 
“THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1992-2011” collects the first 10 studio albums from Dream Theater’s groundbreaking two-decade-plus career, from 1992’s RIAA gold-certified classic debut, “IMAGES AND WORDS,” to 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated milestone, “A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS” (see attached). The 11-disc set will be available in CD with pre-orders now underway on Amazon (LINK).
 
Long renowned as one of rock’s most audacious live acts, Dream Theater is currently in the midst of their marathon “An Evening With Dream Theater – Along For The Ride World Tour,” with European headline concerts and top-billed festival appearances slated through the summer. For more, please see www.dreamtheater.net/tour.
 
With total sales exceeding 10 million albums and DVDs worldwide, Dream Theater have long stood among the upper echelon of hard rock giants. Albums such as 1992’s RIAA gold-certified classic “IMAGES & WORDS” (featuring the breakthrough top 10 single, “Pull Me Under”) and 2002’s double album, “SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE” have earned the Long Island-based 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.”
 
Dream Theater united with Roadrunner in 2007 and has since unleashed a series of remarkable albums, each work revealing stunning new musical facets and creative avenues. 2009’s “BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS” proved a major achievement, debuting at #6 on the Billboard 200 – the band’s highest album chart debut to date.
 
In 2010, Dream Theater found themselves at a career crossroads following the departure of founding drummer/co-producer Mike Portnoy. To fill his seemingly unfillable seat, the band conducted an ambitious search – a process documented in a highly viewed YouTube series – which resulted in the addition of the gifted Mike Mangini. Most significantly, the challenge spurred Dream Theater to extraordinary artistic heights with 2011’s landmark “A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS,” earning the band its first ever GRAMMY® Award nomination (in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category). Highlighted by the single, “On The Backs Of Angels,” the album proved one of the iconic band’s most successful, making top 10 chart debut in 14 countries, including our own Billboard 200. Furthermore, “A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS” was hailed for its ambition, complexity, and sheer melodic power, with Japan’s influential BURRN! naming it as the year’s “Best Album.”
 
2013’s “DREAM THEATER” – which is not included on “THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1992-2011” – made a spectacular debut upon its release, both here and around the globe. The album entered Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart at #1 while simultaneously arriving at #7 on the overall Billboard 200 – Dream Theater’s third consecutive top 10 debut. What’s more, "DREAM THEATER" reaped a second GRAMMY® nomination, with the single “The Enemy Inside” honored as “Best Metal Performance.”
 
“DREAM THEATER,” which was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing, marks a brilliant new chapter for the always-adventurous group.  Rolling Stone touted the collection as “the birth of a new era in the band’s career,” while Loudwire picked “DREAM THEATER” as one of the “10 Best Metal Albums of 2013” and Noisecreep selected the record as one of the “10 Best Vinyl Releases of 2013.”
 
Dream Theater is: John Petrucci (guitar, founding member), John Myung (bass, founding member), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards and continuum), and Mike Mangini (drums).
 
 
DREAM THEATER
“THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1992-2011”
(Roadrunner)
 
 
Disc 1: “IMAGES AND WORDS” (1992)
Disc 2: “AWAKE” (1994)
Disc 3: “FALLING INTO INFINITY” (1997)
Disc 4: “METROPOLIS PT. 2: SCENES FROM A MEMORY” (1999)
Discs 5 & 6: “SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE” (2002)
Disc 7: “TRAIN OF THOUGHT” (2003)
Disc 8: “OCTAVARIUM” (2005)
Disc 9: “SYSTEMATIC CHAOS” (2007)
Disc 10: “BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS” (2009)
Disc 11: “A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS” (2011)
 
# # #
DREAM THEATER
“AN EVENING WITH DREAM THEATER –
ALONG FOR THE RIDE TOUR”
SUMMER 2014
 
JULY
5                     Sheffield, UK              Sheffield City Hall,
6                     Hertfordshire, UK     Sonisphere @ Knebworth Park
7                     Paris, FR                     Le Olympia
10                   Vizovice, CZ                Masters of Rock
11                   Erfurt, DE                   Thuringenhalle
12                   Hamburg, DE             Stadtpark
14                   Gdynia, PO                  Gdynia Arena
15                   Berlin, DE                   Admiralspalast
16                   Tilburg, NE                 013
18                   Gelsenkirchen , DE    Amphitheater
19                   Mannheim, DE           Reitstadion at Maimarket
22                   Grugliasco , IT            Gru Village
23                   Pescara, IT                 Adriano Flacco
25                   Bratislava, SR             NTC
26                   Budapest, HU             Budapest Park
28                   Bucharest, RO            Romexpo
29                   Sofia, BU                     Festivalna Hall
31                   Istanbul, TU                KüçükÇiftlik Park
 
# # #
 

 

 
Tue
01
Jul

CLASSIC ROCK PREMIERE TIGERTAILZ 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ' VIDEO FROM KNIVES EP

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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CLASSIC ROCK PREMIERE TIGERTAILZ 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ' VIDEO FROM KNIVES EP

The Welsh glam metal titans are back with an almighty big bang in this new video showing how they can still pack a mighty punch.
http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2014-06-30/tigertailz-dish-out-a-punch-in-the-gutz Punched In The Gutz is the third video release from the much acclaimed Knives EP.
 
And for vinyl loving Maniacz everywhere - The Knives EP is now released on Vinyl via Night Of The Vinyl Dead through Nuclear Blast Records.  See here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/products/tontraeger/vinyl/lp/tigertailz-knives.html
 
The band are also well on the way with the recording of the next killer EP - Daggerz, this will be scheduled for release by Italian label Scarlet Records late 2014/early 2015. It will feature the brand new exciting Klint artwork which was designed by renowned Manga Artist Ben Krefta.
 
More exciting news for Tailz Maniacz everywhere will be the release of all unheard old Tigertailz Demos on US label FnA Records, this will be called 'Tigertailz Lost Reelz' and is due for release in September 2014.
 
The Tailz are also setting up a few select live European shows in Nov/Dec. Confirmed shows as follows:
Friday 28 November - The Globe, Cardiff - this will be a totally FREE show for all the hardcore Tailz Maniacz out there, so you'll need to be quick getting your ticket as we expect it to sell out ' more info regarding tickets on the official Tailz site and Facebook/Twitter pages as and when we know...!! Saturday 29 November ' UK TBC Friday 5 December ' Zaragoza, Spain ' Sala Utopia Saturday 6 December - Miranda de Ebro (Burgos), Spain ' Sala F'brica de Tornillos Sunday 7 December ' Madrid, Spain ' Sala We Rock
 
Tigertailz are also delighted to announce a run of shows in Australia!!  Yes, The Tailz will go 'Down Under Mate' to visit our Oz fans with a trip to singer Jules's homeland.
Shows confirmed for early 2015:

  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane

 
Ticket details to follow soon.
 
Go Bezerk Maniacz!!

http://www.tigertailz.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/TailzOfficial

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTigertailz

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Tue
01
Jul

VENICE SIDE PROJECT THE PINE MOUNTAIN LOGS ANNOUNCE LIVE DVD

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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At long last, after 25+ years as a not-so-secret side project, Venice's cover band alter egos, The Pine Mountain Logs, are proud to announce their very first release, a 142 minute concert DVD, "The Pine Mountain Logs - Live & On Fire."  Part rock & roll party and part comedy act, this is the Logs at their best, melding Venice's impressive musicianship and vocals with unpredictable medleys and mashups, spot on impersonations, and a wild "anything can happen" vibe.
 
The energy sustains throughout the almost two and a half hour show -- There isn't an acoustic guitar in sight!  The DVD was a true labor of love.  All of the footage was shot by fan volunteers, a mixture of both professional and amateur.  The video was directed and edited by Venice's webmaster and Facebook administrator (and professional Hollywood editor by day), Matt Levitz.  And the music was recorded, mixed and produced by the band's own Michael Lennon. 
 
"Live & On Fire" will be available exclusively through Venice's webpage, www.venicetheband.com.
 
Pre-orders can be made now for a late July release.  Check out this clip from the DVD.  Watch it fullscreen, switch to HD, and turn it up loud!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQtOHmzj1Kg

 
Tue
01
Jul

HIGHDOSAGE, ITALIAN GUITARIST LUCA ZAMBERLIN'S BRAND NEW INSTRUMENTAL EP

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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De Fox Records & Heart of Steel Records are proud to announce the release of HighDosage, Italian Guitarist Luca Zamberlin's brand new instrumental Ep.
HighDosage TODAY on sale worldwide on all the biggest digital markets.
The ep is also currently available in limited printed edition.    

Highdosage, produced by former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso,features some blazing-playing from legendary drummer Atma Anur, Los Angeles'guitar virtuoso
Alex Masi, keyboards'wizard Michael T.Ross (Angel, Missing Persons) plus other guests.
Out of the six tracks included there is Luca's "rockier"version of I.M.N.S.Y, a tune taken from Shaun Baxter's Jazz-Metal album , considered a milestone.
Highdosage has very little editing and basically is an old school improvised jam with today's sound quality.

Track list:
01 Led boots jam (Max Middleton)
02 Time is our enemy (Alex Masi-Luca Zamberlin)
03 White Caprice  (Luca Zamberlin)
04 BB (Martino Beria)
05 I.M.N.S.Y. (Shaun Baxter)
06 Machine gun jam (Jimi Hendrix)          

Stay tuned on
Artist site: http://lucazamberlin.nlz.it
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luca.zamberlin
Label site: http://heartofsteel.nlz.it
Press Bureau: http://dvlgator.nlz.it

 
Tue
01
Jul

NIGHT BY NIGHT DEBUT NEW VIDEO A THOUSAND LIES

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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British hard rockers NIGHT BY NIGHT, who feature Ben Christo (SISTERS OF MERCY guitarist) in their ranks,  have released the new music video, for the song 'A Thousand Lies'.  The clip is taken from the forthcoming debut album'NxN', due to release on July 11 (Europe), July 14 (UK) and July 15 (USA/Canada) via A Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records. The video can be viewed below:

Classic Rock UK magazine states: 'We recently claimed that Night By Night were spearheading the 'new wave of AOR', and we see no reason to change our opinion now. A Thousand Lies has the harmonies, and the big shiny guitars, and the chorus a postman might sing in the shower.'

'NxN' was produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Mot'rhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Sylosis) at Outhouse studios, engineered by Rob Thomas, lead vocals produced & engineered by Ben Christo & Henry Rundell and mixed by John Mitchell (Alter Bridge, Asia, Snakecharmer) at Outhouse studios.

'Night by Night are without doubt one of the best young bands out there today. Real songs with great riffs and vocal harmonies. Packing the best ot the 80's with a youthful, fresh enthusiasm.' (Rick Savage/Def Leppard)

Tracklist:

01. Time To Escape
02. Holding Onto Holding On
03. Cant Walk Away
04. Everywhere Tonight
05. Siren
06. A Thousand Lies
07. Its Not Faith
08. The Moment
09. If Only
10. Never Die Again
http://www.rockngrowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/NightbyNig

NIGHT BY NIGHT are:

Henry Rundell ' Lead Vocals (ex Voodoo Six)
Tom Daniel ' Guitars
Ben Christo ' Guitars, Vocals (Sisters Of Mercy)
Jonny Thornton ' Bass, Vocals
Damien Diablo ' Drums

Night by Night areahard rock 5-piece from London who fuse searing riffs with soaring melodies. This cutting-edge quintet combine the best of classic and contemporary rock, charged with 3-part vocal harmonies to create their own sound and the result is a debut of unparalleled strength and musical maturity, with across the board appeal.

Combine the heavyweight riffs and modern crunch of Alterbridge, add the infectious choruses and lush vocal harmonies of Def Leppard for a taste of what Night by Night are all about. The band members each come with their own musical pedigree (The Sisters of Mercy, Voodoo Six) ' and it shows.  With flawless production (by Romesh Dodangoda - Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine) and irresistible choruses, this is a rare gem of an album with ten strong songs, telling tales of hope and heartbreak.

From the beautifully addictive 'Can't Walk Away' to the hard rocking, 'Siren' and everyone's new favourite song, 'If Only' ' Night by Night are creating musical alchemy.

'If you like hard rock with intensity, melody and meaning, you will find it here.  We have real passion for what we are doing and have pushed ourselves to create the best music possible ' no disclaimers,  no excuses ' we've worked hard and we are really proud of the result''

Night by Night have toured extensively supporting the likes of Europe, Y&T, Jettblack, Heaven's Basement, Alannah Myles, Acey Slade, The Quireboys, Jayce Lewis,Warrior Soul, Dear Superstar, The Dirty Youth as well as performing storming sets at Hard Rock Hell and Download Festival.

www.nxnofficial.com
www.facebook.com/NightByNightUK

 
Tue
01
Jul

GUITAR LEGEND CARL VERHEYEN OF SUPERTRAMP RELEASES NEW CD FEAT. SIMON PHILLIPS

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Guitar Legend Carl Verheyen of Supertramp Releases New CD 'Mustang Run' Feat. Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman and Bill Evans

'Carl is known as a studio guitar player but he's much more than that. His records have the great feel of a live player. He plays with a lot of feeling' - John Fogerty

Los Angeles, CA - Much to the excitement of guitar players and Supertramp fans worldwide, guitarist Carl Verheyen has released his new CD 'Mustang Run'. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA's elite 'first call' session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene.

Says Carl about his new CD release, 'My goal was to break out of the mold of Carl Verheyen Band CDs and do a progressive instrumental album. I wanted the opportunity to weave thick textures of sound using dozens of instruments and tones. My motivation was the sheer joy of hearing those sounds in the air!'

'We've been friends for many years and Carl has always amazed me with his versatility and technique. He's a fine player.' - Albert Lee

Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres. Carl's musical influences are just as diverse and range from George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Alvin Lee, Leslie West to Miles Davis, John Mclaughlin, Steve Morse, Chet Atkins and Andy Summers, among others.

'Every time I start to feel good about my playing and general overall knowledge of the guitar, I will get together with Carl and see truly how far I have to go. I am proud to call him my friend. A master of the guitar and a hellava nice guy to boot.' - Joe Bonamassa

'Mustang Run' features performances by some extraordinary musicians, which includes Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman, Bill Evans, Jimmy Johnson, Stuart Hamm, and Gregg Bissonette. In regards to the assortment of legendary music artists that grace his new release, Carl explains, 'My previous CD called 'Trading 8s' was a collaboration with some of my guitar player friends. I had Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Morse, Scott Henderson, Albert Lee and Rick Vito trading solos with me. On 'Mustang Run' I wanted that inspiration to come from the rhythm section, so I called different bass players and drummers to suit the songs. I love to play with musicians that I have a deep musical relationship with, because the studio scene in LA breeds hundreds of 'casual' musical relationships. The great players on 'Mustang Run' are all friends that I've known and performed with for years.'

'Carl Verheyen is a REAL guitar player!' - Robben Ford

A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists' CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who's who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, 'Turn It UP!'

'Carl is a true pro and a great player/musician. He can do anything, and as one who is supposed to do this, me (ha-ha), Carl comes through with heart and soul and is really not only an awesome musician but a really good guy. That counts ALOT in this biz, especially these days.' - Steve Lukather

On the educational front, Carl has produced two instructional videos called 'Intervallic Rock Guitar' and 'Forward Motion' as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique 'intervallic' style called 'Improvising Without Scales'. Another book entitled 'Studio City' is a compilation of all the columns Carl wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy's #1 guitar publication as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player, contributes to other guitar publications, and blogs regularly for GuitarPlayer.com and his own site. Carl also lectures and teaches at clinics and master classes regularly when not on the road.

'Carl is so overwhelming to sit in a room and jam with, let alone his playing on records and stage. You get the impression there is no style or territory he is unable to explore.' - Brad Paisley

Carl recently co-designed a signature guitar with LsL Instruments, the 'CV Special,' combining the best elements Carl seeks in his ideal guitar; they are now available for purchase worldwide. As if that weren't enough, working closely with Dean Markley, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster, the Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix HD string set .

'Carl is one of those experienced, great players that you could put in any situation and get a wonderful guitar solo. I personally love the fact that he enjoys what he does and radiates positive energy whenever I have seen him.' - Steve Morse

In support of Carl's new CD release, he will be touring Europe in the fall 2014. His band will feature bass virtuoso Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ritchie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Berlin), who is featured on 'Mustang Run', and master drummer/percussionist John Mader (Joe Satriani, Booker T, Electronic Arts' 'The Sims', Tony award winners 'Rent', 'Lion King' and 'Wicked').

In closing Carl has this to impart, 'Before I made 'Mustang Run' I pulled out about 10 CDs that I seem to listen to all the time. None of them were 'shredders' or heavy bombastic music, but none of them were 'easy listening' either. I realized they all had melodic qualities that made them endure the test of time. So my main goal: make a record the bears repeated listening. If you discover new things with each play I've done my job!'

For more info: http://www.carlverheyen.com
http://www.carlverheyen.com/store-cds/

'Mustang Run' CD preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFYlBizHAyc

'Fusioneers Disease' from the 'Mustang Run' CD, with Simon Phillips (Toto, Who, Protocol II), Cliff Hugo (Supertramp, Ray Charles) and Jim Cox (Albert Lee, Streisand, Ringo, Aerosmith, Knopfler):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwxM_aFNXso

'Spirit of Julia' from the 'Mustang Run' CD (same musicians):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlf1Cu2XS3I

Take One Step: Appreciating Carl and CVB live!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtQapyal-js

 
Mon
30
Jun

NEAL SCHON - SO U EPK

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Monday, June 30, 2014
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Neal Schon
So U EPK
(Official / New Album / 2014 / Feat. M. Mendoza, D. Castronovo)

 

 
Order 'SO U' NOW
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/NS_Amz
iTunes: http://georiot.co/NealSchonSoU (includes instant grat tracks)

 

Taken from the Frontiers Records release SO U.

 
Guitar legend Neal Schon has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U.  The new album features Schon, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee's songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.
 
Neal Schon commented, "This is a great new record that features all three of us -- Deen, Marco and myself -- sharing lead vocals.  Enjoy!"
 
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schon has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n' roll's top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time.  Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana.  Schon moved on in 1973 to form Journey.  With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013.   As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schon continues with the band today in its latest incarnation. 
 
In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schon has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. 
 
His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring "THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schon still has it going on -- and then some...The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious." 
 
In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition "Neal Schon Signature Model Custom Les Paul" guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
 
Musicians
Neal Schon: guitars, lead vocals
Marco Mendoza: bass guitar lead vocals
Deen Castronovo: drums, lead vocals

 

 
Mon
30
Jun

SWEDISH MELODIC ROCKERS OSUKARU RETURN WITH THEIR NEW MINI-ALBUM "TRANSITION"

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Monday, June 30, 2014
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Swedish melodic rockers OSUKARU return to their melodic hard-hitting AOR stamp with their new mini-album "Transition", which makes it their 5th official release to date. The album was mixed and mastered by Attila Bokor (Morph, BOA) and Kevin McNoldy (Dave Matthews Band, Backstreet Boys) who together brought out the biggest production yet on an OSUKARU record.
 
As with all the other OSUKARU releases, the artwork for "Transition" was created by guitarist and founder Oz Osukaru, this time having band partner and vocalist Cecilia Camuii modeling on the cover.
 
"It just felt like a natural progression to instead of hiring yet another model, I'd use our very own" Oz says. "Cecilia have done a lot of modeling in the last couple of years and during the production of our last album 'Triumphant', she expressed an interest in taking over the blindfold for the follow-up release. This time however we took it a bit further by creating an original story arc spread out throughout the booklet as well as for the first time actually include a song about the character."
 
OSUKARU are: Oz Osukaru (guitars, keyboards), Cecilia Camuii (lead vocals), Fredrik Werner (lead vocals, guitars) and new member Vidar Mårtensson (also in Siphon Fuel) on drums. On "Transition" they are joined by Jens Björk (saxophone), Fredrik Svensson (bass) and long time member Ryan Coyle (drums).
 
More information as well as tracklist and guest musicians will follow shortly.
 
"Transition" will hit the streets this fall via City of Lights Records / Membran Entertainment Group (CD version) and Simply Boundless Records (digital download). Both versions will include one exclusive bonus track each.
Fore more information, visit OSUKARU on Facebook at www.facebook.com/osukarumusic, City of Lights Records at www.rockitup.org or Simply Boundless Records at www.simplyboundless.com
 
 
OSUKARU “Transition” – Tracklist:
  1. Arrows
  2. Strangled Emotions
  3. Edge Of A Broken Heart
  4. Play
  5. Blinded Eyes
  6. FM Rocks 98.5 [Redux]
  7. Tell Me You’ll Stay – 2014
  8. Out Of Touch – 2014
  9. Mafia Rules – 2014
  10. Promised Land – 2014
  11. City Lights – acoustic (Bonus Track)
 
OSUKARU – Line Up:
  • Oz Osukaru – Guitars, Keyboards
  • Fredrik Werner – Vocals,  Guitars
  • Cecilia Camuii – Vocals
  • Vidar Mårtensson – Drums
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  • Jens Björk – Saxophone
  • Fredrik Svensson – Bass
  • Ryan Coyle – Drums
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Sat
28
Jun

R.I.P CHRISTIAN WOLFF (MECCA/ROB MORATTI/OVERLAND)

Saturday, June 28, 2014
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I'm shocked and deeply saddened to hear tonight of the passing of Swedish guitarist Christian Wolff. He was an inspiring musician and another great guy that I had the fortune of meeting and working with thanks to running MelodicRock.com.

I'm forever grateful for having known him and I pay my respects to his family and close friends.

A truly great loss to the MR community. May his rest in peace.

 
Sat
28
Jun

WELCOME TO MELODICROCK.COM 2014 (UPDATED)

Monday, June 16, 2014
Categories: 
UPDATED:
 
I’d like to thank the majority for their vocal support for the major changes that have been undertaken here.
I’ve only heard of one “Melodicrock sucks now” thread on a message board someplace, perhaps there will be more!
 
But no matter what – there’s no going back. The old site was easy to read news in one place, but it has zero functionality. No search function, no search engine optimization, no social media interaction, no individual URLs. It really was a very very basic site.
The 2014 site has all of the above and more and I’ve already seen a good uptick in social media shares and follows.
 
I can understand some not liking change and not liking the fact you have to click on headlines to see news. I hope those people come around.
What I don’t and can’t understand is several that have said they cannot navigate around the site.
 
I really just don’t see why – if you don’t want to read the headlines on the frontpage – then click on the MENU links (pictured below) and see the ENTIRE list of added news/reviews/showcases etc…. all in one place, just like it was on the old site!
Please feel free to send in any questions, but do take some time to get to know the workings and layout of the site before you fire off a pissed off email.
 
Thanks,
Andrew.

 

 
 
Hi folks,
Welcome to MelodicRock 2014 – a website that is finally compliant with all the latest SEO and Social Media demands of the Internet in 2014 and beyond.
 
A few points to make!
 
- First of all – there is still work to be done here and there, little tweaks that many won’t notice and as the site is opened to a full audience, there might be a few other little issues that come to light. By all means, if you have a question or an issue to point out, please do so!
 
- The site is fully compliant with mobile devices and tablets and will automatically adjust to whatever platform being used at the time. However, there is some tweaking still needing to be done on the mobile platform, so watch for improvements there.
 
- At this point in time, there is both a sign in and register option for comments as well as full Facebook comment integration. If I find the two conflict with each other, I may be forced to choose one method over the other.
 
- Please feel free to comment anywhere on the site on any topic or post and please also share those articles you wish to do via the tool provided! Spreading the word helps the artist and the site.
 
- There are a few graphics below to help show a few of the site’s new features. If ever in doubt when looking for anything, use the search function or the main MENU links along the top of the site. On display within the frontpage are all the latest articles/posts, but using the MENU will uncover many MANY more topics/posts/reviews – listed in order of post date.
 
- There is a LOT more content to be added to the site. Over the weeks and months ahead I will start bringing in ALL old Reviews and Interviews from the Old Site – which is still linked from the frontpage (along with both message board systems and MRX etc…)
 
- The site has a mega-accurate search engine and full cataloguing capability, so once I get the chance to add more of the old content and interviews and reviews, you'll be able to search and find anything and everything that I've done over the past 16 years.
 
Thanks a million for your support and patience and I sincerely hope the wait will be worth it. Go check it out and can't wait to hear your feedback. Add it into the comments below!
 
PS. The site will always be evolving....plenty more to come...
 
Best Regards,
Andrew.
 
 
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Fri
27
Jun

STAN BUSH INDUCTED INTO THE TRANSFORMERS HALL OF FAME

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Friday, June 27, 2014
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Stan Bush has been in the news these past few weeks with his induction into the Transformers Hall Of Fame and also having the history of his classic The Touch featured in an article at Vulture.com.
 
Check it out at:
 
 
 
Fri
27
Jun

DANGER DANGER RE-ISSUES IN BLUE-SPEC DUE IN JAPAN SEPT 3

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Danger Danger are the subject of a BLU-SPEC CD 2 re-issue campaign in Japan September 3.
The band's first two albums are being re-released as remasters on the Blue-Spec CD format (compatible with all CD players).
 
"Danger Danger" adds the bonus tracks Bang Bang (Live), Naughty Naughty (Live), Rock 'N' Roll Hoochie Koo (Live) [All Live At Bangles, Denver, Colorado and L'Anour, Blooklyn as released back inthe day in Japan on the Rock America EP]<br>
"Screw It" will feature the bonus tracks Groove or Die (Live)(CDSingle Monkey Business B Side) and Boys Will Be Boys (Live)(CD Single I Still Think About You B side)<br>
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Pre-order with confidence from CD Japan.

 

Foreign Music CDJapan
 
 
Thu
26
Jun

RED DRAGON CARTEL: LIMITED 12" RED VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

Friday, August 29, 2014
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RED DRAGON CARTEL: LIMITED 12" RED VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED

Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" red vinyl edition of the self-titled debut album from RED DRAGON CARTEL. A deal was inked with Frontiers Records, and the release dates are set to August 29thth for Europe and September 30th for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics.

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

Track listing:

Side A
01. Deceived
02. Shout It Out
03. Feeder
04. Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
05. Wasted

Side B
01. Slave
02. Big Mouth
03. War Machine
04. Redeem Me
05. Exquisite Tenderness

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

 
Thu
26
Jun

FORMER WIGWAM FRONTMAN AGE STEN NILSEN'S NEW BAND AMMUNITION RELEASE FIRST SONG

Artist: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Former Wigwam frontman Age Sten Nilsen's new band AMMUNITION release first song from forthcoming album

 

The very first taste of Åge Sten Nilsen's new band AMMUNITION will be released digitally world wide on Friday 27th of June.
 
The album track "Tie Me Down" is taken from AMMUNITION's forthcoming album "SHANGHAIED" and is written by Åge Sten Nilsen, Erik Mårtensson and Johann Becker. "Tie Me Down" will also be included in the german rock magazine Legacy Magazine's cd-sampler on the same day.
 
On Thursday 26th of June AMMUNITION's official facebook pages will exclusively give the followers a pre-listen to "Tie Me Down" and reveal the "SHANGHAIED" album cover, made by the swedish artist Anders Fästader.
 
Join the AMMUNITION OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGES
 
Ammunition is:
 
Åge Sten Nilsen - vocals (Wigwam / NORDIC BEAST)
 Hal Patino - bass (KING DIAMOND/PRETTY MAIDS/Nordic Beast)
 Robban Bäck - drums (SABATON/Eclipse)
 Erik Mårtensson - guitars (W.E.T / Eclipse)
 Lasse Finbråthen - keyboards (Wigwam / CIRCUS MAXIMUS)
 Jon Pettersen - guitars (Åge's Queen show/BAD HABITS)
 
 
 
 
Thu
26
Jun

FAITHSEDGE RETURN THIS FALL WITH THE ANSWER OF INSANITY

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Monday, September 1, 2014
Categories: 
Faithsedge return this fall with The Answer Of Insanity on Scarlet Records. Featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter /Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline),The Answer Of Insanity is simply a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business.
 
Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album will be available starting from September 1st in Europe and September 2nd in the rest of the world.
 
The Answer Of Insanity tracklisting:
 
“Now I Know The Truth”
“Revolve My World”
“The Way I Have To Let You Go”
“Are We Gonna Stand?”
“Comes Crashing Down”
“Saving Anything”
“Pray For This”
“Until Your Home”
“When I Lost You”
“Destroy You”
 
Single “Comes Crashing Down”:
 

 
 
 
For more info visit FaithsedgeMusic.com.
 
Thu
26
Jun

SAGA TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM SAGACITY IN NORTH AMERICA ON JULY 22

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Categories: 
 
 
TO RELEASE THEIR BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM SAGACITY IN NORTH AMERICA ON JULY 22, 2014 ON earMUSIC / EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT
 
 
 
New York, NY (June 25, 2014) –SAGA’s new album Sagacity will be released as a 2CD set and on digital formats on July 22, 2014 in North America, via earMusic / Eagle Rock Entertainment. The Canadian progressive rockers manage to keep their characteristic sound alive while adding a modern touch to their music.
 
Or as Michael Sadler puts it:
"For me this album marks a return to many of the signature elements that put Saga on the map at the onset of the band’s career, while maintaining a firm grip on the here and now. The balance between past, present and future is the key and I think that’s what we’ve managed to achieve. Quite simply, this is SAGA…2014!"
 
He certainly got it right. Sagacity has the striking guitar riffs, which go hand-in-hand with the extensive keyboard arrangement, along with Michael Sadler’s characteristic voice. SAGA welcomes you with an enjoyable familiarity and an album full of 12 progressive rock anthems.
 
Sagacity – the English expression which stands for wisdom and cleverness – pun intended – has always been a huge part of the band’s philosophy. SAGA has gotten wiser over the years, which shows in their thoughtful, multileveled lyrics, and their creative, inventive musical arrangements. Their richness of ideas reflects on the typical but always fresh keyboard sounds as well as their melodies. To top it off, there is Michael Sadler’s distinctive voice, which molds the sound of SAGA.
 
Sagacity has it all – and more.
 
The 2CD includes a bonus CD, Saga Hits, including nine live recordings from an energetic performance at the SWR1 Rockarena festival in 2013. Ranging from one classic like “The Cross” to “On The Loose, the bonus CD surely captures the incredible live atmosphere of that night.
 
Coinciding with the album release, SAGA will tour all over Europe on a double headliner tour with Magnum.
There is just one thing left to say: welcome to SAGA 2014!
 
For a sneak peak at SAGA’S Sagacity, click here to check out a band interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwOl1RNi5Y4
 
Click here to listen to “Let It Slide” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxCitUgzn9Y
 
 
SAGA is:
Michael Sadler – vocals
Ian Crichton – lead guitar
Jim Crichton – bass, keyboards
Jim Gilmour – keyboards, vocals, clarinet
Mike Thorne – drums, vocals
 
For more information on Saga, please visit: www.sagaontour.ca 
 
Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
 
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TRACK LISTING
CD1:
•   Let It Slide
•   Vital Signs
•   It Doesn’t Matter (Who You Are)
•   Go With The Flow
•   Press 9
•   Wake Up
•   Don’t Forget To Breathe
•   The Further You Go
•   On My Way
•    No Two Sides
•    Luck
•    I’ll Be
 
CD2:
•   Careful Where You Sleep
•   Mouse In A Maze
•   You’re Not Alone
•   The Cross
•   Scratching The Surface
•   Humble Stance
•   On The Loose
•   Wind Him Up
•   Don’t Be Late

 

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Wed
25
Jun

LET IT ROCK – THE MAKING OF BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Categories: 
LET IT ROCK – THE MAKING OF BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET
 
BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY SOUNDCHECK BOOKS
UK RELEASE DATE: MAY 27, 2014
PUBLISHED IN THE USA: JUNE 15, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9571442-8-6
 
28 Million People Can’t Be Wrong
 
1986’s Slippery When Wet not only put Bon Jovi at the top of the rock tree, it went on to become one of the biggest selling albums ever, spending eight straight weeks at the top of the Billboard chart and going 12 x Platinum in the States, as well as No.1 in the UK.
Although some people won’t admit to liking the album, most of us have a copy somewhere and classics such as ‘Living On A Prayer’ and ‘Let It Rock’ are guaranteed to get folks singing.
 
Top rock writer, Neil Daniels, looks at not only how and why the album was made, but what preceded Slippery When Wet; what went after; a song-by-song analysis;  the Slippery When Wet tour (complete with tour dates) and more. He canvasses opinions from musicians who know the band, such as Dokken, Joe Lynn Turner and Jonathan Valen, plus top rock writers, such as Steve Rosen, Jason Ritchie and the Bailey Brothers, who all share their views.
 
Ex-Kerrang! writer Paul Suter provides a foreword, and ex-Gentle Giant frontman Derek Shulman, who signed the band to Polygram Records when he was senior vice-president of A&R there, writes the afterword. This is all topped off by some rare photos of the band at work and play.
 
Bon Jovi polarize opinion, but the band and album have an army of fans from mum’s and dad’s to followers of melodic rock and more, who will love this celebratory book.
 
Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. Visit www.neildanielsbooks.com
 
For information on how to buy this book go to www.neildanielsbooks.com

 

 
Tue
24
Jun

WE ARE ONE MUSIC COLLABORATION TO COMBAT EXTREME POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS WITHIN OUR CITIES

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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WE ARE ONE is a music collaboration initiative created to combat extreme poverty and homelessness within our cities.

During the last 9 months we have been building the foundations of an international charitable movement comprised of music and media professionals from different countries, all of us people who want to make a difference within our respective cities and raise public awareness on the crucial social matters of homelessness and extreme poverty. Some renowned rock artists have already joined our ranks, but we have extensive participation by upcoming artists and bands as well. We are injecting a lot of young blood into this, including and showcasing some fantastic upcoming talent.

 

WE ARE ONE is not a "regular" charity; it introduces a very different approach when compared to traditional charitable endeavours, both in concept and overall implementation.

Our effort is specifically designed to help and to provide support for small extreme poverty charities in different regions. Instead of spending a fortune of proceeds into building and maintaining our own glossy infrastructure from scratch (like most large charities do nowadays), we will be utilizing the existing small local infrastructures that are there within every large city. There are many selfless people out there, tireless dedicated volunteers who run homeless shelters and soup kitchens. These experienced people do some fantastic work with minimal help and resources, and without ever seeing a penny coming their way from the state or from big charitable organizations. We don't aim to replace those people, or their tried and tested local infrastructures. We want to support their valiant efforts and also to maintain their existing setup and to build upon it, so more aid can reach more vulnerable people faster.

 

Our forthcoming collaboration releases are just the high-profile means for a much more long-term localized charitable endeavour.

The real work on the streets will be achieved through our unique WR1 Live! framework concept. Instead of creating very occasional and very expensive events - like many large charities do these days - we are building a unified framework of smaller but more frequent interconnected live events, happening in different cities as our international network expands. Essentially we are devising an unprecedented international "charitable franchise", for lack of a better term.

WR1 Live! is all about a global concept, but with localized, cost-effective, self-reliant implementation. Our WR1 Live! events will always be tapping on local manpower and resources, showcasing some fantastic local upcoming talent, while feeding and providing shelter for some very vulnerable local people with the proceeds. We also want to entice more people to support their own local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks, and music is our way of achieving this goal.

 

We believe that it is time to start making a noticeable difference. We simply cannot carry on ignoring this massive global problem, this invisible beast that devours our humanity.

It’s time to start merging our individual networks and start delivering some real help fast, to those invisible members of our societies who need it the most. Charity should start at home; we need to clean up our own homes first, before concentrating on faraway causes. We must incite people to wake up from their collective narcosis, a narcosis induced by constant financial hardships. Nobody was born indifferent; everybody cared at some point and it’s only the daily battle for survival that stops most people from expressing their humanity. It just requires the right kind of stimuli in order to bring it out to the front again. Our humanity is still there, buried under a mountain of everyday madness, beaten up, maybe broken, but most definitely not gone.

 

This task would have been almost impossible even as far back as 6 or 7 years ago; but we are all connected now thanks to the advent of social networking, so this thing is much easier to setup than it seems.

We must never forget that everything always starts with a single unifying concept, a single idea that may even seem unfeasible at first. Nothing that is even remotely possible is ever unfeasible when ENOUGH of us believe in it, when MANY of us support it, when ALL of us join forces and work towards its successful conclusion, bypassing petty divisions and focusing purely on the important, unifying task at hand. The time to act is right now. Future generations will judge us very harshly if we just continue to care only about ourselves and do nothing to help those human ghosts, the real “walking dead” who drag tired feet among us, within our own cities, sometimes even within our very neighbourhoods. We must never forget that with each one of our actions - or inactions - we are essentially determining our own future legacies. The real battle will be fought into the hearts and minds of the people, and that’s where our combined contribution will be absolutely crucial and invaluable. This is our vision and we can make it a reality, together.

 

Thank you for reading this! A very special thanks goes out to all the people who have understood and supported this unique charitable concept from the very beginning; this includes the fantastic people at MelodicRock.com for their invaluable support.

Our dedicated website is still under construction and will launch when the music is ready for release. Until then please visit our Facebook page, LIKE and SHARE, spread the word! Everyone can help, even with just a simple like and share, or by inviting friends to our page. Together, we can achieve so much more!

 

https://www.facebook.com/WE.ARE.ONE.MCI.OFFICIAL

 

WE ARE ONE... Your Music. Your Passion. Our Strength. We'll Sleep when we're Dead... ...'till then we'll RUN!

COMING SOON: Our initial collaboration releases will follow the Seeds of Dissension theme.

This is a protest concept against corruption and the invisible forces in our societies whose hunger for status and power has reduced our world to its current state. At this point we are still finalizing the list of renowned participants for the first version of Seeds, the music is still being mixed. WE ARE ONE and Seeds artwork by Pete Alander: http://bandmill.net

 

 
Tue
24
Jun

FORMER SUPERTRAMP MEMBER MARTY WALSH RELEASES NEW CD FEATURING MEMBERS OF YES, RUFUS

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Guitar Virtuoso and Former Supertramp Member Marty Walsh Releases New CD Featuring Guest Appearances By Members of YES, Rufus and a Host of LA Studio Legends

Boston, MA / Much to the excitement of guitar aficionados across the globe, celebrated guitarist Marty Walsh released his eagerly awaited debut instrumental solo album 'The Total Plan' on June 16th 2014! Making the release even more thrilling is the array of guest artists appearing on the release - Billy Sherwood (YES/CIRCA:), John 'JR' Robinson (Rufus, Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield/Steve Winwood) and a multitude of LA Studio Legends.

Says Marty, 'Everyone on the album are musicians that I have close personal and working relationships with. Billy and I did an album that was released in 1996 under the band name The Key. People like John Robinson, Abe Laboriel, Michael Ruff and everyone else on the album I have worked with for years. When I came up with this idea I asked all of these wonderful musicians if they would play on one track for me. Graciously they all accepted.'

Marty Walsh is an assistant professor in the Ensemble and Music Production departments at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. A veteran of the LA studio music scene, he has worked as a guitarist with some of the biggest names in the business. The early 1980s found him on the hits '9 to 5' by Dolly Parton, 'She Works Hard For The Money' by Donna Summer, and 'Heartlight' by Neil Diamond, to name a few. He also recorded with John Denver, Eddie Money, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, and Julio Iglesias, among others. In 1985, Marty played guitar on the Supertramp album 'Brother Where You Bound' and then toured with the band in 1985-86 and again in 1988 after playing on their 1988 release 'Free As A Bird'. Continuing to do recording sessions into the 1990s, he also was a part of the live band on the Nickelodeon Television show 'Roundhouse' which was critically acclaimed and ran from 1992 through 1994. In the late 90's Marty played guitar on numerous Curb Records releases including three of Leann Rimes' albums, 'Sittin On Top Of The World', 'Leann Rimes' and 'I Need You', whose title track set the record for weeks (54) in the top 40.

Most recently, he can be heard on the Freddie Jackson single 'Until The End Of Time', which reached the number 1 spot on Billboard's R&B charts and stayed on the charts for 26 weeks. And now much to the anticipation of guitarists and musicians everywhere, Marty is releasing his first (instrumental) solo album 'The Total Plan'!

Says Marty, 'Being an instrumental album it is simply about the music. There are a few things conceptually that I was trying to achieve with this recording though. The first being the fact that I wanted to make an album of music that I felt would appeal to the masses. The album is not a Jazz album necessarily, it's really more of a pop record. While there are improvised solos, the focus of the record is much more about the melodies and arrangements of the songs, which hopefully are memorable. The second thing that I wanted to achieve was making a record with many of the people that I've worked with over the years. I literally enlisted musicians for this project that I had worked with closely going way back to when I first started touring and doing recording sessions, and then also tapped into some of the faculty and also young musicians that I have worked closely with at the Berklee college of music. There are ten songs on the album and each song has different groupings of personnel. I also feel that stylistically the album is quite diverse, which actually came about from tapping into all of these various musicians who brought their own identity to the project.'

Marty's new album showcases a variety of styles, which is a reflection of his vast musical influences. He explains, 'While I am primarily a guitarist, and my guitar playing is the focus of the record, I don't feel like my approach to the instrument is like a lot of other guitarists. As a young musician growing up, of course I was influenced by people like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, but then growing up in Los Angeles, guys like Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, and all of the other LA studio guitar players that I had so much respect for certainly were extremely influential in my development. But even more influential than all of the great guitar players are a host of other musicians. I have always had the tendency not to focus on guitar players and their approach to the instrument. Music that has influenced me over the years has tended to be from piano players, songwriters, people that compose memorable music and also many of the great producer/arrangers that I have worked with. Guys like Michael Omartian, the late Michel Columbier, and the late Tom Dowd. I had the good fortune to actually work with these people closely in the recording environment and learned so much about composing and arranging. That's the kind of thing that I feel is really so important in moving people emotionally with music. Hopefully that's what this album will do, move people emotionally.'

'Marty Walsh has made a fine album, featuring some red-hot musicians beside his heartfelt guitar playing ' the sounds he wrings from his guitars are strong, melodic and exciting.' - John Anthony Helliwell (Supertramp)

'Marty Walsh is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. I had the pleasure making a record with him called 'The World Is Watching' (the band was called The Key). We met in 1986 when he was on tour playing guitar with Supertramp for their 'Brother Where You Bound' record. My band Lodgic opened for them and so we hung out backstage and became fast friends and have been ever since. I'm very happy to see Marty going for it with his new record and was honored he asked me to be a part of it too!' - Billy Sherwood (YES/CIRCA:)

'Marty Walsh is one of the most soulful musicians I have known. His musicality shines through any band he has ever been in. This new solo CD reflects his funk, soul and rock roots. It's a must have for all.' - John 'JR' Robinson (Rufus/Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood/Mike Oldfield)

'I have been good friends with the near legendary Marty Walsh since our Glendale/Burbank, California days. He was always known as the 'Boy Wonder' on the guitar back then. And still is today. If you're ever stuck for the next part of your song... don't worry, Marty's got it covered.' - Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy / Black Star Riders)

'Over the years I have had the good fortune to work with some of the greatest guitar players in the world. It runs the gamut. Rock, Funk, Jazz, Pop. There are a handful that can shred in all these fields. Marty is one of them! On 'The Total Plan' Marty went to 'The Shed', with a few friends, and came out with a real gem. It rocks, it inspires, it grooves, and Now is the Time, to check it out!' - Tommy Vicari (Grammy award winning engineer and producer)

In support of his new CD release Marty has been working with a videographer, trying to determine which songs would be good choices for music videos and how to approach that. He is also currently working on putting together the personnel for a live band. Although, since the record has so many different people on it, putting a band together that can play all of his music live is a bit of a challenge. The good news is that being in Boston and teaching at Berklee, Marty has access to some unbelievable young talented musicians that will most likely be the members of this group. Also his son Ian played some keyboards on the record, and wrote a few of the pieces with Marty, so he is kind of a cornerstone to the live band.

In conclusion, Marty has this to relay to his fans and listeners, 'Just sit back, relax and enjoy......put this album on when you have people over. I do feel that it is the kind of record that you can put a set of headphones on and listen intently to, as I feel that it has a real 'flow' to it in terms of taking you on a bit of a journey from song to song. But it's also one that you can put on in the background and just let it be a 'feel good' record. Hopefully if people put this album on for friends in the background over casual conversation the question will be 'What is this music that's playing?' and then 'Where can I get it?''

To purchase: Marty Walsh's 'The Total Plan' go to:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/martywalsh

For more information: www.martywalsh.com

 
Tue
24
Jun

HALCYON WAY CONFIRM RELEASE DATE, REVEAL ARTWORK AND TRACK LISTING FOR CONQUER

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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HALCYON WAY Confirm Release Date, Reveal Artwork and Track Listing for Conquer
  Conquer Available August 19th in North America on Nightmare Records
And August 23rd in Europe via Massacre Records
 
Award Winning Atlanta, Georgia Progressive Metallers HALCYON WAY have confirmed an August 19 North American release date and an August 23 European release date for their new album Conquer.  The album will be released on Nightmare Records in North America and via Massacre Records in Europe.  The artwork and track listing for Conquer have now been unveiled.
 
Singer Steve Braun commented on the new album: 
"We are super stoked about how this entire album has come out, from music down to the artwork.  Once again our good friend Travis Smith has taken our basic artwork concept and made it into a masterpiece. The artwork visually shows the struggles we as a band have faced and how it could have destroyed us, yet at the same time shows how we've emerged from the rubble as a solid unit ready to conquer ANY obstacle in our way.  For us we raised the bar with Building the Towers back in 2010, and with the new album Conquer we've surpassed our wildest dreams."
 
A video for the song "Web of Lies" from the new album can be viewed HERE.
 
HALCYON WAY was founded in 2001 and released its successful debut album "A Manifesto For Domination" in 2008 (via Nightmare Records).
 
HALCYON WAY's sound cannot be neatly slotted into any sub-category of metal; but it can be described as heavy, catchy, technical, and above all, focused on mature song craft.  The band draws influences & inspiration from many metal bands from Megadeth to Dream Theater, Testament or Chimaira.  The focus of the songwriting is on catchy hooks, vocal harmonies à la King's X or Stryper, and on heavy, technical, but ultimately accessible instrumentation.
 
Conquer Track Listing:
1. Conquer
2. Web Of Lies
3. Conceived In Torment
4. Home
5. World Comes Undone
6. Militant
7. Hatred Is My Cause
8. The Poisoned Apple
9. Save Your Tears
10. Every Second Counts (USA Bonus Track)
11. King Of Ruin
12. Eviscerate The Morning Sun
 
HALCYON WAY:
http://www.halcyonway.com (Official Website)
 

 

 
Tue
24
Jun

RIVAL SONS FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM, GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE CHARTS IN 11 MAJOR COUNTRIES

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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RIVAL SONS fourth studio album, GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE has charted in 11 major countries around the world. The Long Beach Blues-influenced Rock N Rollers latest release was met with critical acclaim and described as 'densely packed with sheer greatness' by Classic Rock Magazine in their perfect 10/10 review. Earache Records and RIVAL SONS would like to thank the fans around the globe for the fantastic support... proving that Rock N Roll ain't dead!

Bassist DAVE BESTE said: "We couldn't be more thrilled about our great position in the charts. It means people are buying and enjoying Great Western Valkyrie and that means the world to us."

Official Album Chart Positions:

UK: #14
USA: #125
AUSTRIA: #41
CANADA: #7
FINLAND: #3
FRANCE: #47
GERMANY: #24
NETHERLANDS: #55
NORWAY: #5
SWEDEN: #10
SWITZERLAND: #12

Great Western Valkyrie (2014) chart positions in full: http://www.earache.com/gwvcharts.html

Catch RIVAL SONS on tour around the world on the following dates:

Rival Sons Live 2014:

Jun. 20 - Sparta, IL - Copperhead Music Festival
Jun. 21 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
Jun. 24 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Jun. 25 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Jun. 27 - Saint-Ephrem, QC - Woodstock en Beauce
Jun. 28 - Kingston, ON - Ale House
Jun. 29 - Hagersville, ON - Lachie Festival
Jul. 02 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
Jul. 03 - Toronto, ON - Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Jul. 04 - Barrie, ON - Ranch Concert Hall (w/ THE TEA PARTY)
Jul. 05 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Blues Festival
Jul. 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
Jul. 09 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Jul. 11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Jul. 12 - Telluride, CO - The Ride Festival
Jul. 31 - Notodden, Norway - Notodden Blues Festival
Aug. 01 - Andalsnes, Norway - Raumarock Festival
Aug. 02 - Ostersund, Sweden - Storsjoyran Festival
Aug. 07 - Skanderborg, Denmark - Smukfest
Aug. 09 - Limpopo, South Africa - Oppikopi Festival
Dec. 08 - Portsmouth, UK - Pyramid Centre
Dec. 09 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Dec. 10 - London, UK - The Forum
Dec. 11 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Dec. 13 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
Dec. 14 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Dec. 15 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Dec. 16 - Norwich, UK - UEA

Get Great Western Valkyrie now:
www.earache.com/rs14

Watch RIVAL SONS' new music video for the single "Open My Eyes" at http://youtu.be/umrIUDOo-aM
 
Get more RIVAL SONS news and info:
 
Official site - http://www.rivalsons.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/rivalsons
Twitter - http://twitter.com/rivalsons
  

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