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Mon
04
Aug

REO SPEEDWAGON Fall Short at Los Angeles Concert

Monday, August 4, 2014
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REO SPEEDWAGON FALL SHORT IN LOS ANGELES CONCERT

By Gerry Gittelson

Melodicrock.com Los Angeles correspondent

LOS ANGELES - In the context of all rock performances, REO Speedwagon proved relatively entertaining with an hour-long concert set Friday, Aug. 1 at the famed Greek Theatre. Yet based on the American group's own standards through decades of successful arena tours, hit singles and one of the greatest melodic-rock albums of all time in 1981 with 'Hi-Infidelity,' the fivesome pretty much stunk up the place.

Just about every hit song was ruined by intentionally slowing the tempo ' not to mention being tuned down at least one step ' and there was definitely something wrong with the way Kevin Cronin was singing; that's something unusual because Cronin is usually the best thing about REO Speedwagon.

Perhaps this was on off-night because Cronin's voice might have been strained ' sometimes he was kind of talking the lyrics instead of actually singing them ' or perhaps REO Speedwagon felt it was a good idea to slow things down so considerably because they're touring with Chicago, a more mellow act than REO Speedwagon's usual tour-mates like Styx or Journey over the past ten years or so.

At any rate, the whole thing was rather disappointing because surely we were not the only ones who wanted to hear such selections as 'Keep On Loving You' and 'Can't Fight This Feeling' executed just as we remember them from our car radios.

Instead of jumping up and going crazy like most would on a summer weekend night in the band's adopted home city, the crowd mostly remained in their chairs and politely applauded, but it was clear to most of us that something was just not right.

Plus, Cronin did way too much talking between songs, even though he is generally charismatic and delightfully glib, and there were too many unfamiliar selections for such a short set. A lot of big hits were there, but there was a lot of filler, too, with 'Music Man,' 'That Ain't Love' and an abysmal new one called 'Whipping Boy.'

REO Speedwagon was rounded out by guitarist Dave Amato, bassist Bruce Hall (who like usual sang 'Back on The Road Again'), keyboardist Neal Doughty, and aptly named drummer Bryan Hitt.

To be fair, though the concert seemed like a double bill, Chicago played last and were the real headliners, so this was essentially their crowd and not REO Speedwagon's, though back in the day REO was probably bigger at its peak yet has not sold as many records total nor enjoyed as many hits overall.

Chicago killed, even without long-gone original singer Peter Cetera, as the jazzy six-piece really got the crowd going with their catchy soft rock.

Then, after Chicago has been going for a little more than an hour, REO Speedwagon returned to the stage to join in, so there were 11 musicians up there ' including three percussionists ' and together they all played six more songs, including 'Ridin' The Storm Out,' 'Keep On Loving You' and 'Roll With The Changes,' and by this point REO Speedwagon had pretty much salvaged the night and returned to our good graces.

The last song, Chicago's '25 or 6 to 4,' saw the singers from both bands taking turns, and the whole thing was pretty cool.

 
 
Sat
02
Aug

CALIFORNIA BREED Announce Touring Drummer & New Dates

Saturday, August 2, 2014
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California Breed whose self titled debut has become one of the most critically acclaimed rock albums of 2014, have officially announced their first round of European live dates. The band will support Alter Bridge in the US before heading to Europe and will close out the run supporting Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators on their 5 UK arena dates.

Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age /Eagles Of Death Metal drummer JOEY CASTILLO as the drummer for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham’s professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band. As GLENN HUGHES says “We’re just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We’re very proud of our debut record and we can’t wait to share it, live and loud, with you.”

Friday, November 7 - DOM OFITSEROV - ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia

Saturday, November 8 - IZVESTIYA HALL - MOSCOW, Russia

Monday, November 10 - ZELEZNODOROZNIKHOV - NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia

Tuesday, November 11 - THETRE ESTRADY - YEKATERINBURG, Russia 

Thursday, November 13 - AURORA - ST. PETERSBURG, Russia

Friday, November 14 - KAPITOLIY @ PAVILLION 2 - NOZNIY NOVGOROD, Russia

Sunday, November 16 - LIVE CLUB - MILAN, Italy

Monday, November 17 - TONHALLE - MÜNICH, Germany

Wednesday, November 19 - ROCKFABRIK - NÜRNBERG, Germany

Thursday, November 20 - ARENA - VIENNA, Austria

Saturday, November 22 - PRORESJA - WARSAW, Poland

Sunday, November 23 - KESSELHAUS - BERLIN, Germany

Tuesday, November 25 - MARKTHALLE - HAMBURG, Germany

Wednesday, November 26 - E-WERK - KÖLN, Germany

Friday, November 28 - PHONES 4U ARENA - MANCHESTER, UK *

Saturday, November 29 - FIRST DIRECT ARENA - LEEDS, UK *

Monday, December 1 - LG ARENA - BIRMINGHAM, UK *

Tuesday, December 2 - WEMBLEY ARENA - LONDON, UK *

Thursday, December 4 - SSE HYDRO - GLASGOW, UK *

Friday, December 5 - PLANET ROCKSTOCK - PORTHCAWL, UK

* Special Guests of SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY and THE CONSPIRATORS

All on sale and ticket information can be found athttp://www.CaliforniaBreed.com/

 
Fri
01
Aug

SLASH To Take Over Famous Hollywood Club Trilogy in September

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Friday, August 1, 2014
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SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
ANNOUNCE SEPTEMBER TAKEOVER OF ICONIC HOLLYWOOD CLUBS
THE TROUBADOUR (9/23),  THE ROXY (9/25)  AND THE WHISKY A GO GO (9/26)
BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘WORLD ON FIRE’ OUT SEPT. 16 
FIRST SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK “World On Fire”
MARKS SLASH’s FASTEST RISING SONG AT RADIO EVER
LIVE FROM THE ROXY
FULL CONCERT FILM TO BROADCAST NATIONAL TELEVISION VIA
DIRECTV NOVEMBER 9th AT 8pm (ET/PT)
 
 
Slash at The Forum 7.30.2014 by Scott Uchida
 
Although it’s said you can never go home again, SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have today (July 31) announced they’ll celebrate the release of their new album WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three one-night-only club shows: September 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, September 25 (The Roxy) and September 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).
These gigs will amp up the excitement around WORLD ON FIRE--out September 16 SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline--and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. Tickets for all shows go on-sale August 1 at www.SlashOnline.com.
 
“We’re excited to unleash ‘World On Fire’ in a big way and be a part of Guitar Center’s 50th celebration,” says SLASH. "They’ve been really supportive of me since the very beginning on the Sunset Strip.”
 
Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win.
“World On Fire” marks SLASH’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s hell-raising first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.
 
The WORLD ON FIRE disc marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. 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.
 
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently on their summer tour with Aerosmith in addition to select solo dates, see full itinerary below. The group rocked a packed house at The Forum in Los Angeles last night (July 30). For all dates and tour ticket packages, visit: http://slashonline.com/tour. Check out the set list from The Forum show below:
 
SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Set List from The Forum in Los Angeles
7.30.14 
 “You're a Lie”
“Nighttrain”
 “Standing In The Sun”
“Back From Cali”
“You Could Be Mine”
“World On Fire”
“Anastasia”
“By The Sword”
“Sweet Child Of Mine”
“Slither”
“Paradise City”
 
Catch SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators on the road through the fall:
 
 
DATE
 
CITY
VENUE
*
Fri
8/1
Scottsdale, AZ
Talking Stick Resort & Casino - Ballroom
 
Sat
8/2
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
 
Fri
8/8
Stateline, NV
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harvey’s
 
Wed
8/13
Concord, CA
Sleep Train Pavilion
*
Fri
8/15
Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver
 
Sat
8/16
George, WA
The Gorge Amphitheatre
 
Tue
8/19
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
 
Fri
8/22
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
 
Mon
8/25
The Woodlands, TX
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
 
Thu
8/28
Atlanta, GA
Phillips Arena
*
Fri
8/29
Hollywood, FL
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
 
Sun
8/31
Atlantic City, NJ
Boardwalk Hall
 
Wed
9/3
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
 
Sat
9/6
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
 
Tue
9/9
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
 
Fri
9/12
Sydney, NS, Canada
Open Hearth Park
Guitar Center Presents: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip
*
Tue
9/23
Hollywood, CA
The Troubadour 
*
Thu
9/25
Hollywood, CA
The Roxy 
*
Fri
9/26
Hollywood, CA
The Whisky A Go Go 
* 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 RevolverSLASH’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.
 
 

 
 

Link for WORLD ON FIRE cover artwork painted by American contemporary artist Ron English
 
Fri
01
Aug

SKULLFEST 2 Updated Details Announced

Friday, October 10, 2014
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LINE UP SET FOR SKULL FEST 2
 
Skull Fest is set to return to the middle of America this year, with a hard rocking line-up featuring both classic artists and up-and-comers alike!  Concert promoter and organizer, Arttie Parker, says the festival is aiming to give the fans the best of both worlds and to fit the needs of the concert goers.
 
“We are very excited with this year’s line-up!  We feel like we have two absolute legends in Lizzy Borden and LA Guns as headliners for Friday and Saturday, respectively, and a really strong supporting cast of unique acts that people can’t simply go out and see anytime they want to.  In fact, this will be the ONLY North American appearance of House Of Lords this year, so if you want to see them, Skull Fest is the place to be!  Additionally, we have Killer Dwarfs making the trip down from Canada, and Jetboy will be appearing in Nebraska for the first time, I believe.  Mix in other classic bands like Bang Tango and London, Tango Down (which features David Reece of Bangalore Choir and Accept on vocals), and several newer bands such as Loveblast, Bombay Black, Kickin’ Valentina, Stonebreed, Maxx Explosion, and Saints of Rebellion, and it’s a great line-up!   
 
We also just added Pink Velvet Krush, a new band that features members of BulletBoys, Steelheart, Britny Fox, Vaudeville, and Dust N Bones.  Then, add an absolute guitar shredder in Xander Demos, Benedictum, and regional favorites, 9ine Foot Squirrel, who have a CRAZY nine year old drummer!   Plus, the ‘Reverend’ Luc Carl will be emceeing both nights!”  It’s definitely going to be a party you don’t want to miss!
 
This year’s festival is scheduled for October 10 and 11 at Sculley’s Shooters in North Platte, NE, which is dead center in the middle of the United States, and an easy drive from major airports in Denver or Omaha.  Tickets start at just $25, with single day or full event VIP packages also still available.
 
“We still have a few VIP packages left, including just a handful of the Rock Star Experience VIP package, which not only gets you your very own guitar and amplifier, but you also get guitar lessons from Xander Demos!”   
For venue information or to purchase tickets or VIP packages, go to www.skullfest.net
 
Thu
31
Jul

METAL ALL-STARS Line Up Exclusive UK Date

Thursday, July 31, 2014
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O2 PRESALE ON FRIDAY 1st AUGUST
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 4th AUGUST
ALL TICKETS PRICED £27.50
BOOK ONLINE: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
 24hr Ticket Hotline (UK Customers): 0844 844 0444
Customers outside the UK: 00 44 161 385 3211
FEATURING ZAKK WYLDE, JAMES LABRIE,
GEOFF TATE, DAVE ELLEFSON, JOEY BELLADONNA,
ROSS THE BOSS, CHUCK BILLY, CARMINE APPICE, CRONOS, GUS G, KOBRA PAIGE, VINNY APPICE, BLASKO, PLUS MANY MORE NAMES TO BE CONFIRMED
There have been quite a few unmistakable characters that heavy metal has given us over the years. On Tuesday 16th December 2014, an impressive amount of these renowned names will unite as the Metal All Stars, for a special one-off concert at O2 Academy Brixton, London.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Monday 4th August from www.ticketmaster.co.uk. All tickets are priced £27.50 + booking fee. A special presale for O2 customers will start at 9am on Friday 1st August.
This special one-off London concert will feature sets that include renditions of all the performing artists’ respective classics.
The Metal All Stars was put together by Gabe Reed Productions as a way to give the world’s metal fans an opportunity to see metal legends in one blockbuster show.  "As a metal fan," says Reed, "this is the show that I always wanted to see – two and a half hours of relentless, legendary metal!"
The artists are really looking forward to the Metal All Stars London concert as much as the fans are. As Zakk Wylde stated, "The Metal All Stars are back and we are going to kick some major ass!" Additionally, James LaBrie, "I am psyched to be a part of the Metal All Stars tour with an incredible collection of singers and musicians. Come on out and let's make it a memorable kick ass evening that is going to rock!"
Zakk Wydle
James Labrie
Geoff Tate
Dave Ellefson
Joey Belladonna
Ross The Boss
Chuck Billy
Carmine Appice
Cronos
Kobra Paige
Gus G
Vinnie Appice
Click thumbnails for larger images
Blasko
 
 
It’s not often that such a stellar cast is assembled to share one stage. London will get a chance to get a mega-dose of metal when the 2014 Metal All Stars hit the Brixton Academy this December.
Further big name guitarists will be added to the bill shortly. The organisers say – "Get ready for some big surprises and watch this space!"
METAL ALL STARS
FEATURING:
ZAKK WYLDE (OZZY, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
JAMES LABRIE (DREAM THEATER)
GEOFF TATE (FORMERLY OF QUEENSRΫCHE)
DAVE ELLEFSON (MEGADETH)
JOEY BELLADONNA (ANTHRAX)
ROSS THE BOSS (MANOWAR)
CHUCK BILLY (TESTAMENT)
CARMINE APPICE (ROD STEWART, VANILLA FUDGE)
CRONOS (VENOM)
KOBRA PAIGE (GENE SIMMONS RECORDS' KOBRA AND THE LOTUS)
GUS G (OZZY)
VINNY APPICE (DIO, BLACK SABBATH)
BLASKO (OZZY, ROB ZOMBIE)
PLUS MANY MORE NAMES TO BE CONFIRMED!
METAL ALL STARS
02 ACADEMY BRIXTON, LONDON

Tuesday 16th December 2014
£27.50 + booking fee
Book Online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
24hr Ticket Hotline (UK Customers): 0844 844 0444
Customers outside the UK: 00 44 161 385 3211
Venue Address: 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL
Venue Website: www.o2academybrixton.co.uk
  • MAMA & Company was founded in 2005 and is the parent company of a number of UK-based music and media businesses.
  • The live music venue estate comprises; The Forum, The Jazz Cafe, The Garage, The Borderline, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, and The Barfly in London; The Institute, Birmingham, East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, and The Ritz, Manchester.
  • Its festival business operates award-winning large scale, outdoor events including Global Gathering, MADE, Lovebox, The Great Escape, Somersault and Wilderness Festival.
METAL ALL STARS ONLINE
 
Thu
31
Jul

BOSTON Brings Roar Of Approval In Sold Out Concert In Los Angeles

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
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BOSTON BRINGS ROAR OF APPROVAL IN SOLDOUT CONCERT IN LOS ANGELES
 

By Gerry Gittelson 

Melodicrock.com Los Angeles correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Boston was not treated especially well here at melodicrock.com in terms of reviewing the band's new CD 'Life, Love & Hope' ' and rightfully so because the album is a far cry from what the legendary band once was all about ' but thank god for a back catalog overflowing with incredible songs, mostly from Boston's pre-1990 era.

Led by guitarist Tom Scholz, Boston is touring again, and the group absolutely tore it up on Tuesday, July 29 in a soldout performance before more than 17,000 spectators at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Boston stuck mostly to all the classic hits, mixing in only a small handful of new songs, and the crowd ate it up. My gosh, we have not witnessed a band that sounded this good with such incredible dynamics in a long time.

Opening with a roaring version of 'Rock & Roll Band,' Boston proved ultra-tight and utterly clean, partially thanks to the building's revamped, high-tech PA system, and the place was going wild. Then came 'Smokin'' and 'Feelin' Satisfied,' and at that point Boston had total control of the room.

The last time we had seen Boston live in Los Angeles, new vocalist Tommy DeCarlo was just starting out, having been discovered on youtube, and back then he was overweight and without the charisma to be a frontman for such a majestic band ' and co-lead singer Michael Sweet (now gone) also sucked that night ' but wow what a difference a few years has made. This time, DeCarlo was a different man, well-fit and confident, and my goodness he sang well as a replacement for the late Brad Delp, who was about as irreplaceable as a lead singer could be.

The songs were tuned down a step or so ' as is the case with most classic-rock bands this side of Journey ' but except for failing to hit the very highest notes like on 'Peace of Mind' and a few others, DeCarlo was right in the groove.

On 'Don't Look Back,' Scholz was his usual dominant self, the lanky guitarist tearing his way through the classic radio hit -- including that unforgettable mid-song guitar riff -- and he was Eddie Van Halen-like when he broke into a guitar solo about an hour into the spectacle.

Co-guitarist Gary Pihl proved impressive, too, and with a total of seven players up there making music, Boston put on a show that was richly dramatic and geared toward optimum audience enjoyment.

Everything was going splendidly until former American idol finalist Siobhan Magnus jumped on stage towards the end for 'Walk On' and almost ruined the whole thing with her screaming ' guess Scholz is just too nice to say no ' but the momentum was back in Boston's hands with 'Foreplay/Longtime,' then an encore of 'Party' to finish the evening with an exclamation point.

Overall, a five-star performance. This is about as good as it gets in the classic-rock circuit.

 

Openers Cheap Trick proved great, too. Robin Zander has never sounded better, and oh what a treat it was to hear well-executed versions of 'Ain't That a Shame,' 'California Man,' 'Surrender, 'Dream Police' and of course 'I Want You to Want Me.'

Zany guitarist Rick Nielsen appeared to be having the time of his life, jumping around the stage, switching guitars and throwing out an endless stream of guitar picks.

 
 
Photos by: Jon Viscott
 
Thu
31
Jul

LA GUNS marks 30 Years with a Return to the Whisky A Go-Go

Artist: 
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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LA Guns marks 30 Years with a Return to the Whisky A Go-Go
 
From Joe Dolan in LA:

The world famous Whisky A Go-Go played host to a night of local favorites with a headlining show by LA Guns, a band that got it's start on the very same stage 30 years ago. While the names have changed, as far as the performing line-up goes, the sound remains the same; and fans in attendance showed zero lack of support as the venue was filled to capacity by the time LA Guns took the stage.

Front man Phil Lewis was not a member of the 1983/84 line-up of the band when they first assembled the group and began their domination of the 80'sera Sunset Strip music scene. The band rotated members in and out at the time, blending parts with the group Hollywood Rose and eventually spawning two cornerstones in the MTV Headbanger's Ball generation '' LA Guns and Guns n' Roses. The result remains legendary in the influence of literally hundreds, if not thousands of bands that followed. By the time 1985 came around, however, the band had secured Lewis on vocals and his songwriting prowess and live performance history would meld with that of former band guitarist and founding member Tracii Guns to create a sound that would land the band a place in the rock and roll history books forever.

The current line-up of LA Guns includes singer Phil Lewis (Girl, Torme), guitarist Michael Grant (Endeverafter, Assassins), drummer Steve Riley (WASP, Steppenwolf) who has performed with the band as far back as 1987 and on bass guitar, Scotty Griffin (Hookers and Blow, The King Mixers.) The level of authority that each member provides from a history in recording and performing on the hard rock circuit played a key role in turning a night at the Whisky in to a show that concertgoers will talk about for some time to come.

When the curtain dropped and the lights came up, the band opened their set with four fan favorites. The opening song was Show No Mercy, a hard rocker that launched the band in to stardom as the first track of the self-titled debut by the band in 1988, eventually reaching gold status after the release of their follow up album titled Cocked & Loaded. Next came the 2nd track from the same album, Sex Action then two songs from the sophomore release ' Never Enough and I WWanna Be Your Man. Throughout the night, LA Guns ran the gamut of singles from their catalog, touching on the strongest songs fans have responded to throughout their history. From the back of the room to the stage, attendees raised their horns and sang along, one fan even getting personal with the band was able to remove a cuff style bracelet from her arm and put it on Lewis' wrist with gratitude, which he responded to with thanks from the stage, wearing it for the rest of the show.

The band is now on tour, independently, and has scheduled performances across the US that will showcase a series of talents that also come from the same era of the band's years in scoring radio airplay. Throughout August and September, LA Guns will share stages with artists including Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Winger, The (London) Quireboys, Enuff Z'Nuff, Great White, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row,) Warrant, Queensryche and Trixter. A good look at the summer of 2014 begs one to ask ' 'What the hell year is this, wherre hard rock is the biggest thing taking the concert scene by storm?' Fans, it seems, are just grateful for the return of music that feeds their hungry hard rock hearts.

Keep up with the band and the upcoming tour dates by visiting the official website at www.laguns.net, or on the social network through Facebook and Twitter. All links are available on the band's website.

 

 

 
 
Wed
30
Jul

MELODICROCKFEST 4 - JIM PETERIK to Join VIP Sunday Event

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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I'm very excited to annoucne that the one and only - the great JIM PETERIK will be joining MELODIC ROCK FEST VIPs at the Holiday Inn Express, Arlington Heights on Sunday October 5 for an exclusive Meet & Greet Book Signing Event!
Jim's autobiography Through The Eye Of The Tiger is released September 23. See press release here: http://www.melodicrock.com/articles/news-feed/2014/07/29/jim-peterik-thr...
 
Jim will be in attendance through the Acoustic/VIP Event to sell his brand new book and sign copies and meet fans!
 
 
 
 
 
 
MelodicRockFest 4 is just 2 over months away, and things are all finally falling into place.
For those awesome people that have supported this event with the purchase of VIP Tickets, I’m happy to expand upon the details of those packages.
 
GOLD VIP – all perks as previously advertised, including a spot in the elevated booths and access to the Green Room all through the event.
 
GREEN VIP – all perks as previously advertised, including access to the Green Room all through the event.
 
BLUE VIP – all perks as previously advertised, including access to the Green Room on FRIDAY only.
 
ALL VIPs - Work begins now on the MRF4 CD Compilation and MP3 Compilation Download – the download you’ll get soon and the Promo CD in the MRF4 Event Bag.
 
 
ACOUSTIC EVENTS –
 
Thursday Evening (from 7.30pm) - H.E.A.T will perform a 30 minute acoustic set / Meet & Greet in the Conference Room at the Holiday Inn Express, Arlington Heights. You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to be there, but you do need to be a Green or Gold VIP Ticket holder.
 
Friday (from Midday) – Adriangale will perform a 30 minute acoustic set in the Green Room at the HOME Bar venue. This event is open to ALL VIP ticket holders.
 
Sunday (from Midday) – Work Of Art, Talon and Gary Moon will all participate in acoustic sets back at the Conference Room at the Holiday Inn Express! There may be one or two more guests in attendance too! This event is open to ALL VIP Ticket holders.
 
 
GRAB BAGS –
 
I’ve been lining up support from various companies for goodies to be included in the Grab Bags for Green and Gold VIPs attending MRF4.
 
Here’s a rundown of the companies so far that have generously agreed to participate:
 
Frontiers Records (www.frontiers.it)
SPV Records (www.spv.de)
Kivel Records (www.kivelrecords.com)
Perris Records (www.perrisrecords.com)
Eonian Records (www.aonianrecords.com)
Fireworks Magazine (supplying 5x Digital PDF Issues for each VIP)
 
There are a few artists that will also donate a few items (such as David Reece). Stay tuned for updates.
 
If anyone needs an update of what is included in the VIP Packages, go to: www.melodicrockfest.com/vipperks.html
 
 
 

 

 
Tue
29
Jul

BANG YOUR HEAD Tour - Show Report

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Quiet Riot's Brings the Bang Your Head Tour and so much More
 
From Joe Dolan in LA...

It seems that for years, fans of the MTV Headbanger's Ball generation have been crying out for the return of hard rock music, big name tour packages and the songs of yore that rattled speakers and made parents scream 'Turn That Shit Down!' The Summer of 2014 has done more than calm the masses, it's riled the troops and brought fans out from all points on the map to welcome the one thing they've been begging for ' it's the Bang Yoour Head Tour featuring Gilby Clarke (Guns n'Roses), the BulletBoys, Faster Pussycat and one of the busiest bands today playing legendary music that marked an era ' Quiet Riot triumphantly headlining.

The tour launched in Southern California with three show dates that instantly spiked FM radio interest as well as magazine mention and has continued on with dozens upon dozens of shows scheduled across the United States throughout the summer. It's been over three years since Quiet Riot announced they were reassembling, after the passing of front man Kevin DuBrow, and touring was just the start of it. Through the diligent work of drummer Frankie Banali, a key member of the band's career history, the result has become an all-star line-up that brings the music of the legendary band back to fans in the fashion hard rock has always been delivered, that is ' Loud and Proud!

On bass guitar, Quiet Riot features Los Angeles bassist Chuck Wright, the man behind the low end of Quiet Riot's signature song Metal Health and as featured on the band's album titled QR III, which scored number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 200 in 1986. Wright was also a founding member of 80's era staples, Giuffriaand House of Lords and has performed on top selling albums for artists including Impellitterri, Doro Pesch (alongside Tommy Thayer of KISS), Matt Sorum(Guns n' Roses), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Saints of the Underground (with Jani Lane) and the hit-list holiday issued discs by Northern Lights Orchestra that brings together some of the most prominent artists in the hard rock realm.

Quiet Riot's guitarist is Alex Grossi, an artist who has both appeared and recorded with a multitude of star acts including Adler's Appetite, Bang Tango and alongside former Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow during the years he performed solo as well as on the 2006 Quiet Riot release titled Rehab. Grossi's repertoire includes having written with key artists including Jani Lane (Warrant), Dizzy Reed and Gilby Clarke separately (both of Guns n' Roses fame) and has recorded on more than a dozen high profile projects.

Lead vocals for the band might have been a hard sell on fans, as the world is well aware of the unique high end and out front style that was signature to Kevin DuBrow and that led a generation of teens to develop a movement of hard rock revelry that continues to exist today.  Truth be told, there are few who could do more than just sing along, but who could actually do justice to the original songs as recorded by DuBrow himself. Enter front man and media sensation Jizzy Pearl, formerly of Love/Hate and having performed with bands including RATT and Adler's Appetite. Pearl's well respected range, stage performances and ability to be creative on the fly made him the most suitable option for doing more than just recreating a recognized sound; it brought a new life to the band that has since spawned a new generation of fans that continues the legacy of what some media outlets have referred to as a cornerstone in the foundation upon which the MTVgeneration was built.

All of this creates a show of it's own, but the Bang Your Head Tour features the above mentioned circus of talents as just the headlining slot. As captured by music journalist Joe Dolan during the performance at the World Famous Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, it was a long toss back to the era of distorted guitars and driving drumbeats from the minute the curtain went up until Quiet Riot took the stage.

Opening the show was multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Gilby Clarke alongside E.J. Curse, the founding bass player from the band Silent Rage.  TheGilby Clarke Band, performing as a trio, knocked the ball out of the park with seven stellar songs that tied the sound of 80's hard rock in to the blues laden solos that tickled attendees of Guns n' Roses shows throughout the Use Your Illusion tour. Never failing to play the fan favorite, Tijuana Jail, the band warmed the audience and brought the stragglers in to their seats to see exactly how rock and roll is played on a big stage.

Next on stage was a band that has weathered the tide of genre changes in music, the BulletBoys, who scored two songs in the US Main Rock Charts in the top 30's in 1989. The band had just released a new single off their forthcoming full length release titled Elefante and received airplay on a major market FM station in San Diego that morning with the first official on-air spin of their tune just hours before show time. This tour reunites singer Marq Torien with fellow founding member, bassist Lonnie Vencent as well as supports the new CD release. Over the course of 40 minutes on stage, the band introduced their new track and ran through some fan favorites including the chart topping Smooth Up In Ya that attendees demanded and sang along with note for note.

When Faster Pussycat took the stage, it wasn't a far cry at all from the show that took the glam metal era by storm in the late 80's. Though the band featuresTaime Downe as the only original member, it's his nasally drone that the audience has connected with on hit singles including Bathroom Wall and the US Main Rock charting song House Of Pain that was replayed consistently in 1990 on MTV. The audience crowded the stage with iPhones and cameras when they performed and during the hour they stomped around on the raised platform, attendees were witness to a set list of songs that for the most part, they knew by heart.

By the time Quiet Riot took the stage, the show had already proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that hard rock was back and touring with a vengeance. This alone, however, is only part of the news that has grabbed attention of Quiet Riot fans in 2014. Earlier in the year, Frankie Banali announced the release of the anticipated film titled Now You're here, There's No Way Back. The film features a deep and intrinsic look into the facts related to the history of the band and it details key moments that many long time fans weren't aware of, as well as documenting the moments that made them a celebrated band and secured their place in the history of American hard rock.

Adding to a year that has re-established the band, just before the start of the tour, Quiet Riot released a new album featuring six tracks with Jizzy Pearl on vocals and four previously unreleased songs from live performances featuring Kevin DuBrow. Titled 10, the album became available on June 27th, 2014 to rave reviews. It marks the next chapter in the career of these artists that have entertained millions worldwide for decades, and celebrates the achievements of Kevin DuBrow, one of rocks finest front men, a stellar songwriter and an artist who was consistently at the top of his game.

Follow Quiet Riot online at their official website to learn about the tour coming to an area near you, to purchase the new album 10 or to find out when you can own a copy of the new film.

Web: www.officialquietriot.com

 

 
 
Fri
25
Jul

EDEN'S CURSE Second Act Confirmed for Road To Rock 7 Fest

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden's Curse are the second act to be confirmed for the Road To Rock 7 festival taking place at Cite Culture, Brussels, Belgium on October 11th.

Hot on the heels of the groups successful UK headline tour, this will be the first appearance outside of the UK featuring the new line of Nikola Mijic (Vocals), Thorsten Koehne (Guitar), Paul Logue (Bass), Steve Williams (Keys) and John Clelland (Drums).


For more information visit :
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Road-To-Rock-Festival/131020523590693

Eden's Curse have begun writing their fifth studio album, ear marked for a release in Autumn 2015 through AFM Records, and are already putting plans in place to return to the UK towards the end of the year, as well as additional selected European dates.

 

 
Thu
24
Jul

LIZZY BORDEN Announces 30th Anniversary Tour Dates

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Lizzy Borden Announces 30th Anniversary Tour Dates
    
Lizzy Borden
has announced tour dates for their 30 years of American Metal Tour. The anniversary show features songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like "Me against the World", "American Metal", "Master of Disguise".
  
UPCOMING LIZZY BORDEN TOUR DATES:
   

July 24, 2014 Lima, Peru Centrica
July 26. 2014 Bogota, Colombia Ozzy Rock Bar
August 1, 2014 Incheon, South Korea Pentaport Rock Festival
August 14, 2014 Forth Worth, TX Rail Club
August 15, 2014 Houston, TX Concert Pub North Theater
August 16, 2014 San Antonio, TX. Fitzgerald's
October 10, 2014 North Platte, Nebraska Skull Fest
October 11, 2014 Denver, CO Wolf Fest
Nov 7, 2014 Madrid, Spain We Rock
Nov 8, 2014 Zaragossa, Spain Teatro de las Esquinas
Nov 9, 2014 Donostia, Spain Doka
Nov 11, 2014 Eisden/Maasmechelen, Belgium Rock Club Jan Hertog
Nov 12, 2014 Tilburg, Holland Little Devil
Nov 14, 2014 Lichtenfels, Germany Paunchy Cats
Nov 15, 2014 Uster, CH Star Club
Nov 16, 2014 Bologna, Italy Freak Out
Nov 17, 2014 Brecia, Italy Colony
Nov 21, 2014 Vienna, Austria Escape
Nov 22, 2014 Zlin, Czech Republic Monsters of Rock Festival
Nov 23, 2014 Moscow, Russia Voltaclub
 
   
"We are all very excited to Perform our Anniversary show all over the world and can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends/fans for this monumental milestone. see you all soon", Lizzy
   
Official website at:
www.lizzyborden.com or www.facebook.com/lizzybordenband

     
 
Thu
24
Jul

Sweet Sounds Rockfest 4 Featuring SHOOTING STAR, STRIKEFORCE

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Sweet Sounds Music and Z-95 The Bone presents Sweet Sounds Rockfest 4" @ The Rodgers Theatre on Saturday September 27th 2014 in Poplar Bluff Missouri!
 
Featuring Shooting Star, Strikeforce, Drivin Rain, and Damnation Alley with special guest MC. All ages admitted! General seating!
 
Doors open at 6:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased by clicking on www.sweetsounds.us and then click on poster.
 
Merchandise/plus meet and greet! Come early - will be a memorable evening!
 
 
Tue
22
Jul

MELODICROCK FEST 4 - $20 TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
JUST $20 PER DAY!

 

FRIDAY

$20.00 (Doors at 2.00pm)

SATURDAY

$20.00 (Doors at 11.30am)


(Late Nite Set)

 

$20.00 (Doors at 2.00pm)

 

 

$20.00 (Doors at 11.30am)

 

 

 
Mon
21
Jul

THE RADIO SUN - Oz Album Launch This Friday

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Friday, July 25, 2014
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Australian melodic rockers The Radio Sun will launch their debut album 'Wrong Things Right' this Friday 25th July at The Portland Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.
 
Mixed by Paul Laine (solo, ex Danger Danger, Dark Horse) the band will be on stage early - 9pm sharp!
 
T-Shirts and CDs will be available on the night. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $10 at the door. Wrong Things Right can be ordered online at www.melodicrockdirect.com/
 
The Radio Sun will also be appearing at Melodic Rock Fest 4 in Chicago, U.S.A. on October 3rd and with the Paul Laine band on October 4th. 2014. www.melodicrockfest.com
 
Wed
16
Jul

VEGA UK Tour Dates

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
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The picture says it all....

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Wed
16
Jul

New LILLIAN AXE Tour Dates

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Lillian Axe have confirmed the following tour dates.

8/23. New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's
9/12. Corpus Christi @ Theo's Billiards
9/13. Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
9/14. San Leon, TX @ The 18th Street Pier
9/27. Melbourne, FL @ 80's in the Park Festival

 
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe, thirteenth album, the acoustic live, One Night in the Temple, produced by Steve Blaze, is available now.
 
Performed acoustically in an intimate setting housed in a Masonic Temple in the Bayou, with their most diehard fans, One Night in the Temple, features all their hits including, True Believer, Show A Little Love, Crucified, Misery Loves Company, Ghost of Winter, The Great Divide, Bow Your Head, Waters Rising and the crowd favorite Nobody Knows.
 
Lillian Axe founder Steve Blaze reflects; ' when I first had the idea of putting this show together, it was originally going to be a private 20 person show with acoustic guitars, vocals and no production, however, it took on a life of its own.'
 
One Night in the Temple; will be released as 3 disc set (2CDs/1DVD and 2CDs/1Blu-Ray), housed in an elaborate digipack. Filmed in high definition, the Blu-Ray and DVD will contain the acoustic performance, fan question and answer session, videos for the songs Caged In and Death Comes Tomorrow, live concert footage from their July 4, 2013 performance at the Paragon Casino and behind the scenes footage.
 
FULL TRACK LISTING:

Disc 1: Waters Rising, Death Comes Tomorrow, Ghost of Winter, See You Someday, The Great Divide, Nocturnal Symphony, Sad Day On Planet Earth, Bow Your Head, Show A Little Love and Misery Loves Company.

Disc 2: Crucified, The World Stopped Turning, Dyin' to Live (Shades of Blue), Until The End Of The World, The Day I Met You, The Promised Land, Nobody Knows, My Apologies, True Believer
and Nobody Knows (Crowd Version).
 
Lillian Axe is Brian Jones (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar and vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitar and vocals), Eric Morris (bass guitar) and Ken Koudelka (drums).
 
 

 
Mon
14
Jul

Original Anthrax Vocalist, Neil Turbin & Band to Perform 'Fist Full Of Metal'

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Monday, July 14, 2014
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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Fistful Of Metal," original Anthrax vocalist, Neil Turbin and his band, DeathRiders will be performing the entire album on their upcoming European Tour. The tour runs July 19-24, 2014.
 
July 14, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, CA. -- DeathRiders, featuring Original Anthrax Singer, Neil Turbin (Bleed The Hunger, x-Anthrax), will be storming through Europe to celebrate “Fistful Of Metal Alive” 30 Years Anniversary. The DeathRiders.eu team features: Gert Nijboer (Highway Chile) - Guitars, Hans I’nt Zandt (Praying Mantis), Conrad Hultermans (X-TinXion) - Guitars, Kornee Kleefman (Krossbreed) – Bass. The European tour runs from July 19th-24th, 2014.
 
Neil Turbin and company will be playing the entire Fistful Of Metal album and songs from Armed And Dangerous, not played live by Neil since 1984.  Neil co-wrote and sang on Fistful Of Metal and co-authored most songs on Armed And Dangerous, and a couple songs on Spreading The Disease, which he performed live with Anthrax on their first North American/US Attack Tour ‘84.
 
The European tour kicks off at Dynamo in Netherlands on 19/7/2014, and it also features DeathRiders at Headbangers Open Air 24/7/2014, in Brande Hörnerkirchen, DE, and additionally on the HOA warm up show on 23/7/2014, at Lauschbar in Itzehoe, DE.  The band will also be playing tour dates in Middelburg, NL, Bergen op Zoom, NL and Breda, NL.  
DeathRiders is recording their debut album “The Metal Beast” with Neil Turbin (Bleed The Hunger, x-Anthrax) – Vocals, Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed The Hunger, Treasure Land) – Guitars, Howie Simon (Alcatrazz, Nelson) – Guitars, Matt Thompson (King Diamond, Shaolin Death Squad) – Drums.  For more information, visit http://deathriders.com.

DeathRiders "Fistful Of Metal Alive" 30 Years Anniversary Europe Tour Dates 2014:           
19/7/2014 Dynamo – Eindhoven, NL                                                                          
20/7/2014 Sound Dog - Breda, NL                                                                                
21/7/2014 Café Die Twee – Bergen op Zoom, NL                                                                
22/7/2014 Bar American – Middelburg, NL                                                                
23/7/2014 Lauschbar – Itzehoe, DE (Headbangers Open Air Warm-up Show)                    
24/7/2014 Headbangers Open Air Festival – Brande Hörnerkirchen, DE
 
Fri
11
Jul

FOREIGNER - The Best of Foreigner 4 and More, Live Atlantic City

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Friday, July 11, 2014
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The Best of Foreigner 4 and More at the Music Box Oct. 3rd and 4th

Foreigner will perform a 2 evening special concert dubbed The Best of Foreigner 4 and More at the Music Box at the Borgata in Atlantic City October 3rd and 4th! The special event will pay tribute to their 1981 #1 smash album, 4, which unleashed hits such as 'Juke Box Hero', 'Urgent' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You'! Holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for a total of 10 weeks, 4 eventually sold over seven million copies in the United States alone.

A special Facebook pre-sale begins July 8 at 10:00am EDT through July 10 at 10:00pm EDT. 

Presale code: Urgent4

General on-sale begins Friday, July 11 at 10am:
Oct 3                  Oct 4

 
Wed
09
Jul

DEEP PURPLE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN SUPPORT OF "NOW WHAT?!"

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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DEEP PURPLE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
 
IN SUPPORT OF LATEST ALBUM NOW What?!

 
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New York, NY (July 8, 2014) - Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album NOW What?!, is heading stateside for a North American trek! The tour kicks off August 4 in Scottsdale, AZ (all tour dates below).
 
NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013 via earMusic / Eagle Rock Entertainment. The album marked the next great chapter in the band's 40+ year career, blending the classic 70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.
 
In anticipation of their return to North America, Deep Purple will release their next single to radio: 'All The Time In The World.'
 
Blazing off the success of NOW What?!, Deep Purple is ready to bring the sizzle to the States this summer!
 
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Deep Purple US / CANADA Dates:

08/04/14    Scottsdale, AZ                  Talking Stick Casino         8:00pm
08/05/14     Ventura, CA                      Ventura County Fair       8:00pm
08/06/14    Costa Mesa, CA               Orange County Fair          8:00pm
08/08/14    Lincoln, CA                       Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre          8:00pm
08/09/14    Roseburg, OR                   Douglas County Fair          8:00pm
08/10/14     Snoqualmie, WA             Snoqualmie Casino             8:00pm
08/13/14     Saratoga, CA                     Mountain Winery               8:00pm
08/14/14     Valley Center, CA             Harrah's Rincon Casino Event Center           8:00pm
08/15/14     Las Vegas, NV                  Fremont St. Downtown    8:00pm
08/16/14     Wendover, NV                   Peppermill Casino Concert Hall           8:00pm
08/20/14    Elgin, IL                             Festival Park                       8:00pm
08/21/14     Windsor, ON                     Caesars Casino                    8:00pm
08/22/14    Rama, ON                          Casino Rama                       8:00pm
08/24/14    Morristown, NJ                  Mayo PAC                            8:00pm
08/25/14     Englewood, NJ                  Bergen PAC                         8:00pm
08/26/14    Westbury, NY                     NYCB Theatre at Westbury           8:00pm
08/29/14    Biloxi, MS                          Hard Rock Casino              8:00pm
08/30/14    Orlando, FL                        Hard Rock Live                    8:00pm
08/31/14     Hollywood, FL                  Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena  8:00PM
  

 
Wed
09
Jul

MELODICROCKFEST 4 - CHANGES TO EVENT ANNOUNCED

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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With a heavy heart I must announce some major changes to the MelodicRock Fest 4 event.
 
Those that know me know that I’m an honest, straight talking person, so in keeping with that, I’m not going to BS anyone or try and spin this any other way.
The facts are that ticket sales for MRF4 have been extremely disappointing. I take full responsibility for that and will take the time to consider the various reasons for that.
 
I believed 100% in the line-up that was presented to all, giving die-hard fans the opportunity to see many names otherwise not possible. But, it just hasn’t been a good enough response to allow the festival to go on as announced. As stated, I take full, humble responsibility for that.
 
I know there are some that will delight in this news and have a field day with it. Let their response to the news reveal their true character.
I will use this test of my character to make an impossible situation workable as best as humanly possible.
 
The idea of cancelling this event outright was not an option in my mind. That would have been the easier option I’m sure, but with many booked to travel I could never do that. Instead  I’d rather try and salvage an event worthy of keeping the MRF name and spirit. 
I have spent several days talking with artists, the venue and everyone involved and believe that we have a plan to move forward with. It’s a plan that keeps the integrity of the original event and I think still delivers in the face of adversity.

The event is now planned to be 2 full days instead of 3. With great regret, the Sunday portion on the weekend must be cancelled and several bands removed from the line-up. Friday and Saturday will be longer to compensate.

 
I'm extremely sorry to have to bring this news to you. To lose one band from the event hurts, but several for this reason really stings.
 
At the same time as all this has been going on, there has been ongoing problems with the all-star project Lost Angeles. To put it simply, that project is no longer and therefore they will not appear at the event. See below for a statement from Eric Ragno.
 
But all is not lost, Eric will still be at the event with Stan Bush and Talon and we’ve decided to bring the marvellous Gary Moon along for the ride, so he could pop up just about anywhere all weekend.
 
I originally planned for The Poodles to swap from Sunday to Saturday, which they wanted to do, but a prior gig booking in Sweden will prevent that from happening. It is with deep sadness that the guys declare that despite attempts to change that booking, they cannot make MRF. 

The 100% double-confirmed and definite revised line-up for the 2-day MRF4 event will be:
 
Friday
7th Heaven
Stan Bush
Work Of Art
Adriangale
Johnny Lima
Grand Design
Maxx Explosion
Madman's Lullaby
The Radio Sun
 
Saturday
Heat
Mitch Malloy
Heaven’s Edge
Mecca+
Guardian
Tango Down
Paul Laine
Bombay Black
House Of Shakira
Talon
 
 
Sadly also removed from the event are: LRS, Degreed, Shooting Star, Crossing Rubicon, Loud Lion and Romeo Riot. All artists have been very understanding and supportive and I thank them for being a part of the original event.
 
Ticketing Changes:
With the MRF weekend now missing a Sunday schedule, a number of changes have been made to ticketing.
 
All current ticket holders have been emailed and offered full refunds if so desired.
 
GA tickets which were priced at $65 will now be reduced to just $20. Those with tickets for Sunday can get a full refund or use their ticket for either Friday or Saturday or both days if so desired.
 
No further 3-day tickets and VIP Passes are being sold. Those holding those tickets have been emailed with information on some additional perks.
 
To everyone that has purchased tickets this event is taking place because of YOU.
 
I am hugely disappointed that a greater number of people haven’t seen MRF in the same light as myself and those involved in the show and those with tickets already.
This is a tough blow to deal with, but once again I thank those that do support MR.com, MRR, the artists, this crazy business and this show and other MRF events in the past.
 
Eric Ragno: “We received word tonight that due to scheduling and family medical issues, both Paul Sabu & Jesse Damon will be unable to perform at the Melodic Rock Fest.  I'm genuinely stunned - we had our first rehearsal scheduled for this week, we locked down a great drummer and the set list was just finalized.  Sadly, it's not meant to be.
I've played every MR Fest and several Firefests (usually with multiple acts), and I know what a disappointment it is when a band has to withdraw.  I've never experienced it this way until now, and honestly it just sucks.  On behalf of the band I offer my sincerest apologies to all of you, and especially to Andrew.  Lost Angeles was assembled specifically for the Melodic Rock Fest, where we planned to release our debut.  No Fest = No Lost Angeles.  Sorry gang...we gave it a good shot.
I would like to give special kudos to Gary Moon (Night Ranger) for stepping in and putting forth all of his positive energy - he's an incredible talent and a great friend, and I know that will continue on.  Gary was especially excited to be performing for all of you, and we will have to make that happen next time around.
That being said, I look forward to seeing you all at MRF where I will still be performing with Stan Bush, and my friends in Talon.  Come rock with us, won't you?”

 
Any questions or enquiries, let me know anytime.
 
Thanks as always,
Andrew.
 
Wed
02
Jul

AUSTRALIA'S BLACK MAJESTY RETURN TO ASIA

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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AUSTRALIA'S BLACK MAJESTY RETURN TO ASIA

Australian melodic heavy metal band Black Majesty will play a special one off show on Saturday 5th of July in Seoul, Korea part of the Summer Rock Festival and another show on Wednesday 9th of July at Namba - Rockets Venue in Osaka, Japan. Black Majesty are also currently putting the finishing touches on their sixth studio album which is again being mixed by Masterplan's Roland Grapow. The new album is scheduled for a late 2014 release.

BLACK MAJESTY - new album out soon.
www.blackmajesty.com
www.facebook.com/blackmajestyofficial

 
 
Tue
01
Jul

RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE GERMAN & CZECH TOUR DATES

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS have confirmed more dates for their recently-announced European tour, due to take place this November and December in support of the band's new album, GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE.

The band have added a number of shows in Germany and one in the Czech Republic to the tour, which also includes dates in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and the UK.  Tickets for the newly-announced German shows go on sale this Thursday, July 3rd at http://www.eventim.de/rival-sons

See RIVAL SONS on tour in Europe at the following shows:

Jul. 31 - Notodden, Norway - Notodden Blues Festival
Aug. 01 - Andalsnes, Norway - Raumarock Festival
Aug. 02 - Ostersund, Sweden - Storsjoyran Festival
Aug. 07 - Skanderborg, Denmark - Smukfest

Nov. 09 - Frankfurt, Germany - Gibson *
Nov. 10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Nov. 11 - Paris, France - Trianon
Nov. 13 - Cologne, Germany - Buergerhaus Sollwerk *
Nov. 14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 15 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
Nov. 16 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan *
Nov. 29 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum *
Nov. 30 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Dec. 01 - Munich, Germany - Strom *
Dec. 03 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
Dec. 04 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
Dec. 05 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 3
Dec. 06 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi

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

* = new dates

View the tour flyer at http://bit.ly/1lNPS9Q

Get RIVAL SONS' new album GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE now on digisleeve CD and limited edition vinyl LP at http://www.earache.com/rs14

The album is also available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/rivalsons-iTunes

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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Tue
01
Jul

THE JONES GANG AND PAUL YOUNG SET TO ROCK THE ISPS HANDA LADIES EUROPEAN MASTERS

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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The Jones Gang and Paul Young set to Rock the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters

The Ladies European Tour is pleased to announce that a superb line-up of musical entertainment will support this year's ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, taking place at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Denham from 3-6 July.

Ticket holders will not only be able to enjoy the world class golf during the championship, but after play on Saturday they will be able to enjoy a live rock concert by The Jones Gang in the tented village. The Jones Gang features members of The Who, The Faces, Small Faces, Roxy Music, Foreigner, Bad Company and Thunder ' a line up which has shaped rock history.

Singer Paul Young will be a special guest joining The Who's Kenney Jones on drums,Foreigner's Rick Wills on bass, Steve Smith on keyboard as well as singer Danny Bowesand guitarist Luke Morley from Thunder. 

'The main thing is that we have fun and we want everybody else to have fun and listen to a good band. That's what we achieved at Wentworth tremendously well. Even if people aren't watching the golf they can come in and watch the band.'Speaking ahead of their appearance at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, Rick Wills said: 'We're really looking forward to coming to the Buckinghamshire, especially now that we've done our first golf event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. I think the setting at the Buckinghamshire is actually nicer because although the tented village at Wentworth was fantastic, it wasn't a very nice day, so hopefully the sun will be out and everybody can really have a good time. If it's a nice day people can have some entertainment, hang around, have a few drinks. It's such a lovely setting with the river and it's a superb place. When you drive in, it's like, wow!

The ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters is the flagship event of the Ladies European Tour (LET) and well as the world-class golf, there will be plenty of entertainment and activities for all the family to enjoy. Every day there will be Q&A sessions in the tented village where spectators can pose questions to sporting celebrities, free golf lessons for kids and adults in the PING Swing Zone and free face painting over the weekend. Thursday is ladies' day when you can make a date with Strictly Come Dancing's Anton du Beke while Friday will be cocktail night.

Tickets for the concert, which will take place from 7.30-9pm on Saturday, 5th July, will be on sale at the gate for '15, but anyone who has spent the day watching the golf will be able to stay on and watch the gig free of charge. At just '20 for a one day adult entry ticket, it represents fantastic value for money and children under 16 will be admitted free of charge if accompanied by an adult ticket holder. 

Buy your tickets now at http://tickets.sky.com/Golf/

 
Mon
30
Jun

THE WINERY DOGS APPEAR LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

Monday, June 30, 2014
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The Winery Dogs Return To Southern California
From Joe Dolan in LA....

Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy kicked off the start of their tour with a So-Cal appearance at the Canyon Club in October of 2013 and it's been a continuous string of appearances at venues far and near since as the band has been around the world twice.  From the day the Winery Dogs CD hit the streets, fans have clamored to get a front row seat to see amazing skills of these top level artists taking the stage, and it was no different on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of June, 2014.  Ticket sales were up, lines were formed and the super group returned to Los Angeles with two shows; Friday at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills and Saturday at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.

The debut CD by the band marked a smashing freshman release by the band, selling more than 10,000 copies in it's first week and appearing on the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 27; easily establishing the effort as an instant success.  As critics immediately referred to it as a potential one-off and side project, as each member has an individual career, the band has proven the Winery Dogs to be much more than that.

Drummer Mike Portnoy shares, 'It's important for people to know, this isn't the one time one-off side project. This is a real deal! This is a real band for the three of us.'

Since Portnoy's departure from Dream Theater after 27 years on the throne of a band he co-founded in 1985, he's put his unique brand of drumming and percussion on projects including Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob and Avenged Sevenfold.  As many projects are just that, projects that eventually expire, the Winery Dogs has provided an opportunity for Portnoy to truly showcase himself as a drummer, a songwriter and throughout the songs, even a vocalist.

The show has developed since their first appearance together in October 2013.  The set list offers a few new songs in the mix and keeps the performances fresh and exciting.  Throughout the night, members featured a solo on their respective instruments as well as Kotzen performing a solo acoustic song and playing the piano.  Portnoy also added a personal touch, coming down from behind the kit with a pair of sticks and playing microphone stands, the edge of the stage and assorted equipment on the front of his drum kit.

The set list was planned as follows:

01. Elevate
02. Criminal
03. We Are One
04. One More Time
05. Time Machine
06. Damaged
07. Six Feet Under
08. Hey Joe
09. The Other Side
10. You Saved Me
11. Not Hopeless
12. Doin' What The Devil Says To Do
13. My Love Is Alive
14. I'm No Angel
15. The Dying
16. Desire
17. Oblivion
18. Regret
19. Shy Boy

The band mixed around the set list and kept fans guessing with surprise and delight.

The tour continues with two more California dates up the coast in San Francisco and Oakland and over to the UK, Germany and the Netherlands before returning to the US for the East Coast leg of the tour.

For the most intimate experience available with the band, they are hosting a 4-day event called Dog Camp in Big Indian, NY from July 21st through the 25th.  Details are available on their official website.

Follow the band online, find show dates and get tickets to see them perform by visiting the following links.

Website: www.thewinerydogs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewinerydogs
YouTube: www.youtube.com/thewinerydogs

 

 


 

 
Fri
27
Jun

SURVIVOR 2014 UK TOUR DATES

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Friday, June 27, 2014
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Just announced Survivor 2014 UK Tour Dates:

 
Oct 13 - London Shepherds Bush
Oct 14 - Manchester Ritz
Oct 15 - Glasgow Garage
Oct 16 - Holmfirth Picturedome
Oct 17 - Nottingham Rock City
 
 

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