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Fri
22
Aug

KEVIN CHALFANT Joins MECCA for 'Mecca III' and MRF4

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Friday, August 22, 2014
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We’ve got one more small adjustment to the MelodicRockFest 4 lineup to make.
 
Due to a scheduling conflict not in place at the time of arranging the MRF event, Jimi Jamison is now not able to attend to join Joe Vana and Mecca on stage.
Jimi was awesome at MRF3 and this is disappointing news, but Survivor now kick off European dates within days of Jimi’s planned MRF appearance.
 
So how do we compensate for this? How about calling up the one, the only, the fabulous Mr. Kevin Chalfant?!!
 
Here’s what Joe Vana has to say:
 
“Kevin is joining Mecca for the new Mecca 3 album and MRF. We will be doing some material from The Storm, Kev's solo material and new Mecca as well as a few old Mecca Standbys.
The band will start rehearsing when Shannon Forrest and David Hungate get done with TOTO's tour of the USA.
This will be a once in a lifetime production as we have the whole band there....LIVE...for ONE night ONLY!!!”
 
 

 
 

 

 
Tue
19
Aug

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Announces Dates With Gus G & TSO

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Two pieces of tour news to report today for JEFF SCOTT SOTO fans.
 
The vocalist posted these two updates earlier today:
 
"It’s official, I can announce I will be singing for Gus G on his upcoming 4 dates in the US in Oct! We start here in LA then hit Vegas, Ramona (San Diego) and wrap it in Tempe AZ.Stoked to join my friend onstage finally, we’ll be doing mostly material from his current solo album ‘I Am The Fire’ as well as some other gems including something we wrote together for my next album! See you out there!"
 
and 
 
"Proud to announce I will be on the upcoming Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour starting on Nov 13 in Council Bluffs IA! It's a brand new show based on the Christmas Attic album, part 3 of the seasonal TSO releases. Will post dates here individually soon but you can find them on this link for starters. Looking forward to seeing you all again as part of the holiday tradition! http://www.trans-siberian.com/tour"
 
 

 

 
Fri
15
Aug

JON STEVENS Australian Acoustic Tour Announced

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Friday, August 15, 2014
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JON STEVENS "TAKE ME BACK" TOUR 2014
ONE LEGENDARY VOICE, DECADES OF MUSIC
Jon Stevens "Take Me Back" Tour 2014 will see Stevens taking his fans on a rock journey through time, as he returns to the road with his acoustic show from mid-September through October, at venues across NSW, Victoria, and Queensland, playing all his fave tunes.
After a massive summer tour across the USA with his band, The Dead Daisies, supporting rock greats, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, and KISS during July and August 2014, Jon Stevens returns home to play a series of dates across NSW, Victoria, and Queensland.

The "Take Me Back" Tour will see Stevens singing some of his favourite songs from the amazing rock journey that has taken him all around the world over the past thirty-plus years.  From Noiseworks classics to songs that have influenced and inspired him, Jon Stevens will delight fans with his laid-back, yet energetic, acoustic rock performances.  His unmistakeable voice will transport the audience through the decades of music that makes up his solid repertoire.  

JON STEVENS "TAKE ME BACK" TOUR DATES
Thu, Sep 18 - MelbourneWellers
Fri, Sep 19 - Melbourne - Flying Saucer Club
Sat, Sep 20 - Phillip Island - Westernport Hotel
Sun, Sep 21 - Melbourne - Caravan Club
Thu, Sep 25 - Byron BayBangalow Bowling Club
Fri, Sep 26 - Gold CoastLonestar Tavern
Sat, Sep 27 - Noosa - Villa Noosa Hotel
Sun, Sep 28 - Toowoomba - Blue Mountain Hotel
Thu, Oct 2 - Newcastle - Lizottes
Fri, Oct 3 - Sydney - Dee Why RSL
Sat, Oct 4 - North Haven - North Haven Bowling Club
Thu, Oct 9 - Sydney - Wenty Leagues Club
Fri, Oct 10 - Lake Macquarie - Toronto Workers Club
Sat, Oct 11 - Sydney - Canterbury Leagues Club
Thu, Oct 16 - Sydney - The Basement
Fri, Oct 17 - Dapto - Dapto Leagues Club
Sat, Oct 18 - Bateau Bay - Bateau Bay Hotel
Fri, Oct 24 - Sydney - Souths Juniors


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Thu
14
Aug

British Metallers FURYON Announce Second Headline Spainish Tour

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Friday, September 19, 2014
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British metallers FURYON have announced their second headline Spain tour in September/OctoberFURYON just recorded their second album, produced by RICK BEATO(SHINEDOWN, FOZZY). FURYON looks to release their second beast later 2014. What’s to be expected is more of the same explosive guitar riffs and solos in well crafted song form. Expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to. A possibly darker album still with progressive elements and a grungy edge. The album aims to be a 10 song album with additions (acoustic tracks and videos). FURYON are extremely excited and looking forward to sharing the outcome of this venture with the World.
 
Tour dates as follows:
Sep. 27 – t.b.a.
Sep. 28 – Murcia – Garage Beat
Sep. 30 – Estepona – Louie Louie
Oct. 01 – Cordoba – Recycle
Oct. 02 – Extremadura, t.b.a.
Oct. 03 – Avilés – Centro Niemeyer
Oct. 04 – Ourense – Sala Berlin
Oct. 05 – Madrid – We Rock
 
FURYON are:
Matt Mitchell – Vocals
Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass
Lee Farmery – Drums
Luca Faraone – Guitars
Tiago Rosado – Guitars
FURYON are hitting the UK to tour this August with Funk/Thrash Metal legends MORDRED.
FURYON is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock. FURYON mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.

 

 
Thu
14
Aug

Grammy Nominated Rock Band SKILLET Announce UK Dates

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Two-time Grammy nominated rock band SKILLET announce UK dates, exclaiming "We can't wait to rock out with our fans on our first ever UK headline tour! Our UK fans have been so loyal and have been waiting for this for a long time! We are planning an incredible full length set with all the works. UK here we come!"

Skillet play the Glasgow Garage on 12th October, Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall on 13th October and London's O2 Islington Academy on 14th October.

Skillet's current album Rise features the singles 'Sick Of It'  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHzU-9iozmo and 'Not Gonna Die' and follows the band's 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S. Remarkably, Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve platinum certification last year, and one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys) to strike platinum that year.

The band maintains momentum with Rise, a gripping coming-of-age narrative that stands as their first concept album'though lead singer/bassist John Cooper says it wasn't premeditated. The album tells the story of a typical American teen coming into adulthood and trying to figure out who he is in a world riddled with problems both within and outside his control.

'The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen,' he says. 'As we recorded them, we started to realize that there was something going on'that the album was really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could.'

The result is a wildly ambitious work as heady as it is visceral. Sonically, the disc sees the band expanding their musical palette, integrating natural, acoustic instruments like accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, tympani and bells to their trademark slashing electric guitars, strings, churning synths and pummeling drums.

Skillet (Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper, drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger and guitarist Seth Morrison) recorded the album in Los Angeles, where they re-teamed with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, All American Rejects), who helmed Awake.

Awake debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the magazine's Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums Chart. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on iTunes' Top Album Chart, garnered 3 Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the No. 1 Active Rock smash and gold-certified 'Awake & Alive,' the gold-certified "Hero," "It's Not Me It's You" and the platinum-certified "Monster." "Monster" lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies and hitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio (the first in a string of multiple Top 5 active rock hits), while its companion video has generated over 47 million YouTube views. Skillet over the course of the past few years have sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone, racked up more than 150 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number in the millions. Skillet are now set to conquer the UK.

Skillet October tour dates
Sun 12th

        The Garage                              Glasgow
                http://www.ents24.com/glasgow-events/the-garage/skillet/3968433
Mon 13th
        Wulfrun Hall                            Wolverhampton
                http://www.ents24.com/wolverhampton-events/wulfrun-hall/skillet/3963814
Tue 14th
        O2 Islington Academy            London  
                
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Tue
12
Aug

DREAM THEATER Live In Australia This October

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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DREAM THEATER ANNOUNCE ‘AN EVENING WITH DREAM THEATER’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2014
 
Tombowler and Metropolis Touring Present:
 
ANNOUNCE ‘AN EVENING WITH DREAM THEATER’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2014
 
If there is one name that is synonymous with modern Post Progressive Metal, it would undeniably be Dream Theater.
 
The supreme lords of the genre own their style, best described as mixing the progressive tendencies of bands such as Pink Floyd, Rush and Yes with the metal edge of Metallica and Iron Maiden. With a career spanning close to 30 years, Dream Theater have recorded over 10 million album sales around the world to a fanatical diehard fanbase.
It has been 5 years since Dream Theater’s last visit in 2009 and Australian fans have been chomping at the bit for a return tour from the mesmerising kings of post prog metal.
 
Metropolis Touring and Tombowler are therefore thrilled to announce Dream Theater will be finally returning to Australia for two very special, exclusive and intimate performances in Sydney and Melbourne this October!
 
Expressive, extraordinary and genre-defining, Dream Theater’s music is as timeless as their dozen-album strong discography would suggest, while their latest album, the self-titled Dream Theater sees the band ever advancing toward new horizons.  This latest record is the first featuring the full integration into the band of new drummer Mike Mangini, making their current lineup something to behold. 
 
The mountain of awards and accolades from publications such as Guitar World, Revolver, Metal Hammer, Rolling Stone, Spin, Classic Rock as well as Grammy nominations rightly bestowed upon the band over the course of their storied career shouldn’t overshadow the most important thing Dream Theater has always offered: engaging, deeply resonant and undeniably catchy songs.
 
Pull Me Under, Caught In A Web, Forsaken, Lie, Take The Time, On The Backs Of Angels, Trial Of Tears, As I Am, Burning My Soul and The Enemy Inside are but just a few songs that have left fans in awe as they witness Dream Theater’s fingers fly; stirring up their own weather system of atmospheric and hauntingly hypnotic prog prowess.
Flawless as their albums are, it is the live setting where Dream Theater truly shine - their music comes alive, showcasing a gargantuan sound (and having John Petrucci’s wall of guitar blasting you in the face is something that has to be experienced to be believed!)
 
“Whenever a band of the magnitude of Dream Theater comes to town, the excitement is palpable. Tonight was no different, and the Palais was packed with fans itching to share in an experience that only takes place once every few years”FasterLouder
 
Dream Theater’s proficiency and technical wizardry is at full flight with the near three hour ‘An Evening With Dream Theatre’ performance loaded with nothing but the best from Dream Theater! The tour has been nominated for a ‘best live event’ award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, demonstrating it is certainly one of the finest Prog shows currently touring the world.  Ensure you are one of the lucky ones along for the ride with Dream Theater on their two exclusive Australian performances in October!
 
An Evening With Dream Theater - Australian Tour 2014
Wednesday October 29 - The Palais, Melbourne
Thursday October 30 - The Big Top, Sydney
 
 
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Fri
08
Aug

Rick Springfield Australian Tour Cancelled

Friday, August 8, 2014
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UPDATE: Rick Springfield kindly replied to my email stating that the tour WILL be rescueduled, they are working on that right now.
 
 
Lennard Promotions regrettably announces today the cancellation of the Rick Springfield October 2014 Australian tour.

On advice from Rick Springfield’s management, Rick has secured a co-starring role in the movie “Ricki And The Flash” alongside Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.

Production begins in New York in mid September with Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme (“The Silence Of The Lambs”). The movie’s script was written by another Oscar winner, Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Meryl Streep has received 18 Academy Awards nominations and three awards. She has also won two Australian Film Institute awards.

“Sorry to all my Aussie fans,” writes Springfield. “ I was so looking forward to playing for you for the first time in 30 years. I promise to make it up to you next year. In the meantime, this movie is a great opportunity. It's not every day that Meryl Streep and Jonathan Demme come calling.”

Fans should keep an eye out for the possibility of a 2015 tour being announced in due course.

All tickets will be refunded in full and ticket holders should go to their place of purchase for the refund.

Lennard Promotions will be announcing the winner tonight for the Rick Springfield Competition and we will be awarding the winner with an amazing prize! Details of the prize are being finalised and the full prize will be published on the Lennard Promotions Facebook page within the next several days.

 

 
Thu
07
Aug

THE FIFTH Return To Action

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Thursday, August 7, 2014
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North Carolina hard rockers The Fifth are set to hit the boards once again with upcoming live shows in Raleigh, NC and Pekin, IL, doing photo shoots, adding a new band member, writing and demoing new music and just preparing to take the latter part of 2014 by the balls.
 
"While our bass player, Franko, has been overseas we've taken advantage of the time to work on new material and find the perfect drummer that fits with The Fifth," says frontman Roy Cathey. "Welcoming Darius Rose into the fold has really given us a sense of stability and dedication we’ve been needing.  Guitarist, Icky Jim and myself also made an appearance last year at the 2013 Skullfest in N.Platte, Nebraska playing an acoustic set of material from The Fifth, Cold Sweat and Gibraltar (Cathey's pre-Cold Sweat hard rock outfit). This gave us a chance to reconnect with the melodic rock audience that may still remember me from my Cold Sweat days.  
 
The band's new material leans in a heavier direction while still keeping it's melodic sensibilities. "When we added Franko to the band after recording 'Confessions of Man' so many new doors were opened musically and allowed Icky and myself to really stretch ourselves," states Roy. "With a bass player influenced by Geezer Butler, Steve Harris and Cliff Burton it’s going to change your sound and we feel it's for the better. We've yet to even come close to reaching our potential. It's very exciting.".
 
On the live front, The Fifth has upcoming shows on November 1 at The Deep South in Raleigh, NC, the Rock N' Skull Festival in Pekin, IL on November 15 (alongside Black N' Blue, Tuff, Babylon AD and others) and on December 5 at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh with Rubicon Cross.
 
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Mon
04
Aug

TESLA Returns to the Canyon Club with Simplicity

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Monday, August 4, 2014
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From Joe Dolan in LA:

Touring in support of their seventh studio release, Tesla performed to a sold out crowd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on August 2nd, 2014. The new album, titled Simplicity, features 14 original songs with two bonus tracks on the Japanese released version of the CD. Gaining immediate traction upon release, the straight forward hard rockers landed on the Billboard Top 200 at number 24 with first week sales boasting over 14,000 copies; a more than admiral feat for a band that got it's legs during the MTV Headbanger's Ball generation.

Simplicity was released to the general public on June 10th through all music retail outlets. The bands easily identifiable logo graces the jacket in black and white and the songs feature founding guitarist Frank Hannon's unique and straight from the gut blues laden rhythms and melodious solos. Throughout the CD, songs offer hook laden acoustic guitar rhythms that delicately blend with clean distortion to create an evolution of sound for the band that holds true to their history in creating hard rock classics.

Front man and vocalist Jeff Keith shares, 'We always make a record we love and you guys say, we don't like it, but we like it and that's good enough for us.'

When asked about the recording sessions, where rumors have circulated about the band having recorded 28 tracks for CD, Keithshares, 'We decided on the bus the other day that all these demos songs that didn't make the record, for our 30th anniversary we can put out a box set. The problem is, we have to find all those old recordings.'

On June 7th, the band released a video for the song So Devine, a chilling homage to a close friend of the band that had recently passed away. Response to the video has earned more than 86,000 views on YouTube and Vevo in the first two months and has gained a new following for the band in both listenership and concert turnout.

On stage, four of the founding five members of the band performed with guitarist Dave Rude who has been the consistent rhythm guitarist in the band since replacing Tommy Skeoch, who took time off for personal reasons in 2006. The set list offered tracks from the new album and a friendly reminder of the music that broke the band in the 80's, ending with three tracks from the bands first CD,Mechanical Resonance.

The set was performed as follows:

01. MP3
02. Edison's Medicine
03. I Wanna Live
04. Hang Tough
05. So Devine
06. Heaven's Trail
07. Mama's Fool
08. Life Is A River
09. The Way It Is
10. Burnout To Fade
11. What You Give
12. Signs
13. Love Song
14. Getting' Better
15. Modern Day Cowboy
16. Little Suzi

The show at the Canyon Club marks the end of the western leg of the tour and offers the band an eight day reprieve before continuing at the Hampton Beach Club Casino in New Hampshire and crossing the Midwest to bring the band back to California, and as scheduled, a finishing performance in Las Vegas at the East Side Cannery Casino.

Tesla is also scheduled to perform as part of the line-up on the Monster's Of Rock Cruise Miami on April 22nd, 2015.

Follow the band online by visiting their official website at www.TeslaTheBand.com. Social media links are available on the website.

 
 

 
 
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
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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
Categories: 

 

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
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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

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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
Categories: 
 
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

Artist: 
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
Categories: 


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).
 
 

 

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