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Thu
16
Apr

JOURNEY Saga Continues With VALORY & SMITH Launching Counter Suit

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It looks like the now infamous JOURNEY (Nightmare Productions) board meeting wasn't a coup to overthrow NEAL SCHON and JONATHAN CAIN, but rather a move to stop Neal from registering the name JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, which the participants argued would devalue the JOURNEY name. Cain and Schon then declined to follwo through on a band movie deal, to which Arnel refused to sing on the then upcoming tour unless it went ahead!
 
 
"Balaban & Spielberger, LLP, attorneys representing Ross Valory, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and bass player for the iconic rock band Journey, filed a Cross-Complaint in Contra Costa County Superior Court on April 6, 2020, against fellow band members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain. The Cross-Complaint attaches evidence that refutes the Schon and Cain allegations and sets forth multiple causes of action for monetary damages against Schon and Cain for the ramifications of their conduct in trying to wrongfully excise Valory from the band.
Journey’s lead guitarist, Neal Schon, and keyboardist, Jonathan Cain filed a lawsuit on March 3, 2020, claiming Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith attempted to launch a “coup” to take over Nightmare Productions, Inc. (the corporate entity that controls the band’s name and trademark) in order to effectuate some amorphous retirement plan that is not described in the Complaint. An Answer filed by counsel defending Mr. Valory (Richard Charnley of Charnley Rian) against the Complaint’s allegations and the Cross-Complaint (filed by Andrew Spielberger of Balaban & Spielberger LLP) disputes and refutes these allegations.
Over the last four decades, Journey has reigned as one of America’s most successful rock bands producing ten platinum albums, eighteen Top 40 singles, and selling more than 75 million albums worldwide. Journey formed in 1973 the same year it created Nightmare Productions Inc., which holds the rights to the band’s trademark and other intellectual properties.
According to Valory’s attorney, Andrew Spielberger, “Ross is shocked and devastated by the conduct of his lifelong bandmates (Schon and Cain) and is disappointed that there was never any attempt to sit down and discuss what is most likely a misunderstanding and something that easily could have been worked out.”
So SMITH and VALLOY have launched a counter-suit for the following:
 
CROSS-COMPLAINT FOR:
1. INDUCING BREACH OF CONTRACT
2. INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH CONTRACTUAL RELATIONS
3. INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC RELATIONS
4. NEGLIGENT INTERFERENCE WITH PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC RELATIONS
5. INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
6. BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY
7. FALSE LIGHT
8. BREACH OF COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING
9. ACCOUNTING
10. DECLARATORY RELIEF DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
 
From within the filing:
 
"Revenue data from past live Tour and Corporate Show performances from 2017 and 2018 in conjunction with anticipated revenues for a 2020 tour demonstrate that revenues approximate one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000.)"
 
"Following the legitimate Notice of a Special Shareholders Meeting, upon information and belief, Neal Schon’s agent(s) then informed members of the JOURNEY band as well as Shareholders in Nightmare Productions, Inc. that Neal Schon would not sign off on a (separate) movie deal with Warner Bros. Pictures as long as the Shareholders of Nightmare Productions, Inc. insisted on going forward with the noticed Special Shareholders Meeting set for 2/13/20.   Upon information and belief, Cross-Defendant Neal Schon, and Cross-Defendant Jonathan Cain indicated their refusal to sign off on the Warner Bros. Pictures movie deal regarding the band JOURNEY (having an adverse effect on Arnel Pineda), unless the 2/13/20 scheduled Shareholders and Directors Meeting was canceled. Subsequently, upon information and belief, since the 2/13/20 meeting was not being canceled, a purported discussion between both Cross-Defendants and Arnel Pineda took place informing Arnel Pineda of Cross-Defendants’ decision to cancel the movie deal.  Ultimately, upon information and belief, Mr. Pineda refused to sing with Journey if the movie deal did not go forward.  The Cross-Defendants relented and allowed the movie deal to proceed."
 
More to come...
 
 

 

 
Fri
27
Mar

MOVING SERVER

After 15 years in one place, I am moving the entire site and all parts within to a new server.

There could be some down time and/or vanishing posts as one server goes live and the other is closed.

I'll advise when complete. Cheers.
 
Tue
24
Mar

THANK YOU

Thank you once again to everyone that has donated to ensure MR as able to continue on. For the time being, it most certainly will be.

A few things still to work on, including moving the site to a new server and streamlining the delivery of the content readers want to see.

The GoFundMe will remain open for another week, but I wanted to assure folks MR is here to continue and thank everyone once again for the support.
 
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Wed
18
Mar

FIREWORKS #90 Available Now!

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New issue features 4 page cover story on Nightwish as we chat to Floor Jansen and Troy Donockley about their wonderful new album Human Nature. Also on the cover are Melodic Rock favourites H.e.a.t who are storming back onto the scene by going back to their roots – we talk to Energiser Bunny Erik Gronwall about their decision to turn the clock back and the confusingly titled album 'II'. We also witness the birth of the fantastic new supergroup Black Swan and we chat with both Robin McCauley and Jeff Pilson how they, along with Reb Beach (Whitesnake/Winger) and Matt Starr (Mr Big) got together to record one of the best Melodic Rock debuts of recent years.
 
Elsewhere we interview Joe Satriani, Harem Scarem, Revolution Saints, Bonfire, Dynazty, Wishbone Ash, Delain, Ritchie Kotzen and many, many more, including an in-depth chat with Saxon's Biff Byford about his first ever solo album after over 40 years in the business.
Unsung Heroes takes a look at the career of Russ Ballard (he of Rainbow's 'Since You Been Gone' and  'I Surrender' fame) while The Enthusiast's Guide take an in-depth look at Glenn Hughes' solo output. Add to this other regular features such as Sisters In Rock, The Vinyl Countdown, Bands That Time Forgot, The Curiosity Shop and over 50 pages of reviews and you have the best value for money UK Rock magazine on the shelves.
 
Issue #90 of Fireworks in stock and available to order NOW. In shops from Thursday, March 19.
 
 
Thu
05
Mar

Escape Music Sign COMPASS For The Album 'Our Time On Earth'

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Escape Music is delighted and thrilled to announce the new signing of the band Compass and the title of the album "Our Time On Earth". This concept album written and produced by the multi talented musician Steve Newman !!
 
COMPASS - OUR TIME ON EARTH
 
Release Date: 24th April 2020
Catalogue no: ESM342
 
The Band is:
Ben Green - Vocals
Steve Newman - Guitar, Keyboards
Dave Bartlett - Bass
Toni Lakush - Drums
 
1. Skies OF Fire  8:44
2. Our Time On Earth Pt I  9:23
3. Caught In A Frame  5:26
4. Neon   7:19
5. The Preacher And The Pigeon Feeder  6:12
6. Another Life Suicide  5:38
7. A Warning from History  10:38
8. Our Time On Earth Pt II  4:13
 
Produced by: Steve Newman
Recorded and Mixed at Chrome Dome Studios, London, England 
 
THE CONCEPTION
The Compass story began back in December 2017 when singer songwriter Steve Newman decided to write a few songs that musically would step
outside the barriers imposed by many years writing for his own band Newman. This was to be something very different, liberating, both musically
and lyrically, from anything he had created before, with the freedom to move across genres and not be pigeon holed within any particular musical style.
 
THE BAND
Part of this removal from Steve’s previous work would involve looking for a singer to bring these ideas to life. After a few auditions and a few
calls in the latter part of 2018 Steve started talking with singer Ben Green about the songs and through these conversations the nucleus of the band
started to take shape.
Ben “When Steve called to ask if I wanted be part of this band, I had to pinch myself. Learning from such an accomplished and talented musician
and vocalist has been such a joy. I had such a great time putting these vocals down and feel privileged to be a part of this immense catalogue of songs.
I think we have created something very special with this band and songs and I can't wait to get it out there!”
Steve “There is something very unique about Ben’s voice and I knew after hearing him sing for the first time he could convey the sentiment behind
these songs and carry these ideas forward to a different level. I have always been inspired by great singers with the ability to communicate in a very
honest and believable way and to reach out to the listener, Ben has been born with this gift”
David Bartlett joined the band in early 2019 and was a very natural choice, Dave being a member of the Newman touring band for the passed 9 years.
with the addition of Toni Lakush filling the drum position most of the recordings were then completed between January and April in London UK.
 
THE MUSIC
A very eclectic mix pulling in influences from Dream Theater, Rush, Saga, through It Bites, and Pink Floyd.
We hope that “Our Time On Earth” will take the listener on a musical and lyrical journey through emotions and the highs and lows of what essentially
this collection of songs is about. Our lives, and the path that each individual takes and how their actions affect themselves and people around them
“From our first breath to our death, this is our time on earth”.
 
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Wed
04
Mar

JOURNEY vs JOURNEY - Smith & Valory Sued & Fired by Schon & Cain

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JOURNEY’S Neal Schon & Jonathan Cain have put recent tensions behind them to launch an extraordinary lawsuit against fellow band members Steve Smith and Ross Valory.
 
Smith & Valoy have been fired, effective immediately.
 
Steve Perry votes with...??
 
What the hell is going on?
 
 
It seems Smith & Valory were attempting to take control of the band’s business entity Nightmare Productions to guarantee a better pay-day for after their retirement.
 
Here’s one summary:
 
[The] defendants attempted to launch an ill-conceived corporate coup d'état to assume control of Nightmare Productions because they incorrectly believe that Nightmare Productions controls the Journey name and Mark. They hope that, by taking over Nightmare Productions, they can hold the Journey name hostage and set themselves up with a guaranteed income stream after they stop performing. Smith and Valory began their campaign to take control of Nightmare Productions in December 2019 by conspiring to oust Schon and Cain from control.
 
Schon & Cain hit back with this:
 
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Dear Mr. Smith and Mr. Valory:
 
This firm is counsel for Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon.
 
Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain are the remaining principal members of the band Journey.
 
Unfortunately, your recent actions, in concert with others, have demonstrated that you are no longer acting in the best interests of the band. As set forth in a Complaint filed today in the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, California, you both participated in a scheme to takeover
one of the band’s entities, Nightmare Productions, Inc., in breach of your fiduciary obligations.
 
You did so to enrich yourselves at the expense of our clients and to the detriment of the band. Our clients have lost all confidence in you and are not willing to perform with you.
 
Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain, through Elmo Partners, hold the sole exclusive, irrevocable license to the Journey name and all associated rights (the “Journey Mark”). Specifically, pursuant to the Trademark License Agreement, dated January 15, 1985, Nightmare Productions,
Inc. provided this license to Elmo Partners. The agreement provides that the license shall continue “until the date upon which none of Stephen Perry, Neal Joseph Schon, or Jonathan Cain is actively engaged in a professional music career utilizing the name “JOURNEY.”
 
Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain shall continue to pursue their music careers under the name Journey. Elmo Partners therefore retains and will continue to hold the exclusive, irrevocable license to the Journey Mark. Pursuant to the Agreement between the Elmo Partners, Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain control the Journey Mark. Mr. Schon and Mr. Cain are expressly authorized to perform together under the Journey Mark, with or without anyone else.
 
You have absolutely no rights to the Journey Mark and are not authorized to use the Journey Mark in any way. Effective immediately, you are no longer members of the band Journey and cannot perform under the name Journey.
 
If you act in contravention of our clients’ rights, please be advised that we will take all legal steps to protect the rights of our clients.
 
Nothing contained herein is intended to waive any and all rights of Mr. Cain and Mr. Schon, and all such rights and remedies are expressly reserved.”
 
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You can read the whole complaint, the evidence against and see Steve Perry vote with Schon & Cain to maintain the business status quo.
 
 
 
WOW!
 
Tue
25
Feb

WHERE ARE THE UPDATES PART 2

I have received several emails about lack of updates at MR. I was surprised as I’ve been adding more news than ever via the Twitter feed (which should be visible above this post)
 
It looks like the main culprit is ad-blockers or some malware/virus software. Simply make an exception for melodicrock.com or allow ads in your browser ad-block settings.
 
The newsfeed should appear between the top banner (Patreon ad) and the last actual site post (which in this case, is this post).
 
 
I am working on getting reviews flowing for the general site content asap.
 
In answer to why I have done this - simple - I need to concentrate on additional areas to make an income or there will be no MelodicRock. Of all the labels and retailers in this game, only Rock Candy and AOR Boulevard provide any kind of advertising support for this site. None of the others do. That is despite my willingness to support their endeavors and artists by posting updates, news and links. So without that income I am expanding into other projects such as Patreon.
 
 
Wed
05
Feb

H.E.A.T - 'II' (Review)

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Feb 2020
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H.E.A.T ‘II’, perfection is thy name.
 
Artists, bands, labels, managers, songwriters….listen up, pay attention and understand - this is how it’s done.
 
H.E.A.T have thrown off the experimentations of Into The Great Unknown (which I still think was great in its own way), ditched long-time producer Tobias Lindell and gone all in-house for their remarkable 6th album.
 
The result is H.E.A.T ‘II’, an album that doesn’t just politely knock on your door, rather it sees the band roll up in a 49-ton bulldozer, run over your lawn, crash through the door and bulldoze right through your house and out the other side.
 
This is a no holes barred, take no prisoners, earth shattering slice of classic melodic hard rock, where every single element is simply perfect. And every element helps make the other aspects of the album sound even better.
 
Crash drums like an absolute madman, his playing not only more powerful and bombastic than ever, but it’s also more technical and truly ear shattering.
Dave shreds harder and faster than ever before, making this the band’s heaviest album to date. Some of the guitar solos are mind-blowing.
Jona brings an equal dose of keyboards, helping balance the aggression with melody and adding several extra layers of ear candy.
Jimmy takes on his role with his usual dominant presence, grooving right alongside Crash as Scandinavia’s tightest rhythm section.
And what can I say about Erik? We already know he’s an alien from a galaxy far far away, where freakish lung capacity and megaphone vocals are commonplace, but here on earth he stands alone as the finest rock vocalist anywhere. And here he screams, wails, harmonizes and produces angelic tones that every other singer should strive for.
 
It’s simply a stunning performance by Erik and the whole band.
 
Additional credit must go to the guys for the production and mix. If anything, it is even better than ever, they clearly learned a lot from their time in the studio and this record reflects that. Absolutely flawless.
 
4 songs have been previewed in full, each one giving a solid indication of the rest of the album. There’s 11 ass-kicking tracks, the only ballad being Nothing To Say – a ballad so good it also kicks your ass. 11 tracks and 11 different vibes. Its very cool. It’s edgy, it’s menacing, it’s anthemic and melodic and it’s fresh.
 
Of my observations on the album, it is worth noting that the songs all that have influences from the past, but also strike a clear new path forward.
The guys have used some different chorus styles and structures in places and while some of the choruses may not match the anthemic heights of Living On The Run or Point Of No Return, the songs actually deliver the knockout hooks in the verse or post-chorus bridge. It makes for a really interesting learning curve for the album, as the chorus is normally the most obvious point of familiarity when first getting to know any record.
 
Highlights are almost impossible to spotlight as not matter what song you play last is the one stuck in your head afterwards.
I do have a particular love for the hard edged fast moving Dangerous Ground; the classic Heat sound of Come Clean; the menacing We Are Gods and its brilliant post-chorus hook; the punchy multi-hook Adrenaline (with a nod to Eclipse’s Runaway in the chorus) and Heaven Must Have Won An Angel, which has a strong Brother Firetribe vibe to it. But that said, I now feel mean for not mentioning other songs. They’re all brilliant.
 
This review is way longer than it needed to be. We’ll cut to the bottom line.

It’s perfect. The easiest 100 I’ve ever given. Take a bow guys.
 
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100
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Tue
04
Feb

ALBUM OF THE YEAR - 2019 MelRock Awards

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MELODICROCK.COM MELROCK AWARDS
 
BEST ALBUM OF 2019
 
THE TOP 30
 
1. ECLIPSE – Paradigm
 
Another near-perfect slice of ass kicking hard rock. Sweden’s most consistent masters of hard rock drenched in melody, delivered an album that stayed true to the band’s sound, while bringing in a few new tricks. Bottom line - instantly catchy, powerful, memorable and melodic as hell. My most played album of 2019 and the best.
 
2. THE DEFIANTS – Zokusho
 
The dreaded second album curse was avoided simply by delivering another perfect mix of modern meets classic melodic hard rock. Steve West on drums added a new dynamic and made it even more ‘dangerdangerous’. Killer songs and killer performances. If anything…I felt a few songs were a minute longer than they needed to be, but very minor point.
 
3. DEGREED – Lost Generation
 
I love every record these guys are done as they increasingly modernise and deliver wonderfully written songs that really could (should) be all over commercial radio. This album is so utterly infectious and the production is world class. More melodic brilliance from Sweden. I thought the intro and mid-album interlude hindered the pacing, but very minor point there.
 
4. CRAZY LIXX – Forever Wild
 
The guys have dabbled with styles in the past, but for album six they went full 80s, with blazing guitars, anthemic songs and killer choruses. A monster production made this album one of their very best – maybe their best ever. Whatever they did here, they nailed it and need to keep this going!
 
5. WORK OF ART – Exhibits
 
For the band’s final album, they simply did what they’ve always done – they delivered a piece of ultra-smooth, ultra-cool, ultra-AOR heaven. These Swedish wizards use the template of past masters of the genre, yet manage to sound fresh and original. Not their best album, but still essential.
 
6. CRASHDIET – Rust
 
It's like, everything good is from Sweden, and sleaze-rockers Crashdiet don’t buck that trend. They too have varied up their sound over several records and several singers, but each and every time they have delivered something memorable. They do it again right here – nice to hear something fresh and original alongside more familiar sounds.
 
7. UNRULY CHILD – Big Blue World
 
A little bit of extra grunt and some excellent songs. Possibly the smoothest melodic rock band this side of anywhere, Unruly Child create a unique style of commercial American AOR. I hope they keep making records for many years to come. Marcie Free remains a revelation on vocals.
 
8. VIANNA – Forever Free
 
The surprise package of the year for me. Just a really great dose of high energy melodic rock/AOR with big choruses, melodic verses and some fine performances all-round. New-comer AOR vocalist Bryan Cole and vocal legend Terry Brock supply lead and backing vocals, making this an even sweeter sounding record. 
 
9. STARBREAKER – Dysphoria
 
The dynamic Tony Harnell finally teamed up again with the talented guitarist/producer Magnus Karlsson for a new chapter in the Starbreaker name. And we got exactly what we wanted – powerful modern hard rock with breathtaking vocals and rifftastic guitars, both driven by a monster production.
 
10. ALLIANCE – Fire And Grace
 
Production quality was down on the last near perfect album, but plenty to like here with the outfit's usual style and grace. Robert Berry’s perfect AOR vocals drive the album as always.
 
11. LEVERAGE – Determinus
 
A big vocalist change and a long time between drinks for these guys - that placed a big question mark against Leverage before this release. Urban Tale’s Kimmo Blom uses the rough side of his powerful voice (didn’t know he had one!) and as in previous efforts, the songs are excellent – a slightly progressive melodic hard rock/metal style. Great stuff in the end.
 
12. TESLA – Shock
 
I’m surprised more fans didn’t go for this. There seemed to be a decent number of complaints online after its release, but this Def Tesla record stands on its own as a quality piece of music. Sure it was a little light and Phil Collen obviously over-influenced production and writing, but it’s a cool record. Cooler than the last few Leppard albums!
 
13. GATHERING OF KINGS – First Mission
 
A lack of distribution and the availability of physical copies didn’t dampen the hype around this super prog-pomp melodic rock record. Some terrific performances and lots of great vocals. Another big Scandi winner.
 
14. FIRST SIGNAL – Line Of Fire
 
It's Harry Hess. It's essential. Daniel Flores takes over some instrumentation and production, so it has that 'wall of keyboards' sound that he brings to most records, but a good selection of songs from the Frontiers regulars, and Harry getting to do something out of the Harem sound always makes for a good listen.
 
15. X-ROMANCE – Voices From The Past
 
House Of Shakira’s Andreas Novak featured on vocals – some catchy and traditional Scandi melodic rock that does the job nicely.
 
16. PRETTY MAIDS – Undress Your Madness
 
Battling cancer, Ronnie still manages to deliver more energy and attitude than most and while this could simply be described as ‘another Pretty Maids album’, it’s the quality throughout and the consistency of the band that makes it an album to admire.
 
17. NITRATE – Wide Open
 
More classic 80s melodic rock with a modern production. Midnite City in vibe and sound thanks to Rob Wylde's co-writing with founder Nick Hogg, plus Osukaru’s Philip Lindstrand jumps in for vocals this time around.
 
18. ROULETTE – Now
 
It's Scandi, it’s powerful, it's melodic and it's wonderful! Another band to add to the list of new-era modern melodic rock bands to devour for their classic melodic rock style.
 
19. SOLEIL MOON – Warrior
 
Soft and smooth, a little AOR and a little Westcoast; a quality record largely thanks to the vocals of Larry King.
 
20. WAKE THE NATION – Heartrock
 
It's Scandi, it's powerful, it's….you know the drill. This time the band are Finnish, and their second album moves them up in the power rankings for bands to watch out for.
 
21. FIND ME – Angels In Blue
 
Still quality, but perhaps the weakest album of the project’s 3 releases, but still good enough to make the Top 30. Overdone on the keyboards again, but Robbie LaBlanc sounds amazing.
 
22. CARL DIXON - Unbroken
 
He most certainly is unbroken. Another high-quality release from the Coney Hatch founder. It may be a solo record, but it has the 80s Hatch feel, with a modern touch.
 
23. TOBY HITCHCOCK - Reckoning
 
Well short of the debut, with Daniel Flores in charge of production this time around. The album is buried in too many keyboards (a Flores trademark), but the songs are mostly memorable and Toby’s voice shines as one of America’s best ‘new-era’ AOR vocalists.
 
24. SOTO - Origami
 
Jeff Scott Soto’s own band for delivering modern hard rock/melodic metal delivers album number 3, which continues the growth of the band and their sound. The best of the 3 without doubt.
 
25. LOVEKILLERS – Lovekillers
 
Tony Harnell strikes again! Two albums in the Top 30 for 2019 is quite the accomplishment. This is another of those ‘project’ releases, with Alessandro Del Vecchio the man alongside Tony, working somewhat collaboratively. The style is something many fans have wanted to hear from Tony for a while now and some (but not all) of this album works to satisfy that demand. It's very good – but not quite great. More song consistency and a move away from a standard 'Frontiers project sound' would help album number 2.
 
26. RESTLESS SPIRITS – Restless Spirits
 
Lords Of Black​ guitarist Tony Hernando assembled an album’s worth of melodic songs and some of the genre’s leading vocalists including Johnny Gioeli, Deen Castronovo, Dino Jelusic​ (Animal Drive​), Alessandro Del Vecchio. A few outstanding songs but its also a little inconsistent.
 
27. TONY MILLS – Against The law
 
Talk about saving your best for last. Another very consistent artist and an all-round good guy. Tony delivered one of his best ever performances before bowing out after a long fight with cancer. RIP Tony. Thanks for the tunes.
 
28. JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE – Winds Of Change
 
The ever reliable Jim Peterik always delivers. Great songs and great singers once again such as Mike Reno, Dennis DeYoung, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, Danny Vaughn and Lars Safsund. There’s enough info right there to ensure a purchase.
 
29. HARDLINE – Life
 
Not as immediate as some Hardline releases and that’s a little strange to say considering the sound is more along the traditional style the band is most loved for. But as with all Hardline releases, there is quality here worthy of inclusion in the Best Of list.
 
30. EDGE OF FOREVER – Native Soul
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio tops off another busy year with his third mention in this list. This time it's back to where he came from, bringing a tasty new slice of traditional European melodic rock with his own band Edge Of Forever.
 
 
JUST OUTSIDE THE 30:
 
ROCKET LOVE – Greetings From Rocketland
HOUSE OF SHAKIRA - Radiocarbon
AXE - Final Offering
LONERIDER - Attitude
MORANO - Incognito
91 SUITE - Starting All Over EP
DAVID GLEN EISLEY - Tattered, Torn and Worn
ART NATION - Transition
JIMMY BARNES - My Criminal Record
STATION - Stained Glass
GREGG ROLIE - Sonic Ranch
ROBERT TEPPER - Better Than The Rest
BLACK STAR RIDERS - Another State Of Grace
MIKE TRAMP - Stray From the Flock
BURNING RAIN - Face The Music
COLORVINE - Wake Up
DREAM THEATER - Distance Over Time
FIGHTER V - Fighter
MICHAEL BORMANN'S JADED HARD - Feels Like Yesterday
 
NOT EVEN CLOSE:
 
ROXY BLUE - Roxy Blue
WHITESNAKE - Flesh And Blood
BLOOD RED SAINTS - Pulse
DAVE BICKLER - Darklight
SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE - Space Between
SHARK ISLAND - Bloodline
THUNDER - Please Remain Seated
 
NO CHANCE:
 
QUIET RIOT - Hollywood Cowboys
L.A. GUNS - The Devil You Know
BRYAN ADAMS - Shine a Light
KANE ROBERTS  - The New Normal
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - Blue Lightning
TORA TORA - Bastards Of Beale
 
NOTE: There are NO MRR titles included in my Best Of, which is the usual method I employ. While I love them all, it for for others to judge those and I think MRR had a great year, if feedback is anything to go by.
 
 
SONG OF THE YEAR:
 
1. ECLIPSE – Delirious
 
 
2. DEGREED – Summer Of Love
 
 
3. VIANA – Forever Free
 
 
4. THE DEFIANTS – It Goes Fast
 
 
5. WORK OF ART – Misguided Love
 
 
6. CRAZY LIXX – Wicked
 
 
7. CRASH DIET – Rust
 
 
8. ALLIANCE – Good Life
 
9. UNRULY CHILD – Living In Someone Else’s Dream
 
 
10. RESTLESS SPIRITS – Stop Livin' To Live Online
 
 

 

 
Mon
03
Feb

PRESS RELEASE: MelodicRock.com in 2020 Updated

 
After a long, hot and dry summer period, the first week of February sees the start of school for the kids and the start of my ability to concentrate on work and the year ahead.
 
I hope folks are getting used to the new ways of MelodicRock – with the news, video and PRs all being added instantly throughout the day via the embedded Twitter feed.
 
Under that space will go the special features, added like a normal article has been over the past few years. Except MOST of the exclusive added content will be music reviews. Yes, Reviews are back, and they start tomorrow (Tuesday).
 
I am still to tweak the site layout a little – make it simpler and easier to view.
 
Additional news, music talk (and social) commentary can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/MelodicRockAU
 
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The new MelodicRock Records website can be found at: www.melodicrockrecords.com – equipped with eCommerce and pre-order links plus back catalogue bargains.
 
The label has since grown to a size where I needed to bring in outside partners to help and bring the necessary resources needed to expand and continue to grow the label. Thankfully I found the ideal duo of Peter Hoffman and Peter Naylor of SOLPRN Entertainment, with the day to day operations of the label now based in Melbourne Australia, as well as all packaging and distribution.
They are also under sole control of the MelodicRockFest event brand.
 
Manufacturing, shipping, invoicing, ordering and distribution and will be handled by the new partners. There are already some great plans for the label and projects coming together.
 
As Head Of A&R for MRR, I will continue to work on signing new artists and developing new titles. Any artists out there with new music to shop or archive projects/re-issues in mind, drop me a line anytime.
 
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As a new income source, I will be running my new multi-media platform, MelodicRock @ Patreon.
 
PATREON – New platform to help support the continuation of MR:
 
Signing up to Patreon is really simple, its just a simple registration (with FB sign in as one option). From there you add payment source (credit card or Paypal) and select from the various levels of sponsorship and the perks they offer.
Users are charged for all existing content at the time of signing up and then recurring on the first of every month. Cancellation or changing levels can be done at any time.
 
I need all the support possible, so I can continue to bring Reviews, News, new and rare audio and exclusive content to those that still have a thirst for the best music in the world.
 
 

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