Thu
26
Feb

The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside VAN HALEN

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Author Greg Renoff has spent the last five years researching and writing Van Halen Rising, which will be published this October by ECW Press.
In the meantime, he's written a Van Halen article for Medium, which has just been published. I'm happy to plug this for Greg. Read below....

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The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside Van Halen

In 1979 David Lee Roth met Helmut Newton, inciting an ego-fueled power struggle that ultimately split the group apart

Greg Renoff in Cuepoint

Van Halen’s star was on the rise in late 1979. Vocalist David Lee Roth, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, and drummer Alex Van Halen had sent sold out crowds into delirium on their wildly successful 1978 and 1979 world tours. They had two platinum albums under their belts, and their latest, Van Halen II, had even cracked the Billboard Top Ten. These were significant achievements for a hard rock band at time when disco and new wave dominated the nation’s airwaves.

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Thu
26
Feb

MATTHEW SHAD Releases Solo Single

Stirling Road guitarist Matthew Shad has just released his very own single, "Heart Forgive Me".  The track was mixed by the mighty Kenny Scott (Swirl 360, Echo Jet).

"I am proud to announce the release of my new single, "Heart Forgive Me".  This song mean so much to me.  Working with Kenny is always an amazing experience.  He is so very talented.  I couldn't be more thrilled with the end result." ~ Matthew Shad
 
You can follow Matthew Shad on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/matthewshadmusic
You can download "Heart Forgive Me" on iTunes here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heart-forgive-me-single/id970535982

 
Thu
26
Feb

Sweden's REACH Announce Album Release Date

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Swedish hard rockers REACH will release their debut album, Reach Out To Rock, on March 4, 2015 via Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records. The Reach Out To Rock cover artwork can be seen below.

Reach Out To Rock track listing:

 
01. You Called My Name
02. Fortune & Fame
03. Tell Me
04. We Are
05. Someone Like You
06. The Beast
07. Make Me Believe
08. Reach Out
09. Looking For Love
10. Coming Home
 
The album was mixed by sound maestro Pontus Norgren from Hammerfall and Poodles. Recorded & produced by Erik Modin  Johannes Hennoks. Artwork design by Morgan Hassel.

In March 2015 the band will join Gus G on his Swedish tour as well as Eclipse on their UK tour ' and not to forget a slot on HRH AOR FESTIVAL.

REACH are:

Alex Waghorn ' Vocals
Ludvig Turner ' Guitars
David Jones ' Bass
Marcus Johansson ' Drums

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REACH was put together in 2012 by drummer Marcus Johansson and guitarist Ludvig Turner. Together they started looking for band members to complete the group, and found the remaining band members in bass player David Jones and vocalist Alex Waghorn. Among the first thing REACH did to reveal this new rock band was to arrange a hard rock cover of Avicii's super hit 'Wake me up' in August 2013. A huge success and about one year later the video has over 1.000.000 views AND still counting.

REACH's music can be described as classic rock with strong melodies and hooks, complemented by their youth energy. You can hear influences from Whitesnake, Scorpions,Europe and Gary Moore in the songs. Ludvig also put the melodic rock on the map in Swedish television in 2014 by making his own interpretations of major hits and being among the final four in the Swedish Idol contest.

The band released early 2014 a single 'Black Lady' to show their song writing abilities and proved not being just a cover band. In December 2014 having secured a deal with Sun Hill Production they released a first single 'You Called My Name' from the forthcoming album 'Reach Out To Rock'.

Despite their young age, REACH are already experienced festival performers, having played festivals as HRH (UK), Frontiers (IT), V'sby Rock (SE), Skogsr'jet (SE).

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Thu
26
Feb

Monsters Of Rock Cruise Approaches Sellout

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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THE MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the world’s largest and longest running Heavy Metal and Hard Rock cruise, has only 34-cabins available before selling out its fourth consecutive year. Tickets for the remaining 34-cabins aboard this musical playground will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy) and are available at MonstersOfRockCruise.com
Sailing the Bahamas this April 18-22 aboard the MSC Divina, the four-day-and-night cruise celebrating the original legendary Castle Donington music festival held in England in 1980, will showcase Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music icons (including artists on the original festival bill)--such as Tesla, Europe, Night Ranger, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Extreme, KIX, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper, Lita Ford, Black Star Riders, Y&T, plus many more (full lineup below)--and feature a full schedule of events and activities designed to encourage interaction between artists and fans.
 
This year’s cruise itinerary is kicked off by a two-night pre-party event at Miami’s Magic City Casino on April 15, featuring performances by Queensryche and Lillian Axe, and April 17, featuring performances by Stryper, Tyketto, Gabbie Rae and a special surprise guest artist. The fun continues the moment fans board the ship, meeting new friends poolside during the kickoff Sailaway Concert featuring cruise alumni, Tesla. This will set the tone for the next four days of events, including: Artist Meet & Greets, all-day stops at the private Monster Beach at Poseidon’s Grotto and the cosmopolitan resort mecca of Nassau, Bahamas, the Hot Tub Time Machine 80s Prom, “So You Think You Can Shred” fan competition, Fantasy Night Masquerade, “Rock Anthems Fan Jam” hosted by Izzy Presley, Cooking With Rock Stars, plus more events to be announced.
 
The official line-up for the 2015 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE is as follows: Tesla; Europe; Night Ranger; Tom Keifer of Cinderella; Extreme; KIX; Queensryche; Krokus; The Winery Dogs; Stryper; Lita Ford; Black Star Riders; Y&T; Zebra; Black ’N Blue; Faster Pussycat; Honeymoon Suite; Tyketto; Keel; John Corabi; Kip Winger; Michael Sweet; Richie Kotzen; Mike Tramp; Joel Hoekstra; Derek St. Holmes; Ron Keel; Leatherwolf; Babylon AD; Bang Tango; Heavens Edge; Frank Hannon Band; Lillian Axe; Rhino Bucket; Pamela Moore; Gabbie Rae; Atomic Punks; and AJ’s Bravehearts.
 
Says Larry Morand of ON THE BLUE, “The Monsters of Rock Cruise has always been about fan and artist interaction and we have more bands and events this year than ever before.  Fans don’t just watch the artists perform, they make music with the artists. If you’re looking for all things Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, this is the cruise for you.”
 
Visit monstersofrockcruise.com or connect on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know about upcoming announcements.
 
 
Thu
26
Feb

Focus On Metal - REVOLUTION SAINTS

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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The new release from Revolution Saints drops this week and Doug Aldrich returns to the Focus On Metal show to give all the lowdown on it. Doug also gives some insight into his decision to leave Whitesnake as well as an update on what's going on with Burning Rain and his hometown gig with Raiding The Rock Vault.
 
Listen now at: www.focusonmetal.net and iTunes.
 
Thu
26
Feb

MRR Deal - SOUND OF ETERNITY & PLATENS Japanese CD Pack

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Buy now - $30 for 2 Japanese versions with bonus track on each and FREE shipping! http://www.melodicrockdirect.com/products-page/cd/deal-of-the-day/
 
 
 
SOUND OF ETERNITY (Japan +1) / PLATENS (Japan +1) $30 FOR BOTH (+ FREE SHIPPING)
 
ONLY 10 PACKS AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!!!
 
2 great melodic rock records - with the added bonus of being JAPANESE pressings, adding 1 bonus track each. Both at a big discount and FREE SHIPPING!  
 
 
Thu
26
Feb

WHITESNAKE'S Purple Surprise Due May 15

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Friday, May 15, 2015
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Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.
 

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The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon – Standard Edition (http://geni.us/WSPurpleREGamz), Deluxe Edition (http://amzn.to/17Xxc2P) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a behind the scenes featurette on the recording of the album, and in a double LP vinyl format.  Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise.  All details will be announced soon.
 

 
"It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale. "As I said to Richie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The university of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert."
 

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From the opening notes of the classic track "Burn" to album closer "Stormbringer", Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like "Lady Double Dealer", "Soldier of Fortune" and "Sail Away" are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.
 
 
Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as "Slide It In," "Here I Go Again", "Still Of The Night" and "Is This Love". Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.
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Northern Quest Casino
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Tacoma, WA
Emerald Queen Casino
June 4th
Las Vegas, NV
The Joint
Juen 5th
Scottsdale, AZ
Talking Stick Pool Amp
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Pala, CA
Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
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Saban Theatre
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Regency Ballroom
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Grand Events Center
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Hard Rock
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Verizon Theater
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Majestic Theater
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Socorro Event Center
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Greeley Independence Stampede
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Summerfest
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Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
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Northfield, OH
Hard Rock
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Mahnomen, MN
Shoot Star Casino
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Oshkosk, WI
Rock USA
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Merrillville, IN
Star Plaza
 
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED INCLUDING UK, EUROPE
AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. STAY TUNED!
 
Wed
25
Feb

ACE FREHLEY Announces SPACE INVADER European Tour 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Founding KISS guitarist and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY released his latest album "Space Invader" last year through SPV/Steamhammer and entered the charts in whole Europe.

 
 
Now he`s leaving the stratosphere and visits planet earth for a European tour. Expect songs from "Space Invader" as well as songs from Frehley`s Comet and Kiss. Ace`s team consists of Richie Scarlet (guitar), Chris Wyse (bass) and Scot Coogan (drums).

ACE FREHLEY European "Space Invader" Tour 2015

06.06. SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
07.06. NO-Oslo - Rockefeller
10.06. D-Hamburg - Grünspan
11.06. NL-Zoetermeer - Bordereij
13.06. GB-Donington - Download Festival
14.06. F-Vaureal - Le Forum
15.06. D-Bochum - Zeche
17.06. SE-Stockholm - Gröna Lund
20.06. F-Clisson - Hellfest
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www.acefrehley.com
https://www.facebook.com/officialacefrehley
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

 
Wed
25
Feb

JETTBLACK Ready Their ‘Disguises’ For April 6

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Monday, April 6, 2015
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JETTBLACK get ready to release brand new album ‘Disguises’ in April.
 
Watch the video for new single 'EXPLODE" here: http://youtu.be/2KV2EGhdY6U
 
Formed in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 2007, and drawing inspiration from an era when rock bands had ‘entertaining an audience’ high on their list of things to do, JETTBLACK unleash incredibly well-crafted and hook laden, powerful melodic rock and roll.
 
With two albums under their belts ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ (2010), and ‘Raining Rock’, (2012) plus mini album Black Gold (2013), this four-strong outfit have continued to hone and polish their skills delivering stunning material that has built them a solid and growing fan base as well as a list of high profile admirers and collaborators. Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Udo Dirkschneider (Accept) and Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper) have all featured on JETTBLACK releases, sold on the quality and delivery of their songs.
None of JETTBLACK’S songs are conceived to stand in the corner, away from the spotlight; these are BIG, finely-crafted compositions with a built-in swagger, fuelled by the self-belief, passion and next level musicianship.
 
On the live circuit JETTBLACK have been strutting their stuff around the UK and Europe with sold out shows becoming more and more of a common occurrence. Blowing bands off of the stage is becoming second nature for them, as the live show has hit new heights and an unstoppable energy.  Notably they’ve shared the stage with peers such as Papa Roach and appeared at a number of top festivals (DownloadT In The ParkHard Rock HellSonisphere).
 
The band have now finished writing their third full length album, due for release in April on Cherry Red Records. Unveiling their first single ‘Explode’ vocalist/guitarist Will Stapleton said: JETTBLACK has always done things their own way. There has never been a conscious effort to write in a certain style or pander to a certain trend or fashion. We’ve always had this attitude as we feel it is the only way to write something that will stand the test of time. This new album 'Disguises' is a full on reflection of that. It’s about never hiding behind something you aren’t. It may feel a little more serious and mature, but I think sometimes people forget we’ve been on a musical journey for 17 years as musicians, so we’re always evolving. Don’t worry though, it’s still full of huge choruses, massive riffs and and in your face production and we’re all really proud of the evolution!”
 
Full-on, boldly constructed and walking a fine and timeless line between the contemporary and the classic, JETTBLACK make absolutely no concession to the half-hearted or, well, the half-anything. This is glorious rock music – unashamedly loud ‘n’ proud, and delivered with power, passion, craft, and the secure knowledge that biggest can very often be best….
 
TRACKLISTING
1.     Slaves
2.     Explode
3.     Poison Rain
4.     Evidence
5.     Disguises
6.     Broken Bones
7.     Black And White
8.     Kick In The Teeth
9.     Enemy
10.  Human
11.  Smoke And Mirrors
 
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