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Fri
19
May

KEE OF HEARTS Debut Album Due This Northern Summer

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of KEE OF HEARTS, a new band project built around two true melodic rock superstars: Tommy Heart, singer of Fair Warning and Kee Marcello, former Europe guitarist!
 
With a line-up rounded out by Ken Sandin (Alien) on bass and Italian drummer Marco Di Salvia (Pino Scotto), the guys started working on the album in late 2016. With their songwriting strongly focused on melodic rock songs, the album came to completion under the direction of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and covers a wide spectrum of styles with a lot of attention given to crafting great hooks delivered by musicians that know how to deliver the goods!
 
Musically, the band operates in a territory defined by Scandinavian AOR meeting German melodic hard rock with influences from the classic U.S. AOR giants (think Giant, Journey, etc.).
 
All in all, an unmissable release and a highlight of the melodic rock scene! The album is planned for release in the late summer.

 

 
Tue
20
Dec

TOMMY HEART Solo Debut 'Spirit Of Time' Gets Japanese Exclusive

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Fair Warning vocalist TOMMY HEART is pleased to announce his solo album will see the release on Dec 21.
 
The new album is set to release only in Japan (at this stage) and is titled “Spirit Of Time”
 
Featured on the album are:
 
Rene Schostak
Jens Bethke
Torsten Luederwaldt (Fair Warning, Dreamtide)
Andy Malecek (Fair Warning, Last Autumn´s Dream)
Helge Engelke (Fair Warning, Dreamtide)
Alex Strauch (She´s China)
Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia, At Vance)
Mats Hedström.
Tommy Remm, Frank Kretschmer, Paul Bonin, Louis Sesto, J.Meyer, J.Ell, R. Delin, J. Meyer, S. Mosson, D.Elmo, E. Gotthardt, L. Sundin, K. Bach, J. Reingold, Hal Marabel, Fred Zahl, AC Heart, Mitch Keller, Sabine Manke.
 

TOMMY HEART BIOGRAPHY

In 1982, the spark to Tommy Heart’s remarkable singing career was ignited while playing in a West-Berlin school band. It was his very first attempt trying to escape the ghetto in Gropiusstadt (part of Berlin) and establish an existence away from difficult everyday life.

Tommy’s youth was affected by the typical troubles of life such as delinquency, drug abuse, violence and the laws of the street.

A first real chance was given to him in 1988 when he signed his first contract with the renowned Heavy Metal label Noise Records – his band at that time: V2. When V2 blasted off with their first self-titled album, they soon found themselves supporting German hotshots and label mates Helloween who were at the commercial peak of their carreer having just released their hugely successful effort “Keeper Of The Seven Keys II”. Still on tour in Europe, Tommy was invited by legendary guitarist Zeno Roth and his band Zeno to put his vocal prowess to the test.

American label Geffen Records – home to many unforgotten rock heroes such as Elton John, Cher, Michael Bolton, Aerosmith, Nirvana or Guns N’ Roses – offered a future-proof collaboration.

This liason led to a great deal of showcases and brought the band in touch with American manager Tom Zutaut being personally responsible for the success of bands like Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses and Tesla. Then in 1989, Zeno Roth suprisingly decided to back down from music business.

In the same year Tommy and the rest of Zeno’s band, Ule W. Ritgen and CC Behrens, laid the foundation for the exceptional Fair Warning. After recording a couple of demos the band received many offers from major labels and eventually opted for WEA. In 1992 the self-titled debut made quite an impact on the Japanese market which resulted in outstanding sales figures. The band even was invited to tour the land of the rising sun; something rather unusual for a newcomer band and, after all was awarded the „Brightest Hope Award 1992“ by the readers of Japanese metal bible Burrn!

In 1993 Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth – one of the world’s most influential sixstringers – worked on a performance of the „Symphonic Rock For Europe“ concert. Roth accompanied the Symphonic Orchestra Brussels on guitar interpreting various classical pieces. For the concert that was eventually aired by WDR-Rockpalast, Tommy took over the role of the lead vocalist from Cream icon and frontman Jack Bruce at short notice. This collaboration later continued in form of the 1995 epic “Sky Of Avalon” and was welcomed by media and fans alike. Moreover, Tommy participated in a singing contest organized by Gillette. He was finally chosen from 300 contestants to sing their theme song „Gillette – für das Beste im Mann“. Thanks to Tommy’s distintive and unmistakable voice, sales figures skyrocketed. Nonetheless, Tommy stayed true to himself as he knew that an even bigger success was to follow: the second Fair Warning album “Rainmaker” sold 65.000 units solely on the day of release and went straight up the charts.

 
Two weeks later the boys from Hanover received a gold award – another successful tour followed shortly after. The 1997 follow-up “Go!” again went gold and won the poll for “Album Of The Year”. In Europe the band played live with big names such as Status Quo, C.C.R. or Saga and continued to expand their fanbase. In 1998 the amazingly executed live album “Live & More” was issued and the band once again toured Asia – an exceptional event in which Tommy again proved that he belonged to the ranks of the top singers and performers – just listen to the middle part of Fair Warning’s live classic “Don’t Give Up” which is sung without any musical accompaniment.
 
 
Fri
14
Oct

FAIR WARNING Pimp Their Past on SPV

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Friday, October 28, 2016
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Guitar player Helge Engelke and bass player Ule W. Ritgen are giving more infos about the new FAIR WARNING album "Pimp Your Past" in a very humorous way.

The album by the band from Northern Germany features 2016 versions of the most important tracks from their first three studio albums Fair Warning, Rainmaker and Go!, originally released between 1992 and 1997. Pre-Order Link with sound samples: https://FairWarning.lnk.to/PimpYourPast
 
Pimp Your Past will be release worldwide (ex-Japan) on October 28th, 2016 as CD through Steamhammer/SPV.
 
Tracklisting:
01. Longing For Love 3:50
02. One Step Closer 3:58
03. Out On The Run 3:59
04. When Love Fails 4:37
05. Long Gone 4:39
06. Burning Heart 4:13
07. Picture Of Love 4:44
08. Angels Of Heaven 5:34
09. Rain Song 4:46
10. Save Me 5:34
11. Don´t Give Up 6:43
 
 
Thu
18
Aug

FAIR WARNING Go Back To The Start With 'Pimp Your Past'

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Friday, October 28, 2016
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If anybody really needed additional proof that all of their songs are timeless, classic and independent of trends and fashions, then Fair Warning provide that proof incontestably on Pimp Your Past. The current album by the band from Northern Germany features 2016 versions of the most important tracks from their first three studio albums Fair Warning, Rainmaker and Go!, originally released between 1992 and 1997. Every single note sees Fair Warning underline the motto which they have chosen for themselves: a good song will always remain a good song (at this point we will save ourselves a decisive 'full stop' as an expression of absolute conviction).
 
At the same time, it's an integral part of the Pimp Your Past concept that the arrangements of some of the new versions differ significantly from the originals. As bassist Ule Ritgen puts it so aptly: 'When our Japanese record company approached us with the request for this kind of album, we were skeptical to start with. But once we had made up our minds to not simply rerecord the material but furnish it with a few fresh arrangements, the project gained momentum and we were gripped by a kind of eagerness to explore the possibilities. Especially since the new recording are very energetic and sound excitingly different in parts while their essence has remained the same. You can tell that the originals have a lot of substance and that their quality is extremely robust.'
 
So it comes as no surprise that the unmistakable spiritedness of this band, which has been on the scene for 25 years and is now throwing a new light on the beginning of their career with Pimp Your Past, is also reflected in the album's unusual cover artwork. 'We've run out of dragons, unfortunately they're extinct,' jokes Helge Engelke and gets to the serious core of the matter: 'Of course people may wonder what this 'arty stuff' is all about. In view of the term 'pimp', a cover featuring old cars would probably have been the logical thing to go for. But honestly: who wants something normal? And after all, monkeys also stand for an early stage of the evolution of man, so the album title and the cover fit together really well. To put it in a nutshell: we played with our origins on Pimp Your Past, which was not only a lot of fun but is also expressed in this particularly humorous artwork.'
 
Pimp Your Past will be release worldwide (ex-Japan) on October 28th, 2016 as CD through Steamhammer/SPV.
 
Tracklisting:
01. Longing For Love 3:50
02  One Step Closer 3:58
03. Out On The Run 3:59
04. When Love Fails 4:37
05. Long Gone 4:39
06. Burning Heart 4:13
07. Picture Of Love 4:44
08. Angels Of Heaven 5:34
09. Rain Song 4:46
10. Save Me 5:34
11. Don't Give Up 6:43
 
From left to right: Helge Engelke (guitars), Tommy Heart (vocals), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), CC Behrens (drums)

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