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Fri
29
Jan

LITA FORD Unlocks 'Time Capsule' April 15

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Friday, April 15, 2016
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feat. Gene Simmons, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Dave Navarro & Rick Nielsen
 
American vocalist/guitarist Lita Ford is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on Steamhammer/SPV on 15 April 2016.
 
The very special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a ”throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).
 
“There was a shitload of these 24-track analog tapes in the closet in my house (in the islands),” Ford recalls. “This is some of the best work I`ve ever done and it was sitting there. I grabbed two suitcases and took them back to the United States.” Imagine Ford dragging a pair of suitcases full of analog tapes through the Caribbean dirt back to Los Angeles, so, as she recalls, “we could bake these fuckers,” due to their age. “If you just put them on the reel, they would flake. I was chewing my fingernails, thinking, ´Please work!` And they did!”
 
Time Capsule contains ten songs plus intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen.
 
Tracklisting:

1. Intro 1:35
2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight 04:47
3. Killing Kind 04:49
4. War Of The Angels 05:44
5. Black Leather Heart 03:33
6. Rotten To The Core 04:21
7. Little Wing 03:01
8. On The Fast Track 03:41
9. King Of The Wild Wind 05:04
10. Mr. Corruption 04:15
11. Anything For The Thrill 03:25

LITA FORD live 2016

US/Canada

12.02. Houston,TX - BFE Rock Club
13.02. Tyler,TX - Rock N´Valentines Festival
14.02. Fort Worth,TX - The Rail Club
20.02. Enoch,AB - River Cree Resort
05.03. Beverly Hills,CA - Saban Theatre
19.03. Toledo,OH - Savage Arena
24.04. Ladson,SC - 98 Rock Fest

Europe

10.06. SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
13.-14.08.B-Kortijk - Alcatraz Festival

More dates will be added soon
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http://www.litafordonline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/litaofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/


 
 
Sat
23
Jan

SOTO To Release Second Studio Album ‘Divak’ Out April 1 Via earMUSIC

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Friday, April 1, 2016
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SOTO, featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, have completed their second studio album, Divak, out April 1 via earMUSIC.
 
Divak (pronounced "dee-vock") comes shortly after the band's debut release Inside the Vertigo. It's a mere 15 months later, partly due to singer Jeff Scott Soto's insistence on continuing to create and build a true brand for his new venture.
 
Once again, the album is produced by Jeff Scott Soto and drummer Edu Cominato. It was mixed by long time JSS engineer/associate John Ellis, as well.
 
The band features Soto on vocals; Cominato on drums; lead guitarist Jorge Salan; bassist David Z; and keyboardist/guitarist BJ. They are heavily featured on Divak, with their writing contributions together.
 
The first single "FreakShow" was co-produced/written by Tony Dickinson, who also co-wrote "The Fall," which was the first single from Inside the Vertigo. The track is an extension of the SOTO sound created especially for this new band.
 
SOTO will debut live in February 2016 with a string of East Coast U.S. dates, leading into the annual Monsters of Rock Cruise (East), alongside Steve Vai, Extreme, Queensryche, and countless headliners.
 
SOTO, formed in 2014, are the dream band created when Jeff Scott Soto realized how much he missed the "heavier side" of his career after fronting artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, and Journey, and even his own solo albums. The band hopes to continue its role as a driving force in today's current hard rock and metal scene.
 
Check out this stream of live material from DIVAK: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOmUKmHMjS3uv9OmkbwH2fvUPFXu31-1i
 
DIVAK Track Listing:
 
 1. DIVAK (Intro)
 2. Weight of the World
 3. FreakShow
 4. Paranoia
 5. Unblame
 6. Cyber Masquerade
 7. In My Darkest Hour
 8. Forgotten
 9. SuckerPunch
 10. Time
 11. Misfired
 12. The Fall From Grace
 13. Awakened
 
Bonus Tracks (All Digital Retailers):
 
14. Final Say (live)
15. The Fall  (live)
16. Break  (live)
17. When I'm Older (live)
18. Stand Up (live)
 
Additional Bonus Tracks (iTunes/Apple Music):
19. My Life
20. Cracking the Stone
 
 

 

 
Fri
16
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 - Dying To Live (Review)

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content: 
93%
Produced By: 
Joel Hoekstra
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
 
Guitarist, songwriter and all-round good guy Joel Hoekstra is a man on the rise. From Rock Of Ages, to Night Ranger, the occasional Foreigner fill-in role and now in Whitesnake, Joel Hoekstra is become a name guitarist in an era where few new guitar heroes have emerged.
 
His debut solo album is where he’s allowed to shine – from the impeccable guitar soloing and master class in memorable riff writing – to the challenging job of taking control of production – Joel nails it.
And in a nice added bonus, Joel has written every track on this album. Himself! (there’s one co-write with Russell Allen).
It’s nice to hear such an accomplished album from the pen of the star rather than hired gun writers.
 
This is a diverse album that ranges from melodic metal to commercial melodic rock, without losing the common thread and consistency an album needs.
Interestingly, with the two vocalists involved it is often a reversal of the expected, with metal man Russell Allen delivering a couple of fine melodic numbers and the voice of melodic rock Jeff Scott Soto handing in a couple of aggressive in your face numbers.
Of course both singers do what they do best on the other tracks, giving the album a clear balance of styles, despite the sometimes distracting tactic of alternating vocalists.
 
Say Goodbye to the Sun is a fierce tour de force with Russell bellowing at full volume. A Dio-esque metal intensity with this fine song.
Anymore sees Russell delivering a really catchy hard rock track with a fast beat and a free flowing high energy chorus.
Until I Left You is nothing short of a classic JSS sung melodic rock anthem. Great tune for fans of Night Ranger and Jeff as Joel turns ultra-commercial here.
Long For the Days is an epic sounding classic rock ballad. There’s some 70s and 80s influences there and more Dio, but ultra-melodic. Classy slow guitar solo too.
Scream is Jeff’s turn to go metal, with a tough but melodic sounding stadium metal track.
Never Say Never is Russell getting to sing at his most commercial. This is an instantly memorable melodic rocker with a stand out chorus.
 
Changes is Russell again, signing a moody hard rock track with a good heart.
The Only Way to Go is a uptempo hard rock song with a swagger and JSS in his darker heavier tone and Joel slashing his way through the song.
Dying to Live is a fast and fabulous melodic metal track which suits Russell to a tee.
Start Again is another JSS delivered monster melodic rock anthem. Huge chorus.
What We Believe is a bit of an epic mid-tempo album closer – the perfect tempo and tone to end one epic album.
 

 
Two thumbs up for Joel. Another very strong album – even more so give that it’s his debut solo album. A must for anyone that’s enjoyed his output in Night Ranger, Whitesnake and elsewhere.
And a cracking good set of songs for fans of JSS and Russell Allen to enjoy. The two singers really deliver here.
Melodic hard rock at its best!
 
Score: 
93
 
Tue
13
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Release 'Dying To Live' Streaming Now

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL Presents: JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 FULL ALBUM WORLD PREMIERE
 
Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl
 
 
'The guitarist keeps good company on this album'.They've created an accomplished set of radio friendly tunes on Dying to Live, including the sultry Long For the Days.'  -Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine
 
"To sum up 'Dying To Live' it is a captivating, uplifting, joyous release to please and appease fans of Melodic Rock ,  and  in my humble opinion  ranks as one of the top must have Melodic Rock Albums released in 2015 to date." (10/10!) -Seb DiGatto, The Metal Gods Meltdown
 
"Hard rock the way it used to be. One of the best rock albums of the year? Quite possibly." (10/10!) -Alan Bannerman, Powerplay Magazine
 
 
This Monday, October 12 - The world will hear what critics are calling 'The Best Melodic Hard Rock Album Of The year!' JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 - DYING TO LIVE has come out of nowhere and is ready to take its place in the vanguard of the international melodic rock music scene. This All-Star band is fueled by the ferocious vocals of both Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, and driven by the onslaught of lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, the pounding rhythm of Tony Franklin (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums) and Derek Sherinian (Keyboard).
 
'Over the last 7-8 years while playing with Night Ranger, Rock of Ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and now Whitesnake, I've had many requests from fans for a solo project of sorts,' explains Hoekstra. 'Here it is!  Recording it was a labor of love for me, as I did all of the writing, arranging, producing, etc.  I'm honored to have some of the finest musicians in rock today bring these songs to life for me.  Maybe I'm not a familiar "name" for many of you, but if you're a fan of melodic, hard-rock that's Dioish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest, I really think you'll like this.  Huge thanks go to Serafino Perugino and everyone at Frontiers for this opportunity and also for the generous move of sharing this entire album with you in advance!  Have a listen!'
 
Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of Scream and Until I Left You (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) plus Long For The Days and Anymore (featuring Russell Allen).
 
Pre-Order Here:
Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra's 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

 

 
Wed
07
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 - Dying To Live (Track By Track)

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 is a side project formed by popular Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, who is also well known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.
 
The album features some truly stellar guests Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen sharing vocal duties along with Vinny Appice – drums and Tony Franklin – bass.
 
So what has Joel lined up for us on his debut solo album? Here’s a Track By Track look:
 
01. Say Goodbye to the Sun is a fierce tour de force with Russell bellowing at full volume. A Dio-esque metal intensity with this fine song.
 
02. Anymore sees Russell delivering a really catchy hard rock track with a fast beat and a free flowing high energy chorus.
 
03. Until I Left You is nothing short of a classic JSS sung melodic rock anthem. Great tune for fans of Night Ranger and Jeff as Joel turns ultra-commercial here.
 
04. Long For the Days is an epic sounding classic rock ballad. There’s some 70s and 80s influences there and more Dio, but ultra-melodic. Classy slow guitar solo too.
 
05. Scream is Jeff’s turn to go metal, with a tough but melodic sounding stadium metal track.
 
06. Never Say Never is Russell getting to sing at his most commercial. This is an instantly memorable melodic rocker with a stand out chorus.
 
07. Changes is Russell again, signing a moody hard rock track with a good heart.
 
08. The Only Way to Go is a uptempo hard rock song with a swagger and JSS in his darker heavier tone and Joel slashing his way through the song.
 
09. Dying to Live is a fast and fabulous melodic metal track which suits Russell to a tee.
 
10. Start Again is another JSS delivered monster melodic rock anthem. Huge chorus.
 
11. What We Believe is a bit of an epic mid-tempo album closer – the perfect tempo and tone to end one epic album.
 
 
Fri
02
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Video Premiere For 'Scream'

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 

JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 PREMIERES 4th SINGLE 'SCREAM'

24HR EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO ON GUITARWORLD.COM TODAY!

Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl / Pre-order on iTunes and Amazon

 

Hollywood, Ca (October 1, 2015) ' Get ready for the exclusive world premiere video of 'SCREAM' from Joel Hoekstra's 13's new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th.  GUITARWORLD.com is hosting the world premiere of the fourth single at 10:00 am PST/ 1:00 pm EST -CLICK HERE TO WATCH: premiere link:

www.guitarworld.com/joel-hoekstras-13-premiere-scream-music-video-exclusive/25560

'SCREAM' is a straight-ahead, old-school rock track that's sung from the standpoint of a demon or vice holding you back in life,' explains Hoekstra. 'Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin lay down a dynamic groove to support the guitars.  Jeff Scott Soto delivers a powerhouse vocal performance and Derek Sherinian puts the frosting on the cake with some understated, tasteful B3 playing.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!'

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of 'Long For The Days' as well as "Until I Left You" and "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here: iTunes - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes / AmazonMP3 - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra's 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.com,  www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13


 
 
Thu
01
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Video Premiere For 'Long For The Days'

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 PREMIERES 3rd SINGLE “LONG FOR THE DAYS”
WORLD PREMIERE ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL FACEBOOK
 
Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl / Pre-order on iTunes and Amazon
 
Hollywood, Ca (September 25, 2015) – Get ready for world premiere of the third single “Long For The Days” from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th.  Frontiers Music Srl. is hosting the world premiere of the third single on their Facebook at 10:00 am PST/ 1:00 pm EST -CLICK HERE TO WATCH: premiere link – http://on.fb.me/1YFiXpV
 
"Long For The Days is a song about reflection and regret over a relationship gone badly," explains Joel.  "It's a good old-fashioned, classic-rock style track that captures elements of some of my favorite bands (I'll let you figure them out!).  Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) lay it down while Derek Sherinian (keys) provides the right sounds and parts with tasteful perfection.  Russell Allen delivers one of my favorite vocal performances EVER and Jeff Scott Soto sings some amazing backgrounds to support them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!"
 
Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Long For The Days” as well as "Until I Left You" and "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).
 
Pre-Order Here:
 
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
 
Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.com,  www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

 

 
Fri
04
Sep

Exclusive JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 Video Premiere: 'Until I Left You' (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
 
MelodicRock.com is proud to present the exclusive video premiere of the new JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 song Until I Left You (from the album Dying to Live), featuring vocals by JEFF SCOTT SOTO.
 
Joel states: "Until I Left You is a song about growing older, setting aside your insecurities and realizing that you're able to become the person you've wanted to be.  The song represents the poppier/hookier side of Dying to Live.  I'm looking forward to releasing the edgier/heavier tracks as well, but hoping you'll have this one stuck in your head until that happens!  The understated, tasteful playing of Vinny Appice, Tony Franklin and Derek Sherinian provide an amazing support for the guitars and of course the amazing vocal delivery of Jeff Scott Soto makes the song!"
 
Until I Left You- words and music written by Joel Hoekstra
Joel Hoekstra - guitar
Jeff Scott Soto - vocals
Vinny Appice - drums
Tony Franklin - bass
Derek Sherinian - keys
 

 
DYING TO LIVE SONG SAMPLER: https://youtu.be/pVelC1mleHA

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of "Until I Left You" and first single, "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here:
iTunes - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes
AmazonMP3 - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

 
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta's 13 and Whitesnake click www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

  

 
Wed
26
Aug

JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13: 'Dying To Live' Song Sampler Music Video

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 25, 2015) - Joel Hoekstra has put together a kick ass sampler of various songs from the upcoming debut album from Joel Hoekstra's 13, DYING TO LIVE! Check it out by hitting the play button below and let us know what you think.
 
DYING TO LIVE SONG SAMPLER: https://youtu.be/pVelC1mleHA

 

PRE-ORDER your copy now from iTunes or Amazon. Pre-order from either link, the single "Anymore" will download instantly, and the rest will download on the release date.

Order Here:
iTunes - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes 
AmazonMP3 - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

DYING TO LIVE features performances from Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion), Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster(The Firm (British rock band), Rated X), Jeff Scott Soto Official (Official Yngwie Malmsteen, W.E.T), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and more!

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta's 13 and Whitesnake click www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

  

 
Mon
03
Aug

Deluxe TALISMAN 'Live In Stockholm' CD/DVD Set Out Now

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Release Year: 
2015
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Swedish hard rockers TALISMAN just released a double Live CD/DVD "Live In Stockholm" (Deluxe Edition) in digipack packaging via Sun Hill Production. Talisman recorded this show in 2003, August 4th in Stockholm, Sweden. Parts of this show was previously released in the Talisman DVD "The best Kept Secret” and audio CD "Five Men Live”. This release Includes both the CD and DVD complete show with bonus audio and visual material. With new linear notes from JSS, new picture edit, pics and more.

Track Listing:

1.    Break Your Chanis
2.    Colour My XTC
3.    Fabricated War
4.    Mysterious (This Time It’s Serious)
5.    Skin On Skin
6.    Tears In The Sky
7.    Crazy (Complete bonus version)
8.    Here 2Day, Gone 2Day (Complete bonus version)
9.    In Make Believe
10.    Scream Of Anger
11.    If You Would Only Be My Friend
12.    Break It Down Again
13.    I’ll Be Waiting
14.    NJBBWD - Bass Solo (Complete bonus version)
15.    Outta My Way
16.    Fredrik Åkesson Solo
17.    Standin’ On Fire
18.    I Don’t Know (Previously unreleased on DVD)

Recorded live in Stockholm featuring Marcel Jacob, Jeff Scott Soto, Fredrik Akesson, Jamie Borger and Howie Simon. The DVD (PAL region free) running time is 84 minutes. The album captures and electrifying show from one of the finest Hard Rock bands of recent years and features the expected outstanding musicianship and Jeff Scott Soto's incredible vocals. The album was recorded at Club Mondo in Stockholm.

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www.talismanmusic.se

 
 
Wed
29
Jul

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Release 'Dying To Live' on Frontier Records October 16

Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
WHITESNAKE'S GUITARIST JOEL HOEKSTRA TO RELEASE: 
DYING TO LIVE on Frontiers Records October 16

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING MELODIC, HARD ROCK ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!
 
FEATURING: JEFF SCOTT SOTO, RUSSELL ALLEN, TONY FRANKLIN, VINNY APPICE AND DEREK SHERINIAN
 
HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2015) Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album “Dying To Live” from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the currrent guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.
 
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
 
Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics).  The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest. 
“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music.  I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock’’, explains Hoekstra. ‘’That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.’’
 
Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won't be an issue.”
Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. “I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I’m best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar!  I want to thank everyone for any support in advance.  Life is good!
 
Enjoy an EPK for Dying To Live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIXnpBhe03w
 


Album Tracklisting:
 
1.         Say Goodbye To The Sun
2.         Anymore
3.         Until I Left You
4.         Long For The Days
5.         Scream
6.         Never Say Never
7.         Changes
8.         The Only Way To Go
9.         Dying To Live
10.       Start Again
11.       What We Believe
12.       Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)
 
The Musicians:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) - Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) - Bass
 
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) - Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) - Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) - Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) - Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) – Cello
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake click www.joelhoekstra.com,  www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13
 

 

 
Wed
15
Jul

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - HELLOWEEN, UFO, JIM PETERIK, JEFF SCOT SOTO

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 

Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features interviews with Jim Peterik, Helloween's  Michael Weikath, Paul Raymond of UFO, guitar master Michael Angelo Batio, Jeff Scott Soto and heartland rocker Melissa Etheridge, and is now available for streaming at this link:

https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-helloween-ufo-jim-peterik-michael-angelo-batio-jeff-scott-soto/

In the first hour, UFO keyboard player / rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond looks at the writing and recording of the band's latest album 'A Conspiracy of Stars', and discusses their current setlist on their ongoing live dates. Paul also looks at his career-spanning solo collection 'Rewind 50', recorded to mark his 50th anniversary in the music business, and featuring new recordings of songs he's written for UFO, MSG, and other projects.

Also in part 1, Melissa Etheridge talks about her latest solo album 'This Is M.E.', which sees her delivering her gutsy brand of heartland Rock with a few new twists. Melissa chooses two new tracks and a classic from her debut album.

In the second hour, Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath discusses new album 'My God Given Right', the band's 30

th anniversary, and their touring plans, with 3 songs from the new release.

Jeff Scott Soto also drops in to talk about his new melodic Metal band Soto and their excellent debut release 'Inside The Vertigo', which sees Jeff returning to his Metal roots, whilst retaining the melodic sensibilities that have characterised his work in the Melodic Rock genre. Hear the band in action on Jeff's choice of 2 tracks from the album.

Guitar Jedi Master Michael Angelo Batio, who has taught countless guitarists around the world via his instructional DVDs and columns is interviewed about his recent 'Shred Force 1' collection, which features some of his best instrumental songs along with vocal numbers, on which he's accompanied by Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre and a stellar cast of Metal axemen including George Lynch, Mark Tremonti, Chris Poland, and many more.

And finally, one of the finest songwriters in the Rock genre, Jim Peterik, looks at his two recent releases, the Peterik-Scherer album 'Risk Everything', and a career-spanning package from his original band the Ides of March, who celebrate their 50th anniversary with the 'Last Band Standing' box set.

For the best in Rock & Metal News check out www.metalshockfinland.com www.melodicrock.com www.bravewords.com

 
Mon
06
Jul

SOTO Take On Europe 'Live In The Vertigo' This September

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Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
SOTO, featuring the legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, JOURNEY) embarking on a Eurpean tour 'Live In The Vertigo' beginning middle of September, in support of the new album 'Inside The Vertigo'. SOTO will be performing selections from JSS classic past. More details on the tour, special guest, support band, will be made available soon.

Upcoming SOTO 'Live In The Vertigo' tour dates:

16.9. Sala Boveda, Barcelona, Spain
17.9. Sala Lemon, Madrid, Spain
18.9. t.b.a., Seville, Spain
19.9. Festival, Alicante, Spain
20.9. Centro Civico Delicias, Zaragoza, Spain
24.9. Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
25.9. Hall of Fame, Wetzikon, Switzerland
26.9. Rock In Park/Legend Club, Milan, Italy

More dates to be announced soon.

Jeff Scott Soto is one of today’s premier rock frontmen and vocalists and a union of hotshot young musicians: Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keyboards, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums), bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO.

SOTO recently released a music video for the track “Break”, featured on the new album, Inside The Vertigo. The video, directed by Thiago Kiss, can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ivgSA4V6gf0

www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial
www.facebook.com/JeffScottSoto

 
 
Tue
09
Jun

AXEL RUDI PELL - Magic Moments, Live (Review)

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Axel Rudi Pell
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
SPV
Release Year: 
2015
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Axel celebrated his 25th Anniversary last year with an all-star concert event featuring guests from throughout his esteemed career.
From his early days in Steeler, to his early solo career with Jeff Scott Soto, through to today, continuing on with Johnny Gioeli.
The concert takes a cool snapshot of that entire span in chronological order.
Unfortunately it starts with the worst segment of the night, the Steeler reunion, all mainly due to the rough and largely unlikable vocalist Peter Burtz.
Thankfully we go from the basement to the penthouse after just 4 tracks, when Rob Rock jumps onboard for Nasty Reputation, the title track of the album he fronted.
Then it’s on to Jeff Scott Soto, who slays the crowd as usual with Warrior and Fool Fool.
 
The current ARP band is then ushered to the stage to deliver some Axel goodness. 3 of the next 5 tunes are over 9 minutes in length and one is 7. It’s Axel at his epic best, with Johnny singing his heart out. Strong As A Rock and Long Way To Go are both high energy delights and a 9 minute Hey Hey Now Now is the very definition of epic.
30 minutes of crossover tracks and live favourites follow until a few more covers appear – Montrose’s Rock The Nation is short, sharp and to the point; Ronnie Atkins joins in for Black Night; Tush features John Lawton and a 14 minute Mistreated features Doogie White, Tony Carey and Johnny Gioeli.
Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White tear down Since You’ve Been Gone, with Long Live Rock n Roll and completely over the top Smoke On The Water close out this truly epic event.
 
3CDs or DVDs might not be enough for flag waving ARP fan club members, but for the general populace, it’s more than enough and a fitting high quality way to pay tribute to one of Germany’s finest ever guitarists and metal legends.
Truly one for the fans here.
 
Score: 
84
 
Fri
29
May

GUS G Reveals Teaser Clip & Details For Second Solo Album 'Brand New Revolution'

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Release Year: 
2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
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Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind guitarist Gus G reveals teaser clip, artwork and tracklisting for his second solo album; 'Brand New Revolution'
 
Check out an exclusive teaser clip featuring a snippet from opening track 'The Quest' here: https://youtu.be/bv8FSY_xnJs
 
After having recently announced his upcoming sophomore solo album release 'Brand New Revolution' via Century Media Records in Europe, Australia and South America, Dismanic / eOne in North America and King Records in Japan, Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist GUS G. is now ready to launch a few more details about it.
 
'Brand New Revolution' will be released in Europe on July 24, 2015 and comes with artwork (which can be seen above!) once again created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net, who already worked with GUS G. on his debut release 'I Am The Fire', and also took care of artwork duties by bands such as Arch Enemy, Kamelot and also Firewind in the past.
 
The album features guest vocal appearances by Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, Talisman), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Lev'n (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen).
 
GUS G. 
'Brand New Revolution'

1. The Quest
2. Brand New Revolution (feat. Jacob Bunton)
3. Burn (feat. Jacob Bunton)
4. We Are One (feat. Jacob Bunton)
5. What Lies Below (feat. Elize Ryd)
6. Behind Those Eyes (feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Gone To Stay (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
8. One More Try (feat. Jacob Bunton)
9. Come Hell Or High Water (feat. Mats Levin)
10. If It Ends Today (feat. Mats Levin)
11. Generation G (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
12. The Demon Inside (feat. Mats Levin)


GUS G. checked in with the following comment about the album: 'As I'm putting the final touches on 'Brand New Revolution', I wanted to give out a bit about the new music. 'The Quest" is the only instrumental of the album and it's a heavy, high energy, technical track. The rest of the album once again features collaborations with some awesome singers / songwriters such as the legendary Jeff Scott Soto, Mats Lev'n, Jacob Bunton and the awesome Elize Ryd of Amaranthe. I feel the album as a whole has many influences, from classic Hard Rock / Metal to more modern and current sounds. Stay tuned as more info will be revealed in the coming days'.
 

'Brand New Revolution' was recorded with Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther, etc.) and mixed by Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, etc.). Just as on 'I Am The Fire', the core of GUS G.'s recording group consisted of Jo Nunez (Firewind) on drums and Marty O' Brien (Lita Ford band) on bass.
 
GUS G. has recently also announced a few more first summer live-dates to launch 'Brand New Revolution'.
 
GUS G. ' Live 2015:
09.06.2015 Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage + Hellyeah
10.06.2015 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo + Hellyeah
11.06.2015 Utrecht (The Netherlands) - Tivoli De Helling + Hellyeah
10.07.2015 Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival / www.mastersofrock.cz
12.07.2015 Drama (Greece) - Naturart Festival
14.07.2015 Arta (Greece) - Rockin' Arta 2015
18.07.2015 Chania (Greece) - Chania Rock Festival / www.chaniarockfestival.gr
22.07.2015 Ardas (Greece) - Ardas Festival
24.07.2015 Rhodes (Greece) - Colorado Club
29.07.2015 Szekevehersvar (Hungary) - Fezen Fest / www.fezen.hu
More dates following soon'
 
GUS G. online:

http://www.gusgofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg
https://twitter.com/gusgofficial
http://www.youtube.com/firetv
 
Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia
http://twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
 
Century Media webshop:
http://www.cmdistro.com
 
GUS G.'s solo debut album 'I Am The Fire' can still be purchased (also as limited expanded CD+DVD version) from CM Distro here: http://smarturl.it/GusGCMD
 
Mon
16
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - SOTO & STYX

Artist: 
Monday, March 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
Lawrence Gowan of STYX and Jeff Scott Soto of S.O.T.O. join Mitch on this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon. WHITESNAKE's Joel Hoekstra co-hosts (and briefly discusses the band's new The Purple Album).

In our first interview, Gowan discusses the band's upcoming AXS-TV and Blu-Ray live concert event: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAST VEGAS, the progress of the next STYX studio album, their 2015 summer tour with DEFF LEPPARD and TESLA, the battle against cancer that his wife won, the Juno awards, his involvement with select charities including The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and  McDermott House Canada (serving veterans).

In our second interview JEFF SCOTT SOTO discusses his new band S.O.T.O., his new album Inside The Vertigo, his future, his time with JOURNEY. Select quote: "S.O.T.O. is my life right now. If I have to live out the rest of my career doing somebody else's legacy - to me it would be like being in a cover band and that's just not me."

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http:// www. heavymontreal.com

For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13
For more about STYX visit:  http://www.facebook.com/styxtheband
Follow STYX on TWITTER: @STYXtheBand
DOWNLOAD Gowan's exclusive charity performance for McDermott House Canada here: http://mcdermotthousecanada.org/gowan-in-kilt-tonight/

Follow S.O.T.O. on Twitter:  @jeffscottsoto and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial

 
Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon
 
 
Fri
06
Mar

SOTO - Inside The Vertigo (Review)

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Soto
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Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Metal
Label: 
EarMusic
Artist: 
Friday, March 6, 2015
Categories: 
 
With change comes controversy. But for those that have followed vocalist Jeff Scott Soto’s vast and acclaimed career, you should not only expect change, but embrace it!
After all, you know it’s coming…and if one particular project is not a personal home run, then you know something else is just around the corner.
As most should know I’m a long time dedicated JSS fan and he’s a good friend. But that shouldn’t mean praise comes easily.
If anything I’m harder on those I respect most, as I expect the best every time.
It’s the same with many artists. Most of the time I feel as if these great artists deliver – because they are the best of the best. But none of them (despite the occasional suggestion otherwise!) have been immune from criticism. That includes JSS. But not on this occasion!
 
I’ve read a great many comments on this album from others. Some people don’t like the heavier, modern style. Some like heavy stuff, but aren’t gelling with this one. Others have longed for Jeff to do something truly ear shattering and are eating this album up with fervor.
And then there’s those that have followed Jeff through everything he has done and just appreciate whatever comes next – from the AOR of Prism; to the anthemic groove infused Talisman years; the straight ahead melodic hard rock of Lost In The Translation and Damage Control; to the pure stadium AOR bliss of W.E.T and Eyes; even through the Prince inspired soul/funk of Love Parade and the mature singer/songwriter pop of Beautiful Mess; released under the JSS moniker.
I could go on, but you get the point – Jeff Scott Soto never stands still and rarely repeats himself.
So Inside The Vertigo is just another chapter in an astounding career.
 
Such as the Beautiful Mess album went under the JSS moniker to differentiate from his normal known range of styles, so to has this album been singled out as a new band, so the name Soto has been adopted.
 
Soto’s “debut” is a truly accomplished piece of work. Yes, it’s super heavy as far as JSS fans are used to; yes, it’s far more contemporary than the classic rock we’re more used to hearing, but this set of songs packs a powerful punch.
I’d describe this as a mood album. It’s a time and place album for when you are fired up or want to get fired up. It’s a great record for driving to, but Soto accepts no responsibility for any fines incurred.
For those afraid of the production effects and the in your face, tuned down metal riffing, I suggest you concentrate on nothing but the vocal. Because as hard hitting as it is, at the heart of all JSS material lays vocal melody and hooks.
You can dress it up as metal, funk, pop or rock…but Soto always sounds melodic and it’s a distinct voice I can listen to anytime, anywhere.
 
This album runs the gamut of metal stylings. There’s the punchy riff driven Final Say, which while heavy, eases the listener into the album.
The heavy groove and cynical lyric of The Fall is impossibly catchy, even with a short chorus.
Then there’s the bombastic drum and rhythm of Wrath, which hook and vocal harmony wise isn’t that far removed from a classic JSS sound.
Break is intense. Dark, slow to mid-tempo…and intense (did I mention that already?). But still, the chorus is right there and filled with the same kind of melodies of Lost In The Translation – just darker and heavier.
Narcissistically Yours is a grinding, effects filled groovy rocker with another scathing lyric. And the vocals are huge.
End Of Days has to be everyone’s favourite song. This truly epic masterpiece winds its way through 9 minutes of atmospheric mood, to hard hitting angst, slow glorious guitar work before turning into a double time shred styled metal anthem half way through before once again changing direction for the last 2 minutes, bringing in a children’s choir to add to the already amazing atmosphere of this song.
Inside The Vertigo is another classic JSS style hard rocker, once again, just heavier and modernized.
The awesome metal ballad When I'm Older should really be all over rock radio, but you know that’s never going to happen. It’s classic JSS – especially vocal wise. This is a good entry point for those unsure about this album.
Closing the album is a four pack of metal goodness. Trance is super intense; Jealousy gets even heavier and a little faster; Karma's Kiss is slow and dark while Fall To Pieces ends the album on a somewhat simpler, but no less impressive hard rocking note.
 
 

Production on Inside The Vertigo is fabulous. It’s a huge wall of sound. The consistency of the songs on this record makes it one of Jeff Scot Soto’s finest works to date.
It really is a monster of a record and the intensity, the immense guitar work from Jorge Salan and groove from the rhythm section (David Z - bass and Edu Cominato - drums) cannot be understated. This is one talented group of musicians.
This is a true album. Not a group of songs cobbled together. This is a work of art.
That said, it certainly won’t be for everyone, but long time Soto fans should embrace this with enthusiasm as a few new fans come to admire one of the best rock n roll frontmen ever.
 
Score: 
95
 
Fri
20
Feb

AXEL RUDI PELL's 25th Anniversary Show 'Magic Moments' Due on CD/DVD

Friday, February 20, 2015
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- "Magic Moments - 25th Anniversary Special Show" - the anniversary concert out in April -

It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning Wrong song, wrong place! But the weather gods smiled on Axel Rudi Pell on that memorable magic evening of July 11th 2014:  There had been a severe weather alert, but in the end the floodgates of heaven opened only during the last song of his regular set, the Rainbow classic “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. “That was Ronnie James Dio crying from above,” promoter Horst E. Franz speculated while bidding his farewells to the almost 15.000 drenched- but-happy fans at the festival site.

Three hours before the sun went down, creating a beautiful atmosphere at the ´Bang Your Head´ festival in Balingen/Germany, where Axel Rudi Pell celebrated his 25th anniversary as a solo artist with a once-in-a-life-time performance. The CDs and DVDs document a show that is unlikely to ever be seen again in this constellation - a special present the protagonist had worked hard for. It took almost a year to set everything up: “The actual organisation started in the summer of 2014 when the promoter and I went public with the idea of this event,” Axel tells with obvious relief. He´s still happy about how things have turned out. With a little help from his friends at his booking agency, the Bochum guitarist set up an extraordinary line-up. “It was mostly all about personal contacts”, because after more than 30 years in the business Axel Rudi Pell is not only well-known, but also well-respected in the worldwide rock community, so the affix “& Friends“ is not one of those usual exaggerations. Almost all of his favoured candidates agreed on this one July date.

As Axel is an early bird, the whole organisation was fairly easy. Of course there were rehearsals, but only one day before the show. Over fifty minutes worth of footage from those remarkable sessions are featured on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of this package. During those sessions Axel realized that something unique was happening. “Everybody involved had a blast and was right on track,” he remembers. Unfortunately, Doogie White had a prior engagement with Michael Schenker on that rehearsal day, but was replaced with ARP frontman Johnny Gioeli. And except for Charlie Huhn, who had already agreed to play a gig in the USA with his current band Foghat, Axel´s former singers turned out in full force: Rob Rock (1991) and Jeff Scott Soto (1991-1997) together with long-time ARP drummer Joerg Michael (until 1998) took the stage by storm after a historical four-song Steeler reunion at the beginning of the show.

Axel´s current line-up put on a best-of show with a blisteringly atmospheric version of the Neil Young classic “Hey Hey My My“ and a few epic ARP classics like “Mystica“, “The Masquerade Ball“, “Casbah“ and “Into The Storm“. You could feel those goose bumps spring up, and the climax was still to come: after a furioso battle between drum gods Vinny Appice and Bobby Rondinelli, a long list of rock legends took the Balingen stage: stepping in for Joe Lynn Turner, who was tied up with business affairs, Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins performed a superb version of Deep Purple´s “Black Night“, including audience sing along. Then John Lawton, the former voice of Uriah Heep, demonstrated why he still deserves a lot of “Sympathy“ (Uriah Heep), and he was still looking for some “Tush“ (ZZ Top). When ex-Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey joined in for an emotional “Mistreated“, the now available Doogie White and Johnny Gioeli set the roof on fire. Graham Bonnet, another Rainbow veteran from the glorious “Down To Earth“ era, remembered the good old times with “Since You Been Gone“ and, of course, the aforementioned “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. At the end of those three hours plus all guests (and friends!) gathered on stage for the grand finale “Smoke On The Water“. A legendary evening drew to a spectacular close. Are you happy, Axel? “Of course! I could have played at least for another hour.” Did anything go wrong? Notthing, but there was no way we could have prevented those long change-overs in between.“ But at least the weather gods smiled

To get an idea what really happened that night, here is "Black Night" - live feat. Ronnie Atkins: https://soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/axel-rudi-pell-black-night-live-feat-ronnie-atkins

Tracklisting:

Call Her Princess - Steeler
Night After Night - Steeler
Rockin´ The City - Steeler
Undercover Animal - Steeler
Nasty Reputation - Rob Rock, Joerg Michael
Warrior - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael
Fool Fool - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael

(Current Arp Band)
Burning Chains
Strong As A Rock
Long Way To Go
Hey Hey My My
Mystica
Into The Storm
Too Late / Eternal Prisoner / Too Late
The Masquerade Ball / Casbah
Rock The Nation
Drum Battle - Vinnie Appice, Bobby Rondinelli
Black Night - Ronnie Atkins
Sympathy - John Lawton
Tush - John Lawton
Mistreated - Doogie White, Tony Carey, Johnny Gioeli

Since You Been Gone - Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White
Long Live Rock´N´Roll Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey
Smoke On The Water All Guests

Line-Up:
Axel Rudi Pell
- Guitars
Johnny Gioeli - Vocals
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli Drums

Friends:
Steeler: Peter Burtz (v), Tom Eder (g), Roland Hag (b), Jan Yiridal (dr)

Rob Rock (v), Jeff Scott Soto (v), Joerg Michael (dr), Vinny Appice (dr), Ronnie Atkins (v), John Lawton (v), Tony Carey (k, v), Doogie White (v), Graham Bonnet (v), Michael Voss (v)

Configurations / Release Dates:

Digipak 3 CD, Digipak 3 DVD (NTSC, code free), Blu-ray and download - out in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th through SPV/Steamhammer
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www.axel-rudi-pell.de
https://www.facebook.com/pages/AXEL-RUDI-PELL-OFFICIAL-SITE/427164065301
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

 
 
 
Wed
21
Jan

SOTO - Inside The Vertigo (Showcase)

Artist: 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Inside The Vertigo
Produced By: 
Soto
Release Date: 
January 30
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
Categories: 
 
Jeff Scott Soto – one of today's premier Rock frontmen and vocalists – and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO, and their debut album “Inside The Vertigo” will blow your mind away. The album is going to be released on January 30th, 2015 on earMUSIC
 
Full bio below...
 
 
 
Exclusive track by track comments from Jeff Scott Soto - and check out the exclusive 1 minute soundbytes while you read through.
 
1- Final Say - My good friend and brilliant guitarist/producer of Adrenaline Mob came to me with this blistering track that I knew was the perfect album opener for the album! He plays all instruments on the entire track as well, I did all the vocals. The lyrics are exactly what you think they're about, being pushed, bullied and taken advantage on for the last time...and doing something about it!
 
2- The Fall - The 1st single from the album, it was written with a young unknown bassist Tony Dickinson who I know from my touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Tony is one of the backup musicians who knows the entire show if someone has an emergency to go home or becomes too sick to do the tour, he would step into the tour. Tony plays all instruments on the song except lead guitar which is done by another young sensation, Chris Feener. The lyrics are much the same as Final Say, being bullied by a schoolmate, boss or even family member...and seeking your revenge.

3- Wrath - Written with my dear friend Gus G, after working with him on a song for his 1st solo album, I asked him to give me something heavy for my next album. Gus plays all bass and guitar on this song, Edu Cominato covers the drums. As you can see a theme forming here, the lyrics are again a reminder that one has been pushed to the corner for too long and will seek retribution.

4- Break - This was written with another backup musician I know through Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Connor Engstrom, who is a backup musician for the band. Connor is a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist who gave me the music to this song based on my description of what I was looking for musically. He plays all music except Tony Dickinson is on bass and special guest Casey Grillo (Kamelot) on drums. The lyrics are about deceived and lied to over and over...about not putting up with the abuse anymore and breaking away.

5- Narcissistically Yours - Co-written and recorded by Brazilian guitarist Leo Mancini (Tempestt/Shaman) and Edu Cominato, bass by Henrique Baboom, Leo is a dear friend and colleague I have known and worked with for many years. The lyrics are about being cheated on and lied to in a relationship by a person who loves themselves  and thinks they could get away with it because they feel everyone wants them.

6- End Of Days - Another co-written with Connor Engstrom, this was one of the hardest songs I have ever written but one of the proudest moments of my career! I asked Connor to write me an epic, movie soundtrack, modern day Bohemian Rhapsody type song. He turned in the song exactly as you hear it, without vocals of course...this is when I had to take this 9 minute piece of music and create lyrics and melodies. Connor handles all the music except Tony Dickinson is on bass, Casey Grillo is on drums and I covered all the vocals except the children's choir, who is made up of my 2 nieces and stepdaughter. The lyrics are about the state of the world we live in, the future that we are stepping into from global warming to terrorism. I got my inspiration from watching Terminator 2 one afternoon at home and the lyrics wrote themselves!

7- Inside The Vertigo - Co-written and performed by Gary Schutt, I asked Gary if he had something that sounded futuristic and modern yet heavy and moody. Edu handles the drums and I do all vocals. The lyrics are also about escaping a life where you're constantly being told what to do, about sneaking away into the vertigo as an alternate way of life.

8- When I'm Older - Co-written with my drummer Edu Cominato, he turned in to me probably the closest thing to a ballad on the album, but I didn't want a standard ballad, it had to be something uptempo and not cheesy. I have been listening to a lot of Shinedown and Foo Fighters the past years so in creating the melodies, I wrote them based on being able to hear this sung by either band. When I was sitting around trying to come up with the lyrics, my wife Elena was scribbling some words and ideas reminding me she is quite creative with poems and thoughts. I asked her to send me what she was working on and it coincidentally matched what I was doing so I merged our lyrics together and fit them into the song.

9- Trance - This was a last minute addition to the album, Edu Cominato and his good friend and guitarist Hugo Mariutti (Angra, Shaman) gave to me to check out. I loved the modern day Sabbath vibe it gave off and came up with the lyrics and melodies with ease! Edu is on drums and loops here, Hugo on guitars, Henrique Baboom on bass, Jorge Salan on lead guitar and me on all vocals. The lyrics are about being so enamored with someone that you would do anything including give your life for them.

10- Jealousy - This one was co-written with BJ, my keyboard/rhythm guitarist. From the opening guitar riff on, I knew this was something I was missing and needed for the album. BJ does all bass and guitars, Leo Mancini is on lead guitar and Edu on drums. To color it up before we went to mix, I asked Connor Engstrom to create some orchestrations and the song was complete. Lyrically its exactly what the title states, but its about someone who lives their lives jealous of others instead of finding their own way and happiness.

11- Karma's Kiss - For years, I have been wanting and trying to collaborate with my old friend Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick as well, he handled guitar duties and the 1st ever Talisman tour back in 1990. I explained it had to be very heavy and he sent me one of the heaviest riffs I have ever heard from him! Jason handles all guitar duties, Saigon Kick bassist Chris McLernon handles the bass and Edu is on drums. The lyrics this time, I didn't want to be angry or negative, I wanted to see if I could write something positive and uplifting within the context of a dark and heavy song. It's about escaping inside the vertigo as well, but not running from anything, more about seeing life in a good light.

12- Fall To Pieces - Co-written and performed by my guitarist Jorge Salan, this was another Salan classic hard rock track! To make the recording easy, he brought in some local musicians in Spain, Juan Carlos Gibaja on bass and Edu Brenes on drums to submit to me. I wrote the lyrics also about being deceived and lied to by either a politician or even a relationship, how easy it is to be blinded by lies.

 
A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, SOTO is a contender in today's modern Rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.
 
Jeff explains, ''I've been in the game for a long time but my roots started more on the heavier side of the tracks, I thought it was about time I came home to visit the family and stick around for a while!''.
 
The band is comprised of Jeff's most current solo band, who he insisted on making this musical merge with him. Jorge Salan(lead guitar), BJ (keys, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums). Soto adds, ''These guys come from different parts of the world and bring their own influence to make this band very special. From the US to Europe to South America, we have an exciting mix of style and prestige that keeps us all on our toes''.
 
Jeff adds, ''The past 5 or more years have propelled me a plethora of anger and frustration, I'm actually quite pissed off about a lot of things, SOTO is my outlet to release some of this pent up emotion. We realize there are a lot of folks young and old who may be sharing these thoughts so this is especially for them too. We're not reinventing the wheel here, we're just creating an outlet for where our hearts are both musically and mentally…I’m just not in a 'touch your golden hair' mood right now!''.
 
Songs like Break”, “The Fall”, “Wrath”, “Narcissistically Yours” and Final Say” are perfect vehicles of raw emotion. Songs like “When I'm Older”, “Karma’s Kiss”, to the title track Inside The Vertigo” and the 9+ minute epic End Of Days” advocate a modern day reality/wake-up call.
 
Produced by Jeff Scott Soto, the album features tracks co-written with his bandmates as well as a of his famous friends/colleagues. Collaborators include guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy)Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick)Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/TSO), all of whom perform on their penned tracks for the album. Others appearing as guests/co-writers are Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor EngstromTony DickinsonLeo ManciniHugo Mariutti and Gary Schutt.
 
The album was recorded during the latter months of 2013 and mixed/mastered in Boston by Soto's long time engineer and friend John Ellis''Everyone from John to my amazing co-writers to some of my bandmates, especially Edu who was extremely instrumental on helping me stay on course musically, get overall credit for creating this album. I oversaw it as a whole knowing the vision I wanted to capture but I truly had a lot of help from my bros that appear on this masterpiece!'' exclaims Soto.
 
The release of the album intentionally coincides with the birth date of JSS’s fallen colleague and dear friendMarcel Jacob of Talisman. RIP.
 
Watch out for SOTO to follow up the release of “Inside The Vertigo” with extensive touring and appearances throughout 2015.
 
 
Tue
20
Jan

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's Polydor Years Celebrated in New Box Set

Monday, February 23, 2015
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The Polydor albums of Swedish guitarist and songwriter Yngwie Malmsteen are collected in a new four-CD box set titled Now Your Ships Are Burned, due for release in February.

Studio long-players Rising Force (1984), Marching Out (1985), Trilogy (1986), Odyssey (1988) and Eclipse (1990) are all included, along with the 1989 live album Trial By Fire: Live in Leningrad.

Each CD contains (approximately) two albums and all the music has been newly remastered for this release by Andy Pearce. The booklet comes with an essay by Malcolm Dome as well as full album credits for each record.
 
This will be packaged in a four-CD ‘fatbox’.
Now Your Ships Are Burned is out on 23 February 2015 (March 3 USA)
 

 

Track listing
Disc One
Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force (1984)
  • 1. Black Star
  • 2. Far Beyond The Sun
  • 3. Now Your Ships Are Burned
  • 4. Evil Eye
  • 5. Icarus’ Dream Suite Op.4
  • 6. As Above, So Below
  • 7. Little Savage 8. Farewell
Marching Out (1985)
  • 9. Prelude
  • 10.I’ll See the Light, Tonight
  • 11.Don’t Let It End
  • 12.Disciples of Hell
  • 13. I Am A Viking
  • 14.Overture 1383
  • 15.Anguish and Fear
  • 16.On the Run Again
  • 17.Soldier Without Faith
Disc Two
Marching Out (continued)
  • 1. Caught in the Middle
  • 2. Marching Out Bonus Tracks
  • 3. Far Beyond The Sun [live]
  • 4. I Am A Viking [live]
Trilogy (1986)
  • 5. You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget
  • 6. Liar
  • 7. Queen in Love
  • 8. Crying
  • 9. Fury
  • 10.Fire
  • 11.Magic Mirror
  • 12.Dark Ages
  • 13.Trilogy Suite Op.5
Odyssey (1988)
  • 14.Rising Force
  • 15.Hold On
  • 16.Heaven Tonight
Disc Three
Disc Three Odyssey (continued)
  • 1. Dreaming (Tell Me)
  • 2. Bite The Bullet
  • 3. Riot In The Dungeons
  • 4. Deja Vu
  • 5. Crystal Ball
  • 6. Now Is The Time
  • 7. Faster Than The Speed Of Light
  • 8. Krakatau
  • 9. Memories
Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad (1989)
  • 10. Liar
  • 11. Queen In Love
  • 12. Deja Vu
  • 13. Far Beyond the Sun
  • 14. Heaven Tonight
  • 15. Dreaming (Tell Me)
  • 16. You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget
Disc Four
Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad (continued)
  • 1. Guitar Solo (Trilogy Suite Op: 5/Spasebo Blues)
  • 2. Crystal Ball
  • 3. Black Star
  • 4. Spanish Castle Magic
Eclipse (1990)
  • 5. Making Love
  • 6. Bedroom Eyes
  • 7. Save Our Love
  • 8. Motherless Child
  • 9. Devil In Disguise
  • 10. Judas
  • 11. What Do You Want
  • 12. Demon Driver
  • 13. Faultline
  • 14. See You In Hell (Don’t Be Late)
  • 15. Eclipse
 
Sun
21
Dec

SOTO “Inside The Vertigo” January 30. Video For 'The Fall' Out Now

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
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The debut album "Inside The Vertigo" - OUT January 30th 2015
Order now! CD: http://smarturl.it/sotoinsidethevertigo | iTunes: http://smarturl.it/soto_itunes

Jeff Scott Soto – one of today's premier Rock frontmen and vocalists – and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO, and their debut album “Inside The Vertigo” will blow your mind away. The album is going to be released January 30th, 2015 on earMUSIC.
A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, SOTO is a contender in today's modern Rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.

Jeff explains, ''I've been in the game for a long time but my roots started more on the heavier side of the tracks, I thought it was about time I came home to visit the family and stick around for a while!''.

The band is comprised of Jeff's most current solo band, who he insisted on making this musical merge with him. Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keys, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums). Soto adds, ''These guys come from different parts of the world and bring their own influence to make this band very special. From the US to Europe to South America, we have an exciting mix of style and prestige that keeps us all on our toes''.

Jeff adds, ''The past 5 or more years have propelled me a plethora of anger and frustration, I'm actually quite pissed off about a lot of things, SOTO is my outlet to release some of this pent up emotion. We realize there are a lot of folks young and old who may be sharing these thoughts so this is especially for them too. We're not reinventing the wheel here, we're just creating an outlet for where our hearts are both musically and mentally…I’m just not in a 'touch your golden hair' mood right now!''.

Songs like “Break”, “The Fall”, “Wrath”, “Narcissistically Yours” and “Final Say” are perfect vehicles of raw emotion. Songs like “When I'm Older”, “Karma’s Kiss”, to the title track “Inside The Vertigo” and the 9+ minute epic “End Of Days” advocate a modern day reality/wake-up call.

Produced by Jeff Scott Soto, the album features tracks co-written with his bandmates as well as a of his famous friends/colleagues. Collaborators include guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/TSO), all of whom perform on their penned tracks for the album. Others appearing as guests/co-writers are Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor Engstrom, Tony Dickinson, Leo Mancini, Hugo Mariutti and Gary Schutt.

The album was recorded during the latter months of 2013 and mixed/mastered in Boston by Soto's long time engineer and friend John Ellis. ''Everyone from John to my amazing co-writers to some of my bandmates, especially Edu who was extremely instrumental on helping me stay on course musically, get overall credit for creating this album. I oversaw it as a whole knowing the vision I wanted to capture but I truly had a lot of help from my bros that appear on this masterpiece!'' exclaims Soto.

The release of the album intentionally coincides with the birth date of JSS’s fallen colleague and dear friend Marcel Jacob of Talisman. RIP.

Watch out for SOTO to follow up the release of “Inside The Vertigo” with extensive touring and appearances throughout 2015.

Track listing
1. Final Say
2. The Fall
3. Wrath
4. Break
5. Narcissistically Yours
6. End of Days
7. Inside The Vertigo
8. When I’m Older
9. Trance
10. Jealousy
11. Karma’s Kiss
12. Fall To Pieces

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Mon
01
Dec

JEFF SCOTT SOTO & TERRY ILOUS To Embark on European Acoustic Tour in February

Monday, December 1, 2014
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Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Journey, SOTO) & Terry Ilous (Great White, XYZ) will embark on a European Acoustic Tour in February, 2015. Together they will share the stage with one another performing songs throughout their illustrious careers. Joining them will be Spanish guitarist Jorge Salan. VIP Fan Packages will be announced in the near future and made available via Jeff and Terry’s websites: www.jeffscottsoto.com, www.facebook.com/JeffScottSotowww.facebook.com/TerryIlous
 
Jeff - “I am looking forward to hitting Europe with my good friend Terry Ilous who is one of the premier singers in Rock and someone I truly admire. Along with my longtime guitarist Jorge Salan, we will be doing a selection of songs from our careers and some special items chosen just for this occasion! Come out and sing along with us, it will be a magical night, stripped down, raw and alive!”
 
Terry - “Playing in Europe is always a homecoming for me, being that I was born and raised there. I am very excited about touring with Jeff Scott Soto whom I consider to be one of the best Rock singers around. I’ll be performing songs from XYZ, Great White, and a few other gems together with Jeff and guitar virtuoso Jorge Salan. Looking forward to seeing all our fans in what will be a very intimate and special acoustic performance.”
 
Tour dates are below with more expected to be announced shortly.
 
Feb. 12  Madrid, Spain                Caracol      
Feb. 13  Barcelona, Spain           Monasterio 
Feb. 14  Nantes, France              The Scrapper         
Feb. 19  Oostende, Belgium        Bada Bing    
Feb. 20  Coevorden, NL              MFC Club
Feb. 21  Deinze, Belgium            Elpee                        
Feb. 22  Beerse, Belgium            Beatnik Club          
Feb. 24  Milan, Italy                     Blue Rose Saloon
Feb. 25  Uster, Switzerland         Starclub            
Feb. 26  Nurnberg, Germany      Rockfabrik   
Feb. 27  Innsbruck, Austria         Ha-Ly Bar    
Feb. 28  Lichtenfells, Germany   Paunchy Cats           
 

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