Jim Vallance

Wed
08
May

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JIM PETERIK, JIM VALLANCE & URIAH HEEP

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON. New interviews with Uriah Heep's Mick Box, Jim Peterik and songwriter Jim Vallance. Co-host is Jim Peterik.
 
Before the first interview, co-host Jim Peterik and I discuss Uriah Heep's cover of his song Across The Miles.
 
In our first interview, Uriah Heep's Mick Box discussed the band's current tour with Judas Priest, their latest album Living The Dream, making new music, drummer Lee Kerslake, Heep singers, how his songwriting has changed, upcoming 50th anniversary plans, keeping the brand name alive, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, and much more.
 
Quote from the interview: "Ozzy has a lot to Thank me for."
 
In our second interview, Jim Peterik discusses his new album (Jim Peterik & World Stage - Winds Of Change), the different guests on the album including Loverboy's Mike Reno, Dennis DeYoung, Jimi Jamison, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and many more. Also, he talks about meeting Work Of Art and melodicrock's Andrew McNiece, new recording techniques, being in so many band/brands, where do the songs 'come from', writing with CHEAP TRICK for their Woke Up With A Monster album, and much more.
 
Before our final interview, Jim Peterik and I discuss his time touring with Bryan Adams, meeting Jim Vallance and more. 
 
We end the episode with a new interview with JIM VALLANCE a part two if you will from our previous chat, but this time ALAN NIVEN sits in. We discuss songwriting, Summer Of '69, Aerosmith, cover versions of his songs, The Beatles, Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway and more. VISIT: https://prettywomanthemusical.com
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Tue
12
Feb

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - FOREIGNER, MIKE TRAMP & JIM VALLANCE

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with Foreigner's Mick Jones, Mike Tramp and songwriter Jim Vallance. Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
Our first interview is a quick ten minute hit n' run chat with Foreigner's Mick Jones. We discuss the upcoming Jukebox Heroes musical, Lou Gramm's 'retirement', the future of Foreigner including more reunion shows this summer and going on without Mick, supporting the Shiner's Hospital, the upcoming Rainbow '78 DVD, the Cold As Ice Canadian Tour and more. 
 
In out second interview, we chat with former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp. He discusses being in regular contact with guitarist Vito Bratta, KISS & Paul Stanley, vocal issues, his new album Stray From The Flock, leaving America, his debut with Mabel, being a 15 year old 'rock star' and parental support, the end of White Lion is final, opening for KISS, the PRIDE album, rock n' roll is 'the big swindle' and much more. 
 
(Starts at 1hr08 approx) We end the episode with song writer extraordinaire, Jim Vallance. We discuss his approach to songwriting, working with the greats (Bryan Adams, Scorpions, KISS, Ozzy, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and so many more, the Broadway musical (Pretty Woman) that he scored with Bryan Adams, being a 'song doctor', meeting Bryan Adams, how does streaming affect the business of being a songwriter, Bryan Adams' Reckless album, playing drums on different songs, getting Lou Gramm to do background vocals, receiving the Order Of Canada award, his mantra, and much more. 
 

 

 
Fri
21
Oct

BRYAN ADAMS: ‘80s Rock Star, 90’s International Phenomenon

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Bryan Adams: ‘80s Rock Star, 90’s International Phenomenon Syndicated Radio Show In The Studio Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Waking Up The Neighbours

Dallas, TX - Oct 19, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website In The Studio with Rebeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 25th anniversary of the sixteen million seller Waking Up The Neighbours from Bryan Adams. 

After becoming one of the Eighties’ biggest stars with the 1984 # 1 album Reckless, Bryan Adams actually topped that feat with his 1991 blockbuster Waking Up The Neighbours, spawning five hit singles including the theme song “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” from the international mega-hit film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It landed him on top of the UK singles chart for a record-setting sixteen consecutive weeks!

But capturing lightning in a bottle twice with Bryan Adams’ Eighties creative team proved difficult, working an entire year on dozens of songs only to scrap it all. Plan B?. Bryan brought  in fresh ears and new blood into the recording studio with the addition of veteran producer Mutt Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Cars). In The Studio host Redbeard asked Bryan what it was that moved him to bring Mutt Lange in as producer.

“One thing I noticed about all the records he’s made, with The Cars or with AC/DC or with Foreigner, was the vocals sounded great. Once I started working with Mutt I realized Mutt in fact is a singer himself, so to be able to work with someone that can sing is quite a good thing for a singer, because it pushes you to do better.”
                                                                                                       - Bryan Adams


BRYAN ADAMS Waking Up The Neighbours / InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/bryan-adams-waking-neighbours-25th/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations
Link to Bryan Adams website: http://www.bryanadams.com
Link to InTheStudio website: http://www.inthestudio.net
 
Mon
09
May

ZINGO - Zingo (Review)

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80%
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Various
Running Time: 
50
Release Date: 
2016
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Canada
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70s Pop/Rock
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Renegade Sounds
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2015
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Zingo is a new release from Renegade Sounds that might slide under the radar of many visiting these pages. This is an outfit from the 70s and the 12 tracks within are sourced from the only remaining original sources – that is some from multi-track, others from quarter inch tape, some from cassette and even original vinyl. But it’s been nicely worked out to maintain a pretty consistent sound quality.
 
What’s remarkable about Zingo is that it’s the first recording band for legendary Bryan Adams guitarist Keith Scott.
Anyone that knows me knows that I’m an absolute sucker for Keith’s tone and his essential role in making Adams the icon he is.
So my interest in hearing this was immediate. It’s not all to my personal taste – I’m not an overly 70s kinda guy, but the songs here are well worth the effort to upgrade and compile.
These are rock/pop and pomp friendly radio tunes with typically 70s groove. Think Early Journey, Boston, ELO.
 
This is a must have for fans of Scott. There are some tunes here that showcase the origins of his sound perfectly and give a taste of where he came from as a guitarist and there are some moments where you can hear early Bryan Adams in the delivery.
And there’s even two tracks produced by Jim Valance for that extra Adams tie-in factor. Keith left Zingo to join Adams for his Cuts Like A Knife album and has remained with him ever since.
 
Packaging is a little minimal – it’s housed in a slimline jewelcase with no tray card, but the disc is a proper manufactured silver CD and there is a booklet.
The label apparently wanted to keep their overseas customers' shipping costs down, and this reduced the weight in half. They are however offering a free tray card if buyers want to put it in a standard jewel case.
 
There are a couple of songs where Keith really goes to town and that makes it all the more worth it as far as I’m concerned. An interesting archival record that’s up to its neck in the 70s.
Sadly vocalist Vince Nardulli passed away in 1989.
 
Score: 
80
 
Fri
16
Oct

BRYAN ADAMS - Get Up (Review)

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40%
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Jeff Lynne
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25
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
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Wilburys
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Universal
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2015
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Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams claimed recently that this new album of his was so classic in style that he could play the entire album in concert and his fans would think he was actually playing tracks from one of his earlier masterpieces.
I counter that ridiculous claim by suggesting his fans (that’s me included), would instead be struggling to stay awake, wondering who this hillbilly Jeff Lynne wannabe is and wishing he’d hurry up and get off so the real Bryan Adams could take the stage.
 
The gap between Adams the rockstar, the working class hero, the monster live performer and the man who wrote some of the best anthems in rock history and the guy who releases records under the Bryan Adams name these days is more pronounced than ever.
His latest album Get Up is produced by ELO and Travelling WilburysJeff Lynne. The result is not a classic BA album as promised, but rather a hybrid of Adams’ recent era forgettable solo material and Lynne’s own laid back acoustic driven Midwestern rockabilly.
 
Yet again, we’re fooled into thinking Adams might return to his roots that delivered such classic albums as You Want It You Got It, Cuts Like A Knife, Reckless and the underrated perfection of Into The Fire.
No such luck. Instead the snoozefest of Room Service, 11 and last year’s horrible covers album continues.
If I wanted to listen to the Travelling Wilburys, I’d play that. If I wanted Lynne’s Armchair Theater, I have the recent re-issue to get out.
I don’t need Bryan Adams channeling that sound with so little of his own personality shining through.
What’s worse is that the album was almost entirely co-written by the great Jim Vallance.
I can’t understand what went wrong.
Thankfully the new tracks number just 9 and the album lasts all of 25 minutes. That’s just a little longer than one new Iron Maiden tune!
 
The opening track You Belong To Me may be impossibly catchy, but when its used to kick off an album, you know rocking isn’t a priority here.
Go Down Rocking and That’s Rock N Roll have traces of Adams of old, but the clichés sadly distract as does the hokey production style.
We Did It and Don’t Even Try are jangly, boring ballads that go nowhere.
Do What You Gotta Do is one of the few decent tracks with a wonderful chorus, but so removed from Adams’ sound, I kept waiting for Roy Orbison and Tom Petty to have their turn on vocals.
The attempted rocker Thunderbolt is just atrocious. How can an album of only 9 tracks have room for such a lemon as this?
That’s followed by another forgettable slow ballad and the best track of the album, the current single Brand New Day, which even then sounds like a B-Side at best from the glory days.
 
Adams then attempts to pad out the album with 4 shitty solo acoustic versions of songs already featured. Pointless and boring as bat shit.
 
Adams has willfully allowed Jeff Lynne’s production and writing style to infiltrate his thinking, the production style and the whole energy of this record.
How can the minds that crafted songs like Native Son, Into The Fire and one of the greatest melodic rock songs of all time - One Night Love Affair – all be a part of this mess?
Please explain Mr. Adams, Mr. Vallance and Mr. Scott!

I hate what Adams has become. He is suffering old man syndrome and along with John Mellencamp, Bob Seger and Tom Cochrane, has forgotten what to do in the studio to capture the energy of their live shows.
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40
 
Tue
11
Aug

BRYAN ADAMS Announces 'I Get Up' Album & 'You Belong To Me' Single

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum recording artist Bryan Adams is set to release his thirteenth studio album, Get Up (UMe), on October 16. Produced by famed ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and co-written with his long-time collaborator Jim Vallance, the album features nine new songs and four acoustic versions, tracklisting below.  Get Up is available for pre-order now via all digital partners and includes instant-grat track "You Belong To Me," followed by lead track "Brand New Day" available September 7, and the final early download, "Don't Even Try" prior to street date.  Preorder link: http://smarturl.it/BryanAdamsGetUp.
 
A performance clip will be released to accompany the first download "You Belong To Me," and  fans can look forward to the official music video for "Brand New Day" directed by Adams featuring BAFTA Award-winning actress, Helena Bonham Carter, and musician Theo Hutchcraft from acclaimed synth-pop duo Hurts. 
 
Get Up is a solid collection of beautifully-crafted rock songs, from the fast and furious up-tempo tracks such as lead song "Brand New Day," "You Belong To Me" and "Thunderbolt," to the gentler songs such as "Don't Even Try" and "We Did It All," plus the alternative Adams-produced acoustic versions, highlighting Adams' unique voice and depth.. 
 
Get Up is a body of work that Adams is truly proud of and with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer Jeff Lynne - whose credits include The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman and Tom Petty, as well as being the co-founder, producer and member of the Traveling Wilburys - at the helm shaping the record, Get Up will sit nicely alongside Adams' earlier classics.
 
"It came together quite organically," recalls Adams, "song by song, working with Jeff producing over the past couple of years whenever he had time. It was a great partnership as it gave me plenty of time to write the songs, most of which are a collaboration with Jim Vallance. We all worked primarily over the internet from Canada, Europe and LA, sending demos and parts of songs until we got it right."
 
"I've always been a big fan of Bryan so getting to work with him was a great pleasure," says Jeff  Lynne.  "Bryan would send me a demo across the internet, then I would play most of the instruments to make a finished backing track and send it back to him in England. There he would put the lead vocal on to the song and send it back to me in California, 5,400 miles apart! And it's turned out to be a rockin' album!"
"There is a carefree feeling about this album," adds Adams,"and in many ways it is the album I wish I'd been able to make 25 years ago."
 
Adams continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his critically-acclaimed album Reckless last year, with a sold-out global headlining tour – upcoming North American dates below. This summer, Adams will be co-headlining with Rod Stewart at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park Festival on September 13.
 
Get Up Tracklisting:
  • You Belong To Me
  • Go Down Rockin'
  • We Did It All
  • That's Rock and Roll
  • Don't Even Try
  • Do What Ya Gotta Do
  • Thunderbolt
  • Yesterday Was Just A Dream
  • Brand New Day
  • Don't Even Try – Acoustic
  • We Did It All – Acoustic 
  • You Belong To Me – Acoustic
  • Brand New Day – Acoustic
Upcoming tour dates:
Friday, September 18       
Us Cellular Centre           
Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 19      
Rogers Amphitheater        
Fayetteville, AR
Sunday, September 20         
Snowden Amphitheater
Memphis, TN
Monday, September 21       
Events Centre           
Springfield, MO           
Wednesday, September 23  
Northrup Auditorium   
Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, September 24       
Sanford Centre          
Bemdji, MN

 
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