Tony Franklin

Fri
27
Oct

FICTION SYXX - Tall Dark Secrets (Showcase)

DEBUT OFFICIAL VIDEO!
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce signing new hard rock project FICTION SYXX. The debut album ‘Tall Dark Secrets’ will be released August 26.
 
FICTION SYXX, is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue.  But like all ideas, including musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called “Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed around a core of members.
 
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FICTION SYXX - 'Tall Dark Secrets' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Mark then talked to an old bandmate, drummer, Rory Faciane.  Rory is a live and studio drummer that attended the Musicians Institute and now resided in Nashville TN.  Rory immediately came on board with Mark and JK as the drummer.  Then Mark began talking to Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER).  After Tony heard the first ideas for this project, he offered to play bass and added his amazing talents to the project.  Finally, keyboardist extraordinaire, Eric Ragno (GRAHAM BONNET, JOE LYNN TURNER) was added to the lineup.
 
Now the band was complete and ready to deliver the album “TALL DARK SECRETS”!
 
FICTION SYXX mixes progressive hard rock with a nuance of melodic rock. The first release from this project was a way to bring a talented core of seasoned musicians together and to bring several guest artists and what came out of the effort is a solid 11 songs of progressive rock.
 
The name FICTION SYXX was created nearly 10 years ago. It is derived from the many mystical and mythical meanings behind the number 6 and sequences of that number such as “666” and “6666”.  Since Mark was born on 6-6-66, the mystique about the number six became intriguing to him.  In the 80’s, it also gained quite the bit of attention when being ID’d at convenience stores and bars.
 
 
 
 
FICTION SYXX is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm- Lead and Acoustic Guitar
JK Northrup -  Rhythm- Lead- Slide and Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal
Tony Franklin - Bass
Rory Faciane - Drums and Percussion
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA
 
 
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Tue
22
Aug

FICTION SYXX - Tall Dark Secrets - IN STOCK NOW!

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce signing new hard rock project FICTION SYXX. The debut album ‘Tall Dark Secrets’ is in stock now. All pre-orders shipping out.
 
FICTION SYXX, is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue.  But like all ideas, including musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called “Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed around a core of members.
 
PRE-ORDER NOW! All pre-orders will ship early.
 
FICTION SYXX - 'Tall Dark Secrets' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
MRR August Deal:
 
FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN (Both Releases for $30 and just $4 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Mark then talked to an old bandmate, drummer, Rory Faciane.  Rory is a live and studio drummer that attended the Musicians Institute and now resided in Nashville TN.  Rory immediately came on board with Mark and JK as the drummer.  Then Mark began talking to Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER).  After Tony heard the first ideas for this project, he offered to play bass and added his amazing talents to the project.  Finally, keyboardist extraordinaire, Eric Ragno (GRAHAM BONNET, JOE LYNN TURNER) was added to the lineup.
 
Now the band was complete and ready to deliver the album “TALL DARK SECRETS”!
 
FICTION SYXX mixes progressive hard rock with a nuance of melodic rock. The first release from this project was a way to bring a talented core of seasoned musicians together and to bring several guest artists and what came out of the effort is a solid 11 songs of progressive rock.
 
The name FICTION SYXX was created nearly 10 years ago. It is derived from the many mystical and mythical meanings behind the number 6 and sequences of that number such as “666” and “6666”.  Since Mark was born on 6-6-66, the mystique about the number six became intriguing to him.  In the 80’s, it also gained quite the bit of attention when being ID’d at convenience stores and bars.
 
 
 
 
FICTION SYXX is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm- Lead and Acoustic Guitar
JK Northrup -  Rhythm- Lead- Slide and Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal
Tony Franklin - Bass
Rory Faciane - Drums and Percussion
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA
 
 
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Tue
26
Apr

ROB MORATTI Gets Transcendent on June 24

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Escape Music announces the new ROB MORATTI album Transcendent, due out June 24.

Track List: 1- Answer Of Life  4:46 / 2-Don’t Give Up 3:53 / 3- Edge Of Love  4:01 / 4- I’m Back  4:28 / 5-Lost And Lonely 5:31 / 6-I’m Flying High 4:32 / 7-Within Your Eyes 5:06 / 8-Midst Of June 5:06 / 9-There’s No Denying 4:22 / 10-To Be An Honest Man 5:02 / 11-Baby I'm Yours 4:48 / 12-Euphoria 3:06

Rob Moratti - Lead Vocals and all background harmonies.
Torben Enevoldsen - Lead, rhythm guitars and keyboards.
Fredrik Bergh - Keyboards / Tony Franklin - Bass.
Stu Reid - Drums and percussion. / Christian Wolff - Lead and rhythm guitars on "Don't Give Up" and "Lost And Lonely".
Ian Crichton (Saga) - Lead guitars on "I'm Back".


Mixed and Mastered by Richard Chycki
Produced by Rob Moratti
 
Canadian singer Rob Moratti has had a varied career to date, he first appeared as a songwriter and lead vocalist in the early 90’s for the band “Moratti” and two fine albums were recorded “Desolation” in 1995 and “Legends of Tomorrow” in 1997.
He then took centre stage in the band “Final Frontier” alongside Mladen from Von Groove, a band that went on to record 4 albums and gained a cult following in Europe and Japan. The band played exciting hard melodic rock set apart by Rob’s powerful vocals.

In 2008 Rob was chosen to replace Michael Sadler in the band “Saga”, a fine accolade indeed, and he featured on the 2009 album “Human Condition” as well as touring extensively with the band. Sadler returned to Saga and so Rob went on to record a solo project “Victory” in 2011 with Escape Music. “Victory” had an impressive line-up that included Reb Beach (Whitesnake) and Tony Franklin (The Firm). The album was an instant success and has since become a firm favourite with fans all around the world.

Recently Rob recorded a fine tribute to the band “Journey”, the band that influenced him greatly in his youth, this recording was limited to 1000 numbered units and has since sold out. In addition he provided vocals for the Rage of Angels CD “The Devil’s New Tricks”, an album that really sees his vocals reach new heights.
That brings us to 2016 and Rob has completed his second solo outing “Transcendent” which sees him giving his best performance yet, his vocals have never sounded better as he sings his heart out throughout all 13 tracks. This is Melodic Rock at its very best and with band members that include Torben Enevoldsen and Tony Franklin we are set for a real treat. Guesting on guitar is Saga’s own Michael Crichton, exciting times indeed.

Rob’s career is starting to really take shape, this is one monster album.

www.Escape-Music.com

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Tue
15
Mar

R.I.P Keyboardist NIK GREEN

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Keyboard player NIK GREEN, best known for his work with BLUE MURDER has died after a battle with cancer.
 
His pal TONY FRANKLIN (Bass) posted this to Twitter earlier: "Sadly Blue Murder's keyboard player Nik Green left us last night, after a brave battle w/ cancer. A gentle soul & huge talent. RIP my friend..."
 
Yet another loss to the rock community.
 
R.I.P Nik.
 

 

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Fri
16
Oct

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

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93%
Produced By: 
Joel Hoekstra
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
93
Label: 
Frontiers
 
 
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!
 
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2015
 
Tue
13
Oct

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

 
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

 

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Wed
07
Oct

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

 
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.
 
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2015
 
Fri
02
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Video Premiere For 'Scream'


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


 
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2015
 
Thu
01
Oct

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

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

 

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2015
 
Wed
29
Jul

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

 
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
 

 

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Mon
27
Jul

Focus On Metal - TONY FRANKLIN

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This week on Focus On Metal comes the fourth installment in our Little Mountain Sound Studio series. Our guest this week is none other than bassist and all around cool guy, Tony Franklin. Tony has played with an impressive list of artists including Gary Hoey, Marty Freidman, Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, and Whitesnake. Did I mention the guy has also played with Jimmy Page in The Firm? Jimmy Freaking Page! Of course he was also a big part of Blue Murder with John Sykes and Carmine Appice. So yeah, I think this guy knows his way around a studio so he's a perfect guy to talk about his time at LMS. These days when he's not enjoying his Ninja blender Tony is playing with Rated X and Heart of Storm with Doug Aldrich.
www.focusonmetal.net and iTunes under "focus on metal".
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2015
 
Thu
23
Jul

HEART OF STORM Discuss The Sonic And Visual Fusion Of A Rock Concert

 
HEART OF STORM's
DEREK SHERINIAN (DREAM THEATER)
GREGG BISSONETTE (RINGO STARR, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA), DOUG ALDRICH (WHITESNAKE, DIO) AND TONY FRANKLIN (THE FIRM, JIMMY PAGE, PAUL RODGERS)
DISCUSS HOW  THE SONIC AND VISUAL FUSION OF A ROCK CONCERT AND RUSSIAN BALLET CAME ABOUT, ITS EVOLUTION AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THEIR U.S. DEBUT IN LOS ANGELES
THIS FRIDAY, JULY 24 AND SATURDAY, JULY 25
AT 8PM IN THE ORPHEUM THEATRE

 
 
Photo from HEART OF STORM rehearsal in Los Angeles.
 
HEART OF STORM--the internationally acclaimed one-of-a-kind live rock concert and Russian ballet experience--will make its premiere in Los Angeles on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at the Orpheum Theatre, 8pm (842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014).
 
In celebration of its U.S. debut, HEART OF STORM is offering fans the chance to view these shows with complimentary tickets, only on July 24 and July 25. For complimentary tickets email: tickets@redrockballet.com
 
In this in-depth interview below, HEART OF STORM's Derek Sherinian [keyboardist]and Gregg Bissonette [drummer], Doug Aldrich [lead guitar] and Tony Franklin [The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers] discuss how the show was born, its evolution from premiering in Europe last year in Mayto kicking off its U.S. debut this Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles and what fans can expect when they come to see this one-of-a-kind rock concert and ballet experience. View the sizzle reel for HEART OF STORM here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqWoMKefKOM.
 
HEART OF STORM is played live and loud by an all-star band including renowned keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, Electric Light Orchestra), lead guitar Doug Aldrich(Whitesnake, Dio, Revolution Saints), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) and rhythm guitarist Brent Woods(Warrant, Sebastian Bach) and alto saxophonist  Brandon Fields(Tower Of Power, George Benson). The music that was created needed a strong visual, so the group teamed with the young and talented Russian-Korean choreographer Stas Tsoy.The music, performance, and visuals come together to tell this unforgettable tale of a young Major named Storm as he travels to the depths of the labyrinth of Life, Death and Love.
 
This hybrid rock concert fused with stunning, young Russian ballet talent--spanning the Bolshoi Theatre, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker--inherits the tradition of classical ballet, while charting new territory into live, emotional theater. HEART OF STORM is an explosive and theatrical rock ballet extravaganza.
 
Get an in-depth look into HEART OF STORM here:
 
Q: When did this whole idea for HEART OF STORM evolve from? What sparked it for you?
 
Derek Sherinian: The creator Alex Semenov approached me in late 2013 to produce and play on a rock instrumental record. Alex decided to have choreographed ballet performing live along with a rock band, he found Stas Tsoy a talented Russian-Korean choreographer and this sounded like an exciting, unique opportunity to me.
 
Q: What was your vision for this artistically? What message do you guys want to get across? What should people walk away with?
 
Doug Aldrich: Artistically, I thought this was a cool fusion of arts and I wanted an opportunity to push myself in some new directions after Whitesnake. This was really something interesting and obviously with a great bunch of friends that also happen to be at the top level as musicians. I hope to have people walk away feeling happy to see and hear something fresh that is a new idea.
 
Derek Sherinian: Heart Of Storm is Alex Semenov's vision. My job is to help him see his vision through on the musical end.
 
Tony Franklin: Heart Of Storm is part rock show, part Russian ballet--with a killer band, featuring top name rock musicians--and world class Russian ballet. 'Storm' is the main character, and the storyline follows his tumultuous journey of love, anger, jealousy and death. But this is not just a dance show with accompanying rock music. Both the band and ballet are interwoven into a unique, powerful and emotional performance. I've never seen anything like it.
 
Q: How did the idea of fusing the music with ballet come about? How did you create the songs to fit with the ballet choreography?
 
Derek Sherinian: The music was written first, and then the dancing was choreographed afterwards.
 
Doug Aldrich: Music has always been in ballet I guess, but this is a fresh approach that the composer felt would be more intense and fit well with the choreography. It could possibly reach a new audience that might otherwise skip ballet. I myself have never been to a ballet, but now I'm interested. The Red Rock Ballet is made up of very talented young dancers from Russia.
 
Q: What is the story of HEART OF STORM? Tell us about the production and look of the show.
 
Tony Franklin: The Orpheum Theater is the perfect setting. In the Broadway Theater District of Los Angeles, it has a long history dating back to the 1920's. The list of artists who've performed here is remarkable, including Judy Garland, the Marx Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder--the list goes on. American Idol and America's Got Talent are also filmed here. The Orpheum stage has been transformed to accommodate the unique Heart Of Storm production. The lights, the setting, the sound and performances are all fine-tuned to express the broad array of emotions of the storyline. I'm really excited to be part of Heart Of Storm.
 
Doug Aldrich: I was so immersed in learning the material that I didn't really know much about the story at first. But once we started to run the show together, it all made sense... The look seems to be heavy....very edgy, but with classic Ballet feel in spots. In other places it probably pushes the limit a bit.
 
Q: Can you elaborate on the band's chemistry? What's the dynamic like?
 
Derek Sherinian: Everyone in this band is not only incredible musicians, but incredible people as well. Tony Franklin and Gregg Bissonette are hands down the nicest rhythm section in rock! I am truly blessed to be working with such a great team of people across the board.
 
Doug Aldrich: Derek is our fearless leader and has put together a very diverse bunch of people to perform the music. I know Derek had been working on this for some time. Then I happened to be in Moscow for a day and I got a phone call from Brent Woods saying that he and Derek were out at a party in town and asked if I wanted to join. Haha. I was asleep and jetlagged so I didn't go, but a few months later Derek started to think about this production and called me to play. I have to say, it's been a huge amount of work for me to get up to speed, but we had so much fun that time has flown by. We are all very different people so it feels unlike any project I've been in. Gregg and Brent secretly coordinated wardrobe the entire time showing up with the same shit and shoes or whatever... Tony is truly one of the nicest people you could ever meet. His playing is just astounding... so giant. Like all the guys I reckon. Brandon has just blown me away...with horns and flutes!!! He has been very patient with us as he has not had to deal with a band this loud. But he seriously shreds if that can be deemed a compliment from me. Derek is that bad boy dude with chops that will back it up. Derek and Brent are serious gearheads which of course I can relate to. Derek has more gear than just about anyone I know.... I get it. There is always more room for something new. Brent plays so awesome. I'm really glad to work with him. He is playing solos as well, but also doing acoustic work which is very important with a ballet. Gregg is joking around all the time... always, but he just an insanely talented player. He like all these guys has played with the best of the best cause they are that good.
 
Gregg Bissonette: The band chemistry is awesome. I've been a fan of all of these musicians for many years and have played with everyone before except Brent Woods, but now he's my new best friend :). The first day I showed up for rehearsal, I was wearing a red Foo Fighters shirt and black jeans and Brent was wearing a red shirt and black jeans. Everyone commented on it, so each morning we decided to mess with the others by calling ahead of time and wearing the same colors. It took them a while to figure it out and they thought we were on the same wave length, but they quickly caught on :).We all really take the music seriously, as a drummer in the band you have two man jobs: the tempo, and controlling the dynamics... bringing it way down and way up when you need to. Brandon is one of the world's greatest sax players and I've played with him at the Baked Potato Jazz club in L.A., on his solo albums, and we were in the house band for the Latin Grammys a few years ago. I was in a band with Derek called Jughead which my brother Matt Bissonette (Elton John's bassist) and Ty Tabor (Kings X) were also in. Derek and I also played in Italy with Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, that's where I played with Doug Aldrich as well. Tony Franklin and I have played a ton together over the years and have been great pals for 20 years. We played years ago on a movie called Endless Summer 2. It was a surf movie. We've done a million albums together and toured all over the world. Derek is the glue that brought us all together. He is a great guy, a fantastic musician, and a wonderful producer and band leader. The music we are playing with Heart of Storm is written so well that it lends itself to having a lot of dynamics, (playing at different musical volume levels). It's very passionate music and when everyone sees the dancers and storyline, they will love it and see that it's all brilliantly connected.
 
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HEART OF STORM
FRIDAY, JULY 24 and SATURDAY, JULY 25
ORPHEUM THEATRE
842 S. BROADWAY
LOS ANGELES, CA  90014
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show begins: 8:00 PM
@RedRockBallet 
 
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2015
 
Fri
21
Nov

RATED X - "Rated X" (Review)

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89%
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
60
Release Date: 
2014
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
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89
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Frontiers
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Any project featuring Joe Lynn Turner on vocals is going to get my attention. Add in Joe’s Mother’s Army partner Carmine Appice on drums; Carmine’s Blue Murder partner Tony Franklin on bass and star guitarist Karl Cochran and you have me standing to attention, ready to salute whoever’s idea this was.
But, what looks good on paper must deliver in reality. Rated X thankfully does just that. Under the direction of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also adds writing credits, all keyboards, organ and backing vocals to his list of credits), the band delivers a knock out blues driven classic hard rock album.
 
 
Not unexpectedly, the style here is a mix of Joe Lynn Turner solo, classic Rainbow as well as adding parts of the Mother’s Army and Blue Murder sound.
The band overcame Karl’s recent health scare by bringing in Nikolo Koyzev and Daniel Palmqvist to complete guitar parts on several tracks, but Karl remains the driving force behind the album’s power.
 
It’s a joy to hear Appice and Franklin as a rhythm section again. The two really pack a punch on this record, with Tony’s bass groove rolling through the album and Carmine is simply all over these songs. Why add one drum fill when you can add three? I love it; the powerful rhythm section just adds so much power. And Joe Lynn Turner has seldom sounded better, his authorative rasp in full control.
 
Get Back My Crown is a ripping opener that throws me back to the debut Mother’s Army album.
This Is Who I Am is one of two tracks taken from the unreleased JLT/Chris Antblad collaboration. The song here is beefed up from its original form, with some shredding guitar and a ton of extra drum fills.
Fire And Ice is an organ drenched classic Zeppelinesque 70s rocker with drums again belting through the speakers through the chorus while Tony Franklin’s bass glides over the verse.
I Don’t Cry Anymore is another great JLT driven rocker, with the singer sounding in classic form.
The very cool and moody Lhasa has to be inspired by the Blue Murder track Valley Of The Kings. This seven minute epic has a very similar vibe, especially with Franklin and Appice involved.
Devil In Disguise is a pretty simple rocker after the complex preceding track.
You Are The Music is a quality slower track with a nice melodic edge.
Peace Of Mind is another quality untempo melodic rocker.
Maybe Tonight is a classic AOR track – the second from the JLT/Antblad sessions. Here it has been rocked up a little and expanded musically and is another highlight.
On The Way To Paradise picks up the tempo and the rock attitude once again for a straight ahead tour de force. Great guitar solo too!
Our Love Is Not Over is the big sentimental ballad of the album. Classic JLT here.
Stranger In Us All closes the album by firing us up again with crashing guitars and pounding bass and lots of organ once again.
 

 
A very fine debut collaboration from the folks that form Rated X. I hope this can continue as an ongoing touring and recording band.
The only point I would raise overall would be that the production could be described as a bit muddy in places and the drum and bass sound does vary a little from track to track.
But great energy in the performances, despite the challenges of getting the record recorded and mixed.
You wouldn’t want the album any longer than the 60 minutes delivered, but that said, there’s no filler here.

 

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Thu
06
Nov

JOEL HOEKSTRA All-Star Side Project With Russell Allen

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Newly annointed Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra (TSO, Night Ranger, Rock Of Ages) is also working on a side project that he plans to complete a full length album with for 2015 release. 

The lineup is:

Russell Allen - vocals
Joel Hoekstra - guitar
Vinny Appice - drums
Tony Franklin - bass
Derek Sherinian - keyboards
Jeff Scott Soto - background vocals

 
So far there are 7 songs are fully tracked, which are being mixed and a negotiation with a prominent label is underway to make it a full length release, to be released by the 2nd quarter or 2015.

 
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Tue
30
Sep

RATED X - Rated X (Pre-View)

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Rated X Exclusive Preview:
 
Joe Lynn Turner is in devastating form, ripping through 12 energised classic rock tracks drenched in organ and driven by some tough riffing from Karl Cochran. 
 
Drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tony Franklin reunite for the first time since Blue Murder, delivering the precise ear drum shattering rhythm section expected of both journeymen. 
 
Song wise, what is delivered is exactly what was expected and hoped for.  
A mix of Mother's Army, Blue Murder and Joe Lynn Turner's rocking solo best. 
 
The opening track Get Back My Crown is a high energy blast, Lhasa is epic classic rock, the melodic hard rocker I Don't Cry Anymore sees Carmine in crashing form and the heavy ballad Fire And Ice is prime time JLT. 
Our Love Is Not Over is another great pure melodic rock track. 
 
Looking forward to reviewing this in full detail and enjoying playing it on high rotation for some time to come. 
 
First impressions are very favourable indeed. 
 
 
 
 
 
FRONTIERS MUSIC Srl SET TO
RELEASE RATED X
 
All Star Hard Rock Line Up Includes
Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner; Drummer Carmine Appice;
Bassist Tony Franklin and Guitarist Karl Cochran.
 
Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary Rock artists, returns with another impactful project: RATED X.  Set for release in the EU on November 7th and in North America on November 11th, the album features all new songs built upon a classic Hard Rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge.
 
 
RATED X was formed at the suggestion of Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, who mentioned to singer Joe Lynn Turner that a band of highest caliber musicians should be assembled to create an album of classic Hard Rock music.  Turner, the former lead vocalist for both Rainbow and Deep Purple and a solo artist in his own right, agreed, and the search for the right players was on. Carmine Appice, who already had a relationship with Frontiers, was on board immediately.  A true percussion icon, Appice’s resume is one that Rock legends are made of: Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Blue Murder, King Kobra and others.
 
Appice’s former Blue Murder bandmate and bassist, Tony Franklin (best known for his work with The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, and Whitesnake), signed up next. After a lengthy search for the right guitarist, they settled on long-time Turner collaborator Karl Cochran, who has also worked with Ace Frehley, and worked in the past with Joe Lynn Turner on his solo albums.
 
“I believe we wanted to keep it a bit retro with a modern edge,” says Turner. “The songs are classic rock, but then that's an understatement. They are what they are; and they transformed as we went along recording. So, all in all, we are very happy to finish the record and finally able to get it out to the public. Everyone in this band is a true individual and stylist. When you put it all together, you have Rated X.”
 
The debut album, simply titled, Rated X, is remarkable in that it sounds like a band that has worked together as a unit for years. The songs are powerful and the performances are tight and innovative.  Frontiers in-house producer, Alessandro del Vecchio, not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (Mr Big, Deep Purple, Gotthard, Kiss, Doro) mixed the album.
 
Says Carmine Appice: “With his help in coming up with the song ideas and working together with the band I believe we came up with the sound from the late 70s -80s. To me, it sounds like Blue Murder with Joe Lynn Turner singing. Having Tony and myself as the rhythm section and with the heavy guitars, it gives the record a Blue Murder-vibe. Then, adding Alessandro on keys gave us a bit of the Deep Purple thing. It all works together and I loved playing each song.”
 
Enjoy RATED X Electronic Press Kit on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCnxyqlpspg
 
Track listing: Get Back My Crown; This Is Who I Am; Fire And Ice; I Don't Cry No More; Lhasa; Devil In Disguise; You Are The Music; Peace Of Mind; Maybe Tonight; On The Way To Paradise; Our Love Is Not Over; Stranger In Us All.
 
Preorder RATED X at: http://geni.us/RatedXAMZ
            For all things RATED X, please visit: www.facebook.com/RatedXRocks
 
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Mon
18
Aug

RATED X Debut Due November (Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice, Karl Cochran, Tony Franklin)

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Announcing Rated X! Featuring Joe Lynn Turner (Joe Lynn Turner Official Page) on vocals, Karl Cochran on guitar and the reunion of the famed and beloved rhythm section of bassist Tony Franklin (Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster) and drummer Carmine Appice (Carmine Appice Himself)!
 
Self-titled debut album will be released November 7th in EU, November 11th in U.S. via Frontiers Records. Pre-order on Amazon.com (Amazon Music) here: http://geni.us/RatedXAMZ
 
First taste of music COMING SOON!
 
1. Get Back My Crown 2. This Is Who I Am 3. Fire And Ice 4. I Don't Cry No More 5. Lhasa 6. Devil In Disguise 7. You Are The Music 8. Peace Of Mind 9. Maybe Tonight 10. On The Way To Paradise 11. Our Love Is Not Over 12. Stranger In Us All 
 
RATED X is an exciting and fresh new band built around the talents of four heavy-hitters of American hard rock. Comprised of vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), guitarist Karl Cochran (Ace Frehley), fretless-bass monster Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Whitesnake) and iconic drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Murder, King Kobra).
 
Appice was the first person who was called in to join JLT in the band, given the long history of friendship and musical camaraderie between the two. After a quick search, Tony Franklin soon agreed to be part of the band thus reuniting the rhythm section that was featured on the legendary debut album by Blue Murder. The last step was to find the right guitarist and who could be a better choice than long time Joe Lynn Turner collaborator, Karl Cochran; a flamboyant guitar player that can masterfully handle the Arena Rock style, with a Classic Hard Rock sensibility second to none.
 
With ties to some of heavy rock's most seminal bands Rainbow, Deep Purple, Blue Murder and Vanilla Fudge RATED X is the definition of a supergroup. 
 
 
Mon
23
Jun

VHF PROJECT DEBUTS FIRST VIDEO

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NOW AVAILABLE ON CDABY AND ITUNES
 
 
 
Here is the complete video for the first single, "Whispers of the Soul" from VHF, 
 
 
CD "Very High Frequency" will be released in 3 weeks on iTunes, CD Baby. 
 
Tony Franklin: "I'm digging the completed VHF CD (Todd Vinny Vinciguerra, Joel Hoekstra, Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster)... Wow, actually! And it's crazy how this thing came together. Vinny approached me with the idea. He wanted to lay down some song-oriented drum grooves and then have me play bass over them... it was wide open, whatever I wanted. So I did it, and had a blast. I put some time into it to come up with something creative, heavy, a little edgy and different, while still maintaining a 'song-type' format. Vinny's parts were great to play over - groove wise and idea wise. I was definitely inspired. Next we handed the tracks over to Joel Hoekstra who was totally on board and in tune with the concept. He took it to a whole other level. When I listen to the tunes, they sound like we sat in the same room together, created the riffs, grooves and changes as a band, which couldn't be further away from the truth! Haha. I've always maintained that nothing beats playing and recording in the same room together... but sometimes there are exceptions to the rule!! https://www.facebook.com/VHFtheband"
 
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