Valentine

Mon
04
Sep

Rock Candy Records Latest - VALENTINE, GARY WRIGHT, ST. PARADISE, ATOMIC OPERA

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The following five titles are all available immediately on the Rock Candy website - www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
VALENTINE 'S/T' CANDY352
 
“ROCK CANDY IS no stranger to bad timing and misfired opportunities. For most people the results are of no great consequence but occasionally, the repercussions – especially with years of hindsight to put the loss into perspective – are truly lamentable. The failure of ‘Valentine’s sole album is one such case in point. If any melodic rock band should have made a huge international splash then this should have been the one.
Formed in New York during the mid 80’s and fronted by the sensational vocalist Hugo Valenti, the band soon made friends amongst the NY music business cognoscenti, leading to major management opportunities (Michael Bolton’s manager Louis Levin) and a coveted major label deal with Columbia Records. It was easy to see why they attracted such a passionate reaction, armed with music that was not only powerful and memorable but also displayed a song writing ability that left the competition in the dust.
Amazingly the band’s fortunes took a nose dive when executive changes at the label left them high and dry, forcing them to switch to another company, Giant Records, helmed by industry heavyweight Irving Azoff. Produced by Neil Kernon (Autograph, Queensryche, Lynch Mob) the album was eventually released in late 1990, and it received a great reception from the melodic rock aficionados. Packed with incredible songs, ranging from gilt-lined AOR such as ‘Runnin’ On Luck Again’, ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’, to the pomp blast of ‘Where Are You Now’ and Once In A Lifetime’. But the icing on the cake must surely be ‘Never Said It Was Gonna Be Easy’, one of the greatest power ballads of all time.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEWS, RARE PHOTOS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. RUNNIN’ ON LUCK AGAIN 2. NO WAY 3. TEARS IN THE NIGHT 4. TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH 5. NEVER SAID IT WAS GONNA BE EASY 6. WHERE ARE YOU NOW 7. NAUGHTY GIRL 8. ONCE IN A LIFETIME 9. SOMEDAY 10. WE RUN 11. YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE ME
 
 
ST. PARADISE 'S/T' CANDY285
 
“ST PARADISE WERE, it must now be said, an overlooked supergroup. A power trio that barely registered on the radar, despite the members’ impressive musical accomplishments, that were very much in keeping with the late 70s hard rock zeitgeist. It was, in all fairness, a strange state of affairs that belied the quality of the music and drew attention to the fast shifting sands and volatile nature of the music business.
They were formed by two former members of Ted Nugent’s band; singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes and bassist Rob Grange. Nugent, of course, was one of the biggest names on the hard rock scene during the second half of the decade, but it remained largely unknown that the vocals on Ted’s records were mostly supplied by St. Holmes, a man that had lived in the shadow of Ted’s enormous presence. Joining them on drums was Denny Carmassi whose accomplishments already included a four album stint with Montrose, one of the era’s most revered acts. He was also a member of Sammy Hagar’s solo band, appearing on two of his albums.
Enlisting the help of producer Mike Flicker (Heart, Trooper) the band recorded their sole album in Seattle, for the Warner Brothers label, establishing a sound very much informed by their previous outfits, yet keeping a keen eye on the future. Issued in 1979, sadly the record underperformed despite its impressive content and potential to impress. Oh, check out a blistering version of ‘Live It Up’, originally found on Ted Nugents’s ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ album.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEWS, RARE PHOTOS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. STRAIGHT TO YOU 2. GAMBLIN' MAN 3. JACKIE 4. MIAMI SLIDE 5. HADES 6. LIVE IT UP 7. JESSE JAMES 8. TIGHTEN THE KNOT 9. BESIDE THE SEA
 
 
ATOMIC OPERA 'FOR MADMEN ONLY' CANDY346
 
“THE HEAT and humidity of Houston, Texas has nurtured many fine acts, not least of course ZZ Top. But scrape beneath the surface and you’ll find many more bands that ought to have made it big, including a religious leaning stable of acts led by the impressive and trail blazing power trio Kings X. Atomic Opera were one such outfit playing music that, in a way, was out of this world, fusing the progressive elements of days gone by while charting a contemporary path to future glory.
Led by talented frontman and guitarist Frank Hart, this enigmatic quartet were very much part of the spiritually inclined Houston cabal assembled by mogul, manager and producer Sam Taylor; a man who had discovered and nurtured Kings X to worldwide attention. Atomic Opera were, it must be said, cut from the very same musical cloth as Kings X, laying down a sound that was thick and boisterous but embedded with subtlety and intelligent arrangements. It was also a sound that fused the popular grunge movement with traditional hard rock styling.
Issued in 1994, ‘For Madmen Only’ looked set to make quite a splash. It’s solid and muscular sound garnered the attention of traditional metal heads but also appealed to those whose tastes craved a more contemporary fix. Tracks such as ‘Justice’ and ‘x’ made heads spin, but the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly ‘Joyride’, a mesmerising melange of riffs and melody propelled by an incessant musical mantra that elevated the band far beyond the ordinary.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. JOYRIDE 2. JUSTICE 3. ACHILLES’ HEEL 4. I KNOW BETTER 5. ALL FALL DOWN 6. WAR DRUM 7. BLACKNESS 8. DECEMBER 9. THIS SIDE OF THE RAINBOW 10. NEW DREAMS
 
GARY WRIGHT 'THE DREAM WEAVER' CANDY348
 
“IT’S HIGHLY unlikely that you’d have wagered that a former member of early seventies hard rock band Spooky Tooth would resurface later that decade with a major selling solo album and an all persuasive, soft rock, hit single ‘Dreamweaver’. It was a remarkable achievement and one that elevated Gary Wright to a new audience, allowing him the space to develop a solo career that continues to this day.
Born in the USA, Wright moved to the UK and joined Spooky Tooth at the suggestion of Island records Chief Chris Blackwell. It was a match made in heaven but, as these things often pan out, the band’s commercial appeal waned, leaving Wright with little choice but to return to the USA and contemplate a solo career. Securing a recording deal with Warner Brothers records, he set about taping a series of demos with just keyboards and a synthesizer. This combination of instruments produced a fascinating sound and one that he continued to pursue on the finished record.
‘The Dream Weaver’ album was issued in 1975 and spawned the enormously successful us #2 hit single of the same name. It was an instant classic and a song that continues to be heard around the world to this day on radio, TV and in movies. Remarkably, the album also contained a successful follow up hit single, ‘Love Is Alive’, a similarly structured track built on synths and a funky backbeat. Dig deeper and you’ll find the surprising presence of guitarist Ronnie Montrose flexing his considerable muscle on ‘Power Of Love’.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH GARY WRIGHT AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. LOVE IS ALIVE 2. LET IT OUT 3. CAN’T FIND THE JUDGE 4. MADE TO LOVE YOU 5. POWER OF LOVE 6. DREAM WEAVER 7. BLIND FEELING 8. MUCH HIGHER 9. FEEL FOR ME
 
  
 
GARY WRIGHT 'THE LIGHT OF SMILES' CANDY349
 
“GARY WRIGHTS’ PLACE in musical history was undoubtedly secured by the huge international hit single ‘Dream Weaver’, a recording that still has an afterlife to this day. But that wasn’t the first time Wright had generated interest in his musical career. Back in the late 60’s this New Jersey born musician relocated to the UK and, on the encouragement of Island Records boss Chris Blackwell, joined forces with Spooky Tooth, one of the most respected acts of the time.
When Spooky Tooth broke up, Wright moved back to America and secured a prestigious solo deal with the Warner Brothers label, recording ‘The Dream Weaver’ album which proved to be an unexpected success, selling close to a million copies. Refocusing his attention, he quickly set about recording the follow up album, once again recorded in Los Angeles, and building on the minimalist, layered keyboard style that he had become known for. It also featured a few of his highly regarded touring musicians such as drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist David Foster and future Toto bassist Steve Porcaro.
Partly spiritual in nature the tracks appear to conjoin both lyrically and musically. There is a decidedly progressive rock feel to the presentation, partly driven by precision musicianship and expansive arrangements. Tracks such as ‘Watersign’, ‘Time Machine’ and ‘Phantom Writer’ are impressive slices of prog with a defined AOR edge, bringing to mind Supertramp, Steve Winwood, Procol Harum and the Alan Parson’s Project.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH GARY WRIGHT AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. WATER SIGN 2. TIME MACHINE 3. I AM THE SKY 4. WHO AM I 5. SILENT FURY 6. PHANTOM WRITER 7. THE LIGHT OF SMILES 8. I’M ALRIGHT 9. EMPTY INSIDE 10. ARE YOU WEEPIN’ 11. CHILD OF LIGHT
 
 
Fri
17
Jun

ROCKINGHAM 2016 On Sale Now

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STANDING ON TOP OF THE ROCK-INGHAM
 
Press Release: "Hey we're back, I heard you missed us? A different venue, less bands but no dip in quality is what Rockingham is offering this year. After last year’s successful weekend, plans were put in motion to deliver more of the same AOR goodness as organizer, Dave Herron, explains, “Following on from the incredible feedback from our 2015 event we have decided to make Rockingham a more permanent part of the UK festival scene.”
 
It’s all set to take place over the weekend of the 21st to 23rd of October, at Nottingham’s Trent University – a mere stones throw from last year’s venue.
With the likes of Trixter, Steelheart and Kevin Chalfant headlining over the three days, a stellar line up has been added to augment an already impressive top of the bill. 
At least five of these acts have never played in the UK before, with the likes of Lionheart and Lee Aaron having never set foot on a UK stage since the eighties. 
With the new blood being ably represented by the likes of Art Nation, Blood Red Saints, Angels Or Kings and Stone Broken, Rockingham is covering all the bases. 
This promises to be a wonderful weekend of AOR
 
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Kevin Chalfant
So where do you start with Mr. Chalfant? That he should have got the job in Journey, possibly. Or that he recorded one of the finest AOR albums of the nineties with the Storm, maybe. Perhaps we should just say that he possesses one of the finest AOR voices to ever grace the genre, so you can expect a set stuffed to the brim with quality moments from a distinguished career.
 
Jean Beauvoir
Now here's a man that could possibly be one of the coolest to ever strap on a guitar. His tenure with Crown Of Thorns is legendary, their debut being one of the finest albums he's appeared on. Having worked with Kiss, The Plasmatics and Little Steven amongst many others, he's guaranteed to get everybody on their feet. Are you ready?
 
Blood Red Saints
Having delivered one of the finest debuts of last year, Blood Red Saints will need no introduction. Gigs with the likes of Romeo's Daughter and Hand Of Dimes have shown them to be capable of delivering live what they put down in the studio. With a collective pool of talent that has seen them appear with the likes of Sam Thunder, Angels Or Kings, Gary Hughes, In Faith , The Shock, Lost Weekend and Newman, the Saints are the pride of the U.K.
 
The Poodles
Canine capers from Jakob Samuel and company is always a good way to spend your afternoon. Over the years they've produced several quality moments, garnering plaudits from far and wide. This is Scandinavian AOR at its most bombastic and fierce, so bring a muzzle as this dog bites.
 
Art Nation
Formed from the ashes of Diamond Dawn, Art Nation released one of the finest albums from last year, which saw critics liken them to a junior version of H.E.A.T. It's not gone unnoticed as Music giants Gain have recently snapped them up for a lucrative deal. So expect a highly charged set of fist pumping, anthemic AOR.
 
Lionheart
This was a shock addition to the bill, but a very welcome one. Having dispensed one of the finest UK pomp rock albums of the eighties, Lionheart toured with the likes of Def Leppard to rave reviews. Their brand of AOR is laced with luscious harmonies, biting guitars and surging keyboards. With ex Iron Maiden alumni, Derek Stratton, at the helm, the results should be breathtaking.
 
The Defiants
Let's cut to the chase here, the Defiants have made one of the best albums of this year pure and simple. Then again what did you expect from people that have plied their trade in Danger Danger, a band that are not shy of a hook or three. Between them, Bruno Ravel, Rob Marcello and Paul Laine have knocked it out of the park. Their recent performance in Milan is spoken of in hushed, revered tones, a true 'I was there moment'. Theirs is the sound of the eighties, amplified and cranked to eleven. Party on, dudes.
 
Trixter
Next to the Defiants, Trixter are another band born out of the eighties hair metal boom. Their brace of albums were lauded from far and wide, giving them gold records and stateside tours with the likes of Stryper and Kiss. Having reunited in 2008, they've since released two new albums, playing several prestigious gigs along the way. Another band that tore Milan apart, they're guaranteed to give it to you good.
 
Crazy Lixx
Bringing the Glam to Rockingham, Crazy Lixx will be riding into town on the back of several well received albums. This year’s live album is the perfect starting point to help you understand what the Lixx are all about. They'll push the button marked instant party, so get ready for these Revlon rebels to bring the mascara mayhem.
 
Stone Broken
A hot hard rock band from Walsall, surely some mistake? Nope, Stone Broken has gifted the world a hard hitting debut that has seen the plaudits arriving their way by the truckload. For most they'll be an unknown quantity, but after this weekend they've the potential to be everybody's favourite new band.
 
From The Fire
After a fabulous sophomore album, albeit twenty years later, and a wonderful debut UK performance in the same year, From The Fire were once again the band on all AORsters lips. Led by the core trio of J.D. Kelly, Tommy Lafferty and Michael Sciotto, From The Fire are an old school AOR fans wet dream. They were a little ring rusty last time out in the UK, this time they'll return like champion prize fighters.
 
Lee Aaron
The Metal Queen back in the UK for the first time since the eighties is enough to make you dust of those old red spandex pants in honour of the fact. The Canadian chanteuse will stir the loins of every red blooded male, and female, with a rollicking dose of maple leaf mayhem. An award winning artist, Aaron is another coup for Rockingham.
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio Band
The little man with the big voice, Alessandro Del Vecchio should be no stranger to AOR fans the world over. He's appeared with the likes of Jim Peterik, Mitch Malloy and Axe amongst many others. With Nigel Bailey helping out, this could be one of the surprise packages of the weekend.
 
Angels Or Kings
Born in the eighties, this critically acclaimed UK AOR band were resurrected in the new millennium, releasing an album that generated rave reviews the world over. Currently preparing their sophomore release, the Kings will be one of the most eagerly anticipated bands of the weekend.
 
Steelheart
Fronted by Miljenko Matijevic, Steelheart were MTV darlings, an admittedly brief tenure with the media giant, before Grunge swept all before it. Releasing a brace of albums at the peak of their popularity, they were a chart bothering behemoth whose candle was snuffed out all too early. Sporadic activity over the years has seen Matjevic as the sole remaining member. These boys have set the excitement factor to eleven, so get ready to stand up and shout.
 
Fortune
A bucket list moment for an awful lot of AORsters, this promises to be an unmissable set. With Richard Fortune, Larry Greene and Mick Fortune on board, you can expect their debut album to be played in almost its entirety. Don't be surprised if the roof is lifted when the likes of "Dearborn Station" and "Thrill Of It All" are played, this promises to be a keyboard fans dream gig.
 
Martina Edoff
Returning to the UK for the second time this year, Martina Edoff's brand of highly energized hard rock will set the afternoon alight. With a band that includes members of Skintrade, Last Autumn’s Dream and H.E.A.T, they've the pedigree to make sure a blistering set of hard rock is on the menu.
 
Valentine
Returning after his show stealing performance at the inaugural Rockingham festival, Robby Valentine is sure to be one of the most grandiose sets of the entire weekend. The pomp factor will be high and the keyboard quota off the scale, making this a symphonic delight for all in attendance.
 
I think you’ll all agree that Rockingham Festivals AOR credentials have been fully endorsed by having such an array of talent on show. Fans and ticket buyers would also be wise to watch out for announcements of official pre and after shows in the coming months via the festivals Facebook page. 
 
TICKETING DETAILS AREAVAILABLE FROM: www.rockinghamlive.com
 
 
Mon
11
Jan

VALENTINE Heading To UK For Dates

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Following the success of their first UK festival performance at the inaugural Rockingham festival last October Dutch virtuoso Robby Valentine celebrates 25 years since the release of his classic AOR ballad Over and Over Again with his first UK headline show this March.

Bringing "The Best of Both Worlds" show to the UK Valentine, supported by his full band, plays two sets at The Arts Club in Liverpool on Saturday March 12th. First continuing the "Bizarro World" tour in support of his latest album will be a set of originals taken from the Dutchman's extensive catalogue. This will be followed by a set of timeless classics and deep cuts from his "Tribute to Queen" show.

Tickets can be either be purchased in person from the venue or via the website artsclubliverpool.com

Valentine also plays P3 in Purmerend, Holland on Saturday 20th February as a release party for a Limited Edition vinyl of Bizarro World and also a CD single release of the title track.  Visit www.p3purmerend.nl for tickets or contact valentinemerch@gmail.com to place an order for the vinyl and single.


 
 
Mon
20
Oct

VALENTINE Announces 'Bizzaro World' Opus For October 25

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Multi-talented Dutch phenomenon Robby Valentine presents his 10th studio album BIZARRO WORLD.

Valentine unleashes this unique album, a bizarre mix of rock and pop, to an eager public on October 25th with a showcase presentation at P3 in Purmerend, Netherlands. With the support of an amazing band Andre Borgman (drums), Paul Coenradie (Guitar), Luuk van Bergen (Bass) and Johan 'Jay Jay' Willem's (Keyboards and backing vocals) rest assured this will be an amazing show.

Best known for his 90's hit 'Over and Over Again' his music has touched many including a long running success in Japan. Be prepared for a renewed European success as we welcome you to the Bizarro World of Robby Valentine.

Visit www.p3purmerend.nl for ticket and album packages and www.robbyvalentine.nl for news of album availability.

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