Fri
13
Dec

Introducing the Melodic Hard Rock of SHAD

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SHAD are:
Kevin Figueiredo - Drums
Ryan Bruder - Bass & Vocals
Saxon Kennedy - Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Shad - Lead Guitar & Vocals
 

Following the success of his last single, 'Keep Holding On', Matthew Shad has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Bob St. John.

Best known for his work with Extreme, Collective Soul & Duran Duran, St. John has also been behind the mixing console for Sir Elton John, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Journey's Steve Perry.

Shad & St. John hit the studio this past summer to begin recording songs for a new SHAD album featuring Extreme's Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Completing the quartet is bassist Ryan Bruder and guitarist Saxon Kennedy.

'Matthew is a brilliant artist and I am SO looking forward to working on this project with him and being a part of his lifelong dream. These are amazing melodic rock songs... timelless and unforgettable. Great things will be coming from us soon!' - Bob St. John


SHAD - Fool - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14

SHAD Belittle - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14


Two SHAD songs, 'Fool' and 'Belittle' are now complete and have been mastered by the amazing Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville! Ted's incredible body of work includes "Hotel California" by The Eagles, "The Stranger by Billy Joel, "Some Girls" by the The Rolling Stones, "Ghost In The Machine" by The Police, "Madonna" by Madonna, "Back In The High Life" by Steve Winwood, "Far Beyond Driven" by Pantera, "Under The Table And Dreaming" by Dave Matthews Band, "Supernatural" by Carlos Santana, "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, "Black Gives Way To Blue" by Alice In Chains, "American Idiot" by Green Day, "California" by blink-182, "Walls" by Kings of Leon, "Crooked Teeth" by Papa Roach, "Outsider" by Three Days Grace, "When Legends Rise" by Godsmack, "Vicious" by Halestorm, "Victorious" by Skillet, "Living The Dream" by Slash & Myles Kennedy, "Evolution" by Disturbed, "Young & Dangerous" by The Struts, "Order In Decline" by Sum 41 and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses.

"Fool" & "Belittle" are now available to stream or download on all major platforms. A limited edition Vinyl 7" will be released this December.


iTunes: Fool - Single by Shad // Belittle - Single by Shad

Amazon: "Fool" // "Belittle"

Stay up to date on all things SHAD at the links below!

www.instagram.com/Shad.Band/
twitter.com/Shad_Band
www.facebook.com/ShadBandPage

 
Wed
11
Dec

DENNIS DEYOUNG Returns With '26 East: Volume 1' in Spring 2020

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Dennis DeYoung Announces 2020 Tour and New Album Featuring a Duet with Julian Lennon
Chicago, IL - Dennis DeYoung's new album "26 East: Volume 1,” will be released Spring 2020 via Frontiers Records and will feature the duet "The Good Old Days" with Julian Lennon.

DeYoung has previously announced this will be his last album but has added an update. 

"This was supposed to be my final album but there were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one,” DeYoung states. “So be it. This is Volume 1, which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so hey kids, there are two of them; this is Volume 1."

It all started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song demo to Dennis.

"If not for Jim Peterik’s encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music", said DeYoung. "He once told me that the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly and at this time we have written 9 songs together of which five will be on Volume 1. Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best, making music and having a laugh.

The collaboration with Julian Lennon came about when DeYoung wrote a verse and chorus of a song with Lennon in mind. Lennon heard the demo and said he would be honored to participate. Lennon's vocals were recorded in October at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY.

DeYoung shares, "The moment we sang together in the studio it felt magical. I wrote the song specifically for our two voices. I had never met Julian previously but I have been an admirer since Valotte."

The album title "26 East" represents the birthplace of Styx. 26 E 101st Place was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, on the south side of Chicago. Across the street at 39 E 101st Place lived the Panozzo twins, Chuck and John, whom would go on to form Trade Winds in 1962, which a decade later would become the core of Styx. The cover artwork of “26 East” features three locomotives, representing the three original members of Styx leaving the Chicago train yard dreaming of bigger and better things.

In support of the release of “26 East,” DeYoung will tour heavily throughout 2020. To kick-off the release of the album, DeYoung will appear at the House of Blues Chicago on April 3rd, with a live concert and sneak preview of the album. A CD of “26 East” is included with the price of admission. In addition, the album will be played in its entirety on the house PA, followed by a Q&A session with DeYoung and Jim Peterik to discuss the new music. It will be followed by the live performance of The Music of Styx. Attendees can expect to hear a few songs from the new album, also performed live.
DENNIS DEYOUNG ON TOUR:
Feb. 14th: River City Casino: St Louis, MO
Feb. 15th: River City Casino: St Louis, MO
Feb. 20th: Capital City Amphitheater: Tallahassee, FL
Feb. 21st: Saenger Theatre: Pensacola, FL
Feb. 23rd: Sea World Bayside Stadium: Orlando, FL
Feb. 28th: Ameristar Casino Star Pavilion: Kansas City, MO
Feb. 29th: Rhythm City Casino Event Cente: Davenport, IA
Mar. 6th: Golden Nugget Casino: Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 7th: Magnolia Performing Arts Center: El Cajon, CA
Mar. 13th: MGM Park Center Stage: Northfield, OH
Mar. 14th: The Midland Theatre: Newark, OH
Mar. 20th: Revolution Hall: Portland, OR
Mar. 21st: Admiral Theatre: Bremerton, WA
Apr. 3rd: House of Blues: Chicago, IL (**)
Apr. 4th: The Clyde Theatre: Fort Wayne, IN
Apr. 17th: The Paramount: Huntington, NY (*)
Apr. 18th: Mayo Performing Arts Center: Morristown, NJ (*)
Apr. 24th: Resorts Superstar Theater: Atlantic City, NJ
Apr. 25th: The Wind Creek Event Center: Bethlehem, PA (*)
May 1st: Le Grand Theatre: Quebec City, Canada (*)
May 2nd: Theatre St. Denis: Montreal, Canada (*)
May 8th: Island Casino Showroom: Harris, MI
May 9th: Island Casino Showroom: Harris, MI
Jun. 4th: Paramount Arts Center: Ashland, KY
Jun. 5th: Belterra Casino CenterStage: Florence, IN
July 10th: Verizon Theatre: Grand Prairie, TX
July 11th: Austin City Limits Live Moody Theatre: Austin, TX
 
(*) = CD included in ticket purchase
(**) = CD included in ticket purchase + sneak preview of the new album and Q&A with Dennis DeYoung and Jim Peterik
For the complete updated tour schedule and ticket info visit www.dennisdeyoung.com/tour
 
Wed
11
Dec

BLACK SWAN Project Launches Debut Album 'Shake The World' Feb 14

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BLACK SWAN ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM, "SHAKE THE WORLD” OUT FEBRUARY 14, 2020
GROUP FEATURES ROBIN McAULEY, REB BEACH, JEFF PILSON & MATT STARR
FIRST SINGLE & VIDEO, TITLE TRACK OF DEBUT, OUT TODAY 
 
Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have joined forces in BLACK SWAN, a new band project signed to Frontiers Music Srl. Their debut album, “Shake The World,” an aptly titled album if ever there was one, is a delightful romp of powerful hard rock that is not simply the sum of its parts, but a powerful rock ‘n roll machine. It will be released on February 14, 2020 on CD, LP, & Digital formats. 
 
Watch the first single and video, for the title track, NOW!
 
The genesis of Black Swan was sparked by a conversation between Jeff Pilson and Frontiers' President & Head of A&R, Serafino Perugino, who wanted a project that would not only showcase McAuley's vocal prowess, but have a mighty musical backbone to stand skyscraper tall behind him. Thus, the initial seeds were planted and Pilson ran with it from there. "Shake The World" was tracked at Pilson’s home studio in Los Angeles and is a showcase of both the musical talents of the instrumental players in the band as well as McAuley’s powerful voice. The four members got Black Swan off the ground by exchanging ideas back and forth and then bringing all the songs together. The final result is something fresh, very heavy, but still intensely melodic and it’s certainly not Dokken, nor Winger, nor MSG, or some combination thereof, but it’s own unique animal. As an example, one of the songs was written by Jeff Pilson right after seeing the Queen movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. "I came home and I sat down at the grand piano and pretty much wrote exactly the chorus that we have, just coming straight [from] the movie. It is a bit Queen-like."

 

Continues Pilson, "It's amazing, incredible music. Wait until you hear everybody's playing and singing. It's beyond - way beyond."
 
Adds Robin McAuley, "This is really exciting for me to read: Black Swan announces the release of “Shake the World," the first offering from the band on the Frontiers' label." I’ve known Jeff for some thirty years and we have a history of performing together on MSG Unplugged, in addition to being great friends, musically and socially. When he asked me to do this and collaborate with Reb, I didn’t have to think too long with my response. Initially he wasn’t going to play bass on this, but Reb and myself soon changed his mind, lol!!! Bringing Matt into the mix was a great decision. His powerful energy and style is unmistakable on this album. Overall, it is a very powerful blend of styles and writing. Reb is truly an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Jeff captured my vocals the way I like to sound. Probably the best vocal sound I’ve had... ever!!!! Such a great and creative studio experience for me. This is kick ass, powerful music on an album full of great songs. If you love strong melodies and BIG choruses, BLACK SWAN won’t disappoint!! It’s time...”SHAKE THE WORLD!!!"
 
Guitarist Reb Beach says, "When Jeff approached me to do this, I was so excited because I loved writing “Erase the Slate” with him for Dokken. I also played in the band with Jeff for four years, and we worked so well together, writing and live too. He is as good as it gets when it comes to a rock musician, a great songwriter and an absolute joy to work with. I came in with riffs, Jeff arranged them into a song by adding his own parts, and then Robin wrote the lyrics, and knocked it out of the park with the vocals. I am pretty particular about singers, and Robin’s voice is so slammin' that I wouldn’t want anyone else. Matt came in with his huge drum sound, and we had a great sounding band. Very exciting stuff!!"
 
"Shooting the video was a blast," says drummer Matt Starr. "Shot in Los Angeles over the course of two days, it was similar to recording the record, everything was very organic and comfortable. That’s the advantage of working with guys who have so much experience. There’s not too much discussion going on. Everybody knows what to do, we just get to work and do it. That leaves more time for hanging out, chatting and smoking cigars!"
Black Swan's “Shake the World” is a killer slice of melodic hard rock and heavy metal from seasoned players who have gelled musically. Whether you are a fan from “back in the day” or brand new to the scene and just diving in, this album is essential listening!

 

Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSwanRockNRoll

 

Tracklisting:
1.  Shake The World
2.  Big Disaster
3.  Johnny Came Marching
4.  Immortal Souls
5.  Make It There
6.  She's On To Us
7.  The Rock That Rolled Away
8.  Long Road To Nowhere
9.  Sacred Place
10. Unless We Change
11. Divided/United

 

Black Swan:
- Robin McAuley - Lead Vocals and Background Vocals
- Reb Beach - Guitars and Background Vocals
- Jeff Pilson - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Keys and Background Vocals
- Matt Starr - Drums and Percussion
 
Mon
09
Dec

IAN PARRY New Solo Album 'In Flagrante Delicto ' Out Feb 21

 
Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of the 5th solo album by Ian Parry, “In Flagrante Delicto”.
 
The album is scheduled for worldwide release on 21st February 2020 and includes 10 hypnotic catchy modern power rock synthesizer/guitar/vocal based songs in a diverse style ranging from Yes style synthesizer atmospheres, to Whitesnake/ Foreigner classic rock and a hint of Rammstein together with a commercial heart felt Bad English/Peter Gabriel style ballad. “In Flagrante Delicto” deals with the issue of plastic and toxic waste very much in the mainstream media at present and a subject Ian holds very close to his heart.
 
After spending more than a decade (co-) writing and compiling songs to best illustrate this serious issue, Ian sings out a passionate message from the heart, but still retains the creative edge for a little fantasy for his fans. Ian’s wish is simply to make more people aware of what’s happening in his own way via music, with the talent and support of incredible musicians: guitarists - Stephan Lill (Vanden plas) & co-writer; Patrick Rondat; drummers - Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Imre Daun (Brian Robertson band), Andreas Lill & Gary King; bass guitarists - Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian, Tank), Torsten Reichert; keyboard player & co-songwriter - Jeroen van der Wiel, plus many more.
As an established singer in the world of Rock & Metal with worldwide sales exceeding 200,000, Ian Parry’s almost 40 year career being with his first professional band Mono Pacific in 1981 has given him the opportunity to work with many well-known artists such as Kamelot, Elegy, Ayreon, Mob Rules, Royal Hunt, Vengeance, Hammerhead, Valencia, Infinity Overture, Crystal Tears, Von Baltzer & his self-produced 5 album epic rock metal concept Consortium Project.
 
Produced by Ian “In Flagrante Delicto” has been masterfully mixed by Swedish engineer/producer Martin Kronlund (Hammerfall/ Firewind/ Rock Emporium). 
“In Flagrante Delicto” opens a new chapter in Ian’s phenomenal career combining passion, true facts & raw power in a modern synthesizer / guitar based melodic rock album.
 
“In Flagrante Delicto” - tracklist:
 
1. Spaceman
2. Travellers (Across The Unknown Universe)
3. In Flagrante Delicto
4. Fool’s Paradise
5. Impulse
6. Ingenious
7. Wish
8. Fly
9. The Day We Stop Dreaming
10. So Far So Good
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Mon
09
Dec

Japanese CDs For Sale

 
Out of print Japanese pressings up fort sale. Several pictures at https://www.facebook.com/MelodicRockAU - all NM (but most without OBIs). Some already taken, get in now! Email ajm@melodicrock.com or FB Messenger.
 
Also - still more rarities being added to Discogs
 
 
 
Fri
06
Dec

ONE DESIRE Announce New Album and European Tour 2020

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The new album is called “Midnight Empire”. It’s a bomb and it drops first quarter of 2020. We have been working really hard the whole year and the mixes are next to done. Midnight Empire will be mastered in 2 weeks. We love it and we think it’s the perfect follow up to the debut.

One Desire is heading out on a big European Tour in 2020 starting March 6th (UK) London. We are joining our friends in The Night Flight Orchestra and it will be an awesome spectacle.

More info to be followed.. Stay tuned!

Happy Independence Day Finland!
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