2011 News Archive

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Van Halen confirmed information so far:
New studio album to be released February 7 in North America. February 8 in Japan; February 6 possible for EU/UK or February 13 at latest. Tour Dates for first leg of 2012 tour announced January 3.
Single released (along with video clip) January 10. Tickets for first leg of tour on sale January 10.
Album and single titles yet to be revealed and rumored bonus DVD could be part of a deluxe edition of the album.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Friday, December 23, 2011

Here's an update of what is in store from Frontiers in the first part of 2012.

Jeff Scott Soto - "Damage Control", the new album by Jeff Scott Soto, is near completion and promises to deliver a one-two punch in the standard that is expected from the artist who has mastered the world of Melodic and Hard Rock music through the ages! The album is completed with appearances and co-writing by his current and former live line ups as well as guests such as Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Jamie Borger (Talisman/Treat), Casey Grillo (Kamelot) and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger). There will be an 11 song single CD release of the album, as well as a 14 song DigiPack version along with a bonus DVD which includes videos and EPK. Get ready for Damage Control, it will rock your World!

Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx are busy in the studio recording their third album that will be entitled "Riot Avenue". According to singer Danny Rexon: "This time the music is a little more riff-based and straight-forward. We wanted to make real a hard rock album, so we decided to have a little more raw feeling in the production, sound and songwriting compared to our previous albums and there's a lot more up-tempo songs than we had on New Religion. Also, the addition of a second guitarist, Edd Liam, has made it possible to add some twin guitar playing and other interesting musical stuff that we've used on the album". Some of the song titles are "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", "Young Blood", "Riot Avenue", "Church of Rock", "Fire it Up", "Only the Dead Know" and more. The album is planned for a worldwide release in April 2012 and will be followed by the usual string of live dates around the World.

Pride Of Lions - Pride of Lions is carrying on their proud heritage working hard on their as yet untitled fourth studio album. Jim Peterik says: "Our self-titled debut released in 2002 is still many of our fans favorite albums. So this album is a bit of a return to form. Of course there will be a few surprises and Toby Hitchcock is singing stronger than ever. I've hit a stride on the songwriting with songs such as "Tie Down The Wind" and "Coin of the Realm". I needed the time since The Roaring of Dreams to regroup and get reinspired. If you can't make a great record that will last the test of time - why even bother. This time Toby and me wanna take Pride of Lions on the road to promote this new one and spread the word". This new Pride of Lions from what we've heard so far promises to be both more melodic and harder edged. Release is planned for early summer 2012.

Hardline - Hardline will be back in 2012 with a brand new album and a new line-up which will mark the beginning of a new cooperation between singer Johnny Gioeli and the Italian producer/keyboardist Alessandro Delvecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden's Curse). The US singer says: "I'm really excited to be working with Frontiers on a new Hardline record! We have slated the release for mid-2012...This CD is filled with melody and class...I'm digging it. I hope the Hardline fans enjoy this CD as much as I have enjoyed creating it... Happy Holidays All!"

Eclipse - Eclipse are putting their finishing touches to their anticipated fourth studio album that will be entitled "Bleed And Scream". Musically the band is taking off the new release where the last album finished, yet with more refined and progressed songwriting. It will be a 100% Eclipse-sounding album with big hooks, melodies and powerful riffs but it leans towards a more darker, moody and epic side of the band. Songs like the title-track, "Battlegrounds", "A Bitter Taste" and "After the End of the World" will show an exciting new side of the songwriting of the band. There will also be the first ballad in the history of the band entitled "About to Break". Singer Erik Martensson tells: "This album was the hardest to write for us so far. On the other hand the most rewarding. We don´t know at this point how we are going to top this one. We have tweaked everything from quality of the songs, melodies, hooks, arrangements, guitar-riffs, vocal performances, guitar solos, drumming and the variety in the songwriting in general. No stone is left unturned this time." Frontiers plans to release the album in the first half of 2012.

Find Me - Singer Robbie LaBlanc of Blanc Faces and Swedish producer/songwriter Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye; The Murder Of My Sweet) have started working together on an exciting new project entitled Find Me. Musically it will have an heavier edge compared to Blanc Faces and Robbie sings louder and stronger than ever! Daniel Flores says "This cd is some of the best AOR songs I've ever worked on, there are songs for everybody here, it is going to be a monster. Robbie has one of the best voices in the business and I'm proud to be working with him, he reminds me of the soulfulness of Martin Page and Lou Gramm's singing. I have given every song on Find Me its own identity for Robbie to showcase his great vocal diversity; all arrangements are carefully produced to fit his voice. The sonic impact will knock the socks out of you for sure! There are some great musicians involved on this Cd, starting with the amazing solos from guitar wizard David Sivelind, the rhythm guitars of Daniel Palmqvist and the very tight and inventive bass playing from Jonny Trobro. The amount of time put into keyboards was really a lot and will instantly remind the listener of the greats like Boston and Foreigner. All done with real vintage keyboards to give the album the organic feel, that unfortunately so many albums lack of these days. I have never been this satisfied with the keyboards and synthesizer arrangements like on this album!" Release is planned for the summer 2012.

New Signings - Two very exciting new bands have joined or are about to join the Frontiers Records roster. One is a new Metal band from the UK which has already gathered a vast critical acclaim with their independently released debut album and that will finally have a worldwide release on Frontiers and another is a new Melodic Rock band from Sweden sounding like an exciting mix of Work of Art and H.E.A.T! Stay tuned for more news in early 2012 - more and more surprises are in the works !! Merry Christmas and Happy Rocking New Year!

Just a brief summary to start with, establishing the historical context: hard rock act Mad Max from Münster in Germany found themselves on the verge of their American breakthrough in 1987. Everything was ready back then – a renowned producer to apply the finishing touches to Night Of Passion, Mad Max's current album of that time, a concert agency capable of organising an extensive tour, topped by major interest from the American rock music press. But the unfathomable business policy of the band's Dutch record company stood in the way of their leap across the Atlantic: Mad Max never made it onto the US market, and a dream was shattered, along with the legendary line-up.
25 years later, the world seems to be a different place, but Mad Max have turned the wheel of history back and are about to present their latest album Another Night Of Passion, recorded by the original 1987 team. To rule out any misunderstandings: what we have here is a completely new album with exclusively brand-new material, but the reference in the album title to that glorious time is intentional.
"The new record could have been a direct successor to Night Of Passion in terms of its stylistic direction – no ballads, no keyboards, just purebred rock songs – naturally in a contemporary sonic guise," explains guitarist Jürgen Breforth, who recorded this haunting release together with vocalist Michael Voss, bassist Roland Bergmann and drummer Axel Kruse. Another Night Of Passion will be available from Steamhammer/SPV on 26 March 2012 (Germany: 23 March 2012; USA: March 2012) in a jewel case edition featuring eleven songs, and in a limited-edition DigiPack, including the additional bonus CD Official Bootleg – Live In Berlin.

Tracklisting DigiPack: CD1 1. Rocklahoma 04:38 2. 40 Rock 04:21 3. Metal Edge 03:58 4. You Decide 03:53 5. Welcome To Rock Bottom 03:51 6. Fallen From Grace 05:11 7. Black Swan 05:05 8. Back And Alive 03:22 9. The Chant 04:56 10. Fever Of Love 04:09 11. True Blue 02:51.
CD2 (Bonus "Official Bootleg – Live In Berlin") 1. Where The Wind Blows 04:32 2. Here We Are 04:57 3. Night Of Passion 04:47 4. Family Of Rock 04:48 5. Little Princess 04:05 6. Say Goodbye To Hollywood 06:02 7. Open The Eyes 06:55 8. Don`t Talk It All Over 05:37 9. Homeless 04:57 10. Hope To See You 05:02 11. Fox On The Run 05:59.
WebLinks: www.madmaxofficial.de / www.spv.de.


Faithsedge Studio Report Part 2 - A preview of two new songs and the addition of keyboardist Eric Ragno to the band! www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0kaydQYGvU&feature=youtu.be / www.faithsedgemusic.com.

Vocalist Scott Leifer has recorded a song in memory of Jani Lane. He states: "This tune was inspired by Jani's passing shortly after his final appearance on That Metal Show. It was borne out of great appreciation and respect for his songs/music, but also sadness (and shock), especially as it seemed he might have been turning a corner. Jani was a fantastic songwriter and performer, but unfortunately, like several others, he wasn't able to get the help he needed despite what seemed like only the best intentions." www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm9jS3uLSOQ.

A Merry Christmas Video from Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart: theheartgallery.net/gallery/photos/69/58662839/1323905927-69.mov.

Reviews have been updated again, with some InBrief Reviews of a stack more 2011 titles (and one from 2012). New Reviews online for: Lee Small, Magnum, Mitch Malloy, Fiona, Steel Panther, Status Quo, Trillium, Scorpions, Crossfade, Bang Tango, Nitroville, Adelitas Way, Adrenaline Mob, Reckless Love, Strange Karma, John Pratt and Captain Blackbeard.
Check out the new reviews now.

MRX has been updated - but something different this time - I have moved all of 2011's uploads into one special folder for all to enjoy. So if you have missed something, now's the time to join up and catch up before all are deleted upon my return in early January.
Join MRX Now.

So this is the part where I sign off until Monday January 9. The site won't be updated over the holiday period (unless something really stupid happens...), but the MelodicRock Facebook and Twitter feeds will continue to be updated as usual, pending the need to post any random thoughts, stupid comments or musical musings. And any breaking news of course. Sign up and stay in tune.

2011 may have been one of the best years for music in more than a decade (maybe two), but it was one hell of a challenge for me and the site. There's a lot of stuff on the drawing board, hopefully I can work on these things over the break and come back stronger than ever in 2012.

Thank you to everyone's support over 2011. I would like to wish everyone around the globe a safe, happy and melodic Christmas holiday - I hope Santa is kind to all and see you all back here January 9.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Joe Lynn Turner's popular AOR side project with German/American producer Dennis Ward, Sunstorm, will release the third album entitled Emotional Fire on February 24 in Europe (February 28 in North America) on Frontiers Records.
Born after Turner met with Frontiers Records' President Serafino Perugino, the Sunstorm project was a way to dig up some old gems, written by the former Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen singer during the mid 80's. The task was to create an ultimate Joe Lynn Turner Melodic Rock "dream collection." This brought on the release of the first Sunstorm album in 2006 –which met with much critic and fan approval - and the follow up House of Dreams three years later.
While the first two albums' basic inspiration came from the Melodic Rock catalogue of songs that Turner penned for himself or other artists of the genre, for this third album, Frontiers and JLT decided to look at Turner's numerous vocal sessions he did in the 80's as a background vocalist for other artists. This brought on a resurrection of some of Michael Bolton's Melodic Rock gems such as "Gina," (originally included on "The Hunger" album, where Turner contributed with background vocals), "You Wouldn't Know Love" and "Emotional Fire," which Bolton penned for the "Heart of Stone" album by Cher (in which Turner also appeared as background vocalist). "I sang background on the original 'Gina,'" says Joe, "Michael and I did all of the parts but I tried to rock it up a bit more than the original... not so pop! Good song though! It's funny...I heard 'Emotional Fire' from Desmond Child during a writing session and then he asked me to sing background vocals on it! Crazy! It's like one big circle!"

With production and mixing once again under the expert hands of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Place Vendome, Angra etc.) and a tracklisting rounded out by some amazing songs written by the likes of Soren Kronkvist (Crash the System, Issa), Tom and James Martin (Vega, Sunstorm, Khymera) and Daniel Palmqvist (Xorigin, The Murder of My Sweet), the third Sunstorm album, Emotional Fire, is destined to reignite the Melodic Rock passion in every fan. "I think this record has a good mix of songs," concludes Joe, "Just what 'Sunstorm' is supposed to be! Dennis Ward is a great producer and the players are amazing. I have to say I am pleased with the work we did and hope that everyone else will be pleased as well...enjoy!"

Sunstorm's "Emotional Fire" will include the following songs: Never Give Up, Emotional Fire, Lay Down Your Arms, You Wouldn't Know Love, Wish You Were Here, Torn In Half, Gina, The Higher You Rise, Emily, Follow Your Heart, All I Am.
The first single, "Never Give Up" can be exclusively streamed on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio.
WebLinks: www.joelynnturner.com / www.frontiers.it.


Filipino singer Arnel Pineda said he just finished doing more than 90 shows in South America and Europe as the lead singer of Journey. Talking to ABS-CBN morning show "Kris TV", Pineda also shared that Journey will be looking at some big shows next year, including one with American country music band Rascal Flatts as part of the CMT Crossroads Series. "The next tour will happen next year. We will have a two-show crossroad thing with the Rascal Flatts," he said. "It will happen on the third week of February in Nashville. They will sing a couple of Journey songs, then we will sing their songs."
Pineda said that by March, Journey will start doing their three-part show in South America with bands Styx, Loverboy, Foreigner and Heart. In 2011 Journey performed in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico, England, Germany, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Belgium and Netherlands. The band is set to tour during 2012 with Loverboy in the USA also.

Myke Gray first rose to prominence as a guitarist and songwriter with two fondly remembered rock outfits in the shape of Jagged Edge and Skin, and is now back with a new project, The Red White & Blues, featuring fellow former Jagged Edge bandmate, vocalist Matti Alfonzetti. As the name suggests, the band's music has a strong Blues element, influenced by the likes of AC/DC, Free, Bad Company and early Whitesnake, and their self-released debut album "Shine" is chock full of Blues-infused Hard Rock songs which show that the writing partnership of Myke and Matti is a strong as ever. The band have already made a very favourable impression on the live circuit, with well-received support slots with the Quireboys and Whitesnake, and the album delivers on the initial promise shown by the band in the live arena.
This week's edition of Rich Davenport's Rock Show features an exclusive interview with Myke Gray, along with Myke's choice of tracks from "Shine". The show will be broadcast from 7-8pm UK time on Thursday, 22nd December at this link: www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 and from Friday, 23rd December, the show will be available at www.mixcloud.com/richdav1.
The show will also feature a mix of classic tracks and killer new cuts from David Lee Roth, Wolfsbane, Accept, The Rossington Collins Band, Astral Doors, Thin Lizzy, Slade and more!

That Metal Show co-host Jim Florentine will guest on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 26th, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, also streaming at WHUS.org. 91.7 WHUS is a commercial-free college and community-based radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CaffeineBomb.radio or WHUS.org.

N0LoveLost announces the worldwide release of their self titled debut album. 'The highly anticipated release of North Carolina's newest Melodic/Hard Rock sensation, N0LoveLost, hit the streets in November. Formed in the fall of 2006, all of the members of N0LoveLost are seasoned veterans of the southeast rock circuit and their timeless influences, songwriting skills, and passion for their music, shine through in each of the 13 tracks.
Mixed and produced by Brian Asbelle, N0LoveLost is melodic hard rock at its best! "Wow, what a great CD!! Well done guys..." ~ Bill Leverty/Firehouse.
Available now at online music retailers everywhere! Visit www.nolovelostmusic.com for more information.

One more update to come folks - that will be tomorrow - with News, Reviews and MRX updates planned. Then it's Christmas break time. A lot to sort out for 2012 during the time away for the site. Will post more details with tomorrow's final 2011 news update.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Mr. Big's new acoustic Live Album Live from the Living Room on February 24 in Europe and February 28 in North America.
At the end of January 2011, during a week-long promotion trip to promote for their latest reunion album What If and tour, Mr Big were invited to the WOWOW TV Studios in Tokyo to perform a special show in an intimate setting. When the talk of a broadcast first came up, the band wanted to present something different than they've ever done before. Thus the idea of an acoustic show came about and a string quintet was brought in to enhance the project even more, with arrangements provided by Takashi Miyazaki. Although Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan hooked up electric on a few songs, the show was still very much acoustic in nature throughout. Pat Torpey played various acoustic percussion instruments during the gig.
In Eric Martin's words "The idea for the show came out of a quick conversation the 4 of us had after a day of interviews promoting the new "What if" CD. We did an acoustic show at the Hard Rock café in Singapore in 1996 that (till this day) is one of my favorite live recordings. It had a stripped down, up close and personal feel to it. If we were going to do something like that again it would have to be extra special. We were talking about the old days when musicians used to live together in a band house and practice day & night. Our favorite rock band posters and tapestry's adorning the walls, family hand me down furniture, amps that doubled as lamp stands, friends hanging out and the usual cluttered mess on the floor, lyric sheets, guitar cases and chords, music stands, beer cans, Pizza boxes, wine bottles etc. "Live from the living room" was born out of that. We wanted to recreate a harmonious atmosphere and treat our fans to an informal jam session of songs from the past and present while throwing in a few surprises from our wish lists (Strings, Japanese taiko drums). # Mr. Big Fun fact - it was recorded live in front of a small but intimate audience at Tokyo studios where great movies like Seven Samurai, Godzilla and hundreds of other legendary Japanese films were made."

The result from that magic night in Tokyo is now here: 10 Mr Big classics in a completely new and fresh dress and a portrait from the very first ever acoustic show from the band. Mr Big's latest album "What If" saw the band come back in the original line-up featuring singer Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums. The album charted in several European countries in the week of release and went gold in Japan.
Live from the Living Room will be exclusively released in a glossy DigiPack and will include the following songs: Undertow; Still Ain't Enough For Me; As Far As I Can See; Voodoo Kiss; Take Cover; Around The World; Stranger In My Life; All The Way Up; To Be With You; Nobody Left To Blame.
It is now possible to listen the first single "Undertow" on the Frontiers Records Webradio. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio.
WebLinks: www.mrbigsite.com / www.frontiers.it.


There can be no doubt that Freedom Call, in addition to their many other irrefutable fortes, are also a first-rate live act. Their concerts see the melodic metal outfit from Southern Germany deliver a veritable a riot of musical zest, positive energy and personal optimism. So it's not surprising that vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay and his team have been wanting to add this dynamic flair to one of their studio productions without neglecting their familiar love of detail – which the band from Nuremberg have skilfully accomplished on Land Of The Crimson Dawn.
"The new tracks simply have more of that rock'n'roll feel," says Bay, "everything sounds much rawer, there's more focus on the guitars than before, and the musicians had more freedom during the recordings than they used to have." This added independence has paid off for Freedom Call: Land Of The Crimson Dawn is definitely one of the band's most dynamic productions since their 1999 debut Stairway To Fairyland, combining the passion of their live shows with carefully intricate arrangements and technical finesse.
The new album will be available from Steamhammer/SPV on 27 February 2012 (Germany: 24 February 2012; USA: 28 February 2012 ) in three versions: as a jewel case featuring 14 songs, as a limited double CD DigiPack including six additional bonus tracks – which have chums such as Powerworld, Secret Sphere, Downspirit, Manimal, Neonfly and Hannes Braun (Kissin' Dynamite) deliver their versions of popular Freedom Call numbers – and on double coloured vinyl LP.
Tracklisting DigiPack: CD 1 1. Age of the Phoenix 3:37 2. Rockstars 5:08 3. Crimson Dawn 6:29 4. 66 Warriors 5:20 5. Back into the Land of Light 5:39 6. Sun in the Dark 4:49 7. Hero on Video 3:50 8. Valley of Kingdom 4:32 9. Killer Gear 4:42 10. Rockin` Radio 4:13 11. Terra Liberty 4:09 12. Eternity 4:23 13. Space Legends 4:04 14. Power & Glory 3:30 / CD 2 1. Flame in the night – performed by Powerworld 2. Hunting high and low - performed by Downspirit 3. Fairyland - performed by Secret Sphere 4. Palace of Fantasy - performed by Manimal 5. Land of the light - performed by Neonfly 6. Warriors - performed by Hannes Braun of Kissin` Dynamite.
WebLink: www.freedom-call.net / www.spv.de.


You'd sware that guitarist/composer Erik Martensson and his writing partner Miqael Persson (turned lead vocalist for this project) were born on the wrong side of the tracks north of Tennessee, but these Swedish lads have a little southern country up their sleeves - calling this new project Hicks. The guy's state: "In Nashville they call it "Stadium Country". A perfect mix between Country and Rock. The first promo single "Mamas Kitchen" taken from the forthcoming album "Rock N' Roll Cowboy" recorded in Nashville TN, Austin TX and Stockholm Sweden." Check it out!

As recently announced Metal Mind Productions will release Granite, the first album by Doogie White & La Paz. This unique album will be out in early 2012 but today the band revealed its cover artwork and tracklist. Front cover illustration of Granite¯ was done by the Polish graphic designer Jarosaw Wieczorek.
La Paz were formed in Lanarkshire, Scotland in the summer of 1984 by Chic McSherry (guitars), Doogie White (vocals) and Alex Carmichael (bass). At the first rehearsal together they hit it off immediately on a personal level - they also liked the same music and they had the same influences and heroes (Purple, Rainbow, Journey, Gary Moore) so they started to recruit other members to try to form a band and go do some gigs. Andy Mason (keyboards) joined the trio and he fitted in from the start, even though he was still at school when he joined. Drummers were always a problem and, over the life of the band, La Paz went through almost as many as Spinal Tap. Unquestionably the loudest and the most accomplished was/is their current drummer, Paul McManus. La Paz played live regularly, sometimes playing up to a hundred gigs in a year. They played the world-famous Marquee Club in London as well as at some festivals in Milton Keynes and they were featured regularly in Kerrang! (Derek Oliver becoming a big fan of the band) and attracted interest from a number of UK and US record companies, finally agreeing terms with one of them for a three album deal. But it was not to be - for reasons which were never explained by the record label the deal fell through at the very last minute. Sadly the band didn't survive for very long after that. They did their last gig on 15th October 1988 and then Doogie moved to London to join Midnite Blue, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Cornerstone, Yngwie Malmsteen and now the mighty Tank. And then legendary DJ Tom Russell of 96.3 Rock Radio called Doogie and asked him if he would do some acoustic numbers at The Garage in Glasgow for Rock Radio's Birthday Bash in January 2008. Doogie agreed and asked Chic to play guitar. It was a big ask after 20 years: almost 1000 people, Doogie singing alone and Chic with one flamenco guitar! "We had such a blast though and it woke up so many great memories in both of us that we decided to give it a go with the full band for my 50th birthday" said Chic. And so the full band started to rehearse and it was clear that they could still play a bit. The band just gelled: just like old times and the gigs were a terrific success. And so the idea of re-recording some of the favourites from the set that had never had a proper production job was conceived.
Granite¯ is an album with its roots in the past but its energy in the present. Metal Mind Productions will release Granite on February 13 in Europe and March 6 in USA (via MVD).
Tracklist: 1. Too Good To Lose 2. This Boy 3. Lesson In Love 4. Amy 5. Just For Today 6. What Do You Say 7. Still In Love 8. Young And Restless 9. Shame The Devil.

Robin McAuley has put Survivor behind him to return to active duty with Michael Schenker, in the McAuley Schenker Group - set to tour the USA in early 2012. Details and dates are:
Lineup: Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO) - guitar; Robin McAuley - lead vocals; Elliot Rubinson (Dean Guitars) - bass; Wayne Findlay - keyboards, guitar; Pete Holmes (Black 'N Blue) - drums.
Tour Dates:
15 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
16 - Santa Rosa, CA - The Last Day Saloon
17 - Portland, OR - Dantes (w/ Anvil)
18 - Tacoma, WA - Backstage Live
19 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
20 - Victoria, BC - 9 One 9 Nightclub
21 - Vancouver, BC - Venue Nightclub
23 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
24 - Corona, CA - Marquee 15
25 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
26 - San Diego, CA - 4 Th And B Concert Theatre

1 - Libertyville, IL - Austins
3 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
4 - Etobicoke, ON - The Rock Pile
5 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
7 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
8 - Foxborough, MA - Showcase Live
9 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
10 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
11 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
16 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
17 - Dallas, TX - Trees
21 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
22 - Las Vegas, NV - Vamp'd
23 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon Club
24 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House

Dutch Hard Rock legends Vengeance will release their new studio album "Crystal Eye" on February 24th in Germany, February 27th in Europe and in March 2012 in the USA/Canada through SPV / Steamhammer. The album will be available as a limited edition DigiPack incl. 2 bonus tracks, standard jewel version and download.
Tracklisting Digipak: 1. Me And You 04:02 2. Bad To The Bone 04:51 3. Barbeque 03:31 4. Shock Me Now 03:28 5. Five Knuckle Shuffle 04:10 6. Desperate Women 04:03 7. Whole Lotta Metal 04:11 8. Promise Me 03:43 9. Crystal Eye 06:13 10. Missing 04:51 11. Jans End Piece 01:16 12. Paint This Town 03:25 (bonus track) 13. Barbeque – radio edit 03:35 (bonus track).
WebLinks: www.vengeanceonline.nl / www.spv.de.

Kansas' classic 80s album Power is being re-issued in Japan as a Cardboard Sleeve [SHM-CD] disc. It's out February 22.

RockEyez has posted our Best Of 2011. Come read who we thought were the Best releases of the year and New comers to watch in 2012. I would also like to thank all the artists and readers that have supported our site and hopefully we can work together again next year. Happy Holidays. Check our list at www.rockeyez.com.

Danny Vaughn from Tyketto chose BeRock Radio for the presentation of a song called Love To Love from their brand new upcoming Tyketto album that will be released early 2012. Listen here in this Video Danny Vaughn to talk about it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSvJMVSxwYA.

Examiner.com has posted a new interview with Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French with his thoughts on A Twisted Christmas, the world after 9/11, and the band's looming 40th anniversary! www.examiner.com/music-q-a-in-national/q-a-with-biff-byford-of-saxon-on-call-to-arms.

Based in Naklo, Slovenia, modern rock/post-grunge band Dirtswitch formed in early 2009. Immediately focusing on writing their own material, the band hit the studio in February 2010. Their debut album Phoenix Down was released on Sept. 7th, 2011. The record features 12 tracks, seamlessly passing from high-octane mayhem of "Restaints" and "Too much" to the enchanting fading chords of "Today". The album is available internationally on iTunes.
Heavily influenced by the grunge, modern rock and post-grunge artists of the past two decades, such as Alter Bridge, Soundgarden, King's X and Shinedown, the band's trademark sound is comprised of heavy, down-tuned riffs combined with powerful and memorable vocal lines. Dirtswitch have successfully promoted their music both home and abroad, appearing at some of Slovenia's biggest rock festivals (Majske igre, Schengenfest) as well as securing 8th place at the International Live Award on Maifest 2011's rock stage in Vienna, Austria.
WebLink: www.dirtswitch.com.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Escape Music have a busy 2012 planned, with a number of projects already in development, set for release next year. A brief description of what's in store is:

Lee Small - Jamaica Inn (solo album) - January
Human Temple - Halfway To Heartache - February
Phenomena - Awakening (New Studio) - March - Featuring Terry Brook, Toby Hitchcock, James Christian, Rob Moratti, Ralf Scheepers, Mat Sinner, Chris Antblad, Magnus Karlsson, Lee Small, Tommy Denander and Mike Slamer. Produced by Tom Galley and Martin Kronlund.
Departure - Hitch A Ride (New Studio) - April
Overland - TBA [New Studio Album, In production with Christian Wolff (guitar), John Payne of Asia (Bass), Jay Schellen of Hurricane/Unruly Child (drums) and Mike Slamer (guitars/production)]
Final Frontier - TBA (In production with Rob Moratti on lead vocals, and Mladen)
Ozone - TBA (In production, Featuring Steve Overland and Chris Ousey with Mike Slamer on production duties.
Gypsy Rose - TBA (Featuring Lee Small on lead vocals)
Alliance - TBA (New Studio Album)(Robert Berry - Vocals [Solo, Hush, GTR, Ambrosia], Gary Pihl - Guitars [Boston, Sammy Hagar], David Lauser - Drums [Sammy Hagar], Alan 'Fitz' Fitzgerald - Keyboards (Sammy Hagar/Night Ranger]

British Hard Rock legends UFO will release their new studio album Seven Deadly on February 24 in Germany, February 27 in Europe and in March 2012 in the USA/Canada through SPV / Steamhammer. The album will be available as a limited edition DigiPack incl. 2 bonus tracks, double gatefold LP with 2 bonus tracks and orange vinyl, standard jewel version and download.
Tracklisting DigiPack: 01. Fight Night 4:35 02. Wonderland 5:08 03. Mojo Town 3:58 04. Angel Station 6:25 05. Year Of The Gun 4:07 06. The Last Stone Rider 3:54 07. Steal Yourself 4:46 08. Burn Your House Down 5:15 09. The Fear 3:31 10. Waving Good bye 5:24 11. Other Men's Wives 4:09 (bonus track) 12. Bag O` Blues 5:21 (bonus track).
TRACKLISTING Jewel Case: Same without above bonus tracks.
Tracklisting LP: LP 1 Side A 01. Fight Night 4:35 02. Wonderland 5:08 03. Mojo Town 3:58 Side B 01. Angel Station 6:25 02. Year Of The Gun 4:07 03. The Last Stone Rider 3:54 LP 2 Side A 01. Steal Yourself 4:46 02. Burn Your House Down 5:15 03. The Fear 3:31 Side B 01. Waving Good bye 5:24 02. Other Men's Wives 4:09 (bonus track) 03. Bag O` Blues 5:21 (bonus track).
WebLinks: www.ufo-music.info / www.spv.de.


On Saturday March 24, 2012, veteran rocker Dennis DeYoung (www.DennisDeYoung.com) will headline Candlelight Concert for Epilepsy Awareness. Dennis will be bringing a special show entitled Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx Unplugged and will bring his legendary musicianship and songs to this wonderful benefit concert with all proceeds going to the Epilepsy Foundation (www.efa.org) and the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey (www.efnj.org)
The event, scheduled to be a four hour concert, will feature performances from many other iconic singers spanning three decades including Marshall Crenshaw (www.marshallcrenshaw.com), Corey Glover of Living Colour (www.livingcolourmusic.com), Dan Reed formerly of Dan Reed Network (www.danreed.com), Mary Fahl formerly of October Project (www.maryfahl.com), violinist Martha Curtis and others to be announced.
The venue is the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, One Memorial Drive, Trenton NJ.
Doors for the event will open at 6:00pm with the show time being 7:00pm. No strobe lights will be used during this event and it is open to all ages. Tickets are available now at www.ComcastTix.com and at the Patriots Theater box office at 609-984-8400. Tickets range in price from $45 to $180 with a special VIP package including a signed poster and access to a special meet & greet.
For more information on the Epilepsy Foundation, the venue and the artists announced can be found on the two pages following this release. Additional information can be found online at www.CandlelightConcert.org.

Dennis DeYoung: The Music Of Styx Unplugged showcases the Greatest Hits spanning the 70's, 80's, and 90's performed live in a rare and intimate acoustic evening with Dennis on grand piano, plus August Zadra and Jimmy Leahey on acoustic guitars/vocals and Craig Carter on bass/vocals. Highlights of this acoustic format allows the purity of DeYoung's distinctive tenor to shine along with soaring four part harmonies, great musicianship and Dennis telling some of the stories behind these great songs. Dennis is a founding member of Styx. He wrote and sang lead on seven of the band's eight Top 10 hits (i.e. Babe, Come Sail Away, Lady, The Best of Times.) He is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans.
For more information, visit CandlelightConcert.org.

Returning from an extremely successful tour of Europe with Saxon & Anvil, Crimes of Passion are pleased to announce the signing of a deal for the second album To Die For with DR2 Records, home to acts such as Sebastian Bach and Therapy? The album, produced by Charlie Bauerfiend (Hammerfall, Helloween, Blind Guardian) will be released across Europe in February 2012. It also features guest vocals from Biff Byford (Saxon), and Andi Deris (Helloween).
The European artwork has been done by Hugh Gilmour, famous for album covers for Whitesnake and Iron Maiden, amongst others.

Heading into the holidays, Versailles Records is excited to announce the final track listing for their forthcoming 2CD 'No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne,' set to cover Ozzy Osbourne's highlights from Ozzy's entire Black Sabbath and subsequent 30-year solo career. Rockers including Vince Neil (Motley Crue), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper Band, Ratt, LA Guns, etc), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani band, Steve Vai band), Eric Singer (Kiss, Black Sabbath, Badlands, The Cult), and Derrick LeFevre (Lillian Axe) among others. Along with the aforementioned name players, the record will feature a global collection of many of the hottest rock and metal bands on the rise around the world, from Europe to Japan, South America to the former Soviet block, reflecting The Prince of Darkness's world-wide fan base. Featured Millennium bands will include: Takara, Leaving Eden, The Madeline Haze, Dirty Rose, Fierce Atmospheres, Kingshifter, Cryptic Chaos, Stone Dirt, W.A.N.T.E.D., Matvey, Shane Doss, Titan's Eve, Snakeskyn Whiskey, Bugsy Parker, Attica Rage, Sage4, Metal Horse, Critical Solution, Skyscreamers, Stalwart, High Voltage, Slant, Critical Solution, Dawn of the Final Day, Nasty Reputation,Kinoath, Ravage, REACT Metal, Tattoo Frank & Jeries, In His Blood, Alfreih, Quartermoc, Black Iris, Cornivus, Endless Vendetta, A New Decree, Annihilation, DrawZZNikk, All But Impossible, AL SOLO featuring Manuri, Martian Honey, Devil, Just One Fix, Mantasuka, Doom Dogs, Erling Solem, Mr. Thumb, Perry Mason, Dennis Deen, and Mr. Murray. The album will be released on May 8th, 2012 to retail nationally.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Finland's premier melodic hard rockers Human Temple are back and bring us a brand new release Halfway to Heartache. Their 2004 debut "Insomnia" received rave reviews, and the 2010 release "Murder of Crows" (ESM202) set pulses racing. Two years later and the wait for the third CD is over, so get ready for this fantastic new release.
The album is due February 24 and features the following tracks: 1-I will follow 2- Bleeding through 3- Like a beat of a heart 4- Our world our time 5- Almost there 6- Run away 7- Little lies 8- Because of you 9- Misery 10- Some things are never long time ago 11- She talks to angels.

Download 2 minute sample: Like A Beat Of A Heart

The foundation of the Temple was laid way back in the late eighties, when vocalist Janne Hurme and drummer Petri Lehto formed their first band. The guys were highly influenced by Kiss, Dokken, Crüe and such bands, so the style of the music just had to be hard rock, yet always with a keen ear for a good melody.
Fast forward to1995... Janne was signed as a solo artist, and given an album's worth of more pop type of material to sing. He sang it with conviction, and once the album was released, he became a major star almost overnight. Among other hits, the album spawned "Kirje", one of the biggest hits of the nineties in Finland. One could say that it's nowadays "an evergreen", played regularly on the radio stations, while Janne's solo career was blossoming, he didn't forget his roots, and kept writing hard rock songs. In 1998 he and Petri formed Human Temple, determined that this band would take the next step and become something bigger than their previous bands.
After an initial buzz created via local gigs and the Internet, Human Temple were signed to the German label MTM Music, and their first album saw the light of day in the summer of 2004. Marquee Avalon released the album later that year in Japan.
The next years passed quite fast, and the band went through a few line-up changes. In the summer of 2009, they felt that the time was right for album number two. They entered the Noise camp studio in Turku, chose the best 10 songs from their selection of new tracks, and started the recording process. The resulting "Murder Of Crows" stays true to the sound of the debut, while adding some new elements to it. It has since become a firm favourite amongst melodic hard rockers.
The brooding "Halfway to Heartache" is an extension of the Human Temple sound, and they bring us 11 tracks of brilliant tunes that range from quirky rockers to powerful ballads. Songs like Run Away, Misery and Bleeding Through just ooze with class. This is a new age in the history of Human Temple and it's going to set 2012 off with a bang.
Discography: Insomnia (2004) / Murder of Crows (2010) / Halfway to Heartache (2012).
Line-up: Janne Hurme: Lead Vocals, Risto Tuominen: Guitars, Kalle Saarinen: Drums, Jori Tojander: Keyboards, Harri Kinnunen: Bass; Special guest musician: Emppu Vuorinen from Nightwish.
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


Roxx Productions along with Liberty 'n' Justice are very pleased to announce for LNJ's 20th Anniversary (1992-2012) the release of their 11th studio album Hell is coming to Breakfast. This marks the bands second release on Roxx Records after a successful partnership on the Limited Edition charity CD entitled 'Chasing a Cure LP' that the two teamed up on earlier in 2011. 'Hell is coming to Breakfast is set for release on March 1, 2012 with pre-sales beginning now.
Justin Murr of Liberty 'n' Justice has this to say about the release… "We recorded so many songs for our yet to be released 2 CD project entitled 'The Cigar Chronicles' and with the delay on this release not happening until late in 2012 or early 2013 we didn't want the fans to have to wait that long to get some new LNJ in their hands. So when Bill and Roxx Records approached me and asked if we had anything else up our sleeves we could release, we realized we had to many songs that were not all going to fit on 'Cigar' so we took the 6 songs that we couldn't fit and then recorded another brand new song which is the title track 'Hell is coming to breakfast' especially for this release and added 5 more previously unreleased rare cuts and demos just for this one, I am really excited for our fans to hear this collection."
Bill from Roxx Records had this to say about the new release "We are very excited to be working with Justin and Liberty 'n' Justice once again, especially in the bands twentieth year! Justin and all the wonderful artists he works with continue to release nothing but top notch material and after twenty years it is just amazing how they keep coming up with so many great Melodic Rock songs again and again and again."
In addition to the 7 brand new tracks and various demos and rarities we are very excited to be able to include on this release and on CD for the very first time ever the original acoustic demo version of 'Sin' featuring the late great Jani Lane of Warrant out front on vocals.
Full Track Listing…
1. "Hell Is Coming To Breakfast" Seann Nichols (Adler's Appetite / Tarsha), JK Northrup (King Kobra/ XYZ)
2. "Madhatter" Donnie Vie (Enuff Z' Nuff), JK Northrup (King Kobra/ XYZ), Chris Dickens (Mission Of One) & Tommy Denander
3. "Whack A Mole" Johnny Lima, JK Northrup (King Kobra/ XYZ), Jerry Johnson (Saint) & Richard Lynch (Saint)
4."Thankful Heart" Philip Bardowell (Magdalen/Unruly Child), Lynn Louise Lowrey (Vixen/Testify), & Anthony Gravley
5. "Nakatomi Plaza" JK Northrup (King Kobra/ XYZ), Greg Bishop (X-Sinner) & Scott Weisenborn (Testify)
6. "Stretch Armstrong" Louis St August (Mass), JK Northrup (King Kobra/ XYZ)& Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper)
7. "Get Down" Tony Mills (TNT/ Shy),Mark Allen Lanoue (Chasing Karma/ Bilioxi), & Anthony Gravley
8. "Your Memory Just Won't Do" [Previously unreleased on CD] David Cagle, Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot) & CJ Snare (Firehouse)
9. "Thy will be done" [demo] Jamie Rowe (Guardian)
10. 'What do you believe?" [Original demo of 'Do what you believe'] Mike Ledesma (Far Cry) Vic Rivera (Crunch)
11. "Monkey Dance" [Alternate Mix] Jack Russell (Great White)
12. "Sin" [Original Acoustic Demo] Jani Lane (Warrant)

This is a Limited Edition CD Release for full details including pre-sale information and special packages please visit www.roxxproductions.com.

Tank, the legendary British Heavy Metal Band, plan to record their first live DVD. The band featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside ex-Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White, ex-Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale and ex-Helloween/Firewind drummer Mark Cross will record their show on March, 9th 2012 in Stodola Club in Warsaw (Poland).
Cliff Evans: "We're really looking forward to making our first ever Official Tank Live DVD. It's something we've wanted to do for a long time and gives us the chance to show our fans around the world what a Tank show is all about. The DVD will include old favourites such as 'This Means War', 'Echoes of a Distant Battle' and 'Power of the Hunter' plus future classics such as 'Judgement Day' and 'Phoenix Rising' plus many more. Get ready for 'War Machine Live!' DVD."
Tank has also begun their work on the follow up to the War Machine¯ album from 2010. Doogie, Mick and Cliff have been busy writing new material. While it is too early to give details on the tracks, they are said to be in a similar vein to War Machine¯ but with a heavier angle. Working song titles so far include, "One Thousand Deaths", "War Without End" and "Heavier Than Thou". The album is scheduled for release in Spring 2012. Full details to be confirmed soon.
Tank - official website: tankofficial.com.

Following on from an overwhelmingly successful first show with new vocalist Colin Callanan in Wakefield in November, Power Quest are pleased to announce they will be returning to Europe in March 2012 as special guests of German power metal legends Freedom Call. The dates are as follows:
08.03.12 Thu CH Pratteln @ Z7
09.03.12 Fri GER Kaufbeuren @ Allkart Halle (Partyraum)
10.03.12 Sat GER Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
11.03.12 Sun GER Bochum @ Zeche
Prior to that tour, Power Quest will be starting 2012 by headlining day 1 of the Arctic Festival in London, at the Bridgehouse2, on Friday January 6th.Tickets are available via the following link: thearcticagency.bigcartel.com
In the meantime, the Power Quest camp would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming year. Thank you for all your support during 2011, especially everyone who came out to see us at Bloodstock, Hammerfest, on tour with Symphony X and Crimson Glory or at one of our own headline shows in the UK and Europe! See you somewhere on tour in 2012!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Below is the new Sebastian Bach video, the song taken from his current album Kicking & Screaming. And in related news, Sebastian has been added to the lineup for next year's SwedenRock Festival. See below for details.

Sebastian Bach's colourful career started for real when he as a nineteen year old singer with a golden voice and rebellious nature joined the New Jersey-based group Skid Row. The bands impact was immediate as their self-titled debut album featured several now classic anthems such as "18 and life", "Youth gone wild" and "I remember you". The follow up "Slave to the grind" saw the band rub elbows with megastars Guns N' Roses, but Bach and Skid Row eventually parted ways. Soon the singer made himself a name as a highly acclaimed Broadway performer, while still maintaining a more low-key solo career as a rock singer. With big parts in long running musicals such as "Jekyll & Hyde", "Rocky horror show" and "Jesus Christ superstar" Bach perfected both his musical skills as well as his acting skills and later acted in several TV-shows. In2007 he made a highly prolific return to the metal scene when he released the solo album "Angel down", featuring Bach's friend Axl Rose on three songs. The follow up "Kicking & screaming" was released last fall and contains all the trademarks that have made Sebastian Bach one of the world's most charismatic entertainers: hard and melodic rock/metal with a couple of beautiful ballads thrown in for good measure.
Tickets are available at our website: www.swedenrock.com. There you can also find more information about ticket prices and accommodation.

Vocalist Jack Russell has made one final statement in relation to this week's back and forth with his former Great White band mates. It reads:

"I am deeply hurt and saddened by the fact that my old friends and band mates would purposely exploit my personal and private medical conditions to try to prevent me from doing what I love. I can't even fathom as to why they would do such a thing and why they would want to personally hurt me so much. This is very upsetting considering that more than half of the band has had their own issues, demons, or personal problems at some point, all of which affected the band at one time or another. I am excited about the future and look forward to seeing all my friends on the road. My interview with Metal Sludge is the only one I will be doing right now, and I will make no further comments regarding this matter." ~ Jack Russell.

The new X-UFO Live CD THE LIVE FILES - Volume 1 is ready for launch. Pre-orders are available through nigel.hart@bt.com or via the website at www.xufo.co.uk.
The full running order for the CD is as follows: Intro-Let It Roll, Natural Thing, Highway Lady, Back Door Man, Can You Roll Her, Love Deadly Love, Armed & Ready, She's The One, Love To Love, Only You Can Rock Me, Rock Bottom, (Encore): Lights Out, Doctor Doctor.
There is also an exclusive video that we has been put together as a sweetener for the opening track-Let It Roll: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH8uvsbg0fY.

1970's and 1980's style hard rock just can't be topped!! After all, that was the era during which such legendary bands as AC/DC and Van Halen unleashed some of the genre's greatest anthems. BlancaWhite's full-length, debut album, Resurgence of Rock, is a rallying cry for a global resurgence of the sounds that made rock n' roll great! Resurgence of Rock is original, in-your-face, classic-style hard rock, tweaked for the modern day. A unique combination of hard rock sounds from the 70's and 80's combined with lyrics and subjects from the perspective of today, Resurgence of Rock is sure to appeal to all fans of the classic rock era who are now at a different stage of their lives.
Resurgence of Rock is an exciting, unique project put together by several die-hard rock fans, including international attorney Ken Savage and brothers Austin and Rick Schell. They have produced exactly the sort of rock music that die-hard fans want to hear, and have spared no expense or effort to produce a world-class rock album. Following the model of the Alan Parsons Project, Savage and the Schell's recruited top-notch talent for each of their original songs, including renowned 80s vocalists Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot and Rough Cutt), Terry Ilous (XYZ and Great White), Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale and L.A. Nookie), and Jeff Paris (Cinderella, Vixen, Slash and Keb Mo).
The variety, quality, and unique combination of 'classic rock with a modern twist' set this album apart! Check out the band at: www.resurgenceofrock.com.

Norwegian hard rock band Malice In Wonderland have written and recorded a brand new Christmas song. The song is called When Everything's Red and you can find it on the band's YouTube page: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9VL6zD8zkY.
The band's front man Chris Wicked comments the song. "While the world doesn't exactly scream for another Christmas song, in my mind there is not allot of high quality Christmas songs out there. We thought it would be fun to write something original, not just record a classic, so we rigged up a studio in Tracy's (guitarist) living room and recorded everything in two days. It was fun and we're just putting it up on our YouTube site. It's not a typical Christmas song, but the tune has a great atmosphere that I think allot of people can find appealing."
WebLinks: www.malice-in-wonderland.com / www.facebook.com/pages/maliceinwonderlandof.

Featuring the soaring vocals of Sean Peck (Cage), the arrangement of the classic Christmas anthem is taken into the epic realm of heavy metal. All proceeds from iTunes will go to the charity "Metal For Cancer" to support cancer research. This is available for a strictly limited time.
Empires of Eden's creator Stu Marshall comments: "This track came into being when I was hanging with Sean in California on a recent trip. It seemed a great way to honour a great song and at the same time offer something positive towards the fight for Cancer. The usual covers of Christmas carols are fairly comical and we wanted to take it the other way, much heavier and dramatic. Working with Sean on the last EOE cd was an incredible experience so it was natural for us to work on this".
From singer Sean Peck: "Cancer has affected all of our lives directly or indirectly and we would encourage all metal heads to take the time to give just a small donation towards defeating this killer."
With the recent success of the release by CageThe Supremacy of Steel and the third Empires of Eden CD about to commence, this release is a must have for fans of metal music. You can buy the song here: itunes.apple.com/en/album/xmas-special-single/id489138573. Free streaming here: soundcloud.com/heavymetalmedia/we-three-kings-empires-of-eden.
"We Three Kings" was produced at Frontier Studio in Sydney Australia - Vocals tracked by Dave Garcia at Cage studios. WebLinks: www.empiresofeden.com / www.cageheavymetal.com.

Sunset Strip superstars Mötley Crüe grace the cover of issue No.5 of Classic Rock Presents AOR.
In an AOR world exclusive, we've got all-new interviews with all four Crüe members – Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee. They consider the band's longevity and their final legacy – when not indulging in internal squabbles, airing beefs with other rock bands and evading the press. Nice to see some things don't ever change… Plus we name the Crüe's Top 10 Most Melodic Moments. And we tell the tale of Dr Feelgood, the 1989 breakthrough album that propelled the band into the big time.
We've also got a sensational 15-track free CD, titled AORmania, featuring all-new tracks from Houston, Fiona, Grand Illusion, Fate, Reckless Love, Mecca and more.
Elsewhere in the issue, we talk to Norwegian melodic rock goddess Issa about her sublime new album, The Storm.
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach comes clean about loving power ballads, starring on Broadway and the tensions caused by being the hottest guy in your band.
There's a revealing chat with the legendary David Crosby. Having lost his lover to a car crash and his mind to an ever-more-wild cocktail of illicit substances, in 1970 the former Byrd retreated to the studio and distilled these miseries into his haunted, transcendent, Vatican-approved solo album, If Only I Could Remember My Name.
That's not all. There are further features on Shy, Y&T, Lindsey Buckingham, Tokyo, Doogie White, Davy Vain, Le Roux, Starship… and a six-page review of Firefest, the UK AOR scene's live event of the year, starring Jimi Jamison, W.E.T., Jeff Scott Soto, Steve Augeri, Strangeways, Newman, Coney Hatch, White Widdow, Mitch Malloy, Unruly Child
All this, plus reviews of all the latest AOR albums and live reviews of Def Leppard, Heart, the Electric Boys, The Union, Bret Michaels and more.
Finally, we deliver our verdict on the controversial Rock Of Ages hair-metal musical – did we love it, or did we loathe it? Find out in issue No.5 of AOR!
OnSale now - purchase via: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/classic-rock-presents-aor-5.

Impellitteri's classic Stand in Line album is getting a 2011 remaster and will be released in Japan January 25. Pre-Order here.

The brand new video Get On With The Action with Swedish rockers Grand Design from the album Idolizer can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWb4gF7mHb0&feature=youtu.be.

This week InTheStudio.NET features a very special archive moment from Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rick Medlocke and the late Outlaws /Skynyrd guitarist Hughie Thomasson about their Christmas Time Again album, where they talk about the songs "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' ", "Mama's Song" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's cover of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run". The bittersweet personal comments from Johnny Van Zant and Rick Medlocke about the losses of their respective mothers is particularly touching when discussing the inspiration for the holiday ballad "Mama's Song". And the fact that Thomasson, bass player Leon Wilkeson and piano player Billy Powell all perform on these songs and are now all deceased, adds additional poignancy to the segment. The Medium Rare series is exclusive streamable online-only interview content found on the InTheStudio homepage.
The InTheStudio.NET/ Lynyrd Skynyrd Christmas 'Medium Rare' segment will stream on the homepage for the remainder of December. Direct Link: www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/christmas-rock/lynyrdskynyrd-christmas.

The long awaited re-mixed debut album from Norwegian classic/melodic rock sensation Faith Circus (Kivel Records, 2008) is to be available on iTunes/Spotify/Amazon MP3/and more...starting Dec. 24. The album contains guest appearances from members of well-known Norwegian hard rock bands such as TNT, Stage Dolls, Return & Jorn! Also included in the re-mixed version are two bonus tracks, one of which is a remake of the 1981 classic James Bond title track For Your Eyes Only! This time sung as a duet with the amazingly talented Robin Beck, who had a massive hit with her single "First Time" in 1988, after it appeared in a worldwide Coca Cola commercial the same year!

More hot new previews for upcoming releases added to the CD Showcase today. Featured titles are: House of Shakira (Lion Music, January 27 release); Mollo/Martin, Primal Fear & Beyond The Bridge (Frontiers Records, Jan 20 release); plus Mastercastle, Awake & Consortium Project 1 (Lion Music, out now). Check Showcases Out.

The MRX Members Area has been updated again, this week featuring the following:
- Def Leppard - Live 1983-08-03 - Seattle, WA (17 killer tracks)
- Lisa Hartman - 'Til My Heart Stops (Feature Album)
- Lisa Hartman - Letterock (Feature Album)
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Trixter for the worldwide release of the band's reunion album in the spring of 2012!
Formed in Paramus, New Jersey during 1983, Trixter would learn their chops playing live in the club circuit around their hometown with the likes of Skid Row and Kix, before eventually getting signed by Mechanic/MCA for their self-titled debut album in 1990, which spawned the Billboard Hits & # 1 MTV Videos Give It To me Good, One in a Million and Surrender and went on to become gold. The band toured nationally during 1990-91 sold out arena tours with Poison, Scorpions and Warrant. Trixter's second album, Hear!, was released in October 1992, touring in support of Kiss. Unfortunately the change of musical climate made it impossible for the band to keep going so, after the release of an independent covers album, the band called it quits in 1995.
Trixter finally announced the reunion of the original lineup in 2007. Since then the band played several shows, including a successful appearance at the Rocklahoma festival in 2008. "The band has been playing together for the last 4 years, so making a new record is the next logical step," tells guitarist Steve Brown. "We are all very excited: the new cd will be entitled New Audio Machine and is a classic style Melodic Hard Rock album. All the sounds people have loved about Trixter will be there... Great songs, big guitar riffs, catchy vocals and a huge bottom end. A total big rock production!"
Trixter are now formed by Pete Loran on lead vocals and guitar, Steve Brown on lead guitar, P.J. Farley on bass and Gus Scott on drums. "We take pride in the fact that we are one of the few bands of our genre that have all original members," says Brown. With an arsenal of great new songs and a catalogue of two successful releases Trixter are looking forward to bring their songs on stage, "We are hoping to land a support slot on one of the major summer tours," concludes Brown. "And we finally hope to play our first European tour as well." Get ready for the return of Trixter!
Weblinks: www.frontiers.it / www.trixterrocks.com.

The first video trailer for the much talked about Rock Of Ages movie has been released. It certainly looks interesting and if anything - a big budget affair. And anything that brings classic rock to the masses is a good thing in my mind. Check it out:

US melodic rockers Jet Red have taken it upon themselves to re-release the Flight Plan CD after their label Suncity Records went out of business some time back. The (twice!) lost second album Flight Plan was re-released on iTunes and Amazon in MP3 format on 11-11-11 and the CD was re-issued on Jet Red Records in a CD only package, although the bonus DVD can be ordered as well via the website and also a bonus CD of unreleased tracks.
Jet Red bassist Brad Lang is of course now an official member of Y&T and singer Willie Hines continues to write and release music.
WebLink: www.jetred.com.

From the FM newsdesk: "A couple of updates re the Indiscreet 25Live show in Manchester on Friday March 9th. The show has been moved up to Academy 2 due to demand for tickets, they're available from www.ticketline.co.uk. Special Guests on all three Indiscreet 25Live shows are Romeo's Daughter. The Deborah Bonham Band have now been added to the Manchester show in addition to opening at Shepherd's Bush on March 10th.
March 08 2012 Glasgow Cathouse www.triplegmusic.com
March 09 2012 Manchester Academy 2 www.ticketline.co.uk
March 10 2012 London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire www.ticketweb.co.uk

Remember Vixen? Well RockEyez caught up with lead guitarist Jan Kuehnemund for a little chat. Come hear our audio interview on RockEyez. www.rockeyez.com

Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter and vocal coach best known for her collaborations with various European metal bands (Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot, After Forever, Kiske/Somerville). and Trillium is a new melodic metal project which sees Amanda taking centre stage. New album Alloy blends a range of elements from within the Rock and Metal genres, to form an exciting, cohesive sound characterised by memorable songs with attention-grabbing musical and vocal arrangements. Amanda will be interviewed on Rich Davenport's Rock Show on Thursday, 15th December, and the interview will feature her choice of tracks from "Alloy", including a duet with Jorn Lande. The show will be broadcast from 7-8pm UK time on Thursday, 8th December at this link www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 and from Friday, 16th December, the show will be available at www.mixcloud.com/richdav1.
The show will also feature a mix of classic tracks and killer new cuts from AC/DC, Beggars & Thieves, Blackfoot, Sons of Icarus, Thin Lizzy, Reckless Love and Ozzy Osbourne.

4 new CD Showcases online today - all promoting the new Avenue Of Allies December releases - Coastland Ride (new album and re-issue); Angeline and Iain Ashley Hersey (best of). Check them out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing to the label of a brand new Artist Sonic Station for the release of their self-titled debut album on February 24 in Europe and February 28 in North America.
Sonic Station is a new Westcoast-AOR Project put together by Alexander Kronbrink (a Swedish guitarist, composer and producer). Alexander is a young musician who learned his skills playing with Smooth Jazz star Jonathan Fritzén. Later on – after being introduced to Lee Ritenour - Alexander started to see a clearer direction in his playing. Through Ritenour he discovered the music of such giants as Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, composer and producer David Foster and guitarist Jay Graydon, among others. Alexander says: "I have always been interested in guitarists with the ability to play everything from Jazz, to Pop, to Country, to Hard Rock. I have listened a lot to American session guitarists such as Steve Lukather, Michael Landau and Dan Huff. I guess that type of guitar playing is what have influenced me the most."
From the very beginning the Sonic Station project has been based in the 80's AOR music (influenced by Toto, Mr. Mister and Journey) and the West Coast-sound of Airplay and Chicago. The resulting album "Sonic Station" is an expressive and warm record, where each song has an obvious and immediate hit feeling. "The focus is on melody and the Sonic Station sound is a meticulous and exciting mixture of Pop, Rock and Jazz", explains Kronbrink. To get the most quality out of each track Alexander, who composed ten of the songs and also produced and arranged the whole record, engaged four singers with different styles and voices: Marika Willstedt (from the Swedish TV show "Så ska det låta"), Magnus Bäcklund (member of the Swedish duo "Fame"), Kristoffer Fogelmark and Tove Lo.
There are many musicians working on the album but the three contributing the most are Alexander's close friends Jonathan Fritzén (on keyboards – a smooth Jazz solo artist who reached #1 on the Billboard Indicator Smooth Jazz Chart), Henrik Linder (on bass – Dirty Loops, Work of Art) and Aron Mellergård (on drums – Dirty Loops). All of them are accomplished musicians and gave their contribution for the final result. "I definitely think Sonic Station will have a life on stage and I expect that we will be able to do some shows in the coming months" concludes Alexander Kronbrink.

"Sonic Station" includes the following songs: Intro; Love's Gonna Show The Way (Feat. Magnus Bäcklund); I Wish I Could Lie (Feat. Marika Willstedt); Hold On To Me (Feat. Kristoffer Fogelmark); You Have To Let Me Go (Feat. Tove Lo); The Most Beautiful Fear (Feat. Magnus Bäcklund); Running Through The Night (Feat. Marika Willstedt); Never Let The Sunshine Die (Feat. Kristoffer Fogelmark); My Last Refrain (Feat. Marika Willstedt); Love You More (Feat. Marika Willstedt & Kristoffer Fogelmark); Reasons (Feat. Marika Willstedt).
With Sonic Station, Alexander Kronbrink has taken the 80's into the future. WebLinks: www.sonic-station.com / www.frontiers.it.


Great White have responded to yesterday's statement from original vocalist Jack Russell. It reads as follows:

"First and foremost, our main concern is our fans. We have spent 30 years trying to be the best we can be and bring our fans the top quality of music they have become accustomed to and deserve. It saddens us today to have to respond to Jack Russell's announcement.
Jack Russell announced on Facebook on Saturday, December 10, 2011 that he was returning to Great White with a new lineup. This was a complete shock to the entire Great White family.
This couldn't be further from the truth. As we all know, Jack Russell has been fighting drug and alcohol abuse for many years. He has had numerous stints in and out of treatment facilities and hospitals. In 2010 Jack's physical condition deteriorated to the point that he routinely fell on and off stage, forgot lyrics and we had to cancel shows due to his inability to perform. In the past two years, Jack has had five major surgeries and has almost died three times. His drug abuse was so bad that his body began to shut down and ultimately resulted in colostomy surgery from a perforated bowel (he nearly died during this procedure). The colostomy surgery saved his life, but vanquished him with a colostomy bag for a year.
We stood by Jack; we supported his sobriety and eagerly awaited his return. Jack was first slated to return to Great White this past summer. Unfortunately, his frail body and his drug abuse prohibited this event. In the following months, Jack had three more surgeries that delayed his return. Finally, he chose February 2012 as his target return date.
We had five clear conditions for Jack's return:
1. Jack had to be drug free. Off all opiates, methadone, Valium or Xanax.
2. Jack had to be off prednisone (a steroid that ate away at Jack's internal organs that caused the perforated bowl).
3. Jack had to be sober and off crack cocaine and all alcohol.
4. Jack had to agree to weekly drug tests.
5. Jack must attend weekly meetings for AA and NA.

Last week Jack notified management he would not make it back by February 2012. Jack referred to his doctor's opinion that he would not be ready. He had just started physical rehabilitation again and his legs and back needed more rehab to handle the rigors of touring. Jack thought he would be ready by May to start the summer touring season. However, he wasn't sure if he could be off the methadone by then or ever. Management reiterated that he had to be completely drug-free for his return. He owed it to the fans. He owed it to us. He owed it to himself.
Out of nowhere, we all received an email on Saturday, December 10, 2011 stating that he was coming back now and that he was starting his own (a different lineup) Great White. As you can imagine, this was shocking, to say the least. We were saddened and hurt from this shocking announcement.

We only want to do right by our fans. We aim to give the best possible show and have every fan leave the show feeling they got their money's worth. This band is sober and music is our passion. With Jack Russell not being drug-free and unable to physically perform on stage, it will only let down our fans. Time and again, Jack Russell has let down his band and fans. His addictions have ruined his life the past eight years. We will not sit by and enable our brother to abuse alcohol and drugs to kill himself. We have lost too many loved ones to this madness. After the passing of our dear friend, the talented Jani Lane, it has become more evident that this has to stop. It must end.
Since Jack's departure in August 2010, Great White has performed almost 100 concerts. We've had no shortened sets, cancelations or song choice limitations due to vocal issues. In this struggling economy, fans need and deserve more — not less. We owe it to our fans and the promoters to not to allow Jack Russell and some garage band to hurt Great White's classic rock legacy and bright future. Jack Russell does not have the right to start his own Great White or use the name without our names in the lineup.
We will litigate any promoter that books 'Jack Russell's Great White' or uses any logo featuring the name Great White. We give you our word, we will continue through 2012 and beyond to provide you with the top-quality musical performances you have been accustomed and deserve.
We hope and pray that Jack gets healthy, happy and sober. His health and well being is the only thing that matters."

And Jack Russell responds further with a brand new Metal Sludge interview: www.metalsludge.tv/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2638&Itemid=38.

The new Last Autumn's Dream album Nine Lives will get an advance Japanese release today. The new studio album features the track listing: 1. In A Perfect World 2. Nine Lives 3. Is This Just Another Heartache 4. Merry-Go-Round 5. Golden Cage 6. All I Can Think Of 7. Megalomania 8. The Last To Know 9. Angel Eyes 10. We Never Said Goodbye 11. Waited A Long Time 12. Don't Let Love Fade Away.
Pre-Order via CD Japan.

News direct from Chicago's finest - 7th heaven: "Over the past month I have been editing the Schaumburg Fest DVD that we played this past Labor Day. It was so amazing to me to see so many of our fans come out and support us the way you all did. I had tears in my eyes and goose bumps watching everyone share such a special night of music and good times. There's pinnacle moments in our 27 year history that I can look to and say we reached a milestone and this DVD, to me, is a milestone for 7th heaven. Thousands of fans all having a great time and we played a great show. This is the first DVD we have released that has our entire 90+ min show, including some covers and our 30 songs in 30 minutes. The audio is right off the desk and was re-mastered in the studio for stereo. The video was shot mostly in HD 1080p, some cameras are fan cams at lower resolution up sampled to fit 16 x 9 HD. There are 10 camera angles. If you were at this show and up front, it is very likely you are on the DVD. The DVD also includes bonus footage, a photo montage from the show, as well as our music video for "Sing" in HD. You can order the DVD here: www.7thheavenband.com/pages/store/schaumburg.html and it will be available to purchase next weekend at our shows.

It's that time of year again where we discount our products and offer some excellent deals on our merchandise for Christmas. Take a look at our store and see the Holiday Sale we have going on. www.7thheavenband.com/pages/store/christmas2011sale.html. We have also lowered our prices on a few items in our store, check it out!

We just re-released our CD Faces Time Replaces with a added unreleased DVD in a DigiPack for $5.00. This lineup had: Tony DiGiulio, Richard Hofherr, Nick Cox, Danny Weymouth and Dan Miller. From the year 2000. This CD is a little heavier than the style we currently have. The DVD has unreleased videos of 7th heaven on Jenny Jones TV show (twice), as well as our ins and outs to commercial, as well as a few music videos. With a bonus video of our tribute to 9-11 with our song "I Don't Know". You can now order this CD online at: www.7thheavenband.com/pages/store/faces.html.

In 2005 we shot a live concert of only original songs at Durty Nellies. This DVD and CD was not available for a long time, as it sold-out right away and the band changed line-ups. I decided to re-release a short run of them, as I would love our fans to see and understand a little of the bands history. This DVD has excellent audio right off the mixing board and was shot with 13 cameras, many which were fan cameras. This product is $5.00. You can now order this on our website at this address: www.7thheavenband.com/pages/store/nellies.html.

Can you believe that it was 25 years ago in 2012 that Kiss' top 3 single (UK) and biggest anthem since the 70s was released when Crazy, Crazy Nights ruled MTV? Can you believe that it also 20 years ago since Kiss' drummer Eric Carr passed away (1991) from cancer and Kiss returned with Eric Singer in the drum stool and released its heaviest album since 1982's Creatures of the Night with Revenge or when Kiss went as dark as they ever did with Carnival of Souls in 1997? It was 1984 when Bruce Kulick made his recording debut with Kiss ghosting on the 1984 smash hit album Animalize, the second album released without the trade mark make up.  Bruce went on to record 1985's Asylum, 1987's Crazy Nights, 1988's Smashes Thrashes & Hits, 1989's Hot In The Shade, 1992's Revenge, 1993's Alive III, 1996's Unplugged and 1997's Carnival of Souls.

Bruce Kulick remembers the era well and is coming to Australia to blast out some of the classic tracks that made up these multi-platinum selling albums in February 2012. "Australia was one of the countries that Kiss didn't perform live between 1981 and 1994, there was a 15 year gap between 1980 and 1995 when the band finally made its return.  We have a lot of catching up to do and celebrate the songs from that era - some of which Kiss never played live ever, or only on rare occasions." Bruce said.
After releasing his third solo album in early 2010, BK3, Bruce has remained incredibly busy performing all over the US with the "American Band" Grand Funk Railroad, performing live all over the world solo and with ESP, in addition to his session work and contributions to Kiss' multi-platinum Kissology DVD series. Bruce's two Australian shows are on sale now from the venues and websites below:

Melbourne – Thursday 2 February The Corner Hotel Swan Street Richmond www.cornerhotel.com Ph 03 9427 9198
Sydney – Saturday 4 February The Factory Theatre www.factorytheatre.com.au Ph 02 9550 3666
Official Website: www.kulick.net.

Two hour Magnum special this Sunday 18th December at 22:00GMT at: www.getreadytorock.com. First hour of music introduced by Malcolm Dome of 'Classic Rock' and the second hour features an interview with the band.
There are also two interviews with: Mark Stanway www.youtube.com / Tony Clarkin & Bob Catley www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIJr7H-pF5Y.

Stan Bush's The Touch was featured last night on WWE Monday Night Raw: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxKms8bh9JY.

Grammy-winning gospel group, The Blind Boys of Alabama join Daryl Hall for a very special 49th edition of Live From Daryl's House, premiering Dec. 15 exclusively at www.lfdh.com.

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Fates Warning, Riot, Sebastian Bach, Halford) has posted Part 3 of 'In the Studio' with Arch/Matheos on his official YouTube channel at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMlfjZhNlSI.

Kingcrow has begun the recording sessions for the new album titled In Crescendo. You can find information about the album on their new blog diary (kingcrow-band.blogspot.com/). Videos/photos of the recording sessions will be soon available. In the meantime, the band published a video documentary of the last European Tour. You can see it at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgR4DqQjIh8 (for English subtitles use the "cc" function of the YouTube player).

A new Lana Lane album in due first up in Japan January 25.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Good news for Great White fans is that vocalist Jack Russell appears to have recovered from his lengthy hospital stay and is ready to hit the road again. Bad news is - it won't be with the classic GW line-up - which will continue on with Terry Ilous on vocals.
From Jack Russell:
"To all my friends: Just wanted to announce that I will be coming back with my band Great White and a Brand New line up. My new band mates are some of the most incredible musicians I have ever had the privilege to play with, Matt Johnson former guitarist for Great White, Derrick Pontier former drummer for Great White, Dario Seixas former Bassist for Firehouse and the Stephen Pearcy Band, and Robby Lochner former Guitarist for Rob Halford's Band and Cherie Currie.
I am very excited about this new beginning. I am feeling better than ever, despite any rumors you may hear to the contrary. Unfortunately, and as confusing as it will be, my former band mates and their manager have decided to continue to tour next year under the name I created, Great White. I will be touring under the name Great White featuring Jack Russell, to try avoid any confusion. So now the true fans will know the difference. I will be announcing tour dates as soon as they become available.
Our first performance will be at the Pre-NAMM Jam January 14 2012. Only shows advertised as Great White featuring Jack Russell will include myself on vocals. I have missed all of you terribly and look forward to seeing you all on the road. You have no idea how much your love and devotion has meant to me during what has been one of the hardest periods of my life. Happy Holidays! Much peace and love to you and your families. Have a blessed New Year. Yours as always, Jack Russell, founder and lead vocalist, Great White."

Press Release: "Hi kids! Chuck Duran here with some amazing information you'll definitely want to read. Once in a while an idea comes along with the power to take an entire industry by storm and this is it!
Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad are producing and host a new web series that is getting the attention of voiceover superstars worldwide. VO Buzz Weekly is exactly what the voiceover industry needs and Chuck and Stacey are the first ones to bring it to you. The show premieres Sunday January 8, 2012.
Finally, the world can put a face to the voice of their favorite television shows, cartoons, animated films, movie trailers, video games, announcers, promos and more. Also making appearances on the show are the voiceover industry's top talent agents, directors, producers, marketing gurus and studio tech experts. Whether you're a pro or an aspiring voiceover artist, you can expect to receive an endless supply of wisdom and knowledge from the best and most successful talent the industry has to offer.
And if that wasn't enough, VO Buzz Weekly also brings you the latest and greatest voiceover news that you need to know pertaining to business, media, technology and entertainment. Shockingly, subscribing to the VO Buzz Weekly web series is absolutely FREE. Go to VOBuzzWeekly.com right now and subscribe so you don't miss one single episode. Happy Holidays to all my awesome VO friends!" ~ Chuck Duran - www.DemosThatRock.com.

This from Metal Sludge, who have been following the farcical situation with the Tracii Guns version of LA Guns - who just last week cancelled all upcoming tour dates.

First this - "The rest of the LA Guns Tour has been cancelled. Sorry to all the fans. I never quit. Tracii walked out sayiing thank you, it was fun while it lasted. This band is a fukn joke. I have a publisher fir a book. Starting on monday. I HATE that I have to give tracii this credit but oh well...I have ALL the notes written n some recorded about this very fukd up LA Guns tour!! One day, you will understand! My music will never die. Going into the studio in Feb 2012 with my NEW cd!!!" ~ Dilana.

Then this - "It's been an exciting weekend in the rock world with news of a new LA Guns singer. We heard from Tracii Guns that he was hooking up with former Blacklist Union frontman Tony West to fill in for LA Guns. This after the Dilana experiment only lasted 71 days. What Tracii forgot to tell us, is that Tony West is a TV star. He might even have more TV time under his belt than Dilana had with her Rockstar Supernova gig. Tony West has appeared on The Jerry Springer Show, Maury Povich, Geraldo Rivera, The Riki Lake Show (twice), The Richard Bey Show, and some of these clips even made it onto the great Talk Soup. All of this is on YouTube and seems to be presented by Tony "The Roach" West."
Oh dear! See it al at: www.metalsludge.tv/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2633&Itemid=42.

The Sweet Sounds Rockfest 2 is becoming one of the biggest festivals in the USA. "We are getting bands coming from different states throughout the USA" stated CEO Ron Berman. "All of the artists that have signed with us have opened up for major artists and have headlined major festivals. So many artists have reached out to us wanting to perform at the festival. We had a packed house back in October at Sweet Sounds Rockfest in St. Louis at Club 21 Rock and some of the bands want to return to the Chicago show. We are very gracious to Bob Cozza of The Penny Road Pub who opened his doors for us to have this festival. We are currently listening to various bands who have submitted mp3s and videos to fill in the few remaining slots."
Any band interested in playing Sweet Sounds Rockfest 2 on April 28th 2012 - at The Penny Road Pub - which will be hosted by international comedian Jim Florentine - please contact Ron (rberman48@aim.com) or Duke (sweetsoundsvp@hotmail.com).
Bands confirmed at this time are Strikeforce (Missouri), Lynch (Illinois), Scarred (L.A. California), Matt & The City Limits (New York City), Thirteen-A- Cross (Missouri), The Air On Everest (Wisconsin), Age Of Distrust (Ohio), The Knobs (Iowa).
Anyone interested in attending the Sweet Sounds Rockfest 2 on Saturday April 28th tentative start time 1 PM till 1 AM or longer - please go to www.showclix.com/event/204951 to purchase advanced tickets. If you are coming from out of town we recommend to make a motel/hotel reservation now in the South Barrington area. We will keep you updated as new bands are added to the show.

On December 3rd, 2011 The Rhoads family hosted the "A Celebration of Randy Rhoads" event at D'Argenzio's Winery in Burbank, California. The event was for what would have been Randy's 55th birthday (His B-Day is actually December 6th) and to celebrate the life of the late (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne) guitarist. The evening was MC'd by Mr 80's Julian Douglas and Cathy and Kelle Rhoads spoke (Randy's brother and sister) to the crowd to kick off the evening. There was original Randy Rhoads stage clothes and memorabilia on display. Kelle Rhoads (Randy's brother) and guitarist Ronny North performed very special solo sets that concluded when Kelle and Ronny performed together at the end of the event. The attendance was so over whelming with all the Randy fans that the venue had to open the side doors up and put tables outside to accommodate everyone. Some of the attendees were Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali (Frankie also came up and jammed during the show with Kelle Rhoads), legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower was also in attendance as well as a ton of press from around the country. The event was a great success and best of all it was all in the name of the great Randy Rhoads.

Royal Hunt has now released their 11th - studio album: Show Me How To Live. The band once more joined forces with former lead singer DC Cooper to continue the magic of Royal Hunt. So with this current line-up, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated Royal Hunt. The band is willing to tour in Europe next year (time schedule around March - April to be defined) and if you're interested in having them, please contact the agent responsible of the booking here.

Saxon Vocalist Biff Byford featured in new The Right to Rock Podcast. Biff took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Saxon's latest release Call to Arms. Biff also discusses the bands current tour as well as their most Spinal Tap moment. Interview lasts approx. 30 min. What's better than seeing Saxon live in the states? Meeting Biff Byford, of course. And that's just what Genghis & Ragman recently did for An Evening With...Biff Byford. Join the boys as they discuss Saxon's recent stop in H-Town, as well as their latest record, Call to Arms, following it up with a live interview with His Biffness. Biff and the band rolled out the welcome mat at Stereo Live to discuss the Saxon's first proper tour on U.S. soil in years, as well as what keeps them motivated after 40 years of rocking. Horns up, indeed.

RockEyez Audio interview with James Christian House of Lords: www.rockeyez.com.

Guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson - best known for his instrumental 'Cliffs of Dover' and long-time G3 performances - if featured in a new interview here: www.randyfalsetta.com/#!audio-interviews. Eric talks about the new 'Up Close' tour, his gear and his admiration toward the legendary Jimi Hendrix.

A new Spanish interview with André Andersen can be found here: www.rockmelodico.com/2011/12/andre-andersen-entrevista-exclusiva-con-el-lider-de-royal-hunt.html.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Unisonic - the brand new European hard rock supergroup will release their debut release (a mini-album) Ignition on 27.01.2012 via Edel Records (Germany); on 25.01.2012 via Marquee Label (Japan) and on 30.01.2012 in the UK via earMUSIC.
The line-up is: Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex Helloween); Michael Kiske (ex Helloween); Mandy Meyer (ex Gotthard, ex Krokus); Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69); Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69).
Check the official audio premier here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9og0g_l-NlI.

Ex-Atlantic Records recording artist D'Molls are back with a new 2011 album under the moniker of Desi Rexx's D'Molls. The new album aptly entitled D-Sides is a collection of B-sides, rare tunes and unreleased material. The 18 track album, available on FnA Records - www.fnarecords.net - takes the listener on a wild (pre-seat belt) roller-coaster ride through some classic D'Molls tunes and then down around the bend with some tracks that will delight, surprise, and titillate. The one constant throughout is the mesmerizing and catchy blues rock vocals of lead singer Desi Rexx - the same vocal stylings that have made D'Molls a cult favorite straight out of the Midwest hard rock scene.
D-Sides features some notable talent from the hard rock world including Andy Parker of UFO, Chip Znuff of Enuff Znuff, Mick Sweda of the Bulletboys, Bobby Barth of Axe, John Thomas of the Lita Ford band, P.J. Smith of No Sweat, and Danny Johnson who has played with Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Derringer, Steppenwolf, and Axis.
D-Sides opens with a toe-tapping, finger snapping bluesy ditty entitled "Snazzy Shoes" that could easily have been a bonus track for either of the two Atlantic Records albums. Without missing a beat the album soars into a handful of rockers starting with M-O-N-E-Y featuring Bobby Barth from the band Axe. The following 3 tracks (All I Want, HI 'n' LO, Crimes Of Fashion) are the original 3 song demo sessions that got the band signed to Atlantic Records back in 1987. The remainder of the album features fun and collectible rarities and rockers, and even a ballad or two for all of you slow dancers.
From his Glam-O-Rama days with St. Valentine and D'Molls, through his whirlwind ride as guitarist for David Lee Roth, down to his 'Still on tour doin' what I love doin' second best!' present, Desi has remained the consummate entertainer both live and in the studio.
Someone recently asked him why he never slows down. Desi (never at a loss for words) answered, 'Y'know, most music usually makes things a little better. My music always makes everything a lot better! People smile and forget their troubles for a while. It's like Shake 'n' Bake. . . and I helped!"
In these uncertain economic times, one thing is certain: There is no better value for your Hard Rock Dollar than to get yourself a copy of this particular CD.

FnA Records, LLC. formed in 2009 to bring Rockers and Metalheads some of the best unreleased and hard-to-find music from the 80's and early 90's. We are also a label that allows you, the fans to bring us music that you remember from "Back In The Day", and to have it professionally released. To pick up your copy, visit the website at: www.fnarecords.net.

The first anniversary of the disastrous earthquake in Japan will be on March 11, 2012. The aftermath of this catastrophe is still apparent, and to the present day the Japanese people are facing the impact of the events. The population of the affected area has not been able to completely return to their everyday live and the people are still grateful for our help. Some of Europe's leading Rock artists have united to join a campaign initiated by singer Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning) and recorded a tremendous new version of the classic Beatles song "Help". The EP Help! For Japan will be released in Europe on the German label Avenue Of Allies in early March 2012. All income from the sales of this project will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
This EP includes the following four songs: 1. Help! 2. Help! (Tommy Heart Version) 3. Help! (Guitar Version) 4. Help! (Extended Version)
The musicians: Don Airey (Keyboards & Piano, Deep Purple), Leo Leoni (Guitar, Gotthard), Neil Murray (Bass, ex Whitesnake), Hena Habegger (Drums, Gotthard)
The singers: Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Bob Catley (Magnum), Andi Deris (Helloween), Torstein Flakne (Stage Dolls), Marc Storace (Krokus), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Claus Lessmann (Bonfire), Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann), Bernhard Weiss (Axxis), Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Tony Mills (TNT), Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One) and Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning).
The solo guitar players: Cede Dupont (Downspirit), Kyoji Yamamoto (BowWow), Helge Engelke (Fair Warning), Roland Grapow (Masterplan), Leo Leoni (Gotthard), Henny Wolter (Nitrogods), Robert R. Rodrigo (Airless).
All "HELP!" versions produced and mixed by Tommy Heart, Tommy Remm & Rene Schostak (Valicon). Vocal Arrangement by Tommy Heart. Solo Guitar Arrangement for "Help" (Guitar Version) by Helge Engelke. Audio mastering by TMM/Tom Müller Berlin/Germany. Cover artwork "Help! For Japan" designed by Kai Swillus.
Please support us on this project by publishing these news and clicking on the 'like button' on the Facebook site mentioned below or subscribe to our blog for the latest updates! www.facebook.com/help.charity / helpforjapan1.wordpress.com (blog).

AOR Blvd Records is excited to announce the return of Frederic Slama AOR project with the release of a brand new studio album The Colors Of LA on January 27 in Europe.
After two years of hard work, Frédéric Slama is back with the most anticipated album of the year called AOR The Colors Of L.A, featuring a never seen cast of AOR talents in a single album such as Tommy Denander, Philip Bardowell, Jerry Hludzik (Dakota), Joe Pasquale, Steve Newman, Joey Summer, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Christian Tolle, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, David Foster, Randy Goodrum, Michael Thompson, Rick Riso, David Diggs, Bruno Levesque (Silence) and many more. Co-produced by Tommy Denander, The Colors Of L.A, AOR's 10th Release, is the perfect mix between melodic rock & Westcoast music. The sound is heavier this time in the vein of Toto, Foreigner or Survivor. Great Melodies, Fabulous solos and brand new recorded versions of favorites like Teach Me How To Love You Again or You're My Obsession. The Colors Of L.A contains all the elements of a classic. Pure AOR bliss!
Tracklisting: 1.Jenny At Midnight 2.Benedict Canyon 3.Kimberly 4.Under Your Spell 5.Brittany 6.Halo Of Light 7.Just One Kiss On Your Heart 8.Dreams From Silver Lake 9.You`re My Obsession 10.Teach Me How To Love You Again 11.Grace (bonus Track) 12.Never Gonna Let Her Go (Bonus Track).
LabelLink: www.aorblvdrecords.co.uk

Outloud - the melodic Rock quintet from Athens/Greece featuring guitarist/keyboardist Bob Katsionis (Firewind) and New York based singer Chandler Mogel, have just released a Christmas themed single named: Last Days Of December.
Bob Katsionis comments on the song: "People are getting so much negativity from everywhere these days. It's like someone is trying to make the world feel empty and helpless, facing the problems of each country's economy, criminality etc. At the same time, what you get from the Social Networks is mostly negative comments, trolling, absurdity, violence and people being more rude day by day. This is reflected on music as well. Bands are trying to be harder, heavier, meaner and more evil like there's some short of hate-contest going on!
What we tried to do with this song is to bring the rock and Heavy Metal world some melody, some peace, remind people that Love is the power that makes this world go round and contribute to the soundtrack of the Christmas Holiday Season with a song that we hope will stand the test of time. Christmas time doesn't necessarily mean shopping and spending but also quality time with friends and family and the people we love and to be able to share some positive energy which is definitely missing nowadays. Happy Holidays!"

The song will be available at your favorite digital download store internationally as of Tuesday, December 13. Meanwhile you can listen to the entire song and purchase it here: bobkatsionis.bandcamp.com/track/last-days-of-december.
The song was written and produced and mixed by Bob Katsionis at Sound Symmetry Studio, Athens, Greece. Middle guitar solo by Achilleas Diamantis. Vocals were recorded at PJB Productions, Verona, New Jersey, USA. Drums were recorded at Basement Studio, Athens, Greece.

This week Destiny enters the studio DRS to start the recording of the bands 30th Anniversary album, The Incompatibility of Philosophical Terminology. The album will be released in 2012. The album Global Warming is still under production but is temporarily put on hold and will be released at a later date...
Click here for Destiny teaser trailer. Follow Destiny at Facebook here.
For more information, please contact Destiny at destinygbg@gmail.com / www.destinymetal.com.

New Reviews have been added for the following titles! Please check them out. They are: Beggars & Thieves, Royal Hunt, Alfonzetti, Fate, Strangeways, Chickenfoot, Serpentine, MeatLoaf, Sencelled, Chasign Magic, Grand Illusion, Shannon Noll, Dream Theater, Newman, Guru, Brian Howe, Derek Sherinian, Sanchez, Wicked Sins, Bangalore Choir (Live), Strangeways (Live) and Shotgun Symphony (Live).

Friday, December 09, 2011

Swedish Rock band Angeline celebrated the release of their new album Disconnected with two release shows & parties in their home country on the last November weekend.
The audiences at their gigs in the bands hometown Ljusdal on November 25 and two days later in Sweden's capital Stockholm, saw the band perform some Angeline classics and eight songs from their brand new album "Disconnected".
The band is currently climbing the charts on Reverbnation. Their song "Falling Into You" now holds position #8 on the local Swedish charts: www.reverbnation.com/angelinetheband.
"Disconnected" is the second full-length album by the Swedish Rockers and will be released on Dec. 9 on the Avenue Of Allies label.


On the same date the label will release three more albums:

Iain Ashley Hersey – Vintage Love, a compilation of the best Classic Hard Rock and Melodic Rock songs by the American guitarist feat. Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, ex-Rainbow, MSG), Paul Shortino (King Kobra, Ex-Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt), Dougie White (ex-Rainbow) and Carsten "Lizard" Schulz (Evidence One, ex-Domain) on vocals.

Coastland RideOn Top Of The World, the new album by the Swedish AOR / Westcoast trio, feat. Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Lionville) on solo guitar.

Coastland RideCoastland Ride + 3, a remastered re-issue of the band's debut album, including three previously unreleased bonus songs of high quality AOR.


Recent Avenue Of Allies releases are:

Paradise Inc.Time / A new Melodic Rock band from Brazil fronted by German singer Carsten "Lizard" Schulz (Evidence One). The record was produced by Paul Logue (Eden's Curse) and mastered by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69). Guests who can be heard on this album include Doogie White (ex Rainbow) on vocals on the track Not In Paradise, Paul Logue on bass on Wait To See and Italian keyboard player Alessandro Del Vecchio.

Soul SellerBack To Life: Our latest signing from Italy is the Melodic Rock band Soul Seller. Their international debut CD is called "Back To Life". Alessandro Del Vecchio (Shining Line, Lionville, Eden's Curse) was in charge of the production and the album includes a lead vocal duet with Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann, Avantasia).


A sampler of the forthcoming new album HoS from Swedish melodic hard rock sensations House of Shakira has just been made available at soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/house-of-shakira-hos-album.
The new album HoS marks the recording debut of new vocalist Andreas Novak in the band and features 13 tracks full of the lush melodic vocal orchestrations and rocking backings make this most complete House of Shakira album yet. House of Shakira – HoS is released on January 27 through Lion Music.
WebLinks: www.houseofshakira.com / www.facebook.com/HouseofShakira / www.youtube.com/user/HouseofShakira.

Status Minor complete Ouroboros / Finn progressive metallers Status Minor have completed work on their second album entitled "Ouroboros". Building on the critically acclaimed sound heard on their 2010 debut "Dialog", the new album sees the band get heavier and more direct yet retaining the musicianship and song sense of song craft that won them so many plaudits. We are pleased to unveil the artwork for 'Ourboros' done by Carl-Andre Beckston (Monowasp).
Status Minor Ouroboros has a tentative release date of April 2012.

LION MUSIC WEBSTORE SUPER SALE! A big box with 100 Mixed Lion Music back catalogue CDs for just 298 Euros!
Most of there are going to become rarities as they won't be reprinted once sold out so now is the chance to discover some older gems from our back catalogue. Visit: www.lionmusic.com/ShopSelect.htm and click Mega Sale on left menu.

(Los Angeles, CA – December 8, 2011) Four decades later, the music of Queen hasn't just survived, it's thrived. The band, who recently received the "Global Icon Award" at the MTV European Music Awards, has sold more than 300 million albums, 16 of which were No. 1 chart-toppers. They've written and recorded 18 No. 1 singles, played over 700 live concerts in every part of the world, have amassed a planet-wide fanbase whose members number in the hundreds of millions, and remain one of the most influential groups of all time. And to hear Queen drummer Roger Taylor tell it, they're just getting started. The last thing they are doing is standing still.
2012 will see the launch of "The Queen Extravaganza Tour," a grand touring production booked by powerhouse agency CAA that will celebrate the music of Queen. Coming on board to ensure the touring show will match the design and excitement of Queen at its best will be such rock tour heavyweights as stage designer Mark Fisher (U2, AC/DC, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Cirque de Soleil) and lighting designer Rob Sinclair (Adele, Vampire Weekend, Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel).
Taylor will oversee this royal road show, taking the role of producer and music director, with Brian May involved later in the production, but Taylor's most important role, however, was leading the judges, Spike Edney (Queen's keyboard player since the mid 80's and Trip Khalaf (Queen's eternal sound engineer) in hand picking the musicians that will be featured on the tour. And after 11 weeks of reviewing online auditions and weighing votes from Queen fans around the world, Taylor is ready to announce the line-up.
"As the audition videos began posting, we could see right away that the caliber of talent was very high," says Taylor. "But when I got into the studio with the final 25 musicians, I realized that these guys are seriously good players. They went way beyond my expectations. It was an incredibly difficult decision to choose the final line-up. I wish I could've kept them all, but in the end, I'm very happy with this group of exceptional musicians."

"The Queen Extravaganza" band line-up will be:
Vocals - Jennifer Espinoza (San Antonio, TX)
Vocals - Marc Martel (Montreal, QC / Nashville,TN)
Guitar - Tristan Avakian (Toronto, ON)
Guitar - Brian Gresh (Tulsa, OK)
Drums - Tyler Warren (Camden, TN)
Bass - Francois-Olivier Doyon (Quebec City, QC)

"What an amazing and unexpected opportunity to come our way – not to mention the timing of it all for me," said Marc Martel, whose audition video for "Somebody to Love" earned him an MTV O Award and an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show. "Having gotten to know the other contest winners a bit in LA, I'm confident we have what it takes to gel as a unit and give our best to do justice to some of the best rock music ever recorded. I am so thankful for the chance to do this. Gonna be Fun!"

More at: downloads.queenextravaganza.com

I've heard whispers that 80's melodic hard rockers Dalton have reformed. A member of the band was apparently approached by a production company, stating that they were interested in making a TV documentary series about the reunion of the band. Most of the guys hadn't seen each other in over 20 years, and they got together for the first time some weeks ago, with a small film crew. Since then they have rehearsed a couple of times and I'm told their goal is to perform at a major festival next year.
Line-up: Leif Westfahl - Guitars; Matts Dahlberg - Drums; Ola Lindström - Keyboards; Kebbe Lindmark - Bass; Bosse Lindmark - Vocals.

This, on the 7th Anniversary of Dimebag's slaying...

Monster Energy Presents DimeBash 2011 Featuring Many of the Hard Rock World's Biggest Names As They Join Together to Celebrate the Music of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and Metal Classics He Loved with all Proceeds Benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.

(Los Angeles, CA - December 8, 2011) - Metal guitar legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's influence on the music community can never be fully estimated, but if the collection of artists and players at this year's DimeBash 2011 is any indication, his legacy is as far-reaching and deeper than ever before. On December 14, the world of hard rock and metal come together in a communion of thunderous songs and stories to tip its collective glass to one of the true masters of not only guitar, but music as a whole. "Today marks the 7th year, which still doesn't seem like a reality to me", states Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Dime and the person who knew him best. "Sometimes I think, "Boy this sure is a long ass tour", but then I focus back in and realize what I'm working on at this moment and I just have to smile and be thankful for all the amazing people that surround me - thanks to him. I hope everyone enjoys this event as much as we like bringing it to them. It's nothing more, nothing less, than "About a damn good time!" - one of my favorite Dime pastimes and phrases. There are no words to express my thanks to all the artists who make this event special and give "us fans" a night to remember two truly amazing people and the music they created! I am forever at your beckon call, so c'mon out and experience the evening with us. It's going to be quite magical!!!"

The Key Club Hollywood plays host to all-star jams featuring the vocal talents of heavy hitters like Jerry Cantrell, Dave Draiman, Duff McKagan, Serj Tankian, Mike Muir and Sebastian Bach; the guitar fury from players like John 5, Scott Ian, Phil Demmel, Warren DeMartini, Ben Harper, Chris Howorth and Tom Morello; and the ground-shaking rhythms of Doug Pinnick, James Lomenzo, Ginger Fish, Brian Tichy and Joey Jordison, with many more superstars lending their vocal and playing skills to the metal proceedings - with the whole shebang being emceed by That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and his co-horts, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. In addition, kicking off the event will be Kill Devil Hill, featuring the legendary Vinnie Appice and Rex Brown. Also on deck are Dio Disciples featuring the great Rudy Sarzo and vocalist Tim Ripper Owens with a special appearance by Glenn Hughes.

It will truly be a special evening of hard rock featuring luminaries from some of the biggest bands in the world: Pantera, Anthrax, Disturbed, Slipknot, Rage Against The Machine, System of a Down, Machine Head and many more, all in the name of all things Dimebag - with 100% of proceeds from the event benefitting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund. Additionally, attendees will be able to land some limited edition merchandise and purchase Monster Energy cocktail drink specials with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the cause as well.
Ticket prices are $20 and are on sale NOW at: www.keyclub.com/event/76497 / Doors Open at 7PM, Show Begins at 8PM. For more information go to: www.monsterenergy.com or www.Facebook.com/monsterenergymusic.

The MelodicRockXtra members only area has been updated once again, this week featuring:
- Mr. Big - Live USA 8-17-11 (solid audience recording)
- Yes - Alternate Big Generator (Demos)
- Guns N' Roses - Rumbo Tapes (Classic era Studio Demos)
MRX Membership Details.

20+ Reviews are due to be posted Monday - featuring new reviews for the likes of Beggars & Thieves, Strangeways, Alfonzetti, Fate, Grand Illusion, Chickenfoot, Serpentine, Royal Hunt, MeatLoaf and many more...

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the return of Michael Thompson Band with the release of the brand new album Future Past on February 24 in Europe and February 28 in North America.
In 1988, after working to try and get a deal with his band Slang, guitarist Michael Thompson finally got signed by Geffen Records to release one album entitled How Long, under the Michael Thompson Band (MTB) moniker.
On "How Long" some great studio musicians appeared as guests, in particular drummer-maestro Terry Bozzio, singer Moon Calhoun (ex The Strand), Pat Torpey (later on drummer with Mr Big), bassist Jimmy Haslip, John Elefante (Kansas), Toto's Bobby Kimball and Great White associates Michael Lardie and Wyn Davis (who also produced the album). Songwriters would include, among others, AOR stars such as: Jeff Paris, Mark Spiro, Billy Trudel and Brett Walker.
As of today "How Long" is still regarded as one of the highest examples of hi-tech AOR / West Coast, with a superb production and immaculate songwriting. "I think the album has stood the test of time with a great batch of songs and some really strong performances. It was heartfelt and I think people respond to music that comes from the heart. I'm glad that many fans of melodic rock still list this record amongst their favourites," tells Michael Thompson.
"How Long" was reissued in 2007 with 3 bonus tracks and started a relationship between Michael Thompson and Frontiers Records, which finally brings the anticipated release of the new Michael Thompson Band album in early 2012. "I've tried to keep the new MTB album "Future Past" in the same spirit as "How Long". I'm hoping that people will hear the natural progression of my music and appreciate the new record as much as the first one," continues Michael. "Although 22 years is quite a gap time-wise the music was recorded with the same feeling and spirit as I always had".
For the new album Michael teamed up with the awesome singer Larry King from Soleil Moon. Larry brought a new and more rocking approach to the MTB sound, but certainly the trademark elements of songwriting and melodies are still to be found in the new album "Future Past". In Michael Thompson words: "When I was considering singers for this new record I said to myself "Who is the best rock singer that I know?" and only one person came to mind - Larry King. The guy has such a phenomenal range and texture and it goes perfectly with my guitars. We started writing songs together a little over a year ago and from the first song, "Can't Be Right", I knew we had something special!"
MTB 2012 line-up is rounded up by Khari Parker on drums and Alan Berliant on bass. "Larry brought them into the picture and it was a pleasure for me to work with some knew guys that I wasn't familiar with. It brought a fresh approach to the music," says Michael.
The production of "Future Past" is just flawless and the album is destined to become soon another AOR music classic. "I think that the title kind of says it all - "Future Past"" concludes Michael. "Larry and I are both big fans of Classic Rock and AOR Melodic Rock so we just naturally infuse that love into the music that we write. It's elements of the past with a modern approach".
Future Past track listing includes: High Times; Can't Be Right; Future Past; When You Love Someone; Here I Am; Beautiful Mystery; Break Me Down; End Game; Gypsy Road; Can't Miss 2012; Fight For Your Life.
The first single "Can't Be Right" can be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web Radio now! Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio.
WebLinks: www.michaelthompson.cc / www.frontiers.it.

Michael Thompson is one of today's leading guitar players of the world. He was awarded the "Distinguished Alumni" award from his Alma Mater Berklee College of Music to commemorate his contributions to the music industry. Berklee's program for the event noted that "he is widely regarded as being among the elite studio session players, and his amazing list of credits includes such prominent names as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, 'N Sync, Toni Braxton, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, the Scorpions, Vince Neil, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Bette Midler, Madonna, Babyface, En Vogue, Gloria Estefan, Stanley Clarke and Ricky Martin."


New Orleans-based Hard Rock/Metal legend Lillian Axe has signed with AFM Records. On January 27, the cult band´s new album, XI: The Days Before Tomorrow, will be released.


AOR legend Stan Bush has a new band for gigging, called Acoustic Saints. The band features Stan with Chuck Wright (bass) and Rick Sailon (guitar/violin/mandolin). Acoustic Saints reinterpret Classic Rock tunes with a moody atmospheric vibe infused with Violin, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitars, Fretless Bass and soaring vocals. Check out some of the band's cover tunes now at: www.wix.com/acousticsaints/as#!music.

Jennifer Grassman of The Washington Times recently performed an interview with Matt Smith, the vocalist of the melodic metal band Theocracy from Athens, GA. The interview touches subjects like the new Theocracy album "As The World Bleeds", touring plans, music video and much more. Check out the interview here; communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/business-being-diva/2011/dec/2/metal-music-theocracy-World-Bleeds/
The new Theocracy "As The World Bleeds" album was released in Europe on November 25th through Ulterium Records and in North America on November 21st through Nightmare Records. The album debuted at #40 in the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
"As The World Bleeds" album teaser at YouTube; youtu.be/lRqVm0eLt68 / www.theocracymusic.com.

Survivor are climbing the AC radio play charts with an old Christmas tune titled Christmas Is Here. Last week the band were the #1 Most Added.

Thin Lizzy guitarist Damon Johnson sat down with BraveWords.com's Mitch Lafon backstage at their recent show at the Bell Center in Montreal. Damon talks about his time with Alice Cooper, Brother Cane and Thin Lizzy's upcoming recording plans. Check out the two-part chat: www.bravewords.com/news/173937.

Reverse Grip is a Hard Rock band from Toronto, Canada formed by 3 brothers with a heavy 80s influence. They have just released their debut EP and music video for the single, Nasty Reputation. www.reversegriprock.com / www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO5Romp-s5c.

CIRCA: featuring former YES members Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye with Johnny Bruhns & Scott Connor will be in concert, live, interactive, in real time and brought directly to your home via their new UStream channel¯ on December 31, 2011 (6:00 PM PST / 9:00 PM EST. Performing songs from the newly released Circa: 'And So On' CD (available at www.circahq.com) as well as selected cuts from their previous studio CDs 'Circa: 2007' and 'Circa: HQ', and other tracks from their collective musical pasts. For more information: www.circahq.com.

Finnland's melodic rockers Myon recently made a video for their track, "Call Of the Senses" featuring Kimberly Knox, lifted from their unreleased sixth "Vitalworks" album. Check out the teaser: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hngt2w6549g.

Once again, Boston's hard rock legends, MASS, have printed up a limited amount of their two song Christmas CD with portions of the proceeds going to the "Toys For Tots" organization. Last year over four thousand dollars' worth of toys were purchased and equally distributed to various "Toys for Tots" locations in the New England area. To order yours, please visit www.massrocks.com. Mass would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday!

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of an unique album in early 2012 - Granite by Doogie White & La Paz.
La Paz were formed in Lanarkshire, Scotland in the summer of 1984 by Chic McSherry (guitars), Doogie White (vocals) and Alex Carmichael (bass). They had all been playing in the local music scene for a number of years and had run across each other often enough but the time hadn't been right to work together until then. At the first rehearsal together they hit it off immediately on a personal level - they also liked the same music and they had the same influences and heroes (Purple, Rainbow, Journey, Gary Moore) so they started to recruit other members to try to form a band and go do some gigs. They decided to add keyboards right away as, at that time, the "classic" guitar/keys combination had declined from favour and it immediately made them different from the other all-guitar bands that dominated the circuit at that time. Andy Mason joined the trio and he fitted in from the start, even though he was still at school when he joined and his middle-class parents were not at all happy about him hanging out with a bunch of rockers from the wrong side of the tracks. Drummers were always a problem and, over the life of the band, La Paz went through almost as many as Spinal Tap, although none of them died in bizarre gardening accidents or spontaneously combusted. Unquestionably the loudest and the most accomplished was/is their current drummer, Paul McManus.
La Paz played live regularly, sometimes playing up to a hundred gigs in a year. They played the world-famous Marquee Club in London as well as at some festivals in Milton Keynes and they were featured regularly in Kerrang! (Derek Oliver becoming a big fan of the band) and attracted interest from a number of UK and US record companies, finally agreeing terms with one of them for a three album deal. But it was not to be - for reasons which were never explained by the record label the deal fell through at the very last minute. These things happen in the music business but after five or six years of hard graft it was a real blow and sadly the band didn't survive for very long after that. They did their last gig on 15th October 1988 and then Doogie moved to London to join Midnite Blue, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Cornerstone, Yngwie Malmsteen and now the mighty Tank. That was pretty much that for La Paz, apart from a single reunion gig about a year after the split and a brief appearance at a Glasgow rock club on Chic's 40th birthday.
And then legendary DJ Tom Russell of 96.3 Rock Radio called Doogie and asked him if he would do some acoustic numbers at The Garage in Glasgow for Rock Radio's Birthday Bash in January 2008. Doogie agreed and asked Chic to play guitar. It was a big ask after 20 years: almost 1000 people, Doogie singing alone and Chic with one flamenco guitar! "We had such a blast though and it woke up so many great memories in both of us that we decided to give it a go with the full band for my 50th birthday" said Chic.

And so the full band started to rehearse and it was clear that they could still play a bit. Three dates were booked and Doogie flew in from London the night before the first show to rehearse with everyone for the first time. The band just gelled: just like old times and the gigs were a terrific success. And so the notion of re-recording some of the favourites from the set that had never had a proper production job was floated by Paul: "What if we just gave it a try..."
Chic: "Recording started in early 2011 and culminated in 'Granite', the album that we should have made back in the day. It has six of the live favourites: Too Good To Lose, This Boy, Lesson in love, Amy, What Do You Say, Still In Love as well as three brand new tracks: Just For Today, Young And Restless, Shame The Devil.

Production was by Doogie and Chic with mixing and mastering by the renowned Rolf Munkes gave it a final injection of adrenalin. Granite¯ is an album with its roots in the past but its energy in the present. Metal Mind Productions will release Granite on February 13 in Europe and March 6 in USA (via MVD).
WebLink: www.metalmind.com.pl.

Today, twin guitar harmonies are an integral part of the sound of many Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands. The band that arguably did more to define and develop the twin guitar sound in the late 60s and early 70s is Wishbone Ash, who have been cited as an influence by the likes of Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and Opeth. Martin Turner, founding original member of Wishbone Ash, and now leading Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, will be interviewed on Rich Davenport's Rock Show on Thursday, 8th December. Martin will be talking about both the original era of the band, and also his current activities with Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, with news about his forthcoming autobiography and the band's live plans for 2012. The interview will also feature a track from the "Argus Through The Looking Glass" album, and another track from the Mark II line-up of the band.
The show will be broadcast from 7-8pm UK time on Thursday, 8th December at this link: www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 and from Friday, 9th December, the show will be available at www.mixcloud.com/richdav1

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The quite excellent new Beggars & Thieves album is out this week - here is the awesome lead video Come Undone featuring special guests: Ron Keel, Jake E. Lee, Blas Elias, Sunset Thomas and Paul Shortino.

There is no fewer than five new Rock Candy titles available now! Get them from www.rockcandyrecords.com for the discounted price of £10.99 each, inclusive of free postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 24th December.

Harlequin 'Love Crimes' CANDY109 / It's no secret that the Canadian music scene during the late seventies and early eighties was bursting with talent, perhaps more per capita than their American neighbours. It was a scene driven by the Canadian government's insistence that radio stations should play at least 30% music created by home grown talent. It was a system that worked a treat, allowing acts such as Rush, Loverboy, Triumph and Bryan Adams to secure great success at home and, eventually, abroad. Winnipeg based five piece Harlequin were a fine example of an act that benefitted from what was called CanCon. It didn't hurt either that they were 'accidently' signed to the giant, international, CBS corporation, following the absorption of an independent production company that the band had signed to earlier in their career.
'Love Crimes', originally released in 1980, was produced by Jack 'Aerosmith' Douglas in New York, at the famed Record Plant Studios. It was an album that achieved Platinum status in Canada, making inroads into the US where the band played shows with the likes of Survivor, Triumph and John Waite. Featuring an amazing vocalist (George Belanger), superbly crafted songs and a melodic yet hard hitting sound, 'Love Crimes' remains a classic creation. AOR, for sure, with rough-hewn guitar work, memorable melody and hugely satisfying hooks.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Innocence 2. Love On The Rocks 3. Thinking Of You 4. It's All Over Now 5. Heaven (Dial 999) 6. Sayin' Goodbye To The Boys 7. Wait For The Night 8. Crime Of Passion 9. Can't Hold Back 10. Midnight Magic.

Le Roux 'Up' CANDY125 / Originally released in 1980, LeRoux's 'Up' album is regarded as one of the cornerstones of pomp rock. Embellished with flamboyant keyboards but utilising traditional hard rock as its backbone, their style accommodated complex arrangements, melodic guitar work and impressive vocals from Jeff Pollard. Sandwiched between leading contenders of the day such as Toto, Trillion, Kansas and Starcastle the band attracted a fevered response from not only long term fans but also casual observers. Formed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, LeRoux had previously cut two albums in a rural rock style before switching allegiance to their firebrand version of melodic pomp rock. Produced by feted session musician Jai Winding (Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs), the 'Up' album exploded out of the starting gate to huge approval by those that took notice. Although sales may have been somewhat limited, their influence was persuasive and powerful, especially in Europe where 'Up' was hailed as a masterpiece by a number of connoisseurs of the genre.
Stuffed to the brim with astonishing tracks including 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy', 'Get It Right The First Time', 'Mystery' and the truly impressive 'Roll Away The Stone', the album oozes both class and control, delivering maximum melody at every available opportunity. The sound is big, bold and crystal clear propelling the contents to the stars and beyond.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Let Me Be Your Fantasy 2. Get It Right The First Time 3. Mystery 4. Roll Away The Stone 5. It Could Be The Fever 6. I Know Trouble When I See It 7. Waiting For Your Love 8. Crying Inside 9. I Won't Be Staying.

Gamma '2' CANDY113 / When it comes to guitar heroes Ronnie Montrose must rank amongst the greatest exponents of the art rubbing shoulders with the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Gary Moore and Michael Schenker. Indeed, his first band Montrose is credited as crafting arguably one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time elevating Ronnie to major status amongst fellow proponents of guitar mayhem. Gamma, formed in the late 70s, allowed Ronnie to take the Montrose template and reposition it closer to contemporary sounds without losing sight of his hot-shot reputation for guitar playing. Reuniting with former Montrose drummer Denny Carmassi, then unknown Scottish vocalist Davey Pattison, bassist Glen Letsch and managed by impresario and concert promoter Bill Graham the band dug in hard to create 'Gamma 2', a record that is regarded as the bands best effort.
Originally issued in 1980 and produced by Gary Lyons (Foreigner, UFO, Aerosmith), it is a record erupting with hail and brimstone including a brace of classic hard rock cuts including 'Mean Streak', 'Dirty City', 'Four Horsemen' and a brilliant interpretation of Thunderclap Newman's timeless 'Something In The Air'. Man of the match? If it ain't Ronnie blasting away on his trusted Gibson Les Paul then it must surely be vocalist Davey Pattison, a voice of pure blues soaked brilliance.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Mean Streak 2. Four Horsemen 3. Dirty City 4. Voyager 5. Something In The Air 6. Cat On A Leash 7. Skin And Bone 8. Mayday.


More 'Warhead' CANDY112 / Back in the early 1980s British heavy metal was in full flight with most, if not all, of the acts very much belonging to the developing NWOBHM scene. It was a movement that would uncover a couple of superstar acts, hundreds of hopefuls and a handful of well positioned rising stars that flirted with success but didn't quite make the top grade. More belonged very much to the latter division, a band that was on every level fit for purpose but failed to make lasting or indeed commercial impact. Based in London, More's roots actually lay in the very same avenues and alleyways frequented by Iron Maiden. Indeed, vocalist Paul Mario Day had been - alongside Steve Harris - a member of pre Iron Maiden outfit Gypsy's Kiss. Both went their separate ways, of course, with Day reappearing as front man for More, a ball-busting rough and tumble five piece with a volatile two guitar line-up laying waste to a bunch of catchy hooks.
Signed to Atlantic Records, Warhead was originally issued in 1981 and produced by none other than Henry 'H-Bomb' Wreck, leader of seventies cult US hard rock combo Brownsville Station ('Smokin' In The Boys Room'), the album features a fine selection of tracks primarily designed to bludgeon the listener into boot-licking compliance. Fortunately it's a game they won hands down.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, includes bonus track, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Warhead 2. Fire 3. Soldier 4. Depression 5. Road Rocket 6. Lord Of Twilight 7. Way Of The World 8. We Are The Band 9. I Have No Answers Bonus Track: 10. Atomic Rock.

More 'Blood & Thunder' CANDY110 / More's debut album, 'Warhead', successfully established this London based hard rock band as an act to watch for bigger and better things. Emerging as part of the burgeoning NWOBHM scene and playing every nook and cranny up and down the country, their stock was certainly in the ascendance. Album number two was expected to springboard them into the hard rock stratosphere but - as is often the case - things started to go wildly astray. Before long the band had fallen into a state of almost irreversible disrepair, a predicament complicated by internal rancour and managerial shenanigans. First to jump ship was guitarist Laurie Mansworth (later to form Airrace) followed by bassist Brain Day and - after he had actually recorded vocals for the album - front man Paul Mario Day. Replacement singer Mick Stratton was brought in to re-record vocals parts, a surprisingly effective salvage job which was expertly overseen by seasoned producer Pete Hinton (Saxon) and founding guitarist Kenny Cox.
Under such circumstances you'd normally expect a somewhat disappointing and ultimately patchy affair; a rag bag of disjointed styles cashing in on the bands good name. Remarkably, however, nothing could be further from the truth as 'Blood & Thunder' is one of the most impressive of all the NWOBHM releases. Built on little more than armour plated perseverance and gargantuan riffs, the sound is utterly uncompromising. Just like the sound of a jet engine preparing for take-off, this is a record is impossible to ignore.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, previously unreleased in Europe, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Killer On The Prowl 2. Blood And Thunder 3. I Just Can't Believe It 4. I've Been Waiting 5. Traitors Gate 6. Rock And Roll 7. I Wanna Take You 8. Go Home 9. The Eye 10. Nightmare.


Steve Lukather's son Trevor Lukather and Jack Blades' son Colin Blades have formed a new group called Bermuda Saints. You can hear three new demo tracks from the band now at their music at this Facebook link: www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=app_2915120374#!/Bermudasaints.

Speaking of Steve Lukather - he tweets: "Today marks the official start of my next solo record. I do NOT sit around after a year+ tour. Me and CJ Vanston start NOW! More to come!"

Billboard talked to Queen drummer Roger Taylor this week, getting up to date with the latest coming from the Queen camp:

Queen Talking With Adam Lambert For Additional Concerts / By Phil Gallo, Los Angeles
"While Queen drummer Roger Taylor is at the finish line in creating a band-authorized Queen tribute band, he and his bandmates have begun discussions with Adam Lambert to front Queen in concert. The former "American Idol" star sang with Taylor and guitarist Brian May at the MTV Europe Awards on Nov. 6, performing "The Show Must Go On" and "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions." "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great," Taylor told Billboard.biz in Los Angeles while finalizing the band for a Queen Extravaganza tour. "We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but we're talking about live dates. It could be very exciting."
On the front-burner for Taylor is "The Queen Extravaganza Tour" that will feature three vocalists and a five-piece band. Taylor is producer and music director, although he will not be performing on the tour. CAA will book the trek, which Taylor estimates will begin in May and go for thee months. He said he expects the band will be booked into venues with between 2,000 and 4,000 seats.
"I don't think any band has done this," he told Billboard.com about his active role in creating a tribute band. "Very few are even endorsed - I can think of Australian Pink Floyd - but there are so many of them I thought we need to have the one [we endorse]." Musicians sent in audition videos online - more than 700 were received - and 26 finalists were flown to Los Angeles to perform Dec. 5 with other finalists for Taylor. He is scheduled to announce the lineup on Dec. 6. When the contest was announced, only one spot in the band was guaranteed to an online "Queentestant." Taylor said the whole band could come from the musicians who tried out.
"As it was an experiment," he says. "We didn't know what the process would be or who we would get or while professional musicians we know would we bring in. There are a lot of things to weigh - the personality, can they get along? A couple really showed up having what it takes and a few were great musicians but not right for the job." Once selected, Taylor says they will "rehearse the hell out of them" while Mark Fisher designs the sets and Ron Sinclair puts together a light show.
NewsLink: www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/touring/updated-queen-talking-with-adam-lambert-1005623452.story.

The Outfield's new CD Replay (featuring all 3 original members: Tony Lewis, John Spinks, Alan Jackman) is now available via: CDBaby.com (www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheOutfield) A "Limited Edition" of the CD is also available with the inner sleeve autographed by all three band members at CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/theoutfield2.
Promo Videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFiWpCXIpi4 and www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHvncVJqGsY.

December 6, 2011 - Alice Cooper band drummer Glen Sobel (Sixx: AM, Vivian Campbell, Beautiful Creatures) recently talked to the UK's premier drum magazine Rhythm about his equipment and setup while on a tour stop in Birmingham, England. Glen gives a rundown of his setup configuration, cymbals, drum heads, sticks and why he chose those particular items for the tour. The can be viewd at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKNLFwLGIp4.
The Alice Cooper 2011 "No More Mr Nice Guy" tour is in the home stretch of a trek that covers over 20 countries on 5 continents. Dates have already begun to surface for Alice and band in 2012. More info can be found at alicecooper.com/tour-terror. Glen Sobel online: www.facebook.com/drummerglen.

December 6, 2011 - Orange County heavy metal Triple Axe Attack, Leatherwolf, headlined the 1st Annual Rockers Against Cancer Benefit Show at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, CA today which also Roy Z's Serpents & Rainbows (including former Yngwie Malmsteen and Royal Hunt vocalist, Mark Boals), Stonebreed and Octane Mob.
This marked Leatherwolf's first L.A. live appearance with new guitarist Rob Math who recently took over for Greg Erba. He joins original members Michael Olivieri (vocals, guitar), Carey Howe (guitar), and Dean Roberts (drums) along with bassist Patrick Guyton.
Leatherwolf are currently mixing their 'Live at the Galaxy' DVD which was filmed during the band's 2009 performance at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA. A sneak preview of the song 'Thunder' can be viewed on the band's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg3K_dO-Fdw / www.facebook.com/pages/Leatherwolf/139268482759209.

1980s powerhouses BulletBoys are reuniting for an explosive night of head banging, ear-splitting hard rock, treating fans to a one-night-only performance in celebration of their epic career. Featuring all four original members of the inaugural 1987 line-up, this landmark event will take place on December 30 at 6:30pm at the iconic Key Club in West Hollywood, California. Marq Torien, Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent, and Jimmy D'anda are joining forces for the first time in over 10 years to thrill both past and present fans on the Sunset Strip in Southern California over the New Year's Eve weekend. All of their smash hits will be in display; including popular singles such as "Smooth up in Ya," "For the Love of Money," "Hang on St. Christopher" and more. This exciting evening is also being filmed for a live DVD, documenting BulletBoys and everyone in attendance in all of their glam-metal glory.
BulletBoys have released seven studio albums over their 24 year career, becoming a breaking sensation on radio and MTV with their self-titled debut in 1988 and follow up record Freakshow in 1991. Both records enjoyed significant success on the Billboard charts, along with singles like "Smooth up in Ya" and "For the Love of Money." Drawing from legendary influences such as Van Halen and AC/DC, they were a significant force during the metal movement which dominated the airwaves during the late 80s and early 90s. The group has continued to release more material in recent years, such as 10c Billionaire in 2009, and a live record, Behind the Orange Curtain in 2007, thanks to the leadership and drive of their vibrant and forceful frontman, Marq Torien.
The Los Angeles natives chose one of the hottest clubs in the area for their reunion extravaganza, returning to the original hotbed for 80s metal with a marquee line-up. Tickets are available from the Key Club website or at the box office for just $18 in advance, or $20 day-of-show, guaranteeing each person an unforgettable night which will be captured forever in brilliant high definition on BulletBoys' upcoming live DVD. Attendees must be at least 16 years of age to attend, and the Key Club is located at 9039 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. Don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the BulletBoys prove that pigs really can fly.
WebLinks: www.bulletboysofficial.com / www.facebook.com/pages/BULLETBOYS/121246147910242.

Following the release of their acclaimed second album Chickenfoot III, the hottest rock'n'roll band in the world, Chickenfoot featuring Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitar) Michael Anthony (bass) and Kenny Aronoff (drums), will perform two rare concerts in the UK in January 2012 - Manchester Academy (Jan 12) and London o2 Brixton Academy (Jan 14). The Manchester Academy concert on January 12th is now sold out. Tickets are still available for Chickenfoot's London o2 Brixton Academy concert on Saturday January 14, and can be ordered from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/chickenfoot-tickets.
Original Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith has temporarily handed his sticks over to the legendary Kenny Aronoff, who will join the band for the upcoming UK and European concerts in January. Chickenfoot will perform songs from their gold-selling, eponymous debut album, alongside tracks from 'III', for the very first time in Europe. The European tour also includes concerts at Paris Olympia (Jan 16), Tilburg O13 (Jan 17) and Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Hall (Jan 19).
Read the official Chickenfoot UK and European tour press release - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/chickenfoot/tour.htm.

United Rockers 4U -- an all-star line-up comprised of such artists as Eddie Money, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Don Dokken (Dokken), Terry Ilous (Great White/XYZ), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group/Survivor), Phil Lewis (LA Guns), Richie Kotzen (Poison/Mr. Big), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Foreigner/Billy Idol), Jeff Paris (hit songwriter for Mr. Big, Vixen, Lita Ford), Robert Sarzo (Hurricane) and session player Michael Thompson (MTB) -- have come together to perform a heartfelt song called "One Family" that will benefit the American Red Cross.
The single, which was written and produced by rock singer/songwriters Terry Ilous and Jeff Paris and mixed by Beau Hill (Producer for Ratt/Warrant/Others), will be released on Monday, December 12, through the Fyco Records label and made available via iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/artist/united-rockers-4u/id485785135?uo=4), Amazon and several other major online music stores.
"As the father of an adopted Asian child, I was greatly moved by the Japan tsunami footage of a little girl searching through the rubble for her parents," states Terry Ilous. "I felt this could've been my daughter and disaster can happen anywhere, even here in America. So my writing partner Jeff Paris and I wrote 'One Family' as a way of helping the Red Cross."
"We are excited to partner with such an impressive coalition of 80s rockers who are helping raise awareness of and funds for the Red Cross," said Paul Schulz, CEO, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. "We encourage everyone to attend the United Rockers 4U concert at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood and purchase the 'One Family' single to help support the Red Cross' vital services to the community."
After a lot of hard work, what was once a dream has now became a reality and all involved are hoping to collaborate again in the future. Many of the artists featured on "One Family" have committed to performing at the benefit including Ilous, Paris, McAuley, Sarzo and Tichy. Also performing are members from Great White, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Whitesnake, Survivor, XYZ, Alice Cooper, Foreigner, AC/DC, Dio, Heaven & Hell, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Rainbow, Stryper, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Angel, MSG, House of Lords, Hurricane, Led Zeppagain and more!!

The benefit concert will be taking place on Thursday, December 15, at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. (6801 Hollywood Blvd., #105, Hollywood, California 90028) at 9:00pm PST.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25 (www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4126135) for priority concert viewing and Meet & Greet with band members. 100% of ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross for Disaster Relief. General admission is free and donations will be welcome the night of the event. For those unable to attend the show, it can be viewed for free online (live) at www.ustream.tv/channel/united-rockers-4u.
"We're all thankful, especially during the holidays, to be able to do what we do," Ilous further comments. "This is just a small way for us to give back and help those in need."
Further information on the "One Family" project can be viewed at www.unitedrockers4u.org, while further information on the benefit concert can be found on the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. site www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes3/events.aspx?LocationID=559&MIBenumID=3.

A message from Dave Meniketti... "I speak for the entire band in thanking you all for an inspiring and unforgettable 2011. Y&T has always been blessed with such amazing fans, and never has this been so apparent to me as it has this year. I'll never forget how so many of you have shown your love and support for us in what has been a difficult year for the band, after having lost my best friend and Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore to lung cancer early in the year. His wish, and mine, was for the band to continue to bring the music to the people. And with this commitment, you all have been so amazing in accepting Brad Lang into the Y&T family and continuing to support the band as we move forward.
Now we all look toward 2012, which also happens to be the 30-year anniversary of the Black Tiger release. Expect many more great shows ahead, along with the possibility of some new things coming out of the Y&T camp this next year. It's looking like another great year ahead and we hope you will be there with us for the ride.
Until then, on behalf of everyone in the Y&T organization, we wish you all a happy, joyful holiday season and a great New Year's. We look forward to rockin' with you all in 2012! Cheers - Dave."

Rocknation celebrates 5 years with Issue 16 featuring exclusive interviews with Wrathchild, Hellspray, Dirty Passion, Roxx Gang & Petro. Rocknation TV and newspaper CEO Tom Mathers is very proud of the success of the TV show appearing nationwide on Time Warner and Comcast. Also the newspaper releasing 16 Issues with over 750,000 newspapers distributed in over 750 CD Stores nationwide. Preview issue here: www.rocknation.us/issue16.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Frontiers Records present two new YouTube videos for fans to check out. The first is the brand new Primal Fear single Bad Guys Wear Black - from the album Unbreakable out EU: January 20 / USA: January 24. Digital single out now!
The second clip features this month's new Frontiers releases. For more info: www.frontiers.it.


Eric Martin checks in: "It's been an incredible year with Mr. Big. We've been to Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, USA, South America, back to Europe and finishing 2011 in Indonesia right now. I'll be enjoying a few weeks off with my family for the holidays and then it's back to work. I have a few upcoming shows on land and at sea before I get to work on some more recording. Hope to see you at one of these shows.

January 27, 2012 - Eric Martin Band at George's Night club, San Rafael, CA. The last George's show sold out and people were desperately trying to get tickets last minute. Don't wait, this show is already 60% sold. Elephant Listening Project is also on the bill.
February 4, 2012 - Eric Martin Band @The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA. Eric returns to Sacramento for his first performance since 2008.
February 25-28, 2012 - Join the Eric Martin band on 2012's Monster's or Rock Cruise to the Bahamas. It's going to be a bay area reunion with Tesla, Y&T, Night Ranger and many more bands on the ship.

Three decades after beginning its iconic journey of debauchery and decadence, Mötley Crüe has announced plans to invade Las Vegas with the city's first-ever hard rock residency: Mötley Crüe In Sin City. The world's most notorious band will he heading to the world's most notorious city where they will perform an extended run--starting February 3 through 19--at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 3 at www.motley.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com, www.ticketmaster.com and the venue box office. VIP seating and packages will also be available. The shows are produced by AEG Live.
2012's Mötley Crüe In Sin City show is sure to leave the loud impression that what happens in Vegas will be heard around the world. Vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee have big plans for Mötley Crüe In Sin City to create a never-been-done before and incredibly interactive Vegas experience. Exact details about the show­expected to supersede the band's high standard of production­are being kept under wraps for now to keep an element of surprise for fans. The engagement falls during a holiday-packed time in the calendar year: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine's Day and President's Day. Last night the band officially announced the news on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
"It is a dream come true for me especially living in and loving Las Vegas," says singer Vince Neil. "I am thrilled that a guy like Piers Morgan would help kick it off!" Adds drummer Tommy Lee, "I don't know about you, but when I think of Mötley Crüe I think of filthy sex, drugs, a REALLY big show and way too much fun... sounds like Las Vegas doesn't it? A match made in heaven!!!"
"We are very excited to announce our upcoming partnership with legendary rockers Mötley Crüe," said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "The one-of-a-kind production will be the most unique, interactive, fan-driven concert experience the band has ever created. Mötley Crüe is a perfect fit for the Hard Rock and we can't wait for this unforgettable residency to begin!"
Adds Bobby Reynolds, Vice President of Booking for AEG Live Las Vegas, "We're thrilled that Mötley Crüe is creating their most notorious show ever and bringing it to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in notorious Las Vegas. This concert experience is going to represent what the fans love most about Mötley Crüe, the Hard Rock and Las Vegas: good times, rock n' roll and a stage show like no one has ever seen before!"
Tickets, starting at $45 (plus applicable service fees) will be available Saturday at 10am at the Hard Rock Box Office, www.motley.com, www.thejointlasvegas.com, or www.ticketmaster.com. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is also offering ticket and room bundles via www.hardrockhotel.com.
For more information, please visit: www.motley.com.

After teasing fans last week, Sixx:A.M. has officially announced the December 15th release of their acoustic EP, '7' available on iTunes. Go over to AOL Music/Noisecreep to check out their exclusive full album stream and interview with James Michael. Album Stream: aol.it/vdr6QV / Noisecreep Interview: aol.it/rsX1B2.
Official Site: sixxammusic.com / Facebook: facebook.com/sixxammusic.

FnA Records has uncovered another hidden gem and piece of music history. After turning down numerous recording contracts back in 1991, Royal Blood and their lost recordings finally get their due release. Royal Blood consists of world renowned guitarist and two time Grammy nominee Alex Masi, Billboard chart-topping songwriter and bassist Rocky Newton (MSG, Lionheart) and vocalist/frontman extraordinaire Eric Golbach (Craig Chaquico, WWE, The Aqüa Nėts). The album, Thanks Seattle...For Killing My Band and My Dreams, contains 16 majestic tracks of pure pleasure and pain. Thanks Seattle...was what every great hard rock hair band was doing in the late 80's and early 90's, only a million times better and more technically proficient. This album would've been a staple at MTV and these cross-continental players would've been house hold names.

This was 1991, and the hard rock hair band genre was in full effect. Royal Blood felt that they had time to listen to all the offers and entertain all comers to the table. At the time, and unbeknownst to the band that a Seattle thing was on the horizon, they all forged forward with this truly high-energy and extremely talented band. Lead singer, Eric Golbach was receiving offers to sing for the likes of Peter Criss (Kiss), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson). Rocky Newton had just recently played a part in the success of Def Leppard's Pyromania and Hysteria albums. And Alex Masi...well he was doing what Alex Masi does best, playing guitar like nobody's business and garnering nominations for Grammys.
The title (Thanks Seattle...For Killing My Band and My Dreams!) playfully mocks the story of how Seattle came out of left-field and almost overnight made the beloved hard rock/heavy metal scene defunct; at least as it played out on MTV and radio. Headbangers Ball was history and so were many of the bands who pioneered the genre. However, this does not deny that Royal Blood had been working hard and recorded what would've surely been the next gem on the billboard charts.
So what does Thanks Seattle...For Killing My Band and My Dreams!, offer the fans of quality hard rock and heavy metal music. Well, for starters, some of these tunes were songs that Rocky Newton had been working on for future MSG projects. So there is no denying that there is a strong MSG influence, and even a Def Leppard influence. This album will also be a huge surprise for those fans of guitar virtuoso Alex Masi as he shreds through solo after blazing solo in this 16 track masterpiece. With only one ballad on the entire album, Thanks Seattle... is a tirade of melodic anthem after melodic anthem. Every song sounds like it belongs in a big arena show. For those fans that like big, over-the-top melodies, smoking guitar solos, and soaring vocals, this will be the album that keeps the flame flickering.
Sound samples are available at www.fnarecords.net.


Legendary Cult Heavy Metal Band Releases The Hex Is On...And Then Some on FnA Records
The 80's began not with a bang but with a whimper of the death of disco. The music that followed did not define our generation but instead split it in half literally overnight. On One side was the punks and on the other side, a heavier version of the latest British Invasion, with bands like Motorhead, Saxon, Krokus and countless others. Up until the summer of 1982 there was no heavy metal scene in Orange County at all until bands like Witch, Slayer, Ruthless, and Metallica took the reins and created one themselves. Witch, along with Great White and W.A.S.P. quickly became the top three bands on the L.A. Circuit. In fact, the very first show that Witch would play would be to a sold-out crowd.
The legend of Witch grew quickly. From setting the ceiling of the Stardust Ballroom on fire, to getting into fist fights on stage, to 3 day-benders at Larry Flynt's Hustler Mansion with Tommy Lee, the raucous notoriety of Witch spread like wildfire. But it didn't end there. There are the stories of porn stars and famous D.J.s, flattening the tires of Rival bands touring vans (Megadeth), tattooing their genitalia, setting themselves on fire and beating themselves bloody, multiple rival girlfriends, being arrested, wearing outlandish costumes (fishnets and g-strings), being hit in the face by Nikki Sixx, pyro mishaps, movie roles playing a mutant metal band post a radioactive holocaust, out of hand house parties, and these are only the stories that we can tell. And then there was being publicly ridiculed by Metallica, Exciter, Megadeth and Venom!

The legend continued as Witch would share the stages with such notable artists like Slayer, W.A.S.P, Megadeth, Great White, Lizzy Borden, MSG, Poison, Guns N' Roses, Exciter, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stryper, Grim Reaper, Loudness, Steeler, Malice, Odin, Keel, Warlock, and many other bands of the era. Witch Drummer Punky Peru states "We wanted something heavy yet theatrical...We were trying to take part of our influences from Alice Cooper and The Sweet and mix it together with Motorhead and Dio. The outcome was Witch." Witch was the denim, leather, spikes and chains crowd despite the make-up, aquanet, and fishnets. FnA Records now gives Witch's 1984 cult album, The Hex Is On, a proper release with the addition of numerous additional tracks. The tracks on The Hex Is On...And Then Some have been given a full overhaul and sound better than they ever have. Peter Wabitt proclaims, "This album finally sounds the way I always imagined it would sound. If it would've sounded this way when it first came out, we would've sold a lot more copies."

With updated artwork, the album features a Peter Wabbitt interpretation of Shakespeares MacBeth, followed by the remastered versions of The Hex Is On, the mega-rare Nobody Sleeps 12" two track single, and the Rock Climbers compilation only track 1:45. Added to the stellar tracklist is the 1988 demo for a Witch track entitled Take Me Away. The last 9 tracks of the Hex Is On...And Then Some represent the 1997 regathering of Peter Wabbitt and Punky Peru. Recording together for the first time in nearly a decade, we get to see the pure magic that results when these two unite. A more current version of the Witch song Take Me Away appears along with eight other tunes featuring such great guest musicians as: Slash (Guns n' Roses), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Rowan Robertson (Dio), and Keith Emerson (ELP). Classic Rock Magazine names Witch number 33 of the top 100 classic cult heroes. This is not by mistake. Witch was more Motley than Motley Crue, more fire and brimstone than W.A.S.P., and more debauchery and excess than any of their other 80's counterparts. Hear what you have been missing all along!!!
Sound samples are available at www.fnarecords.net.


This news from Rik Emmett's latest newsletter: "As I write this, the digital downloads have already been released on iTunes and will be available on our own site for our new reCOVERy room 9 CD release (Rik Emmett and Dave Dunlop aka The Troubs)." The CD features: 1. I Hear You Knockin' (Dave Bartholomew & Pearl King) 2. Message In a Bottle (Sting) 3. The Boys of Summer (Don Henley & Mike Campbell) 4. Superstition (Stevie Wonder) 5. Always a Woman (Billy Joel) 6. Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen) 7. I've Just Seen a Face (Lennon & McCartney) 8. Have a Little Faith In Me (John Hiatt) 9. The Galaxy Song (Eric Idle & John Du Prez).
Recorded in the fall of 2011 at Room 9, Toronto, Executive Produced by Rik Emmett & Dave Dunlop, All tracks produced, engineered & mixed at Room 9 by Dave Dunlop. Mastered by Steve Skingley. Guitar [mostly right side] & lead vocals – Rik Emmett; Guitar [mostly left side] & BG vocals Dave Dunlop.
Available on iTunes or via rikemmett.com for download for only $7.99.

Check out a sample of the long awaited new Tom Cochrane/Andrew Cole collaborative single: www.voicesat4am.com. The site is offering a package of a limited edition 7" single, 2 track CD Single and T-Shirt, all for just $60! Yep...even I, a life long fanatical TC fan declined that offer. The single will be on iTunes also, so I'll stick to that. The line-up looks incredible though - Cochrane & Cole, with guitarist Alex Lifeson (Rush), session drummer Kenny Aronoff and Red Rider's Ken Greer plus more. Only 2 tracks at this point though, which is disappointing. Hoping for more, but the website lists no additional information about the project or their plans.

House Of Lords have announced rescheduled tour dates for February 2012. They are as follows. Follow House Of Lords at jameschristianmusic.com. BJ added this for USA fans: "We hope to see you at a show soon! Also U.S.A. Friends, House Of Lords will be in the Great State Of C.T. at The Mohegan Sun Casino in the Wolf Den Dec 19th for a free X-mas show, We hope to see you there."

Feb 1st Munich Germany Garage Deluxe
Feb 2nd Innsbruck Austria Harly Bar
Feb 3rd Weert Netherlands De Bosuil
Feb 4th Essen Germany Turock
Feb 5th Obermarchtal Germany Kreuz
Feb 6th Wuppertal Germany Mad Dog
Feb 7th Veviers Belgium Spirit Of 66
Feb 8th Trieste Italy Etnoblog
Feb 10th Lodi Italy Infinity Live Club
Feb 11th Trofarello Italy ll Peocio
Feb 12th Prateln Switzerland Z7 Rockfabrik
Feb 14th Budapest Hungary Club 202
Feb 16th Jonkoping Sweden Zaragon Rock Club
Feb 17th Vaxjo Sweden Dirty Harry
Feb 18th Trolhatten Sweden Backstage
Feb 19th Stockholm Sweden Harry B James
Feb 23rd Madrid Spain Sala Carocol
Feb 24th Valladolid Spain Porta Caeli
Feb 25th Sevilla Spain Sala Custom
Feb 27th Lisbon Portugal Clap Box / Music Box

Jimi Bell and BJ Zampa from House of Lords will be in-studio guests on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 5th, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, also streaming at WHUS.org.
Caffeine Bomb is hosted by Roger Lotring, an author and freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the pages of Metal Hammer, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Revolver, Shock Wave, Zero and Burn magazines, and at ESPN.com and CMJ.com. Roger is the co-author of "Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics". He is also the author of various CD liner notes, including the Motley Crue box set, "Music to Crash Your Car To, Volume 2." 91.7 WHUS is a commercial-free college and community-based radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CaffeineBomb.radio or WHUS.org.

Oriz is a new band from Huskvarna (Sweden) who plays melodic hard rock with clear influences of music from the 70-80 century, such as Rainbow, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, but also has influences from more contemporary acts like Nocturnal Rites, Shakra, In Flames, Edguy, Sabaton, Jorn, Gotthard etc. The members of Oriz each have a history in the music scene and has played/plays with a variety of bands. Some of the band has toured abroad and also played as support for major acts such as Paul Dianno (Ex, Iron Maiden), White Lion and others. Almost everyone in the band have training in the music industry and know how it works! Bandleader Alexander Oriz is also a trained music producer, producing music for a variety of other artists and bands.
Oriz released their first album Oriz in 2010 through the small record label Blue Topaz Recordings but because of their poor distribution contacts Oriz chose to part ways with Blue Topaz. The band then signed a contract with Doolittle Group for their new release II.
"Doolittle group" run by former Narnia member Christian Liljegren has delivered lots of great bands like Divine Fire, Golden Resurrection, Reinxeed, Audio Vision, Grimmark, Swedish Hitz goes metal, etc..
Oriz is now highly topical with their second release called "II", released worldwide in November 2011 by Doolittle Group and contains a stronger material than ever and is a heavy metal fest never too forget! The album was produced / mixed by music producer "Alexander Oriz" and mastered the "Micke Lind" known for his work with Dio, Talisman and Lion's Share!
With a strong material and an awesome stage show "Oriz" is more than ready to rock the world and offer an unforgettable show that people never will forget!
WebLinks: www.myspace.com/orizrocks / www.doolittle.se / www.dotmusic.se / www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gDpq36tqxk&feature=channel_video_title.

The Swiss rockers Sideburn, announce that Fred (rhythm guitar, composer), Boris (lead guitar, composer) & Michel (Bass) have left the band in September, but that Roland (lead vocal, composer) & Lionel (drums) have decided to keep on rockin. The new line-up will be announced later this month. More details about their departure will be posted on www.sideburn.ch.
"It's always sad to have some partners & friends leaving and we know that it has been a tough call for them, we wish Fred, Michel & Boris all the best for their future. With all the great music released those past years, the fantastic reactions received from our fans and the press worldwide, we really think that we still have much more to give. So stay tuned for some more rock'n'roll in 2012 !" ~ Roland Pierrehumbert & Lionel Blanc - Sideburn.

The Michael Olivieri Band, also known as The M.O.B. have released their debut single entitled Broken Glass on iTunes as well as a video for the single. The video was directed by Karl Leslie Willis. The Michael Olivieri Band will release their debut album M.O.B. on December 21st via iTunes and pre-orders for their debut album will be taken in the coming days. The album was Produced by Michael Olivieri and Mixed by Kevin Beamish (produced acts such as Foreigner, Saxon, Keel, Leatherwolf, and the supergroup Contraband).
The Michael Olivieri Band is: Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf), K.K. Martin (A La Carte, Shark Island), Buzzy James (Laidlaw), Tom Croucier (Vanilla Fudge & the brother of ex-Ratt bassist Juan Croucier), Paul Wilson, Dan Lucett, Eric Von Herzen. Video from The Michael Olivieri Band: youtu.be/etepk8TeDMg.
Band website: www.facebook.com/MichaelOlivieriBand.

Greece's Rockpages has just put online an interview with Grand Design's Pelle Saether. Here's an excerpt:
Rockpages.gr: Once again, you are paying tribute to the classic Def Leppard sound. In the first interview that we did a couple of years ago, you had stated that Mutt Lange is a big influence. Would you say that this huge production is the big difference of Grand Design in comparison with the other melodic rock bands?
Grand Design: Mutt who? (laughs) I think Grand Design wouldn't be Grand Design without a larger than life sound (if that is what u mean by Def Leppard sound – so be it). We also rely on great songs with big catchy choruses.
Rockpages.gr: I wrote in my review of "Idolizer" that there is a thin line of being characterized a "copycat" or an artist that simply pays tribute to someone and adds his own elements. Personally, I believe that you fit in the latter category...but, are you afraid or conscious that many fans will accuse of simply ripping of Def Leppard?
Grand Design: We get that question from time to time – it's all up to the listeners to decide if they dig it or not. We are doing this by heart & soul and Def Leppard (among other bands) will always be an influence for us.
Read The Full Interview On: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=6581&type=1&lang=EN.

(5 December, 2011 - Phoenix, AZ) Phoenix based glamsters the Crash Street Kids currently have their new album, Sweet Creatures streaming on the AOL Listening Party program. Available for listening throughout the entire week of Dec 5 (5th - 11th) fans can listen to the album in its entirety or select tracks "on demand" to listen to as they wish at aol.com. "This is a great opportunity for an upcoming band like ours to get noticed a bit," says drummer, A.D. Adams. "In the era of people downloading music illegally, you might as give them a platform to check your music out for free legally, for a whole week, right?!"
Sweet Creatures is out though Vanity Music Group in the UK on 16 January and in the US on 17 January 2012. Recently the band had a chance to hang out with their friends in CrashDiet when they met up in Tempe, AZ at CrashDiet's in store performance at Naked Dave's, as well as before and after their show at Club Red.

Jack McKissock has produced a new show called Real Rock Stories. In his words: "We are in the process of doing a series of interviews called Real Rock Stories on the Road to generate interest in the show for the networks to see that there is an audience. We are currently in talks with multiple networks. The first of these are with Queensryche. The HD videos are in two parts. One is with Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield. The second is with Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren."
Check the interview out at: Part 1 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-26pYYg8ZE / Part 2 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9W0xllpxsI.

The U.K. based hard-rock band, Starseed will debut their new single, Shine in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 through iTunes. Their soaring vocals and powerful melody will leave all hard rock and metal fans begging for more. The US release of Starseed's album, Peace Machine, will be released early 2012.Starseed will also be in the U.S. for promotion early January. Touring with bands such as Godsized and Senser, Starseed has also played major festivals alongside Rage Against The Machine, Rob Zombie, and Linkin Park. Most recently, they performed at the 2011 Download Festival. With these achievements, Starseed are also proud endorsees of PRS Guitars, Blackstar Amps, Tama Drums, Roland, Sabian Cymbals, Rotosound Strings, Protection Racket and TC Electronic.
Starseed, who includes Russell Spence (Vocals, Guitars), Gerald Gill (Guitar, Vocals), Peter Wicker (Guitar), Murray McChlery (Bass, Vocals) and Andrew Spence (Drums, Vocals), produce some of the most satisfying melodic hard rock. Epic energy, powerful, and riff driven rock with electrifying stage shows, their music grasps many elements of the post grunge scene drawing influences from early Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains to the power and torment of Soil. More recent comparisons include the tenacity and energy of Stone Sour and intense melody of Alter Bridge.
For more information and to keep up to date on Starseed, visit: www.myspace.com/starseedrock / www.facebook.com/starseedrock / www.planetstarseed.com.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Ok, now it's just getting silly. Rolling Stone magazine journalist Andy Greene is reporting that the "iconic band" that was set to appear at the Grammy Nominations concert was infact the Beach Boys!
Here's what has been written today:
"What happened? "There was the expectation that the artist involved and we would be ready to announce," Grammy President Neil Portnow told the Telegraph. "We were genuine about the intention and discussion, but the time frame has moved."
Many people thought that Van Halen was supposed to be the band, largely due to the fact that the Grammys sent out this not-so-subtle Tweet on November 3rd: "Who do u predict the reuniting band will be @ GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' & 'Dance The Night Away?'" This seemed to confirm beyond any doubt that Van Halen was the band, but what many people missed is that the Tweet also linked to a Hitfix story that guessed it was Van Halen. The fine folks at the Grammys merely sent out that Tweet to get people talking, and the Van Halen song titles were a reference to the HitFix prediction. They wanted to open up a whole Twitter-wide guessing game.
Unfortunately, all it did was make everyone think that Van Halen were locked in. According to industry sources I've spoken to, Van Halen were never - at any point - lined up to appear at the Grammys special.
It's hard to be 100 percent certain, but I'm extremely confident that it was supposed to be the Beach Boys. Their 50th anniversary reunion tour this summer is one of the worst-kept secrets in the music business right now. The Los Angeles Times agrees with my assessment. "Sources close to the show said that talks with the band – reportedly the Beach Boys – fell apart in the 48 hours leading up to the nomination show," the paper reported this morning. "There's hope, however, that the Beach Boys will still be available for the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards."
Read more: www.rollingstone.com/music/news/iconic-group-reunion-at-grammys-nominations-concert-doesnt-happen-20111201#ixzz1fKgd5QW6.

Give me a break!
The Beach Boys? Are you serious?!! I might be willing to accept this but for two glaring points that simply don't stack up.
1 - This rumor was widely reported in national and international press for weeks now. No one in the Van Halen camp thought it worthy of shooting down? Why not? They have shot down just about everything else in the past decade. Allowing this rumor to whip fans into a frenzy for so long without saying a word - if they were not ever involved - is simply a monstrous disrespect and dereliction of duty of care to long suffering fans.
2 - What of this Grammy sent tweet - "@ #GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' & 'Dance the Night Away'?"
Now, forgive my possible ignorance here, but I'm not aware of ANY other act that has ever had two hit songs called Jump and Dance The Night Away! Now, if the tweet had read something like "Does this make you want to 'Dance, Dance, Dance'...'It's About Time'?", then one could be forgiven for mixing the two bands up. (Dance Dance Dance being a Beach Boys 1964 hit and It's About Time being a 1970 album cut, and a 2004 Van Halen w/Sammy cut!).

Like I said yesterday, this will al be brushed aside as if it was never planned. Van Halen are unlikely to appear at the Grammy's Feb 12, as why would that organization go through all this again? Ok, time to just accept this and move on...

Nothing would be easier for British rock legend UFO than to rest on their laurels. The band could easily release the occasional best-of album to earn a few additional royalties and otherwise content themselves with looking back at their exceptionally glorious past. And it certainly wouldn't be a problem for UFO to sell out tours on the strength of their legendary name with a great hoopla and low artistic values. But idleness or indeed a musical standstill have always been out of the question for Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Andy Parker, and Vinnie Moore. These in equal measures experienced and ambitious musicians are interested in the present, their love of creativity and the active continuation of their celebrated band history. And now we can look forward to Seven Deadly, the band's latest studio album which combines present and future with UFO's greatest fortes. Mogg, Raymond, Parker and Moore are set to release 10 brand-new songs on Steamhammer/SPV in Germany on 24 February 2012 (Europe: 27 February, USA/Canada: 28 February), featuring – without going into great detail at this point – some of the strongest compositions this band has ever recorded.
The album will be released as a limited edition digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks), a Double Gatefold LP with printed innersleeves and coloured vinyl, standard edition and download.

What is this bold thesis based on – in view of the countless classics the band has produced throughout its history? Not only on the fact that UFO have that perfect mix of talent, charisma and experience, but also on each individual band member, who currently all seem to be bursting with a zest for action and a wealth of ideas. Seven Deadly is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO. So it's no wonder that sound engineer Tommy Newton, in whose Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany, the new tracks were recorded, commented: "I've never heard a better Phil Mogg!"
The UFO frontman's thoroughly impressive vocal performance goes hand in hand with the awesome compositions on Seven Deadly. The classic rock of 'Burn Your House Down' features all the important UFO strengths, 'Going Down To Mojotown' sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and last but not least 'Wonderland' features a pointed reference to UFO's early days. 'Angel Station' sees the band prove how classic rock music is complemented perfectly with epic elements, while 'Fight Night' is an excellent track to be performed in a live context. There's no need to draw attention to the technical skills of original UFO members Paul Raymond and Andy Parker, their music sounding inspired and faultless at the same time. Having said that, Vinnie Moore's exceptional guitar style deserves to be explicitly mentioned. The American musician not only lends the songs expression and power with his haunting licks and dynamic riffs, but also contributes solos on Seven Deadly which can only be described as absolute world class.
As already mentioned, UFO continue to be a live force to be reckoned with. Their UK tour has been scheduled for March/April 2012 before the band go on to tour the rest of Europe. A little note in passing: at the time of Seven Deadly's release, UFO will be performing at the Monsters Of Rock Cruise – The Voyage: there could hardly be a more fitting setting for this exciting new album!
Photo - from left to right: At the Area 51 Studios, Celle/Germany: Peter Knorn (Manager UFO), Tommy Newton (Sound Engineer), Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer), Phil Mogg (Singer UFO).
WebLinks: www.ufo-music.info / www.spv.de.

New York, NY: Roadrunner Records would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Megadeth and Dream Theater for their nominations in the newly combined "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" Grammy category for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Megadeth, led by singer/guitarist/metal legend Dave Mustaine, have received the 10th nomination of their storied career. The band's first nomination landed in 1990 and they're still garnering nods two decades later. That's a testament to the band's continued and unassailable legacy, permanence and relevance! The band was nominated for "Public Enemy No. 1," from its latest Roadrunner album, Th1rt3en. True to its title, it is the 13th album of the band's career. Megadeth, who have enjoyed five Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications, as well as seven Gold certifications, entered the hard rock and metal scene as standard setters and they've never veered from that path. This 10th Grammy nomination is more proof of this fact. It's also worth noting the auspicious fact that this is Category #13.
Dream Theater have garnered their very first nomination for "On the Backs of Angels" from their latest Roadrunner release, A Dramatic Turn of Events. The band is universally recognized as a prog rock institution - they were voted as such by readers of Rolling Stone in an online poll that was conducted earlier this summer. Essentially, the band is globally revered by fans of forward-thinking hard rock. This nomination is well-deserved, as the band embarked on a new journey with a new drummer, emerging from the studio stronger than ever. The album debuted in the Top 10 of sales charts in 11 territories. Dream Theater have sold in excess of 10 million records and DVDs worldwide in their 26 year career. Congratulations again to both Megadeth and Dream Theater.
Roadrunner Records, a Warner Music Group label, is extremely pleased to represent two out of the five nominees in this competitive category. The utter dominance in this category is further evidence of the fact that the label remains the most formidable force in the hard rock and metal genre, a claim it has staked for the past 31 years.
The 54th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2011. The event will broadcast on CBS.

FM are very pleased to announce Romeo's Daughter and the Deborah Bonham Band as Special Guests for their Indiscreet 25Live dates next March. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their début album, FM will perform Indiscreet in its entirety as part of 3 special shows in March 2012.
Indiscreet 25th Anniversary live dates are -
March 08 2012 Glasgow Cathouse www.triplegmusic.com
March 09 2012 Manchester Academy 3 www.ticketline.co.uk
March 10 2012 London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire www.ticketweb.co.uk
Romeo's Daughter will be appearing at all 3 shows, with the Deborah Bonham Band opening at the London show only.
WebLinks: www.fmofficial.com / www.facebook.com/FMofficial.

The folks from Nielsen's Entertainment division recently caught up with the Foo Fighters backstage at their sold-out Madison Square Garden concert last month to honor them with two awards – the first recognizes the band's more than four million (U.S.) radio plays, captured by Nielsen BDS: And the second is in recognition of the band's more than 10 Million (U.S.) album sales, tracked by Nielsen SoundScan.
Pictured here (left-to-right): Pat Smear (Guitarist); Nielsen's Chris Muratore; Tom Corson (COO/President RCA Records); Jeff Gillis (Sr. Director – Pop/Rock Promotion, RCA Records); Dave Grohl (Lead Vocals/Guitarist); Nate Mendel (Bass); Chris Shiflett (Guitarist); Bill Burrs (SVP – Rock Promotion, RCA Records); Taylor Hawkins (Drums); Joe Riccitelli (EVP – CHR Promotion, RCA Records); Peter Edge (CEO, RCA Records); Karen Hope (SVP – Business Affairs, RCA Records); Nielsen's Eric Weinberg; Julie Swidler, (EVP - Business Affairs & General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment); Dan Zucker (EVP – Business & Legal Affairs, RCA Records).

A few showcases added today - please check them out. Greg X - Dreams (Indie, out now); Fate - Ghosts From The Past (AOR Heaven, out now) and Lee Small - Jamaica Inn (Escape Music, January 20 release).

More new Showcases due next week as well as some new Reviews as we head into the end of the year. Still a heap of reviews due!

MRX has been updated once again, this time featuring:
- Michael Schenker Group - Assault Attack Studio Demos
- Feature Album: A.S.A.P. - Silver And Gold
- Featufre Album: Cold Sweat - Break Out (1990)
MRX Membership Details.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Wow...I know...shocking! There was no mention of anything Van Halen at tonight's Grammy Nomination Concert - no hint, no surprise and no video....no nothing! Once again, Van Halen fans were left sucking lemons and wondering why they even bothered tuning in.
But wait...Van Halen never said they would appear right? Well, sure...but Van Halen never say anything. Period.
It was in fact the Grammy's that started this bullshit rolling.

From The Grammy Press Release:
"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!" will feature a special, live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place on the GRAMMY stage on Feb. 12, 2012."

That was followed up by this now infamous tweet:
"Who do u predict the reuniting band will be @ #GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' & 'Dance the Night Away'?"

Ok, so you just don't make this shit up for the sake of it. Something has gone wrong along the way. So why not correct everyone's assumptions?

UPDATE: Hollywood Reporter's Music Editor Shirley Halperin has helped clarify the situation - sending out this tweet from backstage at the post-show press briefing - @shirleyhalperin - "Van Halen "weren't quite ready" to make big announcement they promised, says Grammy president Neil Portnow."
followed by: "@darylecardone he said to reporters in press room."

So the blame has been laid squarely on the shoulders of the band. Just why they pulled out will just have to become Van Halen Conspiracy #312. But someone needs to explain.
Why did NO ONE from their camp hose this down in the week/s leading up to the event?? Why does this band treat fans with such arrogant disregard? Simply unbelievable!

Not to mention why release that publicity shot a week or two back without ANY press release or statement to accompany it?
How hard is it for 4 guys to get together and send out a statement? Anything!!! It looks like we are all back on ice until January....when we may or may not be blessed with another tidbit of info or a stupid picture.

UPDATE 2: Neil Portnow, chairman of The Recording Academy, who run the Grammys, made this statement:
"In the world of creativity, everything is fluid. In the process of discussions that we had been having with an expectation that perhaps we would be at a point tonight where the artist involved and we, moving forward, would be ready to announce [a reunion], they weren't quite at that point. So it's live television, we go on to the next act. It's rock and roll and so on. That being said, we were genuine about the intention and we are genuine about the discussion."

On a somewhat brighter note - it is nice to see Eddie Van Halen ranked at #8 on the new Rolling Stoned Magazine 'Best Guitarists Of All Time' list. I'm not even going to start debating the merits of this list. At least it is less retarded than their last attempt when they listed EVH at #70. And still no mention of Neal Schon? WTF?

In their mighty wisdom, Rolling Stoned have printed up 4 special edition covers - featuring the top 3 place getters and then Eddie at #8. Are RS trying to angle for that first big reunion interview one could ask??! Still, nice to see EVH in vintage pose on the cover of any magazine.

I got this press blub on the Poll earlier today:

"Rolling Stone magazine has once again compiled their "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time"¯ list, and this time around Eddie Van Halen is ranked #8. And for this special issue, they have printed four separate covers, one of which Eddie adorns (Issue 1145/Dec. 8, 2011).
The last time the publication issued this list (2007), Eddie Van Halen was ranked #70. For this year's list, Rolling Stone "assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else." Obviously, the voting panel improved since 2007 (see below).

*THE VOTERS: Trey Anastasio, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Brian Bell (Weezer), Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), James Burton, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Gary Clark Jr., Billy Corgan, Steve Cropper, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182), Rick Derringer, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder, David Fricke (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), Peter Guralnick (Author), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), Brian Hiatt (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Lenny Kravitz, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jon Landau (Manager), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Nils Lofgren (The E Street Band), Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Brian May, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Scotty Moore, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tom Morello, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Brendan O'Brien (Producer), Joe Perry, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Robbie Robertson, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Carlos Santana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Marnie Stern, Stephen Stills, Andy Summers, Mick Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Vieux Farka Tour, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Nancy Wilson (Heart)."

Signing off from the latest chapter of The Days Of Our Van Halens.

You can purchase the new Classic Rock Presents AOR Magazine (Issue 5) now via this link: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/classic-rock-presents-aor-5/. Details of the new issue can be found under Tuesday's news.

House Of Shakira, one of Sweden's longest running and most respected melodic hard rock bands are back with a revitalised line-up which sees Andreas Novak (solo/ex Mind's Eye) joining on lead vocals, a potent new set of songs and a bright future as their new opus HoS will testify on 27th January 2012, released via Lion Music.
The full track listing is now confirmed as: 01. Brick Wall Falling. 02. Changes In Mind. 03. Carry My Load. 04. Zodiac Maniac. 05. Fractions Of Love. 06. Midnight Hunger. 07. Endless Night. 08. All Aboard! 09. What Goes Around… 10. I'll Be Gone. 11. Voice In The Void. 12. Lost In Transition. 13. Out Of My Head.


In addition a video teaser of a selection of new tracks can be viewed below:

After blowing the roof off at Firefest 2011, and delighting audiences in Madrid and Milan, Mitch Malloy has personally signed the last remaining copies of his CDs, along with a bundle of deluxe 10x8 colour glossies. We also have the few remaining t-shirts from Mitch's wonderful European adventure. The only place to buy these t-shirts (L and XL only – please state required size) and signed items is at Rocktopia.net, and all monies go directly to the artist. So if you haven't picked up a copy of the awesome new album, now's your chance. Or a t-shirt, or nice signed pic. Head on over to the Rocktopia mini-shop now. The PERFECT Xmas gift for that melodic rock fan in your life!!

Venturia founder/guitarist and solo artist Chary Sahona has been selected as a finalist and will appear live at "Guitar Idol III" the world's biggest and best guitar competition with its live final showcase on 4th December 2011 at The Garage, London (N5). Full info on the event at www.guitaridol.tv.
Charly Sahona's solo album "Naked Thoughts From A Silent Chaos" (Lion Music) was released in 2010 and he is currently finishing up the production of the third Venturia album (title tbc) set for release in 2012. Book Of Reflections musical mastermind Lars Eric Mattsson has checked in with the follow update.
"Things are going well with the new Book Of Reflections album. We are now in the final stages of recording with only the vocals remaining and I am today proud to announce that the phenomenal singer Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Evidence One, ex Domain) has joined the team".
The new album sees an ever evolving flow in the projects style into progressive neo-classical waters and another vocalist announcement is expected shortly.
Book Of Reflections 3 is set for release later in 2012.

Keeping the rock wheels rolling, next year Versailles Records will release 'Take Your Whiskey Home: A Millennium Tribute to Van Halen- 1977-1984', featuring an exclusive roster of David Lee Roth era-Halen classics (as well as covers from the band's forthcoming untitled reunion album with DLR!) The album will feature performances from current/former members of Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Badlands, Ratt, Dio, Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge, and others to be announced, in addition to a number of up and coming, Millennium-era rock and metal bands from around the world who grew up on the classic Halen catalog.

Most fans of Hard Rock and Metal are aware of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and of the fact that it inspired many of the original US thrash bands. But the UK wasn't alone in having it's own new wave of metal! Hot on the heels of Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard were a plethora of Swedish Hard Rock and Metal bands, and at the centre of the action was guitarist Janne Stark of Overdrive! Overdrive have been back in action for the last few years, but Janne has also been very busy with a range of other projects including the melodic Metal of Locomotive Breath, the Prog-tinged Constancia, and 70s riff resurrection specialists Mountain of Power!
Janne will be interviewed on Rich Davenport's Rock Show tonight (Thursday 1st December, 7-8pm UK time, www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 then available on the Listen Again feature at the same link for 3 weeks), and the show will feature tracks from Overdrive (reviving a lesser known Russ Ballard song) and Locomotive Breath.
The show also brings you all the platters that matter, with old favourites and killer new cuts from Chris Ousey, April Wine, Matti Alfonzetti, ZZ Top and Thin Lizzy!
And from Friday 2nd December, a special extended version of the interview with Janne will be available, featuring tracks from Constancia and Mountain of Power, along with previous interviews from the show (including Pat McManus (Mama's Boys), Sebastian Bach and Uriah Heep) at www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/


Due to an unprecedented deterioration in business conditions I am facing great uncertainty in how MelodicRock.com will continue to operate into the next 12 months.
It seems unbelievably ironic that in a year of the best new music in the 15 years I have been running this site, the business as a whole has further eroded to a point where hard decisions again must be faced. MR will continue - that is for certain. But if business does not improve, it will not be able to be done on a full time basis as has been the case for the last decade.

As is always the case, I continue to look into new options, new projects and new ways to build revenue for the site.

MelodicRock.com needs new advertisers, new sponsors and once again...more support from the awesome loyal reader base.

How can you help?

Each year I throw up the PayPal Donation button and ask that if anyone that really enjoys the site is able to help contribute via a donation. I'm asking that again now. This is just to get through the immediate future. Long term, something still has to change.

I'm in the middle of putting together some long held project ideas to pitch to possible investors. Without going into details here - if investing in the entertainment industry sounds like you - I'd like to hear from you. E-Mail MR: ajm@melodicrock.com

Plus there are the various MelodicRock Compilation CDs that can be purchased - MRCD4, MRCD5, MRCD7 and MRCD8 are all still available and those purchases go a long way towards helping and you get some great songs in the process. Buy those at the MR Online Store.

I will also start adding brand new Auction Items to EBAY next week that I hope will attract some great bids - all proceeds going towards MR running costs. Stay tuned for announcement of that and links.

To any Artists, Labels, Businesses, Publicists or other companies that benefit from this site's existence - I'd love to hear from you also. Now would be the time! If you can donate or add something to the Memorabilia Auction or anything else, please contact me.

This time last year I created a donation drive to help design and build a brand new MelodicRock.com site. I want to update folks on that. The money raised was fully invested with a US designer who I have been working with through 2011 on a design suitable to move MR into the next decade. Unfortunately the first two drafts weren't deemed good enough by myself and we continue to work on Plan C. This has taken far longer than I hoped due the slow nature of the work and a designer who seems to have prioritized other larger clients over me. That's the way of the world I guess, but I still hope to launch the new site in the not to distant future. Those that donated will still be the first to see and test the site and I will be in touch with those via e-mail.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any help, advice, donations or new business you may be able to provide.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SIXX:A.M. teased fans about an upcoming announcement on their Facebook page as well as a SIXX:A.M. Image. The band also launched their official store with exclusive deluxe packages. The band stated: "Something is coming for you from us in December...Can you guess what?" Stay tuned...
Official Site: sixxammusic.com / twitter.com/sixxam / facebook.com/sixxammusic.

Australian guitar master Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden, Ex-Dungeon) discusses his project Empire Of Eden and the collaboration with Ronny Munroe for the album Lords of the Edge and some of the updates on Dragonsclaw's latest work at his Frontier Studios in Sydney, on this video of ArmyOfOneTV.
You can watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXxMlB9HYkg.
Compared to other collaborative projects of this kind, Empires of Eden is unique in the extent to which the guest vocalists are involved with the writing of the songs themselves. According to Marshall, although he tailors the instrumental backing to each singer's individual style and preferred range, "They are completely at liberty to write any lyrics they want, and they pen the vocal melodies themselves, too." Having so much artistic freedom not only increases the vocalists' enthusiasm for the project, but also enables them to deliver their best possible performances, unbounded by the usual constraints of the 'guest musician' format.
The most recent CD - Reborn in Fire features:- Mike Vescera (Malmsteen / Loudness), Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper / Lionsheart / Grimmstine), Zak Stevens (Savatage / Circle II Circle), Sean Peck (CAGE), Carlos Zema (Ourworld / Vougan) and many more!
WebLink: www.empiresofeden.com.

Guitarist DD Rand and Lead Vocalist Kyle Michaels from the 80s Hard Rock/Metal band Ravage out of Chicago have come together to release their new single "Rails of Steel". This amazing rock ballad mixes layers of acoustic guitars and then it slams into the wall of sound followed by an epic guitar solo. But, what really takes this song "Rails of Steel" to the next level is the incredible vocals of Kyle Michaels. Kyle Michaels has performed with the Geezer Butler Band who was the legendary bass player for (Black Sabbath) and also, Guitar Virtuoso Masi (Lion Music), Plus of course the 80's metal sensation Ravage (Shrapnel Records / Dark Star Records). DD Rand and Kyle Michaels prove once again that they have what it takes to make a rock ballad of epic proportions. Dark Star Records and SGL Entertainment are already making plans to place the song in some upcoming movies and television shows. DD Rand currently has deals with Dark Star Records, Shrapnel Records and Retrospect Records.
The New Single "Rails of Steel" is now available on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/rails-of-steel-single/id478296389 The New Single "Rails of Steel" is also available at Amazon.com: amzn.com/B0063MXK9W.
For more info on DD Rand Go To: www.reverbnation.com/dougtheinerddrand / www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1078174206.

1 Drummer, 1 HD Camera, 1 Take Non-Stop Drum Solo Up An Entire Brooklyn Building From Street to Roof.
Virtuoso Drumset Solo Artist Charlie Zeleny has performed The Ultimate Drum Solo entitled "Drumageddon" up an entire multi-floor building in Brooklyn NYC from the Street to Roof in one continuous take using a single HD camera in tow. Charlie Z shredded drums through multiple floors & hallways of the building without stopping using multiple Protools rigs and 4 separate complete drumsets along with stage hands moving parts of drumsets along with him between locations in the 7+ minute Drum Solo video.
This Ultimate Drum Solo featured drummer Charlie Z improvising everything from bombastic Rock Drumming, Latin Jazz Fusion and Gospel Chops R&B Shredding to fast Drum N Bass and Progressive Metal drum solos. The grand finale is on Charlie Z's gigantic 40 Piece Drumset on top of the graffiti stricken roof overlooking the Empire State Building and the NYC Skyline.
All the cutting edge camera work was filmed by breakout Director Chris Ott of Evil Dog Films and all the epic sound was captured by master Engineer Brian Penny of Three Egg Studios along with logistical experts Jason Rutherford and Freddy Nightliker of Cablesmith and Bryan Kane, Three Egg Studio owner and lead singer of the indie rock powerhouse Bone Gunn.
The "Drumageddon" Video is the Intro Video for his upcoming 3 hr 33 min Drum Instructional DVD entitled "Sphera Drumultium: The Ring of Ultimate Drum Totality" coming Spring of 2012 through Drumageddon Productions, Evil Dog Films, Three Egg Studios, Connector Entertainment Group, Cablesmith Cables & Universal Live Audio/Video.
Charlie Zeleny has toured/recorded with Jordan Rudess, Terry Bozzio, Joe Lynn Turner, Blotted Science, Behold the Arctopus, Suspyre, Kayodot, The Great Kat, Rock of Ages, Kristin Chenoweth, XV (rapper), Outasight, Sony Music artists, Warner Bros. Records artists and has performed at venues like a sold out Giants Stadium, Lincoln Center, El Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Irving Plaza, The View, AOL Sessions, Iridium Jazz Club, BB Kings and IZOD Arena. Charlie Z has also toured 19 countries, 39 US States and can be heard on over 70 albums in addition to being in Sick Drummer Magazine's "Hall of Fame" and Blender Magazine as "One of the Best Drummers of All-Time."
Connect with Charlie Zeleny here: www.CharlieZeleny.com / www.YouTube.com/DrumDocZ / www.Facebook.com/CharlieZeleny.
"Drumageddon" YouTube Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=roZL-dYzAss&hd=1.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sunset Strip superstars Mötley Crüe grace the cover of issue No.5 of Classic Rock Presents AOR.
In an AOR world exclusive, we've got all-new interviews with all four Crüe members – Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee. They consider the band's longevity and their final legacy – when not indulging in internal squabbles, airing beefs with other rock bands and evading the press. Nice to see some things don't ever change… Plus we name the Crüe's Top 10 Most Melodic Moments. And we tell the tale of Dr Feelgood, the 1989 breakthrough album that propelled the band into the big time.
We've also got a sensational 15-track free CD, titled AORmania, featuring all-new tracks from Houston, Fiona, Grand Illusion, Fate, Reckless Love, Mecca and more.
Elsewhere in the issue, we talk to Norwegian melodic rock goddess Issa about her sublime new album, The Storm.
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach comes clean about loving power ballads, starring on Broadway and the tensions caused by being the hottest guy in your band.
There's a revealing chat with the legendary David Crosby. Having lost his lover to a car crash and his mind to an ever-more-wild cocktail of illicit substances, in 1970 the former Byrd retreated to the studio and distilled these miseries into his haunted, transcendent, Vatican-approved solo album, If Only I Could Remember My Name.
That's not all. There are further features on Shy, Y&T, Lindsey Buckingham, Tokyo, Doogie White, Davy Vain, Le Roux, Starship… and a six-page review of Firefest, the UK AOR scene's live event of the year, starring Jimi Jamison, W.E.T., Jeff Scott Soto, Steve Augeri, Strangeways, Newman, Coney Hatch, White Widdow, Mitch Malloy, Unruly Child
All this, plus reviews of all the latest AOR albums and live reviews of Def Leppard, Heart, the Electric Boys, The Union, Bret Michaels and more.
Finally, we deliver our verdict on the controversial Rock Of Ages hair-metal musical – did we love it, or did we loathe it? Find out in issue No.5 of AOR!
Onsale link active from November 30 - will be posted right here.

Firefest 2011 REVIEW:
UK MR fan Mark Donnelly wrote a very comprehensive review of the recent Firefest event, and I'm pleased to share it with you here via a PDF download. The introduction from Mark is below, followed by a link to the file.

"This was the seventh Firefest that I had attended but the first year that I decided to go to all three days and I have to say that it was one of the best decisions of my life. As I was very fortunate to go on holiday a few days after the festival, it has taken me longer than usual to write the review of the weekend. As a result, there may be a few errors in terms of songs played and definitely in their running orders. Please accept my apologies for any inaccuracies. This was the eighth Firefest and had by far the best organisation and sound of any of the other previous seven. Indeed, the organisation was so good that it was virtually impossible to take time between any of the bands to go and take on much needed sustenance. Most people chose which bands to miss each day in order to go and get something to eat, however, I managed to catch all eighteen bands over the weekend and only missed the opening tracks of a couple of the sets.
Prior to the announcement of the full line-up I only predicted four of the bands that would actually play this weekend and one of those were only added at the last minute! Just goes to show what I know...
The camaraderie between the fellow festival goers, originating from over twenty countries throughout the world, is second to none and one of the main reasons why Firefest has managed to continue over the years. If only the world could be like this all of the time...
I have heard recently that this may be the last time that Firefest will be held at Nottingham's Rock City. I personally have mixed feelings about the latter; coming from Sheffield it is very easy for me to travel to and the stage provides an excellent view of the bands plus there are reasonably priced hotels in the near vicinity; on the other hand the sound is never the best in Rock City and there is virtually nowhere for us aged rockers to sit and relax in between bands. No doubt I will travel to wherever it is held but I do hope that it maintains a central location or even a Northern one as opposed to moving to the capital.
I hope those that read this review either relive the great weekend or come to some understanding of why I am so obsessed about this genre of music. Please do not be put off by the number of pages as there are a lot of pictures and set-lists.
Please enjoy... Download: Firefest 2011 - Review by Mark Donnelly - Including full set lists for each artist.

Initial dates have been announced for the 2012 version of Joe Satriani's G3 Tour project. In addition to Satriani, the featured guitarists will be Steve Lukather and Steve Vai. Lukather is reported to be doing an opening set of solo tunes and then joining the other two guitarists towards the end of the main set. Tour dates are:

March 24 Michael Fowler Centre Wellington, New Zealand
March 25 Logan Campbell Centre Greenlane Auckland, New Zealand
March 27 Royal Theatre Canberra, Australia
March 30 Hordern Pavillion Sydney, Australia
March 31 Palais Theatre St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia
April 3 Festival Theatre Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
April 5 Convention Centre Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
April 6 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia
WebLink: www.satriani.com/G3.

Early 2011 saw the beginning of a great new classic rock band. Well, we say new, in fact these guys have played with some of the biggest names in rock history. Now working together to bring to life some true classic tracks with a playing pedigree that most can only dream of, 2011 is the year X-UFO come out to play. The band features card-carrying UFO members Laurence Archer, Danny Peyronel and Clive Edwards, with Rocky Newton, from UFO spin-off MSG.
Laurence (Guitar & Vocals), also played with Phil Lynott's Grandslam, Stampede and Tarzen; Danny (Lead Vocals), the original UFO keyboardsman/vocalist, with the Heavy Metal Kids and Tarzen; Clive (drums), with Wild Horses, Pat Travers, Uli Jon Roth and Lionheart and Rocky (Bass & Vocals), with the Michael Schenker Group, Royal Blood (w/Alex Masi) and Lionheart. Between them, these boys' track records range from writing hits for UFO, Thin Lizzy, MSG, Meatloaf and even David Gilmour, to singing vocal harmonies on Def Leppard's mega-classics "Pyromania" and "Hysteria". As you can see the bands' pedigree is in no doubt and as for the show you can expect some great classics based around the UFO album "Lights Out In Tokyo" and "No Heavy Petting" and spanning the ultra-classic UFO years.
The band are fired up and ready to go, so prepare yourselves for a cracker of a show with X-UFO!
X-UFO recently played superb and well received sets at both the Aero Rock Festival in Bulgaria and at the Hard Rock Hell Festival in Ibiza as well as a sold out show in Milano a few weekends ago and are just about to release a new Live CD, recorded in Hannover, Germany with legendary Producer, Steve Mann, which will be available very soon. This includes blistering new recordings of UFO classics Lights Out, Only You Can Rock Me, Rock Bottom, Doctor Doctor and more!
The CD can be pre-ordered from: nigel.hart@bt.com. The band are also busy writing new material for a studio CD early in 2012.
YouTube Promo: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH8uvsbg0fY.

Los Angeles based hard rock artists Will Wallner (Guitarist) & Vivien Vain (Vocalist) will release their debut album on February 1st 2012. The release and promotion will be handled by Los Angeles based company 'Metal Assault'. The album will feature guest musicians including Carmine Appice, Vinny Appice, Brian Tichy, Rudy Sarzo, Tony Franklin, Jimmy Bain, Derek Sherinian and Tony Carey providing an all-star backing. The album was recorded in Los Angeles throughout 2011 and mixed by Gary Tole in New York. Mastering was completed in September 2011 by Graham Goldman at Masterdisk.
Both in their early twenties, Will Wallner and Vivien Vain came to America from Europe to pursue a career in music. After a year of performing locally in Los Angeles they had a chance meeting with Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice at the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in 2010. Both agreed to perform drums for their album and since that first meeting the project evolved featuring several other guest session musicians with Will Wallner and Vivien Vain performing all guitars and vocals respectively. Their debut features nine original songs written and produced by Wallner/Vain.
The album cover features Wallner/Vain photographed by Glen La Ferman. A music video for the song 'Streets Of Rage' will be released with the album, which was produced in Hollywood in September 2011. Wallner/Vain will announce live dates to promote their album release in the next couple of months. For more information go to www.wallnervain.com.
Here's a link to a preview of the music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkUhO8QXuTk&feature=channel_video_title.

In a new 3-part exclusive Video Interview, Shockwaves host Bob Nalbandian interviews Anvil's Steve "Lips" Kudlow as he delves deep into the early days of Anvil up through the present and gives perhaps his most revealing interview ever about the history of Anvil and the back story behind the critically acclaimed The Story Of Anvil movie. To view all the Shockwaves VideoCast video interviews, please visit our YouTube Channel at: YouTube.com/bnalbandian.

MelodicRock readers are invited to sample John Pratt's entire album Turn The Page at it's new YouTube homepage. The songs are full length and of the highest audio quality afforded by that portal. www.youtube.com/user/JohnPrattTurnThePage.

Jim Gilmour from Saga will have a eye surgery (saga-germany.de/content/). He was replaced during the German Tour by Thomas Elsenbruch and Hans-Willi Carl form the German Saga-Cover-Band: "The Chapters".

John Waite performed in November during his east coast 'Rough and Tumble tour'' to promote the new album several times on USA TV. Here you can watch the videos a.o Missing You and If You Ever Get Lonely (acoustic) Plus some pictures and an interview: www.johnwaitethesinger.com.

Adrian Weiss (guitarist of Forces At Work) now finally releases his full length instrumental solo debut album entitled Big Time featuring 14 guest musicians including Victor Smolski (Rage) and many others! The album contains 11 songs ranging from melodic rock to progressive power Metal. For more information: www.adrianweissmusic.de.

Video Shooting done by BeRock Radio & Radar Rock Magazine for Greek melodic Rockers Wild Rose's Event at Bat City Rock Club on 29 October 2011. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQsVV6GMbuQ&feature=colike.

Coming out from the ashes of the underground melodic scene, Rockshots Music Management & Promotion Agency is proud to present Phoenix Rising, a new sensational AOR band from Rome/Italy presenting its first self-titled demo tape. Here you can find 6 songs of high quality AOR – melodic rock reminiscent of the great bands of the genre such as Journey, Giant, Boston, Pride Of Lions just to name a few with a very personal songwriting and taste of writing melodies. Catchy refrains since the very first listening and outstanding sense of melody are the trademarks of these 6 demo tracks.
The Phoenix Rising project was created in 2008 by Titta Tani (ex-DGM, Daemonia, Goblin, Ashent) and Andrea Gentili, the duo worked hard on the new material which can be found on this demo tape but the project was moved aside for a period of time due to personal circumstances and studio engagements. But now the time has come!!! Today Phoenix Rising is a real and full-time band which with its sound and music wishes to create something fresh and interesting in the AOR / Melodic Rock scene.
Led by Titta Tani (who also took care of all the lyrics and the drums on the demo) on vocals and background vocals and by the very talented guitar player Andrea Gentili, the band is also made up of Francesco Di Battista on drums, Gilles Boscolo (Ashent) on keyboards and Alessandro Jacobi (Burning Black) on bass. Two of the songs included on this demo tape, Believe (Feeling Forever) and Fade Away have been written, played and arranged by Andrea Maddalone, the guitar player of the Italian progsters legends New Trolls (and well known session player for many other important acts). After having released these 6 songs demo tape, the band is once again in the studio writing new material which will be released pretty soon in a full length album followed by a tour.
Phoenix Rising are represented (booking, discography and promotion) by: Rockshots Music Management & Promotion Agency - www.rockshots.eu.
WebLink: www.phoenixrisingband.net

New York, NY– All-American anthemic rockers Drowning Pool announced today that they will be parting ways with their current singer, Ryan McCombs. The hard working Texas band, who has worked with 3 singers in their 10 year career, issued the following statement:

"We have always been a band who has gained success despite having multiple singers...maybe we suffer from reverse 'lead singer's disease," said C.J. Pierce. "Changing things up has not always been easy, but the band has become re-energized time and time again. We are looking to find a new singer who will give both us and, and most importantly our fans, the new adrenaline shot they deserve." He went on to say, "We do wish Ryan great success in his future endeavors." McCombs, who had been part of the band since 2006, replaced singer Jason Jones, who joined Drowning Pool following the tragic passing of Dave Williams.
Drowning Pool turned the world into believers with their breakthrough single "Bodies" in 2001. Ten years, three singers and four albums later, they're giving fans a new reason to believe. "Feel Like I Do," the lead single from their self-titled fourth studio release [Eleven Seven Music], became the band's biggest radio hit to date, reaching No. 2 at Active Rock Radio, and remaining in the Top 5 for 12-weeks. With2009's "37 Stitches" off of Full Circle reaching #4 at Active Rock and "Feel Like I Do," the band had 2 consecutive Top 5 Active Rock smashes and cemented their place as one of the top hard rock acts today. The band's sophomore album, Desensitized with second singer Jason Jones spawned a Top 10 hit with "Step Up." Recent successes have paved the way for unique opportunities such as presenting the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform to then-senator Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, performing for our troops all over the world and partnering with organizations like The Wounded Warrior Project and the G.I. Film Festival.
Drowning Pool is currently looking to find a suitable replacement for McCombs. In the meantime, they have already begun writing their 5th studio album in their hometown of Dallas.
Drowning Pool is C.J. Pierce – guitar/ vocals, Stevie Benton – bass/vocals, and Mike Luce – drums/vocals."

Nottingham UK Power Pop Rockers Teenage Casket Company are proud to announce the long awaited release of their new album 'Best Kept Secret'. Released through Jamsync Music in the US and available worldwide, the 11 track CD comprises the most popular songs from their first 2 releases, 2005's 'Dial It Up' and the 2006 follow up EP 'Eat Your Heart Out', along with the band's recent single 'Best Friend Is My Radio' - all tracks have been remastered and the album features stunning artwork and exclusive liner notes from Hardrock Haven's Derric Miller.
Bassist Rob Lane commented on the album's conception:
'When Jamsync approached us to re-release our first 2 CDs in the US it made for the perfect opportunity to create a brand new album of our favourite songs and give us a real solid introduction to people in the US who may have missed us first time around when we were working things totally on our own. So, whilst it may seem a little odd for an underground band to release a 'Best Of' it just seemed a great chance for us to kickstart Chapter 2 of TCC!'
Best Kept Secret is available through all popular music retailers - Amazon / Play.Com / HMV / iTunes or direct from the Jamsync Music Website at www.jamsyncmusic.com/?product=secret.
"For a statement of intent and re-birth then you don't get much better - immediate, hook-heavy and will stay with you after just a single listen. Musically you have to sit back and wonder how these guys failed to catch a ride to the A-list first time around. Perfect 80s infused pop rock that hints at everyone from Cheap Trick and The Ramones to Marvelous 3. It's personally hard for me to pick favourites here as the collection is so solid." Rockpit.net
"A lethal combination of driving guitars, hooks, soaring choruses and pure addictiveness. Whilst the songs capture a snapshot in time, if new track 'Best Thing Is My Radio' is any indication, arguably the most infectious song the band has written and recorded, TCC will be a Best Kept Secret for not much longer." Maytherockbewithyou.com
Teenage Casket Company will follow up the release of the album with a brand new single and video 'Without You' scheduled for release early 2012 and a new EP shortly afterwards.
For more information visit www.teenagecasketcompany.co.uk.

Domain is the second CD release from progressive metal band, Oceans of Night. Mixed and mastered by Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint, Engine) Domain features a refined focus on the staples of the Oceans of Night sound: soaring vocal melodies, evocative guitar solos, sophisticated rhythm structures, and dynamic song arrangements wrapped in a tapestry of percolating ambience. Epic and cutting edge, this is music that makes a bold and powerful statement.
Track Listing: 1. Domain: 17:39 2. Don't Look to Me: 5:10 3. So Near Yet So Far: 5:28 4. Dreams in Artificial Sunlight: 3:32 5. Divisions of Time: 5:17 6. Seven Days of Rain: 6:12 7. The View to You: 8:28 8. Instruments of Fear: 4:14 9. The Future Remembered: 4:20 10. Ghosts of the Past: 4:25.
Rising from the ashes of the eponymous solo band lead by musical mastermind Scott Mosher, from 1996 through 2004, Oceans of Night also features vocal powerhouse Scott Oliva and the drum mastery of the talented Alan Smithee. Oceans of Night released their crushing debut CD, The Shadowheart Mirror, in 2009.
Through the course of 6 CD's, multi-instrumentalist Scott Mosher has bridged the worlds of progressive metal, melodic hard rock and ambient sounds to create an experimental yet complimentary style of music that is at once as subtle as it is powerful, aggressive as it is dynamic and timeless as it is modern. Scott Oliva continues to perform in legendary NY Iron Maiden tribute band, Live After Death and The Nightmare Stage. He has also written, performed and recorded with Wind Wraith and Inner Strength. The Scott's had first worked together on Mr. Mosher's 4th CD release, Deep Horizon, in 2006.
For more information, visit: www.oceansofnight.com and www.cdbaby.com/Artist/OceansofNight.

Dutch singer extraordinaire Floor Jansen, formerly with After Forever, currently fronting her own band REVAMP, is set to return to stage in her homeland joining Pagan's Mind in Amsterdam's legendary venue Melkweg on December 16. This will mark her first Dutch live appearance since her burn-out earlier this year, which forced her to put on hold band activities until further notice.
Floor Jansen says: "As some of you might know, this is not the first time I join Pagan's Mind on stage, and this is a great chance for me to slowly work myself back where I want to be. I just tried out a bit joining Mayan on stage in Brazil, but singing with my Norwegian friends in Amsterdam will be special for me. Not only will it be the first show in a long time in my home country, but having the chance to sing with such a talented band again will be a special treat. I hope to see many of my Dutch friends in Amsterdam."
Jorn Viggo Lofstad, guitar player and producer for Pagan's Mind, adds: "We met Floor for the first time when we jammed at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta in 2007, and we immediately established a friendship, which not only lead to Floor joining us on stage later that year, but also to a creative process between myself and her, resulting in a yet to be completed rock album that one day will surprise you all. Seeing how the business side of things eventually took its toll on Floor, we are very happy that her situation is improving and look forward to have her as our guest when closing 2011, which has been a great year for Pagan's Mind."

Pagan's Mind live 2011
15.12. NL-Tilburg - 013
16.12. NL-Amsterdam - Melkweg
17.12. B-Vosselaar - Biebob
18.12. NL-Zwolle – Hedon
WebLinks: www.pagansmind.com / www.spv.de.

Without question, Ronnie James Dio was one of the greatest vocalists in hard rock/heavy metal history, who built a fanatical and devoted following during his multi-decade career. And in the coming months, Dio collectors will have the opportunity to pick up some truly one-of-a-kind releases ­ a limited edition picture disc of Elf's self-titled debut album, a deluxe picture disc of the Dio release 'Master of the Moon,' and a limited edition and deluxe numbered super secret Picture Disc that will make HISTORY for Record Store Day 2012! As a reminder, just released is the amazing, "And Before Elf....... There Were Elves" featuring both live in the studio and live on stage tracks from 1971 from The Elves featuring a young Ronnie James Dio on vocals! The packaging is spectacular! The CD comes housed in a digi pack with a custom Lenticular cover! When you turn the cover to the right, you see an image and when you turn it to the right, you see a completely different image! This CD is in stores now! December 13th will see the release of the very first Elf album, as a deluxe numbered picture disc. Originally issued in 1972, the album shows off Dio's vast vocal talents, as he handles honky tonk, blues, and rock, rather than the mega decibel rock that would later become his trademark. This release will be issued in the USA only, and each LP will be individually numbered from 1-2,500.
The next release, the 'Master of the Moon' deluxe numbered picture disc, will be released on March 13, 2012. The album was originally issued in 2004, was Dio's tenth studio solo effort overall, and featured such renowned rock names as Simon Wright on drums, Craig Goldy on guitar, Scott Warren on keyboards, and Jeff Pilson on bass. Unlike the other two aforementioned releases, the 'Master of the Moon' deluxe picture disc will not be a limited edition release. And lastly, on Record Store Day 2012 (April 16, 2012, to be exact), The Niji Entertainment Group has something very special that will sell out instantly! We don't want to give it away yet, but trust us, fans will be waiting in line at participating Record Store Day locations to scoop this release up! Dio fans will be the first to know about it, so join the Official Ronnie James Dio Fan Page On Facebook!
Also recently launched is the Official Dio Store, where fans can buy shirts, CD's, DVD's, Blu-rays and more from Dio, Heaven & Hell and other artists signed to the label: officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com/content/
Don't wait long to pick up these three beautifully assembled Dio releases! These releases will be sold in local record stores across the US as well as online music retailers like Amazon.com and the Official Dio Web Store! The Official Dio Fan Page on Facebook gets over 25,000,000 visitors a month, and once the word is spread about this project, fans will be waiting in line overnight to get their copies. Get ready for some vintage Dio rock…with a sleek new look!

Stamford, CT, November 2011: Singer Alex Barbieri, who is known in hard rock circles for his vocal performance on Tango Down's "Damage Control" album, has announced that he is putting a new all-star band together called Angels & Devils. The band will play classic rock covers, along with bluesy hard rock originals.
Barbieri says, "I am very excited to share this news with my friends in the rock world. After Tango Down, I took a year or so off to regroup and figure out what I wanted to do next, musically. I really didn't know for a long time. I was happy hanging out with my girlfriend and learning to play golf. But recently, I sang with a friend's band, and was reminded of how much I love it. That rush of performing live. My voice feels very strong, thank God, so I knew it was time to get back out there—and for the right reasons: the joy of singing and love of performing."
On the name, Angels & Devils, Barbieri explains, "The name came to me in the shower one morning—Angels & Devils—I thought, that's it! The name of my new band. It's so simple, but meaningful at the same time. We all have angels and devils inside of us … good and bad, light and dark. It's the human condition—the balance of life."
Barbieri says the concept of Angels & Devils is to have a band of top-notch, professional musicians playing the greatest classic rock songs of our time. "I really want to get back to that rich, bluesy style of singing that I love and grew up listening to—that David Coverdale/Paul Rodgers sound. So, this band is going to be all about the blues-based rock that is just so timeless and great to listen and sing along to, especially live. I'm talking about AC/DC, Bad Company, Black Crowes, Dio-era Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Foreigner, Journey, Zeppelin, Whitesnake, you get the idea. We'll also do some songs people won't expect, like Duran Duran and INXS, Fleetwood Mac to Foo Fighters. Classic rock is no longer a dirty word. Even young kids—who are bombarded with entertainment choices—realize that this music is the shit. It's real, organic, full of emotion and sexuality, and just plain rocks."
When asked if Angels & Devils will do originals, Barbieri replied, "Absolutely, I would love to. Once we get rolling, I am definitely open to writing original material and working them into the set. But our songs will have to stand up side-by-side with some great classic rock, so the quality will have to be very high."
It's also very important to Barbieri that Angels & Devils be a top-notch lineup. "I'm back and I'm not playing around. I want this band to be like an all-star baseball team, where every player rocks their position and brings it every game … so that I'm inspired and the rock fans who come see Angels & Devils get a great evening of classic rock that's worth their time and effort to come out to the gig."
Barbieri says he is not ready to announce the official lineup of Angels & Devils just yet, but hopes to in the next month or two. "I'm talking to some very talented and accomplished musicians, and feeling very thankful that things are falling into place. I appreciate your interest, and will be sharing more information soon!"
Friend Angels & Devils on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/alexbthecopywriter?ref=tn_tnmn#!/AngelsandDevilsband?sk=wall / To contact Alex Barbieri about Angels & Devils, email abarbieri70@aol.com.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kivel Records Press Release / Tango Down is kicking 2012 off opening for none other than, Y&T just in time to drop a new album! Identity Crisis, with their new vocal madman - none other Mr. David Reece (of Bangalore Choir and Accept fame). Believe us when we say, that he delivered beyond our expectations and we can't wait for all to hear. We are very proud of what was accomplished on this album.
So without further adieu we want to unveil the band's new album cover! Identity Crisis, which was photographed by Award winning Photographer Kent Miller, who has worked with the likes of Steven Tyler, Beyonce, Eddie Van Halen and too many to name. Album artwork was designed by renowned illustrator/Graphic designer, Thomas Ewerhard, who has created such fine pieces of visual art for the likes of Avantasia, Edguy, Testament and many more! This winning team delivered the goods and then some!! We hope you dig as much as we do.
You can pre order the CD now at www.kivelrecords.com starting Mon November 28. All pre-orders will receive a signed poster of the album cover, and band 8x10. (Qty limited to the first 100 pre orders)
Release date March 2012. Not stoping there, Tango Down have shows booked and kicking them off - they will be opening for the Great... Y&T in March!

David Reece: "I'm really excited to get the chance to play live with Tango Down again, and showcase the new record to you all! I hope to see you all at these shows!"
Scott Miller: "We can't wait to get out there! Dave is the man and playing with him has been a blast!! He delivered on this album and will blow a lot of people away. He is a pro and went above the call to deliver imho a stellar performance that can't be rivalled. We are excited to play these new songs live. Not to mention opening for Y&T!!!!"
March 3rd - Chance Theater Poughkeepsie NY (w/ Y&T)
March 4th - The Rock Junction Coventry RI (w/ Y&T)
**More shows will be announced for the month of march and April in the coming months.

This news blast came direct from AOR God Jeff Paris - please read on:
"After the Japan tsunami in March, Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White) and I ("a nice bloke"- Charlotte Bailey) approached the Red Cross with an idea to use music to raise money for disaster relief. First we focused on Japan, but this year proved to be so catastrophe prone that we expanded to a global perspective.
It's been quite a learning curve, but everything's set up. Our organization is called "United Rockers 4 U" (UR4U). On December 12 we're releasing our single "One Family," featuring Eddie Money, Jimi Jamison, Robin McAuley (Survivor), Don Dokken (Dokken), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt), Michael Thompson, Ritchie Kotzen, and members of Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Dio, Guns N Roses and others. All these artists donated their performances to our cause. Beau Hill (Ratt, Winger, Warrant, Alice Cooper, Europe, etc.) mixed it and it's slamming. It's straight up melodic rock, and really worth having. It'll be available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. shortly.
All proceeds from the sale of "One Family" go to the Red Cross. So in order to handle some unavoidable costs (mixing, CD pressing, publicist, etc.) we're asking for donations. If you want to help, and believe me, no donation is too small, go online to unitedrockers4u.org. There's a PayPal button for contributions, and whatever you can do, we appreciate.
Terry and I are dads, and we saw clips on the news that just brought us to tears. "That could be us," we said to each other. Do you have to be Sting or Angelina Jolie to do something significant to help the afflicted? Nah!!
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Check out the website, and honestly, anything you do is awesome. Thanks and happy holidays ~ Jeff."

Royal Hunt: Part 5 of the Studio Report has been uploaded: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opaq8IprmwQ.

Swedish Modern Metal band One Without has released a new music video for the track Nothing To You from the new album Sweet Relief that was released world-wide by Italian label Wormholedeath on the 19th of October. The video was filmed and edited by Markus Mönttinen and co-edited by One Without. Watch the video for Nothing To You here: youtu.be/CbQVX0hnx7o?hd=1.
One Without will be touring Europe with the metal bands Dead By April and Marionette in December.
WebLinks: www.onewithout.com.

Friday, November 25, 2011

German based label and mail-order company AOR Heaven has just re-issued the next much sought after AOR gem on their Classix series.
Following hot on the heels of the October re-issue of Urgent's Thinking Out Loud, the series continues with the 1991 released one off shot Night Street from Roxus, an album that still stands as a true AOR gem!
Featuring a digitally remastered sound by Chris Lyne (Soul Doctor), including liner notes by Dave Reynolds and the great bonus track Body Heat (studio version), the reissue is a must-have for any AOR fan!
The album is as usual available through www.aorheaven.com, selected retailers and through Cargo in the UK.

In January 2012 the AOR Heaven Classix series will get continued with the re-release of Gregg Rolie's legendary Gringo album.


AOR BLVD Records are based in South London, UK and set up by Paul Rudland and Kelv Hellrazer. 2010 saw our first release of Push UKStrange World (ABR 001). November 2011 sees the long overdue second release of Milwaukee Rockers Warp Drive, produced by Rickey Medlocke, ex-Blackfoot and current Lynryd Skynryd. Warp Drive Something To Believe In (ABR 002) contains 10 tracks recorded between 1990 and 1992 and two new bonus 2011 recordings.

Frederic Slama, AOR project, has now reached album number 10 (The Colors of LA Displays The Works Of A Genius), masterminded behind the vision of combining nothing but the best musicians to create that vision to CD format. AORThe Colors of LA (ABR 003) – release date: 27 January 2012.

David A SaylorCity of Angels - Push UK's frontman returns to the spotlight for a solo adventure mixing the styles of Pride of Lions meets Jimi Jamison inspired influences. An additional three unusual cover versions gives City of Angels an impressive edge to satisfy even the most demanding melodic rock fan. Release date: TBC.
For More information on our artists email: aorblvdrecords@hotmail.co.uk.


Dutch Journey tribute band Another Journey gives a gig on Saturday 26 November 2011 at The Rock Temple in Kerkrade The Netherlands: www.anotherjourney.nl / www.therocktemple.nl.
And on 9 December 2011 they will play in Zoetermeer at JJ-musichouse. www.jjmusichouse.nl.

At Bospop 2011 in Weert The Netherlands, 2 members of Another Journey had a meet and greet with the guys from Journey. After a few days of that gig Ross Valory signed the band's guestbook with the following message:

"Hi guys, Finally found the time to visit your website, as I promised the guys at the meet & greet in Weert, Netherlands. It's always good to see and hear musicians like to play our songs, it's the best appreciation you can get. And you guys do a good job! Nice recordings! Rock on, love, Ross."

Come hear interviews from the 2011 Firefest on RockEyez with Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper), Mitch Malloy, Jesse Damon, EJ Curse & Mark Hawkins, Terry Brock, & Larry Antonio: www.rockeyez.com.

MRX has been updated with the following:
- Journey - Live Reno 2006 (JSS on Vox, Soundboard)
- WASP - Live Tokyo 86
- Van Halen - Isolated Tracks (a few isolated bass/vocal/gtr tracks for a laugh)
MRX membership Details.

A couple of extra mentions - it's hard to get the timing exactly right when typing from a completely different season/time zone, but Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and readers. Stay safe and have a great day (which I think is now about over!)
And yesterday/today (Nov. 24) was the 20th Anniversary of the passing of perhaps rock n roll's greatest ever frontman - the great Freddy Mercury. He's one of those characters that you still can't believe is gone.
And it is also the anniversary of the passing of drumming legend Eric Carr. Another wonderful character. R.I.P. to Eric and Freddy - I hope you two continue to jam in the afterlife.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

AOR Heaven's first release in 2012 will be the new record by American artist Mark Spiro entitled It's A Beautiful Life. The release date was set for 27.01.2012. The Germany based label has changed it's release politics for the new year and will now release only one album per month to be able to put even bigger focus on their priority releases.

Mark SpiroIt's A Beautiful Life / AOR Heaven / Style: AOR/Westcoast - Mark Spiro is an iconic American songwriter. He is an established award winning producer, recording artist, and accomplished musician, with a career that spans over two decades. Among his many accomplishments are 45 gold and platinum records, and six solo albums. His songs, and his productions have been represented on records that have sold over 100 million records, world-wide.
Born in Seattle, Mark moved to Hollywood where he met Jack White, an extremely successful and acclaimed German producer who was making his impact in the American music market with his productions of Laura Branigan, Stevie Woods, Anne Murray, David Hasselhoff and more. He immediately recognized Mark's enormous talent and brought him in as his general co-producer. In a span of three years, Jack cut more than 100 of Spiro's songs on his various American and German artists.
It was at this time that Mark met German writer/Producer, Harold Faltermeyer, best known for his song "Axel F" from the film, "Beverly Hills Cop" and the Theme from "Top Gun". Faltermeyer was a huge fan of Mark's writing and production skills and asked Mark to write a song for a new film, "Top Gun". Mark wrote the incredible, "Mighty Wings" (recorded by Cheap Trick), a film song classic. Developing a reputation in the film industry Mark wrote songs for such films as, True Romance ("In Dreams" recorded by John Waite); "Selena" ("Only Love" recorded by Selena) and "Music From Another Room" ("Day After Day" recorded by Julian Lennon). Mark's songs have also been featured in several Television series such as "One Tree Hill", "Marker" and "Fame".
He is most recognized as one of the leading melodic rock songwriters in the United States, with songs recorded by such classic artists as Heart, Cheap Trick, Giant, Bad English, John Waite, Kansas, Reo Speedwagon, Winger, Mike Reno (Loverboy), Julian Lennon. In addition he has written for multi platinum country artist, Lila McCann, and Latin Artists, Luis Miguel and Emmanuel. Although he is best known for his melodic rock style, it is evident that Mark Spiro has the ability and talent to write for any style and genre of music.
It was in Germany that Mark recorded and released his first solo album "In Stereo" in 1986. Mark was signed to Interscope Records by Jimmy Iovine, as a solo artist, shortly thereafter. Mark's second solo album, "Care Of My Soul" was released in Japan, Australia and in Scandinavia in 1994; a unique pop/rock album with Mark's special trademark of haunting melodies, creatively imaginative lyrics and outstanding vocals. 1996 saw the release of "Now Is Then, Then Is Now" on Westcoast Records which was a perfect melodic rock record that received unanimous acclaim in the European rock press for being one of the absolute finest releases that year. It ended up winning the UK magazines Frontiers award for 'best singer/songwriter album'.
Mark Spiro's next two albums, "Devotion" and "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" were released on the German label MTM Music. His most recent albums are "King of Crows" (2003), and "Mighty Blue Ocean" (2005).
With the release of his current album It's A Beautiful Life, it is evident that Mark epitomizes the best in American songwriting, production and with his intoxicating vocals, Mark Spiro proves that he has only just begun.

Soundfiles in advance: Come Back To Me / Go Another Mile / It's A Beautiful Life.


News from Guardian via their website: houseofguardian.com: "Hi friends! We finally reassembled in the House of Guardian (AKA Jamey Perrenot's home studio) to cut three new tracks in preparation for our 2011 Latin American tour. We have been kicking around music ideas with each other over the last year and we knew it was prime time to record a few of them. The process was fast and furious...but fun! We set up once again in Jamey's living room--picked through the pile of music ideas--and knocked out three new songs over the course of a weekend!
We were especially glad that we had a chance to work again with longtime Guardian friends: Alex and Susanna Allen--who have worked on all of our Spanish recordings. We are really excited about our upcoming Latin American tour. We always have a great time and our Latin fans are amazing! We hope you like the new tunes! We have quite a few more that we hope to record soon...that's why we called our new EP "Three To Get Ready". Look for it soon on our website--on iTunes--and also on a special release for those who come see us live on this tour. Stay tuned for more details! Thanks again for your support of Guardian. We are grateful for all of our Guardian friends around the world! God Bless! Jamie • Tony - David • Karl • Jamey."

On Dec 3rd, 2011 The Rhoads family will host "A Celebration of Randy Rhoads" at the D'Argenzio's Winery (1204 W Burbank Blvd Burbank, CA 91506) the event will kick off at 3pm and will be MC'd by Mr 80's Julian Douglas. There will be a special performance by Kelle Rhoads backed by Ronny North and some cool Randy Rhoads stuff on display as well. There will be some special guests and the event will conclude with a Q & A with the Rhoads family.
Admission is free and it's all ages. Come down and celebrate the life of legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads. Kelle and Ronny North will be appearing live on the air in the studio at KNAC.com radio with KNAC DJ Craig Williams on Nov 27th at 6pm (PST). They''ll be chatting live about the Celebration of Randy Rhoads event.
WebLinks: www.dargenziowine.com / www.ronnynorth.com.

Rockeyez just posted a new interview with Amanda Sommerville: www.rockeyez.com/interviews/2011-11-trillium/int-2011-11-bmr-amanda-somerville-trilliuim.html.

Snakecharmer is a new all-star band that's practically a who's who of British Rock, featuring Micky Moody (Whitesnake), Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Vow Wow, etc), Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Chris Ousey (Virginia Wolf, Heartland) and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne)! Guitarist Micky Moody will be interviewed on Rich Davenport's Rock Show tonight (Thursday 24th November, 7-8pm UK time: www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 then available on the Listen Again feature at the same link for 3 weeks), and the show will feature two exclusive preview tracks from the band's forthcoming album, including a new song and a revamped Whitesnake classic, plus tracks from various members' other projects, including Thunder, Wishbone Ash and Magnum! The show also brings you all the platters that matter, with old favourites and killer new cuts from ZZ Top, Royal Hunt, Voodoo Six and Thin Lizzy!
Previous interviews from the show (including Pat McManus (Mama's Boys), Sebastian Bach and Uriah Heep) are also available to listen to at www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/

Tracii Guns says Axl Rose really isn't that weird!
L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns was also a founding member of Guns N' Roses, working with a then-unknown Axl Rose in the group years before its big break. In a new interview with Examiner.com Guns said Rose is somewhat misperceived, observing that the singer "isn't a really weird guy."
"He's more of a simple guy who got thrown into a complicated world," the guitarist told writer Sterling Whitaker. "I think that he has an unrealistic view of the world. That doesn't necessarily make him weird. Michael Jackson kinda went through the same thing of really not having a childhood, for instance. How do you cope in the adult world when you already have everything, you can have anything, and then you have to deal with an adult on an adult, educated level?"
Guns said that Rose is simply used to having things the way he is used to having them. "Axl got signed when he was 22, got massive success, got his pockets loaded with money, everybody listened to everything he said," he observed. "Why should he think that things are any different now? I'm not necessarily saying that I support that and that's a wonderful thing for him. In a lot of ways it's unfortunate for him. Yet he's done it his way, he continues doing it his way, and people still keep coming to see him," Guns said. "Bottom line. That's the reality."
L.A. Guns' newest album is Acoustic Gypsy Live, which features the group's acoustic re-arrangements of past hits, a new song and two cover tunes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the signing of Dokken for the worldwide release of the band's forthcoming studio album in the spring of 2012.
The cooperation between Frontiers and Dokken started with the release of the band's CD Lightning Strikes Again in 2007. The album marked a return to Dokken's signature style with melodic hooklines and blazing guitar riffs that epitomized the band's sound on such records as Tooth & Nail, Under Lock & Key, Back for the Attack and Dysfunctional.
"So far we have written 10 songs in only 8 weeks." says singer Don Dokken. "Usually we spend a year or more on our music. I can't explain why this time it came so fast, it just happened. So far the music is very uptempo and heavy, of course we know our fans like the classic Dokken sound and this is where our new music is headed. It's been a band of brothers doing what we love: 'music'".
Dokken plans to finish their new recording by the end of February and go out on the road in June. In a perfect world we would like to release the new album before the summer and then play the festivals in Europe. "Then hopefully we can jump on a package tour in the US", tells Don Dokken. "We want to give everyone a great CD that will keep all music fans Rokkin' during these troubled times!"
Dokken is now formed by Don Dokken on lead vocals, Jon Levin on guitar, Sean McNabb on bass and Mick Brown on drums.
Formed in 1978, Dokken is one of the bands that defined the American Hard Rock trademark sound of the 80's. They have been nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989 and sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Their next album will be their 11th original studio release.
WebLinks: www.frontiers.it / www.dokken.net.

Heard by over a billion people a week as the voice of the classic theme tune 'I'm Always Here' from the global smash hit show Baywatch, and gracing the soundtracks of iconic films like The Karate Kid and Rocky IV, Jimi Jamison is one of the best and most respected singers of the genre. Incredibly, despite all this success, he had never played the UK before, something that the organisers of the annual Firefest show in Nottingham decided to put right.
Jimi did not disappoint - not content playing a blistering set spanning his hit-strewn career, he also chose to steal the show with a performance that many regard as the greatest ever witnessed during Firefest's seven year history. Backed by an energetic band comprised of young rockers H.E.A.T. and guitar hero Tommy Denander, the full concert was captured on DVD and is now yours to own.
The concert film was directed by Bernhard Kellerer of Transistor Pictures (www.transistor.ltd.uk), whose previous list of credits include producing DVDs for FM, Harem Scarem, TNT, Bonfire, Strangeways, White Sister and Treat amongst others.
Featuring amazing renditions of 'I'm Always Here', 'Eye Of The Tiger', 'High On You', 'Burning Heart' and much more, 'Jimi Jamison - Live At Firefest' is destined to become one of THE classic live DVDs.
Watch the official DVD trailer on YouTube below.
Order yours from the Rocktopia Fireworks Magazine Mini Shop: bit.ly/t2re7o or Firefest website shop: www.thefirefest.com.
Note: Due to publishing rights, we cannot ship this DVD to USA/Canada.

One Man's Trash - the German based melodic rock project formed by Jimi Jamison (Survivor) on vocals and guitarist Fred Zahl - will release it's debut album History in Europe on December 16 via Starhouse Records.
The track listing for the rock n roll styled album is: 1. Real Thing 2. The Restless Kind 3. History 4. She Shine`s 5. Meadowland 6. Tears In My Eyes 7. Out Of Control 8. Long Time 9. Mama 10. Tomorrow 11. Fast And The Furious 12. Burning Love.
More information and a sample of the lead single at: www.onemanstrash.de.

Shine is the spectacular new record by Red White & Blues, the new rock band featuring guitarist Myke Gray and vocalist Matti Alfonzetti. With successful shows with Bon Jovi, Steel Panther, The Quireboys and Whitesnake already under their belts, the band and their material are already causing a stir...
"When it comes to hard rock albums they just don't make them like this anymore...Regrettably!" Dave Ling - Classic Rock
"A stunning debut album, packed with superbly crafted, deluxe classic rock." James Gaden - Fireworks Magazine
"One of the best debut albums I have ever heard - you want great songs? 'Shine' has them in abundance" Andy Copping - Live Nation, promoter of Download

Originally working together in the acclaimed Jagged Edge, which released the stunning album 'Fuel For Your Soul', Matti Alfonzetti went on to record with acts such as Road To Ruin, Skintrade and also issue a series of solo albums. Myke Gray went on to form Skin, one the the UK's best loved rock bands, which racked up hit singles such as 'Money' and whose debut album made the UK Top 10. Now Matti and Myke are back together and Red White & Blues are sure to impress any fan of high quality rock music.
Released on 1st December, featuring 14 brand new songs, Shine can be pre-ordered from the official website: www.theredwhiteandblues.com.

We are pleased to report that the British Heavy Metal band Stuka Squadron has signed to Metalbox Recordings. Described as the "New Wave Of Undead British Heavy Metal" Stuka Squadron leave a bloody trail as they trawl across the country luring unsuspecting men, women and children into their Legion. Back at base, Metalbox Recordings will officially release & distribute the debut album 'Tales of the Ost' in early 2012, and to continue the thirsty campaign for survival, Stuka Squadron will be deployed across the world. For the latest Missions and Reports, visit: www.stukasquadron.com and www.metalboxrecordings.com.

Liberty n' Justice is pleased to announce the release of there newest single Your Memory Just Won't Do. It features David Cagle, Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot) & Cj Snare (Firehouse) and was co-written by LNJ leader Justin Murr, Cagle, & Snare. The song was all so produced, mixed & mastered by Snare. Artwork was done by Mark Allen Lanoue. This is an iTunes exclusive and will not be released on any other LNJ albums. LNJ's 28 song opus "The Cigar Chronicles" still has a 2012 release date.

CJ Snare of Firehouse releases a Christmas single: "Hello everyone. Well, it's that time of year again and I'd like to announce the latest addition to my Christmas Gift collection. Please check out my new single (on iTunes) "O Come Emmanuel". I arranged, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered this song as well as played all of the instruments and sang all of the vocals. ( My wife sang on the background vocals too. ) I'm pretty proud of this so I hope you will add it to your Holiday play list. Thanks....CJ."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Beyond The Bridge, a new Progressive Metal band from Germany, for the release of their debut album The Old Man and the Spirit on January 20, 2012 in Europe and January 24 in North America.
The Old Man and the Spirit is an ambitious concept album dealing with the polarity of human sensuousness and superhuman awareness. Two main characters interpret the music on this theatrical and challenging record: "the Spirit", who is the personification of all wisdom and awareness that is unachievable to mankind but that lacks of the ability to feel, and her opponent "the Old Man": a bon vivant who has lived through all highs and lows of human sensations. These two characters are interpreted by the two band singers: a female Dilenya Mar and a male Herbie Langhans.
But the operatic and cinematic setting of the album was put together by the two bands' masterminds: guitar player Peter Degenfeld and the classically trained ivory tinkler Christopher Tarnow. "From the beginning it was our intention to do an album presenting one big piece of music" tells Degenfeld. "One of the very first things that came about were the two characters together with the basic content of the story. Basically before the notes were written, we knew what each song had to sound and feel like and what the lyrics had to say. With these restrictions we started the songwriting process. In the end writing songs under these self-imposed limits turned out to be just great".
While "The Old Man and The Spirit" is undoubtedly a demanding musical statement, Beyond The Bridge are determined to make their steps to bring their music on tour. "We put a lot of effort into the goal of creating the studio sound on stage and we have already rearranged some parts to make them more suitable for live performances", explains Degenfeld.

Beyond The Bridge line-up is rounded up by bass player Dominik Stotzem, Fabian Maier on drums and Simon Oberender on keyboards and guitar. Simon also took care of the album production at the famed Gate Studios (owned by the famed producer Sascha Paeth, who mastered the album).
While at first listen the album will easily appeal to the Progressive Rock / Metal audience, thanks to the virtuosity displayed in the playing and the compositional design, the album can be easily enjoyed by all who are looking for songs that can excite the listeners. "The music is touching. It will even touch you in a different way each time you listen to the album", concludes Peter Degenfeld. "The lyrics are inspiring and ambiguous. This encourages to dig deeper into the spiritual journey of the "Old Man".

The Old Man and The Spirit includes the following songs: The Call; The Apparition; Triumph Of Irreality; The Spring Of It All; World Of Wonders; The Primal Demand; Doorway To Salvation; The Struggle; The Difference Is Human; Where The Earth And Sky Meet; All A Man Can Do.
The song The Apparition can be streamed in full on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio and on the band's official website.
WebLinks: www.beyondthebridge.net / www.frontiers.it.


Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 47th release of the label's successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mail-order and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. Here are the previews of the two Melodic Rock Fanzine covers. This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Trillium, Beggars & Thieves, Alfonzetti, Andromeda, Fate, Mecca, The Magnificent, Royal Hunt and Theocracy... and more! Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site and here: issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf47.

Fresh from the critical and fan praise of his debut solo album, vocalist Rob Moratti dropped me this short note today: "I just wanted to share the exciting news with you that Final Frontier is currently working on the fifth record and will be released in mid 2012 sometime." Good news for fans of Rob and FF.

20 years after their founding in 1991, Jaded Heart are still - and more than ever – one of Germany's most successful Rock bands. Founded by bass player Michael Müller and drummer Axel Kruse, who is also the drummer in another German Rock institution, Mad Max, the band has gained even more international standing after two line-up changes with Swedish singer Johan Fahlberg, who joined Jaded Heart in 2005 and fellow Swede guitarist Peter Oestros, who joined the band in 2006.
After leaving their label Frontiers Records, where Jaded Heart's last three albums Helluva Time (2005), Sinister Mind (2007) and Perfect Insanity (2010) were released, the band has found a new home now at the Cologne based label Fastball Music.
"We are very much looking forward to working with Jaded Heart, one of Germany's finest Rock bands", says label boss Andreas Bob. The band adds: "We are very proud to have signed with Fastball Music. This will kick the band into a new decade of Rock´n Roll! 2012 will be affected by a new powerful record and a lot of live power! We´re really looking forward to that now."
The yet untitled 11th studio album of Jaded Heart will be released in May 2012.
The German label Fastball Music, a division of BOB-Media GmbH & Co. KG, is distributed by Soulfood (and others). International artists as Tokyo Blade, Tri State Corner, Maxxwell, Blowsight and Robin Beck have already found a rocking & rolling home at the Cologne based record label.

Jaded Heart previously offered a MP3 demo preview from this upcoming album. If you didn't catch it then, here it is again now;

Download: Jaded Heart - Burst Into Tears.

Available now is the hard hitting third strike Dangerous Diamonds from Italian metallers Mastercastle. Powered by the soaring vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, expert guitar work of Pier Gonella and the tight dynamic rhythmic pull of bassist Steve Vawamas and drummer Alesandro Bissa; Mastercastle pull on the best elements from their previous 2 releases (The Phoenix¯ and Last Desire¯) to produce their best work to date.
Album promo page - www.lionmusic.com/cd/dangerousdiamonds.htm. Full song sample – soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/mastercastle-dangerous.

After the critical acclaim bestowed upon Consortium Project VSpecies earlier in 20111, Lion Music are proud to present the first of 4 reissues of the back catalogue from vocalist extraordinaire Ian Parry's formidable Consortium Project series, all reissues come freshly remastered for optimum sound with the added bonus of 2 never-before-heard bonus tracks on each release.
Consortium Project ICriminals & Kings is the gripping opening statement of what is being described as one of metals essential concept stories¯ featuring a host of A1 names from the world of progressive power metal inc. Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas), Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot), Patrick Rondat (Elegy).
Album promo page – www.lionmusic.com/cd/cp1.htm Full song sample – soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/consortium-project-criminals.

2012 First Quarter Release Schedule

Barring any last minute unforeseen delays we are pleased to confirm the following releases for the first quarter of 2012.

27 January 2012
House of Shakira / HoS - Back with a revamped line-up featuring melodic rock powerhouse Andreas Novak on lead vocals, HoS sees the Swedish melodic hard rock masters House Of Shakira return with their best album in their highly illustrious career.
Consortium Project II / Continuum In Extremis – Second release of our continuing Consortium Project reissues. Features completely remastered sound and additional 2 never before heard bonus tracks.

27 February 2012
Lord Of Mushrooms / Perspectives - Long awaited second album from the French progressive metallers. One of the most original bands out there now with new vocalist Gustavo Monsanto (ex Adagio). Plus highly original packaging.
Consortium Project III / Terra Incognita - Third release of our continuing Consortium Project reissues. Features completely remastered sound and additional 2 never before heard bonus tracks.

23 March 2012
Vendetta / World Under Fire - The British Traditional Metal merchants return with their third effort and one that will blow your brains out. Expert song craft and musicianship make this one not to miss for fans of Priest, Maiden, Heaven & Hell along with more 80's metal sounds ala Fifth Angel.
Consortium Project IV / Children Of Tomorrow - Fourth and final release of our continuing Consortium Project reissues. Features completely remastered sound and additional 2 never before heard bonus track.
Lion Music - www.lionmusic.com.

Dallas, TX - November 21, 2011. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands explores the definitive Quadrophenia Director's Cut box set by The Who with the director himself, Pete Townshend, in two, hour-long, rockumentaries. After introducing the world to the first rock opera in 1969, Tommy, guitarist, singer and songwriter Pete Townshend adopted the same format in October of 1973 for Quadrophenia, the story about a Mod teen named Jimmy and his adolescent journey. Quadrophenia, initially dismissed by some American rock critics as "too British", has universal appeal, Townshend tells show host Redbeard.
"Some of the most poignant and powerful letters of identification that I've ever had on the subject of Quadrophenia have come from Californians, kids that live by the beach. Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam) is a good example. He was a kid who lived on a surfing beach. He saw himself as Jimmy. He identified with Jimmy. It's not the circumstances of life that really matter, it's what you feel inside. So, I actually think Quadrophenia is probably more universal than Tommy, once it is understood what it's really about. The whole business of being young is only important because one is soon going to be old. The transition, the rite of passage between adolescence and adulthood, is in itself something that can never be generalized, can never be universalized. It's an absolute subjective, private, unique journey that every individual goes on."
Redbeard's complete two-part, two-week interview with Pete Townshend on InTheStudio is syndicated on over 50 radio stations throughout North America. The WHO Quadrophenia/ InTheStudio shows will air the weeks of November 21st & 28th. To Stream the interview online, visit: www.inthestudio.net/this-week-in-the-studio/who-5.
To hear this program on a station near you, visit: www.inthestudio.net/radiostations.

News from Dynazty: "We are very proud to announce that we will enter The Abyss studio together with renowned producer Peter Tägtgren in December 2011 to record our third album. This is indeed very exciting for us! Since Tägtgren is known for producing VERY heavy stuff, we think that this collaboration can take us to a new level, and maybe even a new, more modern direction. We've been writing songs for a couple of months now, and we are confident that the new material will blow you away! The album is scheduled for release in the first half of 2012. As soon as we have a more exact date, we'll let you know! As usual, the studio madness will be documented in our (in)famous video blogs. www.dynazty.com/2011/dynazty-to-record-album-3-with-renowned-producer-peter-tagtgren/"

Press Release: "Another release for Retrospect's Christian subsidiary label RetroCross Records is Illustrator's final recording. Illustrator have already built their reputation on their Christian Westcoast AOR masterpieces "Illustrator" and "Somewhere In The World" (both re-issued and available as a 2-on-1) and with Dann Huff playing all the solos on "Somewhere in the world". Effect Of The Boomerang completes the trilogy. They toughen up their sound here with edgier guitars, harder hitting drums, and the songs are possibly the best they have ever written. This release is loaded with superb musicianship, smooth vocals, huge stunning production, memorable hooks and poignant messages.
Their self titled debut, gained considerable success in CCM circles and mainstream radio, but was their 2nd "Somewhere In The World" which achieved recognition between AOR fans, thanks to the catchy melodies and lush harmonies.
A third album was recorded but never released until now. III ; Effect Of The Boomerang sees the band with a more contemporary approach to their music, retaining the AOR / Westcoast elements ever present on their work. "Light Up The World" and "Waiting For You" have a Mr. Mister-like style. Both feature great guitar from Dan Gaub, nice choruses and cool backing vocals. There's competent soft rock tunes as the westcoast tingled "I Guess You Know" and "First Time", or the aorish "So Goes The Story" and "Every Step". You have also rockin' tracks with nice rhythm on "Burnin' Down" (great hot solo) and "Falling".
"III ; Effect Of The Boomerang" is an enjoyable album with an eighties / nineties style: smooth vocals, good stylized guitars and stunning production. There's a lot variation on this recording to keep you interested.
WebLink: www.retrospectrecords.com/index2.html.

After years in silence the 90s acclaimed Italian act Will'o'Wisp returns to give a totally new prosecution to his previous albums "Enchiridion" and "Unseen". Will'o'Wisp returns on the scene after a long lasting pause of about 10 years, with a partly renewed formation.
The drums will be played by the eclectic and truly talented Oinos (also on the album "Crust" by Sadist) while bass guitars will welcome Jacopo Rossi from Nerve. The new album called Kosmo will be out on January 2012 for Nadir Music/Audioglobe.
Will'o'Wisp will be added to the list of the great comebacks of these last years. More info: www.facebook.com/pages/WilloWisp-Italy-Official/185339261553693?notif_t=page_new_likes.

Dublin's Thin Lizzy have become one of the most revered cult acts of all time, studious and discerning fans of hard rock the world over reveling in the storytelling acumen of the legendary Philip Lynott and the craft and class of his band. Fighting My Way Back: Thin Lizzy 69 – 76, through numerous new interviews with most of the principals involved and a mountain of painstaking research, examines the band's suite of six records culminating in 1976's superlative and sparkling Jailbreak, home of such hits as Cowboy Song, Emerald, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back In Town.
Thin Lizzy, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage, Vagabonds Of The Western World, Nightlife, Fighting and then momentously Jailbreak… along the way, alcohol and drugs wreak havoc between band members, producers and managers, but despite lineup changes and a mostly grinding, rockscrabble existence, Ireland's favourite sons persevere to experience, finally, the smash hit record they'd deserved for so long.
Immerse yourself in Popoff's celebrated record-by-record methodology and emerge a rejuvenated Lizzy fan, newly appreciative of the deep album tracks hiding within this singular band's often forgotten early years…
The book's 280 pages include 328 rare, archival black & white photos and memorabilia shots to accompany my usual in-depth track-by-track play-by-play type o' crazy biog.
Fresh new interviews for this book included (and most a few times), Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Gary Moore and Brian Robertson along with a couple of managers in Terry O'Neill and Ted Carroll, producers Nick Tauber and Ron Nevison, Nigel Grange from Vertigo, Frank Murray who kept it all together on the road, cover artist Jim Fitzpatrick, and a range of others. As well, historical press interviews helped bring out the real Phil in all his dastardly guises.

Says Martin: "OK, the usual… books will be signed by me to you, so make clear if it's a Christmas present – getting a lot of that this time of year.
Price including shipping: US orders: $34.00 US funds Int'l orders (all books go air): $45.00 Cdn. funds Canadian orders: $38.00 Cdn. funds / PayPal happily accepted! Ask me if you'd like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net.
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Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books. Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things, and as you know, I'm always good for swingin' a deal for two books or more. Just ask.

After going from strength to strength this year, UK Rock band Already Gone are well under way with plans to bigger and better themselves next year. The four piece Rock band from the Midlands last week went on a brand new photo shoot to start promo for the 2012 plans and second album. Meetings are also underway to arrange the shoot of their second music video for, "Stop, Drop, Rock 'N' Roll" which will be shot mid January next year!
After the success of their debut album, "One Good Reason" released earlier this year, Already Gone have began preparations to the follow up album, which will be recorded sometime late next year. 2012 sees the guys hit stages all over the UK as part of the One Good Reason tour. Dates still being added, Already Gone can now reveal that on February 5 they shall be supporting Scottish pirate metal band, Alestorm in their home town of Stoke-on-Trent.
You an grab your copy of Already Gone's debut album "One Good Reason" head to, www.alreadygone.co.uk/STORE.html where you can also find the latest news, tour dates, merch, photos and videos of AG. Or, you can alternatively download "One Good Reason" at: itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-good-reason/id463037062.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The biggest news of the week is the announcement of a new vocalist for Gotthard. After months of rumours, talk and debate, the "new guy" is revealed - and he's an Aussie (of sorts!). Best to leave it to the band to comment. Their statement reads:

"New singer confirmed. He is Swiss!
Dear Gotthard Fans - it gives us great pleasure to announce that we have found a new singer. The successor to Steve Lee, who was killed in a tragic accident last year, is Nic Maeder and is Swiss-born. Nic was born in 1971 in Lausanne, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under".
"Nic not only has a great voice and is a fantastic musician, but we also have a great person in our midst", says Leo. "We can rock again at last".
During the months after the decision to carry on was taken, we received a huge amount of applications from all over the world; it was really overwhelming! At this point we would really like to thank everyone, especially the candidates, to whom we were not able to send a personal message. Thank you for your understanding and we wish all of you lots of luck and success in the future!
"The search took a long time but it was clear to all of us when we met Nic that he was the right guy. With him we can enjoy the music again and celebrate new success," states Hena. "I'm really happy that we are continuing".
The final decision for Nic Maeder was unanimous. "We noticed straight away that the chemistry, both musically and personally, was right. For us, he is the new member of the family", says Freddy.
Nic Maeder, who besides his singing position also plays guitar and piano, is a very talented and creative person. His songwriting ability also means he fits perfectly into the Gotthard family. He is the missing piece in the puzzle.
"Music has been my companion all my life and always was an important part of it. It is a great feeling to be able to share in the birth of a song and to see how it keeps growing. I can experience that with Gotthard and it makes me happy. I am making music with friends," says Nic Maeder.
Of course you can write a lot about a new singer, but in the end there is nothing better than seeing and hearing him sing. We therefore decided to produce a song plus video as a thank you to our fans, which can be downloaded free of charge. It is dedicated to all our Fans who didn't lose their faith and trust in Gotthard. You have supported us with all your strength during the past months. Thank you so much!
Marc "With Nic, we have taken the right decision for Gotthard. A lot of courage is needed to step into the footsteps of such a great singer. For that, Nic has earned our respect. Let's never forget this and make Nic welcome in the family.
We are in the studio at the moment and are working with renewed energy and enthusiasm on songs for a new album, which will be released in the spring of 2012...keep on rocking!!!"

"Remember it's me" can be downloaded free at www.gotthard.com.

Go download the song - it's a terrific mid-tempo melodic rock song and an indication that things in the Gotthard camp are looking up again after the tragic death of Steve Lee. Check out the video for the song below. Good luck guys! Check out Nic's old band Maeder here: www.myspace.com/maedermusic

Fair Warning vocalist Tommy Heart was one name in the running for Gotthard. He also posted an update this weekend: "My dear friends, Thank you very much for all your best wishes and all the nice comments, but I am really sorry having to tell you that I am not the new singer of "Gotthard". It is only a false rumor which somebody invented to catch your attention. Further I would like to let you know that I am right now still working on my solo album which will be finished and released in 2012. I hope you will still come back to check my Facebook page from time to time to get some more information about my future plans and releases. Thank you so much for your continuous support and interest. I wish you all the very best, Kind Regards, Tommy Heart."

Royal Hunt: Part 4 of the Studio Report has been uploaded: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKEvR4-mSgA.

Cage has released a second track from their Supremacy Of Steel album via free iPhone and Android apps found here. Android Market: market.android.com/details?id=com.appmakr.app345614 / iTunes Store: itunes.apple.com/us/app/cagemetal/id479997446.
The song The Monitor can be found streaming in the music player. The Monitor tells the historical depiction of the development and battles found by the Ironclads in the American Civil War. The battle between the CSS Virginia and USS Monitor marked the genesis of naval warfare from wooden vessels to those made of steel. Supremacy Of Steel comes out worldwide November 25. www.cageheavymetal.com

Hexfire's debut album The Fire of Redemption has been released in the USA, Europe, Asia & the rest of the world via Nightmare Records USA. The list of some stores which sell the album is available on Hexfire official Facebook www.facebook.com/hexfireofficial or www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial. The album can be also downloaded on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and other digital music stores.
"The Fire of Redemption" features guest appearances by Niclas Etelavuori (Amorphis), Novy (ex-Behemoth & Vader), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia), Jonno Lodge (ex- Paul Di'Anno, Biomechanical, Darke Horse), Diego 'Grom' Meraviglia (Testing Tomorrow, ex-Ancient & Doomsword), Kasper Gram (Manticora), Martin Arendal (Manticora, Wuthering Heights), Kristian Larsen (Manticora), and Kel'Thuz (Spiritual Demise, Sorcerer).

Rock4Xmas Charity Concert Celebrates 15th year with Four-Date Tour
This December, the Rock4Xmas Foundation celebrates its 15th year of helping families in need with its annual slate of holiday concerts, with a four-date tour that will reach rock and roll and metal fans in four different states. "Each year, Rock4Xmas just gets bigger and better," said founder Wayne Morrison of Morrison Music and Production. "Nobody cares more about needy families during the holiday season than all my rock and roll friends."
Performers slated to appear include Corey Glover, lead singer of the band Living Colour; Joey Molland of the legendary Badfinger; Craig Goldy, guitarist for Dio; Stet Howland, drummer for WASP; Kelly Keeling, formerly of Trans-Siberian Orchestra; and Terry Ilous of the band XYZ. More performers are expected to be announced as the shows draw closer. "We're so honored to have so many great friends back for another year with us," Morrison said, noting that Glover's 1989 hit "Cult of Personality" is enjoying a resurgence with the younger generation, now that it is being used as the entrance music for WWE star CM Punk. "That's going to blow the roof off each night."
The tour kicks off on Thursday, December 1 at Café Funchal in New Bedford, Massachusetts, before descending upon the Sun Valley Resort in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. The Connecticut show is a collaboration between Rock4Xmas and Music Studio 307 owner Elisa Giannelli. Tickets for that show are only $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and proceeds will benefit FoodShare, Toys for Tots and Operation Fuel. "I'm so happy to be working with Elisa to provide for needy families in Connecticut," Morrison said. "Her passion for music and for helping people are unmatched." On Saturday, December 3 the show moves to Long Island to the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale, New York. The tour wraps up Sunday, December 4 at the Newport Blues Café in Newport, Rhode Island. Tickets for those shows will be priced at $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased by visiting www.Rock4Xmas.com.
At all four shows, the Rock4Xmas Foundation will accept donations of canned goods and toys to help needy families. "No donation is too big or too small," Morrison said. "We need stocking stuffers just as much as we need big toys." Updates regarding the shows will be posted frequently on the foundation's web site, www.rock4xmas.com  The site already features numerous video and audio clips from past events.
About The Rock 4 Xmas Foundation: Started in 1996, the Rock 4 Xmas Foundation brings food, gifts and the holiday spirit to less fortunate families through donations and benefit events. In addition to collecting donations, the foundation also is directly involved in the distribution. It has been recognized by the federal government with a 509(a)2 tax-exempt status. The web site for the foundation is www.rock4xmas.com.
About Wayne Morrison: Wayne Morrison is the owner of Morrison Music and Production, a company that works with many nationally-recognized acts. A survivor of the Station nightclub fire, Morrison also helped organize the original Night of Healing benefit concert.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Captured at an undisclosed venue in Los Angeles, are (L-R) Alex Van Halen; Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie Van Halen; Jimmy Iovine, Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Irving Azoff, Executive Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman and CEO of the Front Line Management Group; Steve Berman, Vice Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records; David Lee Roth; and Jim Urie, President and CEO, Universal Music Group Distribution.

So there you have it folks...the first new Van Halen picture since 2008....taken Monday at The Roxy club in LA, whilst shooting a video for the first single from their upcoming new studio album due early next year. I had mentioned previously that a source told me that the band also filmed out door footage about 3 weeks ago. Hopefully we'll be seeing that clip sooner rather than later.

In related news...a little more information from my source connected to Columbia Records. The told me that manager Irving Azzoff handles the Van Halen's, while David Lee Roth continues to retain his own independent management. Azoff and Columbia had agreed on terms, but DLR met with Columbia and went back with his manager and said he wanted "something in LA, something hip, somehting that was "cool" do a video", whch apparently he felt wasn't being presented by Columbia. DLR won, Azzoff went with the Van Halen's who agreed with DLR.

The only text included with today's picture release was "Want to know why? Stay tuned..." So I guess that official announcement is finally in the pipeline.

Finally, I have been searching for an update on the rumored Grammy Announcement Concert appearance by the band November 30 - as of this week - that appearance is ON.

I mentioned this week that Mr. Big were working on mixing a new live album. Well, it isn't a recording from the US leg of their world tour as I thought, but rather a big commemorative release celebrating the band's 100th show in Japan. The release info for this exclusive Japanese only package has just been released.

Mr. Big - Raw Like Sushi 100 [2DVD+2CD] [Limited Release] 11905 yen US$153/78.03 Release Date: 2012/01/25.
Description: Deluxe box set of Mr. Big consists of 2DVDs and 2CDs in a B4-size hard cover book! The DVDs features the concert of "Live From The Living Room" held at Toho Studio, Tokyo, Japan, in January 2011 and documentary footage of their 2011 Japan tour (contains over 60 min., subject to change). The CDs contain live tracks of their 100th concert in Japan held at Osaka-jo Hall on April 7, 2011 mixed by Pat Regan and features K2HD mastering + the high-fidelity HQCD format (compatible with standard CD players).
The hard cover book contains 96-pages (all color) including photos of their 2011 Japan tour taken by William Hames, the Japan tour data, a tour pass replica, and more. Size: 24.9 x 29.9cm.
External Bonus: Poster.
To pre-order via MR recommended supplier: www.cdjapan.co.jp.

Tyketto press release: "The webcast signups are off the charts…The cutoff for online ticket purchases is Friday, November 25 at 12:00pm. We suggest you buy your tickets now to make sure you receive your access code.
It's easy to buy tickets via paypal. Details for this pioneering event can be found on our website www.Tyketto.de.
Email us your Tyketto questions, which will be answered to a worldwide audience….live!!!
Also on our site, check the Tyketto "NEWS" section for info on our Home For The Holidays show at The Whiskey Bar (Hoboken, NJ) on Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, November 23…8pm show time) and all of our upcoming UK tour dates.
Please repost, share, tweet, twitter, jitter, shake, rattle and roll this news to everyone you know!!!! That's an order…..Thank You." ~ Tyketto.

Producer Keith Olsen has been awarded the 2011 Hollywood Fame Awards Lifetime Achievement Award - Music Producer. Congratulations Keith! The video presentation is below.

"With over 125 million album sales under his belt, Keith Olsen is one of the last great producers from the golden age of rock n' roll. Having produced some of the biggest hits in the history of the music business, Keith's stature continues to grow with each passing year. His successful artist roster is incomparable and includes names like Ozzy Osbourne, John Waite, Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, Scorpions and many others."

11/17/2011 - London, UK - The rock world is buzzing with proof that good and evil can in fact work together in the form of former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May. Together these extreme opposites combine creating a powerful new CD called 'Serpent's Kiss', now available on Gonzo Multimedia. The 10-track album is the product of two of the Midlands finest architects of rock and metal coming together to create something that is unique and totally exhilarating!
There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest working class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses. The cover art for 'Serpent's Kiss' is also unique as it was created by world famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews.
Al Atkins: More noted for forming UK's Judas Priest and fronting them for four years and laying down the foundations which would see them eventually selling 40 million albums worldwide. He also wrote songs for them which went gold like 'Dreamer Deceiver'¯, 'Never Satisfied'¯, 'Winter'¯, 'Caviar and Meths'¯ and Priest's all time classic 'Victim of Changes'¯. Al's unique powerful vocal style sites influences by noted rock singers Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers and longtime friend Robert Plant. Al has done countless radio and TV interviews worldwide and recently was filmed for BBC TV 'British Heritage' and 'Banger Films' Canada for the metal evolution series on VH1. He has even written a book on his musical life about growing up in Birmingham, UK alongside Robert Plant and Black Sabbath called 'Dawn of the Metal Gods'. Al has released 6 solo albums to date, toured the US twice, and has worked with Brian Tatler (Diamond Head), Dave Holland (Judas Priest), Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden) and Bernie Torme (Ozzy/Gillan). Al recently released a new self titled album with his offshoot band Holy Rage and has now teamed up with brilliant Christian writer/guitarist Paul May and recorded an album called 'Serpent's Kiss', which Al says are the best recordings to date!

Paul May: Some people learn to play guitar, Paul was born (again) to play guitar! Paul has become respected for his passionate, soulful guitar work and noted for his explosive and exciting solos. As a world class professional guitarist and songwriter, Paul has played and recorded sessions across the globe, touring and playing throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Eastern block. Paul appears on around 50 albums to date, featured in both the secular and Christian arenas. Paul is also a record producer and has covered the entire spectrum of musical tastes in production. Paul has played, recorded with and produced alongside the bands and members of: Al Atkins (Judas Priest), Dave Holland (Judas Priest), Roy Wood (Move, ELO, Wizard), Jon Brooks (The Charlatans), Smokin Roadie/Tempest, MC5, V-Rats, Janus, A.N.D, Dave Rowley Band, Larry Norman and many others. Along with working with Al Atkins, Paul currently plays guitar with A.N.D and Temple Dogs.

"Working with Paul May on the 'Serpent's Kiss' album was a fantastic journey," says Al. "From the opening song 'The Shallowing' to the last song 'Theatre of Fools', it was an honor to have been asked by the brilliant guitarist Paul May to put this project together... Without a doubt this is one of the best albums I have appeared on since my early days with Judas Priest and that says something having written and recorded several of my own works."
"This album was meant to be," explains Paul. "When Al agreed to do the vocals it inspired me to write specific tracks tailored for his voice. Not only did Al deliver in abundance, he did so with world class! It's what I'd call a 'Classic Hard Rock/Metal' album; that covers a wealth of subject matters and life experiences. It's all rock 'n' roll! And a real triumph to me in so many ways. I just feel blessed! To again, be involved with such a great vocalist and friend and end up with such a cracking album is a gift indeed - rock on!"
Atkins / May Project 'Fight' video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP2px44Q-Wg. For more information: www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk.
To purchase Atkins / May Project 'Serpent's Kiss': www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15396 / www.amazon.co.uk/Serpents-Kiss-Atkins-May/dp/B005OQ7VU2.

MRX has been updated with the following:
- Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer Demos (3CDs!)
- Dokken - Exciter 78 Demo (5 Trackds)
- Shania Twain - Live BBC Radio 2 - 2003
MRX Membership Details.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jimi Jamison has re-joined Survivor, after leaving the band in 2006 to focus on his solo career. The band's first album with Jamison, Vital Signs, is still praised by fans and critics alike as one of the best AOR albums of all time.
SurvivorJimi Jamison (vocals), Frankie Sullivan (guitar), Marc Droubay (drums), Billy Ozzello (bass) and Walter Tolentino (keyboards/guitar) – will begin working on a new album, expected for release in 2012.
"It feels great to be back with Frankie and the band, singing the songs that the fans love." says Jamison. Frankie Sullivan adds, "I'm excited to have Jimi back up front singing the hits, and giving the fans what they want."
Survivor experienced their big breakthrough in 1982 with Eye Of The Tiger, which soon turned into one of the biggest hits of the band's career, holding the #1 spot for seven weeks on the Billboard charts. Eye of the Tiger earned Survivor the Grammy® Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal¯ and the song was voted "Best New Song" by the People's Choice Awards and received an Academy® Award nomination. The song remains a cultural phenomenon and is one of the most downloaded rock songs of all time.
For more information on Survivor, visit www.survivormusic.com.

Frankie Sullivan co-founded Survivor with Jim Peterik, who made this comment via his Official Facebook Page: "Just like all of you I've heard that Jimi Jamison is back with Survivor. I wish them nothing but the best."

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the long awaited Mollo Martin new album entitled The Third Cage on January 20, 2012 in Europe and January 24 in North America.
Dario Mollo and Tony Martin first got together when the Italian guitar player/produced and composer needed the right singer after the put together a new set of songs in the late 90's. The former Black Sabbath singer came about on a suggestion from producer Kit Woolven (UFO, Thin Lizzy) with whom Dario Mollo had been working during his Crossbones years. Tony Martin wrote lyrics and melodies for the amazing tracks that Dario had already assembled, and thus The Cage was born.
The first album, released independently in 1999, gained a great success among the Hard Rock fans and the critics and Dario started finally to make himself a reputation over the international markets. This debut was later followed by an equally acclaimed second album in 2002.
Mollo has been very busy since then, releasing one more album with the Voodoo Hill project with Glenn Hughes. He then toured Europe with Graham Bonnet and Don Airey. After Don became a permanent Deep Purple member, Dario and Graham Bonnet put up Elektric Zoo, touring Europe again, performing songs from Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Voodoo Hill and The Cage. In 2008 Dario released an album with the more alt-rock Italian band Noize Machine, before getting again to work on a new set of Hard Rocking songs for a new record with Tony Martin.
"As usual we are 50/50 partners", explains Mollo. "I write all the music and Tony then contributes with the melodies and lyrics. We also try together different structures of the tracks and we rearrange them to better fit the vocal parts. Then I go ahead and take care of the entire production of the album, tracking, mixing and mastering".
The songwriting, the sound and the video production of this new project are absolutely stunning and show the great skills that Mollo has developed in the past few years. All Hard Rock lovers should simply not miss this record which bravely melts several influences in a cutting edge release. "There are much better songs, performances and production on this album, plus we will finally bring this project live out there: we have a lot of great songs to perform to our loyal fans, we look forward to meet them" concludes Dario Mollo.
The Third Cage will include the following tracks: Wicked World; Cirque Du Freak; Oh My Soul; One Of The Few; Still In Love With You; Can't Stay Here; Wardance; Don't Know What It Is About You; Blind Fury; Violet Moon; Wicked World (Videoclip).
The first single / video "Wicked World" can be streamed in full on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio. Enjoy the videoclip following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y83C_DX81E.
WebLinks: www.dariomollo.com / www.frontiers.it.
The Cage: Dario Mollo - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards; Tony Martin – Vocals with: Roberto Gualdi – Drums; Fulvio Gaslini – Bass; Dario Patti / Brian War – Keyboards.


Krea Film Producciones is glad to announce that the world's new AOR sensation, Work of Art, will play live in Madrid.
The band, originally founded by Herman Furin and Robert Sall in 1992, did not really kick-start until they were joined by singer Lars Sarfsund 15 years later. Work of Art has been considered by the majority of the specialized press as the best melodic hard rock band that has appeared in the scene in the last years, and their first album, "Artwork" (2008), has been rated as album of the year all over the world. This year, Work of Art has released their second master piece, "In Progress", following the path of the previous one with outstanding reviews all over the place.
Work of Art's concert in Madrid is the first one that the band is going to do outside their country (Sweden), thing that has created a huge expectation. The band members are very excited about this very unique and once in a blue moon show that melodic hard rock fans cannot miss. The night will be opened by another Sweden band, Dynazty, who will be introducing their second album "Knock You Down". A very young hard rock band with a sleazy touch that is aiming very high and is having a lot of success everywhere they play. Madrid will not be an exception.
January 21st, 2012 @ Ritmo y Compas, Madrid (Spain).
Tickets: 25 euros + fees at Sun Records, Tipo Rosa Negra and www.entradas.com available from November 18th. 28 euros at the venue the night of the show. Due to likely high demand we recommend to purchase the tickets well in advance.
More information via e-mail: produccion@kreaweb.es.

German-/Italian melodic-metallers Love.Might.Kill released their second video-clip "Down To Nowhere". The track is taken from their highly acclaimed debut-album "Brace For Impact" which was released in Europe through Massacre Records this year. Love.Might.Kill's first single "Pretty little mess" featured the very melodic side of the band while "Down to nowhere" is a heavy-uptempo-rocker.
Here´s the link: www.youtube.com/qpG3pEfWvP0.
Brace For Impact was released in Japan through Hydrant Music/EMI on November, 16th. The Japanese-edition of the album features a bonus-track called Satans Den.
"Brace For Impact" Japanese-Edition-Tracklist: 01. Tomorrow Never Comes 02. Calm Before The Storm 03. Pretty Little Mess 04. Caught In A Dream 05. Satans Den (Bonus-Track/Japan Only) 06. Through The Dawn 07. Brace For Impact 08. We Are The Weak 09. Down To Nowhere 10. Pray To Your God 11. Reach Out 12. The Answer 13. Will Love Remain.

Love.Might.Kill also welcomes Sascha Onnen (ex-Mob Rules) on keyboards as a permanent member. Commented drummer and producer Michael Ehré: "We´re absolutely happy to have Sascha on board! His incredible skills will lift Love.Might.Kill to another level!"
For further information please go to: www.lovemightkill.com.

It's always quiet just before the storm!!!! Accept's fifteen year break from the music business only served as a distant warning to the 2010 thunderous return of Accept to the metal forefront. Sweat soaked, table-sized club shows and triumphant appearances at the biggest rock festivals around the world created an excitement long not seen in the metal community. It was only natural that Accept's comeback album Blood Of The Nations entered the charts at #4, the band's highest entry in their legendary career! In addition, Blood Of The Nations charted high in countless other countries and cemented itself at #1 in many Reader Polls for a continuous 14 months! Accolades like "Album of the Year", "Metal Anthem of the Year" and many more kept pouring in. The fans, in admiration of their heroes, flocked in the thousands to their notorious live shows, and Nuclear Blast, their record company, was salivating with satisfaction!
Inspired by their fans' awe-inspiring reaction to their explosive live shows as well as the grandiose success of the comeback album, the band is now excited to jump right back into the studio and record another collection of heavy metal classics. To be called Stalingrad, the new Accept album is scheduled to be released via Nuclear Blast Records in the spring of 2012. It will once again be produced by English ueber-producer Andy Sneap who has long become a part of the Accept family.
As the saying goes… no rest for the wicked! Following the release of Stalingrad, Accept will continue their unstoppable, teutonic terror in 2012 and beyond, invading stages from North to South, from East to West, leaving all nonbelievers in their metallic dust!

German melodic metal band Freedom Call will release their new studio album Land Of The Crimson Dawn on February 24th in Germany, February 27th in Europe and February 28th in the USA/Canada.
Singer and Guitarist Chris Bay offers news to the fans: "We started in the beginning of September to record the first tracks for the new album. The band was working the past months intensely creative and did a fantastic job! Now we're happy and satisfied with the result and will finish the recordings in the next days!! The new studio album will include 14 full-valued songs and some very special bonus tracks. The title of the new Freedom Call studio album will be: "Land Of The Crimson Dawn"! A new world, a new dimension full of attraction, fascination and illusions. Let us travel together, far beyond in any power of imagination, through the Valley of the Crimson Dawn, an illuminating part of the glorious Land of Light. Immerse into the world of craft to fight, to enjoy the excitement to survive or surrender. Always on the edge to reality..."

Freedom Call live 2011
18.11. GB-London – Underworld
19.11. GB-Manchester – Roadhouse
20.11. GB-Wakefield – Snooty Fox
21.11. GB-Newcastle - Trillians
22.11. GB-Grimsby – Yardbirds
23.11. GB-Birmingham - Roadhouse
26.11. CH-Zurich - Dynamo
WebLinks: www.freedom-call.net / www.spv.de.

A Swiss only hard rock/AOR/Metal record and CD fair "Metalbörse 2011" is coming up end of November. The details are as follows as provided from the organizers:
"It is an event for lovers and fans of metal and rock music only (no pop, no jazz, no commercial stuff). Our approach is to give the rock fans here in Switzerland a possibility to find rare items, merchandise or gems of their favorite rock bands." Event: Metalbörse 2011 / Location: Stadtsaal Zofingen, Switzerland / Date: Saturday 26 Nov 2011 / Opening time: 9 am to 4 pm.

New Video from Swedish melodic metal band Golden Resurrection - Identity In Christ - First video from Golden Resurrection's second album Man With A Mission: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8rEbNJqqMA.
In the 80's Golden Resurrection vocalist Christian Liljegren discovered the music from Japan. "Yngwie Malmsteen, Europe and others were the musical heroes in my teens. They are still big influences in my music. Their breakthrough in Japan was huge and I dreamed about my own success in Japan." In 2008 Golden Resurrection was formed, together with Tommy ReinXeed (Reinxeed). Tommy is an incredible talented guitarist and vocalist. Late 2010 their release of the debut album "Glory To My King" entered the metal charts in Japan.
October 26, 2011 Golden Resurrection are back with their 2nd studio album Man With A Mission and it is again praised by Japanese media and the band started the Man With A Mission Tour in Sweden followed by dates in Norway & Germany and more dates and countries will follow during 2011/2012.
WebLinks: www.myspace.com/goldenresurrection / www.facebook.com/goldenresurrection.

St. Louis rockers Cavo have announced a series of special holiday shows set to take place in December. The shows are all in conjunction with local rock stations in the Midwest. Hot off the heels of a recent radio promo tour, the band is eager to get out and play some new tunes from their upcoming album Thick as Thieves. The album's lead single and title track continues to gain momentum at active rock radio, pushing in to the Top 30 this week. In addition to climbing the charts, "Thick As Thieves" has been steadily winning head-to-head battles on radio station's websites, beating out bands such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters.
"We've been itching to get out and play the new stuff for the fans," commented Cavo singer Casey Walker. "These select few shows close to home are a great way for us to get in game shape in anticipation of a nationwide tour in early 2012!"
Tour dates are as follows:
12/6 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO (KPNT Ho Ho Show)
12/7 Voodoo Lounge@ Harrah's, Kansas City, MO (KQRC Harley Party)
12/9 Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA (KAZR Not So Silent Night)
12/10 Twisted Spoke Saloon, Tremont, IL (WIXO Nutcracker Hangover)
Cavo has also launched their official music webstore at www.myplaydirect.com/cavo. Fans can preorder the upcoming full-length album, Thick as Thieves (Feb, 2012), and receive an instant download of the limited edition EP, Sounds From the Hollow, which features select tracks from the upcoming album as well as two bonus tracks produced by James Michael, unavailable elsewhere.
Sounds From the Hollow track listing: Thick As Thieves, Live Without It (Bonus), Hold Your Ground, Identity (Bonus), Thick As Thieves (Acoustic).
The new Cavo EPK saw its premiere on Monday (11/14) on AlternativeAddiction.com: bit.ly/cavoepkaa. The storyline traces Cavo's evolution over the past few years, and also features an Alternative Addiction exclusive interview with singer Casey Walker.

Help a MR.com reader - drumming for his life on the Queen Extravaganza: "I've been reading this site for many years now and I'm hoping that I could get help from other melodic rock fans on this site. I've been lucky enough to be selected as one of the semi finalists in the drum category for the Queen Extravaganza. Now it's up to the public and the top 3 drummers of the public vote get to go to LA to audition in front of Roger Taylor to be a part of the band. Could you please go to www.queenextravaganza.com/auditions and vote for me, Brian Butwin, in the drum category if you think my audition is good enough to get through to the finals? Thanks so much!!!" Good luck Brian!

Here is a clip studio report / interview for the 2nd Faithsedge record: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oDk4-P2D2CI.

The new Grand Design album Idolizer is now available on ITunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/album/idolizer/id478710828.

Australian guitar hero Joe Matera will be interviewed on Rich Davenport's Rock Show tonight (Thursday 17th November, 7-8pm UK time, www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 then available on the Listen Again feature at the same link for 3 weeks), and the show will feature two tracks from Joe's forthcoming EP "Slave To The Fingers" (released on November 28th on W.A.R. Productions), and Joe will be choosing tracks from some of his favourite bands, including Boston and Thin Lizzy. The show also brings you all the platters that matter, with old favourites and killer new cuts from Black Sabbath, Fiona, Oz, Samson, The Allman Brothers, Grand Illusion and more!

The band Harlow recorded a song a couple years ago called Pullin' the Strings - It's related to whats going on in the world today. Please check out the video when you get a chance, and if you are on the same page please click the "LIKE" button: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0Y_XKBGr9s.

The From Out Of Nowhere Podcast recently sat down with Michael Hannon and discussed the upcoming Salty Dog reunion gig in LA. fromoutofnowheremedia.tumblr.com/post/12028012884/episode-28-foon-smu-its-time-for-our-bi-weekly
From Out Of Nowhere also recently talked with Jason & the Scorchers guitarist Warner E. Hodges about the Scorchers and his new project, The Bluefields, with Dan Baird, Joe Blanton (Royal Court of China) and Steve Gorman (Black Crowes). fromoutofnowheremedia.tumblr.com/post/12509034573/episode-29-warner-e-hodges-this-week-we-sit.

Power Quest are pleased to finally reveal the identity of their new frontman, so please welcome Colin Callanan to the Power Quest family! Colin, 31, is from Galway, Ireland and will make his live debut with the band in Wakefield on November 27th. The show will be streamed "live" on the web! Previously Colin has been heard fronting his own projects "Dark Crystal" and "Karuna". You can check out Karuna here www.myspace.com/karunaweb.
Steve Williams commented, "We are thrilled to welcome Colin into the band. He impressed each and every one of us at his audition a couple of months back, and he really understands what Power Quest is all about. His voice and personality are exactly what we have been looking for. Welcome aboard brother!"
Colin added, "I'm really happy to be joining PQ! I've been following the band since their very first demo release and have already been singing PQ songs for many years to help me keep my vocal skills up to scratch. I've always thought it would be great to get the opportunity to sing with an internationally acclaimed outfit such as Power Quest, and was really glad when I got the invite from Steve to come over and jam with the band to see how the chemistry is. Well it was really cool hanging out with the PQ family over those days, and I tried to give them a good blast of my voice in the rehearsal room so they could see if my technique and style was what the band is after. We both agree it's a good match, and I'm really enthusiastic about being the new voice of PQ and offering as much as I can to the band on the old songs, as well as working with the guys to write new material together. I look forward to many gigs and tours, and plenty of craic as we say in Ireland!"

Colin's debut show will be broadcast live. Check in on the 27th here: snootyfoxlive.com/live-stream/
Power Quest + Evil Scarecrow + Dreamcatcher November 2011 27th Wakefield ­ Snooty Fox
Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/135472
Further information on: www.myspace.com/powerquest or www.power-quest.co.uk.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The premiere of the new Fergie Frederiksen video clip Follow Your Heart can be viewed on YouTube as linked below. The clip comes from Fergie's great new solo album Happiness Is The Road. This particular tune was penned by Jim Peterik.

June 29 and 30 the brand new festival KeeFest will take place at Åby Travbana (horse racing track) right outside Gothenburg city, Sweden. With an audience capacity of three (!!!!) soccer courts, KeeFest will make a lot of other European festivals look tiny. World famous superstar acts to be announced shortly, and as if there ever was any question about it; of course Kee Marcello Band will perform.
Kee Marcello Band will do their premiere festival concert on KeeFest. Tickets will soon be available. Check: www.keemarcello.com for updates.
New video: Redux: Europe: www.youtube.com/keemarcellotv.

Legendary rockers STYX--Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman­have teamed up with jewellery designer Diana Warner (www.dianawarnerstudio.com) to create the "Diana Warner for Styx" jewellery collection, which was made available exclusively on the band's official website (www.styxworld.com) on November 11, just in time for holiday shopping.
Each piece is hand-made in Diana Warner's New York City studio, with prices ranging from $55-$200. The first items available are eight dog tag necklaces made of 30 inch chains of gunmetal, antique gold or antique silver plate over brass. The charms are made of pewter and rose gold, gunmetal, antique gold or antique silver. They'll also be selling guitar pick earrings available in 4 finishes: gunmetal, rose gold, antique gold and antique silver, as well as antique gold and silver charms with one of the band's well-recognized lyrics, "Come Sail Away With Me."
This is only the first part of the "Diana Warner for Styx" collection. Multiple styles of limited edition charms will be created in 2012, which will be sold in a small number and will be considered collector's items. A full line of "Diana Warner for Styx" jewellery will be made available in 2012. This is the first collection Diana has designed for a band and collaborated on this project with singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw's wife, Jeanne Shaw.
"The second we saw Diana's pieces, we knew we wanted to work with her," says Jeanne. "We're so thrilled to be able to offer something very special to Styx's fans that's worlds different than anything we've done before. We hope they love the collection as much as we do."
In touring news, Styx is continuing to criss-cross the U.S. in support of Regeneration, Volume I & II, a double-disc collection of re-recorded classics that was released on October 4 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition to thirteen STYX classics and a brand new song "Difference In The World". Regeneration, Volume I & II also includes interpretations of "High Enough," and "Coming Of Age," originally recorded by Damn Yankees, which featured Tommy Shaw, along with Night Ranger's Jack Blades, Ted Nugent and drummer Michael Cartellone. The band had originally re-recorded these acclaimed anthems to sell only at their live shows, as they continued to tour the globe and introduce a new generation of fans to their chart-topping hits. Now, for the first time, this music has been made commercially available.

Check them out at any of the following stops (with more being added in the coming weeks):
Fri 12/16 Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer Theatre
Sat 12/17 Montgomery, AL Montgomery Performing Arts Center
1/25/12 Anaheim, CA The Grove
1/27/12 Temecula, CA Pechanga Casino
1/28/12 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Casino
2/10/12 Las Vegas, NV Green Valley Ranch/Grand Events Center
2/11/12 Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
3/9/12 Miami, FL Magic City Casino Amphitheater
3/10/12 Silver Springs, FL Twin Oaks Amphitheatre
WebLinks: www.styxworld.com / www.facebook.com/styxtheband / www.twitter.com/styxtheband.

Jon Oliva, one of music's most celebrated Singer/Songwriters (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Jon Olivas Pain) and fellow Drummer/Producer, Christopher Kinder (Jon Oliva's Pain) have announced the official start-up of "Mountain King Management."
MKM is focused on cultivating, producing, and promoting select artists throughout the United States and the international marketplace. And after 2 years of development, MKM would like to introduce The Eternal Affect as the first band signed to their new venture. TEA, with the help of MKM, will begin recording their debut release in early 2012.
Jon Oliva: "The thought of starting a Production/Management company has been a wild idea in our heads for a few years now. Chris and I felt that we had a credible package of songwriting/recording experience and a combined knowledge of today's music business. We were always aware of the changing musical arena, but with the sound and dedication of The Eternal Affect, it finally gave us a reason to move MKM forward. Niko Klimentos and the rest of the TEA line-up (including Top 60 2011 American Idol finalist, Casey Schuber) have created a one-of-a-kind mix of metal, hard rock, pop, and theatrical music. No two songs are alike, yet they are all filled with infectious melodies and passionate music performed with great precision. This level of talent is mind-boggling at such a young age. The future for TEA is very promising and I am stoked to be an integral part of their music and their future".
Christopher Kinder: "Between Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Jon Oliva's Pain responsibilities, we wanted to team up with the next generation of talent and see what we could do to help develop and direct a band that had their eyes firmly on the prize. TEA is just that band both musically and professionally. They have a unique ability to create one hook-filled dynamic song after another. They are all half the age of Jon and myself, yet they fully understand what it takes to write great songs... not for what is popular on today's radio but for what appeals to a wider range of audience tastes--both new and old. The combination of stellar songwriting, vocals, and performance make TEA a standout from the "clone" bands of today. And now the door has swung wide open to move this talented group to another level".

Please check out The Eternal Affect on Kickstarter to see how you can directly impact the recording and release of their debut CD. You'll be glad you did...
And check out "The Eternal Affect" on their Facebook page and listen to 14 demo samples now in the final stage of pre-production for their debut release in 2012. Sign up and be apart of all things TEA! www.facebook.com/TheEternalAffect.

Today is a big day for Lord Volture, for it is the release of their sophomore album Never Cry Wolf. The band want to express a big thanks to the people in Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Netherlands who already bought the pre-order of the new CD! As a teaser to the full album Lord Volture have uploaded another song, available on www.lordvolture.com. The full album can be ordered from www.lordvolture.com/merch.
The new Lord Volture album. A delicacy for the steel-hearted with upbeat thrash tracks, grandiloquent epics as well as catchy rockers that will definitely get some heads bangin'. Featuring master vocalist Sean Peck from US metal crusaders Cage! Deluxe digipack and 16-page booklet with superb artwork.
Tracklist: #01 Never Cry Wolf #02 Taiga #03 Wendigo #04 Celestial Bodies Fall #05 Korgon's Descent #06 Minutes to Madness #07 Necro Nation #08 I am King #09 Into the Lair of a Lion #10 Brother #11 The Wolf at your Door.
WebLinks: www.lordvolture.com / www.rockngrowl.com/lord-volture.

The debut album of a contemporary Hard Rock band from Italy. Bi-Polar Sluts are a contemporary Hard Rock band from Italy and Out-4-dinner is their first album produced by Cristiano Santini at Morphing Studios (Bologna - Italy), released by Black Fading Records, published by New Model Label and distributed in Italy by Audioglobe. A prominent feature is the past musical career of Bi-Polar Slut's drummer Paul Casali, formerly drummer of Raw Power, a powerful Italian Hardcore band, which during the 80's shared the stage in the U.S. with superstars such as: Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, Dead Kennedys, Suicidal Tendencies and many other.
For the first album single "Keep Screaming" a video has been shot and produced by Film Cartel Entertainment and directed by Hollywood producer Peter Dioni in southern California.
Next dates:
Dec 16th 2011 - "Out-4-Dinner" Release Party @ Vicolo Stretto - Colorno (Italy)
Jan. 14th 2012 - Bar Odissea Via Nazionale 32 43043 Borgo Val di Taro (Italy)
Jan. 28th 2012 - Caffe' Letterario - V.le Fratti n. 20 - Parma
March 3rd 2012 - Bandit Biker's Pub - Via dei Vetrai 6/a 43100 Parma (Italy)
...more dates coming soon...
Bi-Polar Sluts are: Mike Molinari (vocals) - Giux Morini (guitars) - Max Gavina (guitars) - Joe "Forlo" Forlini (Bass) - Paolo "Paul" Casali (Drums)
Tracklist: 1. Out-4-dinner (intro) 2. Aperiti"ve" 3. I can't stand it 4. Keep Screaming 5. Listen to me 6. Treat u bad 7. One Day 9. Never Trust a Woman 10. Believe 11. Prelude to... 12. Something to kill the pain 13. Sammy's Backyard 14. Back-4-Breakfast (Outro).
WebLink: www.bipolarsluts.com.

Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree just did an In-store in NYC at the famed J&R Music World. Check it out at: www.piercingmetal.com/wordpress/?p=9138.

Noize in The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com) on WNHU 88.7 FM New Haven CT airing Fridays 2-4PM EST (streaming on wnhu.net) just interviewed Tracii Guns & Dilana after a gig in Milford CT for the show but it was way too long and WAY too much swearing to use on the air, so we posted it online. Tons of dirt on Nikki, Phil and Steve, Axl.. dissing Jizzy and Gilby etc. www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdIim0PGIOA.

Rockpages Web Magazine in Greece talked with Jimi Jamison who revealed to us that he's back with Frankie Sullivan for a string of Survivor shows: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=6471&type=10&lang=EN.

"Trucker Diablo have been handpicked by promoters to support Black Stone Cherry on the Irish leg of their European tour. This is an amazing end to an amazing year for the Trucker Boys who have enjoyed the successes of playing at Download Festival 2011, being signed up by American based label Ripple Music and recently having their first American single, 'Drink Beer, Destroy', being added to Rock Band for the Xbox. Next year is already kicking into gear with Trucker being added to Hammerfest which will be headlined by Anthrax. Trucker's debut album, The Devil Rhythm, will be released through Ripple Music at the start of December, 2011. More on Trucker Diablo at www.truckerdiablo.com.

Matrex's Tony Dominelli's debut album Dominelli will be released internationally by Renegade Publicity in one short week (November 22)! You can listen to the album on Bandcamp and advanced digital sales are available now. Keep your eyes (and ears) open for more news, radio plays, and reviews. tonydominelli.bandcamp.com/album/dominelli / www.renegadeproductions.net/services/servicesPUBL.html.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Unfortunately the press release didn't arrive in time (stay tuned) and the man in question himself let slip what was going on - but right now I am very excited to confirm that vocalist Jimi Jamison is returning to the Survivor camp. Plans are still being formalized, but Jimi is returning to tour with the band - which will be stepping up it's performance schedule and also heading to Europe to play select festivals in 2012.
Frankie Sullivan told me personally yesterday that it was "a solid move" and "a step in the right direction" to get Jimi back in the fold to hit the road and in Frankie's words "go out and play the hits".
Jim Peterik is not involved at this time and there is currently no plans to record, but that will hopefully be updated once Jimi settles back in. Stay tuned for the formal press release.

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Primal Fear's new studio album entitled Unbreakable on January 20, 2012 in Europe and January 24 in North America.
After a sensational tour through South America in spring 2011, more dates in Europe plus an outstanding appearance on the 2011 edition of the Wacken Open Air, the band was fired up to enter the recording studio to start tracking their ninth studio album. The target was crystal clear - producer & bassist Mat Sinner: "After touring for two years without breaks, the guys realized the fan favourites very well and we wrote an untamed, powerful and crushing album together".
Unbreakable combines the skills of the strongest Primal Fear line-up ever, with a well-balanced "back to the roots" vibe and an ambitious learning process during their longest tour so far. Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like "Strike", "Give Em Hell" or the high speed track "And There Was Silence" will hit the bulls-eye, like the rhythm paced metal anthem, first single and new video clip "Bad Guys Wear Black". Less experiments, more rock! But there will be a nine-minute epic journey with a lot prog approach named "Where Angels Die", a classic wonderful ballad "Born Again" and the melodic power bomb "Metal Nation". Singer Ralf Scheepers adds: "the plan was to record an album for the fans with rough metal riffs, screaming vocals and good melodies ...... and finally it became a monster – a tough 'bang-your-head' metal album called "Unbreakable".
Magnus Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt are worldwide respected guitarists – together they are unbeatable! Ralf Scheepers vocal performance shines bright on a new level on all new songs. And what can go wrong if you're backed by one of the best rhythm sections in metal with Randy Black and Mat Sinner? Plus backing vocals by the "Fantastic Four": Ralf Scheepers, Mat Sinner, Erik Martensson and Oliver Hartmann. You can hear the result on Primal Fears new statement called "Unbreakable"!
Unbreakable was produced by Mat Sinner, engineered and mixed by Achim Koehler & the House Of Music studios and some more studios in Germany & Sweden between summer and autumn 2011 and will include the following tracks: Unbreakable (Part1); Strike; Give 'Em Hell; Bad Guys Wear Black; And There Was Silence; Metal Nation; Where Angels Die; Unbreakable (Part 2); Marching Again; Born Again; Blaze Of Glory; Conviction; Night Of The Jumps (Bonus Track)*; Bad Guys Wear Black (Video)* / * Only available in the first pressing in digipak.
Unbreakable will be anticipated by the digital only release of the single Bad Guys Wear Black which will be available for download and streaming on December 5. The single will also include "Metal Nation" in an exclusive single mix.
Don't miss the German Metal Commando when they're coming to your town!
Primal Fear: Ralf Scheepers – Vocals; Alex Beyrodt – Guitars; Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards; Randy Black – Guitars; Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals.


German melodic rock label Avenue Of Allies' next four releases are due for release on December 9. The detail sof which are as follows. Expect Showcases of all three titles soon.

Angeline - Disconnected - Angeline looks back on a vivid band history of more than two decades. After the band's foundation back in 1987, when most of the boys were still in their teens, they played their first gigs together. Inspired by the unexpected success of "Confessions" (2010), their first full length album of all original new material, the Swedish band Angeline now delivers the much anticipated follow-up "Disconnected". This album now picks up where "Confessions" left off and with only two albums under their belt the band has managed to create its very own sound. It's a unique combination of Melodic Rock, a genre that was popular when Angeline first started out more than twenty years ago, with super catchy hooklines, multi layered harmonies in Harem Scarem fashion and a healthy dose of Modern Rock, which shows their wide range of influences from bands such as Daughtry, 3 Doors Down and the recent Bon Jovi albums and for good measure a bit of the Retro Hard Rock sound ą la Airbourne and Bullet is added.
The album features a crisp and powerful production by the band's guitarist Jocke Nilsson and a state-of-the-art mastering by Björn Engelmann (Stage Dolls, Wig Wam, Within Temptation, Williams/Friestedt).
More on the web: www.angelinetheband.se.
Angeline are: Jocke Nilsson - Lead Vocals & Guitar; Janne Arkegren – Guitar; Uffe Nilsson – Bass; Tobbe Jonsson – Drums & percussion. Guest musicians: Micke Stenberg - Backing Vocals; Johan Bobäck - Strings on "Solid Ground".


Coastland Ride - On Top Of The World & Coastland Ride +3 (remastered) - In the fall of 2011, the Swedish band and German record company Avenue Of Allies started a partnership resulting in the release of "On Top Of The World" and a remastered re-release of the self-titled Coastland Ride debut album. In addition to a significantly improved sound, the re-issue of the band's debut which was originally released in 2003 on the AOR Heaven label also includes three bonus tracks in the form of the unreleased songs "Jenny's Heart", "The World Is Not Enough" and "Pitch Black Ride" from the original recording sessions. The brand new record "On Top Of The World" is an album that picks up the Coastland Ride trademarks from the debut while refining the band's sound with a top notch production. Each song has its unique style and the tunes come to life through catchy melodies and tasteful arrangements, with the lyrics being just as important as the music. Sven Larsson (Street Talk/ Lionville) guests on half of the songs on the new album on solo guitar.
The songs were recorded at various studios in Sweden in 2011, produced by Coastland Ride and mixed by the band together with Patrik Norman. Jonas Ekström was in charge for the mastering of the new CD as well as for the remastering of "Coastland Ride".
More on the web: www.myspace.com/coastlandride.
Coastland Ride are: Markus Nordenberg - Lead & background vocals, add. Keyboards; Anders Rybank - Guitars, keyboards, bass & programming; Mikael Bohlin - Guitars, keyboards & programming.
Guest musicians on On Top Of The World: Sven Larsson - Guitar solos on 1, 2, 5, 7, 11; Leif Eriksson - Guitar solos on 3, 8, 10; Morgan Östlin – saxophone solo on 4; Patrik Norman – guitars, bass, keyboards, drums & programming on 7, 8; Mikael Cederholm, Benka Jansson : Backing vocals on 5; Maria Ritzén – female vocals on 10; Mark Woznicki – the voice on 10.
Guest musicians on Coastland Ride: Per Stenvall - Guitar solo on "Believe in Me"; Anders Ringman - Guitar solo on "Eyes"; Tomas Coox - Rhodes piano on "Eyes"; Benka Jansson & Mikael Cederholm - Backing Vocals.


Iain Ashley Hersey - Vintage Love – Best Of - Growing up in New England, Iain Ashley Hersey cut his teeth on the heavier British Rock Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Bad Company and guitar players like Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Certainly influenced by the voices from the past he's always strived to grow musically and develop his own style of which he has now most certainly carved out his own unique voice and signature. Later seeking to expand his musical vocabulary he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he expanded his realm into that of Jazz improvisation, eventually though he returned to the fold of Rock 'n' Roll. "Vintage Love" is the name of his brand new release, a compilation including the best of Iain's previous work which consists of the albums Fallen Angel (1999), The Holy Grail (2005) and Nomad (2008). With Red Head Rampage one previously unreleased bonus track was added. Among the musicians joining Iain for the records is an impressive cast of top notch vocalists like Paul Shortino (ex-Quiet Riot), Doogie White (ex-Rainbow), Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, MSG) and Carsten Schulz (Evidence One).
This release will without a doubt appeal to fans of Classic Rock, Hard Rock and Melodic Rock bands, but also for lovers of Blues influenced Classic Rock artists such as Black Country Communion, Philip Sayce, Richie Kotzen and Joe Bonamassa, Iain Ashley Hersey has a lot to offer.
More on the web: www.facebook.com/iainashleyhersey.
Musicians: Iain Ashley Hersey - Guitars, bass, Hammond; Lead Vocals: Graham Bonnet, Dante Marchi, David "Swan" Montgomery, Carsten "Lizard" Schulz, Paul Shortino, Mike Stone, Doogie White, Randy Williams; Guitars: Steffen "Seegi" Seeger; Bass: Paul Logue, Jochen Mayer, Marvin Sperling, Dave Sutton; Drums: Sam Aliano, Jimmy Griego, Bernd Herrmann, Frank Kraus, Tony Medeiros; Hammond / Keyboards: Jim Austin, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Pat Regan, Holger Seeger, Harlan Spector; Orchestration: Philip Wolfe.


Guitarist Kevin Russell (707, Ted Nugent, Taxxi) has sent out this update for fans: "Looks like 2012 is gonna be a busy year. I have planted a few seeds and worked hard this past year. Along with signing to TEI Entertainment Group as my new presenting agents. I must say they are getting my Cream Of Clapton Show some very cool dates (more on that coming up later..) www.creamofclapton.blogspot.com.

I was asked to join The Hit Men All Stars in 2012 which includes some of my longtime classic rock buddies. Dates start in April thru the fall. It will include (the States, Mexico, Europe, South America and Canada). paradigmlive.com/artist/HitMenAllStars.html
The Hit Men are: Curly Smith (drums and vocals) Boston; Jimmy Crespo (guitar & vocals) Aerosmith/Rod Stewart; Billy Burnette (guitar and vocals) Fleetwood Mac; Jack Sonni (guitar & vocals) Dire Straits; Steve Augeri (vocals) Journey; Gary Moon (bass & vocals) Night Ranger/3 Dog Night/Cheap Trick; Dizzy Reed (keyboards) Guns n Roses; Kevin Russell (guitar & vocals) 707/Ted Nugent/Whitesnake.

Alessandro Del Vecchio of Ivorytears Music Works is pleased to announce that his company signed this marvellous Progressive Rock Space Opera featuring the likes of Amanda Somerville, Gregg Bissonette, Magnus Jacobson, Tony Franklin, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Watson, John Payne, Göran Edman and Tony Mills.
Alessandro and the main man behind the whole opera, Douglas R. Docker of the famous AOR rockers Biloxi, are shopping for a worldwide release early next year and Ivorytears Music Works will manage exclusively all licenses, A&R and business matters for Dockers Guild.

Docker's Guild - The Mystic Technocracy (Season I: The Age of Ignorance) - A Progressive Rock Space Opera by Douglas R. Docker.
Musicians: Douglas R. Docker (Biloxi, Area 51): keyboards, lead vocals (track 3), backing vocals (tracks 1 – 8 , 10), spoken voice (track 4)
John Payne (Asia): lead and backing vocals (tracks 2, 6)
Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Nostradamus, Karma): lead and backing vocals (tracks 4, 10), spoken voice (track 4)
Tony Mills (TNT, Shy): lead and backing vocals (tracks 5, 7, 8)
Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Epica): lead and backing vocals (track 10)
Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather): drums (tracks 1 – 4, 7 – 10)
Magnus Jacobson (Miss Behavior): drums (tracks 5, 6)
Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, Whitesnake, The Firm): bass
Guthrie Govan (Asia): guitars
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother's Army): rhythm guitar (tracks 1, 3, 5), 12-string guitar (track 3), first solo (track 5)
Donald D. Docker: alto and tenor sax (track 1), clarinet (tracks 1, 8, 10), spoken voice (tracks 1, 4)
Additional spoken voices: Silvana Momigliano (track 4) Touria Nouri (track 4) Andrea Rampa (Rustfield) (track 4) Janthana Rodjakkhen (tracks 3, 4) Davide Ronfetto (Rustfield) (track 4)

Docker's Guild is the solo effort of Douglas R. Docker, who put his talent and writing skill into The Mystic Technocracy, an opera which unfolds over 5 "seasons". The first season, called "Season I: The Age of Ignorance", sees the participation of worldwide acclaimed musicians like Gregg Bissonette, Magnus Jacobson, Tony Franklin, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Watson, John Payne, Göran Edman, Amanda Somerville, Tony Mills and many others. Docker's Guild, even if inspired by progressive masters like Yes, ELP, Dream Theater and Genesis, lives on its own sounds which is a very personal mixture of progressive roots played and crafted by mainly AOR musicians. Indeed, this is one of Douglas Docker's main goals: to have AOR musicians play prog rock and metal. That's why in the lineup we see people like Tony Mills, Göran Edman and Jeff Watson, known to the world as melodic rock artists, who are surprisingly put into a progressive outfit.
Docker's Guild takes its name after a word game between the name of the leader and an episode of the sci-fi series called Babylon 5. In one of the episodes there was a plot about the Dockers' Guild revolting against their bosses. Douglas just moved the apostrophe and that's how the project started.
Douglas R. Docker has worked with a lot of acclaimed artists like Tony Franklin, Tim Bogert, Shining Line and Graig Goldie besides being the keyboardist for internationally acclaimed melodic rock band Biloxi. Biloxi's debut "Let The Games Begin" obtained worldwide success, reaching n. 10 in the Japanese charts (Burrn! Magazine) and n. 1 in England as the best import CD of 1993 (Kerrang! Magazine), as well as collecting an impressive amount of rave reviews worldwide. Biloxi toured the Los Angeles club scene extensively in 1993-1994, regularly headlining and selling out all the legendary Sunset Strip clubs, such as the Roxy, the Wiskey ą Gogo and the Troubadour, among others. Biloxi then went on a promotional tour in Mississippi which culminated by headlining a show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi (MS) in January 1994.

Concept - The Mystic Technocracy is a new and exciting science-fiction story and music project that has been in development for a number of years. It is the fictional outcome of a very simple observation: for 4000 years man has tortured, murdered, waged warfare and committed genocide in the name of the same God worshiped by Christians, Jews and Muslims, the three monotheistic religions. It is not a story against religion, but it is a story about the madness of man when he falls under the influence of fanatical dogmatic faith. This religious premise has then been plugged into a science-fiction universe, in which religion was created by a silicon-based life form, the Mystic Technocracy, in order to control, manipulate and eventually destroy humanity.

Music - The sound of The Mystic Technocracy results from the mixture of several music styles. Progressive rock is the main driving force, with Yes, ELP, Dream Theater and Genesis being particularly influential. The songwriting and vocal arrangements have also been inspired by melodic rock and AOR acts, mostly Asia and Journey. More subtle and unusual influences come from Duran Duran, David Bowie, Jean-Michel Jarre and obscure French space-rock act the Rockets. The project therefore contains complex multi-section suites, more straightforward rock songs or ballads, as well as more unusual instrumental or groove-oriented tracks.
The music is mainly keyboard-oriented and Douglas's fine instrumental work is inspired by musicians like Geoff Downes, Gregg Giuffria and Keith Emerson. The album is a 79 minutes long opera, 10 songs among which 2 long suites, in the perfect tradition of progressive masters' albums from the past.
Docker's Guild can easily become a reference point in the progressive scene. The album stands for its songwriting, vocal arrangements, superb keyboards work and the deep and well-structured concept. Class-A mix by Simon Hanhart, producer of Asia, Marillion and Arena.
Mastered by Mike Lind (Dio, Talisman, Candlemass, Edge of Forever, Moonstone Project) and with a superb visionary artwork by Carl Andrč Beckston of Monowasp Design.
A snippet of the album can be heard at this link: www.edgeofforever.it/promotion/dockers_guild.html.

Scottish rockers Attica Rage have announced the departure of long-term bassist Colin 'Big C' Walls. In an official statement posted on their Facebook page, the band explains, "We regret to announce that Big C has decided to step away from Attica Rage with immediate effect and we have accepted his resignation. The band has achieved a huge amount over the last couple of years and we have even bigger, exciting plans ahead including UK and European touring and a new album. But with these plans comes a huge amount of commitment and a certain amount of risk that every band member has to take. C has been part of Attica Rage since day one and has been through all the highs and lows together with Richie, Jonny and Stevie. But he has different priorities in his personal life now and he can't fully offer the level of commitment we need going forward." Big C added further: "I've left for personal reasons and I can no longer commit to the band the way I used to. I wish the band all the success". Attica Rage confirms that there is no animosity between them, they part on good terms and that they remain friends.
Attica Rage are now inviting applications from interested bass guitarists to join the band at the start of a new, exciting chapter. Auditions will be held in Glasgow in January 2012 with the successful person in place for rehearsals in the lead-up to tour dates in spring. Interested bassists should read the criteria posted on the band's Facebook page and contact the band at info@atticarage.com, including a music CV / biography along with photo and links to music or videos of their performances.
After signing to Rocksector Records earlier this year for the release of their critically-acclaimed, second album 'Road Dog', the album was launched with a live showcase on the main stage at Hammerfest III and an appearance at the HRH RoadTrip in Ibiza. At home in Glasgow, they headlined 'Rock For Funds', helping to raise over £4000 for the Yorkhill Children's Foundation. In summer, the band opened the Metal Hammer stage at the High Voltage Festival in London sharing a festival bill with Judas Priest, Slash, Thin Lizzy and Dream Theater, amongst others. Attica Rage recently completed a UK headline tour promoting the 'Road Dog' album and a short tour supporting Die So Fluid. 2012 will see the band tour the UK extensively along with additional dates in Europe, summer festivals and plans to record their third album.
Attica Rage end a successful 2011 with three UK headline shows in December. They'll be joined on these shows by a temporary stand-in bassist. Dates include Friday 16th Dec at Mello Mello, Liverpool; the all-day Metal Gods TV Christmas party on Saturday 17th at Intake Club, Mansfield and Sunday 18th at Lock 42, Leicester. There is also a special solo acoustic event taking place on Thursday 29th December at Captains Rest, Glasgow under the banner 'PunkRockBlues' featuring Attica singer Jonny Parr, JonZip from punk band The Zips and alt.blues hellraiser and Attica collaborator Dave Arcari. Jonny will be performing acoustic versions of songs from the new 'Road Dog' album. Tickets for all shows are on sale now – check out the official Attica Rage Facebook page for ticket links and more info about bass player auditions at www.facebook.com/AtticaRageOfficial

Monday, November 14, 2011

Survivor have parted ways with singer Robin McAuley, ending a five year association with the band. He joined shortly after the release of the band's last studio album Reach (which featured Jimi Jamison on vocals). Robin posted this message on his Facebook page: "Thank you all for 5 great years with Survivor. It's now time to explore new and exciting opportunities. I look forward seeing you soon."

So what's next for the band? Well, I talked to guitarist Frankie Sullivan today and I expect to be able to post the official press release in the next 24hrs. And Frankie has offered his time for a full interview, which I will do later this week/early next week to discuss all the future plans in details.

Interesting story appeared late Friday on Billboard.com, after I broke news via Twitter that Van Halen had ditched plans to sign to Columbia and chose LA based Interscope Records instead. Read below for a little more inside information on the signing.
Here's my take - I was told the band wanted a "hipper" label - they got that - but they also wanted a LA based label to be closer to the action and the decisions that would need to be made over the next 6 months (with the album and tour etc..)
Read through the insider comments below and it seems that was indeed the case, but I was surprised to read that it was singer David Lee Roth that was making this demand, as it seems the plan is to have him front and centre for upcoming PR push.

This to me is an interesting point. The Van Halen camp want us to believe that the band is a united team....but I see this more as the Van Halen Brothers being acutely aware that they must keep DLR happy, as he is their only option to move forward and continue touring/recording...or at the heart of it...making money!
The band simply had to fulfil fan demands for the DLR partnership from 2008 to continue and (finally) record a new album after 13 years wait. Going back to Sammy Hagar certainly wasn't an option. I can't see how that will ever work again after Sammy's book and continued comments on the state of VH....plus the fact Sammy won't return without Michael Anthony.
And moving forward with a 4th lead singer, or a collaboration of various singers on one album (something we've continually heard Eddie would like to do), would cause such a revolt amongst fans (still burnt from the Gary Cherone album/tour) that any hope of making big bucks on tour would be wiped clean.

So David Lee Roth is the lynch pin in this scenario, and therefore holds all the power. Signing to Interscope is an interesting decision and I for one hope that it comes together nicely for the band. If Roth is to do the bulk of the press, one wonders if Eddie will be available at all? After all, there is a lot of questions fans and press have for him.
It will be interesting to see if this VH/DLR relationship is authentic and if there is genuine chemistry between the guys on record and on stage. I for one think that is crucial.
And one thing remains absolutely vital. This new studio record must absolutely 100% kick some serious ass. On a lighter note - as a die-hard Van Halen fan, it's nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's good to feel excited about new music coming our way.

From Billboard: Van Halen To Sign With Interscope / By Shirley Halperin, THR / www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/van-halen-to-sign-with-interscope-1005511802.story

"Iconic rock band Van Halen are set to sign with Interscope Records, says a source familiar with the negotiations. The deal is expected to be finalized next week, marking the first time in 35 years that the band will not release music through Warner Music, its longtime label home.
It had been rumored -- and reported -- that the band was joining the Columbia Records roster. In fact, an insider tells The Hollywood Reporter that the contract for the Sony deal was drawn up and approved but hadn't been signed when Universal Music stepped into the picture.
The signing was a group effort involving UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, UMG International COO Max Hole, Interscope Geffen A&M vice chairman Steve Berman and Interscope's Jimmy Iovine, who, says a source, "heard the band was available and wanted to work with them. It was decided at the 11th hour." What came next was a series of meetings that presented the band with a global plan that included extensive marketing, merchandising, touring and, of course, recordings.
So what derailed the Columbia deal? The usual rock band complications, says an insider. While the group reunited with original singer David Lee Roth in 2006, the Sony label could not come to terms with Roth, who has a separate management, legal and accounting team than the other three members, guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his son Wolfgang (who replaced bassist Michael Anthony) and drummer Alex Van Halen. The main issue for Roth? He was apparently adamant about being on a west coast label. "He was never on board [with Columbia]," says the source. "It was as complicated as anyone would imagine, when one side says black, the other says white. The label was pretty sceptical that things would work out."
It's expected that as frontman, Roth will have to carry much of the marketing burden and it seems the band members ultimately want their singer to be happy with the deal which is why they went with Universal's west coast-based Interscope.
A new album, their first studio effort since 1984, is believed to be nearly finished with the hope that it can be released in 2012. The band is expected to make a "special announcement" on Nov. 30 at the Grammy Awards nominations concert, which will air live on CBS from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater.
An Interscope rep had no comment."

Mr. Big are in the process of mixing another live album - this time I think it was recorded on the US leg of the 2011 tour - featuring a set list to die for. Stay tuned...

Royal Hunt: a teaser for the first single – ¯Hard Rain´s Coming from the upcoming new album has been uploaded (available for download from November 14 including a live version of Martial Arts recorded at ProgPower USA in 2009): www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAUUgxREqDY.

For the first time, Steve Grimmett will appear live on stage in Australia during March 2012. As one of the leading voices of 80's heavy metal Steve's body of work is breathtaking, as lead vocalist for Grim Reaper, Lionsheart, Onslaught, Empires of Eden and touring internationally with his Steve Grimmett band. The material performed will cover his entire career.
Along with Steve is a band selected from the crčme of Australian heavy metal talent featuring members from Paindivision, Ex-Dungeon, Empires of Eden, Dragonsclaw and The Amenta. Special guests will include the rising stars of Australian heavy metal Darker Half, Tasmanian power metallers Taberah and Sydney Based Dragonsclaw.
Special early buy tickets are available now for $35 - these will sell out! Visit www.helldownunder.com for all information and the official YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/user/helldownunder2012.

11/13/2011 - Danbury, CT - Elegant Stealth represents a benchmark in the evolution of Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock. Signature twin-lead melodies and a powerhouse rhythm section frame 11 new tracks that reflect a diverse realm of styles and moods. Elegant Stealth will be released on ZXY Music on November 25th.
Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has more than 20 original studio recordings and several live albums to their credit. On Elegant Stealth, the group coalesces around strong songwriting and serious chops. Founding member Andy Powell handles lead vocals and trades licks with Finland's guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 14-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain's new breed of drummers, having played with Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.
The band demonstrates its versatility on Elegant Stealth, from the pop/rocker 'Reason to Believe'¯ to the gentler vibe of Give it Up to tunes Warm Tears and Big Issues where the band gets to stretch out and flex its musical muscles.
Guest artists appearing on the new CD include Deep Purple's Don Airey, who played Hammond B3 organ on the instrumental Mud-slick, and Ireland's Pat McManus played fiddle on Can't Go It Alone, which he penned specially for Wishbone Ash.
Citing Wishbone Ash as an influence on their style, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Southern Rock outfits like Lynyrd Skynyrd and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth and some of the guitar-based Indie/Alternative bands, have all taken a little something from the legendary twin-guitar approach of Wishbone Ash. Truly, there is no other rock band on the planet that has done more with the twin guitar concept than the Ash.
The band's recent dates in Japan and arena shows in South Africa were a prelude to a 6-week European tour to support Elegant Stealth starting in early January. The States will be visited in April with summer festival work there and in Europe in 2012.
Tour dates and more information can be found at www.wishboneash.com. To download electronic press kit: www.wishboneash.com/epk.

Winterland have a free download up on Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/Ewige-Beginner/dp/B00631WIK0. This version of the song "Ewige Beginner" is a duet with Kahira, a female singer from Boeblingen who is signed to the same label.

Bronz will be unleashing the classic band line-up with Max Bacon back in the front seat on lead vocals, Shaun Kirkpatrick (Guitar) and Paul Webb (Bass) from the original line-up, Clive Edwards Ex UFO (Drums) and Mickey 'O' Donoghue Ex Grand Prix (Guitar), it should be a memorable occasion, were looking forward to see you all there! Into the Eye of The Storm!

Voodoo Six are starting a tour this week. Check out the details below.

I want to thank everyone for the response over the last few days to yet another donation drive for the site. The response and feedback - and generosity - of those that donated is humbling and greatly appreciated. No time to breathe easy, but at least I can now continue working on a long term plan.
As stated in my initial comments, it isn't easy to reach out for help and hopefully this will be the last time for a while. There was a couple of questions raised about my last fund raising drive for the new MelodicRock website.
Again, as stated, I am having some difficulties with the web design company I chose in the USA and am currently trying to get those issues sorted so this site can be completed and delivered. The site has been fully paid for with those donations and I remain excited about what a new updated design and new ideas will bring to the site and those using it. Thanks for hanging in there.

On a lighter note - my UK Postal Stalker is back with his 3rd missive - a brilliantly stated analysis of "missed opportunities" in my questioning of Steve Perry. Except the guy obviously can't read, as you will understand by checking out my Facebook post on the anonymous letter! Check it out: www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-McNeice/541722325.

11/11/11 - Nigel Tufnel Day

Van Halen have gone against initial talk of signing to Columbia and have instead signed with LA based Interscope Records. It is believed that the band wanted to work with a label that was based closer to their own base - therefore LA over the NYC based Columbia. My source that told me of this news yesterday stated that another factor in the band's decision was "that they did not deem Columbia Records "hip" enough" - preferring to go with the more contemporary Interscope label, which was thought to be a better fit.
The band's first album with David Lee Roth since the 1984 opus is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2012.

Escape Music are pleased to announce their first release of 2012 - vocalist Lee Small and his solo album Jamaica Inn - due out January 20.
Track List: Jamaica Inn / The Captain's Quarters / Black Bess / Walk the Plank / Shine A Light / Dead Man Walking / Voyager / I am the sea / Smuggler's Blues / Waiting for the Hangman / End of the road / The Renegade Accordion Player.
Guests Musicians: Martin Kronlund: Guitars (Gypsy Rose); Imre Daun: Drums (Don Patrol, Gypsy Rose); Paul Bradder: Keyboards (Saracen).

Audio Preview: Jamaica Inn (2 Minute Edit)

Lee Small hails from the West Midlands in the U.K, a place that has brought a wealth of talent in rock music & heavy metal gentry, such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Magnum, John Bonham, Slade, Mel & Tom Galley & the voice of rock, Glenn Hughes to name just a few.
Lee started out originally as a bass player in bands at just the age of 14 years and was playing the midlands pub scene at 15. He took up guitar in 1986 and became a vocalist fronting a band for the first time 3 years later, then, quite by accident as the band he was playing in at the time kept losing the vocalist, they all decided to have a go at singing and he ended up getting the job!!
Since then, Lee has been quietly climbing the ladder to success. In the 1990's Lee fronted UK Melodic Rockers "Pride" and had the opportunity to tour with up and coming bands at the time such as Winger, Skin and Thunder. In the late 90's he formed Native Cain with ex-Pride members and released the album "Primitive Soul" with them in 1998. During 2000 he has been involved with Rock legends "Budgie" and Eric Bell's "Thin Lizzy". It was not long before Escape Music recognized his vocal talent and Lee features on Escape Music releases Surveillance ("Angelstation" ESM132) and Cloven Hoof ("Eye of the Sun" ESM133), not forgetting Tom Galley's Psychofantasy project ESM125 where Lee sang alongside such people as Tony Martin, Keith Murrell and Glenn Hughes.

More recently Lee took to the mike stand for legendary UK melodic rockers Shy (ESM232), and has helped create a marvellous piece of music which has received reviews of epic proportions. Lee Small is a name at the forefront of the rock scene at present and what a time to unleash his very own solo outing, an album which is full of surprises. Lee has given us a bluesy rock album that features contributions from Martin Kronlund (Gypsy Rose), Imre Daun (Don Patrol, Gypsy Rose) and Paul Bradder (Saracen). This is Lee at his finest, and this solo outing will see him take his talent to new heights.
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


The following four new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price of £10.99 each for the next two weeks ending on 27th November.

Orion The Hunter 'S/T' CANDY119 / The debut Boston album is not only regarded as one of the greatest rock albums of all time but it is also one of the biggest sellers. Its influence was all pervasive and set the standards for years to come. Behind the scenes, however, things were not going as smoothly as they seemed. Indeed, by the turn of the decade the band had all but imploded, with guitarist Barry Goudreau being the first to head off for pastures new.
Initially, Goudreau recorded a well-received solo album, but a part of him still longed to be a member of a fully functioning band. With this goal in mind, he set about forming a new outfit, named, rather enigmatically, Orion The Hunter. Featuring lead vocalist Fran Cosmo - a man who would, somewhat ironically, later go on to actually join Boston - bassist Bruce Smith and former Heart drummer Michael DeRosier, the quartet spent nearly a year crafting a selection of songs that would form the basis of a quite remarkable album.
Recorded at the renowned Power Station Studios in New York, the album was universally praised for its wealth of great songs, progressive arrangements and a sound built on the very foundations of Boston itself – Barry's guitar work in particular ringing with that unmistakeable tone. A truly first rate record and long recognised as a classic of its kind.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, new interview with Barry Goudreau & Fran Cosmo and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. All Those Years 2. So You Ran 3. Dreamin' 4. Dark And Stormy 5. Stand Up 6. Fast Talk 7. Too Much In Love 8. Joanne 9. I Call It Love.

Skin 'S/T' CANDY118 / During the early 90s traditional hard rock had virtually been eradicated. Its presence overshadowed by the arrival of grunge, a primeval sludge reliant on down-tuned guitars and depressing lyrics. The grunge master plan was to exterminate melodic blues based rock and wipe it from the face of the earth. Fortunately, though, all was not lost. Central to the fightback were dedicated, hardnosed bands who were not content to take matters lying down. Whilst the Black Crowes and Brother Cain fought for their right to rock in the US, the UK hit back hard with exciting, young, chart bound talent that included Little Angels, Thunder and, of course, Skin.
Formed from the ashes of respected Brit rock outfits Kooga and Jagged Edge and led by guitarist extraordinaire Myke Gray, Skin managed to confound the critics by securing heavy weight management, from Sanctuary (Iron Maiden) and a major label record deal from Parlophone. Their belief and the band's talent paid handsome dividends, helping to deliver 'Money', a top 20 hit single, and subsequently a top 10 UK album. Tours sold out and reviews were gushing. It was an amazing achievement.
Originally issued in 1994, and produced by Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne), Skin's self-titled debut album is big on hard hitting guitar riffs, killer hooks and meticulous production. Of course, the icing on the cake is vocalist Neville McDonald, a veritable iron lunged howler in the finest Coverdale/ Rodgers mould.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 7 bonus tracks, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, new interview with Myke Gray and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Money 2. Shine Your Light 3. House Of Love 4. Colourblind 5. Which Are The Tears 6. Look But Don't Touch 7. Nightsong 8. Tower Of Strength 9. Revolution 10. Raised On Radio 11. Wings Of An Angel Bonus Tracks: 12. Monkey 13. Should I Stay Or Should I Go 14. Pump It Up 15. Good Good Lovin' 16. This Planet's On Fire 17. Take It Easy 18. Take Me Down To The River.


Helix 'Long Way To Heaven' CANDY131 / Helix were a band you could always count on to deliver; live they were like an explosion in a circus and on record they served up numerous hard rock anthems. Furthermore, they were relentless hard workers, banging out classy albums in the blink of an eye and touring the world like men possessed. The smart money was on Helix not only making the grade but also setting the bar for Canadian rock in general.
'Long Way To Heaven', originally issued in 1985, was the band's third album for Capitol records, their two previous records having elevated them from interesting contenders to hot-shot upstarts with their eyes set firmly on the prize. Naturally, this album doesn't disappoint either, erupting with a fine selection of sing-it-shout-it party rock anthems to rival the most successful bands of the era. Tracks such as 'Ride The Rocket', 'School Of Hard Knocks', 'Bangin' Off-A The Bricks' and the title track itself leave no stone unturned in the quest for the perfect hard rock anthem.
Issued to universal acclaim, Helix's hard work paid off, especially in Europe where it shot straight to the #1 spot on the Swedish album charts. Elsewhere, the reception was equally as warm, allowing the band to continue their relentless touring schedule and driving home the message that Helix were one of the hottest tickets on the scene.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. The Kids Are All Shakin' 2. Deep Cuts The Knife 3. Ride The Rocket 4. Long Way To Heaven 5. House On Fire 6. Christine 7. Without You (Jasmine's Song) 8. School Of Hard Knocks 9. Don't Touch The Merchandise 10. Bangin' Off-A-The Bricks.

Helix 'Wild In The Streets' CANDY132 / Canadian hard rock band Helix had been on the verge of breaking big with five previous albums already tucked under their belt. Signed to Capitol Records and benefitting from unrelenting promotion, the band toured the world establishing themselves not only in America and Canada but also in Europe, a territory that embraced the band as if they were their very own. 'Wild In The Streets' was the band's fourth, and final, album for Capitol. It was a record of familiar components; big hooks, teeth rattling drum 'n' bass, razor sharp guitar riffs and shredding solos all locked into a brace of tunes so catchy they would easily shame the likes of Kiss and Def Leppard. Of the ten tracks on offer three were contributed by class outside sources, namely Nazareth ('Dream On'), FM ('Never Gonna Stop The Rock') and Joe Elliott ('She's Too Tough') all helping to confirm that Helix were still operating at the top of their game.
The sound here is of a band getting back to their roots cultivating a far more aggressive in-your-face attitude. Produced partly by Neil Kernon (Autograph, Dokken) but mainly by Mike Stone (Whitesnake, Journey) and recorded at Richard Branson's Manor Studios in rural Oxfordshire, the album goes someway to reaffirming both their party-hardy roots and their ability to entertain on a spectacular level. It might have been their final major label album but they certainly went out with a bang."
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Wild In The Streets 2. Never Gonna Stop The Rock 3. Dream On 4. What Ya Bringin' To The Party 5. High Voltage Kicks 6. Give 'Em Hell 7. Shot Full Of Love 8. Love Hungry Eyes 9. She's Too Tough 10. Kiss It Goodbye.


Los Angeles, CA - The self-titled debut release from The Sky will be available everywhere November 1st on Skyzilla Music. Founded in 2010 by veteran rock vocalist/songwriter Robert Fleischman (Journey/Vinnie Vincent Invasion), The Sky offers music fans a return to handmade, song-driven rock & roll at its very best.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, The Sky features Stephan LaJaunie (guitars); Robert Fleischman (vocals); Andre LaBelle (drums); Steve Barber (bass guitar) and Brady Cole (guitars). Recorded at Montrose Recordings and Sound of Music studios and mixed at The Freezer, The Sky offers up blistering rock tracks fueled by high-octane guitars and rock solid drum grooves - all fronted by Fleischman's charismatic vocals.
From the gritty opening chords of "All I Want" to powerful tracks like "The Real Beat" and "Dancing In My Head," The Sky delivers authentic, guitar-driven, flesh and blood rock and roll in the spirit of Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones. While Fleischman's songwriting prowess is highlighted on intensely beautiful tracks like "Sunshine" and "Revelation" which feature artful production and orchestration reminiscent of British rock bands like Oasis and Coldplay.
The album's greatest strength beyond songwriting is found in the performances of the band that Fleischman has assembled. A perfect balance of both classic American Rock & Roll and Indie/Brit-Pop, The Sky's songs are sophisticated, modern and full of life - and embody the band's passion for the words and music they have created. It is refreshing to hear a band so capable translate their live sound to the studio, allowing the listener to feel as though the band was performing live right in front of them. Not relying on studio tricks to achieve their powerful sound, The Sky recorded the entire album live, in-studio to capture the organic feel and sound of the band's performance.
"For this album, I wrote 20 songs and picked the ones with the most energy. Then we went into a recording studio and recorded the band live as a unit -- instead of piecing it all together," says Fleischman. "The record is very live sounding, which I really love. This is the first time I've been in a band with two guitars and it really rocks!"
Probably best known as the lead singer of legendary rock band Journey between the albums Next and Infinity, Robert Fleischman also co-wrote one of the band's biggest hit songs, "Wheel In the Sky" (#57 on the Billboard Hot 100) as well as the tracks "Anytime" and "Winds of March." Fleischman also appeared with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, featuring ex-Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent on their self-titled album and the unreleased album "Guitars From Hell." Fleischman is also known for scoring soundtracks for TV and film, notably That '70s Show and the pilot episode of SpongeBob Square Pants. Many of Fleischman's ambient scores can be found on his 2004 solo albums Kinetic Phenomena and Electric Raindrops.
For additional information please visit: www.theskyofficial.com.
WebLink: www.theskyofficial.com.

Russ Dwarf (of the Killer Dwarfs) appears on the current episode of the Decibel Geek Podcast. Topics of discussion for this audio interview include the recollection of Killer Dwarfs sharing a studio with Kiss, touring with (and pranking) Iron Maiden in England, and the show from Hell in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Russ also shares his thoughts on today's musical climate, the demystification of rock stars due to the YouTube boom, and the major impact that Alice Cooper had on his performance and sense of humor. Decibel Geek Podcast host Chris Czynszak stated, "Russ was a true pleasure to talk to. Co-host Aaron Camaro and I were immediately disarmed by his down-to-earth nature and willingness to bring his true feelings forth. His honesty combined with a well of experiences made for a very entertaining and thought-provoking conversation. We look forward to having him on the show again in the future."
Russ Dwarf is currently touring acoustically throughout Canada and will finish the year in his current job as singer for Canadian legends, Moxy in London-Ontario at Downtown Kathy Brown's on December, 16th.
The Decibel Geek Podcast was launched in June of 2011 by Chris Czynszak, a former rock journalist and webmaster. With co-host Aaron Camaro, the Decibel Geek Podcast is quickly earning a reputation as one of the go-to music commentary podcasts on the internet. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, as well as the official Decibel Geek Podcast website.
To access the Decibel Geek Podcast visit www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.com. For more information on Russ Dwarf visit: www.facebook.com/pages/Russ-DWaRf/199344570078031.

Iron Savior: another new track posted online / new songs streaming daily on the AFM Facebook page / album release on November 18th!
Iron Savior are preparing for the release of their new album The Landing, which will see the light of day on November 18th. The track "Starlight", a great melodic speed track, is now available for streaming. But it is just one of 11 amazing songs. Convince yourself by visiting the AFM Facebook page where we daily stream a different new track of "The Landing".

Noiseworks vocalist Jon Stevens is back with yet another solo record - this time an all new Soul Covers album titled Testify! Available digitally or via CD at: getmusic.com.au/jonstevens. It follows the pop/rock release Changing Times, released mid-year. Both albums can also be bought as a combo package.
Track Listing for Testify: 01. Testify (I Wonna) 02. Private Number 03. A Change Is Gonna Come 04. All Or Nothing 05. That's How Strong My Love Is 06. Fire 07. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down 08. Freedom 09. Open To Ideas 10. You Can't Do Anything To Hurt Me 11. Be Like Me.

Sacred Heart's album "Darkness Falls" (2009) has been made available for FREE download - though donations/contributions welcome. Please visit www.sacredheartband.com for full details & please check out their new release "Propaganda" (featuring "Nothing At All" and "Propaganda Part two"). And Sacred Heart will be performing a show, helping to raise monies for Help For Heroes on Sunday 27th November in Worcester, UK - links on the website - thank you for the support.

Eddie Trunk is undoubtedly one of the most influential and respected hard rock and heavy metal historians in the genre. The radio personality and host of TV's That Metal Show recently added author to his credentials by publishing his first book, Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
In an interview with Examiner.com to promote the book, Trunk talked about the speculated Black Sabbath reunion, which the group is expected to announce at a press conference Friday in Los Angeles. "They had toyed with doing a new record for a long time, and they started one and it didn't come together or whatever - to me, do a new record if you really, really feel that you can make great new music," Trunk told writer Sterling Whitaker.
"In the case of Sabbath, if they feel that they can make an album that's close to what they should sound like, and they still can get that magic, then great. But if not, and it's a struggle writing and recording, then just go out and do some live shows," he stated. "I'd rather have no album than a new album that's a bad album."
"Same goes for Van Halen," Trunk continued. "I mean, this mythical . . . well, not mythical, I'm sure it exists, if and when it ever comes out. But there's this highly-speculated Van Halen album, and I want a new Van Halen album as much as anybody, but I want it to sound like Women and Children First. I don't want it to sound like 'Me Wise Magic' or that stuff they did when Roth first came back for that hits album. To me, that just dilutes the history."
Read the entire interview here: www.examiner.com/classic-hard-rock-in-national/interview-with-eddie-trunk-of-that-metal-show.

MRX has been updated once again, this time including the following features:
- Richard Marx - Rare Gems Vol 2
- Mr. Mister - Live At The Ritz NY, 23-02-1986
- Whitesnake - Budokan 1983
Plus the following new Video Clips: Chickenfoot - Big Foot, Emphatic - Bounce, Wolfpakk - Reptile's Kiss, Kimball Jamison - Cant Wait For Love, House of Lords - Someday When and Axel Rudi Pell - Hallelujah.
MRX Membership Details.

CD Showcase has been updated, with new album previews available for Beggars & Thieves & Royal Hunt (Frontiers Records, December 2 release), Mysticity (Inde, out now), Paradise Inc & Soul Seller (Avenue Of Allies Music, out now). Check them out.

3 new Reviews added to the site today - Chris Ousey, Talon and The Magnificent. Get your wallets out and read the reviews.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

25 years after the release of the legendary Night Of Passion album, German hard rock band Mad Max return with the original line-up and will release their new studio album Another Night Of Passion by the end of March 2012. Michael Voss (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitars), Jürgen Breforth (Rhythm Guitars), Roland Bergmann (Bass, Vocals) and Axel Kruse (Drums) captured the spirit of 1987 and deliver their masterpiece worldwide through SPV / Steamhammer.
The album was recorded at the Kidroom-Studios which are owned by Michael Voss and where also albums from Michael Schenker, Vengeance and Gary Barden were produced. The cover artwork was designed by the Belgian artist Eric Philippe (Rhapsody, TNT) and the photos were shot by the famous German based photographer Martin Huch (Duesenberg Guitars).
Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer): "I saw the band back in 1987 where they supported Stryper and they blew me away. "Night Of Passion" is a hard rock gem and I´m sure that also "Another Night Of Passion" will not disappoint any fan who likes classic melodic hard rock."
Jürgen Breforth (Guitarist Mad Max): "Exactly 27 years ago we were close to sign a deal with SPV/Steamhammer and I´m totally glad that we could fix this now in 2011. With SPV on our side, the new studio album and the original line-up we are ready to burn the stage again!"

And the band will prove that in April/May 2012 because they are confirmed as the special guest on the Axel Rudi Pell Tour.
Mad Max released 9 studio albums since 1982 and toured through whole Europe with bands like Uriah Heep, Stryper, Yngwie Malmsteen and Pretty Maids. Highlight of their career was the special guest slot on the sold out Deep Purple/Alice Cooper tour in 2006. They also played on many festivals for example two times at the prestigious "Rocklahoma Festival" in the USA as well as on the "Rock Of Ages Festival" and "Wacken Open Air" in Germany.
Photo from left to right: Roland Bergmann (Mad Max), Axel Kruse (Mad Max), Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer), Michael Voss (Mad Max), Jürgen Breforth (Mad Max).
WebLink: www.myspace.de/madmaxmusic / www.spv.de.

Three Disc CD/DVD Set Contains Unreleased Studio Tracks, Live Recordings, Videos And Photo Archives From The Legendary Band's Career

Roxx Gang were easily the most underrated, misunderstood band of the late 80's and early 90's. If ever there was a band that should have attained superstardom it was Roxx Gang, Virgin Records first American hard rock signing. Unfairly lumped in with the whole hair band scene, Roxx Gang truly had the makings to become one of America 's greatest rock 'n' roll bands. And for one glorious moment... they were.
Their cult classic first album Things You've Never Done Before was a rock 'n' roll tour de force that had about as much in common with the L. A. hair wimps as a hungry shark does to a bowl of goldfish. Their incendiary live shows are still talked about today by those lucky enough to have witnessed them. Now FnA Records proudly presents a tribute to this phenomenal band with the 3 disc set Boxx Of Roxx. Disc 1 is all rare and previously unreleased gems spanning the bands history from it's earliest studio recordings to it's fiery demise. Disc 2 is a never before heard bootleg of Roxx Gang live in Dallas, Texas from the Things You've Never Done Before US tour. Finally, Disc 3 contains all of Roxx Gangs video output from the MTV favorites "No Easy Way Out" and "Scratch My Back" to the uncensored, rated X  "Startrip" video. This release stands as a testament to the raw power and visual splendor of one of  America 's true unsung greats... Roxx Gang!
Roxx Gang exploded on the national music scene in 1988 as a hybrid mixture of rock, blues and punk that virtually defied classification. Their demo album Love 'Em and Leave 'Em earned stellar reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, out selling Guns-N-Roses and Whitesnake (the biggest bands of the day) in their hometown, and earned Roxx Gang a spot on the Top Ten Heavy Metal Albums Of The Year in Tower Records' Pulse! Magazine. In a short space of time the Gang did a series of major label showcase gigs, garnered a huge international following, and were signed to Virgin Records. Their Virgin CD, Things You've Never Done Before, was released to great critical acclaim and coverage in the international rock and music press was extensive. The bands videos received airplay on MTV, they toured all over the world and Things You've Never Done Before went on to sell over 250,000 units.
Boxx Of Roxx covers the whole Roxx Gang history from the first recordings with guitarist Eric Carell, who died in a mysterious accident, to demos from the bands last recording sessions. All of the bands videos are released here for the first time including a performance of "Red Rose" from an early club gig. The box set also contains a fifteen page booklet of never before released photos from frontman Kevin Steele's personal archive, liner notes from Kevin and a foreword from legendary UK author and music journalist Malcolm Dome (Kerrang!, Record Mirror).
Order Boxx Of Roxx here: bit.ly/roxxgang.

Roxx Gang social media sites:  www.myspace.com/roxxgang / www.facebook.com/pages/Roxx-Gang/184708331603412 / Watch Roxx Gang's Scratch My Back video here: youtu.be/6Zkah3mzAcA.

Vega frontman Nick Workman's Facebook update: "December 12tmarks the start of VEGA2! Same team as before with Johnny Greatwood twiddling his knobs. This is gonna be kiss of life x100 with big phat sounding songs. 14 songs being recorded from a cache of 40. Video blogs a go go, keeping you all up to date and maybe a few sneaky soundbites."

Ian Hill (bassist and co-founder of Judas Priest) can be heard in an audio version an interview, talking on the band and their future as they embark on their farewell tour "Epitaph": www.randyfalsetta.com/#!audio-interviews.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join a band that's a bona fide rock institution? Uriah Heep drummer Russell Gilbrook found out when he joined the band in 2007, 38 years into their existence! And on Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week (Thursday 10th November, 7-8pm UK time, www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 then available on the Listen Again feature at the same link for 3 weeks) he'll be talking about what it's been like touring the world and recording new studio albums with Heep over the last 4 years, and what's in store for the future. The interview will also feature Russell's choice of a Heep classic (from the band's recent "Live In Armenia" cd) and a song from their recent studio album "Into The Wild". The show is also packed with killer cuts old and new from Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grand Illusion, Morton, The Magnificent and Dragonland!

Sinners Saints, a hard rock band based out of Philly, PA has made a name for themselves in the past three years. The band went down in history as being one of the final acts to ever grace the stage of the Legendary Spectrum (Home of the Philadelphia Flyers and Stallone's "Rocky"). The band has also performed shows with Sebastian Bach, Skid Row, Blue Oyster Cult, Molly Hatchett and many more as well as events at Lincoln Financial Field (Home of the Philadelphia Eagles), Pocono Raceway, Trocadero, Whiskey Tango, World Café Live, TLA and many more.
2012 is looking to be the bands biggest year yet and we're hoping to gain some media coverage to help spread the word. On January 5th the band will perform a Sold Out show with Steel Panther hosted by Preston and Steve of 93.3WMMR. Following the show the band is scheduled to play the World Café Live, the Millenium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA, Three shows at the 2012 South By Southwest and upon coming home from SXSW the band will open for Skid Row for the second time. Also on the bill is Kix and Gary Cherone, this event will be hosted by Jacky Bam Bam of 93.3WMMR.
Please check out our music and videos at www.SinnerSSaints.com and www.facebook.com/sinnerssaints. Also here is a live video of the band performing our newest single "Livin' It Up" www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIpZiPGte2o.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell has joined forces with Billboard.com and iTunes to give fans their first chance to hear his upcoming live solo album, Songbook (UME), prior to its release. In a brand new iTunes initiative, Songbook will be released in 3 parts beginning with Songbook EP 1 (4 tracks) out now, and Songbook EP 2 (4 tracks) following on Tuesday, November 15th. On November 21st, the entire Songbook album will be available on iTunes. 24 hours prior to each EP's release, the songs will be streaming on Billboard.com. Full track listing is below.
Chris Cornell is known for his extensive contribution to music encompassing his time with iconic bands Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and Soundgarden. The entirely acoustic album Songbook was recorded live on tour earlier this year and showcases the depth and breadth of Cornell's talents as both a singer and songwriter. It also features the never-before-released song, "Cleaning My Gun".
"Cleaning My Gun" on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/chriscornell/chris-cornell-cleaning-my-gun

Songbook EP 1 track listing: 1."As Hope and Promise Fade" 2. "Scar On The Sky" 3. "I Am The Highway" 4. "Like A Stone"
Songbook EP 2 track listing: 1. "Call Me A Dog" 2. "Ground Zero" 3. "Can't Change Me" 4. "Black Hole Sun"
Songbook Track Listing In Full: 1. As Hope and Promise Fade 2. Scar On The Sky 3. Call Me A Dog 4. Ground Zero 5. Can't Change Me 6. I Am The Highway 7. Thank You (Led Zeppelin) 8. Cleaning My Gun 9. Wide Awake 10. Fell On Black Days 11. All Night Thing 12. Doesn't Remind Me 13. Like A Stone 14. Black Hole Sun 15. Imagine (John Lennon) 16. The Keeper.

The concept of Songbook arose out of strong fan demand. Cornell wanted to honor fans' desire to see his work stripped down, as well as to thank them for their constant support during the 'Songbook' tour. He also used fan photography from that tour on the artwork for the album.
"My fans were pretty vocal, Tweeting and posting online, asking me to record the shows and put them out. So this album as a whole came from that, and I think we created something that really captured my tour and what I was putting out there each night," said Cornell. Cornell is currently on the second run of his acoustic Songbook tour, which kicked off in Memphis, TN at Minglewood Hall. He will be playing theatre venues across the country, such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Orpheum in Los Angeles.

The sampler features 12 of InsideOut's best releases of 2011 including tracks from some of the label's flagship and new developing artists... Pain Of Salvation's "Road Salt Two" has been widely received and the band is starting a big Euro run supporting Opeth.
Steve Hackett hasn't slowed down since being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last year, and the new double CD "Beyond The Shrouded Horizon" shows that. Redemption's which features Nick Van Dyk along with Ray Alder (Fates Warning) have put out one of the best metal albums of the year with "This Mortal Coil" and 2012 will bring them to Atlanta to headline ProgPower in September.
Leprous has made waves with their new album "Bilateral". The band has been known as Ihsahn's backing band, but as Leprous they are hitting the road to finish out the year with Amorphis in Europe.
Jolly is bringing happiness to all rockers with "The Audio Guide To Happiness, Part One". They are touring the east coast this month and planning out "Part Two" for 2012.
Devin Townsend Project just finished up an amazing US headlining run and is now in the UK where he'll perform Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost over 4 nights in London!
Access the sampler at: www.insideoutmusic.com/specials/freesampler/

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Sebastian Bach and his solo band will support Guns N' Roses on the following shows:
Nov. 19 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
Nov. 20 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Nov. 23 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center

Bach's new album, Kicking & Screaming, sold 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart. The singer's previous CD, Angel Down, opened with 6,400 units back in November 2007 to debut at No. 190.
Released in September on Frontiers Records, "Kicking & Screaming" was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter) and features young virtuosic guitarist Nick Sterling and drum pro Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Iced Earth). The follow-up to 2007's "Angel Down" was mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles with Tom Baker.
Bach stated about his new solo material, "This CD follows along the lines of 'Skid Row', 'Slave To The Grind', 'Subhuman Race' and 'Angel Down'. If you like rockin' guitar riffs, high-energy songs and performances, deadly drums of doom, and ear-shattering screams, we got your rock right here!" He also described the songs as "heavy, interesting, classic sounding, modern sounding, completely rock 'n' roll ­ just how we like it!"

Royal Hunt: Third 'Show Me How To Live' Studio Webisode: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO7Cm-mRRpo.

Since the early 90's, many a progressive metal band has tried to repeat the success of Dream Theater. There is no doubt as to who have been the most successful: Symphony X. The band was formed by guitarist Michael Romeo in 1994, released their debut the following year and got their break in 1997 with their third album "Divine wings of tragedy". As it turned out, this was only the beginning. Today, Symphony X are actually bigger than ever. Their two most recent albums, "Paradise lost" (2007) and the most recent release "Iconoclast" (2011) in particular, have broadened the band's fanbase most impressively. Then again, these are two of the very strongest progressive metal releases in recent years – imagine a darker, rougher Dream Theater with classical influences and Russell Allen's brilliant vocals as the icing on the cake.
Tickets are available at our website: www.swedenrock.com. There you can also find more information about tickets, prices and accommodation.
Around 70 bands will perform on our 5 stages next summer. The following ten have been confirmed so far: Mötley Crüe, Blue Öyster Cult, Dimmu Borgir, Symphony X, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Danko Jones, Pentagram, Bonafide, Hell.
More info about the bands can be found on our website: www.swedenrock.com.

British rock legends UFO announce a massive UK/Ireland-Tour for 2012. The band (Phil Mogg - vocals, Andy Parker - drums, Vinnie Moore - guitars, Paul Raymond - keyboards) is currently in the studio with producer Tommy Newton to record their new studio album which will be released on February 27th 2012 through SPV / Steamhammer.

15th March - Cambridge - The Junction
16th March - Edinburgh - HMV Picture House
17th March - Newcastle - 02 Academy
18th March - Leeds - 02 Academy
20th March - Dublin - Academy
21st March - Belfast - Spring & Airbrake
23rd March - Milton Keynes - The Stables
24th March - Tavistock - The Wharf
25th March - Bristol - 02 Academy
27th March - Nottingham - Rock City
28th March - Norwich - Waterfront
30th March - Manchester - HMV Ritz
31st March - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
1st April - Southampton - The Brook
3rd April - Brighton - Concorde 2
4th April - London - Forum
WebLinks: www.ufo-music.info / www.spv.de.

2011-11-04 04:00 - Nightwish, Finnish masters of symphonic dark metal, just released another trailer for the bands highly anticipated new masterpiece Imaginaerum which is going to be released December 2, 2011. The trailer is mainly about the pre-listening session which was held at the Nuclear Blast headquarters in Germany in early September and also features various statements from international media. Check out the trailer at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6btD06LlLE.
For all of you who want a direct statement from the band, bass player Marko Hietala will take part in an exclusive online fan chat on November 11, 2011. Everyone owning a Facebook or Twitter account may login at www.nuclearblast.de/streamingroom to ask Marko your personal questions about Nightwish and Imaginaerum. The chat will take place from 7pm – 8pm CET.
Furthermore, the band announced the official premiere of the video clip for the first single Storytime: Wednesday, November 9! Keep your eyes open!

Dallas, TX- Nov 8, 2011. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of Rock's timeless classics Led Zeppelin IV. In a matter of four short years, Led Zeppelin had delivered four ground-breaking albums each destined to top the other. Widely considered a hard rock, heavy metal band by many, Zeppelin would astonish everyone by creating one of hard rock's first epic ballads, the most played record in rock radio history, "Stairway To Heaven". Jimmy Page shares with host Redbeard the reaction the song got, even before Zeppelin had released it. "We were out touring and that album (Zep IV) hadn't come out and we played "Stairway" in the Forum (Los Angeles) and we got a standing ovation." Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reveal In The Studio why Led Zeppelin IV is the thirdhighest seller in music history.
"When we started the band...I wanted to make music that people would respect; your fellow musicians, like Jeff (Beck) and Eric (Clapton) and people like that," remarks Page. Robert Plant remembers, "We did whatever we wanted to do and said, 'look, for us we have to just weave around wherever it was most appropriate, with amplifiers, without, doesn't matter, in the desert, on top a Welsh mountain wherever it was…' which could be indicative and could show what we were all about."
InTheStudio can be heard on over 50 radio stations across North America. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin IV/ InTheStudio program will air this weekend. To Stream it online, visit: www.inthestudio.net/this-week-in-the-studio/led-zeppelin-4.

Singer/songwriter Jeremey Frederick is proud to announce today that the final cover art and track listing has been released for the upcoming CD, Every Little Thing.
The release schedule will see the digital download of Every Little Thing available on iTunes and Amazon.com on Tuesday, December 20. The physical CD will be released to CDBaby and Amazon on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. This will allow for any delays encountered during the holiday season for the CD duplicators. The final track listing now includes a cover of Tears For Fears' 1993 hit, "Goodnight Song." The video for "Goodnight Song" (demo version) can now be seen on YouTube, and has been released to Class X Radio as well.
The final track listing is as follows: Can't You See He's Gone/Every Little Thing/I Think I Know/Lotus/Stay/What Can I Do/Hoping For You/Goodnight Song/Prelude (Jeremiah 1:5)/This Is Your Life.
Jeremey Frederick performs over 150 shows yearly with the nationally touring tribute act Frontiers. He is a member of ASCAP and President of Our Quinnessential Music Group, an independent music publishing company.
For more information, please visit www.jeremeyfrederick.com or www.facebook.com/JeremeyMusic.

Phil Soussan says: "I am pleased to announce the official release of my recording of the hit song I wrote for Ozzy Osbourne, Shot in the Dark. Please may I ask you to purchase a copy? It is available from iTunes at the following link for only 99¢: itunes.apple.com/us/album/shot-in-the-dark-single/id476575006.
How about a free copy? - I have announced that anyone now purchasing a hard copy of my Album CD "No Protection" from my website will receive a free MP3 download of the song! I am just starting to schedule gigs for the new band and will be posting those on my website as they become confirmed; the band is finally together and sounds really amazing! On other news I shall be teaching at this year's Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp that starts this Thursday featuring Paul Stanley. If you are an attendee I can't wait to see you there!"
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/philsoussan / www.philsoussan.com.

Lance King is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about Lance is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he's proved this over the years by adding a very "special something" to every album he has been a part of.
AOL Music is giving fans a first chance to listen to Lance's new album, A Moment In Chiros, in its entirety as part of the AOL Music Full CD Listening Party series. Get a first listen here. The album will be available on November 11.
The album's concept is based on the 11:11 time prompt phenomena happening to over 75 million people around the world, Lance is one of these people, and has dived in deep to find more about what it's all about. This album is one man's journey as a seeker of truth looking for answers to the world's greatest mysteries.
Lance has chosen Human Trafficking (sex slavery), one of the fastest growing criminal activities worldwide as the charitable cause he would like to champion, profits from this album will go to efforts to abolish this slave trade worldwide through an organization called Not For Sale!
Boasting great creativity and performances by these fine musicians: Jacob Hansen (Beyond Twilight, Invocator, Anubis Gate), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Tore St Moren (Jorn), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony), Kevin Codfert (Agagio), Michael Hansen And Shane Dhiman (Pnonomik), Malek Ben Arbia (Myrath) And Morten Gade Sųrensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Elyes Bouchoucha, Malek Ben Arbia, Anis Jouini (Myrath) And Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson).
Produced by: Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate) and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Heathen, Tyr, Amaranthe, Communic, Mercenary, etc.).

On Nov 25th, Las Vegas' favorite band Sin City Sinners will release their third CD "A Sinners Christmas" The CD includes guest appearances by George Lynch, Ron Keel, Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) Jizzy Pearl (Ratt, Love/Hate) Pete Loran (Trixter) Louie Merlino (Beggars & Thieves) Frank Dimino (Angel) & Sammy Serious (The Zeros). A portion of the sales from "A Sinners Christmas" will be donated to the Toys for Tots Las Vegas chapter, who help to make sure less fortunate children have toys for Christmas. www.toysfortots.org.
The band will celebrate the release on Nov 25th with a Las Vegas party & toy drive at Club Madrid (inside Sunset Station Casino) Admission is FREE, but The Sinners encourage everyone who is able to bring a new unwrapped toy to be collected by the Marines for Toys For Tots.
"A Sinners Christmas" was recorded, mixed & mastered @ Hit Track Studios in Las Vegas and Produced by Brent Muscat & Tom Parham, and Executive Produced by Jason Green

The Track listing is as follows: 1. We Three Kings (feat George Lynch & Todd Kerns) 2.Winter Wonderland (feat Frank Dimino of Angel) 3. Run Rudolph Run (feat Brent Muscat) 4. Rocking around the Christmas tree (feat Todd Kerns) 5. O Holy Night (feat Jizzy Pearl) 6. I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus (feat Louie Merlino of Beggars & Thieves) 7. Jingle Bell Rock (feat Slim Jim Phantom & Michael Ellis) 8. Silent Night (feat Ron Keel) 9. I'll be home for Christmas (feat Pete Loran of Trixter) 10. We Wish you a Sinners Christmas (feat Todd Kerns & Louie Merlino).
About Sin City Sinners: Sin City Sinners are composed of core members Todd Kerns (Slash, Age of Electric) Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) Dr. Michael Ellis & Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab).
In 2010 The Sinners released two CDs of original music, Exile On Fremont Street and Broken Record. In 2011 they were voted "Best In Vegas" in the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journals Reader's Poll, and their music video 'Goin' To Vegas' received the 32nd Annual Telly Award.
For more visit thesincitysinners.com.

From Gibson.com: "Scott Weiland is in the Christmas spirit with his recently released LP of holiday songs (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year) and now, Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society also are delving into the world of holiday music. Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good, a new EP of acoustic, instrumental Christmas traditional performed by Black Label Society, is available now on iTunes). Songs on the release include, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" and "It's a Wonderful World." Black Label Society also have been selected as the opening act for Guns N' Roses on select dates of GN'R's winter arena tour. Will Black Label play any Christmas songs on the trek? It's a good guess."

With a new line-up in place Paul Sabu produced English rockers Scream Arena return screaming to the live arena opening for The Quireboys on November 24th at The Duchess, Stonebow, York. Tickets available from the Duchess box-office or via Scream Arena (contact Dave Tedder at Headfirst Entertainment dave@headfirstentertainment.com).

Joe Vana/Mecca interview on RockEyez: www.rockeyez.com/interviews/2011-11-joe-vanna/int-2011-11-bmr-joe-vana-mecca.html.

DJ Ashba (Sixx Am/Guns N Roses) granted RockEyez.com the only interview when he recently visited Brazil. You can read the interview at: www.rockeyez.com.

A new interview with long-time Trans-Siberian Orchestra vocalist Tommy Farese was just posted: www.associatedcontent.com/article/9109983/an_interview_with_tommy_farese_the.html?cat=33.

UK's best new metal band Furyon, feat. vocalist Matt Mitchell, guitarist Chris Green, guitarist Pat Heath, bass guitarist Alex "Nickel" Bowen and drummer Lee Farmery have signed a management deal with Germany's Rock N Growl! Rock N Growl & Furyon are currently shopping the recording Gravitas produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy), securing a record deal very soon, with the insight of taking their music to the masses. See you out there!
Imagine the darkness of Alice In Chains, uplifting anthems of Alter Bridge and classic swagger of Iron Whitesnake in the mix and you have a helping of Furyon's sonic feast. (musicradar)
Furyon "Disappear Again" video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8biW3IBqx8
Gravitas is a stunning debut album. From start to finish the intensity is relentless, leaving you both gasping for breath and asking for more! If you love your metal full of catchy riffs, powerful vocals and guitar solos that are a match for anyone out there, then "Gravitas" is a must buy for you! (thisisnotascene)
The songs appear on the "Gravitas" album are: 1. Disappear Again, 2. Stand Like Stone, 3. Souvenirs, 4. Don't Follow, 5. New Way of Living, 6. Voodoo Me, 7. Fear Alone, 8. Wasted on You, 9. Our Peace Someday, 10. Desert Suicide.
Buy it directly from the band: furyon.bigcartel.com.
WebLinks: www.furyon.net / www.facebook.com/pages/Furyon/114816935285870 / www.rockngrowl.com/furyon.

Fancy on melodic Power Metal from the United States? Then you will be fan of Widow! Founded in 2000 in North Carolina, the band has released three albums: "Midnight Strikes" (2003), "On Fire" (2005) and "Nightlife" (2007). Their new work "Life's Blood" is the first Widow album, which will be released through Pure Steel Records. Pure Steel Records and Widow have just unveiled a special promotional trailer for the new album. Check it out here: youtu.be/Cy5zqDqIFns.
On the twelve tracks you'll get a great mixture of fresh heaviness and enthralling melodies. The inclined listener will hit more than a smell of NWoBHM, of course together with some well-known North American Bands, but never forgetting the European origins. Sometimes the guys pound through sublime mid-tempo areas ("Embrace It" and "Behind The Light"), a bit faster they get by twin-guitar-orgies such as "Take Hold Of The Night", "The Burning Ones" or the last song "The One I Know". Of course they also offer some calm parts, with the songs "Another Fallen Angel" and "In Dreams". The production is powerful yet traditional, so you can expect a bold sound, without faceless sterile production.
The clear, very outstanding vocals, which are sometimes a bit emotional too, fits perfect to the majestic twin-guitar-leads, so no follower of this genre will be disappointed! In short: Widow is North American Power Metal.

Tracklisting: 1. Lady Twilight 2. In Dreams 3. Take Hold of the Night 4. Another Fallen Angel 5. Embrace it 6. Behind the Light 7. The Burning Ones 8. Live Beyond 9 Judgment Day 10. I Scream for Ice Queen 11. Remembering 12. The one I know.
LabelLink: www.intromental.com.

Greece's Rockpages Web Magazine did an exclusive interview with Kelly Hansen. Here's an excerpt:
Rockpages.gr: You had the most difficult task to replace a great singer like Lou Gramm yet everybody embraced you right from the beginning and you had won even the most reserved fan. Were you anxious or afraid of how the whole thing would work for you and how would fans react to your voice and overall presence?
Kelly Hansen: Well, first of all not everybody loves me (laughs)! But…yes…many people have said wonderful things about my voice and my stage performance. I think that everybody understands that I am not trying to be Lou. Like many other bands that the singer left, the next one is doing his best. For example when David Lee Roth left from Van Halen, Sammy Hagar did a hell of a job. It's the same case here…I am not trying to copy Lou although I firmly believe that I must sing the songs with the melody and in the way they were initially written. I take my job seriously and I hope fans understand that. I try every single night to do the best for the fans. When you do that, people realize it and that's the biggest part of being accepted by them.
Rockpages.gr: I think that it's obvious that you're not trying to imitate Lou because Lou was one of a kind and I believe that you are one of a kind.
Kelly Hansen: Thank you! In the beginning…in 2005, Mick and I did some discussions…I told him that as a fan of the band, If I was going to a Foreigner concert, I would want to hear the songs as I learned them from the radio or the albums. Too many artists want to change the songs so much that it's not the same anymore…maybe, they are bored or they want to show how capable they are. Mick agreed with that. After all, these are great melodies and great lyrics and it's not my job to change them whatsoever.
Read The Full Interview On: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=6442&type=1&lang=EN.

Monday, November 07, 2011

There really isn't anything much in the way of news to report, but Van Halen fans might get a glimpse of the band at the November 30 Grammy Nominations Concert, broadcast from LA. Rumor (and the odd not too subtle Grammy tweet) would suggest the band will turn up to announce they will perform at the actual Grammy Awards in February....and announce details of the pending tour and album. They will NOT be performing on the Nominations Show (providing they show up).

Just for the record - other titbits I have heard include the band filming a video for the album's first single in LA a few weekends back; rumor of the possible inclusion of a cover tune on the new album (I was told DLR demo'd several in NYC to send to the band to select from).

The set list for Chickenfoot's first show in San Francisco November 1 at The Warfield was as follows: 01 - Lighten Up 6:20; 02 - Alright Alright 6:41; 03 - Big Foot 4:01; 04 - Sexy Little Thing 5:11; 05 - Soap On A Rope 8:12; 06 - Last Temptation 4:14; 07 - Up Next 4:57; 08 - My Kinda Girl 5:03; 09 - Down The Drain 10:36; 10 - Come Closer 4:20; 11 - Three and a Half Letters 6:07; 12 - Something Going Wrong 6:11; 13 - Turnin' Left 9:16; 14 - Future In The Past 12:11; Encore: 15 - Oh Yeah 6:56; 16 - Foxy Lady (Hendrix Cover) 6:56.
Great set list!

Kip Winger, lead singer of the rock band Winger, is an accomplished, award nominated ballet composer. For his next symphonic piece, Conversations With Nijinsky, he wants to record exclusively with students of Oberlin College.
Winger has arranged with the Dean of the Music Conservatory to hire the school's orchestra. They will practice and record his composition for an upcoming CD. The project will be filmed. The fans can contribute to fund this project by donating money through Kickstarter. This will service to hire approx. 60 students, conductor Scott Yoo, and a sound engineer. It will also subsidize travel and accommodations for a small documentary crew.
Winger said: "Conversations with Nijinsky is my imaginary musical dialogue with a great historical figure. Universally cited as one of the greatest male dancers of the 20th century, Vaslav Nijinsky was celebrated for his virtuosity, for the depth and intensity of his characterizations, and his legendary gravity-defying leaps. I spent the winter of 2010 reading several books on Nijinsky, composing sketches of music I heard while reading his story. In 1909, Sergei Diaghilev created what became the Ballet Russes in Paris, and commissioned Nijinsky to choreograph numerous works that extended the limits of traditional ballet. But in 1919, at the age of 29, Nijinsky's career suddenly ended when he suffered a nervous breakdown and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
He spent the rest of his life in and out of psychiatric hospitals and asylums. During the last days of World War II, Nijinsky danced in public for the last time. He encountered a group of Russian soldiers outside of Vienna, playing traditional folk tunes. Inspired by the music and his reunion with his countrymen, he leapt into an exquisite dance, astounding the men with the complexity and grace of his figures. The experience restored some of Nijinsky's capacity for communication, after having maintained long periods of silence.
Particularly when I read Nijinsky's Diaries, I felt both disoriented and inspired. The Diaries reminded me that creating art can feel like a dangerous, psychologically unstable enterprise: long stretches of nonsensical meandering may be followed by small moments of searing lucidity. My reading inspired me to imagine all the ways Nijinsky would have fulfilled his artistic expression through dance had he not had his illness. I conceived of my new work as the accompaniment to the "unseen" dances of Nijinsky."
All info about the project and about how you can be involved with donations can be found here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/2055747091/c-f-kip-winger-to-record-new-ballet-at-oberlin-col.

The latest Frontiers Records YouTube spot can be viewed below - featuring the label's November releases (out now).

British melodic rock outfit Strangeways have decided to go independent for their next studio release, due December and following quick on the heels of their most recent release Perfect World. States the band:
"December 12th 2011 sees the release of Strangeways 8th studio album Age Of Reason. Formed in the early 80's, Strangeways have been around the block a time or two. Crooked managers, departing singers and a somewhat hostile business have conspired to keep them one of the UK's best kept secrets. Even so, 8 studio albums, 1 greatest hits and 1 live album later and they have received much acclaim from fans and the rock press and as if to prove the point, they are still around. Having been support act with the likes of Bryan Adams, The Kinks, Meatloaf, Europe, Glenn Hughes, The Hellecasters, Gino Washington and many more, Strangeways have performed successfully to a varied audience. Reunited in 2010 with American singer Terry Brock and now with the return of bassist David Stewart, Age Of Reason is promising to be a classic Strangeways affair. Always shrugging off any attempt to pigeon hole them, with influences as varied as Prince, Chilli Peppers, The Tubes, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Journey, Thin Lizzy, John Prine, Steve Earl, Frank Zappa etc, Strangeways have pushed their musical boundaries to mixed reviews but have always remained true to themselves and their roots in rock music. After a brief flirtation with the business again for their comeback album "Perfect World" Strangeways have again decided to release Age Of Reason on their own Dangerous Dog Records label and are looking forward to promoting it live in early 2012. Check them out, you may be surprised.
WebLink (w/Audio Samples): www.reverbnation.com/strangerways.

Taken from Airrace's Laurie Mansworth's Facebook page: "Due to the growing popularity of The Treatment and my commitment to the band, the up and coming Airrace tour will be my last. Keith and myself have decided that our commitments outside of Airrace are just to overwhelming and we have both found it difficult to keep the Airrace flag flying, so we have decided that this is great way to go out. Thank you to all the fans that have sent me great messages over the years, and I hope you enjoy the two albums we have left behind us. Hope to see as many of you as possible at the shows."

Last Autumn's Dream will release their latest studio album Nine Lives, initially in Japan on December 14.

Vocalist Brian Howe is reportedly finalizing a new EP for release, which according to him will mark his retirement from being a recording artist. His frustration at the industry in 2011 is apparently behind the decision.

Danny Vaughn of Tyketto interview at: www.sleazeroxx.com/interviews/dannyvaughn.shtml: "It's a double edged sword, the 'Don't Come Easy' thing, because there will always be some people who, if you try to remake that exact feel, exact vibe and write songs just like those songs, will say 'they're just trying to do what they did and make it sell, they've got nothing new and it's the same stuff regurgitated'. If you go out and do something totally different then some people will complain that 'it's nothing like 'Don't Come Easy', what do these guys think they are doing?' So I guarantee there is going to be somebody unhappy."

ARfm are pleased to announce some additions and changes to the weekly line up:
Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch, The Guess Who, April Wine) joins us on a Monday evening to host a new show called "Rock Garden". Carl, who has been a guest on the station a number of times, met the ARfm team at Firefest 2011 and was impressed enough to offer his services upon his return to his homeland. Station Manager, Steve Price said "It's great to have someone as talented as Carl on the team albeit rather strange as Coney are amongst my all time favourite bands."
Wednesday evenings will see the new voice of Dawn Nicholls with a 3 hour show from 9pm called "Heelz Of Steel". Dawn is an experienced presenter with a musical heritage and she was with the ARfm team at Firefest when she stepped in as a guest presenter in the absence of Allee Martell who was unable to attend. Dawns show will be fully interactive via Facebook and email.
Finally, following the success of Paul Nicholls "Live And Loud" on Tuesday evenings ARfm has decided to increase the length of the show from 2 to 3 hours. Paul can now be heard from 9pm.
All changes take effect w/c Monday 14th November 2011. For further information contact ARfm: studio@arfm.co.uk.

Black Sabbath will announce details of their reunion album and tour this Friday US time.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will appear on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 7th, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, also streaming at WHUS.org. Caffeine Bomb is hosted by Roger Lotring, an author and freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the pages of Metal Hammer, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Revolver, Shock Wave, Zero and Burn magazines, and at ESPN.com and CMJ.com.
Roger is the co-author of "Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics". He is also the author of various CD liner notes, including the Motley Crue box set, "Music to Crash Your Car To, Volume 2." 91.7 WHUS is a commercial-free college and community-based radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CaffeineBomb.radio or WHUS.org.

After closing ProgPower Europe 2011 with an evening in memory of Mikko Laine, we start preparing the next edition. This is our first newsletter, feel free to spread the news. At the start of the 2011 festival fans were told that one of the headliners for 2012 would be Vanden Plas from Germany. The prog metal masters return after nine years away and will deliver a full headline show. Also announced at the festival were three more bands. First up is Sweden's Nightingale, again absent for nine years and fronted of course by Dan Swano. It is anticipated that this will be one of just a few shows next year.
The other two have a long journey ahead as they both come from Australia. They are The Levitation Hex, drawn from the ashes of Alchemist with all that band's prog but heavier, with a debut album in 2012; and Fracture who are working on their second release.
Another band can also be announced now and that is Empty Yard Experiment who are from Dubai and have just released a debut ep.
A check of the website progpower.eu will show you links to loads of accommodation as well as a guide to travelling to Baarlo. It's really easy to get there! The first headliner speaks for itself plus already there are other bands that don't appear in Europe often, if at all. Tickets can be obtained from the same site and have been kept as affordable as possible.
Booked so far - Vanden Plas, Nightingale, The Levitation Hex, Fracture and Empty Yard Experiment - just ten more to be named!
EventLink: progpower.eu.

Friday, November 04, 2011

King's Call sign with Mausoleum Records. The band is a melodic Hard Rock formation based in Germany – with an international line up, playing true metal with a today sound. King's Call is a band on a mission; featuring excellent songs played by outstanding musicians, fronted by one of the top vocalists of the genre - British singer Rick Chase.
Line-up: Alex Garoufalidis: Guitars, Rick Chase: Vocals, Asek Bergemann: Drums.
Track Listing: 01. All you can do 02. To the Limit 03. Caught in a Lie 04. Crank me up 05. King's Call 06. Never be alone 07. Shining 08. Crying Shame 09. Shaking 10. Destiny 11. Waiting for you 12. Love will find a Way.
Recorded, produced, mixed & mastered by: Chris Tsangarides at the Ecology Studios, UK.
More details, audio samples and purchase at: www.music-avenue.net / www.myspace.com/kingscallrock / www.mausoleumrecords.com.

The Swedish progressive metal band Andromeda have released the music video for the track "Preemptive Strike" online. "Preemptive Strike" is the opening track off the up-coming Andromeda album "Manifest Tyranny", which will be released on November 25th in Europe through Inner Wound Recordings and in North America on November 21st through Nightmare Records. "Preemptive Strike" was directed and produced by Patrik Ekeblom and Axel Persson for Holy Smoke Production.
Click here to check out the video: youtu.be/uiSaakTpZ-o. "Manifest Tyranny" can be pre-ordered through the Inner Wound Store: www.innerwound.bigcartel.com.
Check out Andromeda online: www.andromedaonline.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Andromeda/103701379666615.

Dyer Knight of Wicked Sins composed and recorded a song as a tribute to Jani Lane. The song has been posted on the Wicked Sins web site and it's free to enjoy! Dyer wanted people to hear what he thought was a struggle with fame and the loss of fame. Dyer wrote the song from what he would consider to be Jani's perspective. The lyrics for the Jani Lane tribute song "All I Wanted (Song And Dance Man)" have been written out on the site so people can read the words and listen the song. Wicked Sins will be opening for Sebastian Bach Friday night November 4th 2011 @ Jaxx Nightclub in West Springfield, VA. wickedsins.tripod.com/jani.html.

TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #127), featuring LA Guns Guitarist Tracii Guns. Tracii took time out of his busy schedule to discuss LA Guns' latest offering, Acoustic Gypsy Live. Tracii also discussed what it was like recording as a 7 piece as well as their current tour. Interview lasts approx. 25 min.
Miss us yet? Join the boys as the discuss their time off for the summer and try to get back into the swing of things (while dreading the possible return of John). After some reminiscing, Genghis and Ragman tackle the topic of whether or not the old guys can still do it or not; which bands still got it, and which veteran bands should hang up the chaps. The guys discuss this and much, much more. Next, the boys catch up with LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns for a fireside chat, who discusses the band's latest release Acoustic Gypsy Live as well as their line up.

North Carolina rock band Stratocruiser today announced the release of their seventh annual Holiday song. The new tune, Anytown USA, is available at the following link: stratocruiser.bandcamp.com/track/anytown-usa.
"We all love Christmas music, so seven years ago we decided to write and record a Christmas song to give away to our fans. That has turned into an annual tradition, culminating in some of our best music," said stratocruiser lead singer, Clay Howard.
A limited edition CD compilation of all seven of stratocruiser's holiday songs will be available at the following link through December 31, 2011: www.createspace.com/1994150.

MRX the MelodicRock Members Only lounge has been updated once again - this time with the following new features:
- Richard Marx - Rare Gems Volume 1 (24 Tracks - rare, bsides, live, alt. mix etc)
- Joe Lynn Turner - Live 1994 (15 Tracks)
- Kansas - Live 2004 (13 Tracks)
And the following new Video Clips: Oliver Weers - Crawling Back Again, John Waite - If You Ever Get Lonely, Eden's Curse - Angels & Demons, Mr. Big - Smoke On the Water (Live Budokan), Slash - Beautiful Dangerous.
To join the Members Lounge and help support MelodicRock.com - click here.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the worldwide release on November 14 of Hard Rain's Coming, the first single taken from the forthcoming - 11th - Royal Hunt studio album Show Me How To Live.
The single will only be available digitally. It will also include an unreleased live version of Martial Arts recorded at the ProgPower Festival 2009 in the USA.
The first sample from the new Royal Hunt can be listened to following this link: www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/audios/royal_hunt_-_hard_rain_s_coming_sample.mp3

Royal Hunt's new album presents the return of American singer DC Cooper in the line-up to continue the magic of Royal Hunt and goes back to the classic sound which put the band on the map in the first place, all the way back in 1991.
Founded in Denmark in 1989 by keyboardist Andre Andersen, Royal Hunt has gone through numerous personal changes since their inception. Though certainly the two albums that they have released with American singer DC Cooper; have stood the test of time: "Moving Target" in 1995 and the subsequent concept album "Paradox" in 1997. In the beginning of 2011, Andre and DC got in touch once more to see if they could cooperate again, which resulted in a small reunion tour. It was a great success and consequently led to the mutual decision of DC re-joining the band.
The new album Show Me How To Live brings back Royal Hunt at force 10 with an highly melodic sound and rich, lush arrangements and stellar production. With the amazing new line-up, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated Royal Hunt!

Fastway Eat Dog Eat is the first new studio album since 1990. Together with new vocalist Toby Jepson (Ex-Little Angels) Fast Eddie Clarke has written some of his strongest songs. Fastway recorded the making of "Eat Dog Eat" in the studio on video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTihBmMCmsI.

Fastway and SPV recently launched "Leave The Light On" for streaming , the first song from the new album "Eat Dog Eat ": soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/fastway-leave-the-light-on.
The album will be released in Germany on November 11 and in Europe on November 14.
Tracklisting: 1. Deliver Me 4:41 2. Fade Out 4:05 3. Leave The Light On 3:55 4. Loving Fool 4:30 5. Dead And Gone 5:49 6. Sick As A Dog 3:44 7. Freedom Song 3:52 8. Do You Believe 4:04 9. Love I Need 4:37 10. On And On 3:53 Download Exclusive Track: 11. Only If You Want It 4:06.
WebLinks: www.fastwayofficial.com / www.fasteddieclarke.com / www.tobyjepson.com / www.spv.de.

Bridgeport, CT: Riot Kings are proud to announce the worldwide release of their second album, entitled You Only Live Twice on November 8. The album was recorded at Long Hill Recording in Shelton, CT with producer Paul Opalach.
Some of the new track titles include "Blood Diamond," "Murder You." "Mock Suicide," "Public Enemy" and "Powertrip." Riot Kings have created a controversial new video for the first single, "Blood Diamond," which you can view on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHupP0JHgQk.
Bassist Keith Sinnott, formerly of Tango Down, says of the new album, "The title You Only Live Twice was inspired by the James Bond film starring Sean Connery. The new album features fat, heavy grooves and killer hooks. I really feel that our songwriting skills are better than ever!"
Riot Kings are planning a number of live dates to promote the new album, starting with a CD release party at Topside Cafe in Milford, Connecticut on November 12. Riot Kings will perform live, along with special musical guests, and their new CD will be available for purchase.
To order You Only Live Twice, go to itunes.com or cdbaby.com. To contact Riot Kings, email riotkings@snet.net. Check out the Riot Kings on ReverbNation. www.reverbnation.com/riotkings.

New York, NY – As previously announced, VH1 Classic has proclaimed 11-11-11 as "National Metal Day" and will celebrate with a slew of exclusive metal programming, including three major metal premieres: Behind The Music Remastered at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the exclusive debut of Banger Films' ground-breaking documentary series, Metal Evolution, at 10 p.m. ET/PT and the ninth season premiere of a VH1 Classic original That Metal Show at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Behind The Music Remastered: Megadeth premieres Friday, November 11 at 9PM ET/PT
They've been the champions of thrash metal for nearly thirty years, despite discord, addiction and infighting. Updated to the original episode are Dave Mustaine's crippling hand injury which threatens the band's survival, a painful law suit and more walk outs and throw outs of band members. Now they're in the Big Four and still aiming for the top spot, but even if Dave Mustaine is happy with the new line up he remains unhappy about their ranking in the top ten of heavy metal—still just behind Metallica.

Metal Evolution Chapter 1: Pre-Metal premieres Friday, November 11 at 10PM ET/PT
The premiere episode of Metal Evolution Chapter 1: Pre-Metal will focus on Pre-Metal, the earliest sounds of metal that can be heard in the music of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix. Subsequent episodes of the series will explore genres ranging from British Heavy Metal to Glam Metal to Thrash Metal, and artists from Iron Maiden to KISS to Metallica and more. Metal Evolution is an 11-episode docu-series produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films and is based on the ground-breaking Heavy Metal Family Tree. The Heavy Metal Family Tree is a 26 sub-genre genealogical chart which reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal – from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, host/producer and metal head turned anthropologist Dunn, criss-crosses the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. After the premiere episode on National Metal Day, "Metal Evolution" will move to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 10 PM ET/PT, beginning Saturday, November 19 between new episodes of BTM: Remastered at 9PM ET/PT and That Metal Show at 11PM ET/PT.

That Metal Show: Season Nine premieres Friday, November 11 at 11PM ET/PT
The boys are back and there's gonna be some trouble! Eddie Trunk, Don Jamison and Jim Florentine are back in LA and bringing the heat with season nine of That Metal Show. An all-star line-up of iconic metal guests grace the stage this season including: Marilyn Manson, Slash, Sully Erna, Jesse James Dupree, Tracii Guns, Brian Johnson, Dave Mustaine and more! Season nine of That Metal Show will deliver the ever popular "Stump The Trunk" and "TMS TOP 5" segments.

To warm up for the National Metal Day celebration, VH1 Classic has scheduled 11 days worth of legendary metal programming beginning Tuesday, November 1. Every night during the 11 days of metal, VH1 Classic will make an offering to the metal gods with a nightly concert at 11 PM ET/PT. Legends Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Motley Crue, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden will be featured.
Vh1 Classic will line up the highlights of its library of classic metal concerts on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 with a relentless line-up including:
6 pm ET/PT: Download Festival 2011 (featuring Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, System of a Down, Alice Cooper, Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Twisted Sister)
8 PM ET/PT: Sonisphere 2011 (featuring Slipknot, Motorhead, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica, In Flames, Mastodon)
10 PM ET/PT: High Voltage 2011 (featuring Slash, Thin Lizzy, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Judas Priest, Black Country Communion)
11 PM ET/PT: MTV World Stage: KISS
Of course, the metal story is not just concerts. On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, VH1 Classic will air a metal music video marathon with Metal Mania: The Greatest Metal Videos Ever A to Z from 11AM to 11PM ET/PT.
By the time National Metal Day finally arrives on Friday, November 11, the line-up will be bolstered with features like The Decline of Western Civilization, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, and, of course, This is Spinal Tap – the movie that taught metalheads everywhere to take it to 11.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The God-fatherz of Glam, Wrathchild (UK) are releasing their long awaited fourth studio album Stakkattakktwo on Perris Records.
"We are real excited that the album is going to be distributed worldwide and that all of our fanz will finally get to hear what we've been up to these last few years. We thought long and hard about who to do this record with but at the end of the day it was a no brainer – the guyz at Perris cut their teeth getting off on the same vibez that we we've been into from the start of the Wrathchild journey. Perris Records (USA) have distribution networks worldwide second to none and more importantly they truly worship at the altar of all that is Rokk'n'Roll!"
Wrathchild are Gaz 'Psychowrath' Harris, Marc Angel, Eddie Star, Phil Wrathchild.

Wrathchild was formed in 1980 in Evesham, England by Marc Angel and Phil "Wrathchild" Vokins. The group was an early band of the glam metal genre, starting off before other bands of the genre such as Mötley Crüe. In 1984, the band recorded and released their debut studio album, Stakk Attakk. It would spawn two singles; a cover version of the Gary Glitter classic "Doing Alright with the Boys" and "Trash Queen". The band released their second album, The Biz Suxx, in 1988. The album spawned a single, Nukklear Rokket, which had a promotional video that was produced by Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Bruce plays the protester in the video whilst the performance was filmed in the car park at his home in Chiswick. The band's third studio album, Delirium, was released shortly after in 1989. It featured Grim Reaper's Steve Grimmet on backing vocals.
"Glam Godz - Stalkin' The Earth Tour" details to be announced.

IRON MASK: Black As Death - Cover artwork unveiled / new song online! With "Black As Death" Iron Mask will release their fourth album on December 16th. The cover artwork has been made available now, as well as the new song Broken Hero.

Hamburg-based Power Metal veterans Iron Savior give you some insight on the recordings of their new album The Landing, which will be released on November 18th. The studio clip for the new song The Savior is available now.


Steel Panther has just unleashed their new album Balls Out. It's guaranteed to be full of rock anthems about women, booze, drugs, tight clothes and tighter riffs. The band is giving a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot they for their album with some commentary about what fans can expect from the new album: Part 1 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpETJJt3oPY&feature=related / Part 2 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB5zF43st2I&feature=related.

Awake performed 'Closing the doors' live on The Saturday breakfast show on Affinity Radio, Cambridge. The track is available on the bands new album 'Forever More' out now. Live session video – www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2384403362334. Forever More promo page - www.lionmusic.com/cd/forevermore.htm.

UK traditional metal outfit Vendetta have just delivered the masters for their third album. We are happy to report that the new album is another slice of metal awesomeness. Artwork is being finished up as this goes to press and we should have more preliminary info for you shortly. Expected release is first quarter of 2012.

Lars Eric Mattsson is finishing up work on the third instalment of the Book Of Reflections project set for release in spring 2012. Lars describes the new material as "A neo-classical speed metal attack!"¯. Full information coming soon.

French metal outfit Venturia are currently mixing their third album now with Kevin Codfert (Adagio). Photos from the albums creation process can be seen at www.facebook.com/Venturia.

Already Gone from the Midlands, UK formed in early 2008 and within weeks of rehearsals the guys already had their first gigs booked. Since then they have been gigging religiously for nearly three years, stunning crowds throughout the UK, from their home town of Stoke to venues in London, Manchester, Birmingham Liverpool, Leicester and Glasgow. There is no stopping these dedicated young musicians as they continue to take over the music scene one day at a time. They have played at such prestigious venues as The Indigo2 Arena (London) The Birmingham O2 Arena Mainstage, The Victoria Hall (Stoke), The Cavern Club (Liverpool) and The Manchester Academy. This year saw Already Gone reach the International final of The Surface Festival, beating 12,000 other bands to play at The London O2 Arena. Last Christmas they released a charity single for The Hope House Hospice, raising £400 just from their local area to help children with long term illnesses.
Other achievements so far include working with The British Youth Film Academy in association with The Co-op, to shoot the... opening scenes for their movie "The Limelight. "On top of that they have done several photoshoots with the prestigious Ashford Daly Photography of Cheshire, including a 6am shoot on top of Crewe's tallest building, Rail House for their debut album, "One Good Reason" which is now available of iTunes. This band of young, ambitious musicians are destined for big things, and are now searching for the right person to take them to the next level. Watch out for Already Gone!

"It's great to hear some classic rock music made in this century that you can kick your feet about to" (Total Rock Radio, London.)
"Stoke's premier rock outfit" - The Box, Crewe (Venue)
"They're like Kiss and Bon Jovi...but without the crap!!" - The Underground, Stoke (Venue)
"The rock this band hits is southern rock with bad boy vocals and muscular guitars...... Already Gone demonstrate a degree of professionalism that suggests that they intend to torpedo greater things.......Already Gone show commendable poise and that very poise might prove to be their ticket out of the pubs and into the stadiums" - Bluesbunny Music Reviews, Glasgow.

Already Gone's debut album One Good Reason is out now featuring the tracks: 1) Crybaby 2) What Dose It Take? 3) Stop, Drop, Rock 'N' Roll 4) Make My Day 5) Wash Away The Tears 6) Sweet Dreams Baby 7) Turn Away 8) Let Me Be Your Slave 9) Sweet Lady Jane 10) In Your Arms 11) One Good Reason 12) Girls I Used To Know 13) So Long Gone.

One Good Reason can be downloaded from iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-good-reason/id463037062 or grab a hard copy of the album from the merch store at: www.alreadygone.co.uk/STORE.html.

10/31/2011 – Westport, CT - Hot on the heels of his induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, legendary Alice Cooper Group drummer Neal Smith is preparing to unleash upon the world his most aggressive release to date – KillSmith Two; a mind blistering, head banging masterpiece in metal macabre. Neal Smith, who recently reunited with Alice Cooper and recorded several new tracks for Alice's 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' (which also features fellow AC Group members Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway), promises his new CD will rock you to your very soul and then stomp on it!
"I think it's the best writing I've ever done with industrial strength music,"¯ says Neal. "The fourth song on the 'K$2' CD is called 'Evil Voodoo Moon'. It is the song that's the mother of Alice's latest single called 'I'll Bite Your Face Off"¯, featured on his great new CD 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'. One of the main goals I had in mind while writing 'K$2' was to keep my lyrics radio friendly this time. My colorful vocabulary could make a drunken sailor blush. So I took it back a few notches for airplay, something I didn't do on my first KillSmith CD 'Sexual Savior' when I just let all hell break loose."
Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original Alice Cooper Group. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970's Alice Cooper hits "School's Out", "I'm Eighteen", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy". Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of Cooper's best known songs. The Alice Cooper Group was the first band to introduce theatrics to the rock and roll stage, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Neal has six gold and five platinum records to his credit, and has performed before millions on extensive grand World Tours. From the late 1970s to the present, Smith's trademark drums can be heard on several albums, including the Billion Dollar Babies, The Plasmatics, Buck Dharma, Deadringer, Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith, Cinematik and his most recent critically acclaimed solo project KillSmith CDs. KillSmith's debut CD 'Sexual Savior' released in 2008 garnered praise from fans and critics worldwide. And now with 'KillSmith Two', Neal takes his ferocious brand of rock and roll to another level!
"In addition to crafting my lyrics for the radio, the new songs on 'K$2' have evolved with more defined choruses and themes,"¯ explains Neal. "Heavy industrial guitars are still the heart of the KillSmith sound along with my pounding drums."

KillSmith features: Neal 'Kill' Smith (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer, drums & percussion), Peter 'The Cat' Catucci (bass guitar & backing vocals), Doug Wahlberg (lead guitar), Kevin Franklin (lead guitar), Bryan Morrell (lead guitar) and Pete 'Keys' Hickey (keyboards).

A forty year veteran in the music industry, Neal Smith's vast achievements have finally been recognized with his recent and prestigious induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. "I am happiest for the fans of the original Alice Cooper Band,"¯ says Neal. "As I said in my acceptance speech at our induction into the Hall of Fame, this was all about them and because of them. Without our faithful fans around the world, that night would never have happened. At the pinnacle of our success the only awards we ever received or cared about were in the shape of gold and platinum albums and that was only because of our fans. Even the established music business in the seventies shunned the Alice Cooper Band and never considered us for Grammys or any of the other music awards at the time. Living on the fringe of acceptability has always been the norm for me. Now I've been asked to become legitimate in the music world and that's a role I'm very uncomfortable with, but KillSmith keeps me on the fringe in my comfort zone."
Possibly one of the most anticipated reunions of the decade in the rock world recently transpired with the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper group and producer Bob Ezrin recording together for the first time in 37 years! "Well it was fantastic to work with everyone again in the same room,"¯ says Neal. "Over the years I've seen Alice, Michael, Dennis and Bob many times all over the US and Canada. But it was in September 2010 when we were all finally together again in one location in a recording studio in New York City. In the studio we even set up a little memorial for Glen Buxton, it consisted of a Fender amp, a pack of cigarettes and a bottle of Seagram's VO whiskey. So GB was with us there in spirit. We were all laughing, having a blast with the same insane sense of humor that we've always had – it was a great time. But when we got down to business and recording machines were running, the ever present chemistry was still there and the magic started happening again. That was the first time that all five of us, Alice, Michael, Dennis, Bob and I had been in the recording studio together since the 'Billion Dollar Babies' album was recorded in 1972/73. I hope we do it again!"
Plans to tour in support of the release of 'KillSmith Two' are currently in the works. "Along with Peter, Kevin, Doug and myself, we are currently in rehearsals working on a new KillSmith show right now. Any future show dates will be announced on my website,"¯ says Nea
Neal Smith 'KillSmith Two' is available from cdbaby.com/cd/nealsmith3 / www.NealSmithRocks.com.

Two new Reviews online today. Another masterpiece for 2011 - Mecca; and one from a little while back - Tora Tora. More reviews soon. Read these two reviews here.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The official video clip for the song Cowards, from Trillium - taken from the album Alloy out on Frontiers Records. Release date: Europe - November 4 North America -- November 1.

Following my Steve Perry interview posted Friday, the singer has also spoken to Associated Press to promote the release of Journey's new Greatest Hits 2 release. The following text comes from the AP Newswire, as picked up by Billboard and a dozen other outlets:

"Perry, who rarely does detailed interviews, spoke to The Associated Press by phone last week, ahead of Tuesday's release of Journey's "Greatest Hits Vol. 2" and the remastered version of Perry's 1984 solo album, "Street Talk," which included the No. 1 hit "Oh Sherrie" and the ballad "Foolish Heart." The resurgence of Journey and the band's hit "Don't Stop Believin'" may have given fans hope of a reunion, but former lead singer Steve Perry says that's probably not going to happen. "It's like any emotional, committed relationship. At some point, they seem to all have a shelf life and bands are no exception," he said. "Life has moved us all on in different places in our lives. . They're doing what they're doing - they have been since '98. And I've been doing what I'm doing, which is living my life and having a personal life."
His former band mates have continued on since Perry's departure 13 years ago, performing as Journey with a new lead singer, Arnel Pineda. Pineda sounds like Perry, who was once ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as No. 76 of the greatest 100 singers of all time. [MR Note: And what a crock that listing is...as if anyone pays any attention to Rolling Stone lists!!!]
Perry doesn't dwell on the band's current lineup, saying that everyone has moved on, but said he relishes the songs he did with Journey that keep getting airplay.
Thirty years after its release, Journey's most memorable hit - "Don't Stop Believin'" - manages to keep getting rediscovered in new contexts. The song, which Perry wrote with Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neil Schon, has shown up in the Broadway show "Rock of Ages" (which Perry said he hasn't seen), the cut-to-black finale of "The Sopranos" and the movie "Monster," for which Charlize Theron won an Oscar for best actress. Most recently, it appears in Brad Pitt's "Moneyball."
But it has probably reached its youngest audience through the hit TV show "Glee," which has also featured other Journey hits "Faithfully" and the medley version of "Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin.'" Perry said he's stunned that "Don't Stop Believin'" continues to resonate with so many people. "It's very shocking because now I'm getting it for 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-year-olds coming up to me, and they love that song and they've made it their song," said Perry, 62. "It's just amazing to me."
He said that when he was first shown the pilot for "Glee," he wasn't sure if he wanted "Don't Stop Believin'" to be used. He said he and his former band members are careful to make sure Journey's songs are used to their standards: "There's been so many requests for silly food products over the years." Perry said he and Journey members don't speak directly to each other about authorizing the use of songs, or much about anything else, but instead work through representatives to reach agreement.
In recent years, he says he's received offers to appear on "Glee" and to serve as a judge on "American Idol," where friend and former band mate Randy Jackson is a judge. But he's turned those and other offers down because, he explains, he's not a "front-camera guy." Lately, Perry's been dabbling in film editing and writing music for a possible solo album, a challenging process after years of being away from the music business. "I'm going to be recording sometime soon," said Perry.
He said he's recorded three cover songs recently, but would only disclose that one was a Beatles tune and that he has played his new music for just a few friends privately. Perry said his signature voice, which stretches for high and long notes in many of his songs, is in good shape overall. At one point in the interview, telling a story about one of Journey's first tours, he broke into the Journey song "Feeling That Way."
Physically, though, he's battled health issues. He had hip replacement surgery 13 years ago, and has struggled with a "pretty substantial amount of arthritis that's not comfortable." "I live on anti-inflammatories," Perry said, noting that he has had some arthritis-related surgeries over the years since he left Journey. Still, he says he's feeling good overall. He even left open the possibility of touring again - just not with Journey.
"We have severely, emotionally gone our separate ways."

And for note - my Steve Perry interview has racked up just on 9000 views since Friday!

The band is proud to announce that singer Johnny Gioeli, drummer Mike Terrana, keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg, bass player Volker Krawzak and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell will enter the studio in late November with Engineer and Co-Producer Charlie Bauerfeind, to record the next studio album, titled Circle Of The Oath. Axel Rudi Pell comments on this: "I´m more than excited ! I just finished the songwriting for all 10 songs including the compulsory intro and will concentrate on completing the lyrics in the next couple of days. This will be a hell of a record and you won´t be disappointed! It will have everything you expect from a true ARP record with all it´s magical moments and a few surprises...!"
"Circle Of The Oath" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in late March 2012, followed by the first leg of the tour:

20.04. D-Hannover – Capitol
21.04. NL-Weert – De Bosuil
22.04. GB-London - Underworld
24.04. D-Langen – Neue Stadthalle Langen
25.04. D-Saarbrücken - Garage
27.04. D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
28.04. D-Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
29.04. CH-Pratteln – Z7
01.05. D-Erfurt – HsD
02.05. D-Berlin – Columbia Club
04.05. D-Bochum - Zeche
05.05. D-Bochum - Zeche
Ticket-Hotline Germany: Metaltix +49-(0)4627/183838, www.metaltix.de Touragency: Continental Concerts.

The current album The Ballads IV were released worldwide end of September and reached the charts in Germany at #29, in Switzerland at #53 and in Norway at #65. The band released a single and a video for the song "Hallelujah": www.youtube.com/user/spv#p/u/0/wKMP81DVLLk.

Rolling Stone Online has a new interview up with Rush's Geddy Lee. Amongst other topics - the new album: "We're almost finished writing. We wound the machine back up about three weeks ago. After a sluggish start, we've had a very fruitful couple of weeks in terms of writing. I'm very pleased with the direction that the material has taken. And I think we have one or two more songs that we'd like to write, and then we'll start recording in earnest. Hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas. Then we'll mix it some time in the next year, and then get it out."
Full interview at: www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rushs-geddy-lee-says-new-album-will-be-ready-by-early-2012-20111028.

FM are pleased to announce three special live shows to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their début album Indiscreet. For the first time ever fans will be able to hear this classic album played live in its entirety plus many more songs from Britain's greatest AOR band.
FM released Indiscreet on September 8th 1986 and the album went on to help define a genre with unforgettable songs such as "That Girl" and "Frozen Heart". Who would have thought back then that in 2010 Planet Rock Radio listeners would vote "Frozen Heart" one of the greatest AOR songs of all time? 25 years have passed but the songs from Indiscreet still hold a special place in everyone's hearts. The band say "So many fans have said this album is the soundtrack to their lives and for FM it started everything so we think it should be celebrated."
Indiscreet 25th Anniversary live dates are -
March 08 2012 Glasgow Cathouse
March 09 2012 Manchester Academy 3
March 10 2012 London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
On the band's website www.fmofficial.com a dedicated Indiscreet 25Live page has been created to celebrate the 25th anniversary. It is the place for fans to congregate for all the latest Indiscreet-related news and to share their memories. The page will feature regular competitions to win FM memorabilia, releases and merchandise such as the new range of celebratory Indiscreet 25Live T-shirts.

Greece's Rockpages Web Magazine did an exclusive interview with Merv Goldsworthy of FM about the band's 25th anniversary of the classic "Indiscreet" album. Here's an excerpt:

Rockpages.gr: As a listener and why not a fan of the band, from your perspective what's so special about "Indiscreet" that makes so many people connect with it?
Merv Goldsworthy: We had a good time recording it out in Ibiza and finishing it up in London, maybe that came across on the record... who knows? People connect with albums for lots of different reasons. It makes us feel very proud to think we have become part of the soundtrack of someone's life.
Rockpages.gr: How did it feel to be starting the recordings in an exotic place like Ibiza and then finishing the album in the moody –yet probably inspiring- area of North London?
Merv Goldsworthy: We didn't get much done in Ibiza – too many distractions. Not much else to do but work in North London so at least we got the album finished. If we would have carried on recording in Ibiza we'd still be there now!!!
Read The Full Interview On: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=6379&type=1&lang=EN.

Sweet Sounds Rock Fest 2 (Chicago @ Penny Road Pub) is confirmed! "With a turnout of 300 plus people in St. Louis, I was very pleased and got good vibes from the crowds and bands performing. I learn from each show, how to make the next one even better." stated Ron Berman CEO of the festival. This show will be hosted by internationally known comedian Jim Florentine and will feature approximately 10-13 metal/rock bands that will make this festival memorable. Jim will be introducing each band and telling jokes which will keep the crowd asking for more. There will by pre sold tickets made available shortly to purchase and possibly sold at the door. Go to www.sweetsounds.us as more info will become available.

Monday, October 31, 2011

In following up Saturday's tragic news of Shy's Steve Harris passing:

"Escape Music are sad to hear that Steve Harris, Guitarist with legendary UK Rockers Shy, has passed away. Steve was a fine guitarist and songwriter and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Steve has been described in the press as one of the "most humble, pleasant people you could wish to meet. Escape Music are honoured to have been involved with Steve and the band, albeit for a short time, and would like to express their sympathy to Steve's family and friends. We are thinking of them at this very sad time."

Following the news posted Saturday - I'd personally like to offer my condolences to Steve's wife and family, his bandmates and friends around the world. And Steve did have a lot of very loyal friends. His sickness was kept private. I knew what was happening, as did some others, but Steve valued his privacy and everyone respected that. It would have been nice to offer him some positive words and perhaps some thank you's, but being of humble thinking, that was not his desire. So we must pay our respects and tributes to Steve now, after his passing. All fans can do that now at: www.shyonline.co.uk. Just take a listen to the new Shy album. Boy, does Steve's work on that album now seem absolutely gargantuan! He left us with his best recorded work of his career.

The following tribute song link was sent to me by Escape's Khalil Turk, perfect for this occasion. The vocalist (Andi Kravljaca) is the new singer in Departure (and current Silent Call vox). R.I.P. Steve.

Audio Samples of the new Scorpions album Comeblack can be heard now at: www.amazon.de/Comeblack-inkl-Bonus-Track-exklusiv.

Royal Hunt news: Part 2 of the Studio Report has been uploaded - www.youtube.com/watch?v=TimpNLQDOIM.

John Waite has gone into the nomination pool for the 2011 Grammys - Best rock album for Rough and Tumble and Best rock song, for the title track "Rough and Tumble". More news at: www.johnwaite.nl/pages/113274/News.html.

Due to the fast sold out of the first edition of Voodoo Highway's debut album Broken Uncle's Inn, the hard rock band is actually going to print a second edition of the album with some bonus contents. The new edition will be available from November 2011 and it will contains new graphics and some extra live bonus tracks. Broken Uncle's Inn is physically available on: Voodoo Highway's online shop: www.voodooitaly.altervista.org/shop/shop.html / Rock n' Growl Distro, AOR Heaven, MyGraveyard Productions, NEH Records, Wishing Well Entertainment, MusicBuyMail, etc.
Broken Uncle's Inn is digitally available on: iTunes, Amazon, Virgin, Meteli.net, Jamster, Napster, Musicload, etc. Running Around video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGLP7VsA8Tc.
More Links: www.facebook.com/pages/VOODOO-HIGHWAY/107889722591097 / www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway / www.myspace.com/voodoohighway.

A very warm thank you for all the amazing feedback from my interview with Steve Perry posted Friday. Overwhelming responses and really glad that the interview with such an icon has been received so well. with Steve gaining a lot of praise for his responses and openness during the interview.
David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen - Let's talk!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I have been asked to post the following message on behalf of the family and friends of Shy guitarist Steve Harris:


R.I.P. Steve. More news to follow.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The legendary voice of Journey - Steve Perry has been atop my "want list" for interviews since I first started this site in late 1996. I've been fortunate to talk to all other members along the way, but still no Steve. The elusive Steve Perry interview remained a dream. Until this week. I hope you enjoy the read and if you take one thing from this interview - Steve talked and sounded like he was in a very good place. It was a great pleasure and a thrill to talk to him and have him open up about some tough subjects. Not only is he a rock icon and a personal favourite of an army of fans, but he's also one of my personal favourite singers of all time. And dare I say, one of (if not the) very best melodic rock vocalist ever.
I'm very thankful to Steve for extending out interview time and to Sony Music and Lora @ FanAsylum for setting this interview up for me...after years of nagging!

Some Interview Highlights:

Steve on first joining Journey: "When it started for me it was around 1978 when I joined the band. That's when I got my first break to get into the music business and I got signed to Columbia Records. And it was a dream come true back in those days to get a record deal. It was the sweetest thing you could ever have, is to be signed…next to the most horrific day of your life which would be to get dropped. So many of my friends did get dropped because they didn't sell records. I looked at it as if every time I had the opportunity to make a record – which the first was Infinity, with Journey – was this magical blessing that, I finally am in the record business and I get to make a record. But, I did not believe in my heart there would be a second one. I knew I had to love doing it, and if I could make any money I should save some money because I didn't trust there to be a second one."

And on the rest of the band adjusting to him: "They have to deal with this stepson that is something that they like but they wish they could have done it their way, and why wouldn't they? Why wouldn't they have wished that they could be successful without having a lead singer? Well then the label says "We want you to have a singer" and then they went, "Well, I don't know, I don't know." So, all of the sudden, here comes me, and I think it was a real challenge for all of us to find out what that really meant. They had to let go of doing it their way. I was bringing in ideas; they were growing. But, I will tell you this…being the singer in that environment with them as we were growing together on the Infinity record brought a certain kind of vocal strength out of me that the band required it have. Otherwise, I do not know if I would have ever found that anywhere else. And I think that at some level I did the same thing for them."

Steve on that brutal tour schedule: "I was like a pitbull. I still have tons of energy. My girlfriend tells me all the time, "You're the most energetic person I've ever met." But when I was younger, I was on fire. And, so I think that back in the day when the voice was fresh and young and I had that much energy, I kept up with that scheduled pretty good. Though it was difficult at times, I was able to keep up with it. You betcha. Everybody went through the same commitment because we were all together far away from everything together, out there. But we loved it! Don't you understand that?"

Steve on Columbia dealing with his solo record: "They were scared to death. They thought that I was going to spend a lot of money and they weren't sure what I was going to do. But you know, I ended up doing it relatively inexpensively and quickly because I had great musicians. There were no computers back then. Everything you're hearing on the Street Talk record is absolutely performed in the studio and captured on a piece of tape. I mean if you threw hamburgers in the studio, you would get hamburgers on tape you know? So, there was not a computer to be found, no auto tuner existed. Nothing of today's era existed during '84-'85. So, that is real musicians like Larry Londin on drums, Bobby Glaub on bass, Craig Kramph on drums, Michael Landau on guitar…"

And on disappearing from the public eye: "I went away. I did. I've been gone. I just went away and tried to figure out how to live life on life's terms and just come off the ride. Just put my feet on the ground. I think that has been the challenge and also to allow myself, Andrew, to start dreaming again, because the dreaming is where the music is. But the trick of the dreamer is keeping yourself from the blues..."

On Journey moving on without him: "At the time, I fuckin hated it! I hated them for doing it; I hated them for giving me an ultimatum. But now I can look back with clear eyes, you know. I can't blame them; they just wanted to get going. I was going to go to surgery, and I did. But not on their timetable. So I did that. I had my hip replacement and the rest is history. They've gone on and I'm where I'm at. Life had showed up and there was a fork in the road between us. So, we went separate ways dare I say, not making a joke. And that's okay. Now, I look back at it as the most painful time of my life. But you know what? They need to love their lives. They love performing out there all the time. The fans love the songs we wrote."

All that and more in the new Feature Interview: Steve Perry: A Legend Finds Peace

Later this year Rock Candy Records are due to reissue Canadian band Sherriff's sole album from 1982 (together with the rare promotional live album as bonus material), a record that features the #1 US power Ballard 'When I'm With You' and the remarkable vocals of Freddy Curci. Despite input from band members there is a lack of surviving visual documentation.
Rock Candy would like to appeal to anyone who may have some photographs, trade ads, or print reviews that they can contribute to this reissue. Please email info@rockcandyrecords.com.
Oh, and don't forget to sign up to the new Rock Candy mailing list located on the Contact Us page / www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk.

MRX has been updated with the following new features:
- Kansas - Riverbend 1995 (15 Tracks)
- John Cougar - Denver 1982 (16 Tracks - great show!)
- Killer Dwarfs - Vancouver, BC 11-22-84 (8 Tracks)
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Due to the Steve Perry interview taking up a lot of the week, a few reviews I had not quite finished (Mecca, The Magnificent, Tora Tora), will be online Monday. A lot of other stufff and a hundred emails to get to also...all from Monday.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Journey will receive the "Legend of Live" award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, which are presented by Showclix and are taking place November 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards are part of the Billboard Touring Conference, taking place on the 9th and 10th.
The Billboard "Legend of Live" award honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipients' commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience. Previous award recipients include Rush (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2009), the Allman Brothers Band (2008), pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007), Sir Elton John (2006), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005) and promoter Michael Cohl (2004).
Journey remains a hugely successful touring band, having moved nearly 1 million tickets and averaging more than $600,000 a night at the box office on this year's "Eclipse" tour, according to Billboard Boxscore.
"I'm so honored to come to New York to represent the band for all the years and dedication that everyone's given," Journey guitarist and founding member Neal Schon says of the honor.
"Though they have sold millions of records and charted a wealth of the most beloved Billboard hits in history, most would agree that Journey's longevity has in large part been driven by their stellar live performances," said Ray Waddell, Billboard's Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring and Live Entertainment. "From their days blowing up the Bay Area music scene to their ascent to international headlining and, today, iconic rock status, withstanding personnel changes that would bring down a lesser band, Journey's talent transcends musical trends and draws bigger crowds year after year. In short, Journey personifies a 'Legend of Live.'"
The Billboard Touring Awards honor the industry's top artists, venues and professionals for the year, based on actual data compiled through the Billboard Boxscore chart.
This awards reception culminates the two-day Billboard Touring Conference, presented by ShowClix, taking place at Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on November 9-10. The conference unites today's top touring professionals to discuss the current state of the industry. Guided by Ray Waddell, this unique event includes provocative panels, productive roundtables and networking opportunities with touring industry power players and decision makers. For more information about the 8th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, see: www.BillboardTouringConference.com.
NewsLink: www.billboard.com/events/journey-to-receive.

Thunder press release: "Yes peeps, having been approached about it, considered it, and ultimately rejected it several times for reasons of cost since 1989 when Thunder began, the bountiful goddess Internet has finally enabled the band to produce a book. And a lovely thing it is too.
Shot and designed by band friends Marty Moffatt and Jason Joyce, this 80 page photo book features a short intro from all 5 band members, and captures 3 pretty full on days in the life of the band in July 2011. It documents 1 day at rehearsals, the warm up show at Rock City, and the band's appearance at the High Voltage Festival.
It's a thick hard backed high quality "made for your coffee table" type affair, and very nicely put together by a company called Blurb. Thunder Towers ordered a test copy for the office, and can testify that it is a very chunky and most desirable piece of Thunder kit. Whilst it is not a cheap thing, we think it is very nice, hopefully you'll agree.
For the iPad enabled, there is also an eBook version that is much cheaper (you'll need iBooks) and good for showing. To preview the whole book (every page), and of course purchase a copy, please click here for the Thunder page at Blurb.com. There are quite a few fan pics, perhaps you'll see yourself: www.blurb.com.
We hope you like it." ~ The Thin Feeling A Bit Like He's "In Publishing" One.
WebLinks: www.thunderonline.com / www.thunderonline-shop.co.uk.

The new Rob Mancini album Rock 'n' Roll Circus could best be described as a reflective but modern influenced crossover between the roots of late 80s and early 90s melodic rock. Think Bon Jovi with a Nickelback kick, infused with his own signature, a powerfully stomping rhythm guitar section, addictive keyboards and catchy melody lines sung by lead vocalist, guitarist and RockDoc Rob Mancini.
Tracklisting: 1. Carnival Of Fools, 2. Rock'n'Roll Circus, 3. Edge Of A Broken Heart, 4. Every Time You Cry, 5. Running Up That Hill, 6. Lay Down The Law, 7. Weak As I Am, 8. Stranger In Paradise, 9. Too Late To Die, 10. The Reaper, 11. United We Stand, 12. Time Stops For No One But You, 13.Edge Of A Broken Heart (Radio Edit).
The album was recorded at Robs GMG Studio One in Ireland, featuring 13 tracks including a cover version of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" and was mastered by Harry Hess at Vespa Music Group Canada. Tour dates are in planning for 2012.
Rob played extensively on the international rock circuit in the mid-90s with "Hotwire" & "Crush", recording several albums and sharing the stage with artists such as Victory, Thunderhead, Dare, etc. before moving to Ireland in 2001 to work as studio and session musician.
For more information, updates and sound samples of the new album please check the following: www.robmancinirock.com / www.reverbnation.com/robmancinirock / www.facebook.com/robmancinirock.

Todd Sucherman returns with a stunning follow up to his multiple award winning "Methods and Mechanics." Filmed in Hi Definition, "Methods and Mechanics II: Life on the Road, Songs, Solos, Stories and Lessons" takes us on a multi-faceted, enlightening and entertaining ride that goes well beyond basic instruction. Sucherman delivers another "must have" production that encompasses the technical, musical, philosophical, and career advice needed to navigate and succeed in today's musical landscape. Hit the road with Sucherman and get a glimpse of life on a big rock tour and see how musical and personal professionalism meet in real world applications.

Methods and Mechanics II includes:
15 song performances with analysis and breakdowns featuring the music of Styx, Taylor Mills and Jerry Goodman
Styx live performances on tour; Several solo improvisations; Extensive look at ghost notes; Hand exercises and applications; Odd phrases with paradiddles; Career conduct and navigational philosophies; Melodic song form practice ideas; Concepts for practice routines; Rhythmic Bending; Overcoming nerves; Recording session manners; Gear and monitor tips; "Quick Tips" and "Professional Suggestions"; Blooper reel; Extras.
Also learn how to navigate through all aspects of life on the road--airports, airplanes, hotels, town cars, the tour bus, luggage (while remaining sane).
There are so many topics covered that Methods and Mechanics II can only be summed up as "Infodrummertainment!"

Sucherman has held the drum chair in the muti-platinum band Styx for fifteen years all the while working with artists of various genres such as Brian Wilson, Spinal Tap, Eric Marienthal, John Wetton, Peter Cetera, Falling Wallendas and recording thousands of sessions. He was voted #1 Rock Drummer in Modern Drummer magazine's readers poll in 2009, and won "Best Instructional DVD" the same year. He continues to tour, record, and perform clinics at drum festivals all over the world. "Methods and Mechanics II: Life on the Road, Songs, Solos, Stories and Lessons" is another triumph that has Sucherman yet again raising the bar for instructional DVDs.
14 minute performance trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV_hO2kZixU.

Sound Carlisle announces opening Line Up to celebrate First Anniversary of Club Rock. Legendary UK Rock Band Magnum will headline the opening Rock concert at Carlisle's new 1000 plus venue Sound Carlisle. Cumbrian Rock Royalty It Bites will be special guests and up-coming Rockers Falling Red will open the show.
Magnum were formed in Birmingham in 1972. It was classic albums On A Storytellers Night, Vigilante and Wings of Heaven that took Magnum to the top of the UK charts and into arenas and festivals all over the world. On 14th November Magnum release their new album Evolution and look forward to playing songs old and new in Carlisle.
It Bites are just finishing their new album Map of the Past and have just released the title track as a 7inch Single and CD. 2011 is the 25th Anniversary of Big Lad and the Windmill and It Bites are looking forward to heading back to their home county to play some of their Made In Cumbria classic and will play Calling All The Heroes for their fans.
Falling Red have made a strong impact on the UK touring scene and are the next generation of Cumbrian Rock Heroes.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 28th of October at 9am from www.ticketline.co.uk or 08448889991. They can be bought from Club Rock and Outrageous in Carlisle for just £10.00 before 21st of November after that they are £15.00 and £17.50 on the door for more information www.soundcarlisle.com / Sound Carlisle, Portland Place, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RL.

This week's edition of Rich Davenport's Rock Show (Thursday 27th October, 7-8pm UK time at: www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 and then available for 3 weeks on the Listen Again feature at the same link) features two exclusive features spotlighting classic Hard Rock from the Emerald Isle! The show has a weekly tribute to Phil Lynott, in association with www.thin-lizzy.info, and the site, in conjunction with Universal Records, have given Rich two exclusive preview tracks from the forthcoming Thin Lizzy at the BBC box set (released on November 7th, 2011).
One track will go out on this week's show, and the other will be broadcast next week. This week's show also features an exclusive interview with rising Irish Hard rockers Glyder, who's new album "Backroads to Byzantium" is available now on SPV Records. Lead guitarist and founder member Bat Kinane will be giving you the low down on the album, the band's new line-up, and his encounters with rock legend Ronnie James Dio. The show also features tracks from the new albums by Magnum, Mecca, Brainstorm and Miss Behaviour, along with classic cuts from Def Leppard, The Outlaws and Iron Maiden.

Glenn Hughes will record his first solo album since 2007 for release in 2012, describing it as "The image of the Glenn Hughes on the Black Country Communion albums...the same Glenn that was in Deep Purple. The classic rock iconic Glenn that, let's be clear, the majority of the fans want."
Hughes was interviewed for I Heart Guitar Blog. Read the full interview here: iheartguitarblog.com/2011/10/glennhughes.html.
Excerpt: "People are going to read this and go 'Wow!' I'm thinking about doing a solo thing. I haven't really gone public and said it but you asked me the question and I told you I would tell you the truth. I'm really thinking about making a Glenn album early next year. It's been four years since I entered the studio for F.U.N.K, but my hat now has been very much thrown into the rock ring. What I will do, Peter, on the next Glenn album, is portray the image of the Glenn Hughes on the Black Country Communion albums. Because it's the same Glenn that was in Deep Purple, really. The classic rock iconic Glenn that, let's be clear, the majority of the fans want. The F.U.N.K. album was very well recorded and I love the songs, but that's for a cultured audience and a different kind of audience. It's more of a cult audience, if you will. But my audience now with BCC and a lot of my fans are rockers, man, so it's time to rock. So the next album, Peter, will be a rock record."

"Australian rock" is a genre that music fans hold in high regard, as some of the greatest rock bands of all time (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Saints, Radio Birdman, etc.) hailed from the land down under. And the latest hard rocking Australian band that is turning heads is Strange Karma.
Comprised of brothers Martin Strange (singer) and Paul Strange (guitar), as well as Doe Prijono (bass), and Jason McDonald (drums), Strange Karma has just issued their kick ass debut, 'Volume 1' (via FNA Records ­ www.fnarecords.net). And soon, US fans will get a chance to catch this fast-rising act. On Wednesday, November 2nd, Strange Karma will be playing the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA, and on Saturday, November 5th, will be playing the Rock n' Roll Cantina in Las Vegas, NV. Then, on Wednesday, November 30th, the quartet will perform another show at the Whiskey A Go Go.
Unlike many other up-and-coming bands, Strange Karma is already a road-tested unit, having performed extensively in their home country, as well as embarking on tours of both England and the US. Additionally, the group has collected an impressive amount of accolades and accomplishments, including amassing nearly 100,000 friends on MySpace, which has led to over 200,000 plays of their songs via their MySpace site. Also, Strange Karma has received coverage on such respected hard rock/heavy metal sites as Sleaze Roxx and Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles.
The band has also filmed a video for the lead-off single from 'Volume 1,' titled "America," which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyoKHTnN2z8&feature=channel_video_title.
Also, 'Volume 1' can be purchased via these links: www.amazon.com/Vol-1-Strange-Karma-Strange/dp/B004OMFJK6/ref=sr_1_2?i / www.cdbaby.com/cd/strangekarma.
Hollywood and Las Vegas area rockers and beyond, get ready to welcome the next wave of loud n' proud Australian rock n' roll this November!
For more information, visit the following sites: www.strangekarma.net / www.facebook.com/pages/Strange-Karma/157783670932214 / www.myspace.com/strangekarma.

Upcoming Strange Karma US Tour Dates:
Wednesday, November 2nd: Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood
Saturday, November 5th: Rock n' Roll Cantina, Las Vegas
Saturday, November 12th: Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago
Wednesday, November 16th: Sullivan Hall, New York City - 10:30pm set time
Saturday, November 19th : Harpo's, Detroit appearing with Art Of Dying
Wed, November 30th: Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood

After around 7 years of cooperation and two albums Chris Catena and the band Pavic realized they have different artistic targets. Chris Catena is now working hard to his next solo release, his third solo album which will sound more like his critically acclaimed debut CD entitled Freak Out. Additionally Chris recorded the debut album of his Italian rock band "Dr. U" produced by Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Blink 182, Seal).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dallas, TX- Oct 26, 2011. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands hosts U2's Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. for the release of the Uber-Deluxe Achtung Baby box set to commemorate its 20th anniversary. By 1990, U2 was a band riding high from a decade of steady touring and hit records, culminating with the 1987 'Album Of The Year' Grammy for The Joshua Tree, documented on both the Rattle and Hum album and movie. Their next album, recorded in newly-unified Germany, would be set against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and freedom for the first time in more than 40 years there. But an internal crisis within the band threatened to break up U2, according to founding member and drummer Larry Mullen Jr.
"Musically, we had reached a stage where it just wasn't happening. We went in to do the recordings for Achtung Baby and we just sort of lost touch with each other, lost touch with the culture we came out of." It was this reality that for many bands could spell the end, but for U2 caused reinvention. The Edge explains to host Redbeard, "We wanted the album to be very extreme. We didn't want it to sound in anyway safe...we're not denying the past, we're not turning our back on our previous records, but this record is so different. It represents the two extreme of what we are and somewhere between the two is where we stand."
InTheStudio can be heard on over 50 radio stations across North America. U2 Achtung Twenty / InTheStudio program will air the week of Oct 24th - 30th. To Stream Interview Online: www.inthestudio.net.

A free track download is now available from Dutch rockers Chinawhite. Their latest update reads: "While trying to come up with a singing solution for the next Chinawhite record, we asked a few friends of the band to lend us a hand. Here one of them, singer John Neessen (90 Day Jane) sings his lyrics and melodies to our track Wings Of The Wind from the 2009 album Challenges. We also did some remixing of it. We think he made the track better than it already was, but you be the judge..."
Download at: www.chinawhite.nl.

Plus this: "Besides new reviews and more video on the site we also have a CD sale going: buy one, get one for free. Worth checking out as your support of independent music is highly appreciated. Visit the band's site at: www.chinawhite.nl.

The wait is nearly over! Starting tomorrow legendary US metal outfit Riot release their hugely anticipated fourteenth album 'Immortal Soul' worldwide Steamhammer/SPV in the following countries:
Scandinavia 26th October
Germany/Austria/Switzerland 28th October
Rest of Europe 31st October
US/Canada 22nd November
Along releasing "Still Your Man" a few days ago, the band also created a promo video, featuring another song of the album: Wings Are for Angels - www.youtube.com/user/officialriotnycTV#p/a/u/1/GuoD3Bzpnr4.
This was released earlier this year for a Japanese Tsunami relief album by Avalon/Marquee, and it earned massive positive feedback already. The album "Immortal Soul" was released last week by Avalon/Marquee in Japan and it received #2 in the most prestigious magazine Burrn! Right behind the highly anticipated new Chickenfoot album.
"Wow, this is quite an achievement" comments Tony Moore. "Chickenfoot is an all star band and gets hyped across the world. And we are next in line? This is awesome! Thank you Japan, we sure want to be out there as soon as possible in 2012."
Tony Moore, who is still recovering from an oral surgery, adds: "We are really happy about all that positive feedback for Immortal Soul, but equally for the fact that RIOT is back. Journalists all over the world give us the highest marks and speak about this album very highly. We have interviews on a daily basis and I believe every magazine on this planet has a RIOT story in their current / next issue."
Right now RIOT is about to confirmed a few US shows in early 2012­ dates and venues to be revealed soon ­ and are looking forward to play the 70,000 tons of Metal Cruise in January. More info on www.70000tons.com.

Royal Hunt: Part 1 of the Studio Report has been uploaded: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkWRv906fU8.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I am very excited to announce that I have completed a phone interview this morning with the legendary former vocalist of Journey - Steve Perry. It is the first time I have ever spoken to Mr. Perry and was grateful for him to blow right past our scheduled 20 minute interview time to talk for no less than 80 minutes! While I had a lifetime of questions at the ready, we did manage to cover a lot of ground in that time and I look forward to bringing that interview to MelodicRock.com very shortly. The interview was at 4.15am local time and I couldn't get back to sleep afterwards. The interview fills a long held desire to interview Steve and I can't wait to showcase the Feature Interview asap.
Steve Perry is promoting the release of Journey's Greatest Hits 2 compilation, plus the Vinyl Remaster release of Greatest Hits 1 and his own solo album Street Talk.
Sony Music have just released sizzle real's for both releases via YouTube. Check them out now:


And still with a few days left to run: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Fan Asylum has launched an eBay auction to raise awareness & funds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Win a phone call from Steve Perry! Check out the auction and bid at: www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330628535238.

Frontiers Records proudly announces the latest live release from the most influential and ground-breaking progressive rock 'n' roll band in history, Yes. New album In The Present – Live from Lyon will be available on 2CD/DVD package from November 29 in North America and December 2 in Europe.
Recorded in Lyon, France, on December 1st 2009, In The Present – Live from Lyon is an outstanding collection of hidden gems and unforgettable classics, with new singer Benoit David breathing new life into each of the evergreen tracks. The package comes with a 55 minute DVD containing excerpts from the live performance, candid interviews and behind the scenes footage. The cover art features an original design by Roger Dean, author of most Yes album covers including classics 'Fragile', 'Close To The Edge' and 'Drama'.
Yes' powerful compositions influenced a generation of musicians. They have a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of masterpieces; songs like "Roundabout," a seminal hit which consistently appears on "the best songs of all-time" lists, and the group's #1 hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart", taken from the Yes album '90125', saw Yes top the UK and US album charts simultaneously.
Yes are the pioneers for the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music and produced a multitude of timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks; they continued to push the cutting edge of art-rock music to their limits, selling over 30 million albums and reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. Yes latest studio album 'Fly From Here' – the first in ten years – hit the Top 10 on the Rock Charts and was declared as their "best work since the '70s" (Paste Magazine)

"In the Present – Live From Lyon" will be released in a gloss digipak edition. The final tracklisting includes:
CD1: Siberian Khatru; I've Seen All Good People; Tempus Fugit; Onward; Astral Traveller; And You And I; Corkscrew (Acoustic Solo).
CD2: Owner Of A Lonely Heart; Southside Of The Sky; Machine Messiah; Heart Of The Sunrise; Roundabout; Starship Trooper.
DVD: Interviews, Excerpts from the Live Show, Roundabout, Machine Messiah (running time approx 55 mins.)
A limited edition gatefold sleeve 3 LP vinyl release (only including the audio portion of the album) will be exclusively available in the European markets.
A trailer of the DVD can be enjoyed following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CVUbp562c.
"In the Present – Live From Lyon" lineup features: Benoit David: vocals; Steve Howe: guitar; Chris Squire: bass; Alan White: drums; Oliver Wakeman: keyboards


Catch Yes On Tour In Europe – Fall 2011
11/03 Lisbon, Portugal Coliseum
11/04 Madrid, Spain La Riviera
11/05 Barcelona, Spain St. Jordi Club
11/08 Cambridge, UK Corn Exchange
11/09 Sheffield, UK City Hall
11/11 Birmingham, UK Symphony Hall
11/12 Glasgow, Scotland Clyde Auditorium
11/13 Manchester, UK Apollo
11/15 Brighton, UK Dome
11/16 Bristol, UK Colston Hall
11/17 London, UK Hammersmith Apollo
11/19 Paris, France Olympia
11/20 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
11/21 Nijmegen, Holland Vereeniging
11/23 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
11/24 Milan, Italy Teatro Smeraldo
11/25 Trieste, Italy Palazzetto di Chiarbola
11/27 Vienna, Austria Koncerthaus
11/29 Dresden, Germany Kulturpalast
11/30 Stuttgart, Germany KKL Hegensaal
12/02 Nuremberg, Germany Meistersinger Hall
12/03 Munich, Germany Tonhalle
12/04 Bielefield, Germany Ringlokschuppen
12/06 Copenhagen, Denmark Amager Bio
12/07 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
12/09 Stockholm, Sweden Solnahallen
12/11 Helsinki, Finland Circus
12/12 Tallinn, Estonia Nokia Kontserdimaja
12/15 Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall

Today, the 3- and 4-day tickets for Sweden Rock Festival 2012 are made available. We are also happy to announce the first 7 confirmed bands for next summer: Mötley Crüe, Blue Öyster Cult, Dimmu Borgir, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Danko Jones and Pentagram.
Tickets: Sweden Rock Festival, located in Sölvesborg, Blekinge in southern Sweden, is the biggest rock festival of the Nordic countries and has been sold out every time the last few years, which means 33 000 visitors. Today at 9 am CET the 3-day tickets (for the main festival days) and 4-day tickets (including the Wednesday opening) are made available through www.swedenrock.com.
The first 5000 ticket buyers will receive a Sweden Rock T-shirt which will not be available anywhere else. The design has been made by British artist Sleba, known for his work with Led Zeppelin and Star Wars, among others. Also, we will be running competitions each week until new years where everyone who has bought a ticket has the chance to win electric guitars signed by bands and artists such as Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, Saxon and The Cult.

Bands: Around 70 bands will perform on our 5 stages next summer. Seven of them have been confirmed. First up is an act that year after year continues to be one of the most wanted by our visitors, namely Mötley Crüe who made a big impression with their SRF 2005 headlining show. Seven years later, it is time for Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars to deliver another powerful show filled with classic songs.
Among our first batch of bands we also find legendary 70´s rockers Blue Öyster Cult, and the world's biggest black metal band at the moment, Norwegian Dimmu Borgir. Two of the power metal genres greatest, Kai Hansen's Gamma Ray and Tobias Sammet's Edguy are also coming to Sölvesborg, as well as Canadian rock'n'roll trio Danko Jones. Last but not least, we are proud to present the Sweden Rock Festival debut of American cult doom band Pentagram.
Another 60+ bands are waiting to be confirmed, so keep watching our website for further announcements.
More detailed info about the bands can be found at www.swedenrock.com. There, you can also find info about ticket prices, the festival's history and more.
Welcome to Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, 6-7-8-9 June 2012!

Inspired by the plight of those at Auschwitz and similar camps, Sacred Heart's new single "Propaganda Part two" is released on Monday 31st October digitally through iTunes and Amazon etc. Taken from the new album "Propaganda" (CD available through www.sacredheartband.com and www.musicbuymail.eu and digital download through all leading retailers: iTunes, Amazon, Napster etc) which has already received some excellent reviews. Please check out the video at www.youtube.com/sacredheartband.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Press Release: "Michael Eden announced his departure from Eden's Curse … and then the shit hit the metaphorical fan. Because of the fallout, the lack of any public communication from the band itself, the negative and erroneous info being slung around the Internet, Eden is doing one, all-encompassing interview to put the final nail in the coffin and give you the exact truth about what happened. Why he left, if money¯ was one of the reasons, his relationship with each band mate, what he has learned from the experience, why he is going to make a new Eden's Curse in America … and so much more. This two-hour interview covers everything from touring to in-fighting to the fact he absolutely wishes the band the best of luck in their search to find someone who can actually replace his voice and contributions to the legacy thus far.
Hardrock Haven has been a friend of the band since their inception; they even put an interview with Pamela Moore, Paul Logue and Michael Eden on the EP Condemned to Burn. There is a long history here, and that's why Eden came to Hardrock Haven — the only place on earth you will hear this interview. Never one to hold back when he feels strongly about something, tune in now to hear the exclusive interview with Eden and why Eden's Curse is as far behind him as he can put it … but also straight ahead of him."
To hear the entire interview (which is cut into four 30-minute sections), head to: hardrockhaven.net/online/2011/michael-eden-ex-edens-curse/.

[MR Note: This interview wasn't easy to listen to. There aren't many that are spared a serve in this interview including all ex-band mates, many of this website's Noticeboard regulars (big time), Firefest, Talon and more. Be warned...].

For the first time, all of Bob Seger's top hits have been gathered for a career-spanning 2CD and digital collection titled Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets. To be released Monday, November 21 by Capitol/EMI, the 26-track collection includes "Night Moves," "Turn The Page," "Hollywood Nights," "Mainstreet," "Old Time Rock And Roll," "Like A Rock," "Her Strut," "We've Got Tonight," "Against The Wind," "Still The Same," and many other Seger classics, as well as the Detroit rocker's two #1 radio singles from this year, "Downtown Train" and his current #1 Classic Rock hit, "Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back To Birmingham)."
The collection also includes Seger's timeless rendition of the Holiday classic "Little Drummer Boy," its first appearance on a Bob Seger album, as well as the original mono version of Seger's first hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man." All songs on the album have been meticulously remastered from the original master tapes.
On September 13, Seger offered fans a Free 6-Track Bonus EP on iTunes to celebrate the release of the digitally remastered multi-platinum Nine Tonight and Live Bullet concert albums. During the one week promotion, Seger gave his fans 1,698,000 free downloaded tracks. Seger & his Silver Bullet Band's live performances have led to record sales in excess of 51 million including 11 platinum and seven multi-platinum RIAA-certified album awards. Seger holds the distinction in 2010 for the #1 Catalog Album of the Decade for his Greatest Hits, which has sold over nine million copies (U.S.A.) to date, posting an unbroken 17-year streak on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and Catalog Albums charts.

Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets (2CD; digital)
DISC ONE: 1. Old Time Rock And Roll 2. Hollywood Nights 3. Night Moves 4. Mainstreet 5. Roll Me Away 6. Turn The Page 7. Her Strut 8. Still The Same 9. You'll Accomp'ny Me 10. We've Got Tonight 11. Like A Rock 12. Fire Lake 13 .Tryin' To Live My Life Without You.
DISC TWO: 1. Rock And Roll Never Forgets 2. Against The Wind 3. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man 4. The Fire Down Below 5. Travelin' Man (Live) 6. Beautiful Loser (Live) 7. Shakedown 8. Shame On The Moon 9. Katmandu 10. Little Drummer Boy 11. Wait For Me 12. Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back To Birmingham) 13. Downtown Train.

It's finally official: Running Wild are back! To the delight of his countless fans, Captain Rock'n'Rolf has announced the release of the new album, Shadowmaker, seven years after Running Wild's last studio album, Rogues En Vogue. "My comments in spring 2009 about the demise of Running Wild were absolutely serious at the time. I really needed time out and, to be honest, couldn't imagine even in January 2011 that I would ever feel like recording a new album again," says Rolf. "But when I had the inspiration for a best-of album, to which I wanted to contribute four new numbers, I rediscovered how much I enjoy composing. From then on it was only a small step to record a full new studio album."
Rock'n'Rolf has written ten new tracks for Shadowmaker, among them are the mid-tempo opener 'Piece Of The Action', the uptempo number 'Shadowmaker' ("roughly the same pace as 'Angel Of Mercy'") and the monumental eight-minute track 'Dracula', based on Bram Stoker's novel and the Christopher Lee movies. "To me, Shadowmaker is a very special album because there was no pressure, time wise or otherwise. I feel it's clearly audible that this relaxed attitude helped me to write one of the strongest Running Wild recordings of all time."
Rock N´Rolf recaps his thoughts about the new album, the past and the future in a video message for the fans: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMNzgdu-aFg.
Shadowmaker will be released worldwide on Steamhammer/SPV in April 2012, a cooperation which the Running Wild captain refers to as "a real stroke of luck and ideal partnership". Rock'n'Rolf: "SPV/Steamhammer are a long-established label with an experienced team, so I know that Running Wild are in good hands. Besides, my band and the record company are based in the same german city (Hannover), which can't be a disadvantage for a smooth cooperation."
Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer/SPV, is equally delighted: "That a style-defining act such as Running Wild signed with us comes close to an accolade. Band leader Rock'n'Rolf is one of the metal scene's last originals, and we at SPV are unbelievably proud that his choice fell on us."
WebLinks: www.running-wild.de / www.spv.de.

The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will release the digital single "30 Pieces of Silver" on October 20th. The track comes off their up-coming album "As The World Bleeds" that will be released on November 25th in Europe through Ulterium Records and on November 21st in North America through Nightmare Records. The album will also be released as a double gatefold vinyl edition, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.
Check out an album teaser for "As The World Bleeds" at YouTube: youtu.be/lRqVm0eLt68.
For more information on Theocracy; Official website: www.theocracymusic.com / Official facebook page: www.facebook.com/theocracyband.

After almost a decade of recording abstinence, touring the Irish Club scene, Irelands German-Italian born rock musician and producer, Rob Mancini is back on track with the smash hit, Edge Of A Broken Heart and the powerful ballad Every time you Cry from his new album Rock'n'Roll Circus. Rob played extensively on the international rock circuit in the mid 90 s with "Hotwire" & "Crush", recording several albums and sharing the stage with artists such as Victory, Thunderhead, Dare etc. before moving to Ireland in 2001 to work as studio and session musician.
Promo trailer Edge Of A Broken Heart: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhJOLAgAOKg.
Promo trailer Every Time You Cry: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASb1P9XpYWs
Band: Rob Mancini – Guitars, Bass, Synth & Programming, Backing Vocals; Aine Mancini – Backing Vocals; Mastering by Harry Hess at Vespa Music Group Canada.
WebLinks: www.robmancinirock.com / www.reverbnation.com/robmancinirock.

Artist/Songwriter/Producer Kenny Scott from Swirl 360 is currently working with the pop-rock group Stirling Road on a new single titled Without You. The track, written by Scott and Stirling Road's Matthew Shad, should see a release before the new year. The band's self-titled debut was released last year and has won fans over worldwide with their blend of soaring harmonies, blazing guitar work and refreshing songwriting. Now, with the production genius of Kenny Scott, the band is modernizing it's pop-rock sound even more.
WebLinks: www.stirlingroadmusic.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Stirling-Road/273862475792.

A new Danny Vaughn interview: metalshrineblogg.blogspot.com/2011/10/intervju-med-danny-vaughn-i-tyketto-jag.html#links. Topics include the new Tyketto album, getting into music, the New Jersey scene back in the day, recording the first album, writing songs and more.

News on new Saga w/the return of Michael Sadler on official site under 'news'¯ section – January release date, also some song titles: www.sagaontour.ca.

The Grand Design song Your Love's A Runaway from the album Idolizer is up for streaming: www.youtube.com/watch?v=myQEI6HolT0.

2011 has turned out to be quite a big year for Australian rock guitarist Joe Matera. Both his solo instrumental single 'Face Off' and his guest solo spot on UK metal legends Atomkraft's 'Cold Sweat' release, brought Matera's highly energetic, melodic and tasteful guitar playing to a wider international audience. Taking note of Matera's guitar prowess was European based label W.A.R Productions whom quickly signed Matera to a deal which sees Matera's new all electric solo instrumental EP Slave To The Fingers receiving a European CD release.
Slave To The Fingers features four brand new studio tracks, all showcasing Matera's six string talents at its best. The EP begins in bombastic fashion with a brief balls to the wall rocking interlude before Matera's tasteful melodic playing takes center stage on the title track 'Slave To The Fingers'. Underscored by some eclectic styling, the track also features a special guest appearance by guitarist Mick McConnell from legendary rock band Smokie who contributes a breathtaking guitar solo on the track. 'Cruise Control', leads the charge as the EP's first single and is a soaring melodious affair, peppered by harmony guitars and a spirit recalling the halcyon days of 1970's classic guitar rock. 'Out Of The Blue' shifts things into overdrive, with Matera's harder rocking elements coming to the fore, for an all out sonic ear assault before 'Face Off', Matera's first all electric instrumental single from earlier this year, and here being issued for the first time on CD, closes the EP majestically. The tight, rocking rhythm section backing Matera on Slave To The Fingers is comprised of Englishman Tony 'Demolition' Dolan (Venom, Atomkraft) on bass and American James Strickler (Angellic Rage) on drums.
Slave To The Fingers is officially released November 28 through W.A.R Productions (Europe) and Mercury Fire Music (Australia).
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/W.A.R.Production / www.joematera.com.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The following four new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price of £10.99 each for the next two weeks ending on 6th November.

Lone Star 'S/T' / The 1970s were a decade when anything was permissible. If you wanted your music to sound big, bold and brazen you were positively encouraged to make as much bluster as humanly possible. Step forward Lone Star, a Welsh six piece trumpeted by those in the know as the next big thing, bigger in fact than Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Queen. CBS certainly thought so when they signed them to a contract before they had even played a solitary live show.
Issued in 1976, Lone Star's debut album took, what is now termed, pomp rock by the scruff of the neck and delivered a record that knocked the competition sideways. Produced by famously flamboyant studio wizard Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Foreigner, Journey) it displayed a sound that utilised everything and the kitchen sink – bombastic and grandiose, no stone was left unturned to achieve maximum sonic effect. Indeed, it was a record that found media cognoscenti such as Alan Freeman, Geoff Barton, Nicky Horne and John Peel falling over themselves to recommend it.
Everything about this record is so right, so impressive and so gigantically over the top that nothing has come close to its grandeur since. Featuring future UFO guitarist Paul Chapman and containing such highfalutin tracks as 'Flying In The Reel', 'Spaceships', 'A Million Stars' and a monster interpretation of the Beatles 'She Said, She Said', the album scores a suitably impressive eleven on a ten scale.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 5 previously unreleased bonus tracks, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, interview with the band and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. She Said, She Said 2. Lonely Soldier 3. Flying In The Reel 4. Spaceships 5. A New Day 6. A Million Stars 7. Illusions. Bonus Tracks: 8. Flying In The Reel 9. A Million Stars 10. She Said, She Said 11. Hypnotic Mover 12. Spaceships.

Lone Star 'Firing On All Six' / Lone Star's debut album had certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons when it came to unleashing one of the most impressive hard rock albums during the 70s. Praised by all, the band looked set to join the upper echelons of rock royalty nudging shoulders with Led Zeppelin, Queen and Deep Purple. Sadly, although praised to high heaven, sales failed to match expectations, a situation not helped by the departure of vocalist Kenny Driscoll.
Fortunately, salvation was on hand with the recruitment of fellow Welshman, the previously unknown John Sloman who was arguably an even better stylistic fit than his predecessor. Musically, the band maintained a high calibre of creativity, crafting a record that was equal too, if not better than their debut. Indeed, in many respects Sloman's appointment galvanised the band to be even more ambitious, attracting fervent comparisons to Led Zeppelin and Queen at their imperial best.
Featuring future UFO guitarist Paul Chapman and produced by Roy Thomas Baker engineer Gary Lyons (UFO, Aerosmith, Foreigner), the album boasts a number of superior tracks, including 'Hypnotic Mover', 'Lovely Lubina', 'The Ballad Of Crafty Jack' and the epic 'The Bells Of Berlin'. Sadly for Lone Star, all their talent and promise failed to attract commercial success. In another time and place Lone Star would have been giants amongst men and this album would have been the soundtrack to victory.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, interview with the band and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. The Bells Of Berlin 2. The Ballad Of Crafty Jack 3. Time Lays Down 4. Hypnotic Mover 5. Lovely Lubina 6. Seasons In Your Eyes 7. Rivers Overflowing 8. All Of Us To All Of You. Bonus Tracks: 9. The Bells Of Berlin 10. All Of Us To All Of You 11. Lonely Soldier.


Smashed Gladys 'Social Intercourse' / When it comes to trashy rock 'n roll there are several obvious contenders for the crown of kitsch; for example, you can finger point to the wasted ways of mega platinum poseurs such as Guns 'n Roses and Mötley Crüe but scratch beneath the surface and you'll unearth a number of also-rans that paid their dues on the highway to hell and back. Chief amongst these is Smashed Gladys, a widely revered New York based unit with cultural links to pioneering Big Apple anarchic rockers like Circus Of Power, The Throbs, Warrior Soul and the Cycle Sluts From Hell.
Amazingly, Smashed Gladys were first talent spotted by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons who helped them produce a demo. Fronted by the wildly enigmatic Sally Cato, the band worked up a bad-as-can-be reputation on the club circuit which led to an impressive recording contract with Elektra Records, a label already committed to salacious sleaze rock having Mötley Crüe and Faster Pussycat on their books.
Produced by Ric Browde (Poison, Faster Pussycat) and originally issued in 1988, 'Social Intercourse' was immediately hailed as a minor glam sleaze classic, attracting mouth watering reviews and an acknowledgement that Smashed Gladys were teetering on the edge of something very special indeed. Sadly, through no fault of their own, success slipped through their grasp, leaving us with little more than a glance at what could have been.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, new interview and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Lick It Into Shape 2. 17 Goin' On Crazy3. Play Dirty 4. Dive In The Dark 5. Eye Of The Storm 6. Hard To Swallow 7. Legs Up 8. Eye For An Eye 9. Cast Of Nasties 10. Sermonette.

Armored Saint 'Delirious Nomad' / When the history of Heavy Metal is finally written, Armored Saint will be remembered as a band that should have joined the elite platinum club, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer. Tipped by those who know such things, they displayed both the promise and the talent to springboard them to worldwide success yet, for a number of frustrating reasons, it was not to be.
'March Of The Saint', the band's debut album, was a competent introduction for sure, but was hampered by an arguably incompatible production, and a label not fully versed in the fine art of marketing metal to the masses. Taking matters into their own hands for 'Delirious Nomad', they enlisted the help of seasoned producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth) and set to work creating the album that they should have recorded all along. Taped in Los Angeles, the sessions progressed well but not without a degree of angst, particularly when guitarist Phil Sandoval was asked to step aside, reducing the band's compliment to a quartet.
For all that, 'Delirious Nomad' remains, for most people, the band's high point, in a career that has lasted on and off for the best part of thirty years. Max Norman's production is crisp yet crushing, whilst the band's attack and energy level is through the roof. That the songs are truly impressive is indeed the icing on the cake.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, 2 bonus tracks, new interview with the band and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. Long Before I Die 2. Nervous Man 3. Over The Edge 4. The Laugh 5. Conqueror 6. For The Sake Of Heaviness 7. Aftermath 8. In The Hole 9. You're Never Alone 10. Released Bonus Tracks 11. The Laugh (Demo) 12. You're Never Alone (Rough Mix).


Royal Hunt - Future's Coming From The Past First Official Trailer -

Hugo Flores is officially working on the new installment of the Project Creation series, and also on a brand new (4th) Factory of Dreams album. Project Creation will focus on the continuation of the previous episode ­ Dawn on Pyther ­ with new discoveries including a new planet with a hidden city, an intelligent ocean and much more. Hugo is counting on the great musicians and singers that gave the epic sound of Project Creation, and also new performers to join in!
Factory of Dreams fourth album will be a concept album, a sci-fi adventure, where Earth is invaded by something quite unique... Epic stuff coming in our way, with Hugo Flores, Jessica Lehto and some huge surprises!
Artwork for both albums will also be handled by Melotronical's art designer 'Iribel': iribel.deviantart.com/#/d39jgxl.
Follow all the developments on the official Facebook @ www.facebook.com/fdofficial.
Meanwhile, Factory of Dreams video is nearly hitting 100.000 plays, check it out: youtu.be/uLQhutpXbCo?hd=1.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the anticipated new Beggars & Thieves album entitled We Are the Brokenhearted on November 29 in North America and December 2 in Europe.
Beggars & Thieves debuted on Atlantic Records in 1990 with their self-titled album, a record that was critically acclaimed with the first single appearing in the top 40 Billboard Magazine Album Rock Charts and being added to rotation on over 100 Parallel One AOR radio stations.
The change of musical climate, and the advent of grunge, halted the band's rise to the stardom when their new label Epic Records decided not to release Beggars & Thieves second studio album "Look What You Create", written and produced in collaboration with Jim Vallance (Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, The Scorpions, Heart, etc.).

In the late 90's Beggars & Thieves finally independently released "Look What You Create" followed by "The Grey Album" in 1999, before going into hibernation until 2004 when the founding members - singer Louie Merlino and guitarist Ronnie Mancuso - started to play again in the Sin City All-Star's with guitarist, Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) and drummer, Lez Warner (The Cult), opening shows for Tesla, Vince Neil, Ratt, Slaughter, and Skid Row. "That and the amazing internet support from the European Melodic Rock community pretty much set the stage for reforming Beggars" recalls Ronnie.
Indeed one of the highlights during the last five years was Beggars & Thieves participation at Firefest 2010 in Nottingham, UK. "I don't think we realized that our music meant so much to so many people. The first time we played Firefest and everybody was singing the lyrics, it just blew Louie and me away" continues Mancuso. "Right from the start we had offers to do another album, but it wasn't until I partnered up with producer/engineer Kevin Churko while he was producing Ozzy, that I knew by combining our studios and his engineering and mixing skills, we could make an album that competed on the level of anything being released at the time".

The resulting new album We Are The Brokenhearted promises to firmly position the band on the map for all Hard Rock fans worldwide. In Merlino's words: "We wanted to make a Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" or a U2 "Joshua Tree" and that is a huge commitment. I'm not saying we achieved it. But that was the level of passion and effort that was put into making "We Are The Brokenhearted". I think the new songs show our potential to be a truly classic band and we both feel strongly that this is the best work we have ever done. We just hope people get the chance and take the time to really listen and absorb this as an album: This is an album designed to be listened to as a whole entity, not in shuffle mode on an iPod.  We Are The Brokenhearted proves that great music is timeless. It's as fresh as it is familiar. Merlino continues: "This isn't just some guys trying to have a little fun reliving the past. We got a good ten years left, we aren't messing around, we are deadly serious. We want to compete with the big boys" and with the quality of this album they just might get their chance!

We Are the Brokenhearted includes the following tracks: We Come Undone; Oil & Water; Innocence; Never Gonna See You Again; Beautiful Losers; Seven Seconds; Stranded; Wash Away; Midnight Blue; We Are The Brokenhearted.
The first single We Come Undone can be exclusively listened in full streaming on the Frontiers Records web radio. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio.
Weblinks: www.beggarsnthieves.com / www.frontiers.it.


A big special day for previews today, as the most incredible year for music since 1990 gets even better!

Mecca's sophomore album Undeniable has been anticipated for a few years now, but the day of release is closing in. And what a cracking album it is. A different beast than the debut album, but equally as classy and most definitely equally as impressive. The personal nature of this album and the intense musical landscape within cannot easily be summed up in 1 minute soundbytes, but check it out for now anyway.

This is another melodic monster! Chris Ousey, Tommy Denander and Mike Slamer all at their very best. Monster sound, some of the best songs Chris has been involved in, and an original sound, mixing Heartland with Slamer and Radioactive. This will impress!

Matt Alfonzetti returns to his best melodic rock roots with a powerful, punchy melodic hard rock record. Filled with songs that really shine after getting to know them. A few real melodic gems. Definitely for fans of his Ready album.

More great Swedish melodic hard rock. A solid album with a few really amazing songs. The best of Leverage, yet far more melodic.

Amanda Somerville (Kiske/Somerville) and Sascha Paeth's new project. Melodic metal...

Third album, third singer for the US hard rockers. A different sound again for the guys.

To check out all these CD Showcases, click on the album covers above or click here.

To accompany the launch of the Mecca Showcase, frontman/songwriter/founder of Mecca, Joe Vana has typed out a detailed track by track commentary of the tracks within Undeniable. Read on...

Joe: "This album is a series of events over a 7 year period. It is my life, the search for a better life and all the trial and tribulations in between. Tommy Denander and Christian Wolff went on this ride with me in all ways as songwriting partners and friends... I kept sending versions of tunes to Andrew to get his vibe...sometimes 7 versions of 1 single tune [Yeah, thanks Joe!]....then one day it just happened...
Chuck Macak and Mark Alano (and my son Joey) as Co-producers helped me mold, create and keep continuity throughout....As for the inspiration for these songs, she will remain forever in my heart and soul...
This album was COMPLETELY re-recorded THREE times completely...On the third run, this intact band melded together and created amazing landscapes...

And finally Mecca II Undeniable was complete.

1 - Perfect World - The story begins, the world can be a happy place yet "life's just one big pie, that never leaves a crumb"...we all search for the Perfect World, yet it alludes us all...this was the first track I wrote with Tommy D...Tony Levin's Bass track is immense...and Eric Ragno showed me what a keyboardist truly is....cement....a true pro...

2 - Closing Time - "You open all the doors I see, only to shut them all on me" Relationships can turn on a dime, this song shows the fragility a relationship can have. The relationship had closed, and it was "Closing Time"....written as closure on a marriage that had ended...Mark Alano my co-producer plays guitar on this track, and he was born for this one.

3 - 10Life (Ten Lifetimes) - "I open up the paper and I see, the world's filled with a bunch of people like me..." The first song written for the album, the first of many collaborations with Christian Wolff and myself. Ten Lifetimes represents the beginning of a new relationship...and one that continues, I am a private guy with my relationships...but she drove this album front to back. Listen to the bass lines by Wally Hustin on this track, magic.

4 - Life's Too Short - "Burning bridges, sometimes we can't go back, missed opportunities, sometimes it's all we lack" A perfect blend of Wolff and Denander on this one....I wrote this one based in reality... We NEVER realize what we have until it's gone...when my friend Dr. Bryan Mitchell died unexpectedly the meaning of this song took on new meaning... Live life, don't let it live you....Levin's Chapman stick is something of legend; he does not disappoint on this track....

5 - I Know - "But then they soon do see, it's not easy being me, but I'm always the last man standing" This song is about the quest for excellence in the face of overwhelming odds.... When everyone is against you, when all say you can never do it....you push on and succeed. Brian Moritz killed on the keys on this one...When my son and I did the backgrounds and I looked over at him after our first take I knew I was screwed...my kid was a pro already, and music was his life....I want him to do other things, and he will....but his path was predetermined.

6 - Did it For Love - "When ya see the world through my eyes, you see I live my life with no compromise" This song is written for all the artists out there who bust their ass, and sometimes are not home as much as we would like. A true labor of love we say....music has to be about MUSIC....NOT money...when it becomes that, you to me become all I dislike about this business. I will do this for free forever, this is NEVER about anything but ART...Rick Vitek my drummer extraordinaire should get a writing credit. His drums took this song to the top of the heap...I knew when Tommy and I wrote this in Dr. B's studio that this song would be special...but until Rick played his one take drum clinic on this did it take life....I wanted a band sound, and now I had it...Joey and I on backgrounds really shakes this tune to the core....Christian's solo is way coooool...

7 - From the Start - A song about a guy in turmoil...all is shutting around him....he look's for a reason why relationships are so hard..."Patches of the past begin to make themselves appear"....Sometimes when in a relationship you know you will have pain, BUT, the pain is worth the reward....Tommy Denander plays the finest solo of his life on this track...bar none...his rhythm playing with my son is majestic as well...

8 - Deceptive Cadence - "So when the night has taken all that I can make, the life I've made is your to take" He finally has gotten a grip on his emotions, and knows no matter what, he has found his soulmate.... My favorite song I have ever written and produced....the ONLY time a song has sounded exactly like I wanted...Pat Mastelotto made it happen...his drums on this track are amazing...and the 3 minute outro with he and Levin is stunning...Paul Pisciotto really sets the tone with his sythns on this....

9 - W2W - I wanted one song that was not so serious and a bit light hearted...I am into fast cars, here it is....

10 - Undeniable - "But as I look back now the sound keeps ringing true, the things that got me here leads me back to you" He lets her know that she is the one...he has given her all he can, and knows without her he is lost.... Tommy Denander again plays a solo for the ages....and Joey gets the outro solo...Erik's keys, well lets just say nobody does it better... I chose to do the backgrounds, more personal...

11 - As I Walk Alone - "The end was near, what's left was fear...I never thought that I could reappear", "But the stories old...This books been told, it's happened many times, do I need to fold" he is nearing the possible end of his journey and asks God what he should do next...He thinks he is walking alone, but in the end he is not....guess who is walking with him???? I know it will just kill some there is NO drums, No guitars besides a solo...basically me and piano...but it is a personal song, and I felt it must be sparse....but Chuck and Mark fought to keep it like this....and I have to agree with them now.... I broke down twice while recording this song...and those parts are still on the final...a very tough one to get through.

To coincide with the UK release of Chickenfoot's highly anticipated second album III (Oct 24) and the recent announcement of two UK concerts in January 2012, this week the band have released a new video for the single Three and a Half Letters. Watch the video below.
Featuring guitar hero Joe Satriani, former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, and drummer Chad Smith; "Three and a Half Letters" is the second single to be taken from the band's new album. The song's poignant lyrics tackle the world's economy and current levels of unemployment. The lyrics are taken directly from letters written to Sammy Hagar, following a suggestion from his long standing manager, Carter, who sadly passed away earlier this year during the recording of the new album.
"I've received letters from lots of people, mostly fans, but some people just needing help, looking for work," says Hagar. "Carter had told me to write a song called 'I Need a Job' six months prior but the idea didn't dawn on me until I received a letter from a guy who had just returned from Afghanistan. At the end of his letter he wrote: 'Can you help? I need a job'."
Watch a podcast of the band talking about "Three and a half Letters" here: youtu.be/w8An5z6q5bE.
Chickenfoot will perform two UK concerts in January 2012 as part of a 5-date European tour; dates include Manchester Academy (Jan 12) and London's O Academy Brixton on (Jan 14), followed by concerts in Paris, Tilburg and Dusseldorf. These are the band's first European shows since July 2009, and will see them perform songs from their gold-selling eponymous debut album, alongside tracks from the new album 'III'. Tickets are available from: bit.ly/qs8Srm.
Read the press release for the new album here. Read the press release for Chickenfoot's European concerts here.

Frontiers Records have uploaded the official EPK for the Trillium (Amanda Somerville) debut Alloy. And yes, there was an issue with yesterday's Warrant clip - it launched ok, but was asked to be removed from YouTube by the band for now, for future re-launch.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Fan Asylum has launched an eBay auction to raise awareness & funds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Win a phone call from Steve Perry!
Check out the auction and bid at: www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330628535238.

Former Europe guitarist Kee Marcello will release his controversial autobiography, "The Rock Star God Forgot", in Sweden on October 19.
Marcello just made headlines in the biggest Swedish newspaper with a painfully honest interview about the memoir, which is said to be "the first sex, drugs and rock and roll book ever written by a Swede."
"The Rock Star God Forgot" is scheduled for release in the rest of the world in English during 2012.
On October 21, Marcello will release an album, Redux: Europe, featuring several new tracks alongside modern, heavier-sounding re-recordings of hits from Marcello's previous bands Europe and Easy Action. Also scheduled for release on the same date are remastered and repackaged versions of Kee's two earlier albums, "Redux: Shine On" and "Redux: Melon Demon Divine".
When asked why he chose to re-record Europe songs, Marcello said, "'Redux' is Latin for 'reclaim' or 'take back,' and that's what I'm doing here. These songs are part of my past and I wanted to bring them into the future."
Redux: Europe will be released in the rest of the world on Friday, January 13, 2012.
A video for the song "Redux: Europe" can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5eZnl69p2E.
In early 2012, Kee Marcello will embark on a European tour with the following line-up: Kee Marcello: Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals; Jonny Scaramanga: Guitar; Ken Sandin: Bass; Paul White: Drums.
WebLink: www.keemarcello.com.

A recent Oz interview with Joe Elliott at: www.tonedeaf.com.au/features/interviews/94906/def-leppard-2.htm.

Bass player Steve Mach from NYC 80's band Skin-n-Bones was killed by police on Sunday of last week. A Facebook site has been established at: www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=h#!/pages/RIP-Steve-Mach/241681912546067. R.I.P. Steve.

The Williams/Friestedt record was released in Japan during the recent Toto tour there. The CD features 3 new bonus tracks, 4 karaoke tracks and new artwork/liner notes by Toshikazu Kanasawa and is released by Vivid Sound.


Press release: "Some muse that rock icons Dragon grew up with the Australian music scene and others affirm that it was Dragon that helped the scene grow up.
Whatever the case, with hits flowing before Cold Chisel left the rehearsal room, before Icehouse had studied for their algebra finals, and before Australian Crawl had learnt to, Dragon had the nation captivated with "April Sun in Cuba", "Are You Old Enough?", "Get That Jive", "Still In Love With You" and more.
The kings of the pub scene and emperors of excess, the band's live show was unsurpassed, and their rock n roll lifestyle will go down in music industry folklore for generations to come.
Unlike their contemporaries, Dragon weren't happy with their 15 minutes, and continued to reinvent both the band and its sound. Re-emerging in the 80s, the band attacked the charts for a second time with "Rain", "Young Years", "Cry", "Celebration" and "Dreams of Ordinary Men" adding to the canon of radio staples which epitomise classic rock radio in the 21st Century.
Not just a "singles band", Dragon's commitment to the full-length has been lauded with their classic "O Zambezi" making many of the various "best Australian albums" lists of recent years as a new generation discovers the band's artistic contribution.
With over 40 members among its ranks over its 39 year history (including Marc and Todd Hunter, Tommy Emmanuel and XTC's Terry Chambers), the ARIA Hall of Fame inductees continue to be one of the country's most exciting live acts, continuing the tradition around founding member Todd Hunter and current vocalist Mark Williams (Show No Mercy). Williams joined the band in 2006 after the untimely passing of Marc Hunter, boasting the same amazing vocal range and energy, ensuring the Dragon light continues to shine.
With some of the most classic tracks in the Australian music tome already under their belt, (including writing hits for others such as John Farnham's Age of Reason) Todd Hunter and the band are launching new EP "Chase the Sun", which is already heralding a new dawn for the act. Recorded by drummer Pete Drummond and vindicating the band's formula of strength in collaboration, the first single "21 (Heart of Gold)" is a classic work in the Dragon tradition, and heralds the third rebirth of an Australian music institution.
2011 sees the release of a biography of Marc Hunter, with Jeff Apter's "Chasing the Dragon" out in November through Hardie Grant books, supported by another run of fire-breathing Dragon live shows in the lead up to next year's 40 year anniversary celebrations for the band.

Chase The Sun Tour 2011
October 20: The Vanguard, Sydney
October 21: Canberra Casino, ACT
October 22: Manly Boatshed, Sydney
November 10: Tempo Hotel, Brisbane
November 12: Lone Star Tavern, Gold Coast
November 19: Beaches, Wollongong
November 25: Brass Monkey, Cronulla
December 2: Lizottes, Newcastle
December 3: Lizottes, Kincumber
December 4: Lizottes, Dee Why


I have finally rolled the Best Of 2009 & 2010 into some kind of presentation and now offer it up to those left that still care!
Too many excuses to go into why this hasn't been possible to get completed until now, but the most relevant one is that business is simply so hard and so challenging that I have spent all my spare time chasing sponsors, money and whatever else it is I do that keeps the site running. Not too much time left over for fun - like putting together these lists. But...as my old adage goes...it's never too late to discover new quality music!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Frontiers Records has launched the latest round up of the label's October releases - all out now.

Mass New Birth was originally released on cassette and vinyl in 1985 on RCA Records, this album was nearly impossible to find through the 1990's up until 2007 when the Nevada based secular metal reissues label Retrospect Records finally put out a CD reissue. Now in 2011 the Iowa based Christian label, Retroactive Records has reissued this heavy metal gem with impeccable packaging faithful to the original vinyl release (6 panel DigiPack with lyrics and a special message from vocalist Louis St. August). Retroactive and the band also went to great lengths to have the album mastered from the original tapes for the first time ever, opting for the magic of the ten original tracks. New Birth (Anniversary Remasters Edition) ensures this album has never sounded so clear, so powerful, and so pristine giving the reissue the audio perfection it deserves - for the first time ever.
Watch promo at: youtu.be/UPzccgypYm4 / www.massrocks.com.

Diamond Eye capped off a stellar week with an appearance on Perth, Western Australia's Channel 7 Telethon charity broadcast on Sunday, getting the studio audience excited with a blazing rendition of 'Sound Of The Guns', the title track to their new EP and recent nominee for the Western Australian Music Industry's Song Of The Year ­ Metal category. Diamond Eye's Telethon performance is now available for viewing via YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0j2rOue1mw.
Channel 7's Telethon, now in it's 33rd year, has raised over $103 million for charity, and this year featured special guest headliners Def Leppard, who rescheduled their Australian tour dates in order to take part. Telethon crossed live to Def Leppard's Saturday night Perth concert, and the band performed an acoustic rendition of 'Two Steps Behind' in the studio to close out the telecast, which raised over 13 million dollars for charity. www.youtube.com/watch?v=zigQ4-Jx1Y0.

Universal Japan has gone crazy and announced a whole slew of CD re-issues, all on the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players). All titles use recent masters for the audio o- but none have been especially remastered again for these releases.
The titles include:
Yngwie J.Malmsteen's Rising Force - "Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force," "Marching Out," "Trilogy," "Odyssey," "Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad," "Eclipse."
Def Leppard - "On Through The Night," "High N' Dry," "Adrenalize."
Kiss - "Animalize," "Asylum," "Crazy Nights," "Hot In The Shade."
TNT - "Knights Of The New Thunder," "Tell No Tales," "Intuition."
Scorpions - Crazy World
Night Ranger - Man In Motion
To order any of these titles, go to: CD Japan.

Sweden's Electric Earth will release an exclusive digital (single) version of "Free Fall", a track from their new album "Touching The Void", on Monday 16 October. It will be available from all the major digital stores. What makes this version special is that it's mixed/produced by well known American producer Beau Hill, famous for his work with for instance Ratt, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Gary Moore and Europe. The band is really pleased with the result and hope to be able to work with him again in the future.
Electric Earth will be one of the bands that will participate on the upcoming Whitesnake-tribute "Still Of The Night: A Millennium Tribute to Whitesnake", which will be released by Versailles Records later this year. They have recorded a cover of "Young Blood", the opening track on the "Saints and Sinners" album. Electric Earth has also given away "Amplification", the opening track on "Touching The Void", to an upcoming Swedish compilation from which all profit will go to the homeless.
At the official website, www.electricearth1.com, you can sign up for the bands newsletter/mail list. If you do so you can, immediately, download a handful of tracks (two of them are from "Touching The Void") for free! In addition you will, during the following months, be able to download one song per month from the band. It can be demo tracks, alternative mixes, cover songs or songs from the member's old bands. On the website you can also listen to, and download, more music by Electric Earth.

As Rock N Roll Books presses forward toward the Nov. 24 release of 'Bohemian Rhapsodies: True And Authorized Tales By Queen Fans & Celebrities', compiled by Robyn Dunford with Kelly Franco, and authorized by Queen, the publisher is excited to announce that among other legendary rockers contributing exclusive commentary in the form of everything from personal memories to thoughts on Freddie and Queen's legacy (both in terms of its historical and continued relevance) on rock, legendary Heart singer Ann Wilson, Queen lead guitarist Brian May, Bad Company/Free/Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers, and living guitar legend Joe Satriani have all contributed exclusive commentary that will highlight the book's back cover!
The publisher, www.rocknrollbooks.com, has also launched a variety of social media platforms behind the book, including a Twitter account devoted to the release of this book, which fans can visit at Twitter.com/BohRhapsodiesbk, and a Facebook page that fans can check out at: www.facebook.com/pages/BohemianRhapsodies/252632061447449?skip_nax_wizard=true.

Santagata is slated to contribute the track Suicide Solution to the Versailles Records release No More Tears: A Millennium tribute to Ozzy Osbourne due for release early 2012, as well as having contributed the track Too Late For Love to the forthcoming Def Leppard tribute Hysteria: A Millennium tribute to Def Leppard which should see release late 2011. If you visit the "band profile" tab on the band's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/santagatamusic, there are 15 FREE song downloads, so check it out! Santagata is in writing mode with 10 new songs almost completely written awaiting to be recorded for release in early 2012.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Riot are justifiably proud of their upcoming release. As bassist Don Van Stavern says: "Immortal Soul picks up where 'Thundersteel' left off, 20 years later! It has the same intensity, creativeness and passion that we put into our music. It's another ball buster and I can't wait to unleash it on the masses." Immortal Soul sees Tony Moore, Mark Reale, Don Van Stavern and Bobby Jarzombek – the line-up responsible for the band's hugely acclaimed 'Thundersteel' (1988) and 'The Privilege Of Power' (1990) albums – re-united once more, together with Mike Flyntz who as the additional live guitarist helped bring these two acclaimed albums to life on stage. To give the fans a taste of what to expect, the song Still Your Man will be revealed today on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/riot-still-your-man.

Guitarist Mike Flyntz is equally as enthusiastic. "I have been performing the songs from the 'Thundersteel' era for over 21 years. It has been an honour to write and record 'Immortal Soul' with Tony, Don, Bobby, and Mark. I am very proud of my contribution to this record and also very proud to play along with such inspirational musicians. I hope everyone enjoys this album as much as I do."
For drummer Bobby Jarzombek, "'Immortal Soul' is a special record for me because in all the years that I've been playing and recording various projects, I've never been completely involved in any other CD from the very first day of writing, to the very last day of mixing. I'm really looking forward to the live shows, and including some new 'Immortal Soul' songs into the set along with the Riot classics!"
Founding member and guitarist Mark Reale, who has been Riot's guiding force since the band released 'Rock City' over thirty years ago, is quick to pay tribute to vocalist Tony Moore's input. "To me, the close collaboration with each of our vocalists has always been the decisive aspect in any Riot release. That's why it was absolutely inspiring for me at the studio that Tony directly took up many of my ideas and translated them brilliantly, or contributed his own suggestions from which our songs benefited greatly. He is simply the perfect Riot frontman!"
And as Tony Moore himself points out, "It's been nearly a quarter of a century since the five of us assembled in New York to create 'Thundersteel' and 'The Privilege Of Power', and the music world couldn't be more different.
The internet led us not only to discover that those albums had taken a special place in the history of metal, but also put us back in touch – and the result is 'Immortal Soul', an album that is100% true to the legacy of those 1980s recordings. It's also packed with evidence of how we've all grown and changed as artists. It was recorded in five studios, in three different cities, and it's absolutely a product of the most important changes in the recording industry over the last 20 years. We're looking forward to sharing the details with our fans and friends around the world, along with the music. Enjoy!"

"Immortal Sin" Limited Digipak incl. 2 Bonus Tracks (please see attached photo) 1. Riot 2. Still Your Man 3. Crawling 4. Wings Are For Angels 5. Fall Before Me 6. Sins Of The Father 7. Majestica 8. Immortal Soul 9. Insanity 10. Whiskey Man 11. Believe 12. Echoes 13. Johnny`s Back (live) bonus track 14. Metal Soldiers (live) bonus track.
JOHNNY'S BACK and METAL SOLDIERS recorded live at Sweden Rock Festival, June 6th, 2009, Sölvesborg, Sweden. "Immortal Sin" will also be released as double gatefold LP in coloured vinyl with printed innersleeves, standard jewel version and download.
For more info go to: www.riotrockcity.com / www.facebook.com/pages/riotrockcity / www.spv.de.

Tony Liddle has fronted many bands and has undertaken world tours with legendary musicians including: 60's super group 'The Animals', 'Oliver/Dawson's Saxon', 'The Tygers of Pang Tang', 'Strangeways' and American rock band 'Liddle/Rush and Thrall'. He has also been produced by Kevin Elson, record producer for the legendary American band 'Journey'. At this time Tony fronts his own 4- piece band, performing a commercial set of classic rock tunes. Tony is also an accomplished songwriter and record producer, releasing more than 30 solo albums during his career. Malcolm Gerrie, TV producer for Channel 4's classic music show 'The Tube' and BBC's 'Top of The Pops', hailed Tony Liddle the 'greatest singer the north has ever produced' after appearing on The Tube.
In April/May 2011, The Tony Liddle Band went to Texas to record their new CD Texas Resurrection and is now available on their own Strangestreet label via Amazon.com on cd and download. The Tony Liddle Band is… Tony Liddle (Vocals, Guitar), Ade Fisher (Lead Guitar, B.Vocs) George Defty (Drums) John Bradford (Bass/B, vocs).

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2011—Daryl Hall gets the "last laugh" on a very special edition of Live from Daryl's House with the first of a two-part series spotlighting songs from his recent Verve Forecast solo album, Laughing Down Crying on the 47th and latest edition of the award-winning web series, premiering Oct. 15 exclusively at www.lfdh.com. This month's special installment of the Webby and MTV O Music award-winning Internet series, which made its nationally syndicated TV broadcast debut on most of the country's top markets last month, finds Hall going it alone on a five-song set that includes the title track, "Talking to Myself," "Eyes for You" and "Save Me" and "Lifetime of Love." The episode will also feature March Fry, Daryl's step-daughter, singing background vocals, which she also did on the album.
"I came up with that title, probably invented it, to describe that emotional turmoil," explains Daryl about Laughing Down Crying, his fifth solo studio album, and first since 1997's Can't Stop Dreaming. "It's about being in both places at once, emotionally wired and depressed, confused and frustrated." "Why now?" asks Daryl rhetorically about the almost 14-year wait between solo efforts. "Why not now? At this point, I feel like my present and future, in a creative sense, is me."
The five-song set includes the title track "Laughing Down Crying," which Hall calls "my Fender Telecaster sound." "Talking to Myself" is a nod to Daryl's motto of "don't fear the '80s," he laughs. "Anybody can tell it's me after the first 10 seconds, when my vocals come in." "Lifetime of Love," one of his final collaborations with T-Bone Wolk, confronts the "ups and downs in my emotional life," while "Eyes for You" has "an amazing funk groove" which is unmistakably Daryl-esq. "Save Me" is a secular gospel song about going from "an isolated, solitary person" to being a person who feels the need to get it right, once and for all."
Allmusic called the album "the work of a master musician doing what he does best—writing and performing beautifully crafted pop songs in terrific form—while proving that not only does he have plenty left to say in the new millennium, but has everything it takes to compete in the marketplace."
The past four years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl's House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony two years ago at N.Y.'s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV earlier this year. The show is syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions in association with Scott Sternberg Productions and distributor Trifecta Entertainment & Media. Executive producers for the show include Hall and Scott Sternberg along with Daryl Hall manager Jonathan Wolfson.

The Firefest 2011 festival programme is available for pre-sale at the Shop in www.thefirefest.com. This high quality, art paper 32-page full colour programme has in-depth articles on every band playing, complete with running times, band line-up and full discographies. Selling for £7 on the day, you can buy for £7 (inc postage) UK, or £8 (inc postage) Europe. Please support the Festival and the music you love by buying in advance or on the day. Heck, even if you're not going, at a limited run of 500 this is sure to be a much sought after collector's item in years to come. T-shirts and hoodies still on sale till early this week.

Sweet Sounds Music wants to thank all the bands who rocked at the SweetSounds Rockfest 1 in St. Louis, MO on Sat Oct 15, 2012 - great crowd and killer bands! SweetSounds Rockfest 2 has now been confirmed for Sat April 28, 2012 at the Penny Road Pub in South Barrington, IL (Chicago).
Confirmed at press so far includes VH1s That Metal Show host and comedian Jim Floentine, movie star Matt Berman (MIB3, Boardwalk Empire and others), plus hard rockers Strikeforce (St. Louis) and Lynch (Chicago). Jim Florentine will do a comedy show and introduce all bands at fest! Bands interested in playing the SweetSounds Rockfest 2 in Chicago contact www.sweetsounds.us.

Triumph bassist Mike Levine will appear on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, October 17th, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, also streaming at WHUS.org. Caffeine Bomb is hosted by Roger Lotring, an author and freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the pages of Metal Hammer, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Revolver, Shock Wave, Zero and Burn magazines, and at ESPN.com and CMJ.com. Roger is the co-author of "Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics". He is also the author of various CD liner notes, including the Motley Crue box set, Music to Crash Your Car To, Volume 2.
91.7 WHUS is a commercial-free college and community-based radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CaffeineBomb.radio or WHUS.org.

A brand new interview with former Giuffria/Dirty White Boy vocalist David Glenn Eisley can be viewed at: rockshowcritique.com/2011/10/interview-dge/.

New interviews online now at RockEyez - Issa: www.rockeyez.com/interviews/2011-10-issa/int-2011-10-bmr-issa.html and Xorigin's Johannes Stole: www.rockeyez.com/interviews/2011-09-xorigins/int-2011-09-bmr-xorigins-johannes-stole.html.

A new Video Clip for Myland can be viewed now: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PKYAheKTVqk.

Jacob Guajardo's new single, "Time To Believe", has just been released. This new song has been written by Jacob and produced by Fran Rodriguez (Nexx, Octaine). Guest musicians are Mike Rodenbaugh (Octaine) at the guitars and Michael Geiser (Octaine) at the bass. Following the debut single "You'll Be Missed", "Time To Believe" is another step in this new Jacob's project which is not album oriented but song oriented. Not backed by any record label, Jacob is releasing single after single and putting them directly for sale at his website: www.reverbnation.com/jacobguajardo where Jacob's mp3 store has just opened.
You can listen to "Time To Believe" at www.reverbnation.com/jacobguajardo and see the YouTube micro-video created by Pablo Punzon at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg7OwYTRpg8.

Heavy is an Aussie independent quarterly 'heavy' music magazine; produced by people who live for their music. Contributors are musicians, Music Journos, industry professionals and die-hard fans. Heavy was created to help emerging Australian underground 'heavy' talent, as well as featuring high-profile International and Australian acts in the heavy music scene. Heavy has a strong focus on providing industry tips, up to date information and advice from music professionals.
Inside each issue:
Emerging Australian Underground talent / High profile International & Australian talent / Chicks in Music – interviews with women making their mark in the 'heavy' scene / Rockin 'How To' guides from the industry pros including: o Strings & Skins o Engineering/Production o DIY advice for musicians o Grants/Funding opportunities.
Advertising inquiries & Expressions of Interest from freelancers, send your submissions to: info@heavymag.com.au.
WebLinks: www.heavymag.com.au / www.facebook.com/#!/heavymag / twitter.com/#!/HEAVYmagAU.

DOMAIN is the second CD release from progressive metal band, Oceans of Night. Mixed and mastered by Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint, Engine) Domain features a refined focus on the staples of the Oceans of Night sound: soaring vocal melodies, evocative guitar solos, sophisticated rhythm structures, and dynamic song arrangements wrapped in a tapestry of percolating ambience. Epic and cutting edge, this is music that makes a bold and powerful statement.
Track Listing for Domain (to be released in November 2011) is as follows: 1. Domain: 17:39 2. Don't Look to Me: 5:10 3. So Near Yet So Far: 5:28 4. Dreams in Artificial Sunlight: 3:32 5. Divisions of Time: 5:17 6. Seven Days of Rain: 6:12 7. The View to You: 8:28 8. Instruments of Fear: 4:14 9. The Future Remembered: 4:20 10. Ghosts of the Past: 4:25.
Rising from the ashes of the eponymous solo band lead by musical mastermind Scott Mosher, from 1996 through 2004, Oceans of Night also features vocal powerhouse Scott Oliva, the drum mastery of the mysterious Alan Smithee and a special guest vocal apperance by Colleen Gray. Oceans of Night released their crushing debut CD, The Shadowheart Mirror, in 2009.
Through the course of 6 CDs, multi-instrumentalist Scott Mosher has bridged the worlds of progressive metal, melodic hard rock and ambient sounds to create an experimental yet complimentary style of music that is at once as subtle as it is powerful, aggressive as it is dynamic and timeless as it is modern. Scott Oliva continues to perform in legendary NY Iron Maiden tribute band, Live After Death and The Nightmare Stage. He has also written, performed and recorded with Wind Wraith and Inner Strength. The Scott's had first worked together on Mr. Mosher's 4th CD release, Deep Horizon, in 2006. For more information, visit: www.oceansofnight.com.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fastway launched their new official website today. You can find all news/info about the band and the new album here: www.fastwayofficial.com.
Fastway and SPV recently launched Leave The Light On for streaming, the first song from the new album Eat Dog Eat: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/fastway-leave-the-light-on.
Eat Dog Eat is the first new studio album since 1990. Together with new vocalist Toby Jepson (Ex-Little Angels) Fast Eddie Clarke has written some of his strongest songs with "Leave The Light On" being one of many examples of this varied album.
The album will be released in Germany on November 11 and in Europe on November 14.

Austria's biggest radio station OE3 (around 2.8 million daily listeners!), has decided, to introduce the new Cornerstone album Somewhere in America at the Friday Night Show (presented by Eberhard Forcher). This will happen on Friday, 10/14, 10:00 p.m. CET. You may listen to OE3 either all over Austria or via Livestream worldwide.
WebLink: www.oe3.orf.at / www.cornerstone.co.at / www.facebook.com/cornerstoneaustria.

Winterland just released a new music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=njMQ0X-Cn3U. The band states: "We organized about 30 extras all by ourselves (friends, relatives and former band colleagues), had help by a team of German TV-Station SWR and the director Jurgen Walzer (www.jwkm.de) spent about 2 full months editing." Check it out!

Press Release: / The Firefest 2011 range of Ladies and Gents T shirts , and the totally cool 'got to have' item for 2011 the all new FF Hoodie are available NOW for pre order at www.thefirefest.com , just go to the SHOP. As with all Firefest products t shirts are limited and Hoodies are extremely limited with only 50 available in total.
The two ladies 'smoke' designs are available in Purple and Pink logo design, with a range of sizes from M/L to XXL making sure we have sizes for all the girls, from petite to generous. Ladies tees are black, v neck, short sleeve with Firefest scroll logo on front.
For discerning guys we have a choice of two designs, the 'Matt and Gunnar' Twins design, and the 'Flame' design logos. Shirts are available from Medium to 4XL, with extremely limited quantities of the largest shirts. Men's tees are black, round neck, short sleeve, Design logo on front and band list on back.
Having been asked year after year why we had no hoodies available we have finally decided to offer an extremely limited quantity of black, zipped hoodies with a stunning grey Sun logo approximately 6" in circumference on the left hand side of the hoodie. This logo contains the band list, Firefest branding and date. Hoodies are available in sizes from Medium to 4XL.
We cannot guarantee that you will have your shirt in advance of the show as we can only rely on the postal delivery service in each territory to get the job done, but we will be endeavouring to dispatch pre orders by next weekend, it may stretch to Monday which should be fine for U.K. deliveries, European territories and other countries such as the U.S.A., Canada, Australia etc. will obviously take a little longer. However this is the only way to guarantee you will get a shirt or hoodie as we have sold out completely of all FF shirts usually by Saturday night of the show.
When selecting your territory, for the U.K. click UK, for European territories click EU and for the rest of the world click ROTW. Payments can be made via PayPal to Firefest@hotmail.com or by cheque to Bruce Mee, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD , England.

Strangeways DVD Update:
Due to unforeseen delays in the manufacturing plant we have not yet received our shipment of Strangeways DVD's , however we have been given a new delivery date which is Tuesday next October 11, and it is hoped to start mailing out the DVD's on Wednesday Oct 12. We are truly sorry about the delay, but there was nothing that could be done. For all those that have pre ordered the DVD, you should hopefully receive your copies within a few days of dispatch.

Additional Merchandise:
We will have some additional merchandise at the show, items not available on pre order, but some pretty cool stuff that people have been asking us about for many years, so be sure to check in with the Merchandise desk inside Rock City. For those travelling from Euro currency territories, you WILL be able to purchase merchandise using EURO notes only (no coins) if you wish. This applies to the Firefest range of merchandise only, and is not applicable to merchandise belonging to bands playing the show. However we hope this will not only prove convenient for you but save you some money by not paying commission charges for currency exchange.

Press Release / "With our Monsters Of Rock Cruise closing in (just under 5 months) we are ready to cap this party off! www.MonstersOfRockCruise.com.

Lets recap the past few months....

May 2011 - MOR goes live on Facebook and announces cruise for 2012!
June 2011- The initial line-up is announced with Tesla, Cinderella, Kix, Stryper, Y&T, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, John Corabi, Black n Blue, Keel, Bang Tango, and Sunset Strip Rockers XYZ...Can't forget Big John from VH1's Rock Of Love (John will showcase his new show Rock n' Lock). The cruise goes on sale!
July 2011 - Eddie Trunk from VH1s "That Metal Show" joins the cruise and will be hosting events and signing his book for cruise attendees. From London, England, U F O signs on and Eddie Trunk is even happier! Famed LA tribute band Atomic Punks and Motley Inc. see our cruise and chime in: "Hey Dude... Let's Party!" The Cruise has grown into a full ship Rock n' Roll bash!!
August 2011 - MOR staff working on shipboard events decide to kick it off early and throw a bash the night before the cruise! Enter Route 66 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (a quick drive to the port)! Route 66 has a great history as Summers On The Beach, a famed spring break hangout that some of the bands played back in the day...MOR pre-cruise bash features performances from Kix, and the Atomic Punks.
September 2011 - All quiet on the west front...

And now the final performers:

First up... This band has a tie to Guns N' Roses... Most people don't know it, but when these LA rockers were playing the Coconut Teaser, Axl Rose was in the audience, saw them perform, and went back to GnR's label and told them to sign them ASAP! Another label won out the battle.... and "One Night Stand" hit the airwaves via the Warner Brothers label. Please welcome Rhino Bucket to the cruise!!
These AC/DC style rockers will bring their gritty rock to the MOR cruise with a couple of surprises! Joining Georg Dolivo onstage performing "One Night Stand", "Blood On The Cross" and "Ride With Yourself"… why that's Brian Forsythe from Kix on guitar, Simon Wright (former AC/DC and DIO) on drums, along with Reeves Downes on bass!

MOR cruisers please meet Flametal! Ben Woods takes an interesting twist to songs by Ozzy, Rainbow and Iron Maiden…We will let the music do the talkin' on this one! Ben combines his wealth of talent of flamenco guitar with his love of heavy metal and the outcome is original...check it out www.Flametal.com. Flametal will be doing performances at the pre-cruise party as well as on board the MOR cruise...Enjoy!

Next up, our travels take us north, and we had to cross into Canada for this one! These rockers were early Heavy Metal favorites of MTV. Currently these Canadian stars are doing dates with Anvil in Europe and knocking it out of the park! Please welcome, all the way from Toronto, Canada…Helix!!
Brian Vollmer (Vox) and his band have toured the world with the likes of Kiss, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Whitesnake and Motorhead over the past 30 years and have had hits like "Heavy Metal Love" and "Rock You". They even made an appearance on cult favorite Trailer Park Boys, "The Big Dirty" motion picture in 2009.

You know we couldn't leave it there, so in true Classic and Current fashion.... Welcome the reunited Odin!!
These guys ruled the Sunset Strip...Randy O and the boys set the bar on how to Rock in LA in the mid 80s. Odin released "Don't Take No For An Answer" and, of course, were a main feature in the film, "The Decline of the Western Civilization…The Metal Years". Recently they rocked the Sunset Strip again... killing it at the Whiskey!

Fast-forward to today...Welcome DC4 to the stage! The Brothers Duncan (from Odin) formed a new band with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson!! DC4's aggressive style will bring a modern edge to our High Seas bash! If you get a chance check them out @ www.facebook.com/DC4HardRock. PS...We will be doing a screening of "The Decline Of Western Civilization... The Metal Years" during the MOR Cruise!

And finally…These guys were actually one of the first bands we wanted, but were in the middle of one of this summer's hottest selling tours. You can always Rock in America with these Damn Yankees...
Night Ranger!! Not only will Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, and Joel Hoekstra bring their monster songs like "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "When you Close Your Eyes", " You Can Still Rock In America", and the power ballad "Sister Christian"... They will also be doing a special acoustic performance, and maybe a surprise song or two as well!
All right! There is the Official 2012 Monsters of Rock Cruise Artist Line-up...Hope you like what we have created…Enjoy the Experience!

Get some rest folks; you aren't going to sleep on this cruise! No rest for the wicked!! www.MonstersOfRockCruise.com.

MRX has been updated with the following three new features to download:
- Guns N Roses - Rock in Rio 2011 (Full show)
- Bryan Adams - Live At the Tokyo Dome 1989 (Killer show)
- Candy - Demos 1986-87
MRX Membership Details.

It's "battle of the projects/producers/singers" with the 3 Frontiers Records releases reviewed this week. October sees the three big guns of the Frontiers production house right now, all competing against each other – Mat Sinner with Kimball/Jamison, Dennis Ward with Fergie Frederiksen and Daniel Flores with Issa. All feature songs by familiar writers and all 3 are now reviewed - so who wins?!! Read Reviews.

Anyone that still would like a copy of the debut Chris Antblad CD Century had better order their copy today. I have wholesale orders that will wipe out remaining stock of this limited edition pressing, so please order now! www.melodicrockrecords.com/store.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy will release their new album As The World Bleeds on November 25th in Europe through Ulterium Records and on November 21st in North America through Nightmare Records. The album will also be released as a double gatefold vinyl edition, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. "As The World Bleeds" track listing; 01. I AM 02. The Master Storyteller 03. Nailed 04. Hide in the Fairytale 05. The Gift of Music 06. 30 Pieces of Silver 07. Drown 08. Altar to the Unknown God 09. Light of the World 10. As the World Bleeds.
Check out an album teaser at YouTube: youtu.be/lRqVm0eLt68. "As the World Bleeds" can be pre-ordered through the Ulterium Records Store: www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com.
Theocracy is heading to Europe for an eight date headliner tour starting October 21st that will take them through Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
For more information on Theocracy; Official website: www.theocracymusic.com / Official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theocracyband.

Hamburg-based Power Metal Veterans Iron Savior will release their new album The Landing on November 18. The song Heavy Metal Never Dies is available as a first teaser.
Tracklist: 01. Descending 02. The Savior 03. Starlight 04. March Of Doom 05. Heavy Metal Never Dies 06. Moment In Time 07. Hall Of The Heroes 08. R. U. Ready 09. Faster Than All 10. Before The Pain 11.No Guts No Glory.

Southern California instrumental rock guitar hero Ronny North has been really busy lately on top of scoring the movie soundtrack for the upcoming film "The Chauffeur" he has been busy playing a few cool charity events such as the 2011 Standdown event for the Vets on Sept 15th. It was his fourth consecutive year playing the event. On October 15th he will be headlining the USO's Wheels and Warriors Car show that benefits the troops. He will also be performing on the Rock Revolution Tour when it hits Southern California on October 25th and 27th. He will also be playing at the Special Olympics Winter Games on November 12th. Ronny is a big supporter of the Special Olympics and has played their Summer Games event for the last 11 consecutive years....To get more info on everything Ronny North go to www.ronnynorth.com.

Scorpions is about to release a 3D blu-ray called Live in 3D, as well as a live album Live 2011. Both will be released on Friday with exclusive distribution by Media Market. Both will document the show given in Saarbrucken in April 2011.


August 2010 saw the release of independent UK based singer-songwriter Richard Lee's stunning second album Eighty Two and a Half Chances; An album of upbeat songs with infectious melodies and stirring choruses. With subjects ranging from life, love, divine intervention and the still small voice in the back of your head it goes places that we've all been, casting an uplifting light even on the downbeat topics. From full band epic tracks through to the quietest heartfelt acoustic tracks this is an album that is destined to make an impact wherever heard.
Eighty Two and a Half Chances is a well realised album with this collection of songs not missing any of Richard's trademark deep and meaningfuls, but with an upbeat nature maintained throughout, making this album a pleasure to listen to and leaving the listener feeling optimistic at the end of it. Running at 55 minutes and featuring 13 songs this is Richard's most accomplished work to date with the songs fitting together perfectly - each drawing you in and leaving you with a melody stuck in your head and showcasing his powerful voice and amazing range. With the support of some stunning musicians in the studio this album practically leaps out of the speakers with songs that are pure out and out Rock, with hints of Americana, Nashville style production and something all of it's own thrown in.
Richard's song 'Satellite' was one of the free bonus mp3's downloads available with advance orders of the latest Melodic Rock compilation MRCD7 Forces of Dark and Light, and his song 'Let It Go' was featured on the Melodic Rock Compilation MRCD5 Writing on the Wall.
For more info please visit: www.myspace.com/richardleemusic and/or www.richardleemusic.com.

Former Skid Row (and now Billboard-charting solo artist) Sebastian Bach, will be featured in an exclusive interview on Rich Davenport's Rock Show on Thursday 13th October 2011, between 7-8pm UK time at www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577 (and then on the website's "Listen Again" feature for the next three weeks). The interview will also feature Sebastian's choice of tracks from his new album "Kicking & Screaming", along with his choice of Thin Lizzy track for the show's weekly Phil Lynott tribute spot. The show also features the best in classic metal and rock, Southern Rock, AOR, and lost gems from the NWOBHM era.

Rock fans aboard this year's ShipRocked cruise (www.getshiprocked.com) will be in for a special treat as Queensryche has just announced a performance of their epic concept album, Operation: Mindcrime, from beginning to end. The performance of "Mindcrime" -- which will feature In This Moment's Maria Brink on vocals as "Sister Mary" -- will be the band's first of the album since the Rocklahoma festival in the summer of 2008.
"We've always enjoyed performing for our fans in intimate settings and the forthcoming ShipRocked cruise will certainly be one of those occasions," states Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate, who returns with the band for their second ShipRocked cruise. "We're calling this one, 'Mutiny on the Mindcrime.'"
The special performance of Operation: Mindcrime will be in addition to a greatest hits performance that will take place on another night of the cruise, which sets sail towards the Mayan Riviera on Monday, November 14th. The Mindcrime set will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as "Revolution Calling," "Operation: Mindcrime," "I Don't Believe In Love" and the closing track, "Eyes Of A Stranger."
In 2006, Queensryche performed both their Mindcrime releases (1988's Operation: MIndcrime and 2006's Operation: Mindcrime II) back-to-back on an extensive tour. In 2007, that theatrical performance was captured on the gold-selling Mindcrime at the Moore double DVD set that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Music DVD Chart.
Maria Brink is ecstatic about joining Queensryche for the ten-minute song, "Suite Sister Mary." "I am so excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity to sing with Queensryche on the upcoming ShipRocked cruise! All of us in the band are huge Queensryche fans, and Geoff Tate is one of the best lead singers in the business. Getting to sing 'Suite Sister Mary' off the original Mindcrime album is a huge honor. This is going to be a cruise to remember!"
In This Moment will be just one of many bands to perform... Buckcherry, Hinder, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Candlebox, Filter and Living Colour among others will also be rocking the ship on the five-night rock cruise, which is celebrating its third consecutive year.
Since the June release of their recent effort, Dedicated to Chaos (via Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud), Queensryche -- consisting of Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren -- have been on tour celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band (see www.queensryche.com for all details and forthcoming dates).
The setting for this year's ShipRocked will once again be the MSC Poesia, which is one of the cruise industry's most acclaimed new super cruise ships. It all begins in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with stops and the premier Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel. Exuding her Italian roots, the Poesia features a luxurious Aqua Spa, two pools, four Jacuzzis, a state-of-the-art cardio gym, salon, sushi bar, wine tasting bar, a beautiful, three-level Las Vegas-style theatre and additional stages for ShipRocked bands and passengers to enjoy all day and night.
Prices start at only $799 per person, based on double occupancy, and include exclusive access to all ShipRocked concerts and general events, deluxe staterooms, meals, ship activities, ship entertainment and much, much more!
Space is limited, but cabins are still available at www.getshiprocked.com or by calling 888-438-9509.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Van Halen have cancelled their planned 2012 Summer Tour of Europe before the dates were even announced. But because planning was so far along for the tour - the dates and venues were already locked in. But there has been no reason given to promoters for the cancellation. Simply that it was not going to go ahead.

The cancelled dates were:
May 28 Paris Zenith
May 30 Zuerich Hallenstadion
June 1 Barcelona Pala Jordi
June 3 Milano Arena Fiera
June 5 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
June 7 Sweden Rock Solvesborg
June 10 Download Festival Donnington
June 13 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
June 15 Hellfest Clisson France
June 17 Fields Of Rock Festival Holland
June 19 Berlin O2 Arena
June 21 Prag
June 23 Grasspop Metal Meeting Belgium

That's it for now... but stay tuned as always...

New York, NY: Fans of dramatic, symphonic, Euro metal have something to look forward to when the cold, dark, dreary winter sets in. Finnish superstars Nightwish will release their new album Imaginaerum on January 10, 2012 via Roadrunner Records and it will serve as a welcome beckon of warmth and light in an otherwise dark season! The album is the band's first since 2007's Dark Passion Play, which was then-new singer Anette Olzon's debut.
The band examined its catalog when sitting down to write what would become Imaginaerum. The songs for the album were written between 2008 and 2010, after the Dark Passion Play tour cycle ended.
At that point, Nightwish knew they wanted to do something different, new and unique, which is exceptional for a band whose career has been defined by words like different, new and unique!
The band consciously wanted to do something so big, crossover, detailed, innovative and, well, "nuts," that it would leave the band, and hopefully the people experiencing it, completely awestruck. It would be a situation where fans and/or critics would either love it or hate it, but they'd be left awestruck nonetheless. That's when the band realized another dimension, namely video, was necessary for the project.
Instead of a concept album, the band set the album to a film.
"The original idea I had was to film 13 short stories related to the songs with a connected storyline, shot by Stobe Harju," keyboardist/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen said. It was Harju's idea to turn the 13 stories and visions into more of a connected cinematic piece –essentially, a film. It would have a clear plot, script, dialogue and real actors in an ambitious effort to create something wholly unique. The film was shot in September of this year.
The movie is based on the album and its 13 tracks, honoring the original ideas, but having evolved radically from the initial plan. Holopainen said, "Still, it was important from the very beginning that the album would work as its own individual piece of art, as well. It is a thematic album about life itself, about imagination, love, goodness and beauty, with a touch of darkness and melancholy, which are strongly included in all of those things mentioned." As if we could expect anything less from Nightwish!
The band will have but a small part in the film. A 2012 premiere date is being eyed.
Imaginaerum: an audio-visual testament of what Nightwish have always been about.

The track listing for Imaginaerum is as follows; note that track 12 is broken down into four parts. 01. Taikatalvi 02. Storytime 03. Ghost River 04. Slow, Love, Slow 05. I Want My Tears Back 06. Scaretale 07. Arabesque 08. Turn Loose the Mermaids 09. Rest Calm 10. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove 11. Last Ride of the Day 12. Song Of Myself - Song 1: From A Dusty Bookshelf Song 2: All That Great Heart Lying Still Song 3: Piano Black Song 4: Love 13. Imaginaerum.

In other Nightwish news, the band will play a one-off show at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles on Jan. 21 and the band will then set sail on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which heads for the high seas on Jan. 23 in Miami, Fla.


With the announcement in 2010 of lead vocalist Andreas Novak joining Swedish melodic rock stalwarts House of Shakira, the band have wasted little time putting together material for what marks their sixth album, the simply titled HoS.
Now nearing the final stages of production, HoS represents the end of one cycle and the start of a new dawn in the bands history, and also marks the debut for other new members Basse Blyberg on bass/backing vocals and Martin Larsson on drums.
House of Shakira - HoS¯ is set for an anticipated release date of January 27, 2012 on Lion Music with full album details to follow soon.
WebLinks: www.houseofshakira.com / www.myspace.com/houseofshakira / www.youtube.com/user/hosmh.

New York, NY – St. Louis rockers Cavo have completed recording their upcoming album Thick as Thieves. The album, their first with top independent rock label Eleven Seven Music, is set for release in early 2012. Produced by Kato Khandwala (Blondie, Drowning Pool) David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin) and Dan Korneff (All That Remains, My Chemical Romance), Thick as Thieves was recorded at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey. The title track and first single impacted at rock radio last week. With immediate adds in Chicago, Phoenix, Kansas City, St. Louis and thirteen other markets, the powerful sophomore debut is off to a promising start. Cavo is currently planning a short radio promo tour in select markets, to be announced shortly.
The music video for "Thick as Thieves" premiered on Yahoo! last week and was directed by Frankie Nasso, who has directed videos for Chevelle, the RZA, HellYeah! and All That Remains. The video features Cavo performing on a hi-rise rooftop in St. Louis. To watch the video: www.youtube.com/cavomusic.
In anticipation of the Thick As Thieves release, Cavo is calling on its fans to help finalize their cover art, which will be a collage of candid band shots taken by fans. To participate, fans should upload their photos of the band here (www.cavomusic.com/photo.html). Artwork is set to be revealed in early December.
"Our fans have always been so important to us, and we wanted to do something to really include them in the process of making this new album," comments singer Casey Walker. "We want to use their photos from our shows on the cover, which will truly allow them to be part of the fabric of Cavo. If it weren't for the fans, we wouldn't be here."
Cavo experienced an incredible measure of success with its debut, 2009's Bright Nights Dark Days, which yielded the No. 1 hit "Champagne." The band's rise to the top of the charts and subsequent touring nearly tore them apart, leaving their relationships with each other and as a unit in shreds. After a brief break and careful examination of their friendships and motives, Cavo decided to soldier on together. Thick as Thieves is the band's testament to their bond that was once broken and has now been rebuilt and even strengthened. The title track and first single showcases front man Casey Walker's soaring vocals with a message furthering the notion that things are tighter than ever in the Cavo ranks.

The track listing is as follows: Thick as Thieves, Give it Away, Hold Your Ground, California, Circles, Celebrity, Never Gonna Hurt, War Within, Last Day, Run, Southern Smile.

Formed in St. Louis in 2002, Cavo is Chris Hobbs (guitar), Chad LaRoy (drums), Brian Smith (bass) and Casey Walker (vocals). The band's last album, Bright Nights Dark Days, was released on Reprise Records in 2009 and sold over 120,00 albums and over 450,000 singles. The album spawned two top 10 hits, "Champagne" (which reached #1) and "Crash (peaked at #6). Cavo has toured with Daughtry, Nickelback, Lifehouse, Shinedown among others.

Lance King is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about Lance is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he's proved this over the years by adding a very "special something" to every album he has been a part of. Said to have the golden touch, Lance's voice just seems to connect the dots making head banging metal also into a good song.
On the last day of June, 2011 Lance decided to invite some of his musical friends to co-write songs with him as he ventured into his first solo album. An act of faith only knowing their work, never working with them before in creating music. In just two months, those involved had created an epic masterpiece, quite a feat indeed based on the quality of this release.
In under three months, A Moment In Chiros was mixed and mastered and off to the presses, perhaps the fasted created music in history? This album was meant to be out by 11/11/11 and is destined to stand the test of time.
The album's concept is based on the 11:11 time prompt phenomena happening to over 75 million people around the world, Lance is one of these people, and has dived in deep to find more about what it's all about. This album is one man's journey as a seeker of truth looking for answers to the world's greatest mysteries.
Lance has chosen "Human Trafficking" (sex slavery), one of the fastest growing criminal activities worldwide as the charitable cause he would like to champion, profits from this album will go to efforts to abolish this slave trade worldwide through an organization called "Not For Sale"! www.notforsalecampaign.org/about/slavery/
Boasting great creativity and performances by these fine musicians: Jacob Hansen (Beyond Twilight, Invocator & Anubis Gate), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Tore St Moren (Jorn), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater / Harmony), Kevin Codfert (Adagio), Michael Hansen & Shane Dhiman (Phonomik), Malek Ben Arbia (Myrath) & Morten Gade Sųrensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Elyes Bouchoucha, Malek Ben Arbia, Anis Jouini (Myrath) & Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson and MANY others).
Produced by: Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate) & Jacob Hansen, (Volbeat, Heathen, TYR, Amaranthe, Communic, Mercenary, Onslaught, Rob Rock, Blotted Science, Raunchy, Pretty Maids, Cryoshell)

Tracklist: 111. A Sense of Urgency 222. Awakening 333. Manifest Destiny 444. A Given Choice 555. A Moment in Chiros 666. Dance of Power 777. Kibou 888. Infinity Divine 999. Joy Everlasting 10:10 Sacred Systems 11:11 Transformation.
WebLinks: tinyurl.com/LanceKingVox (Facebook) / www.twitter.com/lancekingvox / www.NightmareRecords.com.

The legends of the Sunset Strip, Steel Panther, are getting ready to release their sophomore album Balls Out via Universal Republic Records. The album will be released on November 1st and will continue the raucous tradition of the band's 2009 debut, Feel The Steel. The album's first single 17 Girls In A Row is available beginning today on iTunes. itunes.apple.umrg.com/us/album/17-girls-in-a-row-single/id469258194?ls=1
The song showcases the band's ability to write memorable hooks while mixing them with their signature style lyrics like "I banged 17 girls in a grocery store and never lost my erection." With its driving opening drum beat and infectious guitar riff, "17 Girls In A Row" will be sure to heat up rock airwaves and give it a much needed kick in the balls – no pun intended.
WebLinks: www.steelpantherrocks.com / www.facebook.com/steelpantherkicksass / www.twitter.com/steel_panther.


Firefest Press Release / "For those intending to purchase tickets directly from Firefest using PayPal, please note the last days for internet sales are as follows:

Worldwide (USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea etc.) Last orders accepted on Wednesday October 12.
European Territories: Last orders accepted on Thursday October 13.
UK: Last orders accepted on Monday October 17.

Sales in external agencies such as ST Records and Destiny Records will also close on Friday October 14. Please note: Tickets for Firefest Friday are almost sold out; we have just fewer than 20 tickets remaining.

Persons wishing to purchase tickets after the dates above can do so by going directly to the Rock City box office at the venue or by using their on line ticketing agency www.alt-tickets.co.uk. Tickets will also be available on all three days of the show at the Rock City box office. Please remember if you are intending to purchase tickets, the cheapest and fastest way for you to do this is by purchasing DIRECTLY from Firefest before internet sales close, so please be aware of the closing dates as mentioned above.
Look forward to seeing you all in Nottingham ~ The Crew."

Greece's Rockpages Web Magazine talked to Gotthard's Mark Lynn about the band's new live album, the passing of Steve Lee and of course the search for the new singer. Here's an excerpt:

Rockpages.gr: How do you feel, is it difficult for you when you have to listen to Steve again while making this album?
Marc Lynn: No, the record was already done one and a half year ago… we planned it with Steve together, that we were going to work on a second de-frosted album, and a second acoustic album, to have more space to work on an electric album later on. The idea was to bring out the light album on spring this year, so when Steve went on holidays with the bike this album was already done. So, for us it wasn't that we listened a lot to that album again, we just listened to a couple of samples and a few cuts that we needed to make because there wasn't enough space on the record, it was one CD, so it wasn't that hard, but I didn't listen to the whole album by myself.

Rockpages.gr: Many people will ask whether Gotthard have found a new singer…
Marc Lynn: Yeah, we are working on it! We had around 400 people that would want that job… Applications came from all around the world… Uruguay, Australia, England, Switzerland, from everywhere… unfortunately not from Greece! So, we listened to all the demos and everything, and there were 30 people that we liked, so we sent them a demo to sing on it, to see how their voice fits the song we have done until now. And we came up with 10 people, who we invited them for two days. One day we were in the rehearsal room, and one in the studio and all around… We learned each other, talking, what they have done, and now we sent them home and we are going to listen to the tapes again and if we have a certain feeling of somebody we'd invite him for two weeks to work with us, to write new songs that will be cut for his voice, to see how creative he is. We'll see him over a long term, and also see what kind of guy he is, what personality he is and right now we are working on the last one to conclude this whole list of possible singers!
We have our favorite one, the one we felt was right for the band, but we haven't talked about it, but it's certain that if not by next month, then by the end of the year we will have a new singer!

Read The Whole Interview On: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=6309&type=1&lang=EN.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Royal Hunt 11th studio album entitled Show me How to Live on November 29 in North America and December 2 in Europe.
Royal Hunt have been recently rejoined by DC Cooper, the American singer that marked the two most successful releases of the band in the 90's : Moving Target and the concept album Paradox. "We started chatting on Skype from time to time and that's how the idea of doing on a mini tour came about", tells Royal Hunt founder, songwriter and keyboards player Andre Andersen. "After playing some shows we realized that the chemistry was still there and we decided to continue… recording a new album - first...". And you can certainly hear the results on "Show Me How to Live". The new material is described as "highly melodic with rich, lush arrangements and stellar production", this will certainly please the fans of neoclassical yet progressive music. Andersen continues "The new songs are continuing right from where we left it in the first place, so far it sounds great. It will have some qualities of our previous albums "Moving Target" and "Paradox", but you can certainly expect some cool updates and new twists!"
Founded in Denmark in 1989 by Andre Andersen, Royal Hunt has gone through numerous personnel changes since the inception. Though certainly the two albums that they have released with American singer DC Cooper; are the ones that mostly stood the test of time: "Moving Target" in 1995 and the subsequent concept album "Paradox" in 1997.
While Andre Andersen - a musical genius who can virtually play any instrument, compose, write lyrics and produce all at the same time – is undoubtedly the powerhouse force that drives the entire ensemble forward like a bulldozer, it's also sure that DC is one of the top singers in the entire hard rock world. The extension and warmth of his vocals are the key elements that can bring back Royal Hunt to the throne of nowadays Hard Rock scene.
Once again recorded and produced at NorthPoint Studios in Denmark, "Show Me How To Live" brings back Royal Hunt at force 10 with an highly melodic sound and rich, lush arrangements and stellar production. With the amazing new line-up, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated Royal Hunt!

"Show Me How To Live" final track listing includes: Introduction; One More Day; Another Man Down; An Empty Shell; Hard Rain's Coming; Half Past Loneliness; Show Me How To Live; Angel's Gone.

As a companion to the new album release, Frontiers Records will also release on the same day a double DVD entitled "Future Coming From the Past". This double package serves as a celebration of the return of singer DC Cooper to the line-up, and makes finally widely available two very rare items which were only released in Japan back in the day.
The first DVD is entitled "1996" and was recorded live in Japan just after the release of the band's "Moving Target" album. "1996" is an excellent summary of Royal Hunt's career up to that point. The band offers a great mix of songs from their first three studio albums. The band was in top form for this show, with DC leading the way.
The second DVD "Paradox - Closing the Chapter" was recorded in 1998 and marked the end of the original DC Cooper era for Royal Hunt. It is essentially a complete live performance of the band's amazing studio album "Paradox", their most successful album to date. It is a very solid performance and DC delivers the goods, while the band's playing is superb. To complete the package is a 50 minute documentary which shares stories of life in a Rock band.

"Future Coming From the Past" table of contents include: DVD1 - 1996 - Concert: Flight; 1348; Wasted Time; Stay Down; On the Run; Stranded; Keyboard Solo; Martial Arts; Far Away; Last Goodbye; Land of Broken Hearts; Makin' a Mess; Clown in the Mirror; Guitar Solo; Step by Step; Drums & Bass Solo; Running Wild; Epilogue; Age Gone Wild; Ten to Life; Legion of the Damned; Kingdom Dark; Time. Total length 150 mins.
DVD2 - Closing the Chapter (Paradox): - Concert: The Awakening; River of Pain; Tearing Down the World; Message to God; Long Way Home; Time Will Tell; Silent Scream; It's Over. - Documentary. Total length 100 mins.
Format: NTSC Region Free – Screen 4:3 - Stereo.

While Andre Andersen says "We're taking it one step at the time – let's finish the new album first, release it and see how the reaction of our fans is", you can anyway certainly expect to see Royal Hunt playing in a town near you in the first months of 2012.

Royal Hunt current lineup includes: André Andersen - keyboards; D.C. Cooper - vocals; Allan Sųrensen - drums; Andreas Passmark - bass; Jonas Larsen - guitars.


The new album The Ballads IV from Axel Rudi Pell reached the following chart positions: Germany: # 29 Switzerland: # 53 Norway: # 65
It's been seven years since the last Axel Rudi Pell compilation "The Ballads III" saw the light of day. Lots of things happened, most importantly the tragic death of the iconic Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow/Black Sabbath) in the May of 2010. Axel not only lost one of his inspirations, he also lost a friend, touring with Dio in the summer of 2009 for the last time in Germany. That lead to a tribute which stands out among the many already been done all over the world: Dio's classic tune, the title track of his first solo release, "Holy Diver", finds a new magic in Pell's performance, an orchestral and very emotional version where Gioeli sings his ass off. One of his finest moments creates Axel with his newest song "Where The Wild Waters Flow", being one of the best ballads he's ever written to date. But the climax of "The Ballads IV" is without a doubt the fascinating and tear-dropping version of Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah". Gioeli is joined by a children's choir here! There are 9 more songs, of course, pretty much known from his previous albums (e.g. Kiss' "Love Gun" and Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight") which wraps up another classic, dynamic and high-quality Axel Rudi Pell album.
"The Ballads IV" is available as a standard version, double gatefold LP in coloured vinyl and download through Steamhammer / SPV. Here`s the video for the current single "Hallelujah": www.youtube.com/user/spv#p/u/0/wKMP81DVLLk.

Following the release of their long awaited second album 'III', the hottest rock & roll band in the world, Chickenfoot, have announced a 5-date UK & European tour for January 2012; their first European concerts since July 2009. Including 2 UK concerts in Manchester and London, tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday October 14th 2011; further info is detailed below, and at www.chickenfoot.us.
Chickenfoot will perform songs from their gold-selling, eponymous debut album, alongside tracks from the critically acclaimed 'III', for the very first time outside of the United States.
The European tour kicks off at the Manchester Academy on Thursday January 12th, followed by London's o2 Academy Brixton (Saturday January 14th), Paris Olympia (Monday January 16th), Tilburg O13 (Tuesday January 17th) and Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Hall (Thursday January 19th).
Tickets for the 2 UK concerts will be available from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/chickenfoot-tickets.
Featuring guitar hero Joe Satriani and Van Halen duo, bassist Michael Anthony & frontman Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith has temporarily handed his sticks over to the legendary Kenny Aronoff, who will join the band for these concerts. Says Joe Satriani, "Kenny brings that same combination of super chops and wild energy to the band that we're used to; and, offstage, he's just as crazy as Chad".
Chickenfoot fans in the UK will be treated to a special Planet Rock pre-sale, where tickets can be purchased 24 hours ahead of the October 14th general on-sale date. By visiting www.planetrock.com, tickets will be available from 9am on Thursday October 13th.
Read the full Chickenfoot UK & European tour press release - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/chickenfoot/tour.htm.

Due to complications from Tony's emergency oral surgery, RIOT is disappointed to announce that they will not be able to appear with Hammerfall as previously scheduled.
A routine dental check-up discovered a deeply infected root canal, and the infection had spread to the jaw and surrounding teeth. The only option was immediate surgery to remove the tooth, as well as a portion of the infected bone tissue, and to perform a large graft with healthy bone from the surrounding area.
Says Tony: "During the initial examination, my doctor gave me a puzzled look and then asked the question that put fear in my heart: 'Are you in a lot of pain?' I was then informed that I would be if this procedure was not performed ASAP. After the surgery, I was made aware of the extent of the bone graft, and the risk of dislodging fragments of implanted bone should I resume normal activity too soon. I was put on a liquid diet and limited to bed rest for several days, then informed that because of the location of the surgery, singing was out of the question for four weeks. As I write this I still have stitches in my mouth and have to limit my physical activity. The recovery period essentially wiped out any hope of sufficient practice time for a Riot set list, and full recovery takes four months before the tooth can be replaced.
We discussed all the options we could think of, the last of which was to perform the final 10 dates of the engagement with minimal practice on my part. In then end, though, everyone agreed that going out with my voice at any less than 100% would have compromised a show for which some fans have been waiting many years. With heavy hearts we made the only viable decision; to withdraw from the tour."

The entire Riot organization would like to apologize to our record label, SPV, and thank them for supporting our decision. We have been assured that future European dates will be announced as soon as the appropriate schedule can be safely booked.
We would also like to apologize to Hammerfall, who have been extremely generous and supportive throughout this process. We look forward to meeting you all in the near future.
Finally we would like to apologize to our fans and friends who have sustained us throughout the reunion. We are as disappointed as you are, but you can be assured that RIOT will visit Europe as soon as possible. We're already confirming dates for early 2012 in the US, and we plan to support the release of 'Immortal Soul' as strongly as you have supported us for nearly a quarter of a century.
A special note to our Asian fans: these events will not have any effect on our plans to perform in Japan in 2012. Tony will be fully recovered long before then, and we look forward to bringing 'Immortal Soul' to you soon.
In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the album as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Let us know what your favorites are so that we can bring them to you onstage next time we meet.
A last note from Tony: "I've been dying to sing this stuff since we finished the album, and being sidelined like this is a major blow. I'm doing everything I can to recover so that I can rebuild the voice you'll hear when the album is released. I know that you want nothing less. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your support and good wishes." All the best, and Shine On! ~ Mark, Mike, Bobby, Tony & Don.

After the cancellation of RIOT - the legendary Vicious Rumors are now confirmed for the whole 7 week tour as special guest on Hammerfall's "European Outbreak - Tour 2011".
After the release of the highly acclaimed CD Razorback Killers on Steamhammer/SPV this year Vicious Rumors has performed over 60 shows Including Summer Breeze Festival, Rock Hard Festival , Metalfest and many others. Hot from months of touring Vicious Rumors will now join Hammerfall for 32 dates all over Europe from Oct 26 to Dec 10-2011.

(New York, NY) -- Rock singer, Broadway star, and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis will be among the celebrities walking the purple carpet at ZO2's Rock Asylum benefit concert on Thursday, October 13 at the Hiro Ballroom.
Other expected celebrities include former Journey frontman Steve Augeri, retired NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp, musician Zach89 of Team Blackout and comedian Big Jay Oakerson. Rock Asylum will feature performances by ZO2 and some of the hottest bands around: Daredevil Squadron, Stoned Fire, All Pointz West, Our Black Friday and Queen V.
Celebrity Top Chef contestant Danny Gagnon will provide hors d'oeuvres in the VIP Lounge.
The benefit will raise funds for the Rock Asylum non-profit organization (501 aa. D-(c) (3) pending), which provides free rock concerts to schools around the country with the goal of inspiring young people to succeed in their education and become creative well-rounded adults. The concerts are performed by the Z Brothers, a highly acclaimed kid's band and alter-ego of ZO2.
Rock Asylum's Purple Carpet Event will take place 7:30 p.m. at the Hiro Ballroom, 88 9th Ave., New York City.

Monday, October 10, 2011

News from some various Frontiers Records recording artists:

Jeff Scott Soto - "Hello all, Jeff Scott Soto here reporting in as I am contently at the halfway stages of completing my new solo album, Damage Control! I am 2 vocals away from wrapping up 14 new masterpieces for you…its been over 3 years since I completed Beautiful Mess which was a departure from what fans expected. Well I can tell you this new album has what you want and more!
I combined the best of my 1st 2 solo albums with Frontiers Records and also tapped into the spirits of Talisman, Soul SirkUS and then some on DC. I have recruited my solo band mates new and old to co-write with me as well as Joel Hoekstra of Night Ranger and Jamie Borger of Talisman/Treat to write and play with me on this. The tracks are amazing and I am sure will please all JSS fans alike.
Look for Damage Control to drop in March 2012 with Frontiers Records followed by a full European/South America/possible US tour ...and oh, by the way, shameless plug, we'll be starting a new W.E.T. album in a few months….busy times but nothing less than you'd expect from me. ~ Cheers, JSS!

House Of Lords new album "Big Money" entered at #90 in the Top Hard Rock charts on Billboard in the USA.

Michael Thompson has completed the anticipated new album from Michael Thompson Band! The line-up of MTB includes now the fabulous new singer Larry King, plus Khari Parker on Drums and Alan Berliant on Bass. The album will see the light of day during the winter 2012. Whoever digs the debut album "How Long" Frontiers Records reissued in 2007 will be ecstatic when listening this new release. The title will be "Future Past". More info to be released soon.

Singer Joe Lynn Turner is putting the finishing touches to the recording of his vocals for the new Sunstorm album that will be entitled "Emotional Fire". While the first two albums basic inspiration came from the AOR catalogue of songs that Turner penned for himself or other artists of the genre, for this third album it was decided to look at Turner's numerous vocal sessions he did in the 80's as background vocalist for other artists. This brought to the resurrection of some AOR gems which will be included on the new album. Dennis Ward is once again producing the record and the tracklisting is rounded out by some amazing songs written by Soren Kronkvist (Crash the System, Issa), Tom and James Martin (Vega, Sunstorm, Khymera) and Daniel Palmqvist (Xorigin, The Murder of My Sweet) among others. Release is expected in the winter 2012.

Former Boston singer Fran Cosmo is working on a debut solo album for Frontiers Records. The album is taking shape in a recording studio in Woodstock NY under the direction of producer Phil Greene. Fran promises to deliver a 100% Melodic Rock album which will please all the fans of Boston, Orion The Hunter and RTZ. There will be many surprises for the Melodic Rock fans and those will be revealed shortly. Stay tuned for more news!

Billy Greer's Seventh Key new album recording is well underway under the direction of guitarist/producer/songwriter Mike Slamer. Vocalist Terry Brock will record his background vocals in the next few weeks and the record will be ready to be mixed. The fans can expect another slice of Melodic Hard Rock Heaven!

AOR Heaven will release new albums by Fate and Alfonzetti on November 25. These are the final releases for AOR Heaven/Metal Heaven in 2011 and the next titles will be due for release in January 2012.

Fate - Ghosts From The Past - Fate was formed in late '84 in Copenhagen, Denmark by Hank Sherman who left Mercyful Fate and got together with Jeff "Lox" Limbo (a.k.a. Jens Meiner), Bob Lance (a.k.a. Bjarne Holm) and Pete Steiner (a.k.a. Peter Steincke). During the 80's, the band was one of the leading forces of the Scandi Rock genre and released classic albums such as "Fate" (1985), "A Matter Of Attitude" (1986), "Cruisin' For A Brusin'" (1988) and "Scrath N' Sniff" (1990) and went permanently on the road – both as headliner and as support to Pretty Maids and Yngwie Malmsteen among others. Over the years, Fate went through a couple of line-up changes and remained to be active until 1993.
The second chapter was opened when the Danish five-piece started to play live again in 2005. The release of the album "V" (2006), some more touring and yet more line-up changes followed. "Ghost From The Past" now is their sixth studio album in total and the first to feature singer Dagfinn Joensen on vocals, Danish guitar hero Torben Enevoldsen on the six string, Peter Steincke on bass, Jens Berglid on drums and Mikkel Henderson on keyboards.
The CD was produced by Fate and Thomas Pedersen at various studios in Denmark and mastered by Torben Lysholm. With this album "Ghosts From The Past", Fate is truly back!

Tracklist: 1. Children Of The Night, 2. Miracle, 3. Seeds Of Terror, 4. Fear Of The Stranger, 5. At the End Of The Day, 6. All That I Want, 7. Follow Your Heart, 8. Daddy´s Girl, 9. Moving On, 10. Murder, 11. The Last Time, 12. I Believe in Rock N Roll, 13. The Other Side.
Soundfiles in advance: All That I want / Children Of The Night / Miracle.
Band on the web: www.fatetheband.com.


Alfonzetti - Here Comes The Night - Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden Matti Alfonzetti began his musical career in his early teens playing bass in the local Hard Rock band Heavy Waters. Later on, he was a member of the bands Bam Bam Boys, Water Front, Jagged Edge, Skintrade and Boxer. In 2000 Alfonzetti's first solo album 'Ready' saw the light of day – followed, two years later, by the album 'Machine'. Following this Matti started getting into songwriting and producing and had success producing and writing for bands such as The Poodles among others. One new project emerged in 2007, Road To Ruin, including drummer Tomas Broman and Sampo Axelsson and Lars Chriss of Lion's Share. 'Road To Ruin' came out the same year on Metal Heaven.
Now, Alfonzetti's third solo album is ready. Titled 'Here Comes The Night', it is the Alfonzetti's return to the music and vocal style of first solo album 'Ready' with up to date production. This time Matti collaborated with drummer/ producer Daniel Flores and the albums includes guests such as Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) and Emil Fredholm (Plankton).The CD was recorded at Sound vs Science Studios and Atomic Rooster Studios, Stockholm. All songs were written and produced by Matti Alfonzetti and mixed and co-produced by Daniel Flores.

Tracklist: 1. Losing You, 2. Here Comes The Night, 3. I'll Wait For You, 4. Heartbreaker, 5. Don't Listen To Your Heart, 6. Why Can´t You Love Me, 7. Lay Your Love On Me, 8. Rock N Roll Heart, 9. Set Me Free, 10. I Will Never Let You Fall.
Soundfiles in advance: Here Comes The Night / I'll Wait For You / Losing You.

Hugely influential British melodic hard rock group Magnum are set to release Evolution, on Steamhammer / SPV, on November 14th (Germany November 11th, USA/Canada November 22nd) which comes in a high value ecol media book. Snippets from the album are available now: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/magnum-evolution-snippets.
The line up of guitarist / songwriter / producer Tony Clarkin, vocalist Bob Catley, keyboard player Mark Stanway, bassist Al Barrow and drummer Harry James, have excelled themselves on 'Evolution', one of the strongest and most unusual best of albums in their illustrious (near-40-year) history to date.
'Evolution' contains eight songs from their previous comeback albums which were partial re-recorded and fully re-mixed , two from their much acclaimed "The Visitation" album (which cracked the Top 20 in Germany and made it to #3 in the UK Rock Charts as well as high chart entries in Sweden and Switzerland) and two totally new recorded songs.

Royal Hunt: Show Me How to Live cover artwork revealed. The band is putting finishing touches on their new album at the NorthPoint Productions Studio and is getting ready to mix their new material shortly at Roasting House Studio in Sweden. Mastering shores will be handled by Jan Eliasson at Audio Planet Mastering.

All hail the "Supremacy Of Steel"! Cage has once again struck gold and forged their sixth release of pure Metal magic. Entitled Supremacy Of Steel, Cage has leapt forward another giant step on the path to Metal greatness by once again delivering a Heavy Metal monstrosity. This is set for worldwide release on November 25th, 2011 through Music Buy Mail in Europe and Heavy Metal Media in The US and rest of the world.
Known for crafting great memorable songs, capturing the essence of the classic NWOBHM sound, and always sounding unique and modern, Cage somehow effortlessly shows how the limits of the genre can be pushed without losing what makes the Heavy Metal sound a worldwide calling for the faithful. Throughout the 11 tracks, all the smashing Cage elements are found along with fresh new surprises that are tastefully sprinkled about in just the right fashion.
From the blast beats in the opening scream fest "Bloodsteel", to the eerie King Diamond-like falsettos in "Annaliese Michel", Cage fans new and old will be banging their heads with horns in the air throughout this entire long player for decades to come. "Supremacy Of Steel" also contains the epic, long awaited sequel song "Hell Destroyer vs. Metal Devil" and a remake of their unreleased cult classic song, "Braindead Woman". Anthems like "Metal Empire" and "King Of The Wasteland" will have all Metal fans unable to resist such true, convincing Metal emotion.
Their latest and greatest line-up yet includes the hulking frame of riff master Dave 'Conan'¯ Garcia, the unmatched vocal diversity and range of singer Sean 'The Hell Destroyer' Peck, drummer Norm 'The Legend' Leggio also of Psychotic Waltz, and debuting the new additions of thunder-thrash guitarist Steve 'Bloodsteel' BrogdeN and the amazing bass playing of one Americas best, Pete 'Hands Of'¯ Stone.
All the power and speed from their previous award winning albums has once more been ramped up with faster drums, blazing leads and riffs that will stay with you into the night, and the highest of inhumanly impossible supersonic screams. This is all pointless without great songs but Cage has always had their song writing as their greatest strength and "Supremacy Of Steel" is absolutely no exception. Cage has carved yet another stone to fit into the foundation that reinforces their title as the American Power Metal Kings.
As always, Cage has spared no expense when it comes to the presentation and packaging of their products. The amazing artwork of Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford, Marvel Comics) depicts the band in a live setting with the very Metal Godz themselves looking down upon the mayhem! The 16 page interior booklet is second to none with various artists chronicling the contents of each song in vivid color and truly has to be seen to be believed. It may be the finest looking metal booklet ever and that is no exaggeration!
The special pre order packages are available at www.cageheavymetal.com and have been extended until October 31st. These will include both bonus tracks, a special sticker, a full color poster, a CDR with unreleased versions and bonus tracks, and other Metal goodies.

Cage "Supremacy Of Steel" tracklisting: 1. Bloodsteel (featuring guest artist Bitterfrost) 2. The Beast Of Bray Road 3. King Of The Wasteland 4. Metal Empire 5. War Of The Undead 6. Flying Fortress 7. Doctor Doom 8. Annaliese Michel 9. Braindead Woman 10. The Monitor 11. Hell Destroyer vs. Metal Devil. Bonus track for Europe: 12. Skinned Alive / Bonus track USA and rest of the world: 12. Blood White And Blue.
A link to the song "Bloodsteel" from the "Supremacy Of Steel" album which features guest artist Bitterfrost on guitar. He can be found at www.bitterfrost.com - Listen to "Bloodsteel": soundcloud.com/heavymetalmedia/bloodsteel.
Cage official website: www.cageheavymetal.com / www.facebook.com/cageofficial.

According to the band's website, Hexfire debut album The Fire of Redemption will be released on November 8 (USA) and November 11 (Europe & Asia) via Nightmare Records & Sony/Red Distribution. The album can be pre-ordered on Amazon worldwide. "The Fire of Redemption" features guest appearances by Niclas Etelavuori (Amorphis), Novy (ex-Behemoth & Vader), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia), Jonno Lodge (ex- Paul Di'Anno, Biomechanical, Darke Horse), Diego 'Grom' Meraviglia (Testing Tomorrow, ex-Ancient & Doomsword), Kasper Gram (Manticora), Martin Arendal (Manticora, Wuthering Heights), Kristian Larsen (Manticora), and Kel'Thuz (Spiritual Demise, Sorcerer).
For more info visit Hexfire official Facebook: www.facebook.com/hexfireofficial or Hexfire official MySpace: www.myspace.com/hexfireofficial.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Steve Perry Oversees Meticulous Remastering of His 1984 Solo Album Debut, Featuring #1 "Oh Sherrie"
180-gram virgin vinyl edition available everywhere starting November 1, 2011, through Columbia/Legacy
Street Talk is released simultaneously with CD and gatefold double 180-gram virgin vinyl edition of brand new Journey collection, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – and gatefold double 180-gram virgin vinyl edition of original Greatest Hits. All overseen by Steve Perry.

Nearly three decades after its initial release in 1984, Street Talk, the debut solo album from Journey lead singer Steve Perry, has been meticulously remastered for a new generation of rock fans who are rediscovering the sonic wonders of vinyl.
The RIAA double-platinum classic, featuring the #1 single "Oh Sherrie" (and follow-up hits "Foolish Heart," "I Believe," "She's Mine" and "Strung Out") will be available as an audiophile 180-gram LP in original artwork, starting November 1, 2011, through Columbia/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The LP will also come with an exclusive free bonus download of the specially mastered-for-vinyl digital files.
As many long time fans remember, Street Talk was one of the most successful albums of the original MTV era. The classic video for "Oh Sherrie" - in which Steve lampoons the high-concept video making that was popular at the time - became a memorable touchstone on its own, marking one of the first times an artist broke the standard album-version formula of early MTV. Two other videos, "Foolish Heart" and "Strung Out" followed, with Perry showing his varied roots – namely Soul and Rock music – as well as poking fun at the industry that was rapidly making him a household name.
For the new remastering, Steve worked at long-time industry standard The Mastering Lab in Ojai, CA – using the original master tapes – with engineer Robert Hadley to achieve what he feels is the definitive vinyl version of the album.
"I started with a pristine 24bit/96khz transfer of the original stereo mix and went from there. We used Pro Tools to bring out some of the subtle frequencies and moments in the original mixes that, in the old world of live analog hands-on console mixing would get compromised. Now we can take our time and really make the original tracks shine. This hybrid of analog and digital is, in my opinion, the wave of the future. The vinyl pressings also sound fantastic! The RTI pressing plant really knows how to take the lacquers we created and press some amazing audiophile-quality vinyl. I truly feel like this is the way this album was supposed to sound!"Steve Perry

Street Talk by Steve Perry (Columbia/Legacy 88697 93882 1originally issued April 1984, as Columbia 39334) Selections: 1. Oh Sherrie (1st single, Rock #1, Hot 100 #3) • 2. I Believe (2nd single, Rock #43) • 3. Go Away • 4. Foolish Heart (5th single, Hot 100 #18) • 5. It's Only Love • 6. She's Mine (3rd single, Rock #15, Hot 100 #21) • 7. You Should Be Happy • 8. Running Alone • 9. Captured by the Moment • 10. Strung Out (4th single, Rock #17, Hot 100 #40).
WebLinks: www.legacyrecordings.com.

This weekend sees James Christian (House Of Lords) and Fiona join ARfm on Saturday talking to Steve Price about their new albums and on Sunday Steve is joined by Sebastian Bach. There is also the possibility of another Firefest act getting in on the live action. Tune in at www.arfm.co.uk.

The Sweet Sounds Rock Festival for St. Louis at Club 21 Rock on Saturday October 15th will be starting at 3:00 PM with a powerful line-up.
Kicking off the festival is Thirteen-A- Cross followed by Salvage, The Air On Everest, Matt & The City Limits, Magic Man, Counterfeit Diary, Tom Fuller Band, Drivin Rain, Lynch, and Strikeforce.
The show will be hosted by musician/actor Matt Berman who stars in upcoming movie "Men In Black 3" and is featured on HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire". T-shirts, cd's , posters, food/drinks are available with a low admission price. Go to www.sweetsounds.us for more info.

Eternal Flight - D.r.e.a.m.s. / Eternal Flight Association/Yesterrock - Release date: 04.11.2011
Aware of the importance of a third album release by a band, Eternal Flight, one of France's leading Power/ Prog Metal acts from the Haute-Savoie took time to care its new offering to propose a special and clashing album. Founded by skilled singer Gérard Fois in the year 2001 after the split of his band Dream Child with whom he had recorded two albums, the new songs are certainly the most effective and creative proposed until now. The Frenchman also played bass, keys and acoustic guitars, wrote all the songs and was at the production helm on this new release which shows a wider broad of styles and influences incorporated to their Melodic Metal. To make this album 'Diminished Reality, Elegies and Mysteries' ('D.r.e.a.m.s' for the close friends!) even more special, distinguished guests agreed enthusiastically to take part in this work. It is at first the Brazilian drummer Ricardo Confessori (Angra, Shaman) who after listening to demos was ready for this adventure and played on (almost) all the album and by marking the rhythm section with his style. For certain solos, world-class guitarists Mark Mc Gee (ex Vicious Rumors), Chris Caffery (Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage) from the USA and Rob Love Magnusson (Dynazty) from Sweden were acquired.
The band line-up as it is now is completed by Julien Racine (drums), Adrien Zoni (bass) and Chris Gojon (guitars) who all brilliantly played on the intro and the cover tribute to the great Ronnie James Dio, 'Night People'. With 'D.r.e.a.m.s', Eternal Flight hail towards real international recognition after two noticed and positively welcomed albums released worldwide. This record is available as digi pack.
The band:
Gérard Fois: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass.
Julien Bouvier: Rhythm and lead guitars on all songs.
Chris Gojon: Rhythm and lead guitars on "Introduction To D.r.e.a.m.s" and "Night People".
Julien Racine: Drums on "Introduction…" and "Night People".
Adrien Zoni: Bass on "Introduction…" and "Night People".
The guests:
Ricardo Confessori: Drums except on "Introduction To D.r.e.a.m.s" and "Night People".
Mark Mc Gee: lead guitars on "Goodbye" and "The Meeting" and slide guitars on "The Meeting".
Chris Caffery: lead guitars on the outro of "Goodbye".
Rob Love Magnusson: lead guitars on "Fantasea" and "The Tower".
Band on the web: www.facebook.com/pages/ETERNAL-FLIGHT/264096419279.

From: blogs.ajc.com/radio-tv-talk/2011/10/06/eddie-money-new-morning-show-host-for-the-river
"Imagine when he does the two tickets to paradise giveaway. Classic rocker Eddie Money has been tapped to do mornings on The River 97.1 starting Monday at 6 a.m. The guy behind such radio classics as "Take Me Home Tonight," "Baby Hold On" and "Think I'm in Love" will record the majority of his shows from his home in Los Angeles, but will come to Atlanta periodically. Money was in town last week to lay down a couple days worth of "Money in the Morning" shows. Cagle, program director at The River, said the station wanted to "make a big splash" and started thinking about different artists who might make a good radio host. A friend of Cagle's who knew Money approached him in Los Angeles and asked how he felt about doing radio. Money bit, and will now host a weekday show from 6-9 a.m.
"He's got a natural knack," said Cagle. "He loves to talk, he tells some great stories and has great information that people would never hear otherwise about being on tour with Led Zeppelin, being on the road with the Eagles, those kinds of things." As this is Money's first foray into radio, Cagle will serve as a coach, listening to Money's recordings and providing advice. The show won't air live – at least at first – while Money settles in. Keep an ear out for announcements about Money making some appearances in Atlanta to promote "Money in the Morning."

MRX has been updated. This week it is a Streets special featuring:
- Steve Walsh & Streets - Demos - 2CDs (35 tracks!)
- Streets - Baccanal Theater - San Diego, CA December 5, 1983 (9 Track Radio Broadcast)
- Night Ranger - VH1 That Metal Show Interview (Video Download)
MRX Membership Details.

Reviews have been updated with the following new reviews: Shy, Grand Design, Saracen, Gary John Barden and John Farnham. Read The Reviews.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Eden's Curse vocalist Michael Eden has released this statement:

To the fans and press that have supported Eden's Curse -

"I've decided to depart Eden's Curse because I can't support the "trophy vision" Eden's Curse has become during the last few months. When it becomes more about "the trophy" and less about real professional business and the needed success it truly takes to stay afloat, it leaves many unresolved questions.
Anyone who runs a business will tell you there are profits and losses expected the first few years in any business. Eden's Curse became a chess game and that was unacceptable on all levels to me as the guy who formed the band. I will not allow anyone to devalue the band while I'm in it. If you play for minimum fees as a band you "set your worth" and that word gets out you can be obtained cheaply. Why pay more when you can pay less? This became the reason we toured very little. Nobody wanted to pay fees that made sense and many tours were looked at believe me.
I became the pawn in the game and that's okay. I excused myself from the party because honestly the "figure heads" bored me to tears. Breaking even financially is for guys who take holidays and play rock star on other people's money. Ryan Northrop (Metal Mayhem Music/USA) was one of the many who spent large amounts of money so others could wear the big boy pants and play Rock Star in front of people who didn't know the wiser. Why leave now some might ask? The real question is why did I stay so long? I was holding onto something that was not there to begin with.
Some learn from mistakes and some pretend they never make any.
I'll be around, count on it!!!

Thanks for your belief, loyalty and support ~ Michael Eden.

Dear Gotthard fans, finally the time has come. On September 30th 2011 the long awaited and previously announced album Homegrown – Alive In Lugano will be released. Homegrown – Alive In Lugano contains a live recording from July 17, 2010 in Lugano, the hometown of the band. It is one of the last concerts with singer Steve Lee, who tragically died on October the 5 2010 and therefore the last opportunity for all of us to enjoy his fantastic voice just one more time. The album also contains very special bonus material with a.o. the touching and previously unreleased song The Train, which Gotthard recorded together with Steve, in an intimate atmosphere, "live in the studio". Homegrown – Alive In Lugano - In commemoration of the first anniversary of Steve Lee's death and especially in memory of - in the most personal way - a very kind person and one of the best rock singers in the world!
Gotthard: "Everything started in Lugano and it's exactly there where the circle of what we experienced with our friend Steve Lee, closes". Marc, Leo, Hena und Freddy want to especially thank you all with Homegrown – Alive In Lugano - for the extraordinary support during this last year. For Gotthard Homegrown – Alive In Lugano is also a kind of closure of a very hard and difficult year. The time has come that our guys can look positively forward again and we will definitely hear lots of news from them soon. We're already looking forward to that!
Rock on and enjoy Homegrown – Alive In Lugano. ~ The Gotthard Family.

After a well deserved summer break, the 'Queen of the Scene' Pilar Sanchez is back with the latest edition of AhORa Rock. Jam packed with the latest releases from the likes of White Widdow, Reckless Love, Issa, Saracen, House of Lords, Fiona, Shy, Kimball/Jamison, Fergi Frederiksen and more, this is an absolute must for any fan of AOR and melodic rock. Free to listen to online or download, check it out at www.rocktopia.net.

Guns N Roses - or the Axl Rose Band have put another nail in the coffin of the real GNR legacy with this painful live performance from Rock In Rio! Check this utter shite out: youtu.be/pQROmR25F-0.

Cupids Trail is singer and songwriter Mats Nilsson's (MarysCreek, Sins IV Ages) brand new project. Cupids Trail is his pure dedication to melodic and classic hardrock with great melodies, heavy guitars, pounding drums…and of course Mats well known and characteristic voice. On the new demo called Pure Dedication Mats plays all instruments except the lead guitars which is handled by Jonas Hallberg (MarysCreek, Simon Says). You can listen to some clip at the official Cupids Trail site at www.cupidstrail.com (media/music).

On this week's Hair Metal Haven Chris Nelson will be talking to Queensryche Vocalist Geoff Tate about the new album Dedicated To Chaos, his wine emporium, and life in general. With new tracks from Grand Design, Grand Illusion, Serpentine. Omega, Shy, Vain, Taxxi and loads more, join Chris this Saturday 8th October 17.00-18.00gmt on www.phoenixradio.co.uk.

Cornerstone presents new video "Stay" from the album "Somewhere in America", last week exclusive played by the Austrian music channel GOTV, the clip is now on various online platforms available. Produced by The Cockpit (Director: Christian Enzlmüller) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZf0M4sZ4H8.

Press Release / "There's about to be a re-launch of a new Rock Show on a local radio station based in Caithness, in the North Highlands of Scotland. The station doesn't yet broadcast online, so if anyone is on holiday in that area that is the only way they will hear it for now. The show is to be called "Rockulus Maximus" and I'm very excited to have the prospect to play all styles of Rock music, not only the mainstream forms, but also to include melodic rock bands. There are so many good melodic rock bands around the world that it's criminal they don't get more air time, so I thought that every little helps.
If there are any bands who wish to get their music played within this environment, or wish to provide a 'show ident' I would love to hear from them. When I say a 'show ident', I mean a very short message that is in an MP3 windows media friendly format. It could be along the lines of "Hi, I'm __ from the band __ and you're listening to Gary on Rockulus Maximus". It's really that simple. If you're interested in helping out and contributing in either of these ways, please send an email to RockulusMelodic@gmail.com."

Oct 17th, Las Vegas' favorite band Sin City Sinners welcome special guest Sebastian Bach. In addition to playing hits from his former band Skid Row, Sebastian will also perform his new single "Kicking & Screaming" with The Sinners.
The show takes place at The Crown Theater (inside The Rio Hotel) in Las Vegas Sin City Sinners & The Crown are Offering a limited amount of FREE tickets by visiting managevhs.com/web/vhs/crown/mnr/tickets/default.asp?txtShow=39.
Sin City Sinners will feature Brent Muscat (Faster Pusssycat) Rob Cournoyer (Raging Slab) Dr Michael Ellis, Louie Merlino (Beggars & Thieves) and Jimmy Crespo (former lead guitarist of Aerosmith).
Sin City Sinners have released two CDs of original music, Exile On Fremont Street and Broken Record. Both are available on iTunes. In 2011, the Sinners were voted Best In Vegas in the prestigious 2011 Las Vegas Review Journals Reader's Poll, and their music video 'Goin' To Vegas' received the 32nd Annual Telly Award. On Nov 25th The band will release "A Sinners Christmas" featuring appearances by George Lynch, Slim Jim Phantom, Pete Loran, Jizzy Pearl, Ron Keel, Frank Dimino & more.
For more visit: www.facebook.com/pages/Sin-City-Sinners/141717162529765 or thesincitysinners.com.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Swedish Metallers Evergrey have confirmed the release date for A Decade and a Half a two disc greatest hits collection. This deluxe package containing previously unreleased songs, live tracks and an extensive 24 page booklet (incl. liner notes and unreleased photos) will be available in Europe on November 28. Since the band arrived on the scene with their first album in 1998, Evergrey have brought out eight studio albums and one live release. All of them made the top 20 in their native Sweden and the last two made the top 10. On top of that, their DVD "A Night To Remember" was number 1 for four weeks and nominated for a Grammy in Sweden. Their last single "Wrong" received a gold award in April 2011 for over 10.000 sold copies in Sweden.
Check out the video for the Evergrey single Wrong: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU6HB27MNzY.

Evergrey will embark on a headline European tour in November 2011:
04.11. SE-Mariestad – KG5
05.11. SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
09.11. NL-Tilburg – 013
10.11. NL-Kerkrade – The Rock Temple
11.11. B-Genk – Rondpunt 26
12.11. B-Mons – On Air Studio
(more shows will be announced soon)

Track Listing A Decade And A Half:
CD1: 01. The Masterplan 02. Blackened Dawn ( Live ) 03. Rulers Of The Mind 04. A Touch Of Blessing 05. Frozen 06. For Every Tear That Falls ( Live ) 07. More Than Ever 08. Blinded 09. Faith Restored 10. These Scars 11. Broken Wings 12. Words Mean Nothing 13. Wrong (live) 03:12 (unplugged - previously unreleased).
CD2: 01.The Great Deceiver 02. Monday Morning Apocalypse 03. Wrong 04. Waking Up Blind ( Live ) 05. Solitude Within 06. Recreation Day 07. Still In The Water 08. Leave It Behind Us 09. Fear 04:15 10. When The Walls Go Down ( Live ) 11. Frozen (live) (unplugged - previously unreleased).
Current Line-Up: Tom S. Englund - vocals, guitars; Marcus Jidell - guitars; Johan Niemann - bass; Rikard Zander - keyboards; Hannes van Dahl - drums.
For More Info Visit: www.evergrey.net / www.facebook.com/evergrey / www.spv.de.

House Of Lords have cancelled their planned European tour dates upon the advice of doctors acting for frontman James Christian, who has been fighting Prostate Cancer during 2011. A statement from James reads:

"This is James Christian from House Of Lords. I have some rather bad news for you. We need to reschedule the shows we have planned in Oct/Nov.
The truth is, I had an operation for Prostate Cancer a few months back and was hoping that I would be better in time for these shows, but my doctor feels I need two more months rest before performing again.
He feels it is best if we reschedule the tour for either February or March. My apologies for this. I really thought I was gonna be well enough. I feel terrible about this, but we do want to reschedule if we can. It saddens me to tell you this so late. Doctors say I am gonna be fine, but I do need a few months before performing again."
~ Best James.

The tracklist of Scorpions' upcoming album Comeblack has been revealed. And the choice of cover tunes seems pretty ordinary in my opinion:
Re-recordings: 1.Rhythm Of Love 2. No One Like You 3. The Zoo 4. Rock You Like A Hurricane 5. Blackout 6. Still Loving You 7. Wind Of Change.
Covers: 8. Tainted Love (Soft Cell), 9. Children Of The Revolution (T. Rex) 10. Across The Universe (The Beatles) 11. Tin Soldier (Small Faces) 12. All Day And All Of The Night (The Kinks) 13. Ruby Tuesday (The Rolling Stones).
The Still Loving You single (named Still Loving You - Je T'Aime Encore) will be available for download in France on October 10: www.amazon.fr/Still-Loving-You-taime-encore/dp/B005RCPG46/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317746887&sr=301-1.
Scorpions French Fan-Club (www.crazyscorps.com).

Press Release / "The year is 2011 and funny things are afoot in the 'rock n roll' galaxy…Music has come full circle and the classic American 'Radio Rock' or 'AOR/FM Rock' of the late 70's/early 80's is again heavily back in vogue and appealing to a whole new generation - with legendary tracks such as Boston's "More Than A Feeling" & REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" appearing on national TV commercials. Huge arena tours by Journey, Styx & Foreigner are selling out….and Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" has provided the soundtrack to the climactic scenes of the final episode of 'The Sopranos'. Not only that, but the song broke worldwide again with its appearance in hit TV show 'Glee', resulting in it going on to become the 'most downloaded song of all time' and the 'Number One Single of the entire 20th Century' (certified by 'Nielsen Soundscan')!
Amazing stuff, we're sure you'll agree….. but this resurgence in good time 'classic AOR/FM Rock' doesn't end there! On Broadway, a show called 'Rock Of Ages' (based around this music) became a MONSTER hit - leading to it opening on the London 'West End' stage in September 2011!
More IMPORTANTLY though - an amazing group of 7 highly experienced and accomplished musicians has decided to take up the mantle of reproducing the lush harmonies, stunning arrangements, addictive choruses and soaring guitars that epitomise this musical form…… That band is AOR Starz!
"AOR Starz" is not just an opportunistic project – it is instead 7 huge fans of this classic music who want, nay demand, that people get to hear the classics performed to an incredibly high standard with a full 'live production'. Indeed, the set list features many legendary songs that most cover or tribute bands wouldn't even DARE to attempt, let alone carry off with such panache and style! Expect to hear the likes of: Boston, Journey, Styx, Toto, Foreigner, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Night Ranger, Heart, Jefferson Starship, Loverboy, Cheap Trick, Survivor, Triumph and more!

So, who are these AOR Star-troopers? AOR Starz are:
Carl Sentence (vocals) – of 'Don Airey Band', 'Whole Lotta Metal', 'The Classic Rock Show', 'Krokus', 'Persian Risk', 'Tokyo Blade', 'Ghost', sessions etc
Tracey Gwynne (vocals) – of 'Slipstream' and numerous touring 'musical/theatrical' productions!
Greg Hart (guitar/bv's) – of 'Limehouse Lizzy' (Thin Lizzy tribute), 'The Jackie Generation', Hartless', 'Moritz' (UK AOR cult legends!), sessions etc!
Mike Nolan (guitar/bv's) – of 'The Bohemians' (Queen Tribute), 'Moritz' (UK AOR cult legends!), sessions etc
Gary Piears-Banton (bass/bv's) – of 'Dressed To Kill' (Kiss Tribute), 'Mystic Game', 'Double Eclipse', 'The Band With No Name', sessions etc
Andy Stewart (keys/bv's) – of 'The Jackie Generation', 'Moritz' (UK AOR cult legends!), MD of various musical/theatrical productions & much more!
Tony Piper (drums) – of 'Vice Squad', numerous sessions (inc. 'Moritz') etc

"AOR Starz" are looking forward to hitting the stage and can be seen at:
Sat 17th Dec 2011 – Crewe 'The Box' (late show 11pm)
Fri 10th Feb 2012 – Stourbridge 'River Rooms'
Fri 24th Feb 2012 – Mansfield 'Forest town Welfare'
Please spread the word and come along to not only show your support - but also celebrate some of the finest music in the world!" www.facebook.com/aorstarz.


POWER QUEST has announced that vocalist Chity Somapala has left the band. The full press release reads as follows:

"We are sorry to have to announce that Chity Somapala has left Power Quest, making the appearance at BOA his last with the band. Chity decided that, at this stage of his career, he wanted to move away from metal to focus on his solo work which is more rock and blues based. Power Quest mainman Steve Williams commented:
"Clearly the last thing I wanted after releasing the Blood Alliance album earlier this year was to have another line-up change, having been through so many in recent times. Having said that, we all have to do what is right for us at specific points in time and we part ways with Chity on very good terms and wish him all the very best for the future. 'Myself, Andy, Paul, Rich and Gav have been auditioning potential replacements for the past couple of months and we have now decided on who will be the man to take up the frontman role in the band. We would like to thank everyone who has submitted recordings and travelled to auditions as well. We are already hard at work rehearsing for the UK dates in November and we can promise quite a different set list to what we have been performing so far this year. We will be revealing the identity of our new frontman very soon.....this guy blew us away at the auditions!'

"The first shows with the new vocalist will be in Bedford on November 25 and Wakefield on November 27, and the Wakefield show will be streamed live on the web!"
~ Steve Williams - Keyboardist for Power Quest.

From Gibson.com: "Tracii Guns has confirmed that Dilana Robichaux has joined L.A. Guns as the band's new vocalist. The news comes just days after a recent audition as reported by Gibson.com last week.
"Dilana is the new singer for L.A. Guns," Tracii confirmed in a statement. "After an incredible amount of scrutiny and mixed opinions the final straw was her audition, where she completely took control of the environment by injecting a type of soul into these old new songs that I have never heard before. After getting responses from the label, my agent and manager - who are all really into a drastic positive change for L.A. Guns and myself - we all feel this is a ballsy and risky change that we all collectively feel good about. I expect there will be some changes in the live setlist and I hope we can get straight into writing mode ASAP and record some fresh rock n' roll, also ASAP."
South Africa-born Robichaux was a runner-up on the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, whose winner Lucas Rossi went on to form a band with Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns 'n' Roses) and Jason Newstead (ex-Metallica). She was recently honored by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles for her work as a spokeswoman for domestic violence foundation Safe Passage.

A release date for Soul Secret upcoming album "Closer To Daylight" has been set: November 21, 2011. The album will be published throughout Galileo Records and will see the guest appearances of Marco Sfogli (James Labrie) and Arno Menses (Sieges Even, Subsignal). www.soulsecret.net.

Alien Ant Farm is proud to announce their new deal with the Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal. The original line-up--Dryden Mitchell (lead vocals), Mike Cosgrove (drums), Terry Corso (guitar), Tye Zamora (bass)--will start to work on their fourth album in November and is looking to release it Spring 2012. It'll be their first release since 2006's Up In The Attic, which spawned the hit single "Forgive And Forget," and the first with the original line-up since 2003.

An interview with Joe Satriani about the new Chickenfoot album: iheartguitarblog.com/2011/09/interview-joe-satriani-on-chickenfoot-iii.html.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Listen to Scorpions' new version of Still Loving You, taken from the band's upcoming new album Comeblack and featuring a duet with French 2009 Pop Idol Winner Amandine Bourgeois, is available on the website Charts In France: www.chartsinfrance.net/Scorpions/news-75961.html.

The new Houston mini-album Relaunch will be released November 14, but will be sold exclusively at this years Firefest festival in October. It will feature the following songs - 6 covers, 1 new original song & 2 acoustic:
1) Runaway (originally recorded by US rockers Dakota)
2) Carrie (originally recorded by Michael Bolton)
3) Brief Encounter (originally recorded by UK melodic maestros Airrace and featuring Airrace's Laurie Mansworth on guest guitar)
4) Don't You Know What Love Is (originally recorded by US outfit Touch, the first band ever to play the Monsters Of Rock festival, and featuring Touch keyboard player Mark Mangold on guest vox)
5) Don't Ever Wanna Lose You (originally recorded by US four-piece New England, whose self-titled debut album was produced by Kiss' Paul Stanley)
6) Didn't We Almost Win It All (originally recorded by the late Laura Branigan)
7) Without Your Love (original song written by Ricky Delin; a duet with Amaranthe front-woman Elize Ryd)
8) Truth Slips (acoustic recording)
9) 1000 Songs (acoustic recording)


Press Release / "Live From Music City, a weekly radio show that airs on Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm CST on blog talk radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/live-from-music-city), welcomes Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche (www.queensryche.com) to discuss his career in the music industry.
Scott was raised and has lived in the Seattle, Washington area his entire life. He started music and drum lessons at the age of 11, and throughout his high school years he focused his studies on music and film classes. In 1981, at the age of 17, he founded the now multi-platinum rock band Queensryche. Since the band's inception thirty years ago, they have sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have toured around the world, encompassing 45 countries. www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHapAsmvGEU&ob=av2e
In addition to the phenomenal success of Queensryche, Scott can claim huge success in other musical arenas, such as scoring music for the film and television industries. After only a few years in the specialty, Scott received a coveted Grammy Award for Best Original Music for the animated feature film "Televoid."
In 2003, Scott launched his own custom drum company, "RockenWraps," which specializes in custom graphic laminated wraps for drums and musical instruments, having designed some of the most memorable drum and stage graphics ever to be available. He also has his own music company, "Hollywood Loops," that specializes in Sound FX for film, television and video game composing. Hollywood Loops products have been used in video games such as "Call of Duty: Black Ops" and in numerous film and television trailers.
"Live From Music City" reaches and appeals to singers/musicians who have achieved at least mid-level entry points in their careers. We try to help the artists define the steps they need to take to advance their careers.
We discuss a variety of topics through commentary and with guests to showcase their roles within the performing and recording industry. We also focus on the music business from the perspective of service to the artist, as well as how the artist can achieve the next levels of success.
While we concentrate on the roles of the 'insiders,' we also include recording artists themselves to better understand and explore the relationship between the two."

Let's here an "Amen Roger!" - www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/roger-daltrey-0930-2011/
"Roger Daltrey says contemporary music is suffering from a lack of great lead singers, and TV shows such as American Idol are partly to blame. Speaking to the Associated Press, the veteran frontman said, "A lot of the new people they choose on shows like American Idol and things like that — I don't ever hear lead singers. They always seem to pick people that are great singers, fabulous singers, but they've never got the voice that makes a great lead singer." Daltrey went on to cite several examples of lead vocalists he considers top-tier. "You hear ten seconds of Rod Stewart, you know it's Rod Stewart," he said. "Ten-seconds of Mick Jagger, that's Mick Jagger. Ten-seconds of Eddie Vedder, you know that's Eddie." As regards the younger crowd, he did name one exception to what he considers the dearth of great vocalists. "I love Adele," he said, referring to the British soul singer whose sophomore disc, 21, is the top-selling album in both the U.S. and the U.K. this year. "That's a lead singer, [she's] the real deal."

Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will undertake a major UK arena tour in March 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday October 7th at 10am from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 249 1000, or book online - www.thegigcartel.com. Planet Rock will be running an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale from Wednesday October 5th at 9am. Visit www.planetrock.com for further information about the pre-sale.
Fresh off a successful European tour with Black Country Communion, and rave reviews of BCC's "2" album, Joe's forthcoming UK solo tour will see him perform material from his current studio album "Dust Bowl" plus songs from his vast catalogue of albums including "A New Day Yesterday", "The Ballad of John Henry", "Sloe Gin" and "Black Rock". Joe's band features Carmine Rojas (bass), Rick Melick (keyboards) and Tal Bergman (drums). Joe will also preview songs from his new studio album due for release in late May 2012.
To receive a free download of the single 'Dust Bowl' from Joe's most recent album go to the following link - bitly.com/joeukproct.

TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #126), featuring Mr. Big Vocalist Eric Martin. Eric took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Mr. Big's latest offering, What If... Eric also discussed how the new record came together as well as their current tour. Interview lasts approx. 25 min. What's bigger than seeing Mr. Big on their latest tour? Meeting Mr. Big on their latest tour. And that's just what Genghis and Ragman recently did for An Evening With...Eric Martin. Join the boys as they discuss Mr. Big's latest record What If... following it up with a live interview with Eric Martin. Eric and the band rolled out the welcome mat backstage at the House of Blues to discuss the band's first tour of the U.S. in years, as well as the possibilities of a new album.

Monday, October 03, 2011

It Bites have been hard at work creating the follow up to their 2008 album The Tall Ships at Outhouse Studios in Reading. The new concept album Map of the Past will be released on Inside Out in early 2012 in England and Europe.
In October It Bites are teaming up with Mostly Autumn to play 12 shows around the UK in a special double headlining package and will be playing songs from Big Lad and the Windmill and a suite of music from their new album. There will be a new limited edition double A side single on sale at the shows. The single will come in two formats a 7inch single and a 2 track CD Single. The two new songs are Map of the Past the title track from the concept album of the same name and Wallflower gives It Bites fans a chance to hear the direction the band will take in 2012. The single will be exclusively onsale at the I'll Meet You In The Autumn tour dates.

It Bites / Mostly Autumn dates are:
14th October Newcastle The Riverside 0191 230 1813 - www.riversidenewcastle.co.uk
15th October Workington Carnegie  01900 602122 - www.carnegietheatre.co.uk
16th October Glasgow The Arches 0141 565 1000 – www.thearches.co.uk
18th October Nottingham Rescue Rooms 0845 413 4444 - www.rescuerooms.com
19th October Sale Waterside 0161 912 5616 - www.watersideartscentre.co.uk
21st October Clitheroe Grand Theatre 01200 421599 - www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
22nd October Holmfirth Picture Drome 0871 230 1101- www.picturedrome.net
23rd October Pontypridd, Wales- The Muni Arts Centre  08000 147111 - muni.rct-arts.org
24th October Milton Keynes Stables 01908 280800 - www.stables.org
26th October Leamington Assembly 01926 523 001 - www.leamingtonassembly.com
27th October Bilston Robin 2 01902 497 860 – www.therobin.co.uk
28th October -O2 Islington London 8222 6955 - www.o2academyislington.co.uk

News from The Poodles: "We regret to inform you that we have been forced to cancel the "Performocracy European Tour" that was to take place in October and November this fall. Due to circumstances outside of our control it is no longer possible for us to go ahead as planned.
We are extremely disappointed by this, and the lost opportunity to meet our European fans that wanted to see us perform. Thanks for your support!
All the best ~ www.thepoodles.se.

Former Giuffria and Dirty White Boy vocalist David Glen Eisley has been quiet of late, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been busy. I asked David for an update on any projects in the works. He was kind enough to reply with this: "I have been very busy writing and managing my daughter's acting career which has found her coming out in "Underworld, Awakening" which will release January 20, 2012 worldwide. Her name is India Eisley. That has obviously been a high priority of mine. BUT as I said, I have been putting together songs and hopefully I will head to the studio and have something ready to go maybe by summer, 2012. Has been a long time and I would love to get back out on the road or at least the airwaves in some sort of way! Thanks for checking in and be sure to look for India along side Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld release! Very proud of her!"
Thanks David! I'll keep in touch with the singer to see how his next project evolves.

Brazilian 80s hard rockers/glam trio Crossrock are giving final touches on their first album C'Mon Baby which will be ready in the next months. The trio are preparing also to recorded their official video clip (track not chosen yet) with the producer Claudio Tibérius (Destra, extreme metal torture squad among others).
You can check it out more info about the band at: www.strikemet.com/english/management_crossrock.htm and a YouTube video from the band's recent gig at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5oXJmhWew4&feature=player_profilepage.

What do well-known producer Clyde Ward, Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee and Steve Conte, guitarist with the Michael Monroe band have in common? They all know about "the new British bad boys of rock," Summers!
Summers is actively gigging on the South Coast of England, in London and Europe and have just played this years Guilfest in the Unsigned tent where the guys impressed so much they were given a slot on the Rock stage the same day and have been asked back next year to possibly play the main stage. The bands radio campaign for the debut single Too Late is being handled by Canadian publicist Danie Cortese. The low budget video for our track Sometimes was Youtube's 42nd most watched musician's channel the week we popped it up on the site. The promo video for Too Late notched up so many hits in the first week that YouTube shut the guys down, believing the band were in breach of their anti-spam rules! Too Late is getting huge airplay around the world and which has lead to us getting the tag of the New Def Leppard.
Take a look and listen to Summers at: www.officialsummers.com.

Press Release: "We would like to introduce to you the first album of the Italian Southern Rock band Smokey Fingers - Columbus Way, scheduled to be release for Tanzan Music on September the 23.
The combo's main inspiration is taken from the American southern rock music, merged with blues and country, all mixed, shaken and served in a fresh and innovative version, a new vision, still related to the greatest bands of this genre.
Columbus Way¯ is based on a solid and sincere sound, the true sound of the band as it would have been taken in a live session. This engaging sound is enriched by several takes of slide guitar, dobro and lap guitar and will take the listener to the sunny and dusty roads of Alabama!
The album has been recorded in the new and ultra-modern Tanzan Music Studio. Great attention has been paid in trying to catch the real spirit of the band, a band who has its natural habitat on the stage.
Track Listing: Old Jack, The Lover, Chains Of Mind, Born To Run, Ride Of Love, Over The Line, Die For The Glory, The Good Country Side, Sweet Tears, Country Road, Crazy Woman, Devil's Song.
For More Information: www.myspace.com/smokeyfingersband.

On Tuesdays edition of Live and Loud on ARfm (www.arfm.co.uk) host Paul Nicholls will be doing a feature on the career of Pete Fry of Farcry. Paul and Pete are delving back to his first 80s bands and over the course of nearly an hour bringing the story up to date and into the future. This developed out of a conversation the guys started after an interview while chatting on the phone. Pete has supplied demo's and unreleased tracks that have not seen the light of day before.
The show goes out at 10pm UK time on Tuesday 4th October.

Tank - featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside ex-Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White, ex-Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale and ex-Helloween/Firewind drummer Mark Cross - are back in action.
Work has already begun on the follow up to the War Machine¯ album from 2010. Doogie, Mick and Cliff have been busy writing new material. While it is too early to give details on the tracks, they are said to be in a similar vein to War Machine¯ but with a heavier angle. Working song titles so far include, "One Thousand Deaths", "War Without End" and "Heavier Than Thou". The album is scheduled for release in early Spring 2012.
Tank - photo by Tony Mottram
The band is currently on a tour promoting War Machine¯ album. Here are the remaining dates:
Friday 30th September, Spain - Ritmo y Compas, Madrid
Saturday 1st October, Spain - Martohell Festival, Barcelona (headlining)
Friday 7th October, Holland - Rock Temple, Kerkrade
Saturday 8th October, Belgium - Rock Of Ages Festival, Oostrozebeke (headlining)
Fri 18th November, Sweden - Rock At Sea

Finland's melodic rockers Myon has inked a worldwide deal with Rock N Growl Management/Promotion.
Myon band: "Myon proudly presents the new management deal in courtesy of Rock N Growl Promotion! With this new management deal we expect great international success with our forthcoming album; Vitalworks! We expect a great increase in live performances and touring. Also it is to be expected, that we will establish a more permanent and secure place within the European Central markets. And with this, more media visibility."
The band's fifth full-length album Vitalworks is ready to release in 2012.
Myon's fifth album Vitalworks (countdown to ground zero) is done. With this album, you have access to the biggest unused resource – unique album with unique sound - in the music industry today. As earlier albums has proved, Myon's tracks works for everybody involved in the rock scene. Ground Zero is a strong package of genius songs made with the highest level of professional touch.
The new single "After It's Gone" Proves that all once again. Myon is taking music to the new direction and brings the rock to the new era 2011. Vitalworks era has began.
After It's Gone Video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLBLGsLxj0M.
Band: Jukka Nummi - vocals, Mika Pohjola - keyboards, Jyrki Laiho - guitars, Keijo Koivikko - bass, Matti Torro - drums.
WebLinks: www.myonmusic.com / www.myspace.com/myonmusic / www.facebook.com/Myonmusic.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Aerosmith - The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Boston Bad Boys By Richard Bienstock
9.5 x 11.125, Hardcover, 224 pages 250 color & 150 b/w photos $35.00 / 39.00 CAN / £20.00
For over 40 years, Aerosmith delivered flat-out, four-on-the-floor blues-based rock unlike any band before. Referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston," they combined memorable songwriting with a showmanship unlike any band on the planet.
Forty-plus years later, the band holds a spot in the rarified air of American rock royalty as one of the greatest—and most mercurial—rock 'n' roll bands of all-time.
This massive, illustrated celebration is the first of its kind to provide a front-row seat to the Boston Bad Boys' entire career: scrapping their way cross-country in the 1970s, scrapping their way back to the top of the heap in the late 1980s, and scrapping with each other the entire way. Music journalist Richard Bienstock's lively history of the band's rise, fall, and rebirth is illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and collectibles, including gig posters, backstage passes, ticket stubs, 7-inch picture sleeves, and vintage T-shirts.
Aerosmith also includes an extensive discography and assessments of each of the band's studio albums, written by such distinguished rock scribes as Daniel Bukszpan, Neil Daniels, Chuck Eddy, Bill Holdship, Greg Kot, Martin Popoff, Bud Scoppa, Phil Sutcliffe, and Jaan Uhelszki. The result is a visually stunning portrait of the band many have called America's best.

About the Author: Richard Bienstock is a senior editor with Guitar World magazine and the executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He is also a musician and journalist whose writings have appeared in numerous U.S. and international publications, including The Village Voice and Classic Rock magazine. He currently lives in New York City.
Publisher: www.voyageurpress.com.

Lion Music are pleased to present the first video from new signing Boguslaw Balcerak's Crylord. The track Warriors Moon is taken from the bands debut album Blood Of The Prophets features the vocals of Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Evidence One, ex Domain) and offers a taste of the epic powerful metal heard on the upcoming album that sees worldwide release on 14th October 2011. YouTube Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmTgSU6kU1k.
Led by the prestigious talents of guitarist Boguslaw Balcerak, "Blood Of The Prophets" breathes new life into the neo-classical genre with 12 first class songs chock full of big riffs, dynamic rhythms, jaw dropping guitar solos and infectious vocal melodies from 3 of the most acclaimed vocalist in the field - the aforementioned Carsten Lizard Schulz and neo-classical legends Mark Boals (ex Malmsteen / Ring Of Fire) and Goran Edman (ex Malmsteen / Brazen Abbot).
Full album information: www.lionmusic.com/cd/bloodoftheprophets.htm. MP3 Album sampler at: soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/boguslaw-balceraks-crylord.

Progressive metal outfit Seventh Wonder are set to mark a new highpoint in the bands career on 30th September 2011 with their prestigious headline appearance for the opening night of Europe's leading progressive / power metal festival ProgPower Europe 2011. ¯This headline appearance is another highlight of what is turning out to be a magnificent 2011 for the band with the ongoing critical and commercial success of their fourth albumThe Great Escape (released December 2010) and the success of the promotional video for Alley Cat taken from the current album rapidly approaching 200,000 views on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sRDa-xTfwg).
After a long search 2011 has also seen the band confirm Stefan Norgren (ex Lion's Share) as their new drummer, and also seen vocalist Tommy Karevik perform guest vocals for Kamelot on the European leg of their 2011 world tour.
The 80 minute headline set at ProgPower 2011 see Seventh Wonder set to offer up some special surprises and serves as a thank you to the bands fanbase for their ongoing support since the bands formation.
Lion Music: www.lionmusic.com.

UK hard rockers Stampede are giving away a free download of newly recorded studio track 'Shadows of The Night' on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stampederock. Stampede have recently been in the studio recording a special remake of Shadows Of The Night, a track which was an old favourite and always a mainstay of their live set. The track is now available to download for free exclusively from the band's official Facebook page, and will be available for a limited time only.
The band announce news of the free download just as they kick off a series of live dates with US rockers Y&T, in support of their new album 'A Sudden Impulse', released in May this year on Rock Candy Records.
Although originally recorded live, both for a BBC In Concert session and at Reading Rock Festival in 1982 for the live Official Bootleg album, up until now Stampede had never recorded a studio version of the song.
"We wanted to do something to say a big thank you to our fans and to all the people that have supported us this year with the release of our new album 'A Sudden Impulse'", states vocalist Reuben Archer. "Shadows of the Night has always been a real favourite of ours so we thought it would be great to do a studio version to give to our fans."
Download 'Shadows of the Night' now for free here: www.facebook.com/stampederock.

Jamie Allen has just written and recorded an acoustic version of "Against The Ceiling", and has made it available for free from his official website: www.jamieallenrocks.com/music.html. "Against The Ceiling" is dedicated to Jani Lane, his family, and all Jani and Warrant fans around the world.

Metal Shrine Blog talked to Ted Poley recently. Topics include the 9/11 looking album cover, touring w/Kiss, earthquakes, the Greatest hits artwork, the 80´s scene in New Jersey and more: metalshrineblogg.blogspot.com/2011/09/intervju-med-ted-poley-i-danger-danger.html#links.

Guitarist Chris Lyne (Soul Doctor) will appear at this year's Musikproduktiv Hausmesse in Ibbenbüren (near Münster/Osnabrück), Germany and host some guitar workshops for his endorser Randall on November 4, 5 and 6. More information about the event can be found here: www.musik-produktiv-messe.de / www.chrislyne.com.

Italian Melodic Rockers Soul Seller are pushing the release of their debut album "Back To Life" with a video clip for the song "Wings Of Freedom" which you can watch here: youtu.be/vDMIVhcdgK8.

Statement regarding Sin City Sinners lawsuit: "As some of you may have heard The Sin City Sinners previously had an issue with the Affliction Clothing Company, related to their Sin City Sinners line of clothing. You also may have heard that a lawsuit was filed regarding this matter. The Sin City Sinners are happy to announce that they were able to amicably resolve this matter with Affliction and that this past June the lawsuit was dismissed. The Sinners have established a positive relationship with Affliction Clothing, a worldwide leader in the rock-n-roll oriented clothing industry and are happy with the results. The Sinners look forward to what the future may hold in this respect and would like to thank Brian Dziminski and Mark Smith of the law firm of Dziminski & Associates here in Las Vegas for all the work they did to help make this happen. Based on all of this, the Sinners encourage their friends and fans to visit the Affliction website at www.AfflictionClothingStore.com and check out the Sin City Sinners line of T-Shirts and hooded sweatshirts.
Thank you ~ SCS."

Sin City Sinners, often referred to as Las Vegas' favorite band is a group of prominent musicians who perform self-penned originals and rock and roll covers. What began as a weekly 'just for fun' jam at a local dive bar, evolved into standing room only shows featuring appearances by some of rocks hottest musicians and celebrities. As the bands reputation grew so did the need for larger venues and the band has become one of Vegas' top headliners.
Sin City Sinners have released two CDs of original music, Exile On Fremont Street and Broken Record. Both are available on iTunes. In 2011, the Sinners were voted "Best In Vegas" in the prestigious 2011 Las Vegas Review Journals Reader's Poll, and their music video 'Goin' To Vegas' received the 32nd Annual Telly Award. The band will also be releasing "A Sinners Christmas" CD in Nov featuring several appearances from noted special guests.
For more visit: www.facebook.com/pages/Sin-City-Sinners/141717162529765.

MRX has been updated with 4 new killer live shows. MRX Membership Details here. Today's uploads:
- Kiss - Live Detroit 9-25-2009
- Triumph - Canada Jam (Mosport Park, Ontario, 26-8-78)
- Mr. Mister - Live At The Ritz New York 23-02-1986
- Kansas - Live USA 2004

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Phil Collen, Hugh McDonald, Keith Scott, Pete Lesperance, Jeff Scott Soto, Bruno Ravel, Keith Howland, Brett Walker, and More to Appear

Nashville, Tenn. (September 27, 2011) – Mitch Malloy will be releasing Mitch Malloy II, his highly anticipated follow-up album to the RCA Records melodic rock debut, Mitch Malloy, on October 1, 2011. "For years my core fans have asked me to give them another album full of Melodic Rock and I'm proud to say that Mitch Malloy II is just that. For me, this is my real 'second album' – the true follow-up to my major label debut – the record that I've wanted to make for a long time." Mitch's core fans have always appreciated and supported his vast spectrum of work and are especially curious about the time he was tapped to replace Sammy Hagar as the lead singer of Van Halen. But these days, Mitch is living the dream and creating the music he was born to make.
In February, Mitch sequestered himself with the sole mission to take his major label debut to the next level. He reached out to his peers and the momentum began to mount. Collaborations and contributions have poured in from co-writers, acclaimed musicians and even top industry executives. Mitch teamed up with long-time friend and musical accomplice Victor Brodén to co-produce and the result is Mitch Malloy II, pure melodic rock at its best.
A dream-team of musical guests appear on Mitch Malloy II including Phil Collen (Def Leppard) who also co-wrote the song he plays on, "As Long As I'm With You." Mitch brought on Keith Scott (Bryan Adams) to co-write "Love Song" and the renowned Randy Goodrum to co-write "Take It All," a classic rock power ballad. Other featured guitarists are Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem) and Keith Howland (Chicago, Rick Springfield). And for a flash-back to the self-titled album, Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper) appears on bass and C.J. Vanston plays keys and co-wrote on Mitch Malloy II. And for a vocal treat, Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger) and Brett Walker offered their voices to the choir on "I'm The One."
And as a special surprise to Mitch, his original band from high school, "Lightening," flew in for a birthday celebration and to join the chorus.
Mitch will celebrate the launch of Mitch Malloy II during his highly anticipated return to Firefest in Nottingham, England on October 23, 2011. "I'm really looking forward to returning to Firefest and Nottingham…great event, amazing city and the fans who attend the festival are die-hard melodic rock fans. It's like a night in AOR paradise for me!"
Advance praise has already begun for Mitch Malloy II. Here's what some of the biggest names in AOR/Melodic Rock are saying:
"Man, what a voice! Power, pitch, feeling, tone…he's got it all. A great talent. Mitch's new CD is rockin'. He's never sounded better and the songs hook you the first time through." Sir Arthur Payson
"Mitch is one of the finest voices I have heard… He has it all and is a really nice guy, too. Buy this and let's get this man the attention he deserves!" Steve Lukather
"It's finally here, he's finally back…my bud and one of the finest singers/songwriters of our time, Mitch Malloy, ready to slay us with his eponymous 2nd album…of course it couldn't be released without some backing vox by yours truly, ha-ha, but I am so happy the world gets more of Mitch Malloy again, so go GET IT!" Jeff Scott Soto

Mitch Malloy II is produced by Mitch Malloy and Victor Brodén and features 12 songs all written or co-penned by Malloy. The CD is available via the Website and Facebook or iTunes. A deluxe lyric booklet will also available for download November 1, 2011 featuring commemorative photos from his European shows this fall as well as many rare archival photos.

Mitch Malloy, originally from Dickinson, North Dakota, left home after high school to pursue his musical dream in New York City. He was signed to RCA records where he released two records, Mitch Malloy and Ceilings and Walls, garnering three Top 20 hits. Mitch has continues to write songs, create his own music and perform every chance he gets. He also is an established producer and mix engineer.
WebLinks: www.MitchMalloy.com / www.facebook/mitchmalloyfans.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Mitch-Malloy-Fans/367824767907.


The latest release in the AOR Heaven Classix series (all digitally remastered, limited to 1,000 copies and featuring liner notes by Dave Reynolds) is indeed one of the ultimate West Coast AOR classics of all time: Planet 3's "Music From The Planet"! Featuring the incredible line-up consisting of Jay Graydon, Clif Magness and Glen Ballard, the album still is one of the finest and most outstanding releases of the West Coast genre ever.
Due next in late October is the much sought after second Urgent album "Thinking Out Loud", followed by the magnificent Roxus album "Night Street" (incl. the bonus track "Body Heat") due late November.
All AOR Heaven Classix releases are available through www.aorheaven.com, Cargo Records in the UK and selected retailers.


Scorpions French Fan-Club Crazyscorps has conducted an interview with former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell, who has just released his autobiography entitled "And Speaking of Scorpions". The drummer talks about his book, his chaotic beginnings with the band, the Scorpions upcoming album Comeblack and about the state of the world and his regrets as an absent father. The interview (in 3 parts) can be consulted below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfEuO-EtlFs / www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tVJP8YHwCA / www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUq6dPoNF4g.
The book is available on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Speaking-Scorpions-Autobiography-Scorpions-Rarebell/dp/1463601107/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317155789&sr=1-1.

And we have a little info on the Comeblack album, due for release November 4. I'm told the album consists of Scorpions classics newly recorded by today's line-up. Here is the artwork.

D-I-O-N Intelligent Design is an album featuring American vocalist Chandler Mogel (Outloud, Talon), British guitarist Dion Smith (formerly of Mercury Rain) and New York session drummer Charlie Zeleny (Blotted Science and Behold....The Arctopus).
D-I-O-N was formed by Dion Smith in 2010 with a view of creating something completely different. Intelligent Design comprises of heavy driving guitar riffs, melodic yet powerful vocals with a focus on synth melodies and intricate drum patterns.
The album was written and produced by Dion and has seen him writing his best songs to date. With the unique styles of Chandler and Charlie Z it has seen Dion's vision come to life in this debut album.
Check out a visual album preview on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjvlH8-VQZE.
The album is available via digital download on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and Napster and through their website, www.d-i-o-n.net. More news will be announced soon, such as the release of the physical CD, merchandise and live shows. Keep checking the website for updates!

We are pleased to announce that Danger Zone historical artistic producer Jody Gray is again on board on the Danger Zone venture and he is currently busy co-producing and writing with band singer Giacomo Gigantelli new material for the upcoming CD, planned for a 2012 release.
Jody Gray has been one of the pivotal members of "Line Of Fire" recording & producing team back in the eighties and he has worked with many major Asian artists, including Shonen Knife, E.Z.O., China and Loudness and has co-written several, multi-platinum hits in the Pacific Rim. His talents as a songwriter, composer, producer, musical director and arranger have served such disparate artists as the late Ray Charles, Grace Jones, Al Franken and Air America, Grammy winning, vocal group; New York Voices, New Orleans legend, Dr. John, Ute Lemper, David Chesky and Tony-Award winning vocalist Lillias White, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Bobbie Eakes and Women of the Calabash. Moving easily among genres, Gray has composed score and song for such feature films as Clifford's Really Big Movie (Warner Bros.), Arthur's Missing Pal (Lion's Gate), the documentary features, Death By Hanging: A Family's Pledge Of Allegiance (HBO) and the upcoming What's the Name of the Dame, as well as major Sports themes for CBS and Fox.
All musical parts and lines of the album are being produced by Roberto Priori at his Pri Studio in Bologna, where renewed AOR artists such as Michele Luppi, Killing Touch, Wheels of Fire and Perfect View, just to name a few, have seen their recent album recorded and produced. Roberto (guitars, sound engineer and producer), is thrilled to work once again with long-time friend Jody while original band members Giacomo Gigantelli (vocals) and Paolo Palmieri (drums) together with new band member Roberto Galli (bass) are excited to enter the studio early next week to record the basic tracks for the 15 demos already worked out. Stay tuned for new exciting updates from the Danger Zone camp soon!
Jody Gray's video interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnuJplkz4kY / www.dangerzoneweb.com.

Kill Devil Hill, the new project featuring acclaimed drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio) and bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down) have signed with SPV/Steamhammer. The band is rounded out by guitar slinger Mark Savon and killer vocalist Dew Bragg. Their debut album is tentatively scheduled for a March 2012 release.
Vinny Appice commented on signing to SPV and what people can expect from Kill Devil Hill: "We are a new band with the power, energy and history to stand out, create music and be successful. We are proud to be with SPV, a label with the same attitude, talent and drive!"
Bassist Rex Brown is equally excited about joining the SPV family: "It is with a great pleasure to be aboard the SPV Music Blanket. We are looking forward to a great new experience with a label that has put out many great metal records. Cheers!"
The still untitled release is being produced by Warren Riker who is best known for his work with Down, Corrosion of Conformity, Sublime, and Cathedral.
Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer/SPV) on signing Kill Devil Hill: "It`s a great pleasure to welcome Kill Devil Hill to the SPV family. It´s not only because of Rex Brown and Vinny Appice, mostly it`s because of their music and that they are a real band. Music wise they don`t neglect their past but they also give some fresh elements to our beloved music genre called Heavy Metal!"
Kill Devil Hill is currently taking a short break from the studio for a short US club tour starting October 2 in Clifton, NJ. For more info please visit: www.killdevilhillmusic.com / www.spv.de.

Damon Johnson says Brother Cane will be active in 2012. "I would like to make a new record." www.bravewords.com/news/167309.

Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell has partnered with Yahoo Music to release the music video for his new song "The Keeper." Cornell wrote and performed "The Keeper," the poignant original song for Relativity's feature film Machine Gun Preacher (directed by Marc Forster). Artist Direct said of the song, "Cornell manages to channel Bob Dylan and Robert Plant all at once in one of the best songs of his own catalog." After performing the song on The Late Show with David Letterman and making an appearance on PBS' Tavis Smiley, don't miss him performing "The Keeper" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 12th.
Released earlier this month, the Machine Gun Preacher Soundtrack is available for purchase through iTunes and Amazon. new.music.yahoo.com/videos/premieres/

Sixty Miles Ahead, a brand new rock band from Milan, are actually working on their first EP. Recordings take place at Reclab Studios near Milan, engineered by Matteo Bolzoni e Larsen Premoli. The EP "Blank Slates" consists of 5 songs of straight modern rock and will be presented in November.

Emiliano Sicilia is the Singer/Guitarist of Regardless Of Me: after releasing his solo Album ("Devotion Materialize" – Audioglobe 2006) and after releasing Two Albums with Regardless Of Me ("The World Within" – Locomotive Records 2009, "Pleasures And Fear" – Unexploded Records Sweden 2011), he's started a New Metal project, The Psychoanalyst. The sound of this New Band is more Metal, between Meshuggah, Vildhjarta and Periphery.
This is the Line Up: Emiliano Sicilia – Vocals Growls, Guitars; Enrico Cassano – Clean Vocals, Bass Guitar; Dr.Skudge – Drums, Keyboards, Programming. The band is recording a new EP, stay tuned on their facebook profile to know everything about the band: www.facebook.com/thepsychoanalyst1.

Former See Red vocalist / lead guitarist Rich Davenport is pleased to announce that his radio show this Thursday night (29 September) will feature an exclusive hour-long interview special with former Mama's Boys guitarist Pat McManus (now fronting the Pat McManus Band), which covers the band's career and features Pat's choice of songs from the their albums, along with more recent material from Pat's solo releases. The interview will go out on Thursday, 29 September, 7-8pm UK time, and you can listen online at www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=577. Says Rich, "Mamas Boys are fondly remembered by rock fans around the world, and with Pat having made a very welcome return to the music scene in the last few years, I was very keen to get him on the show! He's playing guitar better than ever and is still writing great songs!" You can also check out Pat's website at www.patmcmanus.co.uk.
Rich's Rock Show goes out every week (Thursday nights 7-8pm UK Time) on Salford City Radio, playing a mix of classic Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, AOR, Southern Rock, and lost gems from the NWOBHM era, along with new music from established and up and coming artists. You can tune in online at and all shows are available for three weeks after the first broadcast on the "Listen Again" feature at the same link above. Rich also has more interview specials lined up over the coming months, including Graham Bonnet, Kings X and Southern Rockers The Outlaws.
Rich is also working on a new melodic hard rock project with acclaimed Australian guitarist Joe Matera. Joe and Rich initially got in touch to arrange a radio interview, and on finding that they shared similar musical influences (including Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, AC/DC and UFO) and a love of twin guitar harmonies, they've started collaborating on songs for a new project which they hope to release in 2012.

Scottish vocalist Doogie White came to the attention of a worldwide audience when Ritchie Blackmore, asked him to be the lead singer in his reformed Rainbow They recorded one album "Stranger In Us All." Doogie would go on to sing with Swedish neo-classical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen for over a 6 and a half year period, record 2 albums and tour the World. Doogie has also recorded 4 albums and toured with Cornerstone and is current lead singer with TANK, who embark on selected European dates starting in August.

Doogie White is releasing his first solo album through Metal Mind Records in October. The album called As Yet Untitled, is a collection of 10 dramatic and hard hitting rock songs co- written by White and some good friends he has made over his years in rock music.
White says, "I always thought my first solo album should be called this. The journalists at Sounds and Kerrang always had a line that so and so are in the studio recording an album, as yet untitled… Well now I have actually done that. I always like to be part of a band but I found myself isolated for a short while and decided to record some of the songs that I had been working on, while either on the road or back at home. I won't sit around and wait for the phone to ring. A bored Doogie is a dangerous thing! I gathered the good and the great, companions who had travelled the world with me at various times. Friends who I knew were outstanding players and to a man and one beautiful woman they gave freely of their talents and time. I am forever in their debt."

The album was recorded in various studios in Florida, Germany, Scotland but most of the production was done in Sweden with Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall) at the helm.
"Pontus and I became great friends through our time with Yngwie. He shone a bright light on the songs with his production. He brought a certain calmness to the madness and made sure that everything that was in the song had to be there for a reason. Even when the hard drive with the initial mixes was stolen, I knew that Pontus could sort it out. I wanted to reflect the music that is closest to my heart but also throw some caution to the wind and take a few chances. But you can't step too far out of the box and why would I want to? Heavy rock music is in my makeup, always has been and always will be."

"The opening song "Come Taste the Band" was written when Ritchie asked to hear something freshly recorded before I auditioned for Rainbow. It was written and recorded in a day with Alex Dickson in the style of MK4 Deep Purple.(The one Ritchie was not in). I borrowed the title of their album, I wanted to see what he would say. He thought it a very good song, but that I was a cheeky Scotsman for doing such a thing. On the album Tony Carey plays the intro and keys and Patti Russo sings the second lead vocal. The Glenn part if you will!"
"Secret Jesus" is a curve ball and was written just after my time with Ritchie and it deliberately had no guitar solo. However on the album, Phil Hilborne throws in a stunning one in a place where I did not think it possible."
"Paul Logue and I wrote "Living on the Cheap in Style" I had been reading about David Niven and Errol Flynn living it up in 1940's Havanna and thought that's kinda the illusion of what a rock n roll lifestyle is like. You're flying all over the world staying in the best hotels, limos, sold out shows…sure some of that may be true but when you come home you still have to put out the recycling, walk the dog and tend the garden. Now that my friend is Rawk N Roll!"
"Time Machine" was again written by Paul Logue and myself. I was having my Dr Who moment. If you could go back what would you change? I try not to have dirt on the back of my shoes or dwell on the past, but I guess we all have moments when we think "What if?" Bridges get burned some get rebuilt and some just get carried by the river to the sea and float away never to be seen again. But if you could relive that moment, that secret special moment, just for one day, how magical it might be?"
"Times Like These" was the last song written for the album and started my journey down the road with Mick Tucker and Tank. I'm glad that the album "As Yet Untitled" is getting released. I held onto it as I was very busy with writing the Tank album "War Machine" amongst other commitments. There was no point in competing with myself. The time is right, right now and next year, I'll get a bunch of hairy and not so hairy rawkers and take this on the road and we will have fun and come home and be told to put the trash out!"

Captain Zen Beyond has called them "the best classic rock band around" and the album "brilliant without any weak points." The Obelisk says they "sound like fans of 70's rock creating their own riffs and grooves to universal appeal." Classic Rock Magazine has seen their brand of irreverent rock to be fitting enough for one of their cover-mounted compilation CD's. Grifter has taken the world by storm with their new self-titled album of gritty, blues-based biker rock and you need to know what the fuss is all about! Available now through the Ripple Music Store and available world-wide on October 3rthrough Clearspot International in Europe and Code 7 Distribution in the UK, Grifter is the album that will fuel every high-octane weekend party and chase away the doldrums of everyday life!
This eleven track album is the band's first full-length effort with indie rock label Ripple Music, however, Grifter's unique one-foot-in-the-gutter, sleaze rock sound first appeared on the Ripple roster with their dual contribution to the Heavy Ripples, Vol. 1 compilation released earlier this year. To fill out 2011, Grifter will be performing numerous shows throughout England, as well as preparing for a tour of UK and parts of Europe for 2012.
Confirmed live dates:
Sept 29th - The Rosr, Hounslow, London with Desert Storm, XII Boar and Strung Heavy
Sept 30th - The Purple Turtle, Camden, London with My Sleeping Karma and Steak. (London album launch)
October 7th - The Junction Underground, Plymouth with Stump Grinder and Guns Under The Table. (home town album launch)
December 2nd - The Unicorn, Camden, London with Doctor Cyclops, Stubb and one more TBA
Also available at CDBaby, Amazon.com, Ebay, and AllThatIsHeavy.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Possibly the mightiest and chock-filled issue of AOR yet, this month's issue is packed to gills with the fruitiest and most epic melodic rock bands of all stripe.
The cover story this month centres around Bon Jovi and their landmark 1986 Slippery When Wet opus. Featuring previously unpublished pictures from the album sleeve session by official band photographer Mark Weiss including token buxom bikini ladies, we investigate the making of Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi's make-or-break third album which subsequently catapulted them into superstardom.
The action continues apace via a moustachioed exclusive interview with Franke Previte of Franke & The Knockouts on the enduring legacy of his band not to mention his Oscar-winning movie theme songwriting. We of course pay our respect to recently and sadly deceased songwriter and frontman Jani Lane with an in-depth look at his life in and around Warrant.
A retrospective on folk-rock croonsters America and their dominance of the early 70s singles charts is followed up by a look at Canadian rock heroes, Coney Hatch. We also speak with Diane Warren, Bai Bang, House Of Lords, Lionville, Steve Newman and Toby Hitchcock and investigate how the enduring AOR power ballad is finding a whole new audience in the UK.
An AOR field trip UK's leading AOR gathering, Firefest ramps up the excitement and it's all polished off with all the latest new album reviews plus reports of Toto, Mötley Crüe and Chicago on the road.

This month's accompanying disc of 15 carefully-chosen AOR tracks, titled Get Your Wings featuring FM, Issa, White Widdow, Seb Bach, Riverdogs and more.
All this and much more, AOR issue 4 is on sale from September 28.
Purchase Internationally via: bit.ly/AOR4magazine_BonJovi.

This month's YouTube video promo from Frontiers Records is out now and can be viewed below:

The music and legacy of ZZ TOP - "That Little ol' Band from Texas," that has been part of the world's musical landscape for over 40 years - will be celebrated with the October 11 release of A Tribute From Friends.
The album, to be released by Show Dog-Universal Music, features 11 classic ZZ Top songs interpreted by top-flight artists working in a broad range of musical genres. All of the album's tracks have been newly recorded, specifically for the project. These include Filter's performance of "Gimme All Your Lovin'," Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' take on "Tush," as well as Wyclef Jean's "Rough Boy," "Legs" from Nickelback and Wolfmother's interpretation of "Cheap Sunglasses."
The album kicks off with "Sharp Dressed Man," from The M.O.B., Mick Fleetwood's ad hoc group that includes fellow Fleetwood Mac founder John McVie as well as Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and guitar great Jonny Lang. Fleetwood commented, "We're delighted to honor ZZ Top this way. Their legacy, like that of the original Fleetwood Mac, is steeped in the blues we all love so much. I know that Steven and Jonny feel as strongly about their legacy as John and I do."
After Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, the original--and continuing-- members of ZZ Top were informed that A Tribute From Friends was in the offing, they issued the following statement:
"When we were told there was going to be a ZZ Top tribute album a while ago and logically asked, 'Who are we paying tribute to?' Then we found out that a bunch of great artists were paying tribute to us and we were in disbelief. For the past forty or so years, all we've done is get out there and crank it and try to have a good time while doing so. To a great extent, we've succeeded since we're still having a good time so that would be reward enough for 'the same three guys playing the same three chords.' Now comes A Tribute From Friends and we're so delighted that our music resonates with these great musicians whom we so admire."

A Tribute From Friends also includes "Waitin' for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago" by Daughtry, "Got Me Under Pressure" from Duff McKagan's Loaded and Mastodon's version of "Just Got Paid." Coheed & Cambria contributed the anthemic "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" while country superstar Jamey Johnson's track is the seminal "La Grange." Of their invitation to be a part of the album, lead singer Chris Daughtry said, "We were completely honored! A classic great band with amazing songs? We're in!" And of ZZ Top's music, "It's classic! Simple chord progressions, great riffs with hooky choruses...very inspiring to a band like us." The co-executive producer of A Tribute From Friends is Carl Stubner, ZZ Top's manager, who noted, "A Tribute From Friends underscores the legacy of ZZ Top in the most musical way possible and illustrates just how important Billy, Dusty and Frank have been to successive generations. It was a privilege to work with the pantheon of brilliant artists who contributed their efforts and so much love to this project."

Since Billy, Dusty and Frank founded ZZ Top on the last day of 1969, the band has been responsible for the worldwide sale of over 50 million records highlighted by many of the very same songs heard on A Tribute From Friends as well many others including "Sharp Dressed Man," "Pearl Necklace," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," "Tube Snake Boogie" and a score of smash hit albums that include the RIAA Diamond Award winning (10 million sold) Eliminator as well as gold and platinum winners Afterburner, Fandango!, Deguello, Recycler, Antenna, El Loco, Tejas, Tres Hombres plus compilation sets. Their hit repertoire, iconic and award-winning videos and massive touring schedule has made them a favorite with audiences throughout the world and beyond – they previewed a track from their forthcoming album aboard the Soyuz space vehicle. They are recipients of the Texas Cultural Trust's 2011 Texas Medal of the Art and had previously been named "Official Texas Heroes" by the state's House of Representatives. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones in 2004 who cited the band's remarkable consistency and longevity and, first and foremost, the fact that ZZ Top is "steeped in the blues," calling them "the heartbeat of the whole country and the heartbeat of rock 'n' roll."

A Tribute From Friends - Track Listing: 1. "Sharp Dressed Man" – The M.O.B. (Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler, Jonny Lang & John McVie) 2. "Gimme All Your Lovin'" – Filter 3. "Tush" – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 4. "Legs" - Nickelback 5. "Cheap Sunglasses" – Wolfmother 6. "Got Me Under Pressure" – Duff McKagan's Loaded 7. "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" – Coheed & Cambria 8. "Just Got Paid" – Mastodon 9. "Rough Boy" – Wyclef Jean 10. "Waitin' for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago" – Daughtry 11. "La Grange" – Jamey Johnson.

From: www.news.com.au: "THE rock-and roll lifestyle of the former frontman of a 1980s "big-hair and leather" Australian rock band almost saw him go to jail today for large-scale drug production and possession. Kings of the Sun lead singer Jeffrey "Jeff'' Graham Hoad was before the Brisbane Supreme Court for growing and possessing more than 6kg of marijuana at his Gold Coast home just before Christmas in 2009. Lawyers for Hoad said the "old rocker's'' heady days of "southern fried boogie'' and heavy metal had passed him by and he had been left -- at the age 50 -- in a position where he had been forced but struggling to "rejoin the adult world''. Hoad's former band, which had an Australian Top 20 single with their debut single Bottom of My Heart/Bad Love in 1986, lost their chance at international fame and fortune during a controversial incident supporting US rockers Guns and Roses in 1988.
The band was famously kicked off stage during a support gig with Guns and Roses at the Sydney Entertainment Centre when Hoad dropped his pants and made disparaging remarks about the then popular international heavy metal stars.
Prosecutor Stacey Coker today said Hoad was found in possession of numerous marijuana plants being grown by way of a sophisticated hydroponic system inside rooms of his Gold Coast home. Ms Coker said police, during a raid of Hoad's house on December 23, also found a bucket in the kitchen containing almost 1kg of dried cannabis. Solicitor Bill Potts, for Hoad, said his client had long lived the drug-fuelled rock-and-roll lifestyle, which ended when fashion and music tastes changed and left him without an audience, a band or a future.
Mr Potts, quoting Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, told the court: "(Hoad was) too old to rock and roll, but too young to die. At the age of 50 ... (Hoad has been forced to) rejoin the adult world.''
Hoad, who was 48 at the time of his arrest, today pleaded guilty to one count each of producing and possessing marijuana, possessing equipment, such as scales, clip-sealed bags and hydroponic equipment, used in connection with drugs and stealing electricity. Ms Coker said Hoad had arranged to have electricity supplied to his house other than via his Energex metered source, in a bid to avoid detection by police regarding his drug production operation. Justice Jean Dalton sentenced Hoad to a wholly suspended 12-month prison term.

The word came out last week that Guns N' Roses would be touring the US starting next month. We can now announce that Buckcherry will be joining Guns N' Roses as direct support on the trek for the following dates:
10/28 - Orlando – Amway Center
10/29 – Miami – American Airlines Arena
10/31 – Greenville - Bi–Lo Center
11/2 – Atlanta – Philips Arena
11/4 – Houston – Toyota Center
Buckcherry's most recent album, 2010's 'All Night Long,' was produced by the band and featured hit singles 'It's a Party' and the infectious title track, plus 'Our World,' a song that aided people effected by the BP oil spill. "I can't think of a cooler way to wrap up the 'All Night Long' tour, a Buckcherry/Guns N' Roses tour has been a long time coming," said guitarist Keith Nelson.
Earlier this year Buckcherry joined Shaq and Betty White in donating their voices, time and talents to share the facts about the child abuse epidemic in a fun but thought-provoking PSA for Child Help: www.childhelp.org/pages/hope.
NewsLink: www.noisecreep.com/2011/09/27/buckcherry-to-join-guns-n-roses-on-upcoming-tour/

In conjunction with ARfm, American Melodic Rockers Line Of Fire and Tribunal Records are launching a special offer in honor of its most loyal UK fanbase. Beginning now, Line Of Fire's 2nd album 'Momentum' is being offered internationally for $13.99 with Free Global Shipping Direct From The Band!! That's right, regardless of where you live in this great, big world, you can get 'Momentum' directly from Line Of Fire and Tribunal Records with FREE SHIPPING!
Says the band: "To make a very long, convoluted story as short as possible, we had some missteps and mishappenings with our distributor, which were completely out of Tribunal's control, at the time of original release. As an unfortunate result our album was by and large not available at all to our non-American brothers and sisters. We only found this out, as did Tribunal Records, way after the fact. You can read the full story here, if you'd like: www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/how-three-indie-labels-took-over-a-failing-1005358962.story
So, we took matters into our own hands, went to the label, and they more than graciously agreed to offer FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING outside of the USA! Many thanks to ARfm, Steve Price, Paul Nicholls, and all of our global fans who have shown us love and support these many years! We apologize to all the international fans who contacted us not being able to get the album through their normal channels. This one's for you, we hope it helps!"

'Momentum' was released in Aug2010 received a 90/100 from Andrew McNeice @ MelodicRock.com as well as glowing reviews from Fireworks magazine and HardRockHaven.net, and SleazeRoxx.com. You can view the "Making Of Momentum" documentary here: vimeo.com/13801476.
To order your copy of 'Momentum' with free global shipping, go here: tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/line-of-fire-momentum-arfm-special-deal.

Today sees the release of the highly anticipated new studio album from legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Hackett. Entitled Beyond the Shrouded Horizon, the album is a deeply profound and mystical, yet heartfelt and spellbinding, progressive rock record which will seduce the listener. It marks another step on the enthralling journey we are taking with Hackett as he makes sense of his life through music. The album strikes a joyous note while remaining a fascinating and deeply personal affair.
As Hackett says: "For all you restless souls out there, tighten your seatbelts and join me at full throttle on a ride from the shores of Loch Lomond to the Rings of Saturn." Coinciding with the release of "Beyond the Shrouded Horizon", GuitarWorld.com, the only home of Guitar World Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the first disc of the album.
Listen to the album at: www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-steve-hackett-streaming-new-album-beyond-shrouded-horizon.
Beyond the Shrouded Horizon Track Listing 1. Loch Lomond 2. The Phoenix Flown 3. Wanderlust 4. Til These Eyes 5. Prairie Angel 6. A Place Called Freedom 7. Between The Sunset And The Coconut Palms 8. Waking To Life 9. Two Faces Of Cairo 10. Looking For Fantasy 11. Summer's Breath 12. Catwalk 13. Turn This Island Earth Bonus CD 1. Four Winds: North 2. Four Winds: South 3. Four Winds: East 4. Four Winds: West 5. Pieds En L'Air 6. She Said Maybe 7. Enter The Night 8. Eruption: Tommy 9. Reconditioned Nightmare.
For more information please check: www.hackettsongs.com / www.myspace.com/stevehackett / www.insideoutmusic.com.

(27 September 2011 - Los Angeles, CA) Scottsdale, AZ based guitar hero, Byron Nemeth, plans to commemorate Jimi Hendrix's burial date of Oct. 1 1970 during his appearance at LA Amp Show Oct. 1 and 2.
Nemeth will be heading to the roof of the Airtel Plaza Hotel at approximately 4:20 pm to play The Star Spangled Banner as performed by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and to light a guitar on fire in Hendrix memory. "Honoring Hendrix by replicating his very controversial rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner on electric guitar is the most important political rock statement that needs to be done today to wake people up to new music," says Nemeth. "This delivery of screaming guitar and ballistic feedback will shock and inspire listeners to a new vision of what modern rock should be instead of the watered down corporate drivel we have been forced feed in recent years."
Byron will be representing Moore Amps and the company's new model Mooresound 1013 Amp Class A 20 Watt Single Channel All Tube Amplifier throughout the weekend.
Relevant links: www.byronnemeth.com / www.mooresound.com / www.airtelplaza.com / www.ampshow.com.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A nice round up of activities from today's Chickenfoot Newsletter: "Hello people of the Foot! We hope you all have your calendars marked for tomorrow's release of the new Chickenfoot album "III" and the FREE LIVE WEBCAST that will be broadcast online to all corners of the 'net! Tune in to chickenfoot.us to watch the special concert, which will be followed by a very special Q&A session with the band. We'll be taking questions during the webcast, as well as via email to questions@chickenfoot.us.
Again, to watch, just point your web browser to at chickenfoot.us at 6pm Pacific time on Tuesday. We will be broadcasting live from Bob Weir's cutting edge TRI Studios in Marin, CA and for the best experience we recommend you check out TRI Studios' handy user guide before showtime.
There is also still time to pre-order your copy of "III" at the iTunes store at itunes.com/chickenfoot and be among the first to receive it!

Road Test Shows Announced - The following limited road test shows will be happening in the first week of November. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for pre-sale information in the next week!
November 1 - San Francisco, CA
November 2 - Los Angeles, CA
November 4 - St. Louis, MO
November 5 - Chicago, IL
November 8 - New York, NY

Have you been watching the Chickenfoot III Podcast series? What about the EPK? Chad Smith's "handing of the sticks" to Kenny Aronoff? No? Well check them all here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK9QFQl1TpY&fs=1&autoplay=1&hd=1."

Press Release / "Actually, the front man of classic rock band Foreigner is so much more than that. But when you hear those amazing vocals and see him rock an audience into a frenzy with his stage and musical performance - You know for sure Kelly Hansen is that singer in a rock & roll band who's just loving his music and living his dream.
"I learned long ago that I don't have to sing every note I know to impress people - It's all about the song, it's not about you," says Hansen. Speaking with Hansen, now on a successful Journey-Foreigner-Night Ranger tour performing to sold-out arenas across the country, it's easy to see the passion and serious commitment to Foreigner in this intelligent and talented front man.
"I get compared a lot to Lou Gramm; it comes with the territory," Hansen comments. "I made a connection with Mick, who is such a vast talent of accomplishment and high standards, and great to work with. I can do my best with someone like that - because I know he's not going to accept second best."

Kelly Hansen & Foreigner Talk About Acoustique:
On the Music: "I've never been told how to sing the Foreigner songs. My philosophy is that when doing a song live I like to do it the way I learned it on the radio. When something is so well written with such a great melody - why change it? The reality -- that is my preference. I'm not trying to impress people. A lot of people in their teens or early 20s have parents turn them on to Foreigner music. Then, once they start listening they see that there's a lot of great, deep music."
On working with Mick: "It's an incredible experience working with such a talented individual. I haven't often had this experience on stage...but when I look next to me - No matter what, I know he's been there and knows what to do. He comes from same school and gives it full out - performing great music."
On the Career: "It's a magical thing. It's something very precious that I have. I started singing at 17 when a friend who carried around his guitar asked me to sing with him on the beach. I was attracted more to the grittier stuff, and I loved R&B and pop. Toward the end of the metal era I landed with Hurricane, and we made great music. Grunge came in and then I took time to expand my skills as producer, as song writer, and even just sitting it out for a while. But frankly metal wasn't my thing - Foreigner in fact is the kind of band I would have been in if not for Hurricane."
Just a Singer in a Rock & Roll Band: "Being "just a singer" in an iconic band like Foreigner. Well, it's kind of like coming home for me. It feels right. It's a good fit. And I'm having a blast - a little like a sports team, when every night you get beat up a little. But then when you win the game, well, it's amazing."

New from 7th heaven - the single Sing, from the brand new album Pop Media:

A new interview has been posted today on national news site Examiner.com with Saxon's Biff Byford, with his thoughts on the band's new album and tour, the Big 4, Metallica, and Elton John! www.examiner.com/music-q-a-in-national/q-a-with-biff-byford-of-saxon-on-call-to-arms.

Steve Cirvello did an interview on his radio show back in April with Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer to promote his book. It runs about 24 minutes: hear here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMLyQGsRbRM.

The latest episode in the webisode series Lesson Alley, features bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth. The episode can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcEKpILgvrM&feature=autoshare.
Megadeth filmed a video on Saturday (September 17) in Santa Clarita, California for the band's the new single, "Public Enemy No. 1". The clip was shot on a movie set where old Westerns are filmed. Bassist David Ellefson states, "We have never shot a video like this before; there's actually animals in the movie and that's all we can say."
"Public Enemy No. 1" was released last week digitally via iTunes. The song comes off Megadeath's new album, "Th1rt3en", which is scheduled for release on November 1 via Roadrunner Records.
"Th1rt3en" marks the recorded return of bassist David Ellefson who was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band's legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002's "Rude Awakening".

From: www.stuff.co.nz / Inxs has unveiled Irish singer/songwriter Ciaran Gribbin as its new frontman. Gribbin, from Belfast, has worked with artists including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Snow Patrol. The band recently unveiled a demo recording with Gribbin entitled Tiny Summer, co-written by Andrew Farriss and Gribbin. Farriss said he "felt magic" again when writing Tiny Summer with Gribbin.
"I'm currently writing more songs for INXS with Gribbin, and we as a band hope to share more new music with you all as soon as possible," Farriss said in a statement.
"It's all so amazing and sometimes overwhelming, especially when I look up and see that my writing partner is one of the greatest songwriters of our time," Gribbin said.
Previous frontman JD Fortune, who won his place in the band in 2005 through US TV talent show Rock Star: INXS, was let go by the band in 2009. He was one of a number of artists to perform with the band since charismatic frontman Michael Hutchence died in 1997. INXS will record new material with Gribbin for a new studio album.
The band will hit the road for shows this November and December in South America and Europe and also play in Perth on December 3.

Massive Reviews update today. Please take some time to read through them all and make required notes! Also consider paying extra attention to the smaller reviews - smaller only due to time constraints, but some very worthy releases worth investigating there also.

Reviews added for: House Of Lords, White Widdow, Sebastian Bach, Xorigin, Foreigner, John Parr, Bulletboys, Elevener, Uriah Heep, David Mark Pearce, Tesla, 7th Heaven, Notorious, Shinedown, FireHouse, Kingdom Come, Lechery, Ilium, Hell In The Club, Anthony, Xoch, The Cars, DDrive, Nazareth, Logan, Jan Holberg, Lady Macbeth, Smilek, Skill In Veins, Overdrive, China, Amaze Me, LA Guns, Dust And Bones and Sargeant Steel.
And still more to come! Check out the new Reviews.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Royal Hunt's new album (estimated release - Dec 2011, Frontiers Records) has been titled Show Me How to Live¯ and will contain these following tracks: One More Day – Another Man Down – An Empty Shell ll – Half Past Loneliness – Hard Rain's Coming – Show Me How to Live – Angels Gone. The band described new material as "highly melodic with rich, lush arrangements and stellar production"¯ which should please fans of neoclassical yet progressive music. Featuring DC Cooper on vocals.

J.R. Blackmore & Friends Voices (Release 21.10.2011) Distribution: Hart Musik
Voices / Victorious Artist: Markus Engelstädter (u.a. flash queen coverband, musicals) - Destructive Mania Artist: Cathrine Jauer (First Child, Cat) Devil In Disguise / Guardian Angel Artist: Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia, Hartmann, At Vance) - Jeckyll & Hyde / We Are Rock`N`Roll Artist: Dave Esser (OpusDavi, Schattenspieler) - Nanshu Artist: Ela (Ela Rocks, EBC Roxx) - Incomplete / Beethoven Artist: Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart, MB).
Musicans / J.R. Blackmore Guitar (Iron Angel, J.R.Blackmore Group, EBC Roxx, Over The Rainbow), Paul Morris Keyboard (Nena, Doro, Ritchie Blackmore`s Rainbow, Over The Rainbow), Danny Miranda Bass (Queen, Meat Loaf), Charlie Zeleny Drums.
Album Samples, click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdQPbXNS92E.

Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna will appear on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, September 26th, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, or stream live at WHUS.org.
Caffeine Bomb is hosted by Roger Lotring, an author and freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the pages of Metal Hammer, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Revolver, Shock Wave, Zero and Burn magazines, and at ESPN.com and CMJ.com.
Roger is the co-author of "Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics". He is also the author of various CD liner notes, including the Motley Crue box set, "Music to Crash Your Car To, Volume 2."
91.7 WHUS is a commercial-free college and community-based radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut. For more information, visit Facebook or WHUS.org.

The Paul Samson back Catalogue 1984-2002 will be available on iTunes and other download sites on Monday 26th September 2011. Titles:
Joint Forces, Thank You And Goodnight, Empire Live At The Marquee, 1988, Refugee, Nineteen Ninety-Three, Burning Emotion, Past, Present And Future, Test Of Time, There And Back, Live in London 2000, The Blues Nights (unfortunately less 4 tracks due to licensing issues), Live At Mildenhall 1982 3 track EP, The Early Singles (1st 3 singles A&B sides), The Two Lightning singles with Clive Burr, and the Lazer single with Thunderstick, Before The Storm (US and Canada only) plus bonus tracks, as per the 2001 CD release.
WebLinks: www.paulsamson.co.uk / www.facebook.com/paulsamsonarchive.

September 25, 2011 - Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Fates Warning, Riot, Sebastian Bach, Halford) has posted additional Arch/Matheos drum cam studio footage, recorded at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT, on his YouTube channel. 'Any Given Day' and 'On The Fence' off the group's newly released 'Sympathetic Resonance' album can be viewed at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOoWNzPpO9A.
Arch/Matheos recently completely shooting a promotional video for the song 'Midnight Serenade' with director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (Devin Townsend, Helmet, In This Moment) in New Haven, CT. 'Sympathetic Resonance' debuted at #13 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and at #36 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart and has also hit the international charts at #27 in Germany, #67 in Austria, and #78 in Switzerland.
Arch/Matheos which features original Fates Warning vocalist John Arch along with current Fates members Jim Matheos on guitar, Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar, have been confirmed for the 15th edition of Germany's Keep It True festival, set to take place April 27-28, 2012 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Kunigshofen. The group's setlist will include early Fates Warning material performed live for the first time in Europe with Arch on vocals.
Bobby Jarzombek online: www.bobbyjarzombek.com / www.youtube.com/bobbyjarzombektv.

Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel (Sixx A.M., Vivian Campbell, Paul Gilbert) has posted drum footage of three classic Cooper tracks, 'Billion Dollar Babies', 'Muscle of Love', and 'Halo of Flies', on his YouTube channel.
'Billion Dollar Babies': www.youtube.com/watch?v=UduEpJqcxxw
'Muscle Of Love': www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWX8GYnTsU4
'Drum Solo - Halo Of Flies': www.youtube.com/watch?v=svQvYwMG_L0
The clips were recorded during Alice Cooper's U.S. summer leg of the 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' tour as well as the band's recent intimate show at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA. Cooper's live band includes Sobel, long-time bassist Chuck Garric (L.A. Guns, Dio), and the three-pronged guitar assault of Steve Hunter (David Lee Roth, Meat Loaf), Tommy Henriksen (Warlock, P.O.L.), and Orianthi (Michael Jackson).
Currently under way in Australia, the 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' tour is slated to run through mid December 2011. For exact tour dates visit: alicecooper.com/tour-terror.

Friday, September 23, 2011

MelodicRock Records is extremely excited to announce a new partnership with Alliance Entertainment for full and exclusive distribution of all MelodicRock Records titles in the United States.

Alliance Entertainment is the largest single source of home entertainment products in the USA, with accurate, timely order fulfillment from a major centralized distribution center. The center totals over 400,000 square feet and contain state-of-the-art material handling automation.
In total, Alliance Entertainment's services over 15,000 storefronts and shipped over five million individual consumer orders through its Consumer Direct Fulfillment business.

This agreement with Alliance will allow MRR titles to be available to all CD retailers; specialist online outlets and mail-order companies across the USA.
For the first time, American rock fans will be able to request MelodicRock Records titles at retail stores and have the store order them in, or keep them as part of their regular inventory.

I encourage all fans that have a favourite outlet to request MRR titles for their stores and help spread the word about this new distribution deal. Several promotions will be put in place over the coming months to lift awareness of all MRR titles.

To date, MelodicRock Records has released 10 titles. They are:

MRR001 - Jimi Jamison & Jim Peterik - Extra Moments
MRR002 - Fenrik Lane - 317
MRR003 - All I Know - Vanity Kills
MRR004 - Degreed - Life, Love, Loss
MRR005 - Violet Sun - Loneliness In Supremacy
MRR006 - Infinity - Infinity
MRR007 - Andreas Novak - Novakation
MRR009 - Taxxi - Traxx
MRR010 - Riverdogs - World Gone Mad
MRR011 - Chris Antblad - Century

Retail Stores, online specialists and other CD sellers are encouraged to contact Alliance Entertainment to place orders for any MRR titles – old or new.
MelodicRock Records will release these titles via Alliance Entertainment on October 11.

Any retailers interested in carrying Melodic Rock titles who are not currently accounts of Alliance Entertainment, please contact Mark Groshong at +1 954 255 4000, extension 1082, or by email at mark.groshong@aent.com.

Coming up next will be:

MRR008 – Working Class Dogs - A Tribute to Rick Springfield (November)

WebLinks: www.melodicrockrecords.com.

At the same time MelodicRock Records is just as excited to finally announce local Australian distribution for all of the above listed releases via Rocket Distribution.
Local Australian stores and specialist outlets will be able to order MRR titles by contacting Rocket at: www.rocket.com.au.


Taken from the album Kimball / Jamison out on Frontiers Records. Release date: Europe: October 14 2011 - North America: October 18.

Four new Rock Candy titles - available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price of £10.99 each for the next two weeks ending on 9th October.

Vandenberg 'S/T CANDY105 / Recorded in England at Jimmy Page's studio, located on the banks of the River Thames, and produced by Stuart Epps, this album boasts a fine selection of melodic hard rock, with the emphasis on consummate songwriting, exceptional arrangements, exemplary vocals (from Bert Heerink) and, of course, Adrian's blistering guitar work. The beauty of this album lies in the quality of the material. Tracks such as 'Your Love Is In Vain' and 'Wait' sparkle with an electricity that sets the band apart. Of course it's the power Ballard 'Burning Heart' that takes all the honours, a track that reached the top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.
With cover artwork designed by Adrian himself, the album, originally released in 1982, is a peach of a record that still cuts right to the chase nearly thirty years later. No wonder David Coverdale invited Adrian to join what would become the most successful version of Whitesnake producing their mega successful '1987' album.
This is the newly remastered Rock Candy Edition features a 12 page full colour booklet, previously unseen photos, new interview with Adrian and a 3,500 word essay about the making of the record.
Track List: 1. Your Love Is In Vain 2. Back On My Feet 3. Wait 4. Burning Heart 5. Ready For You 6. Too Late 7. Nothing To Lose 8. Lost In A City 9. Out In The Streets.

Electric Angels 'S/T' CANDY114 / The Electric Angels were, at the time, just another name in the glam rock ring albeit with an intriguing past, having evolved from seminal glam act Candy, an act that sold zilch but turned every hip-head in Los Angeles. Signed to Atlantic Records and based in New York City, they set about crafting an album, originally released in 1990, produced by none other than Tony Visconti, a master mover and shaker who had previously guided the music of David Bowie and Marc Bolan.
In an effort to soak up the original English glam rock vibe the album was recorded in London and remains a testament to their killer vision; a healthy dose of free-form Mott The Hoople diving head-long into the beer soaked energy of prime time Faces. It was a coup d'etat of the finest order, giving birth to one of the most impressive glam rock albums of the era.
This is the newly remastered Rock Candy Edition features a 16 page full colour booklet, previously unseen photos, new interviews with the band and a 3,500 word essay about the making of the record.
Track List: 1. I Believe 2. Live In The City 3. Rattlesnake Kisses 4. Head Above Water 5. Dangerous Drug 6. True Love And Other Fairy Tales 7. Last Girl On Earth 8. Home Sweet Homicide 9. Cars Crash 10. All The Money 11. Whiplash 12. The Drinking Song.


Buck Dharma 'Flat Out' CANDY101 / Chief amongst the Blue Oyster Cult's quota of superiority was songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Buck Dharma, the man responsible for writing their most popular track, the seminal '(Don't Fear) The Reaper'. With time on his hands between B.O.C. albums, Buck set about recording his, so far, only solo album, the sagely titled 'Flat Out'. Typical of Dharma's quirky sense of place, the songs and musicianship take no single direction, the contents spewing out like a multitude of strangely compatible styles.
Aided and abetted by a number of grade-A musicians, including members of B.O.C., Foghat and Alice Cooper's original band, 'Flat Out', originally issued in 1982, confounded those who heard it first time around but has since gone on to attain, er, cult appeal to rival the best work of the mothership, with its seasoned vibe that only gets better with both age and familiarity. Truly one of the most revealing and fascinating records to have emerged from the hallowed halls of that mysterious enigma known as the B.O.C.
This is the newly remastered Rock Candy Edition features a 16 page full colour booklet, previously unseen photos, new interview with Buck and a 3,500 word essay about the making of the record.
Track List: 1. Born To Rock 2. That Summer Night 3. Cold Wind 4. Your Loving Heart 5. Five Thirty-Five 6. Wind Weather And Storm 7. All Tied Up 8. Anwar's Theme 9. Come Softly To Me.

Angel City 'Face To Face' CANDY111 / An AC/DC connection was crucial to the Angel's story, in more ways than just musical. It was Bon Scott and Malcolm Young who recommended the band to their record label, Albert Productions, who signed them in 1975. Developing a musical swagger built on the riff hungry shuffle of AC/DC's finest moments, the band soon carved out a following that sent their domestic releases skyrocketing up the charts. Signing worldwide to Epic Records in 1980, the band's first foray into the great wide open was 'Face To Face', a compilation of the best tracks lifted from two domestic releases.
Sure, the music is brittle and deeply indebted to AC/DC's uncompromising raucous boogie but the twist in the tale is the band's lyrical component. Front man Doc Neeson's hypnotic story telling formed the backbone of a style that caught the imagination and propelled them to success on stages from London to Los Angeles. 'Face To Face' remains one of the greatest and most enduring albums of the era.
This is the newly remastered Rock Candy Edition featuring a 16 page full colour booklet, previously unseen photos, new interview with the band set in a 3,500 word essay about the making of the record.
Track List: 1. Take A Long Line 2. Marseilles 3. After The Rain 4. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? 5. Shadow Boxer 6. Comin' Down 7. Out Of The Blue 8. Can't Shake It 9. Waiting For The World 10. No Exit.


Foreigner have been touring across America, in the package deal with Night Ranger and Journey. But sadly, guitarist Mick Jones has missed a number of dates through illness. While the exact nature of his illness has not been disclosed, I did get an update from management today: "Thank you for enquiring about Mick's health. He is recovering well and we expect him to be back with us soon."
That's great news for fans and the band - I will keep in touch with the band to confirm Mick's return.

Van Halen on tour in 2012 was going to keep train-wreck watchers busy, now there's also Guns N Roses to watch too. It promises to be an interesting year ahead. GNR tour info via Rolling Stone: www.rollingstone.com/music/news/guns-n-roses-announce-more-cities-for-u-s-tour-20110921.

The Sweet Sounds Rockfest is set for Saturday October 15 at Club 21 Rocks in St. Louis Missouri. At Press time bands confirmed are: Strikeforce, Lynch, Matt and The City Limits, Drivin Rain, The Air On Everest, Tom Fuller Band, Counterfeit Diary, Salvage, 13 A-Cross and Magic Man.
The Sweet Sounds Rockfest will be coming to another city next year! Bands interested in playing and potential sponsors please contact - www.sweetsounds.us. Click on poster for full-size version.

Sep 23, 2011 - Birmingham, AL – Guitarist Damon Johnson (www.damonjohnson.com) will be playing guitar and sharing stage with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Jeff Beck on lead guitar, Randy Jackson on bass, Tal Wilkenfeld on bass and Marti Frederikson on drums for iHeartRadio in Las Vegas, Saturday, September 24. Tune in to hear a special guest bass player on the first song.
iHeartRadio (www.iheartradio.com/vegas/artists.html) is the biggest live music event in radio history. The artist line-up includes Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesney, Lady GaGa, The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars, Rascal Flatts, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, and many others.
Johnson is best known as vocalist and guitarist in Brother Cane, guitar player for Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper. Johnson has also been the vocalist and guitar player in Slave To The System (featuring Queensryche drummer, Scott Rockenfield), and a member of country rock vocal group, Whiskey Falls.
The Lowry Agency is a full service artist management/development and promotions agency. Primarily they work with musicians, actors, speakers, voice over artists, entertainment companies, music coordination/supervision for film and TV as well as MMA promotions. The Lowry Agency helps clients to meet and exceed their business goals.
More information about The Lowry Agency can be found at www.thelowryagency.com.

For one night only, on Tuesday November 1st at 7:30pm, participating Vue Cinemas will screen Black Country Communion's debut concert film Live Over Europe in high definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Black Country Communion is the Anglo-American rock group featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater).
"Live Over Europe" was filmed using 14 HD cameras during BCC's first ever world tour in the summer of 2011. Recorded across three nights in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, the band's set includes 18 songs taken from both of BCC's albums; 2010's eponymous debut, and 2011's follow-up album release "2".
This one-night-only rock and roll cinema experience includes an exclusive filmed introduction from all four members of Black Country Communion, read the full press release here.
By pre–booking tickets via www.myvue.com/bcc, fans who attend each of the 16 participating cinemas, will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a guitar signed by the band.

MRX has been updated once again, the following new features have been added:
- Metallica - And Justice For All Demos (13 Tracks)
- LA Guns - Hollywood Rehearsal 1997 (12 Tracks)
- Ratt - Demos & Rare Recordings (15 Tracks)
- Motley Crue - 1999 Aug 14 Devore, CA (14 Tracks)
MRX Membership Details.

One of the biggest Reviews updates of 2011 will be added to the site early next week. Over 35 reviews - full, in-brief and mini...
New CD Showcases to be added also and an audio preview of the long awaited Rick Springfield Tribute Album.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Escape Music are pleased to announce the long awaited solo debut for Heartland/The Distance/Virginia Wolf vocalist Chris Ousey. The album Rhyme & Reason will be released across Europe November 11.
Track List: 1- Mother of Invention, 2- Motivation, 3- To Break a Heart, 4- Bleeding heart, 5- A Chemical high, 6- Give me Shelter, 7- The Reason Why, 8- Any Other day, 9- Don't Wanna Dance, 10- Watch this space, 11- By any Other name, 12- A Natural Law.
All songs are written by Chris Ousey and Tommy Denander. Produced and Mixed by: Mike Slamer. Co-Produced by: Tommy Denander and Mastered by: Christoph Stickel at MSM-Studios Germany.
The Band: Chris Ousey – Vocals; Mike Slamer – Guitars and Keyboards (City Boy/Streets/Seventh Key/Steelhouse Lane); Tommy Denander – Guitar and keyboards (Radioactive/Robin Beck/Spin Gallery); Neil Murray – Bass (Whitesnake/Gary Moore) and Gregg Bisonette – Drums (Dave Lee Roth/Ringo Starr); Backing vocals: Billy Trudel and Kristoffer Lagerström.

Chris Ousey's career goes from strength to strength. His first main achievement was with Polygram recording artists "Monroe" with guitarist Gary Sharpe, but Chris never made it to the album as he was snatched in the pre-production stages by John Bonham's son, Jason, for his new band of the moment, Virginia Wolf. The band notched up 250,000 album sales between two records in the form of their self titled debut (produced by Queen's Roger Taylor) and "Push" (produced by Keith Olsen).
Most will associate Chris with the band "Heartland" which was actually formed by Chris with Gary Sharpe and their self titled debut on A & M Records in the early nineties was produced by James "Jimbo" Barton. Since then Chris has notched up 10 releases with Heartland, and recently "Best of (ESM221) is a great reminder of the work he has done over the years.
Nicknamed by the press as "The Man with the Golden Tonsils" Chris has always been loved by the rock audience, simply because of his amazing voice and his uncanny vocal range. So, for the first time we have a solo album from the man himself, and are we all in for a treat. Produced by none other than the famous Mike Slamer, "Rhyme and Reason" is a superb slice of melodic hard rock that will have you singing every chorus after the first spin. Songs Like "Mother of Invention" (available as a Digital download on 5th October) and "The Reason Why" are two great examples of songs from the album, but there is not one single weak track here. Chris has a knack of writing great lyrics and with Tommy Denander writing the music then it is a match made in heaven….and just wait till you hear the collaboration of two great guitarists Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander and the combination is just pure magical!!
Rhyme and Reason is a great album and highlights just how Chris has matured over the last two decades.
LabelLink: www.Escape-Music.com.

Time to talk about this Queen Extravaganza. What do you think folks? The idea has been around for roughly four years, with the idea of the band using various well-known and established names to fill the vocalist and bassist roles, with drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May joining them on a full-scale tour. Given the right personnel, that could work.
But it seems the idea has now degenerated into simply a reality online/TV idea, eventually churning out a "tribute band", with unknown names performing the classic Queen tracks after being chosen by Taylor and May. It seems much of the band's Facebook followers don't like the idea - and nor do I. This is precisely what Kiss have hinted at over the years - a band without any original members. But Queen beating them to the idea seems nothing short of sacrilegious. I see a Queen Circus, not an Extravaganza.

You can already view some auditions via: www.youtube.com/user/QueenExtravaganza. There is one outstanding one posted, but as you can see, there are also a few tragic ones posted, proving that the formula being used here is nothing different than the freak-show audition process shows like Idol and X-Factor offer up. The audition process will be online until such time as "the highly anticipated Live Final", held in Los Angeles, where finalists will be judged by the official Queen Extravaganza panel, fronted by Roger Taylor. The 10 final contestants, and possible 'wild-cards', will perform LIVE as part of the band in front of Roger and the panel.

Here's the official press release -

Imagine performing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in front of members of Queen or belting out 'We Are The Champions' in front of a packed-out venue… it could just happen.
This is the real life, not just fantasy.
The names Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon are synonymous with rock 'n' roll. And now you too could add your name to that list…
As part of this year's celebration of Queen's 40th anniversary, Queen drummer/songwriter/singer Roger Taylor is launching an American talent search that will offer "s**t hot vocalists and musicians" the opportunity to star in the Queen Extravaganza Live Tour. Auditions begin September 19th here at www.queenextravaganza.com and the tour, booked by powerhouse agency CAA, launches in 2012.
"The Queen Extravaganza will not be a traditional tribute show," says Taylor. "It's a brand-new show specially designed to enable fans to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart-stopping event."
The Queen Extravaganza will bring the glorious music and live experience of Queen to a new generation of fans in cities across America in 2012.
"It's going to be spectacular" says Taylor. "It's going to be very visual, there are going to be some shocks and some tremendous surprises. It will be a rock celebration in the royal tradition."
Beginning September 19th, Taylor will launch an American talent search via this site, www.queenextravaganza.com, to find players for a 5-piece band and three vocalists who will carry the tour. Taylor is fully hands-on in the creation of The Extravaganza, taking the role of producer and music director.
Coming on board to ensure the touring show will match the design and excitement of Queen at its best will be such rock tour heavyweights as stage designer Mark Fisher (U2, AC/DC, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Cirque de Soleil) and lighting designer Rob Sinclair (Adele, Vampire Weekend, Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel), and for the auditions, Roger Taylor and a panel of renowned musicians.
The audition process involves two video audition rounds to be judged by both a panel of appointed judges and the public. Taylor will be present to judge the final audition round, which will be held live in Los Angeles in early December. In addition, VEVO, the world's leading music video and entertainment platform, will unveil exclusive content from each audition round as well as The Queen Extravaganza finals.
Auditions are open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, bass players and keyboard players.
Taylor, a man whose drum skills and songwriting talents have contributed to over 300 million record sales and over 700 live concerts in every part of the world, says: "There are great musicians everywhere, and this is a really exciting challenge for us to try and unearth some of those musicians from the US."

And from The Guardian Newspaper UK -

"Roger Taylor has announced plans for an official Queen tribute band. The group's drummer is recruiting "great-looking guys" for Queen Extravaganza, a touring retrospective that will combine archive footage, celebrity cameos, and faithful renditions of the band's best-known songs. "Let's face it," Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine, "we're getting a little long in the tooth, but there are an awful lot of tribute bands, some of them good, some of them not good." Inspired by a poster he saw in Norfolk, Taylor hopes to start a "never ending" Queen tribute tour, keeping the band's music alive with performances by young lookalikes. "I'm quite convinced that there are tens of thousands of kids, of really talented people, in their bedrooms around the world playing drums, guitar, and singing," he said. "And I want to find some of those people."
Until recently, Queen didn't need an official tribute act – they were still touring themselves. But although Taylor and guitarist Brian May played together as recently as last week, the days of load-ins and soundchecks are probably behind them. "We can still do it, but I don't really think I want to travel around the world doing it any more," Taylor said. Their team-up with Paul Rodgers, who stood in for Freddie Mercury, was always conceived as "a temporary thing". "I think that phase is finished now," Taylor said, though they may reunite for "something special" such as the London Olympics.
For now, auditioning for Queen Extravaganza is your best bet for getting close to Taylor or May. Prospective Bohemian Rhapsodists can upload their auditions to queenextravaganza.com. While the surviving members of Queen will not be part of the regular touring show, Taylor wants to "leave places [for cameos]" if they are "starting a run somewhere exciting". Otherwise the gigs will be a mixture of early black-and-white film, iconic concert moments, and the hired gang of impersonators. "We want young people because we're no longer young," Taylor said. "It's a long time down the road."
NewsLink: www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/sep/20/queen-official-tribute-band / www.queenextravaganza.com.

Music comes no bigger than Meat Loaf. After 40 years and selling over 100 million records, among them one of the biggest albums of all time, Meat Loaf has been a larger than life presence in music with his unique songs and stellar collaborations. Bat Out of Hell is still the number one selling international album in Australia with over 1.6 million copies sold and awarded Platinum status 23 times.
And now, Meat Loaf does it all again with the release of his new album Hell In A Handbasket, to be released in Australia on September 30, ahead of his national Australian tour that kicks off on the 4th of October in Wollongong. Like most Meat Loaf albums, Hell In A Handbasket is a BIG album with every song delivering a message that alludes to the theme of the album. Meat Loaf describes it as "the most personal record I've ever made. It's about how I feel the world's gone to hell in a handbasket. It's really the first record that I've ever put out about how I feel about life and how I feel about what's going on at the moment."
Produced by Paul Crook, Hell In A Handbasket once again features some interesting collaborations and special guests. Public Enemy's Chuck D contributes an original rap mixed into a cover of Tom Cochrane's 'Mad Mad World'. Entitled 'The Good God's a Woman And She Don't Like Ugly', it's every bit as interesting as the titles alludes to. Lil Jon, another well-known rap artist who appeared in Celebrity Apprentice alongside Meat Loaf, appears on 'Stand In the Storm.' Certainly, no album would be complete without long time duet partner Patti Russo who features on two songs: 'Our Love And Our Souls' and a version of The Mammas and The Pappas classic 'California Dreamin'.'
Track Listing: All Of Me, Fall From Grace, The Giving Tree, Mad Mad World / Good God Is A Woman And She Don't Like Ugly feat. Chuck D, Party Of One, Live Or Die, California Dreamin' feat. Patti Russo, Another Day, 40 Days, Our Love & Our Souls feat. Patti Russo, Stand In the Storm feat. Lil Jon, Blue Sky.

After the release of their anniversary album "Branded" which early this year has charted in Germany, Bavaria's finest rockers Bonfire are surprising their fans now with a second birthday party and a special present. The anniversary concerts in Sweden, the Czech Republic, Romania, Switzerland, Bremen (Germany) but also the "Rock The Nation" festival at Loreley, where BONFIRE shared the stage with legends such as Foreigner, Night Ranger and Kansas, "Fireworks - Still Alive" have been recorded.
Released in 1987, the studio album "Fireworks" in Germany so far has sold more than 250.000 copies and was rewarded with a Golden Record. The band with the permanent line-up consisting of Claus Lessmann (Vocals, Guitar), Hans Ziller (Guitar), Chris "Yps" Limburg (Guitar), Uwe Köhler (Bass) and Dominik Hülshorst (Drums) has performed all tracks from the "Fireworks" album at the aforementioned shows – with an up-to-date sound.
This new CD offers a couple of bonus tracks including the song "I'm On My Way" – a touching tribute on the late Steve Lee, singer of Gotthard, and live recordings of the hits "You Make Me Feel", "Sword And Stone", "Just Follow The Rainbow" plus the previously only as digital single released edited version of "Let It Grow" from their current CD "Branded".
The release of the "Fireworks – Still Alive" record will be celebrated at this year's Masters Of Rockantenne festival in Augsburg, Germany on October 8 and the album will be officially released on October 7.
Track list: 01 Ready For Action, 02 Never Mind, 03 Sleeping All Alone, 04 Don't Get Me Wrong, 05 Give It A Try, 06 Fantasy, 07 American Nights, 08 Obsessive Intro, 09 Sweet Obsession, 10 Rock Me Now, 11 Champion, 12 You Make Me Feel, 13 Sword And Stone, 14 Just Follow The Rainbow, 15 I'm On My Way, 16 Let It Grow.
WebLink: www.bonfire.de.


The Poodles European tour dates:
2011-10-24 Ballroom, Osnabrück - DE
2011-10-25 Lorsch, Musiktheater - DE
2011-10-28 Kerkrade, The Rock Temple - NL
2011-10-29 Oberhausen, Helvete - DE
2011-10-30 Ludwigsburg, Club 2 - DE
2011-10-31 Ingolstadt, Paradox - DE
2011-11-02 Augsburg, Spectrum - DE
2011-11-04 Bilbao - ES
2011-11-05 Barcelona - ES
2011-11-06 Madrid - ES
2011-11-08 Uster, Rock City - CH
2011-11-09 Weekender, Innsbruck - AUT
2011-11-10 Club 202, Budapest - HUN
2011-11-11 Lichtenfels - DE
2011-11-13 Köln, Underground - DE

New York, NY - September 20, 2011 - Classic power metal is still alive and well! Ronny Munroe's (voice of Metal Church) new CD Lords Of The Edge is hands down his finest work to date. Featuring the guitar mastery of Stu Marshall (Empires of Eden), Chris Caffery (TSO/Savatage), and Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Lords Of The Edge is a true metal offering that delivers an onslaught of fist-pumping, guitar-driven heavy metal.
Lords Of The Edge gives us 12 new solid tracks of melodic metal that can only be described as one of those rare albums that captures the magic of the classic metal era. "We wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time, true metal fans could hear everything that we were influenced by growing up in the classic metal era," says Ronny on the recording of the new CD. "Lords Of The Edge sounds a little bit like what would happen if you put Metal Church's Light in the Dark CD into a blender with Queensryche's first EP and Judas Priest's Painkiller, then mixed it with some present day themes and a shot of pure adrenaline."
The opening tracks, "Just Breathe" and "Full Circle" offer fast and furious guitar assaults with high energy vocals, while tracks like "The Vision" and "Touched By A Demon" take on a more haunting melodic approach that set up the listener for the gritty, power-metal influenced tracks like "Let Them Feed" and "Rock And A Hard Place."
With 12 strong tracks on this CD, it is a fantastic offering that deserves to be in every metal fan's music collection! Watch the video trailer for "Lords of the Edge" here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACB_TcKXZbc.
Track listing: 1) Just Breathe 2) Full Circle 3) Pierced By The Maiden 4) The Vision 5) The Fear Of What's To Come 6) Let Them Feed 7) Rock And A Hard Place 8) Blood Red Skies 9) Lords Of The Edge 10) Touched By A Demon 11) Still Alive 12) Goodbye To The Black.
*Mixed and mastered at Frontier Studios - Sydney Australia. For pre-order info and FREE download please visit: www.ratpakrecords.com/ronnymunroe. Official release date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

The legendary hard rockers Sinner have just secured position #65 in Germany´s official album chart. Congratulations! But unfortunately the Sinner/Voodoo Circle tour has to be postponed.

Check out an exclusive stream of Reborn In Sleaze: A Tribute To Dave Lepard, which is to be released on October 1 on Street Symphonies Records, on www.atomicstuff.com. To stream the 11 tracks sample, just click the pink beating heart at the top of the home page. You can pre-order "Reborn In Sleaze: A Tribute To Dave Lepard" on www.streetsymphonies.com.

MetalSymphony.com has uploaded photos of TNT's 17 September, 2011 concert at Sala Heineken in Madrid. The band will release a DVD concert from this show. Check them out at this location: www.metalsymphony.com/galeria/thumbnails.php?album=342.
The group's setlist was as follows: Hello Hello, Substitute, Ship in the Night, Refugee, U.S.A., Barracuda, Harley Davidson, Guitar solo, My Religion, Tonight I'm Falling, 10.000 Lovers (In One) ------ Engine, Everyone´s a Star, Intuition, Seven Seas.

Mike Froedge (Black Label Society, DoubleDrive, SpeedX) announces the release of Classy, the debut album from his band, The Dreaded Marco, on Saturday October 1, 2011 at The Peachtree Tavern, Atlanta, GA. The album was recorded at Froedge's own recording studio, Open Sky Studio in Atlanta. The signature sound of Classy boasts guitar rhythms and riffs that threaten to define a new genre of rock, one that encompasses soulful vocals, dynamic performances and Froedge's unmistakable hard hitting style: Dirty Rock n Roll.

New York, Sept. 21, 2011—Born on the Internet four years ago as a "light bulb moment" for Daryl Hall, Live from Daryl's House, the Webby and MTV O Music award-winning webcast, will make its broadcast premiere nationally with two back-to-back half-hour episodes featuring Train and Fitz & the Tantrums, on Saturday, Sept. 24. The show will be syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions in association with Scott Sternberg Productions and distributor Trifecta Entertainment & Media. Executive producers for the show include Hall and Scott Sternberg along with Daryl Hall manager Jonathan Wolfson.
Live from Daryl's House marks the first full-length music web show to successfully cross over into the television syndication marketplace. LFDH has been a hit monthly live-performance web series since 2007, featuring Daryl Hall jamming (and cooking and drinking) with friends, musicians and guest artists. The 30-minute broadcast version is a performance reality series which takes place in the intimate setting in Daryl Hall's home.
"This is a dream come true for me," said Daryl. "When I first had the idea for this series four years ago, I was hoping to reach a wide audience, and this is just another step in that plan. We're all raring to go."
"It's been a delight and a reward for me to work with the legendary Daryl Hall, who has truly reinvented himself in the digital age,"
said Sternberg, CEO of Scott Sternberg Productions. "Other than the regular late-night shows, there isn't a weekly performance series currently on the air where the top bands, artists and musicians can perform their songs and reach audiences nationwide. We look forward to helping fill that void, and we thank all of our station partners who are on board for the premiere."
"I am amazed at the metamorphosis of the show. From being able to go from a small flip cam operation to an 8 camera, High Definition production that has marquis talent jam in Daryl's living room is incredible. We've been able to establish this series on the web thanks to the fans, and now to cross mediums, represents a tremendous opportunity,"
added Wolfson. "We couldn't ask for better partners in doing so than Scott Sternberg and Trifecta Entertainment & Media."
Added Tribune Programming President Sean Compton: "Live from Daryl's House is the perfect blend of new and classic acts bringing music programming back to broadcast television. Tribune's stations provide a great environment for LFDH on weekends."
Live from Daryl's House has been cleared in nearly 80% of U.S. homes in the nation's top 200 media markets, as well as all of the top 10, including New York (WPIX), L.A. (KTLA), Chicago (WGN), Dallas (KDAF) and Houston (KIAH). The show has also cleared in such key markets as Philadelphia (CBS-owned KYW), Boston (KBIN) and Atlanta (WATL), and is set to premiere on a number of NBC, Fox and CBS-owned affiliates across the country. Most stations will air a full hour with two original shows back to back on Saturday nights.
"My time at Daryl's House was incredible," said Train lead singer Pat Monahan about the experience. "Daryl's bandmates were super-seasoned pros and Daryl was gracious and right on with what I hoped such a legend would be like. Thanks all!"
"To get to play with one of my biggest influences and idols was a dream come true," raves Fitz's Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick. "Daryl and the guys put it down and we all left it on the floor! We went pretty deep into the Daryl Hall catalog to sing the first song Daryl ever recorded. It was a day we will never forget!"
Live from Daryl's House made its broadcast debut on WGN America last year to impressive ratings, which spurred interest in syndication. The past four years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl's House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series at the 14th annual ceremony at N.Y.'s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV earlier this year. The shows have been edited into two 30-minute-long episodes which, in most cases, will air back-to-back.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A couple of small Van Halen updates for you today. First., the following article from The Hollywood Reporter (link):
"After 35 years at Warner Bros., the band has reportedly left for Sony. An insider tells THR that Columbia A&R executive Stephen Ferrera has been tasked with overseeing a new Van Halen album, its first with David Lee Roth since 1984.
The rumor mill is abuzz with talk of a new Van Halen album -- their first with original singer David Lee Roth since he left the band in 1985, the band's first since 1998's Van Halen III and the first to be released on a label other than Warner Bros. Records, where they spent the better part of 35 years.
Several reports cite that Sony-owned Columbia Records will be Van Halen's new label home, with new music due out in 2012. Indeed, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Nothing has been signed yet, but Columbia has been in the lead for some time," adding that A&R executive Stephen Ferrera has been tasked with overseeing the album.
Ferrera came to Columbia in June after spending three years at EVP of A&R at Island Def Jam, where he worked with such acts as Bon Jovi and Ne-Yo. Before that, he held a senior A&R role at RCA, where he worked with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
Producer-songwriter John Shanks (Michelle Branch, Melissa Etheridge) tweeted early this year that he was in the studio with the band and THR hears Ross Hogarth (Sick Puppies, John Mellencamp) recently finished mixing the album.
Van Halen's current line-up includes Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his son and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen.
A Columbia Records rep could not be reached for comment."

I can add the following information. Tour dates for USA continue to be booked, starting in February 2012. The tour could be split into two legs, to allow the band to take in some festival and select solo dates in Europe over the northern summer.

A trusted source in Europe tells me that there are 3 German shows being looked at (Stuttgart, Dortmund and Berlin) around the week of June 13.
I've heard from two sources now that Download UK want Van Halen to headline one of the nights there - the event runs June 6-11, 2012 and lastly, expect the band to figure in Sweden Rock Festival calculations - that festival runs June 6-9.
A Paris date is also rumoured for late May.

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Alloy, the anticipated debut album from Trillium, the new Metal Project masterminded by American Singer Songwriter Amanda Somerville on November 4 in Europe and November 1 in North America.
Alloy is an album that's charged with emotion and exploration and a very personal statement from Amanda and certainly the listener can enjoy very different musical atmospheres on the album "Since I'm an eclectic and diverse person and musician, that certainly comes out in this album" says Amanda. "I think that the diversity is what is going to set this album apart from other stuff that's out there right now. It's got big choruses and epic symphonic hits, guitar solos you could imagine being played on a mountain top with an aerial camera view, but it's also got a lot of soul added to the raise-your-fists-in-the-air-and-make-a-mean-face vibe".
Musically Trillium melts Rock and Metal in a new, interesting and different way from anything Amanda has worked on so far. "Alloy" is also graced with the talents of several musicians with whom Amanda had the honor of working in the past. Sander Gommans (ex After Forever, HDK) and Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Epica, After Forever etc) were the main songwriters together with the American singer on this album. They have brought a lot to the project and have certainly allowed the sound to be a lot richer and stronger.
"Sander is all around an awesome songwriter and guitar player, and he's especially good at coming up with riffs and movements of a song, while Sascha is a fantastic producer who can play any instrument there is - and play the hell out of it - and his sense of songwriting is really strong!" tells Amanda.
Other contributing musicians include Miro Rodenberg who did all of the orchestral and keyboard arrangements, Robert Hunecke on drums, Olaf Reitmeier on acoustic guitar, Simon Oberender on keyboards (and mastering). But more surprises are on this record: "Working with Mat Sinner on Kiske-Somerville established a solid professional relationship and I also found a good friend in him" says Amanda. "We co-wrote "Love Is An Illusion" together for this album and it was a pleasure working with him once again!"
And last, but in no way least, Jorn Lande has lent his epic voice to the song "Scream It." Ms. Somerville tells the story: "I actually wrote that song with Jorn in mind not for his status in the scene, but because I absolutely love his voice, he's a wonderful friend of mine through working together on Avantasia and he was the perfect "actor" to play the character in the song. And he nailed it!"
With touring plans in Europe in the first quarter of 2012 and a rousing excitement surrounding Trillium, you can bet the world is finally ready to enjoy the talents of one of the most interesting, creative and gifted singers and songwriters of today's entire Rock scene.

"Alloy" will be exclusively released in a lavish digipak cd edition and will include the following songs: Machine Gun; Coward; Purge; Utter Descension; Bow To the Ego; Mistaken; Scream It; Justifiable Casualty; Path of Least Resistance; Into The Dissonance; Slow It Down; Love Is An Illusion*. *bonus track
While a videoclip for the song "Coward" is in the works, you can now enjoy a video presentation of the album following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7KQITdzezc.
Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding Trillium!
Weblinks: www.amandasomerville.com / www.youtube.com/amandasomerville / www.twitter.com/amsomerville / www.facebook.com/amandasomervillemusic.


"I've retired more times than Frank Sinatra - but it never last for very long..." / Legendary Whitesnake singer David Coverdale is going to celebrate his 60th birthday on September 22nd. His latest studio record "Forevermore", released on March 25th, shows experience, musical maturity and a personality that is far from jaded after an almost 40 year career. Also it is an evidence that Whitesnake's career is far from finished, even if Coverdale evoked the end quite a few times in the last years: "I've retired more times than Frank Sinatra - but luckily I didn't tell many people." he laughs. "The music business can be so exhausting & destructive on a person, which makes you think sometimes, that you have to step back & take stock of your situation & circumstances", Coverdale confessed.
Today David Coverdale is happy that he never threw totally stepped away. He recently wrote a song called "Best Years" that he says still perfectly fits describes his life with him turning 60 years old. He explains: "It's great that I'm able to still work as a musician. And with it came consistency in my career and also in my private life. I really am experiencing the best times of my life these days, & believe me, I've seen a lot."
Forevermore is Whitesnake's eleventh album released on Frontiers Records. The band is still known as one of the most successful acts of all times with several platinum awards. Through his eloquent, always cultivated, British-charming personality David Coverdale is not only known as a rock patron, but a highly regarded gentlemen within the rock business. There are not many other musicians that deal with love and passion in their lyrics like he does. And also there are just a few acts that are able to highlight lyrics perfectly and successfully with thrilling blues and soul anthems like he does.
Before Coverdale, who's originally from Saltburn-by-Sea area, founded Whitesnake, he was the lead vocalist for Deep Purple. When Coverdale celebrates his 60th birthday on September 22nd he's able to look back at a musical career that is almost 40 years long. "I'm going to celebrate my birthday with my private family & my musical family", he reveals, "I will party several times on several different continents. Even if it sounds a little un-rock & roll, I will use the day to reflect and be thankful for what I achieved in my life so far. I'm incredibly grateful to still be experiencing professional success & to be so physically active in what I do, after all these years."
WebLinks: www.whitesnake.com / www.frontiers.it.

For the first time Australian Melodic Rockers White Widdow will perform in Europe in support of their new album Serenade, available now on AOR Heaven.
September 24th - Supporting KEEL @ Rock City, Uster, Switzerland
September 25th - HEAT festival @ Rockfrabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
September 29th - Rock Is Trieste, Trieste, Italy
October 1st - Garage Deluxe Rock Club, Munich, Germany
October 7th - Crazy Nights Rock Club, Harry B James, Stockholm, Sweden
October 14th - Bat City, Athens, Greece
October 23rd - FIREFEST @ Rock City, Nottingham, England

Rubicon Music to release "Serenade" in Japan on October 12th - Serenade will be released in Japan on Rubicon Music on October 12th and will include 3 bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are the three original demo songs that were featured on the White Widdow digital EP that initially got the band signed to AOR Heaven, Cross To Bare, Change Of Passion & Don't Fail Me Now.
WebLinks: www.whitewiddow.com.au / www.facebook.com/whitewiddowaor / www.aorheaven.com.

Doolittle Group Sweden are proud to announce Golden Resurrection's new studio album Man With A Mission. Golden Resurrection - The melodic rock/metal sensation from Sweden where virtuoso playing, big choruses & great song arrangements meets in perfection. 2nd album Man With A Mission is a musical journey featuring 10 new blistering songs written by producer, composer, guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed) & lead vocalist Christian Liljegren (Narnia & Divinefire).
Guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed has received great response worldwide for his band ReinXeed especially the latest studio album 1912 and vocalist Christian Liljegren have now been active for over 20 years in the rock and roll circus, but still have the fire and passion. Together with Steven K - bass, Rickard Gustafsson - drums & Kenneth Lillqvist - keyboards they have finalized the album Man With A Mission where you hear elements from melodic metal to symphonic & progressive rock in a way that makes Golden Resurrection building their own musical platform.
The band also show their dedication and tribute to the lost musical hero Gary Moore with their version of The End Of The World from Corridors Of Power from 1982. Kansas the symphonic & progressive rock kings is also an important musical influence for Golden Resurrection so enjoy their version of the song Point Of Know Return from 1977. King Records release the album Man With A Mission in Japan & Doolittle Group for the rest of the world.
Listen to new songs, tour dates and more: www.myspace.com/goldenresurrection / www.facebook.com/goldenresurrection.


A note to all fans from Big Cock guitarist Dave Henzerling:
"Hi, y'all - I just wanted to let you know the fan-funding experiment with Kickstarter was not successful (we did not reach our goal) and so we will not be doing another BC album. At this time, it is economically unfeasible to self-finance an entire album project cycle on our own, so BC as a band is effectively on permanent hiatus. We want to thank you all for your support over the last 5 years.
I hope you'll keep an eye on our future projects and with your permission, I'll continue to update you on mine. Of course you can always unsubscribe from this list if you don't. I have a few things up my sleeve that I'm really excited about so I hope we can still communicate and interact.
Thanks for listening."
~ Dave Henzerling (September 2011).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Journey's Enduring Appeal Is Affirmed Everywhere From Rock Band To The Sopranos, from Broadway's Rock Of Ages to Television's Glee --CD and gatefold double 180-gram virgin vinyl edition of Greatest Hits Vol. 2 -- AND gatefold double 180-gram virgin vinyl edition of original Greatest Hits -- available everywhere starting November 1, 2011

New York, Sept. 19, 2011 / Greatest Hits Vol. 2, a brand-new collection of original recordings by the mega-platinum band Journey will be available as a single CD, digital download, and special gatefold double-vinyl edition (which includes a code for a free digital download of the vinyl remastered album), available starting November 1, 2011. This new package from Columbia/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, spans singles and album tracks recorded between 1978 and 1996.
Journey's original Greatest Hits collection is one of the top-selling American rock albums of all time with worldwide sales in excess of 25 million. In conjunction with the double-LP version of Greatest Hits Vol. 2, the original Greatest Hits will also be issued as a gatefold double-vinyl edition on the same date, November 1 (which also includes a code for a free digital download of the vinyl remastered album).
Journey, founded by guitar virtuoso Neal Schon in 1973, has achieved iconic pop culture status that has earned the band cumulative sales of more than 62 million albums, singles, and digital tracks in the U.S. alone. Their enduring appeal is affirmed everywhere from Rock Band to Tony Soprano's musical daydreams on HBO's The Sopranos, from Broadway's Rock Of Ages to FOX's Family Guy. Most notably, the cast of Glee celebrated Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" on the series premiere episode of 2009. The kids later paid homage with three songs on 2010's Journey to Regionals ("Faithfully," the medley of "Any Way You Want It / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'," and the new Regionals version of "Don't Stop Believin'").

When asked about his experience in the remastering back to vinyl of the original recordings of the Journey Greatest Hits and the new Greatest Hits Vol. 2, Steve Perry replied, "I truly forgot how sonically exciting and just plain better these Journey tracks sound back where they originally lived...on Vinyl. The stereo separation, the center imaging and the sonic depth of the tracks themselves is more true to what we all loved about these original final mixes. All the instruments and voices, to me personally, sound so damn good that all I want to do is reach for the volume and turn it up!"
"I'm very excited to be releasing this compilation," said Neal Schon. "Many of these songs were written in our earlier days by Steve Perry and myself, and hearing them again brings back great memories. 'Little Girl' has an extra special meaning for me because it's one of the songs my father, who worked with us for many years, worked on with us. All our songs have stood the test of time, and I hope our fans will enjoy this collection."
Jonathan Cain added, "Escape was my first album with Journey in 1981 and I never looked back. A lot of the songs in those days were in pieces -- like a puzzle to figure out. The connection we had was magic -- and like a Super Bowl team -- we always found a way to get it right."

Covering 18 central years in the Journey saga, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 includes tracks from the band's fourth album, Infinity (1978), produced by Roy Thomas Baker, which marked the entry of Steve Perry's distinctive lead vocals into the lineup ("Feeling That Way," "Anytime," "Patiently").
Their next album, Evolution (1979) was also produced by Baker and features "Just The Same Way". Departure (1980) was the first of seven consecutive studio albums by Journey to reach the Top 10, and platinum or multi-platinum, over the next 16 years ("Walks Like A Lady," "Good Morning Girl," "Stay Awhile").
One of the cornerstone bands in radio's new Album Rock format, Journey's popularity was so overwhelming that they were able to release a single from their double-LP concert set, Captured (1981). "The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love)" broke inside the Top 40, and was the #2 song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.

Journey's hold on the charts continued with Escape (1981), the band's first #1 album. Escape spent nearly three years on Billboard's Top 200 chart and produced four hit singles -- "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Open Arms" (all on Greatest Hits) and "Still They Ride" along with the rock staples, "Stone In Love," "Mother, Father" and the title track "Escape" (all on Greatest Hits Vol. 2).
Escape was produced by Mike Stone (Queen, Kiss, America and others) and Kevin Elson, who went on to produce the next album, Frontiers (1983). Frontiers ("After The Fall," "Chain Reaction") debuted the week before Michael Jackson's Thriller hit #1 -- thus the LP had the distinction of being one of many albums to occupy the #2 spot (for nine weeks) during Thriller's reign at the top.
Raised On Radio was released in 1986, featuring an assortment of top studio musicians including noted jazz-funk-R&B bassist Randy Jackson (of American Idol) who went on to tour with Journey through 1987. Raised On Radio was another double-platinum album for Journey, spending 67 weeks on the album chart, and spinning off the Top 20 hit "Suzanne."

In 1992, Journey became one of the first American rock bands to release a deluxe multi-CD box set, Time(3). Comprised mostly of hit singles and key album tracks from the band's first dozen albums, Time(3) also contained a number of previously unreleased tracks and rarities. Among these was "Little Girl," from the original motion picture soundtrack of Dream After Dream, an obscure foreign film whose entire score was performed by Journey, issued by Columbia in 1980.
A Journey reunion took place in the '90s, and the recording of Trial By Fire (1996) was the result, with Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Steve Smith all on-board for their first album together since Frontiers. Featuring "When I Think Of You," Trial By Fire rose to #3 and continued Journey's platinum streak.

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 wraps up with a live concert version of "Mother, Father" -- a highlight of Live In Houston 1981 - Escape Tour, a Columbia/Legacy archive release in 2005 which featured both video and audio versions of the same 75-minute program.
As Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild wrote, "Whether on the radio or on some stage, these well-built tunes remain sturdy crowd pleasers to this very day, in their second century of airplay. Some DJ is playing a Journey song somewhere right now and many more are out there singing along -- you can bet on it."

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 by Journey (Columbia/Legacy 88697 77986 2) Selections: 1. Stone In Love - 2. After The Fall - 3. Chain Reaction - 4. The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love) - 5. Escape - 6. Still They Ride - 7. Good Morning Girl - 8. Stay Awhile - 9. Suzanne - 10. Feeling That Way - 11. Anytime - 12. Walks Like A Lady - 13. Little Girl - 14. Just The Same Way - 15. Patiently - 16. When I Think Of You - 17. Mother, Father (Live In Houston, 1981).

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 vinyl and CD meticulously remastered to vinyl by Robert Hadley and Steve Perry at The Mastering Lab in Ojai, CA.
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 vinyl meticulously remastered to vinyl by Doug Sax, Robert Hadley and Steve Perry at The Mastering Lab in Ojai, CA.
WebLink: www.LegacyRecordings.com.

Escape Music have signed US rockers Talon for the release of their new studio album III. It will be released in Europe November 25.
Track List: 1- Crying To Me 2- The Last Time 3- Did You Have To Say 4- Everytime 5- Take You All The Way 6- Maybe One Day 7- You Don't Know Me At All 8- Walk Away 9- Brothers 10- When Will I 11- You Got What It Takes 12- Jane.
The Band: Shawn Pelata - Lead and Backing Vocals; Kory Voxen - Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar; Jim Kee - Lead Guitar; Phil Keller - Bass Guitar; Eric Ragno – Keyboards; John Parker - Drums; Backing Vocals: Erik Johnson.
*Guest Musicians: Jeff Scott Soto: Lead and Backing Vocals on "Take You All The Way"
Produced by Ty Sims / Co-Produced by John Parker and Kory Voxen.

An American band and based in California, Talon was born from the ashes of Voxen – a band that achieved international success with their release "Sacrifice", which included a track that was used in the major motion picture "Outbreak" starring Dustin Hoffman. Soon after, a new vision was brought forward with the recruitment of Michael O'Mara (Joshua Perahia, EFX) and demos were soon recorded and then the band signed on with Now and Then/Frontiers Records which culminated with the release of their self-titled debut. The CD was produced by Mikey Davis (KISS, W.A.S.P., Slaughter). Upon release, the CD was wildly praised and was on countless top-10 lists for the year. Soon followed major live shows, including The Gods Festival in the U.K. Talon also had the privilege of being Stan Bush's backing band at The Gods Festival and the subsequent DVD release. After a break of working on individual projects, Talon recorded new demos and ultimately signed with Kivel Records and then recorded their next release "Fallen Angels". With a closer vibe to an AOR feel, New York native Chandler Mogel was brought on board and more live shows – including Firefest 5 – were performed. "Fallen Angels" was a huge success and brought Talon into the forefront of the Melodic Rock field.
Upon mutual agreement, Chandler Mogel went on to front the Greece outfit Outloud and with a new group of songs, Talon were on a quest to create the ultimate album and added some serious quality to the band – Shawn Pelata (Line of Fire) and Eric Ragno (China Blue, Takara, etc.). Now – the band have just signed to Escape Music for the release of this classic slab of Melodic Rock – "III" – which is scheduled for release in November, 2011!
Talon "III" recently completed mixing at The Recovery Room by Ty Sims (Far Cry, Tango Down) and is full of classic hard rock songs and ballads that the band describes as "really a return to the sound, vibe and energy of our debut S/T release". "This latest CD was a total labour of love and we all feel this will be our strongest release to date! We pulled out all the stops and really think the results speak for themselves and is an excellent follow-up to our recent 'Fallen Angels' release". In addition, premiere vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Talisman, JSS) has a guest appearance on the album with some amazing lead vocals on the hard-driving track "Take You All The Way"! The best musicians contributed their best talents to help create an outstanding release!
LabelLink: www.Escape-Music.com.

After a 20 year hiatus, international recording artist and actress Fiona is back in action with a new CD, Unbroken, produced by James Christian of the famed House Of Lords.
Unbroken contains mostly all new songs written by Fiona, James Christian, Tommy Denander, Holly Knight, Marc Tanner and UK pop production team, The Elements. It also includes a dramatic remake of Shadows of the Night with DL Byron's original dark lyrics, a tribute to the beloved 80's band, Prophet, and a bonus female duet with internationally renowned rocker, Robin Beck.
It's hard to think of the 80's music scene without remembering Fiona's duet with Kip Winger "Everything You Do (You're Sexing Me) as well as her acting roles as Bob Dylan's love interest in Hearts of Fire and the Miami Vice second season episode "Little Miss Dangerous".
Fans will embrace Unbroken's intense melodic rock sound which is driven by guitarist/songwriter Tommy Denander and topped off with performances from original Fiona band member, Bobby Messano.
"I have released this new CD for two reasons. Very polite, albeit relentless hounding from fans and the absolute joy of creating this particular music that I miss so much. After raising a family and getting some sleep it was clear that I was ready to sing again.  It is in this spirit that I dedicate this CD to all fans old and new. Thank you for the pushes, gentle and intense. Especially from my friend and fellow artist Robin Beck and the AOR Melodic rock community. Here it is. Enjoy. With affection and gratitude, I am yours, UNBROKEN."

US Release Date - October 1, 2011 On Retrospect Records/Distribution www.retrospectrecords.com.
UK/European Release Date - October 17, 2011 on Cargo Records/Distribution www.cargorecords.co.uk.

Track Listing: Loved Along The Way, Broken, I've Released You, Shadows Of The Night, Badge Of Love, Wild One, This Heart (Duet with Robin Beck), Get Yer Kix, Salt On My Wings, I Love You But Shut Up, Everything You Are.

All songs written and produced for: Her Majesty's Music Room. Recorded at Dream Beam Studios West Palm Beach Florida. Produced, Mixed and Mastered by James Christian www.jameschristianmusic.com.
I Love You But Shut Up and I've Released You Produced by The Elements / James Christian.
Musicians: Vocals: Fiona / Duet Vocalist: Robin Beck / Guitar: Tommy Denander (Loved Along the Way, Broken, Salt on My Wings, Everything You Are, Badge of Love) / Guitar: Bobby Messano (Shadows of the Night, Wild One, This Heart, Get Yer Kix) / Guitars/Programming: Dai Smith (I Love You But Shut Up) / Rhythm Guitar: Paul Jones (I've Released You) / Lead Guitar: Dai Smith (I've Released You) / Bass: James Christian / Keyboards: Jeff Batter / Drums: James Jamal / Background Vocals: Robin Beck/James Christian.
WebLink: www.fionarock.com.

Alec Mendonēa, the man behind AOR sensations N.O.W. has put together a video for his band's latest single, the track Strong Enough, which appears exclusively on the current MelodicRock.com compilation - The Next Chapter. MRCD8 can be ordered here. Check out the video now.

Those bozo's in Inxs are at it again. Vocalist JD Fortune has been "removed" from the line-up by the band simply recording new material without inviting the "lead singer" to join them.
Instead, it looks like Irish vocalist and Bono soundalike Michael "Rea" Garvey might be the latest singer to help the band. It is his vocals on the band's new song Tiny Summer, available to hear now at: inxs.com/Tiny_Summer.html.
Not the world's greatest song either...

This from Canoe.ca: "Australian rockers Inxs have fired their frontman J.D. Fortune for the second time in two years. The singer won his place in the band in 2005 after winning the TV talent search Rock Star: Inxs, but he was booted from the line-up in 2009 and forced to seek help for a drug abuse problem that was spiralling out of control. Fortune was welcomed back to the Original Sin hitmakers as Michael Hutchence's permanent replacement in January - but the reunion has been brief and the singer recently revealed he had not been included in plans for the band's new music. In a post on his Twitter.com blog, he wrote, "As of now I have not been invited to be a part of Inxs's new music."
According to Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, the existing members of Inxs are expected to make a formal announcement about Fortune's replacement later this week.

Newman update, as delivered by the man himself: "We have been confirmed to play Firefest 2011! As you are probably now aware due to unforeseen circumstances Far Cry are unable to make the event this year so it's with mixed emotions we will now open the Sunday 23rd October proceedings.
Obviously we are absolutely over the moon to be asked back, we had such a great time last year. We also have further good news in that Pete Fry (Far Cry guitarist/songwriter) will still be flying to the show, and, not only that, will perform a Far Cry song with Newman. As you maybe aware Steve and Pete struck up a great relationship after they co-wrote 4 songs on the great new Optimism album.
"I was so saddened when I heard the news in regards to Far Cry, I know how much Pete had been looking forward to this show, when I found out he was still travelling over it seemed natural to me to call him and invite him up onstage to perform one of the songs we wrote together, it's going to be great fun." ~ Steve.
We are also pleased to announce that in part of the preparations for Firefest we will also be playing a warm up show with Fay Wray: 7 October - Portsmouth - Heroes, Waterlooville, Hampshire UK
Newman will be performing the first set including songs from the new Under Southern Skies" album and will also be joined by Mark Thompson-Smith to perform one of the songs from the recent Big Life album. The rest of the night will be handled by Mark and Fay Wray playing a massive selection of rock covers.
The latest Newman album "Under Southern Skies" is available now from www.newmansound.com, www.aorheaven.com, and most other online retailers.

Mystic Prophecy presents new song Ravenlord - www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHkEiTIkqXQ. The new album titled Raven Lord will be released November 25 and comes as a Digipack + Limited Gatefold Vinyl edition, hand-signed, 500 copies.
Tracks: 01. Ravenlord 02. Die Now 03. Eyes Of The Devil 04. Cross Of Lies 05. Endless Fire 06. Wings Of Destiny 07. Damned Tonight 08. Hollow 09. Reckoning Day 10. Back With The Storm Bonus Track: 11 Miracle Man (Ozzy Cover).
Mystic Prophecy is: R.D. Liapakis - Vocals, Constantine - Guitars, Markus Pohl - Guitars, Connie Andreszka - Bass, Tyronne Silva - Drums.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/mysticprophecy / www.myspace.com/mysticprophecy / www.rockngrowl.com.

Legendary Kiss drummer Eric Carr was an intricate part of the band for over 11 years. His powerful drumming rocked the music world through the Metal 80's & early 90's. Eric Carr still remains a positive influence for both drummers & rock fans alike. This CD features over 17 rare Eric Carr rare recordings which Include: Unreleased Music, live performances, remixes and interview clips.
Performances by Eric Carr PLUS members & former members of Kiss, Twisted Sister, ZO2, Seether, Europe, Grand Funk Railroad, Ted Poley, (Singer, Songwriter) Marcia Juell & more!
This CD is a testament to a man whose personality & heart were as big as his enormous talent. Eric's spirit is alive in each and every song.
Some Of The Rare And Unreleased Music On This Commemorative Disc Include:
Songs Like Shandi, set the tempo early on, for an enjoyable Music experience! (never released) / Performed by Eric Carr. We have removed Eric's Shandi vocals, from his 1980 KISS audition tape, and combined them with a refreshing new musical arrangement, which makes this update soar. Classical guitar rhythms by Charles Sedlak and seductive background vocals from Marcia Juell, & Benny Doro, make the results unforgettably sweet and totally unexpected. Enjoy this unique version of this old KISS classic.
No One's Messin' With You (never released) / Performed by Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick (Kiss). This song was discovered on an old DAT recording owned and made by Eric. This alternative version of Little Caesar, from the 1989 Kiss, album Hot in the Shad¯ has an entirely different set of lyrics and vocal melody. Carr handles the gritty vocals and bass guitar while Bruce Kulick fills it out with some rock-in'riffs.
Troubles Inside You / Performed by: Eric Carr and Mitch Weissman. This is a complete demo taken from the original cassette tape, featuring Mitch Weissman (KISS song co-writer, Beatlemania) on lead vocals. Mitch jokes about how he and Eric were at Gene Simmons house "just fooling around." Mitch wanted to try something different, so he sat inside a closet with his microphone and belted out this easy flowing song. In the meantime, Eric programmed the drum machine, played some guitars, and added background vocals, creating that playful 80's sound.
All Hell's Breaking Loose / Performed by ZO2 (co-written by Eric Carr, (Kiss Lick It Up 1983). Rockers Z02 add their own special touch to deliver a solid performance. Driving vocals by Paulie Z, powerful drums by Joey Cassata & bass tracks by David Z, are the core of this KISS metal classic. Z02 has nailed it!
Dial L For Love (never released) / Performed, by Eric Carr. Written in 1987, this demo, with it's upbeat tempo, was one step away from being complete. After so many years Kiss fans can finally hear this unreleased track. Definitely a fitting song for a future Kiss album.
Just Can't Wait (never released) / Performed by Ted Poley, Eric Carr & Bruce Kulick (Kiss) originally released as an instrumental in 2001. This song, with its catchy hook, has been re-mastered using Eric and Bruce's original studio drum and guitar tracks. In addition, Ted Poley adds his soulful vocals using lyrics written in 2006. This fan favorite can once again be enjoyed, but this time complete with full vocals and backgrounds.
Elephant Man: (Debut Release), Eric Carr's last known composition / Performed by AJ Pero (Twisted Sister), Kee Marcelo (Europe), Bob Gilmartin. Special performances by Eric Carr's Sister & Niece. Eric wrote these touching lyrics in late 1991. In 2006, music was composed to complete this song. Eric's emotions at that time, can be easily felt though the passionate slide guitar solo, and powerful vocals. This song also reunites Eric, with his sister Maria & niece Sara-Jean, as they pay tribute with their heartfelt background vocals.

Enjoy some music samples featured this CD. Click link: traffic.libsyn.com/amplified247/montage_-_FINAL_with_voice_091611_mp3_version.mp3.
You will receive a commemorative "unfinished business" pick with your order! only from ericcarr.com.

As a special thank you to Bon Jovi fans everywhere, BonJovi.com presents "Bon Jovi: 'Live' From Lisbon Encore", Bon Jovi's last show of the 2011 tour filmed in Lisbon, Portugal on July 31st! The legendary performance will stream Wednesday, September 21st for fans worldwide on BonJovi.com and Facebook.com/BonJovi!
There will be 3 airings so tune in to any or all of the times below to catch this unforgettable show!
First Airing: 8:00PM EST (Sydney) // 7:00PM JST (Tokyo) // 6:00AM EDT (New York)
Second Airing: 8:00PM BST (London) // 3:00PM EDT
Third Airing: 8:00PM EDT // 7:00PM CDT // 6:00PM MDT // 5:00PM PDT

Doolittle Group Sweden are proud to announce Golden Resurrection's new studio album Man With A Mission. Golden Resurrection - The melodic rock/metal sensation from Sweden where virtouso playing, big choruses & great song arrangements meets in perfection. 2nd album Man With A Mission is a musical journey featuring 10 new blistering songs written by producer, composer, guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed) & lead vocalist Christian Liljegren (Narnia & Divinefire).
Guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed has received great response worldwide for his band ReinXeed especially the latest studio album 1912 and vocalist Christian Liljegren have now been active for over 20 years in the rock and roll circus, but still have the fire and passion. Together with Steven K - bass, Rickard Gustafsson - drums & Kenneth Lillqvist - keyboards they have finalized the album Man With A Mission where you hear elements from melodic metal to symphonic & progressive rock in a way that makes Golden Resurrection building their own musical platform.
The band also show their dedication and tribute to the lost musical hero Gary Moore with their version of The End Of The World from Corridors Of Power from 1982. Kansas the symphonic & progressive rock kings is also an important musical influence for Golden Resurrection so enjoy their version of the song Point Of Know Return from 1977. KING RECORDS release the album Man With A Mission in Japan & Doolittle Group for the rest of the world.
Listen to new songs, tour dates and more: www.myspace.com/goldenresurrection / www.facebook.com/goldenresurrection.

Monday, September 19, 2011

As widely discussed all weekend long, record industry website gave mention to some interesting Van Halen news late Friday. From www.hitsdailydouble.com/news/newsPage.cgi?news08690m01 came this: "After spending its entire 35-year career at WB, Van Halen, with David Lee Roth back in the fold, recently completed work on its first album for new label Columbia, coming early next year… "

At this stage, that's all there is. I was told a little while back the band was in talks with Sony and it appears a deal has been reached. I will have a follow up on this with any extra details available in a day or two. For now the only extra info my source had was to state that as they were aware, the papers had not yet been signed. I did ask the band's LA publicist to comment, to which I got the reply "no comment".
Stay tuned!

This Press Release from the Firefest promoters arrived late Friday. Firefest 2011 will be held in Nottingham, UK October 21-23. For those that haven't seen it - read on:

"It is with great sadness and not an inconsiderable amount of anger that we have to announce that Warrant will not be playing Firefest.
Despite us having a signed contract with the band since last January, and the band having been paid in full some months ago for their performance, we were advised by their agent via Email just this this week that Warrant would not be playing the show. Needless to say we made contact with their agents (with whom we have an excellent relationship for many years) who explained to us that Warrant's management had just informed them that the band would not be travelling. We immediately sought an explanation from the band and/or their management with regard to their cancellation of the Firefest performance, and to date we have not had the courtesy of a reply despite us requesting one via Email and by phone.

At the time we booked Warrant we were expressly requested not to book flights for the band as they wished to play extra European shows around the Firefest date and would like to route flights around a full tour schedule with Firefest as the sole UK date. It is our opinion that the band was unable to confirm any extra shows in the time-frame and they then decided that it was not a worthwhile exercise to travel from the U.S.A. to play a single show. At no time over the past number of months did any extra European shows appear on the tour schedule on their web site, which further reinforces our opinion that the lack of other shows is ultimately the reason that Warrant have chosen to cancel. Once again we would like to reiterate that this is our opinion as repeated requests for an explanation from Warrant's management remain unanswered.

It seems to us that a signed contract is not worth the paper it is written on when a band can simply decide not to travel to play a show a mere five weeks before they are scheduled to perform. Their booking agency have been totally professional and offered to assist us in any way in finding a replacement act, and we in no way bear any ill will towards them. However we do find the behaviour of an international multi-platinum act leaves us with a sour taste as over the past seven years every act that has been scheduled to play Firefest had done so with the notable exception of Tony Harnell due to a serious illness to an immediate family member and Saracen at FF2 due to guitarist Rob Bendelow's illness. Work visas for Warrant had been applied for, passport copies for the Warrant party were sent to us in order to do this and book flights for the band, something which we agreed to do even though flights would have cost a lot more this week than we would have paid for them at the time we booked the band. We, as you are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to see the band perform, as I'm sure everybody was looking forward to it, but it does appear that Warrant are not interested in playing for you.
With the Warrant cancellation happening late this week, the search for a suitable replacement began. Kieran spent hours on the phone and Email looking for a suitable replacement, but given the short notice (5 weeks and a day or two) of the 14 bands he spoke with no one was available to play due to some having previous engagements, some on vacation, some members playing solo shows and one or two asking extortionate amounts to "help you out". Thanks, but no thanks.

As luck would have it one of our good friends got wind of the situation and immediately contacted us to see if he could help. And this was a genuine offer, so following discussions that started in the UK, and finished in Madrid last night, we do have a rather nice surprise in store.
Firstly the headline slot on Saturday night will now feature the Steve Augeri band. Steve and his merry men are stepping up to deliver a set list full of hits and instantly recognisable anthems. Whilst not wanting to give the game away, Steve will be featuring many tracks from his rich past and debuting some tracks from his forthcoming solo album. Need we tell you that he was the lead singer in Journey for over a decade? And also managed to be a part of Tyketto and Tall Stories.
We have seen the set list and we can tell you Saturday night in Nottingham will be R-O-C-K-I-N-G!!!!!

Strangeways will move to the Special Guest slot, Ian and Terry having been beaten with a big stick to make them play longer. In fact we have considered calling it 'Walk in the Fire ......and more' Expect Native Sons to be plundered for a lot of the extras (and especially the tracks they didn't play last year...shhh....don't tell them we told you!) Strangeways will also look to release their new studio album at Firefest assuming it is completed on time, which according to Ian, they are bang on schedule.

So to the other important piece of news, who is joining the Saturday night line up? Well, we told you he was a good friend, in fact they all are. For the first time playing live ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD is... W.E.T. Jeff Scott Soto, Eric Martenson and Robert Sall released one of the best selling albums of 2009 within the melodic rock genre. Loaded full of melodic hard rockin' anthems such as 'Brothers in Arms' 'Invincible' and 'One Love', W.E.T. have been on almost every wish list sent to Firefest over the past three years. Firefest would like to publically thank all the guys in the band for literally dropping everything and offering to jump on board to play for us. We would also like to thank the one and only JSS for the call proving indeed that we are all 'Brothers in Arms'. W.E.T. will play just before Strageways in the revised schedule and most definitely are a band NOT TO MISSED.
W.E.T. on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIpvz5zEFrI&feature=related / www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZZe9oEZVB4&feature=related.

And so to the second line up change. Farcry will not be joining us at Firefest for the reasons outlined by Kivel Records boss John Kivel and Farcry's own Pete Fry.

"Hello to All, It is with regret and disappointment that Farcry will not be able to attend this year's Firefest event. Both the band and label are honoured that there was such an interest in them to perform. For that we sincerely thank you. I wish that I could lie to you and say someone is unable to attend due to "insert cliché press reason here", or blame it on a "disagreement" etc., etc. I wish it was that easy. However, both myself and the band have far too much respect for the fine folks at the Firefest organization, not to mention, YOU. The faithful fans that attend each year, and show your support for our modest genre/scene.
So the bottom line? Why? Who? Well, the buck, so to speak, stops and lands with ME. Unfortunately the expense of 5-6 international plane tickets has proven way too expensive. We had hoped that the price would drop, and they were starting to show promise to a somewhat "reasonable" price. However, time was not on our side. Firefest needed Visas in this week and could not take the chance that the airfare would be procured. So it was agreed that we had passed the deadline. Fault does not lay with the band, or anyone associated with Firefest (Maybe the Oil Co. perhaps? LOL.) Both I and Pete Fry have looked into every possible idea and suggestion conceivable. In the end Farcry is a 5 piece band, and no one was going to be left behind. We weren't going to find a local "fill in" guy to sit in, or play as a 4 piece, just so I could save $$$. If we all couldn't go, then none of us would go.
Let's look at this as a delay for the UK fans to see Farcry in concert, and hopefully, Farcry will be asked to play next year. I would like to thank Kieran, Bruce and Co. for offering Farcry the chance to play their shindig. It truly was met with great appreciation, and we sincerely thank them. We are sure the weekend of Oct 22nd will be a blast!
Now please allow me to get on my soap box for a second. Please, if you haven't purchased your tickets for Firefest yet, then I strongly suggest you do just that. Please get out there and show support for this scene. These websites, Labels, Bands and Promoters. Don't assume that you'll just go to the "next" Firefest. Go to Firefest NOW. Like a Plant needing sunlight to grow, our genre and scene needs positive support to grow as well. Be well my friends and enjoy music, as it's the soundtrack to our lives.
Sincerely, John Kivel."

From Pete Fry - Farcry: "I would just like to sincerely echo John's appreciation for all parties involved in giving us the honour of a spot on the bill. I really can't even put into words how it feels to get that kind of support. We are truly sorry to disappoint all of you by not being able to perform. Please don't take any of this as a lack of appreciation on our part. Believe me, like John said we looked at this from every angle and we just couldn't make it happen. I and everyone else in the band knows that the label did everything they could, sometimes things don't work out the way you want them to. As John mentioned we hope to have the opportunity to play Firefest again! On a slightly more positive note, being as I had already purchased my airfare, I will be attending the show and staying in Nottingham the entire weekend." Pete.

And so the search was on for a second act to join the Sunday line up. Call it fate; perfect timing, luck or whatever you wish to, but on the end of the phone was another good friend of ours who called to say that he had just finished production on his brand new live album. The voice on the end of the phone was that of none other than Mr. Steve Newman and in the space of approximately 30 seconds it was agreed that Newman would open the show on Sunday.
Remembering last year's Newman performance you are reminded just why Steve is so highly thought of and respected by fans and fellow musicians alike. Steve will of course be promoting his new album 'Under Southern Skies' along with playing a selection of Newman fan favourites from his long career. Steve will also be happy to sign copies of his brand new live album recorded live at Firefest 2010 'Another Step Closer' which will be available to pre order shortly from both the Firefest and Newman web sites. This is Newman's first live recording of his 20 year career and is indeed a little bit special. Limited numbers will be available and details of how to pre order will be advised shortly.

Firefest would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disappointment caused by the non-appearance of Warrant and Farcry, both of these decisions were completely out of our hands as explained in detail above. There was simply nothing we could do about it. It has been an unbelievably stressful few days for all the Firefest crew as we worked around the clock (literally) endeavouring to bring you the absolute best we could in nigh on impossible circumstances given the timeframe we had to work in. Find extra flights, book them, change hotel rooms, add some subtract more, change transport arrangements a few times, process more work visas, and all the time cursing the rock and roll gods for making life even more difficult than it already is dealing with 17 bands on a daily basis and making sure that every other aspect of the show goes to plan. The last thing any of wanted was to be typing this press release a mere five weeks before the show. It goes to show you how the less than responsible and professional attitudes of some make life unnecessarily difficult for some and bring disappointment to all.
We hope that you will continue to support us and the bands that have graciously stepped up to the plate as late replacements. Knowing you are on our side as always gives both Firefest and the bands that come to play a massive boost. We have always said it openly, YOU are the best fans in the world and for the bands that are not travelling, and it is their loss NOT to play in front if you." ~ The Crew.

After a short break, Avenue Of allies are ready to storm back with the following new releases:

Paradise Inc. Time Out: 21.10.2011 / "Paradise Inc. are a new Hard Rock band from Brazil fronted by German singer Carsten "Lizard" Schulz (Evidence One). Their debut album "Time" will be released on Oct 21st on Avenue Of Allies and in Europe it will include the bonus track "Steel Or Stone" in an acoustic version. The record was produced by Paul Logue (Eden's Curse) and mastered by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69). Guests who can be heard on this album include Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) on vocals on the track „Not In Paradise", Paul Logue on bass on „Wait To See" and Italian keyboard player Alessandro Del Vecchio. More information on the band: www.paradiseinc.net.
Paradise Inc. are: Carsten "Lizard" Schulz: Lead & backing vocals, De Grigo: Guitars, Marcos Peres: Guitars, Rick A.: Bass, Allan Juliano: Drums.


Soul Seller Back To Life Out 21.10.2011 / The other October release on Avenue Of Allies comes from Italian Melodic Rock band Soul Seller. Their CD is called "Back To Life" and also will hit the stores on Oct 21. Alessandro Del Vecchio (Shining Line, Lionville, Eden's Curse) was in charge for the production. The album includes a lead vocal duet with Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann, Avantasia). Soul Seller are based in Santhią in Northern Italy and appeared first on the scene in 1999. After the releases of their debut album "Underground Freedom" in the year 2000 the band went through some line-up changes until the current members finally found together in 2010. "Back To Life" now marks the next big step in the career of this five piece! More information on the band: www.soulseller.it.
Soul Seller are: Michael Carrata: Lead & backing vocals, Dave Zublena: Rhythm guitars, lead & acoustic guitars, Cris Audisio: Lead guitars & guitar solos, Mike Zublena: Bass, Steve Bucci: Drums.
Very Special Guests: Oliver Hartmann: Lead vocal duet on "Keep On Moving", Danilo Bar: Guitar solo on "Change Your Heart Tonight", Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri & Alessandro Del Vecchio: Backing vocals.


Classic Rock Presents AOR issue 4 features Bon Jovi and the making of their landmark Slippery When Wet opus – the classic 1986 album that brought us Livin' On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name and Wanted Dead Or Alive.
Featuring previously unpublished pictures from the album sleeve session by official band photographer Mark Weiss, we investigate the making of Bon Jovi's make-or-break third album which subsequently catapulted them into superstardom.
• In-depth features with the highly influential Franke Previte of Franke & The Knockouts plus America, one of the biggest soft rock singles bands of the early 70s.
• We pay our respects to recently and sadly deceased songwriter and frontman Jani Lane with an in-depth look at the his life in and around Warrant.
• Features on Coney Hatch, Diane Warren, Bai Bang, House Of Lords, Lionville, Steve Newman, Toby Hitchcock, plus many more and all the usual AOR new album and live reviews.
This month's accompanying disc of 15 carefully-chosen AOR tracks, titled Get Your Wings featuring FM, Issa, White Widdow, Seb Bach, Riverdogs and more. All this and much more, AOR issue 4 is on sale from September 28.
Pre-Order Link: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/music/Classic-Rock-Presents-AOR-4-Bon-Jovi.html.

Greece's Rockpages did an exclusive interview with Ioannis. Apart from covering his entire career, Ioannis was kind enough to give as a signed print of his for one lucky winner. Read the excerpt below and then head to read the whole interview on Rockpages...there you will find all the details about the competition:
Rockpages.gr: Record business is on a decline. How do you see the cover design business in the near and far future?
Ioannis: Record labels are on the decline and unless they adept will become obsolete, however music is as huge if not bigger than ever and the opportunities for a band to be self-supporting and sell their music is limitless. In the past if a label did not sign you, you were out, it was financially with a few exceptions very difficult to record an album, get it distributed, get airplay, join a tour etc. Not today the internet, technology and viral opportunities have created a level field, a band can grow slowly sell directly to their fans, do gigs, get a following, sell their merchandise and have a number of other options to distribute their music so IF they sign with a label eventually they are in the drivers seat. Look at Porcupine Tree or Opeth. Also they have so many ways to license their music, movies, commercials, video games, and television, ring tones, sporting events and so on. Touring and merchandise are now the main income for acts, just look at the explosion of festivals and tours around the world just in metal alone!
As far as my work the need is the same just that the technology and palette are changing, for example as I had mentioned earlier the bands still need a look and a style, so their logo is very important, the merchandise design, stage graphics, the website design and so on.
I am already trying out concepts as to how they would look on iPad which is the next great frontier. As for physical product when the band releases it now to those fans that want that, it's more elaborate (DigiPacks with inserts, special box sets, vinyl) it's not about CD/jewel cases anymore which I think are becoming less attractive to the buyer, and collector who likes physical product.

Read The Full Interview On: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=6161&type=1&lang=EN.

In the Hard Rock and Metal communities, Tore St. Moren most notably is known for his role as one of Jorn Lande's primary guitarists. Sharing this role in Jorn's band since 2000, Moren has been featured on six studio albums, two compilation albums, one live album and video, and a tribute album to Ronnie James Dio. However, his body of recorded work extends beyond his role in Jorn. Hardrock Haven's exclusive interview with Moren delves deeper into his musical past and sheds light on the future. Read the interview here: hardrockhaven.net/online/2011/tore-st-moren/

Gamma Ray frontman Kai Hansen will appear on this week's edition of Caffeine Bomb. Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, September 19th, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, or stream live at WHUS.org.

Y&T will be all over Europe from September 23 till November 5, covering 13 countries, doing 29 dates. Here's a link to a YouTube promo for the tour: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieb5Q-GbeIU.

South African hard rockers Stonecollar have released an acoustic single and music video to celebrate Women's Month. The boys teamed up with POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) and recorded an acoustic version of the song that inspired it all ­ Turn A Blind Eye. The new arrangement features haunting melodies and guitar work, but sill has their signature rock edge. The song is available for purchase via download at this location - www.cdbaby.com/cd/stonecollar2. Each download is to be sold for $0.99 through CDBaby with all proceeds from the sale being donated to POWA. To do their bit for the campaign. The band have also produced a music video to accompany the release of this single which can be viewed at their YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/user/StonecollarTV?feature=mhee.

The German Power Metal band Mystic Prophecy is confirmed for the Prog Power Festival 2012 and share the stage with Symphony X, Pretty Maids, Epica, etc. www.progpowerusa.com.

Soul Secret on their brand new website (www.soulsecret.net) reveals artwork and tracklist for their upcoming album Closer To Daylight. Produced by Soul Secret and published by Galileo Records, as previously announced it was mixed and mastered by Markus Teske and the entire artwork was created by Alexandra V Bach. Release date will be announced soon.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gronholm - Silent Out Loud / Home to 10 tracks full of infectious vocal melodies over dynamic musical backdrops; Silent Out Loud is an impressive collection of song craft all topped off with a powerful production and mix.
Gronholm the band is built around the song writing skills of Mika Gronholm (guitar, bass and keyboards) with vocals once again by Markku Kuikka (Status Minor) and drums from Tom Rask. This core trio of musicians are joined by special guests Billy Sherwood (ex Yes) and Marco Hietala (Nightwish / Tarot) who add some extra dynamics to backing vocals, and in the case of Sherwood help add his trademark lush Yes style vocal harmony sheen to the likes of Out From The Nest amongst others.
Whilst the new offering aside from a greater emphasis on guitar has a sound not too dissimilar to its well received predecessor Eyewitness Of Life. The new album sees Mika take a heavier approach to his song writing utilising a down tuned B tuning for all stringed instruments. On the change Mika comments, 'All the songs on 'Silent Out Loud'¯ are tuned down to low B. Sometimes B-tuning is used for roaring vocals or lighting fast guitar parts, but no, not this time. With this tuning I was seeking more power and energy to my riffs.
Silent Out Louds first six tracks are all up-tempo numbers where the new tuning is given a fine showing between the heavy packed hard rock riffs with some prog influenced melodies. As the album nears its conclusion we see an instrumental offering in Giant Step which clears the minds palette for the acoustic flavour that is heard on the final 3 tracks with album finale Away also getting an orchestral arrangement.
Gronholm - Cross Of Mind: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2hkcklnDD4
Gronholm - Out From The Nest (featuring Billy Sherwood) www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHiwpLqdS9U
Full Promo Page With Online Ordering: www.lionmusic.com/cd/silentoutloud.htm.

Niels Vejlyt - Sthenic (CD+DVD Dual Pack) / Best known as the guitarist and driving force behind metal outfit Infinity Overture, Danish guitar virtuoso Niels Vejlyt is about to make his mark on the guitar instrumental scene with his powerful solo debut Sthenic on 16th September 2011 fully loaded with a bonus DVD!
Already no stranger to guitar fanatics worldwide thanks to numerous instructional DVDs, books and his own online guitar school, Sthenic is a long awaited release for Neils Vejlyts legion of fans worldwide and is also sure to attract many newcomers. With a sound reminiscent at times of instrumental offerings from Jeff Loomis, John Petrucci and Steve Vai etc, Sthenic sees Vejlyt serve up 8 tracks that blend intricate heavy riffs with exciting grooves and chord progressions over which Niels formidable lead technique takes the album over the edge!
With a strong core backing band of Jakob Vand (Infinity Overture) and bassist Kris Gildenlow (ex Pain Of Salvation), Niels has taken the live approach of a classic 3 piece and worked from that basic premise adding further textures and rhythm guitars to build a strong wall of sound. This live feel to the music manages to bring a direct sound often lacking in overdub city guitar offerings and also make the album more palatable for even the most hardened cynic.
Mixed and mastered by the legendary Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn Lande, Circus Maximus) Sthenic boasts a strong and powerful production which further enhances the listening experience and makes this a true scorcher of a release for guitar fans worldwide.
Niels Vejlyt - Die Today: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFalkpZhXa8.

Please be advised that the three members of Triumph (Rik Emmett, Gil Moore and Mike Levine) will be live on Rockline Radio with Bob Coburn, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. (EST) or 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Allied Forces.
Fans can listen to the satelite broadcast live from Los Angeles, CA at: www.RocklineRadio.com.

Press Release / "The Sinner "Sins & Voodoo" tour has to be postponed to December. We're terribly sorry, but it's unavoidable since Mat broke a rib incl. a heavy bruise and can not to travel, play and sing for at least four weeks. What a bummer, though... we've just released One Bullet Left, the overall reaction is awesome and we were looking forward to the concerts. "The Three Musclebeers" Alex, Alex & Christof were working on the three-guitar-arrangements, the setlist is done, the on-stage-bar prepared and crew alerted....
But there's already a new set of dates and our agency is currently working on more dates!"

The Australian Metallers of Pegazus have just announced some very special news concerning the touring line-up for the upcoming shows for the "In Metal We Trust" tour.
Due to the fact that both Ange Sotiro (Drums) and Cory Betts (Bass) will not be available for touring duties because of serious working-related issues, the band has asked 2 well-known n