Hard Rock News on 30/05/2014

Skid Row Offer Short Teaser Of ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’

Skid Row is surprising their fans with an unusual way to release their new music. Instead of one full album, the band is releasing three mini albums over the course of several months. Rachel Bolan states, “We wanted to do something different and the idea of releasing three mini albums, appealed to me. Especially with the constantly changing musical climate I liked the idea of a steady flow of new music we decided to release it this way to keep new music coming for our fans.”

‘Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’, will be released on August 4th in Europe as CD digipack, 180 Gram single vinyl gatefold and digital. Megaforce Records will release the CD on August 5th in the US and it will be released to the rest of the world via UDR/ADA/Warner on August 6th.

Most of the songs were written in Atlanta, Georgia, but a lot of the lyrics were written while the band was on the road. As with ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter One’, Skid Row worked very hard on ‘Rise Of The Damnation Army’ as time is always an issue while the band is touring so much. The songs are some of their most aggressive ones to date and very heartfelt. Listening to them you hear the full explosion and intensity and you want to just throw your fists in the air and conjunct with them for a United World Rebellion.

The EP will also contain as bonus tracks covers of Queen and Aerosmith classics. Asking why they chose the cover songs the band stated, “These songs fit seamlessly into the subject matter of United World Rebellion: Chapter Two. They both have that ‘get up and fight’ attitude. These songs were from our youth that meant a lot and as far as we know, no one has covered them, and more important, the songs are still exciting and fit perfectly with the attitude of all other songs on the album.”

Skid Row were showered with gold and platinum awards, their debut album sold over 5 million copies in the US alone, but not resting on their laurels, Skid Row is one of the hardest working bands ever. They’ve been around for more than 25 years and are still going strong.

‘Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’ track listing:
1. We Are The Damned
2. Give It The Gun
3. Catch Your Fall
4. Damnation Army
5. Zero Day
Bonus tracks:
6. Sheer Heart Attack (Queen)
7. Rats In The Cellar (Aerosmith)

 

Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz Release “Rock And Roll Queen” Video

Down ‘N’ Outz, the project fronted byDef Leppard singer Joe Elliott, have premiered their new video “Rock And Roll Queen”. The song is the first single off of the new album ‘The Further Adventures Of…’, a collection of songs connected to Mott The Hopple.

Shot at “The Corporation” in Sheffield on May 12th, 2014, the video was directed by Lee Ford. “Shooting a video in a dark, dirty and seedy nightclub in Sheffield brought back some great memories of being at such a club watching bands as a teenager,” says Elliott. “The perfect setting for the Down ‘N’ Outz to blast through some fantastic retro rock!”

The Down ‘N’ Outz project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople re-formed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott to get involved. Elliott formed Down ‘N’ Outz with The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), together with Phil Martin (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience. ‘The Further Adventures Of…’ was recorded at Joe Elliott’s own studio Joe’s Garage.

 

Slash’s ‘World On Fire’ Coming In September

Slash's 'World On Fire' Coming In SeptemberSlash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album ‘World On Fire’ on September 15 via the guitarist’s own label Dik Hayd International.

Artwork for ‘World On Fire’ was designed by American contemporary artist Ron English. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single, the disc marks Slash’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass).

For ‘World On Fire’, Slash and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental — a powerful new turn for the band.

‘World On Fire’ is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Apocalyptic Love’, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, earned Slash two #1 U.S. rock radio hits (his first ever solo) with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun”, and was voted the third best album of the year by Sleaze Roxx readers.

Slash officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be touring Europe and the United Kingdom in 2014. Tickets go on sale on Friday May 30th, visit slashonline.com for a complete list of dates.

 

Ace Frehley Premieres New Solo Track “Gimme A Feelin”

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was finishing up ‘Space Invader’, his first solo album in five years, around the time he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, with the album’s release date of July 8th a little over a month away, the Spaceman is sharing the hard-rocking first single “Gimme A Feelin'” with Rolling Stone.

Aside from the music, ‘Space Invader’ has another through-line to Frehley’s days with his old band: Ken Kelly — the artist who created the sleeves for KISS’ most popular records, 1976’s Destroyer and 1977’s Love Gun — designed the album’s cover. The album also contains a rendition of the Steve Miller Band’s 1973 song “The Joker”, and Frehley has compared its sound overall to that of his 1978 self-titled solo album, which contained the hit “New York Groove”.

“I’m really excited about this record, because everybody that’s heard the tracks just says they think some of the tracks are even better than (Frehley’s 2009 album) ‘Anomaly’, and even showing another side of me,” Frehley told Rolling Stone in March.

He also said at the time that he was planning an album of cover songs similar to his take on “The Joker”, and although he wouldn’t name the songs he wanted to include, he offered up a list of musicians he hoped would contribute to the album. “(I want to) get some celebrity guests to play on it, some of the covers and stuff, get Slash, Mike McCready, my buddy from Pearl Jam. The list is endless,” he said. “I might even get Gene (Simmons) to play bass on a track.”

 

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 30/05/2014

URIAH HEEP “OUTSIDER” ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT:
Uriah Heep’s new album Outsider – Order NOW on Amazon: www.smarturl.it/heepoutsideramazon / On iTunes: smarturl.it/uheepoutsiderit.
Buy “One Minute” on iTunes: smarturl.it/HeepOneMinute.
Uriah Heep, one of the pivotal hard rock groups to emerge from England in the late 1960s returns with “Outsider”, its 24th studio album, and the first since 2011’s critically acclaimed Into the Wild album. “Outsider” will be released on June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK and June 10th in North America on Frontiers Records.

TANGO DOWN READY TO CHARM FANS THIS AUGUST:
Tango Down helped blow the doors off last year’s MRF3 Festival performing songs from their (Kivel) Release, Identity Crisis. The band knocked it up a notch with their strongest album and material to date, which was welcomed with like-minded reviews and praise last year.
So with the bar set so high and being raised with each release, what can one do? How can you expect to reach the next level? Scott Miller had this to say: “Well we raised the bar with each release. When it was time to do Identity Crisis, we pulled out the pole vault and went right over the bar. With our new album, the bar has been set even higher. So this time we strapped on our jet packs and are heading even higher this time!! If you enjoyed what we’ve done so far, than you are going to LOVE what we got coming next!!”

Of course both band and label have always prided themselves with their visual aspect, being just as important as the band’s music and production. Again with the assist of renowned photographer, Kent Miller Studios, the band put on their best dressed for the photo shoot and cover, once again raising the bar. So here is a peak at the band’s latest album artwork offering. Which was designed by the wonderful and talented Brooke J. McKaig/Vamp Visuals!
Tango Down “Charming Devil” is coming people, and he is the serpent that you can’t resist . Expect to hear some new musical offerings in the bands set. Just for YOU!
Pre order NOW at www.kivelrecords.com.

JORN LANDE FEATURED IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING GAMES “LEAGUE OF LEGENDS”:
Norwegian Rock Icon, Jorn Lande appears as lead vocalist on the song “Lightbringer”, launched on May 27th by Riot Games, Inc.
Jorn comments: “I have been working closely with music producer Christian Linke of Riot Games in LA, on a project called “Pentakill”, which is basically a heavy rock band within the League of Legends concept. “Pentakill” is the Valoran continents’ most famous (and possibly only) rock band. Its members consist of champions from the game. It’s very exciting to be a part of this new development in the gaming industry and a fabulous opportunity to be able to reach out to millions of people worldwide in just a blink of an eye. It has been a great experience working with the productive and dedicated people of Riot Games, and I am truly proud to be a part of this!”
Hear the song now via YouTube: youtu.be/oUiOylPbfV0.
The music video is also showcased on Pentakill’s website – pentakillmusic.com – which is owned and operated by Riot Games, Inc.

THE LATEST FROM ROCK CANDY RECORDS:
The following five new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on June 15.

Krokus ‘Metal Rendez-Vous’ CANDY247 / “You can count the amount of internationally successful European hard rock bands on one hand; Swiss based Krokus are one of only a few acts that can be included on that list. With roots reaching back to 1975, the band spent several years experimenting with various line-up changes and recording three albums, before settling on a unique style that came fully into focus with the appointment of Maltese born frontman Marc Storace, formerly of Swiss heavy progressive rockers Tea. It was this formation that signed to German record label Ariola and cut ‘Metal Rendez-vous’, an invigorating example of explosive four-to-the floor hard rock, big on hooks and jam-packed with hell raising riffs. Chief amongst their selling points was Storace’s signature voice and his ability to punch home some incredibly well constructed songs. In addition, guitarists Tommy Kiefer and Fernando von Arb were no slouches either, peeling out a series of ripping solos and laying down tough as nails musical support in a manner befitting the times. Originally issued in 1980 and co-produced with the band in Switzerland by English producer Martin Pearson, the album contains a number of classic Krokus tracks including ‘Heatstrokes’, ‘Bedside Radio’, ‘Streamer’ and ‘Tokyo Nights’, some of which still remain in the band’s live set to this very day.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Heatstrokes 2. Bedside Radio 3. Come On 4. Streamer 5. Shy Kid 6. Tokyo Nights 7. Lady Double Dealer 8. Fire 9. No Way 10. Back-Seat Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Krokus ‘Hardware’ CANDY248 / “It’s fair to say that the Swiss music scene hadn’t exactly set the world on fire but with Krokus that situation was rapidly reversed. The band’s fourth album ‘Metal Rendez-vous’ became a surprise success, not only in their home country (sales rocketing to three times Platinum) but also globally where they secured a strong foothold in the charts and on the live front. The band’s no-nonsense brand of tough-guy hard rock found favour in a market that was wide open for that revolution. ‘Hardware’, therefore, was released into the arms of an eager fan base feeding off the energy of their previous album and it didn’t disappoint them. Issued in 1981, the record picks up where the band left off, laying down some serious riffage on songs that display a cheeky lyrical charm; an unexpected side-effect of their Swiss/Maltese heritage. Engineered by British studio master Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Def Leppard) and recorded in London, the album makes full use of their powerful armoury, led by the ripping two guitar attack of Fernando von Arb and Tommy Keefer. Heavy but memorable, the album contains a superb selection of tracks, including the in-concert favourites ‘Easy Rocker’, ‘Mr 69’, ‘Smelly Nellie’ and ‘Mad Racket’, songs blessed with a swish and swagger that made it clear the Scorpions weren’t the only band in Europe with big potential.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Celebration 2. Easy Rocker 3. Smelly Nelly 4. Mr. 69 5. She’s Got Everything 6. Burning Bones 7. Rock City 8. Winning Man 9. Mad Racket.

Krokus ‘One Vice At A Time’ CANDY249 / “There comes a tipping point in every artist’s career where years of hard work and paying dues suddenly turn into an avalanche of praise and success. Krokus reached this point with the release of ‘One Vice At A Time, a supremely crafted album, boasting a clutch of tracks that elevated their appeal far beyond anything previously conceived or, indeed, achieved. Co-produced in London by former AC/DC engineer Tony Platt and issued in 1982, the band made a concerted effort to refine their sound and ambition by bringing their trade mark style fully into focus. Sure, certain accusations that that their riff hungry approach was uncomfortably similar to that of AC/DC had been bandied about but their distinctively European charm and quirky lyrical approach helped to ameliorate such criticism. Jam packed with a number of raucous tracks such as ‘Bad Boys Rag Dolls’, ‘To The Top’, ‘American Woman’ (a cover of the Guess Who classic) and perhaps their best known song ‘Long Stick Goes Boom’, there is room enough for the band to drill down deep yet retain a sense of composure befitting a band safe in the knowledge that they were about to reap the rewards of years of hard work. Look out for an appearance by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who provides backing vocals on the track ‘I’m On The Run’.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, co-produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC),16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interviews, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Long Stick Goes Boom 2. Bad Boys Rag Dolls 3. Playin’ The Outlaw 4. To The Top 5. Down The Drain 6. American Woman 7. I’m On The Run 8. Save Me 9. Rock ‘N’ Roll.

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Vandenberg ‘alibi’ CANDY229 / “Adrian Vandenberg has been, quite rightly, hailed as one of the world’s best rock guitar players, carving out a first class reputation for himself since the early 1970s. His band Vandenberg, formed in Holland in 1981, became one of the surprise attractions during the early eighties, storming the US charts and stylistically rivalling the cream of hard rock contenders such as Ratt, Dokken and Def Leppard. With the right looks and hooks it appeared that they could have gone on to bigger and even better things. Sadly, however, it was not to be. ‘Alibi’ was their third and final album. Recorded back in Holland, and issued in 1985, the record showcased all that was good about the band, with its powerful riffs, melodic hooks and well-crafted arrangements. Once Again, it was Adrian who stole the show, writing all the songs, designing the artwork and providing a remarkable selection of guitar solos, contributions that would not go unnoticed amongst his contemporaries. Indeed, once Adrian had disbanded the band, David Coverdale approached him to join Whitesnake for their hugely successful ‘1987’ album. Produced by former Golden Earring drummer Jaap Eggermont, ‘Alibi’, despite its relative commercial failure, still holds firm as a record that combines all the great elements of Vandenberg’s all too brief day in the sun, leaving behind a vapour trail that still impresses to this day.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, produced by Jaap Eggermont (Golden Earring),12 page full colour booklet, 3,000 word essay, new interview, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. All The Way 2. Pedal To The Metal 3. Once In A Lifetime 4. Voodoo 5. Dressed To Kill 6. Fighting Against The World 7. How Long 8. Prelude Mortale 9. Alibi 10. Kamikaze.

Fortress ‘Hands In The Till’ CANDY241 / “The music business is littered with sob stories. Those that shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ made it if matters hadn’t conspired against them. It’s a familiar tale of woe alright and one that we’ve heard a million times before yet the strangest thing is some of the world’s greatest recordings have been cruelly thrown to the kerb by a simple twist of fate. Step forward Fortress, an act that really ought to have made a much bigger splash than they did. Although the band came and went in the wink of an eye, they’re members had actually been active for a number of years, even rubbing musical shoulders with several prestigious outfits during the 70’s, including Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch and cult hard rock act White Witch. The big break came with the formation of Fortress yet, sadly, through no fault of their own, success failed to materialise. Based in Los Angeles, the band attracted the ears of Freddie Piro a producer who had already made a big splash recording the progressive rock band Ambrosia. Piro’s Fortress demos attracted the attention of Atlantic Records who promptly signed them, resulting in ‘Hands In The Till’, one of the most impressive heavy and melodic rock albums of the early 80s, attracting eager comparisons to the likes of Journey, Roadmaster, Foreigner and Boston. Sadly, like many other stunning examples, changes in the hierarchy at their label put paid to their dreams.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, classic underground AOR,12 page full colour booklet, 3,000 word essay, new interview, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Hands In The Till 2. How Do I Exist 3. Comin’ After You 4. Requiem 5. Kisses 6. Let’s Do It Again 7. Breakin’ Free 8. Carry Me Back 9. Back On The Path 10. Mystery.

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ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON – NIGHT RANGER’S KELLY KEAGY:
In episode 17 of One On One With Mitch Lafon: In part one, Mitch sits down with Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy to discuss the band’s new album High Road, the band’s upcoming touring plans, being part of the Kiss Kruise, the sometimes under-appreciated Feeding Off The Mojo album that included Gary Moon on vocals, the importance of Jack Blades to the band and much more.
In Part 2, Mitch chats with Lillian Axe’s Steve Blaze. Topics discussed include the band’s new triple disc set One Night In The Temple, the Louisiana Rock Hall Of Fame, the importance of a brand name, getting to work on the new ‘electric’ Lillian Axe album, working with Ratt’s Robbin Crosby and much more.

Link: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-17.

This episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Andrew McNeice of http://www.melodicrock.com – Andrew talks about his love for Night Ranger, working the new Lillian Axe album, the launch of the NEW melodicrock.com and Melodic Rock Records including how to submit an artist’s demo for consideration.
For more about Night Ranger visit: www.nightranger.com.
For more about Lillian Axe visit: www.lillianaxe.com

BRET MICHAELS’ MEDICAL EMERGENCY:
From: www.facebook.com/BretMichaels – “Breaking News: Message From Pete Evick Regarding Bret Michaels’ Medical Emergency.

This is a message I never imagined I’d have to post. Tonight in Manchester, NH 3 songs into the set Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage. In the 9 years I’ve stood next to him, I’ve never seen a look like the one on his face as if I was a complete stranger. One of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret’s blood sugar was extremely low.
He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue. As you all know he is a health fanatic and fiercely monitors his blood sugar, he basically had to be dragged off the stage in his sickest of conditions. When I rushed to the bus he could barely speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them.
As of now he is with paramedics being evaluated. We will keep you posted throughout the evening. ~ Pete Evick”

RUBICON CROSS HITS THE CHARTS WITH SELF-TITLED DEBUT:
There is an unmistakable buzz surrounding the hard-hitting self-titled debut from Rubicon Cross. And now, the chart numbers are backing up the buzz, as it has been announced that the album has debuted at #23 on the Heatseeker Chart, #42 on the Hard Music Albums Chart, and #123 on the Independent Albums Chart. Additionally, the album hit the Top 40 at Best Buy, where the album’s deluxe edition (which comes with a poster and bonus tracks) is available for purchase: www.bestbuy.com/site/rubicon-cross-deluxe-only–best-buy-with-bonus-tracks-poster-cd.
Comprised of CJ Snare/vocals, Chris Green/lead guitars, Jeff Lerman/second guitar, Simon Farmery/bass, and Robert Behnke/drums, the lush melodic core of Rubicon Cross’ songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost on this record.

From the first single, “Bleed With Me” that starts just as propulsive as it ends to “Kill Or Be Killed” that has a relentless metal drive, Rubicon Cross is a collection of contemporary heavy music that sits just as comfortably next to hard rock classics as it does modern rock upstarts. “Locked and Loaded” is featured in the Xbox360 and PS3 game “Dirt Showdown” alongside of new rock heavy-hitters Rise Against, Rival Sons and The Parlor Mob.
Check out the video for “Bleed With Me” here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFneEfoJbn8&feature=youtu.be. Check out the “Bleed With Me” song here: soundcloud.com/rubicon-cross-official/bleed-with-me/s-b4fB0.
Album Track List: Locked And Loaded, Next Worse Enemy, Bleed With Me, Save Me Within, You Will Remember Me, Moving On, R U Angry, Shine, Kill Or Be Killed, All The Little Things.
For more info, visit: rubiconcross.net / facebook.com/rubiconcrossband.

PAVIC TO OPEN DAY 3 OF ITILIAN FESTIVAL:
Italian rockers Pavic will be opening the 3rd day at the Rock In Idro 2014 festival in Bologna, Italy on Sunday June the 1st. The band will share the stage with Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Opeth and more. Pavic won the “Rock In Idro Band Contest” with their performing of the Iron Maiden classic “Wasting Love”www.youtube.com/watch?v=79r4ProIGkM.
The band recently released their critically acclaimed third album entitled “Is War The Answer?”. Three singles with videos were released from the album: Song For The Rain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsUdibJYCM0; Is War The Answer?: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk7tHPnsDk; In Your Eyes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNPtaNu1mQ.
WebLinks: www.rockinidro.com / www.pavictheband.com / www.facebook.com/pavictheband.

MRX UPDATED:
2 new Feature Albums online today to check out:
– Jon Butcher – Pictures From The Front (1989)
– Biloxi – Let The Games Begin
Join MRX now.

RARE NEW BILLY SQUIER INTERVIEW:
Greece’s Rockpages Web Magazine did an exclusive interview with Billy Squier regarding the re-release of his last rock record “Tell The Truth”. Here’s an excerpt where Billy Squier lets us know what exactly happened back in 1993:

Rockpages.gr: The album starts with the “in your face” track “Angry”. Did it reflect your feelings toward the music industry – I mean both musically and lyrically- after the lack of success of “Hear and Now” and “Creatures of Habit”?
Billy Squier: (laughs) Unlike some of my other songs I wouldn’t say that I was directing to that side of the industry with this song. It’s interesting that you pose that question because I can see why you are thinking that. The best thing about music is that the listener wants or tries to interpret the song the way he wants to. Some songs are so direct that leave a little for the imagination but getting back to “Angry”, you have interpreted the song in a way that I probably didn’t intend it to be but could easily have been (laughs)! I mean, if “Angry” had been on another record after “Tell The Truth” and that record started with this song then you would have been completely right. Because the record company didn’t do anything to promote the record and actually made me quit the music business with all that happening after the recording of “Tell The Truth”. When I did “Tell The Truth”, I was going through my fourth or fifth label president at Capitol Records. The guy who came in while I was making the album was previously at Geffen and he was somehow involved in the whole grunge movement.
Well, this guy decided that he knew more about music than I did. He had an idea of what he was gonna do at Capitol Records and he decided that he was not gonna promote Billy Squier. I really don’t know why he decided that but I can tell you this: when I finished “Tell The Truth” and gave it to Capitol, he called me up…it was spring of 1993…he called me up at my home and he said: “Billy, I wanna tell you something. This is the best record that’s coming out from our label for at least the next six months”. And…Sakis, that’s the good part…he said: “….and I am gonna make sure that nobody hears it”! He said that…he said: “I’m gonna bury your record”! And I said to him: “what are you talking about”? He wouldn’t give me a straight answer…nothing! The next thing I did was to call my lawyer and ask him to get me out of this horrible situation. It was such an incredible…I don’t know if “shock” is the right word…but it had such a huge impact on me that I immediately said: “fuck that…I’m done”! If someone could do such a thing to me, I don’t want to be involved anymore in this business.
You know…it hurt so much because he told me that the record so good…well, I knew that I had done my best on “Tell The Truth”. When I made “Don’t Say No”, I felt and I believed that this was the record I had been working all my life to make. I felt and trust me I am not making this up…I felt that this is the best that I could do. If “Don’t Say No” is not accepted, I am done. That was my exact thought back in 1981. I was sure I couldn’t have done a better record than “Don’t Say No”. And of course, the record was a big hit. When I made “Tell The Truth”, I felt the same way. I was so proud of that record…I remember Mike Chapman telling me: “Billy, you are the best songwriter, I’ve ever come across in my life”! Coming from someone like Mike, it meant a lot to me. So, after all this hard work, there comes this guy telling me: “I’m gonna take your best work and bury it”… there wasn’t much that I could…I left; I walked…you know, I haven’t listened to “Tell The Truth” for a few years and quite recently I put it on and the record blew me away! In fact, I was listening to “Revolver” (ed. note: The Beatles album)…some people think that it’s the best record of all time…so, I was listening to “Revolver” and for some reason after that, I put on “Tell The Truth” and I felt like those two records are completely in good company together. I think that “Tell The Truth” is one of the best rock records ever made by me or anyone! I really do…I think it’s that good.
I can put on “Revolver” or Led Zeppelin’s “II” and then “Tell The Truth” and there is no quality gap. The label’s decision not to push the record, changed my life…it was definitely something that I didn’t anticipate. I didn’t pick up for a couple of years after that. I was so disillusioned by the whole thing that I never really wanted to come back to the industry. And I haven’t done anything really…apart from an acoustic album (ed.note: “Happy Blue”) which came along fine because I wanted to do something different; something challenging as a songwriter. For better or for worse, here I am. My life is good. I am not anywhere nearly involved with music as I used to be. But, I have mixed feelings about it because I love to play. Fortunately I got some chances to do it…Ringo (Starr) was good to me for a few years. Sometimes I feel that I would like to play more but at the same time I don’t want to be a part of this music industry, you know? I feel that music is not as important anymore as it used to be for a lot of people. What counts nowadays is…I don’t know…twitter accounts. So, I don’t really miss what’s going on.
Read The Full Interview Here: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=10506&type=1&lang=EN.

LUKATHER TALKS MORE TOTO:
Two new Steve Lukather / Toto interviews to check out today –

1 – Guitar Internationalguitarinternational.com/2014/05/28/steve-lukather-toto-35-anniversary-concert-dvd-surrounded-friends/

2 – Something Else Reviews: Steve Lukather on the deep cuts from Toto’s new live DVD. somethingelsereviews.com/2014/05/28/deep-cuts-steve-lukather-on-totos-goin-home-st-george-and-the-dragon-others/

UNBREAKABLE DELIVER ‘KNOCKOUT’ MELODIC METAL SOUNDS ON NEW ALBUM:
With interest in vintage ’80s metal sounds at seemingly an all-time high in the U.S., German rockers Unbreakable have picked the perfect time to unleash their new album, Knockout. Having recently signed a record deal with the hard rock and metal label Dark Star Records(based in Chicago), the label works in association with Sony Music Entertainment, which will undoubtedly help introduce Unbreakable to U.S. rock fans and beyond. ‘Unbreakable’ will be released in America on July 29, 2014.
And the band – which is comprised of Al Crespo (vocals), Martin Ries (guitar), Pascal Alles (guitar), Lukas Mittler (bass), and Alexander Ries (drums) – couldn’t have picked a better/knowledgeable producer, who certainly knows a thing or two about classic ’80s metal himself…former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell.
“It was a real pleasure to work with Unbreakable,” says Rarebell. “They could be the next SCORPIONS! That is what I think and feel – I had a lot of fun producing them. America…get ready for Unbreakable!”
After finishing the album the guys are extremely pleased with the end result. “We love all the songs! Each song has its own and special story. The lyrics are real life stories. They are real and no fantasy stories. Our crazy Rock n’ Roll tale! Our lead-off single, ‘Rock the Nightlife,’ will give you a little taste of what living on the road feels like!” And it is this very song that will soon receive the “music video treatment,” and will feature Rarebell as a special guest.
Once the album drops, Unbreakable plan to hit the road hard, showing the world that they can rock and party with the best. “You can expect a high energy rock show and hard power chord guitar riffs with melodic solos, a high metallic voice and driving drum rock beats. We feel like home wherever the stage is!”
Soon, the U.S. will discover the power of Unbreakable. For more info, visit: www.unbreakable-music.com / www.facebook.com/UNBREAKABLE.Music.

VALERIE RELEASE THE FIRST SINGLE FROM THEIR UPCOMING SECOND ALBUM:
Norwegian rockers Valerie have just released the first single “Night After Night” from their sophomore album. The single, which very much like their critically acclaimed debut, features big guitars, catchy hooks and that 80s rock feeling. The album is set to be released in 2014. The single is available worldwide through iTunes, Spotify and Amazon among others. www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9atHKZ6m6I.
Valerie s/t debut album was both a fan and critics’ favorite for its youthful energy, “possessed by the same pop-metal spirit that defined the burgeoning Sunset Strip scene back in the 80s”ќ (Mark Allen, Hard Rock Haven) Sleaze Roxx’ Mark Redmayne called the album “an arresting set of tracks that’ll stalk you from day one”, scoring 8.5/10 Rock Garage Magazine, 7/10 Roxx Zone, and was featured in Classic Rock Magazine in 2013.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/valerieband / www.valerie.no.

S.E.X. DEPARTMENT REPORT:
Press Release: “We are happy to present our last double album as S.E.X. Department. Recorded at House of Metal, Caorle, Italy by Sandro Vazzoler. Mixed and mastered by Illka Wirtanen, Kaiku Entertainment, Finland.
English album Rock’n’roll SS1) Break Down 2) Night Of Demons 3) Rock’n’roll SS 4) No More Beer 5) Hollywood Nightmare 6) Tokyo Death Party 7) Nunaj Nina Nena 8) Baltic Night 9) S.E.X. Department.
Italian album: 1) Eutanazia 2) Slava 3) Venezia 4) Volare 5) A Natale Puoi 6) L’italiano 7) S.E.X. Department.
In worldwide distribution and on iTunes, Napster and Amazon right now!

Cpt Marco Mendess about new album: “Talkin’ about Love, talkin’ about Violence, talkin’ about the Dark Side of the Music. In a World conducted by mind control, plastic surgery and mandatory pornography, here we are, ready to kick your ass! We are the Rock N Roll SS! … see you around!”
Cpt Mendess will be back with his new project Cpt. Mendess & Rock’n’roll Army. First presentation on Masters Of Rock 2014 festival – Main stage – Sunday 13th July 2014.

SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS ANNOUNCE ‘WORLD ON FIRE’:
Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album World On Fire on September 16 via Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Caroline. The group revealed the cover artwork for World On Fire designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single­arriving at radio Friday, June 13th­the disc marks Slash’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns(bass). **See a Q&A with Slash And Myles Kennedy below.
For World On Fire, Slash and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental–a powerful new turn for the band. World On Fire is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.
Following are song titles for World On Fire: “World on Fire” “Shadow Life” “Automatic Overdrive” “Wicked Stone” “30 Years to Life” “Bent to Fly” “Stone Blind” “Too Far Gone” “Beneath the Savage Sun” “Withered Delilah” “Battleground” “Dirty Girl” “Iris of the Storm” “Avalon” “The Dissident” “Safari Inn” “The Unholy”.

SLASH and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have announced additional solo dates in between their summer tour with Aerosmith. The group will preview new songs for fans on the trek which kicks off Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see the full itinerary below). Special ticket packages include: amazing seats (Level 1 tickets), an exclusive autographed SLASH lithograph, a Digital Download of the new SLASH album WORLD ON FIRE and a merchandise voucher worth $50, redeemable in the SLASH Exclusive Online Store. For all packages, visit: slashonline.com/tour.
Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary SLASH’s “Real To Reel” at: http://www.slashonline.com. The innovative online series documented the entire in-studio recording process from the first day of recording to the last; the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series follows Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record WORLD ON FIRE from start to finish.

SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY talk about the album and the forthcoming tour dates in this Q&A:
WORLD ON FIRE marks your second album with your band MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). How do you feel the dynamic between the four of you has evolved?
SLASH: We had a natural chemistry from the very beginning. The longer we have been together the more it has blossomed. And because of all the touring and the different situations we have been thrown into as a band and as players, we have all subconsciously learned from that. It shows up when we’re writing and when we’re recording. It’s sort of an unsaid thing, but I can sense it. It’s a natural evolution for a bunch of musicians in a band together.
MYLES: Over the last four years we have definitely evolved into a band. Utilizing Todd’s vocal prowess and Brent’s ability as a multi-instrumentalist definitely highlights what the Conspirators are capable of. I feel like it adds to what Slash and I do as songwriters. Not to mention they are both a big part of the arrangement process. Todd even brought in a cool progression that we used for the verses in “Shadow Life” and he added an great intro to “The Dissident” which is really fun.

What are the biggest differences between the last album Apocalyptic Love and the new album WORLD ON FIRE?
SLASH: The biggest difference is that the band has also has naturally evolved with so much touring and all of these different things. There’s a difference in musicianship that shows on this record and the songwriting skills especially.
The other difference is the fact that we recorded both albums live, but we kept the first one (Apocalyptic Love) just live. That was it. There was no over-dubs or layering or any kind of studio techniques. With WORLD ON FIRE I wanted to do guitar harmonies and double up parts and just create sounds. It’s a little more produced record in that sense.
MYLES: We didn’t spend as much time fine-tuning arrangements as a unit during the Apocalyptic sessions. I think that’s part of the reason this record sounds as cohesive as it does. Slash spent a lot of time with Todd and Brent working on arrangements while I was on tour with Alter Bridge late last year. When I got off the road, I met up with them in LA so they could get a feel for how the songs felt with vocals.
Another difference is that Slash played all the guitars on WORLD ON FIRE. During the Apocalyptic sessions I sang and played guitar which was fun, but it definitely cut into the amount of time I had to focus on lyrics, etc. Not playing guitar on WORLD ON FIRE gave me additional time to fine-tune lyrics and melodies which improved the songs in the end. I’m very happy with how it turned out.

For WORLD ON FIRE you teamed up with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus). What do you feel he brought to the table?
SLASH: Elvis is very conscious about guitar and guitar tones as well as drums, bass and vocals. For me, it is important to work with somebody who is very dialed-into guitar sounds. In this particular day and age it’s a rarity to find someone who really understands guitar sounds. Elvis is an extremely hard-worker. I consider myself a hard worker as well as Myles. He was somebody that, over the course of making the record, gave me an even more of an extra push in some moments. So he brought out the best in me as well as Myles and the drums and everything. He was a pleasure to work with.
MYLES: Elvis is brilliant. It’s the fifth record I have had the pleasure of recording with him. His ability to get the best out of a rock band is pretty special. He always seems to be aware of what the fans want to hear from an artist. He did a great job documenting Slash’s tone and sound. I remember the first time I heard the solo for “Battleground”–I was blown away. Elvis captured the sonic hallmarks that made Slash’s playing resonate with me 25 years ago. Elvis is hands-on with every element of the recording process. From the arrangements to the final mix, he is relentless at making sure that the record is everything it should be and more.

Did you guys experiment with any new sounds with the production?
SLASH: Yes and no. The whole record sounds new compared to the last album. Yes we did do a lot of tonal and EQ and guitars. I can’t say we were looking to break ground with new technology, because we did this to tape. But from a tonal and equalization point of view, we definitely broke a lot of new ground.
MYLES: That would be a question for Elvis or Slash. I can definitely hear some new approaches that I haven’t heard on the last two records.

NIGHT BY NIGHT DEBUT DUE JULY 11:
British hard rockers Night By Night, who feature Ben Christo (Sisters Of Mercy guitarist) in their ranks, will release their brand new album “NxN“, on July 11 (Europe),July 14 (UK) and July 15 (USA/Canada) via A Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records.
“NxN” was produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motцrhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Sylosis) at Outhouse studios, engineered by Rob Thomas, lead vocals produced & engineered by Ben Christo Henry Rundell and mixed by John Mitchell (Alter Bridge, Asia, Snakecharmer) at Outhouse studios.
“These guys are the complete package, big hooks, big melodies and shit-hot harmonies. Night By Night are assured of a bright future!” (Rick Savage/Def Leppard)
Tracklist: 01. Time To Escape 02. Holding Onto Holding On 03. Cant Walk Away 04. Everywhere Tonight 05. Siren 06. A Thousand Lies 07. Its Not Faith 08. The Moment 09. If Only 10. Never Die Again.

Night By Night is: Henry Rundell – Lead Vocals (ex Voodoo Six), Tom Daniel – Guitars, Ben Christo – Guitars, Vocals (Sisters Of Mercy), Jonny Thornton – Bass, Vocals, Damien Diablo – Drums.

Night by Night areahard rock 5-piece from London who fuse searing riffs with soaring melodies. This cutting-edge quintet combine the best of classic and contemporary rock, charged with 3-part vocal harmonies to create their own sound and the result is a debut of unparalleled strength and musical maturity, with across the board appeal.
Combine the heavyweight riffs and modern crunch of Alterbridge, add the infectious choruses and lush vocal harmonies of Def Leppard for a taste of what Night by Night are all about. The band members each come with their own musical pedigree (The Sisters of Mercy, Voodoo Six) – and it shows. With flawless production (by Romesh Dodangoda – Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine) and irresistible choruses, this is a rare gem of an album with ten strong songs, telling tales of hope and heartbreak.
From the beautifully addictive ‘Can’t Walk Away’ to the hard rocking, ‘Siren’ and everyone’s new favourite song, ‘If Only’ – Night by Night are creating musical alchemy.
“If you like hard rock with intensity, melody and meaning, you will find it here. We have real passion for what we are doing and have pushed ourselves to create the best music possible – no disclaimers, no excuses – we’ve worked hard and we are really proud of the result…”
Night by Night have toured extensively supporting the likes of Europe, Y&T, Jettblack, Heaven’s Basement, Alannah Myles, Acey Slade, The Quireboys, Jayce Lewis,Warrior Soul, Dear Superstar, The Dirty Youth as well as performing storming sets at Hard Rock Hell and Download Festival.
WebLinks: www.nxnofficial.com / www.facebook.com/NightByNightUK.

ALL STAR CONCEPT ALBUM OUT NOW:
All-Star Concept Album Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips, Toto’s Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep’s John Lawton Now Available!
Asheville, NC – Possibly the most anticipated new release of 2014, My Kind O’ Lovin’ featuring drum legend Simon Phillips, Toto’s Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep/Lucifer’s Friend’s John Lawton, is now available! Released on the heels of 2012’s hit album The Power Of Mind, featuring John Lawton, My Kind O’ Lovin’ is another innovative new CD, conceived, written and produced by the CGI member, and as of very recently European Citizen of the Year (2013) Dr. Milen Vrabevski. This next charity project of his is dedicated to young talents in EU.
Says Milen, “I allowed myself to play acoustic guitar in just the title song this time. Nothing else. The team was just too good for my level. Happy they liked the pieces. Many thanks to the guys I started this project with, and worked on the arrangements: Ivo Stefanov and Svurry, and to the whole all star band for their devotion.”
Pulling up a chair at Classic Rock Revisited’s Best Releases 2012 with Intelligent Music Project I, The Power of Mind producer Milen Vrabevski is setting a high standard of expectations with his Intelligent Music Project II, My Kind O’ Lovin’. The producer’s next charity project goes to support education programs for talented kids. Milen was awarded European Citizen of the Year 2013 (by the EU Parliament), and a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

My Kind O’ Lovin’ features a colorful, multifarious and formidable listening experience with hints of melodic hard rock and early prog, featuring the fabulous Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Protocol II etc.) on drums & percussion – brilliantly bringing out the chemistry of this unpredictable format of vintage vocals from John Lawton (ex-Uriah Heep) and Joseph Williams (Toto). Strong melodies and acoustic patterns with impressive vocals of undiminished power – this hefty emotional pool comes across in a very melodic way featuring great lead guitar and spacious orchestral flourishes.
The author translates to the audience his own experience & vision about everyday life topics in an easy manner, focusing on essential values – solid ground to step on to having a meaningful life.
Says Milen, “The message of the album is what I, as an author, would prefer to raise my kids with. Frustration, constant criticism, and judging people leads to nowhere. Therefore, we present essential things about love, friendship, our own environment we should invest in, getting into substantial initiatives, knowing happiness through serving the others, not limiting our minds with prejudice while seeking togetherness, understanding our life is in our hands, finishing off with the principle that it’s good to wake up knowing what follows is a great day, in which fame does not matter, and ego’s domination is retrograde, and you enjoy to live for the others, doing things not because of the result, but because you love to be that way.”
Watch the official My Kind O’ Lovin’ promotional video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwavFSqjV7w&feature=youtu.be

Stand out tracks:
“Get Into Real” – if there is a song from this side act that connects the dots with some of William’s Toto-related cuts, this is it, but with hints of Led Zep to Asia nuances.
“Happiness”- a track so cool it deserves a trip around the world. You can take a magic trip through the positive messages of the album via Simple Game, Things We Can’t Do, Love Song to the rockin’ No One Can Deny It, Time To Move Along and other pieces on this hit collection.
“Conclusion” – a 6-minute summary of the composer’s key approaches throughout the album and presents the audience with the magnificent culmination of the super group Phillips-Lawton-Williams, the front-men format of Intelligent Music Project II.

Recording sessions for drums (Simon Phillips) and vocals (Joseph Williams) took place at Simon Phillips’ Phantom Recordings studio. Producer and composer Vrabevski was provided full creative input by Simon Philips in developing the course of compositions and musical ideas. Says Milen, “We recorded all drums and percussion, and Joe’s vocal parts at Simon’s recording studio in LA. Simon devotedly played the role of our music co-producer there too. Now he’s been kind enough to take part in finalizing all mixes of MKL tracks.”
Simon Phillips is an iconic English drummer and producer. He is also a prolific session drummer, and has played with such well known music artists as The Who, Judas Priest, Jeff Beck, Tears for Fears, Mike Oldfield, Pete Townshend, the late Gary Moore and many others.
“Working on this project with Milen Vrabevski was so much fun and I find his enthusiasm for music is so uplifting.” – Simon Phillips
Joseph Williams was part of four Toto albums – Fahrenheit (1986), The Seventh One (1988), Toto XX (1988) and Falling in Between (2006). He has since re-joined the touring edition of Toto for a series of shows across Europe and Japan.
“Milen was such a joy to work with .. Truly a warm and bright gentleman. It’s rare thing these days to work with such happy, enthusiastic talented people … I had a ball!!” – Joseph Williams

John Lawton, who split with Uriah Heep in 1979, was featured on the albums Innocent Victim (1977), Firefly (1977), Fallen Angel (1978) and Live ’79 and is considered the best singer around the British heavy progressive rock institution. After recording the conceptual album The Power Of Mind, Intelligent Music Project I, he joins the super group with Phillips and Williams in the second project of Bulgarian producer and composer Milen Vrabevski – My Kind O’ Lovin’.
“My Kind O’ Lovin’….Intelligent Music Project II….was for me an absolute pleasure to sing, the melodies flowing out of Milen Vrabevski’s head seem to be endless. The album differs a lot from The Power Of Mind, not only in that there are guest artist’s in the caliber of Joseph Williams and Simon Phillips both of Toto fame but some searing guitar work from a little known Bulgarian axe man known only to me as Sverri. I spent 2 weeks laying down lead & backing vocals in Intelligent Music’s new studio in Sofia / Bulgaria and believe me it wasn’t hard work, not when the music is this good.” – John Lawton
To purchase My Kind O’ Lovin’: www.amazon.com/Kind-Lovin-Intelligent-Music-Project / itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-kind-o-lovin-feat.-joseph/id880550938 / For more information: www.mykindoflovin.com.

GREAT WHITE NEW ALBUM ‘SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL’ TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE:
[Note: as far as I can tell, this is a cobbled together compilation by “Collectors Dream Records”]

Great White’s new album Saturday Night Special will be released on June 13th, 2014, through the Collectors Dream Records label. This 15 track collection of fan favorites includes the band’s hits ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’, ‘Rock Me’ and ‘Save Your Love’, plus covers of songs by: Led Zeppelin, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Aerosmith and more.
Saturday Night Special tracklisting: ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ (Ian Hunter), ‘Rock Me’ (Great White), ‘Save Your Love’ (Great White), ‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself’ (Georgia Satellites), ‘Hard To Handle’ (Black Crowes), ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ (Survivor), ‘Saturday Night Special’ (Lynyrd Skynyrd), ‘Same Old Song And Dance’ (Aerosmith), ‘Kickstart My Heart’ (Motley Crue), ‘Any Way You Want It’ (Journey), ‘Unchained’ (Van Halen) , ‘Diamonds & Rust’ (Joan Baez), ‘Dazed & Confused’ (Led Zeppelin), ‘Sarah’ (Thin Lizzy), ‘Blue Christmas’ (Elvis Presley).
Featuring Jack Russell on vocals and appearances by Dweezil Zappa, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Edgar Winter, Bruce Kulick, Tony Franklin and others. “Saturday Night Special” will be available on June 13th via Collectors Dream Records.

ALESTORM SET OFF INTO THE SUNSET:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… Alestorm are hitting the seven seas again!
ALESTORM are back with their outstanding new album “Sunset On The Golden Age”. Join the band as they cross the ocean on a vessel packed to the gunwales with their trademark catchy songs, fuelled by the bands on going love of the piratical life on the seven seas (with an abundance of wooden legs, parrots and eye patches thrown in for good measure!). Captain Christopher Bowes and his crazy crew are sailing through `Bacon Powered Pirate Coreґ with sleek keyboard riffs influenced by folk metal and classic power metal.
The winner of the `Best New Pirate Metal Bandґ Grammy Award, have once again triumphed in the studio and ‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ is full of brilliant performances and songs like ‘Drink!’, ‘Walk The Plank’, ‘Magnetic North’ and ‘1741 (The Battle For Cartagena)’, that once heard will not be forgotten in a hurry!
A real treasure trove for pirates and rum-loving landlubbers!

POD-BRIEFS:
Episode 15 of One On One With Mitch Lafon: In part one Mitch sits down Tesla from man, Jeff Keith. The two discuss the band’s latest album, Simplicity, as well as the band’s storied history, The Mechanical Resonance album, Jeff’s country & Bar 7 albums and much more.
In part two, Mitch sits down with legend George Thorogood. The pair discuss George’s longevity, his 40th anniversary tour, the pros and cons of Bad To The Bone, his health, plans for a new album, bands with gimmicks and much more.
The episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted Talking Metal’s Mark Strigl.
WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-15.

This week on The Double Stop Podcast is an interview with legendary bassist Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore). Bob takes us through his career, and gives us a taste of what’s in his new autobiography ‘For Facts Sake’ќ. He explains how he got his start as a bassist, and goes into detail on his pivotal role in Ozzy’s first 6 studio albums. Plus he talks about his working relationship with Gary Moore, and his plans for the ‘Holy Grail’ќ – his rehearsal tapes of the original ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ќ band with Randy Rhoads.thedoublestop.com/ep-15-bob-daisley-ozzy-gary-moore / www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyAInC7zvKE&noredirect=1.

This week John Cuniberti returns to to the show for a 2nd interview to give us his top 20 tips for recording engineers, the history of Reamp (and why he created it during the mixing of Joe Satriani’s “Time Machine”), and looks at two more projects he worked on – Kevin Gilbert’s ‘Taming of tthe True’ќ (which he calls his favorite cd he’s worked on) and Sammy Hagar’s latest – ‘Sammy Hagar and Friends’ / thedoublestop.com/ep-16-john-cuniberti-producer-sammy-hagar-kevin-gilbert / / itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-double-stop/id818189359?mt=2.

CANADIAN PROG ROCKERS DRUCKFARBEN TO RELEASE SECOND SOUND CD:
Canadian progressive rock band Druckfarben will release their sophomore album, Second Sound, worldwide on March 22. The record will be available in CD form from their website (druckfarben.ca) and CD Baby, and digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp.
Second Sound features bold new colours in such songs as ‘An Answer Dreaming’ќ, ‘In Disbelief’ќ and ‘Liberated Dream’ќ, and concludes with the 19-minute ‘Second Sound’ќ suite. ‘This is a natural progression from our first album,’ќ says guitarist Ed Bernard, ‘but also introduces musical elements that might be surprising to those who know our music so far.’
Bernard leads the group, which was formed in 2008 along with bassist Peter Murray (Surrender Dorothy, Ron Sexsmith), keyboardist William Hare (Crystal Shawanda, Angelica DiCastro, Abraham’s Children), drummer Troy Feener (Full Nine, Tom Cochrane) and singer Phil Naro (Talas, Peter Criss, DDrive). In German, Druckfarben means ‘coloured ink used for printing on textiles or other media.’ќ In the mid-80s, teenaged Ed and Troy had no idea what the word meant when they discovered it stencilled on mysterious black barrels in their rehearsal studio. But many years later it resurfaced as the name of Canada’s great new prog export.
All five members of Druckfarben grew up with a shared love of classic progressive rock music, such as Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush, King Crimson and Kansas. They played their first show on March 1, 2008 in Port Credit, Ontario. Their self-titled debut was released in October 2011, followed by a live DVD (Artifact) in 2013. They quickly built up an international following, including supporters such as Kim Mitchell, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), and Maurizio Guarini of Italy’s Goblin, as well as producers Terry Brown (Rush) and David Bendeth (Bruce Hornsby, Paramore).
The band is eager to perform the exciting new material from Second Sound live throughout 2014 and beyond.
For news and updates, follow: www.druckfarben.ca / www.facebook.com/druckfarben.

 

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 27/05/2014

VEGA TO RELEASE THEIR STEREO MESSIAH ON FRONTIERS:
Frontiers Records is pleased to welcome back to the label British Melodic Rockers Vega who plan to release their third album “Stereo Messiah” in the fall of 2014.

“It is a pleasure to be part again of the best label in the world!” said James Martin keyboardist and co-songwriter of the band. The recordings are almost completed and the band is currently putting the finishing touches to the album which can certainly be enlisted as one of the Melodic Rock highlights of the second part of the year. “Stereo Messiah” has been produced by John Mitchell and will be mastered in June by Harry Hess of Harem Scarem. It will also see Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott appear on a duet with singer Nick Workman on a rare Def Leppard song given to Vega by the Sheffield front man himself! “It’s a clichй to say this, but it really is a dream come true for us. Leppard are a massive influence on us. This is such an honour!” said Nick.

Vega have also finalized already the first batch of UK shows. More dates will follow in the rest of Europe and UK in the following months:
November 1st: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
November 6th: Bolton Railway
November 7th: Swansea Static
November 8th: London The Garage


TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “THE PARADISE LOST” LYRIC VIDEO:
Timo Tolkki’s Avalon “The Paradise Lost” Lyric Video. Order the album on Amazon www.smarturl.it/avalonangelsamaz or iTunes www.smarturl.it/ttokkkisangelitunes. Or buy it on www.frontiers.it.

AOR ­ LA CONNECTION DUE JULY 18:
Escape Music will release the new AOR album L.A Connection July 18.
Track listing: On The Edge Of Glory / Pride Of Strangers / Closer To Zero / Once Off Guard / Lost Souls Don’t Cry / Exiled In Sadness / Age Of Desire / Circle Of Danger / The Crystal Heart.

Audio Preview: Lost Souls don’t cry.

Musicians: Frйdйric Slama : Guitars & Keyboards; Tommy Denander : All Instruments; Bill Champlin : Lead & Backing Vocals; Paul Sabu : Lead & Backing Vocals; Jeff Paris : Lead & Backing Vocals; Sherwood Ball : Lead & Backing Vocals; David Forbes : Lead & Backing Vocals; Philip Bardowell : Lead & Backing Vocals; Bob Harris : Lead & Backing Vocals; Rick Riso: Lead & Backing Vocals; Tamara Champlin: Lead & Backing Vocals; Pete Newdeck : Backing Vocals; Colin Rodgers : Guitars & Bass; Pat Thern : Drums.

Band bio: “Frederic Slama has continued to inspire us through the years with his “LA” themed releases. Ranging from soft rock to west coast to harder, edgier tunes Frederic has always brought quality music to the table. Now in 2014 Frйdйric Slama’ s AOR project is back with lucky number 13, with an impressive new album called L.A Connection, featuring a fantastic list of guests such as Tommy Denander, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Paul Sabu (Sabu, Only Child, Kidd Glove), Jeff Paris, Sherwood Ball (Jay Graydon), David Forbes (Boulevard), Rick Riso, Philip Bardowell (Places Of Power, Unruly Child), Bob Harris (Axe), Tamara Champlin & many others.
For this 13th album, AOR is flirting with heavier territories with songs reminiscent of Foreigner, Giant, Journey & Toto. The first class production by Frйdйric Slama & Tommy Denander will leave you breathless and the legendary singers of L.A Connection will surely take Melodic Rock to new heights. So it’s time for the “L.A Connection”.
This is AOR’s best outing to date and worthy of your attention, like a great red wine AOR just improves as each year passes.”
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


MORE FROM THAT VOICE:
Here’s a better view of the 3 songs Steve Perry sung with The Eels this weekend past. It seems Perry’s arrival on stage has gone viral!

KILLER DWARFS IN HIGHWAY SMASH:
Killer Dwarfs frontman Russ Dwarf airlifted after band was involved in a multi-car freeway pileup returning from Rocklahoma appearance. Details: www.metalsludge.tv/?p=43662 
I’ve just heard via Mitch Lafon that “Russ okay in hospital. On plane now coming home…”

INTRODUCING GERMAN ROCK BAND AT EAZE:
The German newcomer rock band At Eaze has just released their new record Another Shot – modern hard rock at its best!
“Back in the years we released our first album Facing the Odds in 2010, which gave us a huge respect of the music scene in many countries. With our new record Another Shot we wanted to start something amazing, something that’s a milestone in modern Hard rock music. Well, we’ve got it. And this one is for all of you guys out there!”, singer/bass player Laura Fink says.
Another Shot will kick your ass with modern Hard rock and a strong woman’s voice. So blow up your mind and hit your ears.
Don’t miss these four awesome musicians and their powerful rock music. You can download the record on iTunes and Amazon. WebLink: www.facebook.com/ateaze.


MITCH LAFON TALKS TO GREAT WHITE:
In episode 16 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch sits down with, in part one, Great White’s Michael Lardie to discuss the band’s recently launched Official Great White TV channel on YouTube. The pair also discuss the band’s upcoming touring and recording plans as well as singer Terry Ilous. They also talk about Michael’s involvement in the ‘A World With Heroes – Kiss tribute CD’ (that raises money for a Montreal Palliative Care home), his cover of the Kiss song ‘beth’, Great White’s Elation album and Michael’s time with Night Ranger.
WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-16.

In Part 2, Mitch chats with Great White’s Mark Kendall and his wife Bridget Kendall. Topics of discussion include the launch of the Official Great White TV channel on YouTube. The challenges of being a rock ‘n roll married couple and dealing with every day life while on the road (from taking care of the family, to paying bills, etc). This was Bridget’s first ever interview with her husband, Mark. It offers a unique perspective of being a rock ‘n roll family.
The episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by former Guns ‘N Roses & Great White manager, Alan Niven.
For more about Great White visit: http://www.greatwhiterocks.com. Follow Mark Kendall on Twitter: @MarkKendall_GW and Great White: @GreatWhiteBand 
For more about the Kiss 40th Anniversary Tribute album for Palliative care on iTunes visit: itunes.apple.com/ca/album/world-heroes-kiss-tribute/id716859684.

NEW SHOWCASE:
A new Showcase online today for the Frontiers Rock Festival 2014 Compilation. Check it out here and purchase here: www.frontiers.it/album/5207/.

 

NEW REVIEWS ONLINE:
New Reviews added to the site today – the LAST batch before the launch of the new MR website!
Online today are reviews for: California Breed, Neal Schon, Timo Tolkki, Seven, Diesel, SunStrike, Mother Road, Alien, Dynazty and Brother FiretribeCheck them out now.

Today’s reviews reflect a few things. First – there’s a lot of great releases around. Plenty to pick and choose from for all!
Secondly, with the development of the new MR website, I haven’t had much time to devote to reviews as is needed, so what I’m reviewing right now are the main titles around right now – and as far as those – they are mostly very consistent and of high quality. The ratings have been high all year – because of the quality with mainline releases and the fact I haven’t had time to get to the secondary releases which may not obtain such high praise and help average out the scores, but equally deserving of coverage.

Which leads to my final point – the increased consistency and quality of releases is leading the reviews to tend higher and if I keep going we’ll need a 110 rating soon enough.

So with today’s reviews, say goodbye to the old MR site and stand by for the new. The new design allows me a whole lot more flexibility to add reviews one at a time, instead of painfully working up a batch and HTML’ing them to add in one go. That means more reviews, less constraints over what titles and the length of reviews (long if I want, short if I want…) and a slight tweak to the ratings system.

I have grappled with this for months, but decided that to do anything completely different would throw 16 years of past reviews into disarray, so the % system will stay and I’ll continue to talk about the details within each release in as much detail as necessary, but at the same time, there is one additional rank being added within the current 0-100 system, plus I have tweaked the descriptions each color rank uses. On top of that, you can expect me to be tougher on scores and a general depreciation in overall marks (just slightly), as this will allow greater scope to point out truly outstanding releases, focus on the good records and allow room to grow once again. 

80 is the new 90 🙂

I’m looking forward to getting the new site launched….I hope the new layout and system makes sense and is as popular as the reviews here have been over the years. Once the new site is launched I will begin the slow process of cataloguing all past years’ worth of reviews into one mega-searchable database at the new site!
Thanks for the support and awesome feedback over that time.

BEAUTIFUL GOODBYE FROM RICHARD MARX IN JULY:
A new Richard Marx album titles Beautiful Goodbye will be released worldwide July 8 via Marx’s own independent label. The tracks featured on the album are: 01 Whatever We Started 02 Suddenly 03 Inside 04 Beautiful Goodbye 05 Forgot To Remember 06 Turn Off The Night 07 Have A Little Faith 08 Like The World Is Ending 09 To My Senses 10 Getaway 11 Eyes On Me.
Check out the first single now:

STEVE PERRY JOINS THE EELS ON STAGE:
Great to hear the legendary Mr. Steve Perry on a stage once again – making a short cameo lead vocal appearance this weekend with The Eels. Check it out here: www.facebook.com/MelodicRockAU/posts/10152339516022326.

BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS SERPENTINE RETURN:
Press Release: “We are delighted to announce that after twelve months in the proverbial wilderness, Serpentine are back!
After parting ways with our former singer Matt Black last year, and with our beloved bassist and founder member Gareth Vanstone bowing out in early 2014 due to health issues, it is with extreme pleasure that we welcome two new recruits to the band who represent the cream of the South Wales rock scene. Vocal powerhouse Adam Payne (ex-Tidal) was identified almost immediately upon Matt’s departure as the voice to represent the new era of Serpentine, and is joined by bassist Owen Crawford whose work on former band Triaxis’ ‘Rage & Retribution’ album is beyond impressive.
You may have gathered by now from our Facebook posts that work in the studio on our yet-to-be-titled third record, which is being produced and co-written by Gary Hughes (Ten), is well underway. The sessions so far have been great and we are more than confident that the songs we’ve chosen represent our best work to date. With that in mind, we are also very excited and honoured to have landed the services of Neil Kernon (Queensryche, FM, Judas Priest, Autograph) to mix the album this summer, which promises to have a harder and darker edge than previous releases.
More details will be available in a full press release, which will be out at the beginning of next week. In the meantime we hope that you will all join us in welcoming two class acts into Serpentine. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support while we’ve been away. Now we’re back, and you’re gonna know about it!!”


PAUL DEAN’S PRE-LOVERBOY BAND STREETHEART RELEASES 1993 LIVE REUNION ALBUM:
One Night One Take features Dean, Matt Frenette and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve reuniting with Kenny Shields and Daryl Gutheil

New York, May 23, 2014–Long before they became full-time members of Loverboy, guitarist Paul Dean, bassist Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve and drummer Matt Frenette were members of another legendary Canadian band, Streetheart. Long gathering dust in Dean’s archives, One Night One Take finally sees the light of day, a live recording made at Winnipeg’s Rolling Stone Cabaret on Friday, August 13, 1993, part of a week-long stint marking the band’s reunion after Dean was “dumped” 15 years before.

One Night, One Take shows off a band where chops, musicianship and communication resulted in an almost 14-minute-long cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb” and a fiery version of Them’s Bert Berns-penned classic, “Here Comes the Night,” both spotlighting Dean’s intense guitar-playing. Sinnaeve’s virtuoso bass and Frenette’s frenetic drumming are showcased on one of the previously unreleased tracks, “Mr. Tall”, while the other new track, “Losin’ Streak”, features vocalist Kenny Shields and keyboardist/vocalist Daryl Gutheil. Also, check out Dean’s electric violin solo on “Move On Over,” where Shields playfully dubs him Paul “Charlie Daniels” Dean, or his guitar pyrotechnics in “Can You Feel It” for further proof of Streetheart’s legendary jamming prowess. “At rehearsal, I said to myself, how the heck am I gonna pull that off – did I actually play that?” laughs Dean today. Their musical touchstones included such powerhouse outfits as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Cream (catch the snippet of “Sunshine of Your Love” in the midst of the almost 10-minute-long “Mr. Tall”). The CD is available now at Streetheart gigs as well as online, and can be downloaded worldwide from digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon, as well as streaming services such as Rdio, Beats Music and Spotify. 

Based in Edmonton at the time, longtime musical collaborators Dean and Frenette were playing in a local cover band, Great Canadian River Race, when they heard about a group from Saskatchewan playing a bar in town. Dean says he and Frenette were impressed, to say the least. Soon after, they found themselves in Regina with Shields and Gutheil, and a year later they recorded their only album, Meanwhile Back in Paris. Dean was replaced in the group shortly thereafter, and eventually joined up with vocalist Mike Reno to form Loverboy, along with bassist Jim Clench (soon to be replaced by the late Scott Smith) and keyboardist Doug Johnson, with Frenette coming aboard soon afterward. “Spider,” who went on to play with Tom Cochrane’s Red Rider, rejoined his ex-Streetheart mates in 2001, after the tragic death of Smith.
Streetheart went on to receive a Juno Award, two Ampex Golden Reel Awards and were voted the most popular Canadian act at the People’s Choice Awards. During the course of their career, they toured with fellow Canucks Chilliwack, Rush, Aldo Nova and April Wine, as well as Sammy Hagar, Styx, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult and AC/DC.

“I thought we were a great band,” says Dean. “We definitely had dynamics and communication on stage, and it took a live album to showcase that. Yeah, I was pretty distraught when I got kicked out – that was a heavy period in my life, but I got over it. I survived. And now I think I can speak for Matt and Spider – it wouldn’t take much convincing for us to do a tour one day. We’re totally appreciative of all our Streetheart and Loverboy fans. Personally, it blows me away that people are still behind us as much as they are, and I’m excited we can finally offer them something like this in return.”

Hard Rock News on 24/05/2014

Daze Of Dawn Release “Falling In Love” Video

Daze Of Dawn have released a music video for the single “Falling In Love”, from their 2013 album ‘Sofa King Cool’. 

Grand prize winners of the 2012 Sona La Dipu Pop-Rock contest, the Valencia-based ‘Canadian’, alternative, retro-rock band have been stunning audiences for over a decade with their legendary live shows and breath of originality. The band is now a true rock power trio (with a bad-ass keyboard player on the side). Formed on Canadian front-man Klyde’s arrival in Spain in 2001 after some years living and performing in Japan, Daze Of Dawn have toured throughout Spain and Europe and continue to take over the world by blowing away one audience at a time. 

Daze Of Dawn’s lively arrangements, subtle details and continued growth on their four previous releases — ‘Shinjuku In June’ (2001), ‘Puppet Heads’ (2003), ‘Drug Testing’ (2006) and ‘Yeti Nation’ (2008) — have won the band continuous accolades from the media and critics alike, including spots in major international festivals (Festimad, Vinarock) and national Spanish radio (RNE3) and television (TVE Los conciertos de Radio 3). 

Most recently Daze Of Dawn were finalists in MTV Winter Valencia 2011 and grand prize winners of Sona La Dipu 2012, a major Spanish rock contest. The grand prize was a full-length album recording and a festival tour for 2013. The new album ‘Sofa King Cool’, recorded by Pau Chafer at RC Estudios and mixed/mastered by Manu Tomas, contains 14 masterfully written and produced songs of long-awaited new music by this excellent original band. 

 

John Galt Debuts “Undeniable” Video

Ukrainian sleaze rockers John Galt have released a music video for the song “Undeniable”, which is featured on their 2013 debut album ‘Served Hot’. 

John Galt is an alcohol-driven, four-piece band from Kharkiv, Ukraine, formed in the summer of 2010 that plays hard rock heavily influenced by modern Swedish glam/sleaze and a little bit of punk. 

Taking their name from a famous book, Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’, John Galt debuted in October 2011 with the three track EP ‘First Run’, which gained the favor of both critics and fans, and attracted the interest of Italian rock label Street Symphonies Records who released ‘Served Hot’. 

The band are offering a free download of their debut EP at johngaltrocks.com, which also contains links to buy their 2013 full-length. 

 

Bang Tango Part Ways With Guitarist Scott LaFlamme

Bang Tango and guitarist Scott LaFlamme have separated after a five year partnership. 

“The members of Bang Tango enjoyed their five year run with Scott and wish him the best of luck and success in the future,” said the band. “After a much needed break Bang Tango is reenergized and excited about returning to the stage. Big news to follow in the coming months with the announcement of a new guitar player and touring plans. See you all on board the Monsters of Rock Cruise in April 2015.” 

LaFlamme appeared on Bang Tango’s 2011 release ‘Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt’. Frontman Joe LeSte and Bang Tango were looking for a studio to record the follow-up to ‘Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt’ back in 2012, but no word on when a new studio album will surface. 

Meanwhile, ‘Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie’ is finally nearing completion and is slated to be released this summer. “Its been a ridiculously long two and a half years working on this thing but I’m proud to say its just about finished and ready to show,” director Drew Fortier tells Sleaze Roxx. “With all the other band documentaries coming out, this one is gonna stick out like a sore thumb in all the best ways.” 

‘Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie’ features interviews with all original members — Joe LeSte, Mark Knight, Kyle Kyle, Tigg Ketler and Kyle Stevens — current members, and key players who performed with Bang Tango. The film also features appearances by Chip Z’Nuff, former Headbanger’s Ball host Riki Rachtman and producer Howard Benson. 

 

Buckcherry Play On Despite Bomb Threats And Religious Nuts

Los Angeles based rockers Buckcherry took the stage Tuesday night at Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral despite the best efforts of local religious group the Holy Family. 

In a letter posted on the band’s bus door, as well as on the venue’s door, a spokesperson for the Holy Family in Cape Coral demanded that the show be canceled. “I do apologize for the last minute notice,” the letter began, “however I’m afraid the concert is going to definitely have to be canceled.” 

The author continued, citing Buckcherry’s “totally disgusting” lyrics and their “contrived ignorant babble and filth” as the reasons that the show must not go on. In a twist few saw coming, the letter also made a note of pointing out that aside from the explicit lyrics, the “Holy Family very much enjoys Buckcherry’s music.” 

In addition to the letter, Dixie Roadhouse also confirmed two separate bomb scares. The details of the scares are not readily available, nor is it confirmed that the Holy Family is responsible, but the letter’s closing paragraph states that “anyone who says this is a hoax is a lying idiot.” 

Despite the trouble, Buckcherry persevered, and took the stage. Venue security “stepped it up and the show went off without a hitch,” according to the band’s manager. 

“We came here to entertain a large group of people that wanted to have a good time,” said guitarist Keith Nelson, “and that’s exactly what we did.” Lead singer Josh Todd added, “Buckcherry has always been about having a good time and we express ourselves the way we want to because we are free. They don’t like our lyrics and hide behind religion as an excuse to attack us as a group or treat other people poorly. Well they can just fuck right off.” 

The band was met with support at the show — they played to a sellout crowd despite the commotion — and on their Facebook, where thousands of fans supported the band when they posted a copy of the letter. Buckcherry expects to continue the rest of their current tour without any additional complications. 

Members of the Holy Family will likely be disheartened to learn that their efforts to censor the band’s explicit language have gone in vain. Buckcherry will release their new EP FUCK in August. 

For more information on Buckcherry, including their remaining tour dates and EP release, be sure to check out their official site at www.buckcherry.com

 

Ted Nugent Gets Ready To ‘Shutup&Jam!’ In July

Ted Nugent Gets Ready To 'Shutup&Jam!' In JulyMulti-platinum guitar icon Ted Nugent returns with a new full-length album ‘Shutup&Jam!, due out July 8th on Frontiers Records. 

This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. Nugent leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, Dokken drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes, while special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to “She’s Gone”. 

“Shutup&Jam! 2014… the unstoppable firestorm of Ted Nugent, all American MotorCity, high energy R&B&R&R soul music erupts once again with what many gungho music lovers are raving to be the best songs and best music and highest energy rock out of my insanely wonderful musical American Dream,” Nugent exclaims. “Sammy Hagar sings his balls off on ‘She’s Gone’ and Derek St. Holmes proves once again that the MotorCity produces not just the greatest guitar grind masterlicks ever but one of the most powerful soul voices of all time on ‘Everything Matters!’ Unleashing early July 2014. Read em & weep! Shutup&Jam! you know who I am, you know where I stand, so Shutup&Jam! I am!” 

“When I first heard Ted’s demo of this song, I immediately responded with ‘I’m in,'” Hagar shares of his involvement on the track “She’s Gone”. “Ted’s ripping the guitar like the days of old… very inspiring to sing to a track like that-old-school blues riff, hard edged rock ‘n roll on fire!!!” 

To coincide with the release of ‘Shutup&Jam!’, Nugent has announced that he’s packing up and hitting the road. On Saturday, June 7th he will join Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Volbeat and other rock titans at the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg, Sweden. He’ll then prepare for his national headlining tour, kicking off July 3rd in Wichita Falls, Texas. Ticket info for all shows is available at tour.tednugent.com

Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock ‘n’ roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, earshattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along with international acclaim. 

Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, Nugent’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey To The Center Of The Mind”, to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan and Wisconsin). 

Nugent was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, Nugent delivers the Ultimate life soundtrack. A Ted Nugent show is not just a performance — it’s a firebreathing celebration! 

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 24/05/2014

TED NUGENT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM ‘SHUTUP&JAM!’ JULY 8:
Multi-platinum guitar icon Ted Nugent returns with a new full-length album SHUTUP&JAM!, due out Tuesday, July 8 on Frontiers Records (July 4 for Europe). This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. Nugent leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to “She’s Gone.” SHUTUP&JAM! is available now for pre-order at Amazon.
“SHUTUP&JAM! 2014…the unstoppable firestorm of Ted Nugent, all American MotorCity, high energy R&B&R&R soulmusic erupts once again with what many gungho music lovers are raving to be the best songs and best music and highest energy rockout of my insanely wonderful musical American Dream,” Nugent exclaims. “Sammy Hagar sings his balls off on ‘She’s Gone’ and Derek St. Holmes proves once again that the MotorCity produces not just the greatest guitar grind masterlicks ever but one of the most powerful soul voices of all time on ‘Everything Matters!’ Unleashing early July 2014. Read em & weep! SHUTUP&JAM! you know who I am, you know where I stand, so SHUTUP&JAM! I am!”

“When I first heard Ted’s demo of this song, I immediately responded with ‘I’m in,’” Hagar shares of his involvement on the track “She’s Gone.” “Ted’s ripping the guitar like the days of old…very inspiring to sing to a track like that—old-school blues riff, hard edged rock ‘n roll on fire!!!”

To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!, Ted has announced that he’s packing up and hitting the road. On Saturday, June 7 he will join Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Volbeat and other rock titans at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sцlvesborg, Sweden. He’ll then prepare for his national headlining tour, kicking off July 3 in Wichita Falls, TX. Ticket info for all shows is available at tour.tednugent.com.
Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along with international acclaim.

Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, Nugent’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).
Nugent was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, Ted delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A Ted Nugent show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!
L-R: Ted Nugent, Derek St. Holmes, Mick Brown, and Greg Smith Photo credit: James & Maryln Brown
WebLinks: www.tednugent.com / www.facebook.com/tednugent / www.twitter.com/tednugent.


THE BABY ANIMALS RELEASE A DELUX, FULLY LOADED EDITION OF ‘THIS IS NOT THE END’:
The fans wanted it. The Baby Animals have delivered it. A deluxe, fully loaded edition of last year’s Top 20 ARIA charting album, This Is Not The End. To be released on Friday, June 6, via Social Family Records, This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition), celebrates the one year anniversary of the original album’s release, and includes never before released live versions of the band’s biggest hits, such as Early Warning, Rush You, Painless, and One Word. 
This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition) offers their legion of fans: 16 live tracks from the ‘Feed The Birds’ tour – BA365 Rockumentary on the making of the album – A lyrics booklet – The new single, This Is Not The End.

Available for pre-order now, the album also comes with a few unique pre-order pack options, PLUS everyone who pre-orders goes into the running to win the jacket Suze wore on the “Feed The Birds” tour and a one-off artwork from Suze herself.
This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition) will be available Friday June 6. Pre-order your copy from the Social Family Records Store, Sanity, or iTunes.

Track Listing: Disc 1 1. Email 2. Bonfires 3. Under Your Skin 4. Stitch 5. Invisible Dreamer 6. Warm Bodies 7. Things That Make You Stay 8. Priceless 9. Hot Air Balloon 10. Got It Bad 11. Winters Day 12. This Is Not The End
Disc 2 (Live) 1. Under Your Skin 2. Got It Bad 3. Rush You 4. Bonfires 5. Warm Bodies 6. Invisible Dreamer 7. Painless 8. Don’t Tell Me What To Do 9. Stitch 10. One Word 11. Hot Air Balloon 12. Email 13. Early Warning 14. One Too Many 15. Ain’t Gonna Get 16. Dirty Bird (Outro Jam)


ALBERTO RIGONI: SONG IN MEMORIAM OF RANDY COVEN PASSED AWAY ON MAY 20, 2014:
Alberto Rigoni: song in memoriam of Randy Coven passed away on May 20th 2014
“I discovered Randy Coven back in 2002 when I purchased ARK’s “Burn the Sun” (one of my favorite albums ever). I was amazed by his unique and superb bass playing. The way he played fretless bass in metal songs was truly innovative. Recently I was trying to contact him for a new studio project that will feature many great prog rock metal bass players from all around the world. Yesterday I learned that he passed away. I’m still shocked and I don’t know what to say but will dedicate my new album (out on October 1st 2014) to him. RIP Randy, you will always inspire my music!!”
In memoriam of Randy, Alberto makes available the song “Corruption” from his upcoming album, featuring Simone Mularoni (DGM) on guitars, Federico Solazzo on keyboards and Denis Novello on drums. The instrumental progressive metal song can be listened at the following link: soundcloud.com/albertorigoni/alberto-rigoni-corruption-in-memoriam-of-randy-coven.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with the following new features:
– Chicago – Star Sessions ’82
– Streetheart – Buried Treasure (1984)
– Bad Company – Live, New York, Electric Ladyland (1992)
Join MRX now!

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 22/05/2014

NIGHT RANGER BONUS TRACK PREVIEW:
Night Ranger release their anticipated High Road album June 6, and there’s a few bonus tracks on offer. Those are:
L.A. No Name (Instrumental) & The Mountain Song on the Deluxe Edition of CD (Worldwide + DVD)
L.A. No Name, Don’t Even Know Your Name & The Mountain Song (Best Buy USA, Deluxe CD +DVD)
Lay It On Me (Live) (Japan release).

For your purchasing decisions, here is 90 second samples of the bonus tracks – Don’t Even Know Your Name / The Mountain Song / Lay It On Me (Live).
LA No Name was the Japanese Bonus Track for Somewhere In California.


R.I.P. BASS GREAT RANDY COVEN:
Rock bassist Randy Coven, who toured and recorded with artists including Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20th of undisclosed causes. He was 54.
Born in Great Neck, New York, Coven was introduced to music at a young age. His parents fostered his love of music by taking him to the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium when he was just five years old, and from there his dream was to make music. He started on drums but switched to bass after feeling restricted behind the drum set. According to his biography on the Phil Brodie Band website, Jeff Berlin lived around the corner and overheard him working on a Stanley Clarke song.
More at: www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/05/21/in-memoriam-randy-coven/

And from last week (forgive the late notice): Tweet from Lou Gramm “It is with a heavy heart that I post Foreigner’s original Bassist, Ed Gagliardi past away Saturday. Rest in Peace Ed.”

R.I.P. to two more another musical greats.

I’d also like to take a moment to mention the passing of a long time MR.com reader from Canada – Paul Enns. Paul was a huge supporter of this site and he attended both the first two MelodicRock Fest events, he was sadly too sick to attend last year and recent passed away from cancer. It’s never easy to hear news like this and we wish his family all the very best. R.I.P. Paul.

INTHESTUDIO WITH REDBEARD PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROCK AND ROLL HEROES:
Dallas, TX – May 20, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands remembers Rock and Roll’s departed musical heroes with a special star-studded tribute.
Echoes: Classic Rockers Remembered is a two-part, two week broadcast radio special featuring tributes to John Lennon, Ray Charles, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Ronnie Van Zant, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie Montrose, Alvin Lee, Brad Delp, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Randy Rhoads, remembered by artists Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roger Waters, Joe Cocker, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
Although this is not a complete list of departed classic rockers who have appeared with Redbeard In the Studio, it does cover a significant portion of Rock and Roll music makers who shaped the sound of the second half of the 20th century. Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, for example, shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his thoughts about the vital importance of Pink Floyd co-founder, the late Syd Barrett.
“Being a Syd Barrett fan seems to be, to me, a perfectly legitimate and reasonable way of spending your spare time… He was a very interesting man… He was the key that unlocked the door to Rock’n’Roll for me.”
Echoes In The Studio: Classic Rockers Remembered interview part one is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/echoes-studio-classic-rockers-remembered-pt-1/

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER LAUNCH TRIBUTE TRACK:
The Wizards of Winter commemorate Memorial Day by releasing “March of the Metal Soldiers”, honoring the US Military and aiding Wounded Warriors.
Prog-Metal band The Wizards of Winter have officially released their first song from their forthcoming new album that they have been working on with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding member Tommy Farese. The song is called “March of the Metal Soldiers”. They are releasing this now in honor of Memorial Day and will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales of this track to the Wounded Warrior Project as their way of thanking all that have served . They have put together a short slide show so that you can preview the music here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=krBewQRb4yU. To purchase a copy, visit their website thewizardsofwinter.com
“March of the Metal Soldiers” is a reworking of the classic standard “March of the Toys”, reimagined by band leader Scott Kelly with screaming guitars, lush keyboards and a heavy new arrangement that shows off the band’s versatility.  Of special note is the song’s vocal interlude. The lyrics are the slogans of the four branches of the US Military slogans converted to and sung in Latin.
The full album is due for release in the Fall of 2014, with album artwork designed by legendary album cover artist Ioannis. A winter tour will follow with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding members Tommy Farese and Tony Gaynor as their special guests.

MELODICROCK 2014 – READY TO GO (ALMOST)!:
The brand new MelodicRock.com website is finally complete and almost ready to roll. Those that originally donated towards the costs of getting the new site built will receive an email to invite them to beta-test the site in the next day or so!
I thank everyone for their patience in getting this thing ready to roll and really feel that the new site will be a much better asset to music fans in the way they can share information, engage in social media connections and also the way the site archives all information and artists for easy reference.
In light of the work needed to go into prepping the new site for launch, news updates here will be pretty brief for the next week or so and there will be a day or two of downtime before the official launch date – to be announced next week!

 

Asia add new UK date

Asia Gravitas

The legendary British band ASIA will be performing in the UK to promote the new album Gravitas. The latest date to be announced the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd November.

Touring and playing live has always been of huge importance to ASIA throughout their career and 2014 sees them hitting the road for further dates throughout he UK later in the year.

For ASIA’s long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As drummer Carl Palmer says:“Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA.”

The new album, Gravitas is produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes. The album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who replaces Steve Howe in the studio and live line-up.

ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982 and was the best selling album in the world that year. Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, the group was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70’s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles. The original ASIA reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.

“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awoken with fresh energy, direction and purpose,” Wetton continues. “As with any new ASIA album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” adds Geoff Downes. “Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”

ASIA is:

John Wetton – lead vocal and bass

Carl Palmer – drums

Geoff Downes – keyboards

Sam Coulson – guitars

 

Tickets for the Shepherds Bush show:

Tickets are £25 – £30

O2 Priority pre-sale – Wednesday midday

General On sale – Friday 23rd May at midday

Hard Rock News on 21/05/2014

Hornet To Enter The Studio This Summer To Record EP

Hornet are set to enter the studio this summer to record a brand new EP and are offering fans the chance to pre-order it exclusively through PledgeMusic at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornet. Every digital EP also includes a ticket to an intimate ‘Pledge-only’ launch show at a secret location in London later this year. 

PledgeMusic is an online direct-to-fan music platform. The platform has attracted interest from labels and stars such as Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Buzzcocks and many more by involving fans in the making of albums. This isn’t the first time Hornet have used PledgeMusic, as the band ran a successful campaign last year and released their debut album ‘Skies Are Falling’. 

Frontman Joe Thompson explains, “We have a close relationship with our fans and like the fact that they can be involved in the making of the record with us and not just listen to it. Times have changed, I think it’s an important thing nowadays as people like to follow their favourite bands online and like to have a closer relationship with the band and the music.” 

Hornet are giving fans access to an exclusive blog, where they will talk about the record, show them videos, photos, demos and more as they write, rehearse and record the songs. As a bonus, there will be prizes given away to one or more lucky fans for every 20% of the band’s target hit such as VIP tickets to their headline show at The Barfly, Camden on May 29th, signed merchandise and more. The sooner you pre-order, the more chances you have to win. 

“The ‘Pledge-only’ EP launch show is unlike any show we’ve done before as our fans will decide the set list, hear the new songs played live for the very first time, get a signed setlist from the night and gain early entry to the venue and receive their photo with us. I think it’s going to be something really special,” says Thompsn. 

Hornet are also offering exciting one-off extras only available through PledgeMusic such as a studio experience, the chance to have your name mentioned in a song and tickets to a private acoustic show. You can pre-order the EP and more from www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornet now. 

 

3D In Your Face Get “In Your Face” In New Music Video

3D In Your Face have released the second single and new video for the track “In Your Face” off of their latest album ‘Midnight Devils’. 

‘Midnight Devils’ was released in December of last year and can be purchased at www.3dinyourface.com. Sleaze Roxx said the album was “a genuine nostalgic trip down memory lane. From the guitar sound to the drums, to the bass, vocals, and even the back-up vocals, this band delivers. There is no reason why they couldn’t have been on a bill back in the ’80s along with Ratt, L.A. Guns, and Dokken — in fact, the guitar sound is reminiscent of George Lynch’s on the Back For The Attack album.” 

3D In Your Face started as an idea that turned into thirteen years of constant touring, writing, and recording. Starting back in 1999 in Omaha, Nebraska, 3D In Your face has carved out a name for themselves all across the midwest United States as an over the top rock ‘n’ roll spectacle that brings you back to the glory days of ’80s hair metal. 

Having released three independent albums, 3D In Your Face — Alan “Hot Rod” King (vocals), Chris “Sniper” Hineline (guitar), Sam “Spade” Morris (bass), and Jeremy “Playboy” Deans (drums) — set out to capture the excitement and electricity of their live shows on the upcoming ‘Midnight Devils’, an album that features 12 songs of pure and honest rock ‘n’ roll with that ’80s charm and swagger. 

 

New American Dog Album Features Cover Art By Frank Frazetta

New American Dog Album Features Cover Art By Frank FrazettaThe artwork for American Dog’s upcoming seventh studio album ‘Neanderthal’ will be a painting by the late, great fantasy and science fiction artist, Frank Frazetta. The painting, also called Neanderthal, was created in 1967 and first appeared that summer on the cover of the infamous horror-comic magazine, Creepy — Issue #15. 

Other notable recording artists who have used Frazetta’s paintings as cover art for their albums include Herman’s Hermits, Molly Hatchet, Nazareth, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Wolfmother. 

Neanderthal, the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Poison Smile’, is tentatively scheduled for release in mid to late June. 

The band recently released a now sold-out limited edition four song single containing the songs “Who’s She Killing” and “We Ain’t Not Gonna Get Drunk Tonight”. “The CD (single) contains three different versions of the single “Who’s She Killing Now” (different edits for radio play) with a B-Side of “We Ain’t Gonna Not Get Drunk Tonight” and it comes with a bottle opener so you can play along at home,” said American Dog frontman Michael Hannon. 

American Dog was formed in 1999 in Columbus, Ohio, and features former Salty Dog and Dangerous Toys bassist Michael Hannon on vocals and electric bass, Steve Theado on guitars, Michael Harris on drums and newest member Vinnie Salvatore (guitars, formerly of The Godz). 

The band’s sound is a very coarse high energy hard rock with a blues base which is often compared to ’70s era Ted Nugent with the power and grit of Motorhead. Although the band appeals to a wide demographic, American Dog is especially popular with the biker set. They’ve played some of the biggest biker events in the world, including Sturgis and many Easyrider events in the States, the Hamburg Harley Days Event in Germany, and the Rock and Blues Custom Show in England. They are also popular in the ‘rust-belt’ where they play to enthusiastic crowds in such cities as Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville. They have shared the stage with Ted Nugent, David Allan Coe, UFO, Rose Tattoo, Billy Idol, Nazareth, Ratt, Ace Frehley, .38 Special and Molly Hatchet. 

American Dog have numerous European tours under their belts and have enjoyed tremendous success in Germany, France, Holland, England, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium. With over 35,000 CDs sold and countless gigs played the American Dog attack shows no signs of slowing. 

 

Dynamite Unleash “It’s A Long Way Home” Video

Dynamite have released a video for the song “It’s A Long Way Home”, from their upcoming album ‘Blackout Station’ — due for release of May 24th through High Roller Records. 

Regarding the new album, the follow-up to their 2013 debut ‘Lock N Load’, Dynamite frontman Mattis Karlsson told Sleaze Roxx, “We are very happy with the first album but this one is so much better, both in the sound of the songs and we improved very much as writers. Me and Sebastian (Hed-Plikas, guitarist) write all the songs, riffs and melodies so we have been much better at writing songs over the year — much better songs.” 

Following the release of the new album ‘Blackout Station’, Dynamite will open this year’s Muskelrock on May 28th. This will be a combined release party and warm-up party for Muskelrock, the new album and merchandise will be on sale during the evening.

“We come from a small town where there’s not a lot to do, so we have had a lot of time to play rock ‘n’ roll and write songs, I guess…,” says guitarist Sebastian Hed-Plikas. “The opportunities you have here to learn an instrument make it easier of course.” 

For a change, none of the current Dynamite members has a side project going on. Karlsson (vocals, guitar), Hed-Plikas (guitar), Adam Butler (bass) and Jonas Hagstrom (drums) originally formed in 2012, recording their debut album a year later. Sebastian has a good story to tell about the early days of his band, “We have been aired on Swedish national radio and made headlines in the biggest newspapers in Sweden with the music video for the song ‘Lock ‘N’ Load’ and the story behind the video when we got chased by the police for staging a bank robbery. When we released our debut album we were, and still are, satisfied with that album. Since than our songwriting has improved and we are a better band today than we were a year ago. And the opportunity to record in a really good studio with a great producer was a great experience.” 

For ‘Blackout Station’ Dynamite signed a contract with High Roller Records. “We just thought that the name Dynamite explained what we are in a perfect way — powerful, explosive rock ‘n’ roll from Sweden,” explains Sebastian about the name of the band. 

Without revealing a secret it’s fair to say that the mighty AC/DC must be one of the main influences for songs like “Talk Is Cheap”, the sleazy “Damn You Women”, or the grimy “Grind For A Dime”. “Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll” sums it up best. “We all love AC/DC and they have had a big impact on us,” reveals Sebastian. “They have a certain feeling and groove that I love and carry with me when I write songs. And it’s that feeling we’re after, rather than trying to re-create their sound and songs. I have also seen Airbourne and ’77 a couple of times in Sweden and they are both great bands as well.” 

So are Dynamite a prototypical Swedish rock/metal band at all? Is it hard for them to get into the AC/DC groove? “You just have to mix the Death Metal groove with ABBA and then you’ve got it,” laughs Sebastian. 

 

Snew Release “Thunderdog” Single

Snew’s new single titled “Thunderdog” is an ultra high energy rocker about roaring down the road cranking the speakers ’til they bark like a dog and not taking any shit for it. “Thunderdog” is now available at CDBaby.comiTunes and other online venues. 

“Thunderdog” was recorded at the band’s new Snewdio Recording Studio in Los Angeles, California. Produced by Bobby Owsinski, the track features a guest appearance by Willie Basse on bass and the band’s current bassist Lenny Spickle is on rhythm guitar. It was mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering. 

This is the first in a string of new singles to be released this year as Snew prepares the follow-up album to 2012’s ‘What’s It To Ya’. 

This track kicks off the ‘Thunderdog Tour’ which begins on May 23rd in Tucson, Arizona. Check www.snewyou.com for the band’s tour schedule dates and cities.