AOR and Melodic Rock News on 06/05/2014

LEGENDARY HIT MAKERS THE BABYS FIRST ALBUM IN 30 YEARS JUNE 24:
New York, NY (May 5, 2014)­With a string of ’70s classic rock radio hits like “Isn’t It Time,” “Every Time I Think of You,” “Head First,” “Back on My Feet Again,” “Midnight Rendezvous” and “Turn and Walk Away,” The Babys created some of the most memorable arena anthems of the era. Now, after a three-decade absence, The Babys have reformed with original lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock to release a new album, I’ll Have Some of That, on June 24, and a brand-new single, “I See You There,” which is available now on iTunes. The Babys’ new album will be released on Skyrocket Ent./All In Time Records.
“The whole premise is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it,” said Stocker about the reformed group, which also includes new recruits, lead vocalist/ bassist John Bisaha and veteran rhythm guitarist Joey Sykes. The band is joined in concert by keyboardistFrancesco Saglietti and the Babettes.
Brock raves about the new members of the group: “John Bisaha is an incredible singer. When we held auditions, we had singers lined up around the block to join the band and John was head and shoulders above the rest.” Stocker is equally enthused about his new axe mate:“Joey Sykes adds a whole new dimension to the band and has a style that works well in tandem with me.” 

Formed in London in 1974, The Babys were signed to Chrysalis Records on the basis of a four-song video, which predated the MTV era by seven years. Combining the muscular rock ‘n’ roll grit of Free and Humble Pie with a winning commercial accessibility, The Babys released five albums between 1977-1980 (The Babys, Broken Heart, Head First, Union Jacks and On the Edge). During that time, the group toured with the likes of Journey, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick and built a loyal following based on their spectacular songs and explosive live performances right up until disbanding in December of 1980.
Former members John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips have all given their blessings to the newest incarnation of the band. Waite continues on as a solo act, while Cain is now a member of Journey, having penned a string of hit singles including “Don’t Stop Believing,” the most downloaded song in history. Phillips is a longtime bass player for Styx.

The first single from the album, the aptly titled “Not Ready to Say Goodbye,” was made available on iTunes last November, with a sound reminiscent of both “Isn’t It Time” and “Every Time I Think of You.” “In recording this new album, we discussed the fact that the songs had to have the flavor of what we were known for,” says Stocker. “It was just a magical process,” adds Brock. “By the time we finished, I knew we had the goods.”
After the break-up of The Babys, drummer Brock became a member of Rod Stewart’s band, and also played with Jeff Beck and Bernie Taupin, among others. He founded the Silver Dreams Studios (www.silverdreamsstudios.com) near Los Angeles, where he produced hit records for Jimmy Barnes, among others. London native Stocker left home at 15 in pursuit of his rock ‘n’ roll destiny and never looked back. After The Babys, he played with Rod Stewart, Air Supply and Humble Pie.

New vocalist/bassist Bisaha evokes the memories of John Waite, but also brings a new touch, making the songs his own. He joined The Babys at their first comeback performance last July. New York native Sykes, who has had stints in various bands, as well as a publishing association with Warner/Chappell, has penned the first single “I See You There.” The Babys embarked on a string of shows in Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland and Seattle last November and December, and plan on announcing an extensive slate of tour dates around the June 24 release of I’ll Have Some of That.
Follow The Babys at: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Babys/496421990415013# / www.theBabysOfficial.com / iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/ill-have-some-of-that/id867887118?uo=4&at=1l3v3ao.


AXEL KRUSE LEAVES JADED HEART:
While Jaded Heart are in the studio, recording their new album (release date: September 26), we received the news that drummer and founding member Axel Kruse leaves the band after 23 years.
“After careful consideration and with a heavy heart, I have decided to leave Jaded Heart after 23 years. This decision has already been in my head for a while, and I want to make it very clear that it has nothing to do with the other guys in the band personally. I simply felt that I had come to a point where I should draw a line and restart my career. I will still play in Mad Max, and I will keep you informed about news on possible involvements in other new projects. Thanx for the great support over all the years to everyone involved, especially all the Jaded Heart fans out there! See ya again soon… “

HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS CAUSE BIG TROUBLE:
Classic hard rockers Hollywood Monsters, featuring Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker), Vinnie Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), signs a record deal with Mausoleum Records. The new album, ‘Big Trouble’, to be released on 23th May via Mausoleum Records. A brand new song “Move On” can be streamed using the Soundcloud player. The album cover can be viewed below. soundcloud.com/thehollywoodmonsters/move-on-feat-vinny-appice-tim-bogert-don-airey-steph-honde.

“Big Trouble” track listing: 01. Another Day In Grey – Pt 1 02. Move On 03. Big Trouble 04. The Only Way 05. The Cage 06. The Ocean 07. Oh Boy! 08. Underground 09. Village Of The Damned 10. Song For A Fool. Bonus track 11. Fuck You All.
Your favourite Classic Hard Rock artists together! Ever track a bone shaking experience when old and new friends get together for a blast of hard rockin’ musical mayhem!

Hollywood Monsters are: Steph Honde – Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Bass; Paul Di’Anno – Vocals (track 11); Denis Baruta – Guitars (tracks 5, 9 & 11); Tim Bogert – Bass (tracks 1, 2 & 10); Olivier Brossard – Bass (track 11); Vinny Appice – Drums (all tracks except 7, 10 & 11); Don Airey – Hammond B3 (track 2); Emmanuel Lamic – Drums (tracks 10 & 11); Laetitia Gondran – Drums (track 7).

Hollywood Monsters are the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist, composer, Stйphane “Steph” Honde, a French expatriate, who’s been living in California since 2012. Honde first became noticed when fronting Mamooth, subsequently garnering a well-deserved reputation as a guitar virtuoso when playing in Cafй Bertrand, a French rock group he joined in 2004. The band toured, playing humongous stadiums such as the Stade de France, with an audience capacity in excess of 80.000 – performing with classic rock giants such as AC/DC and Deep Purple, the latter for whom they opened on thirty-six dates across Europe in November 2006, and another 12 in March of 2007.Honde recorded two albums with Cafй Bertrand – both critically acclaimed and commercially successful – “Les Airs Empruntйs” (2005) and “L’Art Dйlicat du Rock’N’Roll” (2008), before leaving the band in 2011.
Honde then embarked on a length tour with Paul Di’Anno, original vocalist with Iron Maiden before absconding to California. Once in Los Angeles Stйphane Honde befriended Tim Bogert, coaxed him out of retirement and convinced Bogert to play on his debut album…and voilа, the Hollywood Monsters were born. Stйphane Honde recently signed an agreement with Mausoleum Records for the release of the debut album entitled “Big Trouble” by his new band: Hollywood Monsters, scheduled for release in May 2014.
The talented Hollywood Monsters line-up on “Big Trouble,” besides Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus – on bass, additionally welcomes the performances of some more of Stйphane’s talented pals, including: Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker and dozens more – on keyboards), and Vinnie Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath– on drums), the latter for whom Stйphane had written the song “Village Of The Damned” as an homage…before ever meeting Vinnie!
WebLink: www.facebook.com/HollywoodMonsters.


POD BRIEFS:
This week the Double Stop Podcast go full guitar nerd with an interview with Producer John Cuniberti. John explains how he got his start, what it’s like to produce Joe Satriani and The Dead Kennedys at the same time, the recording of ‘Surfing With The Alien’ќ, ‘Flying In A Blue Dream’ќ and ‘The Extremist’, the challenges of recording George Lynch’s ‘Sacred Groove’ќ, and his shift into mastering cd’s. WebLink: thedoublestop.com/ep-13-john-cuniberti-producer-joe-satriani-george-lynch-the-dead-kennedys/

The Decibel Geek Podcast has released the fifth installment of it’s Vinnie Vincent Special with Episode 135 – Vinnie Vincent Special Part 5 w/Andre Labelle.
In this in-depth discussion, hosts Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak are joined by former Vinnie Vincent and current drummer of The Sky Andre LaBelle. Andre was tapped by Vincent for the recording of the still-unreleased Guitars from Hell album that was in production from 1989 – 1992. LaBelle shares his memories of auditioning for the enigmatic former Kiss guitarist, the amazing amount of equipment available, and the meticulous recording techniques that seemed to define Vincent as the extremist of which he has been described.
The album went through numerous titles during production. In this long-form discussion, LaBelle recalls a period where Vincent was bouncing between projects; his own and his contribution at the time to Kiss’ upcoming 1992 release and how one of his titles plays into KISStory.
Other topics discussed in this episode include Vinnie’s method for punching in his guitar parts in the studio as well as how budgets were stretched and tensions caused a break from Vincent’s then-label Enigma; causing the project to be shelved to this day.
Episode 135 – Vinnie Vincent Special Part 5 w/Andre LaBelle is now available for download/stream at the following link: dbgeekshow.blogspot.com/2014/05/vinnie-vincent-special-part-5-with.html / traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Vinnie_Vincent_Special_Pt_5_-_Andre.mp3.

ALBERTO RIGONI ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE DATE OF HIS FOURTH ALBUM:
After the success of “Three Wise Monkeys” which featured amazing contributions from legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater) and Gцran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and prog rock composer Alberto Rigoni (Solo, TwinSpirits, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham, ) is proud to announce the release of his fourth album.
More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, Alberto’s new album will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico).
“The album production is going great and it’s gonna sound huge! I’m really excited about this new release! In the following weeks Federico Solazzo, who also played amazing keyboards on the album, will do the mixing and the mastering. More news about the album concept, special guest list etc. will be unveiled in the next months.” – Alberto Rigoni
An audio preview can be listened at the following link: soundcloud.com/albertorigoni/alberto-rigoni-iv-album.

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