Hard Rock News on 07/05/2014

Tesla Debut New Single “So Divine…”

Tesla will release a brand new studio album entitled ‘Simplicity’ on June 6th in Europe through Frontiers Records, and have debuted the disc’s latest single “So Divine”. 

After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the Tesla roots. The band worked and produced it as they did with ‘Into The Now’, their successful comeback album from 2004. Helped by legendary producer Tom Zutaut, who was the man behind the best Tesla albums, and mixer Michael Wagener, this new album rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist — not sounding like another. 

‘Simplicity’ is Tesla’s seventh all original studio album which follows a six year creative break from the release of the previous album ‘Forever More’. 

 

Guitarist Frank Hannon says about ‘Simplicity’, “I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas, way more than Forever More, and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!” 

“The opening track is called MP3”, continues Hannon, “and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values… and has a heavy ass riff! Then we segue into a rock ‘n’ roll song called Ricochet that talks about Uncle Ted… can’t wait to play this stuff live!” 

‘Simplicity’, in the Frontiers version released across Europe, will include the following songs: MP3; Ricochet; Rise and Fall; So Divine…; Cross My Heart; Honestly; Flip Side!; Other than Me; Break of Dawn; Burnout to Fade; Life is a River; Sympathy; Time Bomb; ‘Til that Day; Burnout to Fade (writing demo version) 

 

The Babys To Release First Album In 30 Years

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 24th, and a brand-new single, “I See You There,” which is available now on iTunes. The Babys’ new album will be released on Skyrocket Entertainment/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 keyboardist Francesco 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 and 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.” 

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 24th release of ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’. 

 

Voodoo Vegas Hitting The Road And Working On Sophomore Album

Voodoo Vegas have confirmed a number of club shows and festival slots across the UK and Europe for 2014. The Bournemouth based rockers’ itinerary includes appearances at Germany’s Rock The Forest Festival and France’s Tribal Festival as well as four dates supporting Y&T on their 40th Anniversary tour in the Benelux. 

Currently still touring in support of their debut self-released full-length album ‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’, which placed on the Sleaze Roxx Top 10 of 2013, Voodoo Vegas have already begun writing for the follow-up with tentative plans to begin recording this winter for a spring 2015 release. 

“The songs are coming on great,” vocalist Lawrence Case told Sleaze Roxx. “Last week I sent 6 songs over to Pedro Ferreira (‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’ producer) to see what he thinks of them — the plan is to work with Pedro again on the new album. I think we are taking a more bluesy hard rock sound. We’ve been playing some of the songs at the recent live shows, new songs like ‘Killing Joke’, ‘Lady Divine’ and ‘Hypnotize’ have gone down great. I’m really excited to hit the road this summer, and then to start recording the new album this coming winter.” 

Voodoo Vegas’ debut CD can be ordered directly through the band at www.voodoovegas.com

Voodoo Vegas tour dates:
05/10 The Iron Road Rock Bar, Evesham 
05/24 Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar, Bournemouth
05/25 Lechlade Music Festival, Lechlade
05/31 Camden Rock Festival, Camden 
06/13 Mr Kyps, Poole
06/14 Cafe Des Sportes, Cambrai, France
06/21 Kineton Music Festival, Little Kineton
06/28 Les-Fest, Scotland
07/12 Napton Festival, Napton Warwickshire
07/18 OJC Solution, Hillegom, Netherlands (with Rebelstar)
07/19 De Steen, Kerkrade, Netherlands (with Chronic)
07/20 Rhineland-Palatinate Days Festival Germany
07/25 No Man’s Land, Lorraine, France
07/26 Rock The Forest/Rockfreunde Rengsdorf Germany
08/23 Tribal Festival, Peymeinade, France
09/13 Rockclub The Cave, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/03 Sanctuary, Basingstoke
10/04 Camden Barfly, London
10/05 King Billy, Northampton
10/10 Calella Rockfest, Barcelona, Spain
10/11 Calella Rockfest, Barcelona, Spain
10/16 Hedon Podium, Zwolle, OV, Netherlands (Y&T tour)
10/17 Boerderij, Zoetermeer, ZH, Netherlands (Y&T tour)
10/18 De Pul, Uden, NB, Netherlands (Y&T tour)
10/19 Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium (Y&T tour) 

 

Stacey Blades’ All-Star Let It Rawk Project Release Debut Single

Let It Rawk, an all-star ’80s metal revue put together by former L.A. Guns guitarist Stacey Blades, have released their debut single “American Rebels” digitally through Amazon.com and iTunes

Let It Rawk is a loud, colorful, energetic and interactive experience of the hair metal era on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. The band is fronted by Black ‘N Blue and former Warrant vocalist Jaime St. James, guitarist Oz Fox from platinum selling Stryper, bassist Eric Brittingham from the multi-platinum Cinderella, and bashing the skins is the over the top Scot Coogan of Brides of Destruction and Ace Frehley fame. 

The anchor of the band is Let It Rawk’s creator and producer Stacey Blades. Stacey’s ten years with L.A. Guns cemented him as a must watch guitar player. His final album with the band, ‘Hollywood Forever’, earned him critical acclaim for his exceptional fretwork and the title of “go to studio guitarist” for the late great producer Andy Johns. 

Let It Rawk debuted in Las Vegas in January at The Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station Casino and garnered excellent reviews. As Stacey says, “this band is just on fire and I can’t wait to take the show on the road!!” 

Let It Rawk Tour Dates:
May 16 Marquee 15 – Corona, CA 
May 17 Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV 
June 26 Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
June 28 Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV 
July 3 Taste Of Lombard 4th Of July Fest – Lombard, IL 
July 26 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR 
October 8 Twisted Spoke – Perkin, IL
October 9 Backstage Bar & Grill – Fond Du Lac, WI 
October 10 Rascals – Moline, IL 
October 11 Diamond Jo Casino – Dubuque, IA 

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