AOR and Melodic Rock News on 05/06/2014

YES SET TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘HEAVEN & EARTH’ JULY 22 ON FRONTIERS RECORDS:
Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, Yes are proud to announce they will release their new studio album, Heaven & Earth, July 22 on Frontiers Records. Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, Heaven & Earth sees Yes continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.

Heaven & Earth contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as “the Yes sound.” Yes’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance. Heaven & Earth is an album sure to please both long-time and new Yes fans. For Heaven & Earth, Yes teamed up with legendary Grammy Award winner, Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handled the production and Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply, etc.) who mixed the album. Also onboard is long-time Yes artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album’s cover art and packaging.

Tracklisting for Heaven & Earth: 1. Believe Again 2. The Game 3. Step Beyond 4. To Ascend 5. In A World Of Our Own 6. Light Of The Ages 7. It Was All We Knew 8. Subway Walls.

To coincide with the release of Heaven & Earth, the multi-platinum progressive rock band–bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer Jon Davison–announced in March they’ll launch their 35-date summer tour featuring Yes performing, in their entirety, 1971’s groundbreaking album Fragile for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s Close To The Edge, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits.

The album Fragile is considered to be their U.S. breakthrough album peaking at #4 on the Billboard Album charts in the U.S. The RIAA-certified double platinum album has sold over two million copies and features Yes’ hit single “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” It also marks the band’s first collaboration with artist Roger Dean on cover art, who has designed many of the band’s album covers and logos. The band’s album Close To The Edge–widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive rock albums ever recorded–was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at #3. A Rolling Stone review noted, “Yes’ colors are subtle, almost imperceptible tints, but the main strokes are bold and thick, applied with sureness and natural instinct.” Inspired by Siddhartha and their “state of mind” at the time, the Gold-certified album featuring epic suites such as “Close To The Edge” and “You And I” was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by Guitar World (2006). Track listings for both albums listed here: http://www.smarturl.it/qcbcnm.

Yes is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from Yes, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase Yes packages/tickets, go to http://www.Yesworld.com.
About Yes: Since its founding in 1968, Yes has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. Yes continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.

Yes (L-R): Steve Howe, Jon Davison, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire Photo Credit: Rob Shanahan.
For more information on Yes, visit: yesworld.com / facebook.com/Yestheband / twitter.com/Yesofficial / youtube.com/user/Yesofficial.

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CHUCK GARRIC (ALICE COOPER/BEASTO BLANCO) GUESTS ON DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST:
Alice Cooper bassist and Beasto Blanco frontman Chuck Garric is the guest for this week’s episode of the Decibel Geek podcast (Conversation with Chuck Garric – Ep139). In this discussion, Chuck goes back to his Lake Tahoe, CA roots to describe his musical upbringing, the awesomeness of Ted Nugent, his thoughts on American vs. European audiences, and the likelihood of Alice breaking the drought of DaDa songs in the setlist among other things.
Also discussed is Chuck’s band, Beasto Blanco which recently released ‘Live Fast Die Loud.’ In this conversation, Garric shares his passion for this band, his thoughts on the material, and plans for the next release by the band.
Alice Cooper is currently on tour in Europe and this discussion was recorded the day before he left the United States to play some very big festival shows including Sweden Rock. In this conversation, Chuck gives us a view behind the scenes into what it takes to create the chemistry that Alice’s band displays on stages around the world. He also shares in his excitement for the upcoming Alice Cooper/Motley Crue double-bill that will take place soon.
Stream/Download album at this location: dbgeekshow.blogspot.com/2014/06/chuck-garric-is-no-stranger-to-large.html.
For all things Beasto Blanco (including how to purchase the album) go to: http://www.livefastdieloud.com.

SLEEPING ROMANCE: ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF “FINDING MY WAY”:
The symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance have uploaded an acoustic performance video of the track “Finding My Way” online. The track comes off their debut album “Enlighten” that was released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America throughUlterium Records. Check out the video here: youtu.be/xYtcYr6zPU0.
Sleeping Romance online: www.facebook.com/sleepingromanceofficial.

MICHAEL SCHENKER VOCALIST JOINS EDEN’S CURSE ONSTAGE IN LONDON:
Multinational Melodic Metal band and AFM Records act, Eden’s Curse, were joined onstage at Camden Underworld, London by former Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and current Michael Schenker vocalist Doogie White.
White, who contributed guest backing vocals to the groups 2007 self-titled debut and 2008’s sophomore release, “The Second Coming”, joined new Curse vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia, Dreyelands) for a duet on their 2011 YouTube hit No Holy Man.
A fan filmed video can seen here : “No Holy Man”: youtu.be/RaiPgO-oUlI.
“No Holy Man” was the lead single from the groups third album, “Trinity”, which featured Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie on guest lead vocals.
Eden’s Curse have just completed a successful seven date debut headline club tour of the UK in support of their latest album “Symphony Of Sin”, with the grand finale being the show at the infamous club in the English capital.
More fan filmed footage from the show can be seen here: Symphony Of Sin: youtu.be/bOJDY6q_VLY / Trinity: youtu.be/lScnIve6fhk.
The band, consisting of Nikola Mijic (vocals), Thorsten Koehne (guitar), Paul Logue (bass) and John Clelland (drums), will begin writing their fifth studio album towards the end of the Summer and are already putting plans in place to return to the UK towards the end of the year, as well as working on additional European dates.

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R.I.P. DOC NEESON – THE ANGELS:
After an 18 month battle with cancer, Australian rock legend Doc Neeson, vocalist for The Angels (known as Angel City in North America) has passed away earlier this morning local time. The official statement reads:

“It is with deep sadness and regret that the family of Angels singer/songwriter Bernard ‘Doc’ Neeson – loving father, family member and friend to so many – announce he has passed away in his sleep at 7.15am, today, 4th June 2014. He has battled with a brain tumour for the last 17 months and sadly lost his fight this morning. He will be deeply missed by his family and partner Annie Souter who would all like to thank everyone for their support through this dark time. “We love you Dad. You couldn’t have made any of your sons more proud of you if you tried. May your beautiful soul rest in peace sweet angel, fly high.” Dzintra, Daniel, Aidan and Kieran.
“Good Night, Sweet Prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” With love forever, Annie – borrowed from William Shakespeare – Hamlet.

From: News.com.au – “Doc Neeson, the lead singer of Australian rockers The Angels, has died of brain cancer. He was 67. The singer behind hits such as Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2013. Neeson underwent surgery to remove the tumour but he confirmed it had returned in April this year, confirming it might be “life threatening”. “The news is grim, but some people can get through this, and that’s the way I try to think about things,” he told the ABC’s Australian Story. “So I’m looking forward optimistically to the future.”
Neeson said his initial reaction to the tumour had been: “shock of course”. “When somebody puts a use by date on me, but I still hung on to a shred of hope that I’d get back on the stage at some point.”
In March this year he released his first single in seven years, Walking in the Rain, after performing the song to critical acclaim on the SBS TV show Rockwiz. Neeson was born in Belfast and moved with his family to Adelaide when he was 13. The Angels started life in Adelaide as The Moonshine Jug and String Band in the early 1970s. They went on to become the Keystone Angels.
In 1975, they became simply The Angels and a year later they released their breakthrough single Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again. Their other hits included Take a Long Line, Marseilles, Shadow Boxer, No Secrets, and a cover version of the Eric Burdon hit We Gotta Get Out Of This Place. Neeson’s final gig with the bad was in New Year’s Eve in 1999.

Related coverage: www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-04/doc-neeson-the-angels-frontman-dies-aged-67/5499582 / musicfeeds.com.au/news/the-angels-frontman-doc-neeson-dead-at-67 / www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/music/angels-frontman-doc-neeson-dies-after-battle-with-brain-cancer/story-fniwj43s-1226942722009.
6 Ways Doc Neeson Helped Change The Face Of Australian Music
Michael Lardie“It saddens me to report Doc Neeson’s passing. Face the Day and Cant Shake It were originally songs composed by the Angels. Doc was a gentle soul and a rock and roll poet. I will miss his magic. R.I.P. my brother.”

Jon Stevens (Dead daisies/Noiseworks): “It’s a sad day for Australian rock n roll. Doc Neeson was one of the greatest front men of Aussie rock.. he wrote and performed so many timeless classics with The Angels that will never be forgotten. Thank you Doc.”

Craig Csongrady (BB Steal): “R.I.P Doc Neeson – The Voice of The Angels It’s been a great honour for all in BB Steal to have shared the stage with you over the many years. You were a true Gentleman a True Star and a Giant of the Stage. You will be very sadly missed, but never forgotten.”

FRONTIERS RECORDS MAY 2014 RELEASES SPOT (OFFICIAL):
Frontiers Records May 2014 Releases Spot (Official) / Featuring California Breed, Timo Tolkki’s Avalon & Neal Schon.

JAMES KOTTACK ISSUES STATEMENT ON ARREST:
Statement from James Kottak: “After years of drinking alcohol, on April 3rd, 2014 my addiction finally caught up with me during a 5-hour flight from Ekaterinburg, Russia to Bahrain via Dubai, during which I consumed 5 or 6 glasses of wine. While at the airport in Dubai I approached an airline representative to check on status of my flight. The representative informed me that I was in the wrong place and I replied “WTF?!.” The representative then called the police and reported that I was intoxicated (which I was) and that I made a lewd jester.
One of the police officers recognised me as drummer of “The Scorpions”. When the police asked me to show my ID., I showed them the “Rock & ROLL FOREVER” tattoo on my back, instead of my actual ID. which was in my back pack my friend was carrying for me. Apparently, the police did not find this funny and I was charged with “Drinking Without a License”, for which I pleaded guilty and received a one-month sentence and a 2,000 Dirham (300 USD) fine. I was also charged with insulting Islam/Muslims by making a lewd jester for which I pleaded not guilty and did not actually do.
Upon returning to the United States on May 6th, I immediately reached out to Bob Forrest, an addiction specialist known for his work with musicians and “Celebrity Rehab”. I have been meeting with Bob on a regular basis. He has guided me to the MusiCares Organization, which provides musicians with help for mental health and addiction issues.
I am determined to come to grips with my alcoholism and am doing everything on a daily basis to beat this relentless disease. This entire incident caused me to realize that it is time to stop drinking once and for all so that I can become the father, musician, and friend that I know I can be.
I am glad to put this unfortunate incident behind me and move onward and upward with my life. I would like to send out a HUGE thank-you to my family, friends and fans around the world for their incredible loving support…you kick ass! I would also like to send a sincere apology from the bottom of my heart to everyone I have affected and look forward to seeing you all!!
With love, James Kottak – Tomorrow is a brand new day!”

JIMMY PAGE, ROBERT PLANT, JOHN PAUL JONES INTHESTUDIO FOR LED ZEPPELIN I, II, III DELUXE RELEASES:
Dallas, TX – June 3, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the release of three classic Led Zeppelin albums in new deluxe editions.
There has been considerable buzz in the rock music world ever since Jimmy Page, the brilliantly gifted architect of the Led Zeppelin sound since it was unleashed forty-five years ago, announced that he was personally overseeing a comprehensive updating of the entire Led Zeppelin catalog as deluxe editions with remastered sound, new twenty-first century artwork and graphics, previously unreleased demos, alternate mixes and thos notoriously bootlegged live Led Zeppelin concert performances.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones guest InTheStudio, to share stories behind the making of these iconic albums and provide insight into the decision to revisit the music and create deluxe editions. Jimmy Page tells InTheStudio host Redbeard why he believes Led Zeppelin was so successful from the beginning.
“Eventually we managed to get the four of us into one room, that was it. It just exploded… I think everyone was inspired in that band. I think everyone was a star. There wasn’t a weakness there. Every single person was strong.”
Led Zeppelin I,II,III / InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/led-zeppelin-i-ii-iii-deluxe-editions-jimmy-page-robert-plant-john-paul-jones.

MITCH LAFON TALKS TO GILBY CLARKE:
In episode 18 of One On One With Mitch Lafon: In part one, Mitch talks to former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist, Gilby Clarke. The two discuss Gilby’s upcoming summer tour dates with Quiet Riot, the re-recording of his cult classic hit Tijuana Jail, his time in Guns N’ Roses,Rockstar Supernova, Jason Newsted and the infamous 1992 Metallica/ Guns N’ Roses post-show Montreal Riot.
In Part 2, Mitch chats with former Axl Rose personal assistant, Craig Duswalt, who talks about his “Welcome to My Jungle: An Unauthorized Account of How a Regular Guy Like Me Survived Years of Touring with Guns N’ Roses, Pet Wallabies, Crazed Groupies, … One of the Greatest Rock Bands of All Time” book, his duties as Axl’s personal assiatant, various tales of Axl and his take on the the infamous 1992 Metallica/ Guns N’ Roses post-show Montreal Riot.
The episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by former Guns ‘N Roses & Great White manager, Alan Niven (who adds great colour and commentary).
For more about Gilby Clarke visit: www.gilbyclarke.com. For more about Craig Duswalt visit: www.craigduswalt.com.
WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-18.

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A new Showcase for the upcoming AOR release LA Connection has been added to check out – LA Connection.

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