Hard Rock News on 22/06/2014

Down & Dirty Searching For New Vocalist

After three albums, singer Stevie Ray Del Real (Majyk) and Down & Dirty are parting ways. Despite the split, the band will remain intact to play gigs already booked this summer while they begin the seach for a new frontman.

“With feelings of grief, and clarity, I would like to announce my departure from the band Down & Dirty,” said Del Real in a recent statement. “These past five plus years have been a dream, and I do not regret a thing. I love this band with all my heart — Joey, Ryan, and L.A. will always be part of my life. I want to make it clear that they are in no way my reason for leaving; I just believe it is time for me to expand my horizons and explore other avenues of my musical career.”

“I will continue working with the band for the next few months and giving it all I’ve got until the end of the summer,” the singer continues. “The shows we have booked, and will continue to book throughout the summer, will be in place and give me the opportunity to see you all out there again. At the same time I will be working with the guys to help find for the perfect person to fill my spot. I wish this band all the luck in the world in everything they do. I want to thank each one of them as well as our amazing manager Gaetano for everything we have accomplished together. I love you guys; you are my brothers, and my friends. I will always be a supporter. Above all, I want to thank all of you, the fans. You are the ones that came to every show you could, rocked out hard, and made me feel so loved. You are the reason we do what we do and you have helped mold what I have become. Thank you for the best years of my life thus far. I hope you all will continue to give Down & Dirty your love and support after my departure.”

“Although we are very sad to hear of this decision, it is one that he has respectfully discussed with us and that we support him in 100%,” said the remaining members of Down & Dirty. “Each artist, musician, and dreamer must find their own path; something each of us is always working towards. However, sometimes paths go separate ways, this is understood and accepted, we hope the fans will support his decision as well. We are grateful that Stevie has stated that he will continue to work with us through the summer, as well as help us to find the next addition to our team. This is an area where friends and fans can help as well. As we start the search for another member please let us know if you know someone whom you feel may be the perfect fit, often it has been through friends of the band where the best connections are made. As for now, the shows that are already booked throughout the summer will go on as scheduled. Down & Dirty is dedicated to their fans and will always come through to rock the house! For now let us say again — we support Stevie in his decision and wish him luck in all future endeavors.”

The Illinois based band are now seeking a strong frontman to help take them to the next level. They are searching for a dedicated and serious vocalist who shares in the vision of success that Down & Dirty has established, is between the ages of 18 and 25, has a strong vocal style and capabilities (someone who can perform the three CD’s worth of music already recorded and bring their own style and flare to what lies ahead), and has a positive attitude and style who knows how to handle a crowd as a ‘rock ‘n’ roll master of ceremonies’. The successful candidate must be able to travel, have a form of transportation, and live in the Joliet, Illinois, area or be willing to relocate. Any interested musicians can contact the band at www.facebook.com/downndirtychicago or send an email to gm7gm@yahoo.com.

Down & Dirty released their debut album ‘Live Fast’ in 2009, followed by ‘Taste Of Rock & Roll’ and last year’s ‘Down To The Wire’. Regarding their latest release Sleaze Roxx said, “While Down & Dirty have stayed true to their hair metal roots they decided to take a few chances on this release that probably was out of their comfort zone just a couple years ago.

 

White Lion’s Mike Tramp Releases First Single From Upcoming ‘Museum’

A little over a year ago Mike Tramp released the semi-acoustic ‘Cobblestone Street’, an album that showed the frontman in a more singer-songwriter and roots-based angle than his earlier work. Now the former member of million-selling hard rockers White Lion is back with a new solo album entitled ‘Museum’.

On August 16th Mike Tramp will release ‘Museum’ through Target Records, an album that makes a natural progression while still staying true to the songwriting style of ‘Cobblestone street’ — but with a pronounced focus centered around a fuller sound and a greater variety. ‘Museum’ was produced by Soren Andersen and recorded and mixed at Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“It’s been two years since I recorded ‘Cobblestone street’, and a year and a bit more since it was released,” says Tramp. “Now it becomes my previous album as we are getting ready for ‘Museum’ soon. So without any further delay, here is the first single “Trust In yourself”. Video directed by my son Dylan Tramp, thanks blue, dad loves you.”

‘Museum’ track listing:
01. Trust In Yourself
02. New World Coming
03. Down South
04. Better
05. Freedom
06. Commitment
07. And You Were Gone
08. Slave
09. Mother
10. Time For Me To Go

 

McQueen Street Singer Derek Welsh In A Coma After Fall

McQueen Street frontman Derek Welsh is in a coma after falling and hitting his head on a tennis court.

“It’s not a good day for any of our friends and fans,” says McQueen Street bassist Richard Hatcher. “He is not doing very good at all. Anyone that knows us, we were all like family at one time. I joined the band in 1989 as Klass and then we changed it to McQueen Street. We toured together for five years. Derek and I then started the Rat Race. I loved every minute of playing music with him. We parted ways in not so good terms, but I still consider him as a true friend. I wish I could have changed things but that is the past. Now he and his family need our prayers. He is in the ICU unit in UT Knoxville, Tennessee.”

McQueen Street released their self-titled debut album in 1992, featuring the single/videos “Money” and “My Religion”, appearances by Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and singer Jeff Scott Soto, and was produced by Tom Werman (best known for his work with Motley Crue, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Dokken, Twisted Sister, Poison, and L.A. Guns). A second album was recorded but wasn’t made available until 2003, when Welsh reaquired the rights and released it independently as ‘McQueen Street 2’.

Devin Johnson, owner of B&D Custom Guitars in Alabama, posted details of Welsh’s accident. “While playing tennis he fell and hit his head on the ground. He has massive swelling to the brain and is currently in a medically induced coma. This is a very bad situation for him and friends and family. He’s achieved a lot musically in his lifetime… only hoping he will recover so he can rock us as only Derek could do. My heart’s deeply saddened by the news of my friend, he’s been an important advocate in the rise of B&D. He’s supported and promoted it since its conception and has done so for that last 5 years, and he’s rocked the country for many years.”

 

Gotthard’s ‘Bang!’ Gets North American Release With Bonus Tracks

Swiss-based quintet Gotthard are thrilled to unleash their latest studio album ‘Bang!’ in North America via The End Records. On June 24th the band will release the digital version of ‘Bang!’, with a deluxe version containing three bonus tracks scheduled for release on August 12th.

For over 20 years Gotthard has toured the globe throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia in support of 14 studio and live albums, and has collected multiple gold and platinum awards along the way. Recorded at the group’s own Yellow House Studios in Lugano in the Swiss canton of Tessin, ‘Bang!’ was mixed at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner) by Ronald Prent (The Scorpions, Def Leppard, Within Temptation).

For the members of Gotthard — Nic Maeder (vocals), Leo Leoni (guitar), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habegger (drums) and Freddy Scherer (guitar) — the dynamic boogie groove of the title track is also new ground for the band, reflecting their unbridled energy and pure confidence. For Maeder, ‘Bang!’ is not only his second album with Gotthard but also the convincing proof that he belongs in the band, that he has become one of them, and that his voice and his qualities as a songwriter are indispensable.

“Bang!”, the first single off the album, truly represents the Gotthard sound and evolution. Catchy hooks, wailing guitars and Maeder’s lush vocals grab your ear, making “Bang!” a song you will never forget. These songs are set against a background of classic Gotthard rock tunes like “Get Up ‘N’ Move On”, “Jump The Gun” and “My Belief”, which traditionally grace every album by the Swiss combo. All told, ‘Bang!’ presents a compelling mix that is sure to take its rightful place in the proud legend of Gotthard.

“You can’t really compare different albums, but if one record comes closest in sound, it is probably ‘Lipservice’ (2005), except there’s more of a playful feel to ‘Bang!’ and the arrangements spring one or two surprises,” says Habegger.

‘Bang! track listing:
01. Let Me In Katie
02. Bang!
03. Get Up ‘N’ Move On
04. Feel What I Feel
05. C’est La Vie
06. Jump The Gun
07. Spread Your Wings
08. I Won’t Look Down
09. My Belief
10. Maybe (Duet Version)
11. Red On A Sleeve
12. What You Get
13. Mr. Ticket Man
14. Thank You
US Bonus Tracks:
15. I Want It All
16. You Can’t Stop Me
17. My Daddy Told Me

 

Tesla Debut “So Divine” Music Video

Tesla have released a video for their new single “So Divine”, from their recently released studio album ‘Simplicity’, which has sold over 12,000 copies in its frst week.

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 said 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)

 

 

Kix Push Long Awaited Studio Album ‘Rock Your Face Off’ To August

For Kix, not recording any new music for two decades has been far too long. Fans have made it known for years that they want new music, and now the time has finally come. The Maryland band is primed and ready to ‘Rock Your Face Off’ with their seventh studio album set for release August 5th on Loud & Proud Records.

It’s everything fans know and love them for: a raucous, roaring and real display of rock ‘n’ roll. The first single, “Love Me With Your Top Down”, will be released to radio and online retail outlets later this month. Eddie Trunk will exclusively world premiere the song during his “Friday Night Rocks” radio show originating from Q104.3 (heard in New York City, Long Island, NJ and CT) this Friday, June 20th from 11pm-2am ET. It will then air via his numerous North American syndicated affiliates on Saturday, June 20th and he’ll play it on Monday, June 23th during his “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” show that airs on SiriusXM’s Hair Nation channel (39) at 3pm PT/6pm ET.

As guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe explains, “When we first played ‘Love Me With Your Top Down’ live just a few months ago, it went over like gangbusters with the fans. It’s a catchy little tune with classic Kix flavor, a perfect choice for the first taste of the record.” What makes the new album even more exciting and anticipated is that it features most of the band’s original line-up: Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10” Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums), with the exception of Mark Schenker (bass).

With ‘Rock Your Face Off’, Kix stirs up their truest statement to date in 2014. “It’s still hot women, fast cars, and great moments,” says singer Steve Whiteman. “I want everybody to end up on their feet, whether they’re working out or stuck in rush hour traffic. This is a release, something to lift your spirits when you need it. You can party to this one.”

Kix gracefully eased back into the public consciousness in 2008. After sold out hometown gigs, the quintet hit the stage at Rocklahoma in front of over 20,000 people, venturing out of the Mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at the festival, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more. After capturing their fiery reunion on 2012’s ‘Live In Baltimore’ CD and DVD, the band agreed to enter the studio once again.

“In many ways, this is for the Kix diehards as much as it is for us,” guitarist Brian Forsythe explains. “When we started doing this again, tons of fans came out of the woodwork. They’d show up with their kids, and it was just incredible to see. We had to deliver for them.”

In order to deliver, the band enlisted the talents of producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), with whom they had last collaborated on 1991’s ‘Hot Wire’. Also, for the first time in the group’s history, each member contributed to the writing process, fostering an extremely creative and free environment in the studio. A new dawn commenced as they simultaneously harnessed their classic spirit.

“It was more free-flowing because everybody got to write and come up with ideas,” concludes Whiteman. “We encouraged this new freedom within the creative process.”

‘Rock Your Face Off’ track listing:
01. Wheels In Motion
02. You’re Gone
03. Can’t Stop The Show
04. Rollin’ In Honey
05. Rock Your Face Off
06. All The Right Things
07. Dirty Girls
08. Inside Outside Inn
09. Mean Miss Adventure
10. Love Me With Your Top Down
11. Tail On The Wag
12. Rock & Roll Showdown

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