EXCLUSIVE! AOR and Hard Rock News on 09/06/2014

GREGORY LYNN HALL MAKES SOLO DEBUT JULY 25:
AOR Heaven will release Gregory Lynn Hall’s debut solo album Heaven To Earth July 25.
Gregory Lynn Hall, Southern California solo artist and singer for 101 South has had a long history in the music industry, in all areas from studio work to live shows. Gregory started off his music career singing gospel songs on his grandma’s piano bench with his 2 other cousins, doing harmonies when he was 3 years old. As an instrumentalist Gregory started playing drums and soon moved on to guitar, then bass and keyboards, producer, etc… finding his nitch in the late 70s.
Gregory helped polish the band Rat Sally in the early 80s and pounded the Hollywood scene playing at all the rock venues, from Gazzaris to the Troubadour, The Country Club-playing many gigs with Bands like Poison, Warrant, all the 80s rockers, hanging out with the typical Hollywood Rocker crowd. After the Seattle grunge sound came and changed the whole music scene, the musician moved to the mid-west where he found many new opportunities in Nashville (the whole mid-west region). He became a well sought after session vocalist, singing on many well known Christian artist’s albums including Carman and one of the most sought after jingle, commercial vocalists in the mid-west, with many local and national Jingles under his belt.

In the late 90s the artist returned to California and found himself reuniting with Rat Sally and going in the studio to record a new EP. Following that, a reunion gig at the world famous Pelicans retreated in 1995. Gregory kept busy doing session work for the next few years. In 1999 while doing a session in Malibu, he met Roger Scott Craig and was asked to do some demos and 101 South was born. Shortly after the first 101 South album (2000) was finished, Gregory was asked to join the band Heaven And Earth (Stuart Smith, Richie Onori, Kelly Keeling), as their bass player and toured with them to support the “Windows to the World” album, culminating with an All Star filled show for the orphans of 911 in Hollywood.
Gregory has had the honor of performing on stage, and working with; Keith Emerson (ELP), Gary Richrath (REO), Howard Leese (Heart), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Spencer Davis, Steve Priest (Sweet), Craig Goldy (Guiffria, Dio, Budgie), Stuart Smith (Heaven and Earth, Sweet), Richie Onori (Rick Derringer, ELP, Heaven and Earth), Kelly Keeling (Blue Murder, Lynch Mob), Don Cromwell (Eddie Money, Air Supply) and many other world class musicians. Gregory has also had the pleasure of working in some of the be st studios in the world, Indigo Ranch, Malibu ca.-The Church Studio, Tulsa Ok. Gregory has also worked with Eddie Money in the studio and teamed up with Roger Scott Craig to make another 101 SOUTH album in 2002 called Roll Of The Dice that made many top 10 lists in Europe. In Oct. 2008 they finished recording their 3rd 101 South album with a couple world class guest musicians incl. Ian Bairnson (PILOT, Allan Parsons Project) and Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann, Blinded by the light).

Gregory has just finished recording a solo album entitled “Heaven To Earth” which comes along with a little harder edge than 101 South. The album was recorded in Las Vegas at “The Hall Closet Studio” and mastered by Mike Turner at “The Chicken Shack” in Chattsworth, California.
Line-up: Gregory Lynn Hall, all Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Harmonica. Guest Drummer: Bandit Bellamia.
Guest guitar soloists: Craig Goldy (Heaven to Earth), Billy Liesegang (Cry no More), Jeff Duncan (Rockin the Road, Stars in the Night, Cryin), Mike Turner (You got me Runnin), Johnny Navarro (Mama Said).

Soundfiles in advance: Fly On / Love Can / Stars In The Night.
Website: www.gregorylynnhall.com / www.aorheaven.com.

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LOVERBOY COMPLETE UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
Loverboy’s new studio album Unfinished Business is due for release July 15 with an official press release due June 17. The album features tracks written and demoed over the years. In the band’s words: “It’s been in the works for four decades now – the writing started in 1974 and was completed in 2014, about a month ago.” Here are the song titles – Fire Me Up, Counting the Nights, Ain’t Such A Bad Thing, Come Undone, Slave, What Makes You So Special, War Bride, Doin’ It The Hardway, You Play The Star, Crack Of The Whip.

FOZZY TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM ‘DO YOU WANNA START A WAR’ JULY 25:
Fozzy have announced they will release their highly anticipated, new full-length studio album ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ (Century Media Records) in Australia and New Zealand on July 25th! Fans can now pre-order the 12-track album at iTunes and receive an instant download of the song “One Crazed Anarchist.” Preview the track now and watch the new lyric video premiering exclusively at Revolver. Recently, the band unveiled a new lyric video for the debut single “Lights Go Out,” which shows the band in a stunning new light. Fozzy have just finished a U.S. run performing at festivals across the country including Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and Rockfest along with many other shows. Fozzy will be performing June 14 in the U.K. on the main stage of the Download Festival.
Led by the inimitable duo of guitarist Rich Ward (co-founder of the influential underground band Stuck Mojo) and vocalist Chris Jericho (famed WWE superstar and media personality), the band Fozzy has really always been about one thing: having fun. Produced by Ward ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ is the bands follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 release ‘Sin and Bones’ and sixth studio effort since 2000. Featuring 12-tracks, the new album includes the debut single “Lights Go Out,” alongside the title track and the return of the Theremin in “Bad Tattoo.” As described by Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, “Do You Wanna Start A War is dark, dense and sharp. Sonically and lyrically, this feels like it’s going somewhere big. I love it!”

What started out for guitarist Rich Ward as a weekend cover band, called Fozzy Osbourne, soon became an internationally signed act with the biggest star in professional wrestling, Chris Jericho, as its lead singer. With adopted stage names and an elaborate backstory written for the movies, the band’s early recordings consisted mainly of cover songs ranging from Black Sabbath and Dio, to Iron Maiden and Mцtley Crьe. Jericho’s singing ability and overall passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to find the time to excel in pretty much everything he does, while Ward counting Zakk Wylde and Synyster Gates as fans, is probably one of the greatest, and unjustly so, underrated guitarists in rock and metal today. It was these qualities that pushed the band to drop alter egos get rid of the backstory and write original music.

Over the course of the next seven years, the band did just that; three albums worth to be exact. The records were fit in between Jericho’s wrestling, TV and writing career. It wasn’t until their last release ‘Sin and Bones’ though that the band really started to hit their stride. Jericho was winding down his involvement with sports, the band was touring more than ever before and their live show was as strong as ever sharing the stage with such music luminaries as Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Steel Panther, Shinedown, and many others. The entertainment, the fun factor, the showmanship were all there and in full force. More so than any point in the bands’ career.
By the time ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ is released, a horde of seasoned and newfound fans will have seen Fozzy live and heard new tracks off the album. They will have witnessed one of the greatest performances they’ve ever seen, they will have witnessed one of the best frontman in any genre of music sing some of the catchiest songs they’ve heard in ages and most importantly, they will have had the best time in their lives doing it.
Fozzy is Chris Jericho on vocals, Rich Ward on guitars and vocals, Frank Fontsere on drums, Billy Grey on guitars, and Paul Di Leo on bass.

FOZZY‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ tracklisting: Do You Wanna Start A War, Bad Tattoo, Lights Go Out, Died With You, Tonite, Brides of Fire, One Crazed Anarchist, Unstoppable, Scarecrow, No Good Way, SOS, Witchery.

SILVERTIDE TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE IN SEPTEMBER:
Philadelphia PA (June 2014) – The rock band Silvertide announced this morning that the group will release a new single entitled Try Try Try worldwide this September. The band has set its new release to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of their debut album Show & Tell. The album has sold close to 400,000 units, and has since achieved a cult like following worldwide. “If you love rock music with sexy guitars then we have it in spades. My only regret is that this song wasn’t on our first record”ќ, said lead singer Walt Lafty.
Try Try Try will be available for pre-order through iTunes soon, and will also come with a free behind the scenes video for purchasers. The single was produced by David Ivory (Halestorm, The Roots), mixed by Steve LaFashia, and features all 5 original band members. For more information follow the band on Facebook: facebook.com/silvertideband and visit their official website silvertideband.com.

NEW HELLYEAH ALBUM BLOOD FOR BLOOD OUT JUNE 6:
Readying for a June 6 album release, Hellyeah – featuring Mudvayne’s Chad Gray oon vocals, Pantera’s Vinnie Paul on drums and Nothingface’s Tom Maxwell on guitar – has brought a new level of auudio fury to its new music. Having parted ways with Greg Tribbett and Bob Zilla, the band has taken on Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple) on bass.
Blood For Blood is a welcome return to form. It leaves a mark, thanks to songs like the angular, vengeful “DMF,” a song birthed by the sort of anger that can’t be faked; it will leave you wondering who pissed these guys off. “Gift” is dirty, rowdy rock with equal parts groove and swagger, but also possessed of the sort of punk rock energy that would make Motorhead fans turns their heads. Then there is moodier, more contemplative fare like “Moth” or “Hush,” which connect on an emotional, cellular level, proving that you can be incredibly heavy in ways other than loud and fast. The album sounds like a re-charged Hellyeah, taken up many notches.
Track Listing: 1. Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood) 2. Demons In The Dirt 3. Soul Killer 4. Moth 5. Cross To Bier (Cradle Of Bones) 6. DMF 7. Gift 8. Hush 9. Say When 10. Black December.

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W.A.S.P. Releasing New Studio Album Next Year

W.A.S.P. will be returning with a new studio album entitled Golgotha next year, one that founder and frontman Blackie Lawless says will sound similar to 2009’s ‘Babylon’ and 2007’s ‘Dominator’.

“We’re about three weeks away from finishing the next one, so it will be out next year and it will be called Golgotha,” Lawless announced at a Sweden Rock Festival press conference. “Golgotha is Hebrew for place of the skull and it’s the hill where Christ was crucified. It’s interesting when you see a lot of bands going around using Satanic images, or images of death and things like that, and I’m thinking all they need to do is look at the source cause it’s right there. If you want death, there’s enough to go around there.

As for what fans can expect musically from ‘Golgotha’, Lawless says, “It sounds… probably more similar to the last two that we’ve done. We’ve been working on this thing for four years now, and I don’t know if you guys heard but I had a little hiccup last year, and that delayed recording for about a year. I broke my leg — that too was an interesting trip (laughs). There’s one thing I learned when I was doing The Crimson Idol. If you make a record over too long of peroids of time you have to be very, very careful because the record you start out making is not the record you end up finishing because you’ve changed so much as a person over a three or four year peroid. You’ve got to be very careful to hold onto that vison. But from what I’m hearing so far, and it’s not completely mixed yet, but it has definite overtones of the last two records.”

Lawless also addressed his decision to stop playing the W.A.S.P. classic “Animal (Fucks Like A Beast” by saying, “”I look at it like this. I’m a representative of the most high God, and I have to be very careful about the things I say and do. I’m gonna answer one day for the things that I’ve done and I wanna make sure that when I do, that my slate is clean. But equally as import as that I think, is I’ve been given an opportunity to stand in front of people and you’re either gonna say something positive or you’re gonna say something midnless –there is no in between. You’re either one or the other. And I’m just trying my best, and I’m not saying that I’m doing it all the time, but I’m trying my best to say something that I think could help somebody’s life.”

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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.