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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Hard Rock News on 24/05/2014

Daze Of Dawn Release “Falling In Love” Video

Daze Of Dawn have released a music video for the single “Falling In Love”, from their 2013 album ‘Sofa King Cool’. 

Grand prize winners of the 2012 Sona La Dipu Pop-Rock contest, the Valencia-based ‘Canadian’, alternative, retro-rock band have been stunning audiences for over a decade with their legendary live shows and breath of originality. The band is now a true rock power trio (with a bad-ass keyboard player on the side). Formed on Canadian front-man Klyde’s arrival in Spain in 2001 after some years living and performing in Japan, Daze Of Dawn have toured throughout Spain and Europe and continue to take over the world by blowing away one audience at a time. 

Daze Of Dawn’s lively arrangements, subtle details and continued growth on their four previous releases — ‘Shinjuku In June’ (2001), ‘Puppet Heads’ (2003), ‘Drug Testing’ (2006) and ‘Yeti Nation’ (2008) — have won the band continuous accolades from the media and critics alike, including spots in major international festivals (Festimad, Vinarock) and national Spanish radio (RNE3) and television (TVE Los conciertos de Radio 3). 

Most recently Daze Of Dawn were finalists in MTV Winter Valencia 2011 and grand prize winners of Sona La Dipu 2012, a major Spanish rock contest. The grand prize was a full-length album recording and a festival tour for 2013. The new album ‘Sofa King Cool’, recorded by Pau Chafer at RC Estudios and mixed/mastered by Manu Tomas, contains 14 masterfully written and produced songs of long-awaited new music by this excellent original band. 

 

John Galt Debuts “Undeniable” Video

Ukrainian sleaze rockers John Galt have released a music video for the song “Undeniable”, which is featured on their 2013 debut album ‘Served Hot’. 

John Galt is an alcohol-driven, four-piece band from Kharkiv, Ukraine, formed in the summer of 2010 that plays hard rock heavily influenced by modern Swedish glam/sleaze and a little bit of punk. 

Taking their name from a famous book, Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’, John Galt debuted in October 2011 with the three track EP ‘First Run’, which gained the favor of both critics and fans, and attracted the interest of Italian rock label Street Symphonies Records who released ‘Served Hot’. 

The band are offering a free download of their debut EP at johngaltrocks.com, which also contains links to buy their 2013 full-length. 

 

Bang Tango Part Ways With Guitarist Scott LaFlamme

Bang Tango and guitarist Scott LaFlamme have separated after a five year partnership. 

“The members of Bang Tango enjoyed their five year run with Scott and wish him the best of luck and success in the future,” said the band. “After a much needed break Bang Tango is reenergized and excited about returning to the stage. Big news to follow in the coming months with the announcement of a new guitar player and touring plans. See you all on board the Monsters of Rock Cruise in April 2015.” 

LaFlamme appeared on Bang Tango’s 2011 release ‘Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt’. Frontman Joe LeSte and Bang Tango were looking for a studio to record the follow-up to ‘Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt’ back in 2012, but no word on when a new studio album will surface. 

Meanwhile, ‘Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie’ is finally nearing completion and is slated to be released this summer. “Its been a ridiculously long two and a half years working on this thing but I’m proud to say its just about finished and ready to show,” director Drew Fortier tells Sleaze Roxx. “With all the other band documentaries coming out, this one is gonna stick out like a sore thumb in all the best ways.” 

‘Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie’ features interviews with all original members — Joe LeSte, Mark Knight, Kyle Kyle, Tigg Ketler and Kyle Stevens — current members, and key players who performed with Bang Tango. The film also features appearances by Chip Z’Nuff, former Headbanger’s Ball host Riki Rachtman and producer Howard Benson. 

 

Buckcherry Play On Despite Bomb Threats And Religious Nuts

Los Angeles based rockers Buckcherry took the stage Tuesday night at Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral despite the best efforts of local religious group the Holy Family. 

In a letter posted on the band’s bus door, as well as on the venue’s door, a spokesperson for the Holy Family in Cape Coral demanded that the show be canceled. “I do apologize for the last minute notice,” the letter began, “however I’m afraid the concert is going to definitely have to be canceled.” 

The author continued, citing Buckcherry’s “totally disgusting” lyrics and their “contrived ignorant babble and filth” as the reasons that the show must not go on. In a twist few saw coming, the letter also made a note of pointing out that aside from the explicit lyrics, the “Holy Family very much enjoys Buckcherry’s music.” 

In addition to the letter, Dixie Roadhouse also confirmed two separate bomb scares. The details of the scares are not readily available, nor is it confirmed that the Holy Family is responsible, but the letter’s closing paragraph states that “anyone who says this is a hoax is a lying idiot.” 

Despite the trouble, Buckcherry persevered, and took the stage. Venue security “stepped it up and the show went off without a hitch,” according to the band’s manager. 

“We came here to entertain a large group of people that wanted to have a good time,” said guitarist Keith Nelson, “and that’s exactly what we did.” Lead singer Josh Todd added, “Buckcherry has always been about having a good time and we express ourselves the way we want to because we are free. They don’t like our lyrics and hide behind religion as an excuse to attack us as a group or treat other people poorly. Well they can just fuck right off.” 

The band was met with support at the show — they played to a sellout crowd despite the commotion — and on their Facebook, where thousands of fans supported the band when they posted a copy of the letter. Buckcherry expects to continue the rest of their current tour without any additional complications. 

Members of the Holy Family will likely be disheartened to learn that their efforts to censor the band’s explicit language have gone in vain. Buckcherry will release their new EP FUCK in August. 

For more information on Buckcherry, including their remaining tour dates and EP release, be sure to check out their official site at www.buckcherry.com

 

Ted Nugent Gets Ready To ‘Shutup&Jam!’ In July

Ted Nugent Gets Ready To 'Shutup&Jam!' In JulyMulti-platinum guitar icon Ted Nugent returns with a new full-length album ‘Shutup&Jam!, due out July 8th on Frontiers Records. 

This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. Nugent leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, Dokken drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes, while special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to “She’s Gone”. 

“Shutup&Jam! 2014… the unstoppable firestorm of Ted Nugent, all American MotorCity, high energy R&B&R&R soul music erupts once again with what many gungho music lovers are raving to be the best songs and best music and highest energy rock out of my insanely wonderful musical American Dream,” Nugent exclaims. “Sammy Hagar sings his balls off on ‘She’s Gone’ and Derek St. Holmes proves once again that the MotorCity produces not just the greatest guitar grind masterlicks ever but one of the most powerful soul voices of all time on ‘Everything Matters!’ Unleashing early July 2014. Read em & weep! Shutup&Jam! you know who I am, you know where I stand, so Shutup&Jam! I am!” 

“When I first heard Ted’s demo of this song, I immediately responded with ‘I’m in,'” Hagar shares of his involvement on the track “She’s Gone”. “Ted’s ripping the guitar like the days of old… very inspiring to sing to a track like that-old-school blues riff, hard edged rock ‘n roll on fire!!!” 

To coincide with the release of ‘Shutup&Jam!’, Nugent has announced that he’s packing up and hitting the road. On Saturday, June 7th he will join Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Volbeat and other rock titans at the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg, Sweden. He’ll then prepare for his national headlining tour, kicking off July 3rd in Wichita Falls, Texas. Ticket info for all shows is available at tour.tednugent.com

Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock ‘n’ roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, earshattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along with international acclaim. 

Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, Nugent’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey To The Center Of The Mind”, to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan and Wisconsin). 

Nugent was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, Nugent delivers the Ultimate life soundtrack. A Ted Nugent show is not just a performance — it’s a firebreathing celebration! 

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 24/05/2014

TED NUGENT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM ‘SHUTUP&JAM!’ JULY 8:
Multi-platinum guitar icon Ted Nugent returns with a new full-length album SHUTUP&JAM!, due out Tuesday, July 8 on Frontiers Records (July 4 for Europe). This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. Nugent leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to “She’s Gone.” SHUTUP&JAM! is available now for pre-order at Amazon.
“SHUTUP&JAM! 2014…the unstoppable firestorm of Ted Nugent, all American MotorCity, high energy R&B&R&R soulmusic erupts once again with what many gungho music lovers are raving to be the best songs and best music and highest energy rockout of my insanely wonderful musical American Dream,” Nugent exclaims. “Sammy Hagar sings his balls off on ‘She’s Gone’ and Derek St. Holmes proves once again that the MotorCity produces not just the greatest guitar grind masterlicks ever but one of the most powerful soul voices of all time on ‘Everything Matters!’ Unleashing early July 2014. Read em & weep! SHUTUP&JAM! you know who I am, you know where I stand, so SHUTUP&JAM! I am!”

“When I first heard Ted’s demo of this song, I immediately responded with ‘I’m in,’” Hagar shares of his involvement on the track “She’s Gone.” “Ted’s ripping the guitar like the days of old…very inspiring to sing to a track like that—old-school blues riff, hard edged rock ‘n roll on fire!!!”

To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!, Ted has announced that he’s packing up and hitting the road. On Saturday, June 7 he will join Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Volbeat and other rock titans at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sцlvesborg, Sweden. He’ll then prepare for his national headlining tour, kicking off July 3 in Wichita Falls, TX. Ticket info for all shows is available at tour.tednugent.com.
Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along with international acclaim.

Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, Nugent’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).
Nugent was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, Ted delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A Ted Nugent show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!
L-R: Ted Nugent, Derek St. Holmes, Mick Brown, and Greg Smith Photo credit: James & Maryln Brown
WebLinks: www.tednugent.com / www.facebook.com/tednugent / www.twitter.com/tednugent.


THE BABY ANIMALS RELEASE A DELUX, FULLY LOADED EDITION OF ‘THIS IS NOT THE END’:
The fans wanted it. The Baby Animals have delivered it. A deluxe, fully loaded edition of last year’s Top 20 ARIA charting album, This Is Not The End. To be released on Friday, June 6, via Social Family Records, This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition), celebrates the one year anniversary of the original album’s release, and includes never before released live versions of the band’s biggest hits, such as Early Warning, Rush You, Painless, and One Word. 
This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition) offers their legion of fans: 16 live tracks from the ‘Feed The Birds’ tour – BA365 Rockumentary on the making of the album – A lyrics booklet – The new single, This Is Not The End.

Available for pre-order now, the album also comes with a few unique pre-order pack options, PLUS everyone who pre-orders goes into the running to win the jacket Suze wore on the “Feed The Birds” tour and a one-off artwork from Suze herself.
This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition) will be available Friday June 6. Pre-order your copy from the Social Family Records Store, Sanity, or iTunes.

Track Listing: Disc 1 1. Email 2. Bonfires 3. Under Your Skin 4. Stitch 5. Invisible Dreamer 6. Warm Bodies 7. Things That Make You Stay 8. Priceless 9. Hot Air Balloon 10. Got It Bad 11. Winters Day 12. This Is Not The End
Disc 2 (Live) 1. Under Your Skin 2. Got It Bad 3. Rush You 4. Bonfires 5. Warm Bodies 6. Invisible Dreamer 7. Painless 8. Don’t Tell Me What To Do 9. Stitch 10. One Word 11. Hot Air Balloon 12. Email 13. Early Warning 14. One Too Many 15. Ain’t Gonna Get 16. Dirty Bird (Outro Jam)


ALBERTO RIGONI: SONG IN MEMORIAM OF RANDY COVEN PASSED AWAY ON MAY 20, 2014:
Alberto Rigoni: song in memoriam of Randy Coven passed away on May 20th 2014
“I discovered Randy Coven back in 2002 when I purchased ARK’s “Burn the Sun” (one of my favorite albums ever). I was amazed by his unique and superb bass playing. The way he played fretless bass in metal songs was truly innovative. Recently I was trying to contact him for a new studio project that will feature many great prog rock metal bass players from all around the world. Yesterday I learned that he passed away. I’m still shocked and I don’t know what to say but will dedicate my new album (out on October 1st 2014) to him. RIP Randy, you will always inspire my music!!”
In memoriam of Randy, Alberto makes available the song “Corruption” from his upcoming album, featuring Simone Mularoni (DGM) on guitars, Federico Solazzo on keyboards and Denis Novello on drums. The instrumental progressive metal song can be listened at the following link: soundcloud.com/albertorigoni/alberto-rigoni-corruption-in-memoriam-of-randy-coven.

MRX UPDATED:
MRX has been updated with the following new features:
– Chicago – Star Sessions ’82
– Streetheart – Buried Treasure (1984)
– Bad Company – Live, New York, Electric Ladyland (1992)
Join MRX now!

Hard Rock News on 20/05/2014

The Last Vegas Debut “You And Me” Video

Chicago’s The Last Vegas recently released their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Sweet Salvation’ and have posted the album’s latest music video for the single “You And Me”. 

‘Sweet Salvation’, the follow-up to 2012’s hugely successful ‘Bad Decisions’ and 2009’s Sleaze Roxx chart topping ‘Whatever Gets You Off’, was released on May 12th in Europe and May 13th in North America via The ILS Group. The album was recorded at the end of 2013 in Los Angeles, California by renowned producer and engineer Roy Z. 

The Last Vegas funded the recording of ‘Sweet Salvation’ through a successful crowdsourcing campaign at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thelastvegas. “We have a lot more stuff for you to check out as well while you wait for the album,” said the band to fans that donated towards their campaign. “A first look at our new music video for the next single “You And Me”, access to see some more album artwork and a listen of a song clip from the new album. We also have some new products to get your hands on, both a limited pressing of Bad Decisions on transparent red vinyl and a limited pressing of Sweet Salvation on yellow vinyl. Both will be signed by the band and only available in the Pledge Music store for pre-order.” 

Having recently played alongside Guns N’ Roses, Nikki Sixx, Theory Of A Deadman and Hinder, the band will be visiting UK, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium through May and June in support of the new album. A video for the album’s lead single, “Come With Me”, was released last year and a free download of the track is being offered at www.facebook.com/thelastvegas

‘Sweet Salvation’ track listing:
01. Touch The Sky 
02. Come With Me
03. Invicible Summer
04. Lucky 13 
05. Miss You
06. Face In The Crowd
07. You & Me (You Never Know) 
08. Death Style
09. Sweet Salvation 

 

Accept Change The Release Date Of ‘Blind Rage’

Accept Change The Release Date Of 'Blind Rage'In the history of heavy metal not many bands can claim to be able to celebrate their breakthrough twice. Accept managed this four years ago with their reunion record ‘Blood Of The Nations’ — returning with a vengeance! Now Accept open the next chapter in their book of heavy metal, with the upcoming studio record ‘Blind Rage’ — which will be out on August 15th. 

‘Blind Rage’, just like its two predecessors with new vocalist Mark Tornillo, has been produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap. “The cover artwork done by Daniel Goldsworthy shows the beast coming over us — in blind rage — all over the planet. Wherever we go, whenever you turn on the TV, there is blind rage in the works — either natural catastrophes or man-made madness,” continued Hoffmann. 

There will also be a limited edition digipak version of ‘Blind Rage’ that includes either a bonus DVD or BluRay disc and features a complete Accept live show recorded in Chile 2013 during the ‘Stalingrad’ tour. Upfront will be the single release of the opening track “Stampede”, which will be out on July 11th digitally and on a limited vinyl edition. The band also did a video clip for “Stampede”, which will be ready by the end of June. 

Hardly any other band has influenced the heavy metal genre as much as German legends Accept. Classics albums such as ‘Restless And Wild’ (1982), ‘Balls To The Wall’ (1983) and ‘Metal Heart’ (1985), have inspired generations of new bands, and this has continued since their reunion in 2009. Both ‘Blood Of The Nations’ (2010) and ‘Stalingrad’ (2012) entered the charts globally and were voted among the best albums of their respective years by Sleaze Roxx readers, and underline the premiere league status Accept still have today. 

‘Blind Rage’ track listing:
01. Stampede
02. Dying Breed
03. Dark Side Of My Heart
04. Fall Of The Empire
05. Trail Of Tears
06. Wanna Be Free
07. 200 Years
08. Bloodbath Mastermind
09. From The Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey 

 

Judas Priest Announce Lead-Off Single From Upcoming Album

Judas Priest have set “March Of The Damned” as the lead-off single from their forthcoming studio album ‘Redeemer Of Souls’. 

For the past few weeks, metalheads worldwide have undoubtedly been enjoying the “sneak peak” title track from Judas Priest’s forthcoming ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ album. And on Monday, May 19th, the official lead-off single from the album, “March Of The Damned,” will be released to rock and metal radio, and will be available for purchase via all digital sales providers. Additionally, on the same day, preorders for the full album will be made available through iTunes. 

As the band themselves said about “March Of The Damned”, “Our passion for heavy metal has never diminished, and this track sounds off with real conviction!” 

‘Redeemer Of Souls’ will be made available from Epic Records on Tuesday, July 15th as both a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks. When asked what fans can expect from Judas Priest’s 17th album overall, guitarist Glenn Tipton replied, “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically — so we have listened!! From start to finish ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!” 

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight”, “Breaking The Law”, “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”, etc.) and albums (‘British Steel’, ‘Screaming For Vengeance’, ‘Painkiller’, etc.) 

And soon, fans will discover that Judas Priest has assembled another metal classic, with the “March Of The Damned” single and ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ full-length. 

 

Ace Frehley Enlists KISS ‘Destroyer’ Artist For Solo Album Artwork

Ace Frehley Enlists KISS 'Destroyer' Artist For Solo Album ArtworkAce Frehley has tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album cover for his upcoming solo album ‘Space Invader’, due out July 8th through E1 Music. 

Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, ‘Destroyer’ (1976) and ‘Love Gun’ (1977), says, “It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace. I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened.” 

Ace Frehley himself comments, “I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn’t be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!” 

With nearly 35 years between projects, KISS fans will surely be excited about this long-time duo working together again. Kelly concludes, “I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace’s continuing successful career!” 

‘Space Invader’ will contain at least nine original songs and a cover of the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker.” Frehley has said that his fans can expect a sound similar to his 1978 solo album, which contained the hit “New York Groove.” Frehley’s previous solo album, ‘Anomaly’, was released in 2009. The record reached #27 on the Billboard charts and was named one of the best albums that year by Sleaze Roxx readers. 

“I’m really excited about this record, because everybody that’s heard the tracks just says they think some of the tracks are even better than Anomaly, and even showing another side of me,” Frehley told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “There’s two songs I’m going to re-track, but I’m doing mostly overdubs. Most of the hard work is over.” 

Frehley also said that the album would feature collaborations with his girlfriend Rachael Gordon and told Rolling Stone that an album of covers and remakes would follow ‘Space Invader’. “That one will be a real treat for the fans, too,” Frehley said. “I want to get some celebrity guests to play on it, some of the covers and stuff, get Slash, Mike McCready, my buddy from Pearl Jam. You know. The list is endless.” Then, with a laugh, he added, “I might even get Gene Simmons to play bass on a track.” 

 

Motley Crue Hope To Have New Single Ready For Farewell Tour

Ace Frehley Enlists KISS 'Destroyer' Artist For Solo Album ArtworkMotley Crue is saying a well-publicized farewell to the road starting this summer, but it won’t be coming empty handed. 

Tommy Lee tells Billboard that he’s “just finished the drums” for “All Bad Things Must End”, a new track the Crue hopes to have out by the time the farewell tour with Alice Cooper kicks off July 2nd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and which he says will be attached to a new greatest hits album that will accompany the trek. 

“We’re just mixing (the song) and getting it together,” Lee reports. “It’s pretty heavy, but it’s really melodic. It’s definitely about this time right now with the band and what the feeling is and kind of all that wrapped into a song. I hate to say it’s like a goodbye, but it definitely references our time here.” 

Meanwhile, the quartet is getting its show together for the tour. “There’s a whole new production being built that’s pretty fucking insane,” Lee says. As for the setlist, he adds that the Crue is talking about two-hour sets “so we can play all the hits and then hopefully dig into some deep stuff, since this is the last chance to play them.” 

The group is also digging into “The Dirt”, the long awaited film adaptation of its vivid 2001 band biography. Lee says he and bassist Nikki Sixx recently sat down with director Jeff Tremaine for a read-through of the script that he calls “probably the most fucking insanely surrealistic experience I’ve ever sat through — probably two hours and change of literally watching people act and play through this two-hour plus movie of 30 years of your life. I was just like, ‘What the fuck?! That’s insane! This movie is insane!’ Even just the way the movie starts, you’re like, ‘How the hell are we gonna rate this thing? Triple R?'” 

Lee says casting is slated for late July, most likely with unknown actors playing the band members who will subsequently join the Crue on tour for a bit of boot camp. “I can just imagine some 25-year-old actor getting the part and being sent on the road to hang out and study us,” Lee says with a laugh. “Wow, what a trip! They’re gonna definitely come back a different animal.” 

Lee, meanwhile, has tried on a different musical skin lately, playing drums for the next Smashing Pumpkins album. He’s recorded demos with Billy Corgan in Los Angeles and expects to be back in the studio during the next few weeks to record the finished songs. “I think he has probably the best record he’s ever written,” Lee says. “These are like epic, goose-bump songs. It sounds like the first couple of Smashing Pumpkins records. I was fucking blown away.” 

Lee is also starting to chart his own post-Crue career. While several potential projects are on the runway, he says that “I have one thing in particular I’ve really got my heart set on. I can’t really talk about it too much, but I’ve been writing music for it, and I’ve got a hard drive full of some crazy shit that I’ve been working on that the music scene definitely needs right now. There’s nothing like it. It’s definitely some new music, and there’ll be a new band that’s gonna blow some minds.” 

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 17/05/2014

PRE-ORDER SOUND OF ETERNITY AND MRCD12 NOW:
You can now pre-order Visions & Dreams, the debut album from Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity, to be released June 16 via MelodicRock Records.

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Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.
It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.
Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.

NEW FRONTIERS SPOT:
Frontiers Records April 2014 Releases Spot featuring: Winger, Sebastian Bach, Three Lions.

MR. BIG SINGER ANNOUNCES UK SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR:
Eric Martin – The Voice of Mr. Big will play nine dates across the U.K this December forming an exclusive UK tour that includes a date at The Underworld, London (Friday 12). The tour will begin with a Scotland Exclusive at Bannerman’s, Edinburgh on Dec 4 and will then visit Newcastle, Grimsby, Bolton, Sheffield, Chester, London and Birmingham before closing in Swansea, Wales on Dec 14. Tickets on sale this Mon 19 May.
The Mr. Big front man will be performing a crowd pleasing mix of his solo material along with Mr. Big hits that fans all over the world have grown to love throughout their career.

U.K Solo Acoustic Tour Dates & Venues:
Thurs 4 Dec – Bannerman’s Bar – Edinburgh
Fri 5 Dec – The Think Tank? – Newcastle
Sun 7 Dec – The Yardbirds – Grimsby
Mon 8 Dec – The Railway Club – Bolton
Tues 9 Dec – The Corporation – Sheffield
Thurs 11 Dec – The Live Rooms – Chester
Fri 12 Dec – The Underworld – London
Sat 13 Dec – The Oobleck – Birmingham
Sun 14 Dec – Static – Swansea

“My bags are packed and I’m ready to go; plane ticket to the UK…. check, Acoustic guitar…check, money for beer. Check, EM/MR. BIG fan’s?” he said “Anywhere, everywhere, up and over, sideways, down… there’s no place I’d rather Rock than with you in the UK.”ќ
In 1985 and 1987 Eric released “Eric Martin”ќ and “I’m only fooling myself”ќ solo efforts, which are lathered with Eric’s signature soulful voice and candid lyrics. 
In 1988-89, Eric would team up with Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Paul Gilbert to form Mr. Big. They would enjoy enormous success with the release of 6 studio albums, numerous hit singles and 6 top-selling live cd’s. All combined, worldwide sales top the 7 million mark. Eric’s third solo album, “Somewhere in the middle”ќ was written during the two-year hiatus from Mr. Big and released in 1998 in Asia and Europe. During the summer of 2001, Eric and the rest of the Mr. Big guys released their last effort, “Actual Size.”ќ In between promoting and preparing for Mr. Big’s 2002 “Farewell Tour”ќ, Eric continued to record songs for his fourth solo cd. He promised a return to his “rawk roots”ќ and he definitely did so with the album, “I’m Goin’ Sane”ќ which gathered excellent critics and was released in Asia, Europe and The US in late 2002. After the success of a Japan tour, a European “Gods Festival”ќ and a 23 city US tour, Eric decided to go back into the studio to record “Pure,”ќ a EP that covers his hits in an unplugged and stripped acoustic form. 
In early 2004 brought Eric back into the studio to record “Destroy All Monsters”ќ which would be released in Japan, Europe, The US and the most recent, South America. The album sound is something Eric calls “Distorted Pop”ќ with a focus on his rock roots. In 2008 Eric joined forces with an all-star group including Mark Slaughter, The Nelson Brothers, Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy to form the supergroup, Scrap Metal. Scrap Metal plays shows whenever each guy has some time off of their individual careers.
Mr. Big regrouped with all original members for a worldwide reunion tour in 2009. They had so much fun that they decided to release a new album. “What If”ќ dropped in 2010 and reviewers raved about the 4 members creating their original sound with a current feel. The guys set out on another world tour and are currently writing for their next album. 
Moving to more recent times, in 2012, one of the largest rock operas in the world contacted Eric to be featured on their new album. Avantasia is a German based rock opera born to Edguy front man, Tobias Sammet. Eric traveled for six months with Avantasia covering Asia, Europe, South America and Canada. Eric has been asked to join the band for their next tour starting at the infamous Waken open-air festival in front of 80,000 concert goers this summer.
“Keep Calm & Unplug your TV set, your kids, the bullshit.. Don’t let life get in the way, EM unplugged in the UK in December….See you then!”
Ticket prices regionally start from Ј10.00 (London Ј15.00). Please check with your local venue box office for further details or visit Eric’s official website www.EricMartin.com.

BIG CELEBRATION FOR AXEL RUDI PELL:
July 11, 2014 will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the prestigious Bang Your Head Festival, in Balingen, Germany.
Today Axel reveals all the secrets:

“This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of my solo career, my first solo album Wild Obsession came out in 1989. Therefore, we will play a very special and unique Show at the Bang Your Head!!!ќ Festival in Balingen, Germany, on July 11th to celebrate this and we will headline the festival on that day! 
This will be no regular show by far! Of course we will play a lot of songs with the recent AXEL RUDI PELL line-up featuring Johnny Gioeli, Bobby Rondinelli, Ferdy Doernberg, Volker Krawczak and myself, but this will only be 1/3 of the complete show approx… As this year also sees the 30th Recording Anniversary of my former band Steeler (the first record was released in 1984), we will reunite in the original Line-Ups (Peter Burtz, Tom Eder, Jan Yildiral and both Bassplayers Roland Hag and Volker Krawczak) to perform a couple of songs for you. The reunion will only happen on that day and it will be an exclusive one-off!
Furthermore we will have a few ARP vintage members there and we’re proud to announce that both Vocalists Rob Rock and Jeff Scott Soto among original Drummer Joerg Michael will enter the stage too to play a few older ARP tracks!
As this ain’t enough … Lol…, I invited some other musical guests and friends to play a few cover tracks together and I’m really proud to announce the following guests in no particular order:

Graham Bonnet (ex- Rainbow, -MSG, -Alcatrazz), Joe Lynn Turner (ex- Rainbow, -Deep Purple, -Yngwie Malmsteen) Doogie White (ex- Rainbow, -Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock) John Lawton (ex- Uriah Heep, -Lucifers Friend), Tony Carey (ex- Rainbow), Vinny Appice (ex- Black Sabbath, -Heaven & Hell, -DIO).
Be there at this very very special Show, which will be a lifetime event and will last for more than 3 hours. Have fun!”

Axel Rudi Pell released a new video for the song “Long Way To Go”, taken from the latest chart album “Into The Storm”. The video was directed by Tim Assmann: youtu.be/3tLsZa7wk6Q.
WebLinks: www.axel-rudi-pell.de / www.spv.de.

RUBICON CROSS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR “BLEED WITH ME”:
The majority of hard rock bands that manage to break through to the masses do so with a killer video clip. And Rubicon Cross has a worthy one on their hands with Bleed with Me, off their fast-rising self-titled album, of which a “deluxe edition” will be available for purchase on May 19th exclusively through BestBuy (which comes with a poster and bonus tracks): www.bestbuy.com/site/rubicon-cross-deluxe-only–best-buy-with-bonus-tracks-poster-cd.

Shot in Racine, WI, the band (which is comprised of CJ Snare/vocals, Chris Green/lead guitars, Jeff Lerman/second guitar, Simon Farmery/bass, and Robert Behnke/drums), had this to say about the video shoot – “I can’t believe we did it! The “‘Bleed with Me’ video seemed jinxed at every turn. We had about five venues cancel on us before a friend [Brett Ihde – director of sales at Magnificent Events] came through with the abandoned warehouse less than two days before we started shooting. What we accomplished in 48 hours made us wonder how bands even use to spend $300,000 on a video. Thanks to friends and colleagues, we came up with a video we’re incredibly proud of, and the help we received only reinforced the message of the song, when you have a band of brothers, anything is possible!”

And according to the band, other highlights of the shoot included:
–The amount of red brick dust in the factory coated every bit of our equipment.
–Behnke’s drums were shot in a service elevator.
–The lighting was created by volunteers waving lights above the drums.
–Simon the bass player refused to go in a room with spiders so was shot in a hallway.
–The band shot a “Hello Cleveland” tribute to Spinal Tap that day, soon to be released.
–CJ’s flight was so held up in traffic that the band had shot the drum AND bass shots already by the time he got there.
–Expecting nothing, Brett Ihde had laid on full catering including, sandwiches, cold meat buffet, chips, candy, large bottle of Jager, vodka, Jack, crate of Guinness and crate of lager (these got consumed during the process of the video).
–Band started drinking at 11am.
To see for yourself what all the buzz is about surrounding the “Bleed for Me” video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFneEfoJbn8.
And also be sure to check out the making of the “Bleed with Me” video: youtu.be/YOVY3Vb64Bc.
For more info, visit: www.rubiconcross.net / www.facebook.com/rubiconcrossband.

SHAKRA NEED A VOCALIST:
Swiss rockers Shakra are without a vocalist. Tis from the band: John leaves Shakra! We are saddened by the fact that John has decided to leave us. We are losing an incredibly great singer and band member. With his loveable, quiet character, he has given us much pleasure during the past four years. We unfortunately have to accept his decision, and wish him well for his future! Now, we’re forced to search for a new singer… You singers out there, get in touch with us if you wanna commence a new era! Thom, Thomas, Roger, Dominik.

Statement by John: “After many sleepless nights, I realized that SHAKRA is no longer priority No.1 in my life. With mixed feelings I remain today. I’m gonna miss my band members and the whole crew a lot, but I’m also looking forward to what’s coming after my time as a Rock singer. If and how I’m gonna make music in the future has not yet been dediced.”
WebLink: www.shakra.ch/en/news.html.

SUPER DUPER DVD DUE:
New York, NY (May 15, 2014)–Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe Limited Edition Boxed set release of the critically acclaimed Banger Films documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper on June 3 [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray, $69.98 Deluxe Edition].
Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April, Super Duper Alice Cooper is the first ever “doc opera” film, presented with a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. The film was also screened in theatres nationally in late April.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City. For more information on Super Duper Alice Cooper, please visit www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com or like the Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/superduperalicecooper.

NEW SHOWCASE:
A new Showcase has been added to the site for the excellent debut Seven album, due out June 23 via Escape MusicCheck it out.

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 15/05/2014

SOUND OF ETERNITY – NEW AUDIO PREVIEWS:
MelodicRock Records is excited to release some teaser soundbytes for Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity. The band’s debut album Visions & Dreams will be released one week later than origially announced (now June 23) to coincide with the release ofMRCD12.

Soundbytes: 03) Running To You 04) Broken Heart 05) Reason To Live.

Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.
It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.
Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.
The track listing for Visions & Dreams is: 01) Visions & Dreams 02) Call To Action 03) Running To You 04) Broken Heart 05) Reason To Live 06) Alpha & Omega 07) My Saviour 08) Eternal Love 09) Forever 10) Universe.


MRCD12 ADDS ONE MORE TRACK:
The details of MRCD12 – Better Days (out June 23) was announced yesterday with a small error – there is one more track that needs to be added to the compilation, making it an 18 track, 78 minute release – 07) Fenrik Lane – Diamonds In The Waste
Pre-orders for both MRCD12 and Sound Of Eternity from tomorrow (Friday).


GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHЦN’S VIDEO “LOVE FINDS A WAY” HAS PREMIERE ON USATODAY.COM:
Neal Schцn fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Love Finds A Way” on USAToday.com. The new video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U. SO U features Schцn along with bassistMarco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’ssongwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. The track “Serenity,” from the album is now firmly entrenched in the Top 5 at Classic Rock radio, coming in at #3 this week.
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schцn has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schцn moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schцn continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.
For more information please visit: www.schonmusic.com.


BALANCE BACK ONCE AGAIN FOR SWEDEN SHOWS:
The Iconic Melodic Rock Band Balance is scheduled to regroup for a round of Live Shows based out of Sweden for the end of Summer 2014. This will kick off in the Swedish coastal town of Vдstervik (home of famous music festivals and the group ABBA), on Friday August 22, 2014. The next night, Balance will play in the university city of Linkцping as part of its annual party. Both shows are sponsored by the Swedish national organization Sensus.
Based on a Youtube viewing of 4 young 10 yr. old Swedish girls called the SeaTeens singing a cover version of one of the band’s well known songs “Is It Over” at the Hojrock Festival in Vдstervik the summer of 2013, Peppy Castro (original founding member), was so taken by the videos (www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-KoKSyDzdE and www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYxJZQmS1oQ) that it spawned the reunion of the band.
The Melodic Rock and AOR scene are made up of legendary albums and bands, which, as time goes by, become even more respected among the community of fans. Balance is exactly one of those bands, whose name and reputation, like good wine, has stood the test of time for decades. Original members, Peppy Castro, Bob Kulick and Doug Katsaros, will be reuniting for a round of shows in Europe in late summer 2014 based out of Sweden where it has all started again thanks to Sweden’s own Sea Teens.

As proof of the many talents of the artists involved in Balance, all members went on to brilliant careers in music following the group’s recording years. Grammy award winning Producer/Guitarist Bob Kulick’s credits read like a who’s who of heavy metal and rock bands, working in the studio, recording or producing or playing live with Meat Loaf, Kiss, Wasp, Paul Stanley Band, Lou Reed, John Cale, Michael Bolton, Dee Snider, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Tim Curry, etc, etc…Doug Katsaros, Grammy and Emmy winner, sang & arranged for KISS, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bon Jovi, Sinйad O’Connor, Aerosmith and Georg “Jojje” Wadenius, among others, and he worked in several rockin’ Broadway shows, including The Rocky Horror Show and Footloose. Peppy Castro, Emmy nominated and inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame, is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era. His 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group, “The Blues Magoos.” His rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. He has written songs for and sang on records by Diana Ross, Kiss, Laura Branigan, Michael Bolton, Cher, Joan Jett, Ronnie Spector etc., and is even one of the producers of the hit off Broadway show (The Gong Show) in New York. All the members of Balance have had a long affiliation on many levels with KISS.

Balance will be joined on stage with two seasoned and respected musicians who hail from the depths of the Swedish rock brigade. Jonas Wikstrom on drums and Dan Larsson on bass will complete the line-up of Balance. For more info on the members of this incredible band and their astounding list of accomplishments, as well as their music, check these links: www.peppycastro.com / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Kulick / www.themusicofyourdreams.com/Biography.html.

NIGHT BY NIGHT PUSH ALBUM BACK ONE MONTH:
News from Night By Night: “After some deliberation, we’ve decided to postpone the release date of our June 16th to July as to avoid clashes with the Download Festival and Sweden Rock. As you’ll understand, it’s really important for us to be able to get press and radio attention around the release of the album and we’re concerned that the rock media won’t have time for a (relatively) new band’s debut amidst all the events of June. 
Therefore, we’ve decided to change the date to July 11th (Mainland Europe) 14th (UK) and 15th (USA/Canada). We hope you understand – we’ve put the last 4 years into this album, so really want to ensure we get off to a great start with it! 
However – we will still be giving you some NxN delights in June, with the release of a digital single and video on June 23rd (more news soon) and we will play a London release show on July 17th (again, more news on this ASAP). 
Thank you for continuing to support us! Not long now! Ben, Hen, Jon, Tom and Damien.”


INTRODUCING SCARLETT MOONLIGHT – I’VE CHASED THE RAIN:
Scarlett Moonlight, the US-based melodic rock/AOR band, have just released their latest single, I’ve Chased The Rain, in digital format in most MP3 online stores (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc). You can listen to the song here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7tYMwvWHlw.
This will be the first of a series of single releases that will happen every 2-3 months. Stay tuned to each release at: www.facebook.com/scarlettmoonlight.

Scarlett Moonlight, formerly known as Scarlett Shadow, is a Rhode Island based original Rock band in the style of Survivor, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Journey. They first came together when Michael Geiser, former bass player for Firebrand, met Fran Rodriguez, former keyboardist for the band Nexx. They then asked Mike Rodenbaugh, guitarist with Shotgun Still, to join on Guitar and Bob Myron on drums. They needed the right singer for the band, and Fran brought in Jacob Guajardo and the band Scarlett Moonlight was born.
Scarlett Moonlight has been in Michael’s studio for the last year writing and recording their first group of 13 songs, which will be released one at a time as they are finished. In this day of digital music outlets and stores the need to release and entire album at one time is not as necessary as it once was. You can follow the band at: facebook.com/scarlettmoonlight / reverbnation.com/scarlettmoonlight / twitter.com/ScarlettShadow5.


XLRATOR MEDIA PLUGS INTO DUFF McKAGAN’S “IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES”:
Los Angeles (May 14, 2014) – XLrator Media announced today that it has acquired from Vision Films the North American distribution rights for former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s autobiographical documentary, It’s So Easy And Other Lies. The film is currently in production with financing provided by Scatena & Rosner Films. Based on the New York Times best-seller about McKagan’s life, the film is written and directed by Christopher Duddy, produced by Daniel Zirilli, Duff McKagan, Christopher Duddy, and Steven G. Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment, and executive produced by Lise Romanoff, Gato Scatena, Jordan Rosner, Birgit Stein, Hans Stangl and Katherine Thomson.
The deal was negotiated by Vision Films’ Managing Director/CEO, Worldwide Distribution Lise Romanoff, Steven G. Kaplan and XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. 
“Duff’s remarkable life will be the ultimate ‘insider’ rock n’ roll documentary chronicling Duff’s rise as a punk-rock teen prodigy from Seattle, to the heights of super-stardom as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, to the depths of substance abuse and addiction. All of these things have defined Duff and have led him to his current, and most rewarding, life chapter. Everyone will be moved by his story,” said Gordon. 

McKagan said: “I’m one of the fortunate ones who survived the trials of severe drug and alcohol addiction. I not only survived, but am blessed with seeing life from a whole different and brighter perspective. This film and stage show from the book, will hopefully expose some stark insight, knowledgeable commentary, and humor of this rock and roll life of mine.”

This authorized documentary takes the audience on an incredible cinematic journey from a driven Seattle teenager’s meager beginnings to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The man is Michael McKagan, better known to the world as “Duff.” The band is Guns N’ Roses. The band became the ultimate icons of sex, drugs and rock and roll, causing pandemonium in their wake, but the lifestyle caught up with Duff, leaving him close to death. Follow Duff’s journey through original archival footage and interviews with many of the people who took this wild ride, including a constellation of rock stars that rose to fame alongside him, and the people who inspired him to overcome his addictions. Duff provides a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own as he takes viewers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock and roll history and out the other side.

It’s So Easy And Other Lies began production by capturing one of Duff’s book readings at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. The film will contain rare archive footage from Marc Canter, who filmed all the early footage of Guns N’ Roses behind the scenes and performances. “Vision Films is excited to be distributing “It’s So Easy And Other Lies” globally,” said Lise Romanoff, Managing Director and CEO of Worldwide Distribution. “The film is a one of a kind look into the life of one of the most iconic musicians in Rock history.” 
For more information on It’s So Easy And Other Lies, visit: duff-itssoeasy.com.

HOT! AOR and Melodic Rock News on 14/05/2014

MRCD12 – TRACK LIST AND SELECT SAMPLES REVEALED:
The MelodicRock compilation series of CDs will be added to once again with the release of MRCD12 “Better Days”, due for release June 23.
This compilation is just a little different from past releases. I am attempting to help raise some funds for the school my 3 boys attend, which is a Christian school. So I have compiled some of the best Christian themed songs, or songs of hope, that I could find from the present, future and past.
These range from some of the best known names in our genre to some brand new names that you are definitely going to hear more from in the coming months/years.
Some are active Christian artists, some are more subtle, but all have produced some wonderful songs that I’m very proud to combine into this one compilation. A thank you to all the artists that have supported this compilation.

MRCD12 is going to be a VERY limited public release. There’s only 500 being manufactured ever and the majority of those are going direct to the school. That means that there is a VERY limited supply for MelodicRock.com fans, so when pre-orders come available THIS FRIDAY, get in early to ensure delivery.
The cover art tis time around is from the very talented Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music, also responsible for the upcoming MRR title Sound Of Eternity (which will also be available for pre-order this Friday).

Speaking of pre-orders – ALL those that pre-ordered Loud Lion and The Radio Sun will have their CDs shipped out by Friday. I’m just packing them up now and some have already left! Lillian Axe pre-orders shipped last week. See showcases to order these titles!

MRCD12 – “Better Days” (with select audio previews):

01) 7th heaven – Sing 
02) Mitch Malloy – You Can’t Fool God
03) Dark Horse – Better Days
04) Stan Bush – The Ultimate
05) Jimi Jamison – As Is
06) Bjarne Langhoff – Jesus Through The Light
07) Journey – Anything Is Possible
08) Toto – Spiritual Man
09) John Elefante – On My Way To The Sun
10) Romeo’s Daughter – Alive
11) Guardian – Price We Pay
12) Sumerlin – You Always Were
13) Anthony Gravley – Where I’m Supposed to Be
14) Jacob Guajardo – Time To Believe
15) Sound Of Eternity – Reason To Live
16) Ken Tamplin – Come Together
17) Jess & Joel Harnell – Mary Did You Know? (Previously Unreleased, Exclusive)


OUTLOUD PRESENT BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR THEIR SINGLE “I WAS SO BLIND”:
The Greek kings of melodic hard rock featuring Bob Katsionis (Firewind), American singer Chandler Mogel (Khaos, ex-Talon) and bassist Sverd (AmongRuins) announce the release of their brand new video for the single “I Was So Blind” from their forthcoming album Let’s Get Serious, out on May 23rd on the AOR Heaven label.
The video was filmed at the historic Revenge of Rock club in Athens, Greece, and features brand new members Kostas Milonas (drums) and Jim Scordilis (guitar). Additionally the video stars gorgeous Greek model Angelina Stratigaki and was directed by the renown Greek rock videographer Themis of RawRec Productions. This video marks a long awaited return to form for Outloud, as they further go on to campaign sonically on their upcoming album.
You can view the entire video, right here, right now!

Keep a lookout for Let’s Get Serious in stores in Europe and everywhere digitally on May 23. Facebook: /outloudtheband Twitter: @outloudtheband.


MAGNIFICENT RICK SPRINGFIELD VIBRATIONS:
Great read at Billboard on Rick Springfield and his new book Magnificent Vibrationwww.billboard.com/articles/news/6084831/rick-springfield-opens-up-on-writing-religion-sex-suffering.

When Rick Springfield arrives just before 4 p.m. for a soundcheck at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan’s Union Square — the location for a 7 o’clock acoustic performance and the first signing for his new book, “Magnificent Vibration” — there are already several dozen fans in line. A good number of them arrived more than six hours earlier to claim their spot at the front of the queue.
In addition to their idol’s latest title — a required purchase for those who want Springfield’s signature — several fans are clutching the singer-actor’s New York Timesbest-selling memoir, 2010’s “Late, Late at Night;” a few are armed with vinyl albums, like 1981’s “Working Class Dog” (which features the Grammy-winning single, “Jessie’s Girl”); and a couple are wearing T-shirts advertising General Hospital, the soap that made him a star.
Despite this show of support, the first-time fiction writer is a ball of nerves in a back room. Even as he’s realizing a lifelong dream of publishing a novel, Springfield is being paid an unwelcome visit by the antagonist from his autobiography: Mr. D, or his persistent depression.

“I’ve been depressed since puberty,” says Springfield, wearing rectangular spectacles and black low-top Converse. “A lot of artists I know are depressed. That’s one thing that writing [“Late, Late at Night”] showed me, that the good side of being depressed and having all these dark issues is that that’s really where the songs come from — where anything I write comes from.”
Springfield is also nervous about how his novel will be received, explains Stacy Creamer, the former Touchstone publisher who bought and edited both of his books. (Creamer was let go by Touchstone last fall but begins her new job as VP, executive editor of Hachette Books in June.) Unlike most celebrities, Springfield penned both titles himself, without the help of a ghost writer.
“We did the memoir and it did well,” says Creamer, one of the few editors who bid on “Late, Late at Night,” which now ranks among Rolling Stone’s 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time. “So I encouraged him: ‘You might think about writing fiction, because I really think you could write a novel.’”
Those words were music to Springfield’s ears. “I’ve always wanted to,” he says. “I wrote stories as a kid. The only decent grades I got at school was for my essays. I thought that would be my focus, but then I picked up the guitar, and music took over. I channeled it into songwriting.”

Usually writers and editors work together on the shaping of a novel, so imagine Creamer’s surprise when, one day in April of 2013, she received an email from Springfield out of the blue containing a finished manuscript. “I thought, In what world does this happen?” she recalls. “I thought we’d talk about it: What it’d be about, how he would structure it, then he’d write an outline. Rick had written the whole thing on his own in five months!”
Creamer read it overnight and says she “bought it right away.”
“I was able to make the case at the [publishing] house: “The memoir sold well, he’s got a great social media platform,” she says. “But the main thing is, I love the novel. I would have wanted to publish if it hadn’t been by Rick Springfield.”
Indeed, “Magnificent Vibration” is an ambitious, cinematic, darkly humorous first work that vaults backwards and forwards in time and is set in multiple locations. Centered around the main character’s cellphone conversations with God — or, as Springfield calls him/her, the Omnipotent Supreme Being (OSB, for short) — it covers subjects as disparate as religion, masturbation, statutory rape, climate change and the Loch Ness monster, to name only a few.

Early reviews from book-industry insiders have been quite positive. Likening it to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Booklist compares Springfield’s writing style to “the clever, self-deprecating wit of Augusten Burroughs and Max Barry” and calls “Magnificent Vibration” “captivating, poignant and hilarious.”
Still, Springfield seems quite out of sorts, even as he prepares to face a friendly crowd of faces that obviously see him as nothing less than a conquering hero.
“There’s good stuff about [glowing reviews],” he says, “like, ‘That means I’m better than I thought I was.’ Then it’s ‘No, wait. I’m not, really. It’s just them talking.’ Which is part of my drive, honestly. It’s part of why I’m still doing what I’m doing. Somewhere in me I’m still searching for that golden moment that will suddenly make everything wonderful.”
Springfield sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about keeping his depression in check, his personal concept of God and spirituality and getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read that interview at: www.billboard.com/articles/news/6084831/rick-springfield-opens-up-on-writing-religion-sex-suffering


REST IN PEACE:
Nash the Slash (from the Canadian band FM) has sadly he passed away on the weekend. Full story here: o.canada.com/entertainment/music/nash-the-slash-dead. R.I.P.

THUNDER – A NEW STUDIO ALBUM:
Thunder – A New Studio Album! “Yes peeps, the band has been talking about this for a wee while, and after what has been a rather silly amount of knob twiddling and string pulling, I’m happy to report that they’ve decided to record a new studio album. More details will follow when we get some, but I thought you’d like to know the decision is made. Thanks ~ The Thin & Rather Jubilant One.”

SCHON AND PINEDA COVER POLICE CLASSIC FOR TRIBUTE ALBUM:
News from: www.billboard.com/articles/news/6084852/rock-against-trafficking-slash-heart-steven-tyler-sting-police.

A cadre of rockers has joined forces for a new album to help combat the issue of global child slavery. Coming as the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is threatening to sell nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls into slavery, “Set Them Free” features songs by the Policeand Sting covered by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Slash, Journey’s Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Julian Lennon, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), Free alumnus Andy Fraser and EnVogue to support and raise funds for Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.), a new nonprofit group dedicated to raise awareness of and fight for an end to child slavery worldwide. The set is being curated and produced by R.A.T. founder Gary Stewart, and Schon tells Billboard that a September concert in the U.K. has also been broached.
“This is for a very good cause,” says Schon, who recorded the Police’s “Synchronicity II” with Pineda for the project. “All kinds of artists are on this record. All these different versions of their songs will be on the album, and hopefully a live show that will probably be filmed for the benefit.”
In a statement, R.A.T.’s Stewart says that, “27 million people are slaves today. 80 percent of trafficking victims are women and girls. Fifty percent are minors, and every year two million children are exploited in the global sex trade. We are joining together in a solid commitment through music to make a difference.” 
R.A.T.’s Director of Public Relations John Schayer adds, “It is our goal to unite people around the world to join us in this heartfelt effort to stop child trafficking and send the children home.”
A release date, full track listing and other details are set to be announced in the near future.

THE DEAD DAISIES HEAD TO THE U.S. TO TOUR WITH LEGENDARY ROCK ACTS BAD COMPANY AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD:
The US summer is synonymous with bands going on the road and for The Dead Daisies they’ll be spending it on tour with British classic rock giant Bad Company led by singer Paul Rodgers and American southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd for dates in the United States starting July 10.
Following the release of their self-titled debut earlier this year, The Dead Daisies are proud to announce the Face I Love EP, out Friday 1 August. The eponymous single drops Friday 20 June along with an innovative interactive Facebook Application that will allow fans to be a part of the album cover art and music video. The Dead Daisies are happy to announce that they have signed and will release their new single and EP with local indie label Social Family Records in Australia and New Zealand.
“This is the first group of songs that Diz, Marco and I have recorded with the Daisies,” declares Fortus. “I haven’t been this excited about a recording in a long, long time and think they really capture what the band has developed in to over the last year of touring. It’s new music for classic rock fans!”
The touring lineup includes Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/Inxs) on vocals, David Lowy (Mink/Red Phoenix) on guitar, Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/Psychedelic Furs) on lead guitar, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake) on bass, Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/Hookers & Blow) on keys and are pleased to announce the new addition of Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Foreigner/Billy Idol) on drums.

“I am PSYCHED to hit, and I do mean, HIT!, the road, as well as every drum I can fit on the riser, this Summer with my buds in The Dead Daisies. We clicked the first time and we get to do it again with some of our favorite bands of all time! Bad Company with Simon Kirke! Lynyrd Skynyrd with good bud Michael Cartellone!! Yeah! My goal; groove hard, have fun, and swing for the cheap seats! I look forward to “A Dead Daisies Summer Of Rock, Volume, Ampitheaters, Power And Friends! See y’all there!!!” – Brian Tichy
Despite being a band that consists of seasoned rock veterans, The Dead Daisies celebrate technology and are heavily integrated into social media. On Monday, June 23, 2014 The Dead Daisies will launch the “Face I Love” App on their Facebook page and as well as a mobile app. Created to represent the iconic daisy skull logo of the band, Facebook users will be able to upload an image of the face they love to the App to create a photo-mosaic portrait of The Dead Daisies skull – and make it bloom.
“Face I Love is dedicated to all MUSIC FANS around the world especially The Dead Daisies Fans because, without you, we don’t get to do what we do,” attests Stevens. “It’s like having a massive extended family seeing your smiling faces at our shows and for us that makes it all worthwhile.” 

When the project comes to a close on July 27, the photo-mosaic portrait of The Dead Daisies’ floral skull, made up of thousands of images of fans of the band, will be used as the artwork for EP, music video, single and other promotional items. The promotion is a true collaboration between the band and their fans, bringing real meaning to the title of the song, “Face I Love”.
Marco Mendoza affirms, “’Face I Love,’ was written for our fans and all the faces we see out in the audience when we play. I believe it was one of the first songs that we all collaborated on in the studio for the first time and BAM! Magic!”
This will be the bands second tour of the United States, The Dead Daisies were part of the massive 25-date Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival through the US and Canada a long side Alice In Chains, & Jane’s Addiction among others in August and September of 2013.

The Dead Daisies’ self-titled debut album was released in the US and Canada through Caroline/Universal in August 2013 to exceptional reviews and was a featured iTunes release. Their first single “Lock ‘N’ Load”, a track co-written by and featuring legendary guitarist Slash received airplay on radio networks across the U.S. including national airplay on SiriusXM satellite radio, both Alice Cooper’s and Nikki Sixx’s popular syndicated radio programs and was named Rolling Stone’s Daily Download. The video for the single has been shown on over 20 outlets including play on Much Music, which beams into more than 30 million homes across North America. The song also stormed the UK radio airwaves and was placed on a number of key playlists including Team Rock, Kerrang Radio, and went to number 1 on Planet Rock Radio. It has also received spins on the UK’s largest station BBC Radio 2. Their follow up second single “Washington” was equally successful and went top 20 on the US Rock radio chart (Mediabase). 
This year is set to be a busy year ahead for The Dead Daisies with more dates around the world and the global release of a brand new EP and single in July.

The Dead Daisies Tour Dates (w/ Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 10 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
July 12 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 13 – Darien, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 15 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheater
July 16 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 18 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
July 19 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live 

5TH AVENUE ARE BACK:
5th Avenue, the pioneers of Wacken, who had a hit with their cover version of Suzanne Vegaґs “Luka” and split up before their career really got off the ground, have teamed up again and put together a brand new album, mixed by Dennis Ward (Tesla, Pink Cream 69, Unisonic), out May 12 via Ruff Affair Records.
After a 17 year break the Hamburg rock band 5th Avenue are returning to the stage. Along with their several earlier well known classics, the Wacken pioneers will be delighting us with some new sounds and proving just how much they love making music. Their new album It’s been a long way…ќ is out on 12.5.2014. The Hamburg band 5th Avenue formed in 1989 and built up a number of faithful fans in their home town within a very short space of time. They sold out Knust within 15 minutes of tickets going on sale, which even REM didn’t manage and they were able to prove their reputation as a great live act with various club shows and performances at big music festivals. Back in 1989 5th Avenue was one of the first bands ever to play the very first Wacken Open Air – now the biggest metal festival in the world – and as they went down so well with the audience, they were invited to come back and perform at Wacken several times. Live performances included opening for Kathrina & the Wavesќ, Little River Bandќ, Plan Bќ, Saxonќ, Mama’s Boysќ and D.A.D.ќ.
In 1994 and 1995 5th Avenue were voted the most popular Hamburg band in the local daily newspaper Hamburger Morgenpostќ leaving such well-established German acts as Blumfeld and Marius-Muller Westernhagen trailing behind them.
In 1994 5th Avenue signed a record deal with Dream Circle Records/Polydor. The band went off to the States to record their debut album in the legendary Goodnight LA Studios, produced by Roger Summers, an absolute sensation for the still very young band from Hamburg. Their first single ћLukaќ went down well straight away with several radio stations and climbed to top spots in many listeners charts.
Rapid success and the media hype surrounding their USA trip led to tension in the band, with some members leaving and being replaced. The album never got released. 1996 the band split up.

At the end of 2012 5th Avenue decided to finally return to the stage and reform with a new line up. Their first test gigs, among others in the famous Hamburg venue Kaiserkeller and at the Kieler Woche, proved that the band from Hamburg had just as much fun playing as ever and hadn’t lost any of their power and presence on stage. Along with many other shows, the new line up gave a tremendous performance at the Hamburger Metal-Dayzќ in 2013 and were cited by many as being the highlight of the evening.
Currently the band are hard at it in the studio rehearsing the songs from the lost tapes put down all those years ago in the States and laying down new tracks to finally perform to their many loyal and more recently acquired fans.
After 17 long years – nomen est omen – the new album from 5th Avenue It’s Been A long Way will finally be released and presented live on a big festival tour in summer, with such higlights as the Wacken Open Air, Harley Days and Baltic Open Air.
WebLink: www.5thAvenue-Hamburg.de