MORE! AOR, Hard Rock and Melodic Rock News on 26/09/2016

Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunite LA Guns and release new album in 2017

Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to welcome the reunion of Tracii Guns And Phil Lewis as L.A. GUNS to the label for the release of a brand new album set for release in the summer of 2017.

After a nearly 15 year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in their partnership that began in 1986, four years after Tracii formed L.A. Guns in 1982.

Their writing partnership spawned classic L.A. GUNS songs such as “Sex Action”, “Never Enough”, “Electric Gypsy”, “The Ballad Of Jayne”, and countless more in an impressive catalog of fan favorites. The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead” – an album that went on to receive tremendous critical acclaim and proved that their musical partnership was every bit as strong as the early days with all-killer-no-filler songs including “Don’t Look At Me That Way”, “Hellraisers Ball”, and “The Ballad”.

“I think we owe it to our fans who have stuck with us during the many ups and downs of the band’s long and checkered career,” says Lewis. “Tracii and I have written the songs to the soundtrack of many people’s lives, and I think it’s definitely worth investigating to see if the magic is still there.”

As for Guns, he’s been compiling song ideas over the last year and promises this one will be one of the band’s heaviest records, simply stating, “It’s good to be home.”

The band has already confirmed a bunch of UK shows in early 2017 and two shows at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA with more surprises to be announced soon!

TOUR DATES US & UK

March
03. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
04. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
10. Belfast. Limelight2.
11. Phewelli. HRH fest.
12. Swansea. Scene
16. Bristol. Bierkeller.
17. Basingstoke. Stage.
18. Wolverhampton. Civic.
20. Doncaster. Diamond.
22. Sheffield. Academy2.
23. Edinburgh. La Belle Angele.
24. Glasgow. ABC2
25. London. Academy2

Follow L.A. Guns online:
https://www.facebook.com/LAFknGuns/
https://www.facebook.com/traciiguns
https://www.facebook.com/philip.lewis.1029

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Seven – ‘Fight’ official music video

“Fight”, is taken from SEVEN’s new album Shattered, which is released today (September 23rd), by UK label Escape Music Ltd. “Fight” was co-written with well known songwriter Jeff Paris (Mr. Big, Vixen, Y&T, Paul Stanley).

The roots of SEVEN can be traced back to the late ’80s/early ’90s in South Africa, of all places. At the time, Keith McFarlane and the brothers Simon and John LeFevre were in a band called FACE TO FACE, while Mick Devine was drummer in another band, called UC27. After releasing several singles and one album in a period of 18 months, FACE TO FACE split and the brothers LeFevre returned to the U.K. After a few months, they decided to reform the band and Mick was asked to join them in the U.K. as their drummer. It wasn’t before long that the brothers discovered that Mick was actually a better singer than drummer, and so Mick became the band’s lead vocalist. A couple of years later, they were joined by Pat Davey on bass and Austin Lane on drums and the band name was changed to SEVEN.

The AOR scene in the late eighties was a thriving hive of activity. At the turn of the new decade, the likes of Mitch Malloy, Paul Laine, FIREHOUSE, TYKETTO and TALISMAN were all signed up and ready to make an impact on the genre. Everybody wanted an AOR band, and Polydor Records was no exception. Having been fairly successful in the U.K with the likes of MAGNUM and LITTLE ANGELS, the label had set their sights on SEVEN, which at the time was a relatively unknown act from Bournemouth.

SEVEN toured extensively supporting an eclectic variety of acts that included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, THE MONKEES and BROTHER BEYOND. It’s a time period that Mick Devine is keen to reminisce about. “Even though they were out and out pop gigs, we loved the crowds and the noise,” he says. “We went from pubs to opening to 3000 screaming fans in Southampton. It is a very addictive adrenaline rush. We got to play all the top venues, which were fantastic — including Wembley Arena, the NEC, BIC, SEC and even the Royal Albert Hall. The Richard Marx tour was definitely the best for us with a more grown up audience we were able to rock it up and truly be ourselves. It went down really well!”

 

With John Parr as producer, they recorded two very strong singles in the shape of “Inside Love” and “Man With A Vision”, both of which achieved moderate success in the U.K.

In 2014, the original bass player Pat Davey was working alongside Robert Hart on an Escape Music album when the name SEVEN cropped up in the conversation. It would seem that Khalil Turk was a big fan, as Devine explains. “Yeah, back in the day, Khalil had really loved the band and he got in touch to see if we would be interested in finally releasing an album,” he says. Without too much convincing, the project was born.

The production talents of Lars Chriss (the LION’S SHARE guitarist whose repertoire includes albums with Steve Overland, Chris Ousey, LUGNET, NIVA and RADIOACTIVE) were enlisted to produce the band’s debut album, called “7”, which was released to critical acclaim and was held up as one of the “albums of the year” on many lists.

Following the success of the first album, a passion was rekindled within Devine and McFarlane, who began work on new material, and along with the writing talents of Lars Chriss, Fredrik Bergh (BLOODBOUND, ROB MORATTI, STREET TALK), Andy Loos (LION’S SHARE, GLORY, CHRIS OUSEY), Kay Backlund (LION’S SHARE, NIVA) and Jeff Paris (MR. BIG, Y&T, VIXEN, RADIOACTIVE), that passion was given focus and a place to come to life. What they discovered was a well of untapped creativity that had been hidden for far too long and the songs poured out.

SEVEN’s “Shattered” is a collection of wonderfully catchy songs that rely on clean and memorable melodies that allow Devine’s distinctive voice to shine through. It was Devine who took the lead in writing the lyrics on this album, matching the intensity and feel of the music to deliver a modern melodic rock album with influences ranging from hints of FOREIGNER in “A Better Life” and “Broken Dream”, JOURNEY in “High Hopes” and even traces of MAGNUM in “Light Of 1000 Eyes” and “Last Illusion”. The lyrical themes are drawn from a depth of life experience and observations and are heartfelt and real. The production talents of Chriss and the lineup of truly great musicians, deliver an album of depth and variation which ranges from driving guitar-led tracks with memorable riffs to melodic anthems, all backed by stunning keys, bass and standout solos. It is an album that is a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “7”.
“Shattered” track listing:

01. Light Of 1000 Eyes
02. A Better Life
03. Fight
04. Shattered
05. Live This Life
06. Pieces Of You
07. Broken Dream
08. High Hopes
09. I Needed Time
10. Taking Over
11. Last Illusion
12. World Of Make Believe (bonus track for Japan)
SEVEN is:

Mick Devine: Vocals
Lars Chriss: Guitars, Drums
Andy Loos: Bass
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards on tracks (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 12)
Kay Backlund: Keyboards on tracks (1, 2, 3, 10 & 11)
Produced and mixed by: Lars Chriss (www.noterious.eu)
Mastered by: Mike Lind
Executive producer: Khalil Turk

Guest backing vocals on “Shattered” and “Taking Over” by Nigel Bailey
and on “Pieces Of You” by Lin Devine
Additional keyboards on “Pieces Of You” by Sören Kronqvist

Web:
www.escape-music.com

 

Glenn Hughes – ‘Heavy’ music video

 

Hevidence release debut album ‘Nobody’s Fault’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of Hevidence’s debut album, “Nobody’s Fault” on December 2, 2016.

Hevidence is the brainchild of Italian guitar player Diego Reali, founding member of Italian Prog Metal masters DGM. After he left the band in 2006, he started dabbling in some different musical styles, but his heart called for him to get back to metal! Thus Hevidence were born and Diego joined up with DGM bass player Andrea Arcangeli, singer Corrado Quoiani and drummer Emiliano Bonini.

“This band is highly inspired by the classic hard and heavy sounds from the ’70s and ’80s, that’s why we worked hard to make this album sound the most vintage that was possible,” tells Diego. “We are convinced that a huge dose of improvisation during the recording sessions is needed for the success of an original product. Everyone of us has many different musical influences and they came out in a very spontaneous way within the song writing process, we just believe in the word “ROCK”!!!”

Hevidence offer a mature and personal vision of hard rock and metal with a style reminiscent of the classic Official Yngwie Malmsteen albums mixed with power metal and melodic hard rock influences (think early Europe).

An EPK where you can learn more about the band and hear song samples is here:https://youtu.be/TDzEVFY27Yc

The band will be launching the album with a special “Release Party” show in Roma at the JAILBREAK LiveClub on December 1st. For more info:http://www.jailbreakliveclub.it/

“Nobody’s Fault” tracklisting includes:
1. Dig In The Night
2. Nobody’ Fault
3. Miracle
4. So Unkind
5. Ave Maria
6. Overdrive
7. I Want More
8. Out Of This Time
9. Pack Your Bags
10. All I Ever Needed
11. Note

HEVIDENCE is:

Corrado Quoiani – Vocals
Diego Reali – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Emiliano Bonini – Drums
Weblink:

www.facebook.com/Hevidence

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Dario Mollo’s Crossbones unleash ‘Rock The Cradle’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Dario Mollo’s CROSSBONES new album, “Rock the Cradle” on December 2nd.

Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Italian guitarist Dario Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band CROSSBONES. With them, he released his first studio album in 1989, which was produced by Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy Official, MAGNUM and UFO, among others) before getting involved in the production side of things himself.

For this new CROSSBONES album, the Italian axeman brought back original drummer, Ezio Secomandi with the line-up completed by his regular collaborator Dario Patti on bass and keyboards. The choice for the singer was Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, KROKUSonline), who came at the suggestion of Don Airey of Deep Purple, during a recent visit to Dario’s home.

“I think this record has a strong identity and character,” tells Dario. “It is a mature production and the songs range on many styles of hard rock and classic heavy metal, but every song has a catchy chorus. I also think this album shows how much I liked working with Carl. He is easily one of the best singers I have ever worked with. I am certain our cooperation will not end with this cd!” concludes Dario. The quality of the material presented here is witness to that statement.

“Rock the Cradle” tracklisting:

1. Red

2. Take Me High

3. Navigation

4. Rock The Cradle

5. Gates Of Time

6. I Got This Feeling

7. In My Blood

8. Running From The Shadow

9. Speed

10. Fright

Links:

www.dariomollo.com

www.facebook.com/dario.mollo

 

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Graham Bonnet – ‘Into The Night’ official music video

 

Xandria reveal details about upcoming album ‘Theater of Dimensions’

The story continues …

After the successful release of XANDRIA’s latest masterpiece “Sacrificium” (2014, Napalm Records) and their spectacular EP “Fire & Ashes” (2015, Napalm Records), the band is ready to unleash their latest effort in terms of fantastic and epic symphonic metal:

Please welcome the highly anticipated brand new album entitled „Theater of Dimensions“!

Theater of Dimensions“ will be released worldwide on January 27th 2017 via Napalm Records!

The band has definitely taken the next big step and will win over fans and critics alike.
XANDRIA commented on their new album „Theater of Dimensions“:
“After the release of “Sacrificium” we embarked on our longest Tour so far. Over 150 shows that took us around the globe. Through so many different countries and diverse cultures. Through so many different, yet inspiring dimensions. We brought back plenty of memories, sometimes just bits and pieces, but those stuck to our heads. And it made us see who we are and where we wanted to take our music. Made us fearless. Made us push our boundaries once more. Made us cross some so-called genre defining borders. Made us bundle all our trademarks and take them to the next level. All this makes the most colourful Xandria album so far. It contains our most heavy and most emotional moments. Again, producer Joost van den Broek did a phenomenal job capturing the atmosphere down to every detail. A Theater of musical Dimensions. Can’t wait to share the songs with you…”

 

XANDRIA will be heavily hitting the road not only in Europe as well as Latin America, Canada and the US!

Find all upcoming tour dates and festival shows listed below:
25.09.16 BE – Eindhoven / FemME
14.10.16 DE – Hameln / Autumn Moon Festival

>> “Fire & Ashes over LATIN AMERICA” <<
presented by IDL Entertainment
15 Oct – Epic Metal Fest – SAO PAULO – Brazil
16 Oct – Rock Experience – RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil
18 Oct – Montevideo Music Box – MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay
20 Oct – Roxy Live – BUENOS AIRES – Argentina
21 Oct – Casa Babylon -CORDOBA – Argentina
22 Oct – Club Subterraneo – SANTIAGO – Chile
23 Oct – Auditorio Lumiere – BOGOTA – Colombia
25 Oct – Oliver Club – LIMA – Peru
27 Oct – Bunker – SAN LUIS POTOSI – Mexico
28 Oct – Rock & Roots – MONTERREY – Mexico
29 Oct – Red Monkeys – QUERETARO – Mexico
30 Oct – Cosa Nostra – MEXICO CITY – Mexico

02 Nov – The Token Lounge – Westland – Canada
04 Nov –  Imperial Theater – Quebec – Canada *Supporting EPICA
05 Nov – Corona Theatre – Montréal – Canada *Supporting EPICA
06 Nov – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto – Canada *Supporting EPICA
08 Nov – The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland – OH
09 Nov – Dingbatz – Clifton –  NJ
10 Nov – The Studio At Webster Hall – New York – NY
30 Nov – Rock Stage – Tel Aviv – Israel
02 Feb – 70.000 Tons of Metal -Fort Lauderdale – FL

Stay tuned for many more exciting news to come!
For More Info & News On XANDRIA Visit:
www.xandria.de
www.facebook.com/xandriaofficial

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AOR, Hard Rock and Melodic Rock News on 26/09/2016

Civil War set to release thrid album ‘The Last Full Measure’ in November

Fear an eruption of Sweden’s landmass! Fear the fire, creaking steel and scattered mud!

Civil War are back and shooting martial anthems into the darkened sky. On November 4th the proud Heavy Metal-hitmakers are releasing their third epos The Last Full Measure. The quintet with former Sabaton-members present twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and doublebass-marches. Full of honor they are flying the flag as high as possible. Astral Doors-singer Nils Patrik Johansson proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny. It offers guts for more. It’s the call of duty. “Heaven can wait ’cause we have so many more battles to win”, shouts the opening track ‘Road To Victory’. Their debut album The Killer Angels was purified with gold already – their triumph is inevitable. If you hear the bloodcurdling barking of the dogs from Civil War you will pray that you are not standing on the other side of the battlefield.

Comment of Nils Patrik Johannson:
“After The Killer Angels and Gods & Generals, we are extremely proud and can´t wait to share the last part of the trilogy! This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I´m sure you won´t be disappointed!

The Last Full Measure will be released worldwide on November 4th 2016.

Tracklist:

1             Road To Victory
2             Deliverance
3             Savannah
4             Tombstone
5             America
6             A Tale That Never Should Be Told
7             Gangs Of New York
8             Gladiator
9             People Of The Abyss
10           The Last Full Measure
11           Strike Hard Strike Sure (Bonus Track)
12           Aftermath (Bonus Track)

For More Info Visit:
www.facebook.com/Civilwarsweden
www.civilwar.se

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Love/Hate release ‘Before The Blackout’

Love Hate – Before the Blackout!

AorBlvd Records are pleased to release Love Hate – Before The Blackout.
A  collection of demos recorded from 1986 – 1987. The cd also features
liner notes by industry legend Dave Reynolds (Classic Rock/ Kerrang )

Looking back  at bands formation and recording history that  goes further back into the early 1980’s,
starting  off as Data Clan who recorded an extremely rare EP and even performed a short tour of Japan.

In the Later half of the 1980’s together with a  hard working attitude the band established a reputation
on the tough Sunset Strip club gig scene, drafting in Ratt bassist Juan Croucier to produce working demos.
This period saw the band   influenced and transforming  into some of the most innovative styles of rock
music,with lyrical topics of lifestyle and self survival in CA  with a deeper gritty dark side.

In 1990 the  grunge scene is in its later stage of infancy , Love Hate released their official debut
with producer Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister).  Instantly well received and
MTV rotation paid off as this led to supporting tours to AC/DC and Dio, As well as outstanding sales
in the Uk

Love Hate to date have made 6 studio albums with various line ups.

TRACKLISTING:-

⦁ Date with Fate
⦁ Extreme
⦁ Tranquilliser
⦁ I’ve Got to Dream
⦁ Good Ship Dolly Rock
⦁ Reincarnated
⦁ Skid Row Gypsy
⦁ Recognised
⦁ Soul House
⦁ The Outside
⦁ Love Burns
⦁ My Girl
⦁ Gypsy Love
*For Japanese Release Only
*Angel
*Why Do You Think

LINE UP
Jizzy Pearl – Lead Vocals
Skid Rose – Bass
Jon E. Love – Guitar
Joey Gold – Drums

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Eternal Idol release their debut album ‘The Unrevealed Secret’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the upcoming release of ETERNAL IDOL’s debut album, entitled “The Unrevealed Secret”, on December 2nd

Eternal Idol is a new band formed in early 2016 and that marks the start of a new musical adventure for Rhapsody Of Fire and Angra singer Fabio Lione, together with the experienced Italian guitar player Nick Savio (exHOLLOW HAZE Official Page) and a line-up completed by the young vocal rising star Giorgia Colleluori, Camillo Colleluori (both also from Hollow Haze) on drums and Andrea Buratto (Secret Sphere, Hell in the Club) on bass.

While all the musicians have solid pedigrees and musical history behind them, ETERNAL IDOL have a brand new and original sound which will certainly catch many fans by surprise. Fabio Lione says, “[a]fter all the experiences with bands such as KAMELOT, Rhapsody of Fire, Angra and many more, I think it is time to show the world a new side of myself with this amazing new band. Musically, ETERNAL IDOL offer an intriguing mix of classic metal, symphonic rock and a few progressive twists which is truly unique, thanks to the combination of female and male vocals.”

Fabio took care of most of the lyrics and vocal melodies, along with three gorgeous tracks he wrote, while Nick Savio worked hard on songwriting and arrangements. “The Unrevealed Secret” is the album where all our ideas came to the light,” says the axeman from Vicenza. “Heavy classic rock with symphonic elements and the magic atmosphere of two lead vocals, male and female, create a contrast between good and bad as the main subject, as it is possible to see on the impressive and mysterious cover artwork.”

The album was recorded in the summer of 2016, produced by Nick Savio and mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Sunstorm) and promises to be one of the melodic metal releases of the year. Fans of Kamelot, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall, MasterPlan, and Avantasia should pay attention.

“There is a story to be told with this album, and the secret will be revealed on the next Eternal Idol releases, so please take your time to listen this first chapter and enjoy….A new story has begun,” Nick concludes.
“The Unrevealed Secret” tracklisting is:

1. Evil Tears
2. Another Night Comes
3. Awake in Orion
4. Is the Answer Far from God?
5. Blinded
6. Sad Words Unvailed
7. Desidia
8. Hall of Sins
9. Feels Like I’m Dying
10. A song in the wind
11. Stormy Days
12. Beyond

Fabio Lione – Lead Vocals
Giorgia Colleluori – Lead Vocals
Nick Savio – Guitars & Keyboards
Camillo Colleluori – Drums
Andrea Buratto- Bass

Follow the band: www.facebook.com/eternalidolband

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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.

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 08/05/2014

MRR: SOUND OF ETERNITY DEBUT OUT IN JUNE:
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the signing of new Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity. Their debut album Visions & Dreams will be released June 16.


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.

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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.
Making it’s workdwide debut today is the stream of the track Call To Action. More soundbytes from this fantastic release soon.


WINGER STORM THE US CHARTS THIS WEEK WITH LATEST RELEASE BETTER DAYS COMIN’:
Band’s Latest Critically Acclaimed Album Debuts at #21 on the Top Current Rock Albums Chart and #85 on the Billboard Top 200

Winger have shown they are still a force to be reckoned with thanks to their latest release, Better Days Comin’. The album debuted at #21 on the Top Current Rock Albums chart and #85 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 3600 copies this week. The album even hit #6 when it was released on the iTunes Top Rock Album chart. Better Days Comin’ marks the first time that Winger has debuted on the Billboard Top 200 since their 1993 release, Pull. The latest album is available via iTunes at smarturl.it/WingerDeluxe or at Amazon in a standard (smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzCD) and deluxe configuration (smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzDLX). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a Making of the Album documentary as well as the videos for “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin’.” Fans can also order exclusive bundles, autographed items and more from the band’s web store at bit.ly/1hJLPYw
Winger and Better Days Comin’ has been receiving critical acclaim from a variety of outlets and people with places MetalSucks.com exclaiming, “Now the third of Winger’s post-2k albums is out today, titled Better Days Comin’ (heh heh) and it rips!” and Liam Wilson of the Dillinger Escape Plan reviewing on TheTalkhouse, “…we find Winger sticking to their strengths: writing genuinely ‘classic’ ­ in the truest sense of the word ­ rock gems at a time when it couldn’t be more unhip to do so.”

Winger recently released a video for the song “Tin Soldier” which debuted on GuitarWorld.com and can be seen here: youtu.be/20xl9x8BhUM. Jason Green and Dan Hubp, who also designed the first Winger album cover and logo, directed the video. The new song showcases Winger building on their previous album’s tendency towards progressive rock, delivering an intricate, musical landscape that basks in interesting harmonic, melodic components, which weave through three different time signatures. Winger has also released videos for the debut single, “Rat Race” as well as the album opener “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine.” The video for “Rat Race” can be seen at: youtu.be/Jp57jqoKJ7E and “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine” can be seen at youtu.be/4tOzsssTtDU.

Winger is currently on tour in support of their latest release and all tour dates can be found on their website, www.wingertheband.com.
Winger formed in the late 1980’s and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, In The Heart Of The Young, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away.” The change in musical climate of the mid-90’s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting. 
Winger is comprised of Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, John Roth on guitar and Rod Morgenstein on drums.


MRR – BACK IN STOCK:
I have a very limited supply of two recent MelodicRock Records titles back in stock – 10 only of each – Stan Bush The Ultimate and Faith Circus Turn Up The Band. Both titles, along with the new Lillian Axe A Night At The Temple have been added to MelodicRock Directfor purchase now.
Direct links: www.melodicrockdirect.com/products-page/cd/melodic-rock-records/faith-circus-turn-up-the-band / www.melodicrockdirect.com/products-page/cd/stan-bush-the-ultimate

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A PERFECT DAY ANNOUNCE A NEW LINE-UP:
This is one of those things we wouldn’t want to say. Roberto Tiranti won’t be the singer on the next A Perfect Day album.
Roberto: “Sometimes it happens that paths separate, it happened before in our lives and we always faced these changes peacefully, without hard feelings. Andrea, a brother to me, knows that this is a very important moment for me and that my first solo work takes priority over all. I’m sure A Perfect Day will keep on proving how good and important their music is and I wish all the best to my successor! A huge hug also to my solid, reliable and talented drummer friend Alessandro Bissa.”
Andrea and Alessandro: “The friendship between Roberto and us comes before anything else, that’s why we support this hard decision and we wish him a successful, rosy future. Good luck mate, thanks for making this project so important with your amazing voice, your heart and your soul. Roberto’s voice will accompany us one more time, in a song featured in the new album. We owe you this, we owe it to ourselves. Keep on following us for updates. What’s in our future? We’ve already chosen the new singer and we’re sure you’ll like him. We can say that his name is Marco Baruffetti and you can listen to him on the new single, scheduled for release on late May. The adventure continues. Together with you all. A Perfect Day”.
Web: www.facebook.com/APDBand / www.logicillogic.net.

NEW SHOWCASES ONLINE:
Online today are 3 new Showcases – Uriah Heep (Frontiers Records, out June 6) and Acacia Avenue and Dead End Heroes (AOR Heaven, out June 28). Check them out.

Hard Rock News on 07/05/2014

Tesla Debut New Single “So Divine…”

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The Babys To Release First Album In 30 Years

With a string of ’70s classic rock radio hits like “Isn’t It Time”, “Every Time I Think Of You”, “Head First”, “Back On My Feet Again”, “Midnight Rendezvous” and “Turn And Walk Away”, The Babys created some of the most memorable arena anthems of the era. Now, after a three-decade absence, The Babys have reformed with original lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock to release a new album, ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’, on June 24th, and a brand-new single, “I See You There,” which is available now on iTunes. The Babys’ new album will be released on Skyrocket Entertainment/All In Time Records. 

“The whole premise is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it,” said Stocker about the reformed group, which also includes new recruits, lead vocalist/bassist John Bisaha and veteran rhythm guitarist Joey Sykes. The band is joined in concert by keyboardist Francesco Saglietti and the Babettes. 

Brock raves about the new members of the group, “John Bisaha is an incredible singer. When we held auditions, we had singers lined up around the block to join the band and John was head and shoulders above the rest.” Stocker is equally enthused about his new axe mate, “Joey Sykes adds a whole new dimension to the band and has a style that works well in tandem with me.” 

 

Formed in London in 1974, The Babys were signed to Chrysalis Records on the basis of a four-song video, which predated the MTV era by seven years. Combining the muscular rock ‘n’ roll grit of Free and Humble Pie with a winning commercial accessibility, The Babys released five albums between 1977 and 1980 — ‘The Babys’, ‘Broken Heart’, ‘Head First’, ‘Union Jacks’ and ‘On The Edge’. During that time, the group toured with the likes of Journey, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick and built a loyal following based on their spectacular songs and explosive live performances right up until disbanding in December of 1980. 

Former members John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips have all given their blessings to the newest incarnation of the band. Waite continues on as a solo act, while Cain is now a member of Journey, having penned a string of hit singles including “Don’t Stop Believing”, the most downloaded song in history. Phillips is a longtime bass player for Styx. 

The first single from the album, the aptly titled “Not Ready To Say Goodbye,” was made available on iTunes last November, with a sound reminiscent of both “Isn’t It Time” and “Every Time I Think of You”. 

“In recording this new album, we discussed the fact that the songs had to have the flavor of what we were known for,” says Stocker. “It was just a magical process,” adds Brock. “By the time we finished, I knew we had the goods.” 

The Babys embarked on a string of shows in Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland and Seattle last November and December, and plan on announcing an extensive slate of tour dates around the June 24th release of ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’. 

 

Voodoo Vegas Hitting The Road And Working On Sophomore Album

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Main AOR and Melodic Rock News on 25/04/2014

RIK PRIEM’S PRIME DEBUT OUT IN MAY:
The debut album of Rik Priem’s Prime will be released through Avenue Of Allies on May 23. Several familiar names of the international Hard and Heavy scene were involved in the recording and the production process of guitar player Rik Priem’s band project. The German musicians Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz (Dead End Heroes, Frozen Rain, Lavalle, Evidence One, Midnite Club) on lead vocals and Rami Ali (Freedom Call, Iron Mask, Lavalle, Frontline, Evidence One) on drums are well known faces in the recording studio and on stages around the world. Rik first met Carsten during the making of the second Frozen Rain album “Ahead Of Time”.
The band is completed by bass player Vincent De Laat, who also participated in the Frozen Rain sessions and Rik’s long-time friend Geert Margodt on keyboards. Producer Steffen Seeger (Iain Ashley Hersey, Midnite Club) oversaw the sessions, before the finishing touches to the album were put on the recordings in the German Empire Studios by Rolf Munkes (Dead End Heroes, Empire, Razorback, Tony Martin), who handled the mix and the mastering of the tracks.


Reading the names of everyone involved in Rik Priem’s Prime it becomes obvious what to expect from the record, a hard rockin’ slice of energetic Heavy Rock. The breath taking musical performances of each musician combined with Carsten’s vocals on each song of the album, except for the instrumental “Chameleon”, will attract any fan and follower of the previous and current bands and projects of the participating musicians to Rik Priem’s Prime. 

Rik Priem’s musical history started with a bass guitar when he was 14, among the bands he discovered during his teen years were Rock and Punk icons like Deep Purple, Kiss, AC/DC, Dead Kennedys and the Sex Pistols. At the dawn of the 80s Judas Priest’s “British Steel” album left a lasting impression on young Rik and when he heard the music of Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, Dokken and Iron Maiden, he knew that he wanted an electric guitar and an amplifier. His parents granted him the wish and Rik’s Hard Rock infection made him practice on the guitar for hours almost every day.

Over the years Rik’s curiosity to explore music led him to listen to a variety of styles ranging from his Hard Rock roots to Blues and from Fusion to classical pieces. His passion for the guitar grew even stronger with the years and he developed his own technique to play the instrument. Joining a band and composing original music seemed like a natural move for Rik, so he began writing instrumental songs and playing with various local bands. In 2000, after years of working on his skills in playing, tuning and repairing guitars, Rik finally decided to make a living out of his love for the guitar and became a professional guitar teacher and guitar technician.

The band experiences however didn’t meet Rik’s expectations on many levels and besides a few instrumentals on compilation albums his playing wasn’t heard on a CD until he joined Kurt Vereecke’s Melodic Rock project Frozen Rain in 2008 . The album “Ahead Of Time”, on which Rik also co-wrote five songs, eventually came out in the spring of 2012.
Being a member of Frozen Rain was not only the starting point for a further co-operation with Carsten, who was the vital spark for Rik Priem’s Prime as a band project, but it also opened the door to work on the debut of the Swedish AOR band Sapphire Eyes as a guest musician.
In support of the release of Rik Priem’s Prime the band members are now gearing up to shoot a video for the stomping Heavy Rocker “Babylon Rising” and to bring the songs to the live stage.


Tracklisting: 1) Sunset Over Agartha 2) Babylon Rising 3) The Future Is Now 4) Hungry At Heart 5) Blindfolded 6) Chameleon (instrumental) 7) Flirting With An Alien 8) Kneel Before The Pieces (Of A Broken Heart) 9) In With The Freaks 10) Looks Like Trouble 11) Run Angel Run 12) Bloodrush 13) Child Of Anger.

All songs written by Rik Priem and Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz; except “Sunset Over Agartha” by Geert Margodt; Produced & engineered by Steffen Seeger; Mixed & mastered by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios, Bensheim/Germany.
Rik Priem’s Prime are: Rik Priem: all electric & acoustic guitars, bass on “Chameleon”; Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz: lead vocals; Geert Margodt: keyboards; Vincent De Laat: bass (except on “Chameleon”); Ramy Ali: drums.
Rik Priem’s Prime on the web: www.mrcool.be / www.facebook.com/RIK.PRIEM.S.PRIME / www.facebook.com/rik.priem.


EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW FROM BROTHER FIRETRIBE’S DIAMOND IN THE FIREPIT:
Some say that a diamond can be made to sparkle even brighter by placing it into a fire pit for a while. Well, Finland’s melodic rock heroes Brother Firetribe have apparently spent the last four years in the proverbial firepit, because now they’ve returned with some pretty shiny tunes!
Diamond in the FirepitBrother Firetribe’s third full-length album will be released June 3 in North America, May 3 in The United Kingdom and May 2 in Finland/Europe via Spinefarm Records. Today the band has revealed the artwork and track listing for Diamond in the Firepit as well as released the first single “For Better or For Worse” which can be streamed HERE.
The single is available for purchase digitally on iTunes HERE.

Singer Pekka Ansio Heino spoke about the band’s upcoming release: “We’re thrilled to be back in action after 5 years which seems like a life time! We wouldn’t be THIS thrilled if the new album hadn’t turned out be exactly how we wanted it to be. It’s just as bold, big, polished, hooky and sticky as we pictured it. A lot of hard work was spent making it happen and now it’s time for the best part of making music; taking it out and playing it live. We can’t wait to meet our old friends again and hopefully make some new ones along the way. Hope you enjoy Diamond In The Firepit. Thanks for still being there and sorry for the delay, let’s have some serious fun!”

Diamond in the Firepit is chock-full of melodic rock ear candy; an unbroken string of eleven hits with glistening choruses, heavenly harmonies and lyrics brimming with larger-than life love. Sure enough, this album will be the soundtrack of the coming summer like its predecessors, for in times like these when the reality bites, the economy is down, people feel downtrodden and everyday life seems like a grind, we all need a shot of positive energy and a reminder that there’s not a whole lot that can’t be fixed with a smile and a song.
Brother Firetribe will be touring extensively in support of Diamond in the Firepit. Currently the band has a CD release show scheduled for May 3 in Helsinki, Finland at Virgin Oil Co and an appearance set for The South Park Festival in Tampere, Finland at Etelдpuisto on June 7. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Diamond in the Firepit Track Listing: 01. Intro 02. Love’s Not Enough 03. Far Away from Love 04. For Better or for Worse 05. Desperately 06. Edge Of Forever 07. Hanging by a Thread 08. Trail of Tears 09. Winner Takes It All (Sammy Hagar cover) 10. Tired of Dreaming 11. Reality Bites 12. Close To the Bone.

Exclusive 1 Minute Previews:

Love’s Not Enough / Far Away from Love / For Better or for Worse / Desperately.

Line-up: Pekka Ansio Heino – Vocals; Emppu Vuorinen – Guitar; Tomppa Nikulainen – Keys; Jason Flinck – Bass; Kalle Torniainen – Rummut.
For More Info Visit: www.facebook.com/brotherfiretribeofficial / spinefarmrecords.com/fin/

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SLEEPING ROMANCE: “THE PROMISE INSIDE” VIDEO RELEASED:
The symphonic metal band Sleeping Romance have released a video for the track “The Promise Inside” online. The track comes off their debut album “Enlighten” that was released on November 1st in Europe and December 3rd in North America through Ulterium Records. Check out the video here: youtu.be/BzyH2bNenPQ.
Sleeping Romance online: www.facebook.com/sleepingromanceofficial / www.sleeping-romance.com.

DOWNLOAD NEW JOHN TAGLIERI SINGLE, “WHEN I THINK ABOUT” FOR FREE!:
(23 April 2014 – Boston, MA) With 2014 already looking set to eclipse 2013, John Taglieri’s most successful year to date, the Massachusetts based singer / songwriter figured he would celebrate by giving fans, old and future a free gift.
For the next week, music fans are invited to grab Taglieri’s newest single, “When I Think About” from one stop entertainment outlet, Shakefire by going here.
“I’m really excited to have people hear this song and give it to them for free!” says Taglieri. “When I Think About” is a fun upbeat song about life and how you spend it with people and all the memories that can create. How a single moment can make you think of a person and an event and make you smile and feel like you’re there all over again!”
Never one for free time, John has been hard at work, preparing his newest release. Set for a late summer release Taglieri has enlisted A-List players such as Kenny Aronoff, Rich Redmond, Alan Jax Bowers, Lee Turner, Eric Ragno, Greg Juliano, Joe Gilder and more to play on the release. “Reaching out to some of my idols and having them say yes to playing on my EP is beyond cool for me. I’m excited at the level of talent and energy that they are bringing to the songs. We are crafting a fun upbeat Ep that’s gonna make ya smile!”
WebLinks: JohnTaglieri.com / Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic.

VOCALIST ALEX BARBIERI’S THANK YOU VIDEO:
Former Tango Down singer Alex Barbieri recently posted a video “thank you” to the melodic rock world. It’s a photo montage set to the Tango Down song, “Step By Step,” which he sang and recorded for Tango Down’s well received 2009 “Damage Control” album. The song, written by Scott “Rif” Miller and Jace Pawlak, has received positive feedback from fans for being a song of hope and empowerment.
“I just wanted to say thank you to the musicians and friends I met when I was in Tango Down for all their support and friendship – I really look back on those years in my life as a period of fun, learning and accomplishment – and I just wanted to say thank you!”
Watch Step By Step: My Time in Tango Downwww.youtube.com/watch?v=sAL6hZYFXeQ.

INTRODUCING MOON LAND FEATURING LENNA KUURMAA:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Estonian artist Lenna Kuurmaa for a brand new Melodic Rock studio project band called Moon Land.
Lenna Kuurmaa is a 360° artist, singer, actress and TV personality. Born in Estonia, Lenna has been the front-woman of the Pop-Rock sensation Vanilla Ninja (which took part to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 representing Switzerland and released 4 studio albums awarded with gold and platinum records in different European countries). While the band is on hiatus, lately she has concentrated on her TV and acting career. She has also started a more mainstream and pop oriented solo career which is very successful and brought her to win many music awards in Estonia. But Lenna has a Rock heart so, the Moon Land project sees her coming back to Melodic Rock with a musical style mostly akin to Heart and Europe.


The Moon Land project started when Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino started to look for a female voice which could work on a bunch of beautiful Melodic Rock songs he gathered. Fans can have an idea of how the album will sound like checking the album EPK.
With a debut album planned for release in late 2014, the Moon Land will debut some of the new songs on the second day (May 2nd) of the Frontiers Rock Festival to be held at the Live Music Club in Trezzo (Milan).