AOR and Melodic Rock News on 13/05/2014 Part I

ARENA ROCKERS NIGHT RANGER’S NEW TRACK HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON MELODICROCK.COM TODAY :
(New York, NY) – Night Ranger fans around the globe check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new track “I’m Coming Home” on MelodicRock.com. The hook-laden song, featuring lead vocals by drummer Kelly Keagy, is taken from the band’s forthcoming album,High Road.


Due out on June 10 in North America via label home Frontiers RecordsHigh Road is produced by the band itself and will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes a bonus track and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. High Road can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard and deluxe version below. For fans who order the album via iTunes, the title track “High Road” and “I’m Coming Home” are available as ‘instant grat’ tracks.

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In other Night Ranger news, the band recently delighted huge audiences at both the M3 Festival in Columbia, MD and the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy. Look for them to tour North America this summer in support of High Road. In the meantime, the first single from the album, also entitled High Road, has just gone for adds at radio. Singer/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades’ craftsmanship as a songwriter is also featured on Journey guitarist Neal Schon’s upcoming album, So U, due out in North America on May 19.

Night Ranger’s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; Fox’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums.
Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).
For more information please visit: www.nightranger.com / www.frontiers.it.

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ICONIC ROCK BAND CHICAGO TO RELEASE 36th ALBUM “NOW” IN JULY VIA FRONTIERS:
Chicago­one of the longest running, successful and iconic rock bands in American musical history­is set to release their 36th album “Now” – Chicago XXXVI in Europe on July 4 and in the U.S. July 8 via Frontiers Records. Featuring 11 brand-new, original songs from the group known for their groundbreaking rock-with-horns sound, “Now” Chicago XXXVI was written and recorded on the road during the band’s rigorous, never-ending tour schedule, playing for fans who have supported them since they formed in 1967.

Putting aside an awesome accumulation of honors, awards, accomplishments, numbers and peer respect, this remarkable group of talented musicians continues to make history with a new recording process geared towards musical excellence, doing the business of music “NOW,” while reckoning with the logistical realities of a world-wide touring band. Produced by Chicago­founding members Robert Lamm (keyboard, guitars, vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet, guitar, percussion, vocals), James Pankow (trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals), Walter Parazaider (woodwinds, backing vocals) along with Jason Scheff (bass, vocals), Tris Imboden (drums, percussion), Keith Howland (guitars, vocals), Lou Pardini (keyboards, vocals) and Walfredo Reyes, Jr., (percussion)­the album was recorded on “the Rig,” the band’s customized mobile recording system. Each songwriter oversaw the production of their compositions, and the band collaborated as a cohesive unit throughout the writing and recording process.

Pre-orders for “Now” Chicago XXXVI are available on the band’s website here: chicago-now.com/ and will also be available soon via Amazon and iTunes.

Of the new album and the band’s continued growth and evolution, Lamm says, “There’s certainly more context, and there’s certainly more musical ability, and perception rather than youthful naivetй that we had when we started.” Loughnane says, “Thank goodness, we have 46 years of track record behind us. We’re just trying to grow the legacy even more.” The band­as always­will tour heavily in 2014 to support the new album. “Outside of being creative and making new music, going out, doing even better shows, I think we’ve put together a show right now that’s the best one we’ve ever had out there, which, as long as that curve is going up, I don’t think we have to sit back and re-assess things,” says Parazaider. Check out the album’s EPK:

Originally formed as the Chicago Transit Authority in 1967, the band found almost immediate success and have become a bona fide institution of American music. Their signature sound of solid rock songs augmented by the best horns in the business has endeared them to several generations of music fans. Hit singles include “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Beginnings,” “I’m A Man,” “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,” “(I’ve Been) Searching So Long,” “Look Away,” “Just You And Me” and “Old Days,” among others. The band has accumulated a total of 47 gold and platinum records awards.
“47 years later and to think that people – young people especially, but all ages, are actually still discovering Chicago’s music!,” says Pankow. “People have become fed up with all of the robotic programmed junk and they come to our shows to hear and witness the real thing – gifted veteran musicians with serious chops – no smoke and mirrors or lip-syncing. Wow, what a concept!”

Here’s the “Now” Chicago XXXVI track listing: Now, More Will Be Revealed, America, Crazy Happy, Free At Last, Love Lives On, Something’s Coming I Know, Watching All The Colors, Nice Girl, Naked In The Garden of Allah, Another Trippy Day.

Chicago is on the road now and will tour throughout the rest of the year. They will be in the U.S. through early June, and kick off a European tour June 26 in Paris, France before hitting Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Norway. They return to the U.S for an August 1 date at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and have New York-area shows August 16 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and August 17 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. Tour dates can be found here: www.chicagotheband.com/tour.html.


TESLA NEW DIGITAL SINGLE “SO DIVINE…” AVAILABLE NOW:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of US multi-platinum selling Hard Rock act Tesla all new single titled “So Divine…”. The song is lifted off the forthcoming album “Simplicity” which will be released on Frontiers in Europe on June 6.
Simplicity will be the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the follow-up to “Forever More”, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
The new single is available for download and streaming on all digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc.

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THREE LIONS “HOLD ME DOWN” LYRIC VIDEO:
“Three Lions” is the sensational eponymously titled debut album from this new British 3 piece rock band. The band consists of Vinny Burns (Dare, Ten, Asia) on guitar, Greg Morgan (Dare, Ten) on drums and introduces Nigel Bailey on vocals and bass guitar.
Three Lions’ debut features 12 brand new tracks, written by the band and also in collaboration with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio on 2 songs. Recorded at The Viper Room, Coil Tap Studios in the UK and Ivory Tears Studio in Milan, this album combines massive guitar riffs and great hooks alongside driving rhythms and powerful, yet emotional vocals. 
The band was formed when Vinny, Greg and Nigel were introduced by Serafino and Alessandro at Firefest in October 2012. The guys hit it off straight away and immediately set about writing new material for the album. The first single, Trouble In A Red Dress, captures the energy of the band and is a classic foot stomping rock song with an infectious groove, soaring guitars and a chorus you have to sing along with.

The album is made up of songs that were written without an agenda. “We set out to write good songs, the only criteria was that all of us liked them” said Nigel, “Working with Vinny and Greg has been a blast and we were all determined to make the best album possible and are immensely proud of the songs that have made it onto the final record”. From the eastern influenced Kathmandu, to the driving power of Hellfire Highway and Twisted Soul, to the heartfelt ballads Made For One Another and Don’t Let Me Fall. This album delivers passionate performances from the guys. Vinny’s trademark guitar work is, as you would expect, filled with emotion and feel. “I wanted to start with a blank canvas for the guitars” says Vinny. “This album allowed me to show a different side to my playing whilst retaining the familiar sound and feel fans of Dare and Ten will recognise”. “Working with Vinny again has been great fun and Nigel brings something new to the table” said Greg. “This is definitely a record made by a band, not just a studio project, and that really comes across in the songs. We had an instant connection as musicians but also as people and we cannot wait to get out and perform these songs live soon”.

A BRAND ENW BRIAN HOWE CUT:
A new Brian Howe song titled Cut is available for advance purchase now via bandcamp. The track is from the singer’s upcoming solo album, the funds from the sale of the single go towards the recording effort.


MITCH LAFON TALKS TO GLENN HUGHES:
In Episode 11 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch welcomes singer Glenn Hughes who talks about his new band and album, California Breed. The band was formed from the ashes of Hughes’ previous outfit Black Country Communion and Glenn addresses the issues faced by that band and why they couldn’t tour more often. Glenn also talks about joining forces with upcoming guitarist, Andrew Watt, and his continued work with Jason Bonham. The chat ends with Glenn discussing his need to make and perform new music as well as his involvement with animal shelters. Joining Mitch as co-host this episode is Mark Strigl of the Talking Metal Podcast. www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-11.
For more about California Breed visit: www.californiabreed.com.

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place August 9th and 10th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal (Quebec) Canada and this year Features performances by Metallica, Slayer, The Offspring, Lamb of God, Twisted Sister and many more! Listen to the One On One With Mitch Lafon Podcast on iTunes & Spreaker. www.twitter.com/1On1WithMitch / www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon.

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 07/05/2014

CALIFORNIA BREED ROCK TRIO U.S. PERFORMANCE DEBUT:
The powerful new rock trio California Breed which features legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt will have their first-ever U.S. performance in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 28 at the Whisky A Go Go and in New York City at Gramercy Theatre on Saturday, May 31.
Their self-titled debut album, due out May 20 on Frontiers Records was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. The album features 23-year-old guitarist ANDREW WATT, who was originally introduced to Glenn Hughes by Julian Lennon at a party in Los Angeles in 2013.
Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio’s first single “Sweet Tea” is a Top 10 hit on the Classic Rock chart. The video for the explosive track premiered on USA Today: tinyurl.com/mmp7mxq. Recently, the group debuted an animated lyric video for the new song “Midnight Oil” on Classic Rock. The video was created by Nev Todorovi who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. Check out the clip here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF_pm7mLqXs.
Watch “making of the album” clips airing on GUITARWORLD.com, here: http://tinyurl.com/mh5uycb and expect California Breed to announce a U.K., European and U.S. tour soon.
WebLinks: www.californiabreed.com / www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBreed.

CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY: ROBERT LAMM SHARES INSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE:
Dallas, TX – May 6, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands hops aboard the Chicago Transit Authority’s 1969 self-titled debut album this week.
Chicago Transit Authority was the inaugural run on what became a record-setting marathon into rock history. The uncommonly talented seven piece outfit blew away all conventional wisdom by making their debut a double album, spawning three big hits, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Beginnings” and “Questions 67 & 68”. With the “CTA” album in 1969, “Chicago”, the abbreviated hometown name they soon adopted, set out on the first leg of a spectacular 45 year ride that would see them become the second highest-selling American band in history, second only to the Beach Boys.
The man behind those initial hits and many more, keyboardist / singer / songwriter Robert Lamm spoke to InTheStudio host Redbeard about the musical foundations of the Chicago Transit Authority. 
“ We knew we wanted to do something original. We knew we wanted to break new ground… We wanted to open up the concept of Rock songwriting. We wanted to be able to play something as far out as Frank Zappa and still be able to dance to it, and still have it be able to be programmed on radio.”
Chicago Transit Authority /InTheStudio interview part one is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/chicago-transit-authority-45th-anniversary-pt-1-robert-lamm/

FRAMING HANLEY NEW ALBUM “THE SUM OF WHO WE ARE”ќ OUT NOW:
Framing Hanley will release its new album The Sum Of Who We Are today April 29th via Imagen Records. The band worked with multiple producers on the album to hone in and achieve a new bigger sound. The music is a perfect blend of aggressive, yet melodic alternative rock, infused with the driving hooks of pop. The Sum Of Who We Are was funded entirely by the band’s loyal fanbase by donating money via a Kickstarter campaign. “First and foremost, our incredible fans are the reason it’s even possible”ќ states frontman Nixon. “They funded the entire thing on Kickstarter. That is still unbelievable to us. This record from start to finish is everything that we have in us.”ќ A full stream of the record is available here: www.billboard.com/articles/news/6070105/framing-hanleythe-sum-of-who-we-are-exclusive-album-premiere
Framing Hanley is comprised of front man Nixon, guitarist Brandon Wootten, drummer Chris Vest, and guitarist Ryan Belcher.
The Sum Of Who We Are is the bands boldest artistic statement to date capturing the essence of innocence and hope, light and darkness, struggle and determination. 

“There was definitely a dark period during the 2 years we spent recording this”ќ states Nixon. “That’s not to say this album is some dark and brooding album. There are definitely some light-hearted tunes on here as well; some that are fun. This album is the past 2 years of our lives and is every part of our beings…that’s what the title means. This allbum really is the sum of who we are. The thing that I love most is, I think when the listener puts on those headphones, or puts the cd in the car, he or she is gonna listen and come to find out, hey, me and this guy have got some things in common!”
“The Sum Of Who We Are”ќ track listing: 01 Criminal – 3:39 02 Twisted Halos – 3:29 03 Collide – 3:59 04 Crooked Smiles – 3:04 05 Simple Life – 2:58 06 Rollercoaster – 3:07 07 No Saving Me – 3:45 08 Unbreakable – 3:49 09 Science – 4:23 10 Streetlights and Silhouettes – 3:43 11 Crash & Burn – 3:10 12 Forever Till the End – 3:37 13 Castaway – 3:21.
For more information, check out the band’s website: www.framinghanley.com / www.facebook.com/FramingHanley.