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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Neal Schon And Sebastian Bach Launch Videos

Neal Schon fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “What You Want” on Ultimate Classic Rock. The smoking new track/video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U, and includes vocals by bassist Marco Mendoza and Schцn, as well as drummer Deen Castronovo. So U features Schцn along with Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and 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’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.

Sebastian Bach fans across the globe can check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new video for the track “Taking Back Tomorrow” on Guitar World.com. The graphic novel-inspired lyric video features Bach seamlessly interspersed with comic book-like graphics. “Taking Back Tomorrow” appears on Bach’s forthcoming album, Give ‘Em Hell. Give ‘Em Hell is due out in Europe on April 18th and in North America on April 22nd via Frontiers Records and is already receiving rave reviews with Screamer Magazine declaring, “Bach’s signature voice is unmistakable and as always almost indescribable, hard to compare with anything else. His vocals are gritty, powerful…” Fans who pre-order the album now from iTunes will receive instant grat tracks of “Temptation” as well as “Hell Inside My Head.” The album may also be pre-ordered at Amazon here. Bach will take to the road for select tour dates around the album’s release; please see below for the itinerary.
Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), Give ‘Em Hell features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.

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GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHЦN’S VIDEO “EXOTICA” HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE:
Neal Schцn fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Exotica” on Vintage Guitar. The psychedelic video, which includes commentary from Schцn, Mendoza and Castronovo, is the first from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U, and is one of two instrumental tracks from the effort. SO U features Schцn along with bassist Marco 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’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. SO U will be available on May 16 in Europe and May 19 in North America via Frontiers Records. The album can be pre-ordered now via iTunes, Amazon and via the Journey online store; those who purchase SO U now via iTunes will receive “Exotica” as an instant gratification track.
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.


In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schцn has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, The Calling, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “The Calling is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schцn still has it going on – and then some…The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.” In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schцn also worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition “Neal Schцn Signature Model Custom Les Paul” guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
For more information please visit: www.schonmusic.com.

LANEY’S LEGION – POPTASTIC VIDEO AND DIGITAL RELEASE:
The Godfather of Swedish Glam and Sleaze Chris Laney’s band Laney’s Legion has released the second digital single Poptastic on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon today. The band has also release their first video from the “Self Titled” release. The “Self Titled” full length CD will be released April 22 worldwide. YouTube link: youtu.be/CDbCkk2NPyA.

Laney’s Legion features Chris Laney (Zan Clan, Randy Piper’s Animal), Rob Marcello (Danger Danger), Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design, Impera) and Patrik Jansson (Helsingland Underground).

How can you be truly unique in music today? Well, it’s hard. Many bands focus too much on image, attitude or whatever and forget about the music. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the song: The Song Is King! Laney’s Legion deliver a debut album full of surprises. Chris Laney has made a name for himself in the hard rock world writing, producing, mixing and winning Grammy awards with bands like Candlemass, Dynazty, Europe and H.E.A.T. After two successful and critically acclaimed solo albums “Pure” (2009) and “Only Come Out At Night” (2010) he’s now back with a new album. But instead of returning with a third solo album, the forthcoming full-length feature will be the debut album for his new band: Laney’sLegion. “I really missed the feeling of having a real band. I wanted to go back to the basics”, says Chris. Laney is of course still handling lead vocals and rhythm guitars. Joining him is drummer Patrik Jansson (Hellsingland Underground) and bass player Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design, Impera). 
They are both sought after session players in the Swedish music circuit, and toured with Laney on his last tours. Last but not least, the brand new quartet is complete with the highly acclaimed guitar virtuoso Rob Marcello (Danger Danger). This time, it’s all about the music:“My solo albums were pretty much recorded and written in a rush. This time I didn’t wanna stress anything. This time I only wanted the best songs possible”. In order to achieve this, he brought in longtime partner Anders Ringman to help out with writing and producing. The multi-platinum songwriting duo, aka Platform, has a 15-year collaboration history featuring work with Crashdпet, Crucified Barbara, Steevi Jaimz and others. “It was the natural choice. We work so well together”, Chris says. And with contributions from everybody in the band, Laney’s Legion have produced an album containing nothing but solid, melodic sing-along tunes. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here. What it all come downs to is the music. And there are surprises. We’re not just doing the normal hard glamrock our fans might expect, we rock, we pop and no one can stop us now!”
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/laneyslegion / www.chrislaney.com / www.perrisrecords.com.

RED DRAGON CARTEL ADD UK DATE:
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee has today announced that his new band Red Dragon Cartel will play The Tivoli, Buckley on Friday June 13 as part of their forthcoming UK Tour. The tour follows Red Dragon Cartel’s eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records earlier this year. Special guests on all UK dates are Syron Vanes and Jupiter Falls. Red Dragon Cartel will also play Download Festival on Sunday June 15. Their new single “Shout It Out” is out now.

Red Dragon Cartel – June 2014 UK Tour:
London’s O2 Academy Islington Friday June 6
Nottingham Rescue Rooms Saturday June 7
Wolverhampton Slade Rooms Sunday June 8
Glasgow Classic Grand Tuesday June 10
Newcastle O2 Academy 2 Wednesday June 11
The Tivoli, Buckley Friday June 13
Download Festival Sunday June 15

THE WILLIE HINES BAND SAYS “WHATEVER”:
After Jet Red drifted apart in the early 90’s, Willie Hines focused on writing songs that led to his first solo album “Yeahright” in 2000. After several years of trials and tribulations that included some medical issues and dealing with the lovely global economic downturn that we all experienced, Willie Hines has resurfaced with the Willie Hines Band. Their recent release, “Whatever”, is a labor of love that was put together over several years culminating in an eclectic 12 song album that emerged as an unofficial “homage” to the rock music and musicians who’ve inspired Hines since the 1960s.
Hines notes: “I think it’s the music that gets you through. No matter how bad a day you have, you get to pick up your guitar. Everybody gets beat down. Life does that. You just pick yourself back up.”
Where does one start? The latest release from the Willie Hines Band covers a tremendous amount of territory. If you want pop sensibility, you get it in songs like “Say Hello”, “Hippie Chick”, and “Downtown”. If you want a straight ahead rock tune, then “Boyd’s Party” is definitely in the sweet spot along with “Solitare” not far behind. If you want circa Led Zep sound, then “The Drift” is right there with big time nods to the mighty Plant/Page machine. If you want power-pop-rock, then “Smile” is the song that will get you singing the chorus immediately and wanting more! There is not a dull moment of sound on this album.

Much has changed musically since Willie Hines was singing for The Lights and Jet Red but one thing remains constant- Willie Hines continues to bring finely crafted music to those who are willing to find it. With the input of Jeffery Babineau (guitar, backing vocals, and much more!), John Wise (bass, keys, backing vocals), and Michael “Fro” Frowein (drums, backing vocals; ex- George Lynch, Jeff Pilson’s War & Peace), the album sparkles with talented musicianship including appearances by Brad Lang (current Y&T bassist, Jet Red) and Steve Brown (drums for Montrose, Oleander, Jet Red).
Will this album make the charts? Not likely due to the state of the fractured music industry today where great talent is overlooked while posers somehow get a seat in the spotlight. Nonetheless, if you are a fan of real music being made by real people, then this album is for you. Rock on!!
Track listing: Say Hello, Solitare, Downtown, The Drift, Honeymoon Junkie, Greta Garbo, Everybody Else, Smile, Gypsy’s Gift, Hippie Chick, Boyd’s Party, Goodbye.
The CD is available via www.williehinesband.com or Amazon: tinyurl.com/WHB-Whatever.

THE VEER UNION TO RELEASE DELUXE EDITION:
The Veer Union will release the Deluxe Edition of Divide The Blackened Sky which includes three new songs and re-mastered tracks. The album will be released on June 10, 2014 through Pavement Entertainment and distributed by MRI/Sony RED. Frontman Crispin Earl gives us his take on the album, “Divide The Blackened Sky, is a much darker and heavier effort than our previous works. It depicts all the hard times we have been through over the last couple of years”.
The band will be supporting this effort with a full tour, with a new single and video “Borderline” featuring (Jonny Hetherington) from the band Art of Dying. The Veer Union was founded in 2004 by singer/songwriter Crispin Earl in Vancouver, Canada. The band made their mark in 2009 with the top 10 hit single “Seasons” off their debut album “Against The Grain”, which peaked at #7 and was the longest charting rock song for a new artist that year. It became the theme song for the 2009 Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Seasons” was also featured in all Major League Baseball postseason telecast as well as NFL, NASCAR, ESPN, WWE, NHL and more.
Look out for a brand new studio album from The Veer Union in 2015.
LabelLink: www.pavementmusic.com.

WILLIAMS/CHAMPLIN/FRIESTEDT UPDATED LIVE IN CONCERT DVD:
TOTO singer Joseph Williams and Bill Champlin formerly of the band Chicago joins forces with renowned guitarist and songwriter Peter Friestedt. Together they did a European Tour in 2012 with an all-star band featuring Bill’s wife Tamara Champlin and Herman Matthews – known for his work with Tower Of Power and Kenny Loggins. The tour was a huge success with sold out venues and great reviews. One of the concerts was filmed and recorded, and here we have the magic captured on stage. Bill Champlin is a two time Grammy award winning Artist that is well known for his 28 years with the group Chicago. Bill has appeared on countless of records and is also a founding member of the group Sons Of Champlin. Bill has sung on many major hit songs such as the #1 Billboard song “Look Away”.

Joseph Williams is the lead singer of Toto. He is featured on the hit albums “Fahrenheit” (1986) and “The Seventh One” (1988). He has also written extensively for films and been a session singer. He can also be heard on the blockbuster soundtrack to Disney’s “The Lion King” where he is the singing voice of the adult Simba with songs like “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.
Guitarist, composer, producer and major-label artist Peter Frienstedt has released two own acclaimed albums “LA Project” (2002) and “LA Project II” (2008). The album received top reviews and was called ‘best Westcoast records in years. “Peter has recently toured with Chicago singer Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams and Artist Michael Ruff. In 2011 Peter and Joseph Williams released the Top charting and critically acclaimed album Williams/Friestedt.
The Japanese DVD release of this concert features an improved footage edit and a Bonus track – Tamara Champlin’s You wont get to heaven alive.

LIVE4AOR, TRUE METAL & IZKAR PRODUCCIONES PRESENT: A HARD ROCK NIGHT FESTIVAL 2014 SPAIN:
Live4aor, True Metal & Izkar Producciones Present: A Hard Rock Night Festival 2014 Spain featuring the following bands:
23rd. May Madrid Sala We Rock 
Grand Design (Sweden), Degreed (Sweden), Airless (Spa), Tokio (Spa), Bon Vivant (Spa) Tickets: www.ticketea.com/a-hard-rock-night-madrid/
24th May Zaragoza La Casa del Loco
Grand Design (Sweden), Degreed (Sweden), Airless (Spa), Hardreams (Spa), Bon Vivant (Spa) Tickets: www.ticketea.com/a-hard-rock-night-zaragoza/
Info: www.facebook.com/events/216173171906613/

CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD REVEAL BEFORE PLASTIC:
Dead End Exit Records (a division of RoastingHouse) will the new Captain Black Beard album Before Plastic on May 23. The video clip for the track “Somebody” can be found here: youtu.be/vtHXEnYSN4U.

Captain Black Beard made it’s live debut on the 31st of October 2009 and has since been playing most of the clubs in Stockholm. At the end of 2010 the band decided to pick it up a notch and record a full length album. Having been in talks with the biggest rock producers in Sweden – Chips Kiesbye (Sator, The Hellacopters), Tobias Lindell (Europe, Mustasch), Patrik Frisk (Takida, Corroded) – the band chose to work with David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia) who had already shown himself capable when working on the bands single “Rock Is My Life”. The completion of the CD was celebrated together with hundreds of friends and fans at Gцta Kдllare in Stockholm on the 28th of May, 2011. In the fall the band made their first concerts abroad as they did a short tour of the U.S.
Captain Black Beard’s debut CD has been hailed in the press with tons of great reviews all over the world, from Australia to Brazil, in magazines such as Classic Rock, Classic Rock AOR, Sweden Rock, Fireworks, Power Play, Black Velvet and Red Hot Rock. It was also named one of the “Albums Of The Year So Far” by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock. 2012 saw the band playing in the U.K. for the first time, headlining Summer Nights Rock Fest and gearing up for the next album, among other things.
Most of 2013 has been dedicated to the making of the bands second album, and they signed a deal with Dead End Exit Records in the beginning of 2014. “Before Plastic” will be released in May 2014 with lots of live performances to follow.

Line-up: Sakaria Bjцrklund – vocals/guitar, Victor Hцgberg – drums, Robert Majd – bass, Christian Ek – guitar
Guest guitar solos: Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Mats Karlsson (220 Volt, The Summit)
Tracks: 01 – Please Come Home, 02 – Somebody, 03 – New York City, 04 – Bad Girl, 05 – Music Man, 06 – Aiming For Love, 07 – Keep On Drivin’, 08 – Shout, 09 – Life’s What You Make It, 10 – Takin’ You Out, 11 – Listen Up.

“Captain Black Beard have guts and glory written all over them. Their melodic vocals and guitars, make them stand out above the rest in the genre of AOR Rock”. Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
“Ill-mannered and charming hitseeking rock like it was made by KISS, Billy Idol and Pat Benatar – together and in their prime.” Sweden Rock Magazine (rating 8/10)
WebLink: www.captainblackbeard.net.

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REBELLIOUS SPIRIT PREP SECOND ALBUM:
Rebellious Spirit will release a new studio album in September 2014. Support slot on the second leg of the Axel Rudi Pell European Tour also confirmed.
The german Hard Rock newcomer Rebellious Spirit will enter the studio in May/June to record their new studio album. It will be released in September 2014 directly for the start of the second part of the Axel Rudi Pell Tour, where Rebellious Spirit will be the special guest again. Stay tuned for more info about the new album. On the first part of the Axel Rudi Pell-Tour in February the four young hopefuls got great reactions which you can see in a video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWK1HbhrM_Y.

Rebellious Spirit live 2014:
19.04. CH-Uster – Star Club
26.04. D-Villingen-Schwenningen – K3
14.06. D-Schmittweiler – Rock am Bunker
04.07. D-Euro Run 2014 – Gremium MC World
06.09. D-Gruol – Motorradtreffen
02.10. D-Metzingen – Stadthalle

Rebellious Spirit as special guest on the Axel Rudi Pell-Tour:
“Into The Storm”-Tour 2014 Part 2 Axel Rudi Pell special guests: Rebellious Spirit
19.09. CH-Pratteln – Z7
20.09. NL-Zoetermeer – Boerderij
21.09. D-Cologne – Essigfabrik
23.09. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
24.09. D-Munich – Backstage
26.09. A-Vienna – Szene
27.09. CZ-Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe
28.09. CZ-Prague – Matrix Music Club
30.09. D-Berlin – Huxleys
01.10. D-Bremen – Aladin
03.10. D-Karlsruhe – Substage
04.10. B-Vooselaar – Biebob
05.10. D-Bochum – Zeche
Ticket-Hotline Germany: METALTIX +49-(0)4627/183838, www.metaltix.de Touragency: Continental Concerts
WebLinks: www.rebelliousspirit.de / www.spv.de.

NEW FROM INTHESTUDIO: THE STORIES BEHIND HISTORY’S GREATEST ROCK BANDS:
Dallas, TX – April 8, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s career-breaking 1974 classic Second Helping.
Lynyrd Skynyrd was a welcome dose of danger in a musical scene gone soft by the early ’70s. The Lynyrd Skynyrd legend inevitably circles back to their first album Pronounced and the epic “Free Bird”, but the April 1974 follow-up Second Helping is the incredibly strong album which busted the band wide open, producing the rebel singalong Top 10 hit “Sweet Home Alabama” and a stack of southern rock classics including “Don’t Ask Me No Questions”, “Workin’ for MCA”, “The Needle and the Spoon”, their definitive version of the late J.J. Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze”, and two songs unlike anything on the first album, “The Ballad of Curtis Loew” and the achingly bluesy “I Need You”.
Original guitarists Gary Rossington and Ed King tell the story of the Jacksonville, Florida “band of brothers” with nothing but dreams, making it big and spreading the love of Southern Rock across to the globe. Gary Rossington sums up, to InTheStudio host Redbeard, what Rossington believes was the secret to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s musical identity.
“In those days it was the Alice Coopers and Kisses and all the make-up. That’s who was making it. We were kinda REAL. We wore blue jeans and T-shirts. Our music was our gimmick.”
This program also contains Skynyrd bassist the late Leon Wilkeson’s final national radio interview. Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Second Helping’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to Stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/lynyrd-skynyrd-second-helping-40th-anniversary-gary-rossingtoned-king.

(Dallas, TX) – InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Aerosmith’s second album Get Your Wings. New England quintet Aerosmith hatched in January 1973 with their self-titled album, but it wouldn’t be until the release of their sophomore effort Get Your Wings in Spring 1974 that Aerosmith would take off by defining the sound that would soon become America’s premiere hard rock band.
For Get Your Wings, Aerosmith enlisted the talents of producer Jack Douglas, whose crystal clear production provided a much needed boost sonically, as proof on the Aerosmith classics “Same Old Song and Dance”, “Lord of the Thighs”, “S.O.S. (Too Bad)”, “Seasons of Wither”, “Pandora’s Box” and the all important matrix that gave New Yorker Steven Tyler common ground with New Hampshire boys Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton, The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A Rollin’ “.
It is the solid bottom end provided by drummer Joey Kramer and bassist Tom Hamilton with Joe Perry’s stiletto guitar licks a top the weaving three dimensional rhythm guitar play of Brad Whitford that makes Aerosmith’s instrumentation so alluring. Steven Tyler’s distinctive voice seduces the ears of listeners, and together the band would explode a mere album later with Toys In The Attic.
Joey Kramer tells InTheStudio host Redbeard how the hard work put into the band in those early years has been the reason Aerosmith’s sound remains timeless today.
“An album like this (Get Your Wings) is what it is because of how it was made, and the amount of time that was spent on those songs and recording this record is the reason … why it will stand up ten years from now.”
Stream the complete Aerosmith program as part of InTheStudio’s Medium Rare “online-only” rockumentary series www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/aerosmith-get-wings-40th-steven-tyler-joe-perry-tom-hamilton

Dallas, TX – April 1, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the ‘Best of’ KISS on the eve of their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There are a flurry of new developments in the now forty year saga of KISS,including new catalog albums being released, a 40th anniversary tour starting this Summer, and finally the long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Regardless of whether you think the frottage foursome are rock gods or demons doesn’t change the fact that KISS have been, and continue to be, enormously successful. Selling over 100 million albums, KISS together with their music, make-up, and elaborate stage show pioneered a generation of outsized arena rock.
Unfortunately, KISS is not the first Hall of Fame inductee to weather controversy regarding personnel changes over a four decade career. Bassist/singer Gene Simmons speaks frankly to InTheStudio host Redbeard about the work ethos of KISS.
“We never bought into the ‘I want to get high and stoned and just get up on stage and do whatever the hell.’.. We’re closer to an Olympic team. We take it deadly seriously. Being in KISS in not a birthright. It’s a privilege.”
Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley states: “God knows we make mistakes, but that’s the beauty of KISS. We do things the way we see fit, and we live and die by the sword.”
Gene and Paul discuss their earliest musical influences, the state of music today, and chronicle some important KISS career highlights in this hour long radio special. KISS ‘Best of/ Rock Hall Induction’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to Stream at:www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/kiss-best-of-rock-roll-hall-fame-paul-stanley-gene-simmons/

Two Records That Set The Groove Bar High

Two very groovy records are coming your way in May via Frontiers Records. Those are the debut album for California Breed and the latest solo album from Journey guitarist Neal Schon – So U.

Neal Schon – So U is a 9 track tour de force of groove driven bluesy hard rock, with 7 vocal tracks and 2 instrumentals. Marco Mendoza sings 3, Neal 2 and Deen Castronovo 2. There’s a whole world of shredding going on, but also some more restrained and very melodic passages, with the emphasis of the album on hard rocking blues/boogie. And I know what you are thinking – yes, the 2 Deen Castronovo sung tracks are the album’s most straight ahead melodic rock – one moody ballad piece and one straight up commercial anthem. Very cool. Neal fans will love it, as will fans of Marco’s own work, he stamps a big influence over the material. But there’s something here for Journey fans also.

California Breed – this one might divide opinion a little – but only because it really is one for the die-hard Glenn Hughes fans. This album seriously rocks, but being a long devoted Hughes fan is going to help you either enjoy it or LOVE it! This is quintessential Hughes 70s groove folks. California Breed sounds like a mix of Led Zeppelin with Black Country Communion and Glenn Hughes’ own left of center solo work a la Feel. This album is straight out of 1978 with a very live-in-the-studio feel and an unbelievable groove formed by Hughes with drummer Jason Bonham. There’s barely a chorus in sight, but the enjoyment comes from listening to three very talented musicians feed off each other in a loose and free flowing setting.

Release dates – EU: May 16; North America: May 20.

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There’s new music just around the corner Night Ranger fans – and here’s proof – two shots of the band on the set of their new video, being filmed this week!

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Journey’s Neal Schon On His New Album, ‘So U’

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Neal Schon doesn’t like to sit still for long. We recently learned that, in addition to his work with Journey, he has three albums in the works, one of which, ‘So U,’ will be released May 20.

‘So U’ is being described as a fusion and blues-inspired hard rock album, with Schon, bassist Marco Mendoza (Ted NugentWhitesnake) and Journey drummer Deen Castronovo sharing lead vocal duties on its nine tracks. We caught up with Schon to talk about the new record, an interesting nickname given to him by his old friend, Carlos Santana, and his recent decision to put umlauts over the “o” in his last name.

I was happy to see the release date finally announced for your record with Deen Castronovo and Marco Mendoza.

Yeah, I know. That didn’t take too long, did it?

Not at all, considering that you and I were talking about it in 2012, so it hasn’t been long at all!

[Laughs] It took really long. I don’t know, man — it was on the shelf. I continued to work straight ahead and work on new stuff. So now it’s an old album for me and new for everyone else. But it’s exciting that it’s finally coming out. I’ve got another record in the can, with like over 80 minutes worth of music with [Steve] Smith, Jan Hammer and Igor Len. It’s all instrumental and a double CD. That’s ready to go. And you know, I’m going to work on the ‘Santana IV’ record and then going on tour. Busy, busy.

How did this project with Deen and Marco come together?

Well you know, it was near the end of ‘The Calling’ record that I was doing with Steve Smith and Igor and Jan. I was having a great time in the studio. I hadn’t been over to Fantasy [Studios] in a while in Berkeley, which is kind of like our old stomping ground. I got very comfortable in there. It’s a great sounding studio and I didn’t want to leave. When the record was done, I wanted to do something else, so I called to see if Deen and Marco were available and they were. I just stayed in the studio and they came in and we just kind of winged it. Nothing was planned out at all, I just didn’t feel like leaving the studio when I was done with the other record.

I know you wrote some songs with Jack Blades for this one? Where did Jack come into the mix with this record?

I started writing with Jack and I had some ideas. I went up to his ranch and we had worked on a couple of songs off this record that were pre-written before I went into the studio. Jack and I always kind of kick it around when we’re home and our own touring commitments lighten up. We always come out with something. If I get together with him for a day, it’s a sure thing that we’ll come out with a pretty decent tune afterwards. I was basically taking advantage of the time that we had off together.

We pre-wrote a couple of songs and then I went into the studio and I didn’t really know I was going to cut a record for those songs at the time. I was just writing with him and then when Marco and Deen were available to come in, I just thought, “What a great opportunity to do those songs with these guys playing.” At that point, after we had made up the rest of the songs [by] pretty much just improvising on the spot in the studio, like I did with ‘The Calling,’ I called Jack in. So as we were recording and overdubbing, I started writing lyrical ideas and then we went back and forth on lyrics and wrote lyrics together, and it’s sort of how we were able to finish up very quickly.

With nine tracks on the album, it kind of indicates that you probably stretched out on some of these tunes.

You know what? They’re vocal songs [but] there are two instrumentals on the record. ‘Exotica’ is very stretched out and very different from the whole record. I’m sort of tipping my hat to Carlos Santana on this one, because it’s sort of like a fusion-Latin rock thing. I definitely stretch out on that. I basically jam with some good melodies and some great playing.

What are a couple of the songs that you’re really excited about from this record?

You know what? I’ve been away from it so long that I don’t even know. I’m going to have to wait and see what people react to. Like I said, the record musically is kind of all over the map. For the most part it is a fusion rock record with a lot of different flavors.

Serious question that some folks have asked me recently — when did you start using the umlauts in your name?

You know, my father was German and I’ve always liked the umlaut over the “o,” because in German it means “beautiful.” I’ve had very few people come up to me or write me on Facebook or whatever and say, “Hey, you know I hate this — take it off.” There have been a few, indicating that they thought I was a Nazi or something. But you know what? It means “beautiful” in Germany and so I thought, “That’s a very cool thing.” Every time I go to Germany I see it all over the place and I didn’t quite know what it meant until I asked some German people that we were with when we were over there. I said “Why is Schön all over the place with two umlauts?” and they said, “It just means ‘beautiful’ in German.” So I thought that was cool.

At the rate that you keep cranking things out, there won’t be a shortage of things for us to talk about anytime soon.

Yeah, you know on this next release I do, which right now, I’m going to call ‘Vortex.’ Carlos Santana gave me a new name after we were in rehearsal and he’s calling me “Vortex.” I looked it up afterwards and I was like, “Wow, what a cool name!” So I decided that one of the new tunes off this new record that will be next coming after the ‘So U’ record with Smith, Jan Hammer and Igor Len, I’m calling it ‘Vortex’ and I’ll probably call the record ‘Vortex.’ Because this record leaves chips on the ceiling.

I saw the “Vortex” mentions on your Facebook page and wondered what that was about.

Well, you know it was funny, because Carlos gave me this name and then I went and read about it and that art that is sitting there [on the Facebook page], the blue that looks like a tornado coming down — I found out that is public domain and anybody can use it. So I shot it to my artist that does my artwork, Jim Welch, who did all of the Journey stuff and I said “Why don’t you get a jump on this and put some stuff together?” I think he pretty much nailed it. I’m digging it. The simplicity of it definitely conveys the message that it’s powerful.