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.

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ClassicRock Presents: AOR Issue 11 is out this week!

ClassicRock Presents: AOR Issue 11 is out this week. Purchase via: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/music-bookazines/classic-rock-presents-aor-11-journey/

The story of their pivotal album, Infinity, released in 1978. Journey had won a loyal muso following with their post-Mahavishnu fusioneering, but world domination would not hover within their grasp until they found the perfect lead singer to turn their improvisations into anthems. Enter one Steve Perry… Plus! On the road with Journey in Europe in 1979. Including Diamonds a 15-track CD featuring a glittering collection of melodic rock gems. Included in our 24-carat stash: Foreigner, Vandenberg’s Moonkings, Stan Bush, Heart, Vanity Riots, Ajenda, Nashville Pussy, Drought

Also featured in this issue:
• Heart – Ann Wilson on home movies, inventing a brand new way of rocking – and making Robert Plant cry.
• TNT – After surviving bereavement and thyroid cancer, frontman Tony Harnell is ready to re-ignite his career with the Norwegian rockers.
• A To Z Of Scandinavian AOR – Let us take you on a guided tour of Scandinavia’s rock history and glam/sleaze/AOR future…
• Starship – Mickey Thomas returns with a fine new album and plans to bring his new-look combo to the UK.
• Foreigner – It’s 1977, and with disco at its height, and the punk and new wave hordes baying at the gates, it’s not a great time for rock. But it’s the perfect time for Foreigner to swoop in.
• Kingdom Come – This is the story of their stairway to rock’n’roll heaven…
• Giuffria – After Angel went their separate ways, keyboard wizard Gregg Giuffria was free to indulge his grand melodic visions. But then the label began to interfere…
• Missing Persons – Returning with a new album, Dale Bozzio tells all about Frank Zappa, stardom and her painful split from husband/bandmate Terry.
• Boston – Tom Scholz looks back on the hits that made him a legend, as well as looking towards the future.

Plus! Interviewed: H.E.A.T., House Of Lords, The Treatment, Jessica Wolff, L.R.S., Vanity Blvd, Skyscraper, Space Elevator, United Nations, Linda & The Punch, Trillion, Frйdйric Slama, Michael Des Barres, Chris Laney.