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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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