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 and Melodic Rock News on 10/06/2014

IMPRESSIVE L.A. NEWCOMERS X-DRIVE TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM GET YOUR ROCK ON ON FRONTIERS:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of X-Drive’s debut album entitled “Get Your Rock On” on August 22 in Europe and August 26 in North America.
X-Drive is a new band centered around guitar player Jeremy Brunner, an Oregon transplant, who – on the heels of his songwriting skills managed to put together an impressive debut with an affinity for catchy riffs, insightful lyrics and huge choruses.
Some of the best in Los Angeles have joined the ranks of X-DRIVE, including bassist James Lomenzo (White Lion, Megadeth, Black Label Society), singer Keith St. John (Burning Rain, Lynch Mob, Montrose) and to round out the project hard-hitting drummer Fred Fischerfrom Midline. Then legendary producer Andy Johns, the former Led Zeppelin engineer, was able to finish the X-DRIVE tracks just before his tragic death in 2013.

“It was such a pleasure to contribute to Jeremy’s effort! He has written and crafted an incredible homage to the style of 80’s rock, a style that I cut my teeth on back in the day,” Lomenzo said. “His love for the era and style really comes through in a surprisingly satisfying way.”
“Writing with Brunner was an absolute pleasure,” St. John said. “On the whole, the vehicle for his musical canvasses has been a breath of fresh air in directness and simplicity. I found myself patently inspired to fashion my parts for this collection of songs that was Jeremy’s own refreshing take on the ’80s.”
“Get Your Rock On” was mixed by Wyn Davis (Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake, Dokken), and it took more than a year in the studio to make things just the way Brunner wanted, as the guitarist is a bit of a mastermind perfectionist. But it was definitely worth the wait! The X-DRIVE debut positively rocks from beginning to end.

Check out the official EPK here: youtu.be/LGavI-erOeI

“Get Your Rock On” will include the following tracklisting: Love’s A Bitch; Get Your Rock On; Steppin’ On The Rock; Baby Bye Bye; California; Lay Me Down; Turn The Noize Down; Beyond the Angels; Rattlesnake Eyes; Just Can’t Stay; Change of Heart; Love Breaks the Fool.
Weblinks: www.x-drivemusic.com / www.facebook.com/XDriveMusic.

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NIGHT RANGER – KNOCK KNOCK – VIDEO:
From the new abum HighRoad comes the new video Knock Knock (Never Stop).

MR. BIG ARE COMING BACK:
Mr. Big are powering the machine back up and are returning to the studio for a brand new album due before the end of the year! And the first tour dats are in – Japan in November:

11/7 Iwate
11/8 Miyagi
11/10 Tokyo Budokan
11/12 Osaka
11/15 Hiroshima
11/17 Nagoya
11/19 Fukuoka

ACE FREHLEY DEBUTS “GIMME A FEELIN'”:
Founding Kiss guitarist and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has debuted an all new single titled Gimme a Feelin’. You can listen to the song here: soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/ace-frehley-gimme-a-feelin
“Gimme a Feelin'” is now available for purchase on all digital platforms in Europe.
The new effort serves as the first single from his all new LP Space Invader slated for a late summer release via Steamhammer/SPV in Europe as Digipak, 2LP, standard version and download.
WebLinks: www.acefrehley.com / www.spv.de.

RUSH’S LEGENDARY ‘PRESTO’ ALBUM TO BE RELEASED AS HYBRID SACD:
Camarillo, CA – Rush fans rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity will be reissuing Rush’s legendary ‘Presto’ album on limited numbered edition Hybrid SACD! Rush were never a band known to play the same sort of thing for any extended period, they often pushed the boundaries of rock and their formidable list of albums helped to bring prog to a wider audience. By 1989 a change was inevitable and with their 13th studio album, ‘Presto’, it was a change for the good. ‘Presto’ marked the beginning of a transition period, moving away from a sound dominated by synthesizers and toward more traditional rock instrumentation. The synths were toned back while the guitars were brought up to a reasonable level allowing the emphasis to return to the rhythm instruments, resurrecting the groove that Rush maintains so very well.
“A creative rebirth – producing a groove that’s positively infectious.”

Geddy Lee and Neal Peart are in good form, but Alex Lifeson is the real story, he can be heard in grand force and even pulls out the acoustic guitar. Lifeson’s leads in “Superconductor” are brilliant, Geddy Lee does great solo work on “Show Don’t Tell” and Peart’s percussion on “Scars” features a complex tribal rhythm drum pattern in which both acoustic and electronic drums are utilized – a synthesis of the two that’s accessible without compromising. Each of these tracks, along with? “The Pass,”? reached the top of the Album Rock Tracks charts with “Show Don’t Tell” hitting #1. ‘Presto’ climbed to #16 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Rush made a stab at greatness with ‘Presto’ and Rupert Hine’s deft production had much to do with its success.

Tracks: 1. Show Don’t Tell 2. Chain Lightning 3. The Pass 4. War Paint 5. Scars 6. Presto 7. Superconductor 8. Anagram (for Mongo) 9. Red Tide 10. Hand Over Fist 11. Available Light.
Produced by Rupert Hine Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net/content/rush-presto.

LOST WEEKEND TO SUPPORT RAGE OF ANGELS:
Lost Weekend have been confirmed as support to UK’s Rage Of Angels on 2 of their UK shows in July. The dates confirmed are:
Wednesday 9th July @ The River Rooms, Stourbridge [www.theriverrooms.com]
Thursday 10th July @ The Railway, Bolton [www.railwayvenue.com]

These shows are part of Lost Weekend’s latest live shows in support of their critically acclaimed new record, Evermore. The new record has gained the band new fans and highlights their diverse writing & playing on tracks such as Reach For The Sky, Perfect Day & Angel Sublime to name a few. As well as enjoying the promotion on the road, the band have produced an excellent video for Reach For The Sky (See their You Tube channel for details) and are in talks about doing another video (details tbc).
The band are looking for further shows for the remainder of the year, but have been gaining rave reviews in magazines like Classic Rock for their recently played shows.
For further information on the band please check out: www.lostweekend.net / www.facebook.com/lostweekenduk

INTERVIEWS WITH CHRIS VON ROHR (KROKUS) AND GEORGE LYNCH:
Rich Davenport’s Rock Show this week features in-depth interviews with Chris Von Rohr of Krokus, and guitar hero George Lynch (KXM, Lynch Mob, ex-Dokken), and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-krokus-george-lynch-kxm-lynch-mob-ex-dokken-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Chris Von Rohr, bassist, producer, songwriter and founding member of Krokus talks about the band’s explosive new live album, “Long Stick Goes Boom (Live From Da House Of Rust)”, which sees the band tearing through a set list containing a wealth of vintage Krokus favourites and fine new songs in their classic style from their recent studio records. You’ll hear Chris’s choice of songs from the new live album and all the latest news on the band and their plans.

In part two, guitar legend George Lynch talks about the European release of the debut album from KXM (featuring George alongside Dug Pinnick (Kings X) and Ray Luzier (Korn)), the remastered re-reissue of the classic first Lynch Mob record “Wicked Sensation” (out now on http://www.rockcandyrecords.com) and his range of hand-built (by George himself!), custom-made guitars (www.mrscaryguitars.com)
The show also features classic tracks and killer new cuts from Thin Lizzy, Gamma Ray, Alice Cooper, Motorhead and Tragedy.
You can also listen on Sunday 8th June 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 11th June 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at http://www.kxzr.fm

RICHIE ZITO INTERVIEWED:
This week Double Stop chats with producer/writer/musician Richie Zito. “We cover him being signed to Atlantic Records at the age of 15, playing with Elton John, Rick James, Beach Boys, and Ringo, and Producing Heart, The Cult, Poison and Richie Kotzen. And that’s just scratching the surface. We Hear Riche Zito talk about his entire career, and why he is still obsessed with the guitar.
WebLink: thedoublestop.com/ep-18-richie-zito-elton-john-mr-big-richie-kotzen/

MELODIC BRIEFS:
Jason Roche’s newest article for LA Weekly is a profile on the trials and tribulations of vocalist Jack Russell of Great White fame. For our interview with him about his battles with addiction and the legal battle over the Great White band name, Russell invited us onto the houseboat in which he currently resides in Redondo Beach, California. We also obtained additional comments from Mark Kendall, his partner in founding Great White thirty years ago. Here is the link if you want to check it out: www.laweekly.com/2014-06-05/music/great-whites-jack-russell-is-a-hair-metal-survivor/

WebArt Records proudly announce the release of John Jeff Touch New Video Clip “Hey U”. It is the first video of “Warnings” album. “Hey U” is included in “Warnings” album, released by WebArt Records on January 2014. youtu.be/WArYBpxOeIU. iTunes Link:itunes.apple.com/us/album/warnings/id787240169 / www.johnjefftouch.net.

Here is the complete video for the first single, “Whispers of the Soul” from VHFwww.youtube.com/watch?v=ihVBUuPO9S0
CD “Very High Frequency” will be released in 3 weeks on iTunes, CD Baby.

Additional AOR and Melodic Rock News on 01/05/2014

LOVERBOY KEYBOARDIST DOUG JOHNSON’S NOTES TO SELF:
Indie release available on iTunes, CDBaby and his own website is an homage to Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel featuring pieces he composed and arranged himself.

Los Angeles, April 30, 2014-The distance from “Working for the Weekend” to classical composers like Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel might seem like a long way, but Loverboy keyboardist Doug Johnson has proven there is a connection on his new CD, Notes to Self. Recorded in Vancouver with classical musicians from the Vancouver Opera Symphony, the CBC Radio Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the album is available digitally on iTunes and CDBaby as well as in physical form on his own website (www.dougjohnsonmusic.com/CD.html) via PayPal.
“If you listen, the keyboard parts for many of Loverboy’s songs were very much informed by my classical training,” says Johnson, who started taking piano lessons at four years old, then received his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T) degree when he was 18, with a silver medal. “This has been a lifelong passion for me.”
Recorded in Vancouver on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano with a variety of classical musicians-most prominently violinist Mark Ferris, who helped with the arrangements, and flautist Lorna McGhee-Notes to Self was inspired by “my physical and emotional connections to the places and people in my life.”
The album ranges from solo pieces like the playful “Sucrose,” a number that reflects the deleterious effects of a birthday cake-induced sugar rush on his visiting granddaughters to a quintet featuring violin, viola, cello, flute and his own keyboards on the opening four-part “The Crescent Suite,” a grand vision of four seasons as seen from running on the beach near his Surrey home in West Canada.

“It goes from the fall, when the storms start coming in (‘Con Brio’) through all four seasons, ending with the summer (‘Maestoso’), when all the tourists arrive and life is more laid-back,” says Johnson, who also captures the brooding, overcast nature of the area’s weather in “Waltz of the Grey Days,” a duet with piano and cello.
“Zoe” and “Emily” are dedicated to his nieces, the former “beautiful, capricious and brave,” the latter “a methodical, persistent problem-solver,” both painting vivid pictures by capturing those personalities in sound. “Two Versions of a Visit” is another piano/cello duet that reflects the very different personalities of his two grandsons. “Warsaw” is his tribute to Chopin, whom Johnson considers “the best composer of piano music who ever lived… I’ve always had a special place in my heart for him.”
Johnson, an outspoken believer in music education, hopes that Notes to Self will simply make people feel good. “I’m hoping it will energize them, and allow them to reflect,” he says. “Music is inspired by the things around us and our experiences, our interactions with others,” adds Johnson. “I wanted to let people in on that process, how this album came about.”

And while he has already performed some of this music recently in a live setting, Johnson isn’t about to ignore his “day” job, playing with Loverboy, who for three decades have entertained several generations of fans with hits like “Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “Heaven In Your Eyes,” “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”
“Playing with Loverboy is just a great deal of fun,” he says. “We’re like brothers. We get to stand up before thousands of fans, and when you look out into the crowd, you see them smiling, laughing, dancing and having a great time. Our songs seem to have stood the test of time. They’re not only relatable to our old fans, but their kids.”
Catch Loverboy on tour this summer: www.loverboyband.com/tours.html.


FROM POLAND TO PERRIS FOR SCREAM MAKER:
Perris Records is proud to announce the CD release of their first band from Poland Scream Maker. The “Livin’ In The Past” CD cover was designed by Roslaw Szaybo, world-renowned designer of Judas Priest, Elton John, Santana and Bob Marley.The band just finished a tour in Poland with Paul Di’Anno and sharing the stage with Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden). Scream Maker will also be on 9 city tour through China including the Mordensky Festival festival in Beijing.
WebLink: www.perrisrecords.com.

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NEW WIZARDS OF WINTER ALBUM ARTWORK TO BE DESIGNED BY IOANNIS:
Legendary record cover artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Weir, Allman Brothers Band, Dream Theater) will be joining forces with The Wizards of Winter to produce cover artwork for their upcoming album to be released later this year. Ioannis will also design merchandise and the tour art for their upcoming 2014 schedule.
Says Ioannis, “I think The Wizards of Winter is an incredibly talented group of individuals and it will be cool to work on their holiday project, so I am really looking forward to doing this.”  Plans are also in discussion for additional ventures to be announced later this year.

The Wizards of Winter, the prog-metal-meets-classical rock band that has been hard at work recording their second release, are excited to be working with this iconic artist for the design of their album cover artwork. Ioannis has created the covers of over 170 albums, with his art firmly rooted in fantasy and surrealism. The currently untitled album, produced by Tommy Farese of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame, promises to continue the band’s style of integrating elements of hard rock and classical influences into a distinctive blend of original compositions. “We are honored to have the privilege to work with a creative master like Ioannis,” said Scott Kelly, leader of The Wizards of Winter. “His art work has graced the album covers of so many of the music industry’s legendary performers that he too, truly is a legend. When Ioannis contacted us and told us that he really liked our material and wanted to work together, we were really quite surprised given where the band is in its development. It is just another proof point that the Wizards are really beginning to gain some broad recognition. After speaking with Ioannis, Steve Ratchen, one of the other co-founders of the band, and I both found that besides being a very nice and approachable guy, his artistic concepts and marketing directions appear to be exactly what we need at this time to assist us in moving to the next level. We are humbly grateful that he has chosen to work with us and greatly look forward to working with him.”
For more info visit: thewizardsofwinter.com / www.dangerousage.com / www.facebook.com/DANGEROUSAGEART?ref=hl.

UNISONIC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND EP ‘FOR THE KINGDOM’:
Two years after their celebrated eponymous debut album German hard rock supergroup Unisonic which includes Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Dennis Ward, Mandy Meyer and last but not least Kosta Zafiriou is back with a new record that will be released on July 25. As a foretaste of their eagerly awaited sophomore album the band will release the EP ‘For The Kingdom’, which contains two new songs and four live tracks, on May 23.

Rock and metal fans had to wait many many years – 23 to be exact – before it finally happened: German metal icons Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske, who kicked off German Metal trailblazers Helloween’s international triumph with the two ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ records at the end of the 80s, got back together again. Again? Yes, again: Hansen quit Helloween in 1989 to found Gamma Ray while Kiske left four years later to attend to his solo projects. Even though the band already formed a year before Kai joined them but it was his involvement that made Unisonic a so-called supergroup.
The two congenial musicians’ new baby was called Unisonic and instantly aroused enthusiasm in the rock and metal community. Their first single ‘Unisonic’ got well over 150.000 YouTube clicks in just a few days after its release in January 2012 and has by now garnered more than 640.000. When music legends like Kiske on mic and Hansen on guitar, who are completed by bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), guitarrist Mandy Meyer (Krokus, ex Asia & Gotthard) and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex Pink Cream 69), pool their creative strengths, the world is going to be set on fire for sure.
And Unisonic did deliver the goods: After their teaser mini album ‘Ignition’ got rave reviews and sold out immediately, the eponymous full-length debut was equally acclaimed and proved impressively that the chemistry between Hansen and Kiske is simply second to none. However, all those who expected a third ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ album were mistaken: Instead of relying on worn out success patterns the two thoroughbred musicians rather indulged in heavy rock than in power metal and delivered a stylistically manifold album which featured everything from emotional ballad to luscious rock track while occasionally still drawing on buzzing heavy metal of course. The outcome was a unique collection of rock anthems full of energy, melody and magic.

And there’s more to come. Only two years later Hansen, Kiske and co. up the ante again with their sophomore album which is once more produced by Dennis Ward and will be released on July 25th. Heralding this eagerly awaited full-length album, Unisonic will again offer a foretaste in form of an EP called ‘For The Kingdom’ which will see the light of day on May 23rd. The six song collection consists of the brand new album track ‘For The Kingdom’, which hymn-like chorus and its double-bass footwork extraordinaire will rush the blood to the head of all metal fans. Followed by the EP exclusive smasher ‘You Come Undone’ which could have been included on the first band offering as well but also gives a hint of what to expect from the near-by future plus four live recordings from their show at the Masters Of Rock Festival 2012 in the Czech Republic where Unisonic performed a celebrated show (also exclusive to this EP).

NEW SHOWCASES ONLINE:
New Showcases online today for Tesla & Night Ranger (Frontiers Records, out June 6) and Perfect View, Sonic Station & Rik Priem’s Prime (Avenue Of Allies, out May 23). Check them all out!

Main AOR and Melodic Rock News on 29/04/2014

JUDAS PRIEST UNLEASH TASTER FROM THEIR 17TH ALBUM, ‘REDEEMER OF SOULS’:
For fans of Judas Priest that simply cannot wait for the July 15th release date of their latest classic metal album, Redeemer of Souls, there is some relief on the way. On Tuesday, April 29th, the title track from the album will be available for purchase via iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/album/redeemer-of-souls-single/id863086125) and other digital service providers. And a clip of the song (plus the single’s artwork) is now available to sample at the band’s website, www.judaspriest.com.
If you are wondering what to expect from the mighty Priest on their forthcoming album, guitarist Glenn Tipton has set the record straight. “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened!! From start to finish ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!”
There are only a select number of bands that have accomplished what Judas Priest has throughout their career (as well as having served as a stylistic influence on such a wide variety of bands). Soon the group – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis – will be offering up more classic Judas Priest metal with the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls’
For further information visit: www.judaspriest.com / www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
The simply awesome Toto Live In Poland is the # 1 DVD Amazon. Check out at: www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/movies-tv/2959141011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_mov_1_3_last.

21Octayne is the epitome of soulful, honest, ass-kicking Rock with a slight modern touch. A new name, a new band, but no unknowns here: the band consists of vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andrew “The Bullet” LLauer (Paul Gilbert) and drummer Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody). The four guys took their time and worked hard on their debut album for more than two years, ready for impact now! A video clip for the track “Dear Friend” is available now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnrqx54jGTw.

Dick Wagner joins the Decibel Geek Podcast this week to discuss the songwriting and making of Alice Cooper’s DaDa album from 1983: dbgeekshow.blogspot.com/2014/04/albums-unleashed-dada-wdick-wagner-ep.html.

Jan Le’Brandt has finished and release a music video for his latest Single “Cloud Nine”youtu.be/2Osay9Aui9U.

STYX ‘PARADISE THEATER’ ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON HYBRID SACD:
Styx fans rejoice with the release of the band’s critically aclaimed album ‘Paradise Theater’ on limited numbered Hybrid SACD by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity. Styx’s 10th album, the 1981 release, ‘Paradise Theater’ was the band’s fourth consecutive triple-platinum album. A resounding success, ‘Paradise Theater’ was their greatest commercial triumph and their only #1 album. It remains one of the best examples of the convergence between progressive rock and AOR which typified the arena rock sound of the top groups of the late-seventies and early-eighties such as Journey, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Kansas.
Styx was a great group of talented musicians – Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo. The album included three Billboard Hot 100 hits, The Best of Times, Nothing Ever Goes As Plannedќ and Too Much Time on My Handsќ considered among Tommy Shaw’s finest singles ever. Another track, Rockin’ The Paradiseќ reached #8 on the Top Rock Track Chart.
The concept album is a fictional account of Chicago’s Paradise Theatre from its opening to closing, used as a metaphor for America’s changing times from the late 1970s into the 1980s. 
TRACKS: A.D. 1928, Rockin’ the Paradise, Too Much Time on My Hands, Nothing Ever Goes As Planned, The Best of Times, Lonely People, She Cares, Snowblind, Half-Penny, Two-Penny, A.D. 1958, State Street Sadie.
Produced by Styx, Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net/content/styx-paradise-theater.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SEBASTIAN BACH, JOHN WETTON, PRETTY MAIDS AND SHAKIN’ STREET:
Rich Davenport’s Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Sebastian Bach, John Wetton (Asia), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Fabienne Shine (Shakin’ Street), and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-sebastian-bach-asia-pretty-maids-and-shakin-street-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach talks about his brand new solo album “Give ‘Em Hell”, which features an all-star cast of musicians and songwriters, including Duff McKagan (ex-Guns & Roses), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and John 5 (Rob Zombie) You’ll also hear two tracks from the new release. 
Also in part 1, Ronnie Atkins of long-running melodic Hard Rockers Pretty Maids give the low down on the band’s just-released collection of re-recorded classics and brand new songs, “Louder Than Ever”, and selects tracks from the record.
In part two, Asia frontman John Wetton discusses the band’s new album “Gravitas”, and the recruitment of new guitarist Sam Coulson. John also chooses two songs from “Gravitas”. And finally, Fabienne Shine of Shakin’ Street (also featuring Ross The Boss, ex-Manowar) talks about the band’s return to action with new album “Psychic”, and selects tracks from the new release. Plus a classic tracks and killer new cuts from Motorhead (welcome back Lemmy!), UFO, Hogjaw, 21 Guns, LRS, Deep Purple and Rose Tattoo.
You can also listen on Sunday 27th April 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 30th April 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at www.kxzr.fm.

AOR HEAVEN ANNOUNCE DEAD END HEROES AND ACACIA AVENUE FOR JUNE:
AOR Heaven have announced their 27 releases from Dead End Heroes and Acacia Avenue. Details as follows:

Dead End Heroes – Roadkill / Some bands are formed together through newspaper ads, others are the net result of a prolonged booze session at the local pub, yet the Dead End Heroes were formed by accident. A good accident! Whilst the initial discussions began around a solo album of Swiss drummer Daniel Voegeli (Me & The Rest), the project grew arms and legs and developed into an immense passion – a completely fully operational band that excelled at having fun sharing their common love of Hard Rock. After Voegeli had assembled his collection of instrumental songs he contacted exceptional Guitarist and Producer Rolf Munkes (Empire, Tony Martin, Majesty) to oversee the disc’s production. However, Munkes was so impressed by Voegeli’s drumming and initial song ideas that he encouraged him to develop a fully functioning band around the tunes and work towards completing an album. The first port of call was German vocalist and session musician Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One, Domain, Lavalle) who took Voegeli’s instrumentals under his wing and gave them new life. Through his engaging lyrics and ear candy hooks they developed into real songs with Schulz’ trademark stamp alongside Voegeli’s bedrock base.
On Schulz’s recommendation, the next member to join the fold was Scottish bassist Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse, Doogie White, David Readman, Lavalle), who had worked with him on several productions. Logue at first was hesitant to belong to any group out with his main band but succumbed after completing the recording sessions at his studio in Scotland, such was the strength of the material. Last but by no means least, to add the missing Classic Rock ingredient to the recipe was Schulz’ long-time friend and world-class Hammond Organist Holger Seeger (Midnite Club, Iain Ashley Hersey). His Hammond gave the songs the final flavour they were missing whilst a classy seventies touch and vibe.
All five members were without doubt absolutely certain that this had become more than just a studio project and the Dead End Heroes were born. Sitting musically somewhere between late seventies and early eighties hard rock with a hint of Deep Purple, a pinch of Krokus and an extra serving of classic Michael Schenker, their addictive cocktail is simply good time old-fashioned Hard Rock that packs a punch. Sometimes … it just works!

Line-up: Carsten Lizard Schulz – vocals, Rolf Munkes – guitars, Daniel Voegeli – drums, Paul Logue – bass, Holger Seeger – keyboards.
Track list: 01. Roadkill, 02. Dead End Heroes, 03. Cry For The Moon, 04. Feed The Flames, 05. The Wind Howls Fire, 06. Stormfront, 07. Hands Off The Wheel, 08. And The Loser Is, 09. Technicolor Love, 10. The Fire’s Worth The Loneliness, 11. Gambler’s Crusade.
Sound clips in advance: Cry For The Moon / Roadkill / The Wind Howls Fire.

WebLinks: www.deadendheroes.com / www.facebook.com/deadendheroes.

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Acacia Avenue – Cold / The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008. Founding member, Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A), spent most of that year writing new material. Some of this new material came to be very melodic hard rock/AOR, and the idea of doing a full album in this style quickly emerged. In order to spice things up however, Enevoldsen decided to ask a few good friends of his to participate, both as singers, but also as co-writers. The debut album featured Tony Mills (Ex-TNT, Shy), Geir Rцnning (Radioactive),Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) and Lars Sдfsund (Work Of Art) on vocals. Torben did the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as both lead and backing vocals on a few songs himself, and Thomas Heintzelmann (Decoy) did the drums. The self-entitled debut album was released on Lion Music in January 2010.
Enevoldsen continued doing various projects, but at the end of 2010, Torben was asked to join the Danish hard rock band Fate. He agreed and joined the band in January 2011. Although busy with Fate, Enevoldsen never stopped working on new material of his own. So the idea of doing another Acacia Avenue album was never far away. Torben grew up listening to bands like Boston, Journey, Toto and Survivor, so he thoroughly enjoyed writing in this very melodic and somewhat softer style.
New songs were written and the first singer to get involved was Rob Moratti (Ex-Saga, Final Frontier). Torben and Rob had met each other on MySpace, years before Rob joined Saga, and had discussed the possibility of working together. Acacia Avenue turned out to be the perfect vehicle to pursue this desire. Apart from Rob, the new album features vocal performances by Steve Newman (Newman), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell), Albin Ljungqvist, Mikael Roupй (Bamboo Brothers), Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion, Decoy) and Nicklas Sonne (Defecto).
Once again, Torben was in charge for all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) did the drums, and like last time, the majority of the recordings took place at Funny Farm Studios in Denmark, which is Torben’s own studio. The new album, entitled “Cold”, was mixed and mastered at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Enevoldsen also produced the album.

Line-up: Rob Moratti – Vocals, Steve Newman – Vocals, Albin Ljungqvist – Vocals, Mikael Roupй – Vocals, Torben Lysholm – Vocals, Peter Sundell – Vocals, Nicklas Sonne – Vocals, Torben Enevoldsen – Guitars, bass, keyboards., vocals, Lars Frandsen-Melau – piano on ”Cold”, Dennis Hansen – Drums.
Track list: 01 Time (Enevoldsen/Newman) , 02 Love Will Survive (Enevoldsen/Moratti), 03 It’s Over (Enevoldsen/Ljungqvist), 04 Out Of The Business, (Waybill/Anderson/Cotten/Prince/ Steen/Welnick/Spoon), 05 Signs Of Love (Enevoldsen/Moratti), 06 Cold (Enevoldsen/Walsh), 07 Angelina – (Enevoldsen/Newman), 08 You And I (Enevoldsen/Roupй), 09 Calling Out (Enevoldsen/Sonne), 10 How Many Nights (Enevoldsen/Lysholm), 11 Freedom From Doubt (Enevoldsen).
Sound clips in advance: Angelina / Love Will Survive / Signs Of Love.

WebLinks: www.torbenenevoldsen.com / www.facebook.com/acaciaavenuetheband / www.metalheaven.net.

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SEVEN DEBUT FIRST VIDEO:
Escape Music will release 7Seven on June 20.
The track listing is: 1-Shoot To Kill 2-Inside Love 3-Diana 4-America 5-Headlines 6-Strangers 7-Don’t Break My Heart 8-Still (Download in full – April 2014 Mystery Track) 9-Thru The Night 10- Never Too Late 11- Say Goodbye.7 is: Mick Devine – Lead Vocals / Keith Mcfarlane – guitar, Vocals / Pat Davey– Bass, Vocals / Simon Lefevre – Keyboards, Vocals / Austin “Oz” Lane – Drums.

Special guests: Lars Chriss Guitars; Mark Mangold: Keyboards; Adam Wakeman: Keyboards; Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards; Dig Digital: Keyboards; Tomas Coox: Piano and strings arrangement; Fretless Bass: Shuji Matsumoto on “Strangers”; Bass: Andy Loos.
Produced by: Lars Chriss; Mastered by: Mike Lind.

The Reaper Descends On HRH 8

It’s with extreme pleasure, that HRH announce the arrival of New York Rockers, Blue Oyster Cult to lead the Saturday night at this year’s Hard Rock Hell. With 24 million album sales over a 47 year career, The Reaper is welcomed to an already impressive line-up.

Joining BOC after a 7 year absence from the UK are Swiss multi-platinum selling rockers, Krokus. With 14 million album sales and over 17 studio albums, it’s about time they get back onto the UK shores and join the rest of the bands at HRH 8.

Finally after much persuasion, NWOBHM legends Vardis have now agreed a reunion and a much anticipated return to the HRH rock royalty circle this November.

Hard Rock Hell 8 takes place at Hafan Y Mor, Pwhelli, North Wales from the 13-16th November 2014

Current line-up stands as: 
WASP
Blue Oyster Cult
Michael Schenker’s ‘Temple of Rock’
Krokus
Y&T
Diamond Head
Electric Mary
Bonafide
Vardis
Grifter
Heavy Metal Kids
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