AOR and Melodic Rock News on 03/06/2014

TERRAPLANE DEBUT ALBUM REISSUE CELEBRATED WITH RARE DOUBLE SINGLE RELEASE:
Hear No Evil Recordings/Cherry Red are celebrating their upcoming expanded edition reissue of Terraplane’s debut 1985 album Black And White with the release of a rare double digital single: I Survive / Gimme The Money (City Records Version) on June 9.
More widely known as inimitable British hard rock heroes Thunder, Danny Bowes (vocals), Luke Morley (guitar) and Harry James (drums) formed the more pop-orientated Terraplane in the early 80s, releasing their debut single ‘I Survive’ in 1983. Building up a loyal following in London, and with support from Kerrang! magazine, they eventually found major label recognition when they signed to Epic Records, releasing “Black And White”, their debut, in 1985.

‘I’m The One’ features none other than Jools Holland on organ, and ‘Couldn’t Handle The Tears’ has guest vocals from Ruby Turner. After 1987’s “Moving Target” LP, Terraplane split up, with its principle members forming the harder rocking Thunder, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Thunder split in 2009, playing live only occasionally since then, but has recently decided to start work on a new album. The band will be on the bill with Aerosmith at the Calling Festival at Clapham Common on June 28.
Black And White: Expanded Edition is due for release June 16, remastered with eight bonus tracks and 16-page colour booklet including rare memorabilia and extensive liner notes by Malcolm Dome, and featuring interviews with Luke Morley and Danny Bowes.

Pre-order Terraplane – Black And White: Expanded Edition here: www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4672.

Terraplane – Back And White: Expanded Edition Track Listing: 1. Don’t Walk Away 2. When You’re Hot 3. I Can’t Live Without Your Love 4. Talking To Myself 5. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore 6. I Survive 7. Right Between The Eyes 8. Black And White 9. I’m The One 10. Get Your Face Out Of My Dream 11. Couldn’t Handle The Tears.
Bonus Tracks: 12. Beginning Of The End 13. Let The Wheels Go Round 14. Get Your Face Out Of My Dream (Demo Version – Previously Unreleased) 15. All Night And Day (Live) 16. Tough Kind Of Life 17. I Survive (City Records version) 18. Gimme The Money (City Records version).
WebLinks: www.cherryred.co.uk / www.hearnoevilrecordings.com.

ANOTHER PLUG FOR THE MARK SLAUGHTER SINGLE:
Nashville, TN. – This Spring Mark Slaughter released a new single, Never Givin’ Up, his first ever solo track outside of his multi-platinum band Slaughter, to rave reviews on radio stations across the country. And with legendary music producer Michael Wagener Mixing and Mastering it, Mark played all instruments on the track with the only exception being drums that were tackled by Mark Goodin.
Picking up traction on the charts, the tune salutes the military and all who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Circle Foundation that assists families of the US Special Operations Forces. It’s available at Amazon, iTunes, and Google.

Mark Slaughter – The band Slaughter sold more than five million records worldwide, with numerous Top 30 hits on the Billboard Charts with tunes such as “Fly To the Angels” and “Up All Night.” The band hit the road playing to stadiums and arenas, touring the world with bands such as KISS, Poison, and Ozzy Osbourne, and more.
This Spring Mark released a new single, “Never Givin’ Up,” his first ever solo track, to rave reviews on radio stations across the country. And with legendary music producer Michael Wagener Mixing and Mastering it, Mark played all instruments on the track with the only exception being drums that were tackled by Mark Goodin.
The tune salutes the military and all who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Circle Foundation that assists families of the US Special Operations Forces.
Before the formation of his own group Slaughter, he fronted a local band Xcursion before joining the Vinnie Vincent Invasion in 1987, with a huge hit song “Love Kills” that appeared on the Nightmare Before Elm Street 4 movie soundtrack in 1988. After that band disbanded in the late 1980s, two of its members, Dana Strum along with Mark, formed the group Slaughter.

Mark was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on the 4th of July, and now makes his home in Nashville. He has worked as a voice-over actor and composes music for television, movies and sports outlets, with credits including music compositions for Fox Sports, along with voice over ventures in productions like Batman Beyond, Bloodsport, and Animaniacs.
Slaughter formed a new band, Scrap Metal, which consists of other platinum-selling singers such as Gunnar Nelson (Nelson), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) and Eric Martin (Mr. Big).
In addition to the Red Circle Foundation, Slaughter actively participates in charity work including with St. Jude’s hospital.

UNBREAKABLE’S NEWEST MELODIC METAL TRIUMPH, ‘KNOCKOUT,’ NOW AVAILABLE!:
The latest release from German rockers UnbreakableKnockout, is now available for purchase as a very special “pre-release” version, which comes with a custom bottle opener key chain.
While the rest of the world will have to wait to acquire the album (July 29th in the US and August 18th in Europe and the rest of the world), fans can purchase the pre-release version right now, exclusively from Dark Star Records: www.DarkEntityMusic.com.
You can also stream the first single Rock the Nightlife, here: soundcloud.com/darkstarrecords/rock-the-nightlife.

The band – which is comprised of Al Crespo (vocals), Martin Ries (guitar), Pascal Alles (guitar), Lukas Mittler (bass), and Alexander Ries (drums) – couldn’t have picked a better/knowledgeable producer, who certainly knows a thing or two about classic ’80s metal himself…former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell.
“It was a real pleasure to work with Unbreakable,” says Rarebell. “They could be the next Scorpions! That is what I think and feel – I had a lot of fun producing them. America…get ready for Unbreakable!”
Once the album drops, Unbreakable plan to hit the road hard, showing the world that they can rock and party with the best. “You can expect a high energy rock show and hard power chord guitar riffs with melodic solos, a high metallic voice and driving drum rock beats. We feel like home wherever the stage is!”
For more info, visit: www.unbreakable-music.com / www.facebook.com/UNBREAKABLE.Music.

WIN A TRIP TO MRF4:
The Win A Trip To MRF4 Draw will take place this week. Scheduling for this year’s video MC Eric Ragno (and friends?) is just holding it up a day or so…

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 17/05/2014

PRE-ORDER SOUND OF ETERNITY AND MRCD12 NOW:
You can now pre-order Visions & Dreams, the debut album from Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity, to be released June 16 via MelodicRock Records.

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Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.
It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.
Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.

NEW FRONTIERS SPOT:
Frontiers Records April 2014 Releases Spot featuring: Winger, Sebastian Bach, Three Lions.

MR. BIG SINGER ANNOUNCES UK SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR:
Eric Martin – The Voice of Mr. Big will play nine dates across the U.K this December forming an exclusive UK tour that includes a date at The Underworld, London (Friday 12). The tour will begin with a Scotland Exclusive at Bannerman’s, Edinburgh on Dec 4 and will then visit Newcastle, Grimsby, Bolton, Sheffield, Chester, London and Birmingham before closing in Swansea, Wales on Dec 14. Tickets on sale this Mon 19 May.
The Mr. Big front man will be performing a crowd pleasing mix of his solo material along with Mr. Big hits that fans all over the world have grown to love throughout their career.

U.K Solo Acoustic Tour Dates & Venues:
Thurs 4 Dec – Bannerman’s Bar – Edinburgh
Fri 5 Dec – The Think Tank? – Newcastle
Sun 7 Dec – The Yardbirds – Grimsby
Mon 8 Dec – The Railway Club – Bolton
Tues 9 Dec – The Corporation – Sheffield
Thurs 11 Dec – The Live Rooms – Chester
Fri 12 Dec – The Underworld – London
Sat 13 Dec – The Oobleck – Birmingham
Sun 14 Dec – Static – Swansea

“My bags are packed and I’m ready to go; plane ticket to the UK…. check, Acoustic guitar…check, money for beer. Check, EM/MR. BIG fan’s?” he said “Anywhere, everywhere, up and over, sideways, down… there’s no place I’d rather Rock than with you in the UK.”ќ
In 1985 and 1987 Eric released “Eric Martin”ќ and “I’m only fooling myself”ќ solo efforts, which are lathered with Eric’s signature soulful voice and candid lyrics. 
In 1988-89, Eric would team up with Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Paul Gilbert to form Mr. Big. They would enjoy enormous success with the release of 6 studio albums, numerous hit singles and 6 top-selling live cd’s. All combined, worldwide sales top the 7 million mark. Eric’s third solo album, “Somewhere in the middle”ќ was written during the two-year hiatus from Mr. Big and released in 1998 in Asia and Europe. During the summer of 2001, Eric and the rest of the Mr. Big guys released their last effort, “Actual Size.”ќ In between promoting and preparing for Mr. Big’s 2002 “Farewell Tour”ќ, Eric continued to record songs for his fourth solo cd. He promised a return to his “rawk roots”ќ and he definitely did so with the album, “I’m Goin’ Sane”ќ which gathered excellent critics and was released in Asia, Europe and The US in late 2002. After the success of a Japan tour, a European “Gods Festival”ќ and a 23 city US tour, Eric decided to go back into the studio to record “Pure,”ќ a EP that covers his hits in an unplugged and stripped acoustic form. 
In early 2004 brought Eric back into the studio to record “Destroy All Monsters”ќ which would be released in Japan, Europe, The US and the most recent, South America. The album sound is something Eric calls “Distorted Pop”ќ with a focus on his rock roots. In 2008 Eric joined forces with an all-star group including Mark Slaughter, The Nelson Brothers, Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy to form the supergroup, Scrap Metal. Scrap Metal plays shows whenever each guy has some time off of their individual careers.
Mr. Big regrouped with all original members for a worldwide reunion tour in 2009. They had so much fun that they decided to release a new album. “What If”ќ dropped in 2010 and reviewers raved about the 4 members creating their original sound with a current feel. The guys set out on another world tour and are currently writing for their next album. 
Moving to more recent times, in 2012, one of the largest rock operas in the world contacted Eric to be featured on their new album. Avantasia is a German based rock opera born to Edguy front man, Tobias Sammet. Eric traveled for six months with Avantasia covering Asia, Europe, South America and Canada. Eric has been asked to join the band for their next tour starting at the infamous Waken open-air festival in front of 80,000 concert goers this summer.
“Keep Calm & Unplug your TV set, your kids, the bullshit.. Don’t let life get in the way, EM unplugged in the UK in December….See you then!”
Ticket prices regionally start from Ј10.00 (London Ј15.00). Please check with your local venue box office for further details or visit Eric’s official website www.EricMartin.com.

BIG CELEBRATION FOR AXEL RUDI PELL:
July 11, 2014 will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the prestigious Bang Your Head Festival, in Balingen, Germany.
Today Axel reveals all the secrets:

“This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of my solo career, my first solo album Wild Obsession came out in 1989. Therefore, we will play a very special and unique Show at the Bang Your Head!!!ќ Festival in Balingen, Germany, on July 11th to celebrate this and we will headline the festival on that day! 
This will be no regular show by far! Of course we will play a lot of songs with the recent AXEL RUDI PELL line-up featuring Johnny Gioeli, Bobby Rondinelli, Ferdy Doernberg, Volker Krawczak and myself, but this will only be 1/3 of the complete show approx… As this year also sees the 30th Recording Anniversary of my former band Steeler (the first record was released in 1984), we will reunite in the original Line-Ups (Peter Burtz, Tom Eder, Jan Yildiral and both Bassplayers Roland Hag and Volker Krawczak) to perform a couple of songs for you. The reunion will only happen on that day and it will be an exclusive one-off!
Furthermore we will have a few ARP vintage members there and we’re proud to announce that both Vocalists Rob Rock and Jeff Scott Soto among original Drummer Joerg Michael will enter the stage too to play a few older ARP tracks!
As this ain’t enough … Lol…, I invited some other musical guests and friends to play a few cover tracks together and I’m really proud to announce the following guests in no particular order:

Graham Bonnet (ex- Rainbow, -MSG, -Alcatrazz), Joe Lynn Turner (ex- Rainbow, -Deep Purple, -Yngwie Malmsteen) Doogie White (ex- Rainbow, -Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock) John Lawton (ex- Uriah Heep, -Lucifers Friend), Tony Carey (ex- Rainbow), Vinny Appice (ex- Black Sabbath, -Heaven & Hell, -DIO).
Be there at this very very special Show, which will be a lifetime event and will last for more than 3 hours. Have fun!”

Axel Rudi Pell released a new video for the song “Long Way To Go”, taken from the latest chart album “Into The Storm”. The video was directed by Tim Assmann: youtu.be/3tLsZa7wk6Q.
WebLinks: www.axel-rudi-pell.de / www.spv.de.

RUBICON CROSS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR “BLEED WITH ME”:
The majority of hard rock bands that manage to break through to the masses do so with a killer video clip. And Rubicon Cross has a worthy one on their hands with Bleed with Me, off their fast-rising self-titled album, of which a “deluxe edition” will be available for purchase on May 19th exclusively through BestBuy (which comes with a poster and bonus tracks): www.bestbuy.com/site/rubicon-cross-deluxe-only–best-buy-with-bonus-tracks-poster-cd.

Shot in Racine, WI, the band (which is comprised of CJ Snare/vocals, Chris Green/lead guitars, Jeff Lerman/second guitar, Simon Farmery/bass, and Robert Behnke/drums), had this to say about the video shoot – “I can’t believe we did it! The “‘Bleed with Me’ video seemed jinxed at every turn. We had about five venues cancel on us before a friend [Brett Ihde – director of sales at Magnificent Events] came through with the abandoned warehouse less than two days before we started shooting. What we accomplished in 48 hours made us wonder how bands even use to spend $300,000 on a video. Thanks to friends and colleagues, we came up with a video we’re incredibly proud of, and the help we received only reinforced the message of the song, when you have a band of brothers, anything is possible!”

And according to the band, other highlights of the shoot included:
–The amount of red brick dust in the factory coated every bit of our equipment.
–Behnke’s drums were shot in a service elevator.
–The lighting was created by volunteers waving lights above the drums.
–Simon the bass player refused to go in a room with spiders so was shot in a hallway.
–The band shot a “Hello Cleveland” tribute to Spinal Tap that day, soon to be released.
–CJ’s flight was so held up in traffic that the band had shot the drum AND bass shots already by the time he got there.
–Expecting nothing, Brett Ihde had laid on full catering including, sandwiches, cold meat buffet, chips, candy, large bottle of Jager, vodka, Jack, crate of Guinness and crate of lager (these got consumed during the process of the video).
–Band started drinking at 11am.
To see for yourself what all the buzz is about surrounding the “Bleed for Me” video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFneEfoJbn8.
And also be sure to check out the making of the “Bleed with Me” video: youtu.be/YOVY3Vb64Bc.
For more info, visit: www.rubiconcross.net / www.facebook.com/rubiconcrossband.

SHAKRA NEED A VOCALIST:
Swiss rockers Shakra are without a vocalist. Tis from the band: John leaves Shakra! We are saddened by the fact that John has decided to leave us. We are losing an incredibly great singer and band member. With his loveable, quiet character, he has given us much pleasure during the past four years. We unfortunately have to accept his decision, and wish him well for his future! Now, we’re forced to search for a new singer… You singers out there, get in touch with us if you wanna commence a new era! Thom, Thomas, Roger, Dominik.

Statement by John: “After many sleepless nights, I realized that SHAKRA is no longer priority No.1 in my life. With mixed feelings I remain today. I’m gonna miss my band members and the whole crew a lot, but I’m also looking forward to what’s coming after my time as a Rock singer. If and how I’m gonna make music in the future has not yet been dediced.”
WebLink: www.shakra.ch/en/news.html.

SUPER DUPER DVD DUE:
New York, NY (May 15, 2014)–Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe Limited Edition Boxed set release of the critically acclaimed Banger Films documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper on June 3 [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray, $69.98 Deluxe Edition].
Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April, Super Duper Alice Cooper is the first ever “doc opera” film, presented with a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. The film was also screened in theatres nationally in late April.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City. For more information on Super Duper Alice Cooper, please visit www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com or like the Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/superduperalicecooper.

NEW SHOWCASE:
A new Showcase has been added to the site for the excellent debut Seven album, due out June 23 via Escape MusicCheck it out.

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 03/05/2014

ALIEN LAND ON SWEDISH CHART:
Reformed Swedish AOR legends Alien have entered #75 at the official national Swedish sales charts and #4 at the Swedish metal charts with their critically acclaimed comeback album “Eternity” which was released on AOR Heaven on April 25. Well done guys!
The album also gets fave rave reviews – here are some quotes:
“A melodic rock masterpiece!” (Rock Hard, Germany) 
“”Eternity” ist ein bдrenstarkes Melodic-Rock-Album mit enorm hohem Wiedererkennungswert geworden und bringt die Herren wieder dorthin, wo sie vor einem Vierteljahrhundert schon einmal waren: nach ganz oben!“ (powermetal.de, Germany, 9/10 points)
“It deserves to be placed between Signal’s 1989 Loud And Clear and Survivor’s 1984 Vital Signs in the record collection of every self-respecting AOR fan.” (Hardrockhaven.net, USA) 
“Released on the aptly titled AOR Heaven label, “Eternity” attests to the love and passion that never fades over time or distance like it sez in the Survivor like ‘Burning Heart’ – Alien are truly back and with a number one album!” (Battle Helm)
ViriAOR (Spain, 10/10 points); Metal4all.net (Spain, 9,5/10 points); Nu Rocks (Spain, 5/5 points); Rock Angels (Spain, 5/5 points); Metal-integral.com (France, 8,5/10 points); Rockmeeting.com (France, 5/5 points); Metal-temple.com (Greece, 9/10 points); Melodicrock.it (Italy, 9,5/10 points); Planet AOR (Sweden, 9,5/10 points); Metal Underground (Austria, 5/5 points)…and many more!
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/alientheband / www.facebook.com/aorheaven.

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT READIES PETER GABRIEL BACK TO FRONT – LIVE IN LONDON:
New York, NY (May 1, 2014)—Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Back to Front – Live in London from Peter Gabriel on June 24, 2014. Simultaneously available on DVD, Blu-ray and DVD / Blu-ray Deluxe Editions, this release captures the complete live performance of the So album from start to finish.
Back To Front includes the classics: “Sledgehammer,” “Solsbury Hill,” “Don’t Give Up,” “Shock The Monkey,” “Big Time,” “Digging In The Dirt,” “Mercy Street,” “No Self Control,” “In Your Eyes,” “Biko,” and many more. The stunning DVD / Blu-ray Deluxe Editions offer a 60-page hardback photobook which includes a second disc containing the theatrical version of Back To Front, featuring additional interviews and montage versions of “Solsbury Hill” and “Sledgehammer” utilizing footage from live shows across the years. The Deluxe Editions also contain a double CD of the complete Back To Front show.

This spectacular live concert, filmed at London’s O2 using the latest Ultra High Definition 4K technology, captures Peter Gabriel’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of his landmark album So. To mark the event Gabriel reunited his original So touring band from 1986/87 and for the very first time fans saw them play the multi-platinum selling album in its entirety. As a bonus, Back To Front includes ‘The Visual Approach’, a fascinating feature on the creation of the live show, the track “This Is The Picture” as filmed by fans on the night, and a montage version of “In Your Eyes”.
While the core of the performance is the So album, there is so much more to the concert with unfinished, previously unreleased and re-imagined songs sitting effortlessly alongside classic hits reflecting what a multi-dimensional artist Peter Gabriel is. With innovative lighting and staging, Back To Front – Live In London offers a visual and narrative feast that puts the viewer inside a concert like never before.

Track Listing: 1) Daddy Long Legs 2) Come Talk To Me 3) Shock The Monkey 4) Family Snapshot 5) Digging In The Dirt 6) Secret World 7) The Family And The Fishing Net 8) No Self Control 9) Solsbury Hill 10) Show Yourself 11) Red Rain 12) Sledgehammer 13) Don’t Give Up 14) That Voice Again 15) Mercy Street 16) Big Time 17) We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37) 18) This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds) 19) In Your Eyes 20) The Tower That Ate People 21) Biko.

DIRTY DIAMONDS TO RELEASE LET’S GET LOUD THROUGH VANITY MUSIC GROUP IN THE UK:
(1 May 2014 – Limerick, Ireland) The Irish mob known as Dirty Diamonds will release their debut full length effort, Let’s Get Loud in the UK via Vanity Music Group on 5 May 2014. A heart pounding twelve song affair of melodic hard rock fury meant to take your head off, the album is the band’s follow-up to their ‘Leaving Town’ Ep in 2013.
Let’s Get Loud encompasses everything Dirty Diamonds love about rock and metal music. “We decided from the get go that it should be something that is reflective of all our influences,” states Jonathan. Songs such as “Want You to Want Me” and “Wakin’ Up the Neighbourhood” are reminiscent of Def Leppard and then you have tracks like “Crash & Burn” and “Against the Grain” which stray much further into the heavier territories of Pantera and Megadeth and “Paradise & Tropicana” features Foo Fighters and Journey as influences. “It wasn’t that we were trying to please everybody it was more like there is so much more to Rock n Roll as a genre than just pedal to the metal straight ahead rock all the time and we are big fans of the genre.”

The band is accompanying the release with the following dates:
2 May – Dumfries – The Venue
3 May – Dumfermine – Monty’s Bar
4 May – Glasgow – 13th Note Cafe
5 May – Edinburgh – Bannermans
6 May – Sunderland – The Corner Flag
7 May – Newcastle – Dog & Parrot
8 May – Manchester – Grand Central
10 May – Nottingham – The Salutation Inn
WebLinks: www.dirtydiamonds.ie / www.facebook.com/dirtydiamondsrock.

BASSIST ERIK SCOTT TO RELEASE SECOND WORLD MUSIC ALBUM ‘AND THE EARTH BLEEDS’:
“A rocking bassist takes trips down unconventional musical roads, with apparently no rules or signposts. Medieval gypsy violin, Celtic melodies, steel guitars….. surprises.”

San Francisco, CA – Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, bassist/composer Erik Scott will be releasing his sophomore CD ‘And The Earth Bleeds’ on May 8, 2014. Best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Sonia Dada, and Flo & Eddie, Erik’s newest release takes the listener on an aural voyage through ethereal and otherworldly musical landscapes. ‘And The Earth Bleeds’ adds some vocals, gypsy violins, Celtic melodies, a dash of steel guitar, a wisp of French horns and other surprises to the soulful and mystic brew of his first ‘solo’ album, ‘Other Planets’. And Erik continues to stretch convention with his melodic playing and bass-generated SFX.

Says Erik, “There are people who carefully plan out the direction of their music…smart. Then there’s me. I pretty much have no idea at the start. I get in the music room and start messing around on something; bass guitar, chord changes on the keyboard, or a beat on the beat programmer. If I like something, it just starts to build. The lyrics on the five songs with lyrics on this CD…well, they happened later, when it seemed that the music alone wasn’t saying all that I wanted.”ќ
Among the eclectic mix, there is a definite Scottish influence in the music – especially on the tracks “Free”, “The Battle For Neverland”ќ and “Run”. Erik explains, “I went to the Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh last August 2013. I had completely written and recorded ‘Free’ as an instrumental, when I was reminded of the price some people have paid for their freedom, in this case William Wallace of Scotland. It seemed that I needed to say a few words…not a lot…just a few. After returning from the Highlands, I found the trip had helped me complete the Scottish inspired pieces. The melody, originally played on bass, took on such a haunting beauty when played on the veille (medieval violin) by Shira Kammen, that I decided it was the music to which I should write the lyrics that became ‘Free’.”ќ

“Free”ќ is inspired by, and dedicated to William Wallace. “The Battle For Neverland”ќ is inspired by J.M. Barrie, the Scottish creator of ‘Peter Pan’, and “Run”ќ is decidedly influenced by traditional Celtic melodies. Also the bridge to “Battle”ќ is inspired by a traditional Scottish melody “The Haughs of Cromdale”ќ. Watch the promotional video for “Free”ќ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjAUnayIb8.
Erik Scott’s first real break in the music business came in mid-1974 when he was hired to play bass for former Turtles/Frank Zappa’s Mothers members Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan). Erik recalls, “We toured and recorded constantly for about three years, making the ‘Illegal, Immoral and Fattening’ and ‘Moving Targets’ records. Flo and Eddie shows were known for alot of great hit songs from their career as ‘The Turtles’, cool stuff from the Flo & Eddie albums, some stuff from the Zappa years, and their usually profane and hysterical tirades about the excesses of pop stars and the music business in general. That’s how I first met Alice, onstage with Keith Moon at the Troubadour in LA singing ‘Happy Together’ (Turtles Hit) and ‘Wooly Bully’. We went out in ’75 with Jefferson Starship, whose ‘Red Octopus’ album went to #1 five different times, and in ’76 we were out with the Doobie Brothers, whose ‘Takin’ It to The Streets’ was also #1. In between we did a tour with Steven Stills, and gigs with Fleetwood Mac, among others. These tours, and the albums with Flo & Eddie, still stick in my memory.”ќ

In 1980, Erik began working with the legendary Alice Cooper after a short stint with drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Erik Scott, first hired as bass player on the ‘Flush The Fashion’ tour, later became a co-writer on ‘Special Forces’ and co-producer as well on ‘Zipper Catches Skin’, touring extensively behind the ‘Special Forces’ album.
After Alice, Erik spent some years as a session player in LA, with artists as diverse as Kim Carnes, Peter McIan, Franne Golde, Tonio K, and others. He also found time to co-write and play on the title song from Pops Staples’ ‘Father Father’ album, which won the Grammy as Best Contemporary Blues album in 1994. He also played on the title song from Mavis Staples’ album ‘Have A Little Faith”, which was recognized by the WC Foundation in the Gospel-Blues category for the year 2004.

In 1989, Erik formed the rock band Signal and released the album ‘Loud and Clear’ on EMI Records. The album was largely lost in a regime change at EMI USA, but gathered acclaim as an AOR melodic rock hit internationally…a bbit of a classic actually. Three commemorative packages were released overseas: Japan, France (Axe-Killer Records), and South Korea. ‘Loud and Clear’ made many 1989 year end Top Ten and Top Twenty charts for AOR and melodic rock.
In the early 90’s Scott became an original member of the band Sonia Dada. The group featured eight members: three African-American soul singers and five European-American players with backgrounds ranging from rock, folk, jam, psychedelic, jazz and R&B, all of which brewed up quite a genre-busting stew. Erik spent 15 years, and recorded 6 albums with the ensemble, “where a diversity and collision of styles awakened all kinds of possibilities in me, probably helping to inspire the unconventionality of my solo work”ќ.
Although Erik is originally known for his work in the rock field, he has recently pursued a path in ‘world’ music. In 2009, he released the critically acclaimed solo album ‘Other Planets’. John Diliberto, producer/host of the radio show ‘Echoes’, is quoted: “To say that his solo debut ‘Other Planets’ is a bass guitar album is to miss what a powerful, cinematic release he’s created. It’s an album that is more Pink Floyd than Jaco Pastorius.”ќ

And now, Erik has taken his enchanting and mystical music a step further with the release of ‘And The Earth Bleeds’. He explains, “Again, no plan… I premeditated nothing. The melodic nature of it, any chilled out nature of much of it, came mostly from the fact that the music was birthed in my studio with just me. Rock music generally happens when you have more than one person…a gang…a rock gang. These solo projects come more from a melodic and chilled-out rhythmic place, and a desire to experiment with the potential of the electric bass as a major melodic voice, in combination with violin, steel guitar, and other less-expected partners.”ќ
In closing Erik has this to impart to his fans and listeners, “I guess I hope that listeners appreciate the soulfulness, nuanced performances, and spacey honesty that probably leaks all over the stuff.”ќ
For more information: erikscottbass.com.
To purchase Erik Scott’s And The World Bleeds CD: www.cdbaby.com/cd/erikscott3.

STRANGE KARMA TO STREAM LIVE PERFORMANCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH NEW SINGLE:
With their latest killer single, “Devil from the Moon,” just issued via iTunes on Tuesday, April 22nd (on Flexitone Records), Strange Karma will be celebrating its release by streaming a live performance (of the album in its entirety) on the internet. On Sunday, May 4th at Top End Studios in Sydney, Australia, the group (which is led by the brother duo of Martin and Paul Strange, who supply vocals and guitar, respectively) will be performing at the USA Times of 12:30 AM Pacific/3:30 AM Eastern and the Australia Time of 5:30 PM. Click here to stream it live on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFrRjrAihNI.
Fans can also give a listen to “Devil from the Moon” and purchase it for $.99 via iTunes, via this link: itunes.apple.com/album/devil-from-the-moon-single/id853946945.

“Devil from the Moon” also serves as a prelude to the group’s upcoming, yet-to-be-titled album, which was produced and engineered by Grammy nominated David Ivory“Working on the new album with David was an unforgettable experience,” the brothers recall. “He instinctively recognized what was necessary to manifest the essence of Strange Karma and mould it into something that appeals to a worldwide audience. During our collaboration, David connected with us both on a musical and personal level. His intrinsic ability as a producer to bring out the best in us as musicians has led to the creation of an authentic live performance experience and an honest representation of the Strange Karma sound.”

Judging from “Devil from the Moon,” Strange Karma’s upcoming sophomore disc will expand on the promise of their debut effort. And soon, fans will be able to experience the band on a nearby computer screen, when they perform live from Sydney.
For More Info, Visit: www.strangekarma.net / www.facebook.com/pages/Strange-Karma/157783670932214.

MRX UPDATED:
It’s Aussie rock week with MRX – 3 killer live recordings to check out:
– Rose Tattoo – Live Reading Festival 1981
– Dragon – Live One (1985)
– AC/DC – Austin1985
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