HOT! AOR and Melodic Rock News on 21/05/2014

BON JOVI FINALLY GET PERFECT NEW JERSEY RE-ISSUE PLANNED:
Bon Jovi will celebrate 30 years of living in sin with a massive catalog reissue campaign that kicks off July 1st with a remastered edition of their 1988 album, New Jersey. That record, which reached Number One on the Top 200, contained five singles, including the “Bad Medicine,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “Lay Your Hands on Me” and “Living in Sin.” The new version of the record will appear in three iterations, a single disc reissue, a two disc deluxe edition, and two CD, or a two CD/one DVD super deluxe edition, the latter two packed with bonus material.
The two-disc deluxe edition will feature three bonus cuts initially released as B sides, as well as 13 previously unreleased demos from the New Jersey recording sessions that were originally intended to appear on a double-LP titled Sons of Beaches. The deluxe edition will also come with a 32-page booklet filled with insider commentary on the bonus cuts and rare photos from the New Jersey recording sessions and ensuing world tour.

Track listing:
Bon Jovi: New Jersey [CD, digital] 1. Lay Your Hands On Me 2. Bad Medicine 3. Born To Be My Baby 4. Living In Sin 5. Blood On Blood 6. Homebound Train 7. Wild Is The Wind 8. Ride Cowboy Ride 9. Stick To Your Guns 10. I’ll Be There For You 11. 99 In The Shade 12. Love For Sale

Bon Jovi: New Jersey (Deluxe Edition) [2CD, digital]
Disc 1: New Jersey (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks 1. Lay Your Hands On Me 2. Bad Medicine 3. Born To Be My Baby 4. Living In Sin 5. Blood On Blood 6. Homebound Train 7. Wild Is The Wind 8. Ride Cowboy Ride 9. Stick To Your Guns 10. I’ll Be There For You 11. 99 In The Shade 12. Love For Sale Bonus Tracks: 13. The Boys Are Back In Town (Cover of the Thin Lizzy classic; previously released on Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell compilation; released in the U.K. as a 12″ single B-side) 14. Love Is War (B-side from Living In Sin single) 15. Born To Be My Baby (Acoustic Version; previously released as a B-side in Japan)

Disc 2: The ‘Sons Of Beaches’ Demos (** All tracks on DISC 2 are previously unreleased) 1. Homebound Train 2. Judgment Day 3. Full Moon High 4. Growin’ Up The Hard Way 5. Let’s Make It Baby 6. Love Hurts 7. Backdoor To Heaven 8. Now And Forever 9. Wild Is The Wind 10. Stick To Your Guns 11. House Of Fire 12. Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore? 13. Diamond Ring

Bon Jovi: New Jersey (Super Deluxe Edition) [boxed 2CD/DVD]
Disc 1: New Jersey (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks
Disc 2: The ‘Sons Of Beaches’ Demos (Previously Unreleased)
Disc 3 (Dvd): 1. ‘Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey’ Directed by Wayne Isham. The original 1990 88-minute documentary of the band’s epic 16-month world tour in support of the New Jersey album; includes rare backstage, on-the-road, and live concert footage. First time released in the U.S. on DVD format
2. Music Videos From the New Jersey album: All directed by Wayne Isham: Bad Medicine (1st Version) Born To Be My Baby I’ll Be There For You Lay Your Hands On Me Living In Sin Blood On Blood Bad Medicine (2nd Version).
Original audio produced by Bruce Fairbairn; engineered and mixed by Bob Rock.

CALIFORNIA BREED DEBUT NEXT VIDEO:
California Breed, one of most exciting new bands of 2014 featuring legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt, have premiered their new video “The Way” via billboard.com. Check out the clip and read the Q&A with Glenn Hughes on billboard.com, here: tinyurl.com/o7e5rnu.
In other video news, guitar world.com has posted the final installment of the band’s “making of” the album series. Watch all five episodes, here: tinyurl.com/osmsfyc.
California Breed’s self titled debut album was released yesterday, Monday, May 19 on Frontiers Records and is already #2 on the U.S. iTunes Rock albums chart and climbing national charts in Europe.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the album was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), and was recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup.
California Breed will perform their first-ever U.S. show on Wednesday, May 28 at the Whisky A GO GO and their first New York City show will be Saturday, May 31 at Gramercy Theatre. The band will announce their U.K., European and U.S. tours soon.
California Breed is available now as a CD, digital download and Deluxe Edition CD + DVD featuring the bonus song “Solo,” two video clips and a documentary.

INTRODUCING ETHAN BROSH:
Burgeoning heavy-metal guitar hero Ethan Brosh is about to get in the middle of a spectacular musical battle royal called Drum Wars.
Chosen for his extraordinary technical brilliance, Brosh will join legendary sibling drummers Carmine and Vinny Appice on stage for two Drum Wars extravaganzas in New York, including dates in Poughkeepsie on June 20 and two shows the next night at New York City’s famed Iridium venue.
All this coming on the heels of a CD release event for Brosh’s remarkable new instrumental album “Live the Dream” on May 31 at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. “I am honored to be joining two of the biggest drumming legends for a few shows!” exclaims Brosh. “Carmine and Vinny Appice have been in some of rock’s biggest groups. Both have influenced generations of drummers. I’ve been to one Drum Wars concert and loved the intensity and craziness that goes on throughout the whole show!”

Brosh is thrilled at the prospect of playing alongside a vast assemblage of supremely skilled musicians and tackling material he’s loved for years. And there’s another reason why these shows are important for him. “It is all backed up by a never-ending amount of talent on stage,” says Brosh. “Lots of my favorite songs by Ozzy, Dio and more are played in a very cool way! I will be joining Carmine and Vinny in New York City and Poughkeepsie, NY, close to where I was born. To me, these shows will be very special. I can’t wait to play these songs onstage with two of the greatest drummers in the world! I would urge anyone in the New York area not to miss these awesome shows!”
For his part, Carmine Appice is thrilled to get a chance to play with Brosh. “Ethan is one of the best young guitar slingers of today,” says Carmine. “His style techniques are awesome. Not many can play like him!”

Here are the Drum Wars dates:
June 20, 2014 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
June 21, 2014 – New York City – The Iridium (two shows) 
Indeed, Brosh is uniquely blessed with astounding musical gifts. Not only is he a uniquely talented performer, but Brosh is also building a reputation as a first-rate songwriter, as evidenced by his newest recording, “Live the Dream.” He’s chomping at the bit for the world to hear it.

“Finally, on May 31st, the CD release show for ‘Live the Dream’ will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston!” declared Brosh. “I’m very much looking forward to having such a special show in my home town of Boston! It’s been five years since my last album. I can’t wait to be back on stage with my instrumental band at the Hard Rock and play this new material to some of my fans and friends so close to home! This will be a real fun night to everyone who will show up. My instrumental band is the most powerful band I’ve ever been in. People can expect a very intense show on the 31st! Bringing HARD ROCK back to the HARD ROCK!!!”
Space Invaders video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfYp4VdBzk4&feature=youtu.be.

The buzz continues to build for Brosh, and it will undoubtedly only grow stronger with a brand new video filmed for “Space Invaders,” one of the many standout tracks on “Live the Dream.” Brosh’s fiery shredding is on display in the clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfYp4VdBzk4&feature=youtu.be.
As Brosh explains, “A music video is something that has to go hand-in-hand with the music that it’s associated with. It is part of the art as a whole. It is the image that will stay in the minds of the listeners for as long as they listen to that particular musical piece. When I have a music video done, I take the process almost as seriously as I take my music. A lot of time, energy and attention to detail gets into play when we shoot or edit a video.” Talking about the video’s director, Seth C. Brown, Brosh was effusive in his praise. “This video was made by Seth C. Brown, who can turn around any rushed, impossible to shoot scene with bad lighting into a beautiful work of art! I’m very proud of the new video for ‘Space Invaders’ and can’t wait to make more videos for this record!” states Brosh.
Mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth) and featuring the talents of world-class bassist Dave Ellefson, as well as the mastering expertise of Bob Ludwig (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden), “Live the Dream” is Brosh’s most exciting and ambitious project to date. And the album cover painting by Joe Petagno (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd) is also sure to turn heads. 
Issued by Carmine Appice’s label Rocker Records LLC, “Live the Dream” is available for purchase via these links: itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-the-dream/id816347755 / www.amazon.com/Live-Dream-Ethan-Brosh/dp/B00HZMRX0Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393806359&sr=8-1&keywords=ethan+brosh.
For more information, visit www.ethanbrosh.com.

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Upcoming From AOR Heaven In April (New Releases: Alien and Sunstrike) (Videos)

AOR Heaven’s upcoming April 25 releases have been announced. They are Sunstrike and Alien. Read on –

Alien, one of Sweden’s finest Melodic Rock band have released genre classics such as “Alien” (1988/89) and “Shiftin’ Gear” (1990) including chart and platinum hits like “Only One Woman”, “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire” and “Brave New Love”. The original line-up was split up in 1989 and when reunited in 2010 a handful of festivals were booked to coincide with the return including performances at Sweden Rock Festival, Getaway Rock and Firefest a.o. The release of the brand new single “Ready To Fly” (Manora Rec) went down great with the fans and especially the response from the crowd at the Firefest. 2011 made the band really consider making this new album.
In 2013, the No Remorse/EMI CD re-issue (ltd 1000 copies) of the debut album “Alien” (s/t Scandinavian) reached no.1 in the Import Album Chart in Japan and was quickly sold out. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut EMI Music Sweden re-mastered and released the back catalogue digitally including some previously unreleased demos as bonus. To top it off the “Alien – 25th Anniversary” 2CD deluxe limited edition was put out and soon sold out as well. The re-release of the “Shiftin’ Gear” CD (AOR Heaven) including four bonus tracks shed some light on the fact that the original line-up wrote and pre-produced a sophomore album, before disbanding in late 1989. Recordings of the new album started Aug 1st at Bohus Sound and continued throughout 2013, taking a break only to perform at the Firefest 10th Anniversary show.
Alien decided to add a song, “I’m a fighter”, written back in the 80’s by their L.A. co-writers Pam Barlow and Janet Morrison Minto, as an homage to their co-work on the debut album. The regained contact with Pam and Janet led to them writing lyrics for this album as well.
WebLinks: alientheband.com / facebook.com/alientheband.

Line-up: Jim Jidhed – vocals, Tony Borg – guitars, Jimmy Wandroph – keyboards, Ken Sandin – bass, Toby Tarrach – drums.
Track list: In Love We Trust; Unbroken; Love Will Lead Me Home; I Believe; Summer Of Love; What Goes Up; I’m A Fighter; Wildheart; Liar, Liar; Look At Us Know; Burning Heart; In Truth.

Sound clips in advance: In Love We Trust / Unbroken / What Goes Up.

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SunStrike: A glare in the road that can temporarily blind drivers. But SunStrike will blind you with catchy melodies and big choruses! The band was formed by guitarist Joachim Nordlund and the drummer Johan Lindstedt together with singer Christian Hedgren (Twilight Force, The Theander Expression) by the fall of 2012. You also find Joachim and Johan in the Swedish metal act Astral Doors. Right from the start the three guys had a very clear image in how the music should sound like: pure melodic hard rock was on the agenda! When only a handful of songs were written they felt that the songs needed the touch of a real keyboard player. Up until then Joachim had done the keyboard parts on one or two songs. Christian knew a guy that would be perfect for the job, and after a cup of coffee and a handshake Fredrik Plahn (Prey) joined the force. They all felt that this is far too good to be just a project and after a couple of weeks a second guitar player, Mats Gesar (Thalamus) and bass player Bjцrn Lundqvist (Twilight Force) joined the band that now got the name SunStrike.
Two demo songs were posted on the band’s facebook page in the summer of 2013, and immediately the word was out about this new melodic rock outfit from Sweden. Radio stations started to play those songs and a couple of record companies showed their interest in the band. The song-writing/recording continued through 2013 in Joachim’s Big Turn Studio until they had 12 songs that were strong enough for the album ”Rock your World”. For the mixing and mastering process SunStrike chose Erik Mеrtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T). Cover art and the booklet design was done by no one else but Carl-Andrй Beckston (Monowasp).
WebLink: www.facebook.com/sunstrikeband

Track list: 1. Power of the Dreams, 2. Rock Your World, 3. Fireball, 4. Right Track, 5. Roll The Dice, 6. Rock It Out, 7. Never Let You Go, 8. Higher, 9. Scream And Shout, 10. Into The Light, 11. Edge Of Life, 12. Heat Of The Night.
Line-up: Christian Hedgren – Lead and background vocals, Joachim Nordlund – Guitars and background vocals, Johan Lindstedt – Drums and background vocals.

Sound clips in advance: Power Of The Dreams / Rock Your World / Roll The Dice.

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