AOR and Melodic Rock News on 24/05/2014

TED NUGENT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM ‘SHUTUP&JAM!’ JULY 8:
Multi-platinum guitar icon Ted Nugent returns with a new full-length album SHUTUP&JAM!, due out Tuesday, July 8 on Frontiers Records (July 4 for Europe). This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. Nugent leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to “She’s Gone.” SHUTUP&JAM! is available now for pre-order at Amazon.
“SHUTUP&JAM! 2014…the unstoppable firestorm of Ted Nugent, all American MotorCity, high energy R&B&R&R soulmusic erupts once again with what many gungho music lovers are raving to be the best songs and best music and highest energy rockout of my insanely wonderful musical American Dream,” Nugent exclaims. “Sammy Hagar sings his balls off on ‘She’s Gone’ and Derek St. Holmes proves once again that the MotorCity produces not just the greatest guitar grind masterlicks ever but one of the most powerful soul voices of all time on ‘Everything Matters!’ Unleashing early July 2014. Read em & weep! SHUTUP&JAM! you know who I am, you know where I stand, so SHUTUP&JAM! I am!”

“When I first heard Ted’s demo of this song, I immediately responded with ‘I’m in,’” Hagar shares of his involvement on the track “She’s Gone.” “Ted’s ripping the guitar like the days of old…very inspiring to sing to a track like that—old-school blues riff, hard edged rock ‘n roll on fire!!!”

To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!, Ted has announced that he’s packing up and hitting the road. On Saturday, June 7 he will join Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Volbeat and other rock titans at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sцlvesborg, Sweden. He’ll then prepare for his national headlining tour, kicking off July 3 in Wichita Falls, TX. Ticket info for all shows is available at tour.tednugent.com.
Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along with international acclaim.

Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, Nugent’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).
Nugent was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, Ted delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A Ted Nugent show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!
L-R: Ted Nugent, Derek St. Holmes, Mick Brown, and Greg Smith Photo credit: James & Maryln Brown
WebLinks: www.tednugent.com / www.facebook.com/tednugent / www.twitter.com/tednugent.


THE BABY ANIMALS RELEASE A DELUX, FULLY LOADED EDITION OF ‘THIS IS NOT THE END’:
The fans wanted it. The Baby Animals have delivered it. A deluxe, fully loaded edition of last year’s Top 20 ARIA charting album, This Is Not The End. To be released on Friday, June 6, via Social Family Records, This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition), celebrates the one year anniversary of the original album’s release, and includes never before released live versions of the band’s biggest hits, such as Early Warning, Rush You, Painless, and One Word. 
This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition) offers their legion of fans: 16 live tracks from the ‘Feed The Birds’ tour – BA365 Rockumentary on the making of the album – A lyrics booklet – The new single, This Is Not The End.

Available for pre-order now, the album also comes with a few unique pre-order pack options, PLUS everyone who pre-orders goes into the running to win the jacket Suze wore on the “Feed The Birds” tour and a one-off artwork from Suze herself.
This Is Not The End (Deluxe Fully Loaded Edition) will be available Friday June 6. Pre-order your copy from the Social Family Records Store, Sanity, or iTunes.

Track Listing: Disc 1 1. Email 2. Bonfires 3. Under Your Skin 4. Stitch 5. Invisible Dreamer 6. Warm Bodies 7. Things That Make You Stay 8. Priceless 9. Hot Air Balloon 10. Got It Bad 11. Winters Day 12. This Is Not The End
Disc 2 (Live) 1. Under Your Skin 2. Got It Bad 3. Rush You 4. Bonfires 5. Warm Bodies 6. Invisible Dreamer 7. Painless 8. Don’t Tell Me What To Do 9. Stitch 10. One Word 11. Hot Air Balloon 12. Email 13. Early Warning 14. One Too Many 15. Ain’t Gonna Get 16. Dirty Bird (Outro Jam)


ALBERTO RIGONI: SONG IN MEMORIAM OF RANDY COVEN PASSED AWAY ON MAY 20, 2014:
Alberto Rigoni: song in memoriam of Randy Coven passed away on May 20th 2014
“I discovered Randy Coven back in 2002 when I purchased ARK’s “Burn the Sun” (one of my favorite albums ever). I was amazed by his unique and superb bass playing. The way he played fretless bass in metal songs was truly innovative. Recently I was trying to contact him for a new studio project that will feature many great prog rock metal bass players from all around the world. Yesterday I learned that he passed away. I’m still shocked and I don’t know what to say but will dedicate my new album (out on October 1st 2014) to him. RIP Randy, you will always inspire my music!!”
In memoriam of Randy, Alberto makes available the song “Corruption” from his upcoming album, featuring Simone Mularoni (DGM) on guitars, Federico Solazzo on keyboards and Denis Novello on drums. The instrumental progressive metal song can be listened at the following link: soundcloud.com/albertorigoni/alberto-rigoni-corruption-in-memoriam-of-randy-coven.

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 22/05/2014

NIGHT RANGER BONUS TRACK PREVIEW:
Night Ranger release their anticipated High Road album June 6, and there’s a few bonus tracks on offer. Those are:
L.A. No Name (Instrumental) & The Mountain Song on the Deluxe Edition of CD (Worldwide + DVD)
L.A. No Name, Don’t Even Know Your Name & The Mountain Song (Best Buy USA, Deluxe CD +DVD)
Lay It On Me (Live) (Japan release).

For your purchasing decisions, here is 90 second samples of the bonus tracks – Don’t Even Know Your Name / The Mountain Song / Lay It On Me (Live).
LA No Name was the Japanese Bonus Track for Somewhere In California.


R.I.P. BASS GREAT RANDY COVEN:
Rock bassist Randy Coven, who toured and recorded with artists including Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20th of undisclosed causes. He was 54.
Born in Great Neck, New York, Coven was introduced to music at a young age. His parents fostered his love of music by taking him to the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium when he was just five years old, and from there his dream was to make music. He started on drums but switched to bass after feeling restricted behind the drum set. According to his biography on the Phil Brodie Band website, Jeff Berlin lived around the corner and overheard him working on a Stanley Clarke song.
More at: www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/05/21/in-memoriam-randy-coven/

And from last week (forgive the late notice): Tweet from Lou Gramm “It is with a heavy heart that I post Foreigner’s original Bassist, Ed Gagliardi past away Saturday. Rest in Peace Ed.”

R.I.P. to two more another musical greats.

I’d also like to take a moment to mention the passing of a long time MR.com reader from Canada – Paul Enns. Paul was a huge supporter of this site and he attended both the first two MelodicRock Fest events, he was sadly too sick to attend last year and recent passed away from cancer. It’s never easy to hear news like this and we wish his family all the very best. R.I.P. Paul.

INTHESTUDIO WITH REDBEARD PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROCK AND ROLL HEROES:
Dallas, TX – May 20, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands remembers Rock and Roll’s departed musical heroes with a special star-studded tribute.
Echoes: Classic Rockers Remembered is a two-part, two week broadcast radio special featuring tributes to John Lennon, Ray Charles, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Ronnie Van Zant, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie Montrose, Alvin Lee, Brad Delp, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Randy Rhoads, remembered by artists Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roger Waters, Joe Cocker, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
Although this is not a complete list of departed classic rockers who have appeared with Redbeard In the Studio, it does cover a significant portion of Rock and Roll music makers who shaped the sound of the second half of the 20th century. Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, for example, shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his thoughts about the vital importance of Pink Floyd co-founder, the late Syd Barrett.
“Being a Syd Barrett fan seems to be, to me, a perfectly legitimate and reasonable way of spending your spare time… He was a very interesting man… He was the key that unlocked the door to Rock’n’Roll for me.”
Echoes In The Studio: Classic Rockers Remembered interview part one is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/echoes-studio-classic-rockers-remembered-pt-1/

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER LAUNCH TRIBUTE TRACK:
The Wizards of Winter commemorate Memorial Day by releasing “March of the Metal Soldiers”, honoring the US Military and aiding Wounded Warriors.
Prog-Metal band The Wizards of Winter have officially released their first song from their forthcoming new album that they have been working on with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding member Tommy Farese. The song is called “March of the Metal Soldiers”. They are releasing this now in honor of Memorial Day and will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales of this track to the Wounded Warrior Project as their way of thanking all that have served . They have put together a short slide show so that you can preview the music here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=krBewQRb4yU. To purchase a copy, visit their website thewizardsofwinter.com
“March of the Metal Soldiers” is a reworking of the classic standard “March of the Toys”, reimagined by band leader Scott Kelly with screaming guitars, lush keyboards and a heavy new arrangement that shows off the band’s versatility.  Of special note is the song’s vocal interlude. The lyrics are the slogans of the four branches of the US Military slogans converted to and sung in Latin.
The full album is due for release in the Fall of 2014, with album artwork designed by legendary album cover artist Ioannis. A winter tour will follow with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding members Tommy Farese and Tony Gaynor as their special guests.

MELODICROCK 2014 – READY TO GO (ALMOST)!:
The brand new MelodicRock.com website is finally complete and almost ready to roll. Those that originally donated towards the costs of getting the new site built will receive an email to invite them to beta-test the site in the next day or so!
I thank everyone for their patience in getting this thing ready to roll and really feel that the new site will be a much better asset to music fans in the way they can share information, engage in social media connections and also the way the site archives all information and artists for easy reference.
In light of the work needed to go into prepping the new site for launch, news updates here will be pretty brief for the next week or so and there will be a day or two of downtime before the official launch date – to be announced next week!

 

Asia add new UK date

Asia Gravitas

The legendary British band ASIA will be performing in the UK to promote the new album Gravitas. The latest date to be announced the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd November.

Touring and playing live has always been of huge importance to ASIA throughout their career and 2014 sees them hitting the road for further dates throughout he UK later in the year.

For ASIA’s long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As drummer Carl Palmer says:“Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA.”

The new album, Gravitas is produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes. The album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who replaces Steve Howe in the studio and live line-up.

ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982 and was the best selling album in the world that year. Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, the group was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70’s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles. The original ASIA reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.

“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awoken with fresh energy, direction and purpose,” Wetton continues. “As with any new ASIA album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” adds Geoff Downes. “Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”

ASIA is:

John Wetton – lead vocal and bass

Carl Palmer – drums

Geoff Downes – keyboards

Sam Coulson – guitars

 

Tickets for the Shepherds Bush show:

Tickets are £25 – £30

O2 Priority pre-sale – Wednesday midday

General On sale – Friday 23rd May at midday