Hard Rock News on 22/06/2014

Down & Dirty Searching For New Vocalist

After three albums, singer Stevie Ray Del Real (Majyk) and Down & Dirty are parting ways. Despite the split, the band will remain intact to play gigs already booked this summer while they begin the seach for a new frontman.

“With feelings of grief, and clarity, I would like to announce my departure from the band Down & Dirty,” said Del Real in a recent statement. “These past five plus years have been a dream, and I do not regret a thing. I love this band with all my heart — Joey, Ryan, and L.A. will always be part of my life. I want to make it clear that they are in no way my reason for leaving; I just believe it is time for me to expand my horizons and explore other avenues of my musical career.”

“I will continue working with the band for the next few months and giving it all I’ve got until the end of the summer,” the singer continues. “The shows we have booked, and will continue to book throughout the summer, will be in place and give me the opportunity to see you all out there again. At the same time I will be working with the guys to help find for the perfect person to fill my spot. I wish this band all the luck in the world in everything they do. I want to thank each one of them as well as our amazing manager Gaetano for everything we have accomplished together. I love you guys; you are my brothers, and my friends. I will always be a supporter. Above all, I want to thank all of you, the fans. You are the ones that came to every show you could, rocked out hard, and made me feel so loved. You are the reason we do what we do and you have helped mold what I have become. Thank you for the best years of my life thus far. I hope you all will continue to give Down & Dirty your love and support after my departure.”

“Although we are very sad to hear of this decision, it is one that he has respectfully discussed with us and that we support him in 100%,” said the remaining members of Down & Dirty. “Each artist, musician, and dreamer must find their own path; something each of us is always working towards. However, sometimes paths go separate ways, this is understood and accepted, we hope the fans will support his decision as well. We are grateful that Stevie has stated that he will continue to work with us through the summer, as well as help us to find the next addition to our team. This is an area where friends and fans can help as well. As we start the search for another member please let us know if you know someone whom you feel may be the perfect fit, often it has been through friends of the band where the best connections are made. As for now, the shows that are already booked throughout the summer will go on as scheduled. Down & Dirty is dedicated to their fans and will always come through to rock the house! For now let us say again — we support Stevie in his decision and wish him luck in all future endeavors.”

The Illinois based band are now seeking a strong frontman to help take them to the next level. They are searching for a dedicated and serious vocalist who shares in the vision of success that Down & Dirty has established, is between the ages of 18 and 25, has a strong vocal style and capabilities (someone who can perform the three CD’s worth of music already recorded and bring their own style and flare to what lies ahead), and has a positive attitude and style who knows how to handle a crowd as a ‘rock ‘n’ roll master of ceremonies’. The successful candidate must be able to travel, have a form of transportation, and live in the Joliet, Illinois, area or be willing to relocate. Any interested musicians can contact the band at www.facebook.com/downndirtychicago or send an email to gm7gm@yahoo.com.

Down & Dirty released their debut album ‘Live Fast’ in 2009, followed by ‘Taste Of Rock & Roll’ and last year’s ‘Down To The Wire’. Regarding their latest release Sleaze Roxx said, “While Down & Dirty have stayed true to their hair metal roots they decided to take a few chances on this release that probably was out of their comfort zone just a couple years ago.

 

White Lion’s Mike Tramp Releases First Single From Upcoming ‘Museum’

A little over a year ago Mike Tramp released the semi-acoustic ‘Cobblestone Street’, an album that showed the frontman in a more singer-songwriter and roots-based angle than his earlier work. Now the former member of million-selling hard rockers White Lion is back with a new solo album entitled ‘Museum’.

On August 16th Mike Tramp will release ‘Museum’ through Target Records, an album that makes a natural progression while still staying true to the songwriting style of ‘Cobblestone street’ — but with a pronounced focus centered around a fuller sound and a greater variety. ‘Museum’ was produced by Soren Andersen and recorded and mixed at Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“It’s been two years since I recorded ‘Cobblestone street’, and a year and a bit more since it was released,” says Tramp. “Now it becomes my previous album as we are getting ready for ‘Museum’ soon. So without any further delay, here is the first single “Trust In yourself”. Video directed by my son Dylan Tramp, thanks blue, dad loves you.”

‘Museum’ track listing:
01. Trust In Yourself
02. New World Coming
03. Down South
04. Better
05. Freedom
06. Commitment
07. And You Were Gone
08. Slave
09. Mother
10. Time For Me To Go

 

McQueen Street Singer Derek Welsh In A Coma After Fall

McQueen Street frontman Derek Welsh is in a coma after falling and hitting his head on a tennis court.

“It’s not a good day for any of our friends and fans,” says McQueen Street bassist Richard Hatcher. “He is not doing very good at all. Anyone that knows us, we were all like family at one time. I joined the band in 1989 as Klass and then we changed it to McQueen Street. We toured together for five years. Derek and I then started the Rat Race. I loved every minute of playing music with him. We parted ways in not so good terms, but I still consider him as a true friend. I wish I could have changed things but that is the past. Now he and his family need our prayers. He is in the ICU unit in UT Knoxville, Tennessee.”

McQueen Street released their self-titled debut album in 1992, featuring the single/videos “Money” and “My Religion”, appearances by Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and singer Jeff Scott Soto, and was produced by Tom Werman (best known for his work with Motley Crue, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Dokken, Twisted Sister, Poison, and L.A. Guns). A second album was recorded but wasn’t made available until 2003, when Welsh reaquired the rights and released it independently as ‘McQueen Street 2’.

Devin Johnson, owner of B&D Custom Guitars in Alabama, posted details of Welsh’s accident. “While playing tennis he fell and hit his head on the ground. He has massive swelling to the brain and is currently in a medically induced coma. This is a very bad situation for him and friends and family. He’s achieved a lot musically in his lifetime… only hoping he will recover so he can rock us as only Derek could do. My heart’s deeply saddened by the news of my friend, he’s been an important advocate in the rise of B&D. He’s supported and promoted it since its conception and has done so for that last 5 years, and he’s rocked the country for many years.”

 

Gotthard’s ‘Bang!’ Gets North American Release With Bonus Tracks

Swiss-based quintet Gotthard are thrilled to unleash their latest studio album ‘Bang!’ in North America via The End Records. On June 24th the band will release the digital version of ‘Bang!’, with a deluxe version containing three bonus tracks scheduled for release on August 12th.

For over 20 years Gotthard has toured the globe throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia in support of 14 studio and live albums, and has collected multiple gold and platinum awards along the way. Recorded at the group’s own Yellow House Studios in Lugano in the Swiss canton of Tessin, ‘Bang!’ was mixed at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner) by Ronald Prent (The Scorpions, Def Leppard, Within Temptation).

For the members of Gotthard — Nic Maeder (vocals), Leo Leoni (guitar), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habegger (drums) and Freddy Scherer (guitar) — the dynamic boogie groove of the title track is also new ground for the band, reflecting their unbridled energy and pure confidence. For Maeder, ‘Bang!’ is not only his second album with Gotthard but also the convincing proof that he belongs in the band, that he has become one of them, and that his voice and his qualities as a songwriter are indispensable.

“Bang!”, the first single off the album, truly represents the Gotthard sound and evolution. Catchy hooks, wailing guitars and Maeder’s lush vocals grab your ear, making “Bang!” a song you will never forget. These songs are set against a background of classic Gotthard rock tunes like “Get Up ‘N’ Move On”, “Jump The Gun” and “My Belief”, which traditionally grace every album by the Swiss combo. All told, ‘Bang!’ presents a compelling mix that is sure to take its rightful place in the proud legend of Gotthard.

“You can’t really compare different albums, but if one record comes closest in sound, it is probably ‘Lipservice’ (2005), except there’s more of a playful feel to ‘Bang!’ and the arrangements spring one or two surprises,” says Habegger.

‘Bang! track listing:
01. Let Me In Katie
02. Bang!
03. Get Up ‘N’ Move On
04. Feel What I Feel
05. C’est La Vie
06. Jump The Gun
07. Spread Your Wings
08. I Won’t Look Down
09. My Belief
10. Maybe (Duet Version)
11. Red On A Sleeve
12. What You Get
13. Mr. Ticket Man
14. Thank You
US Bonus Tracks:
15. I Want It All
16. You Can’t Stop Me
17. My Daddy Told Me

 

Tesla Debut “So Divine” Music Video

Tesla have released a video for their new single “So Divine”, from their recently released studio album ‘Simplicity’, which has sold over 12,000 copies in its frst week.

After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the Tesla roots. The band worked and produced it as they did with ‘Into The Now’, their successful comeback album from 2004. Helped by legendary producer Tom Zutaut, who was the man behind the best Tesla albums, and mixer Michael Wagener, this new album rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist — not sounding like another.

‘Simplicity’ is Tesla’s seventh all original studio album which follows a six year creative break from the release of the previous album ‘Forever More’.

Guitarist Frank Hannon said about ‘Simplicity’, “I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas, way more than Forever More, and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!”

“The opening track is called MP3”, continues Hannon, “and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values… and has a heavy ass riff! Then we segue into a rock ‘n’ roll song called Ricochet that talks about Uncle Ted… can’t wait to play this stuff live!”

‘Simplicity’, in the Frontiers version released across Europe, will include the following songs: MP3; Ricochet; Rise and Fall; So Divine…; Cross My Heart; Honestly; Flip Side!; Other than Me; Break of Dawn; Burnout to Fade; Life is a River; Sympathy; Time Bomb; ‘Til that Day; Burnout to Fade (writing demo version)

 

 

Kix Push Long Awaited Studio Album ‘Rock Your Face Off’ To August

For Kix, not recording any new music for two decades has been far too long. Fans have made it known for years that they want new music, and now the time has finally come. The Maryland band is primed and ready to ‘Rock Your Face Off’ with their seventh studio album set for release August 5th on Loud & Proud Records.

It’s everything fans know and love them for: a raucous, roaring and real display of rock ‘n’ roll. The first single, “Love Me With Your Top Down”, will be released to radio and online retail outlets later this month. Eddie Trunk will exclusively world premiere the song during his “Friday Night Rocks” radio show originating from Q104.3 (heard in New York City, Long Island, NJ and CT) this Friday, June 20th from 11pm-2am ET. It will then air via his numerous North American syndicated affiliates on Saturday, June 20th and he’ll play it on Monday, June 23th during his “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” show that airs on SiriusXM’s Hair Nation channel (39) at 3pm PT/6pm ET.

As guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe explains, “When we first played ‘Love Me With Your Top Down’ live just a few months ago, it went over like gangbusters with the fans. It’s a catchy little tune with classic Kix flavor, a perfect choice for the first taste of the record.” What makes the new album even more exciting and anticipated is that it features most of the band’s original line-up: Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10” Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums), with the exception of Mark Schenker (bass).

With ‘Rock Your Face Off’, Kix stirs up their truest statement to date in 2014. “It’s still hot women, fast cars, and great moments,” says singer Steve Whiteman. “I want everybody to end up on their feet, whether they’re working out or stuck in rush hour traffic. This is a release, something to lift your spirits when you need it. You can party to this one.”

Kix gracefully eased back into the public consciousness in 2008. After sold out hometown gigs, the quintet hit the stage at Rocklahoma in front of over 20,000 people, venturing out of the Mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at the festival, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more. After capturing their fiery reunion on 2012’s ‘Live In Baltimore’ CD and DVD, the band agreed to enter the studio once again.

“In many ways, this is for the Kix diehards as much as it is for us,” guitarist Brian Forsythe explains. “When we started doing this again, tons of fans came out of the woodwork. They’d show up with their kids, and it was just incredible to see. We had to deliver for them.”

In order to deliver, the band enlisted the talents of producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), with whom they had last collaborated on 1991’s ‘Hot Wire’. Also, for the first time in the group’s history, each member contributed to the writing process, fostering an extremely creative and free environment in the studio. A new dawn commenced as they simultaneously harnessed their classic spirit.

“It was more free-flowing because everybody got to write and come up with ideas,” concludes Whiteman. “We encouraged this new freedom within the creative process.”

‘Rock Your Face Off’ track listing:
01. Wheels In Motion
02. You’re Gone
03. Can’t Stop The Show
04. Rollin’ In Honey
05. Rock Your Face Off
06. All The Right Things
07. Dirty Girls
08. Inside Outside Inn
09. Mean Miss Adventure
10. Love Me With Your Top Down
11. Tail On The Wag
12. Rock & Roll Showdown

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 13/05/2014 Part II

Oh Captive drop new video and stand alone single

Rising Bristol post-punk quartet ‘Oh Captive’ have nationally unleashed their debut EP ‘Advance Creature’ and they now charge forward with their brand new stand alone video single ‘Tricking Us’ on Monday 12th May, view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-MwVnpTwbY 

Hailing from the South West, Oh Captive produce innovative music that rails against the din of predictability and still rings true with compelling clarity. Sparking glowing comparisons to the likes of Coheed & Cambria and Twin Atlantic, Oh Captive have crafted a sound of their own.

Originally formed less than two years ago, Oh Captive cut their teeth with countless hours in grimy rehearsal rooms before BBC Devon Introducing beckoned in early 2013. By the year’s end, Oh Captive had shared stages across the UK with Sonic Boom Six, Straight Lines, Max Raptor, Sharks, Blitz Kidz, I Divide and Scholars. The foursome fully honed their songs in the live arena in anticipation for completing a debut EP that would prove to startle and sparkle in equal measure.

The post-punk outfit have just released their debut EP ‘Advanced Creature’, which has already picked up widespread national praise. Big Cheese Magazine have featured the band in their April 2014 issue with an exclusive interview and Rocksound have recently reviewed the record and have placed a track on their covermount CD. The EP has already notched up key online and radio support, notably from XFM. Now with their brand new stand alone single in the shape of ‘Tricking Us’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-MwVnpTwbY ), which is out on 12th May , the foursome are set to hit new heights, and with UK shows in the pipeline throughout the year, just watch them soar.

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Zoltar Speaks release new video single from debut album

Rising female-fronted Brit metal crew ‘Zoltar Speaks’ have just released their explosive debut album ‘Save As I Save’ and now the melodic metallers set loose their new video single ‘Nothing In The World’ on Monday 12th May.

Pulling from everyone from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Iron Maiden to Coheed and Cambria, Zoltar Speaks are here to shake your world with a sound that merges both fiery and majestic vocals with hearty riffs and elephantine choruses.

Formed in 2009 and bursting out of the rural plains of Somerset, Zoltar Speaks are fronted by enigmatic vocalist Louise Body, with Ben Dean hammering at the drums, Simon Roocroft providing the backbone on bass, and Daniel Pratt and Jason Coles shredding it up on the guitars. The unstoppable five-piece have built up an army of dedicated followers fuelled by extensive touring throughout Southern England and Wales where they notched up supports with Idiom and Malefice. The release of the band’s debut EP ‘Treatment’ further increased their national profile, and now with the launch of their new full length album ‘Save As I Save’, the ascending metal crew are set to soar.

The south west melodic metal crew’s debut album ‘Save As I Save’ features twelve stunning slabs of cutting metal and has already racked up critical acclaim from Big Cheese, Metal Hammer, Rocksound and Powerplay. Metal Hammer in particular have been very supportive of the band by placing a track from the record on their cover CD. The band now surge forward with the release of the video single ‘Nothing In The World’, out this May and the cut is destined to grace TV screens.

++ ZOLTAR SPEAKS RELEASE ‘NOTHING IN THE WORLD’ ON MONDAY 12th MAY,

THE VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKuimZxl5gk ++

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Canadian’s No Sinner release new video and announce UK tour dates

Canadian rockers NO SINNER have just launched the official video for their song Runnin’ to coincide with their “Save Your Soul”  UK Tour.  Watch the video on YouTube

In February 2014, Classic Rock Magazine listed No Sinner as one of their “Bands To Watch in 2014”.  Says Classic Rock, “Runnin’ hits notes of the Stooges and T-Rex just as comfortably as it has echoes of Etta James or The Supremes.”

Selected by Amazon UK for their 2014 “New and Emerging Artists” campaign, No Sinner follows in the footsteps of 2013’s featured bands (Haim, Daniel Avery and Chvrches).

The new video for Runnin’ is taken from the song of the same name, taken from debut album Boo Hoo Hoo, and precedes the band’s next single, Love Is A Madness,  released in the UK on May 26.

No Sinner – “Save Your Soul” UK Tour

Manchester’s Dot To Dot Festival            Friday 23rd May

Bristol’s Dot To Dot Festival                        Saturday 24th May

Nottingham’s Dot To Dot Festival            Sunday 25th May

Leeds Brudenell Social Club                       Tuesday 27th May

London Garage, Islington                             Thursday 29th May

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Metallica confirm Glastonbury and Sonisphere apperances

Metallica have added one more show to their European summer tour.   They had made no secret of the fact that there was still one live music festival on their wish list that had eluded them . . . until now!  It is with a great deal of pride that they announce they will be headlining the Pyramid Stage at  Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, June 28th!  The band said “There is such a vibe at Glastonbury and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival, so when we finally got that call to visit Worthy Farm, we just had to reply with a resounding “YES!” “Glastonbury is the largest green field festival in the world and over the forty plus years of its existence, a widely diverse group of artists have graced the stage including Paul McCartney, Oasis, David Bowie, U2, Muse, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Neil Young, Jay-Z and so many more.  We’re psyched and honored to be among the first hard rock bands to hit the Pyramid Stage and join this prestigious group.”  Michael Eavis commented  “Metallica are one of the most popular bands in the world! And they really are a phenomenal live act. This a band that can sell out stadiums in pretty much every country on the planet. From Newlyn to Newcastle on my travels, all through the years, people keep asking me, “When are Metallica going to play?” There’s a huge swathe of people who love Metallica to bits and just think they’re absolutely amazing. They’re worthy headliners!

As previously announced the band will also make a welcome return to the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House on Sunday July 6th.  As a special tribute to their fans, the multi-platinum award-winning band has introduced “Metallica By Request”, the ultimate interactive concert experience.

Fans who purchase tickets online will be invited to vote on the songs Metallica will play at the show – giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica’s material and close to 140 recorded songs to date. Metallica’s traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs and, as the band did not want to be left out of the fun, they get to vote for the 18th slot, which will be a brand new song. Visit http://www.metallica.com for more details on the voting process.

The band confirmed the Glastonbury appearance will not be a “By Request” night, “guess we’ll have to go back to writing the set list ourselves!  For those of you looking for the By Request show or a second dose of ‘Tallica, we will be just down the road a week later at Knebworth for Sonisphere Festival on July 6th, which we thought might be our only chance to visit the U.K. this summer until the Glastonbury call came in last week.  Hope to see you at both!”

About Metallica

Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and played to millions of fans all over the world. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone. Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Most recently the band spent 18 months touring and developing the staging for their groundbreaking 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never. Last summer, Metallica unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career and is featured in the film. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City . Starring Dane DeHaan, the film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built, state-of-the-art 3D photography captured on up to 24 cameras simultaneously and pioneering and innovative sound mixing. Metallica Through The Never was the first feature film to be released exclusively by IMAX in all of its theaters. The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) in January this year through Blackened Recordings.

Hard Rock Hell announces 10 more bands to it’s line-up

LA psychedelic rockers Bigelf and Sweden’s Stoner rock act Truckfighters join a wealth of great new talented bands added to the line-up for this year’s Hard Rock Hell 8. Other acts added include the much raved about Aussie rock act Massive, Polish rockers Chemia, Sweden’s The Black Marbles & female shredders Thundermother and The Brew, Piston, More and Buffalo Summer from the UK.

For links of the above mentioned acts check out the below

Truckfighters – Desert Cruiser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLMPA4xPFpg

Bigelf – The Evils of Rock & Roll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fpkEsGMOHU

Massive – One by One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d1siVN-H7g

Chemia – Bondage of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1s6VIJWmjI

The Brew – Repeat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhOIbj92wKs

They join already announced acts WASP, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Schenker & Y&T for what promises to be one of the best line-ups to date.

The line-up so far:-

Blue Oyster Cult

WASP

Krokus

Michael Schenker (Temple of Rock)

Y&T

Bigelf

Truckfighters

Vardis

Diamond Head

Bonafide

Electric Mary

Grifter

Thundermother

The Brew

Massive

Buffalo Summer

Heavy Metal Kids

More

Chemia

Carousel Vertigo

The Black Marbles

Piston

For more details and tickets go to www.hardrockhell.com or call 0203 287 6684

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The Quireboys announce 30th anniversary, Black Eyed Sons, UK Tour

Following three sold out intimate shows to mark the start of their 30th anniversary, The Quireboys will embark on a 5 month world tour which will commence with a long awaited return to The US & Canada early August.

They will be back mid November for the UK leg, which goes on sale this weekend. Expect new material from the forthcoming Black Eyed Sons, triple pack, rarities plus all the classics.

Special guests for the UK, will be Hispanic Blues Rock legends, Vargas Blues Band, who have recently signed to The Quireboys label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

UK dates can be found below

15th November: The Tivoli, Buckley

16th November: Academy3, Manchester

20th November: The Garage, Glasgow

21st November: The Limelight, Belfast

23rd November: The Riverside, Newcastle

26th November: O2 Academy, Islington, London

28th November: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

29th November: The Corporation, Sheffield

30th November: Thekla, Bristol

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 01/05/2014

SPV/STEAMHAMMER IS PROUD TO RELEASE THE NEW ACE FREHLEY ALBUM IN EUROPE:
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via SPV/Steamhammer in Europe on July 07. The album will include nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.”
Frehley has released an official statement surrounding his new studio album: “Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band Kiss, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self-titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,”ќ from any of the legendary Kiss solo albums; (peaking at #13). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show “Entourage”ќ and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,”ќ “Beth”ќ and “Calling Dr. Love”ќ even after 36 years.
Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which received a welcoming response among critics. “‘Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list “Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence,” said Rolling Stone.

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GARY CHERONE’S HURTSMILE TO RELEASE NEW RECORD ‘RETROGRENADE’:
Boston (April 30, 2014) Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) is back with Hurtsmile and, teaming up with pledgemusic.com to release ‘Retrogrenade‘ on June 2 with a public release to follow. Available now at Pledgemusic.com, is a free download of the single “Rock & Roll Clichй.”
Following up their 2011 self-titled debut, the band’s second release ‘Retrogrenade’ pays homage to almost every genre Cherone has presented in the past and still finds room to give you something new. Inspired by their classic rock roots, “it is the collective effort of the Band flexing their musical muscle” says Gary. Diverse tracks include the Aero/DC inspired ‘Rock & Roll Clichй,’ the hook laden ‘Hello I Must Be Going’, the epic blues of ‘Where Do We Go From Here’, to the sweet acoustic broken-hearted harmonies of ‘Goodbye.’ Hurtsmile rebels against traditional cohesiveness and does not attempt to capture a specific mood. It rather bombards you with a multitude of emotions and challenges you to go along for the ride.

Hurtsmile is Gary Cherone on vocals, Mark Cherone (Flesh) on guitar, Joe Pessia (Tantric/Dramagods) on bass and Dana Spellman on drums. To download “Rock & Roll Clichй” please go to: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hurtsmile/updates/35280.
Track Listing: Rock & Roll Clichй, Hello I Must Be Going, Big Government, I Still Do, Sing A Song (My Mia), Anymore (Don’t Want My Love),Where Do We Go From Here, A Melody For You, Wonder What, Walk Away, Good Bye, Pump it Up.
WebLinks: www.hurtsmile.com / www.facebook.com/Hurtsmile / www.twitter.com/hurtsmile.

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VAN HALEN SOPHOMORE EFFORT DANCES ONTO RADIO 35 YEARS AGO:
Dallas, TX – April 29, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Van Halen II with a look back at four formative Van Halen albums.
The quintessential American hard rock band Van Halen’s 1978 debut all but guaranteed their election to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame on the first ballot, quickly becoming a benchmark for every hard rock band ever since. Six years later they even topped that with 1984, one of the most popular and influential albums ever. Every one of the four Van Halen albums in between, II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down would all sell millions and each would top its predecessor on the album sales chart.
These early years, although undeniably successful, came with a price, and by 1982 Van Halen had become a series of contradictions: even though selling a million each on Van Halen II and its successors, as well as hundreds of thousands of concert tickets, their record label was concerned over a lack of mainstream hits and a shallow well of songs. Creative frustration along with personal conflicts within the band would eventually lead to a post-David Lee Roth Van Halen.

Alex Van Halen describes to InTheStudio host Redbeard how visceral and primal their creative process was on those formative albums. “When we’re in the studio and the amps are cranked to eleven on the dial and you’re having a great time playing it, I think that’s the one thing you shouldn’t forget. We’ve been looking at songs, how do we write them, how do we come up with the ideas, but once we start playing, it’s a perpetual thing.” 
Van Halen II /InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/van-halen-2-35th-anniversary/

GEOFF TATE TO EMBARK ON FAREWELL QUEENSRYCHE TOUR BEGINNING IN JULY:
More than thirty years after setting forth on the musical journey that would become known as Queensryche, singer Geoff Tate — one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits — will be performing his farewell tour as “Queensryche” beginning in late July (see below for full itinerary).
The announcement of the tour, Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour, comes hot on the heels of the recent amicable settlement with his former band mates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, who will be continuing with the band name.
With Geoff at the helm of Queensryche, the band experienced incredible success, garnering four Grammy nominations, performing in 46 different countries and selling over 20 million albums worldwide.

“One thing that’s really important for fans to know is that this never went to court,” comments Geoff Tate, who will be continuing as Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche once the summer farewell tour is complete.
As part of the agreement between the original members, Geoff will have the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II as unique performances.

For the past several months, Geoff and his version of Queensryche (comprised of bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Robert Sarzo, guitarist Kelly Gray, drummer Simon Wright and keyboardist Randy Gane) have been performing the fan favorite on their 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour (with special guest Sass Jordan as “Sister Mary”) in front of sold out audiences everywhere.
“It’s sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained The Wall,” comments Geoff. “Mindcrime was my thing and my story, so it’s only appropriate that I keep that… The others will be touring as Queensryche and I’ll be continuing on as me.”

The popularity of the theatrical back-to-back presentation of the Operation: Mindcrime saga (I & II) was exemplified when the performance was captured for the 2007 double DVD/CD set, Mindcrime at the Moore, that hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reached gold status.
For the forthcoming tour, Geoff’s version of Queensryche will be performing all the hits along with some rarities to celebrate the music he’s enjoyed making over the past thirty years.
Although the name will change, the line-up of stellar musicians performing with Geoff after this “farewell” tour is expected to remain the same.
Tickets go on sale for the majority of shows this Friday, May 2nd and this Saturday, May 3rd.
Please visit www.queensryche.comwww.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial and www.twitter.com/GeoffTate.

Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate / 2014 Farewell Tour Dates
Wednesday, July 30 – Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 – Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 – Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 – Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 – Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois

In a related article, Geoff talks to Billboardwww.billboard.com/articles/news/6070287/geoff-tate-puts-queensryche-lawsuit-behind-him-the-whole-experience-was-such-a.

Michael Wilton of Queensryche will be the very special guest on this week’s episode of Noize In The Attic (Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You) broadcasting this Friday 1-3PM EST on WNHU 88.7FM New Haven, CT (streaming live on www.wnhu.net) The in-depth interview brings us up to speed on all things Queensryche plus Michael goes back in time with stories on growing up, touring with Ozzy and more! Free podcasts are available on iTunes or by following the link at www.noizeintheattic.com where you can also find additional air-times and affiliates.

JAMES KOTTAK ON THE WRONG SIDE OF UAE AUTHORITIES:
From: www.billboard.com/articles/news/6070318/james-kottak-arrested-scorpions-drummer-jailed-in-dubai.
Newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are reporting that the American drummer for the rock band Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in jail after being convicted of offensive behavior in Dubai.
The government-backed National newspaper reported Tuesday that James Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport. The reports allege Kottak was heard ranting about “non-educated Muslims” and that he covered his nose when he saw Pakistani and Afghan passengers nearby. He also reportedly pulled his pants down.
The Gulf News daily says he was arrested April 3 en route from Russia to Bahrain, where the German band was scheduled to perform at a Formula One race. Kottak was a no-show at the April 5 concert. The newspapers say Kottak admitted to drinking but denied other charges.
“There is no way that I would say such a phrase about Muslims, whether I was drunk or not,” he reportedly told police. “I confess to drinking alcohol but I refuse the other two charges, I did not do them.”
The Scorpions’ manager didn’t respond to requests for comment. Kottak’s local lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached. Kottak joined the Scorpions in 1996.

SIGNUM REGIS: NEW VOCALIST ANNOUNCED:
The melodic metal band Signum Regis are proud to announce their new vocalist: Mayo Petranin. Ronnie Konig of Signum Regis comments: “Mayo Petranin has been with us as a guest singer since the last autumn. We played several gigs together, did a lot of rehearsing and spent a quite a bit of time together. During those months, we were able to tune in to the same vibe musically; we got to know each other and became friends. Being so happy with Mayo’s work and his interpretation of our songs, we are now naturally moving forward to the next step: Mayo is now officially the singer and frontman of Signum Regis.”
Signum Regis line-up 2014: Mayo Petranin – Vocals; Filip Koluљ – Guitars; Ronnie Konig – Bass; JaЎn Tupa – Keyboards, backing vocals; Jaro Jancula – Drums.

Up-coming Signum Regis shows:
May 2nd: Blast of Eternity Club Show [with Sleeping Romance] – Neckarsulm, Germany
May 3rd: Rock for Eternity – Amersfoort, Netherlands

The latest Signum Regis album “Exodus” was released late 2013 through Ulterium Records. The album feat. guest vocals from Michael Vescera [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness], Matt Smith [Theocracy], Lance King [ex. Balance of Power], Goran Edman [ex. Yngwie Malmsteen] and more. Signum Regis are currently working on new material, and will hit the studio later this year to record the follow-up to “Exodus”.


ACE FREHLEY, NIGHT RANGER & GEORGE LYNCH FOR CARNEGIE MUSIC FUND:
Legendary San Francisco Rock ‘n Roll DJ and personality Nikki Blakk will add major rock ‘n roll power to the Carnegie ROCKS @ VIP Premiere Event! Her passion and enthusiasm for rock only proves that this event isn’t your ordinary art exhibit or concert. It’s a unique, never been done before, rockin’ bash. Nikki Blakk is an on-air personality at San Francisco’s 107.7 The Bone (KSAN) Monday through Friday from 7PM to Midnight. She is also a host for The Metal Zone, which is featured every Friday night from 10PM to 1AM.

The Carnegie Arts Center is proud to announce a commitment to music in the community through the newly created Carnegie Music Fund. The fund will support music education in all forms and will continue to make an impact long after the “Rocks” exhibit closes in late August. The Music Fund will help to capture the national and international enthusiasm for Carnegie ROCKS! To contribute and help us accomplish our $20K Goal, please visit: bit.ly/PLM9Ms.

The historic Carnegie Library opened in 1916, and is now one of only a handful of art centers in the region. The Carnegie’s programs include exhibitions, education classes and programs, lectures, and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, theater and more. At least 25% of all programming is dedicated to children and teens. The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Website: carnegieartsturlock.org.
To purchase Carnegie Rocks @ VIP premiere tickets: Carnegie Rocks @ VIP Premiere Event! is a fund(d)raiser and will be held on Saturday, May 24. Limited tickets are still available. www.carnegierocks.eventbrite.com.