Main Melodic Rock News On 24/04/2014

STYX AND FOREIGNER SET TO RELEASE ‘THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER’ TOUR COMPANION ALBUM:
April 23, 2014 – Responsible for some of Rock’s most indelible summer anthems, legendary groups Foreigner and Styx will release The Soundtrack Of Summer on May 6 to coincide with their highly anticipated tour of the same name, which also features very special guestDon Felder, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 16 classics by both bands, will be available exclusively at Walmart. Pre-orders are available on Walmart’s website.
The Soundtrack Of Summer package includes Foreigner hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and Styx hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade” (see below for a complete track listing). The collection finishes with the spectacular highlight, a brand new interpretation of one of Classic Rock’s most successful songs ever, “Hotel California.” Original songwriter Don Felder teamed up with Styx and Foreigner for this very special collaboration, as well as a stunning new version of Foreigner’s massive hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which will only be available as a limited edition vinyl disc and on iTunes.
Fans can check out an exclusive stream of “Hotel California” on USA Today’s website, which went live earlier today.

Here’s the complete track listing of The Soundtrack Of Summer: 1. Feels Like The First Time 2. Cold As Ice 3. Hot Blooded 4. Double Vision 5. Urgent 6. Waiting For A Girl Like You 7. I Want To Know What Love Is 8. Juke Box Hero 9. The Grand Illusion 10. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) 11. Lorelei 12. Crystal Ball 13. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) 14. Miss America 15. Renegade 16. Too Much Time On My Hands 17. Hotel California.
Check out “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour at any of the following stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks). Don Felder hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop. Foreigner and Styx will alternate closing slots.
WebLinks: www.soundtrackofsummer.com / www.styxworld.com / www.foreigneronline.com.

7 HARD YEARS DEBUT SECOND PREVIEW CLIP:
7 Hard Years (7HY) presents a second sneak-preview of tracks from the upcoming album ‘No Place In Heaven’, due in June on the newly formed Lynchburg Records label. The album is now mastered and going to press very soon! 7HY features Alan Kelly (ex-Shy), Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire), Roy Davis (Shy), Dave Martin (Marshall Law), and Martin Walls (After Hours) with all songs written by Alan Kelly.
Preview Video #2: youtu.be/6uDkdY0kalU
Preview Video #1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSz1JnkMjG4

AVENUE OF ALLIES BACK WITH NEXT SONIC STATION:
On May 23rd Avenue Of Allies will release “Next Stop”, the much anticipated second album by the Swedish AOR band Sonic Station. One month before the album the digital single “Amelia” will be available on April 18, accompanied by a music video for the track. While perfect arrangements and production values of the highest order are still a trademark of the songs of guitarist, composer and producer Alexander Kronbrink and his band, the music is now focusing on the AOR side of Sonic Station. The powerful tunes have a more upbeat feeling and give more room to the guitars and with most of the musicians performing on all songs, the recordings carry the spirit of a real band performance rather than having the nature of a high profile studio project like the self-titled debut from 2012.

Alexander was brought up in a musical home in Stockholm, Sweden, where one of his friends in the neighborhood was Jonathan Fritzйn, who played keyboards and the piano. Together they had jam sessions fooling around with jazz harmonies and even trying out some of their own compositions. Today Jonathan is a star in the Smooth Jazz genre with several number 1 hits on the US Billboard charts to his name. Jonathan appears on all Sonic Station albums, as does Alexander on Jonathan’s solo records.
Like most teenagers Alexander was venturing into several musical genres, before a friend of his father’s introduced him to the music of American guitarist Lee Ritenour, this listening experience paved the way for Alexander’s own playing. Subsequently he discovered the music of some of the most influential artists of the US AOR and Westcoast genres like Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins and Toto, as well as songwriter and producer David Foster and listened to guitarists like Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau and Dann Huff.

Eventually in his early twenties Alexander decided to dedicate himself completely to music. While studying music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he met his now long time musical partner in crime, singer and piano player Marika Willstedt. In her home country Sweden, Marika became a household name after appearing for several seasons on a popular national TV show during prime time. In addition to her work with Sonic Station as a singer and song writer, she is also a renowned session musician and artist in her own right. Marika recommended the most significant new addition regarding the album’s personal, lead vocalist Johan Boding. After she and Johan toured together with the legendary Swedish session guitarist Janne Schaffer in 2012, Marika immediately saw Johan as the perfect lead singer for Sonic Station and he gladly accepted the invitation. When he and Alexander started doing demos for the new album they were both very excited by the magical mix of Johan’s marvelous voice and Alexander’s music. As a result Johan is singing eight of eleven songs on the new album “Next Stop”, while Marika took over the lead vocals on the remaining three songs.

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Next Stop was recorded between February and November 2013, with Alexander playing guitar and synthesizers and taking over the production duties and handling the mix. The drums on all tracks are played by Thorleif Robertsson and the keyboards by Jonathan Fritzйn. Erik Metall laid down the bass on all songs, except on “Catch Me If You Can” and “Fool For Your Love”, where Mathias Garnеs, who also co-wrote these songs together with Alexander, took over the bass parts.
Musical guest contributions come from Arvid Svenungsson with additional synthesizers on “Stopped Beating”, Andreas Ekstedt added another component that makes the album come alive by playing percussions and violinist Conny Lindgren wrote and performed, the violin arrangements for the three ballads “Fool For Your Love”, “Broken Man” and “Hide And Seek”. The co-writers Matilda Bеdagеrd, Mathias Garnеs, Morgan Lydemo, Anders von Hofsten, Rebecca Petersson, Emma Essinger and Matilda Lindell added a variety of moods and feelings to the AOR tunes of “Next stop”.
Following the album release Sonic Station will treat fans of prime AOR in the vein of Work Of Art, Lionville, The Theander Expression and Mecca with several live performances during the coming months.

Track Listing: 1) Amelia 2) Catch Me If You Can 3) Brighter After Dark 4) Fool For Your Love 5) Stopped Beating 6) Where Are You Now? 7) Half Of My Heart 8) Broken Man 9) Love Clash 10) Last Goodbye 11) Hide And Seek.

Sonic Station musicians on all songs except as noted: Johan Boding: Lead vocals on tracks 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10 and background vocals; Marika Willstedt: Lead vocals on tracks 3,6,11 and background vocals; Alexander Kronbrink: Guitar, synthesizers, drum programming on track 4 and background vocals; Jonathan Fritzйn: Keyboards; Erik Metall: Bass (except tracks 2,4); Thorleif Robertsson: Drums (except track 4); Additional musicians: Mathias Garnеs: Bass on tracks 2,4 and background vocals; Arvid Svenungsson: Additional synthesizers on track 5; Andreas Ekstedt: Percussion on tracks 4,5,6,7,8,10,11; Conny Lindgren: Strings on tracks 4,8,11; Matilda Bеdagеrd: Background vocals; Matilda Lindell: Background vocals; Rebecca Petersson: Background vocals; Uffe Sцderberg: Background vocals.
WebLinks: www.sonic-station.com / www.avenue-of-allies.com.

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RICK SPRINGFIELD – BACK TO ROCK OZ IN OCTOBER:
Australia’s Rick Springfield, the Grammy award-winning musician, actor and New York Times best-selling author is returning to rock Oz in October, with a national tour opening in Perth on 7 October.
It has been a while since Australian audiences have seen Rick Springfield in concert with his own band, although he was the headliner for the Countdown Spectacular tour of 2007 and a very privileged few witnessed him live in a wine bar in a Melbourne suburb one Sunday afternoon in July 2012 while he was on holiday visiting family. Link: youtu.be/4iJGy0-VzNs
Rick stunned Australian audience’s during The Countdown Spectacular tour when he delivered a full on rock show with hit after hit. And there is a lot of reminding to remember!

With 25 million records sold, multiple top-40 hits, including Don’t Talk to Strangers, An Affair of the Heart, I’ve Done Everything for You, Love Somebody and Speak To The Sky, as well as a 1981 Grammy® for Best Male Rock Vocal for his No. 1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl,” He also introduced and had his own hit with the Mondo Rock classic ‘State Of The Heart’ in America. Rick Springfield’s shows are legendary for their rock, high energy, full band sets and classic song lists. According to many, Springfield live is more aligned to Springsteen because of his rock’n’roll style performances. He even once recorded the song Bruce in recognition of this. Touring Australia with his band has been something Rick has been eager to do for a long time “I am and will always be an Aussie. My best memories of my early career are all centred around Australia. It will forever be my home. I cant believe I have never done a full tour in Oz as a solo performer. I am a F***ing Aussie boy.”

Rick Springfield started his celebrated career in Australia in the 60’s as one of the original members of Mike Brady’s MPD Ltd. In 1969 he joined the band Zoot, with Beeb Birtles (pre-Little River Band), Rick Brewer (pre-The Ferrets) and Darryl Cotton (who would go on to have his own solo career and become a children’s TV host). Zoot was where Rick developed his rock and roll grounding, co-writing two of their singles ‘Hey Pinky’ and ‘Freak’. The band is best remembered for their top 10 chart with a hard rock cover version of the Beatles ‘Eleanor Rigby’. Rick reformed the band in November 2011 with Darryl’s passing the following year more shows were not possible.
Following the breakup of Zoot in 1970, Rick was Russell Morris’ bass player for a few months before he released his debut single ‘Speak To The Sky’ which made the top 10 in Australia and the US Top 20. In 1972 he released his first solo album, Beginnings before he relocated to the US later the same year. 40 years later, he is a special guest on Russell’s new album ‘Van Dieman’s Land’.
Once in the US, Springfield continued to record and perform live before beginning a new career as a TV actor appearing in ‘The Rockford Files’ and ‘Wonder Woman’, before landing the lead, as Dr. Noah Drake, in ‘General Hospital’ a role that won him a legion of fans.

Rick’s star was well and truly on the rise when he released his album, ‘Working Class Dog’, which became a smash hit in 1980 and spawned the number one hit ‘Jessie’s Girl’. In the following years he continued to record and perform live along with appearances in films and TV shows and on Broadway in the musical ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’. His role as Dr Noah in General Hospital was reprised following a 23-year absence. He was recently the centrepiece of the plot of David Duchovny’s Californication third season playing a very lovable but degenerate character named …Rick Springfield. Rick has also appeared in an episode of Hawaii Five-0, and Drop Dead Diva. Jessie’s Girl is featured in Laryngitis, the eighteenth episode of Season one of Glee and was also performed at the 2011 Glee Live! Concert and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.

In 2010, Rick released his autobiography, Late, Late at Night. It entered The New York Times best-seller list at No. 13 and hit the Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly lists as well. Rolling Stone named it one of the top-25 rock autobiographies of all time. In 2012 Springfield’s documentary An Affair of the Heart, which captured the close ties between Springfield and his fans, debuted at numerous film festivals and won special jury awards at the Nashville, Florida, Boston, and Daytona Film Festivals. In 2013 Springfield teamed up with Dave Grohl on Grohl’s multi-faceted passion project, Sound City, which encompassed a documentary (Sound City), an album (Sound City: Real to Reel), and the Sound City Players tour, a string of critically acclaimed shows with fellow documentary subjects including Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, John Fogerty, and Sir Paul McCartney among others.  Each artist’s set was backed by Grohl’s hand-picked all-star band. Springfield and Grohl co-wrote The Man That Never Was, which has been widely recognized by critics as one of the best songs on the Sound City album.
In 2014 Rick Springfield’s first novel, Magnificent Vibration will be released and in addition he will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He will hit the road with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo for a multi-city tour of the States – and of course we will see him for his October tour of Australia. With all this and more, Springfield shows no signs of slowing down.

Australian Tour Dates:
Perth Tue-7Oct Crown Theatre Ticketek 132 849
Brisbane Thu-9Oct Eatons Hill Hotel Oz Tix 1300-762 545
Tweed Heads Fri-10Oct Twin Towns Services Inhouse 1800-014 014
Sydney Sat-11Oct Revesby Workers – Whitlam Theatre, Inhouse 02-9772 2100
Canberra Mon 13Oct Royal Theatre Ticketek 132 849
Sydney Tue-14Oct Enmore Theatre, Ticketek 132 849
Hobart Thu 16Oct Wrest Point entertainment Centre TixTas 1300 795 257
Melbourne Fri-17-Oct Palais Theatre, Ticketmaster 136 100
Adelaide Sat-18Oct Thebarton Theatre, Venue Tix 08-8225 8888

SEBASTIAN BACH’S NEW VIDEO “ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD” HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE:
In honor of the release of iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach’s new album, Give ‘Em Hell, fans globally can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new video for “All My Friends Are Dead” on USAToday.com. The hard-rocking performance video features longtime Bach friend and fellow rock icon, Duff McKagan, who plays bass on the track. “All My Friends Are Dead” appears on Give ‘Em Hell, which is in stores now on Frontiers Records.
Give ‘Em Hell has already rave reviews from the media with Screamer Magazine declaring, “Bach’s signature voice is unmistakable and as always almost indescribable, hard to compare with anything else. His vocals are gritty, powerful…” while Loudwire avowed, “Bach sounds better than ever…” Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), GIVE ‘EM HELL features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.

In other news, Sebastian Bach will appear on the new ABC reality competition show, Sing Your Face Off, which premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Saturday, May 31 at 9:00PM. “Sing Your Face Off” is a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as a legendary musical icon. Bach is one of five celebrities competing who will take on the identity of an iconic musical performer. Based on Endemol’s global hit “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” “Sing Your Face Off” is produced by Endemol USA. Georgie Hurford-Jones (“America’s Got Talent,” “Britain’s Got Talent”) is Executive Producer.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
Bach on the web: www.sebastianbach.com / www.facebook.com/sebastianbach / www.frontiers.it.

CALIFORNIA BREED PREMIERE MAKING OF THE ALBUM SERIES TODAY, APRIL 22 ON GUITAR WORLD.COM:
California Breed, the powerful new rock trio featuring legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt, have premiered the first in a series of “making of” clips from the recording of their self-titled debut album, out May 19 on Frontiers Records. Watch the first clip today, April 22 exclusively on guitarworld.com, here: tinyurl.com/mh5uycb. Tune into guitarworld.com every Tuesday for the next five weeks for another interview with the band.
Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio’s first single “Sweet Tea” has hit #7 on the Classic Rock chart and continues to climb. View the video for the explosive track which premiered on USA Today, here: tinyurl.com/mmp7mxq. Recently, the group debuted an animated lyric video for the new song “Midnight Oil” on Classic Rock. The video was created by Nev Todorovi who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. Check out the clip here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF_pm7mLqXs.

California Breed was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. The album features 23-year-old guitarist Andrew Watt, who was originally introduced to Glenn Hughes by Julian Lennon at a party in Los Angeles in 2013. Expect California Breed to announce a U.K., European and U.S. tour soon.
California Breed will be available as a CD, digital download and a Deluxe Edition CD + DVD featuring the bonus song “Solo,” two video clips and a documentary. Fans that pre-order the digital download on iTunes will receive an instant download of the first single, “Sweet Tea” upon ordering.
WebLinks: www.californiabreed.com / www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBreed.

“ROCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING” BENEFIT RAISES OVER $10,000 TO BATTLE HUMAN TRAFFICKING:
Veteran photographer Kevin Estrada’s Rockers Against Trafficking benefit to help raise awareness of human trafficking this past April 11th at Paladino’s in Tarzana, CA (sponsored by Monster Energy) was an amazing success. All of the proceeds from the show will be used to rebuild the lives of these young victims with housing, medical assistance, legal aid, and job placement, and the donations will also be used to build and set up border monitoring stations between countries that are known for human trafficking. All proceeds will be divided between CAST LA (www.castla.org) and Tiny Hands International (www.tinyhandsinternational.org).
A completely packed venue witnessed a silent auction and raffle, with highlights including a Schecter guitar signed by all the musicians (for which a bidding war broke out!), a DW Collectors Series snare signed by all the musicians, a signed Motley Crue ‘Greatest Hits’ 2-LP Set and a signed drum cymbal by the Cult. There were also a few impromptu live auctions on stage offering a very rare guitar pick owned and used by Dimebag Darrell, and a pair of drumsticks – signed on stage by a sweaty DDave Lombardo just as he finished his set.
Performance highlights included a blistering set by Helmet, a gritty and fire fueled debut performance by Randy Piper’s F-4, and a mind-blowing all star set by Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Philm), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), and Keith St. John (Montrose). The heaviness was balanced out with touching acoustic moments by Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory and an uplifting acoustic set by Gonzo and Phil Sandoval of Armored Saint. To Humans, Spiders and Snakes and Edge Of Paradise and Ann Boleyn’s Hellion set helped round out the night and kept the crowd energized.

While the music was outstanding, the audience continued to be educated throughout the evening about the dangers of the human trafficking epidemic. One portion of the evening that really hit home was an eye opening and heart breaking speech by a Burbank, CA mother whose daughter was kidnapped and forced into the world of human trafficking. The show was also dedicated to two missing girls, Ali and Savannah. The loudest audience cheer of the entire event was when Estrada announced from the stage, “Hopefully the next Rockers Against Trafficking concert will be to celebrate Ali and Savannah as they are rescued and reunited with their families.”
“Besides being a photographer, I am a dad – that is my top priority in life,” adds Estrada. “I am so thankful to all the artists that donated their time and talents. The event was a huge success, I am very happy with the outcome. We have so many great supporters behind us and we gained many more that evening. Rockers Against Trafficking is here to stay.”
For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.RockersAgainstTrafficking.org / www.facebook.com/RockersAgainstTrafficking.

STRANGE KARMA SET TO ISSUE NEW SINGLE, “DEVIL FROM THE MOON”:
Led by the Australian brother duo of Martin and Paul Strange (who supply vocals and guitar, respectively), Strange Karma is set to unleash a brand new single, “Devil from the Moon, via iTunes on Tuesday, April 22nd (on Flexitone Records). For fans that simply cannot wait until that day, you can get a sneak peak of the song via this purchase 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.”

Martin also discussed how the new song came to be: “Devil From The Moon emerged from a guitar riff my brother Paul (Strange) created. We kicked it around the studio for some time and out of the blue, the line ‘devil from the moon’ just came to me. From there, the lyric manifested seamlessly into a song – an entity that demands allegiance from its audience! For us, lyric and melody are of equal importance – neither takes precedence in our songwriting and each is imperative in the telling of the story. People who have seen us perform already know that Strange Karma has always strived to create music that also incorporates a theatrical element – we want our audiences not only to be moved by our music, but to ‘live’ the experience created with every note, every drum beat, every word. As the lead single from our new album, we believe ‘Devil from the Moon’ delivers the high-voltage energy and excitement the fans have come to expect from Strange Karma. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re confident the collaboration of haunting guitar riffs and menacing lyrics on ‘Devil from the Moon’ makes this track a compelling listen.”

Strange Karma’s first album, Volume 1, was issued in 2011 and racked up countless accolades from the music press, perhaps most flattering of all being WeLoveMetal.com, who said, “I’m going to start this is a big way. Who in the hell needs a Led Zeppelin reunion when we have a band with the sound of Strange Karma? These guys are the second coming of the music that started it all.”ќ Additionally, Matt O’Shaughnessy from WVOX Metal Mayhem said “Strange Karma is one of the most refreshing and highly innovative bands I have ever had the pleasure of spinning on air.”
Judging from “Devil from the Moon,” Strange Karma’s upcoming sophomore disc will expand on the promise of their debut effort. Go ahead and start setting your “expectation meters” high!
For More Info, Visit: www.strangekarma.net / www.facebook.com/pages/Strange-Karma/157783670932214.

ROBIN TROWER REDEFINES R&B POWER TRIO ON 1974 BRIDGE OF SIGHS:
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bridge of Sighs, the breakthrough solo effort from former Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower.
Robin Trower got his musical career start with The Paramounts, an early sixties British rhythm’n’blues band, who were a favorite opening act for fledgling up & comers The Rolling Stones. Paramounts singer Gary Brooker would leave and form Procol Harum producing the international hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, and that initial success would lead to the addition of Trower’s services in Procol Harum for the next several albums.
Robin Trower would leave the security of Procol Harum to embark on a solo career fashioned around an R&B trio that in April of 1974 would produce their second album, the monster effort Bridge of Sighs. A Top 10 album in the U.S., Bridge of Sighs opened with the galloping “Day of the Eagle”, transporting listeners into an almost alien world in the title track “Bridge of Sighs”, seducing them with the late Jimmy Dewar’s voice on “In This Place” and “About to Begin” , while rocking out again on “Too Rolling Stoned”, “Fool and Me”, “Lady Love”, and “Little Bit of Sympathy”.
On Bridge of Sighs 40th anniversary, Robin reflects on his role in the evolution of blues rock guitar in popular music with InTheStudio host Redbeard.
“I always saw myself as a Rock and Roll player influenced by Blues/Rhythm and Blues rather than trying to think of myself as a blues or rhythm and blues player, because it can only ever be an imitation for a white guy to do that stuff.”
Robin Trower ‘Bridge of Sighs’ / InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/robin-trower-bridge-sighs-40th-anniversary

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Neal Schon And Sebastian Bach Launch Videos

Neal Schon fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “What You Want” on Ultimate Classic Rock. The smoking new track/video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U, and includes vocals by bassist Marco Mendoza and Schцn, as well as drummer Deen Castronovo. So U features Schцn along with Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.

Sebastian Bach fans across the globe can check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new video for the track “Taking Back Tomorrow” on Guitar World.com. The graphic novel-inspired lyric video features Bach seamlessly interspersed with comic book-like graphics. “Taking Back Tomorrow” appears on Bach’s forthcoming album, Give ‘Em Hell. Give ‘Em Hell is due out in Europe on April 18th and in North America on April 22nd via Frontiers Records and is already receiving rave reviews with Screamer Magazine declaring, “Bach’s signature voice is unmistakable and as always almost indescribable, hard to compare with anything else. His vocals are gritty, powerful…” Fans who pre-order the album now from iTunes will receive instant grat tracks of “Temptation” as well as “Hell Inside My Head.” The album may also be pre-ordered at Amazon here. Bach will take to the road for select tour dates around the album’s release; please see below for the itinerary.
Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), Give ‘Em Hell features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.

Sebastian Bach To Star In ‘Sing Your Face Off’ TV Show

Sebastian Bach will star in the upcoming ABC summer series ‘Sing Your Face Off’, slated to debut on Saturday, May 31st.

‘Sing Your Face Off’ is a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as a legendary musical icon. Over the course of the series, the five celebrities — Sebastian Bach/legendary rock star from the band Skid Row, Landry Fields/NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Jon Lovitz/comedian, actor, singer, China Anne McClain/Disney Channel’s ‘A.N.T. Farm’, and Lisa Rinna/’Days of Our Lives’ — will take on the identity of an iconic music performer. The celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex.

From the hours in the makeup chair to the days spent with choreographers and vocal coaches, each show will feature the complete transformation — not just physical — the celebrities will embody everything about the assigned icon — their walk, their talk, and their distinguishing mannerisms leading up to the live performance in front of the studio audience. Viewers will get the chance to see each of the celebrities portray multiple musical performers during the series — such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Pavarotti, Pitbull, Britney Spears, and Tina Turner to name a few.

Bach’s new studio album ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ is slated for release on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America through Frontiers Records. ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ is the follow-up to 2011’s Sleaze Roxx charting ‘Kicking & Screaming’, and was once again produced by Bob Marlette (Rob Zombie and Black Sabbath).

Bach managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), and not one but two top-class guitar players: John 5 and Steve Stevens (BIlly Idol). Rounding out the line-up on the CD are Devin Bronson on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.

“We have captured some kick-ass rock and roll magic and producer par excellence Bob Marlette is the wizard behind the board,” said Bach about the new album. “It is such an awesome feeling to be able to say to the planet if you like the music I have put out before, I can guarantee you will dig this one! I cannot stop listening to it and that is the whole intention. For those of you who dig my high crazy-ass screams of the other records, well, I am proud to say this new disc features all the ranges and textures I have been known for, clean soaring melodic ballads and blood-curdling death screams from hell.”

Sebastian Bach Debuts “Temptation” Video

Sebastian Bach has released a video for “Temptation”, taken from his upcoming solo album ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ — due on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America through Frontiers Records.

“This is the song that so many of you freaked out to on the Jay Mohr Show a while back and now we have an incredible video by Patrick Fogarty that I cannot wait for you all to see,” said the former Skid Row frontman. “It is mind blowing to me to have my friends Duff McKagan, Will Hunt and Devin Bronson in the video also with John 5 and Bobby Jarzombek on the track!”

“I wrote this song with John 5 from Rob Zombie’s band, the guitar player, who’s incredibly great,” Bach said earlier this year on the Jay Mohr Show. “On the bass on this song is none other than Mr. Duff McKagan. He actually had a lot to do with this album. I was in a super-group — well, it was a group, I don’t know about the super part (laughs) — called Kings Of Chaos in Australia and Duff was there and I said, ‘hey I’m working on a record do you want to write some songs together?’ He goes, ‘what kind of music?’ I go, ‘just rude fucking rock.’ He goes, ‘I can do dirty.’ I go, ‘that’s fucking exactly what I want, just rude riffs!’ So he gave me a tune that is so killer, but then he ended up playing on half the record — so it’s me and Duff and John 5. Then I got Steve Stevens on three songs, from Billy Idol’s band.”

Bach’s previous studio album, ‘Kicking & Screaming’, was named one of the top albums of 2011 by Sleaze Roxx readers.

Coming Up Albums Details

Here are some brief thoughts on some upcoming releases in the next few months. There’s also plenty more in the pipe, so stand by for a lot of reviews to come. Full feature reviews of all the following titles due soon…

H.E.A.T – Tearing Down The Walls (Gain, April 9)

The Swedes return with an album that I think everyone was hoping for. For want of a better description, it’s Address The Nation Part 2, but with a heavier edge and a couple of musical twists as usual. The album feels like a band that has grown together and delivers everything they have learnt from one another. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed in this – it’s loud, fast and filled with great hooks and sounds a million bucks! It’s pure H.E.A.T!

01. Point Of No Return – The energetic and anthemic opener we expected with a heavier edge.
02. A Shot At Redemption – Initially surprising structure, a rousing, anthemic singalong track that builds into a big instantly likable commercial rocker.
03. Inferno – Hard fast and dirty! A stampeding chorus and unforgettable hook.
04. The Wreckoning – A brief musical interlude.
05. Tearing Down The Walls – A great big, loud, heartfelt hands-in-the-air rock ballad.
06. Mannequin Show – Darker, moodier and quirky, but another great hook and chorus combo.
07. We Will Never Die – Simple, but effective hard rocker that isn’t fast or slow….just in-between.
08. Emergency – Another uptempo anthemic rocker with plenty of harmonies, wailing guitars and big vocals.
09. All The Lights – Heartfelt slow ballad, with a powerful haunting vocal accompanied only by piano and strings.
10. Eye For An Eye – Absolute monster anthemic hard rocker. Heavy, urgent and powerful.
11. Enemy In Me – Fast, heavy and thumping rhythm section. One of the band’s heaviest tracks yet. Instantly catchy.
12. Laughing At Tomorrow – Another great anthemic melodic rock track with a killer chorus and big, fat harmony vocals throughout. Monster chorus. Should have closed the album.
13. Shame – Uptempo straight ahead hard rocker. Simplistic chorus after the previous track.

Winger – Better Days Comin’ (Frontiers, April 18)
The opening salvo of Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine, Queen Babylon and Rat Race is breathtaking. The title track is original and instantly memorable. Add in a couple of dark, heavy and more progressive tracks and two near 7 minute epic melodic rock anthemic ballads and you might just have one of the best Winger albums ever. I’m only 4-5 listens in, but there is so much to absorb. On early impressions, I think this album takes up where Karma left off and takes it to the next level.

Soto – Inside The Vertigo (TBA, TBA)
Yes, that Soto – the Jeff Scott one! This time the new JSS album is a band affair under the Soto banner. And it sounds like a band record too. This is a highly accomplished set of songs and boy, is it heavy! The guys take the JSS sound to a new level on this album and I’m (as usual), mightily impressed. I think fans will be very surprised by the quality and attitude unveiled on this album! More thoughts soon as well as all the release information when it becomes available! I have to get in that there is one epic 9 minute track on this record!

Three Lions – Three Lions (Frontiers, April 18)
The lead track Trouble In A Red Dress is a great indication of what the album has to offer. Pure British melodic hard rock with a bluesy twist and a healthy dose of guitars from Mr. Burns. Very strong, soulful rock vocals and a very solid sound too. Some moody moments to balance the generally uptempo feel of the album. More listening required – it’s not an instant album like some others, but depth definitely there.

Guardian – Almost Home (TBA, TBA)
Very diverse record this! Classic melodic hard rock, mixed with modern pop/rock and some heavier punk-fused moments too. And a couple of acoustic driven modern rock tracks too. A real mix. Great sounding record and mixed to perfection. Rowe sounds great of course and there are some really catchy moments on here like The Real Me, Wonderful, King Of Fools and the AOR anthem Price We Pay. A quality release no doubt. Lots to listen to, so back into it I go…

Sebastian Bach – Give Em Hell (Frontiers, April 18)
Solo Bach is a different beast than Skid Row Bach and I prefer the latter. But if you have enjoyed Bach’s solo output, this album is heavier than ever, screamier than ever and if ranked alongside his other releases, seemingly the most consistent and strongest solo release yet. Expertly produced by Bob Marlette once again. Loud!

Magnum – Escape From The Shadow Garden (SPV, March 24)
For the second time in a row I find myself rearranging a Magnum album to enhance my enjoyment of it, but that aspect cannot alter the fact that there are some delicious classic Magnum songs on offer here. Sound and style borrow from the last couple of outings and also from the likes of Rockart and even some Storyteller’s Night. It’s a long and complex album with a lot of different approaches within the songs. Moody, hard rocking, epic…melodic too of course. Stand-outs early on are the melodic rock of Midnight Angel; the majestic ballad Don’t Fall Asleep and rockers Live Til You Die and Burning River. The closing sentimental old-school Magnum styled The Valley Of Tears is also great. Another winner without doubt and probably once again, their best since reforming.

The Radio Sun – Wrong Things Right (MRR, May)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t get a word in on one of my own label releases coming up. Due out in May on MRR, the debut album from Melbourne, Australia’s The Radio Sun is something I’m very proud to be involved in. Formerly known as Square One, I think fans of power pop and harmony filled melodic rock with a modern twist are going to love this. For fans of Nelson, Rick Springfield, Marvelous 3 and Firehouse. More audio previews coming up. The album was produced mixed by Paul Laine.

Asia – Gravitas (Frontiers, March 21)
To be honest, the jury is still out for me on this one. It could be a little more varied, but it’s not as slow as first thought. I need to live with it a bit longer to see if the melodies reveal themselves further, or the very laid back vocal approach of John Wetton sinks them.

LRS – Down To The Core (Frontiers, March 21)
This is one for the fans of super smooth, pure AOR. Welcome back Tommy La Verdi, with Josh Ramos delivering his best guitar work and Mike Shotton beating away on drums. With Alessandro Del Vecchio in control, the album sounds silky smooth with some fine 80s inspired AOR on offer over the albums 12 tracks. It’s one of those albums that develops over time, revealing different layers as you go. What appears simplistic on first impression is actually quite complex and that’s the story of the songs on this album. There are 4-5 ballads, but they all offer something different and each one features a stunning vocal. Same for the melodic rock/AOR tunes – La Verdi is simply a force to be reckoned with and I can’t imagine a better team backing him up. It’s been way to long between albums for Josh Ramos. This one will be popular, guaranteed.

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New Music Releases – March 2014

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The New Music Releases roster for March 2014 isn’t the longest list you’ll ever read, but it makes up for that brevity with some serious star power courtesy of Elton John, the Who and Rod Stewart.

The biggest release of the month is probably the slightly-late 40th anniversary edition of Elton John’s 1973 double-album masterpiece ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ which will be available in a variety of formats including a deluxe box set and double vinyl — yellow, of course. But frankly, the re-issue some of us at UCR headquarters are most looking forward to is the double-disc upgrade of Bachman-Turner Overdrive‘s 1974 gem ‘Not Fragile,’ which features a healthy dose of previously unreleased ’70s live cuts.

Read on for a complete list of March 2014′s classic rock releases. You can click on the highlighted titles below to learn more about many of these albums. Check out our continuously updated list of all the 2014 New Music Releases to keep up-to-date with what your favorite artists are releasing in the new year.

New Music Releases – March 2014

March 4
Jack Bruce, ‘Silver Rails
Minibus Pimps (Feat. John Paul Jones), ‘Cloud to Ground
Various Artists, ‘Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration‘ (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)

March 11
Eric Carmen, ‘The Essential Eric Carmen‘ (with new song ‘Brand New Year’)
The Who, ‘Sensation: The Story of the Who’s ‘Tommy’‘ (DVD)

March 18
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, ‘Not Fragile‘ (40th Anniversary Edition) (2-CD and Vinyl)
Dukes of September, ‘The Dukes of September Live‘ DVD
Rod Stewart, ‘Live 1976-1988: Tonight’s the Night‘ (box set)
UFO, ‘The Complete Studio Albums 1974-1986′ (box set)

March 25
Asia, ‘Gravitas
Sebastian Bach, ‘Give ‘Em Hell’
Elton John, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ (deluxe editions)
Joni Mitchell, ‘Woman of Heart & Mind + Painting With Words and Music’
Lou Reed, ‘Classic Albums: Transformer + Live at Montreux 2000′
Various Artists, ‘Bob Dylan in the ’80s: Volume One
The Who, ‘Tommy’ (deluxe vinyl edition)

Iconic Rock Vocalist Sebastian Bach’s New Album Set For April Release Via Frontiers Records

Iconic rock vocalist Sebastian Bach’s forthcoming album Give ‘Em Hell has just been confirmed for an release via label home Frontiers Records on April 18 in Europe and April 22 in North America. Give ‘Em Hell is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the critically-acclaimedKicking & Screaming. To access cover art for Give ‘Em Hell, please click here and see below for the full album track listing. Give ‘Em Hell can be pre-ordered on iTunes and on Amazon using below link. Fans who pre-order from iTunes will be able to get the first taste of new music as the pre-order includes an instant download of the song “Hell Inside My Head”, a classic loud and heavy rocker from Bach.

Of the new album, Sebastian Bach enthused, “I could not be more proud of the new CD, Give ‘Em Hell. As a rock music fan myself, I listen to it every single day. As a musician, I honestly feel like I have reached a new level of album recording. As an audiophile, I could not be more blown away by the sound! The production and mastering sound so good that it’s perfect to show off your high-end stereo system. Ever since my first record Skid Row on through Slave To The Grind up to Kicking & Screaming and Angel Down, I have always been concerned, first and foremost, with making quality records for my fans. And I can honestly say that Give ‘Em Hell meets or even exceeds the standards set by some of the records I have put out in the past. I can’t wait for you all to hear this record! Let’s Give ‘Em Hell in 2014 Mother Truckers!” 

Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), Give ‘Em Hell features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the line-up on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.

Sebastian Bach Give ‘Em Hell track listing: 1. Hell Inside My Head 2. Harmony 3. All My Friends Are Dead 4. Temptation 5. Push Away 6. Dominator 7. Had Enough 8. Gun To A Knife Fight 9. Rock N’ Roll Is A Vicious Game 10. Taking Back Tomorrow 11. Disengaged 12. Forget You.

Bach on the web: www.sebastianbach.com / www.facebook.com/sebastianbach / www.twitter.com/sebastianbach.