Hard Rock News on 02/06/2014

Enuff Z’Nuff Soldiering On As Three Piece

With the recent announcements that drummer Randi Scott and guitarist Tory Stoffregan were leaving Enuff Z’Nuff, the long running Chicago based band are continuing on as a three piece.

“Enuff Z’Nuff will be continuing on as a 3-piece with myself, singer/guitarist Johnny Monaco and drummer Erik Donner,” said the remaining original member Chip Z’Nuff. “Erik originally played in the band from 2004-2006 and we’re excited to have him back. He’s a great singer and slamming drummer!”

Enuff Z’Nuff are also wrapping up a new album of covers entitled ‘Undercover’. The CD will be released through Cleopatra Records in July and will consist of 14 cover songs of artists such as Cheap Trick, Queen, The Beatles, and David Bowie.

“We’re also in the process of tweaking the live show and trying to touch on each record from our entire collection so please let us know your favorites and we’ll try and add ’em to our set,” Chip continued. “Your loyalty and continual support over the years is what keeps this band going and Enuff Z’Nuff will continue to keep performing our HUGE catalog of songs my little brother and I have written throughout our career! I’m predicting a fantastic summer this year so please come out and say high! We “hail” you all tons!”

 

Sebastian Bach Performs As Lady Ga Ga On Reality Show

As a contestant on ABC’s new reality show ‘Sing Your Face Off’, Sebastian Bach was transformed into Lady Ga Ga to sing her hit single “Bad Romance”.

Looking nothing like a heavy metal icon, the former Skid Row frontman can be found wearing platform heels, platinum blonde wig, and some sort of feather hat containing horns. Here at Sleaze Roxx we weren’t surprised to see Bach don his panties, as the singer showed his paper-thin skin by promptly blocking the website from his Twitter feed with a short “fuck you” after posting an honest review of his latest solo album ‘Give ‘Em Hell’.

‘Give ‘Em Hell’ was released 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).

‘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.

 

Hessler Hitting The Road In Support Of Upcoming ‘Ghost Dance’ EP

Hessler, a female fronted heavy metal band boasting a deadly twin guitar attack, will be touring the United States and Canada on their ‘Ghost Dance Summer Tour’ beginning on June 10th. ‘Ghost Dance’, the Chicago band’s first EP release with new singer Jessikill, is slated for release on the same day and is available for pre-order at www.hesslerchicago.com.

Earlier this year Hessler released their first single/video with Jessikill called “Never Lost My Way”. At the time guitarist Igz Kincaid told Sleaze Roxx, “The primary thing we were concerned with is, going back on the control freak thing from earlier, I did not ideally want to put Lariyah on the cover of ‘Bad Blood’ which was our first CD. I was going to put what is on the actual disk on the cover which if we re-release it, I will do that. I just wanted to kind of establish that Hessler was no longer a male fronted band, that I was not singing, that I had a new singer. So with bringing Jess in, one thing we were worried about was just the usual comparison of a female singer but deep down inside, talent — I know that talent is always going to prevail. That is kind of why I had her do the scream at the beginning of the song. That is the main thing people get hooked in within the first 10 seconds. Jess establishes that she is there and she is there to kick ass and take care of business like only somebody with that kind of talent and power can.”

In 2013, Hessler took home the Chicago Reader award for ‘Best Metal Band’ and provided music for the first documentary on legendary wrestler ‘The Dynamite Kid’ Tom Billington. After completing a 25 show coast-to-coast U.S. tour, Hessler brought in a new lead singer in San Antonio native and 2012 X-Factor contestant Jessikill. A classically trained singer, Jessikill was a perfect fit for Hessler’s personality and sound.

Regarding the split with former singer Lariyal Daniels, Kincaid continued, “We did a 25 date tour in November and December (2013) covering coast to coast, going from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and as soon as we came back home we were supposed to go into the studio and work on new material. Lariyah informed us after — the day after New Year’s — that she was going to be moving to Atlanta. After talking with her and letting her know that that wouldn’t work for the band — for any band unless they are wealthy enough to be flying back and forth all the time — and that she needed to be here, we just kind of felt that the band was not her priority anymore. We made the decision to move on without her and bring somebody else in. It has worked out with Jess.”

‘Hessler Ghost Dance Summer Tour’ dates:
June 10 Chicago IL – Cobra Lounge
June 11 St Louis MO – Fubar
June 12 Merriam KS – Aftershock Bar and Grill
June 13 Colorado Springs CO – Sunshine Studios
June 14 Lakewood CO – Ecks Saloon
June 15 Albuquerque NM – Stone Face Tavern
June 17 Tempe AZ – Big Fish Pub
June 19 Hollywood CA – Loaded Hollywood
June 21 Orangeville CA – The Boardwalk
June 22 San Jose CA – The Rock Shop
June 23 Redding CA – Bombays Bar
June 25 Portland OR – The East End
June 26 Seattle WA – El Corazon
June 27 Spokane WA – The Checkerboard Bar
June 28 Bozeman MT – The Filling Station
July 1 Moorhead MN – The Garage
July 2 Spring Lake Park MN – POV’s 65
July 3 Madison WI – The Frequency

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Main Hard Rock News On 24/04/2014

Sebastian Bach Debuts “All My Friends Are Dead” Video

Sebastian Bach has released a video for “All My Friends Are Dead”, from his recently released solo album ‘Give ‘Em Hell’. 

On ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), and not one but two top class guitar players in 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 will also 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. 

 

Jack Russell’s Great White Experience Spinal Tap Moment

In a scene straight out of the classic cult film ‘This Is Spinal Tap’, Jack Russell’s Great White recently played a gig in Trenton, New Jersey, with disastrous results. 

On April 19th Jack Russell’s Great White were slated to play a post game concert immediately after a Professional Indoor Football League duel between the Trenton Freedom and the Columbus Lions at the Sun National Bank Center. The evening was being billed as ’80s night, where fans were encouraged to dress up as their favorite ’80s pop or rock star in exchange for prizes. 

Obviously no one told the thousand plus football fans in attendance that there would be a concert after the game — or else the promoters completely dropped the ball — as Great White played to what appears to be an optimistic estimate of 40 people. Even by club standards the attendance was low, but the Sun National Bank Center has a capacity of 8500! To make matters worse… the Great White show was free! 

Despite the abysmal turn-out, Jack Russell appeared to be in fine form and obviously gave the extremely sparse crowd a show to remember. 

 

Head Trip Superstar Release “Love You To Death” Single/Video

Southern California based Head Trip Superstar have released a video for their new single “LOve You To Death”. The video depicts the convoluted perceptions between men and women, when it comes to love, through a fairytale-esque daydream sequence. 

“Love You To Death” capsulizes the vast emotions and adrenalized hormones associated with first falling in love yet, at the same time, reminds us that it can take a toxic turn toward self realization. Bringing this metaphorical vision to life is vocalist/guitarist Rich Varville, Jason Cooper on lead guitar, James Raub on drums, and Paule Joubran on bass. 

“Love You To Death” is available for purchase at Amazon.com and CDBaby.com

 

Kickin Valentina Unleash “Get Ready” Video

Kickin Valentina have released a video for the song “Get Ready”, from the Atlanta band’s current self-titled EP. 

“No words could describe how much potential Kickin Valentina display on this EP,” said Sleaze Roxx. “The Europeans may have a stranglehold on the cantankerous sleaze genre, but Kickin Valentina give us all hope that the scene is capable of surviving, and even thriving, in America. After hearing these five songs expectations will be extremely high for the band’s next collection of tunes.” 

Kickin Valentina was formed in the summer of 2012 by guitarist Heber Pampillon and drummer Jimmy Berdine. After meeting vocalist Joe Edwards (whose distinctive style has been described as a “diamond in the dirt”), they began writing and rehearsing, then in early 2013 recruited bassist Chris Taylor to round out the line-up. Within a few months they recorded and released their self-titled debut EP on Highway 9 Records, available for purchase at kickinvalentina.com

 

Crank County Daredevils Singer Forms The Damned Angels

Crank County Daredevils singer Scotty P has returned with a new band called The Damned Angels, and has teamed up with Sleaze Roxx to preview the track “We Like It Loud”. 

The Tennessee based band plan on releasing a series of EPs through Rusty Knuckles Records throughout 2014, with the first six song EP slated for June — details on the upcoming releases will be available at www.facebook.com/thedamnedangels

“The Damned Angels came together through me and long time friend Adam Matthews,” Scotty P tells Sleaze Roxx. “He is a bass player that has played in many bands through the years (Luxury Pushers and Pick Up The Snake to name a few) and we always talked about putting together something — but until now never could find the time. During my time with Crank County Daredevils me and Adam had a punk cover band called the Beggin’ Fiends that was strictly for shits ‘n’ giggles and free booze ‘n’ toot while I was home between tours. When, recently, the final ‘touring’ blow was handed to me via the Crank County camp I decided the time had come to try and start something new with songs that I had been working on. That’s when I saw that my bud Adam had just quit Pick Up The Snake and had a band, but was auditioning singers. I went to Knoxville, TN, met up with them and laid down demos to six songs that weekend — things went pretty fast from that. Actually, they never said I got the gig, so hopefully I’m still in!” 

“We are releasing a series of EP’s on Rusty Knuckles Records this year,” continues the singer. “With CD sales down we wanted to offer a little more candy. So the first 6 song EP will be out in June, the second EP is gonna be an acoustic taste, and then a heavier EP to cap off the year. We currently have 26 songs we are weeding through. We are just wanting to set the stage for a full-length with the different vibes we would like to achieve. All the recordings are being done by Rory Kelly, guitarist on Crank County Daredevils’ last album. I truly feel The Damned Angels are closer to the ‘southern sleaze’ sounds/look than Crank County — borrowing from bands such as Hanoi Rocks, Rock City Angels, Mother Love Bone, etc. I love the Crank County Daredevils, but like I said, that monster is more cage fighter!” 

 

Scotty P explains how The Damned Angels differ from the Crank County Daredevils, “The sounds differ by the heaviness. I feel Crank County is more of a ‘metal’ feel, even though I’m more influenced by punk styles. The Damned Angels songs were written and demoed acoustically first and then transferred to electric. They have more blues swagger and are 90% more personal ones I put together but never gave to Crank County because it was more of a party band. I tried to bring the intensity through my voice — very raw, but not as screaming as Crank County.” 

As for the Crank County Daredevils, whose last album came out in 2009, Scotty P says the band isn’t exactly dead yet. “We recorded five songs last summer and plan to just release them as singles for now. There are still talks about another album with original guitarist Adam Stevens and Rory Kelly working together, but as of now its just talk. Everyone is on good terms (finally) but time has seemed to be hard to make for each other. I truly believe that seven plus years of constant touring with no real success killed us. We lived like drug rattled gypsies out of a van for far too long — not the first band that has, and hopefully not the last! But when we started talking about recording the conservation of touring came up and no one except me and Rory were willing to tour — that was a deal breaker for me. And after three years of trying to beat a dead horse I decided it was time to start over. I feel at home again, I feel hungry again, I smell the diesel burning, and my ears are ringing.” 

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.”