MORE! AOR, Hard Rock and Melodic Rock News on 26/09/2016

Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunite LA Guns and release new album in 2017

Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to welcome the reunion of Tracii Guns And Phil Lewis as L.A. GUNS to the label for the release of a brand new album set for release in the summer of 2017.

After a nearly 15 year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in their partnership that began in 1986, four years after Tracii formed L.A. Guns in 1982.

Their writing partnership spawned classic L.A. GUNS songs such as “Sex Action”, “Never Enough”, “Electric Gypsy”, “The Ballad Of Jayne”, and countless more in an impressive catalog of fan favorites. The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead” – an album that went on to receive tremendous critical acclaim and proved that their musical partnership was every bit as strong as the early days with all-killer-no-filler songs including “Don’t Look At Me That Way”, “Hellraisers Ball”, and “The Ballad”.

“I think we owe it to our fans who have stuck with us during the many ups and downs of the band’s long and checkered career,” says Lewis. “Tracii and I have written the songs to the soundtrack of many people’s lives, and I think it’s definitely worth investigating to see if the magic is still there.”

As for Guns, he’s been compiling song ideas over the last year and promises this one will be one of the band’s heaviest records, simply stating, “It’s good to be home.”

The band has already confirmed a bunch of UK shows in early 2017 and two shows at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA with more surprises to be announced soon!

TOUR DATES US & UK

March
03. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
04. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
10. Belfast. Limelight2.
11. Phewelli. HRH fest.
12. Swansea. Scene
16. Bristol. Bierkeller.
17. Basingstoke. Stage.
18. Wolverhampton. Civic.
20. Doncaster. Diamond.
22. Sheffield. Academy2.
23. Edinburgh. La Belle Angele.
24. Glasgow. ABC2
25. London. Academy2

Follow L.A. Guns online:
https://www.facebook.com/LAFknGuns/
https://www.facebook.com/traciiguns
https://www.facebook.com/philip.lewis.1029

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Seven – ‘Fight’ official music video

“Fight”, is taken from SEVEN’s new album Shattered, which is released today (September 23rd), by UK label Escape Music Ltd. “Fight” was co-written with well known songwriter Jeff Paris (Mr. Big, Vixen, Y&T, Paul Stanley).

The roots of SEVEN can be traced back to the late ’80s/early ’90s in South Africa, of all places. At the time, Keith McFarlane and the brothers Simon and John LeFevre were in a band called FACE TO FACE, while Mick Devine was drummer in another band, called UC27. After releasing several singles and one album in a period of 18 months, FACE TO FACE split and the brothers LeFevre returned to the U.K. After a few months, they decided to reform the band and Mick was asked to join them in the U.K. as their drummer. It wasn’t before long that the brothers discovered that Mick was actually a better singer than drummer, and so Mick became the band’s lead vocalist. A couple of years later, they were joined by Pat Davey on bass and Austin Lane on drums and the band name was changed to SEVEN.

The AOR scene in the late eighties was a thriving hive of activity. At the turn of the new decade, the likes of Mitch Malloy, Paul Laine, FIREHOUSE, TYKETTO and TALISMAN were all signed up and ready to make an impact on the genre. Everybody wanted an AOR band, and Polydor Records was no exception. Having been fairly successful in the U.K with the likes of MAGNUM and LITTLE ANGELS, the label had set their sights on SEVEN, which at the time was a relatively unknown act from Bournemouth.

SEVEN toured extensively supporting an eclectic variety of acts that included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, THE MONKEES and BROTHER BEYOND. It’s a time period that Mick Devine is keen to reminisce about. “Even though they were out and out pop gigs, we loved the crowds and the noise,” he says. “We went from pubs to opening to 3000 screaming fans in Southampton. It is a very addictive adrenaline rush. We got to play all the top venues, which were fantastic — including Wembley Arena, the NEC, BIC, SEC and even the Royal Albert Hall. The Richard Marx tour was definitely the best for us with a more grown up audience we were able to rock it up and truly be ourselves. It went down really well!”

 

With John Parr as producer, they recorded two very strong singles in the shape of “Inside Love” and “Man With A Vision”, both of which achieved moderate success in the U.K.

In 2014, the original bass player Pat Davey was working alongside Robert Hart on an Escape Music album when the name SEVEN cropped up in the conversation. It would seem that Khalil Turk was a big fan, as Devine explains. “Yeah, back in the day, Khalil had really loved the band and he got in touch to see if we would be interested in finally releasing an album,” he says. Without too much convincing, the project was born.

The production talents of Lars Chriss (the LION’S SHARE guitarist whose repertoire includes albums with Steve Overland, Chris Ousey, LUGNET, NIVA and RADIOACTIVE) were enlisted to produce the band’s debut album, called “7”, which was released to critical acclaim and was held up as one of the “albums of the year” on many lists.

Following the success of the first album, a passion was rekindled within Devine and McFarlane, who began work on new material, and along with the writing talents of Lars Chriss, Fredrik Bergh (BLOODBOUND, ROB MORATTI, STREET TALK), Andy Loos (LION’S SHARE, GLORY, CHRIS OUSEY), Kay Backlund (LION’S SHARE, NIVA) and Jeff Paris (MR. BIG, Y&T, VIXEN, RADIOACTIVE), that passion was given focus and a place to come to life. What they discovered was a well of untapped creativity that had been hidden for far too long and the songs poured out.

SEVEN’s “Shattered” is a collection of wonderfully catchy songs that rely on clean and memorable melodies that allow Devine’s distinctive voice to shine through. It was Devine who took the lead in writing the lyrics on this album, matching the intensity and feel of the music to deliver a modern melodic rock album with influences ranging from hints of FOREIGNER in “A Better Life” and “Broken Dream”, JOURNEY in “High Hopes” and even traces of MAGNUM in “Light Of 1000 Eyes” and “Last Illusion”. The lyrical themes are drawn from a depth of life experience and observations and are heartfelt and real. The production talents of Chriss and the lineup of truly great musicians, deliver an album of depth and variation which ranges from driving guitar-led tracks with memorable riffs to melodic anthems, all backed by stunning keys, bass and standout solos. It is an album that is a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “7”.
“Shattered” track listing:

01. Light Of 1000 Eyes
02. A Better Life
03. Fight
04. Shattered
05. Live This Life
06. Pieces Of You
07. Broken Dream
08. High Hopes
09. I Needed Time
10. Taking Over
11. Last Illusion
12. World Of Make Believe (bonus track for Japan)
SEVEN is:

Mick Devine: Vocals
Lars Chriss: Guitars, Drums
Andy Loos: Bass
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards on tracks (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 12)
Kay Backlund: Keyboards on tracks (1, 2, 3, 10 & 11)
Produced and mixed by: Lars Chriss (www.noterious.eu)
Mastered by: Mike Lind
Executive producer: Khalil Turk

Guest backing vocals on “Shattered” and “Taking Over” by Nigel Bailey
and on “Pieces Of You” by Lin Devine
Additional keyboards on “Pieces Of You” by Sören Kronqvist

Web:
www.escape-music.com

 

Glenn Hughes – ‘Heavy’ music video

 

Hevidence release debut album ‘Nobody’s Fault’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of Hevidence’s debut album, “Nobody’s Fault” on December 2, 2016.

Hevidence is the brainchild of Italian guitar player Diego Reali, founding member of Italian Prog Metal masters DGM. After he left the band in 2006, he started dabbling in some different musical styles, but his heart called for him to get back to metal! Thus Hevidence were born and Diego joined up with DGM bass player Andrea Arcangeli, singer Corrado Quoiani and drummer Emiliano Bonini.

“This band is highly inspired by the classic hard and heavy sounds from the ’70s and ’80s, that’s why we worked hard to make this album sound the most vintage that was possible,” tells Diego. “We are convinced that a huge dose of improvisation during the recording sessions is needed for the success of an original product. Everyone of us has many different musical influences and they came out in a very spontaneous way within the song writing process, we just believe in the word “ROCK”!!!”

Hevidence offer a mature and personal vision of hard rock and metal with a style reminiscent of the classic Official Yngwie Malmsteen albums mixed with power metal and melodic hard rock influences (think early Europe).

An EPK where you can learn more about the band and hear song samples is here:https://youtu.be/TDzEVFY27Yc

The band will be launching the album with a special “Release Party” show in Roma at the JAILBREAK LiveClub on December 1st. For more info:http://www.jailbreakliveclub.it/

“Nobody’s Fault” tracklisting includes:
1. Dig In The Night
2. Nobody’ Fault
3. Miracle
4. So Unkind
5. Ave Maria
6. Overdrive
7. I Want More
8. Out Of This Time
9. Pack Your Bags
10. All I Ever Needed
11. Note

HEVIDENCE is:

Corrado Quoiani – Vocals
Diego Reali – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Emiliano Bonini – Drums
Weblink:

www.facebook.com/Hevidence

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Dario Mollo’s Crossbones unleash ‘Rock The Cradle’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Dario Mollo’s CROSSBONES new album, “Rock the Cradle” on December 2nd.

Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Italian guitarist Dario Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band CROSSBONES. With them, he released his first studio album in 1989, which was produced by Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy Official, MAGNUM and UFO, among others) before getting involved in the production side of things himself.

For this new CROSSBONES album, the Italian axeman brought back original drummer, Ezio Secomandi with the line-up completed by his regular collaborator Dario Patti on bass and keyboards. The choice for the singer was Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, KROKUSonline), who came at the suggestion of Don Airey of Deep Purple, during a recent visit to Dario’s home.

“I think this record has a strong identity and character,” tells Dario. “It is a mature production and the songs range on many styles of hard rock and classic heavy metal, but every song has a catchy chorus. I also think this album shows how much I liked working with Carl. He is easily one of the best singers I have ever worked with. I am certain our cooperation will not end with this cd!” concludes Dario. The quality of the material presented here is witness to that statement.

“Rock the Cradle” tracklisting:

1. Red

2. Take Me High

3. Navigation

4. Rock The Cradle

5. Gates Of Time

6. I Got This Feeling

7. In My Blood

8. Running From The Shadow

9. Speed

10. Fright

Links:

www.dariomollo.com

www.facebook.com/dario.mollo

 

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Graham Bonnet – ‘Into The Night’ official music video

 

Xandria reveal details about upcoming album ‘Theater of Dimensions’

The story continues …

After the successful release of XANDRIA’s latest masterpiece “Sacrificium” (2014, Napalm Records) and their spectacular EP “Fire & Ashes” (2015, Napalm Records), the band is ready to unleash their latest effort in terms of fantastic and epic symphonic metal:

Please welcome the highly anticipated brand new album entitled „Theater of Dimensions“!

Theater of Dimensions“ will be released worldwide on January 27th 2017 via Napalm Records!

The band has definitely taken the next big step and will win over fans and critics alike.
XANDRIA commented on their new album „Theater of Dimensions“:
“After the release of “Sacrificium” we embarked on our longest Tour so far. Over 150 shows that took us around the globe. Through so many different countries and diverse cultures. Through so many different, yet inspiring dimensions. We brought back plenty of memories, sometimes just bits and pieces, but those stuck to our heads. And it made us see who we are and where we wanted to take our music. Made us fearless. Made us push our boundaries once more. Made us cross some so-called genre defining borders. Made us bundle all our trademarks and take them to the next level. All this makes the most colourful Xandria album so far. It contains our most heavy and most emotional moments. Again, producer Joost van den Broek did a phenomenal job capturing the atmosphere down to every detail. A Theater of musical Dimensions. Can’t wait to share the songs with you…”

 

XANDRIA will be heavily hitting the road not only in Europe as well as Latin America, Canada and the US!

Find all upcoming tour dates and festival shows listed below:
25.09.16 BE – Eindhoven / FemME
14.10.16 DE – Hameln / Autumn Moon Festival

>> “Fire & Ashes over LATIN AMERICA” <<
presented by IDL Entertainment
15 Oct – Epic Metal Fest – SAO PAULO – Brazil
16 Oct – Rock Experience – RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil
18 Oct – Montevideo Music Box – MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay
20 Oct – Roxy Live – BUENOS AIRES – Argentina
21 Oct – Casa Babylon -CORDOBA – Argentina
22 Oct – Club Subterraneo – SANTIAGO – Chile
23 Oct – Auditorio Lumiere – BOGOTA – Colombia
25 Oct – Oliver Club – LIMA – Peru
27 Oct – Bunker – SAN LUIS POTOSI – Mexico
28 Oct – Rock & Roots – MONTERREY – Mexico
29 Oct – Red Monkeys – QUERETARO – Mexico
30 Oct – Cosa Nostra – MEXICO CITY – Mexico

02 Nov – The Token Lounge – Westland – Canada
04 Nov –  Imperial Theater – Quebec – Canada *Supporting EPICA
05 Nov – Corona Theatre – Montréal – Canada *Supporting EPICA
06 Nov – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto – Canada *Supporting EPICA
08 Nov – The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland – OH
09 Nov – Dingbatz – Clifton –  NJ
10 Nov – The Studio At Webster Hall – New York – NY
30 Nov – Rock Stage – Tel Aviv – Israel
02 Feb – 70.000 Tons of Metal -Fort Lauderdale – FL

Stay tuned for many more exciting news to come!
For More Info & News On XANDRIA Visit:
www.xandria.de
www.facebook.com/xandriaofficial

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 22/05/2014

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Asia add new UK date

Asia Gravitas

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASIA is:

John Wetton – lead vocal and bass

Carl Palmer – drums

Geoff Downes – keyboards

Sam Coulson – guitars

 

Tickets for the Shepherds Bush show:

Tickets are £25 – £30

O2 Priority pre-sale – Wednesday midday

General On sale – Friday 23rd May at midday

Roxx Gang Pay Tribute To Late Guitarist On Lost Demos Collection

Roxx Gang are set to release ‘Last Laugh (The Lost Roxx Gang Demos)’ on May 20th via FNA Records, with distribution through Cargo Records. 

These recordings feature original Roxx Gang guitarist and co-founder Eric Carrell, who died in a mysterious accident in 1986. Eleven of the fifteen tracks on ‘Last Laugh (The Lost Roxx Gang Demos)’ were recorded from 1984 to 1986 when singer Kevin Steele and Carrell founded Roxx Gang, writing and recording these demos that include the original versions of classics like “Scratch My Back”, “No Easy Way Out” and “Too Cool For School”. 

“These are Roxx Gang’s first demos, some of these are close to thirty years old and as a result the audio quality on some songs leaves something to be desired but the point is to pay tribute to my dear friend and co-founder of Roxx Gang, Eric Carrell,” said Steele. “He was taken from us much too soon and so few recordings exist of his playing that I felt this disc was necessary. This is not meant to be the new Roxx Gang album, it is a labor of love paying tribute to a great guitar player and a good friend.” 

Among other highlights, the CD includes a cover of the Alice Cooper classic “I’m Eighteen” that was recorded live in the studio and the original song “Magic Carpet Ride”. Most of the songs on ‘Last Laugh (The Lost Roxx Gang Demos)’ were recorded at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with Jim Morris (Savatage, Iced Earth, Warrant and Trans-Siberian Orchestra) engineering the sessions. The album’s cover artwork is a photo of Kevin Steele shot in Tampa in 1987 by Mick Rock, the legendary British photographer best known for his album covers and iconic shots of Queen, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy and the Stooges and The Ramones. 

After recording these demos Roxx Gang exploded on the world music scene in 1988 with their classic demo-album ‘Love ‘Em And Leave ‘Em’ as a hybrid mixture of rock, blues and punk that virtually defied classification. ‘Love ‘Em And Leave ‘Em’ earned stellar reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and earned Roxx Gang a spot on the Top Ten Heavy Metal Albums Of The Year in Tower Records’ Pulse. In a short space of time the Gang did a series of showcase gigs, garnered a huge international following, and were signed to Virgin Records to be that label’s first hard rock band. 

Their debut CD, ‘Things You’ve Never Done Before’, was released to great critical acclaim. Coverage in the international rock and music press was extensive. The band released two videos, “No Easy Way Out” directed by Nigel Dick (Guns N’ Roses, Oasis) and “Scratch My Back” directed by Ralph Ziman (Ozzy Osbourne, L.A. Guns), that received airplay on MTV. The band toured all over the world with ‘Things You’ve Never Done Before’ ging on to sell over 250,000 copies. 

Always experimenting with many musical styles, Roxx Gang refused to paint themselves into a corner. They were unique in a watered down music scene. The intelligence behind their unbridled raw power, prolific songwriting and a mastery of the live performance made them, for a time, one of America’s greatest rock bands. The band is no longer together, but a recent resurgence of interest has lead to the release of last year’s box set ‘Boxx Of Roxx’ and now ‘Last Laugh (The Lost Roxx Gang Demos)’. 

FNA Records will release a regular version, an autographed version, and a super fan pack version with a t-shirt featuring the popular Roxx Gang skull and cross bones logo. All three will be made available for purchase via the FNA web site at fnarecords.net and traditional retail outlets. 

‘Last Laugh (The Lost Roxx Gang Demos)’ track listing:
Pre-‘Things You’ve Never Done Before’ demos featuring the original members of Roxx Gang: Kevin Steele (vocals), Eric Carrell (guitar), Doug Denardin (drums) and Pete Clauss (bass):
01. Too Cool For School
02. No Easy Way Out 
03. Scratch My Back 
04. Fastest Gun In Town
Earliest studio recordings of Roxx Gang featuring the same line-up as above:
05. Last Laugh 
06. Kiss Of Death 
07. Call Of The Wild
08. Burning Fire
09. I’m Eighteen
10. Burn This Town Down 
11. Bad Man
Demos featuring the Virgin Records ‘Things You’ve Never Done Before’ line-up: Kevin Steele (vocals), Jeff Taylor (guitar), Wade Hayes (guitar), Roby Strine (bass) and David James Blackshire (drums):
12. I Want It, I Need It
13. I’m Cryin’
14. Your Love’s A Drug
15. Magic Carpet Ride (Alternate Rock Version) 

Additional AOR and Melodic Rock News on 01/05/2014

LOVERBOY KEYBOARDIST DOUG JOHNSON’S NOTES TO SELF:
Indie release available on iTunes, CDBaby and his own website is an homage to Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel featuring pieces he composed and arranged himself.

Los Angeles, April 30, 2014-The distance from “Working for the Weekend” to classical composers like Beethoven, Bartok, Chopin and Ravel might seem like a long way, but Loverboy keyboardist Doug Johnson has proven there is a connection on his new CD, Notes to Self. Recorded in Vancouver with classical musicians from the Vancouver Opera Symphony, the CBC Radio Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the album is available digitally on iTunes and CDBaby as well as in physical form on his own website (www.dougjohnsonmusic.com/CD.html) via PayPal.
“If you listen, the keyboard parts for many of Loverboy’s songs were very much informed by my classical training,” says Johnson, who started taking piano lessons at four years old, then received his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T) degree when he was 18, with a silver medal. “This has been a lifelong passion for me.”
Recorded in Vancouver on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano with a variety of classical musicians-most prominently violinist Mark Ferris, who helped with the arrangements, and flautist Lorna McGhee-Notes to Self was inspired by “my physical and emotional connections to the places and people in my life.”
The album ranges from solo pieces like the playful “Sucrose,” a number that reflects the deleterious effects of a birthday cake-induced sugar rush on his visiting granddaughters to a quintet featuring violin, viola, cello, flute and his own keyboards on the opening four-part “The Crescent Suite,” a grand vision of four seasons as seen from running on the beach near his Surrey home in West Canada.

“It goes from the fall, when the storms start coming in (‘Con Brio’) through all four seasons, ending with the summer (‘Maestoso’), when all the tourists arrive and life is more laid-back,” says Johnson, who also captures the brooding, overcast nature of the area’s weather in “Waltz of the Grey Days,” a duet with piano and cello.
“Zoe” and “Emily” are dedicated to his nieces, the former “beautiful, capricious and brave,” the latter “a methodical, persistent problem-solver,” both painting vivid pictures by capturing those personalities in sound. “Two Versions of a Visit” is another piano/cello duet that reflects the very different personalities of his two grandsons. “Warsaw” is his tribute to Chopin, whom Johnson considers “the best composer of piano music who ever lived… I’ve always had a special place in my heart for him.”
Johnson, an outspoken believer in music education, hopes that Notes to Self will simply make people feel good. “I’m hoping it will energize them, and allow them to reflect,” he says. “Music is inspired by the things around us and our experiences, our interactions with others,” adds Johnson. “I wanted to let people in on that process, how this album came about.”

And while he has already performed some of this music recently in a live setting, Johnson isn’t about to ignore his “day” job, playing with Loverboy, who for three decades have entertained several generations of fans with hits like “Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “Heaven In Your Eyes,” “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.”
“Playing with Loverboy is just a great deal of fun,” he says. “We’re like brothers. We get to stand up before thousands of fans, and when you look out into the crowd, you see them smiling, laughing, dancing and having a great time. Our songs seem to have stood the test of time. They’re not only relatable to our old fans, but their kids.”
Catch Loverboy on tour this summer: www.loverboyband.com/tours.html.


FROM POLAND TO PERRIS FOR SCREAM MAKER:
Perris Records is proud to announce the CD release of their first band from Poland Scream Maker. The “Livin’ In The Past” CD cover was designed by Roslaw Szaybo, world-renowned designer of Judas Priest, Elton John, Santana and Bob Marley.The band just finished a tour in Poland with Paul Di’Anno and sharing the stage with Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden). Scream Maker will also be on 9 city tour through China including the Mordensky Festival festival in Beijing.
WebLink: www.perrisrecords.com.

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NEW WIZARDS OF WINTER ALBUM ARTWORK TO BE DESIGNED BY IOANNIS:
Legendary record cover artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Weir, Allman Brothers Band, Dream Theater) will be joining forces with The Wizards of Winter to produce cover artwork for their upcoming album to be released later this year. Ioannis will also design merchandise and the tour art for their upcoming 2014 schedule.
Says Ioannis, “I think The Wizards of Winter is an incredibly talented group of individuals and it will be cool to work on their holiday project, so I am really looking forward to doing this.”  Plans are also in discussion for additional ventures to be announced later this year.

The Wizards of Winter, the prog-metal-meets-classical rock band that has been hard at work recording their second release, are excited to be working with this iconic artist for the design of their album cover artwork. Ioannis has created the covers of over 170 albums, with his art firmly rooted in fantasy and surrealism. The currently untitled album, produced by Tommy Farese of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame, promises to continue the band’s style of integrating elements of hard rock and classical influences into a distinctive blend of original compositions. “We are honored to have the privilege to work with a creative master like Ioannis,” said Scott Kelly, leader of The Wizards of Winter. “His art work has graced the album covers of so many of the music industry’s legendary performers that he too, truly is a legend. When Ioannis contacted us and told us that he really liked our material and wanted to work together, we were really quite surprised given where the band is in its development. It is just another proof point that the Wizards are really beginning to gain some broad recognition. After speaking with Ioannis, Steve Ratchen, one of the other co-founders of the band, and I both found that besides being a very nice and approachable guy, his artistic concepts and marketing directions appear to be exactly what we need at this time to assist us in moving to the next level. We are humbly grateful that he has chosen to work with us and greatly look forward to working with him.”
For more info visit: thewizardsofwinter.com / www.dangerousage.com / www.facebook.com/DANGEROUSAGEART?ref=hl.

UNISONIC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND EP ‘FOR THE KINGDOM’:
Two years after their celebrated eponymous debut album German hard rock supergroup Unisonic which includes Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, Dennis Ward, Mandy Meyer and last but not least Kosta Zafiriou is back with a new record that will be released on July 25. As a foretaste of their eagerly awaited sophomore album the band will release the EP ‘For The Kingdom’, which contains two new songs and four live tracks, on May 23.

Rock and metal fans had to wait many many years – 23 to be exact – before it finally happened: German metal icons Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske, who kicked off German Metal trailblazers Helloween’s international triumph with the two ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ records at the end of the 80s, got back together again. Again? Yes, again: Hansen quit Helloween in 1989 to found Gamma Ray while Kiske left four years later to attend to his solo projects. Even though the band already formed a year before Kai joined them but it was his involvement that made Unisonic a so-called supergroup.
The two congenial musicians’ new baby was called Unisonic and instantly aroused enthusiasm in the rock and metal community. Their first single ‘Unisonic’ got well over 150.000 YouTube clicks in just a few days after its release in January 2012 and has by now garnered more than 640.000. When music legends like Kiske on mic and Hansen on guitar, who are completed by bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), guitarrist Mandy Meyer (Krokus, ex Asia & Gotthard) and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex Pink Cream 69), pool their creative strengths, the world is going to be set on fire for sure.
And Unisonic did deliver the goods: After their teaser mini album ‘Ignition’ got rave reviews and sold out immediately, the eponymous full-length debut was equally acclaimed and proved impressively that the chemistry between Hansen and Kiske is simply second to none. However, all those who expected a third ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ album were mistaken: Instead of relying on worn out success patterns the two thoroughbred musicians rather indulged in heavy rock than in power metal and delivered a stylistically manifold album which featured everything from emotional ballad to luscious rock track while occasionally still drawing on buzzing heavy metal of course. The outcome was a unique collection of rock anthems full of energy, melody and magic.

And there’s more to come. Only two years later Hansen, Kiske and co. up the ante again with their sophomore album which is once more produced by Dennis Ward and will be released on July 25th. Heralding this eagerly awaited full-length album, Unisonic will again offer a foretaste in form of an EP called ‘For The Kingdom’ which will see the light of day on May 23rd. The six song collection consists of the brand new album track ‘For The Kingdom’, which hymn-like chorus and its double-bass footwork extraordinaire will rush the blood to the head of all metal fans. Followed by the EP exclusive smasher ‘You Come Undone’ which could have been included on the first band offering as well but also gives a hint of what to expect from the near-by future plus four live recordings from their show at the Masters Of Rock Festival 2012 in the Czech Republic where Unisonic performed a celebrated show (also exclusive to this EP).

NEW SHOWCASES ONLINE:
New Showcases online today for Tesla & Night Ranger (Frontiers Records, out June 6) and Perfect View, Sonic Station & Rik Priem’s Prime (Avenue Of Allies, out May 23). Check them all out!

Main Melodic Rock News On 22/04/2014

‘THE BEST’ FROM JOHN WAITE DUE IN MAY:
John Waite has announced a new compilation, set for release in May. Titled “The Best”, the CD/Digital will feature the following tracks: Back On My Feet Again (newly re-recorded), Isn’t It Time (newly re-recorded), Rough & Tumble, Missing You (newly re-recorded), If You Ever Get Lonely, Better Off Gone, Suicide Life, Change (live), Every Time I Think Of You (live), Head First (live), Evil (live), Saturday Night (live), Bluebird Cafй (unplugged), I’m Ready (unplugged), In Dreams, The Hard Way, Downtown, Missing You (duet with Alison Krauss).

At John’s site (www.johnwaiteworldwide.com/store) he details the thought process behind the release: “I suppose the idea for BEST came to me last December. I was in Beverly Hills just walking in the rain. There was an exhibition of the photography of Richard Avedon and I’d always been interested in his work so I thought I’d check it out, get out of the rain for a while and then get a glass of wine. I remember a huge white wall with at least 60 different photos–all figurative stuff, all different. It was a very ’60s approach. I write, play and sing music but I’m also very interested in art. I don’t really see the difference in the different mediums; literature, painting, acting, etc., it’s all expression. I saw the pictures presented that way and considered what its counterpart would be musically and BEST came out of that. I didn’t want to do the obvious thing and simply put out a “Greatest Hits” record as anyone can do that through iTunes. Just download a play list and hey, “presto.”
This collection is called BEST because it’s my best. It’s me putting together my favorite work and it’s totally subjective; I had no one to answer to but myself. It was, I have to say, great fun. I re-sang “Missing You” and “Back On My Feet Again” as the lyrics and melodies had been written literally hours or at most a day before recording the originals so long ago. I always felt I could “do” them better and bring something to them that I’d missed, update the production and make them more vital. And besides, a retrospective was a nice way of looking at my work. I wanted to connect the dots as much for myself as for anyone who might hear it.
I set about the task at hand on my return from England on New Year’s Eve. I’d been making lists over the holidays and decided to simply follow my heart. There was no way I could exclude “Bluebird Cafй” or “Suicide Life.” I also wanted to add live tracks from my great live band–Tim Hogan (bass), Kerri Kelli (guitar) and Rhondo (drummer)–and I remembered I had a steaming unreleased version of “Every Time I Think Of You” from last year that was so real it bordered on ’60s soul music. My duet with Alison Krauss on “Missing You” was important to me on a profound level as it showed my love for country, bluegrass and in fact, Alison, whilst “Rough and Tumble” was pure blues rock.”
Each copy is autographed personally by John over his actual thumbprint. Order via: www.johnwaiteworldwide.com/store.


FIREWORKS 63 OUT NOW:
Fireworks #63 heralds another step forward, now coming in perfect bound format with 100 pages every issue! We haven’t scrimped on the features either, as Glenn Hughes talks about the demise of successful supergroup Black Country Communion and how he teamed up with Jason Bonham to put together the impressive new power trio California Breed. Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach enthuses about his brand new solo album, while Asia vocalist John Wetton tells us about the band’s new album and bringing in new blood to replace Steve Howe. Magnum release another great record which Bob Catley is only too happy to talk about, and Winger explode back with a brand new album.
That’s not all, as we have Ian Anderson, Black Label Society, H.e.a.t, Daughtry, Gotthard, Patti Russo, Sonata Arctica, Vanden Plas and many, many more – 33 interviews in total! With the usual in-depth reviews of new albums, live concerts and DVDs, along with dedicated features on books and EPs, Fireworks is indispensable in helping you figure out what to spend your hard earned cash on! If that wasn’t enough, you’ll find a CD attached to the issue which contains 71 tracks in mp3 format – yes, SEVENTY THREE… along with a 22 page PDF about the bands featured, absolutely free! If you can find a better value magazine for Ј4.99, we’d love to know about it!

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INTERNATIONAL RELEASE FOR ELECTRIC GUITARS DUE MAY:
When Danish rock n’ roll band Electric Guitars released their debut album last year, it caused quite a stir in their homeland – to such an extent that it even made the news on national television. Now the album is ready for international release May 26. The two guitar virtuosos behind Electric Guitars, Soren Andersen and Mika Vandborg, had succeeded in bringing ten of the best Danish guitarists of all time on one track, called ‘Hero of Mine’. A homage to the electric guitar and some of the Danish legends who have played it. On the 10 minute long track you can listen to solos by Tim Christensen of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy for instance, Jacob Binzer of D-A-D, Billy Cross who played with Bob Dylan in the late 70s and not least Franz Beckerlee of the legendary 70s Danish rockband Gasolin’ – as well as, naturally, Andersen and Vandborg themselves.
The track is an historic event, masterminded by two of the hottest Danish guitarists, who started performing together as Electric Guitars in 2012. Their shows were such a success that the next logical step was to work on an album. The result of which included ‘Hero of Mine’, took Denmark by storm, and it’s now seeing a release in the rest of Europe and USA, followed by a tour in Germany.

Although the self-titled album by Electric Guitars is the band’s debut, these two guys are far from rookies. Soren Andersen is perhaps best known as the guitarist in White Lion (Mike Tramp’s former band) and for the five last years as the guitarist in Glenn Hughes band (former vocalist and bassist of Deep Purple). In fact, Electric Guitars were chosen as warm up band for the recent Deep Purple concert in Denmark.
Over the years, the two self-proclaimed guitar nerds, have been in countless bands, appeared on dozens upon dozens of successful albums in Denmark, with groups like Gnags and Love Shop. They have also released their own solo albums; one of such by Mika Vandborg included the former front-man from The Darkness, Justin Hawkins. Add to that Soren Andersen’s appearances with Marco Mendoza, Dave Mustaine, Billy Sheehan and Tommy Aldridge, and one can quickly see that the these two incredible guitarists have worked with their fair share of talents artists.
However, now it is time for the duos own version of straight forward, back to the roots, no nonsense classic rock with strong melodies – recorded with drummer Morten Hellborn and bassist Peter Kjшbsted. This is 4 guys, playing 12 maximum energy rock ‘n’ roll songs, with the electric guitar in the center stage… Get ready to turn up your amplifier!
WebLinks: www.electricguitars.dk / www.facebook.com/ElectricGuitarsDK / www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZXMnQ-OCNs.


ROCKNATION ISSUE 21 OUT NOW:
Rocknation Issue 21 is now available featuring exclusive interviews with Helix, Laney’s Legion, Babylon A.D., Moonshine, Scream Maker, Lance King and more! Also a Perris Records FREE CD sampler featuring 99 bands a new worlds record. Featuring new music from Helix, Babylon A.D., Moonshine, Scream Maker, Humbucker, Tiles, Lance King, Scelerata, Spheric Universe Experience, Warnot also featuring music from current and former members of Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Megadeth, Foreigner, Vince Neil, Skid Row, Testament, Dangerous Toys, Dirty Looks, Wasp, Slash’s Snakepit, Warrant, Ratt, LA Guns and more.
CD Samplers are available in 100 CD Stores nationwide, stores are listed in this Issue on page 23. (CD Samplers are limited in quantity) CD sampler is also available for a FREE download at: www.rocknation.us and www.perrisrecords.com / www.rocknation.us/issue21.

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TSO’S TOMMY FARESE TO PRODUCE NEW PROG-ROCK ALBUM:
Founding Trans-Siberian Orchestra member Tommy Farese to produce new album by prog-rockers Wizards of Winter. Tour to include both Farese and Tony Gaynor.
Wizards of Winter, known for their high energy and classically-infused-rock concerts, are excited to announce that they are in the midst of recording the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed Tales Beneath a Northern Star album. To help bring this new epic project to life, the band enlisted legendary vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Farese to produce the album. Tommy also has plans to lend his voice to a song or two to the recording. 
Known throughout North America for his long and storied connection to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Farese helped found that act and served as lead vocalist and guitarist for their first 13 tours. In addition to fronting the act for over a decade, Farese also starred in TSO’s TV movie “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”, playing the role of the runaway’s father.

After touring with The Wizards of Winter as a special guest this past winter, Farese says “I’m excited to work with this great group of musicians again. Producing is one of my favorite things to do. They asked me on board to produce and sing a song or two and it was an instant ‘yes’.”
Though full tour details have not yet been announced, both Farese and founding TSO narrator Tony Gaynor – both of whom guested with the Wizards last year – will join the band once again for their 2014 Winter Tour. Says Gaynor: “2014 is proving to be a very rewarding year for me, after the last few years of nothing but pure survival. With so much on my plate already this year, I was honored to be asked by the Wizards to join their 2014 tour at the end of the year. I had such a wonderful time this past year touring with this group of talented musicians, who do it strictly for the love it. There is no better feeling for an artist, then being at the beginning of a project, and watching it grow. They have opened their hearts to me and always made me feel welcomed. I am looking forward to raising the bar even higher on my abilities and bringing some new and exciting energy and showmanship to the table. I’m getting older, but thank God I’m getting better!”

“The Wizards are extremely honored to have Tommy and Tony accept our offers to  join us on tour again this year.” stated Scott Kelly, leader of The Wizards of Winter. “As Tony states, when we first came together with these talented gentlemen last year, it just felt right. We worked together as if we had been old friends for many years.  The overwhelmingly positive response we received from the fans was validation that we had a good thing going here. I am excited for the chance to get to do it again for a larger and broader audience. In our view, having Tommy assist us on the production of the album seemed to be a natural extension of this joint success. He has such a great ear and is such a stickler for detail that I know his input will help us deliver a better end product. All of us are very happy that he graciously accepted our offer to be our producer”
For more information: www.thewizardsofwinter.com.

SKID ROW ‘UNITED WORLD REBELLION – PART 2’ EP OUT AUGUST 5:
April 14, 2014 — Skid RowJohnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Snake Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums)­will be a long way from home throughout the summer. First, the band is teaming up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the west coast, which starts May 8 in Tucson, AZ at the Rialto Theatre. Once that concludes on May 16, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S., including a stop at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 17 and an appearance at this year’s Rocklahoma festival on May 23 in Pryor, OK. They’ll then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14. Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, Skid Row will head to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they’ve been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31.

All of this touring is getting their loyal fans ready for the highly anticipated new seven-song EP, United World Rebellion ­ Part 2, set for release August 5 via Megaforce Records. After a hiatus that started in 1996, Skid Row returned to the big stage­literally–opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves. “When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan“We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of something better to do.”

2003’s Thickskin and 2006’s Revolutions Per Minute were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones. United World Rebellion ­ Part 2 is Skid Row coming out swinging. Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band. Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge. “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity. It’s us against the world again–and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the Skid Row torch without fail.”

New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it’s a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.”
That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake. “The pressure seemed to be lifted. That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.”
Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability. “The third time in the studio as the voice of Skid Row was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks. United World Rebellion ­ Part 2 is the most meaningful work I’ve done with the band. It’s definitely the most I’ve been challenged, vocally.”
That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but Skid Row never really grew up. United World Rebellion ­ Part 2 is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline.

Check out Skid Row at any of the following stops:
With Black Star Riders:
Thu 5/8 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Fri 5/9 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Sat 5/10 Corona, CA M15
Mon 5/12 Sacramento, CA Harlows
Tue 5/13 San Francisco, CA DNA
Thu 5/15 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 5/16 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House

Headlining:
Sat 5/17 Los Angeles, CA The Whisky
Sun 5/18 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Tue 5/20 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Wed 5/21 Abilene, TX Lucky Mule
Fri 5/23 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Sat 5/24 Dallas, TX Trees
Sun 5/25 Lubbock, TX Big Purple Festival
Wed 7/9 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
Thu 7/10 Cleveland, OH Agora
Fri 7/11 Newport, KY Thompson House
Sat 7/12 Arlington Heights, IL Home Bar
Sun 7/13 Watseka, IL Watseka Theater
Thu 7/17 Peoria. IL Illinois State Fair
Fri 7/18 Turtle Lake, WI St. Croix Casino
Sat 7/19 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA
Sun 7/20 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
Fri 7/25 Duncannon, PA Tubby’s
WebLinks: www.skidrow.com / www.facebook.com/OfficialSkidRow.


INTRODUCING DEBUT ALBUM FROM SATIN:
Satin has finished the long awaited debut album simply titled ‘Satin’. Comprised of 10 melodic feel-good rock songs written and produced by Satin himself. This album has a total listening time of approximately 44 minutes. Being an 80’s child, both music and production will naturally reveal some elements from the 80’s, blended tastefully with a full modern sound. The album was mastered in New York by Grammy Award Winning senior mastering-engineer Tom Coyne (Adele, U2, Def Leppard, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Pink, Beyoncй, Bee Gees).
The lyrical content on this album touches on subjects like choices, strength, life and love. Great vocal performances and melodic guitar work further enhances the already strong melodies. It starts off with the big and very catchy “Fire The Shot”. The emotional impact caused by the beautiful ballade “Don’t Know The Words” is immense. Satin tells all in the epic rocker “I’ve Been Crazy” and shares his point of view in “Life Will Never Slow Down”.
Satin has been a part of various projects over the years which has not just given him a great deal of experience and important lessons, but also earned him a Norwegian Grammy in 2013. Satin has delivered an amazing debut album so be sure to give it a well-deserved listen.

Tracklisting: 01. Fire The Shot 02. Don’t Know The Words 03. I’ve Been Crazy 04. Life Will Never Slow Down 05. I Want Us 06. Friends 07. Some People Call It Love 08. Leave It Be 09. Part Of It 10. I Don’t Need Anybody.
WebLink: www.verummusic.com.


THE ANGELS PLAN 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR AND RELEASES:
Aussie rock legends The Angels are planning to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a twin-Best Of release – 4CDs and 80 tracks of the band at their best – www.theangels40thanniversary.com.au:

After morphing from The Moonshine Jug & String Band in 1974 the group embarked on a new path under the name The Keystone Angels. In a decision that would change the face of Australian music forever they were signed to Alberts Music from a meeting with legendary producers Vanda & Young. Stripping their name back to simply The Angels the band started a recording career that spawned dozens of studio releases with enormous radio and chart success. The Greatest ‘Studio’ Hits release brings forward 40 of the band’s best album recordings. Each and every track has been carefully chosen to reward listeners with a valuable insight into the unarguable influence The Angels music has exercised over the course of this country’s modern rock history.

Since 1974 The Angels have wowed audiences at pubs, clubs, festivals and concerts with their high energy brand of Australian rock riffs. The band’s sound has become legendary across the country. Their unique approach to pumping up an audience is synonymous with rocking out while holding a drink in your hand after a hard day’s work. There are few, if any, groups in the world who can hold up an ongoing reputation for live performances like the status achieved by The Angels over the course of their constant and relentless evolution. The Greatest ‘Live’ Hits album contains a special selection of 40 recordings from gigs across their career and who knows… maybe you were there!

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AUSTRALIAN GUITAR HERO JOE MATERA TO HIT THE EUROPEAN ROAD IN MAY:
Following on from his critically acclaimed 2012 album, ‘Creature Of Habit’, guitar hero Joe Matera released a new set, ‘Terra Firma’, via W.A.R Productions, in Europe in January, 2014. The Australian musician will be heavily promoting the album in May, 2014 during The ‘Terra Firma’ Europe 2014 Tour which will include shows in Austria, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. The tour kicks off in Linz, Austria on May 2nd where Joe will headline The Akustik Festival 2. The German band Seeking Raven will perform as support act on several dates.
Joe of course is very excited about his upcoming tour: “I am looking forward to promote ‘Terra Firma’ on stages in Europe. Can’t wait to perform live for the first time ever to all my fans and new audiences in Poland, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. It’s going to be rock ‘n’ roll!”
‘Terra Firma’ – Joe’s second full-length studio album – features nine new songs built from a tumultuous year for Joe, in which he has enjoyed tremendous international success with his album ‘Creature Of Habit’, the accompanying single, ‘Fallen Angel’ and his first European Tour in September, 2012 as well as having to face a double family tragedy. The roots of ‘Terra Firma’ stretch from this highly emotional period and the resultant song-writing display greater depth, maturity and emotive resonance than his previous work. Joe – whose reputation is principally as a creator of guitar driven instrumentals – has also responded to calls from his fans to add more vocals in the wake of ‘Fallen Angel’ and two new songs on the collection, ‘Shining Star’ and ‘Tell Me Why’ feature his voice and new lyrical twists.
‘Shining Star’ is the lead-off single and two versions of the song are found on the album. The ‘single’ version is a no-holds-barred full band rock attack that features a guest appearance from The Sweet’s Pete Lincoln, on bass. In addition, there is a relaxed ‘acoustic’ version also featuring Lincoln alongside another of Joe’s great friends, Smokie’s Martin Bullard on keyboards.
You can check out the video for ‘Shining Star’ here: youtu.be/TJIhOoqf1n8.

‘Terra Firma’ European 2014 Tour:
02 May – Akustik Festival 2, Elia Solar City – Linz, Austria (acoustic)*
04 May – Club Prague Hard Rock Cafй – Prague, Czech Republic
07 May – Mein Haus am See – Berlin, Germany
09 May – Klub U Bulka Lub Plener – Sulecin, Poland
10 May – Bulwar Pub – Sport & Music – Gorzуw Wlkp, Poland
12 May – Pooca Circus – Hamburg, Germany
16 May – Cafй De Dwaas – Sittard, Netherlands (acoustic)*
17 May – Muziekcafe De Meister, – Geleen, Netherlands*
18 May – Muziekcafe Rinie & Nico – Venlo-Blerick, Netherlands*
* supported by Seeking Raven
Websites: www.joematera.com / www.facebook.com/joe.matera.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
German Powerprog Records offers Passage To The Other Side as a free advance download single for the upcoming 2nd Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord album Gates Of Valhalla! You can check out and download the track over here:www.powerprog.net/free_singles_eps_crylord_passage_to_the_other_side.html. The album features Carsten Schulz, Goran Edman, Mark Boals (both Malmsteen) and Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance).

This week on The Double Stop guitarist Ronny Jones shares his story. Ronny was in the band Mac Meda with Robin Crosby (Ratt) and Rob Lamothe (Riverdogs) and two of their songs (I’m Insane and Scene of the Crime) appeared on Ratt’s smash album “Out Of The Cellar”ќ. Ronny and Rob were co-writers of the tracks, but never given credits on the album. Ronny explains the lawsuit that followed, as well his next band, Black Bambi, which had their debut album produced by Beau Hill, but never release due to politics at Atlantic Records. Very different than any of my past episodes, but it is a pretty important story of the dark side of the 80’s music biz. thedoublestop.com/ep-11-ronny-jones-mac-meda-black-bambi-cocoa-blue

MetalSymphony.com has uploaded photos of Gotthard’s April 11, 2014 concert at Volkshaus (Zurich ­ Switzerland). Check them out at this location: www.metalsymphony.com/?p=18241#pg
Gotthard’s setlist was as follows: Bang!, Get Up N’ Move on, Feel What I Feel, Hush, Right On, Remember It’s Me, C’est La Vie, Heaven, Spread Your Wings, Mountain Mama, Jump The Gun, My Belief, Sister Moon, Lift U’ Up, Anytime Anywhere, One Life, One Soul, Starlight, Top Of The World, Mighty Quinn.

UK rockers Fahran are set to release their second studio album in mid-May 2014, entitled ‘Chasing Hours’. The band joined forces with ex-Serpentine vocalist Matt Black in late 2013 and have been working hard in the studio whilst still keeping up a good live presence. After the well-received ‘Take This City Alive’ video showcasing the new line up, Fahran have now released a second music video to promote the upcoming album.
Fahran – I Heard A Joke Once www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzi_lVROT0o / www.fahran.com.

New Video from Julie and Hydrogyn from the “Break The Chains” EP from Rapid Fire Entertainment. Julie – Vocals/Guitar; Jeff Westlake – Guitar; John Cardilino – Drums; Mark Carlisle – Bass / www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uQKghD6gT8.

Michael Sweet of Stryper 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 covers everything from Michael’s autobiography, to new solo CD, live Stryper DVD, upcoming project with George Lynch and much 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.

AUSSIE ROCKERS MYSTERY SUBJECT OF FEATURE DOCO:
The most emerging Hard Rock band to come out of Australia to astound International audiences in recent years continue dominate with the announcement of the completion of a feature film. Mystery will for the very first time unveil the feature film Mystery: Born To Rockon April 24 in a red carpet style gala concert where they will perform a full Rock concert after which they will host the launch and premiere of the movie on the giant screen at The Astor Theatre. The prestigious venue is famous for red carpet events and historical concerts by bands like Inxs, Iggy Pop, UB40, Men At Work, Midnight Oil and many more. The concert will be performed on an elevated stage which will allow perfect viewing for all patrons whether they choose to stand in the pit during the concert or to be seated. The historical venue boasts amazing acoustics and a luxurious cinema setting with a huge screen for superior picture quality. The event will take place in the bands hometown of Melbourne, Australia on April 24 (Anzac Day Eve). Doors will open at 7pm and showtime is at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at: www.trybooking.com/EDPV or at The Astor Box Office.
Please check this short 40 second trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2yAtTf0Nh4.

Stop Press – Hard Rocking It To Cannes: After the screening, the movie will head to France for the International premiere at the world’s biggest and most important film festival where It will screen at the official Cannes Film Festival on May 16 at 6pm in Palais E as part of the official Marche Du Film Line-up. Frontman Rocky Ravic will be a special guest at the festival screening at the world’s most famous red carpet. Mystery: Born To Rock will be delivering Hard Rock to the Palais movie screen.
Mystery: Born To Rock (The Movie): Strap on your belts and embark on a wild 85 minute adventure of Rock n’ Roll proportions with the youngest Rock band to ever tour the world. Join them on stage, behind the scenes and in their dreams in a journey like no other. Mystery: Born To Rock is a story loosely inspired by real life events. From the turbulent streets of the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia emerges a story of hope as four young boys conquer the odds and live the dream. From the land of AC/DC, a new chapter in Rock history is born and Mystery are taking the world by storm. The movie features all of the songs from the new album by Mystery called ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ which will also soon be available.

In Touring News: The band will then head to the United States for the beginning of their third world tour in as many years where they will return to Rocklahoma for the second year running and perform on May 25 with the likes of Kid Rock, Twisted Sister and Skid Row amongst other big names. The band will also return to Europe where they will perform at the BasinFireFest on June 29 in the Czech Republic in addition to other festivals and headliner shows during the European Summer. They will also return to Japan later in the year.
The facts and attachments added to this email have a brief rundown of Mystery’s impressive list of activities over the last few years. Please also take a few minutes of your time to check this New promo video: Taking The World By Storm 2013 Report:www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MXbI4YHjmI.

RON KEEL PERMIT TIME PERFORMANCE AT BUNDY RANCH:
Ron Keel is Proud to Announce a Prime Time Headline Performance at the Bundy Ranch Patriot Party Friday April 18.
Most Americans – and many around the world – are familiar with the controversial situation surrounding the Cliven Bundy family in Nevada and their recent and ongoing confrontation with the U.S. government in regard to ‘grazing rights’ and the paramilitary invasion of Mr. Bundy’s land which extends to the desecration of that land, the confiscation of his cattle, and the violations of his family’s constitutional rights. “As an American, as a patriot, as a citizen of the state of Nevada, and as a business owner I strongly support Cliven Bundy, his family, and what they’re fighting for,” proclaims Ron Keel. “It’s the ranchers, the farmers, the truckers, the construction workers, those men and women on the assembly line – it’s the working class that keeps this country strong, and we have to either stand together or fall forever. I’m honored to be asked to sing at the Bundy ranch for this event and I intend to sing my songs, speak my mind, and eat some Bundy beef – thanks to Mr. Cliven Bundy and his family for inviting me to participate in this historic occasion.”ќ ~Ron Keel.
For More Info on Ron Keel Go To: www.ronkeel.com. For More Info on West Coast Merch and Celebrity Swag Go To: westcoastmerch.com / celebrityswag.net.

JACK RUSSELL’S QUESTIONABLE GIG BOOKING RESULTS IN ALMOST EMPTY GIG:
Worst gig ever. And I don’t mean the performance – Jack Russell sounds like he is in pretty good vocal form here, but whoever booked him this gig needs to be fired. Now. Here is a clip of Jack Russell’s Great White performing at the Sun Bank National Center in Trenton, NJ on 4/19/14 to an empty arena… The Trenton Freedom are an indoor football team in its first year and apparently haven’t really been advertising and this show was scheduled after the football game. Check it out:

HEAVEN & EARTH ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS:
Heaven & Earth are pleased to announce two new members into the fold. The first is seasoned bass player/vocalist Lynn Sorensen from Paul Rodgers/Bad Company. The second is one of Australia’s premier drummers, Jackie Barnes, son of Australian singing legend Jimmy Barnes. Say’s singer Joe Retta“I’m excited to announce and welcome two new members to Heaven & Earth. Lynn and Jackie are right out of the Rock n Roll mould and a perfect fit for this band. Both with a classic and authentic R&R feel that round out our sound like a cement bubble. These two multi instrumentalists are also fine singers too and that’s a “hell yeah”ќ from me.”
Lynn Sorensen has been Paul Rodgers long time bass player and backing vocalist for over 10 years and moved over to Bad Company with Paul when he reformed Bad Company in 2008. 
Lynn Sorensen stated: “As a long-time fan of Heaven And Earth it is an honor to have the opportunity to play with them. The Dig album simply blows my mind.”

Jackie Barnes graduated from Berklee with a Bachelor of Music in 2010 and has played on over 50 international releases including 5 DVDs and has worked with artists such as Cold Chisel, Keith Urban, Joe Bonamassa, Journey, Steve Morse, Bob Daisley, The Ten Tenors, Diesel, Andrew Roachford, Mahalia Barnes, EJ Barnes, Evil J + Saint Cecilia, The Madden Brothers, Mica Paris, Glenn Hughes, Reece Mastin, Moussa Diakit and Steve Van Zandt.
Say’s Jackie: “I am extremely excited to be the new drummer for Heaven and Earth. As soon as I heard the music I knew this was a project I wanted to be a part of, and I am excited to work with the rest of the guys to make this band even better. I also look forward to performing in front of new audiences and meeting new fans across the globe.”
The band enter rehearsals next month to prepare for their European tour starting at the Birmingham O2 Academy in the U.K. on June 26th
WebLinks: www.heavenandearthband.com / www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth / jackiebarnes.com.au / www.lynnsorensen.com.

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