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

ARENA ROCKERS NIGHT RANGER’S NEW TRACK HAS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON MELODICROCK.COM TODAY :
(New York, NY) – Night Ranger fans around the globe check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new track “I’m Coming Home” on MelodicRock.com. The hook-laden song, featuring lead vocals by drummer Kelly Keagy, is taken from the band’s forthcoming album,High Road.


Due out on June 10 in North America via label home Frontiers RecordsHigh Road is produced by the band itself and will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes a bonus track and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. High Road can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard and deluxe version below. For fans who order the album via iTunes, the title track “High Road” and “I’m Coming Home” are available as ‘instant grat’ tracks.

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In other Night Ranger news, the band recently delighted huge audiences at both the M3 Festival in Columbia, MD and the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy. Look for them to tour North America this summer in support of High Road. In the meantime, the first single from the album, also entitled High Road, has just gone for adds at radio. Singer/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades’ craftsmanship as a songwriter is also featured on Journey guitarist Neal Schon’s upcoming album, So U, due out in North America on May 19.

Night Ranger’s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; Fox’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums.
Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).
For more information please visit: www.nightranger.com / www.frontiers.it.

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ICONIC ROCK BAND CHICAGO TO RELEASE 36th ALBUM “NOW” IN JULY VIA FRONTIERS:
Chicago­one of the longest running, successful and iconic rock bands in American musical history­is set to release their 36th album “Now” – Chicago XXXVI in Europe on July 4 and in the U.S. July 8 via Frontiers Records. Featuring 11 brand-new, original songs from the group known for their groundbreaking rock-with-horns sound, “Now” Chicago XXXVI was written and recorded on the road during the band’s rigorous, never-ending tour schedule, playing for fans who have supported them since they formed in 1967.

Putting aside an awesome accumulation of honors, awards, accomplishments, numbers and peer respect, this remarkable group of talented musicians continues to make history with a new recording process geared towards musical excellence, doing the business of music “NOW,” while reckoning with the logistical realities of a world-wide touring band. Produced by Chicago­founding members Robert Lamm (keyboard, guitars, vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet, guitar, percussion, vocals), James Pankow (trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals), Walter Parazaider (woodwinds, backing vocals) along with Jason Scheff (bass, vocals), Tris Imboden (drums, percussion), Keith Howland (guitars, vocals), Lou Pardini (keyboards, vocals) and Walfredo Reyes, Jr., (percussion)­the album was recorded on “the Rig,” the band’s customized mobile recording system. Each songwriter oversaw the production of their compositions, and the band collaborated as a cohesive unit throughout the writing and recording process.

Pre-orders for “Now” Chicago XXXVI are available on the band’s website here: chicago-now.com/ and will also be available soon via Amazon and iTunes.

Of the new album and the band’s continued growth and evolution, Lamm says, “There’s certainly more context, and there’s certainly more musical ability, and perception rather than youthful naivetй that we had when we started.” Loughnane says, “Thank goodness, we have 46 years of track record behind us. We’re just trying to grow the legacy even more.” The band­as always­will tour heavily in 2014 to support the new album. “Outside of being creative and making new music, going out, doing even better shows, I think we’ve put together a show right now that’s the best one we’ve ever had out there, which, as long as that curve is going up, I don’t think we have to sit back and re-assess things,” says Parazaider. Check out the album’s EPK:

Originally formed as the Chicago Transit Authority in 1967, the band found almost immediate success and have become a bona fide institution of American music. Their signature sound of solid rock songs augmented by the best horns in the business has endeared them to several generations of music fans. Hit singles include “If You Leave Me Now,” “Saturday In The Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Beginnings,” “I’m A Man,” “Hard To Say I’m Sorry,” “(I’ve Been) Searching So Long,” “Look Away,” “Just You And Me” and “Old Days,” among others. The band has accumulated a total of 47 gold and platinum records awards.
“47 years later and to think that people – young people especially, but all ages, are actually still discovering Chicago’s music!,” says Pankow. “People have become fed up with all of the robotic programmed junk and they come to our shows to hear and witness the real thing – gifted veteran musicians with serious chops – no smoke and mirrors or lip-syncing. Wow, what a concept!”

Here’s the “Now” Chicago XXXVI track listing: Now, More Will Be Revealed, America, Crazy Happy, Free At Last, Love Lives On, Something’s Coming I Know, Watching All The Colors, Nice Girl, Naked In The Garden of Allah, Another Trippy Day.

Chicago is on the road now and will tour throughout the rest of the year. They will be in the U.S. through early June, and kick off a European tour June 26 in Paris, France before hitting Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Norway. They return to the U.S for an August 1 date at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and have New York-area shows August 16 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and August 17 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. Tour dates can be found here: www.chicagotheband.com/tour.html.


TESLA NEW DIGITAL SINGLE “SO DIVINE…” AVAILABLE NOW:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of US multi-platinum selling Hard Rock act Tesla all new single titled “So Divine…”. The song is lifted off the forthcoming album “Simplicity” which will be released on Frontiers in Europe on June 6.
Simplicity will be the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the follow-up to “Forever More”, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
The new single is available for download and streaming on all digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc.

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THREE LIONS “HOLD ME DOWN” LYRIC VIDEO:
“Three Lions” is the sensational eponymously titled debut album from this new British 3 piece rock band. The band consists of Vinny Burns (Dare, Ten, Asia) on guitar, Greg Morgan (Dare, Ten) on drums and introduces Nigel Bailey on vocals and bass guitar.
Three Lions’ debut features 12 brand new tracks, written by the band and also in collaboration with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio on 2 songs. Recorded at The Viper Room, Coil Tap Studios in the UK and Ivory Tears Studio in Milan, this album combines massive guitar riffs and great hooks alongside driving rhythms and powerful, yet emotional vocals. 
The band was formed when Vinny, Greg and Nigel were introduced by Serafino and Alessandro at Firefest in October 2012. The guys hit it off straight away and immediately set about writing new material for the album. The first single, Trouble In A Red Dress, captures the energy of the band and is a classic foot stomping rock song with an infectious groove, soaring guitars and a chorus you have to sing along with.

The album is made up of songs that were written without an agenda. “We set out to write good songs, the only criteria was that all of us liked them” said Nigel, “Working with Vinny and Greg has been a blast and we were all determined to make the best album possible and are immensely proud of the songs that have made it onto the final record”. From the eastern influenced Kathmandu, to the driving power of Hellfire Highway and Twisted Soul, to the heartfelt ballads Made For One Another and Don’t Let Me Fall. This album delivers passionate performances from the guys. Vinny’s trademark guitar work is, as you would expect, filled with emotion and feel. “I wanted to start with a blank canvas for the guitars” says Vinny. “This album allowed me to show a different side to my playing whilst retaining the familiar sound and feel fans of Dare and Ten will recognise”. “Working with Vinny again has been great fun and Nigel brings something new to the table” said Greg. “This is definitely a record made by a band, not just a studio project, and that really comes across in the songs. We had an instant connection as musicians but also as people and we cannot wait to get out and perform these songs live soon”.

A BRAND ENW BRIAN HOWE CUT:
A new Brian Howe song titled Cut is available for advance purchase now via bandcamp. The track is from the singer’s upcoming solo album, the funds from the sale of the single go towards the recording effort.


MITCH LAFON TALKS TO GLENN HUGHES:
In Episode 11 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch welcomes singer Glenn Hughes who talks about his new band and album, California Breed. The band was formed from the ashes of Hughes’ previous outfit Black Country Communion and Glenn addresses the issues faced by that band and why they couldn’t tour more often. Glenn also talks about joining forces with upcoming guitarist, Andrew Watt, and his continued work with Jason Bonham. The chat ends with Glenn discussing his need to make and perform new music as well as his involvement with animal shelters. Joining Mitch as co-host this episode is Mark Strigl of the Talking Metal Podcast. www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-11.
For more about California Breed visit: www.californiabreed.com.

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place August 9th and 10th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal (Quebec) Canada and this year Features performances by Metallica, Slayer, The Offspring, Lamb of God, Twisted Sister and many more! Listen to the One On One With Mitch Lafon Podcast on iTunes & Spreaker. www.twitter.com/1On1WithMitch / www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon.

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Hard Rock News on 07/05/2014

Tesla Debut New Single “So Divine…”

Tesla will release a brand new studio album entitled ‘Simplicity’ on June 6th in Europe through Frontiers Records, and have debuted the disc’s latest single “So Divine”. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The Babys To Release First Album In 30 Years

With a string of ’70s classic rock radio hits like “Isn’t It Time”, “Every Time I Think Of You”, “Head First”, “Back On My Feet Again”, “Midnight Rendezvous” and “Turn And Walk Away”, The Babys created some of the most memorable arena anthems of the era. Now, after a three-decade absence, The Babys have reformed with original lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock to release a new album, ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’, on June 24th, and a brand-new single, “I See You There,” which is available now on iTunes. The Babys’ new album will be released on Skyrocket Entertainment/All In Time Records. 

“The whole premise is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it,” said Stocker about the reformed group, which also includes new recruits, lead vocalist/bassist John Bisaha and veteran rhythm guitarist Joey Sykes. The band is joined in concert by keyboardist Francesco Saglietti and the Babettes. 

Brock raves about the new members of the group, “John Bisaha is an incredible singer. When we held auditions, we had singers lined up around the block to join the band and John was head and shoulders above the rest.” Stocker is equally enthused about his new axe mate, “Joey Sykes adds a whole new dimension to the band and has a style that works well in tandem with me.” 

 

Formed in London in 1974, The Babys were signed to Chrysalis Records on the basis of a four-song video, which predated the MTV era by seven years. Combining the muscular rock ‘n’ roll grit of Free and Humble Pie with a winning commercial accessibility, The Babys released five albums between 1977 and 1980 — ‘The Babys’, ‘Broken Heart’, ‘Head First’, ‘Union Jacks’ and ‘On The Edge’. During that time, the group toured with the likes of Journey, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick and built a loyal following based on their spectacular songs and explosive live performances right up until disbanding in December of 1980. 

Former members John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips have all given their blessings to the newest incarnation of the band. Waite continues on as a solo act, while Cain is now a member of Journey, having penned a string of hit singles including “Don’t Stop Believing”, the most downloaded song in history. Phillips is a longtime bass player for Styx. 

The first single from the album, the aptly titled “Not Ready To Say Goodbye,” was made available on iTunes last November, with a sound reminiscent of both “Isn’t It Time” and “Every Time I Think of You”. 

“In recording this new album, we discussed the fact that the songs had to have the flavor of what we were known for,” says Stocker. “It was just a magical process,” adds Brock. “By the time we finished, I knew we had the goods.” 

The Babys embarked on a string of shows in Las Vegas, San Diego, Portland and Seattle last November and December, and plan on announcing an extensive slate of tour dates around the June 24th release of ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’. 

 

Voodoo Vegas Hitting The Road And Working On Sophomore Album

Voodoo Vegas have confirmed a number of club shows and festival slots across the UK and Europe for 2014. The Bournemouth based rockers’ itinerary includes appearances at Germany’s Rock The Forest Festival and France’s Tribal Festival as well as four dates supporting Y&T on their 40th Anniversary tour in the Benelux. 

Currently still touring in support of their debut self-released full-length album ‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’, which placed on the Sleaze Roxx Top 10 of 2013, Voodoo Vegas have already begun writing for the follow-up with tentative plans to begin recording this winter for a spring 2015 release. 

“The songs are coming on great,” vocalist Lawrence Case told Sleaze Roxx. “Last week I sent 6 songs over to Pedro Ferreira (‘The Rise Of Jimmy Silver’ producer) to see what he thinks of them — the plan is to work with Pedro again on the new album. I think we are taking a more bluesy hard rock sound. We’ve been playing some of the songs at the recent live shows, new songs like ‘Killing Joke’, ‘Lady Divine’ and ‘Hypnotize’ have gone down great. I’m really excited to hit the road this summer, and then to start recording the new album this coming winter.” 

Voodoo Vegas’ debut CD can be ordered directly through the band at www.voodoovegas.com

Voodoo Vegas tour dates:
05/10 The Iron Road Rock Bar, Evesham 
05/24 Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar, Bournemouth
05/25 Lechlade Music Festival, Lechlade
05/31 Camden Rock Festival, Camden 
06/13 Mr Kyps, Poole
06/14 Cafe Des Sportes, Cambrai, France
06/21 Kineton Music Festival, Little Kineton
06/28 Les-Fest, Scotland
07/12 Napton Festival, Napton Warwickshire
07/18 OJC Solution, Hillegom, Netherlands (with Rebelstar)
07/19 De Steen, Kerkrade, Netherlands (with Chronic)
07/20 Rhineland-Palatinate Days Festival Germany
07/25 No Man’s Land, Lorraine, France
07/26 Rock The Forest/Rockfreunde Rengsdorf Germany
08/23 Tribal Festival, Peymeinade, France
09/13 Rockclub The Cave, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/03 Sanctuary, Basingstoke
10/04 Camden Barfly, London
10/05 King Billy, Northampton
10/10 Calella Rockfest, Barcelona, Spain
10/11 Calella Rockfest, Barcelona, Spain
10/16 Hedon Podium, Zwolle, OV, Netherlands (Y&T tour)
10/17 Boerderij, Zoetermeer, ZH, Netherlands (Y&T tour)
10/18 De Pul, Uden, NB, Netherlands (Y&T tour)
10/19 Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium (Y&T tour) 

 

Stacey Blades’ All-Star Let It Rawk Project Release Debut Single

Let It Rawk, an all-star ’80s metal revue put together by former L.A. Guns guitarist Stacey Blades, have released their debut single “American Rebels” digitally through Amazon.com and iTunes

Let It Rawk is a loud, colorful, energetic and interactive experience of the hair metal era on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. The band is fronted by Black ‘N Blue and former Warrant vocalist Jaime St. James, guitarist Oz Fox from platinum selling Stryper, bassist Eric Brittingham from the multi-platinum Cinderella, and bashing the skins is the over the top Scot Coogan of Brides of Destruction and Ace Frehley fame. 

The anchor of the band is Let It Rawk’s creator and producer Stacey Blades. Stacey’s ten years with L.A. Guns cemented him as a must watch guitar player. His final album with the band, ‘Hollywood Forever’, earned him critical acclaim for his exceptional fretwork and the title of “go to studio guitarist” for the late great producer Andy Johns. 

Let It Rawk debuted in Las Vegas in January at The Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station Casino and garnered excellent reviews. As Stacey says, “this band is just on fire and I can’t wait to take the show on the road!!” 

Let It Rawk Tour Dates:
May 16 Marquee 15 – Corona, CA 
May 17 Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV 
June 26 Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
June 28 Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV 
July 3 Taste Of Lombard 4th Of July Fest – Lombard, IL 
July 26 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR 
October 8 Twisted Spoke – Perkin, IL
October 9 Backstage Bar & Grill – Fond Du Lac, WI 
October 10 Rascals – Moline, IL 
October 11 Diamond Jo Casino – Dubuque, IA