Hard Rock News on 30/05/2014

Skid Row Offer Short Teaser Of ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’

Skid Row is surprising their fans with an unusual way to release their new music. Instead of one full album, the band is releasing three mini albums over the course of several months. Rachel Bolan states, “We wanted to do something different and the idea of releasing three mini albums, appealed to me. Especially with the constantly changing musical climate I liked the idea of a steady flow of new music we decided to release it this way to keep new music coming for our fans.”

‘Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’, will be released on August 4th in Europe as CD digipack, 180 Gram single vinyl gatefold and digital. Megaforce Records will release the CD on August 5th in the US and it will be released to the rest of the world via UDR/ADA/Warner on August 6th.

Most of the songs were written in Atlanta, Georgia, but a lot of the lyrics were written while the band was on the road. As with ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter One’, Skid Row worked very hard on ‘Rise Of The Damnation Army’ as time is always an issue while the band is touring so much. The songs are some of their most aggressive ones to date and very heartfelt. Listening to them you hear the full explosion and intensity and you want to just throw your fists in the air and conjunct with them for a United World Rebellion.

The EP will also contain as bonus tracks covers of Queen and Aerosmith classics. Asking why they chose the cover songs the band stated, “These songs fit seamlessly into the subject matter of United World Rebellion: Chapter Two. They both have that ‘get up and fight’ attitude. These songs were from our youth that meant a lot and as far as we know, no one has covered them, and more important, the songs are still exciting and fit perfectly with the attitude of all other songs on the album.”

Skid Row were showered with gold and platinum awards, their debut album sold over 5 million copies in the US alone, but not resting on their laurels, Skid Row is one of the hardest working bands ever. They’ve been around for more than 25 years and are still going strong.

‘Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’ track listing:
1. We Are The Damned
2. Give It The Gun
3. Catch Your Fall
4. Damnation Army
5. Zero Day
Bonus tracks:
6. Sheer Heart Attack (Queen)
7. Rats In The Cellar (Aerosmith)

 

Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz Release “Rock And Roll Queen” Video

Down ‘N’ Outz, the project fronted byDef Leppard singer Joe Elliott, have premiered their new video “Rock And Roll Queen”. The song is the first single off of the new album ‘The Further Adventures Of…’, a collection of songs connected to Mott The Hopple.

Shot at “The Corporation” in Sheffield on May 12th, 2014, the video was directed by Lee Ford. “Shooting a video in a dark, dirty and seedy nightclub in Sheffield brought back some great memories of being at such a club watching bands as a teenager,” says Elliott. “The perfect setting for the Down ‘N’ Outz to blast through some fantastic retro rock!”

The Down ‘N’ Outz project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople re-formed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott to get involved. Elliott formed Down ‘N’ Outz with The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), together with Phil Martin (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience. ‘The Further Adventures Of…’ was recorded at Joe Elliott’s own studio Joe’s Garage.

 

Slash’s ‘World On Fire’ Coming In September

Slash's 'World On Fire' Coming In SeptemberSlash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album ‘World On Fire’ on September 15 via the guitarist’s own label Dik Hayd International.

Artwork for ‘World On Fire’ was designed by American contemporary artist Ron English. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single, the disc marks Slash’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass).

For ‘World On Fire’, Slash and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental — a powerful new turn for the band.

‘World On Fire’ is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Apocalyptic Love’, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, earned Slash two #1 U.S. rock radio hits (his first ever solo) with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun”, and was voted the third best album of the year by Sleaze Roxx readers.

Slash officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be touring Europe and the United Kingdom in 2014. Tickets go on sale on Friday May 30th, visit slashonline.com for a complete list of dates.

 

Ace Frehley Premieres New Solo Track “Gimme A Feelin”

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was finishing up ‘Space Invader’, his first solo album in five years, around the time he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, with the album’s release date of July 8th a little over a month away, the Spaceman is sharing the hard-rocking first single “Gimme A Feelin'” with Rolling Stone.

Aside from the music, ‘Space Invader’ has another through-line to Frehley’s days with his old band: Ken Kelly — the artist who created the sleeves for KISS’ most popular records, 1976’s Destroyer and 1977’s Love Gun — designed the album’s cover. The album also contains a rendition of the Steve Miller Band’s 1973 song “The Joker”, and Frehley has compared its sound overall to that of his 1978 self-titled solo album, which contained the hit “New York Groove”.

“I’m really excited about this record, because everybody that’s heard the tracks just says they think some of the tracks are even better than (Frehley’s 2009 album) ‘Anomaly’, and even showing another side of me,” Frehley told Rolling Stone in March.

He also said at the time that he was planning an album of cover songs similar to his take on “The Joker”, and although he wouldn’t name the songs he wanted to include, he offered up a list of musicians he hoped would contribute to the album. “(I want to) get some celebrity guests to play on it, some of the covers and stuff, get Slash, Mike McCready, my buddy from Pearl Jam. The list is endless,” he said. “I might even get Gene (Simmons) to play bass on a track.”

 

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Skid Row Gear Up For ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’

Skid Row 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 on May 8th in Tucson, Arizona. Once that concludes on May 16th, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S. and then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14th. 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 31st. 

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 on August 5th via Megaforce Records. 

After a hiatus that started in 1996, Skid Row returned to the big stage — literally — 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:
5/8 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
5/9 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
5/10 Corona, CA – M15
5/12 Sacramento, CA – Harlows
5/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA
5/15 Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
5/16 San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
Headlining:
5/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
5/18 Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
5/20 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
5/21 Abilene, TX – Lucky Mule
5/23 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/24 Dallas, TX – Trees
5/25 Lubbock, TX – Big Purple Festival
7/9 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
7/10 Cleveland, OH – Agora
7/11 Newport, KY – Thompson House
7/12 Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
7/13 Watseka, IL – Watseka Theater
7/17 Peoria. IL – Illinois State Fair
7/18 Turtle Lake, WI – St. Croix Casino
7/19 Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
7/20 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
7/25 Duncannon, PA – Tubby’s