JOURNEY has parted ways with their recently named lead singer JEFF SCOTT SOTO (TALISMAN). Jeff’s first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff’s last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.
According to guitarist Neal Schon, “We appreciate all of Jeff’s hard work and we can’t thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We’ve just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We’re plotting our next move now.”
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues: “We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment’s notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction.”
Journey – Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums) – are taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.
LOS ANGELES, JUNE 12TH, 2007 — Drowning Pool, platinum and award-winning hard rock band from Dallas, Texas, have been gathering a prolific buzz about them recently throughout the online community in the political areas of the internet, and from those who are concerned with issues that surround the American troops currently abroad. The band recently completed the USO tour and came back with sincere concerns surrounding the return of the soldiers upon their return home from the middle-east.
“Once home in the United States, we connected with Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans who have returned home,” said Stevie Benton, Bassist and Founding Member of Drowning Pool. “Though back on safe shores, these individuals are facing a steep uphill battle to reclaim their health after facing the trauma of war.”
Recently, the office of the public liaison at The White House received a letter written by Drowning Pool addressing the issues of healthcare and concerns for the troops on their return home, which was placed in the President’s personal reading file. Several interior cabinets of The White House have been opened to the team of Drowning Pool. One of which contacted Congress directly and are now awaiting a Congressional hearing date, where Drowning Pool will testify to the majority and minority parties of the U.S. Congress, addressing the facts of treatment of the American soldiers upon their return home from the Middle East. The band hopes to accomplish a shift of political and national attention toward the problems at hand concerning the well-being of those who fight and give their lives for the United States. Drowning Pool is preparing for their meeting with Congress by asking their fans, friends, and families to sign their online petition regarding the issue (the link is at the bottom of this article).
The White House is not the only government outlet that has given attention to the letter written by the band. Several of the 2008 Presidential candidates have accepted the letter and issue with open arms from Drowning Pool.
“We are seeking an opportunity to testify before Congress on behalf of these troops and veterans who need mental, emotional and medical support services,” said Benton. That goal will be accomplished with the return of Congress from over the weekend as the calendars and agendas in Washington are being marked to welcome Drowning Pool during the course of the next 6 months.
Drowning Pool are currently touring and preparing for the release of their new record, Full Circle, which features the single “Soldiers” that they wrote for the troops after being inspired by them on the USO tour. If you would like to support Drowning Pool’s efforts for the American troops over seas, regardless of your political denomination, please follow the link and sign the petition online.
Help Drowning Pool Support the Troops
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Musicians mass in Kansas City to play Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of a song that was the first many of them ever learned.
The pickers, ranging from kindergartners to folks who were playing music long before a Cleveland disc jockey coined term “rock and roll” in 1951, played Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” a little after noon Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Some came from as far away as California and Germany to take part in a Kansas City radio station’s effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing a song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.
HELLOWEEN drummer Dani Löble has re-entered singer Andi Deris’ Mi Sueno Studios in Tenerife, Spain to resume the recording sessions for the band’s new album with longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON). Tentatively titled “Gambling with the Devil”, HELLOWEEN’s 12th studio LP is scheduled for release on Halloween (October 31). A world tour in support of the CD will start mid-November in Europe, to be followed by visits to Southeast Asia, North and South America in the first half of 2008.
TWISTED SISTER Guitarist To Take Part In ‘Vampires Rock’ Tour
TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda will take part in Steve Steinman’s “Vampires Rock” tour in Europe during September-December 2007.
Commented Ojeda: “It’s a great show for me to be a part of and three months of touring with them will be great!”
“Vampires Rock” is a musical stage show which premiered in 2004. It is performed by the group headed by Steve Steinman, who had appeared on “Stars in Their Eyes” as Meat Loaf. The group has toured for several years with “The Meat Loaf Story”.
Set in the year 2030 in New York populated by The Undead, Baron Von Rockula, owner of the Live and Let Die club, is in search of a bride, and must eventually convince her to agree to eternal immortality.
The show features a number of notable rock anthems, including songs from MEAT LOAF, RAINBOW, AC/DC, ALICE COOPER, THE ROLLING STONES, BON JOVI, QUEEN, WHITESNAKE, BONNIE TYLER and CHER.
The concept is based on “Tanz der Vampire”.
Eddie also plans on staying in Europe following the “Vampires Rock” tour to do dates with his solo band.
As previously reported, TWISTED SISTER will headline the three-day Hard Rock Hell Festival, which will be held November 9-11, 2007 at Butlins in Minehead, U.K. (Somerset). TWISTED SISTER will perform on November 10.
TWISTED SISTER’s next appearance will take place on Sunday, July 15 as one of the headliners of the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
SKID ROW, SLAUGHTER Added To VINCE NEIL’S MOTLEY CRUISE
SKID ROW and SLAUGHTER have joined the musical lineup of Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise. Vince himself will perform, as will several more artists to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Departing from Miami on January 24, 2008, Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise will set sail for the Mayan Riviera, stopping by Key West, before making its way to Calica, Mexico! An array of exclusive events, including meet-and-greets with the artists, wet and wild shore excursions in Key West and Cozumel, and the no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em charity poker tournament (with big cash prizes) and a one-of-a-kind live charity auction benefitting Vince’s Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation, will also be held. All of this takes place on board a world-class Carnival cruise with fine dining and 24-hour room service, full-service casino, beautiful swimming pools, spa, gym and other great amenities. Prices start at only $479 per person (based on double occupancy, subject to availability) with convenient payment plans available!
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Big moment for Journey at ‘Sopranos’ end
By DAVID BAUDER
AP TELEVISION WRITER
NEW YORK — The songwriters of Journey’s power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” were “jumping up and down” when they learned a few weeks ago it had been licensed for use in the final episode of “The Sopranos.”
But even they couldn’t believe how it would prove so integral to one of the most memorable final scenes in television history.
“It was better than anything I would have ever hoped for,” said Jonathan Cain, Journey keyboard player, who watched at home with his wife and family.
Tony Soprano chose the song after flipping through a jukebox at a New Jersey restaurant where he dined with his family. The song played in the background as ominous characters flitted about and, right as Steve Perry was singing “don’t stop,” the HBO series did exactly that, for good. The ending infuriated some fans, amused others and intrigued all.
Cain, who wrote the song with Perry and Neal Schon, didn’t know how it would be used when they agreed to the licensing. Cain kept the fact that it was going to be in at all a secret, then watched the episode with his family.
“I didn’t want to blow it,” he told The Associated Press on Monday. “Even my wife didn’t know. She looked at me and said, `You knew that and you didn’t tell me?'”
Journey released the song in 1981, and it reached No. 9 on the singles chart. It has taken a life of its own since then, often reflecting the attitude people had toward Journey itself. “Don’t Stop Believin'” brings back fond memories for many, is unbearably cheesy for others.
It’s easy to imagine Tony Soprano, back in the day, taking a young Carmella to a Journey concert.
David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” has an eclectic musical taste. He’s curated two songtrack albums for his series, and made music a key part of the stories, particularly as the ending credits rolled. It’s possible “Don’t Stop Believin'” was part of the elaborate inside joke he made of the final episode.
It’s also possible he found the end of the last verse too hard to resist: “Some will win, some will lose,” Perry sings. “Some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on and on and on and on … “
“Don’t Stop Believin'” has been featured in a several television and movie scenes. It crept onto an iTunes top-10 list when, during the same week, it was on Fox’s “Family Guy” and in a romantic scene on MTV’s “Laguna Beach.”
Sports teams have adopted it, too. After the Chicago White Sox used it in 2005, Perry sang it at the parade to celebrate the team’s World Series victory.
Cain, who has a 13-year-old and twins aged 11, said the songwriters are careful about how they license the song, and have resisted several advertising campaigns. They debated its use in the film “Monster” with Charlize Theron but, in the end, “she’s too cute to say no to,” he said.
He was a little nervous Sunday when, as he watched with his children, the mob boss Phil was shot and viewers heard his head crunched as it was run over by an SUV. But he loved the final scene.
“It was very smart writing,” he said. “I always love movies where you don’t see the guy whacked. You wonder whether he’s going to get whacked.”
It could help Journey’s visibility, too, as it did for singer Nick Lowe when his song “The Beast in Me” was used over the closing credits for “The Sopranos” very first episode. There had been some speculation that Chase would return to it for the finale.
“A lot more people knew Johnny Cash’s version (of `The Beast in Me’) and this put Nick’s version on the map,” said Jake Guralnick, Lowe’s American manager. “Nick’s version is a lot more vulnerable.”
Cain said it indicated that a wish he and Perry had – that their songs would have a long life – was coming true.
“It puts our feet in the cement,” he said. “We’re a staple in the American music culture. Like us or not, we’re here to stay.”
Legendary ’80s hard rockers RATT return to stores with new DVD and CD releases on July 31: the first-ever DVD release from the band, “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years”, and the audio collection “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt”, which features the hard rockers at their studio and live performance peak and includes an unreleased track.
Both of RATT’s previously released video collections will be combined and expanded for the DVD release “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years”. Featuring singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer, RATT released four consecutive platinum records in the mid-’80s. In addition to compiling some of RATT’s most popular videos — “Round And Round”, “Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job” and “Lay It Down” — the DVD also contains several bonus features, including highlights from the band’s triumphant tour of Japan, exclusive new commentary and never before released videos.
The CD “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” features standout songs from all seven of the group’s albums, including such classics as “Wanted Man”, “Back For More”, and “Round And Round” from the band’s triple platinum-selling Atlantic debut “Out Of The Cellar”. “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” will also include an unreleased song from the “Reach For The Sky” sessions in addition to tracks from the Sony Portrait release “Ratt” and the independently released “Collage”.
Both “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years” and “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” were produced in cooperation with RATT and will be available at all retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for suggested list prices of $19.99 for the DVD and $18.98 for the CD, respectively.
“Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years” DVD track listing:
01. Wanted Man
02. You Think You’re Tough
03. Back For More
04. Round And Round
05. Lay It Down
06. Shame Shame Shame
07. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job
08. I Want A Woman
09. Way Cool Jr.
10. You’re In Love*
12. Body Talk*
13. Slip Of The Lip*
DVD extras include commentary with Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer.
*Never before released on DVD or VHS.
“Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” CD track listing:
01. Dangerous But Worth The Risk
02. Back For More
03. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job
04. Nobody Rides For Free
05. Heads I Win, Tales You Lose
06. You’re In Love
07. City To City
08. Body Talk
09. Way Cool Jr.
10. Round And Round
11. Lay It Down
12. I Want A Woman
14. Wanted Man
15. Slip Of The Lip
16. Shame Shame Shame
17. Lack Of Communication
18. Over The Edge
19. Steel River
20. No One Can Stop You Now*
GUITAR HERO: Rocks the 80’s just got better….
ANTHRAX’s “Caught in a Mosh”, IRON MAIDEN’s “Wrathchild”, WHITE LION’s “Radar Love” and SCORPIONS’ “No One Like You” are among the latest songs that have been announced for Activision’s special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The last game in the series to be developed by now-MTV-owned Harmonix will ship for the PlayStation 2 in July.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks so far:
.38 SPECIAL – “Hold on Loosely”
ACCEPT – “Balls to the Wall”
ANTHRAX – “Caught In A Mosh”
ASIA – “Heat Of The Moment”
BILLY SQUIER – “Lonely Is The Night”
BOW WOW WOW – “I Want Candy”
DIO – “Holy Diver”
EDDIE MONEY – “Shaken”
EXTREME – “Play With Me”
FASTER PUSSYCAT – “Bathroom Wall”
FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – “I Ran” (original recording)
IRON MAIDEN – “Wrathchild”
OINGO BOINGO – “Only a Lad”
POISON – “Nothing But A Good Time”
QUIET RIOT – “Metal Health”
RATT – “Round And Round”
SCANDAL – “The Warrior”
SCORPIONS – “No One Like You”
SKID ROW – “18 And Life”
THE POLICE – “Synchronicity II”
THE VAPORS – “Turning Japanese”
TWISTED SISTER – “I Wanna Rock” (original recording)
WHITE LION – “Radar Love”
WINGER – “Seventeen”
Bruce Dickinson Interview
Check out this interview with Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden. This is priceless!
I enjoyed some of the past releases by these guys, and decided to check out the latest effort. The guys have returned to their bumblebee like ways (at least this time it is with paint.) On Reborn, former bass player, Tim Gaines has been replaced with Tracy Ferrie. The rest of the lineup of Stryper are all original members: Michael Sweet on vocals, Oz Fox on guitar, and Robert Sweet on drums.
Quite frankly, I expected Reborn to be awful, which is why I hesitated in picking this up. Surprisingly, this is much better than I anticipated it to be.
Open Your Eyes is a tasty cut that has a more modern, heavy rock sound, similar to what Europe is doing these days. I always liked Oz Fox’s guitar sound, but this is a totally different sound, from the 80’s style hard rock of their past releases.
Reborn continues with the borderline Nu-metal sound. Whether you like the style of music or not, the song is definitely another solid track for Stryper.
With a title like, When Did I See You Cry, I expected a cheesy ballad to fall in line, but this is actually a mid tempo song that kind of rocks.
Make You Mine is probably the closest thing to the 80’s sound of Stryper. I like this track.
Sooner or later, I knew I would have to come across a song that a religious aspect about it. That song on Reborn is Passion. This is a very upbeat and positive sounding song. It is a good song, but will probably only appeal to certain audiences.
Whoa, where in the Hell….oops…Heaven did Live Again come from. This song is one of the heaviest on Reborn and the guitar riff is very Black Sabbath like. This song is going to have to into active rotation into the Hard Rock Hideout play list. Nice!
I didn’t really care for If I Die, but I could see this song growing on me if I listened to it more. Wait For You is very upbeat, and is kind of cool.
Rain is one of the more syrupy songs on Reborn. It is a little too light for my taste, but other people may like it.
Stryper is probably the only band in the world that could make a song like 10,000 Years work for them. When the first words “Amazing Grace” are uttered, my itchy trigger finger wants to hit the fast forward button, to move to the next song. I am glad that my patience prevailed. This is a pretty good song.
I.G.W.T is a remake off the ’88 track, In God We Trust. This is a totally different sounding version. The drums rhythms have been changed somewhat and the bass and guitars on this version have been kicked up a notch. I like the original version, and I like this one a lot too.
Reborn is a completely different sounding record than Stryper’s past releases. This updated sound my alienate some of the fans who preferred the old style of Stryper. I like the old sound, and this new disc appeals to me as well. There are a few tracks worthy of a multiple spins. It is another solid effort by the Yellow and Black Attack!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Open Your Eyes
3. When Did I See You Cry
4. Make You Mine
6. Live Again
7. If I Die
8. Wait For You
10. 10,000 Years