Tora Tora posted the following bulletin today….
Okay, guys, pack your bags, and get your tickets!! It is finally official. Tora Tora IS reuniting and playing their first show in MANY, many years.
Rock Fever Fest a.k.a. Rocklahoma is a 3 day Music Festival full of your favorites from the 80′s, plus some newer rockin’ talent. It’s July 10-13th in Pryor, OK. (Right outside of Tulsa)
Tickets are already flying and selling out fast, so go get yours now!!
Here is the official website for more information. They’re making the official announcement from the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles on March 4.
Get ready to rock your ASSES off!! This is what SO many of us have been waiting for! (Hell, I’m married to one of them, and I’VE never even gotten to hear them live!)
So please, go pass the word around. It’s NO LONGER A RUMOR!! Tora Tora IS playing Rocklahoma!
Rocklahoma–July 10-13, 2008, Pryor, Oklahoma. BE THERE!!!!
BRITNY FOX has retained the new management and booking services of Lane Productions and has inked a new deal with the independent label CHAVIS RECORDS. Through these partnerships the team was able to do what was necessary and in the best interest of Billy Childs. There is nothing being handed to BRITNY FOX on a “silver platter”, “no rebirth”, no skyrocketing BRITNY FOX “back in the limelight”, “no robbing or deceiving anyone of anything”, and “no infringement upon anyones anything”. BRITNY FOX is simply moving forward as a band playing the songs BRITNY FOX is widely known for, coupled with a few that we’re not hits but represent what BRITNY FOX was, is and will continue to be.
BRITNY FOX is currently in rehearsals with new vocalist Jamie Fletcher for the upcoming 2008 tour which kicks off on March 21, 2008. Jamie was selected over several candidates. His stage presence, appeal and resume suited the position very well, but being a solid vocalist that can serve up the “Dizzy” Dean Davidson and Tommy Paris material just like it should be was the deciding factor. The team felt that it was critical to not only deliver the material as close to the original as possible, but also not to deviate from the BRITNY FOX sound that it is known for.
“I personally spoke with Tommy Paris and asked him to give it another go. Tommy has moved on and gave his blessing and best wishes. No ugliness, no negativity just simply pursuing other interests at this time. With respect to my involvement, Billy had an idea and a vision that he wanted to achieve. We had several discussions with new management and put all the cards on the table. We came up with a game plan and an agreement that was best suited for all of the parties involved. I am happy to be involved and apart of the BRITNY FOX team. – Bill Chavis – CEO/President CHAVIS RECORDS
Immediate plans for BRITNY FOX are to hit the road for the summer touring season and begin writing new material for a 2009 release. This gives the band time to gel and really focus on rebuilding, touring and reconnecting with their fans.
“I want to personally thank each and everyone who stood by me and looked out for this project. I also want to thank all of the fans and friends who emailed me and responded positively to all the negative stuff being spit out”. – Billy Childs
Expect more information and the latest updates on BRITNY FOX in the coming weeks. All of the current and scheduled tour dates can be found here. For more information visit http://www.chavisrecords.net, http://www.myspacecom/chavisrecords and http://www.myspace.com/britnyfoxband.
Check out the Australian band Maeder and their video, Business In Me. This song is from the band’s 2007, Self Titled CD on Locomotive Records.
The Limit is a three piece band from New Haven, Conneticut. Their debut CD, Reinventing The Sun, pulls its sound from many of the Limit’s influences. On this CD, I can hear a fusion of sounds that includes Rush, Led Zeppelin, as well as a few others.
The Limit has a good classic rock sound. For a trio, the music on this CD is quite good. In fact, it is far better than I could have ever expected. I could tell from the very first listen that the songs on this disc translate quite well. Mark Daniels’ guitar work is quite solid. He also has a solid vocal range, which works with this style of music.
The production on Reinventing The Sun isn’t quite what it should be. I found the production quality a little thin. Reinventing The Sun doesn’t do The Limit the justice they deserve. I don’t know if something is missing from the way this mixed, but I thought the overall sound was a little too low. A few tweaks of the equalizer, and I was able to improve the sound somewhat, but I could not get it perfect. At times, I thought Daniels’ voice should be at the forefront, but it gets washed out by the music at times.
Reinventing the Sun is a solid start for The Limit. This CD shows that this band has loads of potential, and I expect big things from them in the future.
For more information on The Limit, check out their myspace page!
Rating:Out of 10
1. House Of Sand
3. A Little Like Dying
4. Sky Walker
6. Time Can’t Keep Me
7. Mother Maria
8. Best Thing
9. The Things You Want
11. Save Yourself
12. Hard To Say Goodbye
13. Hard To Say Goodbye (Reprise)
Bob Chimiel – Drums
Todd Grosberg – Bass
Rockabye Baby! transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental
lullabies. The soothing sounds of the glockenspiel, vibraphone, melltoron and
other instruments will lull your baby into a sweet slumber.
“Do you have a problem child? Rock and roll ain’t noise pollution, but unwanted cries are. When you’re up to your neck in exhaustion and dirty diapers, AC/DC’s primordial anthems are just the ticket to ride on. Your little live wire will be rocked to sleep by these gentle instrumentals. For those about to nap, we salute you.”
1 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
2 Highway to Hell
3 Who Made Who
4 You Shook Me All Night Long
5 Back in Black
7 It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock ‘n’ Roll)
8 Hells Bells
9 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
10 Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
For more information please visit the Rockabye Baby website:
From onstage last night (Feb 19), amid the pandemonium in front of 14,000 screaming fans at a packed Los Angeles Forum, Iron Maiden announced the first leg of their eagerly anticipated North American summer tour.
Tickets for Iron Maiden’s current “SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME — WORLD TOUR 08″ dates at the Los Angeles Forum and New Jersey’s Izod Centre sold out months in advance, the band are delighted to announce they are coming back for more major USA concerts this summer which will take them to a number of cities they have not played in many years along with a return to the Los Angeles area with 2 nights at the 16,000 capacity Verizon Amphitheatre on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31. Tickets for the majority of these shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 1st. A special pre-sale will be made available exclusively to members of the Iron Maiden fan club, who will also be eligible to enter to be ‘First to the stage barrier’.
SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME — WORLD TOUR 08′ USA TOUR DATES:
Wed 5/21/08 San Antonio, TX – Verizon Wireless – on sale 3/1 10am
Thu 5/22/08 Houston, TX – Woodlands – on sale 3/1 10am
Sun 5/25/08 Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion – on sale 3/1 10am
Mon 5/26/08 Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion – on sale 3/15 10am
Wed 5/28/08 Concord, CA – Concord – on sale 3/9 10am
Fri 5/30/08 Los Angeles, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – on sale 3/1 10am
Sat 5/31/08 Los Angeles, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – on sale 3/1 10am
Mon 6/2/08 Seattle, WA – White River Amph – on sale 3/8 10am
The “SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME — WORLD TOUR 08″ was inspired by Maiden’s recently released DVD, LIVE AFTER DEATH (New Door Records/Ume). Filmed and recorded over four spectacular nights at Long Beach Arena on the “Powerslave Tour” in 1985, this has long been a benchmark for rock concert videos and live albums, and the CD remains one of the biggest-selling live albums ever with sales in excess of six million worldwide. With the video having been largely unavailable for many years, the fan’s massive interest in this legendary concert continues to this day with the DVD debuting at No. 1 on charts around the world (including The UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Finland), as well as No 2 on the Billboard USA Chart and in Canada.
This tour revisits the band’s history by focusing almost entirely on their classic 80′s period in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which is based around the legendary Egyptian Production of that ‘Powerslave Tour’ as portrayed on the Live After Death DVD. This will arguably be the most elaborate and spectacular show the band have ever presented. Furthermore the band intends to bring along for this summer leg of the tour the colossal mummy of Eddie, as featured on the Live After Death DVD, along with various other elements of the show that would not fit on their 757 on the first leg of this tour, which included the shows at the Forum and Izod Centre. Sadly no jumbo has a door big enough to fit in such a massive and imposing monster!!!
Says vocalist Bruce Dickinson ; “We are all greatly looking forward to getting back to see our fans in places like Texas, the South West and Seattle where we haven’t played for quite some time. And for this leg we will be able to bring along all Eddie’s toys which we couldn’t get on our plane during the first leg. We are all having a great time on this tour and really can’t believe the excitement it is creating round the world and the huge numbers of people who are turning out to see us. It makes for a really very exciting time for all of us, fans and band alike”
Former ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna will embark on the “Never Look Back” tour in the spring. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 02 – Jack Rabbit Slims – Albany, NY
Apr. 03 – Underworld Concert Club – Columbus, OH
Apr. 04 – The Lighthouse – Imperial, PA
Apr. 05 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Apr. 06 – The Blue Note, Cincinnati Ohio
Apr. 09 – Kings Tavern – Denver, CO
Apr. 11 – Roadhouse – Apple Valley, CA
Apr. 12 – Tremors – Riverside, CA
Apr. 13 – The Museum Club – Flagstaff, AZ
Apr. 14 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
Apr. 16 – Fat Cat – Modesto, CA
Apr. 18 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Apr. 23 – Big City Night Club – Farmington, NM
Apr. 25 – Acadia Bar – Houston, TX
Apr. 26 – Tiffanys Billiards – San Antonio, TX
May 01 – Jaxx – Springfield, VA
According to a press release, “Joey has recruited a new powerhouse band and is currently working on a new BELLADONNA album to be released in the fall of 2008.”
Testament reveals the new cover artwork(by Eliran Kantor) and track listing of TESTAMENT‘s forthcoming album, “The Formation of Damnation”, due in North America on April 29 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band recorded the effort in part with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
“The Formation of Damnation” track listing:
02. More Than Meets The Eye
03. The Evil Has Landed
04. Formation Of Damnation
05. Dangers of The Faithless
06. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
08. Killing Season
11. Leave Me Forever
“The album is very traditional-sounding,” guitarist Eric Peterson recently told Decibel magazine. “The ideology of what we’re doing is like ‘The Legacy’ . But the musicianship’s a lot better, so it’s like ‘The Gathering’ . As most bands record their first, second and third albums, they’re developing, developing, developing… until they’ve got their sound. Then they get worse. As a rule, you get good when you’re starving and start slipping as soon as you’re eating well. We never really made it to the big time. But, then again, we didn’t fail. Because we’ve always been on that borderline, we’ve never had to make the kinds of compromises that end up killing so many bands. As we see it, we’re better off doing what we do best, especially since things seem to have turned full circle. Kids even have long hair again.”
TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.
Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band’s 1993 live EP, “Return to the Apocalyptic City”. He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.
BRITNY FOX has signed a new record deal with CHAVIS RECORDS and a new management / booking deal with LANE PRODUCTIONS .
We are recording a live cd / dvd combo in the U.K. on May 17th during our world tour.
A new studio album is being written and will be recorded this year when the tour is completed.
*** In case you’re wondering what the new album will it sound like here’s a hint :
This ain’t your momma’s BRITNY FOX . Think “Bite Down Hard” but even better !!!
The new lineup kicks major ass and the new albums will be kickin’ some serious ass as well.
** World Tour for 2008 !
Tour dates are posted with more are being added weekly .
Mar 21 2008 8:00P Shaker’s Cambridge, Ohio
Mar 22 2008 8:00P Cardi’s Fairfield, Ohio
Mar 28 2008 8:00P The Haunt Yonkers, New York
Mar 29 2008 8:00P Rock and Roll Heaven Buffalo, New York
Apr 3 2008 8:00P Tops & Tails Peoria, Illinois
Apr 4 2008 8:00P Gatorz Toledo, Ohio
Apr 5 2008 8:00P The Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan
Apr 11 2008 8:00P Spirits Springfield, Ohio
Apr 12 2008 8:00P The Ritz Warren, Michigan
Apr 17 2008 8:00P Dingbatz Clifton, New Jersey
Apr 18 2008 8:00P Jack Rabbit Slim’s Albany, New York
Apr 19 2008 8:00P Trailside Inn Factoryville, Pennsylvania
Apr 25 2008 8:00P Cardo’s Chillicothe, Ohio
Apr 26 2008 8:00P The Underworld Columbus, Ohio
Apr 27 2008 8:00P Monkey Bar Huntington, West Virginia
May 17 2008 8:00P The Asylum Birmingham
Check out the new video, Scared & Mundane by Progressive Rockers, Tiles!
Jumper reunites two former cast members of Star Wars, Samuel Jackson and Hayden Christensen.
No light sabres are found in Jumper, but once again, Hayden Christensen(David Rice), finds himself at odds with Samuel Jackson (Roland).
The story quickly establishes David Rice as a Jumper (someone who can teleport to any location he can think of).
You eventually find out that he is not the only one who can jump.
There are a second group of characters called Paladin’s who have made it their goal to kill all Jumpers. This puts the Jumpers, and their families and friends in danger. That is the premise behind the whole movie.
The story itself is kind of weak, but the action, locations, and special effects, almost make up for the weakness in Jumper.
The cast (Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Samuel Jackson, Jamie Bell, Michael Rooker and Diane Lane) is well rounded, and they make the best of the story that they have to work with. Jumper isn’t the best movie I have seen this year, but it is mildly entertaining.
Science Fiction fans may get a kick out of this flick. This movie takes you to another place, and will have you wishing that you could Jump!
Rating:Out of 5
Sweden Glam Metal band, Vanity Blvd has made their song, Share My Pain, available for a free download at this link. Go get a copy of this song today!
The Australian band Damnzal, has recorded a video for their cover of the Runaways’ song, Cherry Bomb.
Check it out Below!
Check out the latest new Sleaze metal by the UK’s Showgirl Suicide.
Click this link to download four new tunes by the band for free!!
Los Angeles rockers, Poets & Pornstars has released their debut album in 2007.
This CD has a mixture of styles. Some tunes fall a little closer to the alternative rock side, and some tunes are certainly hard rock.
I could not get into this record after the first couple of spins. Some of the tunes here started growing on me with repeated listens. I usually lean towards the harder tracks on albums with mixed styles like this one. Some of my favorite songs on this record are Rock and Roll, Get Your Kicks, Strange, and Monkey.
I believe the first half of the album is much more rocking than the later half of the disc. With that being said, this isn’t my favorite CD of late, but it does have some solid tunes worth investigating. Hal Ozsan is a good singer. He seems to have fun with the songs, and that comes across when you listen to the songs here.
Sadly, he has left the band, right at a time when the band seemed to be gaining some momentum. I am not sure what is in store for this band in the future, but their debut is an album that a few of you may want to look into.
Check out Poets & Pornstars at their myspace page!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock and Roll
2. Get Your Kicks
4. My Devil’s Song (sexwinewomensongsugarmagicmoney)
5. In The Dark
6. War On Gravity
8. Partners In Crime
9. Spy vs. Spy
Poets & Pornstars are:
Hal Ozsan – Vocals and Guitar
Sally Hope – Bass
Domo – Guitar
Dave Plesh – Drums
Randy Austin – Keys, Percussion, Background Vocals
Dilana Robichaux — who is best known for her participation on the hit CBS reality-show “Rock Star: Supernova” — has inked a deal with Hurricane Music Group (HMG) in London. The singer will enter the studio later this month with producer Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN, METALLICA, FEAR FACTORY) to begin recording her new album for a late 2008 release.
Robichaux last year signed a worldwide, long term, co-publishing agreement with Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company Inc., whose roster includes songwriters such as Quincy Jones, the BLACK EYED PEAS, and John Legend.
Dilana has been collaborating with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars on material for her new album, although it’s unclear if any of the songs will make the final cut.
The video below, is from her Wonderfool album, under the name Dilana Smith.
This is Dilana peforming AC/DC’s Highway to Hell.
Australian rock band AIRBOURNE has scheduled the following dates:
Feb. 21 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 23 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 – Roxy – West Hollywood, CA
Feb. 27 – Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 29 – Bluebird – Denver, CO
Mar. 01 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Mar. 04 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
Mar. 05 – Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar. 06 – Pop’s – Sauget (St. Louis), MO
Mar. 08 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar. 09 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 10 – House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
Mar. 11 – Lola’s – Ft. Worth, TX
Mar. 12 – Meridian – Houston, TX
Mar. 14 – Midnite Rodeo – Abiline, TX
Mar. 17 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 18 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
Mar. 19 – The Social – Orlando, FL
Mar. 20 – Studio A – Miami, FL
Mar. 21 – Fuel Coffeehouse – Jacksonville, FL
Mar. 23 – Poor House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
Mar. 24 – Cattle Annie’s – Lynchburg, VA
Mar. 25 – The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
Mar. 26 – Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
Mar. 28 – Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, MA
Mar. 29 – Jack Rabbit Slims – Albany, NY
Mar. 30 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
Mar. 31 – Northstar – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 02 – Imperial De Quebec – Saint-Romuald, QC
Apr. 03 – Les Saints – Montreal, QC
Apr. 04 – Zaphod Beeblebrox – Ottawa, ON
Apr. 05 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Apr. 06 – Small’s – Hamtramck, MI
Apr. 08 – A1A Entertainment Complex – Lexington, KY
Apr. 09 – The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
Apr. 10 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Apr. 11 – The Annex – Madison, WI
Apr. 12 – The Rock Nightclub – Maplewood, MN
Apr. 17 – Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH
Support at the shows will come from ENDEVERAFTER and STONE RIDER.
Fire up the fret board, crank the amp to 11 and get ready to rock this way with Activision, Inc.’s Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the first game built around the legendary music of America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer. Slated for release this June, this latest installment from the franchise with the #1 best-selling video game in 2007, puts players in the shoes of Perry (guitar), Whitford (guitar) and Hamilton (bass), as they rock out alongside frontman Tyler and drummer Kramer. Gamers will experience AEROSMITH’s Grammy-winning career, from their first gig to becoming rock royalty, in a way that no other entertainment vehicle offers.
To celebrate this historic, ground-breaking collaboration, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock fans will have the opportunity to download and jam to AEROSMITH’s “Dream On”. The song will be available for free from February 16-18 on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Playstation Store for the Playstation 3 computer entertainment system.
“Having a game built around AEROSMITH has been a huge honor and really a great experience for us,” says Joe Perry. “We’ve put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band’s history.”
Steven Tyler says, “Any band that can go from ‘Don’t Want to Miss A Thing’ (AEROSMITH’s #1 smash hit) to the ass-kicking ‘Sweet Emotion’ to the cheekiness of ‘Love in an Elevator’, to the classic ballad ‘Dream On’ shows why Activision chose us to headline this game based on the diversity of the AEROSMITH catalog. Not only is songwriting a bitch, but then it goes and has puppies.”
Perry adds, “On a larger scale, it’s cool for us to be pioneers helping to rebuild the music industry through a format like video games. It’s great for rock since the record companies are struggling to make sense of how things are changing. Fans want to get and experience music in new formats — and there are going to be some of them who will play the game, then pick up the guitar for real and start bands. It’s what’s happening now, and it’s only going to build more momentum in the future. It’s a massive change for the music business.”
“We are extremely excited that AEROSMITH chose to team up with Guitar Hero, bringing one of the world’s all-time best-selling artists together with one of the biggest video game brands, to deliver a new and unique interactive way for our customers to connect with artists and their music,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane. “This partnership will give AEROSMITH, a band that has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, a powerful and innovative platform to reach their fans and new audiences.”
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith brings these quintessential rock legends to the interactive realm to create the ultimate gaming experience. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of AEROSMITH’s greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band’s illustrious career offer the experience of “sweet emotion” and further capture the essence of the band’s rise to fame.
Former OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee has launched a new heavy rock project with Vinnie Castaldo (drums), Fate-Al (PALEFACE) on vocals and Karma Cheema (AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, OTEP) on guitar. The group recently entered The Tone Factory studios in Las Vegas to record its first material. More information will be made available soon.
According to antiMUSIC, former OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee and original GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler will make guest appearances on ENUFF Z’NUFF‘s upcoming 12th studio album, due later in the year.
Entitled “Lost in Vegas”, the disc was recorded primarily in “Sin City,” with some additional tracking having taken place in Chicago.
Check out the video, Non Stop Rock by Spiders & Snakes! This is from the 2000 release, London Daze.
If you were to ask me what my favorite CD’s of 1984 were, my response would likely be, Van Halen’s 1984, Iron Maiden’s Powerslave, Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith, Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, and RATT’s Out of the Cellar. There are probably quite a few others that I am forgetting about. My point is, 1984 was an awesome year for hard rock. In the case of RATT’s Out of the Cellar, this is certainly one of the biggest releases of ’84.
This disc is RATT’s first full length record, and it is a damn good one. With a little help from MTV, the band gained success quickly with their video Round and Round. This song went on to become a hit, and Out of the Cellar ended up with 4 more hits, Wanted Man, Back For More, Lack of Communication and I’m Insane.
Stephen Pearcy’s raspy vocal delivery was unlike anyone at the time, and combined guitar efforts of Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby were second to none. Whether you have ever liked RATT or not, you can not deny, that Out of the Cellar is the bands’ best release ever.
The band may not be creating new tunes in 2008, but Out of the Cellar stands up well today, and is an instant classic. This CD should be in the hands of every rock fan on the planet.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Wanted Man
2. You’re In Trouble
3. Round And Round
4. In Your Direction
5. She Wants Money
6. Lack Of Communication
7. Back For More
8. The Morning After
9. I’m Insane
10. Scene Of The Crime
Stephen Pearcy – Vocals
Robbin Crosby – Guitars
Warren De Martini – Guitars
Juan Croucier – Bass
Bobby Blotzer – Drums
DragonForce guitarist Herman Li and his speed metal bandmates used to play the video game Guitar Hero. Now, fans are flocking to the band after finding their song Through the Fire and Flames in the latest installment of the game, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
“Our CD sales have gone up, and we are high up the charts on digital downloads,” Li says. “It’s great. We don’t play commercial music. It took everyone by surprise.”
More fans were converted last month when Ellen DeGeneres invited a young Guitar Hero expert onto her talk show to play DragonForce’s song, considered to be the toughest of all songs to play. (Go to YouTube and search for “Ellen” and “guitar hero”; you can also find her playing the game herself.)
“Somehow it seems our music really connects with the younger generation, gamers and non-gamers,” says Li, 29. “This is a game that is driving music sales when everybody is complaining about the video game industry taking money from movies and music.”
The Guitar Hero effect is real. DragonForce saw digital sales of Through the Fire rise from fewer than 2,000 weekly to a high of 37,825 the week ending Dec. 30, a week when many who got the game as a holiday gift were playing it. (Only one GH III song sold more, Guns N’ Roses‘ Welcome to the Jungle at 38,330.)
Also since the game came out in late October, DragonForce’s album Inhuman Rampage has been atop Billboard magazine’s Top Heatseekers chart four times (it dropped to No. 4 this week). Overall sales of the album have reached 230,000, much more than the 75,000 sold in the band’s adopted home, the United Kingdom.
“There has been a steady buzz on the band, and you could just feel their star rising. Then (Guitar Hero III) hit, and it catapulted it to an entirely new level,” says Jonas Nachsin, president of DragonForce’s label, Roadrunner Records.
Two other Roadrunner artists, Slipknot and Kill Switch Engage, have seen increased sales from inclusion in the game. “You might be surprised. It’s not only digital sales but significant full-length sales of CDs,” Nachsin says. “Competition (to be in future games) will probably be more fierce because everyone can see what it does for a band.”
Even though previous Guitar Hero games relied almost exclusively on cover versions of most songs, original artists still saw increased song sales from inclusion in Guitar Hero II, released in October 2006 for the Sony PlayStation 2 and in April 2007 for the Microsoft Xbox 360.
A look at Nielsen SoundScan data for a dozen Guitar Hero II songs found that 11 out of 12 had increased sales in 2007, including:
• Cheap Trick’s Surrender nearly tripled from 58,000 digital sales in 2006 to 161,000 in 2007.
• Kiss’ Strutter went from 11,000 to 63,000 sold.
• The Pretenders’ Tattooed Love Boys rose from 5,000 to 16,000.
• Only Danzig’s Mother showed a drop, from 28,000 to 16,000.
“A lot of it is the classic guitar-type rock stuff form the Skynyrds to the new big monster bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Wolfmother,” says Mike Davis of Universal Music (Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who). “Old and new with the classic rock sound seems to be the stuff that is doing super well. … It’s a pretty hot subject these days.”
Rich Williams, guitarist for the classic rock band Kansas, says that after the release of Guitar Hero II, which included the band’s song Carry On Wayward Son, “the front row of almost every show we did was filled with young teenagers. It’s all due to that. It’s brought us a whole new fan base.”
Digital sales of the song rose from 119,000 in 2006 to 297,000 in 2007. “It’s been a positive influence for us,” he says. “It brought a younger crowd to us that otherwise might not have come in.”
The Guitar Hero effect has been sharpened in Guitar Hero III, which features original artist recordings for more than three-fourths of the songs. Every GH III song tracked by Nielsen SoundScan (62 of the 70) saw an increase in digital sales during the post-holiday week, and nearly all saw boosts immediately after the game’s October release.
“It’s such a dark time for the record business. This is one of the bits of truly great news we’ve seen in a long time,” says Marc Reiter of Q Prime management, whose clients Metallica, Muse and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have songs in the game.
Sales of Metallica’s One increased from just more than 2,000 weekly before GH III’s release to more than 6,000 in the weeks afterward and spiked at 27,605 in the post-holiday week. Muse and the Chili Peppers saw similar but more modest hikes in sales of Knights of Cydonia and Suck My Kiss.
“Those tracks didn’t have any (other) activity surrounding them at the time,” Reiter says. ” I really do believe we have only begun to scratch the surface of the impact (video games) can have on artists and instrument sales.”
Courtesy of USA Today.
Matthias Mineur recently interviewed WHITESNAKE vocalist David Coverdale about the band’s forthcoming album, “Good To Be Bad”. The question-and-answer session follows:
Q: Ten years between “Restless Heart” and “Good To Be Bad”: What has changed in WHITESNAKE and what is still the same?
Coverdale: I feel “Restless Heart” was more like a Coverdale solo album, which is how it started, ’til EMI told me they wanted it to be a WHITESNAKE record… so, we had to juggle it around to try and ‘SNAKE it up… whereas “Good To Be Bad” is most definately a WHITESNAKE record from beginning to end. For me, the heart and soul of WHITESNAKE remains the same. How could it not? It is, and has always been, very precious to me. It helps provide my family and I with an incredibly good life… I respect and treasure it, and I will protect it as much as I can from harm. I embrace and relish the rewards it brings. As a musical vehicle it helps me express myself, and hopefully, it’s the same for the musicians who work under its creative umbrella. It’s also an anti-aging youth serum for me!
Q: How important were the incredibly successful tours during the last three years for your motivation to write a new album?
Coverdale: Very, very important… The musicians I’m working with and the positive response from the people who come to see us and support us, has inspired and motivated me to get back in the saddle and to write and record new songs for the first time in many years. I’ve also found a new, inspiring writing partner in Mr. Aldrich. I’d allowed myself to be brought down, but, fortunately only for a short time, by the negative climate in the music business, but now I feel it’s more the major record companies’ energy, rather than the music business, that is creating a great deal of the damage. Their reluctance to move forward and embrace new approaches to business is definately creating a lot of their own problems. They just seem unable to see it. I thought, perhaps, all the magic had gone, but, I was wrong, and I’m very happy to discover live music is still very much supported by the hardcore fans… and yes… people are still buying records. Perhaps not in the millions that we became familiar with… but, nevertheless, the hardcore rock fan still wants to hold the substance of an album in his, or her hands, as opposed to simply downloading it. You have to rethink how you structure your career today and not take things for granted. You have to roll with the punches and keep an eye on everything. Not over-indulge… It is not how it used to be. But, still…it’s amazing, when I think about it. WHITESNAKE celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is still going strong. It still has juice. I am so grateful that I can still actively work as a musician, create new music and then go on tour with a great band and play to appreciative crowds. As long as people accept that we don’t look the same as we did 20 years ago… but, we can still play our music with fire and passion, then I think we can stick around for another few years! I’m also very grateful to be involved with the record company, SPV. I work with a great, positive, supportive team there… Good, solid people.
Q: How did you write the material? How important was Doug Aldrich for you as a songwriter, musician and friend?
Coverdale: Personally, I’m always writing bits and pieces here and there, for future reference… making cassettes of ideas. It’s very natural for me to compose… I meditate before I start working and I find that helps me immensely. It helps bring out the creative spirit, I think… It helps me focus. Doug and I found it very natural to write together from the beginning. Relatively effortless and fun… It’s a 50/50 collaboration. He is a very gifted individual and very enthusiastic… he also helped engineer and mix the record, so he was involved from the very beginning of the project to the end. That is something that has never happened before. Doug‘s a welcome breath of fresh air for me. He doesn’t bring any excess baggage… No questionable agenda and no unnecessary ego to stroke… he just gets on with it. He’s very caring and passionate about what he does, and thank goodness, the passion includes WHITESNAKE. He was exposed to WHITESNAKE before we met, or worked together, so, he was familiar with the approach and the creative identities I’d established, but, he brings such an incredible energy and urgency to WHITESNAKE that it helps stretch the boundaries much further, without compromising the original attitude. He’s an electrifying guitarist, as anyone who has seen him can testify… Very inspiring to me. The other bonus, of course, is that we’ve developed a strong, supportive personal friendship.
Q: Would you say that “Good To Be Bad” is a mixture between your blues roots and a modern attitude? Any other influences?
Coverdale: For me it has all the elements, all the ingredients that I enjoy about WHITESNAKE. It’s a very solid, muscular, melodic rock record with a couple of fine ballads, so, there’s a little tenderness when the moment calls for it… and of course the ballads help balance out the chest beaters! I find it a very complete piece of work, actually. It covers a lot of musical ground… A positive chapter in the Book Of WHITESNAKE. I’m able to sing from a whisper to a scream, with all points in between, very comfortably with the new material. We also tried some new musical keys for me to sing in… which made it very fresh, interesting and fun. When Doug and I sat down to jam on each other’s song ideas the structure of the album was evident pretty much immediately… it came together very naturally. There was never a danger of compromising the acknowledged identity of WHITESNAKE for the sake of trying to be modern… or fashionable. I’d say if there was any influence it would be all the previous elements that have come together to make what is WHITESNAKE, coupled with the very welcome fresh injection from Doug, Chris, Timothy, Uriah and Reb. Chris Frazier has brought a very Paicey feel back to the band. He swings, grooves, rocks and rolls… A very pleasing foundation to build from. WHITESNAKE‘s got it’s groove back! As a band, these guys know how to tell the WHITESNAKE story very well indeed.
Q: Please comment on producer Michael McIntyre. What was his role, and in which way did he help the album?
Coverdale: Michael has been with me since 1987. He was originally a member of the WHITESNAKE crew. Then when I moved to Lake Tahoe, I found out he lived close by in Reno, so, I asked him to come and work with me as a personal assistant. He has proved so indescribably valuable to me that he has been actively involved in WHITESNAKE‘s management for many years. He oversees all aspects of my personal and business life. Not only that, but, he’s a fantastic recording engineer and has been involved in the recording of all of my albums since “Slip Of The Tongue”. We are great friends… More like brothers. I trust him with my life, so, when he’s recording my voice I have total confidence in his judgement.
Q: The album was originally announced for autumn 2007. Any reasons for the delay?
Coverdale: The recording of this album was constantly compromised by interruptions. However, it’s a testament to Doug, Mikey and I, also known as The Brutal Brothers, that we kept moving forward… “Onwards and forwards” was the motto for this project. Also, to be honest, there was no real rush for us to finish the project quickly. I’d planned to take the year off from touring to avoid too much pressure in making the record, so, whenever there were problems, we’d take a break… a little breathing space. It works wonders for fresh perspective. Also, for me, personally, it is most important I balance my working time with my family time. It isn’t always easy… even when you’re recording at home! The most important thing is… was it all worth it? And I can sincerely answer, yes! It most certainly was worth all the trials and tribulations to get to this place and simply enjoy the fruits of our labours. It’s a fun album… Great to drive to!
Q: What kind of audience do you expect for “Good To Be Bad”? Metal kids? Rock fans? Blues maniacs? Or perhaps younger people?
Coverdale: Everybody’s welcome to try a bite of this pie. There’s something here for everyone…
Q: Please comment on the tour with DEF LEPPARD. The perfect choice for a co-headlining tour…
Coverdale: Three hours of good, strong, melodic songs! What more could you want? Joe Elliott, the Lepps and I have been friends and supporters for many years. It was only logical we’d end up touring together someday. I’d like to be in the audience for the shows we’re doing together. I feel it will definitely be an event to experience… Let’s Get Rocked In The Still Of The Night… yeah baby!
Q: What can we expect of WHITESNAKE live in 2008?
Coverdale: We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Whitesnake with kick arse live shows… a new show, featuring songs from a new studio album. By the way, this is the 10th studio album from WHITESNAKE. There will be much fun to be had by all. Don’t miss out on the party!
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details surrounding the release of the forthcoming DOKKEN album “Lightning Strikes Again” to be released in Europe on April 11th 2008.
DOKKEN is one of the bands that define the HARD ROCK and METAL genre in the 80’s. On the heels of such masterpiece records as “Tooth And Nail”, “Under Lock & Key” and “Back For The Attack” the band has created an unique style made of heavy riffing and memorable vocal lines and melodies. After the band’s split in 1989, DOKKEN reunited with the release of “Dysfunctional” in 1995 and since then have been a stable presence in the Hard Rock and Metal world.
“Lightning Strikes Again” is Dokken’s 10th studio album and, from the title already, which echoes one of the band’s classic song off “Under Lock & Key”, marks a true and definite return to the classic sound of the heydays. “We have been more focused on this project than any we’ve done in years” says singer Don Dokken. “Yes, it has taken a long time but in the end the fans will have a Dokken cd that is as good as any we did in the 80′s. Our goal is to deliver a CD that will shake up the rock world… and so far everyone says it is the best Dokken cds since ‘86. It’s time that a band from our era did something special and prove that our brand of music is still valid. And I think we’re close, if it does not have success it won’t be because we didn’t give it a thousand percent effort”.
From the first time since the reunion, Dokken is going back to the roots of its sound and exposes with the power and the might of the new Millennium the hot riffs and incredible melodies that built the band’s success.
Dokken’s lineup is now Don DokkenMick Brown (drums), Jon Levin (guitar) and Barry Sparks (bass). The album was mixed by Wyn Davis (vocals), (DIO, GREAT WHITE).
Final tracklisting of the album is:
You can preview the highlighted tracks above!
“Lightning Strikes Again” rocks hard, but still caresses with velvet melodies, this is exactly what the fans have been asking for more than a decade. Don’t miss it when it is time of release in Europe on April 11th 2008 !
Does the name Stick It seem unfamiliar to you? This isn’t a new Great White Album. Stick It is a reissue of the band’s debut album from 1984, with 5 additional Bonus Tracks, by Axe Killer Records in 1999.
Great White’s debut CD is just about impossible to find, so this is the one to grab if you want to at least hear the original tracks from the first release.
This CD showcases a heavier sounding Great White. Long time members, Michael Lardie, Audie Desbrow, and Tony Montana had not yet joined the band. Great White was a four piece unit, and leaned more to the heavy metal side, than the pop metal of their later releases.
Out of the Night and Stick It are two of the heavier songs on the disc. They open the disc up in a big way.
Great White’s cover of the Who song, Substitute has been on a few compilations, and is an old favorite of mine. It is a solid, but heavier version of the original song.
Bad Boys, On Your Knees, and Streetkiller are all above average heavy numbers.
No Better Than Hell kind of reminds me of pre-Pyromania Def Leppard. It is o.k. track, but nothing that will set your world ablaze. Nightmares is a semi-average song.
Dead End is a a very solid tune. Mark Kendall really rips it up on this song. This would have been a very good closer for the original album.
The Bonus Tracks on Stick It Are: Down At The Doctor, Train To Nowhere, The Hunter, Red House, and Rock’N’Roll.
Down at The Doctor is an old Mickey Jupp cover that sounds nothing like the other songs on Stick It. This song is more hard rock than metal. It is a very upbeat tune, with some killer saxaphone by Clarence Clemons.
Train To Nowhere is an old Savoy Brown Blues cover. This is mostly an acoustic guitar piece with some blues harp, and saxaphone. Once again….it sounds nothing like the other songs on Stick It.
Rock ‘N’ Roll is a pretty solid cover of the Led Zeppelin tune. This song feels more at place on this record than the other covers present here.
The Hunter is an old Blues song originally recorded by Albert King. I don’t the original tune, but Great White’s version is pretty cool.
Red House is a seriously long tune. Clocking in at almost 9 minutes in length. This tune is a cover of an old Jimi Hendrix tune. Great White does a pretty good job with it.
If you are a Great White fan, this is a must own disc in the bands’s discography. Even though the bonus tracks don’t really line up well with the rest of the songs on Stick It, I am happy that I have them in my collection. This disc has only been available as an import, but I found mine through Amazon.com. Don’t miss this!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Out Of The Night
2. Stick It
4. Bad Boys
5. On Your Knees
7. No Better Than Hell
8. Hold On
10. Dead End
11. Down At The Doctor
12. Train To Nowhere
13. The Hunter
14. Red House
Great White is:
Jack Russell: Lead Vocals
Mark Kendall: Guitar
Lorne Black: Bass
Gary Holland: Drums
Have you heard of Grady, The southern rock band from Austin, Texas?
Check out their video from 2006, Woman Got My Devil.
A Benefit For Mary Beth
March 21, 2008
Shakers Nite Club
$5.00/ $7.00 Day of Show
Friends of Scozz Foundation
One thing about the music community is that we pull together when a friend needs our help. Scozz, the drummer for Asphalt Valentine, is currently facing some difficult challenges. His wife and love of his life, Mary Beth (aka Devon) is very ill. Aside from the obvious emotional struggles they both must be facing, the medical costs have simply become overbearing. All we can do for the emotional challenges is hope for a speedy recovery and keep them both in our thoughts and prayers. For the financial challenges, WE CAN DO SOMETHING!
Thanks in advance for all of this. Things are really bad for us right now. Mary Beth has been rescheduled for aortic bypass surgery on Feb. 20th @ St. Josephs Hospital on Peachtree St. Near Northside Hospital.. She has circulatory disease. She will be in the hospital for a minimum of 5 days with the first 2 days in ICU. The doctor will perform an arterial graft to replace the closed up section that is affecting the circulation in her right leg. She faces a 6-8 week recovery time once she is released. The foundation was set up to help offset the medical costs that are not covered by my health insurance as well as help with the lost wages I have incurred while staying home to care for her.
She has not been well for close to 9 years. She has a few other things wrong with her female problem wise. Her leg problems really started to be noticeable after a fall, which she did some damage to her left foot in 2001. The pains she felt in her leg was thought to be residual of that fall, where she cut her foot and separated the tendon. She was misdiagnosed on several occasions until a foot specialist sent her to a Circulatory/Vascular specialist (Dr. Lewenstien) for a problem on her left foot where her toes looked like they were rotting off. Very painful. The proper tests were run and they determined it was vascular disease. At one point her arteries in her legs were 100% blocked in her right and 90% blocked in her left leg. She also has extremely high Cholesterol which is a contributing factor. This is odd because she is a vegetarian. The doctor determined that her condition is hereditary and rare considering her age of 42.
CHAVIS RECORDS & LANE PRODUCTIONS in association with The Friends OF Scozz Foundation announce The Benefit For Mary Beth. The benefit is on March 21, 2008 at the Shakers Nite Club in Cambridge, OH. The line up for the night will be Britny Fox, Asphalt Valentine, A Nervous Wreck, American Angel, and The Dogs Divine. Tickets are just $5.00 and ALL PROCEEDS from the night will be donated to The Friends Of Scozz Foundation.
Aussie rockers Airbourne have released a new Valentine’s E-Card today.
Check it out at this link!
Rising British rockers The Answer have won the ultimate rock accolade ‘ their song ‘Never Too Late’ is to be featured on the forthcoming Guitar Hero IV Game, due for release in late 2008.
Through an industry song search held at this year’s international Midem conference and hosted by Activision (the company behind Guitar Hero 3 and other huge games such as Tony Hawk Project 8, Call Of Duty and X-Men), The Answer won the vote from over 200 internationally submitted label and publisher artist tracks to have one of their tracks included in the cult game. The present game, Guitar Hero 3 currently features songs from such legends as Iron Maiden, Slayer, Muse, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Weezer and Rage Against The Machine. Come the summer hordes of front-room axe-wielding wannabes will now be trying their hand at this riff heavy classic from their debut 100,000 selling album ‘Rise’.
The search started with music companies at the recent Midem conference putting forward their bands for possible inclusion. Out of the hundreds of hopefuls, 20 were selected by Activision at a conference ‘Listening Session’, where the tracks were played to an esteemed panel consisting of leading worldwide industry executives.
Says James Cassidy, UK head of Alberts, “This is a tremendous honour and privilege for both The Answer and the Alberts label. With a new album due later this year we look forward to taking the band to a whole new level of international success”
Elsewhere, The Answer’s international success continues to build and after a great year in Japan, they were voted as the No.2 Best New Artist 2007 in Player Magazine’s readers pole. The No.1 is a domestic act, therefore rendering The Answer effectively the No.1 international band for Best New Artist’ ahead of KT Tunstall, Mika and The Fratellis! Not bad for four lads from Northern Ireland who without radio support have built a worldwide reputation like no other debut act.
2007 was an incredible year for The Answer who supported Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and The Who to name but a few. With their profile continuing to grow and with a new album currently being written, 2008 will see them reach the dizzying heights of superstardom that they deserve.
“It’s all here: fretboard-shredding solos, jet engine vocals, a riff which will propel the internal Beavis and Butthead of anyone with warm blood into devil’s horn salutes. Marvellous.”
You can view the video for Never Too Late below!