Pictured is the album artwork for Lonely Are The Brave, the new JORN album from vocalist Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), due out through Italy’s Frontiers Records in early June.
The album’s title track is currently streaming at Jorn’s MySpace page.
Lonely Are The Brave was mixed at Tommy Hansen’s Jailhouse Studio in Denmark.
Rush fans can expect some different songs and “surprises” when the Canadian trio hits the road on April 11 — but guitarist Alex Lifeson says, “I’m gonna keep those a secret until then, I think.”Lifeson tells Billboard.com that since the next segment of Rush’s Snakes & Arrows World Tour — which kicks off in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and runs through July 20 — visits a number of cities the group hasn’t played in quite some time, “we thought we should maybe revisit some older songs we’re not playing currently or haven’t been in the last little while. So we changed out a few songs in the set. We’re gonna keep it loose and maybe kind of bounce back and forth.”
Lifeson says the group frequently gets fan requests for specific material. “We see ‘Camera Eye’ come up quite often, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and some of the longer songs like that from our mid-period,” he says. Last year’s Snakes & Ladders dates featured rarities such as “Circumstances” and “Entre Nous,” which Rush has never performed live, and are captured on the upcoming “Snakes & Arrows Live,” due April 15.
Lifeson says Rush is also starting to tuck into the video material from the same show last October at Ahoy Rotterdam arena in the Netherlands for a DVD the guitarist says will be out in the late summer or early fall.
“We shot it in HD, and I hear it looks really dramatic,” says Lifeson, who supervised the stereo mix for the CD. The group decided to put the CD out first, he says, because “we wanted to kind of bridge the two halves of the tour with a release so there’s something there, and then we’ll follow up with the live DVD.”
Lifeson says that he and bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart are also thinking a bit about Rush’s next studio album — mostly likely with “Snakes & Arrows” co-producer Nick Raskulinecz — but suspects that will come later rather than sooner.
“I’m guessing that we’re probably going to take a little bit of the break at the end of this tour,” says Lifeson, who’s been updating his Web site with a number of new features he hopes to roll out soon. “I don’t see us really doing much in the way of any new material probably until the spring of next year, and then we’ll see where we go. We generally prefer to just start on that first day and sit down and start jamming; it’s such an exciting moment, and it becomes it’s own living thing. We seem to be much more balanced and a lot happier working that way.”
Courtesy of Billboard.com
I have been seeking out a copy of Airbourne’s EP, Ready to Rock for a while now.
Recently, a copy of this highly coveted EP turned up on EBay. This has become a bidding war, that is way to rich for me to take part in.
As of March 31st, bidders have the price of the 8 song EP up to $295.85. That is roughly $37.00 per song. Quite an expense that this hard rock fan can’t even think about!
Anyone have an extra $300.00 they don’t need?!
The auction can be found here!
Remember Mandy Lion from WWIII? He has a new video out. This is a cover of the Prince song, Kiss.
Joan Jett: Hit-Maker And Record Label Founder
Blackheart Records to Release Greatest Hits CD/DVD in August
Looking forward into 2008, Blackheart will release a Joan Jett Greatest Hits CD/DVD package, due out in August, along with a Blackheart debut album from Seattle’s The Cute Lepers.
Today, many artists have steered away from major record labels, releasing their music independently. For Joan Jett it was a necessity over 25 years ago, one that broke down barriers for women in the music industry and established her as a worldwide superstar, still independent and stronger than ever.
Says Jett, “It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. Blackheart Records started out of the trunk of my car, when 28 labels rejected my album ‘I Love Rock n Roll.’ With all other options exhausted, my partner and I decided to press up our own records, and just do it our way. 28 years later, we are still doing it our way, creating music and releasing up and coming bands that have both integrity and passion. Blackheart has turned into an entity all its own, and I’m proud to be able to help deliver music that is both full of integrity and passion.”
Joan Jett’s classic video for “Bad Reputation” is an inspiring mini documentary on how and why Blackheart Records was started by her and producer Kenny Laguna.
Watch below and stay tuned for more from Joan Jett and Blackheart Records in 2008.