Ashland, Kentucky’s Hydrogyn, has a new album, Deadly Passions, that will be released next month. In 2007, they released the video for their song Blind. This is on the band’s debut album, Bombshell.
This week on Rockline, Motley Crue premiere’s their new album, Saints of Los Angeles.
At ROCKLINE we do a bit of a balancing act sometimes. When we invite guests to join us on the show we always have you, the fan, in mind. Is the artist popular, are they interesting, do they have a good project to discuss? In other words, are they worthy of ninety minutes of valuable air time? But we also have to think like the program directors of the radio stations that carry our show. Do they fit the format of the station; are they what the PD’s want? We learned long ago that because each station varies from city to city with what they play and what they want, that we will never make everyone happy all the time. So we make the best choices we possibly can based on marquee value, airplay charts, topicality and style of music. This is why, on fortunately very rare occasions, your hometown station may not carry the live show we present on a given night and might ask for a replacement, which we are more than happy to provide. From what we are told, we do a pretty darn good job of giving everybody what they want, both fans and PD’s with amazing regularity. With two formats broadcast on two different nights, Active/Mainstream Rock and Classic Rock, we offer about ninety new shows a year and that means booking a lot of talent, representing a lot of styles and covering a lot of ground. We are acutely aware that Billy Joel and Iron Maiden (both guests this year) are about as far apart as you can get, but we are also aware that they are both undeniable superstar artists with huge catalogs of amazing songs. We feel they each deserve to be on the show.
Why are we bringing this up? Because occasionally an artist will work well on both formats and deserve to be on our entire list of close to eighty stations along with our vast Internet audience of hundreds of thousands. For 2008, this rarity will only happen four times, REM, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and our next guests, Motley Crue. Our batting average for these choices will be about .970, which has to be rated successful by anyone’s standards. Less than a handful of stations don’t like these offerings and we are good with that as we aim to please.
When it came to making the choice for Motley Crue, it was pretty much a no-brainer for us. Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars are among the most enduring, recognizable figures in all of Rock and Roll and they transcend the medium with TV shows, books and other media too. Couple that with the fact that we will be presenting the national radio premiere of the forthcoming CD “Saints of Los Angeles” eight days before its release and that they are headlining one of the most anticipated tours of the year, CrueFest, and there was no doubt that this show belonged on both nights. Add in the fact that we are expecting the entire band to join us and this is far more than a radio show and becomes a full blown event with a lot of exciting angles and aspects.
This also reminds us that we need to inform you of a couple of things. First, to speak with the band, you will need to CALL ON MONDAY NIGHT JUNE 16 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Secondly, due to contractual obligations we are authorized to broadcast the show on June 16 and again on June 18 and then NOT STREAM the program on our website until the album is in stores on June 24. At that point, the whole show will be available for your Internet enjoyment for two full weeks, at any time you wish to listen.
That pretty much covers it. This is yet another ROCKLINE event with an exclusive album premiere, bona fide larger than life rock stars, a chance for you to help interview the band on the air and a program worthy of broadcast on two nights on two similar, yet distinctly different formats.
It’s all Rock and Roll to us. Cool.
Join us for Motley Crue, exclusively on the next two editions of ROCKLINE!
METALLICA have have revealed the title of their new album – Death Magnetic.
Set for a September release on Warner Bros., Metallica’s still-untitled new album is their first since 2003’s St. Anger and their first with bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined in February of that year.
Death Magnetic is “a stunning, overdue return to the shock and rush of the band’s speed-metal monuments, 1984’s Ride The Lightning and 1986’s Master of Puppets,” according to Rolling Stone.
According to BW&BK sources, the album will be preceded by an eight-minute single which is being described as “a tour de force that features some of their fastest playing ever.” The record is being produced by Rick Rubin (SLAYER, RED HOT CHILI PEPERS) and mixed by Greg Fidelman.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
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Louisville, Kentucky’s Dead Child, have released a new video, Sweet Chariot, in support of their album Attack.
Happy Father’s Day to all of hard rocking dads out there!
While searching through some early videos by Heavy Metal’s fathers Tony Iommi and Richie Blackmore, I found some really classic stuff from the sixties and early seventies.
Check it out below!
The cover artwork for “Folklore and Superstition”, the new album from Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY, can be viewed above. The CD is scheduled for release on August 19 via Roadrunner Records.
The band, known for crafting blues-infused Southern rawk that sounds as good on the back porch as it does bellowing from Marshall stacks in a packed venue, named its sophomore effort after a distinct tradition from its native region: folklore, story telling and superstitions. “There is a mystique with folklore and superstition,” says drummer John Fred Young. “We’re intrigued by and interested in history, roots and heritage, and we incorporate that into the band.” Bassist Jon Lawhon concurs, “We are taking the Southern tradition and spreading it out to the rest of the world. They say, ‘Write what you know,’ so that’s what we’re doing, writing what we know.”
On “Folklore and Superstition”, BLACK STONE CHERRY incorporates lyrical tales with upbeat riffing and atypical conventions like turkey calls, making it a record that is pleasing as it is unpredictable. The band recorded the album at Black Bird Studios, which is owned and operated by country artist Martina McBride, in Nashville, Tennessee. The album crackles with a down-home, feel good, rock ‘n’ roll current and was produced and mixed by veteran rock producer Bob Marlette (OZZY OSBOURNE, SALIVA, SEETHER, SHINEDOWN).
The track listing is as follows:
01. Blind Man
02. Please Come In
03. Reverend Wrinkle
04. Soul Creek
05. Things My Father Said
06. The Bitter End
07. Long Sleeves
08. Peace Is Free
09. Devil’s Queen
10. The Key
13. Ghost of Floyd Collins
You can download the first track Blind Man for free at this link!
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Atlantic Records Sues Scott Weiland and Eric Kretz
Atlantic Records sued two members of Stone Temple Pilots yesterday (June 12), accusing them of trying to prematurely end their recording contract with the Warner Music Group label.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, claims lead singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz have threatened to stop performing under their contract and have indicated they would like to end the agreement unless Atlantic makes significant changes.
The record company said in the suit that while Stone Temple Pilots has already delivered six albums, it wants the group to record a seventh album and deliver up to two more if Atlantic decides it wants them.
Stone Temple Pilots reunited last month for its first national tour in eight years. The group, whose momentum was often curtailed by Weiland’s drug problems, had fallen apart shortly after a 2002 tour. In late 2003, the other two members of the group, guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo, were released by Atlantic from their recording contract as they said they wanted to pursue separate careers.
Atlantic said in the lawsuit that the group — Weiland, Kretz and the DeLeos — was now touring successfully and had indicated its intention to record together again. The record company said its contract with Stone Temple Pilots was written under New York laws and that the musicians are trying to use California laws to terminate it.
Atlantic said claims by Kretz and Weiland that they have a right to terminate the contract “have given rise to a definite, real and substantial controversy between the parties that threatens to harm Atlantic’s business.”
Atlantic is seeking a court declaration of its rights under the recording contract, the costs of its legal fees and any other relief the court decides is appropriate.
A spokesperson for Stone Temple Pilots had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Last night, I received an email with the following:
Unfortunately due to a hemorrhaged vocal cord suffered by Cinderella’s Tom
Keifer, the scheduled Cinderella, Warrant, Lynch Mob and Lynam show July 11 at The Aztec Music Hall and remaining Tour dates have been cancelled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase starting Saturday Morning at 10AM. We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you purchased your ticket on-line at Frontgatetickets. com your credit card will automatically be refunded. Keep it locked in and we will keep you updated with further information.
According to Warrant’s myspace: Warrant and it’s booking agent are scrambling to rebook as many dates as possible so that they can still be on the road this summer.
Those of you with tickets to the Lynam, Lynch Mob, Warrant and Cinderella tour, ought to check with your local venue’s to see what the status of this show is.
It is probably that Rocklahoma will be seeking out a replacement for Cinderella as well.
This is very disappointing, as I was looking for a comeback by Cinderella. Tom Keifer recently finished a solo album that he is shopping to the different labels. Hopefully, this doesn’t set that record back.
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc have released a brand new video, Money, Lovin’ and Speed.
Check it out below!
One of the craziest releases of the late 80’s, was O.F.R. by Nitro. Everything about this four piece band was so completely over the top, it wasn’t even funny. The only thing higher than Jim Gillette’s hair was the octave of his glass breaking screams.
Michael Angelo Batio’s guitar playing was nearly as high pitched as Gillette’s voice.
Former Vinnie Vincent Invasion drummer, Bobby Rock did a pretty good job maintaining the pace of this high speed, high octave hair metal. Nitro only proved to be one of the many sub par bands that he would be a member of.
I wish I could tell you that Nitro’s music was awesome, but quite honestly, Freight Train, is probably the best song on the album, and that isn’t saying much.
Most of the songs are focused around Gillette’s high pitched wails and screams. Although Nitro’s music is above average, Gillette’s vocals can grate on your nerves, and if anything else are some what ridiculous to listen to. When Gillette isn’t breaking glass with his voice, Batio is usually guitar noodling at notes nearly as high as Gillette’s voice. This too can grate on your nerves.
If they band managed to do anything, it was to get themselves noticed with their insane sonic attack.
Aside from Freight Train, the song Long Way From Home, is probably the closest thing resembling a hit on this album. O.F.R is exactly what you would expect it to be, out-fucking-rageous, it just isn’t very good. Migraine sufferers might not want to play this album during an attack.
After listening to this album again for the first time in years, I honestly believe the best thing Gillette did was marry Lita Ford.
This album is long out of print, and I doubt too many of you would want to pay the top dollars it will take to track this one down. That is unless you need some of your old glassware broken.
If you are dying to hear some songs by this band, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Freight Train
2. Double Trouble
3. Machine Gunn Eddie
4. Long Way From Home
5. Bring it Down
6. Nasty Reputation
7. Fighting Mad
8. Shot Heard ‘Round the World
Jim Gillette – vocals
Michael Angelo – guitars
T.J. Racer – bass
Bobby Rock – drums
There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the July 1 release of Night Ranger’s HOLE IN THE SUN, notably that it marks the band’s first studio album in a decade and commemorates the pioneering hard rock outfit’s 25th anniversary as a band. The best reason, as has been the case throughout Night Ranger’s heralded career, is to celebrate the music itself.
“People will hear this record and recognize our dual blazing guitars and vocals, and big choruses and melodic verses, because that’s definitely how you can describe this album,” explains singer/bassist Jack Blades of the self-produced new release, the band’s eighth studio album, and first for VH1 Classic Records. “It’s new Night Ranger, but in a lot of ways it’s classic Night Ranger.”
Guitars grind and swirl through the unrelenting opener “Tell Your Vision,” delivering a progressively-fueled crush that sets the tone for the eleven new tracks that follow, from Keagy’s Jim Morrison-like soft parade of vocals atop the blinding guitars of “Drama Queen” and the blitzing melodic charge of “You’re Gonna Hear From Me,” through the enduring depths of the piano-driven power ballad “There is Life,” and back again. HOLE IN THE SUN rings with the vibrancy of vintage Night Ranger, yet echoes with a modern relevance that endures throughout the album.
“We wanted to sound new, but still keep our roots,” says Keagy of the new release. “We grew up in the ‘70s, when pop music was really starting to thrive. Sometimes it drove you crazy because the songs were so poppy that you couldn’t get them out of your head, but they were still amazing songs. We wanted to portray some of that on this album.”
While there is definitely a pop glisten to HOLE IN THE SUN, there’s also a heavy dynamic that plants the band firmly in the millennium. “Brad brought in a lot of great ideas, some more modern-sounding things, but we were still able to keep that melodic sense in the songs. We wanted a lot of songs like ‘Drama Queen,’ great, gritty songs that reestablish our roots in hard rock,” continues Keagy.
Night Ranger—original members bassist/vocalist Jack Blades, drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy and guitarist Brad Gillis along with guitarist Joel Hoekstra and keyboardist Christian Cullen—will be on the road throughout 2008, including a stop in Pryor, OK on Friday, July 11 to perform as part of Rocklahoma. They’ll also be doing various shows with Styx & Boston, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Cinderella & Warrant.
The band has been touring all over the world the past few months, including a stop at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to perform for the men and women stationed there. For Night Ranger, it was a life changing experience.
As Keagy described, “There could not have been a more proud moment in my career then when we stepped foot on Guantanamo Bay to play for the troops there. We all had mixed emotions about going and we didn’t really know what they do there. Well we certainly found out, but the world should know that the people that are being held should be there because they are (I believe) the most dangerous people on this Earth. We heard the facts in a briefing given by one of the highest ranking officers on the base. It was amazing! To the men and women that work so very hard to keep us safe from the kinds of things that happened on 911, I salute you.”
“Going to Guantanamo Bay Cuba to play for the troops is right up there as one of the wildest things Night Ranger has ever done,” Blades continues. “We’ve been all over the world, but never have we sung “You Can Still Rock In America” in a Communist country with armed Cubans watching us in guard towers just a few clicks away. Everyone was so appreciative of us being there, and seeing them rock out was the greatest. We were given a tour of the detention facilities, got the REAL story first-hand and went face-to-face with the detainees (nice stare-down moment that I shall not soon forget). Saw it all and it made us even more appreciative for what our soldiers, sailors, marines and airman are doing to keep us safe. They’re doing their part, so we’ll keep doing our part. Rock in America baby!”
Says Gillis of the band’s current tour plans: “We started with our classic backline with the American flag and the Night Ranger logo, and then we built it all up from there – bigger lights, bigger sound, bigger everything! We’ve got the ramps, the vintage t-shirts, the old-school Night Ranger antics, and it’s going to be nothing but fun.”
Night Ranger has left an indelible mark on the music world thanks to a number of best-selling albums—starting with their 1982 DAWN PATROL debut–that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. The band’s popularity has been fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, including “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock In America,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street,” “Goodbye” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.” Harnessing the frenetic drive of heavy metal to hook-laden rock songs, throwing in a stunning twin lead guitar team, and melodious, radio-friendly power ballads, Night Ranger inspired new descriptive phrases such as “melodic metal” and “metal power pop.”
“Music is constantly evolving and changing, and people need to keep evolving in life, spirit, soul and everything, or you might as well pack it in,” notes Blades. “That’s why I’m so proud of Night Ranger, and that’s why we will continue to evolve. With this new album, we’re just going to roll with it, have a blast doing it, and keep playing as long as it’s fun, and as long as people want to come out and hear us play. There are still a lot of people out there that want to get up and sing, ‘motorin’…’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,’ ‘You Can Still Rock in America,’ the list goes on and on…”
Click here to check out the new single, You’re Gonna Hear From Me. You can see Night Ranger Live at one of the dates listed below!
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 6/14 San Juan, PR Anfiteatro Tito Puente
Thu 6/19 Oshkosh, WI Waterfest Concert Series
Fri 6/20 Brookville, IN Bicentennial Celebration
Sat 6/21 Sioux City, IA The Awesome Biker Rally
Sun 6/22 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Styx/Boston)
Sat 6/28 Cheyenne, WY William H. Brimmer Amphitheatre
Wed 7/2 Arlington Heights, IL Frontier Days Festival
Thu 7/3 Hays, KS Frontier Park
Fri 7/4 Glenview, IL Great Lakes Naval Base
Sat 7/5 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion at Lincoln Park
Sun 7/6 San Jose, CA Discovery Meadow Park
Fri 7/11 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Sat 7/12 Grapevine, TX Glass Cactus at Gaylord Texan
Sat 7/19 Fort Smith, AR Harry E. Kelly Park
Fri 7/25 St. Clair, MI Palmer Park
Sat 7/26 Maquoketa, IA Jackson County Fair Iowa
Sun 7/27 Lake Ozark, MO Horny Toad Entertainment Complex
Sat 8/2 Rifle, CO Garfield County Fair
Sat 8/9 Windsor, ONT. Lakeshore Soccer Park
Sun 8/10 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair/Grandstand (Cinderella/Warrant)
Sun 8/17 St. Joseph, MO Trails West Festival
Sat 8/23 Tower, MN Fortune Bay Casino
Sat 8/30 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
Sun 8/31 Sparks, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Parkin
Sun 9/28 Jackpot, NV Cactus Petes Casino/Ameristar Amp (Foreigner)
Wed 10/1 Tulsa, OK Tulsa State Fair
Legendary hard rock band MOTÖRHEAD will release its new album, entitled “Motörizer”, through SPV Records on the following dates:
USA: August 26
Germany: August 29
Rest of Europe: September 1
The follow-up to 2006’s “Kiss of Death” was recorded in part (drums only) at FOO FIGHTERS frontman/ex-NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Cameron Webb, who also worked on “Kiss of Death” and 2004’s “Inferno”.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
The Urgencies have a new video, What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Crazier.
Let us know what you think! SINK or SWIM!
Legendary Rock and Roll Icon Joan Jett Makes History as First Female with a Gibson Electric Signature Model
Gibson Guitar, the world’s premier musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, has announced the launch of the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker guitar, designed and produced in close cooperation with the rock legend herself. The model pays tribute to the iconic Melody Maker Jett played on hits like “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” and “Do You Wanna Touch Me” and, true to her trailblazer status, marks the first Gibson electric signature model designed in conjunction with a female artist.
“This is my guitar. Gibson was successfully able to replicate my custom velvet hammer pick ups which have not been available for twenty years. It’s perfect for gigs as well as recording,” says Jett. “For those of you performing live, you may understand the value of being able to shave off those split seconds between playing and interacting with the audience, especially if you use your hands to communicate. I can move between the killswitch, which mutes the guitar, and playing, and then back again without a lot of in-between motion. With its no frills basic set up, it’s a perfect guitar for either an experienced player or someone just learning.”
Gibson’s Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a White Worn finish. Handcrafted to the same specs as Jett’s original guitar, the slim-tapered neck profile is similar to the Les Pauls and SGs of the mid to late 1960s. The fingerboard of the Melody Maker is constructed from the highest grade of ebony on the planet, Jett’s personal choice for her signature Melody Maker, and the headstock features Gibson’s classic, silk-screened logo.
The classic, snarling growl of Jett’s original Melody Maker is accurately captured by a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 zebra humbucker, slightly overwound with asymmetrical coils, unpolished Alnico II magnets, and all the punch and power of an original Gibson PAF pickup. The tuners are mini-Grovers with authentic “witch hat” knobs, exactly as they are on Jett’s guitar. A “kill” switch replaces the normal Gibson toggle switch, and the body is outfitted with a period-correct black vinyl pickguard. The guitar also includes such typical Melody Maker features as 24-inch scale length and the standard Gibson Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece.
“Joan Jett is a true icon of rock and roll. Since the beginning she has been a groundbreaking artist and a trailblazer for women in the genre,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “Gibson is proud to be working with such an influential guitar player.”
Joan Jett has been a force in the world of music since the age of 15 when she co-founded the all-girl punk quintet The Runaways. After being rejected by multiple labels for a record contract after the Runaways, she formed Blackheart Records, making her the first major female artist to own her own record label. With hits such as “I Love Rock n’ Roll,” “Bad Reputation” and “Crimson and Clover,” she has scored nine Top 40 hits and eight Platinum and Gold albums. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts continue to win over fans both new and old with their live shows, including a main stage headliner spot on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour. Jett also currently hosts her own show, “Joan Jett’s Radio Revolution,” on Sirius’ Faction (Channel 28).
Metallica and their music needs no introduction to fans of Heavy Metal. Most of us have been rocking out to Metallica’s music since 1983
The brand new tribute to Metallica, Bite the Ivory, by Vitamin Records offers you the opportunity to hear just how incredible some of Metallica’s compositions are, without the heavy guitars, and crashing drums.
All twelve songs are performed on the Piano by the Russian born Sasha Ivanov.
Ivanov is a skilled piano player, and he treats Metallica’s music with the greatest of care. After listening to the songs in Piano form, it made me realize just how emotional these songs are. The complexities of each tune are made even more obvious when played on the Piano, and Ivanov is an extremely skilled pianist.
If you work in an office place where playing heavy metal music is out of the question, Bite The Ivory, might be the perfect way for you to get your musical fix. The songs are handled in a classy manner, and deserve multiple listens.
If you have an open mind, and want to explore, a new variation on some classic Metal tunes, check this disc out.
To preview some of the songs on this disc, check out this link at Vitamin Records.
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
3. Fade to Black
4. Hero of the Day
6. Mama said
7. Nothing Else Matters
10. Turn the Page
11. Bleeding Me
12. The Unforgiven
All songs produced, arranged and performed by Sasha Ivanov
at Xact Sound Productions
Thrash Metallers, Overkill, have a new video in support of their album, Immortalis.
Check out the video, Skull and Bones below.
Disturbed posted the following bulletin on my space tonight:
Our new album, “Indestructible”, will debut at number 1 on the Billboard charts this week with over 250,000 units sold and its all because of you. Thank you for being the best fan base in the world and for helping to put rock music back at the top of the charts. Your voices have been heard!
See you on tour this summer.
WE ALL ARE DISTURBED!
HRH Comment: For any Hard Rock band to debut at # 1 in 2008, is quite a feat. For a Hard Rock band to sell a quarter of a million CD’s in their first week alone, is practically impossible in today’s society. For Disturbed, this is their third #1 Album!
This is quite an accomplishment for Disturbed!
Check out Disturbed performing their new single, Inside the Fire live below!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated STARBREAKER second album “Love’s Dying Wish” on August 1st 2008.
Starbreaker’s self-titled debut album caused a stir in the Hard Rock world, upon its release in spring 2005. Featuring world renowned musicians such as singer Tony Harnell (TNT, Westworld, Morning Wood), guitaristMagnus Karlsson (Allen / Lande, Primal Fear), bassist/producer Fabrizio Grossi(Glenn Hughes, House of Lords) andJohn Macaluso (Malmsteen, TNT, Ark) on drums, the record garnered enormous acclaim and was featured as the cover story on the prestigious “Rock It” magazine in Germany, with fantastic reviews World wide.
Following Harnell’s departure from TNT in 2006, Tony took a little time off the business to spend time with his family and write songs. In late 2007 he flew to Sweden to write the bulk of the songs for the new album with Karlsson and started the recording of the new songs at the end of the year. The highly anticipated brand new CD is entitled “Love’s Dying Wish” and is a true Hard Rock/Metal masterpiece. The album was written and produced by Harnell and Karlsson and was mixed by respected producer Tommy Hansen(TNT, Jorn, Pretty Maids, Helloween).
New bassist Jonni Lightfoot (a touring and recording veteran with extensive credits to his name) replaced Grossi in the line up. He has added a tasteful but aggressive touch to this magnificent piece of work and compliments Macaluso’s flashy drumming perfectly.
“Love’s Dying Wish” is a very special album that progresses from where the Starbreaker debut left off. With a fresh diversity that spans from pounding metal, to deep moody passages wrapped in a dark and beautifully melodic package. The stunning talents of Harnell and Karlsson are on display in spades with electrifying performances and stellar song writing. These two have truly developed a unique and timeless sound together. Simply brilliant, “Love’s Dying Wish” is going to blow away both old and new fans.
“Love’s Dying Wish” final tracklisting will include: End Of Alone (which can be streamed in its entirety on www.myspace.com/tonyharnellonline); Evaporate; Love’s Dying Wish; Unknown Superstar; Hide; Building A Wall; Beautiful Disaster; Live Your Life; Hello, Are You Listening?; Changes Me; The Day Belongs To Us; This Close.
Extreme announce first new album in thirteen years, Saudades de Rock available August 12th on Open E Records
This summer, EXTREME will release Saudades de Rock (pronounced “sow-dodge”), their first studio album in thirteen years which will coincide with their first world tour in over twelve years. Saudades de Rock will be released on August 12th on Open E Records and distributed by Fontana.
The iconic rock foursome – vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger and new drummer Kevin Figueiredo – recorded their fifth studio offering at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with Bettencourt at the helm as producer and mixer. Saudades de Rock boasts 13 tracks, including the infectious roar of “Star,” the groove-laden, swagger of “King”, a raw funk rock anthem called “Learn To Love”, and the expressive ballad “Ghost.”
“‘Saudades’ was always a beautiful word to me,” Bettencourt explains about the Portuguese album moniker. “It expresses a longing; an underlying sadness for something or someone that’s been missing in your life, and never quite sure if it will ever return. In this case, for us, it’s Rock and Roll. Saudades de Rock.”
Gary Cherone adds, “I like how it expresses that longing we’ve been feeling to play for our fans and be together again.”
The multi-platinum, Boston-bred band’s 2008 ‘TAKE US ALIVE’ world tour gets underway on July 29th at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and will be anchored by a hometown gig two days later at the Bank of America Pavilion. In advance of the tour, Extreme will be a co-headliner on July 11th at the five day Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK.
I have been a fan of David Reece since the first time I heard him sing with Accept back in 1989. I liked his stuff in Bangalore Choir, and I recently picked up newly reissued Sircle of Silence releases. I had no doubt that I would check out the new Gypsy Rose CD, Another World, which features David Reece on vocals.
I did not hear the first CD by Gypsy Rose, so I didn’t really know what to expect aside Reece’s excellent vocals. What I found is a very solid band that has delivered a very good melodic rock CD.
Martin Kronlund’s guitar work is nicely complemented by the keyboards of Rikard Quist. Unlike a lot of AOR/Melodic Rock bands where the keyboards over power the music, Quist’s keyboard playing is mixed so that it enhances the songs. Although the music of Gypsy Rose is pretty tight, the weakness of the band lies with the song compositions. The songs on Another World are not the strongest I have ever heard. Once again, Reece gives a solid vocal performance, but I don’t think this is his best work by any means. I kept looking for a few stand out tracks, but the songs all kind of ran together for me.
The closing song Hellhammer is pretty good, but it is a reworked version of the Accept tune that was featured on the CD, Eat the Heat, on which Reece sang.
Gypsy Rose isn’t breaking any new ground musically with this Another Word, but it might please some fans of the genre. While Another World isn’t the best disc I have listened to in 2008, it is far from the worst. David Reece fans will certainly want to give this one a look.
To preview some of the songs on Another World, check out the Gypsy Rose myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Final Call
2. Nothing Really Matters
4. When I Call Your Name
5. Don’t Look Back
7. A Little Aint Enough
8. All The Way To The Sun
9. A Million Miles
11. Another World
Gypsy Rose is:
David Reece – vocals
Martin Kronlund – guitar, backing vocals
Rikard Quist – keyboards
Mats Bostedt – bass
Imre Daun – drums
Mad Margritt has released a new video in support of their CD, Animal, out on Perris Records. Check out the video, Loaded Gun, below!
Last Night on Eddie Trunk Live, Carmen Appice talked about his new project SLAMM, that he hopes to make a full time thing. The percussion heavy, singerless band has been performing to rave reviews, according to Appice.
Check out their NASCAR promo video below. For more information on Slamm, check out CarmineAppice.net.
Hard Rock Hideout has a free copy of the new Bret Michaels CD, Rock My World, to give away.
Click type your full name and email address in the box below, if you would like a copy!
Contest will end Saturday, June 14th. The winner will be posted on Sunday, June 15th!
Fuse has announced that it will be broadcasting live Bonnaroo 2008 sets from
both Metallica and Mastodon. Metallica’s set can be seen this Saturday, June
14th at 10pm, while Mastodon’s set can be seen on Sunday, June 15th at 9pm only on Fuse. More information about Fuse’s Bonnaroo 2008 programming coverage can be found right here: http://www.fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo/
CHAVIS RECORDS is very pleased to announce that CR recording artists MINOLI has been confirmed for Rocklahoma 2008! Traveling from Italy, MINOLI will be making their first ever U.S. appearance and performance on Friday July 11th on the Tri-Label Stage. MINOLI’s setlist will include tracks from their sensational debut album ‘Living In Memphis’ which has been completed and is slated for an August release. MINOLI features singer-songwriter extraordinaire Angelo Minoli, Michelle Maffei, Emanuele Rivara, Nicola Rossi, and Giacomo Della Cella.
Checkout 2 new tracks , I’m Free, and the title track Living In Memphis, right here!
CHAVIS RECORDS is a sponsor of this years Rocklahoma 2nd stage and a partner in the Tri Label Group. The current scheduling for the 2nd Stage is as follows:
WEDNESDAY (JULY 9TH)
THURSDAY (JULY 10TH)
SEX DEPARTMENT (From Italy)
FRIDAY (JULY 11TH)
GYPSY PISTOLEROS (CO-HEADLINE)
KRUCIBLE (FEATURING-LANCE KING) (CO-HEADLINE)
MINDFLOW (from Brazil)
MINOLI (from Italy)
GODS OF KANSAS
SATURDAY (JULY 12TH)
DIRTY PENNY (CO-HEADLINE)
DEATHRIDERS (NEAL TURBIN) (CO-HEADLINE)
KARNEVIL (FEATURING -DARIO LORINA)
ORDER OF NINE
LEGACY UPRISING (Featuring 14 year old guitar wonder)
SUNDAY (JULY 13TH)
KROOKED X (CO-HEADLINE)
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION (CO-HEADLINE)
SHADOWSIDE (from Brazil)
2ND STAGE NORTH – Lineup http://www.myspace.com/the2ndStage
BROUGHT TO YOU BY NIGHTMARE RECORDS / BLASTZONE ENTERTAINMENT / CHAVIS RECORDS!
I must admit that Journey is a band that has fallen off of my musical radar for quite some time. I wasn’t a big fan of Steve Augeri’s work in the band, but was I glad that Journey kept going. Like the majority of Journey fans out there, I too am a fan of the Steve Perry era of the band. I had no plans to check out Journey’s new CD, Revelation at all.
I recently read Andrew McNiece’s review at Melodic Rock.com giving this release high marks. I have come to trust Andrew’s opinion over the years, so I decided to give Journey another chance.
In the U.S., Revelation is a Walmart Exclusive release, and is two CD/ 1 DVD set, for the price of one CD. Yes, you read that correctly. Journey is giving you a chance to check out the latest version of the band, with a CD of new material, a CD of re-recorded hits with Arnel Pineda on vocals, and a DVD covering some live footage with the band.
There have been quite a few bands as of late trying to recapture the magic of their old sound. Some of them have done it well (Whitesnake) and some of them not so well (Dokken). I can honestly that with Revelation, Journey has finally put out a release that rivals those of their hit making years with Steve Perry.
By now, I am sure you know that Journey found Arnel Pineda via a You Tube video. They must have been impressed with what they saw and heard, and I have to second that opinion with his work on Revelation. Make no bones about it, Pineda doesn’t try to inject a new sound into Journey’s music. He is almost a dead ringer for Steve Perry vocally.
I don’t know if Pineda’s vocals have breathed new life into Journey, but the whole band seems re-energized. Neal Schon’s guitar work on this album is nothing short of superb. Cain, Vallory and Castronova also sound inspired.
With Arnel Pineda, Journey can forge ahead with the sound their fans love. While it may be true that Journey isn’t breaking any new ground here, I don’t think too many people will care. Revelation is going to please a hell of a lot of Journey fans, as well as the Steve Perry diehard fans out there.
Revelation is one of the highlights of 2008, and one of the best Melodic Rock discs so far this year. Highly recommended!
1. Never Walk Away
2. Like A Sunshower
3. Change For The Better
4. Wildest Dream
5. Faith In The Heartland
6. After All These Years
7. Where Did I Lose Your Love
8. What I Needed
9. What It Takes To Win
10.Turn Down The World Tonight
11.The Journey (Revelation)
1. Only The Young
2. Don’t Stop Believin’
3. Wheel In The Sky
5. Any Way You Want It
6. Who’s Crying Now
7. Separate Ways
9. Open Arms
10.Be Good To Yourself
11.Stone In Love
Arnel Pineda – Vocals
Neal Schon – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Jonathan Cain – Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Ross Vallory – Bass and Backing Vocals
Deen Castronova – Drums and Backing Vocals