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Rumor has it that the former Motley Crue front man, John Corabi has left RATT, and former Quiet Riot guitarist, Carlos Cavazo has joined the band. There has been no official word from the RATT camp yet!
Spacehog’s Royston Langdon in the running for Velvet Revolver frontman
While Scott Weiland treks cross-country on the Stone Temple Pilots reunion tour, his other former band, Velvet Revolver, is hard at work finding a new singer. EW.com has learned that Royston Langdon —frontman for Spacehog (who had a 1995 hit with “In the Meantime” ) and estranged husband of Liv Tyler — is in the running for the gig after several successful jam sessions in Los Angeles. “They all got along great,” says an insider. “It was really a refreshing change for the band.” Velvet Revolver’s management couldn’t confirm that an offer had been made, and would only say that they’re still auditioning prospective singers. But an RCA source says that Langdon is “definitely in the mix.”
From the Hollywood Insider.
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Kenosha, Wisconsin’s LAZARUS A.D.
Originally known simply as LAZARUS, the band has been pummeling audiences with their brand of modern thrash since the spring of 2005. Have no doubts that LAZARUS A.D. is a thrash band, but merely in attitude as their sound is no simple throwback to the ’80s Bay Area sound. They breathe a breath of fresh air into modern thrash with intelligent, memorable riffs, mid-tempo grooves, and high-flying solos.
In January of 2007, the band recorded “The Onslaught” with Chris Djuricic (SOIL, NOVEMBERS DOOM, MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO) at Studio One. James Murphy (ex-DEATH, TESTAMENT) handled mastering duties and is now remixing the album for its worldwide release via Metal Blade Records.
“We are extremely stoked about being a part of the Metal Blade family,” LAZARUS A.D. said in a statement. “It is a great home for us, and we know together we are going to accomplish everything we have set out to do and so much more. When the record is released, I don’t think we are gonna see home much, we plan to tour for pretty much the rest of our natural lives!”
Mike Faley of Metal Blade Records added: “With the growing number of young aggressive thrash bands rising up across America, we were struck down by the sheer brutality and innovative sound of LAZARUS A.D. We brought James Murphy onboard to mix the new album as Metal Blade gets ready to unleash the onslaught that is LAZARUS in early 2009.”
LAZARUS A.D. will open for TESTAMENT at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI this Friday, August 1.
LAZARUS A.D. is:
Dan Gapen – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Paulick – Bass/Lead Vocals
Alex Lackner – Rhythm Guitar
Ryan Shutler – Drums
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/lazarus1.
Gypsy Pistoleros recieved an amazing response on their recent U.S Tour! Rocklahoma, South Texas Rock Festival & The Whisky a Go Go dates rank as highlights, as do the Tour with good friends Dirty Penny!!
The Pistoleros will enter the studios next week to begin recording the all important second album , tentatively titled ‘The Good, The Bad and the Gypsy Pistoleros!’ Twenty two new tracks have been written, with Leon Luis ( Protege of Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane ) & Pistoleros own Tommy Gun handling production duties! It will be recorded in Kidderminster, Los Angeles & London! Release is scheduled for May !
Gypsy Pistoleros & Dirty Penny will at last begin Touring the U.K & Europe in November!!!!
Today is the last day for early bird ticket prices $99 for general admission.
After today the price for general admissions jumps to $125. Rock the Bayou will take place August 29th – September 1st in Houston, Texas
The following bands are now on the bill for Rock the Bayou:
Bud Light Stage Bands:
Black ‘N Blue
Pretty Boy Floyd
There are also two additional stages with local and national bands;
Check out RocktheBayou.com for more information.
Metal act, Opiate For the Masses, released a new album on July 8th, called Manifesto. The first single is the song, Burn You Down. Their music has been described as Motley Crue meets Nine Inch Nails.
Check out the video below, and let us know what you think! Sink or Swim!
New Jersey alt rockers Dive sent me a five song sampler of their album, The Truth About Us.
If you are a fan of mainstream radio rock, Dive has a sound that will appeal to you immediately. Dive’s sound is fairly common amongst today’s rock acts. They employ a distorted bass line combined with a heavy
rhythm guitar. There are a few lead guitar licks, but they are few and far between. I like how the percussion was mixed on this disc. The crashing of the cymbals is crystal clear instead of hidden behind the bass rhythm.
The most powerful instrument in this band, is the voice of Jon Sitar. Sitar has the voice that could take Dive to the next level. I was more impressed with his vocals than I was the music, but the five songs on this sampler are pretty good. Dive is certainly band to keep an eye on in the future.
For more information on Dive, check out their myspace page.
You can buy their CD, The Truth About Us at CDBaby.com.
Rating:Out of 10
2. The Truth About Us
3. All I Know
Evan Canova – Guitars
Jeff Moczydlowski – Guitars
Jon Sitar – Vocals
Brian Weaver – Bass
Andy Zampella – Drums
I am really pleased and amazed about all the wonderful attention that the “FREAKSHOW” project has garnered in such a short period of time and at such an early stage.
Here are some facts as I know them to be. Markus has written some fantastic songs. I flew up to San Jose last week and slammed out serious rock drum tracks which I am very proud of. As I write this, Markus is in the studio continuing to work on the material. Cinderella’s mighty Jeff La Bar will be flying in the next few weeks to add his guitar virtuosity to these great songs.
Yesterday it was announced that Tony Franklin will be laying down the bass tracks for the FREAKSHOW recordings. Markus and I had discussed the bass player situation, and since I was available to record the drums right away, we did not seek, search or cattle call for bass players, but rather decided to get the best bass player to record the best bass tracks. I recommended Tony as he is not only the best, but also my favorite bass player. Markus wholeheartedly agreed as he is all too familiar with the gifted Mr. Franklin! Having said that, there are no mutual plans for Tony to continue beyond the recordings. Sometimes a simple mention here or there seems to create an artificial life of it’s own! The last thing anyone involved in FREAKSHOW wants is to disappoint the fans due to misconceptions.
Now then….. While Tony has agreed to record the FREAKSHOW bass tracks, there has not been any discussion of any participation on his part beyond the recordings. So I think that it is important for everyone to understand that we are trying to make the FREAKSHOW recordings the best that they can possibly be and as memorable as possible for those who might listen to it.
Beyond that, the future of FREAKSHOW is up to you, the listener and the fans!
I hope that you will enjoy FREAKSHOW to the fullest!
Frontiers Records is pleased to launch of one the hottest albums in a long time, ECLIPSE’s third studio release entitled “Are You Ready To Rock” on October 10th 2008.
Formed in Stockholm in 1999 by the amazingly talented singer Erik Mårtensson, Eclipse soon landed a deal with the English-based “Z” label, impressed with the material the band demoed. In order to produce what was to become the first Eclipse album “The Truth & a Little More”, Mårtensson completed the line-up with Magnus Henriksson on lead guitar and Anders Berlin on drums and keyboards.
Determined to have a better impact and marketing for their music, Erik and the guys signed in 2003 a recording deal with Frontiers Records who released the band’s following album “Second To None”, which soon became a fan’s favorite in the melodic rock audience.
Due to line-up changes again, Eclipse took a couple of years off and it wouldn’t be until early 2007 before Erik Mårtensson & Magnus Henriksson (the surviving members of the band) started writing for a new album. Their vision this time was to go for a more straightforward, classic and riff oriented Hard Rock style and welcomed in the lineup the new members Robert Bäck on drums and Johan Berlin on keyboards.
“On the new release we have moved a bit from the AOR-sound towards a little harder, rougher and straight Classic Hard Rock”, says Magnus Henriksson. “With a better sound, better songs and a more linear production, but still with the distinct ECLIPSE sound remaining intact with catchy melodies and big melodic choruses. We have worked on developing better and more intricate guitar-riffs and arrangements. We took off where we left with “Always Standing” from “Second to None”.
The resulting album “Are You Ready To Rock” is by far Eclipse best release ever and an absolute monster of an album which is guaranteed to please every Whitesnake, Europe and Talisman fan around ! “One could describe the ECLIPSE-sound as music with very strong melodies that could work in every arrangement, stripped down to acoustic versions” adds Erik Mårtensson, “but we have chosen to wear it with heavy clothes! In few words: Timeless melodies mixed with up-to-date production with heavy guitars and powerful vocals”.
Final tracklisting of “Are You Ready To Rock” includes:
They are ready… are you?
Patrons of Arlene’s Grocery, the Lower East Side nightclub, have long known Paul and David Zablidowsky and their good friend Joey Cassata as ZO2, a shaggy-haired, heavy-metal trio whose set usually precedes the Monday night karaoke party. They might also know that in 2004 the band realized a dream when it was tapped for a 40-date tour, opening for Kiss and Poison.
But even the most ardent ZO2 fans may not realize that to make ends meet — even after that big break with Kiss — the three musicians moonlighted on Saturday mornings as a sought-after children’s birthday party act called the Z Brothers. Had there been T-shirts for their dayside tour crisscrossing the metropolitan New York region, they would have listed dates playing for the children of Robert De Niro, Michael J. Fox, Chazz Palminteri and Al Roker, the “Today” weatherman.
With their Jekyll-and-Hyde repertory — Wiggles by day, Judas Priest by night — it was probably inevitable that television would come calling. And on Aug. 24 at 11:30 p.m., IFC will unveil “Z Rock,” a 10-part comedy series based heavily on the real-life adventures of ZO2 and the Z Brothers.
In the show the band members play fictionalized versions of themselves, exaggerating their actual experiences — including a pitched rivalry with other New York-based children’s musicians — pursuing the recording contract that long eluded them.
“Television is what radio used to be,” said David Zablidowsky, 26, who plays bass and who, like his older brother, Paul, is known professionally only by his first name and last initial. “If you’re anybody, you’re on television now. That really is the way to get your music out there.”
Viewers inclined to watch the series with their young children, beware: IFC likes to refer to itself as “always uncut,” and “Z Rock” is no exception. It features plenty of topless groupies and simulated sexual acts, between, among others, the band members and some of the young mothers seen doing the hokeypokey at the daytime shows. Which raises a question: Just how true to life were some of those scenes?
“There were always hot moms,” Mr. Cassata, 30, the band’s drummer, said wistfully over a recent lunch of steamed broccoli and seared tuna, alongside his bandmates at a theater district restaurant.
Paulie Z, 28, interjected: “They were all wealthy, good-looking and in shape. I don’t speak for anyone in the band but myself, because I don’t know what skeletons are in their closets. But I definitely took advantage of some of the nannies.”
Like the dialogue in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “This Is Spinal Tap,” much of that in “Z Rock” is improvised, though with the players working off highly detailed outlines. For the three band members, who had never previously acted, the approach proved a blessing. Most of the situations in which their characters are placed by the show’s writers and producers — who include Mark Farrell, a former producer of “Curb” — are adapted from tales the band told in hours spent sitting around a table.
“They created a world that was familiar to the guys,” said Lynn Lendway, who manages the real-life ZO2 with her husband, Bob Held. “Then they said, ‘Speak the way you speak.’ ”
For a supporting cast the producers surrounded the musicians with stand-up comedians and improv players, including Lynne Koplitz (who plays the band’s dedicated if addled manager, Dina); Greg Giraldo (as a powerful record producer, who delivers an endlessly profane reprimand to Paulie Z after the band is late for his son’s birthday party); and Jay Oakerson (as a club manager who repeatedly propositions Paulie, who is straight).
Among the many musicians playing fictionalized versions of themselves in cameos are John Popper of Blues Traveler (who agrees to sign the Z Brothers, not ZO2, to a recording contract, but only after Dina sleeps with him); Dee Snider of Twisted Sister; and Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors. Joan Rivers plays Joan Rivers, but reimagined as Dina’s aunt.
Where fiction and reality diverge most sharply in the series, Mr. Cassata said, is in the TV band’s propensity for being “very self-sabotaging.”
“It seems on the show like we’re reckless, but we’re not in real life,” he said. “We never put the ZO2 career in jeopardy. That stuff is definitely artistic license.”
The show is but the latest milestone in the rocky seven-year history of ZO2.
The band’s roots are in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, where the Zablidowsky brothers were raised by their mother, Doris, who worked in a hospital cafeteria, and their father, Marty, the manager of an electronics warehouse. Marty was also a guitarist who played in a rock trio, called Z, that included his brother.
“I honestly didn’t know any kids’ songs,” Paul said, “because we grew up listening to Black Sabbath.”
Among the brothers’ earliest memories were making cardboard cutouts of guitars and records. At some point in elementary school, their mother took the boys to a Sam Ash music store to buy their first guitars.
While in high school, the two brothers began writing their own music, which they infused with elements drawn from a variety of influences, including Def Leppard, Grand Funk Railroad, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses and, more than anything, Kiss. The brothers’ first break came in 2001, when David answered an open call for a bass player in a blues act. While he didn’t win the job, he wound up getting much more: Mr. Held, the producer who conducted the audition, encouraged him to front his own band.
Eventually the brothers approached Mr. Cassata, whom Paul had played with in a cover band; in short order Mr. Held agreed to produce an album. It was called “Tuesdays and Thursdays,” and was financed entirely by the band’s earnings from its children’s-party business.
Mr. Held, who knew Paul Stanley of Kiss, eventually got the album to him; Kiss liked it so much that ZO2 was invited to tour with it in the summer of 2004.
The band drew standing ovations from Kiss’s audiences, but the months that followed served as a reality check. No one else in the music business came calling, so Mr. Cassata returned to his job as a medical-records assistant at a hospital, and Paul returned to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, where he had first drawn notice as a performer for children, and to the birthday-party circuit. The following winter, David, who had found some success as a bass player, went on tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a sprawling rock group known for, among other things, reworking holiday songs.
Still, it was the band’s birthday-party work that helped get it to the small screen. A parent in the audience at several parties in 2005 was Brian Stern, an agent in the television division at the William Morris Agency.
He later caught ZO2 in a show at the B. B. King Blues Club in Times Square; before long Mr. Held was pitching him versions of what would eventually become “Z Rock.” In approving the series, Debbie DeMontreux, a senior vice president of IFC, said she could relate to it, at least to the kid-musician part. (The mother of a preschooler, she has attended her share of birthday parties.)
With their series about to begin, and with a second album (“Ain’t It Beautiful”) out on Riker Hill, a label created by the band’s management, ZO2 is readying a fall tour of clubs and small theaters. But the band won’t be playing any furnished basements or living rooms.
“Fortunately, we don’t need to anymore,” Mr. Cassata said. “It was a means to an end.”
Article Courtesy of the New York Times
As reported by Billboard.com, lawyers for the Black Crowes have served copyright infringement notices to Gretchen Wilson, TNT, Sony BMG and publishing company J Money Music over the band’s 1991 hit “Jealous Again.”
The Crowes claim Wilson exploited the track for her own song, “Work Hard, Play Harder,” which TNT in turn then used in ads for its show “Saving Grace.”
“Work Hard, Play Harder” is slated to appear on Wilson’s next studio album, due before the end of the year.
“We find the musical verses of Wilson’s song to be such an obvious example of copyright infringement that I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation,” Crowes manager Pete Angelus says in a statement.
A spokesperson for Wilson had no comment on the development.
You can watch a copy of the TNT promo below.
What do you think? Is this a rip off of the Black Crowes song, Jealous Again?
Here is the Black Crowes video for Jealous Again. Personally, I am not hearing much similarity.
Scorpions are hard to catch. No, we’re not talking about the scary little creature with the venomous tail, but the Rock and Roll band from Germany. We’ve been trying to have the band return for a visit to ROCKLINE since last year when they released “Humanity: Hour 1”. The problem is Scorpions are the literal definition of a working band. They’re always on the road and quite often that road is overseas. In fact, we are able to have them finally join us again only two days before they begin the tiniest of US tours, seven dates on the West Coast and in the Midwest. We are catching them a few days after playing in Finland and just before this mini-tour of selected American cities. Always fan-aware and interactive, the band is allowing US fans to vote on the set list for this tour at their official website the-Scorpions.com That kind of approachability coupled with the fact that they are one of the greatest live bands in Rock history has helped keep the odyssey alive since the 1970’s. With a huge catalog of sixteen studio albums of all new material from 1972 forward, Scorpions have a gigantic list of songs from which one can choose. There are certain songs that will always be a part of a set by Scorpions. Can you imagine seeing them perform live and not hearing “Like a Hurricane”? It’s just not going to happen. But you can have a say in choosing some of the other songs that aren’t always included in their live set whether your taste runs to “Lovedrive” or Lovin’ You Sunday Morning”.
In addition to the classic repertoire the band boasts, there is their outstanding album of entirely new songs. “Humanity: Hour 1”, the excellent new CD was co-produced by songwriter/producer Desmond Child and songwriter/producer James Michael, noted for his work with Motley Crue and now the front man for the Nikki Sixx side project Sixx AM. The result is classic Scorpions, biting social commentary and hook laden songs that rock but are smooth as silk as well. As radio tends to be somewhat conservative these days, ROCKLINE serves a valuable purpose as we love to jump into an album and go deeper than a song or two and provide a taste of what an album is really all about. The old Album Oriented Rock format survives. And there’s no disappointment with “Humanity”. Fresh and vital, the songs have that patented Scorpions sound. If you haven’t had a chance to hear “Humanity”, we will be more than happy to provide the opportunity for you. Plus, we’ll open up the phone lines and let you connect with Germany’s best export and get the inside story as they continue their extensive world tour.
It has been awhile. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch Scorpions on our next ROCKLINE! Tonight from 8:30 – 10:30 P.M. Check this link for your local station’s schedule.
Powertrip is latest heavy act that is wiping away my aversion towards female fronted rock acts.
Singer Vikkis Johansson has a sound and style that is more reminiscent of 60’s and 70’s rock. While it is probably unfair to compare her a great singer like Janis Joplin, she can certainly hold her own. She does get a little pitchy at times, but I think that adds more character to the music.
A lot of bands coming out of Sweden as of late seem to fall into the glam metal category. Powertrip sounds nothing like the majority of the bands coming from Sweden as of late. If anything, they probably have more in common with Soundgarden, than they do Crashdiet. Their bass-laden music is heavy, and unpretentious. Cold Black Lie shows the raw potential that this band has.
Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are Abused, Emptiness, and Cold Black Lie.
Since the release of Cold Black Lie, the band has changed their name to Scars of Paradise, to better reflect their music. You can still find the band at their Powertrip myspace page at this link. Check them out!
You can purchase Cold Black Lie, through CDUniverse.com.
1. My Statement
2. Still Here
3. Cold Black Lie
7. Out of Control
10. Claiming Insanity
Vikkis Johansson – Vocals
Peter Uvén – Bass
Per Eriksson – Guitar
Erik Palmqvist – Drums
Trivium are to release the first track from their forthcoming ‘Shogun’ album this Thursday.
The track ‘Kirisute Gomen’ will be available from Roadrunnerrecords.com on Thursday.
Shogun 将軍 is in stores September 30.
Trivium will hit the UK this October along with Slayer, Mastodon and Amon Amarth as part of the Unholy Alliance tour.
Dates for the UK Unholy Alliance are:
October 27th – Manchester Arena
October 28th – Birmingham NEC
October 30th and 31st – London Hammersmith Apollo
November 2nd – Cardiff CIA
November 3rd – Glasgow SECC
So where DID all the rock stars go? Did they all drown in a pool of excess or all go join Alice Cooper on the golf course? It’s not the excess that the world is missing out on………the world does not need any more hair sprayed bands in make up, and if you need a dose of excess past you can always go revisit chapters 1-30 of “The Dirt.” Where are the huge guitar riffs over multi layered walls of sound that drive you into sensory overload? Hallucinatory hard rockers Bigelf have solved this problem with their latest released “Cheat the Gallows.” You can’t help but be swept adrift by the doomed mist of infectious melodies and chilling harmonies that collide with an otherworldly embrace of the psychedelic on “Cheat the Gallows,” the band’s debut release for Linda Perry’s Custard Records. Bigelf does not create music they craft orchestrations . Having formed in 1995 in Los Angeles Bigelf has released two albums overseas where they developed a tremendous cult status following. These releases were followed by empty promises from major labels for worldwide success. But that is the past, and the future is here. Bigelf have cheated the gallows and come out stronger for the wear. Now it’s time for the world to pay the piper at the gates of dawn…
We only have a few more weeks to wait until CLUTCH release their new live DVD and CD, Full Fathom Five.
The band just launched an eCard where you can sample video and audio from the two releases due out on August 12th. The releases are being put out on the band’s own record label, Weathermaker Music and will be availble on tour and exclusively at Merch.com.
Staind have just unveiled the official video for their new single, “Believe.” The Christopher Sims (Saosin, Bleeding Through) directed clip is the first off the hard rock band’s upcoming Johnny K. (Disturbed, Black Tide) produced album, The Illusion of Progress. Staind are currently out on tour with 3 Doors Down and Hinder.
The Illusion of Progress is out on August 19th
7.29.08 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
7.30.08 Clarkson, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
8.1.08 Kearney, NE Firstier Arena
8.2.08 Council Bluffs, IA Westfair Amphitheatre
8.3.08 Duluth, MN Bayfront Park
8.5.08 Casper, WY Casper Event Center
8.7.08 Sioux, SD Sioux Empire Fair Expo Hall
8.8.08 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground
8.10.08 Lubbock, TX Lone Star Arena
8.12.08 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
8.13.08 Belton, TX Belton County Expo Center
8.15.08 New Orleans, LA Lakefront Arena
8.16.08 Tupelo, MS Bancorp South Center
8.21.08 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
8.23.08 Calgary, AB The Pengrowth Saddledome
8.24.08 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
8.26.08 Vancover, BC General Motors Place
8.27.08 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
8.30.08 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Field Amphitheatre
9.8.08 Cologne, Germany Cologne Arena
9.9.08 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle
9.12.08 Belfast, Ireland Odyssey Arena
9.13.08 Dublin, Ireland RDS Simmonscourt
9.15.08 Manchester, UK MEN Arena
9.16.08 Sheffield, UK Sheffield Arena
9.18.08 Birmingham, UK The NEC
9.19.08 London, UK o2 Arena
9.21.08 London, UK Wembley Arena
Before Poison ever unlease Talk Dirty to Me on the world, there was another up and coming glam rock band, Hanoi Rocks, that should have been the next big thing.
The Nottingham Tapes catches Hanoi Rocks in their prime, performing live at the Rock City club in Nottingham, England, back in 1984. The video and audio quality isn’t the greatest, but it is above average. This footage does a good job capturing the live spirit of the band.
It wasn’t too much longer before drummer Razzle, lost his life in the accident with Motley Crue front man Vince Neil. This turn events seemed to make Hanoi Rocks self destruct.
The Nottingham Tapes will make you wonder what would have happened if the band didn’t break up back in the 80’s. The band had all the tools that would bring them success, but split apart before that would happen. This DVD is the best way to catch them in their most popular lineup from ’84.
If you are a fan of Hanoi Rocks, The Nottingham Tapes is must own DVD. It may not be the best footage you have ever seen, but you will be glad to see this part of hard rock history.
You can help out Hard Rock Hideout by ordering the DVD here.
Rating:Out of 10
DVD Track Listing:
Back To Mystery City
Up Around The Bend
I Cant Get It, Motorvatin
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Dont Never Leave Me
Malibu Beach Nightmare
Lost In The City
I Feel Allright
Hanoi Rocks is:
Michael Monroe – Vocals
Andy McCoy – Guitars
Razzle – Drums
Nasty Suicide – Guitars
Sammi Yaffa – Bass
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the debut album from the highly anticipated new Melodic Rock union between Josh RAMOS and HUGO entitled “The Dream” on October 10th 2008.
On the heels of his successful RAMOS debut solo album “Living In The Light”, Josh Ramos, former guitar player of THE STORM and TWO FIRES and now shredder for HARDLINE, started looking for a new suitable vocal partner who could offer his songs the right, heavenly and soaring element that could sparkle them to the next level. The opportunity came through when the amazing Hugo, well known solo artist and former singer of OPEN SKYZ and VALENTINE, accepted the invitation to come and work on the vocal melodies and sing on the new songs.
Hugo and Josh therefore teamed up with famed bassist and producer Fabrizio Grossi (Glenn Hughes, in Los Angeles who hooked them up with keyboardist Eric Ragno (ex Takara) and John Macaluso (Riot, Starbreaker, Malmsteen etc) on drums and they helped laying down all the tracks for the album. The album mix was taken care by Dennis Ward (PC 69) at his studios in Kalrsdorf, Germany.
“It was great to have Hugo singing and writing on this album” says Josh Ramos, “He did a great job, a lot of Journey fans are going to love it and also hear a side to Hugo’s singing that they haven’t heard before. Maybe we will be able to perform together at some point!”.
“The Dream” is a cracking Melodic Rock album, resembling Journey as primary influence, but also with elements of Two Fires and Valentine’s debut albums. One of the Melodic Rock highlights of the season and definitely and album to look out for.
Final tracklisting includes:
As reported by Billboard.com, AC/DC will embark on an 18-month world tour beginning this October. Creative Artists Agency managing partner Rob Light confirmed the news during a touring panel today (July 28) at the 83rd annual IAAM conference and trade show in Anaheim, Calif.
Light didn’t reveal further details about the trek, which will come in support of AC/DC’s upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive release. A single is expected to hit radio in August.
Tonight on the Eddie Trunk show on XM, Eddie said that he spoke to Brian Johnson, who is concerned about the amount of dates that is being scheduled for AC/DC’s up and coming tour. Per AC/DC’s management, Johnson and the rest of the band is on a gag order regarding the new album.
1. YOU COULD BE THE ONE – Melodic hard rock track with an up tempo beat through out entire song. Big chorus harmonies and screaming solo reminiscent of Y&T and Night Ranger, the lyrics talk about not giving up and believing in oneself.
2. FOUR LETTER WORD – Melodic hard rocking track with an alluring verse and a very addictive chorus. The song blends a feel of Def Leppard, AC/DC & Bon Jovi. This song sends the message of not wanting to get burned again in another love relationship!
3. MAN OR MACHINE – Heavy hard rocking track with a darker melodic style. Powerful guitars and feel of KISS & Power Man 5000. The songs lyrics talk about the struggles between humanity vs technology!
4. FEEL MY LOVE – Another melodic rock song with it’s catchy arrangement and melody line ala Foreigner, Whitesnake it features a melodic 3-part harmony chorus that delivers big time. This song is about finally meeting the woman of your dreams and sharing all your pleasures!
5. CLOSE YOUR EYE’S – Melodic power rock ballad with acoustic guitar verse, and an explosive chorus, along with emotional Bon Jovi – esque lead vocal and a blazing guitar solo, makes this standout song a key fit for a soundtrack placement. This song is about two strangers who find each other on a cold and lonely night!
6. SINISTER MAN – Melodic hard rock track with a heavier feel of raw guitars and gritty vocals, sounds somewhere between the Scorpions, Metallica, & Alice Cooper, with an eerie verse and a strong powerful chorus delivery. This song tells the story about a man who lives his life the way he chooses, good and bad!
7. HARD HABIT TO BREAK – Melodic rock track that blast you from the beginning with a sax laden melodic riff reminiscent of Foreigner’s “Urgent,” sets up moody sung verses with big harmony choruses. This tracks lyric has a tantalizing allure effect. that
8. NOBODY KNOWS (BALLAD OF ANDY & GLORY) – Melodic hard rocker with a straight ahead powerful feel ala Dokken & Judas Priest has this track rocking up a storm. The lyrics tell a true story about a menacing killer that takes the life of two friends, and ends in a tragedy!
9. BONA FIDE – Melodic hard rocker in the vein of the Scorpions, this track has a powerful punch and is perfect for live performance. Here’s a song with a lyrical message of man’s oldest primal crave, lust!
11. I’M NOT LONELY – A powerful melodic rock track with a slower tempo verse and choruses, the songs climactic finish kicks into double time tempo with an arena style blazing ending. The songs lyric’s cover the message of a relationship gone wrong and how one moves on!
12. TROUBLE – A fast tempo hard rock track complete with duelling lead vocals, big chant chorus back-ups, and guitars for days. The drums are like a finely tuned machine with the strength of a hurricane. This songs lyric is about the ultimate rebel, and how he lives his life!
One of the most difficult things to do in Rock and Roll is to come back after a prolonged layoff. The time frame that usually sets the limit is four to five years. At that point, it is about 40/60 as to whether a band can regroup and regain an audience and usually the band, or artist, has to be of huge stature. As a fan, think of where your taste in music was almost a half of a decade ago. No doubt you have made many changes in what you enjoy, leaving some music behind and embracing different bands and styles in which you had no prior interest. This makes what Candlebox, the Seattle based and former Grunge scene band has done even more impressive and unlikely. Never really Grunge, just from Seattle during that period, their heyday was in the mid-1990’s and they haven’t released an album of new material since 1998. This begs the question, “Have they kept a fan base for a decade even while being dormant, or have they started from scratch?” The answer is probably a bit of both, but regardless, a comeback such as this is extremely rare and definitely impressive. Their last official release was “Happy Pills” in 1998. On July 22nd Candlebox released “Into the Sun” and it is one of ROCKLINE’S favorite albums of the year. “Into the Sun” comes storming out of the gate with one outstanding song after another and the passion is punctuated with profanity, not mindless profanity, but the kind that makes a point stronger instead of just not being able to find different words. Maybe it was that decade long layoff, but there’s unbridled energy that the band has tapped into that comes across like a collective catharsis.
Candlebox, long renowned for explosive live sets, has opted to take this show on the road as a headlining act in smaller venues rather than play a shortened set and compromise the fury. Our feeling is to try to see them now before those venues grow in size and a perfect opportunity for an intimate set by the band falls by the wayside. The band has just launched a new and up to date website CandleboxRocks.com and their itinerary is listed along with new and updated information regarding the band. The first single, “Stand”, which takes on materialism in our consumer based society, is slowly climbing up the radio charts with steady, weekly progress and we’ve learned that the songs that do that tend to stay on those charts for prolonged periods. Plus, there’s a whole lot more where that came from as the new album is loaded with outstanding songs. Obviously, there is plenty to discuss here and we’re curious as to the band’s theory about their fan base in 2008, why they decided to have another go at it and why they called it quits after only three albums to begin with. They totally scrapped a large collection of songs and went back to the drawing board for “Into the Sun” and the result is their first album in ten years and one day. What are the odds on that?
What’s the story? Find out when Candlebox joins us from Boise, ID on our next ROCKLINE!
Tonight from 8:30 – 10:30 P.M. Check this link for your local station’s schedule.
I don’t usually review greatest hits collections at Hard Rock Hideout. I usually prefer to collect an artists complete catalog, and create my own greatest hits collection. It is my feeling that each album is worth a review. Unless you are a die hard fan of a particular artist, it highly unlikely you will own all of their albums or compact discs. So why review this disc?
Not only does this disc come with two new tunes (John Wayne and New Future Weapon), but it also contains the complete Billy Idol video collection. Two of the videos on the DVD are previously unreleased versions.
Billy Idol’s music speaks for itself. His hybrid version of punk, pop and hard rock has created a slew of top 10 hits all over the world, and has turned Idol into a rock icon. Billy’s right hand man, guitarist Steve Stevens is easily one of the most under rated axe slingers from the 80’s. There are many songs on this collection where he cuts loose with some very cool guitar riffs. I often feel that his talent was overshadowed by the keyboards in Idol’s music, but he is a very good player nonetheless.
Many of you may already own Billy Idol’s first Greatest Hit collection, Vital Idol from 1987, or the newer one from 2001. Even if you do, you still may want to give this new collection a look. This Deluxe edition surpasses all of the previous versions. This collection is also a great starting point for new fans to check out the best parts of Idol’s career spanning music. I love owning copies of the music videos, so the DVD is one bonus that adds a lot of value to this collection. The only negative that I found with this collection is in the CD booklet. I thought it was a little light on information, and could have had a lot more details and pictures. That is only a small problem, and the music is what is the most important thing anyway.
The deluxe edition of Idolize Yourself is available at most retailers for under $20.00. It is well worth the price in my opinion.
For more information on Billy Idol, check out his website Billy Idol.net.
Rating:Out of 10
Disc: 1 (CD)
1. Dancing With Myself
2. Hot In The City
3. White Wedding Part 1
4. Rebel Yell
5. Eyes Without A Face
6. Flesh For Fantasy
7. Catch My Fall
8. To Be A Lover
9. Don’t Need A Gun
10. Sweet Sixteen
11. Mony, Mony (Live)
12. Cradle Of Love
13. L.A. Woman
14. Shock To The System
16. World Comin’ Down
17. John Wayne – new exclusive track
18. New Future Weapon – new exclusive track
Disc: 2 (DVD)
1. Dancing With Myself
2. Hot In The City (Uncensored Version) – previously unreleased
3. White Wedding, Part 1
4. Rebel Yell
5. Eyes Without A Face
6. Flesh For Fantasy
7. Catch My Fall
8. To Be A Lover
9. Don’t Need A Gun
10. Sweet Sixteen
11. Mony, Mony (Live)
12. Cradle Of Love (Extended Billy Idol Only Version) – previously unreleased
13. L.A. Woman
Back in the early 80’s, when Queensryche was struggling to get signed, they sent out a 4 track demo. Queensryche released the demo later as their EP.
The debut EP contains the classic tracks, Queen of the Reich, Nightrider, Blinded and the Lady Wore Black. It has been re-released a few times, and is worth seeking out.
Check out the video for one of the earliest Queensrcyhe songs, Nightrider, below!
I stumbled upon the following videos on youtube by this Oklahoma based glam metal band called Hollywood Harlot. This is an unsigned cover band that also has some original tunes on their myspace page. Check them out!
Rock N Roll Gypsy Queen
“There are few things in life that make me hum and haw in eager anticipation, and one of them is hearing a new batch of fuck tunes from the slimy superman of sensational sleaze, Mike Trash” Sleazegrinder – Classic Rock
TRASHPIT RECORDS is very proud to announce that it will be releasing the new CD from New York’s finest merchants of sleaze driven Rock n Roll THE EROTICS.
The 8 Track CD simply titled ‘RUBBISH’ will be available this September.
Advance Pre-Orders will come with a LIMITED EDITION ‘RUBBISH’ PACK!!(Includes, Photo, Pins, Stickers.
TRASHPIT has a long relationship with the US based band after working alongside them on no less than 5 UK and USA Tours and featured the band as it’s cover stars in Issue 8 of TRASHPIT MAGAZINE.
For the last decade THE EROTICS have delivered raw rock-n-roll with unabashed reality, infectious hooks and a sly knack for sarcasm. From the punk rock beginnings of their debut release ‘Born To Destroy’ through the decadent and delinquent bluesy releases ’21st Century S.O.B.’ and ‘All That Glitters Is Dead’ and on to the diseased and depraved ‘Rock N Roll Killing Machine’ and last years highly acclaimed ’30 Second Over You’ (Voted # 30 in Classic Rock’s 50 Best Albums of 2007) the band are already set to return with a new collection of rock anthems with their new CD simply titled ‘RUBBISH’.
This time around the band have adapted an unapologetic darker side to their already infectious tunes.
From the bitter angst of opener ‘Dead Last In The Rat Race’, the pop fuelled ‘Born To Let You Down’ or even the country tinged soon to be classic ‘Get Away From Me Motherfucker’, The Erotics once again prove they are the unsung Kings of Gutter Rock!!
As one of the best kept (not-so) secrets in rock, The Erotics are riding the wave of the new rock-n-roll resurgence and are leading the charge, poised to expose themselves and sleazy, kick-ass rock-n-roll to the entire world.
“Mike Trash not only has the best Alice Cooper snarl this side of 1972 and the kind of million dollar guitar riffs Hardcore Superstar sold their first-born for, but his stellar songwriting skills and knack for pulling insanely catchy pop-hooks right out of the gutter is unparalleled.
He’s the fuckin’ Desmond Child of degenerate rock!”
Check out the new live video by Crowning Glory, that is simply called “Crime”.
It’s Friday night in the heart of Amish Country. What is a rocker to do? Go to Clark’s Bar in Coshocton, Ohio on June 20th and see American Dog and Rhino Bucket!!
After a 3 hour drive through scenic Amish Country, we arrive at Clark’s Bar. As I walk in, We’re greeted by none other than Michael Hannon of American Dog. We find a seat and order some food, which by the way is great!!
American Dog took the stage around 10PM kicking their set off with Shitkicker and Barely Half Alive. If you haven’t seen them, Steve Theado is on guitar and he is incredible. Keith Pickens is on drums keeps the groove going along with vocalist/bassist Michael Hannon. The band mixed classics with songs from their new CD Hard. Hypnotized and Beaten, Broken, Etc sounded amazing. The band put everything they had into Rock-N-Roll Dog in memory of Michael’s dog Jake. They ended their hour long set with the one two punch of I Don’t Remember (I Drank Too Much) and Sometimes You Eat The Pussy, Sometimes The Pussy Eats You.
After a short intermission, Rhino Bucket hit the stage with Beat To Death Like a Dog and I Was Told. And from there it only got better. With Brian Forsythe’s searing leads and Reeve Downes thundering bass following the groove of Anthony “Tiny” Biuso’s drums, every song was loud and clear. Georg Dolivo’s vocal snarl was in fine form as well. They tore through classics like Hey There and One Night Stand along with newer songs Welcome To Hell and She Rides from their latest CD, And Then It Got Ugly (available at www.acetate.com). The surprise of the night was the song Street to Street from their upcoming CD. It fit in well with the closer’s Hammer and Nail, Ride the Rhino and Scratch and Sniff.
After the show, both bands made themselves available to meet and mingle with the fans. Many autographs were given and pictures were taken. It’s great to see bands respect their fans enough to do this. If you get a chance to see these bands, get off your ass and see them. You won’t be disappointed!!!
Altitude TV has posted a “raw and uncut” interview with AIRBOURNE guitarist/vocalist Joel O’Keeffe conducted backstage at the July 13, 2008 Rockstar Energy Mayhem concert in Devore, California. Watch the four-minute chat below.