Are you loving the new AC/DC single, “Runaway Train”?! AC/DC has a great pre-order special available direct from the AC/DC website. You can preorder the new Deluxe edition of the AC/DC CD, Black Ice, along with a copy of the DVD, No Bull for only $25.99, or $35.98, if you prefer Blue Ray.
The Deluxe Edition of Black Ice is a hardcover package that features a 30-page expanded booklet with exclusive new illustrations, studio and live photographs of AC/DC.
Iced Earth has posted previews of several new cuts off of their up and coming disc, The Crucible of Man, Something Wicked Part II. Go the Iced Earth myspace page and check out the new cuts, “Crucify the King”, “Divide Devour”, “Come What May”, “In Sacred Flames”, “Behold the Wicked Child”, and “A Gift or Curse”. The new songs sound awesome! Check them out!
The Crucible of Man has the following scheduled release dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: September 5
United Kingdom and Europe: September 8
USA and Canada: September 9
Bang Camaro has posted a new song called “Night Lies” on their myspace page. This new song is available for download through CD Freedom and I-Tunes. Check it Out!
JSS – ‘Beautiful Mess’ has hit the digital market ahead of schedule.
With the huge demand escalating since the availability of the free download ‘Testify’ and Jeff’s imminent exposure during the new TSO tour. Sewtoe Productions are proud to announce the advance launch of Jeff’s new solo album. The very nature and speed of today’s digital music download market has meant that ‘Beautiful Mess’ can come to fruition three weeks ahead of its proposed release! Why wait another month! JSS is ready, so let’s move it people!
JSS – Beautiful Mess
The 4th solo album from Jeff Scott Soto (who has sung for such bands as Journey & Talisman) but the 1st under the new moniker, JSS, this album is a departure from the classic rock sound Jeff has been known for.
Who is JSS?
He is an artiste who has graced many stages, a hybrid redolent of soul, pop, rock, blues and R&B influenced by luminaries such as Queen, Prince and Sam Cooke and a man who has proved, across the years that he can deliver all these genre well.
For many years JSS has been known to all and sundry as ‘Jeff Scott Soto’. In a career spanning more than twenty years, beginning as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, leading to frontman for many bands including; ‘Talisman’, the legendary ‘Journey’, ‘Soul Sirkus’ and most recently ‘Trans Siberian Orchestra’. In 2002 he set out on the long, arduous road of a solo career with the acclaimed ‘Prism’ and has released two solo albums since then, ‘Lost In The Translation’ and now ‘Beautiful Mess’. He came to the notice of many in the industry when he provided the lead vocals for the main character / singer of ‘Steel Dragon’ in the Mark Wahlberg motion picture ‘Rock Star. With an audience that comes from Europe, Asia, South America and North America, his appeal is about to be widened further with this new release.
In ‘Beautiful Mess’, for which Jeff Scott Soto has become ‘JSS’ he blends the influences he grew up loving into one ‘beautiful mess’ indeed. From the rocking soul of “21st Century” to the sultry “Gin & Tonic Sky” to the greasy funk of “Bring It Home” to the Beatle-esque “Kick It”, JSS leaves no stone unturned in this release, pleasing fans old & new alike. ‘Beautiful Mess’, which is co-written & produced by the savvy Swedish artist/producer/writer Paulo Mendonça, is a turning point for JSS who recently dubbed by many as the ‘new hardest working man in show business’ & this new album will find him touring the globe once again through 2009.
If you like the bite of Lenny Kravitz, the sultriness of Seal, the smoothness of Sam Cooke & the rawness of the nostalgic 70’s rock ‘n soul all mixed with a contemporary touch of today’s hit music, this is one not to be missed!!
Nikki Sixx posted the following on his blog this afternoon:
HEY ALL,BEEN SWAMPED,TOURING TWO BANDS,OUR OWN FESTIVAL,ROYAL UNDERGROUND,FAMILY,PRESS,RECORDING NEW MUSIC,WORKING WITH NEW BANDS AT 11-7,DOING PHOTOGRAPHY,TRYING TO SEE KATHERINE AND TRAVELING NON STOP….SO SWAMPED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT BUT NOT A COMPLAINT.
WERE SHOOTING A LIVE DVD OF CRUE FEST TOMORROW IN TORONTO AND IM AT THE AIRPORT WAITING FOR MY RED EYE( AND YES THEY ARE TOO)….
4 MORE SHOWS AND CRUE FEST >ONE< IS OVER…IT WENT SO FAST,AND NEXT YEAR IS APPROACHING EVEN QUICKER….
DONT HAVE MUCH TO REPORT,REALLY JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU ALL FOR A KILLER SUMMER.
LOVE AND ROCK N ROLL
Veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL will release its 30th-anniversary album, “Legacy”, on October 24 in Germany, October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the USA via Wacken Records/SPV. The CD will feature a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO), Lemmy and Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, “Fast” Eddie Clarke (FASTWAY, ex-MOTÖRHEAD) and a couple of members of TWISTED SISTER. Even the group’s original guitarist Kelly Johnson, who died last year, can be heard on the opener “Everything ‘s The Same” with a special ghost appearance!
“Legacy” (see artwork below) track listing:
01. Everything’s The Same (feat. Kelly Johnson on percussion – her ashes)
02. From The Other Side
03. I Spy (Girlschool Mix)
04. Spend Spend Spend (feat. J.J. French guitar solo)
05. Whole New World (feat. Neil Murray – bass, Phil Campbell – lead guitar)
06. Just Another Day (feat. Phil Campbell – guitar solo)
07. Legend (feat. Neil Murray – bass)
08. Still Waters
09. Metropolis (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke – guitar solo)
10. Don’t Mess Around (feat. Eddie Ojeda – guitar solo)
12. Don’t Talk To Me (feat. Lemmy on bass, vocals and triangle)
13. I Spy (Dio/Iommi Mix) (feat. Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi on lead guitar)
Article courtesy of Blabbermouth
The members of Cradle To Grave have been forced to cancel their recently announced tour of the West Coast after the group was detained by the US Department of Homeland Security for suspicion of either sneaking drugs in or attempting to seek work illegally, despite the fact that the band had valid working papers in thier possession. The band was detained for more than 5 hours at the Blaine, WA border facilities, where bored security agents strip searched one of the members, and refused to listen to the band members’ own account of why they were there.
Singer Greg Cavanagh was held for four hours, then refused entry to the US because of suspicion of “rampant drug use, voluminous encounters with prostitutes and satanism” after the border agents reviewed the band’s MySpace page.
At one point, guitarist Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe was held at gun point by 5 officers. He was asked to lay down on the ground, was handcuffed and returned to Canada in a U.S. Border Protection vehicle. After almost five hours of screaming, door-slamming and accusations, the rest of the band was asked to return to Canada.
Last year, Cradle To Grave were refused an entry visa allegedly because the State Department felt their name might “incite violence” and this after they were allowed to tour in 2005. However, in 2002 & 2004 the band were refused entry to the US due to an alleged “lack of artistic merit”.
Cavanagh commented: “Contrary to popular belief, the US doesn’t welcome all foreign musicians with open arms,” he chuckled sarcastically. “We regret to say this, but the tour is over before it even started. Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to bring us down there for the shows we had booked. We’ll hopefully have better luck next time and be able to play for all you crazy West Coast metalheads.”
Cradle to Grave recently released their new album “Texas Medicine through Year of the Sun Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Devin Townsend (Lamb of God, Darkest Hour, GWAR) and hailed by the Vancouver Straight as “the soundtrack of choice for your trip to the electric chair.” The band is currently streaming tracks from the album online at www.myspace.com/cradletograve.
Terrestrial and satellite radio stations have been playing this band, 12 Stones. The song “Adrenaline” is on the 12 Stones 2007 cd, Anthems For the Underdog. What do you think of 12 Stones? Should they SINK or SWIM?
One thing that was pretty amazing at Cruefest, was how fast they tore down and set up the stage for the next band. If you were late getting to Cruefest, chances are you missed Trapt, and Sixx A.M. Luckily, I was there right at 5 for Cruefest, and I didn’t miss a minute of the action.
Sixx A.M. took the stage, and myself by surprise. I have listened to the Heroin Diaries several times since its release, so I am pretty familiar with all of the songs, but I have never seen singer James Michael, or guitarist DJ Ashba live.
Sixx A.M. didn’t have the longest set, but the played all of the popular songs off The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack including, “Tomorrow”, “Accidents Can Happen”, “Pray For Me”, and closed out their set with “Life Is Beautiful”. I knew they would be good, but I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did. Sixx A.M. was excellent live, so good in fact that Nikki Sixx may have to do a second album with this group.
Nikki Sixx is obviously the star in this band. At no point did he try to upstage Michael or Ashba, in fact, I thought for Sixx A.M. being a side project that they appeared to have pretty good chemistry as a band. I would definitely pay to see these guys again! Sixx A.M. was certainly a highlight in Cruefest.
The following clip is Sixx A.M. performing “Life is Beautiful“. Enjoy!