Yngwie Malmsteen’s latest album, Perpetual Flame, was released in October featuring former Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens on the microphone. Hard Rock Nights recently had the opportunity to catch up with Yngwie and talked about the new record, the new Fender tribute guitar in production, and the Tokyo plane incident.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you have to listen to Hard Rock Nights tonight, 9-11 pm eastern time, on classxradio.com!
Of course, we’ll play plenty of loud music as well…Sebastian Bach, Jeff Scott Soto, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath and more!
Reuters.com is reporting:
Former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler pleaded no contest on Friday to a heroin possession charge in the hopes of avoiding jail time by entering a treatment program, officials said.
Adler, 43, who was fired from the band over drug problems in 1990, also hopes to reunite with his old bandmates, said his attorney, Barry Gerald Sands.
“When he gets sober they’ll accept him into the band and then they’ll do a comeback album and a world tour, that’s the dream of Steven Adler,” Sands told Reuters, after an upbeat Adler entered his plea in Los Angeles Superior Court.
A representative from Guns N’ Roses could not immediately be reached for comment.
Guns N’ Roses on November 23 will release the long awaited album Chinese Democracy, a project lead singer Axl Rose has shepherded through a revolving cast of musicians for years.
Adler is scheduled to appear in court on December 12 to determine if he is eligible for drug treatment instead of jail.
If Adler enters drug treatment, his misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance will be dismissed, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said.
Adler was arrested in Los Angeles on July 18, after someone called police to report he was causing a disturbance.
He appeared this year on the reality television show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew during an earlier attempt to get off drugs.
The GYPSY PISTOLEROS have become half Finnish as Harri Pistolero joins on drums!
The English/Finnish Spanglish Flamenco Glam Sleaze Rock n Roll Kings will Tour the U.K., Europe and Scandinavia beginning February 1st till March 14th, 2009.
On March 16th till April the band enter Mighty Atom Recording Studios in Wales to record the new album ‘The Good, The Bad and the Gypsy Pistoleros!’ – due out in May.
The legendary eccentric producer Joe Gibb (Catatonia, Funeral for a friend, The Cure, The Kinks, Travis, etc) is once again handling production.
In early April the band will play the Scandinavian leg of the Tour. In June they return to the U.S.A. for extensive touring and major festivals, including the main stage at the Rock Gone Wild Festival in Algona, Iowa on August 21st.
Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitars) was suffering with his back problems for a long time. After several treatments this summer all looked good so far, but last weekend it got so bad again that his doctor warned him about doing a bigger tour before the problem is solved.
We are very sorry, but better to cancel the tour now, before we are deep in pre-sales and we have to cancel then. We all are very sorry about this, but the health of Kurdt is too important than taking the risk!
We all hope that the doctors are right in giving the hope that after a few months medical treatments it will be OK again without an operation.”
As reported by Billboard.com, with the final leg of Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” tour completed, guitarist Richie Sambora tells Billboard.com the New Jersey rock act is looking ahead to plenty of new projects.
“We’ve been filming a documentary and are in the process of mixing a live DVD of last year’s ‘Lost Highway’ concert tour,” Sambora says. “Also, I think we’re looking at doing a greatest hits album next year. Jon and I are writing some new songs for it and to just load up for the next Bon Jovi record.”
Sambora says he expects the DVD and best-of effort to be packaged together for a fall 2009 street date. The Nashville-tinged “Lost Highway” was a critical and commercial success, but Sambora says the band won’t necessarily return to that style again.
“No, we have to change,” he says. “We have to do something different. I don’t know what that’s going to be. As we get into the writing process and continue on, we’ll see what that’s going to look like. I think it comes to stylistically what songs you’re writing. What kind of music is coming out of you, and what’s the mood of those songs. You have to color those little drawings with the right production value and the right music.”
Outside of Bon Jovi, Sambora is staying active with various extracurricular opportunities. Not only did he recently join B.B. King on stage in Chicago for the taping of a PBS special, but he will take part in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Tribute Concert for Les Paul Saturday (Nov. 15) at the State Theatre in Cleveland.
“I’ve also been doing multiple sessions out here, some odd recordings with Kid Rock and T.I., some crazy stuff,” Sambora says. “So I’ve been busy. Also, I’m going to be scoring some movies and TV shows. One of the movies is ‘The Tournament’ with Ving Rhames.”
Sambora is also looking ahead to next year, when Bon Jovi will become eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“I hope so,” Sambora laughs. “Time flies man, but yeah there’s talk and rumors. Boy that would be nice. It’s something certainly I’ve been shooting for all my life. I think if you have a career in the music business, you want to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.”
Check out the two videos below from the Punisher: War Zone movie. The first video features the song The Past Is Proof by Senses Fail. The second video features the song Take Me Away by 7 Days Away.
7 Days Away
Big news for fans of 80′s metal… Odin, the classic LA band featuring Armored Saint’s Jeff Duncan, is releasing a new compilation in January 2009. Much of the material on the album has never been available on CD before and all of it has been completely remastered by Roy Z. You know Roy Z… the producer behind recent albums from Judas Priest, Helloween, Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Sebastian Bach and Yngwie Malmsteen. Yeah, that guy!
Not only that, but the CD is now available through a special pre-sale promotion directly through Odin’s Myspace page.
If you order a copy during the pre-sale you pay just $15, plus shipping AND your copy will be autographed by the band. Pre-sale orders will be shipped in mid-January and then it goes on sale though places like CD Baby and iTunes. Now, you can wait until it becomes available through retail, but then your copy won’t be signed and you’ll get it a month after everybody else. Why wait? Seriously, people!
Here are some more details about the music:
- Don’t Take No For An Answer will be included… the first time the entire EP has been available on CD.
- The best tracks from Fight For Your Life, The Gods Must Be Crazy and Caution like “Shining Love”, “The Writer”, “Little Gypsy” and “Twelve O’clock High”.
- Special bonus track “Let The Show Begin”, a brand new song recorded just before the band’s appearance at Rocklahoma 2008.
Oh, I almost forgot… check out the badass album cover. A more modern version of the classic cover for Don’t Take No For An Answer.
Hard Rock Hideout turned 2 years old yesterday. It is hard to believe it has already been two years, as it has gone so fast. There are a lot of people that have contributed into making HRH a great place to come over the last couple of years.
In no particular order I would like to thank the following people:
Allyson from Bring Back Glam,
Metal Mark from Heavy Metal Time Machine
Bill Leslie from Rock of Ages
Bic and Que
Brian (We will meet at a Rhino Bucket show sooner or later.)
RocknRollCoastie (I owe you many beers!)
Also much thanks to all of the PR Companies, Bands and Labels whose contributions and support help keep our website going.
We will continue to bring you the best news, reviews, videos, interviews and more.
If you haven’t checked out some of HRH’s features, please take a few minutes and check them out.
Hard Rock Hideout has the following:
- Message Board - For those of you that have a quick message to tell hard rockers.
- Hard Rock Hideout Forum – Music Talk, Games & More in our forums. We have new members signing up every day. Have you checked it out yet?
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- Hard Rock Hideout T-Shirt Shop – Check out the T-Shirts and stickers available in the HRH T-shirt shop. (New shirt designs coming soon!)
We are looking forward to a great finish to 2008, an excellent new release year in 2009 and more.
Thanks to all of you who visit this site on a regular basis!
Here is a brief description of the DVD:
Cleopatra Records invites you to take a dazzling trip back to the mid-’80s Hollywood metal scene with the original Down Boys Warrant and this vintage live concert DVD that’s packed with rare material!
The 1980s come alive in this concert that captures Warrant at the height of their glam-rock success. Led by front man Jani Lane, the boys rip into “Cherry Pie,” “Down Boys,” “Heaven” and other songs that helped define the hair metal era. Accompanying backstage footage gives fans an unprecedented look at the band, including a peek into the studio sessions for 1992′s “Dog Eat Dog” album.
Live In The U.S., Japan and Italy (1984 – 2008):
1. Jam in Japan
2. Cherry Pie
4. Down Boys
6. Inside Out
7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
8. Hole in My Wall
9. So Damn Pretty
* Slideshow 1 – “Pop Music” (unreleased song)
* Slideshow 2 – “Medicine Man” (unreleased song)
* Slideshow 3 – “Keeping Up With The Joneses”
* “Sad Theresa” video – live in Los Angeles 1989
* “Not The Size That Counts” video – live in Los Angeles 1989
* Backstage footage – 1987
White Lion played in Louisville, Kentucky’s Expo Five last Sunday night. This was a free show that neither I, or friend JT from Hard Rock Nights could pass up.
I knew coming into this show that this wasn’t going to be the original White Lion lineup, but that didn’t really matter me. The issues between singer Mike Tramp, and guitarist Vito Bratta are well documented across the internet. It is highly doubtful that the original band will ever reunite. I was hopeful that Tramp’s current band was at least as good as his old one. I was quite curious to see how current White Lion guitarist Jamie Law would handle those awesome Vito Bratta guitar licks.
MIke Tramp has revamped White Lion, and has had different variations of the band together since 1999. The current lineup of Jamie Law, Henning Wanner, Claus Langeskov, and Troy Patrick Farrell has been together since 2005. Bassist EJ Curse (who looks like he could be a sibling of George Lynch) from Silent Rage was filling in on bass for this show.
The set list in no particular order was “Little Fighter“, “Lady of the Valley“, “Lonely Nights“, “El Salvador“, “Broken Heart“, “Wait“, “Hungry“, “When the Children Cry“, the show closer “Radar Love“, “Living on the Edge“, and two new cuts off of White Lion’s new album “Return of the Pride”, “Set Me Free“, and “Dream“.
It has been 25 years since White Lion started as a band, and Mike Tramp’s voice has maybe lost a step or two. He still sounds really good, and songs sound almost exactly the same as they did in the 80′s. Tramp does have a little bit of help in the singing department. Keyboardist Henning Wanner and guitarist Jamie Law sing a lot of the back up vocals, and do a fine job of it.
I am not sure how Mike Tramp found Australian guitarist Jamie Law, but he has managed to attract another very good guitarist to White Lion. Law is a very good technical guitar player, who seemingly handled Bratta’s guitar licks with ease. As a whole, White Lion sounded great. I would definitely go see them again. Hopefully, the dust can settle between Tramp and Bratta so the band can latch onto some summer tours.
Louisville, Kentucky must have been sleeping on Sunday. There was only about 50 people or so in attendance and this show was FREE. Not only that but, there three or four other bands that opened up for White Lion. The venue that the show was held at was EXPO Five. This has to be one of the best new rock clubs in Kentucky. It has a big stage, an awesome sound system, and room for a lot of people. It is a shame that the turn out for this show was so poor.
After the concert Mike Tramp came out and autographed everything that was put in front of him, shook a lot of hands, and took photos with anyone that wanted one. He was extremely cool to all of his fans, and if anything very grateful. He is definitely a class act.
White Lion is very much still a great band, and worth catching live if you can.
The clips below are from the Sunday night show. Enjoy!!
When the Children Cry
As reported by Billboard.com, Motley Crue will follow up this summer’s Crue Fest amphitheater tour with a North American arena trek, beginning Feb. 2, 2009, at Cox Arena in San Diego and wrapping March 18 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
The 25-city-plus jaunt will feature support from Hinder, Theory of a Deadman and the Last Vegas. Chicago-based the Last Vegas recently won the first Guitar Center On-Stage: Your Chance to Make Rock History contest. Along with an opening slot on Motley Crue’s upcoming tour, the rock outfit’s prize includes a management contract with Tenth Street Entertainment and a recording deal with Eleven Seven Music.
Ticket prices for the Live Nation-produced Saints of Los Angeles 2009 tour will range from $25 to $75, with public on-sales beginning Nov. 21 in various markets. Other tour partners besides Guitar Center include American Express and Fuse, according to Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac.
Kovac, who has served as Motley Crue’s manager since 1994, says the band’s winter jaunt picks up where Crue Fest left off. “These are markets we didn’t play,” Kovac tells Billboard. “Rock has always been a middle-of-the-country sport, and you have to go to where your fans are.”
The inaugural 40-plus-city North American Crue Fest — which also featured rock acts Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx:A.M. — grossed $16.6 million and drew more than 613,000 concertgoers, according to Billboard Boxscore. The trek followed the June release of “Saints of Los Angeles,” the first Motley Crue album in more than a decade recorded by the band’s original members. The set has sold 236,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
After March, Motley Crue will break from touring until the summer, when it will visit European cities in June. From there, the band will return stateside from July through September for the second edition of Crue Fest, Kovac says. Support acts for the summer tour are still in the works.
Here are Motley Crue’s North American tour dates
Feb. 2: San Diego (Cox Arena)
Feb. 4: Reno, Nev. (Reno Events Center)
Feb. 6-7: Las Vegas (the Joint)
Feb. 10: Omaha, Neb. (Quest Center)
Feb. 11: Moline, Ill. (iWireless Center)
Feb. 13: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Feb. 14: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
Feb. 15: Rockford, Ill. (Metro Centre)
Feb. 17: Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)
Feb. 18: Saint Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Feb. 19: Green Bay, Wis. (Resch Center)
Feb. 21: Nashville (Sommet Center)
Feb. 22: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex)
Feb. 25: Greensville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
Feb. 27: Lafayette, La. (Cajun Dome)
Feb. 28: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
March 3: Miami (Hard Rock Casino)
March 4: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)
March 6: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa)
March 7: Erie, Pa. (Erie Events Center)
March 8: Hershey, Pa. (Giant Center)
March 10: Ottawa, Ontario (Scotiabank Place)
March 11: Hamilton, Ontario (Copps Coliseum)
March 13: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
March 14: Baltimore (1st Mariner Arena)
March 16: New York (Madison Square Garden)
March 17: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless)
March 18: Portland, Maine (Cumberland County Civic Center)
If you’re seeking creative and/or social success in the Boston rock scene, there are certain faux pas you must avoid at all cost. Don’t appear to be having too much fun at a show. Don’t dance. Keep that facial expression neutral. If you absolutely must rock out, simply nod along to the beat, but never to the point of pedestrian “head-banging.” And never, ever wear the T-shirt of the band you’re going to see. Don’t even dream of wearing the T-shirt of a band you play in.
Maybe this all sounds counter-productive, even self-nullifying, but it’s very necessary. Back when irony was still alive and kicking, the overlords got cocky and lifted the rules for Bang Camaro, and look what happened. This past August, Bang opened up one of the Lollapalooza main stages for an audience of approximately 3000. Meanwhile, your roommate’s cookie-cutter indie-pop project will be lucky if seven people watch his set at P.A.’s this Tuesday. It’s just so unfair . . .
“We remembered watching videos when we were young, where Metallica would always wear their own shirts. We’re like, ‘Fuck it! We’re going to bring that back!’ ” recalls lead guitarist Bryn Bennett while lounging in the restaurant of the Middle East upstairs, the band having just returned from a Halloween performance in Orlando. “We’d walk around with Bang Camaro shirts on and people were like, ‘You guys are assholes.’ “
“We’d show up at the bar and start high-fiving each other,” adds Alejandro “Alex” Necochea, the other guitar lead.
Bennett: “It’s weird how, now that we’ve been playing for a while, people look at us and they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s Bang Camaro. They’ve been in video games. They’re sellouts,’ or whatever. When we first started, we were just being assholes and loving it.”
It would take some balls just to conceptualize Bang Camaro — a glam-metal/’70s-arena-rock throwback with a choir of lead singers numbering six to 20 bros per show. But Bennett and Necochea — formerly of bygone Boston indie acts the Model Sons and the Good North, respectively — were sufficiently enthused to rock, despite their correct assessment of Bang’s inherent ridiculousness and their incorrect assumption that everyone would hate them. Before anyone knew what Guitar Hero was (and, yes, they understand they owe their ability to tour nationally to Harmonix), before “Don’t Stop Believing” was in the finale of The Sopranos, Bang Camaro humbly set out to play songs about the songs that had entranced them before they had quite come of age. Like, before they had time to become self-aware enough to know what snark is. The real irony of Bang Camaro is their lack of irony . . . well, except for the 20 lead singers. That’s way ironic.
“All of a sudden, we had this vehicle to write hard-rock songs, which was awesome,” says Bennett. “We were like little kids in the candy store. Like, ‘I’m going to write a riff like Metallica! And record it! And I want this one to sound like GNR or Dokken!’ And grabbing things like riffs we wrote when we were, like, 14.”
Necochea: “I always loved Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘I Don’t Know.’ It’s got this great riff where the guitar player’s playing in this really hot-rodded neo-classical kind of tone. It created this, for lack of better words, rock imagery that I was in love with as a kid. That’s something we wanted to do with our music.”
This Friday will see the release of Bang Camaro II, which is far less tongue-in-cheek and more fully realized than their first disc. The choir, who were mostly relegated to chanting choruses on the 2007 debut, sing entire songs on II, with occasional multi-harmonies tossed in. It’s still funny that there are so many of them, but they’re being harnessed to be more than an imitation of multiple Joe Elliots singing the chorus of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The gimmick is no longer quite so gimmicky.
Much has happened since that fateful day in 2005 when Bang Camaro first posted their homonymous song on MySpace, and it promptly blew up. Says Necochea (during the only part of this interview that could’ve possibly bummed anyone out), “I was really impressed with the response [to the first song], but at the same time I was shocked, thinking, ‘After all this time, playing guitar for however many years, this is going to be it for me. I’m going to be remembered for this ridiculous song with all these guitar solos.’ It took me about three days to come around. All these years later, it’s ridiculous to contemplate that I went through that, because I’ve put everything that I have into this band.”
Courtesy of the Providence Phoenix
LORDI HORROR VIDEO CONTEST INFO:
What you need to do: 1.) Log onto http://www.redmusic.com/lordihorror where you will enter your cell phone number to receive a code to download the new Lordi single “Bite It Like A Bulldog” for free. 2.) Go to the official YouTube group(http://www.youtube.com/user/lordihorrorcontest) where you will upload your very own horror video, using the free track of “Bite It Like A Bulldog” you downloaded as the background music.
The user with the best video (as judged by The End Records) will receive a Lordi prize pack that will include the following: Autographed Lordi CD catalog (Get Heavy, Arockalypse, & Deadache), signed guitar, and a signed poster.
The contest was going to be ending on 11/18, but has since been extended to 11/30 for all the slackers out there.
Contest ends on November 30th, 2008.
Jimmy Page has confirmed reports that if himself, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham are to tour with a vocalist who is not Robert Plant, they will not be using the name Led Zeppelin.
He made the announcement to Rolling Stone through a spokesperson who revealed that it is likely that the three musicians will recruit a new vocalist and tour at some point in the near future. The favorite to rock the microphone with these three guys remains Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy although as has been reported, they have also jammed with Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler.
Courtesy of Metal Hammer.
It’s being widely reported that former Danzig/Nothingface/HellYeah bassist Jerry Montano has now filed suit against John Rich for that October altercation in which the country singer turned Jerry’s face into a swollen, gushing, bloody pulp inside Rich’s room at the Mondrian Hotel in L.A.
In the lawsuit, filed Monday in L.A. County Superior Court, Montano claims that before the violence, he was warned by Rich’s business manager that the star often became “extremely violent when drunk” — but even with that warning, he decided to go back to the guy’s hotel room anyway. While in the room, Jerry claims Rich became “increasingly violent and belligerent” over a girl — and that’s when all hell broke loose.
Now Jerry is suing Rich for an undetermined amount for costs related to the “cuts, scrapes, permanent scarring, swelling, and bruising to his lips, jaw, face, teeth and nose.”
Alice Cooper and 93.3 KDKB present the 8th annual Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding, a Christmas-themed variety show, famous for being an entertaining blend of comedy, music, dance and surprise performances.
The event will take place at the Dodge Theatre on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 7:30 pm. More than 3,500 people are expected to attend.
The annual Christmas Pudding is a chance for music and entertainment fans of all kinds, to celebrate the holiday season with Alice Cooper, family and friends as Alice Cooper, along with his touring band, performs the entire smash album, Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits.
This year’s acts also include Bob Welch (formerly of FLEETWOOD MAC),Roger Clyne and the PEACEMAKERS, F5 (featuring former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson), RUNAWAY PHOENIX, Les Stroud and WHISKY FALLS.
“Although I have played more than 70 shows this year, Pudding is the one I look forward to most,” said Cooper. “We love bringing people together for Christmas, for the sake of music and the mission of Solid Rock.”
Special guest and Iron Chef America winner, Mark Tarbell, will help to inspire the holiday spirit by whipping up a special batch of Christmas pudding for all attendees. Additionally, winners of this year’s Proof is in the Pudding, Arizona’s own version of American Idol, will also be on hand to show off their talents.
Tickets range from $33 to $63 for general admission and $203 for VIP seating, which includes a seat at one of the cabaret type tables in front of the stage, an artist attended pre-show reception, as well as a pre-show dinner. All proceeds from the event will benefit Solid Rock whose mission is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of children and teens throughout our community. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com. For more information, please visit AlicePudding.com
About Solid Rock:
Solid Rock is a Christian, 501 (c)(3) non-profit Arizona corporation founded by long time Valley residents and fathers, Chuck Savale and Alice Cooper. The two envisioned a teen center that provided an outlet where teens can flourish, understand themselves, understand the love of Christ and equip themselves for the road ahead. Thus, the idea of The Rock was born and the primary mission of Solid Rock was realized. Today, Solid Rock’s focus is to honor Christ by seeing The Rock come to fruition in Phoenix, and then create a series of “Rocks” in large metropolitan areas across the nation. For more information, click here or call 602-522-9200 or (888) 97-Alice (25423).
SIXX: A.M. will release a deluxe version of its album, “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack”, on November 25, available exclusively at Best Buy. The deluxe edition includes a never-before released live EP, “Live Is Beautiful”, which will also be released separately for those who have already purchased “The Heroin Diaries”.
“Live Is Beautiful” (produced by SIXX: A.M. and mixed by James Michael) was compiled from several performances on this summer’s Crüe Fest, and features riveting renditions of the tracks “Life Is Beautiful”,“Tomorrow”, “Pray For Me” and “Accidents Can Happen”.
The complete track listing is as follows:
“The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack”:
01. X-Mas In Hell
02. Van Nuys
03. Life Is Beautiful
04. Pray For Me
06. Accidents Can Happen
08. Dead Man’s Ballet
09. Heart Failure
10. Girl With Golden Eyes
11. Courtesy Call
13. Life After Death
“Live Is Beautiful” Bonus EP:
01. X-Mas In Hell (Live)
02. Pray For Me (Live)
03. Heart Failure (Live)
04. Intermission (Live)
05. Dead Man’s Ballet (Live)
06. Tomorrow (Live)
07. Accidents Can Happen (Live)
08. Life Is Beautiful (Live)
Frontiers Records is truly excited to announce the European release of PLACES OF POWER debut album “Now Is The Hour” on January 23rd 2009.
While the Places of Power monicker is brand new, this name hides the brand new collaboration between two superb artists who are no strangers to the concept of hard work and quality music. Bruce Turgon and Philip Bardowell can indeed boast in their pedigree collaborations with such bands and artists as FOREIGNER, SHADOW KING, LOU GRAMM, UNRULY CHILD, MAGDALEN and Peter Criss of KISS.
Both have also released highly regarded solo albums for Frontiers Records during 2005 which gathered excellent reviews and great interests from press and fans alike. “Our collaboration started at the urging of Serafino Perugino, who felt that Bruce and I would work well together”, states singer Philip Bardowell. “I guess Serafino would be the “spark”! The flame was then ignited when Bruce and I started throwing around tunes and discovered that we shared a passion for strong melodies and hooks”. Bruce Turgon also recalls: “Philip came back with powerful ideas and performances that made me feel that we were on the same page – I knew that this would be a strong collaboration from the start. I tend to “live” a record and dwell on every aspect of it, so it was very important to me that we share a common vision, and we have”.
“Now Is The Hour” production process was then started and took some good time to be completed, due to the enthusiasm and care that both Philip and Bruce gave to the album writing and recording. “I love the integrity of this record” continues Bruce, “there are no “and also” tracks – every song is a work of substance”, with Bardowell adding that every track “is also crafted in the “pop” sense and the songs are catchy and accessible”.
With the help of Scott McKinstry who contributed lead guitars to the album, Philip took care of all lead vocals while Bruce played all the backing tracks. The tapes were then sent to famed studio guru Dennis Ward (of Pink Cream 69 and producer of Place Vendome, Sunstorm, Bob Catley, Angra, Krokus etc.) in Germany who mixed the album in the summer 2008.
“We were able to deliver a product that we’re both very proud of” adds Bardowell, while Turgon concludes “this is an album that deserves to be played live. We’ve created a strong foundation for Places Of Power to build upon and everything is possible…”
The result is a jewel, one of those rare releases that gets your attention from the very first to the last second – splendid performances, killer production and marvellous songs: that’s what “Now Is The Hour” is all about !
“Now Is The Hour” final tracklisting includes:
In Your Wildest Dreams; Make Me Believe; Desires of Our Hearts; One Day; I Live For You; Secrets; The Passage; Always; Hard To Love You; Light of My World; Path of Least Resistance; Places of Power – In Your Wildest Dream (bonus videoclip).
Just looking at the band roster for this album, I shake my head with the crazy amount of talent that this band had.
“Burn” was the beginning of a bluesier sound for Deep Purple, and this new direction was reportedly one of the reasons for Ritchie Blackmore leaving the band. Nonetheless, “Burn” is a very important part of Deep Purple and hard rock history. This album introduced David Coverdale to the world of hard rock, and for that I will always be forever grateful.
The title track “Burn” is easily one of the best Deep Purple songs, and top hard rock songs of all time. The mixture of Coverdale’s and Hughes vocals on this track are awesome. Not only are the vocals great, but Ian Paice may have laid down the best drum beats of his life. Jon Lord’s keyboards really drive this song as well. Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar riffs are fantastic.
While the song “Burn” is my defacto favorite, I enjoy listening to this entire disc. There is no doubt that this disc was highly influential on a large number of musicians. It is amazing how good this disc sounds when played loud today. Each member of this band is extremely proficient in the instruments that they play, and were easily some of the best hard rock musicians of this 70′s hard rock era. The music just shines when blasted through your stereo speakers!
On the 30th Anniversary Remastered edition, there are 5 bonus tracks added to this disc. “Coroniaras Redig” which was originally only available as a “B – Side” track is one of the bonus tracks, as well as remixed versions of “Burn”, “Mistreated”,”You Fool No One”, and “Sail Away”.
Sometimes in order to see what direction hard rock music is heading in, you have to go back and listen to the bands that help form it. It doesn’t get more classic than Deep Purple’s “Burn”.
2. Might Just Take Your Life
3. Lay Down, Stay Down
4. Sail Away
5. You Fool No One
6. What’s Going On Here
8. “A” 200
9. Coronarias Redig (2004 Remix)
10. Burn (2004 Remix)
11. Mistreated (2004 Remix)
12. You Fool No One (2004 Remix)
13. Sail Away (2004 Remix)
David Coverdale – Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore – Lead Guitar
Glen Hughes – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Jon Lord – Keyboards
Ian Paice – Drums
Nickelback’s new CD,”Dark Horse” which will be released next Tuesday, November 18th, is now available for listening in its entirety at the following link.
XM Hard Rock Fans….Sirius XM has been changing stations over today, as
they try to align their two satellite networks.
XM41 The Boneyard became Hair Nation.
XM44 Fred became First Wave (Classic alternative music from artists like Depece Mode, U2 & the Smiths)
XM46 Top Track became Classic Vinyl (Classic Rock from the 60′s and 70′s)
XM47 Ethel became Alt Nation (New alternative rock from artists like The Killers, Green Day & Weezer)
XM48 Squizz became Octane (New hard rock from artists like Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold & Slipknot)
XM49 Big Tracks became Classic Rewind (Classic Rock from the 70′s & 80′s)
XM54 Lucy became Lithium (Alternative and grunge music from the 90′s)
The Boneyard will return to the XM dial in January on XM53, the current home of the 24 hour AC/DC Network.
Sirius and XM subscribers can view the channel changes at the links below.
In an update the band said “There is only a few copies left of Warrior Soul’s Chinese Democracy. We will not print another edition, we’ve accomplished what we wanted and hopefully everyone who wanted a copy of our Chinese Democracy already bought it. If you are very fast and order before the weekend you might be able to lay your hands on a copy. You will still be able to order the new album but it will have a new name and it will look different.
More info on the details will be posted here very soon.
We know that some of you have been waiting a very long time for your pre-ordered CD and we apologize for this. It’s the people that ordered their copy from the US before the 2nd of November that have been affected by this. We ran into problems that were out of our control with the mailing of the CD’s but the one’s that hasn’t got their copy yet should have it any day now. Once again, we apologize, thank you for your patience. Thank You for supporting Warrior Soul.
Everyone who ordered from outside the US or after the 2nd of November can expect their CD to arrive before the end of November as promised.
Today we have posted a new track from our new album on MySpace, it’s called ‘Don’t Believe’ and hopefully you’ll enjoy it. Play it loud!
There is loads of good news coming up for both the band and any fan of Warrior Soul in the next year. 2008 was a great year with a new album, great tours and even greater fans. But we did go through a lot of bullshit as well after being swindled by our so called management and the people involved in it. Real friends of Warrior Soul stepped up and saved the band to make the US tour possible. We are very grateful and hopefully we can return the favour some day. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you (You know who your are.).
Also a big thank you to our friends in SHRAM, a band consisting of 3 great dudes (plus Mr Hartless Sr. of course…) delivering great rock and great musicianship. http://www.shramband.com/
The Stoned – The best of Friends and partners in the weirdest crimes (Just go see for yourself. I wouldn’t try to explain this spaceship in words.)! http://www.thestoned.net/
All the other bands, venues, promoters, bar staff and sound engineers we’ve met and that didn’t suck, thank you!
And to all the American Warrior Soul fans, we did this tour for You and You only. Hopefully You enjoyed it, thanks for coming out to the shows!
We will see some of you very soon in the UK. This will be the last couple of shows of the year and you can expect every single one to be special with a mix of new songs and tons of old classics. We will play as loud and hard as ever before (If you don’t see blood on my guitar… ask your money back!). To everyone who can not make it to the UK, don’t worry, Warrior Soul will hit the roads again in 2009.”
UK rockers ZEN MOTEL and THE STONED will be guests on Warrior Soul’s forthcoming UK tour. Dates are as follows:
5 – Sawyers Venue – Kettering, UK
6 – Hard Rock Hell II – Wales, UK
7 – The Barfly – Cardiff, Wales, UK
8 – JBS Dudley – Dudley, UK
9 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
10 – The Barfly – Glasgow, UK
12 – LA2 London – London, UK
13 – The Corporation – Sheffield, UK
Courtesy of Komodo Rock.
The Chop Shop/Atlantic set moved 165,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, 29% of which (48,000) were digital downloads, the second biggest digital week for a soundtrack since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album download sales in 2004. “High School Musical 2 bowed with 62,000 downloads in August 2007.
“Twilight,” released in advance of the movie’s U.S. theatrical premiere on Nov. 21, boasts tracks from Linkin Park, Muse and Paramore. It’s based on the popular vampire-themed book series from author Stephenie Meyer.
Last week’s No. 1, AC/DC’s “Black Ice” (Columbia), drops to No. 2 with 160,000 on a sales decrease of 41%. The soundtrack to Disney’s “High School Musical 3″ stays tight at No. 3 for a second week with a 32% slip to 110,000.
Moving 81,000, Hinder’s sophomore Universal album “Take It to the Limit” bows at No. 4, besting the No. 6 peak of the band’s 2005 debut, “Extreme Behavior.” However, that effort ended up spending a whopping 96 weeks on the chart on its way to 2.7 million in sales.
Pink’s LaFace/Zomba set “Funhouse” falls 2-5 with 73,000 (-60%), while John Legend’s Columbia set “Evolver” is down 4-6 with 72,000 (-46%). Despite a 10% sales slip, T.I.’s Grand Hustle/Atlantic album “Paper Trail” keeps the No. 7 spot warm for a second week with 69,000.
Italian vocalist Andrea Bocelli arrives at No. 8 with “Incanto” (Decca), shifting 62,000. His last studio effort, “Amore,” began at No. 3 with 113,000 in 2006.
Brad Paisley’s mostly instrumental Arista Nashville album “Play” starts at No. 9 with 54,000. On Top Country Albums, it arrives at No. 1, Paisley’s fourth chart-topper there. Rascal Flatts’ “Greatest Hits Volume 1″ (Lyric Street) rounds out the top tier on the 200, slipping 6-10 with 39,000 (-56%).
Other debuts this week include Sarah Brightman’s “A Winter Symphony” (Manhattan/EMI) at No. 38 with 14,000 and the Starbucks holiday compilation “Winter Wonderland” at No. 42 with 12,000.
Album sales this week came in at 7.02 million units, up 1% from last issue’s charts and down 29% from same week last year.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Sycamore Meadows, the street where acclaimed musician Butch Walker lived and worked in Malibu, CA has drastically changed as a result of the massive wildfires that destroyed much of the area last November. And like many other Southern California residents, Walker lost his entire house and all his personal possessions in those fires, including his studio and every master recording he’s ever made. But inspiration sometimes comes from tragedy and so it became that this event incited Butch Walker to create music unlike anything he had ever done before. The result is his fourth album entitled Sycamore Meadows, due out on November 11, 2008 (Power Ballad/Stay Platinum/Original Signal). His revered talent shines through on this very personal album and will further prove the staying power of Walker as a solo artist.Always known to change up his musical styles, Butch Walker trades in his smart-glam, David Bowie-Marc Bolan sound heard on the previous solo album – The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let’s Go Out Tonites (July 2006/Epic) – for a classic and introspective sound highlighting his poignant lyrics and unforgettable melodies on Sycamore Meadows. Walker wrote and produced the entire album resulting in a collection of 12 beautifully constructed songs, delivering the distinct vibe his rabid fans already love him for and which will undoubtedly attract new audiences.
First single “The Weight of Her” is an uptempo, anthemic jam that launches the album while ballad “Ships in a Bottle” slows the mood down. “Ships in a Bottle” will be accompanied by a moving homemade video that documents the remains of his house before it was cleared away. It premiered as a featured video on MySpace Music (http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=videos) during the week of September 17-September 24, 2008. Both tracks are currently available on iTunes. Another standout track, “Here comes The…” features vocals from a soulful and raw Pink. “ATL” is an ode to the city where he grew up featuring lyrics like “Oh Atlanta please need me like I needed you, let your sweaty embrace open wide” while on “Going Back/Going Home” he addresses the fire directly “I finally know the difference between going back and going home.”
Butch Walker has seen nearly six years of success as a solo artist and as front man for Marvelous 3, Butch Walker and The Let’s Go Out Tonites while also producing and writing GRAMMY-nominated and hit songs for countless other artists. But what really sets him apart from other writers and producers is his dedicated fan base as an artist, selling out venues across the country for several years now and even being considered one of the best live performers of his generation.
Butch Walker plans to set out on a full U.S. headline tour in February 2009. In the meantime he’ll be playing the following venues in support of the album: Nectar Lounge, Seattle 10/21; The Loft, Atlanta 11/10; Blender Theatre, New York City 11/13; North Star Bar, Philadelphia 11/14; Maxwell’s, Hoboken 11/15; DC9, Washington D.C. 11/17.
1. The Weight of Her
2. Going Back/Going Home
3. Here Comes The…
4. Ponce De Leon Ave.
5. Ships in a Bottle
7. Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought of You
8. The 3 Kids In Brooklyn
9. Summer Scarves
10. A Song For The Metalheads
11. Closer To The Truth and Further From The Sky
Anthrax has entered a Chicago studio to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled “Worship Music,” for a May 2009 release via Nuclear Blast Records (in Europe). The band will record 13 new original songs and at least four covers, including “Brain Of J” (Pearl Jam), “Big Eyes” (Cheap Trick), “New Noise” (The Refused), and “Running Down A Dream” (Tom Petty). Drummer Charlie Benante wrote in a recent online posting, “The new tunes are very strong. We have some old-school thrash and some stuff that is like ‘We’ve Come For You All’ meets ‘Sound Of White Noise.’ This record is not forced — it is a very organic and honest representation of where we are as a band and as writers. I hear many things nowadays that sound forced, [and] I ain’t digging that. There is a six-minute tune called ‘Down Goes The Sun’, I believe it is one of my favorite songs. The music itself is epic, it sends chills up my spine. ‘Face with No Name,’ ‘The Devil You Know,’ ‘Earth On Hell’ — all killer.”
Anthrax’s new CD is being produced by the group’s guitarist Rob Caggiano (Cradle Of Filth, Bleeding Through, Chthonic, Sahg) and will be tracked at various facilities in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. The album will be mixed in early 2009 by Joe Barresi, who has previously worked with Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age and Satyricon, among many others.
Liverpool-born vocalist/pianist/guitarist Max Morgan is ready to unleash his first single, “Wait For Me,” a confessional, spirited pop-rock anthem from his debut album ‘Interrupting the Silence’ (Chime Entertainment, 3/31/09).
With an athletic build and impeccable fashion sense, 21-year-old Morgan is a rocker with a name and face not easily forgotten. “Wait for Me,” set for digital release November 25th, will make instant fans out of listeners who aren’t among the more than half a million who have already heard his music on MySpace.
Max Morgan learned to play and write music while growing up in cities around the world as the son of a professional soccer player. He played in bands on three continents, developed a passion for performing and decided to try his luck as a solo artist in a new country and a new city: Los Angeles.
The 11 songs on ‘Interrupting the Silence,’ produced by Marc Tanner (The Calling, Aerosmith, Madonna), bring that dream to life, with thoughtful lyrics and strong hooks that linger.
“Wait for Me,” a potent, piano-slaked, up-tempo ballad, finds the nomadic Max Morgan looking for a sense of stability, something permanent: “Standing in the light it shows where I’m broken, / need a little time to know where I’m going / Wait for me, won’t you wait for me.”
While the world “waits” for ‘Interrupting the Silence,’ listen to “Wait for Me” here: http://tinyurl.com/57xw43
Bill Kelliher, guitarist with Atlanta-based heavy rock band MASTODON has been hospitalized in London as of Nov. 3, during the bands current European Unholy Alliance Chapter 3 package tour. Doctors will continue to monitor his condition which is improving at press time.
At the moment, Mastodon has decided to continue on the tour as a trio. Doctors and Bill are hopeful that he will rejoin his band mates in time for their headlining tour of Europe which begins Nov 30, in Utrecht, Holland and will end on Dec 7, at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Somerset, England. More details to follow as they develop.