Danny Vaughn posted the following on his blog today:
Just when I thought my life was calming down some, it’s all gotten even crazier! I’ve got a lot to share with you about solo shows, new cds, old cds, TYKETTO shows and ILLEGAL EAGLE shows so sit back and get comfortable!
First off, I want to remind everybody about the Danny Vaughn Unplugged semi acoustic Christmas Bash!!! A lot has changed since we first had the idea of making these acoustic Christmas shows of mine a small tradition. We are doing 2 shows, Dec. 12th at JB’s in DUDLEY, UK and Dec. 13th at THE CLUNY in NEWCASTLE UK. The band is now a 5 man line up with myself and Tony Marshall on guitars, Lee Morris on Drums, Steve Mckenna on bass, and a newcomer to our family, Mike Corfield ..boards. We are going to be doing a variety of songs from all through my career with some special attention paid to a number of songs that haven’t been played much, if at all, in a live setting. This will include songs from both FTI albums as well as all my solo records, and, of course, some Tyketto thrown in for good measure. Rather than an acoustic show, think of it more like an MTV Unplugged sort of vibe. At the shows we’re also gonna have t-shirts for the event and, I’m very proud to say, in collaboration with the fab people at www.hardrockhouse.com we are re releasing my old acoustic cd “Standing Alone”. I only ever had 1,000 copies made in the first place and they were long gone back in 2002. It’s a very basic, stripped down version of some of my better known songs and was a real labour of love to make. It will be available for sale at the shows for 6 pounds, but if you’re unable to be there, or live in another part of the world you can order it here at: www.hardrockhouse.com/StandingAlone.htm
If you order on line it will cost 7 pounds (includes shipping) to the UK, 7.50 pounds (including shipping) to the rest of Europe and 8 pounds (you guessed it, including shipping) to the rest of the world. There are also some samples on the web site for you to listen to.
But it ain’t over yet!! We have decided to do a live recording of the Christmas Bash at the Cluny, (for which there are only 5 tickets left, btw, and you can get them at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk) for release next year. There will be a very limited edition double disc available only to the people that attended the shows and you can place an order by filling out a form over at the merchandise desk at either show. There will be a single disc version available to everybody else sometime early next year through Hardrockhouse.com
We are all really excited about having this chance to make it a big Christmas party with all of our friends so make sure you come prepared to sing, clap, and generally get heard!!
On to TYKETTO news. We all want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Firefest. There were so many people that I talked to that were supportive and happy to see the band play as well as so many members of great bands that were all there to show support for the entire event. I would like to extend a personal thank you to 2 gentlemen that I had the pleasure of discussing my personal passion, song writing with on the day. I’m no good with names but one of you I met back stage doing a project for college and the other was a young fella from New Jersey I met at the hotel bar that damned near made my jaw hit the floor by seeming to understand exactly how and why I write music in the first place. It was a pleasure talking with you both.
As Tyketto was working with a new line up we were really pleased at how well received we were. And let’s face it, PJ’s guitar playing was about as powerful as a Sherman Tank! He is now a permanent member of Tyketto and we have also decided to add a very well known keyboard wizard from the New Jersey area, Bobby Lynch, to the family. So, it’s time to start touring again! And here are the dates for our “Around the world in 18 Days” 2009 tour!
Thursday, January 15th, BAR A in Lake Como New Jersey, USA
Saturday, January 17th, MEXICALI LIVE in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Sunday, January 18th, MAXIMUM CAPACITY in Chicopee, Massachussettes, USA
Thursday, January 22nd, JB’s in Dudley, UK
Friday, January 23rd, De BOSUIL in Weert, Holland
Saturday, January 24th, SALA CARACOL, Madrid, Spain
Sunday, January 25th, SALA PARANINFO, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Wednesday, January 28th, STAZIONE BIRRA, Rome, Itlay
Friday, January 30th, SOTTOTETTO SOUND CLUB, Bologna, Italy
Saturday, January 31st, Z7 KONZERTFABRIK, Pratteln, Switzerland
Sunday, February 1st, THE CORPORATION, Sheffield, UK
And this is only the beginning! Tyketto are also going to be playing in South America again in May (dates will be announced soon) and are now in serious negotiations with summer festivals in the US and in Europe and Scandinavia. So, after a long hiatus, we’re going to try and visit all our friends around the world! Stay tuned, true believers!
THE ILLEGAL EAGLES just finished a really successful tour of the UK that lasted through 2 and a half months and covered about 30 or more shows. Next year it’s getting even bigger with an ambitious new set and some of the biggest venues we have yet played over almost 40 dates. The plan next year is to do the entire first set devoted to songs from “The Long Road Out Of Eden” album and the second set will be all of the classics that we can cram in. We are pleased to be playing such amazing venues as the Edinburgh Playhouse, Belfast Waterfront, and The Bournemouth Pavilion, to name a few, but the most amazing one of all is the Indigo 2 in London, where the Eagles themselves first premiered their new album. I know I’ve got a lot of friends in London dying to get to show, well this would be the one. For more info, please go to www.illegaleagles.com
Okay, my head is spinning from all this so yours certainly must be. My thanks to so very many people I’ve met at all the shows I’ve done this year. It’s been such a pleasure to be back out on the road so much again. Thanks also to our crews, drivers, promoters, and managers that made the whole thing possible.
And I want to wish all of you the best of everything for the Holidays!
See you soon,
Nothing screams holiday spirit like a Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold tour. The hard rock co-headliners are extending their trek with a second leg set to begin Jan. 28 in Albuquerque, N.M. Joining them on the bill will be Papa Roach and Saving Abel.
The four-band bill is priced to sell, with tickets less than $40. “The idea was to take four acts that could tour alone and put them together for $40 or less to be able to let people hear three-and-a-half hours of music and experience some up-and-coming acts,” says Allen Kovac, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, which manages Buckcherry and Papa Roach. “You’re talking about a demo that seems to be 15 to 25 [years old], and their disposable income right now is a lot less than it was before.”
Tickets go on sale Dec. 15, and the price tag will ensure they’ll be under the Christmas trees of many a headbanger.
Kovac points out that fans of these acts don’t wait for warm weather concerts. “We’ve found that rock is a 365-day sport in secondaries, tertiaries and major markets,” he says. “And when you start getting into the tertiary markets, rock is still king.”
Radio will be a key element in 10th Street’s tour marketing, Kovac says. “A lot of what we’re doing is making sure we have different bands on different formats,” he says. “Saving Abel is focusing on AC and pop, while Avenged works alternative and Buckcherry’s working active rock. And because Buckcherry has had some success with hot AC and pop, we’re using the new track to really make sure that audience knows they’re coming to town as well. Papa Roach will focus on the alternative side. It’s really a four-format tour; it’s not an active rock or alternative tour.”
Buckcherry and Avenged could have asked for higher guarantees, Kovac says, “but they wouldn’t have been able to take these other acts out with them. By taking these other bands out, they will more than make up the loss in guarantees. And when you’re doing 6,000- to 10,000- [capacity venues] as opposed to 2,000, that tends to make itself up in many, many areas.”
Michael Barnes (vocals)
Jasen Rauch (guitars)
Anthony Armstrong (guitar)
Randy Armstrong (bass)
Still riding the momentum of its huge-selling Grammy-nominated debut album End of Silence, Red returns with Innocence & Instinct, a provocative new album forged in a perfect storm of inspiration and catastrophe. From the literary spark of Dante’s Inferno to the bloody aftermath of a 75-mph highway crash, Red absorbed a flood of ideas and emotions that empowered the band to create next generation rock songs. Finding the sonic sweet spot where epic and primal converge, Innocence & Instinct features animated dynamics that super-charge its innocence vs. instinct theme.
“Innocence & Instinct is about the duality of man,” explains guitarist Jasen Rauch. “The album examines the fight between our childlike innocence and the instinctive side that makes us do things we shouldn’t.”
The group’s debut, which sold over a quarter-million copies and earned several awards and nominations, focused heavily on personal struggles. Bringing back Silence producer Rob Graves and mixer Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Disturbed, Depeche Mode), Innocence & Instinct goes a giant step further by tackling the fight itself. It’s about the dueling impulses that wage war within our souls.
In writing the album, Red found Inferno to be an illuminating guide. The literary classic, which starts with Dante and Virgil standing before the Gates of Hell, illustrated ways in which the band might tackle deep issues in a more poetic way. And if Dante enhanced the storytelling, a highway crash in late ’07 accelerated the band’s emotional core. As the tour van smashed into a guardrail and violently slid sideways across the highway, the band experienced new heights of horror that they channeled into Innocence & Instinct.
“It brought an intensity and depth that we couldn’t reach without going through this experience,” Rauch reflects. “In the months after the accident, it felt like everything was in overdrive.”
“In a split second, it changed our lives,” adds six-stringer Anthony Armstrong, whose twin brother Randy handles the band’s basslines.
Setting the tone early, “Fight Inside” rides beautiful piano keys to an unforgettable chorus as glaring agitation builds to a savage finish. The song epitomizes the album’s effortless transitions between simmering angst, melodic hooks and pretty major-key resolves, while its inner-monologue sets up the lyrical theme by cursing the frail duality of innocence and instinct. “Death of Me” furthers the first-person schizophrenia as vocalist Michael Barnes cries “You tear me down and then you pick me up” against a backdrop of deafening guitars, sweeping symphonics and nerve-rattling screams. “Shadows,” co-written by Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin, pushes against the darkness while “Out From Under” could be called Fight Club with guitars.
“There are moments that switch between never feeling so close to someone to never feeling so abandoned, but that’s part of the human experience,” says Rauch. “These extreme feelings, these paradoxes, coexist all the time.”
While several songs veer toward an internal apocalypse, “Never Be the Same” personifies Innocence with optimistic reflections poured out over lush fields of electric and acoustic guitars. The piano-powered “Start Again” addresses the conflicted remorse of a failed relationship, while “Mystery of You” ponders the inexplicable over industrial-strength loops and keys. Innocence & Instinct even features a juiced-up cover of Duran Duran’s utopian “Ordinary World.”
Formed in Nashville, Tennessee over four years ago, Red made an immediate impact with its 2006 debut, End of Silence. The Grammy-nominated disc, featuring the radio hits “Breathe Into Me” (Top 10, Active Rock) and “Already Over” (Top 15, Active Rock), introduced the sonic layering, rich orchestration and visceral dynamics that became Red’s signature sound. The album steadily built momentum cracking the Billboard 200 a year after its release as sales steadily broke out to hundreds of thousands of copies sold. Not surprisingly, the album became a hit with other bands as well, leading to tours and shows with Papa Roach, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, Buckcherry and Seether, among others. These opportunities contributed to the band’s impressive 500+ live show schedule between albums.
Heading into Innocence & Instinct, Red had no shortage of creative sparks. A near-death accident ignited their emotions, a literary masterpiece spurred their creativity, peer support lifted their spirits, heavy touring empowered their performances and fans challenged the group to do even more to impact their lives. These experiences infused Innocence & Instinct with layered narratives, heightened sensibilities and an artistic boldness that dramatically raises the bar for new millennial rock ‘n’ roll.
In Dante’s Inferno, the Gates of Hell read, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” But when the Gates finally face Innocence & Instinct, Hell won’t know what hit it.
Innocence & Instinct Track Listing:
1. Fight Inside
2. Death of Me<
3. Mystery of You
4. Start Again
5. Never Be The Same
6. Confession (What’s Inside My Head)
8. Ordinary World (Duran Duran cover)
9. Out From Under
10. Take It All Away
If you have been wanting to check out Nikki Sixx’s book, “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star”, and the price has been too high for you for the hard back book, you are in luck.
On October 28th, A paperback version of the book has been released, and HardRockHideout.com has a copy to give away to one lucky reader!
The Hard back edition of the book debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller List when it was released last September.
The Heroin Diaries is a collection of diary entries written between Christmas of 1986 and Christmas of 1987 chronicling Sixx’s wild lifestyle, drug addiction, descent into paranoia and depression, and his subsequent recovery. The book includes a whole bunch of amazing black-and-white photographs, lyrics, random thoughts and artwork.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review of The Heroin Diaries here.
If you would like to put your name in the drawing for a copy of the book, please submit your name and email address in the box below!
“Tomorrow,” which is featured on the hit CD The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, is the follow up to the #1 rock track “Life Is Beautiful” and is a tale of accountability and hope for those battling addiction and for those in recovery. Sixx:A.M. released the CD soundtrack in conjunction with the New York Times bestselling book, The Heroin Diaries.
You can watch a copy of the Sixx A.M. video Tomorrow below.
You can also download a free (legal) copy of the Tomorrow mp3 file at this link!
Northern Light Orchestra highlights majestic, orchestrated rock music featuring soaring vocals, incredible guitar solos worthy of true ‘guitar hero’ status, and pounding rhythms sure to impress and invigorate the baby boomer generation that grew up on what is today classic rock!
Combined with the talents of executive producer and longtime record mogul Russ Regan, (responsible for over 800 million record sales with such artists as Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Barry White as well as soundtracks such as Flashdance and Jesus Christ Superstar), NLO is slated to become a seasonal live performance and recording entity that provides the very best in entertainment!
The brainchild of re-mix keyboardist/writer Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, POE) and produced by industry veteran Ken Mary (House Of Lords, Trik Turner, Alice Cooper, Beach Boys), NLO is designed to create a total musical experience combining the powerful drama of Webber and Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar with the emotionally moving musical styles of Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Kansas. Vocalists and musicians appearing on NLO have been responsible for the sale of over 200 million albums worldwide and include members and former members of household names such as the Beach Boys, Sly And The Family Stone, Alice Cooper, Survivor, Steely Dan, Firehouse, Megadeth, Sister Sledge, Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge, Winger, Bob Carlisle, Guns N’ Roses, Grand Funk Railroad, Kiss, House Of Lords, and Whitesnake, just to name a few. Live performances will highlight a spectacular light and video presentation, theatrical movements, as well as incredible musicianship all assembled to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago.
The new nine-track release of Northern Light Orchestra, The Spirit Of Christmas, provides merely a hint of what is to come, with nine additional tracks already in production for next year
Phil Bardowell (Beach Boys, Magdalen)
Bob Carlisle (‘Butterfly Kisses’)
Eddie James (gospel singer)
Jon Gibson (Jon Gibson)
Robin McAuley (Survivor)
Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge)
Rose Stone (Sly And The Family Stone)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
Kendall Bechtel (Fifth Angel)
Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords)
Jason Hook (Alice Cooper, Mandy Moore)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad)
Bill Leverty (Firehouse)
George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob)
Elliot Randell (Steely Dan)
David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5)
Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge)
Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House Of Lords)
Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper)
Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses)
Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Poe)
For more info visit www.myspace.com/northernlightorchestra.
Billboard.com is reporting rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs.
Satriani’s copyright infringement suit, filed yesterday (Dec. 4) in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song “Viva La Vida” incorporates “substantial original portions” of his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly.”
The 52-year-old guitar virtuoso is seeking a jury trial, damages and “any and all profits” attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.
“Viva La Vida” is credited to the band’s four members, singer Chris Martin; bass player Guy Berryman; guitarist Johnny Buckland; and drummer Will Champion. The title was inspired by a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
The Satriani track comes from his album “Is There Love in Space?” Further comment from Satriani’s attorney, or reaction from Coldplay’s management was not immediately available.
On December 13th the ground in Düsseldorf´s ISS Dome will shake… Metal Queen DORO celebrates her 25th anniversary! The already strong billing is how enhanced by more high class special guests: members of the SCORPIONS (Germany´s most successful Rock band) will appear on stage! Just another good reason to salute to the Metal Queen and visit her huge anniversary show…
And while the new single “Herzblut” will be released very soon (December 12th), DORO´s “Celebrate” single climbs again to #5 in the Spanish charts (peak #3)!
DORO´s new studio album “Fear No Evil” will be released on January 23rd , 2009!
Unhappy with the direction Britny Fox was heading in, singer “Dizzy” Dean Davidson, left that group to form a brand new band, Blackeyed Susan.
From a musical perspective, Blackeyed Susan was probably a couple of steps above Britny Fox. The band had more of a bluesy rock sound in the vein of Aerosmith, that the hair metal sounds of Britny Fox. The metal screams that were commonplace on the Britny Fox albums were also gone. Dean Davidson sings in his natural voice on “Electric Rattlebone”.
Blackeyed Susan did have a song that was a minor hit called “None of It Matters”. This song incorporates a middle eastern flair in the guitar sound, which is kind of cool. Check out the video “None of it Matters” at this link.
“Sympathy” is a bluesy rocker that has a very cool slide guitar, mixed with some funky ragtime style piano playing.
“Ride With Me” reminds me a lot of the more acoustic bluesy numbers that Cinderella was doing on their album, “Heartbreak Station”.
“Old Lady Snow” is one of those songs with simple lyrics, but it is upbeat enough for it to get in your head and stay there.
“She’s So Fine” should have been a hit for Blackeyed Susan. It has catchy lyrics, good guitar work, and a very good beat. This song is one of my favorites on this record.
Even though the music on this disc was superior to anything else Dean Davidson had done previously, this album was a commercial failure. Mercury Records pulled the plug on their tour, and Blackeyed Susan crashed and burned. When this album originally came out, I expected this to be another hair metal CD, and this is nothing of the sort. I didn’t enjoy this very much back in the 90’s, but over the years, my taste has changed. I have grown to appreciate the music on “Electric Rattlebone”.
If you enjoy good bluesy hard rock, “Electric Rattlebone” is a disc you will want to pick up. This under rated gem has been out of print for years. You can find used copies of this CD, for next to nothing in the HRH music store.
Rating : Out of 10
1. Electric Rattlebone
3. None of It Matters
5. Ride With Me
6. Old Lady Snow
7. Don’t Bring Me Down
9. She’s So Fine
10. How Long
11. Best of Friends
13. Heart of the City
Black Eyed Susan is:
Dean Davidson – Vocals
Rick Criniti – Guitar
Tony Santoro – Guitar
Eric Levy – Bass
Chris Branco – Drums
Supergroup Big Noize, featuring vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), bassist Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, VINCE NEIL), guitarist Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) has been forced to cancel their South American tour this month.
On December 4, 2008 Big Noize and booking agent Sullivan Bigg released the following statement:
Although there were several promoters involved, all of them were in breach of contract by failing to make arrangements and provide the funding as agreed, despite repeated requests from band management and agent. Big Noize waited to cancel until “the last minute” in good faith that flight/hotel arrangements and funding would show up. As of today, neither flight/hotel arrangements or funding has been sent to band management nor their agent. The members of Big Noize were looking forward to playing to fans on this tour. The band, management and booking agent are all sad and disappointed that this has happened but they are looking forward to an opportunity in the future to reschedule a tour to with more reputable promoters.