A Blood Storm has been forecast to blanket the entire metal planet through the holiday season with no relief in sight.
Sacred Oath is making an unmastered mp3 of the song from their brand new album freely available at www.sacredoath.net in celebration of their redesigned website.
The new self-titled album from Sacred Oath contains 14 songs, including Blood Storm, Paradise Lost, Scourge of Sin, Buried Alive, and is expected to see a late-spring 2009 release date.
The album was produced by lead singer/guitarist Rob Thorne and features the current lineup that appeared on the critically-acclaimed live album ‘Till Death Do Us Part (2008 Angel Thorne Music).
The website has been redesigned by Ioannis and his company Vivid Images Creative to support the anticipated release of the new CD. Ioannis has also painted the cover art for the album, which fans can preview on the new site as well.
Photography for the CD, site , and general publicity use was done by Mark Weiss.
Sacred Oath is recognized for pioneering the power metal genre with their cult-classic release “A Crystal Vision” (1987 Mercenary Records).
The band broke apart for almost seventeen years, but reformed with the triumphant “Darkness Visible” CD (2007 Sentinel Steel) and followed that release with a live album recorded at the first date of their European tour (Keep It True Festival, Germany).
The Chelsea Smiles, a rock n roll/glam band formed in 2004 featuring guitarist Todd Youth, bassist Johnny Martin and drummer Karl Rockfist Rosqvist, are pleased to announce they have signed a worldwide licensing deal with DR2 Records to release their upcoming cd. The, as of yet, untitled release will be coming out in early 2009. The Chelsea Smiles have toured with rock legends Social Distortion, The Backyard Babies and The New York Dolls.
Jim Morewood at E.G.O. will be handling all overseas booking.
The band has recently been recording with Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, OK Go,). In between recording, guitarist Todd Youth has been touring with country music star Glen Campbell.
Commented manager Jon Nelson / DevCo Entertainment, LLC We are extremely excited to be working with everyone at DR2 Records. I have previously worked with them on some other releases and they are willing to put the time and effort into breaking bands. They are hard working and get results. It will be great to see what they do with The Chelsea Smiles!
Fan shot footage of their song Action Coming Down can be found here:
The Chelsea Smiles have lined up the following shows in support of the upcoming release:
Jan 5 Viper Room Hollywood, CA
Jan 8 Annies Social Club San Francisco, CA
Jan 9 Spikes Rosemead, CA
Jan 10 Punk Rock Social Long Beach, CA
Mar 20 The Park Peterborough, UK
Mar 21 Rock City Nottingham, UK
Mar 22 Academy 2 Birmingham, UK
Mar 23 Waterfront Norwich, UK
Mar 24 Academy Bristol, UK
Mar 25 Sugarmill Stoke-On-Trent, UK
Mar 26 Club Academy Manchester, UK
Mar 27 The Assembly Leamington Spa, UK
Mar 28 Cockpit Leeds, UK
Mar 29 Corporation Sheffield, UK
Mar 31 Academy Newcastle, UK
Apr 01 Concorde 2 Brighton, UK
Apr 02 Brook Southampton, UK
Apr 03 Electric Ballroom London, UK
All UK dates will serve as support for Wednesday 13
Wow! What is happening over in Ireland?! There has been some seriously cool hard rock acts coming out of there as of late. The Answer, Glyder, Million Dollar Reload and now Jaded Sun are amongst the pack of new rock bands that are on knocking on the door of success.
The first song I heard from this Irish five piece, was their tune “Hey You” (see the video below). I liked the song and video quite a bit, so I immediately sought out this CD.
There is no question that “Hey You” is a good tune, but it is far from the best song on this disc.
“Gypsy Trip” has a real 70’s classic rock vibe. Singer John Maher reminds me a lot of a young Paul Rodgers. I love his vocals on this disc. Jaded Sun not only has a great vocalist, but also excellent musicians. Seann Gosker and Eorann Stafford serve up some wickedly delightful six string action.
Gavan Murry serves up an almost tribal drum beat to get the tune “Breaking Free” started. This is a hard driving tune with a killer upbeat rhythm. In my opinion, they couldn’t have started off “Gypsy Trip” any better than this.
“Crazyman” has some killer slide guitar and excellent blues harp action. I love the groove of this catchy tune.
One of my absolute favorites on this disc is the tune “Can’t Stop”. This tune has a cool blend of piano, slide guitar and catchy lyrics. This rocking tune is type of stadium anthem that ought to help make “Jaded Sun” famous.
“Positive” is an upbeat bluesy foot stomper with a cool lead guitar/slide guitar duo in the middle of the tune.
“She’s Got Class” has a cool Aerosmith-like groove to it. This is the best album closing song that I have heard all year!
Jaded Sun has a superb debut record on their hands. No classic rock fan should be without this disc.
Jaded Sun is:
John Maher – Vocals
Sean Gosker – Guitar
Eorann Stafford – Guitar
Damien Kelly – Bass
Gavan Murry – Drums
Having ten studio albums, numerous European & Japanese tours and also festival appearances around the world, the Karlsruhe hard rock institution PINK CREAM 69 remains to be firmly established in the twenty-first year of their existence.
After a storming performance of the band at last year’s cult open air “Das Fest” in Karlsuhe PINK CREAM 69 will play a show at the “Festhalle” in Durlach on January 24th, 2009. At the first PINK CREAM 69 headliner show on domestic ground since 2004 it is a matter of a very special night:
The band will record the show in their hometown to use it for their double dvd with the working title “The Past & The Present”. The show in Karlsruhe is said to be the centerpiece of a very special release which will additionally contain the legendary “Size It Up – Live In Japan” recording as well as live material, documentations and all videoclips.
PINK CREAM 69 prepares for a very special set in their hometown which will consider all highlights of the long-term band history and some tracks of the current “In10Sity” album.
Check out Joe Perry’s version of “Run, Rudolph Run.” He recently recorded it in the Boneyard. Joe has always loved Chuck Berry’s and Keith Richards’ version of this song and has wanted to record it for years now. He also wants to share it with all the fans right here at AF1.
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THE ANSWER, the four-piece rock band from Northern Ireland who are now touring as the opening act on AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour, finishes the American Leg of Black Ice in Nashville, TN on January 31st and head to New York to play The Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, February 3rd.
This will be the band’s only club gig in America prior to departing for the European leg of the AC/DC World Tour.
The Answer recently released Never Too Late, a four song EP giving fans a small taste of what’s to come on their US debut Everyday Demons, due out March 31st on The End Records. The new album was recorded in summer ’08 in Los Angeles with John Travis producing.
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No Line On The Horizon, the new studio album from U2, will be released in North America on Tuesday, March 3, 2009.
Written and recorded in various locations, No Line On The Horizon is the group’s 12th studio album and is their first release since the nine million selling album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, released in late 2004.
Sessions for No Line On The Horizon began last year in Fez, Morocco, and continued in the band’s own studio in Dublin, before moving to New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios. It was completed at Olympic Studios in London.
Nikki Sixx is going to be on this week’s episode of LA Ink. He’s renovating his studio and is sharing ideas with his girlfriend Kat Von D.
This episode of LA Ink airs tomorrow, December 18th at 10/9c on TLC — check out
the website for more information: www.tlc.com/la-ink
Global Music are proud to announce the return of the original Irish punk-rockers, Therapy?, with their new studio album, Crooked Timber, out March 23rd 2009.
For past two years, Therapy? fans have eagerly awaited the bands return, now they’re back with a hard-edged recording that will really get under your skin and into your mind.
According to the band, the album Crooked Timber focuses more on rhythm, rather than melody. Admitting that while it is a heavy recording, its not exactly the obvious path for Therapy?. Why?
Front-man, Andy Cairns has the answer:
I guess were always challenging just what makes us Therapy?. After so many years, if we were formulaic about it, wed have gotten bored with the band long ago. The album was written together as a band, and each track has its own concept and inspirations. They took a while to write and weve taken our time to write them.
From the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.
- Immanuel Kant (18th-century German philosopher)
Andy explains: The recording is about celebrating peoples quirks, the things which make us unique. These days everyone tries to fit it, instead of just being themselves.
The songs examine what it means to be human – To realise that we are the only living things on the planet aware of our own deaths.”
World Management is extremely happy to announce that, in addition to a December tour of the USA (see dates below), King’s X will be touring Europe for the first time in several years!
Dates begin January 15th, 2009, with support bands announced later this week.
We are also excited to announce, as an added bonus to our British fans,
plans for a DVD shoot in London at The Electric Ballroom.
Be a part of King’s X History on this tour and DVD shoot, as we continue to support our new critically acclaimed Album “XV”. Some comments from the band:
~ Happy to be finally coming overseas again…Love Jerry
~ hell yeah!! -Dug
Thu 15 – SCHAFFHAUSEN – KAMMGARN
Fri 16 – ASCHAFFENBURG – COLOS SAAL
Sat 17 – LUXEMBOURG – DEN ATELIER
Tue 20 – PARIS – NEW MORNING
Wed 21 – WOLVERHAMPTON – WULFRUN HALL
Thu 22 – LONDON – ELECTRIC BALLROOM ( DVD SHOOT)
Sat 24 – VOSSELAAR – BIEBOB
Sun 25 – EINDHOVEN – EFFENAAR
Tue 27 – MILAN – ZOE
Thu 29 – KARLSRUHE – SUBSTAGE
Fri 30 – KERKRADE, NL – ROCK TEMPLE
Sat 31 – ZOETERMEER, NL – BOERDERIJ
Sun 1 – BONN – THE HARMONIE
Talon is a California based band made up of vocalist Chandler Mogel, lead guitarist Jim Kee, rhythm guitarist and keyboards from Kory Voxen, bassist Phil Keller, and drummer John Parker. They are also a band that I have been hearing a lot about over the past couple of months, especially since they opened Firefest V. Once I was able to get my hands on their album “Fallen Angels” I couldn’t wait to hear what all the fuss was about. IF I was a man of few words I could sum up my review of “Fallen Angels” in two words Holy %$#!
These California guys know how to kick ass!! “Fallen Angels” is stuffed with great arena ready melodic rock, amazing guitar work, and outstanding vocals. From what I understand this is the band’s first album with vocalist Chandler Mogel and what an outstanding choice, Chandler is an amazing singer. Since I found out about Talon and “Fallen Angels” I went and picked up their 2002 self titled debut and Chandler simply blows the previous singer out of the water.
Almost every review I have seen mention the opening track “Fallen Angels” as a song of the year now while I personally would not go that far, although there are at least three or four other songs I could consider for song of the year, it is a great song and an excellent preview for the things to come on this album. Filled with soaring vocals, cool keyboard work from Kory Voxen, great background vocals, and outstanding guitar work from Jim Kee, where did this guy come from, he is awesome!!
“Burn” is the second song on the album and it is every bit as great as “Fallen Angels” more brilliant playing from Kee and the band as a whole. Mogel’s vocals are simply addictive. Believe it or not the album only gets stronger after these first two songs.
“What About Me” is the first song on this album I could consider as song of the year. Absolutely amazing, it has a catchy sing along radio ready chorus, background vocals most bands would kill for. This song should sound great in the arenas and have everyone singing along as they bang their heads along with the words.
Another song of the year candidate comes in the form of “Baby Jane” and it is without a doubt the best power ballad I have heard this year. Mogel, Kee, and bassist Phil Keller all shine on this song. This is another song ready made for arenas that should have the audience singing along and flicking their bics.
Remember how I said “Fallen Angels” only gets stronger the further into the album you go. “Always Be My Baby” is another prime example of that, yet another song of the year candidate. Pretty much outstanding everything on this song guitars, keyboards, background vocals. The thing I really love about Voxen’s keyboards on this entire album is they enhance every song without over saturating any of the songs that a lot of bands tend to do.
“Paradise” is probably my least favorite song on the album and it is still a extremely good song, I really don’t know what is keeping me from getting into this song. It has great vocals and more great guitars but it just hasn’t clicked with me yet.
Honestly I could go on and on about how great the rest of the songs on this album such as “I Won’t”, “Crying In The Dark”, “All I Ever Needed”, and “Wrecking Ball 2008″ are, but I will make it simple if you like melodic hard rock with great vocals, killer guitars, great songwriting and playing all the way around you have to have “Fallen Angels” in your collection no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
1. Fallen Angels
3. What About Me
4. Baby Jane
5. Always Be My Baby
7. I Won’t
8. Crying In The Dark
9. Live Free
10.All I Ever Needed
11.Wrecking Ball (2008)
12.C’est La Vie
Chandler Mogel – Vocals
Kory Voxen – Rhythm Guitar
Jim Kee – Lead Guitar
Phil Keller – Bass
John Parker – Drums
Joe and Lesa Johnston of Sacramentos Pus Cavern spent October and November assembling 23 musicians with ties to Sacramento, balancing egos and schedules, harmonies and delayed flights to produce Happy Christmas (War Is Over) in time for a December 10 worldwide release. Marrying their clout as Sacramentos premier recording studio with their desire to support their community, they managed the ambitious project of assembling the Pus Cavern Allstars to record a holiday song. Profits from the distribution will go to the scholarship fund of the Sacramento Childrens Chorus.
The positive message of this song echoes our objective. Several years ago we undertook a charitable project of this magnitude and we felt the time was right to make this happen again—to do our part to give back, said Joe Johnston, engineer and Pus Cavern owner. So many musicians eagerly lent their time and considerable talent to this project and we actually had a great time pulling it all together.
Engineered by Johnston, produced by Dave Buckner of Papa Roach and mastered by Eric Broyhill of Monster Lab Audio, the recording also includes talent from Tesla: Jeff Keith at vocals, Brian Wheat on bass and Frank Hannon on guitar; the Deftones: Abe Cunningham on drums, FAR: Jonah Matranga at vocals and Shaun Lopez playing the vibe; Endeverafter: Michael Grant on guitar and vocals; and Day Care: Sonny Mayugba on guitar. Also lending talent are Brandon Tyler on piano and vocals; The Snobs Jason Boggs on saxophone; Aroarah, The Secretions, Last Angels (Buckners current project), Lonely Kings, The Hoods, Larisa Bryski, Phallucy, The Skirts, Rowdy Kate, Evelyn and Joe Getty of The Dead Flowers and Armstrong and Getty on Mandolin.
The song, a cover of John Lennons Happy Christmas (War Is Over) will be released December 10 by Nozzle Records with worldwide digital distribution by Ingrooves.
In addition, the song will be available on Itunes and live sessions at the Pus Cavern, filmed by Will DaRosa, will be viewable on Youtube and Vimeo. The Sacramento Childrens Chorus is a world class training and performing group under the artistic direction of Lynn Stevens. sacramentochildrenschorus.org myspace.com/puscavernrecording
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Digital Distribution through Ingrooves
Recorded at Pus Cavern, Sacramento, California
Executive Producer: Lesa Johnston
Producer: Dave Buckner
Engineer: Joe Johnston
Mastering: Eric Broyhill, Monster Lab Audio
Artist: Pus Cavern Allstars
Guitars: Frank Hanon (Tesla)
Michael Grant (Endeverafter)
Sonny Mayugba (Day Care and Phallucy)
Additional Guitars: Shaun Lopez (FAR)
Bass: Brian Wheat (Tesla)
Drums: Abe Cunningham (Deftones, Phallucy)
Piano: Brandon Tyler
Saxophone: Jason Boggs (The Snobs)
Mandolin: Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty)
Programming and Keyboards: Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Jeff Keith (Tesla),
Jonah Matranga (FAR),
Michael Grant (Endeverafter),
Danny Secretion (The Secretions),
Jason Boggs (The Snobs),
Keri Carr (Rowdy Kate),
Jake Desrochers (Last Angels, Lonely Kings),
Lynn Mayugba (The Skirts),
Sarah Volkov (Evelyn),
Joe Getty (The Dead Flowers, Armstrong and Getty),
Chelsea Baker (Aroarah),
Morgan Knoester (Aroarah),
Mike Hood (The Hoods),
Shaun Lopez (FAR),
Dave Buckner (Papa Roach, Last Angels)
Will DaRosa (willdarosa.blogspot.com / 916-955-6942)
That’s right — depending on the tempo of the music and the range of motion of your noggin, you could be looking at a head or neck injury, Australian researchers report in today’s British Medical Journal.
Andrew McIntosh, an associate professor of biomechanics at the School of Risk and Safety Sciences as the University of New South Wales, and his research assistant, Declan Patton, attended several hard rock and heavy-metal concerts, taking careful note of the most popular head-banging techniques in the audience.
While head-banging generally refers to violent, rhythmic movement of the head, it takes various forms. At the concerts McIntosh and Patton attended, the “up-down” style — which looks like you’re bobbing for apples, long hair covering your face at all times — trumped the others. The “circular swing” (long locks swung around your head like a mini tornado) the “full body” (hair whipped up and down in exaggerated fashion) and the “side-to-side” (looks like you’re shaking your head in disagreement) didn’t get as much representation. (Thanks to our resident head-banging expert, tech editor Larry Greenemeier, for those colorful descriptions.)
After rockin’ out with Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row and Whitesnake, among others, McIntosh and Patton got down to business. Based on the popularity of the up-down style of head-banging at the concerts, and the average tempo of 11 songs deemed the best for head-banging by a minion of local musicians, the scientists developed a mathematical model of how violently you’d have to shake your noodle to hurt yourself. Their conclusion? Head-banging to a song with a tempo of 146 beats per minute can make you dazed and confused (read: give you a headache and make you dizzy) if you’re rotating your head by more than 75 degrees.
For the record, popular heavy metal often has a tempo of 180 beats per minute, according to the study. So head-banging to faster tunes with even more range of motion (say, 120 degrees) could cause a neck injury — mainly pain, McIntosh and Patton conclude.
“If the tempo is increased, you have to accelerate more to keep in time,” McIntosh tells us. “You’ve got a limit to that range of motion. The more you’re going through it, the higher the risk of mild brain injury or some sort of neck injury.”
The tongue-and-cheekiness of the research aside, musicians have actually hurt themselves head-banging. A 15-year-old drummer in his neighborhood band suffered an aneurysm in his cervical vertebral artery, according to a 1991 case report in the journal Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Evanescence guitarist Terry Balsamo had a stroke three years ago that his docs blamed on his head-banging tendencies.
Worried? Try to rotate your neck at no more than 45 degrees. Alternatively, consider slower tempo, easy-listening music instead — or a neck brace, McIntosh and Patton suggest.
“You could have a stylish neck brace built into a leather jacket,” McIntosh quips. “We didn’t take into account whether if someone had a poodle-style hairdo, that that might dampen some of the acceleration, or if dreadlocks make it worse. The next step would be to look at the effects of some of these hairstyles.”
Source: Scientific American
Solana Productions, Inc., has videotaped a live performance by the rock group Hinder that is currently being delivered to fans via cell phones.
The four-camera shoot, recorded at San Diego’s 4th and B nightclub, featured hundreds of screaming, slam-dancing fans enjoying the post-grunge group’s music.
Solana crews captured every electrifying moment of the band’s 10-song set on Panasonic video cameras recording in 24p. One camera isolated on the performers on stage, while two others were situated in the pit in front of the band. The fourth camera rolled from the back of the room.
Solana sound technicians used a variety of microphones and mixers to record Hinder’s performance and fan response.
The result was a raucous rock-and-roll show experienced from every conceivable angle.
Solana cameras also recorded backstage interviews with band members Austin Winkler (vocals), Joe “Blower” Garvey (guitar), Mark King (guitar), Mike Rodden (bass), and Cody Hanson (drums).
The video is now available on the Sprint cell phone network.
The Oklahoma-based band is receiving media attention for re-energizing the hard rock scene, and developing a loyal fan following. Hinder was recently profiled in several newspapers, including, “The Los Angeles Times.”
The group is currently headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour, with Trapt and Rev Theory also on the bill. In early 2009, Hinder will join Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles Tour, which will also include Theory of a Deadman and the Guitar Center contest winners, The Last Vegas.
Solana Productions, Inc., is a San Diego video production company that serves broadcast, cable and corporate clients throughout Southern California. The company shoots in all video formats, including Sony XDHD and Panasonic HD.
More information is available at SolanaProductions.com.
Video footage from the MONSTER CIRCUS show at The Masquerade Showroom in Las Vegas, NV on December 9th is available below. The band consists of Dee Snider, Rudy Sarzo, Bruce Kulick, Tony Montana, Bobby Rock, John Corabi.
Eddie Van Halen launches the all-new EVH(R) Wolfgang(R) electric guitar, available worldwide beginning Jan. 2009. The EVH Wolfgang guitar represents Eddie’s 35 years of experimenting with guitars, over two years of intense research and development, and a full year of brutal road testing during the top-grossing Van Halen 2007-2008 tour.
It was during the massive 2007-2008 Van Halen tour that the all-new EVH Wolfgang guitar went through extensive live “road testing” performance trials. The tour kicked off in fall 2007, and Eddie punished early versions of the new Wolfgang each night; playing every updated prototype onstage under the full, unfiltered spotlight of his fans. The results are reflected in the EVH Wolfgang guitar; produced to Eddie’s exact specifications and with features identical to the Wolfgang guitars he records and performs with.
“A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I could have just stayed at home and built this guitar for myself. I do this because a lot of people ask if they can get what I use. Well, yes you can and what you get is identical to what I use,” commented Eddie. “From the basics of the guitar to painstaking aspects like the binding and everything else–we re-did everything on this guitar.
“Every aspect and component of this guitar has been examined and upgraded to the highest standards possible: stainless steel frets, double-potted custom-wound pickups, five-piece binding on the matching body and headstock, custom-made signature tuning machines and Floyd Rose(R) bridge, new low-friction pots, and the list keeps going … we left no stone unturned,” said Eddie. “Everything that I’ve built, destroyed, stumbled onto, learned and experienced is in this guitar.”
When Eddie Van Halen made his debut into the rock music scene in 1978, he did so with a homemade guitar (later known as “Frankenstein”). At a time when his monster technique and tone demanded a high-performance, indestructible guitar, he created his own to reach his own seemingly impossible standards. For over 35 years, he has continued to examine and improve every variable within the instrument, all culminating with the new EVH Wolfgang guitar.
In 2007, Eddie Van Halen and Fender(R) collaborated to launch the first EVH brand high-performance products, including the all-new EVH 5150III (TM) amplifier, the limited run of Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein(TM) replica guitars and an array of high-quality EVH brand accessories.
For more information, exclusive photos, video and news updates, go to www.evhgear.com.
KOCH Records announces the addition of critically-acclaimed heavy trio HIGH ON FIRE to its roster. The band just completed a run of West Coast dates and now will focus on writing the new CD that will be released in Summer 2009.
HIGH ON FIRE — Matt Pike (guitar, vocals), Des Kensel (drums) and Jeff Matz (bass) — has released four critically acclaimed albums during its career, starting with their debut, “The Art of Self Defense,” on the now defunct Man’s Ruin label. Their latest album, “Death Is This Communion,” was released in 2007.
Kerrang! has called HIGH ON FIRE “a metal juggernaut,” while Spin describes them as “a beast of a band.”
High on Fire performed on Gigantour 2008, alongside heavyweights Megadeth and KOCH recording artists In Flames, and recently wrapped up a tour with Opeth.
We are very pleased and relieved to bring you the great news just in time of Christmas, that we have just released another 4 smokin’ CD’s. Being a valued customer of ours, we wish to advise the following artists and titles are now available for ordering from our website on .
The following titles are –
Artist – Road Ratt
CD Title – You Love Us CD
Artist – Jungle Blue
Title – Call Of The Wild
Artist – Taupier
CD Title – That Was Then
Artist – Bad Attitude
CD Title – Prisoners Of Rock
With all the class you can expect from Suncity releases, these 4 new discs have been months and months in the making and have also been delayed many times.The end result is the most important thing and believe me – I think every fan will be once again very impressed.
From all the staff at Suncity Records, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and an ultra safe New Year!! Let’s make 2009 an even more rockin’ year than 2008.
Following on from his two hugely successful Christmas shows, HardRockHouse is pleased to announce that Danny Vaughn’s Standing Alone EP is now available. Featuring stripped back interpretations of both Tyketto & Vaughn classics the EP, which has been unavailable since the 2002 pressing very quickly sold out, should be a “must have” for any classic rock fan.
From the beginning of his career Vaughn, the Tyketto & former Waysted vocalist, had always been the token acoustic guitar player who added a little extra flavour to the sound of the bands with which he was involved. The idea for Standing Alone came about following a UK tour which saw Vaughn taking to the stage alone every night to play a song acoustically. Such was the reception that these interludes received that soon after he invested in some home recording equipment and Standing Alone began to take shape. As Vaughn states: “The idea was to see how some songs from my near and not-so-near past would sound reinterpreted”. And the result is nothing short of spectacular. Emotional and honest Standing Alone is the sound of vocal and guitar working together at their best, the simplicity of the arrangements proving just how good Vaughn’s songs truly are.
Wings, Was There A Moment, Seasons, The Voice, Write Your Name In The Sky &
For further information and to order a copy of the CD then please visit www.hardrockhouse.com/StandingAlone.htm
It was a long and uncomfortable wait but the wait is over! ZO2’s finally been cleared to announce the confirmation of the second season of “Z Rock” on IFC!
Filming will begin in the new year and the second season is scheduled to air this summer.
At this time, IFC has discussed plans to rebroadcast the first season of “Z Rock” in its entirety in March to lead the second season’s premiere. In the meantime, keep an eye on IFC’s Tuesday night “Automat” schedule to catch repeats of episodes from season one.
Stay tuned for the latest information on ZO2’s antics on and off the set!
Anthony Iommi, lead guitarist of the rock band Black Sabbath, is suing Live Nation Inc. for trademark infringement, alleging a subsidiary of the music promoter has illegally sold merchandise using images of the band.
The guitarist alleged that Signatures Network Inc., purchased by Live Nation in 2007, has continued to sell merchandise with images of Iommi and Black Sabbath’s trademarked symbol after the expiration of a licensing agreement, according to a complaint filed today in a U.S. District Court in New York.
Iommi co-founded Black Sabbath in 1968 along with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. The left-handed guitarist behind songs such as “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” has retained control of the band’s trademarks as the other original members left, according to the complaint.
Live Nation, the largest U.S. concert promoter, purchased Signatures for $79 million in 2007 and tapped its chief executive officer, Dell Furano, to take over its merchandise division.
The purchase gave Live Nation control of the rights to license and market merchandise for artists such as The Beatles, U2, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand. The company, based in Beverly Hills, California, also competes with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. for concert ticket sales.
Live Nation rose 15 cents, or 4.1 percent, to $3.80 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The shares have lost 74 percent this year.
Iommi, 60, has registered the Black Sabbath trademark in the U.K, U.S. and European Union. The band’s contract with Signatures expired in 2006, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit alleges that Signatures continued to sell the band’s merchandise after Iommi sent a letter in April telling the company to stop. The gear included about 100 items of clothing, jewelry, posters and fashion accessories.
Iommi is seeking damages of at least three times Signatures’ profits from the merchandise, as well as a halt to the product sales.
Live Nation doesn’t comment about ongoing litigation, said spokeswoman Liz Morentin.
The case is Anthony Iommi v. Signatures Network Inc., No. 1:08-cv-10904, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
Four days. More than fifty bands. Two stages. Multiple genres of rock. It’s time to get wild. Workaholics Candlebox will rock the main stage at Rock Gone Wild. British Metallers Saxon and the Gypsy Pistoleros have agreed to cross the pond just to party with you at the festival. Rock Gone Wild is slated for August 20-23, 2009 in Algona, Iowa. Tickets are available now by visiting www.rockgonewild.com.
Forming in the early 1990s, Candlebox immediately broke from their Seattle brethren. While many bands from the region followed the grunge path, Candlebox made their own way. Blending modern sound with classic guitar rock, Candlebox created their own unique sound – and gathered an army of fans along the way. The band’s self-titled debut became a near instant success, spawning several hit singles including “Far Behind” and “You.” Candlebox are currently supporting their newest hit album Into the Sun, released earlier this year. Candlebox is Kevin Martin (vocals, guitar), Peter Klett (guitar), Scott Mercado (drums), Adam Kury (bass) and Sean Hennesy (rhythm guitar).
Leading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Saxon formed at the end of the 1970s and created a signature sound that new bands still attempt to imitate today. Saxon released their self-titled debut in 1979, but it wasn’t until 1980 and Wheels of Steel that the band really began to take hold. Since the early years, Saxon has weathered several lineup changes and continued to tour heavily and record new music. Lead singer Biff Byford has remained a constant force in the band, bringing a balls out in-your-face Metal show to each and every paying customer. Be warned! Stand close to the stage when Saxon plays and you will be rocked. Saxon is Biff Byford (vocals), Doug Scarratt (guitar), Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass) and Nigel Glockler (drums).
The Gypsy Pistoleros are the world’s greatest flamenco glam band! If you’ve never seen the Gypsy Pistoleros perform live…get ready: you’ll never be the same again. The band is a mix of Brit charm, Spanish flavor and glam swagger. Lee Pistolero (vocals), Iggie Pistolero (guitar), Nasty Pistolero (bass) and Harri Pistolero (drums) are the Gypsy Pistoleros.
Bands already announced for Rock Gone Wild include Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Skid Row, Tantric, Kix, Great White, Hardcore Superstar, Saigon Kick, Tigertailz, Lizzy Borden, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Rhino Bucket and Junkyard with many more to come!
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.
If you build it, they will rock.
Only Human is Poley/Rivera’s debut but in name only as the two have worked together on Poley’s previous solo albums “Collateral Damage” , which could have very easily been called Poley/Rivera also. On Poley’s release “Smile” Rivera was not as involved in the recording process but he did write two of the best songs on the album.
If you are familiar with Ted Poley or Vic Rivera’s other projects, namely Danger Danger and AdrianGale then it should be no mystery as to what you are going to get with “Only Human”. Pure unadulterated melodic rock filled with hooks, harmonies, great solos, and sing along choruses.
“Keep on Fighting” starts the album off and it is a straight up rock anthem, hopefully Rivera’s name and talent will get a lot more exposure with this album because he is an outstanding guitarist. He plays this song like he is having the time of his life. Poley’s voice sounds as great as it ever has, this song should go over great live.
“Top of the World” is the kind of radio friendly melodic rock song that made Poley famous. Head bobbing, foot tapping, roll the windows down and sing a long lyrics. This song deserves some radio airplay. Rivera shines on this song also and he does it without a big flashy solo.
The title track “Only Human” is a mid tempo ballad that would easily fit on any Danger Danger album filled with keyboards, huge background vocals and huge guitar sounds. The solo is outstanding with classic 80’s feel.
“Did We Just Have A Moment” is another radio friendly rocker. Poley/Rivera work so well together on every song it just seems like they click perfectly.
The rest of “Only Human” is filled with more radio friendly rockers “The Bigger They Come” and “Delirious” really stand out. “Crossing This Ocean” is a classic ballad you would expect from Ted Poley. “N.W.S.” will appeal to fans of heavier melodic rock.
Danger Danger’s new album may not come out until 2009 some time but the Danger Danger family has been well represented with two very good albums this year. First Marcello/Vestry’s debut earlier this year and now Poley/Rivera’s debut. If you are not a fan of Danger Danger or other similar bands “Only Human” is not going to do much to change your mind. But if you are a fan of Danger Danger, Firehouse, etc. etc. Poley/Rivera will be a great addition to your collection, definitely worth the price of admission.
1. Keep On Fighting
2. Top Of The World
3. Only Human
4. Did We Just Have A Moment
7. The Bigger They Come
9. Fire At Will
10. Breathe Deep
11. Crossing The Ocean
Ted Poley – Vocals
Vic Rivera – Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals
RHINO BUCKET have placed a track in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky feature, The Wrestler. The movie stars Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, both nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as Bruce Springsteen for Best Original Song, ‘The Wrestler’.
Rhino Bucket is now in the final mixing stages for their upcoming release on Acetate Record. The line up for the new album, which is slated to drop spring ’09, consists of:
Georg Dolivo – vocals/guitars
Brian Forsythe – guitars/backing vocals
Reeve Downes – bass/backing vocals
Simon Wright – drums
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On December 20, SIN CITY SINNERS — which consists of Brent Muscat (formerly of FASTER PUSSYCAT), Todd Kerns (AGE OF ELECTRIC), D (MARKY RAMONE BAND), and Rob Cournoyer (RAGING SLAB) — will begin a series of concerts at Ovation inside the Green Valley Ranch hotel in Las Vegas. The first show is a holiday party and will feature guest performances from Jerry Dixon (WARRANT), Ron Keel (KEEL), Jimmy Crespo (AEROSMITH), Kyle Kyle (BANG TANGO) and Mike Szuter (PAUL GILBERT, BLUE MAN GROUP). The band will then welcome Mark Kendall of GREAT WHITE on December 27 and Bruce Kulick, formerly of KISS, on January 3.
SIN CITY SINNERS can be seen live in Las Vegas four nights a week.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/scsinners