Ian Gillan is one of the greatest rock singers of all times and is renowned as a member of Deep Purple, as well as bands named after himself. Despite Deep Purple have often been called “Heavy Metal Pioneers”, Ian Gillan never felt he really belonged to that music category. His all time music inspiration and heroes are names such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Little Richard and the rockers of the 50s. It‘s with no surprise that all true Ian Gillan coinosseurs will find all these influences on “One Eye To Morocco”, the new studio album written and recorded with the line up that made “Live in Anaheim” one of the best live albums Gillan has ever released.
A 100% rock album, “One Eye To Morocco” will conquer new and old Gillan fans with an impressive collection of songs showing a big variety of moods and colors. From classic Gillan rock and roll, to the arabic sound of the title track, soulful ballads and bluesy mid-tempos.
1. One Eye to Morocco
2. No Lotion for That
3. Don’t Stop
4. Change My Ways
5. Girl Goes to Show
6. Better Days
7. Deal with it
8. Ultimate Groove
9. Lonely Days
10. Texas State of Mind
11. It Would Be Nice
12. Always The Traveller
“One Eye To Morocco” will be released March 31st, 2009.
The management for HEAVEN AND HELL – the legendary band featuring BLACK SABBATH icons Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) – have provided Black-sabbath.com webmaster Joe Siegler the following official, up-to-date list of dates for the band:
30 – Moscow, Russia – B1
31 – Moscow, Russia – B1
2 – Helsinki, Finland – Icehell
4 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
8 – Giessen, Germany – Hessenhallen
9 – Berlin, Germany – Zitadelle
10 – Bamburg, Germany – Jakoarena
13 – Bergum, Germany – Festivalterrein Zomerweg (Waldrock Festival)
14 – Kalsruhe, Germany – Europehalle
16 – Bonn, Germany – Museumsplatz
17 – Zurich, Germany – Volkshaus
The new Heaven And Hell album is now complete and will be released some time in March/April via Rhino. The group’s first LP since Sabbath’s Dehumanizer (1992) was recorded at Rockfield studios in Wales, UK (where Dehumanizer was also tracked).
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
DC4 featuring Rowan Robertson (formerly of Dio), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Shawn Duncan (Odin) and Matt Duncan announce first of 2009 tour dates.
Mar 20 2009 7:00P
SXSW/ Guitar Hero 3 Stage/Free show!! Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
SXSW/ TBA Austin, Texas
Mar 22 2009 9:00P
The Scout Bar w/ Jet Black Stare Houston, Texas
Apr 16 2009 8:00P
Las Vegas Hemp Fest Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 18 2009 10:00P
ANGELS ROADHOUSE W/MICHAEL SCHENKER Yucaipa, California
May 7 2009 8:00P
TBA Tuscon, Arizona
May 8 2009 8:00P
Uncle Paulie’s Pub El Paso, TX
May 9 2009 8:00P
TBA Austin, Texas
May 10 2009 7:00P
THUNDER OF GODS FESTIVAL RIPPING SPRINGS/AUSTIN, Texas
July 3 2009 8:00P
SAVE A LIFE “THE ANIMAL BENEFIT SHOW” Live @ KEY CLUB
EXPLODE by DC4 has been offically released through CHAVIS RECORDS and is now available. Click here to checkout audio samples
Irish rockers THE ANSWER, who were recently featured in Billboard Magazine as one of 15 artists to watch in 2009, recently released a video for “On & On,” the first single from their forthcoming North American debut full-length album, Everyday Demons (out March 31). The video, which was directed by Isaiah Seret (Angelina Jolie “Wanted”) and shot in US whilst the band were on tour with AC/DC, combines the raw unadulterated performance of THE ANSWER with a rockin’ game of strip Memory.
The video can be viewed in high quality here:
THE ANSWER have a message for their fans in the US, which you can check out at here:
THE ANSWER recently premiered an MP3 for another song, “Demon Eyes,” exclusively through Spin.com. “Demon Eyes,” the opening cut from Everyday Demons, is available for downloading, posting, and sharing at the following location:
THE ANSWER, who are fresh off a 42-date tour with AC/DC, released Never Too Late, a four song EP, in November of last year. The EP gives fans a small taste of what’s to come on Everyday Demons, which was recorded in summer ’08 in Los Angeles with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X, Killing Heidi, etc.) producing.
The band appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and in December was featured in Rolling Stone’s “Hot Issue” where the magazine proclaimed them “Rock Gods In Training.”
THE ANSWER is:
Cormac Neeson (vocals)
Paul Mahon (guitar)
Michael Waters (bass)
James Heatley (drums)
THE ANSWER on the web:
Today is the 11th Anniversary of the death of Slaughter guitarist, Tim Kelly.
The following is from the Slaughter website:
On February 5, 1998 while compiling tracks for this very recording, we recieved the most difficult and disturbing phone call of our lives. An Arizona highway patrol trooper, much to our disbelief, confirmed that Tim Kelly had passed away as a result of a tragic auto/truck accident in Bagdad, AZ. That day we lost a family member, guitar player and best friend.
“The things that we’ve gone through together over the last almost ten years created a bond between the four of us that is beyond description. Tim Kelly has forever changed my life. He was and always will be a part of me, and his spirit will remain with me forever.”….BlasElias
Life is and will always not be the same, without “Tim Kelly.” It still seems like a bad dream, I wish I could wake up and it be back to the way things were….Tim was a true “Rock Star”, Tim lived for the moment and will be part of us no matter where he is”….Dana Strum “
Tim was always concerned about others. he was a very compassionate man and was the guy who always put a smile on your face. Tim ,You”ll always be on my mind, I think I’ve learned a lesson on how fragile life is, Savor every moment…Spread your wings, and Fly to the angels in Eternal Life…..God Bless you my friend” ….Mark Slaughter
We want to make sure that Tim Kelly, who dedicated his life to making goodtime, upbeat music will not to be forgotten. Everyone from fellow musicians to industry professionals, CNN, MTV, local and national news and his fans paritcipated in paying homage to this music man. There is no question that Tim Kelly is and always will be a very missed man.
It’s never a good feeling when one of your favorite bands takes a turn for the worse. I don’t mean health wise…I mean music wise. They put out an album or release a song that just makes you go, “What the f*ck were they thinking?” More commonly known as “jumping the shark,” these moments (or periods) of musical farts can make the most loyal fan turn their nose up in digust.
While sitting at work the other day amidst a snow storm from hell, my friend (who remained in the comfort and warmth of his own home to work), sent me an interesting article about musicians who have jumped the shark:
The list was interesting and humorous for sure, but it left me pondering (instead of working), “What bands whom I love have jumped the shark?” And so the list starts…in no particular order:
1. Metallica – Once you go Black, you can’t go back. That’s right, Metallica took a nose dive into the toilet after this album. I HATE everything they released after the Black album. The exception of course is their newest album, which surprisingly doesn’t suck as badly as I thought it would. I think they finally came to the realization that they rocked A LOT harder back in the day and (to the glee of most music fans) decided to turn back the hands of time and produce an album that sounded a lot more like the old Metallica we know and love. Kudos to them for trying to right their wrongs.
2. Van Halen – Look, it’s never an easy task to replace your lead singer. As far as I’m concerned, a band should call it quits if their singer bails. There are very few cases in rock & roll history where a new lead singer has been able to continue carrying the torch of his predecessor. Van Halen surprisingly made things work with Sammy Hagar, but I have no idea what the hell they were thinking when they tried to replace both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar with Gary Cherone. After Sammy, they should have just stopped. Continuing on with Gary Cherone was like trying to fit a square peg into a circle; it just wasn’t going to work. And it didn’t. Gary Cherone was bad and that album was bad. I’m even a huge fan of Gary Cherone; I’m just not a huge fan of him in Van Halen.
3. KISS – There are SO many “jump the shark” moments to chose from. Some of you would pick the moment KISS took off their make up. Or maybe you would chose when KISS went disco. Perhaps Gene Simmons doing his reality show really set you off. Whatever it is, take your pick. My jump the shark moment for KISS may not be a moment so much as a whole period. There is no doubt that KISS is legendary, amazing, and one of the most influential bands in rock history. However, it’s heartbreaking for me when KISS the band decides to turn into KISS the money making machine. Is it even about the music anymore? Was it ever about the music? Or was it just about how many KISS condoms or KISS coffins they could sell?
4. Kid Rock – One of the reasons I actually like Kid Rock is because of his fusion of rock and country. He’s shared the stage with the likes of some of country music’s most influential musicians like Hank Jr., but Mr. Bawitdaba threw me for a loop when he recorded a duet with Kenny Chesney for a Waylon Jennings tribute album: I’ve Always Been Crazy. These guys covered “Luckenbach, Texas” and Kenny Chesney ruins it. I HATE Kenny Chesney. I think he’s a hack and a joke. His music is crap, and it’s hard for me to understand why Kid Rock thought he was good enough to collaborate with. I hope it was the workings of some music industry kooks who threw these two together, and that it wasn’t by choice.
5. Bret Michaels – This one is a no brainer. The second this guy signed on to do Rock of Love, he also jumped the shark. Now that it’s dragged on for three seasons, I’m almost positive that he’s trying to ruin his career…or make the entire world think he’s a douchebag. Either way, it’s working.
6. Nikki Sixx – He went straight from jumping the shark to jumping Kat Von D (and not me). Damn it. What does he see in her? She’s smokin’ hot, almost half his age, uber cool, super successful, and is an incredible tattoo artist. What man looks for those qualities in a chick? Now I have to witness their over indulgent love fest while I’ll cyber stalking him on myspace. It’s disgusting. I wish he’d go back to his womanizing ways.
I’m sure some of you will agree, and a lot of you will disagree (especially with #3). So what do you think? Did I leave anyone out? Did I include anyone who should have been left off the list? Who do you think has jumped the shark?
BLACK WATER RISING, the New York-based band featuring former members of STEREOMUD, BOILER ROOM and DUST TO DUST, will release its self-titled debut album on April 7.
“Black Water Rising” is a collection of soul-baring, angst-ridden, riff-heavy material that is proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock songwriting. Its giant, guitar-driven monster riffs are served up on a bed of crushing grooves with soaring melodic vocals and big hooks. Basically, no-frills riff rock!
Lyrically, the message is socially and politically driven by the dark times we live in. With darkness seemingly growing by the day, BLACK WATER RISING is a name that fits this band like a glove.
After releasing two self-produced albums nationwide with a band called DUST TO DUST, singer songwriter Rob Traynor locked himself away for two years in his Brooklyn, New York recording studio, later emerging with a collection of songs that would become the seeds of BLACK WATER RISING.
Traynor is joined by former BOILER ROOM drummer Mike Meselsohn, former STEREOMUD guitarist Johnny Fattoruso and bassist Oddie McLaughlin.
“After Rob’s last project, he sat down and started writing songs,” saysFattoruso. “Mike was in BOILER ROOM, which had gone belly-up. Robcalled him up and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got some new stuff, let’s record these songs. They needed another guitar player, and found me via MySpace. I heard two riffs and said, ‘I’m in!’ Oddie and I were in our first band together back in high school. I had gotten back in touch with him, he was still playing. I brought him down to the studio, introduced him to the other guys. I brought him back three times, but the other guys loved him from the start. We wanted to give him a little test, ha!”
BLACK WATER RISING’s 11-song, self-titled debut has received major play (power rotation) on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Octane channel (commercial station) for the song “Brother Go On” and was the #6 album in the Top 20 for October (the only unsigned band on the chart!), #2 most requested phones and in the Top 20 weekly chart many times. The single has grown legs and is still receiving spins and requests 40 weeks later.
“It’s got that raw sound,” says Fattoruso. “It’s in your face, no gimmicks, straight-on hard rock/heavy metal, done the classic way. We wanted to get away from the cookie-cutter bands, back to where music was fun again.”
“I’m very proud of this album, because I think I have finally captured the sound and style I have heard in my head for years and always wanted to get out,” adds Traynor. “I believe BWR will appeal to the rock and metal spectrum. This is the type of band that can share a stage with bands likeBUCKCHERRY and DISTURBED, then play with a PANTERA or SLAYER. If you like rock and metal, new or old school, I believe we have you covered. Our fan base demonstrates this. We have the balls, the riffs and the melody to bring it.”
The band worked with director Noah Shulman (SOIL, THE AUTUMN OFFERING) on an MTV-quality music video for their song “Brother Go On” which has been getting stellar reviews on YouTube, MySpace and other media sites.
BLACK WATER RISING will perform at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn, New York on February 17.
the Quireboys have issued the following update:
“Looks like a busy year… a full U.K. major venue tour will shortly be announced for November/December with at least a couple of festival appearances in the summer. Many festivals being booked in Europe… gigs in Germany, Italy, Scandanavia and France will shortly be announced. There are also plans to record an acoustic album and also a live acoustic concert DVD.”
EMI Records last year released “The Best Of” from the Quireboys, a double CD of material from the band’s EMI-era recordings. It contains many previously unreleased tracks and rarities and is available at a budget price.
The Quireboys’ latest album, “Homewreckers & Heartbreakers”, was made available in stores in June 2008 via Townsend Records. The CD was mixed at Good Luck studios in London with Mark Wallis, who has previously worked with Travis and U2. According to a posting on the group’s web site, “this album sees the band returning to their roots with a more varied selection of styles than ‘Well Oiled’ .”
“Homewreckers & Heartbreakers” was also considered by HRH as being one of the best albums released in 2008.
You can check out live videos from the DVD and tracks from “Homewreckers & Heartbreakers” at www.myspace.com/thequireboys
Christian rockers STRYPER have issued the following update:
“We are pleased to announce Gilvan Rangel of Campina Grande, Brazil as the winning designer of the Murder By Pride artwork contest.
Hundreds of submissions were received and carefully reviewed. We were amazed and thrilled by all the accomplished artists in the Stryper network of fans. Many of you are extremely talented and we extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that took time to submit art.
Stay tuned to Stryper.com and Michaelsweet.com for details on a release date, tour dates, and more.”
The official tracklisting and running times for Murder by Pride. It is as follows:
‘Eclipse Of The Son’ (4:04)
‘4 Leaf Clover’ (3:42)
‘Peace Of Mind’ (3:58)
‘The Plan’ (3:10)
‘Murder By Pride’ ((3:18)
‘I Believe’ (3:43)
‘Run In You’ (4:15)
‘Love Is Why’ (4:07)
‘Mercy Over Blame’ (4:07)
‘My Love’ (3:14)
About the album, frontman Michael Sweet commented recently: “After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like ‘more guitars’, ‘more solos’ and ‘more screams’, I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was important to me to try to get back to that early sound of Stryper yet at the same time, to remain relevant today. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to Murder By Pride, I think that was accomplished.
I got the idea of the title Murder By Pride from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives. We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!”
Those infamous “redneck punks” JACKYL are about to embark on a mini road jaunt. Confirmed dates are as follows:
18 – Crocodile Rock Cafe – Allentown, PA
19 – The Warehouse Nightclub – Kittaning, PA
20 – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
21 – Annie’s – Cincinnati, OH
Finnish monster rockers LORDI have teamed up with premier lifestyle site UGO.com to bring fans the Lordi HeroMachine, a highly-detailed and fully-customizable interactive character-building game.
A press release reads as follows: “Welcome to the Lordi Army. Legions of fans from around the world have already sworn their allegiance and now is your chance to join their ravenous chorus. Create your own character, male or female, and add gnarly spikes, studs, armor and what ever else you need for battle. The Lordi Hero Machine is here for your own wicked imagination to run wild. Check out the LORDI HeroMachine at the following location.”
Lordi unleashed their latest album, Deadache, in North America on October 28th, 2008. Deadache is jam-packed with sing-along rock ‘n’ roll anthems, including the single ‘Bite It Like A Bulldog’.