Multi-platinum recording artist, producer, songwriter Kip Winger was recently presented with an honorary plaque and a historic United States of America flag by The Government of the United States.
In a surprise presentation ceremony during the taping of “Legends & Lyrics” General Harold Cross honored and praised Kip for his work on Winger lV. The inscription on the plaque reads:
Department of Defense Seal
IN APPRECIATION OF RECORDING ARTIST
AND HIS MUSICAL COMPOSITION
“BLUE SUEDE SHOES”
HONORING THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
OF OUR UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
AND THEIR FAMILIES.
OUR SINCERE THANKS,
GENERAL HAROLD CROSS
(FOUR STAR GENERAL)
The flag has historic significance as it was the last United States of America flag to fly over Forward Operating Base ,Kalso, located in Iskandaria, Iraq, 20 miles south of Baghdad. Before it was turned over to the Iraqis, FOB Kalso was the U.S. Army soldier’s broadband internet services facility in Iraq as well as a base to stop enemy activity in the Sunni Triangle.
WINGER IV’s [Shrapnel Records] concept and emphasis was on our Military and what it was like to be solider, form a soldiers perspective, leaving politics at the door. Kip had a vision to support the American troops that are standing ground in Iraq and elsewhere. “I had been doing solo shows at Military bases and in speaking with many of the soldiers, their stories touched me” explains Kip. “It was amazing to hear how far reaching our music was and how many soldiers have been moved by it, I was truly humbled by the stories”. Capturing the spirit, mood and reality from the perspective of the soldier. Songs like Right Up Ahead, M16 and Blue Suede Shoes were inspired songs seen though the eyes of a soldier at war.
The album artwork was handled by Ethan Van Sciver who wanted to put in his part for our Military – Sciver is a renowned DC Comic book artist and penciler who has contributed (among others) to Cyberfrog, New X-Men, The Flash: Iron Heights and Impulse. The “Guardian Of Freedom” album art depicts our Militaries finest protecting with guardian angels that are representative of our prayers we send.
Currently Kip is promoting his latest solo CD “FROM THE MOON TO THE SUN” on MVD Audio and the soon to be release Blackwood Creek record. He recently completed his first Orchestral piece for Ballet Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Director of Morphoses Ballet Co. http://www.morphoses.org that will be used for San Francisco Ballet. The Musical world premier of Ghosts will be with The Tucson Symphony November 14thth 2009. Kip and Reb Beach have also just began writing for a new WINGER release.
Two-times HEAVY Magazine soundcheck winner – US Power Metal spearheads CAGE will be on tour in 7 European countries during May 2009 in order to promote their forthcoming metal epic “Science Of Annihilation”, to be released May 22nd through Music Buy Mail.
Of course frontman Sean Peck and his bunch are able to deliver another milestone regarding power, heavyness and uniqueness.
Thus already the cover artwork “Science Of Annihilation” is once again spectacular art and suggests a true metal masterpiece.
Lugga Music Productions in cooperation with Sword Brothers Productions are proud to present one of nowadays best power metal bands live at 15 locations around Europe.
Those who are familiar with CAGE´s live shows know that this is an event no true metal fan should miss. CAGE´s live shows are an energetic and powerful trip through their recording history, covering 4 full-length albums by now. With their fifth album “Science Of Annihilation” in their bags they will once again conquer Europe and present what many critics call “pure millennium metal” , “classic metal for the new age” or “modern day power metal”.
GAGE & guests
“Science Of Annihilation Tour 2009″
– May 7th: (D) Hamburg – Ballroom
– May 8th: (D) Uelsen – UJT
– May 9th. (D) Datteln – Metal Mercenaries Fest
– May 10th: (D) Frankfurt – Die Halle
– May 12th: (D) Crailsheim – Die Eiche
– May 13th: (D) Regensburg – Gloria
– May 14th: (CZ) Prague – Exit Chmelnice.
– May 15th: (SLO) Bratislava – Randal
– May 16th: (CZ) Ostrava – Tancirna
– May 17th: (PL) Torun – Trabant
– May 19th: (B) Gent – The Frontline
– May 20th: (NL) Antwerpen – De Roots
– May 21st: (D) Oberhausen – Helvete
– May 22nd: (NL) Kerkrade – Rocktempel
– May 23rd: (CH) Uster – Elements Of Rock
Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME) has launched his own record company, simply called Snowy Shaw Productions, like his other side project businesses in artwork and design, photography, stage dekor & props etc.
The first release from the label will be the debut album from the glam/glitter rock act XXX, entitled “Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?”
For the XXX debut CD, Snowy Shaw Productions has signed license deals with the following companies:
* Perris Records (North America)
* King Records (Japan)
* Scarecrow Records (Mexico and South America)
Negotiations are still in process with Locomotive Records for Europe.
“Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?” will be released in USA and Canada on February 17 ( already available for pre-order at www.perrisrecords.com ). In Japan, the album was made available in November 2008.
XXX – Heaven, Hell or Hollywood? will also be available within shortly on digital download at Itunes, Napster etc.
Firebird is the band led by Bill Steer from Napalm Death and Carcass. The sound of Firebird is about a million miles away from the other groups that Steer has been a member of. You won’t find death metal on “Deluxe”. Firebird’s sound has a 70’s rock vibe with a stoner rock element that leans heavily towards acts like Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Black Sabbath.
What amazes me about “Deluxe” is the huge sound on this record. For only a three piece band, the music is pretty awesome. The production quality is a little off, but there is no doubt after listening to these tunes, that Bill Steer is a huge, largely unknown talent. His guitar wizardry on this album needs to be heard to be appreciated.
It helps that I love a lot of stoner rock bands, but I believe Firebird is a lot more that your run of the mill, sludge rock act. There is a cool blues vibe, with huge bass lines and big drums which truly give this band a cool sound. This is the type of CD that you need to blast out of a good stereo system, so you can truly hear the music. Ear buds and headphones just don’t do this one justice.
Deluxe is the band’s sophomore release from 2001, which was reissued in 2007. The band is working on their fifth CD, “Grand Union” for a 2009 release. Judging from the sounds on this disc, I will be anxiously awaiting Firebird’s new material
For more information on Firebird, and to hear songs from “Deluxe” check the Firebird myspace page. You can purchase your own copy of “Deluxe” at this link. For you big spenders, the Japanese Import of “Deluxe” has a bonus cover of the Rush song, “Working Man”. You can find that version at this link.
1. Dirt Trap
3. Hammer & Tongs
5. Miles from Nowhere
7. Lonely & Sober
8. Sinner Takes All
9. Sad Man’s Quarter
10. Slow Blues
Bill Steer – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Ludwig Witt – Drums
Leo Smee – Bass Guitar