Judas Priest has chosen 10 songs not previously released in live album form for its next concert set — “A Touch of Evil: Live,” which is due out July 14, in the midst of the band’s U.S. summer tour.
“A Touch of Evil” includes live renderings of longtime fan favorites such as “Painkiller,” “Dissident Aggressor, “Riding on the Wind,” “Between the Hammer & the Anvil” and “Eat Me Alive,” as well as “Hellrider” from “Angel of Retribution,” the group’s 2004 reunion album with frontman Rob Halford, and two tracks — “Death” and “Prophecy” — from last year’s rock opera “Nostradamus.”
“I love those songs,” Halford tells Billboard.com. “All of those songs just crush. Because they’ve never been recorded live in this way, it’s just something fresh to put out. And when you listen to it and think this band has been around for three decades, with a combined age of 250-something years…I mean, how cool is that? It’s a very fierce record and just captures the band’s attitude and feeling in a very strong, determined way.
“I mean, we could’ve put ‘Living After Midnight’ or ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’ out — again. But why? This is just something great to give our fans.”
The full track listing for “A Touch of Evil: Live” includes: “Hellrider,” “Between the Hammer & the Anvil,” “Riding on the Wind,” “Death,” “Beyond the Realms of Death,” “Dissident Aggressor,” “Eat Me Alive,” “Prophecy” and “Painkiller.”
Priest, meanwhile, is preparing for its summer tour, during which the band will play its 1980 album “British Steel” — which includes “Living After Midnight” — in its entirety from front to back. “All of us around the world have our respective headphones on, ready to dive into the deep end together,” Halford says of preparations for the tour. “It’s very bare-bones in terms of production, which in essence makes it a lot easier to re-learn in rehearsals.
“We’re all very excited about it. ‘British Steel’ means a lot to everybody in Priest. I listened to it for the first time recently and I thought, ‘Man, this is gonna be so cool to play this stuff live.'”
The Priest tour, with Whitesnake opening, kicks off June 29 in Indianapolis and wraps up Aug. 23 in Gilford, N.H. Halford says the band still plans to play “Nostradamus” in its entirety later this year or in 2010.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Rhino Re-masters 1984 Top 20 Smash Album With A Bonus Disc Of Unreleased Studio Recordings, Plus A New Track By The Original Lineup For 25TH Anniversary Edition
Limited Edition Pink Vinyl Package Accompanies CD and Digital Release
Available From Rhino June 30
After rocking clubs from Los Angeles to New York City for more than a decade, Twisted Sister made its bones in 1984 with the quintet’s second Atlantic Records release, a Top 20 album that stormed the charts with a string of hit singles and genre-bending videos. Rhino proudly wears a Twisted Sister pin on its uniform, celebrating the album’s multi-platinum success with a 25th Anniversary Edition that includes a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A.J. Pero. STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 30
from Rhino Records at all retail outlets, including www.rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98 (CD), $12.99 (digital).
A limited edition pink vinyl package with the original “Stay Hungry” album art and bonus poster will also be released this summer at the suggested retail price of $24.98.
The first disc contains remastered versions of the nine tracks from the May 1984 original. The album was a smash thanks to a pair of fist-pumping anthems of youthful rebellion “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” that went Top 40. The band balanced those catchy songs with the harder edge of metal classics like “Burn In Hell” and “Horror-Teria,” a macabre song that would later serve as the inspiration for Strangeland, a 1998 horror film written by Snider, who also starred as the sadistic Captain Howdy.
The bonus disc uncovers 15 unreleased recordings that range from alternate versions of album tracks–including “We’re Not Gonna Take It”–to several non-album tracks such as “Death From Above,” “Prime Motivator,” and “Pay The Price,” a song from the band’s earlier club days. Along with the vintage tracks, the collection includes “30,” Twisted’s first new song in 11 years recorded by the band for the 25th Anniversary Edition.
“30” was originally written by Dee Snider with Marc Beeman and Sharon Lawson for the reality series Gone Country. Dee says, “While ’30’ was my attempt at a country song for the show, the realization was that rock ‘n’ roll is a direct outgrowth of country music. Since ’30’ was written about my Twisted Sister experience, it seemed only natural for us to record it and rock it out.”
More than a decade after Twisted Sister’s last show, the band reformed in 2001 for a benefit and continued playing together, including an astonishing run of over 50 headline festival dates performing in front of two million people in over 23 countries. In 2006, the band returned to the charts with Twisted Christmas, a holiday album that buzzsaws through yuletide classics such as, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silver Bells.” That same year, the Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Twisted Sister. The band is
currently at work on a new album and a Broadway musical based on Twisted Christmas. Twisted Sister will headline the annual Rocklahoma music festival July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Rock of Ages, Broadway’s latest musical hit with five Tony® nominations, features Twisted Sister prominently in its story line and with the band’s aforementioned iconic anthems, “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition
1. “Stay Hungry”
2. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
3. “Burn In Hell”
4. “Horror-Teria (The Beginning)”
a. “Captain Howdy”
b. “Street Justice”
5. “I Wanna Rock”
6. “The Price”
7. “Don’t Let Me Down”
8. “The Beast”
1. “Death From Above”
2. “Prime Motivator”
3. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” Early Demo
4. “Death Run”
5. “This One’s For You”
6. “S.M.F.” Early Demo
7. “We’re Coming On”
8. “Call My Name”
9. “Burn In Hell” Early Demo
10. “Pay The Price”
11. “What’s Love Without You”
12. “Our Voice Will Be Heard”
13. “You Got To Fight”
14. “The Price” Early Demo
15. “Stay Hungry” Early Demo
16. Radio Spot
17. “30” (New Track)
2009 TOUR DATES
May 30 – THE M3 ROCK FESTIVAL @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
June 4 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg SWEDEN
June 26 – Metalway Festival, Zaragoza SPAIN
July 10 – Midnattsrocken Lakselv, NORWAY
July 12 – ROCKLAHOMA, Pryor OK
July 18 – Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne IN
Aug 22 – ROCK GONE WILD, Algona IA
Sept 12 – Memorial Hall, Plymouth, MA
Michigan rockers Pop Evil To Release Album Lipstick On A Mirror
On Universal Republic Records On May 26
National Summer Tour with Judas Priest Ushers in the Major Label Debut
Fabled Michigan rockers Pop Evil has signed with Universal Republic Records and will be re-releasing their 2008 acclaimed indie album Lipstick On A Mirror, on May 26th. The album will be re-mixed and re-mastered, with a brand new song, “Rolling Stone,” and a riveting acoustic rendition of their signature song “100 In A 55,” which is already gaining traction online and via radio’s underground radar even before its officially release to multiple radio formats.
In support of the re-release, Pop Evil will sweep the nation on a two month long tour supporting Judas Priest and Whitesnake beginning July 5th in Wallingford, CT.
Led by larger-than-life frontman Leigh Kakaty, the band is already the stuff of legend in their native Michigan and throughout the Midwest for its pull-no-punches brand of searing rock. Billed as post-grunge and pre-revival of authentic-to-the core alternative hard rock (the group has barnstormed tours with such alt-rock luminaries as Puddle Of Mud, Tesla, Saving Abel and others,) the fierce fivesome has earned their stripes as rigorous, crowd pleasing live rockers, criss-crossing the U.S. for years, rallying fans at dyed-in-the- wool rock vestiges such as the Intersection in their home turf of Grand Rapids, MI, and the Rumble Rally in Mason, Ohio.
Pop Evil has sustained a formidable grassroots following thanks to their constant touring, and an intricately timed scattering of releases refining their trademark sound. Lipstick On A Mirror also features Pop Evil signature songs such as “Another Romeo & Juliet,” “Hero,” “Stepping Stone,” And “Somebody Like You,” among others.
The band has released a really cool video in support of the CD called “Hero” (See below).
Check out Hard Rock Hideout’s live footage of Pop Evil from the Rumble Rally at this link.
You can also check out some behind the scenes footage from the Rock at The Range Music Festival in the video below.
Check out this awesome picture featured in Rolling Stone Magazine of Matt tearing it up on the stage at Rock on the Range.
Enter the Pop Evil Guitar Giveaway contest for a chance to win a Dean Z-X electric guitar signed by the band. Click here!
Make sure you check out the re-release of Pop Evil’s Lipstick on the Mirror on iTunes. Click here to purchase directly from iTunes!
Pop Evil is:
Leigh Kakaty (vocals)
Dylan Allison (drums)
Dave Grahs (guitar)
Tony Greve (guitar)
Matt DiRito (bass)
The following tour dates are confirmed:
Jul. 05 – Chevrolet Theatre – Wallingford, CT
Jul. 07 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Jul. 08 – CMAC – Canandaigua, NY
Jul. 09 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Jul. 11 – PNC Banks Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Jul. 12 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Jul. 15 – DTE Energy Music Theater – Clarkston, MI
Jul. 19 – Charter One Pavilion – Chicago, IL
Jul. 21 – PNC Pavilion (Riverbend Music) – Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 22 – Nashville Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, TN
Jul. 25 – Freeman Coliseum – San Antonio, TX
Jul. 26 – Concrete Street Amphitheatre – Corpus Christi, TX
Jul. 31 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, CA
Aug. 01 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Marysville, CA
Aug. 02 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA
Aug. 04 – SDSU Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA
Aug. 05 – Pacific Amphitheatre – Oc Fair – Costa Mesa, CA
Aug. 07 – Dodge Theater – Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 08 – Thomas & Mack Center – Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 11 – Red Rock Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Aug. 13 – Nokia Live Theater – Grand Prairie, TX
Aug. 15 – St Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
Aug. 16 – St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
Aug. 22 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
For more information on Pop Evil, please visit:
TO THE CORE – On MASCOT RECORDS U.S.A.
Almost a decade has passed as the much anticipated Vinnie Moore’s solo release is about to invade the world – TO THE CORE releases May 26th on Mascot Records U.S.A.
Moore’s spent the last several years out on tour with British rock/metal band UFO. Once off tour, Moore spent time orchestrating his new album meticulously laying down the tracks to his newest guitar instrumental masterpiece.
Choosing a very retro-contemporary rock style mixed with many other styles and influences, Moore decided he would make it a good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll instrumental album. It’s just Vinnie Moore, his guitar, and his raw guitar talent – all the ingredients that make’s this album a work of art.
TO THE CORE boasts such tracks as “Fly”, “Panic Attack” and “Off The Hook.” All the songs take on unique tones has Moore takes you on a journey track after track. “The only plan I had when making this record was to do some things I have never done before,” explains Moore. I am into many types of music and wanted to make a record where I could just let it all pour out without limitations. I am basically a rock guy but all these other influences that filter into my music. You can hear many styles from an R&B/Hip Hop vibe to one that is heavy but has an indian vibe with lots of exotic percussion. I even have a couple tunes with techno elements, some funk, some blues and some bepop. Hell, there is even some motorcycles on it and I even played slide guitar on “Jigsaw” which is fairly new for me. The common thread that ties it all together is probably the fact that it’s me playing guitar through it all.”
TO THE CORE was recorded at The Core. John “JD” Deservio (Black Label Society/Bass) plays bass, Van Romaine on drums and Tim Lehner on keyboards.
PRAYING MANTIS have released a videoclip for the song “Turn The Tide” off of their forthcoming album “Sanctuary” due for release on June 5th in Europe on Frontiers Records.
The videoclip will also be included as a special bonus on the cd version of the album.
From Eonian Records comes Charlemagne’s self titled, this four piece first formed in 1987 when Raymond Barrett Jr. – Lead Vocals and Scott Oliver – Lead & Rhythm Guitars met Lee Bryan – Bass and Ken Kowalski – Drums after moving to Hollywood for Scott to attend Musicians Institute’s GIT.Even though the band became a regular on the Sunset Strip club scene they were never able to get the major label record deal like so many of the other bands at the time. Thanks to Eonian the world is finally getting to hear Charlemagne in all their glory, and any fan of 80’s Sunset Strip hard rock will find plenty to like about Charlemagne’s music as it is filled with soaring vocals, screaming solos, and gang vocals galore.
“Secret Romeo” is the first track on the album and this song could have easily stood along side any song released by Poison, Danger Danger, or any of the other big bands at the time. Great chorus and solo with some excellent vocals both lead and background you can easily find yourself tapping your foot and singing along. “I Don’t Wanna Lie” takes a little heavier approach without losing any of the melody before the chorus breaks out. Oliver pulls off another very good solo. “She’s Only Young” stays on the heavy path while tackling a very serious subject in child abuse. “So Far Away” is a catchy mid tempo rocker as Barrett wraps his soaring vocals around these lyrics nicely. “Is It Ever Easy” and “I’ve Got You” are both ballads although “Is It Ever Easy” has a nice funk touch added to it. On “Chances Calling” Scott Oliver has a nice intro before the song kicks in and pulls off another stylish solo, he definitely made me a fan of his playing with this record. “Last Chance” is a very nice instrumental piece where the whole band gets a chance to shine but especially Kowalski’s drumming.
Charlemagne would not have started any new musical trends, but had they been given a chance they definitely could have had a nice run on the charts. Sadly though like so many other talented bands on Sunset Strip at the time they were lost in the shuffle before grunge completely killed the hard rock scene in the early 90’s. Any fans of guitar players will find plenty of reasons to pick this album up if only because of Scott Oliver’s excellent playing throughout. You can check out Charlemagne at myspace.com/officialcharlemagnepage.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Secret Romeo
2. I Don’t Wanna Lie
3. She’s Only Young
4. So Far Away
5. Is It Ever Easy
6. I’ve Got You
7. Chance is Calling
8. Last Chance
9. Wait And See
10. I’m Not That Easy
11. I Wish I Knew
Raymond Barrett Jr. – Lead Vocals
Scott Oliver – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Lee Bryan – Bass Guitar
Ken Kowalski – Drums
Rock Gone Wild, America’s newest and most diverse rock festival, will feature over 50 rock legends on two stages during the festival’s four-day run. One of those bands, L.A. metal gods Armored Saint, will be making its return to Iowa after playing the legendary Iowa Jam in 1986. We talked to Saint vocalist John Bush about that show and the band’s plans for this year’s RGW.
What do you remember about the Iowa Jam? “I remember the bands-Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Dokken, Metallica and us. It was at a racetrack in Des Moines (the show was held on May 26, 1986 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds), I believe. It was held the same night as a Van Halen concert downtown. It was the biggest show that we played in America. We’ve played many big shows in Europe (festivals), but that was the biggest for Armored Saint in the States. We were touring with Metallica at the time.
Was it a good show? One of my favorite bands, Aerosmith was a little shaky; I don’t think that they had reached that rehab period yet. Nugent was great, everyone did a good show. We went on at 11 a.m. or so, your typical opening slot at a festival. We played the night before in Chicago and spent the whole night on a bus to get to the show.
Any other Iowa memories? We did a great show with Dio in Cedar Rapids years after that. A few club shows, nothing like the Jam or Rock Gone Wild.
Why do you think that this sort of festival (Rock Gone Wild, others) plays out so well in the Midwest? People in the Midwest aren’t as trendy as those on the Coasts. They value entertainers and don’t get caught up in the scene as much. The fans in the Midwest are dedicated to a certain type of music-rock, country-and are loyal to it. I think it’s great.
What is Armored Saint up to these days? We’re working on a new record—we’re now about nine songs into it (note: RGW heard four of these songs while in L.A. in November, and they rock!). It should be out later this year or early next year. Metal Blade is still our label in the states; we’re working out some of the legal stuff for an international release.
Will any of these new songs feature in your set at RGW? Yes, one for sure; the rest of the set will be the typical Saint stuff.
What should the RGW fans expect from the show? We don’t play that much anymore, so when we do, we give it our all; it’s an event. It will be an in-your-face, high energy, metal fest. I expect the crowd to participate as well.
It’s rumored you are going to make a vacation out of your Midwest visit? Yeah, that’s true. My wife, Tori and I, and the family (John and Tori have two young children, daughter Jezebelle and son Guiseppe) are going to rent an RV and drive back thru Yellowstone after the show-make a vacation out of it.
If you had to pick five songs that best represent Armored Saint, what would they be? “March of the Saint,” “Can You Deliver,” “Nervous Man,” “Aftermath,” “Reign of Fire” maybe “Chemical Euphoria.” (Writer emphatically agrees but misses “Isolation.”)
Is it true you were offered the gig in Metallica after Cliff Burton died? I actually was invited to join the band around the Kill ‘Em All period. It was a hard decision, but Armored Saint was already up and running, and these guys (in Saint) were my childhood friends. Who knows what would have happened if I had? I don’t think about it much. Joey (Vera, Saint bassist) was one of the bassists that were asked to audition after Cliff passed, but never did.
Visit www.rockgonewild.com for updates and festival news.