Chickenfoot has made their entire album available for your listening pleasure at this link. Check it out!
Exclusive Video Widget Allows Fans to Personalize Video for Loved Ones
Confirmed Support to Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd on Rock & Rebels Tour This July
In conjunction with the launch of their next single, “Things My Father Said,” from their second album “Folklore & Superstition,” Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry have launched a uniquely touching way for fans around the world to celebrate their own fathers. The band called on fans to submit photos of their dads for the song’s video, and is now expanding the concept. With this widget promotion, fans can upload up to four of their own photos and add a personalized greeting before sending the video digitally to their loved ones. “Things My Father Said” will be impacting Rock Radio in mid-July.
Black Stone Cherry is confirmed to open the following shows on the Rock & Rebels Tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock this summer.
7/21/09 Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7/22/09 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center 7/24/09 Raleigh, NC - Warner Cable Amphitheater 7/25/09 Virginia Beach - Verizon Wireless 7/26/09 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless 7/29/09 Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center 7/31/09 Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Stadium 8/1/09 Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge 8/2/09 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater
To view the touching, heartfelt video for “Things My Father Said” go to: www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blackstonecherry
To personalize the video for your loved ones, go to: www.roadrunnerrecords.com/thingsmyfathersaid
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Frontiers Records announces proudly the signing of MASTEDON featuring former KANSAS singer John Elefante for the release of the long awaited third studio album.
John Elefante’s name came to prominence in 1981 when he became the new lead singer and keyboardist for Kansas. John sang the lead vocals and performed keyboards on three multi – Platinum albums with band, giving also a major songwriting contribution. In 1984, together with his brother Dino, he started to become involved for the first time in producing the Christian act Sweet Comfort Band. Soon the couple became one of the most renowned producers in the genre, in particular their tenure with Petra brought multiple gold and platinum albums, 10 consecutive CCM Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Hard Rock Cafe, and the only artist to ever have 4 albums in the SoundScan top-100 Christian chart.
Elefante also felt the songwriting muse and formed a metal band with his brother, Mastedon. The band’s name was a pachyderm-inspired reference to the brothers’ last name. Although John was an accomplished vocalist and performer, the Mastedon albums featured multiple lead singers and performances by other artists, creating an eclectic sound anchored by John’s songwriting. His brother Dino played a prominent role, contributing songwriting and handling most of the guitar work. Mastedon’s first release was titled “It’s a Jungle Out There!” (1989). A year later, the band released “Lofcaudio“. This album continued the guest performance theme, though John sang more of the lead vocals. Unfortunately, John and Dino’s production schedule preempted any touring to commercially support the album. Even so, the albums charted at #25 and #10, respectively in the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian chart. To this day, they are still considered classics in the genre.
John and Dino then formed their own record label, Pakaderm. Given their intense recording schedules, John and Dino decided to build their own recording studio in Nashville, the Sound Kitchen which soon became one of the largest complex studios in the USA, with artists such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen that used it for their recording. In 1996 John started a solo career that brought him to release three successful albums more in the Adult Contemporary – Pop Rock vein.
After a few years of hiatus, John is now working on a new Mastedon album that – contrary to the predecessors – will only feature his amazing lead vocals. Musically, the new album will hearken back to the best of Mastedon and to his work with Kansas.
“Mastedon has far surpassed my expectations as far as longevity and shelve life” says John. “I would say it has garnered somewhat of a cult following. I have people from 17 years old to 50 something that still ask me about Mastedon and will there ever be another one? My answer has always been “I don’t know” But the writing is on the wall that after all this time, it is time to deliver a new Mastedon record and mainly because people that loved the first 2 can’t be ignored any longer. This record will differ in some ways and others it won’t. Being the majority songwriter there will be obvious similarities in style. I will be singing everything so that will change a bit from prior Mastedon projects. Also the sonic quality will be very much up to date. Rich melodic harmonies and melodies are the keys to a Mastedon record. This record will most certainly be the beginning of a new chapter in my life both musically and lyrically. One day you turn around and it’s been 10 years since you’ve done a project, but when it really sinks in that you were put on this earth to something, YOU MUST DO IT !!!”
Some song titles in the works include This Revolution of Mine, The Western World, Slay your Demons, That’s What You Do When You Love Someone, Falling in to Place, You Can’t take Anything at All, I’m Lying Again, I’m Nothing Without Your Love.
Frontiers salutes the return of a legendary artist and looks set to release Mastedon “III” in the fall of 2009.
Official World Record attempt for largest air guitar ensemble at Download Festival 2009
Steel Panther to challenge fans with Guitar Solo Competition
Steel Panther, the resurgent metal titans from LA’s Sunset Strip are coming to the UK and they want to get more involved with their fans.
Not content with unleashing their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Feel The Steel’ (out now) upon the UK and igniting audiences with their outrageous live shows, Steel Panther want to leave a permanent mark on these shores. They will attempt to break the world record for the most number of people playing air guitar simultaneously – an ensemble if you will. The attempt will take place during their set at Download Festival (Tuborg Stage, 5:15pm).
The current Guinness World Record is held by the charity ActionAid at Reading Festival last year with 254 participants. Says Satchel, lead guitarist “Come to Download Festival, come to the Steel Panther set, bring your air guitar with you and we’re gonna jam! But don’t just start randomly jammin’ otherwise you’ll look like a d**k.”
The second endeavour of connecting with the fans comes by way of a guitar solo competition. Steel Panther have invited fans to submit their own solo for the current single ‘Death To All But Metal’, a challenge if you will, to fans who think they can do better than the aforementioned Satchel. The ultimate winner, as chosen by the band, will have opportunity of performing their winning solo live with Steel Panther at their next London show. Anyone can enter but the winner will be a UK entrant only.
Fans are to submit their video entries of their solos to the following site – http://www.youtube.com/steelpantherrocks <http://www.youtube.com/steelpantherrocks> - where other entrants can view and rate the solos, there may even be a few surprise entries in the coming weeks… A version of the single ‘Death To All But Metal’ without Satchel’s guitar solo will be made available to download from 15th June so fans can record their own guitar solo over the track.
What the press say about Steel Panther’s debut album, ‘Feel The Steel’:
“Simply, it’s brilliant… the humour may be riotous but it’s the music that makes this close to perfect” – Kerrang! – KKKK
“Steel Panther serve up one of the most hilarious albums of all time… be seduced by one hell of a great album!” – Rock Sound – 9/10
Finally, one of the most anticipated albums of the year is here with the release of Chickenfoot’s self titled debut album. Chickenfoot is a supergroup in every since of the word with all members of the band being huge names in the music industry by themselves.
In case you have spent the last year in a cave with no electricity or internet, Chickenfoot is made up of Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (Guitars), Ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Chad Smith (Drums), if anybody would seem out of place with the music Chickenfoot plays it would be Smith but his drum playing is awesome front to back on this album. I have to admit I am a huge Sammy Hagar fan and it is no secret he has one of the most recognizable voices in music and when you throw Michael Anthony into the mix there are bound to be endless Chickenfoot/Van Halen comparisions. Yes, this album does sound like a mix of Van Halen and Hagar’s post Van Halen solo albums, but the difference is Chickenfoot is better than any album Hagar did with Van Halen and when you add Hagar’s “Cabo Wabo Party Atmosphere” to the music you get a fun, rockin, filler free album. Satriani’s playing on this album is unbelievable, he is able to accomplish everything on guitar within the framework of the songs instead of going off on a tangent just for a solo like other well known guitarists are prone to do.
“Avenida Revolucion” kicks everything off, it is a heavy song with a pretty serious subject, Satriani absolutely shines on this song with some amazing playing but then again you wouldn’t expect anything less from him. “Soap On A Rope” and “Down the Drain” are both in the same vein with party jam vibe, which I imagine Satriani will just go crazy on in a live situation. Hagar’s vocals still sound great at 62 years old when most other singers have lost the power in their voice long before 62. “Sexy Little Thing” is a great catchy song filled with hooks galore, the way Hagar sings this song so laid back and relaxed you would think the man has absolutely no stress whatsoever in his life. I can definitely see this song getting tons of airplay. “Oh Yeah” has party tune written all over it much like Hagar’s “Mas Tequila”, “Shag”, or “Shaka Doobie (The Limit)”. “Runnin’ Out” has a bluesy vibe to it with some great gang vocals and some awesome bass lines from Michael Anthony.
“Get It Up” fall into the same catagory as “Oh Yeah” with more outstanding playing from Satriani and Anthony. Without a doubt “My Kinda Girl” is the catchiest song on the album, the kind of song you can’t help but to crank up and sing along with, another Chickenfoot song I can see getting tons of airplay. I’m not sure if “Learning To Fall” could be classified as a ballad but it is still a great song with some excellent background vocals. “Turnin’ Left” is another heavy jam song that sounds like Michael Anthony beat his bass to death recording this song. Clocking in at almost 7 minutes “Future In The Past” wraps the album up that starts out almost acoustic before it kicks in with a bluesy vibe with a honky tonk piano and harmonica thrown in, great way to close the album.
Unlike supergroups in the past that sound like they were thrown together at the last minute to record an album, Chickenfoot sounds like a band, tight and in sync with each other but more importantly they sound like everyone in the band actually wants to be there and that is a great thing because it could mean more albums to come and I for one am definitely looking forward to hearing what else these guys can bring us.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Avenida Revolution
2. Soap On A Rope
3. Sexy Little Thing
4. Oh Yeah
5. Runnin’ Out
6. Get It Up
7. Down The Drain
8. My Kinda Girl
9. Learning To Fall
10. Turnin’ Left
11. Future Is The Past
Sammy Hagar – Vocals
Joe Satriani – Guitars
Michael Anthony – Bass
Chad Stewart - Drums
Shakra has released their second video in support of their new CD, “Everest”. Check out “Ashes to Ashes” below.