There is a new name in Heavy Metal! Free Reign featuring the Dallas Cowboy’s # 75 Marc Colombo, # 71 Cory Procter and # 70 Leonard Davis along with local guitar virtuoso Justin Chapman have signed a world wide deal with Australia’s Riot Entertainment. Their upcoming debut EP is set for release in the fall.
Free Reign has been branded ‘Heavier than Metal’ for their intense musical style as well as their intimidating stage presence. They bring something unique to this powerful genre.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Riot and to further establish our name internationally,” said Riot Owner / CEO John Howarth. “Free Reign is a band with massive potential. There has been an enormous buzz surrounding them since they appeared on the scene a few months ago. Free Reign has already been flooded with endorsements. Their marketing potential is limitless. These guys are already huge sports stars, but they have shown they have the talent to diversify. I am positive that Metal fans will embrace Free Reign and see them take it to the next level. These are exciting times for Riot and we are excited to see what the future holds. When the opportunity arose to work with Free Reign I jumped to it! This is something that has never been done before and this band is a long term project. It’s also been great working with John Gomez of TQ Management putting this deal to bed”.
“The members of Free Reign and myself are equally excited to be working with John Howarth and his team at Riot Entertainment” said Free Reign Manager John Gomez. “Riot has a great track record and they work hard for their Artists, we all look forward to a bright future together and are honoured to call Riot our new home.”
Riot is also the new home for Fozzy, fronted by WWE Wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and featuring Stuck Mojo mastermind Rich Ward.
“I would love to see a double bill with these bands, imagine that! No security needed!” suggested John Howarth. “I know that would be one hell of a gig. Imagine WWE, NFL, Fozzy and Free Reign fans all under the one roof; only the strong would survive!”
BULLETBOYS frontman and original founding member Marq Torien is performing on the forthcoming Liberty N’ Justice release titled ‘Light It Up’. Marq is performing vocals on the track ‘Drunk Dead Gorgeous’ with guitarist Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.).
Track Listing for Liberty N’ Justice’s “Light It Up”: 1. Light It Up (Phil Lewis of LA Guns & JK Northrup) 2. The Other Thief (Dale and Troy Thompson of Bride) 3. Blink (Lynn Louise Lowery of Vixen and Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister) 4. Do What You Believe 5. Man vs. Mother Nature (Ted Poley of Danger Danger and Vic Rivera of Crunch) 6. Treading On Serpents (Les Carlsen of Bloodgood and Ox Fox of Stryper/ Bloodgood) 7. Uncle Sam (Sheldon Tarsha of Tarsha/Adler’s Appetite and Jeff Pilson of Dokken/ Foreigner) 8. Every Reason To Believe (Kelly Keeling of Baton Rouge/TSO and Kerri Kelli of Alice Cooper) 9. Wrestling With God 10. Best Time You Never Had 11. Beautiful Decision (Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance of Harem Scarem) 12. Drunk Dead Gorgeous (Marq Torien of BulletBoys and Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P.) 13. Greed (Robert Mason of Warrant/Lynch Mob and Jerry Dixon of Warrant) 14. For Better Or Worse(Shawn Pelata of Line Of Fire/Waking Jonah & Stephen Chesney of Waking Jonah).
BULLETBOYS also perform Dr. Feelgood on the Crue Believers – A Tribute to Motley Crue – A REAL Hollywood Metal tribute to the kings of the Sunset Strip, Motley Crue!
Track Listing for Crue Believers: 1. Girls, Girls, Girls – Pretty Boy Floyd, 2. Kick Start My Heart – Jack Russell (Great White), 3. Red Hot – Tuff feat. Tracii Guns, 4. Too Young To Fall In Love – Gilby Clarke, 5. Piece Of Your Action – L.A. Guns, 6. Live Wire – Steve Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd) & Tracii Guns, 7. Shout At The Devil – London, 8. Starry Eyes – Bang Tango, 9. Dr. Feelgood – Bullet Boys
10. Home Sweet Home – Leif Garrett, 11. Saints Of Los Angeles – Jetboy, 12. Public Enemy #1 – Spiders & Snakes, 13. Bastard – Peppermint Creeps
BULLETBOYS much anticipated release 10c Billionaire is scheduled for a July release via Chavis Records.
BAND TO PLAY SELECT DATES TO MARK 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF LANDMARK DEBUT ALBUM
Grammy-award winning rock powerhouse Slipknot announced summer U.S. headline tour dates, today. The two week run kicks off on August 22 in Seattle, WA and runs through September 5 in Milwaukee, WI. Members of OutsideThe9.com, the band’s official fan club, will be offered tickets first with a presales starting on June 24. A limited number of tickets will be available for general presale on Slipknot1.com on June 25th, with the majority of tickets going onsale to the general public starting June 26 and 27. Anthrax and Black Dahlia Murder will support.
The summer leg of the All Hope Is Gone World Tour marks Slipknot’s first headline shows in America since early May, which featured the band playing to over 30,000 people during their headline slot at this year’s Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, OH. 2009 is a special year for the band, as it marks the 10th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album. Slipknot will be punishing crowds with classics from their first record the self-titled Slipknot, and will also be busting out tracks from the rest of their catalogue right up to their current album, All Hope Is Gone.
The latest single from the #1 album All Hope Is Gone, “Sulfur” is quickly climbing the charts at rock radio. MTV2 premiered the video, which is currently in regular rotation at the station as well as on Fuse. “Dead Memories” hit #1 at Rock radio and is a Top 20 Modern rock hit, while the album’s first single “Psychosocial” was Top 10 at Rock and Top 25 at Modern.
The dates are as follows:
8/22 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater+(KISW Pain In The Grass 2009: Slipknot, Mudvayne and others)
8/23 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center+
8/25 Great Falls, MT Four Seaons Arena^
8/26 Billings, MT Metra Park Arena^
8/28 Boise, ID Quest Arena+
8/29 Salt Lake City, UT The E Center^
8/31 Colorado Springs, CO Colorado Springs World Arena^
9/01 Casper, WY Casper Events Center^
9/03 Fargo, ND Fargodome+
9/04 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center+
9/05 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom^
+ on sale June 26
^ on sale June 27
In 2009, Indianapolis based Eonian Records has unleashed a bunch of classic hard rock acts on the unsuspecting public. Judging from my first couple of spins of High Noon’s “No Turning Back”, I am going to want to hear a lot more of the music that Eonian has to offer.
Hign Noon’s “No Turning Back” is packed with a bunch of catchy tunes that no hair metal fan is going to be able to resist. Why on earth these guys didn’t get signed is beyond me. Their music is easily comparable to a bunch of stuff that I enjoyed in the early nineties (i.e. Roxy Blue, Tora Tora, Sweet F.A. etc.).
Singer Jim Zappa has a pretty good range, that reminds me a lot of Whitfield Crane (from Ugly Kid Joe). Ken Hitsman dishes out some pretty tasty guitar licks on this disc. Some of my favorite cuts are “High Noon”, “Bad Moon Risin”, “Just Like A Woman” and “When the Night Comes”.
If I would have heard this CD back in the day, I would have bought it in a heartbeat, and I am glad to have it in my collection now. I recommend it to all fans of the big hair era of rock.
Rating :Out of 10
1. High Noon
2. Bad Moon Risin’
3. Rude Boy
4. Don’t Come Runnin’
5. Have My Heart
6. Skatin’ On Thin Ice
7. When The Night Calls
8. Just Like A Woman
9. Who Do You Think You Are?
10. Around Midnight
11. Faith Hope And Love
12. Bed Of Lies
13. Weight Of The World
14. House Of Glass
High Noon is:
Jim Zappa – Lead & Backing Vocals
Ken Hitsman – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Sam Persons – Bass & Backing Vocals
Mike Patterson – Drums
Jaime Harris – Drums on Bed of Lies, & Weight of the World
Ken Hitsman – Guitars , Bass & Drum Sequencing on House of Glass
Check out the brand new video from The Answer called “Tonight”!
Action sports network FUEL TV is partnering up with Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings to give their fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear in the unique fan-created music video for Pearl Jam’s “Porch,” from the band’s iconic debut album Ten.
To enter, fans must submit the best action sports clip of themselves they have – skateboarding, surfing, BMX – anything goes. If it’s awesome, we want to see it. Entry is closed on July 18th, so get working on it. Winners will have their clip featured in the video next to pros such as Nolan Lee, Chris Martin and Brad Harper, as well as Pearl Jam. Go to http://www.FUEL.TV/pearljam to enter.
Following the entry window, the public will have a chance to vote on the clips at http://www.FUEL.TV/pearljam. The top ten videos will make the cut. The video will premiere ON-AIR on FUEL TV’s “The Daily Habit” this coming August. In addition to having their clips featured in the music video for “Porch,” one grand prize winner will also receive a full band copy of Rock Band for Xbox 360 and a Super Deluxe Edition of Ten. Ten runners up will receive a copy of Rock Band (disc only) for the Xbox 360 and the Legacy Edition of Ten.
The newly reissued version of Ten is in stores now, and each of the 4 special editions include both the remastered version of the original album, as well as an accompanying version that has been remixed by the band’s longtime producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Audioslave). Ten was just released as DLC for Rock Band for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Additionally, fans can preview tracks from the release by playing the web-based Pearl Jam Ten Game at http://www.PearlJamTenGame.com.
About FUEL TV – FUEL TV is a 24/7 action sports lifestyle network for skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle motocross, and wakeboarding. A unit of Fox Cable Networks, FUEL TV was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in 30-million U.S. homes. To subscribe to FUEL TV, call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit http://www.FUEL.TV.
About TEN – Pearl Jam first released TEN on August 27, 1991. The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold over 12 million copies and became one of the cultural touchstones of the 1990s. Songs such as “Alive,” “Black,” “Even Flow” and Jeremy became staples of rock radio, and still make frequent appearances on the band’s ever-changing concert setlists. The album was produced by Rick Parasher. Pearl Jam’s 1991 lineup was Jeff Ament (bass), Stone Gossard (guitar), Dave Krusen (drums), Mike McCready (guitar) and Eddie Vedder (vocals/guitar). For more information, visit http://www.PearlJam.com.
About Sony Music/Legacy Recordings – Legacy Recordings, the Grammy Award-winning division at Sony Music Entertainment founded in 1990, is charged with the task of revisiting, restoring, reintroducing and enhancing one of the world’s greatest music catalogs (over 100 years deep!). The RCA and Columbia labels are both over 100 years old and represent some of the world’s finest artists. Legacy has become an industry leader, and critical and fan favorite, by taking that rich and diverse music to never-before imagined or attained levels of listening pleasure. It has also been hugely successful and each year generates millions of dollars in net income. For more information, visit http://www.Legacy Recordings.com.
About Apex Exposure – Apex Exposure is a full service new media marketing agency specializing in the development of integrated marketing campaigns. The company provides clients with forward thinking new media marketing solutions by implementing a business philosophy centered around a strategic approach in working with clients to determine their message, identify their audience, and most importantly, understand their marketing objectives. Apex delivers unique and effective marketing campaigns that utilize all aspects of the internet while complimenting traditional marketing efforts, maximizing the number of impressions across relevant demographics and cutting through the clutter of today’s oversaturated new media space. For more information including company capabilities and case studies log onto http://www.ApexExposure.com.
Fans can now head over to WeAreTheFallen.com, where the first 100,000 registrants qualify for a FREE download of the first single ‘Bury Me Alive’.
The group already has been in the studio, recording material in addition to “Bury Me Alive”. The band hopes to begin touring this September and promise to release new songs every couple of months.
On more than one occasion when writing reviews there have been times when I struggle to find the words to describe a particular album, even though I may love the album the words just don’t come to mind. Fortunately with the Poodles third release ”Clash of the Elements” that is not the case, without beating around the bush “Clash of the Elements” is absolutely AMAZING!!! These Swedish rockers have released hands down the best album I have heard all year. I liked the band’s two previous releases “Metal Will Stand Tall” and “Sweet Trade” but Jakob Samuel – Vocals, Christian Lundqvist – Drums, Pontus Egberg – Bass and Henrik Bergqvist – Guitar have unleashed a monster of an album, this time around filled with great harmonies, great playing and anthems tailor made for the stadiums.
“Clash of the Elements” opens with the epic “Too Much of Everything” filled with strings, piano, and is very reminiscent of Queen in their heyday. It flows flawlessly into “Caroline” which is a hard driving foot stomping rocker with a sing along chorus perfect for summer. Henrik Bergqvist definitely makes his mark on his debut with the band replacing the departed Pontus Norgren with some tight outstanding playing. “No Tomorrow” is an anthem in every since of the word, catchy, foot stomping, daring you to try and resist from singing along with Samuel’s soaring vocals along with the rest of the band’s background vocals. “One Out of Ten” is a piano power ballad that picks up after the first verse, Samuel’s vocals again sound great on this song, and I love that fact that a metal band is not afraid to use piano and strings on their songs giving them a fuller sound. “I Rule The Night” is another anthem with a little heavier vibe than “No Tomorrow” but just as good nonetheless, “Give Me A Sign” is a melodic rocker with a great chrous and some nice keyboards, Bergqvist goes off on the solo for this song too, very impressive. “Sweet Enemy” is a slow, heavy rocker that pulls you in and will not let go. “Seven Days & Seven Nights” is a rocker through and through with a honky- tonk piano opening before it kicks in along with “No Tomorrow” one of the catchiest songs on “Clash of the Elements”. On “Pilot of the Storm” Jakob Samuel is channeling David Coverdale at his best. “Don’t Rescue Me” is another outstanding melodic rocker which should earn the band some airplay on rock radio. “Dream To Follow” is one more awesome anthem with a great chorus and absolutely smoking guitar by Bergqvist, ready made for the stadium.
With 14 tracks “Clash of the Elements” has something for every rock fan to enjoy. Any fan of Queen, Scorpions, Gotthard, and even Whitesnake SHOULD have this album in their collection. If there is a downside to “Clash of the Elements” it is the fact that this is an import because there is not an American A&R rep smart enough to sign the Poodles to an American record deal. But please do not let this stop you from buying “Clash of the Elements” you will be cheating yourself out of hearing the absolute best album of 2009.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Too Much Of Everything
03. No Tomorrow
04. One Out Of Ten
05. I Rule The Night
06. Give Me A Sign
07. Sweet Enemy
08. Seven Days & Seven Nights
09. Pilot Of The Storm
10. Cant Let You Go
11. Dont Rescue Me
12. Heart Of Gold
13. Dream To Follow
14. Wings Of Destiny
The Poodles are:
Jakob Samuel – Vocals
Christian Lundqvist – Drums
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Henrik Bergqvist – Guitar
Black Tide has released a new animated video for their song, “Warriors of Time”. Check it out below!
In honor of Father’s Day, BLACK STONE CHERRY has made their new single, ‘Things My Father Said’, available as a FREE download for today only. It can be found at this location.
Retroactive Records recording artists, Liberty N’ Justice is pushing forward on their much “hyped” new record “Light It Up”. The record is entering the final stages and band leader Justin Murr states, “If you think you know LNJ and what we sound like and what we do, prepare yourselves this is a “new” LNJ. Vic Rivera, Steve Brown, Mike Layne, and Stephen Chesney have helped me take this thing to a whole new level and everyone who has heard this has been blown away, this record rocks from start to finish!” As previous LNJ CD’s the new album features “a who’s who” of great rock artists. The album has 10 of the 14 songs completely done and has a late fall release date. At this time, LNJ would like to announce that on the album’s title track “Light It Up” it will feature guest vocals by Phil Lewis of LA Guns and rocking on guitar will be JK Northrup!! On the song “For Better Or Worse” it features LNJ alumni Shawn Pelata of Line Of Fire/ Waking Jonah & Stephen Chesney of Waking Jonah.
You can hear three more song samples at www.myspace.com/libertynjustice2 or http://www.facebook.com/libertynjustice . Plus, you can check out the song “Beautiful Decision” on MRCD5 being released by Melodicrock.com
Song samples will only be up for 14 days so check them out and let us know what you think!
Track Listing for Liberty N’ Justice’s “Light It Up”:
1. Light It Up (Phil Lewis of LA Guns & Jk Northrup)
2. The Other Thief (Dale and Troy Thompson of Bride)
3. Blink (Lynn Louise Lowery of Vixen and Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister)
4. Do What You Believe
5. Man vs. Mother Nature (Ted Poley of Danger Danger and Vic Rivera of Crunch)
6. Treading On Serpents (Les Carlsen of Bloodgood and Ox Fox of Stryper/ Bloodgood)
7. Uncle Sam (Sheldon Tarsha of Tarsha/Adler’s Appetite and Jeff Pilson of Dokken/ Foreigner)
8. Every Reason To Believe (Kelly Keeling of Baton Rouge/TSO and Kerri Kelli of Alice Cooper)
9. Wrestling With God
10. Best Time You Never Had
11. Beautiful Decision (Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance of Harem Scarem)
12. Drunk Dead Gorgeous (Marq Torien of BulletBoys and Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P.)
13. Greed (Robert Mason of Warrant/Lynch Mob and Jerry Dixon of Warrant)
14. For Better Or Worse(Shawn Pelata of Line Of Fire/Waking Jonah & Stephen Chesney of Waking Jonah)
Some additional musicians: Eric Rango, Terry Illous (XYZ), Chris Dickens (Mission Of One).
I can’t think of a more perfect video for Father’s Day than Black Stone Cherry’s “Things My Father Said”. Check out the video below.
Helena Cos, vocalist for the Spider Rockets, and Nigel Dupree, frontman of the Nigel Dupree Band, will both appear on Hard Rock Nights tonight on ClassX! We’ll play some music from both bands, along with classic cuts from Judas Priest, Warrant, and Guns N’ Roses, seldom-heard headbangers from Sleeze Beez, Mötley Crüe, and Pretty Boy Floyd. We’ve also got new rock from Black Robot, Coldspell, Heaven and Hell, Milan Polak, and you’ll just have to listen to find out what else!
Hard Rock Nights airs every Saturday night at 9pm EDT on classxradio.com!
Check out the newly remixed version of Chris Cornell’s “Long Gone”. This new rock version of the track was produced by Howard Benson with a video was produced by KIIS FM DJ and Cornell collaborator DJ Skee. A hit on Rock radio, “Long Gone” spins had over 2 million listeners last week and has been added to across the country including WRXP in NY, KYSR in LA, KTBZ in Houston, WIIL in Chicago, and KXXR in Minneapolis.
Hot on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed album “Into the Night”, Swedish heavy metal powerhouse ENFORCER unleash a preview of things to come with a new demo track from their upcoming album, yet unnamed and tentatively scheduled for release in mid 2010. The new track, entitled “Roll the Dice” will be available for preview at the band’s myspace profile starting Thursday, June 18th.
Having just completed their European tour with fellow Swedes PORTRAIT followed by performances at Sweden Rock and Muskelrock festivals, ENFORCER are scheduled to appear at Germany’s Headbangers Open Air festival before setting their sites on the USA for a full national tour alongside Canadian metal mongers Cauldron starting on September 15th. Upon returning to their home soil in late 2009, ENFORCER will once again enter the studio to lay down the tracks for their sophomore full-length album.
Summoning the classic metal sounds of IRON MAIDEN and MERCYFUL FATE, ENFORCER delivers melody, hooks and vocal range not heard since the golden days of heavy metal. Prepare to enter the world of ENFORCER where heavy metal is the law!
Listen to “Roll the Dice” visit http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe
Frontiers Records is honoured to welcome to its roster, the legendary Christian hard rockers STRYPER with the European release of the band’s brand new album “Murder By Pride“, on August 28th 2009.
Formed in 1983, Stryper are pioneers in the mainstream popularization of Christian hard rock and metal music, with overall sales in excess of 8 million records and one Platinum and two Gold records received for the albums “To Hell with the Devil” and “In God We Trust“. The band released five studio albums before disbanding in February 1992. Singer Michael Sweet pursued a solo career, while the other members have kept on working together, until Stryper came back in the original line up during 2005, releasing the acclaimed new album entitled “Reborn”.
In the past few years singer Michael Sweet started to cooperate with Boston and the result of this is a stunning recording of the classic song “Peace of Mind” on the brand new album “Murder By Pride“, which sees none other than Tom Scholz guesting on guitar.
“After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like ‘more guitars,’ ‘more solos’ and ‘more screams’“, says Michael Sweet “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” continues Sweet “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!”
“Murder By Pride” European track listing includes the following tracks:
01. Eclipse Of The Son
02. 4 Leaf Clover
03. Peace Of Mind
05. The Plan
06. Murder By Pride
07. I Believe
08. Run In You
09. Love Is Why
10. Mercy Over Blame
12. My Love (I’ll Always Show)
13. My Love, My Life, My Flame (Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe)
Streaming of some of the songs can be now heard on www.myspace.com/stryper
Stryper have also already confirmed some live appearances in Europe in early 2010, which will be followed by more dates which are currently being worked out. Stryper now are: Michael Sweet (vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (lead guitar), Tracy Ferrie (baass guitar) and Robert Sweet (drums).
Check out the latest video from Nickelback, “I’d Come For You”.
Hell City Glamours are no strangers to readers of HRH as we have reviewed both of their E.P.s and full length debut late last year. But this quartet from Sydney, Australia grow on me more and more as I listen to their music. Made up of Oscar McBlack – Vocals & Guitar, Mo Mayhem – Guitar & Vocals, Robbie Potts – Drums, and Jonny – Bass & Vocals having been banging out Rolling Stones and Hanoi Rocks flavored pub rock mixed with some punk rock energy and attitude for the last seven years. They have shared the stages in Australia with the likes of Hardcore Superstar, Alice Cooper, Brides of Destruction, along with countless other acts.
After releasing a 7″ and two successful e.p.s HCG released their full length self titled debut last fall. From the opening tracks “One Night Only” and “Back To You” to such songs as “Ready To Fall” and “I’m Not Here” Catchy, radio ready but still in your face with just enough swagger and attitude the guys are out to prove they can rock with the best and they do just that. If you are growing tired of all the modern hard rock bands out today, Hell City Glamours may be just the band for you.
You can give them a listen at www.myspace.com/hellcityglamours or by visiting www.hellcityglamours.com. You can also purchase their album and both e.p.s from I-Tunes and Amazon along various other digital music stores. Hell City Glamours definitely worth the money spent for their music.
American Idol powerhouse vocalist Carly Smithson is joining the original guys of Evanescence, who are relaunching as a hard-rock band called The Fallen.
They’ll make a formal announcement Monday in Hollywood, with a news conference and their first live performance. Debut song Bury Me Alive will be available at that time for free download at wearethefallen.com.
The lineup consists of Smithson and three of the four original members of Evanescence — guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray — as well as bassist Marty O’Brien, whose recording and touring credits include Disturbed and Kelly Clarkson.
“This all happened by accident,” says Smithson, who sang Evanescence’s Bring Me to Life during the 2008 Idols Live tour. She’s friends with Moody’s housemate, Monique Morrison. “I met him once or twice (at the house) before the band thing,” says Smithson, who had been working on a solo project.
Though Smithson and Moody both shared similar visions with Morrison for bands they wanted to form, Moody wasn’t ready to bite.
“I’m sometimes hard-headed, and it took me a while” to give the Idol a shot, Moody says. But when another artist persuaded him to check out YouTube videos of Smithson performing, “I just kind of freaked out.”
Moody called Morrison and asked her to arrange a meeting. “She happened to be with Carly and said, ‘We’ll be there in 20 minutes.’
“Carly is a rock star,” he adds. “She was one of us.”
She isn’t the first Idol to attract the interest of an established act: Season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry turned down an offer to become Fuel’s frontman. But Smithson jumped at her chance. “The first time we rehearsed, everybody started in on this jam of Iron Maiden. I was like, ‘I’m in a band! I love this!’ “
The new group’s name alludes to Evanescence’s 2003 major-label debut album, Fallen, which has sold 7 million copies in the USA.
Moody left Evanescence shortly after Fallen, citing creative differences with singer Amy Lee. LeCompt and Gray followed in 2007. Lee continues to perform under the Evanescence name, though the group hasn’t released an album since 2006.
The Fallen plans to tour in September and initially will release its songs in small doses every few months, Moody says, “so there’s always new music and new reasons to come to another show.”
Source USA Today.
Former Warrant lead vocalist Jani Lane has been arrested for DUI after getting involved in a minor traffic collision on Wednesday night.
According to RadarOnline, Los Angeles police were called to investigate a minor traffic collision at Topanga and Ventura Boulevards around 9:30 p.m.
The 45-year-old glam metal rocker was one of the drivers. He was determined to have been driving under the influence during the incident. He was taken to the LAPD’s Van Nuys Division and was booked on a misdemeanor.
He is being held on a $30,000 bond.
Lane left Warrant in September last year. He was replaced by the group’s current singer Robert Mason.
Paris/Ottawa Live, historic ‘in concert’ recordings from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, never before offered at retail, together with a unique and exclusive collection of Hendrix memorabilia are bundled together in a special offering to be released August 11th from Dagger Records, the official ‘bootleg’ label created by Experience Hendrix through Geffen Records/UMe. This limited edition “fan pack” will be offered exclusively through Amazon.com and celebrates the fan/collector commitment of Experience Hendrix’s Dagger Records label, the producer of these master recordings. Created eleven years ago to release primarily live and extemporaneous archival performances, Dagger’s mission is to sketch in the detail of the Hendrix legacy and augment the mainstream titles that Experience Hendrix offers through UMe. None of the eleven titles previously released by Dagger have ever been sold in stores and have been available only at jimihendrix.com. The participation of Amazon.com, where pre-orders are now underway, continues the tradition of Dagger’s online-only presence.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live 1968 Paris/Ottawa features sterling live performances of such Hendrix classics as “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” and “Little Wing” recorded by RTE, the national French broadcasting company. The January 29, 1968 Paris concert was the band’s third foray to the fabled L ‘Olympia Theater where they had debuted as an opening act for the French pop star Johnny Halliday two years earlier. The Ottawa performances were taped by Hendrix himself during the group’s appearance at the Capitol Theater on March 19th of that same year and include a “Hendrixized” version of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.”
In a real nod to the bygone era, a similar, yet distinct, pack will have as its centerpiece a custom, swirled, colored vinyl album version of Jimi Hendrix Experience Paris ’67. These recordings document Hendrix’s wildly exuberant October 9, 1967 performance at L’Olympia originally recorded for French radio broadcast and never before released to the public. The album features performances of “Stone Free,” “Hey Joe,” and “Wild Thing” as well as other notable Hendrix hits.
Materials specifically created for and exclusively included in both versions include a ‘Jimi’ poster, a postcard set replicating classic Hendrix concert posters, a set of badges reminiscent of the sixties era, a Hendrix iPod Skin and a “PikCARD” loaded with four guitar picks adorned with Hendrix artwork from the concert posters. The array of goodies is topped off with an “all access” laminated pass with an exclusive, secret code designed to unlock special Hendrix content online.
Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, the family owned company entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, commented, “The concept behind this ‘Fan Pack’ is to throw a spotlight on Jimi as a live performer and give a glimmer of what it might have been like to encounter ‘The Experience’ when Jimi had the band at its peak. Jimi never failed to stun and leave audiences breathless with his performance and guitar virtuosity and we think fans today will be no less moved by the offerings included in these packs. This release highlights Dagger’s role in serving fans who want all Jimi had to offer and can’t get enough of his legacy and genius.”
While the package will be available on August 11th, fans will be able to queue up outside the auditorium, so to speak, by pre-ordering Fan Pack: the Jimi Hendrix Experience Live 1968 Paris/Ottawa in advance of Father’s Day, June 21st.
Experience Hendrix/UMe is also slated to reintroduce Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock on 180-gram audiophile grade vinyl as a 3-LP set on July 14th. The critically acclaimed original pressing for this title sold out long ago and this reissue makes available, once again, Hendrix’s earth shaking performance at the rock concert to end all rock concerts. With this performance, Jimi seized a place in world music, and even cultural, history that will never be equaled let alone surpassed. The Experience Hendrix catalog also includes the multi-platinum Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Woodstock on CD, DVD and blu-ray.
Notes Janie Hendrix, “The relationship between Jimi and his fans can only be characterized as a deep, abiding love affair. We’re delighted to offer these Dagger releases that will strengthen that unique bond.”
Link to pre-order at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_84488011_4?ie=UTF8&docId=1000383901&tag=ilovethatsong-20
In Europe the metal band Primal Fear has been been kicking ass for over ten years now. They have played for thousands of fans in just about every major music festival you can think of including Wacken Open Air, Bang Your Head, Sweden Rock, Metalmania, Monsters of Rock and a bunch more.
Ralf Scheepers, the singer of Primal Fear, has a voice that should be legendary amongst all metal fans. His multi-octave range has been delighting fans all over the world, but in the U.S.A. both him and his band are still largely unknown.
Hard Rock Hideout had the opportunity to speak with Ralf about Primal Fear’s up and coming U.S. tour, their new album 16.6 (Before The Devil Knows Your Dead) and some of the history of Ralf’s storied career. Enjoy!!
HRH: How old were you when you first started singing?
Ralf Scheepers: I first started singing when I was nine or ten years old. I noticed that when I sang along with the radio it wasn’t that wrong (laughs). I never intended to be a musician, it just came with birth. I tried out in a school band when I was sixteen years old also playing the rhythm guitar and singing which I couldn’t really do at the same time. In the end, I just put away my guitar and started singing in heavy bands in the area of Stuttgart. That is how my career started.
HRH: What drew you into heavy metal?
Ralf Scheepers: Actually when I was 16 – 18 it was exactly the age when New Wave of British Heavy Metal came up with bands like Iron Maiden Saxon, and Judas Priest. When I first heard Unleashed in the East the first time, I was totally knocked out. It brought me into heavy metal.
HRH: I have listened to some of your music with your band Tyran Pace, and was blown away with how good it was. It is a shame that not too many people got to hear that great band you were in.
Ralf Scheepers: Thank you. When I look back at it, I thought my voice sounded like a little kid of course a voice evolves. It was just the beginning of everything.
HRH: A lot of singers’ voices start to deteriorate as they age, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all with you. On your last couple of releases New Religion and 16.6, you are singing better than ever. Your voice hasn’t lost anything over the years. If anything, it has only gotten stronger. What are you doing to keep your voice in such great shape?
Ralf Scheepers: Thank You! I ask myself that too. I try to be healthy. I am 44 of yearsof age now. I need to warm up voice a lot more than I did twenty years ago. It is a pretty tough way we are singing. With the heavy metal singers belting it out every night. They really harm their vocal chords with the stuff they are doing. Everyone mostly sings too loud. That is the same with me. I really scream like hell. Nowadays the technique is really good when recording in the studio. I am really happy that I can record my stuff at home. When I am recording at home, it doesn’t mean that I have technical stuff which helps me. I take my time because I am a perfectionist. I don’t leave stuff on the hard disc. Maybe five years we would have left it on the hard disc. This way it it sounds better and more and aggressive the way I want it.
HRH: With the screams you have been cutting loose on your albums, you have one incredible instrument.
Ralf Scheepers: Thank you.
HRH: You recorded a bunch of cool albums with Gamma Ray back in the early 90′s. Why did you leave that band?
Ralf Scheepers: We were together for five years. I was living still in Stuttgart, also now. Gamma Ray is coming from Hamburg, the other members. The technology wasn’t where you could swap mp3 files and load your dat files into your sessions and compose your songs that way. That is the way we are doing it now between Sweden and Hanover. Back then it wasn’t possible, the technology wasn’t there. The guys wanted me to move to Hamburg. I couldn’t do that. I needed to work to pay for my way of life. Music wasn’t paying for it. That was one of the reasons we parted ways. The other reason is well known. I made the application to Judas Priest. I told the guys that I did it. They asked me what I would do if Judas Priest asked me to be the singer. I said I would go, without disrespect and everything. They understood, but in the end there was another factor. The feeling was not that good anymore. Before I made my application Kai and Dirk started singing their own songs, which is their own right of course. In the end it was a sign that they may not need a vocalist anymore.Everything came together within one month and we went our seperate ways. I was a short time of bad vibes for a couple of months. We are still friends. I don’t want to talk shit about Gamma Ray, and they don’t talk shit about me. It was a good time, it was a learning phase. I really appreciate the time. I don’t want to talk bad about it. It was only good.
HRH: So you still keep in touch with Kai Hansen?
Ralf Scheepers: Yes, we met in Norway at the end of April. They played the night before we played. We arrived one day early. We met them and had a good time. It is always a good time.
HRH: Tell me a little about you trying out for Judas Priest.
Ralf Scheepers: I didn’t try out. I sent demo tapes, CD’s, and live video from Gamma Ray. I got this letter back from the management from Jane Andrews that the guys were interested. There was a really long time that I had to wait. Glen Tipton was writing his solo album at the time. So many guys sent their application in they had millions of tapes to listen to. I understood it would take a long time. I got the promise I would be invited, but I never got invited to make the audition. From the view of now, everything is ok. I totally understand why they took Tim “Ripper” Owens. He is a really good vocalist, and a very nice guy. We now have contact with each other, we are musical friends. Everything is fine. Also with Judas Priest, when I met the guys KK, Glen and Rob. Everyone is nice and fine. We have respect for each other.
HRH: I have heard your cover of “Metal God” from the Primal Fear album “Metal is Forever”. I can’t believe you didn’t get the job.
Ralf Scheepers: Thank you. I am more satisfied with the”Exciter” cover with Gamma Ray. I am really happy with. I just came into the studio. It was a time that we were already separated. We still had a good time and were good friends. We said lets do this tribute thing, Exciter from Judas Priest. We all liked them. Everyone in the band liked the live version of it. I was signing it live and it was really amazing. We were having a good time and you can hear it. It was really good.
HRH: After Gamma Ray, you had a band called Just Priest?
Ralf Scheepers: Oh yes, It was just a time that I didn’t know if I might be the vocalist of Judas Priest. I was preparing myself a little bit, to go through all of the albums and learn the songs. Which I already knew before, but learned to sing it for the possible audition that never happened. We played some shows here and there in Stuttgart. It was no big deal behind it.
HRH: Was Just Priest the precursor for Primal Fear?
Ralf Scheepers: Yes, the thing is, there was one show where a couple of the guys of the cover band couldn’t do it. I invited Matt and Tom from Sinner to do it. As I sung in the studio for Sinner some lines. We had a good conversation. We said lets hook up and write some songs. Japan was waiting for material from me. They wanted to continue to work with me. I asked Matt and Tom to write some songs together. They did the Just Priest show, and we all became friends.
HRH: Moving foward to Primal Fear, 16.6 is your eighth album. You have maintained the same lineup with minimal changes over the years. Magnus Karlsson joined Primal Fear for the new album. You worked with Magnus briefly on New Religion right?
Ralf Scheepers: Yes, that is exactly what I wanted to say. We had some problems in the studio with the guys that we had back then, which really denied to play the guitar, and didn’t like the compositions and everything so. We invited Magnus to play some solos here and there and also Henny who is also a member now. The reason why Stefan left because his wife got pregnant again, he still had his daytime job which was getting pretty much for him. He said he in a friendly way that he couldn’t do it anymore, and we went our separate ways in a very friendly way. We immediately called up Magnus because he is an outstanding talent and a good composer and song writer. We called him up if he wanted to join Primal Fear. He was happy to do it. We didn’t know what was going to happen. It is pretty important for a band how a guy acts on stage, and he behaves on the tour bus, and if he can cope with everything in the end. He is one of the guys that can cope better than one of ours. He is great. He is fitting perfectly into the band both musically and personally. He is a nice guy. The thing with Henny, he was again taking the place for Tom Naumann because we had problems with him in the studio. We called up Henny because we had a good time in the Nuclear Fire era. We called him up. He was absolutely hoping to be the guitarist again. Hopefully we have our final lineup now.
HRH: What was it like working with Magnus on the new album? Was the recording process different for 16.6?
Ralf Scheepers: Yes, the difference was Matt, Henny and Magnus met up at Magnus house in Sweden to compose 80% of the album. They made a demo and preproduction there. The sent me the stuff into mp3 files, I extracted it and loaded it into Pro Tools sessions and bounced my ideas onto it. That is how we work now. Many of the lyrics and some of the vocal lines were already fixed by Matt, as he is a vocalist too, and Henny also made a lot of the melodies on the album. The rest of the 20% of was from my side on 16.6. Hopefully next time, I will have the time to team up with the guys to compose songs in one room together. It is still a good thing to compose songs in a rehearsing room or one room. It is good vibe if it has the original feeling behind it. There are also advantages in composing it in different parts of the world. You can take your time, and think on your own about your ideas. There advantages and disadvantages of both kinds of working.
HRH: The one thing Primal Fear has not done yet is conquer the United States. You are kicking off your first U.S. tour starting with the Rock Gone Wild Festival in August. Are you excited to come play in a major festival in the U.S. in front of a bunch of new fans for the first time?
Ralf Scheepers: We are very excited. Everyone is looking forward to it. The thing with America to be honest is always to be honest the time of musicians was holding us back. Guys were still working like Stefan and Me. It was simple as that. I still have to work to keep my life standard. Music doesn’t pay for my family and my house and stuff. I have to go to work. In the end, everyone is looking forward to come to the states now. It is about time to bring good stuff over there to a tour, even if it is a small tour. Hopefully we picked the most important cities of the States, without being disrespectful to the other cities. We would like to come everywhere, but it isn’t possible.
HRH: 16.6 is doing pretty well in Sweden and Germany right now.
Ralf Scheepers: Yes, we are really lucky to be on the charts. We are at 46 in Sweden, 52 in Japan and 28 in Germany. We are hoping now for America. The album came out last Friday. Hopefully we will get the chance to hit the Billboards there. It is a dream of course.
HRH: Has piracy hurt Primal Fear?
Ralf Scheepers: Yes this is one thing that really made me a little bit mad. There is so much work with this stuff you know.. Of course I always understand both sides. The end result is very good media to have good advertising and stuff. It can also have a bad side where people download this stuff, even if we have this water sign in the audio files that is really dangerous. A guy can really get caught if he puts into torrent or wherever. You really get him it. It is a really expensive thing that the record companies do to prevent piracy. In the end, it hit us again.
There are always black sheep out there. We could give out any samples to whoever for magazines or whatever. I don’t want to blame anybody. Sometimes if the music goes to a friend, and he does it in the end. It is always a bnd thing when you see your album out there one week, or even one month before it is released. It brings you down a little bit.
HRH: It takes money right out of your pocket. That really has to hurt.
Ralf Scheepers: I want to explain that. The money thing is a hard factor to talke about. We aren’t doing this to be millionaires anymore. The eighties are over where musicians and rock stars were wealthy. Nowadays, rock stars are still having a day time job to keep their life going, and this is also coming from this piracy in the end.
HRH: Primal Fear and Sinner have new albums out now. Will you play all Primal Fear songs in your live set, or will you throw some Sinner songs in there now?
Ralf Scheepers: We will only do Primal Fear songs. We set the songs together. We rehearsed the stuff because Saturday we had the first show with four new songs in the set list. The festival set list was 60 minutes. But if we go on a big tour, we will have a 90 minute set list with six songs off of the new album. We are really looking forward to that. We have a good vibe, and I think we can really deliver the goods.
HRH: On several of your album covers you have had a metal eagle, and on 16.6, you have a dark raven like figure. What does the new figure represent?
Ralf Scheepers: We wanted to have a new shape again. We wanted to get away from the Seven Seals and New Religion shape. We wanted to keep the eagle at a Primal Fear mascot somehow. This time we chose this dark shape more because it really fits with the title. Of course, the word devil is not new to heavy metal. The sentence before the devil knows your dead is pretty strong as an album title. This is a good expression for a heavy metal album. We sent the idea off to our artist, and she sent this cover back and everyone was amazed. We thought it was great.
HRH: You just released a video Six Times Dead (16.6). Do you have any more videos planned for 16.6?
Ralf Scheepers: No, this is it. The videos are not played on MTV anymore or on Vivo here in Germany. I don’t know how it is in the States with all of the channels that you have, but here in Europe it is not played so much. We did this video so it could be played on Youtube and the homepage, and myspace or wherever. The fans are watching it online more than on television.
HRH: Where is the best place for fans to find out more information about Primal Fear?
HRH: Thanks a lot for your time today Ralf. I will see you at Rock Gone Wild in August.
Ralf Scheepers: Thank You! I am looking forward too it.
KEEL posted the following on their blog this evening:
We are gathered in North Hollywood to begin sessions for the new KEEL album tomorrow morning – to say the least we’re fired up and really excited about this new project.
Shortly after announcing the KEEL Reunion last November, we made the decision to include a new album release in our plans. At the time we had no new songs, and discussed the possibility of coming up with a few new tunes and re-recording some of our favorite KEEL compositions. Almost immediately, new songs started to come to life through our collaborative efforts and we ended up with an entire album’s worth of new material that we are confident will fulfill our musical passions while giving our fans – and a whole new generation of KEELaholics – a collection of songs that we can all enjoy.
While we are re-visiting a couple of timeless classics to include as bonus tracks on the new album and the 25th Anniversary Edition of “The Right To Rock,” we are tracking 12 brand-new KEEL songs guaranteed to satisfy your rock n roll hunger. Here for the first time is the track listing for the new KEEL album, which will be called “STREETS OF ROCK N ROLL“:
HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER
STREETS OF ROCK N ROLL
PUSH & PULL
BROTHERS IN BLOOD
DOES ANYBODY BELIEVE
NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS
THE DEVIL MAY CARE
LOOKIN’ FOR A GOOD TIME
The album will be co-produced and mixed by ace producer/engineer Pat Regan (Ritchie Blackmore, Warrant, Billy Sheehan, etc.). My vocals will be engineered, recorded, and produced by Paul Shortino. We’ll be posting updates from the sessions as often as time permits, and plan to offer a free download of a brand new KEEL song later this summer.
I promise the musical direction of this album is this: straight ahead classic hard rock anthems – strong, powerful guitar-driven rock meant to capture the spirit of our genre, the excitement of our reunion, and our love for our music and our audience. We look forward to sharing this music with you, and we thank our fans, friends, families and everyone on our staff and crew for the inspiration to make this the greatest KEEL album of all time.
The BEAUTIFUL CREATURES song “Freedom”, off the California band’s sophomore CD “Deuce”, has been selected for inclusion in Walt Disney Pictures’ Sandra Bullock romantic comedy “The Proposal”. The film will hit the theaters on June 19, 2009.
Bullock stars as a Canadian immigrant who creates a demanding and difficult work environment for her subordinates at the office. When the news arrives that she’s about to be deported to the Great White North, she rushes into a marriage of convenience with her young assistant (played by Ryan Reynolds) to prevent such a catastrophe from occurring. “27 Dresses”‘ Anne Fletcher directs from a script by Peter Chiarelli for Touchstone Pictures.
“The song “Freedom” is a powerful song about America and how proud we are of our country and the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom” says, Bass Guitarist Kenny Kweens.
“Deuce” was released in the U.S. on Spitfire Records. Beautiful Creatures issued its self-titled debut via Warner Bros.
First Single, “Staring Down,” Available Digitally on June 16th
Collective Soul launch a new headlining tour just as their newest album, “Collective Soul (Rabbit),” is released. Due in stores on August 25th (their first for Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records), the album was written and produced by the band and the first single, “Staring Down,” will be available via all major digital retailers on June 16th. “Welcome All Again” will be available June 30th digitally.
“Collective Soul (Rabbit)” is the band’s eighth studio album. One of rock’s most enduring acts, they have amassed nineteen hit singles in their 16 year career, seven of those reaching the #1 spot on Billboard magazine’s radio charts. Most recently, Collective Soul were featured on the multi-platinum selling “Twilight” soundtrack and their song, “Hollywood” (from their 2007 Top 25 album “Afterwords”), was featured prominently in “American Idol’s” Fall 2008 season for several weeks. Collective Soul frontman, Ed Roland, later collaborated with winner and longtime fan David Cook on his debut album.
Collective Soul will perform in the following cities: August 7 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club* August 11 Mt Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre* August 13 Newport, RI Newport Yachting Center* August 14 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino* August 15 Chatham, ON Chatham Rockstock August 17 Danbury, CT Ives Concert Park* August 20 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom*+ August 25 New York, NY Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza*+ August 28 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte*+ September 1 Houston, TX House of Blues+ September 2 Dallas, TX House of Blues+ September 4 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino September 11 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel & Casino September 12 Wendover (Reno, NV) Peppermill Hotel Casino *With Safety Suit +With Black Stone Cherry
My first reaction was to vomit but now that I can pee on Gene Simmons’ face, I will most certainly do that instead. The business mogul and money hungry musician is the proud owner of his very own urinal cake that has been distributed to bathrooms all over the country. The urinal cake is an advertisement for his reality show, Gene
Simmons’ Family Jewels. That’s right. So now all you guys won’t be bored when you’re taking a leak; you can read the urinal cake to find out when and where to tune in. And that’s not all folks. This urinal cake talks to you. Yes! If your stream hits Gene just right, you’ll get to hear him talk. Will this man stop at nothing to make a buck?
I’m up for new marketing schemes, but this is just freaking ridiculous. Yes, Gene is the king of merchandising from the coffin to the condoms to god knows what else, but a freaking urinal cake? Come on! And the urinal cake doesn’t advertise KISS; it advertises his show that includes his family. Isn’t that a little offensive to his family? If I were his kids or Shannon, I’d be pissed that he would stoop this low just to gain a few extra viewers. I thought maybe, just maybe Gene had some sort of limit to what he would and wouldn’t do; apparently I was very, very wrong.
Does Gene even have a soul anymore? What’s next? A bidet that cleans my ass to a KISS tune? Thank god I’m a woman and have no business doing my business in a urinal. I don’t want that man or his urinal cakes anywhere near my pee hole.
Do you think Gene Simmons is an idiot for letting these urinal cakes be distributed? Or do you think he’s a marketing genius?
And for fun, can you come up with a KISS urinal song title? Check out Classic Rock Magazine for a pretty funny list. My favorites: Christine Latrine and…Lick It Up.
Sevendust is one of the more recent additions to the Rock Gone Wild music festival in August. I must admit that they are one of the bands on the bill that I am the least familiar with. After checking out the videos below, I am definitely curious to see what this band can do live.
I was grateful that the Download festival streamed the perfomances from the main stage last weekend. I enjoyed quite a few of the bands that I was able to watch. Several videos have been uploaded to Youtube over the last couple of days capturing some performances from this massive festival in Donington Park, England. Check out the clips of Motley Crue, Whitesnake and Def Leppard below!
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