LITA FORD GETS NAUGHTY ON WICKED WONDERLAND, TITILLATING ALBUM ART REFLECTED ON MYSPACE PAGE AND VINYL/PICTURE DISC VERSIONS
Remember the good old days, when you’d rush home from buying vinyl at your nearest record shop, put the platter on your turntable, and study the album cover and its contents as you listened? With those days seemingly gone with the “download revolution” in full swing, Lita is willing to offer fans a good sense of deja vu with her upcoming release on October 6th, Wicked Wonderland. In addition to being released as a CD and a download, it will also be issued as a vinyl record and an eye-popping picture disc. Pre-orders for both the CD and the vinyl version are available via Lita’s official site [www.litaxx.tv] and Myspace page [www.myspace.com/litaford]. “We told [album designers] Piggy D and Carin the lyrics to the songs – they’re very sexual,” says Lita. “We told them we didn’t want it to be our idea of a Wicked Wonderland. We wanted people to be able to hear the music, look at the art, and come up with their own Wicked Wonderland. Because my idea is probably a lot different than yours, which is probably a lot different than the neighbors! We all have different fantasies. What we love to do isn’t going to be for everybody, so we wanted the art to be very sexual yet vague enough to let you come up with your own thing – to help spur you into your own Wicked Wonderland.” Lita’s husband, Jim Gillette – who also co-produced Wicked Wonderland with Lita and Greg Hampton – agrees. “There’s a piece of art for every song. I haven’t seen any packaging like this in 20 years. Everybody’s doing the download thing – it’s like, go ahead, but you’re going to miss out on a huge part of the experience.
One night, we had a bottle of champagne and we sat there for three hours – we have a huge Apple screen in our studio, and we blew the picture up and started finding all this crazy stuff. Piggy said there are two cockroaches on the album cover…we only found one – we did find the other! There’s stuff all over. Lita says it’s almost like an ‘I Spy’ thing – the more you look, the more you see.” The vinyl version of Wicked Wonderland will be issued as a limited run, and the picture disc will be even a smaller limited run, so act fast. And tying in with the album cover design is a new design for Lita’s Myspace page. “Piggy D and Carin Cronacher put it together using the same artwork that they created for the album,” explains Lita. “Our myspace page is different from other bands, because we have pictures of the whole family. There’s a video of our kid boxing, there’s family photos – photos from the house, everyday life, vacations. It’s cool – we’ve gotten a lot of comments on that and a lot of emails through Myspace from people thanking us for being so open with our family life, and sharing more private stuff – rather than only studio-type shots.” And lastly, Jim encourages fans to get in touch with Lita through her myspace page, and either Lita or Jim will try and respond.
As they celebrate 35 years of rockin’, KISS today announced the dates of the KISS ALIVE 35 North American tour. The tour kicks off with a rapidly-selling, special multiple-show engagement in Detroit Rock City beginning September 25th, where KISS will be playing the classic album that started it all: KISS ALIVE! The tour leg will then hit more than 40 additional cities before concluding in December. This incredible show will feature a new stage set and all new costumes. Visit the KISSONLINE tour page for the full routing.
If you’re not already a member of the KISS ARMY fan club, now is the time to JOIN! Fan club members have exclusive presale access for the following shows beginning this Wednesday, August 26:
|MON, SEP 28, 2009||CLEVELAND, OH||QUICKEN LOANS ARENA|
|TUE, SEP 29, 2009||LONDON, ONT||JOHN LABATT CENTRE|
|THU, OCT 1, 2009||MONTREAL, QC||BELL CENTRE|
|FRI, OCT 2, 2009||TORONTO, ON||AIR CANADA CENTRE|
|SAT, OCT 3, 2009||UNCASVILLE, CT||MOHEGAN SUN ARENA|
|MON, OCT 5, 2009||BOSTON, MA||TD GARDEN|
|FRI, OCT 9, 2009||UNIONDALE, NY||NASSAU COLISEUM|
|SAT, OCT 10, 2009||NEW YORK, NY||MADISON SQUARE GARDEN|
|MON, OCT 12, 2009||PHILADELPHIA, PA||WACHOVIA CENTER|
|TUE, OCT 13, 2009||WASHINGTON, DC||VERIZON CENTER|
|FRI, OCT 16, 2009||HAMPTON, VA||HAMPTON COLISEUM|
|SAT, OCT 17, 2009||GREENVILLE, SC||BI-LO CENTER|
|SAT, DEC 05, 2009||HOUSTON, TX||TOYOTA CENTER|
Addtionally, KISS Army fans will have first shot at Meet and Greet Packages! The KISS Meet & Greet Package includes:
- One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 5 rows of the stage
- Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of KISS
- Personal photograph with KISS
- Autographed 8X10 photo
- Official KISS Concert Shirt
- Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
- KISS Tour Program
- Set of KISS guitar picks
- Official Meet and Greet Laminate
- $100 voucher to the official KISS Online store
Check out KISSONLINE for all the latest Alive 35 tour info and Sonic Boom album info.
When you Login to the CrashDiet website, you can listen to some outtakes of new music that the band is currently working on.
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When I first heard that Lynch Mob was reuniting with Oni Logan to record a new CD, there was extreme excitement in the air. I always thought that Wicked Sensation (Lynch Mob’s debut disc) was underrated and under appreciated. Oni Logan has an amazing voice and coupled with George Lynch’s guitar abilities, Wicked Sensation was everything that solo Don Dokken was not.
After their debut album launched, Logan left the band or was fired, depending on which report you go by. It was assumed that their time together was done. Well now, some 19 years later, they have reunited to record the proper follow up to Wicked Sensation. Their offering is titled Smoke and Mirrors, and quite frankly, it was so worth the wait.
A throwback to the days of great rock and roll, the sound of the 80s with a new millennium twist, Smoke and Mirrors is rock done right. This is the record that all of their peers wished they recorded. Lynch has never sounded better, and Logan’s vocals are still amazing, even after all these years. This is hard rock the way you want it, a touch of blues, a pinch of sleaze, and a lot of fun. Rounding out the band with Lynch and Logan are bassist Marco Mendozza and drummer Scott Coogan (from Brides of Destruction). Together, these four men made quite a record.
Smoke and Mirrors opens with three of the hardest rocking tracks I’ve heard in a long time. They aren’t just great Lynch Mob songs, they’re great rock songs. The disc launches with the hard hitting “21st Century Man”, a kick in the face opening track that blows the mind. Lynch’s guitar work has an immediate impact and 30 seconds into the song when Logan’s vocals kick in, there is a magical feeling oozing from the disc. My only complaint on this song is the band’s decision to use the echo microphone effect currently made popular by Nickelback. That is an overused effect and it did not add any depth to the song, so it was not really necessary. Fortunately, this is the only song they try it on.
The title track follows and delivers a punch that’s just as hard as the opener. A hard rocker with a bluesy backbone, ‘Smoke & Mirrors” is a song that has feet moving and inspires sing-alongs after just two or three listens. Lynch launches the song with a little acoustic guitar riff that bleeds into an Oni Logan moan, and gets the song started. The music and vocals take over from there, producing an excellent track.
“Lucky Man” comes next and delivers the knockout blow. It’s not quite power ballad, not quite hard rocker, just a perfect hybrid of the two. “Lucky Man” shows Logan’s vocal range and proves that he still has what it takes to be a great lead singer. These three songs are reason enough to lay out the cash for this CD, but Lynch Mob is far from finished after ‘Lucky Man”.
Notable tracks include “Smoke and Mirrors”, “Lucky Man”, ‘The Phacist”, and “21st Century Man”. The solo on “Time Keepers’ is some of Lynch’s best work and shows that he is still a master of the guitar, worthy of being mentioned in the same league as Eddie Van Halen, Ace Frehley, and Yngwie Malmsteem. “Let the Music Be Your Master’ may not deliver as quickly as the opening tracks, but after three or four spins, it can be said that this song is as solid as the rest of the disc. The bridge changes and Lynch’s solo make this a worthy contender for top song on the disc. However, there is no clear cut favorite. That’s how good this CD is.
The hard hitting drum work of Coogan adds depth to these solid tracks. Coogan keeps perfect time throughout the album and shows off some of his own talent, even though it may appear that he and Mendozza get buried under the shadow of Lynch’s amazing guitar and Logan’s solid vocal power. That’s simply not true. The rhythm section in this band is the anchor and it’s a huge part of what makes Smoke and Mirrors such an outstanding album.
With a mixture of blues, hard rock, and a smattering of metal, Smoke and Mirrors is a CD sure to get multiple listens on your CD player, IPod, car stereo, house stereo, and wherever else you like to jam the tunes. Coming off the very solid Souls of We record, Lynch certainly has delivered a lot of great music in the past 12 months. Smoke and Mirrors is quite simply a must own disc for any hard rock/metal fan. With a ballsy bluesy, sleaze sound, powerful and outstanding guitar work by Lynch, and riffs that get stuck in your head for days, it’s a no brainer. Smoke and Mirrors is an exceptional CD.
Rating: Out of 10
- 21st Century Man
- Smoke and Mirrors
- Lucky Man
- My Kind of Healer
- Time Keepers
- Revolution Heroes
- Let The Music Be Your Master
- The Phacist
- Where Do You Sleep At Night
- Madly Backwards
- We Will Remains
- Before I Close My Eyes
- Mansions In The Sky (Bonus Track)
Lynch Mob is:
George Lynch – Lead Guitar
Oni Logan – Vocals
Marco Mendozza – Bass Guitar
Scott Coogan – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie.
Breaking Benjamin has just premiered their new video for “I Will Not Bow” on MySpace. The video for the hard-hitting rock track features new footage from the upcoming action thriller movie Surrogates starring Bruce Willis. “I Will Not Bow,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming album Dear Agony, blazed onto the airwaves this past week landing as the #1 most added song to rock radio.