FIRST RETROSPECTIVE FROM SALIVA, Moving Forward In Reverse: Greatest Hits, features HARD ROCKers “always,” “broken sunday,” “click click boom,” “ladies and gentlemen” PLUS ONE BRAND NEW TRACK AND MORE
From hit movies about car racing to Wrestlemania to nationwide television broadcasts of college basketball, one particular band has been tapped to provide aggressive, kick-ass rock ’n’ roll to jack up the pulse of the masses—Saliva. Now, six albums and a dozen years after the Memphis-born group debuted on record, Saliva issues its first retrospective, Moving Forward In Reverse: Greatest Hits (Island/UMe), to be released ..March 23, 2010.
Featuring 13 of Saliva’s best-known tracks and a new track, “Time To Shine,” only available on this release, Moving Forward In Reverse: Greatest Hits is brash and brazen, fast and furious. Saliva adds, “Moving Forward In Reverse is a message to our fans to let them know we haven’t gone anywhere. It was also a lyric from one of our songs named ‘So Long,’ and seemed to apply! The new song was written for fans who crank ‘Click Click Boom’ to pump themselves up for a game or while their working out or driving a tank! So, enjoy, ‘Time To Shine’!”
In 1998, after advancing to the final round of the Grammy® Showcase competition in ….New York City…., Saliva debuted with a self-released, self-titled disc. That album’s impressive sales in the South led Island Records to sign the band and release Every Six Seconds, Saliva’s major label debut, in 2001. “Your Disease” shot to #3 Mainstream Rock/#7 Alternative Rock and “Click Click Boom” went to #15 Mainstream Rock/#25 Alternative Rock. “Click Click Boom” and “Superstar” (also included on Moving Forward In Reverse) were featured in The Fast And The Furious and on the film’s second soundtrack album. “Superstar” was also the theme for Wrestlemania 18 and the WWE’s “No Mercy” pay-per-view event, and “Click Click Boom” was included on the Talladega Nights soundtrack. The album would earn double platinum.
2002’s Back Into Your System reached the Top 20, went gold and spawned the #1 Alternative hit “Always” (#2 Mainstream Rock and the 2002 WWE Survivor Series theme), the #11 Mainstream Rock/#20 Alternative “Rest In Pieces” (co-written by Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe), and Top 30 Mainstream Rocker “Raise Up.” “Bleed For Me,” from the “Rest In Pieces” single, appeared on the soundtrack album for Daredevil.
The band’s 2004 album Survival Of The Sickest, an unapologetic tribute to influences AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and Mötley Crüe, also peaked Top 20, spinning off the #6 Mainstream Rock/Top 25 Alternative title track and Top 20 Mainstream Rock “Razor’s Edge.” In 2007, Blood Stained Love Story, again a Top 20 entry, offered “Ladies and Gentlemen” (#2 Mainstream Rock)–the theme song for Wrestlemania 23, UFC’s “Wired” and a Sony PlayStation commercial–and “Broken Sunday” (#8 Mainstream Rock). From 2008’s Cinco Diablo, “Family Reunion,” a heartfelt salute to the band’s fans, hit #14 Mainstream Rock, and was heard on ESPN college basketball broadcasts.
In 2010, Saliva looks to the future with a new album, Take That Society, after looking back with Moving Forward In Reverse: Greatest Hits.
2. Your Disease
3. Click Click Boom
5. Rest in Pieces
6. Raise Up
7. Bleed For Me
8. Survival of the Sickest
9. Razor’s Edge
10. Ladies and Gentlemen
11. Broken Sunday
12. Family Reunion
13. Time To Shine (newly recorded for this release)
14. Weight of the World
Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multi-platinum group. This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth‘s upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA. At these incredibly special shows, Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites.
“This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness,” Mustaine says. “David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked…HARD!”
David Ellefson concurs: “This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career.”
Ellefson will join Mustaine and Megadeth band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group’s current CD Endgame, which has received some of the highest critical accolades of the band’s career.
“We’d like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best,” Mustaine adds.
For more information on Megadeth, go to: www.megadeth.com.
DRAGONFORCE have their first two studio albums – Valley of the Damned & Sonic Firestorm – re-issued on February 23rd via Spinefarm Records. Both titles will now be available with updated packaging and bonus audio/DVD content, some of it exclusive to these releases. Formed in 1999, Dragonforce issued their Valley of the Damned debut in 2003 – an impressive nine-track showcase for their accomplished power metal forays. Containing a host of songs that still rank amongst the most popular of their output, the likes of ‘Black Fire’, ‘Evening Star’ and the title track itself, ‘VOTD’ has now been Remixed and Remastered to allow every aspect of the recordings to make maximum impact… “Fans who have heard the original mixes many times might find that the songs sound a bit different now,” observes guitarist Herman Li, “but that’s how we always wanted the original songs to sound. We just didn’t have the time back then to make everything sound the way we wanted.”
The studio track, ‘Where Dragons Rule’, has now been added to the audio side, and there is a bonus DVD featuring never-before-seen live footage (‘Valley of the Damned’, filmed in Japan), behind-the-scenes material (also from Japan), video commentaries, plus in-studio interviews and clips (shot in Denmark & the UK), all of it lovingly assembled by Li himself. 2004 saw the release of the follow-up album, Sonic Firestorm, which gave the band the chance to hone their skills and push their fast-lane tales of fantasy to a whole new level. They were happy with ‘Sonic…’ at the time and remain so to this day, which is why the mixing and the mastering have been left just as they are; however, the packaging has been upgraded, an extra track added (‘Cry of the Brave’ – a song the group felt uncomfortable taking off first time around), and – as with ‘Valley…’ – a bonus DVD added, this one featuring live footage from Japan (‘Fury of the Storm’), video commentaries plus freshly recorded interviews with the band members themselves. As a way of celebrating the recordings that effectively launched DF’s international career, both re-issued albums will be included in a limited edition package along with exclusive band merchandise and various exclusive collectable items.
Tune in TONIGHT to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to see Joe Satriani perform with The Roots. The legendary guitar player released his new live CD & DVD Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock February 2nd. The two-disc CD & DVD was recorded on May 27, 2008 at The Grand Rex Theater in Paris, France.
It has been a long time since KEEL has given us a new album. Their last album VI was released in ’98 without much fanfare. How does their new reunion effort Streets of Rock & Roll stack up? A lot better than you might expect. With this CD, KEEL didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, and change their sound. The band wanted to make a classic sounding KEEL album, and I believe they have succeeded in that task. I somewhat expected Ron Keel to have lost some of his range with his vocals, but he does a great job on this record. Marc Ferrari and Brian Jay serve up some tasty guitar riffs that fans of KEEL’s earlier releases are sure to enjoy.
There really isn’t a band tune on this CD, in fact I enjoyed them all. If there was any doubt in your mind, the title track “Streets of Rock & Roll” quickly lets you know this album is going to rock. This song immediately captured my attention, and this is far from the hardest rocking track on this disc.
“Come Hell or High Water” might be one of the best KEEL songs ever. This high octane rocker is easily my favorite on this CD. “Does Anybody Believe” is another great tune that will have people breaking out their lighters and cell phones in unison at KEEL’s live shows. “Gimme That” is a tune that will instantly get you rocking.
Overall, Streets of Rock & Roll is now my second most favorite KEEL album next their awesome self titled album from 1987. Ron Keel & company have crafted a well written CD full of catchy rockers that will definitely appeal to fans of hard rock and hair metal. This is one of the better releases of 2010. Don’t miss this!
For more information on KEEL, check out the band’s myspace page. Streets of Rock & Roll will be released on February 23rd, 2010.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Streets Of Rock & Roll
2. Hit The Ground Running
3. Come Hell Or High Water
4. Push & Pull
5. Does Anybody Believe
6. No More Lonely Nights
7. The Devil May Care (But I Don’t)
8. Lookin’ For A Good Time
9. Gimme That
10. Hold Steady
12. Brothers In Blood
Ron Keel – Vocals
Marc Ferrari – Guitar
Bryan Jay – Guitar
Geno Arce – Bass
Dwain Miller – Drums
Congrats to the New Orleans Saints for winning Superbowl XLIV last night. Enjoy the video clips below from New Orleans rockers, DOWN, Lillian Axe, and Supargroup. You can also get a free download of the DOWN song, “On March the Saints” at this link.
REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and Buckcherry have all been added to The Moondance Jam schedule for 2010, joining the previously-announced Lynyrd Skynyrd, who will headline the final night of this year’s festival. Now the country’s largest classic rock festival, this year’s event will take place July 14-17, 2010 in Walker, Minnesota. Tickets are available now at www.moondancejam.com or by calling 1-877-MOONJAM.
REO Speedwagon returns to Walker as the 30th anniversary of its classic “Hi Infidelity” album approaches later this year. The band still plays many of the hits from that iconic record along with its other classics. Benatar, with husband Giraldo on guitar and original drummer Myron Grombacher now back in the band, has been playing steadily over the years with a greatest hits set that satisfies even the most ardent fans. Buckcherry makes its first Walker appearance with its brand of sleazy rock slotting perfectly with the classic rock stars from the 70’s and 80’s who usually appear here.
Tickets are now available in a variety of packages. Concert goers can purchase Rockstar All Access, three-day VIP, three-day general admission, weekend packages and single day admission, as well as camping sites and parking passes by contacting the Jam office in Walker.
An official announcement concerning the entire festival line-up is due sometime later this month. Expect 15 bands to pack the main stage over three days and many more side stage acts to be added in the coming months.
The Moondance Jam has been held at the same location in Walker since 1992. This year marks the 19th edition of the festival, which was started by resident Bill Bieloh. The Moondance Jam and its sister festival, Moondance Jamming Country Fest, help bring thousands of music fans to the Walker area every summer. Its bucolic location, situated near a huge lake on a site located three hours northwest of Minneapolis, houses thousands of camping sites during the festivals, and has been cited by many as to why they return year after year to Walker for the shows.
ICARUS WITCH w/ Paul Di’anno:
2/08/2010 Limelight – Nashville, TN
2/09/2010 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
2/10/2010 Red Eyed Fly – Austin, TX
2/11/2010 Smokin Aces – Mission, TX
2/12/2010 Zeros Hard Rock Club – Corpus Christi, TX
2/13/2010 Cadillac Bar- San Antonio, TX [*NEW VENUE]
2/14/2010 The Loft at The Palladium – Dallas, TX
2/17/2010 Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA
2/18/2010 New Oasis – Sparks, NV
2/19/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
2/20/2010 Galaxy Theater – Santa Ana, CA
2/21/2010 Voodoo Lounge – San Jose, CA
2/25/2010 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/26/2010 Radmaker’s Rock n Roll Tavern – Tolono, IL
2/27/2010 Emerald Theater – Mt. Clemens, MI
2/28/2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/26/2010 Warriors of Metal III Open Air Fest – Chillicothe, Ohio