A Brand New Puddle Of Mudd song titled “Shook Up The World” was recorded for Team USA and the 2010 Winter Olympics. The music, which will debut on the opening day of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, will offer inspirational songs for Team USA, sports and music fans across the country. The proceeds from tracks purchased during the Olympic Games (Feb 12 to 28) will benefit Team USA!
“Being a part of this collection of great artists in support of Team USA is inspiring. But the greatest reward is knowing that our contribution will help athletes achieve their dreams of Olympic Gold now, and into the future,” said Wes Scantlin. “Here’s to all Team USA athletes who will shake up the world with their performances at the Winter Games in Vancouver!”
Visit the bands official site more information and a full list of current tour dates with Shinedown and Skillet!
Dave Reffett of Shredding The Envelope will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights February 12-18. Shredding The Envelope’s debut album, “The Call Of The Flames,” boasts guest appearances by guitar legends Joe Stump, Michael Angelo Batio, George Lynch (Dokken), Chris Poland and Glen Drover (Megadeth), and features drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Annihilator). Reffett will speak with JT about the advice he received from Dave Mustaine when faced with the decision of attending Berklee or going on the road, recording the album, the story behind the songs, and the gear he uses. Visit http://www.myspace.com/shreddingtheenvelope for more information and song samples from Shredding The Envelope.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program broadcast on a number of rock and metal stations, including the newly added Pure Rock Radio (http://www.purerockradio.net). See http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a full list of times and stations.
Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has released his third solo effort, BK3 on February 2nd. I have always felt that Bruce Kulick is the most under rated guitar player KISS ever had. On this new disc, Kulick gets to strut his stuff not only on the six string, but vocally as well. He isn’t without help on BK3, as this CD is loaded with guest stars, including Gene & Nick Simmons, Tobias Sammet, John Corabi and more.
BK3 starts off with a pretty credible rocker,”Fate”. Kulick dishes out some pretty cool guitar licks and does a solid job vocally as well. His voice reminds me of Gene Simmons, who ironically handles the vocals on the following song, “Ain’t Gonna Die”. I prefer “Fate” to “Ain’t Gonna Die”. Overall, both songs have a gritty edge that remind me of the later KISS releases with Kulick.
Kulick’s former band mate John Corabi handles the vocals on “No Friend of Mine”. This song made me regret missing Crabby perform with his solo band when they came to Dayton, Ohio a few weeks ago. This song grows on me more and more with every listen.
Nick Simmons sings on the tune “Hand of the King”, and I must admit, I didn’t really care for his vocals very much. I don’t know if this is the first song he has ever sang on or not. His voice is not unlike his father’s but just doesn’t work for me on this tune. The guitar work is great on “Hand of The King” , but overall I thought this song was forgettable. “I’ll Survive” is the second song that Kulick sings on, and much like the previous track, it just falls flat.
The biggest surprise guest on BK3 is the Knack’s Doug Fieger. I haven’t heard anything from the Knack in ages, and found his vocals on “Dirty Girl” quite enjoyable. This song is one of BK3’s highlights.
Kulick takes over on vocals for “Final Mile”. This is a slower tune that has a southern rock vibe. It isn’t perfect, but I have grown to like after a few plays.
“I’m The Animal” features not one, but two guests. Tobias Sammet from Edguy handles the vocals, while Eric Singer from KISS plays the drums. Kulick ups the ante with some stellar fretwork. Sammet truly delivers with his vocal performance. This is easily one of the best songs on BK3. I absolutely love this tune.
“And I Know” is an upbeat, catchy song that deserves a lot of airplay.
Steve Lukather struts his six string prowess on the instrumental “Between The Lines”. While I am not a huge fan of instrumental songs, I must admit that Lukather’s playing is outstanding.
BK3 is closed out with Kulick’s final vocal performance on “Life”. For whatever reason, I didn’t really care for Bruce’s vocals on this song. The music is good, but the vocals kill it for me.
So, should you buy BK3? If you are a die-hard Kulick, or Union fan, you will probably want to pick this up. Overall, I thought this CD did not feel like a very cohesive effort. The song styles are varied, and some of the guests do more harm than good. There are some cool moments on the CD, but I was hoping for more from Bruce Kulick and company. You can check out some of the songs from BK3, at the Bruce Kulick myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
02. Ain’t Gonna Die
03. No Friend Of Mine
04. Hand Of The King
05. I’ll Survive
06. Dirty Girl
07. Final Mile
08. I’m The Animal
09. And I Know
10. Between The Lines
Check out Iron Mask’s latest video “Forever In The Dark”. This song is from the band’s third album Shadow of the Red Baron.
What did you miss on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show last night? Three hours of kick of tunes, new music, and songs from bands that are performing in the the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. Check out the play list for 2/10/2010!
Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
The 69 Eyes – Dead N’ Gone
H.I.M. – Heartkiller
Spaulding – Careless Whisper
Ozzy Osbourne – I Don’t Wanna Stop
Razer – Superpaun (New!)
Cinderella – Make Your Own Way (M3 Pick)
Trixter – Wild Is The Heart (M3 Pick)
Warrant – Mr. Rainmaker (M3 Pick)
Steelheart – Electric Love Child (By Request)
Kenni Denile – We Are The Young
Bret Michaels – Nothing To Lose
Liberty n’ Justice – Man Vs. Mother Nature (Random Pick of the Week)
Nelson – I can Hardly Wait (M3 Pick)
Grand Design – Hello Mr. Heartache
H.E.A.T. – Beg, Beg, Beg (New!)
Outloud – Tonight
Treat – All In (New!)
The Poodles – Don’t Rescue Me
Stone Gods – Start of Something
Small Jackets – Listen To the Rock
Silvertide – California Rain
Rockhead – Bed of Roses
Dokken – Almost Over (New!)
VAIN – Love Drug (New!)
Taking Dawn – Can’t Leave You Alone (New!)
Liberty N’ Justice – Drunk Dead Gorgeous (Random Pick of the Week)
Zan Clan – Go, Go, Go
Crazy Lixx – 21 ‘Til I Die (New!)
Roxx Gang – Stone Dead Drunk (Again)
Cowboy Prostitutes – Nawt That Pretty
Pump – Couldn’t Care Less
Kix – Bump The La La (M3 Pick)
Day of Fire – Light ‘em Up (New!)
Private Line – Evel Knievel Factor
Like A Storm – Chemical Infatuation
Bang Tango – Someone Like You (M3 Pick)
Scorpions – Someone To Touch (M3 Pick)
L.A. Guns – I Wanna Be Your Man (M3 Pick)
Liberty N’ Justice – Greed (Random Pick of the Week)
Slaughter – Get Used To It
You can listen to Hard Rock Hideout Radio every Wednesday night from 9 P.M. – 12 A.M. CST (10 P.M. – 1 A.m. EST) on KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX, and online at http://www.kacvfm.org/listen_up/.
Do you use iTunes as your media player? You can add Hard Rock Hideout Radio to your playlist by opening up iTunes, clicking on the Advanced Tab, click on Open Audio Stream, and cut and paste this link: http://www.kacvfm.org:8055/listen.pls and click Ok.
February 23rd marks the U.S. release of “Non Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll,” the fourth album from Norwegian rock band Wig Wam. Now I have to be completely honest. When I was given the opportunity to review this album, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never even heard of Wig Wam. But after listening, I can say with the utmost certainty that there’s a reason why these guys are known as the Norwegian Glam Kings. This stuff is glam metal at its finest!
Wig Wam had my attention with the very first track, “Do You Wanna Taste It.” This song has a Def Leppard feel with a catchy hookline and harmonies that are almost reminiscent of Queen. And guess what – this album’s title is aptly titled, because the rock doesn’t stop there! The electrifying guitar riffs and hard-driving rhythms in the title track and in “Walls Come Down” are literally worthy of blowing your speakers. You’ll find yourself singing along to the feel-good, melodic hard rock anthems “C’mon Everybody” and “Rocket Through My Heart.” And ladies, not to worry! The boys in Wig Wam haven’t forgotten about you! They’ve included two ballads on this album – “From Here” and “Man In The Moon” – that will melt your panties as well as your heart.
My pick for best song on the album is “Still I’m Burning.” It contains just about every element of a great 80’s style hard rock song: It’s catchy, it’s fun, it has a great (yet very simple) guitar solo, and it has a driving energy that makes you want to throw up the horns!
There are a couple of songs that are a little cheesy, but overall, the album is very good. If you are a fan of ’80’s hard rock and glam metal, this album is a MUST have for your collection. You will not be disappointed!
Rating on Dee’s How Hard Does It Rock Scale: Out of 10
1. Do Ya Wanna Taste It
2. Walls Come Down
3. Wild One
4. C’mon Everybody
5. Man In The Moon
6. Still I’m Burning
7. All You Wanted
8. Non Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
9. From Here
10. Rocket Through My Heart
11. Chasing Rainbows
12. Gotta Get It On (Bonus Track for Europe and US; only available in the first edition digipak)
Wig Wam is:
Glam – vocals
Teeny – guitar
Flash – bass
Sporty – drums
Check out the new video, “Superman Tonight” from Bon Jovi below! Bon Jovi’s new album, The Circle is in stores now. You can pick it up at this link.
SOULS OF WE — the band featuring legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) and vocalist London Legrand (SOULS OF WE, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION) — has commenced the songwriting sessions for the group’s second album. Lynch writes on his Twitter profile, “Second day of writing for new SOULS OF WE record [on Monday, February 7].
In studio later this month, guerilla style, then we hit the road March 5th.”
Wendy Dio posted the following update today:
Since my last update, we have been back and forth to Houston three times for tests and chemo treatments, an emergency run to St. Joseph’s for another blood clot, an ultrasound and another cat scan. We met with Dr. Ajani, Ronnie’s oncologist, on Monday, and he was very pleased with the treatment so far. Some tumors have gone and some have shrunk. He says we have a long road to travel, but we are on the right path. Going back and forth to Houston is getting old, with all the cancelled and delayed flights and some of the rude Continental staff, the same boring food at the hotel (I think we have eaten everything on their horrible menu!), but…when we get a good report from the doctor, it is all worth it. The only food Ronnie says he can taste is Indian curry; everything tastes like metal (HEAVY metal?) because of the chemo. We did, however, have a nice breakfast with Carmen and his mother on Friday. He is still waiting for his bone marrow transplant.
I am so sorry if I have upset any of our friends for not returning calls or emails, but please understand that it is so draining for me to go over and over to everyone about Ronnie’s progress. This is why I thought that if I wrote an update once a month, everyone can know of Ronnie’s progress at the same time. The Fan Club just delivered a huge sack of mail, and we have been reading all the wonderful cards and letters you have all sent. Thank you all so much – it keeps our spirits up knowing you all love Ronnie so much and wish him well. Ronnie and I have a great support system: Simon, who does so much; Geezer and Gloria (she has been my strength, everyday she listens to me, whether I am happy or not); Sheila and Jacqui, friends for 25 years who would go anywhere or do anything for Ronnie or I; Mike Carden, a cancer survivor who is always available to talk to; Rudy, Vinny, Doug, Scott, Big Scott, Lois and Wyn; my colleagues at work – Marchele, Lynne, Carmen, Anthony and Diana; Dr. Mena, Dr. Chu and our wonderful Dr. Kapoor, who is available 24/7 for us and spent his whole Sunday day off with us at the emergency room, and of course Dr. Ajani, who mixes his magic cocktail of chemo and gives us hope.
Ronnie takes a walk everyday in the park and keeps busy with his music and watching sports. He was really mad that he missed the Super Bowl because we had to fly back to Houston on that Sunday, as his chemo started at 8:00am on Monday. He is in real good spirits and will be going to the studio next week to listen to the mix of the Heaven and Hell DVD that will be released later this year. He is itching to get back on tour, and with the good reports and all of your prayers and good energy, I think he is going to make it. Bless you all.
Godsmack has released a new song “Cryin Like A Bitch” from their up and coming album, The Oracle, due May 4th.
You can hear the new song at myspace at this link. Check it out!
DJ Brian Basher takes over the airwaves tonight at 9 P.M. CST (10 P.M. EST) at KACV FM 90. Join us tonight for Hard Rock Hideout Radio’s M3 Special. Brian will be spinning music from bands playing in the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD on June 19th, 2010. You will also be able to check out new music from Liberty N’ Justice, Dokken, Vain, and a lot more.
You can listen to Hard Rock Hideout Radio online at www.kacvfm.org and on KACV FM90 in Amarillo, TX.
VQPR TO HANDLE ENTIRE CATALOG FOR FRONTIERS RECORDS USA
Frontiers Records and VQPR are pleased to announce their new union in business. The recent collaboration to join forces came about the beginning of 2010 starting with new releases BRIAN HOWE and the band GIANT for their first project together. Hear more about these bands in the following weeks to come~
Frontiers Records is preparing new releases for the USA such as EXTREME “Take us Alive” CD & DVD recorded in Boston last year, ALAN PARSONS “Live in Madrid” CD & DVD and ASIA “Omega.” In the recent past, the label has released new albums from MR BIG, WINGER; LYNCH MOB, HOUSE OF LORDS and PRIMAL FEAR.
Frontiers Records has a passion for melodic rock and the heroes responsible for timeless rock music that defined a generation. Frontiers Records have released many critically acclaimed albums, while several internationally renowned acts joined their high-profile roster: WINGER, STYX, TOTO, JOE LYNN TURNER, JOURNEY, THUNDER, SURVIVOR, GLENN HUGHES, HOUSE OF LORDS, just to name a few.
VQPR holds a myriad of artists in many genre’s from 80’s heritage bands to punk, rock, blues and metal, as well has specializing in Guitar Gods. The combination of the two companies is a blend for success. Look for all the Frontiers Records 2010 releases to be released to the media by VQPR – coming to the USA soon!
German epic/melodic power metallers ORDEN OGAN have just released their new album “Easton Hope”. Now the track “Nobody Leaves” has been made available for FREE DOWNLOAD here:
Furthermore you can win 1 out of 3 ORDEN OGAN fan packages in their Myspace competition:
Bang Tango has announced the following Tour Dates for 2010!
Mar 3 2010 10:00P Big Ed’s w/ Drugstore Valentine Amelia, Ohio
Mar 4 2010 10:00P California Brew Haus Rochester, New York
Mar 5 2010 10:00P Bourbon St. Station Baltimore, Maryland
Mar 6 2010 10:00P Crocodile Rock Allentown, Pennsylvania
Mar 7 2010 10:00P The Studio @ Webster Hall w/ Wild Street New York, New York
Mar 8 2010 10:00P Peabodys Down Under w/ Priscilla Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 9 2010 10:00P Hard Rock Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 10 2010 10:00P Slapsy Maxie’s w/ Planet Nine Columbus, Ohio
Mar 11 2010 10:00P The Inferno w/ N V Parkersburg, West Virginia
Mar 12 2010 10:00P Phoenix Hill Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 13 2010 10:00P Krush Lounge Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 9:00P Ramona Main Stage Ramona, California
Mar 19 2010 9:00P The StarLine Fresno, California
Mar 20 2010 9:00P The Whisky Hollywood, California
Mar 21 2010 9:00P Cheyanne Saloon Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 26 2010 9:00P The Rock Tuscon, Arizona
Mar 27 2010 9:00P Club Red w/ Terashain Phoenix, Arizona
Apr 1 2010 9:00P Bushwhackers Denver, Colorado
Apr 2 2010 9:00P Club Vegas Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 3 2010 9:00P Diamondz Jerome, Idaho
Apr 4 2010 9:00P F.O.E Billings, Montana
Jun 19 2010 4:00P M3 FESTIVAL- Merriwether Post Pavilion w/SCORPIONS, CINDERELLA, VINCE NEIL, KIX & more Baltimore, Maryland
Winger has announced the following tour dates for 2010. More dates are coming soon!
with April Wine – http://www.grizzlyrose.com – (303) 295-1330
Show Time: TBA – VIP Packages Available – http://www.midwestrockfest.com
Alter Bridge posted the following on their blog today:
Hello Alter Bridge Nation,
Rock on the Range announced their official lineup this morning for the festival that will be taking place May 22nd and 23rd in Columbus, Ohio. Stage times will be announced later.
The lineup is:
Three Days Grace
Five Finger Death Punch
Coheed and Cambria
Bullet For My Valentine
Theory of A Deadman
Puddle of Mudd
Escape the Fate
Year Long Disaster
Like A Storm
Tickets go on Sale February 20th at Ticketmaster.com.
Paradox delivers the thrash & power with Riot Squad!
PARADOX, just another one of Germany’s very finest, in a long line of Metal greats. When you wish upon a Metal star, looking for that incredible combination of Thrash with a slight dose of Power Metal, all you need is Paradox… they shall deliver! Since 1987, Paradox is Old School, yet what sets this band apart from being considered stagnant is their hunger and drive for maintaining relevancy.
Gus Drax on lead guitar summons up the ferocity of what Thrash Metal was built upon, while establishing and securing melodic leads and solo’s throughout the entire Riot Squad album. Just one listen to the song Rise In Rank and the message is clear, Paradox is not a Metal band that is about to rest on their Metal laurels. Riptide is as strong a contender of Thrash excellence in 2010 as any Thrash Metal song I’ve listened to in recent months. Riptide alone is worth a dozen repeat listens!
Charly Steinhauer on lead vocals and guitar, is never the overpowering force… which is a great attribute in any Metal outfit. Charly’s vocals are melodic and laced harmoniously with hardened edges of experience. Charly Steinhauer has the Metal gift of having both Thrash and Power Metal vocals, thus the Thrash meets Power Metal reference I made earlier. Hollow Peace is a song I consider to showcase Paradox at their tightest and most momentous as a unit, it’s melodic ferocity that I hear, which is such a fine trademark of this untiring band.
Paradox has many Metal strengths, Olly Keller on bass and Roland Jahoda on drums remind me that speed is not focused entirely around the guitarists, this tandem executes precisely how a rhythm section holds everything together with mesmerizing speed of their very own.
Paradox does not just pull it off with Riot Squad, this is a Thrash Metal strike at the knees. The roots and credibility of this band’s past comes through on every song, a continuance of a Metal legacy is what Paradox has accomplished. As I see and hear it, let the underlying nuance of Power Metal in Paradox reign, it is the Thrash Metal override that catapults them onto the level of their elite peers. Paradox fans will either agree with me or they are too busy Metal rejoicing in the streets due to Riot Squad. New fans to Paradox should not just be buying and listening to only this great Paradox album… do yourself an important Metal favor and get ahold of Product Of Imagination from 1987 and Heresy from 1989, the roots, the legacy of Paradox are seeded in these must albums. Despite the lineup changes that Paradox encountered since 1987, this band has achieved what had to be their Metal goal from the very beginning… to keep the Metal real. Paradox the band and Riot Squad the album are real.
Riot Squad was released in Europe on October 16, 2009, and on January 12th, 2010 via AFM Records. For more information on Paradox, please visit the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Suburban Riot Squad
02. Hollow Peace
04. Rise In Rank
05. Evolution Reset
07. No Place To Survive
08. Dream Hero
09. Planet Terror
Charly Steinhauer – vocals/guitars
Kai Pasemann – guitars
Olly Keller – bass
Roland Jahoda – drums
Check out the brand new video, “Ladykiller” from Canadian rockers, Priestess. The new album, Prior To The Fire from Priestess is in stores now. You can purchase the CD, at this link.
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
Check out the Stone Gods video clip “Start of Something” below. This song is from the band’s 2008 CD, Silver Spoons & Broken Bones. You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review of Silver Spoons & Broken Bones here.