Cancer sucks!! I come from a family that has been decimated by Cancer. I have lost several uncles, and aunt, and my niece Pam to this terrible disease. I honestly believe with all of the advances in technology in medicine, that we could have
gotten a grip on Cancer, and come up with a cure by now.
It has been a few days since I learned about the death of Ronnie James Dio to stomach cancer, and I must admit I am still in somewhat of a funk. I feel like a lost a close friend, even though I didn’t know Ronnie personally. I have loved all of his music over the years, whether it has been Rainbow, Black Sabbath, DIO, or Heaven & Hell. I absolutely hate that he is gone. Knowing that I will never get to see him sing again rips at the very fiber of my being.
This week I have listened to several interviews of the friends, band mates and associates of Ronnie, and they all mentioned just how great of a person Ronnie James Dio was. While I never got to know him personally, the few times I have seen him perform, he always gave 100% of himself, and I had a lot of respect for the man.
Looking back over Ronnie’s accomplishments, the one thing that strikes me is “Hear ‘N’ Aid” project back in the mid 80’s that was created to help famine in Africa. This charity CD helped raise over a million dollars. A million dollars is a huge amount when it comes to feeding hungry people. I wonder how a donation of this size would help cure Cancer?! Would it be enough? I doubt it, but I am sure it would help.
I would love to see a new group of hard rock & metal musicians take the time out to record a CD for Cancer Research. I would gladly donate my own 20 bucks for the CD, if I knew it was going to a good cause like the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Dio gave us so many great songs to enjoy, can we give something back in return?
The little man with the huge voice and big heart has left us for a better place.The legacy of Ronnie James Dio should live on forever!!
On a very special episode of Hard Rock Nights, airing May 21-27, tribute will be paid to the voice of heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio. The two-hour episode will feature music spanning the late singer’s career, from the oldies of the 1960s to his last studio release with Heaven and Hell. Several special guests will appear on the program to share memories of Dio, including Ron Keel, Tommy Denander, Robert Sarzo of Hurricane, former bandmates Rowan Robertson and Tracy G, touring member Chuck Garric, and many others.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program broadcast on several rock and metal stations on the FM dial and the internet. Visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a full list of stations and times.
Frontiers Records announces the release of TERRA NOVA new studio album
Dutch Melodic Rockers TERRA NOVA will release their anticipated new album “Come Alive” on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the USA. “Come Alive” is the band’s 5th original studio album and their first full length release over the last five years.
TERRA NOVA started the work for the recording of the new album in 2008. Their vision was to go back and recreate the exciting sound of their debut album “Livin’ It Up”, a milestone record which captured the sheer joie de vivre of the eighties AOR and melodic rock and catapulted TERRA NOVA into the vanguard of the genre, both in Europe and Japan.
With this in mind TERRA NOVA reunited in the original line-up with Fred Hendrix on lead vocals and guitar, Ron Hendrix on keyboards, Gesuino Derosas on lead guitars, Lars Beuving on drums and the additional musician Eric Coenen (who played on the band’s third and fourth record) on bass guitar.
“The new songs are very much in the line of “Livin’ It Up“, states Fred Hendrix, “fresh and pumping, but with a little blink to the modern sound and styles. Our aim was to please our earliest fans but also the new generation of Melodic Rock fans and we have tried to combine old and new styles and sounds. This album was a real joy to record with all the original members of our first album!”
TERRA NOVA debuted in 1996 with the amazing ‘Livin’ It Up’, a record that marked the end of a long musical era for the two Hendrix brothers, the band’s founding members. No second album syndrome caught TERRA NOVA and ‘Break Away’ was released in 1997 to major critical acclaim and even bigger success in Japan, leading to a major tour of the Far East in 1998. At the end of 1999, after the release of their third album, ‘Make My Day’, persistent problems with their Dutch record company saw the band reach the end of their patience and the end of the road.
Six years after, Frontiers Records pulled Fred Hendrix away from his solo projects and commissioned a new album. For the thousands of fans who remembered TERRA NOVA’s three nineties’ releases this was truly something to celebrate and the come-back album “Escape” was received warmly by the critics and fans.
“Come Alive” is now set to restore the faith in true Melodic Rock ! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.
“Come Alive” tracklisting includes:
Check out TERRA NOVA and / or the Frontiers Records website for tour news which we are planned for the end of this year.
Fred Hendrix – Vocals
Gesuino Derosas – Guitars
Lars Beuving – Drums
Ron Hendrix – Keyboards
Eric Coenen – Bass