Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND are checking in at last again with good news regarding current activity as well as first details about their upcoming new studio album, which was completed throughout the last months and which will be ready to be launched worldwide via Century Media Records in the Fall of 2010.
As a first taster of great things to come, FIREWIND are currently featured on the May’s edition (Issue 205) Judas Priest tribute CD of UK’s Metal Hammer magazine, where FIREWIND present an addictive version of the classic “Breaking The Law” track and appear next to bands like Disturbed, Trigger The Bloodshed or Steelwing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “British Steel” album. For more information, please visit: www.metalhammer.co.uk
FIREWIND mastermind and current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. checks in as follows:
“I know it’s been a few silent months, but this time we decided to be pretty quiet about the recording process of our new album. Anyways, before we go into revealing more info, we recently did a very fun project which was to be a part of Metal Hammer UK’s Tribute CD to Judas Priest!
We actually recorded everything for that cover song in our home studios and then passed over the files to Fredrik Nordström / Studio Fredman in Sweden for the mix. This also marks our first recording with our new drummer, Michael Ehre and the end result is killer (in our humble opinion), as we got to cover one of Metal’s most classic songs: “Breaking The Law”!
As for our new album, it’s scheduled for a release sometime this Fall and the name of it is “Days Of Defiance“. We’ll soon check back and reveal more info, song names, etc.”
FIREWIND 2010 Line-Up (From left to right on the photo):
Michael Ehre – Drums
Petros Christo – Bass
Apollo Papathanasio – Vocals
Gus G. – Guitars
Bob Katsionis – Keyboards
Look out for more details about “Days Of Defiance” in the coming weeks…
This Memorial Day weekend VICTORY RECORDS invites you to celebrate the release of a brand new MP3 sampler. Starting on Thursday May 27th, Victory Metal will feature and salute SISTER SIN‘s new song, “Outrage“ off their highly-anticipated album, True Sound Of The Underground out June 22nd. The free sampler, in addition, includes never before heard tracks from: ALL OUT WAR, WRETCHED, CORPUS CHRISTI, GRAVE MAKER and many more. On Thursday, go to the newly-designed VictoryMetal.com to get the extensive FREE sampler.
SISTER SIN‘s, True Sound Of The Underground will hit stores on June 22nd, 2010. The record that proves what real Rock n’ Roll and Heavy Metal is all about, is now available with a T-Shirt at VICTORY RECORDS for $18.00. Orders will ship to arrive on release date.
It means a lot to me that you have embraced this song as something coming from the heart, and I’m truly grateful.
In just a few days more than 100.000 people have viewed the video on the internet, and the number is still rising…
Many people are too busy trying to reinvent the wheel, forgetting the talent, quality and originality of the people that paved the way, like Ronnie James Dio.
My intentions for writing ”Song for Ronnie James” was to bow down and pay respect to one of the greatest, most influential and unique artists the world has ever known.
When Ronnie passed away so sudden, I wasn’t sure whether or not the release of the song should be postponed for a while, but we decided to proceed with the release of the song as planned.
“Song for Ronnie James” was written before Ronnie got sick last year, and it makes me sad to know that he never got to hear it.
Without Ronnie’s presence, I would not have become the artist I am today.
It’s hard holding back the tears when reading all your wonderful comments, and once again I thank all of you for your support and recognition.
Ronnie James Dio lost his battle against cancer, but we must continue to fight this disease. Medical researchers are doing progress every day, and they need our help.
You can help World Cancer Research Fund International by following the link below.
I urge you all to contribute in any way you can, your help will make a difference.
Rumor has it, Alice Cooper and Kerri Kelli will be performing on the American Idol finale tonight. No idea what song they are playing, or who they are performing with. It might be a reason to tune in to AI tonight.
ABUSED ROMANCE, a Los Angeles based melodic rock band, has just announced they’ve signed with Freeway Records. The label is a division of Freeway Entertainment, which was formed by legendary Russ Regan (former president of Motown Records, 20th Century Records, selling over a billion records worldwide), and general partner Kent Jacobs (Police, Kiss, Prince, REM) in August of 2009.
Abused Romance was discovered by Regan and Jacobs in July of 2009 and instantly scored a management deal with Velocity Entertainment, Inc., as well as a distribution deal with Bungalo/Universal Music Group Distribution. The melodic rock band features Meir Yaniv (Vocals, Guitar), Amit Ofir (Guitar), Roy Chen (Drums) and Aetam Jakob (Bass). “Russ and I felt that this band had the skills to launch the label. What I love about Abused Romance is their strong musicianship and the fact that they all have the killer instinct. Amit Ofir (Guitar) and Meir Yaniv (Vocals, Guitar) have great producing skills and their writing abilities are superstar quality!” states Kent Jacobs. “We are a tight group of close friends, and are very passionate about our music. Whether we are on or offstage, writing songs or rehearsing, we give our all to this band and its purpose,” states Amit Ofir.
Abused Romance recorded their debut album “Shine” in Los Angeles, with producer Justin Gray (who has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, working with artists such as Joss Stone, INXS members and many more). The band’s debut album “Shine” was mixed by legendary mixer Randy Staub (U2, Metallica, Nickelback, Bon Jovi), mastered by Ted Jensen (Paramore, Metallica, Green Day) and will be released late 2010.
Check out the song “Hit and Run” at this link!
Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated new single. “Caravan” — which will be featured on the legendary band’s forthcoming album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS” — will be available at all DSPs on June 1st and serviced to radio simultaneously.
“Caravan” will be bundled with an additional new album track, entitled “BU2B.” Both tracks were recorded earlier this year in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, The Deftones), who previously collaborated with Rush on 2007’s critically acclaimed “SNAKES & ARROWS.” Rush will return to the studio to resume recording after the completion of the upcoming “Time Machine Tour,” with plans to release their 20th studio album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” in 2011.
The “Time Machine Tour” will begin June 29th at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Hard Rock Casino and then travel North America through early October (see below itinerary). The band is currently busy preparing for the tour, which include both “Caravan” and “BU2B” on each evening’s setlist alongside other Rush favorites. In addition, the band will be performing its 1981 masterpiece, “MOVING PICTURES,” in its entirety for the first time ever. Both “Caravan” and “BU2B” will also be offered as a special Limited Edition CD single, available to fans through the band’s official website as well as through various pre-sale tour packages. For full details, please visit Rush’s official website at www.Rush.com.
In related news, Zoë Vision in association with Banger Films is poised to release the band’s critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE, on DVD and Blu-ray. Set to arrive in stores everywhere on June 29th, RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE made its world premiere last April at New York City’s 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The film proved both a critical and popular sensation, with filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn taking home the festival’s coveted “Heineken Audience Award.”
RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world’s biggest cult band. The film presents a comprehensive exploration of this extraordinary power trio, from their early days in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day. The documentary features never-before-seen archival footage as well as interviews with some of today’s most respected rock artists such as Sebastian Bach, Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Kirk Hammett, Taylor Hawkins, Trent Reznor, and Gene Simmons.
The RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE DVD/Blu-ray will feature a second disc of exclusive bonus material, including previously unseen interviews, outtakes, backstage footage, and ultra-rare live performances of such Rush favorites as “La Villa Strangiato,” “Working Man,” and “YYZ.”
In addition to its DVD/Blu-ray release, RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE will also begin theatrical engagements across the country on June 10th. For a current list of cities and theatres, please visit www.rushbeyondthelightedstage.com.
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide, Rush — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart — is without question one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, equally famed for both its virtuoso musicianship and provocative songwriting. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Among those 19 classic releases are 1974’s self-titled debut album, 1976’s “2112,” 1981’s “MOVING PICTURES,” 1996’s “TEST FOR ECHO,” and 2002’s “VAPOR TRAILS.”
Rush’s most recent studio collection, 2007’s “SNAKES & ARROWS,” made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its initial release, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album’s success marked the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S.
A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature recently praised the renowned rock trio for its continuing artistic vitality, noting, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.“
For further news and information, please visit www.Rush.com.
(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
TIME MACHINE TOUR 2010
An Evening With RUSH
Featuring For The First Time Ever “MOVING PICTURES” In Its Entirety
|29||Albuquerque, NM||Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque presents The Pavilion|
|1||Kansas City, MO||Starlight Theatre|
|5, 7||Chicago, IL||Charter One Pavilion|
|11||Ottawa, ON||Ottawa Blues Fest|
|13||Toronto, ON||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre|
|15||Quebec City, QC||Festival d’été de Québec|
|17||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|19||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun|
|21||Philadelphia, PA||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|23||Saratoga Springs, NY||SPAC|
|24||Wantagh, NY||Nikon at Jones Beach|
|5||Salt Lake City, UT||USANA Amphitheatre|
|7||Seattle, WA||White River Amphitheatre|
|9||San Francisco, CA||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|11||Universal City, CA||Gibson Amphitheater|
|13||Irvine, CA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|14||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|16, 18||Denver, CO||Red Rocks Amphitheatre|
|20||Wichita, KS||INTRUST Bank Arena|
|22||St. Louis, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|25||Omaha, NE||Qwest Center|
|27||St. Paul, MN||Minnesota State Fair|
|29||Columbus, OH||Nationwide Arena|
|31||Allentown, PA||Allentown Fair|
|2||Syracuse, NY||New York State Fair|
|3||Holmdel, NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|14||Boston, MA||TD Garden|
|16||Pittsburgh, PA||Consol Energy Center|
|18||Washington, DC||Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater|
|21||Tulsa, OK||BOK Center|
|23||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|25||Houston, TX||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|26||Dallas, TX||Superpages.com Center|
|29||Atlanta, GA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park|
|1||Tampa, FL||Ford Amphitheatre|
|2||West Palm Beach, FL||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
Additional cities and dates to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.rush.com
We’re back!!! Did you miss us? The Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show will be on the air tonight from 9 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. CST. Check out new rock from Night By Night, Spinning Chain, Charlotte, Chris Laney, Buckcherry, Bombay Black, Bonafide, Sin City Sinners, Parasite City, Danko Jones, Broken Teeth and a whole lot more. Listen online at www.kacvfm.org.
It has just been announced that Alice Cooper has begun working on a new album to be produced by Bob Ezrin as part of a new joint venture with Bigger Picture Group. Ezrin has a rich history of hugely successful collaborations with Alice including such groundbreaking albums as Billion Dollar Babies, Welcome To My Nightmare, School’s Out andLove It To Death and has, in the past, been described by Alice as “our George Martin.”
Ezrin, a partner in Bigger Picture, a Nashville based company, has been instrumental in contributing to the success of numerous artists including country music sensation Zac Brown Band, remarked, “I am delighted to be back in business with Alice Cooper and Shep Gordon’s Alive Enterprises and our whole company is over the moon about this collaboration. This is not a record deal but rather a partnership that involves virtually all aspects of Alice’s ever-expanding universe. And it’s a reunion with the first artist I ever produced and the first great manager I ever worked with. I couldn’t be happier.”
Bigger Picture will contribute to strategy, staging, special products, theatrical projects as well as the production, promotion and distribution of future Alice Cooper releases. The company will utilize its distribution agreement with Warner Music Group when the new Alice Cooper album, projected for release early next year, and other recorded product launches. A tour themed to tie in with the album, the concept of which is being kept under wraps for the moment, is being planned in support of the release.
Ezrin’s career has seen him work with some of the most enduring names in music including Pink Floyd, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Jane’s Addiction, Lou Reed, Deftones and scores of others but traces its earliest successes to his association with Alice Cooper, the band and the man.
Alice Cooper remarked, “It feels great to be working with Bob again and the entire Bigger Picture team have been tremendously supportive. Lightning has struck more than once in the past with Bob’s involvement so we feel great that we’re onto something really electrifying now that we’re together again. The album we’re crafting is, in some ways, a ‘shriekquel’ to what’s gone before and there’s no better guy to oversee things than Bob.”
Shep Gordon, whose Alive Enterprises has managed Alice Cooper since his professional debut called the deal with Bigger Picture “a paradigm for the modern music business.” He commented, “We’re working with Bob not just on a brilliant new Alice Cooper album but in building upon the great strides Alice’s career has taken recently.” He cited Nights With Alice Cooper, the internationally syndicated daily radio show that Alice hosts over a network syndicated through United Stations, the Gruesome Twosome tour that has seen Alice Cooper and acolyte Rob Zombie share bills throughout North America as well as an upcoming Alice Cooper arena tour. He also noted that “The Coop” would be headlining a string of festival dates this summer in France, Germany, Belgium, the UK, and Scandinavia. “Awareness and appreciation for Alice is at an all-time high these days,” he remarked. “Bigger Picture is getting in not on the ground floor but as the elevator is zooming to the top and they’re efforts will, doubtless make this a much faster ride.”
ABOUT BIGGER PICTURE GROUP
Bigger Picture Group, LLC is a Nashville-based next generation music company partnering with new and established artists, providing them with the support, resources and capital needed to build their careers and realize their dreams. In addition, BPG provides customized services to select artists, labels and managers. Under one roof, BPG has production and development, promotion and marketing, sales and distribution, digital services and music publishing.
Today, “Hoodoo” will be officially released in the United States and the response from the press has been overwhelmingly positive.
Vocalist Marc Storace worked marathon hours for the last 2 weeks as well as this week to accommodate the US media. The phone lines are smoking across the Atlantic between Switzerland and America in order to respond to all the requests for phone interviews.
Marc was supposed to do an interview for the “Eddie Trunk Radio Show” in New York this coming Friday. Due to the untimely death of rock icon Ronnie James Dio and the planned public memorial service this coming Sunday, May 30th in Los Angeles and open to the public to celebrate the life and music of Ronnie James Dio, Eddie had to postpone said interview for the near future. When the news first broke that Ronnie had passed on May 16th, Marc had been asked by many to comment on his passing. In a conversation with Jason Coldiron for CWG Magazine / Metal Assault, Marc paid tribute to the rock icon in a touching way, extending his and the band’s condolences to Dio’s wife Wendy and their family. This interview has been picked up by various other magazines and can be seen/heard on YouTube as well.
To hear Marc’s tribute to Dio, listen to the clip below.
Marc actually auditioned at one time for Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow prior to joining Krokus and eventually Dio became Rainbow’s vocalist.
To our fans in the United States: Look for “Hoodoo” in your local record stores. And if you can’t find it there, log on to some of the web sites like amazon.com and get your copy directly sent to you within days. Produced by founder and bassist Chris Von Rohr, “Hoodoo” will not just rock your socks off but the enclosed cd booklet will be “eye candy” for every Krokus fan. Besides pictures and credits it also includes all the lyrics of the songs. And for our “old faithfull’s” we printed them even a little larger than usual! [weren’t we told that first thing that “goes” is the eyesight, as we get older] So, what are you waiting for?
To get the hard copy/jewel case delivered directly to your doorstep in no time, click on/copy in your browser:
Here is what some of the US critics had to say about “Hoodoo”:
“Balls out Rock-n-Roll the way it should be played. “– Loud Reviews
“Hoodoo has, in fact, achieved the difficult task of preserving the true Krokus vibe while sounding fresh and vibrant against the present-day hard-rock landscape – in short, it has brought the past into the present” –Heavy Metal Hog
“Solid, straight up, in your face rock n roll” – Metal Pub
“Do not resist the “hoodoo spell”, let it get under your skin and enjoy the magic ride!” – Hard Rock Hideout
“Hoodoo is yet another excellent album from a classic hard rock/metal band pumping blood back into what has become a stagnant genre over the last 20 years” – Mojo Radio
“Krokus has taken that shot and created an album that is on par with some of their best work. I would rank HOODOO right up there with the classic albums of the 1980-1984 era and I am positive that this record will be one of my top albums of 2010” – Heavy Metal Addiction
“Hoodoo is chock full of well worn, rockers that at once, rehash the past and refresh the legacy” – Hails & Horns
“The new album fits right in with Krokus masterpieces like Metal Rendez-Vous, One Vice At A Time and Headhunter right from the opening guitar of the CD opener”—The Examiner
“Krokus Bring An All Out Rock Assault With “Hoodoo” – Revolver Blips
“This is easily one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year. It rocks from beginning to end. The sounds are full of energy and the band is fired up” – Metal Excess
“Hoodoo is proof that Krokus is simply one of the best Hard Rock bands ever, and, that they aren’t stopping any time soon” – Hard Rock Haven
“Krokus has chosen the perfect time to get back into the game. Hoodoo fits nicely next to their classic albums of yesteryear. While Swiss cheese may come with holes in it, Hoodoo has none; this is a complete album, start to finish” – Classic Rock Revisited