11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/14/2010 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
November 23, 2010
House Of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Deluxe 2CD and Digital Packages Feature Remastered Original Album Plus 13 Bonus Tracks, Including 10 Previously Unreleased Live Recordings
Hard Rock Hideout has one copy of the new 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition of Queensryche’s Empire to give away to one lucky fan! Check below for more details!
Queensrÿche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the November 9 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band’s triple platinum-certified breakout album, Empire. The new 2-CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 smash “Silent Lucidity,” as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The 2-CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring photos from the band’s personal archive.
Empire also features the Billboard Top 10 Modern Rock hits “Jet City Woman” and “Another Rainy Night,” the Top 20 single, “Anybody Listening?,” and the Top 30 singles “Best I Can” and Empire.” In addition to the aforementioned live recordings, Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)’s bonus tracks include “Last Time in Paris” from the Ford Forlaine soundtrack, “Dirty Lil’ Secret,” and the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.”
(20th Anniversary Edition)
1. Best I Can
2. The Thin Line
3. Jet City Woman
4. Della Brown
5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
8. Silent Lucidity
9. Hand On Heart
10. One And Only
11. Anybody Listening?
12. Last Time In Paris [Bonus Track]
13. Scarborough Fair [Bonus Track]
14. Dirty Lil’ Secret [Bonus Track]
DISC 2 (previously unreleased: all tracks recorded live 11/15/90 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon)
2. Walk in the Shadows
3. Best I Can
5. The Thin Line
6. Jet City Woman
7. Roads To Madness
8. Silent Lucidity
9. Hand On Heart
10. Take Hold Of The Flame
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White Flame has released a new internet single & video, “Payback”. The video was directed by White Flame’s frontman Vince, who as of late has been doing quite a bit of film making. He is pleased with the outcome of this newest video for “Payback”. “It has a very gritty feel to it. The song is all about Karma and how in the end you can’t escape what’s due. And that quite a hardboiled message. We wanted to bring out the grittyness in the tune and I totally feel we nailed it!”
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Its official, RED Distribution has put together the most amazing contest for the month of November! Starting right now, one very lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a customized autographed Skeletonwitch Epiphone guitar, a free copy of the metal cookbook Mosh Potatoes by Steve Seabury, and a $150 Gift Certificate to Omaha Steaks! To enter and for official contest rules, go here.
In conjunction with The Metal & Meat SweepSTEAKS, RED is promoting The World’s Loudest Metal Sale at f.y.e. presented by Revolver, where you can buy some of the best metal albums currently out for only $9.99 each! Artists in the metal sale include Skeletonwitch, Kingdom Of Sorrow, For Today, Danzig, Mushroomhead, Wretched, Lordi, and much more!
2. Under Flaming Skies
Matias Kupiainen – Guitars
Lauri Porra – Bass
Jörg Michael – Drums
Jens Johansson – Keyboards
The highly anticipated new album, AB III, from mega rockers ALTER BRIDGE, is available now! After extremely successful runs with their first two releases, the band, made up of former CREED members Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips, as well as Myles Kennedy, of Slash’s band, on vocals, are back and ready to take over rock with the release of AB III. Fans can hear the album in it’s entirety on the band’s AOL Music Page.
In support of their latest effort, Alter Bridge have embarked on a massive world tour, with dates spanning across the globe and into 2011. For details on the tour as well as a complete list of dates, visit the band’s MySpace page and don’t miss the opportunity to watch these guys rock live in a city near you. Don’t forget to visit their official site and also their Facebook page for everything else Alter Bridge. Make sure to pick up a copy of AB III in stores and on iTunes available now!
NEW ALBUM IN STORES TODAY ON METAL BLADE RECORDS
GWAR‘s remorseless 25th Anniversary rolls towards it’s bitter conclusion as perhaps it’s most significant milestone is reached–the release of the band’s self-proclaimed “heaviest yet” album, GWAR‘s “Bloody Pit of Horror”, out today on Metal Blade records. After a full on media onslaught for the past four months, and now in the midst of a three-month tour, your Lords and Masters are finally allowing us to experience “The Bloody Pit of Horror” in its full form.
“This album is the follow-up to last years “Lust in Space”, and the capper of our 25th Anniversary Slay-a-Bration…which I am pretty sure everybody is sick of hearing about,” said GWAR lead singer and still FOX correspondent, Oderus Urungus. “This record is a throwback to an age when bands actually gave a shit about their fans and released albums pretty much once a year. When a “new album” was actually a series of original compositions instead of a bunch of regurgitated re-mixes. And the title, though stolen, is an homage to a time when horror films were made with style and care, not driven by corporation whoredom and CG trickery. It is a hateful attack upon all things alive. It is the new GWAR album.”
“Finally the day has come…and we shall see if the human slaves of GWAR are truly worthy of that title. For this is much more than a mere album, this is a chance for the human race to break the bloody chains of bondage and join their masters, GWAR, in our quest to subject the entire universe to complete degradation. Our new album has finally been let loose upon the world and all you have to do to join our zombie army is buy the record, get your ass to a GWAR show, and join us in the “Bloody Pit of Horror”!
Want to listen to “Bloody Pit of Horror” first and then go buy it? Want to listen the record online after you bought it already? Go to http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/ and listen to a streaming version of the album as part of AOL Music’s Full Album Listening Party.
Shockhound.com is offering “Bloody Pit Of Horror” today and tomorrow only for $6.99. Head over to http://www.shockhound.com/albums/711008-gwar-mp3s-bloody-pit-of-horror and buy more copies of the album.
Recently GWAR took to the stage on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The band performed their new single “Zombies, March”. Check out the performance for yourself at: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/episodes/?vid=1256882&tin=2168&tout=2484
Fangoria.com premiered the brand new video from Intergalactic Shock Rockers GWAR. The video is for the song “Zombies, March!” which comes off of GWAR‘s new album “Bloody Pit of Horror” which is slated for a November 9th release on Metal Blade Records. The video was shot on location at The National in Richmond, VA by acclaimed Fangoria Director Dave McKendry. Check out the video at FANGORIA.com
GWAR‘s latest masterpiece “Bloody Pit of Horror” is in stores on now and you can also purchase it on the official GWAR page on the Metal Blade Records website at: http://www.metalblade.com/gwar. The landing page includes all current tour dates, GWAR footage from BOTH Gwar.tv and MetalBlade.tv, and pre-orders for “Bloody Pit of Horror” on CD, a GWAR t-shirt, or the ultimate “Bloody Pit” package that includes the CD, the GWAR t-shirt, and a 12×12 autographed cover print! (While supplies last or until GWAR decides to start using the prints as rolling papers…whichever comes first)
Catch GWAR on the “Bloody Tour Of Horror”, with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp:
11/9 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/10 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
11/11 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
11/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/17 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
11/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
11/20 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Music Hall
11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/22 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
11/24 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/26 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
12/1 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
12/2 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
12/3 – Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
12/4 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
12/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
*Denotes Festival Date
NO SLEEP TIL… FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
FOR MORE INFO ON THE FESTIVAL VISIT: HTTP://WWW.NOSLEEPTIL.COM.AU/
12/10 – Auckland, New Zealand @ ASB Showgrounds
12/12 – Perth, Australia @ Arena Joondalup
12/15 – Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
12/17 – Melbourne, Australia @ Melbourne Showgrounds
12/18 – Sydney, Australia @ The Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
12/19 – Brisbane, Australia @ RNA Showgrounds
AFTER XMAS DATES
12/26 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
12/27 – So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
12/28 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/30 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
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AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Nightmare” – The Crown Jewel Of A7X
It has been a little over two months since the July 27th, 2010 release of “Nightmare” from Avenged Sevenfold. This has been more than enough time for me to listen to their fifth studio album and come to this realization… “Nightmare” is profoundly bigger and more badass than any critics out there ever expected. To listen to this new A7X album and walk away unimpressed tells me only one thing… your oozing with quality Metal envy. The #1 album chart status and sales figures alone for “Nightmare” are telling of the popularity and quality that A7X carries with their brand of Heavy Rock.
The lead single of “Nightmare” alone is as fine an example of the musical maturation that A7X has reached, in factually just a decade. With shades of Metallica influence combined within their own Metal prowess, A7X can very well know they have made the song of their lives. Just when you think “Nightmare” is going to subside, it doesn’t. This song is uncannily relentless with its psyche-you-out continuity. I can’t help but think to myself… this “Nightmare” song will make Metallica wish it was theirs. I state this as a compliment to both bands, I’m opposed to stirring up controversy. Sometimes.
Anyone still unfamiliar with this “Nightmare” album should consider themselves either a rain forest hermit or walking in their sleep while still having functioning body parts. To pick apart this album would be rather easy… if you never listened to it. That sadly, has been the morbid case in situations that are few and far between. “Nightmare” is so much more than the lead single. As is always the case with A7X, this is a total album of songs. As diverse as it is dynamic, “Nightmare” flourishes with its originality from song to song, with not a micro hint of cut and paste with this extraordinary group of musicians.
If “Danger Line” doesn’t bring your eyes to some semblance of tears, then obviously the lyrics go right over your head. “Danger Line” incorporates whistling and a piano for extra emotional affect, evaporating the immature mentality out there that A7X is NOT a screaming Metalcore band for teenage boys only. Take that, all of you liberal and over compensated mainstream Rock Music critics. “Buried Alive” relies on its melodic heaviness to carry out it’s more than memorable song structure. This is a song that plays out in two parts, one part heavy ballad and second part melt your eardrums into Heavy Metal delirium.
“So Far Away” further removes the unsubstantiated stereotype and misgivings that A7X at times have to duck away from. This song is remarkable in both its musicianship and lyrics. “So Far Away” is the bridge between A7X the Metal Band and A7X the diverse and skillful musicians that they glowingly are. “Tonight The World Dies” tantalizes with a Classic Rock sensibility that marries into the emotionally driven darkness that is this “Nightmare” album. M. Shadows vocally switches from crooning to power bellows with flawless and inherent confidence.
“God Hates Us” is undisputedly the heaviest track on “Nightmare”, exposing the full throttle and extreme side that A7X can credibly unleash through song. If “Nightmare” was built around the sound and fury of “God Hates Us”, A7X would be just another Metal Band that made a “decent” album. This song is grand and mighty in every musical aspect, only A7X doesn’t need to rely on this high level of heaviness to be as great as they are. It is songs like “Victim” that enriches this “Nightmare” album into its “necessity to own” status. A heavy ballad is “Victim” and it does not resemble anything you have ever heard in a “heavy ballad” before. This is as modernistic and emblematic of what a heavy ballad should sound like… and A7X created it.
M. Shadows sings his heart out on this entire album, with the purest and most legitimate emotion spilling over each and every syllable. Yes, hearing Dream Theater founder and former drummer Mike Portnoy on drums is evident and incredible all the same. Mike Portnoy only escalates the totality of power and drive with his rhythmic essence and elegance within these songs heard on “Nightmare”. Synyster Gates on lead guitar and Zacky Vengeance on rhythm guitar compliment one another to the point where they are a guitar brotherhood. Listening to both play together on “Nightmare” is seamless in their unison. Johnny Christ on bass is heard very clearly, playing alongside Mike Portnoy with rhythmic precision, to my ears anyways.
“Save Me” is the epic song on “Nightmare”, coming in a few seconds short of eleven minutes. If Synyster Gates intentionally wanted his guitar to sound as if it were singing, he succeeded here. This song is not going to be a dreaded epic listen, for those of you who have not heard it just yet. A7X took great care into considering song structure for “Save Me”, it plays out as a short story with ample guitar parts that focus on melody and harmony, rather than raw power leads. With a ballad formula that compensates by its overall hardness, “Save Me” never loses my attention for a second. The speed kicks in at the midway point, with multiple guitar solo’s that brandish speed, while never compromising this song’s melodic intent.
Jimmy “The Reverend” Sullivan sings on “Fiction” and is credited with the drum arrangements as well. Hearing “The Rev” sing these lyrics on “Fiction” is chilling and leaves an emotional impression on me. Not to sound cliche, yet, “The Rev” was a one of a kind drummer. A7X will never be the same band without “The Rev”, his untimely and tragic passing only reminds me to never take for granted great musicians who have brought joy to my Metal loving life… and to not take life for granted either.
“Lost It All” is the non-album track that is available on itunes as a deluxe version bonus track. This song’s dark theme and heaviness fits right into the “Nightmare” scheme of things, showcasing just how brilliant sounding A7X is, when they combine present day “hardness” with their already patented “heaviness”.
I liken “Nightmare” to be Avenged Sevenfold’s “Back In Black” album, possibly their “Black Album” of their career. It surely comes across this way to my ears and senses. A7X took a dark approach lyrically and delicately weaved some heavy emotion into an album of songs that is fittingly titled “Nightmare”. Not one song sounds forced or contrived “at the last minute” of recording. This is an album to embrace for not just its skillful musicians, this album must be embraced for its end product being the totality of “real” songs. There is nothing pre-packaged here, this is “Nightmare” and A7X can stand tall and proud in “my” Metal world.
Rating: Out of 10
- Welcome To The Family
- Danger Line
- Buried Alive
- Natural Born Killer
- So Far Away
- God Hates Us
- Tonight The World Dies
- Save Me
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Johnny Christ – bass
The Rev – Drum arrangements, Lead Vocals on Fiction, Drums on Nightmare’s demo
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussions
Brian Haner, Sr. – guitars on “So Far Away”
Sharlotte Gibson – backing vocals
Jessi Collins – backing vocals
David Palmer – piano, keyboards
Stevie Blacke – Strings, string arrangement
Stewart Cole – trumpet
Mike Elizondo – keyboards
The Whistler – Whistling
Filter has released a new video, “No Love” in support of their new CD, The Trouble With Angels. Check it out below!
Collectible Box Features 34 Studio Hits and Concert Recordings, Plus an Exclusive, Limited Edition “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” Bandanna
In January 2011, Swedish rockers Meanstreak will release their new album “Declaration of War”.
Fans of classic hard rock don’t have to wait long for their next highlight release, as Alex Beyrodt’s VOODOO CIRCLE will release their second album in February 2011. The title is already unveiled: “Broken Heart Syndrome”.
VOODOO CIRCLE is:
Alex Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, SILENT FORCE) – guitars
David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) – vocals
Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR) – bass
Markus Kullmann (DEZPERADOZ) – drums
Jimmy Kresic (LIQUID HOME) – keyboards
Frontiers Records is excited to announce that Derek Shulman and 2Plus Music Entertainment has agreed to oversee the label development and marketing over the North American market.
After an internationally acknowledged career as singer for the Progressive Music band Gentle Giant, Derek Shulman became involved in the recording business in the early 80’s. Starting as an A&R representative at PolyGram Records, where he rose to the ranks of Senior Vice President, he signed Bon Jovi, Dan Reed Network, Cinderella, and Kingdom Come, among many others. In 1988 he became President and C.E.O of Atco Records (where he signed the progressive metal band Dream Theater, as well as Pantera). He also re-established the careers of AC/DC and Bad Company, both of whom sold multi-platinum albums under his watch. He then went on to become President of Roadrunner Records overseeing signings like Slipknot and Nickelback.
2PLUS directors, internationally renowned music impresario Leonardo Pavkovic and CFO Lawrence Offsey join him in this endeavour.
2PLUS will coordinate artist acquisition and marketing for Frontiers in North America and will represent the label in the relationship with the local distributors and promoters.
Frontiers Records label President Serafino Perugino stated, “Working with “the professor” Derek Shulman has been nothing but a joy so far. His experience and wisdom are going to guide Frontiers Records growth to the next level and we are absolutely excited to share with him and 2PLUS a vision for the future growth of Frontiers in the North American market”.
Derek Shulman stated “ I am extremely excited about being involved with Serafino and Frontiers Records”. It is very gratifying to work with people who are music fans and yet understand the dynamics of the ever-changing music business model. Frontiers Records is committed to making the leap to become the premiere independent rock music company worldwide. I am very happy to lend my experience to my friends at Frontiers to realize this goal”.
ALBUMS IN STORES NOVEMBER 9, 2010 ON SPV/STEAMHAMMER
Two of the most highly anticipated albums from SPV/Steamhammer will be released tomorrow November 9, 2010. VIRGIN STEELE’s “The Black Light Bacchanalia” and POWERWORLD’s “Human Parasite” Over the past few weeks songs from both albums have been premiered on multiple websites. Today you will be able to hear the albums in their entirety for the first time on AOL MUSIC. AOL MUSIC is hosting full album listening parties for both releases. Check them out at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/ and be one of the first to listen to the new albums from VIRGIN STEELE and POWERWORLD.
VIRGIN STEELE’s “The Black Light Bacchanalia” will be released in four formats, three of which will be released on November 9th in North Amercia: a standard CD, limited edition CD Digipak with a bonus CD, and digital download. The fourth version is the strictly limited edition LP box set which will be released on November 23rd in North America. Each version will have its own unique artwork.
After leaving Freedom Call in the end of 2005 Ilker Ersin started to build up his own band POWERWORLD. Ilker wrote every song, produced the demos and searched for the right musicians to complete the band.
SPV / Steamhammer signed a worldwide deal with POWERWORLD in August 2010. The new album “Human Parasite” will be released in Europe on October 22nd and in the USA/Canada on November 9th. The band will embark on a European tour in early 2011. Stay tuned.
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Get a free download of the White Flame song, “Your Joint Tonight”! Get it Free at this link!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release on December 3rd of two (2) NELSON albums: “Before the Rain” the demo collection of songs that secured their recording deal with Geffen Records in 1990 and “Perfect Storm – After the Rain World Tour 1991” live concert album. A North American release will follow in February 2011, as a complement to the release of NELSON’s brand new original album “Lightning Strikes Twice”.
“Both of these extraordinary albums provide a NELSON time capsule,” reflects Gunnar Nelson. “From the early demo recordings on ‘Before the Rain’ to the rare live tour recordings on ‘Perfect Storm’, the music on these albums offers a unique glimpse of our early career.”
“These two NELSON albums are indeed newly unearthed roots of the NELSON family tree,” adds Matthew Nelson. “They both offer valuable insight to what makes our current sound what it is by way of an amazing journey back in time as we were first putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together.”
The phenomenal success of NELSON’s 1990 debut LP “After The Rain” did not happen overnight. It came after years of hard work that are documented in the “Before the Rain” album, a release that tells the story of twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and their five year musical journey (from 1986 to 1990) to reach the Rock N’ Roll Promised Land.
In 1986, after writing songs with Dweezil Zappa for his debut LP “My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Momma” and writing and recording the title cut for the film “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” under the band name Power Tool, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson decided they needed to hone their songwriting craft and learn from experts. They started with writer/producer Jack Ponti in New Jersey and recorded the songs they wrote that year with friends that eventually became the band Skid Row. Next, they journeyed to Australia to collaborate with Little River Band’s hit writer Graham Gobel and other writers for two months Down Under. A subsequent 3-month stay in the U.K. to write with hit makers Adrian Gurvitz and Argent’s Russ Ballard followed.
Though elements from those experiences and sessions would wind up in later attempts, NELSON finally hit musical pay dirt writing songs in a bedroom in Pacific Palisades California and recorded them in a 16-track demo studio in a converted garage in the San Fernando Valley with a then unknown writer/producer named Marc Tanner.
The results are what can be heard now on “Before the Rain”. These are the original demonstration recordings that caught the attention of A&R legend John Kalodner in late 1989 and scored Nelson a recording contract with Geffen/DGC Records which led to eventual sales of more than 3,000,000 copies of “After The Rain” and all the success that followed, including a World tour with over 300 concerts.
NELSON’s live line-up included some incredible virtuoso musicians such as Bobby Rock on drums, Brett Garsed on guitar, Paul Mirkovich on Keys and vocals and the addition of Joey Cathcart on vocals and second lead guitar. NELSON provided 4-part harmony, stellar musicianship, veteran showmanship, twin frontmen, and most importantly – great songs. NELSON played venues ranging in size from 1,200 to 60,000 seats between 1990-1992 from New York to Tokyo, sharing the stage with some other great bands with some strong openers, including House Of Lords, Tyketto, Enuff Z’nuff, Cinderella and Lynch Mob.
Amazingly and sadly, throughout the 3-year phenomenon of “After The Rain”, none of the tour’s concerts were ever filmed in their entirety. “Perfect Storm” live audio recordings are all that remain to document the height of NELSONMANIA for posterity. If you were there you are sure to remember how you felt that night experiencing the magic of the “After The Rain” tour in person. If you weren’t, you can be transported back in time now through this amazing live album.
With all the right components for success, the right cast of characters, the best fans, everything converging at the right place and time…. NELSON’s After The Rain World Tour was “The Perfect Storm”.
“Before the Rain” tracklisting includes:
After The Rain; Bits And Pieces; (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection; Will Ya Love Me; You’re All I Need Tonight; More Than Ever; (It’s Just) Desire; I Can Hardly Wait; Senorita; Everywhere I Go; Let’s Get This Show On The Road; Far Away From Home; It’s Gotta Get Better; I Wish; That’s Love; Avalon; Runnin’ Outta Time (The Silence Is Broken); Love Is All We’ve Got.
“Perfect Storm” tracklisting includes:
On With The Show!; Fill You Up; More Than Ever; Only Time Will Tell; Uluru; Will You Love Me; (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection; Two Heads Are Better Than One; Bits And Pieces; After The Rain; The Legend; Thank You And Good Night; Interlude; Everywhere I Go; Keep One Heart (full band version – studio Bonus Track).
Before the Rain – performers:
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson – All instruments
Perfect Storm – performers:
Gunnar Nelson – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Matthew Nelson – Lead Vocals, Bass
Brett Garsed – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Joey Cathcart – Vocals, Guitar
Paul Mirkovich – Vocals, Keyboards
Mickey Finn, original vocalist for JETBOY, has officially announced his departure from the band. The split took place mid-September when Finn revealed he would not be able to take part in a planned European tour. JETBOY has chosen to continue without Finn and the European tour will take place November 12 through mid-December.
Commented Finn: “I wish the guys the best but from here on out they should start fresh and change there name because it’s just not JETBOY anymore.” He added, “I apologize to all the JETBOY fans who will be disappointed by this news and thank you for your support over the years.”
Finn formed JETBOY with longtime friends Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod in 1983.
Twenty years after the release of the highly acclaimed “Damnednation”, JETBOY’s latest EP, “Off Your Rocker”, was made available on March 2 via iTunes and Amazon.com.
JETBOY’s last CD/DVD release, “The Glam Years”, came out on Cleopatra/Deadline Records. It contained a DVD of a 1986 concert at Los Angeles’ legendary Whisky a Go-Go (featuring a chock-full of extra interviews and photos) as well as a 21-track CD of the group’s greatest hits.
As previously reported, Mickey’s new band COLD BLUE REBELS — which also features Joe Normal (guitar) and Danny Dangerous (bass) of ZEROS plus former GLAMOUR PUNKS skins basher Spazz Draztik on the drums — has completed work on its debut album, “Blood, Guts, n’ Rock & Roll”, for a January 11, 2011 release via Horror High, LLC. The CD artwork is being created by D.A. Frizell who has worked on such projects as AVENGED SEVENFOLD (illustrator on “Nightmare” and “Book Of Nightmares” and litho), Michale Graves (cover art for “Punk Rock Is Dead”), SEVENDUST (cover and interiors on “Cold Day Memory”) and DISTURBED (“Decade Of Disturbed” movie poster).
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/coldbluerebels
HRH Note: This is extremely disappointing news from the Jetboy camp. Mickey Finn is the type of singer that will be nearly impossible to replace for Jetboy. I am glad that I was able to see and cover the Jetboy shows with Mickey in Columbus, Ohio & M3 in Columbia, MD. It is going to be tough for Jetboy to rebound from this. Best wishes to both the guys in Jetboy, and Mickey Finn, and his Cold Blue Rebels. Hopefully we will end up with two kick ass bands out of this split.
The only singer I have ever seen that could come close to matching Ronnie James Dio’s vocals on the classic Black Sabbath tune “Heaven & Hell” is Ray Gillen. Check out this clip with the late Ray Gillen on vocals live from Montreal in 1986.
Black Sabbath has released Deluxe Editions of their classic discs Eternal Idol & Seventh Star.
Eternal Idol is digitally all-remastered and expanded edition of this 1987 album including two bonus tracks on Disc One plus the complete album session originally recorded by the late Ray Gillen on Disc Two. The Eternal Idol, Sabbath’s 13th studio album, was an altogether harder sounding record and brought back an ‘edge’ that had been missing from Seventh Star. Whilst there was much for the Sabbath fan to celebrate with tracks such as, ‘The Shining’, ‘Ancient Warrior’, ‘Born To Lose’ and the title track, the album wasn’t as well received and settled at number 66 in the UK and a disappointing 168 in the US.
Over the years however, fans of Black Sabbath and hard rock in general have been re-discovering all that The Eternal Idol has to offer.
Eternal Idol Track Listing
1. The Shining (5:58)
2. Ancient Warrior (5:34)
3. Hard Life to Love (5:00)
4. Glory Ride (4:48)
5. Born to Lose (3:43)
6. Nightmare (5:17)
7. Scarlet Pimpernel (2:07)
8. Lost Forever (4:00)
9. Eternal Idol (6:35)
10. Black Moon (2010 Deluxe Only)
11. Some Kind of Woman (2010 Deluxe Only)
Disc 2 (2010 Deluxe Only)
1. Glory Ride
2. Born to Lose
3. Lost Forever
4. Eternal Idol
5. The Shining
6. Hard Life to Love
8. Ancient Warrior
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1986 album including bonus tracks. Seventh Star was the 12th official Black Sabbath studio album and reached the #27 position in the UK and #78 in the US. This expanded edition of the album adds the U.S. remix of the ‘No Stranger To Love’ single and also for the very first time on CD, a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in June ’86 which features then unknown American singer, Ray Gillen on lead vocals.
Seventh Star Track Listing
1. In for the Kill (3:40)
2. No Stranger to Love (4:28)
3. Turn to Stone (3:28)
4. Sphinx (The Guardian) (1:11)
5. Seventh Star (5:20)
6. Danger Zone (4:23)
7. Heart Like a Wheel (6:35)
8. Angry Heart (3:06)
9. In Memory … (2:35)
10. No Stranger To Love (Remix, 2010 Expanded Edition Only)
Disc 2 (Live, 2010 Expanded Edition Only)
1. Mob Rules
2. Danger Zone
3. War Pigs
4. Seventh Star
5. Die Young
6. Black Sabbath
8. Neon Knights
who was brought-in to complete the tour following the departure of Glenn Hughes due to illness.
HRH Comment: The Second Disc featuring the late Ray Gillen is worth grabbing both of the remastered Sabbath discs above.
RIKKI ROCKETT To Join WENDY DIO, SHARI BELAFONTE, PAUL DINI, TYLER MANE, RENNE O”CONNOR, BRANDON BARASH In Support Of MUSIC THRU HUMANITY
Iconic Radio Personality JIM LADD of KLOS To Host The Nights Events
Former Founding Members of YES & TOTO First Los Angeles Concert:
YOSO Headlines “HUMANITY THRU MUSIC” Green Carpet
Saturday, November 6th @ Musicians Institute Music Corridor and Amphitheatre in Hollywood
Musicians Institute Music Corridor & Amphitheatre
6752 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
SPECIAL LIMITED HALLOWEEN PRICE OF $35* @ WWW.TICKETFLY.COM
Soap Star Hunk BRANDON BARASH will walk the green carpet in support of HUMANITY THRU MUSIC Saturday, November 6th in Hollywood. BARASH will join WENDY DIO, actress/photographer SHARI BELAFONTE, Com-Con Icon/”Lost” Producer PAUL DINI, Actor TYLER MANE /Michael Myers of Halloween 1&2 fame and many more celebs and Rockstars will grace this year First Annual Humanity Thru Music concert and dinner in support f building a No-Kill animal sanctuary in California.
Iconic radio personality JIM LADD, of KLOS, has joined on to host this year’s concert event and will also walk the green carpet in support of our much needed NO-Kill animal Sanctuary in California. LADD will start the night out on the carpet and end the night rockin us out to the combined forces of YES & TOTO former founding members new project YOSO in a montage that was 30 years in the making – YOSO will play such Platinum hits from both bands Roundabout, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Rosanna, Hold The Line and so much more!!
Huge “Silent Auction” with Joe Satriani, Rob Zombie, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, Marky Ramone and so many other rockstars who have contributed singed guitars and other items Also there are great items such as Hollywood Bowl tickets, signed Star Wars collection with a bottle of Skywalker Ranch wine, signed sports memorabilia, dinner at Sugar Rock, a night at Luck Stick bowling alley for 8-16 guests and more to help support the upcoming concert HUMANITY THRU MUSIC and the building of a No-Kill animal sanctuary. Right now you can get your ticket for $35 as a special Halloween price – Go to www.ticketfly.com or Paypal to email@example.com and get yours now!!!
NIGHTS SCHEDULE: Will-call opens at 5:30 pm to check in and purchase tickets with the Green Carpet and silent auction starting at 6:00 pm. The vegetarian paw-sta buffet starts at 6:30 pm with $1 wine bars. 8:00 pm is your cue to go rock-out to classic rock in the amphitheater for the concert that will start at 8:30pm. The concert will end about 10:00 pm.
ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats, dinner (festival seating) is now $35 till 11/05, reg. $50, VIP seating, dinner is $100 (guaranteed first 5 rows), $195 VIP Backstage (First 3 center rows seating guaranteed | VIP Lounge | After-Show Meet & Greet | Special YOSO Gift bag), Platinum group seating for 10 includes all above* $1250.
TO BUY TICKETS – Go to www.ticketfly.com, for Paypal go to www.myspace.com/furfeather OR Paypal directly with ticket seat-type and quantities to firstname.lastname@example.org – You will be provided with a confirmation page you will bring to will-call night of the event. Will-call starts @ 5:30 pm sharp!
SO – Come wag your tail and rock-out in Hollywood on November, 6th at the First Annual “Humanity Thru Music” concert and paw-sta dinner in benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary a 501c3 dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Come help save the lives of our homeless animals from having to enter shelters and face needless euthanasia by supporting the building of Southern California’s first full NO-KILL animal sanctuary, medical and educational center.
We want to thank our sponsors for all the gracious help in making this all happen – MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, MODERN DOG MAGAZINE AND PARADIGM SHIFT WORLDWIDE, INC – THANK YOU!!
Check out the new video, “Burn”, from Californian rockers PAPA ROACH. The song comes off the band’s new album, Time For Annihilation… On The Road And On The Record.
Check out the song, “Lifetime Sinner” from UK Rockers Izzy Stone, and click below to get your free Download of the song. “Lifetime Sinner” is from the Izzi Stone’s EP, Kiss From the Devil. Click on the song tab below to get your free download!
In celebration of the release of the 20th Anniversary Edition of QUEENSRŸCHE EMPIRE on November 9th (EMI/Capitol), check out the stream of RESISTANCE (recorded live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on 11/15/90).
QUEENSRŸCHE – RESISTANCE (Live in London):
“Resistance” became the tour opener for the Queensrÿche shows of the 90s. Singer Geoff Tate and guitarist Michael “Whip” Wilton share their thoughts:
“The song Resistance was a song written about protecting the environment. This is a cause I felt connected to when we wrote the song and a cause I still feel strongly about today.” – GEOFF TATE
“Resistance was one of the last songs recorded for Empire. I had the parts ready and Chris (DeGarmo) and I pieced the music together for Geoff to sing this idea he had about the resistance in America at the time. The song recorded fast and my solo was a one taker. Kind of a whip jig.” – MICHAEL WILTON
SPECIAL EDITION DIGIPAK AND STANDARD CD AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 9th STRICTLY LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION LP BOX SET DUE OUT NOVEMBER 23rd
Acclaimed music and entertainment writer Bryan Reesman will be premiering the track “The Bread of Wickedness” off of VIRGIN STEELE’s new album “The Black Light Bacchanalia” Bryan will also be hosting a contest on his site, where fans will be able to enter to win a copy of “The Black Light Bacchanalia” and a VIRGIN STEELE poster. Listen to the song at http://tinyurl.com/vspremiere . Make sure to enter the contest at http://tinyurl.com/2657ur8.
VIRGIN STEELE‘s “The Black Light Bacchanalia” will be released in four formats, three of which will be released on November 9th in North Amercia: a standard CD, limited edition CD Digipak with a bonus CD, and digital download. The fourth version is the strictly limited edition LP box set which will be released on November 23rd in North America. Each version will have its own unique artwork. The details of the strictly limited edition LP have just been announced, they can be seen below:
The box set includes:
- 3 LPs with printed inner sleeves + 1 bonus track
- the jewel case version of the album
- a full colored poster
- a full colored sticker
- a full colored postcard
- 12 page booklet in vinyl format with the Virgin Steele history written by David DeFeis
VIRGIN STEELE mastermind David Defeis said the following about “The Black Light Bacchanalia:
“It is a long album…close to 80 minutes…The album (to be really brief), concerns the reversal of all things…Once conquered by invading cultures, older Pagan deities become the demons…of the new religion. “The Black Light Bacchanalia” is a reversal of the sacred sexual customs, and the final desecration of the “Goddess Principle”, switching from matrilineal descent to patrilineal descent, with the rise of the idea of the Mountain-Fire God…. And it also has to do with ancient fears such as the fear of the sun not rising…Lyrically it is a kind of continuation of the story I told on the last album…Musically it is quite something else…”
For more on VIRGIN STEELE be sure to visit:
Attention Deficit Delirium covers a wide range of media, from music to movies to theater, but often with a slant towards the dark side of art. Recent interviewees include Cary Elwes (SAW 3D), William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist), Serj Tankian, Wolf Hoffmann and All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte.
Legendary rock band The Cult prepares to release new music on November 16th via innovative music capsules, heralding a new era of music delivery that will impact the way we hear music for years to come.
Legendary rock band The Cult prepares to release new music on November 16th via innovative music capsules, heralding a new era of music delivery that will impact the way we hear music for years to come. Capsule 2: New Blood Deep Cuts features new songs “Embers” and “Until The Light Takes Us,” live recordings of some of the band’s huge hits and an intimate look into The Cult’s rehearsal space, with a never before seen warm-up performance of “Black Angel.” Rather than revisit the traditional method of releasing a long form CD, the band is pioneering a new way of providing material. Capsules span multiple media formats including vinyl, digital, USB, CD and DVD formats, and can be purchased at: http://cultcapsulestore.com.
Frontman Ian Astbury explains, “We are stepping away from the conventional system. By including new music, live music and film, we are giving our fans the opportunity to own other creative visions. The Capsule is a way of delivering music in bites, quicker and fresher than in the context of an album format.”
Capsule 2: New Blood Deep Cuts’ lead track, “Embers,” will be available exclusively on iTunes beginning November 1st for 2 weeks, while iTunes’ exciting new music-oriented social network site called Ping boasts an exclusive On Demand preview streaming of “Embers, the “Black Angel” rehearsal film and new band photos. For an advanced taste of “Embers”: http://aderra.net/Embers_Preview.html.
On the heels of their wildly successful Love Live Tour celebrating their 1985 groundbreaking album, The Cult announces a new run of U.S. dates on their L’America Tour kicking off October 28th in Chicago. UK dates begin January 18, 2011 in Leeds. Fans are afforded the unique opportunity of leaving the venue each night after a Cult concert with a full recording of the show on a USB flash drive – to relive each incendiary moment.
The Cult is Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitar), Chris Wyse (bass), John Tempesta (drums) and Mike Dimkich (rhythm guitar), who worked with producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, Unkle) to bring the new capsule recordings to life.
“Our latest recordings are a mixture of violent guitars, emotive vocal performances with high melody and driving beats,” offers Astbury. “Textured metaphysical rock music for the contemporary music head.”
The Cult U.S. 2010 Tour Dates:
10/28 Chicago, IL @Vic Theatre
10/29 Buffalo, NY @The Town Ballroom
10/30 Sayreville, NJ @Starland Ballroom
10/31 Worcester, MA @The Palladium
11/2 Baltimore, MD @Rams Head Live!
11/3 Hartford, CT @Webster Theatre
11/5 Munhall, PA @Carnegie Mellon University
11/6 Atlantic City, NJ @House of Blues
11/8 St. Petersburg, FL @Jannus Live
11/9 Melbourne, FL @Levelz Night Club
11/10 Orlando, FL @Hard Rock Live
11/12 Atlanta, GA @The Tabernacle
11/13 Charlotte, NC @Fillmore Charlotte
11/14 Raleigh, NC @Lincoln Theatre
11/15 Cleveland, OH @House of Blues
11/17 Grand Rapids, MI @The Orbit Room
11/18 South Bend, IN @Club Fever
11/19 Detroit, MI @The Fillmore Detroit
11/20 Milwuakee, WI @The Rave
The Cult UK 2011 Tour Dates:
1/18 O2 Academy Leeds
1/19 O2 Academy Bristol
1/21 HMV Hammersmith Apollo
1/22 Cambridge Corn Exchange
1/23 O2 Academy Bournemouth
1/24 Nottingham Rock City
1/26 Wolves Civic Hall
1/27 O2 Academy Newcastle
1/29 O2 Academy Glasgow
1/30 Manchester Academy
In the 80s, hair bands ruled. They were all over the radio, all over MTV, and all over anywhere one could look. And while a lot of people thought that most of them looked like girls, there were a few bands that actually had girls in them. In this edition of Vie’s Verses, I’m paying tribute to some of the best female fronted bands of yesteryear. So grab your aqua net, your dog eared copy of Hit Parader, and your dual cassette boom box, and let’s take a ride down memory lane.
Vixen was huge in 1988/1989 with their self-titled debut album and smash hit, Edge Of A Broken Heart. Their appeal was deeper than just the music, however. As an all female band, filled with beautiful women, the guys loved Vixen for more than their songs. Rationally, Edge Of A Broken Heart is not a song that a dude could pump his fist to. It’s a song about a woman who is trying to avoid heartbreak. That’s not very manly. But the guys found themselves singing along anyway, because these chicks were hot!
Vixen formed in Minnesota in the mid-80s and then moved to Los Angeles, California, to join the smoking hot L.A. music scene. The fact that they were an all girl band certainly helped to get them the attention of record execs. After enjoying huge success with their first album, Vixen released Rev It Up in 1990. Unfortunately, Rev It Up was not promoted by the band’s record label, EMI, as well as their debut album was, and record sales on Rev It Up were poor. In 1991 the band split up.
Where are they now?
In 2001, as hair metal was making a huge revival, Jan Kuehnemund reformed Vixen with two other original members and a new bass guitar player. Halfway through their first tour, the band split up again. Kuehnemund, determined to keep the band‘s name alive, hired a new lineup and continued to tour and record under the name Vixen. Their last show was at the 2009 Rocklahoma. Since then, there has not been much activity from the band, but there are rumors of a possible new album and tour in the works for 2010/2011.
Did you know?
80s pop star, Richard Marx, wrote and arranged Edge Of A Broken Heart for Vixen at the request of EMI.
Led by the beautiful and highly talented Doro Pesch, Warlock was a heavy metal band that formed in Germany in 1982. Their third album, True As Steel, was released in 1986, and brought the band recognition in the US. The single, Fight For Rock, was picked up by North American radio, and the band found a new following during the height of the hair metal years. Though most members of the band rotated in and out of Warlock, Doro Pesch always remained Warlock’s front woman. Warlock would find even more success once their videos started getting regular play on MTv’s Headbangers Ball. By the late 80s, all of the original band members had left Warlock. Doro had to change the name of the band (to Doro) due to Warlock’s original manager suing for the naming rights to Warlock.
Where are they now?
Doro Pesch is still performing under the Doro moniker and released a new album in 2009. Guitarist Peter Szigeti went on to play with many other bands, most notably U.D.O. Guitarist Rudy Graf went on to join the band Rage after leaving Warlock in 1985. He left the band Rage in 1987. Bassist Frank Rittel left Warlock at the end of the True As Steel Tour and little has been heard of him since. Drummer Michael Eurich left Warlock to join the band Casanova where he recorded three albums with them. His drumming activity has been quiet since then. Doro is still recording and touring in Europe and North America.
Did you know?
In 2008, Pure Steel Records released the first official tribute to Warlock which included special appearances by members of the band.
Fronted by the gorgeous Sandi Saraya, Saraya was a New Jersey based band that had some modest radio hits, including their big single, Love Has Taken Its Toll. Never wanting their album to sell based on Sandi’s beauty, the front woman actually insisted that most of her face be hidden for the album’s cover shoot. Saraya only released two albums, and their second album, When The Blackbird Sings is hardly known by anyone except the truest of metal fans. After the release of their second album, keyboardist Gregg Munier quit the band, and Saraya decided to go their separate ways.
Where are they now?
Keyboardist and founding member, Gregg Munier, died in 2006 due to complications from pneumonia.
After Saraya split up in 1991, Sandi Saraya married Tesla bassist Brian Wheat, but they soon divorced. Since then, Sandi went on to marry again and is raising five children with her current husband.
Guitarist Tony Bruno is currently performing with Danger, Danger, although he is not an official member of the band.
Drummer Chuck Bonfante has been in and out of different bands since the demise of Saraya.
Earlier this year, rumors abounded that Saraya would be playing a reunion show, their first show in over 18 years, at the Firefest in the UK. Unfortunately, this never happened. Tony Bruno and Chuck Bonfante claim that Sandi was never committed to the reunion and she backed out at the last minute after demanding an exurbanite amount of money to play the festival. Sandi claims this is not true, that she just wanted enough money to cover the expenses of her family traveling to the festival with her, so that her children could see her perform. Her husband recently underwent surgery and the medical bills depleted her savings. It is not known whether Sandi and her former bandmates have spoken since her decision to not perform at Firefest (which took place just last week (October 30th and 31st). Whether there will be a reunion in the future still remains to be seen.
Did you know?
Saraya was in the midst of recording their third album when the band decided to call it quits.
Smashed Gladys was a band that flew under everybody’s radar, but whose debut album is currently fetching a small mint on EBay and Craigslist, when they can be found. Fronted by the sleazy hot Sally Cato, Smashed Gladys released their debut album, Smashed Gladys in 1985. They followed that up with the excellent Social Intercourse in 1988. While not receiving much airplay or video time on MTV, Smashed Gladys went on to form a small following of hard core fans. Due to lack of support and promotion from the record company, the band decided to split up in 1989 while recording their third album, Tales From The East Side. The album has never been released.
Where are they now?
Front woman, Sally Cato, completely disappeared from the music scene after Smashed Gladys hung up their instruments. For most of her adult life she has been a Tibetan Buddhist. She currently owns a marketing and design firm in New York City. She still conducts interviews with glam/rock magazines and websites from time to time.
Guitarists Bart Lewis and Roger Lane, as well as bassist J.D. Malo have been in and out of bands since the breakup of Smashed Gladys. Drummer Matt Stelluto is currently employed by the New York Mets.
Social Intercourse has recently been re-released on Wounded Bird Records and can be found online for a decent price. Sally Cato has not ruled out the chance for a Smashed Gladys reunion if someone can put together a budget for the band to reunite.
Did you know?
Smashed Gladys was originally managed by Gene Simmons.
Bitch was formed in 1980 by lead singer, Betsy Bitch. Their debut album, Be My Slave was released in 1983 and received some rotation on rock radio stations. In 1987 Bitch released their follow up album, The Bitch Is Back, two years after originally recording it. During that time, the band built a large following on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, playing such noted clubs as The Roxy and The Whiskey A Go-Go. By the time The Bitch Is Back was officially released, the band had a large fan base. This helped sales of their sophomore release tremendously. In 1989, Bitch released their final album, A Rose By Any Other Name. Since that time, Betsy Bitch has been the only original member to remain in the band.
Where are they now?
Betsy Bitch has continued to stay in the music scene. In several interviews she has stated that Bitch never officially broke up, they would just go on extended hiatus. Bitch continued to play festivals and do some minor touring throughout the 90s and 00s.
Original drummer Robby Settles passed away from leukemia earlier this year.
Guitarist David Carruth stayed with the band until recently, but is no longer a member of Bitch.
Bitch is currently in the studio with a new lineup working on a new album. A release date has not been set.
Did you know?
Bitch was the first female fronted heavy metal band signed to a record label.
Very few bands surprise me in 2010, but metalcore act All That Remains have done just that. With the band’s new song, “For We Are Many”, it seems like the band is leaning more towards modern metal, than metalcore, and as it turns out, I like this song a lot.
Check out the video, “For We Are Many” below. If you like what you hear, you can download the song for free below!