Alter Bridge continues to climb up the charts with their single, “Isolation”, off of their latest release ABIII. “Isolation” is currently at #2 on the Active and Mainstream Rock Charts and is setting its sights on the top spot. Showcasing the band’s ability to play and write aggressively while maintaining their signature melodic component, the single has been Top 10 on major radio stations across the country. ABIII was self-released on Alter Bridge recordings via EMI label services and debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Coinciding with the band’s chart success of “Isolation” and ABIII, DC3 Music Group and Alter Bridge are gearing up to release their long-awaited DVD and live CD, Alter Bridge – Live From Amsterdam. Rumored for release multiple times in the US in 2010, the DVD finally sees the light of day stateside on January 11th, 2011. The US and UK release of single-disc version of the DVD landed at #1 on the Amazon US and UK the same day being released in 2009. Directed & Produced by Award-Winning Director Daniel E Catullo III (Rush, Rage Against The Machine, Godsmack) the DVD was recorded during the band’s 2008 Blackbird tour, the DVD showcases some of the band’s most memorable hits including “Rise Today,” ”Metalingus,” “Open Your Eyes,” and “Broken Wings.” The DVD also showcases two extremely captivating performances by the band: the 8- minute opus “Blackbird” and an emotionally charged solo performance of “Watch Over You.” The Deluxe Box set includes 2 discs- a DVD with the full show/ documentary and a live CD. The packaging also includes a 16 page color book. The DVD will also be available in Blu-Ray at the same time.
Alter Bridge is currently on their first US tour in three years. The tour kicked off in Grand Rapids, MI on December 10th, and the 12 city trek runs through the holiday season and makes stops in major markets including New York, Dallas, Chicago and Baltimore before wrapping up in Houston on January 8th. This is just the warm-up run before the band’s full US tour this spring.
Like what you hear? You can download three songs, “Mr. Jay”, “But I’m Not”,and “Into the Wild” from the new disc at Guideline’s website. Traveler on Midway will be released on January 21st, 2011!
GEOFF TATE - When you delve your eardrums back into the eighties decade, midway through the nineties, Heavy Metal had it’s fair share of flamboyant front men. What set any front man from the pack then, as it does to this very moment, are the vocals. Smoke and mirrors will only take you so far in the vast world of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock. Geoff Tate has never tricked anyone with his vocals, instead he has left a generation or two in pure awe from his falsetto and vocal range. Of course, there is the entire Queensryche band behind Geoff Tate, a band which has distinguished themselves as innovators within the progressive realm of Heavy Music for three decades strong.
Whenever names of the greatest singers of the Heavy Metal era come up through conversations I have, with my peers or other musicians, Geoff Tate is at the top of the list. While interviewing Geoff, I realized he is focused on the present and not the past. Geoff is not only extremely polite, he is one to pause before answering a question, putting precise care into how he chooses his words. Geoff talks about the thirtieth anniversary of Queensryche, the twentieth anniversary of their “Empire” album, his thoughts about Grunge and his committed patriotism towards the U.S. Armed Forces. Here is what Geoff Tate had to say.
HRH: Queensryche are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of “Empire”. After two decades, what is it, that stands out the most about “Empire” for you?
GEOFF TATE: We never look back as a band. I never really listened to it again, maybe for reference purposes. It’s what we’re doing at the moment that I listen to. For the re-release, we found stuff sitting around in the closet to put on the record. “Empire” happened at a really good time in history, right after the “Mindcrime Tour”. “Empire” reflects us being home from a writing standpoint, how we felt towards relationships and the environments around us. I really like the record. It was a special time in Rock history, Rock music was everywhere, on MTV and radio. Now, Rock seems to be underground.
HRH: “Silent Lucidity” illuminates that “it” factor. This song became huge of course. How were you able to make “Silent Lucidity” coexist amongst the other songs on “Empire” so well?
GEOFF TATE: It was written like all our songs, as acoustic and voice. Our musical character went into it, there’s Classical and all different styles of music that makes up our signature sound. This song was written with the mentality of Queensryche in mind, usually a group has chemistry and Queensryche has always had that chemistry. The chord sequences and frequency patterns will emerge from a song, then you know it’s Queensryche, then you can identify the song to our band.
HRH: How is the next Queensryche album coming along?
GEOFF TATE: It’s coming along really good, we worked on it for the whole day today. We’re looking at a release for Spring of 2011, that’s our goal. We’re in the final stages of the album now, we need to do drum tracks on a few songs. After Thanksgiving we’ll get right back to it.
HRH: What young gun band or vocalist out there today, impresses you the most?
GEOFF TATE: Well, you know, being the age I am, the younger and newer bands just don’t speak to me artistically. Being an older guy, I’ve been through a lot. I’m pretty busy listening to the music that’s in my head.
HRH: The exemplary and patriotic “American Solider” album resonates your pride and respect for our U.S. Armed Forces. Would you ever consider a sequel to “American Soldier”?
GEOFF TATE: I could write a lot of albums based on that subject! I listened to so many wonderful stories and they were all amazing stories. So yes, I could write several albums on that subject.
HRH: Have you ever pondered making a documentary on “American Soldier”?
GEOFF TATE: On our Iraq and Kuwait trips, there was a lot of footage shot and I’m very pleased with how it came out. We did two weeks of shows for our troops over there in Iraq and Kuwait. It was inspirational and a great honor to play for our troops live.
HRH: It’s been reported that you will be performing along with Y&T and other Rock greats, at a New Years Eve benefit concert for Phil Kennemore. How far back do you go with Phil Kennemore?
GEOFF TATE: Let’s see, our first tour with Y&T goes back to the mid 80′s, around 1984 or something like that. I’m good friends with Mike Meniketti as well, my wife is friends with his wife too.
HARD ROCK HIDEOUT NOTE: Phil Kennemore has been the longtime bass guitarist for Y&T. Dave Meniketti is a founding member, vocalist and lead guitarist for Y&T. Phil Kennemore is currently and bravely battling metastatic cancer. This benefit concert for Phil Kennemore will take place on New Years Eve at The Avalon in Santa Clara, California.
HRH: The progressive style of Queensryche is what sets your band apart from ever being pigeonholed as just Heavy Metal. Do you agree that “Operation Mindcrime” set the standard for other Progressive Metal bands to follow?
GEOFF TATE: Well, I think it was a pivotal record for us. “Operation Mindcrime” broke new ground for us and other bands as well. That album was very inspirational to us and other bands. As musicians, we are inspired by other musicians, it affects the way we play.
HRH: What’s your most proud vocal performance, live and/or in studio?
GEOFF TATE: Probably what I’m working on now! This next Queensryche album is a personal journey. In terms of best or worst, it’s all about just getting the song out. We try to paint the best picture with the subject matter as musicians. We’re always experimenting musically. With me, it could be phrasing a song or experimenting with melody, experimenting with chord arrangements, playing around with different patterns and making it work.
HRH: Is there another solo album in the future for you?
GEOFF TATE: Yeah, I’ve been working on one. I have so many songs written, only I’ve been busy with Queensryche the last several years. Probably in the next couple of years I’ll have a new solo album out.
HRH: Do you stay in touch with Chris DeGarmo?
GEOFF TATE: Yeah, probably once every couple of months we have lunch together. We definitely stay in touch.
HARD ROCK HIDEOUT NOTE: Chris DeGarmo was a founding member for Queensryche. Chris was their lead and rhythm guitarist, as well as being a songwriter for the band. Back in 1997, Chris officially left Queensryche. In 2003, Chris did record on the Queensryche album “Tribe” and wrote and recorded on the song “Justified” for the 2007 Queensryche greatest hits album “Sign Of The Times”.
HRH: Having strong roots in Seattle, Washington, did you embrace Grunge, tolerate it or it never mattered?
GEOFF TATE: The term “Grunge” is not something the bands that get lumped into are very comfy with. They were and still are Rock bands to me. They were all right behind us. Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, they all played gigs with us, they all opened for us and I know these guys well. I’m very good friends with Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell.
HRH: Growing up as a young singer, musician and songwriter, how much were you influenced by Ronnie James Dio?
GEOFF TATE: Quite a bit in a lot of ways. Ronnie was a mentor for me and the band. Our first tour to Europe was with DIO. Ronnie showed us what to do and what not to do. Ronnie was a true gentleman, a great man and very kind. He always explained things to us. Ronnie had open ears and would listen to what you had to say. I definitely miss him very much.
HRH: When you released the first Queensryche EP, back in 1983, did you envision your band to reach such legendary status?
GEOFF TATE: No. I never really think about that. I always thought of the present day and still do. Queensryche’s Thirtieth Anniversary is coming up, with a big tour to follow in the Spring and Summer of 2011. It’s been thirty years already, it’s very sobering!
On Thursday, December 30, 2010 GUNS N’ ROSES, ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA Guitarist GILBY CLARKE sits down and talks with the hosts of the ROCK ON Radio Show, Casey & Riley Macek of HOLES AND HEARTS, in an Exclusive New Radio Interview that can be heard on Las Vegas’ #1 Internet radio station, VRadio from 7:00-9:00PM PST.
“I’m gonna make a new record, I’m ready, I’m excited!” says GILBY CLARKE, he also talks about some wild GUNS N’ ROSES stories from back in the day, playing guitar with HEART, “Nancy Wilson is Extremely Hot, she’s beautiful & she’s an incredible guitar player”, his guest appearance in the FALLOUT BOY Video, “their really funny & they have a great sense of humor”, also why he loves Rockin’ in Las Vegas, “what’s great about Vegas is you can drink all night”, his recent South American Tour and more.
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In 1972, glam rockers Slade released the song “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” on their classic album Slayed?. Little did they know the song would be covered by several bands later on.
In 1984, Irish rockers Mama’s Boys released a cover of the song on their self titled disc. In the same year, Quiet Riot also released their cover of the song on their disc Condition Critical.
The Slade version was the most successful, although Quiet Riot did experience some modest success with their cover as well. I am guessing many folks are not familiar with the Mama’s Boys version of the same tune. The band Mama’s Boys never really took off in the United States.
Check out the three clips below and tell us what you think! Which version of the song is best? Which video is the best? Obviously, Slade’s version is not an official video, but considering the age, it is still kind of cool. Quiet Riot & Mama’s Boys both had unique takes with their own videos.
Which one do you think is best? Decide with your votes below!
Has this song been covered too much, or do you think one of today’s hard rock bands should put their own unique spin on this song?
Please comment and let us know what you think.
“Nights In White Satin” Re-Enters the UK Charts at #2 on the UK Rock Chart; and #27 on the BBC Radio 1; Marking Historical Fourth Time “Nights” Lands on the U.K./U.S. Charts — Sparked by Recent Performance by “The X Factor” Winner Matt Cardle
On 2011 Tour — Moodies Offer Fans Special VIP Treatment With Exclusive “Storytellers Experiences” and “Backstage Tours”
The Moody Blues will launch their 2011 U.S. tour nationwide kicking off on April 27, 2011 at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans and will continue through June 11. The band, whose legacy spans four decades of hit-making and sell-out tours, will continue to entertain audiences with their timeless music. Says the New York Post of their live show: “The rockers played a set that reminded the sold-out Music Hall why (The Moody Blues are) one of the most important rock acts to ever come out of the U.K… the trio looked remarkably sound and sounded untouched by time…” Echoes USA Weekend: “Fans were on their feet applauding great music from a great rock n’ roll band with staying power beyond anybody’s ‘wildest dreams.’” Says the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “The Moodies depend on nostalgic memories of their fans’ youth, but they also know that in the present, these songs can still move the listener.”
The Moodies’ legendary hit “Nights In White Satin” originally released in 1967 from their landmark “Days Of Future Passed” album, just landed at #2 on the UK Rock Chart, and at #27 on the BBC Radio 1 chart, making it the fourth time that “Nights” has charted in its 40-plus year history. The song’s resurgence ignited from a recent smash cover performance by Matt Cardle, current winner of Simon Cowell’s hit UK show “The X Factor” (check out Cardle’s performance of the song below.
The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded an astonishing 14 platinum and gold discs. Their incredible roster of hits includes: “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few. The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles, have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands in existence.
Guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge and drummer Graeme Edge, on this tour, will also offer their fans a special opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with them on their exclusive “Storytellers Experiences” and “Backstage Tours” exclusives, which will be available on select tour dates.
The ultimate Moody Blues VIP experiences now available to fans, will give them the rare opportunity to join the rock legends pre-show, telling some of their wildest personal stories and recounting decades of international performances to an intimate group of fans. The exclusive “Storytellers Experiences” will be available to purchase online at a first-come-first serve basis, and will take place before three select performances: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston, Texas on April 29; The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino / The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 13; and at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on June 3.
At many of the 2011 selected concerts (dates to be announced), fans can also experience the Moody Blues’ “Backstage Tour” which includes a tour of the stage in which fans can meet some of the crew, see the band’s instruments and perhaps catch a glimpse of the band members themselves.
Both the “Storytellers” and “Backstage Tour” experiences include a front of the venue concert ticket, early access to the merchandise booth to get first choice of the tour items, and a specially prepared, limited edition merchandise package. Additional VIP packages are also available that include VIP seating and/or Merchandise packages. VIP experience details and on sale information are available through the Moody Blues’ official fan club, managed by PAID, Inc. (OTCBB: PAYD) at http://www.moodybluestoday.com/index.cfm//content/pid/401891.
The U.S. tour is as follows:
|4/27/11||Mahalia Jackson Theatre||New Orleans, LA|
|4/28/11||Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater||Austin, TX|
|4/29/11||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion||Houston, TX|
|4/30/11||Winstar Casino||Thackerville, OK|
|5/03/11||Brady Theater||Tulsa, OK|
|5/04/11||Lucky Star Casino||Oklahoma City, OK|
|5/05/11||Midland Theatre||Kansas City, MO|
|5/07/11||Red Rocks Amphitheatre||Denver, CO|
|5/08/11||Pikes Peak Center||Colorado Springs, CO|
|5/11/11||AVA Amphitheatre||Tucson, AZ|
|5/12/11||Comerica Theatre||Phoenix, AZ|
|5/13/11||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino / The Joint||Las Vegas, NV|
|5/14/11||Agua Caliente Casino||Rancho Mirage, CA|
|5/17/11||Granada Theatre||Santa Barbara, CA|
|5/18/11||Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo||San Luis Obispo, CA|
|5/20 & 5/21||Pechanga Resort & Casino||Temecula, CA|
|5/22/11||Humprey’s||San Diego, CA|
|5/24/11||Marin Center||San Raphael, CA|
|5/25/11||Visalia Fox Theater||Visalia, CA|
|5/28/11||Silver Legacy Resort & Casino||Reno, NV|
|5/31/11||Idaho Botanical Gardens||Boise, ID|
|6/01/11||Cuthbert Amphitheater||Eugene, OR|
|6/03/11||Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall||Portland, OR|
|6/04/11||Chateau Ste. Michelle||Seattle, WA|
|6/05/11||Northern Quest Casino Theater||Spokane, WA|
|6/08/11||Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre||Moorehead, MN|
|6/09/11||Orpheum Theatre||Minneapolis, MN|
|6/10/11||Pabst Theater||Milwaukee, WI|
*Additional dates are TBA.
Bundle Contains Previously Unreleased Track, “4:00 AM” — The Last Unreleased Song From Recording Sessions for Band’s Current Album Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold have released a deluxe three-song digital single on iTunes, titled “Welcome To The Family,” today. The bundle includes “Welcome To The Family” (off the band’s current album Nightmare), “4:00 AM” (a previously unreleased b-side), and a live version of “Seize The Day” (off City of Evil) recorded in Seattle. Those who purchase the iTunes bundle will also receive a PDF that includes more than 30 photos of the band shot by photographer Greg Watermann during the band’s 2010 co-headlining stint on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
Avenged Sevenfold cemented their status as the world’s next rock powerhouse with their highly personal fifth studio album Nightmare, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart and also topped Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock, and Digital charts. Its No. 1 debut is the band’s highest first-week chart position ever. The title track, “Nightmare” is the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010.
Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road for their “Nightmare After Christmas” Tour on January 20th, 2011, headlining arenas in the United States.
Prior to the release of the new album, The End will be releasing the definitive Anvil anthology. The collection will be comprised of classics old and new, with some surprises, and will showcase the band’s entire career spanning back to 1978.
Anvil, considered a major influence for a generation of hard rockers including Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Guns N’ Roses, was the subject of 2009’s award-winning rock documentary, Anvil! The Story of Anvil. The globally revered film has made the group – founding members singer/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner, and bassist Glenn Five (the “new guy” with 15 years in the band) – a household name. Since the release of the film, Anvil has experienced unprecedented touring opportunities. They went out with rock legends AC/DC and Saxon, as well as headlined a sold out European tour in 2010. Anvil rocked the worldwide festival circuit, with slots on the bills of Wacken and Bang Your Head in Germany, Loud Park in Japan, Sweden Rock, Soundwave Festival in Australia, as well as their first full U.S. tour in over 10 years.
Lips commented, “I must say that this is by far the best Anvil ever. There will be a few new surprises including Glenn 5′s first lead vocals in Anvil’s history. The production that Bob Marlette has done far surpasses anything we’ve done in the past. The excitement within the band is over the top and we can’t wait to unleash this amazing cd to the fans.”
Reiner concurs, “The new album is pure Anvil with a new fresh kick, very exciting. Looking to rocking with The End, putting the music where it belongs – in everybody’s ears and face!”
Anvil are currently planning a world tour for 2011 in support of Juggernaut of Justice. Details will be announced shortly.
Black Stone Cherry are hard at work on their forthcoming 2011 release, but the guys took a minute to honor the most wonderful time of the year with a little tune about old Saint Nick.
Explains guitarist Ben Wells to AOL’s Noisecreep, “We love to rock, but we also love our Christmas tunes! We figured, what better song to cover than one originally made famous by none other than the King, Elvis Presley! We jammed it once or twice and recorded it live on the spot. Of course we put our BSC spin on it, and are happy it has been so well-received by our fans. Enjoy and happy holidays!”
Lance King, the owner of Nightmare Records sent out an update this afternoon with a link to download 2 Hours of Music for Free! Get Yours at this link!!
Coldspell are an exciting new band based in the north of Sweden. They were formed in 2005 by guitarist and songwriter Michael Larsson, who was previously with the band R.A.W., a band that recorded two albums in the 90’s with members from Dalton and Kicken (Poodles) on drums. Together with four other experienced musicians the band Coldspell are ready to impress you with their own brand of hard rock. The band took the world by storm with their “Infinate Stargaze” release (ESM184), a recording that draws influences from a mixture of everything they grew up with from the groove of the 70’s to the choruses and melodies of the 80’s, mixed with the raw and naked excitement of the 90’s, not forgetting the production expertise of the millennium.
Coldspell’s debut CD has already created a stir in rock circles, and they have a nice crisp guitar sound that can be compared to Gotthard, Malmsteen and Whitesnake but with melodies and a rich rhythm section that smacks of Treat and Dalton. Songs like “Keep on Believin’”, “Eye of the Storm” and “Shot Down” won fans over time and time again. The album received stunning reviews all over the world and was on several album “toplists” for 2009 and album of the year at rockrealms.com. (category “heavy, hard and melodic rock”).
Here we are two years later and a brand new release “Out from the Cold”, once again mixed by Tommy Hansen in Denmark, Tommy of course having previously worked with Helloween, TNT, Pretty Maids, Jorn and Pagan’s Mind. Well, why change a winning formula?! What we have here are 12 tracks of hard rock excellence that take the band to new heights. The core of Niklas Swedentorp on vocals, Michael Larssen on Guitars and vocals and Matti Eklund on keyboards and vocals remains the same, but in come new members Perra Johanson (ex Crawley, Lost Souls) on drums and Anders “kebbe” Lindmark joins on Bass (ex Dalton / RAW).
What a way to start 2011!
Out From The Cold Track Listing:
2. Run For Your life
3. One In A Million
4. Six Feet Under
6. Save Our Souls
7. The King
9. Seven Wonders
10. Angel eyes
11. Heading For Tomorrow
12. Out from the cold
Niklas Swedentorp – Lead Vocals
Michael Larsson – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Anders “Kebbe” Lindmark – Bass
Perra Johanson – Drums
Matti Eklund – Keyboards and vocals
With a very special guest on Drums: Ian Haugland (Europe)
With the release of their second album “Madness & Grace” in April this year, Hellsingland Underground went straight up to #6 on the Swedish Album Chart.
After a sold out gig at Scandic in Stockholm, the band went out on an extensive Swedish tour, including a highly acclaimed gig at the Rockweekend Festival (with Twisted Sister, Saxon, Deep Purple among others) and a live performance at national Swedish Televison. The tour finished up with a 16 date German tour in October.
As their brand new video for “Shuffle Day To Day” will have it’s premiere on monday the 20th of December, the band wants to show their appreciation towards their fans by giving away a free digital download of the 4 track “Shuffle Day To Day EP” including the 2 previously unreleased tracks “Silly Dreams” and “Making Music Hurts Too Much”.
“At first, we were thinking of doing this as an iTunes thing, but then we thought, what the hell, it’s Christmas and all, we give it away for free instead, as a humble way of saying thank you to all the wonderful people that bought our records and came to our shows” singer Charlie Granberg says in a statement.
You’ll find the free EP here: www.hellsinglandunderground.com/shuffle
Shuffle Day To Day video:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of TEN’s ninth all original studio album entitled “Stormwarning” on February 18th 2011 in Europe and February the 15th in North America.
Turmoil is a word that could well describe what life has been like in the TEN camp over the past few years. Going through several line-up changes and a self imposed exiles from the scene, TEN for many seemed to be a name that wrote glorious pages in the darkest period of Melodic Hard Rock, failing to keep the flame alive when the momentum was raising again.
Still, TEN singer and principal songwriter, Gary Hughes knew he had another ace up his sleeve and decided to play it safe. For the new album “Stormwarning” he wanted first to have the right line-up and he enlisted the services of Neil Fraser on lead guitars and Mark Sumner on bass, in addition to long-time members John Helliwell on guitar and Paul Hodson on keyboards.
Then the masterful Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) guested to take care of all the drum duties and Gary made sure that none other than Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69 and producer of Angra, Place Vendome, Sunstorm, Edenbridge among others) would mix and produce the album. Finally he made contact with the original designer of the “Spellbound” and “Babylon” covers, the renowned Spanish fantasy artist Luis Royo, to recreate the perfect graphics for the new album.
In the summer 2010 with all the groundwork done, TEN finally started the recording of “Stormwarning” an album that, like the name itself tells, is an inspiration for tales of glory, war, and death and of course love. Any rock fan who digs the sound that Rainbow carved out with “Difficult to Cure” or that Whitesnake brought to success with “1987” and that Gary Moore exalted with albums like “Final Frontier” or “Run For Cover” needs to have this record in their collection. And even for the well acquainted, TEN re-ignite memories of “The Name of The Rose” and “Spellbound”.
“Stormwarning” tracklisting includes:
The radio edit version of “Endless Symphony” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
Gary Hughes – Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
John Halliwell – Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Neil Fraser – Guitars, Lead Guitars
Paul Hodson – Keyboards and Synthesisers, Programming
Mark Sumner – Bass Guitars
With Mark Zonder: Drums and Percussion
Produced by Dennis Ward
FEAR FACTORY U.S. Fear Campaign 2010/2011:
BIG DAD RITCH – Since the Texas Hippie Coalition released their sophomore album, “Rollin’”, (Carved Records), on July 6, 2010, this Hard Rockin’ meets Heavy Metalin’ band has been tearing up every venue they play at and attracting new fans by the second. This is a band built on American and Southern pride, fronted by a large man, with a large voice that can’t mask the fact he also has a large heart for his community, kids and U.S. troops abroad. Big Dad Ritch is his name and bellowing out songs that can make cement foundations split apart… is his Rockin’ game.
Hard Rock Hideout had the Rockin’ pleasure to speak with Big Dad Ritch recently and he was never lacking any Texas hospitality or pride. Touring, patriotism, politics, influences, charity and of course, the new Texas Hippie Coalition album were all covered, in a very candid and Texas big way, by Big Dad Ritch. When it was all said and done, this writer walked away knowing he spoke to one of the biggest gentleman he has ever interviewed. Contrary to an old fashioned line which is used much too often, however, sometimes big things do come in big packages. Here is what Big Dad Ritch had to say:
HRH: Texas Hippie Coalition has a full slate of touring ahead, any tales about life on the road you want to share?
BIG DAD RITCH: Naw, that’s all a big secret. I have a wife, a girlfriend and an ol’ lady! (laughs)
BIG DAD RITCH: That’s how we say it down here in Texas, ol’ lady! (laughs)
HRH: Did you and the guys ever think “Rollin’” would have such an immediate impact like it did?
BIG DAD RITCH: We felt strong about this album from the start. From beginning to end, it’s a very strong album. Two months were spent on drums, twenty days spent on bass, one month spent on guitar and just twelve hours were spent on vocals!
HRH: Whoa, you spent just twelve hours on vocals for this album?
BIG DAD RITCH: That’s right, twelve hours! I did vocals for six or seven songs in eight hours and the other four or so in four hours. Everyone wondered what our producer, David Prater, would do. As it came out, it’s a masterpiece! People always said, when you’re working with him, he is a juggler and just let him do his thing. Well, he’s actually a magician after it was all said and done! Listening to this album now, he was a magician.
HRH: Are there any Summer festivals you’ll be playing in 2011?
BIG DAD RITCH: Man, we’re trying for Rocklahoma, playing for those people was the greatest experience of my life. Texas Hippie Coalition got their break at Rocklahoma. Being there, it’s like being packed into a tent on a Sunday afternoon with the bible! Rocklahoma was a religious experience for me! We’d also like to get back to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
HRH: “Rollin’” has an enormously bold and loud made in America sound and vibe to it. Have you or will you play overseas for our U.S. troops?
BIG DAD RITCH: As a matter of fact, our management are trying to get us on the USO package for next year! We’re just building on our name and recognition right now, but we’re chomping on the bits to go there and play for our troops. We’re proud to be from Texas! Our colors are red, white and blue and at home nationwide! Texas Hippie Coalition has a “boot campaign” for our troops, check it out, it’s on our website.
HRH: That’s really cool, Big Dad Ritch.
BIG DAD RITCH: I received a letter from a girl that’s serving in the military. She wrote, that every morning when they wake up, the troops hear sirens. The sirens are practice for being ready to battle. So, she had the speakers rewired to blast out the our song “Crawlin’”, from our first album! She wrote it was blasting as loud as hell! That’s awesome stuff to hear. We’re all spreading our wings for the red, white and blue. Everything about this band is red, white and blue. That’s what Texas Hippie Coalition wants to be known for too, as an American band that’s proud of their country and troops.
HRH: I’ve never been a huge fan of ballads, yet if “Groupie Girl” is your answer to one, that is a damn cool ballad. How have the fans responded to this song live?
BIG DAD RITCH: We have a pretty big canvas we’re painting on, with a broad stroke. Man, that song, when this song Rocks, it makes the fans go wild! I had put this song on the back burner and didn’t know how Metal fans would like it. We were playing a club in Texas one night, we just started clowning around playing “Groupie Girl” during our sound check. All the tough bastards liked it! Then, when we played that night, we didn’t play “Groupie Girl”, all the tough bastards and biker dudes wanted it! (laughs)
BIG DAD RITCH: It went over great though when we played it. Everyone seems to love it, girls always seem to find that big pole to dance around when we play “Groupie Girl” though! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) I’m sure they do, Big Dad Ritch!
BIG DAD RITCH: Aw, yeah!
HRH: Texas Hippie Coalition blends Hard Rock, Southern Rock and Metal to perfection. Was this blending of music styles deliberate or just the way it happened?
BIG DAD RITCH: Actually, I’ve been in a lot of bands and it was always someone else’s band. When I was forming Texas Hippie Coalition, I told the guys, this is what I’m doing, I want to be as southern as 38 Special, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd and have the Metal rawness of Pantera and Corrosion Of Conformity, while still being outlaws like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Absolutely, it was deliberate to blend all those styles together.
HRH: I’ve read how Johnny Cash influenced you at a young age. How important is your connecting to the fans while performing live?
BIG DAD RITCH: Oh man, I want to personify the front man, not just by singing the songs. Texas Hippie Coalition is a band of brothers and I want the fans to perceive us as like pro wrestlers or super heroes. In between songs, what I say is very important, I want to affect and touch people with my words. I know my audience and fans. I know what my fans are looking for in a front man and I want to lead our fans into battle and come out with a victory!
BIG DAD RITCH: It means a lot to us. Just like our song “Jesus Freak” says and comes across, you can never tell by looking at a man as to how religious he is. I’m the guy that wants to go down by the river, with a beer and whiskey bottle in my hands, smokin’ something on the grill, yet we have prayer before we hit the stage before every show. We’ve given a hundred guitars to children, through the “Little Kids Rock” charity. We’ve given an entire school music supplies. We believe in giving back to the community so that youngins’ can learn and hear about good music. Through giving, these youngins’ may be the next little Ozzy or Eddie Van Halen when they grow up.
HRH: What’s your favorite Southern pastime that is not Rock And Roll related?
BIG DAD RITCH: Football! I’m a sports addict and football is the only sport I bet on! My bookie hates me, I’m undefeated on nighttime football! I live in Northern Texas and Texas is my favorite team. I drive all of my friends crazy with my Longhorns!
HRH: I feel so strange asking this next question, cause you are such a nice guy to talk to, Big Dad Ritch.
BIG DAD RITCH: Go ahead, fire away!
HRH: What really pisses off Big Dad Ritch?
BIG DAD RITCH: Bitches that don’t pay the bills when you leave them the bill money! (laughs)
BIG DAD RITCH: What pisses me off are government bailouts of the filthy rich and not the poor or middle class. Tax cuts for the upper class and upper middle class, with no tax cuts for the lower class. So much in politics pisses me off!
BIG DAD RITCH: Right? The guy I voted for president six years ago did a good job and delivered. Our new president we have now I voted for and he is not delivering what he said he would deliver to me. Our current government this time around pisses me off. Out in California, marijuana not being legalized. The people are not out there in California pushing their ticket to get marijuana legalized. I just want to tell all these politicians, if you guys just did what you said you were gonna do, you all wouldn’t have been voted out of office!
HRH: What dream band or musician would Texas Hippie Coalition want to jam onstage with?
BIG DAD RITCH: Man, you know, it’s like that old question, if you could have a quarterback who would you have? For my two minute drill it’s Roger Staubach. For my Super Bowl it’s John Elway. For my full season it’s Joe Montana. There’s different ways to look at it. We are the biggest party band out there of this era! We are drinking with our fans at the bars! To play with Motley Crue, with all the girls at that show, it would be ridiculous! If we paired up with Hellyeah and Black Label Society, we could do some major damage together!
Greetings and salutations friends!
Welcome to the final edition of the Death On Two Wheels newsletter of 2010 (we think!). It’s been a great year! You’ve supported us like none other, and we’ve rock and rolled for you in fine fashion all across the land. So to continue this wonderful budding relationship that we’ve all become involved in, we wanted to put a little present under your virtual Christmas tree … or at least in your iPhone ear buds!
Last week, amidst the hustle and bustle of writing and recording a new record that’s not yet titled and not yet ready for you to hear (all in due time! we promise!), we played an intimate Christmas time charity shindig alongside all of our favorite hometown musicians. We fancied up a rather ambient edition of “Jingle Bell Rock” and played it for all to hear. In fact, we fancied it up so much that we wanted to record it. So that we did! And since all of you couldn’t actually be there, well, we’re offering up this simple download, to kids from 1 to 92! All you’ve got to do is drop by the link below and it’s yours!!! (it’s OK, go on and click it, you don’t have to keep reading!)
Download “Jingle Bell Rock” for FREE:
If you would, please spread the word to your friends and family at large … heck, it’s a FREE download after all, and goodness knows, the people need our rock n roll!!! Help us help them, consider it your good deed of the day and/or year!
While you’re at it, you should drop by our online store! We called up our old buddy Black “Christmas Eve” Friday and hammered out some recession buster deals for one day only! So if you or your brother or sister have never picked up that Death On Two Wheels music/t-shirt/etc etc stuff that you’ve been craving, well then you better get on that this Friday!
Christmas Eve Black Friday Sale: (12/24/2010 ONLY)
- album for only $5!
- use BLACKFRIDAY at checkout for 20% off all products.)
Ya’ll are good people, we appreciate you sticking by us, we really do. So here’s to you and yours, and to sending out 2010 like none other, and to all of us having an incredible 2011 side by side. We always say it because we always mean it …
- the Death (Trae, Paul, J, Greg, + Dan)
It is hard for me to believe that I have been listening to John Waite for over 30 years now. John Waite has had a long but great career in rock with his band The Babys, Bad English, and of course as a solo act.
John has unleashed a new video, “Shadows of Love” from his up and coming album, Rough and Tumble. Judging from the video below, Rough and Tumble is going to be one of the highlights of 2011. Check out “Shadows of Love” as well as some of Waite’s other clips below!
Bad English – Forget Me Not
John Waite – Restless Heart
John Waite – Shadows of Love
Hard Rock Hideout Radio’s KISSmas Special is coming this Wednesday from 9 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. CST on KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX!
Listen online by clicking this link!!
Steve Morse is best known for being the current guitarist of Deep Purple, replacing Ritchie Blackmore back in 1993. But his passion for rock started long before joining the legendary British group. Out of all the musical endeavors he participated in, the Steve Morse Band is perhaps the most significant and personal one. This instrumental trio is well known for re-inventing rock in all possible ways, mixing it with jazz, country, funk and even bluegrass. “High Tension Wires” (1989), “Southern Steel” (1991) and “Coast to Coast” (1992) are to this day considered some of the finest albums Steve Morse has ever released. Metal Mind Productions is proud to present the exclusive reissues of those three albums which bring back true classics of one of the world’s most talented rock guitarists…
Steve Morse was born on July 28th, 1954 in Hamilton, Ohio. Although he was learning to play piano and clarinet at that time, guitar ultimately became his instrument of choice. After his family moved to Augusta, Georgia, Morse and his older brother formed a band called Three. The group existed until Morse got enrolled in the Academy of Richmond County, where he met bassist Andy West, with whom he started the musical project initially called the Dixie Grit. The group did not last long, mostly because covering Led Zeppelin or Cream was not widely appreciated by the mainstream audiences at that time. After graduating from the school, Morse and West wanted to continue playing, officially naming their band Dixie Dregs. At one of their performances, they got noticed by Capricorn Records recruiters and, in late 1976, the label offered the group a record deal. Dixie Dregs’ first LP – “Free Fall” – was released in 1977 and, although it received great reviews, the album sales were rather poor. A similar situation occurred after the release of the group’s sophomore offering – “What If” – in 1978. In July, Dixie Dregs got the opportunity to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Their performance was recorded and released the following year as “Night of the Living Dregs”. Soon after that, their label went bankrupt and the band signed a new deal with Arista Records, which released three of their albums – “Dregs of the Earth” (1980), “Unsung heroes” (1981) and “Industry Standard” (1982), the latter being voted “Best Guitar LP” by readers of Guitar Player magazine (Morse was also voted “Best Overall Guitarist” by the same magazine – he managed to maintain that title for five consecutive years before ultimately joining the “Gallery of Greats”, an honor shared only by Steve Howe of Yes). The group disbanded in early 1983, tired of constant touring and label pressure.
This became a perfect opportunity for Morse to put his own band together. With the addition of bassist Jerry Peek and drummer Doug Morgan, the first incarnation of the Steve Morse Band was born. After Rod Morgenstein replaced Morgan, the group began working on their debut album in early 1984. Later that year, the band signed to Elektra Records and released “The Introduction”. A second album – “Stand Up” – was released in 1985. 1989 saw the release of Morse’s third solo effort entitled “High Tension Wires”, one of the most laid back albums in the guitarist’s catalogue. Morse managed to gather the classic Dregs line-up on this offering – the musicians even performed one of their songs called “Leprechaun Promenade”. The rest of the LP was an eclectic mix of various genres, with such highlights as “Highland Wedding” and “Tumeni Notes”. In 1986, Morse took some time off his solo work and joined the rock group Kansas. He recorded two LPs with them – “Power” (1986) and “In The Spirit of Things” (1988). After the promotional tour for the latter album, Morse left the band and, for a short while, the music industry in general. He returned in 1991 with a brand new record released under the Steve Morse Band moniker – “Southern Steel”. The album was a medley of various styles such as rock, jazz, country and folk, combined with a wonderful southern rock vibe. The LP featured a guest performance by guitarist Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger) in the opening track “Cut to the Chase” and was considered one of the highlights of Steve’s solo career.
“Southern Steel” was followed in 1992 by another album – “Coast to Coast”. Steve’s fifth solo offering was a bit more explorative than his previous LP, again delivering a variety of styles ranging from bluegrass (“Runway Train”) to classical music (“Flat Baroque”). In 1993, during Deep Purple’s tour promoting their “The Battle Rages On” album, long-time guitarist Ritchie Blackmore decided to leave the group. He was temporarily replaced by Joe Satriani but, after the tour was finished, Deep Purple needed to find another replacement. They chose Morse, who became the band’s permanent member and, since then, recorded four studio albums with them – “Purpendicular” (1996), “Abandon” (1998), “Bananas” (2003) and “Rapture of the Deep” (2005). After recording over fifty albums overall, Steve Morse still continues his solo career. His last effort, “Out Standing In Their Field”, was released in November 2009.
The exclusive reissues of “High Tension Wires”, “Southern Steel” and “Coast to Coast” showcase the remarkable talent of this guitar virtuoso. For fans of good old rock music, these albums are absolutely essential. The albums will be available in a new digipak edition each limited to 2000 copies. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for 31st January 2011.
“High Tension Wires” (re-release)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1413 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Release date: 31.01.2011
2. The Road Home
3. Country Colors
4. Highland Wedding
5. Third Power
6. Looking Back
7. Leprechaun Promenade
8. Tumeni Notes
9. Endless Waves
Steve Morse Band
“Southern Steel” (re-release)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1414 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Release date: 31.01.2011
1. Cut To The Chase
2. Simple Simon
3. Vista Grande
4. Sleaze Factor
5. Battle Lines
6. Southern Steel
7. Wolf Song
8. Weekend Overdrive
9. Arena Rock
10. Point Counterpoint
Steve Morse Band
“Coast To Coast” (re-release)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1415 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Release date: 31.01.2011
1. User Friendly
2. Collateral Damage
3. Get It In Writing
4. Morning Rush Hour
5. Runaway Train
6. Long Lost
7. The Z
8. Over Easy
9. Cabin Fever
10. Flat Baroque
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of SCHEEPERS solo debut album on February 18th in Europe and February 15th in North America.
Ralf Scheepers has built himself quite a reputation for being one of the finest German Heavy Metal singers. With a career spanning three decades (he debuted with Tyran’ Pace’s “Eye to Eye” album in 1983), Scheepers sung on true Power Metal manifesto releases such as Gamma Ray’s first three albums, before starting Primal Fear in 1997, with Mat Sinner.
His voice is high-pitched and tenor-esque and his abilities were often compared to some of the finest Hard Rock and Heavy Metal singers ever (from Rob Halford to Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan). Both Helloween and Judas Priest considered him as their possible next lead singer.
Over the years Ralf wrote and collected a few tracks that did not fit exactly in the Primal Fear concept. As often happens, he had just been waiting for the right chance to present itself and that happened when himself, his buddy Mat Sinner and Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino sat together and discussed plans for the future in… 2007! Over three years later and the results are finally here and in Scheepers’ words “I’m really proud of the result!”
Ralf Scheepers’ artistic intention was to please the existing Primal Fear fan base, but he also wanted to add some surprises and include as much variation as he could in the recording. So he went ahead and covered one of his own favourite – but untypical Judas Priest songs “Before the Dawn” and for the first time, Ralf played all instruments on a song, except the fantastic guitar solos added by Victor Smolski (Rage). “Compassion” is another special track with a very positive vibe, recorded only with acoustic instruments. Two of the songs were composed with former Primal Fear guitarist Stefan Leibing, while Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen added guitar on “The Pain Of The Accused”. Halford’s Metal Mike played lead-guitar on the album opener “Locked In The Dungeon”. One more highlight is the vocal duet with Tim “Ripper” Owens on “Remission Of Sin”.
Additional guest appearances include Sander Gommans (ex After Forever), Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion) and Scheepers Primal Fear band mates Magnus Karlsson, Alex Beyrodt & Mat Sinner! The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Koehler and produced by Mat Sinner.
“Scheepers” final tracklisting includes:
The song “Remission of Sin” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
Ralf Scheepers: Lead & Backing Vocals; Acoustic Guitar; Keyboards; FX Sounds
Tim “Ripper” Owens: Lead Vocals on “Remission of Sin”
Magnus Karlsson: Lead Guitars; Guitars; Banjo; Accordion; Keyboards
Sander Gommans: Lead Guitar, Guitars
Mike Chlasciak, Alex Beyrodt; Kai Hansen; Victor Smolski: Lead Guitars
Mat Sinner: Bass, Keyboards
Snowy Shaw: Drums
On August 31st, Papa Roach released the debut, Time For Annihilation…On The Record and On the Road, for their new label Eleven Seven Records. Ironically, it was the Cruefest that featured bands on Eleven Seven’s roster where I first saw Papa Roach live. I wasn’t a fan of the band before that show, but I definitely was afterwards!
With the new album “Time For Annihilation”, you get nine live cuts, and five new songs. I have never been big on live albums, but I Papa Roach’s biggest songs are well represented here, including some songs off of their last effort, Metamorphosis.
The five new songs, “Burn”, “One Track Mind”, “Kick In the Teeth”, “No Matter What” and “The Enemy” are all great, and are worth the price of admission for this CD, all by themselves. They songs feel like an extension of Metamorphosis which was a pretty cool disc too. To me, the best part of the CD are the live tracks. The live songs do a pretty good job of capturing the energy of Papa Roach live. Their live show is what made me a fan of the band, so I am glad to have these tracks in my collection.
If you are a Papa Roach fan, Time for Annihilation…On the Record & On the Road is a disc that you will want to pick up asap! I have been enjoying this CD, and I think you will too.
- One Track Mind
- Kick In The Teeth
- No Matter What
- The Enemy
- Getting Away With Murder (Live)
- …To Be Loved (Live)
- Lifeline (Live)
- Scars (Live)
- Hollywood Whore (Live)
- Time Is Running Out (Live)
- Forever (Live)
- Between Angels and Insects (Live)
- Last Resort (Live)
Papa Roach is:
Jacoby Shaddix – lead vocals
Jerry Horton – lead guitar, backing vocals
Tobin Esperance – bass guitar, backing vocals
Tony Palermo – drums, percussion
Hard Rock Hideout & Universal Music Group are bringing you the coolest, most rockin’ Sweepstakes of the 2010 Holiday Season!
You can enter to win A CD Prize Pack that includes Greatest Hits titles trom Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Styx, Soundgarden, and U2′s Classic Album, “The Joshua Tree”.
One Grand Prize Winner will also get Nirvana’s 2004 Boxset, “With The Lights Out”!