Tesla’s Brian Wheat, Frank Hannon, and Jeff Keith have reviewed the tracks from the last recording sessions with former guitarist Tommy Skeoch from the 2005 “Acoustic Jam” tour, as well as the recently recorded tracks featuring the new TESLA song “Second Street” to be released this year.
TESLA’S RECORD COMPANY has signed a deal with EONE distribution to release this new CD..tentatively titled “TWISTED WIRES”…(the acoustic sessions).
Troy Luccketta, will be joining Frank and Brian at Sonic Ranch studios where the REAL to REEL sessions were recorded and they will collectively wrap up the recording and mixing of “TWISTED WIRES”simultaneously, utilizing the studio’s amazing analog equipment to record and mix down the tracks. The album will consist of 6 tracks recorded back in 2005 at Brian’s J STREET Studio (luckily these tracks survived the infamous fire!) and 6 newly recorded tracks recorded at Frank Hannon’s studio including acoustic remakes of songs from “Bust a Nut” and a brand new song “Second Street”. During all of this JEFF KEITH and his wife will be welcoming the arrival of their baby boy due at the end of February! After all this mayhem is finished…
TESLA will be writing a follow up studio album of all new material with guitarist Dave Rude starting in March 2011 and performing select dates across the USA. In the meantime Dave Rude Band, SoulMotor, and FHB will be finishing up some tour dates supporting their solo efforts.
Band plans to give fans a free download and sneak preview of entire album
Michigan’s Pop Evil regrets to inform their fans that the release of their sophomore album, War of Angels (Universal Republic), will be delayed. The band has revealed that due to circumstances beyond their control, it will be necessary for the band to push back the originally scheduled February 8th release date.
With the first single, “Last Man Standing”, steadily climbing the charts and currently #15 at Active Rock, the band assures fans they will have a new release date set very soon.
“We are sorry to make you [the fans] wait even longer than you already have. We put our blood, sweat and tears into every song on this album and want nothing more than for it to be successful. By delaying the release, we are creating a greater chance for our investment to succeed,” stated Pop Evil.
To make it up to the disappointed “Evil Nation”, Pop Evil plans to give away a monster surprise in the upcoming weeks. This is not the first song they have given away from the new album; in December the band posted “Save the World”, an ‘in your face’ high energy rock track, to get fans excited for what’s to come. Become a ‘fan’ of Pop Evil on Facebook and download “Save the World” (here).
“We love giving our supporters a little taste of what is in store. Not only will we be giving you a surprise via Facebook, we also have posted a video with snippets of ALL the tracks off the album via YouTube” the band remarked.
The YouTube video, posted February 1st, includes one minute clips of every track off War of Angels in chronological order. Check out the sneak preview (here).
In the meantime the band asks fans to continue requesting “Last Man Standing” on their local radio stations to help drive it up the charts!
Upcoming Pop Evil tour dates:
Pop Evil only:
2/05 Lansing, MI – Causeway Bay Hotel
2/11 Jackson, MS – Fire
2/12 Houma, LA – The City Club
Monster Outbreak Tour
w/ Rev Theory, Hail The Villain, Black Cloud Collective
2/16 Phoenix, AZ – Club House
2/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon
2/19 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
2/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird
2/22 Des Moines, IA – People’s Court
2/23 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
2/24 Kansas City, MO – Midland
2/25 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
2/26 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s Cantina
3/02 Huntsville, AL – Sammy T’s
3/03 Lynchburg, VA – Phase II (Monster Outbreak Tour off-date)
3/04 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
3/05 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
3/06 Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Pop Evil only:
3/11 Muskegon, MI – Club Envy
3/12 Mt. Clemens, MI – The Hayloft
The album cover really says it all. It depicts a flying pig, which indicates when fans thought that a fully reunited Mr. Big would release a new record. Much to their surprise, the band did reunite with all of the original members, and returned with one rocking record. What If… is the first album with all of the original bandmates since 1996. That’s quite a lot of time gone by. Mr. Big makes up for it in a big, big way, with a solid release that is ear pleasing and juice squeezing!
One point of amazement is how solid and sharp Eric Martin’s voice still sounds. Even after rocking the scene for more than three decades, his vocal prowess would put most (younger) modern rock singers to shame. Martin’s ability with his pipes is clearly evident and decorates What If… with class, making it a noteworthy record, not some lame reunion rehash that tends to happen when 80s hair metal bands “reunite”.
Slapping the bass like it’s the late 80s all over again, Billy Sheehan still has a unique, undeniable style. His funk-o-matic, slap bass, party sound is still going strong and even more enjoyable than can be remembered. What If… gives Sheehan a chance to really show off his talent while not stealing the spotlight entirely. That is a big part of what makes Mr. Big’s latest album so enjoyable.
Paul Gilbert is definitely back at home with Mr. Big. His guitar work never sounded better and his tantalizing solos were all crafted with an elegance meant to compliment Billy Sheehan’s bass playing like no other guitarist can. It’s a true win for the fans to see these wizards back in action again. The finger picking exchange and solo trade off, follow the leader, of guitar and bass on “Around The World” make this album worth the money spent to own it. It’s an amazing moment of musical record and one that demands repeat listens. Without a doubt the best track on What If… and one of the best songs in Mr. Big’s career.
While What If… may not contain a monster hit like “To Be With You” or “Green Tinted Sixties Mind” what is apparent is the fact that Mr. Big has released a record of solid tracks that all have merit. What If… is an album that not only feels right mixed in with the other glam bands, it also fits in with mainstream radio and modern rock releases. The album was well thought out, well performed, and well recorded. Mr. Big has a big hit in What If… as long as they can get a little bit of promotion behind the record. Long time fans are going to love this record. For those of us that may have forgotten all about Mr. Big, it’s time to pay them another visit.
Key Tracks: Stranger In My Life, As Far As I Can See, Around The World
- American Beauty
- Stranger In My Life
- Nobody Left To Blame
- Still Ain’t Enough For Me
- Once Upon A Time
- As Far As I Can See
- All The Way Up
- I Won’t Get In My Way
- Around The World
- I Get The Feeling
Mr Big Is:
Eric Martin – Vocals
Paul Gilbert – Guitars
Billy Sheehan – Bass
Pat Torpey – Drums