What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon,” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big, or Queensrÿche? This can now be experienced on SIN-Atra, a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29, 2011. [MSRP $13.98]
This all-star project, created from the team that brought you the merry, molten melodies of We Wish You A Metal Xmas, reinvents the classic songs that the great Frank Sinatra performed and, in turn, made famous. These twelve cherished tunes, written by some of the greatest songwriters of all time, are given a radical hard rock/heavy metal treatment, resulting in electrically charged versions of the classics.
Some of the most potent and recognizable voices of rock rework such legendary gems as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Strangers In The Night,” and “That’s Life,” including Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Glenn Hughes, Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate, , Tim “Ripper” Owens, Eric Martin, and dUg Pinnick. Producers Bob Kulick, of KISS and Meat Loaf fame, and Brett Chassen, recreated these songs on guitar and drums, respectively, rounded out by Billy Sheehan (bass) and Doug Katsaros (keyboards, orchestration). Also making an appearance as lead guitarist on “That’s Life” is renowned rock guitarist Richie Kotzen.
These familiar favorites are beloved the world over, but they’ve never been heard like this before! “A fantastic CD,” says executive producer Wendy Dio, “keeping the era alive with today’s musicians.”
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1.) New York, New York – Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2.) I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3.) Summerwind – Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4.) It Was A Very Good Year – Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5.) Witchcraft – Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6.) Fly Me To The Moon – Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7.) Lady Is A Tramp – Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8.) Strangers In The Night – Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9.) High Hopes – Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway)
10.) I’ve Got The World On A String – dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11.) Love And Marriage – Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12.) That’s Life – Jani Lane (Warrant)
ALBUM FINDS ALLFOUR ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS REUNITED
“WHAT IF…” NOW SET FOR FEBRUARY 15TH RELEASE IN NORTH AMERICA
Shredder rock-pop metallers Mr. Big are back with brand new album WHAT IF…The new studio release finds all four original band members reuniting for their first album in 14 years. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden), WHAT IF…will now be released in North America on February 15th. The first single from the album, “Undertow,” will impact at radio this week. Released last month overseas, WHAT IF…has hit the European album charts with strong respective debuts including: #36 in Switzerland, #50 in Germany, #71 in Austria, #71 in Italy and #75 in Sweden.
WHAT IF…will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia. The DVD includes videos of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the four band members. Please see below for the complete album track listing.
In other Mr. Big news, the band will play their first U.S. show in more than 14 years on April 2nd at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. More U.S. tour dates will be announced later this year.
Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark virtuosic musicianship with stellar vocal harmonies. The original (and now reunited) line-up features vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. The quartet produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, including the ubiquitous “To Be With You,” which was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries for weeks, propelling the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions.
WHAT IF… track listing:
- 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
Another football season has come to an end and another Super Bowl half-time show has been performed. While I personally thought the Black Eyed Peas did a great job, there were mixed to poor reviews all over the internet mere moments after the half-time show had ended. While reading through the less-than-flattering reviews, I came across a tweet on Twitter. The tweet was to Scott Ian of Anthrax and it stated that next year, it would be cool to see The Big 4 perform the half-time show. They could play one song each.
Of course, that got me to thinking. What hard rock/heavy metal band would I like to see perform at half-time during the Super Bowl? What bands would best serve the half a billion viewers and produce a damn good concert in the span of 12 minutes, ala Bruce Springsteen or The Rolling Stones? Which band would it be most excellent to see on stage during a football game?
Kiss is obviously the first band that comes to my mind (I know, I’m biased). They did perform for a Super Bowl once. Way back in 1999 for Super Bowl 33, Kiss performed the pre-game show for the Super Bowl. It was a pretty cool moment in Kisstory, but not as cool as playing the half-time show would be. In 12 minutes (which is the allotted time performers have) Gene could breathe fire, spit blood, and fly through the air. Tommy Thayer could shoot rockets out of his guitar and Paul could swing the microphone around and around while belting out the classic hits.
Iron Maiden is definitely a band I would love to see perform the half-time show. The mere thought of Eddie dressed in a football uniform and dancing around the stage sends chills down my spine. If done right, he could even toss an autographed Iron Maiden commemorative Super Bowl football into the crowd. Maiden would give a blistering performance that would blow away any half-time show we’ve seen in Super Bowl history. Maiden is another band that could just rip through a medley of classic hits, or play one (but only one) of their longer songs. Either way, it would be incredible.
I’m certain that Metallica would be an incredible half-time act. The band’s songs are featured at several sporting events and the energy they pack into a concert would translate well on such a large scale stage. Without a doubt, they would give the performance of a lifetime that would leave the fans wanting more. As long as they strayed away from their new material and gave the classics, there is no question in my mind that they would be incredible performers for the Super Bowl.
Van Halen would be an exceptional choice for the 2012 Super Bowl (provided there is one). They are rumored to be hitting the road this summer and if the fates align, there will even be a new album to go along with that tour. If the rumors are true, then by February of next year, the band would be in top road form and could give a performance that would leave jaws hanging and have everyone proclaiming how they had to see this band in concert. Diamond Dave could leap out on stage with his jump kicks, twists, and turns, and Eddie Van Halen could dazzle them all with his blistering rendition of Eruption. That would be absolutely amazing.
While I don’t think that any of these bands will be performing the big game anytime soon, they are definitely rock acts that would have my unbridled attention come half-time. Each of these bands is certainly legendary enough to pull it off. Who do we contact to make the recommendations?