The world’s most quintessential Prog Rock band YES, announces today their highly anticipated new album FLY FROM HERE. This marks the first album in ten years with legendary, 2-time Grammy Award winning producer, Trevor Horn.
Horn and YES bassist Chris Squire re-discovered the track FLY FROM HERE which has never been recorded as a studio track. “Chris and I were talking one evening about a song ‘Fly From Here’ that we never recorded,” explains Trevor Horn. “I said I was prepared to spend two weeks with ‘YES’ recording that song. When I arrived in America to record it, I was taken prisoner by the band and only allowed my freedom again in return for producing the whole album. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse!!!”
FLY FROM HERE encompasses YES’ signature brand of mysticism and grand-scale compositions. Maintaining a complex, symphonic sound that features the beautiful harmonies and strong heavy riffs they are known for. “The new album represents the best of YES from the 70s and the 80’s with a current twist,” states Squire.
Geoff Downes has also reunited with YES to record FLY FROM HERE, bringing YES’ classic symphonic sound with his strong style of playing. Downes had originally joined YES and recorded the album Drama in 1980. YES features a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, and Geoff Downes on keyboards with lead singer Benoit David.
YES are the pioneers for the use of synthesizers and sound effects in modern music, which produced such timeless, symphonic-rock masterworks as “Roundabout,” “Close To the Edge,” and “Awaken”. YES continued to push the cutting edge of art-rock music to their limits, selling over 30 million albums, reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide.
YES’ powerful mainstream progressive compositions have influenced a generation of musicians with a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music with hit albums such as DRAMA, FRAGILE, CLOSE TO THE EDGE and 90125. Classics such as “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” which Horn is responsible for. Taken from the YES album 90125, this single would form part of a unique double, which would see YES and Horn top both the UK and US charts simultaneously.
FLY FROM HERE will be released on Frontiers Records July 2011. More details about the album, its packaging and YES’ live plans for the rest of the year will become available shortly.
For additional information please visit www.yesworld.com.
CLOWN – The musician, songwriter, music producer and artist known as Michael Shawn Crahan, aka Clown. He is comfortable with being called Clown for that is who he truly is, on or off the stage, whether performing with the legendary Slipknot or with his new macabre and Extreme band called The Black Dots Of Death. With his side projects To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits in-between, there is only one Clown associated with them all. Clown is not your stereotypical “Rock Star”, instead he is an artist that delves deep into the human psyche, revealing what he finds along the way, while never being bashful to push the envelope.
There is much more to Clown than his being a founding member and percussionist for Slipknot. Oh, there’s so much more. All one needs to do, when a golden opportunity arises, is talk to Clown and find out for oneself just how unique, open minded, brutally honest and caring he unmistakably is. Hard Rock Hideout recently had the opportunity to talk with the legendary Clown… only Clown did the most talking. That’s the way it should be. When a man like Clown, who holds such hard earned status in today’s Heavy Metal climate and Rock Music history, coupled with his volumes of knowledge on life itself wants to speak… I’m going to listen. Here is what Clown had to say:
HRH: “Ever Since We Were Children” combines a mix of music styles that carries it’s dark themes in a maniacal sense of emotions. This album flows so well and it works for me. How do you pull this off? What’s the method to your madness?
CLOWN: Well, “what’s the method to your madness” is a good question! Anyone who spends a lot of time with me really knows me. When I was young, I used to think I wouldn’t make it to forty one years old! Now, I’m hoping to make it to sixty one! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) Let’s hope!
CLOWN: I took a physical the other day and I filmed the nurse taking blood from my arm. I sent the video to my wife’s phone and said, “look what I’m doing today”! I filmed my parents cremation too. I was invited and asked by Paul Gray’s wife to film the birth of their child. I’m always searching for more truths and answers. In schools, they should be teaching us about death and preparing us for death. I have a friend who is suffering from a life changing and traumatic experience, I spoke to him two weeks ago. He said don’t take life for granted, live for the day because you can’t predict what will happen. You have to get as much done today because you don’t know if your gonna get killed in a car wreck tonight.
HRH: How true it is, Clown.
CLOWN: I’ve lost my Mom, Dad and now my best friend last year. My first best friend. It has all struck a chord with me, that life is fragile, life is random.
HRH: I couldn’t agree with you more, Clown.
CLOWN: This new album is something I’ve been working on for ten years now. The whole psychosis audio experience and dangerous thinking is happening on this album. I’m always opening my minds eye into different ways of thinking. I’m not wasting anymore time and not waiting for the next Slipknot album. I want to facilitate the art that’s inside of me and bundle it together. Just because I’m a percussionist, people don’t know I’m an all around artist. I play drums with The Black Dots Of Death, only you are getting more from me, a freedom of artistic expression and more than just a percussionist.
HRH: Which do you prefer to be addressed as, Shawn or Clown?
CLOWN: People who know me, know me as Clown and call me Clown. I’ve always been Clown and always will be Clown. It’s who I am, a reference in a sort of way. My real name is Michael Shawn Crahan. You can call me Shawn, still, calling me Clown is correct.
HRH: Okay, Clown it is! I thank you for clarifying that with me.
CLOWN: Not a problem.
HRH: Is it fair to think “Ever Since We Were Children” imitates aspects of life that no one wants to talk about?
CLOWN: Yes. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, through being a member of Slipknot and living a life of Rock and Roll, is I’ve received a Phd… a Doctorate in Rock and Roll. I could give a class on passports, different currencies, countries, pyrotechnics and drum lifts. I have a real sense on all that through experience. I tell a lot of people that my career in the old days was based on extreme danger and extreme violence. Now, I search for salvation through music. In my last twelve years, my feelings of salvation were brought on by being a member of Slipknot.
HRH: That’s really cool, Clown.
CLOWN: Twelve years later, I’m still searching through my feelings and applying them to The Black Dots Of Death. Two other bands I was in were based on how I was brought up in the seventies and the music I grew up on. Listening to my mother play guitar and the whole Monterey Pop Festival thing had an affect on me. This record is all stories and situations that a lot of people want to ignore and not talk about. It’s been a waiting game to reinvent my anger. I recently did an art show on my lifes work… no parents could attend and losing my best friend who couldn’t be there really hurt.
HRH: What comes first for you, an album’s theme or the song’s lyrics?
CLOWN: Basically, the music is written first. With “Lower Than Dirt” I remembered that I had the “fat kid” reference hit at me while growing up and it hurt, it made me feel “lower than dirt”. I wrote a song a day while writing this album, the experience was great with the producers and engineers. The songs on the new album are short stories, written for people like they’ve gone through them. I’m an only child, so the closest thing to a brother I’ve ever had in my life is my lead singer. He thinks a lot like I think. He is willing to fight to the death and not give a shit what other people think… with responsibility that is. There is responsibility in the way I act and the things I say, of course. He’s very ready to stand up to what he believes in. He builds his mindset around all his lyrics and he is the lead singer. I give my lead singer all these songs, then on a certain day and depending on how he feels is how he approaches the songs. Something will happen in “his” life and that is how he approaches writing songs.
HRH: The songs on “Ever Since We Were Children” are dark, melancholy and do make me feel nervous!
CLOWN: I’ll start my mindset around the sound of a song, combining both frequencies that are audible and inaudible. When you mix in audible with inaudible frequencies, it creates psychosis audio. Something is taking place there that truly affects people!
HRH: Whoa, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that before! (laughs)
CLOWN: I purposely do it, I’m diagnosed with severe depression and I go from one state of living to a next state of living. I like to get paranoia, stress and heart rates up with people! If someone tells me, Clown, I had to eventually turn off that Slipknot or Black Dots Of Death album because it made me very nervous, then that is the greatest compliment I can ever receive! You’ve listened to the first Slipknot album, I’m sure.
HRH: I certainly have!
CLOWN: There is a lot of psychosis audio happening on that first album.
HRH: I realize that now! (laughs)
CLOWN: I like to take music to the realm of insanity, it’s like, take me to that zone! Back then, when we made the first Slipknot album, you were dealing with nine guys who would cut their hands off and do anything to get somewhere in life and in this music business. I put all of my life experiences into my music and I have to write a song a day. I’m going in for minor surgery next week and I have anxiety over it. So, I incorporate this into my music. My wife celebrated this past Thanksgiving away from me, so I was invited over to a friends house for Thanksgiving dinner. Their food wasn’t my wife’s food, so I wrote the song “Thanks For Nothing”. It was the anxiety I experienced that day, from not having my wife’s food. All the riffs and the way this song was written reflects the way I felt that day.
HRH: Based on what is happening in the world today, is there any hope for mankind?
CLOWN: None. It’s very disturbing about how I and others feel about it. Let’s look at the facts. The end of the world has been written about and discussed since man has been able to write, paint and make music. Bigger, faster, quicker and cheaper is our downfall. I’ve watched the talking heads on television, each giving their reasons as to why the world is a mess. They say it’s economical aspects, a shortage of water and over population. I’ve turned to my wife and said, if you add up all nine ideas we’re listening to on television, then you have the recipe for disaster. We have beings in space studying micro gravity already. We’re already off this planet! To quote Radiohead, “dinosaurs already ruled the earth”, there was a T-Rex running around this planet, devouring this planet. Now, it’s us making a mess of it! We’re not doing very well when we have an oil spill in the ocean and it takes that long to cap it! That was an insult to our Earth and mankind.
HRH: Apocalyptic Nightmare.com has been launched. This should prove to be an excellent outlet for you to showcase and sell your art. Will you consistently add your art to this site?
CLOWN: It’s taken me a long time within the management family to get this site launched. If I had waited for management, my site would not be up as we’re speaking. I want things to fly around and get to the facts. Like my friend I mentioned earlier said, “get it done today”. About one eighth of this site is done. There are no videos or film uploaded just yet. I want my album covers, poetry, short stories and all my paintings up. Three bands I’ve produced are on it and I played drums and wrote songs for them too. There will be a remix section along with a photo and painting section. I had and have a certain way to get things done. There will be a link to get my book when it’s done. Contact information for signings, public speakings and slide shows of my life experiences as well. It’s going to take a lot of time, there are thousands of pictures I want to share and more merchandise to be sold with my artwork on it. It’s kinda like my tombstone and what my Mom always said, “I was a renaissance man”.
HRH: That’s going to be a fabulous site once it’s all complete Clown.
CLOWN: Once our website comes out, The Black Dots Of Death.com, everyone will know who our lead singer is. In the meantime, let everyone know we’re coming for them! The Black Dots Of Death is a dangerous band, with danger all around us!
HRH: Where do you draw inspiration from?
CLOWN: I work with Make-A-Wish Foundation. I get incredible strength from these kids. To be a part of this is an amazing and surreal feeling. It gives me a serious mindset, to speak with a kid that is terminal. I get disturbed by talking to a terminally ill kid who is way more positive than me, then they ask me, what’s wrong with you? I’ve seen kids who have had their arms and legs blown off at a children’s hospital. We get invited to go in and it’s so surreal, I’ve seen some crazy things, mind blowing things that I want to share with people. I’m funny sometimes, yet I’m really serious too.
HRH: That is just admirable Clown, your working with Make-A-Wish Foundation.
CLOWN: As kids get older and healed, they’ll have a family, find us and thank us for the time I spent with them. I like to be next to kids and sometimes I’m brought to tears by the questions they ask me. I’m good at public speaking and a lot has happened in my life, so I like to tell kids my experiences. I’ve met kids who cut themselves, they come to our show with their parents and they are embarrassed by being with their parents. I always say to them “you are lucky and very fortunate to have parents like this”. Management will always ask me the day before or night before a Make-A-Wish engagement. They know full well that it gives me anxiety thinking about the engagement, in the days leading up to it.
HRH: All requests go through management then?
CLOWN: Management is my direct connection for me to produce a band, do a remix, drum clinics and public speaking as well. I like speaking about going from a small town to a big band.
HRH: Will there ever be another new Slipknot studio album again?
CLOWN: In my heart of hearts and soul of souls, I think there would be another Slipknot record again. I would love another Slipknot record! Please, don’t print this and quote “Clown said there would definitely be another Slipknot album”. Nothing is in the works right now. I live for the day, one day at a time. It would be a special day for a new Slipknot record to come out. Still, there are no guarantees in life. I cannot predict the future, I’m not a fortune teller. Right now, I want to celebrate my bass player’s life, (Paul Gray), our love for him and love for our band.
Would you like to sing for Herman Frank?
Herman Frank (Accept, Herman Frank Band, Victory, Moon’Doc) is looking for a new singer for his 2nd Solo-CD.
Interested parties should send a photo, a soundfile mp3 or a link to their website/myspace site where Herman can listen to your voice and a short bio/info to email@example.com or send a CD and photo by mail to Herman Frank, Schlägerstr. 6, 30171 Hannover (GER).
Please contact him only by firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail.
Sammy Hagar will be the second guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tonight on NBC at 11:35 P.M. !! Hagar will be on the show to talk about his new book, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, which is in stores now.
Call me an old soul if you will, but I have always liked Frank Sinatra. When I first heard about the Sin-Atra CD , I knew I would have to add it to my collection when it came out. This CD features the vocals of some of the best singers in hard rock including Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Glenn Hughes, Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Eric Martin, Jani Lane and dUg Pinnick.
This collection is put out by the same folks who did the We Wish You A Metal X-Mas Christmas CD. That CD has become a metal staple during the holidays at my house, so I knew this had to be good. Sin-Atra is not just another cover CD. The musicians involved in this project put their own unique spin on Frank Sinatra’s songs making it a must have for most hard rock fans.
Former Deep Purple, and current Black Country Communion singer, Glenn Hughes shows off his impressive vocal range on the Old Blue Eyes classic “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
“It Was A Very Good Year” features Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider on vocals. This is a really cool, heavy version of this song. Bob Kulick’s guitar work is awesome, and Dee Snider gives this song a great vocal performance.
Mr. Big’s Eric Martin takes the Sinatra staple, “Lady Is A Tramp” and helps turn it into a real rockin’ tune. This version is 100% different from the original, but is a very fun spin on this song.
Tim “Ripper” Owens takes the song “Witchcraft” to new heights with an over the top metal vocal.
Do I dare say that I like the version of “High Hopes” from Scars of Broadway front man, Franky Perez better than the original? I do….this version is less cheesy than the original version.
I can’t hardly hear “Love And Marriage” without thinking about the TV Show, “Married With Children”. This version is a very heavy, up tempo number. Nonpoint front man, Elias Soriano does a pretty good job with it.
The CD closer “That’s Life” features the blazing guitar work of Richie Kotzen, and a solid vocal performance by former Warrant front man, Jani Lane.
Overall, I have been enjoying Sin-Atra, and I think many of you will too. Long time fans of Frank Sinatra will probably hate this, and I am pretty sure Frank Sinatra (god rest his soul) is probably rolling around in his grave. Hard rock and metal fans will be sure to enjoy these unique spins of the classic Sinatra tunes!
You can listen to this CD in its entirety for a limited time at this link. Check it out!!
Rating: Out of 10
- New York, New York (Devin Townsend)
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Glenn Hughes)
- Summerwind (Geoff Tate)
- It Was A Very Good Year (Dee Snider)
- Witchcraft (Tim “Ripper” Owens)
- Fly Me To The Moon (Robin Zander)
- Lady Is A Tramp (Eric Martin)
- Strangers In the Night (Joey Belladonna)
- High Hopes (Franky Perez)
- I’ve Got The World On A String (Dug Pinnick)
- Love And Marriage (Elias Soriano)
- That’s Life (Jani Lane)
Bob Kulick – guitar
Brett Chassen – drums
Billy Sheehan – bass
Doug Katsaros – keyboards & orchestrations
Richie Kotzen – Lead Guitar on “That’s Life”
2. 1,000 years ( featuring Steve Theado of American Dog)
3. Velvet Glove
4. 32nd Floor
6. Take Me Away
7. Morning Comes (How I Feel)
8. Broken Pride
9. Bad Attitude
10. I Want it All
11. Chain of Fools
NEW WHITESNAKE ALBUM “FOREVERMORE” IN STORES THIS WEEK
The fans demanded it…Whitesnake’s LIVE AT DONINGTON 1990 DVD/live double CD set will now be available on June 3rd in Europe and June 7th in North America, via Frontiers Records. Since the inception of Whitesnake.com more than ten years ago, this DVD has been the most requested product from fans of the ‘Snake.
On August 18th, 1990, Whitesnake headlined the legendary Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington festival (now known as Download). Whitesnake’s performance at the festival was one of the most memorable events on the “Liquor & Poker World Tour” that saw the band play sold-out shows to over one million people. This incredible, never-before-seen, visual footage captures one of the most musically-intense Whitesnake line-ups performing in front 70,000+ fans. Mixed in glorious 5.1 and living, breathing stereo, it’s the next best thing to actually being there! Whitesnake 1990 featured guitar greats Steve Vai and Adrian Vandenberg, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and of course, incomparable frontman David Coverdale.
The LIVE AT DONINGTON 1990 DVD also includes a substantial gallery of never before seen stills of the band on the “Liquor & Poker World Tour 1990”, plus an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary of the making-of the SLIP OF THE TONGUE album. Please see below for the respective double CD and DVD track listings.
The LIVE AT DONINGTON 1990 will be available in 2CD set, DVD coverpack, combo 2CD + DVD in digipak and digital edition.
In other news, Whitesnake’s brand new album FOREVERMORE is out this week on Frontiers Records and is available in multiple configurations. The album is already receiving rave reviews from the press with The Aquarian dubbing it, “excellent…their bluesiest and grittiest release since their 1984 masterpiece SLIDE IT IN…”, while Hard Rock Hideout declares, “Make no mistake, FOREVERMORE, is an early front runner for record of the year.” FOREVERMORE finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n’ roll roots. Whitesnake is David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass) and Briian Tichy (drums). The ‘Snake will soon hit the road in support of FOREVERMORE…please see below for tour dates.
Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock n’ roll bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rockin’ and rollin’, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world.
Whitesnake LIVE AT DONINGTON 1990 DVD track listing:
- Slip Of The Tongue
- Slide It In
- Judgement Day
- Slow An Easy
- Kitten’s Got Claws
- Adagio For Strato
- Flying Dutchman Boogie
- Is This Love
- Cheap An’ Nasty
- Crying In The Rain (featuring Tommy Aldridge drum solo)
- Fool For Your Loving
- For The Love Of God
- The Audience Is Listening
- Here I Go Again
- Bad Boys
- Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
- Still Of The Night
- Bonus content: The Making of Slip of the Tongue; Slide Show
Whitesnake LIVE AT DONINGTON 1990 CD 1 track listing:
- Slip Of The Tongue
- Slide It In
- Judgement Day
- Slow An Easy
- Kitten’s Got Claws
- Adagio For Strato
- Flying Dutchman Boogie
- Is This Love
- Cheap An’ Nasty
- Crying In The Rain (featuring Tommy Aldridge drum solo)
Whitesnake LIVE AT DONINGTON 1990 CD 2 track listing:
- Fool For Your Loving
- For The Love Of God
- The Audience Is Listening
- Here I Go Again
- Bad Boys
- Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
- Still Of The Night
Check out the new Eden’s Curse animated video “No Holy Man” featuring James LaBrie of Dream Theater! The new EDEN`S CURSE album “Trinity” was released on March 18th.
Limited Edition Vinyl Release and Live Performance At Seattle’s Easy Street!
Fresh off their SXSW performance, Duff McKagan’s Loaded are going all out for this year’s Record Store Day! Performing at Seattle’s Easy Street Records on Saturday, April 16, the band will also release a limited edition vinyl of their new album, The Taking (CD release April 19 – Eagle Rock Entertainment).
American heavy metal masters VIRGIN STEELE are proud to announce that they will be reissuing their classic 1986 album “Noble Savage”. The album will released May 17th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer. This deluxe reissue will be available as a double CD digipak as well as a double gatefold LP.
“Noble Savage” is the third album from the American heavy metal band VIRGIN STEELE. The album was released in 1986 by Cobra Records. Before the “Noble Savage” recordings, original guitarist Jack Starr resigned from the band and was replaced by Edward Pursino, an old friend of DeFeis’ whose guitar playing fit perfectly with VIRGIN STEELE’S music and style. Pursino’s contribution came also in the form of new musical ideas and compositions and to this day, he is still a mainstay in VIRGIN STEELE’S line-up. The band’s front man David Defeis considers this album one of the most important in the history of the band. The disc was the first in which the band was completely satisfied with the music and sound. The current musical style of the band is fully manifested, containing grandiose compositions with multilayered keyboard sound and more sophisticated arrangements than in previous albums. “Noble Savage” has become one of the most POPULAR VIRGIN STEELE albums and it includes the songs “We Rule the Night” and “Noble Savage”, which the band still plays in concert.
LINE-UP on “Noble Savage”:
David DeFeis – vocals
Edward Pursino – guitars
Joe O´Reilly – bass
Joey Ayvazian – drums
David DeFeis – vocals
Edward Pursino – guitars
Josh Block – bass, guitars
Frank Gilchriest – drums
01. We Rule The Night
02. I´m On Fire
03. Thy Kingdom Come
04. Image Of A Faun At Twilight (instrumental)
05. Noble Savage
06. Fight Tooth And Nail
07. The Evil In her Eyes
08. Rock Me
09. Don`t Close Your Eyes
10. The Angel Of Light
11. Obession (It Burns For You) – bonus track
12. Love And Death – bonus track
13. Where Are You Running To – bonus track
14. Come On And Love Me – bonus track
15. The Spirit Of Steele – bonus track
16. The Pyre of Kings (instrumental) – bonus track
CD 2 – Extra Noble Ingredients
01. To The Devil A Daughter – previously unreleased
02. God Of Violence Kill – previously unreleased
03. Viking – previously unreleased
04. Ase`s Death (instrumental) – previously unreleased
05. Bitches From Hell – previously unreleased
06. Fight Tooth And Nail (Roman Sword Re-Mix) – bonus track
07. Tales From The Hammer – previously unreleased
08. We Rule The Night (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
09. I´m On Fire (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
10. Fight Tooth And Nail (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
11. Rock Me (live pre-production rehearsal) – previously unreleased
12. We Rule The Night (Bigger gongs&Bombs early rough mix version) – previously unreleased
13. Noble Savage (Flanging For Eternity early rough mix version) – bonus track
The amount of talented bands coming out of Sweden is absolutely staggering. Stockholm, Sweden’s De Van is one of the more unique bands I have heard, and quite possibly one of the better ones. Unlike many of their peers who fit more into the glam & sleaze genres, De Van’s music has a more Finnish sound. I would describe their sound as melodic metal, but hanging one genre on the band doesn’t really seem appropriate after listening to Planet Botox. De Van is a little bit metal, a little bit hard rock, a dash of electronica and 100% great!
Eric De Van has a huge voice, but not one that you would expect to hear in a metal band. His voice is clean and clear, and seems well suited to the melodic rock of De Van. The band’s sound is also bolstered by the keyboard playing of Johan Adler. His playing does not over power the music of De Van, it augments it. Typically, I am not a big fan of keyboard oriented rock, but Adler’s keyboards blends so well with the up tempo rhythms of the music, I have enjoyed this sound a lot.
I would describe the opening number “Another Perfect Day” as a melodic headbanger. The drum rhythms are heavy and will definitely get you rocking. “Shine” is a heavy rocker that sounds like a blend of Disturbed, Nine Inch Nails and dare I say, Information Society. That description sounds like an odd mix, but this is a really cool song.
“Plastic Surgery” seems like an odd title for a song. De Van has taken a rarely sang about subject and crafted a well written song.
“I Lose My Faith” is a slower number that builds in to a modern rock beast that ought to be an international hit for De Van. This is a great tune, and one you should all check out. (The “I Lose My Faith” video is below!)
These are just some of the standout tracks on Planet Botox. There really isn’t a bad song in the bunch. If you want to check out a new band that has a cool sound, you need to check out De Van! You can listen to songs from Planet Botox, and download the song “Shine” for free on De Van’s Reverbnation Page!
You can purchase Planet Botox at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Another Perfect Day
3. Plastic Surgery
4. Feed Me
5. I Lose My Faith
7. Not Good
9. Here in Shalaland
10. Planet Botox
11. Waiting for the Sun
De Van is:
Eric De Van – Lead vocals
Johan Adler – Keyboard
Greg Andersson – Guitar, backing vocals
Cee – Bass, backing vocals
Mike Lavér – Lead guitar
Joakim Janthe – Drums
Check out the hot new video “Shoot Me Down” from Brazilian metallers, Hibria! This song is from the band’s new album, Blind Ride!
Memphis rockers Saliva are back with their 7th album, Under Your Skin. For the band’s latest effort, Island Records brought in the two time Grammy nominated producer Howard Benson (Bang Tango, Motörhead, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm). With Benson at the helm, I believe Saliva has turned in one of their most interesting, and quite possibly one of their best releases yet.
Those of you who like the old rap/rock sounds of Saliva, will be quite happy with the songs “Badass” and “Burn It Up”. Both songs preserve the class sound of Saliva.
If I would have heard the songs “Better Days” or “Nothing” on the radio before hearing this album, I would not have recognized these to be Saliva songs. Both tunes are modern rock numbers that Saliva should have some moderate success with. Josey Scott’s voice continues to surprise me. When he sings, instead of raps, his voice truly shines.
“Hate Me” is a pretty catchy tune that has a partial writing credit from Zac Maloy from the Nixons.
“Never Should’ve Let You Go” and “Prove Me Wrong” practically sound like left over Shinedown songs. I say this in a very positive sense, as I like Shinedown a lot. “Never Should’ve Let You Go” is a another modern rock number that by all means, ought to be a major hit for Saliva. “Prove Me Wrong” is a semi-heavier tune that will likely find its way to radio as well.
My favorite track off of Under Your Skin is the tune “Toxic Suicide”. This song is very infectious, and I can’t get it out of my head.
“Spotlight” closes out Under Your Skin on a high note with another catchy rocker.
Overall, I have been enjoying Under Your Skin quite a bit. It seems to get better with every spin. I recommend checking it out!
You can listen to the stream of Under Your Skin at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Better Days
4. Hate Me
5. Never Should’ve Let You Go
6. Prove Me Wrong
7. Burn It Up
8. Toxic Suicide
9. Turn The Lights On
Josey Scott – Vocals
Wayne Swinny – Guitar
Dave Novotny – Bass
Paul Crosby – Drums
Modern Superstar is set to release their first single, ‘Devil’s Playground’. The single is the first served up from the debut release ‘Under My Skin’ due out May 3rd on Jamsync Music. ‘Devil’s Playground’ was also chosen as the theme song in the upcoming reality show ‘Tattoo Tony’s Under My Skin’.
With the new single heading to radio, the band will launch a national tour beginning April 7th in Michigan. The cross-country trek will first make stops in Indiana, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland before heading out west. Modern Superstar has also been confirmed to play the main stage at the M3 Festival on May 13th and 14th in Columbia, MD as well as Rocklahoma May 27th-29th in Pryor, OK and the Victory Carnival for the military at Fort Riley, KS June 10th.
Modern Superstar will tap into new markets for the first time during the tour later this summer. World famous tattoo artist and television personality Tattoo Tony will be making special appearances on select dates. The April dates previously reported are as follows:
Fri Apr 8 – Planet Live, Battle Creek, MI
Sat Apr 9 – Baltimore Tattoo Convention, Baltimore, MD
Wed Apr 13 – Scooters Bar New, Castle, IN
Thu Apr 14 -The Berlin Music Pub, Fort Wayne, IN
Fri Apr 15 – The Carriage House, Louisville, OH
Sat Apr 16 – The Fishbone #1, Vienna, WV
Wed Apr 20 – Olde Towne Tavern, Frederick, MD
Thur Apr 21 – FM Bistro, Beaver Falls, PA (Early Show 8:00pm)
Thur Apr 21 – Bella Luna, Monroeville, PA (Late Show 11:00pm) w/ Tattoo Tony
Fri Apr 22 – JAXX, Springfield, VA w/ Tattoo Tony
Sat Apr 23 – 36th Street Lounge, Wyoming, MI
Wed Apr 27 Smokin’ Joes, Milwaukee, WI
Thu Apr 28 – Gentleman Jacks Little Chute, WI
Fri Apr 29 – Silver Dollar Saloon Elizabeth, MN
Sat Apr 30 – Route 15 Greenville, WI
Fri May 13 – M3 Festival Columbia, MD w/ Tattoo Tony
Sat May 14 – M3 Festival, Columbia, MD w/ Tattoo Tony (Main Stage)
Fri May 27 – Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK w/ Gypsy Pistoleros and Tattoo Tony
Sat May 28 – Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK w/ Gypsy Pistoleros and Tattoo Tony Sun
May 29 – Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK w/ Gypsy Pistoleros and Tattoo Tony
I am not sure how I missed this video when it first came out. Holy Grail’s “My Last Attack” video was release last November. This song is absolutely smokin’!
“My Last Attack” is from Holy Grail’s debut album, Crisis in Utopia. Check it out!!
CONSFEARACY is an International Metal group with band members hailing from the United States and Europe, featuring vocalist Brian O’Connor, guitarists Fabian Schwarz and Ira Black, bassist Guenter Auschrat and drummer Timo Weis. Uniting east with west, these well-established professional recording artists have come together to create an undeniable metal force. Collectively, these musicians have completed countless records, dvd’s, tours, radio airplay, magazine/press coverage and festival performances to thousands of fans worldwide.
CONSFEARACY was formed in 2008 by Brian O’Connor, former lead vocalist of Vicious Rumors, and Fabian Schwarz, guitarist of The New Black and Runamok. They set out to write and perform a transatlantic style of Metal and expand their musical collaborations worldwide, thus CONSFEARACY was born. Soon after, they obtained management with Marble Stone Entertainment and a great team of professional business-minded musicians joined the group’s ranks; Guenter Auschrat, bassist of Abandoned and The New Black; Ira Black, guitarist who has played with Metal Church, Lizzy Borden, Heathen, and Vicious Rumors; and drummer extraordinaire Timo Weis.
Securing this successful formula in partnership with a supportive record label, CONSFEARACY will launch their heavy, yet sophisticated assault of Metal to the masses and become a mainstay in the worldwide market of music. CONSFEARACY is looking forward to the trials and tribulations that lead to a successful career and future in the music industry.
Check out Consfearacy’s new songs, “Pain Infantry” and “Fall From Grace” in the widget below.
1. Hold Your Ground
3. Send Me A Sign
4. Rebellion In Dreamland
6. Brothers (extended version)
7. Rebellion In Dreamland (Karaoke version)
It’s going to get hot soon with Rory Gallagher, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Ben Waters’ Ian Stewart Tribute, Christopher Cross, Nazareth, Jeff Healey Band, Heaven & Hell, Willy DeVille, David Byrne, Primal Scream, Twisted Sister, Bad Company and Sheryl Crow!
New York, NY (March 24, 2011)—Eagle Rock Entertainment will be heating up right along with the weather as it brings you an incredible run of musical genres and elite recording artists. Here’s just some of the upcoming action.
April 12 (pre-book order date March 18)
Rory Gallagher/Irish Tour ‘74/CD, DVD, Vinyl, & Blu-Ray
A major influence on a generation of guitar players including The Edge and Slash, Rory Gallagher stretched the limits of the blues with his ferocious guitar, compositional skill and guttural vocals. Now available for the first time on Blu-Ray, filmmaker Tony Palmer captured this one-of-a-kind artist on a tour through his native Ireland in 1974. The results are staggering, a visceral gut-punch of electricity, daring and showmanship. [MSRP $19.98 for Blu-ray, $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD and $29.98 for 2LP]
April 19 (pre-book order date March 25)
Duff McKagan’s Loaded/The Taking/CD
One of America’s pre-eminent hard rock bassists, Duff McKagan has sold over 100 million records as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Duff McKagan’s Loaded, which debuted with Sick in 2009. Follow-up The Taking, which will also be released on vinyl on April 12, features McKagan on guitar and lead vocals with bassist Jeff Rouse, guitarist Mike Squires and drummer Isaac Carpenter. “The Taking is the closest thing to a ‘concept’ record that I’ve ever been involved with,” says Duff. “Pain, loss, triumph, and redemption. Life. Bring it.” [MSRP $13.98]
Ben Waters/Boogie 4 Stu/CD
Boogie-woogie piano player Ben Waters wanted to honor Rolling Stones founder Ian Stewart and when word got out of what was to be a solo project, an incredible array of artists signed on. Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, PJ Harvey, and a kickin’ horn section perform on material by Sam Cooke, Big Joe Turner, Albert Ammons, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Jimmy Yancey and Big Maceo. The album closes with a live cut from Ian Stewart’s Montreux Jazz Festival appearance with Rocket 88. This just may be THE blues album of the year! [MSRP $13.98]
May 10 (pre-book order date April 15)
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher, Deuce, Blueprint, & Live In Europe re-issues/CD
Get ready for a boatload of original studio recordings from the late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, all to be re-released throughout the year.
The kick-off starts with Rory Gallagher, his first solo album (1970) after disbanding his pioneering power trio Taste. It contains raging covers of Muddy Waters (“Gypsy Woman”) and Otis Rush (“It Takes Time”) as well as one his career-long concert favorites, ‘Laundromat.”
The 1971 follow-up, Deuce, cemented his rep as THE hotshot guitar slinger who captured the attention of a generation: songs like “In Your Town,” “Crest Of A Wave” and “Used To Be” are but three of the 10 stand-outs.
His third album, 1973’s Blueprint, birthed classics like “Walk On Hot Coals,” “(Back On My) Stompin’ Ground,” and “Banker’s Blues.”
Live In Europe was recorded during his 1972 tour, and is the first of several legendary live recordings.
[MSRP $13.98 for each CD]
Christopher Cross/Doctor Faith/CD
On his first all-new studio album in 13 years, five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross has changed it up from his usual keyboard base to a more guitar-oriented sound. Dedicated to Joni Mitchell “for a lifetime of inspiration,” Cross—for the first time in his 30-year career—goes profoundly topical here on material that resonates with the kind of attention-to-detail that only deep soul-searching can unearth. Vocalist Michael McDonald is on hand as is Cross’ fellow Texan, guitarist Eric Johnson. “This album feels not only like a new chapter to my career; it feels like starting a whole new book.” [MSRP $13.98]
This most Classic of Classic Rock bands (from Scotland) recorded Big Dogz with the intent to create something they vowed would be organic: just four rockers plying their craft and getting back to the kind of basics they spewed forth on such favorites as 1975’s Hair Of The Dog or 1979’s No Mean City. Lead vocalist Dan McCafferty is in great voice as he fronts bassist Pete Agnew, lead guitarist Jimmy Murrison and drummer Lee Agnew on a furious 11-song journey to the soul of rock’n’roll. [MSRP $13.98]
May 17 (pre-book order date April 22)
Jeff Healey Band/Live At Grossman’s/CD
Recorded live in Toronto at the same venue that spawned the birth of the band itself, this 1994 set, culled from two hot nights, served as rehearsals for what would become their fourth album, Cover To Cover. With guest artists Pat Rush on rhythm and slide guitar and harmonica man Michael Pickett, the Jeff Healey Band goes from Beatles to Hendrix to blues. Healey sounds positively inspired to be back home, his vocals and keyboard runs wild with abandon. [MSRP $13.98]
Heaven & Hell/Radio City Music Hall: Live! /Blu-ray
2007. Radio City Music Hall. Ronnie James Dio. Tony Iommi. Geezer Butler. Vinny Appice. Known collectively as Heaven & Hell. Their first U.S. show together in 15 years, this night was so transcendent, it spawned a tour, a studio album and plans for world domination but for the untimely death of Dio. Now, for the first time on Blu-Ray, that magical night—15 songs!—comes thrillingly to life. [MSRP $19.98]
Rory Gallagher/Notes From San Francisco/2CD
Unavailable until now, these are rare studio sides by the late Rory Gallagher that have now been unearthed! In 1977, six years into his solo career, the guitarist laid down these tracks with bassist Gerry McAvoy, keyboardist Lou Martin, drummer Rod de’Ath, violinist Joe O’Donnell and saxophonist Martin Fiero only to have the album in question shelved. Disc #2 consists of a 1979 power trio live show at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco with bassist McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna. [MSRP $17.98]
May 24 (pre-book order date April 29)
Duff McKagan’s Loaded/Sick re-issue/CD/DVD
Originally released in 2009, Sick, by Duff McKagan’s Loaded, now comes complete with a 94-minute bonus DVD filmed at The Garage in Glasgow, Scotland and featuring a blistering band performance as well as the “No More” video, and five “webisodes,” four on the making of the album and one on the 2008 UK tour. Plus, two new additional bonus tracks have been included on the CD. [MSRP $15.98]
Willy DeVille/Come A Little Bit Closer – Best of Live /CD
Taken from over two decades of concert classics that this great American renaissance man recorded, Come A Little Bit Closer comes as close as one can to the kind of high-stylized idiosyncratic blend of New Orleans blues mixed’n’matched with Cajun flavor, his own Brill Building-styled composition, Mariachi Hendrixian flair, New York street corner doo-wop and classic rock soul punk as only he can fuse. And that’s just for starters. DeVille was such an original that he had no musical precedent whatsoever! There’s never been anyone like him. And it’s all on display in this 17-song Spanish stroll through a career that ended way too soon. Highlights? Every Song. [MSRP $13.98]
May 31 (pre-book order date April 29)
Primal Scream/Screamadelica Live DVD+CD, Blu-ray
Primal Scream formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982 and in 1991 recorded what many rock critics have listed as one of the great alternative albums of the 1990s, Screamadelica. Screamadelica Live captures the band performing this album in its entirety for the very first time, at London’s Olympia in 2010. The Blu-ray includes an exclusive bonus of the Screamadelica Classic Album documentary. The DVD version includes a CD of the Screamadelica Live performance. [MSRP $19.98 for both sets]
David Byrne/Ride Rise Roar/ DVD and Blu-ray
June 7 (pre-book order date May 13)
Bad Company/Live At Wembley/CD, DVD & Blu-Ray
Recorded live at the prestigious Wembley Arena in London in 2010, these celebrated musicians are at the top of their game, playing their beloved songs as hard as ever in front of a packed and enthusiastic crowd. Founding members vocalist Paul Rodgers, lead guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke (bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006) are supplemented by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Lynn Sorensen. These songs that have stood the test of time come thrillingly to life alongside some rarely heard gems in a 15-song celebration! [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray, and $13.98 for CD]
Sheryl Crow/Miles From Memphis/DVD & Blu-Ray
This stunning 18-song two-hour+ concert was captured last year at the spectacular art-deco Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. Sheryl Crow, touring in support of her 100 Miles From Memphis album, performs a set filled with all her hits, deep catalog cuts and current songs, an 18-year trip. Bonuses include a “Behind-The-Scenes” segment wherein she preps for the show, introduces the band and soundchecks two more tracks—“Eye To Eye” and “Stop” (20 songs total). [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]
JUSTICE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW
Rev Theory have released another behind the scenes webisode that documents the creation of their new album Justice, which is available now. This week’s webisode features the band members in the studio recording the song “Never Again.” Drummer Dave Agoglia talks about the focus and progression of the band on the new album, “We always try to move forward in our records, but at the same time I think we got back a little more to our roots, and we did what we felt was right.”
The band will be heading back out on the road this April as part of the 3rd HardDrive Live “Spring Fling” tour, which kicks off April 13th in Broussard, LA. For the complete list of dates visit www.harddrivelivetour.com.
Breakthrough band Biffy Clyro will be hitting the road with Foo Fighters for a portion of their spring tour. The string of dates, which kick off May 17th in Tulsa, OK, will follow a run with Cage the Elephant and an appearance at the Bamboozle Festival in Rutherford, NJ April 30th.
The Scottish trio is fresh off a successful US headlining tour, which included sold-out NYC and LA shows, a KROQ Backyard BBQ performance and a performance on FUEL TV’s The Daily Habit. The band’s current US single “Many of Horror” is currently off to a great start at alternative radio with major support from Live 105-San Francisco, x96-Salt Lake City, WFNX-Boston, WRFF-Philadelphia, KEXX-Phoenix, CD101-Columbus, KBZT-San Diego and others. They will also be performing “Many of Horror” on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly Wednesday, March 23rd.
Biffy Clyro was also recently awarded the Shockwave NME Award for Best Live Band, beating out Muse and Arcade Fire. This win adds to Biffy’s already lengthy list of accolades. Their fifth studio release, the Garth Richardson-produced Only Revolutions, has spawned three Top Ten singles in the UK and is well on its way to being certified double-platinum there. Only Revolutions was nominated for the coveted 2010 Mercury Prize and their single “Captain” won Best Video at both the Kerrang! and NME Awards in 2010. Only Revolutions has also received substantial critical acclaim in the UK. The Sunday Times, Kerrang and Q each gave it four stars, Esquire labeled it “a blistering triumph” and the NME declared that the release “springs the band instantly level with the greatest rock acts in the world.”
Vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil, bassist James Johnston and drummer Ben Johnston formed Biffy Clyro in 1995 and quickly began honing their unique sound, a mind-boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams. Relentless touring built a dedicated army of followers and turned Biffy Clyro into one of the most celebrated live bands in the UK — they’ve shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Linkin Park, filled Wembley Arena on a recent headlining run and became the first band ever to play in the Houses of Parliament. Biffy Clyro US tour dates are below. For more information please visit www.biffyclyro.com.
Biffy Clyro tour dates are as follows:
|3/31||Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH *|
|4/1||Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY *|
|4/2||Rhythm and Brews, Chattanooga, TN *|
|4/4||Orange Peel, Asheville, NC *|
|4/5||Valarium, Knoxville, TN *|
|4/6||Revolution Music Room, Little Rock, AR *|
|4/8||George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR *|
|4/9||Blue Note, Columbia, MO *|
|4/10||Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK *|
|4/12||Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM *|
|4/13||Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ *|
|4/14||Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA ^|
|4/15||The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ ^|
|4/17||The Parish, Austin, TX ^|
|4/19||Beaumont Club, Kansas City, MO ^|
|4/20||Double Door, Chicago, IL ^|
|4/22||Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY ^|
|4/23||Mod Club, Toronto, ON ^|
|4/27||The Note, West Chester, PA **|
|4/28||Lupo’s, Providence, RI **|
|4/29||Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT **|
|4/30||Bamboozle Festival, East Rutherford, NJ|
|5/1||Recher Theatre, Towson, MD **|
|5/17||BOK Center, Tulsa, OK %|
|5/18||Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR %|
|5/20||FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN %|
|5/23||Mid America Center, Council Bluffs, IA %|
|5/26||Adams Center, Missoula, MT %|
|5/27||Sasquatch! Festival, George, WA|
* supporting Cage the Elephant
** supporting Alkaline Trio
% supporting Foo Fighters
Inspired by the recent Rockitt Rant about Poison releasing yet another greatest hits album and most likely performing the same set list (again), I’ve given some thought to why bands don’t mix up their live sets anymore. What’s the matter with these rockers? Don’t they connect with their fans? Why won’t they perform some deep cuts?
Kiss is a classic example of this. Sure, they played some new songs from Sonic Boom on their last tour, but when’s the last time the band really reached into their catalog to pull out the deep tracks like “I,” “Saint and Sinner,” or “Sweet Pain?” Hell, even “Shandi” played anywhere except Australia would be a treat. These bands have to know that the fans love to hear deep tracks, and if you’re worried about casual fans not knowing the songs, or complaining about not hearing the hits, then only play one or two deep cuts. Or maybe, just maybe, the band could mix it up and perform a different set every night? Aerosmith always does. Springsteen always does. It’s one way to sell multiple tickets to area shows.
Poison is another perfect example. They’ve been touring the amphitheaters since 1999 and they’ve played the same greatest hits set since then too. Although songs like “Sexual Thing” and “Lay Your Body Down” have been out in the public since the late 90s, they’ve never performed these songs live. There are also 5 great songs on Power To The People that they could perform, and while “I Hate Every Bone In Your Body But Mine” was played on one (or two) tours, they have since forgotten about these songs. I would love to hear “Strange,” or “Can’t Bring Me Down,” or anything from Crack A Smile, but the band won’t do it.
Motley Crue needs to mix it up as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Crue pull out songs like “All I Need,” or “Too Fast For Love?” Other Crue tracks that would sound great live are songs like “Afraid,” “Misunderstood” (I know Vince didn’t sing this one, but so what? Play it anyway. Vince is only going to sing every third word regardless), or “Hell On High Heels.” That would be spectacular!
Bands need to reach deeper into their catalog to entertain the masses. While Kix does a great job of mixing it up, I would cream my pants if they would play “Luv-A-Holic” just once in concert. We know that you have to play “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “Cold Blood,” but there are other great songs in your repertoire that would sound great in concert. Buckcherry — is there any chance that you could perform “For The Movies” or “Borderline?” Papa Roach, why not play “Infest?” The die-hard fans would go nuts!
Iron Maiden is a superb example of a band that gets it right. Sure, some fans mocked their decision to play A Matter Of Life And Death in its entirety, and other fans were disappointed when the band toured last year only playing newer material, but all of their concerts sold out. On other tours, Maiden gave the fans only the hits from back in the day. Every Iron Maiden tour is a new experience and that’s why I will continue to pay for their tickets. If Poison mixed it up like that, I would make it a point to see them every summer.
Pearl Jam is another band that really gets it. Not only do they perform different sets tour after tour, they perform different sets night after night. When Pearl Jam plays three nights at Madison Square Garden, all three nights sell out. A big part of that is due to repeat customers. Fans know that every Pearl Jam concert is going to be a different experience, so they purchase tickets for all three nights, not just one. Could Poison or Kiss sell out multiple nights at the Garden? They’re having enough trouble selling out one night at an amphitheater.
Bands need to realize that the cost of tickets has skyrocketed in recent years, and if they expect fans to part with $100 to see a show, then they really need to work hard. Not just on stage, but they need to scrutinize their set list and dust off some classics. Don’t be lazy! Re-learn some of your older material and bring the deeper cuts to the concert. That would make every show worthwhile and it’s almost guaranteed that fans would come back year after year. I know I’d shell out my money. Would you?
WORLD FIRE BRIGADE has sold over 10 million records…between its members. It all started with a veteran songwriting trio:
BRETT SCALLIONS (former front man of the multi-platinum selling band FUEL, & lead vocalist with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors)
SEAN DANIELSEN (Smile Empty Soul lead singer/guitarist) &
EDDIE WOHL (producer/mixer for Anthrax, Ill Nino, Smile Empty Soul, Jesse Malin, Dry Kill Logic, 36 Crazy Fists, and H2O.)
The trio began writing & recording songs with the idea of possibly licensing them out or getting them to other artists, but it evolved into much more when the songs began to smolder.
“It got to the point where we looked at each other and said, ‘You know, this is too good to give away’,” says Scallions. “We need to do this for ourselves.”
After YOGI LONICH (Buck Cherry, Chris Cornell) added some smokin’ lead guitar parts, & bass player BRAD STEWART (Shinedown) & drummer KEN SCHALK (Fuel, Candiria) joined the picture, WORLD FIRE BRIGADE became a no holds barred rock n’ fuckin’ roll band.
“It’s much heavier than anything I ever did with Fuel,” Scallions says of WORLD FIRE BRIGADE’s sound. “We’re doing a lot of stuff in lower tones which is a first for me.”
And with two front men in the mix, the music is full of strong harmonies & angst driven melodies that perfectly complement the heavy guitar tones. Scallions & Danielsen’s voices mesh together beautifully, at times adding a perfect chaos that will make your blood boil and your toes curl.
The recently completed WORLD FIRE BRIGADE debut album will be released in mid/late 2011.
Please visit the band’s Reverbnation page, where you can download their new song, “Shot Down”!
Recently Bullet For My Valentine delivered a deluxe CD/DVD edition of their third full-length album Fever titled Fever Tour Edition, which was released February 15 on Jive Records.
Fever Tour Edition features three new songs recorded live at XFM radio in the UK (“Fever,” “The Last Fight” and “Bittersweet Memories“) and a DVD of “Your Betrayal,” “Fever” and “Waking the Demon” recorded live from Graspop Metal Meeting 2010 in Dessel, Belgium. The DVD also includes videos for “Your Betrayal,” “The Last Fight” and “The Making of The Last Fight” as well as a Bullet For My Valentine track-by-track commentary of Fever.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TOUR DATES:May 3 Springfield, MA Mass Mutual Center
May 4 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
May 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
May 7 Charlotte, NC Metrolina Trade Show Expo
May 9 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
May 10 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
May 13 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
May 14 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
May 15 Indianola, IA National Balloon Classic Field
May 17 Lubbock, TX LoneStar Amphitheatre
May 18 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
May 19 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
May 21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE (Indoor Stage)*
May 22 Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium* (Rock on the Range)
May 24 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club *#
May 25 Providence, RI Lupo’s *#
May 26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom *#
* Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace not playing
# Halestorm supporting
More Bullet For My Valentine dates to be announced shortly. Stay on top of all the Bullet news by visiting the links below:
BENEDICTUM – VERONICA FREEMAN – The third studio album “Dominion” from Benedictum was released on March 8th, 2011, on Frontiers Records. Any fan of this band knows that lead vocalist and founding member Veronica Freeman has a strong Hard Rock and Metal voice. What I didn’t know was just how positive, friendly and humorous Veronica’s personality really is. I found out for myself, upon our initial introduction, as to how proud and protective Veronica is towards her band’s name. Let me explain…
You see, this middle-aged Metalhead writer suffered either a senior moment or a brain burp. Take your pick. I called Veronica’s band “Benediction” and there was no turning back. Yes, I wanted to make my get-away, right as the last syllable of the incorrect band name leaped from my tongue. Too late for that. Veronica was all over me like a pissed off parochial school nun with a swinging ruler. After several apologies and excuses on my end, we both settled into mutual laughter about it all.
The laughter on my end continued, once Veronica informed me she was wearing her fuzzy slippers while doing this interview I laughed some more. My vision of Veronica Freeman will never be the same. Just kidding. I admire the vocals of Veronica equally as well as the Metal her band Benedictum plays. There was just one promise Veronica wanted me to keep… that was to tell the world I mispronounced her band name. I made good on it. I wouldn’t dare break a promise to Veronica Freeman. Her outgoing and yet playful personality made for a memorable interview. Here is what Veronica had to say:
HRH: Benedictum is carrying on where they left off with “Seasons Of Tragedy”. Do you feel like your on a speeding natural high with the completion of “Dominion”?
VERONICA: I think I’m on that everyday! I’ve done more interviews on this “Dominion” album than the last two albums combined. This album was like giving birth!
HRH: Benedictum blends so many styles together, with Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Thrash and Progressive too. What is the secret to having your band’s sound come across so fluid?
VERONICA: I don’t know, it’s secrets I can’t reveal! There is a lot of input from the other band members on “Dominion”. I’m open to input. If it’s too out of the realm, then I’ll back off. With new band members, we have a different feel too. We just create feel-good and passionate songs. It’s a culmination of influences too. When Pete and I write, we have a groove within our thoughts that just comes out!
HRH: Influences can and do define a vocalist. Are you comfortable knowing you are most likely an influence already to a young generation of girls?
VERONICA: Hey, I never heard that, name one girl!
HRH: Hard Rock and Metal is global and I’m certain you have younger girls looking up to you somewhere, whether it’s America or even out in the Middle East.
VERONICA: Okay, then I would probably be beyond honored if that was the case.
HRH: There are many bands out there, only not as many are fronted by a charismatic and talented female vocalist like yourself.
VERONICA: Thank you! Your absolutely right, there are so many bands out there, some good and some bad. I just hope they (female fans) get empowerment from my voice. I like my stuff to express myself, it’s almost cathartic to me. The lyrical content coming from the frustrated and jaded feelings of my past comes out in my songs. With my lyrics, I also like to express hope, something in which you need to keep going! I do want people to remember me. I’m just grateful! I do know a lot of people have more opportunity and less opportunity than me out there too.
HRH: What advice do you have for aspiring female vocalists of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal?
VERONICA: How about advice for all aspiring vocalists?
VERONICA: I’m all for empowerment, but I’ve always wanted to be stronger and want to bring it! I like to keep a certain standard. It’s a lot more acceptable now to have detractors. I would say don’t rely on the female “thing” and just be a good vocalist. I don’t want to work that angle with the female “thing”. Being a female vocalist in Metal, it’s not that unique or a novelty anymore. You have to make sure you have a mentor and learn how to gravitate and maneuver. Females in particular, be yourself and try not to get pigeonholed into that certain “thing”.
HRH: I admire your attitude and style, Veronica. Still, there are female fronted bands out there that sound carbon copy.
VERONICA: I know what you mean. When I hear certain bands, I’m like, wow, I want to sound angelic like that or growl like that. You can’t be afraid to be the unique creature you are. You must be true to what you are and what you do.
HRH: You do have your vocal uniqueness. You have a male tone about your voice.
VERONICA: I know I can have that real masculine tone, it goes with Metal! It’s therapy for me, to get out my inner angst when I’m singing. I can’t do that opera stuff, it’s just not me.
HRH: You cover Rush on “Dominion” with “Overture/Temples Of Syrnx” in a most admirable way. What more can be said about Rush other than they belong in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
VERONICA: Do you know how long I’ve been singing that song? All my life! It’s like a dream come true to cover this song! I wanted to do justice with it, Rush fans are very protective of their band.
HRH: I’m a lifetime Rush fan.
VERONICA: I’m glad to hear that, it means you’re not mindless! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) Gee, thanks!
VERONICA: Rush influenced me and the way I write. I like those epic kind of songs that take you somewhere, to evoke something from me and gives me energy. It’s sonic stimulation!
HRH: Wow, sonic stimulation, that sounds good!
VERONICA: Doesn’t it? It could be a name for a band.
HRH: Well, it sounds like a Punk band with the word “sonic” it it.
VERONICA: Yeah, maybe. As for Rush in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? That should have happened a long time ago, it’s so obvious! I want to tell that place to get a clue!
HRH: What is the one key element that is missing in today’s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal world that existed twenty five years ago?
VERONICA: I was just talking to somebody about this! The key is marketing. There’s no promotion on radio. Classic Rock radio stations has some rotation, but no new stuff is really mixed in to promote new bands. There are no teaser tracks from your favorite band’s new albums anymore, like there was years ago. There’s no avenue of mass promotion anymore. You have to go seek it out now, it’s out there, only you just have to find it!
HRH: If you could interview one Rock ‘n’ Roll legend, past or present, who would it be and why?
VERONICA: I had a chance to meet (the late) Ronnie James Dio. He was my largest influence. His energy was so amazing. It would have been fun to sit down and pick his brain and mindset as he wrote songs. I like knowing what inspired certain people, to find out what that flame is that ignited such incredible music to be written.
VERONICA: It’s been so great for Pete to finally receive some love from the fans and press. I feel he’s done his very best work on this new album. Pete is a lot of fun and a joy to be around. I get along with him so much! So many people never knew about us, now a whole new wave of people are starting to build around following our band. People are really checking out our first two albums.
HRH: How and when did you become friends with Craig Goldy?
VERONICA: I’ve known Craig forever. Way back in the day we became fast friends, we just started to hang out. It’s fun to be friends with someone as dedicated to the guitar as Craig is. We both have a saying, that we always liked to dream out loud together. We’ve always kept in contact no matter what.
HRH: You can ride a motorcycle, have you ever been to Orange County Choppers up in New York State?
VERONICA: No, I have not. I would love to go there though. I have my two web based businesses that are motorcycle related. They both involve selling motor and sport bike accessories. Fans and bike enthusiasts can visit Alienhelmets.com and Streetfightersinc.com. Because of my online bike accessory businesses, I can stay home and wear my fuzzy slippers! (laughs) I’ve got a pair of bear claw slippers too! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) Okay, that sounds like a cool gig!
HRH: Any tour plans or festivals being planned for 2011?
VERONICA: I certainly hope so. I’m waiting for my booking agent. We would love to play the U.S. and love to play Europe.
HRH: If you had an infomercial airing at midnight, to sell “Dominion”, what would your power pitch be for this album?
VERONICA: Wait There’s more! For only nine ninety five, you too could have Classic Rock with a melodic and Progressive Metal twist!
HRH: Well done, Veronica! I’m buying!
Danko Jones has released the final episode in the Below The Belt video trilogy: “I Think Bad Thoughts”. The video features Elijah Wood, Ralph Macchio, Jena Malone, Frank Drank, Mike Watt, Art Hsu and Jason Trost. This video was directed by The Diamond Brothers.
In the late eighties and early nineties, the band Poison was a force to be reckoned with. In 2011, Poison is making a joke out of themselves, mostly in partdue to Bret Michaels spending more time doing Hollywood Reality TV shows, than writing new music.
For Poison’s 25th Anniversary, the band is releasing “Double Dose of Poison, Ultimate Hits”. Yes, you guessed it, another CD compilation with NO new Poison songs.
“Between Double Dose Of Poison and the 25th Anniversary Tour, I honestly can’t think of a better way to mark this major milestone,” says Poison’s singer Bret Michaels.
Really Brett? Really? It is the 25th Anniversary of the band that made you famous, and you can’t think of anything better than to release your 8th CD Compilation?
Let us see, there has already been “Poison’s Greatest Hits: 1986 – 1996”, “Poison – Rock Champions”, “Best of Ballads & Blues”, “The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock”, “Poison 10 Great Songs”, “Poison – Box Set”, “Nothin’ But A Goot Time: The Poison Collection” I haven’t even mentioned the five live albums of the same regurgitated Poison songs.
Mr. Michaels, here is a unique idea, for your 25th Anniverary, how about spending some time with your band mates and write some new songs instead of releasing another compilation of the tunes that the majority of Poison fans already own.
I am happy that you are healthy, and you are back out there playing music, however, I won’t waste any more of my dollars on your Greatest Hits Compilations, nor will I waste my hard earned bucks to watch you play the same songs live. Before you reinvented your self as a Hollywood Reality star, you were a musician, and you had talent. You have written some of the biggest pop metal songs of the eighties and nineties. I have no doubts that you and Poison could reconnect with today’s music fans, if only you could write some NEW music.
Please take your self out of the running for “Rock of Love 15”, “Dancing With the Stars”, or whatever your next reality project is, and do what the fans really want. Write some new tunes! If Poison puts out a CD of new material (No covers please) myself, and many other fans will be more than happy to buy your music, and support your live shows. Until then, seeing Poison live will be like watching an old reality show re-run.
Check out Sister Sin’s new video “24/7” below. “24/7” is from the Sister Sin album True Sound of the Underground. Get it here!!
Soundgarden’s first ever live album, Live on I5 is available in stores every where today March 22nd, 2011)!! Hard Rock Hideout is giving two lucky fans a chance to win a copy of the CD right now!!
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For more information on Live on I5, check out the press release below!
The year 2010 saw Soundgarden – Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron – reuniting after a 13-year absence to a thunderous roar. As promised, the band have now announced that they’ll be releasing their first-ever collection of live tracks on March 22, 2011 through UMe.
Titled Live on I5 – a reference to the Interstate 5 which runs up and down the West Coast- the new collection compiles live tracks from a 1996 run by the band and captures the band at the height of their recording and touring career. This carefully selected compilation includes fan favorites like “Spoonman”, “Rusty Cage”, “Burden In My Hand,” and “Black Hole Sun” (performed by Chris Cornell solo), as well what insiders are calling the definitive live performance of “Jesus Christ Pose.” As a bonus, the disc includes two brilliantly inspired covers: The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and The Stooges’ anarchic proto-punk classic, “Search & Destroy.” The band took out recording engineer, Adam Kasper with them on the West Coast leg of this tour- the first time they ever recorded any live shows. They rented a mobile 24 track machine/truck and recorded the gigs on 2″ tape. Soundgarden had always intended to release it as a live record soon after the tour, but alas, they disbanded and the tapes were left in the closet of Studio X in Seattle (now called Bad Animals) to gather dust until now.
Live on I5 is the follow-up to Soundgarden’s celebrated 2010 reunion, with the band re-staking their well deserved place, earning a Grammy nomination for previously unreleased track “Black Rain” for Best Hard Rock Performance, gracing the covers of music magazines SPIN and Guitar World, performing on the second night of Conan and topping critics’ lists with their fall 2010 release, Telephantasm. The multi-label, career-spanning collection, also available in collector’s editions with the band’s first-ever DVD and booklet, was a comprehensive retrospective of the enormously influential band whose music put Seattle and a young label called Sub Pop on the map. As befits a group whose sound redefined a musical generation, they also proved themselves to be innovators with their partnership with Guitar Hero, with 1 million copies of Telephantasm sold, bundled within the launch of Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock. The album went platinum before even hitting stores- a first time certification for the RIAA.
Soundgarden’s subsequent live appearances had all the chemistry and intensity fans and critics had hoped for with the band’s legendary heavy sound and power intact. Their headlining Lollapalooza spot last year found the four members playing their classic material from the ‘90s to longtime fans and a new generation who never thought they’d be lucky enough to see them. Rolling Stone wrote, “Chris Cornell is the ultimate rock frontman” and Spin said, “The band kicked into an epic set that was the sonic equivalent of a blueprint of the Seattle sound: heavy, loud, and full of metal guitar heroics and classic rock pomp.”
With Live on I5, we catch the now-legendary rock titans at the top of their game. The collection captures the rawness, spontaneity and magic that happens at live gigs between Soundgarden and their audiences. It cements the band’s place in rock history and shows why their appeal is as strong and as timeless as ever.
Watch this space for additional news on Soundgarden: www.soundgardenworld.com
Tracklisting in full:
2. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
3. Let Me Drown
Tracks 1-3: Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
4. Head Down
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996
Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
6. Rusty Cage
Recorded live at Pacific National Exhibition Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada – December 7, 1996
7. Burden In My Hand
Recorded live at Salem Armory, Salem, OR – December 8, 1996
8. Helter Skelter
9. Boot Camp
Tracks 8 and 9: Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
10. Nothing To Say
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996
11. Slaves And Bulldozers
13. Fell On Black Days
Tracks 11-13: Recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA – December 5, 1996
14. Search And Destroy
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 18, 1996
15. Ty Cobb
Recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – November 30, 1996
16. Black Hole Sun
Recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA – December 17, 1996
17. Jesus Christ Pose
Recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA – December 5, 1996
Joel Eliasson, the former guitar player from Innocent Rosie, will be flying in from Sweden to tour the U.S. with Vains of Jenna this summer. Joel will play rhythm guitar for Vains of Jenna.
Please go to Joels Facebook and say hi! facebook.com/goddamnyoujoey