Band to Hit the Road for European Tour in June; Mastodon’s Version of ZZ Top Classic Featured on “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” Soundtrack
“Mastodon are the greatest metal band of their generation — no one else comes close.” — Rolling Stone Magazine
“Unpredictable, intelligent metal.” — Spin Magazine
“Thunderous, disciplined and expansive…the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon’s music makes ‘Crack The Skye’ sonically unforgettable.” — Time Magazine
The band is currently recording at Doppler Studios in their hometown of Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks have been previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios where Nirvana’s masterwork “Nevermind” was recorded.
Mastodon can also now confirm a pair of new songs — “Blasteroids,” and “All The Heavy Lifting” will be featured on the new disc which will be release later this year.
As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, will take a different tack and musical approach to the music on this outing. Check www.mastodonrocks.com for studio updates.
Immediately following their current recording sessions in Atlanta, Mastodon will head to Europe for a summer-long tour that includes all dates on this year’s Sonisphere Festival as well as the Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring, Roskilde Festivals and more. The band will also play a one-off show at The Gorge in Seattle on July 30th with Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Meat Puppets. All of Mastodon‘s upcoming tour dates are below.
|06/04||Rock Im Park||Nurnberg, GER|
|06/05||Rock Am Ring||Nuremburgring, GER|
|06/08||Die Rohre||Stuttgart, GER*|
|06/10||Sonisphere Festival||Warsaw, POL|
|06/11||Sonisphere Festival||Prague, CZE|
|06/12||Norwegian Wood||Oslo, NOR|
|06/17||Sonisphere Festival||Athens, GRE|
|06/19||Sonisphere Festival||Istanbul, TUR|
|06/21||Sonisphere Festival||Sofia, BUL|
|06/22||INmusic Festival||Zagreb, CRO|
|06/24||Sonisphere Festival||Basel, SWI|
|06/25||Sonisphere Festival||San Marino, ITA|
|07/01||Roskilde Festival||Roskilde, DEN|
|07/02||Sonisphere Festival||Helsinki, FIN|
|07/03||Glav Club||St. Petersburg, RUS*|
|07/04||Arena Moscow||Moscow, RUS*|
|07/08||Sonisphere Festival||Amneville, FRA|
|07/09||Sonisphere Festival||Stockholm, SWE|
|07/10||Sonisphere Festival||Knebworth, UK|
|07/13||Metalcamp Festival||Tolmin, SLO|
|07/14||Hegyalja Festival||Tokaj, HUN|
|07/16||Sonisphere Festival||Madrid, SPN|
|07/30||The Gorge||Seattle, WA|
*denotes headlining show
Lastly Mastodon has just confirmed that their version of ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid” will be included on the original soundtrack for “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” soundtrack. This sought-after Mastodon rarity has only been available as a limited edition color vinyl 7″ single released this past Record Store Day. The album will be release on June 14th.
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Carmine Appice – An undisputed Rock legend is Carmine Appice. With a Rock and Roll resume that screams “Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction NOW!”, Carmine never once spoke of acceptance into any clique or popular circles. That’s because Carmine Appice knows his accomplishments and knows he belongs with his countless fans. Carmine is not just a legendary Rock drummer, he is also an accomplished teacher of drumming and unquestionably his profession’s biggest advocate spanning six decades.
To appreciate the works of Carmine Appice is to also appreciate Rock Music history. Carmine has played and written for Rod Stewart, while founding such Classic Rock icons as Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert and Appice. His drumming can also be heard on albums from Ted Nugent and Paul Stanley to Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason”. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this famed drummers accomplishments. With two of Carmine’s biggest 80’s bands being King Kobra and Blue Murder, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans alike gravitate to Carmine Appice with a justifiable reverence.
2011 has ushered in the reunion of King Kobra, with their newly released and self-titled album on Frontiers Records. This King Kobra reunion album shakes loose everything we all adore about 80’s Melodic Hard Rock… King Kobra style. With new vocalist Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Bad Boyz, Quiet Riot) surrounded by the original King Kobra lineup, there could not be a better time than now to celebrate this bands everlasting Hard Rock appeal. Carmine took the time recently to talk to Hard Rock Hideout about the reunion of King Kobra and their new album. As I anticipated, Carmine wasn’t just a receptive interview, he was a downright good guy. Here is what Carmine had to say:
HRH: King Kobra in 2011, does it feel like the first time or old hat with the band?
CARMINE: It’s a little of both. We have a new energy from Paul (Shortino). He adds a bluesier sound to the band. Some songs we wrote back in ’84 and the first meeting with Dave (Henzerling) and I was writing all our takes from ’84 down. Me and Dave initially were part of the heavy writing on the first two King Kobra albums. My drums and Dave’s guitar are the core of King Kobra’s sound and we captured that sound once again, blending everything else together nicely.
HRH: This album is a great listen Carmine, it does take me back.
CARMINE: Thank you. I was very surprised it came out so good! We were never all together in studio to record this album. This King Kobra album was an international undertaking. Me and Paul were together and Dave was in Phoenix. It was all put together and mixed in Germany by Mike Ross. The track we used to get Mike Ross on line in Germany was “Monsters And Heroes”, a tribute song (about) Ronnie James Dio. All the royalties from this song go directly to the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund.
HRH: A fine job you guys did with that Carmine.
HRH: How did Paul Shortino land with King Kobra?
CARMINE: Our first press release was back in December of 2009, when the idea to do this reunion and album came about. It was my saying hey look, let’s get together and let’s do a record. It all took time because we all live in different cities you know?
HRH: What event or series of events triggered the reunion of King Kobra after the initial idea?
CARMINE: It was never a planned thing or anything like that, it just happened one day. David (Henzerling) by trade is a computer programmer. He was coming out to L.A. to Edwards Air Force Base to program jet fighters. Dave and I were together one day when Pat Regan called and said he would be in town mixing a new album for KEEL, so we went down and said hello to the guys. Pat told me Frontiers Records is signing a bunch of 80’s bands right now. Pat said “why don’t you guys do an album?” I’ve had a bit of a run-in with Marcie Free, so I called Paul (Shortino) because I’ve worked with him before, plus he’s a great person and has a great voice. Of course, when I called Paul and asked him he said “yeah, I’d love to do it”. So, me, Dave, Paul and Mick (Sweda) were up for it. Johnny Rod has always been asking me when we were going to get King Kobra back together, so he was in for sure.
HRH: That’s really cool how it all came back together.
CARMINE: It is. Do you remember Paul played Duke Fame in Spinal Tap? (laughs)
HRH: Man, Carmine, I forgot about that! (laughs)
HRH: King Kobra captures all good things about Melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Is this a sound that is missing from young bands today?
CARMINE: I think this album to me, is more of a Hard Rock album than anything else. The words “Heavy Metal” describes a certain era. Heavy Metal is more of the dark side of stuff. I consider King Kobra a Hard Rock band. This is a really good Hard Rock record. Blue Murder I’d consider as a Heavy Metal band. Some of the songs on “Beck, Bogert & Appice” are heavy. When Y&T came out, they were a Rock band, then everyone began to call them a Heavy Metal band in the 80’s.
HRH: That’s a good point there about Y&T.
CARMINE: Look back on the song “Hot Legs” with Rod Stewart, now that was some good Hard Rock! When I hear a cool new song on the radio now, from a new band, they never announce the band! That drives me crazy!
HRH: I know what you mean Carmine, we’re supposed to figure it out ourselves!
HRH: Would you ever consider reuniting Blue Murder for a new album or one-off show?
CARMINE: Since 2000, I’ve wanted to do another Blue Murder album. I want to do an album and a tour with Blue Murder, the only thing stopping it is John Sykes. To do an album with John Sykes would take forever, he is a real perfectionist. The longer we wait, the further and further away we get from when the last album was released. The real money is made with touring. Right now with the economy, there is really no market for an album like Blue Murder.
HRH: Any tour plans for King Kobra?
CARMINE: King Kobra used to play arenas. Now, all us bands are playing clubs. Dave (Henzerling) is too busy with his regular job to tour with King Kobra. I don’t want to lose money either. If we go play and lose money, it makes no sense to me. Big acts have to package up with other big acts today. Rod Stewart is packaged up with Stevie Nicks. Now Rod Stewart is packaged! We never saw Rod Stewart packaged up!
HRH: It’s the sign of the times, Carmine.
CARMINE: Doing gigs with Cactus, Slamm!! and clinics is the playing live side of my career. I will be doing gigs during the Summer with Vanilla Fudge.
HRH: That’s pretty cool stuff to be involved with!
CARMINE: It’s very hard to get out and play right now because the economy is bad and the record business is bad. I used to sell six, seven or eight thousand drum books on top of two hundred thousand records. Now, I sell more drum books than records! I released Carmine Appice’s (“Guitar Zeuss”) “Conquering Heroes” double album back in 2009. I had tons of great guitarists on that album with Ted Nugent, Brian May and Mick Mars, for example. Only two thousand units were sold here! Fifty thousand were sold in Europe and forty thousand sold in Japan. A little over one hundred thousand units sold! Business is down.
HRH: King Kobra is such a good times album. Was this all intentional or did it just fall into place this way?
CARMINE: All the positive themes like, “I’m number one”, “don’t get left behind” and “let’s party!” have always been our way with songs. All the songs are about good times. I compare this album to the first King Kobra album (“Ready To Strike”) with it’s energy. “Tear Down The Walls” is a political song. The concept behind “You Make It Easy” is about making a phone call and you’re put on hold by customer service or some Spanish message. So, originally this song was called “It Ain’t Easy”. (laughs).
HRH: (laughs) That’s funny, Carmine.
CARMINE: (laughs) You know how it is, you’re pushing all these prompts all the time to get some service and you’re thinking please make it easy! (laughs). There are lot’s of stuff going on in this song.
HRH: (laughs). I hear you, about waiting on the line for service from a human being!
CARMINE: In comparison to the second album, (“Thrill Of A Lifetime”), the label made us do five singles on one side of that album. The other side was our songs.
HRH: “Live Forever” is my personal favorite on the new album. Is there a story behind this song you can share?
CARMINE: If Bon Jovi did “Live Forever” it would be a number one single!
HRH: I feel “Live Forever” would have been a number one single or at least a top ten single for you back in the late 80’s.
CARMINE: I Want to send this single to Richie Sambora after this album is released and get it in the Bon Jovi camp. Let’s see what happens! (laughs). I guess I’m dreaming right?
HRH: Not really, Carmine. The Bon Jovi camp should be honored you would even take the time to send them over a song.
CARMINE: I guess I do have a track record. (laughs).
HRH: You took the words right out of my mouth, Carmine. (laughs).
Krokus sent out the following update this morning:
Drummer Freddy Steady decided to leave KROKUS and the obvious question for fans is: “What Now?”
The rest of the band provides the answers:
Is this the end of KROKUS?
Marc Storace: We surely did not reunite in 2008 and carefully planned our comeback just to stop now! We enjoyed three extremely successful and productive years with exciting live shows and our new platinum CD “Hoodoo”. This isn’t the beginning of the end for the rest of us. We have so much more planned for the future. We are in charge of our destiny and we will decide when the final curtain call will come. It will be with a big bang and fireworks. But that’s years away from now!
What are KROKUS’ plans for this year?
Marc Storace: We just started with the songwriting for our next album and as a creative balance some of us allow ourselves some time on our own to pursue other interests. Chris Von Rohr is writing another book and moderates in Switzerland a new TV show called “Tonspur”, Fernando Von Arb plays for fun some gigs with his cover band and I am part of “Rock Circus” that tours across Switzerland. However, for all of us KROKUS always will be top priority!
What caused drummer Freddy Steady to leave the band?
Fernando Von Arb: The split was not of personal nature but solely a professional decision. Freddy concluded that he really wanted to play music just for fun in small clubs rather than conquering the world, playing arenas on huge stages with pyro-props etc. We wish him all the best for his future. KROKUS was always known to play large venues worldwide. When we get together, compose new songs and play them live we always think big – with a vision on an international level. That sets us apart from many other Swiss bands. Our albums are sold worldwide; then and now.
Mark Kohler: Despite Freddy’s surprising departure, we will take advantage of the positive vibes the rest of the band feels and focus to deliver a hammer album beginning of 2013!
However, without a drummer there is not much “rock’n’roll”. Have you already found a replacement for Freddy?
Chris Von Rohr: No. However, we haven’t looked so far either!
What do you look for in your new drummer?
Chris Von Rohr: With our 3-chord music style three things are of utmost importance: groove, drive and push/thrust forward. Like AC/DC, we are one of the few bands that deliver meticulously this alleged simple but never uninteresting brand of music. We definitely are not looking for a metal drummer. The whole groove has to do with feeling, kick and routine. For sure it has to be a top notch professional that has the ability to give us rock druids a kick in the ass and a run for the money. An aggressor in a musical way.
What else is driving force to push KROKUS even more forward?
Chris Von Rohr: The constant search for the even better song than anyone before, the better album than any previous one and the hottest live-set – that’s what pushes us continuously forward.
KROKUS is getting close to their 40th anniversary. No slowing down, no thoughts of quitting all together?
Marc Storace: To the contrary, we’re just getting warmed up! We can promise this to our fan base worldwide: When KROKUS announce the final countdown, it will be with fireworks and power music.
Chris Von Rohr: Only the Gods of Rock & Health know when that will be. We are full of energy and have a massive desire to rock and we will do this again very soon!
What does that mean specifically?
Marc Storace: We have various offers to play international festivals. Almost certain is a gig at the biggest Japanese rock festival with Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica. Regardless of the possible nuclear threats we’ll fly there. We are highly motivated. After all, we are one of the few Swiss rock bands that really deliver on the international market!
Chris Von Rohr: We want to finish the possibly last round with power, pride and gratification. That has nothing to do with money or anything else. Simply joy to play our style of music and the feeling we get at live shows when we pull the trigger – Long stick goes boom!!!
Annual Summer Tour to Feature Platinum Artist Theory of a Deadman,
Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way
and newcomer Emphatic
Let the madness begin! After its wildly successful inaugural run, the highly anticipated Carnival of Madness Tour returns this summer! Joining the Carnival will be Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic.
Fueled by Monster Energy Drink, the Carnival of Madness Tour will tear through North America for 25+ dates set to launch August 13 in Twin Lakes, WI.
VIP ticket pre-sales for the first 15 events will be available for those belonging to Theory of a Deadman’s Deadfan Club beginning Tuesday, May 31, followed by those signed up for the Carnival of Madness mailing list at www.carnivalofmadness.com, beginning Wednesday, June 1. VIP bundles with exclusive merchandise, content, and an enhanced Carnival experience will be available for purchase through Artist Arena.
The public on-sale for the first round of shows will be Friday, June 3. All of the ticket on-sale info can be found at www.carnivalofmadness.com. The “Carnival” ticket price acknowledges the current state of the economy offering an “affordable” ticket that will be in the $25 – $35 range.
Bill McGathy, the owner of the Carnival of Madness brand proclaims, “After the incredible energy generated in the inaugural event last year, the 2011 edition combines a fantastic Rock package with a ticket price that is actually affordable in these economically challenged times”.
“Theory of a Deadman is totally stoked to be doing the Carnival of Madness Tour this year,” says singer/guitarist Tyler Connolly. “It’s great to be joined by Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and newcomers Emphatic – who all have songs rocking at radio and awesome live shows. It’s gonna be a fuckin’ great show from beginning to end and definitely something you don’t wanna miss! See you there!!!”
Continues Alter Bridge singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy: “Alter Bridge is pleased to be taking part of the Carnival of Madness Tour later this summer with Theory Of A Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic. It will be great to be back in the U.S. playing on our home turf with these bands. If you dig straight up, no frills Rock…then this tour is for you. Hope to see everyone there!”
One of Vancouver’s greatest exports, Theory of a Deadman, is returning to give rock music a much needed reality check with their fourth studio release, THE TRUTH IS… The album is slated for release on July 12 via Roadrunner/604 Records and the first single, “Lowlife,” is already storming its way up the rock charts. THE TRUTH IS…, the follow up to the band’s previous Platinum-selling SCARS AND SOUVENIRS, was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down). The band recently wrapped playing the inaugural Avalanche tour alongside Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying, and will be playing select festivals before heading out on the Carnival of Madness Tour. Theory of a Deadman is Tyler Connolly (vocals, guitar), David Brenner (guitar), Dean Back (bass) and Joey Dandeneau (drums).
Alter Bridge has been making their mark on the rock world for years through their three studio releases and non-stop touring. The band is currently haunting the Top 20 of the Rock charts with their latest single, “Ghost of Days Gone By.” The single, the follow-up their #1 rock smash “Isolation,” is from their Alter Bridge Recordings via EMI Label Services release ABIII, which debuted at #17 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart when it was released last November. In preparation for the Carnival of Madness Tour, the band just wrapped up a successful headline run with Black Stone Cherry and Like a Storm. Alter Bridge has also made successful national TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live in support of ABIII. Alter Bridge is Myles Kennedy (vocals, guitar), Mark Tremonti (guitar, vocals), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums).
Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry–vocalist Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells, bassist Jon Lawhon and drummer John Fred Young–is a band adept at creating both timeless rock ‘n roll and new, innovative sounds. The band have recently released their third album for Roadrunner Records, BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which is the summation of a year in the life of the band—every emotion, triumph, loss, romance and everything in between—it’s all here on this album. The first single, “White Trash Millionaire,” is currently approaching sitting at #15 on the Active Rock charts and climbing.
Las Vegas-based rockers Adelitas Way will release their sophomore album, HOME SCHOOL VALEDICTORIAN, June 7 on Virgin Records. The album, produced by Dave Bassett (Shinedown), showcases the band’s lyrical and musical growth. The band has spent the past couple of years on the road and is excited to be part of this year’s Carnival.
Hard rock band Emphatic will release DAMAGE, their Atlantic Records debut, on July 12. Led by vocalist Patrick Wilson and lead guitarist Justin McCain, Emphatic has spent years honing their edge on the road, headlining clubs and theaters along with supporting such like-minded artists as Stone Temple Pilots, Buckcherry, and Papa Roach. DAMAGE, produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf), features the song “Bounce,” which is currently climbing the Active Rock charts.
The Carnival of Madness Tour made its inaugural launch in 2010 with Shinedown, Sevendust, Chevelle, Puddle Of Mudd and 10 Years, which proved to be one of the biggest Rock shows of the summer as a Top 50 tour.
For up-to-the minute news and information, please visit www.carnivalofmadness.com.
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS 2011 TOUR DATES
DATE CITY VENUE
Saturday, August 13 Twin Lakes, IL Shadow Hill Ranch
Friday, August 19 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Casino
Saturday, August 20 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fairgrounds
Friday, August 26 Louisville, KY KY State Fair/Cardinal Stadium
Saturday, August 27 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium (outdoors)
Sunday, August 28 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
Thursday, September 1 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair
Saturday, September 3 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
Wednesday, September 7 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion
Saturday, September 10 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sunday, September 11 Huntington, WV Harris Riverfront Park
Tuesday, September 13 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amp.
Wednesday, September 14 Fayetteville, NC Crown Coliseum
Friday, September 16 Tulsa, OK Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
Saturday, September 17 Poplar Bluff, MO Black River Coliseum
Note: More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Carnival of Madness: www.carnivalofmadness.com
Former KISS guitarist Vincent Cusano — aka Vinnie Vincent — allegedly smacked his wife in the face and dragged her through a pile of broken glass on the night he was arrested … and when cops arrived to the house, they found 4 dead dogs at the scene … this according to law enforcement.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office tells TMZ … on May 22, Vincent’s wife, Diane, arrived to the Sheriff’s Office “covered in blood” and reeking of alcohol.
Cops say 44-year-old Diane told the officers how she had just escaped from the couple’s Tennessee home … after Vincent “smacked her in the face” following an argument about a “female subject [Vincent] was talking to.” She says Vincent then “grabbed her by the hair and threw her down to the ground.”
Diane says Vincent then “dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that had been on the floor since before the argument had started.”
Diane told police she tried to get away — but 58-year-old Vincent threw her to the ground 4 more times. She eventually escaped and drove herself to the station.
Cops dispatched officers to the home — where they found Vincent and “four sealed containers containing deceased dogs.”
Diane told the cops …. the dogs had been “killed by one of their aggressive dogs.”
Vincent was eventually arrested and booked for aggravated domestic assault — and his bond was set at $10,000. TMZ obtained his mug shot, pictured above.
An animal service team was contacted to look into the dead dog situation.
PROLIFIC BRITISH MUSICIAN JOHN WETTON TO RELEASE
NEW SOLO ALBUM IN JULY VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS;
“RAISED IN CAPTIVITY” FEATURES GUEST SPOTS BY
IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OF MUSICAL PARTNERS
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the release of the sixth solo album by esteemed British singer/songwriter John Wetton; RAISED IN CAPTIVITY is due out on July 1st in Europe and the 12th in North America. The album was recorded in Los Angeles during a brief break between touring commitments and is produced and mixed by multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood (Yes, World Trade, Yoso). The new offering finds Wetton teaming up with current and former musical partners, including some of the biggest names from the British music scene over the past four decades: Genesis’ Steve Hackett, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, Deep Purple’s Steve Morse and many more. Please see below for a full track listing.
“Raised In Captivity” celebrates yet another milestone in an extraordinary life, a stunning collection of songs reinforcing a career of over 40 years during which John Wetton has created a legacy as one of the greatest singers, musicians and songwriters ever. Respected worldwide by fans and musical peers alike, Wetton’s career included a significant period of time in the early eighties when he was the biggest selling singer in the world. Once again characterised by the emotional impact of the material, a necessary component in all Wetton’s creativity, “Raised In Captivity” continues an unrivalled career which has brought inspiration to millions worldwide.
Of the new album and choice of producer, Wetton commented, “The decision to record in Los Angeles with Billy Sherwood was entirely mine. I wanted the chaotic urban inspiration, edge and energy to juxtapose the natural beauty that California provides. I also knew that Billy Sherwood would provide the musical and technical ability to record quickly, with ultra high energy and superb production quality.” The material was written in a variety of ways, such as “Goodbye Elsinore” was written on the Denmark-Sweden sea ferry en route to a Vilde Frang concert and “The Devil and the Opera House” is co-written with King Crimson collaborator Richard Palmer-James. The album’s finale is “Mighty Rivers”, featuring the enigmatic Dutch soprano Anneke Van Giersbergen and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
John Wetton has been a member of several prominent British bands. After two albums with Family he joined King Crimson from 1972 to 1974, before working with Roxy Music and Uriah Heep. In 1977, with former Crimson band mate and drummer Bill Bruford, he co-founded U.K., which also featured guitarist Allan Holdsworth and keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson. After U.K.’s demise, Wetton turned his attentions to a solo career.
In 1982, Wetton became part of the supergroup Asia, together with Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes. This “fab four” of progressive pop would rule radio and record sales, with their debut album becoming the biggest selling album of the year and yielding the worldwide hit “Heat of the Moment.” Wetton remained prolific with more solo studio albums and several collaborative efforts over the years.
In 2002 at a John Wetton fan convention held in Allentown, PA, he started working with Geoff Downes again. This collaboration ultimately resulted a series of iCon studio and live albums and the in the highly-anticipated reunion of Asia’s original lineup, bringing about two successful new studio albums: PHOENIX in 2008 and OMEGA in 2010.
John Wetton RAISED IN CAPTIVITY track listing:
- Lost For Words (featuring Steve Morse)
- Raised In Captivity (featuring Robert Fripp)
- Goodbye Elsinore (featuring Steve Hackett)
- The Last Night Of My Life (featuring Alex Machacek)
- We Stay Together (bonus track)
- The Human Condition (featuring Tony Kaye)
- Steffi’s Ring (featuring Geoff Downes)
- The Devil And The Opera House (featuring Eddie Jobson)
- New Star Rising (featuring Mick Box)
- Don’t Misunderstand Me (featuring Tony Kaye)
- Mighty Rivers (featuring Anneke Van Giersbergen)
“Lost For Words” can be streamed in full on the Frontiers Records web radio
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have debuted a brand new music video for their next single “One Reason” off their latest record The Fight Of Our Lives which came out earlier this year. Veteran director and band manager Dale ‘Rage’ Resteghini took on the directing duties. SIRIUSXM Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin also makes a cameo appearance.
Head over to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL website and watch it exclusively HERE.
Watch a sneak peak behind the scenes video HERE as well!
The band has no qualms about staying on the road this year. They recently announced off-dates with the one and only IN FLAMES during their run on the 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL. They’ve recently completed Revolver magazine’s “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock: Hell Hath No Fury” tour supporting IN THIS MOMENT and have been added to this year’s DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL exclusive lineup. All dates can be found here.
The band’s latest record The Fight Of Our LIves came out on March 22, 2011 to much critical praise. “‘The Fight of Our Lives’ is a good example of what happens when modern American metal-core is performed with passion and intensity,” says OUTBURN MAGAZINE. The band released their first single “Conversion” soon after with a video to follow, also directed by Resteghini.
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH originally hailing from Knoxville, TN, features Alexis Brown on vocals, Seth Thacker and Kris Norris on guitar, Jason White on bass, and Kanky Lora on drums.
JASTA has debuted another brand new song called “The Fearless Must Endure” featuring the one and only ZAKK WYLDE. A video was recently shot for the track as well. Photos from that shoot can be seen HERE.
LISTEN TO “THE FEARLESS MUST ENDURE” FEATURING ZAKK WYLDE HERE!
JASTA will be releasing a solo record simply titled “JASTA” this summer on July 26th, 2011 via eOne Music. A record many years in the making, this is a very different project which is explained in the video below.
VIEW THE ALBUM INTRO HERE:
A diverse variety of guest appearances can be found on this record. Tim Lambesis (AS I LAY DYING), pro skater Mike Vallely, Philip Labonte (ALL THAT REMAINS), Randy Blythe and Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD) and guitar god ZAKK WYLDE just to name a few.
Jamey will be touring with KINGDOM OF SORROW this summer on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Visit http://rockstarmayhemfest.com for more information and breaking news.
The tragic death of Bon Scott, AC/DC’s flamboyant front-man in early 1980 sent shockwaves throughout the rock music community. At the time no one could imagine a 1979 Paris concert would be the last filmed live concert of the hallowed singer’s career but he left the stage that night with the rest of the band leaving it all out there as he had done so many times before for millions of fans. Now for the first time ever on Blu-ray and DVD, Warner Home Video (WHV) is getting set to celebrate one of the greatest performers and legendary rock bands of all-time by releasing AC/DC – Let There Be Rock on June 7, 2011 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the theatrical release. This legendary concert film showcases the power and precision the group brought to the stage that night during the Australian hard rock band’s “Highway To Hell” tour. AC/DC: Let There Be Rock DVD will be available for $21.95 SRP and AC/DC: Let There Be Rock: Limited
Collector’s Edition will be available on DVD for $39.99 SRP and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $44.98 SRP.
AC/DC – Let There Be Rock is fully remastered and available on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time with all 13 song performances, including classics such as “Whole Lotta Rosie”, “High Voltage”, “Highway To Hell”, and the epic anthem “Let There Be Rock”. Lead guitarist Angus Young takes center stage in his trademark school-boy uniform and captures the audience with his energetic antics and frenetic solos. The film contains interview segments and humorous backstage footage of these hard rock pioneers, especially those last interviews with Scott. This DVD release will be a great opportunity for fans of all ages to relive one of the greatest performances by one of the most decorated rock bands in history.
Hard Rock Hideout has two copies of the the Let There Be Rock Blu-Ray to giveaway to two luck AC/DC fans.
Update!! We received the giveaway copies of the Let There Be Rock move, and we were send the Collector’s Edition with the DVD & Blu-ray, Collector’s Tin & more. If you entered your name in the drawing, you are already registered to win. If you haven’t entered, do so now!!
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Mindflow and UFO came into town to play live at McGuffy’s House of Rock in Dayton, Ohio last Tuesday night. I didn’t know anything about Mindflow coming into the show, and I had never seen UFO live. Of course, I have plenty of UFO’s music in my collection, but their visits to southern Ohio are few and far between. I have heard Eddie Trunk rave about UFO on his radio show for years, and wasn’t about to pass seeing them play live.
Mindflow is a hard rock band from São Paulo, Brazil. They are heavy, and progressive. Even though I didn’t know their music, I enjoyed their set. I thought their guitarist Rodrigo Hidalgo had a very good guitar tone, and was impressed with their set overall. The band brought their own lights which I thought was somewhat unusual, but pretty cool all at the same time. I enjoyed their music, and will be checking out their latest CD, With Bare Hands soon.
UFO’s lineup has changed many times over the years. This lineup has Phil Mogg on vocals, Paul Raymond on rhythm guitar and keyboards, Andy Parker on Drums, Vinnie Moore on lead guitar, and Barry Sparks on bass. Phil Mogg’s vocals were really good, and I found him charming and funny with his in between song banter.
Vinnie Moore is no stranger to my ears. I have been listening to his amazing guitar playing since his 1990 CD, Mind’s Eye. Getting to experience his playing live was a real treat. He plays the toughest guitar leads in UFO with relative ease, and is as fluent as the any of the guitarists that have played for UFO. I was extremely impressed with his playing.
The UFO member that practically stole the show was Barry Sparks. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see a bass solo twice in one week. After seeing Billy Sheehan at M3 a few days earlier, I was shocked to find another Sheehan caliber player in Barry Sparks. His bass playing acrobatics were extremely fun to watch, and his fret work was nearly as good as the master, Billy Sheehan. He is a true showman, and is very entertaining. Although I was bummed that Pete Way wasn’t in the band, I quickly became a new fan of Mr. Sparks.
UFO’s set included the songs: “The Wild Willing and the Innocent”, “Mother Mary”, “Saving Me”, “Let it Roll”, “I’m a Loser”, “Helldriver”, “Venus”, “This Kids”, “Ain’t No Baby”, “Only You Can Rock Me”, the surprise number “Try Me”, “Too Hot To Handle”, “Love to Love”, “Doctor Doctor”, and the encore of “Light’s Out” and “Rock Bottom”.
UFO played to a packed house in Dayton. From the people I spoke with prior to the show, there were several folks that traveled from all over Ohio to watch the band play. The crowd sang along with every song, and UFO was definitely feeding off the energy of the audience. I absolutely loved seeing UFO play live, and will now travel to see them play when they come back around my area. I know understand why Eddie Trunk has been raving about UFO. I can’t wait to see them again!
This leg of the U.S. tour ended on May 22nd, but the band is a planning a return to the U.S. next September. Go see them live when they return! You won’t be disappointed!
Check out our Photo Gallery of Mindflow performing live at McGuffy’s House of Rock in Dayton, Ohio on May 17th, 2011.
Our Photo Gallery from the UFO Concert at McGuffy’s House of Rock on May 17th, 2011 is below. Enjoy!!
I have been wondering for quite some time where former KISS guitarist disappeared to. According to TMZ.com, Vinnie Vincent — the guitarist who famously took Ace Frehley’s place in the band KISS — was arrested today on charges of aggravated assault.
Vincent (real name Vinnie Cusano) was busted by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee and held on $10,000 bond. He posted and was released at 11:27 AM.
Vincent was known as the Ankh Warrior during his time with the band.
In 2009, at the first M3 Rock Festival, many of us thought Kix should have headlined that show. They were much better than the bands they played before (RATT, & Twisted Sister).
In 2010, they were stuck behind Vince Neil, Cinderella & The Scorpions, and again they should have been much higher on the bill.
Like Steve Whiteman mentioned during the show, M3 is probably the only place where Kix could headline, and this year Kix got the respect they deserve by headlining the Friday night show on Day 1 of the M3 Rock Festival.
I have seen Kix a few times over the years, but this was easily the longest set I have ever seen the band perform live. Kix’s set list went something like this: “No Ring Around Rosie”, “Atomic Bombs”, “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “Sex”, “The Itch”, “Hot Wire”, “Girl Money”, “Cold Shower”, “Blow My Fuse”. The Encore had the following songs: “Kix Are for Kids”, “For Shame”, “Midnite Dynamite”, and “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”.
I don’t know how old Steve Whiteman is, but the man has more energy than most singers I have seen. He is an incredible performer, and his energy on stage is completely infectious. Trying to capture images of him live is a daunting task, as he is always moving on stage.
Once again, Kix was one of the major highlights at M3. Kix still sounds amazing in 2011, and their performance at M3 was second to none.
I wish I had the opportunity to see these guys more than once a year, but with the performance Kix put on, they ought to be the first band on the bill for the 2012 M3 Rock Festival.
Now if we could only get the band to record some new tunes. I bet there are many of us that would love to have a new Kix album!! One can only hope……….
Check out our Kix Photo Gallery at this link.
The Robert Mason fronted Warrant has never disappointed me live, and Warrant’s performance at M3 was no exception. I thought Warrant’s sound was exceptional on the chilly Friday evening. I don’t know if it was the bigger stage, the better sound quality, or what the factor was, but seeing Warrant on the big stage was awesome. I thought this was the best Robert Mason has ever sounded with the band. Much like Jetboy’s & L.A. Guns set, Warrant’s set was far too short. While they had a little more time than the other bands that preceded them, there were far too many songs they didn’t get to do that I would have liked to hear.
Warrant’s set list went something like this: “Sure Feels Good to Me”, “Big Talk”, “Sex Ain’t Love”, “Down Boys”, “Sometimes She Cries”, “Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich”, “Heaven”, “Life’s A Song”, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, and “Cherry Pie”. Needless to say, they covered all of their hits, and played a couple of the new songs off of Rockaholic. Their albums Dog Eat Dog, Ultraphobic and Born Again were ignored, and that was mildly disappointing. In a short set like this one, I completely understand why they chose the songs they did. The fans want to hear the hits, and that is exactly what Warrant did. The played ’em, and never sounded better in my opinion.
After seeing Warrant’s short set at M3, I would love to see these guys headline somewhere on their own. Wouldn’t it be cool if Warrant would add a couple of Lynch Mob tunes to the set?! It would be cool to hear them do, “Jungle of Love” or “Tangled in the Web” live. One can dream right?! Anyway, I loved Warrant’s M3 performance, and I can’t wait to see Warrant live again.
Check out our Photo Gallery of Warrant performing during the Friday Night Kix Off Party at the M3 Rock Festival on 5/13/2011.
You may have missed the entertaining trade off between Don Dokken, and former Dokken guitarist George Lynch in the press this week. If so, please visit Bravewords.com at this link.
Sounds like there will NOT be a Dokken reunion anytime in the near future.
The Motor City Madman is busy gearing up for the summer and his I Still Believe tour. Before he hits the road, he wanted to show appreciation to all NUGE Letter subscribers by offering a FREE MP3 download of his latest and greatest, “I Love My BBQ.”
If you haven’t already, you’ll also get the chance to download a free copy of Ted’s ode to America, “I Still Believe!”.
I have probably seen the Phil Lewis version of L.A. Guns more than any other band over the last four years. L.A. Guns is on the short list of bands (with Jetboy and Kix) that have played in every M3 Rock Festival. While their lineup has changed over the last couple of years, the one constant in L.A. Guns performance is that they always sound great. L.A. Guns set on Friday night was a short one. It was only 30 minutes long or so. It was not nearly enough tunes for my taste, but the band sounded great, and they blasted out a cool set list which featured the songs, “Slap In the Face”, “Sex Action”, “Never Enough”, “My Koo Ka Choo”, “Wheels of Fire”, “Electric Gypsy”, and “The Ballad of Jayne”.
Scotty Griffin who rejoined the band earlier this year rounded out the L.A. Guns lineup which featured Phil Lewis on vocals, Steve Riley on Drums, and Stacey Blades on Guitar.
I am sure many will argue, L.A. Guns isn’t L.A. Guns without Tracii, and quite frankly it is an old argument that Stacey Blades puts to rest every time I see L.A. Guns play live. He does a great job on lead guitar, and the band sounds great live. That is all that matters to my ears.
The only thing I would have changed about this set was its length, and maybe the fishnet shirt that Phill Lewis performed in. That shirt isn’t really working for you anymore Phil! Just Sayin!
Check out the L.A. Guns Photo Gallery at this link.
These are just a few of the photo we took of L.A. Guns at M3. Enjoy!!
Check out the new video clip, “I Give As Good As I Get” from U.D.O. This song is the second single off of the new album Rev Raptor, which is in stores now!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of AIRRACE comeback album entitled “Back to the Start” on July 1st in Europe and August 23rd in North America.
Mostly known in the Hard Rock circles for being the band that saw the musical debut from John Bonham’s son Jason on the band’s debut album for Atco “Shaft of Light”, AIRRACE was instead brainchild of former More guitarist Laurie Mansworth.
“Shaft of Light”, produced by Beau Hill (Ratt, Winger, Fiona etc) received rave reviews when released in October 1984, showing a combination of breezy melodies and snappy choruses which moved journalist Derek Oliver to pronounce in the pages of Kerrang! that anyone who didn’t like Airrace “ought to be shot”.
Although the band got to play support slots with Queen, AC/DC and Meat Loaf, Airrace crash-landed in the summer of 1985.
It took a 25th anniversary re-issue of “Shaft of Light” to reunite the band in 2009. To celebrate the record’s expanded re-release, the original members Mansworth, Bonham with singer Keith Murrell and keyboardist Toby Sadler recruited two new members – second guitarist Dean Howard (formerly of T’Pau) and bassist Dave Boyce (ex-Samson, among others) – to hit the road, playing gigs with Thunder, Tesla, Winger and more, in addition to headlining their own shows. When Jason Bonham departed, the occupation of his drum stool by The Outfield’s Simon Dawson brought them vital stability.
It was the overwhelmingly positive reaction to an appearance at annual melodic rock all-dayer the Firefest in October 2009 that convinced Airrace to take things more seriously. Describing what the wild scenes of that day, Fireworks magazine proposed the distinct possibility that Airrace were “the best opening band we’ve ever had at a Firefest”.
With Toby Sadler, who resides in Germany, unable to commit to playing more regularly, Airrace hired a new keyboard player called Chris Williams, re-recruiting original bass player Jim Reid as a successor to Dave Boyce.
The above grouping can be heard on « Back to the Start », the long-awaited second album from Airrace. Produced by Mansworth, it’s a notch heavier than «Shaft Of Light» yet continues to offer all of the group’s trademarks, including über-memorable hooks and the exquisite singing of Keith Murrell, recently named at #20 in Classic Rock Presents AOR magazine’s list of the Top 40 AOR Vocalists Of All Time. Guitarist Laurie Mansworth said “We had a great time making this record, and we are very happy with the results. I feel this album captures the Airrace sound and is closer to how we sound live than the first album. We are also very excited about working with our new label Frontiers who have been very supportive throughout the making of Back to the Start”.
As good as anything the Yanks have to offer, we think that you’ll agree: « Back to the Start » is well worth the wait!
I have to admit that I am not the biggest Theory of a Deadman fan, but I kind of like the new song “Lowlife”. Let us know what you think about this song. “Lowlife” is one of the new tunes on the soon to be released album, The Truth Is… .
After non-stop touring in support of BLACK TIDE’S 2008 debut release, Light From Above, the band is back and ready to release their sophomore album, Post Mortem, on August 23rd, 2011 via DGC/Interscope Records. The album features the first single, “Bury Me,” which is currently streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
In support of the new release, Black Tide will join the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival starting August 26th through October 15th featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, and more. Revolver called the tour “one of the most electric tours of the year” in 2010. For more information on the tour including tour dates soon to be announced, visit the Festival’s official website at www.rockstaruproar.com.
For more information on Black Tide and their new release, check into their official website, www.blacktidemusic.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Look for Post Mortem in stores everywhere August 23rd!
02. Drop The Bomb
03. The Ones We Left Behind
04. Reflections Of Evil
05. In For The Kill
06. Together We Fight
07. The Dark Side Of Life
08. Brothers Of War
09. Message From Hell
10. In The Dead Of Night
11. Unholy Cross
05. House Of The Setting Sun
06. Behind The Green Door
08. Out Of Control
09. Taste of Hell
10. Midnight Madness
FAIR TO MIDLAND are offering a brand new track titled “Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow” as a 100% free download exclusively via TOPSPIN today.
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The band recently released some behind the scenes studio footage for their lead single “Musical Chairs” to give fans an inside look on their newest track they recently shot a music video for. The song is also available on iTunes.
FAIR TO MIDLAND will release their brand new full length entitled “Arrows and Anchors” on July 12th, 2011. This is the band’s follow-up to the highly acclaimed record “Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True” released in 2007.
Check out the new video clip, “Pressure and Time” from the California rockers Rival Sons. This song is from the band’s new album, Pressure & Time, due out via Earache Records on June 20th.
One performance that I was most looking forward to at this year’s M3 Music Festival was Slaughter. I’ve always been a huge fan of the band dating all the way back to Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum’s Vinnie Vincent Invasion days. I was the first kid on my block to own All Systems Go and I was one of the first to own Slaughter’s debut, Stick It To Ya.
I had not seen Slaughter in a live setting since 2000, so I was overly excited about their appearance. I even determined that I would skip Hurtsmile’s set so that I could enjoy every moment of Slaughter. There was even a part of me that desperately wanted to believe the band was going to slip in a performance of “Love Kills” from the aforementioned Vinnie Vincent Invasion days. I knew that was highly unlikely, but I was still hopeful.
When Slaughter took the stage, I was giddy as a school girl with a crush. I couldn’t wait to start singing along with the band and reliving the glory days of my youth. Then the music started. At first I could not recognize what song was being performed. I thought that the band needed a moment to adjust the soundboard. Then Mark Slaughter started to sing. It was all downhill from there.
Mark Slaughter had no voice. That was apparent from the very beginning of their set. And how did Slaughter try to make up for that fact? They raised the volume on their guitars to a level of distortion that destroyed their music. It wasn’t until the chorus when I realized that the opening song was “The Wild Life.”
I’m not saying that I expected Slaughter circa 2011 to sound like Slaughter circa 1990 or even Slaughter circa 2000, but at some point as a band you have to ask if you are delivering a product worth charging the public. Mark Slaughter looked heavy and had no voice. It’s not that he just couldn’t hit the high notes, he couldn’t hit any notes. He could barely be heard.
As a band, Slaughter owes it to their fans to determine if they are able to perform or not. I’m not sure how the band could give a performance like they did at M3 and honestly think that they are ready to go on the road (Slaughter will be doing select festivals and a couple of shows with Whitesnake this summer). Sometimes it’s best to examine your band and ask if you are truly able to continue on.
Every proud athlete and entertainer comes to this point in their career and they all want to labor on. Some even believe that they can. Then they get out onstage and are unable to produce. Unfortunately, that is the position Slaughter is in. While the music still sounded decent, it was far from great. And it was painfully obvious how Mark Slaughter was straining behind the microphone. Perhaps it’s time for the band to say goodbye and hang it up. Perhaps it’s best for the past to be left in the past and remembered for nostalgic purposes only.
I will still listen to my Slaughter (and Vinnie Vincent Invasion) albums with fondness, but I don’t think I could ever see the band live again. Their set was so disappointing, that I was almost upset with myself for sitting through the whole thing. I wanted to believe that it was going to change and that Mark’s voice was going to kick in strong at any moment. Perhaps he was saving it for “Fly To The Angels.” He wasn’t. Unfortunately, there was no voice left. This is something that Slaughter should consider and examine before they take the stage again later this year. Sometimes you have to hang it up and move on.
THE QUILL is back! Five years since their last studio album the band is ready to once again spread its musical gospel. The new album “Full Circle” is packed with heavy rock firmly rooted in the seventies but vibrant and updated rather than retro.
The Swedish four-piece has been around since the nineties and went on to release three acclaimed albums on SPV: “Voodoo Caravan” (2001), “Hooray! It’s a Deathtrip” (2003) and “In Triumph” (2006).
With the touring cycle for the latter record completed, the band and singer Magnus Ekwall parted ways and THE QUILL was put on the backburner. Drummer Jolle Atlagic joined now defunct Finnish glam legends Hanoi Rocks – touring Europe and Japan in the process – and also did a stint in The Real McCoy band alongside Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett. Christian Carlsson (guitar) and Robert Triches (bass) also kept busy with other projects.
In 2010, it was time for THE QUILL again. Songs were written and Magnus Arnar (X-Ground Mower and Soul 78) filled the vacant vocalist spot. It was a perfect match. The versatile 33 year-old has heaps of energy and a powerful voice that fits THE QUILL like a glove. Magnus has the required range to sing the old stuff but also a rawness that the band was looking for.
Yes, there’s a new twist to the sound. Less is more, if you will. The songs are sharp, direct and catchy, built around big riffs, big grooves and big hooks. Just check out “Sleeping With Your Enemy” and try to get that chorus out of your head. Surrender to the up-tempo outburst of energy that is “Medicine”. And physically feel how “Bring it on” simply rocks like a motherfucker, it has very much of a classic rock sound but yet still has that contemporary feel in the Foo Fighters/Queens Of The Stone Age vein.
Needless to say, THE QUILL is a band reborn. This is what they are meant to do. Great music and great shows will always find an audience.
Magnus Arnar (vocals)
Christian Carlsson (guitars)
Jolle Atlagic (drums)
Robert Triches (bass)
“The Quill” (1995)
“Silver haze” (1999)
“Voodoo caravan” (2002)
“Hooray! It’s a deathtrip” (2003)
“In triumph” (2006)
“Full Circle” (2011)