This month Tom Keifer from 80s superstars Cinderella talks about the band’s upcoming tour dates and his huge relief now that the vocal problems which have plagued him for nearly 20 years are behind him. As it’s Donington time Keifer also reminisces on their two appearances there in 1987 and 2010.
Zodiac Mindwarp checks in from his home in Louisiana to talk about longtime collaborator Cobalt Stargazer, why his new drummer wears gold shorts, opening for Alice Cooper and getting away with it all these years.
Praying Mantis go right back to the start of the NWOBHM movement and are thankfully still treadiing the boards and creating new music today. Guitarist and founder member Chris Troy talks about their new EP, their history, their long-standing relationship with Iron Maiden especially former members of both bands, Dennis Stratton and Clive Burr.
The Australian Pink Floyd have taken the idea of tribute acts onto another level. They’ve played at David Gilmour’s birthday party, Nick Mason claims they’re probably better than the real thing and they’re now playing almost the same size arenas as Floyd did just a few years ago. Keyboard player Jason Sawford talks about how they went from pubs in Melbourne to Hampton Court Palace in London.
There’s music from all the above plus tracks from Motorhead and Duff McKagan’s Loaded.
As previously reported, URA-KIA is the new project featuring Hydrogyn guitarists Jeff Westlake and Jeff Boggs and is set to release on August 9th via Jamsync Music. URA-KIA will be distributed via MVD.
Fri 7/8 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Sat 7/9 Freeport, IL Logans
Mon 7/11 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
Tue 7/12 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Thu 7/14 South Bend, IN Club Fever
Sat 7/16 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
Tue 7/19 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Wed 7/20 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
Thu 7/21 Nashville, TN The Cannery
Fri 7/22 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
Sat 7/23 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of a worldwide recording deal with TYKETTO for the release of a brand new album in the spring of 2012 ! The forthcoming album will be the band’s first release since the reunion and follows 1995 album “Shine”.
ONLY USA SHOW!
Tyketto :”Home for the holidays party”
Wed November 23…Thanksgiving Eve!
When Black Country Communion released their debut album last fall, they sent many rock critics into a frenzy, and much praise was received for their first effort. I was not as enamored with BCC’s debut as my peers, but I thought to myself, “Man, if these guys stick together, they could release something really special”. I just didn’t expect it to happen THIS fast.
Black Country Communion’s new CD “2”, is far better than the debut. Everything has improved on “2”. The song writing, the music, and the vocals are absolutely fantastic. Black Country Communion quickly prove they are here to rock. The album begins with the face-melting anthem, “The Outsider”. The hard-driving riffs of Joe Bonamassa paired with the amazing rhythm section of Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham is absolutely superb. Glenn Hughes vocals are at the same high level as his days with Deep Purple. To think he sing like this at age “59” is simply amazing. Hard rock music just doesn’t get BETTER than this.
“Man in the Middle” is another riff heavy rocker that does a good job at keeping the pace of the album going. It is a catchy rocker that grows on you with multiple listens. (Check out “Man in the Middle” in the video below.)
To my ears, the best song on 2 might just be “The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall”. This acoustic number not only shows off the fret work of Bonamassa, but features his vocals as well. The first time I heard this song, it brought Led Zeppelin to mind. I don’t know if Bonamassa is influenced by Jimmy Page or not, but there is definitely a Zeppelinesque feel to this amazing song.
Was Paul Rodgers a stand in on “Ordinary Son” ? This song has a Bad Company like feel to it, although it somewhat heavier than most of Bad Company’s music. Bonamassa and Hughes both share the vocal duties on this impressive tune. I can only imagine that song is an intoxicating experience live.
“Smokestack Woman” is a rockin’ number that should have been released as the first single. This is better tune overall than “Man in the Middle”, and has tons of radio potential.
I am a sucker for good bluesy rock, and Joe Bonamassa’s playing on “Little Secret” is pure blues brilliance. Bonamassa truly shines on this song.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with “2”, and feel it is a much better album than the debut. Black Country Communion shows to the world what the title “supergroup” is supposed to mean. The band has put together an amazing effort with their sophomore release, and is one of the best rock records of 2011. I highly recommend picking up “2”. You won’t be disappointed!
“2” was released in UK via Mascot Records today, and will be released on Tuesday in the US by J&R Adventures. Don’t miss this!!
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Outsider
2. Man In The Middle
3. The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall
4. Save Me
5. Smokestack Woman
7. An Ordinary Son
8. I Can See Your Spirit
9. Little Secret
Black Country Communion is:
Glenn Hughes – Vocals & Bass
Jason Bonham – Drums
Joe Bonamassa – Guitar & Vocals
Derek Sherinian – Keyboards
THREE DAYS GRACE, SEETHER, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE,
ESCAPE THE FATE, SEVENDUST,
BLACK TIDE, ART OF DYING AND THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE
The initial tour dates have been announced for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival featuring multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, also featuring main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival launches August 26 in Camden, NJ and will criss-cross North America before wrapping October 15 (see below for current tour dates). Additional tour dates will be announced on June 29. The all day festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities and tickets are affordably priced between $20 and $69.99. Tickets for several of the shows go on sale June 17 (see below for full list of on-sale dates). Early bird pre-sale ticket packages will be available. Go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes and CAA in conjunction with Live Nation and will entertain fans with a full afternoon and evening of great rock bands. The festival will also include a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities.
Main stage artist Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace notes, “In the slightest chance that the Mayan calendar is right, and the world is ending in 2012, then this could technically be the last big rock tour in the history of human existence.”
A portion of the proceeds of each Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival ticket sold will benefit Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation. More information on Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation can be found at www.RockstarUPROAR.com/causes.
The current Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour dates are as follows. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Date Tour Market Venue Tickets On Sale
Friday, 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 6/24
Saturday, 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion 6/17
Sunday, 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center 6/30
Wednesday, 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live 6/24
Saturday, 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre 6/24
Sunday, 9/4 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum 6/17
Monday, 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 6/24
Saturday, 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 6/24
Sunday, 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre 6/30
Wednesday, 9/14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 6/24
Friday, 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion 6/24
Saturday, 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 6/18
Wednesday, 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 6/24
Friday, 9/23 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheater on sale now
Saturday, 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater 6/18
Sunday, 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 6/25
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Guitar Player
Magazine, Schechter Guitars, Jägermeister Canada, KICKER Performance Audio, Zippo,
Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, KRANK Amps, Army Reserves, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.