Commemorative Release Includes New Liner Notes by
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich
Megadeth On Tour In Europe and North America Through Summer
Megadeth’s vital, Platinum-certified album, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, has been digitally remastered for the first time and expanded for a commemorative 25th Anniversary release in multiple configurations on July 12 by Capitol/EMI. All of the versions, including a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set, include a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.
The deluxe box set also includes previously unreleased and rare mixes of the album’s tracks and hi res audio for the remastered album and concert, as well as an expanded 20-page book, plus 8”x10” photos and reproductions of vintage Megadeth memorabilia. The cover of the box uses a new, unique process of lenticular 3D which reinterprets the original cover, creating the illusion of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead character jumping out of the art.
Released in 1986, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? was Megadeth’s second album and the band’s first Capitol/EMI release. The acclaimed album thrust Megadeth into the international spotlight, and it remains a powerful thrash metal staple.
In his liner notes for the new edition, Dave Mustaine reflects on writing the album’s title track: “I had written other lyrics by now, but there was something different about ‘Peace Sells’ because it told my story about my faith; my beliefs; my distrust of government; my work ethic; my integrity. This was MY song.”
“If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line”
“Amen!,” continues Mustaine. “I was so tired of not shaving, not bathing, not eating, not having a home, a companion, NOTHING. Yeah, I’ll be the first in line, but it had better work this time. Well, it was working, thank God, just fast enough for what I needed, but not nearly as fast as I would hope.”
“Whether you heard this record for the first time in 1986, or you hear this record for the first time today or tomorrow, Peace Sells is a great heavy metal album,” writes Lars Ulrich in his liner notes for the new edition. “Nothing more, nothing less. It has stood the test of time. And will continue to do so.”
Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful Megadeth after his departure from Metallica. Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album,Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth has crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combines the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that has built a rabid worldwide following.
For nearly three decades, Megadeth has taken heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally. The band has enjoyed great success on Billboard’s album and single charts, including three Top 10 titles on the Top 200 Albums chart and four Top 10 Modern Rock singles, “Almost Honest,” “Trust,” “Breadline,” and “Crush ‘Em.”
With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with nine Grammy Award nominations, six Gold, five Platinum, and one double Platinum albums, and three Gold-certified DVD releases, in addition to last year’s double Platinum concert DVD,The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria.
MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [2CD; digital]
Booklet with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich
|Disc 1 (original album, remastered)||Disc 2 (previously unreleased 1987 concert)|
|Wake Up Dead||Intro|
Wake Up DeadThe ConjuringThe ConjuringPeace SellsBad OmenDevil’s IslandRattleheadGood Mourning/Black FridayKilling Is My Business… And Business Is GoodBad OmenLooking Down The CrossI Ain’t SuperstitiousMy Last WordsMy Last WordsPeace Sells These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ Devils Island Last Rites / Loved To Deth Mechanix
MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set]
Two 8×10 photos / two 8 ½ x 11 reproduced vintage concert flyers / one reproduced vintage ticket stub / 20-page book with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich
Disc 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)
Disc 2 (Dave Mustaine mixes & masters for 2004 album reissue – tracklist above)
Disc 3 (Randy Burns mixes, remastered)
Wake Up Dead [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
The Conjuring [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Peace Sells [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Devil’s Island [previously unreleased]
Good Mourning/Black Friday [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]
Bad Omen [previously unreleased]
I Ain’t Superstitious [previously unreleased]
My Last Words [previously unreleased]
Disc 4 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)
Disc 5 (hi-res audio: original album + previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklists above)
LP 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)
LPs 2 & 3 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)
MEGADETH ON TOUR: UPCOMING DATES
4 Hamburg, Germany Docks
THE BIG FOUR: METALLICA • SLAYER • MEGADETH • ANTHRAX
2 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Veltins Arena
3 Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium
6 Milan, Italy Fiera Open Air Arena
8 Knebworth, UK Sonisphere Knebworth House
9 Amneville, France Sonisphere Snowhall Parc
14 New York, NY Yankee Stadium
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL(rockstarmayhemfest.com)
DISTURBED • GODSMACK • MEGADETH • MACHINE HEAD • IN FLAMES • TRIVIUM
10 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
12 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
13 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
15 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
16 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino
17 Englewood, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater
19 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
20 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
23* Toronto, ON Downsview Park (*Heavy T.O. Festival – heavyto.com)
24 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
27 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
29 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
30 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
31 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
2 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheater
3 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Pavilion
5 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
6 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
9 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
10 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
12 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre
13 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
14 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
RIVAL SONS’ “PRESSURE AND TIME” FEATURED AS iTUNES FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
As excitement for “America’s best new band” (Classic Rock Magazine) continues to spread like wildfire across Europe and North America, California blues-rockers RIVAL SONS have caught the ears of iTunes who are offering their hot new single “Pressure and Time” as the featured download of the week.
Beginning today, fans are invited to download the new single exclusively from iTunes for free at http://bit.ly/ml59Gd as well as purchase the hotly anticipated new album Pressure and Time with two bonus songs for $7.99 here http://j.mp/jnpcLp.
Additionally, Pressure and Time is due to be released in North America on CD and limited edition vinyl LP on July 26th. Pre-order it now athttp://j.mp/mtaFfm.
Pressure and Time features ten incredible tracks of raucous, blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll from one of America’s hottest new bands!
RIVAL SONS bassist ROBIN EVERHART discusses the album:
“Pressure & Time was done exactly like we did ‘Before the Fire’. We wrote the tunes that day, all together in the room with our producer, Dave Cobb. Sometimes it was easy, other times one or two of us would hate what was going on – but always, amazingly, we all love what ended up going down to tape. It keeps it real interesting for us – and hopefully it translates to the audience. The discovery process is always the most interesting. It’s a very jazz-like aesthetic. A lot of the songs are comprised of mostly first-takes. Sometimes second-takes. So, there’s very little premeditation in our playing. Anyone can lock themselves in a studio and polish their turds for months on end; then you see them live, and they SUCK or they have to play with tracks ’cause they’ve fallen in love with their shiny turd so much they don’t even want to try and recreate it for fears of coming up short. We are not afraid to come up short – we have bad shows, but they are guaranteed to be honest representations of how we are feeling that day, same with our album.”
RIVAL SONS guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY adds:
“When we recorded the song ‘Pressure and Time’, it was maybe the third or fourth song we finished. Jay had come up with the line, and when we drove home that night I told them I think it’s a very appropriate title for the record. We still had more than half the record ahead of us, so yes, there was some pressure, with little time, but also it was more of a general feeling about life, how in all walks of life we suffer this ‘pinch’ of pressure and time… It’s universal, and has a bit of conflict and tension in there.
The idea behind recording in such a short time, or seemingly ‘limiting’ ourselves is simple: rock ‘n’ roll has become over-produced and over-worked, leaving minimal or no room for things like danger, visceral energy or capturing an immediate or instinctual reaction in the moment – which, of course, are the building blocks of rock ‘n’ roll! We wanted to keep those elements in our recorded music and thought this would be the coolest, most insured way to do it. In doing this, we are forced to just play what feels ‘right’, and even if something’s not ‘perfect’, we know we were looking for a feeling happening in the room when we captured it together. Rock ‘n’ roll is not perfect, but the best of it is definitely DANGEROUS and IMMEDIATE; that’s what we strived for.”
Watch RIVAL SONS’ incredible new music video for the track “Pressure and Time” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MA0m1K2jW4RIVAL SONS’ track “Torture” from their recently-released, self-titled EP is available to download now for the Rock Band video game. Get the track from the Rock Band Network at http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5006348
BLACK TIDE RELEASE NEW TRACK “THAT FIRE”
NEW VIDEO TO PREMIERE ON IGN.COM ON JUNE 22ND
NEW ALBUM POST MORTEM IN STORES AUGUST 23RD
Black Tide have just released “That Fire,” the latest single from their forthcoming album Post Mortem. Fans can hear the newly released track on SoundCloud, as well as download it from iTunes now. The official video for “That Fire” will premiere Thursday, June 23rd onIGN.com. For a sneak preview of the new video, fans can check out the behind-the-scenes footage from the video and hear the band describe the song’s dynamic of having a girlfriend and another girl on the side.
Like what you hear from “That Fire,” and the already released “Walking Dead Man,” from Black Tide’s Post Mortem? Then make sure to check out Black Tide on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival starting August 26th. For all the upcoming tour dates and frequent updates from the band, check out Black Tide’s official website, www.blacktidemusic.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Post Mortem hits stores everywhere August 26th!
TESLA TO RELEASE TWISTED WIRES AND THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS ON JULY 12TH FEATURING THE NEW SONGS “SECOND STREET” AND “BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU”
2011 MARKS TESLA’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Rock group Tesla will be releasing Twisted Wires and The Acoustic Sessions on July 12th. The album will feature 6 tracks that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J STREET RECORDERS studio (which are the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch) and 6 newly recorded tracks which include acoustic remakes of songs from their entire catalog and two brand new songs called “Second Street” and “Better Off Without You.” Twisted Wires and The Acoustic Sessions is the follow up to 2008’s Forever More.
Official site: www.teslatheband.com
Judas Priest – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Scott Travis, and new guitarist Richie Faulkner (DIRTY DEEDS, VOODOO SIX, LAUREN HARRIS) – have confirmed more dates for the North American leg of the band’s Epitaph tour.
Confirmed dates now include:
12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Ampitheater
15 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
16 – Dallas, TX – Allen Event Center
18 – Tuscon, AZ – Ava Ampitheater
19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
21 – Phoenix, AZ – AZ State Fair
22 – San Bernadino, CA – SAn Mauel Ampitheater
23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
25 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Ampitheater
26 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
27 – Concord, CA – Sleep Trail Pavillion
29 – Seattle, WA – WaMy Theater
30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
1 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
2 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
5 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center
8 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
9 – Springfield, IL – Prairie Capital Convention Center
10 – St. Louis, MO – The Family Arena
12 – Chicago, IL – The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
13 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
16 – Rochester, NY – The Armory
18 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
22 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
23 – Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
24 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
26 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Center
30 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
All Time Low are preparing to hit the road for the “Gimme Summer Ya Love” Tour in support of the band’s recently released album, Dirty Work. All Time Low will be joined by bands such as The Starting Line, Cartel, The Cab and more. To celebrate the tour and the new album, All Time Low and Hard Rock Hideout would like to hook up 1 fan on each date of the tour with a pair of tickets. 5 of those winners will receive a copy of the Sims Generations game which includes the band’s first single, “I Feel Like Dancin,'” sung in gibberish.
Fans can order Dirty Work over at iTunes now. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the “Gimme Summer Ya Love” Tour which kicks off July 28th and a chance to win a copy of the new Sims Generations game for PC!
Click on the banner below to Enter the Contest! This contest ends July 20th, so act now!!
Black Country Communion’s second album “2” hit the No. 1 spot in the Official UK Rock Album Chart this week, overtaking the Foo Fighters album “Wasting Light”.
Click here to see the official chart – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/rockalbums
The news follows the rave reviews of BCC’s follow up album, produced by Kevin Shirley and featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian.
The band embarks on a July tour that takes in their only UK dates this year: Llandudno Cymru Arena (July 23), London, High Voltage Festival (July 24), Leeds o2 Academy (July 26), Newcastle o2 Academy (July 27), Glasgow 02 Academy (July 29) and Manchester Academy (July 30).
EPICENTER—Southern California’s Rock Festival
SET FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
AT VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER IN IRVINE, CA
INE-UP FEATURES HEADLINERS LIMP BIZKIT,
ALONG WITH STAIND, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH,
BUCKCHERRY, P.O.D. AND MORE
EPICENTER–Southern California’s Rock Festival–is set for Saturday, September 24 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. The day-long rock festival will feature headliners Limp Bizkit in their first Southern California show in over a decade and their first American live performance of 2011.
“Limp Bizkit is back, more dangerous and contagious than ever with our original lineup, NEW album Gold Cobra, and EPICENTER to take your rock and roll fantasy past the extreme,” says Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. “I promise this will be a party you do NOT want to miss. EPICENTER will be our first and only Southern California shindig. And fellas, don’t be mad that EPICENTER will be filled with women…that’s how we roll.”
EPICENTER will feature 12 hours of rock music with performances from over a dozen bands on two stages, including: Limp Bizkit, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Puddle Of Mudd, Asking Alexandria, Skillet, Redlight King, Middle Class Rut and Drive A.
“EPICENTER IS Southern California’s Rock Festival,” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “With our partners at Live Nation and Monster Energy we are now able to give Southern California rock fans what they want…a ROCK festival to call their own. From the opening band all the way through Limp Bizkit‘s first area show in a decade, EPICENTER will be a non-stop day of amazing entertainment.”
“I’m excited about our partnership with Right Arm Entertainment,” says Rich Best, Senior Vice President of Booking for Live Nation/So-Cal. “After just two years, EPICENTER is now known as one of the major festivals of the summer concert season. Credibility with the audience is everything, and with EPICENTER, rock fans know they are going to get a killer lineup at a great value. We can’t wait to get started on the 2011 edition. “
EPICENTER ticket prices start as low as $20.00. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 25 at all Ticketmaster outlets and www.LiveNation.com. Go to www.EpicenterFestival.com and www.Facebook.com/epicenterfestival for all show information.
EPICENTER is presented by Right Arm Entertainment (creators of Columbus, Ohio’s annual Rock On The Range, which this year celebrated its fifth anniversary, and Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC), Live Nation and Monster Energy. Additional sponsors include Gibson and Ubisoft.
Check out the video clip, “Final Hour” from the band, No Sky Today. No Sky Today features Wayne Findlay (M.S.G./SLAVIOR) on guitars/keyboards, Paul Jones (ROBOT LORDS OF TOKYO) on vocals, Joe Viers (Robot Lords Of Tokyo) on bass, B.Rad Dettmer on drums and Kelle Rhoads (Randy’s Brother) on piano. This song is from No Sky Today’s self-titled debut album. (Available Here)
You can check out additional songs from No Sky Today in the widget below!
Their First U.S. Tour by the original band in 15 years!
New Release “What If… ” Out Now!
MR. BIG will once again unleash their brand of brutal fury on their first U.S. tour in 15 years starting July 30th, in SanDiego at the 4th & B. Returning fresh from a successful run of tour dates overseas, vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey, will be hitting the road in the United States this summer in support of the band’s new album, WHAT IF… “Man, it’s been a long time,” states guitarist Paul Gilbert. I can’t wait to play our first show in AMERICA in about 15 years. It’s gonna be huge!”
«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.
Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.
Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.
“What If…” is released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.
“What If…” track-listing includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).
The DVD will include the video clips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.
In other Mr. Big news, the next single from the new album, “American Beauty,” will ship to radio in July in support of the tour.
MR. BIG on tour:
30 San Diego, CA 4th & B
31 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon Club
2 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
4 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
5 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
6 Modesto, CA Xclamation Festival
8 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
9 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
12 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
13 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
16 Pittsburgh, PA Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
17 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
19 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
20 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
23 New York, NY BB King’s
24 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
26 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
27 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
30 Houston, TX House Of Blues
31 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
For more information please visit: www.mrbigsite.com
It was a rockin’ story of three different bands at the Phoenix Hill Tavern on Saturday Night. The three bands on the bill this evening was Emphatic, Pop Evil and Crossfade. All three bands are at different areas in their career, and every band has new music offerings in the very near future.
Emphatic is a new band trying gain a new fan base (and succeeding). Pop Evil is on their way to the top with their recent appearances at Rock at the Range & Rocklahoma. Crossfade had a ton of success with their debut album, and have been fighting to get back to the top of the rock heap ever since then.
Other than seeing their name in some recent press releases for the up and coming Carnival of Madness Tour, I knew absolutely nothing about the band Emphatic. I haven’t heard any of their music prior to this show. They quickly won me over with their energetic live set and catchy tunes. (Check out their song & video “Bounce” here.) Their new CD, Damage is coming out on July 12th. Judging from the tunes I heard in their live set, this is one CD that you will need to get!!
I have seen Pop Evil a few times over the last couple of years and they never disappoint. On this Saturday evening, the band’s performance was quite electric. Leigh Kakaty is a great front man, and knows how to get the crowd revved up. He had the crowd at Phoenix Hill Tavern energized and singing along with all of their songs.
Pop Evil’s set list had the following songs: “Breathe”, “Broken”, “Somebody Like You”, “Monster You Made”, “Daisy Chain”, “Shinedown”, “Save the World”, “Boss’ Daughter”, “100 in a 55”, “Last Man Standing” and “Hero”. I thought the band was going to bring the roof down when they performed “Last Man Standing” the new track off of their up and coming CD, War of Angels (which will be released July 5th)! There is a half sized wall that separates the pit area in front of the stage from the fans who prefer to sit at a table. Leigh Kakaty used this wall as his personal stage and got up close and personal with the fans, while singing “Last Man Standing”. This made for one unforgettable show from Pop Evil.
I may be biased, but I thought Pop Evil stole the show Saturday night. They were great, and the crowd loved them!
Crossfade was the headliner for the evening, and they quickly proved that they too were a force to be reckoned with. Crossfade had a pretty nice light show set up behind them that looked really cool while they played, but it made it pretty tough to get good photos. The band was pretty entertaining to watch nonetheless.
Les Hall had some pretty cool guitars that he changed out often during Crossfade’s set. He was a lot of fun to watch play. Ed Sloan was in fine vocal form all night. Mark Castillo was letting the drumsticks fly all night. Crossfade played a few of their new songs off of their new CD, We All Bleed (due out today, June 21st) including: “Lay Me Down”, “Dead Memories”, “Dear Cocaine”, “Killing Me Inside”, “We All Bleed” and “Make Me a Believer”. The rest of the set included the songs “Starless”, “Colors”, “Already Gone”, “Drown You Out”, “Dear Caine”, “So Far Away”, and “Cold”.
While I thought Crossfade was pretty good live, I thought Pop Evil was the band of the evening, but all three bands help to deliver a great night of rock in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday night!
Emphatic Photo Gallery
Pop Evil Photo Gallery
Crossfade Photo Gallery
It is not very often when a piece of music has me excitedly breaking out some old CD’s in my collection, but that is exactly what the new CD single from Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan has done. The two new songs “Out of Mind” and “Holy Water” are splendid metal offerings from Iommi, Gillan and friends to help raise funds for the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.
I enjoyed both of these songs greatly, and had only left me wanting more. I had to break out my copy of the 1983 Black Sabbath classic Born Again, which featured Ian Gillan on vocals. It isn’t a CD that I listen to very often, but this new CD single shows that there may be something more to a collaboration between Gillan and Iommi. These elder statesmen of hard rock and metal have put together two very solid tracks, which are worth every penny of your hard-earned money.
Who Cares? Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan cared enough to create this music for a good cause, and we the music fans get to reap the benefits. Sure, I wish there were more tracks, but the two songs here are excellent. Don’t miss this!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Out of My Mind
2. Holy Water
“Out Of My Mind” recording lineup:
Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) – Vocals
Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) – Guitar
Mikko “Linde” Lindström (HIM) – Guitar
Jason Newsted (METALLICA, VOIVOD, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) – Bass
Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) – Drums
Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) – Keyboards
“Holy Water” recording lineup:
Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) – Vocals
Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) – Guitar
Steve Morris – Guitar
Michael Lee Jackson – Guitar
Rodney Appleby – Bass
Randy Clarke – Drums
Jesse O’Brien – Hammond Organ
Ara Gevorgyan – Underlying Duduk Intro Music And Keys * Arshak Sahakyan – Duduk Solo
FnA Records has uncovered another hidden gem and piece of music history. After turning down numerous recording contracts back in 1991, Royal Blood and their lost recordings finally get their due release. Royal Blood consists of world renowned guitarist and two time Grammy nominee Alex Masi, Billboard chart-topping songwriter and bassist Rocky Newton (MSG, Lionheart) and vocalist/frontman extraordinaire Eric Golbach (Craig Chaquico, WWE, The Aqüa Nëts).
The album, Thanks Seattle…For Killing My Band and My Dreams, contains 16 majestic tracks of pure pleasure and pain. Thanks Seattle…was what every great hard rock hair band was doing in the late 80’s and early 90’s, only a million times better and more technically proficient. This album would’ve been a staple at MTV and these cross-continental players would’ve been house hold names.
This was 1991, and the hard rock hair band genre was in full effect. Royal Blood felt that they had time to listen to all the offers and entertain all comers to the table. At the time, and unbeknownst to the band that a Seattle thing was on the horizon, they all forged forward with this truly high-energy and extremely talented band. Lead singer, Eric Golbach was receiving offers to sing for the likes of Peter Criss (Kiss), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson). Rocky Newton had just recently played a part in the success of Def Leppard‘s Pyromania and Hysteria albums. And Alex Masi…well he was doing what Alex Masi does best, playing guitar like nobody’s business and garnering nominations for Grammys.
The title (Thanks Seattle…For Killing My Band and My Dreams!) playfully mocks the story of how Seattle came out of left-field and almost overnight made the beloved hard rock/heavy metal scene defunct; at least as it played out on MTV and radio. Headbangers Ball was history and so were many of the bands who pioneered the genre. However, this does not deny that Royal Blood had been working hard and recorded what would’ve surely been the next gem on the billboard charts.
So what does Thanks Seattle…For Killing My Band and My Dreams!, offer the fans of quality hard rock and heavy metal music. Well, for starters, some of these tunes were songs that Rocky Newton had been working on for future MSG projects. So there is no denying that there is a strong MSG influence, and even a Def Leppard influence. This album will also be a huge surprise for those fans of guitar virtuoso Alex Masi as he shreds through solo after blazing solo in this 16 track masterpiece. With only one ballad on the entire album, Thanks Seattle… is a tirade of melodic anthem after melodic anthem. Every song sounds like it belongs in a big arena show.
For those fans that like big, over-the-top melodies, smoking guitar solos, and soaring vocals, this will be the album that keeps the flame flickering.
Sound samples are available at www.fnarecords.net
Annual Summer Tour to Feature Platinum Artist Theory of a Deadman,
Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and newcomer Emphatic
Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, the trek will steamroll through North America starting August 13 in Twin Lakes, WI. See below for the complete list of shows.
DATE CITY VENUE
* Wednesday, August 17 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
Friday, August 19 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Casino
Saturday, August 27 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium (outdoors)
Celebrated rock band “TOTO” will perform a rare concert at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 26th June, 2011. Tickets are available from the 24 hour ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991 or 0844 847 1642, or can be booked online from www.ticketline.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
TOTO will perform all their classic hits from a career that spans 34 years. Fans can expect to hear all the greatest hits including Hold The Line, Rosanna and Africa.
TOTO will also perform tracks and other noteworthy hits from their twelve studio albums including their eponymous debut album Toto (1978), plus Hydra (1979), Turn Back (1981), Toto IV (1982), Isolation (1984), Fahrenheit (1986), The Seventh One (1988), Kingdom of Desire (1992), Tambu (1995), Mindfields (1999), Through The Looking Glass (2002) and Falling In Between (2006).
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Toby Hitchcock’s debut solo album “Mercury’s Down” on August 23rd in North America and August 26th in Europe.
Toby Hitchcock name and abilities came to the attention of Melodic Rock fans when former Survivor founding member Jim Peterik chose him as the lead singer for the band that would mark his return on the scene: Pride of Lions.
With Pride of Lions, Toby had the chance to sing on three studio albums which are considered as true classic among the fans. Toby also appeared live fronting the band and his performances at the Lokerse Feesten in Belgium and at the United Forces of Rock in Germany created a vast consensus about his amazing abilities. Often compared to Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jimi Jamison (Survivor) or Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Hitchockc’s voice has the depth, the feeling and the extension of each of them, still keeping his own identity and trademark.
While Pride of Lions took a small hiatus (but they are already preparing their full comeback album for 2012), Toby took the chance to hook up, under suggestion from Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, with the Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse), whose name came to prominence when he wrote and produced the very popular W.E.T. album which saw the return of singer Jeff Scott Soto to Melodic Rock.
Erik’s abilities impressed so much Toby that another marriage made in AOR Heaven could not be avoided! Consequently Erik started to write another bunch of amazing songs which have been sung with ability and passion by Toby. “I feel really great about this album release and I am looking forward to it. I can’t wait for people to listen and hopefully enjoy the music that Erik and I put our hearts into. I love every song on the album. Every song is filled with passion and emotion. They are all amazing!” says Toby.
“Mercury’s Down” shows and carves in stone the unbelievable talent of two young guns. Toby is definitely a top vocalist and Erik songwriting and producing abilities keep getting better and better. There is no reason to miss this record, which promises to be easily one of the top Melodic Rock debuts of the year !
“Mercury’s Down” includes the following songs:
This Is The Moment; Strong Enough; How To Stop; Let Go; One Day I’ll Stop Loving You; I Should Have Said; If It’s To Be (It’s Up To Me); Just Say Goodbye; Summer Nights In Cabo; Tear Down The Barricades; A Different Drum; Mercury’s Down. Includes bonus videoclip: This Is The Moment.
You can enjoy the album EPK following the link below :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp5p45t735A
The first single « This is the Moment » can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers webradio on : www.frontiers.it/webradio
Click here to get a free MP3 download of Theory of a Deadman’s new song, “Drag Me To Hell”! “Drag Me To Hell” is from the new Theory of a Deadman album, The Truth is… due out July 12th!
Get a free MP3 download of Emphatic’s new song “Bounce” by visiting the band’s facebook page at this link. Emphatic’s new album Damage will be released on June 12th! Check out their “Bounce” video below, I think you will like them!
Mr. Big has several U.S. Dates listed on Pollstar and Ticketmaster”s website. While no official press release has been sent yet, the following U.S. dates have been scheduled.
San Diego 7/30/11 (With Dirty Leslie)
Santa Ana, CA 8/4/11
San Francisco, CA 8/5/11
Modesto, CA 8/6/11 (Xclamation Festival)
Denver, CO 8/9/11
Chicago, Il 8/12/11
Columbus, Ohio 8/13/11 (with Lynch Mob)
Pittsburgh, PA 8/15/11
Cleveland, Oh 8/17/11
Detroit, MI 8/20/11
New York, NY 8/23/11 (With Sweet Cyanide)
Foxboro, MA 8/24/11
Myrtle Beach, SC 8/26/11
Orlando, FL 8/27/11
Houston, TX 8/30/11
Dallas, TX 8/31/11
Thanks to Christine Sixx for the tip!!
Miami hard rock quartet Black Tide has now released their new music video for the first single, “Walking Dead Man,” from the band’s upcoming sophomore releasePost Mortem. The video was filmed in Los Angeles last April with director P.R Brown (My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, Prince) and can now be viewed on VEVO. “This song is inspired by all the negativity we’ve experienced. The negativity we try to cut out of our lives every day,” said guitarist/vocialist Gabriel Garcia. “If you’re feeling mad or confrontational, it’s a fun song to listen to.” “Walking Dead Man” is now available for purchase on iTunes.
Black Tide will join this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival kicking off August 26th. For all tour dates and updates from the band, check out Black Tide’s official website, www.blacktidemusic.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Post Mortem hits stores everywhere August 26th!
Black Country Communion invaded the over 100-year-old Murat Theater in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday night. It was an extra special treat to see the band perform right after their CD release. I have been listening to their CD’s a lot over the last few days, so it was extremely entertaining to see the songs performed live for my very first time.
I knew BCC was going to be good, but they absolutely blew me away. Each and every member of Black Country Communion is a master of their instrument, which makes this one exciting band to watch. The former Deep Purple bass player and vocalist, Glenn Hughes was on fire Wednesday night. His vocals were perfect, if not mind-blowing. I can’t believe he can still sting at this level after all of these years. Not only is he a great singer, but he is extremely animated while playing his beat up Nash Guitars bass . I really got a kick out of watching him perform.
It has been over a decade since I have seen Derek Sherinian play live, but he never disappoints. He is a master of the Hammond B3 Organ, and Korg keyboard. His playing Wednesday night gave me goose bumps. He is a truly amazing musician.
It was really good to see Jason Bonham play drums again. I haven’t seen him since he played drums in his band Bonham. I thought for sure that Jason Bonham would have an extended drum solo at some point during the show, but surprisingly he did not. He did however get to strut his stuff on several of Black Country Communion’s tunes. In my ears, Jason is a chip off of the old block. John Bonham would be so proud of his son if he were still alive. He is a great drummer.
This was the first time I have seen Joe Bonamassa play. For those of you that are not familiar with Joe, he is huge in the Blues rock world. He has been cranking out quality albums nonstop since 2000. Black Country Communion is his first foray in a hard rock band.
I was extremely impressed with Joe Bonamassa’s playing. He may just be one of the top 10 guitar players I have seen live. He was really THAT good! His solos were super tight, and very fun to watch. At times his guitar tones reminded me a lot of David Gilmour’s from Pink Floyd. I realize there is a fine line between blues & hard rock, but Bonamassa was far better than I expected him to be. I was also surprised to see him use a Theremin during the show. The use of the Theremin is nothing new in rock, but Joe is only the second guitar player I have seen to use it live, and use it well. (The first was Frank Hannon from Tesla.) I also have to mention that Bonamassa is pretty good singer. His vocal style reminds me a lot of former Bad Company front man Paul Rodgers.
I thought Black Country Communion was going to rattle the plaster off of the walls with their heavy tunes which included (in no certain order), “Black Country”, “One Last Soul”, “Crossfire”, “Save Me”, “The Battle for Hadrian’s Wall”, “Beggerman”, “Faithless”, “Song of Yesterday”, “Smokestack Woman”, “The Outsider” “Cold” , The Joe Bonamassa classic” The Ballad of John Henry”and the Encore of “Man in the Middle” and Deep Purple’s “Burn”.
There was some type of contest going on during this show where fans were allowed to bring in their video cameras, and tape the show. I am expecting a lot of this concert to turn up on youtube before long. While we didn’t videos at this show, we did take plenty of pictures. Check them out below!
Be sure to check out Black Country Communion if they come to your town, and pick up their new album “2” which is in stores now!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated second album from the swedish aces of melodic rock WORK OF ART « In Progress » on August 23rd in North America and August 26th in Europe.
Following the much acclaimed debut record « Art Work », WORK OF ART have not been resting on laurels. While main songwriter and guitarist Robert Sall contributed heavily to the success of the W.E.T. project with Jeff Scott Soto and Erik Martensson and singer Lars Safsund kept busy singing on other projects, WORK OF ART have been working hard to create the foundations of another amazing piece of music. « A lot of blood, sweat & tears went into the making of this album and I think it shows. Maybe we didn’t change the formula all that much» tells Robert Sall, «but we certainly made sure to write, perform and produce at our very best and I think we’ve taken a huge step forward on In Progress ».
And in reality “In Progress” gives the Melodic Rock fans exactly what they’re looking for, with songs that stick in the ears from the first second and amazing musical licks. The new album shows three musicians who have matured a lot their abilities and gel together in a very natural way, presenting a sound which – still encompassing different influences – is now defined and recognizable as their own.
“This time we are definitely planning to play live in support of this record and we’re set up for our live debut so, the wheels are in motion!” promises Sall. So watch out for further news from the Swedish rockers!
The first single “The Great Fall” will be exclusively distributed in Sweden through Sweden Rock Magazine in the issue that will hit the streets on July 19th. This special release will include two exclusive acoustic bonus tracks (unavailable elsewhere) : « Once Again » and « Until You Believe ».
“In Progress” will include the following songs:
The Rain; Nature Of The Game; Once Again; Never Love Again; Eye Of The Storm; Until You Believe; The Great Fall; Call On Me; Emelie; Fall Down; Castaway; One Step Away. Includes bonus videoclip: The Great Fall.
You can enjoy the album EPK following this link : www.youtube.com/watch?v=luNu3WZvFz4
“The Great Fall” can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records web radio :
Work of Art:
Robert Sall – guitars, keyboards
Lars Safsund – lead vocals, keyboards
Herman Furin – drums
Last week I received an exceptional birthday gift from my wife. She surprised me with the complete Baseball documentary series, the film by Ken Burns. This is something I’ve wanted for a long time, but could never justify the cost. Thankfully, my wife is awesome.
While watching the first disc of the set, I became enamored by something (a young) Bob Costas stated. In paraphrasing his words, the statement he made that resonated so deeply with me was this: There are few things in life that we become interested in at an early age that we keep an interest in until the day we die. He was obviously referring to baseball, but that statement started me thinking. What things in life have I been obsessed with since an early age that I will be interested in until death?
Baseball, needless to say, is one of those things. Music is another. Specifically, hard rock/heavy metal music. I was 8 years old when I got into Kiss. I was 9 when I fell in love with Def Leppard (specifically the Pyromania album). I was 5 when I started listening to Bob Seger’s Night Moves on a regular basis. There are not many things in life that go back that far with me that I still love. Music, my parents, baseball, and cartoons would pretty much sum it up. Women came a little later and everything else came much later (cars, writing, Stephen King, horror films, etc.) The other things I obsessed over at that early an age have long since fallen to the wayside.
Hard rock hit me at a young age and my love affair has grown ever since. From Kiss and Def Leppard, I transgressed to Van Halen. After that it was AC/DC (through my cousin). AC/DC gave way to Iron Maiden. That set the groundwork for hair metal and the anxiety alleviating bands like Metallica, Anthrax, and Suicidal Tendencies. By high school, I knew I was hooked for life. Hard rock was always going to be my music medium of choice.
That’s not to say that I don’t like other types of music, because I do. Some of the music I love, readers of Hard Rock Hideout would possibly ridicule me for (it’s okay, I can take it). However, even though I love that “other” music dearly, it always comes back to hard rock. Ingrained in my soul since the age of 5, rock and roll is a powerful medium that has gotten me through most of life’s journey.
How many things do we obsess over at an early age and take with us to the grave? Not many, but for me, heavy metal fits that bill. Is it the same for you? Have you been in love with rock and roll since infancy? It’s a powerful, lifelong bond that will never end, will always be defended, and will never let us down.
A band that could stand to have a monster 2011 is Rival Sons. Rival Sons new album, Pressure and Time will be released on June 28th. On this day, Classic Rock is going to get a major kick in the pants. Check out the tune “Get What’s Comin” below and let us know what YOU think about Rival Sons. You can check out more tunes from the band on their Facebook page.
JASTA has revealed the cover, track list and a list of featured artists on the upcoming self titled album due out this summer.
01. Walk That Path Alone
02. Mourn The Illusion
03. Screams From The Sanctuary
04. Nothing They Say
05. Anthem Of The Freedom Fighter
06. Something You Should Know (Ft. Phil Labonte of All That Remains)
07. Set You Adrift
08. Enslaved, Dead or Depraved (Ft. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God)
09. With A Resounding Voice (Ft. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying)
10. The Fearless Must Endure (Ft. Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society)
11. Heart Of A Warrior (Ft. Mike Vallely)
12. Death Bestowed (Ft. Mark Morton of Lamb Of God)
JASTA will be releasing a 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 for Jasta. He explains in his own words.
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.
Saxon’s new album, Call To Arms was released on Tuesday. Check out their new video, “Hammer of the Gods”! This video features Bif Byford’s son Sebastian. Check it out!
I have been a fan of Paul Shortino since his Rough Cutt days. When I heard he was taking over the vocals duties for the King Kobra reunion, I couldn’t have been happier. I was hopeful that his vocals would help propel King Kobra to new heights. I can happily that say that Shortino’s voice is stronger than ever. His vocals are a good match for King Kobra.
In my opinion, King Kobra’s music has been hit or miss over the years. Their debut album Ready To Strike is still my de facto favorite. The latest effort from King Kobra, doesn’t surpass the debut album, but it is still pretty good. In all reality, it might not be fair to compare this version of King Kobra to the original version as Shortino’s vocals are much different from those of Mark/Marcie Free. If I were to compare this CD to the original releases of Rough Cutt, Shortino’s former band, it stands out extremely well.
“Rock the House” opens the album in fine fashion with a cool party rock anthem. “Turn Up the Good Times” helps deliver that one-two punch. This heavy rocker is the perfect complement to “Rock the House”. King Kobra came firing out of the gate for this CD.
The pace slows down for the song “Live Forever”. The funny thing about “Live Forever” is, if this song was released twenty years ago, it could have been a hit for King Kobra. It might just be the perfect melodic rock tune.
“Tear Down The Walls” was always just a clichéd title from the 80’s. I remember a lot of bands taking a lot of crap for this song title. Nonetheless, King Kobra’s “Tear Down the Walls” does rock.
“Midnight Woman” is a great sing-along tune that won’t get out of my head.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the drumming of Carmine Appice. His drum fills on “We Got a Fever” remind me so much of the way he played on the Blue Murder debut. His excellent drumming combined with the awesome riffs from Mick Sweda and David Michael-Phillips make this one enjoyable tune.
It was a minor disappoint to me that the song “Monsters & Heroes” was not on this CD. This is a really cool King Kobra tune that was released last winter. It got quite a bit of play on the Hard Rock Hideout radio show.
Personally, I am quite happy to see these guys back in action. I have been listening to King Kobra, and all of the bands the members of King Kobra have been in for years. From Blue Murder, to W.A.S.P., to Bulletboys, to Rough Cutt, and Big Cock. There are so many great bands that the collective members of King Kobra went on to form. I think it is cool that they all got back together to give us another cool set of tunes to enjoy.
Overall, this is a solid album for King Kobra. I think the band’s long time fans will enjoy it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock This House
2. Turn Up The Good Times
3. Live Forever
4. Tear Down The Walls
5. This Is How We Roll
6. Midnight Woman
7. We Got A Fever
8. Top of the World
9. You Make It Easy
10. Cryin’ Turns To Rain
11. Screamin’ For More
12. Fade Away
Carmine Appice – Drums
David Michael Philips – Guitar
Johnny Rod – Bass
Paul Shortino – Lead Vocals
Mick Sweda – Guitar