Few bands deserve to be talked about in such revered terms as RIOT.
Bursting through from New York City at the end of the Seventies with three ground-breaking albums on the trot (‘Rock City’, ‘Narita’ and ‘Fire Down Under’) RIOT quickly became one of the biggest cult metal bands in the world. Stunning performances in the UK at the first ever Castle Donington Festival in 1980 and Port Vale the following year and support slots with SAMMY HAGAR in Europe and AC/DC in the United States cemented their reputation as the hottest ticket to see.
With line-up changes knocking their momentum and the Eighties developing into a Thrash-fest a new-look RIOT bounced back in 1988 with the widely-acclaimed ‘Thundersteel’. Although the faces might have looked unfamiliar, with only guitarist MARK REALE now left from the band’s formative years, the aggression and musicianship remained unrivalled and unchallengeable. With TONY MOORE’s distinctive vocals, the muscle and might of bassist DON VAN STAVERN and drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK powering the songs along, and Reale’s precision playing RIOT were reborn, and followed ‘Thundersteel’ two years later with the jaw-dropping ‘The Privilege Of Power’, an inspiring and at times truly epic album. However, by this time the music world was turning into a very different place, and RIOT found themselves struggling against a tide of apathy. Reale continued to guide the ship through the next two decades, delivering albums of consistent, quality metal, culminating in 2006′s ‘Army Of One’ – a true statement of intent, as if one were needed.
But the army of one is an army of five once more as RIOT‘s classic ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘Privilege…’ line-up has re-united, adding guitarist MIKE FLYNTZ who played in the live band at that time. Signing with SPV/Steamhammer for all territories except Japan, RIOT will release their new album “Immortal Soul” on October 28th in Germany, October 31st in Europe and early November in the US and Canada.
RIOT have also been confirmed as special guests on the first leg of HAMMERFALL’s European tour this winter. The tour kicks off on 26th October in Copenhagen, Denmark, and ends for the five-piece metal machine in Cologne, Germany, on 18th November. This will be the first time the legendary ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘The Privilege Of Power’ line-up of TONY MOORE (vocals), MARK REALE (guitar), MIKE FLYNTZ (guitar), DON VAN STAVERN (bass) and BOBBY JARZOMBEK (drums) has played in Europe on a full tour, after the band’s celebrated one-off show at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2009.
Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer, says: “Mark, Tony, Don, Bobby and Mike are really fired up once more, and “Immortal Soul” will be a true successor to the legacy of ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘Privilege…’. Classic metal will never die, and who did it better than RIOT?”
RIOT live in Europe 2011 - on tour with Hammerfall
26.10. DK-Copenhagen – Amager Bio
27.10. NO-Oslo – Rockefeller
28.10. SE-Gothenburg – Lisebergshallen
29.10. SE-Stockholm – Arenan
31.10. D-Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit
01.11. B-Antwerp – Trix
02.11. D-Filderstadt – Filharmonie
04.11. D-Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
05.11. F-Paris – Bataclan
06.11. LUX-Esch Alzette - Rockhal
07.11. CH-Zürich – Volkshaus
09.11. A-Vienna – Arena
10.11. A-Graz – Orpheum
11.11. I-Milan – Magazinni Generali
12.11. D-Munich – Theaterfabrik
13.11. CZ-Prague – KD Vitavska
15.11. PL-Warsaw – Stodola
16.11. D-Berlin – Huxleys
17.11. NL-Tilburg – 013
18.11. D-Cologne – Essigfabrik
After a year of non-stop touring and promoting their sophomore album, Rollin’, Texas Hippie Coalition recently headed into the studio to give a song from the album a little shake-up. The song, Beg (The 420 Recording), has been re-recorded and remastered, giving it a completely different sound from the original version, as featured as the closing track on Rollin’.
“While on tour, playing songs from the album night after night, one of the tunes from Rollin’ began to shift forms,” says vocalist Big Dad Ritch. “So we went into the studio between shows and re-recorded Beg – taking a different approach this time. It turned out even better than we expected, and the label decided to throw it’s weight behind the track and get it out to the fans.”
THC guitarist, Randy Cooper, adds, “The song is a favorite from the album. Fans so far have really dug the 420 version at our shows.”
Beg (The 420 Recording) has already garnered early radio spins at KXTQ in Spokane and KQYK in Mankato. Also be on the look-out for Texas Hippie Coalition as they continue to live on the road.
The new single, Beg (The 420 Recording) is available digitally at iTunes and Amazon.
Catch THC on Tour:
8/27 – Miami, OK Rock Allegiance Tour, Buffalo Run Casino
9/1 – Chillicothe, OH Easy Riders Rodeo
9/9 – Davis, OK Arbuckle Ballroom
9/10 – Alva, OK Red’s Place
9/12 – Las Vegas, NV The Crown Theater/Rio Hotel
9/15 – Davenport, IA Redstone Room at the River Music Experience
9/16 – Merriam, KS Aftershock
9/17 – Glendal Heights, IL
9/18 – Covington, KY The Mad Hatter
9/20 – Fredricksburgh, VA Q Balls Billiards
9/21 – Sarver, PA Peter B’s
9/23 – Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
9/24 – Tupper Lake, NY Old Northern Pub
9/28 – Worcester, MA The Lucky Dog
9/29 – Seabrook, NH
9/30 – Auburn, ME Club Texas
Beg (The 420 Recording) on iTunes: http://bit.ly/r29wkf
Beg (The 420 Recording) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/nBTvqu
Puddle Of Mudd’s version of The Rolling Stones classic “Gimme Shelter” is the first single from their forthcoming album, Re:(disc)overed. The track is currently streaming on SoundCloud and is available for purchase on iTunes. The band’s new album, Re:(disc)overed, lands on August 30th but is available for pre-order on Amazon now. For this release, Puddle Of Mudd dig back into their own past for the songs that turned them on to becoming musicians in the first place.
Re:(disc)overed includes such classics as AC/DC’s “TNT,” Steve Miller’s “The Joker,” Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (which Puddle Of Mudd recorded with BC Jean), Neil Young’s “Old Man,” and of course the first single, “Gimmie Shelter.” The album finds Puddle Of Mudd tackling classic rock songs as only they know how.
“Our goal in interpreting these songs was to pay more tribute rather than reinvent,” Phillips added. “These are all classics that are perfect in every sense, so who are we to mess with that? We just wanted to represent them in their true form and add a little of our sound to them. We cut everything with very few takes and tried to keep it very live like those old seventies records. We didn’t want to Pro Tool the hell out of it.”
Puddle Of Mudd will take part in the Rock Allegiance Tour kicks off August 24th in Grand Prairie, TX. Fans can see the full list of tour dates as well as purchase tickets over at http://rockallegiance.com/dates.
For more information on Puddle of Mudd, make sure to check out the band’s official site, www.puddleofmudd.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Make sure to catch the band live this summer on the entire Rock Allegiance Tour.
Track Listing For Re:(disc)overed
01. Gimme Shelter
02. Old Man
04. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
05. The Joker
06. Everybody Wants You
07. Rocket Man
08. All Right Now
09. Shooting Star
10. D’yer Maker
11. Funk #49
Pop Evil has released their follow up effort to their 2008 debut Lipstick in a Mirror. While I thought Lipstick in a Mirror was good, the band has improved, and War of Angels is definitely a step above the debut. Luckily, I have been able to hear the band perform a few of the songs from War of Angels live prior to purchasing the CD, and I already knew that I liked the tunes I have heard.
War of Angels seems like a more balanced effort. Some songs like “Last Man Standing” and “Boss’s Daughter” are heavy, while the song “Let It Go” is more of a pop/power ballad, that has huge radio potential.
Leigh Kakaty’s voice surprised me on this CD, as I thought his voice sounded higher than it did when I have seen him live. He sounds great, as does the rest of Pop Evil.
I have to admit that I am not a fan of too many modern rock bands, however, Pop Evil has won me over with their energetic live shows. Judging from the tunes on War of Angels, Pop Evil is clearly one of the better new bands out there. I would compare their sound to Shinedown’s at this stage in their career, and that is not a bad place to be in my opinion.
I have enjoyed War of Angels much more than I expected to, and definitely believe it is worth picking up.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Last Man Standing
3. Broken and Betrayed
4. Monster You Made
5. Let it Go
6. Boss’s Daughter
7. Daisy Chain
9. Black & Blue
10. Next Life
11. Save the World
Pop Evil is:
Leigh Kakaty – lead vocals
Tony Greve – lead guitar
Dave Grahs – rhythm guitar
Matt DiRito – bass
Dylan Allison – drums