MICHAEL MONROE’S SENSORY OVERDRIVE OUT NOW!!
Iconic rock front man, Michael Monroe, has released his new cd Sensory Overdrive in the U.S and Canada on August 23rd on Spinefarm/ Universal. The new cd from the former front man of the influential band Hanoi Rocks was produced by legendary producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cheap Trick). The cd also features guest performances from Americana artist Lucinda Williams and Motorhead front man Lemmy. The first single and video from Sensory Overdrive is the track “78”.
Listen to a live stream of Sensory Overdrive at this link!!
In support of the CD, Monroe will head out September 30th on a 16 date U.S and Canadian tour with his all star band featuring guitarists Steve Conte (New York Dolls) and Dregen (Hellacopters , Backyard Babies), bassist Sami Yaffa ( Hanoi Rocks, Jetboy, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), and drummer Karl “Rockfist” Rosqvist (Danzig).
Following the U.S run, the band will head to Japan for the V Rock festival to be followed by shows in Michael’s home country of Finland. The band will then end 2011 with a run of shows in the U.K co-headlining with Wednesday 13.
Tour dates are as follows:
FRI, SEP 30 PHILADELPHIA, PA TROCADERO
SAT, OCT 1 BALTIMORE, MD SONAR
SUN, OCT 2 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM
TUE, OCT 4 BOSTON, MA GREAT SCOTT
WED, OCT 5 MONTREAL, QC LES FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES
THU, OCT 6 TORONTO, ON MOD CLUB THEATER
FRI, OCT 7 CLEVELAND, OH PEABODY’S
SAT, OCT 8 CHICAGO, IL REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB
SUN, OCT 9 ST PAUL, MN STATION 4
MON, OCT 10 ST LOUIS, MO FUBAR
WED, OCT 12 DENVER, CO MOE’S
SAT, OCT 15 SEATTLE, WA EL CORAZON
SUN, OCT 16 PORTLAND, OR DANTE’S
TUE, OCT 18 SANTA CLARA, CA AVALON THEATER
WED, OCT 19 SANTA ANA, CA GALAXY THEATRE
THU, OCT 20 HOLLYWOOD, CA WHISKY A GO GO
SUN, OCT 23 V-ROCK FESTIVAL SAITAMA SUPER ARENA JAPAN
FRI, NOV 4 LAHTI FINLAND FINLANDIA CLUB
SAT, NOV 5 TAVASTIA FINLAND (2 SHOWS) TAVASTIA CLUB
THU, NOV 24 ENGLAND WOLVERHAMPTON WULFRUN HALL
FRI , NOV 25 ENGLAND MANCHESTER RITZ
SAT, NOV 26 ENGLAND NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
SUN, NOV 27 SCOTLAND GLASGOW GARAGE
MON, NOV 28 ENGLAND NEWCASTLE ACADEMY
TUE, NOV 29 ENGLAND LEEDS ACADEMY
THU, DEC 1 ENGLAND BRISTOL ACADEMY
FRI, DEC 2 ENGLAND, LONDON ELECTRIC BALLROOM
SAT, DEC 3 WALES PRESTATYN HRH
The band will continue to do extensive touring in 2012 in support of Sensory Overdrive. For more information go towww.michaelmonroe.com
Evanescence has a new self titled album coming out October 11th. Check out their brand new video “What You Want” below!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of MECCA’s anticipated second album Undeniable on November 4th in Europe and January 10th 2012 in North America.
Six years in the making Undeniable is the culmination of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Rewind to 2002: the Melodic Rock community is taken by storm by the debut album of a new band named Mecca. Formed by vocalist Joe Vana, he enlisted, among others, the services of former Toto members David Hungate (bass) and Fergie Frederiksen on vocals and close friend and former Survivor founding member Jim Peterik, who contributed masterfully to the songwriting and production of the album.
Mecca created a sonic treasure bringing the energy to drive diamond hard rockers and the finesse to create lush power ballads, all with the texture that, until now, only super-groups such as Journey, Toto or Foreigner could provide. Amazing press responses blessed the album’s release and Joe Vana soon started putting together plans for a follow up album. “I wanted a BAND sound, like the old days where all the guys played together in the room” tells Joe. “We came very close to doing just that… PLUS, I wanted an album Jim Peterik would hear and be proud that he worked so hard mentoring me for so many years. I had a challenge”.
Songwriting started in 2005 between Vana and Swedish guitarist Christian Wolff. In 2007 things really took a ground breaking turn with the songwriting masterpieces that Vana wrote with Swedish Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist Tommy Denander. Vana said: “The writing synergy between Tommy and I has been amazing, we think so much alike in terms of melody and space but sounds very different melodically than what we both have done separately, so it truly is a union of ideas…”. The musical direction soon showed that new heights in Melodic Rock music could be reached. “Since Tommy and Christian were my co-writers” continues Vana “I had parts of theirs from when we wrote the tunes that were stellar and it integrated wonderfully”.
Several problems created bumps in the road, including the death of Vana’s longtime friend and co-producer / engineer Bryan Mitchell which made the completion of the recording process extremely slow. Joe explains: “It took a lot of time to build the right team to produce with me, Mark Alano and Chuck Macak and to get the right combination of guys. I had an opportunity to hand pick a band and I was not going to ruin that! I know I was getting killed on the internet, but I needed to make sure it was ALL correct. The music had to be able to carry the melodies and the lyrical content I had written, this album had to flow correctly and I had a vision sonically I wanted as well… it was not an easy road…. and as far as the songs themselves, it is the best writing Tommy Denander and Christian Wolff have done. They were SO EASY to write with and we make a GREAT team!”.
Vana enlisted the talents of session masters such as Pat Mastellotto (King Crimson, Mr Mister), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), along with Denander and Wolff. His core band was also created around Rick Vitek on drums, Brian Moritz on keyboards, Wally Hustin on bass, Eric Ragno on keyboards, Mark Alano on guitar and Joe’s ace in the hole….his son Joey on guitars and backing vocals.
Fast forward to 2011. Mecca II Undeniable is finally completed and delivered. The results are breathtaking. According to Vana: “This is a thinking man’s record with a lot of Chicago AOR, Prog and a good dose of West Coast thrown in! You can listen to the album 10 times, and will hear different things each time…”. An album which perfectly melts the outstanding High-Tech AOR approach of Mr. Mister’s “Welcome to the Real World” to the commercial sheer brilliance of Toto’s “The Seventh One”. Oh and… the good news is that Mecca III is underway!
If Mecca I was born to unveil the treasures of the Melodic Rock genre to the unsuspecting public, then Mecca II Undeniable sets in stone the gospel of this music with stunning arrangements and unbelievable melodies. Mecca is now here to stay….get converted to their music!!!
Undeniable tracklisting includes:
The first single – the title-track Undeniable – can be streamed in full on the Frontiers Records web radiowww.frontiers.it/webradio
Joe Vana: Vocals
Joey Vana: Guitars
Brian Moritz: Keyboards
Paul Pisciotto: Synthesizers
Wally Hustin: Bass
Rick Vitek: Drums
Mark Alano: Guitars
Eagle Rock Entertainment has reissued one of the finest live releases from Rainbow, Live in Germany in 1976. Arguably, the most powerful of all of the Rainbow lineups, Live in Germany captures Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Bain, Cozy Powell and Tony Carey at their finest.
Don’t let the few number of tracks in this 2 CD set keep you from picking this up. Live in Germany captures Rainbow in over 90 minutes of hard rock perfection. If you never got the chance to see Rainbow live (like myself), Live in Germany 1976 is a release you will not want to miss.
Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar playing in this concert is absolutely spectacular. You can almost hear the smoke coming off of his guitar strings. The guitar solos that Blackmore plays in this concert have to be heard to believed.
Ronnie James Dio’s vocals have never disappointed me, and his voice is outstanding in this concert.
The audio quality of this reissue is excellent. If you close your eyes, while listening to this, you almost feel like you are back in 1976, with Rainbow bringing the house down with their electric live show.
From Blackmore’s guitar wizardry, to Dio’s amazing vocals, and the outstanding musicianship of Jimmy Bain, Cozy Powell and Tony Carey, Live in Germany 1976 is one Rainbow live offering that is definitely worth catching. I highly recommend it!!
You can pick up Rainbow Live in Germany at this link!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Kill The King (5:25)
2. Mistreated (16:00)
3. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves (7:50)
4. Catch The Rainbow (14:50)
1. Man On Silver Mountain (13:32)
2. Stargazer (17:10)
3. Still I’m Sad (15:00)
4. Do You Close Your Eyes (9:45)