After 3 years of extensive touring with some of rock’s biggest acts (Motley Crue, AC/DC, Buckcherry, New York Dolls), THE LAST VEGAS are back in action with their latest single, “The Other Side”.
Legendary cult actress and ‘Scream Queen’, Sybil Danning (Howling II, Halloween, Werewolf Women of the SS) stars in and produces this classic piece of Americana trash rock cinema. Check it out here!
Sybil on working with THE LAST VEGAS:
“Working with Chad and THE LAST VEGAS, who are Hot, Sexy and Rock, on “The Other Side” music video was the ultimate in class act professionalism. I’d rather be in hell with TLV, than in heaven with Mother Teresa. Mick Jagger once said, “It’s all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back!” With THE LAST VEGAS, I went to The Other Side! A good thing never ends!”
Frontman Chad Cherry on working with Sybil Danning:
“Filming the Video with Sybil Danning in Chicago was wicked and another chapter in TLV mayhem. See you all on the Other Side!”
“The Other Side” was recorded and produced by Grammy nominated Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Airbourne) at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL along with a full album’s worth of material. While the band puts some finishing touches on the full-length and prepares it for release sometime in 2012, fans should stay tuned for news on where they can get a copy of the new “The Other Side” EP in the very near future.
THE LAST VEGAS’ previous full-length, “Whatever Gets You Off” was one of iTunes Top 15 Rock Albums of the Year (2009) alongside Pearl Jam, The Dead Weather, Them Crooked Vultures and The Black Crowes. The debut single, “I’m Bad”, hit over 300 thousand downloads on iTunes in the first week and was named iTunes Rock Single of the Year.
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QUEEN’S ROGER TAYLOR TO ANNOUNCE SEMI-FINALISTS FOR
“THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA” TOUR NOVEMBER 9
NATIONWIDE TALENT SEARCH HEATS UP WITH ONE WEEK TO GO
OPEN AUDITIONS END NOVEMBER 7
SEMI-FINALIST ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER 9
PUBLIC VOTING BEGINS NOVEMBER 14
Six weeks ago, Queen drummer Roger Taylor announced the launch of a North American talent search looking for top-tier players to star in “The Queen Extravaganza” tour, an electrifying road show that will celebrate the band’s music and legacy. A plethora of vocalists, guitarists, drummers, bassists and keyboard players auditioned online at queenextravaganza.com, submitting video footage of themselves performing one of four classic Queen songs: “Killer Queen,” “Somebody To Love,” “Seven Seas of Rhye” and “I Want To Break Free.” With one week of open auditions remaining, Taylor continues to pour through the submissions and is preparing for the November 9th announcement of the lucky semi-finalists.
“What an amazing storehouse of talent we have unlocked,” said Taylor. “The standard is mind blowingly high, it’s really a thrill getting to discover some of them, keep them coming!”
The buzz surrounding “The Queen Extravaganza” tour has sparked worldwide interest with video submissions generating more than 6.4 million views to date. Television host Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed with the level of talent, that she invited one hopeful to perform his audition on her show. The contestant, Nashville’s Marc Martel, went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on October 3rd and gave a stunning rendition of Queen’s “Somebody To Love.” Fans around the country felt the same way, awarding Martel the MTV O Award last night for Best Fan Cover. His performance from The Ellen DeGeneres Show can be viewed here: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2011/10/marc_martel_performs_somebody_to_love_1003.php
Unlike Round One, in which vocalists and musicians were allowed to audition by performing one of four Queen songs, Round Two will see each semi-finalist assigned a specific track.
* Vocalists must submit a video of themselves performing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
* Drummers must perform “One Vision.”
* Guitarists must play “Keep Yourself Alive.”
* Bassists must audition to “Another One Bites The Dust.”
* Keyboardists must perform “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The semi-finalists will have between November 9 and 13 to submit their auditions. In another twist, Round Two auditions will be judged by the public. Between November 14th and 28th, fans can vote for their favorites at www.queenextravaganza.com , casting one vote per category. The top vote-getters will advance to the Final Round.
Those finalists will be flown into Los Angeles in early December, where they will perform live for Taylor and a panel of judges. More information on the final auditions to be announced shortly.
Launching in 2012, “The Queen Extravaganza” tour will feature three vocalists and a five-piece band and will be booked by powerhouse agency CAA. Taylor is fully hands-on, taking the role of producer and music director.
A small sampling from the many standout auditions submitted thus far:
Marc Martel (Nashville, TN)
Tristan Avakian (Toronto, ON)
Andrew Walls (Champlin, MN)
Austin Burcham (Los Angeles, CA)
David Yuter (Carlsbad, CA)
ABOUT QUEEN’S STUDIO ALBUMS:
As the centerpiece in the 40th anniversary celebration, Queen’s entire 15-album studio catalog is being reissued in a series of deluxe editions. Every note is being tweaked, every piece of artwork is being cleaned, freshened up and resourced, wherever necessary, with the legendary Bob Ludwig doing the remastering, working from the original source material. The first installment, comprised of the first five LPs (QUEEN, QUEEN II, SHEER HEART ATTACK, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A DAY AT THE RACES) was released May 17, the second installment (NEWS OF THE WORLD, JAZZ, THE GAME, FLASH GORDON, HOT SPACE) was released on September 13 and the final deluxe box set installment (THE WORKS, A KIND OF MAGIC, THE MIRACLE, INNUENDO, MADE IN HEAVEN) is available on amazon.com on November 1.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the worldwide release on November 14th of “Hard Rain’s Coming”, the first single taken from the forthcoming – 11th – ROYAL HUNT studio album “Show Me How To Live”.
The new album “Show Me How To Live” brings back Royal Hunt at force 10 with an highly melodic sound and rich, lush arrangements and stellar production. With the amazing new line-up, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated ROYAL HUNT!
Reckless Love have recently released their new disc, Animal Attraction. I can gladly say that these Finnish rockers have not hit the dreaded sophomore slump with album #2. If you are a fan of 80’s style hard rock and pop metal, you are going to love the new set of tunes on Animal Attraction!
If you picked up the band’s debut, you will be glad to know that the band’s hair metal meets melodic rock sound is well in tact. On Animal Attraction you are going to find a bunch of catchy anthems, with big sing along choruses. It is almost as if Reckless Love stepped right out of 1989, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
While I do like this album a lot, I wouldn’t go so far as comparing Animal Attraction to some of my favorite albums from back in the day. The album isn’t perfect by any means. There are two or three songs that didn’t really work for me. Even the worst songs on Animal Attraction are better than a lot of the stuff I hear on FM rock radio today. You won’t find any lame down tuned guitars on this CD. The tunes are cram packed with lots of rockin’ guitar riffs, and keyboards, and Olli Herman’s cool vocals and high-pitched screams.
The songs remind of a blend of Def Leppard, Shotgun Messiah and Valentine (remember them?). The songs take me back to an era when music was a lot more fun, and not so serious. Some of favorites on this CD included the songs “Speedin”,”Born To Break Your Heart” “Switchblade Babe” and “On the Radio”. (You can check out the songs “Animal Attraction” and “Hot” in the clips below.)
Is Animal Attraction one of the best CD’s I have heard in 2011? No, it isn’t, but it is a whole lot of fun, and I certainly enjoyed it. I recommend picking it up! You can purchase a copy at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Animal Attraction
03. Born To Break Your Heart
06. Dirty Dreams
09. Switchblade Babe
10. On The Radio
12. Young N Crazy
Reckless Love is:
Olli Herman – lead vocals
Pepe Salohalme – guitar
Hessu Maxx – drums
Jalle Verne – bass