Yes, It is February 29th, and another leap year in 2012. Only one video comes to mind on this day, a day that only happens every four years,…… Van Halen’s “Jump”.
On their debut CD, Will Wallner & Vivien Vain have recruited some of hard rock’s finest musicians to help craft their songs. The end result is a remarkable hard rock CD that I can’t stop listening to. Will Wallner may not be a guitarist whose name you recognize. One listen to this CD, and I think he could possibly become an overnight sensation. Wallner delivers some of the best hard rock riffs I have heard in 2012, and that includes the recent works from Eddie Van Halen & Vinnie Moore (in UFO). Wallner’s style reminds me of a cross between Randy Rhoads & Jake E. Lee. That is pretty good company to be in, in my opinion.
Vivien Vain, where have you been hiding? Vain is easily one of the best new female hard rock vocalists that I have heard in quite some time. Her powerful pipes are a very good match for Wallner’s heavy riffs. Of course it doesn’t hurt when you attract the likes of Carmen Appice, Tony Franklin, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Tony Carey, Brian Tichy and Derek Sherinian to play on your songs. These hard rock legends help to craft some very cool tunes. I can’t begin to tell you how good it is to hear Tony Franklin and Carmine Appice (two-thirds of Blue Murder) playing on some songs together again. This is very cool stuff indeed!
The best songs on the CD are “Dreamstealer”, “Streets of Rage” & “Miles Ahead”, but there really isn’t a bad song in the bunch.
If you are a fan of 80’s hard rock, you ought to check out this CD. You won’t be disappointed!
Rating: Out of 10
- The Dream
- Streets Of Rage
- Fourteen Twenty Eight
- All That I Want
- Miles Ahead
- Soul Monster
Vivien Vain – Vocals
Will Wallner – Guitar
Tony Carey – Keys on Tracks 1, 2, 8, 9
Jimmy Bain – Bass on Track 2
Vinny Appice – Drums on Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6
Carmine Appice – Drums on Tracks 3, 5, 9
Tony Franklin – Bass on Tracks 3, 5, 7, 9
Rudy Sarzo – Bass on Tracks 4, 6
Brian Tichy – Drums on Track 7
Derek Sherinian – Keys on Track 7
London rockers Damn Dice have made four of their songs available for a free download. Visit the band’s Facebook page, give them a like, and download their songs, “In Your Eye”‘, “All Night Long”, “Close To Your Heart”, and “One More”. Check ‘em out!
Atlanta rockers StoneRider have released their sophomore effort, Fountains Left To Wake. You can preview the album below! Fountains Left To Wake is now available to purchase at Amazon.com & iTunes.
Eve to Adam have just announced that they will be supporting Creed on their nationwide tour this Spring. The tour is being billed as the “2 Nights LIVE Tour” and will be kicking off on 4/13 in Chicago. More dates to be added soon.
Eve to Adam have also just released their new single “Reach” on iTunes and Amazon. “Reach” is the second single off of the band’s 2011 album Banquet For a Starving Dog, and is an inspirational track about reaching for your hopes and dreams. “Reach” is also steadily climbing the Active Rock Charts, currently at #36.
2 Nights Live Tour dates are as follows (more shows to be added soon):
4/13 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre – supporting Creed
4/14 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre – supporting Creed
4/16 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre – supporting Creed
4/17 Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre – supporting Creed
4/19 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre – supporting Creed
4/20 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre – supporting Creed
4/21 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena – supporting Creed
4/24 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre – supporting Creed
4/25 Syracuse, NY @ Station 58 – headline show
4/26 Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center – supporting Creed
4/27 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre – supporting Creed
4/30 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater – supporting Creed
5/01 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater – supporting Creed
5/02 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – supporting Creed
5/09 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre – supporting Creed
5/11 Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl – supporting Creed
5/12 Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – supporting Creed
5/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre – supporting Creed
5/19 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre – supporting Creed
5/20 Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium – Rock on the Range Festival
5/21 Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre by AMC – supporting Creed
5/22 Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre by AMC – supporting Creed
5/26 St Louis, MO @ The Pageant – supporting Creed
5/27 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle – supporting Creed
5/31 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit – supporting Creed
Check out Black Stone Cherry’s new video, “In My Blood” and “White Trash Millionaire” below. Both of these songs can be found on Black Stone Cherry’s latest album, Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.
Black Stone Cherry will be hitting the road in the U.S. in May, opening for Chickenfoot. Dates are as follows:
5/4/12 Lake Tahoe, NV Harrah’s Hotel & Casino
5/5/12 Lake Tahoe, NV Harrah’s Hotel & Casino
5/9/12 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
5/11/12 Minneapolis, MN The Brick
5/12/12 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
5/14/12 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
5/16/12 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
5/18/12 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
5/19/12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
5/21/12 New York, NY Beacon Theater
5/23/12 St. Louis, MO Fox Theater
5/25/12 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino
5/27/12 Pryor, OK Catch the Fever Festival Grounds (Rocklahoma)
5/29/12 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
5/31/12 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
6/1/12 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
6/3/12 Portland, OR Schnitzer Hall
6/5/12 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theater
6/6/12 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
6/10/12 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
The Crash Street Kids have made their song, “Bang Bang (Your Beautiful) available for a free download! You can listen to the song and download it from the soundcloud player below. This song is on the Crash Street Kids latest album, Sweet Creatures, which is available for sale at Amazon.com at this link.
You can check out Crash Street Kids new video, “Sad Julia” below!
Jerry Gaskill, drummer for legendary rockers KING’S X, suffered a heart attack Sunday, February 26, and was accordingly rushed to the hospital. After undergoing an emergency operation, Jerry was put in intensive care (where he currently remains).
In light of Jerry’s sudden hospitalization, all upcoming North American tour dates for KING’S X have been cancelled. Jerry will be spending these days recovering back to full health so that he can hopefully join the band behind the drums at some point in the future.
OVERKILL has released the first single. “Electric Rattlesnake” off their upcoming record “The Electric Age!” Click HERE or click the artwork above. The single is now available on iTunes HERE. The band will release their 16th full length studio album on March 27, 2012. The record will be released in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records on March 30, 2012. You can now pre-order and preview the recrod on iTunes HERE.
OVERKILL traveled to Asbury Park, NJ this weekend to shoot a brand new music video for the above mentioned track locked away in the historic Paramount Theater. Snapshots from that shoot can be seen in the slideshow below.
The band also recently announced new details around their upcoming “ELECTRIC AGE TOUR.” Supporting will be GOD FORBID, DIAMOND PLATE and SUDIKARA. Dates will stretch coast to coast and run through April and May, click HERE for up to date ticket information.
NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM
FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
DUE OUT MAY 22
U.S. HEADLINING TOUR LAUNCHES MAY 3
SLASH has released “You’re A Lie” to radio today worldwide. The hard-charging song marks the first single off the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter’s forthcoming second studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE. Listen to a 30 second preview of the song here: http://www.slashonline.com/. “You’re A Lie” is the second song I brought to the band in 2011 during the last tour,” explains SLASH. “We worked on it at soundcheck somewhere, I can’t remember where. It’s gone through some minor changes along the way, mainly the chorus. But for the most part, it’s remained true to its original arrangement. I can’t wait to play this live.”
APOCALYPTIC LOVE features Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and will be released May 22 on SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International that’s distributed through EMI. The group will launch a headlining U.S. tour May 3 in Baltimore, tickets for which are available now on http://www.slashonline.com/. See the full itinerary below, with more dates to be added.
On APOCALYPTIC LOVE, SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by SLASH and Kennedy and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the new album. Check out all four exclusive behind-the-scenes episodes airing weekly at:
Episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ
Episode 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiCJ4cAZPxo&feature=relmfu
Episode 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5lX2C4ZZtI&feature=relmfu%20
Episode 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntisV8dT7AQ&feature=player_embedded
Listen to “You’re a Lie” here:
APOCALYPTIC LOVE will follow his 2010 debut album Slash and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, it also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
SLASH’s 2012 headlining U.S. tour dates are as follows below. *Indicates a festival appearance.
|Thu||5/3||Baltimore MD||Rams Head Live|
|*Sat||5/5||Rockingham NC||Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham Speedway|
|Mon||5/7||Orlando FL||Hard Rock Live|
|Thu||5/10||Biloxi MS||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live|
|*Sun||5/13||Boone, IA||Lazerfest, Central Iowa Expo|
|Mon||5/14||Minneapolis MN||The Brick|
|Wed||5/16||Madison WI||Orpheum Theater|
|Thu||5/17||Grand Rapids MI||Orbit Room|
|*Sat||5/19||Columbus OH||Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew Stadium|
|Sun||5/20||Camden NJ||MMRBQ, Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Sat||5/26||Albuquerque NM||Route 66 Casino-on sale 2/27|
The February edition of the Hard Rock Hideout podcast is available for streaming (below) and for download here (click and save).
Rob Rockitt and Ryo Vie talk about the new Van Halen Tour, the up and coming Iron Maiden/ Alice Cooper tour, the Black Sabbath Reunion, and
the first edition of our “Rock Anonymous” segment.
You can check out clips of songs from UFO and Halestorm. Check it out!
There are a ton of new rock releases coming out on February 28th, including three new reissues from Ronnie James Dio, the new UFO CD, Seven Deadly, three new reissues from Rock Candy (Grand Prix, Candy, Praying Mantis) great new live releases from Black Country Communion and Mr. Big & much more. Check out the list below.
UFO – Seven Deadly –
Black Country Communion – Live Over Europe
Mr. Big – Live From The Living Room
Cavo – Thick as Thieves
Dark New Day – New Tradition
Sunstorm – Emotional Fire
Freedom Call – Land of the Crimson Dawn
Michael Thompson Band – Future Past
Vengeance – Crystal Eye
Grand Prix – Samurai
Candy – Whatever Happened to Fun
Praying Mantis – Time Tells No Lies
Wolfsbane – Wolfsbane Saves The World
This weekend Santa Barbara, Califonia’s, the Winchester Rebels are offering a FREE MP3 of their song “Down” .
Get your free download here http://www.facebook.com/winchester.rebels.music (available this weekend only).
One of Sweden’s best kept secrets is the hard rock band Mustasch. Mustasch just released their sixth studio album, Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven and a brand new music video, “The Challenger”. You can check out the clips, “The Challenger”, as well as”6:36″, “Double Nature”, “Parasite”, and “Mine” below.
For more information on Mustasch, please visit the band’s website, at this link.
You can download the live version of the Black Country Communion song “Song of Yesterday” at the band’s website. “Song of Yesterday is on the up and coming, Live Over Europe CD that will be released February 28th, 2012. Get the free download here!
Departure is the brainchild of American Multi-instrumentalist Mike Walsh who has a vast experience in the music industry. Over the years he has worked on numerous projects, such as Mark Thompson-Smith (Praying Mantis) and Dean Fasano’s Message. Mike has also worked with Bon Jovi over the years as well as having produced, scored, written and arranged several New Jersey Bands. To ice the cake Mike has had the privilege of playing alongside such greats as Glen Burtnick and Aldo Nova.
In 1998 Mike gave us “Departure” which featured Ken Michaels on vocals and with special guest Dave Rosenthal (Red Dawn). This debut caught everyone’s attention as it combined the sounds of Saga, Journey, Toto and Tour de Force. The pressure was on to follow it up and so came “Open Your Mind” a year later with Dave Baldwin (Tradia / Voices / Solo) on lead vocals. Dave brought in a more pomp rock element and the band sounded
more like a hybrid of Styx and Kansas. The album was beautifully arranged and boasted huge guitar solos, and immense layered keyboards. Dave Rosenthal once again guested on keys and also Duey Ribestello (Joe Lynn Turner) joined in on drums. At this time Departure were gaining popularity and their brand of melodic rock soon spread. At the end of 2001 the third Departure CD “Corporate Wheel” was released and, once again, Mike used a
different vocalist, namely Timothy Lewis, a man who had an unbelievable vocal range. Mike’s guitar and keyboards were simply awe-inspiring and it
really put Departure into the melodic rock hall of fame. “Corporate Wheel” has often been regarded as their finest release.that is..until now!
To follow these three masterpieces would prove to be very tough and it has taken a decade to unleash a fourth CD “Hitch a Ride” onto the eagerly
awaiting melodic rock community. But boy it is worth the wait..a release of epic proportions. Andi Kravljaca (Silent Call) has taken to the mike stand
to deliver an outstanding vocal performance. The calibre of his vocals coupled with fine musicianship brings us a powerful array of tunes that
stand out as Departure’s most powerful outing to date. Songs like “No Where to go”, “Soldier of Fortune” and “Roses” are just simply forces to be
Departure are back with a vengeance, there is no finer way to start 2012
Discography: Departure (ESM028) / Open Your Mind (ESM050) / Corporate Wheel
(ESM082) / Hitch a Ride (ESM238)
1 No Where To Go 5:14
2 You Don’t Need To This Anymore 3:39
3 Waiting For Rain To Come 4:46
4 Soldier Of Fortune 3:51
5 LuvSick 3:10
6 Roses 4:52
7 Travel Through Time 4:14
8 Fly 4:15
9 This Is My Time 4:16
10 Without You 3:47
11 Outside Looking In 3:31
Mike Walsh: Guitars, Keyboards
Duey Ribestello – Drums
Ryan Walsh – Bass
Andi Kravljaca – Lead Vocals
Produced by Mike Walsh
Mixed and Mastered by Martin Kronlund at JM Recording Studio Gothenburg,
This month Glenn Tipton from Judas Priest talks about the band’s Epitaph World Tour, new guitarist Richie Faulkner and the band’s 40-year legacy now celebrated with new single and album box set releases.
Biff Byford from Saxon checks in with a summary of the band’s incredible last 12 months discussing their recent studio album, Call To Arms, rightly celebrated as their finest for years, and touring Europe twice in the same calendar year of 2011.
Venom have been around for more than 30 years now and recently released a new album, Fallen Angels through Universal. Original frontman Cronos gives his forthright views on why they have been so influential and why a whole new audience is finding out what Venom is all about. We speak to him and relative new boys Rage and Dante.
Finally we speak to David Phillips, a man who armed with his trusty digital camera has photographed pretty much every rock drummer you could ever wish to see – from some angles you’ve definitely never seen! It helps that he’s in charge of artist relations for DW Drums so he has the kind of stage access even we can only dream of.
Music comes from all the above plus Slash and Van Halen and there’s a brief news and new release roundup too.
Have you ever seen Bruce Springsteen in concert? Have you ever experienced the way he connects with his fans during a live show? Have you ever witnessed the power, the promise, and the passion that is a Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band performance? If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying this for yourself, let me tell you, it is one of life’s greatest musical experiences.
Envision the showmanship of an Iron Maiden concert, mixed with the power of Kix, and the enjoyment of Kiss. A Bruce Springsteen concert is all of that and more, wrapped into a three-hour set of amazement. Springsteen has been doing this for years, and it’s what has endeared his fans to him as life-long believers in the power of rock and roll.
There are several elements of a Springsteen concert that make him worth the price of admission. As a fan of the Boss who has witnessed him in concert 15 times (and counting), I’ve logged those experiences over the years. The first notable element is the fact that there is no opening act. There is no need to sit through someone to “warm up” the crowd. Springsteen will do his own warming up, thank you very much. The second he takes the stage, the crowd is warm and ready to go, and Bruce is more than happy to lead the charge.
His performances are not for an early night (and I don’t mean because he will come on late like a certain Mr. Rose likes to do). The band takes the stage and remains fixed there, usually for the next 3 hours (sometimes more, occasionally a lot more). When was the last time your favorite band played for 3 hours?
Springsteen’s song selection is second to none. Unlike Kiss, Poison, or Van Halen, Bruce makes each concert a unique experience. There’s a reason that he can sell out ten nights in the same venue, and a large part of the reason is his song selection. Each night brings a different setlist. And the varying differences aren’t one or two songs, they are several. Sure, “Born To Run,” and choice selections from the current album are always going to be played, but after that, all bets are off.
Over the 15 concerts that I have attended, I was witness to 128 different songs. Of the 12 Kiss concerts I’ve seen, I was witness to 39 different songs. Springsteen mixes it up unlike any other performer. He knows that his fans love and want to hear any song in his repertoire and The Boss rewards his fans. Lately, he’s been known to grab sign requests from the crowd and play one of those songs on the spot. Even if it isn’t an E-Street Band song, the band will give it a shot, and almost always nail the performance. Who else has the gusto to pull off a move like that?
What’s most effective about a Springsteen concert is the way that he connects to his fans through the power of rock and roll. Springsteen (and the entire E-Street Band) give their best performance every night. They don’t have “off” nights. Prior to the start of a tour, the rehearsals are long and intense. Springsteen makes certain of that. A perfectionist to the bitter end, The Boss doesn’t want anything going wrong when it is time for the show to go live, even when he’s calling out an audible and changing the next song in the set on a whim. The E-Street Band is prepared and ready for it.
An amazing guitarist, an incredible storyteller, and a perfect showman, Bruce Springsteen is the epitome of what every rock musician should aspire to. He knows his fans and knows how to make them react. If you’re sitting on your ass at a Springsteen show, he’ll call you out for it. There’s no sitting during a rock concert, and Springsteen makes sure that everyone knows this. His passion for music and live performing are ever present and really shape the framework of his concerts. You will never see another artist like Bruce Springsteen. The rabid fans are rabid because Springsteen has spent a lifetime making believers out of them.
The E-Street Band are currently set to head out on a long tour this spring, spend the summer in Europe, and then most likely be back in the states for the fall. If you’ve never seen Bruce Springsteen in concert, this is your best chance. The older the band gets, the more uncertain his fans become of how much longer he will be able (or want) to tour. If you don’t have tickets for the spring leg, then you probably have t wait until the fall as most Springsteen concerts sell out in minutes. However, if you do get the opportunity to purchase tickets, take advantage of that opportunity. If you love hard rock, you are going to really love Bruce Springsteen in concert. The E-Street Band are one of those rare group of performers that can actually justify high ticket prices. They are a band that all hard rock bands should hold up as an inspiration.
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Swedish Rock band ANGELINE now have got a second video clip from their current album “Disconnected” available. Check out the video for the track “Run, Run, Run” below!
Alt/rockers Redlight King have hit Top Ten at Active Rock Radio with their new song “Bullet In My Hand,” with many markets showing the song in their Top Five including Chicago, Phoenix and Nashville. To cap it off, Redlight King will perform “Bullet In My Hand” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC Thursday, February 23 at 11:30pm (check local listings).
Redlight King will also be joining the likes of Korn, Evanenscence and Chevelle at this year’s Carolina Rebellion, followed by appearances at Rock on the Range alongside
Incubus, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, etc., and at Rocklahoma! sharing the stage with Megadeath, Rob Zombie, Slash and more (dates below).
5/5 Rockingham, NC – Carolina Rebellion@ Rockingham Speedway
5/18-20 Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range @ Columbus Crew Stadium
5/25-27 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma! @ Pryor Festival Grounds
Check out Red Light King’s video, “Bullet In My Hand” below!
Hysterica started working on the album The Art of Metal in mid-2010 when the keyboardist Marydeath joined the band. The band did a lot of experimenting with the new sound, since they hadn’t worked with keyboard combined with guitar previously. The new sound has developed a broader spectrum. Anni De Vil has also augmented her singing techniques by incorporating both extreme singing as well as clean singing in the new songs. Early in the process of creating the album, the band contacted the producers Pontus Norgren and Marcus Jidell who have produced The Art of Metal in the best way possible. All members of the band have taken part in creating the lyrics for the new songs.
Hysterica has been working with visual artists who have been tasked with interpreting seven of the songs on The Art of Metal their respective medium. The artists involved a metal sculptor, a graphic artist, a photographer, a potter, an author, a painter and a tattoo artist, who have been given free rein to interpret a song each in their medium.
Four digital singles have been released during 2011 from the album The Art of Metal in conjunction with the release of the first single Force of Metal. Hysterica was featured on TV4 nyhetsmorgon where they played Force of Metal and Heels of Steel live on the show. The artist Bo Andersson also took part of the show and showed off his metal sculpture and discussed the project surrounding the Art of Metal..
Hysterica has toured Sweden, Europe and Russia, playing both in clubs and on larger stages like the Sweden Rock Festival (SWE) and the Hardrock Hell Festival (UK)
Anni De Vil – Vocals
Bitchie – Lead Guitar
Satanica – Bass Guitar
Marydeath – Keyboards
Hell´n – Drums
1. Breaking the Walls
2. Fighters of the century
3. Live or Die
4. Spirit of the Age
6. Fear of the Light
10. Daughters of the Night
14th of March – Release party at Göta Källare, Stockholm
11th of May – Westbay Heaven And Hell Festival, Västervik
28th of July – Åmot Rock On
Tour is being planned for Sweden, Europe and
Brazil / Latin America 2012-2013
Check out the Promo Clip below!
Hot off the heels of a successful tour of Spain, The Last Vegas returned home to Chicago, IL on Tuesday only to learn that they would be packing up and hitting the road again to travel to Atlantic City, NJ to open for Guns ‘N Roses at the House Of Blues this Friday, February 24th. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.
The band’s year is off to a busy start with the tour of Spain and the support slot with Guns ‘N Roses in Atlantic City. The Last Vegas was embraced with open arms by their legions of new fans in Spain and a portion of the video footage that is available from that tour can be seen here. Check out the band’s Facebook page for even more footage and photos from the tour. The band officially started debuting new songs live on “the Other Side Tour” in Spain and will do the same in Atlantic City.
After extensive touring with some of rock’s biggest acts (Motley Crue, AC/DC, Buckcherry, New York Dolls, Papa Roach) in support of their last studio release, 2009’s Whatever Gets You Off (Eleven Seven), The Last Vegas returned to their hometown of Chicago in 2011 to record new tracks for the follow-up album with Grammy nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Airbourne) at Groovemaster Studios. The album is finished and the Last Vegas will be releasing their new yet-to-be titled full-length with a new label partner in 2012 and extensive touring is planned for the rest of the year.
In November 2011, The Last Vegas released a preview of the upcoming full length, the “Other Side” E.P. both digitally and on a limited-edition CD. A video for the title track was produced by and stars legendary Hollywood scream-queen, Sybil Danning (Howling II, Halloween, Werewolf Women of the SS). You can view it here. Digital copies of the EP can be obtained here and a special bundle package of the physical copy here.
The Last Vegas are a rock band hailing from Chicago, IL. Their music draws influence from ’70s classic rock and glam, ’80s hard rock and heavy metal and garage and punk rock while at the same time maintaining a unique sound all their own. The band is comprised of guitarists Adam Arling and Johnny Wator, drummer Nate Arling, bassist Danny Smash and vocalist Chad Cherry.
The Last Vegas On The Web:
OVERKILL have released a second behind the scenes episode giving fans an inside look into the studio during the making of their new record “The Electric Age.” This new episode focuses on what mindset the band was in when they entered the studio and overall theme they wanted to capture. The band explains their theory on why they’ve been together so long and bassist DD Verni showcases how big of a NY Giant fan he really is. Click HERE or the images above to view the video.
OVERKILL will released their 16th full length studio album entitled “The Electric Age” on March 27, 2012. The record will be released in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records on March 30, 2012. You can now pre-order and preview the recrod on iTunes HERE.
The band recently announced new details around their upcoming “ELECTRIC AGE TOUR.” Supporting will be GOD FORBID, DIAMOND PLATE and SUDIKARA. Dates will stretch coast to coast and run through April and May, click HERE for up to date ticket information.
The band is also featured in the latest issue of Decibel Magazine, the band’s legendary record “Years Of Decay” has been inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame.
OVERKILL leaked the first behind the scenes episode a few weeks ago. The first episode outlines the recording process they used for their upcoming new record. Recorded at GEAR Studios, owned and operated by bassist D.D. Verni, the video outlines specific gear and techniques used and how it had shaped the bands raw unfiltered sound over the last few releases. View the video HERE.
OVERKILL is Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (vocals), D.D. Verni (Bass, Backing vocals), Derek “The Skull” Tailer (Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals), Dave Linsk (Lead guitar, Backing vocals) and Ron Lipnicki (Drums).
Over 80 million albums sold worldwide. 12 Top 10 smash hit singles. Thousands of concerts performed. The time has come for the ultimate convergence of Rock’s finest from the Midwest. REO Speedwagon, STYX and Ted Nugent will join forces for “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” 30-date U.S. tour. Rolling out May 1 in Hidalgo, TX, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 22.
Check out the brand new video “Back In The Game” from Jack Blades!
The song is the first single from Jack Blades’ forthcoming album ROCK N’ ROLL RIDE. The video imparts a strong patriotic message of the debt of gratitude owed to the military of this nation. Blades, a longtime fan of talk show host Sean Hannity, recently appeared on the “Hannity” television show and an instant bond was established melding the political world with the rock music world. Jack Blades commented, “Sean’s a great guy but he needs work on his onstage rock moves…I’m just the guy to teach him!”
ROCK N’ ROLL RIDE is due out on March 27th in North America via Frontiers Records and features contributions from Blades’ Night Ranger bandmates Brad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Joel Hoekstra and Eric Levy, as well as a special guest appearance by Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander. Click here to download the cover art. Click here to pre-order the physical album on Amazon and here to pre-order the digital album on iTunes.
Jack Blades is a frontman, lead singer, bassist, songwriter, and producer as well as a founding member of the highly-successful arena rock band, Night Ranger and supergroup Damn Yankees (along with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw from Styx) and the highly-regarded Shaw/Blades. Throughout his remarkable career Blades has sold over 25 million albums, performed in front of millions of fans worldwide and collaborated with some of rock’s most legendary artists. With a career spanning three decades, Blades has recorded with, penned songs and produced albums for some of the music industry’s biggest names including Aerosmith, Cher, Ringo Star, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Styx, Ted Nugent, Motley Crue and Vince Neil. His music has been featured in movies such as Armageddon, Boogie Nights, Tommy Boy, television shows such as “South Park” and “American Dad,” the hit Broadway musical (and soon-to-be released major motion picture) Rock of Ages and the wildly successful videogame series “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero”. With Blades’ songwriting, driving guitars, stage antics and on the strength of Night Ranger’s songs “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “Rock in America,” “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “Sentimental Street”, along with the Damn Yankees hits “High Enough” and “Coming of Age”, Blades’ legacy continues to inspire generations while still being written.
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Kruk, a Polish Hard Rock band, finally revealed their “In Reverie” video. The song is taken from their second studio album “It Will Not Come Back” (released by Metal Mind Productions in 2011) and features guest appearance by Doogie White. This charismatic singer is best known to the wide audience for his cooperation with such bands as Midnight Blue, Rainbow, Cornerstore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rata Blanca and most recently Tank or La Paz.
CD AND SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE CD WITH BONUS TRACKS SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 27 ON 429 RECORDS
All Star Lineup Contributes To All New Recordings of “Teaser” Tracks Performing Alongside Bolin
Guests Include Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa and Others.
In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres—rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others. Along with a much lauded solo career that, pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976. Not to be overlooked, there’s been much written about the guitar wunderkind and now a top notch roster of players have signed on to pay tribute to Bolin on GREAT GYPSY SOUL. Produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes, it’s a remarkable project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin’s playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album “Teaser.” Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project), Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Glenn Hughes and Myles Kennedy all contribute to this amazing project. GREAT GYPSY SOUL will be released on 429 Records on March 27 in both a single CD format and double CD with bonus tracks. A series of promotional concerts are also in the works.
Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70’s as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique, catching the attention of rock tastemakers and guitar legend peers. It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. With the release of his second solo album “Private Eyes”, what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.
Says Warren Haynes: “Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy—all share in acknowledging his place in rock history. Watching (and hearing) it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own—well worth the travel.”
- The Grind w/ Peter Frampton
- Teaser w/ Warren Haynes
- Dreamer w/ Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline
- Savannah Woman w/ John Scofield
- Smooth Fandango w/ Derek Trucks
- People People w/ Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson
- Wild Dogs w/ Brad Whitford
- Homeward Strut w/ Steve Lukather
- Sugar Shack w/ Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth
- Crazed Fandango w/ Steve Morse
- Lotus w/ Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline
Disc 2 Bonus CD
- Flying Fingers w/ Oz Noy and Nels Cline
- Marching Bag –Movement One w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth
- Marching Bag—Movement Two w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton
- Marching Bag—Movement Three w/ Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa
- Marching Bag—Movement Four w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton
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429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia, the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
MEGADETH AND ROB ZOMBIE
ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING TOUR
TREK KICKS OFF MAY 11; INCLUDES HIGH-PROFILE ROCK FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
AND WRAPS MAY 26 AT ROCKLAHOMA
Metal heavyweights MEGADETH and ROB ZOMBIE have just announced a co-headlining tour guaranteed to raise the temperature on the planet. The trek–which marks the first time the two bands have toured together–kicks off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and encompasses high-profile rock festival appearances including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, where the tour wraps on Saturday, May 26. A list of confirmed dates is below. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.megadeth.com.
The tour will come on the heels of MEGADETH’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival GIGANTOUR, created and curated by frontman DAVE MUSTAINE. Rave reviews have poured in for the festival, which also features MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. “The return of Gigantour, a nicely curated package tour of heavy metal bands, is just one more step in a great run underway by Megadeth,” wrote the Boston Globe. “It was a smart and well-paced show, one that illuminated metal’s various angles (1/31/12).”
2011 also marked the release of MEGADETH’s 13th album, the appropriately titled Th1rt3en. Released November 1 on Roadrunner Records, the album debuted #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album also landed on international charts including Top 10 placements in Argentina, Finland, Korea and Japan. MEGADETH– MUSTAINE, drummer SHAWN DROVER, guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK and bassist DAVID ELLEFSON–also received their tenth Grammy nomination for this project, earning a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their single “Public Enemy #1.” The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category was, eerily, category #13.
This will be ROB ZOMBIE’s first concert tour since last summer’s “Hell on Earth” co-headline trek with Slayer. ZOMBIE spent last fall and winter shooting his sixth feature film, “The Lords of Salem” that he wrote and directed and is making with the producers of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. With principal photography completed, the film is currently in post-production. Never one to play it safe, ZOMBIE–with guitarist JOHN 5, bassist PIGGY D and GINGER FISH on drum–will bring his legendary stage show out in full force on these dates.
With more dates to be added, check out MEGADETH and ROB ZOMBIE in the following cities:
DATE CITY VENUE
5/11 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
5/12 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
5/16 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
5/18 Grand Rapids, MI The Deltaplex
5/20 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range
5/22 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
5/24 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
5/25 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the release of the first new album in 18 years from New Jersey rockers Tyketto: DIG IN DEEP is due out on April 20th in Europe and April 24th in North America and features the original line-up. With recent appearances at Sweden Rock, Download, Firefest, Hard Rock Hell and Hard in Rio, the band realized they still had a huge fan base worldwide and the timing was perfect for a new album. The first single, “Faithless,” can be exclusively streamed on Frontiers Records’ web radio now following this link: www.frontiers.it/webradio. Please see below for the album’s complete track listing. Tyketto will headline Firefest in the United Kingdom in October, 2012.
Formed in New Jersey in 1990, Tyketto released their major label debut DON’T COME EASY in 1991. The album contained the hit AOR songs “Forever Young” and “Seasons” as well as “Wings” and “End Of The Summer Days,” whose respective videos, along with “Forever Young,” were in heavy rotation on MTV. Tyketto has sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide. Tyketto is: Danny Vaughn (lead vocals), Brooke St. James (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jimi Kennedy (bass/backing vocals) and Michael Clayton (drums/backing vocals).
Tyketto DIG IN DEEP track listing includes the following songs:
2. Love To Love
3. Here’s Hoping It Hurts
4. Battle Lines
5. The Fight Left In Me
8. Dig In Deep
9. Sound Off
10. Let This One Slide
11. This Is How We Say Goodbye
CHICKENFOOT, the super group featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar have announced A DIFFERENT DEVIL TOUR in continued support of their newest record “Chickenfoot III” (eOne Music/earMUSIC/Edel). “The Foot are road tested and ready to roll and can’t wait to play the new songs for the fans!” says front man Sammy Hagar. The tour will kick off May 4th in Lake Tahoe, NV and BLACK STONE CHERRYhas been tapped to support.
The band’s second hit single, “Different Devil” has hit #13 with a bullet on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock Chart and #5 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart. This will be the bands first full US run since 2009.
CHICKENFOOT released “Chickenfoot III” late last year to much critical praise, “It’s hard to hate big-boned butt rock from guys clearly making it because they still love the form,” says ROLLING STONE.
BILLBOARD says, “It’s a rare case of a group that’s equal to – or perhaps even greater than – the sum of its parts…this is an album that really wins hearts with its granite thump’n’roll.” USA TODAY went as far to say that “Chickenfoot III” could be “the beginning of a riff-driven renaissance.” The band recently earned a GRAMMY nomination for the “Best Recording Package,” for the creative 3D design.
The first single, “Big Foot,” debuted at #1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart holding the position for 11 weeks. “Chickenfoot III” debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 100 and follows the band’s 2009 debut album, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 100 and was certified gold for sales over 500,000 units by the Recording Industry Association of America.
CHICKENFOOT is also partnering with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, for a second time to encourage fans to help alleviate some of the effects of the economy. In addition to ensuring a fair priced ticket, the band will make donations to a local food bank in each market and encourages fans to do the same. To find your Feeding America member food bank, click HERE.
Different Devil Tour Dates:
5/4/12 Lake Tahoe, NV
Harrah’s Hotel & Casino
5/5/12 Lake Tahoe, NV
Harrah’s Hotel & Casino
5/9/12 Denver, CO
The Fillmore Aud.
5/11/12 Minneapolis, MN
5/12/12 Chicago, IL
5/14/12 Detroit, MI
5/16/12 Boston, MA
5/18/12 Atlantic City, NJ
House Of Blues
5/19/12 Uncasville, CT
5/21/12 New York, NY
5/23/12 St. Louis, MO
5/25/12 Thackerville, OK
5/27/12 Pryor, OK
Catch the Fever Festival Grounds (Rocklahoma)
5/29/12 Houston, TX
Bayou Music Center
5/31/12 Tucson, AZ
Anselmo Valencia Amphetheater
6/1/12 Las Vegas, NV
6/3/12 Portland, OR
6/5/12 Vancouver, BC
Queen Elizabeth Theater
6/6/12 Seattle, WA
6/10/12 Los Angeles, CA
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