BRITISH SUPERGROUP CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY WITH UK TOUR AND 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM
Thirty years after its eponymous debut album, ASIA ascended to the top of the Billboard Top 100 chart (where it remained No.1 for nine consecutive weeks), the legendary British classic rock band returns with a brand new studio album, a 30th Anniversary edition of their debut album, 2 DVDs, and a world tour that includes UK, Europe, Japan and America.
ASIA will release their new studio album “XXX” (pronounced Triple X) on Frontiers Records on June 29th in Europe and July 3rd in North America. The new record, produced by Mike Paxman, which is being hailed as ASIA’s best album since its classic early 80s releases, will be released as a CD, collector’s edition CD/DVD (featuring new music videos and behind the scenes footage), and on vinyl (limited edition Europe only). Original artwork for “XXX” album courtesy of Roger Dean.
The first single taken from the highly anticipated new album is entitled “Face On The Bridge”, released worldwide on May 14th. The videoclip can be seen on Youtube now:
“We’re very pleased with, and confident about XXX,” says John Wetton. “It encapsulates, lyrically and instrumentally, the essence of ASIA today. However, it is the very same four people that gave you the original, iconic album 30 years ago. If you loved it then, you will love it now.”
“We wanted to recapture the energy of the first album,” adds ASIA’s guitarist, Steve Howe. “ASIA has always been about great songs, and fantastic musicianship. I’m sure fans of the first album, will fall in love with XXX.”
“XXX” CD EDITION – TRACK LISTING
1. Tomorrow The World (Wetton/Downes) 6:47
2. Bury Me In Willow (Wetton/Downes) 6:01
3. No Religion (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 6:36
4. Faithful (Wetton/Downes) 5:37
5. I Know How You Feel (Wetton/Downes) 4:53
6. Face On The Bridge (Wetton/Downes) 5:59
7. Al Gatto Nero (Wetton/Downes) 4:36
8. Judas (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 4:43
9. Ghost Of A Chance (Wetton/Downes) 4:21
Total Time 49:41
“XXX” SPECIAL EDITION 11-TRACK CD (+ BONUS DVD) – TRACK LISTING
1. Tomorrow The World (Wetton/Downes) 6:47
2. Bury Me In Willow (Wetton/Downes) 6:01
3. No Religion (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 6:36
4. Faithful (Wetton/Downes) 5:37
5. I Know How You Feel (Wetton/Downes) 4:53
6. Face On The Bridge (Wetton/Downes) 5:59
7. Al Gatto Nero (Wetton/Downes) 4:36
8. Judas (Howe/Wetton/Downes) 4:43
9. Reno (Silver and Gold) (Howe/Wetton) 5:15 (Bonus Track)
10. Ghost Of A Chance (Wetton/Downes) 4:21
11. I Know How You Feel (Midnight Mix) (Wetton/Downes) 5:23 (Bonus Track)
Total Time: 60:20
1. Face On The Bridge (Music Video) (4:33)
2. Faithful (Music Video) (4:34)
3. The Making of XXX (Featurette) (20:33)
Total Time: 29:40
In addition ASIA has also completed “Resonance”, a DVD concert film of the group’s 2010/2011 Omega World Tour, captured live in Switzerland which will be released later in the fall.
To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, ASIA will release a collector’s edition box set based on their legendary 1982 eponymous debut album, supported by a myriad of ASIA releases in 2012. The 30th anniversary edition of their debut album will feature 2 audio CDs (a re-mastered edition of the debut album, plus a CD of live rare tracks), an expansive historical booklet, a limited edition ASIA T-shirt, goodies from ASIA’s 1982 tour, plus a DVD of the new band documentary: ASIA – 30 Years On. A newly commissioned painting by Roger Dean updates the symbolic dragon and pearl from 1982 to 2012, the Year of The Water Dragon (in the Chinese calendar).
Confirmed tour dates so far include:
24th September – Tokyo Shibuya Kokaido
25th September – Tokyo Shibuya Kokaido
26th September – Osaka Sankei Hall Breeze
27th September – Zepp Nagoya
17th October Red Bank, NJ Count Basie
18th October Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
19th October Westbury, NY Westbury Theater
20th October Philadelphia, PA Keswick
21st October Wilmington, DE Opera House
23rd October Syracuse, NY Turning Stone Casino
25th October Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
26th October Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
27th October NY, NY Best Buy Theater
28th October York, PA Strand Capital
2nd September – Weyfest Festival, Weyfest, UK
15th December – The Wharf, Tavistock, UK
16th December – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK
17th December – Queens Hall, Edinburgh, UK
18th December – TBA
19th December – City Hall, Salisbury, UK
20th December – Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
21st December – RNCM, Manchester, UK
22nd December – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Carl Palmer – drums
John Wetton – bass and vocals
Trixter fans worldwide can click here to witness the worldwide premiere of the video for “Tattoos & Misery”. The song is the first single from Trixter’s forthcoming album NEW AUDIO MACHINE, their first new offering in twenty years. Trixter guitarist Steve Brown wrote the song with band members PJ Farley and Mark “Gus” Scott, as well as hit songmaker Xandy Barry (Back Street Boys, Miley Cyrus, Redlight King). The video was edited by Shawn Card (Lit, Eve 6), directed by Trixter and John Covington and shot on location at Inkbomb Tattoo in Chandler, AZ and Lightroom Studios in West Milford, NJ. The video also features model Kandyk. Steve Brown commented, “‘Tattoos & Misery’ rocks! Classic Trixter sound…I know all of our fans around the world will love it and the video was a blast to make.” Click here to preorder NEW AUDIO MACHINE.
NEW AUDIO MACHINE will be released on April 24th in North America via Frontiers Records. Featuring the band’s original line-up, the album is produced by Steve Brown with extra production and engineering by Chuck Alkazian (Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Tesla) and includes songwriting contributions by Skid Row’s Snake Sabo and Rachel Bolan and Styx’s Glen Burtnik. Trixter will take to the road beginning in May to support the new offering; please see below for tour dates.
Northern New Jersey’s Trixter’s self-titled debut album (1990) spawned three monster hit singles/videos with “Give It To Me Good”, “One in a Million” and “Surrender”, as well as an RIAA-certified Gold album. Trixter has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan. They have performed in arenas and amphitheaters with crowds of up to 35,000 and have appeared live on numerous television and radio programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Pay-Per-View, VH-1, MTV, Z-Rock and MetalShop. Trixter has shared the stage with such rock heavyweights as Kiss, Boston, The Scorpions, Poison, Vince Neil, Cinderella, Warrant, Slaughter, Winger, Skid Row, Great White, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Stryper, Dokken and more. The band recently nabbed the #29 spot on VH-1’s “Top 40 Hair Bands of All Time” countdown.
Trixter is Pete Loran (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Steve Brown (lead guitar/harmonica/backing vocals), P.J. Farley (bass/backing vocals) and Gus Scott (drums/percussion/backing vocals).
Trixter tour dates:
10 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
12 Vienna, WV Yellowbeard’s
9 Fargo, ND Fargo Rib Fest
13 Chesaning, MI Showboat Music Festival
26 Royalton, MN Halfway Jam
6 Sturgis, SD Easyriders Saloon
20 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den At Mohegan Sun
22 Standish, ME Memorylane Music Hall
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Van Halen’s long awaited album “A Different Kind of Truth” has been out for a couple of months now. The band has released two videos “Tattoo and “She’s A Woman”. The Other half, aka Chickenfoot featuring former Van Halen member’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, has also released a couple of video clips (“Bigfoot”and “I Need A Job”) since their album was released last September.
Which band has released the better videos? That is up to you decide. Cast your vote below!
She’s A Woman
I Need A Job
Oxygen is a band from Sweden that excels in high quality Melodic Rock with an 80’s tinge.
Tony Niva began his musical career 1987 with a metal act called Zanity. They only recorded one demo-tape which was never to be released for the public masses. Tony also appeared on the single Down Town released with Swedish Erotica somewhere around 1988. After the sessions in Gothenburg Tony was a member in several musical acts around on his home ground regions, such as Malibu Band, Tracy Goes Crazy and Axia.
The band NIVA released “No Capitulation” in Japan in 1994. After this first NIVA release there was not much activity in terms of live performances, instead Tony composed own made material during that period.
At that point Tony was moving his musical direction from the metal genre. He made an appearance with the band Lion’s Share and they released the album “Entrance”.
Niva have now changed their musical prowess to more of the AOR and Melodic Rock style of direction, the new band is called Oxygen and the album is “Final Warning”. What this album is all about is highly infectious melodies and great songs. Oxygen have a knack of turning out great tunes, in the manner of Treat and such other great Swedish bands but they seem to have captured that great American / Canadian vibe of the early eighties, and vocally Tony sounds a little like Lou Nadeau of “Wrabit” so you can be sure they stand out from the crowd!
Oxygen are like a breath of fresh air and they put so much passion into their songs, this fantastic album should be a big hit with all those who love Scandinavian Melodic rock but also love how it was originally done in the 80’s on the other side of the Atlantic.
1- Janitor of Love
2- Anything for you
3- When tomorrow never comes
4- I remember
5- Gold from the future
6- We must fight
7- I wanna know for sure
8- Bring Back The Joy
9- Best days of our lives
Tony Niva / Lead Vocals, backing vocals
Roger Ljunggren / All Guitars
Marcus Persson / keyboard, backing vocals
Bengan Andersson / Drums
The Yellow and Black Attack is back – STRYPER is about to embark in a string of select dates world- wide starting May 10that Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago.
STRYPER is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features “All Original Members”. They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums. Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.
Looking back over the past 25 years, STRYPER is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s “100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music” and the band’s popular power ballad “Honestly” became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV. Their pop-rock hit “Calling On You”, also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with “Honestly” being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 STRYPER found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering.
“After almost 30 years in this business, we are blessed to be able to continue doing what we love most – making music,” explains Michael Sweet, lead singer/ lead guitarist and songwriter. “God has blessed us with talents and abilities so we plan to continue on this path as long as God calls us to do so.”
TOUR DATES – (more to come)
5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI
7.06.12 Seaside festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India
Over 25 years later the band continues to deliver an inspiring message with their electrifying stage show, performing in front of audiences worldwide. For more information go to: www.stryper.com.
Benedictum are proud to announce their continued collaboration with Jeff Pilson on the development of their next release via Frontiers Records!!!!
The result will bring back the magic Benedictum and Jeff Pilson captured during their earlier releases from “Seasons of Tragedy” and their 2006 debut “Uncreation”.
This year and 2013 will be an exciting year for Benedictum with their recent addition of new drummer Rikard Stjernquist known for his exceptional talent in Jag Panzer for 25 years.
Jeff Pilson known for his extensive list of musicianship with legendary acts Dokken and Dio, while currently with Foreigner and producer for Adler’s Appetite.
Jeff Pilson states: “I’m very excited about producing the new Benedictum record. I’m very passionate about their music and love working with the band. V’s vocals, Pete’s guitars, the band’s energy and the songs are all something that are very close to my heart. This record will be their crowning achievement- of that I have no doubts!”
Benedictum was formed in 2005. After being noticed by Craig Goldy (Dio, Guiffria, Budgie) the wheels were set in motion and eventually lead to their debut CD “Uncreation”.
Coming soon will be more exciting news regarding their next release!!!!!!
Benedictum is Veronica Freeman (lead vocals), Pete Wells (lead guitar), Chris Shrum (bass) and Rikard Stjernquist (drums/percussion).
Benedictum discography includes “Uncreation”, “Seasons of Tragedy”, and “Dominion”.
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Facebook Band Page: http://www.facebook.com/Benedictum.Official
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Record Label: http://www.frontiers.i
Sometimes when a band releases a cover song, fans scratch their heads and say “what were they thinking?” Sometimes fans think to themselves, “Hey, that wasn’t so bad. That’s a pretty cool cover.” And then there are times when a band covers a song so well that no other version is remembered. In some instances, fans don’t even realize that it is a cover song. Here are five such songs that bands have made their own, by recording a version so memorable, it destroys the original.
Faster Pussycat – You’re So Vain
Originally recorded by Lite FM radio darling Carly Simon, Faster Pussycat’s version of “You’re So Vain” is one of the best cover songs ever recorded by any band anywhere. Their dedication to the song and the transformation from sappy, easy rock, to sleazy hair metal, was brilliant. Converting this song into a metal mainstay had to be a painstaking chore, but Faster Pussycat did it with conviction. Anytime that I hear the original version, I immediately think of the (far superior) Faster Pussycat version and have to crank it on my I-Pod. Taime Down’s vocals are exceptional on this recording, and the power that the band put into their version is superb. Faster Pussycat made “You’re So Vain” a fun song. And while the theme of the song is still the same, there is something about the Faster Pussycat version that makes it too enjoyable to be considered a “sad” song. Whenever I think of great cover songs, this is the first one that comes to mind.
Van Halen – Ice Cream Man
Take one old blues tune, add one screaming Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, and a lot of David Lee Roth scat-doo-bop-wop, and you have the musical recipe for a delicious cover song. Originally recorded by John Brim in 1953, this blues classic became a fan favorite and a staple of the Van Halen catalog. If you’ve ever heard the original version of this song, then you know how Van Halen drastically changed it. They took a slow picked, harmonica blues song, and turned it into a powerful riff driven, screaming rock song. Prior to Van Halen’s version, a lesser known cover by Tom Waits had been recorded. However, it was Van Halen’s version of this song that brought it the fame. Most fans didn’t even realize it was a cover song, mistaking it to be a VH original. And while the original is decent and maintains the same semblance of the modern version, it is the Van Halen style that put their stamp on this song and made it their own. Van Halen would go on to record many more cover tunes over the years, but none were as fantastic as “Ice Cream Man.”
Charm City Devils – Man of Constant Sorrow
New to this list is the recently released “Man Of Constant Sorrow” by Charm City Devils. For reasons that are similar to Van Halen’s recording of “Ice Cream Man,” Charm City Devils took an old folk song (well over 100 years old) and put their own smoking riffs to it, resulting in a hard rock beauty that is quickly climbing the charts. While Charm City Devils is currently known for their party anthem “Let’s Rock And Roll,” that could quickly change as “Man Of Constant Sorrow” could become their signature song. They’ve already killed any other cover versions that exist (and there are plenty) with their hard rocking version, so it’s safe to say that it’s only a matter of time before people (and fans) forget that this is not a Charm City Devils original.
Tesla – Little Suzi
For years, I never knew that this was a cover song. It wasn’t until I saw Tesla in concert with Rob Rockitt that he filled me in to the fact that “Little Suzi” was not a Tesla original. Originally recorded by PhD as “Little Suzi’s On The Up,” Tesla took an electronic keyboard, almost unlistenable song and made it a modern day rocker. If you’ve never heard the original version and want to see the stark contrast between Tesla’s version and the original recording by PhD, look it up online. It is amazing to see how drastically this song was changed. Tesla took a garbage song (PhD’s version is terrible) and recorded one of their greatest songs ever. Tesla may be forever known as the band that recorded “Love Song,” but their transformation of “Little Suzi” is truly one of the defining moments of their career.
Guns N Roses – Knocking On Heaven’s Door
Whenever I hear Guns N Roses version of “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” I always forget that this was originally done by Bob Dylan. While Dylan did a great, haunting original, Guns N Roses took this song and truly made it their own. What Guns added to this song was the missing element of power. When Axl leads the crescendo into a scream toward the end of the song (Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door….yeah!), I get chills. Although released on Use Your Illusion II, Guns had been covering this song since their early days on the strip. The years of live play, gave the band time to hone their signature sound on “Knocking On Heaven’s Door.” A finer version of this song is not known to me, and that includes the original.
I’m sure that there are many other cover songs that could have made this list, so don’t be surprised to see a couple of sequels to this post in the future. What cover songs can you think of that a band has made their own? Drop a line in the comments section and share your opinion.
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Devil’s Train, featuring ex-Stratovarius drummer Jörg Michael, Mystic Prophecy’s mainman/producer R.D. Liapakis, guitarist Laki Ragazas, as well as bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Evergrey, Stratovarius), have released the second video, ‘Sweet Devil’s Kiss’ from their self-titled debut album. Check it out below!
This song is from Devil’s Train new self titled album, which is available at this link!
Here’s a statement from Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, who appeared on “American Bandstand” in 1985:
So sad hearing the news that Dick Clark died. Such an awesome man. I appeared several times on his productions. One of my favorites was on this clip. I remember just having gotten lingual braces (the hidden ones that go on the back side of your teeth) and as you can tell I was still getting used to speaking with them. He and his wife Kari were incredibly gracious and I will always remember how their gentle ways trickled down through the ranks at Dick Clark Productions. He’s up there with Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan as pioneers in entertainment. He was a class act whose joy came through in all that he created for us to enjoy.
Redlight King have just unveiled a month long US tour kicking off April 24th in Odessa, TX at Dos Amigos. For the first set of dates, the band will be playing alongside Buckcherry and Durbin, followed by festival appearances, opening slots for Slash, and ending with a headlining gig at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom (full schedule below).
The festival appearances that the band will be making include Buzzfest, Carolina Rebellion with Korn, Evanenscence and Chevelle, Rock on the Range with Incubus, Shinedown, and Marilyn Manson, and Rocklahoma with Creed, Rob Zombie, and Megadeth. It was also announced that Redlight King’s “Comeback” has landed a prime spot on Avengers Assemble, music from and inspired by this year’s highly anticipated film The Avengers. The compilation, which also features Soundgarden, Shinedown, and Rise Against, is due May 1st on Marvel Music/Hollywood Records.
Be sure to check out Redlight King’s video for the single, “Bullet In My Hand,” featured on their debut album, Something For the Pain (available now on iTunes). For more on the band, visit their official site at http://www.redlightkingmusic.com as well as their Facebook and Twitter.
April 21st- Lubbock, TX- The Pavilion at Lone Star Event Center
April 22nd- Wichita Falls, TX-Kay Yeager Coliseum- Buzzfest
April 24th- Odessa, TX- Dos Amigos – with Buckcherry & James Durbin
April 25th- Houston, TX- Warehouse Live – with Buckcherry & James Durbin
April 27th- Sauget, IL- Pop’s Night Club – with Buckcherry & James Durbin
April 28th- El Rino, OK- Lucky Star Casino- with Buckcherry & James Durbin
April 29th- Little Rock, AR- West End Smokehouse & Tavern
May 1st- Louisville, KY- Phoenix Hill Tavern – with Buckcherry
May 3rd- Panama City Beach, FL- Club LaVela- with Buckcherry & James Durbin
May 4th- Columbia, SC – Jillians
May 5th- Rockingham, NC- Rockingham Speedway- Carolina Rebellion
May 7th- Orlando, FL- Hard Rock Live
May 9th- Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
May 11th- Huntsville, AL- Crossroads Music Hall
May 12th- Johnson City, TN – Capones
May 13th- Nashville, TN- Exit/In
May 15th- Lancaster, PA- Chameleon Club
May 16th- Winston-Salem, NC- Ziggy’s- with Buckcherry & James Durbin
May 17th- Baltimore, MD – Power Plant Live – with Buckcherry & James Durbin
May 18th- Huntington, NY- The Paramount – with Buckcherry & James Durbin
May 20th- Columbus, OH – Crew Stadium- Rock On the Range 2012
May 21st- Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights- with Buckcherry & James Durbin
May 22nd- Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 25th- Pryor, OK – Catch The Fever Festival Grounds- Rocklahoma
May 26th-Columbia, MO- The Blue Note
May 27th- Loves Park, IL – Rockford Speedway- WXRX Radio Show
June 29th- Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
July 1st- South Bend, IN- Saint Patrick’s Park- The Bear’s Big Growl
Sept 1st- Hershey, PA- Hershey Stadium
RECORD STORE DAY is nearly here! Saturday, April 21st Warner Bros. Records will have a special series of vinyl albums and singles available in honor of the 5th annual Record Store Day – a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Warner Bros. Records is proud to be an official sponsor of Record Store Day.
Among the most anticipated releases this weekend includes a pair of highly sought-after 7″ vinyl limited edition pressings: Mastodon / Feist split 7″, otherwise referred to as FEISTODON and the Mastodon / Flaming Lips Side By Side 2012 series 7″ single. The members of Mastodon, currently in the middle of an extensive US tour, are avid participants of Record Store Day and wanted fans to know: “Mastodon are proud to uphold their long-standing commitment to supporting Independent Record stores on Record Store Day. The vinyl album and single format remains an important part of our culture and heritage as recording artists and we hope you’ll enjoy our interpretations of these songs by artists we admire and respect.”
Once again, these very special releases are as follows:
Disturbed: The Collection (Vinyl Album Box Set)
We are proud to announce the definitive Disturbed vinyl box-set edition, THE COLLECTION. A five-album, six-disc offering of the band’s complete studio album discography featuring The Sickness (2000), Believe (2002), Ten Thousand Fists (2005), Indestructible (2008), and Asylum (2010). A career retrospective spanning ten years and 18 Billboard Top 100 hits of sophisticated and life-altering heavy music. For this box set, each album has been carefully mastered and pressed on 140-gram vinyl for the very best in audio quality. Each album has been meticulously showcased in a stunning art presentation that is unique and exclusive to this release. This is a limited edition box of only 2500 units worldwide.
Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe and Standard vinyl editions)
What can be said about this classic album that has not been said before? Originally released in 1975 and representing not only a rebirth of the band, with the addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, but really a second debut for a group firmly rooted in the rock genre, now reinventing themselves into a pop rock force in a way that few other artists can lay claim to. The album includes the iconic songs “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Over My Head.” Cut for vinyl at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog tapes and pressed in both 33 rpm and 45 rpm for the very best in audio presentation. A collectible and definitive version for any generation.
Mastodon / Feist “A Commotion”/ “Black Tongue” (7″ vinyl single)
In conjunction with Cherrytree/Interscope Records- A very exclusive and highly anticipated RSD pressing features Mastodon covering the Feist song “A Commotion,” (from her album Metals) while Feist covers Mastodon’s “Black Tongue.” A unique and highly buzzed-about Record Store Day prize.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium (Deluxe 180 Gram vinyl Box Set)
On April 14, 2012, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and to commemorate this historic event, this classic Deluxe box set of the band’s first number one album will be specially priced for Record Store Day. The Deluxe package was mastered for vinyl by Steve Hoffman and includes two 16-page booklets – “Jupiter” and “Mars.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers won four Grammy® Awards for Stadium Arcadium including: Best Rock Album, Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package in addition to Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for their chart-topping, record-breaking single “Dani California.”
Metallica: Beyond Magnetic (12″ color vinyl EP)
Beyond Magnetic consists of four outtakes from the 2008 Death Magnetic sessions and is available for the first time on silver vinyl just for RSD. A potent and exceptionally well-produced example of Metallica’s most recent work, which can hold its own with anything within their vast heavy music cannon. Previously unreleased on vinyl and includes a limited edition Metallica sticker.
T-Rex: The Electric Warrior Singles Box: (Six 7″ vinyl singles)
This RSD exclusive comes housed in a clamshell-box featuring the entire album, plus the non-album b-side “Raw Ramp,” spread across six singles. When combined, the six picture sleeves form an image of T. Rex founder Marc Bolan in his prime. Chris Bellman used the original analog masters to cut each disc at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Misfits: Walk Among Us (Color vinyl album – 3 different colors)
Rhino will also offer three colored-vinyl versions of the Misfits’ WALK AMONG US to mark the 30-year anniversary of the band’s 1982 full-length debut. It is a faithful reproduction of the original with music cut from the original analog masters and packaging that duplicates details down to the printed inner sleeve. The album will be pressed on red (1,250 pieces), blue (1,250 pieces) and clear (500) vinyl. Color variations will be distributed randomly. There will also be a purple vinyl pressing released internationally that will be limited to 1,500 copies.
Side by Side 2012 Series:
A continuation of the well-received Warner Bros Records “Side by Side” series, which was initially introduced in 2011. All are exclusive for Record Store Day on uniquely colored and extremely limited edition 7″ vinyl singles, featuring Warner artists covering other historic and personally influential iconic artists. This year’s series includes:
The Flaming Lips / Mastodon: “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (7″ baby pink vinyl single)
The mighty Mastodon faithfully covers the Lips classic “Spoonful Weighs a Ton,” from The Soft Bulletin album. Ferociously beautiful!
A couple of hard rocking bands will be making special performances on Record Store Day!
Saturday April 21st
Art of Dying – Tunes @1205 Tilton Road Northfield, NJ 08225 – 1:30pm
(609) 241-6917www.tunesonline.net/ – Acoustic Performance + signing
Mastodon – Disc-Go-Round records @ 5734 Mcardle Rd # A Corpus Christi, TX 78412 – 2:00pm (361) 980-0440 http://www.welovecds.com
Signing copies of their two RSD releases: Mastodon / Feist “A Commotion”/ “Black Tongue” (7″ vinyl single) & The Flaming Lips / Mastodon: “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (7″ baby pink vinyl single)
Van Halen has announced several more dates to their U.S. Tour. Check below for dates!
7/7/12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena TICKETS 4/21/12 On Sale Now
7/9/12 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum TICKETS 4/20/12 On Sale Now
7/11/12 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center 4/28/12 5/4/12 On Sale 4/28/12
7/13/12 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center TICKETS 4/23/12 On Sale Now
7/15/12 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena TICKETS 4/23/12 On Sale Now
7/17/12 Rochester NY Blue Cross Arena TICKETS 4/21/12 On Sale Now
7/19/12 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena 4/28/12 5/5/12 On Sale 4/28/12
7/21/12 London, ONT John Labatt Centre TICKETS 4/20/12 On Sale Now
7/24/12 Toledo, OH Huntington Center 4/28/12 5/5/12 On Sale 4/28/12
7/26/12 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena 4/28/12 5/5/12 On Sale 4/28/12
7/28/12 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena 4/28/12 5/4/12 On Sale 4/28/12
7/31/12 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County Memorial Coliseum 4/28/12 5/5/12 On Sale 4/28/12
8/2/12 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center 4/23/12 4/30/12 On Sale 4/23/12
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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of a brand new JORN studio album : “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America.
Following a three year silence since the release of “Spirit Black”, JORN unleashes upon the world yet another original studio album “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land”: another slab of classic Hard Rock with Metal elements! “I think this album follows a similar JORN-tradition like those before, more Heavy Rock oriented than Metal” says Jorn “But as usual it’s not one musical expression all the way through the album, but a variety of musical landscapes within the categories of Rock and Metal”.
A winning formula should not change, so Jorn has again worked with Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark, who mixed the album, ensuring the right edge to the rich guitar and vocal sound that is now trademark to all JORN releases. The lineup sees the return of Jimmy Iversen on guitar who also appeared on “Spirit Black”. The pairing with Tore Moren works really well and gives Jorn’s sound the usual depth and solidity.
As usual, in addition to the original material, Jorn offers some interesting covers. This time Masterplan’s “Time to Be King” and Christopher Cross’ “Ride Like The Wind” are the ones to get the Jorn treatment. “When we wrote “Time To Be King” I heard a different and more rock oriented arrangement in my mind” tells Jorn, “so after the Masterplan album was released I couldn’t stop thinking about how it would sound if it was recorded with this other arrangement. I don’t know which one’s better, I have ended up liking both versions. As to Christopher Cross, I have always loved “West Coast” oriented music and bands like 10cc, Pages, Santana, Little River Band, Eagles and so on. So I thought “Ride Like The Wind” would be a good song to do Jorn style. Saxon also released a version of this song in the 80’s, and the arrangement we made ended up beeing a mix between the original version and Saxon’s. It’s also a fun song to sing and play”.
Jorn Lande’s strong and diverse voice and solid songwriting skills have now become legendary in the Hard Rock world. In a career spanning over close to 40 album releases, as frontman for Ark and Masterplan, in addition to featuring on spectacular projects such as Nostradamus The Rock Opera, Beyond Twilight “The Devil’s Hall of Fame”, Tobias Sammet’s “Avantasia” and Ayreon.
“If you buy a Jorn album today, you know what you will get” states Jorn Lande. You are guaranteed to get your adrenaline going with the riveting sound that has solid roots in classic hard rock/heavy metal music, such as Dio, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake.
“Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” will include the following songs:
My Road; Bring Heavy Rock To The Land; A Thousand Cuts; Ride Like The Wind; Chains Around You; The World I See; Time To Be King; Ride To The Guns; Black Morning; I Came To Rock; Live And Let Fly (bonus track).
The title track “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” will be released as a single worldwide on May 14th and can be exclusively listened to in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio http://www.frontiers.it/webradio – A videoclip for the song is in the works and will be directed by Thomas Tjäder (Pretty Maids, In Flames). According to Jorn: “The title track has really a strong Jorn trademark. It was a natural choice for a title track, I felt the same about “Lonely Are The Brave” back in 2008. Sometimes one song’s got the magic and you just know it. “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” is such a song and regardless of how the whole album is evaluated by critics, I feel that this song will live on and become an essential Jorn classic !”
Jorn will appear live in selected shows in Europe during the summer.
Jorn Lande: vocals
Willy Bendiksen: drums
Nic Angileri: bass
Tore Moren: guitar
Jimmy Iversen: guitar
German metallers RUNNING WILD have released a video for the track “Riding On The Tide” from their new album “Shadowmaker” featuring photos and info about the configurations, release dates, new merchandise and the signing sessions and release parties in Germany.
“Shadowmaker” will be released in Germany on April 20th, in Europe on April 23rd and in the US/Canada on April 24th through SPV / Steamhammer in the following configurations:
Pre-order Shadowmaker on Amazon HERE.
=> First edition in complete black jewel case with silver printing and bonus DVD
=> Double Gatefold LP with printed inner sleeves and clear vinyl
1.Piece Of The Action 4:25
2.Riding On The Tide 4:18
3.I am Who I am 4:51
4.Black Shadow 5:13
6.Me & The Boys 5:00
8.Sailing Fire 4:14
9.Into The Black 4:57
SMILE EMPTY SOUL have debuted their brand new single called “Afterlife“ this morning exclusively on Noisecreep. “We’re really excited about ‘Afterlife’ being our first single because it represents our new album very well. It’s dark and heavy, but still has a level of catchiness and memorability.” says front man Seasn Danielsen. Click HERE or the image above to hear the track.
The band will release their brand new record “3’s” on May 22, 2012. This new effort will be a followup effort to “More Anxiety” which was released in 2010. Danielsen continues, “‘3’s’ is the best record we’ve made. It’s more musical and mature, yet still has the ‘Smile’ sound that our fans are looking for.” “3’s” was recorded in the band’s native Southern California at a handful of studios in the Valley and North Hollywood. Producer Eddie Wohl, who worked with the band on “Consciousness”, also manned the board on the new album at his Babyland Studios. The level of comfort with Wohl helped make “3’s” the consistent, tightly constructed album that it is. “He gets us and our sound,” Danielsen said.
Formed in 1998, SMILE EMPTY SOUL has certainly seen the inside of the music business. With a top 10 hit single like “Bottom of a Bottle,” countless tours and a certified gold record under their belt the band shows no signs of stopping now.
I just learned that former Child’s Play singer Brian Jack has passed away. I am dumbfounded and shocked by this terrible news. I have been a fan of Child’s Play for years, and still love their album Rat Race to this very day. I had the pleasure of talking to former Child’s Play drummer John Allen Sunday night, and was just talking about Child’s Play with him.
John posted the following message today:
“I am completely shocked and saddened by the death of Brian Jack. He was one of the most gifted, charismatic artists I have ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. He along with the rest of the guys were the brothers I never had. I will miss him incredibly.”
For those of you who are not familiar with Brian, I have provided a bio on Brian below, courtesy of Gabi Records:
Brian Jack, a Baltimore, Maryland native, has been playing music since he was in high school. From 1984 until 1991, he played in the band Child’s Play, a back to the basics, rock’n roll band. Child’s Play went through several changes before their most known line up, which featured Brian as the lead singer and very dynamic front man, also playing lead and rhythm guitar on many of the songs.
Child’s Play had a very strong following in the Mid-Atlantic area. In 1990, they were signed by Chrysalis Records and soon released their debut album, Rat Race. Child’s Play toured nationwide in support of their release. They had one video, which was also the title track, the song called Rat Race. Their music was played on radio stations nationwide. Although Child’s Play was a great band, it was time to move on. Brian was ready to broaden his horizons and try something new. He had started to grow out of the band that gave him his start in music. He had been wanting to change his musical direction for a while, and had been working on his own material on the side. It was now time to let everyone hear the other side of Brian Jack. In 1991, Brian left Child’s Play to start his solo career in music.
This other side of Brian wanted to play music and sing songs with more mood and feeling to them. Brian has the kind of voice that sounds good whether singing a hard driving rock song or a timeless love song. He has a very strong voice, yet at the same time it has an airiness to it that gives him a very sexy sound. His new musical style features upbeat rock songs, as well as beautiful ballads.
In 1992, Brian independently released his first solo effort, a CD titled Promise of Love, which shows the softer side of Brian. With all the loads of requests, soon the major local radio station, 98Rock, was playing Brian’s CD like crazy. Before long, other radio stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic area got wind of it and were soon playing the CD also. For a unsigned musician, the CD got very heavy radio airplay and sold extremely well. In all, the CD sold over 10,000 copies!!! And that’s without a major record label backing him. Just by word of mouth, Brian became one of the hottest things in the Mid-Atlantic area!!!
Rest In Peace Brian, you will be missed by many!
KILL DEVIL HILL the new project featuring acclaimed drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio) and bassist Rex Brown, (Pantera, Down) guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg will be released on May 22nd in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in a standard CD edition, iTunes digital download, and Double Gatefold LP.
Today on their official Facebook Page, KILL DEVIL HILL have unveiled another song sample from their self-titled debut. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/killdevilhillmusic and check out a sample of the track “Revenge”.
Guitarist Mark Zavon explains the origins of “Revenge”:
“Revenge was originally called “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, which was the name of Blackbeard’s flagship that he took in battle from the French Navy and subsequently sailed against them to great effect.
After reading that story years ago, I always thought that the name of the ship seemed like a great metaphor for revenge, and started working on the idea. As we started refining the final arrangement it made more sense to change it to Revenge.
Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the first track from KILL DEVIL HILL’s self-titled debut album. The track entitled “Time and Time Again” can be streamed exclusively at http://t.co/4LHY9sIs.
KILL DEVIL HILL will be touring with Adrenaline Mob this May. All of the current tour dates are listed below:
KILL DEVIL HILL on Tour:
5/10: Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
5/11: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/13: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
5/15: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/16: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
5/19: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
5/21: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
5/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos South End
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Kittie, Blackguard, Bonded By Blood, and Candy Machine Guns will be performing at the Rave in Milwaukee, WI at 9 P.M. EST tonight. You can stream their concert for free! Please visit this link for more info!
Five years of waiting for CIRCUS MAXIMUS new masterpiece album “Nine” to be released in worldwide June on Frontiers
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the anticipated third album from Norwegian Progsters CIRCUS MAXIMUS entitled “Nine” on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America.
Five years after the successful release of the concept album “Isolate”, this time Circus Maximus are back with a strong and mature cd. “A lot happened in our personal lives during the past few years “, explains drummer Truls Haugen. “Three of us had kids, plus we also had a several bumps in the road with the production. So it has not exactly been a joyride, but it feels great to finally be done, and after all this time we are ready to unleash our new monster !”
Circus Maximus spent anyway their time also working hard to further refining their sound. With “Nine” they are poised to take their place alongside the upper echelon of Progressive Metal bands. The band’s musical formula is not easy to accomplish – take jaw dropping musicianship, add a singer like Michael Eriksen with a voice from heaven and toss it together with hooks, anthemic melodies and enough groove and heavy riffing that really gets into your head.
For this new record the band presents the best of both worlds – offering their most melodic and at the same time heaviest moments of their repertoire, with class and maturity which is really from another world. “The majority of the material on the new record was written by Mats Haugen and he has taken the music to a kind of simpler and more accessible approach, yet kept the progressive elements and the “nerve” that is Circus Maximus” says Truls Haugen. “We’re actually more melodic and heavier on this new record than we’ve ever been”.
The re-defining sound, the songwriting and the clever production, highlights the band as one of the leading, original Progressive-Metal band around. “Nine” is an absolute contender for Top Album of the year, transcending the boundaries and subgenres of Hard Rock music!
“Nine” will include the following tracks: Forging; Architect Of Fortune; Namaste; Game Of Life; Reach Within; I Am; Used; The One; Burn After Reading; Last Goodbye.
“Reach Within” will be released as a single worldwide on April 27th and can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio http://www.frontiers.it/webradio – A videoclip for the song is in the works.
Circus Maximus will appear live in some selected shows in the summer before launching a full scale tour in support of the new album. “We will definitely represent this album live to the whole World” concludes Truls Haugen, “We will do more live shows and more touring than ever and we really cant wait to get back on the road!”
Michael Eriksen – Vocals
Lasse Finbråten – Keyboards
Mats Haugen – Guitars
Truls Haugen – Drums
Glen Cato Møllen – Bass
Germany’s young sleaze rock crew KISSIN’ DYNAMITE are preparing to unleash their newest full-length Money, Sex & Power onto hard-partying North American crowds on April 24th. Listen to the first two tracks from the album, including the title track “Money, Sex & Power” and the following “I Will Be King” — and much more at the band’s official website HERE.
Considered to be the great hope of the German hard rock scene, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE have dominated stages across Europe since the release of their debut album Steel Of Swabia in 2008, when the singer was just 16 years old! After winning over crowd after crowd with their energetic live show and infectious anthems, the band’s sophomore album Addicted To Metal was released by Germany’s massive AFM Records in 2010, which even featured the legendary Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.) on the title track.
Their success and experiences over the past few years have shaped the band and increased their
professionalism in every department, which is apparent on their third full-length, Money, Sex & Power. Here KISSIN’ DYNAMITE release ten blazing numbers which still follow the classic metal path of previous releases, yet more than before they display their very own brand of sleazy heavy rock, inspired greatly from timeless masters of the art including Mötley Crue, Whitesnake, AC/DC and Guns ‘N Roses. Money, Sex & Power showcases the band taking their authentic, raw, melodic and powerful songs to new levels, and sees them more determined to dominate the rock scene than ever before.
Money, Sex & Power Track Listing:
1. Money, Sex & Power
2. I Will Be King
3. Operation Supernova
4. Sex Is War
5. Club 27
6. Dinosaurs Are Still Alive
7. She´s A Killer
8. Sleaze Deluxe
10. Six Feet Under
KISSIN’ DYNAMITE lineup:
Hannes Braun – vocals
Jim Müller – guitar
Ande Braun – guitar
Steffen Haile – bass
Andreas Schnitzer – drums
Power metal band EMPIRES OF EDEN has announced the release of the third album “Channelling The Infinite” from global recording project EMPIRES OF EDEN. Japanese release date of June 1 through Rubicon Music, rest of the world June 6 via Music Buy Mail.
1. Cry Out (feat. Rob Rock)
2. Hammer down (feat. UDO)
3. This Time (feat. Steve Grimmett)
4. Channelling the Infinite (feat. Sean Peck)
5. Lions For Lambs (feat. Alessandro Del Vecchio)
6. Cyborg (feat. Carlos Zema)
7. World on Fire (feat. Louie Gorgievksi)
8. Your eyes (feat. Mike Dimeo)
9. Born a king (feat. Danny Cecati)
10. As flames scorch the ground (feat. Vo Simpson)
11. White wings (feat. Ronny Munroe)
12. Hammer down All star version * (feat. UDO, Rob Rock, Sean Peck,Carlos Zema, Vo Simpson, Ronny Munroe)
13. Born a King * (feat. Sean Peck) * Bonus Track
Conceived and orchestrated by Australian shredding maestro Stu Marshall (ex-Dungeon), the album features some of the most influential voices below in metal.
• Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.)
• Rob Rock (Impellitteri, Driver)
• Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart)
• Mike Dimeo (Masterplan / Riot)
• Sean Peck (Cage)
• Carlos Zema (Outworld, Vougan)
• Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church)
• Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge of Forever)
• Danny Cecati (Eyefear, Pegazus)
• Louie Gorgievski (Crimsonfire)
• Vo Simpson.(Darker Half)
Loaded with 13 tracks of brain-blasting power metal, “Channelling The Infinite” features killer production and powerful, hook-laden music that will appeal to any aficionado. Each song is carefully crafted specifically to suit the singer involved, and designed to best complement their range and style. From there, the vocalists have complete freedom to write the lyrics and melodies, providing a unique insight into what truly inspires these artists. Also available as a limited-edition Digipak that includes bonus tracks for each territory. Album cover artwork is done by L.A. based “Alex Ruiz” once again.
Channelling The Infinite – Trailer:
Modern progressive rockers give away free live track exclusively through their Facebook page.
UK modern progressive rockers Touchstone have announced an exclusive promotion on their Facebook page where they are currently giving away a special live version of ‘Joker In The Pack’, recorded at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in 2010.
The track, which has always been crowd favorite in the band’s live set, is now available to download for free for a limited time only in celebration of the worldwide re-release of their entire back catalogue by SPV/Steamhammer this Spring.
‘Joker In The Pack – Live at High Voltage’ is just one of the bonus live tracks recorded at the festival which feature on the digi-pack re-issues of Wintercoast and the band’s debut album Discordant Dreams, along with exclusive new artwork by guitarist Adam Hodgson.
Head to the Touchstone free download app here to download your copy:
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April 17th isn’t a huge release day in the hard rock world, but it does have a few notable releases worth checking out.
Australian rock band Cold Chisel is releasing their first album in fourteen years, with their new release, No Plans. This CD is only available as an import, but will be worth checking out! Check out the clip “Everybody” below!
New Releases for 4/17:
DragonForce – The Power Within
Thousand Foot Krutch – The End is Where We Being
Hard Riot – Living On A Fast Lane
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion
Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken
Hydrogyn – Private Sessions
Cold Chisel – No Plans
Like any vice, The Veer Union is enjoyed more and more over time. At first listen, Divide The Blackened Sky is a decent record that has some potential. After a few listens, it is recognized more as a great album that needs to be heard. After several listens, it is classified as one of the strongest modern rock releases this year that everyone needs to hear.
Divide The Blackened Sky is the sophomore effort for modern rock darlings, The Veer Union. Following up their successful debut, Against The Grain, The Veer Union have released another album filled with modern rock delights. Hard rocking power riffs, strong vocals, and excellent drum beats all combine to make Divide The Blackened Sky an excellent release.
“Borderline” starts the album and shows off The Veer Union’s strengths—powerful rock, with a heavy beat. This is modern rock with an edge. The influences of bands like Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace can be heard throughout the disc, but “Borderline” is where these influences stand out the most. If you are a Breaking Benjamin fan, you will love the lead track from Divide The Blackened Sky.
On their sophomore release, The Veer Union decided to go all power. No ballads made an appearance on this record, however, they aren’t missed. Usually modern rock records need balance between the hard rock hits, and the loving ballads. Divide The Blackened Sky mixes melody and power so well, that the lack of ballads isn’t a deterrent to the record.
“Inside Our Scars” is the strongest song on the disc and the most enjoyable track as well. Lead singer Crispin Earl has a chance to show off the true power of his vocals and sings like a siren. While the intro of the song might have listeners thinking that it is a ballad, the song kicks in so heavy halfway through, that the hard rock prevails. Drummer Neil Beaton shows off his talents as well, playing some of the best drums of the record on “Inside Our Scars.”
Divide The Blackened Sky is a strong release, especially considering the expectations following such a solid debut. The Veer Union didn’t shy away from the challenge and put out a heavy, dark, hard rocking record, worthy of being called the follow up to their first release. If you’ve been looking for a new band to add to your rotation, I highly recommend The Veer Union. Divide The Blackened Sky is an addictive record. The more you spin it, the more you want to hear it.
Rating: Out of 10
02. Bitter End
03. I Will Remain
04. Buried In The Ground
05. Inside Our Scars
06. Live Another Day
07. Divide The Blackened Sky
08. Silent Gun
09. Last Days Of Life
The Veer Union Is:
Crispin Earl – Vocals
James Fiddler – Lead Guitar
Eric Schraeder – Rhythm Guitar
Marc Roots – Bass
Neil Beaton – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
For more than 10 years, the event known as “Crüefest” has promoted bands that follow in the spirit of the rock band Motley Crüe. The charity events are held throughout the year at various locations around the world to spotlight these bands and to raise money for the Skylar Neil Foundation.
In 1995, Motley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil lost his daughter Skylar to cancer. Since that time, he has tried to do everything he can do to help raise awareness and much needed funding for children’s illnesses. Vince is so humbled by the response the Crüefest events have received.
To date, Crüefest charity events across the world have helped Vince raise nearly two million dollars to fund research to combat cancer, AIDS, and leukemia. Vince knows that Skylar would be proud of the work that we’ve done, and couldn’t think of a better way to honor her memory.
English Nick of 97.1 The River will host the third annual Cruefest Atlanta charity event, set to take place June 1, 2012 at the 10 High Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Scheduled performers include THE UNSATISFIED, HELLYEN, CITIZEN ICON, DURTY ROCKSTAR (featuring former GYPSY PISTOLERO bassist Aaron “ANGEL” Lee), a one night only reunion of THE LIVING ABORTIONS and MOTLEY CRUE tribute band DR. FEELGOOD OF ATLANTA.
Attendees are asked to come celebrate the miracle of life with us and help raise funds to continue the fight against childhood diseases. The highlight of Crüefest Atlanta is the opportunity for Motley Crüe fans to come together and have a great time while raising money for a worthy cause.
All proceeds will be donated directly to the Skylar Neil Foundation. Our last 2 events raised over $7,000 for charity through ticket sales and drawings for merchandise donated by our generous sponsors. This year we hope to raise even more!
The bands make this an event to remember by donating their talent, and businesses can help make the event a success with financial contributions and donating merchandise to be used in our drawings. If you would like to donate an item to our gift bags, auction or raffle, please send an email to CRUEFESTATLANTA@HOTMAIL.COM or or send us a message at https://www.facebook.com/cruefestatlanta!
* The band members of Motley Crüe have no affiliation with this event and are not liable for any transactions that take place at this event or for any actions that occur after the event. This charity event is not part of Motley Crüe’s summer tour known as “Crüe Fest”.
Have you check out Jack Blades’ new CD Rock ‘N Roll Ride yet? Jack has released a new EPK for the CD. Check it out! You can pick up Rock ‘N Roll Ride at this link!
Canadian rockers Snakeskyn Whiskey have released a new video “In The Night” in support of their new album, Payments Made in Madness. Check out the clip below! For more information on Snakeskyn Whiskey, please visit the band’s website!
ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN
SUMMER TOUR DATES
LAUNCHING JUNE 15 AND WRAPPING JULY 21 IN SUPPORT OF THEIR GLOBALLY SUCCESSFUL ALBUM
‘A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS’
WITH SPECIAL GUEST CRIMSON PROJEKCT
DREAM THEATER have annouced a second North American leg of a world tour in support of their acclaimed and globally successful album A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS (Roadrunner). The progressive hard rock icons who’ve sold in excess of 10 million records and DVDs worldwide will launch their summer dates June 15 in Rochester, NY and wrap July 21 in Chester, PA. The tour includes stops at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ plus a two-night engagement at the Paramount Theater on Long Island, NY.
Joining DREAM THEATER, starting June 16 in Columbus, Ohio and for the rest of the tour, is special guest Crimson Projekct featuring Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph. They’ll be performing the songs of progressive rock legends King Crimson.
For the past few months DREAM THEATER has been touring around the world including visits to Europe and Mexico and are set to begin an Asian tour on April 19 in Seoul. The tour will bring the group to Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan and will conclude May 8 in Bangkok Thailand.
The band—James LaBrie (Vocals), John Myung (Bass), John Petrucci (Guitar and Vocals), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards and Continuum) and Mike Mangini (Drums)—recently received their first-ever Grammy nomination for “On The Backs Of Angels” in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category. The song is the first single from their 11th studio album A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS (Roadrunner), which had 14 Top 10 debuts around the world including the U.S. where it entered at #8. The album also features the single, “Build Me Up, Break Me Down.” You can watch the lyric video here:
Meanwhile, A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS is now available on HD Tracks, a digital retailer that offers high resolution downloads. Systematic Chaos and Black Clouds & Silver Linings will soon be available on the platform as well.
Here are DREAM THEATER’s complete tour dates. DREAM THEATER meet & greet and VIP packages are available for all dates. Please visit http://vipnation.com for details.
|Thu||4/19||Seoul, KR||Olympic Hall|
|Sat||4/21||Jakarta, ID||Mata Elang Indoor Stadium|
|Mon||4/23||Osaka, JP||Orix Theater|
|Thu||4/26||Fukuoka, JP||Civic Hall|
|Sat||4/28||Aichi, JP||Prefectural Art Theater|
|Wed||5/2||Singapore, SG||Kallang Theatre|
|Fri||5/4||Beijing, CN||Century Theatre|
|Sun||5/6||Taipei, TW||Taipei University Auditorium|
|Tues||5/8||Bangkok, TH||Thunder Dome|
|Fri||6/15||Rochester, NY||Main Street Armory|
|Sat||6/16||Montebello, QC||D-TOX Rockfest|
|Tues||6/19||Columbus, OH||The LC Pavilion|
|Thu||6/21||Cleveland, OH||Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica|
|Fri||6/22||Detroit, MI||The Fillmore|
|Sun||6/24||Cincinnati, OH||Taft Theater|
|Tues||6/26||Minneapolis, MN||State Theater|
|Wed||6/27||Chicago, IL||Chicago Theatre|
|Thu||6/28||Kansas City, MO||Starlight Theater|
|Sun||7/1||San Francisco, CA||Warfield Theatre|
|Mon||7/2||Los Angeles, CA||Gibson Amphitheater|
|Tues||7/3||Anaheim, CA||The Grove of Anaheim|
|Thu||7/5||El Paso, TX||Abraham Chavez Theatre|
|Fri||7/6||San Antonio, TX||Majestic Theater|
|Sat||7/7||Austin, TX||ACL Live|
|Mon||7/9||Grand Prairie, TX||Verizon Theatre|
|Thu||7/12||Richmond, VA||The National|
|Fri||7/13||Washington, DC||Warner Theatre|
|Sat||7/14||Holmdel, NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|Tues||7/17||Boston, MA||Bank of America Pavilion|
|Wed||7/18||Huntington, NY||Paramount Theater|
|Thu||7/19||Huntington, NY||Paramount Theater|
|Sat||7/21||Chester, PA||Harrah’s Chester Downs|
Here are some critical soundbites from the media about A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS, the band’s 11th studio album.
“The group’s members are clearly enjoying a rediscovered melodicism and experimentation in their songwriting. Dream Theater digs in with impressive might into hook-heavy twisting journeys like ‘Bridges In The Sky,’ ‘Breaking All Illusions’ and ‘Outcry,’ yet also softens into a vulnerability never heard before on songs like ‘Far From Heaven’ and ‘Beneath The Surface’…Fans, rejoice: The spirit carries on, every much intact.”
–Chuck Taylor, BILLBOARD, October 15, 2011
“’Spine-tingling’ is a term that can be applied to the whole of the album… Dream Theater’s stunning new masterpiece, which sees the band – Petrucci, LaBrie, bassist John Myung, keyboardist Jordan Rudess and new drummer Mike Mangini – performing at the top of their game. Mixed by Grammy Award winner Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine), it’s a sonic wonder that keeps revealing surprises even after multiple spins.”
–Joe Bosso, MUSICRADAR.COM, August 17, 2011
“Dream Theater have done exactly what they needed to do with this album. John Petrucci’s production is fantastic … This is classic Dream Theater, and it’s their best for many years. ”
— ALTSOUNDS.COM, September 16, 2011
For an interview with DREAM THEATER, go here:
(MSO Q+A site)
The ink has finally dried and Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Bay Area’s indomitable thrash metal band HEATHEN!
Founding member & guitarist Lee Altus comments on the new alliance:
“I’m really happy and couldn’t think of a better label for HEATHEN. I’ve known people at Nuclear Blast, some of whom have been fans of the band going as far back as the early demo days, and have been friends with them for many years. It’s amazing for me to think that throughout this band’s career, every album we recorded has been released on a different label. I can finally say that we have found home. Nuclear Blast has become a mecca for Bay Area thrash bands and we are happy to join our friends and partners in crime Exodus, Death Angel, Testament and Forbidden. Now it’s time to get to work on the new album!”
Lead singer David White adds: “I want to thank all the fans for their amazing support; we do not take any of this lightly! Now we move forward with a true Metal record company that really understands what we’re all about, 2012 and beyond!!!”
Jaap Wagemaker of the A&R Department at Nuclear Blast Germany shares the following:
“It is no secret that the staff of Nuclear Blast has a soft spot for thrash metal. We all grew up here with classics such as Breaking The Silence and Victims Of Deception, and who doesn’t remember that legendary tour from 1991 with SEPULTURA, SACRED REICH and HEATHEN destroying the stages night after night! We are totally stoked to announce that these legendary Bay Area Thrashers have inked a deal with us and are now labelmates with EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL,TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN, ANTHRAX, SEPULTURA, OVERKILL, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and TANKARD!!! Since HEATHEN’s reunion for Thrash of the Titans, we had been following the band very closely over the last couple of years with first-hand information from Lee Altus – who is also swinging the axe in EXODUS – and what we heard from him made us very curious! After seeing HEATHEN play an amazing show at Rock Hard and their release of another classic album with The Evolution of Chaos, it was very clear to us that the band needed to become part of the Nuclear family as well. Seeing the band play several times at last year’s Thrashfest Classics, we were finally able to make this work!! With the signing of HEATHEN, another thrash dream has came true!! Welcome home guys!!!”
Forged in the fertile breeding ground of the Bay Area’s thrash scene in 1984 and debuting onto the worldwide tape-trading scene in 1986 with their six-song “Pray For Death” demo, HEATHEN went on to create the now classic Breaking The Silence in 1987 (whose opening track “Death By Hanging” quickly became a live staple) and 1991’s Victims Of Deception, which included the nine-and-a-half minute opus “Heathen’s Song.”
Reunited in 2001 for San Francisco’s Thrash of the Titans benefit for Testament’s Chuck Billy and Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, HEATHEN reemerged in full force after a 19-year absence with stellar reviews for 2010’s The Evolution Of Chaos and will begin recording their fourth studio album later this year.
HEATHEN has performed their brand of guitar-driven, fuel-injected thrash metal in Europe at numerous summer festivals, on the Thrash Fest Classics tour with co-headliners Exodus & Sepultura, and the Killfest tour with Overkill, in North America on last year’s spring tour with Destruction, and most recently at the “Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance” memorial in Oakland in February. Their live sets continually test the endurance of headbanging audiences everywhere.
HEATHEN 2012 is David White on vocals; Lee Altus on guitar; Kragen Lum on guitar; Jason Viebrooks on bass; and Darren Minter on drums.