Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of Y&T’s latest live album “Live at the Mystic” on November 23rd in Europe.
Following original bassist Phil Kennemore’s untimely passing from lung cancer in early 2011, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T. With Brad Lang on bass and vocals, Y&T prove their continued strength with “Live at the Mystic”, a new double live CD recorded at the legendary Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California, one of the most popular venues that Y&T play every year.
Singer and lead guitarist Dave Meniketti recalls “Like all Mystic Theater shows, this particular weekend was special. Having just returned from a near 2-month tour of Europe and the UK, we were very tight and energized to be playing for our home crowd again”.
This 2-CD set includes 22 songs recorded over 2 nights in November of 2011, including many songs never before released on any other live Y&T CD. The amazing heat to the tracks showcases the power of the band as it currently sounds, playing songs from “Facemelter” as well as all the hits and fan favourites. “Songs like Dirty Girl, with its extended solo section of John Nymann and myself tearing into a nearly 3-minute back and forth solo, was especially a great performance” says Meniketti. “Also many of the classic tunes like Black Tiger, Don’t Wanna Lose, and Mean Streak were very well played and show some of the best live performances of these songs we’ve ever recorded. But I also feel strongly about our more mastered performances from our latest Facemelter CD. The energy and much more refined versions of these songs, now that we’ve really had some time to hone in the vibe of these tunes, make it that much more special of a live recording.”
This album screams out to be a classic Y&T CD to have in your collection. Prepare to have your face melted!
“Live at the Mystic” tracklisting includes:
CD1: Prelude; On With the Show; Black Tiger; Dirty Girl; Mean Streak; Girl Crazy; Shine On; Blind Patriot; Winds of Change; Straight Thru the Heart; Gonna Go Blind; Surrender; I’m Coming Home
CD2: Hungry for Rock; Don’t Wanna Lose; Don’t Bring Me Down; Hurricane; I Believe in You; Eyes of a Stranger; Rescue Me; Squeeze; Forever.
Enjoy a special EPK presentation on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joqyd1xYhbk&
And listen now to “Black Tiger” on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio
Dave Meniketti (guitar/lead vocals)
John Nymann (guitar/vocals)
Mike Vanderhule (drums/vocals)
Brad Lang (bass/vocals)
The Rolling Stones are celebrating 50 years as a rock band. Let that soak in for a moment. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts have been making music together for 50 years. My grandfather was my age when The Rolling Stones released their first single. In a time where no one stays together anymore (especially not bands), the Stones continue to move forward and even have new music that is significant. If you haven’t heard the new single “Doom And Gloom” stop reading this now and go listen to it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you.
Good stuff, right? The fact that men who are in their 70s wrote that song just boggles my mind. The video has been viewed over 2.5 million times (as of this writing). And the song is flat out great. Yes, an argument could be made that The Rolling Stones aren’t really hard rock, and perhaps we can debate that in a future installment of “Is It Hard?” but in the 60s and 70s, they were hard rock with a blues infusion. Now in the year 2012, they are still rock and roll and still a fantastic band.
To celebrate their 50 year anniversary, the Rolling Stones will be performing 4 shows in 2012. There will be 2 in London (at the O2 arena) and 2 in Newark (at the Prudential Center). I am fortunate enough to live near the Newark venue, so there’s an outside chance that I might go to one of these concerts. However, tickets will sell out in approximately 30 seconds, and the prices are a little high, so I am on the fence. I’ve seen the Stones in concert before, and I know they are amazing, but it’s still hard to shell out $115 for the cheap seats and up to $825 for the premium VIP seats. Yes, you read that right—the Stones want more than $800 for the best seats in the house. If this follows the pattern of tours past, that means you get to sit on stage with the band. As cool as that is, I don’t know if it is worth $800 dollars.
The other part of the 50 year anniversary celebration is the release of Grrr!, a greatest hits package available in both a 50 track and 80 track (deluxe) formats. With the exception of “Doom and Gloom” and one other song, these are all songs that have been released in one form or another over the years. Most die-hard fans will already own all of these hits, but that’s the beauty of the modern world. Those fans can purchase only the new songs and not have to worry about paying for songs they already own. And while a full album of new Rolling Stones material would have been preferred, two new songs are nice, especially when they are as good as “Doom And Gloom.”
The Rolling Stones are an inspiration. Keith Richards, for all intents and purposes, shouldn’t even be among the living, and yet he is still laying down guitar licks that put most other rockers to shame. Mick Jagger is still swaying to the groove well into his AARP years, and Charlie Watts is still keeping the beat when most men his age can’t even get out of bed. And while Ron Wood is slightly younger than the core members of the band, he is over the age of 60, and still keeping up with his mates. When I’m in my 60s, I hope that I’m still able to listen to and enjoy hard rock music, never mind creating it. The Rolling Stones are a testament to great rock and roll. They are the originators of a rock concert. They are legends. And they are still making music worth paying for.
What’s your thoughts? Are you excited that The Rolling Stones are still making new music? Will you try to see one of their four concerts this year? Do you like the new single? Drop a line in the comments and tell us how you feel!
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Five Finger Death Punch’s video for “The Pride” premieres on Vevo TODAY, and can be viewed here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/five-finger-death-punch/the-pride/US5Z51200276. The clip is the first wherein the band has presented live footage from the road within the short-form music video medium. Footage was selected from the band’s successful Metal Hammer Presents Trespass America Tour over this past summer, and the band’s critically acclaimed set at Rock On The Range. The single release of “The Pride” follows the #1 chart-topping single “Coming Down” which remains all over the airwaves of Active Rock radio.
Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody shares, “One of the best parts of being in this band is that we have the chance to design and build bigger and bigger live shows. Our concerts became spectacular gatherings of our extended family and we wanted to share this amazing experience with everyone. So we wrote & designed this video in dedication of our loyal, dedicated, militant fan base known as Knuckleheads who deserve the best experience we can give them. You’ve all stood by us & diligently helped us introduce the world to Five Finger Death Punch and this is our way of saying THANK YOU ! We couldn’t have done any of this without all of you. WELCOME TO THE PRIDE !”
American Capitalist (Prospect Park) was recently certified gold by the RIAA for shipping over 500,000 copies in the U.S. This milestone marks the third consecutive release from the band to achieve gold certification, with The Way of The Fist (2007) and War Is The Answer (2009) achieving this feat prior. American Capitalist debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts on October 11, 2011. In a challenging retail environment, Five Finger Death Punch is one of the few amongst any genre to consistently see significant success both digitally and physically. The band’s album sales are complemented with steady single sales that cumulatively have surpassed 3.6 million songs sold.
On achieving this significant milestone with three consecutive gold certified albums, guitarist Zoltan Bathory offered, “I think it’s a huge win for all of us, not just for us as a band but for the entire genre of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. This is a loud and clear indicator that heavy music is in demand and if a relatively new band like us can accomplish something like this, then maybe be this is just the prelude for the shape of things to come.”
Five Finger Death Punch’s single “Coming Down” was the band’s first number one on the Active Rock charts, and the tenth consecutive Top 10 hit at the format. Going back to “The Bleeding” in the spring of 2008, Five Finger Death Punch has consistently been one of the most heavily played bands at rock radio, as “Never Enough,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Hard To See,” “Walk Away,” “Bad Company,” “Far From Home,” “Under And Over It,” “Remember Everything,” and most recently “Coming Down,” each has become an anthem in its own right.
Over the last couple of years, I have heard a lot about Danko Jones and it was all positive. From their live shows to their recorded music, everyone was speaking highly of the band. Even with all of the rave reviews and terrific word of mouth, I never took the time to check them out. So, when their latest disc, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue, was released, I figured that now was as good a time as any and I decided to give the band a listen. Am I ever glad that I finally took the time to pay attention to Danko Jones.
Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is the band’s sixth studio album, and having not heard the other five, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a blues/rock record full of sexual vibes, hard rocking music, and a 10 on the fun factor! Anyone who is a fan of songs about hot women, rock music, and having a great time on a daily basis, is going to love Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue. While the subject matter is light and playful, the music is fast and furious, creating an overall vibe that is nothing short of terrific.
Songs like “Legs,” “You Wear Me Down,” and “Type Of Girl,” are exactly what they seem, but not in a clichéd sort of way. Danko Jones found a way to take standard themes of hard rock music and breathe a whole new life into them, crafting fun songs that everyone will want to sing along to. “Legs” in particular is a great sing along with a shouting chorus of “Legs! Legs! Legs! Long legs!” And while that may seem simple in print, it’s nothing but pure fun with the volume cranked up.
Ripe with rhythmic riffs, several chord changes, and a lot of musical prowess, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is a solid album. The passion that Danko Jones has for his music is evident in the songs provided on this disc. Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is one of those highly entertaining albums that you fall in love with right away. By the second time through the record you will find yourself singing along, hitting the repeat button (particularly for “Legs” and “Just A Beautiful Day”), and just wanting to hear the album over and over again.
Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is a great reminder that music doesn’t always have to be deep and meaningful—sometimes music can just be fun. Danko Jones reminds us all of what we loved in early sleaze metal: women, music, and women. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the dark melodrama that dominates the rock scene today. If you are yearning to discover fun music that will find your lips moving and your backside shaking, as you dance around your living room in your underpants, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is the record for you. Danko Jones, I only wish that I had paid attention to you sooner than this!
Rating: Out of 10
02. Get Up
04. Just A Beautiful Day
05. I Don’t Care
06. You Wear Me Down
07. Type Of Girl
08. Always Away
10. Don’t Do This
11. The Masochist
12. I Believed In God
13. I Believed In God (Reprise)
Danko Jones Is:
Danko Jones – Vocals, Guitars
John Calabrese – Bass Guitar
Atom Willard – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
What on Earth makes a man release a new solo album twenty-one years after his debut release?
It’s a very good question, and the answer is simple; an unrelenting passion and love for writing songs.
Back in what seems like a lifetime ago Danish singer/songwriter Torben Schmidt was the vocalist, songwriter and mastermind behind the successful Danish melodic rock band Skagarack. The band enjoyed a healthy career, including a Grammy win and an appearance at the prestigious Reading Rock festival, but as the Nineties rolled around front man Torben Schmidt put the band on hold to release his critically acclaimed solo debut, ‘A Bit On The Side’.
Skagarack recorded one album before the band split.
Torben then concentrated on his production company and record label and worked behind the scenes. States Torben, ‘I produced and recorded many great artists, working with music business partners around the world, and it’s all been good and fulfilling, since I was never really a sucker for the fame thing anyway… But the one thing that never left me was the passion for writing songs, I just can’t help it, there is always a song in the back of my mind.’
And neither have Torben’s fans forgotten him. ‘Fans and friends have asked me many times over the years, if and when I would release a new album, and I always answered “next year, next year”. ‘Well, I have said “next year” so many times that it became embarrassing… So, about three years ago I actually started to record a bunch of my song ideas, and before I knew it I had the eleven songs that are featured on “Long Story Short”. I don’t know if these eleven songs are the best of those I have been working on (on/off) over the last three years, but these are the ones I finished first! There is no real concept as such over the album, there’s a definite Westcoast/country feel on a lot of the songs, which I really like, but it’s not a whole album of that kind of stuff. It feels good to finally have the album completed. Twenty one years isn’t that long to wait. Is it?’
Sammy Hagar kicked off his 65th birthday this week with a star-studded lineup of friends who’ve rocked the stage each night in true Birthday Bash style. This year’s jam session is one for the record books with Kenny Chesney rocking the house on October 12. On October 11, Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses) Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Billy Duffy (The Cult) and Denny Carmassi (Montrose) hit the stage with Hagar. When Hagar joined Cantrell, Duffy and Sorum on stage for performances of “Loud” and Alice in Chain’s “Man in a Box” the crowd went crazy.
Visit http://youtu.be/8A_247Dyl3o to see exclusive video of the event.
On Monday, October 22nd, the loudest, most real and raucous rock ’n’ roll Grammy-winning band in the world, Motörhead, will release The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else, the follow-up to 2011’s The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else.
Like it’s sibling, Anyplace Crazy… will come packed with more magnificent Motörmaterial from ‘The Wörld Is Yours Tour,’ including the triumphant 2011 Wacken headline appearance as well as highlights from the Sonisphere and Rio shows. The band will commence with their 2012 European Tour on November 5th in Wolverhampton, UK, ending on December 11th in Kempten, supported by Anthrax. Learn more about the new release in the official EPK video, and head to Motörhead’s official site at imotorhead.com for tour dates, ticket information, and more.
Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else Formats:
• 2 CD + DVD + BR Combobox
CD, DVD and Blu-ray all in one digipack
• 2 CD (Jewel Case) – Wacken full show plus
Sonisphere 6 songs and Rio 5 songs
• 2 Vinyl LP 12“ (Gatefold) – Wacken show only
“Healing“, a brand new song from “Portrait of a Dying Heart“, the next album from Italian metal band SECRET SPHERE, can be streamed exclusive at SpazioRock.it using the link below.
SECRET SPHERE recently announced Michelle Luppi(Ex-Vision Divine/Ex-Thaurorod) as new vocalist to their ranks.
“Portrait of a Dying Heart“, the band’s seventh LP, is scheduled for a 2012 release date through Warner Music (Japan), October 24., 2012 and Scarlet Records (Rest of World), November 25., 2012. The CD will feature a 40-page booklet, including the novel “She Complies With The Night” on which the album is based.
The track listing for “Portrait of a Dying Heart” is as follows:
1. Portrait Of A Dying Heart
3. Wish & Steadiness
5. The Fall
7. Lie To Me
8. Secrets Fear
9. The Rising Of Love
The band’s current lineup consists of the following: Aldo Lonobile – Rythm and lead guitar, Michele Luppi – Vocals, Andrea Buratto – Bass, Gabriele Ciaccia – Keyboards, Marco Pastorino – Rythm guitars, Federico Pennazzato – Drums
According to a press release, “SECRET SPHERE, a name guaranteed to make every metal freak’s heart beat faster with excitement and anticipation. Crediting bands like HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, DREAM THEATER and SAVATAGE as their biggest influences, SECRET SPHERE manage to honour the heritage of such big names while creating their very own brand of METAL.”
Swedish heavy metal band SISTER SIN has released a brand new music video for their hit single “End Of The Line” from their highly anticipated forthcoming album Now and Forever, out next Monday October 22nd. Watch the music video here. Pre-order Now and forever digitally on iTunes or psychically at Amazon.
Filmed at an old nuclear reactor testing facility in Stockholm, Sweden, SISTER SIN blazes through a raw, gritty and powerful performance that has heads banging and bodies moving worldwide to “End Of The Line.” Front women Liv Jagrell shows off her fierceness and delivers an incredible vocal performance throughout the song. Lead guitarist Jimmy Hitula electrifies audiences with highly intense and robust riffs alongside the fast hands of heavy -hitting drummer Dave Sundberg and the lively, energetic bassist Strandh.
SISTER SIN will continue their crusade alongside DORO beginning February 2nd, 2013 throughout North America. See a full listing of tour dates here and and below.
SISTER SIN TOUR DATES
2/01 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
2/02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/03 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/04 – New York, NY @ BB Kings
2/05 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
2/07 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
2/08 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
2/09 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
2/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
2/12 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
2/13 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
2/14 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/15 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb
2/17 – Englewood, CO @ Moe’s
2/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
2/22 – West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
2/23 – Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
Eonian Records has been putting out some cool stuff over the last few years, but their latest release No Retreat by Youngblood is a step above anything they have put out yet. How this CD didn’t get released in the early nineties is mind-boggling! No Retreat is packed with catchy tunes that every fan of hair metal is going to love.
What does the band sound like? How about a blend of Steelheart, Poison and Extreme?! It really is that good! Singer Bobby Sisk could give Miljenko Matijevic a run for his money.
No Retreat is one of those rare releases where there is no filler songs at all. My favorites are “Pump It Up”, “Get Down To It”, “Heat of the Passion”, “Taste of Your Lovin’ “, “Back In My Life” and “Don’t Play With My Head”. It is a tall order for any band to write an album full of good songs. Youngblood has dished out sixteen of them on “No Retreat”!
With music this good, I hope Youngblood will do some reunion shows. I would love to hear the songs on No Retreat played live!
If you are a fan of hair metal, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this CD! You won’t be disappointed!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Pump It Up
02. Love Is All Around
03. Sock It To Me
04. Get Down To It
05. Shot of You
06. Heat of the Passion
07. Save Your Lies
08. Feel Thang
09. Find A Way
10. Taste Of Your Lovin’
11. Back In My Life
12. Coming Home
13. My One and Only
14. Don’t Play With My Head
15. You’ve Gotta Go
16. I Love You
Bobby Sisk – Lead Vocals
Jeff Diehl – Guitars & Vocals
Eric Saylors – Guitars & Vocals
Danny William – Keyboards & Vocals
Kyle Koker – Bass & Vocals
Kevin Kale – Drums
2. Judgement Day
3. Echoes of a Distant Battle
4. Phoenix Rising
5. Feast of the Devil
6. Honour and Blood
7. Great Expectations
9. Don’t Dream in the Dark
10. Power of the Hunter
11. (He Fell in Love with a) Stormtrooper
12. The War Drags Ever OnBonus video:
„War Nation” video
Interview with Mick Tucker, Cliff Evans, and Doogie White
Live at Metal Hammer Festival 2011
At the Studio / On the Road
Quoth Oderus, “We are pleased as piss-punch to be back on the road with old buddies DevilDriver and Legacy of Disorder, and very stoked to also have Cancer Bats with us. They are from Canada right? Why do so many cool things come from a place they call America’s Hat? Who is to say that America isn’t Canada’s sweater? No matter! With a nod to departed Scumdog Flattus Maximus, let the games begin with a BRAND NEW SHOW. Let the era of Pustulus Maximus begin!”
It was announced last week that Pustulus Maximus has new joined GWAR as an official Scumdog brother. Little is known about this being, other than that he has a skin condition where his face and feet are covered in painful pustules that can only be soothed by the application of savage metal, spoiled elephant semen or oral sex. Pustulus is also rumored to be half-deaf, which leads him to yell at everyone, which he does often, because he is convinced everyone in the band is ignoring him when actually he just can’t hear what they are saying. It is not known whether he crashed his Scumship into Antarctica or wandered up from the depths of GWAR’s Antarctic fortress – all that is known is that he is here, now, and is ready to ROCK.
Pustulus made his live debut with GWAR performing a rendition of the Kansas classic “Carry on Wayward Son” as part of the AV Club Undercover Series. The video can be viewed HERE.
GWAR “Fate Or Chaos Tour” With DevilDriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder
10/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory – Tickets
10/13: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (“Rock and Shock”) – Tickets
10/14: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall – Tickets
10/15: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place – Tickets
10/16: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Tickets
10/18: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Tickets
10/19: Ybor City, FL @ The Ritz Ybor – Tickets
10/20: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution – Tickets
10/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend – Tickets
10/24: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues – Tickets
10/25: Austin, TX @ Emo’s – Tickets
10/26: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Tickets
10/27: Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Tickets
10/28: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room – Tickets
10/29: Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room – Tickets (NO DD or Cancer Bats)
10/30: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Music Hall – Tickets (No DD or Cancer Bats)
10/31: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall – Tickets
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater – Tickets
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee – Tickets
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory – Tickets
11/4: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets
11/5: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst – Tickets
11/6: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades – Tickets
11/8: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory – Tickets
11/9: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater – Tickets
11/10: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO – Tickets
11/11: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory – Tickets
11/12: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater – Tickets
11/14: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre – Tickets
11/15: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Tickets
11/16: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre – Tickets
11/17: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Center – Tickets
11/18: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue – Tickets
11/19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes – Tickets
11/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection – Tickets
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave – Tickets
11/23: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s – Tickets
11/24: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy – Tickets
11/26: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater – Tickets
With Kepone and Iron Reagan
12/20: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club – Tickets
12/21: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva – On Sale 9/15 – Tickets
Make sure to keep up with Oderus’ latest incoherent rants and raves on “The Mad Minute” with Full Metal Jackie. Listen to the latest installment and check out recent “Mad Minutes” at http://www.fullmetaljackieradio.com
CHECK OUT GWAR ON THE WEB
New material entitled “Be 3” is set to be released on November, 26th in Europe and January, 15th 2013 in USA (via MVD). And today the band reveal the cover artwork of the album.
Piotr Brzychcy – guitars
Tomasz Wiśniewski – vocals
Krzysiek Nowak – bass
Darek Nawara – drums
Michał Kuryś – keyboards
Official website: http://www.kruk.art.pl/
Co-Headline Touring Partner Daughtry To Also Appear At Benefit
Sponsored By The Mississippi Army National Guard
3 Doors Down will stage the 9th annual The Better Life Foundation concert on November 17 at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The long-term mission of the foundation is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter, and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs. Funds raised are distributed to organizations and hospitals that fulfill the band’s mission to enable children to develop their potential, achieve their goals, and become caring and responsible adults. Operating with the mission statement, “Changing the World, One Life at a Time,” 3 Doors Down has committed their energies over the past decade to make a tangible contribution for those in need through this annual event, and continuous efforts to generate funding to support these goals. Singer Brad Arnold shares, “It’s a blessing and a honor to be able to give back to communities in need through The Better Life Foundation. A big thank you to all the fans and sponsors who continue to support the foundation and the amazing work it does!”
The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Army National Guard. Touring partner Daughtry will appear at the event, with this performance serving as the kick-off of the bands’ co-headline tour. The coveted array of silent auction items include amongst others signed guitars from 3 Doors Down, Los Lonely Boys, Korn, Bush, Theory of A Deadman, Godsmack, Staind and Chevelle, alongside drumheads from Nickelback and Josh Groban. From the world of sports, jerseys signed by Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin and Miami Dolphin Anthony Fasono, footballs from the Carolina Panthers and N.Y. Jets, a signed helmet from future Hall of Famer Brett Favre and a football signed by legend Chris Carter. These are a handful of the close to a hundred items altruistically donated from dozens who have stepped up to support the foundation.
Tickets are available now through http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B00493ACFC171B7 or can be charged by phone at (800) 745-3000 and will also be available at the Horseshoe Box Office (on show day only). Guests must be 21 years old or older to attend the concert. VIP General Admission Balcony seating will be available for $200, which includes food / bar, while G/A tickets will be available for $75 for the floor. For more information or VIP tickets please visit www.TheBetterLifeFoundation.org.
Prior to the concert on November 17, 3 Doors Down will stage the annual Ride For A Cause. The registration fee is $25, which includes a long-sleeve t-shirt for all participants and a two-hour rider reception at the Tunica Roadhouse Casino in Mississippi. There will be a raffle for a Citizen Soldier V 2012 Bourget Pan-head Chopper. Additional information on the motorcycle and Ride For A Cause can be found here:
On November 19, 3 Doors Down will release Greatest Hits, featuring nine #1 hits re-mixed and re-mastered alongside the new tracks “One Light” and “Goodbyes” via Universal Republic. Following The Better Life Foundation event, 3 Doors Down and Daughtry will appear at the following venues:
11/18 Springfield, MO O’Reilly Family Center
11/20 San Antonio, TX Illusions Theatre @ Alamodome
11/21 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
11/23 Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center
11/24 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
11/27 Pikeville, KY Eastern KY Expo Center
11/28 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
11/30 Asbury Park, NJ Convention Hall
12/01 Binghamton, NY Broome County Arena
12/03 Huntington, NY The Paramount
12/04 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
12/05 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
12/07 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall
12/08 Minneapolis, MN Myth
12/09 Chicago, IL Akoo Theatre in Rosemont
12/11 Denver, CO Bank One Center
12/13 Fresno, CA Save Mart Arena
12/15 Anaheim, CA Theatre at Honda Centre
You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world! Kiss! Kiss is back with their 20th studio album, Monster, the follow up to 2009’s fabulous Sonic Boom. Can Kiss repeat their spectacular performance from their last album, or will Monster fall flat on its face? That is a question that many die hard Kiss fans were wondering. Do these aging rockers still have what it takes to produce a record that fans are going to want to listen to over and over again?
If the album were judged solely on the strength of the first single (and first track), “Hell Or Hallelujah,” then the answer is no. “Hell Or Hallelujah” is not a strong song. It’s not a terrible piece of music, it is just plain, which is not something that one would expect from Kiss. Fortunately for fans all over the world, Monster contains more than just the lead track.
Monster is armed with typical Kiss themes of girls, music, girls, parties, girls, rock and roll, and girls. And even though they are aging rockers, they still make singing about girls and rock music a whole lot of fun. Kiss has delivered a phenomenal package of rock music that both long time fans and newcomers alike are going to love. After nearly 40 years in the business, Kiss still has what it takes to make a significant rock record that music lovers will want to hear.
“Wall Of Sound” is a terrific, hard rocker featuring lead vocals by Gene Simmons. Thankfully, this is not a self-centered Gene Simmons song about sleeping with thousands of women, or being the greatest human being alive. On “Wall Of Sound,” Gene reached a little deeper to not flaunt himself, but to sing about rock and roll and the wall of sound that makes fans excited. “Wall Of Sound,” can also be used as a metaphor for life, showing how the harder you try at something, the better you are going to be. It all comes down to the amount of effort a person is willing to put in. With slick solos by Tommy Thayer, and beautiful musical arrangements and chord changes, “Wall Of Sound” is one of the better songs to be found on Monster.
Tommy Thayer takes over lead vocals for the tantalizing “Outta This World.” This is a superb song with terrific solos, excellent changes, and a great beat. Hearing Tommy sing lead vocals is a real treat as well and left me wanting to hear Thayer sing lead on more songs. Thayer has a solid voice, is adept at crafting a song, and creates al highly enjoyable experience for the listener. I would much rather see Tommy Thayer perform “Outta This World” live, instead of “Shock Me.” Let’s hope that Kiss let’s Tommy’s original songs speak for themselves on the next tour.
“Long Way Down” is a nice melodic rocker composed and sung by Paul Stanley. The harmony vocals from Tommy Thayer add a nice touch and provide a pleasing balance with Paul’s voice. “Long Way Down,” is another of those great Kiss rock and roll songs, telling stories about the crowd, the music business, and continuing to make a significant contribution in rock and roll after many years. It’s always enjoyable when Paul writes from the heart, and “Long Way Down” feels like a song that Stanley really put all of his emotions into as a thank you to the fans.
“Take Me Down,” is one of the best tracks that Monster has to offer. Not surprisingly, this is a song about loving women and the sexual escapades that can only happen to a member of a rock band. What makes “Take Me Down” so grand is the depth provided in the music. While the lyrics are playful and light, the musical composition is deep and meaningful. It’s quite obvious that the addition of Tommy Thayer to the band has had a profound effect on Kiss. The extra layers of depth and creativity that Thayer provides has not gone unnoticed. He has been able to elevate Kiss to continue to make significant music.
“All For The Love Of Rock & Roll” finds Eric Singer on lead vocals, doing a fine job. While his voice is reminiscent of Peter Criss, Singer provides enough of his own personality to help “All For The Love Of Rock & Roll” stand out as his own song. Singing about performing the music for love, not for fame or girls, is a tired theme that has been revisited countless times by endless bands, but hearing Eric Singer give his take on the theme is still a treat for the ears. This is another song that I hope Kiss will consider performing in concert.
Once again, Kiss has delivered another high quality record. Monster is better than Sonic Boom, better than Psycho Circus, and rivals their albums of the 70s for greatest Kiss albums ever. Once again, Kiss has recorded music for the masses that already has fans wondering when they will release more. Because when something is this good, you just can’t get enough!
Rating: Out of 10
- Hell Or Hallelujah
- Wall Of Sound
- Back To The Stone
- Shout Mercy
- Eat Your Heart Out
- Long Way Down
- The Devil Is Me
- Outta This World
- Take Me Down
- All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
- Last Chance
Gene Simmons – Vocals, Bass Guitar
Paul Stanley – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Thayer – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Eric Singer – Drums, Vocals
The new PARADOX album “Tales Of The Weird” will be released on December 14th.
It was produced by Charly Steinhauer, mixed & mastered by V. Santura at Woodshed-Studio, Landshut, Germany.
“Tales Of The Weird” also includes guest appearances by Bob Katsionis (Firewind) & Gus Drax (Sunburst), the cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin.
“Tales Of The Weird” track listing:
01. Tales Of The Weird 9:19
02. Day Of Judgement 4:15
03. Brutalized 5:27
04. Fragile Alliance 6:24 (w. Gus Drax)
05. Escalation 4:15
06. Brainwashed 7:33
07. Slashdead 4:53
08. Zeitgeist 1:53
09. The Downward Spiral 3:42
10. A Light In The Black 7:18 (bonus track) (w. Bob Katsionis)
Kissin’ Dynamite is currently out on tour with Dragonforce and Huntress. See tour dates below. Check out the band’s brand new video “Six Feet Under”.
KISSIN’ DYNAMITE Tourdates w/ Dragonforce & Huntress
10.10.2012 BE Vosselaar – Biebob
12.10.2012 DE Hannover – Capitol
13.10.2012 DE Köln – Live Music Hall
14.10.2012 DK Copenhagen – Amanger Bio
15.10.2012 NO Oslo – Rockefeller
16.10.2012 SE Stockholm – Tyrol
19.10.2012 FI Helsinki – Nostui
22.10.2012 SE Gothenberg – Brewhouse
23.10.2012 DK Arhus – Train
24.10.2012 DE Hamburg – Markthalle
27.10.2012 DE Wuppertal – Die Börse (Börsencrah Festival * KD only)
30.10.2012 DE München – Backstage Halle
31.10.2012 DE Berlin – Postbahnhof
01.11.2012 DE Dresden – Reithalle
02.11.2012 DE Erfurt – HsD
03.11.2012 DE Bochum – Zeche
05.11.2012 DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
06.11.2012 AT Wien – Arena
07.11.2012 CH Zürich – Komplex
09.11.2012 IT Florence – Viper
10.11.2012 IT Treviso – New Age
11.11.2012 IT Milano – Alcatraz (small room)
12.11.2012 CH Solothurn – Kofmehl
15.11.2012 ES Barcelona – Salamandra 1
16.11.2012 PT Lissabon – Cine Teatro Corroios
17.11.2012 ES Madrid – Arena
18.11.2012 ES Bilbao – Rock Star Live
21.11.2012 FR Brodeaux – Rockschool Barbey
22.11.2012 FR Paris – La Cigale
23.11.2012 FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie
24.11.2012 FR Lille – Le Splendid
25.11.2012 NL Amsterdam – Melkweg Max
01.12.2012 CZ Prag – Exit Chmelnice (KD only / Headliner Show)
14.12.2012 DE Esslingen – Komma (KD only / Headliner Show)
15.12.2012 DE Mörlenbach – Live Music Hall (KD only / Headliner Show)
22.12.2012 NL Kerkrade – The Rock Temple (KD only / Headliner Show)
We don’t hear too many metal bands from Poland, but I have to say that Helletricity’s new clip “Silver Bullets” has me quite anxious to hear the rest of their up and coming debut album Salem Blood which is due out October 29th in Europe and December 11th, in the United States.
You may have seen the new SNEW CD, What’s It To Ya advertised on That Metal Show. You may have even said, “Who in the hell is SNEW?” Let me tell you, if you haven’t checked SNEW yet, you are missing out on one of the best new bands to come out of Hollywood in quite some time. What does SNEW sound like? Blend the ass-kicking rock of Jackyl, AC/DC and maybe a dabble of Accept, and you will know what to expect. What’s it To Ya is SNEW’s third CD, and easily their best. To my ears, this CD features the band’s best music, and song writing to date. This CD is packed with a bunch of catchy hard rocking tunes, that classic rock fans are going to love.
So what’s new about SNEW this time? The band now features former Black Sheep front man, Willie Basse on bass. Willie’s big bass sound only helps to bolster SNEW’s take no prisoner’s style of rock. I don’t know if his addition has added new energy to the band, but Curtis Don Vito is singing like a man possessed on his record. Every single song rocks, and while this isn’t the longest of CD’s, it is 40 minutes of some of the best hell raising tunes I have listened to in 2012. I can’t get enough of this!
If you like bluesy, raw, kick-ass rock & roll, What’s It To Ya is a CD you are going to want to add to your collection and soon! You can become a member of the SNEW World order by picking up What’s It To Ya at Amazon.com, iTunes or direct from the band at Snewstore.com. Don’t miss this!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Release The Beast
02. I Got A Rocket
03. Pull My Stinger
05. Tearing Up Your City
06. Clever Girl
08. Bad Words
09. What’s It To Ya
10. All Over You
Curtis Don Vito – vocals and harmonica
Andy Lux – guitar
Mark Ohrenberger – drums
Willie Basse – bass
This is a crazy new release week, with new arrival’s from KISS, Danko Jones, 69 Eyes, an amazing new hair metal CD from Youngblood,
a new live disc from Motorhead and many more. Go to your local music store and support new music!!
New Releases for October 9th!
KISS – Monster
The Wallflowers – Glad All Over
The Very Best of Dio – Vol. 2
The 17-track The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 CD (released via Niji Entertainment) picks up exactly where the first volume left off – from 1996 onward. And in addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as Killing the Dragon, Push, and Fever Dreams, the compilation will also include several rarities that fans have long requested on a single disc – Electra (which previously was only a part of the ultra-rare Tournado box set), Prisoner of Paradise, and Metal Will Never Die.
Nonpoint – S/T
Wednesday 13 – Spook & Destroy
Danko Jones – Rock And Roll is Black And Blue
Youngblood – No Regrets
Coheed & Cambria – Afterman: Ascension
Motorhead – The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else (Live)
69 Eyes – X
Obsession – Order of Chaos (Michael Vescera, BJ Zampa, Chris McCarvill
Metallers Youngblood have released their debut full-length album: NO RETREAT October 9th in North America and throughout Europe on Eönian Records and distributed by Sony RED & Nightmare Records. Produced by Jeff Diehl (who has worked with such legends and luminaries as Gene Simmons, Sweet FA, Ma Kelly, Kramus, Healing Sixes, Eddie Kramer and many more.) NO RETREAT was recorded in the band’s hometown of Indianapolis and has been referred to as a hot, fiery fist of Rock n’ Roll and the band compared to as a blend of Warrant, Slaughter and Firehouse. Please see below for full track-listing.
Hailing from Indianapolis, Youngblood cut their teeth relentlessly playing 4 to 6 nights a week, 10 to 12 months a year. The band came onto the music scene when Sony/Epic Music first heard the band’s demo of NO RETREAT’S first single “Don’t Play with My Head.” The band worked tirelessly for nine months to generate forty-five tracks that were mixed and mastered by Diehl Productions. Sixteen tracks are being released on the band’s first album NO RETREAT. MelodicRock.com declares “Youngblood’s attitude and music have ‘star-power’ written all over it”, while Senda Producciones says NO RETREAT is “Insanely awesome …this music is f**king orgasmic!” Europe’s top Hard Rock & Metal publication, Fireworks Magazine sums up NO RETREAT in just one word “BRILLIANT!”
YOUNGBLOOD is Bobby Sisk (Lead Vocals), Jeff Diehl (Guitars & Vocals), Eric Saylors (Guitars & Vocals), Danny Williams (Keyboards & Vocals), Kyle Koker (Bass & Vocals), and Kevin Kale (Drums).
“NO RETREAT” Track-Listing:
1. Pump It Up
2. Love Is All Around
3. Sock It To Me
4. Get Down To It
5. Shot of You
6. Heat of the Passion
7. Save Your Lies
8. Feel Thang
9. Find A Way
10. Taste Of Your Lovin’
11. Back In My Life
12. Coming Home
13. My One and Only
14. Don’t Play With My Head
15. You’ve Gotta Go
16. I Love You
It is hard to believe that the summer concert season is already over at the Riverbend Music Center. It seems as soon as the last note was played by Journey, the colder weather started setting in.
The 15,000 or so fans that came out for the Loverboy, Pat Benatar and Journey concert may have seen the last show of the summer, but it was a great night of rock.
The amazing thing about this show is how good all bands sounded. I have seen Loverboy a few times over the years, and they have always put on a very good show. The band still sounds exactly the same. I loved their set, and it was good to see them back on the big stage again.
It is hard to believe that 2012 is the first year that I have seen Pat Benatar live. I didn’t know what to expect from Pat & company. Much to my surprise, Pat’s voice is still incredibly strong. She still sounds great live. It was cool to see her perform her big hits live for the very first time.
Journey was by far the class act of the evening. It was the first time I have been able to see Journey live with their current singer Arnel Pineda. I have always thought that Arnel’s voice was by far the closest to Steve Perry’s than any other of Journey’s former singers. To experience Journey with Arnel on vocals live was truly special. This little man with the big voice truly put on a great show. He does a great job fronting Journey, and their show was definitely one of my favorites of 2012. Journey’s set included the songs: “Faith In the Heartland”, “Anyway You Want It”, “Ask The Lonely”, “Only the Young”, “Chain Reaction”, “Never Walk Away”, “Anytime”, “Faithfully”, “Stone In Love”, “Lights”, “Open Arms”, “Escape”, “Wheel In the Sky”, “Be Good To Yourself”, “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Separate Ways”, “LA Do Da”, “Lovin’, Touchin,’ Squeezin’ “.
Hot off their heralded run on this summer’s Uproar tour, FOZZY have released the music video for their hit single “Sandpaper.” The video premiered exclusively on WWE.com this week, and the track has been named the theme song for the WWE‘s upcoming Hell In A Cell pay-per-view event, which will be held October 28, 2012 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
The lead single from FOZZY’s new release SIN AND BONES, “Sandpaper” is currently impacting and reacting at Active Rock radio and features guest vocals by M. Shadows. Directed by Sean McEwen, the video is inspired by horror classic Evil Dead, with M. Shadows playing the role of FOZZY’s evil puppet master. The music video for “Sandpaper” can be seen here:
Released on August 14, 2012, SIN AND BONES landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, marked the band’s first Billboard Top 200 debut at #143, and celebrated FOZZY’s best-selling first week ever for an album of original material. The band returns to the road in late October, tour dates are listed below.
For the month of October, FOZZY and Century Media Records have partnered with the Keep A Breast Foundation to raise awareness and prevention of breast cancer. For every copy of SIN AND BONES sold in October through iTunes – where the album is sale-priced for $7.99 – 50 cents will be donated to Keep A Breast. To participate, click here.
The accolades for FOZZY and SIN AND BONES have been mouting… Ultimate-Guitar.com declares FOZZY as “one of the best metal bands out there right now,” Revolver Magazine calls SIN AND BONES “Fozzy’s best album yet,” and Metal Hammer (UK) says, “SIN AND BONES is impressive, diverse and mature… this is a masterclass that should take Fozzy on to bigger things.”
Headlining Tour Dates:
10/26 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s Point (Geoff Tate Headlining)
10/27 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/29 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Mod Club
10/30 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
11/1 – Springfield, CA @ Empire
11/2 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
11/3 – Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
11/4 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
For more information on FOZZY, please visit:
As avid readers of Vie’s Verses know (yes, there are avid readers…), I recently attended the Kiss/Motley Crue concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel New Jersey. It would be my 10th time seeing Kiss perform live, and even though I have witnessed their spectacular show that many times, I was still giddy with anticipation as I drove down the Garden State Parkway toward the Arts Center. I was looking forward to all three bands on the bill (The Treatment was the opening act), but I was most looking forward to Kiss.
Unfortunately, thanks to friends who arrived late, walked slow, and forced me to wait in the port-a-potty line because they just COULD NOT make it to bathroom inside the amphitheater, I missed The Treatment. A couple of friends later informed me that The Treatment was not very good, but I still wanted to witness it for myself. These were also friends who had never heard of the band prior to that night. I however, am a lover of their debut album, and still steaming that I missed the band. Stupid small bladder people!
We did arrive just in time for Motley Crue to take the stage and for the food stand to run out of burgers. I only mention this because it was the oddest experience I’ve had at a concert (in relation to food, anyway). I mean, how does one simply run out of burgers before the main act has even taken the stage? That irritated me, because I was pretty hungry by that point and the cheeseburgers looked fabulous. I secretly cursed my friends again, knowing that if they walked a little faster, or learned how to hold their urine a little longer, I could have enjoyed a burger AND the opening act.
Motley Crue took the stage to “Saints Of Los Angeles,” which I thought was excellent. I hate it when bands ignore their newer material in order to play only their classic cuts. That set the concert off to a great start. The rest of the Crue’s performance would be solid, but not as grand as when they took the stage to “Saints Of Los Angeles.”
Motley Crue is putting on a festival with this current tour. It consisted of a cavalcade of strippers in a variety of outfits and poses. There were some in all leather, some in almost nothing at all, and there were even strippers on stilts. And while the only purpose they served was to look good, that was all right, because the men in the audience loved it, and secretly, some of the women may have liked it too. To me, it was just Motley Crue being Motley Crue, and it was what I had expected of the band.
During “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” my friend Dave poised a very poignant question. “Do you think we like this concert because it’s that good, or are we just nostalgic for that time period in our lives?” Damn good question. As I pondered it for a moment, I realized that the song playing was 23 years old and I could remember the first time I ever heard it after buying Dr. Feelgood on cassette tape the day of its release. I didn’t provide Dave with an answer, but he didn’t need one.
Tommy Lee took over the spotlight about halfway through the night. He did his drum solo in a circular roller coaster that sat at the back of the stage, and then performed it again, this time with a member of the audience strapped in next to him. And while I do not care for Tommy Lee at all, I thought it was quite cool to see a member of the audience strapped in next to him as he performed a roller coaster drum solo.
Vince Neil pulled his usual sing every third word, forget most of the lyrics, and hold the microphone out to the audience in the hopes that they will think it’s cool and not realize that he doesn’t know the lyrics to his own songs. And even that has become quaint. While it used to annoy me to see Vince huffing and puffing and singing “He’s…screaming….night….” I find it amusing now. Again, it’s to be expected. And while Vince was huffing and puffing, Mick Mars was still being the coolest guy on the stage. Here’s a guy that’s battling a spinal disease, is in immense pain just from standing, looks like a skeleton come to life, and he’s still the coolest being at the Arts Center. Mick Mars is a true Rock God!
Overall, Motley Crue did what I expected that Motley Crue would. They put on a hot, nostalgic, debauchery filled, hell of a good time, rock and roll show. How could anyone complain about that?
Kiss, too, would deliver exactly what I expected of them, although by the end of their set, I was wishing they had played longer. Yes, I understand it was a double bill and that each band was limited to twelve or thirteen songs. I didn’t care. I still wanted to see more Kiss before the night was through.
Kiss took the stage to the classic “Detroit Rock City” and the night was underway. Most of the songs performed were from 1978 or earlier. And with the exception of their brand new single, “Hell Or Hallelujah,” there wasn’t a song played that had been recorded after 1983. To some fans, this was heaven. To me, it was a cop out, and a put off. Kiss had just toured behind one of their best albums ever recorded and now they refuse to play at least one song from it? How disappointing.
The expected antics were all present and accounted for. Gene would breathe fire and spit blood. Paul Stanley would fly out to the audience and play “Love Gun” from a smaller stage. Tommy would shoot rockets out of his guitar. And even their newest trick was present and accounted for— Eric firing a bazooka at the end of Tommy’s guitar solo.
Tommy Thayer would take over the lead vocals for “Shock Me,” and this was another disappointing moment in the night. No, I don’t mind Tommy singing lead vocals for a song (or two), but why “Shock Me?” As mentioned, Kiss just toured behind Sonic Boom, which contained a fantastic song sung by Tommy Thayer, “When Lightning Strikes.” Why not have Tommy sing his own song? Or, if you must only perform the classics, then have him take over lead vocals for “Cold Gin.” Just don’t have him take Ace’s signature song and then steal Ace’s guitar solo. That has really bothered me a lot over the years.
The rest of the Kiss night was exactly what I’ve come to expect, and even though I have seen it multiple times, I still found myself smiling, laughing, singing along, and clapping my hands. I screamed for “I Love It Loud,” I pumped my fist like a good Kiss Army soldier during “War Machine,” and I jumped up and down like a little boy for “Shout It Out Loud.” Was it because the show was that good, or was nostalgia hitting me hard? Who knows? All that I know for sure is that I had a spectacular time. Kiss ended with “Rock And Roll All Nite,” as expected, complete with confetti bombs bursting and spraying the audience ad infinitum. And while I had seen that gag a million times as well, I still grinned and loved it. It was, after all, Kiss being Kiss, and that was a good thing.
All in all, both Motley Crue and Kiss put on a great show. If you’re going to catch the concert this fall, you’re in for a real treat. Don’t expect any deep cuts, don’t expect any outrageous surprises, just expect a good old-fashioned, rock and roll show, one that’s worth the price of admission. Can you really ask for more than that?
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Every once in a while, we get a band recommended to us that may or may not fit the hard rock mold exactly, but the music is interesting enough for us to mention on the site. We don’t know how we would classify Royal Republic, so we ask you music fans out there to check out their new video “Everybody Wants To Be An Astronaut” and let us know what you think about this track and video.
Should “Everybody Wants To Be An Astronaut” SINK or SWIM? Decide with your vote below!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of “On The Way to Everything”, SOLEIL MOON’s second album, on November 2nd in Europe and November 5th in North America.
Formed by singer Larry King (whose talents did not pass unnoticed on Michael Thompson Band’s last outing “Future Past”) and John Blasucci (currently the keyboard player of ex STYX singer Dennis DeYoung), Soleil Moon debuted in 1999 with the independently released album “Worlds Apart”. That album also included the song “I’d Die For You”, later covered by Michael Kiske’s Place Vendome second cd “Streets of Fire”. The album made originally a big impact on Adult Contemporary radio with “Willingly,” “Never Say Goodbye,” and the title track, all of which ranked high on the national radio charts inside the top 10.
The follow up came about a few years after and it is called “On the Way to Everything”. This record features such musicians as Michael Thompson and Chris Siebold on guitar, Dave Hiltebrandt and Leland Sklar on bass and Khari Parker (plus Vinnie Colaiuta on one song) on drums. “Soleil Moon is a culmination of the best studio musicians in Chicago” says singer Larry King. “We all work together on a regular basis for other peoples projects and “On The Way To Everything” is ours. This album takes the listener on a sonic journey through modern life. Each song tells its own story and the album evokes every stage of emotion from concern, pain and reflection to love and elation. This project has been a labor of love that we are truly proud of”.
The first single, “History Repeats Its Pages” has been working its way up the US National Adult Contemporary Charts and is now poised at number 8. There is also a videoclip which can be enjoyed following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RovZiCPRLKo&
The album also gathered some independent reviews internationally including such statements as “Go and get it “ from Melodicrock.it or “Highest class, melody and technique” on Hardsounds.it
“My love of AOR I’m sure shines through in most of my productions” tells Larry King “I’m a product of the 70′s and that era brought forth music that was creatively free. I’m a fan of combining as many styles of music as possible into one production that appropriately paints the picture of the story that I’m telling. I’m fortunate enough to work with musicians that provide me with a limitless locker full of musical options to choose from, which has been a dream come true as a producer”.
“On The Way to Everything” is now getting a worldwide and proper release on Frontiers Records and will also feature 3 bonus tracks taken from the album “Worlds Apart”, which never had an official release outside North America, including the most sought-after original version of “I’d Die For You”. “This release through Frontiers is an amazing opportunity for Soleil Moon to be exposed to a larger global audience. The mighty Frontiers releases new music from the finest musicians on the planet and its an honor to be included in this arsenal of extreme talent”, concludes King.
“On The Way to Everything” includes the following songs:
History Repeats Its Pages, Love The Way You Love, On The Way to Everything; Blackbird; Goodnight Irene; Freedom; Burn; Down; Colorado; Move On; Here I Am; Ohio (bonus track); Calling On The World (bonus track); I’d Die For You (Incl. Orchestral Introduction) (bonus track)- History Repeats Its Pages (bonus videoclip)
You can enjoy the streaming of the first single “History Repeats Its Pages” on the Frontiers Records webradio now. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio
SOLEIL MOON will appear live at :
October 5th – Millennium Club, Ann Arbor, MI
October 25th – Callahans Music Hall, Auburn Hills, MI
More SOLEIL MOON live appearances are in the works. « On The Way to Everything »: a true monster of an AOR album !
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival wrapped its third year September 30, boasting nearly 300,000 in total attendance for the 30-city U.S. trek.
With a lineup that featured multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, and P.O.D., along with Adelitas Way, Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner in each city, the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was “one of the best values for rock fans, offering up what feels like a year’s worth of live music in one short day” according to Loudwire.com.
While the tour may be over, the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records continues as the 28 local market finalists are in the running for the Grand Prize package which includes a coveted spot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes. For full details, visit www.RockstarUPROAR.com/battleofthebands.
Local market Battle Of The Bands winners–who each had the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage at the 2012 UPROAR show in their area–are being evaluated through October 30 by a panel of music industry professionals and artists including: Jose Mangin from Sirius XM, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance, legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner, and music industry veteran Bill McGathy.
The grand prize package for the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records includes:
- A coveted spot to play live on the entire 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
- Record an EP with legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner at world famous NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA
- $10,000 worth of music gear
- Professional photo shoot with rock photographer Lisa Johnson
- Exclusive editorial feature in Revolver Magazine
- Music video by video director Strati Hovartos (www.stratihovartos.com)
- Featured content on Loudwire.com
- One year supply of Ernie Ball strings
- One year supply of Rockstar Energy Drink
Ernie Ball Stage headliner Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. shares, “We tried to check out the Battle Of The Bands winners whenever we could. There’s a lot of great talent out there and it’s great that Ernie Ball, UPROAR and Imagen are supporting these bands. They’re young and hungry and exciting to watch.”
UPROAR co-producer John Oakes comments: “It’s been amazing to watch 2011 Battle Of The Bands winner Mindset Evolution grow and expand their fan base over the past year. UPROAR is proud to be a part of their success and looks forward to helping develop many more up-and-coming rock bands over the years. I’m excited to find out who our 2012 winner will be!”
Brian Ball of Ernie Ball says, “Thousands of bands entered the Ernie Ball UPROAR Battle Of The Bands competition and we couldn’t have been more impressed with the level of talent. Live music is the lifeblood of our industry, and the UPROAR Battle of the Bands is living proof that Rock and Roll is alive and kicking!”
Check out exclusive interviews and performance clips of the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records finalists here:
Tour Market Local Market Winner Link
Kansas City, MO The Wreckage http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheWreckage/videos
St. Louis, MO Killer Me Killer You http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/KMKY22/videos
Chicago, IL 3 Years Hollow http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/3yearshollow/videos
Holmdel, NJ Scarlet Carson http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/ScarletCarson/videos
Syracuse, NY Face The King http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Facetheking/videos
Mansfield, MA Gone For Days http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/GoneForDays/videos
Scranton, PA True Becoming http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TrueBecoming/videos
Buffalo, NY Early Rise http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/earlyriseband/videos
Pittsburgh, PA The Riot http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheRiot/videos
Saratoga Springs, NY Mirk http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/mirk-music/videos
Bristow, VA Chuck Shaffer Picture Show
Simpsonville, SC Kelen Heller http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/KelenHeller/videos
Detroit, MI Suburban Syndicate http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/SuburbanSyndicate/videos
Indianapolis, IN 7 Days Away http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/7_Days_Away/videos
Cleveland, OH Impending Lies http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/impendinglies/videos
Raleigh, NC 21st Century Goliath http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/21cgband/videos
Atlanta, GA Poynte http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/POYNTE/videos
Tampa, FL Soul Switch http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/SoulSwitch/videos
Houston, TX Love Story’s End http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/LoveStorysEnd/videos
Dallas, TX Bow Prometheus http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/BowPrometheus/videos
Denver, CO Lost Autumn http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/lostautumn/videos
Salt Lake City, UT American Hitmen http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/americanhitmen/videos
Spokane, WA The Nixon Rodeo http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheNixonRodeo/videos
Auburn, WA Window Pane http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Windowpane/videos
Portland, OR In Her Memory http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/InHerMemory/videos
Boise, ID The Fallen Idols http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/sinner2011/videos
Phoenix, AZ A Story Beneath http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Astorybeneath/videos
Albuquerque, NM Skulldron http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Skulldron/videos