L.A. hard rock outfit recalls an old Seattle favorite
Maybe you’ve heard the galvanizing new single on rock radio—the one with the huge, inexorable riff and the oh-so-powerfully-familiar vocal track, the lead singer wailing like a banshee in the throes of some berserker madness. The name of the song is “Soulcrusher,” and no, it’s not a lost track from Seattle-era superheavies Soundgarden, nor is it a fresh cut from ex-’garden frontman Chris Cornell’s new solo album.
The band’s name is Operator, a Los Angeles-based five-piece rock outfit fronted by Johnny Strong, a young mixed martial arts enthusiast possessed of a distinctly Cornellian set of pipes.
A group of mostly unknown SoCal-area up-and-comers, Operator also features one established rocker in the person of former Floridian Paul Phillips, ex-guitarist for the poor-man’s-Nirvana Nu-metal outfit Puddle of Mudd. The band is currently touring, playing a series of free and low-cost radio-sponsored shows in support of its forthcoming Atlantic Records debut Soulcrusher .
“Chris Cornell is one of the greatest rock singers of all time, so I think it could be worse,” Phillips says of the comparisons, which have followed the band ever since the release of the “Soulcrusher” single.
“You could be compared to way worse,” he continues. “It is what it is. He opens his mouth and that’s what he sounds like, so it’s not like he’s going, ‘oh, I’ve got to sound like Cornell.’ It’s just what happens. Luckily, Johnny’s got an amazing voice and he nails it every night. So we certainly don’t take the comparison as a criticism, and we’re not complaining about it.”
Phillips joined the roughly four-year-old band two years ago. A Jacksonville ex-pat, he’d been living in Los Angeles since 1999, when he journeyed westward to enlist in Puddle of Mudd. He stayed with the band through two successful major label releases before quitting in 2004, a move motivated by both musical and personal differences.
“It came a time where I had to leave [Puddle of Mudd] to maintain my sanity and my integrity,” Phillips says. “I had to jump ship. I put out a bunch of calls, and got a call back from a friend who said, ‘hey, there’s a guy in L.A. who sings with this band called Operator, and you should really check them out.’
“So I went over to Johnny’s house and we started writing and demo-ing songs. We got the demos to Atlantic and Atlantic liked them. Since then, everything’s been great.”
Strong’s is the band’s dominant personality—its principle songwriter, its stellar vocal talent, and its most striking visual presence with his shirtless, carved physique, honed through years of martial arts training.
Phillips says Strong no longer competes—at least not regularly—in mixed martial arts tournaments, as he did prior to the band’s signing with Atlantic. “It’s not as serious anymore, just because we can’t have him showing up with a broken nose or something,” Phillips says. “We try to limit the competitions. You can’t go busting out a knee when you have to go on stage and rock.”
But he says Strong still trains fanatically, cleaving to a diet of mostly organic foods, even on the road with a collection of bandmates still prone to rock-star excess. “There’s the healthy side of the band and the crazy side of the band,” Phillips laughs. “There’s definitely a lot of partying going on, especially where I’m concerned. Johnny, definitely no, but with the rest of the band… we go from one end of the spectrum to the complete opposite.”
It remains to be seen whether the rest of Operator’s Atlantic debut, due out July 10, will fulfill the promise of the band’s crushing first single—though an early Penthouse review gave the Soulcrusher album five stars, calling it a must-have for rock fans still misty-eyed for the heyday of Grunge. “I think we turned in a true album,” Phillips says, “not like one of those bands that just has one song.
“I think I hear a little bit of the spirit of rock coming back in music now, that spirit from the time when rock was dangerous and had substance. When rock wasn’t just a faceless song that sounded good on the radio. It seems like there’s more straight up rock’n'roll. People just want to play the guitar and turn it up loud. Play it like it’s meant to be played.”
Courtesy of Metropulse
Which Ulster band is supporting the Stones? Here’s The Answer
Ulster rockers The Answer today told of their amazement at securing their biggest concert to date – supporting The Rolling Stones in front of 80,000 people in Serbia.
They also supported Aerosmith at Hyde Park in London.
The Stones gig is the latest in a series of successes for the band, who count tennis legend Pat Cash among their fans.
The re-release of their album Rise shipped over 10,000 in its first few weeks.
Speaking from Wimbledon, where he was planning to meet up with Australian star Cash later, The Answer’s frontman Cormac Neeson said he was still pinching himself about the massive support slot.
“It’s just amazing. The Rolling Stones are just about the best rock ‘n’ roll band of all time and so many of their albums have influenced The Answer, so to be asked to support them is such an honour,” he said.
“We were in Dublin supporting The Who at the weekend when we got word of the gig.
“We’ve been buzzing ever since.”
Cormac said the band had enjoyed a brilliant summer so far.
“The album sales are doing well and we’ve had great feedback on our MySpace page,” he said.
“And the Aerosmith gig was great. We played in front of about 60,000 people and the weather held for that one hour that we were on.
“The crowd stretched for as far as the eye could see and the atmosphere was brilliant.
“I decided just to relax and enjoy it and not get too nervous and that’s the attitude I’m going to take with the Serbian gig.”
As yet, the band hasn’t been approached about supporting the Rolling Stones when they play Slane Castle in Ireland later in the summer.
“I’ve been to Croatia before but never to Serbia and I’m really looking forward to taking in the sights and sounds,” Cormac added.
Will Pat Cash be joining them on tour? “Who knows, he might have some tennis legends event to attend but we’ll see,” he said.
“Myself and Paul (Mahon, The Answer’s guitarist) have been invited to Wimbledon by Pat. We don’t know who we’re going to see, but it’ll be great catching up with Pat later.”
Courtesy of the Belfast Telegraph
ROADRUNNER RECORDS SIGNS AUSTRALIAN ROCKERS AIRBOURNE:
Press Release / New York, NY- Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of Aussie hard rockers, Airbourne. Forming a genuine brand of fist-pumping, beer-slinging rock ‘n’ roll, Airbourne have established a respectable name for themselves in their native country. Although still very young, the band sonically tears pages from the bible of anthemic rock of the 70′s and 80′s, taking us back to a time where music was loud, fiercely genuine and hook laden. Their dynamic and energetic live performances offer a much-needed cure for the downtrodden vibe of popular music. Much like their forefathers, Airbourne offers nothing but a good time! Airbourne is: brothers Joel O’Keeffe (vocals/lead guitar) and Ryan O’Keeffe (drums), David Roads (guitar) and Justin Street (bass).
Forming out of the musical connection of two brothers, Airbourne was conceived by Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe, and was vested in their mutual love for bands such as Rose Tattoo, Van Halen, Motörhead, AC/DC and The Angels. Later joined by David Roads and Justin Street, the quartet set out to make straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, complete with catchy choruses, decadent themes and the driving rhythm to match.
“It’s hard to explain,” vocalist/guitarist Joel O’Keeffe states, “but that’s what I always wanted to hear – straight-ahead Aussie pub rock.” The resulting product was a stripped down approach to rock with song titles to match the party oriented sentiment. Investing time and money for the love of the music, the band spent years working the local circuit, eventually graduating to national tours and exposure. Years of hard work paid off, catching the attention of music fans throughout Australia and the world.
Roadrunner senior VP of A&R, Ron Burman, instantly fell in love with “their brand of anthemic, catchy, hard rock-n-roll.” He states, “I am so excited that we signed Airbourne. They are a young, fists in the air, high energy, in-your-face type of hard rock band. I saw them play a few times in Austin at South By Southwest and they blew me away.”
Sharing national stages with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Motley Crüe and The Living End, the band has honed in on its performance Zen. A live show is sure to include bursting energy, rowdy crowds singing their hearts out and free-flowing beer. “We always go on-stage and try to prove a point,” O’Keeffe directs, “about how GOOD rock ‘n’ roll is!” The band takes on the mission to spread that infectious love of rock, even performing at Australia’s biggest rock festival in 2006, Big Day Out. They are currently playing dates throughout Australia.
In June the band released Runnin’ Wild, a red-blooded collection of rallying rock anthems with undeniable choruses and feel good momentum in Australia. Scheduled to be released in the US and Europe through Roadrunner Records in early 2008, the album channels the endearing qualities of classic rock while breathing new life through modern production and arrangement. Boasting an all-star team, Runnin’ Wild was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot) and mixed by Andy Wallace (Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Linkin Park). With lead tracks such as “Runnin’ Wild,” “Stand Up For Rock n Roll,” and “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast,” Runnin’ Wild will be the new soundtrack to all-night partying. Airbourne have risen to the challenge and are ready to bring their authentic brand of power rock to the US in 2008!
WebLinks: www.airbournerock.com / www.myspace.com/airbournerock
You can check out their video for Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast below:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of JORN’s “Live In America” 2cd set on September 21st 2007 !
Recorded live during Jorn’s first ever concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner of the day on September 16th 2006. The incredible set saw Jorn offer a wide selection of songs taken from his solo albums, collaborations and a mindblowing Whitesnake medley, who made him one of the most successful acts ever in the history of the festival.
“Live In America” is a permanent testament to Jorn’s capabilities as an entertainer and to the incredible power and strength of his now legendary shows. The album also includes three studio tracks: a brand new recording of the title track of his third solo album “Out To Every Nation”, a Black Sabbath medley “Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth” and the unreleased “Sacrificial Feelings”
The album will be exclusively available in a lavish digipak edition. Tracklisting includes:
Cd1:We Brought The Angels Down; Blacksong; Duke Of Love; Are You Ready; Cold Sweat; Drum Solo; Out To Every Nation; Guitar Solo; Straight Through The Heart.
Cd2: Godless and Wicked; Soulburn; Devilbird; Perfect Strangers; Gonna Find The Sun; The Whitesnake Medley: Come On/Sweet Talker/Crying in the Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love; Out To Every Nation (2007 version, studio track); Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (studio track); Sacrificial Feelings (bonus studio track).
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the most exciting shows and performers of nowadays Hard Rock scene!
Queensryche Releases Live CD & DVD Capturing Epic ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ Saga In Its Entirety
Queensrÿche brought the group’s acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime albums to the stage last year performing the original and its 2006 sequel in their entirety during the group’s successful North American tour. The marathon shows included a full theatrical production complete with surround sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums’ characters onstage with the band. Rhino captures Queensrÿche’s epic performance in front of the quintet’s hometown crowd at the Moore Theater in Seattle with Mindcrime At The Moore. The double CD and double DVD versions will both be available July 3rd at all physical retail outlets and www.rhino.com.
The CD includes singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate along with guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield performing all 32 Mindcrime tracks plus a two-song encore featuring their signature hits-”Jet City Woman” and “Walk In The Shadows.” The DVD features the same performance expanded with bonus material including a tour documentary, a featurette on the band’s “Rock & Ride Across America” charity motorcycle ride for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, and a live performance of “The Chase” from the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, featuring Ronnie James Dio‘s only public appearance as Dr. X.
“This concert is the realization of an idea that began nearly two decades ago,” says Tate. “The story and music of Operation: Mindcrime is very dear to the band. We are thrilled with this performance and proud to share it with our audience.”
Queensrÿche released Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. Praised by critics and certified platinum, the album was an acclaimed success remaining on Billboard’s Top 200 for more than a year. In 2006 the band released a long-awaited sequel to their magnum opus to critical and commercial success. The album debuted at #14 on the Top 200, their highest debut in over a decade.
The concept albums follow an intriguing and complex plot that revolves around Dr. X, a political puppet master who brainwashes Nikki– the story’s main character– to assassinate corrupt public figures. The story also includes Nikki’s lover, Sister Mary. A former teenage prostitute who becomes a nun, Sister Mary is murdered mysteriously, leaving the cliffhanger “Who Killed Sister Mary?” Set 20 years after the original, Operation: Mindcrime II explores Nikki’s fate after being released from prison and reveals the identity of Mary’s killer. The album centers on revenge and what it does to people, their emotions and the choices they make.
Mindcrime At The Moore
1. I Remember Now
3. Revolution Calling
4. Operation: Mindcrime
6. Spreading The Disease
7. The Mission
8. Suite Sister Mary
9. The Needle Lies
10. Electric Requiem
11. Breaking The Silence
12. I Don’t Believe In Love
13. Waiting For 22
14. My Empty Room
15. Eyes Of A Stranger
1. Freiheit Ouvertüre
3. I’m American
4. One Foot In Hell
6. The Hands
7. Speed Of Light
8. Signs Say Go
9. Re-Arrange You
10. The Chase
13. If I Could Change It All
14. An Intentional Confrontation
15. A Junkie’s Blues
16. Fear City Slide
17. All The Promises
18. Walk In The Shadows
19. Jet City Woman
Bonus DVD Content:
-”The Chase” performed live with Ronnie James Dio in Los Angeles
-Queensryche Rock & Ride featurette
Operator Watch & Win Contest!
All that you have to do is watch the Soulcrusher video and you could win a Nokia XpressMusic phone and autographed gear from Operator! Check out the entire prize pack below.
· Nokia 5300 XpressMusic Mobile Phone
· Autographed Soulcrusher CD
· Autographed Operator Tour Poster
· SKRAP GEAR Mixed Martial Arts T-shirt
· Plastic Replica Executioner’s Axe
To enter, simply go to this link, watch Operator’s new Soulcrusher music video and enter your name and email. That’s it! The contest ends July 30th.
You can also watch a copy of the video below, but be sure to click the link above to enter the contest!
Stuck Mojo has released a new video for their song, I’m American. The powerful message in this video comes just in time for Independence Day.
If you like what you see here, you can download the new Stuck Mojo album, Southern Born Killers, off of the band’s website here.
The daughter of British musician ROD STEWART has been romantically linked to notorious bad boy rocker TOMMY LEE. Socialite Kimberley was photographed leaving a Los Angeles nightclub this week (ends29Jun07) with Pamela Anderson’s ex, 44-year old Lee, who is famed for substance abuse and shooting a homemade sex film with his ex-wife.
Lee – who was also once married to blonde Heather Locklear, went to jail in 1998 for physically abusing Anderson. A friend of Stewart says, “Tommy Lee makes Calum Best look like a saint. It won’t be long before Rod’s on the phone.”
Comment: Does Tommy Lee certainly has a thing for famous blondes? At least Kimberly Stewart isn’t a household name yet.
VAN HALEN is preparing to hit the road in the U.S. beginning in September. The group’s lineup for the trek is expected to include David Lee Roth (vocals), Eddie Van Halen (guitar), Alex Van Halen (drums) and Eddie’s 16-year-old son Wolfgang Van Halen (bass).
Wolfgang Van Halen, the projected replacement for VH bassist Michael Anthony, told People magazine in April 2007 that he wasn’t disappointed there wasn’t’ going to be a VAN HALEN tour this summer following his father’s decision to check himself into rehab. “My dad’s taking care of himself,” he said. “I also think I’m too young for the experience, because I know there are a lot of bad things out there.”
Eddie Van Halen issued a statement addressed to fans in early March announcing that he was seeking treatment because “at the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best.
“That’s why I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110 percent that I feel I owe you and want to give you,” the statement said.
Back in January, Eddie Van Halen told Rolling Stone magazine about Wolfgang, “Wait until you hear this kid play. I pick him up from school every day and we jam. We’ve got a shredding bass player now that’s laying down the law for Alex [Van Halen, drums], so I get to weave in and out.”
Courtesy of Melodic Rock
Representatives for Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise will be on site at the Rocklahoma music festival in Pryor, OK July 13-15. In addition to passing out information and taking reservations for the four-day music vacation featuring performances by Vince, SKID ROW, SLAUGHTER and more, they will be registering concert-goers throughout the weekend for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for two on board Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise, January 24-28, 2008. The trip will be awarded live from the Rocklahoma main stage between QUEENSRŸCHE and TWISTED SISTER‘s performances on Sunday, July 15t If you’re going to be at the festival, be sure to stop by the Motley Cruise tent, or look for one of the beautiful Motley Cruise directors walking around the festival grounds for full details on the cruise and on how to enter.
For more information on Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise, visit www.motleycruise.com.
Dayton, OH Gets Its’ First KISS Expo
It will be held Saturday, September 15th from 1:00PM to 8:00PM (11:00AM for VIP holders) at:
Dayton Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
2455 Dryden Road
Dayton, OH 45439
Call 937-294-1471 for hotel reservations
Special guests include KISS tribute band Mr. Speed. The same band that ACE FREHLEY jumped on stage and performed ‘Shock Me’ with at the first anniversary of the KISS Coffee House in Myrtle Beach, SC. More guests and surprises will be announced soon!
Children 12 and under get in free! Merchandise and collectibles will be on sale throughout the day. There will be giveaways and contests too.
VIP ticket holders will be able to get in two hours early (11am) and get a FREE collectible. VIP tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Regular admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
For vendor information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit kissarmywarehouse.com.
To order tickets, click here.
Comment: Has anyone ever been to one of these things? Is it worth the cash?
File this one under “Communication Breakdown.”
Yesterday, at a press conference in Greece for this weekend’s RockWave Festival, headliner Robert Plant denied the rumors and said he hadn’t heard anything about a Zep reunion.
When asked about the one-off show, Plant joked, “I don’t know if there would be enough doctors to support it.”
Previously, sources close to the Zeppelin camp had said that members Jimmy Page, Plant and John Paul Jones were planning to reunite for a memorial concert in London for Ahmet Ertegun, the Atlantic Records founder who died in 2006, and that if all went well, a full Zeppelin tour (with Jason Bonham on drums) would commence next year.
The RockWave Festival is happening June 29 and July 1 and 3, and will feature such artists as Plant, Metallica, Chris Cornell, Europe, Mastodon, My Dying Bride, Heaven and Hell, Dream Theater, Iced Earth and others. For more information, visit rockwavefestival.gr.
Courtesy of Guitar World
NEW YORK – In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, hard rock band Drowning Pool, non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and 15 year-old YouTube video producer Lizzie Palmer are teaming up to encourage young people to support expanded health care for veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. They are launching a campaign called ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ and asking Americans to support legislation currently before congress which addresses the urgent need to get better mental health care for veterans. The campaign includes a website (www.thisisforthesoldiers.org) which hosts a petition urging congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video created by Palmer.
While ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ officially kicks off the week of July 4th, supporting the troops is nothing new for anyone involved. Rockers Drowning Pool toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. “We have had the opportunity to meet the troops overseas, come back to the states and get invited to different bases in difference cities. We have spent countless time with soldiers who do what they do without question and you can’t help being touched by that,” said Drowning Pool lead singer Ryan McCombs. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Bassist Stevie Benton remarks, “After returning from Baghdad, our priority was writing a song about our troops, for our troops. I hope they will accept the song as a show of our respect and thanks for all they do for our country.” Drowning Pool named their upcoming concert tour after the campaign and plans to donate fifty cents from each ticket sale to IAVA and fifty cents to the USO. IAVA, founded by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff, has been advocating since 2004 on behalf of returning servicemembers. It is the first and largest group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even Ohio teen Lizzie Palmer has taken action before. “Remember Me,” her previous music video honoring U.S. troops, has gotten over 12 million hits on YouTube. Her latest video, for Drowning Pool’s “Soldiers”, will be released on July 4th.
Now it’s time to get other people involved.
“Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director. “Our alliance with Drowning Pool and Lizzie provides a great platform for raising awareness among young people about the challenges veterans face. At least one in three Iraq veterans will cope with a serious mental health issue, like depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s crucial that we put systems in place now to help them.” The trio is encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military. A letter written by the band has already been sent to members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and was recently read before the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. “This Is For the Soldiers’ gives young people a chance to make a real difference in the lives of our country’s newest generation of veterans,” said Rieckhoff.
Against Me! will release their new album, New Wave, on July 10th. The follow-up to 2005′s Searching For A Former Clarity was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins).
New Wave will be available on CD, a Special Edition CD/DVD, 180 gram yellow vinyl and digital download.
To celebrate the release, Hard Rock Hideout is giving one lucky winner an Against Me! autographed Gibson guitar.
5 runners-up will score an autographed copy of the vinyl 7″ for “White People For Peace.”
Please click on the following link to get signed up today!
Be sure to check out the following audio and video clips at the links below!
“White People For Peace” (Quicktime – 128k) http://streamos.wbr.com/qtime/wbr/againstme/audio/againstme_001_white-people-for-peace_128.mov
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At the end of summer, Trapt will be releasing the album Trapt Live! which will feature the new single “Stay Alive”. Check out “Stay Alive” here! .
Trapt will head into the studio in July to start work on their next studio album with producer GGGarth Richardson, who co-produced the bands debut album. The band is also putting together a new tour and will hit the road in October. For more info on Trapt and their new live album, check out their Myspace page at this location.
The Answer are big in Japan but can they become just as popular closer to home?
“Things are easy when you’re big in Japan,” sang the synth-pop act Alphaville in 1984. Some 23 years on it’s a sentiment not lost on the young hard-rock outfit The Answer, whose stirring Free and Led-Zeppelin-influenced album Rise shifted 14,000 copies there in its first week of release.
In Britain, Kerrang! had already dubbed them “the new kings of rock” but, in February 2007, when Rise reached No27 in the Japanese chart, a trip to the Orient beckoned. If The Answer’s debut album could chart in Japan without them playing there, what would happen when they actually showed up?
Two months later, I’ve joined the band in the futuristic, neon-lit surrounds of Shibuya, Tokyo to find out. Their first promotional engagement is a sold-out show at the AX Club that also happens to be the County Down quartet’s first performance in Asia. With an 11-strong camera-crew in attendance to film the concert for Japanese television, the group is understandably nervous. “I’ll be fine when I start hitting things,” laughs the drummer James Heatley as he paces a backstage dressing room.
Like Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), and Micky Waters (bass), Heatley is still nursing a saki-and-Sapporo-beer-induced hangover. Still, the astronaut-style vitamin-drink packs and hand-rolled sushi that the Japanese have provided are helping, as are the gifts of custom-built electric guitars and “welcome to Tokyo” bouquets. “They’ve thought of everything,” attests the red-haired, spectacularly side-burned singer Neeson, holding up a glow-in-the-dark set list. The Japanese show comes hot on the tail of a tour of Australia supporting Queens of the Stone Age, and Neeson and his cohorts are in buoyant mood.
Impressively, The AX club also boasts a state-of-the-art sound-desk and a stage-set that has been especially designed for the Irish visitors. “We asked for a backdrop and we got Star Trek!” beams James Cassidy, the UK head of Albert Productions, the independent label to which The Answer are signed.
Cassidy is clearly delighted to see such attention being lavished upon his band. “You have to remember that hard rock not being cool is a very British problem,” he says. “It’s just not like that over here.”
Events while exploring the chic Shibuya district with The Answer the previous evening had certainly borne this out. Various fashionable young fans had approached the no-frills, Seventies-style rockers; the boys wanted things signed, and the girls wanted photos with the band that they took it in turns to snap on dazzlingly hi-tech phones. “Three months ago we were unheard of here,” Cormac Neeson had remarked, obviously flattered by all the attention. “Funny old world, eh?”
“We did a licensing deal with the Japanese independent label WHD Entertainment late last November,” explains James Cassidy when quizzed further about The Answer’s success in Asia. “They were very passionate, but I don’t think either side anticipated things would move as fast as they did. As a label ourselves, we expected they’d need a few months to build the band’s profile and that the album would come out in March or April. They said, ‘No, 24 January – it’s all going to be fine.’
“I knew they’d serviced to print and radio but I was still pretty surprised when I got this e-mail saying Rise had exploded onto the Japanese market. I was like: ‘Exploded, you say? What does that mean exactly?’ They told me they hadn’t seen a new band impact like this since Bon Jovi, and that they were going to ship another 15,000 units immediately. At one point only Norah Jones and Bloc Party were higher in the international chart. You think it can’t be right and there’s something fishy going on, but no.”
In Britain, The Answer can count Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and the former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale among their fans. Joe Elliott, the frontman with the hugely successful pop-metal act Def Leppard, also rates them highly. When AOL interviewed Elliott recently about his own band’s forthcoming new album he cited “…this young Irish band called The Answer” as a possible influence. “They’re amazing – they could be the new Free,” he added.
Such “peer accolades”, as Cassidy calls them, have helped push the total sales of Rise close to 100,000 units – remarkable given that airplay for the band in Europe has been virtually non-existent. “It’s very frustrating,” says Cassidy. “With some Radio 1 support I firmly believe we’d be doing at least 300,000 albums worldwide.”
A fixture of the County Down live circuit as early as 2000, The Answer are not the overnight success that they might at first appear. Mahon and Waters worked with several other frontmen before recruiting the mighty-lunged Neeson, and it wasn’t until he returned from a working holiday in New York and Heatley finished studying at Belfast’s Queens University that the definitive line-up of The Answer arrived. “From there, we spent four years just plugging away,” says Neeson. “We sent demos to umpteen different record labels, journalists and DJs.” “Once a month we’d drive over to London from Belfast to play showcases at places like The Dublin Castle in Camden,” adds Waters, “then we’d pack up our gear and drive straight to Holyhead to get the ferry home. We did that trip 14 times.” Not for nothing did The Answer call their debut EP Keep Believin’, the group having secured a deal with Australian independent label Albert Productions in 2005.
Established in the 1960s and home to such hard-rock royalty as AC/DC, Albert Productions clearly has the financial clout and knowledge of the hard rock market to steer The Answer effectively. “We’re a top priority there and we know they’re going to bust their balls as much as we are,” says Neeson. “We’re going to build things up over three or four albums.”
The band were thrilled to be able to record parts of Rise at Olympic studios in Barnes, a complex that has played host to Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Having lunch alongside Eric Clapton was certainly fun, they tell me, but sessions for Rise at Monnow Valley studios in Wales were to prove memorable for less pleasant reasons.
“Basically, we got a serious haunting!” says Waters. “James and I were sharing this room that had three female ghosts. You’d feel this pressure on your chest, or they’d slap your face and you’d hear them laughing.” Heatley adds: “It was terrifying! I couldn’t sleep except on the couch downstairs.” The Answer eventually emerged with an album that Classic Rock magazine called “The best British rock debut of the decade.”
On its release in Britain in June 2006, gloriously unreconstructed riff-fests such as “Under The Sky” and “Come Follow Me” won the band legions of new fans – and a Royal Albert Hall support slot with Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free. The ultimate stamp of approval, though, came when Philomena Lynott, mother of late Thin Lizzy legend Phil Lynott, allowed The Answer’s Micky Waters a go on the black, mirror-scratch-plated Fender bass that her son is pictured with on the cover of Lizzy’s seminal 1978 album, Live and Dangerous.
“It was incredible – too much, almost,” says The Answer’s bass guitarist. “Philomena had it locked in her basement and, because Phil wrote on it, you could feel all that history, all those songs. We played a gig to help raise funds for the bronze statue of Phil that went up in Dublin, and that was Philomena’s way of saying thanks. She’s a lovely woman. We call her the queen of Ireland.”
The Answer and Albert Productions also seem mindful of the fate of The Darkness, the last British hard-rock act to make it big. A poppier, much more flamboyantly packaged act than The Answer, Justin Hawkins’s band topped the UK album charts with Permission to Land, then nose-dived with the appalling follow-up. Hawkins subsequently went solo and had a failed stab at Eurovision Song Contest success earlier this year. Ouch.
Neeson says: “It was a shame to see it, because The Darkness guys were good to us whenever we played together. Our music is very different, though – we avoid the novelty aspect.” This, coupled with the fact that The Answer were smart enough to record far more material than they needed for Rise, means that they already have plenty of ammunition for that difficult second album. “There’s a monster ballad with strings already in the can,” says James Cassidy. “It’s going to blow people away.”
Back at Shibuya AX, The Answer are wrapping up a taut and muscular set. Two things have distinguished the concert from its British equivalent: the superior quality of the live sound, and the quiet, almost devotional reverence of the audience. “Arigatou!” roars the sweat soaked Neeson, thanking locals, but the slogan on the T-shirt of the Japanese fan nearest me suggests he needn’t have worried about things being lost in translation. “Everything louder than everything else!” it reads.
Courtesy of Belfast Telegraph
Dave Evans, Awards Nomination!
Dave Evans, the former singer of AC/DC, has been nominated for the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards to take place on November 29th in LA! The Nomination is for Rock Group with Vocal for the Song, Sold My Soul To Rock and Roll.
The Los Angeles Music Awards is the largest and longest running Hollywood red carpet event for Independent Artists in the world!
More information is available at the L.A. Music Awards website.
You can also check out at the Hard Rock Hideout, Dave Evans Podcast here!
New Jetboy, The Glam Years Movie And CD out this summer 2007
The complete CD/Dvd release will be available late this summer on Cleopatra records with the audio portion available on itunes next month. The audio disc will include 21 songs In a chronological order of old demos from the bands 8 year run plus the re-recording of their hit single ‘Feel The Shake’ along with their rocked up version of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ !!
The DVD side will include a show from 1986 at the Whisky a Go Go along with a slide show photo movie of rare & personal photos through the years plus interviews & footage from the re-recording of ‘Feel The Shake’ & their cover version of ‘Folsom Proison Blues’.
The packaging will be loaded with old photos along with a complete story on the bands history with quotes from each member and more.
STARBREAKER II – Featuring Tony Harnell – Due Out Next Year
It is with great pride we announce the continuum of the Starbreaker saga. There has been much speculation as to what Tony Harnell’s next move would be after leaving TNT in April 2006; we can now reveal that Tony will be teaming up with the STARBREAKER gang for the creation of Starbreaker II.
The line up has gone through a change and on this new release we introduce Swedish bass player Tomas Johansson (SCAAR). Together with the rest of the band: vocals – Tony Harnell (TNT, WESTWORLD, MORNING WOOD), guitar -Magnus Karlsson (LAST TRIBE, ALLEN/LANDE, BOB CATLEY), drums – John Macaluso (UNION RADIO, ARK, TNT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), an album will be ready for release early 2008.
The album will be written and co-produced by Tony Harnell and Magnus Karlsson and both are excited to take Starbreaker to the next level. Tony comments: “After having taken some valuable time off with my family I am ready and excited to jump into this project. As I really enjoyed the first Starbreaker album, it felt only natural to do a second one. In addition to Starbreaker, the song writing for my first solo album is well under way and I have some killer tracks I am absolutely thrilled with!”
Courtesy of Bravewords
Comment: Magnus Karlsson is the guitarist on the last two Allen Lande releases, The Battle and The Revenge. This one will be a must own release.
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Bon Jovi topped the U.S. album charts for the first time since 1988 on Wednesday, while rock duo the White Stripes scored a personal best with a No. 2 debut for their latest release.
Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” sold 292,000 copies in the week ended June 24, the rock troupe’s biggest one-week sum since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. The Island/Mercury Nashville set is Bon Jovi’s third No. 1 album, joining 1988′s “New Jersey” and 1987′s “Slippery When Wet.”
Sales were fueled in part by the group’s new country fanbase, wrangled in with the Grammy-winning 2006 hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” featuring Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.
The White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” sold 223,000 copies. Jack and Meg White have enjoyed increasing success with each new album: 2005′s “Get Behind Me Satan,” started at No. 3 with 189,000, 2003′s “Elephant” peaked at No. 6, and 2002′s “White Blood Cells” topped out at No. 61. “Icky Thump” also opened at No. 1 in Britain, their second chart-topper after “Elephant.”
Brad Paisley’s fifth studio album, “5th Gear,” bowed at No. 3 with 197,000 units, the country singer’s best sales week ever. Last week’s champ, Toby Keith’s “Big Dog Daddy” slid to No. 4 with 73,000, suffering a 64% sales hit.
Paul McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full” fell two to No. 5 in its third week with 64,000, while Linkin Park’s former chart-topper “Minutes to Midnight” sat tight at No. 6 with 63,000.
Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” rose three places to No. 7 with 62,000, Maroon 5′s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” dropped four to No. 8 also with 62,000, and Fabolous’ “From Nothin’ to Somthin’” tumbled seven to No. 9 with 59,000 in its second week. T-Pain’s “Epiphany” fell five to No. 10 with 56,000.
Powered by the hit single “Party Like a Rockstar,” rap combo Shop Boyz’ debut album “Rockstar Mentality” opened at No. 11 with 52,000. Other big debuts included Lifehouse’s fourth album “Who We Are” at No. 14 with 49,000, rapper Huey’s “Notebook Paper” at No. 26 with 29,000, Chrisette Michele’s “I Am” at No. 29 with 26,000, and Mandy Moore’s “Wild Hope” at No. 30 with 25,000.
Album sales were down 7.1% from last week’s total at 8.9 million units and down 5.2% compared to the same week last year. Overall album sales for the year are down 15% compared to last year at 221 million units.
Courtesy of Billboard
Comment: Almost 300,000 people foolishly spent their money on this pointless drivel. Amazon has 70 used copies now.
Sorry Warner Brothers has cracked down on Youtube….the trailer is no longer available.
Fans lucky enough to score tickets to HEAVEN AND HELL’s Radio City Music Hall performance on March 30 — the concert sold out in a matter of minutes — were fortunate witnesses to the glorious return of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Onstage in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years, the group let loose an onslaught of iconic metal spotlighting Dio’s memorable tenure with BLACK SABBATH.
Rhino relives every bone-crushing riff and thunderous howl from the evening with a trio of releases available August 28. HEAVEN AND HELL “Live From Radio City Music Hall” will be available at regular retail outlets both as a two-disc CD set and as a DVD for a suggested list price of $19.98 and $19.99 respectively.
Available exclusively from http://www.rhino.com, the concert will also be released as a deluxe three-disc set (2CD/DVD) for a suggested list price of $49.98. The special set features tour memorabilia including a tour program, backstage laminate, glossy photos of the band and other tour items.
“Live From Radio City Music Hall” captures the band bashing its way through some of the Dio era’s best including “Mob Rules”, “Die Young”, “Neon Knights”, “Children Of The Sea” and an epic 15-minute-plus version of “Heaven And Hell”. The quartet also performed a pair of new songs — the hit single “The Devil Cried” and “Shadow Of The Wind”. Both songs debuted earlier this year on “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” (Rhino/Warner Bros. Records), the first comprehensive introduction to the Dio era’s legacy. The DVD will include the entire show shot in breathtaking HD as well as a tour documentary and other bonus footage.
Following this spring’s successful U.S. tour, HEAVEN AND HELL is scheduled to spend the summer playing concerts and festivals around the world. In early September, the group will return to the U.S. for another round of shows.
Together for a short but memorable time — a trio of studio albums, a classic live album and a couple of tours — the second coming of BLACK SABBATH began in 1979 when founding members Iommi and Butler were joined by Dio. The former singer of ELF (and later RAINBOW and DIO) added his fiery, demonic howl to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s unmistakable sound.
The Dio-led lineup disbanded in 1983 and reunited in 1992 to record “Dehumanizer” and tour before again going on hiatus.
“Live From Radio City Music Hall” CD and DVD track listing:
01. E5150/After All (The Dead)
02. The Mob Rules
03. Children Of The Sea
04. Lady Evil
06. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
08. The Devil Cried
09. Computer God
10. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
11. Shadow Of The Wind
12. Die Young
13. Heaven And Hell
14. Lonely Is The Word
15. Neon Knights
Comment: Someone sign me up for the Deluxe Edition!
The secret is out! SHADOWS FALL will be performing a Myspace Secret Show, presented by Chilis, with The Probates, The Uncomfortables and Hot Black in Northampton, Massachussetts on June 28.
Doors @ 6:00 PM
THURSDAY : FREE! All Ages!
June 28th, 2007
10 Pearl St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Entry is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Operator is a new band that is about to break out big time.
Check out the new video for their song Soulcrusher!
The new CD Soulcrusher arrives in stores on July10th
It is 56 days until the new release of the Nikki Sixx Soundtrack for his book, the Heroin Diaries.
Nikki Sixx has released the following video for the song, Life is Beautiful, in support of the up and coming soundtrack and book. His band Sixx A.M. features James Michael and DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures) as well, Check it out!
Sixx A.M. – Life is Beautiful
You can also check out this Ecard with an excerpt from the first Chapter of the book, the Heroin Diaries!
This week at the Hard Rock Hideout, I have added a couple of new features.
- You can now search music reviews by the Country that band is from. Just click on the flag of nationality and voila.
- I also added Flickr photos to the site today. I loaded a few Vince Neil Concert Photos. I plan to add more as time permits.
- In case you didn’t know, the Hard Rock Hideout has a forum/message board. Click on Dee Snider’s Head over to the right to enter the board.
The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!).
To protest these rates and encourage you to take action and contact your Congressional representatives, Stickman Radio is taking part in the Day of Silence, by silencing their programming for today.
We ask that you excuse the interruption of our normal programming, and ask that you take action to help ensure this silence is not permanent. Please call your Congressional Representatives today. Click the link below:
Great Stations like the Stickman Radio, The Pirate and KNAC are in immediate danger. All of these stations play great hard rock music, with deep cuts that you will not hear anywhere else.
They also carry great programs like the Hairball John Radio Show. Without these great online radio stations, great 80′s hard rock music will be much harder to listen to online.
Please get involved today!
Whilst the rest of the world were revelling in the Glastonbury mud Aerosmith and Run DMC made waves in London, with a triumphant reunion at Hyde Park Calling.
A rainy day with performances from Aussie rockers Jet, Soundgarden‘s Chirs Cornell and The Answer amongst others was capped off last night (June 24) by an awesome set from rock legends Aerosmith – returning to the UK stage for the first time in nine years.
With a wet audience refusing to let their spirits be dampened by the weather Steve Tyler and Joe Perry joined their fans in the rain, running up and down the runway stage which extended deep into the crowds.
In a week which has seen old school rockers Iggy Pop, Pete Townsend and Ozzy Osbourne show the youngsters how its really done Steve Tyler and co. once again proved that age is no obstacle to an explosive performance.
Despite the glaring ommissions of ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Pink’ the set – which kicked off with ‘Love In An Elevator‘ – was utterly incendiary with highlights including ‘Livin’ On The Edge’, ‘Cryin’ and more recent hit ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’.
But the piece de resistance had to be Run DMC‘s appearance on stage for their 20 year old reunion with Aerosmith for the encore, with a blistering rendition of their joint 1986 classic ‘Walk This Way’ sending the crowds wild with excitement and drawing the Hyde Park Calling weekend’s festivities to a suitable close.
Comment: Here is a reunion that I never thought I would hear about again!
For over 25 years, Axel Rudi Pell has counted as one of Germany’s most versatile guitarists. With over a dozen studio albums, he has a record of brilliant productions, loved by his fans and greeted with respect and praise by the press. Alongside numerous original compositions, cover versions of his favourite songs have always taken a special place in his work. The musician from Wattenscheid, Germany, has not only covered the work of his own idols, such as DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, but also numbers by acts such as ALPHAVILLE, FREE, JIMI HENDRIX and URIAH HEEP. Now Pell is scheduled to release “Diamonds Unlocked” on October 1, 2007 (Germany: September 28; USA: to be announced), his first album consisting exclusively of compositions by other musicians, proving his expertise when it comes to the history of rock and pop music. Axel Rudi Pell has recorded ten cover songs, among them surprising new versions of real classics. “I have always stressed that I don’t have a hard rock and metal fixation,” he points out. “I don’t think in terms of pigeonholes. If I like a track for whatever reason, I don’t care about its stylistic direction. Every song on this album made me want to cover it at some stage when I heard the original.”
Pell is referring to tracks such as the PHIL COLLINS megahit “In The Air Tonight”, his own version sounding tailor-made for the ARP band. “Of course we rearranged some of the songs to suit our style 100%,” the maestro explains. “‘In The Air Tonight’ features an extra drums and percussions part, plus added speed towards the end. And I don’t suppose I have to mention that the guitar solo is longer than on the original.” Equally surprising, although certainly logical in this context, is the extremely catchy U2 number “Beautiful Day” (“a timeless classic, absolutely wicked, an ingenious melody and a great chorus”), and the CHRIS REA song “Stone”, which Pell discovered in a rather roundabout way. “It wasn’t Chris Rea’s original that convinced me but the cover version by THE LAW, a project initiated by FREE/BAD COMPANY/QUEEN vocalist Paul Rodgers and ex-THE WHO drummer Kenny Jones, from their 1991 debut album.” Talking of FREE and THE WHO: the ARP version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” sounds extremely classy and fast-paced, and “Heartbreaker” sees Pell present a classic by a band that has had a lasting influence on him. “FREE inspired me to learn to play the guitar,” he said. “Their guitarist Paul Kossoff had this extremely singing, melancholy blues sound that set him apart from thousands of other guitarists.”
“Diamonds Unlocked” was recorded by the tried-and-tested lineup consisting of Axel Rudi Pell, vocalist Johnny Gioeli, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Mike Terrana. Pell produced the album single-handedly, and Charlie Bauerfeind took care of the mix.
“Diamonds Unlocked” track listing:
01. The Diamond Overture
02. Warrior (RIOT)
03. Beautiful Day (U2)
04. Stone (CHRIS REA/THE LAW)
05. Love Gun (KISS)
06. Fools Game (MICHAEL BOLTON)
07. Heartbreaker (FREE)
08. Rock The Nation (MONTROSE)
09. In The Air Tonight (PHIL COLLINS)
10. Like A Child Again (THE MISSION)
11. Won’t Get Fooled Again (THE WHO)
Iced Earth Releases Cover Art Image
Jeff Duncan, the guitar player from Armored Saint, has another kick ass band called DC4.
DC4 is made up of Jeff on lead vocals and guitar, alongside his brothers Matt on bass and Shawn on drums WITH former Dio shredder Rowan Robertson on guitar. Over the last few months the guys have been writing and recording new music with Saint bass player Joey Vera producing the music. The new album will be titled Explode and features some fantastic hard rock with the kind of shredding you would expect from two seasoned metal guitarists like Jeff & Rowan.
Last week Jeff laid down the final vocals for the album and the band expects to have things rolled out in July or August. Of the final touches being put on the new music, Jeff had this to say, “I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! Joey has done a fantastic job producing it and the band sounds amazing!”
Check out DC4 at their myspage page here.
GUNS N’ ROSES frontman AXL ROSE was left fuming at a Brisbane, Australia concert when a fan unhappy with the band’s late arrival onstage threw a drink at him.
Rose and his bandmates took the Brisbane Entertainment Center stage at 11.45pm on Wednesday (20Jun07), angering fans who had paid up to AUS$175 ($150/£75) to attend.
Seconds into opening song Welcome To The Jungle, a can of drink narrowly missed Rose, although its contents still managed to splatter the singer.
He told the crowd, “Is that what you want? You want a battle. If you’re going to act like that, then you know I don’t have to be here.” Rose proceeded to walk offstage throughout the set, forcing his bandmates to improvise extended solos to cover his absence, reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Courtesy of World Entertainment News Network
“Just in Time for Independence Day, Velvet Revolver is bringing you some new tunes to crank up at your 4th of July Celebrations!”
‘The feel, the energy of Libertad is about the eternal struggle for freedom — personal and social freedoms.”
So says Velvet Revolver’s frontman Scott Weiland in describing the band’s forthcoming album Libertad, scheduled for release July 3 on RCA Records. It will be preceded by the track “She Builds Quick Machines.”
“Libertad has soul,” Weiland continued. “What we’re trying to say on a musical and lyrical level is clearer this time. The songs may have started out being very personal but they took on a more universal truth as they were nurtured by the five-headed beast that is Velvet Revolver.”
The band is Scott Weiland (lead vocals), Slash (guitars), Dave Kushner (guitars), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). The members each bring a wealth of rock history to the band: Weiland fronted Stone Temple Pilots and Slash, McKagan and Sorum were the heart of Guns N’ Roses. Kushner, formerly of Wasted Youth, was in McKagan’s band Loaded.
The songs took on a life of their own in pursuit of groove. When it was nearly done, we realized the idea of freedom kept coming up. Serendipity hit when Duff came to a session wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with ‘Libertad’ and Slash found a coin struck with ‘Libertad’. It all added up to naming the album Libertad—which is Spanish for freedom.”
Produced by Brendan O’Brien, Libertad is the follow-up to Contraband, VR’s debut album, released in June 2004, which earned three million in sales worldwide, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #1 and was awarded a Grammy for the lead track, “Slither.”
“O’Brien really helped us challenge ourselves on a musical level. Libertad definitely rocks, but there are a lot more textures and everyone really raised the bar on their skills. It just goes places the first album didn’t go.”
Between Contraband and Libertad, Velvet Revolver toured the world and supported each other through personal struggles, becoming even more tightly bonded as brothers-in-arms. “We toured for two years and got really close in the making of this album.”
The road warriors will spend June on tour in Europe with an emphasis on festival appearances, followed by a Canadian swing, and a big American tour at the end of the summer.
Check the band’s website for the latest tour updates: www.velvetrevolver.com.
08.05.07 Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, MD
08.06.07 Turning Stone Casino Verona, NY
08.08.07 Buffalo Chip Campground Sturgis, SD
08.11.07 Bell Centre Montreal, QC
08.12.07 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, ON
08.14.07 Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA
08.16.07 Darien Lake Perf Arts Center Darien, NY
08.17.07 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
08.18.07 Nikon at Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
08.20.07 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Camden, NJ
08.21.07 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
08.23.07 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
08.24.07 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA
08.27.07 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
08.28.07 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL
08.29.07 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
Following the six-times-platinum success of “Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977″, KISS has announced that “Kissology Volume 2″ will be released on August 14, 2007!
The “Kissology Volume 2″ DVD set will encompass 1978 – 1992, and include seven hours of live KISS on three DVDs. A bonus fourth DVD will be made available via exclusive distribution outlets.
The DVD track listings are as follows:
* Land Of Hype And Glory with Edwin Newman – (1/10/78)
* The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder – (10/31/79)
Additional material pending
* “Shandi” (music video) – (1980)
* CNN Interview with Peter Criss – (9/24/80)
* Countdown – (9/21/80)
* Rockpop – (9/13/80)
“She’s So European”
“Talk To Me”
* KISS Invades Australia – (11/80) Documentary
* Sydney Showground: Sydney, Australia – (11/22/80)
“Detroit Rock City”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Talk To Me”
“Is That You”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“New York Groove”
“God Of Thunder”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“King Of The Night Time World”
* Fridays – (1/15/82)
“A World Without Heroes”
* Top Pop – (11/82)
“I Love It Loud”
* Maracana Stadium: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil -(6/18/83)
“Creatures Of The Night”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“I Love It Loud”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
* MTV Special: KISS Unmasking -(9/18/83)
* Cascais Hall: Lisbon, Portugal – (10/11/83)
“Creatures Of The Night”
“Detroit Rock City”
* The Spectrum: Philadelphia, PA – (12/18/87)
“Bang Bang You”
“No, No, No”
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Reason To Live”
* The Palace At Auburn Hills: Detroit, MI – (10/14/90)
“I Stole Your Love”
“Heaven’s On Fire”
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“Fits Like A Glove”
“Hide Your Heart”
“Lick It Up”
“God Of Thunder”
“Tears Are Falling”
“I Love It Loud”
“Detroit Rock City”
“I Want You”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
* Music Video- (1991):
“God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II”
* Day In Rock – (11/25/91): MTV News excerpt
Bonus Fourth Disc:
“The Crazy Nights Tour” (4/21/88) – Tokyo, Japan – Budokan Hall
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Heaven’s On Fire”
“I Love It Loud”
“Lick It Up”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“Detroit Rock City”