Legendary Sunset Strip band L.A. Guns will Embark on a fall world tour that will take them to Australia for the first time and will hookup with rock icons Hanoi Rocks for a European tour that will take them through Italy, Spain, the U.K. and Scotland.
The “ONE AND ONLY L.A.GUNS” featuring the real voice of L.A.Guns, the charasmatic Phil Lewis, legendary drummer Steve Riley,Lead Guitarist Stacey Blades and Bassist Scotty Griffin will hit the Australian shores for 4 dates in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The Guns are stoked and honoured to be playing for rabid Aussie fans and this tour will surely blow the roof off down under!
Phil, Steve, Stacey and Scott are eager to get back to Europe as L.A.GUNS have not played there in 2 years. The Demolition Ball tour which will also feature Vixen is sure to pack the houses and the boys are stoked to be playing the famed “Astoria” in London.
The Guns will be playing all the favourites plus a few numbers from their crictically acclaimed 2005 release “Tales From The Strip”.
The band plans to release a new album in 2008 and will be produced once again by the legendary Andy Johns(Stones,Zepplin,Van Halen,etc)
The Climax and return of the European Tour for the Guns to the States will feature a show with Vince Neil of Motley Crue at the Myth in Minneapolis as part of a Thanksgiving Midwest Holiday run of dates prior to returing to home turf of the Sunset Strip.
If there’s no education like adversity, then Hurt is the smartest band around. On the quartet’s second Capitol album, Vol. II, the sweat and sacrifice is palpable in the dozen potent tracks, which further the dramatic alt-metal meld forged on 2006’s Vol. 1. Singer J. Loren goes so far to say that Hurt’s music has the power to save lives: “I know that’s not unfounded, because people have written to the band and told me that.” And it’s saved his life—“I’m compelled to do it. I have no other functionality in this life,” he states unequivocally. His goals for the band are equally forthright: “I want to invoke feeling. Period. If listeners feel good, if it compels them to tears… If all you can think about is a song for five minutes at a time, I’m happy to be that distraction. I’ve wasted my whole life to be that.”Vol. II’s ‘first single, “Ten Ton Brick,” can actually be considered the third single—if you look at Vol. 1 and Vol. II as a body of work. “I would have released both albums together, but for a young band, that’s too ambitious. These Volumes are not concept albums—my life is not a fucking concept,” declares Loren, his direct personality as intense onstage as off. “Both records are like a collection of short stories. They often intertwine and cross-reference each other between the albums. Some of the songs were written 10 years ago, some this year, but our songs are often situational, and about irony and age-old truths, so I return to themes that are important to me.” For instance, Vol. II’s “Aftermath” is a companion piece to “Ten Ton Brick,” both songs on Vol. II, the pair akin to a “movement” in classical music. Vol. II’s ‘Summer’s Lost” is related to “House Carpenter” on Vol. 1…which the listener can discern by playing “House Carpenter” backward.
Togetherness was key to Vol. II. Although the sessions were exhaustive, the lineup, together for four years, got along better than they ever had. “Through adversity we’ve done this and I’m really proud of it. When you can’t afford to eat and you work 18 hours a day for six months, I’d call that adversity.” At the production helm (as he was for Vol. 1). was Eric Greedy (Ringo Starr, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Barbra Streisand), who, in tandem with Hurt, realized Vol. II in several studios around Los Angeles. While it wasn’t always smooth sailing, that’s what gives Vol. II—and the band members—a discernible audio edge.
Vol II. will be in stores Sept. 25th
Listen to “Ten Ton Brick” here!
9/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
9/24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
9/25 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
9/26 Libertyville, IL @ Austin’s
9/27 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
9/30 Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10/2 Louisville, KY @ Headliners
10/3 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
10/4 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/6 Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Hanoi Rock launched a new website today! Stop by and check it out! http://www.hanoirocks.info/
Destroy All Records is pleased to announce the recent contract signing of Dave Evans aka King Of All Badasses, who is an original founding member and front man of AC/DC. Dave’s continued career included Australia’s Rabbit, Dave Evans & Hot Cockerel, and Dave Evans & Thunder Down Under. DA Records will release Dave Evans’ current CD, “Sinner” (which he will perform with his new band Dave Evans & The Badasses) through proper distribution channels.
The Release Date of Sinner through distribution will be September 25th 2007.
The quote released by Dave Evans; “It’s good to be a part of a label that understands the
artists needs and wants as the principals of the company are musicians themselves. Destroy All Records seems to be appropriate for the King Of All BadAsses!!
The quote released by a Spokesperson for Destroy All Records; “We have been looking forward to adding a dynamic act and individual to our roster of artists.”
Out of the chaos, tumult, and uncertainty, Blackbird, Alter Bridge’s sophomore album, was born. In the time between One Day Remains and Blackbird, Alter Bridge have found a new label, tapped the songwriting skills of Myles Kennedy, and funded their own record. Putting all the chaos behind them, Alter Bridge are set to follow up their gold record with a new album that uses the full musical arsenal of the band, on October 9th.
Alter Bridge recruited producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus, Chevelle, Three Days Grace). The recording process began in Nashville in February 2007. With no label to back the band they put up their own money to make the album they wanted and needed to make. The first single off Blackbird, “Rise Today” asks the personal question: Could this world be a better place? With a true collaboration between the former members of Creed and Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge is ready to take their fans on an emotional journey that shows what combined efforts of the whole band can do.
Check out new tracks from Blackbird, including the first single “Rise Today,” and “Ties That Bind“.
HIM have just announced new U.S. and Canadian tour dates on http://www.heartagram.com/tour along with a special internet pre-sale that begins today and ends on Wednesday, September 5th at 10:00pm. Get pre-sale tickets, the new album Venus Doom, and a free month in the heartagram.com fan club for one special price and kick off the tour with HIM on Thursday, October 18th in Sayerville, NJ.
To be a part of this special offer, just go to Ticketmaster.com and enter the HIM INTERNET PRESALE code “vitruvian” to activate the pre-sale bundle. For those that do not wish to be a part of the special internet pre-sale, tickets will be available after 10:00pm on Wednesday through Ticketmaster. A public on-sale is available September 8th.
Stay tuned for more features to the new http://www.heartagram.com this Thursday, including a way to go deeper into the site and get access to exclusive merch, future pre-sales, exclusive contests worldwide, your own blog, and more!
Check out the new video, “Cold Case” by France’s Aesthesia.
You have to stop by the band’s myspace page and give their tunes a listen. Great Stuff!
Crashdiet has released their first single, “In the Raw“, off of their upcoming CD, The Unattractive Revolution.
Go to this link to check out the new tune!
“Crazy Bitch” Marks Full Year in Ringscan Top 30; Hard Rock Heroes Light It Up on Tour as “15” Approaches RIAA Platinum Certification.
Eleven Seven/Atlantic recording group Buckcherry is marking a major milestone this week as their blockbuster hit, “Crazy Bitch,” celebrates a full year in the Nielsen Ringscan Top 30 — the only track to do so in the chart’s history. The ringtone was already a smash in Nielsen Ringscan’s first-ever reporting week (ending September 3, 2006), and in the year that followed, has yet to drop out of the Top 30. In its 52nd week on the Ringscan chart, the ringtone is currently ranked at 23. “Crazy Bitch” has been certified as a Platinum Master Ringtone by the RIAA.
Released in April 2006, “15,” the Los Angeles-based rock outfit’s third album, has proven a triumph, spending a remarkable 72 weeks on the Billboard 200 on its way towards RIAA platinum certification for sales exceeding 1 million units.
“Crazy Bitch” — which earned Buckcherry a Grammy Awards nomination in the “Best Hard Rock Performance” category — caused a sensation upon its initial release last year, reaching 2 at Mainstream Rock and 3 at Active Rock. A number of further rock radio hits followed, including “Next 2 You,” “Broken Glass,” and “Everything.” The singles have all blown up online, with cumulative digital sales now approaching 1 million. The album’s fifth single, “Sorry,” is currently set to impact at multi-format radio outlets nationwide on September 10th.
Buckcherry is among the most popular bands on MySpace, currently standing tall in the site’s Top 10 Indie Artists ranking with over 18 million streams thus far. The hard-touring band has spent its summer on the road, lighting up amphitheatres and arenas as part of the Bad Boys of Rock megabill. The road show — which also stars Hinder and Papa Roach — will continue to travel North America through a September 22th finale at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre (see itinerary).
In addition, Buckcherry will be among the co-headliners at the annual FM99 Lunatic Luau, slated for September 15th at Virginia Beach’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. On September 17th, the band will perform at the Hard Rock Café in New York City for the culmination of the Bike Night series, a five-night series sponsored by the Hard Rock and the Indian Larry Legacy to benefit September’s Mission, an organization which supports the development of a memorial park in the former World Trade Center site.
Josh Todd – vocals
Keith Nelson – guitar
Jimmy Ashhurst – bass
Stevie D. – guitar
Xavier Muriel – drums.
For additional information, please visit www.buckcherry.com
Invitro has posted a free download of the track “Hollyvision” from
their forthcoming debut album “When I Was a Planet”, through the band’s MySpace page.
The track has become one of the most requested songs on Sirius Hard
Attack and routinely charts right beside some of the biggest hitters in metal and hard rock.
Live Nation has recently posted live clips of Invitro from a recent
performance at The House of Blues in San Diego. The clips show Invitro’s full set including Hollyvision and Shark Attack plus a bonus live version of Invitro covering Snot’s “Stoopid.”
Invitro’s “When I Was a Planet” lands in stores everywhere September 11th, 2007.
Invitro will be having a CD release party at The Roxy in Hollywood, CA on September 10th, 2007.
INVITRO ON FAMILY VALUES TOUR 2007:
Wed 08/29/07 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
Fri 08/31/07 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 09/01/07 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 09/02/07 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Certainly one of the most electrifying performers of any decade, Sebastian Bach is set to release “Angel Down” on November 20, his first solo album in eight years. The 14-song “Angel Down” was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, ROB HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded in July and August 2006 at Sound City Studios in Hollywood, CA. The CD will be released via a joint venture between Merovingian Music, Ltd. (MRV) and Bach’s Get Off My Bach Productions, and distributed worldwide through Caroline/EMI Music Group.
Joining Bach in the studio for “Angel Down” were guitarists “Metal” Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, and Bobby Jarzombek on drums, all long-time members of Bach’s touring band, as well as Rob DeLuca on bass, who will join Bach and company on the road next summer.
Nine of the 14 songs on “Angel Down” were written or co-written by Bach including the first radio track, “(Love Is) A Bitchslap” (co-written with Roy Z). While more than two weeks away from its official “add” date (September 4), “Bitchslap” is already being played at powerhouse rock radio stations like KUPD in Phoenix and Boston’s WAAF. Bach and Roy Z also co-wrote “You Don’t Understand”, “By Your Side”, and “Our Love Is A Lie”, while Bach teamed with Desmond Child for “Falling Into You”. In addition, the band covered the Steven Tyler/Joe Perry classic “Back In The Saddle”. Other tracks include “Stabbin’ Daggers”, “Take You Down with Me”, “Negative Light”, “Live & Die”, “American Metalhead”, “Stuck Inside” and “You Bring Me Down”.
The cover art for “Angel Down” is an original painting by Bach’s late father, the celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk who died in 2002. The painting, entitled “David’s Watching”, was the last piece of art Bierk created before his passing, so was an emotional choice for Bach. Bierk also created the cover artwork for SKID ROW’s 1991 album “Slave To The Grind”, which Rolling Stone voted one of the top 5 album covers of the year. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over North America.
“Angel Down” also represents a reunion of sorts — 20 years ago, Jack Ponti (then a successful songwriter and record producer, now MRV’s CEO) worked with Jason Flom (then A&R rep at Atlantic Records, now Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group) who signed the Sebastian Bach-fronted SKID ROW to Atlantic Records. With MRV dedicated to supporting and developing artist-owned, management-owned and independent labels, and Flom calling the shots from EMI, a dynamic triumvirate has realigned.
Update: Listen to “Love is a Bitchslap” here.
Judging from this first song, this may be an essential CD to pick up in 2007.
“Halloween” stabs its way back into theaters on Friday, following the release of the soundtrack last week. In addition to directing, Rob Zombie also had a major influence on the music used in the new movie. Zombie tapped composer Tyler Bates (300, Grindhouse, The Devils Rejects) to re-create one of the creepiest theme songs in movie history.
The Halloween theme is the lead track on the soundtrack that is filled with rock hits from the 70’s and foreboding dialogue from the new movie.
Check out the new theme for Halloween here!
This CD was released in the UK last year, and in the U.S. in January.
Check out the video for the track, “Falling to Pieces”. The tour dates are listed below.
“The Mother Head’s Family Reunion” is the title of Richie Kotzen’s debut solo album for Geffen Records in 1994, his first post-Poison solo album. Regarded by many fans and critics as his real masterpiece album this new album features powerhouse drummer Franklin Vanderbilt, bassist and Arlan Schierbaum who has already played keyboards on Richie’s previous albums.
“Return” boasts an incredible collection of songs which encompass every aspect that Richie is well known for: amazing guitar playing, passionate vocals and songs that melt together influences from Rock, Soul, Funk and Blues with timeless melodies.
Critics are already raving about this album speaking of the best solo release ever from the former MR. BIG guitar player !
This European edition includes 1 exclusive bonus track !
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Motley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx whose brutally honest upcoming book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (due September 18th from MTV Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster) chronicles his battles with drug addiction and his road to recovery, will be a featured speaker at the 18th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month luncheon on Capitol Hill, September 6th. He is the first rock star to speak at this event — a particularly ironic distinction since he was once one of the wildest men in rock.
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals invited Sixx to share his story at this national forum alongside Terry Cline, Ph.D, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
The Heroin Diaries, and accompanying CD, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, (released August 21st via Eleven Seven Music) offers insight into Sixx’s self- destruction with substance abuse, and his subsequent freedom from addiction. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, written and produced by Sixx: A.M. (Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba), was inspired by haunting diary entries that became The Heroin Diaries. Although the album was not intended for radio, the lead single, “Life Is Beautiful” is already in the top 20 on the rock radio charts.
Twenty-five percent of the book’s profits go to “Running Wild In The Night” — Sixx’s fundraising initiative for Covenant House California, which helps keep runaway, abused and abandoned youth off the streets.
About Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx was born Frank Feranna in San Jose, California in 1958 and was reared by his grandparents in Seattle. He founded Motley Crue in 1981 and in a few short years, had international success, with worldwide sales exceeding more than 40 million albums. Motley Crue had one of the top-grossing tours of 2005, with all four members reuniting to play before one million people throughout the U.S.
NAADAC is the largest organization representing addiction counselors and educators. “We Help People Recover Their Lives!” For more information visit www.naadac.org
SOURCE Nikki Sixx
Last week, we had the distinct honor and privilege of viewing a small part of the creative processes involved in the making of this cd.
Lars Lunova ( http://www.drpank.de/cms/index.php), the drummer for Sin City, sent us a cd video. This vid had an hour and a half of clips showing discussions, practices and recording sessions for “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome To Hell”!
These clips are apparently part of hundreds of hours of video shot, and are tentatively going to be used to produce a Rockumentary on the making of “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome To Hell”.
These clips were very intense in spots…..Sin City worked night and day to make this cd come together.
We got to hear snippets of virtually every song that is coming out this September 22nd, and heard how each song progressed from formation until final production. Some songs changed immensely, some were obviously almost perfect from the start.
Some clips were hilarious. At times a miniature ac/dc “Hells Bells” bell would appear in front of the camera, much to our delight…..or a small Spiderman cutout would swoop across the lens…LOL!
And virtually everyone who was filmed has a little bit of the devil in them! You know….the old high school prank where you put a victory sign up behind the person who is being filmed (without their knowledge of course)…..LOL!
There was a very intense man in a lot of the clips…VERY intense! Who did not look like a rocker at all, but was very much involved with everything from the creative process to actually being in the background vocals.
A quick email to Pank (Lars), after viewing this vid, came back telling us that this man was in fact Eddi. He is the former singer for the band; who still writes, sings and helps produce their music!
Now how many bands do you know who do that!?!?!?!?!!!
The only drawback to viewing this video was that, for the most part, all the band members are speaking in German.
This was especially frustrating to us when Pank and Dshurgen are sitting on a couch somewhere in Rock ‘N Roll land, obviously discussing the inner workings of a particular song (and there were four different songs discussed this way). But we could not understand a word that was spoken except the song titles!
We should have studied harder in high school German class! LOL!
Hopefully, if this Rockmentary is ever released to English speaking countries, they will put subtitles in place.
The website guru’s for Sin City are working on a band website to be done totally in English and are setting up a Paypal account. And hope to have this all in place before the cd’s release, so that anyone worldwide can learn about Sin City and purchase the latest release.
The members of Sin City genuinely love each other, they love what they do and they can not wait to share their new music with the world!
Also, Sin City has produced two other cd’s of original music, “And There Was Rock” & “Hellectric”. These cd’s should be required additions for every true Rockers library. Truly awesome tunes in both, from start to finish. But we must say that “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome to Hell” is their finest effort to date!
One last little tidbit, for you trivia lovers at Hard Rock Hideout…..better file this one away in the memory banks for future retrieval….
The title of their latest cd is actually a combination of two song titles by Rhino Bucket!
And that is intentional.
In the meantime we are waiting anxiously for the release of “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome to Hell” and as far as we’re concerned September 22nd can’t come soon enough!
Bring it on Sin City…..we are ready to ROCK!
Article Courtesy of Bic & Que
JADED HEART are a german Melodic Hard Rock institution. Their name stands for quality music and great entertainment. “Sinister Mind” is the band’s 8th all original studio release and features all the trademarks the band is known for: riveting guitar riffing and superb hooklines this time with a slightly heavier approach.
All in all “Sinister Mind” is a monster of an album which is set to restore the faith in German muscular Hard Rock tradition!
The line-up includes the new guitar player Pete Ostros who contributed strongly on the songwriting with great ideas and cool attitude. On vocals once again the Swedish sensation Johan Fahlberg.
The band is set to tour heavily in Europe to support the new release ! Look out for the band playing in an area near yours !!!
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
Queensryche pays homage to some of its musical idols on “Take Cover,” a covers album due Nov. 13 via Rhino, Billboard.com has learned. The Seattle group is putting its stamp on such numbers as Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine,” U2’s “Bullet the Blue Sky” and Peter Gabriel’s “Red Rain.”
“We’ll never top the originals; they’re classics for a reason,” singer Geoff Tate says. “We were more focused on finding different approaches that took the songs in unexpected directions.”
He explains that the album gave the band a chance to have some fun. “During sound checks, [guitarists Mike Stone and Michael Wilton] like to play ‘name that riff,’ and sometimes the whole band joins in. That’s really the way this album came together. We got together and started playing songs to each other, and then we picked our favorites.”
Queensryche has only released a few covers, one of them being a powerful interpretation of “Scarborough Fair” in the early 1990s. Some of the 11 selections naturally fit the band’s progressive rock influences, particularly Pink Floyd and “Innuendo” by Queen, one of Tate’s favorite bands. Others will definitely raise eyebrows. The group is giving Broadway a spin by performing “Heaven on Their Minds” from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as well as the O’Jays’ R&B classic “For Love of Money,” the operatic “Odissea” by Italian duo Carlo Marrale and Cheope and an acoustic version of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.”
Tate says he enjoyed the demanding arrangement of “Odissea.” “I really like this song because there is a lot for a singer to sink his teeth into,” he reports. “Plus I got a chance to sing in Italian, which was interesting, considering I don’t speak a word of it.”
He considered singing “Red Rain” and the Police’s “Synchronicity II” opportunities to explore music he’d previously overlooked. “I’d heard these songs on the radio before, but I didn’t really appreciate them before the guys suggested we record them,” he admits. “It was a rewarding experience doing this album because it gave us all a chance to pay tribute to some of the bands that have meant so much to us over the years, and we all discovered new songs to love.”
In July, Queensryche entered Billboard’s Top Music Video chart at No. 1 with the live double-DVD/double-CD set “Mindcrime at the Moore”; it was the first time in its 20-plus year career Queensryche debuted atop a Billboard chart. On Aug. 28, EMI is releasing the group’s second greatest-hits album, “Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensryche.”
The band is also touring with Heaven And Hell for a month of North American concerts starting Sept. 5 and is currently writing its next studio record.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Comment: JORN, Tesla (2) Poison, Axel Rudi Pell, and now Queensryche. 6 Covers discs in one year?! COME ON. I would rather these bands hire an outside writer and put out a disc with quality new tunes. This cover disc thing has gone way too far, in my opinion.
According to my local Best Buy Sale advertisement, The Scorpions new disc, Humanity Hour 1 is on sale this week for $7.99. A BRAND NEW copy for $7.99 with a bonus track.
If I didn’t own this one already, I would be running to pick this disc up at this price!
Go get it this week, while you can get it cheap!!
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout Review Here!
Ted Poley is trademark for feel good melodic rock music ! He left his indelible mark on the history of this music singing for such bands PROPHET, DANGER DANGER (with whom he made his come back recently), BONEMACHINE and MELODICA.
“Smile” is Ted’s second solo album which follows up on where his previous successful release “Collateral Damage” left off, however the songwrting hits the sopt all over and the fun attitude is complemented with an outstanding guitar job from JK Northrup (ex King Kobra and Northrup / Shortino) and a brilliant production.
Helping Ted on the album are the aforementioned JK Northrup (ex King Kobra and Northrup / Shortino) on guitar and bass, Eric Ragno (Ramos, Takara) on keyboards and Dan Zoid on drums, with Vic Rivera appearing on guitars on Smile and Will Ya. Ted co-wrote most of the songs together with Tom & James Martin (Khymera, House of Lords).
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
Available everywhere October 2nd on Metalblade Records.
Appointment with Death
The Death of Love
Tomorrow never comes
Under your Skin
Perfect World (I don’t wanna live)
(We are) the only ones
The Darker side
In a career spanning almost 25 years, Lizzy Borden was created in 1983 in Hollywood California. Spitting venom, stage blood and dripping grease paint while breathing life into bizarre characters bred precisely for the stage. Theme oriented creations such as, Love you to pieces (1985) Menace to society (1986) Visual Lies (1987) Master of Disguise (1989) Best Of (1994) and Deal with the Devil (2000) forever cemented icon status to the master showman from the dawn of heavy metal.
Now, Years in the making, Lizzy Borden pulls back the cloak to unveil his latest and most frightening creation, Appointment with Death (2007) a fatalistic journey to the final destination damned by the wings of death.
This is Lizzy Borden’s First new studio recording since Deal with the Devil (2000)
Appointment with Death was produced by L. Borden and J. Scott
It was recorded at the Zanzibar studios in N. Hollywood CA.
And was mixed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel) at Mana sound in Florida
(….. about the concept and the characters on AWD)
Like all past Lizzy Borden recordings, Appointment with Death is a conceptual piece; this concept is centered around the theme of, as the title implies, Death.
“Oddly enough, writing eleven songs about death was no easy task for me; lyrically being graphic or grotesque would have been too easy, and being overly morbid would bring nothing new to the concept. I wrote this just like I have all of the other LB recordings, as a play or a movie. There is a beginning, middle and an end with the lead character taking us on a journey. Death is all around us, lurking, waiting to pounce, striking fear and antagonizing the living in many different ways, I tried to explore some of those ways in the most poetic way that I know how” commented Lizzy.
The music on AWD was composed by Lizzy, Ira Black, Marten Andersson and Joey Scott
AWD is epic, Heavy, dark and melodic, everything a traditional Lizzy Borden recording should be and more. With new guitarist Ira Black along with Marten Andersson on Bass and co/founder Joey Scott on the drums, the Lizzy Borden sound has evolved into a multi-dimensional ever-lasting-gobstopper working just as well in an ipod as it has always done on stage.
(The Star studded cast of characters that performed on AWD)
“These musicians are more then just special guests, they all, each in their own original way helped to create this work of fiction and bring Appointment with Death to life.” Lizzy
(All who performed on AWD)
Lizzy (Lizzy Borden)
Joey Scott (Lizzy Borden)
Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden/George Lynch)
Ira Black (Lizzy Borden/Metal Church)
George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch mob)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain)
Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel)
Michael T. Ross (Angel/Hardline)
(….About the cover)
For the Cover, Lizzy Borden worked with special effects wizard and make-up artist Ralis Kahn. Ralis designed the set and the look of the band based on the theme for Appointment with Death. The cover depicts Lizzy as the angel of Death in the action of collecting 3 souls who have ended their lives in 3 very different ways by their own hands. View the cover at this location http://www.Lizzyborden.com Famed ‘Metal’ photographer Alex Solca took well over a 1,000 shots in a two-day marathon, involving extras as well as the band (Lizzy, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson and Ira Black). At the end of the two-day shoot the set was literally set a blaze! With flames shooting 30 feet into the air!
Lizzy explains “Because a lot of music is going straight to itunes, we thought we would pay special attention to both the cover and the back cover and fill the inside of the CD booklet with tons of fun shots from this specialized photo shoot. As we all know, very soon there will no longer be an actual CD to have a cool booklet for. Everything will go straight from the studio to your ipod, so we thought we would really go all out on this one”
(….About the tour and the new show)
The new show for the Appointment with Death Tour is based around the theme of the new release; with Lizzy playing the lead character (Death). Lizzy and Co. will bring to life the characters and imagery from the album to the stage with special effects master Ralis Kahn at the helm. Ralis is working with the band designing an extraordinary over the top stage show created especially for the AWD tour. Showcasing songs from the new release as well as all the Borden fan favorites, the upcoming tour promises to be the show you don’t want to miss.
Tour Dates to be announced soon.
Make your Appointment with death for October 2nd available everywhere on Metalblade records.
The title track ‘Appointment with Death’ is now available for streaming at these locations:
Courtesty of Lizzy Borden.com
Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters DANGER DANGER, Ted has also fronted in the past few years such bands as BONEMACHINE, with whom he has recorded 2 successful studio and 1 live album, MELODICA with Austrian guitarist Gerhard Pichler. He started his solo career with the release of “Collateral Damage” in 2006.
“My new cd Smile continues where Collateral Damage left off” explains Ted, “however it is much more evolved with amazing guitar work by JK Northrup. I am sure the guitar fans and players out there will be totally pleased. JK’s lead work is off the hook”.
Helping Ted on the album are the aforementioned JK Northrup (ex KING KOBRA and NORTHRUP / SHORTINO) on guitar and bass, Eric Ragno (Ramos, Takara) on keyboards and Dan Zoid on drums, with Vic Rivera appearing on guitars on “Smile” and “Will Ya”. Ted co-wrote most of the songs together with Tom and James Martin (Khymera, House of Lords).
“I know everyone says that their new cd is their best but this one really is!” states Ted “I wanted to be myself but sound as great as possible, work with the best musicians and start out the best songs. I co-wrote a lot with some of my own personal favourite writers around the world. I am a very happy guy these days. I am still having the fun of remaining in DANGER DANGER and at the same time I am having fun, thus the title “Smile”. It reflects perfectly my current mood as well as my live show attitude. I am a very happy guy when I am doing music!”
Tracklisting of “Smile” includes the following songs:
Waiting Line; Going Blind; Smile; What If She Knew; More Than Goodbye; Luv On Me; If You Can’t Change Your Heart (Then Let Me Blow Your Mind); Why Can’t We Pretend That It’s Over?; Life Keeps Me Spinning Round; Where It Ends; Will Ya; Reprise (If You Can’t Change Your Heart)
Don’t forget that TED POLEY will attend, as DANGER DANGER frontman, the UNITED FORCES OF ROCK Festival in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart), Germany on September 30th 2007 !
“Smile” will be in all fine record shops in Europe from October 19th. Don’t miss TED POLEY’s ultimate Melodic Rock masterpiece!
The clip is a small segment of a longer video for the “Bleed Well”.
Hidden within the video is another secret key code that will unlock a hidden video from the band. Check out the video below to crack the code on Heartagram.com.
Rhino Bucket officially announces DIO member, Simon Wright, will be playing drums on their upcoming U.S. tour. Rhino Bucket will be on tour from September – November in support of their 3 latest releases on Acetate Records.
Simon will join this U.S. tour to help support the re-release of the “PAIN” CD that he played on in 1994. The re-release has been titled “PAIN and Suffering” which has been remastered and includes 5 unreleased tracks. The other 2 CD’s are the latest studio release, “And Then It Got Ugly” and the compilation “No Song Left Behind” which includes 3 previously unreleased tracks plus One Night Stand, Beat To Deat Like A Dog, Hey There and other tracks from their out of print Warner Bros./Reprise Records releases.
Georg Dolivo- Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Brian “Damage” Forsythe- Lead Guitar
Reeve Downes- Bass
Simon Wright- Drums
Current tour dates with more to follow…
Cell Block- Mesa, AZ
09/08/07- Upper Deck Bar & Grill- Scottsdale, AZ
09/22/07- Los Angeles, CA
09/28/07- Tulsa, OK
09/29/07- Big Pappa’s- Heber Springs, AR
10/03/07- The Ugly Monkey- Indianapolis, IN
10/04/07- Paradox Rift- Huntington, WV
10/05/07- Shakers Night Club- Cambridge, OH
10/06/07- Route 33 Rhthym & Brews- Wapakoneta, OH
10/11/07- JAXX- West Springfield, VA
10/12/07- The Black Hole Rock Club- Baltimore, MD
10/13/07- Rex’s Bar- West Chester, PA
10/14/07- The Crazy Donkey- Farmingdale, NY
10/16/07- Zakk’s Coffeehouse- Murfreesboro, NC
10/18/07- The Brewery- Raleigh, NC
10/20/07- The Wizard’s Saloon- Hickory, NC
10/25/07- Rock House Live- Dallas, TX
10/26/07- Rock City Icehouse- Austin, TX
10/27/07- Acadia Bar- Houston, TX
11/02/07- Famous John’s- Las Vegas, NV
11/03/07- Famous John’s- Las Vegas, NV
More info can be found at: http://www.myspace.com/rhinobucketmusic
Atreyu will premiere their new album Lead Sails Paper Anchor to the world on August 24th. The band has set-up a special listening party with Myspace where all their fans can preview the new album before it goes on sale August 28th. To listen to the new album just go to www.myspace.com/atreyurock.
To celebrate the release of Lead Sails Paper Anchor, Atreyu have scheduled two special in store events for their home town fans. On August 28th, the band will be in Irvine, CA at the Irvine Spectrum and will be signing copies of their new album starting at 5pm. Then on August 30th, the band head down to Horton Plaza in San Diego, CA for another signing at the Hot Topic store. Fans that purchase the record in advance of street date at the Irvine location will get a wristband that will guarantee them a meet-and-greet with Atreyu and the same applies to the San Diego fans that purchase the record on August 28th.
“Angel Down,” Bach’s first solo disc in eight years, will be released November 20 through Merovingian Music, Ltd. and Bach’s company Get Off My Bach Productions, according to the music Website Blabbermouth.net.
Rose will appear on two tracks, the lead single “(Love Is) A Bitchslap” and a cover of Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle,” Bach told the Website in an interview on Friday. “It just came out really, really on fire,” Bach said of the Aerosmith tune. “And then Axl comes in, and it’s me and him screaming those screams at the —- top of our range. If you’re into screams, this is a good album for you.”
Bach made a guest appearance at Guns N’ Roses’ comeback performances at Hammerstein Ballroom last year, joining Rose for “My Michelle.” Bach later joined the band on tour as the opening act and sang on the long-awaited Guns N’ Roses album “Chinese Democracy.”
In the interview, Bach also dropped hints about his involvement in a possible television show. “I wouldn’t call it a reality show, but there are elements of that,” he said.
Courtesy of Newsday.com