Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Quiet Riot singer Kevin Dubrow. It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since the news came over of Kevin’s untimely death. His demise spelled the end of Quiet Riot, which was easily one of the biggest bands of the early 80’s. I can’t imagine what direction hard rock music would have gone in, without the early successes of Quiet Riot.
The following videos are from Dubrow’s long career with Quiet Riot. Rest in Peace Kevin!
On November 18th, Twisted Sister releases “Live At The Astoria,” a special twin-disc CD/DVD that marks the first commercially-released, uncensored Twisted Sister concert in over 25 years. This very special concert was taped in London in 2004, and is hailed by critics as the band’s greatest live triumph in its
The band will do an in-store appearance at J&R Music & Computer World @ Park Row in Downtown Manhattan (across the street from City Hall Park) at 5:30 on Friday November 21.
We are hosting an intimate DVD screening party on Friday, November 21st @ Webster Hall, from 8-10PM (not in the main space, but in the room on the ground floor, just after you enter the venue). The classic lineup of Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza and A.J. Pero will be in attendance, and there will be drink specials from Jagermeister.
If you would like to come by and start your Friday night early, please RSVP to:
We’d like to see as many of you there as possible. Come out and celebrate the release of ‘Live At The Astoria’ with us!
“The Right To Rock” still echoes the sentiments of a generation and remains one of the defining anthems of 80’s Heavy Metal Music. And KEEL, the band that created it, is finally poised to revisit their legacy and reunite on stage for the first time to celebrate over two decades of good music and good times. 2009 will mark the band’s 25th anniversary, and the passing of twenty years since the classic KEEL lineup performed on stage together.
Ron Keel, Marc Ferrari, Bryan Jay & Dwain Miller are preparing to perform a select number of dates in 2009. Due to the high visibility the act continues to receive, the members finally feel the time is right to deliver the show fans everywhere have been clamoring for: a KEEL reunion.
In 1985, “The Right To Rock” became the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Record’s history. The title track was a hit on radio & MTV and remains a staple on VH1 Classic, in addition to the group’s subsequent hits “Tears Of Fire,” “Because The Night,” “Somebody’s Waiting” and “Rock & Roll Outlaw.” They developed a reputation as one of the genre’s most entertaining live acts, opening for heavyweights like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Van Halen, and many others. KEEL sold over 2 million albums and was proclaimed Best New Band by Metal Edge Magazine, Circus Magazine, and Rock Scene.
Through the years, the nucleus of the band has remained close friends, working together in various musical and business enterprises. Vocalist Ron Keel has maintained a high profile with a variety of projects and has remained intensely active as a recording and touring musician. He has continued to embrace and promote his time in KEEL in countless interviews, and his live shows have proudly included the KEEL hits. Guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay have continued to write, record, and perform and have remained in the industry via music publishing, song licensing, and other business ventures. When Ron’s band passed through LA on tour, they were joined on stage by Marc & Bryan – playing a medley of KEEL classics, and proving to themselves and the fans that the magic was still as strong as ever.
Unlike most of their contemporaries, none of the members has ever performed as KEEL since 1989. “It would not have been right,” expresses Ron. “Even though it was my last name, KEEL was a true band and I have always taken a stand against performing under that name with different musicians. I’ve had a number of bands in the years since, including Fair Game, IronHorse and K2 – but there’s only ever been one KEEL and without Bryan, Marc, and Dwain I wouldn’t be doing this.” The four original members will be joined on stage by Ron’s long-time bassist Geno Arce, who spent six years with him in IronHorse.
A new web site has been launched to establish an internet home for the KEEL Reunion: http://keelreunion.com
The KEEL “Debut Reunion Concert” will take place in Hollywood on Saturday, January 31st. The location for this historic event will be Club Vodka at The Knitting Factory – visit the web site and stay tuned to MySpace for details.
Recent highlights have included KEEL’s live version of “The Right To Rock” on the “Hollywood Rocks” boxed 4-CD collection, and the band also participated in the accompanying documentary from Cleopatra Records/Ultra Films – Ron, Marc and Bryan contributed a candid and insightful interview segment to the project, telling tales of Metal’s heyday, and discussing their career and the possibility of a KEEL reunion.
And in 2008, for the first time ever, KEEL’s rare independent debut album “Lay Down The Law” was finally released on CD by Shrapnel Records, digitally remastered with new packaging.
Plans are for KEEL to reunite at a select number of festivals and showcase dates to perform all their hits and classic favorites in celebration of 25 years of rock & roll history.
Check out the classic Keel video, “Somebody’s Waiting” below.
Puddle of Mudd currently have two singles climbing the charts and the band continues to circle the globe promoting their new album Famous. Planets aligned, deals were struck and Puddle of Mudd will be main stage at Rock Gone Wild. The festival is slated for August 20-23, 2009 in Algona, Iowa.
The guys in Puddle of Mudd are hardened road warriors and quite at home playing in front of capacity crowds. From their breakout single “Blurry” to their most recent hit “We Don’t Have to Look Back Now,” the band is poised to reign supreme among the modern rock kings. Their addition to the Rock Gone Wild lineup adds a unique twist to the ever-expanding festival roster.
The Midwestern band formed in 1993 as the music world was hitting a height of change. A handful of songs and years later, the band made their major label debut and garnered a string of Top 40 hits. To date, Puddle of Mudd has sold more than seven million records worldwide. Wesley Scantlin, Doug Ardito, Christian Stone and Ryan Yerdon are Puddle of Mudd.
Rock Gone Wild is Iowa’s preeminent music festival, featuring more than 50 bands on two stages over four debauchery-filled days. The festival is the only type of its kind in America to boast top music talent from four decades of hard rock.
Music fans can experience Rock Gone Wild in three different ways: platinum, VIP or general admission seating. For a breakdown of all seating tiers and to purchase tickets, please visit www.rockgonewild.com. Over the next few weeks,www.rockgonewild.com will become a virtual destination, complete with interactive contests and games as the countdown to Rock Gone Wild heats up.
Already announced bands include Skid Row, Kix, Great White, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Saigon Kick, Rhino Bucket and Junkyard. Visit www.rockgonewild.com or www.anatomyofafestival.wordpress.com each Tuesday for a new band announcement.
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.
If you build it, they will rock.
Rock now. Rock on. Rock wild.
I have to admit I cringe every time I hear a band is from the Seattle area, mainly because I still hold all of the “grunge” bands responsible for killing the hard rock scene back in the 90’s. Of course there are exceptions namely Queensryche, Metal Church, War Babies to name a few. Now you can add Underride to that list. Underride are about as far from “grunge” “post grunge” or any other genre with the word grunge in it as you can get. These guys are a straight up in your face, kick ass, take no prisoners, make no apologies, rock-n-roll band and they will be more than happy to show you on their new album “One of Us”, which is actually their third full length album and along with 2 e.p.’s I am really surprised I had never heard of them before. With a sound that falls somewhere between Beautiful Creatures and Velvet Revolver they definitely made a believer out of me.
“One of Us” gets started with “Side By Side” try to picture if you can Joe Leste singing for the Backyard Babies. Lead singer “Rev” channels Joe Leste to perfection with bassist “El Barto” laying down some fat bass lines, while guitarists “Rex Nomad” and “Dr. Pondscum” battle back-n-forth. What really surprised me was the fact that drummer “Double A” arms and feet did not fall off after not only this song but the whole album he is playing at 120 mph.
Oh before I forget, if you are looking for a ballad on this album you will be sadly disappointed, there is nothing on this album that even comes close to a ballad. As a matter of fact there is nothing that even comes close to being considered a mid tempo song. But every song is worth rolling down the windows and being played at maximum volume.
Just as “Rev” channeled his best Joe Leste on “Side By Side” he channels Scott Weiland just as well on “Candy Girl” it reminds me a lot of “Crackerman” off of STP’s debut “Core”. It has a great groove with a sing a long chorus. “On The Radio” is up next and it seems like “Rev” finds his own voice instead of mimicking other people and it is actually quite good. Like the two songs prior it has a great sing a long chorus with out giving up it’s heaviness.
“Throw It Away” is a slower rocker with a Theory of a Deadman feel to it, it isn’t a bad song but I could also live without it too.
“Upstart Coming Up’ is a balls out rocker and it has the one thing that was pretty much missing from the four songs before it…a solo a pretty damn good solo at that. “Kink Into My Heart” finds the band back in STP territory but once again it has a great groove and another smokin’ solo.
The rest of “One of Us” is filled with more straight up rock-n-roll with “Lights Off Baby”, “Riot Stick” and “No Means No” the best of the bunch.
Hopefully with the release of “One of Us” Underride will finally get the attention they deserve. They definitely got my attention and they delivered with some kick ass music in return.
1. Side By Side
2. Candy Girl
3. On The Radio
4. She Gets Paid
5. Throw It Away
6. Upstart Coming Up
7. Kink Into My Heart
8. Road To Nowhere
9. My Little Hell
10. Lights Off Baby
11. Shotgun Breakdown
12. Riot Stick
13. We Don’t Want What We Want
14. No Means No
Rev – vocals
Rex Nomad – guitar
Dr. Pondscum – guitar
El Barto – bass
Double A – drums
Guns N’ Roses have just released a new song off their upcoming Chinese Democracy album. “Better” is a melodic-rocker with infectious background vocals, sweeping guitar licks, and some of the hookiest melodies Axl Rose has woven together since the band’s early days.
Check the song out here:Guns N’ Roses New Single “Better” on myspace.
Chinese Democracy is out on November 23rd.
We are proud to announce another new signing on AFM Records: The debut album of „The New Black” will be released in spring 2009. The New Black play Rock. Real Rock, real heavy. With all the good stuff that comes with it: Hooklines, cool leads, riffs galore.
Just imagine Black Label Society inviting the Nickelback guy over for some Thin Lizzy covers, all dressed up in Pantera shirts.
Stay tuned for upcoming news!
On December, 05, 2008, the self titeled debut album of Voodoo Circle will be released via AFM Records. Guitar player Alex Beyrodt founded this new band, that is deeply rooted in classic Hard Rock. The band´s name will soon be known for first class musicianship and the ability to evoke pure magic. Here we have Alex Beyrodt (guitars), David Readman on vocals, Mel Gaynor (drums), Mat Sinner (bass) and Jimmy Kresic on keyboards.
VINNIE PAUL ON ROCKLINE MONDAY NIGHT!
Vinnie Paul will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night November 17 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET.
Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Vinnie about the new book ‘DIMEBAG DARRELL; HE CAME TO ROCK’ at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet to listen to the broadcast live go to http://www.rocklineradio.com
“On November 25th, 2008, Versailles Records will return to retail with ‘Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin,’ which features current/former members of Megadeth, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Dio, Badlands, the Circle Jerks, The Cult, Ratt, Lillian Axe, Deep Purple, L.A. Guns, Warrant, White Lion, Robert Plants The Honeydrippers, Iggy Pop Band, Hanoi Rocks, Alice Cooper Band, Slashs Snakepit, Dangerous Toys, Johnny Thunders Band, Zebra, David Bowie Band, Ace Frehley Band, Rainbow, Billy Idol Band, Roger Daltry Band, Quiet Riot, Circle II Circle, Riot, ECW, and others including Richard Kendrick, Strikeforce, Chris Catena, Marko Pukkula, Harry Slash & the Slashtones, Rose Reiter, A.J. Caruso, Blayne Coupel, Debbie Landry, Lee Thompson, Charlie Bonnett III and Jason Andrews, Snowblynd, and Chris Heaven– as well as liner notes by legendary record producer Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin/The Who/Heart, etc)- celebrating the bands greatest hits! The tribute also features a bonus CD Sampler featuring millennium rock/metal bands influenced by Zep.
Edmonton, Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY have selected “the southern bluesy love track” “Please Come In” as the second single from their sophomore album, “Folklore and Superstition”. “We’re very excited about this song being our next single as we’ve shot a KILLER video for it,” the band says. “Seriously… you won’t believe it!”
“Folklore and Superstition” sold 13,600 in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Black Bird Studios, which is owned and operated by country music star Martina McBride. It was produced and mixed by veteran Bob Marlette (OZZY OSBOURNE,SALIVA).
Lillian Axe has posted the following update on their website:
On December 13, 2008 in New Orleans, LA; at the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Howlin’ Wolf Club, LILLIAN AXE will be filming their performance in High Definition with seven cameras. It is quite possible that this concert, with all the cool backstage footage and antics with Derrick, Eric, Ken, Sam and Steve along with their great road crew, will be released on DVD and will be included as an added value in their new upcoming CD scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2009, as a “thank you” to all the loving fans that have never stopped supporting Lillian Axe and continue to believe in the dream of a lifetime.
We are asking all the Lillian Axe fans to come to our show and be filmed alongside LILLIAN AXE. Purchase your tickets early because this show is going to sell out. C’mon down and see two of the greatest bands to come out of New Orleans, Lillian Axe and the legendary Zebra.
This week at HRH, we are counting down the release of Guns N’ Roses long awaited Chinese Democracy CD, which hits Best Buy stores next Sunday. We will be posting Guns N’ Roses videos all week long to celebrate the arrival of Chinese Democracy.
“Welcome to the Jungle” was the very first single and video released by Guns N’ Roses on their debut record “Appetite for Destruction”.
The GYPSY PISTOLEROS have become half Finnish as Harri Pistolero joins on drums!
The English/Finnish Spanglish Flamenco Glam Sleaze Rock n Roll Kings will Tour the U.K., Europe and Scandinavia beginning February 1st till March 14th, 2009.
On March 16th till April the band enter Mighty Atom Recording Studios in Wales to record the new album ‘The Good, The Bad and the Gypsy Pistoleros!’ – due out in May.
The legendary eccentric producer Joe Gibb (Catatonia, Funeral for a friend, The Cure, The Kinks, Travis, etc) is once again handling production.
In early April the band will play the Scandinavian leg of the Tour. In June they return to the U.S.A. for extensive touring and major festivals, including the main stage at the Rock Gone Wild Festival in Algona, Iowa on August 21st.
Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitars) was suffering with his back problems for a long time. After several treatments this summer all looked good so far, but last weekend it got so bad again that his doctor warned him about doing a bigger tour before the problem is solved.
We are very sorry, but better to cancel the tour now, before we are deep in pre-sales and we have to cancel then. We all are very sorry about this, but the health of Kurdt is too important than taking the risk!
We all hope that the doctors are right in giving the hope that after a few months medical treatments it will be OK again without an operation.”
As reported by Billboard.com, with the final leg of Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” tour completed, guitarist Richie Sambora tells Billboard.com the New Jersey rock act is looking ahead to plenty of new projects.
“We’ve been filming a documentary and are in the process of mixing a live DVD of last year’s ‘Lost Highway’ concert tour,” Sambora says. “Also, I think we’re looking at doing a greatest hits album next year. Jon and I are writing some new songs for it and to just load up for the next Bon Jovi record.”
Sambora says he expects the DVD and best-of effort to be packaged together for a fall 2009 street date. The Nashville-tinged “Lost Highway” was a critical and commercial success, but Sambora says the band won’t necessarily return to that style again.
“No, we have to change,” he says. “We have to do something different. I don’t know what that’s going to be. As we get into the writing process and continue on, we’ll see what that’s going to look like. I think it comes to stylistically what songs you’re writing. What kind of music is coming out of you, and what’s the mood of those songs. You have to color those little drawings with the right production value and the right music.”
Outside of Bon Jovi, Sambora is staying active with various extracurricular opportunities. Not only did he recently join B.B. King on stage in Chicago for the taping of a PBS special, but he will take part in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Tribute Concert for Les Paul Saturday (Nov. 15) at the State Theatre in Cleveland.
“I’ve also been doing multiple sessions out here, some odd recordings with Kid Rock and T.I., some crazy stuff,” Sambora says. “So I’ve been busy. Also, I’m going to be scoring some movies and TV shows. One of the movies is ‘The Tournament’ with Ving Rhames.”
Sambora is also looking ahead to next year, when Bon Jovi will become eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“I hope so,” Sambora laughs. “Time flies man, but yeah there’s talk and rumors. Boy that would be nice. It’s something certainly I’ve been shooting for all my life. I think if you have a career in the music business, you want to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.”
Big news for fans of 80’s metal… Odin, the classic LA band featuring Armored Saint’s Jeff Duncan, is releasing a new compilation in January 2009. Much of the material on the album has never been available on CD before and all of it has been completely remastered by Roy Z. You know Roy Z… the producer behind recent albums from Judas Priest, Helloween, Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Sebastian Bach and Yngwie Malmsteen. Yeah, that guy!
Not only that, but the CD is now available through a special pre-sale promotion directly through Odin’s Myspace page.
If you order a copy during the pre-sale you pay just $15, plus shipping AND your copy will be autographed by the band. Pre-sale orders will be shipped in mid-January and then it goes on sale though places like CD Baby and iTunes. Now, you can wait until it becomes available through retail, but then your copy won’t be signed and you’ll get it a month after everybody else. Why wait? Seriously, people!
Here are some more details about the music:
– Don’t Take No For An Answer will be included… the first time the entire EP has been available on CD.
– The best tracks from Fight For Your Life, The Gods Must Be Crazy and Caution like “Shining Love”, “The Writer”, “Little Gypsy” and “Twelve O’clock High”.
– Special bonus track “Let The Show Begin”, a brand new song recorded just before the band’s appearance at Rocklahoma 2008.
Oh, I almost forgot… check out the badass album cover. A more modern version of the classic cover for Don’t Take No For An Answer.
Hard Rock Hideout turned 2 years old yesterday. It is hard to believe it has already been two years, as it has gone so fast. There are a lot of people that have contributed into making HRH a great place to come over the last couple of years.
In no particular order I would like to thank the following people:
Allyson from Bring Back Glam,
Metal Mark from Heavy Metal Time Machine
Bill Leslie from Rock of Ages
Bic and Que
Brian (We will meet at a Rhino Bucket show sooner or later.)
RocknRollCoastie (I owe you many beers!)
Also much thanks to all of the PR Companies, Bands and Labels whose contributions and support help keep our website going.
We will continue to bring you the best news, reviews, videos, interviews and more.
If you haven’t checked out some of HRH’s features, please take a few minutes and check them out.
Hard Rock Hideout has the following:
- Message Board – For those of you that have a quick message to tell hard rockers.
- Hard Rock Hideout Forum – Music Talk, Games & More in our forums. We have new members signing up every day. Have you checked it out yet?
- Hard Rock Hideout Music Store – If you read about the music here, chances are you can buy it in the HRH music store. This store front is serviced by Amazon.com.
- Hard Rock Hideout T-Shirt Shop – Check out the T-Shirts and stickers available in the HRH T-shirt shop. (New shirt designs coming soon!)
We are looking forward to a great finish to 2008, an excellent new release year in 2009 and more.
Thanks to all of you who visit this site on a regular basis!
Here is a brief description of the DVD:
Cleopatra Records invites you to take a dazzling trip back to the mid-’80s Hollywood metal scene with the original Down Boys Warrant and this vintage live concert DVD that’s packed with rare material!
The 1980s come alive in this concert that captures Warrant at the height of their glam-rock success. Led by front man Jani Lane, the boys rip into “Cherry Pie,” “Down Boys,” “Heaven” and other songs that helped define the hair metal era. Accompanying backstage footage gives fans an unprecedented look at the band, including a peek into the studio sessions for 1992’s “Dog Eat Dog” album.
Live In The U.S., Japan and Italy (1984 – 2008):
1. Jam in Japan
2. Cherry Pie
4. Down Boys
6. Inside Out
7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
8. Hole in My Wall
9. So Damn Pretty
* Slideshow 1 – “Pop Music” (unreleased song)
* Slideshow 2 – “Medicine Man” (unreleased song)
* Slideshow 3 – “Keeping Up With The Joneses”
* “Sad Theresa” video – live in Los Angeles 1989
* “Not The Size That Counts” video – live in Los Angeles 1989
* Backstage footage – 1987
White Lion played in Louisville, Kentucky’s Expo Five last Sunday night. This was a free show that neither I, or friend JT from Hard Rock Nights could pass up.
I knew coming into this show that this wasn’t going to be the original White Lion lineup, but that didn’t really matter me. The issues between singer Mike Tramp, and guitarist Vito Bratta are well documented across the internet. It is highly doubtful that the original band will ever reunite. I was hopeful that Tramp’s current band was at least as good as his old one. I was quite curious to see how current White Lion guitarist Jamie Law would handle those awesome Vito Bratta guitar licks.
MIke Tramp has revamped White Lion, and has had different variations of the band together since 1999. The current lineup of Jamie Law, Henning Wanner, Claus Langeskov, and Troy Patrick Farrell has been together since 2005. Bassist EJ Curse (who looks like he could be a sibling of George Lynch) from Silent Rage was filling in on bass for this show.
The set list in no particular order was “Little Fighter“, “Lady of the Valley“, “Lonely Nights“, “El Salvador“, “Broken Heart“, “Wait“, “Hungry“, “When the Children Cry“, the show closer “Radar Love“, “Living on the Edge“, and two new cuts off of White Lion’s new album “Return of the Pride”, “Set Me Free“, and “Dream“.
It has been 25 years since White Lion started as a band, and Mike Tramp’s voice has maybe lost a step or two. He still sounds really good, and songs sound almost exactly the same as they did in the 80’s. Tramp does have a little bit of help in the singing department. Keyboardist Henning Wanner and guitarist Jamie Law sing a lot of the back up vocals, and do a fine job of it.
I am not sure how Mike Tramp found Australian guitarist Jamie Law, but he has managed to attract another very good guitarist to White Lion. Law is a very good technical guitar player, who seemingly handled Bratta’s guitar licks with ease. As a whole, White Lion sounded great. I would definitely go see them again. Hopefully, the dust can settle between Tramp and Bratta so the band can latch onto some summer tours.
Louisville, Kentucky must have been sleeping on Sunday. There was only about 50 people or so in attendance and this show was FREE. Not only that but, there three or four other bands that opened up for White Lion. The venue that the show was held at was EXPO Five. This has to be one of the best new rock clubs in Kentucky. It has a big stage, an awesome sound system, and room for a lot of people. It is a shame that the turn out for this show was so poor.
After the concert Mike Tramp came out and autographed everything that was put in front of him, shook a lot of hands, and took photos with anyone that wanted one. He was extremely cool to all of his fans, and if anything very grateful. He is definitely a class act.
White Lion is very much still a great band, and worth catching live if you can.
The clips below are from the Sunday night show. Enjoy!!
When the Children Cry
Frontiers Records is truly excited to announce the European release of PLACES OF POWER debut album “Now Is The Hour” on January 23rd 2009.
While the Places of Power monicker is brand new, this name hides the brand new collaboration between two superb artists who are no strangers to the concept of hard work and quality music. Bruce Turgon and Philip Bardowell can indeed boast in their pedigree collaborations with such bands and artists as FOREIGNER, SHADOW KING, LOU GRAMM, UNRULY CHILD, MAGDALEN and Peter Criss of KISS.
Both have also released highly regarded solo albums for Frontiers Records during 2005 which gathered excellent reviews and great interests from press and fans alike. “Our collaboration started at the urging of Serafino Perugino, who felt that Bruce and I would work well together”, states singer Philip Bardowell. “I guess Serafino would be the “spark”! The flame was then ignited when Bruce and I started throwing around tunes and discovered that we shared a passion for strong melodies and hooks”. Bruce Turgon also recalls: “Philip came back with powerful ideas and performances that made me feel that we were on the same page – I knew that this would be a strong collaboration from the start. I tend to “live” a record and dwell on every aspect of it, so it was very important to me that we share a common vision, and we have”.
“Now Is The Hour” production process was then started and took some good time to be completed, due to the enthusiasm and care that both Philip and Bruce gave to the album writing and recording. “I love the integrity of this record” continues Bruce, “there are no “and also” tracks – every song is a work of substance”, with Bardowell adding that every track “is also crafted in the “pop” sense and the songs are catchy and accessible”.
With the help of Scott McKinstry who contributed lead guitars to the album, Philip took care of all lead vocals while Bruce played all the backing tracks. The tapes were then sent to famed studio guru Dennis Ward (of Pink Cream 69 and producer of Place Vendome, Sunstorm, Bob Catley, Angra, Krokus etc.) in Germany who mixed the album in the summer 2008.
“We were able to deliver a product that we’re both very proud of” adds Bardowell, while Turgon concludes “this is an album that deserves to be played live. We’ve created a strong foundation for Places Of Power to build upon and everything is possible…”
The result is a jewel, one of those rare releases that gets your attention from the very first to the last second – splendid performances, killer production and marvellous songs: that’s what “Now Is The Hour” is all about !
“Now Is The Hour” final tracklisting includes:
In Your Wildest Dreams; Make Me Believe; Desires of Our Hearts; One Day; I Live For You; Secrets; The Passage; Always; Hard To Love You; Light of My World; Path of Least Resistance; Places of Power – In Your Wildest Dream (bonus videoclip).
Sycamore Meadows, the street where acclaimed musician Butch Walker lived and worked in Malibu, CA has drastically changed as a result of the massive wildfires that destroyed much of the area last November. And like many other Southern California residents, Walker lost his entire house and all his personal possessions in those fires, including his studio and every master recording he’s ever made. But inspiration sometimes comes from tragedy and so it became that this event incited Butch Walker to create music unlike anything he had ever done before. The result is his fourth album entitled Sycamore Meadows, due out on November 11, 2008 (Power Ballad/Stay Platinum/Original Signal). His revered talent shines through on this very personal album and will further prove the staying power of Walker as a solo artist.Always known to change up his musical styles, Butch Walker trades in his smart-glam, David Bowie-Marc Bolan sound heard on the previous solo album – The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let’s Go Out Tonites (July 2006/Epic) – for a classic and introspective sound highlighting his poignant lyrics and unforgettable melodies on Sycamore Meadows. Walker wrote and produced the entire album resulting in a collection of 12 beautifully constructed songs, delivering the distinct vibe his rabid fans already love him for and which will undoubtedly attract new audiences.
First single “The Weight of Her” is an uptempo, anthemic jam that launches the album while ballad “Ships in a Bottle” slows the mood down. “Ships in a Bottle” will be accompanied by a moving homemade video that documents the remains of his house before it was cleared away. It premiered as a featured video on MySpace Music (http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=videos) during the week of September 17-September 24, 2008. Both tracks are currently available on iTunes. Another standout track, “Here comes The…” features vocals from a soulful and raw Pink. “ATL” is an ode to the city where he grew up featuring lyrics like “Oh Atlanta please need me like I needed you, let your sweaty embrace open wide” while on “Going Back/Going Home” he addresses the fire directly “I finally know the difference between going back and going home.”
Butch Walker has seen nearly six years of success as a solo artist and as front man for Marvelous 3, Butch Walker and The Let’s Go Out Tonites while also producing and writing GRAMMY-nominated and hit songs for countless other artists. But what really sets him apart from other writers and producers is his dedicated fan base as an artist, selling out venues across the country for several years now and even being considered one of the best live performers of his generation.
Butch Walker plans to set out on a full U.S. headline tour in February 2009. In the meantime he’ll be playing the following venues in support of the album: Nectar Lounge, Seattle 10/21; The Loft, Atlanta 11/10; Blender Theatre, New York City 11/13; North Star Bar, Philadelphia 11/14; Maxwell’s, Hoboken 11/15; DC9, Washington D.C. 11/17.
1. The Weight of Her
2. Going Back/Going Home
3. Here Comes The…
4. Ponce De Leon Ave.
5. Ships in a Bottle
7. Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought of You
8. The 3 Kids In Brooklyn
9. Summer Scarves
10. A Song For The Metalheads
11. Closer To The Truth and Further From The Sky
Liverpool-born vocalist/pianist/guitarist Max Morgan is ready to unleash his first single, “Wait For Me,” a confessional, spirited pop-rock anthem from his debut album ‘Interrupting the Silence’ (Chime Entertainment, 3/31/09).
With an athletic build and impeccable fashion sense, 21-year-old Morgan is a rocker with a name and face not easily forgotten. “Wait for Me,” set for digital release November 25th, will make instant fans out of listeners who aren’t among the more than half a million who have already heard his music on MySpace.
Max Morgan learned to play and write music while growing up in cities around the world as the son of a professional soccer player. He played in bands on three continents, developed a passion for performing and decided to try his luck as a solo artist in a new country and a new city: Los Angeles.
The 11 songs on ‘Interrupting the Silence,’ produced by Marc Tanner (The Calling, Aerosmith, Madonna), bring that dream to life, with thoughtful lyrics and strong hooks that linger.
“Wait for Me,” a potent, piano-slaked, up-tempo ballad, finds the nomadic Max Morgan looking for a sense of stability, something permanent: “Standing in the light it shows where I’m broken, / need a little time to know where I’m going / Wait for me, won’t you wait for me.”
While the world “waits” for ‘Interrupting the Silence,’ listen to “Wait for Me” here: http://tinyurl.com/57xw43
Saving Abel and Clear Channel Radio have teamed up to present all Saving Abel fans with a special acoustic performance of “Addicted”, “18 Days” as well as an interview on iheartmusic.com .
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