The first anniversary of the disastrous earthquake in Japan will be on March 11th, 2012. The aftermath of this catastrophe is still apparent, and to the present day the Japanese people are facing the impact of the events. The population of the affected area has not been able to completely return to their everyday live and the people are still grateful for our help.
Some of Europe’s leading Rock artists have united to join a campaign initiated by singer Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning) and recorded a tremendous new version of the classic Beatles song “Help”. The EP “Help! For JAPAN” will be released in Europe on the German label Avenue Of Allies in early March 2012. All income from the sales of this project will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
This EP includes the following four songs:
2. HELP! (Tommy Heart Version)
3. HELP! (Guitar Version)
4. HELP! (Extended Version)
The musicians: Don Airey (Keyboards & Piano, Deep Purple), Leo Leoni (Guitar, Gotthard), Neil Murray (Bass, ex Whitesnake), Hena Habegger (Drums, Gotthard)
The singers: Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Bob Catley (Magnum), Andi Deris (Helloween), Torstein Flakne (Stage Dolls), Marc Storace (Krokus), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Claus Lessmann (Bonfire), Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann), Bernhard Weiss (Axxis), Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Tony Mills (TNT), Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One) and Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning),
The solo guitar players: Cede Dupont (Downspirit), Kyoji Yamamoto (BowWow), Helge Engelke (Fair Warning), Roland Grapow (Masterplan), Leo Leoni (Gotthard), Henny Wolter (Nitrogods), Robert R. Rodrigo (Airless)
All “HELP!” versions produced and mixed by Tommy Heart, Tommy Remm & Rene Schostak (Valicon).
Vocal Arrangement by Tommy Heart.
Solo Guitar Arrangement for “Help” (Guitar Version) by Helge Engelke.
Audio mastering by TMM/Tom Müller Berlin/Germany.
Cover artwork “Help! For JAPAN” designed by Kai Swillus.
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Check out the brand new video “Refugee” from TNT. “Refugee” is on the new TNT album, A Farewell To Arms. You can check out the Hard Rock Hideout review on A Farewell to Arms here!
When TNT announced Tony Mills as the new singer of TNT back in 2006, I couldn’t have been more excited. While I hated to see Tony Harnell leave, I have always enjoyed Tony Mills vocals in Shy. I thought he would be a good replacement. I have to admit that I didn’t love the first couple of releases with Mills as the singer. I thought the releases A New Territory, and Atlantis were ok at best.
I feared that with Tony Mills having a heart attack last August that the band wouldn’t be to continue with Mills as the singer. Luckily, the band has returned in 2011, with their latest effort A Farewell to Arms. I can happily say that this IS the TNT CD I have been waiting for. Tony Mills voice soars to new heights, and Ronnie Le Tekro’s playing is absolutely fantastic! This is the TNT sound that fans love. To my ears, A Farewell to Arms is a return to form by TNT.
A Farewell to Arms starts off with a heavy rocker “Engine” that will rip your face off. TNT obviously has something to prove with this album and “Engine” is the song that says “Hey, we are back to kick your ass!” The band doesn’t stop rocking after “Engine” either. This CD is packed full with a bunch of heavy rockers. In fact, TNT doesn’t slow it down on the CD until the brief instrumental track “Signature of A Demon’s Self Portrait”. There are some extremely catchy songs on this disc, with “Take It Like A Man – Woman”, “Barracuda” and “Don’t Misunderstand Me” amongst my favorites on the CD.
TNT sounds completely re-energized with A Farewell To Arms. I don’t think I have heard Tony Mills sing like this since the Shy England offering Misspent Youth. Ronnie Le Torko’s playing is going to have all of the heavy guitar fans going nuts.
It may be early in 2011, but there is no doubt in my mind that TNT’s A Farewell To Arms will be one of the top CD’s of the year. If you are a TNT fan, lover of hair metal, or heavy rock, you gotta check this CD out!
For more information on TNT, check out the band’s website: www.tnttheband.com. You can check out three of the samples from “A Farewell To Arms” below! You can purchase A Farewell To Arms at this link.
3. Ship In The Night
4. Take It Like A Man – Woman
7. Signature On A Demon’s Self Portrait
8. Don’t Misunderstand Me
9. A Farewell To Arms
10. Someone Else
11. God Natt, Marie
12. Harley Davidson (European bonus track)
Tony Mills – Vocals
Ronnie Le Tekro – Guitars
Victor Borge – Bass
Diesel Dahl – Drums
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of CHINA BLUE debut album “Twilight of Destiny” on December 5th 2008.
The roots of CHINA BLUE date back to the late 80’s when keyboardist Eric Ragno (Takara, Ted Poley, Steve Grimmett, American Angel, Danny Vaughn, Hugo/Ramos and countless others) started a new band called China Blue with his best friend Tom Gasbarro. Eric wrote the music and Tom was the lyrical engineer. The songs written at the time used to explore those avenues of defining moments… decisions that were made in the “Twilight of Destiny”. According to Eric, “It is where you either won the girl or lost it all in a sea of regret; the pivotal epiphany that the thing you love most just got away. We did things on our own terms and even after Tom moved on, I swore I would pick it up again one day”.
Eric’s career gained momentum with bands like Vox Tempus and moved in a different directions until he played some of the old China Blue demos to his friend Michael Riesenbeck. Michael encouraged Eric to take the best out of the songs and add new material to round out a complete album. He and Eric co-wrote some great songs together and he pushed Eric to start the job to put together a recording line-up for the album and just go out and do his own thing.
On vocals, Eric recruited none other than the new TNT and former Shy singer Tony Mills, a legendary voice that added a special touch to the recording. As soon as Riesenbeck stepped out of the project, Josh Ramos (of The Storm, Hardline) immediately took the chance to be part of the project. Eric and Josh had already worked on a number of projects together (Ramos/Hugo, Los Angeles) and the pair spent several weeks together writing in San Francisco. Zane Petersen (Malicious, Conditioned Response) was a long-time friend of Eric’s who helped him in various career circumstances and was the perfect choice with his powerful drumming. The final piece of the puzzle was Doug Odell on bass, he came about at the MelodicRock.com festival in Chicago during 2008 when he and Eric played in front of an amazing crowd with the “Melodic Rock All Stars” band.
Additional musicians Ronny Smith on guitar, Pete Newdeck on drums and Fabrizio Grossi on bass appear as special guests, offering their incredible performances on this fabulous debut album.
“Twilight of Destiny” was produced by Eric, mixed by JK Northrup and took shape as a true Melodic Rock masterpiece during 2008, under the direction of executive producer and manager Ron Vining. This record is an absolute delight for all fans of classic Shy, Journey and The Storm music with a slight Progressive edge. The classic 80’s album artwork was designed by Wavid.
“This China Blue record has truly been a journey for all involved” concludes Eric Ragno. “We hope the music touches you in some way as it helped us explore who we are, when we faced those defining moments in life at the Twilight of Destiny”.
Tracklisting: What Do You Need But Love; I Feel Like Dying; Changing Ways; So Wrong; Don’t Be A Stranger; Crimes (of Passion); Passions; Movin’ On; Twilight of Destiny; Lost; Take Me As I Am; A Last Goodbye.