BW&BK sources have confirmed that MIKE TRAMP’s WHITE LION will be part of this summer’s POISON/RATT North American tour. However, it will not be the original band, only Mike and some hired hands.
As previously reported, GREAT WHITE is “in talks” to join this tour. Furthermore, DOKKEN has been confirmed for selected shows.
A full itinerary is still being confirmed, but the trek starts June 13th at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, SC, and wraps August 19th at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver, CO.
Former Home To DEF LEPPARD, KISS, RUSH – Mercury Records Resurrected
According to Reuters/Billboard, Island Def Jam is reviving the legendary Mercury Records imprint in the United States, eight years after it was mothballed in the wake of a corporate merger.
The label continues to operate overseas, serving as the home for many Island Def Jam acts, such as BON JOVI, ELTON JOHN and LIONEL RICHIE.
The resurrected Mercury will be headed in New York by David Massey, a former executive at Sony Music, where he worked with the likes of SHAKIRA, OASIS, FRANZ FERDINAND and TRAVIS.
Mercury – which over the years has served as the U.S. home to such acts as JOHN MELLENCAMP, DEF LEPPARD, KISS, RUSH, ROD STEWART, CINDERELLA, FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS and TEARS FOR FEARS — ceased operating as a frontline label in North America in 1999 in the wake of Seagram Co.’s purchase of Mercury’s PolyGram parent. The deal led to the formation of Universal Music Group, which is now controlled by Vivendi Universal.
Mercury was founded in Chicago in 1945, and found success with such acts as SARAH VAUGHAN, DINAH WASHINGTON, THE PLATTERS and LOUIS ARMSTRONG.
Just how many releases come out this year under the Mercury banner remains to be seen, but the number figures to be a handful. Massey said the plan is to build the imprint slowly.
ADLER’S APPETITE: Previously Unreleased Song Posted Online
A previously unreleased song by ADLER’S APPETITE, featuring former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler doing “what he does best — kicking ass on the drums”, has been posted online at this location. The music for “Sadder Days” — which was recorded in April 2005 — was composed by the “wickedly talented” Keri Kelli (ALICE COOPER), who also engineered and produced the venture. The vocals and lyrics for “Sadder Days” were performed and written by Sheldon Tarsha, whose own band TARSHA is currently promoting its single “Dirty”. This exclusive recording also includes the bass talents of Robbie Crane (ex-RATT, VINCE NEIL).
This disc features the vocal talents of Tony Martin, the expert bass playing of former Whitesnake bassist, Neil Murray, guitarist Rolf Munkes, and ex-Silent Force drummer, Andre Hilgers.
I have always thought that Tony was one of Black Sabbath’s most under rated singers, so I could not resist checking out Raven Ride. I am glad I did. This is a pretty good melodic metal offering by Empire.
The title track, Raven Ride is one of the better tracks on the disc. This song has a DIO feel about it. Killer vocals and music to match. Breathe is a heavy but cool track in the vein of Black Sabbath.
Carbon Based Lifeform is a throw away track to me. I didn’t care for this one very much. Satanic Curses on the other hand sounds like Dio era Black Sabbath. This is a very good track.
Al Sirat – The Bridge To Paradise is a great follow up to Satanic Curses, and also carries that heavy Sabbath feel to it. Neil Murray’s heavy bass compliments Rolf Munkes guitar greatly, and Tony Martin‘s vocals are excellent here.
What Would I Do? is a heavy low to mid tempo keyboard driven number with more great vocals by Martin. This song is slowly growing on me.
Changing World is great except for this electronic drum beat that goes on through half of the track. I could live without that extra beat. It reminds me of something that Genesis has done in some of their songs.
Tony Martin growls as well as sings on Maximum. I didn’t like this track at first, but once I got over the growling, I found this song kind of catchy.
I will let the track, I Can’t Trust Myself do the talking for itself. This could have been a hit off of this record. Give it a listen below, and see what you think.
I Can’t Trust Myself
The Devil Speaks, The Sinner Cries closes this disc with a very doomy Sabbath style track. Martin’s vocals are great, but this track is a little too slow for me.
Empire is a pretty good listen from beginning to end. Tony Martin’s vocals shine more often than not, as does the music. Fans of Tony Martin’s previous work with Black Sabbath, Tyr and Headless Cross, will love this disc.
Rating: Out of 10
- The Raven Ride
- Carbon Based Lifeform
- Satanic Curses
- Al Sirat – The Bridge To Paradise
- What Would I Do?
- Changing World
- I Can’t Trust Myself
- The Devil Speaks, The Sinner Cries