Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details about the sensational new band REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, brainchild of ex STRATOVARIUS main man Timo Tolkki.
“Everything that was to be said with that band, with those members, had already been said and to continue would have simply been repeating the same formula over and over again”, says Tolkki about this much talked split. Furthermore, tensions between the members brought Tolkki’s decision to form a brand new band REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, which is the logical progression of the Stratovarius legacy.
The first record from the new band, aptly entitled “New Era“, includes the vocal talents of Michael Kiske (ex HELLOWEEN), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY, AVANTASIA) and Pasi Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE) plus Mirka Rantanen on drums (THUNDERSTONE), Pasi Heikkilä on bass (45 DEGREE WOMAN) and Joonas Puolakka on keyboards.
Tolkki originally composed all the songs included in this album for Stratovarius, but after the group broke up, he thought he needed to get these songs out and did not spend time looking for a permanent band line-up. He is currently still auditioning singers and musicians and, as soon as a stable line-up is set in stone, Revolution Renaissance will start its life as a live unit.
“New Era” pays tribute musically to the trademark Stratovarius albums “Visions” and “Episode”, with its Melodic Power Metal style that Tolkki was instrumental in creating, along with such bands as Helloween and Gamma Ray. His trademark guitar playing that earned him a position in “The 80 best guitar players of the World” category in the American “Guitar World” magazine readers poll, shines throughout the album.
Tracklisting of “New Era” includes:
Heroes (lead vocals: Tobias Sammet); I Did It My Way (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); We Are Magic (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Angel (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Eden Is Burning (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Glorious And Divine (lead vocals: Tobias Sammet); Born Upon The Cross (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Keep The Flame Alive (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Last Night On Earth (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Revolution Renaissance (lead vocals: Michael Kiske).
Witness the rebirth of Timo Tolkki and his music the way the fans want to hear him on June 6th !
A new MÖTLEY CRÜE song, entitled “Saints of Los Angeles”, is being streamed exclusively at Spinner.com. The song is expected to be the first single off the band’s ninth album, “The Dirt”, which is tentatively due on July 8. The single will arrive at radio stations in early May.
Several registered members of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s official message board previously commented on a 28-second leak of “Saints of Los Angeles”, with one fan describing the track as “definitely that elusive cross between ‘Shout at the Devil’ and ‘Dr. Feelgood’ we always heard about.” Another board user writes, “[it] reminds be a bit of the ‘Sick Love Song’ [a track that was included on MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s two-CD ‘greatest hits’ collection, ‘Red, White & Crüe’ in 2005] style of material, but has a ‘Wildside’ vibe. I’m glad to see the CRÜE go back to a classic/heavy sound while not sounding like ‘New Tattoo’ . This is the style they should stay in.”
“The Dirt” is based on the band’s 2001 memoir of the same name and will be its first all-new studio effort since 2000’s “New Tattoo”. 1997’s “Generation Swine” was the last to feature the group’s original lineup, which reunited for a successful world tour in 2005.
Although it was reported last fall that drummer Tommy Lee had again quit the CRÜE over legal issues, he and the group have reconciled.
Bassist Nikki Sixx wrote in a recent online update, “10 songs done for the new CRÜE album so far, I’m very proud of the songs. I think we’re onto some of the better songs we’ve had in years…Time will tell, of course. A couple of song titles on the CRÜE album are called ‘A Scar On Hollywood Boulevard’ and ‘The Saints Of Los Angeles’… The chemistry in the studio as we’re writing is unbelievable.”
The CRÜE recently denied a post at Robin Leach‘s Las Vegas gossip blog which suggested that the band had signed a three-album, three-tour deal with Live Nation for $100 million. Although the source of the rumor was reportedly singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement, “MÖTLEY CRÜE has not signed any deals to tour or record whatsoever. Any information to the contrary is 100 percent incorrect.”
The management company that represents MÖTLEY CRÜE told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that rumors about the band headlining a festival-type tour called “Cruefest” are “blatantly false and completely unfounded,” although the company, 10th Street Entertainment, did admit that the band’s press conference scheduled for April 15 in Los Angeles will involve at least “a few” of more than two dozen acts. Rumors began circulating about a so-called “Cruefest” after the CRÜE revealed that it will make a “colossal announcement” on April 15, with other 10th Street bands like BUCKCHERRY, DROWNING POOL and PAPA ROACH reportedly on board.
A “video teaser” for the press conference and contest — which appears to contain images of MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH and SIXX: A.M. — can be viewed at this location (Quicktime required).
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net.
Four hard rocking bands took the stage Tuesday night at Lexington, Kentucky’s, Club A1A.
Uncle Aleister’s Rock ‘N Roll Revival was the first act to take the stage. I didn’t know much about this band, but I expected this to be a cover band. Much to my surprise, and to my liking, the band played all original material. The ages were obviously quite varied in this 4 piece band, but did a pretty good job warming up the small crowd that arrived at the club early.
Atlanta, Georgia’s Stonerider was up next. I recently reviewed this band’s CD, Three Legs of Trouble (Review can be found in the TOP 10, on the HRH Sidebar), and was pretty familiar with their music. I have been spinning this disc a lot as of late, and have really been enjoying their music. I haven’t heard any feedback about the band, so I was not sure what to expect by their live show.
Their set included the tunes, Rush Hour, Baby, Back From the Dead, Bad Lovin Never Felt So Good, Juice Man, and Wild Child. They were pretty good live, although their set was a little too short in my opinion. I would like to catch these guys playing live again.
Bad Loving Never Felt So Good
Endeverafter took the stage around 10 P.M. I was anxious to see this band. I was already quite familiar with the playing of Endeverafter’s Michael Grant. I have heard nothing but good things about these guys from the people who were lucky enough to catch them on the 2006 Poison and Cinderella Tour.
The band played quite a few songs off of their new CD, Kiss or Kill, including, Tip of My Tongue, All Night, Road to Destruction, Next Best Thing, Baby Baby Baby, and I Wanna Be Your Man.
I had high expectations for Endeverafter, and they exceeded them. They were very good live. With a bunch of good songs at their disposal, Endeverafter could really take off, if radio will give them a chance and play a couple of their songs.
I honestly thought Endeverafter was going to be hard act to follow, as good as they played. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Tip of My Tongue
I Wanna Be Your Man and Baby, Baby, Baby
Airbourne took the stage around 11 P.M. or so. They were introduced by WKQQ’s Dead Air Dennis and Monkey Boy. Monkey Boy had a small jab at Airbourne comparing them to AC/DC. I guess this was his attempt to be funny. Nonetheless, say what you will about this Airbourne’s obvious influences, they rock as hard as the bands that inspired them.
I have seen hundreds of live shows, and I don’t recall very many shows, where a band put on a more energetic show than the one Airbourne did Tuesday night. 48 hours later, and I am still blown away by the live show that I saw.
Joel O’Keeffe is an amazing front man. He knows how to get the crowd fired up, and does a good job keeping them there. Bassist Justin Street is going to need a neck brace from his constant head banging, hair spinning bass licks. David Roads does a pretty good job keeping up with Joel O’Keeffe note for note. They way these guys run around stage during a set, they must be exhausted from all of the energy they put out. Airbourne’s set included the songs, Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll, Diamond In The Rough, What’s Eatin You, Cheap Wine, Blackjack, Girls in Black, Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast, Runnin’ Wild and Hellfire.
On a negative note, this was a low dough show. For a mere $10.00, you got to see four great bands, and at maximum their was only 100 people in attendance. Lexington, KY is a big college town (UK), so I would expect that a great rock show would like this would attract more people. This club should have been packed. Sadly, it was not.
Airbourne has just recently announced a ton of new dates across the United States. Check below for the latest Tour Dates! DO NOT MISS AIRBOURNE if they come to your town.
Stand Up For Rock N Roll
Diamond in the Rough
Girls in Black
Airbourne Tour Dates
Fri 04/11/08 Madison, WI The Annex
Sat 04/12/08 Maplewood, MN The Rock
Mon 04/14/08 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
Wed 04/16/08 Calgary, AB The Warehouse
Thu 04/17/08 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Sat 04/19/08 Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Sun 04/20/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Mon 04/21/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
appearing with Seether / Chevelle
Fri 04/25/08 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station Lonestar Pavilion
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Mon 04/28/08 Hattiesburg, MS The Bottling Company
Wed 04/30/08 Nashville, TN On The Rocks
Thu 05/01/08 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Fri 05/02/08 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s Entertainment Center
Sat 05/03/08 Lynchburg, VA Cattle Annie’s
appearing with Finger Eleven
Fri 05/09/08 Norfolk, VA NorVa
Mon 05/12/08 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Tue 05/13/08 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Wed 05/14/08 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
appearing at “Rock On The Range”
appearing at “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival”
Wed 07/09/08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 07/11/08 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 07/12/08 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 07/13/08 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion At Glen Helen
Tue 07/15/08 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Wed 07/16/08 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 07/18/08 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 07/19/08 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Sun 07/20/08 Englewood, CO Coors Amphitheatre
Tue 07/22/08 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
Wed 07/23/08 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Fri 07/25/08 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Centre
Sat 07/26/08 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun 07/27/08 Houston, TX The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park
Tue 07/29/08 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
Wed 07/30/08 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Fri 08/01/08 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Sat 08/02/08 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Sun 08/03/08 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Tue 08/05/08 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
Wed 08/06/08 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 08/08/08 Toronto, ON Downsview Park
Sat 08/09/08 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun 08/10/08 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 08/12/08 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed 08/13/08 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Fri 08/15/08 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 08/16/08 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Sun 08/17/08 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Tue 08/19/08 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
JUDAS PRIEST’s long-awaited concept album, Nostradamus, will be released in Europe on June 13th as a regular CD and Deluxe Edition CD via Sony/BMG. Guitarist K.K. Downing told BW&BK recently that the album – based on the life and predictions of 16th-century French prophet Nostradamus – will contain “18 songs clocking in at over an hour and a half.”
In a separate interview with BW&BK, frontman Rob Halford added: “We’re treating this like it’s the holy grail of heavy metal. We’re so protective about it – which you have to be – because I think that one of the intriguing things about creating anything – whether it be writing a book or making a move – the less you say about something, the more people want to know about it. And we don’t need to hype it up, it’s internal. The metal fans around the world have great expectations for this record. They know we’re not going to drop the ball. They know we’re going to give everybody something that’s fantastic and top quality. And that’s what it should be after 35 years.”
Courtesy of Bravewords.com