Due to an overwhelming amount of emails/requests sent to the promoters of the festival demanding the return of Miljenko Matijevic’s STEELHEART, Rocklahoma has asked the band to come back this year to perform on Sunday, July, 13th.
Miljenko and the boys have agreed to do the show and will hit the stage at 6 PM.
Rocklahoma’s 2008 lineup on the Main Stage is now as follows:
Thursday, July 10th: (Pre Party for those who have bought three day tickets) BRET MICHAELS, SEBASTIAN BACH, DOKKEN, L.A. GUNS featuring Tracii Guns, ENUFF Z’ NUFF, VAIN, HOUSE OF LORDS and JET BOY.
Friday, July 11th: TRIUMPH, EXTREME, LITA FORD, NIGHT RANGER, LIVING COLOUR, KINGDOM COME, ARMORED SAINT, XYZ.
Saturday, July 12th: CINDERELLA, WARRANT, KIX, LYNCH MOB, TRIXTER, BLACK N BLUE, TORA TORA, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE, PRETTY BOY FLOYD
Sunday, July 13tth: QUEENSRŸCHE, TESLA, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, ZEBRA, AXE, STEELHEART and two more acts tba.
Two side stages adjacent to the main stage feature over twenty-eight regional artists on each stage.
The Retrospect Records stage includes the following bands: JESTER, SIDEKIXX, PAIR-A-DICE, FRONT RUNNER, TOMMY HAD A VISION, VALOR, GYPSY BLUE, WHITEFOXX, BLUE TIGER, WILD AUGUST, MESSANG, PAUL SHORTINO, MARIAH, WARRYOR, BAD CANDY, LORRAINE, NASTY NASTY, REAL STEEL, CUTTLASS, VYPER, MASS, BAD CANDY, ONEY, STRIKEFORCE, HERAZZ, RECKLESS, HEARTLESS, RON KEEL, WARRYOR and ALIBI.
On the Tri-Label Group stage has: ASPHALT VALENTINE, AZRAEL’S BANE, BONESHAKER, COCKPIT, DANGEROUS INC., DEATHRIDERS (NEIL TURBIN), DIRTY PENNY, DRIVE A, EXIT 27, GODS OF KANSAS, GYPSY PISTOLEROS, KARNEVIL (DARIO LORINA), KRUCIBLE (featuring Lance King), LIPSTICK MAGAZINE, MINDFLOW, ODIN, ORDER OF NINE, POWND, SACRED DAWN, SEX DPT., SHADOWSIDE, SWEET F.A., THE JAKALS, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, WARMACHINE.
The Offspring has announced a June 17 street date for its new Columbia effort “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” and the offering of a free download of first single “Hammerhead.”
“Hammerhead” became available today (May 5) on the band’s official Web site, offspring.com. Users need to provide an email address to receive a link to a high-quality MP3 of the track, which comes free of digital rights management.
“Rise and Fall,” a 12-track set originally due in March, was produced by Bob Rock, best known for his work with Motley Crue and Metallica. Lead singer Dexter Holland told Billboard in January that he also received guidance from Rick Rubin throughout the recording process, describing the legendary producer as an “invaluable resource.”
Holland, who said Rock didn’t alter the band’s Southern California punk sound too much, called its eighth studio effort the “best thing we’ve ever done — we spent over a year and a half on it, and it shows.”
Besides a CD and digital release, a gatefold vinyl edition of “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” will come bundled with a free digital download of the album.
Here is the track list to ”Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace”:
2. Trust In You
3. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
5. A Lot Like Me
6. Takes Me Nowhere
7. Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?
9. Stuff Is Messed Up
10. Fix You
11. Let’s Hear It For Rock Bottom
12. Rise And Fall
Here are the Offspring’s initial summer tour dates:
May 16: San Diego (91X X-Fest)
May 17: Irvine, Calif. (KROQ Weenie Roast)
May 18: Santa Barbara, Calif. (KJEE Summer Round Up)
May 30: Madrid, Spain (Electric Festival)
June 6: Lisbon, Portugal (Rock in Rio Festival)
June 7: Nürburg, Germany (Rock am Ring Festival)
June 8: Nuremberg, Germany (Rock im Park Festival)
June 13: Interlaken, Switzerland (Greenfield Festival)
June 14: Donington Park, England (Download Festival)
July 4: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic (Rock For People Festival)
July 5: Sopron, Hungary (Volt Festival)
July 6: Belfort, France (Eurockéennes Festival)
July 8: Athens, Greece (Rockwave Festival)
July 26: Denver (93.3 Big Gig)
Aug. 9: Baltimore (Virgin Mobile Festival)
Reunited ’90s alt-rock act Candlebox will release its first album in 10 years, “Into the Sun,” on July 22 via Silent Majority/ILG records. First single “Stand” will be released to radio later this month; it can currently be found streaming on the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/candlebox).
Candlebox’s self-titled debut album, featuring the singles “Change,” “You” and “Far Behind,” was released in 1993 and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200; it went on to sell 4 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its follow-up, “Lucy,” was released in 1995 and “Happy Pills” arrived in 1998.
“Into the Sun” features three of the band’s founding four members: singer Martin, guitarist Peter Klett and drummer Scott Mercado. Bassist Adam Kury has replaced Bardi Martin.
“Into the Sun” was produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies).
Here are Candlebox’s summer tour dates:
May 7: Beaumont, Texas (Ford Exhibition Hall)
June 4: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome – KISW show w/Chevelle)
June 27: Maplewood, Minn. (The Rock
June 28: Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island Plaza – Daiquiri Fest)
June 29: Mt. Clemens, Mich. (Stars & Stripes Festival)
July 4: O’Fallon, Mo. (Ozzie Smith Sports Complex)
July 11: Salem, Ohio (Quaker City Raceway)
July 12: Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Headwaters Park – Three Rivers Festival)
CLAY’S PARK PRESENTS THE 5TH ANNNUAL ROCK N RESORT MUSIC FESTIVAL’s NATIONAL LINE-UP FEATURING 7 LEGENDARY ROCK BANDS; GIN BLOSSOMS, MOLLY HATCHET, SWEET, SANTANA ORIGINAL LEAD SINGER GREGG ROLIE, NAZARETH WITH MANNY CHARLTON, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED AND BLUE OYSTER CULT.
MOLLY HATCHET – FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008.
In the early 1970’s a new form of music was emerging in the south. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock and roll that later was to be coined the phrase “Southern Rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion and with bands in the forefront such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet. Named after a famous 17th century axe murderess Hatchet Molly who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous.
Their self-titled debut album which included Danny Joe Brown, Dave Hlubeck, Duane Roland, Steve Holland, Banner Thoman and Bruce Crump in the lineup was released on Epic records in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band established their reputation of working hard, playing tough and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more.
In 1979, Flirtin With Disaster was released and history was in the making. The band continued touring on the road with an average of 250 live shows per year and like the first album it also achieved multi-platinum status.
After the death of lead singer, Danny Joe Brown the band claims to now draw inspiration from form him as they continue the spiritual, emotional and hard driving southern rock tradition the band is so well known for.
GIN BLOSSOMS – FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008.
Gin Blossoms, the inventive and instantly appealing smart rock band of the early nineties has reunited after a difficult breakup, and stirring reunion to complete their latest album, Major Lodge Victory. Other hits include “Hey Jealousy”, “Found Out About You”, “As Long As It Matters”, “Follow You Down”, “‘Til I hear It From You”, “Until I Fall Away” and “Allison Road”.
NAZARETH WITH MANNY CHARLTON – SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008.
According to Manny Charlton, he was there FROM THE BEGINNING and was the guiding light that wrote the original material and recorded the demos of Nazareth’s early songs which landed management and ultimately their major record deals which led to their smash hits “Hair of the Dog”, “Razamanaz”, “Expect No Mercy” and “Love Hurts”. The rest as they say is history.
Charlton wrote, produced and defined the NAZARETH sound that was so successful in the 70’s. Five of Nazareth’s albums, produced by Manny in the 70’s, all achieved Gold or Platinum status in various countries throughout the world. Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, one of the band’s earlier mentors, identified Charlton as “THE SOUL OF NAZARETH”.
SANTANA ORIGINAL LEAD SINGER GREGG ROLIE – SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008.
Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding two phenomenally popular, multi-platinum many times over super groups that indeed are, SANTANA and JOURNEY. In 1998, the world class keyboardist-vocalist-producer was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame as part of the original Santana band. In addition to launching- along with Carlos Santana- the now legendary act, Rolie also co-produced their first four ground-breaking albums. What’s more, his singing talents will forever be immortalized by his unforgettable lead vocals on classic Santana greatest hits including “Black Magic Woman”, “Evil Ways” and the Tito Puente composition “Oye Como Va”.
Thirty-five years after Gregg and Carlos fortuitously met in San Francisco, the year 2001 marked the release of Rolie’s third solo album ROOTS, featuring the lead track “Give It To Me”. The first-ever release on Bay Area-based Tower Records’ new proprietary label 33rd Street, and Rolie’s first CD following a several year personal hiatus. ROOTS find Gregg revisiting the incredible brew of sounds he helped conjure up in the late ’60’s. Recalling those heady days, he remembers “It was an amazing time. We created something that no one could fathom…it was about the rhythms and solos more than the songs. It wasn’t Latin music, rock music, the blues—not any of the above. It was a combination of all of them”. Rolie calls ROOTS’ twelve original selections “Latin rock plus… the instrumentation is Latin percussion, with organ, guitar, horns, and lots of great solo work and songwriting”, adding that “I really wanted to go all the way back to my Santana roots”.
SWEET– SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008.
The Sweet, originally formed by bassist Steve Priest, vocalist Brian Connolly & drummer Mick Tucker, rose to fame in the 70’s with such hits as “Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox on the Run”, “Love is Like Oxygen”, “Little Willy”, “Hellraiser”, “Teenage Rampage”, “Blockbuster”, “Action” and many others, has reformed in the States led by bassist/vocalist Steve Priest.
Steve is joined by guitarist Stuart Smith who was taught by Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore and went on to play in a version of “Sweet” with Steve Priest in the late 80’s and then with Keith Emerson in a band called “The Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” before forming his own band “Heaven & Earth” in 1997.
In 1998 Smith released a critically acclaimed album called “Heaven & Earth featuring Stuart Smith” with guest appearances by Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Kelly Hansen (Hurricane/Foreigner), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart/Jeff Beck/Vanilla Fudge), Bobby Kimball(Toto) and Steve Priest. This album won Stuart the “Best Guitarist” and “Album of the Year” award two years in a row at The Los Angeles All Access Music Awards”.
On drums is renowned drummer Richie Onori who, as well as playing with Stuart Smith in “The Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and “Heaven & Earth” has also played with Louis Johnson, Bobby Kimball and Rick Derringer. Rounding out the line up is powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta from Queen Nation, and keyboard player Stevie Stewart from The World Classic Rockers.
Sweet promises all the hits and more played as they were meant to be heard and with an energetic stage show that is second to none.
BLUE OYSTER CULT– SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2008.
For nearly three decades, Blue Oyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work.
That tradition continues with the June 5, 2001, release of Curse of the Hidden Mirror on CMC International Records, a division of the Sanctuary Records Group.
Blue Oyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it’s one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. The band is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as Metallica, and BOC was listed in VH1’s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.
Upon the release of BOC’s self-titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy-yet-heavy music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny or ambiguous, often all in the same song. BOC’s canon includes three stone-cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: The truly haunting “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from 1976’s Agents of Fortune, the pummeling “Godzilla” from 1977’s Specters’ and the hypnotically melodic “Burnin’ for You” from 1981’s Fire of Unknown Origin. Other notable BÖC songs include “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” “Then Came the Last Days of May,” “I Love the Night,” “In Thee,” “Veteran of the Psychic Wars,” “Dominance and Submission,” “Astronomy,” “Black Blade” and “Shooting Shark.”
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED – SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2008.
Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo”, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits – touchstones of a generation. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and has released the album “Recollection.”
Creedence Clearwater Revisited brings to life, with authentic integrity, the classic hits that made CCR legendary including, “I Put A Spell on You”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Proud Mary”, “Down on The Corner”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Travelin Band”.
The 5th Annual Rock N Resort Music Festival is a three-day, nonstop music festival, reminiscent of the great festivals of the past. Rock N Resort takes place on 500 acres at Clay’s Park Resort, just 20 minutes south of Akron off Rt. 21. Held on July 18-20, 2008, primitive (festival) or RV camping is welcome. Early camping opportunities are also available. Past RNR performers include, Grand Funk Railroad, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Starship with Mickey Thomas, Edgar Winter, Bad Company’s Brian Howe, John Kay and Steppenwolf, FogHat, Kansas, The Outlaws, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Southside Johnny and George Thorogood.
Unlike anything in the country, this festival combines the pure energy of great classic rock in an outdoor amphitheatre with the relaxing amenities of a full service RV resort and water park. Event manager, Margie Centrone said, “We will will round out the event with 30-40 strong regional acts to perform on our other 3 stages. We provide non-stop music and interactive fun for every music lover. With all this beautiful location has to offer, Rock N Resort provides an unforgettable vacation opportunity.” Tickets are available now with early reservations recommended to ensure first preference on camping locations.
Click here to order tickets online or phone 1.800.860.4FUN (4386) and Experience all the Magic of The Fifth Annual Rock N Resort Music Festival.
Stone Temple Pilots have made some additions and changes to their North American reunion tour ahead of its May 17 launch.
The band will start with a headlining performance at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, OH, and then make its way through a variety of venues and festivals across the US and Canada through fall. Dates currently stretch through STP’s October appearance at the New Orleans Voodoo Music Festival, though the outing is expected to expand into November, according to the group’s website.
Since last check, second nights have been added in Detroit and Las Vegas, and shows have been booked in Wallingford, CT; San Antonio, TX; Woodlands, TX; Elizabeth, IN; and Montreal. An updated itinerary is listed below.
Stone Temple Pilots announced their reunion tour in Los Angeles last month, when they performed publicly for the first time in nearly six years.
After forming the band in 1992, the grunge-rockers–frontman Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz–recorded five studio albums and went on to sell more than 35 million copies worldwide, according to a press release. They parted ways after completing a tour behind 2001’s “Shangri-La Dee Da,” which is their most recent studio album.
Weiland went on to join Velvet Revolver, which parted ways with the singer last month amid a volley of acrimonious press releases. The DeLeo brothers co-founded rock quartet Army of Anyone with Filter frontman Richard Patrick and former David Lee Roth Band drummer Ray Luzier, but that band slipped into hibernation following its 2006 self-titled debut.
Robert DeLeo recently told Billboard that STP will probably record a new album once the tour wraps.
The four young musicians in the band Drive A, average 15 years old. Yes, you read that right, 15. They are already earning new fans and gaining the respect of seasoned musicians all over the globe. Check out this list of quotes:
“These boys are SERIOUS!!!
Everyone better watch out or start practicing more.”
~ Tommy Lee ~
“The real stars of the line up last night were Drive A.
They are only 14, but when they opened the show,
they rocked The Avalon like seasoned pros”
~ Dave Navarro ~
“Drive A is awesome –
these kids rock more than most bands twice their size!”
~ Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) ~
“How could these young teens, led by 15-year-old Bruno Mascolo,
deliver these very well written songs live?”
~ Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) ~
Drive A’s debut album with Grammy Award winning producer Julian Raymond is available for FREE DOWNLOAD on the Drive A website. If luck goes with the four young men in Drive A, we will be hearing a lot from these guys in the coming months.
If you were to poll the average comic reader, and ask them who the biggest asshole in comics today is, 9 out of 10, would like respond, Tony Stark, a.k.a, Iron Man.
Lucky for this movie watcher, Marvel’s latest big screen sensation, Iron Man doesn’t dabble with the character’s current history, but does do a pretty solid job portraying Tony Stark, and his origin of Iron Man.
When I first read that Robert Downey Jr. was cast as the millionaire, playboy Tony Stark, I had my doubts that he could pull of the role.
Much to my surprise, and to my liking, Downey does a wonderful job as Stark/Iron Man. Not only does the pull the role off, he actually made me care about the character again. Quite a feat for any actor.
The Iron Man cast also features Gwenyth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Terrence Howard (James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes), and Jeff Bridges (Obadiah Stane). Each one of these actors does a solid job, but Downey Jr. is most certainly the star here.
The special effects are as good as they come, and the music (AC/DC, Black Sabbath) couldn’t be better. The story is good, and the action is fantastic.
Most comic book movies are hit and miss, in the case of Iron Man, Marvel has another sure fire hit on their hands, and easily their best movie since Spider-man.
This is a great film to see on the big screen, and a must see flick for sci-fi and comic book fans everywhere.
Rating: 4 Shellheads out of 5
10 Years will soon be releasing their new CD, Division. (Due May 13th). The band will also take the stage May 17th, at the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio.
Here is the first single and video, off of Division, called Beautiful.
HRH favorite Airbourne, Saving Abel and Theory of A Deadman rolled into Cincinnati at Bogart’s on Thursday Night. After seeing Airbourne’s excellent live show in Lexington, KY for the first time, I wasn’t about to miss them when they came back to my area.
Like the meat in a good sandwich, Airbourne took the stage between Saving Abel and Theory of a Deadman Thursday Night. Much to my surprise, Saving Abel was already done performing and had their packed off the stage before we arrived at 8:00 P.M. We didn’t even realize that they had played, until Theory of a Deadman thanked Saving Abel and Airbourne during the final songs of their set.
I was somewhat disappointed that I didn’t get to see Saving Abel, but I came to see Airbourne, and once they took the stage, any disappointment I may have had for the evening was easily dissipated.
Airbourne took the stage at approximately 8:30. They performed several songs off of their album Running Wild including: Stand Up For Rock ‘N’ Roll, Hellfire, Fat City, Diamond in the Rough, What’s Eating You, Cheap Wine Cheaper Women, Girls in Black, and Running Wild. Airbourne’s set was not quite as energetic as their Headlining show in Lexington, KY had a few short weeks ago. Part of the problem on this night was the audience that came to see the show. Most of the twenty something crowd was there to see Theory of a Deadman, and, in my opinion, could care less to see Airbourne. Whatever promoter put these two bands together must have a real sense of humor, as both bands have a completely different style, that are not very complimentary of each other.
In Lexington, KY, Airbourne fed off of the crowd, and the crowd fed off the band. In Cincinnati, the T.O.A.D. crowd was certainly energetic. Their was crowd surfing during Airbourne’s set, but the vibe was no where near the same. This didn’t seem to matter to Airbourne front man Joel O’Keeffe, as he turned in an another amazing live performance. Airbourne started winning the crowd over towards the end of their set, and did receive plenty of applause before they gave up the stage to Theory of A Deadman.
With T.O.A.D., I found myself in a strange position, as I was one of the few in the crowd that did not know the majority of the songs that they performed. Usually, I know a band’s music fairly well before I go to see them, but with Theory of a Deadman, they only came onto my radar with their new CD, Scars & Souvenirs. I like the new CD, fairly well, but I am not familiar with their earlier material. The majority of their set, was their older stuff.
Theory of a Deadman’s singer, Tyler Connolly commands the stage, and has a pretty good voice, that is somewhat like Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. I don’t think I have seen a hair do like his, since the last time I watched old reruns of Happy Days. The music is by far the most important thing, and their set was pretty tight. They played the tunes Nothing Could Come Between Us, Hate My Life, Santa Monica, Hating Hollywood, Got It Made, Bad Girlfriend, So Happy and two or three other songs, whose names escape me. Even though the sounded great, they were no where near as entertaining as Airbourne, and didn’t have half of the energy. Airbourne is a hard act to follow, and although Theory of a Deadman was good, I thought Airbourne was the better of the two.
I am glad I caught this show, even though it is not the best one that I have seen in 2008.
Enjoy the live clips of Airbourne and Theory of a Deadman below!
Airbourne – Hellfire
Airbourne – Fat City
Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
Theory of A Deadman – Bad Girlfriend
Theory of A Deadman – So Happy
Rev Theory have just unveiled the cover to their album Light It Up. The band has also added a 5th member to their line up with guitar player Rikki Lixx. A familiar face in the hard rock realm, Lixx joins Rev Theory from California based Operator.
The Brian Howes and Josh Abraham produced Light It Up hits stores June 10th
Florida hard-rockers, Shinedown have just world premiered their new single,
“Devour” at www.Shinedown.com ! The charging track is taken from their Rob Cavallo (My Chemical Romance, Green Day) produced album, The Sound of Madness.
The Sound of Madness will hit stores on June 24th.
Sabrina Korva was born to rawk!
21-year-old Sabrina Korva was performing at age 7, on stage singing a duet with Bryan Adams at 13 and co-writing with successful hit makers throughout her teens. This stylish singer/songwriter is about to release her debut EP Hold Onto Myself with songs produced by Jim Huff (Edwin, Headstones), Mike K, CJ Eiriksson (Matchbox 20, Rob Zombie), and Michael Raphael (NEVE).
The title track “Hold Onto Myself” is one of Korva’s favorites. “It’s the most fun to play live. It’s basically about someone who’s completely lost their soul and control of their life. It’s a topical theme I think everyone’s seen at some point.” “Suffocated” was the first song Korva wrote with songwriter/guitarist/producer Jim Huff. “The chorus was one of those magical ones that write themselves,” says Korva, “it was literally one of us playing the guitar, him singing the first line of the chorus, then both of us singing the rest of it together. For the first time, we both heard the exact same thing at the same moment, it was just meant to be.”
In addition to the incredible producers and songwriters that contributed to her new EP, Korva has worked with Todd Kerns (Static In Stereo, Age Of Electric), Chin Injetti (Snow, Moka Only), Mark Olexson (Matt Good, 54-40), Dean Truitt (Color), Riche Zahniser (SouthBase), Curt Cuomo (KISS, Eddie Money, John Corabi), Kelly Moneymaker (Expose, Days Of Our Lives), Jason Rowe, Derek Schram (Juice), Sean Kelly (Crash Kelly), MOBILE and Gary Slayton.
Although Korva is greatly influenced by classic rockers Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Queen, Heart, AC/DC, Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi, she studied classical piano (and some jazz) for 10 years at The Royal Conservatory Of Music. With determination Korva also juggled high school, figure skating, ballet, voice lessons, flute, bass and guitar. Recently graduating from BCIT’s Radio Broadcasting program, working on air at Evolution 107.9 FM and attending festivals like Canadian Music Week for many years, she is learning the behind the scenes music business to prepare for her career.
Korva’s songwriting style has progressed over the years. “I started out writing pop in my teens, then I got into classic rock and wrote a lot of punky rock songs, and of course went through a metal writing phase,” says Korva “now I’m writing a lot of pop/rock again. My style has always been influenced by writers I’ve worked with and whatever music I’m listening to at the time, so now it’s just a mix, and I’m more versatile. I love writing, music and melodies especially.”
A regular performer at CrueFest in Hollywood at the Whisky A-Go-Go,
Korva has played venues throughout North America, from Kentucky to Nashville to Sunset Strip in Hollywood and back to Vancouver and Toronto. She is now gearing up for her first showcase at the North By North East festival in Toronto, June 12-15th 2008. Date, Time & Venue TBC. Also playing Vancouver on May 8th at Hokos.
South Texas Rock Fest – HELSTAR, SNAKE SKIN PRISON Confirmed For New Second Stage
HELSTAR and SNAKE SKIN PRISON are the lastest acts confirmed for the South Texas Rock Fest, which runs from July 11th – 13th at the Javelina Harley Davidson Festival Grounds in Boerne, TX. Both acts are confirmed for the new Second Stage.
Organizers comment: “Due to the overwhelming response on the South Texas Rock Fest, we have decided to bring in a second stage and give all indie and up and coming bands the opportunity to play!”
The running order for the Main Stage is as follows:
Friday, July 11
QUEENSRYCHE – 10:00 PM
DOKKEN – 8:30 PM
SKID ROW – 7:00 PM
BULLET BOYS – 5:30 PM
PRETTY BOY FLOYD – 4:30 PM
HOUSE OF LORDS – 3:15 PM
AXE – 2:15
Saturday, July 12
TESLA – 10:00 PM
Y&T – 8:30 PM
STEPHEN PEARCY OF RATT – 7:00 PM
UFO – 5:30 PM
FASTER PUSSY CAT – 4:15 PM
LA GUNS – 3:10 PM
BANG TANGO – 2:05 PM
ZERO HOUR – 1:00 PM
MAD MARGRITT – 11:55 AM
Sunday, July 13
JACKYL – 8:30 PM
FIREHOUSE – 7:00 PM
HELIX – 5:30 PM
THE GODZ – 4:00 PM
OZZ KNOZZ – 2:30 PM
JOKESTER – 1:15 PM
For more info click here.
In 1993, Takara released their debut album through the now defunct, Now and Then Records.
This release was largely not know in the U.S. as this disc was primarily released in Europe and Japan. I may not have found this disc myself, but saw that this was one of the earlier works by Jeff Scott Soto, and I was on a mission to find it.
Those of you not familiar with Soto’s work would be surprised at how many acts and bands he has been involved with over the years, including most recently, Journey. I have always been a fan of his vocals and he was the main draw for me to pick up Takara’s Eternal Faith.
On Eternal Faith, Soto works as both producer and singer, and he does a pretty good job in both roles. He wasn’t supposed to sing on this record, but Takara’s original singer flaked out in the studio and Soto took over.
Soto has a keen ear for great melodic rock, and Takara’s Eternal Faith is a fine example of this. This record is filled with ten upbeat keyboard laden tunes, that melodic rock fans will truly enjoy.
While Eternal Faith isn’t the best disc I have ever heard, fans of Jeff Scott Soto will certainly want to pick this up. The best tracks are Spotlight, Two Hearts Together, I Don’t Believe, and Fallen Angel.
Rating:Out of 10
Jeff Scott Soto – lead vocals, keyboards
Gary Schutt – bass
Neal Grusky – guitar
Robert Duda – drums
Whitesnake has released a new video in support of their new CD, Good To Be Bad. Good To Be Bad debuted at #76 on the U.S. Billboard Chart.
FRESH Productions and Marketing is proud to announce that Lance King Productions / Nightmare records (www.nightmare-records.com) has signed a worldwide distribution deal with New Jersey’s latest rock sensation Lipstick Magazine. Coming off of a perfect target round of rave reviews for their highly acclaimed and impressive self-titled debut live album, Lipstick Magazine has recently completed their follow up, full scale rock and roll cd assault entitled “Skin Deep” which is set for release August, 2008.
Additionally, Lipstick Magazine has acquired the ammunition for several rounds to come as evidenced by their distribution deal with Koch International out of New York http://www.kochentertainment.com/intro.htm) and two targeted radio campaigns in support of “Skin Deep” will take the cd across the US through Skateboard Marketing (http://www.skateboardmarketing.com/).
Adding to their audio ammo, Lipstick Magazine will also release “Skin Deep” overseas at the end of 2008 increasing their fan base and marching their sound across all musical borders.
What has been kept high on the list of shooting ranges of firearm rock and roll is the signature sound and stage attack of Lipstick Magazine who never fail to deliver a cartridge holder of power packed tunes and soulful melodies.
Lead Singer, Toni Loyas is a refreshing voice on the rock scene able to deliver everything from a melodious song to a hard rock anthem with spot on precision. For those that miss the days of MSG or DeGarmo-esque solos, you’ll find comfort in the guitar work of Damon Marks and Nat Gardiner. Their sound is a whiskey-smooth, velvety, dual slinger journey that moves past tablature and recalls 80’s metal guitar Gods in their glory. Keyboardist David Loyas channels a bit of Jim Steinman in his compositions and adds an edge to the band’s sound. Marc Rabin on Bass and Russell K on drums are consistently in the pocket together and prove that unqualified rhythm will keep Lipstick Magazine on the shooting range of firearm rock and roll.
Lipstick Magazine will be performing at Rocklahoma 2008 on Saturday July 12th.
Poison frontman Michaels recently wrapped season two when he chose aspiring actress Ambre Lake as the winner and his new girlfriend.
Despite the first season being exposed as a fraud–the winning contestant already had a boyfriend–Michaels and Lake insist this time it is for real, and they are handing the show over to another single star.
Bon Jovi guitarist Sambora, 48, has been single since his April 2007 divorce from actress Heather Locklear and a short-lived romance with Locklear’s former friend Denise Richards ended last year.
And TV bosses want to help him find love. A source tells OK! magazine, “He’s perfect for TV. If you thought Bret was must-see TV, you ain’t seen anything yet. Richie is going to be a train wreck looking for love.”
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Stuck Mojo has a new video out in support of their album Southern Born Killers. The disc was re-released in the U.S. on March 4th.
You decide the bands fate at HRH. If you say SINK, we won’t review this disc. If you say SWIM, we will check it out and post a review on the site.
Sweden’s VIOLENT DIVINE will give away its entire self-titled debut album from 2006 as a free digital download. The band says: “We want to give something back to the fans and also take this opportunity to reach some of those who haven’t heard VIOLENT DIVINE yet.”
The free download will be available for 24 hours only on May 1 from www.violentdivine.se.
VIOLENT DIVINE’s video for the song “Levitate” can be viewed below. Like the band’s previous clips, the video was directed by Erik Andersson.
Commented singer Michael Ahlstrom: “While ‘Levitate’ in itself is a love song, the video adds an evil twist to the main subject. Angelica was the obvious choice for the leading role as the stalker, since she’s been following the band from the very beginning.”
VIOLENT DIVINE’s debut album was previously described as “a truly ‘divine’ melodic rock masterpiece, setting the tone for the re-emergence of real rock n’ roll into the forefront of today’s music! The music is laced with thick powerful guitars containing driving rhythms that are complete with vocal harmonies and catchy, yet memorable hooks. VIOLENT DIVINE is a breath of fresh air in the current unimpressionable market.”