Ex-Black Sheep Frontman/Producer Willie Basse Signs Distribution Deal With Quicksilver & Vigilante
New Album “The Money Grind” In Stores Now
‘80’s Metal Pioneer, Willie Basse has signed a distribution deal with Quicksilver Distribution to distribute his new album “The Money Grind.” Vigilante Music will handle label management throughout Europe,
distributed by some of the leading European distributors, including Nova/Pinnacle (UK), Avispa (Spain), NMD (Germany, Austria), Rock Inc/ Bertus (Benelux), GT (Italy) , Mosaic (France) and PHD. The deal will include projects released on Basse’s new label, New Empire Media including a reissue of legendary Sunset Strip Metalheads Black Sheep’s “Sacrifice” EP, Basse’s new reality TV series “Rockstar Reality” on DVD and “Rock For Recovery” a DVD that features concert footage of Black Sheep with Motorhead.
New Empire Media’s first release under the new deal will be the Willie Basse solo album, “The Money Grind.” Since it’s initial independent release the album has garnered significant critical acclaim, including Loudside.com who recently praised the album saying, “With the recent revival that bands like Judas Priest, Motorhead and Dio are enjoying, Basse couldn’t have picked a better time to unleash a great rock record that stands up to some of the best the genre has to offer.”
Songs from Willie Basse’s “They Money Grind” can be heard online at www.MySpace.com/WillieBasse
Perris Records will release another disc of new material called “California Free Ride“. The disc was being mastered by guitarist Anthony Focx (BANG TANGO, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, BUCKCHERRY).
Track Listing: 1. California Free Ride 2. Look In The Mirror 3. Burning Rain 4. Only Child 5. Under My Skin 6. Strong Man 7. Come To My Party 8. Shake That Thing 9. Brass Bed 10. Clear Thought 11. Trip The Light.
California Free Ride is scheduled for an October 2nd release!
Joetown (aka Joe Delaney) with his debut solo album, “Pills and Ammo”, which will be released through his own label Joetown Records. New tracks from the album are currently streaming online at http://www.MySpace.com/Joetown
Joetown has been tearing up stages across the nation with his intense live show and earning fans with each sweaty, in-your-face performance. The group has earned praise from high profile players like Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and been creating a deafening buzz from their jaw dropping live performances.
Hailing from Wallingford, Connecticut, Joetown has been riffing, rocking, and wailing for years. The energetic frontman has made a name for himself performing and recording with groups such as American Trash with Steve Broderick of Trans Siberian Orchestra and Kings of Reality, while producing both albums for critically acclaimed aggressive hard rockers Gargantua Soul.
Now Joetown has his sights firmly set on making a name for himself with his debut album, “Pills and Ammo”. The album is unapologetic rock n’ roll at its best and perfectly captures the buzz of Joetown’s kick ass live show, as evidenced by such standout tracks as “Crash,” “Finger,” and “All My Angels.” And according to Joetown, it is the live show which sees the group (which features Joetown on vocals/guitar, Kerry Gollarney on guitar, Keefer on bass, and Mat Reale on drums) really taking it to the next level.
The band has also announced they will be giving away merchandise, guitar gear and promotional items for fans that join the Joetown street-team at www.JoetownRocks.com. Fans are encouraged to join the street-team to qualify.
Joetown will be heading out on the road in support of “Pills and Ammo” with a tour of the East Coast expected to be announced shortly.
DC4 lead guitarist Rowan Robertson has laid down guitar tracks for the new movie ‘Dirty Step Upstage’ written and directed by Amber Moelter. ‘Dirty Step Upstage’ is targeted for the upcoming Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Rowan is currently in the U.K. filming a video for the movie.
Rowan Robertson is a former member of Dio and performed on the ‘Lock Up The Wolves’ release. Rowan has since went on to lend his guitar talents to various projects over the years and joined DC4 as a full member in 2005. Rowan Robertson is a tremendous talent and his ‘fiery’ guitar work is showcased on the upcoming official release from DC4 titled, ‘EXPLODE’. As previously mentioned, DC4 signed on with Chavis Records for the release of ‘EXPLODE’ in October.
Plans are currently in the works for an ‘EXPLODE’ CD Release Party as well as a tour to support.
Today marks the official release of Metallica’s new album, Death Magnetic.
For many fans, the wait has been unbearable, since Death Magnetic is the band’s first studio album since 2003’s multi-platinum St. Anger. With over 90 million records sold over their 25 year career, Metallica proves they are more powerful than ever.
Head over to iTunes to purchase Death Magnetic, and don’t forget to sign up at MissionMetallica.com, for your chance to enter contests, and receive exclusive Metallica content.
The classic rock band Yes, which was forced to cancel their 40th anniversary tour this year due to the illness of its lead singer, has decided to relaunch the tour with an “understudy” — a Yes tribute band singer.
Benoit David, who sings in several Yes tribute bands in Montreal, will replace Jon Anderson on the “In the Present” tour, which kicks of Nov. 4 in Ontario, Canada, according to bassist Chris Squire. “I think it’s all going to work out fine,” Squire told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Of course, realistically, there’s an element of risk, but there always is.”
Yes, which consists of Squire, Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, scrapped their anniversary tour in June after Anderson suffered acute respiratory failure and was ordered by doctors to rest six months.
Squire found David on the Internet after a friend sent him a YouTube clip of David’s tribute band, Close To The Edge. Squire liked what he saw and called David to offer an audition.
“The first thing he said to me was, ‘Well, I’m looking around to see where the cameras are in case I’m being punked,'” Squire said. Yes has taken a page from another classic rock group, Journey, who selected Arnel Pineda, a sound-a-like of old lead singer Steve Perry, to be their singer after the group discovered him singing Journey songs on YouTube. Pineda sang on the group’s successful comeback album this year and has also been touring with them.
It’s not the first time Yes has had a singer besides Anderson. Trevor Horn sang on the 1980 Yes album “Drama” when Anderson briefly left the band. Squire hopes to work songs from that album into the set for the upcoming tour, plus a few songs he said were not Anderson’s favorites to perform live but the rest of the band likes.
“You can’t ever really replace Jon Anderson, because he’s been such a force in the music business,” Squire said. “We look upon his replacement as more of an understudy.” Squire said he is hopeful Anderson will be well enough to do shows next year.
Yes’ hits include “I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart.”
The majority of the hard rock loving public are probably not aware their was a band called Sleeze Beez. Hair metal fans know them, (most of them love this band) but very few are aware that Sleeze Beez put out a fourth studio album in 1994.
The hair metal scene was on life support by this time, and new releases such as this one, got very little, if any mentions in the press.
The tunes on Insanity Beach have a much harder edge than the Sleeze Beez previous releases.
Many hard rock acts from the late 80’s and early 90’s tried to update their sound in an effort to keep going. The change in the Sleeze Beez sound isn’t quite as drastic as the updated sounds from Warrant, Shotgun Messiah, or Asphalt Ballet. It may be a harder approach, but its very listenable.
My favorite cuts on this disc are “Human Zoo“, “Sacrifice“, and the title track “Insanity Beach“. While I don’t think this CD is as good as Screwed, Blued & Tattooed, it is better than previous effort, Powertool.
This disc has been out of print for a while, but you can still find copies of it on eBay. Happy Hunting!
For more information on the Sleez Beez, check out this link.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Tell It to the Judge
2. Save Myself
3. Gun Culture
4. Youth is a State of Mind
5. DUI (Intoxicated)
6. Human Zoo
7. Best Things in Life Are Free
8. The Long Goodbye
10. Hate Rock and Roll
11. Insanity Beach
12. Scream (Encore)
Sleeze Beez are:
Andrew Elt – Vocals
Chriz Van Jaarsveld – Guitar
Jan Koster – Drums
Don Van Spall – Guitar
Ed Jongsma – Bass Guitar