Warrant axe-slinger Joey Allen will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights this Saturday, March 28. Warrant was one of the biggest party bands in the land in the late 80s/early 90s, and they are still rocking out hard on the road in the 21st century with new singer Robert Mason (formerly of Lynch Mob, Cry of Love, and Big Cock). We’ll speak briefly about Jani Lane’s return to the band and how Robert Mason came to replace him. And can we expect to hear new studio recordings from the band with Mason on vocals? Listen on Saturday to find out!
Hard Rock Nights airs every Saturday night at 9 pm EDT on WMWX in Cincinnati, simulcast on http://www.classxradio.com. More information about the program can be found at http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com and http://www.myspace.com/jtshardrockradio.
DREAM THEATER TO TAKE THEIR “PROGRESSIVE NATION 2009” TOUR TO EUROPE / UK IN THE FALL WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: OPETH, BIGELF AND UNEXPECT
New York progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER will take their PROGRESSIVE NATION tour overseas for the first time with a run through Europe and the UK throughout Sept, Oct and Nov 2009.
PROGRESSIVE NATION founder and mastermind, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, once again hand-picked the bands based on musicianship, originality and diversity…not necessarily by popularity and marquee value. He comments: “After the excitement of putting together two very cool PROGRESSIVE NATION packages for North America, I knew it was time to bring the concept overseas and share some of these other great bands with our amazing fans throughout Europe and the UK”.
Joining the tour will be DT’s tourmates from PN08 (and Roadrunner Records labelmates), the legendary OPETH from Stockholm Sweden. Vocalist/Guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt was excited to partake in another PROGRESSIVE NATION experience: “Once my man “The Port” suggested they’re going to bring PROGRESSIVE NATION over to Europe, I more or less begged him to get us on it, haha! We had such a great time doing it in North America and it did many great things for us as a band. It’s fair to say that I can’t wait to get going with this one. It will be a blast, believe me!!”
Los Angeles band BIGELF will bring their unique brand of psychedelic, progressive hard rock to PN09. Vocalist/Keyboardist Damon Fox adds: “When I first met Mike Portnoy, I felt like we were cut from the same cloth, a brother from another mother. We could talk rock & roll for eons (we probably will on tour, hell yeah!). Being added to the PROGRESSIVE NATION tour feels like the planets have aligned for us and the elves have finally come home to Rivendell. The mentality of Dream Theater and PROGRESSIVE NATION reminds me of a quote from the great Willy Wonka, “There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be…” We eagerly await our return to Northern Europe and on a special note, we have never performed in England. This has driven us completely mad over the years. We are just brimming with passion and excitement to be able to bring our music back to the homeland which has inspired us so deeply.”
TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Multi-Platinum rock band Great White, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the band’s inception with the release of BACK TO THE RHYTHM in 2006. The band’s new record RISING is a no holds barred, all original LP that is among their strongest releases to date. The bands new CD is their second studio recording in 10 years and features 11 brilliant new compositions penned by the band.
An international phenomenon, Great White has been reported to have sold in excess of 10 million units internationally, including the double platinum “…Twice Shy,” which spawned the Grammy-nominated Ian Hunter cover of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.” With other hits such as “Rock Me,” “Face The Day” and “Save Your Love” cranked up around the world, Great White established themselves to the masses as a classic rock band with memorable riffs, steeped in the hallowed tradition of blues and rock and roll.
Eschewing an 80’s production in favor of a retro/modern one, long-time band producer and keyboardist Michael Lardie captures the essence of Great White with a sound that has more in common with the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin than that of their contemporaries. Unlike many bands of the era that are making new records, Great White consists of nearly all original members. The guitar and vocal team of Jack Russell and Mark Kendall are stronger than ever on this explosive new CD and have a unique synergy, not unlike Plant/Page, Tyler/Perry or Jagger/Richards.
GREAT WHITE TOUR DATES – more dates to be added:
Fri 04/24/09 Atlanta, GA Wild Bill’s
Sat 04/25/09 Leesburg, FL Bike Rally
Sat 05/16/09 San Diego, CA 4TH and B
Fri 05/22/09 Tempe, AZ Club Red
Sat 05/23/09 Parker, AZ Blue Water Resort
Sat 05/30/09 Waterloo, IA Waterloo Days
Sat 06/06/09 Geuda Springs, KS Mid America Drag Way
Sat 06/13/09 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
Sat 06/27/09 Des Moines, IA KGGO Summer Jam
Thu 07/02/09 La Crosse, WI Riverfest
Sun 07/12/09 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Sat 07/18/09 Idaho Falls, ID Sandy Downs Race Track
Sat 08/01/09 Redwood Falls, MN Redwood County Fair
Thur 08/13/09 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Fri 08/14/09 Agoura, CA Canyon Club
Sat 08/15/09 Lake Elsinore, CA Rockfest 2009 Storm Stadium
Fri 08/21/09 Glen Flora, WI Northwood Rock Rally
Sat 08/22/09 Algona, IA Rock Gone Wild
Frontiers Records, Europe’s premier label for melodic, progressive, and hard rock, has secured an exclusive North American distribution deal with Super D Independent Distribution (SDID).
The first four releases – Jeff Scott Soto (JSS), Jimi Jamison, Wetton/Downes Icon, and White Lion – will arrive on April 7, followed by several additional titles each month.
“Frontiers has built a reputation as the top label for Melodic and Progressive rock and Metal,” said Bryan, US Label Manager. “We are excited to finally have a domestic office and solid North American distribution. In addition to making titles more readily available to fans, we are looking forward opportunity to grow and expand Frontiers.” Mechutan
Frontiers has hired Skateboard Marketing to handle radio promotion and Mazur Public Relations for publicity.
Frontiers Records is synonymous with quality melodic music in the rock, progressive, and metal genres. With over 400 records under its belt and chart success in all the core markets of Europe and Asia, Frontiers has become the European home of rock music greats such as Journey, Styx, Toto, Night Ranger, Winger, Dokken, White Lion, and many more. With the strategic move to open a US office and ink a direct distribution deal with Super D, Frontiers is now looking to increase the success story that started 12 years ago in a small room in Naples, Italy, under the initiative of the label’s President Serafino Perugino.
The celebration of Anthrax’s 25th anniversary is about to begin in earnest, as Anthrax, recognized as one of the founders of thrash metal, with worldwide sales in excess of ten million copies, will bring its brand of New York metal to Oklahoma when they kick off the third annual, four-day Rocklahoma Festival set for July 9 – 12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Anthrax will headline the festival’s July 9 opening night.
“We want to start the HEAVY DAY at Rocklahoma,” said Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, “and after we play nothing but heavy f%#*ing metal, Oklahoma will never be the same.”
Anthrax’s Rocklahoma 2009 Festival appearance will be in support of the band’s first new studio album in six years, “Worship Music,” scheduled for a summer release, and the May 12 release of the limited edition, three-record vinyl reissue of the band’s first album, “Fistful of Metal,” which originally came out twenty-five years ago. “Worship Music” will mark the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins long-time members Benante and Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass) and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar).
The Rocklahoma festival will be Anthrax’s only North American concert appearance until they launch their own major trek here later this year. The Rocklahoma organizers will announce the full July 9 talent lineup next week.
The original and one of a kind, analog audio master tapes from the Jake E. Lee Solo Record entitled “A Fine Pink Mist” are up for auction on Ebay with a starting price of $15,000 dollars.
There are a total of four (4) 2 inch 24 track Ampex 499 master tapes and also 2 Stereo DAT tapes, which contain rough mixes of the content on the audio masters. Also included, are all the track sheets that describe each audio track on the 24 track masters as well as tempos, etc.
This record was recorded at Juan Croucier’s The Cellar recording studio in 1995, over a six-month period. It was engineered by Juan Croucier and produced by Jake E. Lee. There is a considerable amount of money, hard work and time invested in these masters. They are original and in excellent condition. This recording session was never totally finished and the studio was never paid for the studio time incurred. Therefore, we are offering these masters to anyone who would like to invest in a very rare piece of rock music history.
Jake E. Lee, when on to quickly rerecord this record with another producer and studio. The other version of this record was released sometime in 1996 on Pony Canyon. This is the original version of his “vision” for the record. These tracks were methodically and painstakingly put together before he went over budget. He used over one hundred individual guitar effects peddles on this record – some of which, he built himself.
Jake E. Lee, programmed the drums, played bass, rhythm guitars, lead guitars and more.
There is also a bonus track; a cover version of a Jeff Beck song called Rice Pudding that was recorded for a tribute record to Jeff Beck called Jeffology and features Ray Luzier on drums and Jake performing all the other instruments. This track was engineered and mixed by Juan Croucier.
Check out the auction on Ebay here.
Heaven & Hell has released the first song off of their up and coming album, “The Devil You Know”. The new song is “Bible Black” and is an exclusive over at Noisecreep. Click here to check it out.
Nickelback Fans Attending the April 8th Show at the Sprint Center to Receive Free Content via Bluetooth & Wi-Fi — Fans, Turn Your Bluetooth Visibility “ON”
Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc. announced today that they have teamed with Nickelback and Sprint to deliver what has come to be known as Ace’s flagship product, Rockzimity — a dynamic Bluetooth & Wi-Fi multimedia content delivery system compatible with over 1000 mobile devices, including the iPhone. All fans have to do is to turn their Bluetooth Visibility to “On” & Discoverable and upon entering key areas in and around The Sprint Center in Kansas City, for example, fans will be presented a message “Would You Like A Free Video From Nickelback?”. Upon accepting “YES” the message download immediately begins, quickly and seamlessly and is then stored in the consumers media folder. From there the content can be virally spread to family and friends via email or Bluetooth. For Wi-Fi enabled devices all consumers have to do is connect to the Nickelback localized network that is created and then launch their browser.
Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc., a mobile marketing leader focused on the advancement of the brand to consumer relationship, utilize Proximity Marketing to engage fans and touch them from many angles and access points. Most recently, Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc. and Madison Square Garden successfully delivered content and downloads to thousands of consumers in their most recent campaign focused on delivering branded content & promotional ticket offers to some select events at the Garden. Michael Trepeta, President for Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc., stated, “We have seen great results in our most recent campaigns at MSG and across the country, fans are coming to the shows with their Bluetooth Visibility ‘On’ and coming expecting something exciting, something that engages them.” When asked, Nickelback Manager, Bryan Coleman, stated, “Nickelback are continually searching for new and exciting ways to interact with their fans. This amazingly creative Bluetooth technology allows for actual ‘real time’ contact with our fans during our live show and creates unlimited opportunities.”
Matt Gaines, CMO for Ace Marketing & Promotions, went onto say “We are focused on what we want to accomplish with this pilot program with Nickelback and Sprint. We want to engage fans, deliver rich media relevant content from Nickelback and motivate consumers to make a move to Sprint. By enhancing the artist-to-fan relationship, something vital in today’s music industry climate, we can allow fans to participate in the marketing campaign. All fans coming to this event with their Bluetooth Visibility enabled, they leave with something on their mobile device that they share with families and friends not only at the event, but for weeks to come, a perfect viral result. Fans will receive wallpapers, ringtones and some other great pieces of content, totally Free from Nickelback and Sprint.”
Twice in 2008 (and maybe more) we have had examples of bands stealing songs from another group. First, Velvet Revolver was busted for swiping a guitar riff off of the band Dirty Deeds. More recently Joe Satriani has accused the band Coldplay of the same thing.
Last night I was listening to Saliva’s 2007 CD, “Blood Stained Love Story”. A song of interest to me was the song “Black Sheep” by Saliva. This wasn’t a hit by Saliva, but I thought it sounded somewhat familiar. It finally dawned on me what song this reminded me of. It was Nickelback’s song “Animal” off of their 2005 CD, All The Right Reasons.
Here is a copy of Saliva’s tune “Black Sheep”:
Here is Nickelback’s “Animals”:
Listen to the music! The similarities are uncanny. While the songs are not exactly the same, there are parts of “Black Sheep” that sounds like it was heavily borrowed from Nickelback.
This seems to be a disturbing trend that I am seeing more often as of late. I don’t know if this recent example is lawsuit worthy or not, but you can’t deny how similar the songs are.
I am sure there are a lot more examples than this one.
Do you know of any songs that sound the same from two different artists?