Die For Diamonds – new, hot and magnificent from Billion Dollar Babies!
Billion Dollar Babies, based in the middle of Sweden took shape in 2005, with a self-released EP called “Stand Your Ground” they managed to gain a fan base worldwide.
With an impressive number of live shows the band has gained it’s reputation as one of the most experienced and entertaining live acts in it’s genre. In 2008 Billion Dollar Babies were among a small number of unsigned artists who were selected to perform at Sweden Rock Festival and received fantastic reviews with statements such as “complete on all levels”.
Billion Dollar Babies offers simple straight forward hard rock, catchy songs and solid choruses, and their energetic and bombastic live shows tell us we are dealing with upcoming stars.
Musically the band is a mash up between KISS, Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi. Directed by Quentin Tarantino – with the devil himself in the title role – like the band talks. There are times when everything comes together – energy, charisma and attitude, this is such moment.
Statement from BILLION DOLLAR BABIES:
“We are glad to be doing this album with our new brothers over at Pure-Rock, a sublabel of Pure Steel. The world has been waiting long enough for Billion Dollar Babies :-) and we’ll see you all in the end of April, Bigger, Louder, Better, doing some crazy fuckin live shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.”
Frankie Rich, Pat Kramer, Nic Lester & Jon Silver
Statement from PURE ROCK RECORDS:
“This debut is unbelievable. BILLION DOLLAR BABIES are an hardworking band with great songs, great harmonies and the right “set up” . I´m sure, the band will conquer the world. I´m proud that we can do this together!”
Andreas Lorenz, general manager (CEO) – PURE ROCK RECORDS
Die For Diamonds Track Listing:
1. Boys Night Out
2. Highest Mountain
3. Restless Minds
4. Lose It
5. Key to my Heart
6. Second time Around
7. Right on time
8. Stand your Ground
9. Nineteen Ninety Four
10. We don’t live forever
Billion Dollar Babies are:
Frankie Rich – Lead Vocals
Nic Lester – Bass & vocals
Pat Kramer – Guitars & vocals
Jon Silver – Guitars & vocals
YOU? – Drums & vocals
23. Februar 2011 – Pub Anchor – Stockholm, Sweden
4/03. März 2011 Folkets Hus – Lindesberg, Sweden
02. April 2011 – Elkfest – Malung, Sweden
27. April 2011 – Johannesberg – Gothenburg, Sweden
29. April 2011 – Logo – Ahaus, Germany
30. April 2011 – Jungfer – Ahrnstadt, Germany
03. Mai 2011 – Meisenfrei – Bremen, Germany
04. Mai 2011 – O-Ton – Mannheim, Germany
05. Mai 2011 – Aera.At – Wien, Austria
06. Mai 2011 – Rock City – Uster, Switzerland
07. Mai 2011 – Weekender – Innsbruck, Austria
08. Mai 2011 – TBA – Balingen, Germany
21. Mai 2011 – Play – Säter, Sweden
Youʼre the drummer for one of the most well-known bands on the planet. Itʼs November, 2003, and youʼve just begun a year-long world tour by finishing up 2 sold-out dates in Tokyo in front of 26,000 rabid fans. What do you do now? Do you reach for your pharmaceutical of choice? Do you take advantage of the local lovelies backstage? Or do you just get back on the bus and fire up the game console?
If youʼre Lars Ulrich of Metallica, you grab your new bass player, Rob Trujillo, and go out into the night in search of the Holy Grail of guitar gods. You ask the taxi driver to take you to the Roppongi district, home to nightclubs, seedy love hotels and the occasional Yakuza. There, in a small nondescript club, you jam the night away with one of the finest guitarists the world has never heard of.
For 3 decades, Kyoji Yamamoto has enjoyed a stellar career in his native Japan, first as the leader of the seminal Japanese bands BowWow and Vow Wow, even appearing onstage at the renowned Reading Festival, as a member of the supergroup Phenomena II, and then as a producer and a solo artist. Despite a brief flirtation with international stardom in the 1980s, when Vow Wow relocated to the United Kingdom to ride the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, he has existed in relative obscurity in the West.
City Boy Records (New York) has just released Voyager: The Essential Kyoji Yamamoto, a compilation that, for the first time ever outside of Japan, brings together 13 of the finest guitar instrumentals from Kyojiʼs 3 solo albums on one CD: Mind Arc (1998), Requiem (1999) and Time (2005). With extensive liner notes, never-before-seen photographs and 2 exclusive unreleased downloads, this CD release is the perfect introduction to a musician whose time has finally come.
From the arena-rock sound of “Voyager” to the hauntingly beautiful version of “Ave Maria”; from the Hendrix-inspired “Walrus” to the flamenco rave-up of “Spanish Pirates”; and from the aching blues of “River of Time” to the anthemic “Time (I Have Seen Everything and I Want to Tell You Something),” this CD will take you on a long and unforgettable voyage from Japan to your soul. All you have to do is let Kyoji Yamamoto be your guide.
Link to the Kyoji Yamamoto video for “Spanish Pirates” on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U84szTNrBGQ
The CD is available at www.cityboyrecords.biz . City Boy Records PO Box 684 Syracuse, NY 13201
Downloads available at iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and more.
The lineup on this EP is a hard rock fan’s dream. Paul Shortino, Ron Keel, Eddie Ojeda, Philip Bardowell,Tony Palacias, Terry Ilous, Jeff Paris, Richard Kendrick,Donnie Vie, JK Northrup, Benny Mardones, John Pine and Bill Leverty have joined forces to create five new songs with a purpose.
With the Chasing A Cure EP, Liberty N’ Justice is trying to create awareness of epilepsy and raise money for research to find a cure. The disease hits very close to home for Liberty N’ Justice founder, Justin Murr. Justin’s oldest daughter, Trinity Paige Murr, was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 7. For the past five years she has battled through daily medication, hospital stays, cluster seizures, induced comas, three weeks in the ICU — and finally brain surgery.
Chasing a Cure is available through the Liberty N’ Justice website. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the Epilepsy Foundation in Trinity’s name.
This EP is only available to those who donate through the Liberty N’ Justice website. It is not on sale in stores or online anywhere else.
So how is the music? It is easily the best melodic rock I have heard in 2011. I have been a fan of Paul Shortino and Ron Keel for a long time, and have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new King Kobra CD that Paul is singing on. Shortino and Keel’s voice blend together nicely for one rockin’ tune with “Say Uncle”.
“Paige’s Song” with Philip Bardowell and Tony Palacios reminds me a lot of a Mr. Big tune. It is a slower number, but the music is very good. Bardowell’s vocals are terrific, and Tony Palacios guitar licks truly enhance this song.
I always enjoy hearing new stuff from Donnie Vie. In my opinion, Enuff Z’nuff’s music is amongst the most under rated tunes in the late 80’s and 90’s. If you are an Enuff Z’nuff fan you need the song “Throwing Stones”. It does not disappoint!
Terry Ilous is one of those singers that could sing the phone book and sound good. Needless to say, his vocals here are terrific. Of course he has a little help from Jeff Paris (who has written more hit rock tunes than you can imagine), and Richard Kendrick from the Steve Blaze fronted Near Life Experience.
Remember Benny Mardones from the song “Into the Night“? I always though Mardones has a voice that was similar to ex-Journey front man Steve Perry. Ironically, the song “Chasing A Cure” sounds as if it could have been a left over Journey track.
The bottom line, if you are melodic rock fan, or of the musicians involved in this project, you are going to enjoy Chasing a Cure. When you donate money for this EP, you can feel good about your money going to a good cause, and get some great tunes in return! You can get Chasing a Cure, from the Liberty N’ Justice website at this location!
- Say Uncle (Paul Shortino of Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot/King Kobra, Ron Keel of Keel, and Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister)
- Throwing Stones (Donnie Vie of Enuff Z’ Nuff and JK Northrup)
- Paige’s Song (Philip Bardowell of MAGDALEN/Unruly Child/The Beach Boys and Tony Palacios of Guardian)
- Playing God (Terry Ilous of XYZ, Jeff Paris and Richard Kendrick of Near Life Experience)
- Chasing A Cure (Benny Mardones, John Pine and Bill Leverty of Firehouse)