All-star band contains members of Dream Theater, Deep Purple and Alpha Rev
While the band name Flying Colors might be unfamiliar to you, the members of this rock supergroup have individually sold millions of records and strong fan base around the world. Flying Colors‘ self-titled debut album is released today through Music Theories/Mascot Label Group/MRI.
The members of Flying Colors are drummer Michael Portnoy (Dream Theater,) guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple,) vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev,) Neal Morse (keyboards,) and Dave LaRue (bass.) Flying Colors marks Portnoy’s first project since he departed Dream Theater.
The seeds of Flying Colors‘ formation were sown in 2008, when executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to each of the musicians as well as to producer Peter Collins. Intrigued by the idea of working together, the four musicians wrote and recorded this album in just nine days.
Portnoy says “This album has bits and pieces of what you’d expect from each of us.
The sum of all it’s parts led to brand new, uncharted territory for everyone involved.”
Dave LaRue says “It was quite an experience. The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, then rearranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge! It’s been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop and metal all into one big recording.”
Flying Colors Track Listing
Barcelona rockers ’77 have released a new video for the title track of their latest album High Decibels. Check out the clips “High Decibels” & “Your Game’s Over” below! AC/DC should be proud!
Atlantic recording group Shinedown today released For Your Sake: Inside the Making of Shinedown’s Amaryllis, the unprecedented interactive Multi-Touch book to accompany their hugely anticipated new album. “AMARYLLIS,” the multiplatinum rock group’s fourth studio album, arrives in stores and online tomorrow, March 27th.
Created with Apple’s iBooks Author, For Your Sake: Inside the Making of Shinedown’s Amaryllis is an interactive book experience that tells the official story of Shinedown’s new album with never-before-seen photos, videos and much more. Written by rock journalist Jonah Bayer and produced by Atlantic Records, For Your Sake features four sections of exclusive content, including an exploration of the creative and recording process that led to “Amaryllis,” a revealing look at the band’s interpersonal and artistic dynamic, a track-by-track dissection of the album from frontman Brent Smith (including high-quality video commentary), and a fully immersive breakdown of the album’s complex and evocative artwork by Atlantic Records Creative Director David Harrigan. Designed especially for iPad, For Your Sake offers fans a one-of-a-kind experience that both enhances and magnifies Shinedown’s already remarkable new album.
For Your Sake, Inside the Making of Shinedown’s Amaryllis is available for $5.99 on the iBookstore within the free iBooks app on your iPad or at www.iTunes.com/iBookstore.
“AMARYLLIS” is quickly shaping up as one of 2012’s major rock events. “Bully,” the album’s striking first single, has already reached #1 at Rock radio, marking Shinedown’s 7th consecutive chart-topper at the format. In addition, the track is currently ascending the top 20 at Alternative outlets nationwide. The official “Bully” companion video — directed by Darren Doane, who previously collaborated with Shinedown on the videos for such blockbuster hits as “Devour” and “Sound of Madness” — has received early adds at mtvU and Fuse’s No. 1 Countdown. In related news, a viral video for the band’s second single “Unity” recently premiered on AOL’s Noisecreep. Both clips are streaming now at ShinedownTV, the band’s official YouTube channel (located at www.youtube.com/ShinedownTV).
Shinedown will herald the release of “AMARYLLIS” with a visit to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight. The appearance will feature the first-ever nationally televised performance of “Bully,” live from the show’s famed outdoor stage (check local listings).
Shinedown hits the road as headliners on this year’s eagerly awaited Avalanche Tour. The North American trek — presented by Zippo and produced by Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. — begins March 27th at The Grove in Anaheim, California and then continues through late April (see below itinerary). Accompanying Shinedown on the 2012 Avalanche Tour will be Adelita’s Way, with additional support from New Medicine (March 27th – April 10th) and Art of Dying (April 12th – April 25th). For full details and ticket information, please visit www.AvalancheTour.com.
Further live dates are scheduled to continue through early summer, including headline shows, European festival appearances, and co-headline performances at a wide range of rock radio-sponsored events. For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit www.shinedown.com/concerts.
“AMARYLLIS” sees Shinedown joining forces once more with multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), who previously collaborated with the band on the record-breaking “THE SOUND OF MADNESS.” Recorded at Cavallo’s Lightning Sound studios outside of Los Angeles and a pair of Hollywood landmarks, Ocean Way Recording and Capitol Studios, the album was recently named among “This Year’s Best Bets” by Billboard, which noted the inventive addition of synths, a 27-piece orchestra, and a 10-piece horn section to the band’s powerful hard rock.
“AMARYLLIS” is currently available for pre-order in a variety of formats, including CD, digital, and 140-gram 2xLP vinyl. For more, please see http://store.shinedown.com.
Released in June 2008, “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” proved Shinedown’s mainstream breakthrough, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart. The album made rock music history, with each of its six singles reaching #1 on the airplay rankings. Among them are such hits as “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom),” “Devour,” “Sound of Madness,” “The Crow and The Butterfly,” the gold certified “If You Only Knew,” and the double-platinum certified crossover smash, “Second Chance” — all of which rose to the top of the airplay charts, marking an astonishing streak of rock radio classics.
Shinedown supported “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” with a wide range of live TV appearances, including performances on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Today Show, CBS’ The Early Show, and the 2010 NHL Awards show. In 2009, the band received an American Music Award nomination for “Best Alternative Rock Band.”
Shinedown’s unprecedented ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their RIAA platinum certified 2003 debut “LEAVE A WHISPER” and its gold certified 2005 follow-up, “US AND THEM.” Together, both albums yielded seven consecutive top 5 radio hits, including “Fly From the Inside,” “45,” “Simple Man,” “Burning Bright,” “Heroes,” “I Dare You,” and of course, the #1 blockbuster, “Save Me,” which dominated Active Rock radio for a remarkable 12 successive weeks.
Shinedown is: Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).
For further news and information, please visit www.shinedown.com.
(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
|ON TOUR 2012|
|All Dates w/2012 Avalanche Tour except *|
|27||Anaheim, CA||The Grove|
|28||San Francisco, CA||The Regency Ballroom|
|30||Reno, NV||Grand Sierra Theatre|
|31||Boise, ID||Knitting Factory|
|2||Denver, CO||Ogden Theatre|
|5||Houston, TX||House of Blues|
|6||Dallas, TX||House of Blues|
|7||Corpus Christi, TX||Concrete Street Amphitheatre|
|9||Springfield, MO||Shrine Mosque|
|10||Indianapolis, IN||Egyptian Room|
|12||Detroit, MI||The Fillmore|
|13||Milwaukee, WI||The Rave|
|14||Grand Rapids, MI||Orbit Room|
|16||Niagara Falls, NY||Rapids Theater|
|17||Pittsburgh, PA||Stage AE|
|20||New York, NY||Best Buy Theater|
|21||Atlantic City, NJ||House of Blues|
|22||Scranton, PA||Cultural Center|
|24||Richmond, VA||The National|
|25||Baltimore, MD||Ram’s Head|
|1||Bossier City, LA||Centurylink Center *|
|2||Huntsville, AL||Von Braun Center *|
|4||Virginia Beach, VA||Farm Bureau Live *|
|5||Rockingham, NC||Carolina Rebellion @ Rockingham Speedway *|
|6||Atlanta, GA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *|
|8||Newkirk, OK||First Council Casino *|
|9||Oklahoma City, OK||Diamond Ballroom *|
|11||Pacific Junction, IA||Mid America Motorplex *|
|12||Kansas City, MO||Liberty Memorial Park *|
|13||Boone, IA||Central Iowa Expo *|
|15||Minneapolis, MN||The Brick *|
|16||Chicago, IL||House of Blues *|
|18||Bloomington, IL||US Cellular Coliseum *|
|19||Columbus, OH||Columbus Crew Stadium *|
|20||Camden, NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center *|
Dutch rockers Vengeance have been rockin’ since 1983. Their lineup has changed many times over the years, but one thing has been constant, the band has been kicking ass on each and every release they have put out. In 2012, the band has released their ninth album, Crystal Eye. The new album features an All Star Lineup for Vengeance. Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper) handles the guitar work, Chris Glen is on bass, and former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade is pounding the skins for Vengeance. While its cool that Leon Goewie has put together a cool new lineup, it is vocals that is the true star of Vengeance. He has a distinct vocal style that falls somewhere between Brian Johnson & Udo Dirkschneider. His excellent vocals and metal growls help to deliver one cool album for Vengeance.
I really enjoyed the songs “Bad To The Bone”, “Shock Me Now”, and “Desperate Women” (“Desperate Women” is easily my favorite). These are just some of Crystal Eye’s highlights.
“Me and You” starts off Crystal Eye right with an upbeat, hard rockin’ anthem that should be a real crowd pleaser.
If you ever needed a theme song for your backyard BBQ, the song “Barbeque” is it. I thought this song was kind of silly at first, but I have to admit that it is pretty catchy.
Former Black Sabbath singer, Tony Martin wrote the song “Whole Lotta Metal” for Vengeance, and this is easily one of the best songs on Crystal Eye.
The album closes with the instrumental track “Jan`s End Piece” which features the last guitar solos recorded by Jan Somers before his unexpected death. ( Jan passed away from a heart attack on January 28th.)
Crystal Eye is easily the best Vengeance album since Back in the Ring. If you are a hard rock fan, you gotta check this one out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Me And You 04:02
2. Bad To The Bone 04:51
3. Barbeque 03:31
4. Shock Me Now 03:28
5. Five Knuckle Shuffle 04:10
6. Desperate Women 04:03
7. Whole Lotta Metal 04:11
8. Promise Me 03:43
9. Crystal Eye 06:13
10. Missing 04:51
11. Jans End Piece 01:16
Leon Goewie – vocals
Keri Kelli – guitar
Chris Glen – bass
Chris Slade – drums
Guest musicians: Michael Voss – guitar, vocals / Timo Somers (Delain) – guitar