Frontiers Records is excited to present the debut album from WIGELIUS entitled “Reinventions” due for release on June 29th in Europe and July 2nd in North America.
WIGELIUS is a sensational new AOR band from Sweden built around the talent of Anders Wigelius, a gifted young vocalist who came to the attention of producer Daniel Flores (ISSA, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, MIND’S EYE) after he sung the popular Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin'” in a contest on the national Swedish TV (you can watch his performance following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDeVbz3Pbcg).
A true Melodic Rock / AOR music fan, Anders grew up with music from Richard Marx, Toto, Journey and Foreigner and played AOR songs covers in a band called GAMBLERS, before going his own way with his own thing. “Since I discovered the joy in writing my own songs and I have been doing it since then” says Anders. “The music of Wigelius is powerful and big: it’s a guitar and drums driven sound, with a strong melodies on top. The arrangements are intricate with some theatrical modern parts, and there’s also a more downscaled side to it with emphasis on an acoustic feel. You can hear influences from Toto, Journey, Van Halen and Whitesnake.”.
Anders is in his early 20’s, which is an advantage when creating new ways of marketing modern AOR. He plays guitars and keyboards and also writes music for other bands and has been quite successful with that. His older brother Erik Wigelius, plays drums. This is a hit, hungry, horny and amazingly talented new band, plus they look amazingly good. “I was fortunate to meet some great guys for this band” continues Anders, “but without Daniel Flores, there wouldn’t be Wigelius. We had a blast recording the album and with his experience the songs just kept getting better and better”. The line-up is rounded up by Jake Svensson on guitars and Chris Pettersson on bass.
Wigelius is also all about having fun! Without the enthusiasm for the music and lots of laughs during the process, “Reinventions” would have never sounded as energetic and “big” as it does. The collaboration turned out to be a perfect match of people sharing the same vision in making music together. The best still lie ahead! Everyone in the band is very excited to be a part of it!
Harry Hess (ex HAREM SCAREM) mastered the album.
“Reinventions” tracklisting includes: Angeline; Talking About Love; Do You Really Know; Next To Me; My Cassandra; Piece Of The Action; Too Young To Fall In Love; Right Here, Right Now; Love Can Be That Much; Hold On To Love; There Is No Me Without You; I Reach Out
You can stream now in full the first single “Angeline” on Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio and look forward to the band’s videoclip to be launched sometime in June.
Anders Wigelius (Vocals)
Erik Wigelius (Drums)
Jake Svensson (Guitars)
Chris “Wielbass” Pettersson (Bass)
Living Like A Runaway Out June 19th on SPV/Steamhammer
Legendary female guitar icon LITA FORD’s new album Living Like A Runaway will be released June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
Today LITA is giving the public a chance to hear the first new song from Living Like A Runaway. Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of the track “Branded”. Get a first listen HERE.
Living Like A Runaway is available for pre-order on AMAZON.
LITA FORD has teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period. FORD is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate,’ and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.
Unlike many albums today, Living Like a Runaway is an album that truly must be heard in its entirety from start to finish. “Listeners shouldn’t pick out individual tracks but listen to the full album,” says FORD. “It’s a fascinating musical journey, inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I had seen a documentary about Dark Side of the Moon and it really motivated me to focus on Living Like a Runaway as a whole journey rather just an individual song.
Coinciding with the album’s release, LITA is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the “Rock of Ages Tour”. The dates for the first leg of the tour have been announced and are listed below. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
Following the demise of the Runaways, LITA FORD concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne “Close Your Eyes Forever” “What Do You Know About Love”, “Shot Of Poison”, “Larger Than Life” and “Kiss Me Deadly”. With the release of Living Like A Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.
LITA FORD on Tour With Def Leppard and Poison:
6/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
6/22: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheater
6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
6/27: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
6/30: Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Time Forum
7/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/3: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/6: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
7/7: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
7/11: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
7/13: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
7/16: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
7/17: Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
7/19: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
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The long trip to the M3 Rock Festival begins for me this morning, and I have assembled a pretty good set of tunes for my 9 + hour journey.
This is what I will be listening to on the way to M3:
Halestorm – The Strange Case Of….
Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth
Europe – Bag of Bones
Charm City Devils – Sins
Trixter – New Audio Machine
Fear Report – Pandemic
Tyketto – Dig in Deep
Kissin’ Dynamite – Money, Sex and Power
Adrenaline Mob – Omerta
What is Rockin’ Your Wednesday?
The Yellow and Black Attack is back – STRYPER is about to embark in a string of select dates world- wide starting May 10that Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago.
STRYPER is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features “All Original Members”. They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums. Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.
TOUR DATES – (more to come) – Bold denotes added dates~
5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA – ALL AGES
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI
6.01.12 The Marque Tempe, AZ
6.02.12 Speaking Rock Casino El Paso, TX Special Guest Stephen Pearcy/ RATT
6.03.12 El Corazon Seattle, WA
7.06.12 Seaside Festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.26.12 House Of Blues Orlando, FL
7.27.12 Wild Horse Saloon Nashville, TN
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India
11.16.12 Poliedro de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12 Complejo Ferial Bicentenario Barqusimeto,Venezuela
Over 25 years later the band continues to deliver an inspiring message with their electrifying stage show, performing in front of audiences worldwide. For more information go to: www.stryper.com.
Why is RATT a reason to go to the M3 Rock Festival? It is the long waited return of Juan Croucier to the RATT lineup. RATT hasn’t toured since 2010, so if you never got the chance to see RATT perform songs off of their latest album, Infestation, this is the place to do it!
Get your tickets for the M3 Rock Festival through Ticketfly at this link!
MERCURY TIDE: Dirk Thurisch – The voice of Angel Dust is back!
After a break of ten years, former Angel Dust vocalist Dirk Thurisch finally returns with his band MERCURY TIDE, which once started as a project and now grew to a full-fledged band. The new album “Killing Saw” is a natural progression from Dirk‘s last album “Why”. Eventually the time has come that one of the most important German Melodic Metal vocalists returns like a Phoenix, rising from the ashes!
The new MERCURY TIDE album “Killing Saw“ will be released in Europe on 25th May, 2012 and in the USA on 10th July, 2012 through Limited Access Records. It will be available for pre-order at e.g. Amazon or EMP. The twelve tracks involve magnificent melodies which meet playful guitar riffs and catchy choruses, to which you want to sing along immediately.
Fans can get a free download of Mercury Tide’s song “Satan Sister” by visiting the band’s website at this link.
The tracklist will be set as the following:
1. In The Shame Of Trust (Intro)
2. Killing Saw
5. World Of Pain
6. Lord Of Memories
7. Out Of The Darkness
8. Alone In My Room
9. Satan Sister
10. You Cannot Save Me
11. No More Pain
12. Have No Fear
MERCURY TIDE are proud to release the cover artwork of their new long player “Killing Saw“, which was penned by Carsten Drescher, who worked for i.a. Angel Dust, Moonspell, Paradise Lost and Epica.
British rock legends Tank return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2010 album “War Machine”.
Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans, vocalist Doogie White and bassist Chris Dale are now joined by former Tank member Steve Hopgood on drums. Their new material entitled “War Nation” is scheduled for release on June, 4th in Europe and June, 5th in USA (via MVD) and today the band reveal the first track from the album. You can listen to “Don’t Dream In The Dark” below!
Cliff Evans describe the new album, “As with our ‘War Machine album, ‘War Nation’ will include a variety of different influences and styles. With a wealth of musical ability to draw from, we don’t like to limit ourselves. Individually we’ve worked with names such as Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Paul D’anno and Yngwie Malmsteen. So many bands release albums now where once you’ve listened to the first two songs you’ve heard the whole album. Not with Tank. Each song that makes it onto our album has to deserve it. Our standards are high.” Doogie White continues, “With songs like ‘Justice for All’ and ‘Grace of God’ we are upgrading the TANK sound while retaining all the elements that made ‘War Machine’ so successful. There are killer riffs and haunting melodies and lyrics that you can take from, what you want, or indeed what you need.”
The final, improved tracklist of “War Nation” will include the following songs:
1. War Nation
2. Song For The Dead
3. Hammer And Nails
4. Don’t Dream In The Dark
5. Grace Of God
7. Justice For All
8. Wings Of Heaven
9. State Of The Union
10. Hard Road
Cliff Evans explains the changed order of the songs: “We have changed the running order of the tracks. After we finished mixing, the songs now make a stronger album in this order.”
Apart from the new album, TANK will also release their first ever live DVD later this year. Recordings were made while opening for Judas Priest in 2011 and during the bands show at Stodola Club, Warsaw on March 9th 2012. The set list will include fan favourites such as ‘This Means War’ ‘Echoes of a Distant Battle’ ‘Power of the Hunter’ and ‘ The War Drags Ever On’ plus future classics such as ‘Judgement Day’ and ‘Phoenix Rising’.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Speak Of The Devil on DVD by Ozzy Osbourne in North America.
This show was filmed at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California on June 12, 1982 as part of the delayed continuation of the “Diary Of A Madman” tour following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads a few months earlier. The audio has been digitally restored and remastered and is now available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. Speak Of The Devil includes the classics “Mr Crowley” “Over The Mountain” “Crazy Train” “Flying High Again” “Iron Man” “Paranoid” “Goodbye To Romance” and many more
The concert is a perfect snapshot of Ozzy Osbourne’s live performances in the eighties with dramatic staging and masses of energy with a setlist based around his first two solo albums and a few Black Sabbath classics. The line-up for this show features Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Don Airey (keyboards); Tommy Aldridge (drums); Brad Gillis (guitar) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).
Ozzy has always been one of heavy metal’s great frontmen and, despite the difficult circumstances, the show presented on Speak of the Devil captures him at his absolute best.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
1) Over The Mountain
2) Mr Crowley
3) Crazy Train
4) Revelation (Mother Earth)
5) Steal Away (The Night)
6) Suicide Solution
7) Guitar / Drum Solo
8) Goodbye To Romance
9) I Don’t Know
11) Flying High Again
12) Iron Man
13) Children Of The Grave
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing to the label of MILLION $ RELOAD for the release of the band’s second album entitled “A Sinner’s Saint” on June 29th in Europe and July 2nd in North America.
Formed in Northern Ireland in 2005, Million $ Reload started immediately to learn their breed playing live in the local club circuit leaving behind them a trail of fans hungry for more. Their catchy anthemic tunes soon gained them a recording deal, which culminated with the release of the debut album “Anthems Of A Degeneration” in 2008. A tour-de-force of vast hooks, killer riffs and moments of joyous, snake-hipped abandon, with shades of everyone from AC/DC and Aerosmith through to Thin Lizzy and Thunder confirming that these young Irishmen know their history and salute it with style, while also displaying a powerful and compelling character and atmosphere that is all their own.
“Million Dollar Reload sound is the culmination of our individual influences : no frills, balls to the wall, straight up rock n roll” says singer Phil Conalane. “Loud guitars , big vocals and the odd guitar solo with killer hooks. We have a definite sound, it’s not a new sound and we are not trying to re-invent the wheel, there are no delusions of grandeur in M$R . We know what we are about. All of us have our own personal influences that clearly can be heard in our songs, AC/DC, Aerosmith, early GNR . We don’t try to emulate those bands, we have our own take on modern day rock n roll, but they are definitely a big influence”.
The band toured heavily in support of the album and shared stages with Thunder, The Darkness, Buckcherry, Papa Roach and more. This has further pushed the band’s abilities and focused their songwriting abilities. The result is the new killer album “A Sinner’s Saint” which has sparkled the attention from the Italian label Frontiers Records which immediately signed the band upon hearing the new stuff the Irish five piece created.
Indeed, from blistering, cocksure sing-alongs like “Blow me away”, “Bullets in the sky” and “Wicked”, through to the irresistible bluesy ballad “Broken”, “A Sinner’s Saint” is a flawless exercise in smart, sassy songwriting and a superb showcase for the electrifying chemistry that exists between these five musicians. You can’t keep a band this good, or an album this strong, down for long, and now that they have started to build momentum once again, Million $ Reload must surely be on the road to rock ‘n’ roll glory. They’ve got the balls, the belief and the tunes to make it happen.
“Rock ‘n’ roll is escapism…you can forget about your everyday troubles and woes, rock out, sing and scream along, have a beer and a smoke!” grins Phil Conalane. “It’s nothing new, this kind of balls-out rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s been buried away these last few years because too many people in the industry wrote it off as old fashioned and out of touch, but people are beginning to realise what proper rock ‘n’ roll really is! We’re the real deal and we’re here to stay!”
“A Sinner’s Saint” will include the following tracklisting :
Fight The System; Bullets In The Sky; Blow Me Away; Can’t Tie Me Down; Broken; I Am The Rapture; Wicked; Smoke N Mirrors; Headrush; Pretty People; It Ain’t Over; Protest (Bonus Track).
Enjoy now “Bullets In the Sky” video below (for German fans: vimeo.com/41701460) and listen on the Frontiers webradio www.frontiers.it/webtradio to stream it exclusively !
French hard rockers Bloody Mary have just released a new video clip, “Lies”. This song is from the band’s new album, Shoot Me, which is available for purchase here. Bloody Mary’s new album features special appearances from Steve Theado (American Dog) and Lex Koritni (Koritni). Check out the clip below!
The set times have been announced for the 4th Annual M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. Check below for bands and start times. Good Tickets are still available for the M3 Rock Festival at this link.
There are quite a few releases for Tuesday, May 8th. New and Notable releases from John 5, Storm Corrision, Arjen Lucassen, The 2 CD Anthology from Paul Dianno, and a ton of reissues. See below for the full list.
John 5 – God Told Me To
Arjen Lucassen – Lost In The New Real
Storm Corrosion – S/T
Moonspell – Alpha Noir
Otherwise – True Love Never Dies
SOIL – Re-Live-Ing the Scars (CD+DVD)
Paul Dianno – Wrathchild – The Anthology
Anvil – Speed of Sound (Reissue)
Anvil – Plenty of Power (Reissue)
Anvil – Absolutely No Alternative (Reissue)
Anvil – Plugged In Permanent (Reissue)
F5 – A Drug For All Seasons (Reissue)
Hard Rock Hideout has a new Iron Maiden En Vivo DVD, and CD to giveaway to two lucky fans! All you have to do is LIKE us on Facebook, and submit your contact info in the box below!
For more information on Iron Maiden’s En Vivo, please check out the press release below!
IRON MAIDEN RELEASE ‘EN VIVO!’ ON BLU-RAY, DVD, AND DOUBLE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
Iron Maiden have just released ‘En Vivo!’, a new live Blu-Ray, 2DVD set, and Double Soundtrack Album. ‘En Vivo!’ was filmed on 10th April 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the Round the World in 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour, and captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary Latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans. DVD Disc Two is a bonus disc containing an 88-minute documentary, BEHIND THE BEAST. A fascinating high quality “home movie”, produced entirely in-house by Maiden’s own Krew led by Andy Matthews, it reveals how to put on an Iron Maiden tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show. The band have also just released “The Wicker Man” performance from ‘En Vivo!’ which can be seen here: http://vevo.ly/GCmISB.
FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
TO LAUNCH JULY NORTH AMERICAN DATES
JULY 12 IN PORTLAND, OR AND WRAP AUGUST 4 IN HUNTINGTON, NY
PRE-SALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 VIA
GROUP TO PERFORM ON “LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON”
MONDAY, MAY 21
SOLD-OUT SHOW AT IRVING PLAZA IN NEW YORK CITY
SET FOR TUESDAY, MAY 22, DAY OF RELEASE
“Apocalyptic Love is at heart a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be
blasted out of open-top sports cars or, more suitably, open-air stadiums.”
–Rich Bienstock, REVOLVER (**** four out-of-five star CD review)
As the Grammy-winning guitarist, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee SLASH gears up for the May 22 release of his second solo studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE, he’s announced a run of headlining shows in North America kicking off July 12 and wrapping August 4 with up-and-coming Canadian group Monster Truck supporting. An exclusive fan pre-sale begins this Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00 AM at http://www.slashonline.com/ and will feature packages including VIP meet and greets, and rare merch items such as signed guitars. SLASH and his band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently touring the U.S., a mix of headlining dates and festivals (Carolina Rebellion, Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma).
Starting today Monday, May 7, fans will be given the opportunity to unlock unreleased tracks from APOCALYPTIC LOVE by sharing the app located on SLASH’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Slash with 10 of their friends. From Monday through Friday of next week, 5 new tracks will be previewed exclusively each day via SLASH’s Facebook page.
On Monday, May 21, SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) will head to New York to perform their red hot single “You’re A Lie” live on NBC TV’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Next, on Tuesday May 22, the group will perform a special sold-out New York City CD release show at Irving Plaza on the same day APOCALYPTIC LOVE streets (May 22) via Dik Hayd International, distributed through EMI.
All tickets for SLASH: Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are available now on http://www.slashonline.com/. See the full itinerary below, with more dates to be added. SLASH: featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators tour dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat5/5Charlotte, NCRockingham Speedway
Mon 5/7 Orlando, FLHard Rock Live
Wed 5/9 Jacksonville, FLFlorida Theatre
Thu 5/10 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live
Sat 5/12 Kansas City, MO Liberty Memorial Park
Sun 5/13 Boone, IA Central Iowa Expo
Mon 5/14 Minneapolis, MNThe Brick
Wed 5/16 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
Thu 5/17 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Rock on the Range:
Sat 5/19 Columbus, OHCrew Stadium
93.3 WMMR’s MMR*B*Q* 2012:
Sun 5/20 Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
Album Release Show
Tue 5/22 New York, NYIrving Plaza
Fri 5/25 Pryor, OK Fever Music Festival Grounds
Sat 5/26 Albuquerque, NMRoute 66 Casino
Thu 7/12 Portland, ORRoseland Theater
Fri 7/13 Seattle, WAParamount Theatre
Sat 7/14 Vancouver, BCQueen Elizabeth Theatre
Mon 7/16 Edmonton, ABNothern Alberta Jubilee
Tue 7/17 Calgary, ABSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Fri 7/20 Saskatoon, SKTCU Place
Sat 7/21 Winnipeg, MBBurton Cummings Theatre
Mon 7/23 Thunder Bay, ONThunder Bay Community Auditorium
Wed 7/25 Belleville, ONEmpire Square Live
Thu 7/26 London, ONHarris Park
Fri 7/27 Montreal, QCOlympia Theater
Sun 7/29 Quebec City, QCSalle Albert Rosseau
Mon 7/30 Moncton, New BrunswickCentre-Casino Moncton
Tue 7/31 Halifax, NSCunard Events Centre
Thu 8/2 Boston, MAHouse of Blues
Fri 8/3 Montclair, NJWellmont Theatre
Sat 8 /4 Huntington, NYThe Paramount
Japan’s Loudness makes a rare U.S. Appearance this weekend at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. If you have never seen Loudness before, this is a great opportunity to check the band out! This is the first appearance from Loudness at M3, and it is going to rock!! You can still get tickets here!!
Check out the band’s video clips, “Heavy Chains”,”Let It Go”, “Crazy Nights” and “You Shook Me”below!
In absence for more than two decades, we embrace new material from Leather Leone (Chastain, Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi) and drummer Sandy Sledge (Rude Girl, Malibu Barbi, Warbride, WeaponsVan) in their new project Sledge Leather.
The Sledge Leather debut album “Imagine Me Alive” was inspired in 2010 when Leather Leone called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt”for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, Sledge Leather was born and were confirmed for Germany’s Keep it True Festival, April 30, 2011.
Sledge Leather entered the studio in 2011 to record their comeback album “Imagine Me Alive”, engulfing the listener in an onslaught of heavy metal with 11 cohesive tracks that resurrects a classic HEAVY metal sound with Dio’s former band members Scott Warren (keyboards), and Jimmy Bain (bass).
“We wanted to finish what we started with Rude Girl in the ‘80s – straight up heavy a** metal,” Sandy Sledge explains, “This album truly shows the different ways that Leather’s voice can create music.”
Leather Leone comments: “It’s great for me to finally have a huge say in what’s written and how it’s written. With Sledge, I feel like it’s writing with a soulmate — same beliefs, same ideas — because we are writing what comes to us naturally and what comes to us naturally is HEAVY music. This is metal. It’s just ‘metal.’ Heavy, metal.”
Respected industry friends Mike Varney and Monte Connor comment on Sledge Leather.
“Sledge and Leather are the most powerful team of female rockers on the metal scene today,” says Mike Varney, founder of Shrapnel Records.
”Leather sounds as great as she ever did and kicks even more ass than she did in the ‘80s!,” says Monte Connor of Roadrunner Records.
Sledge Leather’s album line-up includes: Leather Leone (vocals), Sandy Sledge (drums), Matthias Weisheit (guitars), Scott Warren (keyboards/orchestration), and Jimmy Bain (bass).
“Imagine Me Alive” is currently available from the band and soon through all on-line outlets.
Las Vegas rockers OTHERWISE release their debut album True Love Never Dies on Tuesday, May 8, via Century Media Records. The album is already receiving high critical praise, ArtistDirect hailing the release as “one of the best albums of 2012” and awarding the album 4.5/5 stars.
Click here to read the ArtistDirect review of True Love Never Dies.
To preview the album, OTHERWISE has released an online video called “We Are Otherwise,” offering a behind-the-scenes look at the band’s emergence from local Las Vegas favorites to national radio prominence with their breakthrough single “Soldiers,” which currently sits at No. 31 at the Active Rock format and has already sold 40,000 singles leading into the album’s release.
The “We Are Otherwise” video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/5KYvIKhwO-w
“We don’t really have the words to convey what the release of this album means to us…” say brothers Adrian and Ryan Patrick, “so much hard work, so much sacrifice, so much heartache has gone into our music; True Love Never Dies is a testament to those who have gone before us, we are deeply humbled to honor them in such a way.”
Produced by the legendary Jay Baumgardener [Bush, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Incubus] and mastered by Howie Weinberg [Soundgarden, Pantera, U2, Aerosmith], the 14-track disc is packed with hard hitting, anthematic rock tracks.
True Love Never Dies Track List:
02. Die For You
04. Scream Now
05. Don’t Be Afraid
06. Vegas Girl
08. Silence Reigns
09. I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)
11. Full Circle
14. Heaven (featuring Ash Costello of New Years Day)
After being the first song by an unsigned artist to ever occupy the No. 1 spot on the Sirius Octane channel, “Soldiers” continues to gain support at radio, with WKLS/Atlanta, KUPD/Phoenix, KILO/Colorado Springs and KOMP in the band’s hometown of Las Vegas leading the track’s early supporters. The gripping video for the debut single can be viewed HERE.
OTHERWISE is currently providing direct support for Lacuna Coil on their “Dark Legacy” tour, and will be appearing on a number of festivals including Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Rock Allegiance and Welcome To Rockville. They will continue on the road with HellYeah throughout May, and perform with Buckcherry then Puddle of Mudd in June – complete dates follow:
05/04 – Rockingham, NC @ Rockingham Speedway – Carolina Rebellion
05/20 – Columbus, OH @ Crew Stadium – Rock On The Range Festival
05/26 – Pryor, OK @ Pryor Creek – Rocklahoma
Lacuna Coil Dates:
05/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
05/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
05/09 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
05/13 – Peoria, IL @ Exposition Gardens Opera House
05/15 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffey’s
05/16 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
05/22 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
05/24 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
05/30 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue
06/01 – Bridgeview, IL @ Full Throttle Saloon
06/02 – Franklin, OH @ JD Legends
Puddle of Mudd Dates:
06/22 – Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
06/24 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
06/26 – Libertyville, IL @ Austins Fuel Room
06/27 – Duluth, MN @ Clyde Ironworks
Swedish riff-god, Grand Magus, has released a lyric video of the title track off their upcoming masterpiece, The Hunt. Check it out below.
The Hunt is due out in North America on June 5th via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band’s Nuclear Blast debut was produced by Nico Elgstrand, who managed to put an authentic ‘70s mark on the record. The guitars roar, the rhythm front around the new drummer, Ludwig (Spiritual Beggars and others), grooves as hell and JB outgrows himself as far as the vocals are concerned. Thus, the trio has created a phenomenal and impressive heavy metal opus!
Fans can pre-order The Hunt as an exclusive CD/t-shirt bundle package or CD via the Nuclear Blast webstore: http://bit.ly/thehuntnbusa.
Eve to Adam are currently out on the road supporting Creed on their ‘Two Nights Live’ tour and want to give you the chance to check out a show and meet the band!
Input all your information at this link and you could be selected to win a pair of tickets to a show near you and exclusive meet and greet with the band!
Los Angeles rockers Masque unleashed their latest single and video Rock n Roll Dog directed by Mark Jacobs for Zzyzx Films and produced by Keith Olsen (Ozzy, Whitesnake, Scorpions). “Written as a tribute to classic rock, Rock n Roll Dog celebrates the bands – from the Beatles to Black Sabbath – that influenced us growing up,” stated frontman Tony Kelly. “We tapped our roots and recorded a high octane party song that drives you to turn it up louder.” Director Jacobs dressed Masque in 60s Beatles attire in contrast to the band’s original 80s Hollywood glam style that is woven throughout the video. Additional singles will be released over the summer while Masque completes recording songs for their new album. Rock n Roll Dog is available iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon and all other major online distributors.
Queens, NY Hard Rock band Eve to Adam recently stopped by Beta Records TV for an exclusive interview and live performance of their single, “Reach.” The weekly music-centric TV series is filmed in the heart of Hollywood, CA and is nationally syndicated in over 145 US cities. Bands previously featured on the show include Cypress Hill, Goo Goo Dolls, and Our Lady Peace.
You can catch Eve to Adam live opening up for Creed this Spring, as well as appearances at Sunfest, Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, and select headlining dates (complete schedule below). “Reach” appears on the band’s debut album, Banquet for a Starving Dog, available now on iTunes.
For more on Eve to Adam, visit their official site at evetoadam.com.
4/25 Syracuse, NY @ Station 58 – headline show
4/26 Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center – supporting Creed
4/27 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre – supporting Creed
4/30 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater – supporting Creed
5/01 Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater – supporting Creed
5/02 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – supporting Creed
5/04 West Palm Beach, FL @ Sunfest
5/09 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre – supporting Creed
5/11 Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl – supporting Creed
5/12 Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – supporting Creed
5/13 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater- supporting Creed
5/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre – supporting Creed
5/16 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre – supporting Creed
5/18 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep –headline show
5/19 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre – supporting Creed
5/20 Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium – Rock on the Range Festival
5/21 Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre by AMC – supporting Creed
5/22 Kansas City, MO @ The Midland Theatre by AMC – supporting Creed
5/25 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
5/26 St Louis, MO @ The Pageant – supporting Creed
5/27 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle – supporting Creed
5/31 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit – supporting Creed
Soundgarden has released a new video for “Live To Rise”, a brand new song written for the Avengers Movie Soundtrack. You can purchase the soundtrack at this link!
Sitting in the back of the Pop Evil tour bus with lead singer Leigh Kakaty, two things immediately engage my attention. The first is the TV screen paused on a Playstation 3 game of hockey showing the Bruins leading the Capitals 1 – 0. I noticed this only due to the fact that Leigh has mentioned his love of hockey video games to me before.
“Still getting your ass kicked?” I ask with a nod toward the television screen.
He laughs in response. “Nah, no one beats me!”
“What about Theory? They are Canadian, you know.”
He smiles in response, committing to nothing. “Yeah, those guys are good.”
The second thing that I notice is how soft spoken and humble Leigh Kakaty is. This is the powerful front man for a rock band that is rising faster than the Phoenix. It is about 45 minutes until Pop Evil will take the stage, opening for Theory of a Deadman, and perform to a sold out Starland Ballroom crowd in Sayreville, Ne w Jersey. Seeing Leigh Kakaty in action on stage, and knowing what a wild and intense performer he is, I’m slightly taken aback by his soft spoken approach when being interviewed in person.
We talk about Pop Evil’s recent announcement first, which brings a huge grin to Leigh’s face. Pop Evil will be touring the United States this summer with several bands including Trivium, Killswitch Engage, and Five Finger Death Punch. I’m curious to know how Pop Evil got on the bill and even more curious to know how they think they will fair on such a tour. Pop Evil seems like the odd band out for the Trespass America tour.
“Five Finger Death Punch gave us this great opportunity,” Leigh states. “And now we have a chance to mix rock with metal and we’re trying to put on more of a festival type atmosphere. And the more we come together as metal and rock the more the fans can embrace that. And Five Finger Death Punch giving us an opportunity to do that is very humbling, because we are very much influenced by (them). We’re a lot heavier than people realize.”
Any band trying to make a name for themselves knows the rigors of constant touring, and Pop Evil is no exception. Over the last 2 years, they have played more than 400 shows and counting. I ask Leigh if he, or the band, ever get road weary and tired of the constant touring.
“What are you going to do with downtime? Play more Playstation video games? We’d rather be touring. We’re here to work. We’re here to play. When we start to work on the new record, then we’ll take some time with the family. Sometimes you miss the family and when your friends back at home are out on their boats and we’re in the middle of Texas where it is 140 degrees and you can’t go outside because it’s too hot. It has its moments, but at the end of the day we have the best job in the world and, you know, we’re pretty blessed.
“It’s very tough to maintain a band this day and age, and we just pride ourselves with touring and we just got to keep it going. It’s great to see the Pop Evil fans just growing at an alarming speed. It’s great. (You) just gotta keep playing,” Leigh says. “Keep writing the good jams, keep touring and staying out on the road, making a living.”
Speaking with fans in the parking lot prior to the show words like spectacular, amazing, and intense are thrown around when discussing Pop Evil’s live performance. While there are several fans that have not seen the band live and many others who have never heard of Pop Evil, there are still a plethora of fans that have seen Pop Evil live and give them high praise.
“I don’t see a band with this much intensity very often,” one fan tells me.
Back on the tour bus, Leigh confirms that sentiment. “It’s our live show that really makes people fans of Pop Evil.”
It is easy to understand why. On stage, Leigh Kakaty and the rest of Pop Evil are akin to un-caged animals set loose on a hostile crowd, ready to take over the world of hard rock. At the center of all the stage antics, is the band’s leader. Between rock screams of rage and passionately sung lyrics during power ballads, Leigh Kakaty is a Bruce Dickinson in the making. The way that he can command a crowd and mold them into his own image is awe inspiring. Leigh and his band mates have an uncanny ability to take a crowd that may not be into Pop Evil, or may not know who they are, and convert them into lifelong fans after just one performance.
Later in the evening, during Pop Evil’s performance of “Purple” a guy in the crowd turns to me and asks what album the song was on.
“It’s from their latest record, War of Angels,” I tell him.
Immediately, he logs into iTunes on his smart phone and downloads the record. He shows it to me proudly, like someone who has just caught a guitar pick in the front row. This is the power of Pop Evil’s live show. This is what the band can do with just one performance.
The previous week, Pop Evil and Theory of a Deadman performed at the Crocodile Rock Café in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was there that Leigh Kakaty walked on the crowd to the delight of the fans. And although Leigh has done this before, it was the first time I was made aware of it (thanks to You Tube). It was an amazing moment in their set where Leigh literally walked on top of a sea of hands. The crowd loved it. I ask Leigh about this and how it came about.
“Walk on the crowd, man. You know, it’s just always been my thing. You know, Jesus walked on water, why can’t a rock star walk on some hands? I think it’s just something that’s always been a fun thing for Pop Evil and our fans. It’s something that you don’t see every day. You know, you’ll fall off and take your lumps if it’s not crazy packed, but it’s cool, it lets the fans get a little more hands on…literally. I’ve been doing it for a long time, but I swear it gets harder to do the older I get. The bruises are definitely a little more painful.”
Later that night, Leigh would re-enact the walk on the crowd for New Jersey. “All right,” he screams into the microphone. “We’re going to try something that I don’t think has ever been done at the Starland Ballroom before.” Leigh instructs the fans at the front of the stage to band together and put their hands up, palms out. “We’re gonna try to walk on the crowd! Are you ready?”
The loud roar in response indicates that they are. Leigh leans forward from the stage, putting one foot on the first hand he can step on. He then hoists himself up to where he is standing high atop a sea of hands. Leigh breaks into song and sings from his position on the hands, walking out just a little bit further. The crowd is amazed and several people whip out their camera phones to make a video for the internet.
At the end of their set, Leigh careens around the stage demanding of the crowd, “When I say Pop! You say Evil!” to which the crowd gloriously responds. “Pop!” “Evil!” “Pop!” “Evil!” This may be a Theory of a Deadman concert, but by the end of Pop Evil’s performance, it has become a double bill, with fans screaming just as loud for Pop Evil as they would for Theory.
I ask Leigh if the band has any plans for a live DVD in the near future.
“No plans right now, because we’re still new, in the scheme of things. It would be nice to do a DVD when we reach some level of touring success—when we do something more monumental, like selling out arenas. We do film everything and have all the footage, but I don’t think that I’m emotionally ready to dive into a DVD just yet, and I don’t think the demand is there. We’d like to do it down the road at some point, but a lot of variables have to come into it. Maybe after the next record, but I don’t think it will be anytime before that. Right now, the Pop Evil focus is solely on new music and developing our identity.”
As we continue our interview, the band’s manager looks into the back room asking if everything was all right. It was his way of saying that we had to wrap up, Pop Evil was due on stage in a few minutes. Leigh politely nods and after the door is closed again he looks at me. “That’s the boss,” he says with both pride and respect uncommon in most rock stars. His humbled statement only confirms how appreciative he is of all the blessings his life has been given.
I transition to the topic of cover songs and Leigh practically shudders.
“(There is) absolutely not one song that I want to cover. We’ve played covers for the first eight years of our existence. And we played all the covers from Afro Man to Sweet Home Up In Michigan, the Michigan version of Sweet Home Alabama. Covers were such a big part of how we paid for our beginnings and we just want to do Pop Evil originals for as long as we can.”
I had heard rumors that the Leigh Kakaty Facebook page was a fake, so I decide to ask Leigh about this. He laughs, loudly, somewhat caught off guard. “I’ve never been asked that question before.”
“There have been some fakes. I do have one, but I just kept it with people that I knew from high school. I use it to look at what everyone else I grew up with does, but as far as me posting, it just seems weird. If you want to know what I’m up to, check out the Pop Evil page.”
Leigh talks of enjoying his privacy right now. He likes where the band is at, because fans know the band, but they don’t necessarily know him. He can go out to dinner without being recognized and he likes that. There seems to be a slight fear of getting too big, because he could lose his anonymity. He hopes the band gets huge, but he worries about the price of becoming too famous. Leigh then tells me a funny story of how Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd would wear a wig so that he wouldn’t be recognized when he went out in public. “That’s just something that I don’t want to do,” Leigh says. “I like dressing the way I dress now.”
“What advice can you offer to bands that are just starting out?”
“You gotta give it up. If you really want it, you gotta be out on the road 365 days a year. If you really want it, you have to sacrifice. Set realistic goals, and if you’re goal is a record deal, start with the little wins. How many people are you bringing to a show? If it’s nobody, make it 10. If it’s 10 make it 500. And if you’re bringing 500 call your local radio station. Do your research.
“And then when you make it big, you have to decide, can you juggle everything? You’re going to want a family, you’re going to want kids, but can you handle everything?
“At the end of the day, you gotta write good songs. You gotta create something that’s going to make someone want to go to ITunes and pay a dollar for something that you created.”
When I tell Leigh that I am going to put him on the spot and want a prediction from him, he immediately stops me with a laugh and says: “Detroit Lions win the Super Bowl next year.” His love for all things Detroit is evidently unwavering, and perhaps he is not far off with his Lions prediction, but it is his band that I am more interested in.
“I want a prediction. How long until Pop Evil sells out Madison Square Garden as headliners?” I ask.
Leigh pauses, not sure how to approach this question. I’m thinking that his humbleness may be preventing him from making too bold of a prediction. “Ahhh, OK, opening act doesn’t count? No, you said headliner. So Pop Evil with Lady GaGa, that should sell out the Garden!”
We share a laugh and Leigh continues, “I’m going to say… 2017… and a half.”
Watch out Madison Square Garden. By the summer of 2017, Pop Evil is going to take over your arena with one of the most spectacular live shows that New York City has ever seen. I just hope Leigh remembers me and offers up front row tickets. I also hope that Madison Square Garden security is ready for when Leigh Kakaty walks on the crowd.
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Redlight King have just released a special remix of their track “Comeback,” which is featured on the official soundtrack for The Avengers. The remix promotes an initiative from Marvel calling on fans to create their own remixes of tracks from the film, including new music from Soundgarden, Bush, and Cherri Bomb.
Redlight King have also recently kicked off a US tour playing alongside Buckcherry and Durbin, followed by festival appearances, opening slots for Slash, and ending with a headlining gig at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom. For more on the band, including tour dates and ticket info, visit their official site at www.redlightkingmusic.com.
The band’s debut album, Something For the Pain, is available now on iTunes.
Wednesday May 9th sees the start of legendary guitarist Michael Schenker’s “Temple of Rock” UK tour. These shows mark the first time Schenker’s touring band will feature two ex-Scorpions members – Herman Rarebill (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass). Vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen) and MSG keyboardist, Wayne Findlay complete the line-up.
Tickets are available from 0844 478 0898 and www.thegigcartel.com.
May 2012 UK Tour Dates
May 9 – Wolverhampton The Wulfren
May 10 – Manchester HMV Ritz
May 11 – Glasgow O2 ABC
May 12 – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
The UK concerts will feature a plethora of hits spanning Michael Schenker’s colourful career. Songs to be performed by the “Temple of Rock” line-up include UFO’s “Rock Bottom” and “Doctor Doctor”, MSG’s “Armed and Ready” and “Into The Arena”, Scorpions classics “Another Piece of Meat” and “Rock You like a Hurricane”, plus new songs from the recently released “Temple of Rock” album “Miss Claustrophobia” and “Before the Devil Knows You´re Dead”.
“Nine” will be released on Frontiers Records on June the 1st 2012 in Europe and June the 5th 2012 in North America.
The single “Reach Within” in available NOW digitally! Check out the band’s new EPK below.
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Legendary shredder Michael Angelo Batio will take over Detroit’s Token Lounge with his newly devised show: “Hands without Shadows – A Tribute to Rock Guitar.” This show is a multimedia extravaganza featuring the music of some of the greatest rock guitarists of the past 50 years. Batio will also be giving away an autographed MAB 3 guitar the night of the Token Lounge performance!
Guitar legend and virtuoso, Michael Angelo Batio, takes you on his 90 minute aural/visual journey to the different eras of rock music while playing guitars with incredible speed and musical precision. The “Hands without Shadow’s – A Tribute to Rock Guitar” show entails an awesome display of guitar wizardry accompanied by an equally talented band. This chronological tribute features Batio’s incredible arrangements and medley’s from the different eras of rock beginning with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, then moving on to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Metallica and more.
The brilliant, fast paced multimedia experience is completed with multiple video screens, incredible lighting, on stage theatrics and of course the amazing guitar work of the “#1 Shredder of all time” (Guitar One Magazine), Michael Angelo Batio. You will be introduced to Batio’s “MAB Over – Under” neck technique along with his famous Double-Guitar. Michael’s Dean “Jet” Double-Guitar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in February 2012. Michael invented the Double-Guitar and is credited with being the first person to play both left and right handed at the same time.
The Token Lounge
28949 Joy Road
www.thetokenlounge.com – to purchase in advance
Advance Tix $10 – $15 at the door
The excitement of the show stays with you long after the performance. Michael Angelo Batio has been an extraordinary inspiration to countless musicians around the world, playing a major role in the evolution of modern rock guitar. He embodies the spirit of a true artist who has ceaselessly pursued his own creative vision, while mentoring and cultivating the next generation of emerging musicians. Come see what all the talk is about of this true shred guitar legend!