After five long years “METAL’S LOUDEST HOUR” rises from the ashes Making your speakers beg for mercy and cry for more! NEW SHOWS BEGIN AIRING WEEKLY NOVEMBER 2 2012 Heavy Metal…70s-Present: Hairband, Glam, Progressive, Power, Speed and Thrash! “Radio’s Weekly Metal Magazine…MUSIC…NEWS….
We were big fans of the original Raging Metal Show, and are excited to see it return to the World Wide Web.
You can listen and download the first episode below!
CD OUT PHYSICALLY TUESDAY, JANUARY 15
GROUP INCLUDES CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF WHITESNAKE, OZZY, FOREIGNER,
BILLY IDOL, GODSMACK, FUEL AND MORE
FIRST SINGLE “I’M THE ONE” BUZZING AT RADIO NOW
WEST COAST PROMO TOUR KICKS OFF FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
INCLUDING RECORD RELEASE PARTY 11/20 AT KEY CLUB IN LOS ANGELES
New rock supergroup SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING (S.U.N.) is set to digitally release their debut full-length self-titled album Tuesday, November 20 on Robo Records. On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 the CD will be available physically with distribution through Fontana/ Universal Music Distribution. As the band’s first single “I’m The One” continues buzzing at radio nationwide, S.U.N. has also announced a week-long string of West Coast promo tour dates, kicking off Friday, November 16 in Las Vegas. They’ll also host a special record release party 11/20 at the Key Club
in Los Angeles. Here’s a video to promote that show: http://youtu.be/efS6dPhlitA.
Legendary multi-platinum selling Canadian vocalist, Juno Award winner and “Canadian Idol” judge SASS JORDAN, has teamed up with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist BRIAN TICHY, known for his tours of duty with Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy and currently Whitesnake, to record an album of anthemic rock songs, under the band name S.U.N. Previously working together is what drove JORDAN and TICHY to collaborate on new music.
“I had played drums on Sass’ RATS record” explains TICHY. “I knew she was one of the best rock singers out there. So after many years, we reconnected and tried a bit of writing together.”
Both felt that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away so they hunkered down for two weeks to write. “We didn’t realize where we were going when we started out,” says JORDAN. “As we continued the songwriting path from the quintessential rock tunes ‘Burned’ to ‘Mobile Again’ to ‘Nomad’ and on … The whole thing started to take shape in the form of a 70’s odyssey, a time travel trajectory.”
Completing the all-star ensemble is bassist MICHAEL DEVIN (Whitesnake, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) and drummer TOMMY STEWART (Godsmack, Lo Pro, Everclear, Fuel).
JORDAN has an innate talent capable of conveying powerful emotion through heart-stomping, primal, rock-and-roll singing. S.U.N’s debut album, self-produced by JORDAN and TICHY and recorded in Canyon Country, CA, is explosive, crushing, real and soulful with its natural fusion of blues and rock. JORDAN’s vocal intensity proves a perfect match for the high-energy guitar playing of TICHY and her bandmates which provide the unique music palette that is S.U.N.
S.U.N. Tour Dates:
Fri 11/16 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sat 11/17 Costa Mesa, CA Venue TBA
Sun 11/18 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
Tue 11/20 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
- Crazy Head
- Did Me No Good
- Mobile Again
- I’m The One
- If I Was You
- The Beginning of The End (Instrumental)
- Wide Ocean
- No Way Home
Ahhh, fall is here. The cold weather has settled in. The days are much shorter and that means there is plenty of time for reading. When I am not listening to music, or seeing bands in concert, one of my favorite pastimes is to read a biography (or auto-biography) about bands or musicians that I love. There’s nothing better than learning interesting tidbits about your favorite singer or guitarist. However, not all biographies are created equal. While there are some fantastic writings on musicians, there is also a lot of crap that has to be waded through. So, I’ve decided to share with you my five favorite hard rock biographies—I’ve done the wading for you, all you need to do is read and enjoy.
A lot of books have written about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, and a lot more will be written in the years to come. However, there is no book that better details the life and tragic death of Nirvana’s front man than Heavier Than Heaven, by Charles Cross. Kurt Cobain lived fast and hard, and because of that, his life was short. Yet, to this day the small amount of music that he and two other men made is still beloved and cherished. His story is a sad one, a tale of an often lonely man who never quite understood himself. Being a heroin addict only exacerbated the situation. Charles Cross captures all of these painstaking details with great beauty and insight, making Heavier Than Heaven one of the greatest rock star biographies ever written.
If you’ve ever wanted to read the tale of a drug addict/rock star told with no punches held back, Scar Tissue is the book to pick up. Written in 2004, Anthony Kiedis, of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame, paints a poignant, telling tale of tragedy and triumph. Kiedis tells it like it was and like it is. He details the daily struggles of heroin addiction and walks through what life is like when struggling to stay clean, when completely messed up and immersed in drug addiction, and when drugs are the furthest thing from your existence. These are three completely different scenarios which lead to three completely different actions. And while Scar Tissue is another sad tale of the adventures in drug abuse, it at least, for now, has a happy ending. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Anthony Kiedis are still going strong.
Stephen Davis is one of the greatest rock biographers to ever grace the written page and he is also a writer that I look up to. Having written many great biographies on the lives of multiple musicians, Stephen Davis is revered in the rock and roll community. For Walk This Way he teamed up with Aerosmith to tell the story from their own mouths, which was a smart and satisfying way to write their biography. Written in 1997, Walk This Way covers the history of Aerosmith up to and including the release and subsequent tour of Nine Lives. Walk This Way is a story that is not only told by the members of Aerosmith, but also by a lot of people the band interacted with over the years. From former managers, to disc jockeys, to promoters and former band members, Walk This Way allows everyone to say a little of their piece, while allowing the five main members to be the driving voice behind the story. Brilliant writing and a great story that makes me yearn for a sequel.
Yes, Stephen Davis makes the list twice. No, it’s not because I am a huge fan, it’s because Old Gods Almost Dead is the definitive biography of the Rolling Stones, and a must read for any music fan. Even if you never heard of The Rolling Stones, you will love this book. Davis’ ability to create a phenomenal narrative story of how “The World’s Greatest Rock And Roll Band” came to be is astonishing. Old Gods Almost Dead reads like a novel and tells the true story of The Rolling Stones. Nothing is left out. All of the details, good, bad, and ugly, are contained within the pages of Old Gods Almost Dead. It’s amazing how much the Rolling Stones have been through. The death of Brian Jones, Keith Richards’ drug problem, Mick Jaggar’s sex addictions… the list goes on and on. Now that they are all in their seventies, we forget that they were once a young, lecherous, wild, out of control band that happened to survive long enough to become senior citizens. Old Gods Almost Dead is the perfect reminder. If it wasn’t for a book that a little sleaze rock band from California wrote, Old Gods Almost Dead would be the greatest rock and roll biography ever written.
Perhaps the greatest rock biography ever written, Motley Crue’s The Dirt captures all the raw, raunchy, out of control debauchery that made the bands career infamous. While their music was solid, interesting, and fun, it was the after parties and their extracurricular activities that made them stars. Motley Crue holds no story back in The Dirt. What I like best about the book is the multiple author angle. Not only do the four current members of Motley Crue write their piece, but former lead singer John Corabi gets a say, manager Doc McGhee gets to tell his side of the story as well as producers and other people involved with the tale. This unique, multi-voice approach only helped make The Dirt that much better, because we get to read everyone’s version of what happened. Of all the music biographies that I’ve read (and it has been quite a lot), The Dirt is still the most fascinating of them all and the must read rock and roll story of all time.
So, if you’re looking for something to read this winter, or you have some friends that you want to get a gift for, but can’t figure out what to get them, I recommend he books above. What about you? What’s the greatest rock and roll biography you’ve ever read? Maybe there’s something that I need to add to my list.
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Hard rockers The Last Vegas have just been tapped to support Guns N’ Roses for their two shows at The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV later this week. The band has previously been direct support for Guns N’ Roses earlier this year in Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Atlanta. The Last Vegas will then head north for a tour of Canada in support of their latest release BAD DECISIONS. Please see below for tour dates.
BAD DECISIONS was released in late August via FrostByte Media and was produced by Johnny K (Megadeth, Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Airbourne). The album was recorded in the band’s hometown of Chicago and contains the straight-up rock n’ roll meets garage/punk rock sound for which the band has come to be known. Of BAD DECISIONS Brave Words avowed, “…a retro-rock vibe with adrenaline-charged riffs and catchy melodies and sweetly-layered vocal harmonies…TLV create a rocking, feel-good-time…” Check out the sexy video for first single “Evil Eyes” here.
Hailing from Chicago and formed in 2005, The Last Vegas cut their teeth relentlessly playing in support of two independent releases. In 2009, the band burst on to the national scene when Motley’s Crue’s Nikki Sixx saw them play live in Los Angeles and subsequently co-produced their third album, WHATEVER GETS YOU OFF. More touring followed, including a stint opening Motley Crue’s “Saints Of Los Angeles” tour. The Onion referred to their sound as “Swaggering, stomping, balls-out guitar rock”, while The Chicago Sun-Times declared them to be “Red hot garage-rockers.” The Last Vegas is: Chad Cherry (vocals), Adam Arling (guitars), Danny Smash (bass), Nate Arling (drums) and Johnny Wator (guitars).
The Last Vegas tour dates:
9 Las Vegas, NV The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel – supporting Guns N’ Roses
10 Las Vegas, NV The Joint At Hard Rock Hotel – supporting Guns N’ Roses
15 Hamilton, ON Corktown
16 Windsor, ON The Room
19 Kicthener, ON The Hive
20 Kingston, ON Merchant Tap House
21 Montreal, QB Underworld
22 Peterborough, ON Red Dog
23 Toronto, ON Cherry Cola
24 Brantford, ON Club NV
8 Kenosha, WI Brat Stop – with Pop Evil
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BIG WRECK ANNOUNCE FEB 19 RELEASE FOR LONG-AWAITED NEW ALBUM ALBATROSS
BAND SIGNS WITH ZOE/ROUNDER RECORDS FOR FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 10 YEARS
ALBUM FEATURES THE NO. 1 ROCK RADIO HIT, “ALBATROSS”
Critically acclaimed rock band BIG WRECK have signed with Zoe/Rounder Records for the U.S. release of their long-awaited new album, ALBATROSS. The album is set for a February 19th release.
Co-produced by Big Wreck vocalist/guitarist Ian Thornley and Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats) and executive-produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains), ALBATROSS was released in Canada earlier this year and debuted at No. 5 on SoundScan’s Top 200 Album Chart. The album’s early success was fueled by its blistering lead single/title track “Albatross,” which held the No. 1 spot on the Canadian rock radio charts for six weeks.
The album and single were also big winners at the recent CASBY Awards in Canada, earning “Favorite New Album” and “Favorite New Single” honors. CASBY winners are determined by fan voting via the website for popular Canadian rock station, 102.1 The Edge.
When we last saw Big Wreck, the band was touring in support of 2001’s sophomore album, The Pleasure and the Greed. Outside pressures and a major label machine whose parts were no longer in sync led to a band break-up one year later. It was a disappointing end for the group, who had formed in Boston after Thornley and guitarist Brian Doherty met as students at the Berklee College of Music. After several years of gigging around the area, the band signed a record deal and released debut album In Loving Memory Of… in 1997.
So what led to the reunion? The simple answer is the rekindled friendship between Thornley and Doherty, who hadn’t spoken in years. “I just missed him,” says Ian. “I called him just to hang out but of course knew the chemistry would be there.” Brian echoes the sentiment: “We got together and started doing the same things as when we first met, on both a personal and musical level. It seemed to make complete sense.”
Returning to that place where like-minded musicians communicate is to return to the wellspring of inspiration and creativity. With Big Wreck, that translates into an outpouring of rock music direct from the subconscious heart, and lives in the interplay of controlled horsepower and unbridled virtuosity. Big Wreck remains faithful to the Big Rock playbook but isn’t necessarily interested in the “so big it will eat your children” flavors of today. “I went for all the good stuff that’s missing on rock records these days,” says Ian in describing the recording process. “I wanted to avoid falling into the formulaic cookie-cutter trap. That’s not going to interest me so how can it interest the listener? I have to go with my gut, which means longer songs, intros and bridges which explore strange territories, more room for breathing and a different dynamic range or sonic palette altogether.” While contemplating the studio sessions, Ian was listening to Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac and Thin Lizzy, finding a love of the textures in clean guitars against dry drums to create a sonic backdrop that’s rare today.
One listen to ALBATROSS and it’s clear that Big Wreck is picking up where it left off. There’s no mistaking the voice, the virtuosity of playing or the pen with which it was written. Ask Ian Thornley if Big Wreck of 2012 (rounded out by guitarist Paulo Neta, drummer Brad Park and bassist Dave McMillan) is the Big Wreck that called it a day back in 2002 and he sees this as a natural extension. “It’s still the same thing,” he says. “I’m still looking to get off and get that feeling. I’m still searching for the perfect thing. I hope I never find it.”
Big Wreck will be touring Canada with Theory of a Deadman from Nov 16 through December 18, to be followed by a U.S. tour in early 2013.
Fans can also download a free copy of “Albatross” via the band’s website, www.bigwreckmusic.com
Check out Big Wreck’s video for “Albatross” below!
For more information on Big Wreck, check out the links below:
On November 9th, the new live documents of German’s Metal icon#1, Udo Dirkschneider, and his band will be released. “Live In Sofia” also marks the end of an era somehow, as the stable U.D.O. lineup that performed together for many years will be shown for a last time. As it became public that guitarist Stefan Kaufmann will be no longer available for the band due to health reasons, “Live In Sofia” will be the last U.D.O. DVD with Stefan.
Check out the preview video for “Heart of Gold” below.
Melodic Metal heroes MASTERPLAN are back with new line-up and big plans!
The new members are well known:
Swedish vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) is the one to replace Jorn Lande. Altzi enjoys a fabulous reputation throught his works with numerous projects and bands.
MASTERPLAN’s new bass player is another highly regarded musician: Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius/Evergrey).
“The last years have not been easy for Masterplan”, band leader Roland Grapow comments. “Because of several factors we have been unable to play festivals and tours – even though we had plenty of offers. But this will definitely change now. I’m very happy to welcome Rick and Jari on board now. Beside their undoubted musical qualities they both fit perfectly into our team. We feel a huge motivation to get things going now. 2013 will be see a new Masterplan album, several festivals and a tour! It’s time to return with full force”.
First confirmed MASTERPLAN gigs for 2013:
Rocknacht Tennwilm (Switzerland)
Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic)