The Easthills released their debut album Death of a Salesman which is on sale and available now in deluxe edition CD format via the band’s
official website at www.theeasthills.com and also at Luna Music in Indianapolis. The digital download version is also through their official website and online at CD Baby, iTunes,
Amazon and other digital sellers.
The Easthills celebrated the release of Death of a Salesman in front of 300+ fans with a concert April 13th at Birdys in Indianapolis along. The show saw the band
plow through 18 songs including the entire new album, unreleased songs and newly written material. Producer, guitarist Doug Henthorn (Healing Sixes, Joe Bonamassa, John Hiatt)
joined them on stage for two songs in what turned out to be an unforgettable night.
The debut album, Death of a Salesman, consists of eleven tracks, twelve in its bonus track format, that range from crunchy, power pop gems to stomp rock grooves and piano based
balladry with a twist. The songs lend themselves to the band’s influences while also creating a unique sound of their own complete with big guitars and big harmonies that cover all
points on the rock spectrum.
The Easthills are Will Barada (vocals, guitar), Hank Campbell (vocals, guitar), Brad Morgan (bass, drums on the album) and recent additions Adrian Degner (guitar) and Wade Parish
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A star attraction on the Sunset Strip a generation ago, the band London was once a breeding ground for rock stardom for some of the early members like Nikki Sixx, Slash, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Blackie Lawless, but there is now a lot to more to London after a flurry of creativity has breathed new life into the band.
Frontman Nadir D’Priest, the iconic pretty boy heartthrob now all grown up, still has the same star qualities that made London such a buzz band back in the day, and he is singing better than ever — as the world will soon find out upon the release of a live new CD for London Live, recorded in Nashville and engineered by the legendary Michael Wagener.
‘I knew the record would have to sound big, and it sounds humongous. That’s the best way I can put it,’ D’Priest said. ‘There was a specific sound we needed. It had to sound large or it wouldn’t even be worth doing, and Michael Wagener is great because he’s one of the superstars of producing.’ Still in place is guitarist Sean Lewis, who has been in London since 1987, and bassist Brian West, whose London pedigree goes back to 1984. Also, London has pulled a big coup by re-uniting with legendary drummer Alan Krigger, a founding member of Giuffria who joined briefly in 1988 and has also played with Tina Turner, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and other superstars.
‘It’s an honor to play for London. It’s just a great band to be in,’ Krigger said. There are big plans. In addition to the heavily-anticipated ‘London Live,’ there is a batch of new songs just begging to see the light of the day, and a large-scale tour is planned for the summer.
Instead of being a feeder best known for being featured in ‘Decline of Western Civilization Part 2,’ London is primed and ready to carve a deeper niche with a revitalized comeback that is sure to make the band not just the talk of the town in Hollywood a badge London has worn since the spandex days but now the whole world.
‘There’s also a lot of interest in this kind of music again, and it’s a worldwide interest,’ D’Priest said. ‘The demand is there and it exceeds the Southern California area. Our number one goal is to show people a good time and have a good time ourselves, and that will never change.’
London was formed in 1978 by Nikki Sixx and Lizzie Grey. The lineup shuffled and at times including future Guns N’ Roses guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin future WASP singer/bassist Blackie Lawless and future Cinderella drummer Fred Coury.
Once D’Priest joined in 1984, London really began to take off. The band recorded ‘Non-Stop Rock’ and ‘Don’t Cry Wolf’ to critical acclaim, then was introduced to a worldwide audience in 1988 Penelope Spheeris film ‘The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years.’
A third album in 1990 called ‘Playa Del Rock’was released, and this point the band was sometimes called D’Priest. Frustratingly, the band was still trying to find its grip on mass appeal by this time – why London did not sell millions of records is among Rock’s great mysteries but D’Priest refused to let go of the vision.
Sixteen years passed, and D’Priest dedicated his life to raising a family and being financially successful in business, but as the years went by he learned more than anything that rock and roll was in his blood. He has stayed in great shape mind, body and spirit and eventually an overwhelming urge not just to get up on stage again and the music flow through his body but also to finish what he started, D’Priest was more and more convinced that London is a band the singer could not turn his back on.
London is primed and ready to go from footnote to big toe, and the good news is the band has never sounded better. It’s easier than ever to reach fans at the simple press of a button, and London is ready to rock again and this time they plan to play loud enough that everyone can hear. And they do mean everyone. The live album is produced by London and engineered by Michael Wagener. Roy Z Ramirez (Halford, Bruce Dickinson) provided additional mixes, and Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Bruce Dickinson) did the mastering.
London is also releasing two new tracks, ‘Get Back Home,’ written by D’Priest and West, along with ‘Tu Cultura y Tu Nacion’, London’s first Rock En Espanol single (written by D’Priest) also featuring renowned keyboardist Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis, who toured with Guns N’ Roses during ‘Appetite For Destruction’ and ‘Use Your Illusion.’ London is in pre-production for the filming of music videos for both new songs.
Also, London is re-releasing its cult classic LP ‘Don’t Cry Wolf’ on both CD and vinyl (with two different album covers, too) through the London website!
The king of neo-classical shred guitar, Swedish-born legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, will be featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” this Saturday morning, May 11th. Malmsteen will discuss his brand new autobiography Relentless: A Memoir, his latest album SPELLBOUND and more with program host Scott Simon. Programming times vary, click here to find a station and schedule in your area. Yngwie Malmsteen is currently on a North American headlining tour in support of his latest album, SPELLBOUND. Please see below for remaining tour dates.
Relentless: A Memoir chronicles Yngwie Malmsteen‘s journey from humble beginnings in Sweden to contemporary life as one of the world’s greatest guitarists and is in stores now. The guitar legend has also been keeping busy with www.relentlessshred.com, his brand new guitar tutorial website. At www.relentlessshred.com fans and players worldwide at every level can log on to learn from the master himself.
For nearly three decades, Grammy-nominated Swedish guitar icon Yngwie Malmsteen has been amazing audiences with dazzling technical speed and ability. Malmsteen‘s signature style of playing, which combines elements of seemingly disparate styles of music – metal and classical, spawned the now commonplace genres of heavy metal known as “shred guitar” and “neo classical” and earned Malmsteen the title “the Paganini of heavy metal”. Malmsteen was the first guitarist to have his own Fender signature guitar model (even before Eric Clapton). He has graced the cover of more than 200 magazines worldwide, has won every guitar award imaginable and to date, has sold millions of records. Time named Malmsteen one of the “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players”, an honor he shared with the likes of Les Paul, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. “Guitar Hero” enthusiasts know they have arrived when they are bestowed with the Yngwie Malmsteen award in the Xbox 360 version of “Guitar Hero 2”. The award signifies a 1000+ note streak in succession.
Yngwie Malmsteen North American headlining tour:
10 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
11 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre
12 Ventura, CA Majestic Venture Theatre
13 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
14 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
16 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
17 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live – Out Doors
18 Houston, TX Outdoors Houston Guitar Festival
21 Sauget, IL Pops
23 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
24 Orlando, FL Plaza Theatre
25 Miami, FL Grand Central
26 Tampa, FL Orpheum Theatre
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If Nikki Sixx puts his stamp of approval on something, 10 times out of 10, I’m going to at least check it out. So when he decides to hand-pick a band, produce their album and throw them on the opening slot for a Motley Crue tour, I listen and I listen well. Nikki certainly didn’t disappoint with The Last Vegas. I was hooked as soon as their 2009 release, Whatever Gets You Off, hit my ears. Last year, the Chicago quintet followed that album up with Bad Decisions, a raucous, loud, sleazy rock and roll album that leaves you begging for more.
I got my first taste of this album last year when I saw The Last Vegas open for Theory of a Deadman. “Evil Eyes” really stood out for me that night from the instant I heard the crunchy, nasty guitars. And with its addictive groove, “Other Side” was certainly a crowd favorite with its chant worthy chorus: “Whoa, yeah, boy you better be ready/ Last chance, ‘cuz the rumors ain’t lies/ God damn, fucking bitch goes crazy/ You ain’t ever coming back from the other side.”
The dark, brooding bass that opens “Beat to Hell” followed by raunchy guitars and Chad Cherry’s rock and roll scream, certainly sets the tone for the entire album: you’re about to get your ass kicked and it’s going to be a lot of fun. And as if there was any doubt, the title track reassures us that with The Last Vegas, we can do what rock and roll always intended for us all to do…”have a good time making bad decisions.”
Can we talk about Chad Cherry for just a moment? In a sea of monotonous, bland rock singers, Cherry’s voice stands out above them like a stripper in church. You know exactly who it is when his voice screeches out in a song. It grabs you by the balls and makes you pay attention. I think that’s something that can’t be said for a lot of artists today. His stage presence gives off the same kind of attitude, which makes him a force to be reckoned with during their live shows. And if you want to try to grab some of that attitude, then check out his badass, up-cycled, one of kind clothing designs in his Etsy store.
This album just goes from one kick ass song to the next, with seedy guitars and in your face solos that make you want to grab a bottle of Jack and guzzle it. As much as I’d like to sit here and tell you about the rest of the songs on the album, it would get redundant and you’d get tired of reading how awesome each song is. Like Cherry’s clothing line, The Last Vegas are up-cycling some good, old-fashioned rock and roll. They’re taking some great formulas and adding their own touch, their own tastes and making it better. Bad Decisions is quite possibly the best bad decision I’ve made in a long time.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Beat To Hell
02. Other Side
03. Bad Decisions
04. Evil Eyes
05. Don’t Take It So Hard
06. She’s My Confusion
07. It Ain’t Easy
08. My Way Forever
10. Devil In You
11. You Are The One
12. Good Night
The Last Vegas is:
Chad Cherry – vocals
Adam Arling – guitar
Johnny Wator – guitar
Danny Smash – bass
Nate Arling – drums
Reviewed by Christine Sixx
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Lita Ford has released a new video for her song ‘Mother”. The song comes from FORD’s latest solo effort Living Like a Runaway that was released last summer on Steamhammer/SPV. The video was directed by former Runaway Victory Tischler-Blue.
LITA commented on the video and the song “Mother”:
“Mother is my song to my beautiful sons. I know they will see the truth one day. They will always have a place in my heart, which bleeds for them through this song.”
LITA will be on the road in the coming weeks, a complete list of dates can be found below.
LITA FORD 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.
LITA FORD Live:
5/23: Melbourne, Australia @ Prince of Wales Bandroom
5/25: Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theater
6/8: Vernal, UT @ Thunder Rocks @ Western Park
6/24: New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club (Lita Salutes Les Paul – 2 Shows)
6/29: Norfolk, NE @ Music Fest 2013 w/Bret Michaels and Vince Neil
7/13: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot w/Ratt
7/24: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
7/25: Malmo, Sweden @ KB
7/26: Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsrojet Festival
7/27: Jevanaker, Norway @ The Untouchables
8/7: Sturgis, SD @ Sturgis Bike Rally
8/15: Mankato, MN @ Stond Amphitheater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/16: Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/17: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/18: Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/23: Viroqua, WI @ Vernon County Fairgrounds “Jamming for the Vets”
9/14: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley w/Dokken, Skid Row and Ratt
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