Wed
24
Jul

MelodicRockFest Returns To Australia Under New Management

Details on the future of the MRF name coming... But right now... Part One of the lineup reveal for March 2020 in Melbourne Australia
 
Wed
24
Jul

CORE LEONI Set For New Album 'II' Out Sept 27 on AFM Records

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Friday, September 27, 2019
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He is one of the truest and most passionate Rock musicians of the last decades. And though time stood never still for Gotthard founding member and guitarist Leo Leoni.
 
CoreLeoni - he named his passion for big, timeless Classic Rock, for pure music nostalgy, added with a modern sound. On September 27th their second album ‘CoreLeoni II’ will be released.
 
Next to Gotthard songs from the early stage as well as two brand new tracks the album contains a cover of John Lee Hooker’s ‘Boom Boom Boom’.
 
Since the release of the first record that has simply been called ‘The Greatest Hits Part 1’, CoreLeoni has appeared as a transmitter between analog electric guitar and modern studio production. But CoreLeoni not only represent the music spirit of the early 90es, they also live the feeling that has been alive on, behind and in front of stage in these times: CoreLeoni is a high class band ensemble consisting of close friends and long-term colleagues that are next to Leo Leoni pioneering for that period and share a lot of memories with him.
 
Together with Rainbow-singer and Lords Of The Black founding member and ex-singer Ronnie Romero, Hena Habegger (drums, Gotthard), Jgor Gianola (guitar, ex-Gotthard/U.D.O./Jorn Lande) as well as Mila Merker (bass, Soulline) Leoni shows, that Classic Rock doesn ´t need to be old fashioned. Songs from the early Gotthard days are coming along in a completely new sound outfit.
 
On the second album coming out end of September, Leoni once more pays tribute to his passion for high class Rock music and brings back some good old Gotthard tracks to life.
 
With the exception of two songs as well as the John Lee Hooker cover it’s all Gotthard hits from the early days being translated to 2019.
 
‘Queen Of Hearts and ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ are the titles of the brand new tracks on the album, fitting perfectly into the other big Rock hymns.
 
Leoni had the idea to found CoreLeoni when Gotthard were celebrating their 25th anniversary. ‘When we play shows, we nowadays have to leave out a lot of the old songs as there are so many new ones that have to find their place in the setlist’, Leo explains. ‘But especially a lot of the old songs really mean a lot to me and will always be a big part of me. That’s why I decided to record them again and bring them back into the current times, also sound-wise.’
 
How good that works, CoreLeoni could prove during a tour last year. Press and fans have equally been enthusiastic about it. And also among the musicians it quickly became obvious: CoreLeoni needs to be continued.
 
‘So many beautiful memories and the really special feeling that we also had during the days back then have been awaking.’
 
The musician from Swiss part Tessin belongs to the best international Rock guitarists and is part of the most successful Swiss band Gotthard. Every studio album after the debut reached number 1 in the national charts, all albums have been rewarded with several platinum awards. Gotthard are also holding a rare diamond award for selling more than 1 million records in Switzerland only.
 
Guitarist Jgor Gianola has been part of Gotthard during the early days as well before he decided to move on to U.D.O., the current band of music legend and ex-Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider, as well as Norwegian Rockers Jorn Lande. Also drummer Hena Habegger is a founding member of Gotthard. Last year he fulfilled a big dream and opened a drum school in Tessin.
 
Singer Ronnie Romero has been born in Chile and has been the singer oft Spanish Rock band Lords Of The Black. Since 2016 he is part of Rainbow, the band of legendary Richie Blackmore. With this big step in his career a long-term dream has been fulfilled for him. Just some months ago he has been touring big stadiums with Rainbow and can look back to several admirable festival shows as well, such as Monsters Of Rock.
 
Bass player Mila Merker has been born in Swiss Bellinzona and is a long-term friend of Leo and Jgor. His own band is called Soulline, being well-known for playing a technical challenging form of Melodic Death Metal.
 
The Travellin´ Men Tour 2019-2020
27.11.19 D-Augsburg – Spectrum
28.11.19 D-Siegburg – Kubana
29.11.19 D-Tuttlingen - Stadthalle
30.11.19 CH-Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
01.12.19 CH-Solthurn – Kofmehl
03.12.19 CH-Rubigen – Muehle Hunziken
04.12.19 CH-Pratteln – Z7
05.12.19 CH-Arborn – Presswerk
06.12.19 CH-Lyss – KuFa
07.12.19 CH-Lausanne – Salle Metropole
08.12.19 ITA-Bergamo – Druso
10.12.19 SK-Bratislava - Randal
11.12.19 HU-Budapest – Duerer Kert
13.12.19 D-Burgrieden – Riffelhof
14.12.19 AUT-Ehrwald – Zugspitzsaal
15.12.19 D-Ludwigsburg – Rofa
16.12.19 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
17.12.19 D-Deggendorf - Stadthalle
18.12.19 D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
20.12.19 ES-Pamplona – Totem
21.12.19 ES-Madrid – Shoko
22.12.19 ES-Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
 
Wed
24
Jul

DUANE MORANO To Open For Tesla, Celebrates ‘80s Metal On Debut Album, ‘Incognito’

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It’s fitting that one of the top rock bands of the ‘80s has invited a fast-rising artist who specializes in similar sounds to perform shows together - which will occur this September, when guitarist Duane Morano opens for Tesla. With a line-up that sees Morano joined by singer Bryan Cole, second guitarist Lee Caruso Jr, bassist Paul Ricciuti, and drummer Matt Ferrante, the band is looking forward to rocking crowds and winning over new fans, with selections off the debut album, ‘Incognito.’ 

As the band’s leader explains, “One of the things I love about the live show is bringing the audience into the experience and making sure it is just as fun for them as it is for us. People come out to see a show and that's exactly what we intend to deliver.” The Tesla/Morano dates will run from September 18-21, and will include performances in Washington, DC (at the Warner Theatre), Raleigh, North Carolina (at the Ritz) and Greensboro, North Carolina (at the White Oak Event Space). 

The recently released 13-track album (it can be sampled/ordered via https://morano.hearnow.com/), and features input from some very well-known/respected names within the rock and metal worlds - including Michael Foster, Pat Badger, Danny Vaughn, Terry Ilous, Bryan Cole, Keith Horne, Dan Michaels, Chris Lester, JK Northrup, Nita Strauss, Shane French, Kevin Figueiredo, and Eric Clemenzi.

And one track in particular really sums up the band’s approach, “Sincerely Yours.” "‘Sincerely Yours’ is about walking away from that psycho we've all dated at some point that plays nothing but head games to control every situation," Morano says. 
The track can be heard via this link: https://youtu.be/4b5jEZ_dfYk

“I wanted my first record to be about the music that inspired me to play. I've played everything from 50's doo wop to country to modern pop as a hired gun over the years, but the 80's was where music really began for me, so I wanted to celebrate that.” And celebrate it he does, as such standout tracks as “After the Love,” “Face the Fire,” and “Don’t Believe You” bring to mind the sounds and stylings of some of Morano’s top influences, including Van Halen, Def Leppard, Journey, and Night Ranger. 

TESLA/DUANE MORANO TOUR DATES:
September 18 WASHINGTON, DC WARNER THEATRE 
September 20 RALEIGH, NC RITZ 
September 21 GREENSBORO, NC WHITE OAK EVENT SPACE 

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Wed
24
Jul

KXM - "War Of Words" (Official Video) George Lynch, dUg Pinnick (King's X), Ray Luzier (Korn)

Fresh off the announcement oof their upcoming album, supergroup KXM - Dug Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums - released the first music video from their new record. The energizing video for “War Of Words” depicts the band artfully contemplating the consequences of our words in today’s climate in the midst of a ferocious musical performance. The video was shot by Sebastien Paquet, and edited & directed by Jamie Brown for Smoking Gun Productions Inc.
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Tue
23
Jul

DANGER ZONE Release 'Don't Count On Heroes' October 18

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Italian Melodic Rock band DANGER ZONE will release their new album "Don't Count On Heroes" on October 18 via Pride & Joy Music.
 
The band centered around guitarist Roberto Priori currently is putting the final touches onto the master. Musically, the Italians successfully continue with the path they already had followed with their previous, very successful release "Closer To Heaven".
 
The track list of "Don't Count For Heroes" - which was once again produced by Roberto Priori and Jody Gray - looks as as follows:
 
1. Demon Or Saint
2. Faster Than Love
3. Somewhere Out There
4. Destiny
5. Down To Passion
6. Rise Again
7. Hang On To Your Heart
8. Forever Now
9. Rolling Thunder
10. Breakaway
11. Eternity
 
 
Mon
22
Jul

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JANET GARDNER (ex-Vixen)

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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON continues Mitch Marathon Month with Janet Gardner (formerly of Vixen) and Justin James.
 
They discuss their latest album Your Place In The Sun, stepping away from the Vixen brand (yes, I said brand), collaborating on the songs, why her and Vixen didn't share the same vision for the future, their attempts to make a new Vixen record, the Vixen album Tangerine, her five year plan, marriage, the environment for an all female band back in the day, Richard Marx, remembering Jan Kuehnemund and much more. 
 
 
 
 

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