2003 NEWS

News From 2003

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Escape Music are always searching for something special, whilst we like to think that all our titles are regarded this way it is nice to finish the year in an explosive manner. We have managed to do just that as we are so pleased to announce the signing of Canadian four piece Panik. This young and exciting new band are similar to Nickelback and Audioslave, but have their own direct approach to great melodic hard-edged rock music. This is such a find and we are convinced that it will make 2004 into a very special year, keep checking our website for further details! The album is produced by Corey MacFadyen (MilesABOVE, The Ladder, Brighton Rock)
The band: Rick Legacy Lead Vocals & Guitars, Ang Cimino Guitars, Mark Piraino Bass, Brian Hamilton Drums.
Here is an exclusive preview track of the band. Download: Panik Die For You.


Escape Music are delighted to announce the signing of French band Toyz. Their music is traditional Melodic Hard Rock in the style of Lillian Axe and Treat!

Release Schedule for Escape Music:
23.01.2004 - Shadowman - Land Of The Living
23.02.2004 - Valensia - The Blue Album
March / April - Panik - TBA
March / April - The Creek - The Creek/Storm The Gate + 4 bonus tracks (re-issue as a double digipak) May - House Of Mirrors - TBA
June - Liesegang / White - Lead Vocals Doogie White (Rainbow / Cornerstone). The album is being mixed at this moment.
Heartland are at pre-production stage for their next album. The album's songs are already written and ready.
Grand Illusion have almost finished recording their new album. The mix will commence in February.
Change Of Heart will start recording their new CD shortly.

The new Axel Rudi Pell album Kings & Queens will be released on March 1 on SPV. Axel has recently announced the track list, which is: The Gate (Intro) . Flyin´ High . Cold Heaven . Strong As A Rock . Forever Angel . Legions Of Hell . Only The Strong Will Survive . Sailing Away . Take The Crown . Sea Of Evil.

The completed Drama Queen Die CD is now available for purchase online at www.dramaqueendie.com. This is for sales outside of Europe and Australia, as those territories are being handled by TB Records, Ltd.

Eric Bazilian continues to work on a new Hooters album, a new Joan Osbourne record and is helping the Scorpions write and record their new studio album. Busy man!

Joe Lynn Turner and Glenn Hughes will be on Rockline (USA based but streamed online) next month. The details are all at www.htpsupportersclub.org

The new Lionsheart album Into The Abyss is still awaiting a release, but the track listing is: Screaming . Nightmare . All I Got . I Need Love . How Can I Tell You? . I'm Alive . Don't Waste My Time . If You Cut Me . Save Me . Witchcraft . How Long? . Abyss

Music and the City has a couple of new interviews with Rachel Bolan of Skid Row and Michael Bormann of Jaded Heart, along with the December "Sass and the City" column. Check it all out at www.musicandthecity.com

mr.com readers in Holland - Journey tribute band Another Journey will play on January 25 in Ursem, North Holland at De Rode Leeuw. For more information www.anotherjourney.nl



Tuesday, December 30, 2003

MTM Music have published the artwork and details of their February releases. The details are as follows. The art for Shylock can be viewed in yesterday's news update.

Reckless - Reckless (MTM Classix)(Release February 9)
Reckless was formed in 1993 and came out of the band Line Up who started a few years earlier with Patrick Axelsson as frontman and lead singer. Line Up had their debut rock album Lucky One released 1992 and toured all over Sweden. 1995 drummer Stefan went to Greece and performed for three years with Michael Bormann from Jaded Heart, he also appeared on German TV with JH 1998. Robert performed with heavy metal band Explode in Sweden at the time, but the boys have now found their way back and writes music together again. The album Reckless was only released in Japan 1994 and is finally released in Europe together with three bonus tracks!

Shylock - Welcome To Illusion (Release February 16)
Pyronized achieved a great press feedback and after numerous live shows all around Europe among others with Gotthard, Axxis, Bonfire, Krokus and more. Shylock can present a new drummer Rami Ali who performed for Frontline and Evidence One. Pure melodic hard rock!

Axia - Axia (MTM Classix)(Release February 23)
The rehearsals and recordings of the first album took place in an old military fort where Peo Pettersson's recording studio was located. In between the Swedish air force exercises Axia recorded 4 songs that turned out to be the tracks on their first EP which was released on Peo's own label PoP Productions. The first album was recorded and released only in Sweden in 1986. Able to play a variety of instruments (Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Harmonica, Mandolin) as well as being a great singer, programmer, arranger and producer, music has been a part of Peo's life for many years. Axia's first self-titled album is now being re-released all over the world on MTM Classix.


Happy Holidays From IronHorseRonnie Keel, Gaetano Nicolosi, Jay Rusnak, Geno Arce, Dean Lehman, LoweRider Entertainment, and everyone at Team IronHorse want to wish all our fans, friends, and families a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
IronHorse has just launched a new MP3-driven web site hosted by SoundClick.com, where fans can download and listen to IronHorse music ­ as a special holiday gift to all our fans, we are currently featuring a FREE download of Three Sheets To The Wind, a favorite song from the new album.
So far the response to the new site has been awesome within 72 hours of launch, the song went from #1571 on the SoundClick Rock Charts to #60 and is climbing rapidly. It debuted on the Southern Rock Chart at #4 and is currently #2.
Here is the link to visit the new IronHorse SoundClick MP3 site: www.soundclick.com/ironhorse
The band will be back on stage for a special homecoming New Year's Eve show in Plain City Ohio, at Big George's, on December 31st. Three and a half years ago, IronHorse was born in Plain City when the band relocated there to live and play, and this New Year's Eve will be a special celebration of a year well spent and a toast to a bright future. Here are the details:
Big George's, 209 Bigelow Street, Plain City Ohio, 43064 ­ - (614) 873-0394, Tickets $5.00, Showtime 9:30
IronHorse will be kicking off 2004 with two nights at another venue that has become a second home to the band The Westgate in Columbus, Ohio. While this is the smallest club on the IH schedule, we always have a great time and great shows there, the owners and staff are awesome, and the audiences there love to rock with IronHorse.
Details: Westgate, 575 Wedgewood Drive, Columbus Ohio, 43228 - (614) 274-2937, Showtime 10:00
In early 2004, we look forward to announcing details of the new album release and some big tour news. Thank you for all your support, for making IronHorse and our music a part of your life. You're our people, and we will continue to be YOUR BAND.



Monday, December 29, 2003

Jack Blades has a busy 2004 lined up. The always busy Night Ranger/Damn Yankees frontman too some time out to talk to me about his debut solo album due February 23 on Frontiers Records. That interview will be featured here closer to the album's release date.
But several other projects are also in the works. First of all, while in Japan recently, Night Ranger filmed three shows in Tokyo for a live DVD release sometime in 2004. There is interest by a big US label to release the DVD in that territory as well as Japan. There is also hope of a new Night Ranger album, although there is no ETA for this. The band have been approached by some Japanese labels for a new studio album, so stay tuned.
Jack will again team up with Tommy Shaw for a new release in 2004 on Sanctuary Records. The new album will be comprised of classic cover tunes from the 70's. I asked Jack if the album would follow the acoustic driven style of the Shaw / Blades album, to which he replied not necessarily, adding that the style would change depending on what the particular track called for.
And summer 2004 looks good for hard rock fans, a tour package is currently being looked at that will consist of Night Ranger, Ted Nugent and Styx, with a mid-set Damn Yankees jam proposed during Ted Nugent's show. Now that is a gig worth watching out for!

A follow up from my news item Wednesday on the Johnnie Degiuli solo album Songs In Dee. It seems there is a good reason there has been no press for the album thus far - it's not officially released.
Copies were pressed for promotional purposes and it seems one distributor began shopping the CD without authorization. An update on the official release of the album is due early in the new year.
Keep up to date via the Honeymoon Suite website: www.honeymoonsuite.com

The TNT album is complete and will be released in Europe on MTM Music March 8 and in Japan February 23 via Marquee. The cover looks utterly fantastic and there is no doubt this will be a class release!
The band left a quote about the record at their website: "The artwork was brilliantly hand painted by Belgian artist Eric Phillipe and is the best CD package we have probably ever had. The response to the album so far has been phenomenal. The general feeling is that it will be the most successful TNT album in years!"
The final track listings are a little varied, so here are the details:
Europe - Invisible Noise . She Needs Me . Lonely Nights . My Religion . Give Me A Sign (Taken From EP - Remix 2004) . Perfectly . You'll Be There . Flow . Live Today (Taken From EP) . Everybody's Got A Secret . Everything U R . Song 4 Dianne . The Last Word
Japan - Lonely Nights . Everybody's Got A Secret . You'll Be There . Invisible Noise . She Needs Me . My Religion . Satellite (taken from EP) . Everything . Perfectly . Flow . Live Today (from the EP) . When Im Away* (Japanese Bonus Track) . Song 4 Dianne . The Last Word.

The new Impellitteri album is complete. Titled Pedal To The Metal, it signals a change of musical direction for the guitarist, who has enlisted a modern metal singer Curtis Skelton to handle the new material.
Chris Impellitteri updated his website with the following message: "This record will make your mouths drop!! It is by far the best music and recording WE have done so far. It is heavy, classical, modern, technical, and of course a lot of shredding on my guitar!! Curtis will amaze all. And the production will silence the most demanding critic. Pedal To The Metal is the new album and sound of Impellitteri. I hope everyone gets the chance to get this record.
Our first release will be in March in Japan, followed by Europe and then God willing United States. We are thinking of releasing different versions for the different countries. The band will be shooting new photos soon. The band is filled with the attitude ---- do the music for the fans and F###% the suits. Get ready for one of the greatest albums you will here. PS I apologize for the hype, but this album is that good!!!!!"

Tony Carey has made his new Planet P Project album 1931 available as a free download from his official website: www.truebeliever.de
The album was recorded between 1992 and 2003, with several new tracks added to the version that has been previously circulated. There are also more tracks to follow as what is offered currently is the first part of the Go Out Dancing trilogy. The album is highly recommended. www.truebeliever.de/sites_e/start.html

Nikolo Kotzev e-mailed in with an update of his plans for Brazen Abbot in 2004.
Nikolo writes: "Last summer I played three shows in my home country Bulgaria and filmed them all. Now I have just completed a 1h 47m film from the tour. The film is a rock documentary and includes some rare footage, interviews, the BA biography and the best live performances from all three concerts. The main idea is to release a DVD for the 10th Brazen Abbot Anniversary, which is actually in 2004!!
My back-catalogue will be released in the beginning of 2004 and each of the three CDs will have a bonus track, possibly from the live shows.
In November I produced a new album for German band Messiah's Kiss. I am looking forward to producing other bands. In fact, a couple of bands have already contacted me.
I will soon start writing for the next BA album, which will take a slightly different musical direction. I hope to complete a whole new album within 2004.
I am working on a tour throughout Europe, it looks good so far. I think we might start in the end of April and play thru May. I am working on some of the summer festivals as well. It's looking good."
Thanks Nikolo for the update - lots to look forward to in 2004.

Shylock have updated their website with some MP3 samples from their new studio album Welcome To Illusion, due out February 16 from MTM Music.
Via www.shylockmusic.de, check out samples for the tracks Welcome To Illusion, But I Like It, Darkness, Revolution, Guilty and Tomorrow.

UFO's new album You Are Here is due out February 26 on SPV. The album also comes out in Japan February 25 and in the USA in March. The album's full track listing is: Daylight Goes To Town . Black Cold Coffee . The Wild One . Give It Up . Call Me . Slipping Away . The Spark That Is Us . Sympathy . Mr. Freeze . Jelloman . Baby Blue . Swallow.


The Stage Dolls are still working on a live DVD that will be released shortly. Their Anniversary Concert on the 6th of September was filmed for release by the company MediaLab. As a bonus, old video clips will be added to the DVD as well as interviews.
The band will soon start work on a new studio album for release late in 2004.

Yngwie Malmsteen's new Japanese release Instrumental Best is out January 21 and features the following tracks: Brothers . Dawn . Air On A Theme . Britzkrieg . Blue . Asylum . Sky Euphoria . Quantum Leap . Power And Glory . Molto Arpeggiosa . Preludium . Instru-Mental Institution . Treasure From The East . Requiem . Far Beyond The Sun (Live)


John Waite has recorded two new songs for that possible re-release of his Figure In A Landscape album. The two new tracks are titled Universal Soldier and Thunder on a Clear Day. There is no ETA on a release, nor any label information, but the record will be re-titled to John Waite - John Waite.

News from Human Fortress. The band has two new band members. Guitarist Volker and keyboarder Dirk left the band to be replaced by Frank Sawade (git) and Ottfried Mietzke (keys).
Human Fortress will play a club tour in Germany next year. Some gigs in Austria and Switzerland are also possible. The fans should check out their homepage: www.human-fortress.com
Guitarist Torsten Wolf is writing songs for his first solo album, for release in 2005. His material is said to be much more commercial than that of his band. Torsten describes it as "...a mixture of AOR, new breed and a bit of Irish folk with much more metal guitars in it." The name of this project is Trophy.

Salt Lady Records have produced a Styx tribute album. Entitled Too Much Time On Our Hands, the album sees a selection of Americana and Power Pop artists reinterpret and record 13 songs originally performed by the classic rock band Styx. The label states: "By rethinking the arrangements of these Styx songs, and avoiding the triple-tenor harmony vocals, progressive rock instrumentation, double-lead electric guitar solos, and theatrical leanings of the original recordings, the organic core of each song can be revealed and appreciated."
Full details and ordering options can be found at: www.saltlady.com/tribute.htm
I'll feature some soundbytes and a review next month.


Def Leppard look set to commence work on a new studio album January 5. I won't try and predict a release date, although it seems the band want it released by mid-year.

Gotthard will release a live DVD and 2CD set during 2004.

The Velvet Revolver album is done and has been handed in to record label RCA. A release is expected April 27.

Beautiful Creatures are mixing their new album Deuce. The CD is being mixed by Toby Wright (Kiss, Korn, Alice in Chains, 3 Doors Down, Cheap Trick).

The Calling are finishing up work on their new album, Two, currently scheduled for March 2004. A single is due in February.



Wednesday, December 24, 2003

A Merry Christmas to you all....what better gift than a sneak peak at two hot February releases from Frontiers Records.

Out February 9 is the stunning new Seventh Key album The Raging Fire. You've heard a couple of snippets previously - those being Always From The Heart and You Cross The Line.
Now here's another two previews! Download 1 minute samples of the opening track The Sun Will Rise and the title track The Raging Fire.

And Jack Blades' self titled debut solo album is out February 23. You have already heard a sample of the lead track Shine On...now another couple of samples!
Check out the opening track (written by Blades and Neal SchonSea Of Emotions and the big ballad of the album Alone Tonight.
More previews of both albums, as well as full reviews and feature interviews early in the New Year.


Hughes Turner Project will hit Europe in a big way with a tour starting March 4 and running through until the 30th. The dates are as follows:
04.03.04 Th E Barcelona Bikini
05.03.04 Fr E Madrid Macumba
06.03.04 Sa E Pamplona Gares
08.03.04 Mo I Bergamo Motion
09.03.04 Tu D Ingolstadt Ohrakel
11.03.04 Th CH Pratteln Z7
12.03.04 Fr A Graz Orpheum
13.03.04 Sa A Wien Planet Music
14.03.04 Su A Salzburg Rockhouse
16.03.04 Tu Hu Budapest Wigwam
17.03.04 We SVK Nitra PKO
18.03.04 Th CR Liberec venue tba
21.03.04 Su D Bochum Zeche
26.03.04 Fr S Eskilstuna Blå
27.03.04 Sa S Gothenburg Stora Teatern
28.03.04 Su S Stockholm Klubben
30.03.04 Tu SF Helsinki Nosturi
More shows in Turkey, Greece, Norway, UK coming... look out for updates!
German dates are presented by ROCK HARD, Italian dates are presented by ROCK HARD, Spanish dates are presented by METAL HAMMER, Swedish dates are presented by SWEDEN ROCK MAGAZINE
More info and booking details at: www.ass-concerts.de

Honeymoon Suite vocalist Johnnie Dee has recorded a solo album! And it was apparently released yesterday. Strange indeed that there has been zero publicity and zero announcements regarding it, but that's the way it is.
Thanks to Kai for bringing it's release to my attention. Some searching has uncovered the following details:
The CD is released under Johnnie's real name Johnnie Degiuli and is titled Songs in Dee.
The track listing (with songwriters) is: Seriously (DeGiuli/Laidlaw/Morrisey) . Holiday (DeGiuli/Laidlaw) . The Light (Dafoe/DeGiuli/Laidlaw) . Everbody Falls (Dafoe/DeGiuli/Laidlaw/Morrisey/Nelson) . Out Here (DeGiuli/Laidlaw/Morrisey) . How (DeGiuli/Laidlaw) . Setting Sun (DeGiuli/Laidlaw/Morrisey) . Buch 15 (DeGiuli/Grehan/Laidlaw) . Train (DeGiuli/Laidlaw) . Life (DeGiuli/Laidlaw)
Featured on the album is: Kim Mitchell - Guitar, Soloist; Ray Coburn - Keyboards, Organ (Hammond); Rik Emmett - Guitar, Soloist; Derry Grehan - Guitar (Electric); Andy Krehm - Mastering; Randy Cooke - Percussion, Drums; Timothy Welsh - Guitar, E-Bow, Soloist; Rob Laidlaw - Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Programming, Vocals (bckgr), Producer; Tara K. Slone - Vocals (bckgr); Peter Nunn - Strings; Johnnie Degiuli - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
And a short bio on the album reads: "After tremendous success as front man for Honeymoon Suite, John Degiuli decided to step outside the "Johnnie Dee" persona. although Honeymoon Suite still performs and writes together, Degiuli felt the need to express himself outside the Honeymoon Suite box. John's signature voice, undeniable vocal range and great song writing form the basis of the musical style that is John Degiuli. the songs are more personal than anything from hms, a true reflection of his ability to explore his craft. he approached topics like good relationships gone badly, with mixture of humor, sarcasm and haunting realism."
You really think a release like this would warrant a press release! It was no surprise to find no retailers stocking the album, so if and when I can track down a copy, I'll be sure to feature it/review it.


An interesting quote from John Kalodner. When asked via his website if he would sign Journey in his new role at Sanctuary Records, John's reply was: "I would be the happiest person in the world if I could sign Journey with Steve Perry. But it's up to Steve Perry. As for signing Journey with Steve Augeri singing in 2004, even though Mr. Augeri is maybe one of the loveliest guys I know, and is certainly an adequate singer to represent Journey in a concert setting, I don't think I would sign that line-up to make new recordings with the information that I have."
Seriously - people have to stop the never ending quest to have Perry return to Journey. Steve Augeri has done a grade-A job as frontman since 1997 and needs to be shown more respect and support. I hope to see a new Augeri fronted Journey album before my hair turns grey.

When not recording, Gregg Giuffria is busy at his day job....
Voyager Entertainment has decided to abandon the Wet N' Wild site location in favor of a more prominent location within an existing World Class megaresort. Voyager was the company who proposed the first Observation Wheel in Las Vegas. That concept included a 600 ft. Observation Wheel located on a lake with yachts and proposed mixed-use hotel casino. Voyager will relocate into a more prominent, highly visible, established location, that optimizes VEII's funding opportunities.
A formal press announcement is being scheduled after the holidays, to release the details of the partnership, location and development plans. This announcement coincides with the release of the new VEII website, www.voyager-ent.com In addition to providing details of the Voyager Concept, VEII's new web site will include information regarding the upcoming press announcement.
"This new partnership solidifies our dream to build a "world class project," that will become a permanent addition to the famous Las Vegas skyline. Towering at 600 ft., Voyager will offer every visitor the opportunity to view Las Vegas in style and comfort from the luxurious air-conditioned Orbitor cars.
The original concept of the World's Tallest Wheel with luxury observation cars, deluxe seating, onboard restrooms and galley that can accommodate single visitors or large wedding parties is recognized and known as Voyager. VEII spearheaded the concept of a 22,000 sq.ft. nightclub restaurant located at the hub of the wheel, which demonstrates the extreme sophistication of this project. While others propose future developments or wheel projects, attempting to duplicate Voyager's efforts, VEII will continue on to bring the next icon to Las Vegas.
VEII and its new mega resort partnership will demonstrate a firm commitment to build the Worlds Tallest Observation Wheel in Las Vegas."
About Voyager Entertainment International, Inc. - Voyager is an entertainment development company that is dedicated to constructing the "World's Largest and Tallest Observation Wheel." The 600'- foot tall high-tech attraction will, upon completion, accommodate 7,500,000 guests per year with an average individual ride ticket cost of $18.00. Each wheel consists of 30 Orbitors seating between 16 to 20 passengers depending on the configuration. All passengers will experience a 27-minute ride duration ("the ride"). Each Orbitor has its own galley and lavatory to achieve the maximum comfort and safety for its passengers. Additional information about Voyager is available at its website, www.voyager-ent.com

From my warm and sunny locale here in Tasmania, Australia, a very Merry Christmas to you all! To all regulars and your families - may you have a safe and enjoyable holiday and may Santa bless you with many imported melodic rock CDs and DVDs.
It's getting late in the day Christmas eve here (locale time), so I'm logging off until Monday. There is plenty of news waiting to be formatted and uploaded, but it's time to do the family thing and kick back for a few days.
See you Monday for the next update, but take care until then. Coming shortly - the 2003 MelRock Awards!

Merry Melodic Christmas!


Tuesday, December 23, 2003

MTM Music wishes you a Merry Christmas!
We all at MTM Music would like to thank you for your support this year and wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! You can expect a lot of great new releases and a couple of lost treasures on MTM Classix during 2004! Enjoy your holidays.
An update on coming projects:
First of all lets talk about the long awaited TNT My Religion release. The album is finally scheduled for March 8th and features 13 great and traditional TNT songs. The cover artwork was done by Eric Philippe and he did a brilliant design! You can check it out soon. The TNT release is followed by the new album from Danny Danzi titled DanziLand on March 15th and a MTM Classix release RAW First on March 22nd.
The new Shylock album Welcome To Illusion is done. The follow up to Pyronized is much more matured and features pure melodic hard rock. Try to see them live!
As you can see on a previous news message, the new Dare release is coming soon. An exact release date will be scheduled early next year.
Today we received the new Wicked Sensation album. As we announced they are back with the new singer Fernando Garcia and the album is entitled Exceptional. Great hard rock in the style of the debut album Reflected.
Edge Of Forever have also finished their recording and the album is expected to be released around April. Bob Harris from Axe did an awesome vocal performance! The album was produced by Marcel Jacob, extraordinary bass player and producer, who is the founding member of Talisman. His band mate Jeff Scott Soto is singing a duet on a song together with Bob. The album features a video of the Song Feeding The Fire as bonus track!
Michael Vescera's Safe Haven album will commence recording in December of 2003 at The Toy Room Studio's in Connecticut. Safe Haven features Eric Riordan on guitars and keyboards, Phil Suarez of Soundscape on drums, Chris McCarvel on bass.
Michael Vescera will be handling the vocals and the album will be very much in the vain of groups like Journey, Foreigner, etc. Safe Haven will capture every melodic rock fans heart.
Last but not least we are preparing an extended European tour for the Hughes Turner Project with shows in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, Hungary and Slovakia. The guys will be touring between late February and early April 2004. Dates online very soon.
But the new year will be opened with Erika Cold Winter NightsStreet Talk Destination and the Shiva album Desert Dreams which reached #6 in the Rock Hard soundcheck!

The Waltham DVD is out! Expect a review of that soon into the New Year, but if you just have to have it now, go to the band's website: www.walthamtheband.com
Permission to Film is a DVD collection of footage from the making of the album Permission to Build. It includes lots of behind the scenes stuff like recording sessions, Waltham on the road, live footage from a bunch of shows, and all the mischief and jokes in between. Also included are the videos for So Lonely, Say It Again, Hopeless, All I Want Is You and Cheryl. Awesome!

Nick Van Eede, the lead singer of the Cutting Crew is busy finishing up a new album that will be released in 2004. He spent three months recording it in Halifax, Nova Scotia and mixing is planned for January with a release targeted for the Spring. So far there are 11 new tracks recorded.
The name of the new record and the band is Grinning Souls. A letter from Nick along with photos of the recording process and thoughts on the new tracks from webmaster Tom are online now at the Cutting Crew website: www.tgilmore.com/cc/

UK journo-legend Dave Reynolds finally has a presence on the web and shame on me for not giving the great man a plug before now. But, seeing I am doing that just not, log onto www.reyno-roxx.com for a fix of Dave's Classic Rock column and reviews.
There are also some feature interviews. This week Dave added the Reggie Knighton interview, adding that it looks like interest in re-issuing the classic Reggie Knighton Band album from '78 is growing.

It seems Kiss have very definite plans in place for 2004. Here is the full article from www.kisskollector.com. Also mentioned in the article is news that Van Halen turned Kiss down on an offer to tour together in 2004. That aspect of the article remains rumor only. No one has confirmed with me that Van Halen were approached.

2004 leg of KISS World Domination '03-04 Tour to kick of in Australia.
The KISS/Aerosmith tour, which was part of the KISS World Domination 2003-2004 Tour, came to an end the other day and has grossed some $ 50 million making it one of the most successful tours of the year. At the second-to-last show on tour, on December 18 at the L.A. Forum in Los Angeles, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry joined KISS on stage again to jam on the classic Kiss tune Strutter, just like he did on December 14 in Oklahoma City.
Kiss will take some time off - the break will enable band members to work on new solo albums (with Gene Simmons' new album scheduled for a Spring release) and they might even work on a new Kiss album - before they'll go back on tour again in 2004. The next leg of the tour will kick off in Australia in April, after which the band will tour Japan before heading back to the USA and then it'll be time for Europe. It's now expected the KISS World Domination '03-04 Tour will last until November of 2004. It's not known yet what band will be joining KISS on tour as Def Leppard as well as a handful of big names (including the soon-to-be-reunited Van Halen) have said no to the offer to go on a co-headlining tour with the masked marauders. Kiss lead guitarist Tommy Thayer recently stated he knows what band will go on tour with Kiss, and he also claimed it's very likely the band will record a new album. For more details, check out www.kisskollector.com.

Australian Idol runner-up Shannon Noll was a popular performer during his stint on the recently completed show; hyped up as the laid back Aussie boy-from-the-bush. The resident of country New South Wales covered Jimmy Barnes, Bon Jovi and Moving Pictures through different rounds and secured a record deal immediately after the show wound up. His cover of the Moving Pictures classic What About Me was a major turning point in his journey on the show and was so popular, it has been recorded for the album and will be the first single, due out in January. The track is at radio already and will should be popular with melodicrock.com readers - especially those familiar with the original. I'll bring a preview of the track as soon as possible.

Another update for Aussie readers - those with Pay TV should tune into Music Max the weekend of January 3 and 4 for a celebration of Hair Metal! On Saturday and Sunday, the station will run a tribute to hard rock of the 70's and 80's from midday to 7pm both days.



Monday, December 22, 2003

A few new reviews added today. Last Autumn's Dream is featured, as is updates of two earlier reviews - Eric Martin's Destroy All Monsters and Influences & Connections Volume 1 - Mr. Big. The latter two were released in Japan earlier this year, but are now due for wide release through Frontiers Records on January 19. Both feature updated comments. Check those reviews out.

Not to much else to report as things wind down for the year. There really isn't much to report, but I will still be here over the holiday period working on the 2003 wrap up and catching up with a few other things.
I'll take a few days off over the next 10 days naturally, but if there is any breaking news, you can be sure the site will be updated accordingly.

I'm attempting to do another e-mail catch up, so if you are wating for a reply, it should be with you shortly.

www.kisskollector.com is reporting that Def Leppard have declined the offer from Kiss to tour together in 2004. See their full comments at the site.

For music history buff's, here is a press release from artist manager and long time industry face Jeff Albright:
As most of you know, I thought of the idea a dozen years ago but as Santa will tell you, "good things come to those who wait."
In 1995, I was approached by a promotion company that was representing Time/Life's video series, The History of Rock 'n' Roll. I gave a personal van tour through the musical landscape of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles to over 20 contest winners from throughout the United States. I donated my proceeds to charity and shortly after giving the tour received a letter from the company saying that it was the highlight of everyone's trip.
It was apparent that the trip should be made available for all to take!
Soon thereafter, I approached my friend, original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood, and asked if she would narrate a cassette tour. A true rock fan, she was immediately on board as the host.
Starting at Beverly Center and featuring descriptions of over 125 music sites, The Rock N Roll Magical History Tour, is now available on double cassette.
If you'd like to order by credit card, please view our website at www.rocknrolltour.com.
If you'd like to order by check or money order, please send $19.95 per double cassette (plus $3.00 shipping and handling per order) to:
The Rock'n'Roll Magical History Tour, P.O. Box 8592, Universal City, California 91618-8592. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to e-mail us directly at rocknrolltour@rocknrolltour.com or call us at 661-259-2944.
Nina and I both appreciate your order(s) as countless hours of research and recording have gone into this project. We're certain you'll enjoy the result!

NYE with The Hollywood Allstars @ 11 PM Featuring: Chas West (Bonham/Lynch Mob) vocals; Jeff Pilson (Dokken/Dio) bass; Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio/John Lennon) drums; Alan Krigger (Giuffria/House Of Lords/Tina Turner) drums; Mitch Perry (MSG/Edgar Winter) guitar; Special "Surprise" Guests & Celebrity Jam.
Also - Rettig - L.A.'S hottest southern rocking blues band @ 9 PM Wednesday December 31, 2003
@ Paladino's, 6101 Reseda Blvd. in Tarzana, CA (1 Blk North Of Oxnard Blvd.), 818-342-1563
$20 At The Door Includes. Free BBQ Tri-Tip/Party Favors/Champagne Toast.

Guitar player of Hanoi Rocks, Costello, has left the group. His final gigs with Hanoi will be the two shows at the Tavastia Club in Helsinki at the end of the year. His leaving the group is due to family reasons.
Original member Andy McCoy gave away the information when he appeared in court yesterday answering to battery charges he received couple of months back. When asked about Costello´s replacement, Andy apparently said it will probably be one of his friends from his childhood, a non-Finnish person. Thanks to Ville for the info.

The Darkness came close, but had to settle for the #2 spot int he UK Top 40. Their cleverly planned holiday hit Christmas Time was pipped at the post by the song Mad World by Michael Andrews.
That's too bad, it would have made a good #1!



Saturday, December 20, 2003

More Van Halen rumors this week. I've had a little fresh info from one of my sources, which mirrors two other bits of info that have been mentioned elsewhere in the past week.
A newspaper in Canada has revealed information gathered at a recent Rock & Hyde reunion show (producer/musician Bob Rock and partner Paul Hyde). According to British Columbia paper The Province, Bob Rock has been tapped as the producer of 3 new tracks for a Sammy Hagar fronted Van Halen.
The 3 tracks would appear on a new Greatest Hits release.
That's where my info comes in...I have been told that Van Halen Best Of Volume 2 will be the most likely next VH release - made more likely in light of the Canadian report (viewable at www.rebeccabooth.com/VH_article.jpg Scan by Mike Booth - thanks Mike for the scan and link.).
Apparently the Best Of Volume 2 is being put together as a first step towards making sure the band can work together still, without any issues from the past interfering.
I am also told that this release would enable the band to do some live dates in 2004 without doing a full blown tour. If the reunion works, then a new studio album and full tour will follow.
And lastly, I hear that an announcement is imminent. Maybe straight after the new year - everything was apparently to be decided and put in place by the end of this year - fast approaching.
That's what I have folks....take it as a rumor for now, but official news can't be too far away.

Frontiers Records have sent out a tasty update of some of their artists - the details are as follows:

Glenn Hughes - Frontiers Records is proud to announce that Glenn Hughes will be performing a very unique live show in Los Angeles, Sunday January 12th 2004. The live show will be recorded and filmed by a professional crew and Frontiers will produce it for a worldwide release a Live CD/DVD.
The event will be very special gift for the fans and will feature a host of special guests and Glenn's friends who will attend the event. Glenn will be performing songs encompassing his entire career both as a solo artist and as singer for other bands.
The studio where the performance will be held has a very limited seating capacity, so all the REAL Glenn Hughes fan who want to attend the event shall have to contact via email info@glennhughes.com in order to have the possibility to attend and be informed about all details of the event. Not more than 30 can be the lucky ones!
The CD version of the concert will also include a bonus track.
Frontiers Records has already definite plans to release the CD/DVD sometime in late spring 2004!

Genius Rock Opera - Daniele Liverani and Frontiers Records can finally announce to have completed the cast for the second chapter of the Genius Rock Opera entitled In Search of The Little Prince.
Together with Daniele (who will as always perform all guitars, keyboards and basses on the album) and drummer extraordinaire Dario Ciccioni, the singers will be as follows:
Mark Boals (Ring of Fire) as Genius; Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation) as Twinspirit32; Eric Martin (ex-Mr. Big) as Mr. Niko; Russel Allen (Symphony X) as Dream League Commander; Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell) as Sultan Oddyfer; Rob Tyrant (Labyrinth) as Oddyfer Guard; Jeff Martin (Racer X) as Seventree; Edu Falaschi (Angra) as Jason; Liv Kristine (ex-Theatre of Tragedy) as Klepsydra with Philip Bynoe (Ring of Fire) as Storyteller and Oliver Hartmann (Empty Tremor, ex-At Vance) - choirs.
All the singers are very busy in recording their parts, which will be completed sometime during January 2004. Frontiers Records has plans to release the album in Europe during June 2004. The Japanese release will be simultaneous through King Records.

Madmen & Sinners / Frameshift - Fretless guitar hero, Tim Dohanue has mailed recently saying that the recording work on the forthcoming Madmen & Sinners album is now finished. "It has taken the entire 2003 to complete this album" says Donahue, "but now it sounds fantastic!"
Editing and mixing have now begun and mastering will take place in mid January.
The Madmen & Sinners album is a studio project featuring Tim, together with Dream Theater singer James LaBrie and former Extreme and Steve Vai drummer Mike Mangini.
This album is expected to cause a major buzz between the progressive and metal fans, who will enjoy the extraordinary Donahue's guitar playing together with the amazing vocals from LaBrie.
Frontiers Records plans to release the album in the first half of April 2004.
On a related note, Frontiers Records can announce to have also secured exclusive distribution of the album Frameshift Unweaving the Rainbow in the following territories Italy, France, Scandinavia, Hungary, Greece, Czech and Slovak Republic and former Soviet Union territories.
Frameshift is an exciting new Progressive Rock project written and produced by Henning Pauly of Chain for James LaBrie, vocalist of the legendary progmetal band Dream Theater. Unweaving the Rainbow features 80 minutes of modern progressive rock, influenced by Gentle Giant, Queen and Spock's Beard, based on the books on evolution by Richard Dawkins. Every song deals with a different evolutionary concept.
The album includes the following tracks: Above the Grass - Part I; The Gene Machine; Spiders; River out of Eden; Message from the Mountain; Your Eyes; La Mer; Nice Guys Finish First; Arms Races; Origins and Miracles; Off the Ground; Walking through Genetic Space; Cultural Genetics; Bats; Above the Grass - Part II
The full lineup includes: James LaBrie - Vocals; Henning Pauly - Electric and acoustic guitars, bass, synthesizer, piano, B3, Warr guitar, banjo, hand percussion, loop programming, orchestration, engineer and mixer; Eddie Marvin - Drums; Nik Guadagnoli - Additional bass, guitar and Chapman Stick.

Over The Edge - Mickey Thomas and producer Fabrizio Grossi are putting the finishing touches to the Over The Edge project in Los Angeles.
The songs that will appear on the album will include the following:
One World (written by Jack Blades and Neal Schon), Surrender (written by Jack Blades and Neal Schon), Eyes Wide Open (written by Jonathan Cain), Cover Me (written by Bebo Norman), Forrest for The Trees (featuring Steve Lukather), Over The Edge (written by Fabrizio Grossi and Jack Blades), Glory Days (written by Fabrizio Grossi and Jack Blades), Man In Between (written by Fabrizio Grossi, Freddy Curci and Lara Cody) and Turn Away (co-written by Steven Cristol, who also wrote the Starship hit Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight).
A video for the song One World was shot in late November in L.A. and will be added as a special interactive bonus to the album.
Release date is scheduled in Europe for mid-April and the album will be released in Japan through Crown.

On The Rise - Terje Eide has started demoing and writing new songs for the second album from On The Rise. Terje has parted ways with co-lead vocalist Bennech Lyngbo, but he will be the one that will keep carrying the torch of the On The Rise band project in the future. Terje plans to complete the songwriting in the first quarter of 2004 and start recording immediately thereafter in order to release the follow up album to the critically acclaimed debut in late 2004.

Jeff Scott Soto - The mighty singer from Talisman is finally taking a break after a very busy year in 2003. But right after the Christmas holidays he is committed to start the recording of his new solo album which will follow the great success that Prism gained on the markets.
Jeff has already completed about six songs and plans to complete the songwriting within January 2004. Frontiers Records will release the album in late summer 2004.

We at Frontiers Records would like to wish all our partners a Merry Christmas and a successful and joyous new year 2004. Our office will be closed from Monday, December 22nd until Friday, January the 2nd included. Normal service will be resumed on the 5th of January.
And finally - get ready for a host of new signings and productions which will bless the upcoming year and make it really special!

A message from German rockers SIN - Dear friends, to thank you and all our fans for the great support through the last year, we have put a little X-mas present on our site. Please visit www.sin-band.com to find a free download of a full song. It is an acoustic ballad called Listen To Your Heart. Please enjoy this song.
We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, and all the best for 2004. Thanks a lot, Alex, Deddy, Frank and Jay.



Friday, December 19, 2003

10 Million Hits. Wow...what can I say to sum that up? Thanks would be the best word I think. When I started out I had no concept of how big the site would get or the amount of rock music fans that would be coming through it. Currently the site averages 12,000 frontpage hits a day, turning out 12 GIG of data traffic each day. No wonder my hosting charges are going up.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and every regular visitor to this site - both those that have e-mailed me and those that just enjoy the site. I'd also like to thank the sponsors, labels, media, MR-X members and contact people I deal with that have supported the site over the years - some since the very beginning as The AOR Hot Spot.
I'd also like to thank the fabulous artists that make the music I feature here - music which keeps me inspired to keep on going on days where it would be easier to turn the PC off - and those artists in particular that have become good friends over the years and keep in regular contact.

In celebration of hitting 10 Million, here are a few musical lists to read/enjoy and hopefully check out. I perhaps might have gone into list overdrive, but it's closing in on December 31 and I have the Best Of 2003 to continue preparing!
Thanks again for making melodicrock.com a regular stop and here's to another 10 million hits - I hope I can keep this train rolling to see that happen....

The 10 Million List:
"10" Classic Melodic Rock Anthems featured since starting the site:
  1. Danger Danger - Dead Drunk & Wasted
  2. Journey - Higher Place
  3. Hugo - If You're Ever Lonely
  4. Steelhouse Lane - Seven Seas
  5. Kelly Keagy - The Journey
  6. Pride Of Lions - Sound Of Home
  7. Mitch Malloy - You Lift Me
  8. Night Ranger - My Elusive Mind
  9. Rick Springfield - Rovianne
  10. Mr. Big - Wake Up
"10" Classic Melodic Rock Ballads featured:
  1. Urban Tale - One Day
  2. Mecca - Silence Of The Heart
  3. Stranded - Tonight Can Last Forever
  4. Mike Tramp - Darkness
  5. Dare - Silence Of Your Head
  6. Harlan Cage - Two Ships In The Night
  7. Giant - Can't Let Go
  8. Harem Scarem - End Of Time
  9. Hardline - Face The Night
  10. Shugaazer - Something Worth Waiting For
"10" Classic Melodic Rock albums you may not own, but should!:
  1. Danger Danger - Return Of The Great Gildersleeves
  2. Night Ranger - Neverland
  3. Millenium - Hourglass
  4. Nelson - Life
  5. Harem Scarem - Weight Of The World
  6. Hugo - Hugo
  7. Steelhouse Lane - Slaves Of The New World
  8. Stranded - Long Way To Heaven
  9. Mecca - Mecca
  10. Journey - Arrival
"10" Releases Most Likely To Please Fans In 2004:
  1. Rick Springfield - shock/denial/anger/acceptance
  2. TNT - My Religion
  3. Seventh Key - The Raging Fire
  4. Tesla - Into The Now
  5. Dare - Beneath The Shining Water
  6. Europe - TBA
  7. Hugo - Fire In The Night
  8. House Of Lords - The Power & The Myth
  9. Glen Burtnik - Welcome To Hollywood
  10. The Hooters - TBA
Several updates today. First up, a new MR-X update. Added today is a new Feature Album - Baby Animals, their classic self titled debut; new Feature Live material featuring Bon Jovi and a Feature Single from Heartland - Fight Fire With Fire, featuring exclusive tracks.
Also added is several new rare tracks featuring James Christian, Kelly Keagy, John Oszajca, John Waite, Slamer/Thompson and Clock (featuring Vivian Campbell).
If that isn't enough, a couple of new Bonus Tracks too.
And lastly - some new competitions!! Up for grabs to current members are the following:
Danger Danger - Danger Danger Rare Cuts CD and a We Wish You A Hairy Christmas CD compilation. There are 2 packs to give away.
Paul Gilbert - Paul Gilbert Alligator Farm and Racer X Superheroes CDs to give away.
Tyrant - 2 copies of Tyrant's great new slab of Aussie pub rock n roll up for grabs.
And retailer Z-Roxx have a new discount offer to MR-X members - so if that all isn't enough reason to join, I'm not sure what is!
Enter MR-X or Membership Details.

The Release Dates page has been updated for the last time in 2003. Several new titles and dates have been added and some corrupted HTML has been corrected to ensure everyone can see the list. View the update.

A new CD Showcase has been added for AOR Heaven's January release Blind AlleyCheck it out.

And last, but not least, Mini-Bytes have been updated with some big previews! Check out tracks from new albums by Pink Cream 69, Y & T, Bulletboys, Magnitude Nine, John Taglieri and Celtic LegacyCheck those out.

Issue 14 of UK rock magazine Fireworks is out now and chock full of new reviews and interviews. Featured on the cover is none other than The Darkness! Oh yes indeed! The band are interviewed by Dave Reynolds. Also included: interviews with - Harem Scarem, Bonfire, Balance of Power, Firehouse, Twisted Sister, Mars Electric, Dreamtide, Johnny Lima, Ring of Fire, Section A, Xoch, Charlotte Martin, Blaze, Rob Rock, doubleDrive and Erik Norlander.
Preview the magazine with our exclusive features. Click forward to the Fireworks page to read a new interviews with Joe Lynn Turner and up and comer XochA full review of the recent Bloodstock Festival in the UK has also been included, with live reviews of Nightwish, Edguy, Saxon and Masterplan to name a few.


Rob Lamothe is busy finishing up work on a new solo album titled Romeo's Barbershop. The album is set to see Rob move in a rockier direction. Rob talks about the album and his ongoing work with the Riverdogs in an interview featured now at The Fuze. Check it out.

Bruce KulickKiss' lead guitarist for 12 years is making his way back to Australia for his third solo tour of this country. These dates mark his return to the stage after facing near death on Sunset Blvd when a crazed gunman fired into the street hitting Bruce twice in October of this year.
Recovering at home in Los Angeles, Kulick is excited to return to Australia after having to postpone a tour of Europe in November due to his injuries. Bruce was shot through the leg and a second bullet grazed his temple. "I know there were some angels watching over me that night and I am lucky to be alive. Even though the injuries have been painful and I am continuing therapy, I know it could have been so much worse." Bruce said.
"Australia has always been so kind to myself and Kiss over the years that when the chance came up to return there and play for the fans I couldn't pass that up. It has also made me focused on healing and recognise the great opportunities my career gives me. Even as far back as touring there with Meat Loaf in 1978 I have amazing memories and made lifetime friends."
Being the third solo tour in three years for Bruce, Australia is becoming somewhat of a second home and as such has plans for an exciting new show for the fans coming along. "We have given the set list a shake up and there will be some tunes that the fans haven't heard in a long time and a few that Kiss have never even performed live."
Before Bruce returns to the US for a full blown tour with his current band, Grand Funk Railroad, Bruce will perform shows in Melbourne and Sydney in February.
After each show, Bruce will conduct a signing session for all fans. They will get a chance to meet and greet the guitar player that helped Kiss write and sell over 15 million albums and perform hundreds of sell out shows all over the world during their "unmasked" era.
Kulick has also recorded and toured with such luminaries as Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton, Billy Squire and Grand Funk Railroad.  Since leaving Kiss in 1996, Bruce formed Union with Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi, releasing three albums and later, released two solo albums (Audiodog in 2001 and Transformer in 2003). He is endorsed by both ESP Guitars and Marshall Amplifiers.  Bruce is a true guitar hero and Kiss fan or not, fans will be blown away with his fretwork.
Bruce's band on this coming tour will again be all-Australian featuring members of the Melbourne band, Stand (Paul Drennan, guitar/Stephen Crafter, drums/Matthew McAuliffe, bass).
It will be one helluva crazy crazy night!
Melbourne The Corner Hotel Thursday 5 February, 2004 On Sale at The Corner Hotel or Ph 03 9427 9198 or www.cornerhotel.com
Sydney Bar Broadway Saturday 7 February, 2004 On Sale at the Door.
For further information, please visit www.kulick.net and www.stand.net.au

Night Ranger filmed some of their just completed Japanese dates for a possible DVD release in 2004. Kelly Keagy made the remarks, but I'll follow that and more up with Jack Blades when I interview him next week for the release of his self titled solo debut, due out February through Frontiers Records.



Thursday, December 18, 2003

BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend II - Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine, North America's premier metal publication, is returning to The Odeon, in Cleveland, Ohio for another metal spectacular. June 4-5, 2004 will be the dates of the next BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend. Once again, 14 international bands will play over the two days, many making their debut in North America. For others, this will be their only appearance on the continent.
The first batch of confirmed acts includes:
Grave Digger - the Germans are making the first (and ONLY!) North American appearance of their career. Chris Boltendahl (vocals) is thrilled. "We are so proud to play in the States after 23 years of Grave Digger history. We'll present a special setlist for you, which will cover the full history. Stay tune for real German true metal!"
Primal Fear - only North American show in support of the forthcoming Devil's Ground CD. Bassist Mat Sinner, who wrote the lion's share of the disc is thrilled to be playing the show, bypassing some major European festivals, in favor of the 6-Pack Weekend. "Finally the Metal Commando will come back to the US. We're fired up in Devil's Ground and we promise to metalize the entire place!"
Seven Witches - also opted to play this show over a major European date, as the band recently returned from a successful tour, supporting Over Kill, and want to dedicate time on this side of the pond. By the 6-Pack, the band will have released their fifth album. In addition to the main show, Jack Frost and James Rivera will perform acoustically, a set said to include tunes by the Witches, HELSTAR (Rivera's other outfit), Frost's solo material and a few surprises!
E-Force - now based in France, the new band by ex-Voivod singer/bassist Eric Forrest recently issued Evil Forces, which was selected BW&BK Album Of The Month for December. Forrest has promised to perform material from BOTH outfits!
Shadowkeep - LMP recording artists, the progressive UK outfit will be making their North American debut.
Ion Vein - Chicago area prog-metallers will open the Saturday show.
Lilitu - Georgian band will kick off the whole festival.
Last, but certainly not least, Ben Jackson (guitar) and Midnight (vocals) of the legendary Crimson Glory will perform an acoustic set of their best-known classics! While the pair worked together on Jackson's upcoming solo effort, this marks the singer's first public outing since the days of Transcendence!
More bands yet to be announced, including headliner. Tickets will go on sale in early January. Keep checking BraveWords.com for updates.

BW&BK celebrates 10 years in business this coming May and from the February issue onwards will also be available in Australia and New Zealand.

A 35-second clip from a new Asia track, Ghost In The Mirror, has been posted to the Official Asia web site. It was written by John Payne, Geoff Downes & Billy Sherwood. To hear the clip, go to www.asiaworld.org/Gallery/mp3/ghost.mp3 . The new Asia album is expected in early 2004.

Cornerstone will be playing live at TEX in Copenhagen on the 28th of Feb and also at the Kings Head Fulham, London on March 6th. Tickets for London will be a pricey £5.00 These are just warm up gigs for us and a larger schedule will be announced later.

Don Dokken is doing an acoustic set with Tim Drury on January 5 at the Palms Casino in Vegas.

Ex-Tyketto guitarist Brooke St. James is now in Milwaukee, WI, joining local party-band The Toys (www.thetoys.org). The band has just released an EP with 5 songs, Brooke singing Lead on 3 of those. Brooke is currently also writing a solo album and planning European gigs for 2004.



Wednesday, December 17, 2003

News from MTM Music - Darren Wharton talks about progress with the new Dare album:
"Hi every one...hope you are all well. As you are probably aware, I had hoped to finish and release the new Dare album Beneath The Shining Water earlier this year...Unfortunately things didn't go as planned! I wasn't happy with some of the songs and basically started to write new material in September. This was a real pain in the "......." but unfortunately that's the way it goes sometimes!!!
The good news is that all the songs are now finished and the album is sounding great. I am currently at the mixing stage. We are now looking for a release round about March 2004... (providing there are no more problems). I'd like to wish every one a very merry Christmas...and I'm looking forward to seeing you all again soon on tour.
Thanks again for your patience....All the very best my friends & take care......... Darren Wharton, Dare."

And news from Erika, who's out of print album Cold Winter Night will be released on MTM Classix shortly:
"So, what have I been up to? First and foremost, I´ve been fulfilling my longtime dream to be a fulltime mom for quite a few years. However, I couldn't keep my hands off music during that period of time either, so I have been writing a few songs for other people. Recently I was dragged into the studio again - as a songwriter - but it turned out the producers wanted my vocal abilities as well. We'll see what happens!
Anyway, it feels great to have my first album, Cold Winter Night re-released on MTM Classix. And although the 1990´s were busy years (albums, albums, tours, tours...) and dizzy years (Rainbow in L.A, Sugar Shack in Munich, Kool Kat Club in Stockholm, Lexington Queen in Tokyo, Button South in Miami and a hundred more rock-clubs that I was too...eh...happy then to remember now!) I can still recall a lot of the recording sessions for this album.
For example when I was so hung over in the studio one day, that I sat - literally crying - on a stack of tapes, being teased by Håkan and Bobby of the Trippel hit-making team and also on the phone by the Electric Boys and various other partners in crime. But I pulled myself together and put down the vocals for Last Call For Love. If you listen very carefully you can actually hear me sob at the end of that song. Hey, anything for the fans, right? I hope Cold Winter Night brings back as many memories to you as it does to me. And that it creates a few new ones. To all of you from all of me LOTS of love, Erika."

A shake up is underway in the Royal Hunt ranks. Bassist Steen Mogensen and guitarist Jacob Kjaer are leaving the band, leaving the only original member Andre Andersen (keyboards) on his own with current vocalist John West.
This from the official website: "Dear friends, After more than 10 years of working with Royal Hunt, Steen Mogensen and Jacob Kjaer have decided to leave the band. They feel that it is the right time to move on, to explore different aspects of their musical careers.
Fortunately, there are no unsolved conflicts or misunderstandings to distort the process of the split, so everybody is wishing each other the best of luck in the future. We would like to thank again our fans for supporting the band through the years – you are the best! Best regards, Royal Hunt"

A small update from the Official Europe website - www.europetheband.com:
"We are currently writing new songs and it's beginning to sound really good, and we have found a producer we like. The new record will be recorded in the beginning of next year. Cant wait for you to hear it! We are just about to start booking our concerts, and looking very much forward to seeing you on tour next summer.
In the new year we will give you more info. Have a great holiday! All the best from the band.

Ricky Phillips is the latest member of the Styx family. He replaced outgoing bass player Glen Burtnik and has already stared in some live shows. Ricky's a man with a large resume, including The Baby's, Bad English, Coverdale/Page, Frederiksen/Phillips and Belinda Carlisle. I caught up with Ricky to talk about his new role in the band and he was kind enough to give his first interview since joining the band to me. Read the interview.

Last Tribe are one of the more impressive hard music acts in Europe currently. They deserve to break out into the wider music scene on the back of three great progressive melodic metal albums. Their latest is The Uncrowned, which is out now through Frontiers Records. I talked to guitarist Magnus Karlsson about the new album. Read the interview.

MR-X has been updated with a few new video clips. Added today is: Aldo Nova Ball & ChainSteelheart I'll Never Let You GoThe Darkness Growing On MeHeaven Where Angels Fear To TreadJohn Miles Band Blinded and Paul Laine DoriannaEnter MR-X or Membership Details.



Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Hi folks...apologies for the lack of updates. I had a few days away, but then the last 4 too sick to log on to the site.
Several issues to go over - the most important being MR-X.
The renewal's have started being processed and those that joined in the first few days of it's launch last year will already be aware of this. As I am also new to the process, things worked a little differently than hoped/planned. Guess I should have worked harder at getting the details straight from PayPal, who run the whole subscription service.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL subscriptions (as it turns out) are reoccurring - therefore you will automatically be charged for future year's subscriptions unless you manually cancel the subscription.
If you do not wish to renew, then log into PayPal and cancel the subscription. It should feature the date of your subscription expiry within your PayPal settings. Once the subscription is cancelled, you will remain able to log in to MR-X until the period you signed up for runs out.
Also - due to some technical issues, those original members that subscribed through the year were re-charged the original $30 fee, not the new $35 price. As it turns out, I have no idea how this can be fixed, so that's your good fortune! All members that joined this year before the price rise will continue to be charged $30 each year, should you choose to remain members. A little bonus for your loyalty.
There has been a number that have not renewed memberships. That has sadly placed some pressure on me and the site. There will be more about that and possible outcomes shortly.
For now, here's all the news that has been missed over the past week and some new CD Showcases for you to preview some fine melodic rock releases.

Germany's leading melodic hard rock band Jaded Heart, from Duisburg, has signed a record-deal with ulfTone Music, based in Berlin. CEO Ulf Zick"We're very happy that Germany's finest Melodic Rock-band has joined our roster. Jaded Heart has enormous potential unused up to now." Vocalist and songwriter Michael Bormann states: "Music is indeed our life. We never lost the faith in ourselves and our immanent powers. With ulfTone Music at our side we'll have a strong partner who can push us to a higher level."
Meanwhile the guys finally finished the production of their sixth studio-album Trust so that a release on February 20th. has been terminated. Trust follows the best-seller of the five-piece IV (more than the latest CD The Journey Will Never End) and incorporates both outstanding melodies and sheer power. The long-player was produced and mixed by the band itself in Bormann's well equipped studio. A European headlining-tour is scheduled for April/May 2004.


Arrow Classic Rock Festival is to be held in The Netherlands June 11 through 13, 2004. On the roaster thus far to play is: David Bowie, Heart, Judas Priest, Queensrÿche, Scorpions, UFO & Yes.
Full details of the festival can be obtained at: www.arrowclassicrockfestival.nl. There are a lot more names yet to be announced, but I hear that several other major hard rock acts from the USA are being looked at to make rare European appearances. Stay tuned...

A little Van Halen news in the way of a Sammy Hagar website update. I have no doubt that most VH fans will have seen the update last week about Hagar and buddy Michael Anthony playing the SuperBash, a 5-day series of concerts leading up to the Super Bowl on January 28 - Feb. 1. Hagar will host the main stage for three of those days.
The information can be read in full via an update to the RedRocker.com news page.
But for conspiracy theorists, how about this little gem - "We're hoping for continuous entertainment and a lot of fun," said Messina, working in tandem with club owner-restaurateur David Edwards and George Ciotti"Half of Van Halen will be there. I don't want to start rumors, but I know the guys are talking these days."
There you have it folks...half of Van Halen will be there. Now the update posted is in the form of an article written by a journalist, but why would Sammy approve the inclusion of this bit of news on his official website, unless the info was spot on. More confirmation of the news I ran a few weeks back - the return of Van Halen with Sammy Hagar in 2004.

Y&T's Unearthed CD is available now via the Meniketti website: www.meniketti.com/menmerch.html. Unearthed features 74 minutes of music - previously unreleased Y&T recordings and demos from 1974 through 2003. The track listing is: Shout It Out . Wild If I Wanna . Standing In The Fire . In The Name Of Love . Dirty Love . Play By Play . Short Arms . Fast Track . Love Gone Wrong . 16 Tons . I Make Believe . Hard Times . Driver . Give Me Rock . Shake Down . Trigger Happy . Rockazoid Rollaroid.


Rick Springfield is continuing to dig up rarities and unreleased goodies to stack the limited edition version of his new studio album shock/denial/anger/acceptance with.
Rick's latest update promises a "bounty of rare offerings ...demos of fan favorites plus unreleased tunes from throughout Rick's career..."
The Limited Edition version is now likely not to be released until the same time as the regular street version - due now February 20.
The first tour date for the s/d/a/a tour has been posted for 2/28 in Hollywood, CA at the HOB. Look for more dates to be added soon. "The HOB show is a kind of 'okay, here's some songs from the new album' kind of show. Basically to kick off the awareness of the new record," says Rick on his website.

Majestic Rock are privileged to be able to invite you along to see John Sloman perform a selection of songs from his critically acclaimed Dark Matter album at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London WC2 on the evening of Monday 22nd December.....come along and be a part of something a little bit special.
"Dark Matter is a wonderfully dark and brooding modern rock album. If this album had come from America, the rock business would be heaping superlatives on it and falling over themselves to praise John Sloman and declare him the next big thing." Jon Kirkman – Rock Ahead website
"...where Sloman's strength clearly lies is in his vocals, being sensually soft one minute and true rock star the next. Recommended." Matt Stevenson - Powerplay
"An interesting record that is about as far from a commercial sound as one can take it. Very dark and uncompromising and very personal, this record will appeal to those that love something a little different and can appreciate some fine guitar work, heavy at times, soft and reflective at other times." Melodicrock.com

UFO's latest studio album is just about complete and will be released February 26. The line-up featured on You Are Here is: Phil Mogg, Pete Way, Paul Raymond, Vinnie Moore and Jason Bonham.
The album, to be released via SPV is described in the following press blurb: The future's too valuable to waste time dwelling on the past, old hats are there to be thrown out, and the enlistment of guitarist Vinnie Moore and drummer Jason Bonham can only be described as a fountain of youth for UFO. In cooperation with the band's experienced members, vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way and keyboarder/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, UFO have succeeded in creating a mix on their new album, You Are Here, that can only be called explosive. "It's been more fun than it had been in a long time to work with these two excellent musicians," is Phil Mogg's satisfied comment when asked about his new colleagues. "Jason and Vinnie aren't just talented individual musicians, they're also extremely nice guys, which obviously affected the atmosphere during the recordings noticeably."
That much is apparent on all eleven new songs that Mogg & Co. have recorded at the Area 51 studio in Celle near Hannover/Germany with producer Tommy Newton at the helm. Classic hard rock of the traditional variety, fresh and inspiring at the same time, or, as Mogg describes it, "typical UFO with a twist", referring to tracks like the powerful The Spark That Is Us with its heavy groove, the rocking Slipping Away, Mr Freeze (penned by Mogg and Moore), the haunting Swallow ("medium tempo in your face" – quote Mogg), or the programmatic Looking For The Wild One. Fact is: You Are Here was recorded by virtuoso musicians who combine long-term experience with newly discovered enthusiasm. They are about to present themselves as a strong unit during their upcoming world tour in spring 2004, after all there is one major difference between the current UFO line-up and all previous ones: "There is a homogenous feel of communal spirit in the band."

Black N Blue's new album Hell Yeah! is due for release on Z Records January 26. Pink Cream 69's album Thunderdome is due the same date.


I get an occasional request e-mailed to me for information on Aussie legends The Angels. Last update had seen the band split, with further news that Doc Neeson was doing that well health wise. Then mid-year, rumors of an Angels (Angel City for you US folk) re-union.
Not quite the news I had hoped for, but the band are back - sort of.
Singer Doc Neeson is back on the road with a band he is calling Doc Neeson's Angels - featuring vocalist Doc with guitarist Jim Hilburn. Jim joined The Angels in the mid-80's. Also in this line-up is former Dragon (Hunter for you US folks!) keyboardist Alan Mansfield (Mr. Sharon O'Neil for the record).
But that's not all - the rest of the band - the classic 70's line-up more or less - Rick & John Brewster, Chris Bailey and Buzz Bidstrup are touring as The Angels BandJohn Brewster is featured vocalist in this incarnation.
Confusing? Nah...

Thanks to everyone that voted in the People's Choice category of the UK based Interactive Music AwardsMelodicRock.com was voted the #14 site in the world - cheers for that! What awesome support. Check out the list of the Top 500 sites voted for at: www.btopenworld.com/ima03/peoples_choice_award.html

Dokken.net have a competition running currently for a brand new Black Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by Don Dokken, "Wild" Mick Brown, and Jon Levin! Log into the site for full details.

Domain's current album The Sixth Dimension will be released in Asia via King Records on January 21.

At the official Nexx website, you can enter a competition to design their 2004 T-Shirt.

Here's a little update from Phil Naro regarding the Don Mancuso album:
The second solo album from Don Mancuso being produced by Steve Major is around 50% complete as of Dec 9. A rigorous summer schedule for all the musicians involved with the project made for meeting the Sept release date impossible. The good news is that it's sounding great! Lou Gramm was able to sing lead vocals on 3 tunes. Real Love, I'm A Little Outside and You're Never Alone. He also did backups on Lock Lips. He may even do backups on one other (if I can twist his arm a little) after we complete the Lou Gramm Band shows scheduled in Jan. (Yes, I finally get to go out with him again for the first time in years!! And with his brother Ben and Dickie as well. Rehearsals are going great and I can't wait to get out.)
Jessica Hamilton was also recruited to sing with Lou and Phil (Naro) on the ballad You're Never Alone. (One of only 2 ballads on this one as compared to the first.) Lots of great rockers and cool hooks on this one! Of course I may be bias?
Steve Major will be completing the mixes in Toronto (No small feat here!!) while Don is out on tour with Lou and with any luck the mastering/cover design and other stuff will be done by Feb. (PLEASE God!!!!!) And that's it from the front! Hope everyone's holidays are happy and safe! Come out and see the Lou Gramm Band if they're in your area. It will be well Worth it! - Don Mancuso & Phil Naro
Songs you'll hear!!
Down, Rotten & Dirty - Don Mancuso & Phil Naro . Build My Castle - Don Mancuso & Phil Naro . Still Can't Dig Your Way Out Of It - Don Mancuso, Phil Naro & Steve Major . Not Much I'm Missing - Phil Naro & Don Mancuso . Down You Go - Don Mancuso & Phil Naro . Sun Goes Down - Don Mancuso & Lou Gramm . A Little Outside - Lou Gramm, Don Mancuso & Phil Naro . Why Is Everybody Trying To Change Me - Phil Naro & Don Mancuso . I'm Finding Out - Phil Naro & Don Mancuso . Lock Lips - Phil Naro & Don Mancuso . Bulldog - Lennon & McCartney . Funny Pages - Don Mancuso, Phil Naro & John Rogers . You're Never Alone - Don Mancuso, Phil Naro & Tony Gross

Rush are hitting the road in 2004 to mark 30 years together as a band. And it seems the guys are really going to do it properly with dates in Europe as well as in North America and possibly other areas also.
Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee did note on Rockline last week that Rush will play dates across North America and around the world, including their first European shows in more than a decade.

Several new CD Showcases have been added today for your listening pleasure. First up are the three new Frontiers Records releases for January - Eric MartinInfluences & Connections Vol. 1 and Last Autumn's Dream. All three titles are released January 19. Click on the covers for details and preview. Last Autumn's Dream features vocalist Mikael Erlandsson with former Fair Warning guitarist Andy Malecek, backed by the popular Europe trio of Ian Haughland, Mic Michaeli & John Levin.

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Next we have two new releases from Escape Music. Shadowman is the new project featuring FM vocalist Steve Overland and Heartland guitarist Steve Morris. Several other names appear on the album. Click on the cover for details and previews. Their debut album Land Of The Living is out January 26.
Also from Escape is another quality digi-pack re-release of the two Orphan albums - Lonely At Night and Salute.

shadowman - land of the livingxOrphan

And some further re-issues are also online to sample. Majestic Rock have the two Heavy Pettin' albums Lettin' Losse and Rock Ain't Dead out now. Metal Mayhem has their re-release of the classic Dare Force album Firepower available now, with a bonus live clip included. Dare Force features guitarist Brian Bart and vocalist Karl Young.
dare force - firepowerxHeavy Pettinxlast autumns dream

Stay tuned soon for the biggest and best ever Melodic Rock 2003 Awards Page & 2004 Preview. It's always a very popular feature at the end of each year, so this year's will be bigger and better than ever.
Lots of interviews being worked on for the week/s ahead - and some good news - my chat with new Styx bass player Ricky Phillips will be online tomorrow!



Monday, December 15, 2003

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release (except UK) on February the 27, 2004 of Bowes & Morley's second album entitled Mo's Barbeque.
The album features a mixture of original songs and covers. The covers include songs originally performed by Free, Stevie Wonder, Ann Peebles and Stretch. The final tracklisting includes the following eleven songs:
Desire . Living For The City . On A Day Like Today . Why Did You Do It? . Since I Left Her . Come Together In The Morning . Waiting For The Sky To Fall . Illogical . How Could You . That's Not Love . I Can't Stand The Rain.
The band is formed by Thunder singer Danny Bowes and guitar player Luke Morley plus Chris Childs (also from Thunder) on bass, Mario Goossens (Hooverphonic, The Others) on drums and Mark Taylor (Simple Minds, Belinda Carlise, The Alarm, Lords Of The New Church, The Cult etc etc) on keyboards.
The music of the album encompasses all influences of the two British artists and moves combines classic rock with 80's soul.



Monday, December 08, 2003

Wednesday December 10 is the first anniversary of MR-X. With that in mind, those that joined on that very first day (and subsequent days following that date) will start being billed for the next 12 months ahead - the 2004 year.
To be honest, I am not really sure how the whole mechanism works, as getting any sort of customized answer from Paypal is next to impossible.
But, you should automatically be billed and continue to have access to the MR-X page.
Throughout the past year, if anyone made any adjustment to their personal information at Paypal.com, a cancellation of any subscriptions was triggered. For those affected by that, you may find yourself locked out of the MR-X page as the subscription has (according to Paypal), been cancelled and will expire soon. To gain access again, simply re-join and a new password and username will be e-mailed to you.
For those that have been with MR-X right from the opening weeks, and indeed all registered members, may I thank you sincerely for your valued support. The continuation of the site would not have been possible without such support.
I am really looking forward to the year ahead with the site and the MR-X area. A fresh look to the members area will be unveiled in a couple of weeks time, with more great rare tracks and feature downloads to be offered.
I am also looking at expanding my hosting options, which will allow more room for updates and in particular, lots more classic melodic rock videos. In fact, I'm picking up a DVD drive for the PC this week for that very purpose!
If there are any problems with the re-subscription to MR-X over the next few days - please e-mail me, but be aware that I am away from the site until Friday. For general information on the MR-X area, read the Intro Page.
I'll be in Melbourne with the family, taking in some "down time" and also enjoying Duran Duran and Robbie Williams at Telstra Dome, Wednesday night!

Ace Frehely rejoining Kiss? Well, no. Both Gene Simmons and Ace have both come out and said no, this is not the case. Their comments stem from a rumor printed here last week. Nice to be in the thoughts of such megastars. My source still holds his position that Ace does want back in, but as with all things Kiss, you never really know what's going on until after it's happened. So for now at least, no Ace!

UK melodic rock fans - please support these shows and you might just get some more like it! Firehouse, Danny Vaughn and Pride will play a round of dates across the UK in early 2004.
Press Release:
Following months of negotiations, we take great pleasure in confirming one of the hottest hard rock tours to hit Europe for a number of years. Multi-platinum American melodic hard rock act Firehouse will return to Europe for the first time in thirteen years. Firehouse stormed onto the music scene in 1990 on the back of their self titled debut album which has attained double platinum status in the USA. The MTV staples Don't Treat Me Bad and All She Wrote, as well as the Billboard top 5 hit single Love of a Lifetime helped the band scoop the American Music Award for the best new hard rock band in 1991 beating out NirvanaHold your Fire, the sophomore effort, has also attained platinum status and featured the hit single When I Look Into Your Eyes as well as the driving hard rock of Reach For The Sky and the title track Hold Your Fire. The band to date have recorded seven albums and have sold in excess of eight million records worldwide as well as notching up twenty six gold and platinum awards from around the world. Firehouse are extremely excited to be returning to Europe after such a long absence and promise to kick ass in no uncertain terms.

Danny Vaughn needs absolutely no introduction to European audiences. Establishing his reputation with Waysted in the mid-eighties, it wasn't long before such a talent gained recognition in his own right as the frontman with the seminal Tyketto. Following two critically acclaimed albums Don't Come Easy and Strength in Numbers, Danny took a well deserved break before returning to the music business with the excellent Soldiers and Sailors on Riverside in 2000 and the equally impressive Fearless in 2001. Over the last eighteen months Danny has toured acoustically - just him and his guitar, but as he has said before he missed the band. So with that in mind it's a fully plugged in and powered up version of Vaughn that will lay waste to stages throughout the UK in March. Details of the band personnel will be announced shortly but one thing for certain is, for the first time Vaughn will consist of two guitarists, making good on Danny's promise to rock hard every night.
New English band Pride will be the support act at all the shows, cementing their status as the rising stars of British melodic hard rock. Pride have two mightily impressive albums Far from the Edge and Signs of Purity to their credit and put in a massive performance at this years Gods festival in Bradford, earning them a whole new army of admirers. Pride have, in their own right, impressed on their short tours of Ireland, England and mainland Europe this year and are delighted to be playing with two bands they cite as major influences. Expect yet more blistering shows from the boys from Brighton.
Deadline, the Yorkshire based band who have just released a self financed EP called Is Anybody Paying Attention will also join the tour for a few shows and regard this as a major opportunity to convert a few more fans to their cause. If hard rock with a touch of blues in the mould of Thunder is your thing , then these guys are not to be missed.
Tour Dates:
Saturday March 6th…….Caracol…..Madrid, Spain
Tuesday March 9th……..Classic Rock Society, Oakwood Leisure Centre, Rotherham * incl. Deadline
Wednesday March 10th…..The Limelight , Belfast, N.Ireland
Thursday March 11th…….Renfew Ferry, Glasgow, Scotland *incl. Deadline
Saturday March 13th…….The Underworld, London
Sunday March 14th……..JB's, Dudley
Tickets for all venues will be on sale Monday December 15 through usual ticketing outlets.
We have also agreed to place tickets with a number of online CD retailers throughout England, a full list of whom will be available shortly.
Further announcements regarding extra ticketing outlets, telephone contact numbers and e-mail addresses for venues etc. very soon.
If you have questions or comments regarding this tour, or indeed an individual show, please feel free to e mail them to k_dargan@hotmail.com with the words Tour 2004 in the heading.

And speak of the devil, here's a nice end of year update from Danny Vaughn himself:
"As a number of you have pointed out in your e-mails, it has been quite a while since there has been any news from my end of things. Well, it's time to break the silence.
We have just confirmed that I will be touring live again in the first week of March. My merry men and I will be co-headlining with none other than Firehouse! Those guys are long overdue for a return to Europe and the UK, and this will be the first time that I have played with a full band in a long time. There will be gigs in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Spain. I will send out all official places, dates, and times within the next week. We will also have Pride and Deadline opening for us on some of the shows. It's going to be a blast so make plans to be there!
Some more interesting features about the tour, this will be the first time I have ever played with a double guitar attack, (it worked so well at the Gods this year, I thought, "why not"?). Some will be saddened to know that, because of a lot of financial considerations (it costs a bundle to tour), and scheduling problems, I won't be touring with my usual band.
However, I am very excited because I will be touring for the first time ever with a completely British band! Who are these mad, young talents? You'll have to guess for a while until my next announcement! Ooohhhh, I can be so cruel!
Another added feature of the tour is that our official, on tour DJ at all the shows will be none other than Total Rock's Sleazy H!! (of course, many of you won't be completely surprised by that!) This is your chance to meet the voice so many of you have been drooling over (don't you hate it that they took away that web cam?) on those late, classic rock and metal nights. Bring your cameras and come say hello! The house will be rocking!
I'm sending out my prayers and wishes for all of you to have a safe and happy Christmas! All the best, Danny Vaughn."

Elements Music, in conjunction with Robert Lamm, announces a special solo concert to Lamm fans world wide.
To coincide with the release of Robert's album subtlety&passion in New Zealand, Robert is to perform a solo concert in Auckland, New Zealand February 4, 2003. This show is to be recorded.
Robert will be joined by his friends, Jason Scheff (Bass + Vocals), Hank Linderman (Producer, Guitar + Vocals), Tris Imboden (Drums), Lee Loughnane (Trumpet + Flugelhorn), Nick Lane (Trombone + Arranger) and Additional New Zealand based players.
"We are thrilled that Robert Lamm has agreed to this event" said Elements Music spokesman Tony Andrew. This follows up Robert's appearance in New Zealand in 2002 where he performed a mix of his solo works and songs he wrote and performs with Chicago. "The sound and reaction from the 5000 crowd from his set is something we wished we had captured as a permanent record of Robert's rare solo performance. This was our motivation in deciding to record this special private show."
This performance will be a private event limited to industry and media to showcase Robert's new album. However, a limited number of seats have been made available to fans who are able to attend this event.
If you are interested in attending, please contact webmaster@robertlamm.org, so we can put together a list for the promoter.
The show will take place on February 4th between the two Chicago concerts to take place in New Zealand on January 31 and February 6, 2004.
This presents an ideal opportunity for fans of Chicago and Robert Lamm to see him three times in one week and be a part of the musical legacy that is Robert Lamm.

As mentioned late last week - there will be a New Years Eve show in Las Vegas featuring Steven Adler & Marky Ramone on the same stage doing all GNR and Ramones songs. In addition to the line-up below, I've been told off the record several other guests are set to make an appearance, but they can't be mentioned officially. The details are:
New Years Eve Las Vegas @ club LIVE Las Vegas
Addlers Appetite - featuring Steven Adler (GNR), Robbie Crane (Ratt), Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat), Keri Kelli (Ratt, Warrant) Jizzy Pearl (Ratt), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Marky Ramone, Motochrist.
Guest DJ Tamie Downe (Faster Pussycat)
Plus special guest musicians from some of the biggest bands in Rock on stage throughout the night.
Tickets available at ticketweb.com Questions to editornightlife@earthlink.net

Christian rock superstar project Liberty & Justice have put out yet another press release. This one is again updating us on the release date for the album Welcome To The Revolution and teaser soundbytes previewing the album.
On December 16, www.3ChordRecords.net will update preview clips with final mix previews from Lou Gramm of ForeignerDoug Phelps of The Kentucky HeadhuntersJohn Schlitt of PetraMitch McVicker, Jeff Fenholt of TBN/Black Sabbath, and the duet with Harry Hess of Harem Scarem and Mike Roe of The 77's.
The CD will be released publicly for the first time at the concert March 20,2004. With the release to the Christian and secular markets, worldwide to follow.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com/artist/897629 or at all Ticketmaster locations for the Saturday March 20,2004 record release party in East Peoria, IL.

A note from Majestic Rock Records:
As you will probably know by now, Majestic Rock's parent company went into receivership in early November, resulting in the team running the label having no stock, no access to their e-mail account and with internet orders to be fulfilled. This situation has now been resolved, and the company has been purchased by the people who care about the label. All outstanding orders have now been dispatched, and we can only apologise for the delay in getting your CD's to you.
We are not 'scam merchant's as some have suggested, just unfortunates who had the rug pulled from under them when they least expected it! We are now firmly in control, and can promise you some excellent releases early in 2004. May we also take this opportunity to thank Andrew & Melodicrock.com for his continued support during this mess - good on ya, cobber! [That was nice, wasn't it?!]

Jon Oliva, founder member and mastermind of Savatage, has embarked on a new adventure. Jon has been writing material for a solo album for several years and has now begun the process of bringing that music to life. Jon has recruited the former members of CircleIICircle to perform a series of concerts showcasing his new solo material as well as classic Savatage material. Some of that Sava-material has never been performed live on stage, so this will be a real treat for Sava-fans everywhere. Jon's voice is in excellent shape and he is handling all the lead vocal duties at these shows. The response from the fans at these first shows has been nothing short of incredible. Some will remember Jon debuting some of his new material at the Criss Oliva Memorial Concert back in October. Jon is also toying with the idea of taking this show on the road in the US and possibly overseas. It is likely that the band (Matt Laporte - guitar, Kevin Rothney - bass, Christopher Kinder - drums, and John Zahner - Keyboards) will return to the studio with Jon to record more tracks for this solo project. Sorry, but there is no information available on a possible release date. Check the websites for updates!!
Upcoming Shows Friday December 12th @ Liquid Blue-Clearwater FL. 727-446-4000
WebLinks: www.jonoliva.net and www.crissoliva.com

Song Haus Music is pleased to announce the signing of David Zychek (Airborne, Night Ranger) to Song Haus, he is just putting the finishing touches on his album as yet to be titled. As lead singer and guitarist for the band Airborne he cemented his reputation as a great song writer. The new album is hard rock at its best with big guitars and choruses with a lot of Texas dirt thrown in for good measure. Look for the album to be released in March of 2004. David's work on the Night Ranger album Feeding Off The Mojo is severely underrated, some of his finest guitar work to date. The band Airborne was groundbreaking for what became melodic rock in the 80's with Beau Hill's production it became the blueprint for high octane guitar driven melodic hard rock.

In other news Ken Tamplin's killer album Wake the Nations continues to battle all new comers on the Rock and Christian Rock charts at CD UNIVERSE, we are continuing to work the album hard and will continue to promote it throughout all of 2004. Be sure to pick up a November issue of Hit Parader as Song Haus has a ad in there for Wake the Nations right under the Motorhead ad. www.kentamplin.com

The New Machine album has received great reviews throughout 2003 and has just been released in worldwide excluding US by Mascot Records (www.mascotrecords.com), they are committed to promote the album to radio and the press in 2004 so it should be readily available now worldwide retail and mail order sites.

The Ventura based power pop band The Army of Freshmen have just finished a US tour with Bowling for Soup and have now scanned 10,000 copies in the US of their self-titled debut album. They also played to over 50,000 at this years' Sonic Festival in Japan playing with Good Charlotte, Radiohead and many others. They have just finished recording their second album titled Beg, Borrow, Steal produced by Agnus Cooke (Ataris, Nerf Herder). The album was released on the Sonic label in Japan.

Rewind Records last release The Dig by Airborne continues to garner great reviews and Rewind has been on hiatus this year as we decide what direction the label is to take. It seems now everyone is reissuing 80's melodic rock which Rewind pioneered over the last four years, we believe the market is flooded with to many releases. We are committed to releases the finest in back catalog from the major and indie labels in the future.

The newest project on tap for Song Haus in 2004 is Daniel J. discovered by Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater. Daniel is now working on his debut album in NY and he has been giging regularly in the Village (Kenny's Castaways, The Elbow Room, Don Hills) He is also playing guitar on the new Jordan Rudess solo album which Jordan is returning the favor to Daniel on his debut album. Daniel is only 20 has a great voice a great songwriter as well as guitarist and his music is very progressive yet melodic a cross between Nickleback, System Of A Down and Dream Theater. For more info and music samples go to www.danieljrocks.com Daniel J is the latest guitar prodigy to come out of the New York area.
LabelLink: www.songhausmusic.com

The label side of AOR Heaven has a busy year ahead planned. Here are some of the details announced this week by the company:
The promo campaign for or next release, Swedish AORsters Blind Alley, has just started and soundbytes should be available from the usual sources within the next couple of days. [Friday folks...]
Alyson Avenue have finished 8 tracks so far (rough mixed) and should deliver the final master due the end of January.
Deacon Street, a superb project under the belts of Tommy Denander is also at the final stage with contributions from an endless list of well known musos incl. such new talents like Jamie Meyer, Jan Johansson (Ignition), Marcel Jacob plus a some surprising guests - stay tuned for more details!
Higher Ground have also started the recordings for their first release through AOR Heaven and if everything goes in plan they should be able to deliver the master by late March/early April.
Our very own Finish metal super stars of Altaria are currently recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut "Invitation" and they'll deliver the master due early March.
Last but not least German AOR heroes Frontline have finished five new tracks for their upcoming new release which should be finished by March at the latest.
WebLink: www.aorheaven.com

Press Release:
Having found his mission, Randy Pratt is setting out to make sure that fans of a certain style of hard, classic rock music get some satisfaction. This musician-producer-studio owner-record label entrepreneur is leading the charge in a resurgence of what he terms "new classic rock," which blends the most compelling stylistic elements of a revered style with a sensibility tailored to modern tastes.
"This music is heavier than current heavy metal because there is more emotion behind it," Pratt says. "Heavy guitar rock has lasted longer than anything, and I am working with the grandmasters that created this style."
A Long Island native, Pratt has been instrumental in reuniting a number of seminal metal bands—such as the hallowed Sir Lord Baltimore, along with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Blue Cheer (whose crunching 1967 cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" was the prototype for the Who's later [and tamer] hit version); and giving them a home on his own Hyperspace label, which comes complete with a fully equipped recording facility, wryly dubbed Electric Randyland. No shadowy, behind-the-scenes operator he, Pratt also plays bass in his own new classic rock quartet called the Lizards, whose lineup features his Hyperspace partner Patrick Klein on guitar, Sir Lord Baltimore alum John Garner and Blue Oyster Cult alum Bobby Rondinelli on drums (Rondinelli's impressive resume also includes touring/recording with Rainbow and Black Sabbath).
"Some of these guys are better than they ever were," Pratt explains of his interest in this genre. "Through years of touring, these bands have live chops that are amazing. The dilemma is that these bands are encouraged to do only the old material. I want to give them the chance to go out and make new art. Back in the '60s, the careers of some amazing blues guys like B.B. King and Albert King had slowed down. But when musicians such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page expressed how much they were influenced by them, their careers grew stronger than ever."
Located in Manhasset, NY, Electric Randyland boasts state of the art gear and has hosted sessions by the likes of Jimmy Kunes (Savoy Brown vocalist), former Vanilla Fudge-Dave Mason-Tommy Bolin keyboardist Mark Stein and the Vagrants (Leslie West's first band). Though Manhattan, with its dizzying number of studios and vibrant club scene, is but a few miles away, Long Island, Pratt asserts, has a singular energy that continues to inspire him in his quest to spread the new classic rock gospel. "Long Island was always huge for hard rock. Bands could make serious money playing clubs here because people would always come out and see them."
So with the Lizards on the road in the U.S. (with European and Asian dates forthcoming), supporting a soon to be released live album, (recorded when the band was touring with Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush), Pratt is confident that some of that Long Island energy fans a flame in the rest of the world. At the very least, Pratt knows there's a huge audience out there longing for some hard, merciless rock played with fury and intelligence, and that the Lizards are primed to charge to the forefront of a new wave.
"Subconsciously I think I got the band's name from back in the punk period," Pratt says of his group's reptilian moniker. "Back then it was cute to call a classic band a dinosaur. The way I see it, you were a dinosaur if you were considered a good player because it wasn't cool to be good back then. If the Sex Pistols had continued to tour back then they'd have to cut their fingers off to sound as rough as they were in the beginning. We are crawling out of that trend now."
Contact: dis COMPANY/David Salidor/p-212.245.5909/f-212.956.4126/email-DSalidorcompany@aol.com

For Immediate Release:
Keri Kelli has unfortunately parted ways with LA Guns due to scheduling conflicts with the Steven Adler project - Adlers Appetite. Keri has had a fantastic time playing with LA Guns, and would like to thank all the fans for their continued support, but now has to concentrate on the Adler project. This includes a forthcoming tour of Europe (Italy, Spain, Holland as well as the UK) and the upcoming recording of an album. Ex-GN'R Izzy Stradlin looks set to also take part in the recording. The split from LA Guns means Keri will not be playing the forthcoming Mexican and European shows, however did stress that if he ever had a free schedule he would be there to fill in and help out. You can check out Adler's Appetite playing a special News Years Eve event with Marky Ramone in Las Vegas!
For more information visit the official Keri Kelli website at www.kerikelli.com

Jonathan Cain will be joining fans on Journey's Message Board Back Talk Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 630 p.m. (PST). He will be answering questions and responding to your online posts. Send your questions for Jonathan to Fanclub@journeymusic.com (Deadline 12/09/03).

China are reforming, with their Sign In The Sky line-up to be featured. For those that want details, that means Patrick Mason, John Dommen, Claudio Matteo, Freddy Laurence & Brian Kofmehl will be back at work. The band intends to release the new album but first the come back tour is planned for June 2004. WebLink: www.matteomusic.ch

As mentioned earlier in the news update, I will be away from the site from tonight until Friday. I will be in Melbourne checking out Duran Duran & Robbie Williams on Wednesday night and will be back at work Friday morning for a fresh news update and to address any issues that may arise between now and then. If you have e-mailed me, there is quite a backlog as usual, and I'll do my best to reply to all e-mails by the end of the week.



Sunday, December 07, 2003

Duran Duran are back on the road after reforming in 2001 to write and record a new studio album. That album is due out in 2004, but the band needed a break from the studio. So they headed out on the road, taking in Japan, the USA and one UK show to date. Now they have just hit New Zealand and arrive in Australia today for several dates - solo and with the UK's hottest export Robbie Williams. The band has conducted a range of media interviews to promote the tour and I was lucky to be included in the chat schedule. Not only that, but I got lucky in that it was Andy Taylor's turn to speak.
As I am aware, this is the only interview awarded to a website and one of only a couple conducted by Andy, so I thank the PR folks for setting this up!
In the 30 minute interview, I talked with Andy about the band's current tour, upcoming new studio album, the already released live CDs and life in Duran some 20 years after their peak as the world's hottest band. And for regular readers of this site, there's some Andy solo talk too! Read the interview.


Hobbit are not your average band. The guys have roots going back over 20 years, but in 2003 have released a brand new concept album, based around the famous story of the Lord Of The Rings. The CD, All For The One is available now.
Hobbit's style of music is prime 70's pomp / progressive and will appeal to fans of Yes, Styx, Kansas and early Magnum.
As if the 80's and 90's never happened, All For The One has now been released. It's currently available via www.cdbaby.com/hobbit3 and www.nightmare-records.com. A new page promoting the album at the band's website is up now: www.hobbitcd.com/AllForTheOne.htm
But you don't have to look any further than right here to get a taste of Hobbit and what the All For The One album offers. A CD Showcase has been established to preview the album, with MP3 samples to download, an extensive Track By Track commentary to read along with and more details on the band. Check it out.
In addition to that, thanks to the guys from the band, we have a full length MP3 for you to download and enjoy.
From the album All For The One, download Hobbit - In Mordor.


Tesla has released artwork for their highly anticipated new studio album Into The Now. The CD will be released in February 2004 and features the following tracks: Into the Now . Look @ Me . What a Shame . Heaven Nine Eleven . Words Can't Explain . Caught In a Dream . Miles Away . Mighty Mouse . Got No Glory . Come to Me . Recognize . Only You.
Producer Kevin Shirley spent this week working on an 'edit' and 'rock mix' of the lead single Caught In A Dream - a classic Tesla style acoustic driven rock ballad.

Through his well crafted perfect melodic rock tunes and an engaging personality, Johnny Lima has become one of this scene's favourite characters. His new album Made In California has finally been released, 4 years after his last release Shine On. I caught up with Johnny to ask why it's taken so long and to also get his opinions on a music scene he is very much an integral part of. Johnny's never short of a few words and his replies will make for a good read. Read the interview.



Friday, December 05, 2003

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details and release information for Jack Blades' self-titled debut solo album!
Jack Blades is the frontman/co-lead singer with Night Ranger and Damn Yankees and has also written songs for such major artists as Aerosmith, Cher, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, Great White, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Styx and countless others.


Jack Blades, the album, has been completed with the following tracklisting:
Sea of Emotions . Shine On (click to hear a sample!) . We Are The Ones . Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight . Sometimes You Gotta Have Faith . To Touch The Sky . Who You Want To Be . Someday . Breaking It Down . On Top of The World . Nature's Way.


This album was produced by Jack at his Cock and Bottle Studio in Northern California. Helping Jack in shaping the music were such friends as Tommy Shaw of Styx (who plays guitar and shares lead vocals on Shine On), Neal Schon of Journey (who plays lead guitars and co-wrote To Touch The Sky, Sea of Emotion and Alone Tonight), Michael Lardie of Great White, Warren De Martini of Ratt, Damon Johnson of Brother Cane and of course his Night Ranger band mates Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson plus his gifted son Colin, with whom he co-wrote Breaking It Down.

Frontiers Records has also produced a video for Jack's song Shine On, with his Damn Yankees bandmate Tommy Shaw appearing in it. This video will be included as an interactive bonus on the CD release together with a special interview with the man himself!

The album will be released in Europe on Frontiers Records on February 23rd 2004 and in Japan through King Records.


On a related note, Jack Blades will be touring Japan with Night Ranger (featuring other Frontiers Records artists Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson) following the schedule below:
Thursday, Dec. 4 Hiroshima, Club Quattro
Friday, Dec. 5 Osaka, Club Quattro
Saturday, Dec. 6 Nagoya, Club Quattro
Monday, Dec. 8 Tokyo, Club Quattro
Tuesday, Dec. 9 Tokyo, Club Quattro
Wednesday, Dec. 10 Tokyo, Club Quattro



Thursday, December 04, 2003

Escape Music will release Valensia's The Blue Album in Europe on February 23. The album will contain one bonus track over the previously only available in Japan release.
Valensia is hugely popular in Japan, though he is also very highly thought of in his native country, The Netherlands. His work is very majestic, symphonic and has been ranked alongside rock giants Queen. The Blue album is full of beautiful music, this is such a fine opportunity to purchase an album that will leave you full of admiration for one of the Netherlands finest artists.


Lion Music are proud to announce the signing of Sweden's legendary melodic hard rock band House of Shakira. The band is currently working on their new studio album which is to be released during the second half of 2004. This new album will be the band's 4th studio album since their debut album Lint which was released in 1997.
House of Shakira is: Andreas Eklund - lead vocals, Anders Lundström - guitar/keyboard, Mats Hallstensson - guitar/vocals, Per Schelander - bass/vocals, Tony Andersson - drums.
House of Shakira's music doesn't comparable directly to any one band. The band's motto is "Try every idea with an open mind", therefore every member of the band contributes with own ideas to make this music unique. HOUSE OF SHAKIRA is producing melodic rock of the very highest quality because they mixed hard rock with several music styles - the vocals soar, the melodies rise and the guitars bring it all together. All these components make HOS an outstanding listening sensation. Due to the diversity of the songs and the music, HOS is not a typical hard rock formation, they will find a higher and wider audience and fan community.
According to bass player Per Schelander, the band is very happy that they've found a company that shows a genuine interest in releasing the new material. "As the communication has been very good between the band and Lion Music, we are very sure that this partnership can take us one step further in our career". The theme for this fourth album of House of Shakira is different kind of journeys. A lot of the lyrics have been written during journeys in the world, other is just about the traveling you do in your own inner archipelago.
A preview of the new House Of Shakira material can be found in the form of one new track on the MelodicRock.com CD Vol. 1 compilation.


MTM has sent out an update from Tony Mills on his progress with the new Shy album, due in 2004.
Tony Mills says: "As you are aware, Shy are booked to commence the recording of the new album at the beginning of the new year. Writing is going well, I personally have been working on the album now for a few months and tracks are emerging as we speak. I am working on eight backing tracks at the moment, all with classic AOR feel to them. I am due to see some trax from Steve Harris before the Xmas break. So I have my work cut out over the New Year! SHY have always worked to complete backing trax before lyrics are written, as we have found that this works best for us. I can only give you some titles at the moment, though.
Songs completed are: First Love, I Will Be Home, Don't Jump The Gun, Who Will You Run To?
I cannot help but think that the trend of the music is very similar to Unfinished Business being primarily guitar based, although a session keyboard player will be employed by the band during the recordings. The keys guy is called Joe Basketts and he worked for me during the summer recordings of my solo album. He is a classical pianist / orchestral arranger. The recordings will be carried out at 'The Music Station' in central Birmingham which sports full Digital 48 track SSL equipment. SHY have worked at this studio before, and I have produced other bands here for indie labels, so there shouldn't be too many surprises. There is a huge ambient live room, so we can get a kickin drum sound as well!
We will keep you updated over the coming weeks with engineer/producer information and song titles as and when they happen. Speak Soon."

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has mentioned that Europe were specially invited to play the Swedish selection of Eurovision song contest. Apparently the invitation was declined. For those that can read Swedish: www.aftonbladet.se Thanks to Kai and Daniel for the info.

An interesting Various Artists compilation is schedule for release in Japan on January 28. Titled Masa Ito Presents Hard Attack - New Century Edition, the compilation is a dual CD/DVD combination, that contains hard rock songs from 1980's, selected and edited by Masa Ito [Burnn Magazine]. The DVD contains rare promo clips to around ten songs. Featuring Saxon, Thunder, Cats In Boots, WASP, Gary Moore, Zeno, Helix, Poison, Great White, Southgang MSG, Megadeth, Exodus, Sea Hags, and more.

MR-X has been updated. Online today are two new Winger videos - Down Incognito and Fiona (with Winger) Everything You Do. A new Promo Single for Slaughter Spend My Life has been added, with two bonus live tracks.
New Feature Live material is available in the form of an unplugged Sammy Hagar radio broadcast from 1997. And some classic material from the great Van StephensonJoin now!



Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Journey vocalist Steve Augeri took part in an online Q&A via the Journey Message Board today. Several points of interest came out of the chat, the biggest in terms of Journey was the fact the guys are now working on new material for a new studio album. Steve said of the plans so far: "There will definitely be a new full-length studio album that is currently being written that we are very enthusiastic about. I can tell you that it will be a bit more ambitious than the previous two and I think it's going to knock your socks off!"
Steve concluded the chat with this message: "Before my computer crashes again and deletes a half hour of typing and waxing poetic, let me just say hello from all the guys. They are all well and looking handsome as ever. We were together last week for our annual business meeting. Recapping the year, planning the next. Looking ahead at next summer and trying to top this past summers tour.
We had a blast with the Styx and REO guys (Stick and The Wagon as my wife and I refer to them) and I personally miss them already. I hope they`re all well and resting, although I doubt it.
`Tis the season and with it comes the chance to pitch in where and whenever we can. If we`re in your neck of the woods please come out and see us at the various benefits we`ll be appearing at. We'd love to see you all and it's for a good cause.
I`m honored to say I`ll be appearing at Glen Burtnik's annual Christmas Extravaganza again this year at B.B. Kings in beautiful Times Square N.Y.C., Dec. 12th and 13th. So be there or be square. Seriously, if you`re in the neighborhood please stop by. Glen puts together an amazing show that benefits the homeless. He`s a good egg that Glen.
Once again thanks for tonight, thanks for last summer and the past six years. Because of you all I believe more than ever. Until we meet again, Steve Augeri."

In addition, several other comments:
On a possible solo project: "Not to speak of, nothing official. As a band we are constantly writing individually and with that, there will always be songs that the band passes over. Whereas Jon, Neal and myself will all accumulate enough material to do our own respective solo albums. So yes they are being stockpiled and cataloged for future reference."
On the unreleased Tall Stories material: "I have been looking into compiling about 10 of those songs and looking for an outlet be it a record company, or a production company that would be willing to release or license it. I do feel that the band unfortunately was cut very short in the career and we have a lot more to say. Although it was 10 years ago I feel it would still sound as fresh as it did the day we recorded it."
On the planned release of the Warfield Show DVD: "We are currently still reviewing that particular show in addition to many others that were recorded during the Main Event Tour in the hopes of releasing the best quality DVD. This has taken a little bit longer than we imagined it would."

A newsletter update has been issued by musicbymail.com:
Many of you are our best customers and know musicbymail already. Now we made our whole offer much more attractive by enlarging our stock. Next to our extended backlist, we will offer brand new releases that may be counted to the field of Melodic Rock. Now you are able to chose from more than 2,000 CD titles! We also enlarged our DVD program and will work on that, too.
From now on, you will find our catalog, in addition to our internet presence, in print! The first issue is available late this week!
We also improved our service should a title not be on stock for whatever reason, we will do our best to send you that article as soon as it is available. And we will pay the postage for that!
If you can not find a particular title in our list, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will try our best to get you that article.
Please do not miss our monthly special package offer Buy 3 & get 1 free! We will try to stay up to date on www.musicbuymail.com
Eagerly awaiting your response and the first 100 orders are getting a free MTM Music Compilation Volume 9.
Best greetings from Munich.

The Stratovarius soap opera reached new heights this week with the following message posted to th band's official website by band leader Timo Tolkki:
"After speaking with all the band members I am now traveling to Berlin to talk with the Sanctuary team about the future of Stratovarius.
At this point I cannot say more about the situation. I am very sorry if my statements have offended someone. I have been under heavy pressure lately and my therapist has prescribed me some heavy antidepressants. They make it even more difficult for me to control my temper.
I have received death threats, which has forced me to hire 2 bodyguards. They are both former military people with martial arts training. This is sad really, but what can you do?
Anyway, I apologize once more if I have offended anyone with my comments. I hope you understand what kind of pressure we all are living in at the moment.
I would like to say that things are not always what they seem. The music world can be very frustrating, largely due to legal and business matters. I hope I can tell you some news after returning from Berlin."

A post at the VHForums.com Rumor Mill Message Board seems to fill in the gaps a little in regards to some of the information I posted here a week or so back regarding Sammy Hagar's return to Van Halen. If you haven't already read, it, here's the link. As far as new information, nothing yet folks, but stay tuned!

Danish hard rockers D-A-D start work next week recording their new album, the follow up to the successful Soft Dogs release.

Diamond Head have a new studio album in the can, but are still looking for a suitable deal to release it.

The Goo Goo Dolls are making plans to record their next album early next year, for a release later in 2004.



Tuesday, December 02, 2003

We all remember the Rhode Island Station Club fire earlier this year. I've been supporting various press releases to do with fund raising throughout the year and have been in regular contact with survivor Todd King, the Vice President of the Station Family Fund. His latest message asks for folks not to forget the families affected by the tragedy. Todd writes: "We are getting desperate back here to get the word out and let everyone know the situation and how much help is needed. Can you make a call out to the public to once again let them know....with no Federal aid we are really in need of help."
Below is Todd's message to press outlets and also the last Station Fund press release. If you can help, follow the links or contact me.

My name is Todd King, I am a survivor of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, RI as well as the Vice President of the Station Family Fund. As we move closer to the Holidays and the one year anniversary I am moved to write this letter. Most of the press coverage since the fire has been about blame and who shares in it. The timing of the war in Iraq pushed the needs of those affected by The Station fire from the front page.
This letter will contain many things but only those who were there can even begin to tell the story of what they saw and lived through that night. Instead of becoming angry and bitter a group of us came together to help our fellow rock fans and their families through this devastating tragedy. We formed a non profit organization, the Station Family Fund, to help those who s needs were not being met although anther organization had at the time raised over a million dollars. We came together as strangers and we have able to make a difference.
We are an all volunteer group, there are no administration costs, and we have no background in managing a non profit organization. We should not have had to do this but it is necessary and we will see it through to make sure that those in need receive it.
I am calling out for assistance to help us get the word out to the community that many are in desperate need of assistance to just meet their daily needs. The facts that have really been hard to overlook is that roughly half of those affected were from Massachusetts and one third of those that perished were from Massachusetts. This was not just a Rhode Island tragedy. This was also the largest tragedy in music history and for some reason the music industry has done very little to help their fans. The Grammys were three days after the fire and they didn't even mention the fact that this fire occurred. Though a month ago, when the California fires occurred, Carson Daily went to the AMA's and asked for the attention to be called to that area. I understand that this may have struck too close to home for some artists but to ignore it is the bigger tragedy. Next the Federal Government would not declare this an emergency and make this available or those affected eligible for Federal aid.
Many people in the community came forward to offer their assistance to the Rhode Island Foundation while they didn't do a great deal to assist those affected. As of November 1, the Rhode Island Foundation stopped helping those in need. The Station Family Fund is the only organization presently attempting to meet those needs. Those needs include assistance with rents, mortgages, car payments, food, utilities, funeral expenses, and medical necessities. There are at least 56 children who lost one or both parents in this tragedy. We are not about to allow this Holiday Season go by without helping those children. We have been reaching out to our community and peers to adopt those families. On December 13th will be throwing a Holiday party for all of those affected by The Station fire.
So what I am asking for is your help. As you cover the legal news on this tragedy please make sure that people know about the Station Family Fund, and that Survivors and Families still need help.
Please make a call to the public and let this story be told, people are in desperate need, do not let them be forgotten as we enter this Holiday Season and this long winter season.
We are a 501 c 3 recognized organization which is enclosed in our last press release of November 4th.
Thank you in advance for your attention. www.stationfamilyfund.org / 978 808 5340

THE STATION FAMILY FUND announced today that is has received approval from the IRS to operate as a 501(c) (3) Charitable Organization. Contributions to the Station Family Fund are now tax deductible.
The Station Family Fund was formed by survivors and family members of victims and survivors to address the need for immediate assistance and relief to the people directly affected by the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, RI. It is the only organization formed in response to The Station Fire to receive 501(c) (3) status from the IRS.
Victoria Potvin, President of the Station Family Fund, said We are appreciative to have received this designation from the IRS. It will allow us to seek donations from larger corporate sponsors who want to see this IRS approval.
The Station Family Fund has raised over $121,000.00 since early May. Of this; $77,076.00 has been distributed. These funds have been used to pay for the following $30,076.00 for Housing, $4,550.00 Groceries, $9,839.00 Auto Pmts, Repairs and Insurance, $6,221.00 Utilities, $9,012.00 Back to School Supplies and winter clothing, $1,123.00 Funeral Expenses, $970.00 Home Health Care, $640.00 Memorial Fund Donations, $2,994.00 Installment Loan and Credit Card Pmts., $3,198.00 Insurance Premiums, $200.00 Gas Cards, $205.00 Storage Fees, $2186.00 Property Taxes, and $5,862.00 toward General Household Expenses.
The Station Family Fund is a 100% volunteer effort. There are no administrative costs. Every dollar raised by the Station Family Fund will go directly to address the needs of the survivors and the families of victims. Administrative and overhead expenses will be paid solely from donations solicited for this specific purpose.
The Station Family Fund is a year-round organization that encourages significant participation by survivors and family members. Survivors, family members and interested members of the public are encouraged to contact the Station Family Fund through its web site at www.stationfamilyfund.orgContributions may be sent to the Station Family Fund, 300 Quaker Lane, P.O. Box 214, Warwick, RI 02886 or go to www.stationfamilyfund.org

There has been a substantial update at the Nelson site. But alas, still no word of the long delayed studio release. Coming up is a 2CD live release and available for pre-order now is a new doco-DVD. But I seriously have to question the pricing of this DVD, which comes after some complaints from fans on other high merchandise prices. Read on...
Hello Nelson Extended Family Members!
Once again, thanks for allowing us the opportunity to keep you up to date on all of the very cool Nelson happenings. There is a lot to update you all on so thanks for taking the time to read this in it's entirety. First and Foremost ...there are some new concert dates to announce. Hopefully, we are coming to a place near you. If so, please come out and see us!
December 1st - Las Vegas, NV. House of Blues
December 2nd - Las Vegas, NV. The Orleans Hotel
December 4th - Los Angeles, CA. Matthew Nelson and JJ Farris (from the band "The Tories") team up for a night of great music.
December 12th - Uncasville, CT - Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (along with the full band) will be at the gorgeous Mohegan Sun Casino.
December 13th - near San Diego, CA - Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (along with the full band) will be at the Pala Casino Resort.
Another exciting announcement is that a brand new DVD is available!! This isn't a concert...it is far better!
This 16 minute DVD gives a powerful view of the Nelson family. The DVD includes many video clips and storytelling on the amazing history of Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. The DVD concludes with an extremely touching full video of the song Just Once More. We only have 100 copies of this DVD to share with you. However, once they are gone...they are gone!!
Starting this Sunday, November 23rd at 6pm (EST), you will be able to pre order your copy for $25 (which includes shipping and handling). These incredible DVD's will be available on the merchandise page of www.TheNelsonBrothers.com. All orders will be shipped during the first week of December. This DVD is definitely a MUST HAVE for any Nelson family fan. Don't miss out! There are only 100 total to offer up!
Another item we hope to have available soon is the audio version of the Casino Rama concert. This professionally digitized show is on a 2 disk set. Be on the lookout for it to be available soon!

A couple of items with thanks to www.kisskollector.com:
The Kiss/Aerosmith tour is now the number 1 tour according to Pollstar, and although Gene Simmons has stated a while ago that both bands will be touring together for a while, KISS are talking with Def Leppard about a co-headlining tour for next year. A little while ago a rumor went around that KISS might be co-headlining next year with either Iron Maiden of Def Leppard. Meanwhile, KISS' manager Doc McGhee has confirmed that KISS indeed considers to go out on a tour with Def Leppard next year. According to McGhee, there's also a change the band might go out on tour alone again. As for Europe, he said KISS is coming over in September of next year. So that will be a (very) long wait for the fans in Europe...

On Saturday, November 29 former Kiss drummer Eric Singer played a few songs with Queen in South Africa for 46664 - The Concert, hosted by Nelson Mandela, at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. Other acts on the bill included Eurythmics, Bob Geldof, Beyonce, Paul Oakenfield, the Corrs and Peter Gabriel. People were treated to over 5 hours of performances by international artists, plus a speech from Nelson Mandela. The concert, inspired by former president Mandela, aimed to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, as well as funds for South Africa.

Rumor of the week - Ace Frehley again eying a return the Kiss fold....take it as you will! Apparently Ace is in excellent health and remains in contact with the rest of the Kiss camp.

A few years back, I featured a release by rock artist Stephen Christian. At the time there was some confusion over Stephen's identity, with some stating he was in fact Stephen Clifford, formerly of Icon.
Stephen Christian mails me again this week with another case of mis-representation he would like cleared up. He writes: "....I was trying to clear up any confusion between myself and Mr. Stephen Clifford (ex-Icon) regarding the release of my album called "self-titled". Now, thanks to a few friends tipping me off, there is yet another company misrepresenting me as Mr. Clifford, going as far as to say that Stephen Clifford changed his last name to Christian and that the album features Greg Chaisson (Badlands) and Robert Mason (Lynch Mob) throughout.
For those who don't know, Robert played keyboards on one song and offered some assistance with a melody on another tune. Not to take away from Mr. Mason's talents, but I want people to know what they are and are not getting. I'd feel pretty ripped off if I spent my money on someone who passed themselves off as someone they are not. I am not Stephen Clifford and I have never claimed to be or passed myself off as him. What the talented Mr. Robert Mason is known for people will not find on this album. I just happened to give credit where credit is due. Mr Clifford has always been kept abreast of the situation regarding the misunderstanding of this issue and has been nothing but a complete gentleman towards me throughout the course of us knowing one another. I know sometimes mistakes happen, but when someone blatantly makes things up to sell a few CD's, it's rather unsettling."

So folks, just be aware if you see a listing for Stephen Christian anywhere, it is in fact him and not anyone else you will be getting on the CD!

A transcript of Steve Perry talking to DJ Joe Benson can be found at: perryville.freeservers.com/SteveatArrow.html

Aussie pop/rockers Heaven Scent have had three tracks from their album Long Story Short - Betterway, This Is Why and Short Goodbyes licensed for the upcoming Nickelback Unauthorized Documentary DVD, which is being put together by Focal Point Television U.K www.focal-point.co.uk. The DVD will be out by the end of this year.
ArtistLink: www.heavenscent.com.au

I'm waiting for more info, but apparently there will be a New Years Eve show in Las Vegas featuring Steven Adler & Marky Ramone on the same stage doing all GNR and Ramones songs. Stay tuned...

Remember the groovy Company of Wolves? The band's guitarist and bass player have a new CD out called Bleed Together under the band name The Contes. Check the guys out at: www.thecontes.com

Guitarist Paul Nelson has just completed laying down guitar tracks for Rock/Blues legend Johnny Winter's new release a CD which he will appear on as both guitarist and songwriter. Nelson is now part of an elite group of guitarists to have recorded with the famed Texas guitar slinger one other among those being none other than Rick Derringer. Produced by Dick Shurman, CD drops February 2004 on Virgin Records America.
WebLinks: www.paulnelsonguitar.com www.johnnywinter.com www.virgin.com

Just a quick reminder of the MelodicRock.com CD Volume 1. The CD is available right here - checkout soundbytes and purchase details (via PayPal) on the MRCD1 Page. In addition, you can purchase the CD at a few select online outlets - AOR Heaven (Germany), Wishing Well Entertainment (USA), Loud 1 (UK) and Impulse Music (USA).
Thanks to everyone that has purchased to date! Volume 2 is in the works - details after the new year.

MelodicRock Radio has been updated! Tune in and listen to new full length tunes from Pride Of Lions, Perfect World, Bonfire, Firehouse, First Shot, Johnny Lima, Heartplay, Duran Duran, Deep Purple, Colin Blades, Clay Aiken, Bon Jovi and many more.
I'll update the station playlist properly tomorrow.



Monday, December 01, 2003

Frontiers Records is also pleased to announce all details about the release of the highly anticipated second Seventh Key album entitled The Raging Fire.
Seventh Key is the band project put together by Kansas bass player, Billy Greer together with former Streets bandmate Mike Slamer.


The Raging Fire follows the great success of the previous self-titled debut album released on Frontiers Records in 2001.
The final tracklisting is as follows: The Sun Will Rise . Always From The Heart . You Cross The Line (click to hear a sample) . An Ocean Away . The Raging Fire . Sin City . It Should Have Been You . Run . Pyramid Princess . Winds of War.
In addition to the preview of You Cross The Line, I am pleased to offer another MP3 sample. Check out Always From The Heart.


Once again the album is set to appeal to all Kansas and Streets fans with an heavier edge akin to Whitesnake's 1987 and Steelhouse Lane's Slaves of the New World albums.
Personnel on the album also include Jamie Thompson on drums and Terry Brock (The Sign, Strangeways) on background vocals.
A video for the song Always From The Heart has been shot in Los Angeles during September and will be added, together with an interview with Billy and Mike, as a special interactive bonus to the album.
The release date is set for February 9 in Europe on Frontiers Records and on King Records in Japan.


San Diego, California heavy metal band Cage have been confirmed to play at the Sweden Rock Festival 2004 to be held on June 10-12, 2004. Cage will be touring in support of their 3rd internationally acclaimed CD Darker Than Black, which was released in Europe through Massacre Records.
The following is a list of the acts that have been confirmed to appear at the Sweden Rock Festival 2004, with more to be announced soon:
Judas Priest . UFO . Nightwish . April Wine . Kingdom Come . Children Of Bodom . Entombed . Exodus . Magic Slim & The Teardrops . Slade . Abramis Brama . Opeth . Wasa Express . Brainstorm . Cage . Persuader . Lumsk . Narnia . Heavenly . Paragon . Memory Garden . Lake Of Tears . Pathos . Hirax
WebLinks: www.cageheavymetal.com www.swedenrock.com www.desertrockpromotions.com

Krokus have finished putting together their new double live album Fire & Gasoline. From the band's website, here are the details: A DVD Live at Montreux will come with the album as bonus. Fire & Gasoline is due January 23rd 2004 in Switzerland, release dates for other territories will be announced.
The track listing: CD1: Heatstrokes . Mad World . Flying Through The Night . American Woman . I Want It All . Bad Boys Rag Dolls . Tokyo Nights . Stayed Awake All Night . Down The Drain . Fire . Rock'n'Roll Tonight
CD2: Throwing Her China . Screaming In The Night . Rock City . Easy Rocker . Backseat Rock'n'Roll . Rock The Block . Long Stock Goes Boom . Eat The Rich . Bedside Radio

Michael Riesenbeck is currently mixing the last couple of tracks of the forthcoming debut album of Lec Zorn It Began In The Underground. Expect a early 2004 release of this album featuring amongst others Steve McAtee, Tracey White, Mike Walsh and Michael himself. Michael has signed a record deal for a worldwide release of his debut solo album Shouting Silence, which is getting rave reviews all over the world. More info about this signing will follow soon.
ArtistLinks: www.leczorn.com and www.michaelriesenbeck.com

The CD Release Dates page has been updated. This update features a stack of new additions and just as many revisions from current listings that have been altered and updated. Check out the full list.
Some updated titles that have been added include:
Ulftone/Bad Reputation have picked up the Josh Todd album for a European release in February.
Kingdom Come are looking towards March for the release of their next studio album.
Jaded Heart will release their new album Trust in January, via a new deal with Ulftone/Bad Reputation.
Hoobastank's new studio release The Reason is produced by Howard Benson. It's out next week.
Earl Slick's new solo album Zig Zag features guests David Bowie, The Cure's Robert Smith, The Motels' Martha Davis and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott. The album is out December 9.
Cheap Trick's 2CD best of - The Essential Cheap Trick has a new release date of February 17.

A rumor update on Guns N Roses - the latest is that the album is just about done and will be out early-mid 2004. A European tour will occur Summer 2004 and these announcements will be made in the first quarter of 2004. Of course, the album was due out in 2000 too...



Friday, November 28, 2003

Someone that is held in high regard by many in the melodic rock/AOR scene in American rocker Danny Danzi. Anticipation for his new studio album has been building for sometime and it is with great pleasure that I bring you the preview of the album's artwork. Click on the cover for an expanded look at this fabulous piece of rock n roll art!
Danziland is released December 17 in Japan by Marquee Avalon and throughout Europe in March via MTM Music - including an exclusive European bonus track.


MTM have announced another scheduled re-issue for the MTM Classix label. Fate's Matter Of Attitude will be re-issued early in the new year, remastered and featuring bonus tracks. Fate was founded in 1985 by former Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Sherman with former Maxim vocalist Jeff Lox Limbo, bassist/keyboardist Pete Steiner and drummer Bob Lance.
And scheduled currently with MTM for February are: Reckless Reckless February 9, 2004; Shylock Welcome To Illusion February 16 and the big one - TNT My Religion, February 23.

Pink Cream 69 have completed work on their new studio album, to be titled Thunderdome. The Dennis Ward produced album will be released January 26, 2004 and features the following tracks: The Last Stance . Thunderdome . Gods Come Together . Carnaby Road . Here I Am . That Was Yesterday . Shelter . Retro Lullaby . My Sharona . As Deep As I Am . Another Wrong Makes Right . See Your Face . Carved In Stone (Bonus-Track limited edition Digipak)

The band look likely to tour with Axxis, who have just completed work on their new album, which coincidently is also released January 26th and also produced by Dennis Ward. The track list for Time Machine is as follows: Mystery Of Time . Angel Of Death . Time Machine . Wind In The Night . Lost In The Darkness . The Demons Are Calling... Wings Of Freedom . Dance In The Starlight . Battle Of Power . Gimme Your Blood . Don't Drag Me Down . Circus Of Love (Bonus) . River Of Love (Bonus).


Yngwie Malmsteen will release an instrumental Best Of release in Japan in January. The Pony Canyon compilation is due January 21 and will feature 16 instrumental tracks including Overture 1622, Blitzkrieg, Blue, Power And Glory, Treasure From The East, Baroque & Roll, and Far Beyond The Sun (live).

The 4th Backyard Babies album Stockholm Syndrome will be released in Japan on January 28 with 2 exclusive bonus tracks.

Beware - BMG are at it again! The Love Songs is their latest line of cash-in compilations, this time set to feature Alan Parsons Project and Hall & Oates (surprise, surprise) among others. Can we expect Rick Springfield The Love Songs shortly then?!

Iron Maiden are apparently filming a couple of their current European dates for another live DVD release in 2004.

Yellow Matter Custard is an all-star Beatles covers project put together by Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) with Paul Gilbert, Neal Morse (ex-Spocks Beard) and Matt Bissonette.
In May they played 2 shows, the second at B.B. Kings club was recorded for a 2CD set available at Neal Morse's Radiant Records site. The 30 track set features all the Beatles tracks you could wish for!

Firehouse have a new bass player - officially. The band announced his arrival on their website with this message: "His name is Allen McKenzie. He sang lead vocals and played bass for the best Rush tribute band in America. He's absolutely amazing and we are really happy to have him in our band."
Bill Leverty's solo album is completed and wil ship just prior to Christmas. You can expect a preview and review here as soon as possible.
The band will head to the UK for a set of dates in March. ArtistLink: www.firehousemusic.com

Mini-Bytes have been updated. Check out new MP3 samples from Jack Frost, Spearfish, Cosmosquad and Shane Gaalaas. And a CD Showcase has been upped featuring the Escape Music re-issue of Statetrooper's one and only album.

Best Of 2003 has been updated if you were wondering what titles have been the standout ones for 2003.

Reviews have been updated. Online today are new reviews for Mike Tramp, Skin & Bones, Secret Smile, John Sloman and TNA.
The Feature Reviews section has also been updated. Feel free to add your reviews for albums by Pride Of Lions, Perfect World, Johnny Lima, Mike Tramp, Last Tribe and Skin & Bones.

Next week - the results of your votes - the Best AOR and Melodic Hard Rock albums of all time and the 10 most anticipated albums for 2004.
Also next week, interviews with Duran Duran's Andy Taylor, Johnny Lima and with any luck, that Ricky Phillips chat.



Thursday, November 27, 2003

Eddie Van Halen was caught out by a surprise phone call Tuesday, from Dwyer & Michaels, the morning crew on rock radio station Q106.5 Davenport. The guys took a chance on speaking to Ed and called at 9.30am. The interview took place by phone from their studio to 5150 where Ed was working away.
I asked the guys what the plan behind the call was, to which Greg Dwyer replied: "We called him on a whim on Tuesday November 25th and found him unusually candid, but even so we were surprised to hear Wolfgang described so lovingly by his dad. As you can hear, he makes no reference that can possibly confirm or deny any rumors that have surfaced recently, even when asked directly. But we aired it because it was great to hear him so relaxed and obviously comfortable with his life and career, which I think we can all agree he deserves at this point in his life."
Eddie did state that he was cancer free, has a new hip and will not say anything..."until its time."
He also told the guys that the new material "...will be a fat mother fuckin cabernet...what do you think I've been doing for the last four years?" and lastly "...I got enough for 10 fuckin records..."
Download and listen to the whole interview yourselves via this link

Majestic Rock Records have released a new press statement. It reads: "Thanks for your patience during what has been a very difficult time. Here`s an update as to the current state of play. As you will probably know by now, Majestic Rock`s parent company Prime Distribution went into receivership at the beginning of November. This was a particularly nasty blow, as the label was one of the few profitable things Prime was involved with. The company is now being run by the music people and not the money people. This is a very good thing.
Because of the Prime situation, the receivers have refused to give back the stock being held at Prime`s warehouse. We now have this stock back, and any outstanding internet orders will be fulfilled in the next week. Again, apologies for this delay...but it really was beyond our control.
Finally, the Pat Travers releases have unfortunately had to be put back until early January 2004. We'll keep you updated on this over the next week or so.
Thanks for your patience and believe us...it will be worth hanging in there, `cos it's gonna be great!!"

Lion Music have signed Sweden's Tears Of Anger. TOA are: Benny Jansson - Guitar, Björn Jansson - Vocal, Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye) - Drums, Johan Niemann (Therion) - Bass.
The band started out as a duo in the early 90's. Consisting Benny Jansson and singer brother Björn Jansson, one of Sweden's best kept secrets.
Back then calling themselves Mindcrime, both well hired studio musicians in Sweden at that time. They did producing, engineering and playing for many artists through the 80's until the mid 90's, working for one of Sweden's best selling labels Lionheart records.
The idea of Tears Of Anger began when the brothers wanted to mix AOR and Metal together, to create something dark yet so melodic no one could resist their music.
During the 90's they signed a deal with Montezuma Records licensed by Black Mark, but for some reasons yet unknown the album which had Anders Johansson (Ynwie Malmsteen, Hammerfall) handling the drums, never saw the light of the day. Affected by this, the brothers stopped working together in the late 90's realizing a Tears of anger album was too much hard work to realize at that time.
With a great lineup and even greater confidence Benny, Björn, Johan and Daniel began to record their debut album called Still Alive, which was produced and mixed by Benny Jansson. Recorded in Sheepvalley Studios, Zinken Studios and Backbone Studios, the band landed a deal with Swedish/Finnish label Lion Music. Now Still Alive will be released mid March 2004 worldwide. This is Melodic Metal like you never heard before.
WebLinks: www.tearsofanger.com and www.lionmusic.com

Meanwhile we regret to announce that the release of Hubi Meisel's EmOcean has been delayed until March 2004 when it will be released worldwide. The first edition will be a digipak. Our partner Marquee/Avalon will release the album in Japan.
Lion Music have also taken over the rights to the all star project Missa Mercuria for the whole world excpet for Japan and Korea. The German company that originally released this album have lost all their rights.

Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain will be joining the all-star line up for Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding. This charity show will be held on December 17th at The Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Proceeds will benefit the Solid Rock Foundation.
Musical guests also include Kevin Cronin, Dave Amato, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, River of Life Gospel Choir, Weird Al Yankovic and of course Alice Cooper & his band.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please visit The Dodge Theatre website: www.dodgetheatre.com

Billboard reports that an April 22 trial date has been set in Dayton, Nev., Justice Court for former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, who is accused of battery on a prostitute at a Nevada brothel. Neil is charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly grabbing Andrea Terry by the neck and throwing her against a wall at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Mound House on July 10.

And Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, according to his U.K. record label, Mercury. He had a catheter ablation -- a procedure in which tissue is removed to restore a normal heartbeat -- last Friday at the Wellington Hospital in St. John's Wood, London, and left the following day.



Wednesday, November 26, 2003

It's almost been 12 months since the MR-X Members Only portion of this website was launched. It's time to look ahead to the next 12 months and reflect a little on the success of the idea.
I have been extremely happy with the progress of the dedicated area and the enthusiastic feedback from those that have joined. I'm currently working on a few ideas and suggestions to make the area better and even greater value for money.

MR-X was created to ensure this site remained viable as a full time venture. Some times conditions within the music scene and the world in general conspire to make life harder. That's when MR-X helped.
One situation that has developed during the year has been the rapidly falling value of the US dollar. Today it's worth 30% less than it was at the start of the year, so in line with that devaluation, the price of MR-X subscriptions will rise slightly from $30US to $35US per year. But, to offset that small rise, MR-X will be now updated weekly!

I am hoping some more fans of this site will consider joining the members area for the 2004 year. If you enjoy the site and would like to support it in this fashion, plus score some additional great music along the way, then read on!
At least 5 new videos will be added each week for members to download, as well as the continued uploading of exclusive, rare and live MP3s – all there for you to download and keep.
Not all songs featured within MR-X will be promoted openly on the frontpage! There will be many surprises.
Additionally, the Feature Albums will be updated more regularly too - with a new Feature CD, Live CD and Feature Single featured every second week.
For more details on what is on offer and how to join, please checkout the MR-X Intro Page.

Over the course of the year, some great artists like Urban Tale, Jeff Pilson, Tommy Denanader, Nikolo Kotzev and Jim Peterik have featured rare and unreleased material on MR-X. The feedback from such generosity has been awesome.
Some of the artists that pledged support for the Members Area didn't or haven't yet come through for you, but I'll keep trying for that to happen and will be featuring more great artists in 2004.
Many fans are also e-mailing me asking if their favourite band/artist will agree to feature some of their material there. Well, I hope so. If you are an artist that would like to contribute to MR-X and feel that you have gained from exposure here at Melodicrock.com, then feel free to contact me and let me know if you have anything in mind. Believe me, the fans really dig it and it makes the contributing bands look really good!

I'm looking forward to the year ahead – a few small changes are on the cards and who knows, life might dictate some others. All you can do is deal with each one as it comes! Thanks to all the regular site readers that keep in touch and e-mail/post on the boards and to the existing MR-X members – you guys rule! Thanks also to everyone for keeping this site in your favourites and coming back for more.

MR-X has been updated! This week three classic unreleased albums from earlier in the year are being re-featured. All are online to download now. Check out some classic unreleased melodic rock from Mike Reno, Alias and Don Barnes. All three albums are classics. Don't bid stupid prices for these on eBay, get them all in one place now!
And 6 new classic videos have been added to download: Great White - Lady Red Light, Colin James Hay - Hold MeFrehley's Comet - It's Over NowGowan - All The Lovers In The WorldHouse Of Lords - Can't Find My Way Home and Kiss - Crazy Crazy Nights.

It seems Sammy Hagar's statement over the weekend on his website has a few disappointed. All I can say is stay positive and stand by for Van Halen in 2004...There is more going on than Sammy alluded to. I trust my sources implicitly!

Press Release:
Kiss, the legendary hard rock band that brought you the #1 music Pay Per View of 2000 and has sold more then 80 million albums, rocked the road this summer with sold-out venues on tour with Aerosmith and will "rock and roll" your house this December/January. The Pay Per View special is coming December 12th (plays through January 31st).
This special concert presentation - Kiss Symphony - features Kiss performing classics including "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Deuce," "Love Gun," and "Detroit Rock City" accompanied by the 60-member Melbourne Symphony Orchestra all sporting full KISS makeup. Joining founding KISS members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Peter Criss for the concert is new lead guitarist Tommy Thayer."

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 26, 2003) – Renowned drummer Tony Thompson was a driving musical force. A member of the 70s disco funk band Chic and 80s rock band The Power Station, his career highlights included playing with Crown Of Thorns, The Distance, David Bowie, Madonna, and Rod Stewart to name a few. His passing due to renal cell cancer on November 12, 2003 left a hole in the music community.
In celebration of his life, the Tony Thompson Fund will hold a benefit at the Los Angeles Hard Rock Café, 8600 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles on December 16, 2003. Tickets have been priced at $35 to allow fans the opportunity to attend. A variety of musicians whom have worked with Tony over the past 35 years will perform the music he created and inspired during that time. All proceeds from the benefit will go to the Thompson family to help alleviate financial stress incurred during his illness.
To purchase tickets to the benefit or make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.tonythompsonfund.com

The new label Progrock Records is releasing a special album by Frameshift on November 25, 2003, titled Unweaving the Rainbow, based on evolution-themed books by Richard Dawkins. The album was written and produced by Henning Pauly of Chain as a vehicle for vocalist James LaBrie of the highly revered progressive metal band Dream Theater.
Frameshift, as a musical entity, is primarily Pauly and LaBrie. Pauly plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, piano, synthesizer, organ, banjo and percussion and was also responsible for programming, orchestration, and engineering and mixing. Other featured musicians include drummer Eddie Marvin, guitarist/bass guitarist Nik Guadagnoli and saxophonist Steve Katsikas.
The idea for Frameshift's Unweaving the Rainbow was broad in scope from the very beginning. One goal was to take full advantage of LaBrie's voice and utilize it in a way that had never been heard before. That was accomplished largely through countless vocal overdubs, making it sound like hundreds of LaBries were singing together. (LaBrie is a big fan of Queen, a band that enjoyed overdubbing and multi-tracking endless vocal harmonies in the studio.) Musically speaking, progressive rock elements and film scoring techniques merged with modern production practices to create a perfect marriage with LaBrie's voice.
Dawkins' books and ideas expand on the views of Charles Darwin, the developer of the theory of evolution. For more general information about Dawkins' philosophy and how it inspired the lyrics on Unweaving the Rainbow visit the Frameshift web site frameshift.progrockrecords.com. Pauly co-wrote the provocative lyrics primarily in combination with Matt Cash but Chris Donlon and Guadagnoli also contributed. The lyrics address Dawkins' thoughts on evolution and how they relate to genetics and biology.
Progrock Records president Shawn Gordon, who plays a keyboard solo on Nice Guys Finish First, said the recording of the vocals for Unweaving the Rainbow occurred during an inspirational two-week period. "The music took about six months to record. For the vocals, they recorded for two weeks straight -- 18 songs in 13 days with one day off. James was singing eight to 10 hours a day. He was amazing," Gordon says. "Three of the songs were for a double album rock opera called BabySteps set for release in March 2004. It has a number of other high-profile vocalists on it in addition to James."
The origin of Frameshift goes back to spring 2002 when Pauly found old rehearsal tapes made with his group Chain, which had disbanded eight years before. He thought the music was worth tackling again. Originally Chain had given up on it because they couldn't find a vocalist and they split up. Pauly finished recording the music and brought in Cash to contribute the vocals; they'd already been working together and Pauly thought Cash's voice would be a proper fit for the material. Pauly presented Reconstruct to his former bandmates as a private gift. A copy was sent to an Internet radio station which had a label and suddenly Chain was signed and added to the roster. The people behind the label knew LaBrie well and suggested he hook up with Pauly. At first, Pauly wanted to resurrect a musical he'd been working on but ultimately Frameshift and Unweaving the Rainbow became the focus of the collaboration with LaBrie.
Unweaving the Rainbow takes all the thematic depth and musical complexity of the finest progressive rock and gives it a fresh approach thanks to the skills of Pauly and LaBrie. Unweaving the Rainbow is available for a pre-sale discount until its release date directly at the Progrock Records web site. Here is a direct link www.progrockrecords.com/shop/view.php?id=23

New York - On the MSNBC show Scarborough Country this past Monday - from The Intrepid in New York City - the host, former congressman Joe Scarborough, had as his guest the members of legendary-60s band Vanilla Fudge. Prior to the interview, the spot was promoted as 'Rock band supports the war.' In the standard pre-interview, Fudge-leader Carmine Appice made it very clear, that they 'supported the troops.'
The Fudge had in fact this summer recorded their own interpretation of The Star Spangled Banner, which was an immediate hit on most classic-oriented radio stations across the country. Says Appice, 'Its a song that's certainly taken on an added significance since our troops were sent overseas. We, for a lack of a better term, Fudged-it, but its as patriotic as ever!'
When the actual interview went live -with host Scarborough in Florida on a remote- Appice and keyboardist Bill Pascali and guitarist Teddy Rondinelli went to great pains to accurately underscore what they were and what they felt. "There was no question as to what they wanted the band to say ... but they didn't say it ... they didn't cave," says a source on the set. "There were a few awkward moments, but they got their point across."
The Fudge release a live DVD next month, which they recorded with The 52-piece San Fernando Symphony Orchestra.



Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Press Release:
The first issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine is out now. This is a new free bi-monthly magazine created to support all the melodic rock fans.... interviews, reviews, previews and trivia! The magazine is the Official Frontiers Records Newsletter.
In this issue - Interviews:
Harem Scarem / Interview about the second album produced with the Italian label Frontiers Records by the Canadian Melodic Masters.
Vertigo / Interview with the historical Toto's singer Joseph Williams to bless the release of his new studio album recorded with Fabrizio Grossi & Alex De Rosso.
Steve Lukather / Christmas is approaching fast and Mr. Steve Lukather with his Friends give us an album with Blues and Jazz influences.
Hughes & Turner Project / Second Studio Album for the two historical voices of Hard and Heavy music trivia and background.
Pride of Lions / A little talk between Andrew McNeice and Jim Peterik, Survivor's songwriter, with Toby Hitchcock about the debut of their sensational new band.
Perfect World / Fabrizio Grossi and Kelly Hansen together for an unusual work that moves between hard rock and classic melodic music.
Attraction 65 / An interview with Gregg Fulkerson, former member of Blue Tears about his new work for the Swedish label Atenzia.
George Bellas / Everything about the six strings funambulist and his passion for music.
Shugaazer / A new name, but a familiar voice. The work of Paul Laine with his new band.
Steve Newman / "Sign of the Modern Times", the past, the present and the future of Steve Newman and his British Band!
Reviews: Pride of Lions - Shugaazer - Newman - Hubi Meisel - Hughes & Turner Project - Tribute to Van Halen - Steve Lukather - Attraction 65 - Midnite Club - Perfect World - Erik Norlander - Rush of Ushers - milesAbove - Vertigo - Snake Charmer - Taraxacum - Sin - Melodine George Bellas - Lana Lane - Dreamtide - Anand - Jimi Jamison - Last Tribe - Johnny Lima - Zon - Harem Scarem

Melodic Rock Fanzine is available free of charge in the best European music stores or it can be read online as a PDF eBook at url: www.metal.it/melodic_rock_fanzine_0.pdf (Right click and select "Save As...")(required Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or superior).
Just to save any possible confusion, Melodic Rock Fanzine is not connected with MelodicRock.com. For information on the publication, please contact: melodicrockfanzine@diemmepi.it

One Short are a very classy Canadian nu-breed melodic rock band you will be hearing more from in 2004. The band are working on their debut album, with help from producer Pete Lesperance and also Harry Hess (both of Harem Scarem).
The band have 8 songs demoed so far, including their own versions of the Harem Scarem tracks Killing Me and If You.
The guys have just been interviewed and featured on the Official Harem Scarem website, which you can check out now.
In addition, I am very pleased to be able to offer you the chance to download one of the band's demos. Featured here in full is the uptempo feel good rocker I Can't Wait. Check the guys out at their new site: www.oneshort.com
Download: One Short - I Can't Wait.

An update direct from Graham Bonnet's website; www.bonnetrocks.com
Graham lost his father Lou Bonnet who had always encouraged Graham to follow his dream. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the Bonnet family....while we believe that Lou will live forever in Graham's heart.
It seems that "Rainbow Revival Gig" featuring Graham Bonnet and Don Airey in Lochgelly, Scotland on December 6th has been advertised in the UK, but the gig is OFF. Unfortunately, neither Graham nor Don will play the gig. Call the venue if you have any question about ticket refund and etc.
We are now editing four-hour long interview with Graham done by Southern FM (88.3) in Australia, which covers whole spectrum of Graham's career since the Marbles era and even includes topics about "Three For All" or "Snow Goose". It will be uploaded on to the Interviews page hopefully by the end of this year. So please look forward to it.

Primal Fear have completed work on their new studio album, titled Devil's Ground. The new album will be available as a limited digipak with 3 bonus tracks. JVC will release the album in Japan & Asia and NTS will release the album in France. The exact dates are being finalized. The track listing featured on the album is:
Metal Is Forever . Suicide & Mania . Visions Of Fate . The Healer . Sacred Illusion . In Metal . Soulchaser . Sea Of Flames . Wings of Desire . Heart Of A Brave . Colony 13 . Devil's Ground.


Nikki Sixx is at it again....talking up a Motley Re-union, while denying it at the same time. Can anyone take his comments seriously now and why is he doing all the talking!!?
This from MTV.com: www.mtv.com/news/ and www.billboard.com
And this from Entertainment Weekly''Three years ago, we decided to take time off to recharge,'' the bassist says. ''We put the movie deal in place and planned on a tour when all the original band members were ready to work together again. Everything is pretty much right on time.''
But also this: "Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, Motley Crue will not be embarking on a reunion tour before 2005 at the earliest, according to the group's bassist Nikki Sixx.
Writing to Motley Crue's official message board in response to the reports that several reunion dates (including a possible appearance at Sweden Rock Festival) may take place next summer, Sixx said, "2005=movie and tour. Maybe warm-up dates in 04. But in the land of Motley, I doubt it. Nothing ever runs on time."
Motley Crue signed a deal earlier this year with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films to make a movie version of their best-selling band autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band". Filming of the CRÜE story — which includes drugs, death, near death, and girls, girls, girls — is expected to begin in early 2004.

The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce have decided to bestow Alice Cooper with his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The dedication ceremony will take place on Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 11:30am - star location to be advised.

The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame have announced the next crop of inductees. As per usual, the list is more notable for who's absent rather than who's present. Again missing from the list is Black Sabbath and ignored in their first year of eligibility is Van Halen.
The Nineteenth Annual Induction Ceremony, which will be held Monday, March 15 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will feature inductions from the following artists: Jackson Browne, The Dells, George Harrison, Prince, Bob Seger, Traffic and ZZ Top.

Warner Music has been sold off by parent company Time Warner. But thankfully, it's not to another label. Part of the official press release reads as follows:
"I am pleased to inform you that Time Warner has reached an agreement today to sell Warner Music Group to an investor group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners, Edgar Bronfman, Jr.'s Lexa Partners, Bain Capital and Providence Equity Partners, creating the world's largest privately held independent music company. Edgar Bronfman, Jr. will be the most senior executive of the new Warner Music Group, and I look forward to working closely with him as he brings extensive experience in the entertainment industry. While we will no longer be a Time Warner company once the transaction is closed, we nevertheless expect to continue a close relationship with Time Warner, particularly since under certain circumstances the company will have the option to re-acquire nearly 20% of Warner Music Group at a later date."
More press on the subject: money.cnn.com

Finnish melodic metal outfit Altaria currently are recording their new album Divinity, due for a release on Metal Heaven in May 2004. In between, the band will hit the road again in Finland in January 2004.
"Invitation" Tour, Finland Pt.2
15.01.04 Kuopio, Henry´s
16.01.04 t.b.a.
17.01.04 Turku, Downtown
21.01.04 Tampere, Hella
22.01.04 Helsinki, Tavastia Club *
23.01.04 Vaasa, Hullu Pullo
24.01.04 Oulu, Loop
* support act Urban Tale
Altaria 2004 are: Taage Laiho (Therion, Kilpi; vox); Jani Liimatainen (Sonata Arctica; guit. & keys); Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish; guit.); Marko Pukkila (bass); Tony Smedjebacka (drums).

Press Release:
The Journey Store is now open and we have it stocked full of lots of cool, new items! How about an Autographed Epiphone Les Paul Special Edition Guitar Autographed Drumheads, or some exclusive Items from the Classic Rock Main Event Tour?
Shopping's made easier at the store with Specialty Gift Baskets. Journey Gift Baskets include Bath items, Incense, Stationery, or Chocolate & Coffee! The Journey store is selling Belgium Chocolate CDs…. edible CDs!
We designed a uniquely Journey Hawaiian Shirt that includes our album covers, instruments, and band members. This limited edition shirt will be great for your spring and summer travels!
All orders placed between November 24th and December 24th will include a free Red 13 CD. This is our gift to you to thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm this year.

The new Hobbit CD All For The One has now been 'officially' released. It's currently available via www.cdbaby.com/hobbit3 and www.nightmare-records.com. Those looking for soundbytes can listen to 6 - 2 minute clips at cdbaby, or 2 full length tracks at www.mp3.com/hobbit.
Additionally, a new page promoting the album at the band's website is up now: www.hobbitcd.com/AllForTheOne.htm

This week a new single will be released in Norway, by a dance-act called Galaxee. The group have sampled the guitar-theme from TNT's 10,000 Lovers, featuring Ronnie Le Tekro on guitar and in the video, which can be sampled at: www.galaxee.no/lovers_video.asf Thanks to Morten for the link.

Ex-Sugartown members are looking for a charismatic, unique and young singer to complete the line up of a new UK modern rock band. The band's influences are, U2, Butch Walker, Def Leppard and the Goo Goo Dolls.
The band already have a manager with major contacts. Please contact: twins@feintmusic.freeserve.co.uk

Stratovarious seem to have caught Circle II Circle disease, with the band's guitarist Timo Tolkki looking to kick three guys out of the band. He posted this message on the band's official web site:
"I am in the process of talking seriously with each band member about the future of Stratovarious. There are lots of rumours circling around and this statement is issued to clear some of those. The band is in a severe crisis at the moment. Looking back now, it is very clear to me why the situation has catapulted into crisis.
I have my own way to lead Stratovarious and since being in this band since '84 (almost 20 years) I have had a very clear vision about the musical direction of STRATO. To put it short and simple, this is my band.
I decide what Stratovarious sounds like. Stylists might decide how Stratovarious looks like. I don't give a fuck about that though, I love music and we are not some fucking Backstreet Boys. We eat metal and shit chains.
"Before some of you start shouting 'dictator', I would like to tell you that we have always shared the income from the band equally. Everyone gets the same from all income. I can tell you many bands when it's not like this.
Up until very last weeks I though things were fine, there have been arguments, but nothing fancy. At this point I feel that my vision of where to take Stratovarious next is threatened. Along with many other things, which I cannot tell you due to legal reasons. Let me just say this: when the things get so heated that some people in the band enter into fistfight, then something is wrong, wouldn't you agree?
I am talking with [singer Timo] Kotipelto and [bassist Jari] Kainulainen here in Finland at the moment and next week I fly to New York to talk to [keyboardist Jens] Johansson. Then I fly to Germany to talk to [drummer Jörg] Michael. And then I have to think.
So you guys have to wait for some more time for some more news.
At this point it seems 95% sure that 3 band members have to leave. I really hope I can work things out with them, but if not, then they will have to go.
And to those who say I should leave Stratovarious I say, hmmm well, perhaps it's better that I don't say anything, so I just say, 'Fuck Off!' I am not leaving anywhere, we just signed this new deal and I am going to continue writing new songs and there will be more albums, no matter what the line up will be."

Keyboardist Jens Johansson followed up that message with one of his own:
"Within the band we made the agreement that [guitarist/mainman] Timo [Tolkki] will decide who plays in the band, I mean on the records, live etc. I actually drew up the agreement myself, so that none of us would be able to entertain any illusions of 'hijacking' the band by a democratic majority vote or something. To me, I think this is a useful arrangement, I would say even if I get booted out as a result, believe it or not! I am a man of principles. And anyone is free to leave on their own volition too, of course. It's a band, not a concentration camp, like Yngwie used to say.
I can assure you, nobody feels like leaving voluntarily. But what goes on in the hearts and minds of Finns is sometimes difficult to detect. Especially if they don't answer their phone!!!! If Timo wants to have new people in the band I would of course be very sad, because I quite enjoy working with these guys. But there is nothing I can do about how people feel. Either musically or about other things. Timo is a stubborn guy, or he wouldn't have gotten this far!"



Monday, November 24, 2003 :pm update

Shadowman is a great new project from Escape Music, who's debut album is planned for release in mid-January. Shadowman is: Steve Overland - Lead Vocals (FM); Steve Morris - Guitars, Keyboards (Heartland); Harry James - Drums (Thunder); Chris Childs - Bass (Thunder) and special guest - Mike Walsh (Departure).
The debut album Land Of The Living will feature the following tracks: Those Days Are Gone . Medicine To Me . Touched By An Angel . Gypsy Heart . Land Of The Living . Shelter Me . Count Me Out . How Does It Feel . Waiting For The Good Times . Wild Waters . Silver Lining
Exclusive to melodicrock.com and thanks to Escape, you can now download a full length sample of the track Those Days Are Gone.
Download: Shadowman - Those Days Are Gone.


I took some time off over the weekend, only to return to another barrage of e-mails and questions regarding the Van Halen news of last week. There has been a new development all rabid Van Halen fans will, no doubt, already be aware of - Sammy Hagar has made an official comment on the rumors started here that he is about to announce a return to Van Halen.
Here are his comments:
November 21 2003
"A couple of months ago I called Alex out of the blue because we had run into a mutual friend and both of us said to tell each other "hello". So I said, "I am going to call him" and we talked.
Alex said "Hey, next time you are down here call me and we'll have dinner or lunch or something." So a few weeks ago I was in L.A. I called Al, we had lunch, spent the whole day together. It was great. Reconnecting as friends. That was the end of it. A couple weeks later I talked to Ed on the phone, and a few times since then. It's like old times as friends but nothing more than that. It's great to have open communications with some old friends again, much better than being in a maze. If anything develops more from that when the time is right, I will keep you posted.
Meanwhile, upcoming tour dates you need to know:
December 22, Red or The Second Annual Red or Dead Electric Benefit at Marin Civic Center in San Rafael with Sammy Hagar & the Waborita's, Bob Weir and Friends, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and guests. Additional details coming.
12/28 Sammy Hagar & the Waborita's at the Cabo Wabo Cantina
New Years Eve - 04 Sammy Hagar & the Waborita's at the Cabo Wabo Cantina
1/2/04 Sammy Hagar & the Waborita's at the Cabo Wabo Cantina
See Ya in Cabo!

A few thoughts on this! First and foremost - wow! For Sammy to come out and actually say he has been talking to Eddie and Alex is a monumental development. I did not expect anyone to make any comment for some time yet, so for Sammy to talk about this already is another positive sign. Yes, he has hosed down speculation of a re-union and has not commented further about the future, but there was no way he was going to comment further on that!
Sammy apparently called Alex the first week of September and in addition to meeting with Alex, has been to 5150.
The fact that Sammy has confirming he is talking to the Brothers and the band as such are on the verge of making an official announcement about new management (Irving Azoff) is all good news.
Expect further hosing down of the rumors for now, but stand by for a great 2004.

Atenzia Records have released further details and artwork for the labels' next upcoming releases. The details are as follows:
The 40ft Ringo EP Inside Your Head has a new release date of December 10 and features the following tracks: Inside Your Head (Atomic Pop Remix) . Shakedown (Non Album Track) . Jerkoff (Non Album Track) . Sober (Non Album Track) . Hopeless (Non Album Track) . Inside Your Head (Album Version) . Anyway (Video)

Spin Gallery will release a single in advance of their debut album Standing Tall, due out February 25. The song Am I Wrong is released December 10 is an extremely catchy and modern sounding song that will have radio producers all over totally knocked. The song is of course vocally driven and the chorus it astonishing. The single features two versions of the track as well as a non album track.

Due after that from Atenzia is new albums from Glen Burtnik (Welcome To Hollywood) and Fluid Sol (Mitch Malloy project), as well as new Swirl 360, Diving For Pearls (Texas), Lawrence Saltis, Plunge and London Calling (Jamie Rowe) albums.
WebLink: www.atenzia.com


MTM Music have released artwork for their upcoming January releases. The covers for Shiva and Erika (MTM Classix) are as follows. Street Talk artwork has already been featured:


The Westin Diplomat Country Club & Spa in conjunction with The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa will be "Serving Up The Rock" on December 19th and 20th, 2003. This event will benefit Here's Help, a charity that provides help for families suffering through drug addiction.
"Serving Up The Rock" will bring together tennis professionals and musicians for two days of tennis and rock & roll. A Classic Rock Concert will be held on December 20th, 2003, in the Great Hall at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida.
This Classic Rock Concert will include Steve Augeri, Gerry Beckley (America), Phil Ehart (Kansas), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Steve Walsh (Kansas). For more information and to reserve your tickets, please visit www.diplomatresort.com and www.journeymusic.com

Former Bonham vocalist Daniel MacMaster is making a comeback. He is set to begin recording his solo album, titled Never Ever Done, for Top Fuel Records in California. Stephen Pearcy is co-writing and Ian Hatton and Steve Lukather are interested in doing some guitar work on the CD. It will be followed with a spot on the Bastards of Metal tour in the spring of 2004. Check out some of the rough takes on the material at www.realitymanagement.ca

Amaze Me mastermind Peter Broman e-mailed in with an update. It seems Tommy Denander is not the only melodic rocker to be featured in this year's Eurovision Song ContestPeter writes: "I saw today the news about Tommy Denander and I'm in the same situation, cause I have a song in the Swedish Eurovision song contest. I just wanted to say that the next AmazemE Album is gonna be delayed because of it. As it looks I'm gonna get a few more cuts if I do some concentrated songwriting in the near future. That's my news for the ones who cares about another album. Best regards!"
Thanks for the update Peter and good luck with the songs. But don't keep us fans waiting too long!

The new Bulletboys CD Sophie is complete and ready for shipping via the band's website: www.bulletboysrecords.com. Sophie was produced by Marq Torien and Ronnie Borchert and recorded by Andy Johns. The track listing is as follows:
Kiss the Lizard . Neighborhood . Can I Show You . Don't Be Afraid . All of the Day . Walls . Amazing . Outta Here . Shake Me Awake . Stoned Staley


Meanwhile, former Bulletboy guitarist Jason Hook has been embroiled in a war of words with his former band. Hook has made it clear his work with the band on new material is not welcomed to be included on the new album and the band fired back via messages to MetalSludge.com.
Now another round in the saga, with a response from Hook: "Their website should have read...BulletBoys respond to the Metal Sludge gossip board however I have no compunction telling you that Marq cancelled my last pay check for $500 - classy and mature. Regarding the Canada comment....I have lived the music industry on both sides of the border. I can honestly say in my heart that the Canadian music business is considered a joke (to Americans) and can not come close to competing to America. Now to be clear, I was not talking about Canadians or Canadian musicians....the world knows we are some of the best....ironically and sadly we just don't get recognized until we leave the country. The truth aint always pretty....
I think I made that comment after i had just cut a check to my immigration attorney for another $5000.00 ($5000 only buys you 2 1/2 years of hassle free boarder crossing here), so I may have been feeling a little bitter and shocking...."

On hearing reports that he would musically participate with Kevin Dubrow (November 19 news), Carlos Cavazo offered the following:
"I have no desire or intention of working with any of the members of Quiet Riot at this time. I am involved in several other projects and want to concentrate on that. There is no truth to the rumors that I will be participating with Kevin Dubrow for an acoustic set as has been reported. The only way I would be interested in Quiet Riot would be if all four original members were to do so. I wish all the former members of the band the best in whatever they do individually."

Mark St. John has given an in-depth interview about working with Eric Carr. Talking exclusively with www.eric- carr.infoSt. John covers working with Carr during the turbulent Animalize era. All questions were based on Mark's personal experiences with Eric Carr during his short tenure with Kiss and up to Eric's tragic death on November 24, 1991.

Rhino Bucket have soundbytes now available at their website www.rhinobucket.com/downloads.html. The tracks are part of a new 4 track EP planned for release shortly.

The Whole Lotta Metal Show is a new show that will see the combined talents of no less than eight top musicians as they blast through two hours worth of rock and metal hits from the 70s and 80s! Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, M3), Matt Moreton (TRF-FlickSh*t) and Doogie White (Rainbow, Cornerstone) will be featured on stage in a two hour rock spectacular with a stunning band and sound and light show.
Check out www.wholelottametal.com for the tour dates for 2004.

News from the Lynn Allen website - www.lynnallen.com. The band is putting together a DVD release and says they are: "...trying to see what it is going to take to do a web cast from the studio while we are putting the DVD together." More info at the official site.

A new Brunorock webpage is now online at: www.brunorock.com

Pride Of Lions played to a crowd of friends, family and fans over the weekend at Joe's in Chicago. The band opened the show with It's Criminal, followed it with She's Gone, Sound of Home, Music and Me and a few other tracks from the classic debut album. Also in the set were Survivor classics Burning Heart, Eye of the Tiger, The Search Is Over, I Can't Hold Back and Heavy Metal, the track written by Jim Peterik and Sammy Hagar.

I've said it before, but this really is your last chance to vote on the MelodicRock.com Best Ever Poll. Due to other work commitments, I am yet to tally the votes from the Best Ever Poll that has been underway these past few months. I'm trying to get to that this week, so before doing so, anyone who hasn't voted - do so now!
What is the Best AOR album and Best Melodic/Hard Rock album of all time?



Friday, November 21, 2003

Tommy Denander is gearing up for another shot at the Eurovision Song Contest. Tommy and bud Chris Demming will be competing for the second year in a row in the contest....but this time for Finland! Their song You Don't Need To Go has been placed and singer Geir Ronning has had one of his songs placed as well.

My favourite modern melodic rockers Waltham have a teaser clip online for their upcoming live DVD. The DVD is due out in December. www.walthamtheband.com

Toto's Tambu album is being re-issued (for no apparent reason) via Columbia Records on December 9.

Heart's new studio album has just been christened Jupiters Darling. The new album is taking shape at the Wilson sister's studio in Seattle. Some songs set to be included on the album include: I Need The Rain, Enough, Oldest Story In The World & Led To One. ArtlistLink: www.heart-music.com

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has been talking re-unions again. He has said the band will "most likely" head out on a reunion tour in 2004, with Tommy Lee apparently keen to create some new music.
The band are rumored to be head of the list to headline Sweden Rock Festival 2004, to be held in June. Sixx spoke in another interview about the band doing a 2005 farewell world tour. Has Vince been told yet?!

Fernando Garcia just finished the vocal recordings for the upcoming new Wicked Sensation album Exceptional. The date for the mix is scheduled for the 24th of November and will be done by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) in the Tidal Wave Studios Karlsruhe/Germany. The following 11 tracks will be on the album:
Shining Light . Exceptional . Your Beat Inside My Heart . When Time Will Pass Me By . Rain On Me . My Own Misery . Back To My Bed . Kiss It Away . The One You Love Ain't Me . Dying With The Wind . We Arise
For more information visit the band's website: www.wicked-sensation.com

New from Bon Jovi - On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 Bon Jovi performed live at The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These two performances were taped for a DVD to be released in early 2004. The band was joined by three additional musicians to brings the music from This Left Feels Right to life on stage: Everett Bradley, who has performed with both Jon and Richie in solo situations and charity events handled backing vocals and percussion. Bobby Bandiera, also from Jon's 'Big Dogs' solo band and, of course, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes handled additional guitars. Jeff Kazee also was on load from Southside's line-up - he was the second keyboard player on stage.
On Friday night, after a comedian warmed up the crowd, the 1700 guests saw the band perform the following set list:
Wanted Dead Or Alive . Livin' On A Prayer . Bad Medicine . It's My Life . Sylvia's Mother . Lay Your Hands On Me . Someday I'll Be Saturday Night . Last Man Standing . You Give Love A Bad Name . Bed Of Roses . Everyday . Misunderstood . Born To Be My Baby . Keep The Faith . Joey . Love For Sale . I'll Be There For You . Always . Thief Of Hearts . Blood On Blood
The band then came back out to the stage and re-did three songs (it was, after all, a DVD shoot!)
On Saturday night, the crowd was up on their feet the whole show and witness the following set list:
Love For Sale . You Give Love A Bad Name . Wanted Dead Or Alive . Livin' On A Prayer . It's My Life . Misunderstood . Lay Your Hands On Me . Someday I'll Be Saturday Night . Last Man Standing . Sylvia's Mother . Everyday . Bad Medicine . Bed Of Roses . Born To Be My Baby . Keep The Faith . Joey . Thief Of Hearts . I'll Be There For You . Always . Blood On Blood
* The song Sylvia's Mother is a cover of the Dr. Hook hit from the 70's
* The band wore the same clothes Friday and Saturday so that footage from both shows could be intercut for the DVD
* Much of the show, though not all of the show, was webcast on Samsung's website. Intentionally absent from the webcast were live versions of Last Man Standing and Thief Of Hearts. You didn't think the band would let those unreleased songs go out on a webcast now did you?

Online now are some new Mini-Bytes from Mike Tramp (Rock N Roll Alive), Steve Lukather (Santametnal) and M3 (Classic 'Snake Live).
MR-X has also been updated. Online now is the promised tracks from the Best Melodic Rock Soundtrack Classics Ever - Volume 1 CDR I talked about some months back!
Coming up in the next few days are more new videos and some classic re-posted unreleased albums from earlier in the year. Membership details here.



Thursday, November 20, 2003

Van Halen is on the verge of a long awaited comeback. Long tortured fans are about to be put out of their misery, as the band looks ready to fire in 2004.
Details are still sketchy as plans are still in the very early stages of development and are therefore continuing to change as issues are sorted through.

Sammy Hagar is set to return to his role as Van Halen's lead vocalist. Original frontman David Lee Roth is not associated with this re-union.

Here's what's been happening, pieced together from a couple of my well known and reliable sources.

It's not clear who initiated first contact. I was told that Eddie & Alex Van Halen called Sammy Hagar, while it was also suggested to me that it was Sammy that called the brothers out of the blue.
Either way, contact was established and an attempt to bury the hatchet was made.
Sammy Hagar then made a trip to Eddie's house and the 5150 studio. The idea was to see if Sammy, Ed and Alex could in fact put the events of the last 7 years behind them and work together again.
It was also a chance for Sammy to hear the material that has so far been written and recorded by Eddie and Alex. I'm told there have since been a few more meetings – which were apparently both good and bad, but issues are being dealt with and a future discussed.
Hagar has apparently already told members of his solo band of his plans to re-join Van Halen.
Hagar's legal team is already in discussion with Van Halen's legal team.

I was told that bass player Michael Anthony was not present at the first meeting and I am not yet aware of him meeting again with Ed and Alex, who he hasn't talked to for a couple of years now. But I was told that Sammy has insisted that Michael is part of the re-union line-up.

There is no timetable in place as yet for this re-union. As I said, this is still in the very early stages of being developed. A few ideas are still being considered – such as playing a few shows to get things started before recording/finishing a brand new studio album.
What is almost definite though are plans for a new studio album – hoped to be ready for mid-2004, but possibly not until late 2004 - followed by a tour.

News leaked overnight of the band's intention to sign a new management deal with Irving Azoff Management. Azoff's office has made the official "no comment" on the matter, but expect this high profile management company to confirm their equally high profile signing soon.
Irving Azoff is a well known and powerful manager, who currently has The Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Jewel and of course Journey on his roster.
Azoff has also been Sammy Hagar's solo manager for the last couple of years.

As far as record labels go, Warner Brothers still has a relationship with the band, given that every album they have released has been with the label. I'm told that they will certainly be the first in line to sign the band should everything work out as planned.
Irving Azoff also has a strong relationship with the label.
Sanctuary Records is being talked about as a possible home for the band, but don't expect that to happen. Hagar had a solo deal with that label, but only for the Greatest Hits Live release and a yet to eventuate re-issue of his solo albums Ten 13 and Not For Sale, which should still happen when the current deal with the two issuing labels for those albums finish.

Not so good news for fans of the Diamond one. David Lee Roth is apparently out of the picture. It seems another attempt to work with him was made after the denied at the time get together in 2000. Once again it didn't work out and the Van Halen brothers have seemingly ruled out any future attempt to work with him.
This is the first contact the brothers have had with Hagar since he departed the band in a storm of ill-feeling in 1996.

Planet Us, the all-star project featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Neal Schon, Deen Castronovo and Joe Satriani is all but over – and has been for some time. The project has been left in the hands of guitarist Schon and drummer Castronovo. One rumor is that Neal Schon is still interested in such an album and has another singer in mind.
The guys only recorded two tracks together – Vertigo and Peeping Through A Hole – neither of which has been released officially.

There is still more to come.
I had planned to gather more information over the course of this week and the weekend, but the leaked news of the Azoff management deal by the music industry website Hits Daily Double has moved the timetable forward. A new Greatest Hits album was one of the rumors leaked in association with the management news. But, to date I have heard no mention of such a plan, unless the band wants to get something into the public's hands while they work on a new studio record. I personally do not see such a thing happening. Could it be time for the Van Hagar CD re-masters to be re-issued?

This is a slowly developing situation and of course, nothing has been announced officially. When this will happen is another major question.
The answer is one I hope to bring to you in due course, along with further developments and details of any firm plans that have been put in place.
It's nice to be able to bring such positive news to long suffering Van Halen fans. It's news I have the utmost confidence in.


The band in happier times, circa 1986.


Wednesday, November 19, 2003

A few weeks ago, Kip Winger performed an acoustic show at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The show was taped for a CD/DVD release - details of which will be announced in due course.
The show went so well and was such a success, that more will follow - and the format is open for any number of artists to be featured.
The shows will be held every Monday night at the Palapa Lounge. The show will be produced by Michael Soli and Rick Duarte of A2 Productions who already handle shows at the property and elswhere in Vegas.
Organizer Ken Ciancimino says: "The deal we can offer is great and the exposure from playing this property priceless. Also, because of Kips performance, there will be a special Kip Winger show every six or so weeks, with Kip hosting or playing with special guests .This special Kip winger series will be held regularly (The name of the show is yet to come).
Already, Glenn Hughes has committed to the show as well as Kevin Dubrow/Carlos Cavazo of Quiet Riot.
Any interested artists should email me at ciancimino2mg@netscape.net and we will look at trying to put a deal together."

Former Motley Crue frontman John Corabi has begun work on the authorized biography of his life story, being co-written with biographer Jake Brown. The book will offer a candid account of Corabi's life story, including his stints in The Scream, Motley Crue, Union, Ratt, and the Brides of Destruction, and will include interviews with family members, band members from Motley Crue and others, as well as from fellow rock and metal contemporaries. A summer, 2004 release date is expected.

In other biography news, author Jake Brown is also working on an anthology profiling the greatest rock/metal producers of the past 30 years, entitled "Behind the Boards The Best Kept Secrets and Untold Studio Stories of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal's Biggest Hit Records (Told By the Producers Who Created Them)." The book features exclusive chapter-long interviews devoted to each producer, with completed interviews thus far including Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper), Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Poison), Ron Nevison (The Who, Heart, Damn Yankees, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne), Scott Humphrey w/Tommy Lee (Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Korn, Methods of Mayhem), Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osourne, Metallica, Skid Row, Accept), James Michael (Motley Crue, Meatloaf, Sammy Hagar), Andy Johns (Led Zepplin, the Rolling Stones, Joe Satriani, Van Halen, Cinderella, Ozzy Osbourne), Dave Jerden (Janes' Addiction, Alice in Chains, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Rick Parashar (Temple of the Dog, Nickelback, Pearl Jam), and Mike Clink (Guns N Roses). The book is due out, tentatively through Running Press/Perseus Books, in the late spring/early summer, 2004.

Yet another high profile death in the music community. This time composer Michael Kamen has died after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years - he was only 55! RIP Michael.
Here's just one of the press releases:
Composer Michael Kamen Dies
Oscar-nominated composer, conductor and arranger Michael Kamen died this morning (Nov. 18). Further details were not immediately available.
One of Hollywood's most successful composers, Kamen worked on music for the "Lethal Weapon" series and scored "Die Hard," among many other films. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, but did not go public about the disease until late September.
Kamen grew up in Queens, the son of liberal activists. In the late 1960s, he helped found the New York Rock'n'Roll Ensemble. In the 1970s, he scored ballets, served as musical director for David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour and began writing scores for film.
Although he began in Hollywood working on offbeat films like "Polyester" and "Brazil," he turned more mainstream in the 1980s, working on the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves," "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "X-Men," plus the HBO series "Band of Brothers."
In 1999, Kamen conducted the San Francisco Orchestra as it backed hard rock act Metallica on its live "S&M" project. Recorded across two concerts that reworked the band's canon for symphonic arrangement, the resulting album peaked at No. 2 and has sold 2.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
COPYRIGHT (c) Reuters 2003.

A couple of corrections from yesterday's update. 1 - The Barros CD is available now and 2 - I neglected to mention that John Corabi is no longer in Brides Of Destruction, although he is a part of the recordings. And although the Japanese label has issues the December release, that could get pushed back, as the band has singed a 3 album deal with Sanctuary, with the current album to be released in early 2004 elsewhere.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Brides Of Destruction - the band that features Nikki Sixx, Tracii Guns, London LeGrand and Scot Coogan - will release their debut album December 25 in Japan. A worldwide release will follow in early 2004, but for now, the Japanese get the jump on everyone else.
The album, Here Comes The Brides has already been bootlegged widely in some form. The finalized version features the following tracks: Shut The Fuck Up . I Don't Care . Two Times Dead . Brace Yourself . I Got A Gun . Life . Natural Born Killers . Revolution . Only Get So Far.

Aussie AOR/pop stars 1927 recently took part in a Then & Now tour of Australia with Go West, Kim Wilde, Paul Young and fellow Aussie rockers Mondo Rock.
The good news to come out of this tour is the fact that 1927 are back in the studio and are finalising a new record deal. They will continue to tour in 2004.
Additionally, Go West are set to return to active recording duty.

Another re-union rumor! Rockpile are apparently to reunite in San Francisco - the band featured the line-up of: Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner, Nick Lowe & Terry Williams.

Thunder have a new DVD available online now. Live & Uncut features the secret show at the Marquee, London, 27th November 2002, with the following tracks: Welcome To The Party, Pilot Of My Dreams, Higher Ground, Until My Dying Day, Somebody Get Me A Spin Doctor, Gimme Some Lovin', Don't Wait For Me, Backstreet Symphony, Just Another Suicide, Love Walked In, River Of Pain, She's So Fine, A Better Man, Play That Funky Music, Stay With Me, Dirty Love
In addition, the DVD also includes the legendary 'In Out Put The Kettle On' footage, containing the band's own handycam footage from the early years. Remastered for DVD, a must for collectors.
The DVD will be sold at upcoming shows, plus online at: www.thunderonline.com

Today Toto and session guitarist Steve Lukather opened a new website to promote his extra-ordinary Xmas album Santamental. The website, with a special Fans and Press section, is situated on www.santamental.com and made by slagman.com, the same company that made www.stevelukather.net
"I am very proud of this piece of work (Santamental) and I hope you dig it as it was a labour of love by myself and all of my friends who made this happen," Luke says on his new website. The site offers all kinds of album info, soundclips, pictures, special footage and a section where fans can add their personal reviews.
At the moment Lukather is touring with Toto in Europe. Till December 22nd he will play in Holland and Germany at the Night of the Proms concerts. You can find all possible info at Lukather's official website www.stevelukather.net.

Outland's debut CD Different Worlds, is finally available in the US, Australia and everywhere outside of Europe and Japan on the band's own website at www.outlandmusic.com through Electric Phase RecordsDifferent Worlds was released on July 24 in Japan through Avalon/Marquee and on November 10 in Europe through Melodic Symphony.
The albums eleven AOR oriented tracks are the same as those on the European release.
In other news, Outland will begin recording their second full-length CD after the Thanksgiving holiday. Armed with nineteen freshly written tracks, the band plans to trim the final track count down to twelve or thirteen songs by the time they mix the album. The sound of the new material is said to be in the same vein as Different Worlds, and will feature another classic, but somewhat forgotten cover tune ALA Love Cries from the debut CD. The band plans to have the album ready for release next summer.

For those that read Portuguese, details of the Rock In Rio - Lisbon Festival can be found at: rockinrio-lisboa.sapo.ptGuns N Roses are booked to headline the event.

Stratovarius have signed a new worldwide deal reportedly worth US$3 million with Sanctuary Records. The new contract is the biggest record deal ever made by a Finnish artist.

Boston are set to play "The Star Spangled Banner" once again on November 16th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, before New England Patriots take on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.

And more Boston related news - the Delp/Goudreau record release party went ahead last week, with pictures snapped of the event available to see at: www.ofoto.com

A new Loudness album is scheduled for release in Japan December 21. An exclusive sticker will be enclosed for the first pressing.

Barros is a modern hard-rock sounding project featuring some powerful but very melodic songs, with some exotic details. Featuring Paulo & Luis Barros from Tarantula and vocalist Rafael Gubert, the project with the album title Gemini also boasts a guest appearance from Tommy Newton. The album is released via Point Music. Keep up to date at: www.paulobarros.com. The new Tarantula official Website can be found at: www.tarantula-music.com

Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow sent in this message he requested be included in the news:
"In the course of compiling material for a Quiet Riot/ Randy Rhoads DVD, it seems that in 1999 when I gave VH-1 7 of the 3/4'' video masters of Quiet Riot from the Starwood and the Whisky they were never returned to us. They seem to be on the black market in inferior DVD form for sale. I need the original tapes. I already have the original 20 minutes of Super 8 sound movies from The Chili cook-off, Glendale Collage and more. Any information leading to the safe return of these other videos would be appreciated. No questions asked. Some sort of reward could be available."
Here's what's missing:
1. 3/4" E.Mstr - Starwood 10/78
2. 3/4" E.Mstr - Whiskey 6/79
3. 3/4" E.Mstr - " " "
4. 3/4" E.Mstr - Starwood 10/79
5. 3/4" E.Mstr - Backstage Interview
6. 3/4" Mini-KCRA Sacramento 5/79
7. 3/4" "Cadillac" Guitar Solo
If you know where any of this archive footage is - please reach Kevin via the e-mail address: ulknatme@flash.net

Classic Rock Revisited presents Santa Rocks A Headbanger's Holiday! Check out the ultimate Christmas Giveaway for the classic rock fan. Yep, Classic Rock Revisited along with Sony Music, Legacy Recordings, Epic Records and Columbia Records have gone giddy with holiday cheer. You could say we are Holi-dazed & Confused! What's all the fuss about? Well check out what one lucky headbanger will get for Christmas this year:
AC/DC Limited Edition Collectors Vinyl Box - 15 Classic Albums all on vinyl. This is WAAAYYY COOL Dudes & Dudettes!
AC/DC Live At Donnington DVD - The greatest hard rock band live in concert!! Say no more!
Judas Priest Electric Eye DVD - This features the band's classic Live Concert Film and a ton of Priest videos and some rare gems dating clear back to the beginning of the band. A Must See!
Steve Vai Anthology - New Double CD covering his entire solo career!
Joe Satriani Anthology - New Double CD covering his entire career!
Bob Dylan Limited Edition Hybrid Box Set - After all the headbanging, we figure you will need to mellow out. No better way to get mellow than listening to the voice of the 60's! This collection consists of 15 of Bob's best, remastered for the first time!
A Sony SACD/DVD Player! This alone would cost ya 250 bucks!
What are you waiting for? For all the details and to enter fly over to www.classicrockrevisited.com



Monday, November 17, 2003

Yes, it could be....as expected a stack of e-mails following last weeks teaser that a major band with long tortured fans was looking at finally getting rolling again. Not much more I can say right at this point, as it's very early days. But this Very Huge band will make fans Very Happy if they do indeed return to active recording and touring duty. Stay tuned...

One band no one expected to hear from anytime soon - Pink Floyd - has made an appearance together. Or did they? Not so it seems.
This from: www.brain-damage.co.uk - The funeral service for Steve O'Rourke, who sadly passed away on 30th October in Miami, Florida, was held today at Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, England.
As part of the service, David, Roger, Richard and Nick put aside any differences, got back together as a band, and performed in tribute to the man who helped shape their career.
It is believed that they performed Fat Old Sun and Great Gig In The Sky, and that Dick Parry played the saxophone whilst following the coffin. A very fitting, and moving, tribute.
But this in after the fact - it seems Roger Waters was not even present at the funeral, let alone play with the band. Close, but no re-union.

Dennis DeYoung has released a new live album comprising of many Styx classics and a few of his own. The album, The Music Of Styx, was recorded with the backing of a symphony orchestra and contains 3 new songs. The full track details are as follows:
CD1: Grand Illusion . Lady . Lorelei . Light Up . Babe . Show Me The Way . Ave Maria . Castle Walls . Don't Let It End . Hello God
CD2: Mr. Roboto . Rockin' The Paradise . Black Wall . Desert Moon . With Every Heartbeat . Suite Madame Blue . Best of Times . Come Sail Away . My God (Can Beat Up Your God) . Goodnight My Love
More information and a link to purchase the CD set can be found at: www.dennisdeyoung.com


Goran Edman has a couple of projects on the go. He has just completed lead vocals for two new tracks on the forthcoming Street Talk Best of compilation and has recorded and album worth of material for a new project to be called Crossfade. Details for Crossfade can be viewed at Goran's website: www.goranedman.net

The track details for Street Talk's upcoming Best Of compilation titled Destination has been revealed. The compilation features two new tracks - Astray and Made For Paradise. Both tracks feature Goran Edman on vocals. The CD is released via MTM Music on January 19.
The full track listing is: Astray (New) . Tables Turning . Ye Gods And Little Fishes . Dancer In The Rain . Made For Paradise (New) . Hare And Hounds . Need Someone . Language Of Love . If You Say It's Over . Someday (I'll Get Over You) . After The Tears (unreleased: Japanese Bonus Track from Transition) . Walk Away From Love . My Heart Beats For You . Could You Be The Only One . If Anybody Breaks Your Heart . Standing In The Rain . Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight . I'll Always Remember (unreleased: Japanese Bonus Track from Transition)


A new Feature Interview with former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams is online now. Joseph is talking in detail about his brand new album, the Vertigo project. The debut Vertigo album is released via Frontiers Records and is in stores now! Read the interview.


New Mini-Bytes are now online. Sample tracks from new albums from - A Very Hairy ChristmasDouble Cross, Birtles Shorrock Goble, Shortino/Northrup (re-issue), Drama Queen Die and Orphan Project.

The CD Showcase area has been updated with two new titles - George Bellas Venomous Fingers and Michael Harris Words Collide.



Thursday, November 13, 2003

Sad news literally just to hand - legendary drummer Tony Thompson has passed away, after battling renal cell cancer over the past 12 months. Only recently a fighting fund was established to help pay for Tony's medical costs, as he didn't have any health insurance.
Tony is best known to melodic rock fans for his outstanding work with Power Station on two albums (Power Station and Living In Fear) and very popular one-off albums with The Distance (Under The One Sky - featuring Robert Hart, Jeff Bova & Bernard Edwards) and the debut Crown Of Thorns album (featuring Jean Beauviour). He also worked with Chic and Madonna amongst others.
Power Station vocalist Robert Palmer passed away suddenly only last month.
Tony most recently was working with his new band Non-Toxic with Michael Fogle (bass) and John Zarifis (vocals). A benefit originally scheduled for December 16 at the Hard Rock in Beverly Hills will apparently now be moving to the House of Blues as a memorial, set for the same date.

In the wake of Circle II Circle's press releases, the recently departed members have released an updated statement, spelling out just why they made the decision to quit the band. It reads:
The following statement is the official position on the resignation of the (5) former members of Circle II Circle:
As we approached the upcoming tour with Saxon and Doro, there were many financial and logistical issues that needed to be discussed and finalized. We (5) attempted to have a business meeting with Zak Stevens and management. Our request was denied. After learning that the entire band was to be replaced after the tour was completed, it became apparent to all of us that management had decided that our concerns were of no concern to them. There were many issues which plagued the planning of the tour. The band was simply tired of the general lack of respect that we were receiving from "C2C Inc.".
It was a very tough decision for all of us. We have given 1000% to the success of this band and could no longer accept managements business practices.
We would like to thank the fans for their incredible support. We always looked forward to meeting new faces at each show. That is one of the things that we will miss. But rest assured, we will see you all again very soon!
Kevin Rothney, Shane French, Matt Laporte, Christopher Kinder and John Zahner.

Rick Springfield's highly anticipated new album shock/denial/anger/acceptance has officially been put on the 2004 release list. The regular version was and remains scheduled for February 14, 2004, but now the limited edition version has been delayed from it's "pre-holidays" release until after the first of the new year. More news on that shortly.
Additionally Rick has updated the CD track listing via his website. The song Forever - a duet recorded with Windy Wagner (from the EFX show), will only be available on the Limited Edition version. The official track listing, minus Forever is now 17 tracks.
Every Night I Wake Up Screaming . Angels of the Disappeared . Shoot Your Guru . God Gave You to Everyone . Eden . Your Psychopathic Mother . Wasted . Beautiful You . Perfect . Will I? . Idontwantanythingfromyou . The Invisible Girl . Jesus Saves White Trash Like You . My Depression (originally demoed for Karma) . Open My Eyes . I'll Make You Happy . Alien Virus

Kevin Chalfant has announced that he will appear for one show only with the Gregg Rolie Band in Florida this Saturday, performing many favorite Journey songs.
Venue - Ribfest '03 – Vinoy Park, Saturday, November 15, 2003, St. Petersburg, FL / Doors 11:00 AM, Local Act 1 PM, Mountain 3 PM – 4:15 PM
Gregg Rolie Band 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Including Kevin Chalfant), Creedence Clearwater Revisited 8:00 PM

Hardline's keyboardist Michael T. Ross has joined Angel, replacing Greg Guffria. Although Michael is still working closely with Johnny Gioeli in Hardline and Accomplice, Michael has made time to join Angel and just completed several dates in California. They are in discussions to record a new Angel record and are playing the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany in 2004. For more information go to www.michaeltross.com. A current interview with Michael can be viewed at: www.revelationz.net

Yngwie Malmsteen has signed with majors Sony/Epic USA. RED Distribution is releasing Attack!! on January 13, 2004. On the US release will be three brand-new previously unreleased bonus tracks, two of which are Live from the 2003 European tour.

MR-X Members, please check the MRX page for a new message, some new artwork and a couple new MP3 Bonus Tracks.



Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Rudy Sarzo has been speaking with the group Angel and is likely to rejoin the band after some twenty-three years of absence. Sarzo was a member of Angel prior to being in both Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.
It appears that drummer Frankie Banali's refusal to pursue a musical situation that was to include guitarist Reb Beach, vocalist Joe Lynn Turner as well as Sarzo has prompted the former Whitesnake/Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot bassist to pursue other avenues.

Zak Stevens and his Circle II Circle band are in damage control, with 2 press releases in 2 days, after the rest of the band resigned over the weekend. Here's their update:
Due to the recent changes in the CircleIICircle camp we would like to assure everyone of our fans and business partners that Zak Stevens / CircleIICircle will be touring with Saxon and Doro in December for this years "best tour package" for 2003!
These shows will be extremely exciting to see and Zak / CircleIICircle have some great surprises for all the European fans! Also, CircleIICircle will start recording it's 2nd record at Morrisound Studios in mid Jan 2004 for a early April release.
Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery will be co-writing with Zak once again...and a very special guitarist will be debuted on this CD. Zak is currently looking at a huge Spring touring schedule for next year, including many great summer festivals, leading up to a fantastic fall schedule currently in the works.
CircleIICircle is stronger than ever and ready to bring great music and great performances to all the fans everywhere. We wish everyone great success! And we'll see ya'll soon!

John Kalodner posted a message on his website stating that he is about to work again with Steve Perry - "...On a concert DVD with footage from the early 80's shot in Houston, Texas. It will be a full concert of the superstar Journey line-up, newly mixed in 5.1 for DVD. It will be released sometime in 2004."

40ft Ringo are part of a very cool gig Sunday November 16. The guys are playing the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, with Stryper. Check 40ft out via their site www.40ftringo.com and buy their CD Funny Thing at: www.mojovegas.com/40ftringo/stuff/index.html

Kim Mitchell, has posted the list of proposed songs for his upcoming CD at his site: www.kimmitchell.ca

Bob Catley and Vince O' Regan will be performing three acoustic shows to open for M3 on their forthcoming UK tour on the following dates:
Thursday Nov 20th 7.30 pm / Wulfrun Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tickets from Venue Box Office & CC 01902 552 121
Saturday Nov 22nd 7.30 pm / Patti Pavilion, Swansea, Tickets £15 adv and £17 door tickets from CC 01792 654 226
Sunday Nov 23rd 7.30 pm / Coal Exchange, Cardiff, Tickets £15 adv and £17 door box office CC 02920 230130
Bob and Vince will be playing songs from Bob's solo back catalogue including songs from his fourth current album When Empires Burn and there might also be a classic Magnum track or two!
M3 is Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray, Jimmy Copley, Tony Martin and Mark Stanway - www.classicwhitesnake.com

Here is the new release information for the new Dakota CD Deep 6 and a new re-issue. The new album is all new studio material, with former vocalist Bill Kelly guesting on 3 tracks and Bill Champlin guesting on 1. Melody Blvd are also preparing Mr. Lucky (A.K.A Lost tracks) and Last Standing Man as a 2 CD set with 5 bonus tracks. The Release date on these CD's is December 16th.
LabelLink: www.melodyblvd.com
Deep SixBrothers In Arms . Holdin' Your Own . Back To Me . Not So Much In Love . What Were You Thinkin' . That Awful Day . Eye Of The Storm . Not Just The Night . Right This Minute . Shut Up And Drive . The Ride . Luck, Time & Mind . Deep 6
Lost Tracks/Last Standing Man 2 CD Set; Disc 1 - Lost Tracks: Mr. Lucky . Heaven Or Hell . Beleivin' . All Thru' The Night . Remember Me . These Eyes . Forever To Never . Good Old Time . One For The Heart . The Next Time . My Turn Now . Hot Summer Night . Cross That Line
Disc 2: Last Standing Man . Somebody's Hero . Run With The Wind . Hot Nights . Water . Mama Teach . Struggles With The Heart . The Last Standing Man . Over In A Minute . This Voice . Finding You Tonight . Only Game In Town . Heartbreaker . Methods Of Modern Man . Mission Of Love . Like Me.



Tuesday, November 11, 2003

TNT has finally finished the recording of their new full length album. The recordings have been delayed because of a couple of live shows in Norway. By the way, they recently got gold for their Best Of compilation in Norway. The album is released in February 23rd and will be entitled My Religion.

MTM have also signed Mike Vescara's new project Safe Haven, a project with Eric Riordan. Mike is recognised of his great work for a couple of Yngwie Malmsteen CD's, the band GLORY and his own band MVP. More news soon.

The original voice of Riot, Guy Speranza, passed away Saturday morning (Nov. 8) at a Florida hospital after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47 years old.
Speranza, who was often regarded as the best Riot vocalist, sang on the group's first three full-length albums Rock City (1977), Narita (1979) and Fire Down Under (1981), before being replaced by Rhett Forrester for the next two releases (Forrester himself left in the mid-'80s to pursue a solo career, only to be murdered on January 22, 1994 in Atlanta). He eventually moved to Florida and worked as an exterminator before being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer last spring.
Guy is survived by a wife and two daughters (aged 17 and 20). RIP Guy.

Orphan Project are a band I'll be featuring here shortly. The US band have been contacted by Adelaide's largest Christian station, Life FM for a feature soon. Labels are also interested in the band's debut, which I'll preview shortly. In the meantime, check out the band's website: www.orphanfound.com

There will be a pre-release party appearance by Brad Delp and Barry Goudreau on Monday, November 11 at the Boston Street Cafe in Lynn, Ma. They are billing themselves as RTZ. Tickets are $10 and are limited....about 200. The show starts at 10 pm. This info are more from the Boston BB: thirdstage.toobookoo.com

Tracy Gang Pussy - 3 EP tracks out now !! 100% Sleazy Glam Punk band like Backyard Babies, Alleycat Scratch... contact: tracygangpussy.com or info@tracygangpussy.com

Tune into producer Kevin Shirley's website: www.cavemanproductions.com/cavediary.htm for some thoughts on the sonic quality of the latest Iron Maiden album. Some interesting thoughts there.

Some news from the Sixty-10 camp. The band have just been featured at Metal-Sludge.com and "Bunny" also recently gave an interview to 12stringbass.net - check it out! The guys are going back into the studio in January to record 4-5 new tracks for the labels and media. ArtistLink: www.sixty-10.com

Virgil Donati is featured in 7 pages of the new issue of Modern Drummer Brazil. Included are a lot of details about Ring Of Fire and Planet X.

Richie Scarlet, who for many years has toured with guitar great Leslie West and was guitarist and vocalist of the early incarnations of Frehley's Comet and later Ace Frehley Band, will release his new live CD from Nov. 17 through Poptown RecordsRichie Scarlet Live - Stage to Stage has 10 killer songs from various RS solo gigs, featuring Larry Fisher on bass, Steve Werner on drums and Pete Gallanari on keyboards. For more details check out: www.richiescarletsweb.com

The official release dates for the new Magnitude Nine CD Decoding The Soul are as follows:
Japan - December 17 (Avalon/Marquee), USA - January 13 (Inside Out), Europe January 26 (Inside Out)
This new CD from the melodic USA ProgMetal group is hailed as being much more melodic than the previous releases. It's being described as "Prog mixed with AOR", yet still aggressive and heavy. Songs on the new CD include: New Dimension, Lies Within The Truth, Walk Through The Fire, Torn and more...

Fireworks Magazine - Issue 14 is just about to be released. Featured on the cover is none other than The Darkness! Oh yes indeed! The band are interviewed by Dave Reynolds. Also included: interviews with - Harem Scarem, Bonfire, Balance of Power, Firehouse, Twisted Sister, Mars Electric, Dreamtide, Johnny Lima, Ring of Fire, Section A, Xoch, Charlotte Martin, Blaze, Rob Rock, doubleDrive and Erik Norlander.


3 Chord Records have released the last 4 "final mix" soundclips from the Christian all-star project Welcome To The Revolution from the band Liberty n' Justice.
The soundclips are from Michael Sweet (Stryper), Ken Tamplin (Shout), Scott Wenzel (White Cross) and Mitch Malloy. There will also be news for the March 20th record release party in East Peoria, IL. Come by the website for all the sounds and news www.3chordrecords.net

Swedish hard rockers Million are right now in the Mellow Tones Studio (Gothenburg, Sweden) preparing a brand new album! 3 songs are being recorded in the current sessions; On And On (Fly On Broken Wings), What I Want, Fight You Forever. A further 9-10 titles will be recorded at a later stage.
Bass guitarist and founder member B.J Laneby"I´m very excited about the new material, the songs will not disappoint the fans. Right now the vibe is that we might just have the best ever Million album coming up!
It's hard and heavy rocking stuff, but as we are a melodic band expect a lot of hooks on top of it. This is the first recording with our new keyboard player Johan Bergquist and he fits like a glove. I'm very proud of the line up we have now and be sure we aim to kill!"

The band is at the moment signed to British label A2 Records and may continue with them, but Million's highly critically acclaimed albums and live reputation has stirred up interest from different labels & managements. Other offers might therefore be considered.
Expect the new Million album in the first half of 2004. More news will follow...website www.million.o.se

With thanks to Mitch Lafon and BW&BK for the following info:
The original voice of the multi-platinum band Ratt, Stephen Pearcy, recently rang up BW&BK to offer some insight into all his current projects.
The albums: "I just re-recorded thirteen Ratt and four Mickey Ratt tracks for a Cleopatra release. The songs sound amazing. Some we've droped in key which makes them even more 'sickening'. They've unleashed Jake E Lee & George Lynch on them!
The CD includes: Back For More, You Think You're Tough, Wanted Man, Lack Of Communication, Round & Round, Lay It Down, You're In Love, Dance, Body Talk, Way Cool Jr, Loving You Is A Dirty Job as for Mickey Ratt there's Ratt Madness, Dr.Rock, Top Secret and Driving on E.
"I'm doing Back In The Cellar for MVD. It's my history in music. I'm pretty much re-recording the whole Ratt catalogue. There's a new Mickey Ratt coming out called Rattus Erectus. It's a 1976 to 1982 'Best Of' with a lot of the original recordings with Jake.
The CD is set to include Ratt Madness, Crying Time, Top Secret, Take It Anyway, Tell The World, Dr. Rock, Driving On E., Terror On The Midway, Misdemeanor, Out Of The Cellar, On The Right Side, Railbreak, Magnetic Telescopes, Valley Of The Euphrates, Bad Dogs (Live), City To City (live at The Troubadour '81), Lightning Wheels, Sin In You, Never Use Love, Feel The Fit, and Doin' Alright.
Had enough? Wait there's more. "I'm re-releasing Vicious Delight, continues Stephen, "but this version was remixed by Beau Hill and it sounds amazing! My vocals are much more up front. There will be Arcade A/4 with six unreleased songs. There will be another Before & Laughter - Part II, but these releases won't all come out at the same time. There's no need to flood the market. Each release will have twenty songs or more and will include a live DVD, interview, web links or something. More is the way it should be", adds Pearcy.
Hold on! Stephen ain't done yet? "I've started writing for a new Stephen solo record. (Former Quiet Riot basher, Frankie Banali has been invited to lay down some drum tracks.) I've got three songs down Kill Kitty, God Smacked and Drive With Me. The music is really really aggressive. I'll always record new music and release records. He's also sang on the debut release of an "ass-kicking" new band called Pitbull Daycare.
In other news, Stephen is putting together a mega-tour next summer called the Bastards Of Metal with (former) lead singers from various multi-platinum bands. He's also got his new NHRA Top Fuel Dragster race car (which if all works out will be BW&BK sponsored).
As for his old band, Stephen states, "No Robbin equals no reunion equals no Ratt. I don't see Juan wanting to get back in that hell hole either. Warren and Bobby are talented people. They should stick their dicks out, get a new band, get a new name and move on. Their lawyers forgot to tell them that they've only got the name for live performances. I don't give a fuck if I can't say Ratt featuring Stephen Pearcy, but they are raping the name I created. Ratt was a great band let's leave it at that!
WebLinks: www.stephen-pearcy.com / www.topfuelrecords.com / www.topfueltours.com / www.topfuelvision.com / www.topfuelwear.com

Eric Ragno from Vox Tempus sent in this report from Hollywood:
"Tonight marked Great White's return to the Key Club on Sunset Boulevard. This was the same spot where seven months ago, Jack Russell vowed to take Great White back on the road to raise money for the Station Family Fund – set up by the survivors and families of those impacted by the tragedy in Rhode Island. With one date left on the tour, tonight brought the cause full-circle.
One of the highlights of the event was an all-star jam featuring the wild duel-drumming of Vinny Appice (Dio) and Alan Krigger (Giuffria) – each playing a full drum kit! And performances by Erik Turner (Warrant), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, L/P), Sean McNabb (House of Lords, Great White), Mitch Perry, and Keith St. John (Burning Rain). Next up came Great White, who opened with Lady Red Light. Jack Russell then made some introductory remarks, and led the crowd in observing 100 seconds of silence, in memory of those who perished in Rhode Island. Jeff Pilson then came onstage and introduced Victoria Potvin, Todd King and Theresa King – three of the Board of Directions of the Station Family Fund, as well as survivors of the tragedy. They flew in from Rhode Island to present plaques to Jack Russell, Mark Kendall and Obi Steinman (the band's manager), in honor of having raised $60,000 since the effort began.
As Jack mentioned, this is still just the beginning – and these people still need our help. For more information, please visit the Station Family Fund website, and the Ty Longley site, which raises money for the son of the deceased Great White guitarist who perished in the fire. Both sites sell t-shirts whose proceeds go to these respective funds.
All in all, this was a pretty special evening, full of great performances! Others in attendance were myself, Mick Brown (Dokken), Maestro Alex Gregory, Claude Schnell (Dio), Neal Grusky (Takara), and Chuck Wright (who is very excited about the upcoming House of Lords album)."

From the Y&T newsletter/ e-mail update:
As with everything in life, the Y&T CD of previously unreleased material has taken longer than expected. But, Dave and Phil are happy to announce that they have wrapped up the UnEarthed, Volume 1 CD!
Dave, Phil & I have had a great time rummaging through the vaults of all our old, unreleased material. We were surprised to revisit this material and see how many great songs never made previous records. It's exciting to finally have a chance to share these songs with the fans.
This CD of previously unreleased Y&T recordings and demos from 1974 through 2003 should be available to ship around December 8th. It's the perfect holiday gift for the Y&T fanatic! Keep your eyes on the web site--you can PRE-order yours soon on the merchandise page.
After much discussion, the band and management have decided that the Y&T DVD shoot will not happen this year. Due to scheduling conflicts with previous members of Y&T, the shoot has been postponed until next year, which makes sense anyway since 2004 is actually the 30th anniversary of Y&T. As always, we'll keep you posted. The good news is...now you can have fun dressing up for the Mystic Theatre's "80s night" on Saturday and not be embarrassed about appearing on a DVD wearing 1980s clothes in 2003!

London's largest gathering of Classic Rock and Metal fans takes place again on Saturday 13 December, at the 3rd Annual Soundhouse Reunion show. Legendary Metal DJ Neal Kay is back and ready to celebrate again the most famous Rock Club of them all. Venue The Rayners Hotel, Harrow ­ Nearest tube Rayners Lane, Piccadilly / Metropolitan lines. Tickets £10 each Start 8pm
These yearly events have become increasingly popular and tickets usually sell out before the night, so advance tickets are strongly advised. To apply for tickets please send a cheque or postal order made out to 'Soundhouse Reunion' and send to - Soundhouse Reunion; c/o 5 Agar House, Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HJ
A stamped addressed envelope is not compulsory, but will speed up the dispatching of your tickets if you include one. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR PAYMENT TO ANY PREVIOUS ADDRESSES YOU MAY HAVE.
You can also obtain tickets from the venue this year. Their telephone number for any enquiries is (UK) 020 8866 1666.
Get ready to enjoy , not only the Classic Rock night of the year, but a celebration of all those great London venues of the '70's and '80's that rang to the sounds of the AC/DC, Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Purple etc., and specifically the Soundhouse, probably the greatest of them all, the birthplace of the NWOBHM and highly regarded as the club that made Iron Maiden one of the biggest bands on the planet!
Soundhouse Reunion - www.hmsoundhouse.com, e-mail hmsoundhouse@hotmail.com



Monday, November 10, 2003

Could it be true? It's been a long, long time coming, but are the most tortured group of fans in rock 'n' roll finally about to be put out of their misery? Could a certain band be about to rise from the dead? Could we dare to hope that this time it's actually happening?!!

A couple of White Lion updates for you. There has been a line-up printed and much discussion has already taken place, but nothing has yet been 100% signed off on. Mike Tramp sent me some thoughts on the latest round of White Lion talk:
"Dear all, I have read remarks regarding the "new" White Lion-lineup with great interest. The power of the internet is getting this to new heights and I am not sure whether to be horrified or flattered that people would go so much out of their way for speculations.
So far, we have not and are not in the position to announce a lineup. As I said before, we are SPEAKING to different people and have people in mind that we would love to have in the band but everything that has been printed is northing but a rumor.
People that print these kind of rumors or twist the word around should also be realizing how detrimental this can be for our talks to the people that we WANT to have involved. Please honor this so we can keep our good relationships with our friends we are trying to get on board. As I said before once we have determined what the lineup will be, you will read it here first. Everything else is just pure speculation.
Thank you, Mike Tramp"

Let me add my 2c on this. I've had numerous e-mails on this and have seen the discussions on various message boards. And I agree with the majority sentiment out there - we all want to see Vito Bratta back on stage and slinging his axe. But right now there's only 1 person that can make that happen and that's Vito. He has been asked and I know Mike has been talking to him a lot. I also know that no ill-feeling exists between Vito and any of the guys. If Vito has the desire to be a part of this – that is still very possible. Let's hope so, as he was too good a talent not to be seen again.

In 1997, Swirl 360 moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Los Angeles, California to pursue a music career. One year later in 1998, the brothers achieved their goal and released their debut album, Ask Anybody, on Mercury/Polygram Records. From that record came two hit singles and a tour that would take them around the world three times. The singles Hey Now Now and Candy In The Sun, can be heard in many movie soundtracks of that time including Jack Frost, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore. She even appeared in the video for Candy In The Sun to promote the movie.
Unfortunately, like many acts that were on Polygram, Swirl 360 was lost in the merger with Universal. They continued to write and kept working on their sound. Last year they scored two songs, Radio Song and Okay, in the movie, National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
From that spawned a 5 song EP in which they toured on in promotion with the movie. While working on the EP with producer Evan Frankfort (SugarCult & Melodine), Magnus Söderkvist, A&R for Atenzia Records got wind of the new recordings. Liking what he heard, offered the band a deal. Finally, after a five year hiatus, Swirl 360 will release its sophomore effort on Atenzia Records. The record is slated for release sometime in 2004.

Guitarist Shane French sent me this message over the weekend. Sorry for not getting it online sooner. Basically Circle II Circle is over, with the whole band resigning, leaving founder/frontman Zak Stevens as the last man standing. Shane's message reads:
"I wanted to let everyone know that I along with Chris Kinder, Matt LaPorte, Kevin Rothney and John Zahner have resigned from Circle II Circle. We've been having issues with management for some time now, and we were not happy with many of the aspects of how the CIIC organization is run. Rather than continue to be taken advantage of, we jointly decided that we've had enough and resigned.
I write this for some of you who were planning to see CIIC overseas in December. I most regret that I will not be able to see those of you who were planning to be there at some of the shows. I felt you should know in advance that CIIC will still do the tour, but the 5 of us won't be there. I was looking forward to seeing many of you.
The good news in this issue is now I have the time to finally put my first band Teer back together. We are already writing songs and trying to complete our line-up. Good news for my Florida friends, as there will be many Teer shows (parties!) coming up soon.
Best regards to all, Shane."

Now & Then's Mark Ashton is clearing out some items from his personal CD archives. Several very rare titles are up for grabs and can be found on E-Bay via this link. The list is constantly being updated so keep going back for further additions.

Loud Metal have a special offer for the month of November - buy any 2 DVDs and get a fee compilation CD. Details at: www.loudmetal.com

Metal Mayhem recording artists Seven Ten wish to announce the departure of lead guitarist Kenny Lee. Seven Ten released their debut CD Love And War worldwide in the summer of 2003 via Metal Mayhem Music. The band and record label wish Kenny the very best in the future. Lead singer Michael St. Allen says the split with Lee was a bitter sweet decision: "I will always do what is best for my band, and the musicians in it."
With that said it is with great pride that Metal Mayhem Music, and Seven Ten welcome the six string attack of Johnny Searing. Johnny will bring a new energy and excitement to the hard rockers from the windy city. "This guy is a shot of progress", says St. Allen. "Johnny will tear it loose nightly as the band continues to promote the CD currently available from Metal Mayhem, and online retailers across the globe."
The bands own website www.sevententheband.com is currently being updated by Killer Dwarfs webmaster Jim Bob Dwarf. The new CD along with t-shirts, posters and other merchandise available online very soon, along with current news and info. In the coming months the band will start to write new songs as the follow up to this year's release Love And WarSeven Ten is currently rehearsing for their show this month at the Star Plaza in Merrillville, In on November 23rd. The band will perform with nine other bands as part of The Midwest Beat "Region Rumble 2003". Tickets are available from the band directly, or www.ticketmaster.com

Former Crimson Glory guitarist Ben Jackson has invited ex-CG singer Midnight to participate in his upcoming release All Over You. Midnight graciously accepted and has already been laying down vocal tracks on select tunes at Tampa's Morrisound Studios. The Ben Jackson Group's All Over You is tentatively due in early 2004. Jackson's last solo release, Here I Come, was issued in 2001 through Jaxhammer Records.
WebLinks: www.crimson-glory.com and www.benjacksongroup.com

Paul Chapman has given fans an update via his website on progress of the new Wasyted album (with original vocalist Fin) and also mentioned the UFO line-up. Paul says: "Just a brief update on the news front. Paul and Pete have continued to work on the Waysted album, and will take a short break while Pete goes to Europe to work on the upcoming UFO album. The line up for the new UFO project consists of Pete Way, Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Vinnie Moore and Jason Bonham."
WebLinks: www.pchapman.com and www.peteway.net



Friday, November 07, 2003

Well, here it is folks...The Reviews page has been updated. Online today are new reviews for: Eric Martin, Bon Jovi, Cornerstone, Johnny Lima, Last Tribe, Damn Cheetah, Toto, Styx, Wild Horses, Heartplay, Renegade, Bonfire, Steelheart, The Millions, First Shot, Body Electric, John Lawton Band, Clay Aiken, Sun Caged, Human Fortress and Balance Of Power.

Additionally, you can add your own reviews for Eric Martin, Bon Jovi, Cornerstone, Toto, Steelheart and Bonfire.

Several new titles are now featured in the CD Showcases. Click on the album covers below (or under the left menu) to sample MP3s from each album.

johnny lima-made in californialast tribe-the uncrownedsayit-louderskin n bones - speak easy
doc holliday - good time musicfar north - whatsecret smile - road less travelledneil turbin - threatcon delta

More MP3s can be sampled via the Mini-Bytes page. Added today are samples from new albums by Duran Duran (Live), Cornerstone, Dream Theater, McQueen Street, Bon Jovi, 220 Volt, Ricky Warwick and The Wildhearts.

The November Soundbytes have been added. New tunes there from Radio Active Cats, Noiseworks, Haywire, Glenn Hughes, Robert Plant, Rock Super Stars and Night Ranger.

Lastly, MR-X has been updated! Featured in this week's update is a full Night Ranger Westwood 1 Live Radio Show - Seven Wishes Live (14 tracks).
Also available is the classic, but totally deleted Glen Burtnik album Talking In Code. And a classic single from Andy Taylor - Stone Cold Sober, with 2 unreleased B-Sides.
And finally - 5 new videos to download: Night Ranger - Sign Of The Times and New York Time (by request), Corey Hart - Never SurrenderAldo Nova - Fantasy and Glass Tiger - Animal Heart.
For details on how to join....click here.

It looks like the Message Boards will be active and running again shortly. Thanks to Jim, the guru of IT fix it's. He has spent the better part of the day rebuilding the corrupted tables and the board was working...we should be able to get them working as normal shortly.

Tesla have completed all work on their long awaited new studio album. It's set to be titled Into The Now and will be released as planned in February 2004. The album features 12 new tracks, which are: Into the Now . Look @ Me . What a Shame . Heaven . Words Can't Explain . Caught In a Dream . Miles Away . Mighty Mouse . Got No Glory . Come to Me . Recognize . Only You.

Fernando Garcia finished the vocal recordings for the new Wicked Sensation album Exceptional. The mix starts in November 24th and will be done by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) at the Tidal Wave Studio (www.tidalwave.de). The following songs will be released on ExceptionalShining Light, Exceptional, Your Beat Inside My Heart, When Time Will Pass Me By, Rain On Me, My Own Misery, Back To My Bed, Kiss It Away, The One You Love Ain`T Me, Dying With The Wind, We Arise. The release is scheduled for March 2004.

Final Frontier are set to return with their new album The Second Wave in Europe on January 26th 2004. The band features Mladen of Von Groove and Rob Moratti, plus numerous guests including Lawrence Falcomer whom plays lead guitar on 7 tracks. Fans will have a chance to check out the new song Lydia next week when Rock The Nations 4 is released on November 14th.
The final track listing for the album is as follows: The Second Wave . Lydia . Somebody's Got To Pay The Price . After The Fall . Lost Inside A Dream . Sherry . Faithful Heart . Cinderella In Rags . Runaway . Can't Stop Falling In Love.

Press Release: Drummer Tony Thompson, whose firm but funky beat added a wallop to such groups as Chic and Power Station as well as records by Madonna and David Bowie, is suffering from renal cell cancer and has no health insurance. A website has been set up at www.tonythompsonfund.com where contributions can be made to defray his medical expenses.

Sweden's Mister Kite will return with a follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album All in Time on February 18th 2004 with Box of Fire, a stunning concept album. The release of Box of Fire will be proceeded by the release of a 3 track CD single The Hunger on November 28 in a strictly limited edition. Mister Kite are: Alf Wemmenling – Lead vocals, Mats Bergentz – Drums and vocals, Anton Johansson – Bass and vocals, Magnus Kristensson – Guitars and vocals, Tomas Djurfeldt – Keyboards, rhythm guitar and vocals. Mister Kite are also featured on Blackmore's Castle - A Tribute to Deep Purple and Rainbow, and singer Alf Wemmenling is singing a few songs on Beyond Inspiration - A Tribute to Uli Jon Roth. Find out more at www.misterkite.net or www.lionmusic.com

Another Swedish band that is making a comeback is BaltimooreBjorn Lodin - vocals, Ian Haugland (Europe) - drums, Thomas Larsson - guitars, Weine JohanssonUltimate Tribute, their new album completely made up of stunning versions of their favourite hard rock tracks will be released on January 23rd 2004. This is Baltimoore's 7th album but the band has never sounded this hot before. Among the tracks you will find Kill the King (Rainbow), Never Say Die (Black Sabbath), Beggar's Day (Nils Lofgren), The Rocker (Thin Lizzy) etc...

Orion Riders from Italy are releasing their debut album A New Dawn on January 23rd. This is melodic power metal at it's absolute best! Orion Riders are bringing new blood into a genre where far too many bands sound the same, but A New Dawn, the title of their amazing debut album really does say it all.

Hubi Meisel's progressive concept album EmOcean will be available in USA through our regular partners on November 28. The first pressing will be a strictly limited edition digipak with 2 bonus tracks, a European release date of this release is still a case of negotiations. Find out more at www.lionmusic.com

Alex Masi will return with his new solo album In the Name of Mozart on February 18th. This album is the follow up to his previous album "In the Name of Bach" , which probably has been Alex best received release this far and something of a classic..."In the Name of Mozart" is the second release in a series of 3 albums on which Alex does his own versions of the Masters, mostly on acoustic guitars.

Vitalij Kuprij will release his new solo album Forward and Beyond on February 18th 2004. The European version of this album will be a digipak with 2 exclusive bonus tracks, however the digipak version will only be available for a limited time. This new Masterpiece features many great well known guitar players and amazing musicians such as (Listed in the order of the songs performed) George Bellas, Michael Romeo, Michael Harris, Jeff Kollman, Javier Leal, Michael Harris - who performed on 2 compositions.. Roger Staffelbach, Borislav Mitic and Fransesco Fareri...With Vitalij's performances definitely outlined his true and accurate compositional ability to the very perfection..Don't miss this album as it to be expected the best effort in the instrumental field as of now..

Some other future releases to look out for Chris Poland's OHM - Life at the KPFKTakara - Eternity and The Spirit Lives On - A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix.
In the studio finishing their next release are Vision, Byrd, Mistheria, Shadrane, Book Of Reflections, Under-Radio, Star Queen, Project Alcazar, Bob Katsionis, Iron Mask, MCM (John Macaluso, Randy Coven, Alex Masi)... expect a very busy 2004. More information on these coming releases can be found at www.lionmusic.com



Thursday, November 06, 2003

The 2004 White Lion line-up has been printed in a magazine in Europe. The details were supposed to be kept under wraps until things develop further, as the line-up is NOT 100% confirmed. The reason being is that it is still hoped guitarist Vito Bratta will join the planned re-union. Stay tuned for updates...
But the line-up printed (for the record) was: Mike Tramp - Vocals; Warren de Martini - Guitar; James Lomenzo - Bass; Jimmy De Grasso - Drums

News I've been hanging out to hear! Rick Springfield has announced the track listing for his newly completed studio album shock/denial/anger/acceptance.
The CD is due officially February 14, 2004. A Limited Edition version will be released independently via Rick's website before the end of the year! Yes, not long to go folks. Included on this LE version will be a host of unreleased tracks. Details there are still developing. The CD proper will feature whopping 18 tracks. Rick has never committed so many new tracks to record in his entire 30-plus year recording history. For now, here is the angst ridden track listing for the album:
Every Night I Wake Up Screaming . Angels of the Disappeared . Shoot Your Guru . God Gave You to Everyone . Eden . Your Psychopathic Mother . Wasted . Beautiful You . Perfect . Will I? . Idontwantanythingfromyou . The Invisible Girl . Jesus Saves White Trash Like You . My Depression (originally demoed for Karma) . Open My Eyes . I'll Make You Happy . Alien Virus


Steve Perry has made a rare public comment about his current status and the new Journey Greatest Hits DVD. Via his fan club website www.fanasylum.com, Steve talked about the processes that went into the new Journey Greatest Hits DVD packaging, song selection and track restoration. Steve also talked about being a musical consultant for a new film Monster, starring Charlize Theron. Read the full update at: www.fanasylum.com/steveperry/index.html

German rockers Bonfire have cancelled their UK tour. The reason been given is that the guitarist has caught pneumonia. All tickets are to be refunded. The tour will apparently be re-scheduled for the last week in March 2004. Dates will be confirmed in the next fortnight. The same line-up will tour in March.

And one of the things that suck has been my week. What can I say - it just sucked. I've got ongoing issues causing outages on the Noticeboard, and the phpBB Message Board system is 100% stuffed. I apologize for these problems, but am working on them both - as is my ISP. One correction underway is a system restore is planned for the next 24 hours, which will see several days worth of data wiped on both boards, but hopefully that will fix the corrupt database that has led to the failure of the Message Boards. The Noticeboard continues to work, but with occasional timeouts.

These problems have consumed way to much time and delayed some site updates. So - believe it or not, tomorrow (Friday) - will see the long awaited Reviews mega-update, new November Soundbytes, new Feature MRX updates, at least 6 new CD Showcases and a few Mini-Bytes as well. That should keep you busy over the weekend! Sorry for the delays.

My week's bright spot however was the sudden offer of a Duran Duran interview - with none other than personal hero Andy Taylor. That didn't suck. We only had 30 minutes to talk, as the band are all talking up their forthcoming Australian tour (got my tickets - see you in Melbourne!) in December. But I did get some solo talk in, as well as all the latest on Duran and their nearly completed new studio album. I'm hoping to get that interview online next week, with the Ricky Phillips chat, which is being finalised over the weekend. That's it for now...



Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release of Influences & Connections Volume 1 - Mr. Big for European markets on January 19, 2004!
This album is the first of the new Influences & Connections series.
Every band, every musician, every artist is influenced along the way towards their goals. On that journey, they connect and interact with so many others on the same path with similar goals. The end result is music which is almost always the sum total of those influences and connections, as well as all their own hard work, inspiration and creative talent.
The artists who appear on this CD are all an influence upon, or connected in some way, to Mr. Big. A debt is owed to them all for their inspiration and friendship.
This is a very unique project in which Mr. Big's classic songs have been revisited, featuring all star vocalists and guest musicians as well as the band members themselves such as Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen and Pat Torpey.


The final tracklisting of the European version will include the following songs:
Mr. Big - Vocals: Paul Rodgers; Bass: Billy Sheehan; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Richie Kotzen
Take Cover - Vocals: Doug Pinnick; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Ty Tabor; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey
Colorado Bulldog - Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Marty Friedman; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey & Billy Sheehan
Wild World - Vocals: John Waite; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Richie Kotzen; Backing vocals: Debbie Holiday
Price You Gotta Pay - Vocals: Glenn Hughes; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Steve Lukather; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey
Promise Her The Moon - Vocals: Ann Wilson; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Backing vocals: Ann Wilson
Addicted To That Rush - Vocals: Billy Sheehan; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Richie Kotzen; Solo: Billy Sheehan; Harmonica: Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadas
Just Take My Heart - Vocals: Mickey Thomas; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Gene Black; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey & Billy Sheehan
Shine - Vocals: Brett Damrose; Bass: Keanu Reeves; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Stevie Salas; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey
Crawl Over Me - Vocals: Pat Torpey; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Matt Sorum; Guitar & solo: Lanny Cordola; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey
To Be With You - Vocals: Richie Kotzen; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola, Gene Black; Solo: Stevie Salas; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey & Richie Kotzen
Green Tinted Sixties Mind - Vocals: Donnie Vie; Bass: Chuck Wright; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Gene Black; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey
Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy - Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner; Bass: Tim Bogart; Drums: Pat Torpey; Guitar: Lanny Cordola; Solo: Yngwie Malmsteen; Backing vocals: Pat Torpey & Billy Sheehan

Alive And Kickin' (European exclusive Bonus Track!) Vocals - Glenn Hughes; Bass - Chuck Wright; Drums - Pat Torpey; Guitar - Lanny Cordola; Guitar Solo - Gene Black.

In addition to this, the CD version will include a teaser of the upcoming DVD which will include interviews from a few of the artists involved with the making of this album!
The album was produced by Pat Regan (Deep Purple, Kiss, Stuart Smith), Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey.
Another worthy release in the ever-growing Frontiers catalogue!


Axel Rudi Pell is right in the middle of recording his new album - titled Kings & Queens. The new CD is produced by Axel and co-produced, mixed and engineered by German legend Charlie Bauerfeind (Helloween, Motörhead, Saxon, Blind Guardian, Halford).
The line-up hasn't changed from the last release - it's Axel Rudi Pell (Guitars), Johnny Gioeli (Vocals), Mike Terrana (Drums), Ferdy Doernberg (Keyboards), Volker Krawczak (Bass). At the moment Johnny is in Germany recording the vocal parts, before the band carry on with some fill guitars and final mix.
The album will be released in Europe at the end of February on SPV. Other territories will follow.
Axel says about the album: "We all are very excited about the new songs as it will feature some of the best material I ever wrote."


M3 - classic Whitesnake - Hit the Road in 2003/04 - Press Release October 2003
For a huge army of fans around the world, the classic line-up of Whitesnake which recorded albums such as 'Ready An' Willing', 'Live In The Heart Of The City' and 'Come An' Get it' was the definitive rock band of the late 70s and early 80s. There is something unique about the combination of musicians who built Whitesnake's success that cannot be replicated, and the songs that they wrote and recorded together are still incredibly popular.
The bluesy twin guitars of Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, together with bassist Neil Murray, are back together in a new band, M3 - Classic Whitesnake, to perform the songs that took Whitesnake to the stadiums of the world. They are joined by well known guest musicians, including the incredible vocals of Tony Martin, best known for his work with Black Sabbath, Jimmy Copley on drums from Paul Rodger's and Tony Iommi's band and on keyboards Mark Stanway (Magnum, Grand Slam) among others.
Rock anthems like 'Ain't No love In The Heart Of The City', 'Here I Go Again', 'Don't Break My Heart Again' and 'Fool For Your Loving' are just some of the many classic Whitesnake songs that M3 - Classic Whitesnake perform, with full audience participation expected!
The concept behind M3 is to build on the foundations of the original Whitesnake members, plus Jimmy Copley, by experimenting with other top players, including guest appearances from other early contributors to the Whitesnake story (they were joined on stage by Don Airey in London, earlier this year).
The touring band consists of:
Bernie Marsden (guitar/vocals) was a founder member of Whitesnake but his career also includes stints with UFO, Wild Turkey, Cozy Powell, Babe Ruth, PAL, Alaska, Moody Marsden, and recently the Company of Snakes. He has done song writing, production and session work for many acts, and outside of M3 Bernie leads his blues band, Big Boy Blue.
Micky Moody (guitar/vocals)is best known for his role in the definitive Whitesnake line-up, though his vast and varied career has included working with Juicy Lucy, Snafu, Graham Bonnet, Frankie Miller, Chris Farlowe, Roger Chapman, Moody Marsden Band and Company of Snakes.
Neil Murray was also an original member of Whitesnake, playing on 8 albums and many tours, and is one of the most experienced bass guitarists in rock, recording and touring with bands and musicians such as Brian May, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Company of Snakes and Peter Green just to mention a few. He also is in the band for the hit musical We Will Rock You.
Tony Martin (vocals) was the awesome voice of Black Sabbath for 6 albums and tours in the 80s and 90s, and apart from his own solo projects, his singing and song writing has been featured with such bands as Blue Murder, The Cage, Giuntini Project II and Forcefield II.
Jimmy Copley (drums) is a fantastically powerful and funky drummer who is best known for touring and recording with artists such as Paul Rodgers, Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan and Jeff Beck. In the words of Bernie, "Jimmy drives the band like no other drummer since Cozy Powell or Ian Paice. He is exceptional."
Mark Stanway is the keyboard backbone to long established prog-rockers, Magnum and during the 1980's he regularly topped 'best keyboardist' polls, coming third to the likes of Jon Lord and Don Airey.
Listen to M3 live with your eyes closed and you would be forgiven for believing you were listening to Jon Lord and Ian Paice on stage with the M3 boys!
M3 will also be promoting a new live package, recorded at a special gig in the summer. Featuring 11 tracks, many of which have never been released live before, the album, Classic 'Snake Live Volume 1 (LH 1002, Little House Records) will be available at gigs, the bands website and other specialist outlets. Volume 2, featuring rare outtakes, will be released next year.
From this week sound samples from the forthcoming live album will be streaming at www.classicwhitesnake.com


The band Elemental will be making the full download of their song Requiem [Dance With A Memory] available from the Audio Kingdom web site (www.audiokingdom.com) for a $3 donation to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
The download will be available at Audio Kingdom from Nov 10 - Dec 2, the day after World AIDS Day. All proceeds from this download will be made directly to the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Audio Kingdom will be assisting in the promotion of this event, with prominent placement on their home page throughout the month. Announcements have also been made on the Official Queen web site (www.queenonline.com) and Brian May's Official Site.
A clip of Requiem is currently available on the Elemental web site. The lyrics were written and inspired by the band's respect and admiration for Freddie Mercury, and took on a greater meaning to serve as a memoriam to those in the creative and artistic community that have fallen from AIDS-related illnesses.
Elemental is a melodic rock collaboration between Jeremey Hunsicker of the United States and Juhani Nahkala of Sweden. This collaboration has been completed completely online, including the writing, recording, and production of the band's upcoming CD, which will be made available in the first quarter of 2004. For further information about Elemental, visit the band's web site at www.elementalrocks.com.

News from Rock Of Norway - TNT have received a gold award for sales of more than 20.000 copies of their latest compilation-album The Big Bang - The Essential Collection in Norway.

The new Dream Theater album is released next week and to date has managed to avoid being advance-leaked over the Internet. A preview of the first single As I Am is available now at the band's website: www.dreamtheater.net.

Rox Diamond recently reformed and signed a worldwide deal with Z Records. Their self-titled debut (which was originally released during 1992 by Active Records), will now be re-released by Z on December 1st 2003, fully remastered with 1 bonus track. The recently inked deal also includes a brand new studio album which will be released during late 2004.
Paul from the band made the following comment: "The guys and I are thrilled to be back making music together. I can't wait for people to hear the "new" material. I appreciate all the support over the years from "Rox Diamond" fans, and we look forward to getting some new ones!!"



Monday, November 03, 2003

MTM Music have announced a new title from the Classix label. R.A.W consists of the two brother Bosse and Anders Lindmark. If you re familiar with the band Dalton you'll probably recognize the names on three of the members in R.A.W. In the beginning of 1992 the band was signed to EMI Sweden and started to write songs for an album. Their first single First Time Love made a clear entrance on the charts in the beginning of 1995. The band's first album, titled First was released the same year. MTM Classix is now re-releasing it, featuring two unreleased bonus tracks. LabelLink: www.mtm-music.com

In addition to a Harlan Cage best of, for a label that is yet to be determined, Roger Scott Craig has a new CD out with his old band Liverpool ExpressOnce Upon A Time can be purchased through many websites (GEMM, CDBaby etc) . Fans can get the info at: liverpoolexpress.com. The band are in the final stages of negotiating a Distribution deal for Europe.

Josh Ramos is auctioning off some wine bottles that Steve Smith gave him when he was recording The Storm's first CD. The wine bottles were given to Journey from Bill Graham. Details can be found at: www.jrnydv.com/Features/news.htm

It seems the new Tears For Fears album Everyone Loves A Happy Ending will be released in April. A single - Closest Thing To Heaven - is due later this month.

Bob Seger fans would be interested to see this write up on the new Greatest Hits 2 release, among other topics. Check it out.

Recent re-unions from a few 80's names - The Alarm, Kajagoogoo and A Flock of Seagulls. Details for these gigs can be found at: www.thealarm.comwww.kajagoogoo.co.uk; and www.airbornedivision.com

91 Suite's label Vinny Records have asked that this be printed to clear up any possible confusion in the market place:
"Since few days ago there has been a rumour on the internet saying that one of the bands of our label, 91 Suite, has signed a deal with Universal Music and we have to say that this is NOT true and it's only a rumour because our label has a contract signed with 91 Suite for 3 more albums.
It is true, however, that there have been some contacts and negotiations with some multinational labels who have shown their interest in the band but there is nothing confirmed by now and the new CD will be also released by Vinny Records in Europe and by Marquee-Avalon in Japan. If there would be any news regarding this matter you will all be informed. Thank you very much for your interest." www.vinnyrecords.com / info@vinnyrecords.com

New sound clips from Celtic Legacy's new album Resurrection are now posted on their website. The band is getting some excellent feedback on these short tasters which are very encouraging. Some last minute studio work is being finished and the band is looking forward to getting the album out there. If you like your classic twin guitar sound and some Celtic overtones, then you should enjoy this album.
The album is due for manufacture at the end of October and should hopefully be available by the 2nd week of November. No label deal has as yet been 100% finalised, so it is unlikely the album will have a release in Ireland, but it will be available on-line. ArtistLink: www.celtic-legacy.com


Hall & Oates celebrated their 30th year in the music industry this year with a live performance for A&E's Live By Request show. The DVD of the show is released this week and features the following tracks: Maneater . Sara Smile . Private Eyes . Rich Girls . Do It For Love . Everytime You Go Away . Out of Touch . Say It Isn't So . Me & Mrs Jones . She's Gone . Forever For You . It's A Laugh . I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

A reader picked on on last week's Jorn Lande album details and suggested I point out who his backing band for the album are. Another reader asked that very question. So if you are unfamiliar with the line up (October 28 news), guitarist Jõrn Viggo Lofstad and drummer Stian Kristoffersen are from heralded progressive metal band Pagan's Mind and bassist Magnus Rosèn is from Hammerfall. A solid line up indeed!



Friday, October 31, 2003

Kivel Records Press Release: TNA embarks on a brand of rock all their own with their follow up release Branded, due this November. Below you can read a song by song break down from TNA's Sean Tarr and Mike McManamon. As well as sampling a full MP3 from the new album.
Pre-order now via www.kivelrecords.com. More soundbytes coming soon. Click on Walk Before You Crawl for a full length preview.

Society - Is a 47 second Montage intro of news broadcasts and TV commercials. It helps set the stage for the albums first track.
Lies, Guns and Violence - There's a saying that art is merely a mirror of society. Haven't you ever turned the TV off in disgust after seeing nothing but the horrible things people do to one another? Seeing corrupt, money grubbing elected officials, celebrities, and CEO's of large corporations getting richer, while the people who put them there in the first place grow poorer? Politicians lie at every turn, some lie about cigars while others lie about wars, tax cuts, big business and the environment. We need to wake up and "change the direction that we're being led, try to loose the monkey that we're being fed"! Stop watching all those useless reality shows and educate yourself. We're all the same, some people do certain things better but it doesn't make them better. Wake up and believe in yourself and do not take anything at face value! - Sean Tarr
The Sound - As we all know, hard rock has had a pretty tough time over the last decade. First it was Grunge then Hip Hop and now Nu Metal and boy band hell. Not that there's anything wrong with these other genres mind you, but they just don't have the same chill up your spine, testosterone laced hard rock goodness that I grew up with damn it!!! I wanted to write an in your face guitar laden rocker that conveyed this urgency. This track has layers of Les Paul and Flying V guitars played through a Marshall on 10! This is all about Thin Lizzy, classic Aerosmith and ACDC. "It's like the thunder and lightning", ol' Phil (Lynott) used to sing about. Now, If you've ever heard "Thunder and Lightning" by Thin Lizzy you know what I'm talking about. - Sean
Do You Remember - At times I find myself wallowing in the romantic notion of what used to be rather than what is. This song reflects my feelings of wanting to break out of the rut we all find ourselves in from time to time. If we're lucky, we have someone there who loves us to help us out. Wall of guitars. This time the Performance strat and the Charvel strat were employed. We wanted dynamics, like the tide coming in and out. Soft verse building and building until the crescendo in the chorus then receding back to the soft verse. Mike laid down some powerful vocals to make the hook really sink in." I want to feel incredible, I want to feel invincible, just keep on telling me you love me" - Sean
Walk Before you Crawl - This is a reworked version of one of our older songs that we used to play way back. I like the song, because it reminds me of those days. It has a real classic melodic "metal" feel. Therefore, this makes it a real fun song to sing. It is light hearted, and should be taken in a tongue in cheek feel. To me, it's a continuation of the song Take You Home Tonight from the TRIGGER album. Moral of the story, Be careful what you wish for, it might be ME. "Dreaming of the devil, and I'm what you got!!". - Mike McManomon
Rain - This song was originally written for a movie soundtrack by myself and Lez Warner of The Cult.
"Englishman in New York" never saw the light of day due to lack of funding but luckily the song has. Straight up hard rock with a haunting verse section, this song reflects the frustration of a young Englishman in New York having to cope with lost love, alcoholism, and general loss of direction in life. - Sean
9 Lives of Innocence - This was a collaboration between myself, and Kevin Blois from Gin Gypsy. It was really more of a stream of consciousness thing. Kevin met me at my apartment one Saturday and started playing this song, the opening acoustic guitar line you hear in the beginning. He started singing what is now the first verse, the chorus, part of the second verse and the outro. We tracked those bits and called it a day as he had other engagements. Unfortunately, I never saw him again. I loved the song and felt it should be completed and recorded properly. The song was lacking structure. So I arranged it, added a solo and completed the lyrics to the second verse as you hear them now. I tried to maintain the essence of what Kevin was trying to say. As far as I can tell, the song is about the souls' journey and the experiences along the path of life. It's rather abstract. 9 Lives is probably the "feel good" song of the album because of it's upbeat tempo and pop feel. - Sean
Feel It - I had just moved in with my new girlfriend, (now wife) and was getting used to living in New York City. It reflects the feelings I had at the time, the excitement of a new and wonderful relationship, a new home, new acquaintances and new musical horizons. Nice bouncy, guitar grinding goodness for you to sink your teeth into. It was perfect for Mike McManamon's voice. In 1992 the metal we all know and love was breathing it's last dying breath. If you listen carefully I think you'll find it truly reflects the time period in which it was written while maintaining a slightly more modern feel. - Sean
Eva's Song - As the name implies I wrote this song for my lovely wife Eva. She has been a tremendous source of love, strength and inspiration to me over the years as she has always believed in me and my music. I was fooling around with the acoustic guitar one day and the melody line came to me. There are actually two guitar lines intertwined throughout the piece, which gives it its haunting feel. It was her song from the moment it came together. I decided not to write lyrics and play a solo instead which to me said more from the heart than any word I could write for her. - Sean
Scream New York City - S&M freaky deaky song about the city so nice they had to name it twice. It doesn't get much better than NYC for gettin' your freak on and letting it all hang out daddy! Another straightforward rocker meant to be played on 11 when you're heading out to the clubs on a Saturday night. - Sean
Kill Your Idols - I was thinking about worship on this one, and is very special to me. At the time, I was jamming with a bunch of guys I had known for a long time. I was fooling around with different sounds etc. It was also a dark and ugly time for me. Which happened to be a time when Rock in general had seemed to lose it's way. I remember that there were a few noteworthy news stories at the time that resembled celebrities gone bad to role models just lost in some really dark situations. It occurred to me that these "IDOLS" of society had really let down the people who viewed them as heroes. I tried to take that thought one step further. Simply put, look inside yourself for your heroes. Greatness can be achieved from within. The song, is a message of sorts to those who worship such "IDOLS" as movie stars, musicians, athletes, or whoever. If that is the case, then please...kill me next. - Mike


Press Release:
Mother Mercy Dancin with the Devil is a 16 track new studio release in Stock now at www.perrisrecords.com
This LA Glam band has finally released their follow-up to Love At First Bite. Fans will not be disappointed with this blazin' hot studio release. Fans of L.A. Guns, Motley Crue, Love Hate have to buy this CD. Mother Mercy has what it takes to keep the glam rock alive to this day. When other bands are selling out to lame Limp Biscuit style, Mother Mercy are sticking to their guns and taking no prisoners!!!
Track listing: The Thunder, Perfect Mind . Dancing With The Devil . Waste of Skin . Mercy's Law . Machine Gun . Blood . Creatures of The Night . Devil Child . The Sideshow . Ragman . Little Nikki . Chosen One . Invisible . Don't Bury Me . Kicking N Screaming (Out of The Grave) . Mercy Killing


In The Pink & Sunshine Jive's Robby Hoffman e-mailed in with some very sad news. His bother Steve Hoffman died Sunday evening. Steve was diagnosed with Lung Cancer July 2001.
Steve was living in Toronto, Canada for the last 10 years working in the music industry. He was managing such major artists as Extreme, Rush, Van Halen, Valentine/Open Skyz, Wilson Philips and the Tea Party. It was Steven's boyhood dream to work with Van Halen, and that dream became a reality.
The funeral was on Wednesday where many beautiful tributes were given including a heartfelt rendition of More Than Words by Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt.
A memorial fund has been setup in Steve's name:
Steven Hoffman Lung Cancer Research Fund / The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2M9
Donations can be made electronically by clicking on the following link.
Sorry to hear of yuor loss Robbie. RIP Steve.

Log onto the Music Shop.net for a discount deal for Escape Music titles. Buy three and the third one is free.

Rush's Rush in Rio made it's USA chart debut at #33 with 33,000 units sold.

Here's the cover for Journey's Greatest Hits DVD. Just in case you haven't seen it yet.

The Pride Of Lions French CD release part has been changed to 5.00 PM on Nov. 12 at the record Store Gibert Joseph.

I know I promised a reviews update, but you will have to wait a few more days. I've put off all other page updates to get caught up with reviews I've missed so far and also tackle the latest titles coming out soon. well, I'm on such a roll, I'm going to keep going. So the reviews are likely to be ready Tuesday, and following that a ton of other page updates are due - including MR-X, Mini-Bytes and the November Soundbytes.



Thursday, October 30, 2003

The latest Van Halen rumor finds former Noiseworks and recent Inxs frontman Jon Stevens in line for the vocalist position. Who better to ask about this rumor than Steve Lukather, buddy of Eddie VH and currently on tour with Inxs. Steve had this to say: "I don't think Ed even knows who he is. Its amazing how all these rumours start. I think Jon is a great singer. I LOVE INXS. These guys are my new best pals and we are having a lot of fun!! We have been in a bummer as our drummer Simon has been very ill and cant play so Jon Farris has been playing with us. We have another drummer flying out, Ricky Lawson from Steely Dan-Phil Collins etc to take over for the rest of the tour."

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has given a recent interview that is now online at defleppard.com. The interview finds Campbell in a very open frame of mind - he speaks candidly about life in Leppard, his days in Dio and Whitesnake. Very interesting stuff indeed! Check it out now: www.defleppard.com/backstage/index_viv_interview.html

Nexx - Songs from the band's debut CD, Colours, are being used in the national TV advertising campaign of one of Spain's largest mobile phone companies, Amena. The campaign began last week with the track After The Storm and several others will be used.
On the Cadena 100 Radio website the 3 songs that Patricia and Fran played live recently during the 100 x 100 program are available for download. The audio quality is not first rate but anyone interested should check out -www.cadena100.es/paginas/100x100_acusticos2.asp?noticia=944
Further live shows and promotional activities will be announced soon.

Power Quest - The build up of interest in the Anglo Italian power metallers continues! Only one day after it's release in Japan, NeverWorld entered the HMV Metal Top 100 at number 20. Burrn! magazine's Editor In Chief, Kaz Hirose, described the band as having a clear and powerful sound, the vocals as being high pitched and performed perfectly and that the fresh pop feeling of the keyboards makes them much more than a typical power metal band in his glowing review, whilst Young Guitar also commented on the fact that the band offers more than just a rehash of what has gone before stating that a new style of melodic speed metal is completed with this album. Details of the European release of the album will be announced shortly.

Lost Weekend - Fresh from their very successful stint supporting Bob Catley in Europe and performing at the Magnumania extravaganza, new dates have been added to Lost Weekend's live schedule for the remainder of the year and for early 2004.
The dates and venues are as follows...
01.11.2003 - Bradshaws Tavern, Halifax. Free Entry.
20.11.2003 - The Quayside, Runcorn. £6 Adv / £7 Door.
28.11.2003 - Rochdale Transport Club, Rochdale. £5 Entry.
10.01.2004 - Golden Lion, Halifax. Free Entry.
26.02.2004 - The Quayside, Runcorn. £6 Adv / £7 Door.
For full gig details check out the LIVE section on the bands website: www.lostweekend.org.uk
More dates are being planned so keep checking back!!!

For updates / further info check out the Now & Then website at www.nowandthen.co.uk, email us at info@nowandthen.co.uk or ring us on 01942 513298.

Roger Scott Craig dropped an e-mail to me with news of a Harlan Cage Best Of planned for early 2004. The Best of Harlan Cage CD will feature twelve of the better tracks from the band's four CD releases plus four new tracks. One of these new tracks is the old Fortune song Stacy which fans can now audition if they log on to www.harlancage.com

ATLANTA, Oct. 20, 2003 - Brash Music, announced that Matt Sorum's new record Hollywood Zen will be available online at www.mattsorum.com on Halloween - October 31st.
Co-produced with Lanny Cordola, and engineered and mixed by Kevin SmithHollywood Zen has Sorum singing, playing guitar and drums, and features special guest appearances by some of Sorum's musical friends. Also available for sale will be 300 limited edition copies autographed by Sorum.
Featured tracks are The Blame Game which includes soaring guitar work by rock legend Slash; and Sunset Boulevard an homage to the Hollywood celebrity fame game. "This is a very personal reflection of my life in rock and roll over the past two decades. It chronicles my own experiences with touring, addictions, relationships and my hometown Los Angeles," said Sorum. "This record was a very liberating, cathartic experience."
This project was completed earlier this year while Matt's new band Velvet Revolver was putting together their line up of ex-Stone Temple Pilots' frontman Scott Weiland, ex-Guns N' Roses band mates Slash and Duff McKagan, plus David Kushner of Suicidal Tendencies. Sorum has been in the studio most of this month laying down the drum tracks for the Velvet Revolver debut album [Note - Weiland has since been arrested for more drug offences and therefore the status of the VR album is somewhat unknown]
Track Listing for Matt Sorum: The Forgiving Kind . Hallucination Lullabye . Brand New Obscene . The Blame Game . Sunset Blvd. . Circus of the Sun . 3% Solution . Scar Baby . Viva la Rock . Suicide Mission . Confession


Tune into Urban Tale's official website for an updated news letter and details of what's been going on with the band. Of most note is the fact the band is part of a new advertising campaign initiated by their Japanese label for the territory of Korea. One Day is being used in ads by Manstar - a clothing company. Congrats guys. The album is being distributed in Korea by EMI.
The band has also signed to a new booking agency that will be responsible for bookings outside Finland, mainly in the European territory. The company is called M-Production and it's located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Some other acts of the agency are Lost Horizon, Pagan's Mind, Freak Kitchen, Pathos, Last Tribe, Stabb among others.
More info always at: www.urbantale.net

Just what is the Jimmy Barnes/Bob Daisley band called? The Meek? The Rage? Neither according to Bob. This in from Bob, via Mitch Lafon"No sorry, The Meek isn't it either. We haven't settled on a name as yet and the only "quote" I can give you at the moment is that this album is one of the best recordings I've ever been involved in. I co-produced the album with Darren Schneider and just one other thing - Jon Lord didn't play on it, Don Airey did all the keyboard parts on the songs that have 'em."
The album however will include covers of several tracks recorded by Bob with Ozzy Osbourne - yes, the album's Bob was recently recorded out of. Track listing: Last Chance . I Don't Know (Ozzy Cover) . Every Moment A Lifetime . Crazy Train (Ozzy Cover) . In The Name Of God . Flying High Again (Ozzy Cover) . Pushed Me Too Hard . Mr. Crowley (Ozzy Cover) . Tonight (Ozzy Cover) . Walk Away . Over The Mountain (Ozzy Cover)
The album will be released through Liberation Records in Australia in February 2004.

Hard working German rockers Winterland have a full length MP3 available on their site for download and are requesting feedback from listeners. Check out the band at: www.winterland-web.de, download the track I Don't Know and leave the guys some feedback!



Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Frontiers Records are delighted to announce the signing of Last Autumn's Dream's self titled debut album for the European release on January 19, 2004!
Last Autumn's Dream is a new melodic rock super-group featuring famed Swedish singer Mikael Erlandsson together with former Fair Warning guitarist Andy Malecek plus the three Europe cohorts Mic Michaeli (on keyboards), John Leven (on bass) and Ian Haugland (on drums).


The idea of this band came about when Mikael's record company in Japan proposed him to join forces with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek who enjoyed great success in the German hard rock band Fair Warning.
Mikael and Andy were both hooked by the idea and a plan for the album began to grow.
Mikael's production companies in Sweden XTC Productions/Studio in Stockholm and Sunday Music in Gothenburg also supported the idea and they turned to Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Levén from Europe and asked if they were interested. After listening to Mikael and Andy's new, strong material, they all decided to join in and the band Last Autumn's Dream's was born.
The album was recorded in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Berlin and includes the following eleven tracks: Again and Again . Doin Time (exclusive bonus track for Europe) . Guardian Angel . Break The Chains (Of Destiny) . Blink Of An Eye . Talk To Me . The One . I Never Let You Go . High Up . Movin On . Going Home.
Last Autumn's Dream's strongly resembles the best Scandinavian melodic rock heritage coming from such bands as Europe, Bad Habit, DaVinci and early Treat, but also adds a distinctive Fair Warning influence coming from the Malecek guitar playing and songwriting! Definitely a great release to start the new year!


Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details concerning the Pride Of Lions release party in Milan, Italy. The event will take place on Thursday November 13th at 21.30
Special Guests Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock / ITTOLITTOS Via Olgiati, 25 (Zona Barona), Milano Tel. 02/81.38.061
Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock will also appear live at Radio Rock FM Milano and Rock TV.

White Skull - The Italian power metal combo is preparing their comeback album in studio. The new album will be entitled The XIIIth Skull and will feature the debut of the new axeman Danil Bar. The recording of the album shall be completed at the end of November 2003 with a release tentatively planned for spring 2004.

November 10, 2003 is the release date set for the release of Chris Catena's debut solo album Freak Out! and also the Freak Out Tonight single on IMR Records, both exclusively distributed by Frontiers Records.
Chris Catena is an Italian rock singer with almost 20 years of experience in the Italian rock and hard rock scene.
This debut album features an impressive list of special guests such as Glenn Hughes (duet vocals on Freak Out Tonight); Bruce Kulick; Tony Franklin; Tommy Aldridge; Eric Singer; Myron Dove; Dave Meniketti; Doug Wimbish; Virgil Donati; John Taylor; Stephen Ferrone; Chester Thompson; Jeff Scott Soto (duet vocals on What You Gonna Do When Your Love Is Gone), John Lawton (duet vocals on It's A Long Way To Go), Chuck Wright, Vitalij Kuprij, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, Kelly Simonz, Johnny Olhin, Nobby, Stevie Salas, Al Kooper and many others.
Full tracklisting of the album is: Crazy Man . Freak Out Tonight . Hey Man (Freedom Calls) . Lady Starlight . Desire . Take Me Away . To A Friend . What You Gonna Do When Your Love Is Gone . Sweet Talker . Don't Stop Running . Follow Me . Gimme Your Love . Getting Tighter . The Stronger You Are . The Harder You Fall . It's A Long Way To Go.
The Mini CD Single includes Freak Out Tonight (Edit Remix), I Found A Woman (Glenn Hughes cover / unreleased), Turn Turn (unreleased).
This project is a mélange of hard rock of the seventies, funk, freak, metal, blues, soul - Whitesnake meets Trapeze, Deep Purple Mrk 3 meets Kiss, Glenn Hughes meets Stevie Wonder and so on. The artwork was specially designed for the release by none other than Derek Riggs (Iron Maiden, Stratovarius).
Album samples available for exclusive downloading at www.glennhughesitalia.com


Classy Canadian melodic rocker Phil Naro has announced he has left his longtime label Z Records and is not mixing words about his decision to find a new label. Here is his press release, sent out today:
"Dear friends, fans and AOR journalists/Web magazines. As of 28/10/2003, I have made the decision to officially leave the roster of Z Records. Along with this release, Z Records has been informed of my decision to leave by all forms of electronic/regular mail known. This decision has been a long-time coming and solely based on conflicts between the label & myself. I feel this decision is best for all parties concerned and sever ALL ties.
Plans are in now in the works for me, to release a new album in the near future. I have high expectations that the new album will be out late this year/early next. At the moment I am still unsure what label I will call "home". As more progress on my career status unfolds, I will post an update as to what it is, and may be.
Also, I must address an issue that has disappointed. Its has come to my attention, that my former label will be including a demo song on their compilation album this month. The track is listed as a Naro demo. However it is not a Naro demo, but in fact a 24K demo.
Now it was discussed that this track would at one time be used on a compilation. However due to numerous conflicting problems with the way matters have been conducted and the fact that responsibilities of the label have not been met to date. I find it upsetting that after all this, the label has decided to STILL utilize this track with so many unresolved issues still at hand. Now, I am not saying do not purchase this CD, however I do want people to realize that I do not condone this action by my former label and it has sadden me that such methods are being conducted. Now, I do not wish to resort to slanderous comments and cause a public war between Mr. Alger and myself.
However I feel that as my name IS in fact on this track, I wish to not be a part of misleading the fans of this genre by saying this is a Naro track and that I am in compliance with this.
I truly appreciate everyone's support for sticking by me, and giving me such great support, guidance and most of all patience. I apologize for how long it is taking to get my next move/album together. Unfortunately though, as in life sometimes goes, some things are beyond ones control. I'll post news as soon as a decision is made and keep you all updated on my progress.
Hopefully these new possibilities will work out in my best interest. However if they do not, I feel good inside that I followed my heart and got the chance to pursue them. Wish me luck!
Best Regards, Phil Naro - www.philnaro.com

Gerry and the guys from Brighton Rock are releasing their own self-financed live DVD-R. The band tried to get the support of former label Warner Brothers for a DVD release, but were unsuccessful. So the band have decided to release the concert part of the DVD on DVD-R for the fans. It's the complete reunion show from September 1st, 2001. The show was recorded on three camera angles from fans and mixed in the soundboard to get 5.1 surround sound. More information is available now at the band's website: www.brightonrock.ca

We've recently had news from Richard Marx, now here's an update from another 80's pop star, Nik Kershaw. This was mailed in to me, taken from his website:
"Tuesday, October 28, 2003....Having never released an album over the net I am confronted with a problem I've never had to deal with before. How many Albums do I get pressed? One million or one thousand? Do I get David Hockney to design the sleeve or do I use one of my son's Pokemon drawings? And what about staff? Do I employ hundreds of skilled packers to rush the millions of CDs off to the four corners of the earth, or do I buy a couple of books of first class stamps and a damp sponge?
Indeed, I'm constantly haunted by two nightmare scenarios - a) Not enough Albums are pressed - panic buying ensues - hordes of rabid Nik Kershaw fans riot in the streets - World markets crash - U.N. Security Council meets - China vetoes French resolution calling for special edition box set - George Bush grows comedy moustache and invades Poland b) Too many Albums are pressed - garage full of CDs - nowhere to park my big red tractor mower.
In order that neither of these horrors occurs, we at Shorthouse records thought it rather a good idea to get some kind of mailing list together. A revolutionary concept I know, but one which will give us some idea as to the numbers involved.
So, if you would be interested in receiving information regarding the release of the up and coming album, please place your email address at the bottom of the page - www.nikkershaw.net. Don't worry, it'll be our little secret. No one need ever know you're a Nik Kershaw fan and only very few of you will receive unsolicited mortgage offers or advice on increasing the size of your penis. (It doesn't work, by the way!)"
No comments on that last bit, but the new studio album sounds interesting. I'll keep you posted with any updates. Visit Nik's site to join the mailing list.

Press Release:
Rhino Bucket, hailed as the "Last Real Rock Band" is back on the music scene with their no holds barred rock n' roll proving that good, loud music is here to stay!
The band is currently holed up in a studio recording new songs titled She Rides, Smile and Dead and Well for their upcoming demo EP that will be shopped around for a new record deal. Rhino Bucket also recently had several tunes featured on the new CBS TV series "The Handler" and are also slated to have additional tunes featured on the soundtracks for the independent film "Rolling Kansas" and "Stateside".
Best known for their self-titled debut album and their sophomore effort Get Used To It, the band's music was prominently featured in the early nineties in both the hit movie "Wayne's World" as well as the multi-platinum soundtrack that accompanied it. Often compared to early Bon Scott era AC/DC, Rhino Bucket's raw, gritty sound has never sounded tighter and better with the new addition of Brian Forsythe, formerly of Kix on lead guitar and the powerhouse drumming of Jackie Enx.
To read up more on the band's happenings, please check out their website, www.rhinobucket.com

A couple of updates from yesterday's news. of course, Audie Desbrow was not the original Great White drummer. Sorry for the error. It was Gary Holland. Audie joined in the mid-80's.
Frankie Banali heard of Audie's troubles and wants to reach out to the drummer. Here's his message:
"I've just heard the terrible news of (former Great White drummer) Audie Desbrow's loss due to the Southern California fires. I have no way of knowing how to reach him, but if you do, please provide me with that information or give him my e-mail address.
I will be happy to immediately provide him with one of my drum sets, cymbals, hardware and anything else that may be of help for as long as he may need it.
The fires were quater of a mile from my own home and I am grateful that we were spared but so sorry to hear of his loss as well as so many others.
Thanks, Frankie Banali. They should e-mail me via my site www.frankiebanali.com

I must again thank folks for the awesome support and kind words about MelodicRock.com CD1. You can still order copies right here.
Several have asked when Volume 2 might see the light of day. well, good question. My basic philosophy here is that I will not release it until I know it's better than Volume 1. I've approached a lot of great artists and several have responded - things are looking good. Sadly, a few artists I had a lot of confidence in have not yet replied, but I remain positive. If my plans come together as hoped, Volume 2 will indeed be an even better release and might be ready to roll in the first couple of months of 2004. Stay tuned!
If you are an artist that would like to be on CD Volume 2 - drop me a line. Sorry, no unsigned artists at this time - we'll get to you guys soon!



Tuesday, October 28, 2003

I am very pleased to report that one of my favourite melodic rock bands The Hooters are in the studio working on a brand new album - their first since 1993's awesome Out Of Body. The re-union comes after a recent very successful German tour. I e-mailed Eric Bazilian to confirm the rumors and his reply came through this morning. Eric commented: "The tour was, in a word, superlative. I've been commuting between Sweden and the US to work on not only the next Hooters album, but the next Joan Osborne record." Good news all round there! I'll check back with Eric for updates...

To all the folks in California suffering at the hands of wildfires - I hope you, friends and family are all safe and well. It's a situation Australians are all too familiar with. At this point I have only heard of one rocker affected - original Great White drummer Audie Desbrow lost everything overnight - left with only the clothes he was wearing.

Riot have a new drummer. Frank Gilchriest is the new man in the role, he will be recording with Riot on the new album and will be touring with the band after that.

In Mark Boals news, the release date for Ring of Fire's next disc will no longer be December 10. The label will put the release back to the first few months of 2004.

MR-X has been updated!
Added today are new video clips for: Cats In Boots - Shotgun SallyDennis De Young - BoomchildHouse Of Lords - I Just Wanna Be LovedImpellitteri - WarriorSammy Hagar - Things've ChangedSignal - Does It Feel Like Love and Styx - Love Is The Ritual
Also added is a couple of rare/unreleased tracks featuring Wildside, Jaded Heart, Glen Burtnik and Magnum.
To join MR-X, check out the details. The area will now be updated each week.

A Sydney-based melodic rock band with a hard-working management team requires a dynamic vocalist to complete the line-up. Bringing together influences like Toto and Europe and even a little prog rock but in a new way, the band's sound is melodic, positive and energetic. The ideal singer will have great range, solid technique and the ability to really project the song to the listener. Whatever it is that you do, you'll need to be great at it, AND have a professional approach! The band founder and key songwriter has major label publishing, and management has opportunities to seize for the completed line-up. If you or someone you know would be right for the project, contact Chris at singer@chrisbrooks.net, or send your press kit and demo to: Chris Brooks, Progmatic Music, PO Box 2440, Carlingford Court NSW 2118

AFM Records in Germany haven't sent me a single CD to review/feature, nor have they ever replied to a single e-mail I've sent them. But here's a news update from them anyway!
As some of you might have heard already, the record contract between AFM Records and Edguy has expired after 6 successful albums with the release of the double live album Burning Down The Opera. Due to the fact that the current budget conceivability's of the band were too different from the AFM ones, both parties decided to go separate ways after 7 years of a good and fertile co-operation. The complete back catalogue as well as the two Avantasia albums will also be available in the future through AFM Records. Nevertheless, we wish all the best to Edguy for all their upcoming releases and touring activities.

On January 26, 2004 - AFM Records will release the new studio album of the famous German Metal band Axxis. The CD is entitled Time Machine and has been mixed by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) in the House Of Audio studios in southern Germany who did a brilliant job. The powerful sound will be backed up by an impressive cover artwork created from no-one else than Derek Gores (a.o. Kamelot, Dionysus)
Song setlist Time MachineMystery Of Time (Intro) . Angel Of Death . Time Machine . Wind In The Night (Shalom) . Lost In The Darkness . The Demons Are Calling... . Wings Of Freedom . Dance In The Starlight . Battle Of Power . Alive . Gimme Your Blood . Don't Drag Me Down

Early next year, AFM will have some very interesting and promising releases, a.o. new studio outputs of U.D.O., Tankard, Annihilator...as well as an album of an internationally established act which can't be disclosed yet.
A top priority product in February will be the solo album of extraordinary Masterplan singer Jorn Lande. The CD is entitled Out To Every Nation.
Jorn is: Jorn Lande - vocals, Magnus Rosèn - bass, Jõrn Viggo Lofstad - guitars, Stian Kristoffersen - drums
The following songs will be on the album: Young Forever . Out To Every Nation . Something real . Living With Wolves . Vision Eyes . One Day We Will Put Out The Sun . Behind The Clown . Rock Spirit . Through Day And Night . When Angel Wings Were White.



Monday, October 27, 2003

Mike Tramp has been a fixture on the musicscene for more than 25 years. Starting out with Danish band Mabel via the multi-million-selling White Lion and his fantastic outfit Freak Of Nature and his three-album-spanning solo career Tramp has doubtlessly written his own chapter in music history.
On the direct tail end of his summer tour with none other than the legendary ZZ Top, Tramp and band commenced to record the capacity concert at Copenhagen's legendary Pumphouse Club to record his first ever live album. Tramp, being a native Copenhagener, and his band blew the roof off the club that was cooking from the summer heat as they tore through a 110-minute set of new songs, classics and surprises. Anyone who ever saw Tramp on stage knows what to expect and those who missed it now have the possibility to live it in their own living room. Without any overdubs, this album is now released under the only title Tramp could see fit Rock N Roll Alive!
The album is released as a limited-edition double-DigiPak:
Track Listing: CD1 - Live For Today . If It Ain't Gonna Rock . Living On The Edge . Lay Down My Life For You . Mr. Death . Better Off . Broken Heart . Follow Your Dreams . Wait
CD 2 - Falling Down . Little Fighter . Living A Lie . What Am I . Nothing At All . I Won't Let Go . More To Life Than This . When The Children Cry . Rocking In The Free World
You can pre-oder the album now at www.ulftone.com. Shipping will start mid-November.

MTM have sent out an update on their current and in-the-works releases. The following info is taken from that press release.
The label has finalized details of it's January releases. It starts with a MTM Classix release - Erika Cold Winter Night is released January 12. The album features three unreleased bonus tracks.
Street Talk's best of compilation Destination follows that, but no release date is given.
Shiva's new album Desert Dreams is released January 26. It's reported to be a little heavier than the very cool debut.

TNT will continue to work on their new album until the middle of November. The album is set to be titled My Religion and is supposed to be released in mid February.

Darren Wharton of Dare is still working on their follow up album Beneath The Shining Water. Don't expect the album to be out before March / April.

The new Shylock album is expected to be completed during the next two weeks. The album will be released in February and is entitled Welcome To Illusion.

Shy is also in the studio working on their new album. There is no title so far but you can except a great new album! A release is due somewhere in spring 2004.

JK Northrup and Paul Shortino just finished recording their new Northrup/Shortino album. Listen to the advance track on the current MTM Volume 9!

Bob Harris (Axe) and the band Edge Of Forever have also finished recording. MTM are expecting a great AOR album which is produced by Marcel Jacob (Talisman)Jeff Scott Soto is singing a duet together with Bob on one song as well as doing most of the backing vocals. The album is scheduled for spring 2004

The same release date is expected for the two Swedish bands - Token and Seven Wishes.
LabelLink: www.mtm-music.com

Jeff Scott Soto e-mailed in this message he'd like the world to see - especially those that have seen him live in the last few months:
"I just want 2 say as the European portion of my 1st solo tour comes 2 a close what an absolute pleasure it was playing, singing, screaming, meeting, & drinking with u all that came 2 our many shows. 4 some in my band it was a 1st in touring & u made them feel very welcome & like they've been with me 4 many years already. I'm sad 2 see it end but on the other hand, u all assisted in making sure it won't be another 10...8....5 years before I come back. Hell, as soon as I get me next album out middle of next year, get ready 2 do it all over again! Thanks 2 all the club owners, promoters, friends who helped make the shows happen, but most of all, the die hard & new fans we picked up along the way, u made this possible & 4 this I am 4ever grateful! Ciao, Danke, Gracias, Merci, Dank U, & Cheers! South America, Japan & Australia, you're next!! JSS
[Yes, we are continuing to work on bringing Jeff to Australia!]

Talisman in Spain:
Just coming from a very successful run throughout Europe, Jeff & guitarist Howie Simon will be joined by the remaining members of Talisman for a few dates in Spain.
Thursday 6th of November - Bibloland - Bilbao, Spain
Friday 7th of November - Club Caracol, Madrid, Spain
Saturday 8th of November - Ritmo Y Compas (Jam/Party Night) - Madrid, Spain

Jeff will join the SAS Band once again for the annual Christmas shows in the UK. Dates are as follows:
Friday 5th of December - Chiddingfold, UK
Saturday 6th of December - Chiddingfold, UK
Sunday 7th of December - Chiddingfold, UK
Monday 8th of December - The Brook - Southampton, UK
Tuesday 9th of December - The Brook - Southampton, UK
Check the SAS website for details of which guest artists will be included in this event.

Journo bud Mitch Lafon e-mailed in a few thoughts from the weekend's Twisted Sister gig, Friday Night (Oct 24th) at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH. The band was apparently on fire. But it seems the band has NO plans after this mini-tour - They do not want to record a new album because "it would be pointless" and do not want to tour next summer because of other commitments and their families, but added that they will never say never again....The only thing in the pipeline is a Live DVD (recorded this summer).

220 Volt's Eye To Eye album has finally been re-released on CD. The new release is available from Power Play Records and has been remastered and includes two bonus tracks as well as a new cover and booklet.
The label is also selling 220 Volt's new album Volume 1.

Christophe e-mails in to report that Toto's Simon Philips has taken ill and will be out of action for a week. Taking his place for the At The Proms dates he will miss is Inxs' Jon Farris. The Toto set list is: Child's Anthem . Rosanna . Africa . I Won't Hold You Back . Stop Loving You . Hold The Line.

Tune into The Tour Bus for a message from Bruce Kulick, talking about the shooting incident on LA's Sunset Boulevard.

A cool Queensryche fansite can be found at: www.z-lot-z.net

Bonfire are heading to Spain for some live dates. They are: Pamplona Jueves 20 Noviembre - Sala Artsaia; Barcelona Sábado 22 Noviembre - Sala Mephisto; Madrid Domingo - 23 Noviembre - Sala Caracol

From www.stevebertrand.com: After two successful records with the Tories, frontman Steve Bertrand is embarking on a new musical chapter with the band Avion. The album is slated for a spring 2004 release in a joint venture between the Console and Image Entertainment.
The CD features 13 tracks with guest appearances by Rami Jaffee of the WallflowersSergio Andrade of Lifehouse, and Matt Bissonette of The Ringo Starr Band. The album was produced by Bertrand with four songs co-produced by Stuart Brawley who also mixed the majority of the record. Songs from the forthcoming album have already been featured on NBC's "AUSA", MTV's "Tough Enough" and NBC's "Scrubs".
The band features Jamie Wollam (drums), Josh Dunahoo (guitar), Ben Hazlett (guitar,keyboards) and Joey Clement (bass). The band is currently playing shows in the L.A. area and will be shooting a video for the first single this fall.

With the Stryper Farewell Tour finish in sight, David Pearson, Robert Sweet, Trevor Barr and Jeff Miller are now gearing up for the full release and tour for the explosive debut from BlissedWaking Up The Dead!
The CD will go into retail across the USA with a street date of February 3rd 2004, The retail version of the CD will include at least one bonus track in addition the twelve songs that can currently be previewed at the www.blissed.biz web site.
You can expect the lead off singles to be serviced to radio in December and January, these radio singles will be strengthened by music videos for airplay on national and regional music video programs.
To create awareness Blissed will be embarking on a North American Tour in 2004 that will span from coast to coast in the USA and Canada with visits to South and Central America. The schedule for this tour will be first released at the website www.blissed.biz. The band will also be off to Europe before the new year! The dates for immediate release are as follows:
November 28th Winterwonderrock (Netherlands) www.winterwonderrock.nl
December 2nd The Engine Room (Bournemouth, UK) www.oldfirestation.co.uk
December 3rd Christmas Rock Night Glasgow (Glasgow, Scotland)
December 4th Christmas Rock Night Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)
December 5th The Promise (Cantebury, England) www.promise-cantebury.co.uk
December 6th C.R.N. @ The Garage (London, UK) www.crn.co.uk
December 12th C.O.G. Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls, Canada)

Currently in stores is the classy Shugaazer album Shift, which features the talents of Danger Danger's Paul Laine. Paul and band guitarist Chris Matheson recently talked about the tracks that make up the debut.
Paul - "When Chris and I first got together, we had no idea what kind of record we were going to write or what it would sound like. I knew I liked Chris's writing style and sense of melody and I thought it might be interesting to see what would happen if we got in a room together and tried to write. I think right away we found a natural flow...Chris would pick up where I left off and visa-versa. As far as songs go-the only song that I knew would be on the album when we started, was one song that I wrote called Kozmonaut, and a song that Chris wrote, called When Ya Gonna Break My Heart.
When I had completed arranging When Ya..., it set the tone of the album...I think Chris and I both felt we had found our direction and had kind of defined the sound that we wanted the album to take. It's kinda funny to that both songs are about fucked up relationships we had experienced."
Chris - "I always liked When Ya Gonna Break My Heart - I just wasn't sure what to do with it. Sometimes you are just to close to a song when you write it. The song was also a catalyst for me to get out of a relationship I was in...songs can be like that sometimes...they answer questions that maybe you were afraid to ask of yourself...it was cool to see it take on this new life.."
Paul - "Song For Lennon came to me next...Like many others, I have always been a huge fan of John Lennon and the Beatles. I had just watched the film "Imagine" and I was very moved by his compassion for other people, as well as his love for Yoko. He had a real passion for things he felt strongly about and was not afraid to speak out about them. I was thinking to myself...I wonder what John would talk about if he was still around today...how would he see the world? How would he see his own life and the impact he had on other people? Would he still write about love and peace? I felt compelled to write a song for him expressing my own thoughts and feelings, and in a way, express some feelings that I thought he would have too, if he were still alive.
Stepped Into My Universe was a really fun song to record...It just seemed to go down effortlessly...We were never sure if it was going to be on the album, but other people seemed to like the track so much that it definitely influenced our final decision…Plus, when ever I hear that song, it puts me in a good mood. It's obviously a love song, but hey...every album needs at least one!!
There are two songs on this record that I find extremely personal...the first is Something Worth Waiting For and the second being Enough. It's hard to describe what they are really about without losing something along the way in the translation...Something... deals with escaping mediocrity, while Enough is like a letter to my parents, to God and to my own self. Both songs are about our own human condition, and the struggle we sometimes have when we question our own existence. One of the most satisfying things for me personally about these songs, are the letters I get from people telling me what they mean to them...this is where a song takes on a life of it's own...Music can really reflect our own feelings back to us sometimes...that's what makes it so special.
Beautiful is a satirical comment on the media generated bullshit that the world buys into...We don't see real beauty until we become better people....there is so much beauty in everything around us, but most of the time we get caught up in the physical....Empathy, compassion, courage, innocence, truth and charity are perhaps some of the most beautiful things about humanity...most of the time we just fail to recognize it."
Chris - "Definitely a fun song to record...making this record, there was always an emphasis on creating signature clean guitar themes...as a guitar player, it's always good to be able to rip it up a little, I think second to Enough, this was my favourite solo on the album..."
Paul - "California is about a state of mind. I wanted to write a song that encompassed all of the feelings I have when I am traveling and living life like a gypsy. It's a song about what you call home and finding your own personal paradise...your own ideal. Growing up , I think at one time or another, we have all dreamt of living in California, or someplace we feel some sort of magic for...this song just seems to address how I feel about the world and where I live...
Here Without You is one of my favorite songs on the album...Chris wrote most of this song...all I did was write the bridge and come up with the falsetto arrangement on the chorus...I think the song is pretty self explanatory...I think it was originally going to be more of an acoustic feel....It was fun to see it take on this new life as a more electrified song."
Chis - "I like the haunting feel of this track. Here Without You from a production stand point is a perfect example of less is more....I think we got it right with this song...the drum groove really breathes well with the bass line…and nothing gets in the way of the vocal....just a cool open airy feel to it."
Paul - "Get the Hell Outa My House was a song Chris had recorded with another band in my studio when I first met him...I always liked the song, and I think he kinda fought having it on this record....He was nice enough to hear me out and let me play with the arrangement a bit...in the end I think we were both surprised with how well the track fit into the record...I think it showcases Chris's Dylanesque ability to string sentences together in a way that most songwriters can't...he has such a natural flow lyrically...he definitely had to coach me on singing this track."
Chris - "I definitely had reservations about having this song on the record...Don't get me wrong - I liked the song, I just didn't see how it was going to fit, until we took a different approach to it...I'm really happy with the way it turned out...every rock 'n ' roll record needs a little tongue and cheek".

A few groovy CD Showcases added today. Previews have been added for new albums by Seven Ten (USA hard rock), Dogpound (Swedish hard rock), Anand (Instrumental), Blackmore's Castle (Richie Blackmore tribute release), Shake Charmer (MTM re-issue) and tracks from MTM's new compilation Volume 9, which includes new Shiva, Seven Wishes, Northrup/Shortino and Danny Danzi. Check them out!

New MP3 Mini-Bytes have been added for Styx (Live), Eric Martin, AM Radio (featuring Rowan Robertson), Renegade and Funny Money.

Coming up....reviews, reviews and more reviews!



Friday, October 24, 2003

Danger Danger's Steve West e-mailed in with an update. Steve asked if I could let you good folks know that the Christmas compilation We Wish You A Hairy Christmas is finally available and is on sale now at the Danger Danger webshop.
The compilation contains Danger Danger performing Naughty Naughty Christmas. The full CD track listing is:
Father Christmas - Warrant . Naughty Naughty Xmas - Danger Danger . Happy Holiday - Enuff z Nuff . Run Run Rudolph - LA Guns . Everyday Should be Like Christmas - Bulletboys . Jingle Bell Rock - Tuff . Won't Be Home For Xmas - Every Mothers Nightmare . I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Gilby Clarke . Happy Family - Pretty Boy Floyd . Santa's Back In Town - Roxx Gang . Silent Night - Faster Pussycat

Bruno Ravel has also updated fans on the band's Live & Nude CD. Bruno says: "We weren't sure that we had recorded enough shows, but after returning from Europe this summer and listening to what was recorded, I was sure that we had the goods. Now it's time to get in the studio and assemble and mix it. The tracks sound killer, the fans were great and Rob (Marcello) played his ass off!"


Gary Moon has been quiet, but very busy! He's about to start recording his long awaited solo album at a recording studio in Monterey, CA. He is also finishing up work on a DVD (rockumentary/live performance), which will be finished by month's end. Then comes the packaging of it - stay tuned for updates.
Gary has also been asked to take part in the Rock4Xmas charity tour. His touring schedule for this event is:
10/30/03, Salt Lake City, Utah (Hard Rock Café)
10/31/03, Las Vegas, Nevada (Hard Rock Café)
11/1/03, San Francisco, California (Hard Rock Café)
11/3/03, San Diego, California (Etta`s Place)
11/4/03, Los Angeles, California (ZEN)
11/5/03, Phoenix, Arizona (TBC)
12/7/03, Uncasville, Connecticut (Mohegan Sun Casino)
ArtistLink: www.garymoon.com

The Megadeth news remains a rumor, but from a few sources overnight, the general consensus is that the recording session is just Dave Mustaine working on his solo record, one which is due out around April next year.

No sooner than the press releases finished circulating, the Guns N Roses Best of compilation due in November has been cancelled. Naturally, no explanation has been given.

You know that Ratt re-recorded compilation mentioned yesterday? George Lynch will be the guitarist on the 4 Mickey Ratt cuts.

It's on again! The BT Interactive Music Awards is an annual event giving credit to great websites worldwide. It also offers a very cool people's choice section. Last year you voted this site to #17 in the Readers Choice Awards!
That was just fantastic, but it's on again, so I'm asking for your support and again and let's see if we can't top that again this year and prove that good music is alive and well.
To vote, just lick on th graphic below. Thanks for your support!


Ricky Phillips makes his debut with Styx this weekend in Robinsonville, MS tonight, taking over from departed bassman Glen Burtnik. We wish Ricky well! I'm still bringing you an interview with him. We talked this week and will finalize the interview on his return from this weekend's gigs and hopefully have it online towards the end of next week.

From RichardMarx.comRichard Marx says recording of the new CD, tentatively titled My Own Best Enemy, is complete. "The last bit of recording was last week in Nashville when Keith Urban was kind enough to come in and play and sing. We're looking to release a single early in the year with the album to follow in early April. Then I'll probably start touring. The trick will be how to tour extensively without compromising my time with my kids, which is far more important to me. I may have to invent a new way to do the road thing. But I really need to get out there and play all these new songs."
The album was produced by Richard and David Cole, and will feature 12 new songs. "I wrote all music and lyrics this time except for one song that Fee Waybill contributed lyrics to. I'm very proud of this collection of songs, and I think it's a very accurate representation of where I'm at creatively right now. I like that I've been influenced over the years by R&B and country music on my albums, but this one, if anything, is a return to guitar based rock the way I started years ago. It feels right to me."
The CD will be released by EMI Manhattan Records, the label that released Richard's first 2 albums.



Thursday, October 23, 2003

Yesterday I spoke of some big news brewing in the world of record labels and their personnel. Well, today the details.
A&R guru John Kalodner has quit Sony Music and has taken up a new position as Senior Vice President of the Sanctuary Records Group.
John has worked for 3 labels over nearly 30 years - Atlantic, Geffen, Sony and now moves to a 4th, Sanctuary.
Here's the official press release - with more details from me below that:

Sanctuary Records Group is pleased to announce John Kalodner will be joining the staff as Senior Vice President, A&R. John leaves his post as Columbia's Senior VP of A&R effective September 15, 2003.
Merck Mercuriadis, CEO Sanctuary Records Group stated, "John and I have worked together for close to 20 years and he is arguably the greatest rock A & R man of our time. His expertise and deep relationships with artists, producers, writers, and managers will make him an incredible resource for all of our artists and managers across the entire Sanctuary Group of companies."
John Kalodner says, "It's a pleasure to work with my long time friend Merck Mercuriadis, and join a company formed by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor that is the model for music companies of the future. It's an honor to join all the great record executives, managers and producers that Merck, Rod and Andy have had the foresight to hire and nurture in this exciting company."
Kalodner's illustrious career includes guiding the likes of Foreigner, Cher, Sammy Hagar, Berlin, Whitesnake, Journey and Aerosmith to the top of the record charts. He has most recently worked on Bon Jovi's Bounce and Iron Maiden's Dance of Death, as well as put together the upcoming Journey DVD with original member Steve Perry.
Home to recording artists such as Kiss, Morrissey, The Libertines, Ween and Spiritualized among others, Sanctuary Records Group is part of the Sanctuary Group, one of the world's leading developers of intellectual property rights in the fields of music, television and entertainment and the owner of the world's largest independently owned catalogue of music and visual rights. With an ever-growing recorded music repertoire of over 150,000 tracks, Sanctuary has distribution in all of the world's major territories. Sanctuary is also a major international artist management company, representing artists such as Guns N' Roses, Jane's Addiction, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Iron Maiden, Cave In, and Overseer, as well as 30 of the world's top music producers.

Now, this press release really doesn't spell out what an influential figure John Kalodner has been in the rock music community. His first signing at Atlantic Records was a young band called Foreigner. At Geffen Records he was directly involved in the recording careers of Cher, Asia, Thunder, Nelson, Tyketto and Jackly, to name a few. While at Geffen, John signed Sammy Hagar from Capitol Records and then helped the future Van Halen frontman to record his best albums - Standing Hampton, 3 Lock Box, VOA and I Never Said Goodbye. He was instrumental in the success of Whitesnake through their mega-era of 1987 and Slip Of The Tongue. He also pulled Aerosmith out of their ruins and saw them through their most successful career period of Permanent Vacation, Pump and Get A Grip.
And if that wasn't enough, add working with Coverdale/Page, Blue Murder, Damn Yankees and Bon Jovi to his credits.
At Sony he worked with new albums from Dokken, Night Ranger, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Aerosmith, Ratt, Great White, Mars Electric, Neve and Iron Maiden.
And it would be remiss of me if I didn't mention one of John's biggest triumph's - bringing Steve Perry back to Journey for the Trial By Fire album. Sadly that didn't last, but John continues to work with Journey for their Arrival album and is currently continuing to work with the band on their archive DVD releases.

So what does this mean for the melodic rock world? Well, only time will tell, but the news excites me.
Sanctuary Records now have one of the biggest rosters of rock artists. John could certainly do a lot of good working with these artists and then there is the opportunity for new artists to be signed to the label and hopefully developed without the restraints placed upon him at Sony.
Sammy Hagar is a new Sanctuary artist. He is currently weighing up options for what to do next. Journey are without a label for a possible future release. Dokken are with CMC International - a division of Sanctuary. They are currently in the studio. Styx are another CMC artist that could benefit from John's input.
Kiss are now a Sanctuary artist! Simmons Records is alive again under the Sanctuary banner. Queensryche, Halford and Bruce Dickinson are other artists at the label.
Could Kalodner and Sanctuary be the catalyst to getting the stalled Planet Us project under way?
Could Sanctuary be the new home for Ozzy Osbourne? Or a reformed Judas Priest?
Just as the launch of Kalodner's pet project Portrait Records caused a major stir, so will his move to Sanctuary. One hopes he can start some positive new projects and re-launch some old ones as was done with Portrait, but with a less restrictions that Portrait owner, Sony Japan placed upon him.
Certainly the news is a positive for melodic/hard rock artists and fans. If you would like to take a fresh look at the interview I did with John, click here.

Bands interested in submitting material to John @ Sanctuary should do so via the following address:
Rod S. Kukla, 301 Arizona Ave., Suite 200, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Please include the word "FAITH" on demo submissions.


All good things come to those who wait. Sadly, AOR fans will have to wait until January for the new Hugo album.
I spoke in detail with Hugo yesterday and the fact is, the new album Fires In The Night is just not finished. Hugo runs a business during the day and has been recording at night and although all but one track was mixed and ready, Hugo says he keeps hearing things he feels could be improved, so the work has been continuing.
Re-recording of a few vocals and remixing the lead guitar to be more prominent are just a couple of the fine adjustments being made.
The record will be ready to release in early December, but the sales killing dreaded holiday season has convinced Hugo to wait until late January to release the album.
Stay tuned for continued updates and closer to the date, a new interview with Hugo and new track by track previews and comments.

It's been a while since I threw a rumor out there, so here's one for you now. This just in from a trusted source: "...a band billing itself as "Megadeth" is recording at ******** [Studios] Nashville. I haven't had a chance to "drop by" at the session, but I've heard that session giant Vinnie Colauita is playing drums. Doesn't sound like the Megadeth I've heard of, but Dave Mustaine IS there!"
I'll see what else I can dig up!

Frankie Banali says he has no intention of entertaining a position with the group being planned by Reb Beach and Rudy Sarzo.

And Stephen Pearcy says Jake E Lee is playing guitar on a Ratt compilation for Cleopatra Records! Pearcy has apparently re-recorded about 13 Ratt hits and 4 Mickey Ratt songs. Jake is set to play on 6-7 cuts.

You may remember a MP3 preview here earlier in the year by a band calling themselves The Ring. The band features Jakob Telia (Jekyll & Hyde) and Pontus Norgren (Humanimal). Well, the band have finally signed a deal for the release of their debut album. Scarlet Records will release the album in February/March 2004.

Clay Aiken sold 600,000+ units of his debut album Measure Of A Man first week in the USA. That gives him a #1 debut and one of the year's best first-week sales figure.



Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Atenzia Records are very proud of their new artist Spin Gallery. The band's debut album will be released early in 2004. Today we have the world premier of this new Swedish sensation! The three piece band combines the best parts of classic Westcoast hi-tech sounds with a fresh and modern twist.
The three members of Spin Gallery are all in their 20's and deliver superb lead vocals and truly stunning harmonies - in combination with classy song material and an amazing production - thanks to Tommy Denander. This makes the upcoming debut one to watch for.
The full-length debut album, entitled Standing Tall, looks like it will be released either late January or February. Atenzia will probably release a commercial single before the end of the year. The single will include a bonus track that not will be available on the album!

Spin Gallery – An introduction to the band members…
Chris Demming - Chris has in a short time gathered a very impressive list of big names to his resume, including Toto, Bill Champlin, David Foster, Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Landau, David Roberts, Michael McDonald, Richard Page and others. He is ranked as one of the finest singers around today and his unique sound when singing backing vocals has already been used by Jim Jidhed, AOR, Radioactive and of course all over the Spin Gallery album.
Magnus Weidenmo - The newest member of the band, he actually joined and managed to sing all his parts perfectly during the last week of recording the album! He has a long history of playing in rock bands and writing music, in 1997 he moved to Los Angeles where he studied one year at The Musicians Institute. He fell in love with the city and stayed on for another two years working on various projects until he returned to Sweden. He now does session work and teach vocals at Sunday Music in Gothenburg.
Kristoffer Lagerström - Kristoffer has been singing and writing music basically his whole life and through his long time friend Tommy Denander he got involved in singing on various album projects that Tommy was producing; including Talk Of The Town, Prisoner, Rainmaker, Eclipse, Radioactive, Jim Jidhed and so on. Like Chris he has also gather an impressive list of credits including Toto, Steve Vai, Fee Waybill, Richard Marx, David Foster, Chicago, Richard Page and others.
Tommy Denander - isn't actually a member of Spin Gallery, he is as a producer, composer and musician heavily involved in the project though. Together with Chris he created the whole concept behind the band. Together they also share the production company Connectunes, where they write and produce songs and albums for lots of international stars. Tommy is highly ranked as guitarist, songwriter and producer in the modern melodic rock world of today. His massive list of credits include more than 600 albums, movies and live shows with such names as Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Toto, Chicago, David Foster, Michael McDonald, Dann Huff, Eddie Van Halen and many others.
Guests and co-writers on the Spin Gallery - Standing TallDavid Foster – Piano, Randy Goodrum - Keyboards, Michael Thompson - Guitars, Marcus Liliequist - Drums, Richard Page - Songwriter, Steve Porcaro - Songwriter, Cliff Magness – Songwriter.

Thanks to Atenzia, it's time to preview 3 tracks - these are 90 second previews. Enjoy!
Download: Spin Gallery - Standing TallLiving Without Loving and To Hell And Back.


Plunge is a new signing to Atenzia Records and we are extremely proud of this Baltimore three-piece. The young band (20-21 years) has been taking the US East Coast club scene by storm, playing close to 200 shows a year since 1998. The groups frontman Mike Ruocco was given the surprise offer to join RCA gold recording artist SR-71 in 2002. In having spent nearly a year writing, recording and touring with this major label band Mike has brought these experience back to Plunge, and together with his partners bass player Brian Magill and drummer Mac Calvaresi he is hard at work in creating a massive debut album - ready to take the world by storm early 2004. With a host of infectious pop tunes, tear jerking ballads and balls to the wall rock anthems - Plunge got it all!

Huge news brewing out there in record label land folks. In fact, I can't recall a bigger news item involving a record label and someone involved in the music industry since I started doing this site. And we're not talking about one of the indie melodic labels here.
I have been asked not to say anything until an official press statement is finalized and released. I'll bring that to you as soon as it is ready. But I will say that this news has direct implications for melodic rock and hard rock artists and could only benefit the scene as a whole (especially in the USA) and the quality of music that is being released. It really could open up a situation that could give a new lease of life to several veteran artists. Only time will tell of course. I am looking forward to spreading the good news!

The Van Halen Newsdesk will sadly close as of December 31. Founder and site owner Grant Fisher has had enough and who can blame him? Thanks Grant for an awesome site. And in keeping the VHND's good name, they have the news scoop on details for the upcoming Van Halen doco-DVD The Early Years. Check out the full details at: www.vhnd.com

Spanish melodic rock label Vinny Records have sent out news of their current projects:
On the 7th of November the best AOR release of the last few years will see the light. With front-woman Helena Rosendahl, Coastline comes from Sweden playing commercial AOR which can be compared with bands like Witness or Survivor.
November 21st is the release date for Faithful, an amazing Portuguese band with influences of Bon Jovi or Danger Danger. It will be without a doubt the best newcomer band of 2003 in the melodic rock field.
Edenlost is mixing their debut album with well-known producer Carlos Creator in Bilbao. Also recommended for Bon Jovi or Whitesnake fans.
Hardreams have already finished their debut album. Their music is a mixture between AOR and Hard Rock with an American hard rock touch.
91 Suite will start the recordings of their awaited second album at the end of this year. 15 songs will be recorded for this album.
Airless will record their second album in January with Carlos Creator. The new compositions sound more melodic, commercial and straightforward.
In two weeks will begin the worldwide promotion of the debut album of Velvet Dreams which has had very good reviews in the best Spanish Hard Rock publications like www.rocktotal.comwww.rocktrip.netwww.metalmasquerade.com
Check out free MP3 downloads on the Vinny Records website for all the above mentioned artists: www.vinnyrecords.com

Medford, MA-October 21, 2003 - Scott Dunbar and his band will play a benefit show, October 25, 2003 at Club Liquid, Leominster, Massachusetts to raise money for the Station Family Fund (stationfamilyfund.org). Scott and his band will also play a Station Family Fund benefit show November 22, 2003 at Scorz club, Nashua, New Hampshire.
Everyone's support is needed for the Station Family Fund.
Scott Dunbar and his band will play an opening slot at two benefits to raise money for the Station Family Fund. Scott Dunbar is a survivor of the Station night club fire of February 20, 2003. Scott is a musician as well as an avid music fan. Scott rewrote an original song, Memories Never Fade Away II in honor of his two close friends who passed away in the Station tragedy. In addition to Memories Never Fade Away II, Scott and his band play crowd pleasing hard rock cover songs of everyone's favorite bands from a great era and time. Scott has performed live many times, including his club debut May 2003, at Club Liquid opening for national act, Lynch Mob.



Tuesday, October 21, 2003

On the release day for Rush's new Rush In Rio live release, I have a couple of new press releases for you:
#1 - Rock gods Rush return Oct. 21st with their first-ever live double-DVD set and deluxe triple-CD set! It's all here - from the mammoth riffs of 'Working Man,' 'Tom Sawyer, 'The Spirit of Radio,' and 'New World Man' to the contemporary crunch of their recent #1 hit, 'One Little Victory.' Also included are special bonuses and rarities for both new and long-time Rush fans, including two 'authorized bootleg' tracks recorded during the 2002 tour 'Between Sun & Moon,' from 1993's Counterparts album and never before played live; and 'Vital Signs,' from 1981's classic Moving Pictures and appearing on a live album for the very first time. Also featured is a special never-before-performed acoustic version of 'Resist' from 1996's Test For Echo and an updated awe-inspiring Neil Peart drum solo (O Baterista).
The DVD includes a documentary by longtime Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, with band interviews alongside rare rehearsal and backstage footage, plus multi-angle viewing options on several songs, and much more! Produced from a 22-camera shoot and presented in 16x9 widescreen format additionally boasts Easter eggs like 'By Tor & The Snow Dog' (from 1975's Fly By Night) a cartoon created specifically for the tour, and an extremely rare live performance from 1975 of 'Anthem' (also from FBN) that was recently discovered in the Rush vault.
Complete Track Listing: Tom Sawyer . Distant Early Warning . New World Man . Roll The Bones . Earthshine . YYZ . The Pass . Bravado . The Big Money . Trees . Freewill . Closer To The Heart . Natural Science . One Little Victory . Driven . Ghost Rider . Secret Touch . Dreamline . Red Sector "A" . Leave That Thing Alone . O Baterista . Resist . 2112 . Limelight . La Villa Strangiato . The Spirit of Radio . By-Tor & The Snow Dog/Cygnus X-1 . Working Man . Between Sun & Moon (CD ONLY) . Vital Signs (CD ONLY)
More info at: www.rush.com or www.rushinrio.com
#2 - (October 19, 2003) - Launching in conjunction with Rush's long awaited DVD release Rush In RioRushVote.com will be unveiled for fans of the group Rush as an outlet for them to share their opinions and provide feedback directly to the group. While other websites may have polled their fans from time to time on a particular topic, RushVote.com will be unique in the music industry by being the first website to offer a comprehensive insight into the preferences and likes and dislikes of a musical acts fanbase.
For much of their 30-year history, Rush has been known and envied for their strong and loyal fanbase. RushVote.com will offer these devoted fans the opportunity to provide feedback directly to the band by voting in polls on a wide range of Rush-related topics including setlist and concert questions, fan questions, and questions on singles, videos, and product purchasing habits. The results of each poll will be shared with the band and its management. It is anticipated that the band will treat the information as premium market research and use the results to assist them in their setlist construction, tour planning, and future product offerings. Rush has always held a special affection for their fans and it is the sites objective that the RushVote.com provides the group with an even deeper knowledge and understanding of what their fans want and how to best deliver it to them.
RushVote.com is the brainchild of Darrell Lerner of New York and Douglas Maher of Florida, two long-time Rush fans. "Rush fans are incredibly passionate about the band and have very definite thoughts and opinions", said Lerner. "We thought this concept offered an incredible opportunity for the fans to let the band know exactly what they think on a variety of topics, and for the band to take advantage of this insight and incorporate some of the results into their strategic planning and marketing. Rush still has a lot of life in them and we thought we could create something that would really benefit them here and keep them on top for as long as they want to keep going. Its really a win-win situation for both sides and its simply amazing that no one else is doing this", Lerner added.
"This is a vision that I have had since I was a child, to be honest", said co-site creator Doug Maher. He continued "Rush has always done things their way and I have always had a deep respect for that, for it is what has made the band last so long in my opinion." But for one reason or another Rush has missed the boat on a number of things over the years that often I thought they were simply not aware of."
"Rush is going into their 30th year as a signed recording act. This website will give the management, the fans, the label, and most importantly the band itself the tools to work with and concepts to consider in putting out the best possible products for their fans. Basically were saying to them Well here is exactly what we would love to see, hear, or buy! I have no doubt that it is going to work and break open an entirely new era for this band...it just has to!"

The website will be available Monday October 20, 2003 and is located at: www.rushvote.com

Guns N Roses are set to release an album November 25. Is it the long awaited Chinese Democracy album? Of course not...that album remains in limbo. This release is mearely a just-in-time-for-Christmas compilation that will feature the following tracks: Welcome To The Jungle . Live And Let Die . Knockin' On Heaven's Door . Sweet Child Of Mine . November Rain . Patience . Paradise City . Civil War . You Could Be Mine . Don't Cry (original) . Yesterdays . Ain't It Fun . Since I Don't Have You . Sympathy For The Devil

John Kalodner has commented on future upcoming Journey DVDs via the Ask John forum at his website www.johnkalodner.com"I'm not sure if there will ever be a DVD. But, in the next year or so, there will be Journey tour videos, mixed in 5.1, from the early 80's. I don't think we have enough, or even any, video of the "making" of Trial By Fire so I don't think there will be a DVD."
No one within the Journey camp has commented on the make up of the Greatest Hits DVD. So far no e-mails have been replied to.
Here is exactly what was on johnkalodner.com in August: "The first DVD will be a collection of their MTV videos, approximately fifteen, from 1978 - 1998. Maybe the next one will be of some concerts with Steve Perry and the band."
And as things tend to go with Journey - each time a new release pops up, so do the rumors. Yes, Steve Perry is coming back rumor #4155 has been circulating and although once again, no one has replied with any official rebuke, I will say that I think the latest rumor is just like all the rest - BS. I just don't ever see Steve Perry coming back to Journey - for so many reasons. Nothing I have heard suggests that this will ever happen.

Undercover News reports on the new Jimmy Barnes project with Bob Daisley (ex-Osbourne band), Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Steve Morse Band), Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep, ex-Osbourne Band) and Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Osbourne Band).
The supergroup project has been christened The Rage. The album titled Relentless will include five new songs written by Jimmy, Bob, Lee and Steve plus old classics. The entire album was recorded in 15 days. Because of the upcoming Cold Chisel live album RingsideThe Rage album won't surface until 2004.
Cold Chisel's Ringside will be released on November 14. The track listing for Ringside is:
Disc 1: Home and Broken Hearted . The Things I Love In You . Cheap Wine . Rosaline . Breakfast At Sweethearts . My Baby . Hound Dog . Plaza . Fallen Angel . Shipping Steel . The Last Wave Of Summer . Pretty Little Thing . Merry Go Round . Forever Now . Khe Sahn
Disc 2: Cry Me A River . Four Walls . Love Light . When The War Is Over . All I Wanna Do . Big River . Painted Doll . Saturday Night . You Got Nothing I Want . Rising Sun . Flame Trees . Bow River . Water Into Wine . F-111 . Sunshine . Goodbye . All I Wanna

For those interested in the origins of the songs from the Perfect World (Kelly Hansen) project, the original artists are as follows:
Here With Me (Jennifer Paige) . Leaving Lonely (Paul Alan) . Just Like A Pill (Pink) . I Believe In You (Amanda Marshall) . Between You And Me (Jennifer Paige) . Out Of Bounds (Amanda Marshall) . You'll Be Gone (Angela Ammons) . Someday Soon (Angela Ammons) . Do You Love (Natalie Imbruglia) . I Need You (Leann Rimes) . Overnight Sensation (Xenon) . Broken (Angela Ammons). And the Japanese bonus track is: Undeniably You (Avalon)
The album is released by Frontiers Records November 10.

Some further information on the new Eric Martin CD Destroy All Monsters, which is out now in Japan and due out in Europe January 19, 2004:
Produced by David Simon-BakerI Can Die Now co-produced by Bill Wray. The line-up: Vocals - Eric Martin; Guitars: David Simon-Baker, Jeff Watson (Track 5), Chris Wilson, Pat Gilles, Andre Pessis & Eric Martin; Bass: Mark Chole, John Wuopio, John McDill and Kenny Gradney; Drums: Denise Martin, Tommy Rickard and Richie Hayward; Background Vocals: Harry Hess (track 11), David Simon-Baker, China Bing and Eric Martin; Keys: Billy Payne; Strings: Andre Pessis; Flamenco Guitar: Don Soledad.

More from Bon Jovi. If you would like a sneal peak at the new album This Left Feels Right, go to: www.universalmusic.at/gewinnspiel8/ for 1 minute clips.
In a little bit of good news, the bonus DVD being offered to various territories is to be region free, so order your import copies without fear!
Furthermore, a little Press Release from the band:
Bon Jovi are going to bring to life the unbelievable versions of their greatest hits as presented on their upcoming new album. And, they're going to capture magic on camera for a future DVD release (early 2004.) The once (OK, twice) in a lifetime performances will take place at The Borgata in Atlantic City on Friday and Saturday, November 14 & 15. At this time, there is NO DETAILED INFORMATION on any other aspects of the shoot. There is no information to share on ticketing AT ALL just yet. As information is ready to be shared, it will be. Until that time, please be patient - we kindly ask that you DO NOT attempt to contact the venue or ticketing agencies in search of information. There are a lot of people trying to make this very special event happen.
While we understand your excitement and curiosity, we respectfully ask that you honor this request and hold off until the BAND and their staff finalize the details you want so badly to know and are ready to share those details with you. We are providing this information to ensure that the news you get here is timely and accurate and not in dribs and drabs from outside sources. But we are also asking you to be respectful and honor the band's request to relax and wait for more information to be posted.

Performance Artist Management has signed Supermint and Drama Queen Die to TB Records for licensing/distribution in Europe. Supermint's Off to Stupidville CD should be released in early 2004 and the debut Drama Queen Die CD should be release in March/April 2004. Both bands will tour Europe in early 2004.

Beautiful Creatures have completed work on their new CD, which has been titled Deuce. A release date has not been set, but it is set to be issued first up in Japan via JVC. The line-up for the new album is: Joe Leste - Vocals, Matt Starr - Drums, Alex Grossi - Guitars, Kenny Kweens - Bass.

IronHorse is headlining the San Diego, CA Freedom Festival on Oct. 25th & 26th. This is a huge event to pay tribute to military peronnel and their families as well as first responders (firemen, police officers, etc.) and their families. WebLinks: www.sandiegofreedomfestival.com / www.ironhorseband.com

Savatage reunited Friday October 17 to benefit Criss OlivaJon Oliva, Johnny Lee Middleton, Chris Caffery and Steve "DOC" Walchoz, Played for the first time together in 10 years for the benefit.

Coastland Ride are hard at working writing material for their second album, which will come out sometime in 2004. Frontman Markus Nordenberg writes: "We've got about 20-25 new ideas for songs. As it looks right now the songs will contains a little bit more guitars than on our previous album, but without losing the Coastland sound. Songs that is in the work at the moment are: Made Up My Mind . Nail Me To The Cross . Sandra . On Top Of The World . When It Comes To You . Dead For Seven Days.
I´ll let you know when we have more to tell. We also want to thank our fans and all the people that have bought our album. It was more than we hoped for. We hope that they will support us next time around."

Some updates from former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland: Chris has just completed solos for Lion Music's upcoming Jimi Hendrix Tribute. Chris appears on Spanish Castle Magic and Room Full of Mirrors. He has also just completed a guest solo on the upcoming disc from French band, The Double Heart Projectwww.doubleheartproject.com
Chris Poland's latest band, OHM, is finishing up work on a live CD to be released through Lion Music. This will be the first recording to feature OHM's new drummer, Kofi Baker, son of the legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker. The disc will also feature some new material the band has written. OHM is playing two high profile gigs in Los Angeles, CA in November - Thursday Nov 6 at LA Music Academy (www.lamusicacademy.com) the school where fusion great Frank Gambale teaches (www.frankgambale.com)
Sunday Nov 9 at The Knitting Factory Hollywood in the Alterknit Lounge (www.knittingfactory.com) at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm
For the latest and greatest visit: www.chrispoland.com

After 15 fabulous years with The Eddie Money Band percussionist Bobby LeVine has decided to retire.
Born in Albany, NY Bobby started his touring career in 1965 as the drummer for regional battle of the bands winner "The Wanderers". Frequently changing bands in search of success, he toured with various support acts for headliners like BB King, Muddy Waters, and King Curtis, and was often invited to jam with the stars.
In 1989, when Bill Graham offered Bobby the stage manager's position with his top-touring act, The Eddie Money Band, he gladly accepted. When Eddie discovered Bobby's performing talents, he invited Bobby to join the band. And he has held that position ever since. Bobby's tasteful percussion and background vocals add warmth and substance to The Eddie Money Band's "wall of sound".

Firewind, the heavy metal band featuring future guitar heroe Gus G. (Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy, Nightrage) is joinging with Rob Rock and his band Rage of Creation to do a joint tour of Japan in early 2004.
Tour dates:
January 21, 2004 - Osaka, Banana Hall
January 22, 2004 - Tokyo, Shibuya Club Quattro
January 23, 2004 - Tokyo, Shibuya Club Quattro
Firewind will be touring in support of their brand new 2nd CD Burning Earth, which will be released on November 6th in Japan through Toshiba / EMI Records, November 10th in the USA through Leviathan Records and November 10th in Europe through Massacre Records.
WebLinks: www.firewind.gr / www.robrock.com

An update from the Firehouse website: "We've been working for about 6 months with Dario Seixas. Our plan is to take a lot of time in selecting the right guy for the permanent position. There is a huge pool of talent out there, and we owe it to ourselves and our fans to audition several guys. Dario was the first. He came at a time when he was able to play on the new album and he's done a fantastic job. We will be checking out more guys in the future. After a great deal of time and checking out many bass players who sing, we will make a final decision on who is the best guy for the gig. Our next candidate, Allen McKenzie, is from Ohio. We feel that his extremely powerful tenor vocals and progressive bass playing style should compliment FireHouse very well. Now it's his turn. We hope you'll enjoy his performaces with FireHouse as much as we will."

Atsushi Ikeno kindly e-mailed in some information from Japan. It relates to a CD I mentioned last week - the Guitar Wars Special Edition release. Atsushi writes: "About "Guitar Wars Special Edition" in the news of Oct 13, they really played together and their performance will be on CD/DVD! I haven't been at the show, but I read the article onBurrn! magazine. Attatched is the set list of the show I picked up from the article:
Mike Szuter (b) (Magna-Fi, Szuters), Pat Mastelotto (ds)(King Crimson. Mr. Mister), Roger King (key), Gary Cherone (special guest vocal on several tunes)
Set List - "Paul Gilbert Session" - Gettin' Betta (Pat Travers)(twin lead guitar with Nuno) . Viking Kong (Racer X) . Down To Mexico . Scarified (Racer X) . To Be With You (Mr. Big) . I Like Rock (with Nuno, Steve)
"John Paul Jones Session" - Tidal (from "Zooma" album) . B.Fingers (from "Zooma" album) . Steel Away . When The Levee Breaks (with Paul) . Nobody's Fault But Mine (with Paul, Nuno, and Steve on harmonica)
"Nuno Bettencourt Session" - Gravity . Cupid's Dead (Extreme) . Get The Funk Out (Extreme) (Gary Cherone on vocal) . Midnight Express . Hole Hearted (with Jon & Steve, and Gary on vocal) . More Than Words (Extreme) (Gary on vocal)
"Jam" - Going To California (Jon on mandolin & Paul on acoustic guitar) . Green Tinted Sixties Mind (vo-Mike Szuter)
"Steve Hackett Session" - Classical Gas (Steve acoustic guitar solo) . Walking Away From Rainbows . Firth Of Fifth . Mechanical Bride . Clocks . Darktown (with Jon, Paul and Nuno completes all-stars!) . Los Endos
- encore - Communication Breakdown (Gary on vocal, Nuno on drums!) . Red Rooster (Paul on g & vo, Nuno on ds) . Rock And Roll (All-Stars!)"

Another update on a story from last week. Roland e-mailed in the following: "The Classic Rock Festival on the 12th of June will be in Lichtenvoorden - The Netherlands instead of Belgium. Secondly I have heard from a source within Mojo (the main Dutch booking agency) that they are (were) busy with contracting Aerosmith and Rush. P.S. Y&T will also be playing at the mentioned festival."

MR-X has been updated. I'll have more to announce shortly, but the Members Only area will now be geatting weekly updates. Uploaded today is a new Feature Single (The Almighty - Little Lost Sometimes, featuring 1 unreleased and 2 live tracks), a re-feature of the "lost" Chicago album Stone Of Sisyphus and 5 new videos - Night Ranger - At Night She Sleeps (Live)John Norum - Back On The StreetsSammy Hagar - Little White LieTyketto - The End Of The Summer Days and War Babies - Blue Tomorrow.

The Release Dates page has undergone a substantial update with a ton of newly added release dates and the revision of a stack of other melodic CD release dates.

Best of 2003 has been updated - just in case you were wondering what to spend your cash on - these are the best titles of the year so far.



Sunday, October 19, 2003

The track listing for the new Journey 'clips' DVD has been announced. It seems fan reaction is mixed. Here are the details: Journey's Greatest Hits 1978-1997 - Release Date 11/25/03, Running time 74 minutes.
Don't Stop Believin', recorded 1981 - Live, Escape tour . Wheel In The Sky, recorded 1978 . Faithfully, recorded 1983 . Any Way You Want It, recorded 1981, Live, Escape tour . Separate Ways, recorded 1983 . Lights, recorded 1978 . Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin', recorded 1979 . Be Good To Yourself, recorded 1986, Live, Raised on Radio Tour Mountain Aire Festival . When You Love A Woman, recorded 1996 . Who's Crying Now, recorded 1981, Live, Escape tour . Send Her My Love, recorded 1983 . Girl Can't Help It, recorded 1986, Live, Raised on Radio Tour Mountain Aire Festival . Open Arms, recorded 1981, Live, Escape tour . Just The Same Way, recorded 1980 . Stone In Love, recorded 1981, Live, Escape tour . Feeling That Way, recorded 1978 . After The Fall, recorded 1983 . I'll Be Alright Without You, recorded 1986, Live, Raised on Radio Tour, Atlanta GA

Still a few things missing though folks. Maybe it would have been nice to round out the available space on the DVD by presenting more of the footage from the Escape and Raised On Radio tours separately and presenting all of the available official promo clips here, as was expected when the DVD was first announced?
For example, there are clips out there for Rubicon, Lovin' You Is Easy, Too Late, Chain Reaction, Why Can't This Night Go On Forever and the clip versions of the live tracks included above.
A nice little package, but could have been more complete. I'll see if anyone would like to talk about how the DVD was put together and what future plans there are for possible additional releases.



Saturday, October 18, 2003

The Ladder is a name you should have heard mentioned by now. If not - a refresher for you. The Ladder is Steve Overland, Pete Jupp, Bob Skeat and Vinny Burns. A FM reunion was in discussion, but as things turn out, the three lads formerly of FM (Overland, Skeat & Jupp) decided for the fresh approach and The Ladder was born. The guys are finishing work on their debut album Future Miracles now.
With thanks to Escape Music, you can sample a full length preview from that album right now! The album is produced by Steve Morris and mixed with additional production by Corey Macfadyen (MilesAbove).
Download: The Ladder - To Bad.



Friday, October 17, 2003

Frontiers Records have a lot on the go and have put together a very detailed update of several major releases on the horizon and some information about a few current releases too. The details are as follows:
Eric Martin - Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Eric Martin's brand new studio album entitled Destroy All Monsters on January 19, 2004.
The final track listing will include the following twelve tracks: What's The Worst That Can Happen . Kansas . I Woke Up 2 Late . Janie Won't Open . Where Are You . You re Too Good For Me . Living in Black And White . Something There . What If . I Can Die Now . Burnin' My Mind . If.
Why the heavy title? Eric explains: "It's about freeing yourself from fear, a social and personal statement rolled into one. Nothing to do with politics really, its about dealing with and overcoming frustrations."
Eric describes the sound of the album as distorted pop and the songs have been written or co-written by Eric with the help of Andre Pessis, Tony Fanucchi, The ITC Brothers, Chris Wilson and Pat Gilles.

House Of Lords - The recording and mix of the forthcoming House Of Lords album The Power & The Myth has finally been completed!
The final track listing shall be as follows: Today . All Is Gone . Am I The Only One . Living In Silence . The Power And The Myth . The Rapture . Man Who I Am . Bitter Sweet Euphoria . Mind Trip . Child of Rage.
The House Of Lords line-up is now made of: James Christian (lead vocals), Lanny Cordola (guitars), Chuck Wright (bass) and Ken Mary (drums). Keyboard duties on the album have been performed by Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater).
Gregg Giuffria recently resigned from all involvement in the reunion CD, in order to focus on his solo album, currently in the works.
The label looks set to finally unleash the album on the market in early 2004.

Jack Blades - Night Ranger and Damn Yankees singer Jack Blades is in the final stages of the completion of his debut solo album.
The tracks recorded so far include: Shine On . Sea of Emotions . We Are the Ones . Don't Want to Be Alone . Tonight . Who You Want to Be . Someday . On Top of the World; Sometimes You Gotta Have Faith . Catch You When You Fall . Breaking it Down . To Touch the Sky . Nature's Way.
A confirmed guest-list includes: Neal Schon (Journey), Deen Castronovo (Journey), Tommy Shaw (Styx), Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson (Night Ranger).
Sessions for shooting a music video are planned for the first 10 days of November. The music video will be added, together with a video interview, as a special bonus to the CD.
Frontiers Records plans to release the record in early 2004 while Japanese release will happen through King Records. More details to be announced...
[For the fact junkies - Shine On and We Are The Ones were originally recorded for the shelved Damn Yankees 3 album and Sea Of Emotions was earmarked for the Journey Arrival album]

Seventh Key - Mike Slamer is very busy putting finishing touches to the final mixes of the forthcoming Seventh Key album, which is going to be entitled The Raging Fire .
The CD shall include the following songs: Always From The Heart . An Ocean Away . It Should Have Been You . Love Train . Pyramid Princess . Run . Sin City . The Raging Fire . The Sun Will Rise . Winds of War . You Cross The Line.
The European version of the album will add as bonus track The Storm Rages On [Originally on the Japanese release of the debut album].
The album will also include a multimedia bonus video for the song Always From the Heart and a 15 minute interview with Seventh Key mainman and singer Billy Greer.
Plans are made to publish the CD in early 2004 on King Records in Japan and Frontiers Records for the rest of the world.

Mickey Thomas / Over The Edge - Mickey Thomas has been busy recording his vocal parts in LA for the Over The Edge project. Six songs have been already tracked down, with some more songs (penned among others by Freddy Curci and Jack Blades) to be added during next month.
This is going to be an all-star monster project with songs supplied by the likes of Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Jack Blades, Freddy Curci and super guests such as Steve Lukather, Richie Kotzen and Neal Schon.
This AOR fans wet dream will be completed within the end of this year.

Hardline - Brothers Johnny & Joey Gioeli have finally started the songwriting of the new Hardline album together with guitarist Josh Ramos. Johnny promises to deliver songs closer to the debut album feel with more melodic hook lines but still with big guitars and sound.
Recordings are planned to start in early 2004 in Los Angeles for a release tentatively planned for the following summer.

Zion - Freddy Curci finally restarted working, together with producer Fab V.Zee Grossi, on the completion of the Zion album whose recordings have been interrupted for a few months due to some health problems that Freddy has positively resolved during September.

Emptry Tremor / Genius - Daniele Liverani and his band, Empty Tremor have finally completed the work for their long awaited new CD entitled The Alien Inside.
The final track listing of the CD will include the following songs: The Alien Inside . I Found You . A New World . Who You Really Are . Don t Stop Me . Stay . The Love I've Never Had . The Alien Outside.
Release date of the album is scheduled for early 2004 in Europe through Frontiers Records and in Japan via King Records.
Empty Tremor singer Oliver Hartmann will also appear, singing all background vocals, on the second chapter of the Genius rock opera Episode 2 - In Search of The Little Prince.
Other confirmed lead singers are Mark Boals (Ring of Fire) and Daniel Gildenlow (Pain Of Salvation), Eric Martin (ex-Mr. Big), Johnny Gioeli (Hardline), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Rob Tyrant (Labyrinth). More singers will be added and the final cast will be announced shortly.

Vertigo - Excellent reviews are blessing the release of the Vertigo album, the long awaited to rock from former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams. Some of the marks gained by the album in specialized press include:
Rock Hard Italy 8/10 - Flash (Italy) 85/100 Top Album of the Month October / Class & Melody - Rock Hard France 9/10 - Melodicrock.com 96/100 - Rock United 9/10 - AORDreamzones 90/100 - Metal Heart (Germany) 9.5/10 - Breakout (Germany) A hammer-hard debut! An essential purchase (Sven Lohnert) - Melodic.net "This is the strongest release from Frontiers, together with the new Harem Scarem so far this year..." - Adult Contemporary Music 4,5/5 (You will never be tired of listening from the first track to the last one) - Strutter 8.50/10 - AORMusic.com 8.4

Frontiers Records, in cooperation with Undercover Promotion, is happy to launch two Vertigo release parties to be held in Germany as follows:
17.10. 03 / Vertigo release party / Garage Munich, Grafingerstrasse 6, 81671 München / info@garagedeluxe.de / Time 22.00
18.10. 03 / Vertigo release party / Headbangersballroom Hamburg, Große Elbstrasse 14, 22767 Hamburg / Phone 040/315974 / Time 22.30
Fans will be able to listen to the entire album in advance, watch the video of More Than Enough and win some special prizes such as autographed copies and flyers of the albums and some exclusive Japanese pressing copies!
Release of the album is scheduled for October 20, 2003.
The first pressing will include a bonus CD including a music video for More Than Enough and a video interview with Joseph Williams playable on all computers!

Pride Of Lions - Even better reviews are blessing the much welcomed return to melodic rock from former Survivor Jim Peterik with his new vehicle Pride of Lions. Some of the anticipated press results gathered include:
Melodicrock.com 99/100 - Melodic.net - "Jim and Toby have created a strong and fresh album that will more than please all AOR-fans" - Rock United 9/10 - AORDreamzones 100/100 - Rock it (Germany) 10/10 - Breakout (Germany) Album Of the Month (November) - Flash (Italy) - 95/100 Overall Album of The Month - Rock Hard (Italy) Album of the Month - Rock Hard (France) 9/10 - Metal Heart (Germany) 9/10 - Strutter (Holland) - 9.9/10 - Burrn (Japan) 93/100

Pride of Lions are also going to appear for some release parties tied to the album release in Europe. Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock will be pleased to meet and greet the fans and will play a 45 minutes acoustic set!
9.11.2003 / PRIDE OF LIONS release party / Special Guests Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock / Garage Munich, Grafingerstrasse 6, 81671 München - Germany / info@garagedeluxe.de
12.11.2003 / PRIDE OF LIONS release party / Special Guests Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock / Black Dog 26, Rue des Lombards, 75004 Paris - France Tel + 33 - 1 /
13.11.2003 / PRIDE OF LIONS release party in Milan - Italy / Details TBA

And the full line-up of Pride Of Lions will be appearing live (one of their first shows!) as a support act for REO Speedwagon October 25 at the Star Plaza Theater just outside of Chicago in Indiana.

More Great reviews and results have also been gathered by the other two Frontiers Records releases between October and November:
Perfect World (Featuring Kelly Hansen / Fabrizio Grossi) - Metal Heart (Germany) - 9/10 - Breakout (Germany) - "Perfect Songs in a perfect world. A real good one!" Sven Lohnert - Melodicrock.com 92/100 - Rock United 7/10 - Strutter 9.0/10 - Rock Hard (France) 8/10. Release date: November 10th 2003.
Dreamtide - Dreams For The Daring - Rock Report - 5/6 - 83% melodicrock.com - Metal Heart 9/10 - Strutter - 9.0/10 - Melodic.net catchy hook lines, superb melodies and guitar riffs - Rock Hard (Italy) - 8,5/10 - Flash (Italy) - 85 /100. Release date: October 20th 2003.

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick was shot in the leg last night and narrowly missed being killed after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bruce got caught in the cross fire of an altercation on LA's Sunset Strip.
The disadvantage of being in another timezone/season is that events often take place overnight. So many of you would have heard of this event by now and read the subsequent articles. If not, here are some links:
www.billboard.com / www.foxnews.com / www.canada.com / cbs2chicago.com / www.nbc4.tv
Additionally, Bruce's press agent has sent me the following statement:
"Bruce Kulick is at home and recovering from two gunshots after a show at the Key Club in Hollywood last night.
He had been to a Vince Neil event at the Key Club, and left with a friend at 1:30 a.m. As he walked down the strip, he heard gunshots. He looked down to see a hole through his leather pants, right above the knee. Next thing he noticed blood was coming down his leg.
He heard a second bullet whiz past his ear and realized he'd been grazed in his head by it. Immediately the EMS crews arrived, took him to the hospital.
This was a random shooting, and the assailant was wrestled to the ground by the crowd.
"I'm very grateful for the immediate response of both the crowd and the doctors, and --obviously-- the EMS crews," says Bruce Kulick. "I'm fine and very thankful to be alive, and I'm back on the road with Grand Funk."
This past weekend Bruce and his band Grand Funk played two shows in California. On November 8th they'll be performing at a benefit for Safe Harbor Animal Rescue and Hospital-- a no kill facility in Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer's hometown of Jupiter.
Bruce has plenty of time to recuperate, as the band is taking time off for the holidays. And they'll be back on the road to do 40 or 50 shows in the new year.
[It seems the shooter was a block away in front of the Rainbow, it was the Rainbow's crowd that wrestled the shooter - and did a good job apparently of making sure he wouldn't be hurting anyone else!]

An update of release dates for Sweden's Atenzia RecordsShugaazer's Shift has just been released, with 40ft Ringo's new EP Inside Your Head due up next on November 26.
The debut album from anticipated pop rock newcomers Spin Gallery has now been postponed back until the first couple of months of 2004. But a single will be released in November. Expect a preview very shortly!
2004 looks like getting off to a very strong start for the label, with albums scheduled for new signings Stereolith, London Calling and White Silver. Details of those bands to follow.
Glen Burtnik's highly anticipated new rocking solo album Welcome to Hollywood is planned for early 2004 (recording to be completed in November), as is the modern rock project from Mitch Malloy - Fluid Sol.
And not currently scheduled, but due also in early 2004 is the new solo album from Tower City's Lawrence Saltis.
Diving For Pearls frontman Danny Malone has updated fans on the progress of the new album now titled Texas. Danny says: "please have patience! This album been in the works forever it seems, but it's making progress and I want to make sure that we deliver nothing less than 45 minute music ecstasy - where songs, production, performance and arrangements all shines and make it a sure fire pleasure."
Diving For Pearls Texas is to be released through Atenzia during the first part of 2004.

Bob Seger's new Greatest Hits 2 has undergone some last minute changes - for the better. Removed is the video track for Night Moves and in it's place is 2 brand new tracks - Satisfied and Tomorrow. The tracks were planned for his next studio album, due in 2004, but apparently Bob felt the fans deserved something new after waiting so long. Nice one Bob! More info: www.segernet.com

A little while back I ran a Guess The Band MP3. The band was of course, Spain's 91 Suite. The track was a demo from their upcoming 2004 release. The winner of an autographed 91 Suite CD (as picked by the band's label Vinny Records) is Derek Lurtsema.

Two brief Rush news items. First of all, their Rush In Rio CD and DVD set is due out in the next week or so and the good news is that Australia is included in the release plans. October 30 is apparently the local date.
And will Rush be on the road in 2004? Evidence is pointing towards a yes.
According to the Godz website, Eric Moore's reformed Godz will play the Classic Rock Festival in Belgium next year, alongside such bands as Aerosmith and Rush.
No confirmation of that from Rush, but Godz management e-mailed to say: "To the best of our knowledge this is true. The Godz have been confirmed on the bill for the June 12th 2004 Classic Rock Festival."

Vick LeCar has been quiet of late. But he's been hard at work, just completing a new CD titled Bad Influences. The album features covers of some classic hard rockers. Vick says of the CD: "I'm not and never have been a covers player, but I did it just to pay tribute to the artist who pave the road for us and thank them for all the great music they have giving us....The approach to it is more on my own style, a bit heavier and a bit blusier."
Featured on the album are: Vick LeCar, guitars and vocals, strings; Dino Castano, drums; Wade Parker bass.
Track listing: Stormbringer . Out On The Tiles . Stone Cold Rainbow . Hope You're Felling Better . Tie Your Mother Down . Holy Man . Fire . Open Invitation . Let It Ride . Long Live Rock & Roll.
The CD should be released around January 2004. More info at: www.vick-lecar.com

Night Ranger passed through Las Vegas on October 11. Chris was at the gig and e-mailed in a little news: "Right before finishing the main set, Jack Blades announces they have a special guest with them. Vince Neil appears and the band played Smokin' in the Boys Room and Girls, Girls, Girls. It was a great show."
Cool to hear, thanks Chris. Good to see Vince was sober enough to perform (unlike last night in LA).


Just posted at Michael Anthony's website is pictures from the Sammy Hagar annual birthday bash at Cabo Wabo. The Event featured a number of guests and also featured a set by Los Tres Gusanos (Anthony, Hagar and David Lauser). Check it out: www.madanthonycafe.com

Mass have recorded their new demo and are apparently shopping it to prospective record labels. Feature new songs are: Empty Soul . Who Am I . Someday (In The Morning) . 7 Days . It's You

Rick Springfield tells me that his shock/denial/anger/acceptance album is now officially set for release February 14, 2004. I have asked for clarification on this, but have not yet heard back. What remains unconfirmed is whether an online release will still happen sometime in December.

Hanoi Rocks guitarist Costello has just released a new solo album (his second I believe). The album is called 13 Reason's To Rock and includes a cover of the Lita Ford classic Kiss Me Deadly. It's available now from online store www.epes.net

John Oszajca's new album First Sign Of Anything is due out shortly. Soundbytes are now online at John's website. Included on the album and mentioned here before is a cover of the Rick Springfield classic Jessie's GirlUniversal are apparently set to promote the single through the upcoming holiday period.

Deadline's new CD is now available from The Classic Rock Society (www.classicrocksociety.com). They'll be playing for the CRS on 31st October at the Herringthorpe Leisure Centre, Rotherham, England supported by China Doll, The Strangedays and Tikaboo Peak. Tickets are also available from the CRS website.

Marcel Coenen's solo album Guitartalk is now also available in a strictly limited (300 copies only) 2 CD version. The second CD features a home video of Marcel performing the entire album in his home as well as discussing his equipment. Marcel is also featured on Sun Caged's self titled debut album (due out October 22 2003). Guitartalk contains Marcel's version of the Dutch national anthem. More info: www.lionmusic.com

Crystal Blue won't leave it so long between albums this time around, with the band's Tomas Lassar confirming the guys would record a new album for MTM Music in 2004.

My favourite new band of the year Waltham have some new video's to download at their official website. The guys are currently working on a live DVD.

Andre Andersen's classical piano album OceanView will be released in Japan and Australia on November 11, 2003 by Wood Bell Corp.

On September 24th Sony Music Russia released the new solo album from legendary ex-Uriah HeepKen Hensley. The 14 track CD The Last Dance features the following tracks: Crying / Letting Go / I Know Who You Are / Second Chance (A New Beginning) / Give Me A Reason / The Voice Of Love / Give 'Em What They Want / Who Knows / Dancing / Did You Know (A Lullaby For Jesus) / The Last Dance (El Gitano Viejo) / Lady In Black (Extended Remix) (Bonus Track) / Lady In Black (Original '03 Remix) (Bonus Track) / Lady In Black (Chill Tloop Remix) (Bonus Track).
Additional details concerning this release can be obtained at www.ken-hensley.com

Ian Parry has completed a third Consortium Project album that will be released in Europe October 27 via Century Media/SPV. The track list for the new album is: The Council Of Elders . Spirit Of Kindness . The Ark (Of The Covenant) . Lost Empire . Reductio Ad Absurdum . White Sands (California Lighthouse) . Great Exploration . Across The Seven Seas . Nemesis . Beyond The Gateway Of Legends . Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World)


Kiss Expo 2003 Oct 25th Nottingham RockCity. A quick reminder that the UK Kiss Expo is is just days away. The expo starts at 1:00pm and runs through till 9:00pm. Tickets are £12.50each or £25.00 for VIP laminate that allows early entry to the venue. Children over 14 are welcome until 9:00pm
Your entry ticket also allows you entry to Rock night (9:00pm--3:00am) playing the best in Classic/Melodic/AOR all night long. We will have performances and appearances on the day from Dressed To Kill (Kiss tribute) and Mark St. John (ex-Kiss guitarist). Along with a very big gathering of Kiss/Mainstream rock dealers from all over the world including, Phil Elliot + Creatures of the south from Atlanta USA, Jonny Fredrickson from Sweden, X Records from Bolton UK, Mark from RPM Huddersfield UK, DMC Collectibles from the UK, Nick Smith And Jamie Taylor to name but a few.
The official designated meeting place pre show is the Tap 'N' Tumbler Public House Wollaton Street. Tickets are still available in advance or on the day. Please contact davidherron7@aol.com for tickets or more information.

Melbourne based band, Heaven Scent, has joined forces with leading community service organisation, Mission Australia, and record label and distribution company, Sound Vault Records, to donate all proceeds from their forthcoming CD single, Short Goodbyes, to help raise funds for the Bali appeal.
The single – which is about dealing with the sudden and senseless loss of loved ones – was performed at the band's album launch when it struck a poignant chord with an audience still coming to grips with the recent tragedy.
An overwhelming response to the song resulted in the production of the single with help from Mission Australia and Sound Vault Records in financing the CD's duplication, distribution and promotional costs.
Mission Australia spokesperson, Karen Martin, said that Australians had been deeply affected by the tragedy and as such felt a desperate need to help.
"Short Goodbyes will not only give all Australians the chance to help the victims and their families, but also in some small way, help with the healing process of a nation in mourning.
"Several radio stations have already committed their support and we urge all Australians to do the same. We anticipate a huge demand for the single,"
 said Ms Martin.
The CD single will be made available to the public exclusively through all JB Hi-Fi stores nationally on Monday, 4 November 2002.
Priced at $5.50 (GST included), the CD also includes an acoustic version of the pop/rock single.
WebLinks: www.heavenscent.com.au / www.soundvault.com.au / www.balisupport.com / www.zero-to-one.org

Jesse Damon has signed a music licensing deal with Summer Salt/EMI. His solo band performed at a club in Los Angeles for the South Bay Music Awards. This was the last round of the finals competition before the main event.
The show brought out some of rock's best and renown front men of the music business, Sabastian Bach (Skid Row), Marc Torien (Bullet Boys), and Ronnie Borchert (Amsterdam). The main event of the competition will be held on November 8th at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
You can also see Jesse Damon performing in Hollywood with Silent Rage on October 30th, 2003 at 7969 Club Vodka.

A few interviews added today! In a Feature InterviewJim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock talk about the upcoming debut Pride Of Lions release and in a couple of e-InterviewsDreamtide guitarist Helge Engelke and vocalist Olaf Senkbeil both talk about their new Dreams For The Daring album and Kelly Hansen talks about his Perfect World release.

Eric Martin - Destroy All Monsters (Pony Canyon, October 20 / Frontiers Records, January 19) - Eric's latest solo album continues to rock in the same vein as I'm Goin' Sane, with a few differences. The sound is much rawer, simpler and features a very stripped back approach...it's almost live in the studio. It's guitar driven modern pop/rock - or distorted pop as Eric calls it, with his distinct vocal's in good form as expected. More listening is required, but I'm not hearing the catchy hooks as easily as I did on the quite excellent last album.

Johnny Lima - Made In California (Frontiers Records, December 1) - For pumped up, classic American style melodic hard rock, you don't get any better than Johnny Lima. His Def Leppard/Bon Jovi style anthems hit the spot perfectly and his long awaited new album won't disappoint. It's been a long time coming, but the new album could be his best t date. It features everything you could want, which is more high-energy, hook filled rockers and a couple of great hands in the air sing-a-long ballads. Old fans will be in heaven, new fans will be wondering why they didn't convert earlier.

Clay Aiken - Measure Of A Man (RCA, Out Now) - American Idol runner-up Clay's debut album has all the marketing and major promotional tools behind it, so it's most pleasing to hear it's a pop rock album. Basically this is a very (no, ultra) smooth presentation of feel good uptempo pop songs, with some required balladry and a couple of slightly rockier numbers to beef things up. It's major label AOR for 2003, but a long way from the classic definition of the term. Very pleasant, but very safe. Nevertheless, it's a positive for the style of music and if more tracks were as fuelled as the opening classic Invisible, it would have been even better. One for fans of modern pop like Invertigo, Martin Stenmark and BBMak.

Bonfire - Free (BMG, Out Now) - Bonfire's new album has fans polerized...the response have been mixed, but for me the jury is still out. The band have modernized their sound and tried a few new things. Some tracks work, come clearly don't, but there's still enough of the old band to appeal to some fans. Those holding out for and accepting only a return to the Point Blank are sound will be majorly disappointed.



Thursday, October 16, 2003

40ft Ringo will release a brand new EP centered around the song Inside Your Head through Atenzia Records November 26. The Inside Your Head track will be accompanied by four non-album tracks. They are: Hopeless, Shakedown, Jerk Off and Sober. The EP will also feature a multimedia section which contains the video for the song Anyway.
Coming up - a preview of the hot new act Spin Gallery!


Sayit talks about his new album Louder, which is due out from MTM November 10.
"This new album is a completely different direction from the style people know from my first two albums. Me and my close friend / producer Tommy Denander had some serious and creative talks before starting to write it, we both agreed that even though we love pure Westcoast it's first of all a very small market for that kind of music and we've already done two albums in that vein, we really wanted to rock out on this album.
Plus MTM is a great AOR/melodic rock label and we knew they wouldn't be too happy with a wimpy Westcoast album haha!! This time we also didn't care so much about having a lot of guests but more of a cool band feeling, we even hope to do some touring for it which would be a lot of fun."
"Everybody did a great job - as always - on this album and I'm very proud to have my friend Geir Rönning singing the whole album with great help on the backing vocals from Chris Demming, Chris is also co producer of all vocals. Geir is really singing his butt off and any fan of his and Tommy's old project Rainmaker will love this album. Tommy is always in charge of all things and on the first two albums we shared guitars a lot but this time he really pushed me to take care of almost all of them myself which was a great experience, of course Tommy did a couple of guest spots but mainly he plays keyboards and did a perfect job with that.
I'm also proud of a new friend in my life, Ulf "Ken" Sandin who plays bass, we met when we played with Jim Jidhed on his release party earlier this year, Jim and Ulf played together in the band Alien. You can also hear the legendary Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Whitesnake) on the song That Ain't Me".
I also have to give a special mention to Theo Theander at Roasting House for his help mixing the album....you're brilliant mate!!! Even though I'm a very picky guy and always have a tough time enjoying my own albums I'm really happy with this album, it's filled with great songs, great performances and a lot of heart and soul....hope you all will agree. If you wanna give me your opinions and just say hello you can always reach me through my website www.sayit-guitar.com. I'm very proud to be signed to MTM and I'm sure we will have a blast during this and hopefully many more albums in the future!!!"


News earlier this week told of a new Bulletboys release due any day. But there's a twist in the tale. Bulletboy Jason Hook is not involved in the current recording sessions. He passed on this comment about the album: "I had heard that Marq was planning on finishing the album without me which is fine.....however, if any of my co-written material is on there he will be hearing from my attorney."

A few Journey updates: Neal Schon will be making two special guest appearances on the G3 tour with Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai! He will perform on Friday, October 17 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, CA and Monday, October 27 in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium.
Journey's Greatest Hits DVD will be available for purchase online at the Journey store on November 25, 2003! Track listing and more information coming soon!
The eBay charity auction for Grace Bradley ended last night with a winning bid of $4,451.00! Congratulations to the winner and thank you to everyone who bid on the autographed guitar!
Please visit www.Jonathancain.com to help raise funds for Grace and a chance to win some fantastic prizes! www.journeymusic.com

Jeff Scott Soto is out on the road (still!) Good on ya Jeff! Here are his remaining dates - if you haven't seen a JSS gig, you haven't been rocked. Make sure you get there if possible. The dates are:
Friday October 17, 2003 Biebob Voselaar, Belgium
Sunday October 19, 2003 Zeche Bochum, Germany
Monday Oct 20, 2003 Spirit Of 66 Verviers, Belgium
Wednesday, October 22,2003 House Of Live, 124, Rue La Boetie, 75008 Paris (Queen Set) Paris, France
Friday, October 24,2003 Espace Culturel Eloyes, France
Sunday, October 26, 2003 House Of Live, 124, Rue La Boetie, 75008 Paris (JSS Solo Set) Paris, France
Monday October 27, 2003 La Balle Au Bond, Quai Malaquais (Special Acoustic Set) Paris, France
Friday October 31, 2003 Lux (Full JSS Electric Set Wigan, UK)
Saturday November 1, 2003 The Shed (Half Queen/Half Jss Set) Brierley Hill, UK
Sunday November 2, 2003 Special Queen Set For Spain Queen Fan Club, Ritmo & Compas (Limited Tickets For Public) Madrid Spain

A big update to the Mini-Bytes page today. New MP3 samples can be found by Clay Aiken, John Lawton Band, Kenny Loggins, Honestly, Jamie Meyer, Rikki Rocket, Metal Shop, Fatal Attraction and nu-Aussie metallers Naked Heart.

Also online is two new CD Showcases for Escape Music releases First Shot and Body Electric.



Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Press Release:
Neal Morse's solo career has gotten off to a highly successful start, and it's also been emotionally rewarding for the singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist too.
His deeply personal, two-CD studio album Testimony on Radiant/Metal Blade Records has been earning the former Spock's Beard member rave reviews. And he recently completed two very different live performances on the same day in his home base of Nashville, TN, and they served as a basic warm-up for his upcoming tour.
On October 4, 2003, Morse and his band played at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, a juvenile detention center. It was the first time he'd played live as a solo artist since departing Spock's Beard one year ago. The event was arranged to resemble a church picnic, and Morse was playing for some volunteers inside a tent. At first, none of the troubled youngsters came inside, but then many began to filter in and listen to such songs as "God Won't Give Up," "Wasted Life," "Sing It High" and several of Morse's unreleased gospel numbers.
"It was very emotional. I felt God's hand at work and at one point I started to cry," Morse says. "I'd like for people to know where our hearts are at."
Later that same day, he played an acoustic-oriented, in-store concert at Tower Records' Opry Mills location in Nashville. It was a huge success, with a much larger crowd attending than was expected, and the song selection was a little different from the set played at the youth detention center.
"The turnout was incredible. There were fans there who had either flown in or drove in from places like New York, North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia," says Morse. "We played songs that lent themselves well to that kind of environment like 'Sleeping Jesus,' 'Wasted Life' and 'Sing It High.' "
Morse's upcoming tour dates with a full band in the United States and Europe are going to be broken down into two variations.
The concerts with his "combo" will feature select songs from Testimony (enough to tell the complete autobiographical narrative) and shorter songs from his work with Spock's Beard and Transatlantic.
The concerts featuring drummer Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Morse's longtime friend and Transatlantic collaborator, will be the 'Testimony' "extravaganza." The album will be performed in its entirety and encores will alternate between either a Spock's Beard or a Transatlantic epic.
"Combo" concerts include:
Friday, October 24 - Metuchen, NJ - NJ Proghouse/Franklin School House (sold out)
Saturday, October 25 - Rochester, NY - Max Of Eastman Place
Sunday, October 26 - Lowell, MA - The Play Loft
"Portnoy extravaganza" concerts include:
Thursday, November 13 - United Kingdom - Manchester MDH
Friday, November 14 - United Kingdom - London Astoria
Sunday, November 16 - Holland - Rijssen Lucky
Monday, November 17 - Holland - Tilburg 013
Tuesday, November 18 - Germany - Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
Wednesday, November 19 - Germany - Bochum Zeche
Friday, November 21 - Metuchen, NJ - Metuchen Forum Theater
Sunday, November 23 - Whittier, CA - Center Theater Stage/Whittier Community College
The November 23 show in Whittier, CA (the Los Angeles area) will be filmed for possible DVD release in the future.
At this time, Morse and his band are engaged in intense rehearsals to bring the heartfelt music of 'Testimony' and Spock's Beard and Transatlantic favorites to vibrant life on the concert stage.
www.nealmorse.com / www.metalblade.com / www.radiantrecords.com

A letter writing campaign has been started the webmaster of www.segerbob.com to try to convince Bob Seger to tour again. It is being promoted by radio stations in the US and has been featured on the cable channel VH-1 Classics.
Join the Campaign! Please write to Bob asking him to tour: Bob Seger (Please Tour), c/o Punch Enterprises, 567 Purdy St., Birmingham, MI 48009
Great idea...maybe it's time to start a Van Halen campaign?!!

Re-united Canadian hard rockers, Moxy have booked their first live show with new lead singer Alex Machin (formerly of A Foot In Cold Water). It will take place on Friday, Novenber 14th, in Brampton Ontario (just west of Toronto) at Raxx Lounge, 370 Main St. N. Original singer "Buzz" Shearman died in a motorcycle accident in 1983. Loverboys' Mike Reno was there singer on their 4th album Under The Lights in 1978. Canadian Metelers Travelin' War will open the show. More info at www.moxy.ca

As reported a short while ago, hard rockers McQueen Street are back! Their only album to date has now been joined by a 14 track release, which I presume features unreleased material, rather than all new material. The album II is available now from the band's official website www.mcqueenstreet.com
The track listing is: Scream . World Machine . Somebody Love Me . Psychosis . What About Jane? . No Colors . Strange Dreams . Bad Moon . The Last Breath . White Junk Monkey . No Sacrifice . I Don't Understand You . Fear The Night Time . The Journey


There is a strong posibility of a Blackfoot Reunion Tour in 2004 if enough fans want it. Charlie Hargrett, Greg T Walker and Jakson Spires are all up for it but it needs the fans to convince Ricky Medlocke.
Fans can sign an on-line petition at www.4ndns.com (Greg T Walkers site). This is NOT a campaign to get Ricky to leave Skynyrd (who will be taking a long rest at the end of the 30th Anniv Tour) - just to get him to agree to a one-off Tour. Go to it!

Another day of just news updates, but I am back at the PC full time now for the first time in 10 days, so expect a few page updates tomorrow and Friday, including Mini-Bytes, Interviews and maybe a Release Dates update + lots more news.



Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Latest Kivel Records release Damn Cheetah has been available for a couple of weeks now. The label has supplied track comments from the band. To listen while you read, sample the tracks in the Damn Cheetah CD Showcase.
Damn Cheetah - A hard rocker that gets in your face ala AC/DC style with its raunchy vocals and gritty guitars.
Maybe Tomorrow - This is the song that will leave a smile on your face and put a positive spin on even the worst day! This song is pure melodic drenched fun with an optimistic look on tough times.
If You Like What You See - Now this is the song that gets the woman dancing. The title says it all. If you're a fan of Cinderella ala Gypsy road, then this is the song for you. Once again, FUN FUN FUN!
Forever - Now being a band that is rooted firmly in the 80s sound. You need "the ballad". Well, this is it!! A song that says it all about LOVE. Simply put, when you find the "ONE" it is…Forever.
Love Thunder - Raunchy and in your face!! Has that big sing along chorus with memorable guitars.
Some Kinda Woman - This is the "groove" song. It gets down and dirty and kicks in with a BIG chorus. Very good sing along type of song.
Without Your Love - Well one ballad worked…why not two!? This is Carl's fave to play of the two. Think that you have just made a huge mistake, and you realize you cant live without that person. This song has a very Warrant feel to it.
Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie - A lil attempt at those good ol boys of Bean town. This song has an Areosmith meets ACDC thing going on. Its got that Steven Tyler swagger, but with a ACDC balls out Vocal gruff in the vocals. Once again…BIG chorus with big guitars! Bring on the Marshalls!
King Of The Hill - Once again we tread on the Cinderella ground with a very bluesy acoustic flavored drinking moonshine song that tells a lil story about Johnny. Fun and changes the pace a lil.
Hungry For Your Love - Another in your face song with big guitars and vocals, that makes my throat hurt when I hear that high note!
Tonight - This was some new ground for the band bringing in the aid of a Piano for this song. It gave us a new dimension. This song is a pure joy. It has a nice build to a BIG chorus. This is cut from the same cloth as tomorrow. This song will leave a smile on your face and think, things aren't that bad.

Get the CD and more info at www.kivelrecords.com

I spoke too soon. Bon Jovi have dropped the 2 new tracks from their Greatest Hits revisited album. Why? No explanation has been given, but the new CD will not feature any new tracks at all. Sad I say. Thief of Hearts and Last Man Standing will remain unreleased for now.

John Farnham and his label BMG Australia have announced details of the new Greatest Hits package, due out in November. One Voice covers his career from as far back as 1967, to a new track recorded this year. The complete track listing with original album/release date:
CD1: We Will Rock You (With Queen) (new) . That's Freedom (from Chain Reaction, 1990) . Age Of Reason (from Age of Reason, 1988) . Pressure Down (from Whispering Jack, 1986) . Don't You Know It's Magic (single, 1973) . A Touch Of Paradise (from Whispering Jack, 1986) . Help (from Uncovered, 1980) . When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (With Jimmy Barnes) (from Soul Deep, 1991) . Chain Reaction (from Chain Reaction, 1990) . Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (single, 1969) . Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) (single, 1967) . A Simple Life (from Romeo's Heart, 1996) . Burn For You (from Chain Reaction, 1990) . The Last Time (from The Last Time, 2002)
CD2: You're The Voice (from Whispering Jack, 1986) . Two Strong Hearts (from Age of Reason, 1988) . Everything's Alright (With Kate Ceberano And Jon Stevens) (from Jesus Christ Superstar, 1992) . One (single, 1969) . Seemed Like A Good Idea (At The Time) (from Then Again, 1993) . Talk Of The Town (from Then Again, 1993) . Angels (from Then Again, 1993) . Have A Little Faith (In Us) (from Romeo's Heart, 1996) . Hearts On Fire (from Romeo's Heart, 1996) . Every Time You Cry (With Human Nature) (from Anthology, 1997) . Reasons (from Whispering Jack, 1986) . No Ordinary World (from The Last Time, 2002) . Man Of The Hour (from 33 1/3, 2000)



Monday, October 13, 2003

Bon Jovi have announced further details (yes, more...) of their upcoming This Left Feels Right release, which is due out in Japan October 29, USA November 4 and Internationally November 3.
Announced over the weekend are the Bonus DVD details. And once again, the DVD comes in 2 versions, one with the International release and one with the Japanese release.
And as expected, the overpriced Japanese version is the one fans will want. Included on the DVD for International and Japan is six songs from the December 2002 AOL Sessions that the band did in LA. Those songs are: Love For Sale, Someday I'll Be Saturday Night, Misunderstood, Joey, Diamond Ring and Blood on Blood.
Added to the Japanese bonus DVD is two additional songs from the Yokohama, Japan concert: In These Arms and Heroes. The DVD also includes The Right Side Of Wrong montage video of behind-the-scenes footage.
Hopefully this will be the last track detail update until the CD is released.

Last Autumn's Dream is the name given to an unusual, but interesting group of musicians that will have their self titled debut album released in Japan November 21.
The project features former Fair Warning guitarist Andy Malecek and Swedish AOR vocalist Mikael Erlandsson together with Europe's team of John Leven, Ian Haughland and Michael Michaeli.
The album's track listing is: Break The Chains . Never Let You Go . High Up . Doin' Time . Again And Again . Now You're Gone . Home Again . Waiting For Love . Second Chance . Guardian Angel . Movin' On

Aerosmith have apparently titled their upcoming blues album Honkin' on Bobo. Well, they've been honkin' on something for sure! The album is being produced by the band and Jack Douglas and it will be released on Columbia, January 13, 2004.

The new Andre Andersen solo album is titled Ocean View and is out in Japan November 11.

How about this one guitar lovers? Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Hackett & John Paul Jones - Guitar Wars Special Edition. What is it? Not all the guys together it seems (sadly), but rather them all featured on the same CD from "Special sessions in Japan by Gilbert, Hackett, Bettencourt & Jones. Features classics of Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Mr. Big, Extreme. DVD includes out-takes..." It's out in Japan December 10.

Clay Aiken (yeah, the guy that came second in American Idol) is set to release his debut album to much hype and expectation. No surprise there. What was surprising was to hear his comment about the album's style: "...definitely a pop album, so it's not a big departure for me. But there's a little bit of a rock edge.... I kind of compare it to a Steve Perry/Journey flavor, which is really stuff I grew up listening to, and I loved....'' Nice one!

Journey's Greatest Hits DVD is scheduled for release November 25, 2003. No track listing has yet been released.

The Sweet have a DVD due out October 27. More info: www.wienerworld.com/Sweet.html

Heading to Australia for the Melbourne Blues Festival is none other than Chicago. One date only!

TB Records in the UK have a few things on the go, including new releases and promoting some upcoming tours.
UK tour dates for Bonfire, Enuff Z Nuff with Crash Kelly and Robin Back can be viewed in the Tour Dates page.
And CD wise, due out on November 3 are the following titles: Enuff Z`nuff - FavouritesPretty Boy Floyd - Size Really Does MatterDouble Cross - Time After TimeThe Kramdens - Quiet CollisionMudmen - MudmenBonfire - Free
All releases are for Europe with the exception of Bonfire, which through TB is for the UK only. More info: www.tbrecordslimited.com

Press Release:
(California, October 9, 2003) Sebastian Bach is back. The former lead singer of multi-platinum band Skid Row is embarking on a short tour run with new band Bach Tight 5.
Sebastian has spent the last few years performing on Broadway headlining such musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Missing the high-energy rock n roll shows, that only Sebastian can perform, he is following his heart back to music tours.
Look for Sebastian's new CD and DVD to be released in early 2004.
Tour dates for Bach Tight 5
Oct. 16th Albany, NY Northern Lights
Oct. 17th Baltimore, MD Recher Theatre
Oct. 18th Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony*
Oct. 19th Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony*
Oct. 21st Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Oct. 23rd Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Oct. 24th Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino**
Oct. 25th Wantaugh, NY Mulcaheys
Oct. 26th Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre **
Oct. 27th New York City, NY - Beacon Theatre***
Oct. 30th Chicago, IL - House of Blues**
Nov. 1st Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Theatre**
*2 Shows consecutively / **With Twisted Sister / ***With Twisted Sister & Alice Cooper

Press Release:
Ron Keel & IronHorse have wrapped up work on a new album that could shift the band's career into high gear. The 12-song collection covers a lot of ground, giving IronHorse a diverse sound best labeled as Hard Rockin' Southern Country Metal.
The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by Kevin Beamish, who has numerous gold and platinum releases under his belt in several genres, making him the ideal choice to record the new IronHorse music. His accomplishments include everything from producing REO Speedwagon's High Infidelity (15 million sold) to engineering the latest Kenny Chesney smash No Shoes No Shirt No Problems.
He has recorded thirty-five #1 songs in the past seven years alone, working with superstars such as Reba McEntire, Clint Black, and many others. Hard Rock aficionados know him from producing classic albums by Saxon ("Crusader" 2 million sold), Y&T, and Michael Schenker; he has also worked with IronHorse vocalist Ron Keel before, having produced Keel's Rock N Roll Outlaw for the Dudes movie soundtrack.
The new album kicks off with the Ron Keel-composed anthem American Thunder, a tribute to the American people and the music they love. In addition to compositions written by Ron and other members of IronHorse, the disc features songs from a number of established songwriters Wynn Varble, whose latest #1 hit was Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten", contributes Hearts Of Steel. Henry Paul, lead vocalist for BlackHawk and The Outlaws, wrote Dixie Highway and sings a duet with Ron on that track. Marshall Tucker Band guitarist George McCorkle & D. Scott Miller wrote The Best Move, a strong choice for the album's first single. And keeping with the tradition of putting a cover song on every album, IH recorded a stellar version of the Steve Earle classic The Other Kind.
There are radio-ready hits such as "The Best Move", "Hearts Of Steel", and "Desert Rain" and there are also epic album cuts ("Under The Gun" and "One Hell Of A Ride" both clock in at over seven minutes). Anthems like "American Thunder", "The Other Kind", and "Dixie Highway" ride alongside classic €˜story songs' such as "Haunted Saloon" and "Three Sheets To The Wind" (which explores the dark side of domestic violence and revenge). Songs of love, pain, and real life ("One Hell Of A Ride", "Follow Your Heart", "Half Past Goodbye") are performed with a larger-than-life energy and recorded with state-of-the-art production.
Here is a complete track listing: American Thunder (Ronnie Keel) . The Best Move (George McCorkle, D. Scott Miller) . Desert Rain (Ronnie Keel/Jay Rusnak/Geno Arce) . The Other Kind (Steve Earle) . Hearts Of Steel (Wynn Varble/Charles Victor) . Dixie Highway (Henry Paul/Chuck Glass) . One Hell Of A Ride (John Edwards) . Three Sheets To The Wind (John Edwards, Troy Martin) . Half Past Goodbye (Jay Rusnak) . Follow Your Heart (Ronnie Keel) . Haunted Saloon (Ronnie Keel/Jay Rusnak) . Under The Gun (Troy Montgomery/Matt LaPorte)
Fans were able to follow the recording process on-line from the first day of tracking (May 7) on the IronHorse Message Board "Studio Report", which had almost 6000 hits during the sessions.
The band and management are now exploring the best options for distribution, marketing, and promotion in hopes of getting this album into the hands of those hungry for music that is real and powerful. Music that makes you feel something, enjoy yourself, and keeps you coming back for another listen.
Hard Rockin' Southern Country Metal. The new album from IronHorse. www.ironhorseband.com

The BulletBoys have a new CD, titled Sophie, and are finishing recording and doing over dubs. Marq, along with Ronnie Borchert, are giving the CD it's final touches at Jet City Studios in Hawthorne, California. Sebastian Bach came into the studio and crushed, vocally, on the first BulletBoys single Neighborhood. Look for Sophie to be released October 24th.
The new BulletBoys CD was recorded by Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Cinderella, Van Halen). The new record will have 9 original songs and one cover of The Kinks classic All of the Day.
Stay tuned for the infamous Acid Monkey CD to be re-issued.

Press Release:
Los Angeles, CA - Canadian drummer/percussionist Shane Gaalaas, whose stellar resume includes a hard rock who's who in addition his own band ventures, Cosmosquad and Diesel Machine, is stepping out from behind his kit and stepping up to the plate in a big way with his first solo album, Primer.
Written, performed, and recorded entirely by Gaalaas himself who, in true Dave Grohl fashion, handles drums, bass, lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, as well as lead vocals, 'Primer' is a solid combination of metallic crunch' n' groove, infectious modern rock flavors, and introspective acoustic moments, topped off by Shane's often multi-layered vocal approach.
"I'm not a negative person but sometimes we have issues that can eat at us, kind of repressed turbulence. Using music was a great vehicle for me to exorcise my inner demons. Good therapy indeed!", reflects Gaalaas on the motivation behind the album. "I learned a lot about myself in the process. The whole Primer experience has been very rewarding musically and emotionally. I hope people can read into it a little deeper - there really is a positive vibe there."
In related news, Gaalaas is about to hit North American soil with B'z, Japan's best selling rock band of all time, with sales approaching 90 million copies. The band are set to invade the US for a 10-day West Coast run of dates for a second year in a row. These shows also mark the group's first with Gaalaas' Cosmosquad band mate Barry Sparks on bass.
Dates are as follows:
Oct. 12 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Oct. 14 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Oct. 15 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Oct. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Oct. 21 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Oct. 23 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
For more info visit www.shanegaalaas.com

Ok, there's the news update I promised. More will follow soon. We're all still struggling with illness here, so please forgive any delays. Replies to e-mails (due and overdue) will be hopefully be next.



Saturday, October 11, 2003

MTM Music has released information on their next set of upcoming releases. Already mentioned are the October releases - the Snake Charmer re-issue (October 20) and the MTM Volume 9 compilation (October 27).
For November, we have the new Sayit album Sayit - Louder (November 10), a Doc Holliday covers album Good Time Music (November 3) and Far North What? (November 17).
Coming up in January is the new Shiva album Desert DreamsErika Cold Winter Night and the new Street Talk compilation Destination.

Doc Holliday's Bruce Brookshire have made some comments on each of the tracks from their upcoming release:
Bruce: "I have to say the whole project was fun from beginning to end. Each musician contributed love and care and expertise. We have been doing this for quite a while and everyone played what came naturally on this CD. We have had such encouragement and support from our personal manager, Georg Bayer, to do what the band is capable of, and what we are feeling. I think this confidence has made us very comfortable as a group. There are not as many Southern rock bands around right now, and after 20 years of writing, recording and performing this music, if nothing else, you can tell that we are the real thing. What you hear is what we do, and the influences we sing about are real. This is simple and honest music, and we are thankful that we can do it, for our fans, for ourselves, and to bring a new generation of listeners the joy of this style of music."
Black Cat - You can hear influences of two of our favorite bands, Deep Purple & The Allman Brothers Band
Highway Call - Also very "Allman-esque". It is a fun live track, a little showcase for each player.
Farmer's Tan - Maybe a little Springsteen influence and a mysterious "Southern story" about some shady dealings in the Deep South....Who is the preacher and who are the shadows in the firelight ....?
Magnolia - A JJ Cale favorite of ours for years, the basic track was recorded "live" in the studio in Germany.
Trudy - A Charlie Daniels song we have been playing live for a long time, just a funky little rock song....
Good Time Music - This tune was inspired by a whole lot of rock & roll songs that we've listened to over the years - Beatles, Chuck Berry, etc. One of the main riffs in the song was shown to me by Dan Baird of the Georgia Satellites.
I Can't See You - A sad story written about different friends of ours who died from drugs and alcohol. Many of us have suffered from this abuse. "Veronica" was just a name I used because I thought it was pretty, not the real person.
Simple Man - This Rossington/Van Zant song was the last track ever recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon, Georgia. A tribute to a great band and a great place.
It Suits Me Too - Inspired by our hero Taj Mahal, who is one of the greatest blues men of this or any generation.
Messiah - We thought of Lenny Kravitz and the Christian message in many of his songs...We wanted to share the message but not hit the listener over the head with it, maybe just make him think about it a little...."


A few updates on Inxs and the recent news that singer Jon Stevens will leave the band shortly. News that former Baby Animals singer Suze DeMarchi has been recruited are apparently false. A spokesperson for DeMarchi yesterday stated: "They are looking at options but nothing is confirmed....There are many options for this band but they aren't deciding anything right now".
Inxs have made their first comments about Jon's departure: "We thank Jon for his incredible input in the past three years and for helping us through the difficult transition following Michael's death. We've had some great gigs and great tours and will always value his contribution. At this point we have different views of our future and have mutually decided it is in our best interests to part ways. We wish Jon every success for the future and know we will remain great friends."
Inxs have another Best Of package due shortly, but it doesn't feature the new song with Stevens. Instead, it's a rather predicable re-hash of their previous best of, albeit with an added DVD.
Inxs The Years 1979 - 1997 track listing:
CD1 - Just Keep Walking . The Loved One . Stay Young . The One Thing . Don't Change . To Look At You . Original Sin . I Send A Message . Burn For You . Dancing On The Jetty . This Time . What You Need . Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain) . Listen Like Thieves . Shine Like It Does . Need You Tonight . Devil Inside . New Sensation . Mystify . Kick . Never Tear Us Apart
CD2 - Suicide Blonde . Disappear . Bitter Tears . By My Side . The Stairs (live) . Shining Star . Heaven Sent . Taste It . Baby Don't Cry . Beautiful Girl . Not Enough Time . The Gift . Please (You Got That Need...) . Time . The Strangest Party (These Are The Times) . Elegantly Wasted . Don't Lose Your Head . Searching . Salvation Jane . Tight
DVD - Just Keep Walking . The One Thing . Original Sin . What You Need . New Sensation . Never Tear Us Apart . Suicide Blonde . Taste It . The Gift . Elegantly Wasted

The re-release of John Waite's Figure In A Landscape, under the new title John Waite, John Waite has been cancelled. Additionally, John has split with TBA, his latest management team.
It's all a bit sad really. Just today I was blasting the classic debut Bad English album and thinking what a mighty figure John once was.

Can MR-X members please log in and read the message posted there today. Feedback appreciated.

First of all, apologies for the lack of updates during the second part of the week. Basically the whole family have been sick. First and most importantly, our son Nicholas has been hit by a bad virus and remains pretty unwell. But my wife and then I were also hit with it, so it's been a long, long week! Hopefully we the updates will be back to normal Monday or Tuesday...lots of news I haven't had tome to format will be featured and I'll start getting to a week+ worth of e-mails to reply to.

Added today are three new reviews - Pride Of Lions, Perfect World and HardlineCheck them out.



Thursday, October 09, 2003

Jon Stevens has just announced he is quitting Inxs.
Stevens replaced original lead vocalist Michael Hutchence three and a half years ago, after the singers death.
Stevens' departure is a bombshell to the band, which leave this weekend for a tour of Europe. Stevens will finish the tour with the band before leaving.
Just last night the band launched their new single I Get Up, their first since Hutchence's death over 5 years ago. Stevens cited his frustration with the creative process within the band as his main reason to leave. He just said on national TV that to take over three years to come up with just 1 single wasn't acceptable and he wants to record albums, tour on the back of those and continue to write new material. With Inxs, Stevens said it was a case of "too many Chief's, not enough Indians."
He will continue as a solo artist, but didn't elaborate on future plans and when asked, did not rule out putting Noiseworks back together again.



Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Frontiers Records have sent out details of their December releases - all due December 1. They are Last Tribe, Johnny Lima and Jimi Jamison.
Johnny Lima's new album is Made In California and sees the popular melodic rocker at his very catchy best. The album features the following tracks: Made In California . Best Night Of My Life . Chosen One . Go On, Go Away . We've Got Tonight . Another Girl . Help . Love Ain't Enough . Something About You . Where Are You Now? . Welcome to My Paradise.
Last Tribe are about to release their third album The Uncrowned Healer. Tracks to be featured are: The Uncrowned . Sacrifice . The Chosen One . Otherworld . April Sky . Sound of Rain . Only the Innocent . Call of the Tribe . Full Moon.
And lastly, Jimi Jamison's popular Empires album is getting re-released. The album has been hard to find after the label it was signed to (USG) went under. Featured on the album are the following tracks, with two bonus tracks (*): Cry Tough . Run from the Thunder . I'm Always Here . Empires . First Day of Love . Have Mercy . Just Beyond the Clouds . A Dream Too Far . Love Is Alive . November Rain . Calling America . Keep It Evergreen* . Too Hot To Sleep (Live)* . Burning Heart (Live) . Rebel Son (Live).


Escape Music have announced their next release, First Shot's new album Midnight Madness. The album is due November 17 and features the following songs: Dealer Of Love . Skin Deep . Somewhere In Time . All Through The Night . Can't Get Over . Into The Night . Don't Take Me For a Fool . Girl Like You . Midnight Madness . It Must Be Magic . More Things Change
Keep updated always at: www.escape-music.com

Escape Music are delighted to announce their new signing from Finland; House Of Mirrors. They are recording their new album as we speak, scheduled to be finished in January 2004. House of Mirrors will appeal to fans of Europe, Treat and Talk Of The Town.


Capitol Records has set a November 4 release for Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's Greatest Hits 2. The 14-track album includes three previously unavailable songs as well as such favorites as Rock and Roll Never Forgets and Katmandu. The collection also boasts Seger's only No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100, Shakedown, from 1987's Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack.
Although none of the songs Seger's first "Greatest Hits" are repeated on the new compilation, the enhanced disc will include music videos for two that did: Night Moves and Turn the Page.
Released in 1994, "Greatest Hits" has sold 6.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set reached No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and spent 114 weeks on the chart.


From Billboard.com"Although the resurgence of interest in Zeppelin has reignited stories of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones being offered millions of dollars to reunite for a Led Zeppelin tour, Plant says, "I haven't been offered a dime." But then he adds, "That's because I've told the people who have the opportunity [to talk to me about it] that I don't want to hear anything about it. I told them ages ago: It's not an issue."
Ok, so I guess the long running Led Zeppelin / Judas Priest 2004 dual headliner rumor can be put to rest.

This press blurb is directly related to the band Absente plugging themselves, but I thought it worthy of inclusion:
"The Los Angeles-based rock band Absente will debut their hit single 6 Degrees in the long awaited Van Halen documentary. This film retrospective on the mighty Van Halen will be available in stores in November. The distribution handled by Koch will place this project abundantly on shelves worldwide, on DVD format. This compilation of interview footage, pictures, and musical compositions will reflect on the history of one of the greatest rock-and-roll bands of all time.
"This opportunity is just what we needed to introduce our style of aggressive rock to the world," says lead singer, Robb RenzoniPassport Productions is the North Hollywood Company who is funding this project. They have put together a comprehensive look at the mighty Van Halen using stories from those who lived it.
Their decision to use absente's music was based on the concept by the producers to use "in your face rock and roll." They wanted a taste of the times and found exactly that in this original foursome. They feature songs such as "Proud," "Sometimes," "Happy Hour" and "6 Degrees" to transition from interview segments.
Absente's musical sense lies somewhere between the American Heartland and the London fog, somewhere between the electric grind of amplified guitars and the tender cadences of acoustic six-strings and sweet piano. On their new four-song soundtrack, the quartet has managed to exhibit a sense of chemistry and sonic camaraderie few bands ever achieve.
The soundtrack for the soon to be released and long awaited Van Halen documentary is now available for pre-order at www.absentemusic.com"
Ok...First up, no the music does not appear to be available to order yet and more importantly - why not license Van Halen music for the Van Halen DVD? Cheaper to use Absente I guess! Good luck to them!

One of Australia's finest bands of the 80's was Mondo Rock. The band was fronted by Ross Wilson, who's songs have been covered by Rick Springfield and John Farnham among others. They have a new career spanning The Essential Mondo Rock, due out locally November 3. Featured on the 2CD set is:
Disc One: No Time . Summer Of '81 . State Of The Heart . Cool World . Chemistry . The Queen & Me . A Touch Of Paradise . Come Said The Boy . The Modern Bop . Baby Wants To Rock . The Moment (Ny Mix) . Rule Of Threes . Boom Baby Boom . Primitive Love Rites . Why Fight It . I Had You In Mind . Soul Reason
Disc Two: Il Mondo Caffe . Mondo Sexo . Domination . Winds Light To Variable . Moves . Mona Lisa (She Smiles) . Tied Up In Knots . Slice Of Life . We're No Angels . The Fugitive Kind . Aliens Walk Among Us . Dark Secrets
The band will be back on the road for a re-union tour in 2004.

Spearfish - Back, For The Future is a covers CD with guest stars, recorded to benefit the Children's Cancer Foundation.
Spearfish are: Thomas Thulin - Bass & Vocals , Peter Lundin - Guitars, Johan Sterner - Drums
Guest Artists: Paul Dianno (Iron Maiden) , Mick Box (Uriah Heep), Nicky Moore (Samson) , Manny Charlton (Nazareth), Dave Hill (Demon), Svenne Hedlund (Hep Stars) , Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall) , Ray Walmsley (Demon) , Duncan Hansell (Demon) , Mats Levén (Yngwie Malmsteen, At Vance, Dogface, Krux), Rob Tognoni, Janne Stark (Locomotive Breath) , Martin Kronlund (Dogface) , Ove Bylander, Andreas Lindahl, Neil Ogden (Demon), Tomas Salonen, Mick Nordström, Stefan Lundin
Track Listing: CD1 - Control . Stayin Alive . In The Ghetto . Midnight Moses . Mercury Blues . Fools Gold . Gone Shootin . What You re Doing . Maybe I'm Amazed . The Shining . The Stealer . Fortunate Son . Celebration Day . Justice In Ontario
CD2 (Bonus-CD , first 5000 copies) Living Proof* . Running Late* . Two To Tango* . Making Memories* . Win Or Lose* . What Do You Got?* . Cadillac* . I natt Jag Drömde* . That Mexican** . Fortunate Son*** . Point Of No Return****
* Recorded Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2003 / ** Previously unreleased song / *** The Spanish Scotsman in Texas Slide Mix (Manny Charlton from Nazareth) / **** Taken from Spearfish CD Affected By Time.
The CD will be available for orders from www.swedenrock.com on October 31st 2003
The price will be approximately 15 EURO / $17 + shipping and ALL proceeds will be donated to the Children's Cancer Foundation. Spearfish homepage www.swedenrock.com/spearfish

From Rock Of Norway (thanks guys) - The film company MediaLab filmed Stage Dolls' anniversary concert at on September 6 at Spektrum in Trondheim, Norway. The crowd reached nearly 4,000 fans that night. The plan is to release a DVD for release before Christmas. Old clips and interviews will be added to the DVD as well.
This year has been a good year for the band with platinum award for more than 50,000 copies sold of the Good Times compilation CD and more than 60 concerts in their native country.
Pictures from the show can be found here: www.stagedolls.com

Rob Rock and his band Rage of Creation have confirmed their appearance on the upcoming 2004 Primal Fear Devil's Ground European tour as special guests alongside Brainstorm. Rob Rock will tour in support of his recently released 2nd solo CD Eyes of Eternity which was produced by Roy Z, (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Helloween, Tribe of Gypsies).

Germany's power metal Gods Edguy have signed a long term contract with Nuclear Blast! In the beginning of 2004 the new studio EP will already be released, followed by the new opus Hellfire Club in middle of march. Singer Tobias Sammet describes the album as the most various and majestic work of Edguy so far. The band even engaged the "Babelsberger Filmorchestra" for recording - which promises a symphonic masterpiece. Hellfire Club was produced by the band itself and Norman Meiritz, who already worked together with Edguy on their previous releases and on both Avantasia CDs; as well as Sascha Paeth (Rhapsody and others), who was responsible for the mighty drum sound on the album. The final mix took place at the famous Finnvox Studios (Nightwish and others).

Some new interviews have been added! Now online is a Feature Interview with Harem Scarem frontman Harry Hess plus e-Interviews with Steve Newman and Rush Of Ushers main man Daniel O'Brien. It's never too late to get into some new music, so if you enjoy the interviews, preview some tunes now, as all three albums are still previewed in the CD Showcase area.



Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Here are the final 4 tracks from the Pride Of Lions album. Jim Peterik continues his track comments:
Madness Of Love - "This is one of my most over the top melodramatic songs - kinda like queen meets Survivor! I think everyone can relate to the crazy things we do for love - well here's the theme song - everyone gets to show of their chops in the center section. The part where the time signature changes from 6/8 to a 4/4 shuffle - I wrote this one and Turn To You in one desperate weekend after my record label rejected one of my other tunes! Hilary Jones does an amazing job on this one - she is one hot drummer!"
Love Is On The Rocks - "This is the first song I completed for Pride Of Lions - in fact it was Toby's trial song, to see how everyone liked his voice. Well he really nailed it didn't he! This song is unusual for my lyrically because it talks about a love affair that is falling apart - of course I offer hope on the horizon - "do we save this ship or do we go down trying"."
Last Safe Place - "I wrote this song in April of '03 when America was in the midst of its confrontation with the mid east - everything seemed to be in turmoil and our illusion of invulnerability was being seriously challenged. That was the mood I was in when I wrote the first line - "I though the world was a safe place - a calm space - street lights and tree-lined squares"- In times like these to be in the loving arms of family seems like the "last safe place"."
Music And Me - "In the same way that "Light Of 1000 Smiles" described the rock/stage experience back in '81 on Survivor's Premonition album - "Music And Me" gets to the heart of my personal love affair with rock and roll - from the cradle to now. When I was a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago it seemed that I was afraid of everything - nuclear war - thunderstorms - tornados - disease - you name it... When I finally stood on stage and played my first rock and roll song (Kansas City- here I come) and heard the applause - all my fears went away - because I had finally found my true calling. I have been chasing that dream ever since and the tornados have stayed away! Toby and I share lead vocals and again the World Stage band shines - Eddie Breckenfeld is absolutely untouchable on drums on this one."

You can sample each tune from the debut Pride Of Lions album and recap all Jim's track comments in the CD Showcase online now. Also online today is a Showcase for the debut Perfect World album, featuring Kelly Hansen and the team behind the excellent Vertigo release. Additionally, the third installment from the Gods 2002 show - Hardline - Live At The Gods. Click on the album covers for the MP3 previews and album details.


J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of Omen, passed away on October 3rd, 2003 after a 3-year battle with cancer. Omen guitarist, Kenny Powell, would like to share these words about his former band mate: "He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the records that we did together, Battle Cry, Warning of Danger, Nightmares and The Curse. I hope everyone will remember J.D. for all of his truly great contributions to the world of Heavy Metal. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Sincerely, Kenny Powell".
Kimball's family has set up an email account for fans who would like to express their condolences at jd_condolences@lycos.com RIP JD.

Glen Burtnik has sent out his latest newsletter - the first sicne announcing his departure from Styx:
"By now you probably have heard about me leaving Styx. I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of kind words I've read and received about this personal and professional change in my life. Thank you all. Everyone goes through his or her own trips, choices, moves, career changes, etc. I'm just stupidly lucky enough to receive volumes of supportive mail regarding my most recent decision.
It could take me a year to finish responding to the 'Dear Glen' e-mails alone. A little editing might be in order…
Look, I really don't deserve praise or anything. I'm just doing the right thing really matters is I'm home now. Happily. Reconnected, redirected, relaxed, recuperated, reinvented, resolutely rededicated, refreshed, renewed, revitalized, re-energized, and relentlessly rejoicing at having retaken control of my life. It is positively liberating to choose when to sleep, when to awake, and in addition to tending to all the other very important things, I am working toward completion of my first solo album in seven years. Perhaps the best work of my career."

Glen's Welcome To Hollywood is currently scheduled for an early 2004 release through Atenzia Records. Expect a preview here later next month. For more from Glen, check out his website and sign up to the always entertaining newsletter.

The return of Beeb Bertles, Glenn Shorrock and Graeham Goble - the original faces of Little River Band - has been complicated from the start. Mostly as the LRB nane is now legally owned by the band's guitarist Stephen Housden. He's been touring under the name in the USA for the last several years and sees the return of the original members under the moniker of BSG as a threat to his business. This week, it just got uglier!
From Melbourne's The Age newspaper:
"Stephen Housden is used to being on his lonesome, but he has no intention of ending up a loser. That's why the man who owns the rights to the Little River Band name last week took legal action to prevent Beeb Bertles, Glenn Shorrock and Graeham Goble from using it.
Housden joined the band six years after it was formed by Bertles, Shorrock and Goble in 1975, and in 1997 became the last shareholder in a corporate entity established by the band in 1987. Along with his single share came the exclusive right to use the name Little River Band and the acronym LRB.
For the past decade, Housden has toured a version of the band around the US casino circuit, turning over about $3 million a year. Now his income is threatened by the same nostalgia industry that has kept him in business. Bertles, Shorrock and Goble have been signed up by Universal, with plans for a CD, DVD and US tour next year.
BSG, as the new group is known, is set to spearhead Universal's foray into heritage rock. But to succeed, the group needs to let people know who they are. And that's where the problem arises...." Read the full article.
The BSG live CD and DVD is released shortly here in Australia and will be featured ASAP.

Night Ranger are returning to Japan for their first tour in 5 years. Nice to see the guys outside the US. The dates are as follows:
Thu 12/04/03 Hiroshima, JPN Club Quattro
Fri 12/05/03 Osaka, JPN Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
Sat 12/06/03 Nagoya, JPN Club Quattro
Mon 12/08/03 Tokyo, JPN Shibuya Club Quattro
Tue 12/09/03 Tokyo, JPN Shibuya Club Quattro
Wed 12/10/03 Tokyo, JPN Shibuya Club Quattro



Monday, October 06, 2003

Mike Tramp talks White Lion! A statement from the man himself:
"Since I have been on the road in Europe, there has been a new story every night about a potential White Lion reunion for next year. Since I have always been a man of facts rather than rumors, here's what's REALLY going on.
In the summer, I realized that, if there ever was to be a WL-reunion, it would have to be in 2004 and not at any other time. I spoke to the other members of the band and told them of my plans and, as we are living in the time we are living in, everything depends on what is really on the table.
My manager and I talked to our agent, he tested the waters and the reactions were overwhelming from many parts of the world. Same goes for record companies and publishers, who all felt that this could be a very strong project for next year.
At this point, the ONLY thing that is confirmed is that there will be a White Lion tour in 2004. I am not able to confirm the line-up, I am not able to confirm the songs that will be played and I am not able to confirm any shows except that we will be co-headlining Bang Your Head 2004 in Balingen, Germany.
The goal is to play as many shows in the summer as possible and whatever you read right here is the truth. Enjoy the rumors on the internet, but unless you see it at www.melodicrock.com, it is nothing but a rumor.
All the best, Mike Tramp"

More info and some confusion surrounding the release of the Bon Jovi This Left Feels Right album. In order to get it all in one place, I'll run yesterdays' news again within this item and update the info. There's nothing I hate more than conflicting or incorrect press releases, but nevertheless, straight from Bon Jovi's official website is updated info and the news that the new album will be released in several different formats worldwide - another annoying thing!
The track listing for the This Left Feels Right - Greatest Hits With A Twist album is:
Wanted Dead Or Alive . Livin' On A Prayer . Bad Medicine . It's My Life . Lay Your Hands On Me . Last Man Standing (new track) . You Give Love A Bad Name . Bed Of Roses . Everyday . Born To Be My Baby . Keep The Faith . I'll Be There For You . Thief Of Hearts (new track) . Always
Now, some news outlets are including a cover of Steve Miller's The Joker in the US track listing. That appears to be incorrect.
Additionally - The international version of the album will include a live version of The Distance. The Japanese version will include live versions of The Distance, Have A Little Faith In Me and Joey. All of the live songs were recorded in Yokohama, Japan in January 2003. The international and Japanese versions will also include Bonus DVD.

Thanks to Maarten in the Netherlands, here's a couple of radio "snippits". The first minute of Wanted Dead Or Alive and It's My Life & Last Man Standing!

Bon Jovi will also be doing an A&E live by request scheduled for 11/3 as well as a pay per view New Years Eve event which will rebroadcast in February with a DVD release. And according to Universal Music's PR sheet, the band will be doing a theater tour in Spring of 2004.


Out today is the second part of Gary Hughes' epic rock opera Once And Future King. This CD, the concluding chapter of the story, brings in several new characters, namely - DC Cooper (Royal Hunt/Silent Force) as King Aelle; Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge) as Nimue; Dougie White (Rainbow/Malmsteen/Cornerstone) as Mordred; Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) as the Epilogue Narrator, as well as including tracks from Lana Lane, Irene Jansen, Bob Catley, Sean Harris and Gary himself.
Once again an exclusive commissioned piece of art was provided by world-renowned fantasy artist, Chris Achilleos, adding to the already high level of quality throughout the project.
Part 1 of "Once And Future King" has already outperformed all expectations. Part 2 looks to continue that success. Reviews include -
"Once And Future King - Part 2 is the closing half of the King Arthur story, yet it has it's very own vibe that sees it capable of standing on it's own. It also offers up some of the most challenging songs of Hughes's career and is another milestone in his song-writing legacy. The release of Part 2 will ensure the story can be played as intended - both albums back to back. It's rare to be able to listen to 22 tracks in one hit, but the quality of the performances and the instantly likeable melodies compels one to just keep listening as the story is played out through some incredible songs." 93% Melodicrock.com
"Bottom line, OAFK is more progressive rock and metal than any previous work of Hughes. I enjoyed this perhaps more than any of the latest releases by TEN. Think big, progressive, clash of armour, and everything else that goes with an epic medieval drama. Still very melodic though... of course." 8/10 Rockunited.com
"Great songs, great production and a cast of some of the best voices in the business, all combine to produce a masterpiece of melodic hard rock." 90/100 Metal Reviews
"The more varied and adventurous of the two albums, 'Once And Future King (Part II)' sees Gary Hughes' song writing talents taken to new extremes by the most bold and challenging set of tunes he's penned to date. Again, the melodies are superb, the delivery faultless. In every respect the equal of its predecessor, some aspects are even better this time around - Essential!" Dave Cockett, Destiny website
Part 2 has already spent it's first two weeks of release in Japan nestled in the top 15 of the Heavy Metal sales chart, indeed Part 1 has re-entered into the top 40 despite already spending the best part of 2 months in there upon it's release.
Soundbytes of all the tracks on "Once And Future King" parts 1 and 2 can be found on the Now And Then website and both titles can be ordered directly for £10 each, inc P&P, payable to Mark Ashton, from 208 Wigan Road, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan, Lancs, WN4 9SX.
For updates / further info check out the Now & Then website, email us at info@nowandthen.co.uk or ring us on 01942 513298.

Hooter Eric Bazilian has been confirmed plans are underway for him to produce the new Scorpions studio album! Eric wrote to me a couple of months back, explaining he was writing with the guys, but has confirmed plans via his diary entries on his website:
"A week ago Saturday I got on a plane for Hannover, Germany, via Paris, to work with the Scorpions. We'd been trying to arrange this for some months now, but this was the only time that worked for all of us. I had expected to drink some good beer, eat some fattening food, and maybe write a song or two.
I ended up with four songs written and recorded, two more in progress, a leather jacket, a new guitar (a Flying V!!!), and five new friends. We're trying to work out my return right now. God, it's good to rock like that. I can't say enough about those guys. I got to work with each one individually as well as together and I was absolutely blown away by them all. There's a reason they've been together since 1965. I'd go back tomorrow but it's something about rehearsals for Hooters shows and a family I've got.
Hopefully they won't forget about me by the end of the German tour so I can just stay on there for a week or two and lock them in. It had never occurred to me that I'd want to produce a hard rock band (I did say no to Van Halen once), but it seems like a real good thing right about now."
There are further diary updates online now at Eric's site: www.ericbazilian.com
I did e-mail Eric about what Van Halen album he turned down, and will let you know his reply!

The John Lawton Band has just released a new CD titled Sting in the Tale on Classic Rock Legends Ltd. This CD marks a return to the hard rock style which earned John such critical acclaim and world-wide fame as vocalist with legendary bands such as Uriah Heep and Lucifer's Friend. Think Whitesnake meets Uriah Heep with added punch and you're almost there. For more information on all things John Lawton see johnlawtonband.com
Expect soundbytes and a review soon.

Josh Ramos e-mailed in with some positive news. Josh says: "Just wanted to say hi and to let you know that Johnny, and I are writing songs for a 3rd Hardline CD. I've been laying some Ideas down, and so has Johnny, we should have it done by at least March or April of next year, I'll keep you posted..."

This just in from Ratt's Juan Croucier - "I have not and do not want to go back to Ratt. A reunion is not possible now or in the foreseeable future. I just don't want to be a part of that anymore. Stick a fork in it."

AOR Heaven have a new signing - Swedish Blind Alley. Their debut called Infinity Ends will be available January 19, 2004. Expect first class Swedish AOR somewhere between T'Bell, Street Talk and Coastland Ride!

Krokus singer Marc Storace has finished laying down vocal tracks on the new Warrior album, tentatively due in early 2004.

Last week I previewed the Harry Hess sung track from the upcoming Jack Frost album, Jack mailed in an update on the album, which he says is due November 17 worldwide.



Sunday, October 05, 2003

How about some more Pride Of Lions? You got it! Featured today is the next two tracks from the debut album out November 10.
First Time Around The Sun - "The second song I wrote for POL - if there is one song that embodies my life philosophy, it is this one - the notion of every day being a new beginning is central to my whole energy system. "This is our "day one" - first time around the sun". Very much an early Toto feel on this one - again a duet between Toby and I - this one may take a few listens but I think it may get under your skin in a few tries!

Turn To Me - "An uptempo barnburner very much in the "feels like love" "first night" wheel house - this one ain't rocket science - but it smokes! Mike Aquino and I had a ball trading off leads at the end and just when you though it was gonna end, we play some more - we were having too much fun to stop!

The Squirts is a new band featuring some well known names. Rodger Carter (Drums)(Rick Springfield's drummer), Matt Bissonette (Vocals, Bass)(Rick's bassist, brother of Gregg and former A440 member) and George Bernhardt (Guitars)(Rick's guitar tech).
The band have been the new opening act at many of Rick's recent shows. The band now have a CD out, which is now available via Matt's site: www.mattbissonette.com
Expect a review and some soundbytes soon!


A long time regular to the site happened to catch the news item about David Lee Roth dropping suit against Van Halen "without prejudice" and kindly e-mails in an explanation of that term.
Jim writes: "From a loyal site visitor for many years who happens to be a lawyer, I thought I would lend some help with the term "without prejudice". When a lawsuit is dropped without prejudice, this means that DLR has dropped the suit (for now), but has not forfeited the right to re-institute the law suit at a later date. This is often a procedural move due to defects in the legal papers filed. In other words, DLR is saying that he is dropping the suit now, but he retains the right to re-institute the suit at a later date. If there WAS a settlement, the case would have been dropped with prejudice which would not allow DLR to file the suit again! Thought this might help."
Indeed it does Jim, thanks! So, no deal has been done, nor has the suit been settled. But it definitely has been dropped for now.



Friday, October 03, 2003

How about another couple of preview tracks from the upcoming Pride Of Lions release? Jim Peterik's song comments are in orange.

Prideland - "I was coming out of a massage at the health club where I work out - I was in a very mellow mood and my mind heard a particular sequence of chords and a very serene feeling - I was thinking about the lions in their wild habitat and I had written down a word earlier that I heard when I watched "Lion King" in its re-edited version. The word was Prideland - I never heard that word before and suddenly it seemed like the perfect word for the Pride Of Lions album. I was thinking album title at the time - but that was decided against in favor of the self-titled version....anyway I couldn't wait to get to a keyboard to try out what I heard in my head - I went out and bought a book on lions on the Serengheti Plain and got inspired with the whole social system of the lions - the young, the old, the male, the female...all having specific roles. Suddenly it seemed to my that Toby was the young cub and I was the mature lion trying to impart whatever wisdom I could. Musically and lyrically the song came together very quickly after that. I am very pleased with the way it came out - it is one of those rare instances where it sounds exactly as I imagined it would."
Unbreakable - "this song started life as one line from my good friend and co-writer Stephen Salzman (Zig Zag, Armageddon) "take the knife in your teeth as you climb the mast - take your life by the reigns and hold on" - I took off from there and Steve helped me put on the finishing touches - as you can hear it's very much in the Rocky mode - piledriving beat and a message of hope for anyone who has ever despaired - "when you think you've got the whole world in your hands, never think that life can't shatter all your plans". We are never bigger than life - but we can always stand up to it and be "unbreakable". By the way this was the first take from Toby!"

Following on from yesterday's news of Europe's reformation, here is the full press release:
Europe, Scandinavias biggest rockband ever is reuniting for a worldtour, new album and DVD.
The band, Joey Tempest, John Norum, Mic Michaeli, John Levén and Ian Haugland have long talked about getting back together.
"After the first band jam in years it felt so right, like we've just been away for a lunchbreak" - Ian Haugland.
Mic Michaeli adds "Also, touring has always been a big part for the band and we look forward to some hard work again".
Their manager, Petri H. Lundén, founder/owner of the Gothenburg based artist management Talent Trust says "The market is absolutely crazy about the idea of Europe getting back together since they decided to split when they were still at the top of their game, which in itself is unique. We and the band made a set-up which made the reunion decision inevitable".
"Ever since we started there has been something magic about this band" John Norum says. "The new stuff sounds fresh and hard but still with the typical Europe melodies in focus" says Joey Tempest".. and extremely organic" John Norum finishes.
"With my new project Einstein/Marcello management, co-operation with Revolver film, producing other acts through GEM music in addition to the work with my coming soloalbum this in itself is to much for me to cope with, let alone an Europe reunion" says Kee Marcello who has however promised to join the band on the forthcoming worldtour.
"To finally once again meet our fans throughout the world feels incredibly inspiring, its them that made us what we are today" - John Levén
Negotiations are currently in progress with with record companies regarding the release of the new CD and DVD, and promoters regarding the world tour.
The band currently declines any personal interviews due to heavy workload in writing and recording new material. Any requests should be forwarded to the bands management Talent Trust. www.europetheband.com


Billy Sheehan has updated friends an dfans alike with his latest newsletter. It reads as follows:
Great News! I'll be with Steve Vai for another G3 tour this fall! It will be Joe Satriani, Steve Vai & Yngwie Malmsteen! Some of you old timers may remember the Talas/Yngwie tour from 1985. That was the tour I did prior to joining David Lee Roth to start his Eat 'Em & Smile record & tour. I guess it all fits together somehow! I'll be playing with Steve along with Tony MacAlpine. It should be a great time! Get tickets early -- every show sold out last time.
After I get back from this tour, I'll be finishing my 2nd Solo CD, a new Niacin CD, and a new Steve Vai CD. The DVD of Steve's show in London is almost done as well.
I finished 2 new bass instructional video's--one for absolute beginners, and one for advanced players, and made a deal to release my first 2 videos from long ago on DVD. All coming next year. www.billysheehan.com
October, 2003
09 - Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
10 - Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11 - San Diego, CA Humphrey's by the Bay
12 - Reno, NV Reno Hilton Theatre
14 - Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
15 - Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
16 - Portland, OR Portland Art Museum
17 - Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion
18 - Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
20 - Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
21 - Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
22 - Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
23 - Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
24 - Chicago, IL Riviera Theater
25 - Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
27 - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
28 - Winston-Salem, NC Millenium Center
29 - Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
30 - Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
31 - West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center for the Arts
November, 2003
01 - Orlando, FL House of Blues
02 - Pensacola, FL Saenger Theatre
04 - Washington, DC Warner Theatre
05 - Glenside, PA (Philly) Keswick Theatre
06 - Toronto, ONT Massey Hall
07 - Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
08 - AJ Palumbo Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
10 -New York, NY Beacon Theatre
11 - New York, NY Beacon Theatre
12 - Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre

Back in 2001 Urban Tale frontman Kimmo Blom sang lead vocals on an project known as Heartplay. For whatever reason, the album never got a lot of attention upon release. Thankfully that has now been corrected and copies of the album are slowly working it's way back into circulaton.
Target Records Germany have been pushing the release and copies can be obtained from them now. If you like soft AOR and the fabulous sound of Urban Tale, check this release out. Soundbytes online now at the Mini-Bytes page.


Press Release (Edited):
New York, NY-- The original members of Duran Duran - Simon LeBon (vocalist), Andy Taylor (guitars), John Taylor (bass), Roger Taylor (drums) and Nick Rhodes (keyboards) - who recently reunited after 18 years - played two critically acclaimed, electric club shows in LA and New York this summer, alongside a handful of other arena shows in these markets, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Invigorated by the reaction to these more intimate dates which gave their fans an unprecedented opportunity to see their heroes up close, the quintet have today announced a series of 16+ concerts in similar venues, starting Saturday, November 8th in Atlantic City, NJ. A new album and an amphitheatre tour are in the works for summer 2004.
Tickets to all sixteen shows will be available to the public on October 18th, with both Discover Card and Duran Duran fan club pre-sales preceding this on October 14th and 15th. For more information on the Duran Duran pre-sale, visit www.duranduran.com
Sat-Nov-08 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata
Sun-Nov-09 Washington D.C. Warner Theatre
Mon-Nov-10 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
Thu-Nov-13 Cleveland, OH Agora
Fri-Nov-14 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
Sat-Nov-15 Detroit, MI Royal Oak
Mon-Nov-17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tue-Nov-18 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Fri-Nov-21 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Sat-Nov-22 New Orleans, LA Twiropa
Sun-Nov-23 Houston, TX Cullen Auditorium
Mon-Nov-24 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
Wed-Nov-26 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
Fri-Nov-28 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Sat-Nov-29 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre Sun-Nov-30 San Diego, CA 4th & B Theatre

Duran Duran received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28th, in recognition of both the groundbreaking clips they produced and the incredible contribution they have made to the development of the music video as an art form and a powerful marketing medium.
Capitol Records will release Duran Duran's Greatest DVD on November 4th. This 2 DVD video anthology will feature all the legendary music videos including "Girls On Film," "Rio," "Hungry like the Wolf," and "Ordinary World" along with interviews, uncensored versions and alternate cuts.
Duran Duran are scheduled to play multiple stadium shows with Robbie Williams in Melbourne, Australia on December 10th and Sydney, Australia on December 13th and 14th. Additional dates have yet to be announced in this part of the world.

The Van Halen Story: The Early Years is a DVD set to be released by Passport Video November 25. While no details of the feature are available as yet, the DVD is listed as a documentary. A little further digging turned up some information about the company behind this release. "Based in North Hollywood, California, Passport Video is a full service production company that launched its video and television production business in 1989. Passport owns a vast stock footage library, an extensive collection of over 16,000 trailers, 3,000 feature films and more than 90 years of news libraries plus interviews with over 2,000 celebrities and political/influential personalities. Original innovative programming is created utilizing film footage from the Passport Library, licensed film clips, archival footage, and interviews with celebrities and leading authorities relating to the specific subject". More info when available.

While we are on Van Halen, David Lee Roth has dropped his lawsuit against Van Halen"without predjudice". That's certainly a positive move, perhaps an out of court settlement was reached? No doubt the re-union rumors will start up again, but I've heard nothing to suggest that is any more likely.

The Interactive Reviews forum has been updated. You can now add your own reviews/thoughts on album from The Darkness (that should be interesting!), Vertigo, Shugaazer and Alice CooperGo to it!

Also updated today is the Mini-Bytes area. Today new clips were added for Bonfire, Heartplay, Wild Horses, The Millions and the CD Smash released Enuff Z Nuff Tribute.



Thursday, October 02, 2003

Pride Of Lions, the sensational new melodic rock project from Survivor's Jim Peterik, will have their debut album released by Frontiers Records on November 10. A single for the lead track Sound Of Home is released Monday, October 6. A CD Showcase for the single has been added today.
Besides the preview of that track and the 2 unreleased bonus tracks, I am pleased to present a preview of the album's first 3 tracks, along with track comments from writer Jim Peterik. Click on the song title to sample the track! More samples and comments to follow!

It's Criminal - "Actually a very positive song - despite the title - the idea is that its criminal to go through life with a rotten attitude when there are so many chances to take advantage of. The key line is "its criminal - to possess the key to life yet be so cynical". It's about everyone ive ever known who looks at the glass as half-empty instead of half-full. I started this song back in '84 to be a part of Vital Signs by Survivor. I played the unfinished song for Ron Nevison - he loved it but said we had enough for the record. It took me till 2003 to find the time, singer and inspiration to finish it! Eddie Breckenfeld, Clem Hayes, Christian Cullen and Mike Aquino own this track!"
Gone - "I walked into the studio one morning and my co-producer and fellow Ides Of March member Larry Millas was playing this great chord progression on the keyboard. I immediately grabbed my trusty Sony recorder and taped it. I immediately went to work - I knew this riff had AOR stamped all over it - for the next week I worked on it showing it to Larry as it developed. When we thought we had it right I showed it to Toby. When I heard him singing I knew it was as powerful as I hoped. My favorite line is "heaven is hiding an angel" - something about a song in a minor key that gives it a haunting bitter sweetness. I hope you can empathize with this guy in the song whose angel has left without a trace and is "gone". Weird lyric of the song... "is she wearing the sundress that goes with her eyes - is she starting to undress to rest for the night."
Interrupted Melody - "Another song that I started in the covered wagon days - back in like '87. I was writing songs for what became Too Hot To Sleep. This was one that I thought had big potential but couldn't really put it to bed - sometimes we have to live just a little longer to be able to finish a song. I always loved the melody and the theatrical feel of the music and lyrics. As I was going through old cassettes I came across this one and felt it would be perfect for Pride Of Lions - this time around the final lyric seemed to write itself."
Sound Of Home - "I was so pleased when Frontiers chose this song as the first single and video for the album. It has to be one of my one or two favorites. I had started it a few years ago - it was then called Sounds Of Home. In Jan of '03 I went to my summer place with my wife and some friends - the energy was perfect and I finished the song that weekend. The theme of this song is one of my favorites - the bittersweet longing we all have when we are separated from our loved ones - I used to say I missed most of the 80s just by being on the road and as much as I love it - I had to reacquaint with my wife and family when I finally got off the road. In the video for this song Toby and I are filmed onstage at Chicago's Park West - it shows the fun, excitement and passion of being onstage playing the kind of music we love - those scenes are contrasted with footage of the girl waiting back home...scenes of her alone waiting and flashbacks of their good times together. I think everyone can relate to this song in one way or another - the melody and chord structure are very much in the vein I have written most of my life - a lot of minor chords and superimposed chords contrasted with bright major chords. Toby and I form a good contrast between verses (me) pre-chorus- (Toby and me) and chorus (Toby)."


Today in Sweden's largest newspaper, Aftonbladet, Europe drummer Ian Haugland says "When we played together recently for the first time in years, it just felt so great, as if we only have had a short lunch-break!"
The band are indeed back together and will head on a world tour, with a new CD and a DVD to be released at some stage. And it seems Kee Marcello will at least tour with the band.
Read the very latest developments posted on the Noticeboard by Tommy Denander...thanks Tommy.
There's also that Box Set which is promised for release in December (at this stage). The link for my Swedish friends: www.aftonbladet.se

UFO Regenerator, Limited Edition Picture Disk Vinyl Record out now from Zoom Club Records.
Vinyl is back! and what a visual statement this gem of a release is. A fantastic picture disk record of UFO - Regenerator Live at Hammersmith Odeon January 1982. This live album is the perfect companion to the classic' Strangers In The Night', only with Paul Chapman ably handling all guitars - 'Strangers…The Chapman Years' if you like! Simply a one off for the collector. Be quick as this is a very limited item. Available from www.zoomclub.com


Grand Slam - Twilight's Last Gleaming - The last of Grand Slam is a new release from Majestic Rock Records.
In the wake of the extraordinary success story that was Thin Lizzy, Mr. Rock n' Roll himself, Phillip Paris Lynott, formed Grand Slam. Featuring Magnum keyboard player Mark Stanway, ex-Stampede axe man Laurence Archer, guitarist Doish Nagle and drummer Robbie Brennan alongside the man on bass, Grand Slam was a formidable rock band that never fully realised its potential. Live, however, they rocked big time.
This release is culled from their very last live performances, predominantly London's Marquee club on December 4th 1984. The sadness of all of this is that, almost exactly two years later, the great man was gone.
Also available as a strictly limited edition 2 CD digi-pack with a second three track CD containing alternative live versions of Nineteen, Crime Rate and Military Man.
Track listing: Yellow Pearl . Nineteen . Sisters Of Mercy . Harlem . Breakdown . Here We Go . Cold Sweat . Gay Boys . Can't Get Away . Dedication . Parisienne Walkways . Military Man


ulfTone Music subdivision Bad Reputation is releasing two more Melodic Rock-gems in their trademark re-release series.
Digitally remastered, with extensive booklets and limited-edition slipcase, the next two titles are:
Britny Fox Boys In Heat - The classic album comes with three bonus tracks Girlschool, Long Way To Love, Livin' On The Edge, all in deluxe packaging. An album that one should not have missed in the first place, now is the time to own this classic.

War Babies - Brad Sinsel's (ex-TKO) legendary band delivers a fat dose of classic Melodic Rock n Roll mixed with a dose of soul stemming from the incredible vocalist. Kiss' Paul Stanley co-wrote some of the album, including the magnificent Cry Yourself To Sleep (which would have matched perfectly on any late 80s/ early 90s KISS-Album if sung by Paul). Again, this album now has three rare bonus tracks Hand Me Up (Edit); Cry Yourself To Sleep (Single Version); Cry Yourself To Sleep (Guitar Version) and is completely digitally remastered.

You can pre-order these NOW at www.ulftone.com. Orders will start shipping next week. While you're there, check out the other re-release titles by Craaft, Joshua, Danger Danger and Metal Church.

Los Angeles, CA - Guitarist Jeff Kollman, much sought-after collaborator and producer for rock luminaries such as Glenn Hughes (Songs In The Key of Rock), UFO's Phil Mogg ($ign of 4's Dancing with St. Peter), and the just released HTP2 album featuring Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner, is once again spreading his wings as a solo artist and has just announced his first ever European tour set to commence November 10 in Hamburg, Germany.
The ever-prolific Kollman, whose resume also includes three solo albums, in addition to 3 releases with much heralded all-star prog/fusion trio, Cosmosquad, including this year's Live at the Baked Potato, will be touring with the Jeff Kollman Band, featuring drummer Charlie Waymire (EGH, Speak No Evil), and long-time friend and bassist, Kevin Chown (Tony MacAlpine, Artension, Uncle Kracker).
This tour marks the first time that Kollman and Chown have played together since their days with top drawing OH-based prog metal outfit, Edwin Dare, who issued three acclaimed albums during the 1990's.
Tentative tour dates so far are as follows:
10.11. D - Hamburg @ Headbanger´s Ballroom
11.11. D - Barsinghausen @ Alte Zeche Zechensaal
12.11. D - Seelze - tba
13.11. D - Amberg @ Rockdomizil Amberg
14.11. D - Freiburg @ Rattenspiegel
15.11. D - Gifhorn @ Sandmühle
16.11. D - Ingolstadt @ Ohrakel (w/ Thin Lizzy)
17.11. D - Villingen-Schwenningen @ Amber
18.11. D - Langenfeld / Düsseldorf @ Zollhaus Rock-Cafe´
20.11. I - Rome @ Alpheus
22.11. D - Löningen @ Löninger
24.11. D - Frankfurt @ Sinkkasten
25.11. D - Cologne @ Underground
26.11. D - Hanover @ Hot Shot Records (afternoon instore)
26.11. D - Hanover-Isernhagen @ Bluesgarage (evening)
For more info visit: www.jeffkollman.com / www.kevinchown.com / www.charliewaymire.com

Press Release:
Rockangels.com and Necessary Productions have the honour to present for the first time in Spain the band Talisman.
Besides introducing their new album Cats and Dogs, Talisman will perform an extensive review of all their discography, with a special stress on their two last works, Humanimal and the brand new Cats and Dogs.
The dates are as follows:
Thursday 06 November Bilbao. Venue Bilborock.
Friday 07 November Madrid. Venue Caracol.
You can also book your tickets in Necessaryprod@yahoo.es (Madrid) or talismanbilbao@rockangels.com (Bilbao).
In Bilbao Talisman will please us with a record-signing the same date of the concert at a time and place still to confirm.

Boston will be performing The Star Spangled Banner before the Red Sox game this Saturday at Fenway Park - Sunday at 1pm.

Eric Martin has updated his website with track comments for the new album Destroy All Monsters.

Ronnie James Dio sliced his thumb off in a bizzare gardening accident! Luckily, doctors were able to re-attach it, and Ronnie is doing fine! Not as exciting as losing it in some bizarre stage act, but equally gruesome!

A big reviews update has been added today, with more to follow early next week. Today though, you can read comments on new albums from The Darkness, Colin Blades, Pride Of Lions (EP), Triumph, Midnite Club, Alice Cooper, Sliver, Domain, Victory, Seven Ten, Zon, Petra, Michael Riesenbeck, Enuff Z Nuff (Tribute) and Phil Vincent. Check them out and tomorrow I'll open up the Interactive Reviews for your own comments!



Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Gregg Giuffria for a brand new solo album, which will mark the ultimate return of the world-class keyboard ace on the market!
Giuffria is ready to focus 100% on this new solo project, which is set to feature a lot of world-class musician friends that he will call on for guest spots.
The music style, promises Gregg, "...will be the hard/melodic rock that my fans are used to with the Angel, Giuffria and classic House of Lords releases".
Mr. Giuffria pictured in his 'day job' attire!
There will also be the inclusion of a cover version of a legendary Angel song The Tower, that will be sung by a very special guest which will be officially announced once the full line-up of the album will be completed.
The rest of the songs will be all new material written by Gregg, to include one instrumental song as well.
He will also produce and engineer some of the recording sessions, with celebrated producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Rolling Stones etc.) handling the rest.
The idea came about when recently Gregg and long-time friend and producer Ken Ciancimino met for a dinner and talked about working on a solo CD. Ken tested the interest of Frontiers Records who immediately agreed to move on with a deal.
Gregg Giuffria will start recording the album in the fall 2003 and promises to deliver the album to the label within the first half of 2004. "I will be helped by Ken Ciancimino", adds the keyboard maestro, "who, as the executive producer, will coordinate the work and make sure that no delays will be possible." Frontiers Records plans to release the album in early summer 2004..
Gregg also had some comments to add after the ill-timed studio fire a couple of weeks back: "The studio fire was indeed a tragedy. Any musician can look at their favorite guitar, or favorite keyboard to feel the loss. There was an entire facility filled with that kind of equipment for me. It was a special place already to create and record. But I have reconciled the fire both spiritually and financially. Above all else, there was no human loss.
The creative juices had already started to flow. I had met and talked with a number of musicians and was on my way. And I will be again. I am moving forward.....This CD will be second to none. I promise that."

Zoom Club Records Present MSG - Back To Attack 4CD Special edition digipak boxset.
These recordings date from a time when principles such as superior musicianship, star quality and an ability to write memorable songs actually meant something. The Rock bands of the day simply held artistic integrity with more regard. Songs had to live on; vocals had to convey the emotion and guitar solos had to speak volumes. The Michael Schenker Group hosted all of these attributes and more, which is why fans to this day hold on to the hope that the Sarstedt born axeman is still capable of pulling something just that little bit special out of the bag.
Line-up on CDs: 1,2,3 - Michael Schenker - Guitar, Gary Barden - Vocals, Chris Glen - Bass Guitar, Ted McKenna - Drums, Andy Nye - Keyboards, B/Vocals
Line-up on CD 4 Michael Schenker - Guitar, Gary Barden - Vocals, Paul Raymond - Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, B/Vocals, Chris Glen - Bass Guitar, Cozy Powell - Drums
All recordings Soundboard Quality. Original Photography by the legendary Robert Elliswww.zoomclub.com

Zoom Club Records Present- UFO - Live On Earth - 4 x CD Special edition digipak boxset. Capturing UFO's stunning live show in Vienna Austria 1998. This 4 x CD Box set contains the full show from Vienna with tracks such as Natural Thing, Electric Phase & the forever classic Rock Bottom.
16 tracks in all presented in a Digipak box with full colour photos from the tour and sleeve notes by Alan S. Walsh. Disk 3 is from Cleveland, Ohio, USA from 1977 and Disk 4 is from Cincinatti, 1995. This product has been endorsed and approved by Phil Mogg and Michael Schenkerwww.zoomclub.com

Escape Music have announced details of their next release - a re-issue of the self titles Statetrooper album. Released November 10, the remastered album features the following tracks: Shape Of Things . Set Fire To The Night . Dreams Of The Faithful . Stand Me Up . Veni Vidi Vici . Last Stop To Heaven . She Got The Look . Too Late . Armed And Ready . How Does It Feel unreleased track bonus . Juliet bonus . Faster Than Light (Live) bonus unreleased track . Too Late (Live) . She Got The Look (Live) . Set Fire To The Night (Live)
The Band consists of Gary Barden - Vocals (MSG / Silver), Jeff Brown - Bass/Vocals (Sweet / Wild Fire), Bruce Bisland - Drums (Weapon / Wild Fire / Sweet / Praying Mantis), Jeff Summers - Guitar/Vocals (Wild Fire / Weapon), Martin Bushell - Lead Guitar (Wild Fire), Steve Glover - Keyboards.


The good news keeps on coming - Rick Springfield will complete all work on his new studio album shock/denial/anger/acceptance this week. Mixing is due to be completed by the end of the week. From that point the band will start rehearsing new material for upcoming live shows.
The s/d/a/a album will be released initially in a limited edition format by the holiday season from www.rickspringfield.com. Sister website www.ricksmerch.com has new s/d/a/a merchandise available now.
What will be included on the limited edition is still to be determined. Rick has previously said it could include a bonus CD of demos from his hit singles, another disc of studio video footage from the s/d/a/a sessions and now the possibility of a few rare/unreleased tracks being included has been suggested. On Rick's website, the update says Rick mentions tracks like Her Body Makes Vows (left off the Karma album) and Faithful (exclusive ballad track on the Alive DVD).

Jeff Northrup e-mailed in with an update on recording progress for the new Northrup/Shortino record. Jeff says: "Just wanted to pass along that the new CD is coming along great. A couple of cool things are that Johnny Edwards has done a duet with Paul Shortino on the song Crazy Mind and it is amazing! Two of the greatest singers on the planet together. Also, I have been in touch with Tommy Denander and Joe Becker about doing a solo with me on one of the tunes. This record is gonna Kick some butts!!" Keep updated at: www.jknorthrup.com

And a word from Talisman bass player Marcel Jacob about the in-the-works Talisman re-issues. Marcel says: "The re-masters are under production, total renovation of the artwork which is why its taking some time, the first two should be released in November, the rest in January/February."

An update from Helix's Brian Vollmer: On Thursday, October 9th Helix will be performing a rare Toronto date at Club 279 (The Hard Rock Cafe) in Toronto, Ontario. This is an early show - 11:00 - 12:30. Also on the bill is Bobnoxious, from 9:45-10:30. We will not be in the area again for quite some time, so please try to catch this show and support the band.
Archie has arranged a bus tour to the show that night. Bus leaves at 6:30. Doors are 9:00. $20.00 includes round-trip ticket from London to Toronto and also admission to the show! "Beverages" can be consumed on the bus and a good time will be had by all. The bus is equipped with a washroom. Contact Glen "Archie" Gamble at: Glen_gamble@yahoo.com or phone 519 936 9700 to confirm seating. SIGN UP NOW!
We have a new CD Rockin' In My Outer Space ready for release this fall. We will be performing some of the new tracks at The Hard Rock.
Next July 27th we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary with a concert at The Sanderson Center, an 1,100 soft-seat licensed hall in Brantford, Ontario. (Brantford, for our American cousins, is 2 hours from Buffalo and 3 hours from Detroit.) Check out The Sanderson Center at www.sandersoncentre.on.ca. The night will feature former members, most notably Brent (The Doctor) Doerner, and Greg (Fritz) Hinz. Tickets are available through our website at www.planethelix.com under the merchandise section. They would make a great Christmas gift for some metal head you love! For more info, email Brian at bvollm0656@rogers.com

The first Faithful newsletter reads as follows:
There is a lot of good stuff happening here, at Faithfull's head-quarters, and we want you all to be part of it! This newsletter will allow us to give you all the updated information and to get closer to all of you that have supported us in the pursue of this dream... We also hope to be presenting our new official website very soon!
Our debut album Light this City will be released in Japan (Marquee/ Avalon) and Europe (Vinny Records) in the 21th November... and we can hardly wait!!! It will be followed by a South American release by Brazilian Frontline Records, yet to be scheduled. Meanwhile, we're working with Frontline, participating in the highly-anticipated Journey tribute. Words can't express how much honoured and thrilled we are to pay tribute to one of our all-time faves! "Only the Young" is our humble contribution to the CD, that shall be out still this year. Once again, Luís Barros put up with us and produced the theme at "Rec'n Roll" Studios (Valadares - Portugal).
Thanks once again for the support and we hope to hear from you! We'll keep in touch) www.vinnyrecords.com / faithfullrocks@hotmail.com

On October 26 the European KISS Army organizes another Kiss Expo in Holland. At Plato in Helmond, KISS Kollector Fan club welcomes former KISS lead guitarist Mark St John on their annual Expo. Mark played guitar on the hugely successful Animalize album from 1984, but due to a rare disease (Reiter's syndrome) had to be replaced by Bruce Kulick on the Animalize Tour. Mark will do a Question & Answer session, sign autographs, pose for photos and play 3 songs live with a KISS tribute band. International KISS dealers will offer the best in vintage as well as new KISS merchandise, while exclusive videos will be played on big screens (including footage from the current monster tour with co-headliners Aerosmith, which is the number one tour on Pollstar and will make a stop at New York's Madison Square Garden mid-November).

I mentioned it briefly late last week, but famed guitarist Shawn Lane died suddenly last week. Shawn's website can be located here: www.noproblemhere.com and a site where you can post your condolences can be found here: www.tarsun.net

Robert Soeterboek's (Ayreon, Wicked Sensation) new band is The Cotton Soeterboek Band featuring guitarist Alan Cotton (Maestro Alex Gregory, BTT, Souls of Ten) and drummer Reynold "Butch" Carlson (Rob Rock, Driver).
The band is currently in the studio cutting some new demo tracks. The band can be contacted at their web site www.cottonsoeterboekband.com

Chuck Wright has been busy aside from work on the House Of Lords album (news of that shortly!) Chuck's been in Phoenix working on an album for a French singer named Audrey on Warners. Really good material and voice. Now he's heading out on tour in Europe with Vanilla Fudge until October 21st.

During Queensryche's performance in San Antonio the other night, in support of Tribe, Dave Meniketti jumped on stage with Queensryche during the encore to play with the band. Thanks to the Queensryche site www.breakdownroom.com for that tidbit.

The return of McQueen Street? Well, yep, it appears so! The band didn't break into the big time in the very early 90's, but they are back for another shot with an album of unreleased material (I presume) and a new website www.mcqueenstreet.com

And just to finish on a high note - check this winner out. What a voice, what a song...Yikes!

I know it's alreadymentioned above, but I'm plugging this again! I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the awesome feedback and strong support for the MelodicRock.com CD Volume 1Volume 2 is planned, but I won't release it until I think that it's better than Volume 2. So, stay tuned for updates as I work on tracks for it. as for Volume 1 - there are still copies left, but once they are gone - they're gone! I cannot imagine any circumstances under which I will re-press this CD. So if you want more details: Click Here / And read reviews/feedback so far here...


Tuesday, September 30, 2003

In an interview to be featured shortly, Harem Scarem frontman Harry Hess talks about another project he has been working on besides the current Harem album Higher.
Harry is singing lead vocal on one track for metal artist Jack Frost. The track is titled Stay and I am very pleased to offer a 1 minute MP3 sample of the track. This really offers something different for fans of Harry - not since the pre-harem Scarem days of Blind Vengeance has he sounded anything like this! Jack's new album will be out before the end of the year.
The line up featured on Stay is: Vocals: Harry Hess - Harem Scarem; Guitar: Jack Frost - Savatage, Seven Witches, Metalium; Bass: Mike Duda - WASP; Drums: Gonzo - Armored Saint, Life After Death
Download: Jack Frost w/Harry Hess - Stay
MR-X members can sample a 2 minute version of the track now.

Cornerstone's new album Once Upon Our Yesterdays is officially due for release November 3 in Europe. The album is the band's 3rd. The band consists of Doogie White (Vocals), Steen Mogensen (Bass & Keyboards), Kasper Damgaard (Guitars) and Allan Sørensen (Drums)
The track listing for the new album is: Welcome To Forever . When The Hammer Falls . Passion To Warfare . Hour Of Doom . Man Without A Reason . 21st. Century Man . Once Upon Our Yesterdays . End Of The World . Some Have Dreams . Scream
The album was produced by Steen Mogensen. Vocalist Doogie White e-mailed the update to me with 3 MP3 samples from the album, which I am pleased to offer right now.
Download: Cornerstone - When The Hammer FallsOnce Upon Our Yesterdays and Welcome To Forever.


Hugo continues to finish up recording and mixing on his new album Fire In The Night. Further release information is imminent, but for now, here's a new MP3 sample. Download: Hugo - Dawn.
Keep track of the album pre-sale information at: www.hugothisway.com

Amaze Me continue to work on their forthcoming album, which will be the first to feature vocalist Eric Mårtensson (Eclipse). Mainman, composer, producer and guitarist Peter Broman hooked himself up with this fresh new talent to breathe new life into the legendary Swedish outfit. I must say that I am very pleased with the first results released!
With Or Without You is the song and you can download a sample of the track right now. Download: Amaze Me - With Or Without You.
MR-X members can download the full track right now. If people are interested in receiving a free Amaze Me newsletter they can write back to kbrockschmidt@web.de


BMG Japan are releasing a sequel to the Hall & Oates 12 Inch Collection release, which came out in May this year. The 12 Inch Collection II is released November 26 and will feature 12 tracks, including: Jinglebell Rock [Daryl version] . Jinglebell Rock [John version] . I Can't Go For That [Extended club mix] . Your Imagination [Disco remix] . Out Of Touch [Dub version] . Downtown Life [Downtown mix] . Man Eater [Special Extended Club mix].

BMG Japan are also behind a special edition of Bowling For Soup's album Drunk Enough To Dance. Released December 3, the SE features the original 17 tracks (including 1 bonus track for Japan; Other Girls), plus 3 new bonus tracks - Punk Rock 101, I Ran and Star Song.

Universal Japan will release a Nuno Bettencourt compilation December 3. Best of Nuno will only be released in Japan and will feature 19 tracks, including 7 remixes - All Automatic . Upsidedownside . No Regrets . Fuck You . Monkey Paw . 667 . Air That You Breathe. Also included is 1 unreleased track On And On, and a cover of the Cheap Trick song Surrender.

Due up November 4 is a 2CD set from Bruce SpringsteenColumbia/Legacy is releasing The Essential Bruce Springsteen, a set that will include a limited-edition bonus disc of rarities.

Bob Seger will not release a new studio album this year after all. It seems the album on many release schedules is in fact Greatest Hits Vol. 2, currently due from Capitol November 4 - although no further info can be found on this release.

Robert Plant Sixty Six to Timbuktu is a 2 CD set of solo hits and pre-Led Zeppelin tracks. It's released by Atlantic Records on November 4.


MR-X has been updated today. Online is a new Feature Album and new Live Album for October, plus a new Feature Single.
As mentioned above you can sample an extended edit of the new Harry Hess track and grab the full download of the new Amaze Me track.
New members always welcomed. Membership runs 365 days from the day you join. Click for details.

Also updated - the October Soundbytes. Check them out!

Colin Blades - Colin Blades (Connoisseur Records, Out Now) - It's very clear where the son of Jack Blades gets his musical influences from. His debut album contains plenty of similarities vocal wise to his dad, but the depth of the album goes far beyond the musical knowledge of your average 20 year old. This stripped back acoustic driven album takes in the very best singer/songwriter elements of the likes of Tom Petty and Tal Bachman. The style of the album is close to that of the rather popular Shaw/Blades album, mixed with plenty of Beatle-esque classic pop. A very well written and executed album, with great lyrical depth. Too soft for the metal heads, but definitely ones for the acoustic flavored singer/songwriter types.


Monday, September 29, 2003

Steve Lukather's new album Santamental will be released in Europe on October 13. However, you can pre-order the album already at www.ulftone.com and it will ship before the official release date.

Same will apply to the long-awaited Freak of Nature Boxset. Entitled Freakthology and encompassing the entire career of Mike Tramp's legendary band in three CD's with all songs the band ever recorded plus video bonus-material, it will be available at Tramp shows this fall and also at www.ulftone.com, where you can pre-order it starting this Wednesday. Delivery will start Monday, October 6th and it will be a strictly limited edition.

Mike Tramp has also completed mixing his first ever live-album, recorded this summer in Copenhagen. "The energy on that album is absolutely over the top!" says Tramp, "We came off the ZZ Top summer tour and were so hellbent on playing our own show and a full-length show that we just blazed through a 2 1/2 hour set that ended in an impromptu version of Rocking in the free world - I am very proud of how this band sounds!"
European fans have the chance to see Tramp and his band in one of their stunning performances this month and next. For date updates please check www.miketramp.com

Rock 4 XMAS To Bring 7th Tour in October - December To Help Less Fortunate Families Enjoy The Holiday Season.
New York, NY- 
When Wayne Morrison walked out of the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island alive, he knew what he wanted to prioritize in his life. For the past six years Morrison has been developing and touring Rock 4 Xmas, and this is the year that he feels it will all come together.
Rock 4 XMAS is a foundation that helps provide toys and the overall Christmas spirit to less fortunate families across the country. A major sponsorship with the Hard Rock Cafe has progressed Rock 4 XMAS by leaps and bounds.
A 30+ city tour will be begin on October 30th in Salt Lake City, UT with many 70's, 80's & 90's stars of the music business to perform. This year star performers will be backed by a core band featuring Randy Jackson of Zebra, Terry Ilous from XYZ, Paul Shortino from Quiet Riot, Michael Vescera from Yngwie Malmsteen, Carmine Appice from OZZY & Vanilla Fudge, Greg Douglas from Steve Miller Band and many more!!! Star performers in select cities include Spencer Davis, Larry Hoppen, Rick Derringer, Tony Montana, Mark Farner & Eddie Money.
Morrison Music and Production will also garner support from music industry companies such as DW Drums, Telex Corp., J D`Addario Co., Marshall, Hartke, Sabian, Pearl, Ludwig, Fender, Pig Nose, Dean Markley, Gator Cases, and Laconia Music in New York... to name a few. For a full list, visit www.rock4xmas.com.
This past February Rock 4 X-MAS received its Federal Tax Exempt Status.
The Foundation is now 509(a)2, the equivalent to 5019(c)3 and is recognized by the government as a non profit charity which gives Rock 4 XMAS the ability to give tax credits for all charitable donations.
The full tour schedule can be found on the following page. Please take a moment to check out the routing and let us know if you would be interested in performing in a select city or participating in recording a brief promo video spot to help promote the Foundation.
2003 Rock 4 X-MAS 7 & Hard Rock Café Tour
Oct 30 Salt Lake City, UT Hard Rock Café
Oct 31 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Café
Nov 1 San Francisco, CA Hard Rock Café
Nov 2 Los Angeles, CA Hard Rock Café
Nov 3 San Diego, CA Etta`s Place
Nov 5 Phoenix, AZ Hard Rock Café
Nov 6 San Antonio, TX Hard Rock Café
Nov 7 Dallas, TX Hard Rock Café
Nov 8 Houston, TX Hard Rock Café
Nov 10 Memphis, TN Hard Rock Café
Nov 11 Nashville, TN Outer Limits
Nov 13 New Orleans, LA Hard Rock Café
Nov 14 Panama City Beach, FL Club LaVela
Nov 15 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
Nov 16 Ft. Myers, FL The Whale
Nov 17 Naples, FL Ridge Port Pub
Nov 20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Hard Rock Café
Nov 21 Orlando, FL Wills Pub
Nov 22 Atlanta, GA Hard Rock Café
Nov 23 Myrtle Bch, SC Hard Rock Café
Nov 28 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Café
Nov 29 Washington, DC Hard Rock Café
Nov 30 Baltimore, MD Hard Rock Café
Dec 2 New York City, NY Hard Rock Café
Dec 3 Danbury, CT Tuxedo Junction
Dec 4 Long Island, NY The Crazy Donkey
Dec 5 Boston, MA Hard Rock Café
Dec 6 Providence, RI Lupo`s
Dec 7 Rochester, NY TBA
Dec 8 Cleveland, OH TBA
Dec 9 Detroit, MI TBA
Dec 10 Chicago, IL TBA

Colin Blades, son of Night Ranger/Damn Yankees frontman Jack Blades has just had his debut solo album released online. You can purchase the self titled album via his website www.colinblades.com

Rick Springfield's latest BMG compilation is out now. Platinum & Gold Collection features a couple of rarities, including Souls (Live) an original B-Side to the Souls single. The track is on the CD in replacement of the song Bruce, which was unable to be licensed in time for the Compilation deadline.

Adler's Appetite will have two shows in Mexico on 9th and 10th October (in Mexico City and Guadalajara). There are also more dates for the following weekend being lined up and the dates and other info will be up on www.kerikelli.com as soon as available. Keri Kelli is the guitarist in Adler's Appetite, the band formed by Steven Adler, former Guns N' Roses drummer.

There is a New Official Website for Trent Gardner's Magellan. The site address is www.magellanweb.com
Magellan's last effort Impossible Figures will be finally released on 11-03-2003 by InsideOut Music. The track listing is: Gorilla With A Pitchfork . Killer Of Hope . Bach 16 . Late For Church . Confessor's Overture . Hymn For A Heathen . A World Groove . Counterpoints . Feel The Cross.


Hubi's progressive concept masterpiece, which features Vivien Lalu (Shadrane, Paris) - keys, Marcel Coenen (Ex-Lemur Voice, Sun Caged) - guitars, Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye) - drums, will be available through Lion Music in certain territories in a strictly limited edition collectors item digipak with 2 exclusive bonus tracks Tears of an Enchanted Sea, Crystal Moon. The exact availability date will soon be announced.

Alex Masi - In the Name of Mozart
Alex will follow up his successful In the Name of Bach (2000) with his own interpretations of Mozart's amazing and timeless music. Expect a release early 2004. Alex has also planned a third album in this series.

Orion Riders - A New Dawn
Lion Music are proud to present Orion Riders, a symphonic power metal band from Italy their debut album is to be released in January 2004. The band was formed in 1997 and have recorded their impressive debut album at Riccardo Samperi's TRP studios (Catania - Italy). The band consists of Joe Lombardo - vocals, Antonello Condorelli - guitar, Riccardo Failla - guitar, Carmelo Siracusa - bass, Tony Zappa - drums and keyboards.
WebLink: www.lionmusic.com

C.C. Banana, infamous for mocking members of Poison and pissing off former lead singers of Skid Row, has documented a typical day in the life of a six-foot rock & roll fruit. In Backstage Banana, C.C. wanders around behind the scenes of the 2002 Hollyweird Tour, annoying everyone he encounters and entertaining viewers in the process.
Backstage Banana features interviews and sketches with Jeff LaBar of Cinderella, Kip Winger and bandmates Rod Morgenstein, Paul Taylor and John Roth. Steve Brown from Trixter also weasels his way in, but C.C. Banana puts him in his place. Also featured are members of Poison's entourage, a bunch of hot chicks, and other people not smart enough to leave once they saw a banana with a video camera.
As a bonus, also included is the original C.C. Banana footage from 2001. Inspired by Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille's insistence that fans pay him for autographs and handshakes, this is the ridiculous adventure that started it all!
The Secret Origin Of CC Banana chronicles the unlikely series of events that occur when two grown men and a banana suit are set loose in a venue full of unsuspecting Poison fans. Making up everything as they go along, the pair captures some truly unusual stuff.
The Secret Origin Of CC Banana offers a fascinating look at a severely twisted individual… although it will be up to viewers to determine which C.C. this is.
Further information on C.C. Banana, as well as photos and downloadable video samples from Backstage Banana, are available at the official C.C Banana website www.CCBanana.com

First Hearing Music, a new UK based label on the Melodic Rock/Metal scene is delighted to announce that work has begun on the new Pulse album. There's been much speculation regarding the band of late, but we can confirm that old "Super Lungs" himself, Simon Abbotts, has rejoined the band and is currently writing new material with his old sparring partner, guitar mastermind Vince O'Regan (Bob Catley, Hodson). Abbotts and O'Regan are also joined in the studio by Andy Mills on bass, and Scott Barrow on drums.
Abbotts commented "Yes, I'm Back! We've received so much positive feedback from the debut album that Vince and I decided to bury the hatchet. I've got to say that I'm really delighted about the way that the new album is shaping up, and we hope to have it finished by early December". Vince added "We have over 60 songs to choose from for the new record, and to my ears it is vastly superior to anything we've recorded previously."
Expect Soundbytes to be added to the all new First Hearing Music website soon. Interested parties should check out www.firsthearingmedia.com. For any other information, please contact Lyndon Noon at lyndon@firsthearingmedia.com.

Added today and new MP3 Mini-Bytes for Colin Blades, Crystal Ball, Peter Frampton, Neal Morse, Thursday and Rik Emmett. 2 new CD Showcases have also been added. Kivel Records release Damn Cheetah and Lion Music's Suncaged.
Tune in tomorrow for the October Soundbytes and MR-X updates!



Saturday, September 27, 2003

I caught up with Eric Martin on the phone today, to get the lowdown on his new album Destroy All Monsters. The album is due out in Japan thru Pony Canyon on October 16, with a European release hopefully due in January 2004.
The album title may sound fierce, but Eric says the title is about: "Freeing yourself from fear. A social and personal statement rolled into one. Nothing to do with politics, it's dealing with overcoming frustration. Just making this record I had to go through a lot of obstacles. My past is over - I'm moving on."
Eric described the new album as modern pop, but with even more guitars than I'm Goin' Sane. Next up for Eric is a guest lead vocal on a project I'll give more details on shortly and then later this year/early next year will be an album with Night Ranger's Jeff Watson. The previously talked about project is confirmed, with Eric saying they will record a straight ahead melodic rock album - likely to be recorded under the Watson/Martin moniker. Jeff plays guitar on one track on Eric's new album.
The full track listing for the new album is as follows:
What's The Worst That Could Happen . Kansas . I Woke Up Too Late . Janie Won't Open . Where Are You? . You're Too Good For Him . Black & White . Something There . What If . I Can Die Now . Burnin' In My Mind . If

And with special thanks to Eric - you can download three 1 minute samples from the new album! Eric's official website will feature more previews shortly.
Download and check out:
I Woke Up Too Late - "Some people are afraid of success, they wait for things to happen instead of making them happen. The subject tries to prevent what he wants the most. Classic low self esteem."
Where Are You - "Even Jesus on the cross had to question weather or not he was forsaken. sometimes we can't help but think this thought when things turn against you. In my younger life I had to fend for myself in the absence of true Father figures."
Something There - "A song about seduction and figuring out what's real and what's fantasy. She love's me, or she love's me not. When do you make a move. Is it safe to jump in the water - you know there's something there. It's a second guessing game."


Incredibly sad news today with the passing of guitarist Shawn Lane. And overnight, the sudden death of British rock legend Robert Palmer. "Simply....unbelievable." RIP Robert and Shawn. Both guys gone way before their time.
Here is one of the many Robert Palmer press stories and a note from an old friend.
LONDON (AP) — Rock singer Robert Palmer died Friday in Paris of a heart attack, his manager said. He was 54.
Manager Mick Cater, speaking from Paris, said he had no further details immediately.
Palmer, whose hits included Addicted to Love, was on a two-day break in Paris following a TV recording session in Britain, Cater said.
The son of a British naval officer, Palmer was a member of several British rock bands before he hit the big time as a solo artist.
In the 1980s he became a superstar with singles which also included Simply Irresistible— accompanied by slick videos featuring the sharply dressed Palmer and a bevy of attractive women.
A side project, Power Station, formed in 1985 with John Taylor and Andy Taylor of '80s supergroup Duran Duran, scored three U.S. Top 10 hits, including Some Like It Hot and Get it On.
He had lived in Switzerland for the past 16 years. Known for his sharp suits and GQ sense of style, Palmer was named best dressed male artist by Rolling Stone in 1990.
The Addicted to Love video, with its mini-skirted models strumming guitars as Palmer sang, became one of MTV's most-played clips, and sparked protests from some feminists.
"I'm not going to attach inappropriate significance to it because at the time it meant nothing. It's just happened to become an iconic look," Palmer once said of the video.
He had his first hit album and single, Sneakin' Sally through the Alley, in 1974. In his 20s, Palmer worked with a number of small-time bands including Dada, Vinegar Joe, and the Alan Bown Band, occasionally appearing in opening acts for big draw including The Who and Jimi Hendrix.
Palmer once confessed that he was not attracted to the excesses of rock 'n' roll stardom.
"I loved the music, but the excesses of rock 'n' roll never really appealed to me at all," he said. "I couldn't see the point of getting up in front of a lot of people when you weren't in control of your wits." He was noted for dressing up and being somewhat restrained.
"I don't want to be heavy," he said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "I can't think of another attitude to have toward an audience than a hopeful and a positive one. And if that includes such unfashionable things as sentimentality, well, I can afford it."

Dear friends, As former co-manager of Power Station (Robert Palmer, Andy Taylor and Tony Thompson), I am saddened to hear of Robert's passing. He was a pleasant, witty and charming man. I remember listening to him warming his voice up prior to a live band broadcast form NYC's Electric Lady studio at 100 am in 1997. Andy Taylor (Power Station lead guitarist/vocalist) and I were sitting in the control room and Andy made the observation..."We ought to just get THAT on tape!" And he was right.
The music world is losing one of our premiere singers, may he rest in peace. I recommend revisiting Robert's albums Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley and Pressure Drop for a true taste of his unique brand of soul; but if you can, tap into a live version of Robert belting "Hot Pants"--that's the ticket.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Robert's family and his friend and partner Andy Taylor. Sincerely, Jim Della Croce.

Escape Music are delighted to announce the recent signing of multi talented Dutch artist Valensia. This collaboration will commence with the release of the Blue album, which has only been available in Japan until now.
Valensia is hugely popular in Japan, though he is also very highly thought of in his native country, The Netherlands. His work is very majestic, symphonic and has been ranked alongside rock giants Queen. The Blue album is full of beautiful music, this is such a fine opportunity to purchase an album that will leave you full of admiration for one of the Netherlands finest artists. The release date shall be announced shortly.

Zoom Club Records present Weapon and their full unreleased album Set The Stage Alight. This Original NWOBHM metal act were formed in March 1980 by guitarist Jeff Summers (ex-Snatch, Wildfire, Statetrooper) and vocalist Danny Hynes, along with Bruce Bisland on drums (ex-Lip Service, Wildfire, Statetrooper, Praying Mantis) and bassist Barry 'Baz' Downes (ex-Inner City Unit, Snatch). After only a handful of gigs they were spotted by Fast Eddie Clarke from Motorhead, who offered them the support slot on their Ace Up Your Sleeve tour. Weapon accepted and rushed into the studio to record two tracks, It's A Mad Mad World and Set The Stage Alight, to be released as a single through Virgin.
After the tour they recorded enough demos for an album but found no record company interest. Live, however, they excelled, with strong material such as Take It Away and Remote Control.
Available from www.zoomclub.com


Yet another new release is due from singer Mark Boals. A new Ring Of Fire album is almost done and has been given the release date of December 10 in Japan. This album features new member Steve Weingart (keyboards). The first pressing of the album will be in special packaging plus bonus sticker.

Iced Earth's new album The Glorious Burden will feature 2 bonus tracks for it's Japanese release - due November 21. The release, with vocalist Tim Owens, will add Greenface and When The Eagle Cries (unplugged).

Triumph's Live At The US Festival CD and DVD sets are both out now, but two more releases are already planned for 2004. You can expect a live album titled A Night Of Triumph Live and a new compilation Greatest Hits. Interestingly, both forthcoming titles will also be released on DVD!

From Undercover News:
Following the successful Kiss collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Meatloaf is now going to do the same. Meatloaf will tour Australia early 2004 with the MSO joining him for the Sydney and Melbourne Shows.
Like Kiss, the Meatloaf Symphony will be performed in three parts. Part 1 will be Meatloaf and band, part 2 acoustic with reduced orchestra, part 3 with full orchestra.
Meatloaf will rehearse in Melbourne with the MSO before the event.
Concert Dates are:
February 20 Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena (with MSO)
February 24, Sydney, Entertainment Centre (with MSO)
February 28, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
March 2, Newcastle, Entertainment Centre
March 7, Perth, Venue to be confirmed

SPV will release a 2CD Michael Schenker Best Of this week, featuring solo, MSG and UFO tracks, with live versions of tracks by Scorpions and Contraband. Most of the tracks are culled from records already released via Schenker's contract with SPV. The track listing is as follows:
CD1 - Armed And Ready . Pilot Of Your Soul . Cry For The Nations (live) . Written In The Sand . On And On (live) . Reflections Of My Soul . Lights Out (live) . Essence . Assault Attack (live) . Open Gate (instrumental) . Save Yourself (live) . Another Piece Of Meat (live)
CD2 - Are You Ready To Rock (live) . No Turning Back . Into The Arena (live) . Doctor Doctor (live) . The Mess I've Made . Captain Nemo (live) . Positive Forward (Instrumental) . Rock Bottom (live) . D (instrumental) . All The Way From Memphis (live) . Fallen The Love . Attack Of The Mad Axeman (live)

Bonfire's new album is titled Free and features the following tracks: On And On . I Would Do Anything 4 U . What About Love . Rock 'n' Roll Star . Free . Preachers And Whores . Give A Little Love . September 's On My Mind . September 's On My Mind . We Will Be Friends. Expect soundbytes and a review shortly.

Toto are the subject of yet another compilation at the hands of Sony. This compilation - The Essential - features the tracks: Hold The Line . Rosanna . Africa . 99 . Make Believe . I'll Supply The Love . Georgy Porgy . I Won't Hold You Back . I'll Be Over You . Without Your Love . Pamela . Turning Point . Mindfields . On The Run - (live)


Sorry for the late update and lack of news from Friday. An ISP error had me locked out of FTP access to the site. All is well now (obviously)!
Added today - new Mini-Bytes from Triumph and Seven Ten.



Thursday, September 25, 2003

Zoom Club Records - UK's Premier Classic Rock record/mail order company are now under new management.
Presenting a brand new up-to-date website and new releases including - Weapon - Set The Stage Alight (the full unreleased album from the 80's NWOBHM artist), UFO - Live On Earth (4CD Special Edition Digipak), MSG - Back To Attack - Part 2 of the Live series (Reactivate being Part 1)
More details on the site: www.zoomclub.com
A spokesperson for Zoom Club Records said today; "We are now heading for an exciting time as a mail order and record company bringing you more specialised releases and easier access to the products via the website. Our products are second to none and without doubt collectors pieces. Our artists fully endorse our releases and many of them have contributed to them. Look out for more releases soon and special editions."
Any bands wishing to contact Zoom Club Records can via the contact details on the website.

Fans of Bricklin and Martin's Dam should check out Scott Bricklin's MP3.com page. Scott has a new solo album out titled Future In Your Past and a new band 4 Way Street coming soon.

Tycoon - the band that brought you two classics in the form of Tycoon (1979) and Turn Out The Lights (1980) have resurfaced to make available their unreleased 1982 album Opportunity Knocks.
The band, that featured vocalist/guitarist Norman Mershon also features Bobby Messano (Guitars) and Tico Torres (drums) on this archived album. It was produced by Michael Barbiero. That and the band's first two albums can all be purchased via MP3.com

It seems David Lee Roth still isn't feeling too good and will cancel all remaining dates on his 2003 tour. The cancellation does not stem from the on stage accident last week, but rather from another illness, reported as pneumonia in some circles, although Roth has not confirmed this either way. Get well soon Dave!

New England's Greatest Hits Live CD is released in Japan now, with the featured line up of: John Fannon (Vocals, Guitar), Hirsh Gardner (Drums), Gary Shea (Bass) and Jimmy Waldo (Keys). The album features the track listing: Alone Tonight . Shoot . Hello Hello Hello . The Last Show . Encore . Hey You're On The Run . Shall I Run Away . Nothing To Fear . Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya . Explorer Suite . P.U.N.K. . You'll Be Born Again


Nu-breed and modern rock fans have a new band to check out. Canadian rockers One Short are currently working on their debut album. One set of songs has already been demoed with producer Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem). Included in that set of songs are two covers of Harem Scarem songs Killing Me and If You.
Check out the band's newly re-designed website for bio details and a couple of MP3 samples. www.oneshort.com

melodicrock.com has been designed and optimized for a 800x600 screen resolution. I'm updating my monitor to a bigger size and therefore will be looking at the current layout and resolution. To get an idea of how the rest of you good folk are viewing the site - can you be so kind as to complete the following survey? Thanks!


Added today are Mini-Bytes from the new Gary Moore live album and an updated PlaylistMelodicRockRadio Playlist and an updated Best of 2003 page - listing the best albums and songs reviewed so far in 2003.

And I'd like to say a special thanks to everyone that chooses to surf through this site on a regular basis. I sincerely hope you are enjoying the site as much as ever. Today the hit counter passed 9 million hits. Unreal - cheers!



Wednesday, September 24, 2003

To coincide with the official Spanish release of Nexx's highly acclaimed debut CD, Colours, we are pleased to give people the opportunity to download the complete version of the atmospheric ballad Indifference which showcases all the elements that make Nexx so special.
Go to Now and Then website www.nowandthen.co.uk or the Nexx official website www.webnexx.com
Colours is released in Spain through OX Records with distribution via Goi Music which means that the CD will be available in most stores. The band continues it's live schedule with 3 shows opening for Jeff Scott Soto:
Friday 26th September Madrid Caracol
Saturday 27th September Bilbao Bilborock
Sunday 28th September Barcelona Mephisto
For further info check out www.taperock.com
Followed by a special acoustic set from Patricia opening for Bob Catley -
Saturday 18th October Santander Rock Beer The New
And then a headlining show -
Friday 24th October Madrid Ritmo y Compás

The buzz on Now And Then`s first power metal signing is growing week on week. Power Quest is receiving strong radio coverage in Japan for the tracks Edge Of Time and NeverWorld on Captain Wada`s Captain Rock showCaptain Wada is one of the three most important radio DJ`s in the whole of Japan. As such, his support of the NeverWorld album is very important.
The band were also ineterviewed by Japan`s biggest rock magazine, Burrn!, this past week prior to the release of NeverWorld via Marquee/Avalon (who fought off several other companies to sign the licensing of the title for Japan) on October 22nd.
Another new interview with the band is available at the Strike A Balance website www.strikeabalance.net/powerquest.html
Official Power Quest website: power-quest.co.uk

From the latest Meniketti newsletter:
There's a lot going on in the Meniketti/Y&T camp. Phil and Dave are nearly done selecting and finessing the Y&T previously unreleased material and they're very excited about the new Unearthed CD. The artwork is being finalized and then the whole project goes to replication. There is no official release date yet. But, keep your eyes on the web site--especially Dave's comments in the Discussion Forum (forum fans always hear it first!)--and keep checking your email. This new Y&T CD is just around the corner!

San Diego heavy metal band Cage have been confirmed for the following 2003 - 2004 concert / festival appearances:
Fiestas Del Sol (Baja California State Fair) - October 11, 2003 - Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Bang Your Head USA festival - October 19, 2003 - San Diego, California, USA
Dwell In Darkness Festival - November 7, 2003 - Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Piorno Rock Festival - February 28, 2004 - Pinos Puente, Granada, Spain
Bang Your Head Festival - June 25-26, 2004 - Balingen, Germany
Metal Bash Festival - July 24, 2004 - Schiebsportanlage Neu Wulmstorf, Germany

The European version of the Donnie Vie album Just Enough! (Livewire / Cargo) is now available - The track listing is as follows: Spiderweb / Better Days / Forever / Jesus In Drag / Wintergreen Eyes / I'll Go On / Alice In A Jam / Don't Bring Me Down / That's What Love Is / Night Of Day / Blowin' Kisses In The Wind / Wasting Time
There are plans afoot for a string of U.K. solo shows as well.

A few updates - added today is new CD Showcases for the Escape Music double re-issue from Zon and the Kivel Records release No More Johnny.
I continue to work on a few cool interviews. There's a few of the regular ones coming up - like Harry Hess, Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock, Kelly Hansen, Dreamtide and Newman. There's also a few special ones I have been working on - one being with former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams and the other biggie is a long chat with super producer Keith Olsen. More news of those and the other ones in development shortly.

Pride Of Lions - Pride Of Lions (Frontiers Records, November 10) - Oh boy, this is the stuff. This is the kind of album I live for. This is why I do this website - so I can pass on the good word about classic melodic rock and AOR albums like this. And this is classic. The debut Pride Of Lions album is everything we hoped for and expected of, the great Jim Peterik. With influences from his past works, this is some of the very best work of his career. This album is part Survivor, part Toto and part Mecca. The album's strength lies in the variety of it's songs. Soaring ballads, catchy rockers, 80's pomp, sing-along anthems...all delivered in a manner bound to give fans of the aforementioned bands - and classic AOR fans - massive heart palpitations. And vocalist Toby Hitchcock is surely the find of the year. Essential! Full review shortly.

Perfect World - Perfect World (Frontiers Records, November 10) - Kelly Hansen has joined with the team that is behind the very classy debut Vertigo album. So expect the same high quality production and punchy musical base, delivered with the ultra smooth voice of Hurricane and Unruly Child. This is another extremely catchy and highly classy release, which proves melodic rock can be brought into the new century, while retaining everything we love about the genre.

Hardline - Live At The Gods 2002 (Frontiers Records, November 10) - This is the third live release from the Gods 2002 show. But this release is not in the same league as the previous two releases - Harem Scarem and Jeff Scott Soto. I was at the show and saw a great band put on a solid show, but that hasn't been translated to this record. The obvious problem with the release is the mix. It just simply isn't as good as the previous two releases and for that reason the performance loses impact. For Hardline fans however, the rough and raw recording will still hold strong appeal.
The added bonus of 3 non-album tracks helps make the release more appealing and are a good conclusion to the album. Full review for all 3 releases shortly.



Tuesday, September 23, 2003

It seems Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has been caught out in another example of his own generated BS. MTV.com featured a report on the new Bizcrap album and the situation of the band needing a new guitarist. Durst stated that, among others, Eddie Van Halen had auditioned for the role. You would think MTV would check that fact - they didn't. But I did - and a trusted source confirmed that Eddie had met with Durst.
But there's more to the story - the truth to be precise. This morning another trusted source - who read my news item yesterday and the MTV piece, e-mailed me with the real details of the pair's meeting.
The absolute truth of the matter is Fred invited Eddie over to jam - which the guitarist did. He just went over and played with them for fun. My source makes this quite clear with the line: "[to suggest that] Eddie auditioned for ANYONE is just pure un adulterated bullshit and it's an insult to Ed and anyone that knows him. Fred, ever the PR man, loves to get his name in the papers... Ed is gonna be pissed off when he finds out what Durst is saying about him!"
Amen to that!

Further info from the Van Halen family - David Lee Roth has cancelled the remaining dates of his current US tour due to the on stage accident last week. No word on when the singer will be back on the road. Strangely - or not - the live dates previously credited to Australia seem to have disappeared.

Sammy Hagar is apparently considering his next move - whether to make a new solo record, or to have a break in 2004. Sadly, there seems to be no movement on the Planet Us front. Hagar will however, complete lead vocal on one track for the next Montrose album, currently in pre-production in LA.

I have just spent half an hour on the phone with the new Styx bass player - Ricky Phillips! Stay tuned for an exclusive first interview with the master bass player. I caught Ricky at home learning his new parts - with a bass strapped around his neck and a Styx CD playing in the background. Ricky is really pumped to be back in a band full time after 10 years of writing, producing and studio recording. There are several comments that will be better explained in the full interview, but Ricky says he is committed to being a full time member of Styx - who will continue touring and recording indefinitely.
He has great respect for Glen Burtnik as an individual as well as the role he played in the band and is looking forward to playing his own part in the band when the band hit the road again shortly. Ricky says several changes are being planned to the set list for the next leg. Stay tuned for that interview.
He has also sent out this message to all the Styx fans:
"Thank you for the warm welcome. I know Glen was (and still is loved)...and deservedly so. He and his wife couldn't have been sweeter to me. I know its a big change for everyone. Right now I have a lot of work to do to protect the honor which has been bestowed upon me. Tommy and I have been friends for 20 some years and Todd and I became friends after doing LA session work together but I never dreamed of this. JY and Lawrence have been awesome, extremely supportive and an amazing blast to play with. Thank you again for your support and well wishes.
Cheers and see you soon, Ricky Phillips."

As previously mentioned here, Dennis De Young has completed a new song to accompany the release of his wife's novel A Love Foretold. The song can now be sampled and the book/CD bought and at CDBaby.com
Suzanne De Young has just completed her first novel, A Love Foretold. A native Chicagoan, Suzanne chose her hometown and its historical landmark Navy Pie as the backdrop for a tale of romance and intrigue, in the world of the paranormal. She introduces us to her characters Kady and Colin, two people drawn together by their psychic abilities who find love as they work together to uncover a century old mystery.
Dennis was so proud of his wife's novel that he wrote and recorded a song entitled A Love Foretold. This CD will be included in the packaging of this book.
With both children now grown, Suzanne manages Dennis as he tours the country performing a retrospective of his career accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra with Suzanne on backing vocals. To learn more about Suzanne and Dennis check out the web sites she created - www.SuzanneDeYoung.com and www.DennisDeYoung.com.

Melodic Symphony Records is proud to announce his first release: Outland's great debut Different Worlds.
The MSR is a new Italian label specializing in melodic rock and metal which will exclusively distributed worldwide by Frontiers Records. The parent label is the well known Underground Symphony label.
Outland's AOR debut is released in Europe November 10.
Outland, featuring lead vocalist / guitarist Jeff Prentice and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Rob Nishida recorded this self-produced album during the later half of 2002 and features 11 tracks that feature their Boston inspired multi-layered harmony guitars, hook laden choruses and fiery lead guitar playing.
The track listing for the album is: Valerie . Love Alive . Forever Yours . One More Night . Mary Anne . Strong Enough . Last Forever . Different Worlds . Dream Away . Love Cries . Take The Money And Run. Stop by www.outlandmusic.com


Seven Wishes - a hard-hitting four piece out of Sweden and raised on bands like Dokken and Ratt to name a few, have signed to MTM Music for the release of their next album. Tony says "We really wanted to put together the band we always had been dreaming of! During the 90's the melodic rock scene. Wasn't the hottest thing around, but we couldn't care less. This was exactly what we wanted to do. And we did."
Right now the band's third release is in progress and will be released in Europe in the Spring of 2004.
A demo of the new track Fortuneteller will be on the forthcoming sampler Volume 9 on MTM Music.

Classic Canadian hard rockers Helix will celebrate 30 years of rocking with an Anniversary concert July 17th 2004. Now, that's plenty of warning for you - so no excuses for not being there!
The venue is The Sanderson Centre, Brantford, Ontario, Canada - www.sandersoncentre.on.ca
This event is licensed and tickets are $30 available through the Helix website at www.planethelix.com or through the Sanderson Center website.
The gig will feature former members of the band: Bruce Arnold (original member & drummer), Keith (Bert Zurbrigg) (original member & bass player), Leo Niebedek (drummer on White Lace album), Brian Doerner (drummer on several Helix CDs), Brent Doerner aka "The Doctor" (Helix guitarist from 1975-1989), Greg (Fritz) Hinz (drummer from 1981-1996), Jerry Finn (guitarist from 1996-1999, now with David Usher)
The night will be a combination of an acoustic set, 50 minute video, and an electric set featuring former members. There will also be a display of Helix memorabilia and much more! Tickets are limited to 1,000. The Sanderson Center is a beautiful 1,100 soft-seat licensed hall built in 1917. Spread the word and start to plan your holidays now!
For more info email bvollm0656@rogers.com or check out www.planethelix.com under the "Update Section".

Curtis Skelton is officially the new lead singer of Impellitteri. Who? Good question! Apparently Curtis previously released two records on Universal Records with modern hard rock outfit Speak No Evil - www.speaknoevil.com.
There is no set date or label details for the release of the band's new album. Looks like the new album will have a Sykes Nuclear Cowboy kinda vibe.

Kee Marcello is talking to labels about a potential wide release of his killer new album Melon Demon Divine, but in the meantime, it's available now via his website www.keemarcello.com
The CDs are available via PayPal and come with the option to have them autographed.


I am very pleased to be able to print the following, which is great news for my friends in Redcircle, the up and coming nu-breed rockers from Melbourne, Australia. Congrats guys!
Press Release:
Melbourne Based Australian rock act Redcircle have been included as the soundtrack for the up and coming "NFL DVD Trivia" game due for release in the coming months.
The NFL DVD Trivia Challenge produced by Imagination Entertainment in conjunction with the National Football League chose the music of Redcircle from thousands of submitted CDs from bands all across the America to fit with its "High energy – Hard Hitting – Adrenalin Pumped" DVD game.
The music will feature alongside the most amazing footage captured over the last 20 years of NFL history, from super bowls of the past to NFL kick off's of today and is truly a sight to see and hear.
The game features 500 trivia questions all set to live video, live radio calls, live action and of course the music of Redcircle, the game also features the voice of the NFL, Jim Birdsall who is the host and Narrator of the game.
With the huge untouched market for such a game and the overwhelming demand for endorsed NFL projects, Imagination DVD plan to ship 10million copies of the game world wide to all major shopping chains before Christmas 2003 and have already begun planning the 2004 version in which Redcircle have again been approached to include music for the soundtrack.
"After filtering out thousands of musical choices, we particularly chose Redcircle's music because it is certainly reflective of our personal style as well as being the perfect fit for the adrenaline-charged nature of the NFL DVD Trivia Game, It builds the game to the professional level required by the NFL and we are more than happy to have been there from the start of Redcircle's extremely promising career as a leader in the rock music field.
We truly commend the stellar efforts of Redcircle and your management and we would look forward to working together on Imagination Entertainment's future DVD titles."
 Shane Pike - Executive Producer Imagination Ent / NFL Films.
With 103 minutes of Original "Redcircle" music taken from their up and coming debut album featured as the soundtrack for the NFL DVD Trivia Game, full website hyperlink's and logo's, cross promotion on all mediums to promote the game, the Redcircle camp is "ecstatic" to tread the same turf originally set aside for fully established signed American Acts.
Visit Redcircle's website at www.redcircleonline.com

Eric Martin is wrapping up work on his new solo album. A photo shoot for the cover art took place this week.

Kelly Keagy is also writing new songs for a follow up to his acclaimed solo debut Time Passes.

Jeff Pilson is previewing 3 tracks from his new War & Peace record at: artists.mp3s.com/artists/317/war__peace.html

Attention glam lovers! Check out Tracy Gang Pussy band. A 3 track demo will be available in October. www.tracygangpussy.com

The release of Paul Gilbert's Live At The Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo has been delayed a few weeks until October 15.

The new Stone Temple Pilots best of album will be packaged with a bonus DVD of live performances and interviews.

Avril Lavigne is again co-writing with classic melodic rock songwriter Cliff Magness, for her new album due early-mid 2004.

Eric from Vox Tempus sent in this update from Hollywood:
Tonight saw the LA debut of Steven Adler's new project, Adler's Appetite - an all star lineup featuring Steven Adler, Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, LA Guns), Keri Kelli (Warrant, Slash's Snakepit), Robbie Crane (Ratt) & Brent Muscat (LA Guns, Faster Pussycat). The band performed at the Key Club in Hollywood (formerly Gazarri's, one of the clubs where Guns N Roses first built their massive following). The band ripped through a set of classic GnR tunes, before being joined by Slash & Izzy Stradlin for a triple encore of Mr. Brownstone, Knocking on Heaven's Door (massive singalong!), and a brutal version of Paradise City!
Steven is now living in Las Vegas, and is in great shape. He smiled all night, and seemed genuinely happy to be playing to a packed house of diehard GnR fans (including various porn stars and members of Cinderella, Takara, Bang Tango, and Maestro Alex Gregory). Jizzy sounded amazing, and Izzy looks 10 years younger. The highlight of the night was watching Slash rip through those classic solos, standing five feet away! The band finished playing around midnight, and the party continued in the VIP Lounge until the wee hours!
Vox Tempus meanwhile are contributing a cover of Stone In Love to the Journey tribute album being released in Brazil by Frontline Records. Also involved are Takara, 7 Months, Balance of Power and Talisman.

Does anyone else see this as inevitable?
LONDON, 22nd September 2003: In view of speculation in the weekend press, EMI Group plc announces that it has now entered non-exclusive discussions with AOL Time Warner Inc. with regard to a possible transaction involving the recorded music division of the Warner Music Group. Discussions are at a very preliminary stage and there is no assurance that they will result in an agreement acceptable to both parties. Any potential transaction would be subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.
Yep, it seems 5 years from now there will only be one major label controlling everything.

The first Judas Priest product to be released since the reunion with Rob Halford was announced Friday.
Released November 17, the Electric Eye DVD will feature - all the key promo videos, the 1986 Dallas concert and 7 rare BBC performances, plus a booklet with detailed notes and photos.
Most of this material has not even been available on VHS for many years - now back on DVD by huge public demand.
Videos: Living After Midnight . Breaking The Law . Don't Go . Heading Out To The Highway . Hot Rockin' . You've Got Another Thing Comin' . Freewheel Burning . Love Bites . Locked In . Turbo Lover . Johnny B Goode . Painkiller . A Touch of Evil
Priest....Live! Filmed in Dallas, Texas during the 1986 'Fuel For Life' Tour - Out In The Cold . Locked In . Heading Out To The Highway . Breaking The Law . Love Bites . Some Heads Are Gonna Roll . Sentinel . Private Property . Desert Plains . Rock You All Around The World . Hellion/Electric Eye . Turbo Lover . Freewheel Burning . Green Manalishi (with the two-pronged crown) . Parental Guidance . Living After Midnight . Another Thing Comin' . Hell Bent For Leather . Metal Gods
BBC Television Performances: Rocka Rolla Old Grey Whistle Test 25/4/75 . Dreamer Deceiver Old Grey Whistle Test 25/4/75 . Freewheel Burning Old Grey Whistle Test 20/01/84 . Take On The World Top Of The Pops 25/01/79 . Evening Star Top Of The Pops 17/5/79 . Living After Midnight Top Of The Pops 27/3/80 . United Top Of the Pops 28/8/80

Italian producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniele Liverani (Genius, Khymera) is busy recording the third Empty Tremor studio album with his band-mates Christian Tombetti (Electric & Acoustic Guitars), Marco Guerrini (Electric & Acoustic Guitars), Dennis Randi (Bass) and Stefano Ruzzi (drums) Official web site www.emptytremor.com
The recording process took longer than expected because singer Giovanni De Luigi decided to leave the band. Luckily, after long researches, Empty Tremor has finally found the right replacement in the German singer Oliver Hartmann former member of Power Metal heroes At Vance.
The working title of the new album is The Alien Inside and the final track listing will include the following eight songs:
The Alien Inside . I Found You . A New World . Who Really You Are . Don't Stop Me . Stay . The Love I've Never Had . The Alien Outside
The album will be hopefully completed during September and Frontiers Records plans to release The Alien Inside in early 2004.

Z Records are proud to announce the signing of Steelheart within Europe, the newly inked deal has secured the release of the bands critically acclaimed third album Wait with additional bonus tracks, plus the possibility of a forth studio album.
In 1993 Mike Matijevic began demoing new material and created a revamped Steelheart around Kenny Kanowaski (guitarist who had worked previously with Mark Slaughter), Vincent Mele Jr. (bass), Alex Makarovich (drums) and Derek Austin (drums). The album did huge business in Asia but never even got an American or European release.
The lead track from Wait - We All Die Young is featured on the soundtrack for the film Rock Star, with Matijevic handling some of the vocals for filmstar Mark Wahlberg.

Lots of feedback on my Pre-View comments for new British rockers The Darkness. Here's just a few comments!

"Boy are you correct about these guys! I wish I had read your pre-view-review before I went out and wasted my money on these losers. Like you said, the music is ok but as soon as this singer starts in I felt as if I was at an 80s battle of the bands....This is an example of how starved we are for good old fashioned rock and roll."

"As I sit here drinking a fine Australian Red and surfing your great site, I am so pleased that you have seen through that parcel of crap known as The Darkness. They are so bad that I can't stop laughing, believe it or not they are worse live than on CD and the singer must be taking the piss because surely nobody can be that bad on purpose."

"I just had to write & tell you how right you are about "The Darkness"...I mean, you can't go wrong with a major label like Atlantic Records promoting the shit out of it...Of course they will sell millions of CDs..."

"Rolling Stone is all over these ****'s too...so much that I went and sought singles on Kazaa - what a load of dogshit.... If this is the "best" we can hope to see offered to an unsuspecting public, woe is the planet..."

"The Darkness are going to start a new trend. It will be a trend of mid-70's to early 80's style rock. No, not every band will copy their antics, in fact, Atlantic will tone Justin's vocal style down once the attention factor has been ridden as far as possible. They will still be goofy, Spinal Tap'ish, but he will sing more in the lower registers and the correct/complimenting mic pre-amps will be used on his vocals, unlike the current recording where they almost picked the worst on purpose....The most important point in all this, and frankly the MAJOR one I see you missing is the fact that the success of TD starting a new trend will help all melodic rock artists. We should all be pulling for these guys. They are young, they have a shit load of great songwriting talent which hasn't been completely tapped, and Clear Channel are all over these guys."

"I live on the east coast of England in the little town of Lowestoft. Yes the town that spawned The Darkness. I first saw them live supporting Def Leppard...Well they put on a good show but you are right, we laughed through most of it. As a regular at the Gods and any other gigs I can get to, The Darkness are OK but I would put every other band above them that appeared at the Gods. All down to backing again, it is annoying that people such as Jeff Scott Soto have to play second fiddle, talent sadly is just not enough!"

"I saw the Darkness supporting Alice Cooper in July. I had never heard a note of their music. Your evaluation is pretty much spot on, but it must be said that the singer certainly gives 110% to make the show a bit of fun."

"I've just read your pre-view of "Permission To Land" by the Darkness and I have to say "what a load of total fuckin' shite". The Darkness are just about to take the good old USA by storm, the US release date has been brought forward and they are gonna' fuckin clean up the US album charts. These guy's are a breath Of fresh air to the melodic/hard rock genre, they are No. 1 in the British album charts for the third week, they are self confessed Def Leppard fans stating "Photograph" as being the best rock song ever written. I predict they will be bigger in the states than the Leps, so c'mon ajm embrace these guys with open arms cause they're gonna rule the world."

Well, they have people talking, but rule the world? I think not...LOL...On that note, I'll move to the next item of business!

Many questions have been raised about the contents of the new Nelson live DVD available off their site. The band still haven't returned any of my e-mails, but a friend did send along the track listing for your benefit. I'm not sure why the band couldn't supply these details on their site, but for those that are interested, here it is:
Stood Up . Waitin' in School . Star Spangled Banner . Milk Cow Blues . I'm Walkin' . Poor Little Fool . My Bucket's Got a Hole In It . After The Rain . Girl Like That . Lonesome Town . Travelin' Man . Hello Mary Lou . Never Be Anyone Else But You . Cross My Broken Heart . More Than Ever . Just Once More . It Happens All The Time (new song) . Fools Rush In . Love and Affection . Garden Party . I Believe What You Say . It's Late

Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock and Graeham Goble will release their debut BSG release Full Circle October 6. It's a live CD and DVD release. The tracks featured are as follows:
CD - Full Circle . It's A Long Way There . Man On Your Mind . Curiosity Killed the Cat . Everyday Of My Life . Happy Anniversary . Prelude In A Minor . Mistress Of Mine . Lady . Take It Easy On Me . The Night Owls . The Other Guy . Seine City . Home On Monday . Reminiscing . Parallel Lines . Help Is On Its Way . Cool Change . Lonesome Loser
DVD - Full Circle . It's A Long Way There . Man On Your Mind . Curiosity Killed The Cat . Days On the Road . Everyday Of My Life . Face In The Crowd . Photogenic . Happy Anniversary . Take It Easy On Me . Soul Searching . Mistress Of Mine . Lady . Heart & Soul . The Night Owls . The Other Guy . Seine City . I'll Always Call Your Name . Home On Monday . Deep Water . The Machine Room . In The City . Reminiscing . Parallel Lines . It's Cold Out Tonight . Help Is On It's Way . Cool Change . Lonesome Loser . Just Say That You Love Me

Skid Row is on their way to Germany. They will join rock icons Def Leppard on the German swing of their European tour in November which also includes a show in Switzerland. Then the band will head off to the UK to do some headlining dates. This will be Skid Rows first return to Europe in over 7 years. The band is "supercharged" as Rachel Bolan has put it: "It's gonna be a blast being back in Europe and the UK. I can't wait for everyone to hear the new line up and the new songs."
Skid Rows latest release Thickskin is in stores now or can purchased through the website. Under the Skin - The Making of Thickskin DVD can also be purchased @ skidrow.com.
Dates are as follows:
Mon 3 Frankfurt Jahrundehalle
Tue 4 Koln Palladium
Thu 6 Hamburg Sporthalle
Fri 7 Berlin Arena Treptow
Mon 10 Stuttgart Congresscentrum
Tue 11 Winterthur (Switzerland) Eulachhalle
Wed 12 Munich Zenith



Monday, September 22, 2003

A big weekend of music news - some covered here, the rest tomorrow. The biggest news - confirmation that Glen Burtnik has stepped out of Styx, to be replaced with the equally great Ricky Phillips (Bad English, Coverdale/Page, The Babys, Frederiksen/Phillips). Check Ricky out at: www.rickyphillips.com
Just in case you haven't read it already - the Styx press release:

22 September 2003: Styx today announced that effective immediately, Ricky Phillips will replace departing bassist/vocalist Glen Burtnik.
Phillips, though probably best known as the bass player for Bad English and The Babys, has also done touring and/or session work with the likes of Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. He joins Styx on the heels of their highly successful summer arena tour, "The Main Event."
Styx lead vocalist/guitarist James "J.Y" Young stated, "We're sad to see Glen leave. We wish him well, and I'm looking forward to introducing to the world only the 10th person to ever be a part of Styx, bass player extraordinaire Ricky Phillips."
Burtnik's amicable departure from Styx was based on a personal decision. "I've enjoyed performing onstage with this talented group of musicians. I greatly value the friendship and warmth shown to me by the band, the crew, the staff and the fans. It's time for me to get back to spending more quality time with my family."
Burtnik first joined Styx in 1991, replacing lead vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw on Edge of the Century. Shaw returned to Styx in 1996. Burtnik rejoined in 1999, stepping in for original bassist Chuck Panozzo, who remains on personal leave, but continues to make occasional appearances with the band. Drummer Todd Sucherman has been a full-fledged member since just before the untimely death of original drummer John Panozzo in 1996.
Keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan enjoyed a successful solo recording career in Canada, with three platinum and five gold albums to his credit, before joining Styx in 1999.
Styx will continue their touring schedule through the remainder of 2003 in support of their latest CD release, Cyclorama. A new CD/DVD package, 21st Century Live is scheduled for release on October 7, 2003. 21St Century Live incorporates live selections from Styx's rich musical history through the present day Cyclorama.

Now, I've always been a Styx fan and have supported the guys over the last few years and remain a big fan of Cyclorama - but another live album? Seriously guys - this will be the forth since the 1999 departure of Dennis DeYoung and only 10 tracks? That's pretty weak I'm sorry to say.
In any regard - thanks to Styx Collector - the details of the new live CD and DVD are as follows:
CD - Rockin' the Paradise (Tokyo, 2000) . High Enough (Tokyo, 2000) . Lorelei (Tokyo, 2000) . Sing For The Day (Tokyo, 2000) . Boat On The River (Frankfurt, 2000) . Love Is The Ritual (Calgary, 2000) . Snowblind (Tokyo, 2000) . Miss America (Tokyo, 2000) . Come Sail Away (Calgary, 2000) . Renegade (St. Louis, 2000)
DVD - Blue Collar Man (St. Louis, 2000) . Everything Is Cool (St. Louis, 2000) . Brave New World (St. Louis, 2000) . Kiss Your Ass Goodbye (Los Angeles, 2003) . A Criminal Mind (Pittsburgh, 2001) . Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) (St. Louis, 2000) . Heavy Water (St. Louis, 2000) . Too Much Time On My Hands (St. Louis, 2000) . These Are The Times (Detroit, 2003) . Yes I Can (Studio, 2003)


Ok, on a more positive note - here's what Glen Burtnik had to say:
"To my friends who know me from my work with Styx,
I've enjoyed performing onstage with this talented group of musicians. However, it is time for me to take another break from the band (perhaps not so unlike my disappearance after the Edge Of The Century album and tour).
There are a number of personal reasons for this change in my life. For one, I've spent considerably more time away from home, hanging out with other people's wives, than at home with my own for the past four (going on five) years. It's always had me worried my family might suffer from my absence. When I set out on the road with Styx in 1999 my daughter Darla was 13. She is now 18. Little Sally was 7 and is now a grown up 12. Constantly away is not how I wish to be remembered by my wife and kids.
My life has been out of balance and I need to, as we said in the seventies, "get it together." It's time for me to get back to being a devoted husband and a dedicated father.
I will continue my work on music, finishing my Welcome To Hollywood solo album, and considering a number of other possibilities. (All suggestions welcome ­ Darla & Sally will need college money!)
I apologize for having taken so long to make this announcement. I agreed to wait for the band to make the situation publicly known before I'd say anything.
I urge Styx fans to continue to support the band for the strong act they've always been, as I'm sure they'll continue to be. I greatly value the friendship and warmth shown to me by the band and the fans, and I bid you all a fond adieu.
Sincerely, Glen Burtnik / September, 2003 New Jersey"

In a feature article on the upcoming Limp Bizkit CD, MTV.com interviewed frontman Fred Durst about the band's need for a guitarist. The article reads: As Durst so eloquently puts it, "What the f--- am I doing? I'm not a guitar player." But after auditioning as many as 11 guitarists, including none other than Eddie Van Halen, the frontman finds himself, along with engineer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, strumming the songs for the new record. With live shows around the corner, that has to change."
Eddie Van Halen??? Well, my best placed source says yes, Eddie did audition - what was he thinking? But - a possible glimmer of light in the tunnel - apparently we will all know what's going on with Van Halen by the end of the year. I'll believe it when I see it, but here's hoping. It just continues to get stranger doesn't it? Stay tuned...

BBMak, suppliers of one of 2001's best soft pop/rock releases in the form of the album Out Of Your Head have split up.

Expect a new Who album - featuring Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry towards mid 2004.

The new Tears For Fears album has been delayed until early 2004, due to the label not wanting it to get lost in the Christmas rush. Boy...that's such an old and tired line isn't it? so many albums are held over at this time of the year - so many in fact that the post-Christmas release schedule is now just as hectic!

A new Harry Hess/Harem Scarem interview is now online at the band's official site - which has recently been revamped. Expect a Hess interview here shortly also - followed by Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock and Joseph Williams also.

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has a new band together - Bach Tight 5. The line up features Bach alongside Adam Albright, Randall X Rawlings, Mike Dover and Cheeze (Yes, his name is Cheeze).

I think I have caught up with my e-mails...if you haven't heard from me and are still waiting - drop me a fresh e-mail!

Auction 9 is still underway - it's not to late to bid, with just over a day left to run! Check it out.

Don't forget to vote in the Best Ever Poll! Vote now.



Saturday, September 20, 2003

Rumours are abound that Glen Burtnik has left Styx - a role he has thoroughly enjoyed for the last few years. The news is apparently correct says website www.asburymusic.com, but Glen is yet to confirm this himself publicly and I await an e-mail from him, which might have a comment or two on his decision to leave - if in fact that is the case. Stay tuned...

100% confirmed is the demise of Quiet Riot. The band were on tour, with something like 25 dates still to go, when the sudden announcement came. The details seem to indicate it was singer Kevin DuBrow that bailed on the band.
I await e-mail replies from Kevin and drummer Frankie Banali, who have previously both kept in touch.
Many questions have been asked over the future of the due-any-day live DVD. The info I have suggests it will still be released - but could be delayed again, due to the events overnight.

A very brief update yesterday from Rick Springfield On his new shock/denial/anger/acceptance album. Rick says: "We are finishing mixing next week (in between gigs). I am excited about the CD tho' it's quite a bit different from Karma!" And in regards to the new 2003 version of Jessie's Girl to be released by John Oszajca shortly, Rick says: "I heard the 'Jessies Girl' track and thought it was cool."



Friday, September 19, 2003

Damn Cheetah Primal is slated to hit September 23. You can pre-order your copy over at www.kivelrecords.com.
The first 50 pre-orders will receive a signed 13x19 Poster! Armed with awesome tunes, the album features an absolutely incredible lead vocal performance, delivered by vocalist Les Brown! (Some may recall Les from the band NRG which was featured on the Transformers movie soundtrack).
But who are Damn Cheetah? Find out for yourself by downloading a full length preview from the debut album Primal. Download: Damn Cheetah - Maybe Tomorrow


80's rockers Mass are back together and are currently working together with Michael Sweet on a new EP. The band last worked with Sweet on the album Voices In The Night.
More information and the Mass best of collection - Best Ones is available now at www.massmusic.biz

LA Guns have updated their website with news of further touring plans. Early in 2004 the band will head to Europe then Japan and back through the US after that. The US leg will apparently also feature Bulletboys and Black N Blue in tow.

Updated today - more Mini-Bytes - this time from Alice Cooper, Victory and The Darkness (Ear damage warning). A new showcase has been added for European hard rockers Midnite Club.
Further updates might have been possible - but I'm tired as hell this week and have a monster migraine today! I have a stack of e-mails to get through, so if you are waiting to hear from me - I'll get to that ASAP.
Updates for next week - who knows! Maybe a few more reviews, definitely a showcase or two and there's a lot of news sitting here waiting to be formatted.

The Darkness - Permission To Land (Atlantic Records, Out Now) - Hahahahahaha....After I finished laughing - in fact crying - I played this much hyped album again and think I get it. The Darkness are totally taking the piss and those that can appreciate that will get a good laugh out of this record. The singer is just so bad it's funny - Freddy Mercury he is not!
Sadly though, a whole bunch of press people seem to be taking these guys seriously - like Kerrang Magazine, who named the guys the best new rock band in 20 years. Now that is just simply absurd. Would any of the major press outlets actually care about the band if they played it straight? The singer is simply a vocal clown. Would a major label have even sniffed at them otherwise? One would hope so, but perhaps not. But they have got people talking and once you hear The Darkness you won't forget them! So in that regard, I guess they are making an impact - like it or not.
But is this record any good outside playing it at a beer soaked party, or having a laugh? Well, musically it's actually very good - solid songs, great guitar riffs and big hooks. The band is merely a hard rocking mixture of AC/DC, Queen and The Cure. But at times this isn't an easy album to listen to - the singer must be tied up and dropped off the end of a pier. And the future of rock n roll they ain't! Full review next week...



Thursday, September 18, 2003

milesABOVE have just released their debut album Further through Escape Music. Singer and songwriter Tim Hicks runs through the albums tracks, with comments below. Check out soundbytes in the CD Showcase.
milesABOVE - Further
Tim: We began with album nearly two years ago, in fall 2001, just after I had returned from Europe. I spent 4 months touring the Mediterranean with another band as a hired singer/guitar player and had written about thirty or so songs during that time. It was a relatively short period away from home, but it was one of the most inspiring times I had ever experienced. Everyday we were in a new place, meeting new people, seeing new things. I wrote everyday- and I couldn't help it.
Upon returning, producer Corey (Macfadyen) and I started to sift through the backlog of material and the following songs made it onto the album:

When You Hold My Hand - This song started off completely different. It had a totally straight ahead beat and I presented the song with screaming electric guitars. Quite frankly, I didn't like it much, but Corey thought there was something there so I trusted him. It really came alive when we made it into a shuffle. All of a sudden the track felt good! It still feels good to me- it's a feel good kind of a song! The bass-line reminds me of the Beatles.
Weather the Storm - I re-wrote the lyrics for this song 3 times! I'm still not happy with it, but I guess that's the curse of being a songwriter- nothing is ever totally finished! It's really funny to me that a song might not be my favourite, but other people really dig it. Over here the girls love to dance to this song, and that's a good thing!
Baby's So Good - I started this song before I left for Europe. I think I had written 3 or 4 tunes before I left and "Baby's So Good" was one of them. I finished the lyrics when I got back and we messed around with arrangement ideas for weeks. I love playing this song live. I think it comes off really well- it rocks a bit harder live, maybe that's why I like it so much. You have to remember that even though the album has pop elements to it, I'm still a guitar player- I still love to plug in and crank up my Marshall!
Please Don't Wake Me - This is one of my favourite tracks on the album. It was a blast to record, it was easy to write, and it's also very fun to play live. We did the majority of the recording for it in one long session. We recorded the acoustic guitars in the entrance stairwell of the studio! I sat on a chair at the top of the stairs and we placed the mic on a long boom stand, which we then extended out over the stairs. I love recording things in weird places, it's so much more interesting than sticking a mic in the sound hole and pressing record! Like I said, "Wake me" was easy to write too. It came out in about 20 minutes start to finish. I love the string arrangement in it too.
Don't Rush - I wrote this song while I was away. It was actually one of the first songs I wrote. It's definitely the "make-out" number on the record. Every album should have at least one "make-out" song on it! I used to host an open-mic night when I was studying psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and a punk band came in one night and covered "Don't Rush" punk style! I laughed and laughed and laughed! I never thought a punk band would ever cover any of my songs!
When Did It Change - This song caused a lot of heated discussion. At the time we were mixing it, we had already shopped the material to a few labels and everyone thought that we should lose the guitars and make a pure pop record because that's what was "happening" at that time. So there was a debate going on as to whether or not we should leave the heavy guitars in the mix. We ended up doing two mixes, and ultimately we took the guitar mix. Thankfully!
Persuade Me - I was angry, depressed, and broke. Everyone around me was nagging me to get a day job and just do music as a hobby. This not only insulted me, it angered me more, which drove me to work harder at music. The riff came from another writer Mike Cecchini. He had the riff kicking around and had tried to get a few other writers to finish the song, but no one had. So I took it and made it into a song. I think the production on it is stellar- Corey really drove this one home. Incidentally, that's my voice counting the song in during the intro, but it's so processed and mess up that you can barely tell!
Every Moment - I always liked the vibe in this song. I think the drum loop off the top sets the mood and gives the tune its character. The song was inspired by a visit to New York City. I love that place. I feel very at home there, and I find the energy of the city extremely addictive and inspiring. When I need a change of scenery I trip down there and guaranteed I come back with a new song idea.
Me & You - Corey and I went to Montreal to do a little recording and he had arranged to hook up with this writer Michael Abatzidis. The studio owner and Corey drove me to this little basement studio, introduced me to Michael, shut the door and drove away! Oh ya, Corey's parting words were, "We're not coming back to get you until you guys write a hit!". So there I was- stranded in this strange studio, with a strange guy, in a strange city! Right away we hit it off, sat down and within an hour or so we were tracking the initial demo for what became "Me & You". I really liked Michael; I liked working with him. We're trying to hook up to write more next time I'm in Montreal.
St. Mark's Square - St. Mark's Square is a famous place in Venice, Italy. I spent quite a bit of time there when I was touring and basically fell in love with it. It has a definite vibe. There's an energy there that is unique to Venice and especially unique to the square itself. I wrote the song in the first few nights I was there and had presented it to Corey at each stage of the recording process. Each time I presented it, he rejected it saying that it wasn't the right time to record it. Finally, he cracked. We had an accordion player come in to try to capture a little bit of that vibe on the recording. I love this song. I was totally happy with the way this song turned out.
Running Away - This song is so sad to me- sad melody, sad lyrics. I must have been sad when I wrote it, that's the only logical explanation! We had a really difficult time settling on a chorus for it. I wrote 3 or 4 choruses and I think we ended up using two of them. The section after the bridge was one of my chorus ideas. It goes to show, you can never throw anything away when you're writing because you never know where or when ideas might come in handy. I had a good time tracking this one, and I'm proud of the lyrics. I think it's one of the most honest songs on the record.
Further - Isn't it funny how the last song written for the album became the title track? Who knew? I actually thought that we were going to stop at 11 songs, but something kept saying that there was one more coming. We were on the road, hanging in the hotel room. I picked up my guitar and went into the bathroom because the guys were watching a documentary on Tree sloths, and I didn't want to disturb their learning! So I shut the door, tuned my low E to a D and the next thing I know I'm scrambling to find a pen and paper to write down all these lyrics that came to mind. We worked the song in the studio quite a bit before it was finished, but I think what we ended up with is good. I recorded the slide parts with a cigarette lighter because someone stole the slide from the studio!

The following Dream Theater update was printed on producer Kevin Shirley's website last week:
"Hi y'allz, I've been holed up mixing Dream Theater's latest CD Train Of Thought all week, and it' sounds really great! We'll be finished next week and Mike and John are thrilled with the overall thing, and are eating lots of really bad food while in the studio waiting for me to finish things up - especially John, who's hard at work trying to get a bigger gut than me! Happy chomping on those hot dogs, fellas? The album's tentatively scheduled for release on November 11th 2003."
The track listing is: As I Am . This Dying Soul . Endless Sacrifice . Honor Thy Father . Vacant . Stream Of Consciousness . In The Name Of God

The hardest working singer in the business - Jeff Scott Soto is back on the road again. Here's the full list of his latest tour dates:
Wednesday Sept 17, 2003 The Shed Brierley Hill, U.K
Friday Sept 19, 2003 Lux Club Wigan, Uk
Monday Sept 22, 2003 The Brook Southhampton, England
Thursday Sept 25, 2003 Acoustic Promo Madrid, Spain
Friday Sept 26, 2003 Caracol Madrid, Spain
Saturday Sept 27, 2003 Bilborock Bilbao Spain
Sunday Sept 28, 2003 Mephisto Barcelona Spain
Friday October 3, 2003 Rock Tv Interview Milan, Italy
Friday October 3, 2003 Mephisto Rock Cafe Allesandria, Italy
Saturday October 4, 2003 Siddharta Florence, Italy
Sunday October 5, 2003 La Sfinge Brescia, Italy
Tuesday October 7, 2003 Barrumba Turin, Italy
Saturday October 11, 2003 De Laantern Hellendoorn, Holland
Wednesday October 15, 2003 Logo Hamburg, Germany
Friday October 17, 2003 Biebob Voselaar, Belgium
Sunday October 19, 2003 Zeche Bochum, Germany
Monday Oct 20, 2003 Spirit Of 66 Verviers, Belgium
Wednesday, October 22,2003 House Of Live, 124, Rue La Boetie, 75008 Paris (Queen Set) Paris, France
Friday, October 24,2003 Tba Eloyes, France
Sunday, October 26, 2003 House Of Live, 124, Rue La Boetie, 75008 Paris (Jss Solo Set) Paris, France
Monday October 27, 2003 La Balle Au Bond, Quai Malaquais (Special Acoustic Set) Paris, France

Thunder are soon to hit the road, in support of their current album Shooting At The Sun. The band are asking fans to help support and promote the tour. One way is to print out and distribute a flyer for the tour: www.thunderonline.com/thunder/images/flyer.gif
The band's newsletter reads: "Remember if you want more albums, tours, etc, we have to make as much noise as possible about these dates, and make sure that they are as big a success (or bigger) than the May dates! Once again, we will be asking for your stories about how you helped to spread the word, and we will send something nice to the person with the best story. If you already have a story please email it to stories@thunderonline.com"
The full list of Shooting At The Sun Part 2 tour dates is as follows:
17th November Portsmouth Guildhall 18th November Norwich, UEA
20th November Northumbria University
21st November Glasgow Academy
22nd November Liverpool Uni
24th November Nottingham Rock City
25th November Watford Colosseum
26th November Bristol Carling Academy
28th November Guildford Civic
29th November London Astoria
30th November Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Danny Bowes and Luke Morley are currently hard at work in the studio recording the follow up to last years Bowes & Morley CD. The album is set to feature a mixture of original songs and covers. The covers include songs originally performed by Free, Stevie Wonder and The Four Tops. The Band is Danny and Luke plus our very own Chris Childs on Bass, Mario Goossens on drums and Mark Taylor on keys. All reports say that it is already sounding fantastic and Danny and Luke are very excited about it. They guys are currently aiming to release the CD in spring 2004. More news as and when.

Today a massive MR-X update has been posted. There is more than 4 full length albums of material to download, plus a few extra new rare tracks. Featured are tracks from Van Halen, Cobra and Chicago. And thanks to Frontiers Records, you can download their new 13 track sampler of new and upcoming tracks - including full length previews from Seventh Key, Johnny Lima, Pride Of Lions, Perfect World, Vertigo and more.
New videos have also been uploaded - Aerosmith - Girls Of Summer (Live Japan 2002), Corey Hart - Never SurrenderBulletboys - Smooth Up In YaGiuffria - Lonely In LoveStyx - Love Is The RitualJohn Norum - Love Is Meant To Last Forever and Von Groove - Once Is Not Enough.

The Mini-Bytes area has also received a substantial update. New MP3 edits can be downloaded from new albums by: Living Colour, Human Fortress, Balance Of Power, Colin Hay, Bruce Springsteen Tribute, Michael Riesenbeck, Rage, Duke, Snake eye, Wild West, Nazca, Kaipa and Thunderbolt.

A brief mention of a couple of things going on with the site this week - there's Auction 9 still currently underway and don't forget to cast your vote for the Best Ever Poll - Best AOR album and Best Melodic/Hard Rock album!



Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Escape Music have yet again battled to bring you another brace of classic eighties melodic rock albums that have never made it on to CD. The latest exciting finds are the two Orphan albums from 1983 and 1985 - Lonely at Night (1983, Portrait) and Salute (1985, Portrait).
The line up: Steve McGovern – Guitars and vocals; Brent Diamond – keyboards and vocals; Chris Burke-Gaffney – Bass and lead vocals; Ron Boisvenue – Drums and vocals (Lonely at Night); Terry Norman Taylor – Drums and vocals (Salute)
Produced by Lance Quinn and Tony Bongiovi (Lonely) and Phil Chapman & John Astley (Salute)
Orphan were formerly known as "The Pumps" and made an album in 1980 on the Polygram label, to a high acclaim.
In 1983 Lonely at Night made its debut for Orphan, an album that boasted a lush production from the Quinn/Bongiovi camp. They prided themselves on playing rich pomp rock, with beefy riffs, plenty of keys and loads of harmony vocals. It did not fail to please either, title track Lonely At Night started proceedings on the right note, followed by the catchy What Kind Of Love Is This. These are two great songs and are typical Orphan anthems, others include Any Time At All, Hello and All Over The World. This was a great album, and is often talked about in melodic rock circles.
Two years later and Orphan reappeared with Salute. Producers Chapman and Astley were drafted in for this outing, they were the two guys responsible for the "Pumps" album in 1980. Also, "Pumps" drummer Terry Norman Taylor jumped back in to the stool. Salute was very different in style to the debut, those lush chords replaced with hard hitting and quirky rock. Check out songs like Woman in Love, Lyin' to Me and Crazy for the Night for examples of great rock music. One of the highlights has to be the ear bashing approach of Steel and Iron, maestro Aldo Nova contributes a wicked guitar solo on this one.
These two albums are simply great examples of the early eighties scene, why not hunt these classic re-releases out and give two Orphans a good home.


XYZ are doing two shows in Los Angeles shortly. They are: September 18, Santa Ana, CA / Galaxy Theatre www.galaxytheatre.com and September 20, Tarzana, CA / Paladino's www.paladinosclub.com

An update on the upcoming Hall & Oates. A DVD of the A&E Live By Request footage is scheduled for release on November 4th. It will have the show, plus the 5 songs that didn't air. It will also have exclusive interviews and other bonus material. It will be packaged with and without the Do It For Love CD, and will feature 5.1 Digital Surround Sound.

It's auction time again! Yes, I had a few titles left over from the last auction, plus (sadly) a few titles that were never paid for, not to mention a few new titles and a couple of rare goodies - all up for grabs should you chose so. Check out Auction 9!

More new reviews added today - ones for Vertigo, Shugaazer, milesABOVE, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Vertical Horizon, Dreamtide, AOR, Nick Barker and Jani Lane.
Also updated is the Feature Review section - feel free to add your own reviews for titles from Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Cauterize, Delp & Goudreau, Hughes Turner Project and Firehouse.

Coming up this week - a stack of new Mini-Bytes and a big MR-X update - new MP3s and Videos due to be added.



Monday, September 15, 2003

Here is the full press release from Friday regarding the new Bon Jovi album This Left Feels Right.
BON JOVI To Release Their Greatest Hits With A New Twist; In Stores November 4, 2003
New York, NY -
 2000 - 2003 have been incredibly successful (and busy) for one of the most recognized and beloved rock groups in the world. And at the end of the day, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SONGS.
Bon Jovi are set to release This Left Feels Right on November 4, 2003. Co-produced by Pat Leonard, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie SamboraThis Left Feels Right is a showcase of the band's greatest hits, each completely reworked from an acoustic base with new arrangements and various styles. (In addition to the Bon Jovi hits, which include Born To Be My Baby, Keep The Faith, It's My Life and Wanted Dead or Alive, the band has included two new songs, Last Man Standing and Thief of Hearts.) This Left Feels Right is not the band performing their most popular songs with two acoustic guitars. Each song has been broken down to its core elements, re-discovered and re-crafted, constructing an album that takes the songs you thought you knew in a whole new direction.
"We went into the studio thinking we were making an acoustic record," says Jon Bon Jovi"We had a definite idea of the record we were going to make. But once we began experimenting with the songs and trying out new ideas we created a very different, unique album. We made a complete left turn and took the project down a different road."
The band joined forces with veteran producer Pat Leonard (Madonna, Rod Stewart, Elton John) and began the process of choosing which of the many hits the team would rework. Large rock anthems became jazzy riffs. Songs sung aloud to crowds of 80,000 morphed into intimate serenades. Tempos and instrumentations, phrasings and arrangements have been revamped and each track is as if it were a brand new song. The long hours in the studio have been some of the most creative and productive the band have ever experienced.
"I am having the most fun I've ever had working on this album," elates Richie Sambora"I'm so excited - I literally cannot wait to get into the studio everyday and get to work."
The concept of stripping the songs down to their basic elements and performing them acoustically is nothing new for Bon Jovi. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora made history when they took to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1989 and performed "Livin' On A Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive" with just two guitars. That monumental performance inspired the UnPlugged TV series and the UnPlugged movement in music. That watershed moment was voted the #4 All Time Greatest MTV VMA Performance.
Since that time, Bon Jovi have performed "busks" all over the world, in cities as diverse as Moscow, London, Barcelona and Sydney, in front of thousands and thousands of fans who gather to witness the acoustic public concerts. In 2001, Jon and Richie gave a stirring performance of Livin' On A Prayer at the America A Tribute To Heroes telethon. Later that year, the duo performed a poignant rendition of Here Comes The Sun as a tribute to George Harrison at the MY VH-1 Awards. In January 2003, the band decided to take the acoustic setting even further and performed an entire concert acoustically in Yokohama, Japan. The band then hand-picked several cities on their Bounce tour and designated them as shows which would open with a one-hour acoustic set before performing the remainder of the concert "plugged in." These shows were a thrill for the band, the fans and the critics alike. The St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote, "Even unplugged, Bon Jovi rules!" Once the tour had ended, Bon Jovi took that enthusiasm and headed right into the studio to work on the acoustic record. www.bonjovi.com

Majestic Rock release the Pete Way album Alive In Cleveland on September 29th. Recorded at The Revolution club, Cleveland, Ohio on October 4th 2002, the album features the band that recorded the infamous Amphetamine record - namely Walt James on guitar and Scott Phillips on drums as well as the man himself on bass and vocals. With a set consisting of tracks from AmphetamineThe Plot and a blinding version of UFO's Too Hot To Handle...well, you know what you're getting! Alive In Cleveland is available for pre-order at www.majesticrock.com now - and shipping is free world wide!

While we're on the subject of blinding rock n' roll, the forthcoming Heavy Pettin` reissues have unfortunately gone back two weeks on the release schedule. They will now hit the streets on October 13th. Majestic Rock apologise for this delay, but can promise you it's gonna be well worth the wait. The remastering job that's been done on the discs is superb and if you've never heard these albums, you're in for a real treat!


Jimmy Barnes and cohorts Jon Lord, Steve Morse and Bob Daisley have been hard at it recording the debut album for new project The Meek.
Here's a blurb from the band's executive producer Drew Thompson:
"Hi guys, I just thought I should drop you a short note regarding Jimmy's new project. Last February, Jimmy hooked up with an old mate, Deep Purple's Jon Lord, when they recorded at The Basement (The CD/DVD will be out in the next few months through EMI -Tony will keep you informed).
Through Jon he met Bob Daisley who has played on some of the great rock albums including Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore , Black Sabbath, & Rainbow (just to name a few). They tentatively discussed a recording project, and thankfully the project which originally was called Blizzard fell into place.
Jimmy headed off to the USA in early July and met up with Steve Morse (Deep Purple), and Bob Daisley/Lee Kerslake (aka Ozzy Osbourne's band).
Back here in Australia, I was a little tentative on how it would all work out. I arrived a week into the project to find they had done 11 songs - yes, 11 songs.
Now I have to say it has been one the most amazing musical experiences of my career with the guys recording 11 phenomenal tracks. I can tell you that you have never heard Jimmy like this . His vocal delivery is outstanding - power with control, and the tones he has achieved are better than anything I have heard from any vocalist, anywhere!
Due to timing, mixing, etc, it will probably be released early 2004, unless we can pull off a miracle and get a single out earlier. Believe me this is worth waiting for...Cheers, Drew."

Swedish Rock band, the E.F. Band are the subject of a new CD release. Their Finest Years is a 2CD set that features all their recorded material in one place. The CD will be available as a limited addition on the Sweden Rock Records label. The release was put together as a tribute to the band, with two of the members recently passing away due to cancer. More information is available at: hem.passagen.se/e.f.band

A new website dedicated to the memory of the world famous rock and pop venue, the Glasgow Apollo has been launched.
The aim of our site is to provide a place where fans of the "Shed" can get together and explore the venue's history and share their stories and musical memories. Please visit www.glasgowapollo.com and leave your memories of the The Glasgow Apollo there.

The many folk that thought the drum sound on Metallica's current album sounded like tin cans being hit can now get the ultimate tribute to Bob Rock's production job. In Japan a limited edition version of St. Anger is being released - you guessed in - packaged in a can. I wonder if the band are aware of the irony of that?!! It's out November 6, packaged with a bonus T-Shirt.

It was no surprise to hear the Japanese release of the Liddel, Rush & Thrall album has been delayed again. The latest date supplied is November 21.

Bon Jovi's new album gets released in Japan October 29, when a single will also be released.

Cyndi Lauper's new album Naked City gets first release in Japan on November 12.

Skid Row's Thickskin album gets a Japanese release October 22.

Stratovarius' new album Elements Part 2 is released in Japan October 22. A European release will follow.

Last Tribe's new album Uncrowned is released in Japan October 22.

Power Quest's new album Neverworld is released in Japan also on October 22.

Aussie modern rockers Powderfinger have signed to V2 to get their current platinum selling album Vulture Street available in Europe.

Sadly, original Molly Hatchet drummer Bruce Crump has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer. His current band - Daddy Oh has scheduled a benefit show for November 3, 2003. Official info is here: www.daddy-oh.com/bruce.htm
A message board has been set up for Bruce's friends and fans to wish him a full and speedy recovery: www.dream-tool.net
Stickman's Molly Hatchet FanSite: mollyhatchet.hypermart.net

All MP3 soundbytes for the debut Vertigo album are now online in the CD Showcase! Also added today is a Showcase for the new Dreamtide album Dreams For The Daring.



Saturday, September 13, 2003

Disastrous news just to hand, as a huge fire overnight in Las Vegas ripped through 4 businesses - including Gregg Giuffria's beloved recording studio - the home to some incredibly rare equipment, including gear used by The Beatles.
Gregg is said to be devastated. The fire comes on the eve of an announcement from the Giuffria and House Of Lords keyboard player.
From press reports:
A fire in west central Las Vegas destroyed four businesses early today -- including a popular restaurant and a recording studio that housed equipment that had been used by the Beatles.
No injuries were reported in the fire at the Village Center at Charleston and Valley View boulevards. Firefighters were called by passersby at 5:03am., and the blaze was considered under control within an hour. The fire appeared to be concentrated in the attic area of Sonio's Cafe and Rotisserie, a popular lunch spot known for its chicken specialties.
Firefighters found heavy smoke, but no flames, when they first arrived. However, when they got to the attic area they realized how far the fire already had spread.


Yiorgo Aretos, owner of Sonio's, praised firefighters for their quick response, without which the entire complex of about a dozen businesses might have been lost. In addition to his restaurant, the fire destroyed Campbell Printing, Goochie Poochie pet supplies, and a vacant business called the Upper Ear, which was being turned into a recording studio by Gregg Giuffria, a developer of the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Biloxi, Miss.
Giuffria said he has been working on opening the studio for about two months, and had left the Upper Ear at about 10pm Thursday.
"I am just numb right now," he said. His equipment, although insured, included vintage console panels and keyboards used by such artists as the Beatles and Pink Floyd, he said.
"It's devastating, total destruction. I guess I'll rebuild but some of that stuff is just irreplaceable," Giuffria said.
WebLinks: www.lasvegassun.com and www.kvvutv.com

My favourite new artist of 2003 is undoubtedly Waltham. And today I got a cool e-mail from Waltham drummer Mike, with the great news that the band won "Independent Song Of The Year" at this year's Boston Music Awards for their track So Lonely.
Congrats guys! Mike also added: "We're still plugging away with a ton of shows, and we're hitting Canada in October. Hopefully we'll get to play out of North America soon enough. We're also working on our DVD. Tons of live footage (so people who can't see us yet get to see the giant illuminated sign!) and some silly road stuff...."
It's due out in November. The band continue talking with labels over a wider release of their sensational independently released debut. Check the guys out at: www.walthamtheband.com

German Rockers Bonfire are set to return to the UK in November to play a series of Headline show's to promote their new album Free.
TB Records in association with Fireworks Magazine will be promoting the tour which looks like this:
Fri 7th Liverpool Cavern Club
Sat 8th London The Underworld
Tues 11th Glasgow Cathouse
Wed12th Sheffield Corporation
Fri 14th Bristol Bierkeller
Sat 15th Dudley JB's

Support for all the shows comes from TB's latest signing Anet.
Call all the various venues for ticket info: www.bonfire.de and www.tbrecordslimited.com

Nominations for this year's Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced. They are:
Black Sabbath, Jackson Browne, The Dells, The 5 Royales, George Harrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mellencamp, Gram Parsons, Prince, Bob Seger, The Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Traffic, ZZ Top.
Despite being elligible for nomination - no Van Halen. I guess the current state of the "band" was not overly inviting to the voting committee.

Press Release:
Y&T re-union show with all original members - only Southern California appearance, with special guest Kip Winger at House of Blues Anaheim - Saturday, October 18.
Tickets go on sale THIS Saturday, September 13 @ 10:00am / price $22.50 - $25.00 / Door 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

More sad news:
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black" who became a towering figure in American music with such hits as Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line and A Boy Named Sue, died Friday. He was 71.
Cash died of complications from diabetes that resulted in respiratory failure, his manager, Lou Robin, said in a statement issued by Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Cash died at the hospital at 3 a.m. EDT.
"I hope that friends and fans of Johnny will pray for the Cash family to find comfort during this very difficult time," Robin said. RIP to the great man.

Toronto Canada 70s hard rock band Moxy have reunited as somewhat of a Canadian supergroup. Along with original guitarists Buddy Caine and Earl Johnson, Moxy have now hired on singer Alex Machin best known for his work with Canadian band A Foot In Cold Water. The band is rounded out with ex-Zon bassist and drummer Jim Sampson and Kim Hunt. The band is planning some live dates in the near future. Check out www.moxy.ca

Copies are still available for the MelodicRock.com CD1Order details and sample MP3s here.
Thanks to everyone for the awesome support so far and for all the great feedback from the CD. Purchasing the CD helps support this site and the artists involved on the CD - and you get something cool in the form of the Compilation in return.
As orders have slowed as expected, now might be a good time to get the Compilation into a couple of CD Stores, so at this point, I would welcome any wholesale enquiries from stores/dealers wishing to stock the CD. E-Mail me if interested.



Friday, September 12, 2003

Frontiers Records have announced new details of their planned upcoming releases!

Perfect World is a brand new band project brainchild of lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Unruly Child) with famed bass player and producer Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi (Vertigo, Ice-T, Cypress Hill, Dope, Beautiful Creatures, Tina Arena, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather etc.)
The release date is November 10 and the album features the following tracks: Here With Me . Leaving Lonely . Just Like a Pill . I Believe In You . Between You And Me . Out Of Bounds . You'll Be Gone . Someday Soon . Do You Love . I Need You . Overnight Sensation . Broken.
In addition to Hansen and Grossi, a host of well known musicians from the Los Angeles scene contributed to the album, including: JM Scattolin (Mike Inez, Steve Bailey, Cypress Hill, Tribe After Tribe) on acoustic and electric guitars, Alex De Rosso (Dokken, Vertigo) on lead guitars, Biggs Brice on drums and Adam Forgione (Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow,Yngwie  Malmsteen) on piano and additional keys.
The concept behind this new studio alliance is to present an outstanding collection of songs where Kelly Hansen's soaring vocals are able to explore a more contemporary variety of sounds closer to the Def Leppard X album feel and production and contemporary melodic rock sounds. "I sing different kinds of music all the time" says Hansen"it's nice to be able to show another side of my voice".
The album includes an unbelievable set of songs originally written for such artists as Amanda Marshall, Natalie Imbruglia, Angela Ammons, Jennifer Paige and more.
It also includes a storming heavy rock cover version of Just Like a Pill, the worldwide hit from Pink off of her M!ssundaztood album.
The results are brilliant and the album can only be described as a recording of chilling class that is a must for all who are into classy hard rock and melodic rock stuff!


Hardline's Live At The Gods CD and DVDs are both released on the same date - November 10.
The releases capture the band's appearance at last year's Gods 2002 show. The track listing is: Hot Cherie . Life's A Bitch . Everything . Face The Night . Takin' Me Down . Weight . In The Hands Of Time . Only A Night . I'll Be There . Drums Solo . Rhythm From A Red Car . Keyboards Solo . Dr. Love . Hypnotized* . Only A Night (acoustic)* . Mercy* / * Bonus studio tracks available on CD version only.
The DVD will be NTSC format, but Region Free.
Hardline's return to the scene was surely the event in the melodic hard rock scene during 2002. The record II has been hailed by the fans and critics as one of the best albums of the year and as well the live appearance made by the band at the Gods Festival 2002 was one of the most important and exciting live performances of the past few years.
With just a few rehearsals, the band sounded tight and with a heavy-hitting, in-your-face sound kept high the interest of the tired crowd (the band started playing at 1.00am after 8 bands performed before them!), playing almost all the tracks from the mighty debut album Double Eclipse and giving some good examples of what was to come on II.
The band featured nine people on stage featuring three backing singers – one male, two female (one of which was Gudrun Laos, singer of the band Laos who released the album We Want It in the early 90's) – who certainly helped to fill out the sound.
Singer Johnny Gioeli was in top form and his voice sounded as strong as ever could be! Guitarist Josh Ramos stood perfectly in Neal Schon's shoes and made old and new classics as his own. An amazing performance which captures a great band in its perfect live environment!
The CD version includes 3 bonus studio tracks originally written for II. The DVD was shot on Beta SP using a 5 camera team. The DVD`s is Region Free NTSC (This Code means it is region free / worldwide playable).


Details have already been featured here for the monster AOR album of 2003 - Jim Peterik's new band Pride Of Lions.
Frontiers have announced the album will be released November 10, with the single Sound of Home released early next month. Featured on the debut Pride Of Lions album are the following tracks:
It's Criminal . Gone . Interrupted Melody . Sound Of Home . Prideland . Unbreakable . First Time Around The Sun . Turn To Me . Madness of Love . Love Is On The Rocks . Last Safe Place . Music And Me.
On Africa's Serengeti plain, a company of lions running free is known as a "Pride". In the world of melodic rock there is a new "pride" running wild: Pride Of Lions. This new alliance made up of veteran rock performer/songwriter: Jim Peterik (Survivor/Ides Of March/38 Special/Sammy Hagar) and twenty five year old wunderkind vocalist Toby Hitchcock, takes no prisoners in defining its musical turf: soaring melodies, thought-provoking messages, sledgehammer back beats, searing guitars and dazzling keyboards - in other words - everything you loved about melodic rock in the 80's and early 90's!


Jim says: "With Toby's amazing range, I could finally again write the kind of melodies I was writing for the great singers I've had the pleasure of working with in the past: Survivor vocalists Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison, Don Barnes of 38 Special and Sammy Hagar. My voice works as a good counterpoint in Pride Of Lions with my lower and thicker texture".
Their first album simply titled Pride Of Lions, boasts 12 brand new studio tracks - from the diamond-hard rock of songs like It's Criminal, Sound Of Home and Unbreakable, to mid-tempo rockers like Gone, Love Is On The Rocks and Prideland, to break-your-heart ballads like Interrupted Melody and Last Safe Place, the intensity of the music never lets up. "What I love about this album is hearing the great comments from my friends who are really relating to the music both on a musical and lyrical level. Our goal is really to reach people - to get inside their hearts and tell them we know what they are feeling - and to rock!"
The genesis of Pride Of Lions was a conversation between Jim Peterik and Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who suggested that instead of joining forces with an established singer, he could blaze a new trail with some great lesser-known vocalist that could really breath new life into his songs. "I had been planning a new World Stage album, but decided to put it on hold and to search for that singer that could inspire me with his voice and the way he was as a person".
The search was over when Jim's talented niece brought a young singer she had met at an audition: Toby Hitchcock"I was immediately intrigued by his tone and expression of emotion, then I was blown away by his 4 octave range".
Although Jim already felt that he had found the guy for Pride Of Lions, he did a test recording with him on a song he had just completed called Love Is On The Rocks. He sent it to Frontiers Records for their opinion and their response came back in a resounding "HE'S AWESOME!". The vocal you hear on "Love Is On The Rocks" is that same audition vocal! Jim teamed up with fellow Ides Of March member Larry Millas who handled co-production, engineering and mixing of Pride Of Lions. Working on this project was a real joy- going for that real impact of musicians interacting together- not trying to program computers to make rock and roll- this is the real thing!"
Although Jim is carrying on all his regular duties: singing and playing lead guitar with The Ides Of March, writing with bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, organizing World Stage concerts and developing new talent like Cook and Miller and Sum Of Hearts, he is planning to take Pride Of Lions as far as it can go. "We would love to do a tour of Europe and Japan in the very near future, with a full band to represent the album to it's fullest. We will also be doing a DVD of our first single, Sound Of Home to promote the group and show people what we're all about."
"Good luck" has been described as "opportunity meeting preparation". With Pride Of Lions those elements have come together full force. The life and musical experience of Jim Peterik has found the opportunity to present his songs and vision in a whole new light, with the help of a young man named Toby Hitchcock to create something strong and fresh, yet somehow timeless - the pride is back - Pride Of Lions.

How about some more preview MP3s from former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams' new Vertigo project?!
Download:  I Don't Want To Go and  More Than Enough


Bon Jovi's new acoustic album will apparently be titled This Left Feels Right and features the songs Born To Be My Baby, It's My Life, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Keep The Faith, amongst others, plus two new tracks - Last Man Standing and Thief Of Hearts.

Paul Gilbert Live At The Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo is the guitarists next due release - out in Japan as a limited edition release September 26.

Kelly Osbourne has (sadly) signed a multi-album recording contract with Sanctuary Records Group. Never mind...but does that mean Ozzy's next move will be to Sanctuary?

Berlin Intimate is a DVD due late November that features a recent live concert featuring the band's best known hits and tracks from a new studio album.

Online today are new reviews for albums by Firehouse, Gary Hughes, Hughes Turner Project, Cauterize, Delp & Goudreau, SIN, Taraxacum, Ring Of Fire, Crash Kelly, Nickelback and a tribute to Van Halen.



Thursday, September 11, 2003

MTM Classix have announced some futher planned re-issues and release dates. They are:
Far North What!? (release November 17th)
After composing and recording the songs for What!? the bright saga of Swedish Far North came to an abrupt pause when their original record company (SMC Records) went bankrupt right after the release and three weeks before the planned tour to Japan. FAR NORTH is unique and it's a must for a re-release on MTM CLASSIX. The album features completely remastered music and the bonus track Heart Attack.

Erika Erika (release 2004)
Erika, still the undisputable queen of Swedish rock - and the headlines! Erika's first album Cold Winter Night is now re-released and completely remastered in the new MTM CLASSIX series. The album sold out long ago and is traded for enormous prices. The album features the song Super Sonic City which is a bonus track unreleased in Europe so far. Cold Winter Night - first released in 1990 achieved gold status and was voted the best Swedish rock album of the nineties.

Reckless Reckless (release 2004)
Reckless was formed in 1993 and came out of the band LINE UP who started a few years earlier with Patrick Axelsson as frontman and lead singer. Line Up had their debut rock album Lucky One released in 1992 and toured all over Sweden. 1995 drummer Stefan went to Greece and performed for three years with Michael Bormann from Jaded Heart he also appeared on German TV with Jaded Heart in 1998. Robert performed with heavy metal band Explode in Sweden at the time, but the boys have now found their way back and write music together again. The album Reckless was only released in Japan 1994 and is finally released in Europe together with three bonus tracks!

Already announced - Snake Charmer Backyard Boogaloo (release October 20th)

Press Release:
Next week sees the release of the new album from Canada's finest exports Harem Scarem. The reviews for the album have been nothing short of amazing -
"Harem Scarem have again excelled themselves with Higher, the type of album that Def Leppard would still be making if they weren't so obsessed with being hip. Fabulous, hook-laden songs, consummate vocals and a production to die for all justify the growing reputation of these veteran Canadians" 4/5 Classic Rock magazine.
"It's even possible that once reality sets in and you realize just how good the songs of Higher are - it could rate as the band's best album to date. You won't think that after the first couple of listens. But the consistency of the album is just too strong to ignore. I have no hesitation in rating this a "perfect melodic rock album".100 / 100 Melodicrock.com.
"If I should be stranded on a desert island and could only take with me 2 H.S records, it would be "Mood Swings" and this one "Higher"!" - Melodic.net
"In my humble opinion, this is probably the best Harem Scarem album since 'Mood Swings', and you won't find a much better recommendation than that! Brilliant!" Dave Cockett, Destiny Website
# 1 in the ROCK HARD (German Edition) soundcheck.
# 7 in the METAL HEART magazine soundcheck (Germany)
8/10 - Rock United.com
9/10 on the ROCK IT magazine (Germany)
9/10 on the STRUTTER website
5/6 on the ROCK REPORT website
90/100 - AORDreamzones

The CD can be purchased directly from Now And Then for £10 including P&P (cheques payable to Mark Ashton to be sent to 208 Wigan Road, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan, Lancs, WN4 9SX).

After an extremely successful UK tour which culminated in a breathtaking, incredibly well received performance at the recent Bloodstock Festival, Power Quest are pleased to announce the permanent addition to their ranks of Gavin Ward, who played drums for the band during the tour.
Power Quest are also building up a huge amount of interest in the release of their sophomore effort, "NeverWorld". On the Get Ready To Rock (www.getreadytorock.com) website the bands demo was the most downloaded MP3 of August and they were also voted number one in the Rising Stars section, beating out none other than current media darlings The Darkness!
Artwork and mp3`s from NeverWorld will appear on the website in the next few weeks.
For updates / further info check out the Now & Then website at www.nowandthen.co.uk, email us at info@nowandthen.co.uk or ring us on 01942 513298.

A new interview with Night Ranger guitarist Jeff Watson is online at www.the-fuze.com
A little bit of interesting news in there about Jeff and Eric Martin, plus I had to laugh at one comment - taken from the interview is the following:
"I got an offer for a record for Europe and Japan that I may do. I've got an offer sitting on the table. I also just talked with Eric Martin and we may do something as well – go back and do what we used to do in the Seventies. Go back and actually record the songs…who knows? I think that'd be a lot of fun to do that and to go tour Japan , he and I. I think that'd be a blast.
I just finished the Michael Schenker record Arachnophobia. Michael went missing-in-action. Something happened and he couldn't finish his newest record. So I went in and finished it for him. I played all the solos on about half the record, including the title track. I played on tracks 3,5,7 and 9. So if it sounds like Michael, it's me."

Ricky Warwick, a native of Newtonards, North County Down, Northern Ireland, with bands New Model Army and The Almighty to his name has been working had on making a solo name for himself.
He has recently been acting as support act to Def Leppard and his solo debut Tattoos & Alibis - which has already hit store shelves in Japan and Europe - will be released in North America and Australia on Sanctuary Records on September 23, 2003.
Tattoos & Alibis marks a distinct musical shift toward a more natural style exemplified by Warwick's influences. But those classic influences don't mean his songs don't still have bite. As Warwick is fond of saying, Johnny Cash is as much of a rebel as Sid Vicious.
WebLinks: www.rickywarwick.com and www.sanctuaryrecordsgroup.com


Bop City Records is proud to announce the release of Steve Lukather's SantaMental. A jazzy yet rocking Christmas album starring guitarist and founding member of Toto Steve Lukather. Backing Lukather are some very special guests including Slash (Guns & Roses), Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen.
The album was recorded last year, but a release delayed until the holiday season this year.
The CD also features a very unique version of Jingle Bells, with Steve Lukather and his band backing the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. Produced by five-time Grammy Award winner Elliot Scheiner, this hip holiday album captures the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of rock.
Songs Include: Joy To The World, Greensleeves, Jingle Bells, Carol Of The Bells, Broken Heart For Christmas, Angels We Have Heard On High, Winter Wonderland, Look Out For Angels, Silent Night, Goodbye, The Christmas Song.
The album is released via Image Entertainment in North America October 7 and in Europe on Ulftone October 13.



Wednesday, September 10, 2003 :pm update

Joseph Williams will release his new album under the Vertigo name on October 20 through Frontiers Records. The album sees Williams back on top of his melodic rock game.
Expect a Feature Interview with the former Toto vocalist soon.
Right now though - here's a couple more preview MP3s from the Vertigo album! More to follow!

 I Want To Be Wanted
 Not Enough Hours In The Night
 Straight To Your Heart
 Never Let You Go

More details of Sammy Hagar's new DVD have been released. The 2DVD set is being released September 23 in North America and now October 16 in Japan.
The Live Hallelujah DVD features the following: Disc 1 - Contains a documentary of the tour in 2002 with David Lee Roth. Total running time 100 mins approx. Disc 2 - Contains the live footage of 15 tracks and bonus extras. Total running time 140 mins approx (expected).
The doco - The Long Road to Cabo - comes from over three hundred hours of material, shot and edited from the 2002 tour.
Included as bonus material will be Sammy's solo music videos, audio commentary from Sammy, his band mates, "The Waboritas" as well as Gil Bettman, Sammy's video director discussing behind-the-scene anecdotes.

(NEW YORK) - Velvet Revolver, the much buzzed-about rock group featuring Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Dave Kushner from Dave Navarro's band, has signed an exclusive worldwide recording agreement with RCA Records. The quintet will release its highly anticipated debut album in 2004.
Weiland, Slash, McKagan, Sorum and Kushner are revered as five of rock's most valuable players. Their illustrious careers are highlighted by an astonishing run of chart-topping gold and platinum albums, major industry awards, critical acclaim and music of monolithic power. Together they're making rock history with a lineup of unparalleled artistic and commercial success.
"This is a milestone signing for RCA. Velvet Revolver is distinguished by not only its powerhouse musicianship but also by its new material. The songs I've heard will propel this group to the very forefront of rock music today," said Clive Davis, Chairman/CEO RCA Music Group.
"We're thrilled to partner with RCA Records and its legendary chief, the enigmatic Clive Davis," says Velvet Revolver. "We believe this marriage will be a loyal, dedicated and fruitful relationship not based solely on business, but instead on the thing that once dared us all to dream-music."
This past summer, Velvet Revolver fired its first shot at a celebrity-filled El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. The all-star group garnered rave reviews. [Not all reviews were glowing...] The band is currently in the studio doing pre-production work for their upcoming RCA debut.

A good response to the Guess The Band MP3 earlier...no it's not Firehouse, White Lion, Harem Scarem, Jaded Heart, nor The Legendary Pink Dots (the decoy MP3 tag) - it was in fact a brand new demo for Spanish melodic rockers 91 Suite.
To hear the track - see the below news item. Plenty guessed right, so I'll get the label to pick a winner and let them know shortly!

The Christian "All-Star" project from the band Liberty n' Justice's album Welcome To The Revolution has added two new all-stars.......and the guys have now revealed the artists plus the song titles of all the songs. The North American release will have 15 tracks and overseas will have two new bonus tracks!
Now added to the album are Harry Hess and Robert Fleischman!
Also appearing are Lou Gramm (Foreigner), John Schlitt (Petra), Michael Sweet (Stryper) , Bob Carlisle, Wes King, Scott Wenzel (White Cross), Jeff Fenholt (TBN/Black Sabbath), Rick Florian (White Heart), Greg X. Volz (Petra), Jamie Rowe (Guardian/London Calling), Dale Thompson (Bride), Mike Roe (77's), Doug Phelps (Kentucky Headhunters), Mitch McVicker and Paul Q. Pek (One Bad Pig).
More information and MP3 sound samples at: www.3chordrecords.net

John Waite's upcoming album is just a re-release of his last studio album Figure In A Landscape with two acoustic bonus tracks - Missing You and When I See You Smile.

Bon Jovi's upcoming album is indeed acoustic, but not live as mentioned yesterday. It's an all-studio acoustic record, with a couple of new songs included.

The new Blackburn CD Poker Face will be released all over Europe and in Japan on January 1st 2004 by Point Music. A CD-Release-Party is being held at the Alpenrock House in Zurich Kloten on Sunday, December 14th 2003. The evenings headliner will be German Melodic-Rockers Bonfire.

Added today - MP3 Mini-Bytes for new albums by Nickelback and Domain.
Also added - new CD Showcases for Silver and Gary Hughes' Once And Future King - Part 2. Enjoy!

Thanks to everyone that e-mailed in support of yesterday's Top 50 list - my Top 50 that is. Great to see that I struck a chord with many of you, but sad that a few posters on the Classics Message Board couldn't get past the fact their own favourites weren't on the list. I kind of expected that - as Melodic Rock fans are a super passionate and argumentative bunch - which I love - but a couple seemed to take it personally. Feel free to add your own lists anytime.
Another issue raised was the actual titles featured. Well - to those few - this is my list! The fact is that certain artists are famous for certain albums, and while they are probably the band's most classic and well-known release, the ones listed are the ones that remain closest to my heart. And this is only 50 titles out of maybe 5000 that I own.
For a more complete list - check out Melodic Rock's Fav's - this is a more general list of great albums that has been online since late last year. Lots more great albums and artists mentioned there and all albums I wouldn't want to live without.
And if you still want more lists - check out the summary of previous year's Best of Awards - for lists of more essential classic albums from the last few years.

But let's address the big question. Just what is the best AOR album of all time. And what is the best Melodic/Hard Rock album of all time?
Time to choose folks! I'm going to run a poll for the rest of the month. I'm going to plug it regularly and make sure everyone votes!
So this poll has only two questions:
What is the Best AOR album of all time? AOR (Adult/Album Orientated Rock) takes in bands like Journey, Foreigner, Signal, I-Ten, Rick Springfield, John Waite, Styx, Giant, Dare, Toto etc....the softer side of things.
What is the Best Melodic/Hard Rock album of all time? Melodic and Hard Rock takes in bands like Van Halen, Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Night Ranger, Europe, Rainbow, AC/DC etc...the heavier side of things. Any questions/problems with this definition, let me know - but I think that's pretty clear.



Tuesday, September 09, 2003

MelodicRock-Classics.com has been re-launched as of today. I hope you like the new format of the site, which is basically a new phpBB Message Board set up, but with the same features as the old site and a few new ones.
The site has been designed this way so you can control the content as well as whatever news, reviews and data I add to it.
Right now most of the content has been copied from the old site, but there are a few new sections with new info and of course - plenty more to come!
Online right now to kick things off are New Classics Reviews for the recent re-issues of Black & Blue, Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Joshua and Holland.


To celebrate the launch of MelodicRock-Classics.com, what better than a list of classic melodic rock titles.
This isn't definitive list of the best titles of this genre ever, but rather a list of my personal favourites.
I quite often get asked what my favourite albums of all time are, so below is just that - my all time Top 50 albums - in order. I've spent a long time getting this as close to perfect as possible and the list reflects some brilliant albums that I both grew up with, and have loved and played consistently over the years. These are all albums that I have never tired of and that I personally would rate as 'essential' for a majority melodic rock fans. If there are any bands or titles that are not familiar to any of you, fell free to discuss the list at the Classics.com Open Forum, or e-mail me for details.
Obviously there will be some that think I've left out some of their own classics and others that don't agree with the order, but in this case, it's just my personal favourites. These are MY best ever!

Andrew/MelodicRock.com's Top 50 Favourite albums of all time!

  1. Hysteria - Def Leppard
  2. Big Life - Night Ranger
  3. Tao - Rick Springfield
  4. Whitesnake (1987) - Whitesnake
  5. Thunder - Andy Taylor
  6. House Of Lords - House Of Lords
  7. Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
  8. 5150 - Van Halen
  9. Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees
  10. Rover's Return - John Waite
  11. Time To Burn - Giant
  12. Rock Of Life - Rick Springfield
  13. Bad English - Bad English
  14. Living In Oz - Rick Springfield
  15. Can't Hold Back - Eddie Money
  16. Charlie Sexton - Charlie Sexton
  17. Demon's Down - House Of Lords
  18. One Way Home - Hooters
  19. Absolutely - Rik Emmett
  20. Sammy Hagar (I Never Said Goodbye) - Sammy Hagar
  21. Vigilante - Magnum
  22. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - Van Halen
  23. Swagger - Gun
  24. Raised On Radio - Journey
  25. Ready Or Not - Lou Gramm
  26. Blue Murder - Blue Murder
  27. Out Of The Silence - Dare
  28. Into The Fire - Bryan Adams
  29. Big Bam Boom - Hall & Oates
  30. Mechanical Resonance - Tesla
  31. Coverdale Page - Coverdale Page
  32. 7 Wishes - Night Ranger
  33. Wings Of Heaven - Magnum
  34. Surveillance - Triumph
  35. Double Eclipse - Hardline
  36. Lean Into It - Mr. Big
  37. Mane Attraction - White Lion
  38. Seventh One - Toto
  39. Suspicious Heart - Van Stephenson
  40. From Now On - Glenn Hughes
  41. Man In Motion - Night Ranger
  42. Working Class Dog - Rick Springfield
  43. Hugo - Hugo
  44. Temple Bar - John Waite
  45. Law Of The Order - Shark Island
  46. Heart - Heart
  47. Isolation - Toto
  48. Ragged Ass Road - Tom Cochrane
  49. Reckless - Bryan Adams
  50. Return Of The Great Gildersleeves - Danger Danger
A line-up change has taken place in the Wicked Sensation camp. Wicked Sensation and singer Robert Soeterboek will go different ways from now on. The band is working on their second album which will be titled Exceptional.
New Frontman from Wicked Sensation is from now on Fernando Garcia, who is well known for his long time work with Victory. Because of the line-up change, the release of Exceptional will be scheduled for beginning of 2004.
For more Information visit www.wicked-sensation.com

Cheap Trick's performance at the EMP in Seattle will be broadcast on VH1 on the following dates:
First air date is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00pm EST. The program will be rerun on Oct. 15 at 11am, Oct. 16 at 1am, Oct, 17 at 4pm. All times are EST.

Magnum - Magnamania 2003!
Organized by the fans, for the fans. a special charity night including appearances by Hodson, Pulse, & Lost Weekend, and now Magnum themselves! A night of fun including: Top Rock DJ, Rock Memorabilia, Auction, Q&A's, Raffle, T-Shirts and more! From 5pm Sat 4th October 2003, The Rock Cafe 2000, Stourbridge, UK
For more information visit: www.magnumania.co.uk. All proceeds are going to the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries REG. CHARITY NO.1058878-3/1

The inaugural Def Leppard convention, called "Lepcon," will take place in Las Vegas in May 2004. The event will consist of a performance by tribute band Pyromania which consist of Talon lead vocalist Michael O'Mara and ex-Takara drummer Robert A. Duda (www.defleppardtribute.com). The event will also include raffles, auctions, contests and guest speakers. In addition, a couple whose relationship revolves around Def Leppard will get married at the event. It is too early to tell whether anyone from Def Leppard will be able to attend. Profits will go to the Raven Drum Foundation, which provides free spiritual therapy for those in crisis. For more information go to the official Lepcon website www.lepcon.com

The popular phpBB forum right here has been updated. New Message Boards are now online for Kiss, Survivor and Zebra. All boards cater to the band and the many solo and side projects that go with each act. Check out the boards: www.melodicrock.com/phpBB



Monday, September 08, 2003

Keen an ear out for a new Aussie pop/rock artist Emmanuel Carella. His second single debut at #14 on the local Top 50 last week. It's quite a groovy and moody modern pop/rock track, in a similar, but darker vein to fellow Aussie stars Invertigo.
His debut single - a more pop styled track - came and went, but if his debut album due later this year leans towards the style of this new track Don't Say A Word - it may be very worthwhile checking out.
I'll bring you a soundbytes of the new track later this week and will keep you posted on the album release details.
Impatient people can sample the track now by logging on to his website: www.emmanuelcarella.com (the song playback is embedded within the opening page).

If you haven't downloaded the full length Hugo MP3 single yet - do so now. even if you have already - do it again! An updated MP3 was uploaded today, with a new stronger guitar mix.

A couple of tentative advance release dates for you. expect Bon Jovi's Live Acoustic on October 27 and their anniversary Box Set in April 2004.

A new Michael Sweet of Stryper interview is online now at Glam-Metal.com.

Rick Springfield's Platinum & Gold Collection has been pushed back yet again, due to trouble sourcing one track. The new date is September 23.

The classic hard rock meets Abba album The Black Sweden will get a new lease of live in November from the Bad Reputation label. However, the re-release will have a new cover and is restricted to France only at this stage. Mail order stores should be able to source copies when the time comes.

Femme Fatale have signed with Z Records for the release of the bands shelved second album. The album is at present untitled and will be released early 2004.

Michael Anthony is selling one of his cars. Maybe the lucky buyer will get it personally delivered by the popular bass player. www.theautocollections.com

A message from Firehouse's Bill Leverty on the passing of Bruce Waibel:
As some of you may know, FireHouse's former bassist, Bruce Waibel, passed away on September 2, 2003. There will be a memorial service held on Monday, September 8th, from 6-8pm, at Pop's Tropi Grill, 1112 Circuit Rd., Nokomis, FL 34275.
Bruce was a great friend and extremely talented musician. I posted a message on my website in the "notes" section. I hope you'll get a chance to read it.
We will all miss Bruce very much, and I'm very grateful to have known him. God bless you.......Bill Leverty www.FireHouseMusic.com / www.leverty.com

And more sad news - but this time not unexpected. Warren Zevon has finally succumbed to his battle with cancer. VH1 has a report online now. RIP

Credit to Jaxx nightclub owner Jay, who managed to get the Great White Station Fire benefit show to go on as planned, after last minute arrangements were put in place. The Washington Post has a good article on the gig, with quotes from Todd King, one of the survivors of the disaster and long time site regular. www.washingtonpost.com
From the report:
Great White guitarist Ty Longley was among the 100 dead. At Jaxx, after Russell and his four-piece backing band played the thunderous opener, Bad Girl (Desert Moon, the song they opened with the night of the fire, has been removed from the set list), the frontman choked back tears when announcing that "yesterday was Ty's birthday. He would have been 32."
"We had a really hard time trying to decide how to act onstage tonight," Russell told the crowd, which fell silent whenever the fire was mentioned. "We weren't sure whether this was a wake or not. But Great White has always been about celebrating life and enjoying ourselves. So we're going to give it 100 percent."

Good friend of melodicrock.com Rob Moratti e-mailed in to update me on the progress of his new Final Frontier album - The Second Wave.
Rob says: "Things are coming along great here. We're not too far from completion and just thought of letting you know that it sounds great. A more excited and brighter sounding record. There is a definite influence of Journey, Styx, Boston and Survivor, even a little Mickey Thomas in there. Yeah I know, so what else is new!"
Songs titles for the album are: The Second Wave . Runaway . Lydia . Cinderella In Rags . Somebody's Gotta Pay The Price . I Can't Stop Falling In Love . After The Fall . Faithful Heart . Sherry . Lost Inside A Dream


After a few days off with the family, my batteries are charged for a big week. Expect some reviews, more Mini-Bytes, a couple of very cool album showcases and a list or two, to no doubt start some debates. Oh, and the re-launch of melodicrock-classics.com!



Friday, September 05, 2003

I caught up with AOR star Hugo to talk a little about his upcoming new solo album Fire In The Night. Hugo expects to make the new album available via his website: www.hugothisway.com in early October.
A special preview of the album has been set up! Earlier this week a few new soundbytes for the new album were posted - Fire In The NightHold MeJust So You Know & Just To Be With You Tonight
Today I am very pleased to offer a full length download for the album's lead single!

Download now: Hugo - Everytime You Walk Away

And Hugo had some comments to offer fans about the impending album:
"I'm very excited about the sound of this album. I have great musicians playing on it. John Mennen is a great rock producer and the sound is really kickin!
Some songs from the vault, some songs newly inspired. I think the combination adds up to something powerful. I'm also blown away with the overwhelming response from fans across the world who have followed my career from Valentine on. It's an honor to once again reach these people, I think they are going to love it."

Keep up with everything Hugo via the sites: www.hugomusic.com and www.hugothisway.com

Rick Springfield is set to benefit from some unexpected publicity when Universal Records pushes a cover of Rick's breakthrough smash hit Jessie's Girl to a new generation.
Alternative styled pop/rock artist John Oszajca has recorded a cover of the song for his upcoming second solo album. Word has it Universal will be pushing the updated version as the album's lead single.
Oszajca's debut album From There to Here was released in the spring of 2000, to critical acclaim. His new album is set to feature a more commercial sound, with Jessie's Girl at the helm.
It's expected the single will be released sometime in October, with an album due by the end of the year - at this stage at least. Oszajca is currently still working on the new album.
The exposure and references to the original Jessie's Girl come at a great time for Rick Springfield, who is spending most of September mixing his new studio album shock/denial/anger/acceptance.

Paul Laine unleashes his super cool new band Shugaazer through Atenzia Records September 24. A showcase has been uploaded today, featuring the album. Check it out.
Additionally, I caught up with Paul Laine to discuss the new album and his thoughts on his role in Danger Danger and the future of the popular band. Read the interview.


Sammy Hagar was recently interviewed for Goldmine Magazine. A couple of questions were copied and posted at the VHForums.com. I thought the comments worthy of posting here for all to see:
GM: How is Michael Anthony and what are his thoughts on the Van Halen situation?
SH: He's basically like everyone else out there. He's completely lost touch with any of the Van Halen situation. He hasn't talked to any of those guys in maybe, I dunno, a year? Him and I are close now so I know all this stuff. It's basically, there is not a Van Halen. I mean, I hate to break the news to all these people (laughs), but there is not. Michael Anthony plays with me part time, and if it wasn't for me just being crazy about my wonderful bass player Mona, who I think is the greatest, Mike would be in my band right now. And as far as I'm concerned, if there's no Sammy, no Mike, or no David Lee Roth in Van Halen, then there's Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and that is not Van Halen. I'm sure they're capable of putting together a great band, or doing great solo projects, whatever they decide to do. But I don't think that the world is going to buy it as Van Halen without at least two or more of the original kind of members. So there really is no Van Halen.
GM: I was at a party once with (Ray) Danniels once, and he said part of the problem was Eddie has been a rock star all his life and he's lost touch.
SH: Oh really? (Laughs) That's an understatement. (Laughs) He HAS lost touch, otherwise, he'd be playing music. I mean this guy is a great musician. Not only does he play unbelievable guitar, he plays unbelievable keyboards of any kind and probably could play any instrument he puts his hands on. And the guy hasn't played music for I don't know how long. Something is really wrong. But yes, I'm really down on Eddie for wasting his life. I mean, maybe I don't know everything, but to me, you're a musician you're a famous and a great one. And your fans have been so loyal to you, you have to at least go and give a little bit. I mean, you cant be self-indulgent like that. You got a problem? OK then at least let them know, "Hey, I can't play music right now." You know, every time Eddie makes a statement on their website, it's like "Yeah, be watchin man...Van Halen's coming out with something new real soon! Any day now." You watch it", and it's like, PFFT. I mean, lying to people is not cool.

Swedish AOR sensations Street Talk are currently back in the studio recording some killer new music for their forthcoming as yet untitled Best Of And Unreleased album for MTM Music
The band entered the Soundcreation Studios in August and have so far laid down most of the basic tracks for the two new songs...Goran Edman will start the vocal recordings on September 7.
Street Talk are also joined by legendary bassist Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, The Firm, Whitesnake) on the new recordings.
The 18 track album will contain re-mastered favourites from the three studio albums Collaboration (1997), Transition (2000) and Restoration (2002) along with bonus unreleased material and some brand new recordings.
This album marks the end of a chapter in the Street Talk history. Band main man Fredrik Bergh says "that it's uncertain if there will ever be a fourth STREET TALK studio album...Only time will tell..."
Please check out the new updated official Street Talk website at www.streettalk.rocks.it
Recording line-up 2003: Goran Edman - Vocals, Fredrik Bergh - Keyboards, Sven Larsson - Guitars, Tony Franklin - Bass, Christian Johansson - Drums

Sanctuary Records will release Dokken Live in Japan '95 on September 9. The track listing for the album that features the original line-up live is: Tooth And Nail . When Heaven Comes Down . Into The Fire . Kiss Of Death . Shadows Of Life . The Maze . Long Way Home . Breaking The Chains . Unchain The Night . Nothing Left To Say . I Will Remember . Alone Again . Mr. Scary . It's Not Love . Paris Is Burning . In My Dreams


From the Meniketti mailing list:
Meniketti/Y&T fans post many requests in the discussion forum at meniketti.com. As the forum members well know, sometimes those requests actually come to fruition. One such request is soon to come true--a CD of previously unreleased Y&T material. You asked for it, you got it!
Since returning from Y&T's European tour, Dave and Phil have been pouring through tape after tape after tape of previously recorded yet unreleased Y&T songs from the past...songs that were recorded for a particular record but never made it on vinyl or CD. They even found a fun song with unfinished lyrics and the band has re-recorded it for this CD.
Tentatively titled Unearthed, this CD should be available before the end of this year. Check your email and check the web site for details. The CD will be available on the meniketti.com web site.

On Saturday from 8:15pm-9:00pm, Classicmetalshow.com will be airing a show called Great White - After The Fire. The show will feature full interviews with Jack Russell and Mark Kendall from Great White talking about getting back on stage after the tragic fire, their feelings now, the Station Family Fund and a little about what they are actually doing at the shows. It's all positive and designed to help raise some attention for the Station Family Fund, and let people hear for themselves what the band is feeling. The show airs from 8:15 pm-9:00 pm EST exclusively on www.stickmanradio.com (high speed connection) or www.theclassicmetalshow.com (dial up connection).

Press Release:
Jay Nedry, owner of Jaxx Night Club, cancels Great White Show scheduled for Friday, September 5th, 2003. Nedry states that it is due to cash flow problems. Citing recent losses, plus having rent and taxes due, Nedry has no means to keep the show alive.
Both the bands agent and manager have tried to resolve the clubs cash flow problem by restructuring the shows contract and the donation to the station family fund. As of 6:30 pm (PST) the show was still trying to be worked out, however the owner has declined all restructuring attempts. He has also cancelled the upcoming Gypsy, Crow and Firehouse shows.
Over 50 people from Rhode Island, including victims of the tragic fire were heading to West Springfield, VA to attend the Great White show. For many, this show was to be the start of a healing process.
The Station Family Fund is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization coordinated by the survivors of the fire. They have pledged that 100% of all monies raised by the fund will go directly to the immediate needs of the victims and their families.
"As of 7pm (PST) the show has been officially canceled," states Obi Steinman, manager of Great White. "We have even offered to pay the bands expenses to keep the show on." At this time all parties are looking for a new venue to take on this show.

Perris Records have a few new releases available now.
None Blacker is a Metalica tribute featuring members of Lillian Axe, Every Mother's Nightmare, Near Life Experience, Enertia, Animal Mother, Divine Ruins, Brutal Faith, & Blessed Agony. Tribute also features a sampler of artist releases at the end of the CD.
Track listing: Sad But True . Master Of Puppets . Welcome Home . Wherever I May Roam . Seek & Destroy . The Thing That Should Not Be . Jump In The Fire . For Whom The Bell Tolls . Ride The Lightning

Pretty Boy Floyd Tonight Belongs To The Young is 10 unreleased demos that were suppose to be on the second MCA release. These songs have been digitally re-mastered.
Track Listing: Tonight Belongs To The Young . Hands Off My Radio . Far Away . Til The Real Thing Comes Along . 5 Long Days . Restless . Hold On To Your Dreams . Stray Bullet . Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel . Gangster Of Love

American Heartbreak You Will Not Be Getting Paid $ features 5 acoustic songs, 5 live tracks, plus 6 tracks from the EP release What You Deserve that is now out of print. These tracks have been re-mixed and re-mastered.
Track Listing: I Wish You Were D.E.A.D. - Live . Rotten Apple - Live . Supertar - Live . Brain Vacation - Live . Angeline - Live . Another Wasted day - Acoustic . Come On, Come On -Acoustic sample . Dead At 17 - Acoustic . Outfit - Acoustic . Postcards From Hell - Acoustic . Bonus EP - What You Deserve - 2003 Remix . Methadone Baby . Richey James . Wishing Well . Another Waysted Day . Condemned . Nobody Likes Me

And still available is Enuff Z Nuff's Welcome To Blue Island CD - complete with 4 bonus tracks.


A little competition for you folks out there that love playing "Guess the band". A label has asked me to run this MP3 file, with the big question - just who is it? The track is a brand new demo from a band that has been featured on the site previously - that's the only hint at this stage.
The prize if you guess correctly? A signed CD by all the band. Download: Surprise.mp3 and E-Mail your guess to: junkmail@melodicrock.com

A couple of Industry related articles that should be of interest to readers:

Music Industry to Unveil Amnesty Offer By TED BRIDIS, AP Technology Writer
The recording industry is expected to announce as early as next week an amnesty program for people who admit they illegally share music files across the Internet, promising not to sue them in exchange for their admission and pledge to delete the songs off their computers.
The offer of amnesty will not apply to the roughly 1,600 people who already have been targets of copyright subpoenas from the Recording Industry Association of America (news - web sites), which has promised to file hundreds of infringement lawsuits across the country as early as next week.
Sources who described the proposal Thursday spoke on condition of anonymity. A spokeswoman for the RIAA, Amy Weiss, declined to comment.
The RIAA's offer would require Internet users to complete a notarized amnesty form that includes promises to delete any illegally downloaded music and not participate in illegal file-trading in the future. In exchange, the RIAA would agree not to file a potentially expensive infringement lawsuit.
"I'll be curious to see how many opt for this," said Fred von Lohmann, a lawyer for the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has criticized the RIAA's use of copyright subpoenas. "It will be an interesting measure of how much fear the recording industry has managed to inject into the American public."
Von Lohmann cautioned that the RIAA doesn't represent all copyright owners and therefore couldn't guarantee an Internet user wouldn't be sued for infringement by others, despite what amounts to an admission of guilt.
"It's not the kind of agreement that most people's lawyers will embrace," he said.
But the amnesty offer could serve to soften the RIAA's brass-knuckle image once the earliest lawsuits are filed, giving nervous college students and others an opportunity to avoid similar legal problems if they confess to online copyright infringement.

Universal Music Group, the one Vivendi Universal entertainment asset not on the block and not being merged with GE's NBC, has just announced details of a plan to dramatically lower CD prices and eliminate co-op ad spending, sending shockwaves through the retail community.
September 3, 2003
Universal Music Group's album prices just got even more insane. In a move intended to stem illegal file-sharing and drive consumers back to retail, the world's largest record company has instituted a $12.98 MSRP list price on all front-line CD product. The move also represents the end of all traditional retail co-op and discount programs, including price-and-positioning and rebates, long standards in the industry.
Beginning Oct. 1, the start of the Q4 selling season, all UMG albums, which ranged from $16.98 to $18.98, will carry the new list price, which means retailers can sell the albums for below $10. Wholesale prices will now drop 25%, from $12.02 to $9.09, except for a handful of superstar artists, two examples given were Shania Twain and Eminem, which will carry a $10.10 price-tag.
Said UMG Chairman/CEO Doug Morris in a conference call: "We believe that music is, and always has been, a great entertainment value. With this bold move, it becomes an even greater bargain that will drive consumers back to the stores and significantly bolster music sales."
UMVD President Jim Urie said the move will benefit consumers and the company's retail customers, while invigorating the overall music industry. "Music fans will benefit from these price reductions. Our new pricing model will enable U.S. retailers to offer music at a much more appealing price point in comparison to other entertainment products."
As part of the new policy, UMG labels will significantly increase their consumer advertising to raise music fans' awareness of the artists and their music, as well as the new pricing structure.
Added UMG President/COO Zach Horowitz: "If this bold and audacious move is to succeed, we need a meaningful increase in our sales. Low everyday prices will increase consumer purchases and this is the time to do something dramatic. Music is more popular today than it has ever been, but many that are acquiring it are not doing so legitimately. We have to keep people coming to the stores to support artists and music they love. Our size gives us the critical mass to give this strategy a chance. We want consumers to feel they have spoken and we have listened."
Classical and Latin product are not included, nor are albums released this month. All Sept. releases will kick in at the new price Nov. 1.
Morris pointed to the pricing decision as an important means to fight piracy, along with legitimate download services such as iTunes, BuyMusic.com and Rhapsody: "We're being plagued by criminal behavior and fighting very hard to come up with