TANGO DOWN Welcomes Vocalist CHAS WEST

Thursday, December 31, 2015
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TANGO DOWN have announced their new vocalist after the departure of David Reece. News just in from Kivel Records:
"We said we were going to lay low for a few months and enjoy the holidays. We all greatly appreciate the response that ‘Charming Devil’ continues to receive. We took time to sit back and soak everything in over the last year. All the good, and not so good, and in the end what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (we think somebody famous said that).
Well, we’ve been quiet long enough. It’s time to kick the tires and get things back into gear. So, let’s start off with the obvious question that is on everyone’s mind. WHO is our new singer? Of course finding the right guy was going to prove to be a daunting task to say the least. However, we were up to the challenge, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our selection. So folks, we give you Chas West! Please welcome him to the TANGO DOWN fold!
As a front man, Chas first came to prominence as lead vocalist for BONHAM, featuring Jason Bonham on drums (son of the late, great John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN), recording two major-label albums (Sony/MJJ) and touring the world extensively.
Chas has also held the lead vocal slot and toured with George Lynch’s LYNCH MOB. In between LYNCH MOB stints, Chas fronted the HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ (which included members of BLACK SABBATH, QUIET RIOT, DIO, RATT, & DOKKEN). Chas has also been given the ultimate nod of approval from one of the premier legends of Rock and Roll, Mr. Robert Plant (LED ZEPPELIN). After hearing Chas for the first time, Plant had this to say, "He sounds like me when I was his age". No better compliment or stronger validation could be asked for.

Chas West is a vocal wailer who has the power and grit of Chris Cornell, and the range and rock star attitude of Robert Plant. We could not be happier or more excited to welcome such an amazing talent into the band. Together we will not disappoint. Songs are currently being written, six of which have been approved and checked off that pesky To-Do List. One of these new songs may just be the best TANGO DOWN song ever!
TANGO DOWN, 2015 we are back and we are BIG, BAD & BULLETPROOF!
New album ‘Bulletproof’ coming Fall 2015 on Kivel Records
And now, a video message from Chas himself!

MEAT LOAF Teams With JIM STEINMAN For Brave Album

Thursday, December 31, 2015
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MEAT LOAF has posted another teaser for his upcoming studio album Braver Than We Are on his Facebook page.
The graphic (which is not the album cover apparently) highlights the fact that Jim Steinman is once again involved with Meat, after passing on the last two albums. Jim is not producing or appearing across the whole album from early reports. Producer Paul Crook is also involved.
Details to come in due course, with the album now pushed back until Fall 2015.


The Australian/International all-star band THE DEAD DAISIES have quietly switched out frontmen, with Noiseworks vocalist JON STEVENS now absent from the band he co-founded, with one-time MOTLEY CRUE vocalist JOHN CORABI taking over. Corabi is in Sydney right now recording the band's new album due for release in June.
The Dead Daisies are a musical collective created by a rotating line-up that features some of the best Rock musicians on the planet. This includes members of Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Mink, Rob Zombie, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Motley Crue, RATT, NIN and The Psychedelic Furs among others.
The lineup is now: Richard Fortus, John Corabi, Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Read, Brian Tichy and David Lowy.

KISS Australian Tour Announced, Dead Daisies As Support

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Tour News
KISS have announced their Australian tour dates. The press release goes as follows:
"Ready for one of THE greatest bands in rock’n’roll history with one of THE most spectacular shows Australia will see this year?
Ready for a stage production called ‘The Spider’, moved by 38 computer controlled winches, featuring 220 automated lights, weighing in at 43,000 kgs, incorporating 900 pieces of pyrotechnics and powered by 400,000 watts of sound?
Add in showmanship that continues to thrill audiences around the world, some of the best damn rock anthems in music history and there’s only ONE band we can be talking about....... KISS!
Get your face paint ready Australia because Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are on their way Down Under in October as part of their 40th Anniversary world tour. Kicking off at the Perth Arena on Saturday October 3, then to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, for the first time ever Newcastle and with New Zealand to be announced next week, it’s the news the rabid KISS army fans have been waiting for!
Paul Stanley said: "I've loved Australia since the very first time I visited. It is one of the greatest secrets on earth and probably better to keep it that way. The food, wine and women are all extraordinary and everyone has always welcomed me and made me feel like it is home."
KISS has just completed a Japanese tour, which coincided with the release of a collaboration single with the country’s famous all-girl group Momoiro Clover Z. The song “Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina” (Samurai Son) – composed by Paul Stanley – hit #1 on the Japanese charts introducing KISS to a whole new generation of fans. The tour ended with a show for 40,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome last week, featuring the Momoiro Clover Z girls joining KISS for the encore.
With countless timeless hits like ‘Rock’n’Roll All Nite’, ‘I Was Made For Loving You’, ‘Detroit Rock City’, ‘Love Gun’, ‘Shout It Out Loud’, ‘Lick It Up’ and ‘God Gave Rock’n’Roll To You’, the KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation.
A KISS concert is like no other, and with tickets starting from just $98, it’s an extravaganza that everyone needs to experience!
Special guests are The Dead Daisies, a powerful musical collective created by a rotating line-up that features some of the world’s best rock musicians. This tour features Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, The Psychedelic Furs), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, RATT), Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses, Hookers & Blow), David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix) and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol). The band supported KISS on US dates last year and will also join them for the European tour in June. The Dead Daisies are currently recording their second studio album in Australia to be released in June 2015.
KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. As one of America's top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin' The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. KISS is currently featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos and Google Play. In 2014, KISS launched their inaugural Arena Football League Season with the LA KISS Football team bringing professional football back to Los Angeles. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.
KISS is celebrating two major milestones, their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2014, as well as the band’s 40th Anniversary. KISS 40, a new album celebrating 40 years of Rock ‘N Roll is available now.
Saturday October 3 PERTH Arena
Tuesday October 6 ADELAIDE Entertainment Centre
Thursday October 8 MELBOURNE Rod Laver Arena
Saturday October 10 SYDNEY AllPhones Arena
Monday October 12 NEWCASTLE Entertainment Centre
Tuesday October 13 BRISBANE Entertainment Centre
Tickets on sale - Thursday March 26 at 2.00pm from & 132 849



CAIN'S OFFERING Offer Up New Album on Frontiers

Friday, May 15, 2015
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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the second CAIN’S OFFERING studio album entitled “Stormcrow” on May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America.
Cain's Offering is the brainchild of Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen, founding member of one of Finland's biggest musical exports, Sonata Arctica.
Drawing its musical influence from both the classic Hard Rock scene, fast-paced European Power Metal and a very modern Heavy Metal sound, CAIN’S OFFERING is, just as expected, another perfect example of today's incredible Finnish music scene.
Joining Jani on the band’s sophomore release, coming after 2009’s acclaimed debut “Gather the Faithful”, are Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson, plus Jonas Kuhlberg on bass and Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno) on drums. “I was approached about doing this second Cain’s Offering album already a few years ago” explains Jani, “but back then I was way too busy with other projects to even consider taking the time to write an album worth of material, but last year when I was approached about it again I thought that the time might be right and felt like I could really focus all my energy on the album”.
Jani continues “I think musically the new album is a bit more focused and coherent. “Gather The Faithful” was the first album where I wrote all the music and lyrics by myself, and in retrospect maybe I was a bit too ambitious, trying to prove that I can actually write really good, complex songs. It’s been six years since the first one and I think that I have matured as a writer, not trying to prove anything anymore, just trying to write the best possible material. It’s still very much vocal and melody orientated writing, since to me the melody is always the king, but I did try to keep things a bit more simple this time. Although I think Timo would still say some of the vocal melodies are quite complex!”
“Stormcrow” is a tour-de-force of who's-who in the Finnish heavy metal scene, and yes, this does sound like a dream come true for all fans of melodic Heavy Metal. And guess what - the final result is going to blow you away as this album melts the best of SONATA ARCTICA and STRATOVARIUS together in a new, exciting and powerful sound!
“Stormcrow” tracklisting:
1. Stormcrow
2. The Best Of Times
3. A Night To Forget
4. I Will Build You a Rome
5. Too Tired To Run
6. Constellation Of Tears
7. Antemortem
8. My Heart Beats For No One
9. I Am Legion
10. Rising Sun
11. On The Shore
An album trailer can be enjoyed here: 
Timo Kotipelto: Lead Vocals
Jani Liimatainen: Guitars
Jonas Kuhlberg: Bass
Jani Hurula: Drums
Jens Johansson: Keyboards

STARZ Sign To Frontiers For New Studio Album

Thursday, December 31, 2015
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Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to announce the signing of US Hard Rock legends STARZ who will release a new album in the second half of 2015!
Although not as commercial successful and well known as a lot of their peers, STARZ has proven to be a hugely influential far band for those musicians who were aware of them. Several massively successful U.S. artists, like Cinderella (band), Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue cite STARZ as a primary influence. Magazines like Kerrang! and Hit Parader have included Starz albums on lists of the most important heavy metal albums of all-time!
All together STARZ recorded four studio albums in the second half of the 70’s: “Starz”, “Violation”, “Attention Shoppers” and “Coliseum Rock” and gathered critical acclaim with their ability to mesh the smooth with the hard. "We loved pop melodies," admits guitarist Richie Ranno, "and we also loved heavy guitars. We liked to combine hooks with a harder edge. Our singer Michael Lee Smith had a great sense of melody. In the course of four albums, we only used orchestrations or keyboards once, preferring to mix heavy rock productions with melodic overtones."
STARZ are now returning with a lineup featuring original members Richie Ranno on guitars, Michael Lee Smith on vocals, Joe X Dube on drums and new faces George DiAna on bass and Alex Kane on guitar.
“We are absolutely psyched to be writing and recording an album of new STARZ songs for the Frontiers Label. We’re really excited about the new songs we’ve come up with – SUBWAY TERROR 2015 – here we come! Our sincere thanks go out to the staff of Frontiers Records for giving us this opportunity,” says Ranno.
STARZ are set to appear live in Europe at the HRH Festival in Wales on March 13th.

BONFIRE Promise 'Glorious' New Album April 24

Friday, April 24, 2015
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German melodic rock legends BONFIRE will release their new album 'Glorious' on April 24 via Borila Records.
'Glorious' will include twelve new songs and two new recordings of the Bonfire classics "Sweet Obsession" and "American Nights".
The last studio album of the band formed in 1986 was published in 2011. Since its inception, the band has released a total of 15 studio and live albums and sold over a million records worldwide.
The new album will be the first to feature new vocalist DAVID REECE (Bangalore Choir, Tango Down).
Track Listing:
1. 21 Guns Salute (Goes Boom)
2. Nothin`At All
3. Can't Break Away
4. Remember
5. Fallin` Outta Love
6. Glorious
7. Supernatural Disguise
8. Shooting Star
9. Lies
10. Put Out The Flames
11. Free Wind Desperado
12. Sweet Obsession*
13. American Nights*
14. With A Little Help From My Friends*

* re-recordings

ISSA - Crossfire (Review)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Norweigan-turned-Brit, Issa returns with her fourth solo album; following up the patchy Can’t Stop, which was comprised of classic (and obscure) AOR covers.
I’ve found Issa a bit hit and miss after her memorable 2010 debut. I’ve found the balance of image over style a little too much in favor of the less important image at times, but all is forgiven with Crossfire. Despite the glammed up image again front and center, this time the style is matched with substance in the form of 11 very appealing songs. This album might just be her best effort yet.
Credit must go to the new lineup used, bringing in Vega’s James Martin – Keyboards and Tom Martin - bass and Guitars; plus drummer Michael Cruise has given the album more of a band feel - and a good band at that.
The extended time taken to gather the best set of songs also pays off, showcased immediately with the glorious title track opener Crossfire, which I probably will rate as my favourite Issa track to date.
New Horizon offers something a little smoother and moodier before the monster ballad Raintown blows us away.
Steve Overland guests on the song as a duet – but it is his opening lines that simply stun. His vocal gift is extraordinary. Issa joins in to deliver a passionate and powerful co-lead.
Long Time Coming is one of the more urgent tracks on offer; Fight Fire With Rain is a very catchy straight ahead AOR hit and Heartbeat cranks the tempo and throws in a nice anthemic catchy hook.
The album continues without offering filler, Red Lights and Only You delivering the best chorus hooks of the last section of the album.

Fans of female fronted melodic rock and straight forward classic AOR with a Scandi/British twist should fall over themselves to get a hold of this.
It’s one of my favourite female lead albums in recent years.

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Podcasts & Radio

On episode 96 of One On One with Mitch Lafon, we have interviews with THE WINERY DOGS’ Richie Kotzen, and Cronos from legendary metal band, Venom. This episode of One on One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Talking Metal's Mark Strigl.

Richie Kotzen discusses his new album ‘Cannibals’, recording with his daughter and the progress of The Winery Dogs' upcoming second album.

Our second interview is with Cronos of Venom who discusses the band's latest masterpiece 'From The Very Depths', their history and has a few choice thoughts about Black Flag's Henry Rollins.

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Totally Driven Radio Podcast - GEORGE LYNCH

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Podcasts & Radio
Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 - 11 pm Est time on the Totally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

Totally Driven Radio spoke with Legendary Guitarist George Lynch to discuss a ton of topics like:

**Randy Rhoads and how he got the consolation prize and took over Randy’s Students
**He was also up to replace Brad Gillis in Ozzy’s band as well
**He talked about leaving Dokken, and he ended up joining Ratt, because Warren took his spot in Dokken
**The Sweet / Lynch project
**That he has been getting too much flack for doing too much lately
**The Shadow Nation documentary
**The Infidels
**He is finishing up a new Lynch Mob record for Frontiers
**If it is frustrating to not be able to play out live with all the different projects
**How did him & Michael Sweet hook up to do the project together
**Talked about Michael Sweet singing for Tooth & Nail, which half of record is recorded musically
**What if Don Dokken called him to ask George to work on a song or two, what is George’s answer
**Anyone he wants to work with, he hasn’t had chance
**If he does anymore body building

George hangs out for 30 minutes and You can listen here:

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