News 2008


2008 News Archive



Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Yes, a massive update I know...!
I'll post those Artist Of The Week links in the next couple of days. Right now it is 57 minutes until Midnight Christmas Eve and its been a crazy day getting ready for tomorrow.

I just would like to say thank you to all readers for the support this year and to one and all - a Merry Christmas wherever you are and a safe and happy holiday season. Stay warm if you are North of me (that's just about everyone except the penguins) and for us on the Southern side of the world, we'll try and not enjoy the sunshine and beach too much in the week ahead.

All the very best and may your Christmas Day be filled with a bounty of melodic gifts!!




Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Escape Music announce the release of the debut album of Norway's TXS, titled Transmission X on February 20, 2009.
Coming from Norway like a breath of fresh air these four guys combine an exciting blend of traditional hard rock with extremely commercial overtones. Dag, Terje, and Kenneth are no strangers to the rock scene; they were all in the first version of Norwegian band "Hush" in 1996, a band who played original tunes as well as songs by Def Leppard, Van Halen and ZZ Top. Some twelve years later and here we are with a new band and a new approach to rock. With a grand, tight production and huge melodic songs the band TXS are on to a winner. In the grooves you will find similarities to Hush but the songs are much stronger, with fist punching anthems and blistering guitar chords. These guys are just at home playing rockers like "Who Will to run you", "Unbelievable" as they are at sugar coated ballads like "Time to Say Goodbye" and the fantastic "Stay". Their commercial appeal is fantastic and they can fit alongside fellow Norwegians "TNT" and "Stage Dolls" with perfect ease. They also draw influences from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Foo Fighters, so there is plenty going on here.
Transmission X is a debut album that needs to be looked out for in 2009; it has all the hallmarks of a classic, with Dag's raspy vocal work, arena like guitars, intricate keyboards and air punching anthems. A formidable combination, no less. Oh, and just check out that last track "Stay", a memorable anthem that has you wishing there was much more from this band. Surely, destined to be a classic….
Line-Up: Dag Aspen – Vocals; Kenneth E Kristiansen – Guitar, Vocals; Kjell Reierstad – Bass, Vocals; Terje Smedfold – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals.
Track Listing: Who Will You Run To / Chameleon Man / Time To Say Goodbye / Breathe You Out / Unbelievable / Kicking Leafs / Rat Trap / Turn Back Time / BAD / Stay.

And here an exclusive full track download - Who Will You Run To.


It has been another yet of sad loss for the rock world and today yet another legendary name passed on. Mega-manager Bud Prager died earlier today and while his name may not be familiar to some, his influence and legacy lives on. Bud was better known as ESP Management and had under his control such luminaries as Foreigner, Megadeth, Bad Company, Tall Stories, Damn Yankees and Glen Burtnik to name just a few. R.I.P. Bud.
Journalist Bob Lefsetz commented on Bud's passing today:

"Bud told me he cut the Scotti Brothers in on Foreigner, gave them a percentage from record one.
He recited how he rescued the uber-talented Terry Thomas from a life of drudgery by selecting him to produce the reconstituted Bad Company. Bud told me how he convinced Atlantic to let his best friend Felix Pappalardi produce Cream.
Today, Bud Prager was reunited with his old buddy in heaven. A great manager can't work for anybody else, he's sui generis, he cares. Through sheer force of personality, he bends wills, he gets his act a slot, he schemes until his proteges break through.
Conventional wisdom is labels break acts. This is untrue. Behind every legendary performer is a great manager. Bob Dylan would still be little Bobby Zimmerman without Albert Grossman's direction. The Beatles wouldn't have become icons without Brian Epstein. Aerosmith wouldn't have broken through without David Krebs.
Rather than study the label legends, dig deeper and discover the managers, who believed, oftentimes when no one else did, and shepherded their charges to greatness. Bud Prager cared. He was compassionate. He could argue minutiae with you til dawn. No detail was too small for his attention. He may be gone, but the acts and records he brought into the marketplace will live forever.
I can still remember the first time I heard "Feels Like The First Time" on the radio. I drove straight to Music Odyssey on Wilshire and bought the album. Good isn't good enough, we're truly only interested in great. Bud Prager was a great manager. "

A reminder and an update to the current Fireworks 34 Showcase.
We have added another band and 2 more MP3s for you to download and sample. Jaded Sun are the band, so check them out via the Fireworks 34 Page.

Fireworks 34 is now available via Digital Download right here. The audio from the 3 cover CDs is also included in the Digital Download files - check the Fireworks 34 Page.

Interviews this issue include Richie Blackmore cover feature, plus Jeff Scott Soto, Bob Catley, Michael Schenker, The Bangles, Uriah Heep, REO Speedwagon, Tony Harnell, Backyard Babies, Quireboys, Eden's Curse, Black Stone Cherry, Spock's Beard, Glyder, Sinner, Todd Rundgren, Venice, Driver, Crown of Thorns, Serenity, Edgar Winter, Haggard, Dream Evil, Morten Harket, Heaven's Basement and LOTS more, including 6 page special on female fronted rock acts and 4 page special on Southern Rock & Blues bands!

Any bands wishing to appear on the cover CD for Fireworks #35 please E-Mail:

For several years now, Fireworks Magazine has been featuring the best in new melodic hard rock on its free CD, and now the perfect method of promoting your band has just got even better as Fireworks teams up with to offer the absolute best value for promotion yet, with a dedicated Fireworks page on the #1 melodic rock site!

The price for a song on our Fireworks CD remains constant at £75 ($115) but now for an optional further $100, will feature up to 1000 words of promotional text and TWO MP3 tracks to accompany this feature - with the showcase to stay online indefinitely thereafter. This represents amazing value for money and gives the opportunity to reach over 250,000 dedicated melodic hard rock fans every month!!
Anyone interested in taking part in this showcase and being included in the next issue of Fireworks should contact Bruce Mee at:




Monday, December 22, 2008

It seems just about everyone has buggered off for the holidays already, so don't expect too much breaking news this week!
There are still a few things to take care of and Artist Of The Week for this and the next few weeks is going to be a re-feature of all previous offers one last time before I start 2009 with a fresh slate.
I'll get those links up on Wednesday so they can sit up front over the holiday period and you can purchase at your leisure if so desired. Shipping will continue through most of the holiday period when services are running...

Speaking of holidays, after Wednesday's update I will be taking a much needed break through until January 5 and another 10 days later in January for a family vacation. 2008 has been an exhausting year and the upcoming breaks will allow me to freshen up and focus on things as soon as we get back to normal and deliver more of what you folks all want.
I'll keep an eye on e-mail and the message boards and also start playing around with the 2008 MelRock Awards (online in February one hopes!), so if anyone needs anything, just shout...

The last MR-X update for the year sees the re-run of some of 2008's most popular featured downloads. We're talking nearly 100 different titles/folders to rummage through in case you missed something at the time or couldn't join at the time.
This is a massive opportunity to jump in and collect some great music, which will hopefully inspire music purchases for the months ahead.
Some of the titles featured include:
Bonfire (Demos 93); Michael Bormann (TAX Demos); Mr. Big Unplugged (Video - TV Broadcast); Heart (Unplugged); Gotthard (Rarities & Live 2007); Poison, Motley Crue and AC/DC (VH1 Behind The Music TV Broadcasts); Krokus (Live 81); Huey Lewis (Live 89), Scandal (Live 84); TMG (Live); Jim Peterik (Demos); Hooters (Live 07); Steinberg/Kelly (Demos); Slamer/Boals (Demos); Live (MTV Unplugged 95); Loverboy (2007 NYE Live) and a whle host of compilations, best ofs and classic feature albums.
All 2008 files will be deleted Januray 5!
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They are considered Europe's hottest rock act and are currently causing a world-wide stir: the sensational quartet The Answer from Newcastle in County Down, Northern Ireland, have just signed a contract with the German record label, Steamhammer/SPV. The band, led by charismatic frontman Cormac Neeson are currently on a world tour alongside AC/DC, impressing even the most discerning audiences night after night. 2 March 2009 (Germany: 27 February 2009) will see the arrival of The Answer's second album, Everyday Demons. Experts see the band as legitimate successors of rock and blues rock legends such as Free, Cream, Led Zeppelin and The Black Crowes. "Everything we do is basically thoroughly honest", guitarist Paul Mahon describes the band's philosophy. "We're a real team and draw our strength from an indestructible inner strength. The four of us stick together like glue."
The Answer who got together in spring 2000, signed to legendary Australian rock label Albert Productions in 2005 and brought out their debut album, Rise, in 2006. It took us three or four years to really get noticed, Paul Mahon explains, but then it all started to happen at once. The band have performed with icons such as the Rolling Stones, The Who and Aerosmith, playing celebrated headlining tours in England, Japan and Australia. Their debut, Rise, was greeted enthusiastically by fans and media alike (the Britsh music bible Kerrang! commented: "The Answer are superstars already) and has sold more than 100,000 copies to date."
The Answer will continue to tour America with AC/DC until the end of January, and starting 18 February, the band will visit Europe as special guests as part of the sold-out Black Ice tour. Their spectacular second album, Everyday Demons, is scheduled to arrive around that time, too. We've been on tour almost constantly for two years, have seen a lot of the world and made a lot of important experiences - a development that you can hear on Everyday Demons, comments Mahon, giving a little preview of an album that's likely to make rock history.

In a brand new exclusive interview conducted by Nightwatcher's House Of Rock with Cormac Neeson of Irish hard rockers The Answer, currently supporting AC/DC on their 'Black Ice' North American tour, the vocalist discusses touring with AC/DC, the band's upcoming album 'Everyday Demons', appearing on CBS TV's 'Late Night With David Letterman' in November of this year and much more:

Press Release / "Because in 2008 we celebrated our 10th anniversary, ProgPower Europe 2008 was a 3-day festival. In previous years we had a 2-day event with a pre-party on Friday evening. But because of the succes of this year, we have decided that we will stay with 3 days for the next couple of years. This means that you can enjoy ProgPower from Friday early in the evening until Sunday late. For Friday we will book 3 bands and for Saturday and Sunday we will book 6 bands. So in total 15 bands will be booked, and once again we will try to book a very diverse line-up. The exact dates for next year are Friday 2 October, Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October.

Cloudscape, Seventh Wonder, Prospect confirmed for ProgPower Europe 2009
The first 3 bands to play ProgPower Europe 2009 are confirmed. Swedish band Cloudscape will return to Baarlo, the band did their first gig outside Sweden back in 2005 when they already played at ProgPower Europe. Also travelling from Sweden will Seventh Wonder, who has played in The Netherlands before, but have not played at ProgPower before and the band is really looking forward to it. Prospect from Slovenia is the 3rd band confirmed, it will be the first Slovenian band to play at ProgPower Europe. We have booked all bands for an exclusive performance in The Netherlands for the second half of 2009. Check out all the details about the bands at our website:"




Friday, December 19, 2008

The producers of Rock Of Ages announced today that after an extremely successful off Broadway run and the sale of the film rights to New Line Cinema, the new, smash hit musical will transfer to Broadways Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47Street, and open on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Previews begin on 20Friday, March 20, 2009.
The off Broadway engagement of Rock Of Ages began previews on October 1, 2008 and opened on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at New World Stages, 340 W. 50 Street. That production will play its final performance on Sunday, January 4, 2009 after 17 preview and 93 regular performances.
"After such an exciting run off Broadway, we are delighted to be moving Rock Of Ages to Broadway", says Matthew Weaver and Carl Levin, the producers of Rock Of Ages. "We know these are difficult and uncertain times for everyone, so we are thrilled to announce that Rock Of Ages will set a new precedent on Broadway with a top tic ket price of $89.00 for weeknight performances and $99.00 for weekend performances."
Written by Chris DArienzo (writer and director of the upcoming film Barry Munday), directed by Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer), Rock Of Ages is an explosive new musical with a heart as big as 80s rock hair. As a legendary rock club faces its demise at the hands of eager developers, a young rocker hoping for his big break falls for a small town girl chasing big dreams of her own. Have nothing but a good time with the cast of Rock Of Ages as they fall in love in the heat of the moment and rock out with more than words.
Rock Of Ages takes audiences on a musical joyride set to blazing hits from iconic rockers such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar,Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. Crowds and critics agree – Rock Of Ages is crazy fun, writes the Associated Press, a nonstop party laden with sexy choreography, energetic performances and an on stage band that totally rocks the house. The Star Ledger proclaims, tons of retro fun for anybody loving those bygone times of big20hair and even bigger power chords, while The New York Post says, Rock Of Ages does for '80s rock what "Mamma Mia!" did for ABBA.
Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design is by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design is by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design is by Walter Trarbach (The Farnsworth Invention) and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair). The Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan) with original arrangements by David Gibbs (Film: That Thing You Do).
Rock Of Ages premiered in Los Angeles at The Vanguard for a limited 4-week run and was extended to 7 weeks by popular demand.
Rock Of Ages will be produced on Broadway by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Scott Prisand, and Corner Store Fund I, in association withJanet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Stefany & Simon Bergson, Charles Rolecek, Susanne Brook, Barry Habib, Israel Wolfson, Jennifer Maloney and Prospect Pictures.
Tickets for the Broadway production of Rock Of Ages range from $46.50 – $99.00 and will go on sale via 212-307-4100 on Monday, January 5, 2009. The performance schedule will be Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm & 7pm. Complete casting will be announced soon.

German melodic hard rock band Pink Cream 69 will film it's special 20th anniversary concert at the Festhalle in Karlsruhe-Durlach, Germany for a forthcoming double-DVD-package with the current working title The Past & The Present. The band's first DVD will be released during the year.
The DVD will contain the entire Size It Up! - Live In Japan 1992 concert (with former singer Andi Deris - previously only released on VHS-tape), all of the band's promotional videos, backstage footage, the complete Karlsruhe-concert and several bonus tracks from the band's recent festival appearances such as "Masters Of Rock" in the Czech Republic or "Das Fest" in Germany.

Krackerjack are currently writing songs for the next album (their fourth!). So far 5 songs have been finished - "Fight" (a fast powerhouse of a rocker), "Part Of The Show" (a comment on X Factor and similar programmes), "Helpless" (a very Gotthard-ish ballad), "I Just Wanna Rock You" (a funky blues ditty - with shades of Aerosmith) and "In All Its Glory" (the epic!). The early part of 2009 will be spent adjusting them and finishing off other ideas and hopefully the guys will hit the studio soon. On top of that, Krackerjack might just be coming to the UK next year. Keep your fingers crossed.
Krackerjack Rock On! - for sale at or WebLinks: /

Silver Dirt will release their new album Never Give Up in March/April 2009 through Gofannon Records, and play everywhere they can. A video for the 'single' Somebody Help Me will be edited by end of January. The band says: "We wish you all a Happy X-mas and a Rocking new year, see you on the road! Silver Steff, Dirty Lyo, SilverGregg, and Dirty Seb." WebLinks:

Jimi Jamison checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about his new CD Crossroads Moment; his musical career in general; how he landed contributing singers like Joe Lynn Turner and Mike Reno on the song "When Rock Was King;" working with Jim Peterik again; and a whole lot more. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
Hardrock Haven: Would you say that Crossroads Moment is a concept album?
Jamison: You know … it didn't start out as any plan to be a concept album, but as we proceeded throughout recording the CD each song began to make sense with the previous song until they each became like a piece of a puzzle that just fit together perfectly. It was strange that it worked out that way but I'm glad it did. It's always great when you start a project from scratch and it just turns out the way you felt all along. So I guess you could call it an indirect concept album.
Hardrock Haven: How did it feel to be re-united with your friend and writing partner Jim Peterik again? How did the meeting transpire? Did you keep in contact over the years?
Jamison: It felt really good. … like coming home and seeing family again. A friend and fellow musician Fergie Frederickson held a benefit and invited us both to perform. Actually we hadn't seen each other in about five years at that point When we got to the show we were so glad to see each other that we decided to perform "The Search is Over" as a duet. Just Jim on keys and me on vocals. When we started playing all our friends, who just happen to be some very famous singers and musicians, came out and formed a kind of semi-circle behind us and cheered us on. The crowd was crying and screaming for more … at that point we knew we had to do something together.
To read the entire interview, head to:

The online store of is selling signed open edition prints of the Magnum album artworks - 'On A Story Tellers Night', 'Chase The Dragon', Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow', and Bob Catley's latest album 'Immortal'.

A brand new set of Reviews has been added today - the last major update for the year. Reviews online now for: Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Robert Berry, Nickelback, China Blue, Valentine, Lost Weekend, Hope, Talon, Faith Circus, Anberlin, Axel Rudi Pell, Driver, Hinder, Ecliptica + Undying Fire and We Wish You A Metal Xmas.
Read New Reviews.

And it's time to Add Your Own Reviews for the following new Feature Reviews: Guns N Roses / Chinese Democracy, AC/DC / Black Ice, Robert Berry / The Dividing Line, Nickelback / Dark Horse, China Blue / Twilight Of Destiny, Valentine / Soul Salvation, Lost Weekend / Fear And Innocence, Hope / All Of My Days and Talon / Fallen Angels.
Add Your Reviews Now.

The last MR-X update for the year will be ready Monday. Two more news updates to come and then it's holiday time....




Thursday, December 18, 2008

Retrospect Records are pleased to announce their final releases of 2008:
Atomic Clock (2008) -- Easily one of America's premier Melodic Progressive Metal bands - this brand new release from this Spokane, WA-based band features virtuoso guitarist Kicho Forrest with the powerful stellar pipes of vocalist Philip Gregory. A must have for fans of Symphorce, Eldritch, Vanden Plas, Shadow Gallery, Beyond Twilight, Lanfear, Pain Of Salvation, Symphony X, Category 5, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Fates Warning, etc...
The Meadia The Meadia (1997) -- Stunning Melodic Hard Rock / AOR featuring Enuff Znuff guitarist Gene Strentz (a.k.a. Gino Martino) -- compared to The Cauze , Flyweil , Surrender , Dreamstreet , Airkraft , Strutt , London Drive, Hit The Ground Runnin', Falcon, No Credit and Swiss rockers, Face face (Childhood Dreams). A CD that would have been huge in 1989, this elusive disc is now available at!! This is the original issued disc not a re-issue!
T.Y.R. (Tonight You Rock) All Comes Down To You (1988) -- Santa Cruz Hair Metal / Glam legends TYR (fronted by Joel Valentine) has hooked up with Retrospect to release this amazing collection of superb anthemic Melodic Hard Rock songs – the first time ever on CD and Now Available!! If you evver saw their powerful dynamic shows back then, you know what a monster band this is. Certainly one of our best and most anticipated releases this year -- watch out for some TYR reunion shows in the near future...
Pyramid Cryptic Treasures (1992) -- If you picked up Pyramid's 1st kickass release "Hieroglyphics" from Retrospect within the last few months then you know just how killer this Philly Melodic Hard Rock / Hair Metal band is. This is their 2nd release (on CD for the first time) with a fantastic new singer and the blazing chops of guitarist Victor Chiarella continue to wow all over this disc. Just as good if not better than the first release and absolutely essential!
Cinema Break The Silence (1986) -- Mega obscure AOR treasure from this Long Island, NY~based band is Now Available with a whopping 6 incredible bonus tracks never before released in any format!! Amazing vocals, tons of rich keyboards, classy guitar playing and hooks galore -- you'll be all over this one!!
Spina-Sullivan 12x8x2 (1988) -- Following the demise of Love Affair, Rich Spina teamed up with Billy Sullivan and recorded this classy slice of AOR that features lots of layered harmonies , memorable hooks , keyboards galore and tasty guitar work. Great stuff - similar to the band Adrenalin.
Silent Majority 'Power' (1994) -- Fantastic ultra-rare Westcoast AOR / Melodic Pop-Rock. Only a few of these original discs left in existence. Think Toto meets Chicago with some Richard Marx and Michael W Smith thrown in!!
Problem Child 'Stories of the Ape' (1995) -- Following the awesome 'Smashin Time' release , Milwaukee-based Problem Child recorded their 3rd and final album and the 80s Hard Rock influences are still here. Powerful vocals , ripping guitars and a big production.
World War III self-titled (1985) -- World War III was formed in 1982 in Philadelphia and comprised of brothers Gary and Dan Hammer plus enigmatic vocalist Tipa Sparrs (who later joined Whitefoxx). Over the next 3 years World War III would also feature two drummers who would go on to international success - Dean Davidson (Britny Fox , Blackeyed Susan) and Johnny Dee (Britny Fox , Doro , Mariah). Originally released in 1985 World War III was a huge success in Europe and this CD re-issue also contains the extremely rare 1982 7" single which has seen prices of over $500 on eBay. This is the complete World War III collection and is very highly recommended to all fans and collectors of 80s Melodic Metal!!
More info at:

Other Big Announcement:
Ladies and Gentlemen it is now OFFICIAL!! Retrospect Records is operating BOTH side stages at the Rocklahoma festival in 2009. 2009 marks the third year of the annual 4-day 80s Rock Fest. Any bands interested in playing a 45 minute set on one of the side stages should contact us at as soon as possible to ensure a better time slot for your band."


Michael Bormann ­ Capture The Moment Tour 2009 Special Guest ­ Sahara Rain (CH)
February 27, 2009 Nürnberg ­ Saal des ASV Zirndorf (Tickets -
February 28, 2009 München ­ Garage Deluxe (Tickets -
March 1, 2009 Ludwigsburg ­ Rockfabrik (Tickets -
March 7, 2009 Hamburg ­ Headbangers Ballroom ( Tickets
March 8, 2009 Bochum ­ Zeche (Tickets -

The legendary guitar player Mike Campbell (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Tom Petty guitar player) and his solo band The Dirty Knobs will make a rare LA Stop on January 9th and 10th at Cozy's Bar in Sherman Oaks CA. After Tom Petty's No 1 grossing tour this year and the resurgence of the band Mudcrutch with Petty plus the Super Bowl show, this is one of the most anticipated club shows of the year. Also opening the show will be Romeo Delta. Cozy's is located at 14056 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks Ca. 91423. Both nights will sell out and our last show saw Slash take the stage with the band. Tickets on sale at Special guests will attend and Mike Campbell has sold over 50 million Records!

Rumours said that ZZ Top only were going to play in the city of Karlstad in Sweden during 2009, but nothing could of course be more wrong. It is on Sweden Rock Festival they belong and of course we will give 'em too you. One of the most legendary rock bands of all times and the most famous beards in rock n roll history!
Could a band be more legendary? We all remember ZZ Top as the band behind the multi-multi-million selling album "Eliminator" in 1983, featuring mega hits "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Sharp Dressed Man". But let's not forget that these are merely the tip of the iceberg. This trio has recorded no less than fourteen albums, each packed with unbelievably grooving music of the highest caliber: the bluesiest hard-rock possible, or the hard-rockiest blues possible - either description applies. And in their native US the band were big even in the 70s thanks to such hits as "La Grange" (1973) and "Tush" (1975) - songs that have since been proclaimed immortal by every European rock lover as well.
In 2009, ZZ Top celebrate their 40th anniversary, as always with the original line-up intact: Billy Gibbons (vocals/guitar), Dusty Hill (vocals/bass) and Frank Beard (drums). How many more bands can live up to that? And the world-famous beards on the faces of the former two gentlemen celebrate their 30th anniversary! To celebrate these events, the band will record their fifteenth album with producer Rick Rubin (Slayer, AC/DC, Johnny Cash et al.), and naturally attend SRF for the first time ever. This is definitely one of the most highly anticipated debuts in the festival's history - not to be missed!

"After having a couple conversations within the last few weeks, Evidence One and Barish Kepic have parted ways. No bad feelings whatsoever, Barish simply wanted to concentrate more on his upcoming new projects, and we needed a guitarist, we could fully count on. So, we wish him all the best for the future! Good luck, bro, we had some great times together!
So, anyways, we're once again looking for a new lead guitarist! Guess, who ever reads this, knows, what sort of sound this band stands for and what sort of skills are needed... If you think, you're the one, write to

Ace Frehley is going to be appearing, along with his guitar player Derrek Hawkins (ex-Stabbing Westward) on the Original Merry KISSmas show this Friday. The show airs 11PM-2AM EST live on Q104.3 NYC and online at On the broadcast, Ace is going to make an announcement about a special holiday gift that he is going to be giving to all the fans that have registered for the mailing list on his website at

Guitarist Ron Freschi (Babylon AD) and singer Jeffrey Winslow from the new band Syrym checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about how the band came to be; exactly what the name "Syrym" means; the dirt behind songs like "30 & Dirty," "While America Sleeps" and "What I'm Trying to Say"; Freschi's influences as a guitarist and Winslow's as a singer; future tour plans; and a whole lot more. To listen to both interviews, go to:

Singer/guitarist/bassist/drummer/songwriter/musician Eric Vanlandingham checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about his brand new concept CD called Meet My Demons; how the recording process went with him playing every instrument and singing all the vocals; of course, what the concept album is all about; his background as a burgeoning guitar hero and his former bands/projects; and a whole lot more. To listen to the interview in its entirety, head to:




Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thin Lizzy's seminal double live album "Live & Dangerous" is consistently featured in polls as one of the greatest live albums of all time. Yet, it is not really a live record at all featuring overdubs and post production across the album. March 2, 2009 see's the release of the "Still Dangerous", the real "Live & Dangerous"!
"Still Dangerous" is the raw, unadulterated, untouched sound of Thin Lizzy at the absolute height of their powers. Recorded on the band's sell out 1977 "Bad Reputation" tour, "Still Dangerous" captures the classic quartet of Lynott, Downey, Gorham and Robertson on fire at the celebrated Tower Theatre in Philadelphia.
The album features tracks that never made the "Live & Dangerous" release and all cuts are previously unreleased. The album was mixed by the legendary Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin), with contributions from Scott Gorham and Brian Downey.
"Still Dangerous" is the definitive live statement from one of rock's most revered and enduring groups. The recordings that make up "Still Dangerous" were discovered by accident in an overlooked band lockup - a happy accident for Thin Lizzy fans and music fans in general as it is set to become an essential addition to the legacy of one of rocks greatest ever acts. The album is fully endorsed by Phil Lynott's estate and the band. "Still Dangerous" is the first release on the Thin Lizzy Productions label (distributed by Proper Music Distribution).
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Envision Radio Networks®' Chop Shop Guitar Show is pleased to announce The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time, a newly published list of the all-time greatest guitar players. Program host Steve Black (WRIF-FM) assembled a panel of music industry experts to help choose the list featuring 100 of the most revered guitar players crossing multiple genres. Rock legend Eric Clapton, English rock guitarist Jeff Beck, blues legend Muddy Waters, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden are a few of the highlights on The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time. Each guitarist was graded in nine areas including technical ability, influence on the music industry, songwriting, signature sound, longevity, and four other categories. The complete list with video and judging criteria is available now at
Chop Shop host Steve Black comments, "I love the complete angle we took with this list, and the depth of the details we used during the grading process." Black continues, "This is the best top 100 list I've ever seen."
The Chop Shop and Chop Shop Classic feature weekly updates on bands and tours, web exclusive content, and special guests all while playing 10 songs an hour. Both versions are two hours in length and contain two feature interviews as well as the exclusive Chop Shop Hall of Fame feature, where such guests as Ted Nugent, Brian May, Leslie West, and hundreds others pay tribute to guitar legends Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Slash and more. Visit
About The List:
The Chop Shop Top 100 Most Complete Guitarists of All Time was tabulated by a panel featuring Chop Shop host Steve Black (WRIF-FM/ Detroit, MI) joined by Paul Kramer (Korg, Vox, Toneworks), Chris A. (author of A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the AlRosa Villa and concert photographer), Sean Baker (The Sean Baker Orchestra), and Jake Smith (Engineer and music aficionado.)
Each guitar player was graded in 9 categories:
Technical: A player's technical ability. This also included things like recording, producing, building guitars and amps, etc…
Soul/Emotion: A player's ability to make you feel their music.
Influence on the Music Industry: A player's impact on the entire industry. This included things like a band's influence on other bands, live performances that led the way for others, marketing, starting your own label, etc…
Influence on the Guitar Industry: Did the player inspire other guitar players, have there own guitar model, did kids key in on learning their songs from guitar teachers. Signature Amps, etc…
Song Writing: the quality and quantity of songs that a player had a hand in writing
Live: How a player pulled off his songs live, stage presentation, quality and quantity of shows.
Sales: This included album sales, as well as guitar sales and concert ticket sales.
Signature Sound: How unique was the guitar player. Could you name him in just a couple of seconds based solely on his sound?
Longevity: How long did they last as a relevant musician. Are they still touring and selling tickets, if dead are their songs still being broadcast each day?
Personal: This was just a fraction category used only as a tie breaker. We graded based on how important each player was to us personally.
9 categories, plus the fractional tie breaker for a possible high score of 90.99 (t) = tie

The Top 25 (and points awarded)
1 Jimmy Page 87.94, 2 Jimi Hendrix 84.92, 3 Eddie Van Halen 84.81, 4 David Gilmour 82.72, 5 Keith Richards 82.48
6 Pete Townshend 80.66, 7 Steve Vai 79.74, 8 Les Paul 78.61, 9 Angus Young 78.56, 10 Jeff Beck 77.77
11 Stevie Ray Vaughan 75.86, 12 Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 74.67, 13 Eric Clapton 74.62, 14 James Hetfield (Metallica) 73.62, 15 Ritchie Blackmore (Rainbow, Deep Purple 72.61, 16 Slash (Guns n' Roses, Velvet Revolver) 71.60, 17 Frank Zappa 71.57, 18 George Harrison 71.49, 19 Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) 70.89, 20 Ted Nugent 70.83, 21 Dave Murray/ Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) 70.72, 22 Carlos Santana 70.44, 23 Steve Lukather (Toto) 70.41, 24 Joe Satriani 69.71, 25 Chuck Berry 69.53.

The Full Top 100 List


Canadian rockers April Wine will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next year. The group will receive the honour, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Canadian Radio Music Awards on March 13 in Toronto, organizers announced Monday. The awards are part of the 27th annual Canadian Music Week, which runs March 11 to 14.
April Wine emerged from Nova Scotia in 1969 and went on to record at least 16 albums with hits including "You Could Have Been a Lady" and "Just Between You and Me." Several musicians have joined and left the group over the years. Today's lineup includes three original members -- Myles Goodwyn, Brian Greenway and Jerry Mercer -- as well as Breen LeBoeuf.

The new IMPELLITTERI album featuring vocalist Rob Rock will be titled Wicked Maiden and is due for release in Japan on January 21. A European release is apparently currently under negotiation. The track listing is: 01. Wicked Maiden 02. Last Of A Dying Breed 03. Destruction 04. Garden Of Eden 05. The Vision 06. Eyes Of An Angel 07. No More School 08. Wonderful Life 09. Holy Man 10. Battle Rages.
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Pre-Order the Japanese release via CD Japan: VICP-64650.

R.I.P Steve Isham - founding member of Autograph - who died of cancer last week. Apologies for not mentioning sooner.

Tyketto tour update - Due to financial troubles in Spain, promoters had to relocated the Spain shows. The updated schedule is:
Thursday, January 15, 2009 USA Lake Como, NJ
Saturday, January 17, 2009 USA Teaneck NJ
Sunday, January 18th, 2009 USA Chicopee MA
Thursday 22 January 2009 England Dudley (JB's)
Friday 23 January 2009 Holland Weert (De Bosuil)
Saturday 24 January 2009 Spain Madrid (Sala Live)
Sunday 25 January 2009 Spain Bilboa (Kafe Antzokia)
Wednesday 28 January 2009 Italy Rome (Staziona Birra)
Friday 30 January 2009 Italy Bologna (Sottotetto Sound Club)
Saturday 31 January 2009 Switzerland Pratteln (Z7 Rockfabrik)
Sunday 1 February 2009 England Sheffield (Corporation)
For a full bio and discography, visit the band's website at For interview requests - please e-mail:

The latest news from re-issue label Suncity Records:
"Ho ho ho!! Just in time for Christmas (how many times have you heard that?) We are very pleased and relieved to bring you the news that we have just released another 4 smokin' CD's. You know the drill, you can just go to the website ( and either click on the "Add To Cart" link below each of the desired albums or click on the CD Orders/Catalogue link in the main menu. With all the class you expect from Suncity releases, these 4 news discs have been months and months in the making and have also been delayed many times. The end result is the most important thing and believe me -I think every fan will once again be very impressed.
2008 has been a stellar year for Melodic Hard Rock with a ton of new releases from not only good old classic bands but also a heap of new and exciting bands putting a really optimistic future on the music we love so much. It seems ever since the year 2000 hit, each year has got better and better for Melodic Rock and 2009 is shaping up to be one of the best since 1989. So from all the staff here at Suncity Records, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and an ultra safe New Year!! Let's make 2009 an even more rockin' year than 2008."


News from 7th Heaven on their new Music Video for Better This Way: "Check out the new music video for our song "Better This Way" off the U.S.A.-U.K. CD. Shot over 2 days, this video is half storyline - half performance. The best place to see it will be our website under the 'video' tab and then click the 'music videos' channel. Direct link is here:

Swedish melodic heavy metal masters Lion's Share will film a video for the song Judas Must Die in Stockholm, Sweden with director Josef Doukkali. Lion's Share previously worked with Doukkali on the clip for the track "The Edge Of The Razor", from the "Emotional Coma" album. The band's original decision to work with Doukkali was based in part on the fact that his background was not in music video but in narrative film projects, and that his more cinematic approach would give the video a unique look and feel.
"Judas Must Die" comes off Lion's Share 's sixth album, Dark Hours, which is scheduled for release in March, 2009 via Blistering Records. The CD was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with Opeth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth etc. The new album features a guest appearance by Michael Romeo of Symphony X.
The band states, "The new songs are simply awesome and everybody that have heard it, think it's our best album to date. The red thread lyric wise on this album is that all songs are about things that happened in the late sixties; a decade known for many good things. However, we're not describing the happy times of the 60's: We give you the Dark Hours. Musically it's more straight forward and faster than ever. The songs are filled with energy and great hooks."
Band Links: /

Ace Frehley has launched his website at: A message from Ace reads: "Dear Earthlings, I'm happy to say that I finally got a good internet connection up here on Jendell and can now present to you my official website-! Thanks for your patience and support over the years... it's meant everything to me. Now, let's ROCK!! is going to provide a link between us & be something unique & different from the "usual" website. What you will see is exclusive pictures & video clips from my archives, news, tour dates & appearances announced here first, and a chance for you to be a part of this website by sending me your photos & questions. I'll be emailing all my members very cool "extra stuff," so don't forget to sign up! And despite the rumors, you'll be hearing my new cd real soon... Stay Tuned. I hope you have as much fun on as I've had putting it together...Love, Ace."

A new interview with keyboardist Eric Ragno can be read at: (Discussing Takara, From the Inside, China Blue and Vox Tempus).

Poley/Rivera (out now) is reviewed:

David Lee Roth and that infamous vocal track have now been cut up for your amusement and cell phone usage!

Some more Angelmilk related press available at with coverage of the Poley/Rivera release Only Human.

Eric Martin's Mr. Vocalist release is doing so well in Japan that Volume 2 has already been comissioned and Eric will record in early 2009. The Japanese only release can be purchased from CD Japan.

Lost Weekend will be performing at the Gasworks Bar in Bradford on Boxing Day (Friday 26th December 2008). The show is free, with a support band to be announced. The boys will be on stage at 9pm. Come along and support them, for further details see the band's official sites at and
Calling ALL Lost Weekend fans, the band need your help to get them on the bill for the 2009 edition of the Sweden Rock festival! To help vote for the chaps, please log onto your own MySpace account and then load up the festival's official MySpace page via - go to the Nordic Challenge and vote!

LOST WEEKEND's new album, Fear And Innocence, was released on Monday 17th November via Escape Music ( and is available to purchase from all good record stores and online retailers. The band will also have copies to purchased at their 2009 live shows and it will be available to purchase from their official site shortly."

Guitar Heaven on this weeks Power Hour/Hair Metal Haven. First up from 4.00-5.00pm on the Power Hour, Chris Nelson will be talking to Guitar Maestro Axel Rudi Pell about his new album Tales Of The Crown. Then from 5.00-7.00pm on the Hair Metal Haven, he will be chatting to one of the worlds top shredders Paul Gilbert about his time spent in Mr Big, his influences, his guitars and his current solo album. Then finally on Chris's last interview of the year he speaks to current British Hotshots the Stone Gods, featuring two members of the group the Darkness, about their top new album Silver Spoons & Broken Bones. So join Chris for his final show of 2008,for lots of great Melodic Rock & Metal, with some festive spirit thrown in for good measure. this Saturday 20th December on

To many, Tommy Bolin was the legitimate heir to Jimi Hendrix's rock guitar throne. Stints with the James Gang and Deep Purple ­ as well as solo albums and a groundbreaking release with jazz-rocker Billy Cobham ­ certainly proved that the adulation was rightly deserved. And with a techno-color fashion sense, he certainly stood out from the pack. Only one problem, Tommy had a death-defying drug addiction, which ultimately would lead to a premature and tragic end - before he was able to truly take his standing among the elite musicians of the world. 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story' is the first book to focus entirely on the life story of Tommy Bolin ­ compiled from nearly 50 exclusive interviews (including family, friends, and band members that played alongside Tommy throughout the years), and featuring many never-before-seen photos.
'Touched by Magic' is available through for $19.98 (U.S.), and there is a sample chapter to read at the site (the chapter is titled "Moxy/'Teaser'/Deep Purple). The book was written by journalist Greg Prato, whose work has appeared in a variety of sites and magazines, including All Music Guide,, Rolling, Record Collector Magazine, and Classic Rock Magazine, among others. A long-time fan of Tommy's music, Greg conducted interviews with such renowned rock names as David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Eddie Kramer, Carmine Appice, Jan Hammer, Martin Barre, Jimmy Haslip, Mark Stein, Prairie Prince, Dale Peters, Jim Fox, Alphonse Mouzon, Kenny Passarelli, Henry Paul, Narada Michael Walden, Reggie McBride, and Otis Taylor, as well as Tommy's brother, Johnnie Bolin (among countless others), for the book.
While it will obviously appeal to fans of Tommy Bolin, this 252 page paperback book (whose title comes from a phrase that keyboardist Jan Hammer once said to describe Tommy's guitar playing) will also be of interest to fans of classic rock in general, as large portions of the book focus on Deep Purple, the James Gang, and Billy Cobham, while you'll find additional stories that involve Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Tubes, Moxy, the Outlaws, and Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios, among others. You'll also get the inside scoop on such classic Tommy-related releases as Billy Cobham's 'Spectrum,' the James Gang's 'Bang' and 'Miami,' and Deep Purple's 'Come Taste the Band,' plus Tommy's two cult classic solo albums, 'Teaser' and 'Private Eyes.' Additionally, new information is gathered around the events that led to Tommy's tragic passing in 1976, after a show in Miami with Jeff Beck.
Tommy's following continues to grow each year, as his album 'Private Eyes' was recently certified gold in the U.S. (500,000 units sold), Dean Guitars recently unveiled a Tommy Bolin 'Teaser' tribute guitar, while Hartman Electronics recently premiered a new Tommy Bolin fuzz pedal. And with the release of 'Touched by Magic,' the buzz is only going to grow louder about the great Tommy Bolin. "After reading 'Touched by Magic,' it seemed to me every interview 'takes you there' for the moment…I give 105 stars to Greg!" -Johnnie Bolin, Tommy's brother
For more information: [to access the sample chapter, click on the book's title at the top of the page].

After just finishing a successful UK Tour, Power Quest are pleased to announce two festival appearances for 2009! They are confirmed for the first edition of a new UK festival called Metalfest, set to take place on September 25-27, 2009 at JB's in Dudley. The 6 piece will play amongst the likes of Blaze Bayley, Brainstorm and Threshold, to name a few of the confirmed acts. For more information, please visit:
Also Power Quest will be attending the ultimate Power Metal event in the US, happening in Atlanta on 11th and 12th Sept 2009 in its 10th year! ProgPower USA X will have Royal Hunt, Fates Warning, Pagan's Mind and many more established bands on their bill. Some more US shows around the festival are planned and will be announced in 2009. More information on ProgPower:
Guitarist Andrea Martongelli is already looking forward to it: "We were on fire on the recent UK tour, Bill and I will show everyone out there, that we are THE ultimate guitar duo in power metal. We are second to none, and 2009 will be the year to prove it live!" And his shredder twin Bill Hudson adds: "I will be in the Guinness books of records soon, as I am going to play ProgPower now for the 3rd time in a row! Awesome!"
Further information: or

Following on from his two hugely successful Christmas shows, HardRockHouse is pleased to announce that Danny Vaughn's Standing Alone EP is now available.  Featuring stripped back interpretations of both Tyketto & Vaughn classics the EP, which has been unavailable since the 2002 pressing very quickly sold out, should be a "must have" for any classic rock fan.
From the beginning of his career Vaughn, the Tyketto & former Waysted vocalist, had always been the token acoustic guitar player who added a little extra flavour to the sound of the bands with which he was involved. The idea for Standing Alone came about following a UK tour which saw Vaughn taking to the stage alone every night to play a song acoustically. Such was the reception that these interludes received that soon after he invested in some home recording equipment and Standing Alone began to take shape. As Vaughn states: "The idea was to see how some songs from my near and not-so-near past would sound reinterpreted".  And the result is nothing short of spectacular. Emotional and honest Standing Alone is the sound of vocal and guitar working together at their best, the simplicity of the arrangements proving just how good Vaughn's songs truly are.
Track listing: Wings, Was There A Moment, Seasons, The Voice, Write Your Name In The Sky & Standing Alone. For further information and to order a copy of the CD then please visit:

Arizona female metal duo Hellen is making headlines again as the new EP Confessions of a Four Track Mind is the lead review in the London-based Metal Hammer Magazine. Hellen began as sister duo in 2005 but was halted by the tragic death of one of the sisters in 2007. Seventeen year old Mindy DuPonte searched for months to find a replacement for her sister. Enter guitar instructor Corrie Zazzera. Hellen was voted "Best Revival of 2008" by the Phoenix New Times and continues to surprise fans with their unique blend of psychotic metal and melody. EP available via
Hellen was recently seen backstage with AC/DC in Phoenix.

Artist Of The Week Deals:


No new Artist Of The Week this week - due to having a few days off. New AOTW next Monday.



Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the return of BALANCE with the release of the band's anticipated new album entitled Equilibrium on February 20, 2009.
The Melodic Rock and AOR scenes are both made up of legendary albums and bands, which, as time goes by, become even more respected among the community of fans. Balance are exactly one of these bands, whose name and reputation, like good wine, has stood the test of time for more than two decades. Formed at the end of the 70's by three promising talents out of the NY music scene: singer Peppy Castro (formerly of The Blues Magoos, Wiggy Bits and Barnaby Bye), the classically trained keyboardist Doug Katsaros and guitarist Bob Kulick (who had already appeared as a guest musician on KISS recordings and on the Paul Stanley solo album in 1978 as well as playing in Meat Loaf's band), Balance soon inked a deal with Portrait Records who released the band's first eponymous album in 1981.
While the song writing and production quality shone all over the record and the band were immediately on the same level as contemporary luminaries such as Toto, Survivor or Journey, the album for which Balance are still today highly regarded is the follow up "In For The Count" released in 1982. The line-up was completed by former Speedway Blvd. member (the band that also featured the future Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess) Dennis Feldman on bass and Chuck Burgi (ex Brand X and later with Rainbow and Red Dawn) on drums. On "In For The Count" the band kicked in with heavier guitars and outstanding production skills, with a song writing talent that was not afraid to experiment while still keeping their strong Melodic Rock trademark intact.
In a perfect world that record should have catapulted Balance to the same level of popularity as Journey, Foreigner or Survivor, however fate and the label's lack of support decreed the end of the band. As proof of the multi-talented artists involved in Balance, all members went on to brilliant careers in music in the following years. Kulick, continued collaborating with the members of KISS and Meat Loaf and went on to form Skull and Murderer's Row, before becoming a Grammy Award producer in LA. Katsaros played, sang & arranged for KISS, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bon Jovi, Sinéad O'Connor and Aerosmith among others and worked in several rockin' Broadway shows, including The Rocky Horror Show and Footloose. Peppy collaborated and sang on records by Diana Ross, KISS, Laura Branigan and Michael Bolton before starting to work in the jingles business.
The three of them kept in touch and had the chance to work together on several projects, however they could never resume the Balance concept and complete their musical circle, so as soon as they got a proposal from Frontiers Records, and after the recent reissue of their classic "In For The Count" album on Rock Candy / Universal, they decided the time was right to start working again, in Doug Katsaros words, on "tunes mostly originally written for a third album, and shelved at the collapse of the record company".
Completed with the help of Bret Chassen on drums (who also co-produced the album together with Bob Kulick), the resulting album "Equilibrium" is truly a labour of love: a record written and crafted with the highest respect for the fans and the same enthusiasm as the old days, bringing back the trademark sound and updating it to the production techniques and taste of the new millennium. "All the guitars, vocals, synths and mix sounds are based on the original two records", explains Katsaros, "we took great care in making certain there was nothing that could not have been performed in the 1980s, even the sequences. Also, the songs are authentic to the time period, since most of them were written in the time period! And we always had astonishing background harmonies and Peppy and I worked hard to keep that up as well. And you can't beat using the original members to get an authentic sound! It was also great fun to recreate the whole blend of a tight intricate keyboard part as a counterpoint to Bobby's brilliance."

Equilibrium final tracklisting will include: Twist of Fate; Breathe; Old Friends; What Have You Done; Winner Takes All; Crazy Little Suzie; Liar; Walk Away; Who You Gonna Love; Forever; Rainbows End.


I have been away with the family for 3 days, business as normal tomorrow with a regular news update...




Friday, December 12, 2008

Another two dates were added to the forthcoming Steve Lukather European tour in support of the release of Ever Changing Times:
March 16th - Salzburg Austria
March 20th - Zug, Switzerland
Further info on the tour dates are available at

Stan Bush has started the writing and pre-production sessions of his new album together with his partner in crime Holger Fath. "I want to make sure the songs are great, so that we have an amazing album. In This Life was a wonderful album, and it will be very hard to beat. But Holger and I are ready to make the best Stan Bush album ever and what we have so far sounds really promising", said Stan. Release is pencilled for the second half of 2009.

Jorn started in November the first recording sessions for the follow up to the highly acclaimed Lonely Are The Brave album, a record which entered the national charts in Norway at # 28 and Sweden on # 42. The plan is to finish with the sessions within January and mix in February in order to release the new album exactly one year after the predecessor. More info shall be released in the coming weeks.

Jaded Heart are busy in the recording studio, under the direction of Chris Lausmann (Railway, Affair, Frontline, Bonfire) for the production of the follow up to acclaimed Sinister Mind album. "There will be 11-12 songs on the new record" says drummer Axel Kruse, "the style is perfectly in line with what we have done on "Sinister" but… just better!". Pontus Norgren of Hammerfall will be special guest on the album and has written a song for the band. Release date is scheduled for spring / summer 09.

Scandinavian Power Metallers Saint Deamon entered the studio in December to record the follow up album to the critically acclaimed In Shadows Lost From the Brave. "This album is going to bring Saint Deamon to the top!" says drummer and composer Ronny Milanowicz. "It's sophisticated aggression, like Painkiller of Judas Priest, but with our melodies to it". The band plans to deliver the master within the end of Winter for a release planned in the summer 2009.

Bruno Ravel has sent an update on the recording of the brand new Danger Danger album: "Ted has completed 5 basic vocal tracks and will be returning in a few weeks to sing some more. We plan to finish all the recording in January and then we will finally start to mix!". Release is tentatively planned for April/May.

Brothers Robbie and Brian LaBlanc have completed the recording sessions of their new Blanc Faces album. Songs that will appear on the album (in no particular order) include: Goodbye Summer, I Come Alive, Don't Take It Away, Like A Believer, Fly, Light In The World, Deep In The Heart, I Swear to You, Everything, It's All About Love, Falling From the Moon, I Will. Dennis Ward is currently mixing the last batch of songs. Fans can expect a perfect follow up album to the self titled release of 2005, with great melodies and the magnificent voice of Robbie LaBlanc starring on all the tracks. Frontiers plans to release the record in the spring 09.

British Melodic Hard Rock combo Praying Mantis has finally completed the songwriting sessions for the new album to be entitled Threshold of a Dream and has been busy in the recording sessions in Atlanta, USA in the past few weeks. Songs recorded include: "Threshold of a Dream", "Sanctuary", "Broken Chain" "Touch The Rainbow", "Turn The Tide"; "Tears In The Rain", "Restless", "Heart In Time", "So High", "Playing God" and "Highway". The new songs once again present the familiar blend of the Hard Rock edge with very melodic "hookline" choruses that have always been an essential trade mark of Mantis, still there will be a couple of epic numbers to complete the lot. Frontiers hopes to release the album in the in the first half of 2009.

Terje Eide and his gang are finishing the recording session of On The Rise second album. The mix sessions have been booked for end January/early February and the band plans to deliver the final master in mid February. For 2009 fans can finally expect to hear a great follow up to the now mighty Self-Titled debut album released in 2003.

Jon Bon Jovi has posted a band update online - it seems Bon Jovi will be back in the studio soon. The update reads (in part): "President Elect Obama better be a Superman or at least surround himself with all the king's horses and all the king's men. The country is in bad shape. We wanted change and we will all be called upon to help implement it. I for one am ready. On the home front since the tour ended the Soul won the Arena Bowl in New Orleans. It was sweet. We're waiting on the rings. They too are sweet. I spent August getting fat and lazy, not wanting to even think about work. It lasted until September when that knock came to my door and to my head. It said "write you fool, Richie is bored and you are not the stay at home kind of dad as all of the neighbors are". So, I went off to Los Angeles and we started. As of now we're 12 songs into it. I'm very pleased. In case you're wondering, it's a rock record. A big loud one. John Shanks is set to produce again and we'll begin the demo process right after I ship the reindeer and sleigh back to the attic, I mean North Pole. In all honesty, I just wanted to drop you a note to wish you and yours a happy healthy holiday. I hope you really do find what you're looking for underneath the tree. It doesn't have to cost a thing. It's free. It is a smile. Thanks for bringing me one. See you in 09. JBJ."

EMI Records have confirmed the release of special anniversary editions of Deep Purple's classic album Stormbringer on CD, with an accompanying DVD, and vinyl LPs. The Stormbringer reissues are due to hit the stores on February 23, 2009.
Stormbringer features the MK III Deep Purple line-up of David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (vocals and bass), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Paice (drums) and Jon Lord (keyboards). Recorded in Musicland Studios, Munich and released in 1974, Stormbringer is the Deep Purple album that often doesn't sound like a Deep Purple album. Although considered proponents of the hard rock genre, as hinted at on previous album, Burn, Stormbringer saw the band create a more funk and soul-influenced sound.
Owing to the direction of Stormbringer, it was to be Blackmore's last studio album with the MK III line-up. He left to form Rainbow, making way for the MK IV version of Deep Purple, with American Tommy Bolin on guitar.
CD Tracklisting: 1. Stormbringer 2. Love Don't Mean a Thing 3. Holy Man 4. Hold On 5. Lady Double Dealer 6. You Can't Do It Right 7. High Ball Shooter 8. The Gypsy 9. Soldier of Fortune
Bonus Tracks: 10. Holy Man (Glenn Hughes remix) 11. You Can't Do It Right (Glenn Hughes remix) 12. Love Don't Mean a Thing (Glenn Hughes remix) 13. Hold On (Glenn Hughes remix) 14. High Ball Shooter (instrumental) 4.30 (from Listen Learn Read On Box Set)

DVD: The DVD features an original Quadraphonic mix album as 5.1 DTS 96/24 and the original album Quadrophonic mix stereo 48/24 with on screen images.
2-LP Tracklisting: Side 1 (remasters) Stormbringer 4.03 Love Don't Mean A Thing 4.24 Holy Man 4.37 Hold On 5.08 Side 2 (remasters) Lady Double Dealer 3.17 You Can't Do It Right 3.25 High Ball Shooter 4.24 The Gypsy 4.10 Soldier Of Fortune 3.12 Side 3 (remixes) Holy Man 4.38 You Can't Do It Right 3.53 Love Don't Mean A Thing 5.21 Hold On 5.23 Side 4 High Ball Shooter (instrumental) 4.30 High Ball Shooter (quad) 4.24 You Can't Do It Right (quad) 3.25 Soldier Of Fortune (quad) 3.12.

ShipRocked has announced that the multi-platinum rock band Tesla, who have sold over 16 million albums worldwide, will be joining Queensryche and Skid Row for what promises to be the premiere rock cruise of 2009.
"TESLA is very excited to be a part of ShipRocked," comments drummer Troy Luccketta. "It's going to be the party of 2009... great bands, great music and great fun! Be there!" Tesla -- Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta, Frank Hannon, Brian Wheat and Dave Rude -- recently reunited with producer Terry Thomas (who was behind the boards for the band's 1994 Gold-certified Bust A Nut album) for their new album Forever More. Next year marks Tesla's 25th anniversary and what better way to celebrate...
"ShipRocked" is an unparalleled five-day rock and roll music cruise on the MSC Poesia that will be departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 15, 2009 and sail to such exotic locations as Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, before returning on November 20, 2009.
In addition to Queensryche, Tesla and Skid Row, ShipRocked will feature live performances on multiple stages by EndeverafteR, Lynam and StoneRider along with the recently confirmed bands, Broken Teeth ( and Stereoside (
ShipRocked has recently entered into a partnership with SonicBids for new and emerging rock artists who wish to perform on-board the 2009 music cruise. Those interested in submitting their EPKs can do so via ShipRocked's event page at:
Throughout the cruise, ShipRocked passengers will be treated to an array of on-board events and activities, including meet and greets with the artists, theme nights, heavy metal karaoke, contests, charity auctions, and maybe even a few all-star jam sessions!
Everyone on-board will feel like a rock star, as they bask in both sun and luxury on MSC's Poesia. The Poesia is the third spectacular vessel in the MSC Cruise Line's "Musica" family of ships. This amazing super-liner features MSC Cruise Line's signature Italian inspired decor, impeccable service, sumptuous cuisine in multiple restaurants, beautiful swimming pools, hot tubs, a full-service spa and fitness center. Nearly two-thirds of the ship's staterooms include private balconies!
ShipRocked will truly be the ultimate rock and roll vacation and backstage pass! Pricing for ShipRocked begins at only $599 per passenger, with early booking discounts and exclusive passenger packages available. Tickets recently went on sale to the general public. For reservations or additional information, visit

I've heard from Faith Circus that one of their big dreams is to get a chance to play at the Sweden Rock Festival. Now, there is a Nordic Challenge going on at Sweden Rock's MySpace from Friday 12th of December. The band with the most votes at the end, will get the chance to play at the festival.
Leave you vote for Faith Circus at

The acclaimed history of million-selling Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, "Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006," will soon be available in a new, improved English edition through North American publisher Bazillion Points. Pre-orders are being accepted now for books shipping with limited metal badges on Dec. 31:
In this remarkably revealing official biography, author Mape Ollila charts the rise from village student project to global stardom, gaining unprecedented access not just to the members of Nightwish past and present; but also their families, their loyal and lewd crew, their peers, their critics, and countless other insiders from the Nightwish adventure. The book lays bare the creative firepower and personal demons of songwriter Tuomas Holopainen; the unique talents and traits of guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and bassist Marco Hietala; and the true reasons behind the 2005 departure of vocalist Tarja Turunen--in the band's words and hers.
Along the way, the band struggles with religious protesters, fortune-tellers, naked crew members, health problems, shady promoters, out-of-control fans, and the growing pains of an ever-steeper rock star learning curve. Happily ever after or not, these unique Finnish personalities are brought to life in this journey. For longtime fans and newcomers seeking the backstory of how Nightwish came to where they are today, this is rare public airing of the mysteries that exist... Once Upon a Nightwish.
The 352-page paperback has been revamped by Bazillion Points from earlier Finnish editions, and features extensive corrections, with 32 pages of rare color images dating back to the dawn of the band, and a complete list of international concert appearances from the entire Tarja Turunen era, all on exquisite 100gsm paper with a glossy folding cover.

New York, NY- December 11, 2008 - Multi-Platinum rockers Collective Soul have inked a worldwide deal with Loud & Proud Records. The signing, which is Collective Soul's first since their former deal with Atlantic, marks the second official artist deal for Loud & Proud, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on new album projects from established artists. The band will head into frontman Ed Roland's studio in early 2009 to begin work on the follow up to 2007's Afterwords, released on the band's own label, El Music Group. Roland says, "With our independent spirit, Collective Soul is excited to partner with a label of similar outlook and goals. Together we are excited to take the next step in an ever evolving music business."
Loud & Proud President Tom Lipsky added, "Collective Soul is acclaimed for their compelling songwriting and precision recording and also known for tireless touring. We are proud to have them join Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records and we look forward to bringing their new music to audiences around the world."
Globally known for mega-hits such as "Shine," "December" and "The World I Know," Collective Soul hails from Atlanta, GA and has produced 7 #1 singles and sold over 10 million records. The band broke into mainstream popularity with their 1993 debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. The group's self-titled second album arrived the following year and logged a 76-week run on the Billboard Top 200. 1999's critically acclaimed Dosage saw Collective Soul further its run as rock radio superstars. The first single "Heavy" set a new high mark for 15-weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. "Tremble For My Beloved" also appears on the gold-certified soundtrack for the hit film Twilight.
The new album is expected summer 2009.

It's been over 13 years since Tyketto has played in the New England, Massachusetts area. Well, before Tyketto kicks off their Around the World in 18 Days tour, they are going to make a few stops in the US before traveling across the pond, and one of those stops is Massachusetts.
Tyketto Drummer, Michael CIayton had this to say: "I vaguely remember the last time we played in Massachusetts, as it was a 14 hour marathon party day. After sound check, we escaped to the movies to see the premiere of Terminator 2 (yes, its been that long!). After that, we headed back to the venue (the club was in Brockton, I believe), to find that the area radio station was doing a "what would you do for Guns and Roses tickets?" contest. I walked into a sold out club to see everything from a fully tattooed and half naked female contortionist, to a severely drunk guy eating kitty litter, and another dude w/ grape jelly smeared all over his body. My first thought was, "This is my kinda town!" The night went on with drunken mania, and a great time was had by all!!!!! So, to my insane New England friends: It's been too long. We've missed you guys. Lets rip it up on January 18th and have some fun. See you in a few weeks folks."
Special Guests: Bombay Black and Tango Down.
Doors open at 8pm First band 9pm 1st 100 people recieve a Free CD at the Door.
MP3 Audio Plug for the show.


This Saturday (13 December) The Rock Man interviews Eden's Curse and plays tracks from their excellent new album 'The Second Coming'. (22.00 GMT). You can find out more about the "Full Throttle Rock" weekly show (repeated Tuesdays 22.00 GMT) at On Sunday 14 December 16.00-17.00 GMT we chat to 'ace' singer-songwriter Paul Carrack, ahead of a future one-hour special discussing his career. Paul is also the Featured Artist for January.
Also on Sunday 14 the monthly "Melodic Metal Mayhem" with Eden Curse's Paul Logue (21.00 GMT), find out more at On December 28 (15.00-17.00 GMT) there is a round-up of some of the favourite tracks from 2008 and Get Ready to Rock! reviewer selections.
You can check out more at: and also send your own suggestions.

MR-X has been updated once again. Online tis week is a great soundboard show from Kiss - Psycho Circus Live 1998 (23 Tracks); Mark Spiro - 2001 Unreleased Demos (8 Tracks) and another killer DVD from Foreigner - Live Dortmund, Germany 1981...classic stuff!
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I'm still working on a new set of Reviews for next week and a few other things, but time is quickly running out before the holiday season arrives and some mich needed holiday time is taken. I'll do my best to take care of as much as I can before that time.

Reminder - Artist Of The Week Deals:




Thursday, December 11, 2008

Frontiers Records is more than pleased to announce the release of JSS latest release Beautiful Mess on February 20 in Europe.
JSS is an Artist who has graced many stages, a hybrid redolent of Soul, Pop, Rock, Blues and R&B influenced by luminaries such as Queen, Prince and Sam Cooke and a man who has proved, across the years that he can deliver all these genres well.
For many years JSS has been known to the world as Jeff Scott Soto. In a career spanning more than twenty years, beginning as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, leading to frontman for many bands including: Talisman, Soul SirkUS, the legendary Journey and more recently Trans Siberian Orchestra. In 2002 he set out on the long, arduous road of a solo career with the acclaimed album "Prism" and has released two solo albums since then, "Lost In The Translation" and now "Beautiful Mess".
He came to the notice of many in the industry when he provided the lead vocals for the main character/singer of "Steel Dragon" in the Mark Wahlberg motion picture "Rock Star". With an audience that comes from Europe, Asia, South America and North America, his appeal is about to be widened even further with this new highly commercial release.
In Beautiful Mess JSS blends the influences he grew up loving into one "beautiful mess" indeed; from the rocking soul of "21st Century", to the sultry "Gin & Tonic Sky" through to the funk of "Bring It Home" and the Beatle-esque "Kick It", JSS leaves no stone unturned in this release, pleasing fans old & new alike. "Beautiful Mess", which is co-written & produced by the acclaimed Swedish artist/producer/writer Paulo Mendonça, is a turning point for JSS who recently dubbed by many as the "new hardest working man in show business" and this new album will find him touring the globe once again in the spring 2009.
If you like the bite of Lenny Kravitz, the sultriness of Seal, the smoothness of Sam Cooke & the rawness of the nostalgic 70's rock 'n' soul, all mixed with a contemporary touch of today's best music, then you need to take a listen to "Beautiful Mess" by JSS.

"Beautiful Mess" European release will include the following tracks: 21st Century; Cry Me A River; Gin & Tonic Sky; Hey; Broken Man; Mountain; Our Song; Eye; Bring It Home; Testify; Wherever You Wanna Go; Kick It; Heart Starts Healing (Bonus Track); Take U Over With Me (Bonus Track). 21st Century and Gin & Tonic Sky (videos - iPod ready versions). In addition to this, a DVD will be added as a special bonus and will include the full quality videos for "21st Century", "Gin And Tonic Sky", "Hey", a specially filmed piano version of "Gin And Tonic Sky" and live footage recorded at the recent JSS exclusive appearance at the Firefest show in Notthingham UK, on October 25, 2008.
Radio airplay of the two singles "21st Century" and "Gin & Tonic Sky" is set to start in early 2009 with a preview of the "21st Century" music video available on YouTube now!

Frontiers Records and JSS would finally like to inform that a un-authorized bootleg version of the album has been circulating on the Internet and sold especially on eBay. Fans and distributors can easily spot the difference between the original version and the bootleg because of the different track listing. Frontiers and JSS do NOT support such release, are actively working to stop it and look forward to give the fans a PROPER product, which will also specially priced as regular 1CD set notwithstanding the addition of the bonus DVD.
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Munich based label AOR Heaven is happy to announce the signing of Norwegian Melodic Rock legends Stage Dolls for the territory of Europe (without Scandinavia). The band is currently in the studio working on their yet untitled release which will appear in stores in Spring 2009. Today, Stage Dolls exist of founding members Torstein Flakne (v., g.) and Terje Storli (b.) plus drummer Morten Skogstadt (ex-TNT) who joined the band in 1992.
Founded in 1983 in Trondheim, Norway Stage Dolls belong to the veterans of the Norwegian Rock scene and also are one of the most successful bands coming out of this country up to today. Albums such as "Soldiers Gun" (1983), "Commandos" (1986) and "Stage Dolls" (1989) still belong to the favorites of many classic Hard Rock fans and - next to their close buddies TNT - made them become the leading force in Norway when it comes to Rock Music. In their 25 year long existence, Stage Dolls have in total released six studio albums, numerous compilations and live records, and been on the road permamently as headliner - mainly in Norway - and as support band for Mr. Big, TNT, Blue Murder, Warrant, Faster Pussycat and many others. Stage Dolls also wrote and recorded the club anthem for Norway's leading soccer club Rosenborg Trondheim.
Torstein Flakne comments: "We're really looking forward to come to Germany and play in January. It's been a long time since we were there so it will be a thrill to meet our fans. The new album will be ready in the Spring of 2009 and we are very pleased so far with the recordings."
Stage Dolls will play their first gig in Germany in more than 20 years on January 31st, 2009 at the Rock Over Munich Festival at the Metropolis Club in Munich, Germany. At this occasion, we will host a listening session during the show day and give you an exclusive pre-listening premiere of the new song material! For more info on the event:
WebLinks: & Pictured: left to right: Torstein Flakne, Terje Storli , Morten Skogstadt.


Iconic '80s rock band to be honoured at The 2009 JUNO Awards with induction to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
Vancouver, BC (November 20, 2008) Today at a JUNO Awards media conference held in Vancouver, BC, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced this year's Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient, Loverboy. The original members of the band (with the exception of the late Scott Smith) were in attendance, and will be honoured during the live broadcast of Canada's Music Awards, The 2009 JUNO Awards, on Sunday, March 29 on CTV.
Loverboy's reign as MTV darlings during the '80s decade influenced an entire generation of rock fans with their trademark image and live-energy shows. Driven by the powerful vocals of Mike Reno, the relentless rock groove of lead guitarist Paul Dean, the late Scott Smith on bass, keyboardist Doug Johnson and drummer Matt Frenette, Loverboy captivated legions of loyal fans and defined an era of party rock.
"We are honoured to celebrate Loverboy's induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame," said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS. "Loverboy's high-octane rock and spirited lyrics continue to resonate with audiences worldwide. One of my most memorable Juno moment's was winning Producer of the Year with the late great Bruce Fairbairn. Now being recognized by the Canadian Music Hall of Fame -- that's very cool," said Paul Dean.
"For me as a member of Loverboy it is a great honour to be in the company of such great artists who came before me," said Mike Reno.
Formed out of Calgary, AB, Loverboy signed their first deal with Columbia Records Canada in 1980 and immediately went into the studio with legendary producer Bruce Fairbairn and 2007 Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipient Bob Rock to record their self-titled debut album. Releasing hits such as "Turn Me Loose" and "The Kid Is Hot Tonite," Loverboy flew off the shelves setting record sales for a debut album at the time with over 700,000 albums sold in Canada. Soon after its U.S. release, the album surpassed 2 million copies in North America and 4 million worldwide.
At the 1982 JUNO Awards, Loverboy's album garnered an unprecedented six wins in one night -- a record that still holds today. That year their self-titled release, Loverboy, won for Album of the Year, Single of the Year ("Turn Me Loose"), Group of the Year, Producer of the Year, Composer of the Year and Engineer of the Year. The band subsequently garnered two more consecutive wins for Group of the Year (1983, 1984) and another JUNO Award for Album of the Year in 1983 (Get Lucky).
Loverboy struck platinum yet again with their sophomore release, Get Lucky (1981), featuring the mega party anthem, "Everybody's Working For The Weekend," a song entrenched in popular culture and a mantra for the working masses. From 1980 through 1987, the band released several gold albums and four multi-platinum bestsellers featuring such classics as "Hot Girls in Love," "When It's Over" and "This Could Be The Night," as well as the smash hit "Heaven In Your Eyes" recorded for the motion picture Top Gun.
On stage, Loverboy delivered an unmatched explosion of energy, skill, style and showmanship that established the group as one of rock 'n roll's greatest live acts, not to mention the reputation as one of the hardest working bands around. Loverboy played more than 200 shows in 1980, embarked on an eight-month world tour in 1983 to promote their third album Keep It Up, and hit 100 cities across North America with the release of the band's fourth instalment, Lovin' Every Minute Of It (1985).
The band catapulted to become one of the top five grossing touring acts and were the first Canadian group to be awarded Columbia Records' Crystal Globe Award for selling over 5 million records outside their native country.
After a decade of success the band took a much-deserved break, but soon took back to the stage for a benefit concert in 1992 for friend and fellow recording artist Brian 'Too Loud' MacLeod. Music fans and industry professionals were blown away by Loverboy's performance, prompting the band's decision to tour again, playing over 100 shows annually.
At the start of the new millennium, the band suffered a tragic loss when founding bassist Scott Smith lost his life in a boating accident and was declared lost at sea on November 30, 2000. The surviving members came together, with the introduction of new bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve, and dedicated the live release album of their greatest hits, Live, Loud & Loose to the memory of Smith.
In 2005, Loverboy marked their silver anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, the band embarked on a North American summer tour performing their greatest hits over the last 25 years, and took the opportunity to introduce their fans to some new songs that they've been experimenting with. The audience response to Loveryboy's new material was overwhelmingly positive and inspired the band to return to the studio after more than 10 years.
Their tough-rocking 2007 release, Just Getting Started, marked a creative new chapter in the long history of Loverboy -- a legendary group that has sold over 20 million records worldwide and touched generations of music fans. The band continues to tour on average of 60 to 80 shows a year across North America, testimony of their lasting popularity and longevity in the music business.
The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978 and recognizes Canadian artists that have attained commercial success while having a positive impact on the Canadian music scene here at home and around the world. Loverboy will join the ranks among Canadian music icons including Anne Murray, Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois, Hank Snow, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Petersen, Tom Cochrane, and 2008 recipients Triumph, in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Shillong, December 9, 2008: "It's amazing to be here in the hills, I never knew India was like this" were the first words that renowned rock band White Lion founder and front man Mike Tramp uttered as he and the Band alighted from the Pawan Hans Helicopter that ferried them from Guahati to the Shillong Helipad located at picturesque Upper Shillong.
Even though the 48 hour journey from America via Singapore was a long and tiring one yet one could see the visible excitement in the rockers as they entered Shillong. "There's only one thing that could have brought me to this part of the world, Shillong and that's the people that want to rock in India," remarked E.J. Curse (Bassman of Silent Rage) currently touring with the band while adding that "I have been pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the country and the hospitality of the people."
Known all over for their many rock ballads including the famous 'When the Children Cry', 'You are all I Need' and 'Till Death do us Apart,' the band has come early to acclimatize themselves and get to know the people of Shillong prior to the December 13th gig dubbed as the biggest event in the city ever where White Lion will be co headlining with Firehouse. Besides Mike Tramp and E.J. Curse, White Lion comprises of Troy Patrick Farrel on Drums, Jamie Law on Guitars and Henning Wanner on Keyboards.
Informing about the band's arrival, Managing Editor Rajoo Sharma of the popular TNT-The Northeast Today magazine the principal organizers of the show said "This concert is expected to generate great attendance as never before as the city of ultimate rock has never witnessed two internationally renowned rock bands on the same stage on the same day at the same venue."
The mega concert supported by Reliance Mobile is being organized in aid of Providence school an institution that caters to the underprivileged children of the city established by the Irish brothers of St. Edmund's School. The organizers have committed that a major chunk of the proceeds will go a long way to facilitate cleaner and safer drinking water for the children.
Gareth Lyngwa the PRO for the event informed that besides rocking Shillong this coming Saturday, White Lion will also be visiting several places in and around Shillong in an effort to get closer to their fans details of which will be made known in due course of time. The band is scheduled to sign autographs on their latest album and other memorabilia to be distributed amongst lucky fans on a first come first serve basis.
There are also limited exclusive Donor cards available for the show which has been labeled as the mother of all rock concerts at select outlets; Bombay Bites, Center Point and TNT head office at Tripura Castle, Cleve Colony.


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Mr. Mister vocalist Richard Page has a new website launched with the help of his brother Rob at: There is a brand new Christmas song I Always Cry At Christmas due for release on iTunes on December 15. Check that out at the site now.

Chris D'Arenzio's Off Broadway tuner 'Rock of Ages' features renditions of hit songs by `80s bands Journey, Bon Jovi and REO Speedwagon.
New Line has won an auction for screen rights to "Rock of Ages," a stage musical that does with '80s rock anthems what "Mamma Mia!" did with Abba tunes. Chris D'Arienzo, who wrote the book for the Off Broadway tuner, will write the screenplay and direct the film. The storyline takes place at a Sunset Strip rock club called Rock of Ages, where a man and woman fall in love but get torn apart by the rock lifestyle. The show is propelled by signature '80s rock anthems popularized by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and REO Speedwagon.
Hollywood has marveled over the global success of "Mamma Mia!," and several studios bid on the musical, which opened Off Broadway in mid-October and is running strong. Pic will be produced by the musical's creative producers, Matthew Weaver and Scott Prisand of Corner Store Entertainment, and Carl Levin. Joining them in the feature effort is Tobey Maguire and his Maguire Entertainment. Janet Billig, Hillary Weaver and Maguire Entertainment's Dan Shafer will be exec producers.
D'Arienzo recently made his feature directing debut on "Barry Munday," a Corner Store-financed film that is in post-production. Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer star. The "Rock of Ages" deal comes after Universal acquired the Tony-winning Broadway musical "In the Heights," with creator and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda starring and book writer Quiara Alegria Hudes penning the script. It becomes the second big musical project for New Line, which is developing a sequel to "Hairspray."

Santa Monica, Ca, December 10, 2008 – This month VH1 is paying tribute to the ultimate rock gods by counting down the "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs." The five-part compilation will feature the most awesome guitar-driven, head-banging jams in rock history ­ from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and everything in between. VH1 will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the greatest hard rock hits with special rarely-seen footage and brand new exclusive interviews with rock's most famous faces. Metallica, Motley Crue, Nirvana, The Who, Van Halen, and Led Zeppelin are just some of the legendary artists to be profiled.
Each new hour-long episode of VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" will premiere on Monday, December 29 – Friday, January 2 at 10 PM*. The series will give viewers the chance to rock out to the 100 best and most influential hard rock songs of all time. Along with the revelation of each anthem's back-story, the five-night event will also feature updates on where various rock idols are today. The countdown will allow viewers to reminisce about the glory days of guitar smashing and party crashing, roadies and groupies, and everything else hard rock stands for. Tune in to see which songs made the list and what band holds the rights to the greatest hard rock song of all time.
VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" is a production of VH1 with Chris Martin serving as Senior Producer, Hilary Spiegelman serving as Series Producer, and Jeff Olde, Shelly Tatro, Rick Hankey and Bernie Kaminski serving as Executive Producers for VH1. Presented by Bret Michaels.

Formed around 2001-2002, Carrying on the brotherhood in Rock, brothers Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie formed the basis for what would ultimately become The Infinite Staircase. Now joined by fellow musicians Paris Bierk (Severed Hand) on drums and Jared Hreha on Bass, the band is working harder than ever to bring their dreams to reality and their music to the masses.
In the past few years alone, the band has independently managed to get featured on Fuse TV, perform on former Saturday Night Live Comedian Jim Breuer's Sirius Satellite Radio Show, get featured in the March 2008 issue of Metal Edge Magazine (with a song being used on that issue's CD Sampler) as well as open for the likes of: Candlebox, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Otep, Bloodsimple, The Hiwatts, W.A.S.P, L.A. Guns, White Lion, Lillian Axe, Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister, and many more…
The Infinite Staircase plan to release their debut album tentatively titled "The Road Less Taken" in Early 2009 and have already landed guest appearances by Former Poison band member and guitar virtuoso Blues Saraceno as well as the Legendary Guitarist currently of the David Bowie band and Slinky Vagabond, Earl Slick. They are currently weighing options for Management and Representation. In the mean time, all inquiries can be sent to or to the band's Myspace Page:




Wednesday, December 10, 2008

On behalf of Angelmilk Records, I would like to extend an apology to anxious fans waiting for the Poley/Rivera release Only Human. Several release dates have come and gone as we experienced more problems than a new label deserves to face. There are a few comments I have seen complaining that some outlets have had stock before others, but those listings have been pre-orders only. No one has had any stock for this title on hand, but I am happy to report that all stock is heading for distributors and specialist stores right now, who will in turn pass on to retailers and ship to customers ASAP.
MusicBuyMail, NEH Records, Metal Mayhem, Destiny Records and Wishing Well Entertainment should all have stock any day now.
Ted and Vic have been hugely understanding of this and to celebrate the good news of this release, I'd like to present a full length MP3 download from the album:
Download: Poley / Rivera - Top Of The World.

Artist Of The Week orders will also ship shortly and in light of delays occurred, the Poley Rivera AOTW feature will continue to be valid this week also.

Thanks again to all for not giving me a hard time over this and I assure everyone that future releases will not be affected this way. Plans for 2009 are well underway and I'm really excited to bring those signings already announced to fruition, plus a whole host of other new releases - a couple of which are sure going to surprise folks!

Artist Of The Week Deals:


A few Reviews recently in for Only Human:

Rock United (Kimmo Toivonen): 8/10 - ""N.W.S." is probably the most "modern" track, reminding me a bit of The Disturbed with Stryper singing harmony vocals! That might sound odd but it actually sounds pretty good to these ears. "The Bigger They Come" takes us back to more familiar waters, sounding like a distant cousin of the Danger Danger track "Beat The Bullet". And in my books that's a good thing - this song is one of my favourites. The happy-go-lucky summertime vibe of "Delirious" is hard to resist too, and why should I, it's a good song. The same goes for "Fire At Will", a hard rockin' track with a catchy hook. "

YTSE Jam: "Only Human possesses sentiment that finds itself copulated with the heavier scheme of things, bringing the finer side of moodiness to the table; the pop-metal mastery of "The Bigger the Come," and the ballsy ballads of "Breath Deep" the title track and the sub-acoustic "Crossing the Ocean" hold true to power, lacking any sappy overtones. The guitar is king and Poley's voice still holds out great, where the overall production on the record refrains from massive synthesizers - yet the big choruses are still in full-force, letting the whole melodic structuring speak for itself, making Only Human one solid melodic hard rock record."

Get Ready To Rock (Jason Richie): 4.5/5 - "A cracking set of melodic hard rock tunes and yet again Ted Poley is on fine form, ably backed by the guitar talents of Vic Rivera. The production is top notch making for an album to keep on repeat play."

Rock Area: 8.5/10 -
Metal Book: 4/5 -

The latest Frontiers Records releases are spotlighted in the following promotional clip:


Journalist Gerry Gittelson is a well known LA based writer that among other outlets, has been writing for LA's Daily News. Now Gerry is going to do some concert reviews for and I'm thrilled to have his input. What better way to start than AC/DC live in LA! Over to Gerry...

AC/DC live at the Forum, Dec. 8, 2008
By Gerry Gittelson / L.A. Correspondent / "My ears are still ringing the next morning, so it must have been a great AC/DC concert Monday in Los Angeles.
A legendary band at a legendary venue – the Forum. This concert was totally soldout -- I kept checking to see if any tickets were available in the days leading up to the concert – with lots of celebs like Slash, Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper) and former Rip magazine editor Lonn Friend helping to celebrate the Australian metal band's triumphant return to La La land.
Angus' guitar was turned up to ear-splitting volume, just like we like it, and it remains utterly amazing that the 53-year-old plays -- and looks -- exactly as he did upon the release of "Back in Black" nearly three decades ago. Decked in his usual school-boy garb, Angus Young put forth an unforgettable performance filled with great riffs – tell me "You Shook Me All Night Long" doesn't have a hook large enough to catch a shark – along with lots of Chuck Berry-style shuffling and an ongoing energy level that can only be described as pure sweat.
Opening number "Rock N Roll Train" got things off to a rip-roaring star, and AC/DC really hit its groove third song in with "Back in Black," as singer Brian Johnson was hitting the high notes just like it was 1981 all over again.
I know AC/DC was forced to throw in some new tunes from the commercially successful new CD "Black Ice," but it's a shame there were not a few more selections from "Back in Black," the biggest-selling album by any band and the second biggest by anyone (trailing Michael Jackson's "Thriller"). It would have been nice to hear "Shake a Leg" or "Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pullution" or perhaps "Giving The Dog a Bone."
But that's my only complaint.
AC/DC did an especially nice job building momentum, including a spell-binding final 20 minutes that included You Shook Me All Night Long, TNT, Whole Lotta Rosie, Highway to Hell and For Those About to Rock."

Magnum are now in the final stages of recording and mixing the brand new studio album. The album is to be titled Into the Valley of the Moon King and is currently scheduled for a 15 th June 2009 release on SPV. Song Titles all of which have been written by Tony Clarkin are as follows:
Cry to Yourself, Take Me to the Edge, Blood On Your Barbed Wire Thorns, Feels Like Treason, The Moonking, A Face In The Crowd, In My Minds Eye, Time To Cross That River, All My Bridges, No One Knows His Name, If I Ever Lose My Mind.
With Jimmy Copley being unavailable due to recording & touring commitments as well as promoting his own solo album we welcome back the return of the one and only Mr Harry James who has "Thundered" his way on drums for this album. Working in the studio alongside Tony who has produced the album has been Sheena Sear who has expertly engineered her first Magnum album.
Once again Rodney Matthews will be working on the album artwork and having been fortunate enough to have seen a work in progress pencil sketch of what it will look like the finished sleeve will be something to look forward to. 2009 will see the band back on the road to support the release of the album and touring plans are currently being worked on.
Magnum would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2009.

Over the Rainbow is the new band that features four former Rainbow members along with Jurgen Blackmore, son of Ritchie Blackmore, on guitar. Over The Rainbow is: Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow 1980-1984); Keyboards: Tony Carey (Rainbow 1975-1978); Drums: Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow 1980-1983); Bass: Greg Smith (Rainbow 1994-1997); Guitar: Jurgen ("J.R.") Blackmore.

Over The Rainbow Russian Tour Dates for February 2009:
Krasnodar - February, 10
Rostov on Don - February, 12
Minsk - February, 14
Saint-Petersburg - February, 16
Moscow - February, 18
Ufa - February 20
Ekaterinburg - February 22
Orenburg - February 23

M.ill.ion tour dates:
Dec 10 – Uster / Zurich, Rock City, (Ch)
Dec 11 – Torino, Il Peocio, (I)
Dec 12 – Bologna, Rock City, (I)*
Dec 13 – Como, Motorrockas, (I)
Dec 14 – Gorizia, Rock Club, (I)
Support on all shows: Pollution (I) * + Soul Doctor (D)
This will be the first tour with Staffan Österlind on guitar and the band is really looking forward to rock hard with the southern European fans. Expect new and old material and one hell of a rock.. n roll party!
The new album Thrill Of The Chase is out now! (Metal Heaven) / For more info, check out: and




Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Northern Light Orchestra highlights majestic, orchestrated rock music featuring soaring vocals, incredible guitar solos worthy of true "guitar hero" status, and pounding rhythms sure to impress and invigorate the baby boomer generation that grew up on what is today classic rock! Combined with the talents of executive producer and longtime record mogul Russ Regan, (responsible for over 800 million record sales with such artists as Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Barry White as well as soundtracks such as "Flashdance" and "Jesus Christ Superstar"), NLO is slated to become a seasonal live performance and recording entity that provides the very best in entertainment!
The brainchild of re-mix keyboardist/writer Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, Poe) and produced by industry veteran Ken Mary (House Of Lords, Trik Turner, Alice Cooper, Beach Boys), NLO is designed to create a total musical experience combining the powerful drama of Webber and Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar" with the emotionally moving musical styles of Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Kansas.
Vocalists and musicians appearing on NLO have been responsible for the sale of over 200 million albums worldwide and include members and former members of household names such as the Beach Boys, Sly And The Family Stone, Alice Cooper, Survivor, Steely Dan, Firehouse, Megadeth, Sister Sledge, Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge, Winger, Bob Carlisle, Guns N' Roses, Grand Funk Railroad, Kiss, House Of Lords, and Whitesnake, just to name a few. Live performances will highlight a spectacular light and video presentation, theatrical movements, as well as incredible musicianship all assembled to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago.
The new nine-track release of Northern Light Orchestra, The Spirit of Christmas, provides merely a hint of what is to come, with nine additional tracks already in production for next year. The album will be available exclusively through iTunes on December 23rd, 2008. A physical release is expected in mid-2009 through VSR Music Group / EMI-CMG.

Northern Light Orchestra musicians:
Vocals: Phil Bardowell (Beach Boys, Magdalen) Bob Carlisle ("Butterfly Kisses") Eddie James (Gospel Singer) Jon Gibson (Jon Gibson) Robin Mcauley (Survivor) Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) Rose Stone (Sly And The Family Stone).
Guitars: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake) Kendall Bechtel (Fifth Angel) Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords) Jason Hook (Alice Cooper, Mandy Moore) Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad) Bill Leverty (Firehouse) George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob) Elliot Randell (Steely Dan).
Bass: David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5) Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge)
Drums: Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House Of Lords)
Strings: Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper)
Keys: Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Poe)

There is a movement afoot in the UK to make Journey's signature classic Don't Stop Believin' this year's Christmas #1. Read on...

"Right the task of this group is simple Journeys "Dont Stop Believing" needs to be number one this year and the timing has never been better for it for the following reasons:
Zane Lowe recently beat Tim Westwood with it as his final track on Radio one last Thursday…Kanye West has featured it on his recent tour…It is already high on the iTunes listings…
Many of you will already know the greatness of this song but for those who have not as yet had the pleasure there is some information below on the song and band. Then buy it to see how a Rock Power Ballard and music in general should be done. Please everyone download or buy it after December 15th to get the ball rolling. Please lets not have another awful Christmas number one we can do it remember wise men once said "Don't stop Believing.

On this weeks show Power Hour/Hair Metal Haven, Chris Nelson will be bringing you three of the interviews he did at this years fantastic Firefest Festival. First up from 4.00-5.00pm UK time on the Power Hour, he will be talking to Erik Martensson form Eclipse about how he stepped in at the last minute to do the vocal duties for H.E.A.T, the new Eclipse album Are You Ready To Rock, and his plans for next year. Then from 5.00-7.00pm, Chris will be talking to Rob Marcello from Danger Danger about the forthcoming album, his fantastic Marcello/Vestry album, his influences, and his plans for 09. Then finally Chris talks to Jess Harnell of Loud & Clear, about their jaw dropping performance at Firefest, their new album & what the future hold for the band. So join Chris this Saturday 13th December for 3 hours of chat, with all the new Melodic Rock/Metal releases from all the top labels, only on

How Metal Is Your Dog? was the topic of the e-mail....well, perhaps not metal enough it's how to improve on that situation:

As we approach the New Year, the folks at iTunes have recently reminisced on who their favorites of 2008 were. Under the "Best New Artists" category, Pop Evil has been holding steady alongside some of the biggest acts in the world. The band's debut album Lipstick On The Mirror has also gained notoriety on Active Rock radio by reaching into the #2 most added record in the country according to Billboard. Pop Evil continues their U.S. tour through the holidays with Theory of a Deadman. WebLink:

New interviews to check out: Virgin Steele - David DeFeis:; Motley Crue - Tommy Lee:; Brother Firetribe - Pekka Ansio Heino:

Italian rockers Knyght are ready to release Bet Everything their first EP, produced and recorded in Germany by Heiko Hinze (who already has acquired many years of experience working with artists such as Tom Jones, Mothers Finest, Metal Church, Axxis, LoveTrick....), on January 15, 2009 by German independent label Anko Music. Tracklist: 1. Goin' Anywhere 2. Heaven Or Hell 3. A Million Times 4. The Game Of Love n Hate 5. Shut Up. You can hear now the EP preview on:

Seventh Rize has signed on with Chavis Records for the release of Full Moon. 'Full Moon' is produced by Bobby Rock (Nelson, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Hardline), with songs co-written with Bruce Turgon (Foreigner, Places Of Power). Seventh Rize hails from Texas and is comprised of Stacy Humphries-vocals, Sulli-drums, Jerry Stone-guitars, and David Hamilton-bass. Full Moon is set to be released in February 2009.
Seventh Rize performed live on VH1 in July at an event for 'Bret Michaels - Rock Of Love' alumni - Rodeo, which led the band to write and record the track 'To Love Rodeo, To Win Rodeo'. Impressed with the track, VH1 has decided to license the track and use it with a future show. 'To Love Rodeo, To Win Rodeo' was co-written and produced by Bruce Turgon.
Seventh Rize will be supporting 'Full Moon' in 2009. A CD release party is currently being planned with the first single 'Full Moon' going to radio December 2nd. For more information visit:,




Monday, December 08, 2008

Artist Of The Week this week is Miss Crazy and their 2008 sleazicious II release.
Sample the album with MP3 soundbytes for all tracks and purchase direct from, with shipping handled from USA for speedy delivery. CDs in stock now and shipped within 48hrs of order being placed.
Poley/Rivera stock update tomorrow...

Miss Crazy II can be purchased now for US$10.00 + $5 Shipping.

Bio: "Many 90's bands like Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and AFI continued the tradition in spirit, while blazing their own sonic trails. Now, a generation later, Miss Crazy arrives on Earth to reignite the flame of hard rock while honouring the visual standards set by their forefathers. Expertly produced by Ronnie Borchert, Miss Crazy is bringing the sound of excitement back to jaded music fans around the world. Your parents might compare Miss Crazy to their old favourites like Def Leppard, AC/DC, Kix, or Cinderella."

The upcoming Playlist compilation from Steve Perry will feature the following tracks: 1. Oh Sherrie 2. I Believe 3. Go Away 4. Foolish Heart 5. She's Mine 6. Against The Wall 7. Summer Of Luv 8. Melody 9. You Better Wait 10. For The Love Of Strange Medicine 11. Missing You 12. Stand Up (Before It's Too Late) 13. Strung Out 14. Don't Fight It.

Damon Johnson's old band Brother Cane have a limited edition official DVD out now. "It's a two disc set with never-before-seen backstage, offstage, and concert footage (a 40-minute show as the opening act for Van Halen in Fresno from '95), interview content, and the complete reunion concert from Pensacola, FL in 2005." You can order copies here:

Michael Schenker's website has been updated with the following message: "I will be at the Namm Show on Friday, January 16th signing things from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, and on Saturday January 17th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. I may also be jamming at the House of Blues on Saturday, January 17th in Anaheim at 11:00 pm. (not confirmed yet). We are currently putting together a US Tour starting around February/March and a UK Tour is planed as well. Gary and I have just completed an Acoustic Album. Real good. It will be released in early spring..."

If you haven't already read about Joe Satriani VS Coldplay, do so here: and here:

Guitarist Ace Frehley will open his new website in just under a week:

This is one of the reasons why people don't buy CDs the first time they are released - "Deluxe edition of Bryan Adams's 11th studio album 11 features bonus tracks plus exclusive performance DVD - a brand new DVD directed by Bryan and Andrew Macnaughtan, the 56-minute film features Bryan and his band in rehearsals performing the 11 album in its entirety earlier this year. The additional audio on the CD includes three new tracks – The Way Of The World, Saved and Miss America – a new BA mix of She's Got A Way plus a remix of the same track by Chicane."

On the December 6th edition of The Classic Metal Show, returning Adler's Appetite vocalist Sheldon Tarsha talked at length about his decision to return to the band powered by former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler. Tarsha discussed his decision to return to the band (which also features Michael Thomas and Enuff Z'nuff bassist Chip Z'nuff), Steven Adler's current state after a much-publicized trip to rehab, and even answered his own quotes discussing being stranded by Adler in Europe a few years ago.
To view the video of Tarsha talking about his return to Adler's Appetite, go to: To download it on MP3, go to: feeds.feedburner.comc/theclassicmetalshow.

The Robot Lords Of Tokyo, an Ohio-based duo consisting of Rick Ritzler and Paul Jones, have released their second album, Whiskey, Blood & Napalm. The Robo Lords are a 'Probot-like' metal project featuring a variety of special guests, including the six-string talents of Steve Theado (American Dog), Neil Zaza, Steve Pollick (ex-Icarus Witch, Order Of Nine) and Rob Johnson (Magnitude 9), among others. The album, which features classic, old-school metal riffing laced with generous doses of southern/doom groove, was once again co-produced by Joe Viers (Gilby Clarke, Jake E. Lee, American Dog, Bobaflex). In addition to nine new originals, the CD features the Lords reworking of the obscure KISS gem 'Larger Than Life'. Visit for details.




Friday, December 05, 2008

Artist Of The Week this week is none other than Angelmilk Records' own Poley/Rivera!
Sample the album with MP3 soundbytes for all tracks and purchase direct from, with shipping handled from USA for speedy delivery....normally. In this case I must apologise - but it appears absolutely none of the CD stock has reached any destination....including MR's US base. I'm guessing pirates have hijacked the lot, ready to send their ransom at any moment.
I'm not sure what else to say....I'll provide an update when I get one and ensure this is not repeated ever again, but for now, don't cancel orders with retailers you have placed orders with as no one has the stock yet and everyone will get it at roughly the same time...ASAP. If you want to pre-order it from here...ready for shipping asap next week, then that would be appreciated.

Poley Rivera's melodically inspired Only Human can be purchased now for US$15.00 + $5 Shipping.

German power metallers Primal Fear entered the studio on November 28 to begin recording their new album, 16.6, due in early 2009 via Frontiers Records. The band is in the process of laying down the following 14 tracks for the new CD (working titles; in no particular order):
01. Six Times Dead (16.6), 02. Smith & Wesson, 03. Soar, 04. Riding The Eagle, 05. Black Rain, 06. Lightning, 07. Time, 08. Night After Night, 09. Killbound, 10. Don't Fuck With My Life, 11. No Smoke Without Fire, 12. The Exorcist, 13. Torn, 14. Scream.
Commented Primal Fear frontman Ralf Scheepers: "It's very unusual for one band member to see and listen how the other band member is delivering the goods on his instrument. When we perform together live, you can also judge what's going on each instrument but not as clear and obvious as in the studio where you can concentrate on each tone or note or beat from your mates. From what I have heard so far, I can really say it's the best performance I have ever heard from Randy [Black] on the drums and also from Henny [Wolter] on the guitar. Of course, some people might think, 'What else should he say, he has to promote the new album and that's what every musician would say just to keep the ball running.' But these words are my true impression and I really can't wait for Magnus [Karlsson, guitar] and Mat [Sinner, bass] to nail their parts to see the whole building growing and growing."
Primal Fear earlier in the year parted ways with guitarist Stefan Leibing and replaced him with Magnus Karlsson (Allen/Lande, Starbreaker).
The band's latest album, New Religion, last year landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. The CD was released in the U.S. on January 29 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, Ex-Helloween) and Simone Simons (Epica).

Multinational Melodic Metallers Eden's Curse have officially released a digital single of their track Angels & Demons which features Queensryche's infamous Sister Mary character from the Operation Mindcrime albums, Pamela Moore, duetting on lead vocals with frontman Michael Eden.
Completing the package is another track from the band's sophomore release, The Second Coming, entitled Ride The Storm, a karaoke version of Angels & Demons, and an exclusive interview conducted by Derric Miller of with the aforementioned Eden, Bassist/Songwriter Paul Logue and the delightful Pamela Moore all about the track in question.
The Digi-Single was released on 1st-Dec-2008 in Europe by AFM Records and in the Rest of the World by Eden's Curse via their newly launched Official Online Shop:
Also released the same day is The Bonus Tracks E.P. which features for the first time ever, all seven bonus tracks from the four worldwide releases of the self-titled Eden's Curse album. "This is something our fans have continuously asked us about and we've have listened. After several talks with all of the labels involved we are delighted to be able to bring them what they asked for. We thank our fans the world over for their unwavering support and wish them all a wonderful festive season and New Year and we'll see them on the road in 2009!" commented bassist Paul Logue.
WebLinks: / /


Despite the release of their long-awaited album Chinese Democracy, eccentric Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is reported to have gone AWOL. Rose has been missing for two months.
The rocker has infuriated bosses at record label Geffen after disappearing without promoting the band's long-awaited album Chinese Democracy, which was released last week 15 years after the last Guns N' Roses LP.
A source told Britain's The Sun: "People have been trying to contact Axl for two months and he's completely AWOL. It is frustrating because the album would have had a much better chance of going to number one if he had only been prepared to show his face. You would have thought after spending all those years on an album you might do a few weeks of promotion. Everyone knows Axl is a bit of a maverick genius and won't do anything he doesn't want to."
Chinese Democracy has only made it to No. 3 on the Australian charts, beaten by Pink's Funhouse at No. 1 and Kings of Leon's Only By the Night at No. 2.
Guns N' Roses was beaten to the number one spot in the UK album charts by The Killers' Day and Age, which sold 200,000 copies - nearly twice as many as Rose's record, which is rumoured to have cost $13 million, making it the most expensive ever album.
So far, Chinese Democracy has only gone to number one in Brazil and Finland. It has been claimed Rose's disappearance could be due to him entering into secret talks to reform the classic line-up of the band.
Former guitarist and songwriter Izzy Stradlin has performed as a guest star with the band at shows in 2004 and 2006, and ex-lead guitarist Slash has admitted he likes Chinese Democracy.
The fate of Slash's new band Velvet Revolver hangs in the balance after they were dropped from their record label.

(Studio City, CA.) Supergroup Big Noize, featuring vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, Phil Soussan, Carlos Cavazo & Simon Wright has been forced to cancel their South American tour this month.
On December 4, 2008 Big Noize and booking agent Sullivan Bigg released the following statement:
"Although there were several promoters involved, all of them were in breach of contract by failing to make arrangements and provide the funding as agreed, despite repeated requests from band management and agent. Big Noize waited to cancel until "the last minute" in good faith that flight/hotel arrangements and funding would show up. As of today, neither flight/hotel arrangements or funding has been sent to band management nor their agent. The members of Big Noize were looking forward to playing to fans on this tour. The band, management and booking agent are all sad and disappointed that this has happened but they are looking forward to an opportunity in the future to reschedule a tour to South America with more reputable promoters.
Anyone who purchased tickets should address their refund issues and concerns directly to the promoters and corresponding venues."

Bad Way has announced the release date for their sophomore album, Dead Letters, for March 23rd, 2009. Produced by top Spanish producer Gonzalo Parreño (Uzzuahia, La Pulquería), mixed by Roger García (Uzzuahia, Monkey Hole) and mastered by Mika Jussila (Him, Nightwish), Dead Letters will include 11 songs of which you can hear a snippet at
Since their first album, From Zero To Hero, came out, the band has continued to receive excellent reviews for both their album and their stage presence. This gave them the opportunity to open for international top bands like Lordi, Twisted Sister and Nashville Pussy among others.
Also, the band would like to introduce their new lead guitarist, Evodi, that comes to replace Martin Lehrner.
The band will be announcing the details of the new album and tour shortly (along with international dates). In the meantime, you can hear snippets of Dead Letters at their website, or at their MySpace,


A new interview with Jimi Jamison is online now at:

Sleaze Roxx recently interviewed guitarist Alex Grossi of Quiet Riot and Beautiful Creatures fame. Alex just announced that he has joined Adler's Appetite for some live shows, and had this to say about the band.
Sleaze Roxx: You just landed a gig with Steven Adler in Adler's Appetite, how did that come about?
Alex Grossi: I had played with Steven on the 2004 "Bad Boys of Metal" tour and also did some one-offs with him later that year. We have been friends since, and I guess when it came time for him to put a line-up together, my name came up, a phone call was made and here we are!
Sleaze Roxx: Who else is in the band these days?
Alex Grossi: The line is a really solid-one that I have a great feeling about. I will be sharing guitar duties with longtime Adler alumni Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat). We also have Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff) on bass, Sheldon Tarsha on lead vox and of course, Steven.
Sleaze Roxx: I take it Steven is clean these days, do you worry that he might fall off the wagon when you hit the road?
Alex Grossi: There is always going to be that concern with anyone with a history of addiction, but he has surrounded himself with some really good people this time and has a very positive attitude and is the most happy when behind a kit, I think he will be just fine.

The reunited Trixter performed for a sold-out crowd this past Friday, November 28 at Dexter's Entertainment Complex in Riverdale, NJ. This was their first headlining appearance of 2008 and their first hometown NJ show in over 13 years. Trixter originally reunited earlier this year to play the massive Rocklahoma festival in July, followed later that month by performances at Rock Fest and the Hi-Pines Music Festival in Wisconsin. Most recently, Trixter opened for fellow scene veterans Warrant in Minnesota on their first gig with new singer Robert Mason. Photos of Trixter's sellout NJ performance are available at the following link:

Fall River – You've read about some of the best bands in New England during the past year in Limelight Magazine. Now, you have the opportunity to see some of them perform and be rewarded for their accomplishments. The Narrows Center for the Arts will be hosting the first annual Limelight Magazine Music Awards ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The live music event will honor the best bands and musicians from New England that were selected by readers of the magazine in an online poll.
Co-headlining the event will be Charlie Farren, lead singer of Farrenheit and the former lead singer of the Joe Perry Project, and MASS. Other featured performers include: Alan Arena, Samuel Bowen, The Candace Brooks Band, Generation Down, The Great Escape – A Tribute too Journey, The Few, and Shryne.
"We have such great music talent in New England," George Austin, co-publisher of Limelight, said. "The voters surely had some difficult choices to make in the different categories. But our readers are knowledgeable of the local music scene and we know all of the bands and musicians they chose are deserving of the honor. The other nominees also would not have been on the ballot if they had not made such an impact on the fans."
As part of the event, a silent auction will be held to benefit the Brad Delp Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable entity, that was created for the purpose of carrying on the former Boston and Beatlejuice frontman's legacy of compassion, generosity, and kindness. The foundation seeks to honor Delp's memory by awarding music related grants, scholarships and funding for school music programs.
Tickets for the awards show are $13 each ($15 day of show) and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Paul Kersey at 508-673-3637 or through any of the bands performing.
Limelight Magazine is a quarterly publication dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of the New England music scene. The publication is committed to creating projects that help improve the local music scene. The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River, Mass. It is an all ages, live music venue.
For more information about the event, contact Limelight Magazine by e-mail at

Rising heavy rockers Attica Rage kick off a short run of gigs in Scotland and Wales, dubbed 'Winter Road Rage', over the next couple of months with a prestigious headline slot at the sold-out Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn, Wales on Friday 5 December, sharing the bill with rock legends Thin Lizzy, Black Label Society, The Wildhearts and many more. Attica Rage headline the Young Blood stage, with five other upcoming UK bands selected to open the festival. Scuzz TV will be filming the performances for a future festival TV special. Glasgow-based 96.3 Rock Radio's Tom Russell will also be interviewing Attica Rage on the stations live broadcast show from the festival.
Following Hard Rock Hell, the band will be in Scotland for Christmas party gigs in Dundee and Glasgow with Iron Maiden tribute Maiden Scotland and a special gig in Kilmarnock, performing a set of classic rock and metal covers. In January they head back to Wales for a headline show and first visit to Swansea, finishing off with a joint headliner with Shetland rockers Ten Tonne Dozer at The Ark in Edinburgh.
Two hundred fans joined Attica Rage at their recent launch party in the Glasgow Cathouse to celebrate the release of debut album Ruin Nation. The album, released on the band's own label Vanduara Records, has been receiving radio airplay at home and abroad and has seen impressive sales across the globe including UK, USA & Europe and even as far as Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico. The band launches a new, revamped website this month - - courtesy of Mubito, with special features including their own mp3 download store and a community section where fans can join up and communicate directly with the band and other fans and leave comments. The band's MySpace - - is still an active hub of information and regular updates too.
Attica Rage will continue to promote Ruin Nation in 2009 but have already started writing new material with plans to record release a follow-up album in the New Year.
December 2008 / January 2009 Gig Dates:
Fri 5 Dec Prestatyn, Wales, Hard Rock Hell II (with Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, Black Label Society, Clutch, Orange Goblin, The Wildhearts)
Sat 13 Dec Dundee, Scotland Hustlers (with Maiden Scotland, Vantage Point, Core, Firebrand SuperRock)
Fri 19 Dec Kilmarnock, Scotland Fanny By Gaslights (rare classic covers set)
Sat 20 Dec Glasgow, Scotland Ivory Blacks (with Maiden Scotland, stillMarillion & Vantage Point)
Sat 10 Jan Swansea, Wales Sin City (support to be confirmed)
Fri 16 Jan Edinburgh, Scotland The Ark (with Ten Tonne Dozer)

MR-X has been updated with some pretty cool stuff again this fact, a bumper crop of updates -
Feature DVD - Mr. Big - Live At Budokan, Japan 1996 (25 Tracks)
Live Audio - Cinderella - Live Tampa, July 2000 (12 Tracks); Hardline - Live (5 Tracks); Extreme - Live Donnington 1994 (13 Tracks)
Feature Album - Steve Thompson - Steve Thomson.
MR-X Membership Details.

Next week - more Reviews and what ever else I can fit in...Jimi Jamison/Jim Peterik interview coming soon...




Thursday, December 04, 2008

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the long awaited Jorn DVD Live In America on January 23, 2009.
"Live in America" was recorded live during Jorn's first ever concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner of the day on September 16th 2006. The incredible set saw Jorn offer a wide selection of songs taken from his solo albums, collaborations and a mindblowing Whitesnake medley, who made him one of the most successful acts ever in the history of the festival.
Jorn Lande is one of nowadays vocal Rock gods: he has a vocal capability that is world class, distinctive, rich and spanning a large range. He cut his teeth with such internationally renowned acts as: Masterplan, Ark, Millenium, Vagabond, The Snakes and many more. He has also established himself with his own band under the name "Jorn", releasing so far seven increasingly successful solo albums. "Live In America" is a visual testament to Jorn's capabilities as an entertainer and to the incredible power and strength of his now legendary shows and a perfect complement of the CD release which came out in September 2007.
DVD Contents - Jorn Live at ProgPower VII Festival: We Brought The Angels Down; Blacksong; Duke of Love; Are You Ready; Cold Sweat; Drum Solo; Out To Every Nation: Guitar Solo; Straight Through The Heart; Godless And Wicked; Soulburn; Devilbird; Perfect Strangers; Gonna Find The Sun; The Whitesnake Medley: Come on/Sweet Talker/Crying in the Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love / NTSC Region Free - 16:9 / Stereo Mix 2.0.
Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the most exciting shows and performers of nowadays Hard Rock scene!


Guitarist Brian May comments on rumors that Queen + Paul Rodgers has possibly run its course at his official web site: "Well, I don't know where anyone got that idea — Roger [Taylor, drums] and Paul and myself haven't made any decisions whatsoever about the future. We just need a rest!"

Takara will have the first of the online radio debuts on this Thursday December 4, 2008 on This show will go on at 9pm PST
It will be a 30 minute special spotlighting the new album! We are very excited about this. This will give many of you who have not heard our new album a chance to hear most of the new album. Then not more than a week later our good friend Metal Madman will debut our whole album on his online radio show This show will be one hour in duration.
This show will be Wednesday December 11, 2008 7-9 PM E.S.T. He will also play Takara classics from past albums. We also will be live on the air, and in the chatrooms to connect with everyone that tunes in! Also, the New Takara album is out and can be purchased via the bands site:
MP3 sound clips are up to sample the album too:

Blistering Records is pleased to announce the world-wide signing of Covered Call, the Swedish melodic hard rock band who want to reach out and connect with rock fans when their North American debut 'Money Never Sleeps' is released on January 27th, 2009 (end of March in Europe)
The band - which features established members of the Swedish music scene, including founding member/drummer Ronny Svanströmer and Thomas Vikström (ex-Candlemass, Therion) - recorded and mixed 'Money Never Sleeps' at Studio Fredman by Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, HammerFall, Dimmu Borgir) and Henrik Udd.
Covered Call are an essential band in these times of middle-of-the-road rock and plastic pop bands, a band that currently may not be playing stadium-size shows like the veteran rock acts of the 80s that they drew inspiration from (Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Aerosmith and AC/DC), but they play like they do, thanks in part to their attitude and the melodic hooks used to reel fans in. And that says a lot!
Tracklisting for 'Money Never Sleeps': 1. All Because of Me 2. Til' The End 3. Shine 4. Never Again 5. Anything You Want 6. I Wanna Be Free 7. Nothing At All 8. Money Never Sleeps 9. What About Us 10. Let's Make it Real.
Lineup: Ronny Svanströmer - Drums, Thomas Vikström - Lead Vocals, Joel Carlsson - Guitar, Vocals, Thomas Thulin - Bass, Morgan Rosenquist - Guitar.
WebLinks: /

In other news, Blistering Records are also ready to unleash two other truly unique melodic hard rock releases on January 27th, 2009.
The two albums -- Voodoo Circle's Alex Beyrodt's VooDoo Circle and Places Of Power Now is the Hour -- are different creatively, yet joined by their masterful display of melodic hard rock and attitude.
Voodoo Circle is the brainchild of guitarist extraordinaire, Alex Beyrodt. Alex is best know as the driving force behind the acclaimed German melodic metal bands, Slient Force and Sinner, as well as being the touring guitarist of Primal Fear. Alex's incredible compositional and instrumental skills have secured his place as a true guitar hero and has earned him great respect among his fans and peers around the world. Alex decided to step out and form VooDoo Circle to unlock the chains of constraint that came with his previous bands, and so that he could pay respect and homage to his two great influences: Deep Purple and Rainbow. Behind Alex' ominous presence, VooDoo Circle also features band members David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Matt Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear) and Mel Gaynor (Gary Moore, Brian May). It also features guest appearances by Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen) and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzie, Dio, Whitesnake)
Though the name Places Of Power may be new to most people, the individual musical accomplishments of its two founding members are highly respected indeed. Bruce Turgon and Philip Bardowell both possess musical pedigrees of the highest calibre, having worked with the likes of such notables as Foreigner, Lou Gramm and Peter Criss (Kiss) "Now Is The Hour" is a pairing of two superb artists who are no strangers to quality hard rock music. It is a collaboration between two-like minds who share enthusiasm for, and dedication to their craft. For the listener, it is a jewel of a record that features stellar production and songwriting in a way that only seasoned professionals can. Produced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Krokus)
For more information and updates on the bands, please check the following websites: /




Wednesday, December 03, 2008

After the success of the band's 2004 reunion tour, the members of Tyketto decided that they wanted to keep rolling with select live performances throughout the world for their legion of die-hard fans. Unfortunately, not all members were up for the schedule, travel and commitment to make these shows a reality. Guitarist Brooke St. James landed an amazing full time gig in Las Vegas, so the band's hopes of keeping the original lineup intact were not to be. The remaining members, (Danny Vaughn; vocals. Jimi Kennedy; bass and Michael Clayton; drums) decided to keep Tyketto alive and continue to tour around the world.
"It was with a heavy heart, but also with a renewed sense of optimism that we made the collective decision to continue", recalls Danny. "Tyketto has, and always will be about the songs we have written, and the reaction from our live shows over the years is a testament to that."
As Tyketto has always been a tight knit family, the band was dreading the "cattle call" audition process. The band struck gold in finding two incredibly talented musicians to round out the Tyketto lineup. "We found two very talented hometown guys, so the decision was actually very simple", recalls Michael. Danny, Michael and Jimi would like to welcome our new brothers onboard for what is shaping up to become one amazing year.
PJ Zitarosa - Guitar And Vocals - PJ is no stranger to the Tyketto camp, recording and touring with Danny Vaughn and Michael Clayton on Danny's first two "Vaughn" albums. PJ's first appearance as Tyketto's lead guitarist was met with rave reviews this past October when Tyketto headlined Firefest 5 in Nottingham England.
Bobby Lynch - Keyboards And Vocals - At the age of 20, Bobby was signed to Lava/Atlantic Records as a member of The Franky Perez Band which toured the world. Currently, Bobby can be seen from time to time playing with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Gary US Bonds, Bobby Bandiera (Bon Jovi) as well as various Tri-State bands.
Tyketto January 2009 Tour Dates:
New dates always being added, so check the website often...
Thursday, January 15, 2009 USA Lake Como, NJ
Saturday, January 17, 2009 USA Teaneck NJ
Sunday, January 18th, 2009 USA Chicopee MA
Thursday 22 January 2009 England Dudley
Friday 23 January 2009 Holland Weert
Saturday 24 January 2009 Spain Madrid
Sunday 25 January 2009 Spain Las Palmas
Wednesday 28 January 2009 Italy Rome
Friday 30 January 2009 Italy Bologna
Saturday 31 January 2009 Switzerland Pratteln
Sunday 1 February 2009 England Corporation
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This winter, Europe the band will return to the studio to record their 8th studio album. We invite YOU to visit the new Europetheband blog between December 8th and 10th, and enjoy direct updates, interviews, pics and video! It promises to provide some fire to melt the winter freeze... so do not miss this rare and unique opportunity to see history in the making!
Visit the europetheband blog here: /

On Saturday 6th December, Steve Price is having a well earned day off and his show (6pm - 9pm UK) is being hosted by Bruno Ravel from Danger Danger. Tune in to discover Bruno's musical tastes and, we hope, some nice rarities!

Sunday 7th December, Steve returns with a guest who has had a considerable impact over the years in the world of Melodic Rock...Beau Hill. Beau will be chatting to Steve about his latest production project, Hungarian rockers H.A.R.D., and we fully expect a trip down memory lane to talk about some of the other acts Beau has worked with over the years.
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As promoted last week on the 3 Guys Pickin' Cable TV show, here is the Don Dokken/Sebastian Bach interview to check out:

On December 6th Darren Wharton (Dare & Thin Lizzy) will be the special guest at the second Thin Lizzy Bash in Västerås, Sweden. Other guests on the night will be, John Norum (Europe) and Conny Bloom (Hanoi Rocks & Electric Boys)
For more information contact: / Booking: /
When: 6th of December 2008 Where: Västerås, Sweden Venue: Sigurdsgatan 25.

Guitarist Jesse Damon sent out this latest update:
"2008 was a busy year for me launching the fourth Silent Rage CD "Four Letter Word" on Frontiers Records (Italy) and on King Records (Japan) and also landing a deal with Retrospect Records (U.S.) to re-issue SR's first two CD releases Shattered Heart's and Don't Touch Me There with bonus tracks! The first of two Silent Rage CD re-issues will be released this month! More news to come on the release dates! It's almost 2009 and I've started to record a new studio album, put a new solo band together, and I'm hungry to perform again, just itching to play new material and perform all your faves you want to hear! More news to come soon! Thanks so much, and stay tuned for more news and live dates in 2009!"

Italian readers should take note of this upcoming event in Milan -
The Gods Of AOR Italy, featuring Brunorock, Edge Of Forever & Myland.
Live At Musicdrome, 02-27-2009, Via Paravia 59, Milano, 9:30pm.
More info: /


A chance to hear again an hour of music selected by Jeff Scott Soto (Takara/Talisman/Journey/Yngwie Malmsteen) this Sunday at 18:00 GMT including forgotten gems like T-Ride, some Van Halen and a couple of songs of Jeff's excellent new album 'Beautiful Mess'...

The Rock Man comes to GRTR! Radio every Saturday between 22:00 and midnight GMT, repeated every Tuesday between 22:00 and midnight GMT
Full Throttle Rock Radio currently produces and presents two shows - one for local radio in Melbourne, Australia and the other for UK internet radio station Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The Rock Man, who is based in Melbourne Australia, showcases the best melodic hard rock and classic heavy metal from the 70s and 80s era, as well as taking a journey into the world of the new breed of artists that have emerged over recent years. The show also features news, reviews and artist interviews.
2008 has been a massive year for Full Throttle Rock with The Rock Man presenting interviews with industry legends including Rob Halford from Judas Priest, David Coverdale from Whitesnake, Biff Byford from Saxon, Kelly Keagy from Night Ranger, Lajon Witherspoon from Sevendust, Gary Cherone from Extreme, Nils K. Rue from Pagan's Mind, Anders Johannson from Hammerfall, Claus Lessmann from Bonfire, Paul Logue and Michael Eden from Eden's Curse and Sebastian Bach. The Rock Man's interviews are featured in Dirty Rock Magazine – "The Digital Rock N Roll E-Zine".
The Rock Man and the Full Throttle Rock Crew have major plans for 2009, so stay tuned for updates. MySpace:

Damage Control Music would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas, and would like to thank you for your support in 2008. To celebrate the festive season we are offering a very special limited edition download of a seasonal song written by Robin wrote called "Make Love not War". Proceeds from the single will be used to help finance the LovePower and Peace Charity CD.
With your help we can make a real difference to so many lives, for details of this release and all the amazing artists involved, please visit:
Available now as a charity download (75p) minimum donation from:




Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Fireworks 34 is now available in print and Digital Download.
100 pages Full Colour with THREE free CDs totalling almost 4 hours of great music! The audio is included in the Digital Download files - check the Fireworks 34 Page.


Interviews this issue include Richie Blackmore cover feature, plus Jeff Scott Soto, Bob Catley, Michael Schenker, The Bangles, Uriah Heep, REO Speedwagon, Tony Harnell, Backyard Babies, Quireboys, Eden's Curse, Black Stone Cherry, Spock's Beard, Glyder, Sinner, Todd Rundgren, Venice, Driver, Crown of Thorns, Serenity, Edgar Winter, Haggard, Dream Evil, Morten Harket, Heaven's Basement and LOTS more, including 6 page special on female fronted rock acts and 4 page special on Southern Rock & Blues bands!
CD tracks as follows:
Feel The Heat (Fireworks #34) 1. Ramos/Hugo – You're Not Alone 2. Shadowman – It's Electric 3. Eden's Curse – Masquerade Ball 4. Driver – I Am a Warrior 5. Backyard Babies – Come Undone 6. Jimi Jamison – Can't Look Away 7. Sinner - Revolution 8. Peter Friestedt – Where to Touch You 9. Jayce Landberg – New Generation 10. Sister Sin – Beat the Street 11. Sideburn – Hurricane Race 12. PAIN – End of the Line 13. Ross the Boss – Blood of Knives 14. Naughty Boys – Only God 15. Eclipse – Breaking My Heart Again 16. Black Succubi – You Can't Run Away 17. Sonata Arctica – Fullmoon 18. Robbie Dupree – Secret Love.
Cats N' Claws 4 - 1. Dilana - Still Wanting 2. Miss Behaviour – Blind 3. Pearl - Because The Night 4. Katra – The Beast Within 5. Lipstick Magazine - Against the Wall 6. Lizette & - Just Smile 7. Remedy - Priests and Preachers 8. Achilla - The Wild Flower 9. Lola Spriggs - I Ain't Crushed 10. Rock Child – Step On Mad 11. Dream Aria – Labyrinth 12. Kelly Padrick - Start Clean 13. Catherine Delagadillo - Paradise Swamp 14. Tiffany Apan - Ghost 15. Maeven - Queen Of Hearts 16. Tular – Fairy Legend 17. Cornerstone – Fade Away 18. Octane Gypsy – Save Me 19. Starr Faithfull - I Break Down 20. Dyonisis – Xact.
Rebel Rock & Blues - 1. Medicine Hat - Sweet Mama 2. Jaded Sun – Crazyman 3. Voodoo Johnson - Blow Me Away 4. Matt Zeiner – The Crash 5. Zed Head - Voodoo Love 6. Paul and the Harper Woods - Kiss My Scars 7. 27 Miles - Brotherhood 8. Boogie Stuff - Muddy Water 9. Rebel Pride - Flatlands 10. Fiddleworms – 428 11. Hogjaw - El Camino 12. Delilah Why - How Was I 13. White Cowbell Oklahoma – Koko Girl 14. The Muggs - Get It On 15. Tony Deziel - What'cha Put In That Kiss 16. Jeff Scheetz – Trippin' 17. Pat Rettig – Country Man 18. Stone River – Southern Feeling 19. J.C, Cinel – Brush My Cymbals 20. Gentlemen's Blues Club - Red White And Blue.


Jimi Jamison - In conjunction with the release of his brand new solo album "Crossroads Moment" Jimi Jamison has launched a new and revamped look for his official website. Go to and enjoy!

Tesla - Some superb reviews have blessed the return album from Tesla "Forever More" on the European markets! Here at you below some of the results on the press:
Rock Hard Germany #5 Soundcheck - 7.5 / 10 Review
Heavy Germany #1 Soundcheck – 11/12 Review
Roock It Germany #1 Soundcheck – 8.5/10 Review
Scream Norway 5/6
Metal Hammer Greece: 8/10
Classic Rock Uk 8/10
Rock Hard France 8/10
Metal Hammer Hungary 8/10
Revolver (Netherlands) 4/5
Popular 1 Spain - 8/10
Metal Hammer Spain – "Recommended"
This Is Rock Spain – "This new album is very dynamic, instrumentally powerful with acoustic interludes and very diverse… one of the best records of the year"
Metaldreams Spain 9/10 - Album of the month
Metal Hammer Italy - 8/10 – Album of the Month
Metal Maniac Italy - 8/10
Rock Hard Italy - 8/10 soundcheck

Melodic Rock Fanzine - Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 29th release of the successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mail-order and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. Here are the previews of the two Melodic Rock Fanzine covers:


This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Tesla, Thunder, Robert Berry, White Lion, Richie Kotzen, Lost Weekend, Jimi Jamison, TNT, China Blue, Ecliptica... and more! Downloadable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site and here. It can also be read via application below:
Few bands can be said to have been equally influential on both punk and heavy metal. Mott The Hoople are at the top of that very short list. On December 16, 2008, Mott The Hoople's seventh and final studio album, 1974's "The Hoople," returns to U.S. shores in a deluxe expanded and remastered edition from new reissue specialist Iconoclassic Records. Seven bonus tracks enrich this definitive portrait of the final year of one of rock's most seminal acts.
Mott The Hoople was on a sustained hot streak at the time of "The Hoople's" release. 1971's critically acclaimed "Brain Capers" fulfilled the promise of their early LPs, 1972's David Bowie-produced "All The Young Dudes" established the band as a commercial force, and 1973's "Mott" was widely regarded as a masterpiece. 1974's "The Hoople" proved yet another triumph, and became the band's highest charting studio album in the U.S.
The departure of guitarist and co-leader Mick Ralphs (who left to found Bad Company after recording "Mott"), combined with the earlier exit of organist Verden Allen, solidified singer/songwriter Ian Hunter as the undisputed creative leader of Mott The Hoople. Hunter proved up to the challenge, and his songwriting reaches new dramatic and emotional peaks on "The Hoople"'s mini-dramas "Marionette" and "Crash Street Kidds," as well as the orchestrated ballad "Through The Looking Glass." Elsewhere, bassist Overend Watts unleashes a slice of rough 'n' ready rock 'n' roll in "Born Late '58" and the band revisits the earlier single "Roll Away the Stone" with "new boy" Ariel Bender firmly in place of Mick Ralphs. Album opener "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" (memorably covered by Hoople acolytes Def Leppard in 2006) provided an era-defining hit single and features Roxy Music saxophonist Andy Mackay (who appears on several additional songs on "The Hoople").
The seven bonus tracks on Iconoclassic Records' expanded reissue of "The Hoople" paint a fascinating picture of Mott's final year. A medley of Don McLean's "American Pie" and the band's own "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" was recorded during the their triumphant, week-long run at New York City's Uris Theatre on Broadway (Mott The Hoople was the first rock band to play Broadway!). A further lineup shakeup yields "(Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs," with the brilliant Mick Ronson replacing Ariel Bender on guitar. (A compilation of earlier studio rehearsals of the same song with Bender, entitled "The Saturday Kids," is also included.) An early recording of "Lounge Lizzard" points to the future, as the song would not be released by Mott The Hoople in its original run, but would later prove a highlight of Ian Hunter's eponymous 1975 solo debut (co-produced by Ronson).
"The Hoople" caps a successful debut year for Iconoclassic Records, following acclaimed reissues from Laura Nyro ("Nested," "Season of Lights/Laura Nyro in Concert") and The Isley Brothers ("Showdown," "Go All the Way").
For further information on Mott The Hoople and Iconoclassic Records contact: E-Mail: / /




Monday, December 01, 2008

Artist Of The Week this week is none other than Angelmilk Records' own Poley/Rivera!
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Poley Rivera's melodically inspired Only Human can be purchased now for US$15.00 + $5 Shipping.

The anticipated debut release from Ted Poley (Danger Danger) and Vic Rivera (Adriangale/Crunch) is out now and will be available from most of your regular mail order outlets over the next several days.
Poley / Rivera Only Human is a set of classic melodic rock/AOR tunes that will hit the bullseye for long time fans of both Ted and Vic.
The duo teamed up in late 2005 for the album Collateral Damage which was released as a Ted Poley solo record by Kivel Records in 2006.
Now the guys finally get to do it again, under the Poley/Rivera moniker for the first time. Only Human is everything one expects from a Ted Poley release, with the added "crunch" of Vic Rivera, showcasing an extra special set of songs.

Swedish/German Melodic Rock band Last Autumn's Dream have once again started the year with a bang. This is their sixth studio album and they can certainly prove they have what it takes to become top of the melodic rock genre. The talented four-piece consisting of singer Mikael Erlandsson, axeman Andy Malecek and Talisman's rhythm section, Marcel Jacob and Jamie Borger have showed us they can write very good songs which are well structured and have huge potential.
Mikael Erlandsson is one of the best singer/songwriters in Sweden today with a successful career as a solo artist, especially in Europe and Japan. Andy Malecek, from the successful German Hard Rock band Fair Warning is a very talented guitarist, has a brilliant tone and a flair for putting guitar harmonies together. Marcel Jacob and Jamie Borger are something of the best bass/drums units you can find around.
Dreamcatcher is a natural progression for the band and sees them hone their sound to a perfect and very professional structure. The songs just flow effortlessly as if it is no problem for them. Yet, the thought and work they have put in is plain to see…the delicate "Welcome" intro of parping keys and strutting rhythms leads way to "One by One" a song that that has all the LAD hallmarks of catchy melodies and a super chorus…a stamp that they carry through the entire CD. The track "Frozen Flower" has a warm vibe that shows the bands commercial appeal, the song has an immense chorus and will have you singing along after the first line! The band is just at home with heart tugging ballads, examples being "Silent Dream" and "Never Faraway", but when they rock, they rock, check out "Alarm" and "Your Kind of loving". One outstanding cut has to be "Who need's love", which is one of those songs that could be a movie soundtrack...
As previously mentioned this is the band's sixth studio release and it is a tremendously talented piece of work from four guys that know how to write excellent songs. This should put them at the top of their field; it is such a great album. Last Autumn's Dream are ready to dominate the melodic rock market once again with this fantastic introduction to 2009.

Track List: Welcome (Intro) / One By One / Hold On To My Heart / Frozen Flower / Silent Dream/ Alarm / Never Faraway / Your Kind Of Loving / The Last To Know / When Love Strikes Down / Who Needs Love? / Me & You / When Love Has Left Your Heart.
And here is an exclusive full track download Hold On To My Heart (.wma file) to readers.

Discography: "Last Autumn's Dream" (2004), "II" (2005), "Winter In Paradise" (2006), "Saturn Skyline" (2007), "Impressions" Live and Best of double (2008), "Hunting Shadows" (2008) "Dreamcatcher" (2009)


Former Journey frontman Steve Perry will join the ranks of artists featured under the Sony Legacy budget eco-friendly compilation Playlist Series. That means a new Perry compilation will be released in January 2009, with new liner notes from Steve, but unfortunately no unreleased or new material - just songs from his 2 Sony Music solo albums.

Out now from Rock Candy Records is the following 2 new releases -
Autograph Sign In Please - "Emerging in the early eighties, unsigned at the time, Autograph were hand picked by Van Halen to open a mammoth North American concert trek – an accomplishment that quickly led to their inking with industry giant RCA Records and an ensuing hit single, the energetic and infectious, 'Turn Up The Radio' which made the US top 30 in the same year. Feted and championed by the hard rock cognoscenti (supporters included Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne) this Los Angeles based quintet made all the right noises by packing both melody and muscle into their music; highly valuable commodities that found Autograph reaching a level of success that would see them out perform most of the competition. 'Sign In Please' was, then, the bands highly praised debut album, unleashing a beast of significant fire power and songs that would stand not only the test of time but would also improve with age including the classic hit single 'Turn Up The Radio'. Taped by renowned British producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Dokken etc) the album exudes Class-A hard rock all the way with big hooks and solid riffs. Definitely one of the greatest albums from the 1980's LA scene."
Track Listing: 1. Send Her To Me 2. Turn Up The Radio 3. Nighteen & Non Stop 4. Cloud 10 5. Deep End 6. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Isn't Me 7. Thrill Of Love 8. Friday 9. In The Night 10. All I'm Gonna Take. Bonus track: 11) Turn Up The Radio - Remix.

Cobra First Strike - "As any dude will tell you, the difference between achieving success and failing can be down to the most tenuous of reasons. For Cobra the early signs were better than most. They wrote great songs, were fronted by a world class vocalist in Jimi Jamison (later to join Survivor), had first class management (Butch Stone) holding the business reigns and, best of all, the colossal firepower of Epic Records right behind them. Inexplicably, however, the record failed to connect, taking the wind out of their sails and forcing an early retreat into the file marked 'strictly for connoisseurs'.
Although based in Memphis (by way of Switzerland) the band was truly an international collaboration featuring three Americans and two Swiss renegades; Mandy Meyer (from Krokus) and Tommy Keiser (who would also go on to play with Krokus). The Memphis contingent also had some serious form; Jimi Jamison having fronted A&M signed blues rockers Target and guitarist/keyboard player Jack Holder, a Memphis legend having seen active duty as a member of Black Oak Arkansas amongst many other accomplishments. Together with super-fit drummer Jeff Klaven, the band constructed a stunning, but melodic, hard rock sound that has not dated one jot.
Originally released in 1983 (the same year as Def Leppard's 'Pyromania' and Dio's 'Holy Diver') and produced by 'Colonel' Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Krokus, Def Leppard etc), the 'First Strike' remains one of the best and certainly one of the most criminally overlooked albums of the era."
Track Listing: 1. Blood On Your Money 2. Only You Can Rock Me 3. Travellin' Man 4. I've Been A Fool Before 5. First Strike 6. Danger Zone 7. Looking At You 8. Fallen Angel 9. What Love Is 10. Thorn In Your Flesh.

Bjorn Lodin, leader and vocalist of Baltimoore has announced the following news regarding the Swedish hard rock band.
"I've started writing for a new Baltimoore album, and this time I'm bringing back the Hammond organ, as a major part of the sound. I love the twin guitar thing but I've missed the organ sound! I'm slowly putting a new line up together, starting with my favorite organ player Ãrjan Fernkvist. Ãrjan played on 5 tracks on "Best Of Baltimoore" and he was also a member of Six Feet Under at the end". More information to follow as the line up is finalised." For more on Baltimoore visit: /

Sadly more tragic news to report with the death of Songwriter Alan Gordon (songs recorded by The Turtles, Lovin' Spoonful, Righteous Brothers, Alice Cooper, Petula Clark, Barbra Steisand and Dr. Demento) and also Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi (
Sympathies to faily and friends of both artists. R.I.P. Alan and Munetaka.

Joe Lynn Turner joins Chalfant (The Storm) and St. Holmes (Ted Nugent) as The Voices of Rock Radio for a special New Year's Eve event near Chicago at The Meadows Club.
Three types of packages are available: Two that include a VIP meet/greet and all feature a seven course dinner, open bar, champagne toast, valet parking and concert admission. To read more about this, check out the Meadows Club website: and the event poster.

Eric Martin's latest newsletter/e-mail reads as following: "Hey gang, I'm sitting here in my hotel room in beautiful Lake Tahoe waiting to spend a great holiday with my family. I've been incognito for these past few months while I've been doing a new album. 10 hour days in the studio, coming home and learning the next day's song, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my kids and trying to fit in some sleep. I know a lot I have not responded to several emails or posted anything on my site but I'm sure you can understand that I've been busy.
My new album, Mr. Vocalist, came out on 11/26 and debuted at #6 on the international charts. Thanks to everyone for supporting me in this new genre. Musically, it's a stretch for me but I really enjoyed making this album and hope you all like it. I'm off to Japan for a bittersweet promotional tour. I'm excited to promote the album but sad to leave just two days after Thanksgiving and work until 12/20. I'll be doing a few TV shows, some radio and a whole lot of interviews. I'll miss my family and all the holiday hoopla. I'm sure I'll come home to a house full of lights and Christmas decorations.
Until then, please forgive me for not answering all of your emails. I should have some free time in January.
Happy Holidays ~E~"

Ex SAXON & current Oliver Dawson Saxon drummer Nigel Durham is on the look out for another band or project to work with. (To coincide with his work with Oliver Dawson Saxon.) Nigel is available for gigs, touring, recording, tribute bands etc. (Preferably something in the UK, Nottingham, Midlands area) Contact: by e-mail at: or through MySpace at:




Saturday, November 29, 2008

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the signing for a multi album deal of the mighty Vision Divine, Italy's Melodic Metal Finest. The new cooperation will bring the first fruits with the release of the band's brand new studio album 9 Degrees West of the Moon on January 29.
Born as a side project of the esteemed guitarist and songwriter of Labyrinth, Olaf Thorsen, to keep his working relationship with Fabio Lione (former Labyrinth vocalist who had moved on to Rhapsody) Vision Divine evolved during the years in a real band who released 5 acclaimed studio albums, one DVD and toured several times in Japan, South and North America and played in several European countries.
The new album is particularly important in the history of the band as it marks the return of Fabio Lione on lead vocals, after Thorsen's decision to say goodbye to Michele Luppi in June 2008. "Fabio's return is like going back to square one for us", comments the band's creative mastermind Olaf "However Vision Divine is a band that did always move forward and I think that with his voice and interpretation he has enriched the songs and gave them a very peculiar and personal edge. I am truly enthusiast of his return in the band and look forward to bring this record out there with his amazing vocal abilities". Vision Divine line-up is completed by Alessio Lucatti on keyboards, Cristiano Bertocchi (ex-Labyrinth) on bass, Federico Puleri on guitar and Alessandro Bissa on drums.
Produced by none other than the former Stratovarius mainman Timo Tolkki, Vision Divine created what is easily their most mature and intense record to date. Entitled "9 Degrees West of The Moon", this is Vision Divine 's heaviest, but yet most melodic and catchy album ever, showing why they are now the number 1 band in the Italian Metal scene. "Melodies are the most important element of our music. However our songwriting is very diverse" explains Olaf, who adds "all the songs have very different atmospheres and can go from melodic songs like Violet Loneliness to very aggressive and heavy ones. I think there is something for everyone on this record".
Vision Divine are also working hard on putting up a new World Tour which will bring the band to play again in Asia, South America and possibly Europe outside their homeland Italy. "9 Degrees West Of The Moon" is a fantastic journey that fans will consider as the true Vision Divine career defining statement! The album's final track listing includes: Letter To My Child Never Born; Violet Loneliness; Fading Shadow; Angels In Disguise; The Killing Speed of Time; The Streets Of Laudomia; Fly; Out In Open Space; 9 Degrees West of The Moon; A Touch Of Evil; Fading Shadow (demo version - Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe).


Hot off the press: H.E.A.T will take part in this years Swedish division of the Eurovision Song Contest called Melody Festival. They will perform the song "1000 Miles" written by Niklas Jarl, David Stenmarck. It is undetermined which city and sending day they will perform it is still tbc. If they win they will take part in the European Song Contest in April/May:
More News...The pride of the small town of Upplands Väsby, Sweden, who released their debut album on Internationally well-known actor Peter Stormare's label - Stormvox in April this year; have received amazingly great critique from Swedish and International journalist alike.
The band was voted by listeners of the Swedish National Radio P4 Nettwork as "The Year's Newcomer"! This prestigious award is presented every year at Sweden Rock Festivals yearly kick-Off Party in December. Therefore the band will perform at 2009 Sweden Rock Festival which has been sold out the last couple of years. They had already performed at last years festival with brilliant results.
H.E.A.T will start their European tour in the beginning of January 2009 as support for Edguy. The tour is 23 shows in 8 countries in 32 days. The band has already played support for Alice Cooper, Hanoi Rocks, TOTO and Sabaton. H.E.A.T promote their melodic hard rock tradition as Sweden is well known for and in the words of the members of Europe say "The next band from Väsby" (The band Europe is from the same city!).
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The 11th Annual Metal Record Fair in Switzerland is on again. Location: Zofingen (approx. 40 km west of Zurich), Stadthalle (Weiherstrasse) Date: 29th November 2008
Doors open : 10am-4pm Entrace fee: Swiss Francs 5. More info:
This Record fair is for Hard Rock & Metal Fans only. No other stuff just Metal etc. Several dealers will also have a wide range of Melodic Rock/AOR etc for sale - everything from LP's/CD's/DVD's/Videos/Books/T-Shirts/other memorabila for sale.

In a recent interview with Sleaze Roxx, Rhino Bucket frontman/guitarist Georg Dolivo talked about the band's upcoming CD release, which is currently being mixed.
Sleaze Roxx: So you guys are working on a new album?
Georg Dolivo: Yeah absolutely. We're in the final mixing stages right now. We were excited about it while we were recording because it sounded really well. But now that we're mixing it all together it's pretty life affirming. I don't know how to say it. It's the best album we've ever done. Reeve Downes and Brian Forsythe really stepped up during the song writing process so it's really really awesome.
Sleaze Roxx: What's been the inspiration for the songs this time around?
Georg Dolivo: We've always tried to put out the best songs possible and do the best shows possible. For a long time the main song writers were Greg Fields and myself. When Greg left, we still kind of stayed a little bit in that same mode. Reeve has been in Rhino Bucket since day one and Brian used to be in Kix, but has been in Rhino Bucket for the last 7 or 8 years. With them coming in and bringing their own twist to it, it's kind of changed everything. It's still got that Rhino Bucket beat and of course I don't sing, I scream, but there's a little bit more flavor to it. We kind of like threw some yellow curry on it.

Bob Catley & Vince O'Regan Acoustic Shows - UK Dates:
March 20th, 21st and 22nd 2009. The Inn at Lathones, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland /
March 28th, 2009. The Yardbirds Rock Club, Grimsby, UK
April 4th, 2009. The Little Civic, Wolverhampton, UK
European dates coming soon.

Artist Of The Week is US rockers Syrym!
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Syrym and their debut self-titled release for just US$10.00 + $5 Shipping.

MR-X has been updated with the following new downloads -
Roxy Blue - Westwood One Live (8 Tracks)
Foreigner - House Of Blues LA 1995 (15 Tracks)
Whitesnake - Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 1997 (15 Tracks)
And a cool various artists sampler from Los Angeles 1988 - Unsigned Bands "Tune Up 4", August 1988 (14 Tracks) Includes some classic Californian talent from the glory days and a couple of acts produced and recorded at Brad Gillis' studio (Night Ranger guitarist).
MR-X Membership Details.

My apologies for the late Friday update...




Thursday, November 27, 2008

From via GNR publicist / By Andre Paine, London / Guns N' Roses' and Axl Rose's lawyer has castigated Dr Pepper, accusing the soda maker of failing to deliver on its "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen) free soda promotion, which the band was never involved in.
Beverly Hills-based Alan Gutman has written to Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. president and CEO Larry Young, accusing the company of operating an online redemption scheme that was an "unmitigated disaster which defrauded customers." Gutman is demanding that Dr Pepper makes good on its offer by extending the period for the offer; he also wants full-page apologies in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.
Gutman's letter makes clear his view that the original campaign was an "exploitation of my clients' legendary reputation and their eagerly awaited album" and "brazenly violated our clients' rights." He is also seeking an "appropriate payment... for the unauthorized use and abuse of their publicity and intellectual property rights," with the threat of further action if an acceptable offer is not made.
"Now is the time to clean up the mess," says Gutman.
Rose did not take any action when, in March, Dr Pepper put out a press release offering free soda to any American if the long-awaited Guns N' Roses album came out before the end of 2008. However, Rose has reacted to the news that fans have been unable to get their soda following the Nov. 23 release of "Chinese Democracy."
Dr Pepper's Web servers crashed under the demand for coupons that could be exchanged for free drinks. Dr Pepper extended the Nov. 23 promotion for an extra day, but the company's Web site was inaccessible for a substantial part of it.
"Dr Pepper was completely unprepared for the traffic to its site," says Gutman in the letter, describing the promotion as a "complete fiasco."
Gutman adds: "The entire point of your campaign has been to use public interest in Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses as a lure to increase consumer awareness of Dr Pepper." He further states that "mocking undertones" in the online promotional content represent a "raw and damaging commercial exploitation of our clients' rights," adding that the association is "even more damaging in light of your shoddy execution of your disingenuous giveaway offer."
The soda maker declined to comment. Dr Pepper was considering extending the promotion, according to a source close to the situation.

We are pleased to announce Steve Lukather will commence his "Ever Changing Times World Tour 2009" on February 26, 2009. This tour will embark on some major hubs in Europe where much anticipation awaits Steve Lukather and his fortified band of musicians Stevie Weingart, Ricky Z, Carlitos DelPuerto and Eric Valentine.
Lukather will be featuring his stellar solo gems and some new surprises plus highlights from his critically acclaimed Ever Changing Times. He has recently performed with icons Slash, Ritchie Sambora, Billy Gibbons, Jethro Tull and Rascal Flatts and 2009 will bring more great endeavors starting NOW.
February 2009
26 Tivoli, Utretch, Holland
27 Boerderij, Zoetermeer Holland
28 Lantaarn, Hellendorn, Holland
March 2009
1 La Bonbonniere, Maarstricht, Holland
3 Satzvey Castle, Mechernich, Germany
4 L'Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
5 The Brook, Southampton, UK
6 Robin 2 , Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK
9 Alhambra, Paris , France
10 L'Usine, Istres, France
11 Moods , Monte Carlo, Monaco
13 Triebhaus, Innsbruck, Austria
14 Roter Saal, Speilberg, Austria
15 Forum, Gleisdorf, Austria
16 Rockhaus , Salzburg, Austria
17 Szene, Vienna, Austria
19 Lucerna Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
21 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
22 Z7, Prattelen, Switzerland
23 Specktrum, Ausburg, Germany
25 LKA, Stuttgart, Germany
26 Zeche, Bochum, Germany
27 Blues Garage , Isernhagen, Germany
29 Frankfurterhof, Mainz, Germany
30 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
WebLinks: /

Atlantic Records will release a new Rush compilation January 27, titled Retrospective 3, taking in the 6 studio albums the band has recorded for the label.
Track Listing: 1. One Little Victory (remix) 2. Dreamline 3. Workin' Them Angels 4. Presto 5. Bravado 6. Driven 7. The Pass 8. Animate 9. Roll the Bones 10. Ghost of a Chance (live) 11. Nobody's Hero 12. Leave That Thing Alone 13. Earthshine (remix) 14. Far Cry.




Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More sad news this week, with news all-star drummer Michael Lee passed away yesterday morning (Monday, November 24). Lee was part of British rockers Little Angels and then went onto even bigger fame with Robert Plant, Lenny Kravitz, Thin Lizzy, The Cult and The Quireboys. He was just 39 years old and the tragic news comes just a day after news of Platinum Blonde bassist Kenny MacLean being found dead.
R.I.P Michael and again, condolences to friends and family. I was a big fan of his work.

Further to the sad news of Kenny MacLean - these reports in overnight:
WebLink: / "Canadian rock icon Kenny MacLean - best known for his stint as bassist with the multi-platinum-selling '80s new-wave band Platinum Blonde - was found dead Monday in his Toronto apartment. Local police have released few details, but early reports suggested the 52-year-old bassist succumbed to a drug overdose and was found in the early afternoon by his sister. The musician apparently died sometime over the weekend after a performance Friday at the Mod Club, a popular concert venue and night club in the city founded by his former band mate, Platinum Blonde singer Mark Holmes. MacLean was at the club to celebrate the release of his third solo album, titled Completely. The songwriter and performer, who has been a key figure in the Canadian music scene for more than two decades, lived on Toronto's busy Yonge Street, where he ran a music academy and studio out of his home."

Bloodbound, the Swedish melodic, heavy metal band featuring members from Street Talk, Tad Morose, Morgana Lefay and Pyramaze, have signed a worldwide deal with Blistering Records. The band's third album Tabula Rasa will be released by Blistering Records in early 2009.
The band has kept busy since their inception in 2004, having released two previous albums Nosferatu (2006) and Book Of The Dead (2007), and played numerous shows across Europe with the likes of HammerFall, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Evergrey and Pretty Maids.
In regards to the band name, the term 'bloodbound' originated during the dark ages referring to an oath between men wherein they would cut their own hands and clasp thereby mixing their blood. Each man then carries the other's blood, linking the two, as blood brothers. A bloodbound can never be broken and will follow you into the afterlife and beyond.
For more information and updates on the band, please check the following websites: /

Bloodbound are: Urban Breed - vocals, Tomas Olsson - guitar, Henrik Olsson - guitar, Johan Sohlberg - bass, Pelle Åkerlind - drums, Fredrik Bergh - keyboards, backing vocals.
Discography: Nosferatu (2006), Book Of The Dead (2007), Tabula Rasa (2009).


Vocalist Jeremey Hunsicker has a new track to check out. Jeremey co-wrote the killer Journey track Never Walk Away and fronts the Journey tribute band Frontiers. The message reads:
"Just a note to let you know that today, the single This Is Your Life was released as a Fan Exclusive track on ReverbNation. The song is only available to registered fans – All you need to become a fan is go to and click "Become A Fan" in the profile section.
"This Is Your Life" will remain a fully downloadable track on ReverbNation through the holidays, and you are encouraged to download it and add it to your MySpace profile to promote the song. Other custom widgets are also available on my ReverbNation site that you can add to MySpace or Facebook.
A video of the song will be released by Christmas, when it will go on sale on iTunes. So be sure to pick up this free exclusive offer now!"
And for the record - it's a great ballad...

Bob Daisley picks his favourite tracks this a hour of Deep Purple related music at 20:00 GMT presented by Stuart Hamilton.
12.00 Continuous Music, 14.00 Power Pop Presented by Jim Henderson, 15.00 Assume The Position! David Randall signposts new additions to the website, new releases and upcoming tours, 17.00 Eclectic Mix Jamie Field's selection
18.00 Favourite Tracks Selected by Bob Daisley (Ozzy/Rainbow/Uriah Heep/Living Loud) - all the songs played are bands/artists Bob Daisley has worked with down the years.
19.00 Folk Fusion Presented by Peter Muir, 20.00 Purple People Presented by Stuart Hamilton, 21.00 New to GRTR! Radio Latest additions to the playlist, 22.00 Assume The Position! Repeat.

Dec 1 & Jan 12. Episode 340: "Slave To The Pickers" Sebastian Bach sat down with the 3 Guys to discuss his new album, reality tv, Axl Rose, and the infamous sod fight at Alpine Valley with Pantera. Live performance clips are shown. In the middle of the interview, Don Dokken just walked right in & started talked to Sebastian. Baz introduced Don to the camera & Don himself looked straight into the camera, and then just went about his business like we weren't even there.
Don then ripped George Lynch, Skid Row, & then proceeded to give the legal history of reclaiming the name Dokken.
WebLink: Upcoming new shows include interviews with Anthony Gomes, Black Stone Cherry, and the all 10-year-old rock band from Chicago, The Bolts.

Titans among themselves: 1 February 2009 will see the launch of a four-week tour by the two metal legends, Saxon and Iced Earth, in Paris. This sensational co-headlining package is certainly among the strongest of recent years and will take the two bands through countries such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Hungary and Italy. Fans can look forward to dynamic power metal at its very best, especially since both groups will also present thoroughly exciting new releases to accompany the tour. Tickets for the concerts are available from ticketing agencies.
Saxon are considered one of the most charismatic acts of today's metal business. Their latest album release, Into The Labyrinth, out on 12 January 2009 (Germany: 9 January 2009, US: 13 January) via Steamhammer/SPV proves that Saxon mark 2009 haven't lost any of their expressiveness, enthusiasm and inspiration. Along with numerous classics, vocalist Biff Byford & Co. will present the strongest tracks from their new album during the tour, expertly combining present and past.
For Iced Earth, this will be the first full European tour since the return of frontman, Matt Barlow. "I am pleased Matt is back," explains guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer. "We are brothers with a long, meaningful relationship behind us" The band will present songs from their current album, The Crucible Of Man, and for spring Schaffer has also announced the release of a new DVD.
Tour Dates:
01.02. F-Paris - Bataclan
02.02. B-Brussels - AB
03.02. NL-Tilburg - 013
04.02. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
06.02. LUX-Luxembourg - Den Atelier
07.02. D-Herford - X
08.02. D-Hamburg - Docks
10.02. NO-Oslo - Rockefeller
11.02. SE-Stockholm - Annex
12.02. DK-Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
13.02. D-Berlin - Huxleys
15.02. PL-Warsaw - Spodac
16.02. CZ-Zlin - tba
17.02. A-Vienna - Gasometer
19.02. HU-Budapest - Petofi Hall
20.02. SI-Ljubljana - Mediapark
21.02. HR-Zagreb - Boogaloo
22.02. I-Milan - Rolling Stone
24.02. CH-Zurich - Volkshaus
25.02. F-Strassbourg - La Laiterie
27.02. E-Bilbao - Rockstar Live
28.02. E-Madrid - La Riviera
01.03. E-Barcelona - Razzmatazz
WebLinks: / /

Yngwie Malmsteen recently talked to about his new album Perpetual Flame. He talks about new singer Tim Ripper Owens, hit thoughts on Guitar Hero and Rockband and more. Check it out at the link:

Solid Rock conducted interviews with Michael Kiske & Paul Gilbert. Check them out at: and Also, coming soon: Motley Crue (Tommy Lee), Night Ranger (Jack Blades), Brother Firetribe (Pekka), H.E.A.T.(Kenny), Virgin Steele (David DeFais), King Diamond and Joe Lynn Turner.

Kevin Lee & the Kings play in Chicago for a final 2008 date. Out in support of their critically acclaimed album Flip the Switch Lee and band bring their modern melodic rock to the Elbo Room. With a new album planned for an early summer "09" release the band will also be mixing in some new material. Kevin Lee & the Kings December 6 Elbo Room 2871 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Il. 30 minute set at 9:30pm.

Dirty Rock Magazine is a new Australian based digital E-Zine. You can download at There's an EXE version or for a definite secure and safe version you just download the very small reader (doesn't take long) to view the DNL version.

On this weeks Power Hour on Saturday 29th Nov from 4.00-5.00pm UK Time, Chris Nelson will be talking to Swedish metallers Fatal Smile about their current album World Domination. Then on the Hair Metal Haven from 5.00pm-7.00pm UK Time, Chris will be having a quick chat with Motley Crue's Vince Neil about his forthcoming tour of the UK and his plans for a new solo album. Also on the show he'll be talking to Billy Childs from legendary Glam Icons Britny Fox about their plans for the future. Also Chris will be bringing you the interview he did with guitar virtuoso Tommy Denander when he caught up with Tommy playing guitar for Mitch Malloy at this years Firefest. So join Chris for another jam packed 3 hours of Melodic Rock and Metal this Saturday on

The New York Dolls and legendary record producer Todd Rundgren have been reunited for the first time in 36 years. Rundgren will produce the Dolls' new album at his studio on the island of Kauai. Production is scheduled to start in January 2009. This is the first time in 36 years since Rundgren originally produced the New York Dolls eponymous debut album "The New York Dolls" which included the classic songs "Personality Crisis", "Trash", "Jet Boy" and "Private World". Rundgren will be reunited with original Dolls founding members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar, vocals).
"We're really excited to be working with Todd again," says David Johansen. "We're hoping to recapture the same magic on the forthcoming album." The album, which is yet untitled, will be released on the Atco label through Warner Brothers. The Atco label has been specially re-launched. The New York Dolls are one of the first signings to the label. The Dolls will follow the release of the new album with a world tour in 2009.
Click here for the full story and brand new photo of the NY Dolls reunited with Rundgren -

Feature Reviews have been updated so you can Add Your Own Reviews for the following recent releases: Jimi Jamison / Crossroads Moment, Sammy Hagar / Cosmic Universal Fashion, Thunder / Bang!, Yngwie Malmsteen / Perpetual Flame, Tesla / Forever More, Eden's Curse / The Second Coming, Eclipse / Are You Ready To Rock, 7th Heaven / USA-UK, Shadowman / Ghost In The Mirror, Ramos Hugo / The Dream, Honeymoon Suite / Clifton Hill, Uriah Heep / Wake The Sleeper.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Very sad news today with reports filtering in stating that Platinum Blonde bassist Kenny MacLean has died. NewsLink:
Sources say that former Platinum Blonde bassist Kenny MacLean died following a CD release party in Toronto Friday, Nov. 21. He was found this morning by his sister and it is thought he passed away sometime during the night after the event. "Kenny had his party at the Mod Club on Friday and he was really excited," local musician Angel Marr said in a brief phone interview. "We don't know if he died right after the party or later," he continued. "I'm in shock. I've known Kenny for 15 years." While police have yet to confirm the news, Facebook tributes have already started pouring in.
Former Much VJ Steve Anthony wrote that he is in "shock about my pal Kenny MacLean." At their peak in the mid-'80s, Platinum Blonde was playing arenas and became known as 'Canada's Duran Duran.'
Kenny had just completed work on a solo album, which can be previewed by logging onto: Condolences to Kenny's family and friends. R.I.P.

Saturday evening, during the Sweden Rock Kick Off party in Stockholm, the first 22 bands confirmed for the 2009 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival were announced. At the same time, limited edition 4-day tickets were released. These tickets will only be available until January 31 and the price is the same as last year: 1990 SEK plus advance fee. 1-day, 3-day and regular 4-day tickets will be on sale from February 1.
In other news for next years festival, is that the Rock Stage sound system will be upgraded to Festival Stage standards, the number of water closets on the festival ground will be increased by 50 percent, and an extended collaboration with Visit Blekinge will provide visitors better service for booking accommodation and ground travel.
Bands confirmed so far:
In Flames (S) Will bring the biggest stage production in the bands history and perform a "special" setlist. Additional surprises are to be expected. This will be the bands only show in Sweden next summer.
Heaven & Hell (UK/US) Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio on vocals. The first Black Sabbath studio album in 14 years will be released in March – under the name Heaven & Hell to avoid confusion with the still active Ozzy Osbourne fronted version of the band. This will be their only show in Sweden.
Dream Theater (US) The prog metal masters have decided to start the European tour at Sweden Rock Festival. This will be their only show in Scandinavia in 2009.
Europe (S) The most successful rock band in Swedish history. Headlined SRF 2004. Will release a new album in May.
Foreigner (US) Have sold more than 50 million records but only played in Sweden once before, in 1991. This will be their only show in Sweden in 2009.
Hammerfall (S) The new line-up featuring original bass player Fredrik Larsson and Poodles/Talisman/Great King Rat axeman Pontus Norgren will bring a super sized stage show, exclusive to Sweden Rock Festival!
Motörhead (UK/S) The Sweden Rock Festival "house band" are once again bringing their full stage show including the "Bomber" plane lighting rig.
Lita Ford (USA) She put her career on ice in 1997, but now she is back! This will be her only show in Scandinavia.
Uriah Heep (UK) Recently released their first studio album in ten years.
Marillion (UK) The only show in Scandinavia in 2009.
Amon Amarth (S)
Riot (USA) The "Thundersteel" and "Privilige of Power" line-up reunited, exclusively for Sweden Rock Festival!
Blackfoot (USA) The only show in Sweden this summer.
Soilwork (S)
Forbidden (US) The only show in Sweden.
The Outlaws (USA) The only show in Scandinavia.
The Tubes (USA) The only show in Scandinavia.
Bullet (S), Seventh Wonder (S), Stormzone (Irl), Torch (S), Enforcer (S).
Another 50 bands will be added to the line-up!
More information about all bands confirmed so far, about our tickets and the festival in general can be found on our website,

US rockers Talon have filmed and released a video for the song Baby Jane from the new studio album Fallen Angels (Kivel Records). Check out the video and details behind it at: and watch for it to be included in MR-X this week.

News in from vocalist Oni Logan, who sent me this message about upcoming Lynch Mob tour dates! Oni says: "Greetings to all Rock N Rollers in OZ, I just arrived into LA yesterday for the Lynch Mob rehearsals, we start this weekend. I have spoken to George, Marco and Scot today and were all looking forward to our shows down under. The set will be the HAMMER as they say in Germany......and yes! they'll be some Dokken numbers as well included in the set..... so don't miss it.
Cheers for now, all the best...... see you soon. Oni Logan."

Monday 8th December ­ (Perth - Amplifier Bar)
Wednesday 10th December - The Hifi Bar (Melb)
Thursday 11th December (Sydney ­ Metro Theatre)
Friday 12th December (Brisbane ­ The Guild Bar)

Bruce Springsteen's single "Working on a Dream" will become available in the iTunes Store and on today. Free downloads will be available through both sites today. The track will be a paid download in the iTunes Store from tomorrow exclusively through December 9.
Springsteen's new album Working on a Dream has been set for January 27 release on Columbia Records. 'Working on a Dream' was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O'Brien, who produced and mixed the album.

Warrior Soul will perform their classic album Last Decade Dead Century in it's entirety, as special guests of reformed Glasgow Rockers Gun on the following dates; 18th December - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, and 20th December, Carling Academy, Glasgow. Warrior Soul are pleased to announce that Almighty front man Ricky Warwick will be appearing as our special guest on the forthcoming Warrior Soul UK tour.
Ricky will perform a purely acoustic set, including stripped down versions of classic Almighty songs, and some brand new Ricky Warwick tracks. As if things couldn't get any better, Warrior Soul will perform their classic album Last Decade Dead Century in it's entirety, as special guests of reformed Glasgow Rockers Gun on the following dates; 18th December - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, and 20th December, Carling Academy, Glasgow. Also, Kory Clarke has a new MySpace site up.
Kory Clarke is also the new frontman for the classic metal band Trouble ( and is writing material with them for a new album (the first one featuring him on vocals w/Trouble) for a summer 2009 release.

Mike Campese is a extremely versatile musician and a in demand instructor and is back with his 3rd CFH instructional video "Melodic Shred". This video is 63 minutes long and Mike teaches you close to 60 examples. In this video Mike shows you many examples to help develop your picking to be clean and precise and increase your speed, while adding fresh new sounds to your playing. You will learn three octave arpeggios and extended scales to help use the full range of the fretboard and you will learn single string and two string ideas to help master the fretboard. Mike will show you how to incorporate the Diminished scale into your playing, mixing scales together. If you seen Mike's other videos he continues to teach his unique intervallic style of playing, more of Paganini's Caprice #16, and superimposing arpeggios. Plus, watch Mike perform one of his crazy shred compositions! Also featured on the accompanying CD ROM is a pdf file containing the "Mike Campese: Melodic Shred" lesson notation/tab. Visit for info on how to order.




Monday, November 24, 2008

Artist Of The Week is US rockers Syrym!
Sample the album as you would do with a general CD Showcase (MP3 soundbytes for all tracks) and purchase direct from, with shipping handled from USA for speedy delivery. CDs shipped within 48hrs of order being placed.

Syrym and their debut self-titled release for just US$10.00 + $5 Shipping.

Artist Of The Week – This will feature one artist each week, showcasing a current/new release title.
The format is similar to the popular CD Showcase that has been running for years.
Any and all bands and labels are encouraged to contact me for information regarding this new feature that is destined to be a popular stop to purchase and sample new albums.

Melodic hard rock band Syrym has unleashed its monster debut. The self-titled album will initially be available on CD at, as well as for digital download on iTunes,, Rhapsody, and Napster. Syrym features the incredible guitar work of Babylon A.D. axe-slinger Ron Freschi, the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Rich Talley and Babylon A.D. drummer Jamey Pacheco, and the gritty, soul-infused vocals of Jeffrey Winslow, and the music is tailor-made for rock radio, live venues, and blowing out stereo speakers everywhere.
Recorded at Hatrix Media Studios in Tracy, California, the album was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Freschi.
For more information, or to listen to samples of all the songs on Syrym's self-titled debut album, visit [Or the Artist Of The Week feature page].

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the European release of Tall Stories' second album, Skyscraper, on January 23.

Tall Stories first rose to prominence upon the release of their self-titled debut album in 1991. At the vocal helm is Steve Augeri who previously provided the lead vocals for Journey, following Steve Perry's departure from the band.
Formed by Augeri with Jack Morer on guitars, Kevin Totoian on bass, and Tom DeFaria on drums, Tall Stories represents a group of musicians who were exposed and inspired by such diverse sounds ranging from: Blues to Rock, Funk, Punk, Country and Reggae. As a result, their music isn't typical of the standard rock genre.
"As a young, vivacious group of musicians from New York City, our inspiration came from spending time in Manhattan where music from all over the world could be heard within just a few City blocks," recalls Steve Augeri. "We were fixtures in the downtown area, especially at The Bitter End on Bleeker Street, where on that small stage, graced the likes of: Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and George Carlin, to name just a few notable musicians who have performed there. Our band played there a few times a week, while writing and trying out material for both the first album as well the upcoming release."
Signed by Bud Prager's ESP Management (Foreigner, Bad Co., Mountain, Damn Yankees), Tall Stories' first album was produced by Frank Filipetti (Deep Purple, Kiss, Foreigner). While the musical climate in the United States in 1991 was going through a metamorphosis of its own, Tall Stories' debut album was a breath of fresh air in the melodic rock scene at the time. The band's unique musical core immediately became a sensation with rock fans and critics alike.
A tour with Mr. Big followed, but despite the great response from fans, the evolving musical climate forced the band to take a step back and hibernate during that period. Steve Augeri went on to join Tyketto and then Journey but, along the way, the band continued to collaborate and write songs, while waiting for the right time to regroup as a band.
"After leaving Journey, I found myself reflecting upon my past to identify why I had gotten into this crazy business to begin with. I dusted off my 12 string, dug out my Beatles, The Who and Zeppelin song books--whose songs were the catalyst to my passion for music as a child--and it was then that I found myself again," Augeri explains. "I think there's a purity, an honesty on this record--not to mention a lot of great rock and roll."
Tall Stories' rebirth offers its fans the opportunity to partake in what would be the band's second chapter. Due to schedule conflicts, Tall Stories hired a handful of stellar guest drummers to complete the picture. First, the talent of Rodney Howard (Avril Lavigne) contributed to "Stay" and "No Justice." Then the legendary Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, The Lizards) on the bombastic "River Rise." And last but not least, Nir Z (Genesis, Chris Cornel) on "Original Sin," "Eternal Light," and "Pictures of Summer" to name a few.
Produced by guitarist Jack Morer, Skyscraper stays true to the genesis of Tall Stories: music and songs that are as melodically rich and diverse as the band members themselves. From the opening track, "Tomorrow," an uptempo song reminiscent of U2 and Led Zeppelin, to the final song, "You Shall be Free," a Gospel number in every sense of the word, the new album is a musical tapestry of different colours and textures.
Steve Augeri concludes, "Although there was perhaps too long of a lapse between the first Tall Stories release and this album, we're fortunate that fate and timing has allowed us to come back together as a band, and create music that inspires us individually and collectively."
"Skyscraper" includes the following tracks: Tomorrow; Clementine; Original Sin; All of the World; Pictures of Summer; River Rise; No Justice; Eternal Light; Stay; You Shall be Free; Superman (European bonus track).


"Most holiday seasons come with an abundance of holiday music. There's a lot of it- it's just a lot of the same stuff," says Alternative Addiction's Ryan Jones. "What makes this album so unique is the original and distinctive songs that are on the track list. There are classic songs on the album like "Oh Holy Night", "Silent Night" and "Go Tell It On the Mountain," some newer classics like "Last Christmas" and "Happy X-Mas (War is Over)" and there's also original material on this album that was written and/or recorded for this holiday season. You always have holiday music available, but not often do you have legitimately new holiday music."
An Alternative Christmas available at: Preview the album at:
- All profits from An Alternative Christmas will be donated to charity - This is Alternative Addiction's first ever Holiday compilation - The album will also be available for purchase on iTunes and shortly after its release
Full Track List: 1. Thriving Ivory- Our December 2. SafetySuit- Anywhere But Here 3. Lifehouse- Silent Night 4. Ernie Halter- Angels We Have Heard on High 5. Better Than Ezra- Merry Christmas Eve 6. Honor By August- Happy Holidays 7. NEEDTOBREATHE- Go Tell It On The Mountain 8. Honeyhoney- The Naughtiness of Me 9. Shinedown- Happy X-Mas (War is Over) 10. Ryan Star- River 11. Patent Pending- She's a Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas 12. Kill the Alarm- Winter Wonderland 13. Schaeffer- Last Christmas 14. Negative Space- I'll Be Home 15. Evans Blue- Oh Holy Night 16. 16 Frames- For Christmas (Alternative Addiction Exclusive).

The new Asia dates for Germany are now online at the official website. More European dates for 2009 coming soon.
Also, Wetton and Downes will play a special iCon concert with Dave Kilminster and Pete Riley on February 21st in London at St. Mary Le Bow Church. The event will be filmed for a DVD, and all ticket buyers will get a free copy of the new iCon 3 CD, out in early 2009. The set list will be almost completely new, with material not played on the Asia tours. More info:

L.A. Guns (featuring Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Stacey Blades and Scotty Griffin) are pleased to announce the 20th anniversary celebration of their platinum record 'Cocked & Loaded'. The band will be playing the entire record from beginning to end at selected venues starting in Tokyo, Japan on January 12, 2009, with US dates to follow. Lead vocalist, Phil Lewis, says "It's a great way for our younger fans to get a taste of what the sex, booze and tattoos sound track of the late eighties was all about. We'll be playing songs that haven't been heard live in over a decade. I expect our older fans that were around when the record was released in the summer of '89 will be delighted to dust off the spandex and eyeliner."
The 65 minute set will start off with the signature opening song 'Letting Go' and then faithfully follow the track list of 'Cocked & Loaded': Letting Go, Slap In The Face, Rip And Tear, Sleazy Come Easy Go, Never Enough, Malaria, The Ballad Of Jayne, Magdalaine, Give A Little, I'm Addicted, 17 Crash, Showdown (Riot On The Sunset), Wheels Of Fire, I Wanna Be Your Man, Rock Candy.

More great music to feast your ears upon... New Reviews online now for: Jimi Jamison, Tesla, Sammy Hagar, Thunder, Newman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eden, Chicago, Noiseworks, Ra, Carmen Gray, Buckcherry, Balls, Gary Schutt, SIN, Kjetil By, Man Raze, Pride, Bombay Black, Rockarma, Hungryheart, Justin Nova Band and Faithfull!
And still more to come... Read New Reviews.

Get ready to Add Your Own Reviews in the next day or so...




Friday, November 21, 2008

Released January 23 are the following 2 releases from AOR Heaven / Metal Heaven:
Vengeance is THE brand for honest Dutch hard rock. With recognizable riffs and melodic guitar power Vengeance continues bringing (inter)national fans in exaltation. And after 25 years the number of fans is still growing. Vengeance means Classic Heavy Rock in optima forma. Band members Erik Stout (drums), Jan Somers (guitar), Timo Somers (guitar), Barend Courbois (bass) and frontman extraordinaire Leon Goewie are beaming themselves up far into rockin heaven.
In the 80s Vengeance, have released classic albums like We Have Ways To Make You Rock,Take It Or Leave It and Arabia and launched the career of Arjen "Ayreon" Lucassen and producer Oscar Holleman. 1997 saw the release of the album Back From Flight 19, produced by Arjen Lucassen and with good old Jan Somers and Peter Peer Verschuren on guitars plus and nr. 1 bass player Barend Courbois and Paul Thissen (†) on drums. From 1997 till 2001 Vengeance was constantly on tour.
At the end of 2005 Barend Courbois, Leon Goewie and good friend German producer, singer and guitarist Michael Voss (Mad Max, Bonfire) recorded in collaboration with several guest musicians (Accept, Ayreon, Sinner, Sleeze Beez, Paul Sabu, Casanova and Warlock) the magnificent (loved by critics and fans worldwide) come-back album Back In The Ring. At the end of December 2007 the Dutch Hard Rockers released their first live album Same, Same...But Different, and on in January 2009, the new album Soul Collector will follow. On this record, which again was produced by Michael Voss, they prove that Vengeance is still one of the best live rock bands in Europe. Track List: 01. Cross In The Rain, 02. Wait Until The Sun Goes Down, 03. Soul Collector, 04. Samurai, 05. What The Hell Is Going On, 06. Myspace Freak, 07. I Never Felt That Way Before, 08. Dance Dance Dance, 09. Rock And Roll Band, 10. So Many Times, 11. Lean On Me.
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The legendary AOR band Bad Habit formed in Lund, Sweden in 1986 by Hal Marabel and now ex-keyboard player Doc Pat Shannon. They released their first album (mini-album) Young & Innocent in 1987 and were actually the first band to get an independently produced music video aired on Swedish national TV. The video was of their first ever single release Need Somebody. The band have since released 7 albums, their latest of them released in 2005, entitled [hear-say].
Bad Habit now return with a powerful new album Above And Beyond, which features a more melodic approach than the previous album. Above And Beyond continues on where the now classic album Adult Orientation left off (released in 1998 and considered by many to be the band's best album ever).
Once again produced by Jonas Reingold, the new album shows off a crisp and modern-sounding production with catchy and melodic rock tunes that engage the listener. The first video from the album I Don't Want You will be can be previewed here.
Soundfiles in advance: I Don't Want To Say Goodbye / I Don't Want You / Just A Heartbeat Away.
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Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the release of the Poley/Rivera album Only Human has been delayed until next Friday - November 28. My apologies to all that have been anticipating the CD's arrival, but there has been a delay in stock shipping to distributors and retailers.

Additionally, the planned December 1 release of the Infinity and Vox Tempus albums have been postponed until early in the new year.

Blistering Records is pleased to announce that Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE are putting the final touches on Dark Hours, the follow-up to 2007's "Emotional Coma", for release in March 2009.
The band states, "The new songs are simply awesome and everybody that have heard it, think it's our best album to date. The red thread lyric wise on this album is that all songs are about things that happened in the late sixties; a decade known for many good things. However, we're not describing the happy times of the 60's: We give you the Dark Hours. Musically it's more straight forward and faster than ever. The songs are filled with energy and great hooks."
"Dark Hours" will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth), and features guest slots from Mike Romeo (Symphony X) guest solo on "Behind The Curtain", Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act Anata) - drums, Richard Evensand (Chimaira, Soilwork).
Tentative track listing is: Judas Must Die, Phantom Rider, Demon In Your Mind, Heavy Cross To Bear, The Bottomless Pit, Full Metal Jacket, The Presidio 27, Barker Ranch, Napalm Nights, Space Scam, Behind The Curtain, King Of All The Kings (bonus track - included on the limited edition digipak and Japanese version).
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Glenn Hughes' November 19th, 2008 live and electric "plugged in" performance on one of the premiere USA based, nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Rockline, is now available to listen to again, but for only a short time via their webstream -
You'll enjoy a thorough Q&A with the host, Bob Coburn, in addition to audience phone-in questions and of course, a full electric set, comprising songs from his new album, F U N K, plus choice cuts from Soul Mover and some classic Trapeze and Deep Purple. So hurry and tune- in before it disappears!

It is with much regret that we have to announce today that Harry James will not be able to do the Thunder UK tour. He was admitted to hospital earlier this week in a great deal of pain, and after much testing, he was diagnosed with kidney stones. We are told this is a very painful and debilitating condition, and can flare up at the most inopportune times. He is not in any danger, but does need treatment, so the rest of the band decided that rather than put him through it and risk any shows, or even worse, cancel the tour, the sensible thing was to bring in a replacement. Harry is of course choked and would have preferred to do the tour, but common sense has to prevail.
John Tonks is an old friend of the band, and he has agreed to drop everything to step in and help out at short notice. He is an excellent drummer, and an all round good chap, so we hope you will make him very welcome at the shows. He also has a shaved head, which is of course an extra bonus.
We know you will be disappointed, and it won't be the same without Harry of course, for all of us, but at least this way the tour will happen, and Harry can get the treatment he needs. We hope you will join us in wishing him well.

After only 2 weeks, 1,000 copies of the advance limited edition Solna "Sent From Heaven" release sold out. So to finalize the one-last chance for fans to obtain this limited EP, has bumped the limited 1,000 pressing to 2,000 PLUS they've also added a 6th song to the EP called "Dreams", which showcases Pamela Moore's (Queensryche's Sister Mary) BEST sultry vocals.
The EP is done and all that preordered this title will get it before December 16. CD Inzane's CEO Zane Petersen entered the final statement this morning:
"Hello to you all! It's been truly a magnificent experience once again, dealing with all of you that have called about this limited EP release. While the full-length is done, awaiting final arrangement of licensing contracts from Europe before release, I have received numerous emails and calls asking to "bump" the number of the limited edition up. It simply was not fair that those who only heard about the project a few weeks ago and that did not get the proper chance to place their orders. We kept the project very secretive until only 2 weeks ago. We did not want anyone to miss out on Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear vocalist) newest songs on our release and we certainly did not want fans to have to wait until the European release comes out in early 2009 to hear Pam's hardest rocking material. After receiving a request from Pamela last week, we bumped the FINAL number to 2,000 pieces, 1,000 of which sold out in the first 9 days. I have also added a bonus 6th song to the EP called "Dreams", a massively perfect ballad featuring Eric Ragno (Takara/David Readman/From The Inside) on keys and some of the most perfect mixing Fabrizio Grossi(Starbreaker/Steve Vai) has ever done. While we hate to have to change the amounts and date of the EP's release, we're also making up for it by adding this additional track. Supply is still very limited and in a few weeks, there will be no more EP's so please get your orders in today. There will not be another issue of the EP, EVER…"
Purchase your copy today for $9.95 directly from Credit Cards, money orders, checks and cash are taken thru their database and they ship worldwide.


Over the span of the past decade New Jersey native John Taglieri has made quite a name for himself on the independent singer / songwriter circuit. The release of his past three albums coupled with nonstop touring that has taken him as far north as Portland, ME, as far south as Miami, FL and as far west as Santa Monica, CA and his constant networking have kept him in the public eye.
What many people may not know is that John actually started life as a rocker with his first album, 'Leap Of Faith' being his most successful outing to date. With that in mind, Taglieri has thrown out his acoustic guitars and cranked the amps back up again. On his new Ep, 'Everything We Are', John mixes his Midwestern rock roots with modern rock sensibilities to create a melodic rock monster. The six tracks on the EP offer something for everyone. The title track "Everything We Are (A Toast)" is a raucous party from start to finish. "Open Up To Me" is an upbeat, straight ahead rocker about being honest with one another. "Lonely Together" is an upbeat, fun song about being friends with benefits. "Get You Back" is the only ballad on the EP and is about convincing a lover to come back. "Booty Call" is...well, no real explanation needed! And lastly, "Living Without You" is about how sometimes it's better once you're gone. The songs will appeal to the fans of Taglieri's 'Leap Of Faith' era as well as finding ground with new listeners. "I'm excited about this Ep...more so then I've been about a CD in a long time," says Taglieri. "It feels good to crank up the electrics and have fun and get back to writing songs for the sheer joy of writing and doing what I love to do."
'Everything We Are' is released Oct. 28 through Leap Dog Music.

MR-X has been updated with the following 2 new additions - Loverboy - Live In LA (early 80s, 8 tracks); Megadeth - Unplugged (12 tracks) and a new Feature Album - the one and only self titled War Babies release.
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Again I must apologize, but the big Reviews update came so close to completion, but just not tune in Monday for that update...




Thursday, November 20, 2008

After a triumphant return at Firefest 4 it is with deep regret that FM have to announce Andy Barnett has left the band. Andy decided to call it a day as he wants to concentrate all his energies on other projects he has going and he is also in the process of relocating abroad.
A spokesman for the band said "We fully respect Andy's decision and wish him all the very, very best and much success in his future career, we made some fine music together and had a great time while doing it. The Firefest DVD is a fitting and fine tribute to that chapter of the bands career. Respect"
So what of the future? The band will carry on with the new studio album while they find a replacement with the more than capable Steve Overland on guitar duties and hope to resolve the situation sooner rather than later. The band look at this as a fresh and exciting new era and are very positive for what the future holds.

One of Norway's most successful bands since the 80's are releasing a new album in 2009. With classics albums like Commandos, Stage Dolls and Stripped, Stage Dolls dominated the Norwegian music-scene in the 80's and early 90's.
After continuous touring in Norway followed by USA the single Love Cries went into the American Billboard top 100 (46#) and 3# in the Album Rock Charts.
The album is planned for release Spring 2009 in Norway and Europe followed up by touring."

Danger Danger's Bruno Ravel will be sitting in for Steve Price on ARfm on Saturday 6th December between 6pm and 9pm UK (1pm - 4pm EST).
Bruno and Steve were chatting at Firefest V when Bruno suggested he had always wanted to try his hand at presenting so having booked the day off Steve needed to find a replacement. A quick call to see if Bruno was serious in his desire to host a programme…and he is!
So, if you want to hear Bruno's choice of music tune in to ARfm at:

Bruce Springsteen's new album Working on a Dream has been set for a January 27 release on Columbia Records. "Working on a Dream" was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O'Brien, who produced and mixed the album.
"Working on a Dream" Song Titles: 1. Outlaw Pete 2. My Lucky Day 3. Working on a Dream 4. Queen of the Supermarket 5. What Love Can Do 6. This Life 7. Good Eye 8. Tomorrow Never Knows 9. Life Itself 10. Kingdom of Days 11. Surprise, Surprise 12. The Last Carnival Bonus tracks: The Wrestler, A Night with the Jersey Devil.
Bruce Springsteen said, "Towards the end of recording 'Magic,' excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O'Brien heard the new songs, he said, 'Let's keep going.' Over the course of the next year, that's just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year's tour. I hope 'Working on a Dream' has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we've ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end."
"Working on a Dream" is Bruce Springsteen's twenty-fourth album and was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.

The Classic Metal Show, heard Saturdays from 9p-3a EST at, will host a pre-purchase listening party for the latest release from Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy, on Saturday, November 22nd. During the show, a large portion of the album will be played and analyzed. Additionally, the toll free phone lines will be open for listeners to provide their own uncensored critique of the new Guns N' Roses songs as well as the new band calling themselves Guns N' Roses.
Additionally, the bands Dirty Looks and Eclipse will be call in guests to the show. For more information on The Classic Metal Show, go to

Sebastian Bach says: "Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee! We have been completely ensconced in the studio here for the last week, wood shedding in a big way, writing and demoing our asses off. I am happy to say that the writing team of Jeffrey Steele, Vicky McGehee, and myself, the team that brought you 'Battle With The Bottle', have been been locked in Jeffrey's studio, with our intention being to come up with a full album sometime in the near future.
"Since the ending of 'Gone Country 2', we now have between 10 and 15 songs 'under construction,' and we will not stop writing/demoing until we all feel we have a killer record. We all love the song 'Battle With The Bottle', but that is only the beginning. We are in the midst of assembling a whole new 'team' down here in Nashville that will be able to bring a song to the radio, which we did not have at the time of filming 'Gone Country 2'.
"Hey, you don't ha ve to ask me twice to make music! I am so very fortunate to have met Jeffrey and Vicky, and the songs we are working on now are truly new and fresh for me as a musician. I really can't wait for all of you to hear this stuff!"

The CD Showcase have been updated. Previews online today for: China Blue, Robert Berry and Ecliptica (Frontiers Records, December 5 release); Lost Weekend & Hope (Escape Music, out now) and Harem Scarem The MelodicRock EP (Purchase direct from showcase).
Check them out!




Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Firefest V kicked off with a pre-show party on the Friday night in The Rig venue, below the larger Rock City club. 300 or so folks piled in to drink and be merry and stock up on merch early in the game. Present of course were a number of the artists appearing over the weekend, signing CDs and pictures for those gathered. And making an evening of it was two great acoustic sets, which were well received.
First Beggars & Thieves made their live return with guitarist Ron Mancuso and vocalist Louis Merlino delving into the best tracks from the band's much loved debut as well as a few select catalogue tracks and even one new track. Yes, you will be hearing more from the band in 2009.
Louis is really in fine voice too, it was awesome to hear him sing Kill Me, No More Broken Dreams and Beggars & Thieves again.
Loud & Clear were up next and delivered a short set of crowd pleasers that served as a warm up for their Saturday performance.
An evening that was over all too quickly.

Saturday kicked off with what was an impressive attendance early on. Plenty had arrived early to take up position at the front of the stage and the bar! Rock City has now become a familiar venue for all and it was full for most of the weekend, but never overcrowded.

Talon –
The US rockers returned for their second appearance after an impressive debut several years back. A new singer in Chandler Mogul saw the band with a different presence on stage. The guys had a great sound and showcased the new Fallen Angels CD, from which the best sounding material came. I'm not convinced Chandler was entirely comfortable during this show, but he did his best. Tracks from the debut didn't work as well and I think the band will learn from their appearance.

Loud & Clear –
It is somewhat unusual for the second band of the first day to deliver a knockout set, but Loud & Clear were indeed one of the weekend highlights. Their professionalism, stage presence and general energy, coupled with a great set list of L&C favourites had the crowd hopping from the outset. The reception was impressive and I know the band were eternally grateful for that. A really energetic set and powerhouse performance by Jess Harnell threw down the challenge to the bands to follow.

Paul Laine –
Paul is one of the true cult icons of the melodic rock scene, as is his cool Stick It In Your Ear album. With tracks drawing largely from that release (and a couple of Shugaazer tracks for good measure), Paul also delivered a really energetic and fired up set, which again, saw him in great voice. The crowd – already warmed up from the opening two sets – was thoroughly into the show and sang along whenever possible. We Are The Young and Doriana particularly impressive.

Valentine –
Back by popular demand after last year's set... I saw the 2007 DVD as I wasn't in the house last year. They were one of the best received bands then, but sadly for singer Hugo, this year he could only try his best as he had been struck down with a cold and was struggling for his voice for much of the set. It got better with each track and he really deserves kudos for giving it his all. The rest of the band were their usual pro-selves, but most agreed that last year was the better set – for obvious reasons.

Jeff Scott Soto –
Well, what can be said about JSS the performer that hasn't already been said? Most present knew what to expect, but had reservations over how the new material would translate live. The set concentrated on these new songs as a DVD was being filmed for release in 2009, but the all important usual classics and album tracks were included to keep folks happy. But from what I saw, everyone was happy no matter what and the new material really sat well alongside the heavier classics. JSS was on fire – as was Gary and Howie – hamming it up as usual. But the vocals of Jeff on this particular occasion were truly something to behold. High expectations were met and all things said, he really nailed this performance.

Pink Cream 69 –
A lot of PC69 fans were in the house and were not disappointed by the band's performance, which sounded great and features tracks from the last album and catalogue favourites. The one thing I would say is that after the energy delivered by the JSS band, PC69 seemed almost laid back despite the nature of their music. There isn't a lot of stage movement from anyone and that made the set seem longer than it was. Great sound though…the guys can sure play.

Tyketto –
Despite not being the same line-up as last year, Danny Vaughn and company positively blew the venue apart with a set list of classic melodic rock songs and a frontman in incredible voice who really engages with the crowd. They deserved their headline status and closed out the day with a massive hits filled set.

Sunday was an even earlier start with another great crown lined up from before 11am outside the venue. Saturday night's early morning finish had me feeling a little tired, especially after only arriving in the country Thursday AM from a 24hr flight. But a little high octane rock n roll soon gets the blood running and Burn really did their very best to get the day off to a big start.

Burn –
Riding high following the critical success of their Global Warning release, Burn ripped through a solid hard rocking set and I think got a better response than Talon the day before. Their band's sound was impressive (especially for the first band of the day) and the crowd got into it.

David Readman –
David worked through songs from his solo debut and did an ok job at keeping momentum rolling following Burn's big intro.

Swedish lads HEAT had the major problem of appearing without their lead singer due to some last minute heart surgery (he's doing fine). But what to do – pull out of a gig only organized the week earlier? No, these troopers instead pulled in Eclipse singer Eric and Brother Firetribe's Pekka to fill the gap. Eric did several songs from the band's killer debut album and Pekka delivered 3 well known covers mid-set to rouse the crowd. To be honest, the original material probably went over better, but the crowd appreciated the efforts of the band, who themselves sound really tight. It was a good fun set in any regard.

Rox Diamond –
The only set I missed all weekend.

Mitch Malloy –
Mitch was joined by guitarist Tommy Denander who was playing some unfamiliar gear, but made the best of the situation. Mitch delivered an energetic performance covering many of the tracks from his cult classic debut. Mitch's voice has changed somewhat over the years (as is the case with most singers), so not all parts sounded the same as they perhaps could have, but it has been 20 years and Mitch still gave his all. A great reaction to Anything At All and Our Love Will Never Die.

White Sister –
Perhaps the revelation of the entire weekend! California's White Sister nervously took the stage, not knowing what would greet them after a 20 year absence. But the crowd simply ate these guys up. It was hero worship at ground zero as the band tore through a classic set list of early 80s anthems; truly making a mockery of the fact they had not played live together in years. Looking and sounding like a band that plays every weekend together, the guys were as tight as any band that weekend and really blew everyone away. They really were the talk of the weekend after the show. More please!

Tall Stories –
I guess these guys were the most talked about act prior to the show. How would Steve Augeri sing after a 2 year hiatus and how would the guys sound after 20 years apart? I'm so glad I was there to witness this performance. After a very nervous start, the guys slowly relaxed and it was about 3 songs in that I saw and heard something change with Steve. He relaxed…and let rip. And from that point on it was clear to all that the voice was back and by the end of the set he was blazing through some great notes.
Power and passion in spades…Steve delivered. The band was not quite as sharp… I saw some errors and after the tightness of White Sister before them, the band was clearly looser and less rehearsed. The material was from both the debut and the upcoming Tall Stories 2 release (due in February 09). Some of it was a perfect rousing fit for the day, a few tracks more experimental and unfamiliar to those gathered. But still….the band got a great reception and Steve walked from the stage triumphant.

Danger Danger –
The Ted Poley fronted Danger Danger hardly needs a review – you just know the delivered and are professional musicians that never disappoint. The stage antics of Ted Poley are matched by few and the fact Paul Laine joined the band on stage for a song and a bit was another weekend highlight and a sign of class from Ted, who extended the invitation earlier in the weekend. A rousing set of D2 classics that made this set one of the best for the weekend and a great way to close in on the end of another wonderful festival.

Firehouse –
I actually didn't see much of this set. The band is well known to all in attendance and was their usual high quality professional self and had the place on a high, keeping the momentum of the D2 performance going. But I had business to attend to and missed the rest of the set.

2 full days and a 3rd night before that really is a little much to endure…but it really was well worth the trip and massively enjoyable. No one sees all the hard work, the months of stress and endless phone calls, e-mails and general crap that go into putting on a festival like this. But as long as the chaos of backstage and beforehand is not witnessed…
The crowd sees a perfect weekend and it was a pleasure and an honor to be amongst it all once again.

The bands in particular need to take a bow for all brining their A-Game and can you believe that there were no egos, no issues and no problems all weekend. Everyone was respectful and appreciative of everyone and the after show drink-a-thon was like an old family reunion for many. Just a great atmosphere and a great all-round event.
This is the type of event that should never be taken for granted.

Now, with great pleasure I present this statement from Kieran and Bruce and the Firefest Team:

"First of all, once again let us thanks all those participating in what has become more than just a show, but a wonderful social event for all fans of melodic hard rock. It really has become an opportunity to meet friends and like-minded fans from all over the world, and despite all the hard work put in months in advance, is always a pleasure to see the fun and enjoyment had by not just those in the audience, but also the bands on stage. We'd also like to give a massive heart-felt thanks to Graham Hatton and Simon Trott, both true fans of the scene who dug deep into their own pockets and each donated a considerable amount of money to Firefest, enabling us to bring in all the bands we wanted – especially Tall Stories – and also go ahead with the filming for several DVD releases next year. Thanks guys!!

The reaction and response to Firefest 5 has been fantastic, so really, how could we not do another one? However, we will most likely go back to a single day and pre-show … a full weekend was just a little too much for everyone. So yeah, there will be a Firefest 6 and I hope we can all get together once again and celebrate the music that we love!

And as a final reminder: There are still Firefest 5 programmes available from our website shop: These are 32 page full colour and the perfect souvenir of a great weekend. We have also did a limited re-print of t-shirts which are again for sale on our website. Please take a look, and help keep Firefest alive.
Thanks again to everyone! Bruce, Kieran & the Firefest team!"

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2009 will mark iconic metal band Keel's 25th anniversary, and the passing of two decades since the original lineup played on stage together. Unlike most of their contemporaries, none of the members has ever performed as Keel since 1989.
Ron Keel, guitarists Marc Ferrari & Bryan Jay, drummer Dwain Miller along with Geno Arce (Ron's long-time bassist) are preparing to perform again for the first time in 20 years. "It would not have been right without these guys," expresses Ron Keel. With the high volume of requests for the band to reunite, the members felt the time is right to deliver the show fans everywhere have been demanding: a Keel reunion.
In 1985, "The Right To Rock" became the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Record's history. Selling over 2 million albums the band was proclaimed the Best New Band by Metal Edge and Circus Magazines.
The title track was a hit on radio & MTV and remains a staple on VH1 Classic, in addition to the group's subsequent hits "Tears Of Fire," "Because The Night," "Somebody's Waiting," and "Rock & Roll Outlaw". They developed a reputation as one of the genre's most entertaining live acts, opening for heavyweights like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, and Van Halen amongst many others.
Plans are for Keel to reunite at a select number of festivals and showcase dates in 2009 to perform all their hits and classic favorites in celebration of 25 years of rock n roll history. The Keel "Debut Reunion Concert" will take place in Hollywood on Saturday, January 31. The location for this historic event will be Club Vodka at The Knitting Factory – visit the web site and MySpace for details.
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Robin Beck's Trouble Or Nothing 20th Anniversary Edition with 4 new songs is coming out February 6, 2009. You can pre-order yours now at a special price at and get yours personally autographed with a new photo. Out at your local retailers February 2009.
More information coming soon!


Former Rainbow musicians Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli and Greg Smith have united with a second generation Blackmore to form Over The Rainbow.
Over The Rainbow is: Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow 1980-1984) Keyboards: Tony Carey (Rainbow 1975-1978) Drums: Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow 1980-1983) Bass: Greg Smith (Rainbow 1994-1997) Guitar: Jurgen ("J.R.") Blackmore.
Carey, who has produced several artists including Joe Cocker and David Knopfler since his Rainbow days says, "Having done everything from country to opera, I thought it would be fun to play some rock again without the burden of singing everything."
Rondinelli adds, "Over the Rainbow re-unites members of one of the most distinctive sounding bands of all time and introduces a hidden treasure to the world in J.R. Blackmore.''
The son of the iconic Rainbow founder/guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, is Jurgen ("J.R.") Blackmore. J.R. is a critically acclaimed guitarist in his own right and agreed to join this endeavor after realizing how intense the demand was for a Rainbow "reunion." Over The Rainbow marks the first time that four members from three different eras of Rainbow will take the stage together along with J.R. Blackmore.
Rainbow has spawned over 20 albums (five Gold, four Silver), seven Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock tracks, six Top 75 UK songs and at least seven MTV frequently played videos. Their longest tenure was from its inception through 1984 when it went on hiatus so Blackmore could reform Deep Purple. A decade later, Rainbow toured and recorded an album. Since then, Ritchie Blackmore has turned his focus toward Blackmore's Night.
Since 1998, former members of Rainbow and their respective management offices have been bombarded with requests for Rainbow to reunite. Carey, Rondinelli, Smith and Turner answered "the call" but agreed that the only legitimate way that this could be accomplished was with a Blackmore on guitar. Enter: J.R. Blackmore.
How does the younger Blackmore feel about sharing the stage with musicians he grew up watching perform in concert with his legendary father? "I have not worked with them," says Blackmore, "But, I have admired them since I was young. That makes them like brothers."
Greg Smith agrees that the market for Rainbow's brand of rock is under served. "I know there is a big demand for this music," he says, "The fact that all members are ex-Rainbow from different periods in the band's history will give the music the integrity it deserves. A Blackmore on guitar will give it even more authenticity."
While Joe Lynn Turner has fond memories of collaborating with and great respect for Ritchie Blackmore, he's looking forward to working with his son. He states, "J.R. is the only logical choice for the guitar slot for Over The Rainbow. I have followed some of his projects over the years now. He's very talented."
Over the Rainbow will begin touring in Russia during February of 2009.


DARE LIVE IN SPAIN SET LIST: has uploaded photos of Dare's November 15, 2008 concert at Ritmo y Compás in Madrid. Check them out at this location. Shoots from Kip Winger and Black Jack also available:
Dare´s setlist was as follows: 1-Silent Thunder 2-Dreams Of Fire 3-Sea Of Roses 4-Storm Wind 5-Someday 6-Where Darkness Ends 7-Beneath The Shinning Water 8-Abandon 9-Into The Fire 10-Rain Dance 11-Emerald 12-Chains 13-Silent Hills 14-King Of Spades 15-Return The Heart 16-Jail Break 17-Rosalie.

Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2008 - As their explosive singles "Adrenaline", "Controlled Emotions" and "Sleepwalker" already on over 50 rock and metal internet stations, Swirl is hitting the road supporting Britny Fox and Stephen Pearcy on a winter tour. Having recently been out playing solo and supporting Slaughter in the Los Angeles area, Swirl will now venture out on tour with Britny Fox and Stephen Pearcy on a tour that kicks off November 28 th in Yucaipa, CA at Angel's Roadhouse (see below for a complete itinerary).
"We are thrilled to be included on the Metal In America XXX-MAS tour December 2008. We never imagined this opportunity would come our way . Going across North America with such an established and celebrated headliner as Ratt front man Stephen Pearcy, he alone would have been enough. But to find out that will be with Britny Fox as well, just guarantees many, many hours nightly of hard rockin`, headbangin good times for every one in attendance! We are looking forward to reconnecting with the our fans as we begin to promote the upcoming 'Timeline' release! " ... Swirl
"Timeline" the upcoming album to be released later this year, features the singles "Adrenaline" and " Sleepwalker ", played, mixed and produced by Fred Coury (Cinderella). Rough Cutt bassist Matt Thorr and Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, RATT), also have producer credits on the album. Legendary music producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, RATT, Warrant, Chaka Khan) will produce tracks as well.
Swirl is guitarist Duane "DT " Jones, drummer Brian "Bam Bam " Jones, and new members Al Ramirez on lead vocals and Shane Carlson on bass.
Formed by brothers Duane "DT " and Brian "Bam Bam" Jones, and having gained fresh inspiration from new members Al Ramirez and Shane Carlson , Swirl is electric, re-tooled and ready to tour. With two new tracks "Adrenaline" and "Sleepwalker " produced by Fred Coury, and other great songs produced by Quiet Riot/ Ratt Carlos Cavazo and Rough Cutt's Matt Thorr , Swirl's blend of classic metal gives high energy to this exciting band. Swirl has recently signed with ESP Entertainment and will begin recording with legendary producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant, Chaka Khan).
A complete list of Swirl, Britny Fox and Stephen Pearcy dates is below:
Fri / Nov-28 Yucaipa, CA Angels Roadhouse
Sun / Nov -30 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
Tues / Dec -2 Wichita, KS Americas Pub
Thur / Dec- 4 Lakeville, MN GB Leightons
Fri / Dec-5 Greenville, WS Route 15
Sat / Dec -6 Detriot. MI Hayloft Liquor Stand
Sun / Dec- 7 Grand Rapids, Mi Whiskey Lounge
Wed / Dec- 10 Centereach, NY Mulchay's
Thur / Dec 11 Narragansett, RI Wheel House
Fri / Dec 12 Springfield, VA Jaxx
Sat / Dec 13 Clifton , INJ Dingbatz
Sun / Dec 14 Buffalo, NY Club W
Thur / Dec 18 Orlando, FL 57 West
Fri / Dec 19 Jacksonville, FL Brewsters Pit
Sat / Dec 20 New Port Richey, FL Bourbon Street
Dec 10, 11, 13 Stephen Pearcy & Swirl Only
Dec 14 Britny Fox & Swirl Only
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'Robert Plant: Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page & The Solo Years' will be available in a German translation in 2009, published via Hannibal Verlag. The text will be revised, and amended for the German edition. The UK/English edition is still in print and selling well. It is available in the UK from all good book stores and available to non UK residents at online stores such as Amazon and More information is obtainable at and
The biography of Robert Plant was greeted with good reviews. Jeb Wright at Classic Rock Revisited said it is "well-written and well researched" and William Pinfold at Record Collector said it is "startlingly up-to-date." The book covers Plant's entire life and has an extensive appendix, including set lists, a timeline, tour dates, discographies/biographies and a bibliography.
Meanwhile, 'The Story Of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith' is now available in Polish translation from Kagra with Bulgarian and German editions to follow in December 2008 and early 2009. Go to:

Cannon has a new drummer! Arnd Lorenz (38) from 1999 to 2006 drumming for the power metal band Galloglass. With them he recorded two CDs: 2003 (Legends From Now And Nevermore) and 2005 (Heavenseeker). Because Cannon is complete again, the band is scheduling activities to present the songs of their actual album Metal Style live in 2009. They are just working on a new live set. Presenter or Promoter who are interested to book Cannon for concerts could contact the band via their official website

On this weeks Power Hour Chris Nelson will be talking to Paul Logue & Mike Eden from Metal Hotshots Eden's Curse. He will be playing songs from their Edens Curse album, their 7 Deadly Sins Acoustic CD and the new album The Second Coming, this Saturday 22nd Nov from 4.00-5.00pm. Then following that on the Hair Metal Haven, there's another Glam Metal/Sleaze Rock special. He had such a great response to the show he did a couple of weeks ago, that he's doing another this week. Chris will be bringing you interviews with Marc Torien of the Bulletboys & also be chatting to Stevie Summers from Glam Icons Pretty Boy Floyd. With also all the best tracks on the scene from all the new boys on the block, join him from 5.00-7.00 only on:




Monday, November 17, 2008

Just while I sort out the next Artist Of The Week feature, I thought I would do a brief recap and thank readers for the interest shown in this feature to date. The response has been terrific and much appreciated and I'm happy to pass on the news that all artists involved have reported solid gains in traffic via their own websites for the week of the feature and preceding that too.
They have all reported increased merch sales and that folks, is what this is all about! Promoting great music and making it easily available to those that want to purchase.
So with that said, I have received feedback that some folks missed out at the time - so for this one time only - I would like to make available the past few weeks of features via the links below, with all original deals offered still valid for a very limited time.


Any and all bands and labels are encouraged to contact me for information regarding this new promotional feature.

Jetboy wishes to announce the recent addition of accomplished drummer Doug Hovan. Doug Hovan will be replacing Jeff Moscone, who will be lending his youthful enthusiasm to a host of new projects.
"It's never easy losing an accomplished musician like Jeff. That being said, everyone in the band feels really fortunate that a drummer the caliber of Doug Hovan was not only available, but excited at the opportunity to join the Jetboy family" said Rhythm Guitar player and co-founding member Billy Rowe.
"Doug has a wide ranging skill set", said Fernie Rod (lead guitar, co-founding member). "Not many people realize that Doug is not only a drummer, but also a talented songwriter and lyricist".
Among Doug's accomplishments in the area of songwriting include the tune Rosegarden, which appeared in the film The Water Dance, starring Wesley Snipes. Doug Hovan brings with him a lengthy pedigree that includes a stint in Sway, as well as playing with musicians such as Danny West (Vain), Ron Yokum (Seahags) and John Torres (Laaz Rocket).
Jetboy recently completed a successful summer tour that saw the band play Rocklahoma, Rock The Bayou and The South Texas Rock Fest. Jetboy is playing isolated club dates in California, while preparing to enter the studio to record. Jetboy is also putting the finishing touches on an ambitious tour currently slated to begin in Summer 2009.
Jetboy will be performing Friday, November 14, at The Blue Café in Huntington Beach, California, as well as Saturday, November 15 at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles. Additional information on Jetboy can be found on the band's website, as well as their MySpace page at:

MELODIC BRIEFS: have a new software system in place and a brand new updated look. All the current and best recent melodic rock releases are available for digital purchase and the store has just added the ARfm compilation Undying Fire too! MelodicDownloads is not associated with, but I do support their endeavors and the site if fully endorsed by the labels and artists using the service.

The latest music video by Cloudscape Darkest Legacy (taken from the latest album entitled Global Drama) is filmed, edited and directed by Rainer Holmgren and can be viewed at:

Iron Maiden will play Auckland February 20 and Christchurch Feb 21, 2009. Chjeck out:

Tesla at the legendary Stone Pony live review & photo gallery:

The latest interview on HallOfMetal webzine - JIMI JAMISON:

Danger Avenue has been around since 2006. They have brought their unique brand of rock to cheering crowds all around Sweden. Music that fit a small intimate club as well as a big stadium. Influences include Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, REO Speedwagon and The Who to name but a few. Putting the melodies in focus is what separate this band from most of the other new bands that are coming up at the moment. Drummer Criss David: "It all comes very natural to us and we want to be as a good as we possibly can in doing this."
The band keep coming back to the fact that the songs are the most important thing. What do Danger Avenue believe constitutes a good song?
Guitarist Victor DiCola: "A good melody, a good lyric and a band that can reach the listener and make him or her feel it."
On the question of what makes a good live show singer Jimmie Lee Cooper says: "A band that gives everything they´ve got and let the audience be a part of the show. We want every concert to be special and we do what it takes to make that happen."
Lead guitarist Thomas Van Shaw: "That's our idea about everything, to settle for the best possible. Great melodies and a big live show is timeless and you shouldn't be considered as some kind of retro band just because you find those things important."
The band are not the only ones who feel this way. Their fans share their vision. The response on MySpace, their website as well as at concerts has been better than anyone could ever wish for. People have pre-ordered the EP from all over the world and the band is happy to finally release it.
Bass player Viktor O'Malley: "Although we are forever thankful for the internet as many people have a discovered us there it feels good to have a CD out. We're kind of old school that way. When we think of our music we think of an open highway, a hot summer day and us playing in the car stereo and now that's finally possible for everyone to enjoy."
The new EP is followed by gigs around Sweden early next year and after that the band hope to play around Europe.
Website: /

Frontiers Rock Nights would like to announce/apologise to our friends, supporters and bands that we no longer have any dealings with Junktion7 (Nottingham UK) ,we have moved venues as of immediate effect. This became a mutual decision and we take this time to thank Junktion7 and it's team for our time there.
We have however moved onto more productive things for the Frontiers Rock Nights brand name. Frontiers Rock Nights stands for certain principles that we must uphold in order to stay true to ourselves and the music we promote, with room to continue our independence to classic rock and help others along the way. We wish to develop and grow our classic rock nights and promotional company....We are here to help all classic rock genre and their fans.
We will be appearing at Ye Olde Salutation Inn (The Sal) Nottingham (UK)starting 24th January 2009 and then ongoing the 3rd Saturday of every month, this one year contract will show us what the people of Nottingham want and to provide you a service without compromise to ourselves and the people we are involved with.
So classic rock fans, if you would like to keep classic rock in the Nottingham/ the Midlands... please help spread the word that we have moved venues and start afresh 24th January at The Sal..... with special guests hot off their recent European tour with White Lion... Crime of Passion! Thank you guys for your continued support, looking forward to a cracking night. Early door 8pm-2am , real ale and a variety of 30ciders, plus classic rock vintage videos on the big screen and Ms Libra taking photo's for those wishing to part take, plus a large dance floor to make us your first any only port of call on the 24th January and every 3rd week thereon after, you won't regret it!
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(Asheville, NC) -- Warren Haynes is pleased to add John Paul Jones, Coheed & Cambria, Roosevelt Collier, Karl Denson and Audley Freed to his 20th Annual Christmas Jam line up.
Single Day and 2 Day Tickets will go on-sale to the public through Ticketmaster and at the Asheville Civic Center Box Office on Saturday November 15th at 10AM Eastern. Tickets for each night are $55 + $1 Facility Fee. VIP Tickets are still available, visit for more details.
"John [Paul Jones] sat in with us [Gov't Mule] at Bonnaroo and after seeing him at the Led Zeppelin concert in London, we spoke about him performing at the Christmas Jam and I'm thrilled he can make it," said Haynes.
Haynes recently joined Coheed & Cambria on stage during their "Neverender" concert series in New York on the classic "I Shall Be Released." The pairing went so well, Haynes invited the band to this year's Jam.
For its Twentieth Anniversary, Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam will expand to 2 nights for the first time ever and will take place Friday December 12th & Saturday December 13th at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, NC. As always all proceeds from the Christmas Jam will be donated to Habitat For Humanity.
Current performer list (Listed Alphabetically) - Allman Brothers Band, Coheed & Cambria, The Del McCoury Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Steve Earle, Michael Franti with Jay Bowman Acoustic, Gov't Mule, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, John Paul Jones, Joan Osborne, Travis Tritt, Johnny Winter.
W/ special guests also scheduled to appear (Listed Alphabetically) - Mike Barnes, Roosevelt Collier, Karl Denson, Ruthie Foster, Audley Freed, JJ Grey, Col. Bruce Hampton, Robert Kearns, Kevn Kinney, Eric Krasno, Mickey Raphael, & Many More
List of Performers Subject To Change, for more details visit
Building on the tremendous success of last year's inaugural Christmas Jam By Day, we will not only return with daytime concerts featuring many of the performers mentioned above as well as some of the best and hottest new bands in the country, an art show, and movie screenings, we will have the first Christmas Jam Comedy Show.
More information on Christmas Jam By Day, including a full list of bands, additional performers at the Comedy Show and all other details will be announced shortly.




Friday, November 14, 2008

Frontiers Records is truly excited to announce the European release of PLACES OF POWER debut album Now Is The Hour on January 23.
While the Places of Power moniker is brand new, this name hides the brand new collaboration between two superb artists who are no strangers to the concept of hard work and quality music. Bruce Turgon and Philip Bardowell can indeed boast in their pedigree collaborations with such bands and artists as Foreigner, Shadow King, Lou Gramm, Unruly Child, Magdalen and Peter Criss of Kiss.
Both have also released highly regarded solo albums for Frontiers Records during 2005 which gathered excellent reviews and great interests from press and fans alike. "Our collaboration started at the urging of Serafino Perugino, who felt that Bruce and I would work well together", states singer Philip Bardowell. "I guess Serafino would be the "spark"! The flame was then ignited when Bruce and I started throwing around tunes and discovered that we shared a passion for strong melodies and hooks". Bruce Turgon also recalls: "Philip came back with powerful ideas and performances that made me feel that we were on the same page - I knew that this would be a strong collaboration from the start. I tend to "live" a record and dwell on every aspect of it, so it was very important to me that we share a common vision, and we have".
"Now Is The Hour" production process was then started and took some good time to be completed, due to the enthusiasm and care that both Philip and Bruce gave to the album writing and recording. "I love the integrity of this record" continues Bruce, "there are no "and also" tracks - every song is a work of substance", with Bardowell adding that every track "is also crafted in the "pop" sense and the songs are catchy and accessible".
With the help of Scott McKinstry who contributed lead guitars to the album, Philip took care of all lead vocals while Bruce played all the backing tracks. The tapes were then sent to famed studio guru Dennis Ward (of Pink Cream 69 and producer of Place Vendome, Sunstorm, Bob Catley, Angra, Krokus etc.) in Germany who mixed the album in the summer 2008.
"We were able to deliver a product that we're both very proud of" adds Bardowell, while Turgon concludes "this is an album that deserves to be played live. We've created a strong foundation for Places Of Power to build upon and everything is possible..."
The result is a jewel, one of those rare releases that gets your attention from the very first to the last second - splendid performances, killer production and marvellous songs: that's what "Now Is The Hour" is all about!
"Now Is The Hour" final track listing includes: In Your Wildest Dreams; Make Me Believe; Desires of Our Hearts; One Day; I Live For You; Secrets; The Passage; Always; Hard To Love You; Light of My World; Path of Least Resistance; Places of Power - In Your Wildest Dream (bonus video clip).


Saturday 15th November will see 2 bands joining Steve Price live on ARfm.
Swedish melodic rockers Eclipse will be first on the show, talking about the highly rated album which has just been released on Frontiers. We will also be asking Erik about his unscheduled performance with HEAT at Firefest V.
Later on, Steve will be joined by Eden's Curse to chat about their second opus...The Second Coming.
The show starts at 6pm UK (1pm EST) and can be heard at

Swedish song-writer, producer and guitarist Chris Laney (Randy Piper, Zan Clan) has signed a record deal with AOR Heaven. His first album will be recorded at Polar Studios Stockholm (ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Stones, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, The Darkness) and be produced by Chris Laney himself and Lennart Östlund (living legend who recorded Genesis, Led Zep, Abba, Europe and more).
The musical direction? Kick ass rock with arena rock hooks - big, over the top sunset strip rock! Musicians will include: - J. Koleberg and Grizzly from Animal - Ian Haugland (Europe) drums on one track. Guest solos: Martin Sweet (CrashDiet) and Vic Zino (Hardcore Superstar/Crazy Lixx).
WebLink: /


DRIVER are happy to announce the confirmation to play 2009's Bang Your Head Festival on 26th/27th of June which will be as usual held in Balingen, Germany. Also on the bill will appear Blind Guardian, U.D.O., Y&T, Ross The Boss, Hardcore Superstar and many more. For more infos about the festival, please visit
Driver are: Rob Rock – vocals , Roy Z – guitars , Reynold "Butch" Carlson" – drums , Ed Roth – keyboards , Aaron Samson - bass guitar. Current release: "Sons Of Thunder" (Metal Heaven, out now).
WebLink: For more infos on all AOR Heaven and Metal Heaven artists, please visit

"On November 25th, 2008, Versailles Records will return to retail with 'Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin,' which features current/former members of Megadeth, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Dio, Badlands, the Circle Jerks, The Cult, Ratt, Lillian Axe, Deep Purple, L.A. Guns, Warrant, White Lion, Robert Plants The Honeydrippers, Iggy Pop Band, Hanoi Rocks, Alice Cooper Band, Slashs Snakepit, Dangerous Toys, Johnny Thunders Band, Zebra, David Bowie Band, Ace Frehley Band, Rainbow, Billy Idol Band, Roger Daltry Band, Quiet Riot, Circle II Circle, Riot, ECW, and others including Richard Kendrick, Strikeforce, Chris Catena, Marko Pukkula, Harry Slash & the Slashtones, Rose Reiter, A.J. Caruso, Blayne Coupel, Debbie Landry, Lee Thompson, Charlie Bonnett III and Jason Andrews, Snowblynd, and Chris Heaven- as well as liner notes by legendary record producer Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin/The Who/Heart, etc)- celebrating the bands greatest hits! The tribute also features a bonus CD Sampler featuring millennium rock/metal bands influenced by Zep.

That same day, Versailles offers Christian rock fans 'Glory Rock Vol. 1/2', featuring current/former members of such Christian rock legends as BRIDE, Petra, Guardian, Neon Cross, and Liberty N' Justice, as well as mainstream rock legends including Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Ratt, Lillian Axe, Quiet Riot, Dangerous Toys, Billy Squier Band, Rod Stewart Band, The Scream, and Grammy-winning pianist Randy Cantor, as well as Grammy/Dove Award winner Bob Carlisle (of Butterfly Kisses fame)! Check out or for more info on these forthcoming releases!"


Over 18 months in the making and with the first two singles 'The World Cant Touch Me' and 'Fall To Your Knees' receiving extensive airplay in Australia, UK and New Zealand, Adelaide's Heavy Rock Powerhouse, Fighterpilot are ecstatic to announce the release of their debut full length album Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun. In an Australian first, Fighterpilot will make the entire album available for FREE download via the band's website in DRM Free MP3 format, with all 12 tracks being available from 13 Nov 2008 for 4 months in conjunction with the bands interstate touring schedule. From March 2009 fans will be able to purchase the album in hard format as CD with booklet, packaged to include a T Shirt and army cap. Pre-orders will be taken from the release date on November 13.
'Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun' features 12 tracks including the two previous singles plus the new to radio orchestral juggernaut 'Animal' and slow burning ballad 'Darkest Hour'. 'Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun' is anintense and exciting journey, which sees the band explore the parallels between music, life and fulfillment to produce a brilliant album which typifies the bands unique heavy rock sound. Muso's will appreciate the albums incredible intricate sweeping riffs and solos, and general music lovers will connect to the great melodies, energy and passion within.
The album was engineered and produced in Adelaide by Matt Williams, who's studio credits include The Superjesus and Francesca (Matt produced and performed on her #2 hit 'Way of the world') and who has worked alongside such respected producers as Darren Cran (Skid Row, Nickelback) Go to to download 'Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun' for free.
WebLinks: /

On this weeks Hair Metal Haven from 5.00-7.00pm UK Time Chris Nelson will be talking to Luke Morley of Thunder about the new Album Bang, Their forthcoming UK tour and their forthcoming annual Xmas show. Also he'll be chatting with Jean Beauvoir of Crown Of Thorns about the new album Faith, so join Chris this Saturday 15th November for all the brand new Melodic Rock/Metal releases on

It has just been confirmed that Denmark's Oliver Weers has been given the honour of supporting the legendary Whitesnake, when they visit Copenhagen on Friday, December 19th. Oliver Weers will perform with his band consisting of guitarist and album-producer Soren Andersen, bassplayer Claus Langeskov (White Lion), guitarist Anders Bo (The Licks) and drummer Morten Hellborn (Hannah Schneider).
Already on November 13th, Oliver Weers will make a special appearance with Marco Mendoza at The Rock in Copenhagen. Marco has a past with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and recently recorded the bass for Oliver Weers' debut album "Get Ready", which was released in Denmark on September 22nd.
Tour Dates
13 November 2008: The Rock, Copenhagen - DK - special guest for Marco Mendoza
19 December 2008: KB Hallen, Copenhagen - DK - w. Whitesnake
About Oliver Weers - With his first solo studio album Oliver Weers releases what is easily the best Danish hard rock album since the heydays of Pretty Maids, Skagarack and Royal Hunt. The debut was recorded at Medley Studios Copenhagen (Radiohead, Prince, Roxette, Izzy Stradlin, Mike Tramp/White Lion a.o.) in co-operation with the two living legends Tommy Aldridge (ex. Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne) and bassist Marco Mendoza (ex. Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy). The leader of the whole project was well-reputed guitarist and producer Søren Andersen, who is known for his production of local artists Baal and Kira & The Kindred Spirits.
BT (5/6) Danish newspaper "God damn this brings me into a good mood."
GAFFA (4/6) Denmark's biggest monthly music magazine "Strong, refreshing and catchy debut." (5/6) Denmark's biggest website devoted to metal "If you like hard rock, then this is an instant hit!"


Last call for this week's Artist Of The Week deals - Sample both albums as you would do with a general CD Showcase (MP3 soundbytes for all tracks) and purchase direct from, with shipping handled from USA for speedy delivery. CDs shipped within 48hrs of order being placed.

- Faith Circus and their debut self-titled release for US$12.00 + $5 Shipping.

- Eden and their new Oblivion CD $14 + $5 shipping.
- Additionally, both CDs can be purchased for the package price of $25 + $7 shipping. To visit each Feature, click on the CD Covers below.


MR-X has been updated with some very cool downloads this week, including:
Feature Video - Foreigner - Private Sessions A&E Cable TV Special, 2008
Feature Video - FM - Live Town And Country Club, London, UK 1990 (6 Tracks)
Feaure Video - Dare - Live Town And Country Club, London, UK 1989 (6 Tracks)
Classic Live FM Broadcasts - Eddie Money - Agora Ballroom - Atlanta, GA USA April 10,1981 (18 Tracks) and Aerosmith - Donington 1994 (21 Tracks).
Also online, the following new Video Clips: Steve Perry - You Better Wait and Foolish Heart; Streets - Don't Look Back and Everything Is Changing plus Southern Sons - Waiting For That Train.
MR-X Membership Details.

Next week (early) - that Firefest review and a few Reviews. I know how far behind I am with me. I'll do my best to get a bunch covered by the end of the year.




Thursday, November 13, 2008

It is with great pride that Zink Music can present the European release of Chicago singer Bill Champlin's new solo album - his first in thirteen years!
The long anticipated new release from legendary singer songwriter Bill Champlin is here at last. No Place Left to Fall features the smooth, thoughtful song-writing you've come to expect from Bill. Soul infused grooves and undeniable hooks pave the way from start to finish, and songs like the title track are a reminder of why Mr. Champlin has been in the game so long. Bill and his band are joined by some very special guests including Peter Cetera, Steve Lukather, Bruce Gaitsch and Michael English - this album will not disappoint!
In the words of drummer, Billy Ward, "I became a Bill Champlin fan in the early seventies when he led, what was to me, a ground-breaking band, The Sons Of Champlin. He's written and sang on probably over 400 hit songs, the later ones with the band Chicago. His organ playing has him ranked on most peoples "A" list and he plays the heck out of the guitar as well! He is one of the finest musicians I've ever gotten the privilege to play with." Dennis Cook, in Jambase and Relix Magazine adds, "Age has done nothing to diminish his powers, and in fact, brings nuances to the material that a young cat just can't muster."
This special edition does not only consist of 13 new songs with a total length of 68 minutes, you are also treated with a 70 minute DVD (region free) featuring a lengthy documentary of the recording of the album plus some extra cool stuff - all nicely packed in a slipcase.
CD 01. Total Control 02. Tuggin' On Your Sleeve 03. The Truth04. No Place Left To Fall 05. Lover Like That 06. Lookin' For You 07. Never Been Afraid 08. Angelina 09. Look Away 10. I Want You To Stay 11. Never Let Go 12. Stone Cold Hollywood 13. All Along
DVD 01. Introduction 02. BC Background 03. Old School 04. The Songs 05. Blood Heart 06. In Conclusion 07. "No Place Left To Fall" Jam (Extras) 08. Will Champlin (Extras) 09. BC on The Beatles & Bob Dylan (Extras) 10. BC Vignettes (Extras) 11. Sons Of Champlin Live! "Gold Mine" (Extras).
The release date is set for December 10, 2008. More info, store and high-quality full length samples at


Supersite Classic Rock Celebrates their 10th Anniversary with the Release of book series From the Vault. Series 1: Stadium Rock pre-order begins November 12th, 2008. Take part in the pre-order and save 10% off cover price, get free shipping in the US and have your copy signed by the author. All details at:
Classic Rock, the brainchild of Jeb Wright, first hit the internet in 1999. Wright, who had no experience in journalism or running a website, took it upon himself to bring a Classic Rock Magazine to the online world. Now, ten years and millions of hits later, Classic Rock has become a major media outlet for the Classic Rock music community. Each month, the website features in-depth, exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names to ever take the stage. In 2009, Classic Rock will celebrate their 10th year online.
To commemorate their first decade of rock 'n' roll, the first in a series of books will be released featuring some of the biggest names Wright has ever interviewed. These interviews are only available here and are no longer available at Classic Rock Revisited.
Series 1: Stadium Rock features the following in-depth interviews: Kansas * Paul Rodgers * Sammy Hagar * Ted Nugent * Steve Perry of Journey * Foghat Joe Perry of Aerosmith * Foreigner * Steve Miller * Boston's Tom Scholz * REO Speedwagon and Dennis DeYoung of Styx.
Wright, who has been published around the globe, in popular Rock magazines including Classic Rock in the UK, This is Rock in Spain and Goldmine in the USA, has a unique interviewing style that gets the stars to open up and talk about their music, their life and their creative endeavors.
The forward to the book was written by Goldmine Editor Peter Lindblad who states this book is "a fascinating read from cover-to-cover, Wright's collection of interviews will give you a new appreciation for the blood, sweat and tears that went into making each of the artists the monsters of rock they were, and, in many cases, still are. Get ready for a wild ride."
The artwork for the cover of From the Vault: Series 1: Stadium Rock was created by renowned album cover artist Ioannis of Vivid Images Design. Ioannis has designed album covers for Blue Oyster Cult, the Allman Brothers, Styx, Deep Purple and many others.
From the Vault: Series 1: Stadium Rock is like owning a piece of Rock History!
The stories included will be read again and again as Wright uncovers Classic Rocks illustrious past, present and future. See what some of Wright's interview subjects have to say about being interviewed by Classic Rock Revisited:
"Jeb Wright is not just my American BloodBrother, he is a heart and soul BloodBrother to real American music lovers everywhere as he continues to fan the flames of the greatest classic rock of all times. Jeb is a SoulBrother, FunkBrother BloodBrother, all American Rock-N-Roll maniac, and he deserves me!" --Ted Nugent
"Jeb Wright is unique and a very natural interviewer." -- Paul Rodgers
"From one Topeka boy to another, it's always great working with Jeb." -- Phil Ehart of Kansas
"When Jeb interviewed me, I already knew him as a backstage regular. I think it made me more open and honest." -- Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon
"Jeb Wright is a font of Rock N Roll knowledge. His interview questions are some of the best we have heard. He has a way of getting to the interesting stuff that people want to know about. Nothing boring about Jeb. We love him!" -- Roger Earl of Foghat
"Jeb Wright asks the questions people want to know about. This book makes a great gift, but read it before you wrap it!" --Tom Scholz of Boston
About the author: Jeb Wright is a 42-year-old music fanatic who lives in Arkansas City, Kansas. Born in the capitol city of Topeka, Wright became hooked on music when discovering that Rich Williams, guitarist for the band Kansas, grew up next door to Wright's grandparents. In 1999, Wright utilized the newest media form, the internet, in order to begin an online magazine called Classic Rock Revisited. Over the course of the last ten years, Wright has interviewed hundreds of rock stars and has gained a solid reputation for his interviewing skills. Wright's interviews have been published internationally in such publications as Goldmine Magazine in the USA, Classic Rock Magazine in the UK and This is Rock Magazine in Spain.
For more details and to purchase From the Vault: Series 1: Stadium Rock go to

Former Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell has died at just age 62. One news item here: R.I.P Mitch.

Rock Of Ages The Musical is having a cast performance on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" this Friday, November 14. I hear they may perform Whitesnake's Here I Go Again... WebLink: interviews Eric Ragno about the upcoming Vox Tempus release on Angelmilk Records (Decmeber 1). WebLink:

Rocker Announces Special Project to Benefit St. Jude / (Los Angeles, CA) November 13, 2008 – Celebrity rocker Gunnar Nelson announced his new philanthropic endeavor, Rockfessions, to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers., the home to Rockfessions, is a unique forum celebrating the rock and roll experience and allows people to share their "secret rock confessions" creatively. Those passionate about Rock and Roll – music, artists or Rock culture – can create and submit a "Rockfession" (secret rock confession) on a 4x6 postcard size piece of paper or a photo in support of St. Jude and win prizes in the process. For every "Rockfession" submission, a donation is made to St. Jude. Rockfessions will be collected from all over the world with the goal of creating materials such as greeting cards, books, and T shirts with proceeds going to help St. Jude find cures and save children.
"St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is synonymous with hope. When I visited the hospital a few months ago I learned at St. Jude 'no child is ever turned away due to an inability to pay'. They openly share their research findings worldwide, so it's clear to me that they want to CURE, not just treat. And most surprising of all is how little it feels like a hospital when you're there- the emphasis is on keeping the kids and their families focused on feeling as safe, hopeful, and healthy as possible," enthuses Gunnar. "If you visit, there's no way you can come away from the experience and NOT have a burning desire to get involved. The hospital's daily operating costs exceed $1.3 million. So I'm positively thrilled to be able to support St. Jude through this fun and creative project, Rockfessions. I finally get the chance to use my loves of music and connection to do some good on a planetary scale".
"With Rockfessions, Gunnar Nelson has created a wonderfully unique way to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude," says David L. McKee, chief operating officer and interim CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "I'm certain Gunnar's heartfelt desire to help St. Jude will encourage music fans to visit and will inspire hope in our precious patients and their families in the battle against cancer and other catastrophic diseases."
Gunnar has experienced first-hand what it's like to have to watch someone he loves fight for their life. Gunnar's grandfather Ozzie succumbed to cancer in 1975 and his sister Tracy battled Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1990. For years, Gunnar had been an active supporter of Fans Care for St. Jude Kids, a St. Jude fundraising program involving the fans of music artists and celebrities. With the creation of Rockfessions with writer Nikki Moustaki, MA, MFA, Gunnar will take his support of this inspired organization and their shared desire to help others to a whole new level.
"I like to think of the Rockfessions project as the modern version of a patchwork quilt, an ever-expanding art project of love and personal expression. And with the help of the internet, I can envision Rockfessions going global – reaching closeted artists and driven philanthropists worldwide who will submit a small piece of their personal creativity on a simple postcard," adds Gunnar. "Nothing feels better than showing off a little bit of what's made you who you are for all the world to see... well... except helping kids who need your love and support, that is.
"I'm amazed at how creative everyone is- we all seem to have a hidden Picasso within us who's dying to get out. The Rockfessions we've already received are truly stunning,"
enthuses Gunnar. "Some make you scratch your head, some make you tear up, and some make you laugh out loud. But all of the submissions are humbling in the sense that they remind us that we are all united by our passion for the music that's brought so much color to our lives, and by our desire to see the day when no child is ever sick again. No matter who or where you are in the world, who you pray to, or what politics you believe in, music is the universal language of love. A Rockfession is the physical embodiment of a person's unique sense of sound, sight, and emotion coming together in a very concentrated form- specifically created with the sole intention of spreading hope and healing. Simply put: It's the most powerful postcard you'll ever write."
For more information on Rockfessions, visit or email
Visit Gunnar Nelson's official website at

In May 2008, Daryl Hall & John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile" and "Kiss On My List," will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.
"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl. "It's like going back to where it all began for us. We've always had an enthusiastic following in Los Angeles, and this is a chance for our fans to see us up close and personal in an intimate setting."
Beyond the classic hits, the sold-out shows featured rarely performed fan favorites and deep album cuts, as well as Daryl Hall solo material, with the duo backed by a band comprised of longtime member T-Bone Wolk on guitar and vocals, Mike Braun on drums, Charles DeChant on sax, keys and vocals, Eliot Lewis on keys and vocals, Zev Katz on bass, and Everett Bradley on percussion and vocals.
The Live At The Troubadour concerts were filmed by Blaze TV with 10 remote-controlled HD cameras, allowing the viewer to experience the performance as if they were inside the crowded LA club. Although an abridged version of the show will be broadcast on VH1's Rave HD channel in late 2008, the Live At The Troubadour DVD will be the only way to catch performances of all of the songs, as well as exclusive new interviews with Hall and Oates.
Formed in Philadelphia in 1972, Daryl Hall & John Oates have enjoyed six #1 singles between the mid-70's and the mid-80's, including "Rich Girl" (also #1 R&B), "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), "Maneater" and "Out of Touch," from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums­'76's Bigger Than Both of Us, '80's Voices, '81's Private Eyes, 82's H2O, 83's Rock N Soul, Part I and '84's Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, "Sara Smile," "One on One," "You Make My Dreams," "Say It Isn't So" and "Method of Modern Love."
Daryl also wrote the H&O single "Everytime You Go Away," which singer Paul Young scored a number-one hit with a cover of the song in 1985. That same year, Daryl and John, participated in the historic "We Are the World" session as well as closing the Live Aid show in Philadelphia. By 1987, the R.I.A.A. recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the Number-One Selling Duo in music history, a record they still hold today.
Daryl and John have recently been receiving recognition from younger artists including KT Tunstall, Gym Class Heroes and Finger Eleven, all of whom have appeared on Daryl's media and fan-praised web show,, the captivating series that has been receiving kudos from Rolling Stone, Spin, Daily Variety and the influential Lefsetz Letter.
On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI's 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.

CD Disc One: 1. Everything Your Heart Desires (Daryl Hall) 2. When The Morning Comes (Daryl Hall) 3. Family Man (Tim Cross/Rick Fenn/Mike Frye/Mike Oldfield/Morris Pert/Maggie Reilly) 4. Say It Isn't So (Daryl Hall) 5. It's Uncanny (Daryl Hall) 6. Had I Known You Better Then (John Oates) 7. She's Gone (Daryl Hall/John Oates) 8. Getaway Car (Gary Haase/Billy Mann) 9. Cab Driver (Louis Brown/Alan Gorrie/Daryl Hall)
CD Disc Two: 1. One On One (Daryl Hall) 2. Sara Smile (Daryl Hall/John Oates) 3. Maneater (Sara Allen/Daryl Hall/John Oates) 4. Out Of Touch (Daryl Hall/John Oates) 5. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Sara Allen/Daryl Hall/John Oates) 6. Rich Girl (Daryl Hall) 7. Kiss On My List (Janna Allen/Daryl Hall) 8. You Make My Dreams (Sara Allen/Daryl Hall/John Oates) 9. Abandoned Luncheonette (Daryl Hall) 10. Private Eyes (Sara Allen/Janna Allen/Daryl Hall/Warren Pash).
DVD Performances: 1. Everything Your Heart Desires 2. When The Morning Comes 3. Family Man 4. Say It Isn't So 5. It's Uncanny 6. Had I Known You Better Then 7. She's Gone 8. Getaway Car 9. Cab Driver 10. One On One 12. Maneater 13. Out of Touch 14. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) 15. Rich Girl 16. Kiss On My List 17. You Make My Dreams 18. Abandoned Luncheonette 19. Private Eyes.
Extras: All New Interviews with Daryl & John.
Retail Links: (Blu-Ray) / (CD/DVD)


Black Sabbath set benchmarks for bands to follow in their wake but it was Dio's inclusion that put them in another realm. The 3 studio albums that they purged out were second to none, benchmarks if you will. RockNation sat down with Ronnie at their stop in Devore, Ca to talk some history and the magnificent Rules Of Hell box set that Rhino has delivered to the masses.
RockNation: You are involved in the Metal Masters tour. What brought this tour together?
Ronnie James Dio: We were not planning on doing any touring at all as we were busy writing for the next album we are going to do, a proper Heaven And Hell album. We probably needed a break from writing and we were going to take that break anyway but we were going to go home and hang out with our pets, animals and families. The Priest guys asked us to do a short tour which has only been 17 shows encompassing about three weeks so we thought it might be interesting to get away and do this. We said yes because we have been friends forever and KK, Rob and Glen are from the same area that Tony is from so it was a very attractive tour to do. The Motorhead have been my friends for years and the Testament guys I love to and I have known them forever so it made sense. It would be comfortable to and it was a great package. Full interview available online at: /




Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Evil Masquerade is back with their Fourth album Fade to Black and the band has never sounded better. Escape Music will release the new album January 26, 2009.
Track Listing: Lights Out / In A Dungeon Close To Hell / The Darkness Within / Hollow Soul / Different Shades of Black / Powertools / The Ultimate Game / Desire and Pain / Diamond Dust / I Believe In Sin.
Performed by: Henrik Flyman - guitars, Apollo Papathanasio - vocals, Daniel Flores - drums, Johan Niemann - bass; Special guest: Tony Carey - keyboard (Rainbow, Solo).
This fourth outing is a fantastic release of creative song writing and musicianship, all wrapped up with a faultless production. Bandleader and guitarist Henrik Flyman has outshined himself once again and made this album a force to be reckoned with.
Some line-up changes have taken place since their previous album Third Act. The bass player is now Johan Niemann. In addition Drums are now handled by the very competent Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye). Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Time Requiem) is retained as vocalist, a very wise move as he has such a great presence and is perfect for the job.
Keyboards are supplied by very special guest Tony Carey of Rainbow fame and this extra touch polishes the already finely tuned sound.
Henrik Flyman who plays the guitars has also, once again, produced the album. The resulting finished product has given the band a heavier approach and the band is up there with the big players. What you have here is huge crunching melodies, lush keyboards and a solid rhythm section, the experience of Daniel Flores shines through at an early stage. The production is heavy and supports the music just right. Mixing and mastering credits goes to well-reputed Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn, TNT) and you can easily hear why he is in such high demand.
With "Fade to Black" we get to see Evil Masquerade flourish and raise their profile once more to a level that should rocket them to higher places.


News from Firefest: "We have a limited amount of Firefest 5 Programmes left. These A4 32 page full colour lavish programmes are available for £5 plus £1 postage (UK) £2 postage (Europe & rest of world) via Paypal from: or by sending cheque/Postal Order (UK only) for £6 payable to 'Bruce Mee' and sent to: Fireworks Magazine, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD. Every band covered, with full discographies and histories. Only 500 were printed, so are sure to be collectors items in the years to come."
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Rockcard, the online personalised card site launched supporting Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy / London, November 2008: Is Auntie Joan a massive Barry Manilow fan? Or perhaps Dad loves to rock with Led Zep? The job of finding a suitable birthday or greetings card is now a whole lot easier with the launch of the new Rockcard website at Now you can send your Oasis mad mate a card featuring a great photo of his favourite band and you can personalize it too. Maybe even pretend it's from Liam himself!! Imagine the impact of a greetings card featuring a collectable photograph of your heroes taken by a top live music photographer. Not only that but personalised too. A Rockcard tells them you have given thought to your choice of card and that you know what they like.
The new service is the brainchild of designer, entrepreneur and rock music fan Mark Smith, whose company Fifteen65 is behind the product. Mark says: "So many of the greatest music acts in the world have been photographed live on stage by some of the best photographers and yet most of those shots are still hard to find. We have been able to arrange for some yet unpublished and fantastic photos to be incorporated into personalised greetings cards which, to a music fan like me, is a wonderful thing to receive."
Simple to use, the Rockcard website helps to choose a photo, design your own card and add your own message. Cards can be A5 or A4 size with an option of a folded A3 poster card. Printed and posted by Rockcard within hours of ordering, the cards are posted to either the recipient, or to the purchaser for hand delivery, whichever method is chosen. The cards are sent in a high gloss rigid card envelope, which adds to its exclusivity. Orders received before 2pm will be posted, first class, on the same day.
Rockcard only uses the very best in live music photography and includes information about the artist and the photographer on the reverse of each card. It is a premium online greetings card service, starting at just £3 including postage. New photography is constantly to be added to the Rockcard collection and the company's aim is to offer the best library of musical artists photographs, printed on greetings cards, anywhere in the world.
In addition, every Rockcard sold will generate a donation of 20 pence to the charity, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. The charity is supported by many music industry figures and companies and provides life changing music therapy treatment to a wide range of people, young and old, including sufferers from autism, strokes and severe trauma. Mark Smith explained: "We at Fifteen65 are all involved in music in some way and to be able to support the industry's most important charitable cause seems appropriate. The charity does some amazing work and goes to prove how influential music is to us as human beings."
To use the service simply log on to and search for the srtist you require. Not every artist is available at the time of writing but the company is adding new photographs all the time. To find out more about the work of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy please log onto the charity's website


White Lion will finish their 2008 world tour in India, December 13th and 16th. The two Stadium shows with an expecting 30.000 + crowd at each show. Will also feature Firehouse as special guest. Promoting "Return of the Pride" the band is looking forward to a break, and writing new songs for a new album in 2009. White Lion will also be releasing a new DVD live concert of their 2005 legendary show at the Bang your head festival 2005. The DVD released on Frontiers Records Dec 5th, will feature interviews and other bonus material.
Dec 13th. JN Stadium, Shillong, India
Dec 16th Dimapur Stadium, Nagaland, India

Lion Music and pleased to announce the signing of Mastercastle, a new band from acclaimed Italian guitarist Pier Gonella (Labyrinth/Necrodeath/Odyssea) and ultra powerful female vocalist Giorgia Gueglio with the line up completed by bassist Steve Vawamas and guest drummer Bix (Vision Divine).
Their forthcoming album The Phoenix, due for release in the second quarter of 2008 is in the final stages of recording now and represents a potent slab of power metal with neo-classical and more traditional metal influences.
"The Phoenix" will feature the following tracks: 01. Words Are Swords 02. Princess Of Love 03. Space 04. My Screams 05. Lullaby Noir 06. The Phoenix 07. Greed Blade 08. Dawn Of Promises 09. Memories 10. Cradle Of Stone. Look out for more information on the release in early 2009.
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Simone Fiorletta is working on his new solo album. The line up is Simone Fiorletta on guitar, Andrea De Paoli on keyboards, Matteo Raggi on bass and Marco Aiello on drums. There are special guest spots from guitarist Neil Zaza, keyboard virtuoso Mistheria, Fabrizio Auri, Walter Cerasani, Armando Pizzuti and Valerio D'Anna from Moonlight Comedy. More info:

In support of her latest dual CD/DVD release Whatever Jennifer Batten is undertaking a European tour of her acclaimed multimedia live show. Current confirmed dates are:
March 6 Valencia
March 7 Villamalea
UK Multimedia Guitar Shows:
March 10 Southampton The Brook 0238 055 5366
March 11 Colchester -Colchester Institute show with afternoon workshop 01206 712000
March 12 Nottingham Rescue Rooms 0871 310 0000
March 13 North Hykeham The Terry O'Toole Theatre 01522 883311
March 14 York The Duchess 01904 641413
March 15 Kendal The Brewery Arts Center 01539 726133
March 16 South Shields The Customs house 0191 454 1234
March 17 Wolverhampton The Robin 01902 401211
More info at:

In front of a capacity crowd, Guitar Center and Mötley Crüe tapped The Last Vegas from Chicago, IL, as the winner of Guitar Center On-Stage at the world famous Whisky A-Go-Go last night. Over the past eight weeks, bands across the United States submitted their music at From close to 8000 submissions, 30 semi-finalists were selected, which were then narrowed down to the six top undiscovered bands in the country, with The Last Vegas prevailing as the one band chosen for the ultimate, career altering opportunity – the chance to open on tour for rock icons, Mötley Crüe. The Last Vegas will get the opportunity to experience the mayhem of touring with Motley Crue, and for a taste of what's to come, check out the Mötley's video for "Mutherf*cker of the Year".
In addition to the slot on Mötley Crüe's 2009 "Saints Of Los Angeles" U.S. tour (dates to be announced on Friday, November 14th), The Last Vegas also takes home $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitars, management from Tenth Street Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music. In true Crüe fashion, The Last Vegas also found out that their career is literally going from "0" to "60" overnight and will be opening for the notorious rockers at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles this Friday, November 14th. The band will record their first single immediately. It will be available as a stream on AOL on November 24th and as a download on iTunes by November 25th.
"The overall talent and energy of The Last Vegas surpassed our expectations," said Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil. "Mötley Crüe is excited to pass the torch on to these amazing musicians, just as Ozzy did for us over 25 years ago."
To watch highlights from Guitar Center On-Stage, please go to Upcoming tour dates will be announced later in the week.




Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Glenn Hughes fans take note: "Made for use with your mobile/cell phone; is a "lite" edition of
Websites that end with .mobi (pronounced 'dot-moe-bee') are built to work on your mobile phone. If you like using the web on your mobile, then you're going to love
In addition to phones; it will also work with most any "wi-fi" enabled device that includes a mobile optimized web browser such as Apple's iPod Touch.
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Eden's Curse members Michael Eden and Paul Logue checked in with Hardrock Haven to conduct an extremely "freestyle" interview, featuring Paul's adorable two-year-old talking about who plays which instrument in the band; their new CD The Second Coming; how they snagged Pamela Moore to sing a duet with Eden on "Angels and Demons"; working with other guest singers like Tony Harnell, Doogie White and Carsten Schultz; their producer extraordinaire Dennis Ward; the pressure (or lack thereof) of following up their successful debut; and a whole lot more. To hear the interview, go to:

Reunited Thrash Metallers Laaz Rockit were special guests on the November 8th edition of The Classic Metal Show. During the interview, vocalist Michael Coons discussed their new album Left For Dead, what drove the band to reunite, and the current state of the thrash metal scene. To listen to the interview, go to the following sites: - Part 1 / - Part 2 / - Part 3.

TV/Radio personality Eddie Trunk was a special call-in guest to the November 8th edition of The Classic Metal Show. During the conversation, Trunk talked about his brand new VH1 Television Show "That Metal Show", as well as his syndicated radio program and the future of his XM Satellite Show "Eddie Trunk Live" following the Sirius-XM Merger.
To listen to Eddie Trunk's interview on The Classic Metal Show, go to the following links: - Part 1 / - Part 2 / - Part 3 / - Part 4 / - Part 5.

JOSH TODD TALKS BUCKCHERRY: posted a new interview with Buckcherry front man Josh Todd this morning. The interview is available at the following link:

Promoting the November Frontiers Records releases is the following promo trailer:


A few Reviews this week and a stack more next my recap of the Firefest V weekend from Oct 24/26 in the UK.




Monday, November 10, 2008

A new week and new Artist Of The Week deals for you good folks! Sample both albums as you would do with a general CD Showcase (MP3 soundbytes for all tracks) and purchase direct from, with shipping handled from USA for speedy delivery. CDs shipped within 48hrs of order being placed.

- Faith Circus and their debut self-titled release for US$12.00 + $5 Shipping.

- Eden and their new Oblivion CD $14 + $5 shipping.
- Additionally, both CDs can be purchased for the package price of $25 + $7 shipping. To visit each Feature, click on the CD Covers below.


Artist Of The Week – This will feature one artist each week, showcasing a current/new release title.
The format is similar to the popular CD Showcase that has been running for years.
Any and all bands and labels are encouraged to contact me for information regarding this new feature that is destined to be a popular stop to purchase and sample new albums.

Sadly, further artwork screw-ups (this time by the manufacturer) have delayed the Poley / Rivera - Only Human album until next Monday - November 17. Some copies were available at Firefest V, but with a slight error on the artwork which we wanted corrected for the wide release. So those folks that purchases at FFV got a limited edition version! Final CDs will be en route to distributors and your favourite retail outlets in the next day or so for official release next Monday.


Lost Weekend can now confirm details for the Official Album Launch of their latest release Fear And Innocence. The hard working UK Rock band will present the album at a live setting at Halifax's Barracuda Bar on Thursday 27th November. Joining Lost Weekend will be 3 additional bands (Northern Glory, Hot Rocks & Falling), plus a Live Classic Rock Set from DJ Ratty.
The evening kicks off at 7pm, with tickets priced at £5.00 - these can be purchased either by ringing 07955 358 509 or from person from The Sportsman Public House in Halifax. Tickets will also be made available to purchase on the night.
Fear And Innocence is to be released on Monday 17th November via and will be available to purchase from all good record stores and online retailers. The band will also have copies to purchased at their shows and it will be available to purchase from their official site shortly.

In celebrating the life and marking the 17th anniversary of his passing, Kiss Mask Webzine is proud to present an Interview with Kiss drummer Eric Carr. First published in the October/December 1989 issue of Kiss Mask Fanzine, Eric discusses his audition for Kiss, his bands prior, fan reaction and his first tour of Europe with Kiss. The interview will be presented in a series during the month of November.
By J. Frank Hagan / Eric Carr, the musician, the rock star, wasn't anything I expected. Purely the type of guy I could easily go down to the corner bar, have a beer and shoot a game of pool with. The man who could pound the spots off a leopard talks about the bands before Kiss and joining the band in this candid interview.
Eric played in two bands prior to joining Kiss, the first one he explains, "Started off as being called Salt and Pepper in 1970 and went on to Creation in the mid-1970's and the late 1970's Mother Nature, Father Time. What happened is that in the early 1970's when we first started, it was top 40, but top 40 then was every type of music. You could hear really heavy acid, funk, ballads and everything else. The mid- 1970's we started moving towards the rhythm and blues and in 1977 we started doing disco exclusively. We became a disco band and one of the best, we kicked ass!. There were six people in the band, six part harmony and everybody sang leads. We would switch the instruments and I would play bass on some songs, guitars on some songs. It was cool."
However, considering the collection of demo and live tapes floating around amongst fans, I don't think you will find any of Eric's former band. "No, you would never because they would be tapes that I made by me when we did certain gigs. I do have some tapes around, but they have been through floods, so I don't know if they're playable anymore. The problem with my stuff is that it was just a club band and it was long ago, people that may have been there and seen me play are probably old or dead now. They took it with them," Eric laughs.
Read the rest and the entire interview the month of November at:

MR-X has been updated and will now return to regular Friday updates. Online today is the following updates:
Audio Interview - Sammy Hagar - Rockline, November 5, 2008
Fiona - Demos (2 Tracks, 1988)
Solinger (Self Titled Indie EP, 1992)
Live Radio Show - Tom Cochrane and Red Rider - Live Trocadero, Philly USA 1986
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Friday, November 07, 2008

Armed with scarfs, make-up, hairspray, black and bleached hair they were the most outrageous sleaze rock band coming out of Scandinavia in the late 80's and early 90's, Nasty Idols released four original albums and was considered as the next groundbreaking Swedish rock act after ABBA, Europe and Roxette. Nasty Idols spectacular on stage antics and their private world of Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll revealed - they sold albums all over the world including U.S.A and Japan. After the break-up 1995 and being apart for more than 10 years the band was re-united with the original members 2006. They did the successful "Rejects On The Road" tour and started to write songs for a new album.
The new Nasty Idols album Boys Town was produced by Matti Engdahl and Andy Pierce and will be out in March 2009 on Metal Heaven and contain 12 new original songs. Singer Andy Pierce comments: "We wanted to write really good tracks for the new album. Right after our last show in Copenhagen 2007 we jumped into the studio. We actually used the whole year of 2008 to write and record. Just like in the old days we just played the songs live and then added stuff. The whole spectrum of Nasty Idols is represented on the new album. The firestarter "Rock Out" is quickly followed by the groovy title track "Boys Town". We also do real glam antics as the "New York Dolls" smelling "7 Year Itch". We wanna use the old cliché - that this is our best album ever...but we don't. We just say; if you're into our kind of'll love this one!"
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SOLNA is the 2-year works of CD Inzane LLC's CEO, Zane Petersen. Zane put the project together with friends he has supported thru sales since the start of in 2001.
features: primal fear's Ralf Scheepers on vocals over 2 songs, Pamela Moore (Sister Mary on Queensryche's "Operation Mindcrime") on vocals, Fabrizio Grossi (Starbreaker/Steve Vai) on bass, Alex De Rosso (Dokken) on guitar and Eric Ragno (Ramos Hugo/David Readman) on keys!
Zane is the drummer on all tracks of this release. The release also features Sebastian Bach's Rob Deluca on Where Are You Running. The project is a powerful blend of Pamela's Angelic voice, known through-out the world, while the music is high energy, floor pounding metal, well polished and highly produced.
This 5-track EP is available only at CD Inzane and includes 4 songs from the up-and-coming 2009 release of Eurameric plus ***includes 1 exclusive bonus track only available on this ep called "i light a candle too", with Pamela Moore and Eric Ragno!
The full length Eurameric CD is completely finished and currently is being licensed to Europe, Asia and Japan for release early 2009. Solna was mixed in L.A. by Fabrizio Grossi and master in Minneapolis by Greg Rierson (Powermad/The Cult).
The U.S. release of Solna "Eurameric" is ready, but will not be released until February 2009 thru Wild Recordz (
Pre-order this rare limited edition ep, exclusively thru released December 5th! EP is available only thru as first come, first served.


Steve Price has two more guests lined up for this weekend on ARfm. On Saturday 8th November Steve will be joined by Luke Morley of Thunder to chat about the new album, Bang!, and of course the UK tour.
On Sunday 9th November the guest will be Jimi Jamison who will be talking about his new album Crossroads Moment which has just been released by Frontiers Records.
Shows start at 6pm UK (1pm EST, 10am PCT) To listen in:

News this week from guitarist Chris Caffery - "Hi all! I wanted to let you all know that we launched the new It is still under construction but it is a lot easier to navigate and I plan on tons of new updates really soon.
House of Insanity hit the digital download world on Tuesday and the response has been so amazing! Thank you!!! The hard copy retail release will be in late February. I do plan on releasing some through my web-site soon. These will be the personally autographed ones. I will let you know as soon as I do when this is happening.
The T.S.O.2008-9 Winter Tour is about to kick off in one day! [Now underway...]
You all will be amazed at the new show! there are lots of cool surprises both visually and in the music. I am sure many of you will hear about them once the show reports hit the various message boards. Trust me, this stuff is exciting! I can't wait to hit the stage and to see you all on the road! Peace! Chris."

Damage Control Music is pleased to report the progress of the LovePower and Peace Charity Campaign. We would like to announce that, so far, the following artists are performing on the EP:
Ruby Turner, Daniel Boone, Eddie Clarke (MotorHead), Pete Way (UFO/Damage Control), Chris Slade (AC/DC /Uriah Heep/Asia/Damage Control), Robin George (Asia/Damage Control) Nick Tart (Life/Diamond Head), Vix (Fuzzbox), Andy Pike (Marshall Law), Charley Charlesworth (Life), Jacqui Williams (M People/Blue), Charlie George (Maxx TV)
Additionally, the winner of Spain's Wow Factor, a major talent show in aid of Cudeca Cancer Charity will be invited to perform on a track. Robin George will be one of the judges in the Final. The charities Damage Control Music have pledged their support to are:
MacMillan Trust, Cudeca, (Cancer Care), Nordoff Robbins, Roger Perks Golden Key Award (Children's Charities), Forty Nights (Parkinson's Disease Society), Friends of the Animals Velez Malaga (Animal Rescue)
The songs we are recording are LovePower and Peace, Seven Golden Daffodils and Pride, versions of which can be heard on Damage Control's Raw, Robin George's Bluesongs and Vix's LovePower and Peace CD's. DCM would like to thank everyone for their incredible enthusiasm and support.
For More details on the "LovePower & Peace" Charity EP Please contact: Damage Control press management office or visit

And overdue update to MR-X due Monday. Sorry for the delay...




Thursday, November 06, 2008

UK re-issue specialist label Rock Candy Records has 2 new releases available now - iconic albums in the world of melodic rock - Rick Springfield's classic albums Living In Oz (1983) and Tao (1985) are now available featuring brand new remastering, sound shaped from 24 but digital via POW-r technology - plus 12 page full colour booklets and original and enhanced artwork with new photos and full involvement from Rick Springfield and a 4,000 Word essay on the making of the album with exclusive Rick Springfield interview.
The CDs are now available on line at the website.

Living In Oz - "When actors turn their attention to music the results are often catastrophic. One notable exception, however, is Rick Springfield, a multitalented actor/musician who ran hugely successful parallel careers during the eighties, notching up a succession of hit records and taking a staring role as Dr Noah Drake in 'General Hospital', one of the era's most popular US soap operas.
For Rick, however, it had been no over night success story. 'Living In Oz' was Springfield's sixth studio album. With early records, recorded in the seventies, mainly, falling by the wayside, he hit pay dirt with 1981's 'Working Class Dog' and (issued a year later) its follow up, 'Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet', both spawning hit singles and MTV friendly videos.
'Living In Oz' showcased a slightly different creative tack for Springfield, who opted to modify his existing sound with deeper, more personalised lyrical themes, yet still retain a pop-rock sheen. That's not to say that 'Living In Oz' is a down-beat affair - far from it. The album boasts two major hit singles in the brilliantly evocative 'Affair Of The Heart' and the instantly catchy 'Human Touch'. Two tracks that helped to drive this album to platinum success and beyond. It is a truly exceptional and quite brilliant work."
Track Listing: 1. Human Touch 2. Alyson 3. Affair Of The Heart 4. Living In Oz 5. Me & Johnny 6. Motel Eyes 7. Tiger By The Tail 8. Souls 9. I Can't Stop Hurting You 10. Like Father, Like Son.

Tao - "The name Rick Springfield might conjure up two entirely different images: On one hand he was the young and dashing Dr Noah Drake in the hugely successful and long-running US TV soap 'General Hospital'. On the other he was the radiant rock star, issuing a string of extremely successful solo albums and hit singles during the eighties. Known as a consummate professional, Springfield delivered superb, tightly crafted songs with an ear for melody and an eye on the charts; a truly remarkable accomplishment.
'Tao', his seventh album, signalled a shift in his creative outlook. This is an album that reflects a dramatic and conscientious musical shake up, with an emphasis on sharper songs, cleaner sounds and – undeniably - his most committed lyrics to date. But that is not to say that he had strayed to far from his melodic rock roots.
Packing a lean and mean punch, 'Tao', originally released in 1985, remains a firm favourite amongst long-time fans, displaying clean lines, cutting edge production chops, intensely personal lyrics and a thirst for the future, all qualities that assisted Rick to stay at the sharp end, whilst still offering up singles, in 'State Of The Heart' and 'Celebrate Youth' plus the defining album cut 'My Father's Chair'"
Track Listing: 1. Dance The World Away 2. Celebrate Youth 3. State Of the Heart 4. Written In Rock 5. The Power Of Love (The Tao Of Love) 6. Walking On The Edge 7. Walk Like A Man 8. The Tao Of Heaven 9. Stranger In The House 10. My Father's Chair.


Pop/rock singer/songwriter/producer Richard Marx is back in business with not one, but two new solo releases. The first is an all new modern rock themed record and the second a softer, more pop orientated release featuring duets and cover tunes.
Marx's excellent website offers hard copy pre-orders and available now digital downloads -

Emotional Remains is a bit of a departure for Marx, with a brand of rock that some may not think is synonymous with the artist, writer, and producer that has helped to launch sales of a combined 50 million albums worldwide.
"This is the most straight ahead, modern rock album I've made in my career thus far," said Marx. "And the fact that I can just put music out on the web, direct to our fans, is what makes this project feel like a labor of love." Whether it's "Better or Worse," an undeniably catchy and inspirational rock ballad that will resonate with Marx fans old and new, or the faster-paced "From the Inside, " which features a darkly confessional lyric backed by a wall of guitars, the tracks are poised to join Richard's existing arsenal of hits. The forthcoming album also contains some of the chart topper's most ambitious and personal works to date. The songs possess the heartfelt vocals found in all of Marx's signature songs, but with a hard rock edge. From "Through My Veins," a poignant tribute to Richard's father to "When November Falls," a loving father/son ballad that Richard dedicated to his sons. Emotional Remains, which will debut online and at Marx's website, this October, features songs co-written by Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon, Fee Waybill of The Tubes, and singer/songwriter Graham Colton.
Marx adds, "This recording is certainly evidence of the music that I've been listening to over the last few years, and vocally it took me to a different place than where I've been."

Track Listing: 01. From the Inside 02. Better or Worse 03. Part of Me 04. Through My Veins 05. Save Me 06. Come Running 07. Flame In Your Fire 08. When November Falls 09. Take You Back 10. Over My Head 11. Done To Me.

Sundown includes original material written and performed by Richard, duets with musicians Toni Braxton and Vince Gill, as well as covers of songs from such iconic artists as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. This album marks the first of Richard's releases to include cover songs on its official track listing. Richard says, "I really enjoyed venturing out of my comfort zone performing the covers on Sundown. I found recording these songs to be a challenging but, ultimately, a very rewarding experience. I just hope there are songs on this album that move someone other than me."
In addition to "Wild Horses" and The Beatles' "And I Love Her," featuring country singer and songwriter Vince Gill, Richard lends his expansive vocal range and unique instrumentation to Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," and Sade's "Ordinary Love", and the original song "Suddenly," featuring best-selling singer Toni Braxton.
Track Listing: 01. Have A Little Faith 02. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 03. Suddenly (w/Toni Braxton) 04. To My Senses 05. Wild Horses (w/Jessica Andrews) 06. Loved 07. Can't Stop Crying 08. And I Love Her (w/Vince Gill) 09. Always On Your Mind 10. In This All Alone 11. Everything I Want.


Photographer Marty Moffatt was busy all weekend at Firefest V capturing the various bands in their best light. Complete slide shows from the weekend's showcases can be viewed via the following links:
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Sunday: / / / / / / / /

Swedish melodic rockers M.ill.ion, who released their sixth studio album, Thrill Of The Chase, on May 23rd via Metal Heaven, have issued the following band update:
"M.ill.ion have parted ways with guitarist Jonas Hermansson. We thank Jonas for many good memories and great guitar playing, but we have different agendas these days and it's simply time to move on. We wish him all the best, Jonas will always be a brother."
Newly recruited is guitarist extraordinaire Staffan Österlind from original Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'anno's band. Staffan also is "Jimmy Page" in Scandinavia's finest Led Zeppelin tribute band.
The band says: "We've been auditioning aspiring recommendations the last couple of weeks and Staffan really stood out as a very competent, great vibe guitarist with rock 'n roll charisma. The energy level immediately got high and above all, we had fun! He's toured the world and played the big stages so he knows what it's all about. Staffan will join for the upcoming tour dates and then we'll take it from there. We're all really looking forward to rocking together!"
M.ill.ion will hit Italy and Switzerland in December and are confirmed for the Rock over Munich Festival in Germany in January.
Dec 10 – Rock City, Uster/ Zurich (SUI)
Dec 11- Perugia (I)
Dec 12- Bologna Rock City + Soul Doctor (I)
Dec 13 – Motorrockas X-mas Festival, Como, (I)
Dec 14 - TBA (I)
Jan 31 – Rock Over Munich, (D) + Treat, Stage Dolls, Dominoe and Dark Sky
M.ill.ion's support act on the Italy/Switzerland tour is the Italian band Pollution. More dates t.b.c and more on the band in general at their MySpace page.
WebLinks: /

(October 28, 2008 – New York, NY) – Released globally on Monday October 20, 2008, AC/DC's Black Ice tops sales charts in 29 Countries including the US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Argentina, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and more. In the US alone Black Ice has sold more than 780,000 units it's first week on sale, marking the band's first ever debut entry at #1 on the album charts. Over 5 million copies of Black Ice have been shipped worldwide, combined with close to 5 million in catalog sold this year, the band are poised to sell over 10 million units this year alone.
In the US, Black Ice is being sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club, and AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band® TrackPack™, featuring master recordings from the band's fabled 1991 performance at Donnington Castle, will also be sold exclusively by Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in November and in Europe, Australia and New Zealand beginning in early December. In addition, Columbia Records have partnered with Walmart and MTV to create "AC/DC Rock Band Stores" in New York's Times Square and in Los Angeles to give fans in the these cities fast access to the band's newest items. These pop up stores have begun selling the album, AC/DC apparel, the Rock Band video game, and Rock Band branded apparel and accessories.
Rock N Roll Train, the first single from Black Ice, has topped US Rock Radio charts since its release in early September. Sirius XM Radio are also celebrating this exciting new chapter in the band's history by creating "AC/DC Radio," a 24 hour station devoted playing the band's classic rock songs and exclusive interviews with the band. AC/DC Radio will broadcast until January 15, 2009.
The anticipation for a new album and tour by AC/DC has ignited catalog sales. In the past 8 weeks alone AC/DC's catalog sales have exceeded 800,000 units worldwide. No Bull: The Directors Cut - a newly edited, comprehensive HD DVD of AC/DC's 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain is currently #1 on Top Music Video chart. The first leg of the Black Ice World Tour kicks off tonight in Wilkes-Barre, PA and runs through April 23, 2009 in Birmingham, UK (see below for full itinerary).




Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Robert Berry has recently completed a new videoclip for Wait off his forthcoming solo album The Dividing Line due out for release on Frontiers Records on December 5. "Wait" is a concept video specifically targeting the human nature of wanting to do something positive in society, but always waiting to actually make that difference" explains Robert. "The song was originally conceived in 1998 and came to life through video over the next 10 years. Current crisis situation have been purposely left out showing that problems of the past are still "Waiting" for solutions. Video of the Emerson Moog solo was taken from never seen concert footage of Emerson, Berry and Palmer during their tour".
Enjoy the videoclip on Youtube: and on the Frontiers Records MySpace page www.myspace/.com/frontiersrecords.

Swedish quartet Eclipse will perform live this next Friday November 7 in the town Västerås (90km outside of Stockholm) together with the bands H.E.A.T. and Fatal Smile. The web-site of the venue is:
The band will present songs off the brand new record Are You Ready to Rock which has been receiving excellent critical responses in the Melodic and Hard Rock world!
"Eclipse are well and truly on the Best Of 2008 map with this release. Everything has come together perfectly and the songs are completely infectious. Credit to all involved – this is one of the highlights of 2008 and it encourage fans of powerful European melodic rock to check out ASAP!"
"So if you want a doze of quality melodic hardrock from Sweden then check out the new Eclipse album because it rocks bit time. Are you ready to rock then Eclipse has the right stuff for you. This was a nice surprise so lets rock some more. Great work guys."
"No fillers on this album, but a string of 11 up-tempo songs that show us that the guys of Eclipse are firing on all six."
"Are You Ready To Rock" is Melodic Rock with the Rock in big, capital letters. Definitely up there with some of the better albums of it's type, it's one that's really worth adding to your collection"

Austrian Power Metal hopefuls Ecliptica have added two brand new video clips on youtube and on the band's official website: Backstage with Ecliptica @ Big Brother Awards 2008
"My Paradise" Live; performed on October 11th at Vienna, Reigen More details at
A new gig was added to the band's schedule Saturday, January 17th 2009 Vienna, Viper Room - supporting Axxis with The Dragonslayer Project.
Watch out for the international release of Ecliptica debut album Impetus on December 5 on Frontiers Records.

We are pleased to inform that a new interface in English language was implemented for the sales on the Frontiers Records official website. All the fans are invited to shop on the site. Also new songs have been uploaded on the Frontiers Records myspace site including Jimi Jamison's "Can't Look Away" and Thunder's "On The Radio" off their forthcoming releases "Crossroads Moment" and "Bang!". Surf there and enjoy!

On the November 1st edition of The Classic Metal Show, Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis called in to talk about his new Century Media solo album, Zero Order Phase. During the course of the interview, Loomis discussed the rumors that Nevermore is breaking up, why he decided to record a solo album, and his disgust with producer Kelly Gray which caused the band to remix and re-release Nevermore's Enemies Of Reality album.
To listen to the interview, listen to the following segments: Part 1 - / Part 2 - / Part 3 -
The Classic Metal Show is heard Live on Saturdays from 9p-3a EST. This week's guests are Bay Area Thrashers Laaz Rockit.

Talon lead singer Chandler Mogel checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about their brand new CD Fallen Angels; the excitement of heading on over to England and playing this year's FireFest with bands like Danger Danger, Firehouse, Jeff Scott Soto, etc.; how he joined the band; his influences as a singer; an upcoming DVD and acoustic CD; and a whole lot more.
To hear the audio interview, go to: has issued their latest podcast (episode #65), featuring interviews with various artists that played the festival. We know you've been waiting with bated breath, so here is the second part of our Rock the Bayou coverage. Re-join Genghis and Ragman as they finish recapping the 4-day festival along with numerous interviews. This episode will cover the last 2 days of the festival, and since this show was so big we had to split this one into two separate segments as well.
Recap 2 (pt. 1) The first segment will feature interviews with: John Corabi (Ex Motley Crue, Ratt, Union, ESP), Jamie St. James (Black N Blue), Steve Blaze & Dereck Le Fev (Lillian Axe), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), Marty Casey (L.A. Guns).
Recap 2 (pt. 2) The second segment of the this podcast features interviews with: Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen), Joe Le Ste (Bang Tango) and Steve Whiteman (Kix).

NEW YORK – November 3, 2008 – After November 15, all heavy metal and hard rock fans are going to be talking about "That Metal Show." VH1 Classic has mixed the best of "The View" with "Headbangers' Ball" to create "That Metal Show," an outrageously funny weekly series that discusses and debates everything in the world of metal.
Heavy Metal and Hard Rock bands undoubtedly have some of the most intense and dedicated fans in the music scene. Many debate­and disagree over­which bands stand the test of time, and which are easily forgotten. "That Metal Show," premiering on VH1 Classic on Saturday, November 15 at 11:00 PM*, settles all arguments and even debates new ones. From Sabbath to Slayer to Dokken to Dio, "That Metal Show" covers all of the fist pumping, head banging, hard rock acts of the past 40 years.
Hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine (Crank Yankers, Inside the NFL, Meet The Creeps) and Don Jamieson (Inside The NFL, Dice Undisputed, Meet The Creeps) discuss the latest rock news, share stories and argue about their favorite bands. Each week they will be joined by special guests who will weigh in with their opinions and offer their own unique viewpoints to each episode Scheduled to appear the first season are rock legends Rush, Twisted Sister, Lita Ford, Ace Frehley of KISS and a very special appearance by former baseball star Mike Piazza. Whether they're arguing over the best British Metal Band of all time in "The Throwdown" or tracking down one of your favorite metal artists who disappeared in a "Whatever Happened To" segment, no topic is too small and no metal band is left behind.
But "That Metal Show" isn't just a roundtable discussion; it's about comedy too. Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson will hit the streets to connect and hang out with the fans....and by "connect" we mean pull pranks on them. In one episode, they pull a fast one on fans outside a Van Halen concert by telling them that they have a direct line to the band backstage. The comedy continues in studio, as host Eddie Trunk takes on the metal maniacs in the studio audience in the "Stump the Trunk " metal trivia contest. If the audience can stump Eddie, they win a metal-worthy prize.
"That Metal Show" is a hilarious 30 minutes of mayhem that all fans of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal are bound to love! It is the perfect combination of music and comedy in one show. Tune in to VH1 Classic on November 15 at 11PM* to join the debate, and rock on!
"That Metal Show" is a production of VH1 Classic. David Diomedi serves as director with Lee Rolontz and Keshia Williams as executive producers for VH1 and Jeff Baumgardner producer for the series.
For more information on these shows, please log onto:,

King's X European Tourdates for January 2009:
15.01. CH-Schaffhausen - Kammgarn
16.01. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
17.01. LU-Luxembourg - Den Atelier
20.01. F-Paris - New Morning
21.01. GB-Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
22.01. GB-London - Electric Ballroom
24.01. B-Vosselaar - Biebob
25.01. NL-Eindhoven - Effenaar
27.01. I-Milano - Zoe
29.01. D-Karlsruhe - Substage
30.01. NL-Kerkrade - The Rock Temple
31.01. NL-Zoetermeer - Boerderij

New York, NY(October 30, 2008)—Demolition Records is proud to announce the release on both CD and DVD of Twisted Sister Live At The Astoria on November 18. The specially packaged set will contain both discs, recorded at The Astoria Theater in London one hot summer 2004 night. This new set marks the first commercially-released Twisted Sister Concert CD in 25 years. (Previous longform Twisted Sister DVDs include The Video Years, Live At Wacken: The Reunion and A Twisted Christmas.)
Hailed by critics as one of the band's greatest live triumphs of the Long Island, New York band's 35-year career (they've sold over 30 million albums worldwide), Live At The Astoria contains 16 tracks on each disc and will retail for $19.97.
Guitarist JJ French says, "While certain band members remember certain shows, and relate tales of particular performances as being their favorite, rarely does the band universally agree that any particular show is about as good as it gets. Regarding this show, I can say without hesitation or ambiguity: for once the critics were right. Each band member considered that night to be amongst the most special of our careers. The concert was filmed and kept in a vault for the past four years. When we had the opportunity to look at the footage, it brought back the heat, passion, intensity and audience participation of The Astoria. We look forward to sharing this magical performance with all of you."
Track Listing: 1) What You Don't Know (Sure Can't Hurt You) 2) The Kids Are Back 3) Under The Blade 4) Destroyer 5) Life A Knife In The Back 6) Burn In Hell 7) Ride To Live 8) Shoot 'Em Down 9) You Can't Stop Rock'n'Roll 10) The Fire Still Burns 11) We're Not Gonna Take It 12) The Price 13) I Am, I'm Me 14) I Wanna Rock 15) Come Out And Play 16) S.M.F.

Axiology Records is the new label created as a joint venture between Australian guitar sensation Chris Brooks and business partner Andrew Kuri. The label has been set up primarily to release Brooks' fiery brand of prog/fusion-tinged instrumental guitar music, beginning with the guitarist's sophomore album "The Axis Of All Things" (due for release in May 2009), and for eventually mentoring, developing and releasing the talent of other instrumental artists.
"I've heard the tracks Chris has been writing for the new album, and I jumped at the chance to help get this album into the marketplace for next year", says Andrew Kuri, who will handle many of the day to day chores of marketing the new label's releases. "Chris is creating something really magic and his fans are going to be blown away!".
Brooks will record his new instrumental album in January with a line-up consisting of himself on guitars & keyboards, brother Diem Brooks on bass, Peter McDonaugh on drums, and special guest guitarists to be announced at a later date.
Chris Brooks hit the instrumental guitar scene in 2002 with his acclaimed independent album "The Master Plan" which sold very well in the USA, Japan, Australia and Europe. The showcase of world-class guitar work, creative compositions and melodic themes was a hit on the underground guitar scene, and has led to Brooks recording with members of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Dio/Black Sabbath, Age of Nemesis, Australian metal band LORD and commercial rock band Feeding The Addiction.
The first single from the album "The Axis All Things" is set for digital release in April 2009.
For more info: / /




Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Harem Scarem MelodicRock EP has arrived here at headquarters and will be shipped to all that pre-ordered it later this week. Anyone wishing to be included in the initial shipment out, needs to order ASAP.

The EP details are as follows:
Track listing: Caught Up In Your World (from Human Nature) / Coming Down (from Rubber) / Honestly (from Harem Scarem) / Human Nature (from Human Nature) / If There Was A Time (from Mood Swings).

The CDEP will be priced at US$10.00 (price includes airmail shipping worldwide).


Jimi Jamison has recently completed a new video clip for When Rock Was King the track written looking back at the rocking 80s when all had "big dreams, big hair, big visions". Joining Jimi on this loving tribute are some of his greatest contemporaries: Don Barnes of .38 Special, Dave Bickler, Survivor's original lead singer, Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow, Mickey Thomas of Starship, Mike Reno of Loverboy and Jim Peterik. Enjoy the videoclip on Youtube: and on the Frontiers Records myspace page www.myspace/.com/frontiersrecords.
In the meanwhile the critic reaction on the new record Crossroads Moment is just amazing. British magazine Powerplay said "If you're a fan of classic Survivor albums like "When Seconds Count" and "Too Hot To Sleep" you'll love "Crossroads Moment". German magazine Breakout chose the record as "Special tip of the Month" and wrote "Crossroads Moment is without a doubt the ultimate AOR/Melodic Rock record or better the best thing which happened this year". Rock Hard Italy voted the album as "Dynamite" writing: "it is really exciting to hear Jim and Jimi on songs that go straight back to the radio appeal of their former band".

Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson has recently posted this letter on his website:
"I thought it was time for a little update. We have two more shows with Primal Fear next weekend before we start the recording of our new album. "Monsters of Mora" in Sweden and at Sounddock 14 in Switzerland. The tour with Primal fear has been a blast! I can't imagine a better and more fun band to be in. I really enjoyed meeting all great bands and also that I got the chance to meet some of you guys to have a chat and a drink or two. We are almost done with the song writing for the Primal fear album and I will go to Germany to record my stuff in December. The songs came out fantastic and I'm very excited to be a part of this album. Expect a release in May 2009. Check out for more updates about the recording.
I will also start writing on Allen/Lande III and hopefully I will have it done in time for a release next year.
Thanks everyone for your kind messages and emails. I read them all and try to answer as often as I can but sometimes there's not time enough. I'm really sorry for that but if I would spend more time on myspace than I already do there wouldn't be any more time for guitar shredding.
Well, I hope you all are enjoying life …and if you don't , just put on Bob Catley's Immortal and everything will feel better!"

Producer Dennis Ward is finishing this week the drums recording sessions with his Pink Cream 69's band mate Kosta Zafiriou for the forthcoming Place Vendome album to be entitled Streets of Fire. Mix and mastering are scheduled for the first 3 weeks of November. During November Michael Kiske will gather with the other band members in Stuttgart, Germany to shoot a video clip for the song "My Guardian Angel". This event will mark the Kiske's "visual return" after several years of self-imposed exile.

Following the successful appearance at the Firefest in Notthingham, England last Sunday, Danger Danger are now heading back to the studio to finish the recording sessions of the highly anticipated new studio album expected for release in early 2009. Singer Ted Poley is hard at work putting his vocals on the tracks recorded and said "The new D2 cd is coming out really great. I think the fans will like it a lot".

Sad news from the camp of progressive rockers Shadow Gallery: "It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Shadow Gallery vocalist, Michael A. Baker. Mike suffered a heart attack, Wednesday afternoon, October 29th, 2008. He was 45 years old. Mike was a founding member of Shadow Gallery and for the past 16 years, helped shape the sound of the band with his magical voice. Additionally, he made many appearances on rock records around the world. Those who knew him best were moved by his gentle spirit, sincere kindness, fun nature and passion for both music and sports. He was a warrior in the studio, a true professional. Mike was our friend, our singer and our brother. We loved him and will miss him enormously, but he will always be remembered in our hearts and through his music."
R.I.P. Michael. WebLinks: /

Harem Scarem frontman Harry Hess sent me an update on his recent activities now the band has been laid to rest:
"After almost a year of working with Sony/BMG on various current and upcoming releases Harry's songwriting/production and mixing can be heard on British pop artist Sean Mac's debut release out Nov. 08, Dutch Idol winner "Nikki" currently top ten and Belgium Idol winner "Dean" currently top 20. Harry is currently working with Belgium superstar "Natalia" as engineer/mixer along with producer Greg Fitzgerald (Kylie Minogue, Jessica Simpson, Madonna). Harry is hoping to find a melodic rock band to produce in the new year, any artists or labels interested should contact"

Man Raze are set to tour the UK in late 2008. The dates are:
Wed 3rd Dec Manchester Roadhouse 0871 2200 260
Thurs 4th Dec Birmingham Barfly 0844 847 2424
Mon 8th Dec London, Barfly 08444 771 000
Tues 9th Dec London, Water Rats 08700 600 100
Tickets are priced £9 (London £10), subject to booking fee. Tickets available through (both Barflys), (Manchester) and (Water Rats). Doors will be at 7pm. Man Raze will be onstage at 9pm. Support tbc
Surreal is released through Surrealist Records on the 17th November 2008. Surrealist Records is released in the UK by Essential Music & Marketing.

New York City-based hard rockers Spread Eagle will be playing the following shows this December:
Dec. 5 Friday - Cherrywood Rock Club in Clementon, NJ
Dec. 10 Wednesday – The Haunt in Yonkers, NY
Dec. 11 Thursday - The Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NY (only NYC appearance)
Dec. 13 Saturday – The Crazy Donkey in Farmmingdale, NY (with KIX)
In 2006, Lovember Records reissued the band's debut album which includes the hits 'Switchblade Serenade' and 'Scratch Like A Cat'. That same year Spread Eagle reunited and toured for the first time in more than eleven years. The group is represented by Kalish Management. For more information please visit and

News from Billy Liesegang: "Hi Everybody! I just got accepted to put my music out on Peter Gabriel's online record label - I was wondering if you have time just register free with them, and then download my track 'Flesh and Blood' for free! It comes with a couple of seconds of advertising at the front. You can download all the new major artists, and also some good ones like Jack Bruce for free too. So please do it! I get paid from the advertising company, so the more downloads I get the better chance i have of putting my new album online!
You know what a hard time us musos are having at the moment! Thanks for your patience! Here is the link for the track, but you must register to download:

Swedish progressive metal outfit Seventh Wonder who are picking up universal great praise for their current release Mercy Falls are playing 4 dates in Italy with Circus Maximus.
Check them out if you can at the following dates:
November 6th 2008 - Milano, Italy
November 7th 2008 - Rome, Italy
November 8th 2008 - Bologna, Italy
November 9th 2008 - Trieste , Italy

On this weeks Hair Metal Haven 5.00-7.00pm UK time, Chris Nelson will be presenting a Glam Metal/Sleaze Rock special bringing you interviews with Phil Lewis & Stacy Blades of Glam/Sleaze Icons LA Guns. Then find out what Rocky Shades of Glam Metal Innovators Wrathchild, is up to at the moment, his still on going feud with Blackie Lawless of Wasp and his latest project. Then finally he talks to the Gypsy Pistolero's about their influences, their forthcoming album and their plans for 2009. With tracks from the very best Glam Bands of the moment, join Chris this Saturday 8th November on:

Saxon "Riff King" - a once in a lifetime competition! Be part of it: /

Check it out - a new Tigertailz website with access to everything you need and all things Tigertailz:

The band Holy Rage have just appointed our new drummer who is Mick Hales (ex-Dante Fox). We are ready to hit the road again soon with gigs already coming in for next year like USA tour in March and four summer festivals. For any more info go to: /

Swedish modern melodic rockers Shineth have their new album Lost Magic Place available at

Cool news from guitarist Vick LeCar - "I wanted to let you know that the rare Never Stranded EP with Joe Lynn Turner on vocals is finally available for the first time on iTunes. For those of you who never got to own or hear it, there is no need to pay $49 on eBay. There are no more hard copies, so this is the only way to get it. I hope this makes up for the delay on the current album I am recording. Just search "Vick LeCar" on iTunes."




Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hi folks. Pardon the lack of updates, I'm still travelling. Right now I'm in the USA on business but am flying home late tonight, to arrive back Friday. I'll try and get news updates back on track from Monday.
Firefest V was an utterly fabulous event as per usual, but even more so than usual. A really fantastic weekend where most bands delivered with passion. Highlights from the weekend included Tyketto, Danger Danger, JSS, Loud & Clear, Paul Laine, an electric set from White Sister and the outstanding vocal return of Steve Augeri with Tall Stories.
More on that shortly, but right now....a few press releases that have arrived in my inbox.

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of White Lion Bang Your Head Festival 2005 DVD on December 5.
White Lion left its musical mark in the late 80's with a series of highly acclaimed albums including "Mane Attraction", "Big Game" and the million seller "Pride" which spawned such hits as "Wait" and "When The Children Cry". The band was also recognized for its signature album tracks that transcended socio-political themes such as "Lady Of The Valley", "Cry For Freedom", "Lights N Thunder" and "Warsong".
White Lion originally disbanded in 1991 and it wasn't until 2005 when singer Mike Tramp decided to handpick a handful of musicians (including Jamie Law on guitar, Troy Patrick Farrell on drums, Henning Wanner on keyboards and Claus Langeskov on bass) to carry again the flag of White Lion in a long European tour that culminated in a successful apparition at the "Bang Your Head Festival". In Tramp's own words "this concert was the definitive turning point and event that finally convinced me that it was worth going on with the next chapter of White Lion and that rock fans had not forgotten and still appreciated the music of White Lion".
And indeed this DVD reflects the magic of an unforgettable night with amazing renditions of all the band's hits and signature songs. A testament of what was and a statement for the future who brought the successful studio return album "Return of the Pride" released in March 2008.
DVD contents include: Bang Your Head Festival 2005 concert: Lights And Thunder; Hungry; Lonely Nights; Broken Heart; Fight to Survive; Little Fighter; Living on the Edge; Tell Me; Wait; Radar Love. Full length interview (Mike Tramp); Slide show (Lady of the Valley); Lights and Thunder across the USA (Live performance of song from the USA tour); Easter Eggs: Hungry; It's Over (Live in the USA).
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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release of Richie Kotzen first ever Live DVD Bootlegged In Brazil on December 5.
A perfect complement to the recent CD-only release "Live in Sao Paulo", this "Bootlegged In Brazil" is the first official Video Live performance from the former Mr. Big and Poison guitar player Richie Kotzen!
The DVD reflects a stellar performance from his South American tour in 2007 and includes some real classic tracks from the Kotzen repertoire: from the rhythmic labours of "A Love Divine" through "Go Faster" (off the last studio album "Return of The Mother Head's Family Reunion") and the great "Doin' What The Devils Says To Do".
Richie Kotzen sound is influenced from such bands as Bad Company, Free, early Van Halen and Cream. They are the inspiration for his songs, but having deep Philly roots Kotzen tends to combine rock with the Motown influences he heard as a kid offering the fans a soulful and timeless approach to the music.
This live performance features Kotzen touring band with Johnny Griparich on bass and Dan Potruch on drums. Stay tuned for more live dates from Richie in Europe in 2009 and in the meantime enjoy the his great talent in your sitting room with this riveting DVD!
DVD Contents: Live in Sao Paulo 2007: Go Faster; Losin' My Mind; A Love Divine; Fooled Again; Faith; So Cold; Socialite; High; Remember; Doin' What The Devils Says To Do; Mother Head's Family Reunion. Bonus Footage - Total length: 80 minutes – Stereo mix 2.0.
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Jorn have announced the following European tour dates in support of the recently released Lonely Are The Brave album.
Jorn plus Special Guest Pure Inc.
12.11. GBR-Dudley - JB´s
13.11. IRE-Dublin - Button Factory
15.11. NED-Uden - De Pul
17.11. GER-Bochum - Matrix
18.11. GER-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
19.11. SWI-Pratteln - Z7
20.11. ITA-Milan - Legend 54 22.11. ES-Durango (near Bilbao) - Plateruena
23.11. ES-Madrid - Ritmo & Compas
26.11. HUN-Budapest - Diesel Klub
27.11. CZE-Prague - Exit Chmelnice
28.11. CZE-Zlin - Hard Rock Cafe
29.11. tba 30.11. GER-Hamburg - Markthalle

Kip Winger has announced the following acoustic European tour dates in support of the release of his recent signature album From The Moon To The Sun.
2.11 - Queens Hall, Nuneaton, UK - Doors 7.30pm
3.11 – The Underworld – London - 11.11 - A38, Budapest, Hungary - Doors 8pm
14.11 - Coliseum, Burgos, Spain - / Doors 8pm
15.11 - Ritmo y Compas, Madrid, Spain - Doors 8pm
16.11 - KGB, Barcelona, Spain - Doors 8pm
19.11 - The Smuget, Oslo, Norway - Doors 9pm
20.11 - Crazy Night, Stockholm, Sweden - Doors 8pm
21.11 - Midian, Cremona, Italy - Doors 10.30pm
22.11 - RnR, Milan, Italy - Doors 10pm
24.11 - Transilvania, Bologna, Italy - 25.11 - Spazio Zero, Rome, Italy Doors 10pm
27.11 - Ioannina Greece - cafe Kaplanio
29.11 - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark Doors 9pm

October 22, 2008 – Best Buy and Geffen Records announced that one of the most highly anticipated albums of all time, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, will be available beginning Nov. 23 at Best Buy and on CD, vinyl, and digital downloads. The title track, the first single from the album, was released to radio today, October 22. Chinese Democracy is the first album of new material from one of rock's most influential bands since the 1991 simultaneous releases of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. "The release of Chinese Democracy marks a historic moment in rock n' roll," said co-managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould.
"We're launching with a monumental campaign developed by Gary Arnold and the Best Buy team that matches the groundbreaking sound of the album itself. Guns N' Roses fans have every reason to celebrate, for this is only the beginning. Chinese Democracy is one of the most highly anticipated albums in music history, and Best Buy is thrilled to deliver this explosive and previously elusive release to Guns N' Roses fans. Longtime fans will be rewarded for their patience and loyalty to this great band, while a new generation of fans will be blown away," said Gary Arnold, Senior Entertainment Officer for Best Buy.
"Axl Rose is one of the most dynamic and gifted writers and performers in modern music. Best Buy is excited to work with Axl to make the release of Chinese Democracy THE musical event of 2008!" "Guns N' Roses is THE premier American rock band," commented Steve Berman, President, Sales and Marketing, Interscope Geffen A&M Records. "Partnering with Gary and everyone at Best Buy to release one of rock's most anticipated and legendary albums is truly a moment in music history. We're thrilled to be able to announce that Chinese Democracy is coming, it's coming this year, and it's coming to Best Buy."
Produced by Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo, the album, which will be released on Black Frog/Geffen Records, includes 14 tracks. "Shackler's Revenge" debuted September 14 through the Rock Band 2 videogame and "If The World" can be heard in the film Body Of Lies, which premiered on October 11. Chinese Democracy is being released in three formats: CD, Vinyl LP (with a free digital download of the tracks), and as a digital album. Pre-orders at now.

For the last couple of years, NL Distribution has thrilled AOR fans all over the world with re-issues of many rare albums. Among those releases are three albums of Hurricane, „Take What You Want", „Over The Edge" and „Slave To The Thrill". Also „Blood From Stone" by British rock band Dare, featuring former Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton. Other highlights are Skagarack with „Skagarack" and „Hungry For A Game" as well as „Fighting For The Earth" by US metal band Warrior and the entire back catalogue of German hard rock band Bonfire. For further information please visit
After long negotiations with different majors, NL-Distribution is pleased to announce a long-term co-operation deal, enabling the Munich based company to re-issue rare and much sought-after albums from the huge repertoire of these labels.
The first 'hidden treasures' to be re-released are: Tim Feehan - Tim Feehan; Glen Burtnick - Talking In Code; Refugee - Burning From The Inside Out.

NL Distribution is also pleased to announce the availability of the following re-issues during the next couple of months:
Dare - Out Of The Silence (A&M 1988); China - s.t. (Vertigo/Phonogram 1988); Night Ranger - Big Life & Man In Motion (MCA 1988); Roko - Roko (Polydor 1990); Martin Briley - One Night With A Stranger (1983 Polygram); Think Out Loud - s.t. (A&M 1988).
All re-releases will be digitally mastered. We will send you more information about upcoming releases and release dates shortly.

Hollywood, CA (October 20, 2008) – The Great Don Airey releases a masterpiece on Mascot Records U.S.A. A Light In The Sky, Airey's first solo album in almost 20 years, is a true brilliant work of art. Playing with a cast of virtuoso's, A Light In The Sky is a combination of styles – classic rock, prog, metal with splashes of jazz. As the composer, Airey left a lot of room for the guest artists to feel natural in playing.
The master player joining Airey are Laurence Cottle (bass), Chris Childs (bass), Darrin Mooney (drums), Harry James (drums & vocals), Rob Harris (guitar), Lidia Baich (violin), Danny Bowes (vocals), Carl Sentence (Vocals), and of course the brilliant Don Airey (1965 Hammond A100 through 2 Leslie 147's, Yamaha Grand piano, Clavier Nord G2 and the list goes on….)
Airey's career spans professionally from 1974 when he joined Cozy Powell to the famous chords that start the timeless metal song Mr. Crowley with Ozzy Osbourne to becoming the keyboardist in the rock band Deep Purple since 2002, succeeding Jon Lord.
Prior to his current role in Deep Purple, Airey has held court with the best of the best, playing with such acts as Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Colosseum II, Sinner, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Rainbow, Divlje jagode and Living Loud. He has also worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
A Light In The Sky keeps time between the days of big guitars and arena rock to the edginess of brilliant instrumental arrangements. This is must have album in your collection.
For more information on this album or Don Airey click on or

From David Moors of Suncity Records: "Hi everyone, Just wanted to keep everyone up to date with everything that is Suncity Records. Below are the new album cover art for our next 3 CD's that we will shortly have for purchase for everybody.
We have been getting a heap of email in regards to a release date for the following discs - Road Ratt - You Love Us, Jungle Blue - Call Of The Wild, Taupier - That Was Then... & Bad Attitude - Prisoners Of Rock. We are expecting a release date of no later than 7th of November 2008. We are all very sorry about the delay on the upcoming 4 CD's as we have run into some problems with the re-mastering on the Taupier disc where we got it back from the studio and found that it was over compressed and was a little harsh to listen to.
We have also signed 3 more killer bands and are in the middle of getting the press releases together. Keep your eyes peeled to the website as the announcement of all 3 bands is immanent."




Friday, October 24, 2008

Hi folks... Apologies for the lack of updates this week, but I am currently sitting in the lobby of the Firefest Hotel in Nottingham UK and await tonight's Meet & Greet festivities to kick off the weekend of great music and great people.

Ron & Louis from Beggars & Thieves are just preparing for tonight's acoustic set that will include a new track or two and most of the appearing artists are here and warming up. It should be a great night and weekend ahead.

Not much else to report as yet, but the Firefest crew are making last minute preparations. Nice to not have to worry about that this time after the insanity of running MRF last year.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the show that's coming and yes, I have MRCD3, MRCD4 and the Harem Scarem EP ready for sale. On an Angelmilk note, Poley/Rivera comes off the press today, so that should be available tomorrow also.

Regular news and updates ASAP, but right now time for some fun!




Monday, October 20, 2008

After 25 years, 12 albums, over 2,500 shows, over 16 million albums sold worldwide, Tesla is stronger than ever. Continuing on that momentum, Tesla: Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar) release in Europe their new Live DVD, "Comin' Atcha Live! 2008", on Frontiers Records on December 5.
"This DVD marks a new era creatively for Tesla because we put it all together ourselves, capturing the band's concert and life on the road," says lead guitarist Frank Hannon. "Nowadays, we are more involved in every aspect of our music career than ever before. We are very excited about the creative results and it really shows in the new DVD".
It's Tesla's first long video released in 17 years (since 1991's Five Man Video Band) and is filled with over two hours of live music, over an hour of special behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen material, including footage of Tesla interacting with fans, giving viewers a personal tour of Seattle, and an up-close look at their touring equipment and guitars.
Comin' Atcha Live! 2008 also includes Dear Pvt. Ledbetter, a song off the new album Forever More written in honor of the troops.
The DVD was filmed at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota on February 22, 2008. At the sold-out show, Tesla treated fans to numerous classics such as "What You Give," "Signs," "Modern Day Cowboy," "Love Song" and "Little Suzi."
Tesla has been non-stop touring all around the world the past 12 months in support of their two-disc critically acclaimed Real To Reel covers album. After taking their current hiatus from the road to record the new album of all original material, they're getting right back out on the concert trail. Expect to see the band again in Europe in early 2009!
Don't forget to check our Tesla's brand new studio album "Forever More" to be released in Europe on Frontiers Records on November 7th in a version to include two exclusive bonus tracks and 1 videoclip!
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Friday, October 17, 2008

I promised news of new signings – so here's one to start!

Angelmilk Records is very pleased to announce the signing of Novak for a new studio album due for release in the first half of 2009.
Novak is none other than Mind's Eye vocalist Andreas Novak. The debut Novak release Forever Endeavour was released via MTM Music in 2005 and was met with both critical and popular acclaim. The Novak name was last seen on Volume 3 of the compilation series - a song called Said And Done.
But there was always unfinished business with the Novak brand and Angelmilk Records approached Andreas with the plan to make a second album and make it even better than the debut.


Andreas Novak says: "I'm really excited about this opportunity. This time we'll focus on making a more solid rock album, with lots of effort on good melodies instead of equilibristic achievements. You want surplus shredding? I'm sure you'll find it somewhere, but not on this album. We have a bunch of high quality rock songs in store, and anyone who's disappointed with the purchase will get a full refund from me personally ;-)
We'll lock ourselves up in the studio now, and won't get out 'til February. Until then, Novakation."

Andrew McNeice says: "The debut Novak release was something special. Classy melodic rock, but with that additional extra spark that put it apart from many other albums and I've always anticipated where Andreas could take that sound. The exclusive track used on MRCD3 proved to me that Novak is a special brand of music and I am very proud to add this release to our roster for 2009."

The album will once again feature Mind's Eye drummer and producer Daniel Flores and will be released on Angelmilk Records in 2009.

We all know vocalist Eric Martin has a huge following in Japan. Here's proof. Sony Music Japan has commissioned Eric to be the voice of some of Japan's most classic pop songs. His new Japanese only release Mr. Vocalist is released November 26.
In the vein of what Rod Stewart did in the US with The Great American Songbook set of releases, Eric will now perform some classic Japanese songs translated into English. All songs were originally female ballads that had huge success throughout the biggest years of Eric's career in Japan.
From the Press Release: "There are many "cover albums" today, but in recent years, many people say new breed is added when male acts cover those female singers' songs. Mr. Asazuma's request to Eric was "to create the greatest cover album which ONLY Eric Martin could achieve, with his wide-raged, beautiful husky voice, and the top-ranking vocal skills".

Here's a link to the Sony Music artist site:


Legendary Phoenix rock band ICON will be performing as special guests in front of Tesla on Saturday, November 29 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix Arizona. Tickets go on sale this Monday, October 20th at 10 am at, the Dodge Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations.
This will be the band's first performance since regrouping earlier this year; and their first performance since 1990. Since the release of their debut record "ICON" in 1984, the group has sustained a committed and fanatical fan-base that still thrives to this day. ICON claimed international recognition with their follow-up release "Night of Crime" in 1985, voted 3rd best record of all time by Kerrang magazine's readers' poll in 1988.
The band's lineup consists of original members Dan Wexler (guitar), John Aquilino (guitar), Pat Dixon (drums) alongside new members Scott Hammons (lead vocals) and Ken Geraghty (bass).
Earlier this year, ICON, in conjunction with Epicenter Multimedia, released 'ICON – 1984: Live Bootleg' for the first time on DVD. This enhanced multimedia disc features interviews with Dan Wexler and John Aquilino and contains live footage of one of the last concerts with the complete original Icon lineup of Stephen Clifford, Dan Wexler, John Aquilino, Tracy Wallach and Pat Dixon. The band performs in front of a sold out crowd in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1984. This is the only known footage of an entire concert by the original band.
For more information, contact Epicenter Multimedia at

New York, NY (October 16, 2008)­Most 1960s British bands were heavily influenced by the blues. Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, The Animals, Savoy Brown, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were no exception. Led Zeppelin's vocalist Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page, particularly, loved the urban Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Now, for the first time, these two late masters can be seen performing along with other blues greats when Eagle Media, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment, releases the second installment in a new series: Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin on November 18. (The series debuted with the July 15 release of Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan.)
Additional legends showcased are those who the real music aficionado hardly ever gets to see: Davey Graham, Charley Patton, Son House, John Renbourne, Bukka White and many others (including Waters and Wolf). This very special DVD creates a tapestry, a mosaic, where the viewer can understand the whys and wherefores of just how this one-in-a-million band put its loves together to create a sound that will live on forever.
Plant, Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham were a curious lot to team up. Page was already famous. Plant and Bonham were toiling in obscurity. Jones was a studio mastermind. When they originally got together as The New Yardbirds, the notion of success was so slim that one of them, as the legend goes, said they'll probably go over like a lead balloon. Manager Peter Grant picked up on it and famously tweaked it.
Known, along with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, as Godfathers of Heavy Metal, the Page/Plant/Bonham/Jones chemistry proved eclectic and groundbreaking enough to incorporate folk, rockabilly, reggae, funk, Celtic, classical and country to its heady mix of soul vocals, guitar histrionics and bludgeoning drums. Their journey traversed all of these genres and this DVD makes one truly understand their genesis.

Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry today announced additional dates for their co-headline U.S. tour due to the overwhelming response to the dates already announced. The two chart-topping rock bands will continue their trek through arenas playing to tens of thousands of fans as the tour dates extend into December. The full itinerary for the tour which features two head-liners for the price of one is listed below.
11/4-12/3 with Shinedown, and Saving Abel except * 11/4, 11/5, 11/8 with Saving Abel only
4 Casper, WY Casper Event Center Arena*
5 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena*
6 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena
8 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium*
9 Fargo, ND Fargodome
11 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum
14 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
15 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium
16 La Crosse, WI LaCrosse Center
18 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex
19 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
21 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
22 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Centre
23 Columbus, OH Value City Arena at Schottstein Center
25 Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Center
26 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
29 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
30 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
2 Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Center
3 Orlando, FL UCF Arena

Trixter Live! Thanksgiving Weekend. Friday Nov. 28th @ "Dexters" In Riverdale ,NJ / Tickets available Now Online and at the Dexters Box office.
$25 advance and day of show Under 21 allowed with Parent or Guardian. Call Club for details - 973-839-3030.
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MR-X has been updated. Online today is some lost demos from the archives. Features is: Gene Miller (Faked I.D.) - Demos (18 Tracks); Great King Rat - Demos 92 (6 Tracks) and Johnny Edwards - Demos 90 (4 Tracks).
And the following new Video Clips are online: Coheed And Cambria - Feathers, Hoobastank - If I Were You, Krokus - Burning Up The Night and Drivin N Cryin - Honeysuckle Blue.
MR-X Membership Details.




Thursday, October 16, 2008

Please note - Firefest will cease selling tickets directly early next week. The last day for ticket orders for Europe will be Sunday October 19.
The last day for ticket orders within the United Kingdom will be Wednesday October 22. After that date the ONLY Outlet selling tickets will be Rock City (
All other agencies have now ceased selling tickets.

Remember purchasing directly from Firefest is the CHEAPEST way of getting your tickets. So if you want to save booking fees, convenience charges and credit card charges go to and tickets will be dispatched to you within 24 hours.

Firefest T-Shirts are done and ready to go, they will be on line available for purchase from Thursday evening Oct 16. Please note, we will happily dispatch your order, but as we have no control over the various postal services, we would advise if you live outside of the United Kingdom, do not purchase in advance if you wish to have your shirt PRIOR to the show. UK orders will be dispatched up to and including Wednesday Oct 22nd. Last orders within the UK is midnight on Tuesday October 21.
Shirts and Programmes will be available at the show including the Meet and Greet on Friday Oct 24 at The Rig and throughout Saturday and Sunday or while stocks last.
Shirts are limited to 200 pieces total, so be sure to grab yours asap." - Kieran, Bruce and the FF crew.

The debut Faith Circus CD is now available from Kivel Records ( Faith Circus are: Marc Farrano - Lead Vocals; Marius Morch - Guitars, Vocals; Lasse Koester - Bass, Vocals; Baard Nordvik - Drums, Vocals.
Track Listing (with audio samples): Back On Love (Full Length Download), Can You Feel It, Hold On, Alive N Kicken, Temporary High, Rain on You, Tried and True, Half The Man, Pushing up Daisies, Without Me, Wasted Rainbow.
Says Kivel Records: "Raising the bar on the albums material, Faith Circus do a bang up job on the Eric Carr/Bruce Kulick/Adam Mitchell penned Can You Feel It - until now, only released in demo form on The Fox's "Rockology" album. Some of the bands friends Invited to guest on the party - Drummer Steinar Krokstad (Stage Dolls), Morty Black/bass (of TNT fame), Tore Moren/guitar (Jorn), Steinar Hagen/acoustic guitar (Return) and Tony Harnell/background vocals (of TNT fame)."


The end of the world as we know it draws nearer - Best Buy have started pre-orders for Guns N Roses' Chinese Democracy release. It seems there will be a choice of covers to pick from in both CD and LP format. Check it out at:


Some important Reviews have been added to the site today - those being: Eden's Curse, 7th Heaven, Eclipse, Hugo/Ramos, Honeymoon Suite, Shadowman, Uriah Heep, Jayce Landberg & Joe Lynn Turner Live. Read The Reviews.

New CD Showcases have been added for the Frontiers Records November 7 releases - Jimi Jamison, Tesla and Thunder. Check those out.




Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It is time for an overdue Angelmilk Records update! A lot has been learnt in the first 6 months of running the label and getting things underway. First of all - the time involved in getting things done has been a lot longer than anticipated and only compounded by being (more or less) a start-up label.
But the good news is that things are getting closer to being the well-oiled machine I hope Angelmilk will become. Still a lot of work to do, but we'll get there!
2009 is shaping up to be a killer year for us. I was hoping to get more done in 2008, but in 2009 we shall deliver!
I have 2 new signing to announce in the next week. I won't even give a hint...but needless to say I'm very pleased with both signings and very proud to have these artists associated with our label.
Watch for those announcements shortly...and more 2009 news soon. Wait until you see what special title we have lined up for February.


But to 2008 business first!
One of the difficulties I have encountered is the actual manufacturing of product. The Rick Springfield CD was done by the UK's biggest plant, but they were a pain to deal with. So we've moved on and I'm confident our new company will be a much better prospect (same guys that do my MRCD compilations).
Taking in all of the above, I have pushed back all release dates for the titles announced to date and give you the following update -

Poley / Rivera - Only Human - The Ted Poley and Vic Rivera record will be released officially on November 10. Copies will however, hopefully be available for sale and for Ted to sign at Firefest.

Vox Tempus - In The Eye Of Time - This has been pushed back to December 1.

Advance Promo Copies of these 2 titles will be available to journalists this week via Journo's and radio/press folk not already signed up should do so now.

Infinity - Self Titled - The Mitch Malloy/David Rosenthal 'from the archives' release will be released December 1. Press release to follow shortly! Classic 80s AOR with Mitch singing his lungs out.

Working Class Dogs - A Rick Springfield Tribute - This title will now be released in February 2009. And there will now only be one release of the title after Angelmilk Records bought the remaining territory rights from Fast Lane Records. Angelmilk had some extra tracks recorded as bonus material, but we will now incorporate those into the one worldwide release and figure out the best tracks of all recorded in order to make the strongest release possible. The CD will be packed to the max, so expect over 70 minutes of music on this.
One of the artists featured on the tribute is Stratocruiser, featuring vocalist Clay Howard. Clay recently had the pleasure of interviewing Rick Springfield himself - check it out at:
On the subject of the tribute album, Rick had this to say: "I am humbled by anyone who likes what I have done and what I do. Truly. My attitude to fans has changed 180 degrees. At the beginning, it was kind of fun, then I started feeling like they were serving me. I don't know anyone, personally, that has made it to any degree, that hasn't gone through that. You know, "It really is me, I am really this great." I think everyone goes through that. I think the great thing about having a long career is that you can kind of settle into it, and realize that it is just a job and you are lucky enough to be doing it, and if there was no audience you would be, you know, singing to your dogs."

Chris Antblad - TBA - Swedish solo artist, songwriter and vocalist Chris Antblad has completed recording his debut solo album in his native country, featuring a fantastic band and a couple of top session guest appearances. The material is simply AOR-tastic and I'm excited as hell to get this out. Mixing duties will be undertaken during November at Jelly Jam Studios UK by Peter Coleman. A release is anticipated to happen in March 2009.

Nexx - Re-issues - Not yet tackled this TBA!

Plenty more to come. Stay tuned for some press releases shortly! Any questions or inquiries, plesse drop me a line and thanks to fans for your patience.


Dare will hit the road again, this time for some shows in Spain and the good news is that guitarist Vinny Burns will again feature in the line-up and Kip Winger will perform acoustically as the support act. Dare will be performing with the same line-up as Sweden Rock: Darren Wharton - Vocals/Keyboards; Richard Dews - Guitars; Vinny Burns - Guitars; Kevin Whitehead - Drums; Marc Roberts - additional keyboards.
Dates are:
Dare (Full Band) + Kip Winger (Acoustic)
14th November City: Burgos Venue: Coliseum 21:00h
15th November City: Madrid Venue: Ritmo y Compas 21:00h
16th November City: Barcelona Venue: KGB 21:00h
More info or book tickets:

From USA Today: Economy can't cool summer tours: Earnings rise 5% / By Steve Jones, USA Today / The summer concert business enjoyed a healthy year, despite dire predictions that economic struggles and rising gas prices would make live music a tough sell.
Though there weren't any new megatours like last year's reunion of The Police, overall concert grosses from May 1 to Labor Day were $1 billion, up 5% from $948.5 million in 2007. Attendance was 18.7 million, down 4% from 19.5 million a year ago. Data are from Boxscore reports published by Billboard and analyzed by USA Today...
"It's pretty encouraging that the business held up under duress," says Billboard touring editor Ray Waddell. "There was a lot of doom and gloom in the springtime, but everything did pretty well."
When times get tough, "people will cut back on exotic vacations but still go to concerts," says Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni. "If you passed on that trip to Disneyland, you took the kids to see New Kids on the Block."
Country star Kenny Chesney — No. 2 a year ago — was the top grosser this summer, pulling in $62.7 million, followed by The Police, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Springsteen.
"The public will pay a premium to see artists they deem must-see attractions, and Chesney seems to fit that," Bongiovanni says. "He has a reputation for a great live show, which leads to repeat business. It's like Jimmy Buffett, where people see him for their annual Parrothead fix."
American Idols Live rebounded strongly, pulling in $24.6 million after taking in just $15.6 million in 2007. Two of the biggest surprises of the summer: the success of Journey ($21.4 million), fronted by YouTube discovery Arnel Pineda, and the Jonas Brothers ($25.1 million).
The Jonases were expected to do well, "but it was even bigger," Waddell says. The Journey ticket was perceived as a good value because the bill also included Heart and Cheap Trick.
The economy didn't keep people away this summer, but Bongiovanni sees trouble ahead. Gas costs raised artists' overhead, and that probably influenced ticket prices, venue size and number of dates. Many tickets were sold early in the year, before the worst news.
"The real impact of the latest downturn has yet to be felt," he says. "But it would defy logic to think that it won't have an impact."

In the words of Lou Gramm Band guitarist Don Mancuso: "The Lou Gramm Band CD is complete and just waiting for artwork and pressing. This is exciting news! Been way too long in the making, but worth it. Spectra Records will be starting to put together the promo campaign for it within the next few weeks. Hopefully it will get Lou back out there in a big way. This CD deserves it and so does he."

A new Ramos/Hugo interview can be found at:

Over 18 months in the making and with the first two singles 'The World Cant Touch Me' and 'Fall To Your Knees' receiving extensive airplay in Australia, UK and New Zealand, Adelaide's Heavy Rock Powerhouse, Fighterpilot are ecstatic to announce the release of their debut full length album Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun. In an Australian first, Fighterpilot will make the entire album available for FREE download via the band's website in DRM Free mp3 format, with all 12 tracks being available from 13 Nov 2008 for 4 months in conjunction with the bands interstate touring schedule. From March 2009 fans will be able to purchase the album in hard format as CD with booklet, packaged to include a T Shirt and army cap. Pre-orders will be taken from the release date on November 13.
'Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun' features 12 tracks including the two previous singles plus the new to radio orchestral juggernaut 'Animal' and slow burning ballad 'Darkest Hour'. 'Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun' is anintense and exciting journey, which sees the band explore the parallels between music, life and fulfillment to produce a brilliant album which typifies the bands unique heavy rock sound. Muso's will appreciate the albums incredible intricate sweeping riffs and solos, and general music lovers will connect to the great melodies, energy and passion within.
The album was engineered and produced in Adelaide by Matt Williams, who's studio credits include The Superjesus and Francesca (Matt produced and performed on her #2 hit 'Way of the world') and who has worked alongside such respected producers as Darren Cran (Skid Row, Nickelback) Go to to download 'Silver Bullet…Plastic Gun' for free.
WebLinks: /

Steve Lukather will head an all-start line up for this special event - Sunday, December 21, 2008 Venue: The Roxy on Sunset // Hollywood CA Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:00PM On sale date: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tickets available at Ticketmaster and the Roxy box office $20.00 Advance // $25.00 Day of Show Benefiting The Casey Lee Ball Foundation
The Casey Lee Ball Foundation is a nonprofit organization where 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to pediatric kidney research. There are over 50 terminal diseases, yet kidney research has no famous spokesperson, no glamour, and as a result, it is dramatically under-funded. Casey Lee Ball, third son of Sterling Ball, President of Ernie Ball, Inc., was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease at age two. At age five, while Casey and Sterling were recuperating from kidney transplant surgery at UCLA, they decided to create the Casey Lee Ball Foundation.
Official Links: / / /

New York, NY (October 14, 2008)­Eagle Records, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment, will release ZZ Top Live From Texas on CD November 4 [pre-book October 15, retail sales price $13.98]. It is the soundtrack to the band's first-ever live concert DVD (released June 24, 2008 as both a DVD and a Blu-Ray), that became the #1 Music DVD in America. A compendium of the entire ZZ career, Live From Texas features 15 of the band's most beloved tracks including "Tush," "La Grange" and "Legs"­ as recorded last year deep in the heart of Texas. (Fans can expect the DVD and CD packaged exclusively together November 4.)
Singer/guitarist/frontman Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard make up one of the most instantly recognizable bands in rock history. From their 1969 Houston inception to their first million-seller (1973's Tres Hombres) to today, they are the only major band in history to never have had a personnel change in almost a 40-year history. Known for their self-designed custom guitars and their love of rural and urban American blues music and early rock'n'roll, they're also primarily known as one of the greatest American live bands of all-time.
Inducted into The Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004, their no-frills blues'n'boogie, filled with humorously sexual double-entendres, took a turn towards mass appeal in 1981 when­after 12 years of adamantly refusing­they finally used a synthesizer on El Loco. But it wasn't until 1983's 10-times-platinum Eliminator­with "Legs," "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Sharp Dressed Man"­that they skyrocketed into superstardom. The album just happened to coincide with the rise of MTV and the use of the music video as a powerful tool in the industry. Their image has since been an indelible part of popular culture. And they still rock just as hard as ever, moogs or no moogs.
Track Listing: 1) Got Me Under Pressure 2) Waitin' For The Bus 3) Jesus Just Left Chicago 4) I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide 5) Cheap Sunglasses 6) Pearl Necklace 7) Just Got Paid 8) Rough Boy 9) Blue Jean Blues 10) Gimme All Your Lovin' 11) Sharp Dressed Man 12) Legs 13) Tube Snake Boogie 14) La Grange 15) Tush.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA ­ 14 September 2008 ­ Nashville-based recording engineer/producer and a Los Angeles-based performer have teamed up to create a unique twist on a classic Genesis album. This fall, Nick D'Virgilio of Spock's Beard fame and engineer/producer Mark Hornsby are re-recording the Genesis classic: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, in it's entirety. Produced at Java Jive Studio in Nashville, the album features some of Music City's best musicians, taking the songs in a whole new direction.
"We wanted to see what would happen if we exposed the songs to a different climate of musicians," says D'Virgilio, "The early Genesis recordings are so musical and very bluesy when you get right down to it. They really lend themselves to some different interpretations. When it came time to figure out what label to work with, I remembered working with Shawn on the Amarans Plight release and had been really pleased with how that all worked out and I knew what a big Genesis fan he is, so Im glad it worked out." Nick is no stranger to Genesis as he performed on the prog legends latest release.
Although all of the original elements of the songs are still included such as drums, bass, guitar and piano, the recordings now take on a more "theatrical" vibe. This, coupled with orchestra, rock guitars, and some fantastic horn arrangements, the songs now enter an entirely different place.
"We had talked about doing something like this for awhile," says Hornsby, "With the recent attention our version of The Colony of Slippermen received, and the re-release of the original album in 5.1, the time seemed right to see what we could come up with. After the first conference call with Shawn, I felt really comfortable about working with him, and we all managed to make it work and realize the fruition of our vision."
"Genesis is one of my all time favorite bands and I spent many hours reading the lyrics and liner notes for The Lamb. Nick is one of my favorite drummers, and to combine these two elements in what is an amazing re-imaging of The Lamb is a fantastic thing to be part of," said Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records.
"A Tribute to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is the ProgRock Records debut release from Rewiring Genesis and can be found at or at your favorite online shop or brick and mortar reseller on November 4, 2008.

New York, NY (October 14, 2008)—When Locomotive Records spreads the Virus from Randy Piper's Animal on October 21, it will be a clear case of musical infection, with symptoms including repetitive spins, severe neck trauma (from the massive amounts of headbanging), and blown eardrums, from blasting this one to eleven!
According to guitarist Randy Piper (ex-W.A.S.P), Virus, produced by guitarist Chris Laney, will "smoke your ass." Recorded at Platform Studio and the legendary Polar Music Studios (where such acts as Led Zeppelin, ABBA and Genesis made some of their greatest albums), it is both more aggressive and more melodic than the debut. Lyrically, its real-life issues will keep the listener enthralled with thought-provoking conundrums of daily life. Several songs, in fact, deal with being unable to change a lifestyle that you know will kill you in the end, be it dangerous habits ("Can't Stop" and "Unnatural High") or working yourself to death ("Cardiac Arrest"). There's also a cover of "Zombie" by The Cranberries.
This Animal was born in Scandinavia in 2007 as a Violent New Breed. It proved to be a rousing debut. By the time of its set at the prestigious Sweden Rocks Festival, Piper, Laney, vocalist Rich Lewis, bassist Nalle "Grizzly" Pahlsson and drummer Johan Koleberg had proved to over 100,000 that they're the real deal.
Track Listing: 1) Cardiac Arrest 2) Can't Stop 3) Don't Wanna Die 4) Crying Eagle 5) Unnatural High 6) Judgment Day 7) Who's Next 8) Zombie 9) Shoot To Kill 10) L.U.S.T.




Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the beginning of the cooperation with multi-talented artist Robert Berry with the release of his brand new solo album The Dividing Line on December 5.
Robert's abilities came into prominence in 1988, when he teamed with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer (of ELP fame) and formed the band Three releasing the album "To The Power of Three" for Geffen Records. He was however one of the most well known musical talents of the San Francisco area and was previously involved with the band Hush and later with another 80's super group GTR. Together with former YES guitarist Steve Howe (taking the place of none other than ex Genesis, Steve Hackett) he wrote and recorded several tracks which sadly have never been officially released by the band which split before the recording of the second album (One of those songs appears for the first time on this new album).
During the 90's Berry kept busy composing, arranging, and performing either as a solo artist (he has released 3 solo albums, with "Pilgrimage to a Point" particularly being considered as a true Melodic Prog Rock masterpiece of its era) or as a producer-session player. He also toured for years with the band Ambrosia, where he took the place of another Rock giant, David Pack. In 2008 his band Alliance (together with members of Boston, Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger) released their critically acclaimed 3rd album, "Road To Heaven".
"There is a difference between the music I create on my own and the music that I do with Alliance" explains Robert. "The Alliance lyric is mostly about life and relationships. And the music is classic American Rock. But my solo efforts are based more on my years spent in Europe. They have a more intricate structure and production".
An award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist, Robert Berry has always displayed an uncanny knack for great melodies and exquisite playing either in the classic Progressive Rock style or in a more Melodic Rock oriented musical environment.
"It has been some time since I put my self out to the public with a solo effort" continues Robert, "I have grown, I have matured musically and lyrically. I am so honored for the chance to do what I love and share it with the listeners". Recorded during the year 2008, "The Dividing Line" stylistically leans towards timeless Melodic Rock, in the vein of what Robert has been playing and composing for 3 and GTR. "I wrote this note to myself as to what I would like this album to be" tells Berry, "The note was 'Music with vision, power, intensity, integrity and hope. About healing from the inside out. The Dividing Line'. The Dividing Line based on my inner hope that I remain the person I have set out to be. Also musically this album is based on the style I love most. And as I listen back, that is exactly how it came out".
The song themes deal with life, love and human relationships and show the most personal side of Robert Berry's artistry and vision. All in all an exciting and revealing release which should not be missed by any serious Rock Music fan.
The Dividing Line track listing includes: The Dividing Line; One Good Man; Listen to the People; Faith; This Life; A Life Worth Livin'; Can't Let Go; I Gave You the Best of Me; Young Hearts; Wait; Life is on Fire.


Producer Michael Voss has signed on with AOR Heaven to produce the forthcoming album by veteran rocker, Paul Shortino.
Paul Shortino's musical career includes Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, The Cutt and portraying "Duke Fame" in the infamous cult classic movie hit, "This Is Spinal Tap". Paul has toured the world extensively throughout his career, always finding great success with his German fans. Going forward, Paul opted to develop projects on his own, often mixing it up with a veritable hard rock "who's who" of virtuoso players. Venturing into a diverse array of endeavors suited Shortino, and it's the career model he's stayed with up to the present. "The new project with Michael stems from my inclusion on the upcoming album release "Voices of Rock". Georg Siegl of AOR Heaven offered me a solo deal. I knew I had to jump on board. I am excited to be working with Michael and AOR Heaven," said Shortino.
The album will be released in 2009.

Former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams will release his new solo album called This Fall will be released in Japan November 19 on WHD Entertainment. Guest appearances on the CD include Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Richie Zito, Jay Gruska, Rick Marotta and Mark Williams.

The Wildhearts will hit Australia for two dates in November:
Thursday 20th November Gaelic Theatre, Sydney
Friday 21st November Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Evergrey's new video for Broken Wings can be seen at:

Rockeyez' final review section of Rocklahoma has been posted at: Feature includes backstage shots of Davy Vain, Dokken, Brad Gillis and many more. contains new interviews with Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, bass player Bryan Beller (Steve Vai/Mike Keneally Band), and more. There is also a lot of guitar news, and a wrap-up of the week's new releases...




Monday, October 13, 2008

The very latest Firefest 5 news is as follows! See you in the UK at the end of next week!

"It is with great regret that we must announce Denmark's Pretty Maids will be unable to perform at Firefest 5 on Sunday Oct 26th as originally scheduled. This is no part due to either Firefest or Pretty Maids, but it is in fact the direct result of the bands original flights (booked in June 2008) being cancelled by the airline, and despite frantic efforts by both Pretty Maids management and Firefest, we have been unable to find suitable replacement flights. The following press statement informing of the routes and flights cancelled has been taken directly from the airlines web site:
"Ryanair, Europe's leading lowest fares airline, today (1st October) announced that due to strike action at Boeing it has had to cancel 25 return flights to/from Birmingham. As a direct result of this strike, which has delayed the delivery of new aircraft, Ryanair cannot now operate flights on 21 routes to/from Birmingham between 24th and 28th October (please see below for routes affected) as originally scheduled. Passengers who were due to travel on these cancelled services will receive a full refund from Ryanair."
Announcing the cancellations, Ryanair's, Michael Cawley, said:
"We sincerely regret the forced cancellation of these 25 return services to/from Birmingham. However, we assure passenger that this is a temporary disruption to our schedule and we have secured an aircraft to operate all scheduled services from 29th October. We sincerely apologise to all our passengers for the inconvenience caused by this change to our plans. I hope passengers understand that it is due to circumstances over which we have no control and I hope to see these passengers onboard one of our Birmingham services soon."

On the Plus side, once it became apparent Pretty Maids could not perform a frantic search began for a replacement act. Two weeks to show time is generally not the greatest time to be looking for a replacement act, but we have struck gold!
H.E.A.T. the latest hard rock sensations from Sweden, currently riding high with their critically acclaimed self titled debut album have accepted our invitation to play. Following a barrage of e-mails and phone calls on Saturday morning, Eric Rivers and Kieran Dargan worked out the finer points and H.E.A.T. will now slot into the Sunday line up for FF5.
"We were planning on playing at Firefest 2009, so getting the chance to play this year is pretty damn awesome!" says guitar played Rivers. Hey didn't anybody tell Eric that FF5 was the last one?? Obviously not.
The easier option for Firefest would have been not to replace Pretty Maids, but we felt that would not have been right. We constantly try and offer great value for money, so we hope with the addition of HEAT we have once again shown our commitment to this genre of music and the fans that support it. That aside they are a damn fine band and their debut album is on heavy rotation among all the Firefest crew.


We are also pleased to announce set times for both days , so be sure to check it out so you don't miss your favourite band. Drop by or latest news and also, considering how quickly t- shirts sold in advance last year, we will have the pre order system in place later in the coming week. Have your shirt delivered to your door and wear it on the day.
Kieran Bruce and the Firefest team."
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Set Times Firefest 5

Saturday Oct 25 - Doors 12 noon
Talon 12.30 – 1.30
Loud and Clear 1.50 – 2.50
Paul Laine 3.15 - 4.15
Valentine 4.40 – 5.45
Jeff Scott Soto 6.10 – 7.15
Pink Cream 69 7.35 – 8.55
Tyketto 9.15 – 10.30

Sunday Oct 26 - Doors 12.00
Burn 12.20 – 12.45
David Readman 1.05 – 1.55
HEAT 2.15 – 3.05
Rox Diamond 3.25 – 4.20
Mitch Malloy 4.40 – 5.35
White Sister 5.55 – 6.55
Tall Stories 7.15 – 8.15
Danger Danger 8.35 – 9.40
Firehouse 10.00 – 11.15

Further news from Tommy Denander regarding the Mitch Malloy set: "We are very sad to inform you that Daniel Flores can't come to England with me to play with Mitch Malloy at Firefest. Daniel was in a really bad car accident about a week ago and it will be a while before he can play again...he should make a full recovery though....Please send him your best wishes!!
We have replaced him with another fantastic drummer who i have played with live recently and Daniel himself always recommends for gigs - Magnus Ulfstedt (Royal Hunt, Talisman, Eclipse, Sha-Boom). We are very much looking forward to meeting you all over the whole weekend..."

Fireworks just gets bigger and better! 100 pages Full Colour with THREE free CDs totalling almost 4 hours of great music! The magazine will be available at all Borders stores and selected Zavvi in the UK, as well as ST Records, Destiny mail order and AOR Heaven.
Interviews this issue include Richie Blackmore cover feature, plus Jeff Scott Soto, Bob Catley, Michael Schenker, The Bangles, Uriah Heep, REO Speedwagon, Tony Harnell, Backyard Babies, Quireboys, Eden's Curse, Black Stone Cherry, Spock's Beard, Glyder, Sinner, Todd Rundgren, Venice, Driver, Crown of Thorns, Serenity, Edgar Winter, Haggard, Dream Evil, Morten Harket, Heaven's Basement and LOTS more, including 6 page special on female fronted rock acts and 4 page special on Southern Rock & Blues bands!
CD tracks as follows:
Feel The Heat (Fireworks #34) 1. Ramos/Hugo – You're Not Alone 2. Shadowman – It's Electric 3. Eden's Curse – Masquerade Ball 4. Driver – I Am a Warrior 5. Backyard Babies – Come Undone 6. Jimi Jamison – Can't Look Away 7. Sinner - Revolution 8. Peter Friestedt – Where to Touch You 9. Jayce Landberg – New Generation 10. Sister Sin – Beat the Street 11. Sideburn – Hurricane Race 12. PAIN – End of the Line 13. Ross the Boss – Blood of Knives 14. Naughty Boys – Only God 15. Eclipse – Breaking My Heart Again 16. Black Succubi – You Can't Run Away 17. Sonata Arctica – Fullmoon 18. Robbie Dupree – Secret Love.
Cats N' Claws 4 - 1. Dilana - Still Wanting 2. Miss Behaviour – Blind 3. Pearl - Because The Night 4. Katra – The Beast Within 5. Lipstick Magazine - Against the Wall 6. Lizette & - Just Smile 7. Remedy - Priests and Preachers 8. Achilla - The Wild Flower 9. Lola Spriggs - I Ain't Crushed 10. Rock Child – Step On Mad 11. Dream Aria – Labyrinth 12. Kelly Padrick - Start Clean 13. Catherine Delagadillo - Paradise Swamp 14. Tiffany Apan - Ghost 15. Maeven - Queen Of Hearts 16. Tular – Fairy Legend 17. Cornerstone – Fade Away 18. Octane Gypsy – Save Me 19. Starr Faithfull - I Break Down 20. Dyonisis – Xact.
Rebel Rock & Blues - 1. Medicine Hat - Sweet Mama 2. Jaded Sun – Crazyman 3. Voodoo Johnson - Blow Me Away 4. Matt Zeiner – The Crash 5. Zed Head - Voodoo Love 6. Paul and the Harper Woods - Kiss My Scars 7. 27 Miles - Brotherhood 8. Boogie Stuff - Muddy Water 9. Rebel Pride - Flatlands 10. Fiddleworms – 428 11. Hogjaw - El Camino 12. Delilah Why - How Was I 13. White Cowbell Oklahoma – Koko Girl 14. The Muggs - Get It On 15. Tony Deziel - What'cha Put In That Kiss 16. Jeff Scheetz – Trippin' 17. Pat Rettig – Country Man 18. Stone River – Southern Feeling 19. J.C, Cinel – Brush My Cymbals 20. Gentlemen's Blues Club - Red White And Blue.

Due to holiday and Firefest, magazine won't be available directly until November, but all the afore-mentioned outlets will have by end of next week. The magazine will also be available at the upcoming Firefest ... so if you haven't sampled the delights before, be sure to pick up a copy.
PDF digital purchase and audio downloads available early November.


Journey's hit album Revelation has passed 500,000 units sold in the USA, making the album Platinum status according to RIAA accreditation standards. Being comprised of 2 discs of audio material, the 500k sold translates to 1,000,000 discs - hence the Platinum status - the band's first since Trial By Fire in 1996.
The album is out now in Japan, featuring the bonus track The Place In Your Heart - another re-recording from the Generations release. A 2 minute sample of the track can be downloaded right here: The Place In Your Heart (Edit).
Order the 2CD set (no live DVD) from CD Japan - click on CD graphic below...

Revelation / JOURNEY

On this weeks Hair Metal Haven Chris Nelson will be talking to Louis St August of 80s legendary hair band Mass. Their current album Crack Of Dawn is out now on Escape Music, and they have two more of their 80,s classics re-released on Retrospect Records, 5.00-7.00 pm UK time, Saturday 18th October. Before that on the melodic metal show the Power Hour 4.00-5.00 pm, Chris will be talking to Brazilian Superstar & Angra Frontman/Vocalist Edu Falaschi about his side project band Almah and their new album Fragile Equality out in the UK soon on AFM Records. So join Chris the same time, same place this Saturday on:

A new Yngwie Malmsteen interview is online no at:

A new interview with Joe Satriani (in which Satch talks quite a bit about the upcoming Hagar project) can be found at:

House of Lords lead singer James Christian checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about their stellar new release Come to My Kingdom; playing in a monsoon last summer at Rocklahoma; why it seems Americans prefer the non-music of alternative bands unlike Europeans who embrace melodic hard rock; how the band tries to stay away from politics when writing music in this period of political upheaval; and a whole lot more. To hear the entire interview, go to:

Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta was a call-in guest on The Classic Metal Show on Saturday, October 11th. During the course of the interview, Luccketta talked about the writing and recording of Tesla's new album Forever More, his divorce, and the meaning of many of the new songs on the new album. To listen to the interview, go to the following links: – Part 1 / – Part 2.
The Classic Metal Show is heard Saturdays from 9p-3a EST at Next week's guests include Evergrey and vocalist Sheldon Tarsha.

EUROPE LIVE IN SPAIN: has posted a picture gallery from Interpeñas Metal concerts, which took place October 10th in Zaragoza, Spain. Check out shots of Europe, Baron Rojo and Los Suaves at this location:
Europe Setlist: 1-Love Is Not Enemy 2-Ready Or Not 3-Superstitious 4-The Getaway Plan 5-Let The Children Play 6-Wings Of Tomorrow 7-Seven Doors Hotel 8-Carrie (Acoustic Version) 9-Prisioners In Paradise (Acoustic Version) 10-Norum Solo - Girl From Lebanon 11-Start From The Dark 12-Let The Good Times Rock 13-Rock The Night 14-Cherokee 15-The Final Countdown.

Swedish rockers Badmouth have just released their self-titled debut album through indie label Romulus X Records. Forged in the furnace of the European rock scene, Badmouth has captured the attention of fans around the world, and the eye of industry pros even before the release of their first album. The guys wanted to write rock tunes that stood out from the rest, drawing on the classic rock roots of bands like Dokken, AC/DC, Guns and Roses and Aerosmith, that have been lost in the drone of today's rock music.
Tom, Chris, Randy, Mike and Rick realized that their job didn't end with writing their music, it had to be recorded and produced by the right people. Their self-titled debut album was produced at Fortrocks Studio in California by the renowned producer Paul Sabu. The end result? An album that hooks rock and roll junkies with an addictive mix of driving beats, rich vocals and tons of attitude.
Tracklist: 1. Pedal To The Metal 2. Kick It Up 3. Cocaine Girl 4. The Last Train 5. Dance Little Sister 6. El Diablo 7.Rivethead 8. Hell Tonight 9. ... And Take Your Toothbrush With You 10. SuperSassyBaby.
5 samples can be listened to for streaming at the bands MySpace: /




Friday, October 10, 2008

A long overdue correction in the value of the Australian Dollar has suddenly given me the option to rethink a couple of things I had put off or considered unviable.
One of those things is a limited edition, pro-CD pressing of the Harem Scarem - MelodicRock EP.
Previously the EP has been available here as a Digital Download, but I am now taking pre-orders for a physical CD pressing of the exclusive EP.

The CDEP will feature professional full colour double sided front and back covers (as pictured below), manufactured on a regular silver CD. Pre-orders start tonight, with a shipping date estimated to be the first week of November.

As I will be making a last minute trip over for the Firefest Festival in Nottingham, UK for the weekend of October 24/25/26, the CDs will not be ready to ship until I return.
However, I have arranged for 50 copies only to be express shipped to me and collected on the way to the airport on Wednesday October 22 and will be available on the merch stand at Firefest V that weekend!
I will also bring with me to the UK, a very limited number of copies of the Compilations (MRCD3 and MRCD4).

The EP details are as follows:
Track listing: Caught Up In Your World (from Human Nature) / Coming Down (from Rubber) / Honestly (from Harem Scarem) / Human Nature (from Human Nature) / If There Was A Time (from Mood Swings).

The CDEP will be priced at US$10.00 (price includes airmail shipping worldwide) and will be officially released at Firefest 5 and via the site November 5.

So - to pre-order the MelodicRock EP, simply click on the Paypal button below.


Further good news! Available for Pre-Order soon! MRCD5 is back in action also! Work has been slowly coming along, but with the improved outlook I have pushed forward work on this and also altered my plans for the compilation. This time around it will be a single disc release (as was MRCD1 and MRCD3) and will hopefully be ready for pre-order next month.
PLEASE NOTE that the previously mentioned news that the 5 Harem Scarem acoustic tracks will be included as part of MRCD5 is now cancelled due to the individual release of the Harem Scarem EP.

MRCD5 will continue to offer fans of the genre a selection of great unreleased and exclusive tracks and a couple of extra other tracks just for good measure!
So far, some of the tracks lining up for MRCD5 include -

Action - Never Alone (Unreleased, a tribute song to Brad Delp)
China Blue - Selena (New, Unreleased)
Loud & Clear - Doesn't Anybody Fall In Love (New, Exclusive)
Double Cross - Pray (New)
Hartmann - Into The Light (Live & Acoustic, from DVD release)
House Of Shakira - Demonica (Japanese Bonus Track to Retoxed)
House Of Shakira - Escape (Japanese Bonus Track to Retoxed)
Bobby Kimball, Tommy Denander and Kishti Tomita - You're Not The Devil
Mass - More Than A Friend (New Acoustic, Exclusive)
Mad Max - Take My Heart And Run (Unreleased)

A couple more surprises planned...stay tuned!!

There is room for a couple of late arrivals if any artists out there have a great exclusive track that would like to include - drop me a line ASAP if so and I'll update folks on the track details next week.

Only 2 weeks to go folks - get your tickets now, this is going to be one hell of a weekend! See you there!

Firefest V will be staged over two full days on Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th October, and will be at it's usual home of Rock City in Nottingham, UK.

Saturday 25th October – Talon, Loud & Clear, Paul Laine, Valentine, Jeff Scott Soto, Pink Cream 69, Tyketto.

Sunday 26th October – Burn, David Readman, Rox Diamond, Pretty Maids, Mitch Malloy, White Sister, Tall Stories, Danger Danger, Firehouse.


The cost is £49 for each day or £90 for both.
Payments Accepted: Cash (at sender's risk), personal cheque (UK only), postal order (UK only), or International bank draft in Pounds Sterling made payable to: Bruce Mee c/o Fireworks Magazine, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD, England.
Payment can also be made through Paypal to Please be sure to include your name and address in the message box.
Firefest V is an age 14 and over show.

Firefest will be the only show that any of the overseas bands play in the UK this year. Check for updates.

2008 will be the year of Chinese Democracy - for Guns N Roses at least. many still care? This will be an interesting one to watch... A lot of fans are excited to finally hear this album and some others give up waiting. Could any album so many years in the making actually live up to expectatons? And will the long overdue release of this opus pave the way for a GNR reunion in 2009?

From / October 09, 2008 Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. / More than a decade after its conception, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy will finally see the light of day before year's end, sources close to the situation confirm to Billboard. As first reported here, the set will be a Best Buy exclusive and will be available Sunday, Nov. 23, rather than the usual Tuesday.
Beyond enticing pre-Thanksgiving shoppers, the move is tied to the structure of Best Buy's sales week, which runs from Sunday to Saturday. As such, "Chinese Democracy" would not be eligible to chart on The Billboard 200 until the week of Dec. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In the run-up to release date, album track "Shackler's Revenge" will debut in the video game "Rock Band 2," while a portion of "If the World" is playing over the end credits in the new Leonardo DiCaprio/Russell Crowe film "Body of Lies."
In addition, GNR's seminal 1987 debut, "Appetite for Destruction," will be reissued on vinyl on Oct. 28 via Interscope.
The band's last new studio albums were the simultaneously released "Use Your Illusion I" and "II" in September 1991. A covers set, "The Spaghetti Incident?," followed in 1993, and featured some of the last GNR recordings from original guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
This spring, soft drink manufacturer Dr Pepper offered to send a free can of the beverage to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead) if "Chinese Democracy" were to arrive anytime during the calendar year 2008.
"We're waiting to hear about 'Chinese Democracy' just like all the other GNR fans," Dr Pepper VP of marketing Tony Jacobs tells Billboard. "But if the rumors are true, we're putting the Dr Pepper on ice."

The multi-talented Tony Mills has co-written and recorded a song and video for the Foundation for Autistic Children of Norway with Joe Basketts from Shy and Siv-Anita Strickert from Norway.
The solo was played by Neil Hibbs (who also appeared on Tony's recent solo album). It is the title track of the album that is released this month with 12 other Norwegian artists. I'm told that all of the benefits of both the single and the album go to the charity. Some of the song is recorded in Norwegian...
Download this 1 minute sample: Keep The Dream Alive.

Press Release / Glam-Punk rockers Jetboy are pleased to announce that the band has formed a strategic alliance with trueAnthem ( in an effort to shift the paradigm of music distribution. The new format offered by trueAnthem allows for totally free access to artists music for download, thus decriminalizing the practice of file sharing.
"We make our music for the fans, that's the bottom-line" says Billy Rowe, Jetboy guitarist. "Jetboy has been searching for a way to introduce people to our music in a cost effective way, and with trueAnthem, we've found the perfect vehicle".
trueAnthem couples corporate sponsors with musical acts in an effort to bring the downloads to fans at no charge. Ten Jetboy songs, including hits like Feel the Shake, Evil, and Stomp it Down to the Bricks appear on the trueAnthem website courtesy of Orange County Choppers.
Based in San Francisco, Calif., trueAnthem is a unique, advertising supported, online music distribution, promotion and marketing company. As a music label for the modern ages, trueAnthem provides online and offline services to promote independent and undiscovered talent. The company's success strategy leverages the viral nature of information distribution on the Internet to become a leader in the new world of music.
The members of Jetboy believe that a new distribution model is necessary for the music business as we know it to survive. "trueAnthem provides the perfect vehicle for bringing the music to our fans. History tells us that when people like what they hear, they'll look for avenues to purchase the full albums, and better yet, come to see us play live" said Rowe. "It's time for this industry to get back to what music is all about, making listeners feel good".
Jetboy is preparing to play the Viper Room in Hollywood, California on October 16 with Gilby Clarke and Black Cherry. Visit the bands website at for additional information on upcoming shows.

Edguy with Special Guest Andre Matos (& Band) + H.E.A.T. Tour Dates:
Thu 08.01.2009 Dessel (B) Biebob
Fri 09.01.2009 Dudley (U.K.) JB´s
Sat 10.01.2009 London (U.K.) Carling Academy Islington
Mon 12.01.2009 Paris (F) Elysee Montmatre
Tue 13.01.2009 Bordeaux (F) Theatre Barbey
Thu 15.01.2009 Granada (E) La Copera
Fri 16.01.2009 Madrid (E) La Riviera
Sat 17.01.2009 Bilbao (E) Rock Star Live
Sun 18.01.2009 Barcelona (E) Razzmatazz
Tue 20.01.2009 Lyon (F) Transbordeur
Wed 21.01.2009 Mailand (I) Rolling Stone

TV Altert - The CBS Sunday Morning show in the USA will this week (Sunday, Oct. 12) feature an interview with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, taped during their "Raising Sand" tour this summer. And yes, I'm told Robert addresses the question of a future with Led Zeppelin.

In a recent interview with Sleaze Roxx, Junkyard members Chris Gates, Pat Muzingo and Todd Muscat discussed the future of the band. The entire interview can be read at:
When asked if Junkyard was back, drummer Pat Muzingo replied, "I suppose in a sense we are long as its weekend gigs! Put it this won't see a full blown USA Tour. Its just not gonna happen. We all have great careers in the entertainment and web business."
And when questioned What can fans expect from Junkyard for the rest of 2008 and into 2009 he stated, "More shows...we hope!!! We are playing a festival in August 2009. Hopefully we will do another run in Europe in 2009 as well. Hard to say. We are just having fun cause that's what it's all about for us! We do it so we can hang out with each other, we are not trying to revive or relive 1989 all over again. We are just happy that people still remember us and want us to play. As far as touring the USA and a new CD? That is something that may or may not happen...let's just say this, it has been discussed many times. With Junkyard it's hard to tell, who would have thought we would ever play again!"

Wishing Well Entertainment have a new XYZ Best of XYZ CD in stock with 1 new song (Falling). It's a very limited compilation sourced directly from Terry Ilous. The other 9 tracks are all from the self-titled and Hungry albums. The store also have the new CD Chameleon by Balls (with Bjorn Lodin from Baltimoore and Jan Stark from Locomotive Breath). Another metal indie we just got in is the self-titled Blackworld with Richard Holmgren from (the Swedish band) Wolf.

New York, NY (October 8, 2008)­Continuing the highly-acclaimed "Classic Albums" DVD documentary series, Eagle Vision, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment, is proud to announce Rio by Duran Duran. The November 4 release has a pre-book date of October 15 and a retail sales price of $14.98.
Rio, arguably the greatest of all Duran Duran albums, was originally released in 1982, a time of British riots, record unemployment and the highly unpopular Falklands war. It catapulted Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor into international celebrity. (None of the Taylors are related.)
In this installment of "Classic Albums," a fascinating story emerges, one of the writing, the recording and reaction to the unbelievable success of this sound. With new interviews, vintage clips of the original era, new and archival performance footage and musical demonstrations that explain the genesis of certain songs, this 90-minute insider peek is a must for all culture vultures. Excerpts from songs such as "Rio," "My Own Way," "Hungry Like The Wolf," "New Religion," "Save A Prayer," "The Chauffeur" and others are beautifully interwoven into the fabric of the story. Brand new session performances filmed in Boston exclusively for this program, plus interviews and demonstrations not seen in the original broadcast version, are included.
The "Classic Albums" series takes a comprehensive look into the making of landmark albums that were integral in music history. Along with interspersed live footage, the DVDs feature in-depth interviews with band members, musical peers, relevant fixtures in the music scene and those who were simply a part of the party. Producers elaborate on and break down studio tracks at the mixing board, musicians actually recreate solos and passages that further explain the recording and creation process. Every "Classic Albums" DVD not only tells the story, it binds the pages, paints the picture and ultimately provides the soundtrack to the making of a seminal album.

MR-X has been updated - online today is a couple of new classic Live Radio Braodcasts - Starship - Live USA (1986) and Damn Yankees - Live Tokyo (1993).
Also online is another MR compilation - The Best Of 2001 Volume Two plus the following new Video Clips: Balaam & The Angel - I Took A Little, Drivin N Cryin - Honeysuckle Blue and Skew Sisken - If The Walls Could Talk.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Frontiers Records is pleased to launch the release of Ecliptica debut album Impetus on December 5.
Ecliptica is a Heavy Metal band from Austria founded by guitarist Markus Winkler in 2005. He put together a line-up with six members in total, together with the other guitar player Bernie Scholz, Thomas Tieber and Elisabeth Fangmeyer on vocals, plus Florian Thür and Roman Klomfar on bass and drums respectively.
Ecliptica soon started to write songs and in April 2007 released their critically acclaimed first Ep "The Awakening" in front of 500 people at Planet Music Vienna. During the promotion for the Ep, Ecliptica won the "Metal Battle Austria 2007" contest and played a live set at the world famous "Wacken Open Air" in Germany, not forgetting that they have also landed a support slot for the major US-Prog Metal gods Symphony X.
In January 2008 the band entered the Hinterhof Studios in Vienna to record their first full length album "Impetus", which is now being released on the international markets by Frontiers Records. The word "Impetus" stands for Power, Speed and Energy just like the sound of these 10 songs delivered on the album. Straight through without orchestral arrangements Ecliptica reduced their songs to a rough and powerful but still melodic feel.
The music of Ecliptica is defined in their musical roots: blending the traditional Heavy Metal of the 80's together with intricate rhythms and Progressive elements from all decades. The songwriting however is very personal and original, thus making them instantly recognizable thanks to the use of two vocalists and to the classical music elements that are incorporated in their songs. Theatrical elements and an eclectic songwriting complete the picture of a very gifted band that is now ready to be unleashed.
Impetus tracklisting includes: Impetus, My Paradise, Land of Silence, Carry On, Twilight Hall, Turn Away, Old Man's Memories, Watching You, Jester in the Ballroom, Black Swan.
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News from Kivel Records: "Oct 14th we will have both Faith Circus and Talon Fallen Angels in stock. So order your copy now at In the meantime check out two tracks from both bands, and don't forget to catch Talon at this year's Firefest.

Download: Faith Circus Back On Love and Talon What About Me.


So with those two soon to be released titles, its easy to say we are excited here. We started off the Summer with some hot releases. Bombay Black, Rockarma and Silence. Then we kicked off the Fall with Faith Circus, Talon (Oct) and Farcry coming in Nov. Six releases in six months. Not bad for our modest lil outfit (we like quality over quantity).
So how could we be any more pleased? Well the addition of UK's very own Seven Dayz.
The band will be flying out to the US beginning of Nov to start work on the band's debut release. At the helm helping shape this melodic rock gem will be Ty Sims (Bombay Black, Talon, Faith Circus, Rockarma and Farcry). We are promising the fans of melodicrock will be pleased with the end results. So if your a fan of Thunder, Hardline and AOR then get ready for 2009 to start with a Bang!
Also if you haven't ordered your copy of Talon and Faith Circus what are you waiting for!? They will be in stock in Oct 14th. Also pre order your Farcry High Gear due Nov 10th. Buy two cds you get the third half price automatic.
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Jaded Heart are currently preparing to hit the studio to work on the successor of their recent album Sinister Mind. The band comments:
"The new material sounds very fresh, it embraces all the different trademarks of Jaded Heart, it is a continuation of Sinister Mind and Helluva Time. It will also be more bombastic and heavier! We have almost all the songs ready now and we'll enter the studio within the next 3-4 weeks."
New Jaded Heart website online now:

The Dutch Van Halen fans need your help! Please help us getting Van Halen to Holland next year by voting on them at: In the upper-right corner of the website you can chose between bands you'd like to see at Holland's biggest rock festival. Please select Van Halen and press the "Vote" button.
Of course this will not guarantee that Van Halen will actually come to Holland next year, but the organizers of the festival will notice that there is lots of interest in the band to perform in Holland.
The last time Van Halen performed in Holland was way back in '95 with Sammy. Now it's our turn to see Van Halen with Diamond Dave.
Please spread the word and vote for Van Halen @ Thanks in advance on behalf of all the Dutch Van Halen fans.

And speaking of Van Halen - congratulations go out to guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his girlfriend Janie Liszewski, who apparently are now engaged to be married sometime mid-2009.

Rick Springfield performing his new album track I'll Miss That Someday as shot from the audience:

After the Spaghetti Glam Rock Tour 2008 around the USA with Rocklahoma, South Texas Rock Fest and Whisky a Go Go shows the post nuclear sleaze glampire army S.E.X. Department starts from 15th September the recording of the new album in the world famous Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, UK ( The Darkness, Napalm Death, Uriah Heep, Wet Wet Wet, Simple Minds...). The new producer of S.D. album will be Pedro Ferreira now best known as the producer which achieved multi-platinum status with sales of 4 million copies worldwide in the 2003 with a multi-BRIT Award-winning British hard glam rock band The Darkness.

Unlimited Music Production are pleased to announce the new digital single from StoneLake Rock Angel. WebLink:

INTERVIEW BRIEFS: has published an interview with Bob Catley about Immortal promo and much more... Check it out at this location:

Luke Morley, guitarist of the band Thunder, called into The Classic Metal Show on Saturday, October 4th. During the conversation, Morley talked about the band's new LP Bang, their longtime association with Whitesnake and David Coverdale, and their newfound aspirations to bring Thunder to the United States. To check out the interview on YouTube, go to the following links: – Part 1 / – Part 2. To download the interview in MP3 format, go to
The Classic Metal Show is heard weekly on Saturday's from 9p-3a EST at

Lead singer/guitarist Rob Wylde (Teenage Casket Company) checked in with Hardrock Haven to talk about his new band in the U.S., Sins of America. Wylde talked about how the new band was formed; how he's adjusting to the Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle of the U.S.; the band's new label and new EP; and a whole lot more. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
Hardrock Haven: How does your role in Sins of America affect Teenage Casket Company (TCC)? Are you still a full-time member of both bands.
Wylde: Oh yeah definitely! TCC is my baby after all and always will be. Jamie Delerict and I put that band together in December of 2003.We've done some amazing shit together and had some of the best times of our lives together. Jamie was actually the first guy in TCC to start playing in another band (The Dangerfields). I've got to be honest, I was dead against it from the start as he'll no doubt tell you. I wasn't happy about it whatsoever and made my opinion known. But we're all grown men and no one has the right to tell someone what they can or can't do. Laney 74 (TCC's Bassist) was the next guy to get out there and start playing with other bands. Again I don't blame him either and Spike (TCC's drummer) does his own thing, so I was actually the last guy in the band to start something new. If anything, I think it's a good thing to take some time off every now and then. It helps you put things into perspective as things can get a little crazy at times. As of right now we're all super busy. Laney's in Europe touring with The BulletBoys, Jamie is playing shows in Ireland and I'm out here playing shows in the U.S. … its worldwide-wide baby! TCC is still very much together. We've been talking recently about working on a new TCC album next year. So keep your eyes peeled. It's good to keep busy!
Hardrock Haven: Living here in the U.S., you are bombarded by the politics of the upcoming presidential election. Do you pay attention to American political machine at all, or have any comments to make about the political freakshow here in the States?
Wylde: Not really, I have no interest in politics either here in the U.S or back home. I'm too dumb to understand what's going on, which at times is probably a good thing, right?!
To read the entire interview, go here:

2 new audio interviews are online at The Musician's Voice ( John Lilley of The Hooters discussing his new solo band and music, as well as an upcoming live show in Doylestown, PA, and Rich Williams of Kansas talking in depth about the band's career and his upcoming Native Window project.

A recent Jason Becker interview with friend Ron Coolen can be found at:
The Jason Becker charity addresses are: /




Tuesday, October 07, 2008

More news from the desk of Roger Scott Craig:
"The original Fortune band members from 1985 are now assembling to do a brand new release for 2009. This is just a short sample of the things to come and hope the fans will like what they hear because this will be coming their way in the coming year. Richard Fortune is already working with Larry Greene and myself on the Pre-production and the fans will love what they are going to hear!

Project 2009 "Blue Skies'" - This is a brand new song sung by Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann) and with Ian Bairnson on guitars, both members of the Alan Parsons Project. Ian is working with me now in the writing process for this new and exciting The Project 2009 and we already have some great songs in the works. As you know, for me Ian is the best guitarist in the world and I can't tell you how it now feels to be writing with him. Plus Chris was my first choice to sing this new song Blue Skies and I think he did a fantastic job hitting some amazingly high notes. He is one phenomenal singer and told me he is available to do work with Ian and myself in this new The Project 2009. This is very exciting stuff as you can imagine and I am now refining these mixes and will post better mixes in a few days after I have had more time to comp Chris' 650 mg of vocals on this one song!! Ian is also going to be adding more atmospheric guitars to this track soon. Thanks!
The fans can find these songs on my MySpace site and please direct them their to hear this new music:

Jim Peterik - Grammy¨ winning singer, songwriter and guitar/keyboardist - has unveiled his first smooth jazz project, Jim Peterik's Lifeforce. As the founding member of both Survivor and The Ides Of March, he has been responsible for eighteen Top 10 hits, three of which, "Vehicle," "The Search Is Over," and the Grammy¨ winning "Eye Of the Tiger" (theme from Rocky III), made it all the way to No. 1. Peterik is also responsible for many of the hits of .38 Special, such as "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up In You," and "Fantasy Girl." His songs have been featured worldwide in countless movies, television shows, sporting events and commercials.
Who knew that behind the rock legend was a musician steeping himself almost exclusively in smooth jazz and new age in his time off? Peterik said, "My wife of 35 years, Karen, and I have been huge fans since day one of Pat Metheny, David Grusin, Spyro Gyra, Keiku Matsui, Acoustic Alchemy, Basia and so many more. Writing and performing this style myself is just a natural progression from fan to artist."
Jim Peterik's Lifeforce is a potent synergy of his many influences through the years. Along with the exciting new songs he has written for this album, there are also jazzy re-imaginings of two of his biggest hits: "Eye Of The Tiger" and "Vehicle." In addition, "The Search Is Over" has been recast as a duet between Peterik and Lisa McClowry, a rising smooth jazz singer who is featured with him throughout this album.
"My message and mood is positive and uplifting," Peterik said. "Much like the theme of 'Eye Of The Tiger,' I feel that visualization of your desired outcome is the first step to actualization. This theme, as well as making sure we appreciate each day, runs through my songs."
The album, produced by Peterik and Larry Millas, features some of the world's finest musicians: Ed Breckenfeld on drums, Mike Aquino and Peterik on guitar, Klem Hayes on bass, Christian Cullen, Scott May, Jeff Lantz and Jim on keyboards, Steve Eisen on sax and flute and Lisa McClowry on vocals. Special guests include smooth jazz great Nick Colionne on the standout track, "Unconditional Surrender," with Larry Gray and Sharay Reed on upright bass.


On Sept. 23rd 2008, a rock band took matters into its own hands and released a record on its own imprint. Black Sun by Ra, a band that has scanned over 350,000 CDs since 2002, has made waves both in the quality of the new album and the efficient way it was produced and promoted.
With the lead single, Broken Hearted Soul, Ra and its new imprint, Sahaja Music Records, managed to get a double feature on the iTunes rock homepage and downloaded 8,000 singles by album launch. Please explore the truly dramatic back story of a band that has fought to be heard for 6 years at: /

On this weeks Hair Metal Haven, Saturday 11th October, 5.00pm-7.00pm UK time, Chris Nelson has a World Exclusive. A special two hour show, with TNT vocalist Tony Mills talking us through every single track from the brand new album Atlantis, out now in Norway, but not released until late October in the rest of Europe.
Find out how the tracks were written, what he thinks the fans reaction will be, and TNT's plans for next year, hopefully including a major festival in the UK. Before that on the Power Hour 4.00pm-5.00pm, Chris will be talking to Dreamtide about their current album Dream & Deliver, which is out now on the AOR Heaven label. So join Chris for another three hours of Melodic Rock/Metal and AOR on:

"It was just time for a change," states singer/songwriter Marc Bryant with a grin, "and I guess I figured living 20 minutes from the beach was as good a move as any." After spending his entire life in Atlanta, GA, the musician packed up his car, relocated to sunny Southwest Florida in February of 2006 and took a much needed break from music. "It took some time to get my bearings, experience some things, both good and bad, in my personal life and just find my spiritual footing before returning to a place where I could continue being creative. Luckily, I found my way back to where I belong, much stronger and enlightened by the process."
The result is the acoustic EP, San Carlos Park, which is his first collection of music since the debut album, Naked Son, in 2003. The EP features two brand new songs, Saving Grace and Back To You, as well as acoustic versions of fan favorites, Feel and Farewells, and two classic cover tunes, Open Up Your Eyes (Tonic) and Shine (Collective Soul.) Once again produced by John "Grammy" McLane at JGM Music, the EP is slated for release October 7th directly through MySpace. "The title pays homage to the area where John's studio is located and the lifestyle that is uniquely Florida. The pace here is slower than Atlanta but it didn't take long to adapt. There is nothing like sitting on a beach or a sailboat with an acoustic guitar enjoying a nice breeze as the sun sets over the water. This is living life the way God intended it." In the case of this artist, change has been good indeed.




Monday, October 06, 2008

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of China Blue debut album Twilight of Destiny on December 5.
The roots of CHINA BLUE date back to the late 80's when keyboardist Eric Ragno (Takara, Ted Poley, Steve Grimmett, American Angel, Danny Vaughn, Hugo/Ramos and countless others) started a new band called China Blue with his best friend Tom Gasbarro. Eric wrote the music and Tom was the lyrical engineer. The songs written at the time used to explore those avenues of defining moments... decisions that were made in the "Twilight of Destiny". According to Eric, "It is where you either won the girl or lost it all in a sea of regret; the pivotal epiphany that the thing you love most just got away. We did things on our own terms and even after Tom moved on, I swore I would pick it up again one day".
Eric's career gained momentum with bands like Vox Tempus and moved in a different directions until he played some of the old China Blue demos to his friend Michael Riesenbeck. Michael encouraged Eric to take the best out of the songs and add new material to round out a complete album. He and Eric co-wrote some great songs together and he pushed Eric to start the job to put together a recording line-up for the album and just go out and do his own thing.
On vocals, Eric recruited none other than the new TNT and former Shy singer Tony Mills, a legendary voice that added a special touch to the recording. As soon as Riesenbeck stepped out of the project, Josh Ramos (of The Storm, Hardline) immediately took the chance to be part of the project. Eric and Josh had already worked on a number of projects together (Ramos/Hugo, Los Angeles) and the pair spent several weeks together writing in San Francisco. Zane Petersen (Malicious, Conditioned Response) was a long-time friend of Eric's who helped him in various career circumstances and was the perfect choice with his powerful drumming. The final piece of the puzzle was Doug Odell on bass, he came about at the festival in Chicago during 2008 when he and Eric played in front of an amazing crowd with the "Melodic Rock All Stars" band.


Additional musicians Ronny Smith on guitar, Pete Newdeck on drums and Fabrizio Grossi on bass appear as special guests, offering their incredible performances on this fabulous debut album.
Twilight of Destiny was produced by Eric, mixed by JK Northrup and took shape as a true Melodic Rock masterpiece during 2008, under the direction of executive producer and manager Ron Vining. This record is an absolute delight for all fans of classic Shy, Journey and The Storm music with a slight Progressive edge. The classic 80's album artwork was designed by Wavid.
"This China Blue record has truly been a journey for all involved" concludes Eric Ragno. "We hope the music touches you in some way as it helped us explore who we are, when we faced those defining moments in life at the Twilight of Destiny".
Tracklisting: What Do You Need But Love; I Feel Like Dying; Changing Ways; So Wrong; Don't Be A Stranger; Crimes (of Passion); Passions; Movin' On; Twilight of Destiny; Lost; Take Me As I Am; A Last Goodbye.
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ARfm, in conjunction with Firefest are proud to announce the release of The Undying Fire, the Firefest ARfm Benefit CD, a Limited Edition collection of 14 tracks all of which are either brand new, unreleased or live, all mastered by Steve Newman at the Blue Room Studios. Steve Newman also designed the Artwork and CD Booklet.
Firefest's Kieran Dargan says "I can safely say that without the contribution of ARfm there would not have been a Firefest. When ARfm mentioned they had lost two major sponsors and were now looking at being forced to possibly wind up their entire operation, Firefest and Steve Newman, knew we had to do something to help. The idea of this CD was mooted."
Steve Price of ARfm said "We have been somewhat humbled by this experience. Kieran called me with the idea and I wondered if we could pull it off but the support from the artists, and labels, has been fantastic. Many have recorded brand new songs in literally a few days and those who were unable to do that have given us some real unreleased gems."
The full track listing is as follows:
House Of Lords – Point Of No Return (New); Valentine – Luv Honey (Unreleased demo from what would have been the 2nd album); Shadowman – Freefall (Unreleased); Newman – Don't Know Why (New); Robin Beck – I'm Serious (New); Talon – Paradise (Unreleased); Crunch – The World We Knew (New); Bombay Black – Without You (Regrooved Mix) (Unreleased); Heartland – I Believe (Unreleased); Nina Soderquist with Tommy Denander – How Do I? (New); Stormzone – On A Wing And A Prayer (Unreleased); Harem Scarem – Karma Cleansing (Live @ Firefest IV); Valentine – Tears In The Night (Live @ Firefest IV); FM – Bad Luck (Live @ Firefest IV)
The Undying Fire will be on sale at Firefest V (Nottingham Rock City, Oct 25 & 26) for £10 from the Merchandise stand. For those not attending this year's Firefest, it can be ordered from the ARfm shop at for £10 plus P&P. (£1 for UK, £2 for Europe/Rest Of The World).


Press Release / "Alright all you Cage metal maniacs, Cage has raised the bar for American heavy metal with every single cd release in their history, but the benchmark had been raised since the release of Darker Than Black in 2003 and Hell Destroyer in 2007. How did Cage top Astrology? By writing and recording what many have defined as Cage's crowning glory 3rd cd Darker Than Black.
This again put CAGE to the test with how do we top Darker Than Black? By writing one of the genre's heaviest cds ever to be recorded in the good old USA, Hell Destroyer. With 2 back to back critical acclaimed cds released, Cage found themselves in the unenviable but potentially dangerous position of not being able to deliver the goods.
With the addition of our new legendary drummer Norm Leggio (Ex-Psychotic Waltz), Cage has this time raised the bar even higher than anticipated.
The new songs combine the best of the Unveiled; Astrology; Darker Than Black and Hell Destroyer cds, along with a new fire lighting up our creative minds and lots of new musical surprises (can you say speed; blast beats and mayhem?).
Well, we have posted for you all a rough demo version of a song called Operation Overlord from the new batch of kick ass songs being finalized for our upcoming 5th cd, which we plan on releasing worldwide via a soon to be announced new international record label from a very few that we have approached and will select.
So listen to the song, tell us what you like; send us a comment via our My Space website and hold on tight, as the American Power Metal kings Cage are getting ready to unleash the beast very soon:"

MR-X has been updated. Online today is a new Feature Album - Warp Drive - Gimme Gimme and also a cult LP Castle Blak - Another Dark Carnival; plus new Video Clips from: AC/DC - Rock N Roll Train, Anberlin - Godspeed, The Police - Every Little Thing and Message In A Bottle (Live 2008).
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Friday, October 03, 2008

Escape Music are pleased to announce their next release - Hope All Of My Days, due out November 14.
Hope are a an exciting new Swedish band with members who have a strong pedigree in the rock music industry, and lead vocalist Henrik Thomsen has kept his best songs till now! Thomsen is the principal songwriter of the band and he certainly knows how to pen a song with plenty of melody. The structure is what you would expect from a Swedish rock band with a background such as theirs, and the sound just flows effortlessly. Strangely, in places they have a leaning towards early Bryan Adams (Reckless period) which is no bad thing and the addition of respected musician Jim Jidhead (solo, Alien) in the songwriting department especially makes "Bring down the Stars" a song to remember.
Hope should definitely live up to their name as there is plenty of it nestling in their undeniable talent. A band to watch out for! Track List: 1-I Want You 2- Why Don't We Talk About It 3- All Of My Days 4- Bring Down The Stars 5- You Could Be Mine 6- See The Sign 7- Come Alive 8- I'm Free 9- Somebody 10- Baby Don't Cry 11- Saving All My Love.
Line-up: Henrik Thomsen – Lead vocals, Bass - Henrik has been playing bass for 30 years, touring with some of the biggest artists in Sweden and working as session bassist and songwriter. He has played in bands like Don Patrol, The Black, Sky High....and has toured in Europe with Dave Lee Roth and Don Patrol.
Imre Daun – Drums, Vocals - Imre has been touring with some of the biggest artists in Sweden, working as a session drummer and playing in bands like Don Patrol , Gypsy Rose ,The Black and has toured in Europe with Dave Lee Roth and Don Patrol.
Mats Johanson – Guitars - Mats has been playing guitars for 30 years and toured with Paul Young (British Top Chart artist with many Hits), Tone Norum, Trine Rein. He has worked as a session guitarist on hundreds of albums, such as Ace of Base, Asia, Kurt Nielsen, Aha, The Black and many more.
Produced by HOPE and Mixed and Mastered by Martin Kronlund. JM Recording Studio's, Gothenborg, Sweden.

Here is an exclusive full track download I Want You for melodicrock readers.


Sunday October 5th will see Valentine joining Steve Price live to discuss their brand new album and the forthcoming Firefest appearance. Steve will be previewing some tracks from the new CD in the process.
Also joining the show will be Talon, again with a new album, on Kivel Records, and Firefest appearance in the offing. We also hope to finalise a chat with another Firefest act on the same show plus we'll be announcing something rather special. The show starts at 6pm UK (1pm EST, 10am PCT)
To join in and listen go to:

News from Steve Brown: "Stereo Fallout added to Jagermeister fall tour w/ Hinder, Trapt & Rev Theory - Sunday Nov. 16th "Wellmont Theater" Montclair, NJ. For tickets: Stereo Fallout goes on at 7pm.
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Cheap Trick's Live At Budokan now becomes a "sight & sound" event as 1978 concert footage is released for the first time, alongside newly mixed and mastered audio of the original concert on 3 CDs. DVD features original concert that aired once on Japanese television in 1978 – never aired in U.S. and commercially available for the first time in this package, plus new 2008 interviews with the band members and other people involved with the landmark concert, follows historic Cheap Trick concert return to Budokan in April 2008.
Box set available starting November 11, 2008, through Epic/Legacy; 180 gram audiophile vinyl pressing of original LP in stores October 28th.
The Live at Budokan album impact catalyzed America, then engulfed the world – and now is celebrated three decades later with a four-disc (DVD + 3 CD) package, Budokan!: 30th Anniversary Edition, that brings the sight and sound together for the first time. The set will arrive in stores November 11th through Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG Music Entertainment. Separately on October 28th, a new 12-inch vinyl LP of the Live at Budokan original 10-song album will be issued on 180 gram audiophile pressing.
This deluxe package is highlighted by the premiere commercial DVD release of a video recording of the second concert, a one hour 15-song program that was broadcast only once on Japanese television 30 years ago. The stunning DVD artifact features a new stereo mix and 5.1 Surround Sound by original 1978 producer Jack Douglas and engineer Jay Messina. At last, Cheap Trick fans can actually see and feel the moment come to life when – for the first time in history – lead singer Robin Zander exhorts the Japanese audience, "I Want YOU… to Want…ME!"
The DVD is complemented by the bonus documentary feature, "Looking Back," a new conversation with the band about their original Budokan experience. In addition, there is video of one more song from 1978 ("Come On, Come On") and two songs from Cheap Trick's 30th anniversary return concert at Budokan in April 2008 ("Voices" and "If You Want My Love")
The four-disc package goes on to include (on disc two) a CD that replicates the audio of the DVD in its full 19-song length, also produced by Jack Douglas and Jay Messina. Discs three and four represent the previous 20th anniversary (1998) double-CD Live at Budokan (culled from multiple night's concerts, as was the original 1978 LP), beautifully remastered in 2008 to sound better than ever, produced by Cheap Trick and Bruce Dickinson.
The November 11th release of 30th Anniversary Edition follows – by just over six months – Cheap Trick's anniversary performance of the album back at Budokan on April 24, 2008. (Ironically, this nearly mirrors the original timetable of the Budokan performances on April 28 and 30, 1978 – which became the classic LP for the Japanese market released October 1978.)
Three decades later, Live At Budokan: 30th Anniversary Edition proves how immortal some albums can be. The LP is ranked on Rolling Stone's list of "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time," and "Surrender" appears on the magazine's "500 Greatest Singles Of All Time" list.
Live At Budokan: 30th Anniversary Edition By Cheap Trick (Epic/Legacy 88697 73817 1 2; originally issued in Japan in October 1978; issued in the U.S. in February 1979, as Epic 35795)
Disc One: DVD (Friday, April 30, 1978) – Tracks: 1. Hello There • 2. ELO Kiddies • 3. Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace • 4. Look Out • 5. Downed • 6. Can't Hold On • 7. Oh Caroline • 8. Surrender • 9. Auf Wiedersehen • 10. Southern Girls • 11. I Want You To Want Me • 12. California Man • 13. Goodnight • 14. Ain't That a Shame • 15. Clock Strikes Ten. (Recordings produced by Cheap Trick and Bruce Dickinson. Audio mixed by Jack Douglas and Jay Messina.)
DVD BONUS FEATURES: 1. "Come On, Come On" 1978 Performance 2. "Voices" 2008 Performance 3. "If You Want My Love" 2008 Performance • 4. Cheap Trick 2008 Interview Feature "Looking Back.
Disc Two: CD (Friday, April 30, 1978) – Selections: 1. Hello There • 2. Come On, Come On • 3. ELO Kiddies • 4. Speak Now (Or Forever Hold Your Peace) • 5. Big Eyes • 6. Look Out • 7. Downed • 8. Can't Hold On • 9. Oh Caroline • 10. Surrender • 11. Auf Wiedersehen • 12. Need Your Love • 13. High Roller • 14. Southern Girls • 15. I Want You To Want Me • 16. California Man • 17. Goodnight • 18. Ain't That a Shame • 19. Clock Strikes Ten. (Produced by Cheap Trick, Bruce Dickinson and Jack Douglas).
Disc Three: CD – At Budokan: The Complete Concert – Selections: 1. Hello There • 2. Come On, Come On • 3. ELO Kiddies • 4. Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace • 5. Big Eyes • 6. Look Out • 7. Downed • 8. Can't Hold On • 9. Oh Caroline • 10. Surrender • 11. Auf Wiedersehen. (Discs 3 & 4 produced by Cheap Trick and Bruce Dickinson)
Disc Four: CD – At Budokan: The Complete Concert (continued) – Selections: 1. Need Your Love • 2. High Roller • 3. Southern Girls • 4. I Want You To Want Me • 5. California Man • 6. Goodnight • 7. Ain't That a Shame • 8. Clock Strikes Ten. (Discs 3 & 4 produced by Cheap Trick and Bruce Dickinson.)

On this weeks Power Hour Chris Nelson will be talking to new Melodic Metal hotshots Sister Sin about there new album Switchblade Serenade just released on the Metal Heaven record label - 4.00pm - 5.00pm UK Time. Then following that from 5.00pm- 7.00pm on the Hair Metal Haven Chris will be talking to one of the best and most respected Guitarists on the planet Yngwie J Malmsteen. Another fantastic three hours bringing you all the brand new releases from the Melodic/ Power Metal scene on the Power Hour and then all the Hot new bands and sounds from the Melodic Rock/ AOR scene on the Hair Metal Haven. So tune in, same time, same place this Saturday 4th Oct, same times same place on www.rock2

MR-X has not been updated - my apologies. I had several family related things to take care of today and some other business that took me away from the PC. This update will be pushed to Monday, but to those thinking of joining, the recent updates of the last 4-6 weeks must be removed next week for new content. MR-X Membership Details.




Thursday, October 02, 2008

Press Release / Australian rock audiences are set for a live double bill promising the best of 1980s rock, when guitar virtuoso George Lynch (ex-Dokken) and his all-star band Lynch Mob tour Australia for the first time. Lynch, responsible for penning some of Dokken's classic hits and blistering guitar riffs, is joined by original Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan, bassist Marco Mendoza (White Snake,ex-Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder) and Scott Coogan (Ace Frehley Band, Brides Of Destruction) on drums. The night will feature a mix of Dokken classics as well as Lynch Mob favourites. To add to the stellar line up, let's introduce the one of the kings of sleaze metal, none other than Hollywood's Faster Pussycat, as very special guests!!

Tickets are on sale in Sydney right now and will be on sale for the rest of Australia by mid next week.
Australian Tour Dates December 2008
Perth - Monday 8th December – Capitol, Perth Tickets:, BOCS tickets,
Melbourne - Wednesday 10 December - The Hi Fi Bar Tickets:, Metal Mayhem: (03) 9621-1666,
Sydney - Thursday 11 December – The Metro Theatre (All Ages) Tickets:,
Brisbane - Friday 12 December – The Arena Tickets:,, The Arena Box Office

Indeed you do know that name, for Paul Carrack's soulful vocals and keyboards have adorned hits by Ace, Squeeze, Mike & The Mechanics, Roger Waters, Elton John and a whole lot more.
The man of the moment releases his 14th solo album on Carrack-UK, via Absolute, followed by the single 'I Don't Want To Hear Any More'. This new version, originally written by Paul for The Eagles' recent number 1 album 'Long Road Out Of Eden' has been newly recorded by Paul for his album and features The Eagles singing backing vocals, a band Paul has previously worked with, writing 'Love Will Keep Us Alive' for them for their 1994 'Hell Freezes Over' set. The album also features a duet with Sam 'Soul Man' Moore of Sam & Dave fame.
The single follows on from 'Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City', also from the new album and a track A-listed by Radio 2 in August. This is also a great opportunity to catch up with Paul Carrack, who has just returned from touring Holland, Germany and Spain.
"It says much for Paul Carrack that after so many years in continuous employment, his voice still tends to be better known than his face." – Q Magazine
The Sheffield born singer and pianist originally found fame with Ace, and their No 1 hit 'How Long', before going on to work with Frankie Miller and Roxy Music. Paul's solo career kicked off in 1980, yet to this day he has still found time to work with Squeeze, The Smiths, Simply Red, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Roger Waters, including singing 'Hey You' at Waters' 'Wall' concert in Berlin. World-wide fame would be augmented as vocalist and keyboard player with Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford in Mike And The Mechanics, whose 'Living Years' album and single were international hits.
Paul Carrack has guested on over 60 albums, and as well as writing for The Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland among others.
"Paul Carrack has presided over some of the finest moments in modern rock music." – Record Collector
In keeping with the increasingly popular trend away from the traditional record label, 'I Know That Name' is the eighth album since 1996's 'Blue Views' to be released on Paul's own Carrack-UK label. This new album is a natural successor to last year's 'Old, New, Borrowed And Blue' album which featured tracks originally recorded by The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Crowded House and Kris Kristofferson.
"You can't help admire Carrack's honesty. He gets out and about in the regions, and directs his own record label and career." – Get Ready To Rock
To see the best of Paul Carrack live, performing songs old, new, borrowed and blue, check out the forthcoming extensive UK tour throughout October, November and December, with more dates to follow early in 2009.

Taxiride (featuring original members Jason Singh, Tim Wild and Dan Hall with 'Spider' on drums) have reformed to participate in a series of Australian tour dates with Noiseworks (who will be selling a new live album at upcoming shows).
The Taxiride/Noiseworks tour will kick off on October 3.
October 3, Revesby, Revesby Workers Club, Sydney
October 4, Penrith, Penrith RSL
October 5, Wyong, Leagues Club
October 10, Mount Pritchard, Mounties
October 11, Shellharbour, Workers Club
October 12, South Sydney, South Sydney Juniors
October 16, 17, 18, 19, Melbourne, The Palms
October 24, Cambelltown, RSL
October 25, Hornsby, RSL
October 30, 31, Cairns, Reef Casino (only Taxiride)
November 2, Dee Why, RSL
November 3, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights (only Taxiride)
November 6, Caloundra, RSL
November 7, Brisbane, The Tivoli
November 8, 9, Coolangatta, Coolangatta Hote

Guitarist Pete Lesperance (Harem Sarem/Fair Ground) would like folks to know his website ( is back online with a few cool new things, such as a guitar shop forum, a videos page where Pete says he will be going to be doing "a ton of guitar stuff as well as starting a new solo record..."

A new interview with Lawrence Gowan on Best Of WNY talks about Susie's Young's recovery, the late Jeff Healy and his thoughts on this new You Tube lead singer trend.

A new Tony Harnell/Starbreaker audio interview is online at:

In a brand new, exclusive interview conducted by Nightwatcher's House Of Rock, legendary drummer Neal Smith of the original Alice Cooper Group discusses the recently released album from Killsmith, 'Sexual Savior', the possibilities of being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and also the chances of an Alice Cooper reunion. Link:

A new interview with Paul McCartney online now at:




Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Press Release / London, 1st October 2008 – One of the worlds most popular and influential Heavy Metal bands – Judas Priest are set to rock the UK to it's very core when they bring their 'Priest Feast' tour to play 7 arena dates in February 2009 with support from special guests – Thrash Metal veterans Megadeth and Testament.
Since 1974, Judas Priest has been one of heavy metal's most successful bands, issuing such all-time classic albums as 1980's 'British Steel,' 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance,' and 1990's 'Painkiller,' and such arena-rocking anthems as "Breaking the Law," "Living After Midnight," and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'." However, Priest's influence goes far beyond their music - they were the first metal band to embrace the 'leather biker look,' a fashion that has since become synonymous with the musical genre. Additionally, Halford's powerful four-and-a-half octave vocal range and the twin guitar harmonies of Downing and Tipton have been 'studied' by countless metal bands in Priest's wake.
Think 'Double vinyl, gatefold sleeve concept album,' and some of rock's all-time classic recordings come to mind. But in the realm of heavy metal, there has never been a double vinyl (now disc!) concept album that has managed to balance a thought-provoking storyline with metallic thunder. That was, until now. Metal legends JUDAS PRIEST released their sprawling double disc concept album, 'Nostradamus' via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16th in the UK/Europe, and a day later in the US on Epic Records.
Megadeth - As one of the most commercially successful heavy metal bands of all time, Megadeth have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, including six consecutive platinum albums, with seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance. Formed by guitarist Dave Mustaine after he was forced out of Metallica, Megadeth long represented the dark and nasty side of American thrash. Between the manic precision of Mustaine's riffage, which unlike most thrash bands locked perfectly with the machine-gun pulse of the kick drum, and the inspired cynicism of his songwriting, Megadeth perfectly captured the mood of metal fans.
Since forming in 1983 following Mustaine's departure from Metallica, Megadeth has remained a vital element in continuing to define and redefine the sound and the fury of metal music and with each new album, forges new ground and stretches the very boundaries where metal lives.
Testament - estament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980's. Undoubtedly, they are the inventors of the thrash-metal wheel. Testament's powerful sound, influence, and longevity make them one of the Top 5 All-Time Legendary Thrash Metal Bands. Earlier this year, they re-formed the original line up to record their 9th studio album - their first in nearly a decade 'Formation of Damnation' which won them 'Best Album' at the Metal Hammer 'Golden Gods' Awards this summer.
Having the opportunity to see 3 such important and influential bands within the world of Metal on the same bill is cause for excitement. Make sure you don't miss the chance to witness Metal history in the making and ensure you are part of Priest Feast 2009.
Friday 13 Sheffield Arena
Saturday 14 Birmingham LG Arena
Monday 16 Glasgow SECC Hall 4
Tuesday 17 Manchester MEN Arena
Wednesday 18 Nottingham Arena
Friday 20 Cardiff International Arena
Saturday 21 Wembley Arena
Tickets are priced at £37.50 (subject to booking fee) and are available

Press Release / Future, the special-interest media group has announced that Classic Rock, its best-selling music brand has launched the Powerage label, dedicated to championing "high voltage" rock music from around the world.
As part of Future's plans to extend the brand and celebrate the magazine's 10th anniversary – Powerage is a joint venture with leading music distributor and online retailer, Plastic Head Distribution. The remit of the new label is to promote upcoming acts that Classic Rock magazine champions to its readers.
In its search for acts, Powerage will be headed by UK A&R veteran Derek Oliver who will work with UK acts on new material, whilst teaming up with Classic Rock to track down foreign acts.
Powerage is the latest in a long-line of brand extensions from the popular magazine, which include live gigs and the annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards – which this year celebrate the career of living legend, Ozzy Osbourne.


Chris Ingham, Publisher of Classic Rock said: "Over the years we've discovered an amazing raft of new hard rock talent at Classic Rock. It's always been a huge frustration that nobody at UK labels seems to notice all of these great bands and give them the support and backing they need. If traditional record companies wouldn't release these albums, we knew our readers still wanted to hear them, so decided to team up with Plastic Head to make sure we got these out to our audience."
Plastic Head's Managing Director Steve Beatty added: "Traditional classic rock is increasingly popular, but we've noticed that whilst there are plenty of talented young artists, very few labels are supporting the genre. It's very exciting for us to be partnering with Classic Rock to bring this music to the masses."
A&R for Powerage, Derek Oliver commented: "One of the greatest tragedies of the contemporary music scene has been the lack of support for new upcoming young artists not influenced by current fads and trends, but driven by a serious devotion to their craft. There's a real ground swell of new consumer interest in the classic rock genre, and I believe we can capture this and bring some of the best rock music from every corner of the globe to readers of Classic Rock and beyond."

Powerage's first 4 releases are:

Viking Skull - Doom Gloom Heartache & Whiskey
If you haven't heard Viking Skull yet, you really should. Wearing their Black Sabbath and AC/DC influences on their sleeves, this uncompromising UK band continue to impress with their third full-length album. Out November 3, 2008 (PAGE0001CD)
Endeverafter - Kiss Or Kill
If you're a fan of massive choruses, thrashy drums, humungous guitars and a smidgen of punk all wrapped up in the sexiest attitude out there, then you're gonna adore Kiss Or Kill, Endeverafter's debut album. When Classic Rock reviewed it on import we called it "a classic album full of raggedassed Aerosmith sleaze". And it is. Out November 3, 2008 (PAGE0003CD)
Lethargy - Purification
Classic Rock discovered this Welsh band when they released their first self financed album. We said they were reminiscent of Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog, but on Purification they have gone beyond their grungey beginnings for a more mature, and dare we say it, progressive second album. Out November 3, 2008 (PAGE0002CD)
Pride Tiger - The Lucky Ones
There's a very good reason why Canada's Pride Tiger are nominated for Classic Rock's best New Band in the 2008 Roll Of Honour. The quartet have turned in a baker's dozen of gloriously catchy, 70s-style rock with a decidedly modern edge. Take a listen and you'll hear exactly why this Vancouver bunch are worthy successors to Thin Lizzy's crown. Out November 10, 2008 (PAGE0004CD)

Powerage is actively looking to sign new bands. Please send demos to: Powerage Records, Avtech House, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9DA.

Axel Rudi Pell's new album Tales Of The Crown is out in Germany - October 24; Europe - October 27; USA - November 4 (on Steamhammer/SPV). The track listing is: 1 Higher 2 Ain't Gonna Win 3 Angel Eyes 4 Crossfire 5 Touching My Soul 6 Emotional Echoes 7 Riding On An Arrow 8 Tales Of The Crown 9 Buried Alive 10 Northern Lights.
Sample the album at:
"The Skull Crown Tour 2009" Axel Rudi Pell special guests: Mad Max
25.01. D-Würzburg - Posthalle
26.01. D-Berlin - Columbia Club
27.01. D-Hamburg - Markthalle
29.01. D-Munich - Backstage
30.01. CH-Pratteln - Z7
31.01. D-Andernach - Juz Live Club
02.02. NL-Uden - De Pul
03.02. B-Vosselaar - Biebob
04.02. D-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
06.02. D-Bochum - Zeche
07.02. D-Bochum - Zeche
WebLinks: /


Press Release / Celebrity Rock Super Group Scrap Metal announced Kip Winger founder of Winger and former bassist for legendary rock group Alice Cooper will join them onstage to perform a special acoustic set as their Special Guest Star at the upcoming Scrap Metal fall rock concert event at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, October 4.
Scrap Metal, the celebrity rock super group whose members have sold over 50 million records worldwide, stars Gunnar Nelson; Mark Slaughter; and Matthew Nelson. This 'Rock and Roll Rat Pack' always features the original lead front men from MTV's most popular metal bands of the 1980s and 1990s. "It's been way too long since we had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Kip Winger at the very first Scrap Metal concert," enthuses Scrap Metal co-founder Gunnar Nelson. "It'll be an honor to rock the house together. This is going to be a standout show, even given the auspicious history of stellar Scrap Metal events."
Other special guest stars announced for the Scrap Metal event include Eric Martin former lead singer of Mr. Big and Jeff Scott Soto formerly of Journey / Talisman. "It's about time we were able to get fellow Nashville rocker Kip Winger as our special guest star," raves band co-founder Mark Slaughter. "Plus, with special guest stars Eric Martin and Jeff Scott Soto it will definitely make it an unforgettable rock event."
The Scrap Metal live rock concert event is Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 8:00 pm at The Mohegan Sun Wolf Den 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT 06382. The Wolf Den is located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth. For general information call Mohegan Sun at 1-888-226-7711 or visit
Visit the official Scrap Metal website at


In October 2007, MelodicRockFest was held in South Bend, Indiana. As part of the Special Event, a number of specially donated items were included in a raffle, which was extremely popular on the day. Unfortunately though – one amazing prize was never collected on the day and it has remained in safe keeping with me until this time. With the kind permission of the original donor – this prize Mr. Big promotional Bump Ahead Leather Jacket is now up for auction.
Signed by Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin on the day of the event, this is a fantastic item that won't likely ever pop up for sale again.
The photo says it all and one can note that the woollen padded neck piece is also detachable. The jacket size is MEDIUM (but a large fit I think) and more details can be obtained by sending me a message anytime.
All proceeds of the sale of this jacket go towards the considerable running costs of – so thank you in advance for the support.
I will ship this item anywhere in the world to the lucky winner. International AirMail Shipping with Insurance will be charged at cost price (to be determined after the auction closes), but I estimate that cost to be around US$50.00.
Listing Link:


Press Release / Port Washington, NY ­ September 29, 2008 ­ KOCH Entertainment Distribution announced today that it has signed an exclusive physical and digital distribution deal with Rising Force Records and its flagship artist neo-classical metal guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen.
Rising Force Records was launched in 2008 with the primary function to release and market new and back catalogue material from the world renowned guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen as well as signing new talent. The first title slated for release is "Perpetual Flame," a brand new recording from Malmsteen featuring ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens to be released via KOCH on October 14th. Additional titles and release dates will be announced by the label at a later date.
"I am truly excited that Rising Force records will be distributed via KOCH, and with our brand new release "Perpetual Flame" as well as future releases of back catalogue materials, this is a very important and exciting relationship," comments Yngwie Malmsteen.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to shred with Yngwie on the launch of Rising Force Records," added Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.
2008 is turning out to be one of the busiest years of Yngwie's career. In addition to the release of his forthcoming new album, he will be inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk on October 13th, a new Fender/Yngwie Malmsteen custom shop guitar will be unveiled later in the year (with a limited run of 100 instruments) and there will be a slew of CD reissues of Yngwie classics. All the while, the accolades continue to pour in: 'Roadie Crew Magazine' organized a poll in which 330 respected rock guitarists were asked to vote for their favorite guitarist of all-time. Yngwie checked in at a lofty number 3 ­ behind fellow legends Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.

In the run up to the October 10th release of the sensational new Tomorrow's Eve album Tales From Serpentia, the band have uploaded a teaser video HERE for the track Succubus. Please note this is not an official video for the track but just a chance for you the fans to get a little insight into the new album. For more information on the album and the chance to download an album sampler MP3 visit the Tales From Serpentia promo page.

Dazzling Spanish melodic hard rockers Airless led by the soulful vocals of Iñaki Lazkano and the fleeting tapping fingers of guitarist Robert Rodrigo return with their new album Fight on December 5th 2008. The album delivers what long-time fans have come to know and love and sees the four piece deliver even stronger songs and musicianship than those heard on "2nd Round" (2005 - Lion Music).
"Fight" is sure to please anyone that appreciates classy melodic rock in the vein of Hagar era Van Halen or classic White Lion - in short big hooks, great guitar work and bags of melody. More details on the album will follow shortly but in the meantime check out this video clip of "Now Or Never" taken from the forthcoming album and look out for full album details very soon.
Official websites: /

Simone Fiorletta and Armando Pizzuti of Moonlight Comedy have just become official "Rash Guitars" endorsees. Look out for preliminary details soon on the Italian progressive metallers third album coming in 2009 on Lion Music.
Official websites: /

Press Release / New York, NY (September 30, 2008)—Alice Cooper, appearing on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson last night, was the victim, yet again, of corporate meddling in his rock'n'roll. It's called censorship and Cooper, currently promoting his Along Came A Spider (SPV) album, has met this particular beast numerous times during his 40-year career.
The album tells the story of a serial killer and as part of the song, Alice was going to re-enact a piece of his video by picking a female victim from the audience to choke with a silk scarf during the band's live performance of "Vengeance is Mine". (Both the album version of the song and the video feature ex-Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash.) What viewers saw was a truncated version of what actually happened. Unfortunately, the "murder" of one of his victims was just too much for CBS-TV's censors (although Ferguson loved it) and, as such, his request was denied.
In 1975, Alice Cooper starred in an ABC special Welcome To My Nightmare starring Vincent Price, which also caused the ABC censors to cut out all the violence that had been included in the originally delivered film.
The uncensored version of the new 3-song video including Vengeance is Mine can be seen on as well as and starting Wednesday, October 1st.

Press Release / September 30, 2008, New York NY – AC/DC extend their trek across North America by adding sixteen more shows to their Black Ice World Tour. Newly added dates begin on December 20, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and wrap up on January 31, 2009 in Nashville, TN. The tour kicks off on October 28, 2008 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Tickets for the Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Cleveland concerts go on sale October 4 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Toronto concert go on sale October 10 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Omaha, Fargo, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, Tulsa, and Nashville concerts go on sale October 11 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Little Rock and Memphis concerts go on sale October 18 at 10:00 a.m.
18 Black Ice World Tour concerts sold out in record time when tickets went on sale for the initial round of on-sales, with shows being added in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Oakland due to unprecedented fan demand.
Tickets to AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour are available through, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone, Ticketmaster retail outlets, or at Specific market on sale dates and times are listed at's AC/DC page. Fans ordering tickets through will have an exclusive opportunity to pre-order AC/DC's Black Ice album in connection with their ticket purchase.
The worldwide tour - the band's first since 2001 - promotes Black Ice, AC/DC's latest studio album. Black Ice will be released on October 20th and sold in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and The album is currently available for pre-order at and
Additional appearances throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, will be announced shortly.

Press Release / "The infamous Bailey Brothers Rock Show makes a global return on the internet music station Phoenix Radio. You can check on for show schedules etc.
Many of you have been asking the Bailey's to check you out so now is the time to do just that. As always the Bailey's have full control of the choice of music and content of this new two hour show. We will feature music right across the rock spectrum so email us
Send no more than two songs on MP3 format and attach a recent biography and contact details. If we are going to feature you or your band we will email you in advance so you can make sure you are tuned in to Phoenix Radio. The Bailey Brothers Rock show is on Sunday's prime time 7pm till 9pm and repeated at different times for other countries around the globe. Have fun stay tuned for more!"

News update from Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy: "Ratt screamer Stephen Pearcy, who recently released his 3rd solo CD "Under My Skin", will hit the road for his "UMS" XXX-Mas Tour Dec. (dates tba) has announced a new project for 2009, Top Fuel All Starz. The new CD and touring band will consist of 80's, 90's, 2000 artists.
Pearcy says he'll even have a couple influential 70's artists that he admired growing up on the CD, that there will be plenty of class musicians revolving on the tour. The band will be performing material from the artists involved and the new music from "TFAS". With songs already written, recording will begin Jan. 09 with a tour to follow.
Pearcy (Pres-Ceo of Top Fuel Records) will again be involved in sponsoring a Top Fuel Dragster 2009 with his label, Top Fuel Records. The new CD and tour will follow the NHRA Drag Racing series thru out the season 2009. The new race team and TFR sponsor association will hopefully be announced at the World Finals in Pamona, CA in Nov. where Stephen and his Rat Bastards will be laying it down at the races. Drag Racing will never be the same!!!!"




Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Firefest V is only a few short weeks away and it is time to announce a few updates for the UK's premiere melodic rock music festival. From Firefest headquarters [with a little addition from me] comes the following update:

"With FF5 drawing ever closer we felt it was time to bring you up to date with all the happenings behind the scenes.
First off we have been forced into a scheduling change due to logistical problems (don't you just love it when airlines just change their minds and reschedule flights due to logistical reasons?) and only tell you about it 4 MONTHS after flights were booked…
Valentine who were originally scheduled to play on Sunday Oct 26 will now play on Saturday Oct 25 whilst Mitch Malloy moves from Sat Oct 25 to Sun Oct 26.
Apologies to those who may be disappointed as a result but ultimately we were left with no choice to switch the acts in question or leave one of them at home, something which was not an option as far as we were concerned. As you know Vinny Burns (Dare/Asia/Ten) was scheduled to play with Mitch, but alas, Vinny has some pressing engagements that he needed to attend to, so he gracefully had to opt out.
However, before you groan, his replacement is none other than guitar virtuoso Tommy Denander. Yes folks ... Tommy D will finally play in the UK.

Everybody has been checking in and rehearsals have been going well for all involved. Gary Brandon from White Sister E-mailed last Tuesday to advise that two police cars pulled up outside their rehearsal space (at Gary's house) and promptly shut down the rehearsal as they had a number of complaints about the noise level from local residents. "Pussies" according to Gary, but he insists White Sister will be on top form for Firefest. He's even dusting down the trusty old Key-tar for April - you're no Fool.

Tickets have been selling very well indeed and now with the summer festival season over we have once again seen an upturn is sales. We now have about 75% of tickets sold for both days, so if you are intending to come along to the show on either day or both days, it would be advisable to get your tickets sooner rather than later.
Tickets can be purchased directly from Firefest through the web site or from any of the official ticketing agencies: Destiny Records, Loud 1, ST Records, ZRoxx.
Tickets can also be purchased using paypal. Paypal payment address:
Or by personal cheque/postal order (Payable to 'Bruce Mee') or cash (at senders own risk) from the fireworks office:
Fireworks Magazine, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD England.

Meet And Greet -
Little did we know that over 600 people would apply for only 100 invites - shows you how much we know. Anyway, as it is YOUR festival we have spoken with Rock City and we are delighted to announce that the meet and greet will now take place in the Rig with a larger capacity of 350 people allowed to attend the meet and greet. Please do not Email again as despite our best efforts to secure a venue large enough to cater for 600 we could not, and invitations will be offered to the next 250 people after the initial 100 successful applications.

We also have a few surprises in store at the meet and greet including some live performances (acoustic-ish), one of whom you would never guess in a million years. Let's just say we are DELIGHTED to have them.
With a three album and 20 year history behind them, including their debut album on a major label, we are really looking forward to having Beggars & Thieves at Firefest.
Ron Mancuso (guitars) and Louie Merlino (vocals) will be making the trek from the US of A. We would like to give a big shout out to Andrew McNeice and Angelmilk Records for making this a reality. Cheers fellas!! Hopefully Angelmilk will get them to record a new album - it's been way too long.


Valentine will also be releasing their brand new album at Firefest and the guys will be on hand to sign copies on the spot. Firefest will be the ONLY place to get your hands on this little GEM initially so be sure to grab a copy on Friday night or at some stage over the weekend. The only thing we can say about the album is it is Classic Valentine: sumptuous choruses, meaty guitars and soaring vocals all wrapped up in a stunning production. One track, Pickin up the Pieces is destined to become a genre classic. Considering there will be more than enough talented musicians in the room a jam wouldn't be out of the question… stranger things have been known to happen, and at FF anything is possible…

And for those of you who wish to party late into the night, Rock City DJ Dave Herron will be playing the only the best melodic hard rock for the remainder of the night - and you are all invited. Oh, and guess what? If you want to hang out at Rock City until the wee hours, it's FREE (if you attended the meet and greet). Dave may also have a few guest DJs slotting in on the night, so hang around to see how your favourite musicians fare out from behind the DJ console!!

Thank you all for your support once again. Firefest gets harder and harder to do each year and with no plans for another show please do your best to give it a big send off. Wouldn't it be lovely once again to have the House Full signs up outside Rock City? If only to prove that REAL Rock music will forever have a following that other musical genres could only hope for.

Merchandise -
A limited number of Firefest 5 T shirts in ladies and gents will be available to order PRIOR to the show. Last year this method proved very popular (not having to carry a shirt around all day in a bag is obviously a winner!) so we will have the shirts available for purchase on about 10 days before the show. Last Year we SOLD OUT before Saturday, so if you want to grab a shirt please avail of the advance ordering on the web site and wear your shirt to the show. On show days the official merchandise desk can be found inside the main hall entry door immediately to the left. The full range of Firefest DVDs (Harem Scarem, Valentine and FM) will also be available for purchase at the show.

Firefest DVDS -
Harem Scarem: We still have a few PAL Collectors Edition DVDs in stock, and some Standard in both PAL and NTSC.
Valentine is available as a Collectors Edition double digipack (DVD & CD) only, PAL and NTSC.
FM Back in the Saddle out now. If you missed the show then here is the next best thing. Limited to 1500 copies worldwide, grab yours while you can.
All Firefest DVDs are available from The perfect xmas gift for your melodic rock loving friends!!

That brings us up to date for now. As always we are extremely grateful for your continued support. Hope to see you all in Nottingham in October. Kieran, Bruce and the Firefest team."

Just to add to that news item a little - Ron Mancuso from Beggars & Thieves sent me this extra update in relation to their appearance on the Firefest Friday pre-show party: "We a very excited about our 1rst live performance in Europe and especially to being playing in England the birthplace of all of our favorite music.
We look forward to coming back next year with the full band. For this trip we put a lot of energy into playing these songs acoustically. They are not just stripped down versions. We put a lot of time and thought making them work in this context. There is a certain weight to the songs now that has only gotten better with time and Louie is singing better then ever. We cant wait to see our English friends and all the bands involved in Firefest."

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the return of Street Legal. The band is now formed by main man Bjorn Boge on bass and vocals (ex DaVinci) and his brother Oystein on drums has completed the production of the long awaited second album entitled Bite The Bullet with Tore Ostby (ex ARK, Conception) and Rolf Bjorseth on guitars.
Street Legal released their successful debut album Thunderdome in the year 2000, gathering excellent responses from fans and critics. Especially renowned for their outstanding live shows, Street Legal also appeared at the Sweden Rock Festival in June and at The Gods Festival in the UK in November 2000. Their music has been often compared to Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Blue Murder: a sound deeply rooted in the late 70's, but clearly present in our day and age.
"Bite the bullet" is a true piece of Classic Rock" says singer and bassist Bjorn Boge. "Groovy. Bluesy. Very melodic. And: Lots of cool guitar stuff ! More "organic" than "Thunderdome" soundwise, but with lots of energy and passion. It's great to be back on track with Frontiers. The home of melodic rock. Looking forward to spread the word around. The boys are back in town!"
Bite The Bullet was produced by Bjorn Boge and mixed and mastered by Tommy Newton (Helloween, Victory, UFO). Frontiers looks set to release the album in early 2009 with more details to be released at later stage.

The brand new Tesla video I Wanna Live taken from the forthcoming album Forever More to be released in Europe on Frontiers Records on November 7 can be enjoyed on You Tube by following this link ! The video, together with 2 other bonus tracks will be included on the European version of the CD.

Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 28th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mailorders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. Here are the previews of the two Melodic Rock Fanzine covers:


This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Bob Catley, Honeymoon Suite, Joe Lynn Turner, Eclipse, Silent Call, Shadowman, Driver, Night Ranger, Ramos Hugo, Crown Of Thorns... and more! Downloadable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers Records official site and readable in a new format here and on the newly redesigned Frontiers Records MySpace Site

Eden's Curse are delighted to present to you the first digital single release from the forthcoming new studio album The Second Coming, the track Angels & Demons, which is streaming in FULL and is available to download from the Official Eden's Curse MySpace site:
The track, written by Paul Logue, Pete Newdeck, Michael Eden, Thorsten Koehne and Carsten Schulz (Evidence One) features vocalist Michael Eden duetting with Pamela Moore, best known for her performance as Sister Mary on Queensrÿche's 1988 epic release "Operation: Mindcrime" and 2006's sequel "Operation: Mindcrime II".
The band have also added extended samples of the tracks Just Like Judas, Man Against The World and Lost Soul to their MySpace site.


From - could the year that has delivered just about everything, actually deliver the "impossible" record??

"Best Buy is set to be the exclusive retailer for Guns N' Roses decade-plus-in-the-making new album Chinese Democracy before year's end, sources close to the situation tell Billboard. Some details of the deal are still being worked out, including the release date. The news brings a semblance of closure to the bizarre history of "Democracy," which Guns N' Roses has been working on since the mid-1990s. Since then, every original member of the once mighty group has left besides vocalist Axl Rose, and millions of dollars have been spent working on the new material.
"Democracy" was most recently on the Interscope release schedule in March 2007. The endless delays encountered by the project reached comic levels this spring, when soft drink manufacturer Dr Pepper offered to send a free can of the beverage to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-GNR members Slash and Buckethead) if "Chinese Democracy" were to arrive anytime during the calendar year 2008.
In June, nine purported "mastered, finished" tracks from the album were leaked online, prompting an FBI investigation into their source. A sign "Chinese Democracy" was perhaps finally nearing release came in July, when the band agreed to debut new track "Shackler's Revenge" in the video game "Rock Band 2," which hit stores earlier this month.
Guns N' Roses is now managed by Irving Azoff's Front Line Management, and Azoff is a well-known proponent of issuing albums exclusively through retailers. He released the Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" through Wal-Mart in 2007, much to the chagrin of other merchants, but the album was a runaway hit, having sold 3.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Only one day after warning you folks what a fabulous source of information The Sun newspaper was, here's Robert Plant stating the opposite of what they stated Sunday:

"Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has scotched rumours that he is to tour with the band, describing speculation as "frustrating and ridiculous". Last week, The Sun newspaper reported that he had agreed to a reunion tour. But he has not and will not go on the road with anyone for at least two years after finishing US dates with Alison Krauss on 5 October, a statement said. Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin," it said.
"Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets."
The rock legends got back together for a one-off concert, their first for 19 years, in London last December. At the time, promoters said 20 million people tried to register for tickets as soon as they became available. Speculation has since been rife that the surviving members of the band, with Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer John, would hit the road for a highly lucrative tour.
"It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward," Plant said.
"I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."
Plant has been reluctant to consider other projects during his fruitful collaboration with bluegrass singer Krauss. Their album Raising Sand has earned them a Grammy Award and a Mercury Music Prize nomination, among other honours. The other band members, meanwhile, are believed to be keen to work together again. In August, Jason Bonham told a US radio station that he had been working on new material with Page and Jones. The Sun has also reported that the trio have auditioned new singers to replace Plant on tour.

News from Motley Crue: "Tuesday, 9/30 marks the official re-release of the entire Mötley Crüe catalog on CD! For those waxheads out there, the first five studio albums (Too Fast For Love, Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls, Girls, Girls, and Dr. Feelgood) along with Saints Of Los Angeles, will be released on 180 gram vinyl on 11/25 (just in time for the holidays!)
Mötley has some big surprises coming up including the announcement of the Make Rock History contest winner. One unsigned band will be handpicked by the members of Mötley to open for them on their upcoming 2009 tour along with thousands of dollars of gear as well as a management and label deal.
For more information, head to: /

GRTR! Radio launches officially this Wednesday and will broadcast between 06.00 - midnight weekdays (until 01.00 Thursdays and Fridays) and midday to midnight at weekends. There are many musical genres covered and if you'd like to get involved or want more information please visit –
Blues Rock Tuesday 19.00-20.00 Thursday 20.00-21.00 Presented by Stuart Hamilton Saturday 00.00-01.00 (repeat)
Classic Rock Monday-Friday 10.00-14.00, 17.00-19.00, 22.00-00.00 Saturday 12.00-00.00 Sunday 12.00-14.00, 15.00-17.00, 22.00-00.00
Folk Fusion Sunday 19.00-20.00 Presented by Peter Muir
Indie Tuesday 16.00-17.00 Thursday & Friday 19.00-20.00
Jazz Rock/Fusion Friday 00.00-01.00
Melodic Rock Sunday 18.00-19.00 Selected by Jason Ritchie
Metal Wednesday 19.00-22.00 Friday 20.00-21.00 Presented by Fluffmeister
New Releases Mon & Wed 16.00-17.00
Power Pop Thursday 21.00-22.00 Presented by Jim Henderson Sunday 14.00-15.00 (repeat)
Progressive Rock Monday 19.00-22.00 (inc folk fusion) Friday 21.00-22.00 Presented by Peter Muir
Singer Songwriter Monday-Friday 14.00-16.00
Coming soon during October an hour of music selected by artists including...Bob Daisley (Ozzy/Rainbow/Uriah Heep/Living Loud), Tony Mills (TNT/SHY), James Grant (Love & Money), Elenaor Mcevoy, Jeff Scott Soto & more TBA. Special Feature, 17.00-18.00 Sunday 5 & 12 October
Throughout October in our 'Classic Songs' sequence, 14.00-16.00, we'll be featuring music from the acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter, Eleanor Mcevoy. In our special feature, Eleanor talks about her career and her current album.

Three new Reviews added today - TNT, Queen + Paul Rodgers and Shinedown. Check those out now. More still to come...

And it is time to once again, fire up the Feature Reviews section and Add Your Own Reviews. Add your views on the following albums now: TNT - Atlantis, Queen + Paul Rodgers - The Cosmos Rocks, Shinedown - The Sound Of Madness, Bob Catley - Immortal, Crown Of Thorns - Faith, Extreme - Saudades de Rock, Dreamtide - Dream And Deliver. Add Your Reviews Now.




Monday, September 29, 2008

Angelmilk Records is very pleased to announce the next two releases from the label, both due out November 3. Details as follows:

The anticipated debut release from Ted Poley (Danger Danger) and Vic Rivera (Adriangale/Crunch) will be released November 3. Poley / Rivera Only Human is a set of classic melodic rock/AOR tunes that will hit the bullseye for long time fans of both Ted and Vic.
The duo teamed up in late 2005 for the album Collateral Damage which was released as a Ted Poley solo record by Kivel Records in 2006.
Now the guys finally get to do it again, under the Poley/Rivera moniker for the first time. Only Human is everything one expects from a Ted Poley release, with the added "crunch" of Vic Rivera, showcasing an extra special set of songs.

Says Ted Poley: "I am very excited and honored that Poley/Rivera has been chosen as one of the initial signings to Angelmilk! Vic and I are very proud of the new CD and happy that Andy and Andrew and their team will be handling it! I wish Angelmilk much success with all of its new signings and look forward to being part of a new adventure in melodic rock!"
Vic Rivera joins in: "Ted and I are absolutely thrilled to be working with Messrs. McNeice and Bramhall and Angelmilk Records for the release of this CD. We're very proud of the work we've done on this project and are honored that the classy label in Angelmilk has endeavored to bring this great bunch of songs to the melodic rock fans. It was a labor of love every step of the way, and to finally see it fully realized is a dream come true for us. Thanks, Andrew, Andy and Angelmilk! And a big thanks to all of our fans who make this possible!"

Track Listing (and samples) for Poley/Rivera Only Human: 1. Keep On Fighting; 2. Top Of The World; 3. Only Human; 4. Did We Just Have A Moment; 5. Insanity; 6. N.W.S; 7. The Bigger They Come; 8. Delirious; 9. Fire At Will; 10. Breathe Deep; 11. Crossing The Ocean.


Vox Tempus signed to Angelmilk in 2007. The album In the Eye of Time has been remastered in the UK and will finally be released November 3.
The album was originally an indie release a few years back, but deserves a better shot given the appreciation by many for good melodic progressive rock.
The members of Vox Tempus first came together in January of 1997, as members of the progressive rock band Equinox. The band was in the midst of promoting their successful worldwide debut, Color Of The Time, which had reached the top 20 in Europe and Japan, and received airplay in over 40 countries. During recording sessions for a follow-up release, the lineup splintered and Ray Mantor (guitars) and Jim Turba (bass) continued writing songs with their drummer as a trio. For the time being, the band continued on as Equinox...
As the songs were written and recorded for the new album, the band went through several vocalists. After going through over a hundred submissions from throughout North America, the group finally settled on Dan Reed. His voice is colored with many different influences - though he truly has a unique sound that's all his own.
As mixing began on the new album, the drummer chose to move on. With this latest change in personnel and a more guitar-oriented approach to their music, the band changed their name to Vox Tempus. The legendary Gregg Bissonette was brought in to record new drum tracks, and a title was chosen - In the Eye of Time. The album debuted at the 2004 ProgPower festival, and continues to generate rave reviews from around the world. The album features Ray Mantor (guitar), Jim Turba (bass), Eric Ragno (keyboards), Dan Reed (vocals), and special guest Gregg Bissonette (drums).

Keyboardist Eric Ragno comments: "We are excited about this new partnership, and look forward to seeing the album get the overseas exposure that it deserves.

Track Listing: 1. For Every Life, 2. Escape, 3. Broken, 4. Foreshadows, 5. Revelations, 6. What About, 7. Voice of Time, 8. Love, Lies & Treason, 9. Steal The Moment.


Press release from Retrospect Records / "Now Available after 20 years! Mass Voices in the Night +2 (1989) - Highly regarded by many as a classic slab of top-notch U.S. Melodic Metal , this release was produced by Michael Sweet of Stryper. Now featuring a previously unreleased bonus track and the elusive Japan Only track, Voices in the Night is a staple of how great 80s Metal was.
Mass Take You Home +1 (1988) - Inbetween 'New Birth' and 'Voices' , Mass recorded this hi-octane EP back in '88 and continues to show the progress and amazing talent of this underrated Boston-based quartet. Now boosted with a previously unreleased bonus track , these 7 songs scream U.S. Melodic Metal at its finest. Available now through or many fine online stores!
Here are just a few of some great reviews for you to check out: and

Tim "Ripper" Owens, the current vocalist for Yngwie J. Malmsteen, appeared Saturday Night on The Classic Metal Show. During the interview, Owens talked about his departure from Iced Earth, how he became involved with Yngwie J. Malmsteen, the recording of Perpetual Flame, and if he'd ever experienced Malmsteen "unleashing the f**king fury". To view on YouTube, go to these links: – Part 1 / – Part 2 / – Part 3
The interview is also available for free MP3 download at or on iTunes, by searching for "The Best Of The Classic Metal Show". For more information on The Classic Metal Show, go to

So far only The Sun Newspaper in the UK can offer anything on this, so don't hold your breath, but... From:
ROCK legends Led Zeppelin are set for a reunion tour after singer Robert Plant finally caved in and agreed to join them.
Guitarist Jimmy Page, 64, bassist John Paul Jones, 62, and drummer Jason Bonham, 42, had resigned themselves to touring without Plant. They even rehearsed with stand-in singers — and one American was so impressive they were confident they could hit the road next year without Plant. That was what finally persuaded him to return. "He realised he couldn't face the thought of not being involved. The band were over the moon when he told them the news. They are now forging ahead with the tour plans and they can't wait to get on the road."

And truly very sad news over the weekend with the untimely passing of singer Blaze Bayley's wife Debbie. I'm sure everyone reading will join me in wishing Blaze and their families our sincere condolences.
This from Blaze's webmaster Larry - "Sadly I have to let you all know that Blaze's wife Debbie has passed away in hospital this morning. I know that Blaze has always appreciated the massive amount of supportive emails and letters for Debbie and he, and many were passed on to Debbie in hospital."
Read more at:
R.I.P. Debbie.




Friday, September 26, 2008

Only 4 weeks to go folks - get your tickets now, this is going to be one hell of a weekend!

Firefest V will be staged over two full days on Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th October, and will be at it's usual home of Rock City in Nottingham, UK.

Saturday 25th October – Talon, Loud & Clear, Paul Laine, Valentine, Jeff Scott Soto, Pink Cream 69, Tyketto.

Sunday 26th October – Burn, David Readman, Rox Diamond, Pretty Maids, Mitch Malloy, White Sister, Tall Stories, Danger Danger, Firehouse.

The cost is £49 for each day or £90 for both.
Payments Accepted: Cash (at sender's risk), personal cheque (UK only), postal order (UK only), or International bank draft in Pounds Sterling made payable to: Bruce Mee c/o Fireworks Magazine, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD, England.
Payment can also be made through Paypal to Please be sure to include your name and address in the message box.
Firefest V is an age 14 and over show.

Firefest will be the only show that any of the overseas bands play in the UK this year. Check for updates.

Press Release & DVD Preview / "The third DVD from Firefest 4 is now available NOW! The brand new FM DVD Back in the Saddle that is now available to order on or A preview is available and the Collectors Edition is a limited edition DVD/CD in gatefold digipack limited to 1500 copies worldwide.
Each one is individually numbered so you will be getting something just a little special.
Filmed at a sold out Firefest IV in October 2007, the venue, Nottingham Rock City, the DVD is Pal Region Free (0) format (users outside Europe please check your system is compatible as refunds cannot be offered regarding incompatibility issues).
Order now from for just £19.99 + postage & packing.
If you were lucky enough to be there, re-live this magical October night, if you couldn't make it be sure to savour the spellbinding performances of Steve Overland, Merv Goldsworthy, Pete Jupp, Andy Barnett and Jem Davis as the mighty FM return to the stage.
Full track listing: Breathe fire, Face to face, I belong to the night, That girl, Run no more, All or nothing, Only the strong survive, Burning my heart down, Bad luck, Closer to heaven, Other side of midnight, Blood and gasoline, Frozen heart, I heard it through the grapevine.

Download FM DVD Trailer: Back In The Saddle.mp4.

Mad Max Press Release / "We are proud and happy to tell you that the new Mad Max studio album called Here We Are will be officially released October 1st on
There will be a regular CD and the album will also be ready for digital downloads. The first single is the title track Here We Are and the video is online right now on and on our MySpace site"
The band also adds: "With this very album we are celebrating 25 years of Mad Max and we invited good friends from all over the world to write songs with us - so on this album you'll find songs co-written with Joe Lynn Turner (Ex-Rainbow, Ex-Deep Purple), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Michael Schenker (MSG), Jeff Scott Soto (Ex-Journey, Talisman), Oz Fox (Stryper), Ken Tamplin (Ex-Joshua), Bernie Torme (Ex-Gillan, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Axel Rudi Pell, Wolf Hoffmann (Accept), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Sascha Gerstner (Helloween) and Marc Storace (Krokus).


Hello from Retrospect Records!! Our all-out assault on the re-issue market continues with the following new releases and signings...
Now Available:
Terry Gann If You're Listenin' -- CD + DVD set - Late 80's Melodic Rock/AOR finally released on CD , Midwest-based Terry Gann gained a bit of notoriety from his success on the MTV basement tapes show. Terry never got the recognition he so rightly deserved. Produced by Van Mclain Of Shooting Star (who also contributes several guitar solos). This collection of 13 songs and a DVD featuring exclusive videos and live footage is an essential addition to your AOR collection. Recommended to fans of: John Waite, Rick Springfield, Shooting Star, Jimi Goare, Joe Lamont ETC...
Harlow Now And Then - Not to be confused with the female-fronted act that featured Tommy Thayer , this Harlow originally formed in Kansas City back in 1985 and moved to Los Angeles where they played every club on the Sunset strip non-stop for 2 years before calling it a day. Mickey Kravitz & Co. should have been huge!! What we have here are 6 tracks from the extremely obscure 1985 release entitled "We Do What We Wanna Do" , which includes the hit single 'Rock the Box' , plus the addition of 5 brand new songs recorded right before Harlow's electrifying re-union performance at Rocklahoma 2008. All fans of 80s Glam / Sleazy Hard Rock should re-discover the bump n grind of Harlow and grab a copy today. Features backing vocals by Cherie Currie of The Runaways.
M-80 The Complete Collection - Finally , the entire catalog of M-80 on one cd , including 3 never-before released bonus tracks! So who is M-80? When Niki Buzz left Detroit rockers Vendetta after the one album with Epic Records , he formed a melodic metal act in L.A. but found more success in Europe , hence recruiting British bassist Chris Aylmer (Samson) and drummer Ian Roberts (L.A. Secrets). These songs were all recorded between 1984 & 1987 and showcase fiery axework as well as strong songwriting and powerful vocals. Highly recommended to all fans and collectors of mid-80s Melodic Metal!!
Midnight Hero II - Formed in Philadelphia back in 1985 , Midnight Hero has toured extensively all over the U.S. for the past 2 decades and still plays live shows today! During this time they recorded a number of demos that have never made it to CD , until now. Call it Melodic Hard Rock , Hair Metal or Melodic Metal - Midnight Hero stay faithful to the sound of the best decade in Rock.
Insania self-titled - Not to be confused with the Swedish Power Metal act of the same name , this is the first time ever on cd for this ass-kicking Melodic Hard Rock / Hair Metal act from Chicago. Featuring supercharged rockers and soulful ballads and recorded between 1989 & 1995 , this band has an amazing vocalist in Lawren Russell who has a massive range and would certainly give Sebastian Bach a run for his money. Add an ultra-tight rhythm section , ripping guitars and super catchy hooks to the mix and you have a real winner. Insania is one of the most unique-sounding acts on the huge Retrospect roster and should definitely find its place in your collection today.
Urban Vault (1985) - In the early to mid 80s there were three bands that dominated the Florida Metal scene - Savatage , Crimson Glory and Brat. Savatage and Crimson Glory found global stardom but unfortunately Brat somehow got lost in the shuffle. Anyone familiar with the two Retrospect Records releases BRAT and Atomik Cocktail will be familiar with guitarist Bruce Batten and Bassist John Urban. Following the break-up of BRAT , John Urban and Bruce Batten recorded 4 tracks with a new band (which also includes guitarist Glenn Enriquez of ARGUS) at the famous Morrisound Studios in Florida. These tracks have never been released - until now! This Limited Numbered Edition 4-track EP is loaded with pure Hi-Octane 80s Melodic Metal and has been signed by John Urban himself. A very nice addition to your 80s Metal collection.
Haven self-titled (1990-2000) - Haven hails from Connecticut and is fronted by the lovely and talented Rose Coppola. These tracks were all recorded between 1990 & 2000 and showcase strong songwriting , great musicianship and soulful vocals. Anyone into artists such as: Sass Jordan , Chrissy Steele , Saraya , Baby Animals , Robin Beck , Joanna Dean , Jodi Bonjiovi etc.. should definitely check out Haven!!
Intrinsic self-titled (1987) - After 20 years this classic cult underground debut release from U.S. Power Metallers Intrinsic is finally released on cd. Powerful songs and a killer dual axe attack , Intrinsic combined the sound of NWOBHM with mid-80s American Metal and the results are a headbanging assault that every metalhead will enjoy.
Problem Child Problem Child (1985) -- Not to be confused with the Milwaukee-based band of the same name (also released by Retrospect) , this Problem Child hails from Maryland and was only originally released as limited edition vinyl LP back in 1985. This obscure indie Glam / Hard Rock / Hair Metal gem finally gets the cd treatment it deserves and is a nice collectible piece for fans and collectors of the greatest decade in Rock.
FX In Motion (1987), In The Sky (1991) -- 80s Hi-tech AOR / Progressive Pop-Rock that most collectors didn't even know existed. Hailing from California , FX sound very much like their British counterparts with their brand of keyboard-dominated Pop-Rock. Recommended to fans of: Japan , Peter Gabriel , Lodgic , Twelfth Night , RPM's 'Phonogenic' , The Koo , Duran Duran , Beau Heart , The Police , Bogart Co. etc..
Heaven Decoy Another Pompeii Weekend -- Heaven Decoy was another project that the members of FX were a part of in the 80's. Based in Santa Cruz, CA and fronted by Jay Pomerantz, the 19 songs on this disc were all recorded in the mid to late 80's and is a great blend of keyboard-dominated new wave, progressive pop~rock, powerpop and hi-tech AOR.
Retrospect Records thanks all who continue to support the world's leader in 80s Hard Rock, Metal and AOR re-issues and you can check out the entire catalog of over 300 releases at


Press Release / "Unstoppable multi-platinum rockers Nickelback announced today Dark Horse as the title for their new album, set for release on November 18th on Roadrunner Records. Starting at 6AM on Monday, September 29th, the first single "Gotta Be Somebody" will be available for free download for a 24-hour period via participating radio station websites spanning all pop and rock formats, and via or at Additionally, the single will be digitally delivered to radio on September 29th. Following the free download, the single will be available for purchase via all online retailers. Dark Horse is co-produced by Nickelback and famed rock producer Mutt Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard).
A true modern success story, Nickelback has sold upwards of 26 million records worldwide, with 2005's All The Right Reasons accounting for 10 million of that total. In addition, the six singles from the album totaled 9.3 million downloads and 5.5 million ringtones. All proceeds of digital single and video sales for the song "If Everyone Cared" between February 1 and July 31, 2007 were donated to charity, equally distributed between Amnesty International and International Childrens' Awareness Canada. Each of the five videos from All The Right Reasons has reached 1 on VH1's playlist: "Photograph," "Savin' Me," "Far Away," "If Everyone Cared" and "Rockstar." In 2006 Nickelback was awarded a World Music Award for "World's Best Rock Group," a Billboard Touring Award for "Breakthrough Artist," an American Music Award for "Favorite Pop/Rock Album" and a People's Choice Award for "Best Rock Group.""
Nickelback plans to embark on a worldwide tour in 2009.

MR-X has been updated. Online today is some cool new stuff, including -
Martie Peters Group - MelodicRockFest Live (October 6, 2007)(Video Footage - 40 minute set, audience shot exclusively for use)
John Waite & Glen Burtnik - Live On Air (Radio Appearances, Acoustic 1997)(9 Tracks)
Various Artists - The Best Of 2001 Volume One (16 Tracks)
Ten - Gods 1999 (Video - 20 mins of live footage from the event)
Plus the following new Video Clips: Daughtry - Feels Like Home; Disturbed - Land Of Confusion; Howe II - High Gear; Hurricane - Hurricane and Man-Raze - Turn It Up.
MR-X Membership Details.




Thursday, September 25, 2008

British metal legends Saxon will release a new album Into The Labyrinth on January 12, 2009 in Europe (January 9th in Germany, January 13th in USA). Download single Live To Rock available from 2008-10-17 / Tours in autumn 2008/spring 2009
All Saxon fans have a lot of things to look forward to in the coming months: to start off with, the British metal legend will release their new download single Live To Rock, followed by the arrival at the stores of their current studio album Into The Labyrinth, as well as major tours to support both releases. So a hot autumn is about to start in a few days time!
Saxons new single Live To Rock will be available as an internet download from 17 October 2008, and Saxon will present their new track live for the first time during the tour which will take Biff Byford & Co., alongside Motorhead and Danko Jones, through England and Germany in November/December 2008. Their new studio album, Into The Labyrinth, will be out on 12 January 2009 (Germany: 9 January 2009, US: 13 January 2009). February 2009 will see the band embark on another major world tour, only one month after the album release.
Into The Labyrinth was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. Saxon recorded 13 new songs at Blind Guardians studio, starting with their monumental opener, Battalions Of Steel, through Demon Sweeney Todd and Valley Of The Kings, which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track, Coming Home (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from Saxons Killing Ground album). Saxon are currently still working on an additional 14th track, which will be available exclusively as a download on iTunes from the release date. "The new material was written in England and at my house in France," Byford explains. "Stylistically, I would describe the album as an even balance between Lionheart and The Inner Sanctum, a mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal tracks. Were very happy with the production and proud of Into The Labyrinth."
TRACKS: Battalions Of Steel * Live To Rock * Demon Sweeney Todd * The Letter * Valley Of The Kings * Slow Lane Blues * Crime Of Passion * Premonition in D Minor * Voice * Protect Yourselves * Hellcat * Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete) * Coming Home (Bottleneck Version).

Tour Dates November/December 2008
01.11. GB-Holmfirth - The Picturedome

Saxon With Motorhead and Danko Jones:
03.11. GB-Wolverhampton - Civic Hall
04.11. GB-Ipswich - Regent
06.11. GB-Brighton - Dome
07.11. GB-Newcastle - Academy
08.11. GB-Sheffield - Academy
10.11. GB-Glasgow - Academy
11.11. GB-Leicester - De Montfort Hall
12.11. GB-Southampton - Guildhall
14.11. GB-Manchester - Apollo
15.11. GB-Cardiff - University
17.11. GB-Cambridge - Corn Exchange
18.11. GB-Bristol - Colston Hall
19.11. GB-Exeter - University
21.11. GB-Norwich - UEA
22.11. GB-London - Hammersmith Apollo
28.11. D-Dusseldorf - Philipshalle
29.11. D-Lingen - Emslandhallen
30.11. D-Bremen - Pier 2
02.12. D-Offenbach - Stadthalle
03.12. D-Bamberg - Jako Arena
05.12. D-Dresden - Messehalle
06.12. D-Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle
07.12. D-Munich - Zenith
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A cool little video interview with Journey frontman Arnel Pineda can be viewed at:
Arnel and guitarist Neal Schon discuss the recent Rolling Stone article which painted a negative picture of life on the road with the band - out of context claims the duo. The full transcript from the RS interview (now online at: suggests that certain statements were indeed emphasizes to create a more sensational headline.
Says Arnel in the video interview: "I'm having a blast up here on stage," Pineda said in Concord, as part of an interview alongside guitarist Neal Schon during a break before a concert Wednesday evening. I can't deny it. I miss home. I'm homesick, but... I've got the best gig in the world. How can I be so miserable?"

A new update from Coney Hatch guitarist Carl Dixon, who is back at home in Canada after his extended stay in hospital here in Australia:
"How can I convey with mere words the joy of returning to my home and settling my weary world-crossing bones into a chair on my deck? Looking out on my lush, green summer-rain-soaked forest, as a brilliant afternoon sun shone down on me and my dogs rested at my feet, was the fulfillment of a dream which I'd held fast to through all my difficult days in hospital. My family reunited and wonderful friends by our side to welcome the return of my wife and me; of course these things were deeply moving. The power though, of having such a vivid picture of home come to life before me, infused my whole being with a mixture of profound joy and relief. I could not help but weep.
My accident in Australia was described by some attending professionals as the worst thing they'd ever seen. My body was as broken as that car in the photos. Somehow, my spirit stayed unbroken."

WebLink and full update:

Pretty Maids European Tour Dates (so far):
Fr., 07.11.08 Pretty Maids Hamburg / Ballroom
Sa., 08.11.08 Pretty Maids Crailsheim / Sporthalle Ingersheim
So., 09.11.08 Pretty Maids Nürnberg / Hirsch
Die., 11.11.08 Pretty Maids Augsburg / Spektrum
Mitt., 12.11.08 Pretty Maids Pratteln Z 7 – Ch
Fr., 14.11.08 Pretty Maids / Axxis Tuttlingen / Festhalle
Sa., 15.11.08 Pretty Maids Bochum / Matrix
So, 16.10.08 Pretty Maids Karslruhe-Bruchsal / Rockfabrik

Fresh off a two week tour to Iraq & Kuwait where Big Noize performed a series of shows for the troops, Big Noize is now heading to South America in December to play in Peru, Argentina, Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Columbia and Venezuela with a stop in Monterrey, Mexico on the way.
Big Noize is also in the process of booking US dates for 2009. Big Noize video trailer:
Big Noize featuring…Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple/Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen), bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne), guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-Quiet Riot), along with drummer Simon Wright (ex-AC/DC, Dio) and keyboardist Alex Bubenheim
Tour Dates:
12/02/08 Rock Amerika Monterrey Mexico
12/04/08 Discoteca Camelot Lima Peru
12/05/08 Teatro Roxy Buenes Aires Argintina
12/06/08 Polideportive De Club Olimpia Asuncion Paraguay
12/07/08 Concervatorio Catalino School of Music Asuncion Paraguay
12/08/08 Teatro Municipal Rosario Argintina
12/10/08 Sur Activo Concepcion Chile
12/11/08 Teatro Caupolican Santiago Chile
12/13/08 ILV Cali Columbia
12/14/08 Metropol Theater Bogata Columbia
12/18/08 Anfiteatro del Hatillo Caracas Venezuela

Bob Catley will be joining Steve Price live on ARfm this Saturday 27th Sept to chat about his new release Immortal. Join Steve & Bob at 6pm (UK) -

Unlimited Music Production are pleased to announce the new digital single from The Crude. Click the link below to listen/download the song:

Universal UK will re-issue the first two Sonata Arctica albums Ecliptica and Silence on October 6th complete with extra artwork, bonus tracks, sleeve notes & text from the band.

Lynam interview now online at:

An update regarding a Jason Becker Charity as was featured week or so back. The charity instigator Ron Coolen has done an interview with Jason Becker and has published it on his blog (in 3 parts) on as well as on

A number of great CD Showcases have been added today - it's been a killer year for music and here's some more! Added today are: Honeymoon Suite, Eclipse, Ramos Hugo and Joe Lynn Turner (Frontiers Records, October 10 release); Shadowman (Escape Music, October 22 release); Fatal Smile (Locomotive, out now) Atlantic and Jayce Landberg (Escape Music, out now).
Check them all out.




Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's preview time!

On November 7 Frontiers Records will release Jimi Jamison's brand new album Crossroads Moment.
The music is more melodic and rocking than ever before harkening back to those magic days of Vital Signs, When Seconds Count and Too Hot To Sleep. Perhaps the magic ingredient here is the addition of Jamison's former Survivor bandmate Jim Peterik, who is back in the role as co-producer and songwriter. To that blend, add a Jamison more determined than ever to regain his rightful place in the echelons of great rock lead singers.

Track List (with samples): Battersea; Can't Look Away; Make Me A Believer; Crossroads Moment; Bittersweet; Behind The Music; Lost; Love The World Away; She's Nothing To Me; As Is; 'Til The Morning Comes; That's Why I Sing; Friends We Never Met; When Rock as King; Alive (European Bonus Track).


AFM Records (Germany), Metal Mayhem Music (North America) and Spiritual Beast (Japan) are pleased to announce the return of Multi-national Melodic Metallers Eden's Curse and their sophomore studio release The Second Coming, which will be released in Japan on October 15; North America October 22 and in Europe October 24.

Track Listing (with samples): Reign Of Terror (Intro), Masquerade Ball, Angels & Demons, Just Like Judas, Sail On, Lost In Wonderland, West Wind Blows, Signs Of Your Life, Man Against The World, Raven's Revenge, Lost Soul, Games People Play, Ride The Storm.


NOTE: There is a soft, but unfortunate crackle/pop within the MP3 samples that I have spent all day trying to fix. It is not from the source, but rather my encoder has suffered a wig-out it seems and I'll work on fixing that ASAP.

Press Release from Talon & Kivel Records / "Hey all in melodicrock world. We are excited and ready to hit the UK shores in Oct for this years Firefest! Its been a while since we have played live for the melodicrock community, but we promise that both the new album and live show will be worth the wait. We are ecstatic to be part of this great event and everyone that is involved with it. Thanks to Kieran and Bruce for having us on board. We look forward to seeing everyone attending the festival. We are all going to have a good time, It's going to be a weekend to remember.
Regarding our new CD Fallen Angels (Kivel Records) All we can say is...Man, this CD is a Monster! We really rolled up our sleeves on this one. With the help from our label and Ty Sims, we think we delivered a fantastic album. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did creating it. We are very proud of the final result. Also want to acknowledge F3Studios for bringing the cover concept to life. WOW! Look for Talon t-shirts of the cover art real soon. Thank You....John Parker / Talon".

A song synopsis from new vocalist Chandler Mogel and drummer John Parker:
1. Fallen Angels - (Full Length Download Available - Download Here)
Chandler: This is our title track. Ironically, this was the last song recorded for the record. It's a bombastic tune, which I'm sure will go over well live....Guitar shredding galore...!! I love the melody and lyrics on this one.
John: This gets the CD off to a roaring start! Chandler has great range on this, just a great song with a great melody.
2. Burn -
John: The harmony from hell! Vibe is to take on the world - and you can join me.
Chandler: One of my favorite songs on the album. Big chorus and great rippin' solos courtesy of Jim "Keemaster" Kee. This one should get the hands in the air for sure.
3. What About Me -
Chandler: probably one of the "poppier" songs on the album, again I love the melody and lyrics. It has that big radio friendly chorus to it.
John: Good rocker, I love the groove of this one...good example of the AOR-feel we wanted for this release.
4. Jane -
Chandler: The quintessential big power ballad!
5. Always -
John: What a sing-along! Catchy as hell, but still has bite. This one came to us quick - instant classic for sure.
Chandler: Also one of my favorite tunes on the record.
6. Paradise -
Chandler: This was the first song I recorded for the album. It was a older Talon tune from a few years ago. The Label felt it fit perfectly and was a must for the bands core fan base. A great tune with a great groove and cool lyrics by Kory.
John: Another early track, straight-up rocker about being lied to......won't happen again.
7. I Won't -
Chandler: This actually beats out "What About Me" for the poppiest song on the album! Great chorus and harmonies. An answer to all the lovey-dovey pop music out there right now - just listen to the lyrics.
John: Sometimes music shouldn't be rocket science, and be plain ol FUN.. Total 80's feel that is upbeat and catchy as hell. A song all about moving on, and finally telling that "person" , "I Wont Be There for You". A upbeat yet anti love song....Hah!!
8. Crying In The Dark -
Chandler: Another favorite of mine. The other Big power ballad of the album. However this one has a little Whitesnake feel thrown in for good measure!
John: Love the Moodiness on this one. It really surpassed all of our expectations and took on a whole new life. Chandler sings this with total passion ! Also one of my favorites.
9. Live Free -
John: Balls ! One of the early tracks we penned for the new album. This thing just reeks of power - Yea... Must play this very loud!
Chandler: Like the song says...Live FREE!!! Great driving riff and melodies with a BIG heavy chorus.
10. All I Ever Needed -
John: Another of the AOR vein tunes of the album. Awesome chorus, pop in the car and just sing along.
Chandler: This is one of the tunes co written by Erik Johnson of Bombay Black (another Kivel Act/Label mate). Erik really helped us knock this one out of the park. A song I'm sure that will please fans of bands like Survivor and Honeymoon suite with its Big melodic chorus. Its a toe tapper tune for sure. I bet you can guess what the lyrics are about....!
11. Wrecking Ball -
John: Yep...the Talon classic from the 1st CD. This is sort of a ceremonial start of the bands new chapter, by redoing something from the previous chapter. We had to have Chandler sing on this, plus it comes across live great as well. So we had to re do it.
Chandler: This is a "self-cover" song from the first Talon record - The label wanted us to redo this song as they felt it was a great tune and should get the updated treatment to really show it off. We added some glossier backgrounds and a slightly different interpretation from the original version. A little TNT-ish in my opinion. Which isn't a bad thing!!
12. C'est La Vie -
John: Yea, now were talkin'! Time to lay it down and not let up - just kicks ass live! Chandler smokes on this one. I'm looking fwd to playing this one live at Firefest for sure.
Chandler: The album closer, and possibly my favorite song on the record. It is a drivin' metal tune for the ages, with a modern melodic chorus. Can't get enough of it!

Talon Fallen Angels can be pre ordered at Visit the band at


A 3-Part Sammy Hagar Podcast interview can be heard/downloaded at:
Interview summary:
"Chickenfoot could rival Led Zeppelin." It was a quote that made its way across the Internet within hours, and the man who said it, Sammy Hagar, blames it all on tequila. "I got fucking ripped and I said something stupid," Hagar admits, laughing, recalling the press day he did in Toronto this past spring to launch his premium Cabo Wabo Tequila in Canada (a product he just said sold an 80 percent interest in for the tidy sum of $80 million).
Throughout the day, journalists and Hagar were imbibing, and the singer reveals that the combination of alcohol and his unbridled love for his new supergroup led to an unfortunate slip of the tongue. "I told Joe (Satriani), 'I'm so enthusiastic about this band, I might've said something. But I was buzzed up. What are you gonna do?"
And with the lineup Sammy Hagar has for Chickenfoot (a code name, by the way; the real name has yet to be decided), he has a right to be buzzing. Along with Mr. Can't Drive 55 are guitarist Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and fellow ex-Van Halen member, bassist Michael Anthony. According to Hagar, the recording sessions are exceeding his wildest expectations. "The world needs this band right now. The rock 'n' roll world needs this band. We are a rock band, and we're at the top of our game. When the world hears this, it's gonna turn on its side."
Throughout his career, the Red Rocker has been in his share of groups (Montrose , HSAS, Van Halen) and side projects (Planet US, Sammy And The Waboritas) and he's spent considerable time as a solo artist (his new album, Cosmic Universal Fashion, drops in November), but at the ripe age of 60 ("But I'm still 18 in body and spirit!"), he's convinced that Chickenfoot will be his finest hour. "This is the music I always wanted to make with the kinds of guys I always wanted to play with. I can't wait for people to hear it!"
Recently Hagar sat down with MusicRadar for a candid and free-wheelin' interview in which he talked about, among other things, Chickenfoot, what really went wrong with Van Halen, and his new album. Charming and utterly sincere, he laid it all out as only he can.

Thanks to requests from regulars on the MelodicRock.Com Noticeboard, UK rockers Tara's Secret will play at The Horn In Hand, Goldsmith St / Talbot St corner, Nottingham, NG1 5JT, on Friday 24th October, the night before Firefest V kicks off. The venue is approx 30m easy stagger downhill from the Rock City steps and very close to all the nearby hotels.
The night kicks off at 8pm with Sheffield rock DJ Buffy playing the best in Melodic/Classic rock. Adrian Marx will take the stage at 9pm with Tara's Secret playing from 10.15pm. The evening finishes around 1am. Tickets are available in advance for £2.50 (inc P&P) from 287 Penrith Road, Sheffield, S5 8UG (cheques made to John Trowbridge), or £4.00 on the door - venue capacity 200. Remaining copies of the bands 2006 album Tomorrow The World are still available for £6.00 (inc P&P) from and the band are busy writing new songs for their 3rd album due early 2009. To get a taste of the band live check out clips on You Tube. Further Live dates include:
27th Sept - The Yardbirds Club, Grimsby (+ Almaboobies)
19th Oct - The Roebuck, Burton on Trent
24th Oct - Horn In Hand, Nottingham (+ Adrian Marx & DJ Buffy)
6th Dec (TBC) - Xmas RockStock - Queens Hall, Nuneaton - more news regarding other bands very soon
12th Dec - Dudley JBs supporting Danny Vaughn (acoustic set)

Tigertailz look set to enter U.K. top 40 download chart this week due to early sales of the single I Believe. The new Tigertailz single 'I Believe' was released this week w/c Monday 22nd September and available from iTunes (digital download only). The single is being used to launch the Amser Justin Time charity in memory Pepsi Tate who tragically died from Pancreatic cancer last year.
The song only costs 79p so if you could buy/download the single this week we would be very grateful. To find the song on iTunes just search on 'Tigertailz' and 'I Believe' should be displayed in the list. 'I Believe' is sung by the Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel, Pepsi's wife Shan and Serendipity choir featuring 'Only Men Allowed' who recently won the BBC's 'Last Choir Standing' programme. The video for the single has just been released on You Tube. Please take a look:
All sales of the single will go to raise money for the new charity:

Slash (Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N Roses) and author Marc Canter will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio program Rockline with host Bob Coburn to discuss the book Reckless Road: Guns N Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction on Monday, September 29th.
Marc Canter (owner of Canter's Deli - the legendary rock n roll hangout in Los Angeles) and Slash have been best friends since the fifth grade when Canter caught Slash trying to steal his motorbike. Marc photographed and recorded (audio & video) every performance that Guns N Roses played from their first show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on June 6, 1985, to their first international tour in 1987 as newly signed act for Geffen Records.
A framed black-and-white picture of the group still hangs above the Canters booth where Guns N Roses had their first publicity photo taken. Photos taken in Canters Deli alley are the back cover of Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP.
For More Information Visit

Get Ready To Roll recently interviewed Frank DiMino of Angel where he discussed the reissue of On Earth As It Is In Heaven, Gene Simmons, Frank Zappa and put to rest the Angel reunion rumors. You can read the entire interview at:
Also, Angel will be the featured Artist of The Week starting Saturday, September 27th on The Podshow Radio Network as well as other syndicated outlets. Listen at




Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lion Music have announced details of its planned October releases, all due out on the 10th of next month. Details are as follows, showcases due shortly:

Tomorrow's Eve - Tales From Serpentia - Since finding a stable home on Lion Music in 2006 with "Mirror Of Creation II - Genesis 2". German's based metallers Tomorrow's Eve have gone from strength to strength thanks to the exceptionally high and original quality of their music coupled with an ultra-powerful live show that has been impressing audiences across Europe over the last 2 years.
Now, Tomorrow's Eve are back again with a powerhouse of an album. "Tales From Serpentia", a collage of short stories, written by a twisted mind; dark and dreadful fictions from the abyss. Musically Tomorrow's Eve still performs progressive metal, but with an emphasis on catchy melodic vocal lines and heavy riffs. The band plays complex but always accessible songs, holding interesting details to discover over repeated listens. In short: very dark, very melodic, and very accessible.
Track Listing: 01. Nightfall 02. The Years Ahead 03. Dream Diary 04. No Harm 05. Remember 06. Succubus 07. Warning 08. The Curse 09. The Tower 10. Faces 11. Muse.
Muscians: Martin LeMar – vocals, Rainer Grund – guitars, Oliver Schwickert – keys, Chris Doerr – bass, Tom Diener – drums.
WebLinks: /

Shadrane - Temporal - Shadrane is the metal/progressive band-project of Vivien Lalu (Lalu, Hubi Meisel), Joop Wolters (Dutch guitar virtuoso) and the legendary brothers rhythm section of Matt and Gregg Bissonette (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai etc). From a vocal perspective Shadrane makes use of different singers, according to the tracks needs with vocals coming from Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Street Talk, Brazen Abbot), Björn Jansson (Tears Of Anger, Ride The Sky, Beyond Twilight) and Henrik Båth (Darkwater) along with some backing vocals from Martin LeMar (Tomorrow's Eve). Musically "Temporal" is a blend of prog-metal (Temporal, She Writes), power-metal (Betrayal, Morpheus) and more pop driven rock (Rainy, Consider It) - yet Shadrane's own personality shines through all the compositions. Lyrically the tracks don't follow the story's order; yet the songs are inspired by the concept/story, but they're not telling every event in chronological order like a movie would do.
On the album Vivien comments, "I've always been influenced by dramatic movies and orchestral scores in general. I would make a movie out of the story if I could. I was inspired by my grandparents' tragic life when I wrote it. I wanted to write an album about the stupidity of war, but also love, grief, mourning and redemption. I believe that nothing last forever, that "everything is temporal". Not too happy, I admit, the complete opposite of my debut "Oniric Metal" (released under the Lalu moniker) where I stated that "love is eternal". I have a totally different state of mind today, than the day when I started to write the concept/music. Many people around me (both family and friends) have died during the making of the album and while there were bad times for my wife and I, it made my brain work a lot. Fortunately, there was also the birth of my daughter which happened during the production, so I "brainstormed" even more. I guess all these things influenced the compositions and the story writing (in many ways)".
Track Listing: 01. Temporal, 02. Madoka, 03. Requiem For A Rose (instrumental), 04. I Remember, 05. She Writes, 06. Rainy, 07. Lanterns Dance, 08. Betrayal (instrumental), 09. Morpheus, 10. Consider It, 11. Manzanar, 12. Babies In The Bath (instrumental), 13. Dance Of Solitude, 14. Gallery 2008.
Musicians: Vivien Lalu - Keyboards, Joop Wolters - Guitar, Matt Bisonette - Bass, Greg Bisonette - Drums, Göran Edman - Vocals, Björn Jansson - Vocals on 9,14, Henrik Båth - Vocals on 1,5, Martin LeMar - Backing vocals on 5,7, Marco Sfogli - Guest guitar solos on 1,2,5,7,11,12,13, Alex Argento - Guest keyboard solos on 1,14, Gary Wehrkamp - Guest keyboard solo on 14, Virgil Donati - Drums on 8,10,14.
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O.T.R. - Mamonama - Combine two rock legends with a hot rhythm trio from Brazil and you get OTR (On The Rocks). Led by the bluesy, soulful and distinctive voice of former Uriah Heep vocalist John Lawton and the expressive fretwork of ex Focus guitarist Jan Dumee, OTR are completed by the swinging powerful Brazilian rhythm section of Ney Conceicao on Bass, Xande Figueiredo on Drums and Marvio Ciribelli on Organ, Rhodes and Piano to create "Mamonama".
OTR's debut album is home to ten tracks of classic rock coupled with some jazz influences that encapsulates various moods and expressions in an accessible package for all fans of melodic and classic rock. OTR recorded 'Mamonama' in Rio de Janeiro and the Netherlands. The mix was done in Brazil's foremost cd/dvd recording studio 'Mosh' in Sao Paulo.
Whilst traces of the classic Uriah Heep and Focus sound can be heard in the instrumentation, OTR add their own slant to the classic rock sound with a vibe that nods to the classic timeless sounds of yester year; yet all the while striving forward into the future in their delivery and outlook. "Mamonama" is five musicians getting together from different sides of the planet, having a good time, and showcasing that vibe in their music with the band focused on reaching a new audience young and old with their new music.
Track Listing: 1. Ghetto 2. Taking You Down 3. Hello (Dona Nobis Pacem) 4. The Corner Club 5. Mamonama 6. Steal The Night 7. Face To Face 8. Shine 9. Woman 10. Ride On.
Musicians: John Lawton - Lead and backing vocals, Xande Figueiredo - Drums, Ney Conceicao - Bass, Marvio Ciribelli - Organ, Piano, Fender Rhodes, Jan Dumee - Accoustic & Electric guitars, Tambourine, Kalimba in Woman. Backing vocals in Shine and Face To Face.
WebLinks: /


News from Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham: "Contrary to earlier reports, Thin Lizzy will be undertaking the proposed tour of European cities as posted on various web sites. We apologise to all our loyal fans for any misunderstanding or inconvenience this may have caused. The band are looking forward to visiting new countries and meeting up with all our fans, old and new".
Below is the list of upcoming dates:
Thin Lizzy:
Friday 3 October 2008 NDK, Hall No. 1 Sofiya, Bulgaria
Saturday 4 October 2008 Dvorana Doma Sindikata Belgrade, Serbia
Tuesday 7 October 2008 Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln Basel, Switzerland
Wednesday 8 October 2008 Arena Vienna, Austria
Sunday 26 October 2008 Retro Music Hall Praha, Czech Republic
Monday 27 October 2008 Stodola Warsaw, Poland
Thin Lizzy / Uriah Heep
Friday 10 October 2008 H20 Germany
Saturday 11 October 2008 Badnerhalle Rastatt Rastatt, Germany
Sunday 12 October 2008 Circus Krone Munchen, Germany
Tuesday 14 October 2008 Garage Saarbrecken, Germany
Wednesday 15 October 2008 Lawensaal Nurnberg, Germany
Friday 17 October 2008 Hessenhalle Gieuen, Germany
Saturday 18 October 2008 Karl Rau Halle Heidenheim, Germany
Sunday 19 October 2008 Alter Schlachthof Dresden, Germany
Tuesday 21 October 2008 Fritzclub im Postbahnhof Berlin, Germany
Wednesday 22 October 2008 Jolly Joker Braunschweig, Germany
Friday 24 October 2008 Halle Gartlage Osnabruck, Germany
Saturday 25 October 2008 E-Werk Cologne, Germany

Roger Scott Craig sent me an update today - news about the progress of the new 101 South CD. Roger says: "The new 101 South CD is now finished and you can steer the fans to my new MySpace site where they can hear the new track When You're In Love with the talents of Gregory Lynn Hall on vocals and one amazing guitar solo by none other than my favourite guitarist in the world, Ian Bairnson (Alan Parsons Project), check it out - it is unbelievable."
The link is:

And Roger continues: "It is now confirmed that Ian and I will be combining our talents in a new musical venture called Project X (which uses the 'Project' part from Ian's career with the APP band and the X is from my band in the 70s, Liverpool EXpress."

Accompanying Press Release / Roger Scott Craig has had considerable success writing music for TV and radio, video and for many well known movies. He has written songs for many bands including Liverpool Express in the 70s (with hit records in more than thirty countries), Fortune in the 80s (hit song 'Stacy'), Harlan Cage in the 90s and more recently 101 South. He has had music in movies such as The Pelican Brief, Wyatt Earp and Richie Rich and scored many TV commercials for AT&T, New York Life, Pacific Life, NAB and many others. His music for the 'Harry and Louise' TV campaign became famous and won the Pollie award in 1993. He has toured with Rod Stewart, performed for Prince Charles, scored Boris Yeltsin's reelection campaign in Russia, jammed with many famous musicians from bands like Led Zeppelin and the Who, and received compliments from none other than Paul McCartney himself who recently picked the Liverpool Express song 'You are my love' as one of his personal favorites.
Roger just finished the new 101 South CD No U Turn and is now working with the amazing guitarist from the Alan Parsons Project, the wonderful Ian Bairnson. This is going to be called Project X and will be something exciting for old APP fans to look forward to in 2009. Roger is also finishing up a new R&B album which features the talents of Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross and session guitarist Tim Pierce. You can check out some of this new material at Roger's MySpace site where you can audition some of the new songs.
Roger also scored the amazing song My Life for the artist Grace Griffith and this song is about to go out to the world in the next few months. The song has one of the most unbelievable stories ever involving the late, great Eva Cassidy.
Grace has been called a singer's singer, and one keen fan of her singing was the late great Eva Cassidy. When Grace came to know Eva's work, she encouraged Blix Street to sign Eva as well, which they did. The success story which has followed has been of a magnitude rarely seen in history, especially in the European market.

The 2008 Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame nominees were announced over night last night...and as usual it's another WTF? situation. Honestly...the Hall founders need to re-consider the name of this organization. Less Rock N Roll every year, yet the likes of Rush, Toto, Bon Jovi, Triumph, Journey, Kiss and many many more continue to be ignored?? Personally the HOF has been a joke for a number of years and many agree...but I still think it is insulting to those bands that perhaps do actually still give a damn.

Press / "The 1980s rap act Run DMC, along with Metallica and the Stooges are among the nine nominees for next year's hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday. The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic, the only nominee back from last year's ballot. The five leading vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted April 4, 2009, in Cleveland.
The ceremony typically has been held in New York but is returning to Cleveland after more than a decade-long absence. Tickets will be made available to the public for the first time. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five opened the door for rap at the Rock Hall as the first hip-hop act to be inducted in 2007. Now, Run-D.M.C., nominated in the first year of its eligibility, has the chance to follow on the strength of rock and rap blends such as the 1986 cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and classics like "It's Tricky" and "My Adidas.""

The Classic Metal Show, heard Saturdays from 9p-3a EST, interviewed Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee on Saturday, September 20th. During the course of the interview, Dee talked about the band's new album Motorizer, as well as the Metal Masters tour with Heaven & Hell, Testament and Judas Priest, and the band's impression of their representation in the movie Airheads. To check out the interview, go to the following links: – Part 1 / – Part 2.

On this weeks Hair Metal Haven, Chris Nelson will be bringing you the interview he did with Ronnie James Dio, when he caught up with one of the nicest guys in the business on his recent tour of the UK. It will be broadcast between 5.00 pm & 7.00 pm this Saturday 27th Sept .Before that from 4.00 pm - 5.00pm on the Power Hour, Chris will be chatting to vocalist Carsten Lizard Shulz about his brand new project Midnite Club, one of the finest slices of melodic metal released this year. So tune in for another fantastic 3 hours of Melodic Rock & Metal Saturday 27th Sept only on (Greek Web Magazine) put online an exclusive interview with Michael Schenker for the promotion of his new album In The Midst Of Beauty. Here is an excerpt of that interview where Michael Schenker talks back regarding the issue of his "unsteady character": I was looking at some pictures on the internet from the last gig you played in Endimburgh and you look very healthy, and up for it. The question is, in the past because of all the troubles that you had, you have been very unreliable in concerts. People weren't very happy seeing you playing live. OK?
Michael Schenker: (interrupts quite upset) I am not sure if I was the unreliable, because people don't know the whole story. Very often a concert would get cancelled because of management, or agent etc. so, I don't know what sort of rumors goes on out there but, I am sure that people don't know what really happens… I don't want you to take it the wrong way. I was going to say despite that people always come back to your shows to see you…
Michael Schenker: I play music from my heart, I am a honest player, and people who like my music they also know that I am that type of person, and it's a certain type of people who I attract with my playing, and they probably … you attract with your spirit some of the people with similar taste, and similar outlook in life and stuff like that. I think that I have been reliable all my life, because I've been playing rock music since I was 10 years old, and I am still doing, and I am not getting worse, I am still improving, so I think I've been very consistent in my musical ability, and I don't have to rely on other people, I only on myself. When I am relying on myself I am doing pretty good!
For the full interview please check:

On September 17, legendary New York rockers Blue Öyster Cult played in Milan at the Live Club. Moonstone Project guitarist Matt Filippini joined them for a jam on their song 'Then Came The Last Days Of May' (from 1972's Blue Öyster Cult). They played an extended 13 minutes version.
Matt says: "What can I say about that? Joining one of my all time favorite bands for a song It's just another dream for me. When I walked the stage I felt like a child in a toy shop!! I wanna thank my friend Eric Bloom for inviting me. God bless you Eric! All the guys are not only AMAZING musicians but the best people too!"
Fan video footage here:

New HARLOW CD Now and Then has finally been released on Retrospect Records, The new CD was mixed by Rae DiLeo (Filter, Henry Rollins, Grandmaster Flash) and includes 7 songs from the 1986 Greenworld Records release "We do what we wanna do" and 5 new songs. The first single "Fear on the Radio" features back up vocals by Cherie Currie from (The Runaways). The limited edition CD also includes the 1986 single "Rock the Box" which Cleopatra records re-released in 2005 on the box Set "Hollywood Rocks" along with Poison, L.A. guns, Faster Pussycat, Stryper, Great White, etc...The new CD Now and Then is available at:
To preview a few new songs visit: The band just played Rocklahoma and is gearing up for some shows in Europe. Track listing: 01. Pullin The String 02. Fear On The Radio 03. Brothers N Sisters 04. Dance All Night 05. What Am I Gonna Do About It Reissued Songs 06. Rock The Box 07. Teenage Love 08. We Do What We Wanna Do 09. I Love Girls 10. Easy So Easy 11. Gotta Get Out 12. Kill Or Be Killed.

Yes frontman Jon Anderson posted this comment online late last week - he is not happy about the band's plans to tour without him:
September 18, 2008 "Disappointed, and very Disrespected / Disappointed that, with the exception of one phone call from Alan, none of the guys have been in touch since my illness, just to find out how I am doing, and how we will foresee the future for YES. And disappointed that they were not willing to wait till 2009 when I'm fully recovered.
And I feel very disrespected, having spent most of this year creating songs and constant ideas for the band, spending time with Roger Dean creating a stage design, also working with VH1 and Sirius and XM Radio to help promote the welfare of YES.
Getting sick was not "on my radar", and I thank my own angel Janeee and my family for helping me through this difficult time, and the many well wishers, friends and fans alike, for understanding that ''things happen''. Of course I wish the guys all the best in their 'solo' work, but I just wish this could have been done in a more gentlemanly fashion. After all YES is a precious musical band. This is not YES on tour..."

Versailles Records has announced plans for Lit Up: A Millennium Tribute To Buckcherry, due in the early summer of 2009. The album's star-studded, hit-laden track roster will include current/former members of Megadeth, Fuel, Alice Cooper, Hanoi Rocks, Europe, The Circle Jerks, Mountain, Slash's Snakepit, Ratt, Metal Church, White Lion, Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Michael Schenker Group, Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, and others to be announced.
In November, Versailles will return to stores with Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin. The label will follow up in the spring of 2009 with Wicked Garden: A Millennium Tribute to Stone Temple Pilots. For more information, visit

October 2nd. 2008 will see the release of the brand new Dirty Looks CD California Free Ride. This latest weapon in the band's arsenal explodes with ten tracks of killer tunes guaranteed to blow away the Fall/Winter blues with a heavy dose of down and dirty hard rock power. "California Free Ride" hits stores on October 2nd. You can get advance copies of "California Free Ride" now at
The first date of the "free ride" tour rolls into the Warner Theater in Erie, PA on Sunday October 5th. 2008 at 6:00 pm (Early Show). Expect more of the band's big rock sound In Your Face. You can get the very cool 2nd. pressing of the Dirty Looks CD "Super Deluxe" with NEW cover art Now at
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In related news - A new audio interview is online with Henrick Ostergaard of Dirty Looks at The Musician's Voice ( He chats about the new CD California Free Ride, as well as the other 2 recent DL albums "Gasolne" and "Superdeluxe". Also talks about upcoming live dates, and that an upcoming October show in Erie, PA will be recoded for a live CD.

Press Release / When it seems everyone's forgotten... rock and roll remembers...
Dear Friends, I am writing to you to let you know the release of the first fundraising CD for Rock and Roll Remembers is now available on It features an assortment of players from a variety of Classic Rock Bands donating their time and talents to help raise money for those in need. It also marks the end of an era as this is the final performance of legendary Ted Nugent drummer Cliff Davies not only on drums but also wearing the producers hat.
Every purchase is tax deductible. Please help us help those in need. I know you'll enjoy the music and please, pass this information on to everyone you know. The link above will take you directly to the page. Best wishes to all, Michael Krikorian.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Eden's Curse songwriter and bassist Paul Logue gives us the lowdown on each track from the forthcoming new album - The Second Coming.
Masquerade Ball - A tongue in cheek poke at the rats, roaches and leeches that hang around in today's music scene. Let's have a party!! Pete Newdeck rules on this track. I can't wait to play it live!
Angels & Demons - A delightful duet between Michael and the beautiful Pamela Moore (a.k.a. Sister Mary from Operation Mindcrime). Basically, we all have our demons that visit us typically in the "wee hours of the morning". Things we've done in the past haunt us, and we have all have an understanding of what's right and what's wrong. Michael plays the role of the demon and Pamela plays the angel. Great interplay between Thorsten and Ferdy on this one. Dan Brown should have this on his new movie soundtrack. Dan call me.
Just Like Judas - Ever being betrayed by someone who never saw the bigger picture and took the quick buck ? Love the groove and the hook line of the chorus on this. This punk's got ATTITUDE!
Sail On - As AOR as Eden's Curse gets. Initially I thought this track was too light for the band, but Michael fought me hard on this and won (he always does). A wonderful vocal performance and a solo to die for. The message is, no matter how hard life gets, rise above it, stand tall and stay strong, no matter who you are, always be yourself. Sail away from the troubles if it all gets to much.
Lost In Wonderland - A Pink Cream 69 vibe to this one! Lyrics were penned by Mr Newdeck and it's about someone who is opinionated and heartless and can see and do no wrong in their own eyes. They think they are perfect. Lost in wonderland without a damn clue!
West Wind Blows - About a friend of mine's who's partner disappeared walking up in the highlands of Scotland two years ago and has never been found to this day. The song is written from her perspective.
Signs Of Your Life - Sometimes we can get so caught up with chasing our dreams and goals that we often miss or maybe take for granted the simple things in our life. Those simple things are usually the most important to us, like our family and health and are the signs of our lives. Love the riff on this one and Tony Harnell sings some great backup!
Man Against The World - Melting glaciers, holes in the sky ... our world is on its knees and asking for our help. No, we can't suddenly build a big plug, but we can all do a little bit to help. Unbelievable piano/keys from Ferdy and Mike sings like a dream. Tony Harnell stars too.
Raven's Revenge - The raven is the darker more sinister side of the personality that lives inside of us. Who is he after ? Oh the sewer rat that leaked our debut album on the torrents of course. Here mousey mousey!!! Don't Bring Me Down part two with Thorsten shredding where no Thorsten has shredded before!
Lost Soul - Another from the mighty quill of Sir Pete Newdeck. This one is about someone with no idea how he presents himself to others. No sense of responsibility, even though there are people who surely look up to them. A six and a half minute sonic epic that has Queensryche meets PC69 overtone!! The Curse Choir appears in stadium size portions on this one!
Games People Play - A ball buster if I ever I heard one. This has a BIG Euro sound to it. Lyrically its about the ethics of people today, whether it be in business or life. Sometimes if ya can't beat them join them!
Ride The Storm - A really cool chorus hook on this and a fine way to round out the album! Another idea that came from Pete. Its about telling someone who is losing their way ... not to GIVE UP!
Prisoner Of The Past (US Bonus Track) - A George Lynch type riff and great groove on this. Basically about someone who is a prisoner to the mistakes that they have made in the past. No matter how hard the try they just can't escape from it. Listen out for some well known voices in the middle or is it really just some guy from Star Wars ??

The Second Coming will be released in Japan on 15th Oct via Spiritual Beast/Universal, North America on 22nd Oct via Metal Mayhem Music and Europe on 24th October via AFM Records.
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Press Release / In case you needed more proof that the Firefest 5 Festival is indeed "the" melodic rock festival to go to this year. he's a little sound byte from Pekka and Jason from Brother Firetribe who will also be attending the show to watch some of their favorite bands play. So, if you want to see some of Melodic Rock's finest acts perform under one roof as well as rub shoulders with Brother Firetribe, head on over to and grab yourself some tickets.
All the best, The Firefest team."
Download: Pekka & Jason Promo

Press Release / The Rock Mailorder Music Buy Mail expands his digital offers by adding the catalogue from AFM Records. The cooperation with Kontor New Media and MBM started in the beginning of 2008 and MBM will be continuously expanding the digital sector. Currently, the new Sinner album, Crash & Burn, will be released by AFM Records. MBM offers a special price "Crash & Burn" for digital downloads, offers the album as a CD, limited edition CD and LP. General manager Sebastian Eder: "We are very happy about the cooperation with Kontor New Media and of course AFM Records as they always stand for high quality products and releases!"
Brand new highlights on MusicBuyMail, besides the new Sinner album, are: Bob Catley (Frontiers Records, also available on digital download), Gary Moore, Uli John Roth (Steamhammer, also digital), Queen/Paul Rodgers, John Mellencamp…. Just to mention a few of the current and high quality releases for this week. On top of the already well known acts, Music Buy Mail emphasizes also on newcomer bands and offers them a platform. The "Artist Service" is going to be 2 albums released: the Swedish band Neondaze with its melodic sleaze rock and the Epic Metal band Tragedian!! Check it out! presents the Double-Tours: Uriah Heep / Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper / Whitesnake, Vince Neil, as well as Axel Rudi Pell on tour with Mad Max in January 2009. Great stuff with heavy guitar sounds just like our mission: The Power of Rock!

Fresh off their European and South American tours in support of the band's latest album, Return Of The Pride, reactivated hard rockers White Lion have scheduled the following dates adding shows in Europe and India:
Oct. 10 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues (with Little Caesar)
Oct. 14 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues (with Pretty Boy Floyd)
Oct. 15 - Calgary, AB - Snatch Rockbar
Oct. 21 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Nov. 08 - W. Springfield, VA - JAXX
Nov. 27 - Cermanate (COMO), Italy - The Blackhorse
Nov. 28 - Bologna, Italy - Sottotetto
Nov. 29 - Rome, Italy - Jailbreak
Dec. 13 - JN Stadium - Shillong (Meghalaya), India
Dec. 16 - Dimapur, Stadium - Nagaland, India
May 08 - Halifax, NS - Cabin Fever Rockfest
More dates for the USA and Europe for November and December will be announced soon. Bassist EJ Curse from Silent Rage will be filling in bass duties on shows for the remainder of 2008.
White Lion recently completed work on a 60-minute live DVD from its 2005 Bang Your Head!!! festival appearance, featuring interview footage along with other bonus material in anticipation of a late 2008/early 2009 release. Some of the footage from that concert can be viewed here:

A few new Reviews added today - online now are reviews for Bob Catley, Extreme, Crown Of Thorns, Elevener, Silent Call, Dreamtide and Charing Cross. Read the new reviews.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

The second Starbreaker album entitled Love's Dying Wish, featuring the all star lineup with Tony Harnell (ex TNT), Magnus Karlsson (Allen Lande, Primal Fear), John Macaluso (Riot, TNT, Malmsteen.) and Jonni Lightfoot is getting excellent responses on the media. Some web reviews include: - "If you liked the debut then you will dig this even more" - "Perhaps my favourite heavy album of the year to date"
Rock Report - "The best way to describe the new Starbreaker material is 'old wine in new bottles': songs that are rooted in the 80s, but brought in a modern, contemporary way."
Revelationz - "It's absolutely everything one could have craved for a Starbreaker follow-up, razor's edge rock in a modern twist"
Melodic Frontier (in Japanese) - 8/10; Crossrocks (in French) - 94/100; (in Italian) – 80/100
The album will also have a domestic release in the USA on Blistering Records / Ryko in November 2008. Don't miss it!

Journey's Revelation has been nominated for Classic Rock Magazine's Album of the Year award. Fans can now vote for the album by going to the website. Voting closes on October 17.

Swedish Hard Rockers Eclipse will present the release of their forthcoming album Are You Ready To Rock on October 10 at the Harry B James Club (Regeringsgatan 47) in Stockholm. The party will start at 22.00 and the band will also showcase the new songs playing live.
ECLIPSE will also appear on October 9 at Rockklassiker 106.7 in the "Morning Rock" program from 7.20 to 9.00 AM with Ian Haugland from Europe as DJ.


Brothers Robbie and Brian LaBlanc have completed the recording work of their yet untitled new Blanc Faces studio album which is right now in the hands of Dennis Ward (PC 69) for the mixing sessions in his studios in Karlsdorf, Germany.
"Well, call me a dinosaur if you'd like but we record all of our tracks analog!" says Robbie. "The long, tedious part was getting them into Pro Tools for Dennis Ward to mix but now we're done and the songs are sounding great. Part of the reason it's taking some time to get our second CD out is that we want it to be great for all of the people who loved the first one. We're having fun doing it and it's rockin' !!!! Thanks for the patience with us in getting this done but I feel it'll be worth the wait and time."
Some of the songs that will be included on the record include: Goodbye Summer, I Come Alive, Don't Take It Away, Like A Believer, Fly, Light In The World, Deep in The Heart, I Swear To You, Everything, It's All About Love, Falling From The Moon, I Will. Frontiers hopes to release the album in early 2009.

Terje Eide has started the recording of the long overdue follow up album to the On The Rise amazing debut album released in 2003 with great acclaim from fans and press. Some pictures have been posted from the recording sessions on the band's MySpace site: "Just to share the good atmosphere and chemistry in the recording studio!" as Terje puts it…
Songs being recorded, among others, include: Alive, Lifeline, Dreamzone, In The Line of Fire, Fly Away, Time To Loose.
Photos: Erik Engebretsen (Drums & Percussion) enjoying his time in the studio / Terje Eide (Musician, Writer & Producer) & Erik Engebretsen (Drums & Percussion).


Escape Music are delighted to announce the signing of long established British rock band Lost Weekend. The band have been working with top Swedish Producer Martin Kronlund (Alliance, Gypsy Rose, Heartland, Hammerfall).
Dave Thompson and Paul Uttley of Lost Weekend have excelled themselves this time around and written a fantastic album title Fear and Innocence which consists of 11 wonderfully crafted songs in the vein of UFO, Thin Lizzy and Scorpions. Vocalist Paul Uttley states "We stripped back the sound from being very Keyboard AOR influenced and went back to our roots, the end result is a powerful mix of rock riffs vocals with Great melodies and Production to die for."
Lost Weekend are: Paul Uttley - Lead Vocals; David Thompson - Guitars; Paul Surrell - Guitars; Robin Pattchet - Bass guitar; Jack Himsworth - Drums; Gary (tinny) Ives - Additional Keyboards.
Produced and Mixed by: Martin Kronlund at JM Recording Studio's, Gothenborg, Sweden. Release date: November 17.
Track Listening: 1- The Eagle 2- Life With The Lid Off 3- A Little Older With Style 4- Face Of An Angel 5- Father And Son 6- Backstreet Livin 7- Another Lonely Night In Tears 8- Hearts N Minds 9- Find My Own Way 10- Only The Strong Survive 11- Stone Hearted Woman.

And here is an exclusive full song download - Another Lonely Night In Tears for readers.

Lost Weekend have been together for 15 years. They are made up of musicians who over the last 25 years have rocked the stages of Britain, Europe and the world. With the resurgence in guitar based music the band have been in huge demand, indeed they have performed along side the likes of Gotthard, TNT, Dokken, Magnum, Saxon, Wishbone Ash, Jeff Scott Soto and Winger etc, in fact the list reads like a who's who of rock.
It was around the release of their third opus "New Religion" that legendary Magnum vocalist Bob Catley invited the band to support him on his solo tour of Britain and Europe for which the band again impressed from the start, this result in the band being asked to write Bob Catley's next solo album Spirit Of Man.
The album as received worldwide critical acclaim, and once again the band was invited on a tour with Catley.
November 2006 has seen the release of the bands fourth album the acclaimed forever Moving On, 2007 as been a year spent promoting the latest album with appearances at some of England's premier rock festivals to great effect.
With a slight change in personnel the band are now a twin guitar based band resulting in a heavier sound more akin to the likes of the Scorpions, UFO and Thunder to name a few, If you have not seen this band live with there current line-up you have not seen this band at all, . With four albums on sale around the world and band on the eve of the best release to date with their new album on Escape titled "Fear and Innocence" the band goes from strength to strength.


A couple of interesting new articles on the life and times of Journey.
This from Rolling Stone Magazine:
"Two minutes before Journey kicked off their world tour in February, with new singer Arnel Pineda, the whole thing nearly fell apart. "I told them I wanted to back out," says the 41-year-old Filipino vocalist, whom the band discovered on YouTube. "[Journey guitarist] Neal Schon told me, 'It's too late now.' He pushed me a little and said, 'Go. Go sing for us.'" Pineda overcame his butterflies and took the stage in front of 20,000 fans in Chile, singing an hour of hits in a soaring voice incredibly similar to former Journey frontman Steve Perry. Since then, Pineda has played more than 63 concerts with Journey, including a current three-month trip through American amphitheaters, which has been averaging 13,000 people a night. The tour is the sixth-highest-grossing of the summer, and the band's performances are as high-energy as they were during Journey's heyday.
Unfortunately, Pineda isn't finding the tour nearly as fulfilling as his bandmates are. He misses his girlfriend and son, and the grueling pace is grinding him down. "It's very, very sad," he says. "There are days I just break down and cry. This is a job I'm doing for my family. That's all the consolation I'm getting." Traveling around America isn't what he expected. "It's all buses, stage, microphone," he says. "I never really get to go around and walk. They wake me up for soundcheck, then I wait until the show at nine. It's a fantastic job, but at the same time it's a curse. . . . I told Neal that the only thing that will make me quit this is if I get sick. I guess that's the same reason Steve Perry bailed out."
Within weeks, Pineda took his first trip to the U.S. and auditioned for the band in San Francisco. A few days later, he was hired. "Mr. Neal Schon picked me up and told me, 'You got the job,' " Pineda says. "For a guy like me, it's surreal — like some sort of miracle." Quickly, the band cut two discs worth of material: one of new songs and another of rerecorded hits. "It was spooky, sitting behind the desk watching Arnel record these songs," says keyboardist Jonathan Cain. "It was like going back in a time machine." Since coming out in June, the album has sold 441,000 copies; it's the band's biggest hit since Perry left the group."

And a new documentary on the band is in the works:
"Los Angeles, California—Now it can be told: award-winning filmmaker Ramona Diaz is making a feature-length documentary on Journey that's tentatively titled "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey." Ramona, who won awards for her documentaries "Imelda" and "Spirits Rising," shared with me the news via e-mail. She wrote, "This film is ultimately a snapshot of Journey at this moment in 2008 in its 30-plus year history, as it emerges with a new lead singer." The band's vocalist is, as everyone knows by now, Arnel Pineda.
In what is no doubt an exciting project, Ramona and her crew have been following Journey from rehearsals to concert stages. She said she has "full access to the band." So far, the director who was born and raised in the Philippines but is now based in Maryland has been pleased with the cooperation of the band and their manager, John Baruck. "Arnel's manager in the Philippines, Bert de Leon, has also been so cooperative," Ramona added."
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It is with great pride that Zink Music can present two new signings, both to be released on October 31. The albums are available to pre-order at the store at

Jar - Scene 29
A brand new album from two of the most legendary names on the Westcoast Music scene; the band is called JaR and behind that name we find Jay Graydon (Airplay, Planet 3) and Randy Goodrum (Chicago, Steve Lukather). The album "Scene 29" is superbly crafted, loaded with original, sophisticated, catchy songs, with subtle harmonies and interesting melodic hooks. The musical concept is totally new, yet slightly familiar to anyone into the Steely Dan sound, as the songs build on a similar formula with complex jazz-influenced chord structures that are pleasant to the ear with unexpected musical twists, as well as apt, fun and innovative lyrics. Further, the groove is mature and as usual Jay Graydon plays his guitar with elegant and intelligent accuracy.
Track-list: 01. Cure Kit, 02. Call Donovan, 03. Esquire, 04. Make Somebody, 05. Your Heartbreak, 06. Worlds Apart, 07. Scene 29, 08. GPS, 09. Crumble Down, 10. Glen's Hair, 11.The Cabo Cad.

Smooth Reunion - Cleaning Up The Business
Guitarist Josef Melin and drummer Samuel Andre met in 2006 at a school called ITM in Sweden. They soon discovered that they both liked jazz, fusion and Westcoast and shortly after, Smooth Reunion was born. They immediately started out writing and recording and it was not long until they presented their debut album "Scandinavian Bus Mentality" in 2007. Hard at work ever since polishing new composition into perfection together with a wide range of musical friends, from the horn section to the amazing back up singers, everything is perfect without losing the spark. Many are those that have been taken by storm by these young guys and many more are about to follow the same path.
Track-list: 01. BMPD, 02. Future Offence, 03. When You Hit That 6th Note, 04. Video Band, 05. Mr Mullet, 06. A Very Symmetrical Face, 07. Career Thoughts, 08. The Connection, 09. You're Out Of Business, 10. Difficult/dangerous/beautiful.
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Uli Jon Roth will be performing his Sky Academy Concert September 19th at Brixton South Bay in Redondo Beach, CA. The concert will be broken up into two sets. The first wwill be Uli and his new 7 piece band Sky Of Avalon playing his new album Under A Dark Sky in it's entirety.
The second set will be a best of set including songs from Uli's time in The Scorpions, Electric Sun and Solo, in addition to Hendrix, Cream, Deep Purple songs and a few surprises. Guests scheduled to jam with UIi are Warren Demartini (Ratt), Don Dokken, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Gilby Clarke and a few surprises!
Tickets are still available through or call Jeff at 480-734-1038.

Heart Of Steel Records is the very new label born on the ashes of the successful Adrenaline/Steelheart Records. The label's interest lays basically in the classic and traditional Heavy/Power Metal & Hard-Rock, and we're interested in releasing both, new albums as well as re-issues of golden gems from the '80s.
Our releases are factory-pressed silverback CDs with 16-pages full colour booklets and bonus-tracks, digitally remastered, and in limited-editions (500 copies), featuring extensive liner-notes, photos and memorabilia. Below you can find a complete list of our releases. Enjoy them and stay tuned for many more releases during the next months!!!
For more info on Heart Of Steel Records: /

Heart Of Steel Records is proud to present the new releases for September:
Lyin Rampant"Up And Cumin"
Lyin Rampant featured ex Tytan and ex Heavy Pettin' members, and they got an international fame thanx to the countless features on magazines like "Kerrang UK", "Metal Hammer UK", & many more…The CD reissue features a completely remastered sound from the original master-tapes, + 2 unreleased bonus-tracks and 1 video-tracks, plus (as usual for our releases!) a full colour 16 pages booklet with tons of band-pics, reviews/articles from magazines and newspapers of that time, and an interview with band leader Stewartie Adams! First Class Melodic Rock with some NWOBHM influences, a la early Def Leppard / Heavy Pettin / Tokyo Blade!!!

Serena Rock Band"Rolling On The Road"
Second NEVER-released album recorded in 1991 of this Italian Hard Rock band featuring Alex De Rosso (Dokken, Dark Lord, Headrush, etc) on guitar & Paolo Muffato (Dark Lord) on bass. Great production (the recording-budget was huge, back then!), full colour 16 pages booklet, all lyrics included + many band pics & band biography. Fantastic Class/Melodic Rock a la David Lee Roth ("Skyscraper"-era) /Dokken with Blues Rock influences!

Next Releases for 2008 will include:
Ivory"Time For Revenge"
Great debut-album for this five-piece coming from Italy. Their style is very personal, combining powerful riffs and double-bass songs structures (in the melodic Power Metal style) with catchy vocal harmonies (close to the classic Melodic Hard Rock) and some "de-luxe" arrangements influenced by Progressive Metal (Symphony X / Elegy). Their lyrics deal basically with the Egyptian culture and the history in general. Great artwork with a full-colour 16 pages booklet. A Cd that any Melodic Metal fan will LOVE!!!

Axton"Bad Desire" + demo "Time To Kill" (bonus)
Reissue of Italian Melodic Hard-Rock band Axton, debut-album, "Bad Desire", originally released in 1990. The album will be enriched by 7 bonus-tracks featured on the complete demo "Time To Kill" (1987), and by a full colour 16 pages booklet full of unseen pics, liner notes, lyrics and memorabilia. AXTON style has been described as very close to German Melodic Hard Rock, in the vein of Bonfire, Scorpions, Victory and Fair Warning. '80s Metal still lives!!!

Release on CD of their very first album in 28 years! The group formed back in 1980 and they released up to now two 7" singles ("Savage Killer"/"Lay Down Your Arms", and "Hammer Of The Gods"/"Time Is On My Side"/"Old Enough To Know Better"), that will be also included in the CD Version as bonus-tracks!
The album has been recorded between 2006 and 2008 and it contains songs written in a time-period spanning from 1984 to 2007, but sounding in a pure traditional '80s NWOBHM style (with a sound that might recall bands like Blitzkrieg and Diamond Head). The Cd will contain 15 songs (10 songs + the 5 bonus-tracks taken from the above-mentioned singles) for a total running-time of about 65 minutes, and will feature a full colour 16 pages booklet with a large bunch of pics, liner notes, memorabilia, all the lyrics and more!


With the new season, Italians Knyght came back to work, who, changed drummer and announce the recording of their first EP in Germany.
In fact the band has been invited, at the end of October, by German producer Heiko Hinze (who already has acquired many years of experience working with artists such as Mothers Finest, Metal Church, Motley Crue, Tom Jones, Axxis, LoveTrick....) to his Anko Music Studio in Munich, Germany, to record and produce their first EP.
The EP will included 5 new songs, that the band wrote during this last season and summer, the EP is gonna also be released by producer indie label Anko Musik Label, it will be distributed in lots of online music shops (Amazon, iTunes, Napster, Payplay....) and promoted by German agency Artistworxx as well as by the producer and the band.
EP title, tracklist, artwork and other info coming soon:

MR-X has been updated. Online today is a new Feature Album - the wonderful Badlands debut. A new Feature Live completes a Badlands double header - Live in Boston 1990 (from FM radio broadcast).
Also online is a promo compilation - Long Island Records - AOR IV-94, which hopefully will introduce a few new artists to folks.
And finally - the following new Video Clips are online - Killer Dwarfs - Keep The Spirit Alive, Neurotic Outsiders - Jerk and a REO Speedwagon 3-Play - Dangerous Combination, Find Your Own Way Home and Smilin In The End (all Live At Soundstage 2008).
MR-X Membership Details.

My apologies to all, but I'm still finishing up work on some new Reviews - they will be online Monday. Then I'll move to a few other needed updates and more Reviews...




Thursday, September 18, 2008

After a two year rest the event is back with a bang and a great lineup featuring: Roger Daltrey (The Who), Zak Starkey (The Who), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) plus members of Marillion, The Earth Band and a host of world class musicians and bands playing for charity.
The event is to be held at West Well Farm Barton Road Tingewick Buckinghamshire MK18 4BD
Tickets cost £60 and include the following: Pig Roast or Veggie Option, Dessert, Drinks (Wine, Beer, Lager, & Soft Drinks), Live Music, Great Musicians.
The evening starts at 8pm on Friday 19th September 2008 and ends at at 12.30am.
Tickets are very limited and selling fast so visit the website: to get yours now for what promises to be an amazing evening of music.
The two previous events have raised more than £50,000 for charities and with this years lineup even greater success is hoped for.


As the official Firefest Pre-Show night at Rock City is apparently sold out, we are offering an overflow classic rock night. Bruce Mee of Firefest has happily welcomed our classic rock night, for those who where unable to get tickets and still want to dance the night away. DJ Shaun is unique in his classic rock choices and keeping a dance floor full! The fact that he plays all requests... makes the night it yours!
So....fellow Highwayman - Frontiers Rock Nights (downstairs) have joined forces with Wildside (upstairs) @ Junktion 7 Club, 6 Ilkeston Road, Canning Circus, Nottingham NG7 3GE (5 minute walk up the road from Rock City)to bring you the Ultimate Classic Rock Night experience. All your Firefest favourites / requests played by DJ Shaun of the Highwayman/Maximes fame. Doors open 8pm - 2am.
First 50 people get in in FREE! Please check out our websites for further information/directions.
Our rock night continues (downstairs) the first saturday of every month... Our launch night is Saturday 4th October, please spread the word to make this a success.
WebLinks: / (to view previous playlists) / /

A new post from Jeff LaBar's MySpace page:
"To whom it may concern, Contrary to Juan Croucier's press release regarding me (Jeff LaBar) playing with his Dirty Rats, I unfortunately must announce that I will not be able to do so. Priorities & prior commitments prevent me from pursing this. I must apologize to Juan & those fans who may have been looking forward to this but the announcement may have been a bit premature. I am first & foremost a member of Cinderella.
In addition to that, I just completed recording with Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin & "Miss Crazy's" Markus Allen Christopher with an exciting new project we're calling Freakshow. Those of you who are in touch with these internet rock sites & MySpace may have heard about it. I have very high hopes for what we think is a fuckin' kick ass CD, which starts mixing today & I am very much committed to. I wish Juan the best of luck in the future & hope he & all you "Ratt" fans will forgive me & check out "Freakshow" when the time comes.
I would also like to thank the Cinderella fans for your patience & loyalty as well as let you know, if you love "Cinderella", wait till you get a load of "Freakshow"!
Sincerely, Jeff LaBar."

Glasgow-based rockers Attica Rage are set to release their debut album Ruin Nation on 6th October 2008 on their own independent record label Vanduara Records (Cat: VNDR001CD). The 11-song set is the eagerly-awaited follow up to the 2005 EP 'In Concert with the Mirror'. 'Ruin Nation' was produced and mixed by Attica-bassist Big C in his own home recording studio and mastered in London by multi-platinum-selling musician, songwriter and producer Ace (formerly of Skunk Anansie). The album also features cover artwork and logos by the legendary, iconic Motörhead sleeve artist Joe Petagno.
Written and recorded over the last two years, the album showcases a depth and maturity in the band's song writing and a tight, confident performance which has been developed in the live arena. Brewing a potent blend of hard rock riffs, powerful melodic anthems and infectious metal grooves, bursting with energy and soulful conviction, there are also sombre moments and brooding, gothic soundtracks. Attica Rage deliver a sound that combines the heavyweight crunch of Black Label Society, Metallica and Pantera with the punk attitude and raw biker-rock of Motörhead and The Almighty, occasionally flirting with the darker moods of Alice in Chains and Type O Negative. The songs explore personal fears and themes of paranoia, withdrawal and isolation from a world in chaos; control and manipulation; insomnia; the fear of technology; relationships; inner demons and soul-searching. There is also a personal tribute to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell which was written shortly after his death.
Attica Rage will tour heavily throughout 2008 and 2009 in support of Ruin Nation. They are one of six upcoming UK bands booked to perform on the Young Blood stage at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales on 5th December 2008. Awarded by Metal Hammer magazine as 'Event of the Year 2008' and nominated by Classic Rock magazine in the 'Event of the Year 2009' category, Hard Rock Hell II is headlined by rock legends Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society along with Hawkwind, Clutch, The Wildhearts and many more.
"To be a part of Hard Rock Hell is such an amazing opportunity and a big milestone for us", comments lead singer Jonny Parr. "It's an honour to be playing alongside so many legendary bands. Black Label Society have been a major influence on Attica Rage since we started and you don't get much bigger in rock history than Thin Lizzy! We'll be firing on all cylinders for our performance. We can't wait to get down there and spread the Rage!"
Lead single 'Dark City' is currently available as a free download from An accompanying promo video, directed by Rodger Griffiths and filmed in Glasgow, features cool 3D-image photography of the city and stars a cast of Attica Rage fans and friends.
'Ruin Nation' will be available to buy online as digital downloads from iTunes, Napster, Emusic, TuneTribe and other stores. The CD will be on sale at CDBaby in the US and is currently available to pre-order from the Attica Rage Online Store on To celebrate the release, the band are also offering an exclusive bundle deal: The Ultimate Fan-Pack which includes the 'Ruin Nation' CD signed by the band, signed photo, t-shirt, badges, stickers and a signed DVD copy of the promo video.
'Ruin Nation' Track listing: 1. Safe Inside 2. Dark City 3. Attica Rising 4. Chance to Breathe 5. Eyes Wide Open 6. In My Dreams 7. No More Tomorrow 8. First Life 9. Ghosts 10. Technofear 11. State of New Control.
Attica Rage : 'Ruin Nation' Tour Dates (more to be announced soon)
October 10th Kilmarnock – Fanny By Gaslight
October 31st Edinburgh – Liquid Room (with Metalica UK)
November 7th Glasgow – Cathouse (album showcase party – tbc)
November 27th Glasgow – State Bar (PunkRockBlues: solo acoustic show with JonZip, Jonny Parr & Dave Arcari)
December 5th Prestatyn, Wales – Hard Rock Hell

German Melodic Rockers Winterland recently released their fifth album Evening Star. Thorsten Fries' outstanding voice is often compared to singers like Bruce Springsteen, Gary Hughes (Ten) and Ville Valo (HIM) while ex-Scarlett/Wet Desert-guitarist Markus Pfeffer's influences include bands such as e.g. Tyketto, Harem Scarem, Magnum and Survivor. The album was mastered by producer Stefan Glass (Vanden Plas) and is available through the band's website and from download stores like iTunes, AOL Music and

UK rockers The V-Rats have this month launched their new album Intelligent Design. The album features original art work by world renowned artist Rodney Matthews and is available via
The V-Rats have a well respected background as session musicians and have performed on dozens of albums as well as live work with a wide spectrum of artists from Iron Maiden to Judas Priest! The V-Rats are now embarking into 2008 and 2009 on a series of live shows across the globe to promote Intelligent Design which is gaining great reviews from the all aspects of the media. More information

The eagerly awaited City Streets release from London AOR rockers Moritz is finally released on September 1st 2008 on the 'Harmony Factory' label (Harmony Factory records HF002). Stablemates of Hartless, its another class release.
The CD features all the songs from the 'Shadows of a dream' EP, originally released on vinyl only in 1987, plus the later tracks recorded in 1988 shortly before the bands demise, where Greg and fellow members Andy Stewart, Andy Elphick & Ian Edwards moved on to form If Only, with Peter Scallan joining Samson on vocal in early 1989.
Whilst in the eighties the likes of FM, Strangeways, Airrace, Tobruk, Romeo's Daughter and Shy were the entire proud possessor's of major label deals, the likes of AOK, La Paz, Zero Zero, Tora, Peroux and Tara Zara were all, in their own rights, damn fine bands that should have gained that elusive deal. However, out of all the unsigned British AOR bands one shone more brightly than the rest… Moritz!
Six lads from London who, if there was any justice, should have shook the world, or at the very least, the UK! Formed in the mid-eighties, they crafted songs that were a pure AOR indulgence. In Greg Hart they had a master craftsmen who knew how to take the Yanks on at their own game. Their output may have only amounted to just a 7" single and a 12"EP, plus a few demos that surfaced later on, but their legacy is timeless. As Derek Oliver from Kerrang! stated in the review "...Makes Journey sound like Air Supply..." - A bold statement, maybe, but this release shows just how Moritz really did have the 'AOR rock' format sewn up.
These songs have been hidden away for over twenty years but thanks to a chance meeting on MySpace and an enthusiastic Journalist (Rob Evans, Powerplay - they have finally seen the light of day. Take a trip down memory lane and order the CD from Priced at £7.99
Tracks are: Can't stop loving you, Place in your heart, City Streets, Break It Up, Love this time, Don't walk away, Caught up in the action, Hearts on the line (1986 demo)
Featuring some classic liner notes from both Greg and Rob Evans of AOR underground, this is an essential purchase.
You can read all about Greg, and the review of the 'City Streets' CD in 'Powerplay' magazine issues 101 & 102.

On September 1st, Renaissance Records will re-issue the long out-of-print albums Misplaced Ideals and Facades, as well as the 16 track compilation Anthology, by UK soft-rockers Sad Cafe. First released in 1978, Misplaced Ideals was the 2nd album from Sad Cafe, featuring the original line-up of Paul Young, Ian Wilson, Ashley Mulford, Vic Emerson, John Stimpson, Tony Cresswell and Lenni. The classic 1979 album Facades, produced by 10cc's Eric Stewart, featured the hit single "Everyday Hurts", and follow-up singles "Strange Little Girl" and "My Oh My", which also faired well in the UK and USA Pop Charts.
The line-up for this album features Paul, Ian, Ashley, Vic, John and Lenni with new drummer Dave Irving, who would be the longest serving drummer with the band from 1979 - 1985, Dave now runs and maintains the official Sad Cafe website. The Anthology features 16 songs from across the bands career, as well as lesser known singles from the last 2 albums in 1985 (Politics Of Existence) and 1989 (Whatever It Takes), between Paul's stints as Lead Singer for chart-toppers Mike + The Mechanics.
August this year marked 8 years since the untimely passing of Paul Young. Ian Wilson & Mike Hehir are both now touring with Barclay James Harvest. Ashley Mulford is currently working with Dave Rohl and Woolly Wolstenholme on the third and fourth albums by the pre-Sad Cafe band, "Mandalaband".
Misplaced Ideals: Restless; Send in the Clowns; Run Home Girl; Let Love Speak For Itself; No Place To Go; Mario; Relax; Feel like Dying; On With The Show.
Facades: Take Me To The Future; Nothing Left Toulouse; Everyday Hurts; Strange Little Girl; Crazy Oyster; Emptiness; Cottage Love; Angel; Get Me Outta Here; My Oh My.
Anthology: Run Home Girl; Black Rose; (I Believe) Love Will Survive; Hungry Eyes; Nothing Left Tolouse; Everyday Hurts; Strange Little Girl; My Oh My; Refugees; Only Love; Keep Us Together; Heart; I'm In Love Again; La Di Da; Whatever It Takes; Losing You.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Multi-Platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar will release a new album on Loud & Proud Records on November 18th. Cosmic Universal Fashion marks the first official release for Loud & Proud, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on established artists. The title track and first single, Cosmic Universal Fashion, was written as an online collaboration between Hagar and a young Iraqi rock and roller by the name of Steven Lost. Released via Sammy's website and already a YouTube sensation, the video was produced in the same spirit as the classic Van Halen video for "Right Now, " and strikes a timely chord with November's upcoming Presidential election.
"We are light years ahead of where we thought we'd be in 1992, yet there will always be issues that continue to need our attention," said Hagar. "With the upcoming election, global and national issues are at the forefront of everyone's minds. 'Cosmic Universal Fashion' is not about supporting left or right, blue or red, but rather an attempt to appeal to people on a personal level to get involved."
The track listing for Cosmic Universal Fashion is as follows: Cosmic Universal Fashion, Psycho Vertigo, Peephole, LOUD, Fight For Your Right To Party, Switch On The Light, When The Sun Don't Shine, 24365, I'm On A Roll, Dreams/Cabo.


Loud & Proud President Tom Lipsky comments, "Great artists make great music. Sammy Hagar and Cosmic Universal Fashion prove that once again. I am thrilled that he is kicking off the partnership between Loud & Proud Records and Roadrunner Records."
Globally known as the "Red Rocker" (after his anthem "Red" from 1977's self-titled album), Hagar has led a storied career. From his first band Montrose through his years as frontman for Van Halen to his current status as solo artist with his band The Wabos, Hagar has seen over 60 million in record sales, won 2 Grammys, and along with Van Halen, won 3 MTV VMAs for "Right Now." In addition to his musical endeavors, Hagar is the founder of world-renowned Cabo Wabo tequila and has several charities which he supports. In November, Hagar is set to perform two shows in St. Louis benefiting Blessings In A Backpack, a program whereby underprivileged children are sent home from school on a Friday with a backpack full of nutritious food, designed to keep them eating healthy throughout the weekend.
For more information about Sammy Hagar, please visit

The Mystery Track featured here on the newsdesk a few days back was the band Radio Silence and a track from their new Escape Music album which produced by Martin Kronlund (Dogface, Gypsy Rose). Details on the release will be available shortly.

They burst onto the scene in 2002 and now they are here to find out who and what. More news on this band and what they are up to coming soon...

SIRIUS XM Radio announced that legendary rock band AC/DC will host their own music channel on SIRIUS. The channel celebrates AC/DC's iconic career and the upcoming release of Black Ice, the band's first studio album in eight years. AC/DC Radio will be broadcast on SIRIUS channel 29 and debuted on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 6 pm ET, to run through January 15, 2009.
AC/DC Radio will air AC/DC music 24/7, including classic rock recordings such as "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and "Back in Black" as well as new songs from their Brendan O'Brien produced album, Black Ice (Columbia). The channel will also feature AC/DC band members Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd describing their singular rock & roll career spanning more than 30 years and sharing their personal insights into their music. The band will also guide SIRIUS listeners through an exclusive preview of every track on Black Ice, which will be sold in the U.S. exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club beginning Monday, October 20, 2008, and on the band's web site
Australian rock band AC/DC has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. Back in Black has sold an estimated 42 million units worldwide and 22 million in the U.S. alone, making it the fifth highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003.
For more information and a 3-day pass to listen, please visit

From - Geoff Mayfield, L.A. / In just a three-day sales window, Metallica's Death Magnetic skates close to the half million mark and will lead The Billboard 200 when Nielsen SoundScan releases its charts tomorrow morning (Sept. 17). The band's first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), in its abbreviated frame, scheduled off-cycle on a Friday to accommodate a worldwide release date.
It marks the biggest number the chart has seen since five weeks ago, when the Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer" scaled the list with 525,000 copies with a traditional Tuesday release date. The total for Metallica's first Warner Bros. album after spending its career with Elektra outdistances the opening sum of its last studio set, "St. Anger," which sold 418,000 copies in a similarly shorter-than-normal window.
Originally set for a Tuesday release, "Anger" was rush released to an off-cycle Thursday start amid concerns over Internet leaks. The last Metallica album to stage a larger opener than "Magnetic" was 1996's "Load," which rolled 680,000 units in its first frame.

Journalist and author Martin Popoff sent me this update -
Says Martin: "The boxes showed up two hours ago, and they indeed contain…Ye Olde Metal: 1977. This is the fourth of the series, and the follow-up to Ye Olde Metal: 1976, Ye Olde Metal: 1973 To 1975 and Ye Olde Metal: 1968 To 1972. Like those, it's also limited to 1,000 copies, signed by me, and it's numbered.
For those not in the loop yet, what I'm doing with this is detailed examinations of classic old albums, using new interviews with guys in the bands, maybe a little available press here and there. These are examinations of albums that are way more exhaustive than any commercially viable (!) book would ever dare. You know me, I just love getting the stories, no matter how many people care anymore. This one's expanded a bit with the photos, cool old ads, 45 sleeves and just general variation in images. The book is 247 pages, highest word count yet, full trade 6" x 9" dimension, and stuffed with trivia folks ain't never heard before – I guarantee it.
The chapters this time: Derringer – Sweet Evil, 21 pages, Angel – On Earth As It Is In Heaven, 22 pages, Sweet – Off The Record, 16 pages, Moxy – Ridin' High, 10 pages, The Dictators – Manifest Destiny, 12 pages, Triumph – Rock & Roll Machine, 12 pages, Styx – Grand Illusion, 8 pages, Motorhead – Motorhead, 12 pages, Lone Star – Firing On All Six, 19 pages, Dirty Tricks – Hit & Run, 8 pages, Piper – Can't Wait, 14 pages, Goddo – Goddo, 13 pages, Ram Jam – Ram Jam, 8 pages, Rex – Where Do We Go From Here?, 14 pages, Point Blank – Second Season, 14 pages, Hydra – Rock The World, 10 pages, Legs Diamond – A Diamond Is A Hard Rock, 14 pages.
So yeah, the next one in the series will cover 1978, then 1979, one per year likely well into the '80s, at least. But yeah, the idea is that this is a pretty strange, obscure thing to try, and the hope is that people will "collect 'em all," the whole thing making a l'il heavy metal encyclopedia set as they show up, a series, a cool bunch of collectible books.
Price including shipping: US orders: $31.00 US funds Int'l orders (surface mail): $33.00 US funds Int'l orders (air mail): $40.00 US funds Canadian orders: $29.00 Cdn. funds
PayPal happily accepted! Direct funds to Or… send payment to (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order): Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2.
Email Martin at with any further questions, and see for descriptions, covers and ordering info.

On this weeks Hair Metal Haven/Power Hour show, Saturday 20th Sept, Chris Nelson's guests in the studio will be the UK's answer to Nightwish, Birmingham's very own Symphonic Metal hotshots, Hanging Doll. Chris will be playing songs from their brand new album Reason & Madness, discussing what's been happening in the last 6 months, and their plans for the future. Also on the show there's an interview with Love Hate frontman/Vocalist Jizzy Pearl, talking about their up and coming tour of the UK with LA Guns. So join Chris from 4.00 pm-7.00 pm UK time this Saturday on

Some European tour dates of importance coming up -

Jorn + Special Guest "Pure Inc." "Lonely are the Brave" Tour 2008
12.11. GBR-Dudley - JB´s
13.11. IRE-Dublin - Button Factory
15.11. NED-Uden - De Pul
17.11. GER-Bochum - Matrix
18.11. GER-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
19.11. SWI-Pratteln - Z7
20.11. ITA-Milan - Legend 54
26.11. GER-Muenchen - Metropolis
30.11. GER-Hamburg - Markthalle

Sinner & Ross The Boss "Double Headliner Tour"
03.11. GER-Hamburg - Markthalle
14.11. ITA-Milan - Legend 54
15.11. ITA-Prato (Florence) - Siddharta
17.11. NED-Kerkrade - Rocktemple
19.11. GER-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
20.11. GER-Muenchen - Metropolis
21.11. GER-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
22.11. GER-Bochum - Matrix
23.11. SWI-Pratteln - Z7

Axel Rudi Pell "The Skull Crown Tour" Special guest: Mad Max presented by Rock Hard, Rock It, Musix,,
25.01.2009 (D) WÜRZBURG / Posthalle
26.01.2009 (D) BERLIN / Columbia Club
27.01.2009 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
29.01.2009 (D) MÜNCHEN / Backstage
30.01.2009 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
31.01.2009 (D) ANDERNACH / JuZ Live Club
02.02.2009 (NL) UDEN / De Pul
03.02.2009 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
04.02.2009 (D) LUDWIGSBURG / Rockfabrik
06.02.2009 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
07.02.2009 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
Ticket-Hotline METALTIX (only Germany) 04627/18 38 38

Fatal Smile have the pleasure to present the brand new video for S.O.B. exclusively by MySpace, The video is directed by Aestheticom's Bill Schacht, who has previously directed music videos for Dio, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Zakk Wylde among others, the video also includes Sweden's national boxing team coach Leif "Leffe" Carlsson. The video was shot in Stockholm at Globen and Hovet earlier this year.

DARKSUN will be releasing their new album, Libera Me, on September 29 through FC Metal/Avispa Music. Song samples for 10 of the 12 tracks on the album can be heard on the FC Metal web site at: The Darksun - "Libera Me" tracklist:
1. Libera Me 2. Parasiempre 3. Miedo 4. Huellas en la Arena 5. Tan Lejos 6. La Sombra tras el Cristal 7. Voces en la Oscuridad 8. Lagrimas de un Angel 9. Saltar al Vacio 10. Libre como el Amanecer 11. Alma 12. Odio Eterno.
Darksun's video for the track Miedo can be viewed at this location:
Darksun will be embarking on an extensive headlining tour of Spain beginning in late October, and lasting through December 2008. Below are the first confirmed dates:
4 October - Gijón - Albeniz
17 October - Lugo - Clavicémbalo
18 October - León - studio54
1 November - Santander - D'Manu II
7 November - Pamplona
14 November - Murcia - 12 & medio
28 November - Salamanca - Potemkin

John Mellencamp will be the focus of Bio Channel's forthcoming special "Back Where We Started." It's a documentary style look at the artists Southern Indiana roots that underscore who he is today. One of the components of the show is an exclusive intimate concert at the historic Crump Theater in Columbus Indiana. Playing on the title of the show, the Crump was one of the very first theaters John ever played at the very start of his career. It's been 32 years and 40 million albums since Mellencamp, inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, last performed at The Crump. He'll be back for one special performance on the evening Tuesday, Sept. 23.
A limited number of tickets will be made available for purchase in Columbus with proceeds benefiting local flood relief through the Bartholomew Country Long Term Relief Team. Mellencamp, who grew up in Seymour, IN (23 miles south of Columbus) and has long been a resident of Bloomington, IN (37 miles west of Columbus), commented, "As a rule, I don't spend much time looking back but that's what this evening is about." Mellencamp previous performance at The Crump Theater took place October 4, 1976.
It is expected that Mellencamp and his band will perform material reflecting the breadth of his career including songs from Life Death Love and Freedom, his current album that was released by Hear Music/Concord Records earlier this summer.




Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rick Springfield's current studio album Venus In Overdrive continues to earn some fantastic comments in the many reviews so far published. The album, released in Europe by Angelmilk Records (new website open now), is the first Springfield album to be available in that territory since Sahara Snow in 1996. And it seems fans have not forgotten the US based melodic rock star.
The album is available via the usual European outlets and now also throughout Germany via Point Music Distribution.
Some of the review comments include:

"This time, Springfield's patient fans are in for a treat. Five years after the dark but well-received modern rock of Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance, Rick has returned to a signature sound with Venus In Overdrive, without sounding opportunistic or contrived. With its gently strummed intro and euphoric chorus, What's Victoria's Secret? nods back to Springfield's most enduring hit, Jessie's Girl. But from its hard-driving title song to the Velcro-hooked 3 Warning Shots and the psychedelic-flavoured She, not to mention the swoon-inducing ballad Oblivious, this album is crammed with top-quality material." [9/10] - Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine.

"This is probably the power-pop album of the year... The opening track may at times remind you of "Jessie's Girl". However, the rest are all rather "original" and not too similar of his other songs (and yet just similar enough to please old fans). It's difficult to not get drown in by such frolicking as "One Passenger", "Warning Shots", "Time Stand Still", "Mr PC". They quickly becomes the CD's greatest strength by keeping the listener awake with catchy choruses and fun guitar work. "Oblivious" has a major goosebumps warning sign written all over it. It's one of those perfect power pop ballads where Rick sings close to falsetto at times." [9/10] - Urban "Wally" Wallstrom, Rock United.

"Rick himself describes the new material as "son of Working Class Dog" and it basically hits the nail perfectly. This simply means power pop in perfection with an updated sound (which makes also clear that Rick has influenced nearly every new power pop band from SR-71 to The Calling") and with crackers like the first single "What's Victoria's Secret" you can be sure to get the best Rick Springfield album since "Rock Of Life"!" - AOR Heaven.

"I would probably class Springfield as one of my favourite artists, but purely for his rich vein of form from 1980's 'Working Class Dog' to his 1999 masterpiece 'Karma'. His output since 'Karma' has been patchy at best, but thankfully 'Venus In Overdrive' sees him build on the best parts of his last new album 'Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance' and he delivers his best set of songs for many years. In many ways 'Venus In Overdrive' is similar to Loverboy's well-received 'Just Getting Started' opus, in that both artists have moved with the times but retained the chord structures and classy melodies that gave them their identity. If anything, Rick's voice has improved with age and not many can convey emotion quite like he does, like on the moody modern pop-rock of 'I'll Miss That Someday', 'One Passenger' or 'Oblivious', any of which could be a worldwide hit if he was 30 years younger. There's a modern contemporary edge running through 'Mr. P.C.' and 'Time Stand Still' but there's also a retro feel about the superbly written 'God Blinked' and a strong Beatles influence in 'She'. I always feel that Springfield is at his best on the rockier tracks, which to be honest are pretty rare on this album, but '3 Warning Shots' and the European bonus track 'Who Killed Rock'n'Roll' are great songs with clever lyrics." - Phil Ashcroft, Fireworks Magazine.

"The new album Venus In Overdrive was recorded in 32 days and you can clearly hear how much fun Rick had recording these tracks, this is powerpop/AOR by perfection because you don't have to skip tracks. Rick also shows what a down to earth kinda guy he is with the song "Saint Sahara" which is a celebration to Sahara Aldridge, she was a huge fan who attended frequently to Rick's shows and recently passed away. VIO has everything you could ever wish for in a Rick Springfield album, the single "What's Victoria's secret" gets maximum points from me but other songs worthy to be featured on future best of compilations are "Mr. PC", "3 warning shots, "One passenger" and "I'll miss that someday". This has classic written all over it!" [4.5/5] - Kaj Roth,

"Still showing a strong sense of melody, Venus in Overdrive sees Springfield's musical stance melding the singer/songwriter aura with pop laden AOR sensibility, putting the approach of Working Class Dog in the modern era. The music treads the line both AC Rock tendencies and AOR, showing that his writing talents can be used for the best of both worlds, whether it be for an artist on Frontiers or a mainstream group on Geffen – his ability to write great material holds strong." [4/5] - Tommy Hash,


R.I.P. to another musical legend. From:

"Richard Wright, a founder member of Pink Floyd, has died aged 65 after battling cancer. Wright played the keyboard with the legendary band and wrote music in classic albums like the Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here. Pink Floyd songwriter, vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour said: "In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound. I have never played with anyone quite like him."
Wright, a self-taught keyboard player and pianist, met fellow band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason while at architecture school. He was a founder member of The Pink Floyd Sound in 1965, and the group's previous incarnations, such as Sigma 6. In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright, along with Syd Barrett, was seen as the group's dominant musical force.
The London-born musician and son of a biochemist wrote and sang several songs of his own. The Great Gig In The Sky, and Us And Them, both from 1973's seminal Dark Side Of The Moon album, were his most well-known compositions.
Wright recorded his first solo project, Wet Dream, in 1978. After his relationship with Waters became increasingly difficult, he left Floyd following sessions for the album The Wall. Wright was retained as a salaried session musician during live concerts in 1980 and 1981."

The first video from the new JSS album Beautiful Mess can be seen now! 21st Century can be viewed via these links: / / The JSS homepage clip being the one of best quality.

Here is a link to "B-roll" of video with plenty of audio shot by military journalists based in Iraq of last week's Big Noize gig:
It includes an interview with Carlos Cavazo (currently with Ratt and ex-Quiet Riot) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple/Rainbow) as well as thoughts from soldiers and plenty of concert footage.

Los Angeles - Juan Croucier of Ratt fame has updated the lineup of his band. Jeff LaBar (Cinderella) will now take over lead guitar duties in Juan Croucier's Dirty Rats. The band also includes John Medina on Drums (formerly of Bret Michaels' solo band). Juan Croucier, "I am extremely pleased to introduce Jeff LaBar as the new lead guitar player for the band! I have always greatly admired Jeff's guitar playing, as well as his exceptional stage presence. Clearly, he's a world-class guitarist. We're both known for our live performances, so I can't wait to hit the stage with Jeff! This band is truly going to kick serious ass!"
The Dirty Rats will begin playing fly-in shows throughout the United States before the end of the year and also plan on touring the US with a multi band package, early next year. There are also plans to begin recording a new record early next year, for release next summer. The bands set list currently includes most of Ratt's major hits, as well as other surprises.
You can visit or for tour dates.

Geoff Tate is pleased to announce the re-launch of his new website, The website offers many of the same great features as the previous site; however, we have given it a more user-friendly layout as well as an updated look. With all the new projects Geoff's involved in: His acting role in "House of Eternity", his new wine "Insania" and his solo tour, it's only fitting to launch a new site in conjunction.
Built completely from the ground up, we believe you'll find the new site more useful and fitting than before. And over the next few weeks you'll see some new added features we've yet to announce. There are some other surprises in the works too, so much to look forward to.

This month, Cherry Red Records is glad to release 3 Pat Travers CDs:
- Radio Active: Criminally overlooked until now, this 'lost' classic album finally gains a long-overdue re-assessment and in so doing, gains a first-ever appearance on CD.
- Black Pearl: Regarded by many fans as one of his finest albums, Black Pearl (1982) perfectly demonstrates why the Canadian born guitarist/vocalist also regards this release as a high water mark in his recording career.
- Hot Shot: Originally released in April 1984, Hot Shot was to be the last studio album of the Eighties for the Canadian guitar maestro and as such, is the final installment in our triplex of lost classic P.T. albums.
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Frontiers Records proudly announces all details of the European release of Tesla new album Forever More on November 7.
US Hard Rock legends Tesla are back with 13 brand new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn't come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. Tesla started the songwriting together with producer Terry Thomas last March, crafting ideas into powerful and challenging new music which got recorded as soon as the band came back to the US after the European summer Festivals in Europe.
The result is Forever More, an album that demonstrates the concept of writing songs in a diverse fashion. "The title track is one of our deeper cuts complete with heavy lyrics, de-tuned riffs and acoustic interludes, while, "I Wanna Live" is one of our more uplifting songs that bounces musically and delivers a lyrical message that suggests living life to the fullest" explains guitarist Frank Hannon. The rest of the album takes a similar ride of dynamic ups and down with songs like "So What!," "Fallin' Apart," "Breakin' Free," "The Game," "All Of Me" and "The First Time."
"Like our albums of the past, all the tracks on Forever More offer a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist--not sounding like another", says Hannon.
Forever More was written and recorded during a period of high energy and bizarre life circumstances for each of Tesla's band members, with those experiences coming full circle throughout the CD. Frank Hannon concludes: "We welcome you to jump on this wild ride with us and we hope to keep giving you good times and music during this wild ride we call "life." It is full of ups and downs, just like music, and we hope that you enjoy our new album Forever More!"
Final tracklisting of the European version of "Forever More" includes: Forever More; I Wanna Live; One Day At a Time; So What; Just in Case; Fallin' Apart; Breakin' Free; All Of Me; The First Time; Pvt. Ledbetter; In A Hole Again; The Game; My Way*; What a Shame (live)* / * Bonus tracks for Europe
Listen to the new TESLA single I Wanna Live on or on and request it to your favourite Radio!
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We haven't had a Mystery Track download for a while, but one was sent to me Friday to offer up to folks and as of right now, I'm not even sure what the song is myself. Details in the next day or two!
For now - download Mystery Track September 08.

Shredguy Records is excited to announce that CD Inzane is taking preorders for their upcoming release Shredding Across The World...Volume One. It features 15 guitar players from around the world each performing a track. Guitarists include Tore Moren (of Jorn Lande), Rob Johnson (of Magnitude 9), Michael Harris (of Thought Chamber), Hitoshi Nakamura (of Eternal Fantasy), Steve Burrows (who has an album coming out with Danny Vaughn and Jeff Scott Soto on vocals), Darin J. Moore (of Human Paradox), and two new up and coming shredders Michael Abdow and Steve Shannon....and more!! Something for everyone who likes virtuoso guitar playing...from the raw live intro from Anders Bosell to the over the top string skipping licks from Rob Johnson that close out the CD!
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A Christmas CD from Canadian rockers Helix? It appears so....this from:

"Next Thursday we will be releasing our 12th full length studio CD A Heavy Mental Christmas which features new arrangements on 9 cover songs plus one brand new Helix original.
The idea came about this summer when I was in Montreal, during a meal with Mitch Lafon. We were eating at an outdoor cafe; it was a beautiful sunny day and the sidewalks were full of locals & tourists. Not exactly the kind of day you would associate with Christmas. That's where the idea was born. From there I mentioned it to Gord, who in turn went to the buyer for Wal-Mart Canada to pitch the idea…. They loved it! Gord got off the phone and thought to himself, holy shit! I just made a deal with Wal-Mart and we don't even have the songs picked!
So we hastily arranged a meeting of Steve, Gord, and myself at Planet Helix. It was there where we picked and arranged the songs. Several days later I left on tour. Steve and Gord headed to A Studios to begin laying down the bed tracks with Aaron Murray.
The east coast tour ended August 10th in Moncton. Randy and I drove 20 hours home, and by the time we arrived in London I had the next thing to pneumonia. I slept most of Tuesday and Wednesday, and then Thursday I was in the studio at 10 A.M. to lay down my vocal tracks. I had no choice-we had a deadline to meet, and if we didn't we could kiss our deal with Wal-Mart goodbye. I decided to use my live band on the recordings for the first time in many years (*note: Cindy and Rainer Weichman played on Rockin' In My Outer Space but it was before they were actually in the band) and I was not to be disappointed. The guys played great and although it's a Christmas CD I believe it sounds like Helix. And it rocks!

South Belmar, NJ, September 15, 2008 - Main Man Records announced today that it will release Hair Apparent: The Main Man Records Tribute To Hair Bands on October 7th. Hair Apparent will be available for purchase at and Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ, and will be coming to iTunes and other digital outlets in November.
"Nearly a quarter of a century after they dominated the charts, bands like Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake still have a loyal audience," says Hair Apparent executive producer Kim Mulligan. "Whether the critics want to acknowledge it or not, it's obvious the enduring popularity of these bands must have a little something to do with the quality of their songs. It's not easy to strike a common chord with millions of people worldwide or else everyone would have done it, right?"
The concept behind Hair Apparent was to present the songs in a variety of musical genres and let them stand on their own. The musicians on Hair Apparent are not covering these songs; they are re-interpreting them. "Stripped of the hairspray, the spandex, the videos and the excessive behavior, these are really solid songs and well worth repeated listening," Mulligan adds. The line-up features artists as diverse as Bob "Derwood" Andrews (former member of the punk band Generation X) with a version of the Slade/Quiet Riot classic "Cum On Feel The Noize," and guitarist Sean Eden (formerly of Luna; currently with Elk City), lending his considerable talent to Helix's "Heavy Metal Love", re-imagined by LaBooze. Dennis Dunaway, who co-wrote the Alice Cooper classics "Schools Out" and "I'm Eighteen" is also on Hair Apparent with his version of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom".
"These artists turned these songs upside down and inside out. They're really nothing like the original versions," says Keith Roth, who is also one of Hair Apparent's executive producers. "Hair Apparent puts a whole new spin on these 80s classics," Roth explains. Keith's band Frankenstein 3000 tackled Cheap Trick's "She's Tight." "I'm really honored to be a part of this tribute," Roth adds. "This is one for the ages."
1. Labooze - Heavy Metal Love (originally recorded by Helix) 2. Bob "Derwood" Andrews - Cum On Feel The Noize (originally recorded by Slade... and then Quiet Riot) 3. Mutant Monster Beach Party - Malibu Beach Nightmare (originally recorded by Hanoi Rocks) 4. Frankenstein 3000 - She's Tight (originally recorded by Cheap Trick) 5. Christian Beach - I Wanna Rock (originally recorded by Twisted Sister) 6. The Wynntown Marshals - Ballad Of Jayne (originally recorded by L.A. Guns) 7. K Roth - Chatterbox (originally recorded by The New York Dolls) 8. The Dennis Dunaway Project - Big Bottom (originally recorded by Spinal Tap) 9. Bad Biscut - Babylon (originally recorded by Faster Pussycat) 10. Pillow Theory - It's So Easy (originally recorded by Guns 'N' Roses) 11. fouryearbeard - Another Piece Of Meat (originally recorded by Scorpions) 12. AB - Shoot 'Em Down (originally recorded by Twisted Sister) 13. Mars Needs Women - Public Enemy #1 (originally recorded by Motley Crue) 14. Johny Dey - 18 And Life (originally recorded by Skid Row) 15. AB - Little Fighter (originally recorded by White Lion) 16. Killing Phantoms - The Final Countdown (originally recorded by Europe) 17. Days Before Tomorrow - After The Rain (originally recorded by Nelson) 18. Frankenstein 3000 - Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You, Tonight (originally recorded by Spinal Tap) 19. Dan Maxwell & His Band - Here I Go Again (originally recorded by Whitesnake) 20. Early Times - Wanted Dead Or Alive (originally recorded by Bon Jovi)

Since 1998, Main Man Records has been the home of cutting edge compilations around the New York/New Jersey area. Our releases have become the standard by which all local artist compilations are judged. Main Man Records strives to make each collection a unique and exciting listening experience, whether it be one of our legendary tribute CDs like 2003's Kiss This or a mix of artist's originals like 2005's Happy Meal. Our CDs have featured exclusive tracks from such established artists as The Donnas, Cherie Currie from The Runaways, Sylvain Sylvain and Steve Conte from The New York Dolls, The Alarm and The Atomic Bitchwax as well as rare recordings by members of David Bowie's band, Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, Skid Row and Redd Kross... a Main Man release is always full of surprises.


XYZ vocalist Terry Ilous will make some live appearances in Europe under the moniker La Famiglia Superstar (with a little help form my friends). Those friends being -
Terry Ilous - vocals (XYZ ,The Terry Ilous Band); Marco Mendoza - bass; (Thin Lizzy , Blue Murder, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Neal Schon and Soul Sirkus); Steve Saluto - guitars; (Jeff Berlin, Danny Gottl ieb, Darryl Jones, Buddy Miles, Phil Palmer); Atma Anur - drums (Third Eye Blind, David Bowie, Richie Kotzen, Tony Macalpine, Greg Allman).
Upcoming Shows:
Oct 2 9:30P Black Horse Cerme Nate (IT), Como
Oct 3 10:00P Sotto Tetto Bolog Na (IT), Bologna
Oct 4 10:00P Blues Iana Rock Club Valde N (Austria)
Oct 5 10:00 TBA

Power Quest just added a London show to their UK tour plans on Wednesday, 3rd December at The Purple Turtle in Camden. The tour will promote successful release Master of Illusion which has been launched worldwide via Napalm Records / Avalon Marquee (Japan). The album has been nominated in numerous magazines and webzines for album of the year and shot right to number 8 in the Japanese HMV charts shortly after the release. The 2008 live shows will introduce the new killer guitar duo Martongelli / Hudson for the first time to the audience.
The following dates are confirmed:
Dec 1st Birmingham - the Asylum
Dec 2nd venue tbc shortly
Dec 3rd London - The Purple Turtle
Dec 4th St. Albans - The Horn
Dec 5th Colchester - The Twist
Dec 6th Wales - Hard Rock Hell Festival
Dec 7th Southampton - Firehouse
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Scar For Life, the new Portuguese project led by Alex S (Vyruz,Redstains), released its 1st single Crawlin' available for free download @ the official website
The album its self-titled and it's going to be released in September. "Creating songs from the most vitriolic, groovy assaults to soft acoustic pieces, this project seems to embrace all the influences that make it emotional and powerful," according to a press release. "Always with a penchant for memorable hooks and vocal melodies. Alex S. picked Rez (Nsperfect) for singing duties, a soulful rock singer with a unique delivery. On session drumming will be omnipresent Daniel Cardoso (Head Control System, etc), who nowadays needs no further presentation."
Additionally, Dinho (New Mechanica; former Redstains singer) was invited for some of the more aggressive vocal parts." "Scar For Life" was recorded in June/ July at UltraSoundSystem studio (drums / piano) and at Pressplay Music (vocals / bass / guitars / fx) with Daniel Cardoso handling the mixing duties. According to Alex, "each track is like a recollection of something that was already lived, a sound memory. Ethereal, melancholy, deep and touching, vehicled in a varied and layered taste, yet always intertwined with a strong heavy riff drive, hard indeed it will be not to be scarred by this adventurous new project."
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Friday, September 12, 2008

September 11, 2008, New York NY - AC/DC's widely-anticipated Black Ice World Tour will open on October 28th at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The show kicks off a series of US arena shows, to be followed by a round of stadium dates next summer.
Tickets for upcoming US dates will go on sale the weekend of September 20th at Ticketmaster and the band's website, Additional appearances throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, will be announced shortly.
The worldwide tour - the band's first since 2001 - promotes AC/DC's latest studio album: Black Ice. Black Ice will be released on October 20th and sold in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and The album is currently available for pre-order at and
The album's first single, "Rock 'N' Roll Train" was released to radio on August 28 and immediately went to #1 at Rock Radio. The video will debut on September 19th on and
No Bull: The Directors Cut - a newly edited, comprehensive HD DVD of AC/DC's famed July 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain was released earlier this week.  No Bull: The Directors Cut is remixed in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound and includes more than two hours of music and bonus features highlighting performances of the band's biggest hits. No Bull: The Directors Cut is sold in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and

Upcoming shows in the Black Ice World Tour include:
October 28 Wilkes-Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
October 30 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
November 3 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
November 5 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
November 7 Toronto, ONT Rogers Centre
November 9 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
November 12 New York, NY          Madison Square Garden
November 13 New York, NY     Madison Square Garden
November 15 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
November 17 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
November 19 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
November 21 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
November 23 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center
November 25 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
November 28 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
November 29 Seattle, WA Key Arena
November 30 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
December 2 Oakland, CA ORACLE Arena
December 6 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
December 10 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
December 12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
December 14 Houston, TX Toyota Center
December 16 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
December 18 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

News from the desk of Neal Grusky - founder/guitarist for US rockers Takara:
"It is with great pride and excitement that I would announce here, and only here that the New Takara Album Invitation To Forever will be released Oct 31 in Europe from SPV Records, and November 16 for the U.S. and the rest of the world through Progrock Records.
This will be our 6th album. The album will be released directly from the band via its websites and and available directly via download from all internet download sites. The album is available by pre-order now through both Takara sites now. Buy your copy by pre-order now and save yourself waiting and help the band too.
A bit about our new album - the lineup for the new Takara album Invitation To Forever is Gustavo Monsanto (Timo Toliki) vocals, Neal Grusky Guitar, Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen) Bass, and Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) Drums, and Brook Hansen Keyboards.
This album also features an extraordinary reunion off Jeff Scot Soto on back up vocals. It has been about 10 years since Jeff has last appeared on any Takara album. This album will be a bit different than past Takara albums.
Invitation To Forever will be a little bit heavier and have more edge than previous Takara albums, while still yet retaining the trademark distinctive Takara melodic rock. This is a very exciting album. Many fans will discover our new hidden gem on vocals, Brazilian vocal sensation Gustavo Monsanto. He will carry Takara. like his predecessors before him in true traditional Takara form and style. We will also have on the album as a tribute to the 20 year anniversary of the original formation of Takara a remake of our song Spotlight which was on the first album Eternal Faith. This was the song that started it all for Takara.. Keep on rocking Peace out!"


Here is a concert report from the Big Noize / Iraq tour. Big Noize features former members of: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Quiet Riot and more. For more on Big Noize:
Concert Report: Big Noize in Bagdad
"On September 9, 2008, Big Noize played a free concert for the U.S. and Coalition forces at Forward Operating Base Shield in Baghdad. After the sound check, the band enjoyed an outdoor barbeque while hanging out with the troops. The band kicked off around 8:00 o'clock and played one 2 ½ hour set, composed mostly of hits from Rainbow, Quiet Riot, AC/DC, Deep Purple and Ozzy. While the performance of each of the band members was outstanding, the enthusiasm of the crowd and the band was what made it one of the most memorable concerts I've attended. The audience of mostly young soldiers head banged non-stop and then began crowd surfing. The band joined in with Joe surfing out across the crowd. However, the most spectacular sight of the evening was provided by the Iraqis living at a neighboring compound. Approximately 50 Iraqis climbed the 20 foot tall concrete wall and then danced and generally rocked out for the rest of the evening. The band then stayed and signed autographs and visited for another hour or more. All in all, it was the best evening that this place has seen - ever. Thanks to the band for a great show and thanks for coming to visit us at FOB Shield. Take care, good luck and safe journeys. ERIC F. MEJIA, Lt Col, USAF."

New York, NY (September 11, 2008) ­ The older Gary Moore gets, the more the blues becomes entrenched in his soul. Like the original generation of bluesmen he reveres, Moore is becoming that which he used to simply emulate. For his 31st album in 35 years, Bad For You Baby, to be released October 7 on Eagle Records (the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment), classics and originals alike get the Moore treatment. And that touch has never been more fully realized than on these 11 tracks. Moore's playing has reached a crystalline perfection, rare in any artist. He seems to lose himself in the material to the point where all-out feel dominates the proceedings. And when it comes to the blues, feel is all.
This great musician who has worked beside the late Phil Lynott as the lead guitarist for Thin Lizzy­has learned his lessons well. Raised on a steady diet of Elvis, Hendrix and Mayall as a youth, and mentored by Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green (to whom he paid tribute on 1995's Blues For Greeny), Moore has performed in such bands as Colosseum II, Skid Row (not the American band of the same name) and Traveling Wilburys (for which he added a tasty solo for "She's My Baby"). He's also collaborated with Greg Lake and a host of other internationally known rockers who always seem to gravitate towards him due to his reputation of being a "musician's musician." In 1990, Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison performed on his Still Got The Blues album.
Bad For You Baby continues the string of solid blues-rock albums he recorded for Eagle Records with his Old New Ballads Blues in 2006, continuing with Close As You Get in 2007.
Track Listing: 1) Bad For You Baby 2) Down The Line 3) Umbrella Man 4) Holding On 5) Walking Thru The Park 6) I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know 7) Mojo Boogie 8) Someday Baby 9) Did You Ever Feel Lonely? 10) Preacher Man Blues 11) Trouble Ain't Far Behind.


QUEENSRYCHE RETROSPECTIVE COMMUNITY:, an online retrospective of the original lineup of Queensrÿche, has launched its official MySpace page.
Located at, the page will work in tandem with the Web site and The Breakdown Room discussion forum to provide a complete historical account of Queensrÿche's work with the original five members of the band - Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Geoff Tate, and Michael Wilton.
Created by Queensrÿche historian and journalist Brian Heaton, contains the most comprehensive tour date guide for the band (1981-1997) and archives a mountain of information, including article scans, candid photos and historical essays, along with information on Queensrÿche's discography.
For more information, visit: (main Web site) / (discussion forum) / (Myspace community).

Some events in the life of a metal act are simply the stuff that legends are made of: the first high chart position, the first nomination for an international award, a surprising victory in the readers polls of a renowned music magazine, the first magazine cover. Gamma Ray have encountered all these highlights, so there's very little left that this band hasn't achieved or experienced yet. Their first own American tour, however, has been one of Gamma Rays declared targets for some years. Their Majestic tour fulfilled this dream for Kai Hansen (guitar, vocals), Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlachter (bass) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums): Gamma Ray conquered the United States and Canada in a surprise coup and have captured for eternity those magic moments on their brand-new Double DVD and Double Live CD Hell Yeah-The Awesome Foursome!!!
Recorded in Montreal in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience, the band present their impressive potential as a live force, keeping fans and media alike in suspense for two hours, leaving the stage at the end of a furioso performance like heroic gladiators: victorious, happy and celebrated frenetically. Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome Live In Montreal is scheduled for release on 27 October 2008 (Germany: 24 October, USA, 04 November ) on double DVD and double CD and features the slightly curious subtitle …And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume… More on this interesting subject later. The DVD in Europe will include a bonus DVD with 4 new songs played live in 2008 during the "Hellish Rock World Tour".
Lets start with the fact that Hell Yeah! includes not only the 120-minute Montreal concert with its 18 songs (among them classics such as No World Order, Man On A Mission, Valley Of The Kings, Somewhere Out In Space, Land Of The Free and Rebellion in Dreamland), but also a Gamma Ray history, a worthwhile road movie and unplugged sequences featuring Kai Hansen and Henjo Richter in Japan. In addition, there are a total of seven video clips from different stages of the bands career and two live cuts from the W:O:A shows 2003 and 2006. The package is rounded off by a 40-minute bonus DVD with recordings from Barcelona and a road movie shot during the Hellish Rock tour in Spain. Adds up to impressive five hours plus of playing time altogether.
Gamma Ray will have embarked on another tour by the time Hell Yeah!!! arrives at the stores, adding more legendary performances to their band history. They will travel to Russia at the beginning of September and are scheduled to go to America and Canada again a fortnight later.
Track Listing DVD: DVD 1 Montreal-Show 2006 Tracklist: 1. Welcome 2.Gardens Of The Sinner 3. New World Order 4. Man On A Mission 5. Fight 6. Blood Religion 7. Heavy Metal Universe 8. Dreamhealer 9. The Heart Of The Unicorn 10. Fairytale 11. The Silence 12. Beyond The Blackhole 13. Valley Of The Kings 14. Somewhere Out In Space 15. Land Of The Free 16. Rebellion In Dreamland 17. I Want Out 18. Send Me A Sign
DVD 2 Road Movie - Documentary from the Northamerican Tour Video Clips: - Space Eater - One With The World - Gamma Ray - Rebellion In Dreamland - Send Me A Sign - Heavy Metal Universe - Eagle - Into The Storm Live At Wacken Open Air 2003 - One With The World - Last Before The Storm Live At Wacken Open Air 2006 - Rebellion In Dreamland - Heavy Metal Universe - Somewhere Out In Space Historay: Over the years private movies, backstage scenes and live performances Unplugged: Kai and Henjo unplugged in Japan
DVD 3 (Bonus, only Europe) 4 Songs of "Land Of The Free II" live in Barcelona during the "Hellish Rock"-Tour with Helloween in January 2008 Tracklist: 1. Into The Storm 2. Empress 3. From The Ashes 4. Real World plus Backstage-Scenes, Soundchecks, etc...
Track Listing CD: CD 1 Tracklist 1. Welcome 2.Gardens Of The Sinner 3. New World Order 4. Man On A Mission 5. Fight 6. Blood Religion 7. Heavy Metal Universe 8. Dreamhealer 9. The Heart Of The Unicorn 10. Fairytale 11. The Silence
CD 2 1. Beyond The Blackhole 2. Valley Of The Kings 3. Somewhere Out In Space 4. Land Of The Free 5. Rebellion In Dreamland 6. I Want Out 7. Send Me A Sign Bonus Tracks: 8. Into The Storm 9. Empress 10. From The Ashes 11. Real World.
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MR-X has been updated once again. Online today is the following new uploads: Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet Demos (16 tracks); Ann & Nancy Wilson - Unplugged Whistler Resort, Canada, 1994 (10 tracks) and Treat - Demos 1992 (9 tracks).
Also added are the following new Video Clips: Buckcherry - Check Your Head, King Kobra - Iron Eagle, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Gone Gone Gone, Slik Toxik - Helluvatime, Soul Kitchen - I Need It Bad.
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Next week - Reviews and Release Date updates and a new Angelmilk Records release schedule.




Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lovers of great Melodic Rock, it is truly time to rejoice! On November 7 Frontiers Records will release Jimi Jamison's brand new album Crossroads Moment.
This is Jimi's first recording since his swan song as lead singer with Survivor on their 2006 release Reach. Even upon first listen it is apparent that something almost indefinable has changed since that record. The music is more melodic and rocking than ever before harkening back to those magic days of Vital Signs, When Seconds Count and Too Hot To Sleep. Perhaps the magic ingredient here is the addition of Jamison's former Survivor bandmate Jim Peterik, who is back in the role as co-producer and songwriter. To that blend, add a Jamison more determined than ever to regain his rightful place in the echelons of great rock lead singers.
"I feel I have something to prove with this record. It is my chance to say that I am back with a vengeance ready to rock harder than ever. I think my new passion can be heard on every cut. Singing those great Peterik melodies and lyrics felt like coming home", says Jimi.
Crossroads Moment was recorded between February and July of '08 at Jim Peterik's World Stage Studios near Chicago. Behind the board is longtime Peterik collaborator Larry Millas (Pride of Lions, World Stage, Ides of March) in the capacity of co-producer and engineer. "My main goal with this record was to keep it focused to what the fans want the most - that means strong beats, inspiring lyrics and soaring melodies. I feel Jimi really hit his stride vocally as well", said Jim Peterik.
Although Peterik wrote every song on this collection, he channelled everything through Jamison's life philosophy and experience. "Sometimes Peterik and I", explains Jamison "would just get together for a beer and I'd spill out what's going on in my life. Next thing you know he would play me a song directly inspired by that conversation. "Crossroads Moment" comes to mind as well as "Can't Look Away". Jim has that knack of setting my life to music".

Variety is the touchstone here. From hard rockers in the "Feels Like Love", "First Night" style you will find sonic gems such as "Battersea" (where guitar ace Tommy Denander takes his star turn), "She's Nothing To Me" and "Love the World Away" or the powerful "Make Me A Believer" with Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy appearing as special guest. You will also hear mid-tempo treats such as "Bittersweet" (a duet with Starship singer Mickey Thomas) and "Till the Morning Comes". In the power ballad department Jimi Jamison helped write the book. Taking off from Survivor classics such as "Everlasting" and "In Good Faith" are such future classics like "Lost" and his ode to self acceptance "As Is". "When Jim first played me this one my eyes welled up with tears. I couldn't help it. It just moved me", says Jamison.


The recording band is largely Peterik alumni: Ed Breckenfeld on drums, Klem Hayes and Bill Syniar on bass, Jim Peterik, Mike Aquino and Joel Hoekstra on guitar and Christian Cullen, Jeff Lanz and Jim Peterik on keyboards. Background vocals are handled by Thom Griffin (Trillion, Ambition) and Jim Peterik.
As a grand finale, they have created "When Rock Was King", a playful looking back at the rocking '80s when we all had "big dreams, big hair, big visions". Joining Jimi on this loving tribute are some of his greatest contemporaries: Don Barnes of .38 Special, Dave Bickler Survivor's original lead singer, Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow, Mickey Thomas of Starship, Mike Reno of Loverboy and Jim Peterik. A video is in the works and will be included on the CD.
"Crossroads Moment" is about a man standing at the juncture of future and past: a man looking back at yesterday with bands such as Target, Cobra and Survivor, and taking all he had learned and bringing it into a brilliant future. All the good will he has built up through his career of recording and tireless touring is soon to payoff like a jackpot of success with his fan base and the countless musicians that call him friend. Jimi had come full circle. Jimi has come back home.

Final tracklisting of Crossroads Moment includes: Battersea; Can't Look Away; Make Me A Believer; Crossroads Moment; Bittersweet; Behind The Music; Lost; Love The World Away; She's Nothing To Me; As Is; 'Til The Morning Comes; That's Why I Sing; Friends We Never Met; When Rock as King; Alive (European Bonus Track).
Enjoy an e-card presentation with musical samples following this link!
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Tommy Denander, Daniel Flores and Victor Broden will join Mitch Malloy Sunday October 26 at this years Firefest at Nottingham Rock City in England (October 25 and 26).
They will perform Mitch's classic first album and the show will be filmed for a DVD release. Tommy, Daniel and Victor are 3 of the most sought after and hard working guys in the music world today.
Tommy says: "I couldn't be happier doing this show cause i love Mitch's singing and songs plus he is truly a great guy so i know we will have a blast. Plus i've been asked year after year when i will go out and play at one of these cool festivals so when Mitch asked i said yes in a heartbeat. I'm bringing the great Daniel Flores on drums as well and we've become a solid live team in the last year doing some really cool shows including the big live TV gala in Sweden with Bobby Kimball last December."
Mitch says: "I am very excited to do this show. It's been too long since I have been to the UK to play and I will be bringing Victor Broden with me who played bass on my Shine CD. Victor has toured with many major label acts around the world. And Tommy and Daniel on guitar and drums should make this my best band yet. I'm really looking forward to it."

And more Firefest news - this time from White Sister. This in from Dennis Dries:

"Great rehearsal last night...Don't Say That You're Mine, Promises, Love Don't Make It Right...starting to sound very 80's and very loud! No samples, all live keys and vocals...feels great to light these songs up again!
The drummer for Firefest has been selected...Jason Montgomery. He's a local Burbank California native I've known since he was a little kid trying to reach the cymbals. Kind of fitting that he went to the same high school as Rick, Gary, Rich, and myself, and was in "the" band to see while he was there, as the WS boys were back in 1980-1981. Also fitting that Jason was born when the first WS album came out! Also joining us on keyboards is Kyle Frost. He's a singer/songwriter who played keys at the last Tattoo Rodeo show and is a local Burbank CA boy as well (see a pattern here??!!) He'll play keyboards in addition to Gary, especially when Gary's running around up front like a madman.
All in all it's moving along quite well, and we're excited about the chance to play for people who really want to hear the music again...what a trip!"

Due to strong demand for new material, Tony Harnell has made 6 high quality song demos available to his fans under the EP title Cinematic.
Recorded in Sweden for his upcoming solo album between 2006 and 2007. Three of the songs were featured on My Space, including the fan favorite "The Show". Not all of the great songs featured here will end up on the finished album so this is your chance to own something very special and be a part of the creative process. Tony will sign the first 1000 copies so hurry and get yours now before they're sold out! Buy it here:


Sammy Hagar news from two fronts today - firstly from the man himself:

"Redheads, The band formerly known as Chickenfoot is in the studio! We're having so much fun creating music I've decided that "I'm on a Roll"! Seriously, I had to make a very hard but very important decision to continue our creation in the studio and am sorry to say that I won't be making it to the New Fresno Cabo Wabo as previously planned. However, I will be there sometime this year for sure! I will let you know when I'll be there so be watching for that heads up right here on On another note, my most favorite time of the year is approaching very FAST! Yeah baby, you guessed it, my Birthday BASH! I know I'm going to see you Redheads there and I can't wait to have fun with everyone this year! Who's going? I bet I know a few who will be there for sure!!! See you soon!! Peace, Sammy."

Here is an article posted today from The MusicRadar interview with Joe Satriani:
"We are truly over-the-top excited about this," the guitarist extraordinaire says. "It's a very energetic kind of rock music that reminds you of early Zeppelin." But he's adamant about one thing: that silly name. In his view, nobody should get too used to calling the band Chickenfoot. "We just had to call it something for the time being," he says. "It's definitely not going to be Chickenfoot. I guarantee it."
Having just wrapped the first leg of a world tour (which saw one-time Satriani bassist Stu Hamm filling in for Brad Russell, who had to bail due to scheduling conflicts) Satch and 'Chickenfoot' are hitting the studio this week to begin recording an album that will be out early next year. Already there's been considerable buzz about the project, much of it brought on by some controversial comments from Sammy Hagar, in which he asserted, among other things, that the band "could rival Led Zeppelin."
Despite admitting to a certain Zeppelin rush to the music, Satriani categorically denies that Hagar made such statements. "I can't imagine Sam saying anything like that," he says. "I think it was just twisted."
Recently, Joe Satriani sat down for his second interview with MusicRadar this year. In addition to the new band, he was eager to discuss his new 'Black Dog' guitar, Ibanez's faithful recreation of the axe he played in the late '80s and early '90s. "There's so much going on with me right now," he says. "So much to do, so much to talk about. I'm just trying to keep it all together right now."
You can listen to Joe talk about his new band with Sammy here.

Sammy Hagar's new solo studio album Cosmic Universal Fashion is due out in November.

An audio player for the upcoming AC/DC album Black Ice has been set up at WalMart's website, with album audio samples to be added shortly. The new single is playing now:


Europe the band is proud to announce the launch of their much anticipated semi-acoustic Almost Unplugged show, recorded LIVE at Nalen in Stockholm! The CD will be available in Swedish music stores on September 17th, and available for international customers to order from: (select the English language option).
For those who prefer to 'do it digital'... the album will also be available to download from the band's online MP3 store.


On Monday September 8 Angel singer Frank Dimino revealed to Eddie Trunk on XM radio that he recently talked to Gregg Giuffria (keyboards) and Punky Meadows (guitar) to get the original band together for at least one reunion gig in 2009. Apparently there is some interest from Japan in the reunited five piece band. The entire interview can be heard here:
Though the original band split up in 1980, Dimino and original drummer Barry Brandt picked up the pace again in 1995 and eventually released a new Angel album 'In the Beginning' which featured guest appearances by Meadows and Felix Robinson, the band's bass player from 1977 to 1980. Brandt and Dimino have continued to perform under the Angel moniker ever since.
Angel's classic On earth as it is in Heaven album has recently been re-released on lovemberrecords and is available here:
For more information on Angel: For more information on Frank Dimino:

Press Release / Asbury Park, NJ (September 10, 2008) – Following in the footsteps of his successful long running Xmas Xtravaganza, Glen Burtnik is proud to announce that he will be presenting a musical celebration of Halloween on Saturday November 1 at Asbury Lanes, the bowling alley / rock 'n' roll venue located in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 19.
Using his Christmas show as a model, the Halloween Xtravaganza will make it's debut at the Asbury Park rock club in what Burtnik hopes will become an exciting annual event. "Halloween is a blast," says Burtnik. "Everyone loves it, and we've done so well with our annual Christmas show, I thought another holiday would be fun to celebrate."
Originating at The Stone Pony night club in Asbury Park in 1989, Glen Burtnik's Xmas Xtravaganza has grown and moved on to increasingly larger venues, with various superstars and newcomer talents performing to raise money for multiple charities. Now, almost 20 years later, Glen Burtnik's Halloween Xtravaganza is born in that very same town. Why Asbury Lanes? "Asbury Lanes is the greatest venue on earth," says Burtnik. "The decor is amazing, the bar is the hippest, and going bowling in a nightclub is just plain surreal. Where else can you party with friends, participate in a sport, and attend a concert all at the same time?"
In keeping with the tradition of not releasing too many details about the show in advance (so as not to spoil the surprise), Burtnik is being tight-lipped about the performers and the set list, but he did offer the following: "It should prove to be an unforgettable night of rock 'n' roll's sinister and playful music -- there is so much to draw from. Dead Elvi, Don Dazzo, Faith Hahn, Tony Shanahan, and other friendly ghosts will be there, and EVERYONE will be dressing up."
The audience is encouraged to attend in costume and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County.
Show Info: Glen Burtnik's Halloween Xtravaganza
Saturday, November 1, 2008 – 9:00 PM (Doors open 8:00 PM) Asbury Lanes, 209 4th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 Phone: 732-776-6160, Website: Tickets $20, on sale Friday September 19th via

Some of you folks might recognize the name Stephan Jensen as the artist responsible for a number of melodic rock CD covers in recent years....

Press Release / "This is a benefit fundraiser for the Jensen family and their daughter Olivia. Olivia is the wonderful, very creative 12-year-old daughter of Stephen & Sylvia Jensen. She's a High Honor Roll student excelling in Math and English. Olivia is a Teen Leadership Volunteer and proud of her perfect attendance record. She loves to draw and write stories and is also a member of her school's advanced band where she teaches and plays the flute.
Olivia recently had to undergo open surgery to remove a ruptured appendix. In the process a problem was discovered with her kidney. Olivia is currently undergoing testing and treatment by a fantastic team of doctors at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
The Jensen family is faced with unexpected medical expenses. Both parents are self employed so there is no employer provided benefits such as paid time off to take Olivia to appointments or good insurance benefits to count on. Their friends and family have set up a website where you can help the Jensen family.
Go to to see how you can help."

Press Release / The new BALLS album will be released on our own label, BLP, and is on its way from the pressing plant. The official release date is set to October 10. We are currently looking at different ways of distributing the album worldwide. If you are a distributor or mailorder company interested in carrying our album, please contact us at: For interviews and promotional/press matters, please mail us at:
Björn Lodin: vocals, Micke "Nord" Andersson: guitar, Janne Stark: guitar, Björn Lundqvis: bass, Robban Bäck: drums
Check out the five sample tracks on our MySpace!

It's with great excitement that Lion Music announce the release party for Seventh Wonder's third album Mercy Falls. The release party will take place in Stockholm on Thursday 11th September at Pub Anchor (Sveavägen 90, T-bana Rådmansgatan). The venue, famous for being one of the premier rock/metal hangouts in Stockholm was also the venue for the release party for the bands debut album "Become" as well as the location of Tommy's first gig with the band; so its quite fitting the band see in another chapter of their history at this location.
Doors open around 20:00 (8 pm CET) and that the entrance fee will be minimal around 50-60 SEK ($10 / €6). There will be a (rather short) live performance by the band and very cheap deals on all the bands CDs including both versions of Mercy Falls along with opportunity to meet the band and get any thing signed.
Pub Anchor also guarantees that you can purchase cold beer throughout the night so we look forward to seeing you all there.

Following on from the praise for the video for Alberto Rigoni's BASSex taken from the album Something Different, you can now take a behind the scenes look at the video's creation at: If you missed the original video be sure to check it out at
Alberto's debut album "Something Different" has been picking up acclaim around the globe from numerous online sites and printed press including Bass Magazine Japan, Bassiste Magazine (France) amongst others. For review visit




Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The new Fireworks Issue 33 Artist Showcase and magazine Digital Download are both online now to check out. A stack of free MP3 downloads to enjoy and new artists to check out, so please do so right now!


Latest 96-page jam-packed issue of Fireworks is out NOW!! Not only does this issue contain a BRAND NEW unreleased recording from Robin Beck along with 36 other tracks on 2 CDs featuring over TWO and a HALF hours of great rock music, but has interviews with Journey, Extreme, ZZ Top, Dokken, Winger, Sebastian Bach, Steve Overland, David Reece, Ratt, Gun, Tony Mills, Deborah Bonham, Million, Hydrogyn, Marcello/Vestry, Everon, Danger, Airkraft, Greg Howe, Panic Room, Crimes of Passion, Dreamtide and many more as well as pages of all the best melodic rock reviews!!
Full track listing of the 2 CDs is as follows:

Cover CD #33
1. Gypsy Rose – Don't Look Back 2. Elevener – This Heart of Mine 3. Pleasure Dome – One And Only 4. Tygers of Pan Tang – Cry Sweet Freedom 5. Sonata Arctica – Kingdome for a Heart (live) 6. Dreamtide – Your Beat 7. Krackerjack – Lonely 8. Crimes of Passion – God Made Me Your Angel 9. Appearance of Nothing – The Gambler 10. Tarot – From the Shadows 11. Steve Grimmett – Wait For Ever 12. V-Project – You Don't Care 13. Eden Sands – Scream 14. Julian's Lullaby – Kiss Me Not Tonight 15. Angel House – Mask 16. Kiuas – Kiuas War Anthem 17. Hungry Heart – The Only One 18. Ty Oliver – Heartstrings.
Cats N' Claws 3
1. Robin Beck – Tearin' Down the Walls 2. Deborah Bonham – Grace 3. Mandi Jarry – Girl Next Door 4. Sandra Lee – Black Bastard 5. Sophie Marie – Got You Twisted 6. Joy Adler – Prayer 7. Sonja Perenda – Silent Screams 8. Jeneen Terrana – Life Goes On 9. Sonic Orchard – Last Time Alone 10. Amphetame – I Don't Need You 11. Anemo – Fives and Sixes 12. Lori Steele – Real to Me 13. The Shiver – Edge of Atmosphere 14. Infernophonic – Say Whatcha Mean 15. Lise Wolden – Save Me 16. 69 Chambers – The Collapse of Time and Space 17. Cell Division – Jaded 18. Heave – On & On 19. By Blood Alone – Seas of Blood.

Hard copy magazine £4.50. Postage as follows: UK is £1, Europe £2.50 (airmail), Rest of World £4.50 (airmail). For UK, cheques/POs Payable to 'Bruce Mee' and sent to Fireworks Magazine, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD. Outside UK can be bought via Paypal, payable to: PDF Download copy will be available very soon right here at


Firefest regrets to announce that due to a very serious family illness Tony Harnell has been forced to cancel his scheduled performance at Firefest 5. Tony is extremely upset that he will be unable to attend and has asked that we express his extreme sadness that he will not be able to play for you. Tony had done his absolute best to make the show but as with anything, family must come first. Tony will be updating his fans worldwide through his web site and my space but for now we (Tony and Firefest) would ask that his privacy is respected and we send him and his family our best wishes during this very worrying time.

And this also from Tony Harnell: "I am very sad to announce that due to a very serious illness in my immediate family I will not be able to perform at Firefest this year. I really was looking forward to this show and did everything in my power to make it happen but in the end I realized that I really have no choice but to stay in the U.S. right now. We're staying positive about this and hope it will all come out alright, but for now my presence is needed by someone very dear to me. I'm sorry about any of you that already arranged to travel to Nottingham to see me and I intend to make it up to you in the near future. Much love, Tony."

Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple/Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen), bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne), guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-Quiet Riot), along with drummer Simon Wright (ex-AC/DC, Dio) and keyboardist Alex Bubenheim are in Iraq (under the moniker Big Noize) for a special concert September 11th. The show, slated to be performed for US Troops, will mark the 7th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks in the USA. One of the most anticipated highlights of this show is the premier of the new song, Battlefields, inspired by the brave men and women who defend our freedom all over the globe.
Joe Lynn Turner, was first introduced to Battlefields by one of its writers, Chris Antblad, when he and Antblad were in a collaboration session recently. Turner and his manager had been working on sending him on a tour to perform for Troops for over a year and when Turner heard this song for the first time, he knew it would touch the hearts and souls of soldiers everywhere of every nation.
When Turner and Big Noize solidified their plans to tour Iraq, the band agreed to debut this poignant song during this trek. Since they all live in different parts of the USA, they learned the song by exchanging files, a true benefit of technology today. The first time they tried it out on an audience in Kuwait, Turner said it was incredibly well-received and is a compelling part of their 90 minute plus set.
Chris Antblad, a world renowned, Sweden-based chart-topping songwriter explained, "I wrote this ['Battlefields'] together with Will Champlin, who is the son of Bill Champlin of legendary group Chicago; a seasoned writer at Air Chrysalis in LA."
As for the inspiration for 'Battlefields', Antblad reveals, "We actually got the idea, while watching the live-broadcasts from Iraq. It just struck me and Will that this actually affects real lives, real people and families, and it's not a film produced in Hollywood."
He emotes, "I hope that they can take it to heart, and think about the fact that these feelings are global, and human, rather than bound to national belonging."
Big Noize founder and ex-Ozzy Osbourne bassist/songwriter Phil Soussan knows that the show will have an emotional impact and significance. He explains, "For us to play on this day is vitally important and a privilege, as it remains a landmark in our history and a tribute to those who have been lost and wronged. 9-11 marked the tragic loss of so many innocent people and the scars on thousands more who grieve their losses. When we said 'Never to forget' we must mean that every 9-11 is equally important, be it the first one or the hundred and first one."

Chris Antblad is currently holed up in a Swedish recording studio, putting together his debut solo album for Angelmilk Records. Further details about the album will be available shortly, with a release anticipated for early 2009.


Press Release / The global rock guitar community will undoubtedly mark October 14, 2008 on their calendars, as this is the exact date that Yngwie Malmsteen will be issuing his latest studio triumph, Perpetual Flame. The album will the first-ever Yngwie album to be released via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch), while the album also marks the debut on an Yngwie album by ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth frontman, Tim 'Ripper' Owens.
Twelve tracks of pure six string metallic bliss (which stretches to almost 70 minutes total), the album was produced and engineered by Yngwie himself, and mixed by Roy Z (who has previously worked with Judas Priest and Bruce Dickinson, among others). Joining Yngwie and Ripper on the album is keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Patrick Johansson (Yngwie contributed bass, additional keyboards, and vocals, as well), but on tour, Michael Troy will supply keyboards, and Bjorn Englen will be laying down the bass. A supporting tour of the U.S. and Canada is slated to run through all of October.
Single-handedly, Yngwie Malmsteen trailblazed the classical metal movement in the 1980's. During a time when the majority of guitarists were merely copying Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie was one of the few rock guitarists to create his own instantly-identifiable playing style – which has been subsequently mimicked by countless other guitarists. Yngwie is responsible for issuing some of the metal's all-time great guitar classics, especially such releases as 1984's 'Rising Force,' 1985's 'Marching Out,' 1992's 'Fire and Ice,' and most recently, 2005's 'Unleash the Fury.'
In addition to the arrival of 'Perpetual Flame' in October, another career highlight is slated for the following month – Yngwie has teamed up with the Fender® Custom Shop to reconstruct his beloved Yngwie Malmsteen "Play Loud" Stratocaster® guitar, which be unveiled globally on November 28th (limited edition of 106 tribute series guitars) and there will be a slew of CD reissues of Yngwie classics to soon be announced. And the accolades continue to pour in - 'Roadie Crew Magazine' organized a poll in which 330 respected rock guitarists were asked to vote for their favorite guitarist of all-time. Yngwie checked in at a lofty number 3, only behind fellow legends Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. Without question, 2008 is shaping up to be the year of Yngwie.
Complete Tracklisting For 'Perpetual Flame': 1. Death Dealer 2. Damnation Game 3. Live to Fight (Another Day) 4. Red Devil 5. Four Horsemen (Of the Apocalypse) 6. Priest of the Unholy 7. Be Careful What You Wish For 8. Caprici Di Diablo 9. Lament 10. Magic City 11. Eleventh Hour 12. Heavy Heart.
WebLinks: (official page) / (official record company page – will be launched soon) / (information – and video clip - about Yngwie's signature guitar.

Riot Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive Australian distribution deal with Rising Force Records! Rising Force Records is the label owned by The Guitar virtuoso Yngwie J Malmsteen. Yngwie's new album 'Perpetual Flame' is the first release on the new label.




Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The new Squealer album The Circle Shuts will be released on September, 12, 2008. The first press reactions are more than promising, and the band impressed with a great live performance on their album release party last weekend. Those, who like to check out the new material live, are invited to join the "Metalfest 2008" which will take place in Friedewald (Germany) on October, 25, 2008.
Here is the track list of "The Circle Shuts": The Sources Of Ignition, Mask Of The Betrayer, New Saviour, Grey, Godlike, These Urges, Thrasher, Martyrs Of The Half Moon, I Came For You, Once Fallen, The Circle Shuts. Limited Edition Bonus Tracks: The Loss Of Independence, Bereft Of Senses, I Will Fight, Insanity.
Bonus Tracks taken from the first Squealer album "Human Traces" (recorded and mixed in May, 1989, by Kalle Trapp; remastered in July, 2008, by Mika Jussila and Minerva Pappi)

On September 19th the waiting is over: Sinner release their new album Crash & Burn. As a teaser the band has uploaded several audio samples that can be found on their MySpace page Also the video clip for the new song "Revolution" has been released now. You can watch the clip here:

The guys from Helstar have their new CD completed! The title of the new record will be The King Of Hell and the album is scheduled for September, 26, 2008. The limited first edition will include 3 Bonus tracks in addition to the regular album tracklist. Furthermore, there will be a 2 CD set of Helstar available. This CD set will include the new album "King Of Hell" as well as the album "Sins Of The Past".
Here is the track listing for the new CD: 1. The King of Hell 2. The Plague Called Man 3. Tormentor 4. When Empires Fall 5. Wicked Disposition 6. Caress of the Dead 7. Pain Will Be Thy Name 8. In My Darkness 9. The Garden of Temptation.

The new Eden's Curse album The Second Coming will be released on October, 24, through AFM Records.
Once again production duties were handled by Pink Cream 69 bassist, and producer extraordinaire, Dennis Ward (Angra, Krokus, Silent Force, Allen/Lande) as the band have truly "Upped the Ante" in terms of song writing, performance and production. This is simply going to be a monster of a release that will build upon the success of the self titled debut album.
Many in the industry feel this album alone by itself will now cement the arrival of Eden's Curse as truly a name to be reckoned with! Assisting Michael Eden (Vocals), Thorsten Koehne (Guitar), Paul Logue (Bass), Pete Newdeck (Drums) and Ferdy Doernberg (Keys) in creating this huge wall of sound is none other than the voice of TNT, Starbreaker, Westworld and now a solo artist - Tony Harnell who sings backing vocals on the whole album.
Former Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen frontman, and current Cornerstone and Empire vocalist Doogie White once again returns to the aid the Curse Choir along with the ever present Carsten Schulz of Evidence One, Midnite Club and Roger Staffelbach's Angel of Eden fame.
Also featured is vocalist Pamela Moore best known for her performance as Sister Mary on Queensrÿche's 1988 epic release "Operation: Mindcrime" and 2006's sequel "Operation: Mindcrime II", who duets with Michael Eden on the incredible Power Metal Anthem "Angels & Demons".


Fresh off their European and S. American tours in support of Return Of The Pride, reactivated hard rockers White Lion have scheduled the following dates during the month of October and a date in 2009:
10/10/08 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues (Little Caesar-Support)
10/14/08 San Diego, CA House Of Blues (Pretty Boy Floyd-Support)
10/15/08 Calgary, Alberta Snatch Rockbar
10/21/08 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
05/08/09 Halifax, Nova Scotia Cabin Fever Rockfest
More dates in November and December will be announced soon. Bassist EJ Curse from Silent Rage will be filling in bass duties on shows for the remainder of 2008.
White Lion recently completed work on a 60-minute live DVD from its 2005 Bang Your Head!!! festival appearance, featuring interview footage along with other bonus material in anticipation of a late 2008/early 2009 release. More information can be found at

A preview clip, introducing the upcoming video clip for JSS can be found now at:

Trixter, LA Guns, Skid Row and Firehouse all in one 7 day cruise departing Florida March 2009 -

Kevin Lee will play the American Heart Association Benefit September 13 at 2pm. at the Wright College Auditorium in Chicago.

Prog rockers Yes (in the wake of Jon Anderson's illness and the subsequent cancellation of this summer's planned U.S. tour) have selected a tribute band singer to replace its iconic frontman. He's Benoit David from the Canadian Yes tribute band Close to the Edge ( Details at:
Here is Benoit David singing with Close to the Edge on YouTube:

Multi-Platinum rockers Buckcherry debuted their Don't Go Away video on MSN Music last week from their upcoming Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records' Black Butterfly (out on 09.16.08):

Motley Crue has released the uncensored video for their new single, Mutherfucker of the Year:

FM will be joining Steve Price live in the studio at ARfm on Sunday, 14th September to celebrate and chat about the forthcoming live DVD recorded at Firefest IV. To listen to ARfm go to

Nightwatcher's House Of Rock has issued an interview with hard rocking blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, in which he discusses his new album, Live From Nowhere In Particular, working with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Journey, Dream Theater) as well as meeting rock legend Eric Clapton in Bahrain earlier this year. WebLink:

Solid Rock's last update features a Judas Priest interview with Ian Hill:

An interview with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth about the new album and Tim leaving and Matt coming back can be found here:

On this weeks Hair Metal Haven, Chris Nelson's guest will be Rob Evans, writer of the AOR Underground column in Powerplay Magazine. Chris and Rob will be talking about all the top Melodic Rock/AOR Bands and Songs of the moment, the past 6 months and their tips for the rest of the year. Simply a must for all fans of the Genre, Check them out this Saturday 13th September from UK Time/ European Time Zone only on

Lizhard are proud to announce that Perris Records signs their self title album Lizhard. Worldwide release foreseen on October 7th. For further information visit the official website,
Lizhard arranges their songs trying to preserve the sounds and the warmth of 80s and 90s classic hard rock. In June 2008 they finished the recordings of their new self titled album. During the first months of 2008 they opened for former Mr. Big singer Eric Martin & Twin Dragons, getting great feedback from the audience and critics.
The album has been co-produced, mixed and mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio, musician known worldwide for his collaborations with acts like (Edge Of Forever, Moonstone Project, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, Jeff Scott Soto, Axe). Lizhard band members are: Luke Marsilio (Voice, acoustic guitar and harmonica), Paul Mainetti (Guitar), Luca "Ze" Moroni (Bass) and Ricky Lecchini (Drums)
Track listing: 1) Rock N Roll Is Back 2) Devil's Highway 3) Let The Good Times Roll 4) I Cry For You 5) Life In The Fast Lane 6) Let's Party 7) Bad To The Bone 8) Angel 9) My Wild Side 10) Diamond.




Monday, September 08, 2008

Once again I must apologize to everyone for another update outage due to illness. I've spent most of the last week in bed with Influenza B and am doing everything in my power to get back into good health. Some of the news in my "InBox" is featured below and I expect to get news updates rolling again from today.
Other updates as I can get them done.

Lots of work and updates required for Angelmilk Records also as things get backed up from my lack of availability and several other factors. Stay tuned for a revised set of release dates for previously announced projects.

Frontiers Records announces the mainland Europe (excluding the UK) release of Bang!Thunder's 9th studio album – on November 7.
Thunder are entering their 20th anniversary year with a brand new album recorded in 2008 at Walton Castle, near Bristol, in England. In a never ending quest for new recording experiences, the band decided not to return to Spain, where they recorded Robert Johnson's Tombstone, instead opting for a seriously old castle in the west of England.
Singer Danny Bowes says: "We've known Marge the owner for years, and always felt her castle would make a great studio, but it was only last year that we decided to see if we were right. She loved the idea, so we dipped a toe in the water by shipping our recording kit down there for a few days, just to try it out with some guitar overdubs and percussion. It was perfect, with 2 foot thick stone walls, and loads of different rooms to choose from, everything sounded brilliant. It was a no brainer, we had do the whole album there, so we invaded the place, recorded 20 + songs, and stayed for 3 months. Marge loved it, and she got on the record too!"
Guitarist Luke Morley says "We've always made our best albums in a rural, English setting, so Walton Castle was the perfect location for us. We had cables and wires running everywhere but it was definitely worth it, as it's the best sounding album we've ever made. I knew we had a great batch of songs so it was a question of giving ourselves the best possible circumstances to bring them all to fruition, and we definitely function better when we're having fun. We moved in, set up our studio, frightened the local wildlife and befriended the local landlords (who were inconsolable when we moved out), as were the better looking sheep in the neighbouring field, well that's what Harry said anyway..."
The band is also finalizing some tour dates in Europe for the beginning of 2009 to be announced in the near future. Bang! is once again a great collection of songs, assembled and delivered in the way only Thunder know how. Several are surely destined to become future Thunder classics.
Tracklisting includes: On The Radio; Stormwater; Carol Ann; Retribution; Candy Man; Have Mercy; Watching Over You; Miracle Man; Turn Left At California; Love Sucks; One Bullet; Honey.
A new 30 second audio clip of the new songs will go up on every week between this week and the release date.
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Warrant's official announcement about the departure (again) of frontman Jani Lane:

"It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with Warrant. From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original Warrant show to our fans and friends. We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.
We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason, an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself…we don't think you will be disappointed!
September 9th Tucson, AZ – Casino Del Sol w/ Alice Cooper
September 19th Maplewood, MN – The Myth w/Trixter
October 17th Tyler, TX – The Oil Palace w/Queensryche/Kip Winger

Thanks for reading, The Down Boys.
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TNT - Atlantis Release Date: October 31 / With the signing of TNT from Norway, Metal Heaven welcomes another outstanding Hard Rock band to their roster. Their new effort is called "Atlantis" and will see the light of day on 31.10.2008 in Europe (through Metal Heaven: without Scandinavia). This record marks the second album with British singer Tony Mills (ex-Shy) in the line-up. This version of the album will include the bonus track Substitute.
Atlantis which was mixed by star producer Tommy Hansen is another great release from this highly entertaining band!
Samples: Hello, Hello / Love Of My Life / Tango Girl
Line-Up: Ronni le Tekrø, guitars; Tony Mills, vocals; Diesel Dahl, drums; Victor Borge, bass.


New distribution title: Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath / Release: 31.10.2008 / In collaboration with Swedish based label Ulterium Records, Metal Heaven are pleased to announce the release of Swedish Melodic Metal hopeful's Harmony's second album "Chapter II - Aftermath". Fans of Kamelot, Nocturnal Rites and Yngwie Malmsteen alike will definitely dig this record. Line-Up: Henrik Båth - Vocals, Markus Sigfridsson - Guitars, Tobias Enberg - Drums, Magnus Holmberg – Keyboards. Guests: Kristoffer Gildenlöv (Pain Of Salvation) - Bass; Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon, Heed) - Vocals on "Inner Peace"
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Rock Over Munich is a brand new Hard Rock Festival in Germany! The first edition will be held on January 31st, 2009 at the Metropolis club in Munich. Performing on the show day will be the following five bands:


Treat - Swedish band Treat was founded in 1984 and belongs to the Melodic Rock genre's most loved bands. Their records are highly respected and the releases "Scratch And Bite", "The Pleasure Principle" and "Dreamhunter" as well are all-time faves by many. In 2008, Treat are still going strong and currently recording a new studio album which will see the light of day in early 2009.

Stage Dolls - Stage Dolls from Norway belong into the same category as Treat: outstanding Scandinavian Melodic Rock! This outfit has been around since 1983 and also released some true Melodic Rock gem's such as the records "Stage Dolls" and "Commandos". Stage Dolls also are recording a new album right now, permanently are touring Norway and their appearance at Rock Over Munich will mark their first ever concert in Germany since 20 years!

Dominoe - These days, a nostalgic trip back to the 80s isn't that unusual, especially when it comes to music. In 1988, the debut single of a then-unknown band became an overnight success. R5 was the name of the car. 'Here I Am' was the name of the song. Dominoe was the name of the band! 2008 shows the Rock band from Munich very strong with the release of their new album "The Story Is Far From Told..."

M.ill.ion - M.ill.ion from Gothenburg, Sweden, was formed in 1989 by bass player and song-writer B.J Laneby. Influences in the music include everything from KISS, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, DIO, Accept to Queen, the blues and The Beatles - all combined with the more heavy approach of the 2000's. May 2008 saw the release of their current album "Chase Of The Thrill".

Dark Sky - Dark Sky had been founded as a school band in the very early 80's in the South German city of Rottweil. In between, the band has released four highly recommended German Hard Rock albums and been permanently performing live. Their latest record was released in June 2008 on AOR Heaven and is called "Empty Faces".

The location: the Metropolis Club in Munich is located at the Kultfabrik area (Grafinger Str.) close to railway station Munich East (Ostbahnhof) which is in walking distance to the club, numerous hotels and restaurants. Closest airport is Munich International (MUC) which has a direct train connection (S-Bahn) to "Ostbahnhof Station". More infos can be found at: or
Tickets can be pre-ordered here, and will be additionally available soon on or through Kartenhaus Ticket service (for German customers only). Price is only 31,00 Euro incl. Vat plus pre-sale fees and shipping.
Further info: AOR Heaven will host a metal market during the show day at the venue where you can buy CD's and merchandise at great prices. Doors open: ~14.30 CET, stage time first band: ~15.00 CET; end of last band's set: 23.00 CET The line-up for 2009's event is completed. For a possible 2010 show, interested bands may feel free to get in touch with us.

Rock Over Munich is organized by AOR Heaven, NL Distribution and GerMusica Promotion together. For more information, you'll reach us through the contact details in the signature below and through

Press Release / On Tuesday Sept.9th at 1pm Kelly Hansen the lead singer of the legendary rock band Foreigner will be in town for a major fundraiser for at La Encantada Shopping Center. (Campbell and Sunrise) He will also be promoting the Benefit Concert at the Tucson Music Hall for on Sept. 21st.
The band is taking time out of their horrendous schedule and donating their services to help the at risk kids here in Tucson. In these time when the first moneys are cut, they are cut from the services they help give our at risk kids some chance for the future. So this contribution from them and all of you that help is a God send.

Press Release / Miljenko Matijevic / SteelHeart / SteelHeart Records, LLC sign with Red Eye Distribution (N.A.) and Cargo Distribution (EUR).
Charlottesville, VA (USA), September 5, 2008: SteelHeart's new album, Good 2B Alive (G2BA), written, produced and recorded by Miljenko Matijevic, is slated for European release October 24, 2008, immediately followed by its U.S. release on November 11, 2008. Preceding the album's opening in both markets by Cargo Distribution and Red Eye Distribution, respectively, is the European release of SteelHeart's live DVD entitled, "SteelHeart Still Hard," on September 19, 2008.
Miljenko Matijevic's distinctive, powerful, multi-octave vocals return on G2BA, an album chronicling the journey of a lifetime. Traversing personal experiences and the evolution of SteelHeart while weathering tragedy and triumph, Matijevic covers the gamut of human emotion, allowing listeners a vivid glimpse into his past, present and future. A creative work ten years in the making, G2BA emerges from the depths of anger, peace and patience, resurrecting SteelHeart with a modern, edgy sound while remaining loyal to its rock roots. From the fervent passion of "Samurai," guttural "LOL" (in which Matijevic sings the guitar solo through a wah wah pedal) to the lush, heavenly vocals of the acoustic title track, G2BA is an album yearning not just to be heard but experienced. With radiant power and live string sections ("Twisted Future") recorded at Sky Walker Sound, G2BA is an epiphany of the soul, taking listeners on a sonic journey best described as a "Modern day Zeppelin."
To understand where Matijevic is and where he is going, one must study his past. From his childhood in Croatia to touring the world with SteelHeart… To that fateful night in 1993 when a Page 2 SteelHeart: Good 2B Alive PR 1,000-pound lighting rig collapsed onstage, nearly crushing him to death in front of thousands of shocked fans. Such a journey has led him to be lyrically on top of his game, melding introspection into prose (from "Twisted Future"): "...There will come a day, when freedom will come to reign and all the pain that surrounds us, we will anchor to the wind. Now there is no need for crying, let it go. There is so much more to come… I know."
Since the early 1990's, Matijevic's stunning vocal abilities have been showcased in a string of hits, one of which is his legendary performance on the massively successful, "I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)." Additionally, he provided the extraordinary singing voice and the theme song "We All Die Young" for Mark Wahlberg's character in the 2001 blockbuster film "Rock Star."
A fearless warrior in today's music industry, Matijevic is not only the consummate rock vocalist, but also a businessman, venturing into other facets of the business in order to provide a platform for emerging artists brave enough to go against the grain of commercial mediocrity. Matijevic is the founder of SteelHeart Studio, SteelHeart Television, SteelHeart Wear and, of course, SteelHeart Records, LLC. Inspired and maverick, Miljenko Matijevic is back: Strong, determined and with his best album to date. It is definitely Good 2B Alive.
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Press Release / "After almost 2 years, the deed is nearly done. The finishing of the upcoming Domain album The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow is within spitting distance.
Producer and guitarist Axel "Ironfinger" Ritt resides again at the Meadow Studios / Darmstadt - Germany, to put the final cut on the metal opera, which bases upon the epistolary novel "Die Leiden des jungen Werther" by famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
The release date of the new album in Europe will be November this year, USA and Asia January 2009."

By Eric Tucker Associated Press Writer / September 2 / PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Members of the 1980s rock band whose pyrotechnics sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people have agreed to pay $1 million to survivors and victims' relatives, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
The settlement offer from Great White is the latest stemming from the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick. Roughly $175 million has now been offered by dozens of defendants to settle lawsuits over the blaze, which also injured more than 200 people and is the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. The band does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which requires the approval of the more than 300 people suing as well as the federal judge handling the case, among other conditions.
The blaze began when the band's tour manager, Daniel Biechele, shot off streams of pyrotechnics at the start of the concert. Sparks from the pyrotechnics ignited inexpensive packaging foam the club owners had used as soundproofing around the stage. One band member, guitarist Ty Longley, was killed in the fire.
Though the band members were never charged, Biechele pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter for lighting the pyrotechnics without the required state permit. He was paroled in March after serving less than half of his four-year prison sentence. The band has said it had permission for the pyrotechnics, which the club owners have denied. Attorneys for the band did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday.
Biechele is covered under the settlement, as are lead singer Jack Russell and other Great White members at the club that night, according to court papers. The settlement also covers the record label, manager and management company for the band at the time of the fire. Great White's insurer is covering the settlement. The insurer has previously said that $1 million was the maximum amount of the band's insurance policy.
No settlement money has been distributed so far. A Duke University law professor has been appointed to work out a formula to determine how much money each person suing should receive. The victims' relatives and survivors sued several dozen defendants after the fire, including foam companies, the rock radio station that ran advertisements for the concert, club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and the local fire marshal who failed to cite the club for the foam on the walls and ceilings. The state of Rhode Island and the town of West Warwick each agreed to settle for $10 million last month.
The case has been settling in piecemeal fashion over the last 12 months, effectively erasing the possibility of a trial that some victims' relatives had hoped could give them answers about the circumstances of the fire. "I just feel that we're never going to get the answers we need, that would put some of this to rest for us," said Chris Fontaine, whose son, Mark, was killed in the fire and whose daughter, Melanie, was badly injured.
She said she thought the band was "getting off easy" and would have faced a much more costly jury verdict if the case had gone to trial. The southern California-based Great White rose to popularity in the 1980s, boasting a blues-inflected hard rock sound and scoring a Grammy nomination for its best-known song, a cover of the tune "Once Bitten, Twice Shy."
Besides Biechele, the only people charged as a result of the fire were the club owners, who pleaded no contest to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2006. Michael Derderian will be out on parole next year. Jeffrey Derderian was spared jail time and given community service and probation. The brothers have been sued but have received bankruptcy protection.

NEH Records announces FREE SHIPPING through the month of September! Applies to shipments within the USA only. All Preorders placed in September will also ship FREE! Preorders and back orders from previous months that paid in advance and ship in September will get shipping costs refunded! Buy now and save!

After a fruitful collaboration started in 2006 and the release of the first full-length album The Music That Will Heal The World (Lion Music), Twinspirits part ways with the Danish singer Søren Adamsen. The band recruited the great Swedish talent of Göran Nyström to complete the new line-up. The recording sessions for Twinspirits new album are currently in progress and the record will be probably released in the first semester of 2009. The band already played a couple of gigs during summer festivals in Italy, with the new line-up. Some video footage about it can be viewed at

The new album Step Into The Future by George Bellas will be released in January 2009. This new album consists of one song that is 76 minutes long. The album will be available worldwide on Lion Music. For more information visit:

Critically acclaimed shredder Rusty Cooley is appearing in guitar magazines worldwide advertising his new signature Dean Guitars artist model. Be sure to check our the new extended special edition of Rusty's self titled debut album coming on September 12th 2008.

In the wake of his successful Spring 2008 tour of Italy, Grammy® nominated uber guitarist Alex Masi is planning to go back on tour in late fall 2008. A few stops on his multiple-city European tour will include personal appearances and guitar clinics for Ernie Ball® / Music Man®, who recently inked an endorsement agreement with Masi. Los Angeles tour dates are in the works and will be announced in Sept. 2008.
Masi is back at work in his Haunted Hill Studio, with three projects lined up. He's known as much for his classical opuses as he is for his instrumental rock and metal compositions.
Masi explains, "Continuing in the same tradition as `In The Name of Bach,' I'm doing a Vivaldi album. It's my personal homage to the composer who represents the city of Venice to the world, my fellow Venetian, Antonio Vivaldi. I'm choosing excerpts from the Four Seasons to some more obscure pieces...two musicians from Venice meet across the centuries..."
Inspired by the ongoing organic connections between Jazz, Fusion and Rock, Masi is also mixing it up with "Something I've wanted to do for a long time." He continues, "A heavily groove oriented electronica that features massive amounts of orgiastic guitars. I'm not afraid to venture into the world of dance music, I like the idea of electronic sleaze shred." While many of Masi's albums are instrumental, he will include vocals on this project. Adds Masi, "The third project is a rock album based on more traditional instrumentation but no less daring in terms of envelopes being pushed and cliches thrown out the window - Hendrix, Cream, Zeppelin, etcetera, but with a 21st century twist."
All the projects will be tracked and produced at Haunted Hill Studio.

Every now and then an idea comes along, which sounds and feels good… O.T.R is just such an idea: a new multinational rock group which has brought vocalist John Lawton (ex Uriah Heep/Lucifers Friend) and guitar player Jan Dumee (ex-Focus), together with renowned Brazilian musicians! John Lawton comments, "In April 2006 Jan contacted me, after leaving Focus, with the plan to lock together his love for melodic rock and my blues/rock influences… I liked what I heard. With Jan making my inexpensive guitar sound like a very expensive one, I knew we were on the right track."
OTR recorded its debut album 'Mamonama' in Rio de Janeiro and the Netherlands. The mixdown was done in Brazil's foremost cd/dvd recording studio 'Mosh' in Sao Paulo with a release set for October 10th 2008 on Lion Music. More info coming soon.

Saturday 4th October sees the 5th Annual Journey Convention taking place at the Birdwell Club in Barnsley. The event starts at 3pm, until late with music quizzes, charity auctions, unseen footage and live music provided by Joon.
Star auction prize is one of Neal Schon's custom made guitar straps, signed by all of the band members on the UK leg of the tour. Other special treats, autographed goodies and rare items will be auctioned off at the event, from band members past and present. Tickets are £10 in advance which will provide you with an exclusive souvenir laminate and exclusive photograph of the new line up including Arnel Pineda.
Door entry will also be be £10. (Door entry tickets will not include the laminate and photograph)
All proceeds from the event will go to Charity. To date these events have raised $17,000 which has gone to children's charities in the UK and USA.
You can purchase your ticket by PayPal or cheque:
- To purchase your ticket please PayPal £10 per ticket plus 50p postage for the total order to
- To purchase your ticket by cheque, please send a cheque payable to 's.moffatt' to 33 Twineham Road, Redhouse, Swindon, SN25 2AG.
Please remember to include your name, address and a contact telephone number with the order.
The final date for advance ticket orders is Monday 29th September. More information can be found at
To download a poster for the event please go to

Rob Grad formerly of the bands Kik Tracee and Superfine has two new songs in the brand new documentary Walking on Dead Fish. The songs "Fuzzy Pictures Glowing" and "June" were written for the film before Rob started working on his debut solo release "No Apologies" which is due out before the end of the year.
"Being asked to be part of a project as great as this is a great honor." Rob says from his home in Southern California.
Walking On Dead Fish is a heart-felt documentary about a small-town high school football team and its "Displaced Players" who are thrown together by the powerful winds and floods of Katrina. The documentary's executive producer and narrator is NFL hall of fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
Walking On Dead Fish opens in theaters on September 5.




Friday, August 29, 2008

The new album titled Legacy from Girlschool will be released through Wacken Records / Steamhammer on October 24th in Germany, October 27th in Europe and November 4th in the USA.
30 years of female powered heavy Rock N Roll, 30 years of Girlschool. The longest existing all-girl band Girlschool is back with a bang. Their newest album Legacy mixes old school Classic Rock with new and modern influences. As Legacy is the 30th anniversary album of Girlschool some friends showed up and left their mark. Ronnie James Dio is singing on the bonus-track version of I Spy as well as Lemmy left his voice on Don't Talk To Me and such musicians like J.J. French (Twisted Sister), Neil Murray, Phil Campbell (Motörhead), Fast Eddie Clarke, Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister) and Tony Iommi (Heaven & Hell) left clicks and licks on several songs too. Even the original guitarist Kelly Johnson, who died last year, can be heard on the opener Everything Is The Same with a special ghost appearance! But enough talking, take a deep breath and enjoy the Legacy.
Track Listing: 1) Everything's The Same (feat. Kelly Johnson on percussion - her ashes)[Yes, you read that right folks??] 2) From The Other Side, 3) I Spy (Girlschool Mix), 4) Spend Spend Spend ( feat. J.J. French - guitar solo), 5) Whole New World ( feat. Neil Murray - bass, Phil Campbell - lead guitar solo), 6) Just Another Day ( feat. Phil Campbell - guitar solo), 7) Legend ( feat. Neil Murray - bass), 8) Still Waters, 9) Metropolis ( feat. Fast Eddie Clarke - guitar solo) Motörhead cover, 10) Don`t Mess Around ( feat. Eddie Ojeda - guitar solo), 11) Zeitgeist, 12) Don't Talk To Me ( feat. Lemmy on bass, vocals and triangle). Bonus Tracks: 13) I Spy (Dio/Iommi Mix) ( feat. Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi - lead guitar), 14) Emergency, 15) London.


I believe most folks will know of guitarist Jason Becker. The amazing guitarist worked with the Dave Lee Roth band back in the 90's as well as a budding solo career. Jason has long suffered with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and now fan Ron Coolen decided to run the New York City Marathon on November 2, 2008, and to set up a Jason Becker Charity around the Marathon. Ron says: "I will acquire sponsors for my Marathon and all the donations will directly go to Jason Becker. The scope of this Charity is truly global and it is my mission to unite as many Jason Becker fans as possible and to raise BIG money for him. We, Jason Becker fans, are obliged to pay back Jason for the fantastic music he created for us and which we still enjoy every day. Therefore the campaign is called 'Time to payback!'"
Next to this MySpace page, there is another blog on this Charity; take a look at This Charity is supported by the Becker Family.

A long running Tribute page for Jason continues to be read and added to right here:

Tigertailz are very proud to announce they will support Mötley Crüe front man Vince Neil on both his solo UK shows this coming December. Dates are as follows:
London, Shepherds Bush Empire, 17th of December
Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 18th of December.

New interview with Trixter's Steve Brown on When you're at the site, check for coverage of Trixter at Rocklahoma.

Peter Friestedt recently did an interview for the Steve Price show on ARfm radio. If you missed it, check it out at:

On the Sinner MySpace page the guys posted another taste of the new album Crash & Burn - the song Unbreakable:

Nikolo Kotzev's Nostradamus rock opera has been nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2008! The theme for this year's award is musicals and musical drama from the Nordic countries, making Nostradamus an obvious choice for nomination! Read more about the award and the other nominees at Nordic Council's website:

MR-X has been updated yet again - this time with a Feature Live performance - TMG - Live In Japan 2004; a new compilation - The Best Ballads 2004; and the following new Video Clips:
Axe - I Think You'll Remember Tonight, Cats In Boots - Her Monkey, Little Angels - Kicking Up Dust, Neal Schon - I'll Cover You and The Click Five - Catch Your Wave.
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