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Friday, March 30, 2007

Guilfest headliners announced

Supergrass, Squeeze and Madness have been confirmed as headline acts on the main BBC Radio 2 Stage at the 16th annual GuilFest, which takes place at Guildford’s Stoke Park on July 13th, 14th and 15th 2007, with Magic Numbers confirmed as special guests on Sunday, July 15.

Supergrass, who have always excelled as live performers, and boast the enviable distinction of having had six consecutive top ten albums, all of which have attained gold or platinum status, are taking time out from recording their new studio album to headline the opening night on Friday July 13th.

Cementing their reputation as quality musicians and demonstrating that they have lost none of their innate sense of fun, the band most recently appeared for Red Nose Day 2007 with Ade Edmondson on a special edition of Top Gear, and in April will be off to Berlin to record the first sessions for their as yet untitled sixth album due out later this year.

The GuilFest crowd can expect to hear many of the bands biggest hits, among them the classics Pumping On Your Stereo, Alright, Going Out, Lenny and Richard III, as the bands joyous and positive attitude spills out through all these catchy tunes.

Squeeze’s headline slot on Saturday 14th July will be the only summer show for this hugely influential band and the first time their founder members Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have performed together as Squeeze since 1998. Squeeze are responsible for a string of classic hit such as Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Labelled with Love, Hourglass, Black Coffee In Bed, Pulling Mussells (From The Shell), Take Me I'm Yours and many more.

Formed in South London in 1974, Difford and Tilbrook have the rare gift of narrating stories about love and everyday life to indecently catchy tunes, and produced a steady stream of enduring pop classics over three decades. The band enjoyed huge success throughout the 1980’s, headlining Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1982 and toured relentlessly to rapturous crowds. Squeeze are as relevant today as they ever were with artists such as Andy Burrows of Razorlight, citing them as a major influence; ”I love Squeeze - I'm just a massive huge fan”.

Madness, Britain’s biggest selling singles band of the Eighties, who headline on Sunday 15th July, are the perfect party band to close the show, with twenty one top twenty chart smashes in their huge arsenal of hits to choose from, including such gems as One Step Beyond, Night Boat To Cairo, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun, Our House, My Girl and many more.

Madness’ influence is everywhere in today’s music. You hear them everywhere; in the hurdy-gurdy exuberance of The Kaiser Chiefs, in the staccato rhythms of Franz Ferdinand, in the ska-tones of The Ordinary Boys and even in the clever knowing pop of Robbie Williams - Madness are all around us, and now they're going to be back on stage, bringing Madness to the masses at GuilFest.

Special Guest act on the Sunday will be the Magic Numbers who have already scored six top 40 hit singles since their debut ‘Forever Lost’ smashed into the charts in May 2005, and two top ten albums. The band’s self titled debut album, released June 2005 has since been certified a double platinum hit, while the follow-up, ‘Those The Brokes’, released November 2006, has already yielded two top 40 singles.

Loads more acts will be announced for the BBC Radio 2 Stage, let alone for the numerous alternative stages at GuilFest, voted The UK’s ‘Best Family Festival’ by the public in Virtual Festivals’ 2006 Awards.

Tickets will be available from and via credit card hotline 0871 4240050, priced £90 for the weekend or £40 per day. Children under 12 enter free, while children aged 12-16 will be charged £50 for the weekend or £30 per day. Adult weekend camping tickets are £100, while child weekend camping (with fee paying adults only) tickets are £60. Campervan parking is £80 per weekend slot, and occupants will also need to purchase adult weekend camping tickets.

Held in the green and beautiful location of Stoke Park in Guildford, visitors can also expect a great weekend of comedy, children’s entertainment, street theatre, and a market full of arts and crafts stalls and caterers from around the world serving delicious food in a truly festive atmosphere. There will also be a late licensed 150 foot beer tent and cocktail bar, an extensive KidZone and a plentiful number of regularly cleaned and maintained toilets throughout the site and camping areas.
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New interview with NIGHT RANGER’s JACK BLADES

Iron Maiden are to take part in the final episode of Live from Abbey Road, the 60 minute music program which airs on Channel 4 TV. Iron Maiden will be performing tracks from last years ‘A Matter of Life or Death’ album and will be supported by the Gipsy Kings and Natasha Bedingfield.

Guitarist Tim Mills has left ICED EARTH.

EDENBRIDGE has parted ways with drummer Roland Navratil due to "personal, musical and financial differences." A replacement drummer has yet to be announced.

Onslaught are to release a DVD called 'Onslaught Polish Assault 2007' through Metal Mind on May 14th.

Bloodstock Open Air Festival will now happen from August 16-18, and not on July 6/7, at Catton Hall in Derbyshire. On the bill will be In Flames, Arch Enemy, Testament, Lacuna Coil, Dream Evil, Wolf, Korpiklaani, Memfis and Rise To Addiction. As a result, the indoor Bloodstock festival won't be happening this year.

Inside Out Music America has set a May 22 release date for Devin Townsend's next solo album, entitled "Ziltoid the Omniscient". The CD, which will be released under the DEVIN TOWNSEND banner instead of THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND, was recorded completely by Devin, who took care of the singing, guitar, bass, synthesizers and sampling duties.

Todd Rundgren will be the first act to play the newly refurbished Fillmore in Philadelphia when the venue reopens on April 27th.



Chokehold are pleased to announce their participation in the forthcoming UK/Irish tour with metal legends Saxon. Drummer Lawrence Paterson comments: “F***king YEEESSSS! To share the stage night after night with such a renowned and ultimately respected band as Saxon is an honour, but to be personally invited is truly special. We can’t thank Saxon or their management enough for this opportunity. Get ready – the ‘Love Hammer’ is coming…”
The band will make their national TV debut as part of Harvey Goldsmith’s ‘Get Your Act Together – The Showdown’. The show will air on E4 at 10pm on Tuesday April 10th. Their new album ‘Sweet Sense of Genocide’ – the follow-up to 2006’s Nick Hemingway produced ‘The Killing Has Begun’ – will be released later this year.

14 Academy 2 – Manchester
15 Astoria – London
16 Rock City – Nottingham
17 Temple Bar Music Centre – Dublin
19 The Garage – Glasgow
20 Civic Hall – Wolverhampton
21 Coal Exchange – Cardiff
23 Spring & Airbrake – Belfast

Press Release
March 29, 2007

QUIET RIOT will hit the road in 2007 in support of their dynamic new release REHAB. REHAB is the most definitive release of their career since METAL HEALTH and has received numerous superb reviews and feedback worldwide. REHAB is available nationwide at all major stores.

More tour dates to be announced.

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Finnish progressive rock-band Overhead performs this year besides Finland at least in five European countries. The band plays at festivals and clubs in May in France, in August in Sweden and in November in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
Overhead's second album 'Metaepitome' was released in 2005 and it got a great reception in different medias all around the world getting excellent reviews and album of the month-nominations. It has also been played in many especially prog-oriented radios in Europe and America.
Overhead is currently working on its third album and it is expected to be finished by the end of the year. The album will be released by French Musea.

Confirmed tour dates so far:
03.04.2007 On the Rocks, Helsinki, Finland.
12.05.2007 A progressive day's night part III, Gloria, Helsinki, Finland.
18.05.2007 Prog'Sud festival, Jas'Rod des Pennes-Mirabeau, France.
19.05.2007 Son'Art, Bordeaux, France.
07.08.2007 Espa stage, Helsinki, Finland.
25.08.2007 Slottsskogen Goes Progressive, Villa Belparc, Göteborg, Sweden.
09.11.2007 pROCKfest, Stadthalle im Stadtgarten, Bünde, Germany.
11.11.2007 Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium.
16.11.2007 Montreux Prog Nights, Montreux Music Club, Switzerland.


English hard rocking heavy metal legends Saxon, who star in Channel 4’s ‘Get Your Act Together’ programme (fronted by Harvey Goldsmith) on April 10th, have now confirmed the release their ANTI GUN CRIME single featured on the show, ‘If I Was You’, on SPV Records on April 16th. All proceeds from the single will be split equally between The Non Violence Foundation and the Gun Control Network – see and for details.

‘If I Was You’ is taken from Saxon’s just released, highly acclaimed 18th studio album ‘The Inner Sanctum’, which went straight into the UK Rock album chart at number 4. Reviewing the LP in Kerrang!’s March 24th issue, Nick Ruskell enthused; “Sounding a good 20 years younger than their birth certificates say, there’s no messing here, just a load of solid heavy metal tunes played with the energy and conviction of a band right at the top of their game, and although they may be older, wiser and greyer than they used to be, Saxon are still way above par when it comes to delivering the metal.”

Saxon have also rescheduled their UK & Irish tour, which was postponed last month when singer Biff Byford contracted a throat infection and lost his voice. Dates are:-
14th May MANCHESTER Academy 2 (£16.00)
15th May LONDON – Astoria (£16.00)
16th May NOTTINGHAM Rock City (£16.00)
17th May DUBLIN Temple Bar Music Centre (36 Euros)
19th May GLASGOW Garage (£17.50)
20th May WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall (£16.00)
21st May CARDIFF Coal Exchange (£16.00)
23rd May BELFAST Spring & Airbrake (£18.50)
Tickets are on sale now from all usual outlets and via

Civilization One is an international musical entity creating timeless heavy metal with neoclassical, symphonic aggression, and features in it's ranks vocalist Chity Somapala (ex-Firewind, Avalon), guitarist Aldo Lanobile (Secret Sphere), drummer Luca Cartasegna (ex-Secret Sphere), and bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (Maladaptive; Ex-Heavenly).
The band produced their debut album Revolution Rising themselves at studios in France, Italy and Germany with mixing and mastering by Markus Teske (Vanden Plas, Dominici,Symphony X) at Bazement Studios in Germany. Civilization One's debut will be released in June 2007 and feature 10 songs, including "Life Of Agony," "Legends Of The Past (Carry On)", and "Time Will Tell."
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Stonelake present new album in June - This Swedish band's new album is entitled World Entry and was recorded between Summer and Fall 2006. Mixing was handled by guitarist Jan Åkesson, Pontus Lindmark and Anders ”Theo” Theander at Roastinghouse Studios, Sweden. Expect a melodic, slightly progressive album with great hooks & melodies!
Line-Up: Peter Grundström, Vocals, Jan Åkesson, Guitars, keys, bass, Jaime Salazar, Drums, Lasse Johansson, Bass.

Faith And Fire's Tony Moore goes Japanese - Former Riot and current Faith And Fire singer Tony Moore was invited to sing on 2 songs of the forthcoming album by Japanese guitar hero Takayoshi Ohmura. He also wrote the lyrics for the songs entitled "Holy Tomorrow" and "Never". This release is due for Spring 2007 in Japan. Until then, you can hear Tony on Faith And Fire's album Accelerator, out now on Metal Heaven.


May 22 - Paris, France @ Grand Rex
May 28 - Landgraaf, Netherlands @ Pinkpop (Near Heerlen)
May 31 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
June 02 - Nürburgring, Germany @ Rock am Ring
June 03 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Rock im Park
June 09 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Super Rock
June 12 - Madrid, Spain @ Las Ventas
June 15 - Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock
June 16 - Imola (Venice), Italy @ Heineken Jammin' Festival
June 17 - Interlaken, Switzerland @ Greenfield Festival
Aug. 05 - Washington, DC @ V Festival at Pimlico Park
Aug. 24 - Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
Aug. 26 - Reading, England @ Reading Festival
Sep. 08 - Toronto, ONT @ V Festival

3rd London Mean Fiddler June
4th Dudley JB's
5th Leeds Rio's


SOULAR ‘Love Crash Heal’ Astonish (2007)

This band are like a more melodic version of Radiohead, in fact imagine Radiohead with out the harsh guitars and with added Coldplay melodies and you’d be near to their overall sound. The title track and ‘So, This Is The Way It Feels’ are excellent tracks, lovely atmospherics coupled with neat vocals. However some track do miss the mark like the aptly titles ‘It’s A Shame’ which sounds out of place with the rest of the album.
An enjoyable listen and fans of Radiohead in their ‘OK Computer’ ear and Coldplay would do well to check this band out.

Jason Ritchie

OVERHEAD ‘Metaepitome’ Musea (2005)

Finnish based progressive rock band that seamlessly merge the classic prog rock sound of the 70’s with more modern influences. The title track, an epic nineteen minutes long, features some fine guitar soloing and the general laid back feel of the music brings to mind Camel at their best. For a more modern feel ‘WARNING: Ending (Without Warning’ fits the bill nicely, although again the flute and keys arrangements hard back to Jethro Tull and Focus.
‘Butterfly’s Cry’ with its 70’s keys could be the Eagles jamming with ELP! The sixteen minute ‘Dawn’ rounds of the album in style. Again those 70’s classic prog sounds are there but this time the guitar and keys take the centre role creating rich soundscapes that draw the listener in.
Overhead have created an album perfect for lovers of the mellower side of progressive rock, be they fans of Camel, Focus etc. A band worthy of wider exposure and recognition.

Jason Ritchie

ZEN MOTEL ‘Stations Of The Dead’ Imprint Records (2007)

The band’s second album, which sees the Wildhearts CJ guesting on three tracks as well. This band kick as and then some! They play straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll as favoured by the Wildhearts and Buckcherry. Just check out ‘21st Century Bitch’ (more tea vicar?) or ‘Real good Time’ where the guitars remind you of Thin Lizzy bizarrely! ‘Pissed’ has a great melody and just sticks inn your brain. Slightly off the wall moment in ‘Honey Ryder’, an instrumental with some spoken female vocals.
If you like your rock on the sleazy and catchy as f*** then this band will satisfy your need and then some.

Jason Ritchie

STAN BUSH ‘In This Life’ Frontiers (2007)

Stan Bush is one of those artists who define a genre, in this case highly polished AOR and with this new album he doesn’t disappoint.
From the opener ‘I’ll Never Fall’, which is the sort of track Survivor should have done on their latest album through to the reflective acoustic closing track ‘Southern Rain’ (featuring Rocket Richotte on guitars), it is a very enjoyable listen. Just the right amount of rockers (‘Over You’ is a classic melodic rocker!) and ballads with ‘Waiting For You’ showing others how ballads should be done. The production is nice and smooth courtesy of Holger Fath (who also handles guitars and keyboards), which is vital in this type of AOR album.
Another winner from Stan Bush, one of AOR’s most consistent performers and long may he continue.

Jason Ritchie

Thursday, March 29, 2007

DEEP PURPLE will perform the whole of the ‘Machine Head’ album on their April UK tour.

LA Guns have parted with bassist Adam Hamilton. No replacement has yet been confirmed.

Rumours abound that guitarist Jeff Watson has left NIGHT RANGER. For two superb interviews with band members Jack Blades & Kelly Keagy hop over to –

The ROLLING STONES will be releasing a live DVD to coincide with their upcoming summer tour dates.

Judas Priest legend KK Downing has launched his personal website
The site is titled the Steel Mill, and is intended to be a forum for all things Downing, Judas Priest and Metal Music! It's the first place to go to get all the information about KK Downing, as well as finding out about all of KK's side projects. There are also great forums where you can discuss any of your metal issues, and get the lowdown on the best new (and classic) metal albums.
KK has just been in the press, talking about his recent project Violent Storm, which he executive produced and played on. He has also been very busy in the studio with Priest, recording their new album, which is a concept album, based on the predictions of Nostradamus. It is due to be released in the latter half of 2007, and will be doubtless followed by a massive world tour.
KK had this to say about the Steel Mill: "Hi metal fans. I am proud to present my new which is uniquely international and able to give music fans worldwide the opportunity to interact and participate. Lots of things will be happening at the steel mill, you will be meeting friends of mine, and get to communicate with other metal fans all over the world. I will be reviewing new and not so new records, live gigs and having interviews with interesting people. The mill workers will be working hard but we your input to keep the flames in the forge as hot as possible.
Keep feeding the flames...K.K Downing."



Frontiers Records is delighted to announce the signing of TRW for the release of their debut album Rivers of Paradise!
Behind the TRW acronym hides a trio made up of the most incredible musicians/session players that have literally played the history of Rock and Pop music!
T stands for Michael Thompson - a stunning guitar player, Michael is well known to the Melodic Rock crowd for his M.T.B. album How Long released in 1989. He has also released two solo albums titled, The World According To MT and MT Speaks. But he built his reputation playing with such megastar names as Shania Twain, Michael Bolton, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Cher and many many more. He is nowadays one of the leading names in the guitar world and is playing is instantly recognizable and full of technique and feeling.
R stands for John Robinson - a real legend in drumming. He released one solo album titled Funkshui and played with an impressive list of artists. Some names include Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Seal, Steve Winwood and of course Barbra Streisand. His discography (579 credits!) can be found following this link.
Last but not least, W is for Mark Williamson, the singer and bass player in the line-up. He came to the attention of the Melodic Rock fans - together with Robinson - on the superb Toto-flavoured album Bridge 2 Far. Later he released one solo album for GRP, entitled Time Slipping By, collaborated with Mike Oldfield and worked in sessions or live dates with many artists, including Freddie Mercury, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Elton John, Peter Frampton.

"The concept behind TRW is that myself, Michael and Mark are true fans of classic rock and roll", explains John Robinson. His friendship with Thompson dates back to their years in the Berklee College of Music when they were in classes together.
"We have so many things musically in common that it was destiny forming TRW", continues Robinson. "We also play in David Foster's All-Star band. Michael and I have been writing together for many years now and by adding such a great singer/writer as Mark, it is just magic. We have formulated our own style with comparisons to many rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Journey and Toto."
The new album is everything one could expect from these monster musicians brilliant musicianship, immense songwriting, soaring vocals and rocking attitude!
"One thing that we pride ourselves on is all our songs have melodies that everybody will remember", concludes Robinson "We all believe in great songs! Quincy Jones taught me about it and by the way, this is definitely not a one off. We have already plans to start writing by the end of this year for the 2nd CD."
Rivers of Paradise is undoubtedly a true Melodic Rock classic in the making which should not be missed by anyone. Songs in streaming can be heard following this link!
The release is scheduled for June 2007 on Frontiers Records, with more details (including an additional very nice surprise for the fans) to be announced at a later stage.

Opening for the likes of Ratt, Poison, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper and Lita Ford, working with some of rock's most respected producers and scoring several 'Headbangers Ball' approved video clips, Lillian Axe certainly carved (or perhaps more appropriately, chopped) a niche for themselves with metalheads worldwide during the '80s and '90s. And now, after an extended hiatus, the group ­ which is now comprised of Derrick LeFevre (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (lead guitars/vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitars/vocals), Eric Morris (bass), and Ken Koudelka (drums) ­ has unleashed their first new studio album in nearly fifteen years (and first for the Metro City Records label), titled Waters Rising.
"We have spent the last 3 years getting this record done, in 4 different locations, and we have gone through a complete metamorphosis mentally and physically,” explains Blaze. “It's a different environment in the music industry these days yet the spirit and soul in creating music has stayed the same in the Lillian Axe camp. My engineer, Rob Hovey, and I spent many hours experimenting with different approaches to this record, but it always came back to the same formula do what we do, period."
Blaze also offered some insight regarding several favorite individual tracks from Waters Rising. “The song 'Quarantine' deals with germaphobia - I suffer from this condition. I deal sometimes with the 'dirtiness' of the world by living in a very clean, pristine, and organized environment. 'The 2nd of May' speaks of child disappearance and the theories behind the inability to find so many missing people. 'Field of Yesterday' would be Lillian Axe's 'Stairway to Heaven' or 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The one song that encompasses the pieces sonically and emotionally that are the quintessential elements of that group. It is about eight minutes long and has a mid-section which capsulates the history of man's existence in an ethereal interlude which soars and then slams back to reality. '5' is an instrumental in which I used about 80 guitar tracks. I attempted to touch on many different aspects of the instrument from arpeggios to clean picking to orchestration to heavy blues riffs to speed riffing to manipulation feedback. It took a while, as I wrote it as we recorded it, but the fanatic end result was just what I intended."

Originally formed in 1983, the New Orleans-based group soon caught the attention of Ratt manager Marshall Berle and MCA Records, leading to the release of the group's self-titled 1988 release (produced by late Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby), 1989's 'Love and War' (produced by Tony Platt, who previously worked with AC/DC), 1991's 'Out of the Darkness into the Light,,' 1992's 'Poetic Justice,' and 1993's 'Psycho-Schizophrenia' (the last two of which were produced by Leif Mases, who previously worked with Led Zeppelin). Additionally, such Lillian Axe tracks as “Dream Of A Lifetime,” “Show A Little Love,” “True Believer,” and a cover of Badfinger's “No Matter What” received attention from rock radio and MTV.
By the middle of the '90s, Lillian Axe opted to take a break, although a collection of previously unreleased material was issued in 1999, 'Fields of Yesterday.' With metal once more ruling the charts and the airwaves by the early 21st century, Lillian Axe was back in business with live shows, resulting in the release of their first-ever live album, 'Live 2002,' recorded in Houston, Texas. Roadwork has continued for the band - including playing to 27,000 fans at Germany's Bang Your Head Festival in 2004, as well as an extensive European tour a year later. With new singer LeFevre recently replacing longtime frontman Ron Taylor, 'Waters Rising' sees a whole new metallic chapter unfolding for Lillian Axe.
"This album has been conceptually in the works for years. 'Waters Rising' represents the boiling point factor, that life seems to be a tumultuous ride always on the brink of explosion. These recent times on this planet seem to be proving this point. However, in each individual is the point where you reconcile this within your spirit and peace takes over allowing you to cope more effectively. The songs on this record cover the different ways that we deal with this factor and the fact that everyone is trying to make sense of it."
Tracklisting for Waters Rising: 1. Waters Rising, 2. Antarctica, 3. Become A Monster, 4. Quarantine, 5. I Have to Die, Goodbye, 6. Fear of Time, 7. Until the End of the World, 8. Fields of Yesterday, 9. Thirst, 10. The 2nd of May, 11. Deep in the Black, 12. 5.
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10th NEWCASTLE City Hall
12th CARDIFF St Davids Hall
13th PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
16th MANCHESTER Apollo
17th LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire

November 4th Newcastle Metro Arena
November 6th Glasgow SECC Hall 4
November 7th Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
November 9th Manchester Evening News Arena
November 10th London Wembley Arena
November 11th Brighton Centre
November 13th Birmingham NEC
November 14th Cardiff International Arena
November 15th Nottingham Arena
November 17th Plymouth Pavilions
November 18th Bournemouth BIC

POISON, RATT (featuring original lead singer Stephen Pearcy), VINCE NEIL and Y&T are among the acts that are expected to appear at Rocklahoma, a three-day outdoor '80s hard rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, in Pryor, OK at the Pryor Festival Grounds. The following is a partial list of bands that are **rumoured*** to be taking part in the event:
FASTER PUSSYCAT (feat. Brent Muscat)
L.A. GUNS (feat. Tracii Guns)
Rocklahoma will be hosted by radio personality and VH1 Classic VJ Eddie Trunk, who will officially announce the lineup for the festival today (Tuesday, March 27) during a press conference at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California


ROBERT PLANT re-issues Rhino (2007)

Following on from last year’s box set containing all Robert Plant’s solo output, the albums each get their own individual re-release with added bonus tracks (these bonus tracks were included in the box set). The Honeydrippers CD is also re-released adding extra tracks.
For me 1988’s ‘Now and Zen’ **** is the first real ‘must have’ of Robert Plant’s solo work. Previous albums contained some good songs and a hit single in ‘Big Log’, but they did have too many average tracks. ‘Now and Zen’ saw Plant hook-up with Phil Johnstone on keys and more importantly as a co-writer on many of his tunes over the next few albums. This album at the time also caused a stir as Plant’s Led Zeppelin band mate Jimmy Page guested on two tracks, namely ‘Heaven Knows’ and ‘Tall Cool One’, the latter boasting some Led Zep sampling as well. The sound is very electronic/keyboard led with a big, almost synthetic drum sound supplied by Chris Blackwell. ‘Ship Of Fools’ is one of Plant’s best ballads whilst the rock ‘n’ roll flavoured ‘White, Clean and Neat’ is semi-autobiographical. Three bonus tracks are live versions of songs from the album which are okay but the sound quality is not the best at times.
1990’s ‘Manic Nirvana’ *****, along with Plant’s latest album ‘The Mighty Rearranger’ are for me his best works. Not one duff track on here and some real rock anthems on here including ‘Nirvana’, with its great slow build chorus, the riff on ‘Tie Dye On the Highway’ is stunning and for a more reflective moment try ‘Watching You’. This album really saw the guitar back into the music (guitarist Doug Boyle really adds his personal stamp to the tunes) whilst keeping the big drum and keys/electronic sound. Three bonus tracks with ‘Oompa (Watery Bint)’ the pick of them as it sits well with the rest of the album.
By 1993’s ‘Fate Of Nations’ ****1/2 Plant had expanded his musical backing musicians with guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael in particular making an impact in the song writing area. There was also more use of traditional instruments such as the hurdy gurdy on ‘I Believe’, which paves the way for the more world music approach taken by Plant & Page. This album also provided another hit single in ’29 Palms’, a song made for cruising down a US highway/M6 motorway on a summer’s day. A real highlight though is the achingly beautiful cover of ‘If I Were A Carpenter’, surely one of Plant’s best vocals in ages. Five bonus tracks on this one, including the folk tinged ‘Colours Of Shade’ with Martin Allcock (Jethro Tull/Fairport Convention) providing all the instrumentation. ‘Great Spirit’ features another fine vocal performance.
Of the three surviving Led Zep members Robert Plant has had the most success sales wise and musically, as he keeps pushing his own voice into new direction and exploring new musical avenues. Grab these three albums plus ‘The Mighty Rearranger’, the Honeydrippers album and check out his new music with the Strange Sensation. Truly a vocal hero and these re-issues serve as a timely reminder of how varied and enjoyable his solo output is.

Jason Ritchie

THE SPACE COWBOYS "Dead End Streets & Devils Night" (2006 Bad Reputation)

Quickly leaving any possible comparisons to Steve Miller to one side The Space Cowboys are a loud, brash Swedish outfit owing more the all out heavy rock 'n' roll of Motorhead and The Ramones than the old 'Joker'. However, and perhaps more importantly, they are accessible enough that fans of the heavier works of recent crossover successes Jet and Kings Of Leon might also find something to interest them on this album.
Thirteen track and about thirty-five minutes of no let up heavy rythym, hammered drumkit and the odd soaraway solo later it clear that they're put a good solid set together and are perhaps only the memorable hook away from a hit single that would break them to a bigger audience. To be fair, Gotta Go is so nearly that track whilst Damnation High, opener Sleeping Energy and Dead End Streets also stand out. Dirty Mind has all the subtlety of Gene Simmons lecturing on the facts of life whilst It's About Time stands proudly over the rest as their most accomplished track.
An admirable short, sharp hit of high octane, raw rock 'n' roll that has little variation but plenty of energy and attitude.

Bill Leslie

KINGBABY "Whole Lotta Easy" (2006 Bad Reputation)

KingBaby are the brainchild of ex-Baton Rouge member and one-time Alice Cooper collaborator Lance Bulin and can be described quite confidently as radio-friendly southern rock. Desptite gigging since 2004 this marks the bands first full release.
A decent if fairly unspectular set of songs there is plenty to like here. The band prove themselves adept at a few styles with rockers Swan Song, Always Free and Rock 'n' Roll High bringing to mind the likes of early Aerosmith and The Georgia Satellites whilst Right Time is an acoustically heavy number not unlike Tesla at their best. Excellent slow number The Well demonstrates an ability to write a strong, meaningful lyric whilst the loose, bluesy feel of The Bones stands out as the high point of the album and perfectly showcases the throaty, made for blues, voice of Bulen.
A couple of lesser quality tracks in Sing Along and Let's Stay Home do detract from the album but for fan of the bands mentioned above as well as the more obvious influences of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty et all then this is well worth checking out. Indeed with samples of five of the tracks on the bands website and four tracks including the excellent The Well on their MySpace site it'd be daft not to...

Bill Leslie

JOE LYNN TURNER "Second Hand Life" Frontiers (2007)

Joe Lynn Turner cannot be accused of ever taking the easy route to rock notoriety. Following the likes of Ronnie James Dio into Rainbow, then directly replacing Ian Gillan for Deep Purple's 1989 release Slaves And Masters perhaps isn't the ideal way of endearing yourself to fans but on both occasions he produced works of some merit and success. Lately Turner's been able to stamp more of his own identity onto his own releases and has been prolific to say the least. His collaboration with Glenn Hughes in HTP received some long-overdue critical acclaim and he's even released a couple of covers albums worth hearing and not many artists can claim that.
Signed now to the Italian Frontiers label his latest solo album bows to fan's requests and is a fully blown melodic rock opus of a standard befitting his experience and stature in the business. Whether its polished rockers like the opening track Love Is Life, Over The Top or Sweet Obsession of the Foreigner style big ballads in the shape of In Your Eyes, Cruel or Love Is On Our Side the level of competence is abuntantly clear.
Deep Purple fans will be interested in the track Stroke Of Midnight. Co-written with Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover and Survivor's Jim Peterik it was originally for the follow up to Slaves And Masters and parts turned up on One Man's Meat on The Battle Rages On with Gillan back in the fold. Highlight of the album by far though is the eastern flavoured Blood Red Sky. Rainbow like in all the right ways guitarist Karl Cochran introduces himself as a guitarist of note whilst Turner produces a stellar performance.
For melodic rock fans this is a release well worth hearing, for latter day Rainbow fans its essential.

Bill Leslie

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New interview & feature with the VAN ZANT brothers (LYNYRD SKYNYRD/.38 SPECIAL)


VOIVOD are to start recording a new album in October. This should be released early in 2008.

WHITE LION will record a new album for release later this year.

LILLIAN AXE release their new album, ‘Water’s Rising’ on June 12th in the US.

The US reality TV show Rock Star has been cancelled.

Anthony J. Resta and Ed Roland are co-producing the Collective Soul's 7th studio album. The band were busy in November and December tracking basics. The record will be in production until May or June with an autumn release planned.

Hawkwind: Do Not Panic on TV
This Friday (30th March) on BBC4 at 9:00pm, told for the first time, the inside story of Hawkwind, one of Britain's wildest acid rock bands. Includes interviews with Lemmy, Terry Ollis, Nik Turner and writer Michael Moorcock.

GEORGE THOROGOOD is working on his new album which he pans to be an acoustic one.

From Billbaord.Com –
One faction of veteran rock band Jefferson Airplane is again suing a founding member, Paul Kantner, alleging that he is using the band's name without permission.
Singer Grace Slick and Bill Thompson, former manager of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in California federal court charging that Kantner is violating both trademark rights and an $80,000 legal settlement he signed in 1985.
In exchange for the money, Kantner promised never to perform as Jefferson Starship and never to use the names "Jefferson" or "Airplane" without consent from Slick, the majority shareholder in Jefferson Starship Inc., the suit said.
Kantner has been performing for years under variations on the names. He started touring in 1991 as Paul Kantner's Starship, while Mickey Thomas, another ex-Starship vocalist, has been touring under the name of Mickey Thomas' Starship. Kantner's and Airplane vocalist/co-founder Marty Balin's use of the Airplane name for a 2000 concert tour brought another lawsuit and an injunction.
Asked why Kantner hadn't been sued before now, Thompson said, "Grace and I were being Good Samaritans, I guess. Playing small fairs didn't irritate us so much."
Kantner crossed the line by making a deal earlier this year to let Microsoft Corp. use the Starship name to promote a new computer operating system, Thompson said. He said publicity for the concerts associated with the promotion included a poster with a photograph of Slick.
The suit says Kantner has cost Thompson, Slick and Jefferson Starship Inc. more than $750,000 in revenue from using a name not rightfully his. The suit seeks to confiscate his profits and stop him from performing as Jefferson Starship.
"Thompson's been suing people for years and usually he's on the losing end," Kantner said. "This time the whole pack of cards is going to be coming down." Kantner said he hadn't sold the Starship name, but let Microsoft use it in promotions for four free concerts, for which the band was paid $100,000.
"On this 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love," Kantner said, "love is going to triumph." Slick, reached at her Malibu, Calif., home, laughed and said she wouldn't discuss the case.



Hello, and welcome to another update from - the home of
Progressive Rock!


We are extremely pleased to announce the signing of Solstice to F2 Music. A personal favourite of mine since the very early 80's, Solstice were part of a thriving Prog scene in the UK, alongside Marillion, Pallas, IQ, Pendragon & Twelfth Night, bringing strong folk influences into their melodic progressive rock sound. Superb electric violin and guitar was the centre piece of this excellent band. And the great news is that Solstice will be playing live again later this year before going in to the studio to work on a NEW Solstice CD for 2008!

In the meantime we will be releasing 'definitive' versions of the band's
three studio CD's - 'Silent Dance', 'New Life' and 'Circles' - with brand
new artwork and booklets, and each with a bonus CD containing rare demos and special live tracks. The bonus discs will include all those previously released on the very hard to find Solstice compilation CD 'Pathways', plus even more! We will be sure to let you know when they are available! See the 'Digital Downloads' news item below to

Solstice is:
Andy Glass - guitar and vocals
Emma Brown - vocals
Jenny Newman - violin and vocals
Steve McDaniel - keyboards
Robin Phillips - bass
Pete Hemsley - drums

At the signing, Andy Glass said 'we are delighted to be entering into this
creative partnership and we are full of hope for the future'. Excellent
news indeed, and welcome back Solstice!



We have launched our digital download shop on! All of the Solstice studio tracks from their three CD's, plus all of the tracks
from their Cropredy 'live in the studio' CD are available to download at
great prices! The rare demos and special live tracks will not be available
as downloads, and will only be available on the bonus discs with the
re-released CD's coming soon! More digital downloads will be added very



Magenta - Speechless [CD single] - GBP 3.50
The new single by Magenta featuring two versions of the new track
'Speechless' and a superb new full band version of 'Anger', originally from
the band's second CD 'Seven'. Also includes the promo video for
'Speechless' as a quicktime movie. We have very limited stock of this CD,
so buy now before it's too late!! See the 'Magenta fans' information below
for some other music you may like!


1. NEO - Broadcast [DVD] - GBP 15.99 / [DVD+CD] - GBP 20.99 [due
This unique DVD features songs by IQ, Pallas, Pendragon, Shadowland and Arena. Band includes Mark Westwood, John Jowitt, Clive Nolan and Andy Edwards, with guest appearances from Nick Barrett of Pendragon and Alan Reed of Pallas.

2. Pendragon - Past and Presence [DVD+2CD] - GBP 20.99 (DVD only is GBP
15.99) [due 16/04/2007]
Special concert to celebrate the 21st anniversary of 'The Jewel'. This is
two hours of some of the best music that progressive rock has to offer!

3. Steve Thorne - Emotional Creatures (part 2) - GBP 9.99 [due 30/03/2007]
Features appearances by Tony Levin, Nick d'Virgilio, Geoff Downes, Gavin
Harrison & Pete Trewavas!

4. Alan Morse - 4 O'clock And Hysteria - GBP 9.99
Excellent instrumental album featuring contributions from all members of
Spocks Beard, plus Neal Morse!



Still at number one is the debut CD by The Reasoning called 'Awakening',
and featuring a host of great musicians including Rachel Jones (ex
Karnataka), Matthew Cohen (ex Magenta) and a guest guitar solo by Steve Rothery (of Marillion). If you are a fan, then you will probably like a CD that Matthew's previous band Erasmus released called 'Voyage'. It features a brief vocal performance by Christina (Magenta) and includes Rob Reed (Magenta) on keyboards. A bargain at just GBP 8.00!



Ezra are pleased to welcome Chris Jones (guitar) and Gareth Hill
(keyboards) to Ezra. In their recent press release, the band stated 'We
have ditched the sequencer and replaced it with real people. Those of you
who have followed us over the years will have seen various line-ups of the band, some with keyboards some with sequencer, but it's the first time we've had another guitarist in the band. There are plenty of guitar parts on the albums that we can now play live for the first time. This now makes Ezra a seven piece! Both have fitted into the band perfectly and played their first performance on 23/04/2007 supporting Peter Banks (ex Yes).


PROG ROCK ON THE RADIO! are proud to sponsor a new online radio show - Paul Baker's excellent Progressive Soundscapes show (until recently on Paul's new home is at - a brand new Rock and Metal station which has just gone online. Make sure you tune in to hear some excellent music. The Progressive Soundscapes show will go out from 2pm to 5pm every Sunday.



If you are a fan of Magenta, as well as buying the newsingle 'Speechless',
you may also be interested in some of the other projects that Rob Reed, the main man behind Magenta, has previously been involved in, as well as some other members of Magenta!

Othello Syndrome - The Shadow of Dreams - solo CD by Martin Rosser,
guitarist with Magenta, and includes Rob Reed on keyboards, and Tim
Robinson on drums.

The Fyreworks - The Fyreworks - Main man Danny Change (guitar) with a great band including Rob Reed on keyboards, Andy Edwards (Ezra) on vocals and guitar, Doug Sinclair (Steve Hackett Band) on bass and Tim Robinson on drums.

Cyan - Echoes - part 2 of the remastered best of CD's featuring tracks from Cyan's first two CD's plus a number of previously unreleased tracks.

McCarthy - Christian rock artist Alan McCarthy with Rob Reed on keyboards and Martin Rosser on guitar.

Erasmus - Voyage - solo CD by Matthew Cohen (ex-Magenta now The Reasoning), and includes Rob Reed on keyboards and a brief appearance by Christina of Magenta.

Best Regards
David Robinson
F2 Music Ltd, Festival House, 2 Goldfinch Close, Loughborough,
Leicestershire, LE11 3HG, UK


October 3rd - Glasgow SECC
October 5th - Newcastle Metro Arena
October 6th - Sheffield Hallam Arena
October 9th - London Wembley Arena
October 10th - London Wembley Arena
October 11th - Birmingham NEC
October 14th - Manchester MEN

5th London Hammersmith Apollo
7th Cardiff International Arena

Incubus have been forced to postpone their upcoming UK tour. This is because guitarist Mike Einziger is to undergo surgery on an injured hand.


NIGHT RANGER ‘Hole In The Sun’ Frontiers (2007)

Night Ranger return with their first new studio album since 1998’s ‘Seven’ album. Since their last album various members have been busy with solo albums (Kelly Keagy & Jack Blades) and collaborations (Jack Blades with Tommy Shaw) plus touring and releasing compilations and live albums. There has also been a line-up change since last time with original keyboards player Alan ‘Fitz’ Gerald leaving again to be replaced by Great White’s Michael Lardie.
From the off it is modern hard rock, with ‘Tell Your Vision’ pulling no punched musically or lyrically. Next up ‘Drama Queen’ keeps the guitars set to max and the opening verses sound uncannily like the Cult’s Ian Astbury! Long standing fans may well be divided over these sings as they are much harder and raw sounding than the band’s usual songs, leaning more to the sound on Jack Blades solo album. But these fans will be placated by ‘Whatever Happened’, where the harmonies and crystal clear guitar solos are firmly in place. ‘There Is Life’ is the big ballad and although not as classic as ‘Sentimental Street’ or ‘Sister Christian’ it is still a damn fine tune.
‘Rockstar’ is another jaunty rocker complete with a very 80’s sounding synth backing – great stuff! The title track is possibly the weakest song on here, whilst ‘White Knuckle Ride’ adds electronic effects to produce a very heavy song. Damn Yankees come to mind on ‘Wrap It Up’ with guitarists Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson riffing up a storm.
‘Revelation 4am’ continues the Night Ranger tradition of acoustic led songs with the guitars and rhythm section kicking in nicely on the chorus. ‘Being’ falls into the acoustic ballad category as well and rounds the album off nicely.
An album well worth the wait, which sees the band successfully marrying the modern hard rock sound with their more traditional ballads and harmony led hard rock tunes. Some die hard old school fans maybe left disappointed with the more modern approach but for most this is the album fans have been waiting for and then some.

Jason Ritchie

NO MORE KINGS Astonish (2007) www.

Based around Pete Mitchell (vocals) and Nail robins (guitar/bass/keys/percussion/cello/programming), they have produced a debut album that covers many musical bases and in their at times off the wall lyrics they reminded me of XTC. Vocally Pete Mitchell has a very melodious voice that sometimes reminds you of James Morrison and Lenny Kravitz.
Plenty to enjoy on here including ‘Zombie Me’, with its hilarious zombie chorus – ‘All the zombies in the house go ‘Yeah’, classic! It also features a very catchy chorus and is an airplay friendly tune for sure. ‘Sweep The Leg’ has been gaining the band exposure on You Tube with the song’s accompanying video and again it is a very accessible pop rocker. The band do jump around musically from the funked up ‘Go Breathed’ to ‘Mr B’ which is like the Beatles jamming with Lenny Kravitz! Whilst ‘This’ is a beautifully composed and arranged song, bringing to mind the best moments of Simon & Garfunkel.
A very varied and enjoyable debut album from a talented duo (backed by other musicians as and when required). An album that reveals unexpected treats with each listen, highly recommended.

Jason Ritchie

Monday, March 26, 2007

New audio interview with MARILLION’s Steve Hogarth

Come & add your classic studio & live album choices plus read those of Bernie Torme, John McCoy (GMT/Gillan/Mammoth), Steve Newman (Newman), Steve Conte (New York Dolls/Company of Wolves) & more.

SYMPHONY X plan to release their new album in June.

The BLACK CROWES have started work on a new album for release later this year.

Chavis Records has signed a deal with the high profile L.A. rockers Firstroundknockout aka 1RKO for the release of their self titled debut. 1RKO features Simon Daniel (Jailhouse, Grind, Flood), Brian Spang, Rich Sacco, and Derek Stephens. 1RKO features a new classic rock sound driven by great songs and an infectious energy backed by years of experience. 1RKO will be available through major digital download outlets, online stores and mail order dealers June '07.



Press Release / We are delighted to announce that Tigertailz have signed a new deal with Sanctuary Records to release a new album titled - Thrill Pistol!
This new TAILZ album will be a double CD pack that will also include a 'bonus' disc of the original Wazbones album which was originally recorded in 1991 but never officially released. The band head into the studio in April to record the new album with a release scheduled for August/September this year. More info including song titles / listings will here appear soon.
Tigertailz have been confirmed to play the Gods Of Metal Festival in Milan, Italy on Saturday June 2nd. The festival runs on June 2nd, 3rd and then again on June 30th. The Tailz will play on Saturday June 2nd - @ show-time 13:30 - 14:20
The full line-up for the festival is as follows:
Gods Of Metal 2007 - Part I Milano - June 2 - Motely Crue, Velvet Revolver, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, White Lion, Tigertailz

Manchester legends The Happy Mondays have signed a new deal with Sanctuary Records and have revealed that a new album will be out summer along with a major UK tour.
Speaking to the NME, Happy Mondays lead singer Shaun Ryder explained: "I'm not the world's best salesman, me... I'm not a salesman at all. I think it's a really great album."
Ryder also revealed that a new single would be released in June followed by the new album. The band also will play the following venues on the following dates:

22 Inverness Ironworks
23 Aberdeen Music Hall
25 Sheffield Leadmill
26 Middlesbrough Town Hall
27 Hull University
28 Cambridge Junction
30 Northampton Roadmender
31 Preston 53 Degrees
01 Dudley JB's
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday March 30


BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will support METALLICA at their Wembley gig on July 8th.

Former AUDIOSLAVE/SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and JET have been confirmed as one of the support acts for AEROSMITH at this year's Hyde Park Calling festival in London.


Tue Jun 5 2007 Werchter Park (festival site) Leuven (near Brussels) Belgium
Fri Jun 8 2007 Goffert Park (festival site) Nijmegen The Netherlands
Sun Jun 10 2007 Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose Park Newport, Isle of Wight UK
Wed Jun 13 2007 Commerzbank Arena (Waldstadion) Frankfurt Germany
Sat Jun 16 2007 Stade de France Paris France
Mon Jun 18 2007 Stade Gerland Lyon France
Thu Jun 21 2007 Stadi Olimpic Montjuic Barcelona Spain
Sat Jun 23 2007 Anoeta Stadium San Sebastian Spain
Mon Jun 25 2007 Estadio Jose Alvalade XXI Lisbon Portugal
Thu Jun 28 2007 Estadio Vicente Calderón Madrid Spain
Sat Jun 30 2007 Estadio de Santo Domingo - map El Ejido, Almeria Spain
Fri Jul 6 2007 Stadio Olimpico Rome Italy
Mon Jul 9 2007 Jaz Beach Budva Montenegro
Sat Jul 14 2007 Hipprodrome Belgrade Serbia
Tue Jul 17 2007 Lia Manoliu National Stadium Bucharest Romania
Fri Jul 20 2007 The Puskas Ferenc Stadium Budapest Hungary
Sun Jul 22 2007 Outdoor Exhibition Centre Brno Czech republic
Wed Jul 25 2007 NSC Olimpiys’kyi Kiev Ukraine
Sat Jul 28 2007 Place Square St Petersburg Russia
Wed Aug 1 2007 Olympiastadion Helsinki Finland
Fri Aug 3 2007 Nya Ullevi (stadium) Gothenburg Sweden
Sun Aug 5 2007 Parken (stadium) Copenhagen Denmark
Wed Aug 8 2007 Valle Hovin (skating field) Oslo Norway
Mon Aug 13 2007 LTU Arena (stadium) Düsseldorf Germany
Wed Aug 15 2007 AOL Arena (stadium) Hamburg Germany
Sat Aug 18 2007 Slane Castle Slane (near Dublin) Ireland
Tue Aug 21 2007 The O2 (arena) London England, Great Britain


Buckcherry/Backyard Babies/Damone.The Mean Fiddler, London 20/03/07

Outside of a festival, it has been a long time since I have seen three outstanding bands on one bill, but that is exactly what we got here.
Opening band Damone first came to my attention last year when I picked up a copy of their brilliant debut album “Out Here All Night”, and tonight they delivered a tight set- reminiscent of a heavier Avril Lavigne mixed with early Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden. I am pleased to report that they really can carry off the CD live, with tracks such as “Now Is The Time”, “Give Us What We Came Here For”, “Tonight” and the brilliant “Out Here All Night” getting the crowd going- this is a band to watch as I think they are going to be huge in the future.
Up next we have Sweden’s Backyard Babies- a band I have seen many time, never lets the fans down and should have achieved way more than they have.
From the opening chords of “People Like Us” to final song “Dysfunctional Professional” the band delivered a high energy, rock n roll set that included “Brand New Hate”, “Star War”, “Minus Celsius” and “Made Me Madman”.
They promised to be back in the UK soon and if you have never seen the band live, get a ticket- you won’t be disappointed.
Finally, we have Buckcherry, whose comeback cannot be underestimated- Grammy award winning and on course to become bigger than their first run, the band are tight, having fun and attracting a whole new audience alongside long-time fans.
The set tonight is dominated by new album, 15, older songs such as “Porno Star”, “Whiskey In The Morning”, “Frontside”, “Crush” and the ever popular anthem that is “Lit Up” sit well among the likes of “Sorry”, “Broken Glass”, “Next To You”, “Everything” and the track that bought them back to worldwide attention “Crazy Bitch”. Buckcherry are back in the UK in June for Download- let’s hope they play a few other dates while they are here.

Nikk Gunns

Run DMC “Live At Montreux 2001” Eagle Records (Cat No EAGCD357)

Like most Rock fans I first became aware of Run DMC in 1986 when they teamed up with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to create the world ‘s first rock/rap crossover record, and massive worldwide hit “Walk This Way”, a record that gave a massive boost to the careers of both bands- Aerosmith at this point had reformed but were not in healthy shape career wise, had it not been for this hit they may not have managed the highly successful comeback that has made them one of the biggest selling bands of the late 80’s/90’s.
This live CD was recorded at Run DMC’s appearance at the 2001 Montreux Festival, one of their last gigs before the tragic murder of Jam Master Jay.
The highlights include “It’s Like That”, “It’s Tricky”, “King of Rock”, “Peter Piper” and “Walk This Way”- complete with samples of Perry and Tyler and sounding as good as it did 15 years earlier (and a hell of a lot better than the recent effort by Girls Aloud and The Sugababes!!!).
A lasting document to a truly groundbreaking band.

Nikk Gunns. 3 out of 5.

Swichblade “”Rock N Roll 4Ever” Perris Records (Cat No PER1862)

Switchblade’s new album is crunching guitar, sleazy rock n roll that will please fans of Circus Of Power, Junkyard etc. From the AC/DC style opening chords of “Mr Big Shot”, the powerful “Rocker” and other highlights “Desert Train” and “Man On The Run”, the band mean business. Vocalist Ken Anthony guarantees fans raw, high energy, in your face rock n roll with this album and that is what he delivers.

Tracks to burn? “Mr Big Shot”, “Rocker” & “Desert Train”.
Why Buy? Will appeal to fans of the bands mentioned above.

Nikk Gunns. 2 out of 5.

Adrenaline Factor “Adrenaline Factor” Perris Records (Cat No PER1872)

This AC/DC style album is infectious!! Dangerous Toys/Broken Teeth guitarist Paul Lidel has teamed up with Big Balls’ vocalist Lee Scott- a man who sounds very much like Bon Scott, to produce 10 tracks of adrenaline soaked, energetic rock.
There is not one weak track on this CD, the highlights of which include “Wrong Number”, “Boozin’ Susan”, the excellently named “Seven Beer Bitch”
and the slower “Hook Slide”. This CD is highly recommended.

Tracks to burn? “Wrong Number”, “Boozin’ Susan” and “Seven Beer Bitch”
Why Buy? AC/DC fans will love this CD.

Nikk Gunns. 4 out of 5.

Marc Ford “Weary and Wired” Provogue (Cat No PRD 72242)

Former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford releases his solo album “Weary and Wired”, an album on which he is joined by former Burning Tree band-mates Muddy and Doni Gray- 15 tracks which cover a number of styles.
Overall there is soulful, bluesy thread holding the album together- there are a couple of Crowes style instrumentals in “Greazy Chicken” and “The Big Callback”, a bit of Brit-pop infused rock on “Featherweight Dreamland”, some deep down Southern style blues in “The Same Thing” and even a touch of Tom Petty on “Don’t Come Around” and some old rock n roll, Chuck Berry style, with “Bye Bye Suzy”.
This mix works extremely well and gives the album a good feel throughout, what Ford himself refers to as “a more guitar based record”.
“Wired and Weary” is released in the UK in May when Marc Ford will be over here playing.

Tracks to Burn? Featherweight Dreamland”, “It’ll Be Over Soon”, “Smoke Signals” and “Medicine Time”.

Why Buy? Fans of The Black Crowes, Americana generally and The Stones will all enjoy this album.

Nikk Gunns. 5 out of 5

Whatever Happened To Slade
We’ll Bring The House Down
Till Deaf Do Us Part
Union Square / Salvo

Three remastered and fully bolstered albums from the kings of Noize, and three albums of damn good music that gets criminally overlooked. Kicking off with Whatever Happened To Slade, an apt title for 1977. Britain were well into punk and the NWoBHM was just round the corner.
Legendarily titled after a genuine piece of graffiti, the album is a return to the band’s skinhead roots. It was also their first album since leaving Polydor. Some rough Slade style rock’n’roll, but gone was the glam (largely) and the kitsch. Still very much Slade, but if you’re only familiar with the early 70s hits this is a very different beast. There’s some great rough guitar. “Gypsy Roadhog” was a single, and “Burning In The Heat” an undiscovered classic that was spiffingly covered by Girlschool some years later. Heavy on the guitar too. Not as anthemic as “Merry Christmas Everybody” but there’s some decent guitar work and melodies that really do need checking out. A whopping 9 bonus cuts too!
Following the successful 1980 Reading rejuvenation, 1981 saw We’ll Bring The House Down. Kicking off with the title track, a real rocker, it’s almost as metal as Slade could get. “Night Starvation” a modern chunky rocker with a catchy riff and vocal harmonies. A rightful return to the charts.
The album combined some of the rockier tracks from the long overlooked / forgotten 1979 album Return To Base with some new numbers, and this CD comes bolstered by the remaining Return To Base numbers (to complete that album too) and some bonus cuts. A mixture of metal, rock’n’roll and new wave pop that worked remarkably well. Highlight is “Dizzy Mama”, a lengthy southern style boogie, a kind of nod at ZZ Top at their best. And for a bit of fun there’s also Slade’s rendition of “Okey Cokey”. Left me smiling, but not sure in what context. Oh and Dave Hill with a shaven head – not a pretty sight.
Till Deaf Do Us Part was another great set. Also from 1981, it opened with “Rock’n’Roll Preacher”; yes there’s a nod at “Let There Be Rock” but in the nicest possible way. “Lock Up Your Daughters” dropped the boogie and was solid thumping rock song.
Still classically Noddy Holder, but less cheese, not classic Slade but some damn good hard rock with that boot stomping Slade trademark. A very underrated period of the band’s career. All come in slip cases, thick well annotated booklets and bonus tracks. Well worth checking out.

Joe Geesin

Serpent Smiles And Killer Eyes

Moving from the melodic thrash of their previous 2 albums, this is a real sonic onslaught. Danish metal that’s pretty extreme, rough vocals, stomach churning riffs, and the occasional Anthrax styled melodic break.
“Lies And Deceit” is to the point, and “The Stain” features some good range vocals, a great guitar solo and drum rolls to kill.
As the album goes on, there’s a touch of melodic Kreator and occasional Napalm Death bursts.
“Drinking With The King Of The Dead” has a great intro, a proggy metal Iron Maiden touch, and a Black Sabbath feel to the main riff. Something you can’t go wrong with.
This album will make your ears bleed, but if you like that kinda thing you’ll love this album.

Joe Geesin

Between Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
Bad Reputation.

A long standing musician, big in America, the opening title track is a near unique blend of blues rock with soul and a nod at country. Kinda funky, not too dissimilar to Ian Hunter.
“It’s Been A Long Time” is a down dirty honest blues rock track, the background fills on keyboard sounding polished. “You Don’t Know What Dirty Is” is more r’n’b, an element of Chris Rea too.
There are acoustic moments too, it’s a pleasant album, very nice in places. 15 good tracks, but only a handful really bite.

Joe Geesin


Virtuoso guitarist with a blues AOR feel. Instrumental too, the opening two tracks mix Toto with Chicago / Foreigner and a touch of blues and a nod at jazz fusion. Very bright production sound too.
The guitar work superb, it kind of talks to you at times which I guess is the point of albums like this.
Great melody on “Greenlight” and a rhythm that gets you going big time.
At other times the tracks aren’t so moving, kinda slower and more emotional, but despite the virtuosity, it has more a coffee table sound. “Dream In Blue” is best skipped over for that reason. Others like “Breaking Point” open well but don’t go anywhere; always a problem for instrumental albums, no matter how good the music.
Some great moments, but soon becomes directionless and samey.

Joe Geesin

Close As You Get

Excellent new album from the Irish Blues Rock legend; Gary Moore has found a real return to form since he’s returned to the blues, and both his guitar and vocals are as distinctive as ever here.
“If The Devil Made Whisky” is a down dirty blues number, some nice slide, “Trouble At Home” a typical Moore blues ballad, and “Thirty Days” an uptempo in-you-face rock/blues number, all catchy and memorable. Not a bad way to open a new album!
Moore has clearly found his niche, and is doing extremely at it, it’s obvious he’s comfortable here.
“Hard Times” is also a great song. But by track 5 we get “Have You Heard”, another ballad. Not that he doesn’t do them well, he does them very well, it’s just, if not one too many, certainly one too soon.
A welcome relief is “Eyesight To The Blind”, a real heavy blues burst. An album full of this kind of work would be a real killer. Rhythm section and keyboards all blend in perfectly.
That said, I am just in love with Moore’s guitar and vocals anyway. Why? Well here’s the proof! Just lose a ballad or two. Every other take on the blues is perfection. Even the closing “Sundown”, an acoustic number with some great slide. Earthy, good stuff!

Joe Geesin

Slow Food
NL Distribution

Sweeny is a vocalist who’s done a lot of work, including fronting Chrystal Ball, and other projects as produced, backing vocals etc. This solo album could equally be a solo album by multi instrumentalist Michael Borman who co-writes and also plays most of the instruments.
There are some nice tunes here, some great melodies, but the music is nothing special. It’s kind of typical mid 80s rock/pop. Not necessarily AOR, just ordinary rock. The vocals are good, with range, melody and emotion. And part of the melody of “Don’t Hold Back The Tears” is very reminiscent of Gary Moore’s “After The War”, only done in a more strumming.

Joe Geesin

30th Anniversary Concert / Love Blind (2CD)
Angel Air

Famed for their 1977 hit “They Shoot Horses Don’t They”, the band continued for several years and retained a level of popularity, as this 2006 concert on disc 1 shows. Solid rock, if a little poppy, Morty’s vocals a little husky. Recorded in south Wales, tracks from several albums get aired to much appreciation. “Down By The River” is a little funky, good soulful 70s rock fare. Their hit goes down a storm too, and the recording quality is excellent.
The second disc is the album Love Blind, from 1981, and is released for the first time on CD.
Originally billed as Morty And The Racing Cars, it’s a little poppier, and quite new wave too. You can almost hear the lipstick and quiffs, but the vocals suit the period well, strong too, nice bass lines and the guitar good too. The keyboard takes more control of the melody on opener “Are You Big Enough” than on the 70s material. “Honeymoon To Babylon” is more reggae.
A good package (as you’d expect from Angel Air), good music, this will please fans no end.

Joe Geesin

Friday, March 23, 2007

ProgRock Records is please to announce the signing of Amaran’s Plight, a new Supergroup featuring:
DC Cooper (Ex-Royal Hunt, Silent Force)
Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery)
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Kevin Gilbert, Tears for Fears, Genesis)
Kurt Barabas (Under the Sun)
The band's debut album, Voice in the Light will be released worldwide in May by Progrock Records and its label partners. Voice in the Light was recorded in 2006 at Gary Wehrkamp's New Horizon Studio's and described as textbook Symphonic Progressive Metal. It combines the soaring vocals of DC Cooper with the master riffs and melodies of Gary Wehrkamp, backed by the sonic, dynamic and explosive rhythm section of D'Virgilio and Barabas.

TORI AMOS releases a new studio album, American Doll Posse, on May 1st in the US.

Escape Music are please to announce the signing of TRAGIK title of the album "Poetic Justice" featuring the multi talented Phil Vincent: on All Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers, Organ & Piano, Dirk Phillips: Drums, Damian D'Ercole: Lead, Rhythm, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass with very special guests: DAVID ZYCHEK (AIRBORNE & NIGHTRANGER) : Lead Guitars on "SHOW THE WORLD"& "BACK OF MY MIND" BILLY ROUX: Lead Guitars on "MESSAGE TO GOD", "SHADOW IN THE NIGHT" & "HIGHER"
TRAGIK is the brand new rock band consisting of Phil Vincent, Damian D'Ercole & Dirk Phillips. Their first release is titled "Poetic Justice".
Phil has released 9 solo albums of melodic hard rock since 1997 playing all the instruments and singing all the vocals. In TRAGIK he still contributes all lead vocals, Keyboards and the rhythm guitar part but the majority of the axe work is handled by 22 year old new comer Damian D'Ercole. Damian has been a local session guitarist for many years honing his shredding and songwriting skills. His approach is aggressive and calculated bordering on mayhem. Damian also handles the bass duties, laying a solid backline to the intricate arrangements. Session pro Dirk Phillips has appeared in the past on Phil Vincent's "Circular Logic" and "Tragic" Cds. His heavy, steady drumming is the backbone of TRAGIK's sound. Dirk & Phil grew up together in the small town of Cranston, RI and shared the deep love of rock music while performing in various bands together. Their passion for Boston, Deep Purple, Dokken is heard throughout "Poetic Justice".
Also appearing on the CD lending their six string solo prowess are session guitarists Billy Roux from WHAT MATTERS, David Zychek from AIRBORNE & NIGHTRANGER and local guitar hero Paul Colombo.

The track lists;
Release date: 21st May 2007

Once again Escape Music are delighted to announce plans to release the third album by "Alliance", the supergroup featuring Robert Berry (Solo, "3", Hush, GTR, Ambrosia), Gary Pihl (Boston, Sammy Hagar), Alan Fitzgerald (Night Ranger) and David Lauser (Sammy Hagar). Keep watching the web site for further details of this brand new recording which is bound to cause a stir in coming months.
In the meantime we are scheduled to release a lavish double CD digipack featuring the first two Alliance albums title to be "Destination Known" ("Alliance" and "Missing Piece") together with several bonus tracks. This digipack will include new artwork and, of course, will be lovingly remastered and packaged...and here is the preview of the front cover .....Something to look forward to indeed!
Release date: 21st May 2007
Chavis Records has signed a deal with the high profile L.A. rockers Firstroundknockout aka 1RKO for the release of their self titled debut. 1RKO features Simon Daniel (Jailhouse, Grind, Flood), Brian Spang, Rich Sacco, and Derek Stephens. 1RKO features a new classic rock sound driven by great songs and an infectious energy backed by years of experience. 1RKO will be available through major digital download outlets, online stores and mail order dealers June '07.

HEART’s Ann Wilson is recording a solo album with guests including Elton John, Kd Lang, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, Wynonna, Gretchen Wilson, Alison Krauss and Nancy Wilson. No release date as yet.

Arch Enemy have a new guitarist, with Fredrik Akesson, who's been touring with the band for the last 18 months, leaving the band. He is replaced by returning guitarist Chrisopher Amott who left the band in 2005.

The Wildhearts return with the release of their eponymous new album through Round Records on the 23rd April 2007.



The Answer, are pleased to announce that they will be playing, by request, two shows including the Hyde Park Calling event with rock legends Aerosmith. The Hyde Park show takes place on June 24th and prior to that they will also perform with Aerosmith on the main stage at Sweden Rock festival, June 8th.
This is a great honour for the band who are huge fans of Messrs. Tyler & co; their cover version of ‘Sweet Emotion’ has become a live favourite and was included on the recent digital single, ‘Be What You Want’, released on March 12th.
Having supported The Who at last year's Leeds Wireless festival and completed tours with Whitesnake in the UK and Eagles Of Death Metal in Australia, The Answer are certainly no strangers to the big stage and this is set to continue through a very hectic summer touring period. The beginning of March saw them headline a sold out show at the legendary London Bloomsbury Ballroom and by media and public demand they fly to the other side of the world to play their first ever headline gig in Tokyo, March 27th at the Shibuya A-X.
April will also see the band embark on a full headline European tour to support their forthcoming pan European single release of ‘Be What You Want’. At the end of this run and in response to the ever growing army of fans in Ireland, The Answer will headline the Temple Bar music centre in Dublin on May 10th and then the 1200 capacity Belfast Mandela Hall on May 11th.

08 Schijdnel, Holland
09 Erfurt, Germany
10 Hamburg, Germany
11 Aarhus, Denmark
13 Bergen, Norway
14 Oslo, Norway
15 Gothenburg, Sweden
17 Rotterdam, Holland
18 Gent, Belgium
19 Paris, France
20 Yverdon, Switzerland
21 Florence, Italy
26 Barcelona, Spain
27 Onati, Spain
28 Madrid, Spain
10 Dublin, Temple Bar
11 Belfast, Mandela Hall

With the release of their debut album ‘Rise’, reaching Number 11 in the Japanese International album chart and Number 27 in the National album chart, The Answer are fast becoming an international success. Since it’s release in the UK (July ‘06) and Europe (September ‘06) the album has clocked up a whopping 65,000 copies sold and achieved an Impala SILVER status certification. With that number rising and with growing international and Japanese exposure, he band edge ever nearer their first 100,000 sales.
If 2006 saw the band cement their solid foundations at the forefront of the current rock scene, 2007 will undoubtedly see them catapulted to super-stardom and international recognition.

THE SWORD are set to return supporting the mighty CLUTCH on their twelve date tour of the UK in April. To celebrate this the band are releasing a seven-inch single and download release of the track ‘Freya’ from their critically acclaimed 2006 ‘Age Of Winters’ album, backed by a previously unreleased live version of ‘Iron Swan’ recorded at CBGB’S in 2006.

April Tour Supporting Clutch
03/04/2007 Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
04/04/2007 Manchester University
05/04/2007 King Tuts, Glasgow
06/04/2007 Barfly, Birmingham
07/04/2007 Zodiac, Oxford
08/04/2007 Mean Fiddler, London
10/04/2007 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
11/04/2007 Soundhaus, Northampton
12/04/2007 Rock City, Nottingham
13/04/2007 TJ's, Newport
14/04/2007 Colchester Arts Centre
15/04/2007 Corporation, Sheffield

JACK FROST, guitarist and founder of SEVEN WITCHES (also BRONX CASKET CO., ex-SAVATAGE) has issued the following update:
"Sorry about the slow updates, but the webmaster should have explained about that before this, so I won't get into it. But it's safe to say, I'm OK and working hard on the new Witches album (which is MONSTER and is nothing that you would expect from Witches, but will dig the shit out of none the less). We are in high gear recording some of the sickest shit Seven Witches has EVER recorded! We're going places, dark places, with this album. Alan (Tecchio) and I are writing some of the best stuff of our careers. The new album is based on Mahatma Gandhi's seven deadly sins. You can find out what they are by clicking here to give you and idea on how dark the new songs are. This new stuff will be monumental!
Adding to the excitement of the new sounds and energy in the Witches camp, Joey Vera will be sitting in the mixers chair and will be dialing in the sounds and vibe of the new album, which is bound to add killer sonic aspects on top of all the other great stuff we're doing with it, I'm sure you'll love it. Of course we're back up at Don "Boobala" Strenecker's Mix-O-Lydian Studios in beautiful Lafayette, New Jersey, Seven Witches Official recording studio. If you need professional recording done in a first rate studio, Mix-O-Lydian is the place to go to work.
Also in the works for late 2007 / 2008 is the first 'Live' Witches album. I can't give too many details on it just yet, but I will keep you in the loop as to when and where it will be released etc.
Let's see what else, Oh yeah, I help to form and am playing in a small side project of awesome proportions. SMELL THE GLOVE is the '80's tribute band playing the '80's metal that you really want to hear, the way you deserve to hear it. Click here to check out our MySpace page for gigs and more info. Also playing in the band, I've enlisted the talents of Clint Arent (PAINMUSEUM/TEOS) and Joe Cattano (FROST BITE/AArius Studios) and just to keep things interesting, the three of us are the core members, however, depending on when or where you catch us, you'll see a different singer, or maybe an extra guitar player, you never know. Our first gig will be at the Cup Complex in Linden NJ May 12th with Bobby Mitchell singing.
On the Bronx Casket Co. front, DD Verni (OVERKILL) and I, along with the other members of BCC will be going into the studio to record a new BCC album in the coming months. No working title or track listing as of yet, but I'm sure it'll be killer. Also BCC will be doing more tour dates in 2008, so keep your eyes open for that.
There's more info coming, but I have to finalize some more stuff so stay tuned for more info coming soon!"


David Gray and Blondie have been confirmed as the headliners of the 2007 Cornbury Music Festival. The 2-day festival which takes place in Charlbury, Oxfordshire over the weekend of July 7-8 features a host of successful eighties bands such as The Waterboys, The Proclaimers, Hothouse Flowers, Echo & The Bunnymen and Suzanne Vega.

December 1st - Falmouth Pavilion
December 2nd - Bournemouth BIC Pavilion
December 4th - Liverpool Academy
December 5th - Perth Concert Halls (Scotland)
December 6th - Glasgow Academy (Scotland)
December 7th - Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre (Wales)
December 8th - Frome Cheese & Grain
December 10th - Newcastle Academy
December 11th - Nottingham Rock City
December 12th - Oxford Academy
December 13th - Manchester Academy
December 14th - Wolverhampton Civic
December 16th - London Shepherds Bush

22/23 - Rock Cafe 2000 - Stourbridge, UK
25 - The Limelight - Crewe, UK
26 - Riffs - Blackpool, UK
28 - The Boardwalk - Sheffield, UK
29 - The Dolls House - Abbertillery, Gwent, UK
30 - The Royal Standard - Walthamstow, London, UK
1 - The Brook - Southampton, UK
3 - The Waterfront - Norwich, UK
5 - The Diamond - Sutton in Ashfield, UK
6 - The Twist - Colchester, UK
7 - The Riga Bar - Southend, UK
8 - The Stables - Colchester, UK
13 - The Classic Grand - Glasgow, UK
14 - The Iron Works - Inverness, UK

Status Quo and The Damned are to headline this year's Bulldog Bash. It happens from August 9-12 at the Shakespeare County Raceway, Long Marston, near Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire.

DARTZ ‘Fantastic Apparatus/Cold Holiday’s (CDS 2007)

Dartz certainly get rave reviews in the music press and certainly the song ‘Fantastic Apparatus’ gets the old foot tapping. But overall they fail to really move me musically despite some great guitar riffs. To my ears they sound like a poor man’s Hard-Fi!
Doubtless they will become the next big thing and gain a brief moment in the spotlight but for me I’ll stick to Hard-Fi.

Jason Ritchie

BRETT WALKER ‘Spirit Junky’ NL Distribution (2007)

Singer/songwriter Brett Walker has had previous success with his tunes recorded by other artists including Alias. This album is full of self-penned tunes with a distinct laidback AOR feel. Brett also plays everything on here as well as producing the album. If there is one downside to the album it is the amount of mid paced numbers which after awhile merge into one. Perhaps a little outside input may have mixed things up a bit. He has a very melodious voice and these tunes would be a perfect accompaniment to a lazy summer’s day.
Definitely worth a look if you enjoy Henry Lee Summer, Mitch Malloy (the quieter side of his work) and Tom Petty (Petty should cover ‘Round And Round’ as it has his name all over it!).

Jason Ritchie

PAUL RODGERS ‘Live In Glasgow’ Eagle Records (2007)

Recorded on last year’s tour this live set covers all points of Paul Rodgers’ career, with the emphasis on his Fee days as this tour was in part to promote two new Free CD’s, a double CD ‘Best Of’ and ‘Live at the BBC’. There is also a DVD of this concert with bonus features due a month later on from this CD release.
Rodgers voice is still in fine form and he rattles through classics such as ‘The Stealer’, ‘Bad Company’ and ‘Fire And Water’. One new song gets an airing ‘Warboys (A Prayer For Peace)’, which is not bad but is no match for the other songs it is up against in this set. Good to see a nod to the Firm days as well with ‘Radioactive’. Closing the set is a barnstorming ‘Can’t get enough Of Your Love’ and then just Rodgers and his acoustic guitar for a truly moving version of ‘Seagull’.
Decent sound throughout and a good way to remind yourself of just how good Paul Rodgers voice is and the number of classic tunes he’s been involved in through the years.

Jason Ritchie

Thursday, March 22, 2007

New interview with Todd Jensen (Sequel/Dave Lee Roth) plus older ones with Dean Howard, Neil Carter (UFO/Gary Moore) & more!

KAMELOT will release their new album, "Ghost Opera" on the following dates via SPV –
Germany: June 1
Europe: June 4
USA: June 5

Five more bands have been added to the line up for this years Download Festival that takes place at Donington between June 8th and 10th. Joining headliners Iron Maiden, Linkin Park & My Chemical Romance will be Within Temptation, Stone Sour, Unearth, Chimaira and Job For A Cowboy.

Hello Folks, Just a short note to get you to look at the latest gig updates for DRN & Bluezz Intoxicated.
Cheers, Dumpy

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TYPE O NEGATIVE's latest album, "Dead Again", has sold just over 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position no. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the release of The Revenge the greatly anticipated second charter of the Allen / Lande musical alliance on May 11!
The first result of Jorn Lande and Russell Allen's collaboration, The Battle was unleashed in September 2005 with unanimous acclaim from fans and critics alike. Many websites and magazines named it “Record of the Year”. Its success made it one of the most popular releases ever in Melodic Heavy Metal, thanks to beautiful, sweeping piano and keyboards, heavy guitar riffs, virtuoso guitar solos, hooky choruses and the vocal talents of two of the finest Heavy Metal vocalists around.
Russell Allen is the singer of the American Progressive Metal band Symphony X, who have released six studio albums and one live record so far. More than once Symphony X received accolades such as "Best Progressive Power Metal Band Worldwide" or awards for the "Best Progressive Metal Album of the Year".
Highly rated ex-Masterplan vocalist Jorn Lande has a vocal capability that is world class, distinctive, rich and spanning a large range. He is in high demand and has appeared as guest or sung for such bands as Millenium, Ark, The Snakes and many others. He is also a well-known solo artist with six studio albums released, since the debut Starfire in 1999.
Once again songs were written by guitar sensation Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Last Tribe), the second chapter aptly titled The Revenge is ready to be unleashed, with cover art specifically designed for this project by Rodney Matthews (Diamond Head, Magnum, Asia etc.)
Heavier and with a tighter production, thanks to the involvement of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Place Vendome) at the mix, this album will excite the many fans who loved the first chapter and everyone who declares themselves fan of quality Hard Rock or Metal.
The Revenge will include the following songs: The Revenge (vocals: Jorn and Russell); Obsessed (Russell); Victory (Jorn and Russell); Master Of Sorrow (Jorn); Will You Follow (Russell); Just A Dream (Jorn and Russell); Her Spell (Jorn); Gone Too Far (Russell); Wake Up Call (Jorn and Russell); Under The Waves (Jorn); Who Can You Trust (Jorn and Russell); When Time Doesn't Heal (Jorn and Russell).
The Revenge will be out in Europe on Frontiers Records on May 11, with release in Japan scheduled on King Records.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Paul Rodgers' debut solo DVD "Live In Glasgow" on May 29 and CD on April 17.
"Live In Glasgow", recorded in October of 2006 on the last date of his sold-out U.K. tour (which included a date at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall), is stunning proof that Rodgers' voice has gained strength and sounds stronger than ever. This 135-minute DVD, shot with 13 cameras, includes brand new songs "Warboys (A Prayer for Peace)" and "Far Distant Shore", as well as songs he has not performed in 35 years, and many of his hits, including "All Right Now", "Feel Like Making Love" and "Can't Get Enough". Soulful, bluesy, swaggering, he belts out his songs, and also plays piano and guitar. The band: guitarist Howard Leese (HEART), bassist Lynn Sorenson, drummer Ryan Hoyle (COLLECTIVE SOUL) and 17-year old guitar prodigy Kurtis Dengler.

Rodgers' growing resume reads like a rock history lesson. This platinum-selling singer, songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist has written, recorded, produced and released 28 albums. He found and led three bands to international success: FREE (1968-1973), BAD COMPANY (1974-1982) and THE FIRM with Jimmy Page (1984-1986) and now enjoys a Grammy-nominated solo career. In 2005 -06, he joined forces with QUEEN's Brian May and Roger Taylor for the successful QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS world tour, performing songs from both catalogues, plus Rodgers' new song "Take Love". He continues to tour and record internationally as a solo artist.

"Live In Glasgow" track listing:
01. I'll Be Creepin'
02. The Stealer
03. Ride On A Pony
04. Radioactive
05. Be My Friend
06. Warboys (A Prayer for Peace)
07. Feel Like Making Love
08. Bad Company
09. I Just Want To See You Smile
10. Louisiana Blues
11. Fire And Water
12. Wishing Well
13. All Right Now
14. I'm A Mover
15. The Hunter
16. Can't Get Enough
17. Seagull


Hello then,
Our Sound and Vision page now includes some full MP3 tracks. Go to for a listen. In the next update we are hoping to add MP3's of a couple of different versions /mixes /edits of stuff from 'Photoplay'.
Don't forget to check out the band live next week at :
The Talking Heads - Southampton - Saturday 24th March
(Venue website at
The support act for Jadis on Saturday at the Talking Heads is guitarist Steve Pickens - the venue is open from 7pm, support 8.30, Jadis on stage between 9.30 and 10.00.
Herringthorpe Leisure Centre - Rotherham - Saturday 31st March
(Go to and click on the CRS gig guide ... or call 01709 702575)
The support act for Jadis at Herringthorpe on Sat 31st March is Karen Mulcahey and the 7% Solution.
We look forward to seeing you at the gigs.

Jadis (Dr.)

Post : P.O. Box 21, Bishops Waltham, Southampton, Hampshire. SO32 1XD. England.
Email :
Website :

A long overdue new release update from Majestic Rock Records is now online. New titles available include:
Power Quest
Wings Of Forever - 2 disc set - Available now is the remastered, revamped and repackaged 2-disc set of the UK melodic power metallers debut album. Disc one has the band's original two track demo added whilst disc two is a region 0 NTSC DVD.
Neverworld - The band's second album also gets the deluxe treatment with a remastering and repackaging job as well as the second bonus region 0 NTSC DVD disc.
The much talked about Kingsize Live 2004 DVD is now available, and bloody good it is, too! Recorded live in the band's hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden in October 2004, it captures what the band are all about perfectly. For a limited period, all purchases of this disc from the site will receive a Free `Kingsize` Shirt!!
Heavy Pettin`
The much delayed Prodigal Songs album - a collection of unreleased tracks from the band`s classic years containing songs of a quality you simply won`t believe is finally almost with us. Trust us when we say that this one will floor you, it's that good!

Up n` coming releases from Y&T - bonus live tracks for In Rock We Trust, Open Fire and Down For The Count - explosive Japanese metal combo Blasdead, the first in three planned collections of unreleased material from legendary West Country NWOBHM act Jaguar and the second anthology release form Bernie Marsden`s Alaska.

Further ahead, expect a new Hellhound EP, the reissue of Marshall Law`s awesome Power Game opus, a 2 disc re-issue of Tobruk`s milestone Wild On The Run album with a second live disc, a re-issue of Rekuiem`s magnificent Time Will Tell album with a bonus track and a second DVD disc and - finally - the release of Shogun`s 31 Days on CD for the first time.


Night Owl Rock Club, Cheltenham
8th Apr - Bang Tango + Kristy Majors (Pretty Boy Floyd) + Gypsy Pistolaros
13th Apr - spit like this/ irritant/ frontiers rock night
20th Apr - Tokyo Dragons + Voodoo Six + Radio Friendly
27th Apr - instill + melon farmer & Frontiers Rock Night
30th Apr - L.A. GUNS (Tracii Guns) + O.D.SAXON + New Generation Superstars
2nd May - Faster Pussycat + Support
11th May - kid ego/ glitter kittens - hotter than hell tour & frontiers rock night
12th May - Enuff Z'Nuff / BulletBoys
18th May - majik/ Plasterscene
1st Jun - Danny Vaughn
8th Jun- Eden/ The Plastix/ Frontiers rock night


BLACKFIELD ‘II’ Snapper Music (2007)

The second and eagerly awaited album by Blackfield, comprising of the duo Aviv Geffen and Porcupine Tree’s Steve Wilson. Various other musicians are added to the mix and special mention to Aviv’s string arrangements that ad greatly to the sound but without dominating it.
Without a doubt these two musicians are a match made in heaven as the arrangements, vocals and most importantly the songs are sheer bliss to listen to. From the opener ‘Once’ with its glorious harmony filled chorus through to the closing track ‘End of the World’ (this along with two other tracks sees the two sharing vocals and they compliment each other very well), each and every song is lovingly created. This may sound like over the top praise but listen to this album and you will be transported to musical heaven. There are no real ‘get up and go’ pop rockers on here, the emphasis is more on keyboard led songs, with songs like ‘Christenings’ and ‘Some Day’ just crying out for airplay as they would be become instant favourites I am sure.
If you like Porcupine Tree in their more reflective moments such as ‘Lazarus’ you really should try Blackfield as you won’t be disappointed.

Jason Ritchie

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

King's X are to call their new album 'Go Tell Somebody'. It's being produced by Michael Wagener, and should be out later in the year.

AOR Heaven proudly presents the re-issue of Skagarack mastermind Torben Schmidt's much sought after solo album A Bit On The Side as a limited pressing of 1000 units incl. the video clip for Love On Sale as a bonus. Initially released on Epic Records in 1991 the album features Kee Marcello (Europe, Easy Action) on guitar and continues the classic AOR style of the first two Skagarack albums with a slightly rockier edge.

Come and join us at the new Classic Rock Newswire Forum (vote in the new Battle of the Bands the Beatles vs the Stones)

PRESS RELEASES Exclusive: Traveling Wilburys Reborn With Rhino

After being out of print for more than a decade, the two studio albums from all-star band the Traveling Wilburys will return to the marketplace in a variety of formats June 12 via Wilbury Records/Rhino, has learned.
"Traveling Wilburys Volume 1" and "Traveling Wilburys Volume 3" will be available together in one package with bonus tracks and a DVD of rare footage, as a deluxe linen-bound edition, a vinyl set and a digital bundle. The DVD boasts a 24-minute documentary and five music videos.
The Wilburys formed in 1988 after Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison assembled at a California studio to record a B-side for the Harrison single "This Is Love."
The resulting song, "Handle With Care," was instead released under the Wilburys name, with the artists posing as a band of brothers. It went on to reach No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the "Volume 1" album hit No. 3 on The Billboard 200. The reissued version of the album includes the previously unreleased tracks "Maxine" and "Like a Ship."
Orbison died in late 1988 before a second album could be completed; it was eventually released as "Volume 3" in 1990. The set is expanded here with the B-side "Runaway" and "Nobody's Child," which was released on a benefit album for Romanian orphans.


25 - New York, NY at B.B. Kings
July (with Sanctity and Echoes Of Eternity)
16 - Montreal, Quebec at The Medly
17 - Quebec City, Quebec at L'Imperial
18 - Toronto, Ontario at The Opera House
20 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody's
21 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
22 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
23 - Sauget, IL at Pop's
24 - St. Paul, MN at Station 4
27 - Seattle, WA at El Corazon
28 - Porland, OR at Roseland Grill
29 - San Francisco, CA at Slim's
30 - Anaheim, CA at House of Blues
31 - West Hollywood, CA at House of Blues
3 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theater
4 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
5 - Houston, TX at Meridian

Ex-Wise Heads ‘Holding up the Sky’

Ex-Wise Heads (great pun!!!) are Colin Edwin and Geoff Leigh. I guess I’m the wrong guy to review this stuff as it is so not my kind of music. But now I’m here I have to write what I think. And I just question whose kind of music this is. It’s basically some ambient electronic rhythms with flutes/sax over the top. Although the musicianship is of a high standard I just find the overall sound dated, overly earnest and ultimately no fun. And I would certainly lower the volume on my iPod (embarrassed) if someone were standing anywhere near me – it’s the kind of music your dad, if he were an ageing hippy into the worst kind of world/ambient/new age music around, might listen to – thank god my dad is not!

Steve Lenton

Cathy Williams & Geoff Leigh ‘Mirage’

This album also features Geoff Leigh, this time in collaboration with Cathy Williams. Again so much sincerity went into this recording, but again it is the overall sound I shrink from. Again the musicianship is good and Cathy’s voice is great, but all the elements it takes from various nations’ music can be appreciated more in original recording from such countries themselves – and there are plenty such recordings around.

Steve Lenton