Wednesday 30 July 2014




The Raskins, as it has been announced have been invited to open up for the upcoming US Mötley Crüe Final Tour, which is already sold out in many markets and also features very special guest Alice Cooper.

One half of the twin brother duo, Logan (Roger being the other half) unveils that it is the music and the bond of brotherhood that will prevail for the Raskins. "We work and strive extremely hard for success with our music. We write and perform because its our passion. It's what we love to do."

And the reviews that have been coming the Raskins' way have been stellar, such as this quote from the Dedicated Rocker Society Blog - "The Raskins do what a rock and roll band is supposed to do, entertain you. They will get the girls dancing, the guys rocking, and everyone reaching for another drink and having a good time. The Raskins hit the nail on the head with this true rock and roller of a debut." Additionally, Guitar International calls the band's debut "Rebel Rock at its Best!" and the Examiner stated "The record showcases a mix of pop-rock sensibility, big hooks and addictive melodies, along with old fashion rock and roll storytelling."

While Motley Crüe's Final Tour will see one of rock's most iconic groups gracefully bow out from the touring circuit, now introduces one of the most promising rocks acts to a whole new audience from coast to coast. Get ready to rock with The Raskins!


07/15/14 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center

07/16/14 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

07/18/14 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater

07/19/14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

07/21/14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

07/22/14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

07/23/14 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

07/25/14 Reno, NV Reno Events Center

07/26/14 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater

07/27/14 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre

07/29/14 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

07/30/14 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

08/01/14 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

08/02/14 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

08/03/14 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

08/05/14 Sturgis, SD Sturgis Buffalo Chip

08/06/14 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center

08/08/14 Tinley Park, IL First Midway Bank Amphitheatre

08/09/14 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

08/12/14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center

08/13/14 Burgettston, PA First Niagara Pavilion

08/15/14 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

08/16/14 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

08/17/14 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

08/19/14 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion

08/20/14 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live

08/22/14 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

08/23/14 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center

08/24/14 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

08/26/14 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

08/27/14 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair

08/29/14 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

08/30/14 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

08/31/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

10/10/14 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Arena

10/11/14 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

10/12/14 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center

10/14/14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

10/15/14 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

10/19/14 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena

10/21/14 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena

10/22/14 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex

10/24/14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center

10/25/14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center

10/26/14 Montville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

10/28/14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

10/29/14 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter Complex

11/05/14 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum

11/06/14 Southaven, MS Landers Center

11/08/14 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena

11/09/14 Moline, IL iWireless Center

11/11/14 Green Bay, WI Resch Center

11/12/14 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center

11/13/14 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center

11/15/14 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

11/16/14 Fargo, ND FargoDome

11/22/14 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

Audio Fidelity Hosts Disney's TRON OST Listening Party

Audio Fidelity staff and label execs recently hosted a gathering of friends to preview the brilliant remastered recording of Disney's TRON motion picture soundtrack.  The soundtrack will be available from Audio Fidelity at the end of July. The event took place at Cohearent Audio, the Los Angeles studio where engineer Kevin Gray remastered the record.  The event was hosted by Marshall Blonstein, the president of Audio Fidelity. The guests included Michael Fremer of Analog who, at the time, served as the film's original soundtrack supervisor. 

L to R: Marshall Blonstein, Michael Fremer, Kevin Gray

The 1982 film score was composed, performed and produced by the pioneer electronic musician Wendy Carlos. The release will be packaged in a distinctive gatefold jacket and contain two 180g translucent blue vinyl records as well as colorful photos from the popular cult film along with generous and informative liner notes written by Ms. Carlos and additional jottings by Mr. Fremer.

Disney's video game crossover movie TRON was a notable landmark in the synthesis of electronic and traditional orchestral music. Wendy Carlos created a brilliant orchestral recording with symphonic backgrounds by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus which was later enhanced and upgraded with an electronic score. The result is an impressive soundscape that successfully and seamlessly fuses organic and electronic music.

The multi-Grammy award winning Wendy Carlos best-known for her popular “Switched on Bach,” series of albums also composed and performed on the soundtracks of two Stanley Kubrick cinema masterpieces, “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining.”

The TRON soundtrack has two additional tracks ("Only Solutions” and the rock guitar-driven instrumental, "1990's Theme") provided by Journey, one of America's best selling and most beloved bands.

Gatefold package includes colorful photos and extensive liner notes!

1-Creation Of TRON
2-Only Solutions - Journey
3-We've Got Company
5-Ring Game And Escape
6-Water, Music, And Tronaction

1-TRON Scherzo
2-Miracle and Magician
3-Magic Landings
4-Theme From TRON
5-1990's Theme - Journey
6-Love Theme

1-Tower Music - Let Us Pray
2-The Light Sailer
3-Sea Of Simulation

1-A New TRON And The MCP
3-Ending Titles

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

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L.A. based metal act HELLION have announced that RHINO BUCKET front man, Georg Dolivo, will be joining Hellion as their rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist on Hellion’s upcoming North American “Karma’s A Bitch” tour in October.

“I am excited to be a part of what the new Hellion is doing, I've always been a fan of Ann and her incredible voice.” said Georg Dolivo in a recent interview. “It’s especially great to be back working again with Simon Wright. And having Scott Warren and Maxxxwell Carlisle in the band as well is an added bonus!”

“We rehearsed over the weekend and the band sounded heavy and tight. It was massive!” continued Georg Dolivo. “I'm really looking forward to being involved in Hellion as I think the band rocks.”

RHINO BUCKET released two albums through Warner Brothers in the 1990s, followed by four more on Acetate Records. Georg Dolivo will continue to write and record with RHINO BUCKET.

HELLION release their new five-song mini-LP October 7th in the USA on New Renaissance Records and October 8th in the UK and Europe on HNE/Cherry Red Records. Pre-orders for Hellion’s new CD can me made through at this link: . HELLION is also offering a special pre-order deal on HELLION’s “Karma’s A Bitch” fan-pack (which will be delivered before the tour starts) at:

HELLION’s North American tour kicks off October 2nd in Los Angeles with the band’s first show and record release party. While shows continue to be added, Hellion’s current North American Tour Dates are:


2 - Whiskey a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA

3 - Count Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV

4 - Cactus Moon - Mesa, AZ

7 - Lasalle’s - Chico, CA

9 - The Hop - Spokane, WA

10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA

11- The Bouquet - Boise, ID

15 - Red Line Tap - Chicago, IL

16 – Dead Horse – Pittsburgh, PA

17 - Rock Pile West - Toronto, ON

18 - Obsession Live - Ottawa, ON

19 - Legendary Dobbs - Philadelphia, PA

20 – Dead Fish Cantina – Baltimore, MD

22 - Devils Tail - Junction City, KS

23 -The Vanguard - Tulsa, OK

24 -The Chameleon Room - Oklahoma City, OK

25 - Concert Pub North Metal Fest - Houston, TX

30 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA

*Still adding dates

Monday 28 July 2014

CRR (Dot EU) – New Music from Classic Rock Bands
Spotlight: Yes – Heaven And Earth (2014 Frontiers Records)

I must admit right off the bat, that I really did not expect Yes to still be an active recording and touring band, in the present year; 2014. I remember telling my wife, who was my then girlfriend after seeing Yes perform supporting their studio album Talk (1994), that I suspected that was the end for Yes. Wasn't because they were not good anymore. By this time, members have gone and some have even returned to later on leave again. All in all, a fantastic run for those involved should those in their Yes business shirts have decided it was time to turn the Yes machine off. Lucky for all of us that that didn't happen. Today I find it totally amazing, and am forever grateful that Yes is still here. A progressive rock band from the late 1960's that I labeled 'my favorite rock band' back when I was in Catholic grade school, is still relevant. And to this day, continuing to evolve, and explore the seemingly infinite musical horizons that is what I and millions of others I'm sure, understand to be YES.

For the record, I got on the Yes band wagon around the time their first official live release, 'Yes Songs', and the groups sixth studio album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' was still regarded as new at the local Jersey Shore record shops I hung out in.
Yes' fourth album, 'Fragile', which contained their hit song 'Roundabout', is what probably caught my attention at first. Yes – nowadays considered to be one of the main pillars that hold up the prog-rock hall of fame. Add, The Yes Album (1971), Close To The Edge (1972), and the bands first official live release 'Yes Songs', a 3 record set album wrapped in the coolest Roger Dean artwork you ever want to see. Live versions of 'Yours Is No Disgrace', and 'Starship Troopers' make for a PERFECT album side, that was heard at every cool party I attended. Especially if I had anything to do with picking out some of the music.

Now decades later, Yes is still a leading force within the modern day progressive rock world. For in the year 2014, a new batch of songs with the official Yes stamp has hit the general public. With that the album introduces a new main vocalist, 43 year old; Jon Davison. The new Yes release entitled, 'Heaven & Earth', has just hit the streets. Is guaranteed to not disappoint anyone who appreciates a serious musical groups ever changing definition of itself. As one who reviews music in the pop culture world, I suggest clearing the mind of any and all Yes History, and just listen to what these find bunch of professional musicians (the band_behind the scenes folks) whipped up for us. My opinion might persuade, entertain and inform, but it's your actions that count the most. For the record, I will base my review on what I hear, and what not the bands past achievements are. You buying the new studio album (whatever format you the consumer prefers), and supporting the band by perhaps taking in a live performance, is a part of supporting what the men that make up Yes are doing today. It's been fun doing my part throughout the decades seeing Yes in concert many times. Collecting their music. Always worth whatever money and time spent on them. My experience anyway. So lets see what we have here.

Admitting a loyalty to Yes is not evidence of being labeled a Yes fanatic incapable of giving a bad review. I am highly capable of saying a song sucks through a used tea bag, if that was the case. Luckily for yours truly, that is not the position I'm in with Yes' new CD / album 'Heaven & Earth'. Brilliantly produced by legendary Roy Thomas Baker. Mixed by ex-Yes alumni Billy Sherwood. Seven songs off 'Heaven & Earth' giving writing credit in part or full to newest member, Jon Davison. His voice like that of the previous Yes main vocalist Benoît David. Not so much Trevor Horn sounding, and the same alto tenor style as with original member / main vocalist Jon Anderson. Compliments the other current band members backing vocals, should you ask me. Throughout all their history, Yes has always had GREAT vocals / harmonizing. Still does !! 

What I'll predict as a new Yes greatest hit, 'Believe Again', kicks off the newest Yes offering. It's melody is contagious. What people call ear-worm material. Something that sticks in your brain and won't let go. And note...every instrument heard loud and clear. No small drums sound present. By the time 'Believe Again' is over, one realizes that even with it being a Steve Howe / Jon Davison written song, that it's a group effort presenting it. Geoff Downes is incredible on it as he is throughout the album. Also, the solid rhythm section of Alan White, and original Yes band member / co-founder Chris Squire. Personally loving the instrumental moments, one of the things that makes this song so good to me is the Yes ear candy found between the three and six minute mark. Just turn up the volume and you'll find out what I mean. Downes is so in the prog groove !! In comparison, I believe the song ranks up there with the Yes classic, 'And You And I'. Give 'Believe Again' more then one listen, and I'm sure you'll agree with me.

Two songs with writing credits that contain the only band member to have appeared on every Yes studio album, and official release, Mr Chris Squire. The CDs second track, is a upbeat tune where Chris gets co writing credits called, 'The Game'. Reminds me some of the Trevor Rabin era in previous Yes music. Seeing how Mr. Squire had a big involvement with that era, it's cool hearing again, even if only for a moment. “The Game” could remind one of a pop song. I like the musical introduction. Sounds like a completely different number once it kicks in. 'The Game' is very catchy, likable, and consistent with a positive over all feeling to it.

The first song I gave a repeated play to on my first listen of 'Heaven And Earth' was the third track entitled, 'Step Beyond'. Another Howe / Davison penned number, it's a platform that brings out the best of rest of the band. Another new greatest my opinion. And besides the musicianship, the vocals and harmonies have been to this point, and will remain throughout the CD, to be simply wonderful. Turn this song up !!

To the fourth track, a number called, 'To Ascend', to the seventh track, a song called, 'It Was All We Knew', one finds with each song played, a new appreciation each time they are heard.
On 'Heaven & Earth' ends up what I believe to be a new Yes masterpiece, penned by Jon Davison and Geoff Downes, called 'Subway Walls'. Last track on the CD. A cool rocker, and an over all very groovy song. Steve Howe stands out, as do the vocals, and the instrumental moments (the music heard in-between the vocals_words). Every component complimenting the other. A tad Asia sounding which is not surprising since half of that original band is included in this roaster. It's a good thing, as is the song. A solid modern day prog rocker that classic rock bands still out there performing, should after hearing, aspire to rise themselves to new levels. Not as a personal achievement or in a stand out way, but as part of a team. That is what I think makes this new Yes that good. Roy Thomas Baker knew who he was working with, and with as well as giving direction, let each member do what they do best. The results is a new five man line-up acting as Yes, recording as Yes, and sounding like Yes. Must be Yes. Notes From The damned. 

Rating: Using the one to five star rating system, I rate Yes – Heaven & Earth – FIVE STARS !! Solid in every way. Now I can compare it to past Yes achievements and, and frankly I'm not disappointed.  Music was rated on it's own merit. Three out of five guys in the band today, also played on 1974's Yes – Relayer album. One of my Yes favorite studio offerings. This is isn't Relayer...The Sequel. Before listening, remember to clear the mind, and enjoy the newest product of what is still...Yes.

Gary Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (Dot EU)

ISBN-13: 978-1499387742 
A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is one of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time. He rose to fame with his third album, 1983’s Cuts Like A Knife, before the release of his global breakthrough opus Reckless, which Adams celebrated in 2014 with the sold out 30th Anniversary Reckless Tour. His best known song remains ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ which was the lead song for the 1991 hit movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. It also happens to be one of the best-selling singles in popular music history.

This book is about the music, from his self-titled debut album right up to recent studio releases, Room Service and 11.

From the author of the acclaimed Don’t Stop Believin’ – The Untold Story Of Journey and Electric World – A Casual Guide To The Music Of Journey’s Neal Schon, Reckless is the first book to exclusively explore the music of one of popular music’s great unsung heroes and Canada’s most famous rock export. The book explores his musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his various non-music projects but mostly this handy fans book is about the music of Bryan Adams.

Reckless is essential reading for Bryan Adams fans. 


6” x 9” (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
294 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1499387742
ISBN-10: 1499387741 

Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. 

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Saturday 26 July 2014

Lou Gramm Confirms Reunion 
With Ex-Foreigner Bandmate Mick Jones

Lou Gramm has confirmed a long-hoped-for reunion with former bandmate Mick Jones, though the songs are tabbed for solo projects rather than a future studio effort by Foreigner.

“Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music,” he tells Rochester, N.Y.’s 95.1 the Brew. “I’m excited about it and very much looking forward to it. I’m actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he’s gonna be releasing, and he’s gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I’ll be releasing next year.”

Gramm left Foreigner in 2003, with his last album with the band dating back to in 1994. Kelly Hansen has fronted the group since 2005, but Gramm and Jones, who co-founded Foreigner in 1976, reunited last summer for performances of the hits ‘Juke Box Hero’ and ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ during induction ceremonies for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Reunion talk has been heating up ever since.

More recently, Jones said the two were considering a return to some leftover material from the ’80s that had been left unfinished. Gramm says they ended up focusing on demos that were of a newer vintage.

“It’s actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003,” Gramm says. “So those were songs that were done at the end of the ’90s and early ’00s, and they’re really good.”

Jones, the only remaining original member of the group, is currently leading Foreigner on tour with Styx and Don Felder. The ‘Soundtrack of Summer‘ shows continue through July 27.

By Nick DeRiso

Friday 25 July 2014

Music Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble - 
The Anderson Ponty Band!

Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” - Jon Anderson

The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars - well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.

The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.

The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.

Kickstarter Campaign:

Anderson Ponty Band Facebook:

Jon Anderson official website:

Jean-Luc Ponty official website:

Thursday 24 July 2014

 A&M Years

To mark the re-release of their two critically acclaimed A&M studio albums from the 1980's, Nine Below Zero are reforming their classic ‘Young Ones’ line-up for a special one-off UK tour this Autumn.

The two classic albums, ’Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘Third Degree’ were re-packaged, re-mastered and released through Universal Music earlier this year.

The band’s original drummer Mickey ‘Stix’ Burkey will re-join the band for the tour. He recently played live with the band for the first time since the 80s, in November 2012 at the 30th Anniversary of The Assembly Room in Islington. Mickey and frontman Dennis Greaves co-wrote many of the songs on ‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘Third Degree’.

Don’t Point Your Finger, originally released in 1981, was Nine Below Zero’s second album. Recorded in 12 days at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes and produced by the legendary Glyn Johns. Dennis says, “We were walking in the footsteps of some of the all-time greats. Led Zeppelin’s first album was recorded there, along with “Who’s Next” and “Beggars Banquet” by The Stones. It was the most inspiring experience”. The double CD also includes a live performance recorded for the BBC Radio One’s In Concert series in 1981 at The Granary Club in Bristol.

Third Degree, originally released in 1982, included the single 11+11, which was performed on the first episode of cult TV show, The Young Ones. This album spent six weeks in the album chart. David Bailey, renowned photographer of The Beatles, The Stones and the Kray Twins (to name a few), took the photograph for the album front cover artwork.

Nine Below Zero originally recorded the album, again with Glyn Johns, at his studio in Sussex. However, with it’s raw sound, A&M wanted to hear the album with a more clinical production and the band went on to re-record it with producer Simon Boswell. Now available for the first time, Johns’ original recording will be available on the re-release along with the more familiar version of the album.

Dennis says “I think it will be interesting for fans to see how a series of songs can sound so different and how the production process affects the finished article”.

THU 2 OCT                 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club                    0871 472 0400
FRI 3 OCT                  MANCHESTER Sound Control           0844 338 0000
SAT 4 OCT                 GLASGOW G2 at The Garage           0844 415 5221 (Tickets Scotland)
THU 9 OCT                 OXFORD O2 Academy 2                   0844 477 2000
FRI 10 OCT                LEEDS The Wardrobe                       0844 338 0000
SAT 8 NOV                 BRIGHTON The Old Market               01273 201 801
SUN 9 NOV                 BIRMINGHAM Glee Club                     0871 472 0400
THU 13 NOV               BRISTOL The Fleece                         0844 338 0000
SUN 16 NOV               GUILDFORD The Boileroom              0844 338 0000
WED 19 NOV             LONDON O2 Academy Islington        0844 477 2000
Tickets are on sale now and available through the venue box offices, select authorised agents and the tour hotline 0844 338 0000 and online at 
 Nine Below Zero classic line-up with all four original band members; Dennis Greaves (guitar/vocals), Mark Feltham (harmonica), Mickey Burkey (drums), Brian Bethell (bass). 

“Status Quo Live” Box Set
Released September 8th 

Status Quo release the “Status Quo Live” Box Set, issued by UMC, on 8 September 2014.  This carefully curated special release comes as a 4CD Deluxe Edition Box and on digital formats [Cat Nos 3739854 and 3793134 respectively], each boasting 35 live tracks - many never before released - recorded as far afield as Glasgow, Tokyo and SydneyThe “Status Quo Live” Box Set / digital booklet features extensive liner notes by rock writer Dave Ling and a host of rare artist photos provided by former tour manager and ‘fifth member’ of the band Bob Young.

The first two discs feature material from the band’s seminal ‘Live!’ album issued in 1977.  Routinely described as one of the greatest ever live concert releases, it is here in all its glory. Captured at Glasgow’s Apollo Theatre using the Rolling Stones’ mobile studio between 27 and 29 October 1976, it is a stunning set recorded by a band at the height of its powers.  Disc 3 offers the rare ‘Tokyo Quo’ album, which, as the name suggests, was released only in Japan; barring a very limited vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014 this has never been released in the UK.  This album was recorded on 17th November at the Sunplaza Hall.  The final disc in the box is the previously unreleased ‘Australia ‘74’, thirteen tracks recorded on 20th November that year at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney.

This release is fully supported and endorsed by the band members, past and present - “Status Quo Live” Box Set is a triumphant revisiting of the glory days of one of the world’s most important rock act.  The ‘Frantic Four’ themselves have just completed a valedictory tour of Europe in March and April 2014, including 10 UK / Eire dates. Collectors should also note the release of ‘The Frantic Four’s Final Fling’ on 2CD, double vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray formats, through Abbey Road / Universal, on 1 September 2014.

“Status Quo Live”


DISC ONE – ‘Live!’
Junior’s Wailing / Backwater – Just Take Me / Is There A Better Way / In My Chair / Little Lady – Most Of The Time / Rain / Forty Five Hundred Times

DISC TWO – ‘Live!’
Roll Over Lay Down / Big Fat Mama / Don’t Waste My Time / Roadhouse Blues / Caroline / Bye Bye Johnny

DISC 3 – ‘Tokyo Quo’
Is There A Better Way / Little Lady / Most Of The Time / Rain / Caroline / Roll Over Lay Down / Big Fat Mama / Don’t Waste My Time / Bye Bye Johnny

DISC 4 – ‘Live Sydney’

Junior’s Wailing / Backwater / Just Take Me / Claudie / Railroad / Roll Over Lay Down / Big Fat Mama / Don’t Waste My Time / Roadhouse Blues Part One / Roadhouse Blues Part Two / Caroline / Drum Solo / Bye Bye Johnny
‘The Frantic Four’s Final Fling’

When the last notes rang out in the Dublin o2 on Saturday 12 April 2014, the 9000 fans packing the venue knew that they were witness to the end of something special.  The reunion that nobody thought would ever be possible did happen, but now the itch was scratched and that particular book was closed.  On 1 September 2014, the band will commemorate one very special night with the release of ‘The Frantic Four’s Final Fling’ on 2CD, double vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray formats, through Abbey Road / Universal. As well as the full concert, the visual formats will contain a bonus fourteen track CD made of highlights recorded across the final tour of March / April.  The Blu-ray format also has, as a bonus feature, the documentary made by Sky News’ Ian Woods entitled ‘The Final Fling?’

When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a 9-date UK tour in March 2013 the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans was incredible. public demand made the final tour of 2014 mandatory and it was just as emotional – and by now the band were an even tighter unit.  Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coghlan received a rapturous response; the band clicked straight back into their groove, the chemistry obvious, the music stunning and the volume almost overpowering.  It all led to Dublin; the final show of the final tour. Ever.

Junior’s Wailing, Backwater / Just Take Me, Is There A Better Way, In My Chair, Blue Eyed Lady, Little Lady / Most Of The Time, Rain, (April) Spring Summer & Wednesdays, Railroad, Oh Baby, Forty Five Hundred Times / Gotta Go Home / Big Fat Mama / Down Down / Roadhouse Blues / Caroline / Bye Bye Johnny

The Frantic Four tours were highlights in a career that has seen Quo achieve more than anyone dreamed possible.  The Times said, “It sounded fantastic.  And they, like us, were clearly getting a tremendous kick out of revisiting these long-neglected songs.”  Classic Rock said, quite simply, “Fuck me, dreams can come true”! Dublin was a genuine milestone on the incredible road that Quo have travelled, and it’s captured in all its glory here. ‘Frantic Four The Final Fling’ – effin’ fantastic. Collectors should also note the release of the forthcoming “Status Quo Live” Box Set, issued by UMC, on 8 September 2014.

“Songs From Tsongas -
The 35th Anniversary Concert -
Special Edition”

Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the simultaneous release on 2DVD, single Blu-ray and 3CD on 22 September 2014 of “Songs From Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert - Special Edition” from Yes[Cat No EREDV1026, ERBRD5223 and EDGCD536 respectively]. This Special Edition of “Songs From Tsongas” contains a concert from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour by the band to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White [the visual formats also containing a second live show!].

Disc One of the DVD [the single Blu-ray contains all the same material as the double DVD set] contains the whole of the concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, previously spread across two discs. This epic show features tracks from across the band’s career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 – 18) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. Disc Two contains 70 minutes of highlights from a very different concert on the same tour filmed at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. This outdoor concert sees a stripped down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas whilst the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time!

As Bonus Features [on the visual formats] we include another track “Ritual”, also filmed at the Tsongas Arena, and an insightful interview with legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean who created the brand new stage set for the shows.

Disc One DVD / Part One Blu-ray: Songs From Tsongas – 1) Intro/Firebird Suite   2) Going For The One   3) Sweet Dreams   4) Your Move / All Good People   5) Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2   6) South Side Of The Sky   7) Turn Of The Century   8) My Eyes   9) Mind Drive Part 3   10) Yours Is No Disgrace   11) The Meeting (Piano Solo)   12) Long Distance Runaround   13) Wonderous Stories   14) Time Is Time   15) Roundabout   16) Show Me   17) Owner Of A Lonely Heart   18) Second Initial (Guitar Solo)   19) Rhythm Of Love   20) And You And I   21) Every Little Thing   22) Starship Trooper

Disc Two DVD / Part Two Blu-ray: Live In Lugano – 1) Intro/Firebird Suite   2) Going For The One   3) Sweet Dreams   4) Your Move / All Good People   5) Long Distance Runaround   6) The Fish   7) Owner Of A Lonely Heart   8) And You And I   9) Starship Trooper   10) Roundabout

This Special Edition of the very successful “Songs From Tsongas” DVD is packed with an additional 70 minutes of highlights from Lugano being released for the first time. This release offers a fantastic setlist of favourites and rarities including “Going For The One”, “Roundabout”, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “And You And I”, “Starship Trooper”, “Wonderous Stories”, “I’ve Seen All Good People”, “Yours Is No Disgrace”, “Ritual”, “Turn Of The Century” and many more captured here in all their glory.

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Guitar Hero Tommy Bolin's First Band Zephyr 
To See 1969 Debut Album Reissued On Both CD& Vinyl

 Tommy Bolin fans, you are in for a treat! The 1969 recorded debut of the guitar great performing with his first major act, Zephyr, the blues and jazz influenced rock and roll steamroller fronted by powerhouse female vocalist, Candy Givens, will be reissued courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records starting August 5. With newly remixed and remastered audio created under the supervision of founding member David Givens, this gem of an album has truly been restored to the band’s original vision. As Givens says, “For the first time you can hear what we heard before everything went wrong. I’m happy with the results!”

Happier still will be Bolin fans everywhere as a treasure trove of unreleased live material and studio improvisations were also uncovered in the process of remixing the album. These include performances of the band at small clubs in their home state of Colorado as well as Reed’s Ranch where the band opened for The Grateful Dead. In addition, the studio rehearsals showcase Bolin’s adventurous playing on two free form jams as he lays down blistering solos and eerie atmospheres courtesy of his Echoplex effect.

A limited edition 2,000 unit pressing of the reissue in a 3CD deluxe box set was released in May and has already been sold out, but a single disc version is set to arrive August 5 and a special 180 gram colored vinyl pressing will follow later this year.

Get a glimpse into the early salad days of this inimitable virtuoso whose rise to fame occurred nearly as fast as his untimely exit. His music lives on!

1. Sail On
2. Sun’s A Risin’
3. Raindrops
4. Boom-Ba-Boom
5. Somebody Listen
6. Cross The River
7. St. James Infirmary
8. Huna Buna
9. Hard Chargin’ Woman

10. Guitar Solo / Cross The River (Reed’s Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO - July 3, 1969)
11. Jam (San Bernardino, CA 1971)
12. Uptown (To Harlem) [Boulder, CO 1971]
13. Sail On (Tulagi’s - Boulder, CO June 19, 1973)

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'Karma's A Bitch'
The new mini album 

7th October 2014

Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album in over a decade.  Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, the new mini-LP is set for release via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the UK, just before the band set out on a massive tour of the US.  The cover artwork was designed by British artist Wolven Claws of The Crystallomantic Art. 
With a stellar line-up featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, DIO, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with DIO and HEAVEN & HELL), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with Yngwie Malmsteen), and up-an-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, this is easily Hellion's strongest line-up ever. 
HELLION’s new tracks were produced by Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn alongside legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups".
A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for THE BEATLES.  He has engineered countless classic works, including GEORGE HARRISON's "All Things Must Pass", ELTON JOHN's "Madman Across The Water", "Honky Chateau" and "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player."  Other credits include gold and platinum albums by SUPERTRAMP, DAVID BOWIE, MISSING PERSONS, KANZAS, and more.
Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: "Working with Bowie or working with Ann of HELLION, you've got sheer talent.” Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: "Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it's new musicians. The one constant thing about HELLION is Ann, and her incredible voice."
“Starting off with a mysterious and ethereal ghostly introduction, Betrayer quickly blasts into overdrive with a scream from Hell and the raw power the likes of which can only come from Ann Boleyn,” commented Rob DiMartini of Metal Scream Radio.  “The title track, Karma's A Bitch, is a tough sounding rocker destined to be one of the strongest songs on metal radio this year.”
Di Martini continued, ”Hell Has No Fury delivers full-tilt metal with a sublime orchestral section by Scott Warren and the blistering guitar work of Maxwell Carlisle. Watch The City Burn takes listeners on an in-depth journey into the anger and chaos of a full-blown riot. The final piece, Til The End, begins with the hammering double-bass power grove of Simon Wright at his finest. With an anthem-like melody, this is a song that fans will be singing along with when Hellion hits the road.”
HELLION is set to kick off their North American tour in October (dates here), and are looking forward to hitting the UK & Europe afterwards!  


Wednesday 23 July 2014

Danny Bryant Releases Temperature Rising In September 
plus Tour Dates To Coincide With Release

If Danny’s previous album ‘Hurricane’ was notable for pairing Danny Bryant’s best ever songs with Richard Hammerton’s expansive production, then ‘Temperature Rising’ is the closest he’s come to nailing a defining blues rock recording.

Recorded in little over 2 weeks in April of this year and drawing on songs that Danny wrote on the road during 2013, ‘Temperature Rising’ is an album full of his wailing signature guitar with deeply wrought intensity and heartfelt ballads. It’s an album by an artist with over 14 years touring behind him and enough personal experiences to transpose them effortlessly into songs.
To coincide with the release of the album Danny embarks on a series of concert dates in September. Dates Below:

The Robin 2, Bilston
Wednesday 3rd September
Tickets: £12.50/£15.00 - Box Office: 01902 401211
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ
(Plus support from Motherlode)

The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Thursday 4th September
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 – Box Office: 0845 413 4444
Doors: 7:00pm Stage: 7:30pm
25 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LB
(Plus support from The Mentulls)

The Citadel Theatre, St Helens
Friday 5th September
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 – Box Office: 01744 735436
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Waterloo Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PX

Arc, Stockton
Saturday 6th September
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 – Box Office: 01642 525199
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL
(Plus support TBC)

The Scene, Swansea
Tuesday 9th September
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 – Box Office: 01792 654226
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
50 Plymouth Street, Swansea, SA1 3QQ

The Waterfront, Norwich
Wednesday 10th September
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 – Box Office: 01603 508050
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
139-141 King St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QH

The Borderline, London

Friday 12th September
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 – Box Office: 0844 847 2465
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Orange Yard, Manette Sreett, London W1D 4JB

The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham
Sunday 14th September
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 – Box Office: 01273 464440
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
High St, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43

Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
Thursday 2nd October
Tickets: £13.00/£15.00 – Box Office: 01635 244246
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Mary Hare School, Newbury, West Berkshire RG14 3BQ

Blues Fest, London
Wednesday 29th October
The Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP

Whelan’s, Dublin
Thursday 6th November
Tickets: €15.00 – Box Office: 00353 1890 200 078
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
25 Wexford Street, Dublin, Ireland

The Empire, Belfast
Friday 7th November
Tickets: £12.00/£14.00 – Box Office: 02890 31 31 31
Doors: 8:00pm Stage: 8:30pm
42 Botanic Ave, Belfast, County Antrim BT7 1JQ

The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Saturday 8th November
Tickets: €15.00 – Box Office: 00353 42 9352697
Doors: 8:00pm Stage: 8:30pm
George's Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth

The Saints Room, Cockermouth
Sunday 21st December

Tickets £15.00 - Available:
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Kirkgate, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9PJ

Photo Credit: © Barbara van Geffen