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VISTA KICKS, the Los Angeles-based indie rock ‘n roll band with intoxicating melodies and musicality to match, have released their sophomore full-length album, TWENTY SOMETHING NIGHTMARE, today, Friday the 13th, via their own LittleHook Records. Listen to the 18-track album now via all DSPs including Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music. Click here to watch the music video for the album’s latest single “Live, You’re Gonna Die,” directed by Dimitri Voytilla and shot along the California coast.
After years of touring, building their performance chops in bar rooms and on club stages across the country, honing their songwriting craft and polishing their recording dexterity in the studio, the band has been progressively hitting milestones–all while being a completely independent group. In the streaming world, VISTA KICKS has garnered over 86,000 monthly Spotify listeners (and over 10 million cumulative streams on Spotify alone). On the live front, they sold-outThe Troubadour in their Los Angeles hometown on Valentine’s Day earlier this year and have now moved up to headline The El Rey Theatre on September 20, with special guest Audra Mae, in the city (tickets here). Additionally, VISTAKICKS will appear at KAABOO Del Mar Festival this September.
For TWENTY SOMETHING NIGHTMARE, co-produced by the quartet–DerekThomas (vocals), Sam Plecker (guitar/vocals), Trevor Sutton (bass), and Nolan Le Vine (drums)–VISTA KICKS once again amplifies the scope of their signature style as they maintain the edge that made them, “The Originators of Booty Shaking Rock N’ Roll,” proving to be a seamless follow-up to 2017’s well-received Booty Shakers Ball album.
About VISTA KICKS:
Living together in a cramped one-bedroom apartment, the quartet–Derek Thomas (vocals), Sam Plecker (guitar/vocals), Trevor Sutton (bass), and Nolan Le Vine (drums)–quietly ignited a buzz throughout L.A. and beyond with two full U.S. tours under their belts. Within a year, the band’s independent 2016Chasing Waves EP and additional singles generated over 5 million cumulative Spotify streams and 3.2 million YouTube views. However, everything set the stage for the release of their 2017 full-length debut, BOOTY SHAKERS BALL–self-produced by the musicians themselves and engineered by their guitar player and vocalist Sam Plecker. Best described as a smoked-out collaboration between James Brown and Jimmy Page, it bridges eras.
After 14 years performing together, five full-length studio albums, and countless sold-out shows around the globe, there aren’t many items left on a band’s bucket list. For Alter Bridge, one of the remaining list items was crossed off in October 2017 when the band performed two sold-out shows at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall backed by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra led by conductor Simon Dobson. Those career-defining shows were captured and combined in the upcoming Napalm Records worldwide release Live At The Royal Albert Hall on September 7th.
“I think out of all the years of doing this [music], this experience is the top two or three highlights without a doubt. It’s something that none of us are going to forgot,” explains Myles Kennedy in a recently released trailer that can be seen below.
Alter Bridge - Live At The Royal Albert Hall Featuring The Parallax Orchestra (OFFICIAL TEASER) - YouTube
Live At The Royal Albert Hall is a 21-song collection that features some of Alter Bridge’s biggest hits, fan favorites and even a couple of rarities including “Words Darker Than Their Wings” – a song the band had never played live previously. Songs like “Before Tomorrow Comes,” “Ghost Of Days Gone By,” “The Last Hero,” and “Broken Wings” all find new life with the unique arrangements presented by Dobson and the Parallax Orchestra performing alongside the band. The pre-order for the release is live and fans can order various audio and video configurations including Blu-Ray, DVD, CD and Vinyl as well as other unique bundles with exclusive content. The pre-order is currently live here: http://smarturl.it/LiveFromTRAH and at www.alterbridge.com. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to the Future Song Foundation; an organization that Myles Kennedy is closely involved with. The first track released from the collection is the band’s chart-topping single “Addicted To Pain.”
Alter Bridge: "Addicted To Pain" Live At The Royal Albert Hall (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - YouTube
The track listing for Live At The Royal Albert Hall is:
Slip To The Void 12) The Last Hero
Addicted To Pain 13) The End Is Here
Before Tomorrow Comes 14) Words Darker Than Their Wings
The Writing On The Wall 15) Waters Rising
Cry Of Achilles 16) Lover
In Loving Memory 17) Wonderful Life/Watch Over You
Fortress 18) This Side Of Fate
Ties That Bind 19) Broken Wings
The Other Side 20) Blackbird
Brand New Start 21) Open Your Eyes
Ghost Of Days Gone By
Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single. In 2013, the band reached an elevated creative and critical plateau with Fortress. It bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 30,000 copies first-week and earning unanimous tastemaker praise. The record garnered perfect scores from Total Guitar and KERRANG! as well as acclaim from Billboard, The Guardian, Loudwire, Ultimate Guitar, and many more. In between sold out tours in Europe and North America, the guys appeared on VH1 and graced the cover of Classic Rock Magazine who labeled Fortress, “The best thing they’ve ever done,” while Eddie Trunk called it, “A top 10 album of the last 10 years.” 2016’s The Last Hero gave the band their first Top 10 album since their debut. Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.
The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, GENERATION AXE undisputedly brings together some of the greatest guitarists of all time. Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abisi once again will join together to tour North America to stage 32 appearances across the country. Beginning on November 7 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, the run will return to markets where the inaugural tour was celebrated and hit several new cities for the first time. The general on-sale goes live July 13.
Steve Vai offers, “The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a 6-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight.” Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass, Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys, and JP Bouvet on drums. Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems). Vai shares, “The Generation Axe experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and 5 completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of their solo music and merging together as cohesive co-creators of lushly orchestrated guitar extravaganzas. Guitar Jams like this can get really messy when there is no organization and my idea was to create parts for everybody to play in harmony and off each other so it’s not a mess of noise. This worked out remarkably well. There are places where everyone is playing together in wild harmony.”
Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitars masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia. A front row package (including a meet & greet), a meet & greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available. For more information, visit www.generationaxe.com.
Many artists fit easily into a single category, while Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. He is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business. The GRAMMY Award-winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. For more info, visit: www.vai.com.
GRAMMY Award-winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multiplatinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest selling solo album featuring the classic hit single, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set, Ozzmosis. With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie “Rockstar”; and even momentarily joined Axl, Slash and Duff in Guns N’ Roses. But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet who are quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad. For more info, visit: www.zakkwylde.com.
When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early 80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down. Never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand-new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the “Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra,” which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others. Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. TIME Magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down. For more info, visit: www.yngwiemalmsteen.com.
Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer, Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the GRAMMY-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid-1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, EXTREME is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad “More Than Words” that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and “Hole Hearted” that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others. For more info: www.nunobettencourt.com.
Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band, Animals as Leaders. Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity. His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using 7-, 8-, and 9-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/ animalsasleaders
Generation Axe – A Night of Guitars is produced by Copeland International Arts and is booked by CAA. For additional information visit: www.generationaxe.com.
Confirmed appearances include:
11/07 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
11/08 Anaheim, CA City National Grove
11/09 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/10 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre #
11/11 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
11/13 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre – Denver
11/15 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
11/16 Salina, KS The Stiefel Theatre
11/17 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
11/18 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Theatre
11/19 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
11/20 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
11/21 Detroit, MI Fillmore Detroit
11/23 Medford, MA The Chevalier Theater
11/24 Niagara Falls, NY The Rapids Theatre
11/25 Kitchener, ON Centre in the Square
11/27 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/28 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
11/29 Albany, NY The Palace Theatre
11/30 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City – The Theater
12/01 Rochester, NY Kodak Center
12/03 Greensburg, PA The Palace Theatre
12/04 Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury
12/05 Richmond, VA The National
12/08 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
12/09 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
12/10 Davie, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD, have announced the second leg of their North American tour in support of their new album, Catharsis.The upcoming dates also include the 6 rescheduled dates from the first leg were vocalist Robb Flynn contracted a severe viral bronchitis lung infection that lasted for 7 weeks. The band will once again will be giving fans “an evening with” MACHINE HEAD, playing over 2 1/2 hours of classic and new material!
Flynn comments: “We’re really stoked to be hitting the road in the states and our cannabis legalizing brothers up in Canada again. After the first tour in support of Catharsis hitting typical MACHINE HEAD strongholds like Chicago, Denver and Oakland, we’ve been really looking forward to doing a 2nd North American run that hits all the nooks and crannies of America, places that a lot of time get left off a traditional tour routing as they are smaller markets, and maybe route way off the the main highways that run through the states.
“I’m excited as fuck to get back to places like Missoula, Montana, Minot, North Dakota, Ft Wayne, Nashville, Lubbock Texas, Asheville, North Carolina…we were blown away by theses cities on the last ‘Evening With’ cycle…these places were INSANE, the fans are hungry for aggressive music, they come out and go crazy, get loose, get free, and that’s what were all about!
“Central Canada will be a rager! Can’t wait to get back there and I’m actually bringing the gloves and lube for the Canadian border this time, free of charge!
“And as a sense of pride I’m definitely looking forward to making up the 6 shows we had to cancel back in February. “I tell you what man… that last show in Pittsburgh… it was one of the roughest shows of my life. It’s one of the most helpless feelings in the world, losing your voice onstage. There’s no ‘powering through it’, there no ‘manning up’, and while I hardly consider myself the most manly-man out there, I hold myself to an impossibly high standard when it comes to performing. I want to fucking crush it every night, I want to blow people away every night. And when I can’t, it really is a feeling of complete powerlessness.
“That goddamn viral bronchitis lasted 7 weeks! It kicked my ass! But that shit is gone now, and we’re ready to kick ass again, so Head Cases of North America, I ask you…are you ready? ARE YOU READY?! Cause we’re ready to rage!!!”
MACHINE HEAD 10/04 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades 10/06 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma 10/08 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre 10/09 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall 10/10 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis 10/12 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick 10/13 – Minot, ND – The Original 10/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *make-up date* 10/17 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *make-up date* 10/18 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *make-up date* 10/19 – Kansas City, MO – Truman 10/20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge 10/22 – Cleveland, OH – Agora *make-up date* 10/23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection 10/24 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre *make-up date* 10/26 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre 10/27 – Columbus, OH – Newport 10/29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *make-up date* 10/30 – Hartford, CT – The Webster 10/31 – Huntington, NY – Paramount 11/02 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland 11/03 – Richmond, VA – National 11/04 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage 11/07 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 11/09 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom 11/10 – Nashville, KY – Exit In 11/11 – Charlotte, NC – Underground 11/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution 11/14 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz 11/16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues 11/17 – Austin, TX – Emos 11/18 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s 11/20 – Tuscon, AZ – Club X 11/21 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues 11/23 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues 11/24 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
Catharsis was produced by Robb Flynn and recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (HATEBREED, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound, New York, NY. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton.
To order Catharsis in various formats (CD, Digipak, CD-Digi + DVD + 2LP Boxset, black, picture, red, dark blue, bi-colored, splatter vinyl – see below), visit this location: http://nblast.de/MHCatharsis
Celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD are pleased to announce a release date of September 21st, 2018 for their upcoming new studio album “The Wake” via Century Media Records worldwide.
“The Wake”, the highly anticipated successor to 2013’s “Target Earth” album as well as the 2016 mini-album “Post Society”, was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada. The album‘s artwork was once again created by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin and can be seen above.
VOIVOD guitarist Daniel “Chewy“ Mongrain” checked in with the following comment: “It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we will soon share with you the fruit of 2 years of labor in the form of an intricate, intense and colorful journey with our new album ‘The Wake’, expanding the boundaries of VOIVOD’s multiverse!”
The album’s track-listing reads as follows:
VOIVOD – “The Wake”: 1. Obsolete Beings 2. The End Of Dormancy 3. Orb Confusion 4. Iconspiracy 5. Spherical Perspective 6. Event Horizon 7. Always Moving 8. Sonic Mycelium
The first single off “The Wake” is expected for release on July 20th.
VOIVOD’s first European touring run in support of “The Wake” will feature the following rotating support acts: Maggot Heart (from 7th until 16th Sept), Nightrage (from 18th until 26th Sept) and Bio-Cancer (from 28th Sept until 20th Oct). Here is a list of all dates:
VOIVOD – European Tour 2018: 07.09.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) – Futurum * 08.09.2018 Poznan (Poland) – U Bazyla * 09.09.2018 Warsaw (Poland) – Hydrozagadka * 10.09.2018 Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat * 11.09.2018 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Randal Club * 13.09.2018 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Flying Circus Pub * 14.09.2018 Belgrade (Serbia) – Elektropionir * 15.09.2018 Budapest (Hungary) – Durer Kert * 16.09.2018 Vienna (Austria) – Szene * 18.09.2018 Bologna (Italy) – Locomotiv ** 19.09.2018 Rome (Italy) – Largo ** 20.09.2018 Milan (Italy) – Santeria ** 21.09.2018 Winterthur (Switzerland) – Gaswerk ** 22.09.2018 Seyssinet Pariset (France) – Ilyade ** 24.09.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Boveda ** 25.09.2018 Madrid (Spain) – Nazca ** 26.09.2018 Porto (Portugal) – Hard Club ** 28.09.2018 Marseille (France) – Jas’ Rod *** 29.09.2018 Paris (France) – Petit Bain *** 30.09.2018 Nantes (France) – Ferrailleur *** 02.10.2018 Southampton (UK) – The Joiners *** 03.10.2018 Cardiff (UK) – The Globe *** 04.10.2018 Leeds (UK) – Temple Of Boom *** 05.10.2018 Glasgow (UK) – Cathouse *** 06.10.2018 Manchester (UK) – Rebellion *** 07.10.2018 London (UK) – Underworld *** 09.10.2018 Brussels (Belgium) – Magasin 4 *** 10.10.2018 Amstelveen (The Netherlands) – P60 *** 11.10.2018 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Dynamo *** 12.10.2018 Cologne (Germany) – Luxor *** 13.10.2018 Hamburg (Germany) – Logo *** 14.10.2018 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Pumpehuset *** 15.10.2018 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubb Nalen *** 17.10.2018 Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia *** 18.10.2018 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi *** 20.10.2018 Oslo (Norway) – John Dee ***
Support bands: * Maggot Heart (from 7th until 16th Sept) ** Nightrage (from 18th until 26th Sept) *** Bio-Cancer (from 28th Sept until 20th Oct)
VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin commented on the upcoming European tour as follows: “We are thrilled to visit our friends in Europe once again in September and October, and it will be a great occasion for us to test songs from our upcoming album,“The Wake“.“
Previously, VOIVOD will also appear at selected festivals in North America as follows:
THE MAGPIE SALUTE — Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, John Hogg, Sven Pipien, Matt Slocum and Joe Magistro — released “For The Wind” last Friday (7/6) alongside an exclusive premiere with Billboard.com. The new song marks the second track, following “Send Me An Omen,” from the band’s anticipated debut studio album, HIGH WATER I, set for a worldwide release on Friday, August 10th via Eagle Rock Entertainment (U.S.), Mascot Label Group (Europe/Australia/New Zealand) and Sony (Japan). Listen to “For The Wind” on all DSPs including Spotifyand YouTube. Fans can pre-order the album via the band’s online store here.
“It’s a lot about the systems in place in the world,” RichRobinson told Billboard.com‘s Gary Graff of “For The Wind,” which was written by Robinson and John Hogg. “The systems that have been in place as it pertains to creation of any kind. Music or books or fine arts or anything down the line have been flooded with greed and with bankers that get involve and tell artists how they can sell more if they write this way. And then basically you’re just an entertainer; you let these pseudo-cynical people write these songs about jeans and Chevys and beer and whatever the hell people write about. That system being in place is constantly at odds with natural creativity. People see they can make a little bit of money, you make them a lot of money they start inserting themselves more because they want you to keep making them money. It’s always been that way, but it seems more fervent than ever now.”
The Magpie Salute ~ "For The Wind" - YouTube
“Feel the chill to the bone
And the wind keeps blowing
Onward to the new horizon
And the road keeps rolling
We have come alight
And the ice is gone”
The band is now touring North America all summer and into the fall with headlining performances and dates as part of Gov’t Mule’s “Dark Side of the Mule” tour alongside The Avett Brothers, in addition to more shows with Gov’t Mule in August plus shows with Blackberry Smoke. For all tour dates and to purchase tickets, click here.
Produced by Rich Robinson and recorded at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville, TN, the 12-songHIGH WATER I represents a musical union of swaggering rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, and campfire-worthy storytelling that first took flight in 2016 when Robinson assembled the band for a now seminal Woodstock gig. The group went on to sell out four consecutive nights at The Gramercy in New York City in January 2017 chronicled with a historic Guitar Player cover featuring the two six-stringers. By the top of 2018, the band delivered a total of 77 seismic sets worldwide comprised of a 170-song repertoire of covers, Black Crowes’ tunes, and solo material. Acclaim came from Guitar World, Relix, and more, while Rolling Stone summed it up succinctly as “Explosive.” A second new studio album HIGH WATER II will be released in 2019. Details to come on that at a later date.
In an effort to show appreciation for school teachers and promote the integration of music into classroom studies, Steven Van Zandt (of Little Steven and The Disciples and Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band) is hosting free workshops and concerts for school teachers across Europe on behalf of The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock Project.
The program provides professional development workshops where teachers are trained to integrate music into a variety of classroom studies including math, science, reading and history.
The Teacher Appreciation Tour experience includes a one-hour workshop in the concert venue, an hour of networking which includes food, and a two-hour live concert by Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul.
Van Zandt, who is known for his phenomenal talents as a musician, producer, writer and actor on the hit TV show “The Sopranos” and “Lilyhammer,” began his educational focus about 10 years ago.
“Research shows that students who receive music instruction do better in math and science and students who like at least one class or teacher are less likely to drop out… Music has proven to be the most consistent and dependable common ground between teachers and students,” said Van Zandt.
“The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock Project provides professional development workshops where we train teachers to use interdisciplinary lesson plans that integrate art and music history across the curriculum.”
The Foundation’s staff of educators and ethnomusicologists have created more than 100 lesson plans that can be included in social studies and language arts curricula as single plans or can be taught as unit plans.
“Our professional development workshops, like our curriculum itself, is free. It is our way of showing our gratitude to teachers,” said Van Zandt.
The Teacher Appreciation Tour experience includes a one-hour workshop in the concert venue; an hour of networking which includes food, and a two-hour live concert by Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul.
The Teacher Appreciation tours in Europe will include the following locations:
Australia’s First Lady of Blues, Anni Piper, made her first ever Southern California performance on Saturday, June 30th, at the Arcadia Blues Club. The statuesque brunette, who moved to the U.S. back in 2014 brought her sultry voice and grooving bass lines to a less than capacity room in the foothills of Los Angeles. She was accompanied by Joseph Barton on guitar and Jeff Abbott on drums.
The trio, on their second stop on a five date, West Coast tour treated the attendees to a 12 song set of original jazzy blues numbers. Barton delivered the lead vocals on the fourth tune, Big Leg Woman. The ensuing piece, Hitch-Hiker Shuffle, from her debut album Jailbait, got things moving with its Southern rock-style guitar riff. Barton and Piper effortlessly wove in and out of different styles, calling out their shared, diverse talents. Two’s Company eased the set forward in a slow, jazzy blues song, with a very tasty guitar solo. Piper revved up the set again with a cover of Etta James’ The Blues Is My Business, a faster paced, Chicago style blues rocker.
Abbott kept the threesome on track with solid timekeeping, which preserved the focus on the song structure without a lot of grandstanding from any of the group. They simply presented their art in a plain frame and let the music paint the picture. Whether it’s Watchdog, with its more traditional blues feel and its driving bass line, or Come In My Kitchen, a song that shows the funky side of the songwriting, Pipers’ vocals and the music were seamless.
Piper and company finished their set with two distinctly different numbers. The next to last was the Albert Collins classic, Honey Hush, which was driven by a bass line from Piper that resembled the groove from the Animals’ We Gotta Get Out of This Place. The finale, Have My Husband, moves ahead at a wandering pace. The song sounds like it may be a bit autobiographical, as Piper warns that, “Have my husband, never mess with my man.” Piper and her band make two more tour stops on July 6th and 8th in Texas and Colorado. Then, presumably home to Oregon.
Legendary rock band, Great White is proud to announce that Mitch Malloy is now its lead singer. Malloy, a celebrated songwriter and artist now based in Nashville, takes the reigns as only the third lead vocalist in Great White’s 36-year history.
“Mitch is an incredible singer, artist, songwriter and engineer,” lead guitarist, Mark Kendall said. “We’re beyond excited to stretch our musical muscles with a fresh, new take on Great White’s catalog of hits. Terry Ilous has been released to join his other projects. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his run with Great White.”
Malloy, who originally hails from Dickinson, N.D., charted his first solo single, “Anything At All” in 1992. His subsequent hits “ “Nobody Wins In This War” and “Our Love Will Never Die” also made Billboard’s Top 100. Most recently he’s been cranking out penned hits and producing clients for his Malloy Master Tracks studio. These clients include Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins, Craig Morgan, Johnny Gates and many more.
Malloy has been in this is this situation before. In 1996 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Van Halen, asked Malloy to take the reigns as its singer. Although Malloy didn’t take the gig, he further established his reputation as a universally- respected frontman. He’s thrilled to be a part of Great White. He’s not trying to be a “clone” of previous singers Jack Russell and Ilous.
“I have to represent this music honorably,” Malloy said. “I respect what has come before me, and have to remind fans of where they were when they first heard these songs. I also have to be myself at the same time. When I first heard my own voice with Great White’s music, I knew something special was going on.”
Guitarist and keyboardist, Michael Lardie, praised Malloy for his musical chops and reputation.
“We had an immediate rapport with Mitch,” Lardie said. “I’m positive the fans will embrace Mitch and continue to support Great White. This music is bigger than any one person.”
“We’re ready to rock with Mitch,” drummer Audie Desbrow added. “2018 and beyond still has a lot in store for Great White. Don’t ever count us down and out. It feels like we’re just getting started.”
Best known for their Grammy nominated Best Hard Rock Performance hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” Great White has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, has six Top 100 Billboard hits, nine Top 200 Billboard albums, two platinum albums and clocked the top of MTV four times.
To experience their hits live in concert—“Rock Me,” “Mista Bone,” “Save Your Love,” “House of Broken Love,” and “Lady Red Light”—is to ride an emotional wave of sultry connections, arousing lyrics, and an all-out marathon of hard-hitting orchestrations.
Great White continues to tour worldwide and in the last four years logged nearly 400 dates in several states and countries. The band celebrated numerous milestones that included several sold-out performances, a return to the Zurich, Switzerland’s Rock Im Tal Festival, the 10th anniversary of M3 Rock Festival and a handful of intimate, acoustic performances.
They returned to the classic rock radio charts with “Complicated” off of 2012’s Elation. The band’s 12th studio album, Elation, garnered high marks from numerous rock journalists behind the pesky “Something For You,” the cheeky “Shotgun Willie’s,” and the emotional, Top 10 classic rock radio entry, “Hard To Say Goodbye.”
In June 2017, Great White reunited with its original producer, Michael Wagener on the thrilling Full Circle. The nine-track album spawned the balls-to-the wall single “Big Time.” And for the first time in its career, Great White gave a peak behind the curtain to its fans with the accompanying DVD “The Making of Full Circle.”
Great White is focused on its newest journey with Malloy. They plan on returning to the studio and will update fans as soon as they can. Great White is Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums, percussion), Scott Synder (bass) and Mitch Malloy (vocals).
Catch Great White on tour! More dates are being added and all dates subject to change. Visit OfficialGreatWhite.com for additional details.
July 14 | The Lucky Eagle Casino | Rochester, Wash.
July 20 | Harrah’s Cherokee | Cherokee, N.C.
July 21 | Macon City Auditorium | Macon, Georgia
July 27 | St. Clair Riverfest | St. Clair, Mich.
July 28 | Beaver Dam Amphitheater | Beaver Dam, Ky.
July 30 | Monroe County Fair | Monroe, Mich.
August 3 | Psycho Silo | Sheffield, Ill.
August 4 | Clearfield County Fair | Clearfield, Pa.
August 15 | Iowa State Fair | Des Moines, Iowa
August 17 | Turning Stone Resort & Casino | Verona, N.Y.
August 18 | Kentucky State Fair | Louisville, Ky
August 19 | The Foundation Performing Arts Center | Spindale, N.C.
August 25 | Idaho Rock Fest Melaleca Field | Idaho Falls, Idaho
September 1 | Shenandoah County Fair | Woodstock, Va.
September 2 | Jergel’s Rhythm Grille | Warrendale, Pa.
September 8 | Grand Falls Casino | Larchwood, Iowa
September 15 | Rockefella’s Music Festival II | Banning, Calif.
September 22 | Southwind Casino | Newkirk, Okla.
September 28 | Private Event | Detroit, Mich.
September 29 | BMI Speedway | Versailles, Ohio
October 6 | Pearl River Casino & Resort | Philadelphia, Pa.
November 2 | Sycuan Casino | El Cajon, Calif.
November 16 | Golden Nugget Casino | Las Vegas, Nev.