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German Hard Rockers THE NEW ROSES are back to climb the rock Olympus with their fourth studio album Nothing But Wild! After successful live appearances all over the world, lately opening for KISS, and the invitation to tour with the legendary Scorpions in summer, the four-piece, centered around vocalist/guitarist Timmy Rough is ready to deliver the long awaited follow up for “One For The Road” (2017), which hit the top 20 in Germany.
THE NEW ROSES on “Nothing But Wild”:
“ ‘On Nothing But Wild,’ we fully concentrated on catchy songs with big melodies. Our goal was to record a strong and energetic Rock’n’Roll album without any frills and fillers. Simply true, simply loud, simply wild!”
Today, THE NEW ROSES release the first single “Down By The River”, the ultimate soundtrack to rock your summer!
Singer Timmy Rough on “Down By The River”:
Most of the band members grew up near river Rhine. Needless to say that we spent most our youth at the river. A sixpack of beer, a cassette tape deck and a girl you can fall in love with immediately…and the river. That was all we needed. That’s the attitude we put in “Down By The River”. Probably it will be played on any radio at any river and becomes the soundtrack of somebody’s summer…”
For over 15 years, Alter Bridge has been a band known for blurring the line between hard rock and heavy metal. Building upon the sound that has won the band worldwide critical acclaim and a devoted global fan base, the band returns with their sixth studio album, Walk The Sky. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on October 18th via Napalm Records. The fourteen-track opus marks a creative highpoint for the quartet comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums. Walk The Sky is a complete career retrospective drawing upon elements from each of the band’s previous releases to create something new from the band.
Recorded in a way never done before, the album was born from complete song ideas created by Kennedy and Tremonti. These songs would then be worked on by the entire band to create the fourteen songs that would make Walk The Sky the listening experience it is. This varies from the band’s previous method going back to their sophomore release Blackbird where Kennedy and Tremonti would combine individual ideas and riffs alongside producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette to form some of the band’s most revered songs. From the opening vocal melody on “One Life” to the moving finale of “Dying Light,” Alter Bridge have created a formidable addition to their music catalog. Songs like “Godspeed,” “Native Son” and “Walking On The Sky” are sure to be early additions to the live set. “Forever Falling” also marks a lead vocal return from Tremonti with Kennedy taking the chorus as done previously on the Fortress favorite “Waters Rising.” The first single “Wouldn’t You Rather” is quintessential Alter Bridge and will released in two weeks.
Alter Bridge will be heading out on a worldwide tour beginning in September. The tour will begin in the United States before heading over to Europe to close out 2019. The European headline dates scheduled for November and December will feature Shinedown, Sevendust and The Raven’s Age. The North American dates will be announced in the near future. The band has also been announced as part of the inaugural Exit 111 festival in October and as a headliner of the sold-out 2020 sailing of Shiprocked.
Alter Bridge European Tour Dates (Featuring Shinedown, Sevendust and The Raven’s Age):
Nov-12 DEN, Copenhagen – KB Hall
Nov-14 FIN, Helsinki – Ice Hall Black Box
Nov-16 SWE, Stockholm – Hovet
Nov-17 NOR, Oslo – Sentrum Scene
Nov-19 GER, Hamburg – Sporthalle
Nov-20 GER, Berlin – Columbiahalle
Nov-22 GER, Leipzig – Hause Auensee
Nov-23 POL, Warsaw – Hala Kolo
Nov-26 GER,Cologne – Palladium
Nov-27 GER, Munich – Zenith
Nov-29 AUT, Vienna – Gasometer
Dec-01 SWI, Zurich – Halle 622
Dec-02 ITA, Milan – Mediolanum Forum
Dec-04 SPA, Barcelona – St. Jordi Club
Dec-06 POR, Lisbon – Sala Tejo
Dec-07 SPA, Madrid – Vistalegre
Dec-09 FRA, Paris – Olympia
Dec-10 HOL, Amsterdam – AFAS Live
Dec-12 BEL, Brussels – Cirque Royal
Dec-14 ENG, Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
Dec-15 ENG, Manchester – Manchester Arena
Dec-17 SCO, Glasgow SSE – Hydro Arena
Dec-18 ENG, Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Dec-20 WAL, Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Dec-21 ENG, London – 02 Arena
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 band recently released the video and audio of their career highlight, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, featuring Alter Bridge backed by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra led by conductor Simon Dobson.
Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has announced the 4th part of his career-spanning vinyl box-set series. ‘ERAS Part 4’ is set for release on August 23rd 2019, and features ‘Ziltoid The Omniscient’ & ‘Z² – Dark Matters’, plus the vinyl debut of ‘Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ & ‘The Retinal Circus’ – across 9 pieces of 180g vinyl inside a sturdy 2-piece box set with an LP-booklet filled with liner notes and comments by Devin.
Devin comments: “Continuing in the ERAS series is volume 4, these box sets have been very special to me in that commemorating the times and experiences of the past work allows me-for once- to stop and reflect on all the effort and time that went into documenting these moments. I’m exceptionally proud of these albums, and to have a complete set of the work at this level of quality is a dream come true for me.”
On his newest album ‘EMPATH,’ Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.
A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.
John Lodge is bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 inductees, The Moody Blues. Songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits from “Ride My SeeSaw,” to “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more, Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many awards, including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), an Ivor Novello Award, to name just a few.
John Lodge will be touring North America this summer as part of YES’ “The Royal Affair Tour”. The complete line-up for the tour features the best of British Rock including YES, John Lodge Of The Moody Blues, ASIA, & Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocalist Arthur Brown.
He is currently prepping an album for release on August 23rd via a brand new deal with BMG. The 1st single “Street Café” and album pre-order can be found here: https://johnlodge.lnk.to/yCQdt. Fans who attend The Royal Affair Tour beginning with the June 20th show will be able to pre-order the album by purchasing a collectible laminate that includes a special code to immediately receive “Street Café” and also access the new album on release date.
The incredible new album featuring 3 new recordings, 2 new remixes, and other tracks chosen by John as he revisits the very best of his career with the Moody Blues and his solo work.
For this album Lodge went back into the studio to totally recreate “Street Café”, “(Evening) Time to Get Away” and “Legend of a Mind”, with the wonderful musicians of the 10,000 Light Years Band. The tracks were co-produced by John and Alan Hewitt, and features John on his original Fender Precision Bass which he recorded all of the classic Moody Blues songs on. He is joined by Hewitt on keyboards, Duffy King on guitars, Billy Ashbaugh on drums and Jason Charboneau on Cello. The result is a fresh modern feel whilst still retaining the original magic of these songs. Legend of a Mind was particularly important for John to include on this album as it is his tribute to his friend Ray Thomas.
The original 24 track recordings of “Say You Love Me”, and “Summer Breeze, Summer Song”, were also remixed and remastered to create a 2019 feel to these songs that were so much part of John’s first solo ventures.
With this album I want to share with you my ‘deep cuts’, songs that I have wanted to revisit, and songs which have become an important part of my life. It is this which has taken me back into the studio, to share with you my music and record again with my Fender Precision Bass.
I hope you too can join me on this journey… B Yond. JOHN LODGE 2019
The Royal Affair North American Tour Dates
(YES, ASIA, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocalist Arthur Brown)
June 12th – Bethlehem, PA @ Bethlehem Event Center June 14th – Farmingdale, NY Long Island @ Community Hospital Amphitheater June 15th – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena June 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center June 20th – Westchester, NY @ Westchester County Center June 21st – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE June 22nd – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion June 24th – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage June 25th – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater June 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts June 29th – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion June 30th – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park July 3rd – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre July 5th – Columbus, OH @ Express Live July 6th – Aurora, IL @ RiverEdge Park July 8th – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House July 10th – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park July 12th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall July 13th – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino July 15th – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre July 16th – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Financial Centre July 18th – St Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 20th – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory July 21st – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP July 24th – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre July 26th – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino) July 27th – Irvine, CA @ FivePoints Amphitheatre July 28th – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
Crobot and Mascot Records have announced the planned global release of the band’s new studio album MOTHERBRAIN on August 23. Earlier this year, the band presented a raucously entertaining lead music video for the song “Keep Me Down” which can be screened here:
Crobot - "Keep Me Down" (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Today, the band and Mascot Records present a second song from the upcoming album titled “Low Life” which can be heard here:https://youtu.be/bhfaPK70ShM. Motherbrain was produced by Crobot and Corey Lowery.
Like food of the gods, rock ‘n’ roll nourishes the soul. Offering holy communion, Crobot proudly personify a trinity of “meat, strings, and emotion” within their music and during the raucous and raging gigs they remain known for. Striking a delicate balance between hard-charging riffs, ass-shaking funk, and out-of-this-world reflective stage attire, the Pennsylvania quartet—Brandon Yeagley [lead vocals, harmonica], Chris Bishop [guitar, vocals], and Dan Ryan [drums], satisfy starvation for sonic sustenance on their fourth full-length and 2019 debut for Mascot Label Group, Motherbrain. James Lascu and Eddie Collins share the role of touring bassist for Crobot.
“When we were making the record, it was all about ‘meat, strings, and emotion’,” affirms Chris. “It explains the thought process. We’d usually start the day with chicken biscuits from Chik-fil-A. Obviously, I would play the strings. The emotion comes from the sheer power of me playing.” Yeagley adds, “It had nothing to do with the chicken biscuits.”
Crobot continue to fill a void. Since emerging in 2011, the group have quietly cemented themselves among the rising rock vanguard. Following the 2012 debut Legend of the Spaceborne Killer and 2014’s Something Supernatural, the musicians made waves with Welcome To Fat City in 2016. Consequence of Sound praised the title track as “a stomping slice of doom,” and Classic Rock bestowed a coveted 4-out-of-5-star rating on the album, going on to claim, “Welcome To Fat City is a mighty leap forward for Crobot, an ebullient masterclass.” Not to mention, they received acclaim from AXS, New Noise Magazine, and more as total album streams surpassed the 1-million-mark. Along the way, Crobot toured with the likes of Anthrax, Clutch, Black Label Society, Volbeat, Chevelle, Motorhead, The Sword, and more in addition to appearing on ShipRocked! and at numerous other festivals.
During late 2017, the boys started to write what would become Motherbrain. Signing to Mascot Records, the group went from writing at Chris’ spot in Austin, TX to Marietta, GA where they holed up in the studio with Corey Lowery [Seether, Saint Asonia, Sevendust, Stereomud] for a month. The producer’s direction to embrace the dark side took life, while Brandon delivered some of the most emotive recordings Crobot has delivered to date.
“I think it’s a much darker record, musically, lyrically, and thematically,” says the front man. “It’s some of the heaviest material we’ve ever done, but it’s also some of the funkiest. We’re widening the Crobot spectrum even more. It’s the catchiest too. It’s less about wizards and dragons and more about everyday turmoil and the struggles of life. Corey made it digestible and appealing for not just dudes with beards or chicks with dicks.”
They heralded the record with the rabble-rousing “Keep Me Down.” Meanwhile, the first single “Low Life” shows the scope of this expanded palette. Featuring chunky guitars and a howling hook, it sees the band co-write with Johnny Andrews and deliver a bold banger. “It’s a song we never would’ve written by ourselves,” Chris continues. “That makes it cool. It took us out of our comfort zone.” “It’s an anthem about this outside perspective on the definition of a lowlife,” explains Brandon. “There’s a misconception that being a touring musician without a lot of money makes you a lowlife, but how is that really any different from the rest of the world? And, if that does make you a lowlife, we’re okay with it!”
Co-written by Brian Vodinh of 10 Years, “Burn” nods to “the power of Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘Dead and Bloated’,” and siphons it through “a Crobot filter.” Elsewhere, “Drown” tempers a muscular groove with a magnetic melody, while the “funkiest song” of the bunch “Alpha Dawg” pays homage to a “funky werewolf mofo” inspired by Teen Wolf. Then, there’s “Stoning The Devil.” So catchy it might be Satanic, the tune flips tradition upside down.
“I wanted a different spin on the act of stoning the devil,” states Brandon. “Muslims take a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to throw stones at these pillars. The act is supposed to ward off evil spirits and cleanse one’s soul. It’s a different culture for the devil’s storyline in our genre.”
In the end, “meat, strings, and emotion” might just be what rock ‘n’ roll needs in 2019 and beyond…
“When people hear this, I hope they say, ‘Yeah, that’s Crobot’,” the front man leaves off. “We want to maintain our identity from record to record. We always want to be genuine. It’s going to evolve, but it will always be Crobot.”
Crobot has planned four special appearances timed to the week of release:
The family tree of rock music is traceable all the way back to the early blues artists of the 1930’s through the mid ‘50’s. Musicians such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins were cited by the Beatles and Rolling Stones as being tremendous influences. To this day, guitar players still listen to tracks by the old blues masters to lift riffs and licks.
Derek Davis is a musician from the San Francisco Bay area who is best known for fronting the hard rock band Babylon A.D. in the late 80’s. Since Babylon, Davis has branched out to show his broad musical education on other genres. His latest album is titled Resonator Blues, and any guitarist who knows about the history of their instrument will immediately recognize from the title alone what type of music this record features.
In addition to the vocals, Davis shows his instrumental chops as he did all the guitar and bass tracks on the record. In true early blues tradition, the album is a mixed bag of acoustic and electric songs. Many of the songs (such as the title track) feature Davis’ slide playing. Of the electric songs, Mississippi Mud is a foot stompin’ tune in which Davis sings about the pioneers of the blues, in addition to showing his skill on the bottleneck. Penitentiary Bound is a simple vocals/acoustic guitar that climaxes with Davis’ tortured vocal lament. Jesus Set Me Free takes history way back with lyrics that speak of the experiences of a Civil War-era soldier. Whiskey and Water is more of a current day blues rock song, although Davis nicely throws the listener for a surprise with an acoustic solo over a throaty electric guitar rhythm line.
Davis is clearly a serious student of the blues. Listen to Resonator Blues. Close your eyes, and prepare to be musically transported. Wherever you were, you are now in a hot, sweaty, juke joint on a July Saturday night in rural Mississippi or the Louisiana bayou country…
Greg Prato is a very prolific author who has churned out 22 books about music, as well as four books on professional sports teams. Prato is a meticulous researcher who is passionate about the subjects he writes about, and as a result his books are highly regarded (all have four and five star ratings on Amazon).
Most of Prato’s books have a distinct hard rock/heavy metal slant, but the 100 tracks in this book cover many different genres. As a sub-category, they range from some of the most famous songs in rock (Hotel California, The Eagles; Message in a Bottle, The Police) to obscure tracks that only hardcore fans will recognize (Alison Hell, Annihilator; Bound for the Floor, Local H). The backstories on some of the songs, such as Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones run three pages, while others such as Bridge of Sighs by Robin Trower are but a single paragraph. As Prato writes in the introduction to the book: “This reflects entirely upon the interviewee—if they were in a talkative mood that particular day, I was in luck. If not…not so much.”
When we listen to a song, we all have ideas about it: What is the meaning of the lyrics? Was that intricate guitar solo recorded in a single take? Did the recording go smoothly, or was there disagreement amongst the band members over the arrangement?
Without giving away spoilers, some of the backstories on these tracks will surprise the reader’s preconceived notions. (As a bonus, Prato also includes stories about the making of music videos for some of the songs).
After perusing the book, the reader will quickly want to become the listener, going back and playing these songs with a new appreciation of what went into the writing, recording and production process.
Israeli thrashers SHREDHEAD, who recently wrapped up a Japanese tour alongside DevilDriver, will celebrate the worldwide release of their third album, Live Unholy, with a record release party in their native country next month.
“Touring Japan for the first time was an amazing experience,” says guitarist Razi Elbaz. “We were overwhelmed by the number of new fans coming to us after the shows for merch, pictures and to chat with the band. We were also really surprised to learn not only we had existing fans in Japan, but some of them actually showed up for all three shows to support and see us night after night!”
Live Unholy, available now via Legend Recordings, was recorded at Antfarm Studios in Denmark and recorded and mixed by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, Suicide Silence, Baby Metal, Sick of It All). The album received over 10,000 streams on Spotify within its first week of release. On its release day, Live Unholy, received placement on iTunes’ Featured and Best Sellers charts and peaked at number 40 on the Top 100 Metal Albums chart.
Combining brute force with modern and relentless heaviness, SHREDHEAD has been hailed as one of the top Israeli metal exports to date.
The Live Unholy release party will take place on July 27 at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv.
Says bassist Lee Lavy, “Last time SHREDHEAD headlined the Barby Club was the annual Shredding Halloween party where we decorated the entire venue, which was packed by more than 500 local metalheads that showed up in costumes. The show was marked as one of the biggest in the history of the local scene!”
SHREDHEAD previously released two albums, Human Nature and Death is Righteous. Between the two albums, the band was victorious in the Israeli Metal Battle and had the opportunity to represent Israel at the Wacken Metal Battle in Germany.
A video for the track “Overshadows” from Live Unholy was revealed earlier this year. Watch “Overshadows” here: https://youtu.be/tVz8TrRWbPo.
JOHN 5 and the Creatures – comprised of world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix – and The Aristocrats (guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann) will team up to co-headline an amazing night of instrumental euphoria on Sunday, September 1 at 1720 in Los Angeles. The show will be the first JOHN 5 performance following the July 31 release of the anxiously awaited new album, Invasion.
“JOHN 5 and The Aristocrats – It doesn’t get much better than that,” John 5 says. “It’s one show only and you’re not going to want to miss it. It’s going to be a very exciting night, and definitely one to remember.”
Says The Aristocrats, “We always say that anything can happen onstage at an Aristocrats show – and that goes double for a JOHN 5/Aristocrats double bill! We’re psyched because The Aristocrats and JOHN 5 are obviously coming at the instrumental rock thing from just completely different angles, and neither one of us is playing it straight down the middle. Should be a fun night for anyone in L.A. who likes their music loud and bent.”
JOHN 5 kicked off the year with the debut video from Invasion, the campy animated “Zoinks!” clip, followed by three equally eccentric videos for “Midnight Mass,” “I Am John 5” and “Crank It – Living with Ghosts.” Invasion was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer (Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Jackson Browne). A special edition of Invasion will be available for purchase at the Los Angeles show.
JOHN 5 and The Creatures is:
JOHN 5 – guitars
Ian Ross – bass
Logan Miles Nix – drums
The Aristocrats have established themselves as one of the most musically original, refreshingly irreverent and entertaining instrumental rock-fusion acts on the planet. They are touring to promote their most ambitious and exploratory studio album yet, entitled You Know What…?
The opening act for the evening will be the popular rock-fusion trio Travis Larson Band.