Helix frontman Brian Vollmer checks in:
Well, no time like the present to release the new Helix song "The Devil Is Having a Party Tonight". I was going to release it on Canada Day (July 1st for those who are not Canadian) but Lynda pointed out to me that the long weekend might not be the best time as everyone will be away from their computers.
Anyway, you can now purchase the song as a digital download on CD Baby. Here's the link straight to the song for purchase: http://cdbaby.com/cd/helix413
We're asking fans to support us by picking up the new tune. I'm also working on putting together a vinyl release which should be out in a couple of months. It will have "The Devil Is Having A Party Tonight" on Side A and "The Tequilla Song" on Side B. That song I wrote with Gord Prior and Steve Georgakopoulos, who I co-wrote THE POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL WITH. The record will be album size even though it's really a single.
I should also mention here that Brent Doerner (former Helix guitarist and the guy who's been doing our videos for a couple of years now) is putting together a video for the song. He already has over 60 hours into it. It should be ready by next week. At first we wanted to coordinate the release of the song with the video with the listing on CD Baby, but Kaleb suggested to me that it was actually better to have different releases on different days to help keep the profile of the song up. For instance, today we're releasing the digital download for sale and for fans to listen to. Next week will be the video. Some time over the next month we'll be releasing the Tequilla Song as well, and then around September the vinyl should hit. I find it all exciting (no shit) even after all these years. I think the Helix catalouge is now around 160 songs.
The song "The Devil Is Having A Party Tonight" stays in the tradition of past Helix tracks which I describe as "heavy metal pop." From as early as 1983 we've been writing heavy songs but with sing along choruses. I think our "direction" was determined by those years of playing the Canadian bar circuit, where you had to be a travelling Top 40 jukebox to survive...But Helix always liked and played the heavier stuff like Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, and Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. So instead of playing "Taking Care Of Business" and "Some Kind of Wonderful" we were playing stuff like "Dog Eat Dog" and "Cat Scratch Fever." While it doesn't seem too radical now, back in the late 70's we were about the only band on the circuit playing these kind of tunes.
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS ON THE SONG ON CD BABY. WE'D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK!
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Dirty Thrills are a young, exciting and charismatic London-based hard rock quartet who play bluesy rock 'n' roll with an appealing filthy edge, churning out endless crowd pleasers that make guitar music sound sexy again. With lung-busting, powerful vocals from front man Louis James, killer guitar riffs from Jack Fawdry and solid low-end grooves from the rhythm section of Aaron Plows and Steve Corrigan, each member's wide-ranging influences also combine to produce a pool of sound similar to current rock icons such as Queens Of The Stone Age, The Black Keys and Rival Sons.
Dirty Thrills are set to release their new album, Heavy Living, on September 15th. A video for the first single from the album, for the track "Law Man”, is available for streaming below.
Dirty Thrills formed after a drunken night of jamming in a quiet village pub in Wiltshire, but what started out as an inconspicuous session swiftly birthed an ambitious group with the drive and determination to bring the glory days back to the rock scene. Having released and toured a self-titled debut record in 2014, the band recently signed to Frontiers Music Srl and played the UK's Camden Rocks and Wildfire Festivals in June as part of the build-up to their new single, “Law Man”, which Louis James describes as a song "about one man's fight for freedom, only to be struck down by a figure of austerity." They will also be performing at Ramblin' Man Fair in late July, while a full UK tour will follow the mid-September release of their brand new album, Heavy Living, which was recorded at Monnow Valley Studio in Rockfield, Monmouth and produced/mixed by James Loughrey (The Darkness, Skindred, Sumo Cyco).
Heavy Living tracklisting:
“I'll Be With You”
“Law Man” video:
Dirty Thrills lineup:
Louis James - Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Jack Fawdry - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Steve Corrigan - Drums
Aaron Plows - Bass
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The Winery Dogs Streaming "Elevate" Live Video From Upcoming Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 Release
The Winery Dogs - Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums) - have released a live video for “Elevate”, featured on their upcoming release, Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016. The clip can be found below.
The Winery Dogs have been mesmerizing live audiences at over 200 shows with their monstrous musicianship since they exploded onto the scene in 2013 with the release of their self-titled debut album.
Now it’s time to show fans, old and new, what people have been saying about The Winery Dogs since their first worldwide tour launched in 2013. Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016, which will be available in both standard and deluxe editions, is a collection of live concert footage, music videos, and an EP of previously unreleased studio tracks, is due out August 4th on Loud & Proud Records. Pre-orders are available now on Amazon for the deluxe and standard editions. A trailer can be seen below.
A standard two-disc edition of Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 will be available which includes one Blu-Ray disc of the 100-minute concert, eight music videos from the band’s two albums, and the Dog Years EP on CD. A special edition five-disc package will consist of one Blu-Ray disc, one DVD of the live concert material and the eight music videos, the Dog Years EP on CD, as well as two CDs of the live concert audio.
Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 tracklisting:
Live In Santiago:
“We Are One”
“Think It Over”
Mike Portnoy Drum Solo
“The Other Side”
Billy Sheehan Bass Solo
“I’m No Angel”
“I’m No Angel”
Dog Years EP:
“Love Is Alive”
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"Running Out Of Time", the new video from NIGHT RANGER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album, "Don't Let Up", which was released on March 24 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc was made available in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition (featuring bonus track and bonus DVD — physical format only).
NIGHT RANGER truly epitomizes the sound of the '80s, while at the same time transcending it. Since their reunion in 1996, they have brought their guitar heavy, melodic brand of hard rock into the 21st century with their unparalleled talent, energy, and creativity.
"Don't Let Up" was produced by the band.
"The 'Don't Let Up' album is the result of five musicians living and breathing rock 'n roll 24 hours a day. 35 years on and NIGHT RANGER is once again ready to let the fans know 'it's only rock and roll, but I like it,'" says NIGHT RANGER bassist and vocalist Jack Blades of the new album.
NIGHT RANGER drummer and vocalist Kelly Keagy adds: "Working on the material for the new album "Don't Let Up" was a great experience once again. I always look forward to creating music with Brad, Eric, Keri, and Jack. I'm really looking forward to playing some of this material for the fans. It rocks!"
States NIGHT RANGER guitarist Brad Gillis: "It's always a pleasure releasing new material to keep the bands creative flow. As typical for NIGHT RANGER, we have all the elements that made us popular in the first place, including twin-lead-vocal tradeoffs with Jack and Kelly and dual guitar harmonies and solos with my new partner in crime, Keri Kelli. We've stacked the deck again with uptempo driving rock songs, midtempo tunes and a few acoustic ballad tracks. We're hoping this new album will be added to your existing NIGHT RANGER catalog!!!"
With more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, over 3000 live shows performed, and more than 1 billion in radio audience, NIGHT RANGER has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style of that era and beyond. With songs that have significantly impacted popular culture and continue to expand their ever-growing fan-base, NIGHT RANGER is proof that powerful songs, plus accomplished musicians is the perfect formula for continued success.
NIGHT RANGER has earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status while leaving their indelible mark on the music charts with a string of best-selling albums ("Dawn Patrol", "Midnight Madness", "7 Wishes", "Big Life" and "Man In Motion"), its popularity fueled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks.
NIGHT RANGER is Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead and rhythm guitars), Eric Levy (keyboards), and Keri Kelli (lead and rhythm guitars).
"Don't Let Up" track listing:
01. Somehow Someway
02. Running Out Of Time
04. Day And Night*
05. Don't Let Up
06. Won't Be Your Fool Again
07. Say What You Want
08. We Can Work It Out
09. Comfort Me
11. Nothing Left Of Yesterday
* Bonus audio track on deluxe edition
* Bonus DVD: Band Interviews; "Running Out Of Time" (video); "Day And Night" (Video)
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UK tour November 2017
to promote ‘Defying Gravity'
new album on Frontiers
Mr. Big have announced a UK tour for November 2017 to promote their forthcoming new album,
'Defying Gravity’. The concluding dates of a headlining European tour on which The Answer and
Faster Pussycat will also appear, the shows take place as follows :
16.11.17 NOTTINGHAM Rock City
17.11.17 NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
19.11.17 LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
21.11.17 MANCHESTER Academy
22.11.17 GLASGOW O2 ABC
23.11.17 WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall
Tickets go on general sale on 30th June at 10am, although Planet Rock have an exclusive ticket
pre-sale facility available from 28th June at 10am : http://www.planetrocktickets.co.uk/article/mr-big/
‘Defying Gravity’ is released on July 21st on CD, deluxe CD/DVD and digital formats on Frontiers,
with an LP and a limited deluxe Collector’s Edition box set out on 18th August.
The first video from the record, for the song ‘Everybody Needs A Little Trouble’, was made
available on 5th June and can be seen here: http://bit.ly/2s8c60k
This week on the Hair Metal Mansion Radio Show, host Andrew the Axeman welcomes three members of Atlanta's own KICKIN' VALENTINA as the special guests! Guitarist Heber Pampillon, bassist Chris Taylor and drummer Jimmy Berdine join the show to delve into their new record "Imaginary Creatures" as we premiere tracks from it, over a month before it's officially out on August 11th.
Also on tap ...
- Additional new music premieres from MR. BIG, SHAMELESS, the latest from ENUFF Z'NUFF and a pair of Perris Records artists; ROCK ALLIANCE and AMERICAN REBEL SOUL.
- Plus, the FNA RECORDS Artist of the Week, your REQUESTS and more of what you love from the most decadent decade!
The Hair Metal Mansion Radio Show w/ Andrew the Axeman premieres every THURSDAY night @ 9pm ET/8pm CT/6pm PT!
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Hell In The Club To Release See You On The Dark Side Album In September; "We Are On Fire" Video Premieres
The upcoming studio release by Hell In The Club, entitled See You On The Dark Side, will be released on September 15th. Check out the first song and video, “We Are On Fire”, available for streaming below.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Hell In The Club is a killer hard rock/heavy metal band. Think of a playlist comprised of your favorite ‘80s hard rock bands like Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, and the like mixed with the cream of the crop of ‘80s heavy metal like Ronnie James Dio, Helloween, and other giants of the era. Now, imagine if all those classic songs started to play over each other and overlap and merge with one another and you’ll start to have a sense of Hell In The Club’s sound. Familiar, yet wholly unique. Riffs, big hooks, catchy choruses, and gang vocals are the order of the day as they mix classic hard rock and modern sounds, heavy metal and party songs, fifties rock’n’roll and anything in between.
Of their new album See You On The Dark Side, lead vocalist Dave says, “The album sounds great, our best production with our most ambitious arrangements to date, but still with a rough and kickin' edge which has been our trademark since the beginning. As usual we've been melting all our inspirations and what we like in music and made a unique blend - pure 100% Hell In The Club - in these 11 tracks that contain a lot of different shades, melodies, power, heavy riffs, big choirs, sweet tunes and also a full swing/jazz orchestra this time!”
Bassist Andy Buratto had this to say about the new video, “We Are On Fire”: “The videoclip of “We Are On Fire“ is dirty, sweaty and powerful. It represents the actual status of Hell In The Club! Flames, Energy and Rock'n'roll. Yes indeed...we are on fire!”
Hell In The Club has staked a serious claim in the European metal scene based on a lot of hard work over the years. They’ve toured extensively in Europe and the UK with the likes of Crashdiet, Jettblack, Crucified Barbara, and appearances at Sonisphere Festival, Basin Fire Fest, Heineken Jammin’ Festival, and more. It should also be noted that Andrea (Andy) Buratto is also a member of Italian progressive metal legends Secret Sphere and vocalist Dave is also the singer for popular folk/power metal band Elvenking.
“We Are On Fire”
“The Phantom Punch”
“Little Toy Soldier”
“I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker”
“Houston, We’ve Got No Money”
“A Melody, A Memory”
“Withered In Venice”
“Bite Of The Tongue”
“A Crowded Room”
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Jack Russell's Great White To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of 'Once Bitten' With US Tour And Acoustic Album
Jack Russell's Great White will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Great White's hit album Once Bitten, with a tour and new acoustic album, Once Acoustically Bitten. The acoustic album will be released on July 14th and the band will kick off their US tour on July 6th. They will stay on the road through summer and into fall playing songs off their new acoustic release, the multi-platinum Once Bitten album and, on some shows, the entire Once Bitten album from start to finish.
Before the tour kicks off, the band will be previewing material from the upcoming release on June 29th - the original release date for Once Bitten - at Guitar Center in Los Angeles. Fans will be able to watch the entire performance on Facebook live at 7 PM, PST on the band's Facebook page. A week later they begin the tour in Kansas and will hit cities across the US including Fort Collins, Pasadena, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and more. Tour dates are all listed below. More dates to be announced shortly.
"The Once Bitten album for me was the album that finally put us in the musical space that I felt the band should be in," says lead singer Jack Russell. He goes on, "We had been searching prior to that...our first album was kind of similar to Judas Priest and our second album was very keyboard heavy. The Once Bitten album hit and we all just knew this was our area, this was where we should be. This new acoustic record is an homage to thirty years of making music and thirty years since our first, big platinum album. Three decades later and we're still able to go out there and sing and play for our fans. It's a blessing."
In 1984, Great White broke out of the Los Angeles scene with its self-titled debut, followed by seismic platinum selling outings such as 1987's Once Bitten and 1989's
Twice Shy. Selling over 10 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true rock pioneers. Now, Jack Russell's Great White moves into the 21st century with a new look that includes Tony Montana (Great White), Robby Lochner (Fight), Dan McNay (Montrose), and Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickinson).
6 - Salina, KS - Concert in the Park
7 - Ft. Collins, CO - Bobstock
8 - Columbus, NE - Platte County Ad Society
12 - Cadott, WI - Chippewa Valley Fairgrounds
14 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
15 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Saint Rocke
21 - Lima, OH - Allen County Faigrounds
28 - Bonner Springs, KS - Providence Med Amp
4 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
5 - St. Germain, WI - Community Park
11 - Three Forks, MT - Rockin in the Rivers
12 - Draper, UT - Leatherlands
13 - Jerome, ID - Jerome County Fair
18 - Terre Haut, ID - The Bird
24 - Addison, IL - Rock N Wheels
25 - Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
26 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose
1 - Scottsdale, AZ - BLK Live
9 - Savnna, IL - Poopy's
15 - Roland, OK - Cherokee Casino
22 - Largo, FL - Central Park PAC
14 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
27 - Pekin, IL - Avantie Dome
5 - Pembroke Pines, FL - Rockfest 80s
29 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go
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Europe Launch Video Trailer #1 For The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary DVD/Blu-Ray
On July 21st, Swedish rock ‘n’ roll legends, Europe, will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London’s legendary Roundhouse.
The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12th 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.
Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s latest album War Of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.
“What an awesome night! It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career,” says Europe vocalist Joey Tempest.
Watch a new trailer for The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live At The Roundhouse:
The limited edition release will arrive in the following formats and available to pre-order very soon:
• DVD/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
• BluRay/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
• A Digital audio only release
• A 12” sized Boxset, limited to 1,000 units will also be available in September.
It will contain the BluRay/2CD configuration, a double gatefold vinyl with only The Final Countdown portion of the concert, a 40 pg 12” sized hardcover photo book, a vintage replica scarf and a laminate/guest-pass.
Live At The Roundhouse will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, a brand new album to follow up War Of Kings, which was released in 2015.
Europe's next show is June 30th at Tall Ships Races in Halmstad, Sweden. To view their complete tour schedule, click here.
(Photo: Larry Marano)
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Off the back of their Heavy Fire album and UK/European tour, Black Star Riders have announced a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Formed in 2012, Black Star Riders signed their first contract with Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the same year. Under the banner of the independent label, the band released three albums: All Hell Breaks Loose, The Killer Instinct and Heavy Fire.
Black Star Riders latest album, Heavy Fire, gained worldwide success reaching #6 UK in the National chart, #11 in the German National chart, #91 in the US Current Top Albums.
The band had the following to say about re-signing to Nuclear Blast Entertainment:
“Nuclear Blast have been there since the inception of Black Star Riders... believing in the band and most importantly the songs... after three very successful albums it's a no brainer for the band to stay where we belong.” - Ricky Warwick
“NBE are one of the best labels I have ever worked with. I am thrilled to continue Black Star Riders relationship with this great group of people!” - Scott Gorham
"What a pleasure working with the entire team at Nuclear Blast over the past five years. We look forward to the next five and beyond." - Damon Johnson
"So thankful to be apart of the Nuclear Blast family! Looking forward to our future together." - Robert Crane
Black Star Riders live dates:
2 - Barcelona, Spain - Rock Fest
8 - Weert, Netherlands - Bospop Festival
14 - Haapsalu, Estonia - Castle Yard
15 - Lahti, Finland - White Knights Festival
23 - Winterbach, Germany - Winterbach Festival
28 - Holmfirth, UK - The Picturedome
29 - Maidstone, UK - Ramblin’ Man Fair
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