Hard rock band Kingdom Come was formed in 1987 and was quickly signed to Polydor Records. They released their first single "Get It On" which had a stranglehold on AOR radio in early 1988, prompting their self-titled debut album to ship gold.
The quintet, comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, and singer Lenny Wolf, took to the road immediately as part of the North American Monsters Of Rock Tour alongside Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, and Dokken. In addition to touring and extensive radio airplay, they also became MTV favorites with such videos as "Get It On" and "What Love Can Be" helping the band to sell two million debut albums worldwide.
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of that classic album prompting James Kottak to revive Kingdom Come. Along with original members Danny Stag, Rick Steier, Johnny B. Frank, a tour to commemorate the success of the band and album is born. Original singer Lenny Wolf declined to participate in the tour, but wishes the rest of the guys all the success and best in the world. Keith St. John (formerly of Montrose and Lynch Mob) will be stepping up to fill that large void, “but is definitely up to the job” according to the band members.
Guitarist Danny Stag says, “...we all love each other like brothers, get along, and laugh a lot. It's like a miracle that this is finally happening!" Bassist Johnny B. Frank adds, “It was 30 years ago The Wolf recruited us, The Rock produced us, MTV aired us and Van Halen made us Monsters Of Rock. Grateful to Rock another day!!!"
Kingdom Come will tour in 2018 - 2019 performing their debut album in its entirety (when headlining) along with music from their second album In Your Face.
27 - Seattle, WA - Club Sur Rocks
29 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
3 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky a Go-Go
5 - Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d
6 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
11 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
17 - Warrendale, PA - Jergel’s
18 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
21 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
23 - New Bedford, MA - Greasy Luck Brewpub
More dates to be added.
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Considered a mainstay among the hard rock drum circuit, Lonnie Hammer has recorded on 17 albums, many of which have become cemented in rock history. Now, the acclaimed singer/songwriter and musician has announced that he is releasing the debut album Total Annihilation by his latest project Hammer Down Hard on Friday, July 27th.
The brainchild of Hammer (Jack Russell’s Great White, Every Mother’s Nightmare, Black Oak Arkansas) with assistance from manager Kim Allegrezza (The Allegrezza Agency), Hammer Down Hard features some of the finest musicians in the hard rock and heavy metal music scene including Justin Rimer (Twelve Stones) on guitar and bass.
"For a long time, I've longed to write and record an album that came straight from my heart. I have been very fortunate in my career as a drummer but over the years so much has been bottled up inside. And although I played drums on this album, I felt it was time to move up front as a lyricist and vocalist and let it all out. It feels great to finally be honest and open up my soul to everyone. This is my story and a tribute to everyone who has struggled and fought for themselves”, said Hammer.
The album, which was written by Hammer and Rimer, was produced by Rimer and recorded at CrossTrax Studios. It is being described by Hammer as a “powerhouse of adrenaline-fuelled, high-energy rock n’ roll with honest, snarling vocals and shear metal fury”.
To create this unique, thunderous, but melodically-driven sound, Hammer brought in some of the most elite musicians in the industry today to make special appearances on the record. The album’s eponymous single, which will be released Friday, August 3rd, features Donnie Wayne Smith from Winger on guitar, just one of many Smith performs. Also featured on the release are: guitarists Wayne Swinny (Saliva), Tony Cardenas Montana (Great White), Brian Quinn (Candlebox), Lou Kavouras (Riot and 2018 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductee) and Bassist Devin Hightower (Surrender The Fall). But perhaps the most recognizable is Zach Myers from Shinedown who lends his talents to the masterfully-crafted “Who I Am”.
"Things were going really great in the studio and we knew we had some strong songs - strong enough to ask some friends to play on it,” said Hammer. “Things started snowballing after they heard the roughs. Next thing I know we had all these heavy weight players on board and killin' it! What an honour!"
To celebrate the release of the album, Hammer Down Hard will be opening Rock Fest 2018 in Cadott, WI, on July 11th and will be sharing the stage that night with music legends Ace Frehley, Skid Row and Autograph.
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Forever Warriors, Forever United, Doro's upcoming 25-track double album will be released on August 17th via Nuclear Blast. A second official video trailer for the release can be found below.
"There are some big anthems on the album, countless heavy songs, as well as heart-warming melodies! The album is supposed to give you power and thus contains a lot of energy!", says the metal queen.
First proof is the single "All For Metal", which is available now. The track features several metal heroes, who can also be seen in the video, including Mille Petrozza (Kreator), Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth), Chuck Billy (Testament), Warrel Dane (R.I.P.), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Sabaton, Ross The Boss, Rock’n’Rolf (Running Wild), Detraktor, Tommy Bolan (ex-Warlock), Andy Brings and The Ultimate Doro Clan.
Frontiers Music Srl will release TREAT's new album, "Tunguska", on September 14. The music video for the disc's first single, "Build The Love", can be seen below.
Building on the success of their last two albums, "Coup De Grace" (2010) and "Ghost Of Graceland" (2016), which were both released after the band's reunion in 2006, TREAT's return has been more than welcome by fans and critics alike. With the two latest albums having received praise as true masterpieces, TREAT is releasing its new album, packed with riveting rockers and seductive, soul-searching melodic rock songs, on a wave of newfound creativity and high anticipation from their fanbase.
But what is "Tunguska"? "The album title is a reference to a mysterious large explosion that took place in Siberia in 1908, but metaphorically and artistically, 'Tunguska' represents the last piece of the puzzle to be put in place since the band's reunion," says guitarist, producer and founding member Anders Wikstrom. "It highlights the unique musicianship we have developed together over the years in the creative songwriting process, but also illustrates how we want our albums to sound and feel in the 21st century. We managed to dig deeper into the lyrical content, and musically, the dynamics in the songs and production are more distinct as we let heavy, raunchy stuff co-exist with the softer side of the band."
"Tunguska" was once again produced by respected writer/producer, and longtime TREAT fan, Peter Mansson, together with Anders Wikström, showcasing a band who, despite a thirty plus year career, are hungrier and more energetic than ever!
TREAT's current lineup includes Robert Ernlund (vocals), Anders Wikström (guitars, backing vocals), Patrick Appelgren (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals), Jamie Borger (drums), and Pontus Egberg (bass).
"My goal has always been to capture the band in the studio when we can reflect what we are like at a live performance peak," says Anders. "That's why we did not continue touring for another extended period on the back of the last album ('Ghost Of Graceland') and went into the new album writing and recording process instead. When our fans hear 'Tunguska', this decision will speak for itself. When I listen to it, I get the same feeling I had when we finished 'Organized Crime' back in ´89, when everybody had stepped up to the plate and played as if their lives depended on it. I truly believe this is TREAT's finest hour! And that goes for every single member of the band! Damn proud!"
The band is truly at the top of their game and songs like the outstanding lead single "Build The Love" or rockers like the fabulous album opener "Progenitors", "Always Have, Always Will"and "Rose Of Jericho" stand out as future live staples in the band's repertoire.
"Every time we meet up with fans anywhere in the world, they are always full of praise for our current releases, which is really heartwarming as we do feel we don't have to rely on our 35-year back catalogue to attract audiences," says Anders. "We feel we are a better band nowadays, both as songwriters and live performers, matured just like a great red wine! After living with the album for some time, I find myself jumping in and out randomly on my choice for favorite songs and for some reason that has never been the case before. To me, that's what a real album is about and what makes it worth working day and night to compete."
"Tunguska" track listing:
02. Always Have, Always Will
03. Best Of Enemies
04. Rose Of Jericho
05. Heartmath City
07. Build The Love
08. Man Overboard
10. Tomorrow Never Comes
11. All Bets Are Off
DREAM CHILD, a brand new band featuring former members of DIO, AC/DC and QUIET RIOT, will release its debut album, "Until Death Do We Meet Again", on September 14 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The fist single from the album, "You Can't Take Me Down", can be streamed below.
DREAM CHILD is:
* Craig Goldy (DIO, GIUFFRIA): Guitar
* Wayne Findlay (MSG): Guitar, Keyboards
* Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, OPERATION: MINDCRIME): Drums
* Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, DIO): Bass
* Diego Valdez (HELKER): Vocals
Goldy stated about "You Can't Take Me Down": "It's about when all the people, circumstances, obstacles and so forth that life can throw at us take a turn for the worst and that no matter what, we can and will prevail!"
The guitarist previously said about DREAM CHILD's formation: "The band DREAM CHILD was conceived during a brainstorming session with Serafino (president of Frontiers) and I one day while discussing other matters.
"I had been listening to my favorite bands a lot recently, DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW's 'Rising' album, among others in that style, and had noticed that many people who also love those bands often have the very same comments as one another: 'They don't make music like that anymore!' Even though I said that in passing, Serafino asked me a question that would forever shape my future. He simply asked, "Well, can you?" and I said, 'Yes!!!'
"During the very first public memorial for our most beloved Ronnie James Dio, I had mentioned that whenever I do start writing original material again that I would utilize everything that I had learned from working side by side with the Master for so many years in such a way that I would hope to make him proud... and here it is! The name is inspired by one of his lyrics on the 'Dream Evil' album and the nickname he gave me at the time, Dream Child!
"We are so very fortunate to have bassist Rudy Sarzo as a featured guest, Simon Wright on drums, Wayne Findlay on guitars and keyboards, and a surprise vocal discovery from Argentina, Diego Valdez, whose voice will send shivers up your spine!
"This album will bring back memories of the days most people have thought were long gone and never to return, yet it is also new and fresh enough to be unique with some unexpected twists and turns!! No more 'same old, same old' here, no fillers. Every song is an oasis in the desert and a rare gem in the coalmines of life in this new world that thinks the past greatness of rock would remain in the past. We've brought it back to life once again!!
"I am very proud of this album and all who have made this become a reality. There are some big names who've lent a hand in the writing and I am amazed at the new and aggressive sound that producer Alessandro Del Vecchio has brought to these songs! I hope you all agree...."
"Until Death Do We Meet Again" track listing:
01. Under The Wire
02. You Can't Take Me Down
03. Game Of Shadows
04. It Is What It Is
05. Playin' With Fire
06. Light Of The Dark
07. Midnight Song
08. Until Death Do We Meet Again
09. Washed Upon The Shore
10. In A World So Cold
11. Weird World
12. One Step Beyond The Grave
ENUFF Z'NUFF will release its new album, "Diamond Boy", on August 10.
The first single from the disc, "Metalheart", can be streamed below.
ENUFF Z'NUFF is the living, breathing example of what a rock 'n' roll group should be. Now centered around bass player and vocalist Chip Z'nuff, ENUFF Z'NUFF is still alive and kicking with a legion of loyal fans, who can't get enough of the band's power pop melded with hard rock stylings.
This record is the first ENUFF Z'NUFF release where Chip handles all of the vocal duties, which was quite a task, but one he was certainly up for.
"[Singing on the entire album was] very challenging," Chip says. "I'm taking the place of my brother who I consider one of the greatest singers of our generation. The songs on this record are solid as a boulder."
He describes the album as "a fresh new chapter that should have been written a long time ago. Picture David Bowie and THE BEATLES fighting and CHEAP TRICK comes in to break it up."
In addition to Chip Z'nuff, the band features longtime guitarist Tory Stoffregen, ex-ULTRAVOX singer/guitarist Tony Fennell, and Chicago native Daniel Benjamin Hill on drums. ENUFF Z'NUFF continues to tour and record relentlessly and this new record shows once again what a truly gifted hard/power pop act they are. With no shortage of hooks and awesome songs, "Diamond Boy" is another gem in ENUFF Z'NUFF's crown.
Originally formed in 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, ENUFF Z'NUFF received its big break in 1989 when they to Atco/Atlantic Records. Founding members Chip Z'Nuff and Donnie Vie were joined by guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vikki Foxx and they commenced work on their major label debut. The self-titled album was a monster hit and spawned two evergreen singles, "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle". Both received constant airplay on radio and heavy rotation on MTV, spending over 60 weeks in the Top 10. 1991 saw the band release their sophomore album, "Strength". The album had more of a hard rock overtone and sustained the success achieved on the first album. The band made high-profile television and radio appearances through the likes of David Letterman and Howard Stern and were featured in Rolling Stone's Hot Issue as "The Next Big Thing." They soldiered on during the new musical climates of the '90s and went on to release another 12 studio records.
"Diamond Boy" track listing:
02. Diamond Boy
03. Where Did You Go
04. We're All The Same
05. Fire & Ice
06. Down On Luck
08. Love Is On The Line
09. Faith, Hope & Luv
11. Imaginary Man
FnA Records is proud to release a Limited Edition album, Unreleased & Unplugged, by Brazilian Glam Rock artist Criss Sexx. This album is chock full of tunes featuring 80’s rock stars, rare tracks, unreleased tracks, and acoustic tracks of fan favorite tunes. Unreleased & Unplugged is strictly limited to 100 copies and each copy is personally autographed by Criss Sexx.
Criss Sexx has fronted Brazilian Hard Rock Glam bands Sexx Action (bass), Bang Bang Rock, Bastardz, and Nympho. Criss grew up listening to bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, and Poison which ultimately influenced his sound and style. Through his many endeavors, Criss has built up quite a following around the world, and his followers will surely step up to the plate and make sure that this album sells well.
Unreleased & Unplugged is a 20 track album that takes you on a journey. From Hard Rockers to ballads, acoustic tracks and remixed tracks, and demo tracks – the album is sure to find something for everyone. The Acoustic Chaos featured as part of this album was previously only available as a Digital Download.
Danger Danger’s Ted Poley and White Lion’s Mike Tramp contribute to the album by lending their writing talents to two of the songs on the album; Ted Poley wrote the track “Missing You” and Mike Tramp wrote the song “Have You Ever” and both tracks are done acoustically. House Of Lords Jimi Bell along with Johnny Lima perform on the opening track “Burnout Heart”. The second track “Money And The Magic” features Gerry Laffy from the band Girl. Track number three, “Doin’ Fine”, features Silent Rage’s Jesse Damon on melody and backing vocals.. The fourth track, “Not That Innocent”, features Tony Mills of TNT on background vocals and Kane Roberts from the Alice Cooper Band on lead guitar. And track 18 features a personal message from Criss to his fans. Also included are tunes that didn't make it to Criss’ first solo album - "What Comes Around Goes Around" (Never before released track), "Feel Your Love Tonight", "Heal My Broken Heart" and "Starting All Over Again" - off the unreleased Snow album. In addition, there's also the complete "Acoustichaos" solo album, available for the first time on CD.
A video for the track “Money And The Magic” is viewable at
FnA Records is a Hard Rock Hair Metal record label featuring artists from the 80’s and 90’s. The label releases never-before released albums, hard to find titles with Bonus Tracks, and rare gems from bands in the Hard Rock, Glam, Sleaze Metal, and AOR genres. Notable artists on the label are Tora Tora, Dirty Looks, Roxy Blue, Femme Fatale, Rock City Angels, Roxx Gang, Tigertailz, D'Molls, Gypsy Rose, The Godz, Alleycat Scratch, Brunette, Witch, and many others.
You can check out well over 100 rare releases at www.FnARecords.net
Holdin' All The Aces the debut CD from Billy Morris and The Sunset Strip is set for an August 24th release via HighVolMusic and distributed via Amped/Alliance Distribution.
Holdin' All The Aces features 14 tracks of all original material including their new rock anthem 'Party Like The Weekend Never Ends'. The band features Billy Morris on lead vocals/guitar, Rob Samay guitar, Ray Brown drums, and bassist Paul Lewis.
Party Like The Weekend Never Ends
Holdin' All The Aces
Dressed Up Like A Millionaire
When I Fall
You Set Me Up (The Handgun Song)
Hook It Up
All The Right Words
Don't Know How to Quit
Cold and Bittersweet
You Won't See Comin'
Earning his stripes in the band Kidd Wicked, Billy Morris is most notably known for his time as the lead guitarist in the band Warrant. Billy is also the current lead guitarist in Tuff, and has previously toured with Paul Gilbert and Quiet Riot. Billy Morris signed a multi-album deal with indie label HighVolMusic which includes a book deal.
More details and show dates can be found here.
This week on the Hair Metal Mansion Radio Show, host Andrew the Axeman welcomes a long-time friend of the show, as the special guest - LOUIS ST. AUGUST of MASS! Louis checks in to talk and premiere the new record "When 2 Worlds Collide", working with MICHAEL SWEET past and present and much more.
Also on tap ...
- Additional new music premieres from DEE SNIDER, LIZZY BORDEN, BAD MARRIAGE and BULLETBOYS.
- Plus, HitNRun and the perfect mix of headliners and hidden gems from the decade of decadence, your requests included!
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