Thursday, 23 October 2014

Rated X Stranger In Us All lyric video

The official lyric video for the song "Stranger In Us All" from RATED X (formerly LEGACY X), the new band featuring legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOWDEEP PURPLEYNGWIE MALMSTEEN), drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGECACTUSMOTHER'S ARMY), bassist Tony Franklin (THE FIRMBLUE MURDER) and guitarist Karl Cochran (JOE LYNN TURNERNUCLEAR ASSAULT), can be seen below. The track is taken from RATED X's debut album, which will be released in Europe on November 7 and in North America on November 11 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Whitesnake Live in '84 Back To The Bone

Now this is something special that I have waited 30 years for. My first trip to the Birmingham NEC on the 4th of March 1984 was to see this incarnation of this supergroup and then again at Hammersmith on the 1st of April.

After the previous years Donington performance ( I wish they would rerelease that one as my video has worn out !) big changes were happening in the Whitesnake camp.
With the release of Slide It In David Coverdale was looking to change the sound of the band from its bluesy past to a more modern streamlined rock sound.

In came guitarist extraordinaire John Sykes who's flashy shredding style on guitar and also the way he looked was a new style for the band  and  who then collaborated on the ultra successful " 1987 " cd but that is yet another story.

Alongside Neil Murray on bass and the late great Cozy Powell on drums this cd has been culled from audio and video recordings and unheard demo's from the private collection of Whitesnake leader and singer David Coverdale.

Whitesnake (1984) (L-R): Neil Murray (bass), John Sykes (guitar), Cozy Powell (drums)
Front: David Coverdale (vocals)

Coverdale and co-producer Michael McIntyre launched a worldwide search for the best quality video footage and audio tracks from the 1984 tour. Among the gems found was a set from: ‘Super-Rock’, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo and an invaluable video of Jon Lord’s final appearance with Whitesnake recorded live in Sweden. “All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly and respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound and picture quality,” says Coverdale, who personally oversaw all elements of this release.

Starting with his trademark " Are You Ready ?" David Coverdale is on top form from the start. His rich soulful voice was at it's peak and sadly having not seen the video footage but you can imagine he is twirling his mikestand like only he can!!

" Gambler " from " Slide It In " is a great opener and the sound mix is very good for a 30 year old recording with the rhythm section of Powell and Murray especially tight.

" Here's a song for ya" is Coverdale's opening gambit to " Guilty Of Love " that keeps the quality level high  with a crowd participation sing along too before the pace slows down with the classic " Love Ain't No Stranger ".
Superb vocal along with the keyboard intro and  Sykes solo shows off his shredding style to the max.

How times have changed with the next song  introduced as the song you may have heard on the radio and MTV  "Slow And Easy " with its slow burning blues stomp and Coverdale's exquisite vocal is a highlight and Sykes again excels with plenty of guitar licks added.

"Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues " takes us back to " Lovehunter "  cd and again shows the quality musicianship that the band had and on this track you can see the slight change in style as Sykes adds his own stamp to a song that was Marsden / Moody staple. Another Powell drumming masterpiece.

The follow up " Ready And Willing " is a fan favourite and this leads into my highlight of the cd and something I do remember from all those years ago.

John Sykes guitar intro is a prelude to the newer " 1987 " version of " Crying In The Rain " that they then rerecorded for that cd.
It has an extended guitar solo that is simply fantastic with the rhythm section again excelling with Powell especially being on top form with his powerhouse style.
With an acapella version of " Soldier Of Fortune " added into the ending outro with Coverdale just superb.

8 minutes of perfection and shows what Sykes brought to the band and the only down part is that we only got one cd from the Coverdale/ Sykes partnership.

The next 3 songs from the Super Rock festival in Tokyo are reruns from earlier in the set and a slight dip in the audio quality.

Lastly the 4 song medley of Jon Lord's final performance with Whitesnake finishes the cd in style with some of Lord's Hammond work a joy to hear and played like only he could .

Any Whitesnake fan will need this in collection and we can only hope that this is the first in a series of different era live releases from one of the world's top supergroups.

Can I suggest the Donington 1983 headline set and a  " 1987 " show with the Aldridge , Campbell, Sarzo and Vandenburg axxis ?

Please David .

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Foreigner The Best Of Foreigner 4 & More


They are universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable arsenal of hit songs that continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action around the world.  Now, Frontiers Music Srl presents a homage to Foreigner’s most successful album ever with "The Best of Foreigner 4 & More".

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein

Foreigner "4"spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Fans will see why it "Feels Like The First Time"when Foreigner debuts these new recordings of the best of Foreigner ‘4’ along with several other chart hits. The band recorded these live high-definition versions of their most enduring anthems at the Borgata Hotel’s Music Box theatre in Atlantic City on October 3rd and 4th, 2014.

The set features some of rock’s best-known hits including "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded" and Foreigner’s iconic ballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is," along with a selection of best songs from Foreigner ‘4’.  "Waiting For A Girl Like You,""Urgent," "Juke Box Hero," "Girl On The Moon," "Night Life," "Break It Up" and"Woman In Black" are all featured with stellar performances.
"Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide" says Foreigner founder, lead guitarist,Mick Jones.  Also serving as executive producer of the new album, this Songwriters Hall Of Fame member wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song and continues to lead his band to new heights.  Mick continues: "Unwittingly, we've weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives."

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein

"Great songs, great performances and great production are timeless. "4" has all three in spades," says bassist and producer Jeff Pilson. "Bringing the album to life on stage with the energy and passion the band has always maintained, made us very happy.  We’re thrilled to give people a chance to really reflect on what a great and classic album '4' truly is."
Singer Kelly Hansen adds: "The idea for this recording came from the anniversary of the release as a way to celebrate. There are some tracks that were never previously performed live in this format, and it's great to be in a group with people who really 'get it' and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material."

Foreigner's Kelly Hansen - Photo Credit: © S. Schweiger

"The Best of Foreigner 4 & More" is available now for preorders via Pledge Music through this link: in CD, vinyl, limited edition posters and remake t-shirts from their 1981-1982 tour. As an exclusive for the German territory, the album will also be available in a special box packaging adding a cap to the CD.
In June 2013, Mick Jones was inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. A multi-talented and multi-dimensional "musician’s musician," Jones has also written songs such as "Bad Love" with Eric Clapton and "Dreamer" with Ozzy Osbourne, and produced records for others including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150. 

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein

FOREIGNER are: Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), MichaeBluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar), Chris Frazier (drums).

Kelly HansenMick JonesJeff PilsenTom Gimbel
Bruce WatsonChris FrazierMichael Bluestein
Photo Credits: © Bill Bernstein.

(all acoustic shows except where noted)

Oct 20 - KKL Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Oct 22 - Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Oct 24 - Rosengarten Mozartaal, Mannheim, Germany
Oct 25 - Stadthalle Tuttlingen, Tuttlingen, Germany
Oct 26 - Konzerthaus Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Oct 28 - Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct 29 - OsnabrückHalle - Europasaal, Osnabrück, Germany
Oct 30 - Die Glocke Großer Saal, Bremen, Germany
Nov 02 - Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
Nov 03 - Congress Center Hamburg Saal 2, Hamburg, Germany
Nov 04 - Admiralspalast - Theater, Berlin, Germany
Nov 06 - Baloise Session, Basel, Switzerland (Electric Show presenting the "4" album theme)
Nov 07 - Georg-Friedrich-Händel Halle, Halle, Germ
Nov 09 - StadtHalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

ALLEN / LANDE: 'Down From The Mountain' Lyric Video Released

The official lyric video for the song "Down From The Mountain" from Jorn Lande (MASTERPLANYNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Russell Allen's (SYMPHONY XADRENALINE MOB) fourth ALLEN / LANDE collaborative album, "The Great Divide", can be seen below. The CD was released on October 17 in Europe and will be made available on October 21 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Mr Big Koko Camden 17-10-14

After a 25 minute acoustic set from Octave , Mr Big returned to these shores after a 4 year break in front of a sold out crowd and proved again that they are one of the best bands on the planet.

With the recent release of the excellent " The Stories We Could Tell "cd under their belts and a 6 week world tour in front of the we were lucky enough to see the first night of the tour.

For 2 hours we were taken on a journey throughout their 25 year career with a setlist that showed off their amazing talent.

Here is what they played.

" Gotta Love The Ride " from the new cd kicked off the show on a high with it's bluesy mid tempo stomp and excellent chorus. Eric Martin was in superb form and voice and the legendary near telepathic understanding of Billy Sheehan on lead bass and Paul Gilbert on guitar was again evident from the first note.

" Daddy Brother Lover Little Boy  " was next up and the whole place went mad.It was played at an incredible pace before the drill's came out for the solo's and a joy to see 2 superstars enjoying each others talent even on a song they have played a thousand times before.

2 songs from reunion cd " American Beauty " and " What If " followed and kept the standard high before a quick guitar and bass dual which led to the introduction of " Alive and Kickin'"  and also our first sighting of Pat Torpey.

I think we were all wondering how the dynamics of the show would be affected by Pat Torpey's recent diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. His replacement Matt Starr of Ace Frehley's band and Burning Rain with Doug Aldrich is an inspired choice. His powerhouse style and sheer drive were a joy to see. The rest of the band were all clearly enjoying playing with him and he also had superb backing vocals that in this band is a must.

The whole place roared its approval and broke into a chant of " Pat " that continued off and on all night. He was obviously moved as we all were. He played some percussion and joined in with his always superb backing vocals. He was clearly in some discomfort from his right shoulder but as he said " I never expected to be up here again ". And we all  roared our approval.

The " Green Tinted Sixties Mind " intro had the hairs on my neck standing to attention and the huge chorus was bellowed back by all. What a great song.

" The Monster In Me " was the second song played from the new cd with its Billy led bass work out to start before it's huge stomp had the chandeliers rocking  before a welcome " Rock & Roll Over " made a welcome return to the set. 

Mid set their was a 2 song acoustic set with Eric now on acoustic guitar and Pat now at the stage front on tambourine and backing vocals. First up was Cat Stevens " Wild World " and then the new cd's " East / West " which was simply stunning.
Written by Pat and with the words " Here's To Everything We've Been Through " being so very poignant . The vocals were brilliant and Paul's mid song and end electric acoustic solo's were up there with the very best. 

Pat then replaced Matt on drums for " Just Take My Heart " and also " Fragile " and showed immense courage in playing even in great pain.

Last song of the set was the song that started it all those years ago and  the bass and guitar interplay showcased Billy and Paul's incredible talent and understanding. "Addicted To That Rush " is an all time classic and is just draw dropping to watch masters at work.

First encore was the huge ballad hit " To Be With You " that was song loud by all band and crowd alike.

The cd title track was next with an excellent Eric vocal before another classic in the shape of "Colarado Bulldog " upped the ante with stunning drumming for Matt and more Eric and Paul interplay.

Next up was another of the band's song mash ups. With Eric on bass, Paul on drums, Billy on guitar, Matt on backing vocals and Pat now as lead vocalist. The guy is special and in many band's could be lead vocalist and he really rocked it out on a cover of Judas Priest's " Living After Midnight ".

Pat then sat back on drums for the last song a cover of Free's " Mr Big ".He  showed how he will fight the horrendous illness the only way he knows head on and what a determined mutha he is and hey Pat Torpey you are an inspiration to us all.

A brilliant evening with a top top band.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

In Faith There's A Storm Coming

Out on Rocktopia Records on the 27th of October is the debut release from UK rockers In Faith.

Consisting of Tony Marshall ( ex Contagiuos,Pride, Vaughn ) on guitars , Pete Newdeck (ex Edens Curse , Tainted Nation ) on drums and on bass and vocals Pete Godfrey.

With guest appearances from Chris Green of Rubicon Cross ex Pride and Furyon who plays a guitar solo on Addicted , Furyon's Pat Heath adds solos to " Radio "  and "  Learn To Fly "  ( Japanese bonus track ) and Brooke St James of Tyketto contributes a guitar solo to " Where I Wanna Be ".

2 lyric videos have been released.

Here is " Does It Feel Like Love " 

and " Where I Wanna Be "