Sunday, 22 January 2017

Erja Lyytinen Stolen Hearts

Released on CD, Digital Download and Vinyl
Coincides with April 2017 UK Tour

Erja Lyytinen is pleased to announce the release of her 10th studio album "Stolen Hearts" – released by Tuohi Records on Friday 7th April, 2017.  Stolen Hearts is the first album to be released since 2015’s "Live In London", and the first studio album to be release since 2014’s Elmore James tribute "The Sky Is Crying."
The new album coincides with Erja’s “Stolen Hearts” April 2017 Tour which kicks off atSquare & Compass in Ilminster on Sunday 9th April.
The new album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki. Erja’s vocals were recorded at State of the Ark Studios in London by multi-platinum selling engineer and producer Chris Kimsey, known for his contributions to classic Rolling Stones albums Sticky Fingers and Some Girls. Kimsey also mixed the album.

In fact, Stolen Hearts was mixed on the very same EMI console Kimsey had often used with the Stones. Says Erja, "Chris said it was like meeting an old girlfriend after many years. He sat in front of the desk and his magic started to happen."
Mastering was completed at Air Studios (part of the world-famous Air Studios started by Beatles producer George Martin) by Ray Staff, whose credits include iconic rock albums including David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust (1972) and Mott The Hoople's All The Young Dudes (1972).

Photo Credit: © Tina Korhonen

Stolen Hearts comes at a time when Erja Lyytinen is broadening her horizons. During the past year, she has played a sold-out tour of Finland with her compatriot Heikki Silvennoinen and made her first-ever concert appearances in India.
She describes the process of making her newest album "purifying" – the product of difficult times of "heartbreak, frustration, disappointment, fear of loss and yet, at the same time, the deepest love." As an artist, Erja has always been open to change, and with Stolen Hearts, she wants to offer her audience something totally new. "I had the feeling that I had the ingredients in my hands to make something truly extraordinary and different."

Erja Lyytinen and Chris Kimsey at State of the Ark Studios, London.
Photo Credit: © Tina Korhonen

"Erja’s interpretation of the blues takes the genre to another level that I have never experienced before," says Kimsey.
Stolen Hearts sees Erja spreading her wings into different musical genres whilst retaining her blues roots. Influences of country, Americana, funk, folk, prog, R&B, jazz and rock, are intertwined with Erja’s trademark slide guitar blues stamp, which makes Stolen Hearts her most stylistically accomplished and sonically adventurous release to date.
"Working with Erja was a revelation," says Kimsey. "She has the ability to perform and write so many different kinds of songs, and her vocals and lyrics are powerful and they connect with listeners."

Photo Credits: © Tina Korhonen

Says Erja, "For this album, I wanted to break out of Helsinki by working with an established British engineer who could take my vocals further.  When Chris Kimsey was recommended, I checked out his credentials, and realized that he had worked on some of the greatest rock records recorded by the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, INXS, Marillion, Bad Company, to name but a few.
Continues Erja, "Working at State of the Ark with Chris was amazing because we mixed the album and recorded my vocals on the same desk the Rolling Stones used at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, where they recorded all their classic albums. The desk is analogue, and the microphones were vintage, enabling us to capture an authentic and fuller sound.  I’m really pleased with the results, and I hope my fans will be, too. Production-wise, Stolen Hearts is the best sounding album of my career."

  1. 1. Stolen Hearts
A fictional story of a man eater. Having fun every night. Using their innocence, money and dedication, she has her fun. Until the user becomes fooled herself by falling in love. I was thinking of Jimi Hendrix on some of the guitar parts while arranging the song. There’s also a bit of 90´s vibe there, too. This is one of the coolest songs to play live! We also made my very first official music video of the song with real actors.
  1. 2. Rocking Chair
You probably don´t pay much of attention what is the time signature in the song. It goes to seven in verses, which is pretty unusual, but works nicely here. I had bit of Led Zeppelin´s Black Dog in my head while doing the verses, even though the song ended up being far away from that one! The lyrics detail people´s personal growth in their lives. They also criticize the way the reality television and money run the world nowadays, how exploitative world can be. In the end we should be in peace what we have done and achieved in life.
  1. 3.Love Laboratory
What is love? Or falling in love? It is liquids running through our veins. It is hormones, chemistry – a reaction that is caused by someone flesh and blood.  It’s someone you can’t resist. The feeling of passion. The bass is emulating the heartbeat in the song. This is a funky track and for the C-part we added a Lenny Kravitz kind-of-guitar-part to make it groove.
  1. 4. 24 Angels
This song is about morality and forgiveness. Whatever you do in life, you will have to answer the consequences. While writing the lyrics I was thinking of death row, when the final judgement comes. How does the person feel while walking that last walk? Relief? Fear? In a much more minor scale, you might have these same feelings if you have done wrong for your loved one. The song is co-written with songwriter and guitarist Alan Darby. Last year I went to India to play some shows. During the slide solo I played an Indian scale with semitones, which gives the song a more of a mysterious vibe.

        5. Black Ocean
      A heavy riff, repetitive bass and drum groove iced with simple blues lyrics. I wanted to create a song that takes the listener inside of a monotonic groove. The song opens up while going to the chorus. I was thinking of progressive rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Yes, how they create songs. This is the longest, a 7-minute song on the album and there is a massive guitar solo, which is more like a piece itself with some twin guitars, slurs and tapping, everything that you need to have in a big guitar solo.
      1. 6. Slowly Burning
      This is the slow blues number on the album. It’s a story about a relationship that slowly burns out. The heavy and oppressive atmosphere leads to the end of a family unit and quiets down the house on a silent hill.
      1. 7. Lover’s Novels
      I needed a fast shuffle song for my album, so I came up with this straight forward, simple, driven song.  The song came out as I wanted it to be; short and immersive, like an affair. It’s one of the most enjoyable songs to play, mostly because of the furious and improvisational slide guitar.
      1. 8. Silver Stones
      Every year 1.5 % of the population becomes ill of some sort of a mental disease. The busy life, expectations and hundreds of impulses around us every day make us speed up and stretch ourselves to the limits. Some people are more vulnerable than the others to get sick. I had a close experience with a friend getting lost to a fantasy world. It made me think that the edge of losing it is actually closer to all of us than we might think of.

Photo Credits: © Tina Korhonen

  1. 9. Awakening
There is a point in every long relationship when you fall in love again. It´s the realization of that you truly love someone, there´s nothing better. He or she is the one! After being 17 years in a relationship, I have had a good experience of these moments.
  1. 10. City Of Angels
I was twenty-something when I got a scholarship to study at the notable Musician´s Institute in Los Angeles. For the first time I really saw people with different social status and I got to think how the society works, and how some are more fortunate than the others. I was traveling in a bus, seeing and hearing a lot of things and it got me thinking of the life of ordinary people living day by day. There was a lot of good vibes too, joy and satisfaction. Happiness isn´t just a bunch of dollars. Neither richness nor poorness can prevent us from being unhappy and losing ourselves.
  1. 11. Broken Eyes
I wrote this song for piano and vocals. This is a classic approach to a love song, a bit of musical world in it. Imagine seeing your loved one cuddling someone else, and how it metaphorically breaks your eyes, as it would break your heart.  This song has a lot of chord changes. There´s a bit of pop/jazz vibe in it. I love composers like Gershwin, who write songs with big chord changes and great melodies.

Photo Credit: © Laurence Harvey

Square & Compass, Ilminster
Sunday 9th April 2017

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Windmill Hill, Ilminster TA19 9NX

The 100 Club
Record Release Party
Tuesday 11th April 2017

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Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion
Wednesday 12th April 

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Durham Gala Theatre, Durham
Co-headline with Chantel McGregor
Thursday 13th April 2017

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Hard Rock Hell – Blues Festival
O2 Academy Sheffield
Saturday 15th April 2017

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Helloween Pumpkins United UK Date Announced

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Iron Maiden's 'The Book Of Souls' Tour Returns To North America In 2017; Ghost To Support


Iron Maiden's hugely successful "The Book Of Souls" world tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe.
First night reviews from Ft. Lauderdale called it "a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center" (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band's legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: "From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures — the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson!"
Support on the trek will come from GHOST. There will also be some further bands added to the show at San Bernardino.
Tour dates:
Jun. 03 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube 
Jun. 04 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 
Jun. 07 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jun. 09 - Charlotte, NC - Pnc Music Pavilion 
Jun. 11 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
Jun. 13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Jun. 15 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jun. 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Jun. 19 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Arena
Jun. 21 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Jun. 23 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 
Jun. 24 - San Antonio, TX - ATT&T Center
Jun. 27 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jul. 01 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
Jul. 03 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Center
Jul. 05 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Jul. 07 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheater
Jul. 09 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul. 11 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Jul. 12 - St Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul. 15 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
Jul. 16 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre
Jul. 19 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Jul. 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Arena
IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris commented: "We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the U.K. as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!

"So this year we're able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places MAIDEN haven't played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland, California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.

"We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us, including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There's been a great reaction from everyone to this tour's theme, people really seem to love it. We're still deciding on the final setlist and we'll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven't seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same 'Book Of Souls' live experience that we took around the world, it's unlikely we'll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!"

Tickets start going on sale Friday, January 27 — check for market specific info. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN fan club members, details of which can also be found on along with information on how fan club members can participate in the draw to be "First To The Barrier".
After great feedback to last year's North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of Trooper goodies and MAIDEN swag, Trooper beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199 from The concert ticket must be purchased separately.
For the 2017 shows, MAIDEN will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites.

"The Book Of Souls" is MAIDEN's first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.

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