Wednesday, 16 April 2014

OFFICIAL: Malcolm Young taking a break from AC/DC due to 'ill health'

The following was reported on the Blabbermouth website earlier today :

Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC have released the following statement:
"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."
As previously reported, a musician who says he has been friends with AC/DC for "years" has corroborated reports that Malcolm Young is no longer able to perform with the band due to illness. Mark Gable, lead singer with the CHOIRBOYS, told ABC Radio Australia, "From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross… It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore. It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won't be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record."
Australian journalist Darryl Mason wrote that Malcolm suffered a stroke last month. According to The Age, a source who knows the Young family has said that Malcolm's condition has deteriorated so badly that his wife Linda and family were investigating full-time care for the guitarist. It is believed that Malcolm is currently having in-home care at his home in the Sydney area. He is said to be having difficulty remembering familiar faces and having increasing problems communicating.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has shot down reports that the band is retiring, telling U.K.'s Telegraph that the band is about to begin work on its 16th studio album. "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he said. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."
While the members of AC/DC are notoriously private, Johnson did reveal in a 2012 interview and in a February 2014 one that an unnamed member of the group had been ill — but whether that was Malcolm remains unclear.
Asked about the prospect of retiring one day, Johnson told The Pulse Of Radio that he would know when the time had come. "You know, retirement is like anything," he said. "A good football or a good ice hockey player, they don't want to retire. But unfortunately, sometimes there's a time when you have to call it quits. I don't want to do it, and if we can get out another album and do another little short tour or something, and have a bit of fun, well. I'm your man. I'll be right there."
AC/DC's last album was 2008's "Black Ice", one of the group's most successful later albums, which was followed by a nearly two-year world tour.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/its-official-malcolm-young-taking-break-from-acdc-due-to-ill-health/#3QPusjogDaW9JIWV.99

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Soto Inside The Vertigo


Soto, a new band which is the culmination of one of today's premier Rock frontmen and vocalists, Jeff Scott Soto, cast with a union of hotshot young musicians to bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present their debut album, Inside The Vertigo. Jeff explains, ''I've been in the game for a long time but my roots started more on the heavier side of the tracks, I thought it was about time I came home to visit the family and stick around for a while!''

The band is comprised of Jeff's most current solo band, who he insisted on making this musical merge with him. Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keys, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato(drums). Soto adds ''these guys come from different parts of the world and bring their own influence to make this band very special. From the US to Europe to South America, we have an exciting mix of style and prestige that keeps us all on our toes''.
A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, Soto is a contender in today's modern rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.
Jeff adds, ''the past 5 or more years have spurred me a plethora of anger and frustration, I'm actually quite pissed off about a lot of things, Soto is my outlet to release some of this pent up emotion. We realize there are a lot of folks young and old who may be sharing these thoughts so this is especially for them too. We're not reinventing the wheel here, we're just creating an outlet for where our hearts are both musically and mentally…I'm just not in a 'touch your golden hair' mood right now!''


Songs like Break, The Fall, Wrath, Narcissistically Yours and Final Say are perfect vehicles of raw emotion. Songs like When I'm Older, Karma's Kiss, to the title track Inside The Vertigo and the 9+ minute epic End Of Days advocate a modern day reality/wake-up call.
Produced by Jeff Scott Soto, the album features tracks co-written with his bandmates as well as a of his famous friends/colleagues. Collaborators include guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/TSO), all of whom perform on their penned tracks for the album. Others appearing as guests/co-writers areCasey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor Engstrom, Tony Dickinson, Leo Mancini, Hugo Mariutti and Gary Schutt.

The album was recorded during the latter months of 2013 and mixed/mastered in Boston by Soto's long time engineer and friend John Ellis''Everyone from John to my amazing co-writers to some of my bandmates, especially Edu who was extremely instrumental on helping me stay on course musically, get overall credit for creating this album. I oversaw it as a whole knowing the vision I wanted to capture but I truly had a lot of help from my bros that appear on this masterpiece!'' exclaims Soto.
Watch for the Soto release Inside The Vertigo to drop within the second half of 2014 followed by extensive touring and appearances throughout 2015.









Saxon Warriors Of The Road World Tour




NWOBM legends Saxon have announced ‘Warriors of The Road’, a 38 date European Tour celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list will feature tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather.

Starting in Bristol and closing at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, ‘Warriors of the Road’ will land in the UK on 30th November to delight fans with 12 explosive shows. ‘Come and see the awesome power of Saxon live!’ – says frontman Biff Byford. The band is currently working on a live DVD that will be released to coincide with the upcoming tour.

35 years, 20 albums, countless live shows and still no sign of slowing down: Saxon prove to be a force to be reckoned with and something every rock fan in the world should witness. Come see for yourself and take a dive into metal history.

UK Dates are:

DATE              CITY                            VENUE                                   BOX OFFICE

November

30th                 Bristol                                    Academy                               0844 477 2000 (TM)

December

01st                Bournemouth           Academy                               0844 477 2000 (TM)
02nd               Nottingham               Rock City                               0845 413 4444
04th                Manchester               Ritz                                         0844 248 5117
05th                Dublin                                    Academy
06th                Belfast                       Limelight/ Mandela Hall
07th                Glasgow                    ABC                                        0844 477 2000 (TM)
09th                Newcastle                 Academy                               0844 477 2000 (TM)
10th                Leeds                                    Academy                               0844 477 2000 (TM)
11th                Wolverhampton       Wulfrun Hall                          0870 320 7000
12th                Oxford                        Academy                               0844 477 2000 (TM)
13th                London                      Shepherd's Bush Empire              0844 477 2000 (TM)

Ticket price for London is £27.50 (subject to booking fee) - all other shows £26 (subject to booking fee); please refer to www.Saxon747.com or www.Kililive.com (24 hour ticket line - 0844 871 8803) for more info.  Tickets go onsale at 9.00am on Friday 18th April.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Night Ranger High Road album details and EPK released




ARENA ROCKERS NIGHT RANGER’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM “HIGH ROAD” CONFIRMED FOR JUNE 10TH NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS

Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. To access the cover art for HIGH ROAD, which incorporates elements of the artwork from the band’s previous releases, please click here and see below for the full track listing. Click here to check out an EPK on the making of the album. HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version here, and as the deluxe version here. The album’s full track listing can be seen below. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).

Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:

1. High Road
2. Knock Knock Never Stop
3. Rollin’ On
4. Don’t Live Here Any More
5. I’m Coming Home
6. X Generation
7. Only For You Only
8. Hang On
9. St. Bartholomew
10. Brothers
11. L.A. No Name
12. The Mountain Song*

*only available on deluxe edition

For more information please visit:
www.nightranger.
com 
www.frontiers.it





The band also have an EPK with a sneak peak at a new song.






Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Vandenburg's Moonkings free download



Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, Vandenberg’s MoonKings announce two live dates in April along with a free download of featured track Close To You.

Guitar legend Adrian Vandenberg has not been seen on stage in this country since the 1990’s during his tenure with Whitesnake, and is delighted to be bringing his new band of accomplished musicians to these shores to perform their debut album for fans hungry to experience Vandenberg’s MoonKings live!

Previous featured track Good Thing was enthusiastically received by UK rock radio, where it received heavy rotation on the airwaves. Close to You is sure to follow in it’s footsteps; an earthy hard rock classic underpinned by Vandenberg’s eclectic style.

An excited Adrian Vandenberg comments: “Vandenberg's MoonKings are looking forward to the shows on the 23rd and 24th immensely. Since the MoonKings album is our first, we'll also be playing some Whitesnake songs in the set. This visit will be short, but sweet… and we're looking to come back for more ASAP!”

Praise for Vandenberg’s MoonKings:

“A deliciously hedonistic cocktail of moody rockers and emotional ballads…hard rock succinctly encapsulated into one utterly irresistible package…10/10”
                                                                                                                                                        Powerplay

“Adrian’s playing is as free and mercurial as ever and in singer Jan Hoving he has found the perfect foil... a big, big sound that is surely destined for arenas around the world”
                                                                                                                                      Classic Rock Society


 

VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS LIVE DATES APRIL 2014:

Date               City                 Venue                                   Box Office                            Ticket Prices

23rd                 Bilston           Robin 2                                 01902 401 211                    £16 in advance
                                                                                               www.therobin.co.uk

24th                 London          O2 Academy Islington         0844 477 2000                    £17 in advance
           www.ticketweb.co.uk


All tickets subject to booking fees



CLOSE TO YOU available to download from Amazon:


VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS available to download from iTunes:

Winger Tin Soldier video


Winger have released a video for the track " Tin Soldier ". The song is from the band's new album (and first in five years), Better Days Comin', which will be released April 22 via Frontiers Records. "Tin Soldier" showcases Winger building on their previous album's tendency toward prog-rock, delivering an intricate landscape that basks in harmonic, melodic components that weave through three different time signatures. Winger doing prog rock? It's not a total shocker.

Frontman, composer and producer Kip Winger acknowledges Rush's Geddy Lee as a major influence. Winger (the man) has fronted the Alan Parsons Project on tour and collaborated with Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess on several projects, along with Winger drummer Rod Morgenstein“I remember when I saw the first Winger video many years ago," Rudess said. "I was struck by the high level of musicality within the band and the charisma of Kip Winger. I can still feel the magic and the power of this group. "I've had the amazing fortune to work with Rod Morgenstein, one of the greatest drummers on the planet. He can play anything from solid rock to the craziest prog I can think of. I've also worked with Kip. His voice and musicianship shine through anything he touches, whether it's singing Rudess, Gentle Giant or ELP songs on my albums, creating original orchestral music in his own compositions or leading Winger.”


Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse, who's also in Dixie Dregs with Morgenstein, added: "When I saw these guys live, I couldn't believe how good they sounded. I prefer bands that have many different influences; you know, the further you look, the more varied experiences and styles you'll find. That's what makes the music interesting on top of the great writing and performances. I witnessed them all bend over backwards to help keep a young musician's musical dream alive. After that, I describe them as my heroes.”
Winger guitarist Reb Beach added: "[The album] is kind of a cross between our last two albums, IV and Karma. It has elements of both. There's a very progressive song on there called 'Tin Soldier' [Hear it below], and then there are rock songs like 'Rat Race' and 'Midnight Driver of a Love Machine' a la Karma." For the rest of this interview, head here.
Winger also features John Roth on guitar.
Better Days Comin' is available for pre-order in standard and deluxe configurations. The deluxe edition includes the track “Another Beautiful Day”and a DVD with a making-of documentary and videos for “Rat Race” and the title track.