Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Metal All Stars O2 Academy Brixton 16-12-14



O2 PRESALE ON FRIDAY 1st AUGUST
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 4th AUGUST
ALL TICKETS PRICED £27.50
BOOK ONLINE: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
 24hr Ticket Hotline (UK Customers): 0844 844 0444
Customers outside the UK: 00 44 161 385 3211
FEATURING ZAKK WYLDE, JAMES LABRIE,
GEOFF TATE, DAVE ELLEFSON, JOEY BELLADONNA,
ROSS THE BOSS, CHUCK BILLY, CARMINE APPICE, CRONOS, GUS G, KOBRA PAIGE, VINNY APPICE, BLASKO, PLUS MANY MORE NAMES TO BE CONFIRMED

There have been quite a few unmistakable characters that heavy metal has given us over the years. On Tuesday 16th December 2014, an impressive amount of these renowned names will unite as the Metal All Stars, for a special one-off concert at O2 Academy Brixton, London.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Monday 4th August from www.ticketmaster.co.uk. All tickets are priced £27.50 + booking fee. A special presale for O2 customers will start at 9am on Friday 1st August.


This special one-off London concert will feature sets that include renditions of all the performing artists’ respective classics.
The Metal All Stars was put together by Gabe Reed Productions as a way to give the world’s metal fans an opportunity to see metal legends in one blockbuster show.  "As a metal fan," says Reed, "this is the show that I always wanted to see – two and a half hours of relentless, legendary metal!"
The artists are really looking forward to the Metal All Stars London concert as much as the fans are. As Zakk Wylde stated, "The Metal All Stars are back and we are going to kick some major ass!" Additionally, James LaBrie, "I am psyched to be a part of the Metal All Stars tour with an incredible collection of singers and musicians. Come on out and let's make it a memorable kick ass evening that is going to rock!"

Zakk WydleJames LabrieGeoff Tate
Dave EllefsonJoey BelladonnaRoss The Boss
Chuck BillyCarmine AppiceCronos
Kobra PaigeGus GVinnie Appice
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Blasko  
It’s not often that such a stellar cast is assembled to share one stage. London will get a chance to get a mega-dose of metal when the 2014 Metal All Stars hit the Brixton Academy this December.
Further big name guitarists will be added to the bill shortly. The organisers say – "Get ready for some big surprises and watch this space!"

METAL ALL STARS
FEATURING:
ZAKK WYLDE (OZZY, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
JAMES LABRIE (DREAM THEATER)
GEOFF TATE (FORMERLY OF QUEENSRőęCHE)
DAVE ELLEFSON (MEGADETH)
JOEY BELLADONNA (ANTHRAX)
ROSS THE BOSS (MANOWAR)
CHUCK BILLY (TESTAMENT)
CARMINE APPICE (ROD STEWART, VANILLA FUDGE)
CRONOS (VENOM)
KOBRA PAIGE (GENE SIMMONS RECORDS' KOBRA AND THE LOTUS)
GUS G (OZZY)
VINNY APPICE (DIO, BLACK SABBATH)
BLASKO (OZZY, ROB ZOMBIE)
PLUS MANY MORE NAMES TO BE CONFIRMED!
METAL ALL STARS
02 ACADEMY BRIXTON, LONDON 

Tuesday 16th December 2014
£27.50 + booking fee
Book Online: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
24hr Ticket Hotline (UK Customers): 0844 844 0444
Customers outside the UK: 00 44 161 385 3211
Venue Address: 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL
Venue Website: www.o2academybrixton.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Soto Wrath preview clip


From Jeff Scott Soto today: "Here is the official 2nd audio clip with lyrics this time, a song called Wrath written by JSS & Gus G, Gus performs all guitars and bass on the track. Pass it, share it, like it but bottom line, make sure everyone you know hears it!"

Black State Highway

BLACK STATE HIGHWAY

‘AIN’T GOT NO’

Single release: August 11

Album Launch: August 14,
The Alley Cat, Denmark Street, London

BLACK STATE HIGHWAY ANNOUNCE DEBUT SINGLE RELEASE AND ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW ON LONDON’S DENMARK STREET

UK hard rockers Black State Highway are set to release their single ‘Ain’t Got No’ on August 11 via Hear No Evil/Cherry Red Records
The single precedes the release of the band’s self-titled debut album on August 18.  To celebrate, the band will play an album launch show at the Alley Cat venue in London’s legendary Denmark Street on August 14 with support from blues rockers Little Brother Eli.
Formed at Brighton’s Institute of Modern Music, the band includes Latvian singer Liva Steinberga (22), aided and abetted by guitarist Olie Trethewey (23), bassist Gordon Duncan (23), Jon Crampton (24) and drummer Harry Bland (22). Equal parts filthy blues riffs, monster rhythm and raw, but melodic hooks, these young guns have set a determined foot on the road to rock glory, honing their skills around London's gig circuit and tearing up venues like O2 Academy Islington, Big Red and the Intrepid Fox.
Within the grooves of this self-titled debut you’ll hear shreds of their rock heroes AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin, but it’s their bone crunching riffs and bottle shattering vocals that set them apart from the rest of the pack. With a respectful nod at the musical pedigree that influenced them, the band stamp their own authority on the scene by stepping outside the boundaries of mere classic rock traditions with their own original brand of heavy riff-based rock, evident on tracks like ‘Conclusion’, ‘Tekkers’ and the single ‘Ain’t Got No’.

‘Ain’t Got No’ the single will be available to download from all usual online retailers from Monday August 11.

Pre-order the debut album ‘Black State Highway’ here: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4750

Track list:
1.    CONCLUSION
2.    AIN'T GOT KNOW
3.    BROKEN
4.    FREE
5.    SACRIFICE
6.    TEKKERS
7.    COMMON MAN
8.    TROUBLE

Further Info:


For more information please contact:
Press: Matt Ingham
020 8996 3120 / 07790 871339
Online/Digital: Lauren Archer
020 8996 3120 / 07717 228931
Cherry Red Records, Power Road Studios, 114 Power Road, London, W4 5PY

 

Flying Colors Second Nature

FLYING COLORS
"SECOND NATURE" – THE NEW ALBUM
FEATURING
STEVE MORSE, MIKE PORTNOY, DAVID LARUE,
CASEY MCPHERSON, NEAL MORSE
RELEASED BY MUSIC THEORIES / MASCOT LABEL GROUP
UK/EUROPE RELEASE: 29th SEPTEMBER
NORTH AMERICA RELEASE: 30th SEPTEMBER
TOUR STARTS 2nd OCTOBER WITH DATES IN LOS ANGELES, 
CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, BARCELONA, MILAN, 
TILBERG, FRANKFURT, PRATTELN, LONDON, AND PARIS

Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.
The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colorsamong the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.

Album artwork by designer and illustrator Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard)

Executive Producer Bill Evans assembled a team of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group Alpha Rev, whose 2010 album called ‘New Morning’ dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks.




After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the ‘X Factor’ that elevated Flying Colors above the norm. "The idea of having an actual singer as opposed to a musician that also sang, really opened up a whole other world," Portnoy told Prog magazine.

Flying Colors (L-R): Steve Morse (guitar, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Dave LaRue (bass, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as "fearless", praising its "Journey-sized choruses" and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse, and even Frank Sinatra.  In late 2012, the band toured America and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members.


Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), Steve Morse (guitar, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Schedules allowing, the protagonists had always viewed Flying Colors as a genuine band as opposed to a side project, hence they began writing a second studio album. From the first writing session to final delivery of the masters in July 2014, the process took almost a year and half, in four distinct stages: writing sessions via Skype in January/February 2013, another burst of writing and recording at Neal Morse’s house in Nashville, a trip to Portnoy’s home that spawned five additional songs, and finally individual recording/arrangement over the internet throughout the spring of 2014.


Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast


This time the band opted to self-produce, with Evans, the man responsible for the concept of Flying Colors, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band.  "There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins," clarifies Evans, "but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different."

Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast
Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature – ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ and the multiple-part ‘Cosmic Symphony’ – the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut.  Portnoy stresses that the music’s proggier path was "not conscious at all."

"Direction was never even discussed," continues Portnoy. "We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to ‘trim the fat’ possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more."
"This is an album full of many layers," concludes guitarist Steve Morse. "The more you listen, the more you can hear. It’s an album to keep listening to."
Second Nature showcases a compelling and thought-provoking collection of songs written and performed by musicians at the top of their game.

FLYING COLORS
OCTOBER 2014 TOUR
10/02LOS ANGELES, CAJAMES ARMSTRONG THEATERBuy Tickets
10/03CHICAGO, ILARACDA THEATERBuy Tickets
10/04PHILADELPHIA, PAKESWICK THEATER 
10/07BARCELONA, SPAINRAZZMATAZZ 2Buy Tickets
10/08MILAN, ITALYMILAN LIVE CLUBBuy Tickets
10/09TILBURG, NETHERLANDS013 
10/11FRANKFURT, GERMANYBATSCHKAPPBuy Tickets
10/12PRATTELN, SWITZERLANDZ7Buy Tickets
10/13LONDON, UKISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALLBuy Tickets
10/14PARIS, FRANCEALHAMBRABuy Tickets
Flying Colors (L-R): Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals),
Steve Morse (guitar, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Vega Stereo Messiah


Vega have announced that their new cd will be released on October the 17th and the cover artwork you can see above.

The band have also been announced as the support for Joe Elliott's Down N' Outz UK / Eire tour in December.