Friday, 31 July 2015

Dan Patlansky Fetch Your Spade video released

Photo Credit Bakkes Images

 South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Patlansky has launched the official music video for his new single “Fetch Your Spade”, the second single taken from his critically acclaimed album Dear Silence Thieves.He is Joe Satriani’s special guest on his November UK Shockwave Tour.

Tickets: 888 9991

Manchester o2 Apollo                                                   Sunday November 1
Birmingham Symphony Hall                                       Monday November 2
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall                                        Tuesday November 3
Sheffield City Hall                                                           Wednesday November 4
Cardiff St. David’s Hall                                                  Thursday November 5
Southend Cliffs Pavilion                                               Saturday November 7
Bristol Colston Hall                                                         Sunday November 8
Portsmouth Guildhall                                                    Monday November 9
London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo                 Tuesday November 10

Planet Rockstock Festival                                            Friday December 4
London’s The Borderline (w/ Aaron Keylock)     Saturday December 5


Tyketto/Bad Touch Camden Underworld 28-07-15

First up to a very healthy size crowd for a Tuesday night was Norwich's finest Bad Touch who after a lengthy tour supporting The Answer and the release of their excellent debut cd Half Way Home are growing into one of the UK's best new bands.

Playing most of the debut cd in a 40 minute set they had the crowd in their sweaty palms from the start and in vocalist Stevie they have a bonafide front man who can not only work the audience but has a great set of pipes to back it up.

Add to that 2 great guitarists in Rob G and Seeks who know when to rock it up and take it down slow and a rock solid rhythm team in Bailey on bass and George on drums and fantastic backing vocals and throw in a classic rock set of songs and stand back and let it go.

All of the songs go down well in a live setting but a few are worthy of mention.

Wise Water starts on slide guitar before a stop start riff builds to a big chorus with help from the crowd too in the chorus and also after the guitar solo with a great bit of light and shade as the band drop it down a gear.

Waste My Time has a great upbeat rock n'roll riff and tempo equal parts Free,Bad Company or even The Rolling Stones and that can only be a good thing.

Motherload and Sweet Little Success both rock along all riff and vocal attitude.

Title track of the cd Half Way Home has a bluesy picked riff and Stevie intro that shows off the vocalist's range to a tee before another bluesy riff kicks in.The song ebbs and flows showing a real depth and quality from a band of such youth.

Good On Me (The Jeans song) is a classic already.Big AC/DC riff and stomp with Stevie asking the ladies where they buy their jeans and do they come in a size 14.

New Day is another rock n'roller with the attitude of a herd of elephants and the perfect set closer.Huge chorus and love the way half way through it it goes up a notch both vocally and the band put another log on the fire!!Great ending as all of the band go crazy with Rob G soloing over Stevie's vocal.

In the 3 months since The Answer tour they are showing more on stage charisma and swagger and that is reaching out to the fans and can only be good for the long term potential of the band which is huge.

Go see them now!!

 Many bands would struggle to top a wonderful support slot but Tyketto are firing on all cylinders at the moment with a real band camaraderie present and with Danny Vaughn in masterful form both vocally and as a front man this was special.

Over the course of 90 minutes they played probably the most eclectic set I have seen them play over the years with a Danny solo song off Soldiers and Sailors,a song off the Steve Augeri fronted shine album and a couple of other less well known songs.

Here is what they played.

Love To Love
Burning Down Inside
Rescue Me
Meet Me In The Night
Dig In Deep
Lay Your Body Down
Let It Go
Write Your Name In The Sky
Sound Off
Strength In Numbers
Catch My Fall
Standing Alone

Encore of Last Sunset
Forever Young

At Firefest 2012 we had the original line up with both Jimi Kennedy on bass and Brooke St James on guitar back on board.

With Jimi's other work getting in the way we had Chris Childs of Thunder helping out again and on guitar the amazing Chris Green of Pride,Furyon and Rubicon Cross who I felt let go more than on the previous tour.He still plays it like the originals but this time with a real fiery sense of style with added melodies and solo's.Quite fantastic to see close up.

With Ged Rylands on keys and long time partner in crime Michael Clayton on drums we are told will go back in the studio for a new Tyketto album in 2016 which will also see the re release of a Rock Candy remaster of the now 25 year old Don't Come Easy debut so busy times ahead.

Back to the gig Love To Love a song from back in the day that finally saw the light of day on the Dig In Deep album opened the show in fine style with an extended guitar solo from Chris in the outro setting the bar very high early on.

Burning Down Inside the saw the first of many audience participation moments and with the huge grins on stage the band were getting out of it as much as we were.

A solo song in Shadowland fitted in well with Danny on 12 string acoustic before the title track of last album Dig In Deep being played for the people at the Steelhouse Festival the previous weekend  who had struggled with the terrible weather.

Let It Go off Shine was played for the 4 young ladies who had come over from Holland with Danny apologising before starting it as he said he had never played anything off that album before.

Sound Off is Danny getting it all off his chest at the current state of the music industry and also US austerity and showing at 54 years old he has still a fire in his belly.He added that at his age he doesn't put the microphone in the audience because he can't sing it anymore but he does take the occasional extra breath or two.

Last few songs and it is classic after classic.Standing Alone is a monster and Danny's vocal line still gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing to attention.Superb.

And then Wings took it even higher with the crowd at full throttle.

But that paled into insignificance to closer Forever Young.A top 10 song ever for me with the lyrics just perfect for the ageing crowd (although pleasingly quite a few young faces too!) as we all jumped around and sang at the top of our voices like it was the last song ever.

A superb double bill and showing that one at the start of their career  and one with plenty of fire still in the belly can compliment each other fantastically well

Trivium - Silence In The Snow video released

"Silence In The Snow", the new JonPaul Douglass-directed video from Florida metallers TRIVIUM, can be seen below. The song is the title track of the band's new album, which will be released on October 2 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was helmed by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH, and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GODALL THAT REMAINSGOJIRAMEGADETH).


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Iron Maiden Book Of Souls first snippet released

A 30-second preview of a new IRON MAIDEN song from the band's forthcoming album, "The Book Of Souls", is available in the YouTube clip below.

Due globally on September 4 through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.), "The Book Of Souls" was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from the tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch.

Saxon release Battering Ram video

Saxon have released a video for Battering Ram, the title track of their forthcoming album. Battering Ram is the follow-up to 2013's Sacrifice, and will be released October 16.
Like Sacrifice, the album was produced by Andy Sneap at his Backstage Recording Studios in Derbyshire. "Andy has been in charge of everything with this album,' says singer Biff Byford. "I keep on overview of it all, but he’s done a great job and we’re both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership."
The song Battering Ram is about the fans who gather at the stage barriers at Saxon shows. “When I’m writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock’n’roll,” says Byford.

"Battering Ram" is available for pre-order now via iTunes, with "Battering Ram" as the instant grat track.

Coming soon, "Battering Ram" will be available for pre-order via Amazon and various formats will include CD in ecolbook, 180 gram vinyl, limited edition boxset (containing CD, vinyl and a bonus CD with the band performance of their "Denim & Leather" tour "Saxon Over Sweden 2011", featuring 18 tracks).
"Battering Ram" track listing:
01. Battering Ram
02. The Devil's Footprint
03. Queen Of Hearts
04. Destroyer
05. Hard And Fast
06. Eye Of The Storm
07. Stand Your Ground
08. Top Of The World
09. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Joel Hoekstra's 13 Dying To Live


Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album “Dying To Live” from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13.  Hoekstrais best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals),Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16.
Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics).  The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest.

“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music.  I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock’’, explains Hoekstra. ‘’That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13.
Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.’’

Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won't be an issue.”
Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. “I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I’m best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar!  I want to thank everyone for any support in advance. Life is good!

The Musicians:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) - Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) - Bass
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) - Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) - Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) - Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) - Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) - Cello