Thursday, 30 October 2014

Asia Currently In The Midst Of A UK Tour 
Make The Lists For Potential Grammy Nominations 2015

 ASIA and its critically acclaimed GRAVITAS album have made the lists to be considered for a possible Grammy nomination in  5 categories. The final Grammy nominations in each category will be announced December 5th. 

The Band, currently in the middle of a UK tour released their latest album Gravitas earlier this year will be considered for nomination in the following categories 


The band who formed in 1982 and launched with the self titled multi platinum album recorded Gravitas in late 2013 with new guitarist Sam Coulson. Sam joined founder members Geoff Downes, Carl Palmer and John Wetton following the departure of Steve Howe in late 2012. Gravitas is the first album for Sam Coulson with Asia

Classic Rock Radio wishes the band and their management QEDG Management Good luck in the final consideration.

Catch the band on their UK Tour Dates Below

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

with Special Guests -somevelvetmorning1linesmall

FRI, 21ST NOVEMBER: LONDON -  Bush Hall , 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ
020 8222 6955 £17.50 

Show trailer here -

50 years ago, an album was released that history has rightly viewed as seminal – alongside others such as The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Robert Johnson’s ‘King Of The Delta Blues’, ‘Pet Sounds’, Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars’ and Elvis Presley’s debut. That album was – and is – ‘Five Live Yardbirds’.

An album that influenced a generation with its spirit and virtuosity, those same sensations will be summoned up at Bush Hall on November 21st, when THE YARDBIRDS return to London, along with their Special Guests, SOME VELVET MORNING.
“Some Velvet Morning are a promising young band with great songs and catchy riffs.   We look forward to sharing the stage with them at Bush Hall’ - Jim McCarty.

Some Velvet Morning first came to the attention of the music press with their 2007 debut album, Silence Will Kill You which was nominated for XFM Album of the Year. Following radio success in the UK and France, ‘How To Start A Revolution’, taken from the band’s second album, Allies, recently featured in Irvine Welsh’s Filth and is set to appear as the main title for a new feature Two Days In the Smoke, starring Matt Di’Angelo from BBC’s Hustle.

“It is a real pleasure to be working with one of my favourite bands from the Sixties, The Yardbirds.  Not many bands can say they provided the breeding ground for talent as large as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.  We look forward to the Bush Hall show and hearing those great hits again – Heart Full Of Soul, For Your Love, Shapes Of Things….a long list."  Rob Flanagan, Some Velvet Morning.

By now, everyone knows the Yardbirds legend, if not their music; the band graduated three of the great Ph.D.s of rock guitar: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. They created hard rock out of standard twelve-bar blues, doubling the tempos and whacking the amps up to ten. On the British club scene, The Yardbirds, The Animals, and the Rolling Stones ruled the stages.
The Yardbirds, perhaps more than any other group, brought guitar pyrotechnics to rock & roll in the 1960s. By introducing Clapton, Beck and Page to the world, and giving them plenty of space to create, the band set the template not only for Cream, the Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin (whose original moniker was the New Yardbirds), but for virtually every rock group featuring distortion, feedback and in-your-face electric-guitar virtuosity.

Three years after their 1992 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Yardbirds reformed around original members Jim McCarty & Chris Dreja, but they chose to stay below the radar, tweaking their line up and working up material. The result was the release of their first new studio recording since 1967’s Little Games, entitled ‘Birdland’ in 2003. Which was then followed by ‘Live at BB King’s’ in 2007.

In 2011 health issues forced Chris Dreja to take the difficult decision to stop playing live & the band continued touring Canada & the USA as a 4 piece with Jim McCarty (drums, vocals) Ben King (lead Guitar) Andy Mitchell (lead vocal, harmonica, Bongos, acoustic guitar) Dave Smale (bass)

In early 2013 Jim McCarty met up with the first Yardbirds lead guitar player ‘Top’Topham, now a constant in the band.
This year also see the DVD of a live performance by the current line up entitled ‘Making Tracks’ (Weinerworld) it features performances of the bands best known hits including: For Your Love, Heart full of Soul, Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, Over Under Sideways Down, Shapes of Things.


This set brings together It Bites’ complete output for Virgin, including rare B-sides and live tracks. All the tracks have been digitally remastered and the set comes complete with new artwork and liner notes by respected rock journalist, Malcolm Dome.
Although the band continues to tour and record, some of the tracks here have not seen the light of day for a number of years.

It Bites Burst Out Of Cumbria in 1986 with the massive hit single Calling All The Heroes. The band included Francis Dunnery (Vocals/Guitar), Bob Dalton (Drums), Dick Nolan (Bass) and John Beck (Keyboards). The band were not just your average "Pop Sensation" and digging a little deeper on the bands albums you found a great rock band. During the years 1986-1991 the band released three studio albums Big Lad In The Windmill (1986), Once Around The World (1988) and Eat Me In St Louis (1989). They also released a live album just before splitting Thank You And Goodnight (1991)
After the split Francis Dunnery embarked on a solo career punctuated for a time in the nineties by work with Robert Plant in his band.

Since then the band have re formed with guitarist John Mitchell replacing Francis Dunnery and Dick Nolan replaced firstly by Lee Pomeroy and latterly by Nathan King

The albums and music contained within this excellent boxed set however really does capture the original line up at their very best 


Black Veil Brides have announced their most intimate ever London show at The Garage on Friday the 13th March 2015.  Tickets for this show will go on sale on Wednesday 29th October @ 9am and are sure to sell out very quickly! Tickets are priced at £25 and will be available from the following website:

The band have just released their new, self-titled fourth album via Lava Records/Island Records and it’s currently riding high in the iTunes charts.  Exlcuisve merch bundles are now available via the band’s website:

The album is also available via iTunes at

The new album was produced by studio-legend Bob Rock, known for producing some of rock’s most successful albums including Metallica’s Black Album and Motley Crüe’s Dr. Feelgood.

Black Veil Brides have recently completed a UK tour in support of their new album - The Black Mass 2014 headline tour kicked off on October 3rd in Cardiff and ran through to mid-October. The trek made stops in London, Glasgow and  Manchester to name a few before it wrapped up on October 17th in Leeds.  The band are currently on the US leg of The Black Mass headline tour  with support coming from Falling In Reverse, Set It Off and Drama Club.

Black Veil Brides have been continually building momentum and expanding their ever-growing “BVB Army” since the release of their first album We Stitch These Wounds. The debut song “Knives And Pens” has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. The band has also released the critically-acclaimed albums Set The World On Fire and Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones respectively. Their last release landed at #7 on the Billboard 200 selling over 42,000 copies its first week and soared to the #1 Spot on the iTunes Top Album Chart and the iTunes Rock Chart.  Black Veil Brides recently won an award at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Award in Cleveland for Most Dedicated Fans. This award goes alongside their numerous Kerrang awards and three Revolver Golden God Awards. 

Black Veil Brides is Andy Biersack (vocals), Jake Pitts (guitars), Jinxx (guitars/violin), Ashley Purdy (bass) and Christian “CC” Coma (drums).

New Music from Classic Rockers
Musician: Neal Smith (original Alice Cooper drummer)

 KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire 

(2014 Kachina Records)

I've been familiar with Neal Smith since the 1970's, ever since I got turned on to Alice Cooper. I'm guessing around 1972, when their song 'School's Out' was first released. Stayed a fan until the dismissal of the group. With Alice deciding to keep his solo career afloat after the huge success of his first solo record, Welcome To My Nightmare (1975), the rest of the guys in the Cooper band saw themselves no longer with a lead singer. It was the end of Alice Cooper, the band. Ends up I lost interest in Alice's solo career pretty much after his follow up to 'Welcome To My Nightmare', with 1977's Alice Cooper – Go To Hell album. As time marched on I'd play the original Alice Cooper band music every once in a while. Anything new with Alice and without the original guys, I just wasn't interested. Stayed that way for over a decade. In the 1990's and aided with something called the Internet, I renewed my interest in the runaway vocalist. In doing so, I started getting a new appreciation for Alice's solo studio offerings. Fact is he's worked with a shit load of brilliant musicians since 1975. The coolest thing here was that I could also find out and keep up on the other original band members doings as well. Since then I have managed to somewhat kept up.

Glen Buxton passed away back in '97. His legend has / will live on.

Michael Bruce just weeks ago played a charity show coming out of retirement benefiting foster kids.

Bassist Dennis Dunaway is going strong currently playing with a can't be missed rock band called Blue Coupe.

With nineteen studio solo albums under his belt, the year 2014 sees Vince / Alice co-headlining Motley Crue's BIG farewell Tour. Alice's last new studio effort was a sequel to 1975's Nightmare and cleverly titled 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'. To this writer's delight, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith perform on three songs. This makes the first time the Billion Dollar Babies appeared on an Alice Cooper studio album together since 1973's Muscle Of Love. Nightmare 2 did well, charting all over the world.

Last, but not least is Neal Smith, who has been musically kicking ass and taking names lately. The RnRHoF member (Alice Cooper) just released the third installment to his KillSmith series. On this outing, all songs are written by Neal, and besides pounding away on the drums, Mr. Smith can be heard on keyboards, guitar, and sharing the vocal duties. Titled, Neal Smith - KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire. Now that the intro and history lesson are over, let's focus on that.

For starters, 'KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire' has very cool cover art, with the front of the CD showing an evil glow-in-the-dark green human skull. Would make for a cool poster. I ordered this new CD from Neal's own personal website. Doing so, he autographed it, which is a super cool added bonus. He does so on every CD ordered, free of charge! A legible signature too, so it compliments the cover, instead of scribble which would take away from it. Cover / Booklet opens up to reveal more cool artwork as well. Important is the two images provided because they are what sets sail your imagination. For like original Alice Cooper music anyway, it's all theater for your mind's eye. KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire is a concept album. Nothing I'd share with a seven year old. Neal's lyrics can be very adult at times, which can lead to questions like; “Mommy, what are junkies, thieves, and whores?”

In a nutshell, 'KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire' is a modern day tale about a special ops military hero nicknamed KillSmith, who takes on the most ruthless, ferocious, and just downright evil drug lord named Diablo the Emerald King. A story that happens around the holidays. Emotionally, a roller coaster ride filled with action and suspense, that besides being capable of ripping your head off, simply rocks out.

Uncle G's Favorite KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire Tracks:

All of them really. Enlightening story told in various styles of rock music including industrial, heavy metal, and power ballads. Frankly, I can't say enough good things about 'KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire'. Don't know where to begin, for I'm afraid I'll miss something. Here I go.

Every musician on KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire project did an excellent job (see accompanying image for credits). Am sure it wasn't easy for any of them because it's a pretty ambitious project. Neal's work on here is just outstanding, so only capable musicians need apply. Back to Neal, I love the cool guitar work he does, as well as his keyboard contributions. Plus behind the drum kit, Neal's drumming is second to none. Either providing a good foundation or having moments that are absolute bat-shit crazy, such as found on the song 'Pandemonium'. A real killer drum performance here. Overall, the album is more upbeat than mellow. Together, all eleven songs combine for a stunning example of musicianship and storytelling.

I broke this CD in while heading into Houston from Katy, driving down super Hwy I-10 East doing an average 70 MPH and being able to hear the first six songs usually without slowing down. Sunrise Saturday morning. Driving down the city streets trying to miss red lights is where I got to know tracks seven to the end of the disc. I did this on three other days as well. The rest of the time I'd been playing it almost non-stop on my home stereo. Between the lyrics and the superior accompanying music, I'm able to fully understand and enjoy Neal's return to theatrical rock.

Rating: Honestly this was way more then I was expecting. More than one song sticks in my head, when not actually playing 'KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire' aloud. Impossible to say what songs I like best, but the one that caught my attention first was 'I Want Money'. KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire is solid in both production and presentation. Using the one to five star rating system, where one star sucks through a long straw, and five stars kicks total ass; Neal Smith - KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire get 5 stars easily. Every song a gem. Different musical styles presented so to keep one's interest. Feet planted firmly in the rock world. Even with such excellent flamenco guitar work as heard on track four, 'The Killsmith Overture'. Lady Elizabeth Dellinger could sure hit those notes. Blends in very nicely. This song, I would love to see done live, as well as the rest of this new concept album. Perhaps a KillSmith DVD shot in concert over 2 or three nights someplace that could accommodate? I could only imagine the KILLER encores.

Well done Mr. Smith!

Gary Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (Dot EU)
(on Twitter @ GBrown0816 -

Saturday, 25 October 2014


There are few bands as widely respected and as influential as the Ramones. And now, the group's long-time drummer is gearing up to unveil his long-awaited autobiography, 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone,' which will be released on January 13, 2015, via Touchstone Books. And what better way to celebrate the book's arrival than with gloriously mega-decibel renditions of Ramones classics, which is exactly what Marky will be offering up on Saturday, January 17th at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.

Joining Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg that night will be special guest Andrew W.K. on vocals, and for fans that want the ultimate experience, VIP tickets will be available, which includes a personal meet and greet with Marky and Andrew and an autographed copy of the book.

For fans who want to make sure they get their tickets, there will be a Live Nation / Music Geeks presale starting on Wednesday, October 8th at 10am and running until Thursday, October 9th at 10pm, before a public onsale begins on Friday, October 10th, at 10am.

To take advantage of the presale option, click on the following link and enter in the password:

Ticket link: 


"These songs are too good not to be played," says Marky. "I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book."

'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg' will serve as a social history of the New York punk scene from an eyewitness. Yes, it has plenty of tales from the dirty streets, drugs, and rock and roll, but it also takes readers on a musical journey of a legendary band. And a few days after it's release, fans will get the opportunity to rock out - and possibly meet - one of the greatest rock n' roll drummers of all time.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Foreigner release 'The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More '


~~   Great news for fans of Foreigner! Releasing December 5 so  just in time for the 'Happy Holidays' season !! My ears will be URGENT for this ! ;-)   ~~

Photo credit: Bill Bernstein 

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 "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.


"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."

Foreigner's Kelly Hansen  - Photo credit: S Schweiger

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."

"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.

Foreigner's Mick JonesIn 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 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).

Foreigner are currently on tour and October /November sees them at

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, Germany
Nov 09 - StadtHalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany

(all acoustic shows except where noted)

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