Wednesday, 30 July 2014

THE RASKINS

OPEN FOR MÖTLEY CRÜE’S FINAL TOUR

WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST ALICE COOPER !



The Raskins, as it has been announced have been invited to open up for the upcoming US Mötley Crüe Final Tour, which is already sold out in many markets and also features very special guest Alice Cooper.

One half of the twin brother duo, Logan (Roger being the other half) unveils that it is the music and the bond of brotherhood that will prevail for the Raskins. "We work and strive extremely hard for success with our music. We write and perform because its our passion. It's what we love to do."

And the reviews that have been coming the Raskins' way have been stellar, such as this quote from the Dedicated Rocker Society Blog - "The Raskins do what a rock and roll band is supposed to do, entertain you. They will get the girls dancing, the guys rocking, and everyone reaching for another drink and having a good time. The Raskins hit the nail on the head with this true rock and roller of a debut." Additionally, Guitar International calls the band's debut "Rebel Rock at its Best!" and the Examiner stated "The record showcases a mix of pop-rock sensibility, big hooks and addictive melodies, along with old fashion rock and roll storytelling."

While Motley Crüe's Final Tour will see one of rock's most iconic groups gracefully bow out from the touring circuit, now introduces one of the most promising rocks acts to a whole new audience from coast to coast. Get ready to rock with The Raskins!



CONFIRMED DATES OF MOTLEY CRUE/ALICE COOPER/THE RASKINS TOUR:

07/15/14 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center

07/16/14 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

07/18/14 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater

07/19/14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

07/21/14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

07/22/14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

07/23/14 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

07/25/14 Reno, NV Reno Events Center

07/26/14 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater

07/27/14 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre

07/29/14 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

07/30/14 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

08/01/14 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

08/02/14 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

08/03/14 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

08/05/14 Sturgis, SD Sturgis Buffalo Chip

08/06/14 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center

08/08/14 Tinley Park, IL First Midway Bank Amphitheatre

08/09/14 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

08/12/14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center

08/13/14 Burgettston, PA First Niagara Pavilion

08/15/14 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

08/16/14 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

08/17/14 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

08/19/14 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion

08/20/14 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live

08/22/14 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

08/23/14 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center

08/24/14 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

08/26/14 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

08/27/14 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair

08/29/14 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

08/30/14 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

08/31/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

10/10/14 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Arena

10/11/14 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

10/12/14 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center

10/14/14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

10/15/14 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

10/19/14 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena

10/21/14 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena

10/22/14 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex

10/24/14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center

10/25/14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center

10/26/14 Montville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

10/28/14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

10/29/14 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter Complex

11/05/14 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum

11/06/14 Southaven, MS Landers Center

11/08/14 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena

11/09/14 Moline, IL iWireless Center

11/11/14 Green Bay, WI Resch Center

11/12/14 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center

11/13/14 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center

11/15/14 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

11/16/14 Fargo, ND FargoDome

11/22/14 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena



FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

http://www.theraskins.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheRaskins
Audio Fidelity Hosts Disney's TRON OST Listening Party

Audio Fidelity staff and label execs recently hosted a gathering of friends to preview the brilliant remastered recording of Disney's TRON motion picture soundtrack.  The soundtrack will be available from Audio Fidelity at the end of July. The event took place at Cohearent Audio, the Los Angeles studio where engineer Kevin Gray remastered the record.  The event was hosted by Marshall Blonstein, the president of Audio Fidelity. The guests included Michael Fremer of Analog Planet.com who, at the time, served as the film's original soundtrack supervisor. 

L to R: Marshall Blonstein, Michael Fremer, Kevin Gray

The 1982 film score was composed, performed and produced by the pioneer electronic musician Wendy Carlos. The release will be packaged in a distinctive gatefold jacket and contain two 180g translucent blue vinyl records as well as colorful photos from the popular cult film along with generous and informative liner notes written by Ms. Carlos and additional jottings by Mr. Fremer.

Disney's video game crossover movie TRON was a notable landmark in the synthesis of electronic and traditional orchestral music. Wendy Carlos created a brilliant orchestral recording with symphonic backgrounds by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus which was later enhanced and upgraded with an electronic score. The result is an impressive soundscape that successfully and seamlessly fuses organic and electronic music.

The multi-Grammy award winning Wendy Carlos best-known for her popular “Switched on Bach,” series of albums also composed and performed on the soundtracks of two Stanley Kubrick cinema masterpieces, “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining.”

The TRON soundtrack has two additional tracks ("Only Solutions” and the rock guitar-driven instrumental, "1990's Theme") provided by Journey, one of America's best selling and most beloved bands.

Gatefold package includes colorful photos and extensive liner notes!

TRACKS:
SIDE 1
1-Creation Of TRON
2-Only Solutions - Journey
3-We've Got Company
4-Wormhole
5-Ring Game And Escape
6-Water, Music, And Tronaction

SIDE 2
1-TRON Scherzo
2-Miracle and Magician
3-Magic Landings
4-Theme From TRON
5-1990's Theme - Journey
6-Love Theme

SIDE 3
1-Tower Music - Let Us Pray
2-The Light Sailer
3-Sea Of Simulation

SIDE 4
1-A New TRON And The MCP
2-Anthem
3-Ending Titles

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For More Information: 
RHINO BUCKET FRONTMAN TO JOIN HELLION AS RHYTHM GUITARIST AND BACKING VOCALIST ON UPCOMING TOUR



L.A. based metal act HELLION have announced that RHINO BUCKET front man, Georg Dolivo, will be joining Hellion as their rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist on Hellion’s upcoming North American “Karma’s A Bitch” tour in October.


“I am excited to be a part of what the new Hellion is doing, I've always been a fan of Ann and her incredible voice.” said Georg Dolivo in a recent interview. “It’s especially great to be back working again with Simon Wright. And having Scott Warren and Maxxxwell Carlisle in the band as well is an added bonus!”


“We rehearsed over the weekend and the band sounded heavy and tight. It was massive!” continued Georg Dolivo. “I'm really looking forward to being involved in Hellion as I think the band rocks.”


RHINO BUCKET released two albums through Warner Brothers in the 1990s, followed by four more on Acetate Records. Georg Dolivo will continue to write and record with RHINO BUCKET.


HELLION release their new five-song mini-LP October 7th in the USA on New Renaissance Records and October 8th in the UK and Europe on HNE/Cherry Red Records. Pre-orders for Hellion’s new CD can me made through Amazon.com at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Karmas-Bitch-Hellion/dp/B00LZI3WVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1406339010&sr=1-1 . HELLION is also offering a special pre-order deal on HELLION’s “Karma’s A Bitch” fan-pack (which will be delivered before the tour starts) at: www.hellion.us/store


HELLION’s North American tour kicks off October 2nd in Los Angeles with the band’s first show and record release party. While shows continue to be added, Hellion’s current North American Tour Dates are:


October

2 - Whiskey a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA

3 - Count Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV

4 - Cactus Moon - Mesa, AZ

7 - Lasalle’s - Chico, CA

9 - The Hop - Spokane, WA

10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA

11- The Bouquet - Boise, ID

15 - Red Line Tap - Chicago, IL

16 – Dead Horse – Pittsburgh, PA

17 - Rock Pile West - Toronto, ON

18 - Obsession Live - Ottawa, ON

19 - Legendary Dobbs - Philadelphia, PA

20 – Dead Fish Cantina – Baltimore, MD

22 - Devils Tail - Junction City, KS

23 -The Vanguard - Tulsa, OK

24 -The Chameleon Room - Oklahoma City, OK

25 - Concert Pub North Metal Fest - Houston, TX

30 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA

*Still adding dates

Monday, 28 July 2014

CRR (Dot EU) – New Music from Classic Rock Bands
Spotlight: Yes – Heaven And Earth (2014 Frontiers Records)

I must admit right off the bat, that I really did not expect Yes to still be an active recording and touring band, in the present year; 2014. I remember telling my wife, who was my then girlfriend after seeing Yes perform supporting their studio album Talk (1994), that I suspected that was the end for Yes. Wasn't because they were not good anymore. By this time, members have gone and some have even returned to later on leave again. All in all, a fantastic run for those involved should those in their Yes business shirts have decided it was time to turn the Yes machine off. Lucky for all of us that that didn't happen. Today I find it totally amazing, and am forever grateful that Yes is still here. A progressive rock band from the late 1960's that I labeled 'my favorite rock band' back when I was in Catholic grade school, is still relevant. And to this day, continuing to evolve, and explore the seemingly infinite musical horizons that is what I and millions of others I'm sure, understand to be YES.

For the record, I got on the Yes band wagon around the time their first official live release, 'Yes Songs', and the groups sixth studio album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' was still regarded as new at the local Jersey Shore record shops I hung out in.
Yes' fourth album, 'Fragile', which contained their hit song 'Roundabout', is what probably caught my attention at first. Yes – Fragile...is nowadays considered to be one of the main pillars that hold up the prog-rock hall of fame. Add, The Yes Album (1971), Close To The Edge (1972), and the bands first official live release 'Yes Songs', a 3 record set album wrapped in the coolest Roger Dean artwork you ever want to see. Live versions of 'Yours Is No Disgrace', and 'Starship Troopers' make for a PERFECT album side, that was heard at every cool party I attended. Especially if I had anything to do with picking out some of the music.

Now decades later, Yes is still a leading force within the modern day progressive rock world. For in the year 2014, a new batch of songs with the official Yes stamp has hit the general public. With that the album introduces a new main vocalist, 43 year old; Jon Davison. The new Yes release entitled, 'Heaven & Earth', has just hit the streets. Is guaranteed to not disappoint anyone who appreciates a serious musical groups ever changing definition of itself. As one who reviews music in the pop culture world, I suggest clearing the mind of any and all Yes History, and just listen to what these find bunch of professional musicians (the band_behind the scenes folks) whipped up for us. My opinion might persuade, entertain and inform, but it's your actions that count the most. For the record, I will base my review on what I hear, and what not the bands past achievements are. You buying the new studio album (whatever format you the consumer prefers), and supporting the band by perhaps taking in a live performance, is a part of supporting what the men that make up Yes are doing today. It's been fun doing my part throughout the decades seeing Yes in concert many times. Collecting their music. Always worth whatever money and time spent on them. My experience anyway. So lets see what we have here.

Admitting a loyalty to Yes is not evidence of being labeled a Yes fanatic incapable of giving a bad review. I am highly capable of saying a song sucks through a used tea bag, if that was the case. Luckily for yours truly, that is not the position I'm in with Yes' new CD / album 'Heaven & Earth'. Brilliantly produced by legendary Roy Thomas Baker. Mixed by ex-Yes alumni Billy Sherwood. Seven songs off 'Heaven & Earth' giving writing credit in part or full to newest member, Jon Davison. His voice like that of the previous Yes main vocalist Benoît David. Not so much Trevor Horn sounding, and YES...in the same alto tenor style as with original member / main vocalist Jon Anderson. Compliments the other current band members backing vocals, should you ask me. Throughout all their history, Yes has always had GREAT vocals / harmonizing. Still does !! 

What I'll predict as a new Yes greatest hit, 'Believe Again', kicks off the newest Yes offering. It's melody is contagious. What people call ear-worm material. Something that sticks in your brain and won't let go. And note...every instrument heard loud and clear. No small drums sound present. By the time 'Believe Again' is over, one realizes that even with it being a Steve Howe / Jon Davison written song, that it's a group effort presenting it. Geoff Downes is incredible on it as he is throughout the album. Also, the solid rhythm section of Alan White, and original Yes band member / co-founder Chris Squire. Personally loving the instrumental moments, one of the things that makes this song so good to me is the Yes ear candy found between the three and six minute mark. Just turn up the volume and you'll find out what I mean. Downes is so in the prog groove !! In comparison, I believe the song ranks up there with the Yes classic, 'And You And I'. Give 'Believe Again' more then one listen, and I'm sure you'll agree with me.

Two songs with writing credits that contain the only band member to have appeared on every Yes studio album, and official release, Mr Chris Squire. The CDs second track, is a upbeat tune where Chris gets co writing credits called, 'The Game'. Reminds me some of the Trevor Rabin era in previous Yes music. Seeing how Mr. Squire had a big involvement with that era, it's cool hearing again, even if only for a moment. “The Game” could remind one of a pop song. I like the musical introduction. Sounds like a completely different number once it kicks in. 'The Game' is very catchy, likable, and consistent with a positive over all feeling to it.

The first song I gave a repeated play to on my first listen of 'Heaven And Earth' was the third track entitled, 'Step Beyond'. Another Howe / Davison penned number, it's a platform that brings out the best of rest of the band. Another new greatest hit...in my opinion. And besides the musicianship, the vocals and harmonies have been to this point, and will remain throughout the CD, to be simply wonderful. Turn this song up !!

To the fourth track, a number called, 'To Ascend', to the seventh track, a song called, 'It Was All We Knew', one finds with each song played, a new appreciation each time they are heard.
On 'Heaven & Earth' ends up what I believe to be a new Yes masterpiece, penned by Jon Davison and Geoff Downes, called 'Subway Walls'. Last track on the CD. A cool rocker, and an over all very groovy song. Steve Howe stands out, as do the vocals, and the instrumental moments (the music heard in-between the vocals_words). Every component complimenting the other. A tad Asia sounding which is not surprising since half of that original band is included in this roaster. It's a good thing, as is the song. A solid modern day prog rocker that classic rock bands still out there performing, should after hearing, aspire to rise themselves to new levels. Not as a personal achievement or in a stand out way, but as part of a team. That is what I think makes this new Yes that good. Roy Thomas Baker knew who he was working with, and with as well as giving direction, let each member do what they do best. The results is a new five man line-up acting as Yes, recording as Yes, and sounding like Yes. Must be Yes. Notes From The Edge...be damned. 

Rating: Using the one to five star rating system, I rate Yes – Heaven & Earth – FIVE STARS !! Solid in every way. Now I can compare it to past Yes achievements and, and frankly I'm not disappointed.  Music was rated on it's own merit. Three out of five guys in the band today, also played on 1974's Yes – Relayer album. One of my Yes favorite studio offerings. This is isn't Relayer...The Sequel. Before listening, remember to clear the mind, and enjoy the newest product of what is still...Yes.

Gary Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (Dot EU)


RECKLESS – A CASUAL GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF BRYAN ADAMS
BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE
WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: JULY 28, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1499387742 
A Casual Guide To The Music Of Bryan Adams


Bryan Adams is one of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time. He rose to fame with his third album, 1983’s Cuts Like A Knife, before the release of his global breakthrough opus Reckless, which Adams celebrated in 2014 with the sold out 30th Anniversary Reckless Tour. His best known song remains ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ which was the lead song for the 1991 hit movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. It also happens to be one of the best-selling singles in popular music history.

This book is about the music, from his self-titled debut album right up to recent studio releases, Room Service and 11.

From the author of the acclaimed Don’t Stop Believin’ – The Untold Story Of Journey and Electric World – A Casual Guide To The Music Of Journey’s Neal Schon, Reckless is the first book to exclusively explore the music of one of popular music’s great unsung heroes and Canada’s most famous rock export. The book explores his musical legacy and offers titbits of information and trivia about his various non-music projects but mostly this handy fans book is about the music of Bryan Adams.

Reckless is essential reading for Bryan Adams fans. 

Details:

6” x 9” (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
294 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1499387742
ISBN-10: 1499387741 


Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites. 

Visit his website: 


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Lou Gramm Confirms Reunion 
With Ex-Foreigner Bandmate Mick Jones

Lou Gramm has confirmed a long-hoped-for reunion with former bandmate Mick Jones, though the songs are tabbed for solo projects rather than a future studio effort by Foreigner.

“Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music,” he tells Rochester, N.Y.’s 95.1 the Brew. “I’m excited about it and very much looking forward to it. I’m actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he’s gonna be releasing, and he’s gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I’ll be releasing next year.”

Gramm left Foreigner in 2003, with his last album with the band dating back to in 1994. Kelly Hansen has fronted the group since 2005, but Gramm and Jones, who co-founded Foreigner in 1976, reunited last summer for performances of the hits ‘Juke Box Hero’ and ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ during induction ceremonies for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Reunion talk has been heating up ever since.

More recently, Jones said the two were considering a return to some leftover material from the ’80s that had been left unfinished. Gramm says they ended up focusing on demos that were of a newer vintage.

“It’s actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003,” Gramm says. “So those were songs that were done at the end of the ’90s and early ’00s, and they’re really good.”

Jones, the only remaining original member of the group, is currently leading Foreigner on tour with Styx and Don Felder. The ‘Soundtrack of Summer‘ shows continue through July 27.

By Nick DeRiso



Friday, 25 July 2014

Music Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble - 
The Anderson Ponty Band!

Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” - Jon Anderson

The Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars - well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.

The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.

The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.

Kickstarter Campaign: 
http://bit.ly/apband2014

Anderson Ponty Band Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband

Jon Anderson official website: 
www.jonanderson.com

Jean-Luc Ponty official website: 
www.ponty.com