Thursday, 23 October 2014

Foreigner release 'The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More '

   NEW HIGH-DEFINITION LIVE RECORDING  FROM THE  BAND’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM OF ALL TIME 

~~   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: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/foreigner 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
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all acoustic shows except where noted)

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BRAND X

NUCLEAR BURN

1ST DECEMBER 2014

Here, the six albums that Brand X recorded for Virgin are brought together in one 4-CD package, complete with three previously unreleased sessions recorded for the BBC and remastered from the original tapes. The set comes complete with upgraded artwork and new liner notes by Malcolm Dome.

Jazz fusion band, Brand X was active between1975 to 1980 and later 1992 to 1999, with guitarist John Goodsall and bassist Percy Jones remaining as constant members throughout.
For an incredible five-year period, between 1975 and 1980, Brand X astounded all with their musical dexterity, free approach and accessibility. In late 1975, and following on from stints with drummers John Dylan and Phil Spinelli,  the band recruited their third drummer, Genesis’ Phil Collins who says, “Brand X is where I went to have fun”.  A series of unreleased recordings were made in the band’s early months of existence but it was with the arrival of Collins that they finally got the chance to record and release 1976’s Unorthodox Behaviour.

Their second album, Moroccan Roll was released in 1977 and added percussionist Morris Pert to the line-up. This was to be the band’s most commercially successful album, making the UK Top 40 where it peaked at No 37.

A live album, Livestock (recorded at three different locations – Ronnie Scott’s, the Hammersmith Odeon and the Marquee Club) was released later that same year.
Masques followed in 1978, but with Chuck Burgi replacing Collins on drums and keyboard player J. Peter Robinson replacing Robin Lumley. Although Masques didn’t make the mainstream charts, it did hit number 32 on the UK jazz chart, testament to the band’s credibility in that genre.
By the end of the 1970s, Brand X had undergone yet more changes, which saw the return of keyboardist Robin Lumley and drummer Phil Collins as well as the recruitment of bassist John Giblin and drummer Mike Clark. 

In 1979 they effectively recorded two albums, Product (released 1979) and Do They Hurt? (1980). The band had two distinct line-ups, a compromise between the record and management companies, who wanted more accessible music, and some band members led by Percy Jones who felt that this would alienate existing fans.  Although, in retrospect some strong material was produced neither album did well in the charts and this first chapter in the history of Brand X was brought to a close.

KAZO: New EP Available Now!

KAZO first burst onto the Manchester music scene as The Ordinary in 2012, and since then have played a host of high-profile concerts including a performance at Noel Gallagher’s after show party, crowd-winning acts at The Headlander festival in Stockport.

They don’t conform. They take from everything: from Led Zep and Hendrix to Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Nirvana, with the result that they sound like no one.

“We have poured our heart and soul into our songs. The lyrics reflect issues and experiences we have all been through. We’re not singing to make a statement – but to reach out to an audience with songs that evoke feelings of empathy, whether that is to say 'heh you’re not in it alone' or simply to shout about what we love, what makes us tick.”

“We want to get our music across to as many people as possible, in any way possible. Our fans are the fifth member of the band. It wouldn’t work without them. This is so important because music should be a shared experience not a one-way industry.”

Kazo's Debut Ep is now available for download from iTunes



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Friday, 17 October 2014

UK LIVE DATES 2014

The legendary British band ASIA will be performing in the UK to promote the new album Gravitas, the tour is on sale now.  Touring and playing live has always been of huge importance to ASIA throughout its career and Autumn 2014 sees the band hitting the road for five further dates now confirmed as follows:

28th October 2014       Sage H2, Gateshead
29th October 2014       RNCM, Manchester
31st October 2014       The Regent Centre, Christchurch
1st November 2014      Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
2nd November 2014     Shepherds Bush Empire, London

For ASIA's long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough.  As drummer Carl Palmer says: "Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA. We’ve played to audiences globally, but playing at home in the UK is always a major event for us."

The new album, Gravitas, is produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes.  The album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson.

ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982 and was the best selling album in the world that year.  Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, the group was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70’s - Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles.  The original ASIA reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.

It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awoken with fresh energy, direction and purpose. These Autumn dates are going to be special,” Wetton continues.  "As with any new ASIA album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” adds Geoff Downes. “Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.


ASIA is:
John Wetton - lead vocal and bass
Carl Palmer - drums
Geoff Downes - keyboards
Sam Coulson – guitars
RANDY BACHMAN ~ EVERY SONG TELLS A STORY CD/DVD


For me, there’s nothing more intriguing than when an accomplished songwriter and musician takes you on their creative journey of thought and events that inspire them to write music that stands the test of time and that’s exactly what Randy Bachman does with his new CD/DVD, “Every Song Tells a Story.”

The DVD portion was recorded at Pantages Playhouse Theater in Winnipeg in 2013. The entire performance is a smooth flowing, humorous story of Randy Bachman’s career and experiences told by Randy himself. With each experience the band goes into a short song break.

Randy starts right at the beginning of being a teenager in Winnipeg performing cover songs like, “Shakin’ All Over,” to forming the Guess Who band, writing his own songs and touring the US in a time of war, draft lottery, and hippies. He goes on to finally finding his own way in Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Sometimes all it took was a phrase for Randy to be inspired and that’s exactly what happened when he wrote the hit, “Takin’ Care Of Business.” Another favorite of mine, “These Eyes” was an emotional song written in a matter of minutes while Randy awaits his dream girl. These are just a few examples of his writing process. The funniest story was a game between Randy and his brother called, “Got you last.” Without giving it away, it’s the story behind the hit song, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.” Originally a throw-away song, that won the Juno Award for best-selling single of 1976. Did I mention that Randy busts Burton Cummings chops at every turn? Yeah, it’s hilarious!

The CD portion of the set is an excellent production! The first track is an incredible song called “Prairie Town” which is a true account of Randy’s love for music and how it all started. For being a live CD, the sound is amazing and the band is tight!

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this fun and entertaining journey with Randy Bachman and his polished band! It’s amazing how a thought or experience in the mind of such a talent as Randy Bachman can turn into timeless and classic rock!

The Band:

Randy Bachman: lead vocals-guitar

Marc LaFrance: drums-vocals

Brent Howard Knudsen: guitar-vocals

Mick Dalla-Vee: bass guitar-vocals

Track List:

Praire Town

Shakin’ All Over

These Eyes

Laughing

No Sugar Tonight

No Time

American Woman

Roll On Down The Highway

Let It Ride

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Takin’ Care of Business

Hey You

Undun

Looking Out For #1

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

District 97 Featuring Legendary King Crimson/Asia Vocalist John Wetton 
 One More Red Night: Live In Chicago CD  
OUT NOW!

 Prog fans rejoice! A new live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton has been released on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records. 

'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago' includes three songs from the iconic landmark album 'Red’; which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit “21st Century Schizoid Man”. This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.

“I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt. Their shows are an exciting pleasure to attend, and I am proud to work, and be associated with them.” - John Wetton, Annapolis, October 1,2014.

District 97's drummer and 'One More Red Night' producer, Jonathan Schang, says “The first Crimson song I ever played live with John was 'Lament'. To hear 'that voice' coming from right in front of me, seemingly made only stronger by the passage of time, was an experience I shall never forget. Getting to know John more closely, both as a musician and a human being, is an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled that our joint interpretations of his iconic work with King Crimson are now available for all to enjoy.

TRACK LIST:

1. ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE 
2. THE GREAT DECEIVER 
3. LAMENT 
4. THE NIGHT WATCH 
5. FALLEN ANGEL 
6. BOOK OF SATURDAY 
7. 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN 
8. STARLESS 
9. EASY MONEY

To purchase District 97 & John Wetton 'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago': 
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Cherry Red: 

iTunes US: 

UK: 
District 97’s last album was Trouble with Machines, features a guest appearance by John Wetton on the mini-rock opera, "The Perfect Young Man":
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John Wetton’s last solo project was a 2 CD re-issue of Monkey Business and Jack-knife, the former of which includes many of his early 1970s versions of tracks that went on to become some of King Crimson’s most iconic songs: 
Available Here:


Amazon US:

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Jack-Knife: iTunes:

Monkey Business: iTunes:

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District 97
John Wetton
HEART’S “HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”
WILL BE RELEASED IN NORTH AMERICA
AS A CD/DVD and BLU RAY ON NOVEMBER 10TH

SAMMY HAGAR, PAT MONAHAN, SHAWN COLVIN AND RICHARD MARX
JOIN HEART FOR ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME COLLABORATIONS

LOS ANGLES- October 9, 2014- Heart’s “Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays” will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 10, 2014, it was announced today by Frontiers Music SRL. Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits. 

Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART.

“We had a great time putting on this show with special friends for the holidays. Warm moments and great music from all....and some saucy little elves too,” said Ann Wilson. “We have always held the holidays up as a wonderful whimsical time of year and celebrating it in our beloved home town with friends, songs and family was extremely magical,” added Nancy Wilson.

“Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays” ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for HEART, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s “Red Velvet Car”, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of “Strange Euphoria”, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll”, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s HEART star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of Fanatic, HEART’s 14th studio album.
Earlier this year, HEART released “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” on Frontiers Music SRL.  In addition to their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame HEART was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.

PRE-SALE LINKS:
CD/DVD: 

Blu-Ray: 


CD Audio Track Listing Will Include:
The River; Seasons, Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas, Barracuda, Even it Up, Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).


Blu ray Track Listing Will Include:
The River; Seasons Rockin’/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin), POEM, All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx), All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar), Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan), Remember Christmas; Barracuda; Stairway to Heaven and Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin).