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

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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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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: 
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District 97
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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.

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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).



KISS’ Love Gun Album Gets Deluxe Two-CD Treatment
New version of 1977 studio recording contains previously unreleased demos, live tracks, 1977 Gene Simmons interview and liner notes by Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott
 
LOS ANGELES, October 15, 2014—Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KISS continue to celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of a deluxe two-CD version of their 1977 U.S. platinum-plus album, Love Gun, coming out October 27, 2014 via Universal Music. The band’s sixth studio recording, Love Gun was the first album to feature lead vocal performances from all four original band members, and has since gone on to sell more than four million copies.

The two-CD edition will include the complete re-mastered first album, featuring such classics as the title track, “Plaster Caster”, the song inspired by Cynthia Plaster Caster, the groupie famous for taking casts of rock star genitalia; “Shock Me”, written about Ace Frehley suffering an electric shock during a concert in Lakeland, Florida;  “Christine Sixteen”, and “Then She Kissed Me”, the band’s cheeky, gender-switching cover of the Crystals’ 1963 hit penned by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector.
 
The second disc is made up of rare, never released Love Gun demos of “Plaster Caster”, “Tomorrow and Tonight” and “Much Too Soon”.  The first four lines of the demo “I Know Who You Are” eventually evolved and became the song “Living In Sin” and the rest of the lyrics and music became “I Know Who You Are”. A glimpse into Paul Stanley’s creative process is demonstrated in “Love Gun (Teaching Demo)” with Stanley talking through the various chords of the song after writing the song.  The next version “Love Gun (Demo)” is the complete demo performance.  “Reputation”, the only previously released demo, was originally included on this year’s KISS 40 compilation.

Also included is a 1977  interview with Gene Simmons, as well as three never-available live tracks from their show at the Capitol Centre, Landover, Maryland U.S.A. from December 20, 1977, “Love Gun”, “Christine Sixteen” and “Shock Me”. The package comes with liner notes especially written by Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, currently on tour with KISS.

With the culmination of the KISS 40th Anniversary Tour,  KISS marks their four decades as America’s most iconic band with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a series of nine performances, starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 23, including shows on Nov. 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19 and 22. KISS will make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties ever at The Joint, unleashing its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more.

From rock ‘n’ roll to fashion, always creating and inspiring, KISS recently appeared as the finale  on the prime-time CBS special Fashion Rocks, live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, with Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Lambert, Nico + Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora and the Band Perry.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley also star in 4th and Loud, the new primetime docu-series from AMC, which chronicles the first season of the Arena Football League team L.A. KISS.
About KISS:
Forty years ago KISS released their eponymous debut album, which would propel the band to the top of the rock and roll hierarchy where they have reigned for the past four decades making the KISS legacy a global brand.

KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll.  As one of America's top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin' The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are stronger than ever with a legacy that continues to grow, generation after generation. Their last album, Monster, proved that they are still at the top of their game with impressive sales and topping the charts worldwide debuting at No. 3 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart and Top 10 in twenty other countries. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.

This year KISS celebrates two major milestones, their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the band's 40th Anniversary and in true KISS fashion, the band is making 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century.

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Love Gun  TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE (Original Album)
  1. I Stole Your Love
  2. Christine Sixteen
  3. Got Love For Sale
  4. Shock Me
  5. Tomorrow And Tonight
  6. Love Gun
  7. Hooligan
  8. Almost Human
  9. Plaster Caster
  10. Then She Kissed Me

DISC TWO – DEMOS, INTERVIEW & LIVE
  1. Much Too Soon (Demo)*
  2. Plaster Caster (Demo)*
  3. Reputation (Demo)
  4. Love Gun (Teaching Demo)*
  5. Love Gun (Demo)*
  6. Gene Simmons Interview (1977)*
  7. Tomorrow And Tonight (Demo)*
  8. I Know Who You Are (Demo)*
  9. Love Gun (Live 1977)*
  10. Christine Sixteen (Live 1977)*
  11. Shock Me (Live 1977)*

*Previously Unreleased