Thursday, 18 December 2014

17 Dec 2014

CRR Dot EU – New Music Review
Spotlight: Billy Idol – Kings & Queens Of The Underground (2014 BFI Records, Inc.)

How refreshing it is when an established musician comes out with something fresh and exciting? So good it makes you remember why you originally became a fan to begin with. Such is the case with Billy Idol's latest studio offering called Billy Idol – Kings & Queens Of The Underground. His personality unique, and a voice that captures ones attention. I have one of Billy's Greatest Hits CDs in my collection. I always dug the hits, but for whatever reason just never spent the time learning his whole catalog. Something that I'm motivated to do after hearing this latest one.

My personal friends have heard me talk of “perfect albums” before in conversation. Taste varies. Definition for myself being that I get into every song, where an album's third track is just as good as its last. Not the same as one's favorite album. In your mind, obviously it has left an impression. Not a wasted note, not too long to bore and take away from what's good nor too short so that it's not an album anymore. That the lyrics be matched with the right music and band where everyone gave their all and devoted all they had. Believed in what they were doing. Wait....too deep. Think I made my point. Every song here is worth playing, totaling almost 48 minutes worth of stellar performances, not only from Mr. Idol but from all those around him involved in this project as well.

So speaking of, who knew in the year 2014, we'd get a Buggles reunion? The duo whose song 'Video Kill The Radio Star' helped launch a network. Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes are all over this album. Both behind the scenes and in the studio, performing the music. Mr. Horn is a solid bass player, and Mr. Downes plays keyboards for both prog-rock bands Yes and Asia. And that's not everything. These guys are superstars, believe me. Steve Stevens is on guitar. Ash Soan (Producers) behind the drum kit on every number except for on a tune called 'Save Me Now'. A guy I saw play drums for Tori Amos over a decade ago, Mr. Matt Chamberlin.

I purchased Billy's King & Queens Of The Underground CD the first few days it was out. If you support an artist, try buying their new shit the first week it's released. Big sales numbers make headlines, and sways not only opinion, but also careers. Honestly, its been a while since the public had some new Billy Idol music. In today's market, if you're already established professionally and you don't have something fresh, you're labeled a greatest hits act. Just riding on your laurels milking it for all you can. If not independently wealthy, and doing it just to get out of the castle.

Billy Idol - King & Queens Of The Underground (2014) – Uncle G's Review & Rating

I love when I TOTALLY fall into a new CD. Repeated plays EVERYDAY for DAYS in a ROW. Am not sure if I started memorizing the music first, or the lyrics? Forty Eight minutes long, and no filler, no place. Keep in mind, I was a fan of Billy beforehand. Not a fanatic, but I was already sold. Seriously...who the fuck doesn't already like Billy's cover of 'Mony Mony' (Tommy James & The Shondells)?

Nice start! The first track called 'Bitter Pill', has Billy coming in and almost immediately you hear the word "Go!” Like he just rode in on a motorcycle, got off the bike, and just walked up to a microphone, all done in precise time. A toe tapping number with semi-autobiographical words, as is the lyrics to the whole recording really. A recurring theme. Now a mature man with experiences worth recalling. The voice is stronger. He believes what he hears, and the results clearly show it. Songs either produced by Trevor Horn, or Greg Kurstin. Imagine being another producer on the same project as Trevor Horn? No pressure I'm sure.

Solid songwriting throughout Kings & Queens Of The Underground. Proof's in the cuts. Musicianship solid. More upbeat, in which I dig the most. I already know that when I'm finished with this review, and I'm off writing another one about something else (cool B movie), that this compact disc will STAY near my home stereo. Absolutely perfect!

Uncle G's Favorite Moments:

The first song I pushed the repeat button on when giving this a first listen was found on track four 'One Breath Away' . Musicianship blows me away! Kind of groovy at first, and then look out...holy shit! Hear for yourself. Right at the 2:19 mark. Play this loud and you'll be capable of blowing out your speakers, and just not caring. Lasts under a minute and Billy comes back in. Classic Idol!

Something about the word "go". The last track on Kings & Queens Of The Underground is actually one of the best get-up and go songs that I heard in a while. Rocks like crazy. Bass line is infectious! Billy sings about what he knows. I did my teen years mostly on the streets, in the 1970's on the Jersey Shore. I can identify.

Uncle G's Rating

Using the one to five star rating system, whereas one star means it sucks through a long straw, to five stars meaning it's a new musical masterpiece, I give the new Billy Idol studio album Kings & Queens Of The Underground...5 stars! I am already certain this will be on my upcoming Best Of '14 – Top Ten List. Stay Tuned!

Gary Brown

American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (Dot EU)

Twitter: @GBrown0816

Wednesday, 17 December 2014


“They craft near-perfect garage-rock songs to hang the thrills and frills from.”Kerrang!

“A powerhouse of big riffed rock ‘n’ roll” - Q Magazine

“..a cavalcade of fuzzy, hulking riffs, swinging psychedelic grooves and hollered vocals” – Mojo

“Sun kissed psychedelia and irresistible hooks, with the band’s soul, funk and blues influences thrust joyously to the fore… If you thrilled to the Black Keys it’s time to meet your new favourite band” - The Guardian

"..sheer unadultarated greatness" Classic Rock (#1 Album Of The Year 2014)

Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS are currently winding up the UK leg of their European tour, and are delighted to announce they will be heading back in March and April 2015 which will see them headline the prestigious Roundhouse in London.  Tickets go on sale THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2014 – 10AM.

The band recently performed on Later With Jools Holland, following another TV appearance in the USA on the Late Show with David Letterman and   phenomenal performance at the star-studded Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards in LA.  They also fitted in a last minute support slot with Lenny Kravitz at Wembley Arena.

With elements of psychedelia and more than a nod to soul the new Rival Sons album ‘Great Western Valkyrie’ received rave reviews when it was released earlier this year. It was rated the No.1 album of 2014 by Classic Rock magazine as well as hitting the Top 20 albums of the year in Kerrang magazine. This, their fifth record in as many years saw the band yet again recording live in Nashville, using 50’s gear borrowed from Sun studios , acknowledging their heritage, but always having their eyes and ears focussed on the 21st Century.

There will be a new RIVAL SONS single in January 2015. ‘Good Things’  is a stroll through the land of possibilities that highlights the soulful melodies of enigmatic singer Jay Buchanan, shows off the signature guitar tones of Scott Holiday whilst the powerhouse rhythm section of Michael Miley on drums and the sultry grooves of Dave Beste on bass pin the whole song down.

March 2015
Sat 28 Leeds Academy, UK     
Sun 29 Liverpool Academy, UK    
Mon 30 Glasgow Academy, UK  
April 2015
Wed 1    London Roundhouse, UK     
Fri 3        Nottingham Rock City, UK    
Sat 4       Southampton, Guildhall UK

Great Western Valkyrie, is available now and stormed into the charts around the world upon its release.  Available on digisleeve CD and limited edition vinyl LP at 
or on iTunes at 
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Following the release of the Sunflower Jam ‘Celebrating Jon Lord’ in September 2014 (No.1 in the DVD/Blu-Ray Charts in five European territories), another great once-in-a-lifetime event is going to be released on 2 March 2015 on earMUSIC.   ‘Ian Paice’s Sunflower Superjam – Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2012’ will be available as a CD+DVD and DVD+CD set.

This spectacular live document is a feast for the eyes and ears capturing the second of the Sunflower Jams in the most prestigious of all London venues: The Royal Albert Hall.  Before this show, which was open to any rock fan, “the Jam” was a private charity event, organised by Deep Purple’s Ian Paice and his wife Jacky Paice, where the biggest stars would jam and perform classic songs to raise money for charity.

‘Ian Paice’s Sunflower Superjam – Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2012’ couldn´t have turned more powerful, thanks to the contribution of Mark King (Level 42), delivering groovy renditions of two of his greatest hits with a legend of the Hammond organ: Brian Auger, who also plays on almost the whole show; Iron Maiden´s Bruce Dickinson, who lends his explosive voice for Thin Lizzy´s ‘Emerald’ and The Who´s ‘Behind Blue Eyes’, Alice Cooper playing with Ian Paice and Brian May his classics ‘Elected’ and ‘School´s Out’, or Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, John Paul Jones and Ian Paice teaming up for a rendition of Deep Purple’s ‘Black Night’.

For British Blues Rockers The Temperance Movement at the time this was their biggest show yet, while Steve Balsamo paid tribute to Jon Lord with ‘Pictured Within’, anticipating the great homage the Sunflower Jam would dedicate to Lord two years later with ‘Celebrating Jon Lord’.  Just when the Royal Albert Hall audience thought it simply couldn’t get any better, the final ‘Smoke on The Water’ literally caused an explosion of joy and celebration - A feeling that is present on each song of this exciting recording.

The DVD contains the whole show plus further bonus tracks by Brian May & Kerry Ellis, The Temperance Movement and Alfie Boe.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Foreigner: The Best Of Foreigner 4 & More

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 US hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.

Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.

At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence, along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.

Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 80’s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.” This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” which appeared on the previous record “4”.

An unprecedented new level of energy commenced in 2002 when Mick Jones decided to take Foreigner to the next level. He was joined by the astonishing Kelly Hansen on vocals, and continues as they lead the group in a re-emergence of astounding music that speaks to long time Foreigner fans and younger generations. With renewed energy and direction, Foreigner hit the Billboard charts again with the 2005 release of their live greatest hits album, Extended Versions. Can’t Slow Down followed in 2009, and entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30, driven by two Top 20 radio singles, “In Pieces” and “When It Comes To Love.” To follow was the release of the band’s 3-disc set, Feels Like The First Time, which included an acoustic CD with an intimate and unique re-interpretation of many Foreigner classics, studio re-records by the new lineup and a live performance DVD showcasing the group’s exceptional live energy.

Foreigner experienced another surge in popularity when several of their hits were featured on the Rock Of Ages soundtrack, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – more songs than any other one band on the soundtrack. Hollywood quickly took note, and several more tracks were featured in hit films “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect,” sending Foreigner downloads up 400%. The video game industry was soon to follow. The blockbuster release, “Grand Theft Auto V,” features Foreigner’s “Dirty White Boy,” and “Hot Blooded” is included in the November 2013 release of “BandFuse”. The high visibility of Foreigner’s songs continues to introduce the band’s music to a whole future generation of fans.
On October 3rd & 4th 2014, Foreigner performed and record a unique event at the prestigious Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.  For the first time ever, the band presented 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More' show.  This is a theme that will continue through select live shows, with a repertoire consisting of some of the best and most loved songs of Foreigner “4” plus a selection of other Foreigner timeless hits. Foreigner ”4” remains the best selling and fans’ favorite album in the entire Foreigner catalogue.  This is a release that will resonate very deeply with the Foreigner audience and go on to become a major release in Foreigner’s catalogue.

Mick Jones – Lead Guitar
Kelly Hansen – Lead Vocals
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Tom Gimbel – Flute, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone
Michael Bluestein - Keys
Chris Frazier – Drums
Bruce Watson - Lead Guitar
Forthcoming Blockbuster Release in 2015. 
Revolution Saints Debut Album

Tracklisting: Back On My Trail; Turn Back Time; You're Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda); Locked Out Of Paradise; Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon); Dream On; Don't Walk Away; Here Forever; Strangers To This Life; Better World; How To Mend A Broken Heart; In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song). Bonus tracks (deluxe edition only): You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version); Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version); You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo Version).
DVD content: Making of the Album documentary; Turn Back Time (videoclip); Back On My Trail (videoclip); Here Forever (videoclip); Way to the Sun (lyric video) 
Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three titans together in a band and you have REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS is not going to be your average rock 'n roll band. The record brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Simply put, it is completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, OR during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today.
Truly, this will be a release that you cannot miss!

Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun 
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon – guitar solo on Way To The Sun

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio

Out Now: 
Yes: Like It Is 
Live At The Bristol Hippodrome CD/DVD

Cd1: Going For The One; Turn Of The Century; Parallels; Wonderous Stories; Awaken.
Cd2: Yours Is No Disgrace; Clap; Starship Trooper; I’ve Seen All Good People; A Venture; Perpetual Change.

Dvd / Blu Ray: Going For The One; Turn Of The Century; Parallels; Wonderous Stories; Awaken; Yours Is No Disgrace; Clap; Starship Trooper; I’ve Seen All Good People; A Venture; Perpetual Change.

Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, YES, is proud to announce its new live album, ‘Heaven and Earth.’ Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, ‘Heaven and Earth’ sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.

In Spring 2014, YES performed in their Canada, UK and European tour a true classic rock header by performing two of their most popular albums in their entirety, all in one concert: 1971’s THE YES ALBUM, and 1977’s GOING FOR THE ONE.

Music audiences across the world experienced the albums – each representing an important milestone in YES’ career which encompasses sales of close to 50 million albums worldwide – performed from beginning to end.

Jon Davison, vocals
Chris Squire, bass
Steve Howe, guitars
Alan White, drums
Geoff Downes, keyboards

Annie Haslam Re-Releases Her Classic, 
"Live Studio Concert Philadelphia 1997"  
Autographed DVD

Renaissance frontwoman/solo singer/artist Annie Haslam has just released her classic performance video on DVD of a Live Studio Concert she did in Philadelphia in 1997 for the Prism TV Network.

Annie's new DVD has just been released on her own label, White Dove Records, and is available to ship exclusively worldwide.

Annie created her own digital store, which has most of her back catalog including two Christmas albums, IT SNOWS IN HEAVEN TOO and SNOWBALL. Find digital releases also of her albums: BLESSING IN DISGUISE, UNDER BRAZILIAN SKIES, ONE ENCHANTED EVENING, THE DAWN OF ANANDA, and WOMAN TRANSCENDING at: These albums are also available on iTunes, Amazon, Beats Music, Deezer, Google Play, Rdio, Spotify, and YouTube Music Key.

The LIVE STUDIO CONCERT in PHILADELPHIA 1997 was recorded and produced at Philadelphia's Sonic Studios in standard definition in original 4:3 aspect ratio and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. It features three Renaissance songs: "Carpet of The Sun," "The Young Prince and Princess," and "Captive Heart."

The DVD features Annie's songwriting skills in collaboration with Tony Visconti on "What He Seeks" and "Pool of Tears," Rave Tesar on "Sleepless Mother," and David Biglin on "Summon the Angels" and "Seashell Eyes." Tony produced her 1994 BLESSING IN DISGUISE CD.

In addition to an audio and video crew, Annie filmed some of the experience with her own video camera, ("The Haslam-Cam") Band members were keyboardist Rave Tesar, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Davd Biglin and drummer Joe Goldberger. She remembers, "They played flawlessly and sounded more like 6 than 3 musicians. It was exhilarating; each song had the audience singing along."

Ordering the standard DVD (NTSC all-region and plays on modern PAL DVD players) for $19.99 includes an autograph from Annie, plus animmediate digital download of the audio tracks. The package includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads in MP3 and FLAC formats.

Annie Haslam is an English progressive rock vocalist, songwriter, and painter residing in Pennsylvania, USA. She is best known as the lead singer of the classical rock band Renaissance since 1971, and for her long and diverse solo singing career. On December 20, Annie, again, headlines her holiday concert In the Spirit of the Holidays at the Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA ( In April 2015 Renaissance will be touring the UK and Europe.

The longtime Captain of her own ship (including re-forming Renaissance with the late Michael Dunford in 2009, touring, writing, establishing a career as a visual artist, and working with animals), Ms. Haslam owns most of her solo catalog. "I would rather control my life's work," she states. In owning my music, I can always keep my products available, and stay in touch with my fans."

1.  Carpet Of The Sun

2.  Pool Of Tears

3.  Summon The Angels

4.  Captive Heart

5.  After The Oceans Are Gone 

6.  Seashell Eyes

7.  Sleepless Mother

8.  Goodbye Trees

9.  What He Seeks

10. The Young Prince And Princess

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