Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Former Uriah Heep / Lucifer's Friend Legend John Lawton To Release New Concept Album – The Power of Mind!
“ 'The Power of Mind' is a concept album with positive thinking being the theme,” John explains. “In the world of today, I don't think there are many better things to focus on. The way the songs flow into each other is really the way one would read a book or relate stories to friends. The melodies and lyrics say a lot about how we should view each other.” John Lawton began his musical career in North Shields, UK, in the early '60s with The Deans, a bunch of kids who decided at random that John should be singer. He then moved on to West One and later to Stonewall, which included John Miles, Vic Malcolm (later of Geordie) and Paul Thompson (later of Roxy Music). After Stonewall finished a stint at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg in 1969, John decided to stay in Germany. He is offered the job as singer with legendary German cult rock band Lucifer's Friend (1969-1976, 1979-1995) and subsequently recorded 9 studio albums during his time with the band. In the early '70s John also joined the Les Humphries Singers, with whom he recorded more than 20 albums and took part at 1976's Eurovision Song Contest. In 1976 John joined Uriah Heep as their front man, and recorded the classic albums 'Innocent Victim', 'Firefly', 'Fallen Angel' and 'Live '79', and toured Europe and the USA until September 1979.
During his longstanding career John has worked with some big names of rock, on various projects, including Roger Glover's 'Butterfly Ball' and Eddie Hardin's 'Wizard's Convention II'. In late 1980 he joined German rock band Rebel on three albums, including their hit singles “Line of Fire” and “Eagles Flight”. He would record one more album with the group, now known as ZAR in the early '90s. John ventured into the world of classical music when he recorded vocals for Volker Barber's 'Excalibur'. In January 1994 he formed GunHill, later known as JLB – John Lawton Band. The band recorded two albums (studio/live) and toured the UK and Europe. In August 2000 John recorded his first solo album, the critically acclaimed 'Still Paying My Dues To The Blues'.
In December 2008 John entered the world of television by presenting the Bulgarian travel documentary series “John Lawton Presents”. Which leads to the teaming of John and Bulgaria's Diana Express in November 2011 to record 'The Power of Mind' in Plevin, Bulgaria. John comments, “The involvement came via a musician friend of mine from Sofia, Bulgaria, who knows the writer and producer of the album, Milen Vrabevski. I met with Milen briefly in Sofia after an exchange of e-mails and he gave me a copy of the original 'The Power of Mind' CD, which had been sung in Bulgarian. I must say I liked it very much, it was very well sung, played and produced. Milen then asked me if I would consider singing the whole album again in English and after looking through the English lyrics I agreed. It was a real joy to record in the studio in Pleven, owned by the guitarist of the band, Maxim Goranov. It took me about a week and a half to complete the solo and backing vocals.” John Lawton has built a reputation on his powerful vocals and charismatic personality and is regarded as one of the best singers around today! And now with his new CD
'The Power of Mind', John has reached an artistic peak. In conclusion John has this to impart to his longtime listeners, “People who know me and my background will expect something new and with 'The Power of Mind' they have exactly that. The album is a collection of excellent songs very well played and produced and one which I am very proud of...so make sure you give it a good listen. Think positive and trust in the Power of Mind.”
John Lawton and Diana Express – 'The Power of Mind'
Label: Intelligent Music Release Date: 12th November 2012
'The Power of Mind' website:
"Fairy Tale" promo video
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The boxed set which is a condensed edition of the Limited edition boxed set released in 2011
across four discs the boxed set features rarities and interviews alongside a live show recorded during the Killer tour in 1971. For fans of the original Alice Cooper band this boxed set is a must have item.
It is available as a four disc CD set or also as a four volume eAlbum on download
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Nektar are appearing as part of the Cruise To The Edge event in March 2013. In 2004 founder member Roye Albrighton spoke to Jon Kirkman about the then current spate of reissues of the bands back catalogue.Here is that interview
Monday, 29 October 2012
Tickets go on sale Friday 2nd November and can be booked online from www.ticketline.co.uk or call 0844 888 9991 or the venue direct. The tour coincides with Satriani’s new solo album released by Sony worldwide in May 2013, followed by a career retrospective box set in the spring.
Earlier this year, Satriani performed a sold out concert with Chickenfoot at the London Brixton Academy in support of the band’s second album III. He also embarked on multiple G3 tours in Australia, Europe and South America, had his music sampled in Nicki Minaj’ hit single Right Thru Me, and appeared as himself in Brad Pitt’s Oscar-nominated baseball film Moneyball.
Thursday, 25 October 2012
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Thursday, 18 October 2012
Classic Rock Radio Dot EU - New Music from Classic Rockers
Topic: Heart - Fanatic (2012)
You don't know how happy I was to realize that I have nothing but good things to say about Heart's newest studio release; Fanatic. A notch up from their last couple studio releases. I've been paying close attention. Caught the Heart bug when Dreamboat Annie came out. I love the song Magic Man today, as much as I did when it first hit the airwaves. A fan ever since.
My first time seeing Heart in concert, was on my birthday in '77. The day / night Elvis Presley passed away. Heart was touring, 'Little Queen'. Was a fabulous show !! After that, I caught a couple of the '80's performances.
Last seen them live, here in Houston, back in '04. Lennon Murphy warmed up. A more mature Heart then the version I first saw from the forth row - center back in '77. Something was different. Ann and Nancy seemed to have lightened up their overall demeanor. The sisters appeared to be not only getting into their performances, and the audiences reactions, but seemed to honestly be having fun also. A fresh attitude so to say. Had a new studio out at the time; Jupiter's Darling. It was a solid effort. As was their last studio release; Red Velvet Car (2010). This time around...welcome back Heart; Ann & Nancy Wilson. The magic's back with; Fanatic.
I just checked out the set list for the string of current shows the bands been doing. I so want to go. Actually says a lot. Honestly, I've seen the ladies in concert, back when they were in their prime. How are they to beat the show I saw them do when they re-invented themselves with their self titled; Heart (1985). As an example. FYI: I saw them tour with Cheap Trick. Back in New Jersey. Under the stars. Speaking for the concert going group and myself, A GREAT time was had by all.
Touring this CD could very well be the BEST thing they done in decades. I hear songs that remind me very much so of their early period. There's something to make me think of their '80's (big hair) period. And very modern kick ass tunes to represent the year we're in; 2012.
The CD starts off hard rocking as all get out. Ann Wilson's voice sounding as strong as it ever did back in the '70's, is belting out the words. Sounding sexy also; "I'm just a fanatic", a line from the CDs title song.
The second song. All I can say is; "WOW." A very raw and funky groove indeed. Paced like a dirty blues song. Songs called; Dear Old America. "Hurricane's blowing..." Ann speaks. She's in complete control of this ride. Dare I say, a new greatest hit. Should be fun to experience in concert.
Track three includes performer; Sarah Ann McLachlan. Pleasant sounding acoustic song. Well done harmonies with Sarah. Ann Wilson gets credit for flute. I so dig that !!! Tunes called; 'Walkin' Good'.
'Skin And Bones' got this very cool funky 80's groove going on. I swear at first it sounds like a Prince song. I gave it a repeat play first time I played it thru. Has a good strut to it. The next song after as well; 'A Million Miles'. Ben E. Smith really stands out on this track. As does Ben Mink. If you're a lover of the the lute family, then you'll additionally love this. Yet another in a long list of cool things about Heart...they can rock with mandolins.
'Pennsylvania' again stands out as a song with superb harmonies.
'Mashallah!' is a hard rocking tune that could have came out of the '80's from this band. Ann's vocals are beyond strong. She's in perfect control, as is the band behind her. Ric Markmann yet again shows how good a bass player on this song he is. Consistent on the whole CD.
Track 8 is entitled; Rock Deep (Vancouver). In the same vain of Dog & Butterfly. Reminds me of that song anyway.
The second to last track on Fanatic is called; '59 Crunch'. Smith pounds at the drums. A good rockin' instrumental intro. A solid song.
This MIGHT be my favorite new Heart song. The last song on the CD (not including bonus songs). Has the vibe of an earlier Heart time. Yet again, another song that includes the mandolin. It also reminds me of Page & Plant's version of 'Kashmir' from their MTV Unplugged CD. Which is a cool thing.
Rating: Using the one to five star rating system, I give Heart's Fanatic: 5 stars !!! I have played it more times than I could count since I picked it up. Incidentally a good reason for purchasing the actual CD from Best Buy is because the Best Buy version contained three bonus songs. All three rock and can't be any cooler, especially for bonus material. Nothing's weak.
The bonus songs made the total of songs contained on the CD; 13. Some might consider that number, bad luck. No need for Heart to worry about that. Simply, this is a solid record, start to finish.
When most classic rock bands are trying to find ways to still make it work, Heart thrust themselves into the year 2012, as much a hard working rock band today, as they were damn near 40 years ago (Dreamboat Annie coming out in 1976). This just past Summer, a box set was released; 'Strange Euphoria'. The Wilson sisters just came out with a book; Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll. Heart is touring now with five new songs in the current set list. Heart also recently appeared for their first time on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show (along with Lita Ford). Now this excellent CD. Everything's coming up hearts. Very good for Ann & Nancy.
A long list of excellent supporting players over the years. I'll admit, I loved the original band. Frankly, Ann and Nancy's supporting line-up on the new CD / their 2012 touring band is as solid a line-up as the original Heart roster was. Plus they been together as a unit for sometime now. It shows. Frankly, I love this new CD. If a long time and dedicated Heart fan like myself, you certainly will NOT be disappointed with their newest hot release; Fanatic.
Note: All material on Fanatic written by; Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and Ben Mink. Produced by Ben Mink.
Catch the band -- support Fanatic. Check out their official websites for concert dates.
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Gary Brown (American Corespondent for CRR Dot EU)