TOM KEIFER SET TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED SOLO ALBUM SPRING 2013

bandBest known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based Blues-Rock band Cinderella, Tom Keifer is making his debut as a solo artist with the release of his long-awaited and highly anticipated solo album, The Way Life Goes, April 30th through Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).

 

The collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella. Rolling Stone praised Keifer as “a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw comparisons to Mick Jagger.” The Flower Song, the album’s first single, will be serviced to AAA radio stations nationwide on February 4th, while Solid Ground will be serviced to all Rock formats on March 11th.

 

The Way Life Goes is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer’s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

 

In touring news, Keifer will launch his first-ever solo tour on February 9th in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s. The 14-city trek of small, intimate rooms is an up-close and personal preview of songs from The Way Life Goes along with some Cinderella classics. Dates beyond February 28th are currently in the works. Tom Keifer recently spoke with HuffingtonPost.com about The Way Life Goes. “The idea for a solo record started in the nineties when the band parted ways and we left Universal,” he said. “There was just a changing of the guard in the industry at that time and I started thinking about a solo record. I wrote for it for many years and the songs just kept going on the pile and I never got around to actually making a record…We started cutting tracks for this record in 2003 and I went to the pile of songs that had been building up and picked some that I liked and I’ve just been working on it ever since. It was produced independently of a label, because the idea from the beginning was to just work and record until I was happy with it. I wrote with a lot of different people–my wife, Savannah, who’s a great writer, co-wrote a lot of the songs on the record and also co-produced the record with me, and a good friend of ours, Chuck Turner who’s a great engineer and producer. So from the beginning, the attitude was, ‘Let’s have fun and just make a great record and it’ll be done when it’s done.’ Little did we know it’d be nine years later…it’s done and we went through some crazy stuff and mixed and remixed and reworked things over and over and probably made a lot of mistakes along the way, but finally got it where we were all happy with it, so here it is.” The Way Life Goestrack listing:

 

2. A Different Light

3. It’s Not Enough

4. Cold Day In Hell

5. Thick And Thin

6. Ask Me Yesterday

7. Fools Paradise

8. The Flower Song

9. Mood Elevator

10. Welcome To My Mind

11. You Showed Me

12. Ain’t That A Bitch

13. The Way Life Goes

14. Babylon

 

Tom Keifer tour dates:

 

February:

 

9 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s

11 New York, NY Highline Ballroom

13 Philadelphia, PA JC Dobbs

15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

16 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean

17 Portland, ME Asylum

19 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s

22 Chicago, IL Viper Alley

23 Lexington, KY Buster’s

24 Detroit, MI Magic Bag

26 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection

27 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century

28 White Marsh, MD House of Rock

 

For more information, please visit tomkeifer.com.

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BON JOVI’S NEW SINGLE “BECAUSE WE CAN” AVAILABLE ON ITUNES NOW!

bonjovibecausewecansingle400Bon Jovi’s brand new single Because We Can blasts out to worldwide radio today at 7:00 a.m. (EST) and will be available on iTunes. Because We Can is the first single from What About Now, Bon Jovi’s upcoming studio album, set for March 26th release on Island Records.

What About Now will feature an original Jon Bon Jovi song, Not Running Anymorefrom the new Lionsgate motion picture Stand Up Guys. The song has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. This is Jon’s second nomination, after he first won the Golden Globe in 1990, for Blaze of Glory fromYoung Guns II. The Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be telecast live this Sunday, January 13th at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

Bon Jovi’s return to the road in 2013 will launch the latest chapter in an ongoing blockbuster run which has already secured Bon Jovi’s status as the essential live rock band. Bon Jovi Because We Can – The Tour will make its way across the globe with dates in the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and Australia.

Bon Jovi Because We Can – The Tour

February:

9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

10 Washington DC Verizon Center

13-14 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre

17-18 Toronto, Ont. Air Canada Centre

20 Kanata, Ont. Scotiabank Place

21 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center

27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

March:

1 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum

2 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center

5 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena

10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

13 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

16 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

17 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena

April:

2 Calgary, Alb. Scotiabank Saddledome

3 Edmonton, Alb. Rexall Place

5 Winnipeg, Alb. MTS Centre

7 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

10 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena

16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

17 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena

19 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center

20 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

23 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena

25 San Jose, NJ HP Pavilion at San Jose

July:

12 Chicago, IL Soldier Field 18 Detroit, MI Ford Field

20 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadiumv 24-25 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium

The tour will also hit the following cities, with additional details to come:

Memphis, TN

Milwaukee, WI

Philadelphia, PA

Portland, OR

Raleigh, NC

San Antonio, TX

Seattle, WA

State College, PA

Vancouver, BC

For more information, visit bonjovi.com.


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ANTHRAX RELEASE A STATEMENT ABOUT ROB CAGGIANO’S DEPARTURE FROM THE BAND

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Anthrax have released the following statement about the departure of guitarist Rob Caggiano:

“Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.

With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.”

Anthrax – Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna

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SAXON PREPARE TO DELIVER THEIR LATEST ALBUM SACRIFICE ON FEBRUARY 26TH

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With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release Sacrifice, on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 through UDR. Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, and a more than worthy successor to their last album A Call To Arms.

“Less tricks, more power!” roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, “my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration.”

The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn’s and Doug Scarratt’s guitar work the best it’s ever been, while Biff’s vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon’s history, with the likes of Warriors Of The Road, Wheels Of Terror and Stand Up And Fight evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut Sacrifice.

“It’s certainly been done from a more early ‘80s thrashier perspective,” explains Biff, “and it’s not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.”

Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of Crusader and an acoustic version of Frozen Rainbow.

“From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place,” concludes Biff, “And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever.”

Sacrifice Confirmed track listing:

1. Procession
2. Sacrifice

3. Made In Belfast

4. Warriors Of The Road

5. Guardians Of The Tomb

6. Stand Up And Fight

7. Walking The Steel

8. Night Of The Wolf

9. Wheels Of Terror

10. Standing In A Queue

Bonus Disc:

1. Crusader (Orchestrated version)
2. Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)

3. Requiem (Acoustic version)

4. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)

05. Forever Free (Re-recorded version)

Formats:

• a limited edition deluxe digibook (including a bonus disc featuring the revisited classic tracks)
• a standard jewel case CD

• a vinyl LP picture disc

• a Direct to Consumer (D2C) fan package (available exclusively for online order from online retailers)

• a digital download

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HOTEL DIABLO’S “PSYCHO, CALIFORNIA” VIDEO TEASER POSTED ONLINE

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An exclusive teaser clip of Hotel Diablo’s new video Psycho, California, which can be found at GuitarWorld.com as part of a brand new interview with guitarist Alex Grossi, can be viewed below.

The video was recently shot in Los Angeles with nine-time Emmy Award-winning and MTV Video Music Award-nominated director Fabio Jafet (Pitbull, Enriquw Iglesia, Children Of Bodom).

“We are beyond excited to be working with Fabio,” says Grossi. “We have all been fans of his work for a long time and feel he is the perfect director to bring ‘Psycho, California’ to life on screen.”

Hotel Diablo’s The Return To Psycho, California was released in September through Scarlet Records and is currently available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers.

For more information about Hotel Diablo, please visit thehoteldiablo.com.

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FORMER GN’R GUITARIST IZZY STRADLIN RELEASES NEW SINGLE

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Rock icon Izzy Stradlin was recently at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood to record and mix a new single,Baby Rann, which can be viewed below.

Released in December and available on iTunes, Baby Rann was recorded and mixed (and videotaped) in Ocean Way’s renowned Studio B. Joining Stradlin on guitar and vocals in the studio were Rick Richards on lead guitar, J.T. Longoria on bass, Joey Huffman on Hammond organ, and Taz Bentley on drums and backing vocals.

Stradlin is well known as the co-founder and former rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, which he left in 1991. Following his departure, he led his own band, Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, for one album and tour. Since the late 1990s, Stradlin has released 10 solo albums, the last six independently. In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

source: Prosound

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