GEOFF TATE’S QUEENSRYCHE SIGNS WITH CLEOPATRA RECORDS, ANNOUNCES LINE UP CHANGES

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Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent label Cleopatra Records.

Although a line-up was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band will now feature Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) stellar new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Rhino Bucket). Wright will be in the studio and on the road with the band, while Blotzer will be primarily utilized in the studio.

Queensryche, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year. The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up. Legendary guitar slinger K.K. Downing of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD.

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” states Geoff Tate. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

New member Simon Wright expressed his excitement by stating, “I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff. I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”

Beginning in early April, Queensryche will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including Revolution Calling, Operation: Mindcrime, I Don’t Believe In Love and Eyes Of A Stranger) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years.

Last November, Tate released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music), and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.

25th Anniversary Operation:Mindcrime tour dates:

April 6 Peppermill Casino – West Wendover, Nevada
April 9 Belly Up – Aspen, Colorado
April 11 Paramount Theatre – Denver, Colorado
April 12 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 Chrome – Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 Marquee Theater – Tempe, Arizona
April 16 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, Arizona
April 17 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, California
April 18 The Canyon Club – Agoura, California
April 19 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, California
April 20 Club Nokia – Los Angeles, California
April 21 Fillmore – San Francisco, California
April 22 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, California

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SEBASTIAN BACH’S “ABACHALYSE NOW” TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 26TH

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Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach’s brand new CD/DVD, ABachalypse Now, will be released on March 26th through Frontiers Records

ABachalypse Now includes never-before-seen footage from the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos.

ABachalypse Now track listing:

DVD:

* Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012
* Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012
* Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012
* Bonus music videos: Kicking & Screaming, TunnelVision, I’m Alive

CD1 – Live At Hellfest in Clisson, France, 2012

CD2 – Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California 2012

Setlists:

Live at Hellfest in Clisson, France on June 16th, 2012

1. Slave To The Grind
2. Kicking & Screaming
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. Piece Of Me
6. 18 & Life
7. American Metalhead
8. Monkey Business
9. I Remember You
10. Youth Gone Wild

Live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd, 2012:

1. Big Guns
2. (Love Is) A Bitchslap
3. Piece Of Me
4. 18 & Life
5. American Metalhead
6. Monkey Business
7. I Remember You
8. TunnelVision
9. Youth Gone Wild

Live at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 24th, 2012:

1. Kicking & Screaming
2. Dirty Power
3. Here I Am
4. Big Guns
5. 18 & Life
6. American Metalhead
7. Monkey Business
8. I Remember You
9. TunnelVision


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DEF LEPPARD PLAN TO WRITE NEW MATERIAL DURING THEIR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard‘s Gary Graff that the group’s forthcoming nine-date Viva Hysteria! residency at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel will give the band members a chance to write together for a follow-up to 2008’s Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.

“This will be the first time in at least 10 years where we’re all actually in one room banging out songs from scratch,” Elliot explains. “We don’t all live on the same continent, so it’s increasingly more difficult for us to just do what people expect a band to do — wander into a dusty old rehearsal room and go, ‘What you got?’ Getting together to write an album is an event. So the whole point of this Vegas thing when we’re not on stage is to attack pieces of work we have that aren’t finished songs — ‘I’ve got this riff.’ ‘Great, let’s play around with it.’ I’m sure everybody’s got some individual ideas, and we’ll go from there.”

As for the band’s Las Vegas residency which begins on March 22nd, Def Leppard expects to film and record Viva Hysteria! for some sort of future release. “We’d be fools not to,” the singer notes.

Read more at Billboard.

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source: billboard.com


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ORIGINAL BANG TANGO GUITARIST PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “LIES”

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Los Angeles based rock band Mark Knight and The Unsung Heroes have announced the release of the first video from Road Sick Eyes, the band’s new studio album set for release in Spring 2013.

The video for Lies was directed by Drew Fortier and includes footage shot during the band’s recent mini-tour of Kentucky, Tennessee and other southern states. The video also includes scenes of the band recording Road Sick Eyes in an L.A. studio and can be viewed below.

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Knight is an L.A. native who began performing professionally when he was only 16. In 1987, Knight founded the hard rock band Bang Tango, whose debut album for MCA Records, Psycho Café, garnered worldwide attention after the video for the single Someone Like You was placed into heavy rotation on MTV in 1989.

Members of The Unsung Heroes are guitarist Mark Tremalgia, drummer Tigg Ketler, and bassist Reeve Downes. Ex-Bang Tango member Tremalgia has collaborated with Knight on many projects, including their stint in the Southern Rock-influenced band Worry Beads. Ketler is also a former member of Bang Tango. Reeves is also the bassist for the California-based rock band Rhino Bucket.

For more information, visit musicbymarkknight.com.

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BON JOVI’S NEW ALBUM IS A “BIG ROCK RECORD” THAT ADDRESSES SOCIAL ISSUES

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Mark Sutherland of Rolling Stone reports that Bon Jovi says their next album will be a “big rock record” that will feature “a lot of social commentary.” Speaking at a press conference in London on Wednesday(January 23rd), Jon Bon Jovi said What About Now, due March 26th, documents a “moment in time – a post-first-term Obama, where America was and is” that will address the economy and unemployment, among other issues.

“That moment in time almost forced the record to come out,” he said, “because otherwise the time would pass and the subject matter becomes dated.”

While noting that the album’s anthemic first single, Because We Can, represents “Bon Jovi at its best,” the frontman said there was plenty of variety on the record.

“There’s a little more telling tales with some of the songs,” he said. “What’s Left Of Me talks about people coming out of the economic downturn. Just because companies are going out of business doesn’t mean those people aren’t able-bodied parts of the workforce.”

Central to the album campaign will be a new Bon Jovi app, which uses augmented reality to bring alive the album artwork and reveal hidden content. Despite some baffling talk of “zSpace” and “2.5D” at the press conference, Bon Jovi said the band was fully involved in its development, describing the technology as a way “to stay relevant, because it’s harder and harder to sell records.” But he also said he hoped fans would still buy the physical CD of the album.

“If anything, to me, this would help you want to have the package,” he said. “Because when you take the CD package home from a retail outlet and put it up on your wall, not only will the app work, but we’ll update that living, breathing piece of paper every night during the course of the tour. It makes it that much more engaging for the younger fan who isn’t as old as I am!”

The singer also insisted he wasn’t fazed by the changing economics of the music business. “I’ve resolved myself to the fact that it’s back to how you did it when you began,” he said. “You write a song for you and if people love it, they’ll find it. It’s really not about how many units. We get to get out and play to the amount of people that we’re accustomed to, and write songs that you want to share with people. Then what happens is out of our control, but it’s not frustrating.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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GUITAR ICON ORIANTHI TO RELEASE “HEAVEN IN THIS HELL” ON MARCH 12TH

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Platinum selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi is gearing up for the release of her new album, Heaven in this Hell. Orianthi will captivate fans with a record that delivers a mega-dose of rock and weaves elements of modern country and swampy blues. The album, to be released on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana), is scheduled to hit shelves on March 12th, 2013. The first single, Frozen, will be snet to Rock and Classic Rock radio on January 28th.

From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michel Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It Tour that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad. More than just a gifted guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.

In late 2011, she began work on her forthcoming project. “I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of Believe [her previous CD] helped give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas…the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us” she continued.

While Orianthi recorded a majority of Heaven In This Hell at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, she also recorded several songs and overdubs at Dave Stewart’s (of The Eurythmics) Hollywood Studio. “Working with Ori over the last year has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Stewart . “She is such a dedicated guitarist and focused songwriter; her enthusiasm is infectious and all the musicians who worked on the record were motivated to give her their best. When we went to Nashville, we knew we were about to embark on something exciting, something career altering,” he continued.

The time spent in Nashville left an indelible impression that can be heard in several of the tracks, which were mixed by Nashville resident John McBride [husband of Martina McBride]. New tracks like Rock and Another You are examples of crossover country-AC songs that blend heartfelt harmonies and melodies with lyrics that showcase a more vulnerable, exposed emotional side, often veiled by her signature PRS axe. Heaven In This Hell the title track, is a blues-rooted rock song which features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. Songs like Frozen and You Don’t Wanna Know provide listeners with some insight into a couple of her primary musical influences with raw, crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. If You Think You Know Me is an arousing anthem with thunderous drums, meant to inspire and empower anyone who has ever felt alone. This track, which begs to be played in a large arena, asks listeners: “Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?/Like there’s somebody else inside your skin?/ Well you’re not alone/We all came here for something.”

“To say that we are excited about this record is a complete understatement” according to Rob Christie, founder of Robo Records. “Not only is Orianthi one of the most gifted musicians I’ve heard, but she also has a heart of gold. She is extremely passionate about music, animals, family and her fans. She truly is an inspiration to adults and children, literally around the globe.”

“I’m so excited to share Heaven In This Hell with the fans! It’s been a long time coming for me,” says Orianthi.

Heaven In This Hell track listing:

Heaven in this Hell
You Don’t Wanna Know
Fire
If You Think You Know Me
How Do You Sleep?
Frozen
Rock
Another You
How Does That Feel?
Filthy Blues
If You Were Here With Me

For more information about Orianthi, please visit facebook.com/Orianthi.

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