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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M3 FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 LINE-UP

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M3 festival have announced their 2013 line-up via their official facebook page.

The Baltimore area festival has become one of the country’s premiere concert series. The two day event will be featuring headliners W.A.S.P. on May 3rd and Twisted Sister and Bret Michaels Band on May 4th. Other bands scheduled to play include Kix, Danger Danger, Jackyl, Firehouse, Kings X, Great White featuring Jack Russell, Trixter among others.

For more information, please visit facebook.com/M3RockFest.

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RUSH ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

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Rush will continue their current Clockwork Angels Tour with new North American dates. The tour will begin April 23rd in Austin. Tickets for the new dates in select markets will go on sale January 28th.

Following those spring dates – listed below – Rush will head off to Europe then return to North America for another set of dates starting in June that will find them visiting cities like Hershey, Pennsylvania; Chicago; Milwaukee; Boston; Vancouver; Salt Lake City; and Denver. The band will also return to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the first time in decades. That tour will continue into August, with details regarding dates and venues coming soon.

Clockwork Angels tour dates:

4/23 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
4/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
4/28 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
5/1 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
5/3 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
5/5 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
5/7 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
5/9 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
5/11 Atlantic City, NJ – Etess Arena

additional source: rollingstone.com

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