Phil X (guitar/lead vocals), Daniel Spree (bass/backing vocals) and Brent Fitz (drums/ backing vocals) went into the legendary Capitol Studios with Chris Lord Alge so Chris could do a Mix With The Masters master class on how to track a band. Right On The Money was one of three songs recorded that day. With an uncertainty of the arrangement and very few overdubs, an incredible energy and urgency was captured by the band with Chris’s direction and here it is as a single for you, the fans.
Phil X & The Drills have finished their 5th Album Stupid Good Lookings Vol. 2 which will be released in the near future on Golden Robot Records. Featuring a different drummer on every song which reads like a who’s who with the likes of Tommy Lee, Liberty Devitto, Kenny Aronoff and Ray Luzier, the music promises to be extremely diverse.
Phil X & his band, The Drills have been enjoying a rapidly growing international fan base supported by the release of 5 strong Albums: Kick Your Ass In 17 Minutes (2009), We Bring The Rock N Roll(2011), We Play Instruments N Sh!t(2012),This House Is Not For Sale (2016) with Bon Jovi and Stupid Good Lookings Vol. 1 (2019).
First a prolific session guitar staple in Los Angeles, California, recording with the likes of Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Cornell among many others (and even extends to playing with Canadian rock royalty such as Triumph, Aldo Nova, Our Lady Peace, Avril Lavigne, Theory Of A Deadman and more), Phil X became known for hosting the Fretted Americana Web Show that boasted over 50 million collective views.
Phil X & The Drillsare looking forward to delivering their “energetic guitar-driven rock that infects your senses with addictively great anthems” to the global masses.
[Dana’s note: Eddie knows I am a fan of Phil’s and sent me along a video of the guitarist covering Jimi Hendrix’s Fire. Watch it below.
Sacramento’s rock band Red Voodoo are ready to take on the world with their debut single, Rise Up! produced by Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon. Influenced by the upbeat, party rock n roll of the 80’s (yet mixed with a refreshing soulful sound) and comprised of members Dino McCord (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Davin Loiler (guitar), Andrew Edwards (bass), and Nick Pesely (drums), the group is also working on a full-length debut album – also under the guidance of Frank Hannon Productions, the new artist development label currently working with a few select new up and coming young artists.
Formed in 2018, Red Voodoo features the lead vocal skills of 17 year old Dino (who is influenced by Sam Cooke, Mark Farner of Grand Funk, and Otis Redding thus bringing a very unusual vocal ability to a band of this age group), the band places a huge emphasis on quality vocals. This is also heard in the harmony backing vocals of Davin and Andrew to enhance the band’s sound. Nick’s drumming however leans more to the progressive influences of Neil Peart, and this brings a colorful melodic tom tom approach to his drumming which is also a rarity in today’s music.
Being fans of 80’s music and local icons Tesla, Dino had heard about Frank’s skills as an engineer and producer of studio recordings from his father. As it turns out Frank had recorded demos for Dino’s father in local bands 30 years ago. Dino and his dad attended a Frank solo concert and Dino sat in to sing the Tesla classic Getting Better. The guys then discussed the idea of having Frank coach the band on songwriting and recording a debut single for Red Voodoo. Now the team is working on developing the band even further. And concerning the composing of their lead-off song, the band explains its creation as “We wrote Rise Up!’ to express our confusion and our feelings during this recent pandemic that turned the world upside down. With the Coronavirus Covid 19 affecting everyone in different ways, we wanted to have a message of hope for all human beings and make people feel better. We feel that music should be a positive uplifting experience and we hope this song will help anyone Rise Up! from feeling down.”
“Since our song ‘Rise Up!’ was inspired by social distancing and the current Covid 19 crisis, we felt it would be great to give back to the health care heroes on the front lines and donate proceeds from our ‘Rise Up!’ merchandise to Direct Relief directrelief.org and please visit our website and webstore for more information on how to help.”
Merchandise Bundle includes an exclusive and limited run of Rise Up! artwork T- shirts, an autographed 8×10 color photo from the Rise Up! video shoot, and a set of red voodoo guitar picks. To purchase merchandise bundles, download or stream the song, please visit smarturl.it/redvoodoo. And to view the song’s video, below.
And what about the story behind the band’s name? “We heard the song Red Voodoo by Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas. We thought it had a good ring to it for a band name. Even though Sammy may have his own meaning to the term Red Voodoo, for us it describes the magic of creating fun rock and roll music and the energy we put into it in during our live show. Red Voodoo prides ourselves in being a high energy live band in concert.”
Prior to the social distancing and lockdown of live concerts due to the COVID-19, Red Voodoo had been performing regularly around the Northern California club scene and building a local following. Turning heads with their unusual talents for their age, nightclubs such as Holy Diver were bringing the band in as support for national shows with Uli Jon Roth, Enuff Z’ Nuff, and Faster Pussycat.
Lastly, Red Voodoo has big plans on the horizon. “In our future, we plan to release a full length debut, and we hope to tour in support of that album opening shows for some new current artist such as Dirty Honey, Greta Van Fleet, or even our heroes like Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Motley Crue or Def Leppard. But of course we realize that these are dreams that can only be accomplished by writing great songs, so during this time we are working on our songwriting skills and planning to release an album when its ready.” For more information, visit: redvoodooband.com.
Canadian guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer Aldo Nova has released a new single, When All Is Said And Done.
When All Is Said And Done is taken from Aldo’s forthcoming rock opera, The Life And Times Of Eddie Gage, which will reportedly include 23 brand new original songs and one hour and 52 minutes of music.
Between 2008 to 2016, Nova wrote 142 songs for The Life And Times Of Eddie Gage, describing the album in an interview with Best magazine as “the story of Eddie Gage, and his evolution from light, de-evolution to darkness, and climb back up to the light again.” Aldo plays all the characters on the LP, changing his voice in each song.
A Montreal native, Nova was approached by a 15-year-old Celine Dion to producer her first album, and released Blood On The Bricks on Jon Bon Jovi’sJambco label in 1991. It stood as the culmination of a long-running friendship and, as any knowledgeable rock fan might argue, a thank-you note of sorts: the rock superstar lifting up the personal hero whose sound provided the blueprint for his own hits.
Nova provided guitar, keys and background vocals for the demo of Bon JoviI’s first hit, Runaway, and ended up playing with an assemblage of session musicians throughout Bon Jovis 1984 self-titled debut. Nova’simprint is also all over Jon Bon Jovi’s debut solo album, Blaze Of Glory — especially the chart-topping title track, on which Nova’s writing and producing went uncredited but were absolutely essential.
Over the next three decades, Nova’s journey would take him through great professional highs and painful personal lows, and eventually into self-discovery and spiritual contentment. He decided again to focus on his roles as a writer, producer and session musician, capitalizing on the goodwill he’d generated in the industry to put food on the table for his family.
During the ’90s and 2000s, in addition to tracks for popular foreign-language artists, Nova collaborated with Carole King, Jon Bon Jovi, Faith Hill and Clay Aiken (co-writing his hit This Is the Night), and did hugely successful work with Celine Dion. In 1997, Nova won a Grammy for Dion’s blockbuster album Falling Into You and co-produced/co-wrote later Dion singles like the global smash A New Day Has Come and You And I.
Ruben Mosqueda of Sleaze Roxx spoke with guitarist Adrian Vandenberg about Vandenberg 2020 and other topics. Highlights from the interview appear below.
Sleaze Roxx: The music on 2020 — was there anything on here that was from the ‘Vandenberg Vault’ or is this all fresh new stuff?
Adrian Vandenberg: [Laughs] Good question! It’s all fresh new stuff! I wanted to be inspired by whoever I got as a singer. That what I have always done whether it’s MoonKings or David Coverdale, I get inspiration from who the singer is. Ronnie [Romero] was very inspiring, as you can hear, he doesn’t have any limitations. He can sing anything. He can do melodic and bluesy stuff. I could tailor the songs to the vocal melodies.
Sleaze Roxx: You did recut the Vandenberg classic Burning Heart which was the hit for Vandenberg in the United States. Was that your way of connecting the past with the present? What was the idea behind that?
Adrian Vandenberg: That was our hit worldwide actually. Your suggestion was right. About five-six months ago, possibly a little longer, the label wanted to put out a press release announcing the new line-up. My manager said “Well, a press release is just a press release. Everyone and their grandma does that.” He suggested that it would be best if there was some music attached with it. Well, at that point, we hadn’t recorded the album yet. I remembered that with the rhythm section of Vandenberg’s MoonKings, we had recorded the basic tracks to “Burning Heart.” We had done that in case we needed a bonus track. I realized that I just needed to get to Madrid and add Ronnie to it. So we could have music for the press release. I initially didn’t have any intention to put it on the album. When we were done with the album, the label asked why we weren’t including that on the record. I was opposed because I didn’t want it to be a nostalgic thing. The idea was to move forward with new music. I listened to the song objectively and like you said, it was a nice symbolic bridge that merged Vandenberg 1982 and Vandenberg 2020. I felt that it didn’t feel “dusty” and it fit well in with the new material, so we put it on the record.
Sleaze Roxx: You [previously] mentioned your desire to play in the United States. Would you be open to doing a package tour to hit bigger markets in the U.S.? Whitesnake with Vandenberg being the middle band on the bill would be wonderful.
Adrian Vandenberg: Oh yeah, that would be great wouldn’t it? I like the idea of doing a package. I know that is a popular thing in the States. It’s a lot of fun for fans to see a lot of bands from the same era and I hear that a lot of teenagers are getting into that music. I hear that this kind of rock music is making a comeback. In the ’90s, “grunge” would make you depressed and rock and roll like this is uplifting. It makes people cheer, jump up and down and it even makes girls flash their boobs [laughs]! In Europe, there are festivals catering to this kind of rock which is great. It has a resurgence.
Sleaze Roxx: You mentioned Whitesnake. We know your history with that band. You’re still close with David and he’s about to release a new Whitesnake compilation at the end of this week titled The Rock Album. You just can’t get away from your connection to Whitesnake. In fact, you’re featured on the album and there’s an unreleased song that you played on on this collection.
Adrian Vandenberg: Yeah I’m on that. The song you’re referring to is Always The Same. What a great time that was in Whitesnake with David, Tommy Adldrige and Rudy Sarzo, Steve Vai and everyone that was in that band. It was amazing to be a part of. Every time I would wake up in whatever city we were performing that night, I would think this is amazing. No one can take this amazing experience away from me. I knew it would end at some point, but I was part of that and those memories will live forever. I look back at that time with a big smile on my face, because it was just so much fun. I’m very proud of having been with Whitesnake for 13 years. I was a big Coverdale fan having discovered him during his time in Deep Purple and then followed his career with Whitesnake. I love David’s bluesy, soulful vocals both in and out of Deep Purple. His work on the Burn record with Glenn Hughes is just incredible. I cherish that time to this day.
Sleaze Roxx: What was your favorite song to perform on stage?
Adrian Vandenberg: Oh, there are so many. You can’t do this to me [laughs]! There’re so many songs that have such chemistry and energy when we perform them. One is Still of The Night, another is Slide It In, Love Ain’t No Stranger, obviously Here I Go Again. That always set the place on fire. Let’s see…Crying In The Rain, Bad Boys, there so many [laughs]! I wrote the song Light Up The Sky as a tribute to the vibe that we were in with Whitesnake. Ronnie did a great job on that and it has a definite Whitesnake vibe to it. It makes sense. David used to say there was a very good reason why he asked me to join Whitesnake. That was because of my songwriting. We had similar influences and our writing styles were similar, so when we started writing together, it jelled very well.
Sleaze Roxx: So when you perform as Vandenberg with the new line-up, do you plan on sticking to Vandenberg only material or do you plan on sneaking in some Whitesnake. I asked you earlier about your favorite track to perform and you couldn’t keep it to just one you rattled off about ¼ of the Whitesnake set.
Adrian Vandenberg: [Laughs] Well, you’re right. [Laughs] I’m not too secretive about things. Both Ronnie and I have our connection to Rainbow and Whitesnake, so you could say that we are now both part of the [Deep] Purple family tree. We talked about it right from the beginning where we thought that it would be great to include a couple of Whitesnake and Rainbow songs in the set. I think we could do most of the new album and if we have room, we can add some classic Vandenberg songs and do some Whitesnake and some Rainbow.
Original songwriter/lead vocalist of Enuff Z’Nuff, Donnie Vie, has just released the new single All My Favorite Things via Deko Entertainment. It is available digitally worldwide June 19th through ADA/Warner Music Group. Donnie states, “I wrote this in the quarantine/stay at home period of 2020, reflecting back on my life, career, and memories.”
Donnie has put out this short clip to his fans talking about his latest single which can be viewed below.
Donnie made a welcome return last year with the critically acclaimed Beautiful Things and delivered one of his best records to date.
You can still pick up a copy of “Beautiful Things” which features special guests Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish) and Mike LePond (Symphony X) on CD and LP (while supplies last), which can be ordered via his store link here: https://tinyurl.com/y7goq2qr.
The Grammy-nominated artist has amassed over 25 albums’ worth of songs and decades of live shows to his name, both with and without his former band. Now a solo act, Vie continues his songwriting and performing under his own name. Rolling Stone Magazine described Donnie’s writing skills as “Beatle-esque pop songcraft and ripping hard rock,” while Billboard Magazine says, “If there is such a thing as false advertising in rock & roll, then Enuff Z’Nuff is one of its textbook examples. Packaged in garish peace-glam attire by their record company, the group was wrongly lumped in with the disposable pop-metal bands of the late ’80s rather than appreciated for the truly gifted power pop act that they were.”
Firstborne’s self-titled debut EP marks the Adler’s firstdedicated band release since his departure from Megadeth and Lamb of God.
Firstborne features Girish Pradhan on vocals and guitar, Myrone on guitar, James LoMenzo on bass, and Chris Adler on drums.
The Firstborne self-titled EP includes five songs and two lyric videos. The EP represents several years of dedicated introspection and refined effort to the idea of a heavy and positive message.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Primordial 2. Anthem 3. Roll The Dice 4. Apocalypse 5. Hunter Hunted
The debut EP from Firstborne is now available at Bandcamp and across all streaming services, and Spotify and iTunes.
The band has also sourced an exclusive arrangement with Rare Records CEO Doug Bear in Australia for a limited release of the EP on 12” colored vinyl, CD and cassette. Additionally, separate colored vinyl 7” including the track Separate Ways (not available on the EP vinyl, CD or cassette) across all of Australasia with worldwide orders available here.
Watch videos for songs Anthem and Primordial, below
Firstborne will make their live debut in 2021 appearing at several international festivals and tours being scheduled/rescheduled now. A second EP is well underway with a Fall 2020 release planned.