BRITISH ROCKERS INGLORIOUS RELEASE THEIR COVER OF THE HEART CLASSIC “BARRACUDA,” PROCEEDS FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM SUPPORTS WOMEN’S CHARITY

British band Inglorious will release a covers album titled, Heroine on September 10th. They have released their take on Heart’s classic track Barracuda from said album, which can be seen below. Pre-order Heroine on CD/Color LP/Digital here, please note that £1 ($1.39 US) from every sale of this album on the band’s webstore will be donated to Women’s Aid a fantastic charity out of the UK. 

Heroine track listing:

1. Queen Of The Night (Whitney Houston) 

2. Barracuda (Heart cover)

3. Midnight Sky (Miley Cyrus cover)

4. Nutbush City Limits (Tina Turner cover)

5. Bring Me To Life (Evanescence cover)

6. Fighter (Christina Aguilera cover)

7. I’m With You (Avril Lavigne cover)

8. I Hate Myself For Loving You (Joan Jett cover)

9. I Am The Fire (Halestorm cover)

10. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover)

11. Uninvited (Alanis Morissette cover)

Inglorious was formed in February 2014 by five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of Hard Rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals.  Their influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of Rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born. The band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth.  Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion. Nathan is joined by guitarist Danny Dela Cruz who partners Dan Stevens in an Inglorious dual axe attack, renowned Brazilian bassist Vinnie Colla, and drummer Phil Beaver (who was once  signed to Mick Fleetwood’s label while still at school),

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NIGHT RANGER GUITARIST BRAD GILLIS DISCUSSES OZZY AND KISS

Greg Prato of Guitar World spoke with Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis, some excerpts appear below.

Guitar World: What are some other memories of your time with Ozzy?

Brad Gillis: You have to realize that after the sad death of Randy Rhoads, the band was going through a lot of emotional stress throughout the rest of the tour. So, when I joined the band, it was quite a heavy situation.

Bernie Tormé was playing guitar at that time in the interim, before a permanent replacement was added. And when I flew to New York for the audition, I basically found out it was just me. So, I did the best I could practicing in my hotel room every day, with a small amp, a boombox and a live board cassette with Randy that had been recorded a few months earlier.

At night, I would go to the shows to watch the live performance from the soundboard. I was amazed at the large castle, fire, explosives, and the hanging of the dwarf – realizing that in a few days, I was going to be up on stage. I’ll never forget the sound man looking over at me and laughing, saying, ‘You’re next buddy!’ 

My first night was quite a horrendous experience – because not only was I scared to death, at soundcheck, we only played seven out of the 18-song set, and Ozzy didn’t even show up. My first gig was sold out in Binghamton, New York for 8,000 people. That was basically my entrance into Ozzy’s world. 

I ended up botching Revelation (Mother Earth), as I ended up coming into the fast section too early, and the whole band looked at me like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ I stopped playing, regained my composure, and finished out the song and the set – with no other major mistakes.

The next night before we went on stage, Sharon [Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife] came up to me, saying, ‘Bradley, you’re doing a great job. But tonight… don’t fuck up.’”

Guitar World: Did you ever meet Randy Rhoads? 

Brad Gillis: I never had that chance. But I did see Ozzy and Randy in 1981 at the Day on the Green in Oakland, California. And at that time, Randy was being touted as ‘the next Eddie Van Halen’. And when I saw that show, I was totally blown away by his performance. 

Around that time, I had a club band called the Alameda All Stars, that I had thrown together in 1980 to keep my chops up, playing locally in the San Francisco Bay area – and we threw in a few Ozzy songs [Crazy Train and Flying High Again]. 

I first met Ozzy in the master suite at the Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York. I had my red Strat, no amp, and played him Flying High Again

How surreal to be sitting at the edge of his bed, with him cross-legged on the floor singing up to me while I played the song. Once I got through the solo he jumped up, gave me a big hug, and said, ‘Brad, I love you. Pull me through.”‘

Guitar World: Night Ranger opened for KISS on their Creatures of the Night tour – that must have been something special.

Brad Gillis: That was a great experience for us. I had just finished up seven months with Ozzy, so stepping into opening for KISS was comfortable to me getting right back into large venues. 

The guys in KISS – especially Gene and Paul – were very gracious and gave us good stage room and loved to hang out. At one point, I actually tried on Gene’s 30-pound stage boots.

Read more at Guitar World.

In related news, Night Ranger released their first single, Bring It All Home To Me, from their forthcoming album ATBPO (which stands for And The Band Played On), which can be heard here. ATBPO will be released on August 6th through Frontiers Music, pre-order the album, here.

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DREAM THEATER TO RELEASE “A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD” ON OCTOBER 22ND, BAND HITS THE ROAD ON OCTOBER 28TH IN ARIZONA

Dream Theater announce the forthcoming worldwide release of their 15th studio album, A View From The Top Of The World on October 22ndA View From The Top OF The World is Dream Theateat its musical finest expanding on the sound they helped create while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The 7-song album also marks the second studio album with InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.  
Dream Theater – comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung and Mike Mangini – was in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their last release Distance Over Time and the 20th anniversary of Scenes From A Memory when a Global Pandemic brought the world to a stop. The musicians found themselves at home with LaBrie in Canada and the rest of the group in the States. As fate would have it, they’d just finished construction on DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) —a combination live recording studio, rehearsal space, control room, equipment storage, and creative hive. With LaBrie in Canada, he initially wrote with the band via ZOOM on a monitor in DTHQ. In March 2021, he flew down to New York, quarantined, and recorded his vocals face-to-face with Petrucci. The album ultimately threaded together lean and uncompromising hooks with tried-and-true technical proficiency.
“We just love to play our instruments,” observes Petrucci. “That never goes away. I love to be creative, write, and exercise that part of my mind. We’ve been able to do this for a long time, and we don’t take it for granted. Whenever we get together, we know we can’t disappoint ourselves or our fans, so we manage to try even harder.”
“We approach every album like it’s our first,” adds LaBrie. “It’s been such a great ride, but we’re not going to stop.”
The track listing for A View From The Top Of The World is:

1) The Alien (9:32)
2) Answering The Call (7:35)
3) Invisible Monster (6:31)
4) Sleeping Giant (10:05)
5) Transcending Time (6:25)
6) Awaken The Master (9:47)
7) A View From The Top Of The World (20:24)
Dream Theater is also planning to hit the road in support of the new album. The Top Of The World Tour of North America begins on October 28th in Mesa, AZ and runs through December 14th where it concludes in St. Petersburg, FL. The tour will make stops in Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; New York, NY and Orlando, FL among others. Information on tickets for all upcoming shows as well as VIP packages can be found at dreamtheater.net.
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WHITESNAKE WELCOMES TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA SINGER DINO JELUSICK

Whitesnake has announced the addition of Croatian singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick to the group’s ranks. Jelusick is a member of multi-platinum selling band Trans-Siberian Orchestra and was previously part of Dirty Shirley (with George Lynch), Animal Drive and recorded with many others. Jelusick has been singing, touring and recording since the age of five. Other than being a frontman, his main instrument are keyboards but he also plays bass, guitar and drums. He finished music academy and did theatre work.

Frontman David Coverdale says, “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the extremely gifted Dino Jelusick to Whitesnake. We’ve had our eyes and ears on him since we played Zagreb together two years ago. You’re going to love him.”

Jelusick says he has been influenced by Whitesnake and Coverdale from an early age.

“I am beyond honored to be part of one of my favorite bands of all time,” he said. “To get the phone call from David Coverdale is something every singer and musician of my generation can only dream of; it still feels completely surreal. I cannot wait to start hitting the road with Whitesnake and, as the great DC said to me himself, to give a piece of my identity to the sound of this iconic band.”

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METALLICA ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 4TH “INTIMATE” SHOW AT THE HARD ROCK IN FLORIDA

Metallica will play an “intimate” concert on November 4th at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Tickets for the 7,000-seat-theater show go on sale Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. EDT, but members of the band’s fan club (also known as Fifth Members) can get theirs early with a special presale starting Wednesday, July 28th at 10 a.m. EDT.

Says Metallica, “We’re excited to add one more night to the tour calendar this fall. It feels so great to be making plans to hit the road and we can’t wait to see all of you out there. Keep watching this space… we have a few more shows in the works!!!”

Earlier in the month, the band announced details of a massive 40th-birthday celebration by inviting the worldwide Metallica family to join them in their hometown of San Francisco for two unique live shows featuring two different setlists on December 17th and 19th at the Chase Center. Tickets for these shows will be available only to registered members of Metallica’s Fifth Member fan club.

The 40th-anniversary shows see the group return to Chase Center for the first time since the September 2019 S&M² concerts that also served as the venue’s grand opening. It was impossible not to notice that fans from more than 60 countries that traveled to the City by the Bay and completely took over San Francisco for S&M² weekend. That outpouring of positive vibes from around the world inspired Metallica to invite those Fifth Members back — and this time, in addition to the two shows at Chase Center, Metallica will be curating other live music and comedy events, Blackened Whiskey tastings, and so much more all around the city during the long four-day weekend of celebrations starting on December 16th.

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SINGER JEFF SCOTT SOTO ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “THE DUETS COLLECTION, VOL. 1,” FIRST SINGLE, “MYSTERIOUS,” FEATURING MR. BIG’S ERIC MARTIN, OUT NOW

Acclaimed rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto has announced the release of his next solo project, The Duets Collection, Vol. 1 on October 8th. For this album, Soto wanted to do a career retrospective and re-record some of his favorite songs from his storied career, but with the twist that he invited friends to join him on duets of said songs. Today (July 27th) , fans can get their first taste of the album with the release of Mysterious‘(originally performed by Soto with Talisman) where he is joined by Eric Martin (Mr. Big). Listen below. Pre-order/ “The Duets Collection, Vol. 1” on CD/Color Vinyl/Digital
Using the down time from his normally relentless touring activity due to the worldwide pandemic, renowned vocalist Jeff Scott Soto decided to create a very special album which pays tribute to some of the classic songs he has recorded over the course of his storied career. But, rather than simple re-records, he wanted to make the album something special, unique. So, not only did he re-record these songs with his musical friends Jorge Salan, Howie Simon (guitars), Leo Mancini (guitars), Tony Dickinson (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums), but he called in some of his fellow rock friends/vocalists to create a unique duets album. With the likes of Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T.), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Johnny Gioeli (Hardline), Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, Journey), Nathan James (Inglorious), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Renan Zonta (Electric Mob), Dino JelusickMats Leven (Candlemass, TSO), BJ (Spektra, SOTO), and Aliro Netto (Shaman, Queen Extravaganza), this is an amazing international affair.
The track listing alone will surely make any JSS fan excited, much less hearing the final product. Where can you get such an amazing list of singers and songs all in the same place?
Jeff says, “It was a DREAM to cast these voices and I am so amped for you to hear the results…”
The Duets Collection, Vol. 1 track list:

1. Livin’ The Life (Rock Star) with Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T.)
2. Don’t Let It End (Yngwie Malmsteen) – with Dino Jelusick 
3. Mysterious (Talisman) – with Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
4. Believe in Me (JSS) – with Nathan James (Inglorious)
5. Coming Home (Soul Sirkus) – with Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, ex-Journey)
6. I’ll Be Waiting (Talisman) – with Alirio Netto (Shaman, Queen Extravaganza)
7. Callin’ All Girls (Eyes) – with Russell Allen (Symphony X, Allen/Lande)
8. Colour My XTC (Talisman) – with Renan Zonta (Electric Mob)
9. Warrior (Axel Rudi Pell – with Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell)
10. Holding On (JSS) – with BJ (SOTO, Spektra)
11. Again 2 B Found (Humanimal) – with Mats Leven (Candlemass, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
LINE-UP:

Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals, Bass and Keys
Edu Cominato – Drums
Tony Dickinson – Bass
Jorge Salan – Guitars
Howie Simon – Guitars and Bass
Leo Mancini – Guitars
Jeff Scott Soto is a man that needs virtually no introduction to any discerning melodic rock fan. Jeff launched his career at the young age of 18 years old in tremendous fashion as the lead vocalist for Yngwie Malmsteen’s debut album, Rising Force and the sophomore album, Marching Out. That first step into the spotlight has led to a career that has seen Jeff play and work with an outstanding number of artists and genres from the AOR of Eyes and Takara, to the hard rock and metal of Talisman, Axel Rudi Pell, Soul SirkUS, and of course, his time with the legendary Journey. Jeff has also maintained a solo career over the past decades, while also recently joining up with the progressive metal supergroup Sons of Apollo.

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