FORMER WHITESNAKE GUITARIST BERNIE MARDSEN TO RELEASE HIS SECOND “INSPIRATION” SERIES ALBUM, “CHESS” ON NOVEMBER 26TH

Former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden will release next album, Chess, on November 26th release through Conquest Music. It is the follow up Marsden’s Kings album.

Kings reached number one in the Amazon Blues chart, number 18 in the U.K. album sales chart and gained fantastic reviews and accolades following its release in July this year.

The forthcoming 12-track LP will be available on all digital platforms along with a special limited edition digipak CD accompanied by a 16-page booklet.

Chess is the second album in Marsden’s “Inspiration” series, where he chooses and crafts his own interpretation of the iconic artists and songs that helped inspire and shape his own musical style and taste. Like the previous release in the series, Chess marks another collaboration between Conquest Music and Marsden’s Little House Music.

Listen to each of the “Inspirations” series albums and you’ll find more than a carefully curated homage to music that means much to Bernie. You’ll hear his own, nuanced guitar virtuosity and his heartfelt vocals, along with the wonderful synergy with the top-tier musicians he’s brought together for the project.

Many will know Marsden for being a founder member of Whitesnake, co- writing the iconic global smash Here I Go Again.

He is undeniably one of Britain’s premier blues guitarists, praised by B.B. King for both his musicianship and innate understanding of the soul and feel of the blues. Mardsen has written and recorded with some of the biggest names in the industry and also composed music for film and TV. He’s also a best-selling author, an in-demand writer and producer and has amassed a priceless collection of guitars.

He created the “Inspirations” series — a concept sparked by a backstage conversation with ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons about influences and heroes — to showcase the rich veins of music of those who inspired him during his formative years. In Kings, Bernie turned the spotlight on FreddieAlbert and B.B King; in Chess, he moves focus to tracks and artists on the fabled Chess label. The album features ten tracks that were originally released on Chess by greats such as Bo DiddleyChuck BerryHowlin’ WolfSonny Boy WilliamsonMuddy Waters and Elmore James. What’s more, two Marsden-penned instrumentals appear as bonus tracks on the album.

Chess was recorded “the old way”: with a band of truly gifted musicians, all in one room, over a handful of days. It’s led to a subtle, tasteful and a superbly delivered reimagining of these classic songs.

Guitar, Vocals: Bernie Marsden
Bass: John Gordon
Drums: Jim Russell
Keyboards: Bob Haddrell
Harmonica: Alan Glen

To read details about Kings, please click here.

Not one to hang around, Marsden has begun sessions for the next “Inspirations” album, which will be out in 2022.

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ALICE COOPER DISCUSSES HIS MEMIOR, WHO SHOULD PLAY HIM IF A MOVIE WERE TO BE MADE AND BEING THE “ONLY ROCK N’ ROLLER IN THE FRIARS CLUB”

Greg Prato of Heavy Consequence spoke with Alice Cooper about his new audio memoir, among other topics, highlights appear below.

On a story in Who I Really Am in which Alice observes Syd Barrett’s odd behavior one morning at breakfast:

“It’s so funny, because the things that you remember, like that, was such a vivid memory of mine. And yet, I wouldn’t be able to tell you anything else that happened with Pink Floyd the whole time — except for the brownies and the audition at Gazzarri’s.”

Discussing the impressive amount of legendary figures he’s crossed paths with over the years:

“When I achieved that kind of fame, I knew I was going to meet the Beatles and the Stones. And that was always a thrill, of course — they were the ones that got it started. Elvis, Sinatra. But I always wanted to meet Groucho Marx, Errol Flynn, people like that. Because those were the people that I used to watch those movies, and go, ‘Wow. Those are the real movie stars.’ So, when I got in that position … they put me in the Friars Club. I was the only rock ‘n’ roller in the Friars Club. I’m sitting there with Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny, and George Burns. And they accepted me, totally, as one of them — which was such a compliment to me.”

On his current tour with Ace Frehley:

“Oh, Ace is great. Ace has got a really good band, all Nashville guys, that are all great players. And there is such a big market out there for people that were old-school/diehard KISS fans that absolutely loved them. Especially Ace Frehley being the lead guitar player. There’s all those people who have those great memories of early KISS – with Ace and Peter Criss.”

Talking about how next year will be the 50th anniversary of the classic anthem School’s Out:

“Out of all the Top 40 songs that we had, the only one I was sure of was School’s Out. I said, ‘If this isn’t a hit, I should be selling shoes somewhere — because then I don’t know anything about this business. This song has got everything. It’s got every piece of what should be a hit.’ And it was. Eighteen was a hit … but School’s Out was an anthem. And those are the things that last for 50/60 years. It’s impossible to close the show with anything except School’s Out.

On whether Who I Really Am could be made into a movie:

“I think somebody would have to play me. I keep telling Johnny Depp if he was better looking he could play me. [Laughs] But he would be the kind of person who would do the prosthetics and do a different nose and a whole thing like that. But the thing about the Alice Cooper thing, there were a lot of unique things. Remember that TV show, Vinyl? Mick Jagger produced it. The guy that played me in that [actor Dustin Ingram] happened to live next to my daughter in L.A. And he was like, ‘What is it about your dad that I should know, if I’m playing him?’ And she said, ‘He never swore. And if he was drinking, he never slurred a word. He never stumbled. He wasn’t like a ‘get drunk’ drunk. He was sort of on a golden buzz. A Dean Martin kind of buzz. So, don’t stumble and don’t act drunk, because Alice was NEVER drunk. And Alice never swore.’ Those were the two things that made it more authentic than maybe anything else.

Read more at Heavy Consequence.

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THE THREE TREMORS RETURN WITH “GUARDIANS OF THE VOID” OUT NOVEMBER 5TH, TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

The Three Tremors featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens , Harry “The Tyrant”  Conklin, and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” have announced the release of their new album, Guardians Of The Void, and a corresponding US Tour for November 2021. 
Coming off the successful release of their self-titled debut album, several North American and European tours, the release of the solo versions of the first album, and festival performances, the Three Tremors shot out of a cannon at a frantic pace – when the shutdown forced them to cut short their North American tour in the middle of their run in early 2020.  
However, they wasted no time and got to work on another new album. Now their sophomore effort, Guardians Of The Void, is ready for blast off and will hit the streets worldwide November 5th, 2021. Twelve songs are found on this wicked rocker of an album, and once again, they cover all the bases of heavy metal.  
The first single off of the album, Bone Breaker, has a lyric video that can be found below.
As with all Steel Cartel releases, only the songs that receive video releases will be on the streaming platforms, so the physical medium and the fans that support and collect them are the band’s focus and  priority.  And speaking of great physical product, the band has once again hired Marc Sasso to do the cover artwork once again.  
Marc Sasso is best known for his work with such companies as Marvel, the WWE and Halford, Dio, Cage and many others.  He has hit it out of the park once again with this haunting, other-worldly painting that captures the mysterious essence of the title perfectly. 
Tim Owens describes how the recording process went down.  “We had just started our second North American tour promoting the Solo Versions’ when everything started to shut down.  It was a shame because we had some really good momentum and the shows were selling well – including a few that were sold out in advance.  When we realized that we could be sitting home for a while, we all started putting these new songs together and recording them.” 
Harry added, “I had moved to Greece during this whole time and the guys started sending me song after song at a furious pace.  The songs were kick ass and I found it easier and  more natural to collaborate and add my ideas and nuances.  We have toured and done so many shows together now that the comfort level was there, and they came together really quick. The end result is amazing.”
And Sean says, “Everyone in the band has a lot of other projects going on, so it was good we could all pull together and make this follow up album.  Now Sean our drummer (Elg) is also in KK’s Priest, so we are stoked that we could not only put out another record, but also get a tour in before everyone gets busy.  We have spent so much time together – we are like a heavy metal street gang, and have a blast performing these songs and going on the road.  With these new songs available from the Guardians Of The Void album, our setlist will be supremely vicious.”
In true Steel Cartel fashion some amazing pre-order package combinations are available for pre-order via thethreetremors.com/site/store.html. There will be three different versions of the double gatefold vinyl Guardians Of The Void.  The original version, the one in five variant version, and the virgin cover version.  The the one in five variant version has completely different cover art (again by Marc Sasso) on the front and back, and will be limited to one copy for every five standard versions that are produced.  The virgin cover version has the original Marc Sasso artwork without band logos or album titles.   
Track listing to Guardians Of The Void

1. Bone Breaker (lyric video below)
2. Guardians Of The Void
3. Kryptonian Steel
4. Crucifer
5. I Can’t Be Stopped
6. Frailty
7. Operation Neptune Spear
8. Chained To The Oar
9. Catastrophe 
10. Wickedness And Sin
11. Fall Of Rome
12. War Of Nations
 
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Confirmed November 2021 tour dates:

11/3 Wednesday Hamden, CT The Cellar 
11/4 Thursday Clifton, NJ Dingbatz 
11/5 Friday Pottstown, PA Rivet Canteen and Assembly 
11/6 Saturday Long Island, NY Barnum Ballroom 
11/7 Sunday Wilmington, DE Bar XIII  1
11/10 Wednesday Brooklyn, NY Arrogant Swine 
11/11 Thursday Wiles Barre, PA Stage West 
11/12 Friday Rochester, NY TBA 
11/13 Saturday Buffalo, NY TBA  
11/15 Monday Syracuse, NY Sharkey’s  
11/17 Wednesday Akron, OH Empire Concert Club 
11/18 Thursday St Louis, MO   21 Rock 
11/19 Friday Detroit, MI Token Lounge 
11/20 Saturday Chicago, IL The Forge 
11/21 Sunday Milwuakee, WI Club Garibaldi

For more information, please visit thethreetremors.com.

For additional show information, and tickets please visit: https://bnds.us/npnn1l.
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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN’S TRIBUTE TO HIS FATHER, EDDIE, ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ICONIC GUITARIST’S PASSING

Wolfgang Van Halen is honoring the one-year anniversary of the death of his father, rock legend Eddie Van Halen.

In an emotional tribute he posted Wednesday on Instagram, the younger Van Halen, 30, opened up about the grief he’s struggled with since his dad died of cancer on Oct. 6th, 2020, at age 65.

“One year. You fought so hard for so long, but you were still taken away. It’s just so unfair,” Wolfgang Van Halen wrote alongside a photo of him playing a bass guitar as his proud father pats his head affectionately.

“I’m not ok. I don’t think I’ll ever be ok. There’s so much I wish I could show you. So many things I wish I could share with you. I wish I could laugh with you again. I wish I could hug you again. I miss you so much it hurts,” he continued.

“I’m trying to do my best here without you, but it’s really f—— hard. I hope you’re still proud,” he added.

He concluded his post by telling the iconic guitarist, “I love you with all of my heart, Pop. Watch over me.”

Wolfgang Van Halen’s mom, actress Valerie Bertinelli, who was married to Eddie Van Halen from 1981 until 2007, also shared a photo of his tribute in her Instagram stories.

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar posted a black and white picture of Van Halen doing his infamous air split while writing, “”I can’t believe it’s been a year. The man is gone but the music lives on #forever.”

Eddie’s widow, Janie, also posted a touching tribute saying she thinks about him every single day. She said among the things she misses the most … his smile, laugh and kindness.

Janie added, “I miss this, I miss us, I miss you, and I try my best to carry on the way you would want me to. But my Peep, some days, that’s really hard to do. This will never get easier because there really is no getting over you.”

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DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM “TURNING TO CRIME” ON NOVEMBER 26TH, FIRST SINGLE “7 AND 7 IS” AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

Deep Purple’s next studio effort will be an album of covers titled Turning To Crime. Due on November 26th through earMUSIC, the LP will contain the band’s versions of great rock classics and musical jewels — including songs originally recorded by Bob DylanFleetwood MacBob SegerCream and The Yardbirds — carefully chosen by each member of the band.

Produced by Bob Ezrin, Turning To Crime arrives only 15 months after Whoosh!, Deep Purple’s 21st studio album, which received acclaim by critics who praised the creative strength of a band that continues evolving with every release, and prestigious chart achievements (third consecutive No. 1 in Germany, No. 4 in the U.K., and topped the U.S. Independent Album and Hard Music Albums charts).

The first single, 7 And 7 Is, can be streamed below.

Turning To Crime track listing, according to FNAC:

1.  7 And 7 Is (Love) 
2.  Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu (Huey “Piano” Smith) 
3.  Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac) 
4.  Jenny Take A Ride! (Mitch Rydeer & The Detroit Wheels) 
5.  Watching The River Flow (Bob Dylan) 
6.  Let The Good Times Roll (Ray Charles & Quincy Jones) 
7.  Dixie Chicken (Little Feat) 
8.  Shapes Of Things (The Yardbirds) 
9.  The Battle Of New Orleans (Lonnie Donegan/Johnny Horton) 
10. Lucifer (Bob Seger System) 
11. White Room (Cream) 
12. Caught In The Act [Medley: Going Down / Green Onions / Hot ‘Lanta / Dazed And Confused / Gimme Some Lovin’]

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RICHIE FAULKNER UPDATE FROM THE GUITARIST HIMSELF

As previously reported, Judas Priest had to cancel their remaining tour dates, when guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered a cardiac issue, that required surgery.

Faulkner has issued the following update:

“Maniacs…

I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities I’ve been presented with.  I’ve always considered myself THE most fortunate man ever – to be able to play my favorite music – with my favorite band – to my favorite people around the world…

Today just being able to type this to you all is the biggest gift of all…

As I watch footage from the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I was feeling whilst playing Painkiller as my aorta ruptured and started to spill blood into my chest cavity….

I was having what my doctor called an aortic aneurysm and complete aortic dissection.

From what I’ve been told by my surgeon, people with this don’t usually make it to the hospital alive…..

I was taken to nearby Rudd Heart & Lung Center and quickly went into what turned out to be a 10 ½ hour emergency open heart surgery

Five parts of my chest were replaced with mechanical components…..I’m literally made of metal now….

It could have all ended so differently – we only had an hours set that night due to Metallica’s performance after us – and it does cross my mind if it was a full set, would I have played until total collapse…? If it hadn’t happened in such a high adrenaline situation would my body have been able to keep going long enough to reach the hospital…?

The amazing Heart & Lung Center was 4 miles away from the gig site – if it had been further away……..

We can always drive ourselves crazy with these things, but I’m still alive thankfully.  Whatever the circumstances, when watching that footage, the truth is, knowing what I know now, I see a dying man…..

I’ve been moved to tears and humbled by friends, family, my fantastic band, crew and management and also you guys sending me videos and messages of love and support during the last week – I thank you all so much and although I have a recovery road ahead of me, as soon as I’m able to get up and running again, you’ll be the first to know and we’ll get back out there delivering the goods for you all….!

One last thing maniacs, this came totally out of the blue for me – no history of a bad heart, no clogged arteries etc…my point is I don’t even have high cholesterol and this could’ve been the end for me.  If you can get yourselves checked – do it for me please……     

Lots of love and see you down the front again soon….

Richie…

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