KING KOBRA TO RELEASE “II” IN JULY

kingkobraband2013 Frontiers Records will be releasing King Kobra’s new studio album II on July 5th in Europe and July 9th in North America.

“We chose to name this album II because it is both the second album of our reformation with Frontiers Records as well as the second generation of the band with Paul Shortino as lead vocalist,” says guitarist David Michael-Philips. “Paul’s unique style gives the band a new feel apart from what we were in the ’80s with original singer Mark/Marcie Free. I think the “re-boot” naming gives Paul the credit he deserves while paying homage to our original singer and sound.”

The thick, soulful vocals of Paul Shortino, dual guitarists Mick Sweda and David Michael-Philips, and the thundering bass and drums of Johnny Rod and Carmine Appice delivered an album that, while easily carrying on the tradition of the first two releases, brought a contemporary twist to a signature melodic, hard rock style. “The ’70s flavour of this new album was a conscious move to incorporate our influences into the music,” continues Michael-Philips, while Carmine Appice adds, “King Kobra was a band in the ’80s with great players… and had roots in the ’70s also. We tried to make a cool combination of both, which I think we achieved with this new album.”

Produced by David Henzerling with Carmine Appice and Paul Shortino, II digs into King Kobra’s hard rock roots to create an album that has all the swagger and swing of the classic ’70s albums (think Montrose, Bad Company, Deep Purple and even Carmine’s own legendary Cactus) with a crystal clear sound that combines the best of both analogue and digital recording techniques. From the tight and punchy Have A Good Time to the 8-minute epic Deep River, II shows a more mature band confident of its songwriting ability performing with the technical prowess garnered over years of experience.

II tracklisting includes:

Hell On Wheels
Knock ‘Em Dead
Have A Good Time
The Ballad Of Johnny Rod
Take Me Back
When The Hammer Comes Down
Running Wild
The Crunch
Got It Comin’
Deep River
Don’t Keep Me Waiting
We Go Round

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JEFF HANNEMAN UPDATE: CAUSE OF DEATH, CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER

Jeff_Hanneman_Live1_lo While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff’s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.

Hanneman’s official cause of death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.

Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared.

Kerry: “I had so many great times with Jeff…in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies…World War II movies, horror movies, we watched Full Metal Jacket so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue.”

Tom: “When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father’s garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I’d written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I’d written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don’t spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days.”

Kerry: “He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time – I think it was 1998 – Jeff and I went to one of Moscow’s military museums. I’ll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff’s thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school.”

Tom: “We were in New York recording South of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio – I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way.”

Tom: “Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy.”

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ROCKLAHOMA BAND PERFORMANCE TIMES ANNOUNCED, FREE MOBILE APP AVAILABLE

Rocklahoma-2013-590x300 Band performance times are now available for Rocklahoma, the three-day camping festival that features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at Catch the Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor , OK.

Rocklahoma–proud to be presented by Bud Light–will celebrate its seventh year May 24, 25 and26 with a stellar rock lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn and many more.

Performance times are as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, May 23rd

Pre-Party on the AXiS Campground Stage
6:00 PM Triple Se7en
7:00 PM Bruce Flea
8:00 PM Searching For Sanity
9:00 PM Sleepwalking Home
10:00 PM Motortrain
11:00 PM Baron Von Swagger
12:00 AM Rocker Lips
1:00 AM Drek
2:00 AM KingShifter

Friday, May 24th

Main Stage:
4:35 PM All That Remains
5:45 PM Ratt
7:10 PM Papa Roach
8:40 PM Bush
10:30 PM Guns N’ Roses

Hard Rock Stage:

3:15 PM Zero Crossing
4:00 PM Otherwise
5:10 PM The Sword
6:35 PM Escape The Fate
8:05 PM Clutch
9:45 PM Device

Retrospect Records Stage:

3:15 PM Fist Of Rage
4:00 PM London’s Dungeon
5:10 PM Ruff Justice
6:35 PM Bai Bang
8:05 PM Hessler
9:45 PM The Last Vegas
1:35 AM Down N Dirty

AXiS Campground Stage:

Noon The Summit
1:00 PM Roots Of Thought
2:00 PM Wanton Looks
3:00 PM KickTree
11:00 PM Shotgun Rebels
12:00 AM The KuL
1:00 AM Memory Of A Melody

Saturday, May 25Th

Main Stage:

4:35 PM Big Wreck
5:50 PM Halestorm
7:20 PM Skillet
8:50 PM Bullet For My Valentine
10:30 PM Alice In Chains

Hard Rock Stage”

4:00 PM O’Brother
5:15 PM Brookroyal
6:45 PM We As Human
8:15 PM Young Guns
9:45 PM Asking Alexandria
12:05 AM Mindset Evolution

Retrospect Records Stage:

3:15 PM Emerald City
4:00 PM Sister’s Doll
5:15 PM Big Trouble
6:45 PM Black Tora
8:15 PM London
9:45 PM Wildstreet
12:05 AM Golden State
12:45 AM Sunset Riot
1:25 AM Mystery

AXiS Campground Stage:

Noon Strikes At One
1:00 PM Well Hung Heart
2:00 PM Vilifi
3:00 PM For The Broken
11:00 PM Echofuzz
12:00 AM The Chimpz
1:00 AM Mine Enemies Fall

Sunday, May 26Th

Main Stage:

4:30 PM Dokken
5:50 PM Steel Panther
7:15 PM Hollywood Undead
8:40 PM Cheap Trick
10:30 PM Korn

Hard Rock Stage:

4:00 PM Scorpion Child
5:15 PM Heaven’s Basement
6:40 PM Red Line Chemistry
8:05 PM Thousand Foot Krutch
9:45 PM Motionless In White
12:05 AM American Fangs

Retrospect Records Stage:

3:15 PM Wicked
4:00 PM Ragdoll
5:15 PM Station
6:40 PM Firstryke
8:05 PM Switchblade Scarlet
9:45 PM Lynam
12:05 AM Rhyme
12:45 AM Nasty Habit
1:25 AM The Glitter Boys

AXiS Campground Stage:

Noon New Day Dawn
1:00 PM Unwritten Rulz
2:00 PM Framing The Red
3:00 PM Meganaut
10:00 PM The Bourgeois
11:00 PM Caroline’s Spine

For a detailed list of 2013 Rocklahoma ticket options, VIP packages and amenities, please visit www.rocklahoma.com. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing info@feverfest.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 19th and will remain open through Tuesday, May 28th.

The free Rocklahoma mobile app is available for iPhone and Android phones. The Rocklahoma app–part of the World’s Loudest Month app–features the latest lineup, artist bios, site maps, social feeds, pictures, videos, music and much more. Download the app here:

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WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE NEW LIVE 2-CD PACKAGE “MADE IN BRITAIN-THE WORLD RECORD” IN JULY

WS MIB-TWR Frontiers Records is pleased to announce an explosive new double live album from legendary rock band, Whitesnake. Made In Britain-The World Record, will be released as a 2-CD set in Europe on July 5th and in North America on July 9th.

During 2011, the mighty Whitesnake embarked on one of their most successful world tours in recent times, performing 96 shows in more than 35 countries, starting in North America in May until the second UK run in December. The request for another live album came from Whitesnake’s incredibly loyal fans – never ones for being notoriously shy about insisting what they want from their favorite band. Before heading out on the Forevermore World Tour 2011, the decision was made to record every performance on the tour.

After spending the early part of 2012 editing and mixing the Whitesnake: Made In Japan DVD, the production team consisting of The Brutal Brothers (Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale and Doug and Mikey Mac), had the task of listening to over 90 shows and 130 hours of Whitesnake performances. Inspired by the performances from the 9 sold-out UK shows and a further 87 performances from around the world, the live albums Made In Britain and the accompanying The World Record were born. The recent Forevermore songs shine as brightly as classic Whitesnake songs such as Is This Love, Still Of The Night and Here I Go Again, all performed with feverish energy, encouraged by remarkably enthusiastic audiences from Newcastle to Sao Paolo. Please see below for the full track listing.

Musicians on Made In Britain-The World Record include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Briian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

Made In Britain-The World Record track listing:

CD1 – Made In Britain:

Best Years
Give Me All Your Love
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Is This Love
Steal Your Heart Away
Forevermore
Love Will Set You Free
My Evil Ways
Fare Thee Well
Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
Fool For Your Loving
Here I Go Again
Still Of The Night

CD 2-The World Record:

Bad Boys
Slide It In
Lay Down Your Love
Pistols At Dawn
Snake Dance
Can You Hear The Wind Blow
Fare Thee Well; One Of These Days
The Badger
Deeper The Love
Soldier Of Fortune
Burn/Stormbringer

Watch a trailer for Made In Britain-The World Record below.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with Here I Go Again and Is This Love and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang voted Coverdale the “Last Great Rock Star.”

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LITA FORD’S VIDEO FOR “MOTHER” PREMIERES ONLINE

220px-Lita_Ford The reigning queen of hard rock Lita Ford has teamed up with USA Today for an exclusive premiere of the new video for her single Mother. The song comes from Ford’s latest solo album Living Like A Runaway, released last summer on Steamhammer/SPV.

Ford commented on the video and the song Mother, “Mother is my song to my beautiful sons. I know they will see the truth one day. They will always have a place in my heart, which bleeds for them through this song.” The video was directed by former Runaway Victory Tischler-Blue and can be seen below.

Lita Ford teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like A Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this project, “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period.” Ford is referring to numbers such as “Devil In My Head”, “Hate”, and “The Asylum” which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.

Upcoming Lita Ford tour dates:

5/23: Melbourne, Australia – Prince of Wales Bandroom
5/25: Sydney, Australia – Factory Theater
6/8: Vernal, UT – Thunder Rocks @ Western Park
6/24: New York, NY – Iridium Jazz Club (Lita Salutes Les Paul – 2 Shows)
6/29: Norfolk, NE – Music Fest 2013 w/Bret Michaels and Vince Neil
7/13: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot w/Ratt
7/24: Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
7/25: Malmo, Sweden – KB
7/26: Rejmyre, Sweden – Skogsrojet Festival
7/27: Jevanaker, Norway – The Untouchables
8/7: Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Bike Rally
8/15: Mankato, MN – Stond Amphitheater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/16: Moline, IL – I Wireless Center w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/17: Chicago, IL – Congress Theater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/18: Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Stadium w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/23: Viroqua, WI – Vernon County Fairgrounds “Jamming for the Vets”
9/14: Hinckley, MN – Grand Casino Hinckley w/Dokken, Skid Row and Ratt

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AIRBOURNE DISCUSSES THEIR NEW ALBUM “BLACK DOG BARKING” WHICH WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 21ST

airbourne Airbourne’s third album, Black Dog Barking, will be released on May 21st through Roadrunner Records. Watch a video with band members discussing the new album below.

Watch the official video for the song Live It Up below.

Inspired by the likes of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Motorhead, Airbourne has been winning fans since 2003 with their high-energy, whiplash-inducing, workingman’s rock ‘n’ roll. Their first album Runnin’ Wild was named 2007′s ‘Album of the Year’ by SleazeRoxx.com, Best Debut Album at the 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, and Spin said Runnin’ Wild, Airbourne’s debut, is a smorgasbord of sledgehammer riffs, crass sex puns, and boozy sing-alongs.”

Hailing from Warrnambool, a small drinking town on the southwestern coast of Victoria, Australia, Airbourne — vocalist/lead guitarist Joel O’Keeffe, drummer Ryan O’Keeffe, guitarist David Roads, and bassist Justin Street — has gained an immense following with their explosive live shows and main stage festival appearances including a headliner spot at Wacken 2011, Rock Am Ring/Park (Germany) and Download (UK).

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