KXM, the band featuring bassist/vocalist Doug “dUg” Pinnick (King’s X), guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob, Dokken) and drummer Ray Luzier (Korn) have released a video for the song, Lightning, which is on their forthcoming new album, Circle Of Dolls, which will be released on September 13th. Watch the video, below.
|Celebrating thirty years of music, Thunder will release a 28 track album entitled simply The Greatest Hits on September 27th, through BMG. Featuring tracks from each of their 12 studio albums, it is the first ever collection to actually be sanctioned by the band, but also compiled by Thunder themselves. The tracks chosen for The Greatest Hits shows perfectly the arc of evolution that the band has travelled over three decades, developing, challenging themselves and always moving on: without ever losing the core elements that make them special. The Greatest Hits will be released in four formats: 2CD, expanded 3CD [featuring a live session recorded and streamed at the Planet Rock studio on 18 Jan 2019], 3LP and Digital. CD1 & CD2 are both closed by Thunder covers of classic songs.|
|Thirty years into their career, the time feels right to look back on what’s been done, taking stock of some fantastic work, but keeping one eye on the horizon and what is yet to come. The Greatest Hits is a comprehensive, cohesive and career-spanning collection, taking in material from every single album since the debut that propelled them onto the world stage, 1990’s Backstreet Symphony which hit number 21 in the Charts. That first salvo was followed by Laughing On Judgement Day which hit No. 2 in 1992, and then Behind Closed Doors which was another Top 5 hit in 1995. Greatest Hits includes material taken from releases right up till 2017’s Rip It Up which hit No.3 in the Charts, and 2019’s Please Remain Seated. In fact, the last three Thunder albums – Wonder Days, Rip It Up and Please Remain Seated have all enjoyed UK Top Ten status in the Album Chart.|
|Frontman Danny Bowes said, “Having been at it for 30 years, we now feel we have enough of a body of work behind us to do this properly. We explored and re-imagined our back catalogue with the Please Remain Seated album, and now with The Greatest Hits we’ve gathered all our key tunes together. It’s all killer, no filler, and we hope fans like having it all in one place.” Guitarist and songwriter Luke Morley added, “It was great fun picking the tunes for this compilation, and brilliant to put all of them into one big collection.”|
The Greatest Hits track listing:
CD1 [of both 2 and 3CD formats]:
Love Walked In
She’s So Fine
A Better Man
Low Life In High Places
River Of Pain
Like A Satellite
Living For Today
Love Worth Dying For
Just Another Suicide
All I Ever Wanted
Gimme Shelter [recorded for charity in 1993]
CD2 [of both 2 and 3CD formats]:
I Love You More Than Rock N Roll
I’m Dreaming Again
The Devil Made Me Do It
On The Radio
Rip It Up
In Another Life
Right From The Start
The Thing I Want
Future Train [2019 Version]
Low Life In High Places [2019 Version]
Your Time Is Gonna Come [Led Zeppelin cover, recorded in summer 2018 during the Please Remain Seated album session. Previously unreleased.]
Bigger Than Both Of Us
She’s So Fine
River Of Pain
|Listen To Thunder’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s Your Time Is Gonna Come, below.|
Pre-order Thunder’s The Greatest Hits at https://thunderband.lnk.to
URIAH HEEP GUITARIST MICK BOX DISCUSSES TOURING WITH JUDAS PRIEST AND DEF LEPPARD, PLUS FORMER DRUMMER LEE KERSLAKE
Greg Prato for BraveWords spoke with Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box. Portions of the interview appear below.
BraveWords: Let’s discuss the upcoming tour with Judas Priest.
Mick Box: Back in the ‘80s, we toured with Judas Priest through America. So, it’s going to be something we’ve done before, but something we’re very excited about doing again, because I think both bands are on fire – in terms of they’ve got a new album out, Firepower, that people are saying is one of the best of their career, and we’ve got an album out, Living The Dream, that people are saying is one of the best of our career. So, I think it’s two bands at the top of their game.
BraveWords:…Who were some of Uriah Heep’s favorite touring partners in the ‘70s and ‘80s?
Mick Box: In our heyday, we had many people supporting us – from Rush to KISS to ZZ Top to Earth, Wind & Fire. Quite diverse. But I think the best band we’ve ever toured with I’d say were Def Leppard. When we had the Abominog album out in the ‘80s, we toured with them, and they were just hitting the big time [with Pyromania], and were the biggest thing since sliced bread in America and Canada. We hopped on their tour, and it was an amazing tour.
BraveWords: I’ve noticed a wide age range at recent shows I’ve attended by veteran rock and metal acts. Do you anticipate this at the upcoming shows with Priest?
Mick Box: We are hoping so, because it will be predominately Priest’s audience, and of course, the metal fans will be out there. So, we will design our set to please them, too – we’ve got one hour to play. But in Europe, we get a really young audience, which is really cool. But in America, I’m not sure yet – we hope to have that range of ages, from dads bringing their kids, if you’d like, and those who have grown up with us. It’s quite diverse.
BraveWords: Why do you think this is? Because of music streaming services being easier for younger fans to check out artists?
Mick Box: That and also because of the YouTube thing – where you see the band live. There’s more access to what we do in the media.
BraveWords: Are you still in contact with [drummer] Lee Kerslake? How is he doing?
Mick Box: Me and Lee, we’re like brothers – we’re brothers from different mothers, if you’d like. Obviously, his ill health [cancer and other ailments] is something to worry about, but he’s a bold fighter. And I think – if I’m very truthful – the music is keeping him alive, because he’s trying to finish off a new album of his own. But we go out to dinner whenever we can, we talk a lot. Sometimes, he’s having treatment in the hospital, and when I know he’s there, I text him jokes to keep his spirits up, and he says, “I’m in a room full of gloom, and I’m the only one laughing!” So, we keep in touch a lot. It’s very important, because I love the man, and we spent a large part of our lives together.
Read more at BraveWords.
Uriah Heep’s, Living The Dream, was released on September 14th, 2018 through Frontiers Music Srl. Watch a video for the song Grazed By Heaven, below.
The Recording Academy will honor its 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients with Grammy Salute To Music Legends, an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Saturday, May 11th at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick. Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees; and Saul Walker is the Technical Grammy Award recipient. Also being honored is Jeffery Redding, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum. Led by Grammy-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director, the tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired. Currently scheduled to appear are Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clinton; Grammy winner Bootsy Collins, who will salute Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic; five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway and Kenya Hathaway, who will pay tribute to their father Donny; past Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Mathis, who will honor Warwick; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sam Moore; two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter, who will pay tribute to Eckstine; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Simpson; past Grammy nominee Snoop Dogg, who will salute Clinton and PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC; and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Warwick. Presenters for the evening will include Grammy winners Cheech & Chong. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. Tickets for the event will be on sale via a Ticketmaster pre-sale, beginning today at 10 a.m. PT. The password to access the pre-sale is LEGENDS.
The Recording Academy will produce Grammy Salute To Music Legends in partnership with Thirteen as part of the Great Performances series on PBS, set to air later this year. Previously held during Grammy Week, this is the fourth year The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone TV event and musical tribute. In addition to the tribute concert, special celebrity guests will present recipients their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by a vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical Grammy Award recipients are determined by vote of the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees and ratified by the Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The Music Educator Award is selected by a Blue Ribbon Committee and is approved by the National Board of Trustees.
ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE (FRANK BELLO OF ANTHRAX & DAVID ELLEFSON OF MEGADETH) SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “PART OF ME” & ANNOUNCE US TOUR DATES
|Altitudes & Attitude, a collaboration between Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Megadeth’s David Ellefson—two virtuosic bass players who’ve anchored some of the fiercest thrash records of all time – are sharing their new video for Part of Me, filmed on their recent European tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. A&A will tour the Midwest this spring, in support of their debut album, Get It Out (Megaforce). Watch the clip below.|
|Produced by Jay Ruston, Get It Out is a kind of rock ‘n’ roll primal-scream therapy. It’s the result of nearly four years of writing and recording sessions—and decades of touring, searching, striving and living. The album features drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle) with guests Ace Frehley and Nita Strauss, who handles lead guitar on Part of Me.|
|“I’ve learned that writing songs is very cathartic,” says Bello, who performs at open mics around New York City when Anthrax is off the road. “A lot of these lyrics are about the inner struggles of my life, and about the rage that has built up from my life experiences—my brother’s murder; my father abandoning my family when we were young, leaving us with no funds to pay the bills. … The ups and downs of life in general. I’ve always had an anger inside, and music really helps me deal.”|
|“Get It Out is very much an important musical statement from Frank and me,” adds Ellefson. “There’s a big musical part of each of us that doesn’t get heard anywhere else.” |
|Altitudes & Attitude Midwest Tour Dates:|
April 3 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
April 3 Chicago, IL Shuga Records, 6pm
April 4 Ft. Wayne, IN Sweetwater
April 5 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s Music Room
April 5 Dayton, OH Omega Music, 6pm
April 6 Fremont, OH Midwest Rhythm Summit
April 7 Flint, MI Machine Shop
Tesla will releasing their new album, Shock, on March 8th. It was produced and co-written by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. The band is streaming the first single, California Summer Song, which can be heard below.
To listen to previously released songs, click on the highlighted song titles:
Shock track listing:
1. You Won’t Take Me Alive
2. Taste Like
3. We Can Rule The World
5. Love Is A Fire
6. California Summer Song
7. Forever Loving You
8. The Mission
9. Tied To The Tracks
11. I Want Everything
12. Comfort Zone
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