ACE FREHLEY’s Pre-KISS Acetate Discovered In Upstate New York Barn
Apr201422

According to The Pulse Of Radio, some KISS fans are already calling the recent discovery of Ace Frehley’s pre-KISS demos the Holy Grail of rock. The 1971 demo acetate for RCA Records from Frehley’s band MOLIMO was reportedly discovered in barn in upstate New York.

The Village Voice reported record collector Chris Reisman had been tipped off to a “barn full of 10-to-20,000 records,” with the owner unaware of what was in the collection. Reisman explained: “I went up there every Tuesday for a month straight. I was able to get through everything, and in the last wall unit’s last shelf of records was a corner full of test presses and acetates and it was in there. At the time, I had no clue what it was, but I just bought them all.”

After Frehley split with MOLIMO, they changed their name to TOMORROW MORNING and in 1974 released on single on KISS’ original label, Casablanca Records. Reisman currently has the MOLIMO acetate up for sale on eBay with the going price as The Pulse Of Radio went to press up to $3,100.

Backstage earlier this month at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, The Pulse Of Radio asked Ace Frehley what he ultimately thinks KISS will be remembered for. “Well, I think it’s an obvious question; it’s the makeup, it’s the costume, it’s the fantastic show that we created,” he said. “And as it evolved over the years, it only got bigger — and I think that’s what we’re gonna be remembered for. And the music, of course!”

Ace Frehley’s first new album in five years, called “Space Invader”, will be released on June 24.

TATE AND FORMER BANDMATES REACH QUEENSRŸCHE SETTLEMENT
Apr201422

QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton has confirmed that singer Geoff Tate — who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band in 2012 after fronting it for three decades — and his former bandmates have reached a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group’s name.

Speaking to the Allentown Music ExaminerWilton was asked when fans can expect a resolution of the legal case involving the two versions of QUEENSRŸCHE. “That’s coming up,” Wilton said. “What I can say is that both sides have reached an amicable settlement and it’s now just a matter of time. There will be an official press release, but for now, you’ll have to wait.”

Wilton also revealed that the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE is continuing work on material for the follow-up to last year’s self-titled effort. “We’ve already begun the process for the next album,” he said. “We have probably six songs demoed so far. We’re taking it in a direction suited to what we do as QUEENSRŸCHE but maybe a little more progressive and heavier. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it’s complete. It’s like carving a piece of clay and seeing how it turns out. You peel off the layers until you get to something really cool.”

Tate and his wife, SusanQUEENSRŸCHE‘s former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band’s name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. WiltonRockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices.

While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. “I don’t see any reason that Mr. Tate can’t have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand,” Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13, 2012 court hearing. “I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I’m sure the market can get these things sorted out,” she added.

WiltonRockenfield and Jackson last year accused Geoff Tate of “continu[ing] to harm the QUEENSRŸCHE brand” since the Tates‘ original lawsuit was filed in June 2012. In a court document, they wrote: “The newest self-titled QUEENSRŸCHE CD release by the [Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band] entered the U.S. charts at #23 and continues to get 9-out-of-10-star reviews and is still selling very well on a weekly basis around the globe. In comparison, Geoff Tate released his own QUEENSRŸCHE CD in April of [2013] titled ‘Frequency Unknown’ and depicted as F.U. on the cover, which entered the charts at #82, received very bad reviews around the world, and has slowed to almost no more weekly sales. [The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE's] new CD even outperformed the last two CDs of them with Geoff Tate, selling more in a month than the ‘Dedicated to Chaos’ CD has since its release in 2010, and charting much better than both that album and the previous one, ‘American Soldier’. Thus, the return to the classic sound [Tate's former] bandmates have made with the new CD and live shows has been met with overwhelming success.”

They added: “Geoff Tate also chose very poorly in hiring live musicians that have shown that they are not capable of representing the correct performances of the QUEENSRŸCHE music legacy, and he was constantly replacing them. He has been offering his low-quality version of QUEENSRŸCHE to the promoters at a much reduced rate, as low as $10,000 per night, when, in fact, [his former] bandmates have done their best to keep the authorized QUEENSRŸCHE at an average of well over $20,000 per show this entire year. However, this becomes harder and harder with Geoff Tate‘s sub-par band and cut-rate pricing that continues to be damaging to the QUEENSRŸCHE brand and legacy no matter who ultimately wins control after trial.”

In an interview with The Oakland PressRockenfield said said that “negotiations are ongoing between Tate and the singer’s former bandmates and “there’s still time for anything to happen between now and [the start of the trial].”

“I think our confidence is pretty high,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of legal stuff you have to deal with, but we just feel good and look at it as a light at the end of the tunnel and keep playing shows and making music. I think when you do that, the right decision will be made in time.”

 

CINDERELLA: ‘Stripped’ Live Album Coming In May
Apr201419

Collectors Dream Records has set a May 16 release date for CINDERELLA‘s “Stripped”. Recorded live over the course of two nights — October 2-3, 1998 — at the Key Club in Hollywood, California during the band’s “Unfished Business” tour, the disc is comprised of 14 hard-rockin’ and blues-based tracks; included as a bonus are two songs recorded live in 1991.

“Stripped” track listing:

01. The More Things Change
02. Push Push
03. Gypsy Road
04. Fallin Apart At The Seams
05. Heartbreak Station
06. The Last Mile
07. Shelter Me
08. Coming Home
09. Hot And Bothered
10. Nightsongs
11. Nobody’s Fool
12. Somebody Save Me
13. Shake Me
14. Don’t Know What You Got
15. Sick For The Cure (bonus track)
16. Make Your Own Way (bonus track)

In a September 2013 interview with the Syracuse Music Examiner, CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer was asked if there are any plans for the band to record a new studio album. “Well, we’re on a hiatus,” he said. “It’s not for lack of desire on our part, I always say, but it’s got to be the right situation. We’ve been burnt by the record companies a couple of times and that leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you’ve put a lot of work in it. It’s really the reason why I decided to produce my [solo] album independent of a label; you create what you want and then you find a label who likes what you created and we found a great label that has been amazing in support of the album.”

He continued: “From the record companies’ perspective, if they’re going to invest a bunch of money into making a record, you don’t know what the record’s going to be. So in this day and age of limited funds, because of the piracy of music, record companies don’t have the same resources that they used to. Stepping in and paying for the record and then be responsible for all the marketing too… It just made sense to me to make the record I wanted to create and find a label that listens to the finished product and says, ‘We’re in.’ And more and more people are doing it this way.”

TESLA To Release ‘Simplicity’ Album In June
Apr201419

Frontiers Records will release TESLA‘s brand new studio album, “Simplicity”, on June 6 in Europe.

The Sacramento rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn’t come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. “Simplicity” is TESLA‘s seventh all-original studio album which follows a six-year creative break from the release of the previous album, “Forever More”.

After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the TESLA roots. The bandmembers produced it themselves, as they did with “Into The Now”, their successful comeback effort from 2004. Helped by the legendary Tom Zutaut, who was the man behind the best TESLA albums, this new CD rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist — not sounding like another.

The first new song off the new album, “Taste My Pain”, was released last summer digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day (June 5-6, 2013) session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento. The new song is, according to the band, “A heavier song with a hard-driving beat and TESLA trademark blazing guitars.”

Guitarist Frank Hannon says about “Simplicity”: “I must say that this new TESLA album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than ‘Forever More’, and the style is pure TESLA back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!”

“The opening track is called ‘MP3′,” continues Hannon, “and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values…and has a heavy-ass riff! Then we segue into a rock and roll song called ‘Ricochet’ that talks about Uncle Ted… [I] can’t wait to play this stuff live!”

“Simplicity” (European version) track listing:

01. MP3
02. Ricochet
03. Rise And Fall
04. So Divine…
05. Cross My Heart
06. Honestly
07. Flip Side!
08. Other Than Me
09. Break Of Dawn
10. Burnout To Fade
11. Life Is A River
12. Sympathy
13. Time Bomb
14. ‘Til That Day
15. Burnout To Fade (writing demo version) *

“Simplicity” was mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROWOZZY OSBOURNEMETALLICADOKKENACCEPTMÖTLEY CRÜEWHITE LIONEXTREMEPOISONMEGADETHOVERKILLTESTAMENT).

* Bonus track

TESLA is:

Jeff Keith: Lead Vocals
Frank Hannon: Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Bass
Brian Wheat: Bass, Vocals, Piano
Troy Luccketta: Drums and Percussion
Dave Rude: Guitars, Vocals, Bass

 

RIVAL SONS: ‘Open My Eyes’ Track Available For Streaming
Apr201419

Long Beach, California’s RIVAL SONS has released a brand new track from the band’s forthcoming album, “Great Western Valkyrie”“Open My Eyes” is available immediately for everyone who pre-orders the album on iTunes, along with a previously released song, “Electric Man”. Another new cut, “Good Things”, will be available for instant grat download on May 17.

The iTunes version of the album also includes five exclusive bonus tracks which are available only to those who pre-order the album, and will not be available after release date.

The “Open My Eyes” song and commentary are available below.

“Great Western Valkyrie” will be released on June 10 in the USA (one day earlier internationally). The CD was recorded with producer Dave Cobb at LCS Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Comments RIVAL SONS frontman Jay Buchanan: “Every time we set out to make a record, the experience ends up being some of the old and some of the new. Same studio, same town, same on-spot writing/recording process with the same guys. Actually, not the same guys; we have a new bass player in Dave Beste, and we had my buddy Ikey Owens (THE MARS VOLTAJACK WHITE) throw down some craziness on keys while he was in town.

“I’d like to think we became a little bit more of ourselves making this record and that the selection of influences has broadened a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Miley during the recording; I believe his playing on this record is his most lyrical and musical yet and that’s probably a direct reflection of Beste’s fresh blood in the mix.

“Speaking of Beste, whoa. Thunder from his hands all over this album.

“I think Scott really expanded his approach in these songs and you can definitely hear it in the moodier tracks, while on the hot tracks you can hear him forcing his aviary of Firebirds to drink moonshine. Dangerous.

“There are some serious house burners on ‘Great Western Valkyrie’ but there are also a couple where thesis dictated more subtlety from the arrangement.

“My performance? I think it’s more of the same on my end, but Cobb did tell me that my finest performances were given in these sessions, but what the fuck does he know?

“They say the truth is in the taste — I’d say this record is the filthy magazine hidden in the hymnal.”

“Great Western Valkyrie” is available to pre-order now on digi-sleeve CD and limited-edition coloured vinyl, as well as an ultra-limited box set including the following:

* Double LP on limited clear vinyl with etched fourth side
* Signed band photo insert
* Custom vinyl slipmat
* 5-bonus-track CD
* Album cover t-shirt
* Woven throw blanket
* Album presentation box

An “Great Western Valkyrie” audio preview is available below.

New Clip From ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ Documentary Posted Online
Apr201419

Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, has announced the world premiere of “Super Duper Alice Cooper” at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, Alice presents his story in the first-ever “doc opera” film — a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera.

Entertainment Weekly has revealedvery first exclusive clip of never-befor- seen footage from the film. Check it out at this location.

Filmmaker Reginald Harkema comments on the segment: “This clip shows the exciting momentum the ALICE COOPER group gets swept up in when their iconic teen anthem ‘I’m Eighteen’ turns them into overnight sensations. The song ‘Caught In A Dream’ self-referentially soundtracks a swirl of images including limousines, gold records, airplanes, and lunatic teenagers.”

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” will hit theaters nationwide beginning April 30. It is presented by Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, and distributed to theaters and venues by SpectiCast.

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” will screen in over 250 U.S. cinemas and venues following the April 17 premiere. A special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Just Ask Alice” question-and-answer session and welcome from Alice will be included exclusively with each screening.

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock ‘n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as frontman for a group of Phoenix freaks in the ’60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s to his triumphant comeback as ’80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s souls. Alice‘s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton JohnIggy PopJohn Lydon and Dee Snider.

“Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666″ (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film “Monkey Warfare”.

In a 2012 interview with Spinner.comDunn stated about the Cooper documentary: “We know Alice through various projects that we’ve done. We interviewed Alice for ‘Headbanger’s Journey’. He’s also featured pretty prominently in two episodes of [the new groundbreaking documentary series] ‘Metal Evolution’, both in [the] Shock Rock and Early Metal U.S. [episodes]. He’s a pretty fascinating character, who has been through a lot in his life. He’s one of those musicians that maybe he hasn’t had a hit in a long time, but everyone knows who Alice Cooper is because of his influence on pop culture and the big songs he had in the ’70s.

“We’re exploring a different stylist approach with this film. It won’t be talking heads; it’s going to be more of an archival and animated journey through his career.

“He’s such a rich visual artist, it makes so much sense to try and do it in a different way.

“I think we’re just a little bit sick of doing talking head interviews, to be honest [laughs], after doing 300 of them for ‘Metal Evolution’. So it’s really the story of Alice‘s career from the ’60s right up to the ’80s and everything he went through — the ups and the downs, battles with alcoholism, being raised in a Christian family, rebelling against that but then coming back to faith later in his career, and moving from town to town, and trying to find his place.”

Alice Cooper‘s latest album, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare”, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. Cooper‘s previous CD, 2008′s “Along Came A Spider”, opened with just under 10,000 copies to land at No. 53.

Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum “Welcome To My Nightmare” album in 1975, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

BILL WARD On OZZY OSBOURNE: ‘I’ve Lost A Friend, As Far As I’m Concerned’
Apr201419

Metal Chris of DCHeavyMetal.com recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward.

DCHeavyMetal.com: In November, you did an interview with Rock Cellar Magazine and in that interview you said that you hadn’t listened to any of the new BLACK SABBATH album, “13″, except for maybe about 40 seconds of [the promotional track] “God Is Dead?” Have you listened to that album since then?

Ward: No and I probably won’t.

DCHeavyMetal.com: You don’t think you ever will?

Ward: I, I… Maybe if I reach a point of serenity where I’m able to give it a listen but no there’s nothing of value in there for me to listen to. I love the guys. I really hope that they receive blessings and wonderful things in their life. [I'm] communicating with Terry ["Geezer" ButlerBLACK SABBATH bass player], I’m communicating with Tony, privately. We always send our very, very best wishes to each other and our love to each other. But no, I’m not interested in the album. It was something that I wanted to play on. I was completely able to play on it. There’s no question in my heart at all. So, you know, it’s still something that I don’t care, I don’t care to listen to it. Even if it was the most brilliant album in the world, I don’t care to listen to it.

DCHeavyMetal.com: That leads me to the question, do you ever see yourself as a part of BLACK SABBATH again?

Ward: Well, a lot of things have happened to me. Starting in September, 2013, I had a horrible illness, which I’m still recovering from, and it created some other things that I am still recovering from. That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t come to [my previously scheduled appearance in] Annapolis [for an art exhibition], you know. So aside from me now having to do a lot of work to gain my health and my strength back, you know, and I’d be the first to admit it if I can’t cut it physically as a drummer, then my answer would be no. I would not be prepared to play with SABBATH, you know. I would never, ever, ever allude to being able to play with SABBATH if my health wasn’t absolutely smack on. And my health right now is not bad, but it’s not good enough to certainly play in any band, never mind BLACK SABBATH. I have to get a lot stronger than where I am. I lost a lot of weight. I’ve got to gain all my muscle back. I lost all my muscle. And I’m doing some stick practice, but if I was in a good position where I felt strong enough, I can overcome the hits that I took, the verbal hits, I can overcome all that stuff. I can overcome, you know, just the shutdown and the way that I felt and everything else. I can overcome all of those things. All of the things that were like at the time just like, “What the hell?” I can certainly recover from all that stuff, actually. I can do it pretty good. You know, in fact, I’ve recovered from most of it as I’m speaking to you this morning. I’ll always have an open mind to playing with BLACK SABBATH. I love the band. I miss them terribly. And so my answer would be leaning towards if something could be worked out. Something that I could live with and I’m talking politically now, contractually. And not the kind of things that I’ve done in the past. I’m talking about the very core of what I talked about in my big statement of February 2012. If we can come to some terms, and we’re all OK with each other, and the most important thing for me is being able to know that I can play drums the way that I want to be. Otherwise I wouldn’t even enter into any kind of conversation with them if I knew that I wasn’t back on the mark. Then I would be moving forward. I think that a lot of fans have suffered horribly through these undertakings of the last couple of years, and I fully, fully blame the inconsiderateness of just a few people who created, and I won’t talk about who, but a few people who created such a huge wasteland of real, real pain when everyone was just so excited to see the original band with an original record. And I’d already stated my boundaries quite early in all this. It didn’t come overnight. It wasn’t a shock. You know, it wasn’t something that suddenly happened. We’d been negotiating for over 15 months. Things like that, so… But I have to be careful in overstating, because there’s still a political agenda attached to this. So I’ve definitely got an open mind. I miss playing with TerryGeezer, just horribly. I absolutely miss him to death. And I miss playing with Tony just… every day. I mean every single day I — it just blows me away, man. And obviously I miss Oz [Ozzy OsbourneBLACK SABBATH vocalist]. I’ve had to… With Ozzy, I… I’ve lost a friend, as far as I’m concerned. A man that I dearly loved, and I still dearly love, but I’ve had to really now readjust just how much I’m going to trust and love him. He fired back on some pretty mean stuff in the press, so… And I’ve gone OK. Like with any of us, when we get hurt, we’re going to pull back our love and our considerations for another human being when they kick out at you and you know. So that’s been a big loss.

DCHeavyMetal.com: In the last couple years in the world of metal there have been several high-profile drummers that have either been kicked out of their bands or just kind of you know similar situations to you I think where there’s contract issues and things where I think the drummers feel like they’re not getting at least a respectable compensation for what they’re doing. I’m talking about like big bands here like Dave Lombardo of SLAYERMike Portnoy leaving DREAM THEATER, and I’m sure there’s others as well. But do you think drummers right now, in the world of modern metal, do you think they’re just being undervalued?

Ward: Yeah, there’s something going on. Just for the record, I know Mike and Dave Lombardo is a very good friend of mine. Me and Dave have had many Indian food — much Indian food —and we’ve discussed these things in the last two years, that’s for sure. Yeah, I think what’s going on is we find the key players and the other players have less value and it’s become some kind of new modern thing, modern thinking. It’s like the other guys don’t count as much or they can be replaced. Let’s just focus on who we think are the stars in the band and you’ll see it all the time. It’s been going on for a long, long time. A lot of other bands have adopted this similar idea. It’s been around for a while. I think it comes out of a managerial idea, for the most part. Not a very good managerial idea at all. But it’s just something that’s going on, and I’ve had private discussions with a lot of people about this, and I think it’s not only necessarily aimed at drummers, I think it’s aimed at other people as well. And it’s not just because the guys are being [night] owls or whatever you know. It’s nothing to do with that. Back in the day, that was, like, it’s about him, it’s about him and let’s blame him and that and that and that, you know. And it’s not about me. I absolutely refuse to take any responsibility of blame that’s been thrown at me. I will be accountable to the fans and I will be responsible to the fans, because they are extremely important to me. I think what we’re seeing is something that’s been going on for a while that’s starting to take seed and we’re now seeing the results of defocusing other people and we’re seeing that more focus goes on the primary players and that’s been going on since, well, I’ll probably get into trouble with this, since all of the teams. [MickJagger and [KeithRichards and all the way through. And I’m not saying for one second that THE [ROLLINGSTONES‘ setup is like that, OK?! I’m not saying that. It’s a very interesting subject and as more is being revealed, I can probably be a little more revealing, but it’s so bloody political that I have to watch what I’m saying. Because otherwise, I know that there are some people that would probably love to sue my ass, and I would think they would get a great deal of pleasure from that.

DCHeavyMetal.com: Well I’m not trying to get you in any trouble here either so…

Ward: No, no, I know. I know. No, I’m enjoying the interview, but I just have to be careful, you know. And a lot of the times I wear a lot of my stuff on my sleeve. I’m so bloody transparent and I hate having to play hopscotch, but I feel like I’ve been as honest as I can be with you right now.

You can read the entire interview at DCHeavyMetal.com.

FALCONER: ‘Black Moon Rising’ Album Details
Apr201418

Swedish folk metal forerunners FALCONER return to glory with their new album, “Black Moon Rising”, which is scheduled for release on June 9 in Europe and June 10 in North America via Metal Blade Records.

The first single from the CD, “Locust Swarm”, can be streamed below.

After the release of FALCONER‘s last album, “Armod”, in 2011, the band first effort sung entirely in Swedish and concentrating on the folk elements in the music, the group returned to KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque‘s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden to record the new CD. This effort is described in a press release as “the most guitar-oriented, riff-filled, and fastest FALCONER release to date. This is a much hungrier and more vital FALCONER, with some of their finest material in many years.”

Comments FALCONER main composer Stefan Weinerhall: “After an eight-month complete break from music on the verge of quitting it, I finally returned with a feeling of hunger, power and commitment to the songwriting. The goal we all had was to wake up, stir things up a bit and perform at our very best. And so we all did!!”

“Black Moon Rising” track listing:

01. Locust Swarm
02. Halls and Chambers
03. Black Moon Rising
04. Scoundrel and the Squire
05. Wasteland
06. In Ruins
07. At The Jester’s Ball
08. There’s a Crow on the Barrow
09. Dawning of a Sombre Age
10. Age of Runes
11. The Priory

FALCONER is:

Mathias Blad: vocals
Stefan Weinerhall: guitar
Jimmy Hedlund: guitar
Magnus Linhardt: bass
Karsten Larsson: drums

BLACK STONE CHERRY: ‘Me And Mary Jane’ Video Released
Apr201418

“Me And Mary Jane”, the new video from Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Mason Dixon in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We wanted to make a cool, interesting, and dangerous video… all the while keeping it sexy and rock ‘n’ roll,” BLACK STONE CHERRY frontman Chris Robertson tells Billboard.com.

The clip has “a ton of vibe and we’re sure people will want to watch it over and over again,” adds Robertson. “I mean, if you’re gonna do a video in today’s world, why not go for it.”

“Me And Mary Jane” is taken from BLACK STONE CHERRY‘s fourth album, “Magic Mountain”, which will be released on May 6 (one day earlier internationally) via Roadrunner Records.

“Magic Mountain” track listing:

01. Holding On…To Letting Go
02. Peace Pipe
03. Bad Luck & Hard Love
04. Me And Mary Jane
05. Runaway
06. Magic Mountain
07. Never Surrender
08. Blow My Mind
09. Sometimes
10. Fiesta Del Fuego
11. Dance Girl
12. Hollywood in Kentucky
13. Remember Me

Commenting on the making of the Joe Barresi-produced “Magic Mountain”BLACK STONE CHERRY said: “Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album.

“After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship.”

BLACK STONE CHERRY‘s previous albums, 2008′s “Folklore And Superstition” and 2011′s “Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea”, both topped the U.K. Rock Albums chart on their release and have since racked up silver sales certification status from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry).

BLACK STONE CHERRY is:

Chris Robertson - Vocals/Guitar
Ben Wells - Guitar/Vocals
Jon Lawhon - Bass/Vocals
John Fred Young - Drums/Vocals

FIREWIND/OZZY OSBOURNE Guitarist GUS G.: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ Video Released
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“Eyes Wide Open”, the new video from Gus G. — well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND — can be seen below. The clip was once again produced by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIRLACUNA COILIN FLAMESSONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.

“Eyes Wide Open” is taken from Gus G.‘s debut solo album, “I Am The Fire”, which entered the official chart in Greece at position No. 27. The CD sold around 700 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

“I Am The Fire” track listing:

01. My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
02. Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
03. I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
04. Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
05. Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
06. Just Can’t Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
07. Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
08. Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
09. Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén)

The cover artwork, pictured below, was designed by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMYKAMELOTDREAM EVIL).

Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on “I Am The Fire”, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that help bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLEPUSCIFERDEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIGDAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O’Brien (TOMMY LEEWE ARE THE FALLENLITA FORD), and vocalists Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEENTHERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRATALISMAN, ex-JOURNEYYNGWIE MALMSTEEN).

“I Am The Fire” was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAXSTONE SOURSTEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus‘ home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album’s tracks include “Eyes Wide Open”“Redemption”“End Of The Line” and “Blame It On Me”. The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to Gus G.‘s soulful playing.

Gus G. has had an amazing rise within the worldwide rock and metal scenes and has amassed an impressive body of work, both in studio and touring. He emerged as an up-and-coming talent with the groups DREAM EVIL (Sweden), MYSTIC PROPHECY (Germany) and NIGHTRAGE (Greece), but it is his work with his own band FIREWIND (who have released seven studio albums and two live releases) and as a member of Ozzy Osbourne‘s band that have helped him emerge as one of the world’s top metal and rock guitarists. His work on Ozzy‘s “Scream” album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Metal Guitarist,” the “Dimebag Darrell Shredder” award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece “Best Guitarist” on four separate occasions.

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