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Friday, August 20, 2010
Rock News for Friday 20th August, 2010
Hey folks, yeah, I know, no news yesterday ....!
I'm telling you this is a busy, busy time ...!
Actually just got a number of new things heading my way which I'm sure you'll be happy to read about, once the reviews go up. :)
All change on the promise of the special gig review folks, received word from management this morning that I'm not on the guest list, due to lack of availability ... Nice! A huge shame, the gig was in Chicago and I know you'd all have loved the review. I guess that put the dampener on this weekend away for my wife and I.
Anyway, to the news bit's and pieces ... Enjoy folks!
Whitesnake Is Proud To Present Michael Devin
After months of speculation, WHITESNAKE are thrilled to announce their new bass player/singer... 35 year old MICHAEL DEVIN.
Recently MICHAEL has been playing with LYNCH MOB with new WHITESNAKE drummer, BRIAN TICHY.
This completes the new WHITESNAKE line-up and MICHAEL will be featured on their new album, alongside guitarists DOUG ALDRICH, REB BEACH and keyboardist TIMOTHY DRURY.
MICHAEL DEVIN says... "It's an honor to be welcomed into the WHITESNAKE family. I'm a big fan. WHITESNAKE is notorious for exciting musicianship, Davids history is rich, and I'm very proud to be here."
The album is currently being recorded for release on the FRONTIERS label in early 2011. The band will be also returning to touring in support of the new album's release.
Also, 3DD's charity The Better Life Foundation has their annual show and silent auction coming up on November 12 and 13 in Tunica, MS. Stay tuned for details on the next few days, but the lineup is looking amazing to say the least. The fanclub will be offering some pretty great VIP packages for this show. You can check out everything the 3DD fanclub has to offer at www.3ddfanclub.net/intro.html
Finally, we have started a photo album of 3 Doors Down tattoos. Send me a message with the a link to the photo and we will feature it on the site! 3doorsdown.com profiles only, no outside links please.
August 18, 2010 -- While singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin of THE NEW REGIME is searching for the best way to release his forthcoming sophomore album, fans won’t have to wait too long to hear a taste of the new material that he has been working on. Starting today, a new song entitled “Remission Of Guilt” will be made available as a free download on the band’s website (http://www.thenewregime.com/) with submission of an e-mail address.
THE NEW REGIME is a "true solo project" of current Nine Inch Nails and former Lost Prophets drummer Ilan Rubin. No mere time-keeper, the adept multi-instrumentalist wrote and recorded every note of bass, drums, guitar, piano, keyboards, and vocals on “Remission Of Guilt,” the new album, as well as the 2008 debut, COUP (COMMAND! Music). The as-yet-untitled sophomore release was written and partially recorded while on tour with NIN, while the remaining work was done immediately after the tour was complete.
“The second album from THE NEW REGIME reaches a high standard of depth in terms of songwriting, versatility, and musical execution,” explains Rubin. “This album is quite a few steps forward from COUP. Whereas COUP opened up ten different doors in terms of songwriting, this album took those ideas, fine tuned them and expanded them into a very dramatic and complete album. It’s a bigger experimentation in sound, which resulted in a broader range of moods from very quiet and haunting to incredibly grandiose and bombastic.”
And about “Remission of Guilt,” he says: “I came up with the initial idea for this song at about the halfway point of completing the second album. Since I had a precise vision as to what I wanted the album to be, I finished the idea for this song and recorded it almost immediately after the album was done. ‘Remission of Guilt’ is probably the most aggressive of all the TNR material to date but still retains the clarity of melody, the detail of harmony and structure, and the execution of musicianship.” While the track is not included on the new album, it is a good preview of what’s to come.
As praised in a Kerrang! magazine “4-K!” album review, the songs of COUP “…are presented with such wonderfully bombastic flourishes it sweeps you along like the most of lethal rip tides. They can hardly be delusions of grandeur when they’re so accomplished and self assured.” And www.Spinner.com/AOL concluded about Rubin: "It looks as though the budding rock star has a long musical career ahead of him."
Stay tuned for news about the release of the video for “Remission Of Guilt” and new music by THE NEW REGIME.
While few would argue that Eric Clapton is one of the finest guitarists of all time, it is sometimes forgotten just how pivotal, influential and downright startling this man was during the 1960s. And while, throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s, Clapton has remained a musician and songwriter of rare ability with moments of glory resplendent on album after album it was during the decade in which he emerged that his awesome skills were used most creatively. As an early member of the Yardbirds, a crucial part of the Bluesbreakers, a founder member of Cream and 'the one who mattered most' in the short lived Blind Faith, EC, to many, really was a deity.
In this extraordinary documentary, his life and career throughout these crucial ten years is put under the microscope, and with the help of archive interviews with the man himself, exclusive contributions from friends, band mates and colleagues, rare and classic performance footage, seldom seen photographs, location and period archive plus a host of other features, the story in question is told in a manner it never has been before.
Includes brand new interviews with musicians and performers; John Mayall, Paul Jones, Neil Innes, Tom McGuiness, Chris Dreja, Top Topham, Ben Palmer, Dave Kelly and Cream producer Bill Halverson, plus expert insight from Cream biographer Chris Welch, Yardbirds biographer Alan Clayson and Uncut magazine's contributing editor, Nigel Williamson.
Washington D.C. area RITES OF ASH announces their debut release!!!!
August, 2010 – Rites of Ash are the rising kings of electronic art with their blend of pop/ hard rock influences.
The debut “Like Venom” will be released this Fall through all media outlets.
“Like Venom” offers the listener a perfect balance of melodies and infectious hooks from the beginning and never lets go.
Rites of Ash have always been known for accepting nothing less than perfection when it comes to their work. Combining countless influences into a unified and original sound has helped define the band as innovators in an industry desperately lacking originality. No genre or sound is off-limits for the band; this is evident in their extensive list of influences that include Linkin Park, Billy Joel, Disturbed, T-Pain, and Lady Gaga.
Their music and live show have garnered them numerous accolades from the mainstream music industry; it has been described as "unique but mainstream, hard-hitting yet romantically suave...truly cutting-edge song writing." (S. Diablo, MTV)
Being an unsigned band hasn't hindered them from making their own professional music video (Burn), getting it aired on Fuse TV, releasing three studio albums, and having their music featured on over ten MTV shows including: "The Real World," "Pimp My Ride," and "Next."
Rites of Ash's live show is equally impressive, boasting choreographed lighting effects, custom-built stage pieces, and synchronized videos displayed on flat-panel monitors mounted on mannequins and video-towers.
“Like Venom” track listing includes:
Only Human, Redemption, Toxic (Her Lips Are Like Venom), Burn, Dead Side of Hollywood, Three Leaf Clover, The Sleeper, Disaffected, Breathless, Weight of My World, and Hand Grenade Heart
Check out Rites of Ash website for upcoming shows and news.