Tuesday, August 2 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA+
HEAVY METAL GREATS THE RODS RETURN WITH A "VENGEANCE"! MAY 24TH AND CONFIRM EUROPEAN TOUR DATES WITH DIO DISCIPLES
One band that many veteran metal heads feel should have hit the big time was New York's The Rods. Comprised of members David "Rock" Feinstein (guitar/lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass/vocals), and Carl Canedy (drums/vocals), The Rods would go on to open arena shows for such renowned groups as Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne (the 'Blizzard of Oz' tour), the Scorpions, Rainbow (Joe Lynn Turner era), and during the mid '80s, even had a then-unknown Metallica opening a headlining tour for them. Add to it the fact that Feinstein is the cousin of the late/great Ronnie James Dio (both played together in Elf) and Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer (having worked on classic early releases by etc.), and it makes it even more baffling why The Rods never got their due.
But this appears to changing quickly, as the trio has signed on with the Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio. The band's seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji) is titled 'Vengeance,' and will be released on May 24th, 2011. The release comes hot on the heels of Feinstein's recently-released solo album, 'Bitten by the Beast.'
The first single off 'Vengeance' will be "The Code," which features vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010).
As renowned Quiet Riot/Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult bassist Rudy Sarzo remembers, "The Rods opened up for Ozzy during the 1981 'Blizzard Of Oz' tour. I was blown away by their no holds barred metal onslaught performance and became an instant fan!" With a full US tour planned for the summer, fans will soon be able to experience the mighty metal of the Rods first hand themselves.
'Vengeance' Track Listing:
1. "RAISE SOME HELL
2. "I JUST WANNA ROCK"
3. "REBELS HIGHWAY"
4. "RIDE FREE OR DIE"
5. "THE CODE" (Featuring Ronnie James Dio)
6. "LIVIN' OUTSIDE THE LAW"
7. "LET IT RIPP"
8. "FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE"
10. "RUNNIN WILD"
The Rod's on tour with Dio Disciples in Europe 2011:
Sat 6/11 East Midlands, UK
Sun 6/12 Newcastle, UK
Tue 6/14 Glasgow, Scotland
Wed 6/15 Wolverhampton, UK
Thu 6/16 Manchester, UK
Fri 6/17 London, UK
Sun 6/19 Uden, Netherlands
Mon 6/20 Aschafensburg, Germany
Tue 6/21 Hamburg, Germany
Wed 6/22 Berlin, Germany
Fri 6/24 Dessel, Belgium
Sat 6/25 Bochum, Germany
Mon 6/27 Vienna, Austria
Tue 6/28 Lucerne, Switzerland
For more information, visit http://www.therods.com/
New album from former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams
New album "Williams/Friestedt" is coming up May 27th 2011
AOR HEAVEN http://www.metalheaven.net/html/home.html
First teaser video at You Tube
TOTO singer Joseph Williams and acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Peter Friestedt team up for a new remarkable AOR release! The record combines Williams' outstanding vocal performances with Friestedt's top notch guitar work and superbly crafted arrangements.
Joseph Williams was the lead vocalist with Toto during the mid-to-late 1980s (“Fahrenheit”, 1986 and “The Seventh One” – 1988). He also has been busy as a composer of film and drama scores, as a session vocalist, backing singer for the band Chicago and can be heard in Disney’s animated feature film “The Lion King” as singing voice of the adult Simba (“Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”).
Guitarist, composer, producer, major label recording artist Peter Friestedt has released two critically acclaimed albums “LA Project” (2002) and “LA Project II” (2008) that got top reviews and were called ‘best Westcoast records’ in years. Peter has recently toured with Chicago singer Bill Champlin, Toto singer Joseph Williams and Michael Ruff.
"Working with Joseph is always a treat, we’ve been doing concerts in Scandinavia together and during this period the idea of doing a whole record together was brought up", Peter comments and continues: "It's been an exciting process making this record. The great contributions and dedicated work from songwriters and musicians resulted in a record exceeding all expectations".
Joseph's extraordinary vocals beautifully shine with impeccable background vocals arranged by Joseph, Bill Champlin and Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art). The line-up includes guests such as former CHICAGO singer Bill Champlin, Tommy Denander, John "JR" Robinson, Randy Goodrum and Bill Cantos. "Williams/ Friestedt” was produced by Peter Friestedt and co-produced by Joseph Williams with executive production handled by Joey Carbone; mixed by Ronni Lahti (Talisman, Lake Of Tears) and mastered by Björn Engelmann (Rammstein, Roxette). During Summer 2011, Joseph Williams once again will tour as lead vocalist with Toto.
Some news briefs ...
TOTO to film Concert DVD for Summer 2011 Tour
Toto plan to memorialize the 2011 European Tour by filming an upcoming show this summer. This DVD is scheduled to be released later this year in place of the footage filmed in 2010.
Official band website:
Brian Howe Update
Ex-Bad Company / Ted Nugent frontman Brian Howe, has this weekend told me that when he had said before, he was only doing an E.P. and then sticking to road work, that could all change! Good stuff!
Brian has again been working with Brooks Paschal, who helped him write so many good songs on 'Circus Bar,' that the plans for an E.P. could now become an album!
This is indeed good news, as I though 'Circus Bar' had so much good stuff for everyone!
Right now, the E.P. is complete and Brian is weighing up, do I just go with the E.P. for now or put the songs toward the album, that seems to be developing?
I'm hopeful he'll stick with the latter! Go Brian mate!
Facebook page - The one that is most up to date!
Official website - Not so much updated:
"Let Your Hair Down" New Album from the Steve Miller Band. Set for April 19 release on Miller's own Space Cowboy Records.
Following last year’s No.1 blues album, “Bingo!,” recently nominated as blues rock album of the year by the Blues Foundation, the Steve Miller Band follows that success with another new album, “Let Your Hair Down,” due April 19 from Space Cowboy/LoudandProud/Roadrunner Records.
Editors Note: What a great album cover!
“Let Your Hair Down” features the last recordings by harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo, Miller’s “partner in harmony” for thirty-three years. Noted Pink Floyd album cover artist Storm Thorgerson, who also did the wonderfully whimsical cover to “Bingo!,” returns to “Let Your Hair Down” with one of the great album covers of his career. Miller, whose new album shines with some of the finest guitar playing he has ever recorded,
To launch the release of “Let Your Hair Down” in high style, Miller also plans a series of theater and small arena dates in mid-April through the South and East Coast with Gregg Allman, whose new solo album, “Low Country Blues,” is one of the best-received releases of his career, a combination that could produce some rip-roaring jam sessions onstage.
The new album caps one of the busiest years of Miller’s accomplished career. In addition to the release last year of the acclaimed first new Steve Miller Band album in seventeen years (“cause for celebration,” said The Huffington Post), Miller not only led a sold out tour across the United States and Canada, but returned to Europe for the first time in more than twenty-five years for a triumphant round of dates culminating in a sold out Royal Albert Hall concert in London, filmed for DVD release.
One of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio. He is the Gangster of Love. Some people call him Maurice, the Midnight Toker or the Space Cowboy. And, as “Let Your Hair Down” so aptly demonstrates, Stevie “Guitar” Miller still speaks in the pompitus of love. (back)