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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rock News Update for Thursday 5th May, 2011


(New York, NY) - With their ever-expanding roster of stellar hard rock, Frontiers Records will make its presence felt in a massive way at this year's M3 Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th. The label will have six of their premier artists respectively strutting their inimitable stuff. Warrant will be first to appear with a Friday night set. On Saturday, most of the day's festivities will be dominated by Frontiers bands with performances by Sebastian Bach, Mr. Big, Black N' Blue, Hurtsmile and festival headliners, Whitesnake. Now in its third year, this year's I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival is sure to be the best one yet with an unrivalled line-up. For more information on the festival, please visit: 

Whitesnake's new album FOREVERMORE just made its worldwide debut bowing in the Top 50 of multiple countries' album charts (including the United States). FOREVERMORE finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n' roll roots and is the band's 11th studio album. Whitesnake is David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Briian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboard). Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, 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.

Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW's hit series "Gilmore Girls", starring roles on Broadway ("Jekyll & Hyde", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") and national touring companies ("Jesus Christ Superstar"), as well as an ongoing relationship with MTV/VH1. Sebastian Bach's new album is due out worldwide early Fall, 2011 and is produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Atreyu, Shinedown, Filter).

Mr. Big's new studio album WHAT IF... is in stores now. The release finds all four original band members reuniting for their first album in 14 years and is produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden). Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark virtuosic musicianship with stellar vocal harmonies. The original (and now reunited) line-up features vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. The quartet produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, including the ubiquitous "To Be With You," which was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries for weeks, propelling the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions.

Warrant's new album ROCKAHOLIC will be released on May 17th. At the helm of ROCKAHOLIC is mega-producer Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Scorpions) and the album is mixed by Pat Regan (Kiss, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent). The album finds the band returning to its trademark sound. Warrant original members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen and Steven Sweet welcomed long-time band friend and fellow touring mate, singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love) into the fold. With 8 million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hit singles and five #1 MTV videos, Warrant was one of the most popular and successful rock bands to hail out of the Los Angeles rock scene in the late 80s/early 90s. Formed in the mid-80s by original members Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon, Warrant's biggest hits included "Cherry Pie" and "Heaven".

Black N' Blue's new album HELL YEAH is due out May 17th. HELL YEAH returns to the roots of the "classic" Black 'N Blue sound, mixing tight and hard rocking songs with a sleazy attitude. Black N' Blue is Jaime St. James (vocals), Jef "Woop" Warner (guitar), Shawn Sonnenschein (guitars), Patrick Young (bass) and Pete Holmes (drums). Black 'N Blue released four successful and critically-acclaimed albums through Geffen Records: their self-titled debut (1984), WITHOUT LOVE (1985), NASTY NASTY (1986), and IN HEAT (1987), with the latter two albums produced by the legendary Gene Simmons of KISS. Catalogue sales in the US were in excess of one million units and the band's original guitar player Tommy Thayer went on to replace Ace Frehley in the current KISS lineup.

Hurtsmile's self-titled debut was released earlier this year and has been winning over the press and fans alike. The Boston Herald said of the album, "the results are great", while Colossal Pop referred to the album as "a rock solid album"; Metal Assault avowed, "With an entertaining debut that excellently portrays a plethora of musical styles executed with aplomb by four seasoned musicians, Hurtsmile is here to stay." Chock-full of swaggering guitars, soaring vocals and eclecticism, HURTSMILE is a conceptually-cohesive album examining the nature of man and the human heart, with an added focus on the current state of world affairs and political commentary. Hurtsmile is Gary Cherone (vocals), Mark Cherone (guitars), Joe Pessia (bass, mandolin) and Dana Spellman (drums, percussion).

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And talking of Frontiers artists ...


(New York, NY) - The first single from Warrant's forthcoming album ROCKAHOLIC and its companion video have just been revealed. "Life's A Song" will impact at Rock radio this month and finds Warrant returning to their trademark melodically-infused hard rock sound. The video for "Life's A Song" takes a look at the bands long and winding road in the world of music and can be viewed here. Warrant has also just released an EPK chronicling the making of ROCKAHOLIC; it can be viewed here.
ROCKAHOLIC is due out on May 17th in North America via Frontiers Records. At the helm is mega-producer Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Scorpions) and the album is mixed by Pat Regan (Kiss, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent). Warrant is: Joey Allen (guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Robert Mason (vocals), Steven Sweet (drums) and Erik Turner (guitar).

With 8 million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hit singles and five #1 MTV videos, Warrant is one of the most popular and successful rock bands to hail out of the Los Angeles rock scene. "ROCKAHOLIC" is sure to capture the band another strip in rock history. Warrant will play on select tour dates around the world; please see below for the itinerary.

Warrant on tour:

May 2011

Fri 05/13/11 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
Sat 05/21/11 Coushatta Casino & Resort Kinder, LA**
Thu 05/26/11 Hartman Arena Wichita, KS
Mon 05/30/11 Speaking Rock Entertainment CenterEl Paso, TX*

June 2011
Fri 06/03/11 Snowdon Grove Amp Southaven, MS*
Sat 06/04/11 Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham, AL*
Sat 06/11/11 Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Lancaster, CA
Fri 06/17/11 Double JJ Resort Rothbury, MI
Sat 06/18/11 Prairie Fest Long Prairie, MN
Sat 06/25/11 Rochesterfest Rochester, MN

July 2011
Fri 07/08/11 Redwood County Fair Redwood Falls, MN
Sat 07/09/11 Whiskey River Perham, MN
Thu 07/14/11 The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
Fri 07/15/11 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI
Sat 07/16/11 Bear Tooth Motorcycle Rally Roberts, MT

August 2011
Sat 08/06/11 Hideaway Park Winter Park, CO
Wed 08/17/11 UP State Fair Escanaba, MI
Fri 08/19/11 Northwoods Rock Rally Glen Flora, WI
Fri 08/26/11 Western Speedway Victoria, BC
Sat 08/27/11 The Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC

September 2011
Sat 09/24/11 Silver Legacy Casino Reno, NV

October 2011
Sat 10/01/11 Delta Downs Racetrack Vinton, LA
Sat 10/22/11 Firefest Festival Nottingham, UK

*With Poison
**With Whitesnake

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KK. Downing issues fresh statement

The man who has just announced publicly, that he's quitting heavy metallers Judas Priest, K.K. Downing has just issued a fresh statement through his website, in response to the many fans reaction's and well wishes:

 Hi to you all!!

I would just like to say a big thank you for your support and kind words.
It is most heart-warming for me to be the recipient of such graciousness and compassion from you all.

For some of you that would seem to desire some more details as to why I have resigned from the band, I can only say that there is nothing more underlying than I have already put in my initial statement. I would like to reassure you that I am still here for you and I am still the same person with the same feelings and sentiments.

I have been lucky enough to have had a great life and to have fulfilled many goals, one of the most significant being the friendships that I have made with you my fans. Many of you I have met and we have enjoyed some time together, some of you I have just had a beer with and with others I might only have shared a couple of laughs or simply signed my autograph.

Nothing could ever have been more rewarding than to have experienced and enjoyed our special relationship and the things that we have shared together - those being Music, friendship and the love of life itself.

K.K. Downing


Fast rising rock band Age Of Evil has just released brand new iPhone and iPad apps, proving their consistent innovation and user experience for AOE fans and music fans alike. Both apps are free of charge and include a new song and new video that are exclusive to the apps. Some of the features include music, photos, videos, a rich social hub, news, tour dates, a mobile store, and more. Not only that, but almost all of the content is updated in realtime so that users always have the latest and greatest from Age Of Evil.

In less than 24 hours, Age Of Evil has already started to climb the charts by hitting the number 71 most downloaded free music iPad app.

The apps can be downloaded using the links below. Rock on!


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