House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of the self-titled album, a record which is still regarded as one of the best Arena Rock releases of the 80’s. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex Angel and Giuffria, Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans.
Leslie West, Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker Unite for 3 Guitar Heroes Tour
Michael Schenker added: "It is very exciting to be part of a tour that has very deeply rooted connections with two guitarists that have been at their best since the start of their careers. When I was around 14 years-old, I saw a guy on stage playing amazing guitar. It was Uli, and he was around my age. Three years later while with the Scorpions, I chose to join UFO and found the best possible replacement in Uli. I knew my brother Rudolf (Schenker) and Klaus (Meine) were in good hands.
When I was 16 years old, Leslie West was one of my favorite guitarists. He had just recorded 'Theme For An Imaginary Western' with MOUNTAIN, a song featuring one of my all-time favorite lead-breaks on it. Looking back, Leslie is the last guitarist I ever copied seeing that from when I was 17 on, I went completely my own way.
So, here we are after all these years on stage together, celebrating the phenomenon - rock guitar."
3 Guitar Heroes Tour Dates:
6 - Norfolk, CT Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
8 - Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
9 - Plymouth, NH The Flying Monkey
12 - Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
13 - Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
14 - New York, NY Irving Plaza
15 - Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
16 - Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre At Westbury
19 - Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
20 - Cleveland, OH House of Blues
21 - Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
22 - Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
26 - Milwaukee, WI The Pabst Theater
27 - Chicago, IL House of Blues
4 - Dallas, TX House of Blues
5 - Houston, TX House of Blues
11 - Las Vegas, NV Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
More dates will be announced shortly.
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THE NEW ALBUM
Monday September 5th sees the UK release of Derek Sherinian’s new solo album ‘Oceana’ – released on the Music Theories Recordings label via the Mascot Label Group.
If this were the 1970's, the heyday of such keyboard titans as Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Jon Lord, he would be among that elite circle of players whom were superstars - back in a time when such talent was not only appreciated, but celebrated in popular music. This is, however, 2011, and in this age, Derek Sherinian is the premiere rock keyboardist of his generation, a member of the supergroup Black Country Communion, a core member of Dream Theater, and a prolific solo artist.
Derek has played with a diverse range of artists including Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen and KISS. In addition to being a part of Dream Theater, Derek was also a member of the prog rock band Platypus, and the founder of the progressive fusion/metal band Planet X.
Oceana is mixed by the legendary drummer Simon Phillips (whose drumming credentials include Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck, 10CC, Roxy Music, Mick Jagger, Mike Oldfield).
The new album features contributions from Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion), Tony MacAlpine (Planet X), Simon Phillips (Toto), Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Jimmy Johnson and Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder).
1. Five Elements (4:37)
2. Mercury 7 (4:29)
3. Mulholland (5:56)
4. Euphoria (5:34)
5. Ghost Runner (4:54)
6. El Camino Diablo (5:06)
7. I Heard That (4:53)
8. Seven Sins (5:56)
9. Oceana (5:38)
Sherinian has carved out a niche for himself within the progressive metal scene. His solo albums have featured the best technically proficient and creative musicians, including luminaries as diverse as Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, John Petrucci, John Sykes and Zakk Wylde.
With Oceana, the album is yet again an assemblage featuring some of the most talented players to ever strap on a guitar, all of whom have joined Sherinian in the studio.
Steve Lukather once again collaborated with the keyboardist on the tracks Mulholland, Euphoria and Seven Sins, and former Planet X guitarist and fusion legend Tony MacAlpine performed on Five Elements and Mercury 7. Acclaimed session musician Steve Stevens is featured on Ghost Runner and the title track Oceana, while Black Country Communion band-mate Joe Bonamassa makes an appearance on I Heard That. Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake) performs on El Camino Diablo, and Jimmy Johnson plays the bass on all tracks with the exception of Ghost Runner and Oceana, which both feature Tony Franklin. Toto’s Simon Phillips performs drums across the whole album.
Favouring a guitar heavy rock based approach to fusion ala Jeff Beck, Sherinian’s music creates a certain energy that comes through the recordings, setting him apart from other jazz fusion artists.
His music also appeals to fans of technical heavy metal.
Thanks to his relentless touring schedule with a wide range of well-known artists, Sherinian easily adapts to ever changing musical genres, while always maintaining his signature style.
Earlier this year record producer Kevin Shirley opened the door for the keyboardist to join Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa in the rock supergroup Black Country Communion.
BCC’s two acclaimed album releases have set the stage for ‘Oceana’ to reach a more mainstream audience, a move which will surely continue to cement Derek’s legacy as one of the premiere rock keyboardists of the 21st century.
To promote the release of ‘Oceana’, Derek will embark on a solo tour in early 2012.
ZZ Top hits the North American highway but no sign of any new album on the way ...
It appears that there is still no update on any forthcoming Z.Z. Top new album, at the bands website, but the band are not sitting around ...
So no word on that at the moment, but the band is seriously hitting the North American highway to play a number of live dates this summer, including a one off live date in Michigan with Ted Nugent and the ending this current run of live shows with a 5 date cruise, playing live on the cruise ship alongside George Thorogood and The Destroyers, a trend in recent years and fun marketing ploy which has become very popular lately among rock acts.
The bands live dates are as follows:
Date, City, Venue
Sun 07/31/11 Big Flats, NY Tags Outdoor Amphitheater
Wed 08/03/11 Rama, ON Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Fri 08/05/11 Mount Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
(with Ted Nugent)
Sat 08/06/11 Greenville, WI Greenville Lions Park
Sun 08/07/11 Hammond, IN The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
Mon 08/08/11 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
Tue 08/09/11 West Allis, WI Wisconsin State Fair Grandstand
Thu 08/11/11 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino
Fri 08/12/11 Hankinson, ND Dakota Magic Casino
Sat 08/13/11 Tower, MN Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Fri 08/19/11 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Sat 08/20/11 Bushkill, PA Mt Laurel - Pocono Mountain Performing Arts Center
Tue 08/23/11 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
Fri 08/26/11 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino & MGM Grand At Foxwoods
Sat 08/27/11 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
Sun 08/28/11 Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre At Westbury
Tue 08/30/11 Newark, NJ Prudential Hall
Wed 08/31/11 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Fri 09/02/11 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Music Box
Sat 09/03/11 Virginia Beach, VA 5th Street Stage, "American Music Festival"
Sun 09/04/11 Cherokee, NC Harrah's Cherokee Casino
Sat 09/24/11 Thackerville, OK Winstar World Casino
Sat 10/01/11 Henderson, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
Tue 10/04/11 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
Wed 10/05/11 Fresno, CA Paul Paul Theatre, "The Big Fresno Fair"
Fri 10/07/11 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
Sat 10/08/11 West Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
"Rock Legends Cruise" with George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Thu 12/01/11 Miami, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - "Liberty Of The Seas"
Fri 12/02/11 Miami, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - "Liberty Of The Seas"
Sat 12/03/11 Miami, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - "Liberty Of The Seas"
Sun 12/04/11 Miami, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - "Liberty Of The Seas"
Mon 12/05/11 Miami, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - "Liberty Of The Seas"
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