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Thursday, May 10, 2012

News Update for Thursday May 10th, 2012





“Apocalyptic Love is at heart a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be
 blasted out of open-top sports cars or, more suitably, open-air stadiums.”
 – Rich Bienstock, REVOLVER (**** four out-of-five star CD review)

As the Grammy-winning guitarist, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee SLASH gears up for the May 22 release of his second solo studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE, he’s announced a run of headlining shows in North America kicking off July 12 and wrapping August 4 with up-and-coming Canadian group Monster Truck supporting. 
Exclusive fan pre-sale began this yesterday Wednesday, May 9 at and will feature packages including VIP meet and greets, and rare merch items such as signed guitars. SLASH and his band Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently touring the U.S., a mix of headlining dates and festivals (Carolina Rebellion, Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma).

Starting Monday, May 7, fans are given the opportunity to unlock unreleased tracks from APOCALYPTIC LOVE by sharing the app located on SLASH’s Facebook page with 10 of their friends. From Monday through Friday of next week, 5 new tracks will be previewed exclusively each day via SLASH’s Facebook page.

On Monday, May 21, SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) will head to New York to perform their red hot single “You’re A Lie”  live on NBC TV’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Next, on Tuesday May 22, the group will perform a special sold-out New York City CD release show at Irving Plaza on the same day APOCALYPTIC LOVE streets (May 22) via Dik Hayd International, distributed through EMI.
All tickets for SLASH: Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are available now on See the full itinerary via link below, with more dates to be added.

SLASH: featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators tour dates:

Pictured above L-R: Todd Kearns, Myles Kennedy, SLASH and Brent Fitz.

A New Massive AOR Sensation from Sweden!
WIGELIUS to debut with 'Reinventions' on Frontiers in June!

Frontiers Records is excited to present the debut album from WIGELIUS entitled “Reinventions” due for release on June 29th in Europe and July 2nd in North America.
WIGELIUS is a sensational new AOR band from Sweden built around the talent of Anders Wigelius, a gifted young vocalist who came to the attention of producer Daniel Flores (ISSA, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, MIND'S EYE) after he sung the popular Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" in a contest on the national Swedish TV (you can watch his performance following this link:

 A true Melodic Rock / AOR music fan, Anders grew up with music from Richard Marx, Toto, Journey and Foreigner and played AOR songs covers in a band called GAMBLERS, before going his own way with his own thing. “Since I discovered the joy in writing my own songs and I have been doing it since then” says Anders. “The music of Wigelius is powerful and big: it’s a guitar and drums driven sound, with a strong melodies on top. The arrangements are intricate with some theatrical modern parts, and there’s also a more downscaled side to it with emphasis on an acoustic feel. You can hear influences from Toto, Journey, Van Halen and Whitesnake.”.

Anders is in his early 20's, which is an advantage when creating new ways of marketing modern AOR. He plays guitars and keyboards and also writes music for other bands and has been quite successful with that. His older brother Erik Wigelius, plays drums. This is a hit, hungry, horny and amazingly talented new band, plus they look amazingly good. “I was fortunate to meet some great guys for this band” continues Anders, “but without Daniel Flores, there wouldn’t be Wigelius. We had a blast recording the album and with his experience the songs just kept getting better and better”. The line-up is rounded up by Jake Svensson on guitars and Chris Pettersson on bass.

Wigelius is also all about having fun! Without the enthusiasm for the music and lots of laughs during the process, "Reinventions" would have never sounded as energetic and "big" as it does. The collaboration turned out to be a perfect match of people sharing the same vision in making music together. The best still lie ahead! Everyone in the band is very excited to be a part of it! Harry Hess (ex HAREM SCAREM) mastered the album.

“Reinventions” tracklisting includes: Angeline; Talking About Love; Do You Really Know; Next To Me; My Cassandra; Piece Of The Action; Too Young To Fall In Love; Right Here, Right Now; Love Can Be That Much; Hold On To Love; There Is No Me Without You; I Reach Out
You can stream now in full the first single “Angeline” on Frontiers Records webradio and look forward to the band’s videoclip to be launched sometime in June.

Anders Wigelius (Vocals)
Erik Wigelius (Drums)
Jake Svensson (Guitars)
Chris "Wielbass" Pettersson (Bass)


 Irish HARD ROCK’s finest new band MILLION $ RELOAD to release their second album “A Sinner’s Saint” on Frontiers

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing to the label of MILLION $ RELOAD for the release of the band’s second album entitled “A Sinner’s Saint” on June 29th in Europe and July 2nd in North America.

Formed in Northern Ireland in 2005, Million $ Reload started immediately to learn their breed playing live in the local club circuit leaving behind them a trail of fans hungry for more. Their catchy anthemic tunes soon gained them a recording deal, which culminated with the release of the debut album “Anthems Of A Degeneration” in 2008. A tour-de-force of vast hooks, killer riffs and moments of joyous, snake-hipped abandon, with shades of everyone from AC/DC and Aerosmith through to Thin Lizzy and Thunder confirming that these young Irishmen know their history and salute it with style, while also displaying a powerful and compelling character and atmosphere that is all their own.

“Million Dollar Reload sound is the culmination of our individual influences : no frills, balls to the wall, straight up rock n roll” says singer Phil Conalane. “Loud guitars , big vocals and the odd guitar solo with killer hooks. We have a definite sound, it’s not a new sound and we are not trying to re-invent the wheel, there are no delusions of grandeur in M$R . We know what we are about. All of us have our own personal influences that clearly can be heard in our songs, AC/DC, Aerosmith, early G'N'R. We don’t try to emulate those bands, we have our own take on modern day rock n roll, but they are definitely a big influence”.

The band toured heavily in support of the album and shared stages with Thunder, The Darkness, Buckcherry, Papa Roach and more. This has further pushed the band’s abilities and focused their songwriting abilities. The result is the new killer album “A Sinner’s Saint” which has sparkled the attention from the Italian label Frontiers Records which immediately signed the band upon hearing the new stuff the Irish five piece created.

Indeed, from blistering, cocksure sing-alongs like “Blow me away”, “Bullets in the sky” and “Wicked”, through to the irresistible bluesy ballad “Broken”, “A Sinner’s Saint” is a flawless exercise in smart, sassy songwriting and a superb showcase for the electrifying chemistry that exists between these five musicians. You can’t keep a band this good, or an album this strong, down for long, and now that they have started to build momentum once again, Million $ Reload must surely be on the road to rock ‘n’ roll glory. They’ve got the balls, the belief and the tunes to make it happen.

“Rock ‘n’ roll is escapism…you can forget about your everyday troubles and woes, rock out, sing and scream along, have a beer and a smoke!” grins Phil Conalane. “It’s nothing new, this kind of balls-out rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s been buried away these last few years because too many people in the industry wrote it off as old fashioned and out of touch, but people are beginning to realise what proper rock ‘n’ roll really is! We’re the real deal and we’re here to stay!”

“A Sinner’s Saint” will include the following tracklisting: Fight The System; Bullets In The Sky; Blow Me Away; Can’t Tie Me Down; Broken; I Am The Rapture; Wicked; Smoke 'N' Mirrors; Headrush; Pretty People; It Ain’t Over; Protest (Bonus Track).

Enjoy now “Bullets In the Sky” video via the Youtube link: (for German fans: and listen on the Frontiers webradio to stream it exclusively !


LITA FORD Premieres New Song

Living Like A Runaway Out June 19th on SPV/Steamhammer
Legendary female guitar icon LITA FORD's new album Living Like A Runaway will be released June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.

Today LITA is giving the public a chance to hear the first new song from Living Like A RunawayNoisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "Branded". Get a first listen HERE:

Living Like A Runaway is available for pre-order on AMAZON:

LITA FORD has teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: "We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period."
FORD is referring to numbers such as 'Devil In My Head,' 'Hate,' and 'The Asylum' which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.

Unlike many albums today, Living Like a Runaway is an album that truly must be heard in its entirety from start to finish. "Listeners shouldn't pick out individual tracks but listen to the full album," says FORD. "It's a fascinating musical journey, inspired by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. I had seen a documentary about Dark Side of the Moon and it really motivated me to focus on Living Like a Runaway as a whole journey rather just an individual song."

Coinciding with the album's release, LITA is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the "Rock of Ages Tour".
The dates for the first leg of the tour have been announced and are listed below.
More dates are expected to be announced soon.

Following the demise of the Runaways, LITA FORD concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne "Close Your Eyes Forever" "What Do You Know About Love", "Shot Of Poison", "Larger Than Life" and "Kiss Me Deadly".
With the release of Living Like A Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.

LITA FORD on Tour With Def Leppard and Poison:

6/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
6/22: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheater
6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
6/27: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
6/30: Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Time Forum
7/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/3: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/6: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
7/7: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
7/11: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
7/13: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion
7/16: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
7/17: Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
7/19: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena

For More Information Please Visit:


The Yellow & Black Attack is Back World-Wide For Select Intimate Shows

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May, 2012) –The Yellow and Black Attack is back -  STRYPER is about to embark in a string of select dates world- wide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL  just outside of Chicago.

STRYPER is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features “All Original Members”.
They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums.  Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.
TOUR DATES – (more to come):

5.10.12     Tailgaters              Bolingbrook, IL(Chicago)
5.12.12     M3 Festival             Columbia, MD
5.17.12     House of blues          Dallas, TX
5.18.12     House of blues          Houston, TX
5.19.12     Santa Fe Station        Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12     BB Kings                New York, NY
5.25.12     Showcase Live           Foxborough, MA –  ALL AGES
5.26.12     Rock Junction           West Greenwich, RI
6.01.12     The Marque              Tempe, AZ
*6.02.12     Speaking Rock Casino    El Paso, TX  
*with Special Guest Stephen Pearcy/RATT6.03.12     El Corazon              Seattle, WA

7.06.12     Seaside Festival        Risoya, Norway
7.07.12     Gulbranna Festival      Halmstad, Sweden
7.26.12     House Of Blues          Orlando, FL
7.27.12     Wild Horse Saloon       Nashville, TN
7.28.12     HalfwayJam              Royalton, MN

9.19.12    Indira Gandhi Stadium    Kohima, India
9.22.12    DDSC            Dimapur, India

11.16.12   Poliedro de Caracas      Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12   Complejo Ferial Bicentenario   Barqusimeto,Venezuela
Over 25 years later the band continues to deliver an inspiring message with their electrifying stage show, performing in front of audiences worldwide.

For more information go to:

What Do Steven Tyler, KISS, Matt Sorum, Jane Lynch, Johnathon Schaech, "Ellen" DJ Tony Okungbowa and More Have in Common?


Los Angeles: In Adopt the Arts' pursuit of music education being made available to all children, in the face of adversity and the school districts trying to pull the arts from the school to save a buck, a bunch of well-known music, movie and Internet stars have gotten together to create an entertaining, hilariously funny and straight to-the-point PSA/video to save the arts.
If you like the video and are a supporter of the arts (music, art, drama, etc.), please make a donation to

Here’s a link to the video. We expect this to go viral quickly, especially with the stellar cast of luminaries who lent their time, images and performances to this PSA:

For more information, please check out, and follow @mattsorum, @janemarielynch, @adoptthearts, @johnschaech, @IamStevenT, @KISSonline, @lesleyzprchick on Twitter for constant updates.

Ozzy Osbourne's "Speak Of The Devil" DVD Out July 17 

New York, NY (May, 2012) — On July 17, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release 'Speak Of The Devil' on DVD by Ozzy Osbourne in North America. 

This show was filmed at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California on June 12, 1982 as part of the delayed continuation of the “Diary Of A Madman” tour following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads a few months earlier.  The audio has been digitally restored and remastered and is now available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time.
Speak Of The Devil includes the classics “Mr Crowley,” “Over The Mountain,” “Crazy Train,” “Flying High Again,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “Goodbye To Romance” and many more

The concert is a perfect snapshot of Ozzy Osbourne’s live performances in the eighties with dramatic staging and masses of energy with a setlist based around his first two solo albums and a few Black Sabbath classics.
The line-up for this show features Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Don Airey (keyboards); Tommy Aldridge (drums); Brad Gillis (guitar) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).

Ozzy has always been one of heavy metal's great frontmen and, despite the difficult circumstances, the show presented on 'Speak of the Devil' captures him at his absolute best.

Track Listing:
1) Over The Mountain 
2) Mr Crowley 
3) Crazy Train 
4) Revelation (Mother Earth) 
5) Steal Away (The Night) 
6) Suicide Solution 
7) Guitar / Drum Solo 
8) Goodbye To Romance 
9) I Don’t Know 
10) Believer 
11) Flying High Again 
12) Iron Man
13) Children Of The Grave 
14) Paranoid

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