What a terrible day, no, it's not the new job ....
I was driving into work this morning and when I pulled into the car park at work, I got a call from Rhonda's niece - Who's watching our kids while the school is closed for summer. - and she says 'Can you come home? Aunt Rhonda's been involved in a car crash ...!'
The thoughts instantly rushing through my head are crazy, is she ok? Where is she ...?
As it turns out, she is OK, but she's been in like shock all day, but nothing broken, not even a bruise, no whiplash - Which I thought would be a given. - ...., nothing!
The car on the other hand, it seems may well be considered by the assessors, as not repairable ...., but cars can be replaced, Rhonda cannot ...
She hit a tree, as she swerved to avoid hitting the car in front and spun out, hitting a tree on the drivers side, folding in both driver and rear passenger door. It looks bad ...
Anyway, the main thing is, Rhonda is OK, still feels kind of funky from the whole instance this morning.
Thankful to the big guy upstairs, for keeping her safe.
So, here's some news updates for you.
Tributes continue to be announced for Jon Lord
“If there was such a thing as a typical English gentleman in rock music, it was Jon Lord. We’ve all been touched by him one way or another. I could speak for hours about what he’s given us. We shall carry his memory forward, and his music.”
Thank you, Jon Lord. Rest in peace.
Iron Maiden's Steve Harris to release 'British Lion' solo album
EMI Music are proud to announce the release of Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris’ debut solo/side project album. Entitled ‘British Lion’ and comprising ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases, it is an album that will surprise and delight music fans the world over.
With a decidedly heavy rock-vibe this roaring debut paints with a full palette of sounds; brooding, melancholic, righteously indignant and exuberantly heavy. With Kevin Shirley at the mixing helm – whose credits include Iron Maiden as well as Led Zeppelin, Journey and Rush among many others – this is an album to sink your teeth into.
From the growling riffage of opening salvo This Is My God to the heavy forlorn balladry of follow-up Lost Worlds which showcases Richard Taylor’s soaring vocals, it’s clear that ‘British Lion’ is an altogether different beast from Maiden.
Karma Killer, with its dirge-like muscularity, and Us Against The World, with its massive chorus, demonstrates just how far ‘British Lion’ has flexed Steve Harris’ considerable musical muscle. Dovetailed with guitarist David Hawkins’ positively gargantuan lyrical guitar melodies, it’s a mere hors d'oeuvre ahead of the epic, riffing-feast of The Chosen Ones, with its swaggering bravado.
A World Without Heaven, at a breathtaking seven minutes and infused with progressive elements without ever teetering into self-indulgence illustrates perfectly these songsmiths’ colossal abilities to create a mood and stay there. Supercharged by Steve Harris’ inimitable style, there’s an un-cynical vibe here that’s as refreshing as it is out of place in today’s all-too-categorised music industry.
And as far as the name ‘British Lion’; “I’ve always been proud to be British,” explains Steve, “I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be. It’s a massive part of being me. It’s not like I’m flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It’s like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound.”
With Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has become one of the most recognised and successful ambassadors for British music on the world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58 countries in the band’s thirty-five year career, his appeal is truly global.
And now with ‘British Lion’, Steve steps out from Iron Maiden’s illustrious shadow to present a different side of his musical visions.
The tracklisting for ‘British Lion’ is as follows:
1.This Is My God
4.Us Against The World
5.The Chosen Ones
6.A World Without Heaven
8.Eyes Of The Young
9.These Are The Hands
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‘ROUND TWO’, the Johnny Van Zant’s band second album, was originally released in 1982 and produced by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s live soundman Kevin Elson. The sound and material takes its cue from the great southern rock records of the 70s, turbo-charged with a solid dose of contemporary melody, bringing to mind the best work of .38 Special.
Of course, Johnny’s vocals are immediately recognisable and massively impressive but a doff of the cap must be reserved for the guitar work of Erik Leif Lundgren and Robbie Gay, two men intent on delivering fire-cracker riffs and stinging twin lead guitar. Also features contributions from Journey’s Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain.
ORIGINALLY FORMED by guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke fresh from Motorhead with drummer Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie) and - then unknown - Irish vocalist David King. Fastway fused traditional British hard rock (Think Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, the Who) with the energy and enthusiasm of the NWOBHM.
Issued in 1983 and produced by veteran studio wizard Eddie Kramer (Zeppelin, Hendrix, Kiss) the album cut an impressive form in a world obsessed with glam rock and thrash metal. In America the record found an enthusiastic home, helping to propel it into the Billboard top 30 charts attaining gold status.
Features the singles ‘Say What You Will’, together with ‘Easy Livin’, and ‘All I Need Is Your Love’.
Coming next month ...
JOHNNY VAN ZANT BAND 'THE LAST OF THE WILD ONES' CANDY139
‘LAST OF The Wild Ones’, originally issued in 1982, was the JVZ Band’s third studio album and finds the them returning to a more authentic sound, a style in keeping with their highly praised debut album, paying less heed to commerciality and more attention to traditional 70s style southern rock. It also marked the return of veteran producer Al Kooper, a man who not only discovered, signed and produced Skynyrd but also sat behind the recording desk of the debut JVZ Band album.
Sharper, more concise and rougher around the edges than their second album, ‘Last Of The Wild Ones’ takes no prisoners, leaping out of the speakers all guns blazing. With brother Donnie (Van Zant - .38 Special) co-writing half the album, this is truly a serious statement of intent.
1. GOOD GIRLS TURNING BAD 2. IT’S YOU 3. LAST OF THE WILD ONES 4. STILL HOLD ON 5. CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE 6. DANGER ZONE 7. TOGETHER FOREVER 8. INSIDE LOOKING OUT 9. THE ONE AND ONLY
IN MANY respects Paris, the band, can be labelled as a mini supergroup. Formed by ex Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch, with former Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick and drummer Thom Mooney from the Nazz, they were signed to Capitol records and put into the studio with seasoned producer/engineer Jimmy Robinson (Detective).
The recording took nearly a year but the results were spectacular. Unashamedly reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, the band’s style focussed on powerful, crunchy riffs, laced with a funky undertow.
But it wasn’t all about the music as Bob Welch’s bizarre, some might say, spooky lyrics provided yet another murky depth to the package. With references to both religion and metaphysical inspiration, the songs make for captivating listening. Sadly Bob Welch recently took his own life but the Paris album remains one of his most accomplished and impressive works.
1. RELIGION 2. BLACK BOOK 3. STARCAGE 4. BEAUTIFUL YOUTH 5. NAZARENE 6. NARROW GATE (La Porte Etroite) 7. SOLITAIRE 8. BREATHLESS 9. ROCK OF AGES 10. RED RAIN
REGARDED AS something of a mini-supergroup at the time, featuring ex Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton and former Liar guitarist (and future Michael Schenker Group member) Steve Mann, Lionheart burst on to the scene in a flash of excitement, and were snapped up by industry powerhouse CBS Records.
Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon, Jefferson Starship), ‘Hot Tonight’ is a premiere slice of melodic hard rock from a band keen to promote catchy hooks and a superior glossy sound to rival the best of the biggest selling American AOR bands. Originally issued in 1985, it was an album instantly embraced by fans and critics alike, offering up a brace of superlative tracks to rival the best work of Journey and Styx.
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The album made rock music history, with each of its six singles reaching #1 on the airplay rankings. Among them are such hits as “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom),” “Devour,” “Sound of Madness,” “The Crow and The Butterfly,” the gold certified “If You Only Knew,” and the double-platinum certified crossover smash, “Second Chance" – all of which rose to the top of the airplay charts, marking an astonishing streak of rock radio classics.
Official band website
"Ambush" features 11 tracks of handsomely crafted melodic rock!
Recorded and produced by Chris Tsangarides who produced the band's historic "Wild Cat" and "Spellbound" albums in 1980 and 1981.
The Artwork for 'Ambush' was something that we thought long and hard about as we wanted to keep with the early album cover themes. Rodney Matthews had always been in our minds as the Crazy Nights album cover has long held a special place in Tygers fans hearts so we contacted him and he agreed to design 'Ambush' for us.
Rodney supplied two options and we chose one that we thought would sit against the first three albums perfectly.
The first batch of presales begin this Friday, July 20, with more to come in the weeks ahead.
October 05 - Winnipeg, MN
Credit Union Centre
Rose Garden Arena
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Power Balance Pavilion
Santa Barbara County Bowl
Valley View Casino Center
1st Bank Center
1st Bank Center
November 1 - Grand Prairie, TX
November 3 - Omaha, NE
November 5 - Madison, WI
Alliant Energy Center
Xcel Energy Center
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Van Andel Arena
Palace of Auburn Hills
November 14 - Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
November 16 - Montreal, QC
TD Banknorth Garden
Wells Fargo Center
November 21 - Brooklyn, NY