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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Various Artists – Re-Machined a tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head reviewed

Various Artists – Re-Machined a tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head
Released on: Eagle Records. Release Date: Available now
This is an interesting one with a collection of various artist’s material having been gathered for this tribute album to British hard rocking legends Deep Purple, on their classic album ‘Machine Head.’
For the most part it’s a pretty good solid album, with really – to me at least – only one track that I just can’t stand!
We’ll get to that in the review ...
Otherwise, it’s really a very well ‘qualified’ album release indeed with some seriously class names involved, including former (Deep) Purple player Glenn Hughes. – Man, does this guy ever stop working these days?! It’s like he’s trying to match his Black Country Communion colleague Joe Bonamassa for recorded output and live performances!
Incidentally, Mr. Bonamassa is on this album too, although not playing alongside Hughes.
Also involved though are Carlos Santana, Chickenfoot, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Steve Vai and a bunch more folks too.
It opens with Carlos Santana’s take on ‘Smoke on the Water,’ the track that Deep Purple are probably best known for.
Carlos is joined by some fine players, including Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix and overall this is not a bad take on the classic at all. Very respectable and some great riffing from Carlos, where he’s stepped out of his comfort zone, it seems though with ease.
Good one!
Chickenfoot featuring Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani – Who actually had a brief spell in Purple himself, after (Ritchie) Blackmore quit the last time around. – Michael Anthony and Chad Smith take on ‘Highway Star’ and I’m thinking, how will they pull this off without keyboards? All I can say is they rock it, seriously! Satch plays Blackmore’s style well and controls it without going as insane as he can sometimes do, overall it’s a gem.
‘Maybe I’m A Leo’ gets a makeover from Glenn Hughes, who is joined here by Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) and guitar hotshot, Luis Maldonado (John Waite, Into the Presence) and it drives well, with well taken vocals from Hughes.
Maldonado is a talented guitarist, as well as producer / engineer and he carries this off really well, while giving it his own stamp too.
When I saw Black Label Society were involved, I dreaded having to hear this, as I’m not a fan, sorry.
It’s actually not a bad take at all on ‘Pictures of Home.’ It kind of comes across a little like a heavy Cream, but with Zakk Wylde’s rough edged vocals, but some ripping guitar too and I was pleasantly surprised.
Next is actually one of my all-time favourite Deep Purple tracks in ‘Never Before,’ covered here by King of Chaos alias Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), Duff McKagan (Loaded, Velvet Revolver, Guns ‘n’ Roses) and Matt Sorum (The Cult, Velvet Revolver, Guns ‘n’ Roses.).
I have to say, it’s great, I really love this, very good indeed and if you’ve never given much attention to Steve Stevens' guitar work, then shame on you! This is great!
The next track ‘Smoke on the Water,’ as covered by The Flaming Lips …, frankly I am just going to pass by. It’s horrible!
I cannot even understand WHY whoever was behind this, would ever include The Flaming Lips. It’s just awful.
Thankfully ‘Lazy’ next, featuring guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa and vocalist Jimmy Barnes puts this album back on track, in a fine, fine way! The two are ably assisted by Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, Arlan Schierbaum (Heaven and Earth, Joe Bonamassa) on keys, Michael Rhodes on bass and star drummer, Anton Fig.
Sounds great, Jimmy, Joe and all the guys are well on their game here, blows me away! Very good indeed!
You know something that really always amazes me is how whenever I speak with American rockers, friends in bands or people I meet at rock shows or wherever, besides ‘Smoke on the Water,’ there’s one specific song they seem to remember or mention. ‘Space Truckin’.’
I don’t know I mean yeah, love the song and yeah I remember it taking up one full side of the four that made up the ‘Made in Japan’ double live vinyl album, but for me, ‘Highway Star,’ ‘Speed King,’ ‘Burn,’ ‘Fireball’ or even ‘Black Night’ always stood out more for me. That said, I guess muso’s just always looked at the song as a good excuse to jam for ages, on a Deep Purple riff, which is exactly what Purple did on that live album, as the original version on ‘Machine Head’ was just four and a half minutes long.
Iron Maiden cover it here, getting it down to just under three and a half minutes and Bruce Dickinson does a fine job on the Ian Gillan screams and there’s two quickly jammed guitars solo here too. Nicely done guys, it rocks!
‘When a Blind Man Cries’ is perhaps a strange choice for a rocker to make his favourite song by a band, but it has been mine for years and when I saw that Metallica were going to be covering it on here, I really feared the worst.
I have to say though, I was really impressed …, for the first three minutes of the track and then they trash it for the final sixty seconds, getting into a punky thrash.
Why couldn’t they try to stick closer to the original? Ah well …
Final track here is identified as a bonus track and it’s an absolutely killer, storming version of ‘Highway Star’ featuring Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith and Lachlan Doley on keyboards, who I’ve never heard of before, but he jams covering the late and truly great Jon Lord’s parts here.
Steve Vai, wow! I mean he’s always a ‘wow’ player, but he really excels here and it works just great!
Does he overplay things – As he did in Whitesnake … - yes, he does, but you know what, on here it sounds truly stunning!
So, for the most part then, yes it’s a great tribute to Deep Purple’s classic album, but the one track from Flaming Lips, should not be on here!
What Metallica did at the end of ‘… Blind Man Cries ..’ I don’t like it, but that’s my take, maybe you guys will?
Rating: 3.75 out of 5


Friday, October 26, 2012

Rock News Update for Friday October 26th, 2012

Hi folks,
I know, nothing up here again yesterday, I was so wiped out yesterday,
I just couldn't get on here, out for the count last night before 10pm ...
Must be tired!
Anyway, it's Friday, woo hoo! Boy, thank you for that.
The following items I meant to have posted either last or as part of Wednesday's update, that I just ran out of time on adding to.
Here you go now folks, enjoy and enjoy your weekend!
I'm off to see Geoff Tate live here in the subs, tomorrow night.
Should be - I hope - a good one!
Legendary Rockers Will Also Present Awards to Seven Distinguished Honorees
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund’s second Awards Gala, set for Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, will include a live performance by Dio Disciples, comprising former members of the band Dio, with a number of prominent rock musicians joining them on stage for an all-star jam. 
Among the rockers planning to join the celebrity jam session are Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Billy Morrison, Glenn Hughes, Frankie Banali, Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Michael Sweet and Oz Fox from Stryper, David “Rock” Feinstein, cousin of the late singer Ronnie James Dio in whose memory the Fund was created, and members of Buckcherry.
In addition, Terry “Geezer” Butler, Eddie Money, Glenn Hughes, Frankie Banali, Stephen Pearcy, Joey Beladonna and David “Rock” Feinstein are among the performers who are scheduled to present awards to the fund’s distinguished honorees. 
This year’s honorees, who will receive awards named after Ronnie James Dio songs, are:  Neil Warnock, Founder and CEO of The Agency Group worldwide; Stanley J. Diamond, partner, Diamond & Wilson, and member of the Board of Directors of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund; Charlie Hernandez, President of QED Productions and veteran production manager; Bob Chiappardi, Founder and CEO of Concrete Marketing; Alex Hodges, CEO, Nederlander Concerts; Dr. Raul Mena, Director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center in Burbank; and Tony Iommi, legendary guitarist and co-founding member of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell and recent cancer survivor.  Iommi has donated a one-of-kind Gibson Iommi SG prototype guitar—a priceless left-handed development model made for Tony personally— to the event’s silent auction, and he will autograph it and pose for a photograph with the new owner.
Currently out on tour, the new line-up of Dio Disciples comprises Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) , Oni Logan (vocals), Craig Goldy (guitar), Bjorn Englen (bass), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Simon Wright (drums).  The weirdly wonderful performance troupe Cirque Berzerk will also perform at the Gala, and Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” will serve as Special Guest emcee.
In addition to the evening’s entertainment, the Halloween Spooktacular will include gourmet food stations and a hosted bar as well as a silent auction, live auction and Halloween costume contest.
A privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised more than $500,000 in its short history.  Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, according to Wendy Dio, widow of the late singer and Fund President/Founder.
The Avalon is located at 1735 North Vine Street in Hollywood.  General admission tickets start at $200 with special VIP ticket packages that include reserved seating and admission to the after hours Bardot Club are also available. 
For information regarding the Fund as well as tickets and sponsorships for the Gala, visit:
Collection Features Three New Songs and Nine #1 Remixed and Re-Mastered Hits Including
Two of the Top 25 Most Played Songs at Pop Radio From 1992 Through 2012

Tunica, MS -- 3 Doors Down will release The Greatest Hits via long-time label partner Republic Records on November 19, 2012.  The collection features nine #1 hits that have been remixed and re-mastered, alongside three new songs.  On October 3, in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Pop Songs radio airplay chart being derived from Nielsen BDS -based monitoring technology and its' accuracy of actual airplay, Billboard cited the Top 100 Songs over the past two decades.  3 Doors Down was honored with inclusion of two tracks in the Top 25, with "Here Without You" at #8 and "Kryptonite" at #25.  The lead single from The Greatest Hits is "One Light" impacting radio now.  The full track-listing includes "Kryptonite," "When I'm Gone," "Here Without You," "It's Not My Time," "Let Me Go," "Be Like That," "Loser," "Away From The Sun," "Duck and Run," "One Light," "There's A Life," and "Goodbyes."
The band and Republic Records have unveiled the cover for The Greatest Hits
The album is available for pre-order via iTunes on Tuesday. 
For a free download of the brand new single "One Light" simply visit
Republic Records President and CEO, Monte Lipman, offers, "3 Doors Down have been responsible for some of the biggest records of the last decade.  This Greatest Hits album is an example of an extraordinary career thus far.”
3 Doors Down will stage the 9th annual The Better Life Foundation concert on November 17 at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.  Prior to the concert on November 17, the band will stage the annual Ride For A Cause.  Additional information can be found here:
Following The Better Life Foundation event, 3 Doors Down and Daughtry will appear as co-headliners at the following venues:
11/18   Springfield, MO     O'Reilly Family Center
11/20   San Antonio, TX       Illusions Theatre @ Alamodome
11/21   Laredo, TX      Laredo Energy Center
11/23   Belton, TX       Bell County Expo Center
11/24   Corpus Christi, TX     Concrete Street Amphitheatre
11/27   Pikeville, KY     Eastern KY Expo Center
11/28   Huntington, WV      Big Sandy Superstore Arena
11/30   Asbury Park, NJ       Convention Hall
12/01   Binghamton, NY      Broome County Arena
12/03   Huntington, NY      The Paramount
12/04   State College, PA      Bryce Jordan Center
12/05   Detroit, MI       Fox Theatre
12/07   Champaign, IL      Assembly Hall
12/08   Minneapolis, MN      Myth
12/09   Chicago, IL      Akoo Theatre in Rosemont
12/11   Denver, CO       Bank One Center
12/13   Fresno, CA       Save Mart Arena
12/14   Las Vegas, NV        Green Valley Ranch Event Center
12/15   Anaheim, CA      Theatre at Honda Centre

Since forming in 1995, Mississippi rock quintet 3 Doors Down (vocalist Brad Arnold, lead guitarist Chris Henderson, bassist Todd Harrell, drummer Greg Upchurch and guitarist Chet Roberts) has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, garnered three Grammy nominations, two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting, including BMI’s coveted "Songwriter of the Year" award. The band’s debut album, 2000’s The Better Life, which is now certified six times platinum, featured the smash hit “Kryptonite.” Their sophomore album, 2002’s Away from the Sun, saw similar success with its radio mainstays “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” Their subsequent efforts 2005’s platinum certified Seventeen Days and 2008’s 3 Doors Down debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart.  In 2003, 3 Doors Down founded The Better Life Foundation with the goal of giving as many children as possible a better life; they have raised more than two million dollars for local children’s charities since their inception.
For more information visit: and

Toto's Steve Lukather to release new solo album "Transition"
Mascot Label Group will release the highly anticipated seventh solo album “Transition” by guitarist, vocalist, composer/producer/arranger, Steve Lukather, on Monday 21st January 2013.  The album will be followed by an extensive European tour that will include two UK concerts at London’s Islington o2 Academy (March 29) and Bilston’s Robin 2 (March 30).

Doors open at 7pm
Agency & CC bookings subject to a fee

Friday 29th March 2012
o2 Islington Academy London
Tickets: £25.00
 Box Office: 0844 477 2000
N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street,
London, N1 0PS
Saturday 30th March 2012
The Robin 2 Bilston
Advance Ticket Price: £23.00 Door Price: £25.00
Box Office: 01902 401211
20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston,
Wolverhampton WV14 7LJ

One of the original founding members of the multi-million selling rock band TOTO, Lukather will showcase his innate feel for rock and jazz guitar music, along with his impeccable song writing talents. Transition showcases extraordinary guitar playing performed across some of the most heartfelt songs of Steve’s career. 
The album will be released in three formats including limited deluxe edition CD, jewel case CD, and vinyl. 
Pre-order Transition album and merchandise HERE:
Track Listing
1. Judgement Day
2. Creep Motel
3. Once Again
4. Right The Wrong
5. Transition
6. Last Man Standing
7. Do I Stand Alone
8. Rest of the World
9. Smile
Over the previous decade a series of trials including divorce, the death of his mother and business hassles had dampened his joy in music making — a passion that drove Lukather to excel since seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan as a seven-year-old growing up in San Fernando Valley. 
“Transition is a turning point for the album and a turning point for me,” Lukather explains. “As we were writing the songs, I was thinking about everything I’ve seen — all the people I’ve lost in my life, the great and the difficult experiences I’ve had, and how ultimately it was time to get it together and embrace things for what they are.  We’ve only got one life to live so we should make the most of it.”
In addition to his work with TOTO, Lukather has played on hundreds of albums with some of the biggest stars and legends in music including Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Alice Cooper, George Benson and Rod Stewart, he even played guitar on Michael Jackson’s multi-million selling milestone album ‘Thriller’.
Click here for the full press release and more:
Official weblinks:
Steve Lukather: Official Website

Steve Lukather: Official Facebook

Mascot Records: Official Website
Voyage feat. Hugo - The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band Live
Vocalist Hugo (Valentine, Open Skyz), currently works with his latest live project Voyage, who 'claim' to be the ultimate Journey tribute band.
Voyage will be at the Encore Event Center in Freehold Township, NJ tonight
Friday Oct. 26th at 8:00PM
Hope to se you all there!!!
More Live Dates:
Jan 19 - Ram's Head on Stage - Annapolis, MD
Feb 2 -Sellersville Theater - Sellersvlle, PA
May 2 - Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

News Update for Wednesday October 24th, 2012

Hi there folks,
Yes, I've been a bit quiet I know, but hoping that Michael Schenker gig review made up for things a bit!
Good news is, Michael isn't going away anytime soon!
He was special guest on Eddie Trunk's (That Metal Show) radio show show on Monday night, here in the States and Eddie was basically saying, in the last few years how good Michael's playing had been - Agreed! - and he hoped it would continue.
Michael replied by more or less saying he wanted to be the BB King of hard rock and had no plans to retire anytime soon!
Good news Schenker fans!
He also spoke about the album he is working on with Don Dokken and that is still ongoing too.
It was also revealed for those that were not already aware of it, that Michael actually lives just across the road from Phil Mogg (UFO) in the UK - Brighton. - and sees him on a regular basis - When he's not touring! - although he really didn't talk about chatting with Phil.
He did elaborate that he'd be open to a full UFO reunion but that Pete Way would have to get himself in shape ... Healthy ... Come on Pete mate, give it a shot ...
No doubt ... There's also a small matter of UFO's current line up being very strong, so why would they mess with that, unless it was simply a one off world tour.
If it was, my guess is it wouldn't last and Michael would end up fighting with Phil again!
Ah well ...
Anyway, let's see what I can share and I apologize if some of this you have read elsewhere already, I'm playing catch up on news items ...


(New York, NY) - Iconic rock guitarist Neal Schon has a lot to celebrate!  Schon's highly-acclaimed new solo album THE CALLING hits streets worldwide today via Frontiers Records. 
The video for the title track just premiered on CBS' The Insider and can be viewed here:
Neal once again teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: Live In Manila) to co-produce the video.  Filmed entirely in San Francisco and Marin County, "The Calling" video also features Schon's fiancĂ©e, Michaele Salahi (the couple just became engaged when Schon popped the question on stage during a Journey concert). 
 The video can be purchased at iTunes, while the full album can be purchased at iTunes here - - and Amazon here:

THE CALLING has been receiving rave reviews from the international media, with the US' Guitar Player declaring, "It's a thrilling, edgy, ballsy, inspiring, and beautiful work that sounds as purposely constructed as a symphony piece.  Less-blessed composers and guitarists can now take a moment to cry..." and the UK's Classic Rock proclaiming, "...a musical masterclass."
THE CALLING is produced by, and features, Neal Schon on all guitars and bass, and reunites Schon with former Journey bandmate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album.  In addition, Grammy® Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks - "Fifty Six (56)" and "Tumbleweeds" and Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who has previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout thealbum.  Recorded at Berkeley's famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey's busy touring schedule, Neal completed the album from start to finish in just four days.
Neal Schon has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.  As the only member to record on all of Journey's albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its latest incarnation. 
In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.


 Neal Schon: Guitars
 Steve Smith: Drums
 Igor Len: Keyboards

Special guest

 Jan Hammer: Moog solos


Black Country Communion’s ‘Afterglow’ almost here!



Black Country Communion will release their highly anticipated 3rd album ‘Afterglow’ on Monday October 29th through Mascot Records.

BCC is an Anglo/American rock band featuring Jason Bonham (drums), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards).
Their previous two albums (2010’s eponymous debut and 2011’s “2”) have both gone straight in at #1 on the Official UK Rock Album Chart. 

Already being hailed as Black Country Communion’s best album to date, Classic Rock magazine says - “Afterglow is easily the most cohesive and exciting album from the band,” while Metal Hammer magazine says - “One listen to songs and you’ll be drawn in... repeated spins will lead to addiction.”

Read the official ‘Afterglow’ album press release HERE:


In related news ….

Joe Bonamassa to make recording history at 4 London venues

Joe Bonamassa, the world’s premiere guitarist, will perform four exclusive London concerts during March 2013.  Each concert will be specially filmed for DVD and will feature never-before performed live tracks. The four London concerts will chronicle Joe’s atmospheric rise from the intimate club atmosphere of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The live in-concert DVDs will be released during fall 2013.

Hailed as The Guitar Event of the Year, Bonamassa will pay homage to the historic London venues he’s played by going back to his ten studio albums to perform songs for the very first time.  The four London 2013 concerts will individually showcase a unique band configuration that will highlight diverse elements of Joe’s style. Each performance will be distinctive with different set lists. Collectively, there will be upwards of eighty new and old songs performed over the four nights that even the most die-hard Bonamassa fan will experience for the first time.

The London run will start at the intimate 200-capacity London Borderline on Tuesday March 26.  Bonamassa will then play the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire and HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday March 27 and Thursday March 28 respectively, before finishing the week at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday March 30.

The Royal Albert Hall and Shepherds Bush concerts are currently sold out. Tickets are still available for the Hammersmith Apollo, as well as VIP tickets for the exclusive Borderline concert that also includes the best seats in the house for the remaining three concerts including the Royal Albert Hall, Shepherds Bush and the Hammersmith Apollo.
For further information about the VIP tickets, visit

“London is like my second home,” says Bonamassa. “I want to give the fans attending the London concerts a real treat – a thank you for their unwavering support.  Over the years I’ve received requests for tracks we’ve never performed live. Now, it feels right that we delve into the back catalogue and dedicate London fans with unique versions of tracks they’ve never experienced live.”

Download your free copy of the song When The Fire Hits The Sea from 

Read the official London 2013 press release. HERE:



Y&T to melt your face again with "Live at The Mystic" - released in Europe in November on Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the international release of Y&T's latest live album “Live at the Mystic” on November 23rd in Europe.

Following original bassist Phil Kennemore's untimely passing from lung cancer in early 2011, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T. With Brad Lang on bass and vocals, Y&T prove their continued strength with “Live at the Mystic”, a new double live CD recorded at the legendary Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California, one of the most popular venues that Y&T play every year.

Singer and lead guitarist Dave Meniketti recalls “Like all Mystic Theater shows, this particular weekend was special. Having just returned from a near 2-month tour of Europe and the UK, we were very tight and energized to be playing for our home crowd again”.

This 2-CD set includes 22 songs recorded over 2 nights in November of 2011, including many songs never before released on any other live Y&T CD.

"The amazing heat to the tracks showcases the power of the band as it currently sounds, playing songs from “Facemelter” as well as all the hits and fan favourites. Songs like "Dirty Girl," with its extended solo section of John Nymann and myself tearing into a nearly 3-minute back and forth solo, was especially a great performance” says Meniketti.
“Also many of the classic tunes like "Black Tiger," "Don't Wanna Lose," and "Mean Streak" were very well played and show some of the best live performances of these songs we've ever recorded. But I also feel strongly about our more mastered performances from our latest "Facemelter" CD. The energy and much more refined versions of these songs, now that we've really had some time to hone in the vibe of these tunes, make it that much more special of a live recording.”

This album screams out to be a classic Y&T CD to have in your collection.
Prepare to have your face melted!

 “Live at the Mystic” tracklisting includes:

 CD1: Prelude; On With the Show; Black Tiger; Dirty Girl; Mean Streak; Girl Crazy; Shine On; Blind Patriot; Winds of Change; Straight Thru the Heart; Gonna Go Blind; Surrender; I'm Coming Home

CD2: Hungry for Rock; Don't Wanna Lose; Don't Bring Me Down; Hurricane; I Believe in You; Eyes of a Stranger; Rescue Me; Squeeze; Forever.

Y&T is:

 Dave Meniketti (guitar/lead vocals)
John Nymann (guitar/vocals)
Mike Vanderhule (drums/vocals)
Brad Lang (bass/vocals)

 Enjoy a special EPK presentation on Youtube:

And listen now to “Black Tiger” on the Frontiers Records webradio

Weblinks: /


Frontiers Records Update



Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Australian band DE LA CRUZ for the release of their forthcoming debut album which will be entitled "Street Level".

Described by Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine: "like a Pomptastic, Hyper-active (Def) Leppard!", DE LA CRUZ debuted with a self-financed 6 songs EP which caused a stir in the Hard Rock scene Worldwide.

Founded in 2011 after Gold Coast guitarist Casey Jones met with Auckland-born singer Roxxi Catalano, the guys immediately had the vision to start an 80s style rock band.
Casey knew the best musicians to complete their lineup, Lacey Lane on drums, Grant Daniell on bass and the second guitarist Rory Joy.

DE LA CRUZ came to the attention of Frontiers Records in the winter of 2012 and they finally decided to join forces. Frontiers will release the band's first full length album entitled "Street Level" in early 2013. In the meanwhile all fans of classic Leppard, Skid Row, Kiss and Motley Crue should immediately check out the new album teaser following this link:

Get ready for one of the most exciting new sensations for the new year!

 Don't forget to "like" their Facebook Page.
Check them out at:



Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson has started working for a new solo album - under the working title of "Free Fall". Karlsson, best known as guitar player for Primal Fear and Last Tribe and producer and composer for the popular studio project Allen Lande and Bob Catley's last solo album "Immortal", has been writing songs for the past few months which he decided to use for a personal a own project which he has been considering for some time now. Karlsson has confirmed that some special "friends" agreed to take part to the album and particularly such singers as Tony Harnell, Ralf Scheepers, Mark Boals and Russell Allen. More guests will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Musically speaking all fans of Karlsson work with Last Tribe, Starbreaker's first album and Allen Lande will enjoy the new musical creation from the "Swede".


German melodic rock legend PINK CREAM 69 are in the studio to mix the songs which will end up on the new album that will follow the release of the band's 10th album "In10sity". The title will be "Ceremonial" and some of the songs working titles include "Big Machine", "Passage of time", "I Came To Rock" and "Special".

Musically the fans can expect a classic PC 69-album from the David Readman-era (beginning with “Electrified”). The band will embark on a full scale tour after the release of the album which is planned for early 2013. Stay tuned for more news!



The Danish Melodic Metallers PRETTY MAIDS are hard at work in the studio to give birth to the successor of "Pandemonium". The title of the new album will be "Motherland" and the band has not changed the winning production team which worked on the previous record with Jacob Hansen at the production helm. Some of the song titles in the works are "Mother of All Lies", "I See Ghosts", "The Iceman", "Why So Serious", To Fool a Nation" and the title track.

 The fans can expect the usual dose of heavy guitar riffs and superb hooklines in the finest tradition of the band musical style. Release date is expected in the spring of 2013.

For all things Frontiers, go here:

Liberty N' Justice giving their 2007 CD "Independence Day" CD away for FREE!!!
Liberty N’ Justice who just a few months ago released their latest album, ’Hell Is Coming To Breakfast,’ are feeling in a generous mood, by offering up a major freebie that may normally cost you around $10 at least!

‘We really want to thank you guys for all your "love" and to show ya we are giving our 2007 CD "Independence Day" away for FREE!!!!!
 tips are appreciated but not required!'
The track listing is as follows

01. Doubting Thomas (John Corabi)
 02. Monkey Dance (Jack Russell)
 03. Soldier (Kelly Keagy & Mark Slaughter)
 04. My Sacrifice (Shawn Pelata)
 05. Phoenix (Pete Loran)
 06. Independence Day (Kelly Keeling)
 07. Meet My Monster (Tony Mills)
 08. Praying For A Miracle (Ted Poley)
 09. Fade (Jamie Rowe)
 10. Bullet, Train, Breakdown (Jaime St. James)
 11. Addiction (Jani Lane)
 12. Wake The Dead (Ez Gomer & Tony Carey)
 13. Snake Eat Snake (David Raymond Reeves)
 14. A Little Bit Of Love (Mark Hovland & Shannon Hovland)

The band has had some great reviews recently:
"RockEyez (5 out 5) "It’s really cool when you can release a masterpiece like this" Brian, RockEyez

"The Refinery Rock (5 out of 5) "star-studded classic."  The Refinery Rock

 "Shipwreck Island Studios (4.98 out of 5) "quite honestly I can’t think of any other project which is this exciting to listen toJere, Shipwreck Island