Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries Volume II
Volume II of the acclaimed “Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries” anthology series compiles a hefty thirty interviews with some of rock and metal’s most revered and successful artists. This latest archive collection features interviews with such rock legends as Europe, Guns N’ Roses, Diamond Head, Slade, Thunder, Foreigner and Saxon et al. There is also a bonus chapter featuring interviews with a small number of highly-acclaimed and well-known rock scribes, photographers and artists, namely Alan Lewis, Gavin Baddeley, Mark Wilkinson, Peter Doggett, Phil Wilding, Richard Galbraith and Richie Unterberger.
Volume I included interviews with Al Atkins, Annihilator, Beyond Fear, Bob Catley, Broken Teeth, Bumblefoot, Dio, Doro, Foreigner, Funeral For A Friend, Glenn Tipton, Heaven’s Basement, Honeymoon Suite, Iced Earth, Jimi Jamison, Journey, K.K. Downing, Krokus, Nex, Nikki Sixx, Powerwolf, Primal Fear, Queensrÿche, Rose Hill Drive, Sammy Hagar, Saxon, Scorpions, Sonic X, Stone Gods, Terrarosa, Thunder, Work Of Art and Young Heart Attack.
Both books are available to buy from Amazon, Book Depository and AuthorsOnline.
You can buy directly from the publisher: http://www.authorsonline.co.uk/book/1023/Rock_%27N%27_Rock_Mercenaries%3A_Interviews_with_Rock_Stars_Volume_II/paperback/
Avenue Of Allies Archives – new series of high quality re-issues
On April 29, 2011 Avenue Of Allies will release five high quality albums to kick of the new series of high quality re-issues, called Avenue Of Allies Archives.
The first run of 1,000 copies of each Avenue Archives CD comes as a Special Limited Edition in a jewel case with an additional numbered slipcase. The CDs include extensive booklets incl. lyrics, new liner notes by the artist, track-by-track musicians credits and if available exclusive bonus tracks.
Volumes 1 to 5 are high profile AOR and Westcoast albums featuring an impressive line-up of musicians and songwriters. All CDs are available for the first time outside of Japan.
King Of Hearts – 1989 (Avenue 1105 0025 – Avenue Archives Vol. 1)
The unreleased debut album from 1989. Songs in the Tim Feehan meets Richard Marx vein. King Of Hearts are: Tommy Funderburk, Bruce Gaitsch, Kelly Keagy & George Hawkins, feat. Bill Champlin (Chicago), CJ Vanston (Richard Marx, Steve Lukather) and the Eagles members Timothy B. Schmit & Randy Meisner
George & G. – So Much To Say (Avenue 1106 0026 – Avenue Archives Vol. 2)
Incl. 2 bonus tracks. Originally released in 2006, this album is a Westcoast AOR dream coming true. Classic sound à la Toto and Chicago, feat. Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Jason Scheff, Warren Wiebe, Alex Ligertwood, David Garfield, Eric Marienthal, Lou Pardini and more.
David Roberts – All Dressed Up (Avenue 1107 0027 – Avenue Archives Vol. 3)
One of THE all-time Westcoast classics, recorded in 1982. Remastered sound and for the first time track-by-track musicians credits feat. Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon, David Foster, Greg Mathieson, Mike Porcaro, Paulinho Da Costa, Bill Champlin, Joe Chemay, Tom Kelly and many more.
David Roberts – Better Late Than Never (Avenue 1108 0028 – Avenue Archives Vol. 4)
The much-anticipated 2008 recording comeback of one of the great AOR songwriters (Bad English, House Of Lords, Signal, Starship, Jimmy Barnes, Lee Aaron, Boulevard, Nielsen Pearson). Songs co-written with John Waite and Randy Goodrum. Feat. Michael Landau, Mike Baird, Luis Conte, Fred Mollin, Abraham laboriel Sr., Pat Coil, Shannon Forrest, Brent Mason and many more
David Roberts – The Missing Years (Avenue 1109 0029 – Avenue Archives Vol. 5)
Incl. 2 bonus tracks. 15 newly remastered songs from David’s archives. Feat. Stan Meissner, John Albani, Anthony Vanderburgh and Arnold Lanni
In further news Avenue Of Allies has taken over the distribution of Faithealer’s “Welcome To The Edge Of The World” in certain territories. Faithealer is the duo of Ivan Gunn (Pride, Balance Of Power) and Jason Marks (S.I.N., Forever). Their sound is an impressive combination of AOR/pomp rock & epic melodic rock in the vein of Red Dawn, Tour De Force, Giuffria, House Of Lords and the classic Balance Of Power debut album.
More Avenue Of Allies news coming very soon including the details for the smokin’ hot debut album by the high profile AOR project Lionville and the long awaited comeback of the female fronted Swedish melodic rockers Alyson Avenue with their new front woman Arabella Vitanc. Both albums are a pure bliss for all fans of classic AOR and melodic rock.
Electric Boys – And Them Boys Done Swang
Electric Boys was formed as a duo in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden by Conny Bloom (guitar and vocals) and Andy Christell (bass) and got a hit song right away with the track "All Lips N’ Hips" after which the members Franco Santunione (guitar) and Niclas Sigevall (drums) were recruited. The band dropped down like a bomb in contemporary pop-Sweden with its headstrong mixture of groove, Beatles-phsychedelia and heavy guitar riffs and in 1989 they released their critically acclaimed debut, “Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride”. That debut album was later released internationally including five new songs produced by monster producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Mötley Crüe). Electric Boys toured tenaciously in Europe and in the US where they were climbing the Billboard list while “All Lips N’ Hips” was set on heavy rotation on MTV. In Sweden the band had a huge hit with the song “För Fet För Ett F**k” (To Fat To F**k)”, a song which was specially written for the now late comedian Micke Dubois. The single sold platinum and made it to nr. 1 on the prestigious Swedish tracklist. In 1992 the follow-up album “Groovus Maximus” was released. The album was recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London and the band continued touring mainly in the US, the UK and Sweden. In 1994 the album “Freewheelin’” was released and the members decided to dissolve the band soon after with a farewell concert in their hometown Stockholm.
After four years playing with Hanoi Rocks, Conny Bloom and Andy Christell decided to reunite Electric Boys in the beginning of 2009. They released a “Best Of” album in the spring and played at the famous Sweden Rock Festival on June 5. The band, which nowadays consists of the original line-up from the late 80s, performed at several festivals in Sweden, Finland and England during the summer and finished off with touring clubs in Sweden in September. In December Electirc Boys supported Alice Cooper. And on May 27 they will release a brand-new studio album, called “And Them Boys Done Swang”.
A first video can be found here:
Warrant – Rockaholic
Warrant’s brand-new album, “Rockaholic”, has now been confirmed for the release on May 13 in Europe and May 17 in North America on Frontiers Records. 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”.
Skansis – Leaving You
Skansis are back, that exciting hard rock band from Bern in Switzerland, and they are better than ever. The band plays slick hard rock with an aggressive edge. If you have a liking for bands like Gotthard, Van Halen, Europe and George Lynch then these five guys are just up your alley. They have opened for bands like Krokus, 3M (ex-Whitesnake), Vivian and Shakra in the past and it will not be long before they are headline material themselves.
Skansis are very much a new band and have only been together a few years but in that time they have created a stir in the competitive world of rock music. “Take Your Chance”, their debut album, featured 12 tracks of outstanding quality and garnered rave reviews across the globe. They do possess that air of originality that sets them apart from the rest and it really is a pleasure to the ears, the tracks seem to flow effortlessly from the start, the new songs are that much more exciting than the debut. Tracks like “Next To Mine”, “I Want You” and “Back From War” really do have you begging for more. If you like bands such as Shakra and Gotthard, then you will love this band!
“Leaving You” will be released by Escape Music on June 3.
Rock It! # 63 (May-June 2011) out now!
The very best German AOR, hard rock & metal magazine
Contents (100 pages, written in German):
Interviews & Stories
Bloodbound | China | Cryptex | Dalriada | Demon’s Eye | Eden’s Curse | Enbound | Faithsedge | Fireforce | Graveyard | Hell | Ken Hensley | Jane | King Kobra | Krypteria | Lake Of Tears | Lost In Thought | Malison Rogue | Maxxwell | M.ill.ion | Michael Monroe | Gary Moore | Nazareth | New York Dolls | Presto Ballet | Pushking | Shadowman | Solar Fragment | Symfonia | The Bronx Casket Co. | The Poodles | Tokyo Blade | Mike Tramp | Uriah Heep | Vicious Rumors | Wakeupcall | While Heaven Wept | Whitesnake
Peter Frampton | Magnum | Axel Rudi Pell | Pink Cream 69 | Schandmaul | Thin Lizzy | Threshold | Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Hear It! Vol. 54 (free 15-track CD featuring songs from Whitesnake, Uriah Heep, Symfonia, U.D.O., Vicious Rumors, Tokyo Blade, M.ill.ion, Mike Tramp, The Poodles, Brian Robertson, King Kobra, Bloodbound, Fireforce, Cryptex, Lake Of Tears & X-ing) | The Kordz | Ritchie Blackmore | Tobias Sammet | Studio Reports: Rhapsody Of Fire, Symphony X, Saxon, U.D.O., HammerFall, Human Zoo
Editorial - News - Reader's Charts - Reader's Letters - Editor's Charts - Reviews (albums, books & DVDs) - Tour Dates - Tourtalk, etc.
Next issue (# 64)
June 22, 2011
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AOR Heaven’s June releases
AOR Heaven will release the following two albums on June 24, 2011.
REECE KRONLUND – Solid
Reece Kronlund is the new project of singer David Reece (ex-Accept, Bangalore Choir) and Swedish guitarist/producer Martin Kronlund (Gypsy Rose, Dogface). Their first album, “Solid”, offers a fine mix of hard rock and melodic metal and includes a high toned companionship of musician guests playing musically and also co-writing songs on the album, i.e. on “My Angel Wears White” (Tommy Denander), “Edge Of Heaven” (Andy Susemihl), “Samurai” (Rikard Quist), “Could This Be Madness” (Brynn Arens) and “Animals And Cannibals” (Christian Tolle). The drums are played by Hans in't Zandt. URL: http://www.reeceworld.com
DAVID MARK PEARCE – Strange Ang3ls
David Mark Pearce is a guitarist, songwriter, sound engineer and producer from Cornwall, UK. He’s most known for his work with Yes keyboard player Oliver Wakeman and his contribution to Arjen Lucassen’s Stream Of Passion. On his first solo album Pearce offers a fine mix of melodic rock and soft progressive rock. The band features Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and John Payne (Asia) on vocals, Lisa LaRue on keyboards; CS Brown (Ghost Circus) on bass and Mikael Wikman (ex- Vindictiv) on drums, plus a special guest appearance by Yes keyboard player – Oliver Wakeman! URL: http://www.davidmarkpearce.com
AOR Heaven sign Mark Spiro and Matti Alfonzetti for new albums
With MARK SPIRO and MATTI ALFONZETTI AOR Heaven have added two more excellent melodic rock artists to their roster.
Mark Spiro comments on his soon to be completed new album: “It is all about my rebellion and redemption. My hope is that you'll of a life lived hard. Love lost and found. Lyrics are everything to me. I long for that feeling where just the right word hits just the right chord and everything makes perfect sense for a brief moment. It ‘s going to crank and it's going to kill … This is the best I have to give … coming soon!” Spiro has previously released a couple of successful melodic rock and singer/songwriter solo albums and has also worked as songwriter for other artists including Giant and John Waite. URL: http://www.myspace.com/markspiro
Matti Alfonzetti is one of Sweden’s finest hard rock singers and most known for his work with Bam Bam Boys, Jagged Edge, Road To Ruin and as a solo artist. He says: “Picking up from my first solo album (“Alfonzetti”) I wanted to take the AOR/classic hard rock into this decade with songwriting and sounds of classic rock albums of the 80s and 90s. I have been writing songs for this for some time and it feels great to finally be able to record this album! Collaborating with drummer/producer Daniel Flores and some excellent solo guitarists such as Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt, Evergrey)and Emil Fredhol (Plankton) to name a few, I hope this will be a very exciting album for all classic rock fans out there!” URL: http://www.facebook.com/matti.alfonzetti
Paul Sabu – Call Of The Wild
This essential Sabu collection features 16 classic remastered tracks and comes with an in-depth history of one of AOR's true gods! To be released by Z Records on July 4. An all new studio album in the vein of classics like “Heartbreak” and “Only Child” may be expected early next year.
02: JUST ASK
03: CALL OF THE WILD
04: I BELIEVE IN YOU
06: ARMS OF A HANGMAN
08: MAD DOG
09: I WANNA TOUCH
10: WHO ELSE IS TOUCHING YOU
12: SCREAM UNTIL YOU LIKE IT
13: HOT FLASH
14: SAVE A PLACE IN YOUR HEART
15: BAD BLOOD