Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has released a video for “SLEEPING GIANTS”,the title track from his debut solo release SLEEPING GIANTS, in stores now via COMBAT RECORDS. Sleeping Giants is a companion release to his new memoir MORE LIFE WITH DETH, in stores now via Jawbone Press.
The track, features lead vocals by Ellefson’s partner, and More Life With Deth co-author, Thom Hazaert, and legendary hip-hop MC Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, plus guest appearances by Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam), Ethan Brosh, Bumblefoot, and Ilias Papadakis (Memorain).
Says Hazaert, “David had all these great instrumental songs laying around, and SLEEPING GIANTS was one of them. He suggested I write and record some vocals parts for them, so I called up DMC and asked if he’d want to collaborate with us on a track, and we got to work. I’ve always loved off the wall Metal/Hip-Hop collaborations, JUDGEMENT NIGHT etc. And I think “Giants” definitely draws from that. The song and video both ended up with a really cool aggressive, old-school New York Hardcore/hip-hop. feel. It my book, it doesn’t get any more legendary than RUN DMC. And this was definitely one for the history books.”
Ellefson adds, “It was truly an honor to collaborate with DMC, and I think the track came out great. When Thom said DMC wanted to do a collaboration with us, I instantly thought of “Sleeping Giants”. And when he came out to REVOLUTION in Amityville to perform with us, and shoot the video, it was an awesome energy. I think everyone there got a show they won’t ever forget.”
Released in North America on July 19th, and debuting on 12 BILLBOARD sales charts, SLEEPING GIANTS will be released in Europe in November, as Ellefson and Hazaert cross the pond for a string of European shows and signings on their SLEEPING GIANTS/MORE LIFE WITH DETH tour.
Shot on location in Amityville, NY, Phoenix, AZ, and The Salton Sea in California, the video, directed by Melody Myers and Thom Hazaert, and filmed and edited by Melody Myers/Designed by Melody (Altitudes and Attitude, Escape The Fate), can be viewed at the following location:
Ellefson and Hazaert also recently collaborated with legendary producer Max Norman (Megadeth/Ozzy), who put his stamp on Sleeping Giants track “Vultures”, with the “Max Norman Mix”, released last week on all digital platforms.
Ellefson and Hazaert, with backing band Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence of Dead By Wednesday, and special guest Steve Conley of Flotsam and Jetsam, will wrap up the Summer leg of their BASSTORY MORE LIFE WITH DETH 2019 TOUR next week with shows in Phoenix, Orange County, and San Diego.
BASSTORY MORE LIFE WITH DETH 2019 DATES
Thursday 9/5 – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar (w/ SYMBOLIC)
Friday 9/6 – Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage (w/ SYMBOLIC)
Saturday 9/7 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto (w/Fatal Malady)
Tuesday 10/7 – Phoenix, AZ – Changing Hands (Book signing/Q&A)
MORE LIFE WITH DETH is the follow up to Ellefson’s celebrated MY LIFE WITH DETH, and delves deeper into the later stages of Ellefson’s career, as well as a thorough exploration of the earliest days of Megadeth and beyond.
SLEEPING GIANTS is a retrospective featuring several new tracks, plus a collection of demos, and unreleased material spanning David’s career outside of Megadeth, including the unreleased demo “If You Were God”, featuring John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint), and several unreleased demos featuring former House of Lords/Giuffria vocalist David Glen Eisley. The CD version will also include a second bonus disc, featuring a compilation of EMP and COMBAT RECORDS Artists, including Wrath, Last Crack, Doyle, Arise in Chaos, Sunflower Dead. Marc Rizzo, and more.
Produced by Ellefson and Hazaert, with additional production from ICON guitarist John Aquilino at the Platinum Underground in Phoenix, Sleeping Giants also features a multitude of guests including former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, Flotsam and Jetsam), Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam, F5), Eric AK (Flotsam and Jetsam), Ethan Brosh, Bumblefoot, Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence of Dead By Wednesday, Mark Tremonti, Illias Papadakis (Memorain), Dave McClain (Machine Head, Sacred Reich), Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), and a remix by Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn (Hodor).
Motionless In White To Join As Support
Tickets On Sale To General Public Starting Friday, March 8 At LiveNation.com
Rock icon Alice Cooper and Grammy-winning hard rock band Halestorm have announced a co-headline amphitheater tour across North America this summer. Produced by Live Nation, the 19-city tour will kick off July 17 in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center and make stops in Detroit, Chicago, Houston, and more before wrapping August 16 in Camden, NJ at the BB&T Pavilion. Motionless In White will support on all dates.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 8 at 10 AM local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, March 6 at 10 AM local time until Thursday, March 7 at 10 PM local time through Citi's Private Pass program. For complete presale details, visit here. Fan club and VIP presales will be available Tuesday, March 5 at 10 AM local time through Thursday, March 7 at 10 PM local time. Visit here or here for more for more information.
"We've played festivals with Halestorm, including Rock In Rio, and now I’m excited about doing this summer tour with Lzzy and the band, can’t wait to get to the first show," said Alice Cooper.
"We are beyond excited to announce our new tour with the man who burnt the rule book on Rock 'n' Roll...Alice Cooper," said Lzzy Hale, frontwoman of Halestorm. "Alice is our A in the ABC's of Rock music, and we are honored to be sharing the stage with such a legend and his incredible band. School's definitely out!"
Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Cooper will bring an all-new show for the Summer 2019 tour. Dubbed "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back," the show will have a very different look than recent tours. New music from Alice is expected in time for the tour, once again produced by Alice's longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who most recently produced 2017's acclaimed Paranormal album, featuring friends like ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, U2's Larry Mullen Jr, and Deep Purple's Roger Glover, as well as original Alice Cooper band members Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce. Cooper's most recent release, the live album A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris, was released by earMUSIC in 2018. In addition to recording and touring both on his own and with The Hollywood Vampires (with pals Joe Perry and Johnny Depp), Alice continues his nightly syndicated radio show "Nights With Alice Cooper," heard worldwide on over 100 radio stations.
Grammy-Award winning band Halestorm released their fourth full-length album, Vicious, last year. Called a "muscular, adventurous, and especially relevant rock record" by Rolling Stone, Vicious earned the band their second Grammy nomination, for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song "Uncomfortable," the band's fourth #1 at rock radio. Fronted by the incomparable Lzzy Hale, named Loudwire's 2018 Rock Artist of the Year, Halestorm has earned a reputation as a powerful live music force, headlining sold-out shows and topping festival bills around the world.
Alice Cooper and Halestorm 2019 Tour Dates:
July 17 — Allentown, PA—PPL Center
July 19—Pittsburgh, PA—KeyBank Pavilion
July 20—Detroit, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 21—Chicago, IL—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 23—Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center
July 25—St Louis, MO—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 26—Kansas City, MO—Starlight Theatre
July 28—Oklahoma City, OK—Zoo Amphitheatre*
July 29—Cedar Park, TX—H-E-B Center*
July 31—Irving, TX—The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
August 01—Houston, TX—The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
August 04—Nashville, TN—The Opry House*
August 07—Canandaigua, NY—Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
August 08—Bethel, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 10—Portland, ME—Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
August 11—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 13—Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube Live
August 15—Holmdel, NJ—PNC Bank Arts Center
August 16—Camden, NJ—BB&T Pavilion
*Not a Live Nation date
The world’s fastest growing independent record label, Golden Robot Records, continues it’s upward trajectory into 2019. Starting the year off with a bang, the label is honored to welcome to the family, the guitar icon Gilby Clarke! Gilby recently signed a GLOBAL deal with Golden Robot Records which will see a brand new solo album - The Gospel Truth - released this year. This will be Gilby’s first in over 15 years!
Mark Alexander-Erber, Golden Robot Entertainment Group Founder and President: says of signing Clarke; 'I couldn’t be happier to sign such an incredible artist like Gilby Clarke to our GRR international roster. He is totally authentic through and through. He brings such a wealth of experience to his songwriting, playing and producing and I know the world is ready for his new solo album which is a long time coming. It is an honour to release this record.’ Clarke explains his excitement about the signing “I am so happy to be a part of the Golden Robot family for my new solo record. I use the word family because I feel like I found a home. We share the same passion for Rock n Roll! Rock N Roll is alive n’ well & together we will turn it up loud!”
Gilby recently did an interview with Gibson Guitars at the 2019 Namm show in Los Angeles where he discusses his upcoming album. Watch it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFnVXj5JyCg
Best known for his tenure in the mighty Guns N Roses, Gilby has a long and storied career of which, GNR is only a part. Arriving in Hollywood as a 17 year old punk from Cleveland, Gilby soon found himself as a ghost writer and session player for former Runaway’s manager, Kim Fowley who then urged him to join the band, Candy. Gilby proved a little too rough and ready for the polished power-poppers and found himself a home both with hard-rockers Kill For Thrills and as a songwriter for Virgin Records.
Then a late night call from Slash changed everything… Gilby joined Guns N Roses in late 1991, replacing the recently departed Izzy Stradlin. For the next 3 years, Gilby strapped in for the wildest ride of his life, playing stadiums the world over and appearing on Guns N Roses, Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 and The Greatest Hits albums.
After GNR’s mid 90’s implosion, Gilby, armed only with his Les Paul, went back to Virgin and launched his solo career. Receiving critical acclaim for his albums Pawnshop Guitars, The Hangover, Rubber, 99 Live and Swag, he began the new millennium touring with the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Heart, The MC5 and with his old band mate in Slash’s Snakepit.
In 2006, Gilby joined forces with Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted to form Rock Star Supernova. The band hosted the TV show of the same name in search of a singer and toured the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in early 2007.
In 2012 Gilby reunited with his former GNR bandmates and performed with them as they were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. That same year Gilby joined Kings of Chaos with ex GNR members Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan and an all-star rotating roster of icons that featured Steven Tyler, Joe Elliot, Nikki Sixx, Glen Hughes and many more.
Now in 2019, Gilby is preparing to unleash his first new solo music in nearly two decades! An old school mash-up of Keef, Johnny Thunders, and B.B. King, Gilby’s new album is full of fist-pumping rock ’n’ roll songs with fat choruses, bluesy licks and trademark solos! It’s Classic rock, a new version of what Gilby likes to do and that’s… LOUD GUITARS! The album features drumming from legendary John Mellencamp and Chickenfoot sticksman Kenny Aronoff and Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyro & Infectious Grooves. The Gospel Truth will be released in the first half of 2019. More details coming very soon!
Gilby joins fellow GNR band mate, Dizzy Reed who was one of the first international signings to Golden Robot Records and released his solo album, Rock N Roll Ain't Easy to critical praise in early 2018.
On March 22, 2019, MEGADETH will celebrate their 35th Anniversary with the release of Warheads On Foreheads, a 35-track, career retrospective. The anthology spans their entire studio recording career, from their first album Killing Is My Business... to their 2017 GRAMMY® Award winning release Dystopia, and will be available as a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set and a digital edition via UMe Recordings. A limited edition, four-LP set pressed on silver colored vinyl will be available exclusively through the band's online store, with deluxe bundles to be announced. Visit http://smarturl.it/MegadethStore for details.
"Thirty five years ago I chose the name Megadeth for my band and I see these songs as the most efficient weapons in the bands arsenal," says Dave Mustaine. "WOF is a U.S. military term for targeting efficiency," Mustaine continues, "it's all about using the right tool for the job and these tracks were created for maximum destruction (or stopping power, or something else!)"
In 1984, Dave Mustaine was determined to start a new band that would be heavier and faster than his peers. Mustaine's songwriting was rapidly maturing, and he set about combining the attitude and energy of punk, with the power and intricate riffing of metal, along with direct, sociopolitical lyrical content. With David Ellefson on bass and Gar Samuelson on drums, the band recorded their infamous 3-song demo which quickly circulated through the underground tape-trading circuit and became an underground hit leading to a deal with Combat Records.
Warheads On Foreheads starts at that beginning with the early thrashers "Rattlehead" and "Mechanix" from the band's 1985 debut Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good, an album that would lay down the blueprint and establish MEGADETH as forerunners of what would later be called Thrash Metal (and recently hailed by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut of All Time).
MEGADETH was quickly signed by Capitol Records and released their 1986 major label debut Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?, which became the band's first certified gold record and would go on to become MEGADETH's first platinum selling release. Featured on Warheads On Foreheads are "The Conjuring" and the track "Good Mourning/Black Friday" which Pitchfork describes as "everything great about hardcore, plus a dose of the kind of show-off skill that makes lesser musicians' fingers bleed." Other songs included are "In My Darkest Hour" from their platinum selling So Far, So Good, So What!(1988), "Hanger 18" and "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" from their GRAMMY® nominated, platinum album Rust In Peace (1990), and "Symphony of Destruction" and "Sweating Bullets" from their 1992 GRAMMY® nominated, double platinum release Countdown To Extinction. Also featured are "A Tout Le Monde" and "Reckoning Day" from their 1994 platinum selling release Youthanasia, "Kingmaker" from their 2013 Top Ten release Super Collider, which hit No. 3 on both the Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, "She-Wolf" from the GRAMMY® nominated, Top Ten release Cryptic Writings (1997) and the title track from the band's most recent album Dystopia.
Upon its release in 2016, Dystopia reasserted MEGADETH's place at the top of the metal world, equaling the chart impact of their early nineties output, earning the band their first GRAMMY®, as well as rave reviews (The Guardian gave it five out of five stars and stated "Dystopia is an absolutely blistering return to the state-of-the-art bombast and refined technicality.")
MEGADETH burst onto the scene thirty five years ago, virtually inventing a genre and selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including a 2017 GRAMMY® Award for "Best Metal Performance" for the title track "Dystopia," 12 GRAMMY® nominations, and scoring five consecutive platinum albums. With sheer determination and a relentless recording and touring schedule, MEGADETH worked their way up from headlining clubs to headlining arenas, festival and stadiums, cementing a legacy that continues to grow and spread throughout the world.
3-CD TRACK LISTING
3. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!
4. The Conjuring
5. Wake Up Dead
6. Devils Island
7. Good Mourning / Black Friday
8. Set The World Afire
9. In My Darkest Hour
10. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
1. Hangar 18
2. Tornado Of Souls
3. Rust In Peace...Polaris
4. Five Magics
5. Take No Prisoners
6. Skin O' My Teeth
7. Angry Again
8. Symphony Of Destruction
9. Sweating Bullets
10. A Tout Le Monde
11. Train Of Consequences
12. Reckoning Day
4. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
5. Blackmail The Universe
6. Washington Is Next!
7. Head Crusher
8. Public Enemy No. 1
10. The Threat Is Real
11. Poisonous Shadows
12. Death From Within
4-LP TRACK LISTING
3. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!
4. The Conjuring
5. Wake Up Dead
1. Devils Island
2. Good Mourning / Black Friday
3. Set The World Afire
1. In My Darkest Hour
2. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
3. Hangar 18
4. Tornado Of Souls
1. Rust In Peace...Polaris
2. Five Magics
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Skin O' My Teeth
5. Angry Again
1. Symphony Of Destruction
2. Sweating Bullets
3. A Tout Le Monde
4. Train Of Consequences
5. Reckoning Day
4. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
1. Blackmail The Universe
2. Washington Is Next!
3. Head Crusher
4. Public Enemy No. 1
1. The Threat Is Real
2. Poisonous Shadows
3. Death From Within
For the 3-CD and 4-LP sets go to:
For the limited edition exclusive silver colored vinyl go to:
MUSIC VIDEO FOR, “MY TIME,” OUT NOW!
NOLA thrash metal legends EXHORDER will release their first new album, Mourn The Southern Skies, in 27 years on September 20th with Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a new album trailer in which they give fans an inside look into what’s behind their first single in nearly three decades, “My Time.”
WATCH EXHORDER’S SECOND TRAILER FOR MOURN THE SOUTHERN SKIES:https://youtu.be/s-UuJEURLPk
The New Orleans natives made their long-awaited return last year with a string of reunion shows and festival appearances, and now are launching a full-on comeback with the impending release of Mourn The Southern Skies. Recorded by Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording and Production and working with producer Jens Bogren (AMON AMARTH, OPETH, SEPULTURA) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden for mix/master, EXHORDER is armed with more fury and vigor than bands half their age, concocting an intoxicating amalgam of old school thrashers and groovers blended with a modern, mature approach.
From the opening of the first track of Mourn The Southern Skies, listeners are reminded immediately just what EXHORDER is exactly through the spitting rage "My Time" forces upon their ears. It is evident that the anger remains prevalent, with perhaps a different point of view that younger men could not possibly have understood on earlier albums. Sasha Horn's energy and punk influence fire the engines, with Jason VieBrooks locking down the foundation tightly. Vinnie La Bella once again has proven himself "The Godfather" of thrash riffs, which cut through like a high speed drill bit thanks to the stellar production. A lead guitar face-off in the solo not only exhibits Vinnie's sometimes under-appreciated skills as a shredder, but also showcases newcomer Marzi Montazeri (“The High Priest of Distortion"). If anyone ever doubted EXHORDER's skill set regarding guitar soloing, those days are gone forever! And finally, as if riding a runaway garbage truck with fireworks exploding off of its roof top, Kyle Thomas invokes venom and energy with familiar passion. All in all, the truth is apparent – EXHORDE Rmean business once again!
EXHORDER’s founding guitarist Vinnie La Bella says of their resurgence, “You can plot and scheme for years, even decades (as is in our case). You can work hard, keep grinding, bang the square peg in the round hole until it looks somewhat presentable. But sometimes you just need to let time tell you, it's time. Exhorder has its own soul. And it pokes me in the ribs ever so often as if to remind me, 'Hey asshole, we ain't done yet!' Kyle and myself had a dream as teenagers. And as cliche as it may seem, we never woke up from it. Exhorder has always crept in and out of our lives. So no magic bullet or formula here. It was only a simple matter of time before the right guys, the right songs, the right manager/label would finally come to the party. It's been damn near 35 years since we first uttered the name, Exhorder. 27 years since our last record, and a whole lot of breaking up and making up in between. So why is this time different? Why start again at 50 years of age instead of retiring? Simple... because it’s finally, TIME!"
EXHORDER’s enduring legacy began in the mid-80’s when they defined the sound of Louisiana thrash and groove metal. Their initial formation was short lived, lasting nearly a decade with two critically acclaimed, classic albums, but their impact on the metal genre can be felt through a generation of bands that followed. EXHORDER dissolved in the mid-90’s but briefly reunited in 2011. Now, the band has returned to reclaim their throne of NOLA metal with their awaited new album and an all-star line-up that includes Kyle Thomas (founding vocalist; TROUBLE, HEAVY AS TEXAS), Vinnie La Bella (founding guitarist), Marzi Montazeri (guitarist; ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, HEAVY AS TEXAS), Jason VieBrooks (bassist since 2011; HEATHEN, GRIP INC.) andSasha Horn (drummer; FORBIDDEN).
EXHORDER will support the new record with a North American tour with KATAKLYSM in September. Dates are below.
Pre-order Mourn The Southern Skies in various formats, here: http://nuclearblast.com/exhorder-mtss
Listen to the band's new track in the NB New Releases Playlists:
http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases
Mourn The Southern Skies Track Listing:
EXHORDER North American Tour Dates (w/KATAKLYSM):
Sep 4 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Sep 5 – Cave-In-Rock, IL – Full Terror Assault
Sep 6 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Sep 7 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
Sep 8 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Sep 10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sep 11 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
Sep 12 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
Sep 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Union
Sep 14 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sep 15 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Sep 16 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Sep 17 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live!
Sep 18 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Sep 20 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
Sep 21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sep 22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sep 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
Sep 24 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Sep 25 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Sep 26 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Sep 27 – Quebec City, QC – Le D’Auteuil
Sep 28 – Montreal, QC – Theatre CoronaVisit
TOM KEIFER #KEIFERBAND
SET TO RELEASE SECOND SOLO ALBUM “RISE”
SEPTEMBER 13 ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS;
U.S. HEADLINING TOUR STARTS TODAY
IN NASHVILLE, TN
Timing, as the saying goes, is everything. And when you’re a career artist like TOM KEIFER, you know exactly what it takes to get to the pinnacle and just how precarious it can be once you reach the top. After years of touring and growing with his solo band, KEIFER feels the timing is right for a new record with #keiferband.
KEIFER with #keiferband--Savannah Keifer, Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Kendra Chantelle, Jarred Pope, Kory Myers—are ready to RISE to yet another peak in their ongoing music journey with the September 13 release of his second solo album on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders of the album are available today at TomKeifer.com/Preorder on all formats, including CD (digipak), vinyl (in your choice of red, blue, or green) and digital, which will include an instant download of the first single, “The Death Of Me.”
A video for “The Death Of Me”—written by KEIFER and his wife Savannah, and directed by Vicente Cordero--was released today. Though TOM KEIFER has faced many ups and downs all throughout his storied career, his unyielding resilience can be found well within the grooves and lyrics of the song. “We created ‘The Death of Me’ to inspire people not to give in to or be defeated by the seemingly insurmountable lows that we all sometimes face, but rather to Rise and overcome them,” he says. The clip can be seen here:https://youtu.be/m0LrgRh7ak4.
His creative renaissance is fully on display via the eleven tough ’n’ tender tracks that comprise RISE.
Produced by TOM KEIFER, Savannah Keifer, and Kyle O’Connor, RISE scales renewed sonic heights. From the tasty slide work that stamps “Touching the Divine,” the nontraditionally arranged, heavy, dark jam of “Untitled,” the breakneck thrust of “All Amped Up” to the tender coda of “You Believe in Me,” RISE signifies the ongoing evolution of the former Cinderella frontman as a person, songwriter, and bandleader. It’s the aural portrait of an artist who, to borrow a phrase, is still climbing
“When this band came together, we all felt a bit like broken souls, each with our own unique story,” he explains. “If you ask anyone in the band, they would all say this band came along at just the right time. Every human who walks this planet faces challenges and extreme adversity they have to overcome. As a band, we feel fortunate to be able to face those things together. There is a piece of every band member in the ‘The Death of Me’ as well as throughout the entire RISE album.”
The common thread to each song on RISE is the intuitive interplay between each member of #keiferband, a tight but loose collective that’s spent the last six-plus years on the road honing their live craft together in support of KEIFER’s critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut,THE WAY LIFE GOES. RISE is the studio-bred equivalent of a band just now realizing the full scope of its powers. “We were trying to capture the feeling of what people have witnessed live with this band,” KEIFER explains. “There’s an off-the-rails, real live feel to RISE — and that’s what we were going for. It shows a real kind of angst and reckless abandon that we tried not to polish too much. And when we pull it back on the ballads, it’s more about the emotion, the soul, and making people feel something in a different way.”
“To me, the perfect rock and roll record is perfectly fucked up,” KEIFER says with a hearty laugh. “You try to make each record interesting and different. I don’t ever want to make the same record twice, even though there’s a common thread between them. Everything doesn’t have to be perfectly in place, but there is a balance you try to strike. Sometimes there may be something about it that’s technically not ‘right,’ but there’s a vibe, an energy and an attitude to it that I always try to preserve.”
THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION was released October 20, 2017 on Cleopatra Records, which is an expanded compilation of his debut album chocked full of special artwork and bonus content, including the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:
“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.”
-- Rolling Stone
“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”
-- Vintage Guitar
“...the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest. They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic. Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice. And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.”
-- Guitar Player
In touring news, TOM KEIFER and #keiferband have been on a vigorous trek ever since the 2013 album release, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Their next batch of headlining dates start July 30 in their hometown, Nashville, TN today at The Cowan. Dates are already confirmed through the end of 2019, with more to be added in the coming weeks, and are already being planned for 2020.
Here’s the complete track listing for RISE:
1. Touching The Divine
2. The Death Of Me
3. Waiting On The Demons
7. All Amped Up
8. Breaking Down
9. Taste For The Pain
10. Life Was Here
11. You Believe In Me
Check out TOM KEIFER and #keiferband at any of the following tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Tues 7/30 Nashville, TN The Cowan
Fri 8/2 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Sat 8/3 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Mon 8/5 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
Thu 8/8 Hopewell, VA The Beacon Theater Hopewell
Fri 8/9 Greenville, SC The Firmament
Sat 8/10 Winder, GA Innovation Amphitheater
Thu 8/15 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Fri 8/16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Sat 8/17 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom
Wed 8/21 Scottsdale, AZ BLK Live
Fri 8/23 Montclair, CA The Canyon
Sat 8/24 Ojai, CA Ojai Libbey Bowl
Sun 8/25 Pasadena, CA The Canyon at The Rose
Tue 8/27 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre
Thu 8/29 Las Vegas, NV Count’s Vamp’d
Fri 8/30 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
Sat 8/31 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave
Fri 9/6 Leesburg, VA Tally Ho Theatre
Sat 9/7 Cherokee, NC Cherokee Blue Ridge Run
Fri 10/11 Knoxville, TN Cotton Eyed Joe
Sat 10/12 Versailles, OH BMI Indoor Speedway
Tue 10/15 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Thu 10/17 Warrendale, PA Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Fri 10/18 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Event Center
Sat 10/19 Akron, OH Goodyear Theater
Thu 10/24 Green Bay, WI Green Bay Distillery
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Demon Hunter are an American metal institution. The band embraces brazenly transcendent melodies, without apology, while maintaining a defiant heaviness reminiscent of the most timeless of metal music. For nearly two decades, Demon Hunter has weathered the changing tides of rock subculture, proving ever resistant to trends, and ever resilient, making music as determined and resolute as the men within the band.
In 2019, the band unveils not one but two brand new full-length albums on March 1. War is filled with aggression and Peace doubles down on melody; both are dynamic and diverse standalone offerings. They are linked most prominently by release date and a plainspoken theme: “War in every breath / Peace in only death.”
Demon Hunter’s ninth and tenth studio albums arrive just two years after Outlive, which debuted at #1 Independent, #2 Rock Music, #2 Hard Music, #8 Current Albums, and #25 on the Billboard 200 charts. “Raining Down” remained #1 at Christian Rock radio for over 9 weeks.
Steve Vai on Vaideology: Basic Theory for Guitar Players – Screen here:
Piano Reductions Vol. 2 Trailer here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HvrIL9gYHI&feature=youtu.be
Los Angeles, CA – Steve Vai has released two new titles. First, his first music theory book via publisher Hal Leonard. Titled Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players, the gargantuan effort was designed to help both beginners and veteran guitar players. Vai takes a deep dive into the basics of music theory to help players better understand the language of music and become more musically literate. Through in-depth discussions of music theory fundamentals, the esteemed player combines practical exercises, diagrams, tips, practice methods, and various ways of looking at music to help kickstart a new view of the guitar for readers. Topics covered include: Academic vs. Experiential Learning; Notes on the Neck; Music Notation; Reading & Writing Music; Scales; Intervals; Key Signatures; Circle of 5ths; Chords and Chord Scales; Rhythm Basics; Time Signatures; Guitar Harmonics; Modes; and more. The book carries a list price of $24.99 and will be available at local music stores, halleonard.com, or vai.com. E-book versions are also available at all major e-book outlets.
Vai states, “One of the questions that I’m usually asked by aspiring guitar players is, how much music theory do I really need to know, and is it necessary? My answer is usually, “You don’t need to understand music theory at all to be an effective player, but it will always help to at least understand the basics”. So, I wrote a book that I believe contains the basics of music theory that can aid the student to be musically literate, and perhaps much more.”
In the pages of Vaideology, he shares, “Since as far back as I can remember remembering, I always had a deep fascination with the written language of music. On paper, it looked like beautiful art to me. It felt like a warm, safe place (a bizarre analogy, I know). It was this mysterious language that I instinctively knew could unlock my musical expressions. To be able to write a composition for a large group of people by starting with a blank piece of score paper, with its infinite possibilities for inventiveness, was absolutely spellbinding to me. I always had an intense desire to understand it fully and master it completely. Although I’m still a work in progress—because the evolution of music theory is infinite—I so much enjoy being able to use what I do know, and I still continue to study it.”
Steve Vai and Miho Arai have collaborated on the release of PIANO REDUCTIONS VOL. 2.
He offers, “I had seen video clips that Miho had made of her performing some of my songs on solo piano from her home on an electric keyboard, and I was blown away. I contacted her and asked if she would be interested in recording this record. Based on the fact that she had my Vai logo tattooed on her neck, I assumed she would be interested in this project, and she was! I choose the songs and over a 3-4 year period we would go into Ocean Way studios and record a few tracks at a time. It was obvious to me that she is a completely thoroughly trained musician and piano virtuoso. Her command of the instrument is stunning, and she took these songs and found all the little golden nuggets within them. She is an inspired player and I feel great appreciation for the way she respected, arranged and performed these tracks.” To hear music and read more: http://www.vai.com/pianoreductionsvol2/
The complete track listing includes, “Burning Rain,” “Lotus Feet,” “Lucky Charms,” “Whispering A Prayer,” “The Silent Within,” “The Moon and I,” “For The Love of God,” “Blood and Glory,” “Creamsicle Sunset,” “Dying For Your Love,” “Feathers,” and “The Story of Light.”
Vai’s prior similar release “Piano Reductions: Vol. I” was released in November, 2004, and featured eleven songs from his repertoire performed by Mike Keneally. Over the past four years, the current title took flight with piano virtuoso Miho Arai as the featured artist performing twelve Vai compositions. The title will be released globally by The Orchard.