After two very successful releases with PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and countless live shows with rock giants like GUNS N' ROSES among others, legendary long-time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell is currently laying down finishing touches to his first-ever solo record.
Commented Campbell: "I'm really happy to release my first solo album, Old Lions Still Roar, worldwide. I'm also honoured to have mega talented guests and friends do their thing. Looking forward to everyone taking a listen!"
Old Lions Still Roar will include performances by rock heavyweights like Alice Cooper, Dee Snider, and Rob Halford among others and is set to be released later this year via Nuclear Blast Records.
More details to be released soon.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS live dates:
11./12.07. N Kvinesdal - Norway Rock Festival
13.07. EST Haapsalu - American Beauty Car Show
26.07. UK East Lulworth - Camp Bestival
23.08. B Liège - Golden Age Rock Festival
24.08. UK Newark - Stonedeaf Festival
31.08. UK Durham - Stormin The Castle !!!NEW!!!
07.09. AT Wels - Trabrennbahn BÖHSE ONKELZ Open Air !!!NEW!!!
13.09. D Altenbergen - Rock N Revel
14.09. D Bochum - Rockpalast !!!NEW!!!
15.09. F Raismes - Raismes Fest
16.09. B Leuven - Het Depot (w/ GLENN HUGHES)
18.09. F Boisseuil - Espace Culturel du Crouzy
20.09. CH Aarau - KIFF
21.09. D Neuenstadt am Kocher - Stadthalle (w/ NITROGODS)
22.09. F Strasbourg - La Maison Bleue
24.09. F Nantes - Le Ferrailleur
25.09. F Bordeaux - Rock School Barbey
26.09. F Alencon - La Luciole
27.09. F Paris - Café de la Danse
28.09. F Le Havre - Magic Mirrors
13. - 18.10. USA Los Angeles CA - MegaCruise
w/ KING CREATURE
29.10. UK Stoke - The Sugarmill
30.10. UK Glasgow - Classic Grand
01.11. UK Manchester - Rebellion
02.11. UK London - The Dome
03.11. UK Norwich - Epic Studios
04.11. UK Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
06.11. UK Southampton - Engine Rooms
07.11. UK Wolverhampton - KK’s Steel Mill
08.11. UK Exeter - Phoenix
09.11. UK Cardiff - Tramshed
w/ LEADER OF DOWN
29.11. D Cologne - Gebäude 9
30.11. D Hamburg - Logo
01.12. D Berlin - Bi Nuu
02.12. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
04.12. D Dresden - Beatpol
05.12. D Munich - Backstage (Halle)
06.12. D Frankfurt - Das Bett
07.12. D Oberhausen - Nikolaut Winterfestival
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The Hollywood Vampires — featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp — have announced Spring 2019 tour dates. The band, which previously performed at Rock In Rio and the 2016 Grammy Awards in addition to U.S. and EU/UK tours last year, will play several shows on the West Coast in May.
All dates are below. The Hollywood Vampires VIP packages will be available beginning Tuesday, March 5. VIP packages may include a meet & greet, photo with the band, a premium seat, and exclusive merchandise. Regular tickets go on sale on Friday, March 8 at 10AM local time. For more information, go here.
Completing The Hollywood Vampires live lineup will be mainstay guitarist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper), along with rock star musician friends Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) on drums, Chris Wyse (The Cult) on bass, and Buck Johnson (Aerosmith) on keyboard and vocals.
In 1969, on the Sunset Strip at the legendary club, The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. "To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members," says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires.
Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of The Hollywood Vampires should live again — minus the drinking. Cooper and Depp were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh, and play together.
As Yahoo Music said, "The word 'supergroup' gets thrown around a lot these days, but truly, it doesn't get much super-er than Hollywood Vampires..."
New music from The Hollywood Vampires is expected this summer.
THE HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES ON TOUR:
5/10 — The Joint — Las Vegas, NV
5/11 — The Greek — Los Angeles, CA
5/12 — Warfield Theatre — San Francisco, CA
5/14 — The Fillmore — Denver, CO
5/16 — Sandia Casino — Albuquerque, NM
5/17 — Talking Stick Casino — Scottsdale, AZ
5/18 — Fantasy Springs Casino — Indio, CA*
*Tickets on sale now
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
About Motionless in White:
Since 2006, Motionless In White has won over audiences around the globe with their aggressive music and arresting imagery, rapidly rising to the upper echelon of modern rock. Albums such as 2010's Creature sand 2012's Infamous would galvanize a rabid fan base around the band — currently comprised of lead singer Chris Motionless, guitarists Ryan Sitkowski and Ricky Horror, and drummer Vinny Mauro. Motionless In White's 2014 LP, Reincarnate, reached new heights, bowing at #9 on the Billboard "Top 200" and claiming #1 on Billboard's "Hard Rock Albums" chart. GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the band's latest album, arrived in 2017 to critical acclaim, once again topping Billboard’s "Hard Rock Albums” chart led by the Top 20 Active Rock hit "LOUD (F*ck It)," as well as the thunderous singles "Eternally Yours” and "Necessary Evil." "Motionless In White make sure to leave no gravestone unturned as they explore the vast underworld of rock," declared Alternative Press, while Rock Sound avowed, "Every cut brings something new to the table… tugging at the heartstrings one moment and cutting straight to the bone the next."
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES recently wrapped extensive touring, including a few sold out shows, all across North America and Europe with Behemoth and Wolves In The Throne Room. The band shows no sign of slowing down with a handful of new tour dates announced. AT THE GATES will continue to tour in support of their recently released acclaimed album To Drink From The Night Itself, which was released last May.
AT THE GATES have not only just announced several additional summer festival appearances and international shows, but have also just launched a live-video for the track "Daggers Of Black Haze", which was filmed on the latest European tour. Check the clip out here: https://youtu.be/yzFr80FWvnk.
Fans can catch AT THE GATES live on the following dates (Latest updates marked *). More dates to be announced soon.
AT THE GATES - Live 2019:
March 2 - Umeå, Sweden - House Of Metal Festival
March 22 Kiev, Ukraine - Pochayna Event Hall + Powerwolf *
March 23 - Moscow, Russia - Zil Arena
March 25 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Zal
April 12 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Roadburn Festival
April 24 - Canberra, Australia - Basement +The Haunted & Witchery*
April 25 - Brisbane, Australia - Triffid + The Haunted & Witchery
April 26 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar + The Haunted & Witchery
April 27 - Melbourne, Australia - Max Watt's + The Haunted & Witchery
April 28 - Hobart/Tasmania, Australia - Odeon Theatre*
April 30 - Wellington, New Zealand - Valhalla + The Haunted*
May1 - Auckland, New Zealand -Whammy + The Haunted*
May 31-June 1 - Antwerp, Belgium - Antwerp Metal Fest
June 5-8 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival *
June 14 - Donington Park, United Kingdom - Download Festival*
June 28-30 - Borgholm, Sweden - Borgholm Brinnar Festival*
July 13-15 - Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival*
August 7-11 - Hampshire, United Kingdom - Boomtown Fair
August 15-18 - St-Nolff, France - Motorcultor Festival *
September 6 - Huttikon, Switzerland - Meh Suff! Festival*
Most recently, AT THE GATES released a limited 7" EP entitled The Mirror Blackfeaturing the two songs "The Mirror Black" and "Daggers Of Black Haze" off their latest LP To Drink From The Night Itself album in alternative versions that include guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross). Remaining copies are available from CM Distro here: https://AtTheGates.lnk.to/MirrorBlack.
Additionally, AT THE GATES released the digital EP With The Pantheons Blind, which contains all six bonus tracks from the To Drink From The Night Itself recording sessions. The EP is available digitally for the first time and includes the tracks "Daggers Of Black Haze" and "The Mirror Black" featuring guest vocals by Rob Miller (Amebix, Tau Cross), "The Chasm" featuring guest vocals by Per Boder (God Macabre), "A Labyrinth Of Tombs" featuring guest vocals by Mikael Nox Pettersson (Craft), a demo version of "The Chasm" and a merciless re-recorded version of the early AT THE GATES classic "Raped By The Light Of Christ", originally featured on the band's sophomore album "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness" from 1993. Get the Digital EP here: https://AtTheGates.lnk.to/WithThePantheonsBlind.
AT THE GATES - "To Drink From The Night Itself" Samples:
"To Drink From The Night Itself" (video-clip): https://youtu.be/dhru7gT0cIE
"To Drink From The Night Itself" (making of video-clip): https://youtu.be/9gaQg2eWQLY
"A Stare Bound In Stone" (video-clip): https://youtu.be/oIj6ufFSESU
"Daggers Of Black Haze" (video-clip): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy-FHDx4_Pw
"The Mirror Black (Feat. Rob Miller)" (video-clip): https://youtu.be/LYUS99glGBk
To Drink From The Night Itself is available to purchase in various formats here:
Fans can check out he pre-order link from CM Distro for a new re-press of To Drink From The Night Itself as a standard LP on 180gr. black vinyl with a printed insert sheet, out March 15th, 2019: https://www.cmdistro.de/Item/At_The_Gates_-_To_Drink_From_The_Night_Itself_-black_LP-/3378
Stay tuned for more AT THE GATES news coming soon.
AT THE GATES line-up:
Tomas Lindberg - Vocals
Jonas Björler - Bass
Martin Larsson - Guitar
Jonas Stålhammar- Guitar
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums
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Queensrÿche are ecstatic to announce that they will be playing some of the most renown European Festivals along with a few club shows in support of their upcoming album The Verdict, which will be released onMarch 1st, 2019. Special guests on that run will be Firewind and Mirrorplain, joining them on selected shows.
"We are very excited that we will touring Europe again! Really looking forward to seeing you all in support of our new album! Thank you all for your embrace and support," states singer Todd La Torre.
QUEENSRYCHE "The Verdict European Tour"
w/ Firewind, Mirrorplain
July 25 - Berlin, DE - SO36
July 26 - Rottenburt-Seebronn, DE - Rock of Ages *+
July 27 - Szekesfeherva, HU - Fezen Festival+
July 28 - Ljubljana, SL - Kino Siska
July 30 - Munchen, DE - Free & Easy Festival
July 31 - Aschaffenburg, DE - Colos-Saal
August 2 - Wacken, DE - Wacken Open-Air*+
August 3 - Eindhoven, NL - Effenaar
August 4 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain*
August 6 - Pinarella di Cervia, IT - Rock Planet
August 7 - Pratteln, CH - Konzertfabrik z7
August 9 - Kortrijk, BE - Alcatraz Festival+
August 10 - Leeuwarden, NL - Into The Grave Festival*+
August 11 - Walton-on-Trent, UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival*+
August 13 - Norfolk, UK - Waterfront, Norwich*
August 14 - London, UK - o2 Islington Academy*
August 15 - Saarbrücken, DE - Garage*
August 16 - Dinkelsbuhl, DE - Summer Breeze Festival*+
August 17 - Essen, DE - Turock Festival*+
* FIREWIND do not appear
+ MIRRORPLAIN do not appear
Queensrÿche will be hitting the road on March 1st for the first leg of The Verdict world tour:
QUEENSRYCHE US HEADLINE TOUR DATES
March 2 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
March 3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
March 5 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
March 7 - Baltimore - Sound Stage*
March 8 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun^
March 9 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
March 10 - Worcester, MA - Palladium*
March 12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
March 13 - Detroit, MI - Diesel
March 14 - Chicago, IL - Concord
March 15 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
March 16 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 - Davenport, IA - Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
March 21 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
March 22 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec
March 23 - Albuquerque, NM - El Rey
March 26 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
March 27 - San Diego - Observatory
March 28 - Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
March 30 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
April 2 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
April 3 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
They have already released two singles of their upcoming album The Verdict.
Check out the lyric video for "Dark Reverie" here: https://youtu.be/J86rOTinVRs
And the official video for "Man The Machine" here: https://youtu.be/lcDYVKfjg7Q
The Verdict, which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA., will be released in the following formats:
Order The Verdict here:https://queensryche.lnk.to/TheVerdictID Furthermore, these limited and exclusive editions can be pre-ordered now:100x clear (SOLD OUT!) & 200x transparent red vinyl via Century Media's European store: http://bit.ly/QueensrycheCMD200x transparent petrol green and t-shirt bundles via EMP: http://bit.ly/TheVerdictEMP500x red smoke vinyl (t-shirt bundles also available) via Century Media's US store:https://Queensryche.lnk.to/TheVerdict/cmstoreus500x "Bloodshot" transparent red swirl vinyl available via FYE:https://Queensryche.lnk.to/TheVerdict/fye-foryourentertainment700x clear smoke vinyl (band exclusive) via Pledge Music: SOLD OUT!
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:
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN AND MASCOT RECORDS ANNOUNCE MARCH 29
GLOBAL RELEASE DATE FOR NEW STUDIO ALBUM BLUE LIGHTNING
To Stream Lyric Video For “Sun’s Up Top’s Down” Click Here:
Yngwie Malmsteen will release BLUE LIGHTNING globally on March 29 via Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group. To call Yngwie Malmsteen a 'maestro' or 'virtuoso' is to state the obvious. But such terms don't do sufficient justice to either his talent or impact. There are innumerable guitarists who have copied a small part of the vast musical spectrum that defines him, but nobody comes close to achieving what he has over a period of nearly four decades.
This man is an undoubted pioneer, someone whose style and creativity has inspired so many others. While he first came to everybody's notice in Los Angeles with Steeler's self-titled album (1983), followed by Alcatrazz's 'No Parole From Rock 'N' Roll' the same year and 'Live Sentence' ('84), it's been what he's done since in a distinguished and far ranging career as a solo performer and band leader that has momentously shown Malmsteen's craft and worth as one of the elite guitarists on the planet. Combining skills that span a vast spectrum of inspirations, he stands as a giant, melding melody, technique and an epic scope in a unique and inclusive fashion.
Now, with Blue Lightning, the man highlights not only his enduring dexterity and diversity, but also pays homage to those from the Blues world who have fueled his artistic spirit for so long.
“I have always played around with old songs, both live and also in the studio. I did a similar album called Inspiration a while ago (1996), and it was Mascot who came to me and suggested I do a Blues record.”
“Now, I grew up in a classically trained family, and people know me for playing in what is called a neo classical style. But when I got a guitar for my fifth birthday, what I would try to emulate were John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – I would jam along to what they did on record with Eric Clapton ('Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton' album). That's something people don't realize about me – I do have a strong interest in the Blues. So, when Mascot came to me with the suggestion of doing an album of songs in this style, it didn't faze me at all. In fact, it seemed so natural.”
What Malmsteen has done here is combine choices which might seem almost obvious with some that will turn heads. He shares, “There were songs that were immediately clear I wanted to do. These were the likes of “Purple Haze” and “Smoke On The Water” which I have been playing since I was a kid. But then I also went for something like “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” which I wasn't sure I could do. In this case, it's about trial and error. I am delighted that I was able to do justice to the original.”
Anyone who is expecting Malmsteen to copy exactly the way the original versions sound is in for a shock. Because that is not what he has done. He reflects, “I have never been one of those people who wants to sit down and mimic the way in which a song sounds on record. I don't see the point in doing that. If all you want to hear is a song the way you remember it, then the originals are there for you. What I have done is add in my own vibe and personality, while paying tribute to what you already know. That way I feel I am being myself, yet also being respectful to those artists.”
One thing this album has allowed Malmsteen to do is to challenge himself, which is certainly the case of Eric Clapton's “Forever Man.” He offers, “I heard this on the radio, and honestly I didn't know whether I could do it for this album. But I sat down and tried things, and they worked out. I had to rise to the occasion and am delighted to have done exactly that.” This track showcases not only Malmsteen's celebrated guitar qualities, but also his maturing individual vocal confidence. He reflects, “On the singing side with 'Forever Man,' I did it all in one take. I got the lyrics through, went into the studio, and just got them done. I am not someone who likes to do take after take. I feel you should be able to get it right the first time around. That applies to the vocal parts and also my guitar playing. And for the most part, this is the way I did Blue Lightning.”
The man has also paid homage to a particular favorite. He shares, “When I was ten years old, I got Deep Purple's Fireballalbum, which I have always thought was very undervalued. And the song that really killed me was 'Demon's Eye.’ And I was very keen to do it for the album. Thankfully, the key was just right for my voice, and I had so much fun doing it. In fact, I would say that I had a great time doing all the songs here.”
Aside from the covers, there are also four original tracks included. And these clearly bring to the fore Malmsteen's abiding love for the Blues, as well as his capacity for doing interpretations possessed of emotion and depth. He offers, “I have always featured songs with a Blues groove on albums. So, having my own material in this vein was very natural for me.”
The album is self-produced, and Malmsteen has followed a traditional manner in the way this was recorded. He shares, “In the old days, a band would go into the studio, do a couple of songs, then go out on tour, before returning to the studio to do a couple more new tracks. That's the way I did things this time. I have been so busy on the road in recent times that it was the most pragmatic way to do the album. In all, it took me about ten months to get it done, but by going in the studio in between touring commitments, I feel it kept everything fresh.”
The complete track listing includes “Blue Lightning,” “Foxey Lady,” “Demon’s Eye,” “1911 Strut,” “Blue Jean Blues,” “Purple Haze,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Sun’s Up Top’s Down,” “Peace, Please,” “Paint It Black,” “Smoke On The Water,” and “Forever Man.”
Confirmed appearances include:
4/13 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s
4/25 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
4/26 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
4/27 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
4/28 San Antonio, TX Vibes Event Center
5/01 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
5/02 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
5/03 Santa Clarita, CA The Canyon Events Center
5/04 San Diego, CA House of Blues
5/05 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
5/07 Fresno, CA The Tower Theatre
5/08 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues Las Vegas
5/09 Montclair, CA The Canyon Events Center
5/10 Vallejo, CA Empress Theatre
5/11 Pasadena, CA The Rose
5/14 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
5/15 Lincoln, NE Royal Grove
5/16 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
5/17 Turtle Lake, WI St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake
5/18 Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
5/22 New York, NY PlaysStation Theater
5/23 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
5/24 Old Saybrook, CT The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
5/25 Ardmore, PA The Ardmore Music Hall
5/29 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater
5/30 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
5/31 Hartford, CT Infinity Music Hall
6/01 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
6/02 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
6/04 Milwaukee, WI The Pabst Theater
6/05 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall
6/06 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
6/07 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
6/08 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
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.
"I was chained to a desk in a Creepsylvanian 'animation' studio, drawing till my fingernails cracked and bled, subsisting on nothing but corpse juice and old hot fries." -- "Shred The Dead" Director Zak Kirwin
View / Share GHOUL's "Shred The Dead" Video At THIS LOCATION.
The masked mutants of Creepsylvania, GHOUL, are pleased to undrape their hilarious, animated visual accompaniment to "Shred The Dead" via Revolver Magazine. The track comes by way of the band's Dungeon Bastards full-length, released in 2016 via Tankcrimes.
Writes Revolver, "'Shred The Dead,' [is] an animated effort that follows the quartet as they skate through a series of obstacles, attacking gangs of ghouls (and people we despise). The fun clip comes to us via director Zak Kirwin, who uses the ripping thrash track as a catalyst for all the mischief the four get into, making for a highly fun and memorable clip."
Adds director Zak Kirwin, "When I talked to whoever runs GHOUL's social media, I was itching to animate a GHOUL song. The music and aesthetic are right up my alley. When they came back with the idea of doing 'Shred The Dead,' things really kicked off. Skateboarding, zombies, riffs, and grievous injury... what more could you want? After that, I was chained to a desk in a Creepsylvanian 'animation' studio, drawing till my fingernails cracked and bled, subsisting on nothing but corpse juice and old hot fries. I lost two fingers and partial vision in my right eye. Do I regret it? Of course not! Do I wake up screaming every night? Yes, but I always did that; it's just louder now."
Peep "Shred The Dead," courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.
In related news, GHOUL will headline Tankcrimes Takeover this weekend. Set to take place at The Oakland Metro February 2nd, the all-ages event will find the band playing alongside their labelmates in Necrot, Brainoil, Kicker, Mortuous, Connoisseur, Los Huaycos, and Deathgrave.
2/02/2019 Tankcrimes Takeover @ The Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA [info]
Dungeon Bastards was produced and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland and mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco. Boasting eleven hemorrhage-inducing tracks of the band's now-patented Creepsylvanian splatterthrash, the record decimated Billboard Charts upon its first week of release debuting at #11 on the Heatseekers Chart, #13 on the Top Vinyl Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Rock Chart, and #27 on the Independent Albums Chart.
GHOUL's Dungeon Bastards is out now on CD and digital formats. Tankcrimes recently repressed the LP edition (now available limited-edition splatter or blue vinyl) which includes a gatefold jacket that opens into the Dungeon Bastards board game. Players take turns advancing through a Creepsylvanian map; the first one to get to end of the map and jump the Wall Of Death wins. CD orders are availableHERE, vinyl HERE, and digital HERE where the record can be streamed in full.
"For those who lived through Nancy and Ronald, S.O.D., and D.R.I., GHOUL's sound is like finding a shoebox of discontinued candy, all of it fresh to eat. That said, the gonzo midnight movie vibe and cartoonish energy on Dungeon Bastards perfectly articulates the apocalyptic anxiety that we're all sharing..." - Decibel
"Infused with the savage technicality of thrash behemoths and legendary crossover beasts such as Blind Illusion and Attitude, the energy and power of early Death and Sodom and the morbid humours of GWAR, GHOUL's lifelong mission has taken another crucial step toward world domination. Thrashing time is here." - Mass Movement
Progressive extreme metal masters FALLUJAH recently revealed plans to release their highly-anticipated fourth, full-length album, Undying Light, on March 15th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has unveiled the first trailer for the record in which the band discusses their newest member, vocalist Antonio Palermo.
WATCH TRAILER #1 HERE: http://youtu.be/L-76TwzyYto
The trailer follows the band’s music video for Undying Light’s first single “Ultraviolet,” which was directed by Robert Graves (The Black Dahlia Murder, Abysmal Dawn). Watch the video now at http://youtu.be/qS-bPdlbqd8.
Undying Light was mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Carnifex). Drums and vocals were tracked by Lewis while guitars and bass were recorded by guitarist Scott Carstairs. Cover artwork was created by Nick Keller (The Black Dahlia Murder, Disentomb). Pre-order Undying Light in a bundle and in various physical and digital formats from this location (http://nuclearblast.com/fallujah-undyinglight).
Undying Light track listing:
01. Glass House
02. Last Light
05. The Ocean Above
08. Eyes Like The Sun
09. Distant And Cold
Catch the band on tour in Europe this February with Obscura, and in the United States this April with Whitechapel and Dying Fetus. Confirmed dates are as follows:
OBSCURA, FALLUJAH, ALLEGAEON, FIRST FRAGMENT:
Feb 01 Munchen, DE - Backstage
Feb 02 Nurnberg, DE - Z-Bau
Feb 03 Haarlem, NL - Patronaat
Feb 04 Bristol, UK - The Fleece
Feb 05 Dublin, IE - Voodoo Lounge
Feb 06 Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Feb 07 Manchester, UK - Rebellion
Feb 08 London, UK - 02 Academy Islington
Feb 09 Paris, FR - Trabendo
Feb 10 Toulouse, FR - Metronum
Feb 11 Bilbao, ES - Santana 27
Feb 12 Porto, PT - Hard Club
Feb 13 Madrid, ES - Caracol
Feb 14 Barcelona, ES - Boveda
Feb 15 Lyon, FR - CCO
Feb 16 Milan, IT - Legend
Feb 17 Aarau, CH - Kiff
Feb 18 Wien, AT - Arena
Feb 19 Leipzig, DE - Conne Island
Feb 20 Berlin, DE - Lido
Feb 21 Hamburg, DE - Logo
Feb 22 Oberhausen, DE - Kulttempel
Feb 23 Salzburg, AT - Rockhouse
"Chaos & Carnage 2019"
FALLUJAH w/ WHITECHAPEL, DYING FETUS, REVOCATION, SPITE, UNCURED, BURIED ABOVE GROUND
April 18 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
April 19 Worcester, MA - Palladium
April 20 Reading, PA - Reverb
April 23 Pittsburgh, PA - The Rex Theater
April 24 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
April 25 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
April 26 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
April 27 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
April 28 Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
April 30 Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater
May 02 Berkley, CA - UC Theatre
May 03 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
May 04 Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom
May 05 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
May 07 Springfield, MO - The Complex
May 08 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
May 09 San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
May 10 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live!
May 11 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
May 12 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
May 13 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
May 15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live
May 16 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
May 17 Winston Salem, NC - The Ramkat
Antonio Palermo | vocals
Scott Carstairs | guitars & vocals
Robert Morey | bass
Andrew Baird | drums
For more information:
Billboard Magazine is premiering “Mothers Space,” the new music video from Carmine Appice’s GUITAR ZEUS album. Carmine loved working with current Sons of Apollo/ former Guns N’Roses’ guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Carmine praises Bumblefoot for his mastery of the fretless guitar, and how easy he is to work with, “He is one of the nicest people I know . Talented singer player writer. Love to create good music . Always helpful to others, and he gets the job done quick. And does it great. “
Bumble foot has mutual respect: “Carmine and Tony (Franklin, bassist) are such a killer team. They take the song from trippy vibes to solid, heavy grooves. Love playing this song!”
The Billboard article is at https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8495735/carmine-appice-guitar-zeus-mothers-space.
“Mothers Space” can be viewed at https://youtu.be/4IG5NpjYv04.
The video features visual affects such as distortion and cuts between a recording studio and our polluted planet. It asks the question, “What are we doing to our planet? What does it take to communicate with what’s we’re doing to our planet?”
In addition to smoke stacks and trash in our water, the video includes lyrics to make sure the message comes through. “We’re counting on you,
Don’t look away,” and “Are we too late?”
Album available now on CD, vinyl, download and across all streaming platforms here: http://smarturl.it/GuitarZeus.
GUITAR ZEUS is gathering praise from a variety of music industry scenesters:
“This is a one time thing and with so many heavy hitters on it, rather than highlight choice selections, I'm playing the whole thing “ says KNAC.com DJ Will, who featured the album in its entirety on Sunday, January 27, on his show, “the Vault.”
Songfacts’ Carl Wiser cheers, “Only Carmine Appice could gather Brian May, Slash, Ted Nugent, Richie Sambora, Zakk Wylde, Leslie West, Mick Mars and several other guitar gods (and one goddess: Jennifer Batten) for the same collection… Carmine has the personality, persistence and bona fides to pull this off. “
Free Your Mind ... Expand Your Horizons’ Robert Speed says, succinctly, “ GUITAR ZEUS is a rock guitarist dream “
GUITAR ZEUS is a compilation album featuring a who’s who list of the best and world-renowned guitarists on the planet backed by his core band featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar, and Appice on drums.
Originally released as two separate albums in 1995 & 1997, this newly re-mastered album combines both releases as one complete version on January 18, 2018 for the first time ever across all digital platforms, as well as feature 5 brand new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char. Select songs will also be available on a special limited-edition vinyl and CD.
Carmine Appice is an in-demand and popular,legendary drummer, known—especially—for his work in Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice.
Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osborne, Ted Nugent, King Kobra, Blue Murder, The Edgar Winter Group. He has written two books, “The Realistic Rock Drum Method” and his 2016 autobiography, “Stick It.” He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world.
Carmine Appice is, truly, A Different Drummer!
Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus – Tracklisting:
• “Mothers Space” (feat. Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal) + **
• “Gonna Rain” (feat. Richie Sambora) + **
• “4 Miles High” (feat. Steve Morse) +
• “Nobody Knew” (feat. Brian May) + **
• “Where You Belong (feat. Slash) +
• “Out of Mind” (feat. Neal Schon) + **
• “This Time Around (feat. Yngwie Malmsteen & Dug Pinnick) + **
• “Nothing” (feat. John Norum) +
• “Doin’ Fine” (feat Vivian Campbell) +
• “Under the Moon and Sun” (feat. Mick Mars / Edgar Winter) + **
• “Code 19” (feat. Zakk Wylde) + **
• “Days Are Nights” (feat. Ted Nugent) + **
• “Do Ya think I'm Sexy” (Sung by Carmine, feat. Pat Travers)
• “Angels” (feat. Char)
• “Guitar Zeus, Pt. 1” (feat Jennifer Batten)
• “Safe” (feat. Neal Schon)
• “Dead Wrong” (feat. Dweezil Zappa)
• “Trippin’ Again” (feat. Ty Tabor)
• “Even Up the Score” (feat. Ted Nugent)
• “Dislocated” (feat. Paul Gilbert)
• “Stash” (feat. Stevie Salas / John McEnroe)
• “Perfect Day” (feat. Warren DeMartini)
• “Killing Time” (feat. Ty Tabor)
• “So Long” (feat. Doug Aldrich)
• “My Own Advice” (feat Kenji Kitajima)
• “Time to Set Alarms” (feat Elliot Easton / Bob Daisley)
• “GZ Blues” (feat. Seymour Duncan / Steven Seagal)
• “Guitar Zeus, Pt. 2” (feat. Leslie West / Jennifer Batten)
• “Where you Belong” (feat Paul Gilbert)
• “Cruzin” (feat. Denny Laine)
• “Couldn’t Be Better” (Feat. RaiZi)
• “Score” (Feat. Ted Nugent)
• “Snake” (feat. Bruce Kulick)
+ CD Release
** Vinyl Release
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.