February 2007


Up and coming UK rockers RISE TO ADDICTION have announced details of high profile European tour in May and June. The band have been confirmed as special guests for legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE on their forthcoming ‘Simple Mind Condition European Tour’ 
Dates confirmed for the band are HOLLAND Den Bosch – W2 May 26, HOLLAND Amsterdam -Melkweg 27, UK Wolverhampton – Wulfrun 28, UK Leeds – Rio`s 29, UK London – Scala 30, FRANCE Paris – Le Nouveau Casino 31, GERMANY Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal June 1, GERMANY München – Backstage 2, HUNGARY Budapest – A38 4, GERMANY Nürnberg – Hirsch 5, SWITZERLAND Pratteln – Z7 6, GERMANY Essen – Zeche Carl 7, GERMANY Hamburg -Markthalle 8
The band Leigh Oates (vocals), John Slater (guitar), Steve Wray (guitar), Joel Graham (bass guitar) and Aynsley Dickinson (drums) recently signed a worldwide deal with legendary Belgium metal label MAUSOLEUM RECORDS.  The bands’ debut album ‘A New Shade Of Black For The Soul, was produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, MEGADETH) and is scheduled for release in May.
RISE TO ADDICTION, whose music is described as a distinctive modern sound with melody and slab heavy riffing, released its self-titled EP in 2005 through Madman Records. Also produced by Andy Sneap, it features three tracks — “Falling As One”, “Everlasting Wave”, “To A God Unknown” — and also includes the promo video for the EP’s opening track.
Source: www.totalconceptmanagement.com


Following up a very successful show at the Rivoli in Spring 2006, Skylar Entertainment invites you to another great night with The Morning Stars, Buck Brothers from the Uk, Jen Militia and Peeler on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at El Mocambo in Toronto.

Skylar Entertainment is a publicity and artist consulting company based in Toronto, Ontario.  “In general, we are not a promotion or booking company, however, once in a while I feel the need to put on a show with all the artists I personally enjoy seeing all on one night,” says publicist Diane Foy.  “It’s frustrating how hard it is for indie bands to get shows sometimes so this is also a way for the bands we work with to get to play on a show that will get good promotion.”

Midnight – The Morning Stars – Formed by brothers Michael and Mars Ivic, the band draws from influences as varied as The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Velvet Underground, The Ramones and New Order.  Their debut album You Can’t Change The World will be officially released with a Hamilton CD release party on March 14th and in their live shows you can expect nothing less than pure rock n roll. www.themorningstars.com  www.myspace.com/themorningstars

11pm – Buck Brothers – With overwhelming Canadian fan support, UK pop punkers are making their 3rd trip to Toronto. But first on March 5, 2007 the Buck Brothers will attempt to create a World Record. In the band’s native London, England, the band will attempt to play 30 shows in a 12 hour period (11 am – 11 pm) with a view to achieving an illustrious entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.  Buck Brothers Me will be released to stores across Canada on February 27 followed by a regional Ontario and Quebec tour that includes CMW.   www.buckbrothers.net   www.myspace.com/buckbrothers

10pm – Jen Militia – Hip-hop soul-punk is what they call it, a group of illegal rock combatants. Jen Militia is a six piece band from Berlin, Ontario, getting attention wherever they go, two weekly magazine covers and already hitting #69 at commercial rock radio. Jen Militia’s explosive sound has been described as having the throw down factor of The Clash, the soul of Mary J. Blige, the raps of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the straight funk of Rage Against the Machine. Their third album Berlin Boot Camp was recently released and the band is currently on tour.  www.jenmilitia.com  www.myspace.com/jenmilitia

9pm – Peeler –With a voice that has been compared to Bono and Ian Astbury, Brantford, Ontario’s Peeler has already received industry awards and critical accolades. Two of his songs – “Half Past High” and “Perfect” – shot to #1 on Kansas City’s KIAC. His live shows continue to amaze audiences; a three piece assault on the senses positions Peeler as one of the hottest live acts today. Peeler’s debut album Evils Of The Modern Pleasure Dance is out now. www.peeler.ca  www.myspace.com/peelermusic

There is no doubt that these bands will give your ears a good workout so prepare yourself for some good ‘body aches.’  To read a review of last years show check out Soulshine Magazine www.soulshine.ca/reviews/liveReview.php?lrid=183
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca



Frontiers Records is pleased to present all details of STAN BUSH brand new album “In This Life” to be released on April 20th 2007 !

STAN BUSH is a real Melodic Rock icon. With “In This Life” –  his 10th studio album – Stan was able new heights of maturity as a world-class songwriter/recording artist!. Featuring the trademark powerful melodies that have made Stan a popular artist around the world, his new album is easily his best ever!

“I am really proud of these songs” says Stan. “I think this album is the most complete, enjoyable and in a word best album in my entire career”.

Helped with the production and arrangements work by his longtime collaborator Holger Fath, “In This Life” is a true Melodic Rock gem. Songwriters on the album include Stan, Holger and Curt Cuomo (KISS, EDDIE MONEY), while musicians include drummer Matt Laug (ALICE COOPER, RICHARD MARX, EDDIE MONEY, ANASTACIA etc.) and Lance Morrison on bass guitar (ALANIS MORRISSETTE, DON HENLEY etc). Holger Fath’s guitar work and keyboard programming together with Bush distinctive vocals, all combine to make it a brilliant rock album! 

“The title track has an almost spiritual message about searching for truth” explains Stan, “While “Take It All the Way” is about going for it “. Another very special song is “Southern Rain”: a heartfelt ‘unplugged’ acoustic song about Stan’s early years growing up in Florida and also features a guest appearance by guitarist Rocket Ritchotte (DAVID LEE ROTH, RICK SRINGFIELD). Other songs on the album are about love and life, and all share a common message of living life full-out.

“In This Life” final tracklisting is as follows:

I’ll Never Fall; I Got A Thing For You; I Can’t Cry; In This Moment; Waiting For You; The First Time; Long, Long Way; Over You; Take It All The Way; In This Life; Southern Rain.

“In This Life” to be released in Europe on April 20th 2007 on Frontiers Records with Japanese release scheduled on King Records.


It can now be officially announced that Danny Vaughn will be the support act for JOURNEY’s upcoming UK tour. Danny will be performing a 25 minute acoustic set opening for Journey, including songs from his new album “Traveller”, plus his days with Tyketto and Vaughn.

Danny would like to thank old pal Jeff Scott Soto and all of the people in the Journey camp for the “fantastic” opportunity. Joining Danny on stage will be second guitarist and band mate Tony Marshall.

There is an additional little story behind this news. A couple of years ago both Tyketto and Jeff Scott Soto had gigs booked on the same night for the same town for 2 different gigs. Danny Vaughn invited the JSS Band to join them and for those 2 shows the crowd got a double bill for the same price.

Jeff promised to return the favor one day and was instrumental in getting Danny this support slot Incidentally – Danny’s first and best known band was Tyketto. when Danny left the group, the continued on for a short while with a different singer – Steve Augeri, as you know went on to front Journey.


THUNDER have announced some changes in their forthcoming European tour dates.

Here are the confirmed shows:
Thursday 1 March SPAIN, Madrid Heineken
Friday 2 March SPAIN, Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
Saturday 3 March SPAIN, Bergara Sala Jam
Monday 5 March FRANCE, Paris La Boule Noire
Tuesday 6 March BELGIUM, Vosselaer Biebob
Wednesday 7 March HOLLAND, Zoetemeer Boerderij
Wednesday 21 March GERMANY, Munich Metropolis
Thursday 22 March GERMANY, Hannover Capitol
Saturday 24 March GERMANY, Bochum Matrix
Sunday 25 March GERMANY, Stuttgart LKA
Tuesday 27 March ITALY, Milan Rainbow
Wednesday 28 March  SWITZERLAND, Pratteln Z7
Source: www.frontiers.it


Out of the dark passages of John 5’s mind comes this mind-blowing, sinister guitar instrumental. ‘The Devil Knows My Name’ is John 5’s third solo album, due out on April 3rd, 2007, which features guest guitar solo’s from two legendary guitarists – Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson with newer legend in-the-make Jim Root (Slipknot).  Keeping time are Zombie band-mates Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Piggy D. (bass). The album was recorded in the middle of night where John 5 would lay down his leads – This is the only album that all leads were doubled – An instrumental feat that is rarely taken on by the best of the guitar players.

‘The Devil Knows My Name’ melds around clues, quotes and references of serial killers, wielding an eerie tone for those who dare to enter the world of John 5’s mind. “I wanted a different tone to the instrumental with twisted imagery of sounds,” explains John 5. “Utilizing serial killers came to light for this project while looking at their crimes and how distorted their minds work.”

Not all is sinister on ‘The Devil Knows My Name’ but there are tunnels to the past greats. John 5 shreds-out his version of Guns N’ Roses ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ and Chet Atkins “Young Thing”. “I chose Welcome To The Jungle for the one reason – when I was becoming successful it was easy to stay in the nest back home, then I saw the video and that made me get up and go to Hollywood.” ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ will be the first release off the album and is hitting the airwaves soon.

John 5 has created a worldwide following as a widely respected guitarist with such platinum artists as Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth, Rob Halford and now an integral member of Rob Zombie. John 5’s eclectic influences combine for a truly unique guitar oriented record that once again sets new standards in the genre.
Source: www.vqpr.com

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY: Announce U.S. Tour Dates; Complete Work On Video

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has announced its first U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming album, Open Fire.

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY will kick off the three week tour on March 8 in Raleigh, NC. This tour will include the band’s fifth SXSW performance at the annual Relapse Records SXSW Showcase in Austin, TX on March 15 at Room 710. A complete listing of ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY tour dates can be found below, with more to be announced soon.

Additionally, ATP recently completed work on their first video from Open Fire. The video, for the track “Words of the Dying Man”, was shot in their hometown of Richmond, VA with local creative collective Day By Day (LAMB OF GOD, MUNICIPAL WASTE). The “Words of the Dying Man” video is scheduled to make it’s international debut in late February.

 Updated ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY news / tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com, the ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY website: www.ATPRVA.com, MySpace page: www.MySpace.com/ATPVA and PureVolume page: www.purevolume.com/AlabamaThunderpussy.


March 8      Raleigh, NC                   Volume 11 Tavern
March 9      Fayetteville, NC             The Rock Shop
March 10    Atlanta, GA                   The Masquerade
March 12    Little Rock, AR              Downtown Music
March 13    Shreveport, LA               516 Soundstage
March 14    San Antonio, TX             Rockbottom
March 15    Austin, TX                     Room 710 (as part of the Relapse Records SXSW Showcase)
March 16    Dallas, TX                      The Galaxy Club
March 17    New Orleans, LA            House of Blues
March 18    Birmingham, AL             The Nick
March 19    Gainesville, FL               1982 Bar
March 20    Jacksonville, FL             Jack Rabbits
March 21    Savannah, GA               The Jinx
March 22    Spartanburg, SC            Ground Zero
March 23    Johnson City, TN           The Hideaway
March 24    Charlottesville, VA          Outback Lodge

        “ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY is truly one damn-straight, gritty, gut-n-soul, American-bred HEAVY ROCK band.” – METAL MANIACS

        “It’s dirty, it’s rough around the edges, and it flat out rocks — imagine Skynyrd meets Motorhead. Jim and Jack have new drinking buddies.” – SLAP  
Source: www.adrenalinepr.com


Joe Shithead Keithley, Canada’s punk godfather and leader of the legendary D.O.A. is recording his new music project/group, Band of Rebels. Joe has gathered together some of Vancouver’s best musicians and has been recording and producing the album with Chon at Profile Studios in Vancouver.

Band of Rebels is a combo of punk-a billy, rock, punk-folk and ska. It’s wild, upbeat, political and funny. Joe’s label Sudden Death Records will release the album this coming May. Joe, Chon and the guest musicians, have been having a raucous time recording for the past couple of months.

The killer list of players, 12 of them to be exact, you might call them the “Dirty Dozen” are:

The Great Baldini-drums and vocals (D.O.A., Dog Eat Dogma)
Jeremy Holmes-standup bass (Bughouse Five, Bocephus King)
Randy Rampage-vocals and occasional bass (D.O.A., Annihilator, SF9)
Chris Gestrin-keyboards (Jim Byrnes Band)
Jesse Zubot-violin (Zubot and Dawson)
Kevin Kane-vocals (Grapes of Wrath)
John Korsrud-trumpet (Hard Rubber Orchestra)
Bill Runge-saxaphone (Hard Rubber Orchestra)
Kuba Oms-vocals
Liam MacDonald-percussion (Bughouse Five)
Adam Nation-vocals
Joe Shithead Keithley-vocals, guitar and bass
D.O.A. Tour Dates: www.suddendeath.com/Band_Pages/Bands_DOA.html

Feb.10 – Richards on Richards, Vancouver, BC. – Punk Rock Confidential – Features the amazing D.O.A. and The Furies, this will be The Furies 1st punk show in 30 years from Vancouver’s 1st punk band.  Early show 3 PM – 6 PM – D.O.A., The Furies, Rebel Spell, Mongoose & Late show 8 PM – D.O.A., The Furies, Rebel Spell, First Reign

Feb. 18 – Garfinkls, Whistler. BC

Mar. 22 – The Queens Nanaimo,BC

Mar. 23 – The Lucky, Victoria, BC

Also check out these artists on Joe’s record labels:

Once Just: www.myspace.com/oncejust

Feb. 19 – The Media Club, Vancouver, BC sponsored by The Beat

Pointed Sticks: www.suddendeath.com/Band_Pages/Bands_pointed_sticks.html

Mar. 30 – The Horseshoe, Toronto, ON
Mar. 31 – Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY

*first east coast shows in 25 years
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca


On March 5, 2007 the Buck Brothers will attempt to create a World Record. In the band’s native London, England, the band will attempt to play 30 shows in a 12 hour period (11 am – 11 pm) with a view to achieving an illustrious entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. 
Such a challenge has not been undertaken by a band before in the capital and the trio is expected to enjoy considerable media attention while attempting the record. Buck Brothers will be recruiting ‘Travelling Bucksters’ who will follow the group around during this historical musical tour of London.

The fifth release on the new FW Artist Collective brings the world the debut effort by UK power-pop-punk upstarts, the Buck Brothers. Me contains 12 tracks of catchy, bouncy, fun-time predatory punk-pop that sticks in your mind like a broken finger-nail on a silk stocking. The first single “Girls, Skirts, Boots, Bikes” was featured on MTV and “Harry Potter” (Daniel Radcliffe) has confessed to being “Addicted to the CD”.

Buck Brothers Me will be released to stores across Canada on February 27, campus radio and publicity campaigns are already underway and the Canadian Music Week showcase is March 10th followed by a regional Ontario and Quebec tour. 

“On a personal level, I’m a huge Canada-phile so returning this spring for a tour is something that myself and my fellow Bucks are incredibly excited about,” says Andy Duke. “I absolutely love Canada and can name more Canadian celebrities than your average Canadian can. My enthusiasm is THAT strong. I’ll put it to the test.  When we first played in Canada last year – some of fans were incredibly generous and gave us gifts of Maple Syrup, Robert Munch books, Canadian Wine and even Timmy Ho’s coffee.”

Tour Dates: (more tbc)

March 10 – 9:15pm Kathedral, Toronto, ON – Canadian Music Week Showcase

March 13 – The Underground, Hamilton, ON

March 14 – Circus Room, Kitchener, ON

March 15 – Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, ON w/Turn Off The Stars

March 17 – North York, ON

March 18 – Scanner Bistro, Quebec City, QC (tbc)

March 19 – Crescent Street Pub, Montreal, QC

March 20 – Queens University, Kingston, ON w/The Flairs

March 21 – Mile End Cultural Centre, Montreal, QC

March 22 – El Mocambo, Toronto, ON

“Me is a hearty snack of an album – in the UK we would compare it to a Pot Noodle, in Canada it would be like Kraft Dinner. A classic, probably a bit bad for you, but addictive. Oh so addictive…….Me is 1979, no update, no joke, just a big bazooka made to blow away the pompous art-school punk that’s brutalizing the airwaves in 2007.” – Kid Lupin, Tangible Sounds

“From the beginnings of “Run, Run, Run, Run, Run” one cannot help but think of the band 54-40, singer Andy Duke sounds very similar to Osbourne which is a good thing.” – Celtic Bob, Let’s Get Rocked
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

The Showdown CD out February 20th!

The Showdown is set to release their second album on Mono Vs Stereo Records!

On February 20th, 2007, The Showdown will release “Temptation Come My Way” on Mono Vs Stereo.  Check out the Ecard at:


Here is what Alternative Press has to say about The Showdown’s upcoming album:

“…Infused with strong vocals and intriguing guitar sounds…[The Showdown] have masterminded a Southern rock-influenced breakthrough in their sophomore effort, Temptation Come My Way.”

The Showdown recently wrapped up a European Tour with Norma Jean, where they garnered acclaim in the Euorpean metal press.  Here’s what has been stated:

“Their songs get straight to the point, are spiced with brilliant double-axed guitar leads and dominated by David Bunton’s massive voice reminding of James Hetfield.” ~ Metal Hammer

“Temptation Come My Way has everything a great record needs!  Captivating melodies, powerful grooves, an excellent production by Paul Ebersold (Three Doors Down, Saliva) and enough surprising moments to not drown in a mass of uniform radio rock bands… that many of the songs go at faster paces and are spiced with killer guitar leads make the quintet also attractive for metal-purists.” ~ Rock Hard

With the release of The Showdown’s second album on Mono Vs Stereo, the band has set up the following US dates:

2/20 – Johnson City, TN – Gatsby

2/21 – Knoxville, TN – Blue Cats

2/22 – London, KY – Levi Jackson Club House

2/23 – Cleveland, TN – Thirsty Thursdays

2/25 – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theater

2/26 – Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar

2/27 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

3/04 – Montgomery, AL – Off the Wagon

Source: www.adrenalinepr.com

Frontiers Records Update


Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of MELODIC ROCK FANZINE. The 18th release of our successful magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mailorders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases.

Here are the previews of the two MELODIC ROCK FANZINE covers:

This new issue includes reviews and interviews of: Pride Of Lions, Danny Vaughn, Kelly Keagy, Genius 3, Shaw/Blades, Sinner, Code, Faith and Fire, Hartmann, Jorn, House Of Lords, Harem Scarem… and much more!

Downloadable version of the magazine will be available soon on the Frontiers Records official site.


Sample songs from the forthcoming February 16th releases on Frontiers Records have been posted in full streaming on the Frontiers Records myspace website!

Go to www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords and enjoy:
DANNY VAUGHN “Traveller”
PRIDE OF LIONS “Language Of The Heart”
GENIUS “Toy Warehouse”
SHAW / BLADES “Summer Breeze”


Glenn Hughes announced a new bunch of dates in support of the release of his latest album “Music For The Divine”.

05.03 MOSCOW : B2

23.03 ‘CLASSICS IN ROCK’, ROTTERDAM (Glenn 3 song guest appearance, inc. Jeff and Anders)
09.05 SERBIA

Glenn will also be the special guest of MOONSTONE PROJECT at the following Italian shows, joining them onstage for the last hour of their set to run through some classic Purple/Trapeze material.
May 11 – Thunder Road, Codevilla (PV) www.thunderroad.it
May 12 – Piazza (Main city square), Morrovalle (MC)
May 13 – Stazione Birra, Roma www.stazionebirra.it
May 15 – New Age, Roncade (TV) www.newageclub.it
May 16 – Estragon, Bologna www.estragon.it
May 18 – Faster, Torino www.faster-rock.com
May 19 – Motorock Festival, Cremona www.customcremona.it


Former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE singer JOE LYNN TURNER is very busy putting finishing touches to the mix of his forthcoming studio album entitled “Second Hand Life”.

“The new disc is almost done and I would describe it as a hybrid between The Usual Suspects and Sunstorm”  explains Joe, “‘Sunstorm’ received more positive reviews than any of my solo CDs since Rescue You so I felt that the fans wanted to hear more music in this melodic rock vein. So…I think we delivered on this forthcoming album”

The line-up on the recording includes Karl Cochran on guitars and bass, Bob Held on bass, Michael Cartellone (DAMN YANKEES, LYNYRD SKYNYRD) on drums and Gary Corbett on keyboards.

The new album sees songwriting contributions from Jim Peterik, Bob Held, Karl Cochran, Martin Briley and a track that was written by Ritchie Blackmore, Jim Peterik, Roger Glover and Joe entitled “Stroke of Midnight”.

Release is scheduled in April 07 on Frontiers Records in Europe More details to be released shortly !


Mp3 samples taken from the upcoming PINK CREAM 69 album “In10sity” have been posted on the Frontiers Records website. Check out :

Children of the Dawn
No Way Out
I’m Not Afraid

“In10sity” will be released on March 23rd 2007 on Frontiers Records !


For a taste of what to expect from the upcoming SHAW / BLADES new album “Influence” due out on Frontiers Records on February 16th 2007, fans should check out the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/shawbladesinfluence), which features a video clip of the duo performing “Too Much Time On My Hands” (Styx) and “High Enough” (Damn Yankees).

“Influence” is the duo’s first album since their 1995 debut, “Hallucination”. Like the debut – and unlike their history-carving decades as icons in the more hard-rock minded STYX, NIGHT RANGER and DAMN YANKEES – the latest release is rooted in acoustic guitar and organic production, harvesting a decade of musical influences into 11 tracks (on which Blades and Shaw played all the music except for drums and the occasional keyboards). With classics from the ’60s and ’70s including the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work”, “Influence” offers a track-by-track chronology of the musical era that helped define modern rock.

In an early album review, Greg Prato of All Music Guide raved, “Impressively consistent from beginning to end, Influence is certainly one of the better ‘all covers’ albums of recent times.”

High praise is on the rise from the original artists who are covered on “Influence”.

To wit: “I want to thank Tommy and Jack for keeping our music alive. They honored us with ‘California Dreamin’.” –Michelle Phillips, The Mamas & The Papas (“California Dreamin'”)

“How absolutely fabulous…what an honor to see someone so ‘into it’ that it sounds and feels so much like our original record.congratulations.” –Graham Nash, The Hollies (“On A Carousel” )

“Just wonderful…it was just great to hear your recording…you captured the song so well…” –Jon Anderson, Yes (“Your Move”)


HARTMANN will be supporting HOUSE OF LORDS in their up and coming German tour in the following dates:

19.02.       Scheinfeld / Live Music Hall
20.02.       München / Backstage
21.02.       Pratteln / Z7
26.02.       Frankfurt / Sinkkasten
01.03.       Obermarchtal / Kreuz

Don’t miss his latest album “Home” out on Frontiers Records.
Source: www.frontiers.it

NBC Television & MUDMEN

Beginning Monday February 5th, Canadian Rock & Bagpiper group MUDMEN to add that extra Celtic Rock flavor in a month of promo spots for NBC TV’s upcoming new series “THE BLACK DONNELLYS”.  (also to be heard on radio and United Airlines)

MUDMEN is currently part of the Feb.& March Movie Tunes program, now being heard in over 13,500 movie theatre auditoriums throughout the USA with an estimated reach of 60 million people each month.  180 college campuses to soon follow with video footage on the Movie Tunes Varsity program.
Source: www.mudmen.ca


What happens with two of today’s most successful classic rockers join forces to create an album of songs that have been a source of inspiration for their respective multi-Platinum careers?

The result is INFLUENCE, the sophomore album by Shaw Blades—led by Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger/Damn Yankees bassist/vocalist Jack Blades, which is set for release March 6, 2007 on VH1 Classic Records.  The self-produced album was mixed by Noel Golden (Matchbox Twenty, Willie Nelson) and Great White keyboardist/guitarist Michael Lardie. The first single, “Your Move,” will be serviced to radio in January.

INFLUENCE is the duo’s first album since their recently re-released 1995 debut, HALLUCINATION.  Like the debut–and unlike their history-carving decades as icons in the more hard-rock minded Styx, Night Ranger and Damn Yankees–the latest release is rooted in acoustic guitar and organic production, harvesting a decade of musical influences into 11 tracks (on which Blades and Shaw played all the music except for drums and the occasional keyboards).  With classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s including the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Steely Dan’s “Dirty Work,” INFLUENCE offers a track-by-track chronology of the musical era that helped define modern rock.

Whether the songs are delivered in faithful tribute, as is the case with Simon & Garfunkel’s epic masterpiece “Sounds of Silence,” or given a modern rock transfusion, as in the duo’s 1966 folk anthem “I Am a Rock,” the results are the same, sparkling like a beacon illuminating the mainstream roots of rock and roll’s formative years.

“I cringe at the thought of Paul Simon hearing our stuff,” laughs Blades, only half-jokingly. “I honor his spirit so much, and I’m such a huge fan. As far as I’m concerned, they invented the word genius to go along with him, and we just wanted to make sure that we did their songs justice. Tommy and I have that special symbiotic relationship that doesn’t come along a lot. Simon & Garfunkel also had it, we have a reverence to it, and it was something that we just wanted to dig into.”

“As writers, we’re like two old friends who finish each other’s sentences,” adds Shaw. “We became best friends as a result of the music and the experiences we’ve had because of it.”

But INFLUENCE isn’t about the experiences of Shaw Blades, it’s about the inspiration that helped create the experiences. “This album has been years in the making,” continues the Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist. “The recording process didn’t take years, but the concept had been looming in our conversations for a long time. We’d always sit around with a couple of guitars and play songs we both knew from or younger days, spontaneous harmonizing and all that, and we slowly eased into the idea of making this record.”

One of the most prolific duos in the history of hard rock, Shaw and Blades have sold more than 50 million albums amongst their three bands, scored 12 Top 10 singles on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart, debuted 16 albums in the Billboard “Top 200” albums chart, and share joint songwriting credits for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Cher and Alice Cooper.

Even so, INFLUENCE offered the pair an invigorating musical freedom. “With Shaw Blades,” offers Blades, “we’re able to take liberties that our respective bands couldn’t do.  We need to be Styx-sounding, we need to fit in that Night Ranger world, and we even need to think about Damn Yankees, so that’s what’s fun about Shaw Blades–we get to be our alter-egos when we want to be, yet we can truly be ourselves.  We grew up singing harmonies and songs with massive vocals, so it’s a wonderful thing to have that freedom here. This was a complete labor of love.”

In touring news, a U.S. trek is currently in the works and Shaw Blades hope to bring their music to their fans closer to the album release date.

“You can always tell a brilliant song, whether it was written 30 years ago or yesterday,” says Blades. “Every song we picked is identifiable in its own right, and they’re all immediately recognizable.  What does that tell you?  That the songs are the stars.  That’s what we wanted to do on this record, we wanted the songs to be the stars.  I think that’s what we accomplished.”

The complete track listing is as follows:

Summer Breeze
Time of the Season
Your Move
I Am A Rock
Lucky Man
Sounds of Silence
California Dreamin’
On a Carousel
Dirty Work
For What It’s Worth
Dance With Me
Source: www.shawblades.com


Multi-dimensional, multi-talented acoustic rockers Future Native are making their first trip to Canada for Canadian Music Week.  The Queensland, Australia based band will be playing a CMW Showcase on March 8 at El Mocambo.

Future Native has been described as a modern blend of emotionally charged and thought provoking anthems.   Think the Living End and Midnight Oil.  Lyrically, the band reflects strong social and political attitudes. Their second album, The Politics of Love, is a passionate acoustic project that has garnered international acclaim.  The latest single, “Superman”, is being played in over 20 different countries, including Canada. 
Future Native is just coming off a highly successful UK tour that included such prestigious festivals as Glastonbury, Woodford, Byron Blues & Roots and Wollumbin.   After turning heads with their high energy show, the band returned to Australia sold out of their latest album.
Future Native consists of Patrick Creamer (vocals and guitars), Melanie May (bass, mandolin, violin and vocals) and Scott Phillips (drums, percussion and vocals). Creamer brings an uplifting, evocative voice and vast experience as a producer, songwriter and performer to the group.   May is a classically trained vocalist, violinist and pianist.  She is considered by many in the industry to be a master of vocal harmonies.   Phillips is a N.I.D.A graduate and world-class percussionist.  Together, these three talents create polished harmonies backed by everything from tribal drums and digeridoos to electric guitars.  

Don’t miss the band that Beat Magazine calls “the future of rock n roll” 

CMW showcase Thursday March 8, 2007 at the El Mocambo at 9pm

Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca


Music may not change the world, but The Morning Stars are about to try with the release of their debut album You Can’t Change The World.  The Morning Stars draw from influences as varied as The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Velvet Underground, The Ramones and New Order.

Formed by Michael and Mars Ivic, the band includes four members. Mars takes on lead/rhythm guitar duties, while Michael covers bass. The brothers Ivic also share keys, tambourine and lead vocals. Devrim Eldelekli rounds out the guitars, and Donn Dixon (formerly of Skaface) is behind the drum kit.

You Can’t Change The World includes “a lot of broken hearts, love and lust, and self-analysis”, says Michael. “I wasn’t the happiest person writing this album,” Mars agrees, “but now everything is bubble gum and sunshine.”

Recording in the Ivic’s home studio offered the band an unusual luxury: time. “You don’t have to think about the hourly studio rental bill,” Mars remarks. “Because we have our own studio we took advantage of taking the time to get what we really wanted.”

Since forming in 2004, The Morning Stars have been busy making well-crafted songs of uncluttered simplicity and original acoustic charm.  Now they bring us their first full-length album.  In their live shows you can expect nothing less than pure rock n roll. “No gimmicks or fancy light show,” promises Mars, “Just four lads givin’ it.”


CD Release Party – March 14, 2007 @ Casbah in Hamilton, ON

Also playing March 22, 2007 @ The El Mocambo in Toronto, ON

 You Can’t Change The World is available at: iTunes, Rhapsody, emusic, CDBaby, Soundscapes (572 College Street, Toronto), Criminal Records (493 Queen Street West, Toronto), Cheapies (67 King Street East, Hamilton) and Dr. Disc (corner of James and Wilson Streets, Hamilton).
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Brent Doerner’s Decibel gets noticed

Just an update on the band – picked Best New Band of 2006  – look for Celtic Bob’s picks of the year -further down the page see www.metal-rules.com/polls/index.php?id=14
also a complilation disc has just been released by Perris Records out of Houston, Texas which now puts Decibel on 11,000 cds in total! Not bad for a bunch of hosers, eh?!
Source: www.bdecibel.com

Matt Zane Scheduled To Lecture At Musicians Institute
Matt Zane (Society 1) is scheduled to speak at The Musicians Institute Tuesday the 6th at 4:00 P.M. for the Music Business Programs Guest Lecture Series. The series has been presenting an exceptionally impressive lineup each week for the past quarter. The Series gives students a chance to meet, ask questions and learn directly from some of the most successful artists and music professionals in the industry. The Series facilitator, Barry Squire also conducts MI’s Hiring Hall audition showcase, which has resulted in a number of high-profile gigs for MI students.

Zane had this to say: “Not many know it but I actually graduated from MI. I remember being a kid going to that school and now I am being asked to speak. Funny how things come full circle. I can only imagine what the students will think of the industry after my lecture.”

Summer 2006 Series guests have included Jason Freese (touring keyboard player/Green Day), Kevin Knight (A&R, Publishing, Fearless Records), Jean Lazurus (Club DJ, Recording and Rehearsal Studio Swinghouse), Les Borsai (manager, Unwritten Law), Fish (recording artist, drummer/Justin Timberlake, Fishbone), Dave Kushner (recording artist, Velvet Revolver), Scott Shriner (recording artist, Weezer), and Pete Cohen (TV talent producer, Rockstar Supernova). Previous quarters have featured appearances by Justin Warfield (recording artist, She Wants Revenge), Joe Baresi (producer, Queens of the Stone Age), Wayne Green (Everlovin’ Records/Ben Harper indy marketing), Bob Marlette (producer, Ozzy Osbourne, Saliva), Jesse Tobias (songwriter/guitarist, Morrisey), Kris Pooley (touring musician, Gwen Stefani), Janine Edwards (tour manager, Lollapalooza/Janes Addiction), Jeff Blue (A&R, Producer, Linkin Park) and Tony Ferguson (A&R, Interscope).

Zane and Society 1 are currently in the studio recording a follow up to their 2006 Crash release The Years Of Spiritual Dissent. www.society1.net
Source: www.roguepr.com

English rockers The Wildhearts will be returning to the US this spring with a new album under their belts, a new line up, and an appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas among others.  The band will begin mixing the new album, which will be self-titled, on February 1st and will release The Wildhearts later this year on the band’s own label, Round Records in the United Kingdom and Universal Records in Japan.  Round Records is currently seeking distribution in the United States.
The Wildhearts was recorded partially at London’s Strongroom Studios, partially at a country house in Ipswich, and at a haunted castle in the Midlands.  “This album is going to surprise a lot of people who considered the last Wildhearts album too poppy,” says Ginger of the new record.  “There will not be any similar accusations this time around, that’s for sure.”
The Wildhearts’ new lineup sees the return of original drummer Ritch Battersby and the addition of Scott Sorry (Amen, Brides of Destruction) on bass.  Front man Ginger regards Sorry as “the most energetic performer I’ve ever shared a stage with.  His youth certainly keeps us older bastards on our toes.”  Ginger and guitarist CJ round out the lineup, which judging by reactions from a recent holiday show is the most solid ever.
2007 will see The Wildhearts return to SXSW for the first time since 2004.  Prior to making a stop in Austin the band will be making several other stops along the way including one in New York City on March 10 at Rebel.  Considering the last time The Wildhearts played in New York they sold out the Tribecca Rock Club, they are certainly looking forward to this one as well.  Details for the band’s SXSW appearance and other shows have not been released yet.  
The Wildhearts are looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labor in 2007 and the band’s attitude says it all.  “The vibe within the group is so positive right now it’s sickening!,” says Ginger, “We are back and hungrier than ever.”  For more information please visit www.thewildhearts.com or www.myspace.com/thewildheartsrock.
Source: www.blackandwhitepr.net

Perris Records sign Adrenaline Factor

Perris Records is proud to announce the signing of Adrenaline Factor. After kicking Austin’s ass for many years with the likes of Dangerous Toys and Broken Teeth, axe man Paul Lidel has teamed up with Big Balls’ vivacious frontman Lee Scott to threaten the world with yet more of the adrenaline laden rock it so craves. According to Mediabase.com which monitors airplay of stations in the US and Canada, Adrenaline Factor’s song “Ride” was the NUMBER ONE most played current release on KLBJ fm ( Austin Tx.) during the last week in Jan. 2007. Release date is Feb 12th, 2007.
Band Members:
Lee Scott – Lead Vocals
Paul Lidel – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard
Steve Sweat – Bass, Vocals
Armando Reyes – Drums, Percussion
Paul Lidel – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard
Track Listing:
1. Ride
2. Wrong Number
3. Boozin’ Susan
4. Your Side
5. Bad Habit
6. Seven Beer Bitch
7. No Warning
8. Bet Your Life
9. Hook Slide
10. Goin’ Nowhere

Source: www.perrisrecords.com

Punk Rock Confidential presented by
JEM Gallery and Sudden Death Records

D.O.A. and The Furies @ Richard’s on Richards, Vancouver, BC, Sat. Feb. 10th


Vancouver’s first punk band, The Furies will play their first show in 30 years!

All ages show 3 PM-6 PM
Over 19 show 8 PM-2 AM
Canada’s most influential punk band D.O.A. is teaming up with The Furies, Vancouver’s legendary first punk band for two shows at Richard’s on Richards, 1036 Richards St. Vancouver, BC.

The event has been dubbed Punk Rock Confidential and features a blistering cast. The amazing D.O.A. will headline the festivities. They are led by Canada’s godfather of punk, Joe Shithead Keithley, with the help of the legendary Randy Rampage on bass and The Great Baldini on drums.
The Furies started putting on shows at the old Japanese Hall in the summer of ’77. These mind blowing gigs shocked the public as the posters boldly announced “Punk Rock”. Now, The Furies, led by the incredible Chris Arnett along with the help of original bassist Jonathan Werner, are back. These shows will be their first in 30 years.

Rebel Spell will also play. They’re a great new band from Vancouver. Further support will come from First Reign, a good hard drivin’ outfit from Abbotsford.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door. Tickets available at Red Cat, Noize To Go, Zulu, Highlife, Scratch,Bone Rattle and JEM Gallery. Tickets at JEM Gallery have no surcharge and they take phone orders as well 604 879 5366, email; thejemgallery@yahoo.com

For more info, email; info@suddendeath.com
Phone: 604.777.6972
Fax: 604.777.6974 

Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Frontiers Records Update

Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of a brand new and exciting musical project.

Timo Tolkki: the Finnish Grammy award winning guitar player who has sold 1.5 million records with his power metal genre pioneering band STRATOVARIUS, has taken the next step in his 20 year music career.

“Saana-Warrior of Light” is a Classic Rock Opera featuring seven characters and numerous musicians (including Tolkki himself) who will collaborate in this ambitious project. The result is a unique sound, unlike anything ever heard before. from soaring majestic heights to soft and gentle moments and everything in between. It also tells a very dramatic tale.

“Saana-Warrior of Light” is the story of a woman who makes an unforgettable journey that changes her life and view of the universe forever. On her journey, she will discover the biggest secret of mankind. and her own destiny.

“Warrior of Light” introduces 29 year old Jennifer Sowle from the USA as Saana, the main character. She is a classically trained opera singer with a Master’s degree in music.

“Saana-Warrior of Light” will be released in autumn 2007 with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.


Soundclips taken from the upcoming WINGER release “Demo Anthology” have now been uploaded on the Frontiers Records website! Enjoy Madalaine, Rainbow In the Rose, Spell I’m Under and Written in the Wind ! Cover art has also been recently revealed.

Release date for this double CD demo collection featuring 37 tracks, out of which 10 were never released on album, is scheduled for March 23rd 2007 on Frontiers Records.
Source; www.frontiers.it