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Tony O’Hora set to release Album in ’06
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of TONY O?HORA?s debut solo album entitled ?Escape Into The Sun? on January 27th 2006
TONY O?HORA is best know as singer for PRAYING MANTIS in their most successful albums ?Forever In Time? and ?Nowhere To Hide? and is now singer for Andy Scott?s SWEET.
His voice has been considered one of the trademarks of the excellence of the two MANTIS releases and in this new solo album O?Hora is able to make his talent shine once again. ?I needed to take the time necessary to express the lyric and emotion. So although the recordings took quite a bit longer than we anticipated? say the British singer, ?I am incredibly proud of this album and it contains the best performances I’ve ever recorded?.
The initial concept for this album came from the input of Frontiers Records President, Serafino Perugino who wanted Tony to come back on the scene singing on a record that could bring back the memories of grandeur of the ?Nowhere To Hide? album especially. So ?he put me in touch with Swedish guitarist/producer Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, ALLEN / LANDE)? explains Tony, ?He sent me some demos and I was really impressed. We worked hard to gradually build up the songs. Magnus’ songwriting is perfect for my style of singing. I would describe it as melodic rock but with more of an edge?.
?Escape Into The Sun? is set to include the following tracklisting: Broken Soul (click to hear an mp3 sample); Escape Into The Sun (click to hear an mp3 sample); No More Innocence; High Enough (click to hear an mp3 sample); My Final Prayer; Dreamless Nights; More Than We Know; Close To Me; Evil Love; Black Wings; Start All Over; Never Alone.
Release date is set on January 27th on Frontiers Records in Europe with King Records caring for the release in Japan.
Steve Lukather Releases New Christmas Album
In Stores Now, ?SantaMental? Features Lukather With Fellow World-Class Guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Steve Vai and More
This year, Christmas is going to have quite a different ring to it as legendary guitarist Steve Lukather rewrites the soundtrack to the holiday season with the introduction of ?SantaMental,? a 10-track compilation featuring such guitar virtuosos as Eddie Van Halen, Slash and Steve Vai as well as appearances by Edgar Winter, Gregg Bissonette and Jeff Babko. Produced by Elliot Scheiner (The Eagles, Steely Dan, Sting) and Lukather, the album is in stores now courtesy of Favored Nations.
?SantaMental? was recorded in fewer than six days and features such iconic favorites as Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and Silent Night but according to Lukather the highlight is definitely his and Eddie Van Halen?s version of Joy to the World.
“When I wrote the arrangement with Jeff Babko, I wrote it specifically with Eddie Van Halen in mind, coming up with a ‘Hot for Teacher’ groove,” he recalls. “So he came in and heard it and goes, ‘What are you trying to do, kill me? I haven’t played in a while’ and we all laughed. I chucked everybody out of the studio, Eddie sat down, did a few takes and it was done. His playing is raw and on fire. He doesn’t play on anybody’s records so it was a real honor for me.?
Other notable tracks include A Broken Heart for Christmas featuring Slash, Carol of the Bells with Steve Vai and the CD?s bonus cut The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) which brought the Grammy-Award winning duo Lukather and Larry Carlton back together for a special arrangement of this classic holiday favorite.
According to Lukather, the idea behind doing a Christmas record came from Multi-Grammy Award winning producers, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt. “They pitched me the idea of doing this Christmas album. I would not have come up with that myself (laughs). I took it as a challenge to make corny Christmas songs hip, to re-voice them in some way to make them sound weird (laughs). My partner on the project was keyboardist, Jeff Babko. He had brilliant ideas in terms of arrangements.”
One of music’s most innovative and inventive guitarists, Steve Lukather is best known as a founding member of the internationally successful five-time Grammy Award winning rockers, Toto. Beyond his seminal work in Toto, Lukather is also renowned for his storied session work shredding the six-string for such artists as Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, Don Henley, Randy Newman, Cheap Trick and many more.
Lukather’s innate versatility, meticulous chops and seamless stylistic mastery truly comes alive on ?SantaMental?. Demonstrating a wacky artistic sensibility that befits the artist formerly known as Kris Kringle, the record provides a rockin’ winter wonderland of beautifully interpreted songs powered by incendiary guitar firepower, forward-thinking experimentalism and impeccably crafted arrangements.
A truly unforgettable work of genius, ?SantaMental? is likely to rewrite the soundtrack to many Christmas holidays to come.
The tracklisiting for ?SantaMental? is as follows.
Joy to The World
Carol of the Bells
Broken Heart for Christmas
Angels We Have Heard on High
Look Out For Angels
The Christmas Song
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Frontiers Records is immensely proud to announce the signing of rock legends Toto for the release of their forthcoming new studio album Falling In Between.
Almost thirty years of history, seven Grammy Awards won, twelve studio records with almost 30 millions of records sold, record breaking tours and a loyal following of young and old fans and musicians who have won every possible award one can get! This and more is what Toto has counted in the history of rock music.
Now, six years after their last all original album Mindfields and with new member Greg Phillinganes in the line-up on keyboards, together with fellow keyboard players David Paich and Steve Porcaro, Toto are now ready to unleash a brand new studio album.
Toto’s guitar player, Steve Lukather describes Falling in Between as “a labour of love and something we REALLY wanted to do and try to make it our personal best.”
Recorded by the band over a period of about six months in Los Angeles, with Steve MacMillan (long time Trevor Horn collaborator) taking care of the final mix, the new record has taken shape as the band’s most daring and inventive release ever according to Lukather. He adds: “With Mindfields we had just gotten Bobby Kimball back in the band and we were finding our way with it . Therefore Falling In Between sounds more cohesive, with 6 more years of being a band and a music that is fresh, heavier, at times more progressive and of course still with some great radio songs and melodies and the classic Toto imprint!”
The new album is also going to offer many surprises to the fans. “Our old singer Joseph Williams came back and did a duet with me that’s total radio, almost like Africa part 2” explains Lukather, “plus there is Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), the Chicago horn section, L. Shankar (Peter Gabriel), Lenny Castro and more guests. I think when people hear it everyone will have a smile on the face. EVERYONE in the band brought their best to the party!”
The final tracklisting will include songs like the title track Falling In Between, plus Simple Life, Dying On My Feet, Bottom of Your Soul, Let it Go, Nowhere in Sight, Spiritual Man, Ain’t Your World, The Reefer Man and Hooked.
“If this is the last record we even make (it won’t be, I hope)” concludes Lukather, “I can walk away knowing we threw DOWN the best we got. I hope the fans will all enjoy and appreciate the love and passion that went into making Falling in Between, see you all very soon on tour!”
The band has already confirmed tour dates in Europe in February and March 2006, with a two years long massive World Tour schedule that is set to hit all continents in 2006 – 2007!
Falling In Between will reach the shops in early February 2006 on Frontiers Records.
Ricky Warwick headed out on the road With Def Leppard
Ricky Warwick – singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire ? is out on the road as a part of the highly anticipated Def Leppard tour, which recently kicked off. Ricky will be on the entire tour with Def Leppard, who will be joined by Bryan Adams on some dates and Cheap Trick on others.
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Formerly of the British punk/hard rock band The Almighty, Ricky has embraced no-frills, emotionally direct music exemplified by American influences such as Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and many others. While The Almighty enjoyed ten Top 40 singles and four Top 20 albums in the
Ricky Warwick Tour Dates:
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TERRA NOVA set to release a “Best Of”
Following the successful come-back album ?Escape?, released on August 29th, Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of TERRA NOVA?s ?Best of + 5? album on December 5th 2005.
TERRA NOVA is Latin for ?the new world? and is one of the best bands emerged from the European melodic hard rock scene over the past decade. With three hit albums released in Japan on JVC Victor, the band got released their mighty debut album ?Livin? It Up? on the European market on Now & Then Records and ?Eye To Eye? (a compilation of the second and third Japanese albums) on Frontiers Records.
This new ?Best Of? album covers the most interesting cuts of their repertoire including 4 songs from their long out-of-print debut album and excerpts from their following two Japan-only albums.
The final tracklisting shall be as follows:
I Wanna Know (click to hear an mp3 sample); Break Away ?; Livin? it Up*; Love Sick?; Not Here With Me ?; Hey Babe*; Right Now ?; Once Bitten Twice Shy*; How?; Make My Day?; Holding On ?; Eye To Eye?; Love Of My Life*; Against The Wind; Reminiscing; I?m The One (click to hear an mp3 sample); Holy Water (click to hear an mp3 sample).
* Taken from ?Livin? It Up? / ? Taken from ?Break Away? / ? Taken from ?Make My Day?. As a special gift, the band decided to add five unreleased tracks recorded during the ?Break Away? sessions in 1997.
?Best of +5? shall also have a domestic release in Japan on King Records. TERRA NOVA are back to stay, get now ready for great trip in the history of Melodic Rock!
BRUCE TURGON releases solo disc
Following the enthusiastic receipt from the press and fans alike of the news of a solo album debut from former FOREIGNER and SHADOW KING member Bruce Turgon, we are pleased to have the man himself present the brand new album ?Outside Looking In? to be released worldwide on November 7th on Frontiers Records:
?Living A Lie? – The opening track of the album? it is about a destructive, but exciting relationship. When you recognize it, but can?t quit it.
?Any Other Time? – The final reality that there?s nothing more to give and no wish to try again.
?Outside Looking In? – The title track- it is a retrospective about not losing the desire to strive for individuality, pursuing your dreams and the willingness to stay ?outside? and not get lost in yesterday.
?Walk Thru Fire? – A song about the power of love, trust and commitment.
?Faith? – A track written observing someone?s struggle from a distance and wanting them to understand that you know, believe that you care, and trust you will be strong for them.
?Pleasure Dome? – Excess and the desire/need to get lost in it…
?These Tears Must Fall? – A song dealing with the haunting inevitability of when love is lost.
?Weapons Of Love? – A dark humour about a destructive, aggressive relationship.
?On A Wing And A Prayer? – When you will do anything to save love and wanting someone to believe that?
?Heart So Strong? – Longing for real love and the strength it provides.
?The Last Time? – A song written about the feeling when one?s a need for change and calling a definitive end to a negative situation.
?Where Do We Go From Here? – An introspective desire to overcome fear in love? and a personal question to myself as well, I guess…
Frontiers Records welcomes back Ten with a new double CD compilation
Frontiers Records is glad to give a warm welcome back in the roster to the finest purveyors of British Classic Hard Rock of the past 10 years, the band TEN !
TEN are indeed planning to celebrate their 10th Anniversary with the release of an ?Essentials? double cd collection which shall be divided into ?Essential Rockers? and ?Essential Ballads?. The big difference in comparison of the original material is that ? in the words of TEN leader and singer Gary Hughes – ?these will be completely fresh recordings of the songs and more in keeping with the way the current line-up play the material, with new ideas on the old themes?.
TEN?s lineup has infact now evolved as follows
Gary Hughes ? Vocals
Chris Francis ? Guitars
John Halliwell ? Guitars
Steve McKenna ? Bass
Paul Hodson ? Keyboards
Lee Morris – Drums
?It is important to the band that this collection is not seen as a swan song release?. says Gary Hughes who also adds that ?TEN are recording a new studio album hot on the heels of this Best Of release. Our delivery date for the new studio album masters is late January. The release date for this album in Europe shall happen on Frontiers Records in April 2006?.
?The Essential Collection 1995 – 2005? shall be a two cd set in a special slipcase packaging, to feature the following tracklisting :
Essential Rockers (Disc 1)
1.The Name Of The Rose/Wildest Dreams
2.The March Of The Argonauts/Fear The Force
3.Ten Fathoms Deep
5.After The Love Has Gone
6.Remembrance For The Brave/Red
Essential Ballads (Disc 2)
1.Till The End Of Time
2.You’re In My Heart
3.Yesterday Lies In The Flames
5.We Rule The Night
7.Through The Fire
The release date of the album has been settled in Europe on Frontiers Records on January 23rd 2006.
UNITED FORCES OF ROCK 2005 Festival
Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg (close to STUTTGART ? Southern Germany)
Sunday October 30th 2005
PRIDE OF LIONS
Jim Peterik (ex-SURVIVOR) and Toby Hitchcock are the men behind PRIDE OF LIONS. After releasing two brilliant and very well received albums, the duo will hit Germany live for the first time playing a fully electric set which will consist of various classics both old and new. A definite highlight to watch out for any fan of SURVIVOR!
WETTON/DOWNES (ASIA founding members)
To introduce John Wetton & Geoff Downes to the AOR crowd almost seems to be unnecessary. With their work with the band ASIA amongst others, both have turned into living legends and songs such as ?Heat Of The Moment? most likely will also become one of the highlights of this evening. < BR>
SEVENTH KEY feat. Billy Greer, Terry Brock & Mike Slamer
There are many super groups around but which band claim to consist of members of classic bands such as KANSAS, STREETS and STRANGEWAYS amongst others? SEVENTH KEY definitely are an unique outfit in many terms which already by their two very own albums alone have established themselves on top of the scene within only very short time.
November will bring us the first new album by US classic 80?s Hard Rock outfit LEGS DIAMOND since years. After intense touring in the US, the performance of this classy band at United Forces Of Rock will mark their live debut on German ground introducing new singer John Levesque (MONTROSE) to the fans!
JADED HEART belong to the finest Melodic Rock bands Germany has to offer. With the gig at this festival and being backed by their new album ?Helluva Time?, they for the firs t time sh ow up with new singer Johan Fahlberg (ex-SCUDIERO) from Sweden.
The year 2004 marked THE return for CASANOVA from Germany. The Melodic Rock outfit around singer Michael Voss (SILVER, MAD MAX) still knows how to rock the house down with their very own classics!
One of the hottest and most talked about newcomers to the AOR scene in the year 2005 so far has been American outfit BLANC FACES, being led by brothers Brian and Robbie LaBlanc. The guys offer high class 80?s typed American AOR which will undoubtfully please any fan of the genre.
Another hot newcomer, this time from Germany, is the band PUMP, a five-piece Hard Rock band from South of the country with singer Marcus J?rgens (ex-BRAINSTROM) on the mic. After severals tours with other well-known bands, PUMP themselves already have managed to establish themselves as a truly great live act.
Former AT VANCE singer Oliver Hartmann presents for the first time in a live environment his highly acclaimed debut solo album ?Out In The Cold?. Don?t miss one of the greatest singers and performers in the scene!
Tickets are on sale through CTS (German customers only), AOR Heaven (www.aorheaven.com), www.united-forces-of-rock.de , the Rockfabrik venue and www.rock-it-magazine.de/shop and now from Frontiers Records.
If you want to buy the ticket from us:
The ticket price is 34,00 EURO plus shipment price of 0,62 EURO (in Europe) or 0,80 EURO (in America, Africa, Asia). The payment has to be done exclusively through PAYPAL on the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuttgart is very well connected with low cost flights from all over Europe especially via HAPAG LLOYD EXPRESS airlines and can be easily reached with car drives from Northern Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Eastern France and Southern B elgium / Netherlan ds!
Doors open at 2.00 PM. HARTMANN starts the festival right at 14.40 !!
The promotional homepage with all the latest infos, venue details, press downloads plus accreditation infos is online on
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United Forces Of Rock is powered by:
Frontiers Records, AOR Heaven, Escape Music, Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Soundland, Hardbeat Media Service, GerMusica Promotion & Rock It!
Survivor readys new album for early 2006
Frontiers Records (Bonnier Amigo) welcomes legendary rock band Survivor for the release of a brand new studio album in the spring of 2006!
The story of Survivor began in the cold winter of 1977 under the initiative of Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik, but only three albums and five years later this name became well-known all over the world, when the band composed ?Eye of the Tiger? for the movie ?Rocky III? with Sylvester Stallone, which went on to win the Grammy Award and to hit # 1 of the charts in many countries.
After the next album ?Caught In The Game?, the former COBRA shouter Jimi Jamison was introduced to the fans, making his debut on the worldwide hit (soundtrack of ?Rocky IV? and # 2 in the
This was the last sign of life from Survivor up to now, besides two ?Greatest Hits? compilations which were quite popular by the fans. Now, 17 years later and with a line-up featuring Frankie Sullivan along with long-time members Jimi Jamison and Marc Droubay, plus Chris
When asked as to ?why now??, Sullivan explains: ?We have spent a lot of time in the studio working even though we have not released a record of all new Survivor material in all these years. The ?Greatest Hits? and ?Essentials? on the band have been amazing in so far as the demand for us to continue to do them. We are glad that phase is now over and we set our sights on the new studio record. Most of all, we feel the fans deserve it more than anyone or anything. They have waited a long time and are overdue for new material. Having a CD of all new material to give them is first and foremost and what it is all about.
?The fans can expect us to stay true to who and what we are?, says Sullivan. ?There is no plan to change the Survivor sound. There is no what I call ?target? writing or any attempt to make a 2005 ?hip? version of Survivor. I believe one must be true to themselves. Our fans can expect the Survivor they have come to know and love during the years?. The band is currently busy in the recording studio working hard on the new material. Some of the song titles set to make it to the album include: ?Fire Makes Steel?, ?One More Chance?, ?Give Me The Word? and ?Seconds Away?.
Survivor is also planning some live appearances in
Neil Young Opens Vaults
Rocker to release series of eight-disc rarities sets
After nearly fifteen years of promises, Neil Young is now confident that a slew of material from his vaults will begin to see the light of day in 2006. With his latest album, Prairie Wind, out next week, the rock legend is planning several eight-disc sets packed with outtakes, home recordings, album tracks, live cuts and DVDs.
“It starts with my earliest recordings in 1963,” says Young. “Then several recordings with a group called the Squires, into the earliest Buffalo Springfield stuff. Then there’s a live record culled from a week’s worth of performances at the Riverboat in Toronto.”
Fans can expect a 1970 show at Toronto’s Massey Hall, featuring material from Harvest a year before its release, as well as Crazy Horse live at the Fillmore East. “It’s got a sixteen-minute ‘Cowgirl in the Sand,'” Young says of the Fillmore gig, “and a super-long ‘Down by the River.'”
One live performance, the rock vet is convinced, trumps the original recording: the entirety of Tonight’s the Night, recorded live at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Says Young, “It’s better than the record.”
Woodstock Film Festival to Screen the Legendary Music Film CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH
From Woodstock NY
Woodstock Film Festival’s annual program of feature films, docs and panels that focus on music brings the first screening in over 33 years of “The Concert for Bangladesh,” the filmed version of the first benefit concert of its kind featuring George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston.
The showing itself will consist of a dance/party screening at the Bearsville Theatre on Friday, September 30 at 10:00 p.m. with special musical guest appearances.
The legendary photography of Barry Feinstein will be raffled off. Signed photographs of George Harrison, Leon Russell, and Bob Dylan performing together at the 1971 “The Concert for Bangladesh”, are amongst the prizes.
This special preview advances the October 25, 2005 launch of the Apple Films/Rhino DVD and Apple Corps/Capitol-EMI CD release, and sets off a month of celebration of this monumental concert event.
Click on this link to find out more about the screening: