December 2007

December 1st, 2007
by Celtic Bob

RINGO STARR’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM, LIVERPOOL 8, TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 15 ON CD, USB WRISTBAND & DIGITALLY

Ringo Starr’s new studio album, Liverpool 8, his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974’s Goodnight Vienna, will be released on CD, USB wristband and digitally on January 15 (January 14 internationally).  Liverpool 8’s launch is already underway, with a digital single released this month and high-profile events and promotions scheduled through January, including a concert event in Liverpool, national television and radio network interviews and performances, and major promotions with AARP, Amazon.com, Pinger, Quicktime, U.S. Airways, VH1Classic.com and others.

In addition to being released on CD and digitally, Liverpool 8 will be available as a pre-loaded USB wristband including the entire album, a personal video message, interview and track commentary from Ringo Starr, behind-the-scenes making-of footage from the recording sessions, ringtunes, photos and more.

Liverpool 8’s title track is now available as a digital single from all major digital service providers.  TIME magazine’s December 24 issue features an interview with Ringo, and Pinger has launched an ongoing Ringo Starr Pingercast(sm) campaign, featuring Ringo’s own personal greetings sent directly to fans’ cell phones.  Visit Ringo’s official Website (www.ringostarr.com) or his MySpace page (www.myspace.com/ringostarr) to register for his free custom Pingercast messages.

In January, Amazon.com will exclusively premiere the “Liverpool 8” music video, and QuickTime will feature an exclusive 12-day “Countdown To Liverpool” series beginning January 4, with Ringo interview clips and a new track from Liverpool 8 each day, leading to the album’s release (www.quicktime.com). U.S. Airways will showcase Ringo and Liverpool 8 with in-flight audio, video and magazine features on all of the airline’s domestic and international flights, AARP will debut its new online video series, “AARP Sessions,” with an exclusive Ringo interview (www.aarp.org), and VH1Classic.com will premiere Liverpool 8 with “The Leak,” an exclusive full-length stream of the album one week prior to its release.

Ringo Starr will return to Liverpool for a hometown performance on January 12 with his Liverpool 8 co-producer, Dave Stewart, to commence the city’s 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.  Following that week’s international promotion, Ringo will travel to New York and Los Angeles for several national TV and radio performances and interviews, including ABC’s “LIVE with Regis & Kelly,” A&E’s “Private Sessions,” CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” National Public Radio’s “World Café,”  and VH1 Classic’s new interview series, “Inside Track.” VH1 Classic will also air Ringo’s “VH1 Storytellers” special several times around Liverpool 8’s release.

Liverpool 8’s 12 original tracks were all co-written by Ringo and were recorded in England and in California. “The writing of the records is always the same,” Ringo explains. “It’s the same group of guys and we all sit together and write about what’s happening.” That “group of guys” who joined Ringo on the album’s songwriting and recording are (in alphabetical order): Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Mark Hudson, Sean Hurley, Zac Rae, and Dave Stewart.

Since beginning his career in the 1960s with The Beatles, Ringo Starr has been one of the world’s brightest musical luminaries.  He has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter and drummer, an active musical collaborator, and as an actor.  Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock ‘n’ roll, Ringo continues to play an important role in modern music with his solo recording and touring. His last studio album, Choose Love, was released in 2005.

Ringo has said that as time goes on there is more and more of his personality in his music, and the songs on Liverpool 8 feel personal. His candor, wit and soul are evident in the lyrics and the heartbeat of every song; I always followed my heart and I never missed a beat. Peace and love are Ringo Starr’s primary life beats, and Liverpool 8 propels this universal message in each of its evocative songs, which are imbued with joy, insight, reflection and wisdom from the music icon the world knows and loves simply as ‘Ringo.’  

For more information, visit Ringo Starr’s official Website: www.ringostarr.com 

Ringo Starr: Liverpool 8 (CD, USB Wristband & Digital Album)

1.   Liverpool 8
2.   Think About You
3.   For Love
4.   Now That She’s Gone Away
5.   Gone Are The Days
6.   Give It A Try
7.   Tuff Love
8.    Harry’s Song
9.    Pasodobles
10.  If It’s Love That You Want
11.  Love Is
12.   R U Ready?
Source: www.CapitolRecords.com

ROB ZOMBIE IS FLYING SOLO IN CLEVELAND

OZZY OSBOURNE is unable to perform his Thursday, December 20 show at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH due to an unforeseen personal family matter and the show is cancelled.
Rob Zombie will perform that night at HOB Cleveland along with In This Moment— tickets are avaiable here:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05003F921827ACE0?artistid=776549&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1
Refunds for the Wolstein Center show are available at point of purchase.
For more information
www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie
Source: www.vqpr.com

ROB ZOMBIE – 2 MORE SOLO DATES ADDED for JANUARY 2008

The long-awaited first live album from Rob Zombie Zombie – Live (Geffen Records/UME)

OUT NOW
Ozzy Osbourne/Rob Zombie tour dates:

Tue
 12/18
 Detroit, MI
 Joe Louis Arena
 
Wed
 12/19
 Indianapolis, IN
 Egyptian Room – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Thu
 12/20
 Cleveland, OH
 Wolstein Center
 
Fri
 12/21
 Rochester, NY
 Water Street Music Hall – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Sat
 12/22
 New York, NY
 Madison Square Garden
 
Thu
 01/03
 Portland, ME
 Cumberland County Civic Center
 
Fri
 01/04
 Poughkeepsie, NY
 The Chance – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Sat
 01/05
 Washington, DC
 Verizon Center
 
Sun
 01/06
 Norfolk, VA
 The Norva – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Mon
 01/07
 Richmond, VA
 Toads Place
 
Tue
 01/08
 Worcester, MA
 DCU Center
 
Thu
 01/10
 Philadelphia, PA
 Wachovia Spectrum
 
Fri
 01/11
 Scranton, PA
 Scranton Cultural Center – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Sat
 01/12
 Uncasville, CT
 Mohegan Sun Arena
 
Sun
 01/13
 South Burlington, VT
 Higher Ground – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Mon
 01/14
 Quebec City, QC
 Colise Pepsi Arena
 
Wed
 01/16
 Montreal, QC
 Bell Centre
 
Fri
 01/18
 Kitchener, ON
 Elements – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Sat
 01/19
 London, ON
 John Labatt Centre
 
Mon
 01/21
 Toronto, ON
 Air Canada Centre
 
Tue
 01/22
 Buffalo, NY
 The Town Ballroom – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Wed
 01/23
 Columbus, OH
 LC Pavilion – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Thu
 01/24
 Grand Rapids, MI
 The Orbit Room – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Sat
 01/26
 Tulsa, OK
 Cain’s Ballroom – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Sun
 01/27
 Lubbock, TX
 The Pavilion – ZOMBIE ONLY*
 
Mon
 01/28
 Albuquerque, NM
 The Sunshine Theatre – ZOMBIE ONLY*

For more information www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie
Source: www.vqpr.com

BLACK TIDE’S DEBUT ALBUM – “LIGHT FROM ABOVE” TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 26!!!

Miami rockers Black Tide are proud to announce a February 26 release date for their debut album, “Light From Above.” The album will be released on Interscope Records. Black Tide recorded the album at Chicago’s Groovemaster Studios, with Johnny K (Disturbed, Machine Head, Soil) producing.

Black Tide’s music draws from the best hard rock and thrash from the 80s, while giving it a 21st century kick up the ass. “Shockwave,” the band’s calling card and the album’s opening track, is an utter classic — all bloody-knuckled thrash riffs, squealing guitars, rampaging drums, in-your-face vocals and an instantly memorable chorus.

The rest of Light From Above is up to the same impressive standard; anthemic, take-no-prisoners tracks like “Shout,” “Black Abyss,”  “Let Me,” “Live Fast Die Young,” the Maiden-esque “Warriors of Time” and their spot-on cover of Metallica’s “Hit The Lights” will punch any metal fan squarely in their pleasure centers.

Black Tide are wrapping up a successful run with Avenged Sevenfold, and are gearing up for what promises to be a HUGE year in 2008! Look out for “Light From Above” when it hits streets on February 26.
Source: www.adrenalinepr.com

EGYPT CENTRAL’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT SLATED FOR JANUARY 2008 RELEASE!!!

Memphis, Tennessee’s Egypt Central will be releasing their self-titled debut in January 2008 on Fat Lady Records in conjunction with Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group (ILG). Egypt Central, featuring John T. Falls (vocals), Joey Chicago (bass), Heath Hindman (guitar), Blake Allison (drums), and Jeff James (guitar), originally recorded the album in 2006, which was mixed by Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Korn, Linkin Park).

Once the band signed with Fat Lady Records/ILG in 2007, they went back into the studio to retool the album. With the help of mixer Paul David Hagar and mastered by legendary George Marino, the insanely catchy, hard-driven disc was re-mixed, re-mastered, and re-sequenced, taking it to another level!

The first single, “You Make Me Sick” debuted at #38 this week on the BDS Active Rock chart behind early supporters like WIIL/Chicago, WIYY/Baltimore, WRIF/Detroit, KXFX/Santa Rosa (Top 10 Phones), KZRQ/Springfield, Sirius and XM.

Egypt Central’s track, “Over and Under,” was featured in the major motion picture, “The Condemned.” That exposure led to appearances on both Ozzfest and the Family Values Tour.

Foster care, rehabs, homelessness, signed to a major label and dropped – the band’s self titled debut CD tells the story of their lives – an ever changing collage of lost love, frustration, broken dreams, but with the determination to rise and succeed.

“Life is what you make of it,” says Falls. “We’re not vengeful people, and we would never let any negative energy ruin how great it feels to have an album out. After all the work we put in, it’s the greatest feeling ever and I don’t think it would be so gratifying had we not been through everything we’ve experienced.”

Egypt Central will be touring in Early 2008 to support the January release of their self-titled debut, with more huge dates to come!

Egypt Central on tour:

12/28 – Springfield, VA – The Otto Bar
12/29 – Mechanicsburg, PA – TBA
12/31 – Laurel, DE – The House Sports Bar & Grille
1/2 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
1/3 – Charlotte, NC – Soundvent
1/4 – Murfreesboro, NC – Zakks Coffee House
1/5 – Fayetteville, NC Jester’s Pub
1/7 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
1/8 – Gainesville, FL – Backstage Lounge
1/9 – Jacksonville, FL – French Quarters
1/10 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – TBD
1/11 – Tampa, FL – Bourbon Street
1/12 – Tallahassee, FL – Floyds Music Store
1/13 – New Orleans, LA – The Howlin Wolf
1/16 – Lubbok, TX – Jakes Ballroom
1/19 – Tempe,AZ – The SETS
1/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
1/24 – San Marcos, CA – The Jumping Turtle
1/25 – Sacramento, CA – The Kennel Club
1/29 – Seattle,WA – Studio 7
1/31 – Santa Rosa, CA – Last Day Saloon
Source: www.adrenalinepr.com

RICKY NELSON’S MOST ROMANTIC SONGS COLLECTED FOR NEW ‘GREATEST LOVE SONGS’ CD AND DIGITAL RELEASE FROM CAPITOL/EMI

22-Track Collection Features 14 Top 20 Hits From the World’s First Teen Idol, Including the #1 Smash “Poor Little Fool”

Release Date: January 15, 2008

In the 1950s, Ricky Nelson brought tender ballads and rock ‘n’ roll to living rooms across America, co-starring in his parents’ weekly hit, “The Ozzie and Harriet Show.” For the first time, his most romantic recordings have been collected for a new CD and digital album, Ricky Nelson: Greatest Love Songs, to be released January 15 by Capitol/EMI, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  The 22-track collection features 14 Top 20 hits, including the #1 smash, “Poor Little Fool.” Two Ricky Nelson ringtunes will also debut on January 15.

Ricky Nelson became famous for the string of tender ballads he recorded throughout the 1950s, many of which he debuted on “The Ozzie and Harriet Show,” sparking clamoring demand across the country for each of his new singles. But his recording career began almost as a fluke.

One night in 1957, Nelson was on a date with a young lady who swooned over an Elvis Presley song playing on the radio. In a move to impress her, Nelson fibbed that he, too, was cutting a record, and the girl laughed in his face. Nelson entered a recording studio, sang a cover of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walking,” and played it on “The Ozzie and Harriet Show.” Within a week, the record had sold one million copies, an unheard of figure for the time. The track went to #2 on the Billboard chart and the b-side, “A Teenager’s Romance,” reached #2 as well.

From then on, Nelson performed a song at the end of every broadcast and quickly became the first teen idol (as coined by Life magazine). He played with a backing band that included bassists James Kirkland and Joe Osborn, and legendary guitarist James Burton.

On December 31, 1985, while en route from Alabama to a New Year’s Eve show in Dallas, Nelson’s DC-3 crashed in a field near DeKalb, Texas. None of the passengers survived.

Nelson was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Although he made his last recordings more than 20 years ago, Nelson’s music remains timeless.

“To this day I consider Ricky Nelson one of the true pioneers of rock & roll.” – John Fogerty (Rolling Stone, “The Immortals” – April 21, 2005)

Ricky Nelson’s most recent Capitol CD and DVD collections, Greatest Hits and Ricky Nelson Sings, respectively, were released in December 2005 to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.  With first week sales of more than 18,000 units, the career-spanning Greatest Hits was Nelson’s highest chart debut since Garden Party’s debut in 1972, and Ricky Nelson Sings, which debuted many of his classic “Ozzie and Harriet” performances on DVD, was soon certified gold.

“Before I could play a guitar I used to take a tennis racket, stand in front of the mirror and pretend I was singing Ricky Nelson songs to my dream girl,” says Chris Isaak. “This was pretty much job training for my future. Nobody ever rocked so hard and looked so laid back at the same time. There is only one Ricky Nelson.”

Ricky Nelson played a pivotal role in the development of rock ‘n’ roll, and there is no question that he remains one of the 20th Century’s most intriguing entertainment icons.

RICKY NELSON: GREATEST LOVE SONGS (CD and Digital Album)                           

1. Never Be Anyone Else But You           12. Unchained Melody

2. Poor Little Fool                                  13. It’s Up To You

3. Sweeter Than You                              14. Tryin’ To Get To You

4. Again                                                15. Teenage Idol

5. Lonesome Town                                 16. Old Enough To Love

6. Don’t Leave Me This Way                    17. It’s All in The Game

7. I’m Not Afraid                                     18. Young World

8. Hello Mary Lou                                   19. True Love Ways

9. Love Song                                          20. Dream Lover

10. Young Emotions                               21. Gloomy Sunday

11. I Wanna Be Loved                            22. That’s All

Ringtunes:                                                      

Poor Little Fool                                                                         

Travelin’ Man    
Source: www.CapitolRecords.com

SZERYK readys for 2008 release

SZERYK is gearing up to release their new album in 2008.  In the meantime they have released to national radio a smokin’ rendition of the holiday traditional “Jingle Bells” as only SZERYK can deliver.  We mean really rock it out!!  You can check it out at
www.szeryk.com.

So, pick up the phone, or get on the internet and contact your local radio station and request “Jingle Bells” by SZERYK.

Also, The 2008 London Music Awards are fast approaching.  Nominations end this Saturday December 22nd.  We are asking for your support by Nominating SZERYK for “Most Popular ROCK Group”.  The artists who receive the most nominations in their categories will be given the opportunity to showcase at Canadian Music Week International 2008!

Please either pick up the current edition of Scene or go to www.londonmusicawards.com and click on nominations to fill out your ballot
Source: Guitarzan Inc.

SILVERCHAIR SET TO RELEASE
“THE GREATEST VIEW EP” THIS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 FEATURING “STRAIGHT LINES” REMIX BY THE PRESETS

Silverchair will release the iTunes exclusive EP on Tuesday, December 18 entitled The Greatest View EP. The six track collection features the current single “The Greatest View” which was originally on Silverchair’s 2003 release Diorama and will be stripped onto 2008 editions of Young Modern plus a remix of “Straight Lines” by The Presets, Two previously unreleased Young Modern B-Sides and two videos. Full track listing is below.
 
“The Greatest View” is currently receiving major airplay across the country including such stations as Q101/Chicago, 99X/Atlanta, WFNX/Boston, KDGE/Dallas, Sirius, XM and Music Choice.
 
A little known fact is that Silverchair lead singer/guitar player and The Presets leader Julian Hamilton are great friends thanks to their Australian roots and similar musical interests. Julian actually co-wrote the smash hit “Straight Lines” along with three other tracks off Young Modern and has been a touring member of Silverchair when he has the time. Julian and Kim from the Presets were also touring members of the Dissociatives – Daniel’s ‘other band’ with Paul Mac. Closing the circle, Daniel contributed guitar work for past Presets records as well as helping write some tunes with them so it’s a family affair. The Presets have a new album set for early ’08 release.  For a STREAMING link to Silverchair – “Straight Lines” {The Presets Remix} click here:

http://streamos.eastwestrock.com/wmedia/eastwest/silverchair/a_fl_silverchair_the_greatest_view_ep_-_itunes_exclusive_2_straight_lines_presets_remix_192.wax

Silverchair is on the verge of finishing up the second leg of their sold out US tour before heading back to Australia for the holidays. They will headline that country’s Big Day Out tour in January alongside Rage Against The Machine, Bjork and Arcade Fire. Expect to see the band back in the U.S. in early 2008.
 
The Greatest View EP Track Listing:
1. The Greatest View (Originally from “Diorama”) 2. Straight Lines {The Presets Remix} 3. We’re Not Lonely…BUT We Miss You (B-Side) 4. Barbarella (B-Side) 5. If You Keep Losing Sleep (VIDEO) 6. The Greatest View – Live From Carriageworks, Sydney (VIDEO)
 
The U.S. Press LOVE Young Modern! 
 
“{Young Modern} is the pinnacle of the band’s fascinating development.” – All Music Guide
 
“{Young Modern is} Excellent…Silverchair’s return is loaded with triumphant, beautifully orchestrated Britpop, something like the Verve with an ax to grind.” – Time Out Chicago
 
“‘Young Modern Station’ features frontman Daniel John’s soaring falsetto and hi-hat-driven chorus that the Killers wish they would have written for their latest disc. ‘Insomnia’ is a carnival-inspired orchestral rocker that sounds like Queen meets My Chemical Romance, and the Beatlesque “Reflections Of A Sound” features a pop sensibility that’s remarkably advanced for musicians still in their 20’s” – Cleveland Free Times
 
“After five years off, former teen rockers return with a strong, mature album.”- Rolling Stone, 4 out of 5 stars

“[Young] Modern is a polished glam-rock suite, boasting more ecstatic melodies and colorful riffs than their four previous efforts combined…Here’s hoping Silverchair’s second act is just getting started.”- Entertainment Weekly, A-

“‘Young Modern’ has reestablished Daniel Johns and crew as a commercial force, exhibiting a lush, mature sound …”- Los Angeles Times

“{On Daniel Johns} Two scoops of yum with a meow on top!”- Perez Hilton
Source: www.abc-pr.com

ROCK IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FOREIGNER

Let CN8, The Comcast Network transform you from “Cold as Ice” to “Hot Blooded” as it heats up the airwaves with “Celebrate ’08,” an exclusive television event airing live from Universal Orlando Resort on Monday, December 31 at 9:00 p.m.  The special broadcast features performances by headliner and multi-platinum artist Foreigner as well as nationally renowned comedians Lynne Koplitz and Keith Robinson.  Veteran television personality and longtime E! Entertainment host Todd Newton will emcee “Celebrate ‘08″ with CN8 “Backstage” entertainment reporter Bessie Tsionis co-hosting.

“Our New Year’s Eve broadcast has become a can’t-miss tradition,” said Jon Gorchow, vice president and general manager, CN8.  “We’re excited to welcome in 2008 while celebrating all of CN8’s successes from the past year including our new Washington, D.C. studio and continued network expansion.”

The three and a half hour entertainment event will feature many of Foreigner’s classic hits including “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Double Vision,” “Urgent,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Jukebox Hero” and more.

Foreigner Facts

Foreigner “4” spent more weeks on the Billboard chart at number one than any album by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U 2, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and every other artist in Atlantic Records 60 year history.

Foreigner have nine top ten hits (that’s just one less than The Eagles, as many as Fleetwood Mac, and more than Crosby, Stills and Nash, ZZ Top, Bad Company, The Steve Miller Band, Alice Cooper, Genesis, Journey, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and a whole lot more).

Foreigner’s leader and founder Mick Jones wrote or co-wrote every song, and produced or co-produced every album. He produced the career best selling albums of Billy Joel (Storm Front) and Van Halen (5150), and has written songs with artists as diverse as Ozzy Osbourne and Eric Clapton.
 
In addition, he played on George Harrison’s 1974 album Dark Horse.

Foreigner have sixteen Top Thirty hits.
 
They are:
 
I Want To Know What Love Is 1
Waiting For A Girl Like You 2
Double Vision 2
Hot Blooded 3
Urgent 4
Feels Like The First Time 4
I Don’t Want To Live Without You 5
Say You Will 6
Cold As Ice 6
That Was Yesterday 12
Dirty White Boy 12
Head Games 14
Blue Morning, Blue Day 15
Long, Long Way From Home 20
Juke Box Hero 26
Break it Up 26
 
The Foreigner rhythm section is bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Jason Bonham. They co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the Warner Bros hit movie “Rock Star.” Jeff Pilson is a founding member and co-writer of Dokken… Jason Bonham, son of John Bonham, appeared with Led Zeppelin at the 1987 reunion for Atlantic Records 40th anniversary. He recorded and toured with Jimmy Page on “Outrider” and founded Bonham whose debut gold album, The Disregard of Timekeeping, spawned the number one MTV video “Wait For You.” More recently, Jason performed with Led Zeppelin at the O2 Arena in London on December 10, 2007.
Source: Albright Entertainment

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT AND UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA

JOIN FORCES IN EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading Music Company and Eagle Rock Entertainment today announced they have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement effective February 1, 2008.  The deal was announced today by Randy Lennox, President & CEO, Universal Music Canada and Eagle Rock Entertainment’s Executive Chairman, Terry Shand and North American President of Operations, Mike Carden.

As part of the new deal, Vivendi Visual Entertainment Canada (VVEC), the video arm of UMC will exclusively distribute Eagle Rock’s non-music visual content.

“Eagle Rock is a diverse company built on a love for music,” commented Randy Lennox.  “We’re delighted to be working closely with Terry, Mike, Geoff Kempin and David MacMillan to further develop the Eagle Rock brand in Canada and ecstatic that they now call Universal Music their Canadian home.”

Eagle Rock Entertainment was founded in 1997 and in the past decade has grown into a worldwide music and entertainment business by acquiring and creating rights to recorded music, videos, television and other visual programming from a wide range of notable and high profile artists.

“Universal Music is the Canadian market leader through vision and passion and we’re very excited to be aligning ourselves with Randy and his team,” stated Terry Shand.  “We look forward to expanding Eagle Rock in a market that has always been a vibrant one for us.”

“We look forward to new opportunities in new areas with Randy and the Universal/Vivendi teams in Canada,” stated Mike Carden.  “We’d also like to thank EMI Music Canada for their years of support.”

Eagle Rock Entertainment was previously distributed in Canada by EMI Music Canada.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA

Universal Music Canada, a unit of Universal Music Group, is Canada’s leading music organization maintaining an overall 38.5% year-to-date market share.  For further information on Universal Music Canada or Vivendi Visual Entertainment Canada please www.umusic.ca or www.vivendivisual.ca
Source: www.rebelmusic.ca

JASON BONHAM / Modern Drummer Cover Story

February 2008 Modern Drummer cover story – “Led Zeppelin’s Jason Bonham / Son of Thunder”).
 
Jason will, of course, be on drums tonight performing with Led Zeppelin at the O2 Arena in London !
 
Certainly a good time to be had by all!
Source: Albright Entertainment

JOURNEY:  NEW SINGER ANNOUNCEMENT

After much speculation…the wait is finally over.
JOURNEY–Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums)–is proud to introduce fans all over the world to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda (“pin-eh-da”).  He replaces Jeff Scott Soto, who parted ways with the band earlier this year after stepping in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the band in 2006 for medical reasons.

Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs–in addition to original material–with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland.  Joining the legendary band is a dream come true for him. 

“It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world.  It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore JOURNEY fans.  I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen.  I know there’s only one Steve Perry in this world.”

When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue.  Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube.  After finding Arnel singing “Faithfully,” he knew he had found the perfect frontman.

“I was frustrated about not having a singer,” explains guitarist Neal Schon, “so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours.  I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody.  But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted.  After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true.  I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’  But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented.  Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone.  I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”

Arnel Pineda picks up the story:  “My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal.  I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it.  Noel said, ‘what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?’  So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history.”

“Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to JOURNEY,” continues keyboardist Jonathan Cain.  “His personality is very well-suited to our music.  He’s a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and a big heart.  I think fans are really going to love him.  With Arnel’s soaring tenor, Journey returns to our heritage sound.”

Schon agrees, “We feel reborn.  I think there’s a lot of chemistry between the five of us.  At first we were going to go into the studio and just write 4 songs, but now it’s escalated to a lot of great new and diverse material.  The stuff sounds tremendous.  Everyone’s so stoked about it.  We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel.”

JOURNEY is currently working on a new album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley, which they hope to release by spring/summer 2008.  Details will be announced early next year.
www.journeymusic.com
Source: www.abc-pr.com

DEARLY BELOVED RETURN With RepoRepoRepo

Dearly Beloved is returning to the indie rock scene with their sophomore album RepoRepoRepo which they decided to make available digitally last week on itunes, puretracks, maple music and others while a retail CD release is being planned for March 2008. Since their debut You Are The Jaguar in 2006 the band has toured with their explosive live shows while receiving critical praise from coast to coast.
 
Singer / bassist Rob Higgins and crew serve up another fresh joint of their eclectic, punk-inspired rock. Niva Chow (singer / rock tigress) of Sticky Rice; guitarist Damon Richardson, formerly of Danko Jones and Change of Heart and drummer Hayden Menzies comprise this slightly leaner version of the badass Canadian band that in 2006 would play 40 shows in 60 days, each like it could be their last, and still return home hungry for more.

Higgins, who is known for his work with the bands Change of Heart, By Divine Right, Tristan Psionic, Rocket Science, Doctor and for touring with Our Lady Peace as their bass player from time to time, is celebrating his first sophomore album.  “I’ve been fortunate enough to have 6 records released in the 11 years I’ve been writing,” says Higgins, “but I was never lucky enough to get the chance to create a follow-up.”
 
The first single and video will be “Candy Coated” while other stand out tracks include “Who Knows?”, which says it all.  It’s a song about coming to terms with the idea that the older you get, the wiser you get and the less you know.  With “Carnivale” Higgins explains that “the lyrics are pretty abstract – cloaked in metaphor and falling on top of each other – and musically the song is like mashing up Velvet Underground and Rush – which is truly bizarre (Geddy Lee is Higgins’ uncle), but I love that sort of juxtaposition – always have.”  “Unsee” is a tragically beautiful cut with lyrics that are dark but heartfelt, personal and emotional.  Higgins calls it this album’s “The Butler Routine”, the psych-pop gem from You Are The Jaguar that became a staple on MuchMoreMusic and avant video channel Bravo!
 
An insomniac, workaholic and avid fan of ice hockey, Higgins has recently decided to forego sleeping entirely and pull double-duty as an on-air personality and Fantasy Hockey Expert for XM Radio and gretzky.com, “I talk about hockey – on the radio – it’s like a dream – I’m still in shock really – it’s dark when I get up.”  And working for the Great One himself no less!   With XM’s membership approaching half a million and Rob’s weekly appearances on the nationally broadcasted Live From Gretzky’s radio show Higgins has been rubbing his shoulders with hockey legends and personalities – and leaving a mark of his own!

For now Dearly Beloved will continue to tour taking them wherever the road may lead. Audiences everywhere can expect more rock, more great songs and a better Dearly Beloved that will still make you wanna shake yer ass, only now a little bit harder.
 
 www.dearlybeloved.ca

www.myspace.com/robhiggins

What the press is saying….
 
“One minute they might be a snarling, drunken rock machine, the next a dreamy, quirky alt unit.  Either way, the music stays fresh, which is why Toronto’s Dearly Beloved is onto something.”- Evan Davies, NOW Magazine
 
“The grit of old school punk, the guitars of the new rock revival and a touch of the Velvet Underground.  A worthy addition to the indie scenester’s collection.”- Paul Budel, Chart Magazine
 
“Like a pack of junkies playing for their smack…hard-hitting, hook-heavy rock’n roll…A short and sweet set aided vocally by rock tigress Niva Chow.”-Lorraine Carpenter, Exclaim! Magazine
 
“A vital indie rock record.” – John Kendle, Uptown Magazine
 
 â€œAn artful and dynamic melodic rock unit combining elements of Higgins past project into a fresh, distinct new sound.”- Chuck Molgat, Prairie Dog Magazine
 
“People better start paying serious attention to Dearly Beloved.  They just might be the most original rock band going in Toronto.” -Erin Taylor, Scene and Heard Magazine
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Gypsy Pistoleros- Para Siempre- To Be Released 24th Jan 2008!!!!

Spanglish Outlaw Flamenco Sleaze Rock
Gypsy Pistoleros are a group of truly unique rocking amigos from the UK. Their sound is flamenco with punk rock riffs, pounding bass and thrashing drums.

“One of the best rock n roll bands to come out of the U.K in the past 10 years!”-Tracci Guns (L.A Guns, Brides of Destruction )

GYPSY PISTOLEROS have recorded their debut album ‘Para Siempre’ the greatest Flamenco Glam Sleaze Rock n Roll Punk album ever ! Produced by the legend that is Joe Gibb (Catatonia, Jaynes Addiction, Madonna, The Cure, Robbie Williams, Funeral for a Friend, etc)

Track listings:
Shotgun kiss is ay que dolor
Un hombre sin rostro, pistolero
Forever is para siempre
Senor Mangi acqui
What’s it like to be a girl in the house of 1000 dolls ?
Jet, jet, jet boyz
Una para todo es bandido
Living la vida loca
Chicas Peligrosa
Moonchild
Switchblade kiss comes close
The crazy loco loquito
Source: www.evilboyrecords.com

The Raveonettes Release New Video, Perform Black Cab Session, Unveil Bonus Tracks For US Release

More Raveonettes news just in time for the holidays! We have a video ladies and gentlemen, and its a sardonic (yup, I went to�university) trip through dance and song and cinematic gold! Linky is below. Also, yule tide this… we’re announcing that the US release of Lust Lust Lust will have two exclusive US only bonus tracks AND if that weren’t enough to fill your stockings we have a bonus acoustic Black Cab session. I’m better than Sa

The Raveonettes Release New Video, Perform Black Cab Session, Unveil Bonus Tracks For US Release

As the best reviewers of their career pour in from the UK, and stateside anticipation mounts, The Raveonetes have unveiled the first video from their February 19th Vice Records debut, Lust Lust Lust. Like the track itself, the Mark Walker-directed clip for “Dead Sound” is a noir-ish, bittersweet mini-epic. Give it a try below, and afterwards check out the performance of the same song in the back of a London taxi on Black Cab Sessions.

Watch “Dead Sound” From Lust Lust Lust [Vice Records]
http://www.vicerecords.com/raveonettes/Raveonettes-Dead_Sound-edit.mov

Watch The Raveonettes perform “Dead Sound” on Black Cab Sessions
http://blackcabsessions.com/sessions.php?id=1196703238&sort=chronological

In other news, the band just put the finishing touches on the tracklist for the North American version of Lust Lust Lust, which is slated to feature two songs not available anywhere else. Both bonus tracks will be included with the digital and CD version of the album, while vinyl-buyers will receive a bonus 7″ including the extra material.

Lust Lust Lust Tracklist:
01 Aly, Walk With Me
02 Hallucinations
03 Lust
04 Dead Sound
05 Black Satin
06 Blush
07 Expelled From Love
08 You Want The Candy
09 Blitzed
10 Sad Transmission
11 With My Eyes Closed
12 The Beat Dies
13 My Heartbeats Dying *
14 Honey, I Never Had You *

* – only available on North American release

Download and Share “Aly, Walk With Me” From Lust Lust Lust [Vice Records]
http://www.vicerecords.com/download/raveonettes-aly_walk_with_me.mp3

What the press is saying about Lust Lust Lust:

“Their most engrossing album to date” 8/10 – NME

“A dark and dirty collection of spanking electro fuzz combined with 50’s surf rock that is, frankly, mindblowing” 9/10 – Rocksound Mag

“A bleak, uncompromising masterpiece, it’s their best yet” 4�/5 -The Fly Magazine

“Lust Lust Lust does the Raveonettes proud” 4/5 – The Guardian

“Their most exciting collection” – The Times

“In a world of pre-packed mush this is brilliantly unforgettable” 4/5 – The Sun

“As magnificent as ever” 4/5 – The Daily Express

For More Information:
http://www.myspace.com/theraveonettes
http://www.theraveonettes.com
http://www.vicerecords.com
Source: www.vicerecords.com

SHAW/BLADES, STYX SIGN WITH BIDFORGREEN

Environmental solutions provider BidForGreen announced today that they will be fuelling the famed rock band Styx and Tommy Shaw’s side project Shaw/Blades in 2007-2008.

BidForGreen, which fuels Willie Nelson, Pat Matheny and Merle Haggard among others, will provide biodiesel and logistics for the tours. The service has been popular with artists, who get access to quality biofuel, and to drivers, who get help with logistics and delivery.

Tommy Shaw, legendary guitarist and singer for Styx and Shaw/Blades, wrote a blog for BidForGreen highlighting his interest in the company’s services: “Bid For Green is doing what needed to be done–creating a data base of fuel suppliers and setting up accounts so that it has been made even easier for us to use biodiesel than to spend the time fueling up in the stinky line at the truck stop, something we’ve all accepted as part of traveling by tour bus.”

Shaw/Blades—Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger/Damn Yankees bassist/vocalist Jack Blades—is currently touring the U.S. in support of their critically acclaimed INFLUENCE album, which was released March 6 on VH1 Classic Records.

BidForGreen President Dale Wiley was ecstatic with the addition of Styx and Shaw/Blades to their roster. “Many of my teenage hours were spent listening to ‘Blue Collar Man’ and ‘Renegade.’ Tommy Shaw is really ahead of the curve on environmental issues, and it is a pleasure to work with him.”

Shaw’s blog on the environment can be viewed at http://www.bidforgreen.com/bid/guestblog.php. Shaw also conducted an interview with BidForGreen, which can be seen on the site.

To learn more about BidForGreen Touring Solutions, go to www.bidforgreen.com, or call 877-723-0417.

Here are the remaining Shaw/Blades tour dates:

DATE  CITY   VENUE

Mon 11/26  Annapolis, MD   Rams Head on Stage
Tue 11/27  Hagarstown, MD  Cancun West
Thu 11/29  Allentown, PA  Crocodile Café
Fri 11/30  Albany, NY   Northern Lights
Sat 12/1  Collingswood, NJ  Scottish Rite Auditorium
Sun 12/2  Baltimore, MD  Sonar
Thu 12/6  Columbus, OH  LC Pavilion
Fri 12/7  South Bend, IN  Club Fever
Sat 12/8  Nashville, TN  Wildhorse Saloon
Sun 12/9  Tunica, MS   Horseshoe Casino

About VH1 Classic
Launched in 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that presents music videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best rock, soul and pop artists from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more.

www.shawblades.com
www.myspace.com/shawbladesinfluence
www.vh1classic.com
Source: ABC Public Relations

John Lennon iTunes Video Album to Debut December 4 at Starbucks

Digital Release Card is Format’s First-Ever Music Video Title; Features 21 of Lennon’s Capitol/EMI Music Videos

Capitol/EMI Music Marketing and iTunes will release a new “John Lennon Video Album” on December 4 at Starbucks locations nationwide.  The “John Lennon Video Album,” the iTunes Digital Release card format’s first music video release, features 21 of Lennon’s music videos for $24.95.

The collectible cards, distinguished with a silver-toned photo of Lennon, may be redeemed on the iTunes Store for a collection of music videos which includes “Imagine,” “Woman,” “Happy Xmas,” “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Nobody Told Me,” “Mind Games,” two versions of “Working Class Hero” and others, many of which are available digitally for the first time.

Current iTunes Digital Release card titles available at Starbucks include KT Tunstall’s “Drastic Fantastic” and Eddie Vedder’s “Into The Wild” soundtrack.

JOHN LENNON Video Album
1. Imagine (Legend version)  12. Nobody Told Me
2. Woman    13. Cold Turkey
3. Watching the Wheels   14. Power to the People
4. Mind Games    15. Working Class Hero
5. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)  16. Working Class Hero (Anthology version)
6. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night 17. Love
7. (Just Like) Starting Over  18. Mother
8. #9 Dream    19. Borrowed Time
9. Give Peace a Chance  20. Slippin’ and Slidin’
10. Beautiful Boy   21. Stand By Me
11. Jealous Guy
Source: www.emicap.com

Sudden Death News – D.O.A./Thor/Band of Rebels

• Thor Night of Champions show – Dec. 1st, Vancouver, BC
• D.O.A. 30th Anniversary – new album in 2008
• Joe Keithley and his Band of Rebels show – Dec. 6th, Vancouver, BC
• Joe’s Band of Rebels CD is #2 on national Earshot Chart and #3 on National Chart Attack
- Vancouver Complication, Young Canadians, Modernettes now out on vinyl
- D.O.A. dates
Fall 2008 has been a very busy time for Sudden Death Records indeed. We have just re-released D.O.A.’s no holds barred 1995 album The Black Spot. As well, we released the DO.A. DVD Smash The State, which features Canada’s punk pioneers performing some wild shows between 1978-1981.

Here’s what’s coming up!
Thor, Night of Champions, Saturday December 1st
-The Backstage Lounge, Arts Club, Granville Island, 9 PM
This is the early release party for Thor’s upcoming new album Into The Noise on Sudden Death. The official release date is January 9th, 2008. The evening also features: The Saints Collapse, The Anger! The Power! The Fury! and Jennifer Doll’s Rock N’ Roll Burlesque.

Joe Shithead Keithley and his Band of Rebels, One Show World Tour Thursday December 6th
-The Plaza Club, 881 Granville St., Vancouver, BC
Joe leads a ten piece punk rock orchestra, featuring some of Vancouver’s finest musicians. It is a benefit for Marc Emery and Cannabis Canada to help stop the B.C. Three’s extradition to America. It’s time to remind the United States that Canada is a sovereign country! It’s also the Sudden Death Xmas party! We’ll be shooting a live DVD that night. There will be lots of giveaways and door prizes!

D.O.A. is starting to work on songs for a new album. The men of action will record in February and the album will be released in May 2008. This release will be followed up by a world tour that coincides with D.O.A.’s 30th anniversary.

New Vinyl in Stock at Sudden Death
We now have three more classic Vancouver punk albums in stock: Young Canadians “No Escape,” Modernettes “Get It Straight” and Vancouver Complication, the 1979 Vancouver punk/new wave scene double LP. You can see them at our brand new website www.suddendeath.com
 
D.O.A. “Boy is it fucking cold up here in the Mountains Tour”
• Thursday Dec. 13th Hume Hotel, Nelson, BC
• Friday Dec. 14th Wild Life Hall, Grand Forks, BC – All Ages
• Saturday Dec. 15th The Mogul Smoker Event/Royal Hotel, Fernie, BC – All Ages

Sudden Death wishes everybody a great and healthy new year in 2008!
 
For further info contact:
www.suddendeath.com
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Former Zappa Vocalist CD Re-Issue Feat. Steve Vai

Bob Harris, keyboardist/vocalist of the 1980 Frank Zappa band with guitarists Steve Vai, Ray White and Ike Willis, keyboardist Tommy Mars, bassist Arthur Barrow and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, will soon have his 1986 album The Great Nostalgia released in an expanded format by Crossfire Publications. The Great Nostalgia, originally a self-financed release on his Mastahna label, has been remastered (and in some cases remixed) from the original session tapes.

More than twenty-one years after its first release, The Great Nostalgia has been expanded by six additional tracks. Frank Zappa heard the album in 1986 and thought that the track “Ageless Love” was outstanding and should kick off the album. Bob Harris, who is currently working with ’80s rock legends Axe, wanted to change the song order because he highly valued Zappa’s opinion, but the album had already been pressed. Out of respect for Frank Zappa, “Ageless Love” is now the first track on Crossfire’s reissue, and Jeremy Barber’s violin has replaced the original keyboard emulation of that instrument.

Suzannah (Thana) Harris, known to Zappa fans for her vocals on the revised Sleep Dirt album, can be found throughout The Great Nostalgia on the tracks “Ageless Love,” “The Flower” and three of the bonus tracks. Of the additions to the album, Thana and Bob’s duets on the standard “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” (live at the Zappanale 13 festival) and It’s A Beautiful Day’s “White Bird” (from Thana’s album Thanatopsis) are obvious highlights.

Guitar legend Steve Vai played electric sitar on “Autumn In Nepal,” presented here in Vai’s remixed version. He also played lead guitar on a remixed version of the bonus track “There’s Still Hope.” Fellow FZ band member Tommy Mars played on “Autumn In Nepal,” and noted bassist Stuart Hamm contributed to the track “The Flower.” Billy James, known to music fans as the Ant-Bee, played percussion on the entire album. James’ tasteful use of percussion instead of drum machines is a very important asset to the longevity of The Great Nostalgia, as it sounds fresh without the usual ‘80s trappings.

One instrumental track recorded at the original sessions, “The Blue Gazebo,” has been included on this edition. Two more recent tracks complete the album: the brilliant piano ballad “Magnet And Iron” and “Nobody Wins In A War,” featuring sped-up vocals from Bob, Thana and son Nathan Harris.

The Great Nostalgia will be available at retail and through dozens of paid download services.

For more information: www.crossfirepublications.com
Source: GlassOnyon PR

BLACK LIPS TO LAUNCH MASSIVE US TOUR IN 2008

2007 saw the Black Lips riding high on the accolades of their storied work ethic and raging live shows, releasing two critically acclaimed albums on Vice, touring the world, performing on national television, and announcing a starring role in a feature film to begin production in May 2008.  Not ones to rest on their laurels, Black Lips will continue doing what they do best in Spring 2008, undoubtedly bringing their “turbo charged take on psych and garage rock” (THE FADER) to a venue near you.
 
Tour dates below.  Pierced Arrows (ex-Dead Moon) to support on Feb 4-14th dates, Quintron & Miss Pussycat to support Feb 24th –March 22nd.  Local support in Denver, New Orleans, and Austin.  
 
Press on Black Lips’ live shows:
2007 has been a banner year for The Black Lips. – PITCHFORK

Yes, hyperbole be damned, they are the greatest rock’n’roll band out there right now. – HOUR CANADA

Tour dates (w/ links to buy tickets below for shows on sale):
2/1/08             DENVER, CO                      BLUEBIRD
(http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1E003F67B24B5781?brand=aeglive)
2/4/07             SEATTLE, WA                     NEUMOS
2/5/08             PORTLAND, OR                 DANTES
2/6/08             EUGENE, OR                      WOW HALL
(http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=226417)
2/8/08             SAN FRANCISCO, CA            GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
(http://www.gamhtickets.com/evinfo.php?eventid=20612&sid=)
2/9/08             POMONA, CA                       GLASSHOUSE
(http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09003F6DE74C6FAD?artistid=1088506&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1)
2/10/08            COSTA MESA, CA               DETROIT BAR
2/13/08            SAN DIEGO, CA                CASBAH
2/14/08            LOS ANGELES, CA                   EL REY
(http://www.ticketsnow.com/Concert_Tickets/The_Black_Lips_Tickets.html)
2/22/08            NEW ORLEANS, LA       ONE EYED JACKS
2/23/08            AUSTIN, TX                          EMOS OUTSIDE
2/24/08            DALLAS, TX                        THE LOFT
2/25/08            LAWRENCE, KS                 BOTTLENECK
2/26/08            OMAHA, NE                          WAITING ROOM
2/28/08            MINNEAPOLIS, MN                  7th STREET ENTRY
2/29/08            MADISON, WI                       MEMORIAL UNION/U OF WISCONSIN
3/1/08             CHICAGO, IL                      LOGAN SQUARE
3/2/08             MILWAUKEE, WI                TURNER HALL
3/4/08             COLUMBUS, OH                 THE BASEMENT
(http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05003F6EEE838E75?artistid=1101323&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60)
3/5/08             OBERLIN, OH                      CLUB DIONYSUS
3/6/08             DETROIT, MI                        MAGIC STICK
3/7/08             PITTSBURGH, PA              MR SMALLS
3/8/08             BUFFALO, NY                     MOHAWK PLACE
(http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=226842)
3/10/08            NEW YORK, NY                  BOWERY BALLROOM
(http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00003F71B36F9F31?artistid=1101323&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60)
3/11/08            BROOKLYN, NY                  MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
(http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00003F71E6A9CD62?artistid=1101323&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60)
3/13/08            CAMBRIDGE, MA                MIDDLE EAST
(http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01003F66D4F28FF5?artistid=1101323&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60)
3/14/08            PHILADELPHIA, PA            JOHNNY BRENDAS
3/15/08            WASHINGTON, DC             BLACK CAT
3/16/08            CHAPEL HILL, NC             LOCAL 506
3/20/08            NASHVILLE, TN                  MERCY LOUNGE
3/21/08            MEMPHIS, TN                      HI TONE
3/22/08            ATLANTA, GA                     THE EARL
 
 
If you’ve been wondering where all the drunk punk kids have been hanging out, then go check out a Black Lips show, and you’ll find them throwing beer at each other, stage diving, crowd surfing, and putting the kind of spark back into live music that so recently seems to have been replaced by ubiquitous head-nodding hipsters. The Black Lips exude a raunchy energy onstage that is shared by very few bands out there today. They play a fast, propulsive set that does not relent in the slightest—despite their crazy stage antics, they are a tight band, and execute their music in a way that is completely inundated by their bawdry signature style, with wild, young fury and reckless energy. With spit and sweat flying, random onstage kissing sessions between members, summersaults, and beer chugging all the while ensuing, the Black Lips prove that this brand of dynamism still exists in rock ‘n’ roll. Now let’s just hope they never grow up. – CRAWDADDY
Source: www.vicerecords.com

36 Crazyfists Announce; March 4, 2008  Ferret Records Debut

Alaska based rockers 36 Crazyfists are currently in the studio working on their Ferret Music debut, which they have titled The Tide And It’s Takers.  The band is pleased about the partnership with Ferret who are responsible for launching the careers of 36 Crazyfists’ contemporaries including; Funeral For A Friend, From Autumn To Ashes, and Killswitch Engage.
 
 36 Crazyfists have just completed writing and begin the recording process after Thanksgiving.  The band will be having guitarist and backing vocalist, Steve Holt, sitting in the producer’s chair.  They have decided to work with Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Testament, As I Lay Dying) again on the mixing.
 
 Lead singer Brock Lindow had this to say, “We could not be happier to be on Ferret Music, We are all big fans of the bands on the roster as well as the people who run the label. Our new record is now finished being written and we will start recording right after Thanksgiving. We will be out on tour in January starting with the UK and Europe first, looking forward to hitting the road and seeing all of our friends again.”
 
The UK tour will be with Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine.  Keep an eye out for more info on that tour as well as later US dates.  Don’t forget to prepare yourself for the release of The Tide And It’s Takers which is slated for a March release.
Source: www.adrenalinepr.com

‘NOW’ Series Spans Billboard’s Charts With 7 Titles

The world’s best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, is well-represented on Billboard’s charts this week with seven ranked volumes, including three titles among the overall Top 100 albums, three in the Top 40 of the Seasonal chart and one in the Top 20 of the Latin chart. 

The three NOW volumes ranked in Billboard’s overall Top 100 this week are NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 26 at #3, up from #4 last week, NOW That’s What I Call Party Hits! at #85, from #60 last week, and NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 25 at #100, up from #103 last week. 

NOW’s three holiday volumes have all risen this week on Billboard’s Seasonal chart, reflecting major sales jumps: NOW That’s What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3 moves to #3 from #7 last week with a 91% sales increase, NOW That’s What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2 pops up to #27 from #32 last week with an 85% sales increase, and NOW That’s What I Call Christmas! Vol. 1 rises to #35 from #43 last week with a 104% sales increase.

On Billboard’s Latin chart, NOW Latino 3 comes in at #12 for the week.

The NOW series’ latest volumes, NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 26 and NOW That’s What I Call Party Hits!, were both released on November 13. NOW 26 features 20 chart-topping Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B smash hits and NOW Party Hits! celebrates with 20 of the hottest roof-raising tracks from a who’s-who of today’s top artists. 

NOW That’s What I Call Music! debuted in the United States in 1998.  Begun in England 15 years before the series was launched in the U.S., the NOW brand has long been an enormous, multi-platinum international success.  The U.S. series has sold more than 65 million copies and NOW continues to show its longevity and strength from release to release. 

The NOW series is a compilation joint venture from EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and the Zomba Label Group. Every volume in the U.S. NOW series has reached Billboard’s Top 10, and it is the only non-soundtrack, multi-artist series to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
www.nowthatsmusic.com
Source: www.emicap.com

AWARD WINNERS CARRIED AWAY RELEASE HOLIDAY SINGLE

Canadian female pop trio Carried Away recently won Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “I Want You” at the GMA Canada’s 29th Annual Covenant Awards held October 26th in Calgary, Alberta. Carried Away snagged four nominations including Song of the Year (“Mystery”), Seasonal Song of the Year (“Soaring Trough the Sky”) and Group of the Year.  This winter the girls are spreading good cheer with their new Christmas single ‘Snow Falls’, which is quickly being added to A/C and Hot A/C stations across Canada and the U.S.

Sisters Pam and Colleen Walker and their cousin Christine Prankard form Carried Away and have been singing together as long as anyone can remember while growing up in various cities in Ontario. It wasn’t until the year 2000 however, that they became Carried Away and decided to make a career out of singing.

Carried Away’s latest recording I Want You was released in August, 2007 across North America with distribution through CMC and Infinity Music.  Eleven of the twelve tracks were either written or co-written by the girls. 

Otto Price (Producer of BarlowGirl, Out of Eden, GRITS) agreed to produce Carried Away’s first full release Closer to You in 2005, which included the song that inspired their name. The song “Carried Away” featured Jeff Deyo of Sonicflood who recorded the song originally. Closer To You had two number one hit singles in Canada in 2005-2006 and also won two GMA Canada Covenant Awards for ‘Pop Contemporary Album of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ in 2005.
The Christmas single “Snow Falls” will be released on iTunes at the beginning of December, however the group is offering it for free on their fan club members website “Carried Away Insiders”.  Carried Away wanted to do something really special this Christmas so they put together an Interactive Video for ‘Snow Falls’.  When you click on the different parts of the image you can make them sing! There are over 100 possible combinations!  The insiders’ site is www.insiders.carriedaway.ca
Carried Away is currently finishing up a North American tour with the group Jump5.  The tour was in Canada this past weekend for 3 dates including a sold out show in Ottawa. This year they have performed many dates in the U.S. and Canada.  In 2006 they performed at the Women of Faith Conference in Calgary, Alberta for 8,500 women.  A cross Canada tour is in the works for 2008.

For more information check out www.carriedaway.ca
Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Dave Navarro Makes Special Appearance in Matt Zane’s New Movie Punkd Ur Ass

Dave Navarro will make a special appearance in the upcoming Evolution Erotic’s release Punkd Ur Ass. During the filming Matt Zane appeared on Dave Navarro’s Spread Entertainment show suspending to promote Tattooed And Tight #1. “Dave was totally cool” commented Zane. “The performance was filmed as part of the movie and Dave was later asked if he could be included. It was an absolute pleasure being on his show. I never thought he would allow us to put him in my movie, but that just shows you how open minded he is and in a way how much balls he has. Not many people would agree to appear in an adult movie that have attained as much mainstream success as he has.”
The movie is about getting guys to do stupid stunts and antics in exchange to work with the hottest porn chicks. “This series is like a logical Jackass movie” stated Zane. “In Jackass you have a bunch of guys doing stupid shit for no reason. I decided to make sense of the whole concept by adding in prizes which of course are the porn stars. Guys do stupid stuff all the time to get into girls pants. I wanted to see just how far they would go.”
The cast also inlcudes 12 time world kickboxing champion Hector Pena as well many other top adult stars.
Punkd Ur Ass will be released Dec 4th 2007.
Clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP_mC4FE7-0 – Punkd Ur Ass Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghMRNJTcxos – Punked Ur Ass Clip (Suspension)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xfHojUVDe0 – Punkd Ur Ass Clip (Fat Girl Wrestling)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q7mfJjZRmA – Punkd Ur Ass Clip (Naked Shopping)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM_anLyDMBo – Punkd Ur Ass – (Fight)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGaN7-waZls – Punkd Ur Ass (Paintball)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE1vrkuFy_A – Punkd Ur Ass (Niple Piercing)
Source: www.roguepr.com

Rocket Scientists Announce “Looking Backward”  5-Disc Multimedia Box Set

Acclaimed California prog rock band Rocket Scientists has announced the release
of Looking Backward, a multi-disc package that reissues and revisits their back catalog in grand
fashion. Looking Backward contains expertly remastered CD editions of the band’s first three studio albums; Earthbound (1993); Brutal Architecture (1995); and Oblivion Days (1999) along with bonus tracks on each disc. All of the original artwork is included in the package as part of a full-color 64-page 5×7 book. The Looking Backward book also contains thorough liner notes and commentary from the musicians along with extensive photos by Raj Naik, Neil Zlozower and Scott Streble.

To complete the Looking Backward package, the core Rocket Scientists musicians, Mark McCrite (v,g), Erik Norlander (k) and Don Schiff (Stick), returned to the same Los Angeles area studio where they recorded the early albums and commenced a series of new sessions with drummer / percussionist Greg Ellis who appears on Norlander and Schiff’s solo albums as well as on the Rocket Scientists
OBLIVION DAYS album from 1999. The quartet recorded a new disc of “live in the studio” material
where they reinterpreted songs from the band’s early studio albums, some with the benefit of over 15 years of perspective. This fourth disc, “The 2007 Sessions”, chronicles those recordings. Additional unreleased material recorded over the years was added to “The 2007 Sessions” disc including a special version of the Rocket Scientists classic, “Mariner”, with guest vocals from long time Erik Norlander collaborator, Kelly Keeling. Two songs from the Oblivion Days album, “Escape” and “Break the Silence”, were also remixed especially for “The 2007 Sessions” disc.

But the band didn’t stop there. Producer Erik Norlander brought in an HD video crew to film “The 2007 Sessions”, and these live-in-the-studio performances appear in the Looking Backward package on the fifth disc, an NTSC region-free DVD. The DVD also includes lengthy interviews with the band as well as historical footage going all the way back to the first album recording sessions in 1992. Norlander also filmed a bonus featurette, “An Afternoon with Emmett Chapman “where Stick maestro Don Schiff discusses his groundbreaking instruments with their creator, inventor Emmett Chapman.

The band has posted three videos from the Looking Backward release on their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/rocketscientists. They have also posted four of the new recordings on their MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/rocketscientistsband. Looking Backward is a superb collection of Rocket Scientists recordings packaged on a grand scale. Fans of Rocket Scientists, Erik Norlander and progressive rock in general will find this to be an essential part of their CD and DVD collection.

Worldwide Release Date: December 17, 2007 on the Think Tank Media label distributed by ProgRock
Records.

http://www.thetank.com/rocketscientists.htm
Source: Serge Entertainment

KEVIN PAULS RELEASES THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

* “The Spirit of Christmas” single released to A/C radio for December
* “Make Forever Stay” co-written by David Foster will be the next single in January

Music.  It’s his love and his life.  And life is about to take an exciting new turn in a brand new direction for Kevin Pauls.  An industry veteran with more than two decades in the music business, this longtime gospel artist has toured with The Gaithers, released seven independent albums, won the Hamilton Music Scene Award for Canadian Recording of the Year (2005), and has been honoured with multiple award nominations by GMA Canada.

To end off a successful 2007, Pauls’ is releasing a Christmas single “ The Spirit of Christmas” and taking part in some amazing holiday concerts.  A full length Christmas album will be released for the 2008 holiday season.

Thanks to a new label (SPF Records) and a new distribution deal with Icon/Universal, Pauls is ready to break into the mainstream in a big way.  His upcoming 2008 CD release True has him joining forces with some of the most widely acclaimed producers, songwriters and musicians in the industry.  In fact, powerhouse producer David Foster co-wrote Pauls’ stunning new single “Make Forever Stay” – a soaring ballad that fans are already calling “unforgettable.”

With influences ranging from Michael English to Steve Archer to Bebe Winans, Pauls’ has carved out his own unique style – Southern Gospel meets Pop with a little Black Gospel thrown in for good measure. One of the highlights off True is a version of “Broken Wings”, the #1 hit song released in 1985 by Mr. Mister.  Collaborating on “True” are celebrated producers Michael Omartian (Rod Stewart, Christopher Cross, Donna Summer, Amy Grant) and Chris Omartian (Pink, Hillary Duff).
 
With a world-class team behind him, Kevin Pauls is ready to take centre stage on Adult Contemporary radio.
http://www.kevinpauls.com/index.cfm

Christmas Dates:

December 12th 100 Huntley Street, 9am
Kevin Pauls makes a guest appearance performing “The Spirit of Christmas” and one other song on 100 Huntley Street (CTS, Global, The Miracle Channel, Vision)

December 13 7:00 p.m. Community Christmas Concert
New Hamburg Christian Centre, 177 Jacob Street, New Hamburg ON

December 14th  Downtown Toronto Christmas Potter’s – 7:00 pm
Featuring Kevin Pauls’ new Christmas release
Stone Church, 45 Davenport Rd – FREE underground parking off Scollard, 1 block south of Davenport – take elevator to S3
Cost: in advance $20. at the door $25., includes welcome reception, special Christmas concert, dessert buffet with many seasonal favorites along with lots of interactive friendship opportunities. Reserve your ticket online OR call 905.845.9151 1.877.845.9151reservations are required for space. The past 2 years we have had a record breaking crowd!

December 16th (7:30pm) – The Greatest Gift – The Christmas Musical
Kevin Pauls is a featured vocalist at The Greatest Gift- The Christmas Musical @ Centre IN The Square, 101 Queen Street N., Kitchener, Ontario www.centre-sqaure.com

Source: www.skylarentertainment.ca

Introducing Alpha Galates!

Make no mistake, the sum total of Toronto progressive metal outfit  Alpha Galates’ debut album “A Stimulus For Reason” is heavy, crushing and note-dense beyond belief.   All of that barely begins to describe the wide-angled hard rock complexity – as well as the surging, roiling intensity – as some of these  startlingly epic  tracks build toward fraught fruition. 
 
An immediate influence that comes to mind is Tool, but then it’s not hard to start feeling the Opeth vibe deep within the record’s dark, lush landscapes, as well as a certain Roger Waters solo vibe, maybe Porcupine Tree, and even, on occasion, some  blistering riffage in the vein of Iron Maiden and Megadeth.
 
Alpha Galates’ debut album “A Stimulus For Reason” — mixed by Joe Barresi (Tool, QOTSA, The Melvins) and slated for Feb.12 .2008 release via EMI Music Canada — encapsulates  the ferocious energy of the band’s live show into 11 tracks of pure, unadulterated progressive metal.
 
Also available on February 12 is a deluxe edition of “A Stimulus For Reason” containing 5.1 surround mixes of tracks from the album and 3 bonus tracks, including a special remix of ‘Passion’.  
 
Check out the first single  ‘Standing’  from “A Stimulus For Reason” here: www.myspace.com/alphagalates . .  
 
Alpha Galates also recently posted a link to their video “Natio”, a cool (and oddly fitting) mash-up to Halo 3…check it out here:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NhbC-hchAM
 
For more Alpha Galates music, visit: www.myspace.com/alphagalates or www.alphagalates.com
 
Stay tuned for more Alpha Galates news!
Source: www.rebelmusic.ca

The Raveonettes Announce US Release Date For Lust Lust Lust

The Raveonettes will release their third full-length, Lust Lust Lust, to American audiences on February 19th, 2008. The follow up to 2005�s Pretty in Black is the Danish-bred noir-pop duo’s Vice Records debut. Released in the UK on November 12th, the album has already enjoyed a wave of critical praise — NMEdubbed it the Rave’s most engrossing album to date, while The Fly calls it a bleak, uncompromising masterpiece, it’s their best yet. The US release will include a pair of bonus tracks not packaged with the UK version, and will be available on LP, CD and in digital format. While Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo are currently trekking across Europe, the duo is planning a US tour behind the record in March, centered around a host of appearances at SXSW in Austin, Texas. If you missed the premiere at Stereogum earlier this month, here’s another chance to check Lust Lust Lust’s first track, the cavernous, reverb-drenched Aly Walk With Me.

Download and Share “Aly Walk With Me” by The Raveonettes From Lust Lust Lust
http://www.vicerecords.com/download/raveonettes-aly_walk_with_me.mp3

UK Press On Lust Lust Lust:

Their most engrossing album to date 8/10  NME

A dark and dirty collection of spanking electro fuzz combined with 50’s surf rock that is, frankly, mindblowing 9/10 � Rocksound�Mag

A bleak, uncompromising masterpiece, it’s their best yet 4/5 The Fly Magazine

Lust Lust Lust does the Raveonettes proud� 4/5  The Guardian

Their most exciting collection  The Times

In a world of pre-packed mush this is brilliantly unforgettable� 4/5  The Sun

As magnificent as ever 4/5  The Daily Express

For More Information:
http://www.theraveonettes.com
http://www.myspace.com/theraveonettes
Source: www.vicerecords.com

3 Re-Release With Bonus Track + Bonus DVD.

ON FEBRUARY 19, METAL BLADE RECORDING ARTISTS 3 ARE SET TO RELEASE THEIR SOPHOMORE MASTERPIECE “THE END IS BEGUN” WITH BONUS TRACK  AND BONUS DVD
Woodstock, NY’s progressive rock geniuses 3, proudly announce their highly acclaimed sophomore release, The End is Begun, will be re-released as a digipak on February 19, 2008. The audio CD will feature the 13 previously released explosive, mind boggling tracks as well as  a bonus track; 3’s spin on the classic Pink Floyd song, “See Emily Play”…which will be track #14 on the audio disc.  The bonus DVD will feature live performances of the songs: ‘Monster’, ‘Bramfatura’ and ‘Amaze Disgrace’ (all songs from the band’s previous Metal Blade records release, Wake Pig) from the Metal Blade 25th Anniversary show from Worcester, Massachusetts.  Production videos of the songs, ‘All that Remains’ and ‘Alien Angel’ will also be included on the bonus DVD.
3 will partake in the ‘Progressive Nation’ tour featuring progressive rock legends, Dream Theater; Sweden’s finest death metallers in Opeth; as well as acclaimed metal act Between the Buried and Me. Dates for the tour will be announced shortly and will be just in time after the February 19, 2008 release of The End is Begun digipak.
OUTBURN MAGAZINE says 3 “…bear[s] the mark of a truly talented band, [and] has once again pushed the boundaries to exciting new places…” with The End is Begun.
www.myspace.com/3
Source: www.adrenalinepr.com

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