Legendary Motörhead guitarist, Phil Campbell, has teamed up with his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr, to record their debut self-titled five track EP, which will be released via Motörhead Music on November 18, 2016. Today, the band released their first single “Big Mouth” via lyric video.
Produced by Todd Campbell at their own Stompbox Studios in Wales, UK, and mixed by Motörhead’s producer Cameron Webb, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS loudly shoves you head-first into its raw, gritty, classic and instantly-accessible rock n’ roll charms. Whether it’s the speedy biker-charged refrain of “No Turning Back”, the crunchy catchy jump of “Big Mouth” or the beautiful, yet bombastic, balladry of “Life In Space”, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS brings uniquely organic life and verve to every last riff and stomp, with Starr’s sensational vocals ensuring this EP will be the surprise of the 2016 rock n’ roll release calendar.
Stay tuned for more coming soon from PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS.
The band are touring throughout Europe and the UK for the remainder of 2016. The tour dates are:
Oct 18 Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium
Oct 20 Kulturfabrik Kohfmel – Solothurn, Switzerland
Oct 21 Campus iNDUSTRY – Parma, Italy
Oct 22 Druso Club – Bergamo, Italy
Oct 24 Proxima – Warsaw, Poland
Nov 4 The Scene – Swansea, UK
Nov 5 The Ironworks – Inverness, UK
Nov 6 Audio – Glasgow, UK
Nov 10 Bierkeller – Bristol, UK
Nov 11 FAC251 – Manchester, UK
Nov 12 Hard Rock Hell Festival – Pwllheli, UK
Nov 18 The Venue – Selby, UK
Nov 19 Kasbah – Coventry, UK
Nov 24 Boston Music Room – London, UK
Nov 25 Open Club Room – Norwich, UK
Nov 26 The Gateway @ Seaton Town Hall – Seaton, UK
Dec 2 Planet Rockstock – Porthcawl, UK
Dec 31 The Muni – Pontypridd, UK
Earlier this summer, Ohio’s AFFIANCE dropped a killer cover of Toto’s ’80s soft rock gem “Africa” (listen here). The band has returned with another Affiance version of a classic. This time, they offer up their take on Iron Maiden’s classic “Aces High.”
Affiance singer Dennis Tvrdik had this to say about his band’s Maiden cover: “This has been a long time coming, as we always knew we would cover a Maiden song. Bruce Dickinson is my biggest influence from my youth and I hope he feels we do the song justice.”
The band has dates overseas with Ice Nine Kills.
AFFIANCE ON TOUR
11/4 — Nottingham, UK | Rock City Basement
11/5 — Birmingham, UK |The Rainbow Cellar
11/6 — Bristol, UK |Thekla
11/7 — Cardiff, UK |The Globe
11/8 — Plymouth, UK | The Underground
11/9 — London, UK | Dingwalls
11/10 — Southampton, UK | Joiners
11/11 — Paris, France | Backstage By The Mill
11/12 — Arnhem, Netherlands |Willemeen
11/13 — Bochum, Germany | Rockpalast
11/15 — Hamburg, Germany | Indra
11/16 — Berlin, Germany | Musik & Frieden
11/17 — Wiesbaden, Germany | Schlachthof
FRONTMAN JOEL O’KEEFFE FALLS FROM STAGE, INJURES RIBS, DOESN’T MISS A BEAT
All in the name of rock!
While shirtless, sweaty, and soloing his way through the encore of “Running Wild” at his band’s September 22 show in Kamloops, British Columbia, Airbourne lead singer and guitarist Joel O’Keeffe suffered quite the mishap.
While feverishly headbanging and slaying his instrument, the frontman fell off the stage. While O’Keeffe escaped serious injury, he did break a few ribs and tore a few ligaments in his foot.
Despite taking a nasty tumble, O’Keefe finished the show, playing while seated in a chair.
The fall didn’t sideline the tough-as-nails O’Keeffe or his band. Airbourne haven’t canceled a single tour date nor do they plan to, proving that Airbourne have completely sold their bodies, minds, and souls to rock ‘n’ roll.
Airbourne’s Spinefarm Records debut Breakin’ Outta Hell is available now.
A limited, Revised Edition of the out-of-print book …And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers”has been released via indie publishers, Dark Canvas.
This one-of-a-kind collection of stories features more than 450 color graphics and recounts all the particulars behind the making of artworks as iconic as SLAYER’s Reign In Blood, METALLICA’s …And Justice For All, MORBID ANGEL’s Blessed Are The Sick, BLACK SABBATH’s 13, DEATH’s Symbolic, CARCASS’ Heartwork, SLEEP’s Dopesmoker, TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Earth, OPETH’s Heritage and many others. These are told through 105 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (CARCASS), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Paul Masvidal (CYNIC), Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD), David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL), Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION) among many others.
Additionally, the book’s Revised Edition also features new revealing commentaries by Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Kelly Schaefer (ATHEIST), Neige (ALCEST) and by critically acclaimed illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.
The first edition of this 264-color pages volume was first published in 2015, thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign. The constant demand and the new available material motivated author Ramon Oscuro Martos, to create a new Revised Edition featuring additional interviews, commentaries and graphics.
“I didn’t want to just re-print the same book again,” says Martos-who writes for publications like MetalUnderground.com and Heavy Music Artwork magazine. “I had new material available. So, I decided to introduce some changes that definitely bring something new to the table while keeping intact the essence of previous edition. It’s still the same book… but dramatically improved and updated.”
…And Justice For Art has been reviewed by many specialized music publications including USA’s Decibel Magazine (“A lush, edifying, fascinating, surprising tour de force history of metal album covers”), UK’s Zero Tolerance Magazine (“Meticulously researched, beautifully designed and with a wealth of fascinating and insightful interviews”) and Belgium’s Rock Tribune Magazine (“It’s very impressive, do not hesitate too long if you want to have this book”).
The international metal community has also expressed support for the book. For ex-MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent (who wrote the book’s foreword) “this is a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.” OBITUARY’s drummer Donald Tardy, comments that “the world needs books like this.”CATTLE DECAPITATION’s frontman Travis Ryan, says: “this is exactly what the music world needs to remind us all just how important album covers have been to all of us that grew up surrounding ourselves with physical media.” AT THE GATES’ guitarist Anders Björleradmits being “really surprised when I got this book; it’s highly recommended!”
Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, best known for fronting Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow during that band’s creative peak in the 1980s and later as the frontman for Yngwie Malmsteen, has been called The Man With The Golden Voice, and it’s easy to understand why; nearly everything Turner records sounds blessed by the gods of hard rock. His commanding presence, powerhouse range, and emotional resonance has made him the go-to vocalist for a number of artists. Now some of this session work is collected on a brand new collection of studio recordings called simply The Sessions and released on Deadline Music October 7. The CD release contains superb, supercharged versions of rock classics from “Lunatic Fringe” to AC/DC’s “Back In Black,” The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm” to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.” The album also features guest appearances by Michael Schenker (UFO), Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Morse, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), and more!
1. Stone Cold with Vivian Campbell
2. Lunatic Fringe
3. Let the Music Do the Talking with Al Pitrelli, Carmine Rojas & Pat Torpey
4. Mirror Mirror with Icarus Witch
5. Hellraiser with Steve Lukather, Billy Sherwood, Jay Schellen & Paul Taylor
6. 14 Years
7. Dance The Night Away with Reb Beach
8. Back in Black with Phil Collen
9. All Shook Up with Michael Schenker
10. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Tony Franklin & Doane Perry
11. All Day and All of the Night with Brad Gillis, Rudy Sarzo & Simon Wright
12. Bloody Well Right with Dave Kerzner
13. The Seeker with Leslie West
14. Jungle Love with Steve Morse
15. Two Minutes To Midnight with Richie Kotzen
16. Fat Bottomed Girls with Reb Beach
17. Riders On The Storm with Tony Kaye & Steve Cropper
…Dear all, fans, promoters, colleagues. I anticipated this to all band members in the last 3/4 months and now I sadly announce my final decision to part ways with ROF. Ain’t no words to describe what this band represents to me, and I’m proud to have been part of such a big chapter of the power metal bible. It’s time for me to write a new chapter of my life, as a musician and as a man. I wish ROF all the best, may their magic go ahead stronger than ever..
Thank you Alex and Holzy, for this 20 years, ..Thank You Roberto, for your friendship and Alessandro for your sincere attitude and honesty…
The band plans to continue onwards as shown in their official announcement:
On December 31, 2015, before a sold-out Staples Center arena in Los Angeles, Mötley Crüe bid their final farewell. Their 35-year career as a band ended with a spectacular New Year’s Eve performance in their hometown, just a few miles from where it all started on the Sunset Strip.
Mötley Crüe: The End – Live In Los Angeles – presented earlier this year in theaters worldwide – captures performances of such mega-hits as “Kickstart My Heart,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Smokin’ in the Boys Room,” and “Dr. Feelgood.” Eagle Rock Entertainment brings the show home on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and Digital Formats on November 4, 2016 [MSRP $26.98 Blu-ray+CD, $21.98 DVD+CD]
In January 2014, Mötley Crüe signed a binding legal document known as “cessation of touring” agreement, preventing them from touring under the band’s name past the year 2015 — the first of its kind. This was followed by their two-year FINAL TOUR, performing across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia), with 164 shows in 72 markets and grossing over $100 million.
Produced and distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, Mötley Crüe: The End fully captures the energy and emotion of the evening. Known for their over-the-top production, Mötley Crüe did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year’s Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx’s bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee’s “Crüecifly” drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements. Lead singer, Vince Neil, delivered an emotional, “thank you” speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fueled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd. The grand finale of the show included a blow-out performance of their hit single, “Kickstart My Heart” with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil floating above the audience in far-reaching “cherry-pickers.” Leaving fans in tears, the show concluded with an emotional encore rendition of “Home Sweet Home” from the second stage riser in the center of the audience.
The CD includes audio tracks of the live performances from this show.
Mötley Crüe: The End – Live In Los Angeles represents a fitting end to a legendary career and the culmination of the rock icons’ 35-year career, in one special, explosive night.
ABOUT MÖTLEY CRÜE
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet—Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums)—has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. In that time, they have accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations, four New York Times bestsellers (including the band’s biography, THE DIRT) and countless sold out tours across the globe, playing to millions of fans. Mötley Crüe was the first rock band in history to have completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band continues to remain on the forefront of entertainment reinventing themselves via not only their music but also their mind blowing live shows featuring never seen before elements, such as Tommy Lee’s 360 drum roller coaster. Mötley Crüe was featured in KIA MOTORS’ award winning 2012 Super Bowl commercial.
2.) Girls, Girls, Girls
3.) Wild Side
4.) Primal Scream
5.) Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S)
6.) Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
7.) Rock N Roll Part II / Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room
8.) Looks That Kill
9.) Mutherf***** Of The Year
10.) In The Beginning / Shout At The Devil
11.) Louder Than Hell
12.) Drum Solo*
13.) Guitar Solo*
14.) Saints Of Los Angeles
15.) Live Wire
16.) T.N.T (Terror ‘N Tinseltown) / Dr. Feelgood
17.) Kickstart My Heart
18.) Home Sweet Home
Hammerfall: “You have been asking for it for years, and in 2017 it will finally come true: HammerFall is returning to North America for a full tour! Together with Delain this will be a co-headline tour, and our first time on the road in North America since 2010. Check it out and come see us perform, we will put on one giant heavy metal party each and every night!”
Delain says “We are proud to announce that we will embark on our first ever co-headline tour through the US in April/May 2017 with HAMMERFALL. After extensively touring the US on several support runs in the last years we’re excited to hit the road in support of our new album “Moonbathers” and offer our US fans the full DELAIN experience. Check out the dates below and let us know where you’ll be attending. See you on the road!”
Delain / Hammerfall co-headline tour announced
VIP meet/Greet with both bands are on sale NOW
4/19/2017 The Opera House, Toronto OT
4/20/2017 Imperial de Quebec, Quebec City QC
4/21/2017 Foufounes Electriques, Montreal QC
4/24/2017 Stage 48, New York City NY
4/26/2017 Soundstage Baltimore MD
4/27/2017 Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH
4/28/2017 Concorde Music Hall, Chicago IL
4/29/2017 The Cabooze, Minneapolis MN
5/1/2017 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
5/3/2017 Starlite Room, Edmonton AL
5/4/2017 Dickens 1000, Calgary AB
5/5/2017 Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver BC
5/6/2017 El Corazon, Seattle WA
5/8/2017 Social Hall, San Francisco CA
5/9/2017 Whiskey a Go Go, West Hollywood CA
5/10/2017 City National Grove, Anaheim CA
5/11/2017 Club Red, Tempe AZ
5/13/2017 Trees, Dallas TX
5/14/2017 Alamo Music Hall, San Antonio TX
5/15/2017 Scout Bar, Houston TX
5/17/2017 Orpheum, Tampa FL
5/18/2017 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
As you know the Wacken Metal Battle is a worldwide event. Each year Wacken allocates 28 slots at W.O.A. for the Metal Battle winners whom represent 28 countries across the globe.
Due to the increasing number of new countries who join the Metal Battle each year, some countries are asked to pause for a year to give the chance to other countries to participate.
That time has come for Canada. After a very strong 4 years in a row, yielding two 1st place winners and one 2nd place, Canada will be pausing for 2017. But do not fret, we shall be back and better than ever in 2018!
In the meantime, get your ass to WACKEN anyway because it’s gonna be a great one!
Entombed A.D. started out of the ashes of Entombed when the frontman L.G. Petrov continued with the old new members. However Entombed A.D got the second album out called The Dead Dawn and Metal-Rules.Com truly had a brief chat with L.G who was extremely relaxed after the gig.
Please join us in welcoming Jake Dreyer, our new lead guitar player, to the Iced Earth family. We’re excited for Jake to be a part of the team as he has the talent, drive, and the personality we were looking for. Jake joined Stu and I last week to do some tracking at Independence Hall and he hammered out some ripping guitar solos on several songs from the new album. Jake will play on the upcoming Iced Earth studio album and will perform his first live show with us in November at Hammerfest in Germany.
I want to personally thank all of the guitarists who auditioned for the position, it was an overwhelming response, and there are many very talented guys out there. So again, thank you for your passion and interest.
We are progressing at an excellent rate on the new record and I can say with all sincerity that this will be one of the most significant albums in the Iced Earth catalog. We are pumped. It’s the next level.
Enuff Z’nuff is the living, breathing example of what a rock/ pop group should be. In fact, the band is the very chrome-glinted definition of it.
With every album and live performance packed to the brim with rock/ pop perfection, there are no signs of the band slowing down. You can catch the band on tour through 2017 in support of its soon to be released album Clowns Lounge. A complete list of dates including shows with Tracii Guns and Ace Frehley can be found below.
Clowns Lounge is a collection of rarities and early demos that have been reworked and re-recorded by the band and will be released December 2nd via Frontiers Music Srl. This exceptional collection also features a guest appearance from the late Jani Lane as well as an appearance from James Young of Styx.
As people have been clamoring for a new release from Enuff Z’nuff, the band just happened to receive a call from Derek Shulman, and the rest was history:
“We had unfinished, unreleased material in the vault, and I went back into the studio in Chicago and started working on all the songs. Guitars, bass, vocals, it all needed to be tweaked, and with help from Chicago Recording Company and Chris Steinmetz of Stonecutter recording studios, we were able to create another rock solid record. It is basically an archival record featuring original band and Enuff Z’nuff as it is today. The record showcases the best elements of Enuff Z’nuff in the early days ; in your face glitter rock with pop overtones. This is a true must have rock record for the diehard Enuff Z’nuff fans worldwide.”
Chip on how the songs came about: “Donnie and I wrote the songs in the later part of 1988-89. They were recorded in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on 2″ inch analog tape, during the time of our debut. The tracks were never finished, as we were very prolific and focused on laying down as many ideas as possible. Through the resources provided to us: recording studio, production, etc., we had a plethora of songs during that era and for one reason or another this batch slipped through the cracks. To restore the record we returned to the studio to record guitar, bass vocals, etc. which took us about six weeks in my studio and at CRC (Chicago Recording Company) along with Stonecutter studio in downtown Chicago. The skeleton of the song was already in place and we wanted to make sure the record had the feel of where the band is today. We also added a bonus single track (Dog on a Bone) that we plan on releasing as the first single.”
Of course a huge contributing member to this release was Donnie Vie. “Donnie and I wrote the songs together, as we have on all the Enuff Z’nuff albums. In 2013 Donnie left the band, disillusioned by the business and facing related health issues, and although he will not tour with the band he still shares in our vision of putting out great music. As he is dealing with his medical condition, we have his blessings on the record and moving forward with me as lead singer. When Peter Gabriel left Genesis, Phil Collins took over lead vocal duties. That is exactly the template we used here as now I front the band and look forward to moving it into the future”, says Chip.
Clowns Lounge Track Listing:
1. Dog On A Bone
3. Back In Time
4. She Makes It Harder
5. Rockabye Dreamland
6. The Devil Of Shakespeare (Feat. Jani Lane and James Young)
8. Good Luv
9. Round And Round
11. Backstreet Kids
12. One More Hit
Enuff Z’nuff Lineup:
Chip Z’nuff – Singer, electric bass, guitar
Tony FennelL – Electric guitar, vox
Tory Stoffregen – Lead guitar, vox
Erik Donner – Drums, percussion, vox
Enuff Z’nuff Live:
9/30: Boilingbrook, IL @ Tailgaters
10/6: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
10/7: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
10/8: Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
10/9: Laguna Niguel, CA @ The Karmann Bar
With Tracii Guns
10/12: Oklahoma City, OK @ OKC City Limits
10/13: Memphis, TN @ Rockhouse Live
10/14: Marietta, GA @ 120 Tavern
10/15: Tampa, FL @ District 3
10/16: Delray Beach, FL @ Arts Garage
10/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
10/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/20: Haverhill, MA @ Whiskey Barrel
10/21: Ronkonkoma, NY @ Backstage Pass
10/22: Narragansett, RI @ Wheel House
10/24: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
10/25: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile
10/26: Saginaw, MI @ Hamilton Street Pub
10/27: Joliet, IL @ Rock n Skull @ Tree
10/28: Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
10/29: Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/30: Indianapolis, IN @ 8 Seconds Saloon
11/1: Kansas City, MO @ Harrah’s Casino
11/4 – 11/9 – Miami, FL @ The Kiss Kruise – Creatures of the Deep
With Ace Frehley
1/19: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar^
1/20: Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House^
1/21: Tyler, TX @ Clicks Live^
1/26: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre^
1/27: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee^
1/29: Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon^
1/30: Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up^
2/2: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl^
2/3: Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre^
2/10: Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre^
2/11: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater^
5/27 & 5/28: Sturbridge, MA @ Music-Con at Sturbridge Hotel (Appearance by Chip)
More Info on Enuff Z’nuff:
It was the summer of 1989, and in came a strutting, loud and proud Enuff Z’nuff. With the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, the first single “New Thing” quickly tore up the radios airwaves, and became a favorite in heavy rotation on MTV.
In response to both its national and international success, the band followed up “New Thing” in 1990 with the release of the bittersweet rock ballad “Fly High Michelle”. The song immediately elevated the band to gold status and in 1991 had Rolling Stone magazine naming Enuff Z’nuff as “one of the more exciting and gifted bands on the scene today.”
Still a major force after 20 albums, Enuff Z’nuff has gone on to earn a legion of loyal fans, and has earned the respect and acclaim of its peers and contemporaries.
Syre formed in 1986 and quickly gained a solid fan base driven by their dynamic live performances. Signed to A&M in 1989, the band toured extensively through Canada and the U.S and continues to perform with all of the original members to this day.
Photos by Jeff and Rene Bartelli, JP and special guest contributor Dana Z.
The Loud As Hell Metal Fest has been going for a number of years. Founded in 2011 by Geoff Bourie and Ryan Semchuk the Fest has been steadily growing in stature. The organizers are always kind enough to invite me every year however due to a long-standing personal conflict with that weekend, I was never able to attend…until now. Circumstances changed and I suddenly found myself are on the long, holiday weekend in Canada so I knew what I had to do!
Holiday rock opera ensemble the WIZARDS OF WINTER truly thrived during the yuletide season of 2015, putting smiles on the faces of tens of thousands of performance attendees and amassing the attention of mainstream media – such as Entertainment Weekly and Yahoo Music – with their infectious festive sound.
Aiming to top the success of their 2015 tour, the WIZARDS OF WINTER are announcing even more 2016 holiday tour dates! The ensemble, which features former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform at venues this upcoming November and December in several eastern and central U.S. markets. All confirmed dates are listed further below.
This year’s event promises to bring even bigger production and some new musical surprises. In addition to expanded production, the WIZARDS OF WINTER have expanded their line-up! Joining the Wizards full-time are Ted Nugent bassist/vocalist Greg Smith, former Trans-Siberian Orchestra vocalist Peter Shaw, seasoned vocalist Shawna Mehall and accomplished violinist Jenn Hamilton.
In addition to his time as an official member of Ted Nugent’s touring band, Greg Smith has also played bass and performed backing vocals for artists such as Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Alan Parsons Project, Blue Oyster Cult, Dokken, Vinnie Moore, Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics and many more. Smith was also the principal bassist and provided backing vocals for the Tony Award-winning Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp musical “Movin’ Out” for its entire three-year run on Broadway, in addition to one year on the road.
Smith adds, “I’m very happy to announce that I’ll back with the WIZARDS OF WINTER this time as a member of the band. I look very much forward to playing this challenging and fun music again with these great musicians and singers. I’m also looking forward to once again meeting the wonderful fans of the band new and old. Last year was an amazing musical adventure and I can’t wait to get out on the road and do it all over again! Hope to see you all at the shows!”
Vocalist Peter Shaw is recognized primarily as a touring member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, of which he was a part of for four years. Shaw recently released his first solo album entitled More Alive, which can be purchased at www.petershawmusic.com or streamed worldwide via Pandora or Spotify. Peter Shaw is pleased to now lend his vocal talents to the WIZARDS OF WINTER as an official member.
Shaw states, “What a thrill it is to be touring with the WIZARDS OF WINTER. It was during my first audition that I felt I’d fit right in with this wonderful group of talented performers. And as the old saying goes, “gotta love what you do”, well I do. Enjoy the show! Merry Christmas!”
Jenn Hamilton began studying classical piano at a young age, soon picking up the violin with the intention of exploring the rock genre. Met with resistance by her instructors and peers at first, Hamilton began thinking outside the box on her own, eventually becoming a violin instructor and exploring unorthodox options and styles with her students. Hamilton joined a local band soon after, furthering the personal and musical challenge that in turn honed her skills. Hamilton is pleased to join the WIZARDS OF WINTER as violinist and is eager to prove her versatility on tour.
Hamilton states, “Bringing the violin into the rock genre has been a lifelong wish of mine, and I’m both thrilled and humbled that the WIZARDS OF WINTER have let me bring that passion on tour with them this year. The decision to audition for them could be called a bold move for a teacher-by-day, violinist-by-night musician such as myself, but I’m so glad I took that step! I’m incredibly excited and honored to be standing under the lights with such a fun and talented group as we welcome yet another Christmas.”
As the youngest member of the WIZARDS OF WINTER,29-year-old Shawna Mehall is not only a talented vocalist, but a trained dancer and instrumentalist who began performing at just seven-years-old. Mehall further honed her craft by competing nationally in choral and band competitions, and after supporting the band behind-the-scenes for years, was recently invited to join the WIZARDS OF WINTER as an official member by her parents, Wizards bandleaders Scott and Sharon Kelly.
Mehall states, “The WIZARDS OF WINTER have been a huge part of my life since the band’s creation by my parents, Scott and Sharon Kelly and their close friend Steve Ratchen. I consider the band and crew my extended family. I’ve worked behind the scenes since the beginning and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join them on stage this year as a vocalist. It is an honor to share the stage with such talented musicians, as well as my parents, and I am really looking forward to this year’s tour!”
See below for a full listing of dates and please visit each venue’s website for ticketing information.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER Tour Dates:
11/23 – Syracuse, NY @ Crouse Hinds Theater
11/25 – Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre
11/26 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
11/27 – Beverly, MA @ Cabot Theatre
12/1 – York, PA @ Strand-Capitol Perf. Arts Center
12/2 – Binghamton, NY @ The Forum Performing Arts Theatre
12/4 – Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey Performance Center
12/8 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
12/9 – Pittsburgh, PA (Munhall) @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
12/10 – Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
12/11 – Easton, PA @ State Theater Performing Arts Center
12/15 – Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theatre
12/16 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theater
12/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Northern Lights Theater (Potawatomi Hotel & Casino)
12/18 – Turtle Lake, WI @ St. Croix Casino
Music director/keyboardist Scott Kelly states, “The WIZARDS OF WINTER are excited to celebrate the holiday season, and we are once again ready to bring joy, peace and holiday cheer to all. We have many new surprises for our fans on our upcoming tour and look forward to seeing you out there!”
About The WIZARDS OF WINTER:
The WIZARDS OF WINTER are an eclectic group of musicians from the NY/NJ/PA tri-state region who perform classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed event. While the group’s style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER are far from a TSO tribute band. The Wizards’ diverse array of original material is very unique and has a broad audience appeal, applied in a more intimate setting.
Tony Gaynor, a former member of TSO, is currently performing with the WIZARDS OF WINTER on their musical journey. Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning, also former members of TSO, have performed with the band on occasion as well.
The WIZARDS OF WINTER released their latest original holiday music album, The Magic of Winter, in late 2015. The Magic of Winter is produced by Eric Rachel at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx) and can be ordered in physical format here or purchased digitally via iTunes. The album features the infectious single “The Spirit of Christmas”.
“As we near ever closer to the arrival of Santa Claus, the WIZARDS OF WINTER have graced us with a wonderful soundtrack for the festive season. Whether you’re putting up the tree or wrapping presents, this 10-track CD provides endless amounts of joy… Give the WIZARDS OF WINTER a chance; you won’t be disappointed.” – Aaron Small, BraveWords
“The band features original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so it comes as no surprise to hear sweeping, dramatic arrangements of holiday songs and classics on The Magic of Winter – a fine record to get your Santa spirit flowing in full force…” – Johnny Firecloud, CraveOnline
“It’s a Christmas album that both metalheads and non-metalheads can enjoy.”
– Chad Bowar, About.com Heavy Metal
WIZARDS OF WINTER is:
Scott Kelly – Music Director, Keyboards
Sharon Kelly – Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau – Guitar
Mary McIntrye – Keyboards, vocals
Tommy Ference – Drums
TW Durfy – Guitar
Vincent Jiovino – vocals
Tony Gaynor – Narration
Greg Smith – Bass
Peter Shaw – Vocals
Jenn Hamilton – Violin
Shawna Mehall -Vocals