TOMMY BOLIN – recognized for his work with groups such as Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple – was a bright, young American guitar god who created a whirlwind with his loud, stylish, free-form fusion performances before his untimely death at the age of 25 in 1976. Released in 1975 during his time with Deep Purple, Teaser was the solo masterpiece and eventual cult-classic that Bolin never got the chance to properly promote.
Now, 40 years after the album was originally released and unfortunately buried with time, Teaser is finally getting its time to shine.
On May 19, 2015, UDR Music will release the official TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set, a three-album deluxe vinyl box-set supplemented with two live CDs, celebrating the 40th anniversary of this legendary release. Featuring long-lost outtakes and alternative mixes from the original Teaser studio sessions, plus two live CDs comprising performances from Ebbets Field, The Northern Lights, My Father’s Place and Albany, the TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set is set to satiate the appetites of Bolin fans worldwide.
Track list LP’s:
LP 1 – side A:
2. Flying Fingers
LP 1 – side B:
3. Wild Dogs
LP 2 – side C:
LP 2 – side D:
7. The Grind
8. Crazed Fandango
LP 3 – side F:
9. People People
10. Smooth Fandango
11. Marching Powder
LP 3 – side E:
12. Homeward Strut
14. Savanah Woman
15. Oriental Sky
Track List Live CD’s:
1. Teaser – My Father’s Place
2. People People – My Father’s Place
3. The Grind – My Father’s Place
4. Wild Dogs – Live at The Northern Lights
5. You Told Me That You Loved Me – Live in Albany
6. Stratus – Live at Ebbets Field
7. Post Toastee – Line in Albany
8. Hoka-Hay – Energy KBPI Broadcast
9. Homeward Strut – Live at Ebbets Field
10. Shake The Devil – Live at The Northern Lights
11. Marching Powder – My Father’s Place
12. Lotus – My Father’s Place
13. Homeward Strut – Live at The Northern Lights
14. You Know, You Know – Live at Ebbets Field
15. Crazed Fandango – Live at Ebbets Field
16. Post Toastee – Live at The Northern Lights
17. Walk In My Shadow – Live at Ebbets Field
TOMMY BOLIN was a shooting star, a fiercely bright, ferociously driven and a guitarist whose soul spoke through his fingers and fretboard. Bolin was an American axeman of the caliber rarely seen or heard before (or since) his untimely death at the age of 25 on December 4th 1976. Bolin allowed the power of funk and the fury of rock to find such finite expression through his inspiration. His expression never sounded more fluent than on his 1975 solo album debut Teaser. The album embraced a tour de force of styles from jazz to hard rock to Latin music, all of which were expressed in a glorious musical stew.
At the age of 17, Bolin formed Zephyr, whose blues rock was coated in psychedelic tendencies. Despite opening for the likes of Led Zeppelin and growing a strong fan-base, Bolin left the group in 1971 to form Energy (a jazz-rock project) before Joe Walsh recommended him to The James Gang, where he recorded the Bang! and Miami albums in 1973 and ’74 respectively. Bolin also appeared on legendary drummer Billy Cobham’s Spectrum solo album, and his ability to enjoy (and make the grade with!) such improvisational jamming style sounds left Bolin as that rare bird. A man who could be a rock star or a man who could be a musician’s musician at cafes across America.
Bolin moved to LA seeking confirmation of the stardom his enormous talents promised, and the foundations for the legendary Teaser album were laid. Featuring session musicians such as Glenn Hughes, David Sanborn, Jan Hammer, Stanley Sheldon and Phil Collins, Teaser represents the fulcrum point of Tommy’s solo-artist work. As he completed work on it, Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore quit the band, and Bolin was invited to join Purple by singer David Coverdale. Come Taste The Band came out towards the end of 1975, before Purple disbanded and left Bolin free to do his second album Private Eyes. Opening for Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck, Bolin was just starting to enjoy the sort of attention and recognition that would surly have seen him rise to the next level of revered guitar God. Sadly, Bolin’s addiction issues would not allow it, and in 1976, he died at the tragically young age of 25.
Bolin’s legacy is superbly reflected in TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set – get your copy while they last!
SONY Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, SME’s catalog division, have signed a worldwide rights deal to with the Metal God, Rob Halford. Frontman of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, Rob Halford brought his iconic charisma and influential vocal style to a variety of side projects since 1992, notably his bands Fight, 2wo and Halford. The new SONY/Legacy agreement with Rob Halford will include individual album catalog titles and audio-visual releases. Upcoming Rob Halford anthology titles will include an Essential and Playlist collection with plans for a definitive Complete Albums Box.
Born Robert John Arthur Halford on August 25, 1951, Rob Halford rocketed to fame as the lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. One of the genre’s most powerful, distinctive and influential vocalists, Halford set the standard for generations of metal singers. After leaving Judas Priest in 1992, Halford formed the band Fight and, between 1993 and 1995, recorded two albums, War of Words and A Small Deadly Space, and an EP, Mutations, with the band. Following Fight, Halford moved into the realm of industrial metal with his Two project. In 2000, he launched the straight-ahead no-nonsense pure metal ensemble Halford. The SONY/Legacy release agreement includes virtually all of Rob Halford’s work with Fight, Two and Halford from 1992 onward. Coming on March 31, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release The Essential Rob Halford (2 CD-30 tracks).
Rob Halford Catalog includes:
War of Words
A Small Deadly Space
K5 – The “War of Words” Demos
War of Words: The Film
Live in Phoenix
Metal God Essentials: Volume 1
Live at Rock in Rio 3 (album and audio/visual)
Live in Anaheim (album and audio/visual)
Made of Metal
Live at Saitama Super Arena (album and audio/visual)
Live in London
Live 2010 North & South America Tour (album and audio/visual)
Metal God Essentials: Volume 2
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Axenstar is a power/metal act from Sweden that is back with their 6yh album WHERE DREAMS ARE FORGOTTEN. It follows up the album AFTERMATH which was released in 2011. I had the pleasure to talk to singer/bass player Magnus Wilterwild to see what he had to say about the new album, working with legend producer Pelle Saether, and the past, present and future.Read the rest of this entry »
In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.
VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria’s Napalm Records. W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August.
“W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records. We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career. We’re looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album Golgotha”, states W.A.S.P. front man Blackie Lawless. Read the rest of this entry »
The creators of CINEMATIC METAL are finally back with their most outstanding record: »Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus«, which is set to be released on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK), June 30th (US) by Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was composed and produced once again by Luca Turilli, responsible as always of all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (Bonfire a.o.) and mastered by Christoph Stickel (Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK a.o.) at MSM studios.
Seven months of composition, three months of production, over 50 days of mix, two choirs, several special guests, including Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Dan Lucas (KARO) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69). Including 70 minutes of epic music, sounding cinematic, bombastic and dramatic as never before, the new Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY masterwork will lead the listener to an emotional and memorable journey between quantum gates, parallel dimensions, myths and legends hiding cosmic truths, ancestral secrets and spiritual revelations.
And this time it was not enough for the band to simply sound CINEMATIC. It came the time for RHAPSODY to finally “look” CINEMATIC too. Therefore, the new cover artwork and the album booklet, introducing the new cinematic graphic style of the band, were realized by the well-known amazing artist named Stefan “Heile” Heilemann (EPICA, LINDEMANN a.o.).
Edu Falaschi is to be back to Italy in June 2015 to celebrate his 25th career anniversary together with Italian fans. The anniversary Italian tour will pass through such cities as Rome, Milan, Parma among others. The musician will perform the most significant songs of his career as a frontman of his former band Angra and the actual one Almah, like MILLENIUN SUN, REBIRTH, WISHING WELL, ACID RAIN, etc.
Topon Das – Fuck The Facts / Apartment 2 Recording / Noise Salvation Recordings
Jeremy Harley – CKCU 931. FM Hammer Smashed Radio
Christina Kasper – Black Widow Promotions
Lee Whiskey – MUTANK (2014 WMBC WINNER)
Stephen Reynolds – MUTANK (2014 WMBC WINNER)
Jeff Waters – Annihilator
One year after the release of their critically acclaimed infamy “Cemetery Sickness“, UK brutal death metal masters Desecration have recently been touring in the UK to spread their gory art to the great satisfaction of their fans. Following a crazy tour in Thailand and Malaysia, their leader and founding member Ollie Jones has granted us an interview covering their last bloody offering and their whole career as well.
Review by Ritchie Birnie
Photography by Gavin Lowrey
It’s early March and already we have had a raft of Gigs in Scotland’s biggest city. Tonight sees the second co headline tour of the year with Black Star Riders and Europe hitting the Glasgow 02 ABC for the 1st of a two night stint. The second night sold out early on and this one is filling up nicely( so much for rock is dead Gene). So who won the battle of the headliners tonight? Read on…… Read the rest of this entry »