On April 3, 1975 the Mk III line-up of Deep Purple – guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice – performed at the Liebenauer ice rink, located on the outskirts of mountain-cradled Graz, Austria’s second largest city after Vienna.
Enthused by Deep Purple’s arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert “das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]”. And it was – in more ways than one.
Previously unreleased in its entirety, Graz 1975 – will be released in North America on September 23th, 2014 on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment.
After Graz, Deep Purple would play just two more shows – in Saarbrücken, Germany and Paris, France – before Blackmore left to form his new band, Rainbow. The remaining band members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow.
In order to preserve Blackmore’s final run of Mk III concerts for posterity, Deep Purple’s managers had brought the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe. And what a show it was! Graz 1975 is absolutely electrifying and exhilarating. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now.
Kicking off with a blazing performance of “Burn,” Graz 1975 is a wild eight-track ride, firing on all pistons. Blackmore plays with controlled brutality. The vocal interplay between Coverdale and Hughes has never sounded so good. And, of course, stalwarts Lord and Paice give it a good kicking – and then some.
The track listing, naturally, is weighted heavily in favor of Mk III recordings, with just two songs from Deep Purple’s previous incarnation with Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass: the iconic “Smoke On The Water” and the almost-as-iconic “Space Truckin’.” Still, it’s true to say that, from beginning to end, Graz 1975 showcases Deep Purple Mk III at the absolute top – and also, ironically, at the end – of their game.
After almost 40 years the concert is still captivating. It is the perfect example that, for Deep Purple, there is no need for extravagant video projections or expensive fire shows to play a unique and fascinating gig. All they need is their music. It is the love and passion for their music that makes every single show a unique experience.
When RICHIE KOTZEN plays his guitar, you know it’s him. The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that’s both instantly recognizable and immediately striking. This unique style courses through THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, a career retrospective collection set for release September 2 on Loud & Proud Records. It encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material. A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with “Lie To Me,” is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month. Fans can pre-order the album at http://bit.ly/1oXRsUX.
KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work. “I’ve really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,” he says. “I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.”
“War Paint” builds from an opening bluesy riff into a bombastic chorus punctuated by KOTZEN’s gravelly delivery and impeccable lead playing. He explains, “It was a challenge to make a studio recording sound like a live band with only one musician playing all the instruments. I think I accomplished that on this track.” At the same time, “Walk With Me” sees KOTZEN evolving once more and incorporating a Theremin, an antique electronic instrument, into an emotive and engaging anthem. “There was a specific sound I was hearing in the song,” he reveals. “I realized it was a Theremin, so I bought one. I spent a couple of weeks learning it. I used that where the lead guitar would normally go. It was a really rewarding departure for me.”
With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan. In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars. His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand. In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date. He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. He currently plays guitar and fronts the band The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart).
With his 20th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, RICHIE KOTZEN’s legacy is only continuing to expand. “When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,” he concludes. “It’s another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics. That’s the ultimate reward.”
Stay tuned for solo touring news, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Here’s the complete track listing of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN:
1. War Paint *
2. Walk With Me *
3. Love Is Blind
4. Go Faster
5. Fooled Again
6. OMG (What’s Your Name?)
7. Help Me
8. Bad Situation
9. Lie To Me *
11. You Can’t Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (Reprise)
* never before released *
1. What Is (2014)
2. High (2014)
3. Change (2014)
4. Special (2014)
5. Paint It On (Acoustic Version)
6. Holding On (Acoustic Version)
7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) – (Acoustic Version)
8. The Road (Acoustic Version)
9. Regret (Original Demo Version)
10. Damaged (Original Demo Version)
1. Walk With Me (2014)
2. Paying Dues (2009)
3. 24 Hours (2011)
4. Larger Than Life (2009)
5. Losing My Mind (2005)
6. Help Me (2012)
7. Chase It (2008)
8. Player (2011)
9. The Shadow (2011)
10. My Angel (2011)
11. I Would (2008)
Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar’s “One For The Road” was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with long-time friend and noted engineer Ronnie Honeycutt, and mixed & mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (KXM/Lynch Mob/Lita Ford). Jeff’s first solo release entitled “One For The Road” highlights both his songwriting and guitar playing abilities. It is also the first of two, seven song offerings of classic, hard rock style material that will be released via Rat Pak Records. About the album Jeff states, “This record is written about parts of my life since the hay-days of Cinderella….and there is a lot more where that came from!” The song “No Strings” features Tesla’s Troy Luccketta on drums and was mixed by Cinderella drummer Fred Coury. The song “Ode To Page” is Jeff’s acoustic tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Featured tracks include: “No Strings”, “Asking For A Beating”, “Muse”, “Hello Or Goodbye”, “Ode To Page”, “Nightmare on My Street” and “One For The Road”. Tracks on the CD range from classic, early Cinderella-style hard rock, to groove-laden blues rock and really captures the magic and spirit of the genre that Jeff helped create! Official release date is set for August 26,2014.
JUDAS PRIEST’s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Comparatively, JUDAS PRIEST’s 2008 double-disc concept album, “Nostradamus”, sold more in it’s first week of release in the USA with 42,000 copies but didn’t crack the top 10 with a debut at No. 11. This marked the band’s highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after selling nearly 4,000 units.
JUDAS PRIEST’s 2005 CD, “Angel of Retribution”, premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 13.
Megadeth’s essential classic 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! has been re-issued on 180 gram heavy vinyl via Century Media Records. The album is available now – released on July 7th – in black vinyl, transparent red vinyl (limited to 500 copies worldwide) and transparent white vinyl (limited to 100 copies worldwide – exclusive to cmdistro.de).
All vinyl versions are available now at CM Distro Europe via cmdistro.de.
Montreal’s THE AGONIST will release their new album “Eye Of Providence” on November 10 in Europe and on November 11 in North America. “Eye Of Providence” is the follow up to THE AGONIST’s 2012’s album “Prisoners” and will be the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The lead vocalist change happened in the early part of this year when previous singer Alissa White-Gluz joined ARCH ENEMY.
The band has been hard at work in the studio and has just released the second ‘Studio Update’ video.
Check it out here:
Swedish Metal institution THE HAUNTED have recently announced “Exit Wounds” as the title to their upcoming, much anticipated studio album release. The album, which sees the band return their classic deadly thrash metal sound, was again recorded with producer Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio (Dark Tranquillity; Heaven Shall Burn, Sick Of It All, etc.) in Denmark and will be released on August 25th, 2014 in Europe and September 2nd, 2014 in North America via the band’s longtime label partner Century Media Records.
And the time has now come to debut a first new track off “Exit Wounds”. Check out the furious and relentless opening track “Cutting Teeth” via the website of UK’s Metal Hammer magazine here: metalhammer.teamrock.com
Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED have revealed Blood Mantra as the title to their sixth studio album and follow-up to 2011’s Billboard-charting release Carnival Is Forever.
“Extreme and groove – I think that’s the best way to describe our new album,” states guitarist / songwriter / founding memberWacek “Vogg” Kiełtyka. “This time, we feel that we have something totally crushing and huge. Blood Mantra is the most heavy and mature album we’ve ever made in our career. I cannot wait to start playing these songs live because the riffs are sooo deep and powerful.”
Once again featuring artwork by Lukasz Jaszak,Blood Mantra was recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland Studio – where DECAPITATED recorded 2002’s Nihility, 2004’s The Negation, and2006’s Organic Hallucinosis – and will be released this fall, marking the studio debut of new drummer Michal Lysejko.
Genre defining technical death metal giants, ORIGIN, have announced tour dates for their North American headlining tour following their appearance on Summer Slaughter!
“We are excited to announce our first headlining tour in North America since 2012, in full support of our new album Omnipresent,” commented vocalist Jason Keyser. “We will be taking our signature brand of technical death metal savagery to some new cities, as well as some areas neglected by the Summer Slaughter tour, in order to ensure that everyone has a chance to experience the insanity that is a live ORIGIN performance! Joining us on this journey into bedlam will be our brothers in tech-death wizardry, Montreal’s BEYOND CREATION, and the hard thrashin’ metal maniacs in Melbourne’s KING PARROT, as well as ABOLISHMENT OF FLESH and YOUR CHANCE TO DIE on select dates. A line up like this will be a nonstop aural and visual assault from beginning to end, and our goal is to have you remembering it as the show of the summer! See you in the pit! Hail Space!”
“Super excited to present some new material on our ‘All Things Dead’ tour as well as some old favorites,” adds guitarist Paul Ryan. “Plus mix it up with some bands that ‘bring it’ live as well! It will be great to see our friends of old and meet some new faces as well! We will be omnipresent for the rest of 2014 so let’s make a party of it before all things are dead!”
North American Thrash Invasion 2014 Tour Dates Announced with ONSLAUGHT, ARTILLERY, STRIKER (Canada with ECLIPSE PROPHECY)
The Tour Dates for the North American Thrash Invasion Tour 2014 featuring
ONSLAUGHT (AFM Records) from U.K., ARTILLERY (Metal Blade Records) from Denmark, and STRIKER (Napalm Records) from Canada, have been announced by Distilled Entertainment of California, USA.
Joining the Tour for All ten Canadian dates in November are Montreal, CA power-thrashers ECLIPSE PROPHECY (Maple Metal Records).
North American Thrash Invasion Tour 2014: (October 23 – November 26)
23-oct Brooklyn, New York – Saint Vitus
24-oct Cambridge, Massachusetts – Middle East Club
25-oct Long Branch, New Jersey – The Brighton Bar
26-oct Peterborough, New Hampshire – The Wreck Room
28-oct Chicago, Illinois – Reggie’s
29-oct Indianapolis, Indiana – The Headquarters
30-oct Lakewood, Ohio -The Foundry
31-oct Columbus, Ohio – The Alrosa Villa
01-nov Rochester, New York – The Bug Jar
02-nov Trenton, New Jersey – The Backstage at The Championship Bar
03-nov Springfield, Virginia – Empire
04-nov Hartford, Connecticut – Webster Underground
05-nov Albany, New York – Bogie’s
06-nov Quebec City, Quebec Canada – La Salle Multi
07-nov Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Hard Luck
08-nov Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Mavericks
09-nov Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Le Petit Campus
11-nov Kingston, Canada – Mansion
12-nov Detroit, Michigan – The Token Lounge
13-nov Cudahy, Wisconsin – The Metal Grill
14-nov Spring Lake Park, Minnesota – Pov’s 65
15-nov Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada – Zoo Cabaret
16-nov Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Palomino’s
17-nov Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – The Pawn Shop
18-nov Vancouver, B.C., Canada – Red Room
19-nov Seattle, Washington – Studio Seven
20-nov Spokane, Washington – The Hop
21-nov Victoria, B.C., Canada – The V-Lounge
22-nov Portland, Oregon – Tonic Lounge
23-nov San Francisco, California – The DNA Lounge
24-nov Anaheim, California Orange – County Music Hall
25-nov Mesa, Arizona – Club Red
26-nov Hollywood, California – Whisky a Go Go
KURGAALL, the Italian Satanic Black Metal Cult released it’s new album entitled VOLUNTAS LUCIFERI through Deathstorm Records. The band also released the first video for the single “Night of the Satanist” which can be streamed below:
1. Lucifer will Reign Again
2. Domination of Satan
3. Raping the Corpse of the Holy Virgin
4. King of Blasphemy
5. Infernal War
6. Ego Promitto Domino
7. Night of Satanist
8. Demon Seal
9. Skull Throne of Satan
Chicago metal trio DIAMOND PLATE have announced two very special shows with thrash metal legends MEGADETH.
DIAMOND PLATE will be supporting MEGADETH at Artpark in Lewiston, New York on July 15th, and at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on July 18th. DIAMOND PLATE have also revealed that they are currently working on the follow-up to their 2013 album, PULSE. Read the rest of this entry »
Kirk Von Hammett Toys is proud to present the Famous Zombies Jr. limited edition toy at the year’s San Diego Comic Con. The very limited edition green Hammett figure will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con, and Kirk will be signing the toy itself at the Nuclear Blast Records/Stern Pinball/JSR merch SDCC booth 503 on Friday July 25th from 1pm to 2pm, and on Saturday July 26thfrom 2pm to 3pm.
Fans will be able to purchase tickets starting on Wednesday July 23rd for the Friday appearance. Once Friday’s tickets are sold-out, Saturday tickets will be released. Tickets are available at the Nuclear Blast Records/Stern Pinball/JSR merch booth (503).
“I’m stoked to be bringing more exclusive wares to the San Diego Comic Con,” says Kirk Von Hammett himself, “Nuclear Blast have been friends for quite some time, so I’m happy to be able to bring one of my exclusives to their booth. Being a fan of comics and movies since I was a kid, it’s just a huge honor to be at Comic Con on both sides, selling and buying!”
Be warned, only a strict 300 of these Nuclear Blast Green collectible classics will be available, so act fast to make sure you’re in line for yours!