September 2005

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‘FORBIDDEN DEMOS 1985 / 1991’

XYZ frontman, Terry Ilous has gone back into his archives and discovered eighteen songs that the public has never had a chance to hear. “Some of these songs should have ended up on the first or second CD,” relates Ilous. “It’s about time they made it out to the public because they bring back such great memories of that whole time period.”

Arriving in Los Angeles from Europe in 1985, Ilous and XYZ bassist, Patt Fontaine set about finding compatible band members to help make their “rock star dreams” a reality. “It was very hard to form a band at the time,” recalls Terry. “I only spoke Spanish and French – not so rock n’ roll, you know – finally destiny sent me 2 winners, Marc Diglio and Paul Monroe. It took a while to find them, but it was definitely worth it.”

The band slugged it out on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip for four years alongside the likes of Warrant, Bang Tango, Guns ‘N Roses and others who, like XYZ, went on to see various degrees of success in the music world.

While playing the club circuit, XYZ also spent a lot of time demo-ing their material and presenting those demos to every label that would accept a package. Terry: “I always loved the song “Cant Get Over You”, which I wrote for my wife. We spent every dime we had demo-ing those songs.  Still today, they mean a lot to me and I know the fans will love them as much as I do!”

‘Forbidden Demos 1985 / 1991’ will be released on Sept 26 through FYCO Records. The track listing is:

“Can’t Get Over You” (1990 – previously unreleased)
“Inside Out” (Demo – 1988)
“High Life” (with Marc Diglio – 1988)
“Follow the Night” (Live – 1988)
“You Got Me Wrong” (Live – 1988)
“After the Rain” (Demo – 1987)
“Souvenirs” (Demo with Marc Diglio – 1988)
“Made For Love” (1986)
“It Could Be You” (1986)
“Seventeen” (1986)
“Just A Friend” (1985)
“Lonely Without You” (with Marc Diglio)
“Missin You” (with Marc Diglio)
“Rainy Days” (with Bobby Pieper)
“Lonely Without You” (with Bobby Pieper)
“Never Too Late” (with Bobby Pieper)
“Souvenirs” (with Bobby Pieper)
“High Life” (with Bobby Pieper)


Boosted by a non-stop week of television, radio, satellite and Internet media events, < ?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />Island recording group Bon Jovi debuts with a blaze of glory on the Billboard 200 Albums chart this week, as HAVE A NICE DAY enters at #2 with first week sales of 201,881 units, besting the band?s previous first-week peak of 159,000 units for Bounce in 2002.

“Bon Jovi’s record-setting first week sales for HAVE A NICE DAY is proof that there is no substitute for having the most loyal, steadfast fan base in the world on your side,” said Steve Bartels, president, Island Records & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group.  “At the same time, the IDJ staff across the country and around the world has pushed open every door to insure that the new album’s exposure would be second-to-none in Bon Jovi history.  All the elements came together and the results are the talk of the industry in North America, Europe and Asia.  Rock lives!” 

Around the world, sales results indicate an equally impressive first week.  HAVE A NICE DAY was certified platinum overnight in Japan, and enters at #1, making Bon Jovi one of only three international acts to achieve three # 1 albums in that country (Beatles, Bay City Rollers).  The album also debuts at #1 in Australia, Holland, Austria, Germany and Canada, and #2 in the U.K., while the song, ?Have A Nice Day? is #6 on the Billboard Europe chart and #14 most-played on the European airplay chart.  Overall, the single is top 10 in Australia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

Bon Jovi?s ?Have A Nice Day? single arrived at radio on July 18th, and the video premiered at AOL ?First View? a month later. After receiving the Diamond Award at the World Music Awards in August, the band rolled into September ? performing a sold-out concert at the Nokia Theater Times Square, which was simulcast via Network Live to AOL and XM Radio, and was beamed to more than 100 movie theaters across the country. Also that night from Nokia, the band taped a performance and special message that aired during ABC?s ?Monday Night Football? to help the network raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Bon Jovi was seen and heard throughout September on Clear Channel Online Music and Radio?s ?Sneak Peek,? CMT?s ?Crossroads? (with Sugar­land), ?The Howard Stern Show,? ?The Today Show,? and ?The CBS Early Show.?  ?AOL Sessions? is slated for October.

Bon Jovi?s hour-long Oprah appearance during the show?s 20th season premiere week opened with performances of ?It?s My Life? and ?You Give Love a Bad Name,? and closed with ?Have A Nice Day.? In between, Jon?s interview with Oprah was enhanced by taped segments of the Jersey native in some of the places closest to his heart; in Philly with members of his Philadelphia Soul Arena Football team; the band?s recording studio at Jon?s New Jersey home; and the Northern Home For Children where Jon donates time and resources. In appreciation for Oprah?s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and in the spirit of giving that defines them, Jon presented Oprah with a million dollar check on behalf of the entire band to aid her Angel Network?s ongoing hurricane relief efforts. The show concluded with the audience receiving tickets to the HAVE A NICE DAY World Tour concert in Chicago on November 4th (itinerary below).

A massive promotion on ? representing 31 major league baseball sites (as well as the home page) ? ran in September leading up to the in-store date. An estimated 150,000,000 visitors were treated to song previews, free downloads, a full-length video stream of ?Have A Nice Day,? and access to photos, wallpaper, autographed memorabilia, contests, auctions, polls, and a baseball cap purchase offer. They were also able to register to win free album download vouchers and a grand prize ?fly-away? sweepstakes to opening night of the tour.  Meanwhile, provides the band?s CD-cover image to fans who have spread the image around the Internet.

A special deluxe limited edition Dual Disc configuration of HAVE A NICE DAY is the first Dual Disc ever issued by the Island Def Jam Music Group.  The two-layer (CD and DVD) Dual Disc technology features the entire album in High Resolution 5.1 Surround Sound stereo on the CD layer.  The DVD layer will contain five songs in-concert from Bon Jovi?s home state of New Jersey, in 2004; as well as the ?Have A Nice Day? video clip, and an EPK that takes you behind the scenes.

Bruce Springsteen 30th Anniversary Ed. of “Born To Run”

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough 1975 album “Born To Run,” Columbia is prepping a box set that will include two DVDs along with a version of the album newly remastered by Bob Ludwig. One DVD will feature a performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon during a tour in support of the album, while the other will house a 90-minute documentary, “Wings For Wheels: The Making of ‘Born To Run.'”

Due Nov. 15, the package will be rounded out by a 48-page book with previously unpublished photographs and an introduction by Springsteen.

The Nov. 18, 1975, Hammersmith show spans 16 songs over more than two hours, with Springsteen backed by his faithful E Street Band. The concert is presented in its entirety, with “Born To Run” represented by six of its eight songs: “Thunder Road,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,” “Jungleland,” “She’s the One,” “Backstreets” and the title track.

The original film was restored by Thom Zimny (who has worked on the live Springsteen videos “Live in New York,” “Live in Barcelona” and “VH1 Storytellers”), with the audio remastered and remixed by Bob Clearmountain in stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

The documentary “Wings for Wheels” is rife with never-before-publicly released archival footage of Springsteen and his band in the studio and on stage. Among the clips are Springsteen’s solo piano and guitar versions of “Born To Run” and performances of “Spirit in the Night,” “Wild Billy’s Circus Story” and “Thundercrack” captured during a 1973 concert at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theater.

Newly conducted interviews with Springsteen and past and present E Street Band members Roy Bittan, Ernest “Boom” Carter, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Nils Lofgren, David Sancious, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Steven Van Zandt and Max Weinberg reflect on the legendary album. Springsteen’s longtime manager/”Born To Run” co-producer Jon Landau is also interviewed, as are former manager Mike Appel, “Born To Run” engineer/future Interscope president Jimmy Iovine and photographer Eric Meola, who took the album’s memorable cover shot of Springsteen and saxophonist Clemons.

“I believe that the combination of the great 1975 concert footage, the brilliant documentary of the making of the album and the dazzling remastering of ‘Born to Run’ add up to a nearly perfect storm of Bruce’s music,” says Landau.

In other news, Springsteen is likely to appear at the sixth Light of Day concerts benefiting Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Although never an announced participant, the Boss has performed at each of the previous events, which are organized by artist manager and former Billboard staffer Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1996.

This year’s concerts will begin Nov. 4 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., with Soozie Tyrell, Cindy Bullens and Teddy Geiger confirmed. The event will continue Nov. 5-6 at the Starland Ballroom, located about 30 miles north in Sayreville, with Joe Grushecky, Pete Yorn and Jessie Malin set to play both nights.

The first Starland show will also include Garland Jeffreys and Willie Nile, while the second will feature Jeffrey Gaines and John Eddie. Tickets are already on sale via Ticketmaster and venue box offices for all three shows.

Springsteen will play Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 4, in the midst of the latest leg of his Devils & Dust tour, which opens Oct. 6 in Rochester, N.Y. He will not only be free for the other two, but back at home, as the tour’s next shows take place Nov. 8-9 in Philadelphia.

Here is the “Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75” track list:

“Thunder Road”
“Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”
“Spirit In the Night”
“Lost In the Flood”
“She’s the One”
“Born To Run”
“The E Street Shuffle/Having a Party”
“It’s Hard To Be a Saint in the City”
“Kitty’s Back”
“4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)”
“Detroit Medley”
“For You”
“Quarter to Three”



The new Deep Purple album ?Rapture of the Deep? is released on 24 October through Edel Records.

The album features 10 new tracks and was produced by Michael Bradford (Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker etc.)

Deep Purple ?Rapture? style are: Ian Gillan – vocalising, Roger Glover on bass, drummer Ian Paice, Steve Morse on guitar and pounding the Keyboards – Don Airey formerly of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne and Rainbow (amongst others).

A special limited edition of ?Rapture of the Deep? packaged in a tin box and featuring an additional track, ?MTV? will be available while stocks last.

Formed in 1968 Deep Purple have been together for 35 years (give or take a year or two in the middle), have sold well over 100 million albums worldwide – including innumerable platinum and gold albums. In the UK alone they have had 19 top 40 albums (8 top 10), 8 top 50 singles (2 top 10) and their albums include the biggest selling rock album of all time ?Deep Purple In Rock?. They have toured all five continents several times and still play to sold out venues all over the world.

The band will follow up the album release with ?The Rapture of the Deep World Tour? which begins in January. To finish off 2005 – Purple will be playing some shows in The Far East and Asia in October and November.

Veruca Salt is back with new EP and Tour

Veruca Salt is back after four years of silence. Lead singer and founder Louise Post has been writing and recording with producer Rae Dileo (Filter, Army of Anyone), in preparation for the upcoming, long-awaited fourth Veruca Salt Album. Since their departure from their label Beyond Music, Louis Post has had time to focus on physical and spiritual health, and focus on new music long awaited songs.

2005 has been a very exciting year for the band. Armed with new management, label interest, and an abundance of new songs, the band has been in the studio recording new material for a special EP release for this upcoming Fall / Winter tour. The EP is called Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things. Louise promises that the new songs will be worth the wait.

The band looks forward to playing in front of their North American fans for the first time since 2001 with European festivals in the works for 2006. Veruca Salt is very excited to finish recording the new album which is untitled at this time and will be available close to summer 2006.

Fans can expect to hear some new material mixed in with the more familiar, cherished songs of the past three albums. Veruca Salt can?t wait to ROCK in a theater or club near you?

10.10 Phoenix, AZ             Cajun House
10.13 San Antonio, TX      White Rabbit
10.15 Dallas, TX               Firewater
10.19 Tampa, FL               State Theatre
10.21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL  Culture Room
10.26 Springfield, VA       Jaxx
11.02 Cleveland, OH        Peabody?s
11.04 Detroit, MI              Emerald
11.06 Chicago, IL              Double Door
11.10 Denver, CO             Bluebird/Ogden
11.16 San Francisco, CA  Slims

Stray Cats DVD

The Stray Cats DVD, “RUMBLE IN BRIXTON” which was released last year on Surfdog, has taken two prizes at the 8th Annual DVD Awards show which took place last weekend in Hollywood. The DVD won the following:
Best Audio Performance Independent Release and Best Music Performance.

New Journey Disc Hits The Streets

With over 75 million copies to their credit, Journey embarks on a new recording chapter with their 13th album GENERATIONS, the first full length studio album since 2001?s ?Arrival.?

Produced by Kevin Elson, the main staple responsible for the multi-platinum Escape, Depature, Captured and Frontiers albums, GENERATIONS represents the constancy of Journey?s followers old and new throughout the past 30 years. The 14 track disc features a great retro feel of Rock and Soul mixed with signature power ballads and unmistakable guitar driven rockers.

The album, almost 75 minutes long, features a unique display of pure talent with the contribution of each band member trading lead vocal roles and a heartfelt track dedicated to the soldiers in the Middle East called ?Out Of Harms Way.?

1. Faith In The Heartland
2. The Place In Your Heart
3. A Better Life
4. Every Generation
5. Butterfly (She Flies Alone)
6. Believe
7. Knowing That You Love Me
8. Out of Harms Way
9. In Self-Defense
10. Better Together
11. Gone Crazy
12. Beyond The Clouds
13. The Pride Of The Family
14. Never Too Late

The Cars Frontman Set To Release New CD

Ric Ocasek has been changing the face of pop music for nearly 30 years. His incredible musical odyssey began in the late ?60s and includes opening shows for the MC5 and the Stooges, producing some of the most seminal artists of our time (including Weezer, No Doubt and Le Tigre) not to mention a decade-long stint leading The Cars, whose never-ending string of platinum albums and Top 40 hits helped define the post-punk and new wave eras, selling over 25 million albums and creating a blueprint for many of today?s most popular bands.

Now Ric is preparing to influence a whole new generation. Nexterday is full of the irresistible hooks and soaring choruses that have made him an icon to so many. Not one to simply stick to formula, Nexterday showcases his unmatched talents as a songwriter, from the darkly twisted ?Crackpot,? to the heartbreaking melody of ?I?m Thinking,? to the playful synths (and unshakeable hook) of ?Bottom Dollar.?

Nexterday is the first release on Ric?s new imprint through Sanctuary, Inverse Records.


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