Memphis, Tennessee hard rockers ROXY BLUE are back with their first album of new material, 25 years after their now legendary debut album, "Want Some”,
which is a classic of the late ‘80s/early '90s hard rock scene.
GENRE: Melodic Rock
Todd Poole - Vocals | Scott Trammell - Drums | Josh Weil - Bass | Jeff Caughron - Guitar
Original members Todd Poole (vocals), Josh Weil (bass), and Scotty Trammell (drums) are now joined by new guitarist Jeffrey Wade Caughron. (Original guitarist Sid "Boogie" Fletcher has left the music business for a successful career in dentistry.) Poole says: "ROXY BLUE fans can expect an explosive new album! I think the new record is definitely a different sound than the 1992 version of ROXY BLUE, but not unrecognizable. The new record is much heavier, but still has some cool ballads and hints of early ROXY in there. I feel that it's a well-balanced record."
He continues: "I have been writing songs for years for different projects I've been in, but when Frontiers called, I knew it was an opportunity to take a fresh approach to the ROXY BLUE sound. The excitement of having a new record deal actually inspired me to write the songs for the upcoming record from scratch." On the band's legacy, Poole says: "For 'Want Some' to be recognized as one of the finest moments in the latter hard rock days is an honor. Especially being that there were so many good bands out at the time. We were just so proud to be a part of a great rock era."
And a fun fact for fans of the Frontiers label: Poole is the son-in-law of the late, great Jimi Jamison, whom Frontiers had a great, longstanding working relationship with.
Roxy Blue Media
Roxy Blue Shows | Events | Tours
Crammed in together in studio apartment above Cotton Row Studios, the guys were constantly writing and recording new songs and living a 24 hour rock n roll lifestyle miles and miles away
from the sunset strip of Los Angeles. Quickly earning a name for themselves within the local music scene and selling out club shows, they soon created a buzz in the music industry.
But, It wasn't until one night while playing a local bar they were approached by Jani Lane, the vocalist of Warrant, that things really started to take off. Jani loved what he heard and wanted
to help get Roxy Blue’s career launched.
Soon after, the labels started calling and eventually Geffen Records legendary A&R guru Tom Zutaut (Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Tesla) flew the band
to Los Angeles to sign them. The band was soon signed to a management contract with Doug Thaler at Top Rock Management (Motley Crue, Winger). The next step was to find the right producer
to record the bands debut album. Mike Clink, who had produced Guns N Roses milestone “Appetite For Destruction” and , at the time, was finishing up on G N R’s “Use Your Illusions” I and II albums was ultimately chose for the job. Clink and Roxy Blue were a perfect match and the result was the 1992 release of "WANT SOME".
In 2013, three albums were released via FnA Records: "Want Some More", "Stripped and Live At Nightmoves". The recordings on Want Some More are demos of songs that were going to be
for Roxy Blue‘s sophomore album release. The recordings on Stripped are some of the Roxy Blue classics and some unreleased tracks all stripped down to the barebones. Live At Nightmoves
is a live recording that represents Roxy Blue‘s last show before the band got signed and went off to Los Angeles to make the classic Want Some? album.
The original Roxy Blue band line-up made its much anticipated live reunion at the Rock And Skull 2016 Festival in Pekin, Illinois, USA on October 29, 2016.
Now, 25 years later, recently signed to Frontiers Music, Roxy Blue is still going strong.
Published by The Manamal | July 28TH 2019
BAD BOY EDDY - For fans of Van Halen, Dokken and Skid Row.
Veterans of Bay Area hard rock acts that have come together to Rock Your World with energetic, melodic, heart- thumping and fist-pumping, sleazy, sexy ROCK and ROLL!!!
Bad Boy Eddy just knocked out the track "My Best Friend" in the studio.
The new single "My Best Friend" is now available on Perris Records June 7th worldwide on all digital platforms including
iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many more.
Bad Boy Eddy is made up of five experienced musicians out of California:
Eddie Vega on lead vocals | Dave Saker on lead guitar| Rob Peterson on guitar | Steve Jones on bass | Larry Bernal on drums.
The quintet shows off some massive classic hard rock skills, with riffs that rough you up and rub you down, and a rhythm section that can just about floor you.
Bad Boy Eddy "My Best Friend" Official Music Video 2019
Check out the new exclusive BAD BOY EDDY interview in the ROCKNATION Issue 26 available at www.rocknation.us.
Fans will not be disappointed in this killer 80's rock track.
Published by The Manamal | June 7TH 2019
You wanted some real Sunset Strip Glam Metal and we heard you!
Not just another band in heels that released a couple cassette tapes and didn't make it out of the Coconut Teaszer,
you wanted a band that dominated Hollywood, took no prisoners, recorded a full length album and was featured on MTV's Headbangers Ball!
Well, Demon Doll Records got exactly that for you, the 30 years anniversary re-issue of Dirty Blonde's epic album release 'Passion' has officially arrived!
Demon Doll along with Metal Legacy Records could not be more proud to welcome DIRTY BLONDE and their amazing 80's Glam and Sleaze Rock to the family.
This baby spikes the vein from the first note with "I Got The Itch" and keeps motoring down Sunset till the final note of "2 Cool 4 School". Everything in between is pure Glam Metal bliss with songs like "Restless, Young & Wild", the MTV single "Passion" as well as the catchy "Girls Nite Out' and "Ladies In Mercedes".
These boys had the looks, the hooks and flaunted it all on this great album that should have been bigger then it was. If you love your Glam Metal dripping in sleaze and sexual innuendo then you have come to the right place and to the right album. If this baby doesn’t bring you steam rolling back to the glory days of Rock 'N' Roll then I don't know what will.
Highly addictive and highly recommended listening!
This release is digitally remastered and repackaged in an eight page booklet with a full set of lyrics.
This CD is silver pressed, officially licensed from the band and exclusively available from Demon Doll Records.
Dirty Blonde - Passion
Blackwater Commotion, the Finnish hard rock group formed in 2012,
publishes its debut CD “Strike One” via Concorde Music Company on May 10th 2019.
The album includes nine original songs from the group that draws inspiration from the 80’s metal and the rock’n roll grooves of the 70’s.
Tracks of the album range from metal (Make It Throught The Night) to hard rock (Sled Of Coming),
all the way to moody ballads (I Wish You Know), thus offering the listener a roller coast ride of emotions.
The lyrical themes revolve around the love, relationships as well as the trials and tribulations of rock’n roll lifestyle,
while maintaining the twinkle in the eye.
"Strike One" Album Review
Release: Blackwater Commotion - Strike One
Format: CD & Digital
Release Date: May 10th 2019
Record label: Concorde Music Company
Genre: Hard Rock
When Finnish rockers, Blackwater Commotion formed in 2012 they wanted to put together a band that they would want to go see.
Living by the oath, that all men play on 10. Seven years later, the band release their debut outing, 'Strike One!', staying true their word and putting out a high octane album.
Blackwater Commotion incorporating the very successful formula and style of vintage rock and metal from start to finish with well written, energetic tracks
that are presented full throttle and gets the volume cranked over "10".
The band is comprised of, Henkka Hako-Rita on vocals, Toni Saari on guitar and backing vocals, Ilkka Uusitalo on guitars, Mika Tikka on bass and Perttu Tähtelä on drums.
Blackwater Commotion took this album to new high's beyond expectations and joins the ranks of spectacular vintage steel produced across the ages. The energy of their debut starts high right off the bat with the opening song, “Sled Of Coming”, one of the heaviest songs on the album followed by extreme rockers in the form of, "Waiting", (Our favorite track)"Metal Child" a great fist pumping track and maintains throughout the album. "I Wish You Know" offers a very pleasing step down from the harder sound on the album, reminiscent of old Judas Priest slow rockers we instantly made a connection with the track."You Better Hide Out", "Long Hard Ride" and "Make It Through The Night" all had us dancing and banging heads to the jams which flowed smoothly from one to the next. "Prelude" brings the album to it's closing track "Black Water" which is a great finisher for the album with it's gritty rock n' roll beat and scorching lyrics.
Blackwater Commotion blends their own style and sound with hint's of rock n' roll and vintage metal that stands out from the crowd on vocals, musical style and extreme band energy.
If you're a fan of vintage music this album is sure to place in your all time favorites with all 9 killer tracks and no filler!
Recommended for fans of vintage Judas Priest, Accept, Saxon, Running Wild, Kreator, Dio and more!
Blackwater Commotion "Strike One"
"All Killer & No Filler"
We give the album a 10/10 perfect scoring for the following
lyrics and vocals | overall sound | band creativity | originality | replay value
you can hear this awesome vintage rocker on our radio stream 24/7 - expect heavy rotations for this album!
Blackwater Commotion Shows | Events | Tours
Fighting Angels And Demons
In 1972, a new band was formed in Gothenburg and they were called SHAGGY.
They played rock music with influences from bands such as Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull and others.
In 1975 they had the honor of supporting Sweet at Scandinavium and they had a minor breakthrough that same year when they released their first LP "Lessons for beginners".
Now In 2019, the band is back with a brand new album "Fighting Angels and Demons"!
Ulrich Carlsson - vocals | Tom Ryan - keyboards | Fidde Rognås - guitars | Hannes Rognås - guitars | Robert Ottoson - bass | Stefan Husar - drums
For Fans Of
Vintage and Melodic Rock & Metal
Hatchet, Sabbath, Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull , Savatage, Heaven And Hell
"Angels And Demons" Review
The Opening track “Black Hearted Angel” kicks off with a Uriah Heep/Rainbow/Deep Purple style assault with massive power and conviction. The tracks solo section which really makes it stand out shows off the progressive side of the band. “Boundless Love” brings back Deep Purple’s vintage melodies with a touch of Black Sabbath and Rainbow! The heavy mix, followed by killer vocals by Ulrich Carlsson (ex-M.ill.ion) really shine on the track being on of my favorites. “No Soldier Of God” continues in the heavy vein, with a touch of progressive rock melody. “A Thousand Miles” brings back sounds from Shaggy's last album with a tuned down rocky flow and great band vocals.“Dark Symphony” carry's a dark and heavy overtone of old school Sabbath and stands out as my favorite track on the album.“Runner In The Dark” brings out the vintage Uriah Heep sound, like a mix of 70's era Heep and the latter day albums. The album finishes with “Self Destruction” kicking off with a mean and brutal guitar riff, distorted Hammond organ and a kick-ass drive! One of the best tracks on an album for sure!
In closing "Angels And Demons" while only 7 tracks deep, the album is full of fat, heavy doom and stoner vintage style metal. Not a bad track one, the album has a great flow from opening to Finnish. I would recommend this album to any classic, vintage, stoner and doom metal fan looking for something "old" yet new.It's great to hear bands holding on to the sounds of our youth in the 70's and 80's genre's and make new musical adventures in today's market!
Rating 10/10 - for vintage sound | original and compelling material | overall quality of album
In 1972, a new band was formed in Gothenburg, and took the name SHAGGY.
Band members were:
Thomas Engström (vocal), Fidde Rognås (guitar), Jan Gustavsson (bass), Tom Ryan (Keyboard) and Kurt Kästner (Drums).
Everyone had played in different rock/pop bands in Gothenburg, England and Austria.
They played rock music with influences from bands such as Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull and others. but very soon they began to compose their own music.
SHAGGY played at all the youth clubs and rock clubs that existed throughout Sweden and got a breakthrough in 1975 when they released their first LP "Lessions For Beginners" and got to play
as a support band for Sweet at Scandinavium in Gothenburg.
The band split up in 1977 when Tom Ryan left the group and moved back to England. Fidde, Janne and Mackan played together for a while, before Fidde joined the rock group Rhapsody from Vara.
In 2006, Thomas contacted Fidde, and together they searched for their former friends Tom and Janne, to do a new recording of Shaggy's "old" songs from 1976-77. The recording began in 2007 and lasted for a few years but the project was never finished as Thomas suddenly left the project. They needed a new singer and they found Ulrich Carlsson, former singer in M.ILL.ION.
Just before the record was completed, Janne died from lung disease. After a while the band decided to finish the album, named "Destinstion Nowhere", which was completed and released in 2015.
Now In 2019, the band is back with a brand new album "Fighting Angels and Demons", with a fresh line-up that comprises additional members Stefan Husar (drums), Hannes Rognås (guitar) and Robert Ottoson (bass).
The band has also posted on the official band website that 3 additional albums will be re-issued or released this year including the debut "Lessons For Beginnners" 1975 release.
Part 2, ‘Scarecrow’ is scheduled for release in October 2019.
Published By The Manamal | April 28TH 2019
BRASS KITTEN is back for round two! Once again teaming up with Demon Doll and Metal Legacy Records to reissue their sophomore effort 'Across America".
About The Band
Brass Kitten (BK), based out of St Paul, MN, toured extensively from 1988 to 1992, playing 250 to 300 shows a year. From Winnipeg, Canada to Key West, Florida, Brass Kitten rocked the live music circuit from coast to coast.
BK's original 4-member line up included:
John Jeremi – lead guitar and vocals, Sid – drums, Steve Philbrook – lead vocals and guitar, Kiar Olson – bass and vocals. The foursome wrote and released their first album, EZ-N-Pretty, on Emerald Records in early 1990. After Kiar’s departure from the band in mid-1990, Kellie Roulette joined as his replacement. BK continued to tour EZ-N-Pretty extensively, eventually winning ‘National Pick Hit of the Week’ on Z-Rock National Syndicate radio.
The band continued to write numerous songs while on tour and in late 1991, Brass Kitten hooked up with engineer/producer Dave Kent (Skid Row, Queensryche) to collaborate on their 2nd album, Across America. However, shortly after recording the album's tracks, bassist Kellie was in a serious motorcycle accident. Across America's release was put on hold while the band awaited Kellie's return. Kiar filled in for Kellie while Brass Kitten continued to tour. Upon hearing news that a full recovery was doubtful, Brass Kitten decided to disband and Across America's release was near forgotten. A couple singles from the album were in circulation due to their release for radio promo: "Can't Hold Back The Young" and "Sweet Love Affair". Due to fan inquiries, the album Across America was resurrected and finally released by Nightmare Records in 2001.
Fortunately, over time Kellie made a full recovery. Today, all the members of Brass Kitten still play music regionally and nationally in various projects; however, the band has not played a show together since 1992.
Brass Kitten made their own unique mark on the 80's & 90's music scene with their hard rock hook-driven music and theatrical stage show. Brass Kitten's albums, EZ-N-Pretty & Across America, have been out of print for some time but thanks to Demon Doll Records, they are both available again.
Jam packed with everything a Hair Metal fan could ever want, this delicious gem opens up in the "Crossfire" and doesn’t let you out until the final notes of the never before released bonus track "Time To Say It's Over." The Kitten bears it claws with the above mentioned killer tracks as wall as "Sweet Love Affair". "Can't Hold Back The Young”, “Bite The Bullet" and "Can't Wait Another Day". Highlighted by front man Steve Philbrook's outstanding set of pipes and John Jeremi's killer fret work, the boys bring it home in style to close out the Brass Kitten era with two excellent albums under their belts...if you don’t have a copy of their debut "E-Z ‘N’ Pretty” - do yourself a favor and grab both of these and relive the glory days of the 80's and early 90's.
If you are a fan of Skid Row and Bon Jovi, Brass Kitten definitely checks off a few boxes in that direction. Highly recommended listening!
This release is digitally remastered and repackaged in an eight page booklet with a full set of lyrics.
This CD is silver pressed, officially licensed from the band and exclusively available from Demon Doll Records.
Brass Kitten Reviews
Brass Kitten is a great example of all that was positive in regards to the hard rock / pop metal scene. The influences of many of the better bands of the genre are apparent. Nightmare Records
is to be commended for issuing this CD. A reissue of the band’s debut release “EZ – N Pretty” would be most welcome. For those of you who, like me, really enjoyed the 80s long hair heavy metal sound from bands such as Skid Row, Great White, Kix and Europe, you'll love these guys. Brass Kitten are the best thing I've heard in a long time. I highly suggest you check out this CD. - The Pure Rock Shop
It's definitely NOT comparable to any "Top 40" or "Rap" crap you hear on the radio today; which makes this band extraordinary in the fact that it has not jumped on any "bandwagons" to
promote what the public wants, but stayed focused on what their fans want. It's unabashed 80s metal, performed unashamedly.
Kind of like a mix of Steelheart and Skid Row. Now if you dig these other bands that I mentioned, which I do, there is a chance you’ll treat this release by Brass Kitten like GOLD. This is one
of those albums that comes as a pleasant surprise. Everything seems to fit together. Good songs, good hooks & melodies, worth a place to collectors list!!!
Across America 1992
Across America was the album we were all really excited for! It showed the maturity of the band and had some great songs that came from our real life experiences of being on the road
for over 250 shows! On "Across America" we took a completely different approach. The band had grown a lot as performers, players, singers, but most importantly songwriters. We knew
what sound and direction we were after. We wanted a raw "live" sound. We hired Dave Kent (Skid Row & Queensryche) to engineer the album. The album was tracked at Entercore Studios.
The rooms were nice and lively! All basic tracks were recorded live. Vocals and solos were overdubbed. For the final mix we included the input of Sandy Marks & Chris Mislinski
(the bands FOH sound tech) to help keep the "live" feel. For the rhythm guitar tracks we used a 1969 Marshall 100 watt Super Lead with a Furman parametric eq boosting the input. For
doubled rhythm tracks we used a 50 watt JCM800. Guitar solos were recorded from the various amps pictured below. The amps were close mic'd with a Shure SM57 and room mic'd with a Neumann U87. Bass tracks were a combo of direct and a vintage Ampeg SVT. All vocals were recorded with a Neumann U87.
Our debut album EZ-N-Pretty was recorded relatively quick due to the band's extensive touring schedule. The band had to squeeze studio time in as soon as we got off the road. The entire
album was recorded mixed, and mastered about 9 days. We as a band were trying to find our sound and direction during this recording. We had no recording experience before and were learning to write songs as a band. Songs like "One Life To Live", and "On The Run" were written in the studio during the recording sessions. We really had no expectation on what the album would sound like except we wanted to capture a "live" feel to it because the band thrived off our high energy shows. In the studio band recorded the songs together live to try and capture that feel. However, Control Sound Studio was a very dead sounding studio! No ambient sounding rooms at all. Thus made it difficult us have to try and capture an ambient live sound so we had to resort to using outboard effects instead of live room ambience which ended up sounding artificial. Musically & vocally we did very few punch-ins. Again due to limited time we had available.
This also helped with budget as we were able to get in, record, and get back on tour again. For the guitar tracks we used a Randall RG100 tube head and a Marshall JCM800 2204 50 watt head
into a Marshall 4x12 cab loaded with 70watt Celestion speakers, BC Rich & Jackson guitars. Bass was recorded direct, drums were recorded in the main room (very dead sounding room).
All vocals were recorded using an AKG C414 mic. We were guitar freaks like many guitar players. We used an assortment of BC Rich, Jackson, & Charvel guitars. We also used a variety of amps over the years. John initially used a Randall RG100 rack mount tube head. Steve used a Laney AOR Pro Tube 100. Both were great sounding heads. John eventually switched to an Ampeg 100 watt tube head and a Marshall JCM800 2204. Steve went all Marshalls, a JCM800 2204 and a JCM800 2205. The rigs were very basic. All we used in the signal chain were Samson wirelesses and Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedals for solos. All effects were run from front of house. Kiar & Kellie used Ampeg SVT's.
Here Kitty, Kitty!!
BRASS KITTEN'S epic 1990 release 'E-Z- 'N' PRETTY' has now officially been reissued by the titan tag team of Demon Doll and Metal Legacy Records - another Hair Metal gem "Uncovered, Rediscovered, Restored & Remastered"!
And a gem it truly is, BRASS KITTEN brings the hammer to the party and throws it down with reckless abandon bringing us all back to the perfect sound of the late 80's and early 90's. From the opening harmonies of "On The Run", to the guitar riff laden title track "E-Z 'N' Pretty' to the earth rattling double bass drums on "Lies" - this album flat out kicks some serious tail!!
The boys had it all and give it in spades, the hooks - the looks - the four octave front man/ vocalist - ripping guitars and a tight and slamming rhythm section. They hit the pavement and hit it hard touring the US and Canada nonstop to the tune of over 250 shows. A magnificent band that left a great legacy and an amazing debut record that finally gets it's very long awaited reissue to sit proudly in your collection next to the Skid Row and Ratt albums where it firmly belongs.
This monster release has been digitally remasterd by Lance V. and amazingly repackaged in an 8 page booklet with a full set of lyrics.
A few spins of the KITTEN and you will be hooked - highly addictive and highly recommended listening!
This CD is silver pressed, officially licensed from the band and exclusively available from Demon Doll Records.
Bobby Messano - 1989 Melodic rock and Cult classic album "messano" gets deluxe edition reissue via divebomb records
Messano (Deluxe Edition)
Street Date 4/12/2019
FOR FANS OF:
FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS, JOE LYNN TURNER, SPYS, HONEYMOON SUITE & TYCOON
Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Songwriter who has released eight Solo CD’s, placed songs in many TV and Cable shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums.
His playing has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones’ smash hit “Into The Night”.
The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT”.
The decades-long career of respected guitarist Bobby Messano picked up steam in the mid- to late-'70s with acts such as Stanky Brown and Starz. Gravitating toward session work around 1980, MESSANO would contribute to albums from a range of different artists—Peter Criss and Joe Lynn Turner among them—as well as touring alongside heavyweights like Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm, and more. For a portion of that era, Bobby had also joined rockers Franke & The Knockouts, performing (and co-writing two tracks) on their 1984 album, Makin' the Point.
Toward the end of the '80s, MESSANO also stepped up to present his debut solo album, having assembled a backing band consisting of Erik Boyd (bass), Joey Zee (keyboards), and Mike Gage (drums). Recorded with Jim Barg at The Barge Sound Studio in Wayne, NJ, Bobby handled lead vocals, guitar, bass, and the bulk of the songwriting. That being said, two cuts nodded to his past: "Hide Our Love Away (Tell Me Why)" was first recorded by Franke & The Knockouts under the title "Carrie Why?," and "Sing It, Shout It" was a Starz cover from 1977.
Released by Strategic—a division of Relativity Records—in 1989, the 11-song album has become a bit of a cult classic over the years for fans of top-shelf, hook-fueled melodic hard rock. MESSANO wouldn't release another solo album until 1998—the blues-based Dominion Roads—but has remained an active and highly regarded force in the blues community since that time.
30 years later, Divebomb Records is excited to reissue this underrated AOR treasure. Newly remastered with a whopping five bonus tracks, the disc will be presented with a typically detailed booklet featuring a retrospective interview with Bobby Messano himself. For the fans, by the fans!
bobby massano social & media links
messano tours | shows | events
Published by The Manamal | April 5TH 2019
Heavy Pettin' first stirred into action when vocalist Hamie, guitarists Gordon Bonnar and Punky Mendoza, drummer Gary Moat and bassist Brian Waugh first burst out of Glasgow in 1981. They were vibrant, priapic, anthemic and focused. As they showed on a three-track demo, and on the subsequent debut single for independent label Neat (‘Roll The Dice’/’Love Xs Love’), they were more than mere Def Leppard slaves. In fact, the Pettin’ had an international sound that owed something to AC/DC, UFO, Thin Lizzy and Foreigner, but also had its own raging momentum.
Not that the band found the road straightforward. But, thanks to a work ethic that took them around the country, plus a valuable session for Radio 1’s prestigious ‘Friday Rock Show’, the band eventually landed a crucial deal with the major label Polydor Records. Moreover, their 1983 debut album (‘Lettin’ Loose’) was co-produced by the creative Mack together with Queen guitarist Brian May. Now, that’s pedigree.
Amazingly, that album has survived more than 20 years of high-speed hi-tech developments intact. While other, more celebrated records have dated badly, ‘Lettin’ Loose’ re-affirms the belief back then that the Pettin would follow Leppard to big time stature. What went wrong at the time has little to do with band, or lack of ambition/talent.
In America, where they should have broken big long before Bon Jovi gave Love A Bad Name, they were held back by the label’s insistence on an anemic re-mix (as well as a title change to ‘Heavy Pettin’, which caused more confusion than anything else). If the band’s essential, vital British brio had been left as conceived in the first place, who knows what might have been achieved. Still, a slot on the bill for the 1983 Reading Festival, the day that Black Sabbath infamously headlined when fronted by Ian Gillan, did them no harm and touring with both Kiss and Ozzy helped the quintet’s progress.
Two years later, the Pettin return to the studio, this time with producer Mark Dearnley (who’d worked with AC/DC and Krokus). The result? ‘Rock Ain’t Dead’, which surprised many with a slicker yet conversely tougher approach. The lads really had progressed, although ironically if things had gone to plan, this would have been produced by Lance Quinn, of Bon Jovi and Lita Ford fame. However, just hours before the band were due to fly to Philadelphia, to work with Quinn at his Warehouse Studios, the decision was taken by PolyGram (to whom both Heavy Pettin and Bon Jovi were signed in the US) that, instead, he should start work immediately on what was to be Jovi’s second record, ‘7800 Degrees Fahrenheit’.
Perhaps then, it should have been obvious that record company politics were to scupper Pettin in the crucial American market. Despite continuing to show up well in the UK, once again the US was to prove elusive – through no fault of the five musicians. In many respects, this was the point when the writing was scrawled over every available wall space. Regardless of their obvious determination and grassroots support in Britain, it seemed as if Pettin’s realistic chance of significant international success had gone. A third album, ‘The Big Bang’, was released by FM Revolver in 1989. Although it still proved this lot were way ahead of so many others who were selling truckloads of units and getting acclaim from the media; as the 1980s faded into memory, so too did Heavy Pettin.
Driven by a desire, a passion and a capacity simply to invoke the magic and rapport the band enjoyed, they released Prodigal Songs in 2007. The album was well received by their loyal fans and the limited pressing sold out making it a highly sought-after collector’s item.
In 2017, original members Hamie, Punky, and Gordon joined by Jez Parry on bass and Michael Ivory on drums performed for the first time in 25 years at Scotland’s WinterStorm. Reinvigorated, Heavy Pettin, now joined by ex-Gun guitarist Dave Aitken due to Punky hanging up his guitar and going in to retirement, did several shows in 2018 including a 6 date UK tour, with 3 sold out gigs in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh, as well as 2 sold out headline gigs in Milton Keynes and Glasgow.
2019 is going to be Heavy Pettin’s year with the HRH AOR March 16, Headbangers Open Air in Germany in July 27th and Aug 25th Golden Age of Rock Festival in Belgium already booked and more dates to be announced.
According to Hamie, fans should look for a new album as “…the demand and support for new HP material has been so overwhelming, we are excited to say we’re now working on brand new HP material which will be released in 2019… and it’s going great!"
Watch an interview with the band: https://youtu.be/G3jXV5zN7ng
Heavy Pettin’ Dates Confirmed 2019:
MAR 16 - Hard Rock Hell - AOR, Camp HRH, North Wales
MAR 30 - Bannermans Rock Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland
MAR 31 - Trillians Newcastle, England w/ Spartan Warrior
JUL 27 - Headbangers Open Air Festival, Brande-H?merkirchen, Germany
AUG 25 - Golden Age Rock Festival, Liège, Belgium
AUG 30 - Crauford Arms Music Venue, Milton Keynes, England w / Tytan
Published by The Manamal | February 21ST 2019
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Rock
Quiet Riot from Los Angeles, CA formed in 1975 by guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Kelly Garni, vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth. Despite their local popularity, the group was unable to secure a record deal in the United States. with their first two albums, 1977's "Quiet Riot" and 1978's "Quiet Riot II" released by Sony in Japan. In 1979,
Rhoads departed to accept an offer to join Ozzy Osbourne's solo band. DuBrow and Forsyth continued on with new members before splitting in 1980. After that, DuBrow continued with various players under the name "DuBrow". Eventually, Dubrow included Kevin, guitarist Carlos Cavazo, drummer Frankie Banali, and bassist Rudy Sarzo (who initially joined Quiet Riot after the band recorded their 2nd album). In 1982, DuBrow changed their name to Quiet Riot. For many fans, this is the quintessential Quiet Riot line up.
QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album "Metal Health".
QUIET RIOT followed up with the album "Condition Critical" which went double platinum and the band continued to record and tour throughout their 25 + year history.
QUIET RIOT continues their historic journey in 2012 with Metal Health founding member Frankie Banali who is joined by QUIET RIOT veteran bassist Chuck Wright and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi from their last and most stable lineup. They are proud to announce their new vocalist James Durbin to complete the QUIET RIOT lineup. James stepped into the public eye when he came in fourth place on American Idol on season ten. He was known as the "metal" guy and did a performance with Judas Priest on the show.
The story of QUIET RIOT begins in 1980 when Kevin DuBrow formed a new band under his own name, working with Frankie Banali and a variety of musicians over the next few years before signing with Pasha/CBS Records, reverting back to the QUIET RIOT moniker, and entering the studio with new guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Chuck Wright to start work on a new album. The year was 1982 and, following Randy Rhoads' well-documented death, former henchman Rudy Sarzo left Ozzy, replacing Chuck Wright who is the bass player on record for both the "Metal Health" and "Don't Wanna Let You Go" tracks, to complete the lineup and sessions for what would become 1983's "Metal Health". Driven by the irresistible double whammy of the title track's muscular bass line and a raucous rendition of the old Slade chestnut "Cum on Feel the Noize," the album stormed up the U.S. charts, duly reaching the number one spot and going platinum five times over in the process at that time. The sales of Metal Health has now exceeded the 10 million mark worldwide to date.
QUIET RIOT returned to the studio to record 1984's "Condition Critical", which went on to sell over 2 million copies in the US and included another chart-ready Slade cover in "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and the self-penned "Party All Night." In 1986 QUIET RIOT re-grouped to launch the QR III record, Sarzo had been replaced by former bassist Chuck Wright. Vocalist Paul Shortino stepped in and recorded 1988's simply named Quiet Riot with Banali, Cavazo, and new bassist Sean McNabb.
In 1991, DuBrow and Cavazo began working together once again, joined by Frankie Banali and eventually recording 1993's "Terrified" with bassist Kenny Hillery. "Down to the Bone" followed two years later with Chuck Wright back on bass, and in 1997, a one-off performance at an after-show party hosted by industrial shock rocker Marilyn Manson who had requested to Banali that QUIET RIOT perform, lured bassist Rudy Sarzo back to the fold.
With that lineup once again, QUIET RIOT hit the road playing venues across America, Europe, and Asia. This lineup was captured on 1999's "Alive and Well" album, and 2001 saw the release of "Guilty Pleasures". QUIET RIOT officially parted company with Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo in October of 2003. In 2004 DuBrow and Banali recruited guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright and continued to tour nonstop throughout 2006 in America, Europe, South America, and Asia. For the recording of "Rehab" in 2006, DuBrow and Banali entered the studio with bassist Tony Franklin and guitarist Neil Citron, both longtime friends of Banali. QUIET RIOT with the lineup of DuBrow, Banali, Wright, and Grossi continued to perform live worldwide until November of 2007 when sadly, Kevin DuBrow's singing career was cut short with his passing on November 25, 2007 at age 52.
Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT spans over 28 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983's Metal Health through 2006's Rehab. After nearly three years since the loss of his friend and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has decided to continue his journey and the musical legacy of QUIET RIOT along with bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi, and vocalist James Durbin.
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just in time to rock your summer fun with 13 fresh new tracks!
David Coverdale: Vocals | Reb Beach: Guitars | Joel Hoekstra: Guitars | Michael Devin: Bass | Tommy Aldridge: Drums | Michele Luppi: Keyboards
“Flesh & Blood”
Fresh off celebrating their 40th anniversary, rock legends Whitesnake return with their latest studio album, “Flesh & Blood”. This album follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album “Forevermore” and 2015’s “The Purple Album”, a reimagining of Deep Purple classics from Whitesnake mastermind’s David Coverdale’s time in that band. The 13 original, visceral tracks on “Flesh & Blood”, the band’s 13th studio album, are,luckily for you dear reader, “all killer, no filler”, as the saying goes.
But would you expect anything less from the ’Snakes?
Since joining the band four years ago, and just in time for the aforementioned “The Purple Album”, Chicago native Joel Hoekstra has really come into his own, not only as a highly impressive
axe-slinger, but also as a very accomplished songwriter too, co-writing six of the songs for “Flesh & Blood” with singer David Coverdale. Of course Joel’s talents are hardly surprising,
considering he’s the son of two classical musicians.
Guitarist Reb Beach, who originally joined Whitesnake in 2002, has stepped up to become the group’s bandleader and guides the band to implement Coverdale’s musical vision.
As well as bringing his impressive musical chops to the band, Reb has co-written five songs on the new album, the fourth studio album he has appeared on, commencing with 2008’s highly acclaimed “Good To Be Bad”.
It was the “Good To Be Bad” follow up, “Forevermore” (2011), that saw the debut of bassist Michael Devin. The New Englander’s four-string-depth-charge-bass-bombs definitively
underpin and drive the sound of Whitesnake in the 21st century.
Rounding out the rhythm section is David’s longest serving ’Snake,the renowned drummer and unstoppable percussionist Tommy Aldridge, who has been with Whitesnake in some capacity
for 30 years. Tommy made his debut with Whitesnake way back in 1987 in the ‘Still Of The Night’ video, becoming a mainstay behind the kit for successive albums and tours.
Last, but certainly not least, the band is completed by the inventive keyboards and vocals of Italian maestro Michele Luppi, who made his live debut in 2015, as documented on
“The Purple Tour” live CD/DVD (2018).
The current incarnation of the band carries on the long and unwavering tradition of mainman David Coverdale being surrounded by cream of the crop players who go all in to bring fans
the best hard rock humanly possible. 40+ years into their existence, the ‘Snakes fangs have only grown sharper and are ready to inject fans with more of that rock ‘n roll venom they crave.
“Flesh & Blood” will be released May 10, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl in multiple formats.
Or order on Whitesnake.com here
Joining Coverdale on Flesh & Blood is the powerhouse band comprised of Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppi on keyboards.
The current incarnation of the band carries on the long and unwavering tradition of main man David Coverdale being surrounded by cream of the crop players who go all in to bring fans the best hard rock humanly possible. 40+ years into their existence, the ‘Snakes fangs have only grown sharper and are ready to inject fans with more of that rock ‘n roll venom they crave.
“Flesh & Blood” will be released via Frontiers Music Srl in multiple formats. See below for full details.
+CD (Jewel Case)
+CD+DVD Deluxe Edition (Digipak) -
Includes two studio bonus tracks on CD. DVD includes "Shut Up & Kiss Me" (classic jag version) (VIDEOCLIP), "Shut Up & Kiss Me" (club mix version) (VIDEOCLIP), Behind the Scenes of 'Flesh & Blood' VIDEO + 3 DVD Audio Tracks (Remixes of album tracks)
+Super Luxury Boxset - Includes CD +DVD Deluxe Edition, 2xLP Standard Color LP, Poster, Numbered Lithograph, Box Set
+2xLP - Black, 180g, Gatefold (Worldwide)
+2xLP - Silver, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers' U.S. Store Exclusive) - Limited to 300 Copies
+2xLP - Gold, 180g, Gatefold (Whitesnake UK Store Exclusive) - Limited to 500 Copies
+2xLP - Red, 180g, Gatefold (Frontiers' EU Store Exclusive)
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WHITESNAKE W/ Black Moods:
4/22: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
4/23: Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/25: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino*
4/26: Melbourne, FL @ Maxwell C. King PAC
4/28: Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
4/29: Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center
5/1: Richmond, VA @ Richmond, VA @ The National
5/2: Bensalem, PA @ XCITE Center at Parx Casino*
5/4: Columbia, MD @ M3 Festival#
5/5: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
5/7: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
5/8: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
5/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino*
5/11: Lincoln, RI @ Twin River Casino*
5/14: Greenville, PA @ The Palace Theatre
5/17: Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino*
5/18: Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Casino*
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