Woody brings you the latest news and gossip from the AOR/Melodic scene…
Z Records have recently announced the signing of Chase The Ace from Israel. They have been compared to ‘Rocks’ era Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Shotgun Messiah. The album they are recording will be their first in the English language after a successful career spanning six albums in Israel singing in Hebrew under the name Koex.
Check out their video for ‘The Cats On The Loose’
Legendary US melodic rockers Enuff Z’nuff will be hitting UK shores in the Spring! They actually have quite an extensive tour scheduled including most importantly The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on May 8th.
Australia’s Baby Jane release their album ‘Make It Stick’ at the end of February. Watch their video for ‘She’s Just A Liar’ for a taste of what to expect.
Anyone who fondly remembers South American AOR rockers N.O.W’s debut album Forces of Nature will be very excited to hear that their follow up album Bohemian Kingdom will be released at the end of March via Escape Music. I’m definitely looking forward to this one as Phillip Bardowell is a fantastic vocalist! I believe the band’s main man Alec Mendonca, has assembled a new group of musicians as he strives for the sound he desires, but popular American Bardowell remains firmly as the voice of the band!
Check out the new video from Australian’s De La Cruz for ‘Cherry Bomb’. The track is lifted from their upcoming album Street Level on Frontiers Records and is to be released in March.
Frontiers Records had a quartet of albums out at the end of February that will be of interest to melodic rock fans. The highly anticipated W.E.T album ‘Rise Up’, the return of Player with ‘Too Many Reasons’, exciting newcomers Diamond Dawn with their debut ‘Overdrive’, and a brand new live album from US genre legends Great White – ’30 years….Live from the Sunset Strip’.
Here’s the latest video from W.E.T for ‘Learn To Live Again’ lifted from their Rise Up album which was out at the end of February!
Player have just released a video for ‘I Will’ and it is taken from their excellent forthcoming album ‘Too Many Reasons’.
The new album from Covered Call which I mentioned in my last round up will be released on the AOR Heaven record label. ‘Impact’, is set for release at the end of March.
Melodic Rock newcomers State of Salazar have recently signed with Frontiers Records and their debut album is pencilled in for release later this year. Check out the video for the original version of their song ‘I Believe In You’
Swiss hard rockers Shakra have released another video from their current album Powerplay, this time it’s for ‘Save You From Yourself’ check it out below.
In my last round up, I told you about the forthcoming Beauvoir / Free show at Wolverhampton Slade Rooms. I can now confirm this will be one of only four UK gigs and it will be an acoustic show. It Takes place at Wolvo Slade Rooms on the 10th April! This will be the first time to catch Free and Beauvoir onstage together in the UK since 1994!
Ralph Santolla has revealed on facebook that he and Shane French are writing a new Millennium album! I’m not sure who will be on vocals and although I’d like to see Todd Plant back in the fold, Jorn who recorded the Hourglass album with them would be a popular choice, although it seems it may be a NEW front man altogether. I’m really intrigued to hear how this one comes out as it’s great to have Santolla back in more melodic territory after playing with Deicide and Obituary for almost a decade!
New British melodic rockers Rage Of Angels have a new video for their track ‘Over & Over’, the song is lifted from their recently released album Dreamworld.
British AOR favourites FM have released their first video from their album Rockville which hits the streets on March 11th. The song is the album’s opening cut ‘Tough Love’ and it see’s the guys back with a bang, enjoy the video.
Last year saw the 25th anniversary of FM’s debut album Indiscreet and to celebrate the band performed a couple of special shows featuring all the songs from that album. The shows were filmed in Manchester and London and a DVD has been compiled called simply ‘Indiscreet 25 Live’. The DVD will be out on April 1st and I’m sure this will be on every FM fans must own list!
In more related FM news, anyone who has pre-ordered the new FM album via their pledge campaign will be aware the band had on offer a special 2 disc version, with the bonus disc of all new songs cleverly entitled Rockville 2. Well given the success of the pre-sales the band have decided to give the album its own release and it will be available from the merch desk throughout the tour and also via retailers from the 25th March.
UFO have released ‘Wonderland’ as a single to coincide with their current UK tour! Of course this is lifted from the latest UFO album Seven Deadly.
Whitesnake will be releasing a new live DVD and CD package via Frontiers Records in April. Made In Japan was recorded on the ‘snakes ‘Forevermore’ tour of Japan; it features the show on CD and DVD. A bonus CD will also be included. With this live recording featuring many new songs; it will be a must for Whitesnake super fans!
Italian rockers Myland return with a new video for ‘Rock Me, Shake me’ and given its content it’s like the eighties never ended! Keep an eye out for their new album Tales of The Inner Planet coming soon.
In more W.E.T news, they have been shockingly announced as new additions to the Firefest 10 line-up. I’m sure this news will be popular with everyone attending this year’s Festival.
And I’ll get more news on this as when I hear more, but the word on the grapevine is that September 21st and 22nd will see a new melodic rock festival to be held at a venue just outside Nottingham. The Festival is been organised by the people behind ‘Firebrand Radio’ and is to be called ‘Skyfest’. More news as and when I get it!
Michael Voss has announced a new best of Casanova album is in the works. Voss has stated the album will feature at least 8 tracks from the self titled debut, two from One Night Stand and two from All Beauty Must Die.
New release’s during February worth keeping an eye on include Wild Rose ‘Dangerous’ and Heartbreak Radio ‘On Air’ via AOR Heaven. Rage Of Angels ‘Dreamworld’ on Escape Music, this album features lots of guest appearances including vocal legends Danny Vaughn and Harry Hess. The new one from French hard rockers Shannon ‘Circus of Lost Souls’, the ever popular singer-songwriter Dan Reed’s ‘Signal Fire’, the Whitesnake inspired Voodoo Circle ‘More Than One Way Home’.
It has just been announced the Midlands legends Magnum will be playing a show at The Robin on the 25th July. I believe this will be a warm up show for the ever popular band prior to their summer festival appearances. As always this promises to be a very special and intimate show!
We all know Y&T tour virtually every year here in the UK. The band also likes to play the same venues, especially if a fan base has been built there. So they played JB’s in Dudley for about six years on the bounce, after its closure they moved to The Slade Rooms for two years. Much to my surprise the band have decided to give The Robin in Bilston a chance this year, I’m sure this will be met extremely positively from established fans! I know I’ll be looking forward to seeing their first show at The Robin!
Black Country vocalist Lee Small (SHY/Phenomena/solo) is fronting a new Norwegian band called Snowfall. Their album Cold Silence is due for release on Escape Music on the 19th April.
The latest edition of Classic Rock : AOR magazine is available for pre-order now and is officially released on March 20th. The Magazine will highlight the new HRH AOR Festival, and will feature Tesla, Skid Row, Journey, VEGA and Danny Vaughn amongst all the usual content.
Scandinavian melodic rockers EDGE have just unveiled a new video for their song ‘Nowhere To Hide’. The track is lifted from their Heaven Knows album which is out now via Escape Music. Check it out and enjoy!
Christian rockers Stryper have released ‘Bleeding From the Inside Out’ as a digital single. This track is taken from their forthcoming album Second Coming which is due out at the end of March on Frontiers Records.
The Quireboys have been added as special guests on Saxon’s UK tour. Saxon’s tour includes shows at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall and Leamington Spa Assembly!
Gene The Werewolf will be staging two half hour long live shows on the internet via stageit.com. The European show will start at 8.05 GMT on Sunday 10th March, it costs $5 to watch and is an interactive show allowing you to talk to other viewers and the band.
The jet set amongst will be interested in the recent announcement of Melodic Rock Fest 3 which takes place in Chicago, USA. The Three day event takes place on the 27th, 28th & 29th of September at the H.O.M.E Bar situated in the Arlington area of Chicago. The Friday night line-up is acoustic and features – Eric Martin, Glen Burtnik, Robert Tepper, Gary Schutt, The Radio Sun and closing the night with a full electric set is Bonrud. The Saturday night line-up is – Harem Scarem, W.E.T, Mecca, Adriangale, Tango Down, Brett Walker, Newman, 7th Heaven, Evolution Eden, The Radio Sun and Sunday looks like – Steve Augeri, Ted Poley, House Of Lords, Eclipse, Bombay Black, Coldspell, No Love Lost, Crossing Rubicon, Inner Siege, Loveblast.
Finally for this month, Northern Ireland’s Million Dollar Reload have released a new video for their ballad ‘Broken’. The Song is lifted from their latest album ‘A Sinners Saint’ which is out now via Frontiers Records. Enjoy the video!
See you soon. Woody